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64 April 8th, 2013 GH EP Frank Valentini on Nurses’ Ball Secrets, May Sweeps and Lynn Herring!

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It’s been a whirlwind several months for General Hospital’s executive producer Frank Valentini!  With so much build to the 50th anniversary of the soap, Valentini and his team knew that he had to, and wanted to, deliver big time to the millions of fans who have stood by GH for decades!

In a brand new interview out today from soap columnist, Carolyn Hinsey for Tainted Dreams at the NYC Brand Productions website, Valentini discusses what is yet to come after The Nurses’ Ball concludes, if his plans for GH’s golden anniversary lived up to his expectations, and his thoughts on the loveable Lynn Herring (Lucy Coe)!  Here are a few excerpts below!

Valentini on how Lynn Herring was the biggest surprise to him coming out of the Nurses’ Ball relating:  “I had never worked with her before.  She’s extraordinary.  She’s the mascot, the head cheerleader, and the all-around good sport for the entire Nurses’ Ball. She’s like Beyonce but with more dresses.”

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Valentini on if we are done with all the surprises from GH’s 50th: “No. There are a few more this week, as well as after the Nurses’ Ball. This is what we’ve been doing for the last year.  Ron Carlivati, head writer and I believe that the show should be fun and exciting and surprising. We want it to be like watching a live event – everyone finds out together what’s going to happen.”

So GH fans, we think Lynn Herring is doing a terrific job at the Nurses’ Ball! What about you? And what surprises do you think are still in store for viewers this week and beyond?  Let us know!

 

 

 

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  1. Phil says:

    I don’t know if it has been said already, but is Lucy sticking around? I LOVE her!

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    jimh replied

    I want Lucy to stay too!

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    Melanie Rogers replied

    I love Lucy! Lucy Herring that is!!!

    Bonnie replied

    totally yes!! She may have to after what happens this week!

    Gillian replied

    I heard they’ve extended her stay but that wasn’t straight from the horse’s mouth. Would love confirmation from Frank or Ron. Perhaps if Serena joins the PC canvas, Lucy will stick around (I still think Kristen Alderson will be the Serena recast, at least it is my hope). Frank has done such a great job with GH! It is must see TV again and has something for everyone. Keep it up, Cartini!

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  2. BTripp says:

    Please keep Lucy on the show and bring on Serena Baldwin.

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    jimh replied

    Maybe Kristen ex Starr will play the new Serena?

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    Carolyn replied

    I hope Lucy stays! I have always loved her!

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  3. Melissa says:

    absolutely loving it! Seriously today’s scenes were fun…. Keep up the good work Franks & Ron. Loving every single minute of GH since you started writing/producing.Please keep Lynn on

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  4. Rachel Elisabeth says:

    Lynn Herring as Lucy Coe has been and always will be one of my favorite characters/actresses ever.

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  5. Laurel Twist says:

    The GH50 has been phenomenal. I have enjoyed every aspect of the celebration. Lynn Herring has been exceptional. The writing shows the care and committment to the characters history, and present story. Infusing the past and present is a difficult task, but Valentini and Cavalarti make it seem so easy.

    Looking forward to what happens after the Nurses Ball, and I, too, hope Lynn Herring will be sticking around!

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  6. jimh says:

    Britt being pregnant and claiming its Patricks but itll turned out she is really carrying Dante and Lulus baby that Maxi never was pregnant with in the first place. Maxi was always pregnant with Spinnelis baby since the begining and Britt was smart enough to see to it by artificial insemination with an unsuspecting Spinneli the doner and not Dante. This way Dante and Lulu will not suspect Britt is carrying their child and will not fight Britt for custody, allowing her to continue to pass the child off as Patricks. Maxi never had a miscarriage: this was Britts way of making Maxi think she lost the surrogate baby without her not realizing she was never pregnant with it in the first place, and allowing Maxi to believe she only got pregnant by Spinneli on New Years without revealing Maxi was pregnant by Spinneli from the start from artificial insemination! Dante and Lulu will find out Maxis baby is Spinnelis and that Maxi allegedly miscarried theirs, unware Britt had carried their child along and was passing it off as Patricks until a medical problem with the baby arises finally revealing its Dante and Lulus and not Patricks. Meanwhile Spinneli will be revealed as the missing ELQ shareholder and is the son of Jimmy Lee Holt, the late Edwards illigetimate son. Wonder what Tracy would think of that after treating Spinneli so badly! All just harmless guesses!!!

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    jimh replied

    Sorry if it sounds confusing to some who read my comments above…many interuptions in my home distracting me while im typing but i still think i made it clear enough for most to understand…its just a guess on future suprises but except for Britt being pregnant i dont think most of what i wrote will really happen but it would be nice if i was right this time!

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    Dash replied

    I understood every word you wrote and your formula is completely believable. Was hoping it wouldn’t be another bomb blast!!!

