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General Hospital Officially Shuts Down Production Temporarily Due To Coronavirus

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GH is the first soap to suspend production due to safety precautions and concerns for the Coronavirus pandemic and is set to shut down from March 16 to April 10.

According to Deadline who announced the production suspension along with halt to Jimmy Kimmel Live, a network rep for GH stated: “We don’t anticipate an interruption in the broadcast of original episodes.”

We anticipate more official word from the other network soaps shortly as to their plans during the health crisis with production halts or schedules over the next month.

Let us know what you think of GH shutting down production at this time and if you hope all the other soaps follow suit for the safety of all their production talents and employees via the comment section below.

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angela
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angela

Much respect put the health and safety of your cast, crew and their families first, that’s the way it should be! Always a fan.

Satan
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Satan

This is starting to suck dragon ass. I mean I’m immortal and I live in an environment where viral diseases aren’t a conncern. But with all the sports canceled and now the possibility of GH disappearing for a while….. Well, you know the old saying “idle hands are the Devil’s playground”. So what about when the Devil has idle hands. I might have to start doing possessions again just to keep myself from being bored senseless. On the other horn… this might be one of the few occasions where Days of Our Lives having 8 months of episodes in the… Read more »

aria
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aria

this is getting really scary I hope it ends soon, I am going to miss Gh if this goes on for a long time.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, Aria,
TPTB of government and Medical experts are estimating July/August. I look at it this way—-perhaps GH will be fast-forwarded as DOOL. was. We would be missing so much useless scenes with useless characters—eg: Peter, the misanthrope, Maxie, even Anna, at this point….etc.

Su000
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Su000

Awwww–
It’s gonna be OK..
The soaps have filmed a month ahead..
So- there are episodes to come..

It’s a good thing- to shut it down..
Hopefully, there will be detection kits by
the time they return..
((don’t hold your breath..
ooohh yeah.. a Chinese billionaire
just sent to USA a million kits and masks!))

Jimh
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Jimh

i asked about this on another site about soap productions halted-a lot events and schools shut down until April…Meanwhile i know it will turn out that Curtis is really Trina’s father…she blamed him for her father’s death and he knows her mother-1+1=predictable…getting back to the virus-it pays to be cautious and all but people are a bit too panicky…and this buying up all the toilet toilet paper…after going into a public stall i thought many dont even use it-the toilet looked like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory had exploded…

Colin
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Colin

I think Trina is Nikolas’ child with Gia. And Gia gave him to Taggert to save her from Helena. Now Ava will get to have her as a stepdaughter.

Jimh
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Jimh

i wasnt watching when there was this Gia…but it would make a neat feud between her mother and Ava…however im still betting on Curtis…

Steve
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Steve

While that might be interesting, it’s highly unlikely since Brook Kerr is on contract as Portia. Doubt they’d bring her on, just to take away her connection to the canvas.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Colin
Very good thought. I thought she might be Curtis’s daughter, but I like your idea better, and her mother dislikes Ava already, wow!

deelo
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deelo

it’s a good idea to put people’s safety first. Though GH will be missed we wish them well – and hope to see them mid-April – I am sure they wish us well alsoll!! It is unchartered waters for all of us – be safe world!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

While its all becoming a bit panicky and OTT with this Coronavirus….better safe than sorry. An idiot NBA player was infected, joking around, touched all the mic’s after an interview and his teammate became infected. And Trump is shaking hands like a boxing champion and refusing to be treated even though he was exposed. So yeah. Better to be cautious I guess. And I suppose people expect to have diarrhea since they’re madly buying up all available toilet paper. WTF? LMAO. oh yeah. That’ll help….one hundred rolls of toilet paper. LOL

Celia
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Celia

Hey, dev,
While I do agree that the Prez should have not shaken anyone’s hand; he did undergo the necessary testing, which proved negative. He has stopped all physical contact with the public.
Be safe!!

davlestev1
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davlestev1

You too. One guy was like uhUh and offered his elbow LOL. Self Isolating myself. It’s all the rage dahling. I’m having martini parties with rotating mannequins on spinning bases and strobe lights. #YASSSS LOL

Celia
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Celia

HaHaHaHaHa—–I can actually picture it—wish I could join you!! We’d have so much fun —you made my day!! I’ll copy that!! —I do love my Baileys—pretty stocked!!. I just need to hide it from the PRIGS!!
Rock on!!❤️

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Tipsy me to a maanequin…. “Daaaahling, I haven’t seen you since New York fashion week. Do hold still so we can bump elbows. LOL

Steve
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Steve

At this point, due to preemptions during the impeachment hearings, GH likely has 6 (maybe 7) weeks of episodes shot. If they’re not back in studio by mid April, they might sprinkle in some reruns.

Nurses Ball (which usually shoots mid-April) might be delayed.

Be interesting to see if they work corona into a storyline, but that might be a little too close to reality.

Karen McEachern
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Karen McEachern

the safety of the entire GH team is of utmost importance – I am glad they are taking this precaution

Rodd
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Rodd

I applaud their move and wish everyone well. Even if this goes on longer than there are shows already in the can, I’d rather deal with reruns than jeopardize someone’s health.

