Thursday, April 02, 2015

General Hospital Live Episodes: ABC Unveils Two-Day Network Daytime Television Event


ABC will unveil a two-day network daytime television event as “General Hospital” broadcasts live from Los Angeles -- it was announced today, by “General Hospital” Executive Producer Frank Valentini. “GH” will air a live show on Friday, May 15 and another live show on Monday, May 18.  

Live television was once the norm for soaps in the early days, and most of the actors came from theatre backgrounds. If they made a mistake, they were trained and ready on their feet to pick up and move on as smoothly as possible. Nowadays it's much more of an event: the television drama "ER" did a live episode for both the Eastern and Pacific timeslots during one Sweeps period, as did the sitcom 'Will and Grace'. Both were successful and noteworthy episodes.

“Taking such an iconic show as ‘General Hospital’ live for two days is both exhilarating and risky,” said Frank Valentini about the two upcoming live broadcasts of “General Hospital.” “I am enormously proud of our cast, crew and staff for all their tireless dedication and hard work that will be leading up to this daytime television event. It’s live television and absolutely anything can happen, but that is what’s fun about this and we’re absolutely up to the challenge.”

Additionally, fans can be a part of the conversation surrounding this live event by using #GHLive on Twitter. 
“General Hospital,” which celebrated its 52nd anniversary on April 1, 2015, is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production. “General Hospital” has received the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record eleven times. “General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley.  Frank Valentini is the executive producer and Ron Carlivati is the head writer .  “General Hospital” airs weekdays on the ABC Television Network.

Monday, March 02, 2015

A Step Inside Mercury - GH Preview for Week of March 2, 2015

A Step Inside Mercury

Have a Nice Day

For a guy who’s been whomped by a getaway SUV, had his face literally rearranged, his brain scrambled, and his freedom curtailed, Jake is actually doing surprisingly well. He may not remember his name or where he came from, but his flirting and wooing skills are in fairly good working order. When Elizabeth opens up about her current situation with Ric, Jake hopes he might still have a chance with her – and says so. After her fiery defense against Commissioner Sloane, Jake is nonplussed by an unexpected – and unsettling offer from the man who could also grant his release. But with no credentials, no proof of any educational background or experience – let along no chance of avoiding jail – can he really say no? Ultimately, he gets help from another source, who helps him make the decision to take the job or not.

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone

Ava’s memorial looms in front of Kiki like a hammer waiting to fall; all her life it’s always been just her and her mother. This is the woman who raised her, loved her, and protected her – and although Kiki is very glad to have her father in her life, she’s struggling to process how radically this will change everything.  She’s also torn over her decision not to fight for custody of Avery, especially in light of Michael’s crusade to claim the baby.  

As preparations are made, Morgan asks a favor from Sonny, while Kiki calls Silas to fill him in on the memorial details, still unaware that her father is harboring and hiding her mother at New York Methodist.  Silas, himself torn at keeping the secret from Kiki, is also hard-pressed to keep Ava from tearing out the IV lines and making a break for the subway.

Back in Port Charles, Julian tells Sonny he’s back up and running again, and also takes a moment to have a chat with Michael – warning him that he will step in if he feels it’s necessary to protect Avery from becoming the rope and the prize in a vendetta tug-of-war.  Michael, however, has no intention of letting this drag out that long. When a new wrinkle springs up in the courtroom, Alexis becomes suspicious of Michael, and it doesn’t take long for Carly to suss out what’s going on. It could be a huge game-changer that inveigles the judge to hand down a swift and implacable decision.

Hole in the River

There is a long road behind Bobbie and Scotty; they’ve known each other for decades. They’ve fought and loved and won and lost. They’ve been friends and lovers and enemies and allies. Along with Luke and Laura, they’ve had the most tangled, the most wrought, and the most fraught of histories of probably anyone in Port Charles. And even in the worst of times, they’ve all known the best in each other, whether they wanted to say it or not.

Now, as the realization of Luke’s condition is starkly apparent, his sister and his nemesis are left to reveal just how deep the dark well goes; Luke has gone much further than they realized at first, and the immeasurability of the fall is terrifying.  Shaken and reaching for purchase, Tracy finds the one constant she can always count on: Monica, who is a sister through more than marriage alone. Exhausted, Tracy confesses her fears for and about Luke, and when new information comes to light about the Spencer family, it may produce much-sought after answers for her. But – it could also break her. The only question is how much she can, or will bend.

