Many of the fans of On-Air On-Soaps were chatting amongst themselves yesterday when we were recalling canceled iconic soap One Life to Live and how nice it would be if there was a television network that would offer re-reruns of the classic soaps!
And today, Retro TV announced that none other than the classic NBC soap opera The Doctors is getting a second life! The series which starred James Pritchett and Elizabeth Hubbard among others will begin airing old episodes of the series this fall!
The news was announced via a press release that went out today which stated: “Luken Communications is pleased to announce the addition of the classic soap opera The Doctors to Retro TV. Set in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors‘ storylines revolve around the hospital’s Chief of Staff Dr. Matthew Powers (James Pritchett) and his dedicated staff. Several well-known actors and actresses passed through the halls of Hope Memorial during its run, including Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Misery), Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Emmy Award winner Ted Danson (Cheers), Emmy Award winner Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Brooke Shields (Suddenly Susan) and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married).
The Doctors ran for 19 years, spanned 5,280 episodes and won several Daytime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series (1971, 1972 and 1974), Lead Actor (James Pritchett, 1978) and Lead Actress (Elizabeth Hubbard, 1974).
Matthew Golden, Luken’s Vice President of Production, said “The Doctors is one of the greatest examples of the soap opera format in its prime, loved by critics and audiences alike. We’re thrilled to return this classic series to the air, and bring its exciting, engaging storylines back to our audience’s daily lives.” The Doctors will debut on Retro TV later this year.” To check out where Retro TV airs in your area check here!
So, will you be checking out The Doctors ? Do you hope more classic soaps find a home on cable television or the internet in the future? If so, which ones would you most like to see again? Let us know