Daily Beast Reveals General Hospital’s Plans to Stay Alive

With the debut of Katie Couric's self-titled talk show fast approaching, it seems everyone is talking about the fate of General Hospital, including The Daily Beast. GH's new executive producer Frank Valentini  shared his plan to save ABC's lone soap ranger from Mickey Mouse's chopping block.

The audience needs to understand that it’s a very challenging market right now and the whole economic paradigm, if you will, of the daytime landscape has changed with Oprah leaving, the soaps going off the air, and the reality genre entering into daytime,” said Valentini, who was the executive producer of One Life to Live since 2003. “And the networks are in the business of making shows that are profitable and it’s my job to do the best I can to get the ratings up and make the show run efficiently. If we can do that, I think we’ve got a chance.

Kimberly McCullough also shared her mixed feelings about vacating the role of Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake, as well as what she feels soaps need to do in order to survive, in the piece.


I was of the hope that we would do something where the character was fulfilled,” McCullough said. “I was intent that I wanted Robin to die but, because of the way it all went down, I wasn’t comfortable with that anymore. I didn’t feel it was earned. There wasn’t a good lead-up to it. The history of soaps is that you have a meaty story before you leave.

For more on how GH is fighting to the finish, click here!


10 Responses

  1. Profile photo of SwanQueen59

    Good article with nice quotes from LW, KMc, FV and ES. The ABCD suits that
    thought the reality based shows would rule the airwaves have gotten their own reality check… 0:)

  2. Profile photo of GHFan76

    First line of the article: “No soap opera has achieved the pop cultural distinction of General Hospital.”

    It’s true, ABC! Take note and please give it the chance to make the creative comeback it deserves!

  3. Profile photo of liason4real

    First line of the article: “No soap opera has achieved the pop cultural distinction of General Hospital.”
    This was true back in the day with LnL, but the last decade GH has either killed off or tarnished its Hardy/Webber, Baldwin, Quartermaine, Cassadine, etc families for the mob. When was the last time that we saw Audrey, Leslie, Laura or Scotty? Luke has spit on his relationship with Laura over the last few years, and Laura has not been seen on screen since 2009. IMO GH has been a shell of its former self since Claire Labine left the show.

    Good luck to RC/FV because they are going to need it!

  4. Profile photo of GHFan76

    All soaps have had their creative highs and lows. As much as I don’t care for JFP or Guza there were some good moments under them as well at times when Guza decided he actually felt like writing. He was a very hit or miss writer for me.

    I don’t disagree with your statements and do believe RC/FV have an uphill battle. But if there’s one soap “in general” (no pun intended) that fits the bill of achieving pop culture distinction it is GH by leaps and bounds. And yes, the times you speak of are what catapulted GH to that status. But overall, they’re still the one. Just my opinion.

  5. Profile photo of angelal916

    This IS General Hospital people!!! This show came very close to cancelation back in the 78 (I started watching in 1970!) and then Gloria Monty took over and you all know the rest. If there are any two people who can save this show it’s Frank Valentini and Ron Cavilarti. The writing for OLTL the last months was top notch. Give these guys a chance. For all you nay-sayers out there who complain about a couple of OLTL’s people joining the cast well all I have to say to you is, you are not a true soap fan! If you were you would welcome any and all attemps to save GH. This past week were Ron C’s first scripted shows. Can anybody really say with a straight face that this week was anything less than awesome? I doubt that. The writing and the actors put out one great scene after another. Give them a chance and they will deliver!

  6. Profile photo of Dew Chanin
    Dew Chanin

    I’ve been watching GH since that nurse used to wear the sweater at the nurse’s station, that was before Luke raped Laura and they played music to rape Laura by constantly, before the bait shack, before all Monica could say was “Hold me, Rick, just hold me”, before Leslie and Laura used to share wearing the same ugly plaid skirt.

    This show is boring and predictable now. The characters are flat. It’s not about yet another car accident (please let Cole Thornhart be dead) or shoot-out, or explosion. It’s about the characters. They don’t do anything, they don’t want anything. To make a mobster, a killer, one of the main characters and someone who is accepted and honored is bizarre. His business is about ruining lives. But that seems to be ok with everyone in Port Charles.

    You take away the distinction between good and evil, you take away struggle because everyone is rich and has every material possession they could ever dream of, you throw them into one bed after another and it’s a prescription for the audience losing interest. This is not dramatic.

    This is Creative Writing 101. Should the audience need to point this out to the show?

  7. Profile photo of Cyberologist

    “No soap opera has achieved the pop cultural distinction of General Hospital.”

    Sorry that may have been true well over a decade ago but GH has been neutered to such a degree that it its basically the Sonny/Jason show (with their cling-ons).

    Wolf is still a breakdown or script writer IMO he’s awful why won’t they rid themselves of these burnt out hacks (e.g. Elizabeth Korte) from the old regime & start with fresh innovative writers?

    I agree Good-bye GH…. If they couldn’t save their show how are they going to save GH when ABCDisney has made it more than clear they want out of soaps? S & I’m not drinking the kool-aid if its saved great…fantastic but sorry I’m not convinced that they want GH saved

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