As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, ABC News’ “20/20″ will be honoring the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital” on Saturday, April 6. Dubbed “‘General Hospital’ – The Real Soap Dish,” Katie Couric will take viewers behind the scenes of the fictional town of Port Charles, NY. The hour-long special will include interviews with such “GH” stars as Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones), Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) and many more. Fans will also get to hear from Frank Valentini, who has spearheaded the soap into increased ratings since taking over as executive producer in January 2012.
On Saturday, April 6, fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” will be able to learn more about the 50 year history of one of television’s longest running programs. On that day, ABC News will feature the soap during that night’s airing of “20/20,” Soap Opera Network has learned.
“GH’s” Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) tweeted on Monday, “Just finished a sit down interview with 20/20 for
#gh 50 year anniversary. #blessed #proud #honored.” Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) also tweeted about being part of the episode. “But the lovely man doing the story for ’20/20′ did tell me i am a ‘sound bite machine’…” More star appearances are expected to be announced next week along with the timeslot in which fans can expect to tune in.
The annual “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend is more than 130 days away, but it’s never too early to find out who’s scheduling time with their fans. On Friday, July 26 from 9:00 PM to midnight, “GH’s” Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) will be hosting “An Evening with Kelly Monaco” at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA.
The peer votes have been cast, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards! Five categories have been announced, including Lead Actress and Lead Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor, as well as Younger Actress and Younger Actor. Without further adieu, here are the pre-nominees:
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
- Sharon Case as Sharon on “The Young and the Restless”
- Jeanne Cooper as Katherine on “Y&R”
- Susan Flannery as Stephanie on “The Bold and the Beautiful”
- Finola Hughes as Anna Devane on “General Hospital”
- Peggy McCay as Caroline on “Days of our Lives”
- Kelly Monaco as Sam on “GH”
- Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki on “Y&R”
- Michelle Stafford as Phyllis on “Y&R”
- Kelly Sullivan as Kate on “GH”
- Heather Tom as Katie on “B&B”
- Laura Wright as Carly on “GH”
He wooed the ladies on “General Hospital,” and now Ingo Rademacher is set to woo America as a contestant on the 16th season of “Dancing With The Stars.” Paired with dancer Kym Johnson, Rademacher will be competing against a very diverse cast, including country star Wynonna Judd, “American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler, actress Zendayz Coleman, comedian Andy Dick, Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill, comedian D.L. Hughley, football player Jacoby Jones, boxer Victor Ortiz, Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman, and reality star Lisa Vanderpump.
On Thursday, February 21, during the east coast broadcast of ABC’s “General Hospital” (2:00 – 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT) fans of Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe) will be able to chat live with the soap star as she discusses her characters crazy antics in an episode that finds Lucy being transferred to Ferncliff, while Molly (Haley Pullos) comes in with recent pictures of Sam (Kelly Moaco), which she hopes will help the police find Sam and her baby. Lucy is fearful for Sam and her baby and believes they are in serious danger, so Lucy concocts a plan to help secure her freedom as she believes she can help save the two.
With Lynn Herring returning last month as the ever spectacular Lucy Coe, now head of CoeCoe Cosmetics, many were left wondering if her return would solely be for the purpose of resurrecting the Nurse’s Ball on ABC’s “General Hospital.” Thanks to the creative writing of head writer Ron Carlivati and his team, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In a welcome twist of fate it looks as though Lucy’s return has actually helped open up a string of storylines tied to ABC’s canceled “General Hospital” spin-off “Port Charles.”
On Wednesday, November 7, Kelly Monaco‘s professional dance partner on “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars,” Val Chmerkovskiy tweeted, “On my way to @GeneralHospital and its not cause @kellymonaco1 is working… #DaytimeEmmy here I come lol #thrilled #honored.” Monaco followed up his tweet when she said, “So proud of @iamValC [Chmerkovskiy's Twitter handle] Had his 1st day of shooting on the set of @GeneralHospital… from #DWTS to #GH .”
While it was unclear at the time when he would first air, Soap Opera Network has learned that Chmerkovskiy will air on the Monday, December 10 episode of the ABC drama series and that he’ll be playing a boxer that spars with Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Shawn (Sean Blakemore).
ABC has released the first pictures of the cast of stars taking part in the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars” season, scheduled to premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8:00 PM ET. As previously reported, Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall, “General Hospital”) is heading back to the dance floor for a third go around (she won the first season in the Summer of 2005 and was later challenged into a “dance off” with runner-up John O’Hurly two months later). She’s being paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his third season.
Monday, August 13 was the day to watch ABC’s “Good Morning America” as the morning show revealed the dance partners for the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” dubbed the “All Star” edition. With Kelly Monaco‘s (Sam McCall, “General Hospital”) former dance partner Alec Mazo (pictured left, with Monaco) currently appearing in “Dance Temptation,” with Edyta Sliwinska, and no longer appearing on the series (he last appeared during season nine), the actress has been assigned to Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his third season.
Monaco was the first winner of the infamous mirror ball trophy and helped launch the competition series into the hit it became in the summer of 2005. Joining her for the all star edition will be Kirstie Alley, Shawn Johnson, Drew Lachey, Apolo Anton Ohno, Emmitt Smith, Joey Fatone, Pamela Anderson, Helio Castroneves, Melissa Rycroft, Gilles Marini, and Bristol Palin.
Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan, and Kyle Massey are vying for the 13th and final position in the all-star edition of “Dancing with the Stars.” Fans are being asked to vote for one of the three as part of a show first being called “Viewers’ Choice: All Star.” Fans can logon to ABC.com/DancingwiththeStars, presented by Diet Pepsi, and cast their votes now through Friday, August 24 at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT, with the winner announced live on Monday, August 27during “Good Morning America.”
What follows is the list of other celebrities competing and their dancing partners:
- Kirstie Alley is re-teaming with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his 13th season.
- Pamela Anderson will be joined by Tristan MacManus, who returns for his third season.
- Helio Castroneves is dancing with Chelsie Hightower, who returns for a seventh season.
- Joey Fatone is getting Kym Johnson, who is entering season number 12.
- Shawn Johnson has luck on her side as she’s teamed with Derek Hough, who returns for his 10th season.
- Drew Lachey won season two, but instead of Cheryl Burke he’s getting Anna Trebunskaya, who returns for her 10th season as well.
- Gilles Marini took his “Dancing” fame to “Brothers & Sisters,” but Peta Murgatroyd isn’t related to him. She returns for her third season.
- Apolo Anton Ohno gets Karina Smirnoff, who has 12 seasons under her belt.
- Bristol Palin returns to the floor with help from her former partner Mark Ballas, who has enjoyed 11 season on the series.
- Melissa Rycroft gets Tony Dovolani, who, in the video below, reveals he’s excited about getting his name back from “poor Tony” to “Tony,” referring to the infamous Kate Gosselin debacle. He returns for his 14th season on the show!
- Emmitt Smith got Burke, who is also returning for a 14th season on the show.
For a look at the “GMA” announcement, watch the video below.
The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, September 24 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.