    Mary SF replied

    Are you sure you weren’t a soap opera writer in a past life? I like how your mind works, unfortunately if Britt had done all that, why was she begging mommy to help her out? More likely her reveal tomorrow will be that Robin is alive. This will effectively destroy Patrick’s budding romance with Sabrina- She will say she knows where Robin is and lead Patrick into some kind of trap where she keeps him in a cage until she can break his will and he falls in love with her. That is my guess.

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    jimh replied

    i could be wrong(i havent guessed much right so far lol)…but the way she wears her coat makes me suspect Britts pregnant underneath, maybe not the way id say but its just a guess. If she reveals Robins alive that would destroy any chance she has with Patrick and Anna and co. would never stop looking for Robin or Patrick if Britt kindaps him. But you could be right again like you were with Richard Simmons! Nice to hear from you again. Thanks 4 the reply!

    heidi replied

    Another great set of predictions/wishes!!! Very imaginative! I have thought Britt and Ellie have been playing with the baby stuff and would believe just about anything we could imagine. I also do not think Maxie had a miscarriage and is still pregnant with the original baby.

    I love your notion of Spinelli being the Q heir… but I think it may be Ellie… we shall see!

    Very clever and don’t stop!

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    jim replied

    Thanks…i love guessing even if im wrong…its sometimes better than reading spoilers which can ruin the suspense and fun!

    jim replied

    Ellie does need more storyline connections…id love to see her as the possible ELQ shareholder too!

    tre replied

    Wow!!! GREAT predictions!!!!!!!

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    jimh replied

    Thanks tre

  7. lil says:

    GH NEEDS Lynn Herring.

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  8. Ces says:

    I hope they keep Lucy around but glad that the vampire stuff is over with.

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  9. MK says:

    keep Lucy. Both Serena and Tommy need to come home. Seena a Law student and Tommy is an medical intern. The Baldwins and the Hardys back again. .

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  10. Petra says:

    i always loved watching Lynn Herring —- i got a kick out of watching Lucy :) way the go Lynn you did a good job ….

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  11. Tammy Kreiss says:

    Kris Alderson would be a perfect Serena…. Are you reading these, @Carlivatiron & @Valentinifrank? Xoxo

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    jim replied

    I commented on her as Serena too!

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    Tammy Kreiss replied

    ;)

  12. Judy says:

    It would not have been a Nurses Ball without Lucy she is the BEST!! I hope you have great plans for her she is a real asset to GH..

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  13. Donna says:

    How do we spread the word to keep Lynn Herring? She’s been my favorite return so far – love her!

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  14. su0000 says:

    Love Lynn and all so great!!

    I pray there will be no spoilers..
    I wish there were no spoilers, like back in the old days when one never knew what happen the suspense was overwhelming at times when the stories were thrilling mysteries..

    Ban the spoilers !!

    (I feel letting the cat out the bag is bad for the soaps..

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  15. Terry says:

    Lucy Coe is a must have! Please keep Lynn Herring!

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  16. aria says:

    Lynn Herring is no surprise to us GH fans. She’s has always delivered beyond whats expected out of any Great actor. and Lucy is to good a character to keep away, so i sure hope she sticks around, he FV sounds like he’s impress with her but wasn’t aware of how great she was, glad he go to see it like we have back in the day.

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  17. Carly says:

    Lucy was so great!!!! Loved the show ..It was awesome!!! Maks and Co were great and Rick Springfield too!

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  18. Jim says:

    The cast is way too top heavy. When you have too many storylines, plot points go south. I hope that things settle down after the nurses’ ball. I have a theory about the emmys. The show with the biggest cast and the biggest production staff wins just by the volume of votes alone. I hope Frank isn’t keeping the cast big just to win an Emmy.

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  19. paula m. says:

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  20. Margo says:

    I had forgotten how much I love Lucy and how much she brings to the show. I had hoped Frisco would stay, Jax and Nikolas and feel that Robert Scorpio was very much needed during the 50th Anniversary. He was such a huge part of GH’s success during the 80′s with Luke & Laura. I’m loving everything going on right now (except BRITT :-(

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  21. kellie says:

    need to bring jack wagner back. it was horrible the way frisco and Felicia were written this time. I waited 18 years for jack to come back and this is how it was done. very disappointed and angry on how this was done. frisco and Felicia fans deserve better than that. I have enjoyed the 50 anniversary celebration up to today.

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    Marcia replied

    I agree kellie! I didn’t like the writing for Frisco and Felicia this time either. I was disappointed in seeing him leave his daughter Maxie. Disappointed that she asked Mac to marry her. Disappointed that “he decided” he couldn’t win Felicia back. I do agree I have loved who has been on here during the nurses ball. Enjoyed Rick Springfield and the number by Emma Drake and Sabrina Santiago. Can’t stand Faison’s daughter Britt and her “surprise” announcement. Yuk! Frisco needs to stay around just to give her some grief and lean on her and her psycho mother.

