NO ONE IS SAFE… THE CLOCK IS TICKING… A DISASTROUS CRISIS HITS ABC’S “GENERAL HOSPITAL”

On the Thursday, January 15 episode of ABC’s award-winning “General Hospital,” Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) will rush into the operating room yelling to colleagues Dr. Monica Quartermaine, Dr. Matt Hunter, Nurse Elizabeth Webber and Nurse Epiphany Johnson, among others, to stop a pending surgery with a mysterious patient. Without giving away much else, the clock will be turned back nine hours and each subsequent episode for the next nine days will begin with scenes that will reveal more clues to what is about to happen in the hospital. On Wednesday, January 28, the reason for Dr. Drake’s ultimatum to his staff will be revealed and, from this point through February, medical staff, patients and visitors will be affected as a major disaster will strike the corridors of the hospital and make its way throughout Port Charles. In addition, this medical crisis storyline will coincide with the anticipated return of Emmy(r) winner Natalia Livingston as Rebecca, an entirely new role, on January 15. Both announcements were made by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group.

“We are very excited to start off the New Year with an exciting and captivating storyline that will engage the audience with all of our main characters,” says executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. “In addition, I am thrilled Natalia has returned home to our show to add a new dimension with an entirely new character that will certainly turn heads with the town’s residents.”

Natalia Livingston played the role of Emily Quartermaine, the youngest adult member of the dysfunctional family for over four years, earning a Daytime Emmy in May 2005 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress. A graduate of Emory University, Natalia was discovered by an agent while working in the gardening department at a Home Depot in Hollywood. Fluent in Spanish, she has appeared in a variety of different projects, including “Pop Star,” “West of Brooklyn” and “Rough Hustle.” Natalia will be seen in the film “Fight or Flight,” slated to be released in 2009.

“General Hospital” airs at 3:00 p.m., ET, 2:00 p.m., PT on the ABC Television Network, and on SOAPnet at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Recently awarded a record tenth Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Drama, the program celebrated 45 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2008, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on ABC, having aired over 11,000 episodes. “General Hospital” consistently rates as one of the top-rated Daytime programs in the key demographic of Women 18-49.

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