When General Hospital returned on Monday, we expected to see absolutely no romance, and characters remaining at least six feet apart… or at the very least, not touching. Unusual for a soap, but necessary in 2020, otherwise known as The Age of Corona.
General Hospital Distancing?
Then, the soap shocked us in the first five minutes, not with just the appearance of Dominic Zamprogna back as Dante, but Dante’s mother and stepfather, Olivia and Ned KISSING!!!
That sent fans’ jaws dropping and social media chatter wondering how they did that when kissing is such a no-no these days as social distancing is highly recommended to avoid catching this deadly virus.
Well, actress Lisa LoCicero, who plays Olivia, took to Twitter and explained what happened there. “To those asking, the kiss Kiss mark was filmed before we broke.”
She further explained to TV Line: “That kiss was taped minutes before we were all called to the floor and dismissed.” She is referring to March 13 when numerous Hollywood productions suspended work due to COVID-19.
In fact, there seemed to be quite a few scenes taped in March that made it on air this Monday. Some of the courtroom scenes look older and actress Laura Wright told Twitter fans her real first scene back was on Tuesday when Carly entered the Corinthos kitchen to see Jason (Steve Burton) talking to Sonny, who was in pretty bad shape after his last visit with Mike.
There have been some scenes so far that’s made it easy to see social distancing, like the moments between Sam (temporarily played by Lindsay Hartley) and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) when they sat on opposite ends of the couch. Later, in Jason and Sam’s one scene, they talked as they stood across the room from one another. General Hospital (GH) airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for airtimes.
Look at me! Paul Lynde! Center square! #GH happy to be back with new shows! To those asking, the kiss 💋 was filmed before we broke..😷 https://t.co/5bV5LaNolr
— lisa locicero (@lisalocicerogh) August 4, 2020
This was our first scene back !! ❤️❤️ https://t.co/q9SiXxHIZ0
— Laura Wright (@lldubs) August 4, 2020