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
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: