Soap fans finally got some good news today when Deadline.com has learned that ABC is going to announce their decision to stick with General Hospital and give it a one year renewal and cancel The Revolution!
According to Deadline, “The news ends months of speculation about what will happen to the venerable soap whose long-time 3 PM slot will be taken over by Katie Couric’s new syndicated talk show in the fall. With Katie joining ABC’s daytime lineup, General Hospital and new lifestyle series The Chew will remain. For the time being, starting on July 9 until Katie premieres on Sept. 10, ABC will air a special Good Morning America-branded hourlong show alongside GH and The Chew. Details about new new program, tentatively titled GMA In The Afternoon, are still being finalized, but it is expected to be generally broader and lighter than the regular GMA unless there is a breaking story, which the afternoon show will jump on. T he expansion of the GMA franchise comes as the morning program has been on a ratings roll, dramatically narrowing the gap with long-time ratings leader Today.
GMA In The Afternoon is expected to feature personalities from the morning show and will also likely be used as a platform to break new talent. The reshuffling of ABC’s daytime deck, including the decision to stick with GH, represents the first major move by EVP Vicki Dummer, who took over ABC Daytime following the December departure of Brian Frons, the man responsible for the cancellations of AMC and OLTL.”
General Hospital’s renewal ensures that GH, which marked 49 years on the air on April 1, will celebrate its 50th anniversary next April. It is the longest-running U.S. soap opera currently in production.
All we can say is “Ding Dong The Revolution Witch Is Dead! And soapers, we will have the town of Port Charles for at least another year, unless for some behind-the-scenes ploy where ABC decides to take their summer series of GMA In The Afternoon and bump GH! We pray that is not the case! From the looks of it and on the surface, GH is safe! Let us know your thoughts on the decision by ABC and their new line-up sans The Revolution!