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News for the week of 17-Jun-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

GH and OLTL won “Outstanding Achievement in Multiple Camera Editing” at the June 14th Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmys.

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) had her hands full producing and writing the comedy fillers for the June 16th Daytime Emmy Awards Ceremony. She had little to no budget, begged a lot of colleagues to do it for free, and ran herself and her crew ragged running around filming “guerilla-style” out on Hollywood Blvd. with pop lock dancers and various passers-by. “Poor Gillian [Sonnier, E!, the line producer,] had to dash around getting, like, a hundred people on Hollywood Boulevard to sign releases. We're dragging equipment everywhere, futzing with this, futzing with that. So many details. My poor daughter, Kate, is going, ‘Mom, I'm hungry!’ I'm, like, ‘Shut up! Eat a cracker!’” Grahn described. “There is so much that goes into making Brad F--king Pitt look good. And, by the way, this is not going to be anything like a Brad Pitt movie. It's more like one step up from community theater. But it's my first attempt and I would like as much mercy as possible. This stuff isn't supposed to be fall-off-your-chair funny. It's more like a little levity, a little wink.” They overshot, so most likely, a lot of the surplus footage will go on YouTube. Stay tuned. –TV Guide, Michael Logan interview, June 14, 2013

Nancy Lee Grahn’s (Alexis) comedy bits weren’t half bad, considering the rest of the awards show tanked. They elicited a lot of laughs and showcased her natural comedic ability. The one with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek and Chad Duell (Michael) dressed as a hotel pool staff member posing yet another comment in the form of a question while serving a drink order, then getting shoved into the pool… very effective on slapstick and wry points. Duell’s actually quite the slapstick comedian off-screen; it’s genius of her to use that in this segment. Maybe she could produce next year’s awards ceremony — if there is a next year’s.

The biggest news from the June 16th Daytime Emmys on HLN is that Jason Thompson (Patrick) did not win as the outstanding lead actor (Doug Davidson [Paul, Y&R] did, deservedly), as fellow nominee Michael Muhney (Adam, Y&R) predicted/jinxed. GH and former OLTL head writer Ron Carlivati was also shut out of a win in the writing (B&B won) and outstanding daytime drama (DOOL) categories. The only ones from GH to win were Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu) as outstanding supporting actress and Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr) as outstanding younger actress. Otherwise, the online consensus amongst fans and critics is that this year’s Daytime Emmys rivaled the Las Vegas one as worst train wreck ever. See EW link for complete list of the major winners.

Roger Howarth (Franco II; Todd, OLTL) landed a guest-starring spot on Showtime’s Californication as a yoga instructor. It’s for a handful of episodes.

Gossip for the week of 17-Jun-2013

by Carol Banks Weber

Thoughts from the June 16th HLN Daytime Emmys:

What does a weather forecast map of the U.S. have to do with a Daytime Emmy show? This pointless intro sucked.

Worst idea for an awards ever: the live, onstage interviews. Who paired up the amateur reporters with the acting winners? A Food Network star interviewing (badly) outstanding supporting daytime actors makes about as much sense as Elmo doing it. Giada de Laurentiis asked the most asinine questions too. “How many of these have you been to?” “Uh, this one, just now [Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R)].” “That’s it?” These spots were so bad de Laurentiis—in way over her head—had to chide the audience to pipe down and listen to outstanding supporting actress (not lead, HLN) Julie Marie Berman [ex-Lulu] say absolutely nothing (“I’m overwhelmed… my mouth is really dry… uh, uh…”). Couldn’t they have at least had a professional journalist, much less a soap columnist take over?

Bethenny Frankel, probably there to pimp her new talk show (this entire awards ceremony was a talk show pimp), had on a black number (LBD) that looked like someone cut off her right shoulder. Why was she presenting two awards in the culinary arts when she barely looks like she eats?

The singing … G-d help me.

Two of, IMHO, the worst, most schticky daytime actresses — Julie Marie Berman (ex-Lulu) and Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr) — actually won in their respective supporting and younger categories. For what??

Dig this. Someone on Soap Opera Central rumored that Sabrina’s odd reaction to the mention of Sonny could mean a summer story of some sort of meaningful connection, maybe even familial.

The following are my interpretations of the latest spumors from GH Happenings:

Proving she’s a psycho moron, Carly tries again to put a hit out on Franco. This time, she may use A.J., her booty call, to help her do it.

Lulu may suffer from another memory loss, undoing everything.

The person spying on Sam, Alexis, and Anna could be a member of the Jerome syndicate. Enter a resurgence of the mob. This could relate to Sam’s biological father, especially when the Cassadines and the Quartermaines submit to tests to see if they’re a match for baby Danny, suffering from leukemia. There’s more to Anna’s story than we’ve seen so far, too.

Lucy asks Laura to be her co-pilot in the latest business venture, L&L revamped. Scotty and Nikolas are fully on board. Guess which studs are hired as male models? Felix and his crush, Milo. Lucy’s daughter Christina and Scotty’s daughter Serena revisit Port Charles, get wind of L&L’s search for models, and want in. But their parents nix that.

Luke does what Luke always does in a pinch: he bails rather than takes care of his medical crisis.

Maxie has her baby girl. At some point, Spinelli gets curious about this infant and puts on his detective hat.

“If she dies, you die!” Really, Sonny? You’re going to threaten to kill the mother of your children and a woman? I thought the Gummy Mobster prided himself on never going after women and children, much less family. This has got to be the biggest character assassination in GH’s history, and could unseat head writer Ron Carlivati as the show’s godsend. Apparently, a lot of diehard, character-specific, Sonny worshippers have no problem with the threat so long as their idol Maurice Benard keeps showing up and picking up his check.

Patrick and Sabrina finally made love last week. Creepy, father/daughter love, IMHO. There is absolutely zero chemistry between these two performers. Jason Thompson is barely even trying to make it work. And Theresa Castillo comes off poorly, giggly, girlish, and way, way too young.

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