As a result of the Friday, December 20 preemption, ABC’s “General Hospital‘s” is currently behind in its airing schedule. What that means is that the previously scheduled “Home for the Holidays” themed episode set to air today, will instead air on Friday, December 27. Also shifted is the debut of “GH” newcomer Ryan Paevey in the contract role of Nathan West. The character, who was originally set to debut on tomorrow’s episode, will instead debut on the Monday, December 30 episode in scenes alongside Kirsten Storms‘ Maxie Jones, who seeks to get out of town just as Port Charles gets ready to celebrate the New Year as a result of the recent baby drama and the need to clear her head. In real-life, Storms is headed for maternity leave as she’s due to give birth in January to a little girl by husband and former “GH” co-star, Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny Zacchara).
Meanwhile, Ryan Carnes, who was originally set to reprise his role as Lucas Jones on Thursday, January 16, will now first air on Friday, January 17, 2014. It is currently unclear as to whether the return date for Thaao Penghlis as Victor Cassadine will remain Thursday, January 30 – the first day of the February sweeps ratings period. Check back soon for updates.
In the “Home for the Holidays” story, CPO Hicks (Christopher Allen, a real life United States military veteran who served four years in the U.S. Air Force), confides to Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton) that he thinks he might have cancer and he’s had to keep this potentially painful secret from his loving wife and doesn’t like lying to her — a message that leaves Dr. Clay pondering if he should tell Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) the truth about his own dark past.