General Hospital Checks In To A New Timeslot

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With its fiftieth anniversary rapidly approaching, and over 12,000 episodes aired, General Hospital is the longest running American soap opera still in production. For the majority of that run, the show has aired in the weekdays at 3pm timeslot on ABC. Well, things change, and now GH fans are going to have to remember to reset their DVRs pretty soon.

ABC announced this week that the venerable soap will be leaving its long-held 3pm slot and jumping over to 2pm. Why does the show need to move all of a sudden? Two words: Katie Couric. The former CBS Evening News host is premiering a new talk show this fall, and GH producers were told to either move to 2pm or meet the fate nearly every other soap has met in the last few years. Naturally, they quickly agreed to the move.

GH will be replacing failed daytime lifestyle show The Revolution, which drew ratings so low that in this case the revolution probably shouldn't have been televised. Sorry. Anyway, what will happen if Couric's new show tanks and gets canceled within a year (which a large amount of new daytime endeavors do) is unclear at this point. I doubt ABC plans that far ahead.

Do you mind General Hospital's shift to a new time? Do you miss when soap operas dotted the daytime broadcast landscape?

Source: TV Guide

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Written by: msd85
Jun 27th, 2012, 11:10 pm


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Message Posted On Jun 28th, 2012, 10:30 pm

2 PM wasn't good enough for "secondhand Rose", eh?  Just another reason to hate her.  And ABC.  So put her on at 4 o'clock, then!  What's the matter?  Afraid this over-the-hill media whimp can't handle that Hellcat, Judge Judy?!  FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!  Actually, she couldn't handle Judy.  Not even for $20 million.  Oy, such a bargain.  Who does your contract negotiations, Obama?!  He gives away the store everytime, too. 

 There's something to be said for continuity.  This show, General Hospital, was a huge ratings juggernaut for you in the late '70's, early '80's.  As were the other two shows you cancelled.  It's been aired at 3 PM for almost 50 years!  While airing it an hour early is a lot better than cancelling it, it's still a little disrespectful.  As someone almost as witty as me once said, defining what TV network execs are, among other things: "A cynic is someone who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing."

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