Could General Hospital Move to Primetime?!
Fasten your seatbelts, kiddies. We're about to head back up on the roller coaster. An article in this week's print edition of TV Guide (with NCIS on the cover) claims ABC is considering moving its final daytime soap General Hospital to primetime as a limited-run telenovela!
Update: The article is now available online at TVGuide.com!
According to the report from the magazine's Stephen Battaglio, an ABC insider shared the deets with him, and discussed how relatively inexpensive it would be to take GH to primetime. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know I think this kind of move is our best shot at keeping daily soaps in production. Univision often bests networks among the Big Four with the juggernaut ratings of their closed-ended, primetime daily soaps or telenovelas.TeenNick has also had success with a daily, telenovela-esque version of the popular Canadian teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation, as well as British import House of Anubis.
I think soap fans would line up for a 13-week nightime version of GH — especially if that's our only option to see the beloved series live on! I just hope ABC commits to making this happen, should GH be cancelled this April to make room for Katie Couric. Soap lovers—not to mention the casts and crews of these programs—have been jerked around quite enough. Would you watch a primetime version of General Hospital? Sound off in the comments!