As part of the amazing whirlwind blogging tour I took to LA in March, I got the opportunity to visit a number of TV show sets including Grey’s Anatomy and The Middle. But I also got the chance to walk onto the set of ABC’s General Hospital.
If you’re into soap operas, you’re probably having a heart attack right now or dying of jealousy. Please don’t. Either one still won’t get you onto the set, only to your own local hospital.
Now, I’m not going to lie and say I’m the biggest General Hospital fan on the planet. I don’t watch soap operas (unless you count wrestling!), but I do recall my mom and sister watching it religiously when I was a kid. We’d come home from school around 3 p.m. I think, and they’d turn it on and shush me every 5 minutes. Here I was asking for help with my math homework (or for some cookies) and I was cast aside like a rejected lover, only to be ignored until the next commercial break.
I remember the whole Luke and Laura storyline, not that I have any clue what that was all about, but my mom and sis were all aflutter for the longest time about those two. It must’ve been one heckuva romance.
Anyways, despite my lack of General Hospital knowledge, the set visit was still an incredible experience. It’s always amazing to me to see how reality compares to the fictional worlds we see on TV.
We first were brought into a room set up with loads of old props from classic episodes and given full reign to walk around, snap pics, and go “ooh” and “ahh.” When I mentioned this to my sister, her first question was, “Did you see the Ice Princess?” I think my sister may’ve very well fainted if she was in this room!
Take a look at the Ice Princess herself, along with tons of other familiar props. Recognize any?
There were also loads of gowns on display. I managed to try a good number of them on and I must say I looked fabulous. Unfortunately, my camera ran out of batteries and I couldn’t get any photos. Sorry about that. But here’s a look at the gowns themselves!
After that initial welcome, we walked on set and immediately stepped right into an art gallery. That’d be the Jerome Gallery to be precise. On TV, your mind fills in all the blanks and you have no problem accepting this area as a huge art gallery. It was a decent size, but as the camera pans back, you’ll see there’s really not much to it.
Right next to the interrogation room was the heart of the hospital, and probably the biggest area of the set.
We even got a special guest appearance from William DeVry (Julian Jerome) himself!
I found the medical records department, but was disappointed there wasn’t an “Idiot’s Guide to Brain Surgery” book anywhere nearby.
So what’s coming up on General Hospital you ask? Well, besides tons of lies, lust and lives on the line, the big Nurses Ball gala event is coming!
Port Charles will once again hold the iconic Nurses Ball gala, a fundraiser for HIV and AIDS awareness and research. As the Nurses Ball 2014 begins, several popular Port Charles residents will be noticeably absent from the Red Carpet and stuck at home watching the festivities on TV. Old and new loves will percolate while others find themselves in awkward situations. Amidst all the romantic drama, the never-dull Nurses Ball audience will be entertained with fun performances and sexy surprises. The Nurses Ball episodes air May 8 through May 13.