General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini and cast members celebrated the soap's 13,000th episode with a cake on the set of the ABC soap. Congratulations to General Hospital! READ MORE
It’s been a great year for General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini. Ratings are up, fans are responding to the show’s new storylines—which are rooted in GH’s rich history—and ABC has recommitted to the soap. At the network's TCA party, Valentini discussed the return of the Jeromes, Faison’s fate and revealed he is a member of GH’s most notorious family.
Daytime Confidential: I asked Paul Lee why General Hospital doesn’t get promos during primetime and he admitted it was a good idea and that he should talk to the promo department. Would you like to see General Hospital get some promos during primetime?
Frank Valentini: Absolutely! Any kind of promotion is always great. People are excited about the show and we want to share that with the whole ABC audience and the whole ABC family.
DC: Be honest. Did you fire up the Cassadine weather machine to create the Polar Vortex, so you could have the highest-rated episode in years?
FV: I am secretly a Cassadine, so yes. Absolutely. READ MORE
No television executive is more pro-soap than ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee. The network topper proudly discusses that he began his career working behind-the-scenes on a Brazilian soap. At the network’s TCA panel, Lee said of ABC’s primetime line-up, “We made it our mission to reinvent the soap.”
Under his watch, Scandal, Revenge and Nashville have lit up the night. Upcoming series Resurrection features the very soapy storyline of a child who comes back from the dead in a small town.
Lee acknowledges while ABC’s primetime shows get all the hype, one of the network’s biggest success stories this season is its soul surviving daytime soap, General Hospital. After the panel, Lee said, “I couldn’t be more supportive of General Hospital. I think Vicki Dummer has done an extraordinary job with it… And I think General Hospital, those guys have pulled together a new version of what a daytime soap should look like and I hope it stays on ABC for a very, very long time.” READ MORE
Will Port Charles' dimpled don get a new foot solider in his organization? ESPN's First Take host Stephen A. Smith wants the job!
The General Hospital fan was given a belated Christmas present by co-host Skip Bayless, an "I Love General Hospital" sweatshirt. Smith then launched into the storylines on the ABC sudser and discussed his 2007 stint on the show.
The talking head remarked, although he loved his guest spot, he would like to return as a mob goon! Alright Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati, make it happen. Watch Smith pitch himself as one of Sonny's henchmen after the jump! READ MORE
General Hospital has released the first photo for Chandra Wilson's visit to Port Charles. The Grey's Anatomy star is pictured with executive producer Frank Valentini and star Roger Howarth (Franco). What do you think of the first photo? Wilson will appear in Port Charles on January 28.
Photo Credit: ABC
General Hospital has released a behind-the-scenes look at Port Charles' latest mob war, featuring scenes involving Sonny (Maurice Benard), Shawn (Sean Blakemore) and Carlos (Jeffrey Vincent Parise). General Hospital's exectuive procduer Frank Valentini also makes an appearance. Watch the on-set video after the jump!