Families, friends, enemies and lovers experience life-changing events in the large upstate New York city of Port Charles, which has a busy hospital, upscale hotel, cozy diner and dangerous waterfront frequented by the criminal underworld.
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After Parker dumps her, Kristina confesses everything to Aaron. Fearing he may die, Kevin declares his feelings to Laura. Jason flies everyone off Cassadine Island after finding a plane, which runs ...
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During the original show up through the 1970s, the show primarily covered Dr. Steve Hardy (John Beradino) and his friend, Nurse Jessie Brewer (Emily McLaughlin). Late in the 1970s, the show was doing badly in the ratings, so a new executive producer, Gloria Monty, decided to move the show's focus away from the hospital and onto material more relevant to a younger audience than the stereotypical "bored housewife", thus bringing in Luke and Laura, (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) and eventually having them marry in a stereotypical fantasy wedding that would not be matched until the real-life marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Written by
When One Life to Live was canceled in 2012, the rights were licensed to the production company Prospect Park to continue the series as an on-line show, but financial and legal issues forced them to suspend their plans to continue the series. Former One Life to Live executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati took over the respective duties on General Hospital. Roger Howarth carried over his One Life role of Todd Manning, Kristen Alderson carried over her role of Star Manning, and Micheal Easton his role of John McBain, Easton also reprized his role from the GH spin-off Port Charles of Caleb Morley/Stephen Clay. When Prospect Park resolved their issues and revived One Life to Live a year later this led to a legal dispute over the use of the characters. The two sides were unable to come to an arrangement and the rights to the characters were lost while the actors remained under contract with the ABC/General Hospital. New roles were then created for them; Micheal Easton became Dr.Silas Clay, the brother of Stephen/Caleb, Kristen Alderson, became Lauren "Kiki" Jerome, Dr.Clays' daughter and Roger Howarth took over the role of Robert James"Franco" Frank Quartermain, previously played by James Franco. See more »
Oh, You know what? It must really get under your skin that Sonny's ex-mistress lives right across the hall. She's almost family now, isn't she? And we all know that you don't like anybody getting in your little clan.
You got a problem with Sam, Ric, get rid of her yourself.
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In 1980, Gloria Monty along with other General Hospital writers decided to make a couple out of two actors that had amazing chemistry. Genie Francis and Tony Geary who have become the phenomenal Luke and Laura. Luke and Laura made General Hospital the unforgettable soap opera it is, and still today, Luke and Laura's though painful relationship, keeps viewers going through their fascinating characterization and never ending passion between them.
Alan and Monica, played by Leslie Charleson and Stuart Damon, Frisco and Felicia, played by Jack and Kristina Wagner, Robert and Holly, played by Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms, Sonny and Brenda, played by Maurice Bernard and Vanessa Marcil, and Luke and Laura have showed every other soap opera the definition of a "love story". Though never simple, always intense, always unforgettable.
General Hospital has also shown amazing technique in storylines that are not love stories. Such as Monica Quartermaine's heartwrenching breast cancer storyline in 1994, or the amazing storyline of two little girls dying, yet only one miracle came out of it. I could only be talking about Bobbie Spencer's and Tony Jones's daughter BJ giving her heart to Frisco and Felicia's daughter Maxie, in the last moments to save her life. These stories touched many viewers and there are so many more.
Some of the most precious moments on daytime television have occurred on General Hospital, and the highest rated moment on daytime television was Luke and Laura's wedding in 1981. It was said to be the only wedding ever to rival Princess Diana's. General Hospital has created feelings, storylines, and characters that go beyond words. I thank Genie and Tony who play Luke and Laura for bringing out the fantasy we all have about how love should be. Though they are General Hospital's greatest achievement, I don't think General Hospital's done with them yet! And we know that Luke and Laura are not the only life changing storyline they've come up with! Thank you General Hospital!
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