Also next week:  Olivia tells Dante the rabbit died. Franco and Nina team up with an unlikely ally, Nathan is up-front with Maxie about their relationship, while Spinelli shocks Maxie with his actions. Silas helps uncover a truth, while Carly implores Sonny not to make hasty decisions. Nikolas reveals information about Jake to Sam.


Have a Nice Day:  Bon Jovi, Have a Nice Day
Where Have All the Cowboys Gone:  Paula Cole, This Fire
Hole in the River: Crowded House, Crowded House  

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC and is available on Hulu and


All General Hospital previews written and posted on this site are entirely from source material given to me by ABC.

  I do not source any material published on my site from message boards or other sites. ABC is aware of my previews and content. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Open Door Prisons - GH Preview for February 25 to March 4, 2015

Open Door Prisons

Fourteen Black Paintings

Perched on its rocky outcropping just off the shores of Port Charles, Wyndemere is a bastion of Cassadine power and dominion over – well, to their minds, everything. Isolated and insulated, it is a symbol of their overwhelming Otherness which separates them from those who live on the common soil.

It’s also a pain in the rear end if there’s ever an emergency.

The conflagration which signaled the end of Spencer’s birthday party leaves a panicked and worried Nik in a complete tailspin.  The fear of losing Spencer galvanized him into heroic action -- literally walking through fire to save his son, and now a conflicted Nik goes to great lengths to repair the circumstances and the damage that’s been done.  Elizabeth rushes to console and support him after her fiery confrontation with Ric, and though Nikolas is comforted by this,  he still battles with guilt and inner turmoil, ultimately deciding later to tell Sam some key information. 

Ric is fuming with frustration at his current situation, feeling wounded and disgruntled at Liz’s loyalties, which are inexplicable to him.  After an unexpected and startling event, he and Sonny come to common purpose as brothers, resolving that family sticks together against adversities. Jake, after having a weird and nebulous dream, confides in Elizabeth about it, but aware of her clash with Ric,  stresses that he does not want to come between them. 

Arc of a Diver
Newly reconciled and happily aflirt, Alexis also finds herself feeling apprehensive after Ned’s unexpected revelation about Olivia’s baby and subsequent deflection of her wakening instincts. Olivia is clearly grateful for Ned’s staunch and solid support and intervention, but Alexis confesses to Julian her doubts about the entire situation. Later, Julian runs into Duke, who, fresh off a tense and loaded encounter with Anna, extends to his erstwhile nemesis a surprising offer. 

Not surprisingly, this takes Julian aback – has Duke really put the past behind them? And Duke may not be the only person Julian has to worry about.

Nothing in My Way

Everyone is somewhat stymied at Michael’s custody bid for Avery – Alexis is suspicious of the motive, and Julian issues a sober warning – but Michael is determined to forge ahead with plans of vengeance.  Morgan, in an attempt to reason with his brother, ends up in a stormy confrontation over Michael’s intentions instead, which visibly upsets Kiki.  Her choice not to contest Sonny was heartwrenching and difficult after Ava’s loss. Her only support now seems to be Morgan and her father – and while Silas is concerned, he’s also a mite preoccupied lately.  To his chagrin and frustration, he’s sitting 0n a whopper of a secret, which he finds himself hard-pressed to keep under wraps. This becomes even more exasperating when Kiki calls him with some news. 

Meanwhile, a forlorn and frazzled Nina receives a visit from Nathan and Alexis, who bring tidings of great joy – with certain stipulations and conditions. Elated, Nina and Franco compare notes and schemes, as well as a few revelations with each other. LSD and coma hangovers notwithstanding, their commiserations bond them even more tightly against their obstacles.

Also Next Week: 

Bobbie, Tracy, and Lulu decide to hire a PI to find out more about the Spencer history, while Sloane makes a proposition to Jake. Olivia opens up to Dante about the latest developments in her life, and Luke reveals more darkness. Franco receives support from an unexpected source, and he and Nina get a surprise visitor. Nathan is honest with an off-guard Maxie.


Fourteen Black Paintings: Peter Gabriel, Us 
Arc of a Diver:  Steve Winwood, Arc of a Diver 
Nothing In My Way:  Keane,  Under the Iron Sea

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC and is available on Hulu and


All General Hospital previews written and posted on this site are entirely from source material given to me by ABC.

