On the heels of cancellations last year that eliminated two long-running ABC soap operas from the daytime lineup, another daytime institution may be moved aside, TV Guide reports.
But while the news was all bad for “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” things are looking a little brighter for “General Hospital.” The story reports that ABC may give “Hospital” a shot at prime time.
In a move to make room in syndication for Katie Couric’s new talk show, ABC is reportedly looking closely at options for its last remaining daytime drama. In one scenario that an ABC insider says is under consideration, "General Hospital" would evolve into a short-run prime-time summer drama series.
The model is similar to one that has worked for Spanish-language telenovelas. While the cost of the production might double — to about $400,000 per episode — that would still be inexpensive compared with a typical original scripted prime-time show. "General Hospital" would also have a built-in audience.
The report adds: “Meanwhile, ‘GH’ is trying to stave off cancellation by adding several favorites from the now departed ‘One Life to Live’ — Kassie DePaiva, Roger Howarth, Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson will bring their characters to Port Charles.”