General Hospital Stars Ring in #GH50 at New York Stock Exchange


General Hospital's Kin Shriner, Finola Hughes, Genie Francis, Jason Thompson, Kelly Monaco and Anthony Geary joined Head Writer Ron Carlivati and Executive Producer Frank Valentini to ring in the ABC soap's 50th anniversary at the New York Stock Exchange on April 1. See more photos from the occasion after the jump!

Kin Shriner, Genie Francis and Anthony Geary

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  1. Profile photo of Yoryla
    Yoryla

    This must have been so nice! They all looked so dapper, and business-like!

    There’s also a video of the Bell ringing on YT. FV gets to press the bell button, and he seems excited like a youngster about it! :)

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    bishbay

    Is there a precedent (in daytime, anyhow) for an EP and HW to have such high profiles? They’re doing more press than many of the show’s stars.

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    nysam

    Good question Bishbay. Cartoony aren’t the actors yet they are thrust out there constantly for the spotlight. It’s weird. I think about Agnes Nixon, Paul Rauch, Gloria Monty, Ken Corday, Claire Labine, Wendy Riche, Douglas Marland, the Dobsons, et. al. You hardly knew what these people looked liked. They toiled behind the scenes.

    They have helped GH, but they have only been there a year. I would have prefered to see more GH cast members ringing the bell than the EP & HW.

    I think part of it is that they are gay guys and many of the blogs are infatuated with like school girls with a first time crush so they love posting about them.

    Bill Bell has kept B&B afloat for years and I hardly ever read anything about him or see hom photographed.

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    ANGELWENDY15

    OMG! Why bring up the gay issue? Frank V and Ron C should be congratulated for saving GH that was so close to being cancelled like AMC and OLTL. They deserve to be up there and every actor on GH have only spoken very highly of them for saving the show.

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    J Bernard Jones

    I think about Agnes Nixon, Paul Rauch, Gloria Monty, Ken Corday, Claire Labine, Wendy Riche, Douglas Marland, the Dobsons, et. al. You hardly knew what these people looked liked. They toiled behind the scenes.

    It’s a diffrent age.

    Back in the good old days of the 70’s and 80’s, serious soap fans who read the soap opera magazines actually did know who most, if not all, of these people (and others, including Paul Rauch, Brian Frons and the Bells) because they were featured and regularly interviewed. Back then there were only magazines.

    Today’s media and entertainment landscape has changed dramatically. With message boards, blogs, Twitter, Facebook et al, the people behind the scenes are pushed to the forefront by both the soap press and fans themselves. The whole phenomena of the modern star producer and writer actually began in the daytime arena with Monty, who was as well known as many of her top stars; the more current version of it began in prime time with JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse of Lost. Now showrunners and executive producers like Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men; Big Bang Theory), David Chase (the Sopranos), Matthew Wiener (Mad Men) etc. are featured just as prominently as their actors (if not more so) on many prime time series in online and magazine interviews, scoops, TCA coverage, etc. Even in movies, directors — who used to get preferential billing — now frequently get upstaged by their producers and the savviest have added producer credits to their projects, which is something one also sees in prime time series with high profile or long time stars. On the daytime front, Corday, Rauch, Phelps were never shy about being in front of the press when talking about their shows. Now it is all a part of the game.

    So, there is nothing unusual about Valentini & Carlivati being as publicly known as their actors in this day and age.

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    Cornfed

    Good points JBJ. Yeah, it’s a little weird mentioning the “gay” factor — and once again, isn’t Frank Valentini happily married to a WOMAN ???

    I’m sorry i’m late finding out about the belling ringing…i’ve been behind on GH since last week and just finished yesterday’s ep this morning. I for one am glad at which cast members showed up at the NYSE and i’m sorry, but Finola Hughes is GORGEOUS — that woman is even beautiful outside, in high definition! LOVE.HER.

