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Katie Couric Visits General Hospital Set For 20/20 Special (PHOTOS)

General Hospital's 50th Anniversary celebration continues at full speed! Photos have been released for ABC's 20/20 special General Hospital - The Real Soap Dish.

Journalist and talk show host Katie Couric visited Port Charles for the special, which will feature interviews with a number of GH's stars and executive producer Frank Valentini.  The 20/20 special airs on April 6. Check out more photos after the jump!


Which Showrunner Has Given General Hospital Its Best Post-Gloria Monty Days?

Hallmark Channel's Planet 360 is really going there when it comes to discussing hot button suds topics! On the latest installment, Martha Madison, Lilly Melgar and Matthew Ashford debate which showrunner is responsible for General Hospital's best days post-Gloria Monty. Watch the clip below, then vote in our poll!

Which showrunner has given General Hospital its best post-Gloria Monty era?

Richard Simmons on GH Boss Frank Valentini: "He is Michelangelo's David"

Port Charles will be Sweatin' to the Oldies next week, when Richard Simmons returns to General Hospital. The fitness guru will be helping out Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) by choreographing numbers for the Nurses Ball.

Here's what Simmons said about working for GH showrunner Frank Valentini in the April 1 issue of Soap Opera Digest:

"He is Michelangelo's David who comes out of Florence into L.A.," Simmons declares. "He is very sensitive and he cares about the show and the people, and he is really one of a kind. It's been a wonderful experience to come back." READ MORE

Brandon Barash on General Hospital Departure: "It Was My Call"

Brandon Barash wants fans of General Hospital to know the decision to vacate the role of mob hottie Johnny Zacchara was his choice. The actor once again took to Twitter to clear up rumors regarding his exit. Barash tweeted:


Jack Wagner Dishes General Hospital Return With Access Hollywood

The last time General Hospital viewers saw Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner) in Port Charles, the lovable WBS agent/singer was helping Felicia (Kristina Wagner) as their daughter Maxie (then played by Robyn Richards) battled Kawasaki syndrome. Eighteen years later, Wagner has returned home to the show that made him a household name. Access Hollywood was on the GH set to get the details on Frisco's return. Wagner revealed:

When I talked to Frank [Valentini], the [executive] producer, and we decided that Frisco would come back it’s like, ‘Is he coming back [with the] ‘out of the Turkish prison look,’ with a little gruffy beard and Harrison Ford in ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ or, is going to be more Michael Douglas ‘Wall Street’? So he said, ‘Let’s make it Turkish prison.’ So, I’ve cleaned up since I’ve been back.

Watch Wagner's interview below! READ MORE

MSN Money Highlights General Hospital's Turnaround

In recent years, the only time a mainstream publication, newsmagazine or website covered the daytime soap opera was to attempt to be the first to announce the genre's time of death. Today, fortunes appear to be improving for daytime sudser, with one renewal after another being announced. Heck, even a couple of cancelled ones are returning!

The soap that arguably led the charge in bringing the genre back from the dead, ABC Daytime's General Hospital, is the feature of a new article by MSN Money. From the report:

Ratings for the show, which turns 50 in April, are on the rise. "General Hospital" attracted more than 3 million total viewers during the week ended Dec. 28, the highest total in two years. Viewership among advertisers' target demographic -- women 18 to 34 years old -- is up 44% year over year, according to ABC. READ MORE