Broadcasting & Cable has a new article out today about “GH” beginning broadcasting in High-Definition this coming May for Sweeps along with the already mentioned new “GH” hospital set. Here are some quotes from the feature:
“ABC is breathing new life into its flagship soap opera General Hospital for the May sweeps, as the longest-running dramatic serial in the network’s history will begin broadcasting in the 720-line-progressive high-definition format on April 23.
General Hospital, which has aired more than 11,500 episodes in its 46 years, is the second ABC Daytime show to go HD after talker The View, which made the move in September 2006. ABC has spent $3 million upgrading GH‘s Los Angeles studio and control room to HD, which included renting a temporary control room setup from January to March to keep the show in production while its permanent home was retrofitted.
Besides going to higher resolution, the GH set also has a new look, part of a storyline that has the hospital reopening after an explosion. ABC was able to repurpose set components from the primetime spinoff General Hospital: Night Shift, which ran for two seasons on Disney-ABC cable network SOAPnet. The new set, which has 14 different pieces, “will allow the realism of General Hospital to grow bigger than it’s ever been,” says Brian Frons, president of daytime for the Disney-ABC Television Group.”