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General Hospital’s 51st Anniversary Preview

You want to know what will be happening on this special day? Today marks General Hospital’s 51st anniversary and it will be loaded with General Hospital history. For starters, we will be able to take a stroll down Carly lane with the three actresses that have played the character over the years. Sarah Joy Brown originated the role in 1996,later to return to General Hospital in a much different role as Claudia, daughter of mobster Anthony Zacchara. Tamara Braun took over the role of Carly until the current actress, Laura Wright has become the Carly we know today. All three women are extremely talented and have made fans fall in love with Carly three times over. Executive Producer Frank Valentini weighs in on Carlypalooza by stating, ”We like to try and take advantage of the history of the show, and in honoring the history of the show, we not only honor the characters, but the actors, We have come up with a fun way for the audience to get a chance to see Sarah and Tamara again.”

Valentini also talks about their strategy for celebrating the 51st anniversary as a whole.  He explains, ”We’re trying to make sure we mine the entire field of rich history that is GENERAL HOSPITAL as opposed to repeating some of things we’ve done. Instead of competing with ourselves, we didn’t want to repeat ourselves. The anniversary episode is really, really special, and there are many, many fun surprises for the audience and many nostalgic moments for them to enjoy.”

The entire anniversary month of April will be packed with history and excitement. Look for Maxie’s return to Port Charles and her encounter with a new guy named Levi. Monica is visited by loved ones, someone gets shot, and Luke’s lies are catching up with him. Don’t miss GH’s 51st anniversary month.

We have all been warned that today’s episode of GH is not to be missed! Tune in today for the 51st anniversary at 2PM Eastern on ABC!

Elizabeth’s Love Triangle

It’s been a while since Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) love life was front and center. For many years she and Lucky stole the stage. After Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) left her and Port Charles, Liz has been looking for love and finding it in the wrong people (AJ- Sean Kanan). What I am thinking now is that Elizabeth may find herself in a new love triangle. After Lucky, she rekindled her old feelings for Nikolas (Tyler Christopher) but her feelings for AJ stood in their way. Now that she realizes she loves Nikolas, and their affair wasn’t just a pointless mistake, he has moved on with Britt (Kelly Thiebaud). I can’t help but wonder what Nikolas will do once the truth comes out about baby Ben. Once Nikolas knows that Britt stole his own sister Lulu’s baby, how would they ever get back from that? Can their relationship be repaired after such a betrayal? My guess is that he will turn to Elizabeth.

At the same time, Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst), Liz’s ex-husband and brother of mobster, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is back in town. Sonny isn’t the only one in that family with a dangerous reputation. Ric has committed his fair share of crimes including kidnapping a pregnant Carly and keeping her captive in a panic room- all the while Elizabeth was living in the same house without a clue. He has lied, cheated, and manipulated.

There are two very strong fan bases for Elizabeth and Nik and Elizabeth and Ric. It will be interesting to see where the writers will take this. If Elizabeth was presented with a choice of Nik or Ric, who do you think she should choose? Weigh in and leave comments below!

GH Head Writer, Ron Carlivati Talks Sonny and Ava

Things are getting pretty intense for the residents of Port Charles these days. With AJ just being shot, there are many people who are trying to figure out why and what exactly happened to him. Anna DeVane is hot on the case with suspects such as Julian and Sonny. Shawn, Duke, and Carly all know Sonny’s deep dark secret that he is the one who pulled the trigger, sending AJ to GH to fight for his life. Sonny has betrayed his son Michael as he promised him he wouldn’t hurt AJ. We all know that Ava is the one who had every intention on killing AJ, and Sonny just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time resulting in a crime of passion. Ava has been behind many of the crimes in Port Charles as of late, including the murder of Connie Falconeri, and shooting Olivia Falconeri when she was aiming for Franco.

Head Writer, Ron Carlivati teases that things between Sonny and Ava are going to get a lot crazier now that the two of them share this secret about AJ.  However, Executive Producer, Frank Valentini mentioned that it will be a long while before Sonny ever figures out that Ava is actually the one who killed Connie, and not AJ.

What would you like to see happen with Sonny and Ava? Leave your comments below!

Will Sonny’s Discovery About Carlos Put a Wrench in His Plans?

Sonny wants to take down Julian Jerome’s operation. Since he can’t target Julian directly, because he is little Daniel Morgan’s life line, he has to go after his organization, starting with Carlos Rivera. Sonny asked his associates to do some digging and find out who Carlos Rivera exactly is. When Sonny finds out he is a relative of his late wife Lily Rivera (Lilly Melgar), will this put a wrench in his plans to take Carlos out? Will this discovery make peace between Sonny and Carlos or start a brand new war?

Sonny and Lily back in the day!

How Will Sonny Handle Connie’s Memorial?

Michael convinced his Father to make a last decision involving him and Connie. He told him not to do anything that he can’t live with. Ultimately. Michael convinced Sonny to attend Connie’s memorial service.