  I do not source any material published on my site from message boards or other sites. ABC is aware of my previews and content. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Asleep in Gethsemane - GH Preview for November 5 - 12, 2014

 Asleep in Gethsemane

Like a modern-day Caiaphas, Sonny has plotted and schemed to achieve one overarching goal – to eliminate the one person who could topple him, at long last, from the precarious pinnacle on which he has resided for over two decades.  While Ava is by no means a prophet, she is a portent and a crucible, and a dangerous, costly obsession which turns Sonny blind to all other consequence and option.

Even as his left-hand henchman Max
lies in ER struggling yet again for life, having been shot in the service of his employer – Sonny’s focus is on Ava as the culprit.

Morgan isn’t so sure. Given Ava’s gravid condition, the likelihood of her sauntering into the foyer of Casa Corinthos, and shooting into the lion’s mouth, as it were, is almost nil. Even Morgan, in his shock at the recent turns of events, realizes this, and entreats his father to reconsider the order on Ava’s life. Whether he can convince Sonny of alternatives is probably irrelevant.  With his own single-minded purpose resounding in his ears, the Don of Port Charles can’t hear the precipice cracking and breaking right under his feet. 


Nina, out of control and maintaining only the most tenuous grips on reality, ends up with a bundle in her arms and a bombshell in her brain.  Terrified for her newborn daughter and enraged at the gall of her nemesis, Ava proceeds to do what she does best. Despite the pain and shock of giving birth, she deftly and expertly reaches into Nina’s brain and gives it a little scramble – causing Nina to further detach and become even more unstable.  But it ultimately isn’t enough to prevent Nina  and Madeline from fleeing the Brownstone, Baby Girl Jerome in tow, while Ava is left to crawl to the front door  in agony – and find on the other side a lethal foe.

While waiting on Danny’s labs, Silas comforts Sam and fills her in on what’s been happening with Nina, apologizing to Sam for allowing his very damaged and dangerous wife to come between them.  After a quiet, open conversation together, some wounds begin healing, and Silas confides that he’s worried about what Nina will do next.  He ends up having to gently but bluntly explain to Nathan just how far Nina’s psychosis goes, and the two begin to work on figuring out how to locate her and Madeline before it’s too late.

A Little Reminder That I’ll Never Forget

Enraged and akimbo, Michael is struggling for psychological purchase while at the same time hugging his rage tightly, like a talisman for resolve. Dante is worried for his younger brother, and he and Morgan fear the worst when they compare notes – but it may be too late for Michael, who is intent on tracking his father down and confronting him. A lot can be said about Michael, but no one can say he doesn’t have perseverance…so Sonny may have very little time to gloat at having cornered Ava. Michael is faced with some harsh choices, the repercussions of which will shape him and the lives of those around him for a long time to come.

After making the colossal mistake of provoking her onetime amour, Carly’s gambit succeeds only in validating Franco’s logic, and he kicks the next phase of his strategy into gear. You can almost hear the clank of the drawbridge being brought up as Heather stalks Pier 52, having trussed and stashed Jordan and Shawn out of the way.  While Franco’s father is thrilled to bits at finally having a prosecutable case, Mama Heather finds joy in the simpler things: BLT’s from Kelly’s, lollipops, and pointing a loaded Ruger at Carly Corinthos Jax. But the twists aren’t over yet—this is Franco, after all, who volleys another shocker of a cannonball over the bow, disposing Carly to realize a grim reality and for Franco himself to grapple with his next move. 

Also Coming Up:  Jake considers Elizabeth’s offer.  Duke is concerned about the impact and fallout of his bogus alibi, and how it might affect his relationship with Anna. The Commissioner, meanwhile, is taking some bold steps and making big choices of her own.  Franco calls Nina as their bobsleds careen downhill, and Kiki has a shocking encounter.


Fire:  U2, October 
Unraveling:  Sevendust, Cold Day Memory 
A Little Reminder That I’ll Never Forget:  Lostprophets, Weapons

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC and is available on Hulu and


All General Hospital previews written and posted on this site are entirely from source material given to me by ABC.

  I do not source any material published on my site from message boards or other sites. ABC is aware of my previews and content. Thanks for reading. :)