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Trouble for Longest-Running Soap Opera Still on the Air

Apr 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

ABC has found itself in another soapy situation, following its angering of soap opera fans with the recent cancellations of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. blog.

The heirs of the creators of "General Hospital" claim ABC stiffed them on revenue from the show, TV’s longest-running current daytime drama, the article says. The daughters of Frank and Doris Hursley, who created the show in 1963, filed suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The creators allegedly made a deal with ABC to receive 10% of the show’s profits, but the couple’s three daughters are claiming that ABC hasn’t honored the deal and hasn’t allowed a full audit, the piece notes. ABC didn’t immediately respond to a request seeking comment, the story says.

“General Hospital” is the third-longest-running drama in television history, after CBS soaps “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns,” both of which were canceled in the past two years.

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