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'General Hospital' Casts Michael Learned and Unveils New Credits

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2010 1:02PM
Michael_learned_varietyWhat do you get when you turn 12,000 episodes old? Why, a new set of opening credits, naturally. That's what'll happen today as 'General Hospital' unveils a new set of opening credits to coincide with the milestone occasion.

By the way, if you're wondering, 'GH's' 12,000 episodes equates to nearly 47 years of continuing daytime drama. The show began on April 1, 1963, and it was not an April's Fool joke. It was something different at the time, because most of the soaps were New York based.

In fact, on the same day 'GH' launched, NBC premiered a new medical soap, too, out of New York. It was called 'The Doctors,' and for the first decade or so 'GH' and 'The Doctors' were on TV, the NBC show was a better soap. However, all that changed in 1978 when Gloria Monty became executive director... which led to the Luke and Laura sensation.

But today, 'The Doctors' is a fading memory, while 'GH' thrives and that sensation named Luke is still causing trouble and tremendously popular. With the new credits, they have even left in that great Luke walk off, the 'what the hell' attitude that works so well for Anthony Geary. Here's a look at the credits:

One more note about 'GH,' James Franco isn't the only name star to appear as a guest on the show. Three-time Emmy winner Michael Learned -- Olivia on 'The Waltons' -- has just signed to appear as a cancer patient. Learned be guesting on 'General Hospital' throughout the month of April. She's not as big a name as Franco, but a damn, good actress.

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I think they should have made Sonny's biological son, Morgan look more like him. He has none of Sonny's features. He doesn't even have any of Carly's features. He's a good actor, but I just saying for realistics sake, they could have done better. He doesn't have any hispanic features. Not even the darker skin tone.

April 05 2010 at 2:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

~ I may have to watch/record General Hospital for the month of April, I loved the Waltons, I love actress Michael Learned .

February 27 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love the new opening, they kept the verve of the last one, just wish One Live To Live would jump on board,THEY need a new do.

February 27 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Remember her awesome run on "Scrubs"? Love her.

February 26 2010 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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