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‘General Hospital’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and other ABC Shows Pause Return to Production During Omicron Surge

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The post-holiday returns of several ABC shows has been delayed due to the ongoing Covid-19 surge from the Omicron variant.

TV Line is reporting on Wednesday that Grey’s Anatomy, The Rookie and Station 19, as well as General Hospital have delayed a return to production.

According to the item, GH delayed its return to production from this week, and pushed it until next week.

The Rookie has yet to determine when they will return.

Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 were originally scheduled to return Monday January 10th, but are now slated to come back on Wednesday the 12th.

All of these production re-starts are, of course, pending more of a surge as the situation can be day-to-day.

The production pause was out of an abundance of caution, not because of any specific outbreaks related to any of the shows.

No word yet, how the surge may affect production on the other network series from NBC, CBS and the CW, etc.

If things hold, it won’t be much time difference from the original production re-starts for these shows.

So, glad to know the ABC shows are taking precautions before they return to work? Comment below.

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Satan
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Satan

Soo… now they don’t have any excuses to keep Steve Burton off the set, right??

brian
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brian

Oh… you mean i don’t need a vacinne for hell or since i have had 3 jabs you won’t take me?

Satan
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Satan

Vaccines aren’t needed in Hell. We’re immortal down here, so a virus ain’t going to do anything to you.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Maybe just pride?

Steve
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Steve

The vaccine mandate is a Disney corporate policy. GH and ABC cannot override that.

anne
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anne

Satan -here in the real world vaccine mandates is Disney Corporate policy. Neither GH nor ABC has the power to not follow that policy. Those actors who refuse to go along lose out big time.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Don’t know how old this news is but I’ve already seen the new Rookie last Sunday and S.W.A,T and more ths week. I live in So.Cal, maybe there’s a difference but I doubt it.

Damien
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Damien

I wish YnR would pause production and return with a new E.P and headwriter, Morina and Griffith are tragic. No originality, no vision and the show looks and sounds budget.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

So right, Damien. Billy’s pathetic, childish vendetta against Adam is going on, what, eight years now or more. He really thinks HE should run Newman Media? How many companies can he run into the ground and then blame everyone else? I’m SO tired of these repetitive stories. They’re even teasing a Nick & Sharon reunion! Really?

Timmm
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Timmm

Well, I guess Steve and Ingo are kind of smiling right now. BUT, I dont want to get into a vaccination debate. I have a positive idea with a bit of “Tongue in Cheek” mixed in. Danny Boaz was released from Y&R. He played Chance. Him and Ingo look a bit alike. Why not cast Danny in a new role as the next Jax ONLY call him VAX! Take a little swing at Ingo. Ha ha ha! But seriously, Jax and Jerry could have another sibling floating around out there and Danny Boaz would fit the bill as the new… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

I was thinking Danny could be a recast Lucky. I think they are close in age.

Timmm
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Timmm

Lucky always had that rogue look to him like Luke. Danny is to much of a pretty boy!

Michael
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Michael

This soap is over the top. So even the fully vaccinated GH cast is getting COVID?? Steve and Ingo are gone so they sure didn’t give it to them. So is GH going to fire every vaccinated actor who contracts COVID?

Timmm
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Timmm

Mr. Biden and his staff are considering shifting gears and treating the patient and not so much putting an emphasis on the VAX. Meaning, he wants to focus on diluting Omicron to a point where it is a flu-like treatment and mostly treated OTC instead of gumming up hospitals.

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The Bold and the Beautiful to Dedicate Episode to Betty White On What Would Have Been Her 100th Birthday

Television legend, Betty White, who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 99, will have the upcoming Monday, January 17th of The Bold and the Beautiful dedicated to her.

What makes the choosing of this date to honor White s so meaningful is that it would have marked Betty’s 100th birthday.

Within her storied career, Betty played Ann Douglas on The Bold and the Beautiful – the mother to Pam and Stephanie.  She made her final appearances on B&B in 2009 when the show killed-off the character.

White, passed away a few weeks ago on New Year’s Eve, and earlier this week it came to light that she suffered a stroke six days before her death.

Pictured in this post are Alley Mills (Pam_, the late Lee Phillip Bell (Co-creator B&B and Y&R), Betty White and Susan Flannery (Ex-Stephanie).

So, what do you think of B&B honoring Betty on what would have been her 100th birthday by dedicating the episode to her? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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Guiding Light Favorite Robert Newman is Y&R’s New Ashland Locke

Major casting news! The Young and the Restless has recast the role of Ashland Locke, previously played by Richard Burgi who has exited the CBS daytime drama series.

According to Soap Opera Digest, longtime Guiding Light veteran, Robert Newman (Ex-Josh Lewis) will be taking over the role.

Look for Robert to begin airing next month in February.

Over the weekend, Burgi announced via his Instagram story that he was no longer with top-rated soap opera.

Newman’s daytime career also included time on Santa Barbara and General Hospital.

So, what do you think of Robert Newman as the Genoa City’s new Ashland Locke? Comment below.

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