General Hospital: Night Shift
SOAPnet has another "hit" on its hands. Southern Belles: Louisville is now SOAPnet's number one reality show. Okay...what exactly does that mean? Do more people tune in to watch these Scarlett wannabes say "y'all" a thousand times an episode, and/or drive home the reason why the Centers for Disease Control needed to be headquartered in the South, than watched say One Day With Wally Kurth, or perhaps that other show where that douche bag tried to get couples back together? Which by the way is already cancelled. I guess we just weren't that in to it. Incidently Southern Smell's "record breaking" debut is still firmly behind the premiere of General Hospital: Night Shift. Hmm, I know, why not bring that show back?! Fiddle dee dee indeed.
Okay, all you Soap 2.0 fans, if you are serious about wanting to see the talented writers, producers and actors who give it their all to provide us good, soapy drama year in and year-out see their projects thrive on the web, here's your chance. Tomorrow, April 30, is the last day to vote for the 2009 Webby Awards People's Voice selections.
Some of our fav-or-ite soapers are up for Webbys this year, including All My Children's Eden Riegel for Best Individual Performance, Imaginary Bitches; General Hospital and General Hospital: Night Shift's Karen Harris' web soap Life in General w/Greenville General for Best Drama Indvidual Episode and Luke 11:17, the web drama starring Riegel's AMC costar Chrishell Stause, which is also up for Best Drama Indvidual Episode. Vote for your faves here!
It looks like we aren't the only ones concerned with ABC Daytime's ratings bleed out. One of General Hospital's biggest superstars ever, Tristan Rogers talks about the situation on his Facebook profile.
I keep harking back to the time we are in and the audience we are appealing to. The networks have a vested interest in looking ahead and appealing to the 18-45 demographic. It makes sense. They have to move forward and this “demo” is hotly contested by cable who generally “out gun” them because they have less constrictions. But the fact remains that removing this demographic from the mix still leaves a huge audience in the plus-50 bracket that, in this genre, is ignored. Remember, the 80’s forged what is the daytime drama market today. This is a market that continues to expand. In this economy they have more spending power, and if you believe all the media “spin”, 50 is the new 40? I don’t know about that last bit, but the fact is that 50 plus is a mighty market and they like soaps in the traditional sense. So why isn’t someone trying to appeal to this? This isn’t a criticism, it’s an observation. If the Networks don’t want a relationship here I know someone who does. Me." READ MORE
TVGuide Canada's Nelson Branco chatted up GH's supercouple Robin and Patrick (Kimberly McCullogh and Jason Thompson) in celebration of the sudser's 46th Anniversary. The duo talk about Robin's Post Partum Depression, their love of Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) and Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) and give kudos to NightShift head writer Sri Rao.
TVG: Kimberly, we were all a little bit surprised when you returned to GH a few years ago because you had relative success in other mediums. Are you planning on staying on GH for the foreseeable future? READ MORE
The second season of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift accomplished the unimaginable. For 13 weeks, GH's cable spin off told powerful, multi-generational tales of love, hope and mortality, all primarily set in the soap's historic hospital. The series was truly a Valentine to long term fans of GH and beautifully explained to newer fans why iconic veterans like Tristan Rogers (Robert), Finola Hughes (Anna) and Antonio Sabato Jr. (Jagger) are so beloved. While making GH: Night Shift a success was a collaborative effort, it was one novice soap opera writing's vision of telling stories featuring the characters he grew up loving, as well as introducing an Indian doctor and telling a gay love story, that set Night Shift apart. That writer was Sri Rao.
On today's episode of the Daytime Confidential podcast Luke and Jamey have a conversation with Rao, A Wharton Business School graduate who gave up his high-powered career in Manhattan, to follow his true passion for being a writer and director. Rao offers a refreshingly unjaded perspective about everything from the use of veterans in daytime to the politics behind gay storytelling.
Rao shares the process he and his writing team embarked upon in giving larger-than-life superhero Robert Scorpio an all-too-real Achilles Heel in the form of cancer. He reveals how supportive ABC Daytime/SOAPnet head honcho Brian Frons was in allowing him the freedom to tell his stories and talks about the other projects his Sri and Company are working on, including a teen drama series inspired by his boyhood love for My So Called Life called What Goes On (Watch the What Goes On trailer on Sri and Company) and the Bollywood thriller New York. Rao also answers the question fans of Night Shift are dying to know: Would he ever consider bringing his passion and prowess over to daytime?
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