Anne
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Anne

A very wise decision

rose
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rose

Both sad about what is happening to our familiar world. Glad about GH, and I’m sure the other soaps will follow, putting health for everyone ahead of everything else. Even the morning talk shows don’t have audiences anymore, and this spreading in one way or another to other entertainment programs. Now it’s up to us to keep as well as possible for ourselves and towards others. I’m going to try to stay busy…start reading the pile of books I’ve accumulated, do some “art” in the Bob Ross colouring book and puzzles I got for Christmas, keep in contact with friends… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Better safe than sorry–
The issue is with schoolchildren around the country—-how does one entertain them for a prolongued period of time—-there is so much teaching one can do out of a classroom setting, especially for those who get distracted easily. Kids get bored—-my son is one of those children who feeds on challenge. I get antsy myself, albeit playing Barbies with my daughter is kind of fun.
Back to GH—-I heard that Willow discovers she was adopted?
Hey, Jimmy—-did we not say she is probably Nina’s?——Nelle’s or Sasha’s twin? —possible ramifications here.

Jimh
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Jimh

Yep….one of those about Willow….rent movies for the kids, get out the board games, or vidoe games, make them help with housework…get some art supplies ect…there are possibilities!!!!

Celia
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Celia

They’ve been home four days, and we’ve almost exhausted everything—-
We don’t allow Video games—-
You’re right, Jimmy….must use the imagination to its full potential.

Jimh
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Jimh

i dont blame you on the videos…one we had was so gory i tossed it but we did have family friendly ones the whole family enjoyed!!!…i will go cray cray if my state goes total lock down…so much is closed and stores so empty…but i didnt hoard and had enough before all the panic started!!!

Celia
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Celia

Everything is closed here, Jimmy—–but, it needs to be done—we’ll see where it takes us. I’m an optomist—-no “hugging” or kissing your wife/girlfriend—
I hear it’s tough for guys—what can I say??????LOL.

Celia
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Celia

Oops—optimist—autocorrect is wrong! LOL.
PS—-I hope, not, Jimmy. The extreme consequence of lockdown will only make us feel caged and our psyche will not be too happy—I would go as stir-crazy, as you—-
I’m fine with businesses shutting down, or semi-closed ( food is still bring delivered—if you trust the people eho cooked your food). But, not people—that cannot happen.

Dan
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Dan

I’m glad GH is coming down on the side of caution, I would hope the other soaps and other TV shows in general follow suit. No reason to put the actors and production people at unnecessary risk. If they haven’t returned to production by April and run out of first run shows, I would suggest that ABC start airing classic GH episodes from the past. They certainly have no shortage to choose from over 57 years. Let the fans vote on what shows they would like to see, make it engaging and fun. Anything to take people’s minds off what’s… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

So many things are secondary now. There is so much content out there available now that I wouldnt panic if GH was off the air for a couple months! The world will be forever changed. I hope that GH will use their platform as a hospital driven show to tell stories about the dangers that will forever be a part of society from this day forward. And I hope everyone stays out of the hospitals. BUT if you have to go, be nice, those men and women are and always have been overworked and underappreciated! Let them know how much… Read more »

Jimh
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Jimh

Our hospitals has visitors limits…i have a scheduled test i cant miss but i will be screened at the door…we still need hospital but when uou dont it is best to stay out of them for now

rose
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rose

Timmm…well said, especially about health care workers.

Connie
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Connie

This is getting really crazy! I really think Trump has something to do with this bullshit and virus just to make him look good and get more people to vote for his ass! It’s important that GH people health comes first but there’s another way they can still keep making episodes, that they all goes day at the studio that’s one way they can keep filming, it just now getting really good and now you guys going to leave us hanging dry Until April 10.

Celia
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Celia

If anyone runs out of disinfectants—-an aloe and rubbing alcohol concoction works great.
Bleach works the best for the “commodes”. If I could, I would bathe in bleach—-best invention for humankind’s hygiene. .
Change from your street clothes into your house clothes—spray your coats with Lysol between cleanings .
We keep disinfectant in mud/foot room, as we walk in from garage, so we do not forget to disinfect.
All of the above, and then some, is no different from what my mother has been doing since forever, and passed down to her children.
We will get through this. WE ARE AMERICAN!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Celia, “Keeping America Clean!”

Celia
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Celia

Hiyah, T—you bet—if we all do our part, no matter how small, we will overcome!!!!! We are one America—-greatest country in the world. Buying food for the elderly, and distributing it, goes a long way. I need to do something—-as Satan said: idle hands and all that jazz—
Yet, we still see and hear the partisan attacks, Timmmy!! This is not the time to criticize or offer nothing but insults by some of the media—-not the time to be a “jackass”—pardon my tongue.
Be safe, my friend.❤️

Donna Paree
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Donna Paree

I’ve been watching General Hospital since 1972 with my mother. I would hate to see it go away. Because every time I watch I feel like with my mom again.

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