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    Yoryla

    I think it’s perfectly fine for FV & RC to make appearances. First of all, I think it’s great that people know who they are and what they look like. This way, they come closer to the soap viewer, in stead of being up there somewhere, in a pedastal. It’s much easier to understand people you know something about. In this respect I also have to mention Angelica McDaniel from CBS and Brad Bell from B&B. My personal feelings about their shows aside, I think their profiles are pretty high and fitting to the current times.

    Also, FV/RC don’t usually make appearances alone or as a two-some, but with the actors. That makes me feel more like they’re an ensemble and a true family behind the scenes. Again, especially FV probably places himself as “one of the people working for GH to be as successful as possible” instead of “the leader of an empire”.

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    bishbay

    Now showrunners and executive producers like Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men; Big Bang Theory), David Chase (the Sopranos), Matthew Wiener (Mad Men) etc. are featured just as prominently as their actors (if not more so) on many prime time series in online and magazine interviews, scoops, TCA coverage, etc. Even in movies, directors — who used to get preferential billing — now frequently get upstaged by their producers and the savviest have added producer credits to their projects, which is something one also sees in prime time series with high profile or long time stars.

    This is a gross exaggeration, JBJ. Weiner has not gotten a fraction the attention that Hamm or Moss have in the run-up to the new season of MAD MEN. Lorre is only in the news when he’s fighting with Sheen, and on and on.

    Also, you should note that I made no value judgments in my initial question, but you responded as if I had (“there is nothing unusual”). And in any case, my question was about daytime TV, and the answer is clearly “no.” Using primetime (non-)examples doesn’t change that answer.

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    bishbay

    JBJ, I’m not obsessed with you. I’m consistently annoyed by you. And not all of the blue squares and html bolding and italics refutes what I wrote, because what I wrote is correct.

    Until next time, until you learn.

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    J Bernard Jones

    bishbay wrote

    This is a gross exaggeration, JBJ. Weiner has not gotten a fraction the attention that Hamm or Moss have in the run-up to the new season of MAD MEN. Lorre is only in the news when he’s fighting with Sheen, and on and on.

    This is what I actually said, given that your low level of reading comprehension has failed you once again:

    the more current version of it began in prime time with JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse of Lost. Now showrunners and executive producers like Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men; Big Bang Theory), David Chase (the Sopranos), Matthew Wiener (Mad Men) etc. are featured just as prominently as their actors (if not more so) [from] many prime time series in online and magazine interviews, scoops, TCA coverage, etc.

    Nowhere in that statement do I make the claim that Matthew Weiner specifically has received more attention than Hamm or Moss (I didn’t even mention Hamm or Moss, for that matter), nor did I make any specific claim (other than scoops) about what kinds of stories that these showrunners are often covered for, which means that Lorre’s feuds qualify. What I did point out was where they are covered. The point remains unchanged: showrunners (daytime and primetime) have been a part of the entertainment coverage landscape for quite some time with increasingly higher profiles.

    Also, you should note that I made no value judgments in my initial question, but you responded as if I had (“there is nothing unusual”).

    You are assuming I was responding to you. I was not, given who I actually quoted.To that end, had your original open-ended query deserved a response from me, I would have done so.

    And in any case, my question was about daytime TV, and the answer is clearly “no.”

    The answer has been clearly and factually answered: yes.

    Using primetime (non-)examples doesn’t change that answer.

    Your predictable disregard of facts notwithstanding, of course it doesn’t change the answer from “yes; such inclusion only reinforces that affirmation.

    When you can — by example, history and/or the current state of play, instead of your usual fact-free declarations — refute that, your hollow response remains little more than your usual (tiresome and slightly creepy) obsession with me and somehow thinking you are “putting me in my place,” instead of imparting any information of any value, significance or relevance.

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    Cornfed

    Bishbay, i totally get what you are saying. Pat Falken Smith doesn’t even have an obituary online for heaven’s sake! Yes, times are different now, but to this day, i still absolutely have ZERO CLUE what Doug Marland even looks like, and i subscribed to SOD throughout most of the 80’s! I do think it’s a reflection of the times, but you stand correct in your assessment.

