GH Cast Members Visit GMA!

Hey everyone, the General Hospital 50th anniversary celebration continues! Check out some of the cast member of GH on GMA tomorrow morning, Friday, April 5th, at 8:00 AM Est. time.

Get ready to watch  Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Finola Hughes (Anna DeVane), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake),  Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), and Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones) discuss this historic event!

General Hospital’s 50th Anniversary: What GH Means to Me

General Hospital is the longest running television drama in history. For 50 years this outstanding show has been hitting our airwaves. I wasn’t around for it’s first episode on April 1st, 1963, I wasn’t even around for it’s 10 year anniversary in 1973. As a matter of fact, I was only 1 year old when the show hit it’s 20 year mark in 1983. It wasn’t until a little after that 3rd decade that I could actually start to really understand what was going on. In the early 90’s I was a pre-teen/teen with a Mom and an older Sister who watched religiously. I too, began rushing home from school to prepare a snack and wait for 3 O’clock for what would become my most favorite show of all time.

To many kids my age in the early 90’s, flannel shirts, Nirvana, Tupac Shazur, and Guess Jeans were huge. In my world, Jagger, Brenda, Karen and Sonny were my main focus when it came to extracurricular activities. I remember when Jagger, Karen, and Jason got stranded on the island. I can still recite lines from those scenes. I can still hear Jagger’s authentic Italian accent taunt Jason with sarcasm while trying to figure out survival tactics, “Oh I think um, we can order take out, whaddaya say?” And in response to Jason wanting to make spears to kill fish Jagger says, “Why don’t we make a gun, and shoot ’em?!” Those lines play in my head as if it were yesterday. But we all know it wasn’t yesterday. It was almost 20 years ago when I got hooked on General Hospital. 20 years of laughter, excitement, drama, tears, anticipation, and falling in love with my favorite characters and couples. 20 years of bonding with my Mom, Sister, girlfriends and husband. My husband has been watching with me now for about 10 years. I got him interested when Ric Lansing had Carly chained to a wall in a panic room in the house he shared with Elizabeth. That may be one of my favorite story lines still today. Not just because of it’s intense excitement and unpredictability, but also because during that time GH formed yet another bond between myself and someone else who could share in the show’s greatness. Not long after that my husband really got into the Sonny story lines with the mob. A guy in his late teens to early 20’s watching General Hospital? Well when the mob is involved, why the heck not?!

A few years later introduced the couple that would change my view on soap opera super couples forever. In case you don’t know who my all time favorite couple is, it is Jason and Sam. Or as we fans like to call them, JaSam. Jason and Sam were like no other couple on TV. Sure they had their typical break up, make up, and love triangle issues as every good daytime couple did. But they had something more. First of all, they were the epitome of “badass.” Excuse my language but that word bests describes the adventurous side of Jason and Sam’s relationship. Even though Jason was Sam’s protector, Sam could hold her own and as a team they got things done. Aside from JaSam being completely “badass,” many aspects of their relationship felt real, as if it hit close to home. Their laughter, their nights in ordering take out Chinese, they way he protected her, the star necklace he gave her, and near the end when he gave her his Grandmother Lila Quartermaine’s ring as her wedding ring. Those are things the real life couples do together. I will never forget the way these two actors/characters touched my life, and the memories of watching them grow on screen will forever remain in my heart.

Fast forward to this week’s 50th Anniversary celebration. I have to express how outstandingly well everything came together. Not only were the surprises like Ethan, Alan, Emily, and Rick Webber enough to send fans into excitement induced hyperventilation, but the over all emotion of the show was positively overwhelming. Dr. Patrick Drake was the perfect person to talk about the history of General Hospital. A strong, brilliant doctor much like Dr. Steve Hardy was, Dr. Drake has become a legend and anchor at General Hospital. His relationship, marriage, and life he built with the great Dr. Robin Scorpio reminds me of those that came before them, Steve and Audrey and Alan and Monica, and set the stage for this wonderful American tradition to continue.

Throughout the years I have stuck by GH’s side as a devoted fan. I am a lover of the history and all it stands for. I cherish the characters old and new and hold a special place in my heart for something that I was able to share with my Mom for so many years.  I know that if she were here today to see General Hospital turn 50, we would be celebrating together and reminiscing of all the characters and stories that have come and gone.

I want to congratulate each and every person who has ever been a part of General Hospital on this monumental milestone and thank them for finding a way to move in and take up residence in the hearts of their truest fans. Happy 50th anniversary General Hospital.

