Rumor has it ABC is ready to give a clean sweep of ALL soaps on the network. Of course All My Children and One Life to Live are off the schedule, but TV Guide reports that General Hospital may be next on the hit list. If General Hospital is cut from ABC, that leaves on Days of Our Lives and The Young and The Restless left for daytime soaps.
Fans of soaps are enraged, and producers are working to do anything to keep General Hospital afloat. Currently producers are inviting Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson from One Life to Live to Port Charles. This will not only boost ratings, but draw One Life to Live fans into General Hospital. In reality, General Hospital is a spin off of One Life to Live, so it’s only appropriate.
ABC has another idea in mind to save the soap. Instead of running the show every afternoon, the network is considering making General Hospital a short-run summer program. During summer months ratings sink and the network thinks that this could be a summer event that people tune in for. Instead of running the show during its daytime slot, it would become a weekly primetime show. In its daytime slot, Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show is expected.
Turning General Hospital into a primetime show would cut down production costs greatly. It would only cost $200,000 an episode each week. It would save money and time on the schedule for ABC.
Do you think General Hospital would survive as a primetime drama?