Did Richard Simmons and a “Campy” Nurses’ Ball Hurt General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy Chances?

General Hospital being shut out of the major Daytime Emmy races this year caused veteran soap opera journalist Carolyn Hinsey to put on her investigative cap. Here's a snippet of what she unconvered during a conversation with the telecast's executive producer David Michaels:
Carolyn: What’s your reaction to GH being shut out of the big categories?

David: I’ve got to admit I was shocked. It’s so difficult to watch so many great GH episodes throughout the year, and then have them not nominated. But I am very happy for the Prospect Park group. All My Children was very good, as well. I don’t know why they weren’t nominated, either.

Carolyn: GH submitted the Nurses’ Ball, and I know I’m not supposed to repeat this but some judges told me it was too campy. One even said, “Richard Simmons lost them the nomination.” Can you comment on that?

David: I shouldn’t [laughs]! All I can say is that a lot of the people who voted in that category don’t watch soaps – and the ones that do don’t watch all the episodes. Any entertainment professional can vote in the lead program categories. If they follow the rules, they are supposed to judge purely by the episode(s) submitted – not by the shows they may have watched all year. I realize that’s a little bit like the jury being told to “disregard that statement” but those are the instructions.

General Hospital Favorites Celebrate Fan Club Weekend With Luncheon (PHOTOS)

Long time General Hospital favorites Ian Buchanan and Finola Hughes joined their fellow Port Charles residents and Executive Producer Frank Valentini at the General Hospital Fan Club Luncheon on July 27. The stars mixed with fans, signed autographs and answered questions. Check out more photos from the 2013 General Hospital Fan Club Luncheon after the jump!

Richard Simmons’ Best Weight Loss Advice: “Make a Plan and Stick to It”

Fitness guru Richard Simmons made a hilarious return to General Hospital for its 50th anniversary, including “coming out of the closet,” but what has been one of the keys to his successful physical fitness career? The Huffington Post caught up with Simmons after TEDMED 2013 and revealed five things they learned from him.

5. His best advice for getting started on your weight-loss goals: Take inventory of your life. He encourages people to make a list of priorities, and to figure out what they want to do with their lives. "Find out if there's a passion you want to do, or how much you want to lose ... then make a plan and stick to it."


First Impressions: Richard Simmons Returns to General Hospi-Tale! (PHOTOS)

Fitness icon Richard Simmons returned to General Hospital after years away, and brought with him a whole lot of classic GH mentions and memories. He also brought extreme hilarity, when he tried to pitch the song "General Hospi-tale" as the opening act of the Nurses Ball!

What were your First Impressions of Richard Simmons return to General Hospital?

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."