ABC’s 20/20 Special on General Hospital with Katie Couric for GH50

This is ONE. BIG. DEAL. General Hospital is turning 50! Everyone wants to take part in celebrating General Hospital’s 50th anniversary. On Saturday, April 6th, at 9PM Eastern time, 20/20 will be doing a special on the iconic soap opera through the fictional streets of Port Charles. The show will include an interview with Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan) and a look at celebrities who made their start on GH. This special edition of 20/20, “The Real Soap Dish” will be anchored by Katie Couric.

Back from the Dead: Chris Robinson Returns to GH as Dr. Rick Webber

The surprises just keep on coming! Hey, wasn’t he supposed to be dead?! Why yes, yes he was. Welcome to Soap Opera universe, where the impossible is more than possible. The character ofDr. Rick Webber was popular during the 70’s and 80’s and played opposite Monica, Alan, and Lesley. With Laura and Scotty back in POrt Charles, this story could reall all tie together. Back in 2002, Laura, (Rick’s Step-Daughter) was the supposed killer of Rick, but Scotty Baldwin was the actual killer.They made it out as if Dr. Webber had turned into a villain to justify his murder. TV Guide revelas that Chris Robinson will be filming his first scenes with co-star Lesley Charleson (Dr. Monica Quartermaine).

Actor Chris Robinson was working on a movie, a Western film, The Foresaken, when he got the call from ABC that they wanted him back at GH. Although the return of Dr. Rock Webber is definitely a surprise, the character is not returning just for the celebration of GH’s 50th anniversary. Ron Carlivati stated that his return has to do with ‘damage control.” Damage that was done to a classic vet character and now must be redeemed. In TV Guide’s article, Carlivati says, “I grew up loving Rick and Monica — to me, as a young fan, they were what GH was all about — and I really wanted to find a way to bring Rick back despite his death.” He adds, “I also couldn’t imagine Rick would do some of the horrible things he did in his last appearance. That wasn’t the Rick Webber I remembered!” In no way is Carlivati criticizing the work of past writers, he just feels that there is a way to redeem this character even after his supposed death.

Expect to see his first scenes April 1st, 2013.

More Surprises Today on General Hospital!

General Hospital’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati tweeted this morning, encouraging fans to watch General Hospital today. There will be more surprises leading up to General Hospital’s 50th anniversary. GH50!

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The Return of Audrey Hardy (Rachel Ames)

There is more excited news to share regarding the return if yet another General Hospital vet.Rachel Ames, who originated the role of Audrey Hardy in 1964 is returning to the canvas. In an interview on the show KATIE, Genie Francis revealed that Ames will be returning to General Hospital on March 26th, 2013. Ames’ character Audrey Hardy was last on screen in 2009. I am sure Elizabeth will be happy to see Gram next month! This is going to be one exciting 50th anniversary for GH.

Genie Francis Signs Contract with GH?

The rumor around Twitter is that Genie Francis (Laura Spencer) has signed a contract with General Hospital. If this is true, it looks like there will be a lot more potential for her story. Right now, we know she is here to be with her daughter, as they wait for the birth of  (what they think is) Dante and Lulu’s child that Maxie is carrying. She seems very interested in Luke’s life and was on the phone with a mystery person telling them they will go ahead with their plans. Who is Laura talking to? What are her plans? If Laura is staying in Port Charles longer than just to appease us for the 50th anniversary of GH, there is potential for her to have lasting relationships with current PC residents. Luke included. Since Anna and Luke called it quits, Luke may be open to getting closer to Laura once again. As of right now, we don’t know what Laura wants. It seemed like she was really concerned with Luke’s love life, and looked almost jealous when she saw him with Anna. But who knows. Maybe she was just checking to make sure he was happy with another woman before she proceeds to be happy with someone else. Whatever happens, I am happy to see Laura back in Port Charles, reuniting with all her loved ones!

50 days to GH’s 50th Anniversary!

Today marks the day that starts the countdown to General Hospital’s 50th anniversary! Celebrate with GH and ABC all the way to April 1st. Keep watch for surprising cast returns and unexpected events.

Today Genie Francis returned as Laura Spencer. Coming up Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) will pay Port Charles a visit, along with Jackie Zeman (Bobbi Spencer).

Check out General Hospital Blog’s Preview and Spoilers page for other possible returns.