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Is General Hospital set to be dropped by certain ABC affliates or to get a new time slot?

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As many General Hospital fans know there has been “rumors” on the web that some viewers have been told by their local ABC affiliates that General Hospital is going to be off their programming schedule as of June 2012.

So ABC Soaps In Depth went to some digging to see if that is true and came back with this information:  “According to a rep in one major market, they have not received word that GH will be dropped from the line-up this spring. A spokesperson for another affiliate agreed, saying, “I haven’t heard anything about that, but I’ll carry GH as long as ABC gives it to me.” However,  major affiliate did tell us this: it looks like they have been informed that GH will get a new time slot, but whether that’s in May or September remains to be seen.”

Now, a spokesperson for ABC Daytime says that there is no truth to the rumor that GH will be absent from the schedules of some affiliates this summer, and that those stations have not been saying so to viewers.

It clearly would make most sense that any new time slot change would come once September 2012 hits and the syndicated talker, Katie debuts in most markets,  only time will tell.   Stay tuned.

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dena
dena

They should cancel that horrible mess.

Jeffrey Moree
Jeffrey Moree

Yes, They should cancel that god awful GH.. Some of us viewers have more sophisticated tastes that don’t involve the mafia crap they have all the time.

Starr
Starr

No Jeff, ABC shouldn’t cancel GH.

ABC execs should quit interfering with the show by forcing their bad ideas on the wirters. Instead, let the wirters do their jobs. Execs forcing changes that cause the rewrites to be handed to actors as they are about to shoot their scenes are causing poor performaces (and despair) on the parts of the actors.

Ask any long time viewer, ABC has driven this show into the ground to prove a point that no one is watching.

I agree…..GH is hard to watch. The pacing is slow (especially in this day and age)…..the characters historys are being rewriten (or thrown out completely)…..the replacement of long standing families (Spencers, Quartermaines, etc) and the potential of rich stories with tons of new characters that no viewer is connecting with.

And don’t get me started on how the mob rules Port Charles (where are the police?). I totally agree with you. Now good (PCPD) vs evil (Sonny) stories could be taken into an interesting direction don’t you think.

ABC is intentionally trying to sabotage the show to drive viewers away and make it undesirerable to be bought by another network.

ABC are using the same play book that they used to get rid of AMC. Just read the addition material added to Susan Lucci’s paperback book and you will see what I mean.

SHAME ON YOU ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LUMI
LUMI

well if there will be only 4 soaps on TV in 2012,I like the line up this way so I can watch 3 out of the 4 that will still be on

Days at 1pm
Y&R at 2pm
B&B at 3pm[I never have watched B&B]
GH 3pm

Elhu
Elhu

I don’t care what time it is on, as long as it stays on ABC’s daytime line up, and I can TIVO it. Long live GH !!!!!

My2Cents
My2Cents

abc are liars. I believe nothing they say.
In truthfullness, after 35 years of watching this soap, I stopped recording it this week.
That was hard for me to do. But I no longer can be a part of this mess.

jsam4ever
jsam4ever

if everyone stop watching then we end up giving abc the excuse they need to cancel these soaps, we need to keep watching to keep these soaps on even if you dont like the s/l at the time, we need to keep these actors we have come to love and have entertained us all these employed, that is the least we can do for them.

My2Cents
My2Cents

GH is history. Will it be June of 2012 or September of 2012?
Watching, Not watching, does it matter?? The show is over.
I only wish that they would show vets like me, who has been loyal to them and allowed them into my home for so long, would ‘respectfully’ sign off.
They are far from respectful as of late.

jp
jp

I hate to say this but GH is leaving the airwaves in Sept 2012. I wouldn’t be surprise if ABC cancels them even earlier like June. I am sure they are doing pilots soon for next year. They are going to launch another less costly production like the Chew and whatever replaces OLTL.I was a GH avid viewer back in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I am sure PP is or has negogiated to air GH as well. ABC has made it clear they are not interested in daytime dramas anymore.

lew
lew

JP, I think you are so right!

Emily
Emily

TPTB don’t care about what their viewers want to see so I don’t care to watch GH.

adriana8900
adriana8900

reunite sonny and brenda in 2012

My2Cents
My2Cents

Ohh puhlez….this mess started with the comeback of Brenda.
Allow her to stay away.

Terry Lee
Terry Lee

In my sunday Enquirer on March 25, 2012 says “If ABC cancels “General Hospital” next month Katie Couric could replace the soap at 3 p.m. weekdays with a talk show!! Do we really need anymore talk shows? All of the soaps have been taken off already for more talk shows, WHY??????????? That would be such a shame!

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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