How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

 
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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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JPI Studios

Tuesday, April 1 marks the 51st anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital.” To honor its special day, the series is promising viewers plenty of love, life and nostalgia, which includes the re-appearance of two of its most popular and celebrated actresses per a report by Daytime Confidential.

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

According to the website, Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun, both of whom portrayed Carly Corinthos on the daytime soap prior to her current portrayer, Laura Wright, joining in 2005, will make cameo appearances alongside Wright in the special episode of the series. This marks Brown’s third non-consecutive stint (brief or otherwise) on “GH” since originating the role of Carly in 1996. After departing the soap in 2001, Brown returned in January 2008 to portray the newly created role of mob princess Claudia Zacchara. She departed the series in 2009. Braun portrayed Carly almost immediately following Brown’s departure in 2001 until her contract expired in 2005.

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Debra Young

Debra Young

There’s been some behind the scenes buzz that perhaps Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins, “General Hospital”) and Cady McClain (Kelly Andrews, “The Young and the Restless;” Dixie, “All My Children”) recently had a secret wedding ceremony, but it’s a mere rumor no longer: Lindstrom has revealed that McClain is in fact his brand new wife!

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

“General Hospital” fan favorites Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones), Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny Zacchara), Bradford Anderson (ex-Damien Spinelli), Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht), Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe) and Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) are heading to Florida this fall as they get ready to party it up with fans in Orlando the weekend of Friday, November 7 through Sunday, November 9.

Hosted by Your #1 Fan, tickets will be on sale soon, so save the dates and stay tuned!



General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

There have been a slew of stories celebrating soap operas’ recent turnaround in the ratings game as of late, but it’s an unexpected trend worth repeating: Soaps are back, baby! And “General Hospital,” which was marching toward an ABC death similar to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” is doing particularly well. Soap Opera Network sat down with the sudser’s very own William deVry (Julian Jerome), who discussed some particulars of why “GH” is on such an upswing. And while he was at it, he revealed some details on what’s to come in Julian’s life, as well!

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Official General Hospital Fan Club

Official General Hospital Fan Club

Ida Mae Astute/ABC

Ida Mae Astute/ABC

As previously reported, the annual “General Hospital” Fan Club weekend will take place from Thursday, July 31 through Monday, August 4 at the Sportmen’s Lodge Hotel and Events Center in Studio City, CA. Tickets for the Kick Off Cocktail Party, Main Cast and Blast from the Past – Part II events went on sale last week Monday.

Recently, the fan club announced additional events for several “GH” stars including mainstays Rebecca Herbst, Lisa LoCicero, Tyler Christopher, Laura Wright, Kelly Moncao, Kirsten Storms, Jason Thompson and Dominic Zamprogna. Joining the actors this year with their own events will be Michael Easton, Ryan Paevey, Kathleen Gati, and even the return of Karaoke night, now hosted by Sean Blakemore, Marc Anthony Samuel and Parry Shen.

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ABC’s news program, “Good Morning America” was the latest show to feature a special segment on “General Hospital” in celebration of the sudser’s 50th Anniversary. And the resulting fun is a can’t-miss for die-hard fans!

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Fred Lee/ABC

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TV Guide Magazine

TV Guide Magazine

In the 60th anniversary special double issue of TV Guide Magazine (April 8 – 21, 2013), ABC’s “General Hospital” secured a four-page spread on its 50th anniversary, but Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) ultimately secured the biggest spotlight of them all. The dynamic duo, in their famous wedding shot compiled of past covers of TV Guide Magazine, received the back cover spot of the mag which features the hit shows from every decade since the publications launch including “I Love Lucy” (1950s), “Star Trek” (1960s), “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1970s), “The Cosby Show” (1980s), “The Simpsons” (1990s) and “Lost” (2000s) on special collector’s edition front cover copies of the celebratory issue.

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Disney/ABC Domestic Television

Donna Svennevik/Disney-ABC Domestic Television

“General Hospital” has seen a whirlwind of publicity celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and it looks like “Katie” is the next show to join in on the fun and feature the iconic soap and its beloved stars. Host Katie Couric and an audience filled with die-hard “GH” fans will be spending a full hour paying homage to the long-running drama, and several Port Charles residents are slated to participate!

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Rick Rowell/ABC

Rick Rowell/ABC

As “General Hospital’s” 50th anniversary celebration kicks into high gear this week with a very special episode airing Tuesday, April 2 (episode was originally scheduled to air on Monday, April 1 as the 50th anniversary celebratory episode), fans will have no chance of avoiding the cast of the series as they grace your TV screens in more ways than one.

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Earlier today “General Hospital” stars Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) and Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne) were joined by executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati as they rang The Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the shows 50th anniversary, airing today, April 1.

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Ben Hider/NYSE Euronext

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