Tristan Rogers by Craig Sjodin/SOAPnet
SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift had an overload of material for its season finale, so the wrap-up is now being presented as a two-parter that ends Oct 21. The plot: Patrick's actions with a patient culminate in an explosion that rocks Port Charles. The finale also boasts a class reunion of GH '80s greats, including Robert (Tristan Rogers), Anna (Finola Hughes), Luke (Tony Geary) and — this is so cool! — Sean (John Reilly) and Tiffany (Sharon Wyatt). — Michael Logan
Ellen DeGeneres by Gregg DeGuire/ WireImage.com
We were promised more energy, more fun and more excitement for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards, and the event delivered. Opening with multiple, overlapping spoofs on daytime television, hosts Sherri Shepherd and Cameron Mathison set the tone from the start. With an all-new, banquet-style set-up and an open bar for the guests, the sweltering L.A. evening outdoors was left far behind for the cool festivities inside the Kodak theater. Backstage in the press room, TVGuide.com heard from the winners of each category, where the newly crowned Daytime Emmy recipients gushed about their new trophies.Tyra Banks was one of the first of the night to take home a win. For her acceptance speech, she took over the entire stage area with her team when they won for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative series, and she was no less outspoken when she arrived at the press room. Explaining that she'd had her own "ugly cry" after holding her composure on camera, she also spoke to her mother's emotions over th...
Jimmy Kimmel by Bob D'Amico/ABC
Jimmy Kimmel, Barbara Walters and Tyra Banks headline a slate of celebs scheduled to present at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (June 20, 8 pm/ET on ABC).Kimmel will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Regis Philbin, who is marking more than 40 years in television.The schedule of performers also includes numerous soap stars, including All My Children power couple Darnell Williams and Debbie Morgan, Jack Wagner of Bold and the Beautiful, and Anthony Geary of General Hospital.Montel Williams who is ending his talk show atfer 17 years is also scheduled to appear. J.R. WhalenRelated:Cameron Mathison, Sherri Shepherd to Host Daytime Emmys
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, General Hospital
They set the country on fire. On November 16, 1981, General Hospital's Luke and Laura said "I Do" to a record audience of 30 million viewers. Exactly 25 years later to the day, the now-divorced soul mates will marry again. Will lightning strike twice? TV Guide caught up with five-time Emmy winner Anthony Geary, 59, and Genie Francis, 44, who is making a brief return to GH after a four-year absence, to get their take on the pressures of fame and their upcoming nuptials — the ultimate soapy sweeps stunt.
TVGuide.com: What made GH, and especially the wedding, so hot and memorable back in the '80s?Tony Geary: The soap medium had become pretty staid – it was like radio w
In other sad news, legendary soap producer Gloria Monty passed away on Thursday from cancer in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 84. Back in 1978, Monty took over as General Hospital's executive producer when the ABC sudser's ratings were considered poor and cancellation was a very real threat. During her memorable tenure, this tough, ambitious auteur made GH No. 1 by stepping up its sluggish pace, rustling up cash to spruce up shabby sets and introducing fan-fave supercouples like Luke and Laura, Frisco and Felicia and Robert and Holly.
"Gloria Monty transformed soap-opera viewing from a housewives' pastime to the cool thing to do," says Jane Elliot (Tracy). "As I was a beneficiary of that transformation, I will be eternally grateful and will miss her terribly. I can’t wait to see what she does with heaven."
Monty produced GH from 1978-87 and again from 1991-92. Before that phenomenon, she began her care
Ted King and Jay Pickett, General Hospital
Due to Ted King's emergency throat surgery this month, General Hospital was forced to temporarily recast the role of Mafia boss Lorenzo Alcazar. King's last airdate is March 22. Port Charles star Jay Pickett — who played paramedic-turned-vampire Frank Scanlon — then steps into Lorenzo's Gucci loafers for three episodes on March 23, 24 and 27. GH viewers can expect King to reprise his role (with a noticeably raspy voice) on March 28.
It's not uncustomary for GH to recast a front-burner hunk on medical leave. Last year Chris Beetem (ex-Jordan, As the World Turns) played Nikolas while Tyler Christopher recovered from a broken arm. For the talented Pickett, this temp job was a golden opportunity.
"I got a call that Ted Ki
Didja catch my cameo appearance at Dr. Tony Jones' funeral on General Hospital this week? For Daytime Emmy voters' consideration, I submit that gripping moment when I entered the chapel, solemnly walked past Anthony Geary (Luke) and found my seat in a pew. Then you saw the back of my carefully groomed head as we mourners bowed our heads in prayer. And, technically, I did have a line when we all said "Amen." Just in case you sneezed and missed me, check out this dishy photo diary of my day on the GH set!
Anthony Geary, General Hospital
It's easy to grouse about the annual Daytime Emmy nominations: "One Life to Live's Robin Strasser was robbed! Why is Passions treated like the stepchild of soaps? And who voted for that so-so star(let)?" But nobody could object to the outstanding-lead-actor nod for General Hospital's talented Anthony Geary. In this exclusive interview, TVGuide.com asks the most recognizable man in daytime TV about Emmy, the return of Holly and Robert Scorpio, and those endless Genie Francis rumors.
TVGuide.com: Congrats on your eighth Emmy nom! You've won four times. Are you still surprised at this point?
Anthony Geary: Thank you. I'm always surprised.
TVGuide.com: What did you submit for your prenomination reel?
Geary: I used the
Renee Elise Goldsberry, One Life to Live and Tracey E. Bregman, Young and the Restless
All of soapdom was buzzing on Wednesday when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced. Here's how your sudsy faves reacted to all the big news....
First-time nominee Renee Goldsberry (Evangeline) had a mixed reaction to being One Life to Live's lone acting anointee. "It's bittersweet because I saw some great work on my show last year," the supporting-actress contender told TVGuide.com. "I don't want to single anybody out, but I can't help it: Bree [Williamson, Jess/Tess], I thought was absolutely wonderful, [as were] John-Paul [Lavoisier, Rex], Robin Strasser (Dorian)... I also thought that Tari [Signor, Margaret], who was [pre]nominated in [my] category, was really, really great. Michael Easton (John) should get a little shout-out as well, because you're only as good as your partner."
"It was shocking that I was even nominated," said
When Daytime Emmy nominations were announced Wednesday on The View, the CBS sudsers led the pack with 29 nominations to ABC's 12 in the major soap-opera categories. After an annus horribilis of budget slashing and cast cuts, there was finally good news for Guiding Light: TV's longest-running serial — which just turned 69 — will vie for best soap honors with As the World Turns, General Hospital and Young and the Restless. GL also scored the most acting nods, with a total of nine!
Speaking of suds thesps, many of the usual suspects were nominated, including Bold and Beautiful matriarch Susan Flannery, GH tough guys Maurice Benard and Anthony Geary, and GL diva Kim Zimmer. But Emmy also honored some newbies, such as One Life to Live's Renee Goldsberry, whose recognition was long overdue.
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