Yes, today is the big day. Today is the day that “General Hospital” begins its new time slot at 2 p.m., Eastern Time. What does this mean for the fans? It means that most will begin watching the show an hour earlier. For a few, it will mean that they will be recording the show an hour earlier. What does it mean for ABC? It doesn’t really mean much of anything. They think this big change will help bring more viewers to their highly publicized talk shows, which includes Katie Couric’s new show. However, most day time viewers will tell you that they are sick of day time talk. They also have no time for it. People live busy lives. If they do watch television if the afternoon, they want to be entertained. They want to watch romance, interesting story telling and intrigue. They don’t want to hear celebrities tell them how to live their lives and they don’t want to listen anymore about how they need to lose weight or eat healthier.
What about “General Hospital” what does their new time slot mean for them? It means faster and better story telling. However, it really doesn’t have anything to do with the new time slot. The better story telling has to do with the new chain of command. This includes the new executive producer in charge, Frank Valentini and the new head writer, Ron Carlivatii. Both of these men come straight from “One Life to Live,” and they brought their skills with them. Their plan seems to be a simple one. Add more intrigue to “General Hospital.” Bring back beloved characters. Allow the stories to run a little faster. Bring on a few “One Life to Live” characters to sizzle things up a bit and hopefully gain more viewers. Finally, use Twitter as a means to market the show.
What will happen as “General Hospital” continues its forty-ninth year at this new 2 p.m. time? It will begin with the residents of Port Charles fighting for their lives. Jerry Jacks has poisoned the water. Of course, if you are a fan of this beloved soap drama, you know these characters will not go down without a fight, without a lot of drama, as well as a bit of romance mixed into the drama.
During the first week of “General Hospital’s” move, fans who are on Twitter can celebrate this new era by talking with some of the stars of the show. All they have to do is go to Twitter and type in questions to #askGH. Each day, a different star will be twittering fans. The lineup includes:
Monday, September 10: Sebastian Roche (Jerry Jacks) -@sebroche
Tuesday, September 11: Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) @generalhospital
Wednesday:,September 12: Maruice Benard (Sonny Corninthos) @MauriceBenardMB
Thursday, September 13: Finola Hughes (Anna Devane_ @finolahughes
Friday, September 14 : Kristen Storms (Maxie Jones) @teenystweeting
Yes, “General Hospital” is beginning a new era. It is sad that ABC had to mess with its time slot. Yet, one thing is for certain. The fans are willing to make the move with them. Many fans have vehemently said that they would watch this favorite show no matter what time of the day or night it was airing. This shows one thing that ABC keeps forgetting. Soap fans are faithful viewers and faithful fans.
What do you honestly think of the move? What do you think of the idea of “General Hospital” stars going on Twitter this week? Do you plan on trying to message any or all of them? Please post your comments below.
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