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Fans of ABC.com and WATCH ABC's "GH Now!" might be getting their wish: The 6-episode endeavor hosted by "General Hospital's" Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis) has a very solid chance of turning into a regular series online, according to Chris Thomes, vice president, Disney/ABC Digital Media Studio, Disney/ABC Television Group, in an interview with Brief, a PromaxBDA publication.
When news first hit the web in August 2012 of Duke Lavery being very much alive on ABC's "General Hospital," it not only became a trending topic in the United States on Twitter, but also worldwide. Nearly three years later, it looks like the character will be heading back to the grave as portrayer Ian Buchanan is said to have recently learned that the writers have plans to off the character once more. It would be a huge mistake on their part as it would defeat the entire purpose of resurrecting the character in the first place.
When history is re-created to tell a new tale on a daytime soap opera some of us can't help but groan at the mere thought, especially when history is mined by use of re-created flashback scenes. Sure, we love that stories continue day-to-day, but ultimately we don't expect it to truly have much impact in today's storied world. As "General Hospital" celebrated its 52nd anniversary earlier today, with re-created flashback scenes with several of its current cast playing yesterday's important characters, one can't help but be amazed at how far we've come in our quest for drama on screen, be it scripted or reality. The lack of shootouts, sex scenes, romantic triangles, catfights, or whatever passes for drama today, took a back seat to character driven story.
ABC's "General Hospital" is adding "All My Children" alum Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) to its all-star cast, it was announced yesterday by executive producer Frank Valentini, following an ongoing Twitter conversation with head writer Ron Carlivati, in response to Valentini's promise of a major casting announcement. "Hey @RebeccaBudig wanna join the cast of GH in a new Killer Role??" tweeted Valentini, after saying "okay okay" to head writer Ron Carlivati.
Of all the things that have been said on the set of “General Hospital,” the recent “Tony’s Back!” takes the cake. And it’s a phrase that’s not only being said everywhere within the soap world, it’s what was written on the shirts of the “GH” cast and crew members who gathered to surprise Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) as he finally returned to the soap after a long hiatus and recovery from back surgery!
Why stop at being a hot soap actor when you can be a hot soap actor and a hot correspondent for “Extra?” That seems to be the thinking of “General Hospital” star Ryan Paevey (Nathan West), who has stepped into the role of TV journalist for the popular entertainment show, managing to not only snag an interview with “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini, but also to get the scoop on the drama headed toward Port Charles during November Sweeps!
Earlier this week it was announced that "General Hospital's" Roger Howarth (Franco) had signed on for a recurring role on The CW's "The Flash," where he'll portray Mason Bridge, an award-winning reporter from the Central City Picture News. With fans wondering if Howarth's joining the series, based on the DC comic of the same name, would in any way affect his role on the daytime drama series "GH" executive producer Frank Valentini responded to inquiries by clearing things up for any worrisome viewers during a recent visit to New York City.
On Thursday, October 23, stars from ABC's "General Hospital," "The Chew" and "The View" partied throughout the night during the annual ABC Casino Night, which took place in New York City, as they schmoozed alongside sales clients at Guastavino's. Those in attendance included "GH's" Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos), Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Ryan Paevey (Nathan West), Vinessa Antoine (Jordan Ashford) and William deVry (Julian Jerome). The actors were joined by "GH" executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.
Fans who've missed seeing Anthony Geary on ABC's "General Hospital" since the actor took his annual vacation are in luck: the actor will be back on air in the coming weeks, per executive producer Frank Valentini.
Last week "General Hospital" executive producer Frank Valentini revealed that there will be plenty of villains hanging around the denizens of Port Charles this fall and he wasn't kidding. While a show rep issued a "no comment" when contacted by Soap Opera Network, actress Robin Mattson announced on her Facebook page yesterday that she is returning to the daytime soap as Heather Webber in the near future. "Heather is returning to GH soon!" read Mattson's Facebook posting. Fans last saw Heather in February, when she was carted off to jail.
On today's, August 21 episode of "General Hospital," actress Teresa Castillo returns to the screen for the first time since her character, Sabrina Santiago, left Port Charles to get her head back on straight following the death of her son Gabriel with Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson).
KABC featured on set interviews with the likes of Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Sean Blakemore (Shawn), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Laura Wright (Carly), Ryan Paevey (Nathan) and executive producer Frank Valentini to promote the time slot switch of ABC's "General Hospital" back to 2:00 PM beginning Monday, September 8 in the Los Angeles market, while it's New York counterpart, WABC, has released several promos highlighting the sexy storylines and hot stars of the daytime drama series including the aforementioned Thompson and Wright, William deVry (Julian), Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie). "GH" moves back to 3:00 PM in the New York market also on Monday, September 8.
In a clip that aired during the Monday, August 18 broadcast of KABC's "Eyewitness News" at 4:00 PM, reporter George Pennacchio noted time slot changes taking place on the ABC Owned Television (OTV) station beginning Monday, September 8, which finds "General Hospital" returning to its original 25+ year time period of 2:00 PM on the station.

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