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    bishbay

    JBJ, if I were a certain type of person, I would say that your attacking the totality of my character based on our interactions here says a lot about you, and none of it very complimentary. But I’m not that sort of person, and I don’t pretend to know the “class of person” you are because we occasionally interact on a message board, where you are often wrong and always fatuous.

    Until next time, until you learn.

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    J Bernard Jones

    bishbay wrote

    JBJ, if I were a certain type of person, I would say that your attacking the totality of my character based on our interactions here says a lot about you, and none of it very complimentary.

    Sounds like projection to me. I have only described your 1. (mainly obsessive) responses to me and 2. your complete disregard for facts in favor of making sweeping declarations. You might be the nicest, sweetest person in the world…but…

    But I’m not that sort of person,

    …while I am willing to give you the benefit of that doubt, from your knee-jerk reactions as a hypocrite — attacking the totality of my character (which you launched unprovoked a while back because I presumably “annoyed/annoy” you) based on our interactions here, while passive aggressively claiming the same — I wouldn’t know what other facets of your character exist. If any.

    …and I don’t pretend to know the “class of person” you are because we occasionally interact on a message board…

    You interact with me. I only make an exception for you….

    …where you are often wrong and always fatuous.

    …so says the pretentious, bitchy little blowhard who never backs up anything they say with facts or even a hint of actual context due to being blinded by his (or her…or his) fixation, fascination, ax to grind — “annoyance — with me.

    So, if saying that I’ve annoyed a better class of person than you is an attack on the totality of your character, if you were a better class of person I might be inclined to offer an apology.

    And back into the Dustbin of Irrelevance you go. Poof!

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    J Bernard Jones

    I remember reading this article when it came out in Time magazine (one of the — if not the — most influential magazines of the age) in 1976:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,913850,00.html

    It is a fantastic snapshot of what was going on in daytime, and an interesting read comparing what’s the same now and yet also the different changes then in the genre to the changes going on now, and includes interviews with and quotes from Agnes Nixon, William Bell, and — yes — Patricia “Pat” Falken Smith, which includes this quote:

    It is not true, as is often rumored, that plots are lifted whole from old Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford movies. “I get plots from my own life,” says Falken-Smith, 50. “I’ve been married three times and been around. Most people I know are living soap operas.” Falken-Smith got the idea for the Days of Our Lives artificial-insemination plot from an ad in the San Francisco Examiner offering $10,000 to a woman who would bear a child to a man married to a barren wife.

    were interviewed. This is how many of us got to know something about who these writers and showrunners were; Ms Falken-Smith’s revelation is not unlike the recent confessionals of Michele Val Jean on Facebook & Twitter directly influenced the creation of the writing of the Liz rape & Liz/Lucky romance, what she’d spoken about a handful of times before. Marland’s creation of the Snyders on ATWT is very well-known to have been drawn from his large, close knit farm family, though interviews that he did with the press.

    There would be many, many other interviews over the decades with other showrunners and writers in different magazines, among them Soap Opera Magazine, Soap Life, Soap Opera Update and others that came and went. The soap mags focused mainly on the stars and the stories, but also stayed away from gossip and also featured lots of behind the scenes stuff. Soap fans didn’t read the mags for interviews with Rauch, the notoriously shy and reserved Marland, Monty…but they were there, and they were visible. The Dobsons were profiled during the heyday of Santa Barbara, and Agnes Nixon has long been a recognizable face; Wendy Riche also very recognizable from her interviews. Ken Corday has been a well-known face since the late 80’s, early 90’s. As recently as 10 years ago on the network level, Brian Frons (who appeared on Santa Barbara as God; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSYQQle_DtE) was a known and recognizable commodity even before he took over ABC daytime; CBS’ Angelica McDaniel is certainly getting more exposure these days than network execs have in a long, long, long time. Chris Goutman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axL5FVkVM_w) and Ellen Wheeler were also well-known showrunners, even though they had been actors on Edge of Night and All My Children/Another World, respectively. Specifically in Wheeler’s case are we going to dismiss the whirlwind of publicity and interviews in New York magazine (http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/49119/) and Katrina rebuilding projects and 60 Minutes send offs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egTCwQiOeLE) that kept her in the spotlight, arguably more tha n Valentini & Carlivati? Love ain’t saving the world anymore, is that it?