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    heidi replied

    I too was hoping Frisco/Jack would stay awhile for Maxie… she needs him and he needs to spend time with her… that would be the way he might win Felcia back. I love Felicia and Mac and I would not have liked to see Felicia jump back to Frisco so quickly… he needs to win her back over time and staying in Port Charles and supporting his daughter. I had hoped they would offer him a contract and he would accept and work with Anna… while trying to get his family back! If he really is gone now… that is very disappointing and a waste of talent and great story possibilities. We can only hope that he hear’s of Dr. O and Brit’s plans and comes back to kick some butt!!! Loved him singing “All I Need” to Felicia.

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    Tony replied

    So true… Frisco is an iconic character and to have him leave like that ….they should bring him back and fix this, I had tears when he was singing to Felicia, they are meant to be together… Hey its a soap maybe this wasnt the REAL Frisco…..

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    rebecca replied

    I’d love to see Jack Wagner stick around but very glad Felicia picked Mac. He’s the constant in her life, he raised her daughters…Frisco abandoned their children…as did Felicia chasing him. Mac has been the real father to Maxie and Georgie…hoping that Felicia’s realization about Mad is true and lasting this time.

    Love Lucy and so hope she’s staying. Magnetic, lovable personality!

  22. ray schichtel says:

    I love Lynn Herring! Valentini is an incredible producer. GH is arguably one of the best programs on TV.

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  23. Aphrodite says:

    Loved #GH50. Up until the point they destroyed Frisco. Could you please bring him back and fix that mess. He doesn’t have to get together with Felicia, but I so enjoyed the Maxie/Frisco build up.

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  24. Lew S says:

    Keep Lynn!!

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  25. Arlene says:

    Have been loving Lucy, not just during the Nurse’s Ball, but since her initial return to GH. She is full of fun, life, humor and a bundle of energy!

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  26. Alley says:

    Lynn is FABULOUS! I hope she sticks around after the Nurse’s Ball. And I hope Kevin returns as well.

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  27. Rose says:

    Omg I love Lynn. I’m newer to the show but she is such an impressive actress and I can’t take my eyes off Lucy when she is on screen. So glad she is back so I could get to know the character.

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  28. lil says:

    BTW Lynn still has a AMAZING body!

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  29. margie dalton says:

    Love Lucy bet we haven’t had a ball since she left. Sonny would always be a huge donor cause of Stone & Robin. Kristen would work for grown Serena. She could join Michael for romance no relation. Wish Noah came back so Bobbie could be rehired.

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    CTwildheart replied

    I think Sonny is the anonymous donor…

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  30. Eileen Hargis says:

    Keep Lynn.

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  31. MikeT says:

    Please keep Lucy and bring back Heather and Todd !!

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  32. Anita says:

    Please keep Lynn. She lights up the screen. When some storie lines go to slow she gives that POP

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  33. heidi says:

    Lynn Herring os amazing and would be great for a contract player!

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  34. Matt says:

    A perfect episode, will be legendary in years to come. This is the way to do a soap and keep your fans! Romance, intrigue, comedy and cute musical numbers that make long-time fans so happy! GH is amazing again!

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  35. Julie Asper says:

    The surprises have been great! Lynn Herring is a wonderful actress. We sure could use her on a regular basis. Great Ball and looking forward to more to come. Love Sabrina and Patrick together.

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  36. Christina says:

    What can I say but BRAVO!!

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  37. Christy says:

    I loved Lucy when she was on or years (years ago!)… I could go another round of years with her! She is always entertaining… she and Olivia could have psychic parties!

    and she needs a new duck! :-D

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    Christy replied

    also, she and Kevin were good fun combined with Felicia and Mac.

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    Patrick replied

    I know… it was a hoot… a treat… so familial… a bonding two couple…. replete with potential… the stories these two couples could share.

  38. jp says:

    Love Lynn Herring. It is great having her back as well as all the others. I want Lucy to stay along with Bobbi, Felicia, Nicholas, and all the returnees. They have so many ties to others in Port Charles. Frank and Ron can definitely come up with stories with these essential characters we have grown to love all these years.

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  39. paula m. says:

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  40. Patrick says:

    Lucy Coe… is a phenom.

    well said on Lucy being the “mascot”… the central “figurine” to guide the 50th… she has that innate likeability…

    when you have…. expectations… mixed in with sentiment… and heart tugging….

    1. I love her husband… Wayne Northrop…. LOVED HIM ON DAYS.
    2. for aulde lang syne… let’s have a little romp with Scotty…. OK… doubt that… but, they were; FIRE.
    3. the nurses’ Amy and Jesse… including Steve’s pic… were superior.
    4. Felicia acknowledging her love for Mac. Tears… he’s more than a good guy…. he takes care of his partner and children.

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