How fab is this? General Hospital this week received the prestigious back cover slot of the 60th Anniversary issue of TV Guide on newsstands now! The front cover has one of six legendary shows from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to I Love Lucy! But every issue has GH on the back with shot of of Tony Geary (Luke) and Genie Francis (Laura) from the classic 1981 wedding of Luke and Laura!
Inside the back cover is a four-page story on General Hospital’s 50th anniversary milestone in a piece by TVG’s Michael Logan. The ups and downs of GH on life support and it’s myriad of resuscitations are discussed, and just how far the show has come in 2013! Here are a few excerpts below from dealing with the almost fall, and rise of GH in the past few years!
Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer): “From the moment ABC, canceled All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, and replaced them with reality programs, there was an ax hanging over our heads. It was widely believed that GH was the next soap to go – that we might not even make it to our 50th anniversary- and no one at ABC was making us feel otherwise.”
Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis): “It was almost is the network was on a secret mission to kill us. First, they obliterated nearly every character over 45- just zapped them into oblivion. Then they tried to convince the fans that soaps were a thing of the past, that reality TV was all the public wanted. But then suddenly thank God, things changed.”
Vicki Dummer, (Executive Vice President Times Square Studios who overseas GH): “GH has an extremely bright future. The ratings have increased 45 percent in women 18-34 from one year ago, and that’s pretty astounding. But while ABC is certainly embracing GH and helping it move forward, it’s Frank (Valentini)and Ron (Carlivati) who are the true miracle workers.”
So soapers, what do you think about GH landing on the back-cover for TVG’s 60th Anniversary Issue? What do you think about how far GH has come when it was almost canceled over a year ago?