Things are looking pretty intense and Sonny’s emotions are running high.

How do you think he will handle himself at the funeral?

Check out what Maurice Benard tweeted today regarding what’s next! @MauriceBenardMB

Sonny Corinthos Suicide

“We all flirt with the tiniest notion, of self conclusion in one simplified notion, the trick is that you’re never supposed to act on it.” A line from a really great band, The Spill Canvas, in their song titled, Self Conclusion. Today, Sonny flirted with the thoughts of suicide. Sonny was fortunate enough to have Olivia and his sons there to plead with him, and try to talk him out of this state of mind. Sonny is bipolar, therefore he has extreme highs as well as lows. And when faced with the loss of someone he loves, he feels as if he has no where to turn, and that the world would be a better place if he left to be with Connie. Olivia told him who and how much he would be leaving behind, and that if he went through with this, he would be causing harm and pain to the ones he loves, who love him.

Maurice has really been bringing on the drama and intensity with this story. He has brought Sonny to the darkest place he as ever been. Connie has taken him to a place not even Brenda could take him. Losing Connie has mad Sonny lose himself. Maurice is showing the fans a portrayal of Sonny on a whole new level. We have seen Sonny’s dark days, his manic, days, his great days, and now we have seen this, rock bottom.

Every single person in that scene gave it their all today. Brian Craig (Morgan), Chad Duell (Michael), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), and Maurice Benard himself (Sonny). The dynamic was so powerful and the chemistry the actors portrayed as a family really shown through.

Will Sonny listen to his family and lean on them through his time of need? Share if you hope Sonny’s family saves him from himself.

 

 

Photo from Maurice Benard Official Fan Page on Facebook.

General Hospital’s Maurice Benard on Upcoming GH Stories!

General Hospital’s very own Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) has got us more than anxious for what’s to come. We thought things were intense in Port Charles these past few weeks, well Maurice let’s us know that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Check out the official Twitter message from @MauriceBenardMB !

Happy Anniversary Maurice Benard!

The legendary actor, Maurice Benard and his phenomenal character, Sonny Corinthos is celebrating 20 years at General Hospital!

General Hospital Blog would like to thank Maurice for all his hard work and dedication to the American classic soap opera. The longest running Daytime Soap Opera, General Hospital, wouldn’t be what it is today without this amazing actor and his portrayal of Mob Boss/family man, Sonny Corinthos.

We love to be entertained by his multifaceted acting abilities and will take whatever GH will throw at us as long as Sonny is involved.

Congratulations Maurice! To many, many more!

Happy 20 years!

Follow Maurice on Twitter @MauriceBenardMB

You can also visit his personal Facebook fan page here!

Michael Fairman Interviews Steve Burton

This Michael Fairman interview with Steve Burton is absolutely amazing. All the questions the fans have been asking since Steve left General Hospital have finally been answered. Many fans are disgruntled, confused, and even angry at what they THINK the facts are related to the entire situation. From Steve leaving GH to move to Tennessee, to then returning to soaps by joining The Young and The Restless, to the way Jason was written off; fans thought the worst of Steve and/or ABC. I sure hope ALL General Hospital and Steve Burton fans read this interview.
The rumors about Steve plotting to go to Y&R all along, or the executives at GH not offering Burton a compromise are untrue. Steve Burton also explains that Jason’s send off was due to lack of time. Time was running out and the writing team had to come up with something. It would be really great to stop reading such negativity from fans who think Steve was untruthful or that ABC just didn’t care enough to keep him. That is entirely not the case. In the interview, Michael asks Steve about the day he left. Steve explains how difficult it was emotionally and mentions that it was very hard on Maurice Benard (Sonny). This actually brought tears to my eyes. He also mentioned that it was very difficult leaving Kelly Monaco Sam), and that it is still weird not being able to see her everyday.
Michael Fairman also asked Steve if there were plans for Jason’s return to GH for the anniversary show. Steve Burton expressed that he would love to come back for the 50th, but since he is now on CBS he is not sure if that will be allowed. All this being out it the open, I hope fans and Steve Burton have closure now in regards to what really happened during and after the time of his exit. After all thins said and done, Steve did what was best for his family and his life.

Click here for the full interview by Michael Fairman.

Maurice Benard’s New Film: ‘The Ghost and the Whale’ Trailer

Hi all! I know I don’t typically post about outside projects or what the actors are doing in their personal lives, (except Kelly Monaco and DWTS), but I felt that Maurice’s  amazing work should be recognized. Not only is he a General Hospital vet who we can’t imagine the show without, his talents exceed more than what we see every day at 2PM. It’s apparent in his work that he is an extremely talented actor. His multifaceted artistic talents never cease to amaze. Now GH’s favorite mobster, Sonny Corinthos, played by Maurice Benard, is stepping into a new role in a film called “The Ghost and the Whale.” We are very excited to get to see him in another project along with his work on General Hospital. Check out the 30 second trailer of the film!