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Date for the Daytime Emmy Awards, But No Place to Broadcast

Wednesday April 23, 2014

The Daytime Emmy Awards for 2014 will be held on June 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

At this time, it is a show looking for a network. Hopefully one will be announced soon.

The Creative Arts portion of the awards will take place on June 20.

A Response to Viewers and Readers

Tuesday April 22, 2014

From time to time, something that happens or almost happens on General Hospital touches a nerve. My readers have lately been debating the subject of incest.

The most careful of soap opera writers can't help but run into it, especially in Port Charles, where it seems everyone is related in some way to everyone else.

In the case of Kiki and Michael, they were not related, so why this continues to be mentioned is beyond me. Britt and Ryan did nothing. Yet the controversy continues, with someone suggesting that because Ava was Morgan's ex-mother-in-law, there is something wrong with their relationship.

It's ex, as in once, but no more. If it's age you're quibbling about, go tell it to some 80-year-old man married to a 20-year-old and leave fictional characters alone.

Our esteemed commenter, Barbara Reader, an attorney, has this to say -- and I suggest you all read it:

"I have been involved in a number of unrelated discussion about the law of marriage lately. One involves first cousins on General Hospital, and the issue of incest. ...In this post, I want to discuss the law of marriage with regard to incest...

"The General Hospital boards have included incredibly stupid comments that 'any cousin no matter how distant is incest'... well, don't look now, but evolutionary theory says we are all descended from a single female who was the first homo sapien who lived 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. The scientists call her 'Eve.' For those who reject science, the common ancestor is much nearer. But the outcome is the same: we are ALL cousins.

"So, what is incest? Believe it or not, there is not a clear line among the states in the United States. In all states, it's incest if it's between siblings or direct ancestors and descendants. In colonial times some states permitted uncle/niece aunt/nephew pairing, but I don't think that's the case in any jurisdiction anymore. I believe these are all considered incest today.

"What about first cousins? Can they marry? It turns out, there is a disagreement. It is forbidden in 24 states as incest, permitted as not incest in 26 states.

"So, pretend Jack and Jill are full blooded first cousins. Their mothers are full sisters. They share a pair of grandparents. And they live in one of the 26 states in which they are permitted to marry. They fall in love. And they do get married.

"Now they move to one of the 24 states which do not permit first cousin marriages and consider that incest. Is their marriage recognized or can they be subjected to charges of incest?

"Yes, their marriage is recognized and they can get benefits. They cannot be arrested and charged with incest.

"This is due to a common law principle which is as basic as trial by jury. 'A marriage valid where performed is valid everywhere.'

"...This post is not in support or opposition to same-sex marriage or first cousin marriage. This post is...in opposition to stupidity."

And it's worth me mentioning one more time -- no first cousins married on General Hospital.

You've Got Possibilities

Monday April 21, 2014


Attempting to solve the mystery of, Who is the Fake Luke? we look at Luke's cousin, Bill Eckert.

Read about him and decide for yourselves here.

Photo: ABC, Inc.

Celia Quartermaine (and Cousin)

Friday April 18, 2014


With the Kiki-Michael romance and the almost Britt-Nathan liaison, there has been a lot of talk about relatives who hook up.

Back in the '80s, General Hospital did unite two cousins, Celia Quartermaine and Jimmy Lee Holt.

Celia was played by Sherilyn Wolter.  Poor Celia thought she had a husband, but he turned out to be someone else.

It was a time of spies and mayhem in General Hospital history. Read it for yourself here.

Photo: Sherilyn Wolter and Steve Bond (Jimmy Lee)

Meet Your Friendly Gun Dealer

Monday April 14, 2014


On or about April 15, actor Bruno Amato plays a gun dealer on General Hospital who is being interrogated by Anna and Dante. So I guess someone tried, to paraphrase part of the theme song from The Sopranos, to "get himself a gun."

The Sopranos reference is apt, since Amato is a New Jersey-ite. The former Navy man worked in his home state for years as an ironworker, and at 38, started an acting career.

He's made up for lost time with TV appearances on The O.C., Point Pleasant, Desperate Housewives, Malcolm in the Middle, Monk, ER, Veronica Mars, How I Met Your Mother, and many other shows.

In the The Internship (2013), he played lovable pizza store owner Sal in the film, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Vince Vaughn.

Currently, he in three films due for release: Horrible Bosses 2 (Jennifer Aniston-Kevin Spacey), Helicopter Man (Nia Vardolos of My Big Fat Greek Wedding), and Pizza with Bullets (Vincent Pastore of The Sopranos).

Amato is an outspoken animal rights activist, and loves cats.

Sometimes gentle men come in tough-looking exteriors.

Photo: Brad Buckman

Obrecht Drops a Bomb on Friday's 'GH'

Monday April 14, 2014

Dr. Obrecht offers Dante some information on Friday's General Hospital.

Britt goes to Nathan's apartment and sees Maxie.

Spencer tells his father that Luke is after Sonny.

Baby Ben gets a new name.

You can read all about it here.

Rumors Swirl...Are Recasts Happening?

Friday April 11, 2014

I don't like reporting rumors on this site, but these are worth sharing.

We were promised more Quartermaine presence and instead, both Jason and A.J. are gone.

However, there is possibility that a Jason recast is in the works.

This Jason will be a different guy in personality, and who knows if plastic surgery will be mentioned? Maybe it will be a Franco deal where everyone says, "Jason! You're alive!"

Jason will be angry, emotional and perhaps more dangerous. He will have memories of both of his lives, that of the aspiring doctor in the Quartermaine family, and the one where he kills people for Sonny, and he will have trouble reconciling the two.

There's also word that the role of Dillon Quartermaine might be recast. This part was played by Scott Clifton from 2003-2007. And Dillon's father, Paul Hornsby, may be coming to Port Charles.

The Nurses' Ball: It's Back!

Friday April 11, 2014


None of this is confirmed, but here are some rumors regarding the Nurses' Ball.

Luke, whoever he is, will do a solo number. If it's anything like the solo number I saw Anthony Geary do in New York, get ready!

Also performing: Ned, Sam (dancing, of course), Kiki singing, and Emma and Cam doing the tango. Guess Spencer's out big time.

I hope Epiphany is around to do some singing. Will Richard Simmons re-appear to do choreography? If Lucy has anything to say about it, probably not! Felicia will help Lucy change gowns, but you can bet on a wardrobe malfunction anyway.

Photo: ABC, Inc.

ABC Must Be Thrilled: 'General Hospital' Up in Younger Viewers

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Let's hear it for that all-important 18-49 demographic that networks drool over -- General Hospital is delivering more of them these days.

According to Variety, GH posted a gain of 9 percent in total viewers over last year, but in women 25-54, it's gone up by 19 percent, and by 11 percent in viewers 12-34. The median age of viewers is now 55.5 instead of 56.1.

I don't know what to make of that last part, but if it keeps going like this, the median age should hit 49 eventually. Or, who knows, maybe the age of that desirable demographic will go up.

Anyway, it's definitely good news.

On Tuesday's 'General Hospital,' Someone is Injured

Wednesday April 9, 2014

On Tuesday's General Hospital, Nathan is horrified to hear Madeline's story. And when he gets home, he has a surprise. We have a surprise too, since the surprise was supposed to happen last week.

There's a conflagration at Elizabeth's as Britt arrives to pick up Ben that ends in a shooting.

And two people recognize one another at PCPD.

Read all about it here.

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