Those still worried General Hospital may end up like its former ABC sister shows can put down their prayer beads. Executive Producer Frank Valentini spoke openly with the Associated Press about GH’s previous outlook. Valentini stated:
A few years back, the only time network suits spoke about soaps in the press, was to speak ill of them. However, with Brian Frons' and Barbara Bloom's respective careers having gone the way of the dodo bird, their replacements seem much more positive about the state of the genre.
Of course, this phenomenon could simply be because soaps themselves are in a much more positive place ratings-wise, now that Frons and Bloom are out of the game. In a Variety feature on the 50th Anniversary of General Hospital, Time Square Studios head Vicki Dummer had this to say:
“I’m thrilled to be celebrating (the show’s) 50 exceptional years on television. … As someone who grew up watching ‘General Hospital,’ it has a special place in my heart.”
Fans hoping to deliver goodies to Michael Easton (John McBain) for his birthday received sad news, straight from the popular General Hospital star himself. Easton won't be there to accept any cake, cards or presents, because he will be legally prohibited from being at GH after Feb 8. Posted Easton on Facebook: