Chandra Wilson just can't seem to ditch those hospital scrubs!
The longtime Grey's Anatomy star is stopping by General Hospital for...
The 40th annual Daytime Emmy Award nominations will be announced Wednesday during the 8 a.m. hour of ABC's Good Morning America. Will General Hospital add to all its 50th anniversary glory by landing a spot in the Outstanding Daytime Drama category? Can The Bold and the Beautiful turn a bad break — the departure of queen bee Susan Flannery — into good news? Does Days of Our Lives have a lock on the top prize thanks to its acclaimed, groundbreaking gay storyline? You can't handicap the best soap category without knowing which two episodes each show submitted to the blue-ribbon panels — and TV Guide Magazine has the scoop!
Anthony Geary and Genie Francis
Daytime television's most famous couple of all time, Luke and Laura Spencer, are back in action on ABC's General Hospital, and the actors who have brought them to life for the past 35 years will reunite live on stage this Friday in Beverly Hills for a special Paley Center for Media panel discussion titled "General Hospital: Celebrating 50 Years and Looking Forward."
Anthony Geary, Jane Elliot
BJ's tragic death and heart transplant. Tracy Quartermaine looking on coldly as her father Edward appeared to suffer a heart attack. Sonny Corinthos watching in horror as his wife Lily was blown to bits in a mob hit. Single father Dr. Patrick Drake struggling to move on after the death of his HIV infected wife, Robin Scorpio. And Luke Spencer saving the world from the bloodthirsty Cassadines over and over again.
Kin Shriner, Jane Elliot and Anthony Geary
Drinking! Deceit! Debauchery! And some of it even happened on screen. General Hospital was one wild and crazy place in the late '70s and early '80s under the command of the brilliant yet oh-so-lethal exec producer Gloria Monty. In honor of the ABC soap's 50th anniversary, TV Guide Magazine gathered three survivors of the era — good friends Tony Geary (Luke), Jane Elliot (Tracy) and Kin Shriner (Scotty) — for a raucous lunch near the GH studio. Shriner shows up at the restaurant in a bright cherry-red shirt, the exact same color as Geary's pants. "How weird is that?" says Shriner. "If we put your pants with my shirt it would look kind of clownish." Says Geary with a laugh: "I hate to tell ya, but we're both halfway there now." Elliot, for reasons to be revealed later, is wearing a large smock. Geary orders pasta. Shriner and Elliot get the fish tacos, with Elliot noting, "Kin, who has way too much time on his hands, called me yesterday to discuss in detail the fish tacos he was going to have here today." Soon enough the memories are flying. Who quit the show in a tiff over $50? Who got arrested on the way to work? Who had a steady stream of sexmates coming in and out of the dressing room? It's all here and lots more, so get ready for the full Monty!
Will General Hospital fans accept Michael Easton, Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson in brand new roles? They might have to!
Multiple sources tell TV Guide Magazine that the trio of former One Life to Live stars — who've been embroiled in a tug-of-war between ABC and Prospect Park, the company that's producing the upcoming OLTL reboot — will soon return to GH after being forced to vacate the show for several weeks.
Genie Francis, Anthony Geary, Kin Shriner
All that's missing are the mullets. A trip to the General Hospital soundstage these days feels like an express pass to the 1980s, especially during the filming of the big fan-fave event known as the Nurses Ball. The red-carpet soiree — airing April 5, 8 and 9 as part of the soap's 50th anniversary celebration — has Rick Springfield returning as Dr. Noah Drake, who will take to the stage and rock out "Jessie's Girl." Off on the sidelines, Frisco (Jack Wagner) is trying to woo back his Reagan-era love Felicia (Kristina Wagner), while Anna (Finola Hughes) is once again in the arms of her Duke (Ian Buchanan). And look, it's the long-lost Nurse B obbie (Jackie Zeman)! Fitness guru Richard Simmons, another '80s fixture in Port Charles, is on hand as the charity gala's pushy choreographer. But not even he can get these oldies sweatin'.
His fans are thrilled, except for the ones who are totally pissed. Emmy winner Steve Burton made big news — and crushed a lot of hearts — last fall when he left his role as General Hospital mob man Jason Morgan and moved to Nashville. So how come he's back in L.A. and working at The Young and the Restless a mere three months later? Burton hits the CBS soap Jan. 29 as war vet Dylan McAvoy, the supposedly-dead ex of Avery Clark (Jessica Collins). TV Guide Magazine caught up with Burton to get the deets on this head-scratching career move. This star has some 'splainin' to do!
Nancy Lee Grahn, Kelly Monaco, Bradley Cole
Though April 1 marks General Hospital's actual 50th anniversary, the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini, and head writer Ron Carlivati, have been honoring the show's rich history ever since taking over the ABC soap opera one year ago this week. Their efforts have paid off in spades — with a serious rise in ratings and multiple award nominations. With old favorites like Finola Hughes (Anna), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio), Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Robin Mattson (Heather) already back on the canvas, and Genie Francis (Laura) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) soon making their way back to Port Charles, what else could possibly be left for fans to look forward to as the actual anniversary date approaches? Turns out plenty. Valentini opens up about all he's cooking up to celebrate GH's golden jubilee this spring...
With only four soaps left, you might think there'd be slim pickings when it comes to selecting the year's top work. Oh, hell, no! If anything, the precariousness of daytime drama has almost everyone acting their butts off and one dynamic behind-the-scenes duo giving us some honest-to-goodness hope for the future. Cartini rocks!