    Not every single daytime showrunner has been in the spotlight, but quite a few and enough of them to lay waste to the idea that Valentini/Carlivati are somehow “new.” Just because a favorite like Pat Falken-Smith (or Ivring Vendig, Ed Tracht, Robert Calhoun, Susan Bedsoe Horgan, or Linda Gotlieb) aren’t among that list doesn’t negate that list. Are Valentini & Carlivati the most visible exec producer & writer currently? Probably so.

    But, as I pointed out, it has been a progression of time, technology, coverage and communications as well as the expectations of the soap press and fans.

    TIME MAGAZINE FULL TEXT:

    http://boards.soapoperanetwork.com/topic/17727-all-time-sex-an-suffering-in-the-afternoon/

    FINALLY, for the more modern take on the rise of the (primetime) show runner, from June 1, 2012, “From Harmon to Rhimes, How TV Showrunners Turned Into Rock Stars”):

    http://url2it.com/bdbqi

    I know these facts are “annoying” to some, but until they learn….until they learn…

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    bishbay

    JBJ, you seem annoyed. Turnabout’s fair play, I guess.

    Glancing at your two laughably long posts, I feel the need to emend my previous statement: You are indeed often wrong and always fatuous, but I forgot one more critical adjective: prolix. (Look it up.)

    Until next time, until you learn.

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    nysam

    Bishbay….don’t take on JBJ. He receives a check from ABC. I have read his posts and he always gushes over GH, never saying saying anything bad about it. I have been a fan since 1979 and I can say when it is good and I can say when it is bad. There are many people on this board, JBJ being one of them, that don’t like it if you don’t agree with them. It is also sad when people make it personal and attack the posters which JBJ did with you.

    Please keep posting. I like hearing the variety of comments.

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    J Bernard Jones

    don’t take on JBJ. He receives a check from ABC.

    Nope. It’s a lie you created in your own mind and like repeating, but a lie nonetheless.

    I have read his posts and he always gushes over GH, never saying saying anything bad about it.

    Another lie, but perhaps I’m far more positive in the bulk of my posts than certain others given that they spend more than enough time and energy pissing acid everywhere but the toilet that makes piling on unwarranted and unnecessary. I don’t see any necessity in tearing down something that I personally enjoy. I’ll decide when I want to be more critical when I see fit, not to feed yours or anyone else’s need for validation.

    I have been a fan since 1979 and I can say when it is good and I can say when it is bad.

    Ooooh, being a fan since 1979 makes your word infallible. :bigsmile:

    There are many people on this board, JBJ being one of them, that don’t like it if you don’t agree with them.

    Speaking only for myself and not those “many other people,” I don’t care whether “you” agree with me or not. :)

    It is also sad when people make it personal and attack the posters which JBJ did with you.

    Especially when everyone else is alsways so civil & respectful all the time and that, er, whatever it is, was so pure of heart, gracious and respectful. :|

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    Cornfed

    So i missed ONE quote from Pat Falken Smith when i was 11 years old, and obviously not a TIME reader or subscriber? I was barely even chasing boys at that age :love: But thanks for the info JBJ!

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    Yoryla

    [quote=J Bernard Jones]LOL Yorla. That can be taken SO many ways.
    :O :beer:[/quote]

    J – omg, I just read my comment again and realized that it didn’t sound that good. :D Sorry about that :o But you know what I meant, right? I am 100 % on your side!

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