In an effort to elongate the broadcasting of original shows, ABC has announced that General Hospital is going to start airing classic episodes of the medical-themed soap starting Friday, April 3.
Going Back In Time
Each classic episode will feature an introduction to the show from a GH actor. This Friday’s episode will be introduced by Emmy-winner Laura Wright (Carly).
New episodes of GH will air Monday through Thursday as planned. This Friday’s classic program will be last year’s 56th-anniversary episode in which several characters gathered at General Hospital in Port Charles to pay tribute to the late Gail Baldwin (the late Susan Brown). Characters paired off and went on a scavenger hunt throughout the hospital as they shared memories of Gail and examined other relationships.
As viewers who saw the episode last year may recall, Emmy nominee Denise Alexander reprised her role as Dr. Lesley Webber, Laura’s (Genie Francis), mother. The two shared a poignant scene and later, Lesley was paired with ex-rival Monica (Leslie Charleson) as part of Gail’s last wishes.
General Hospital History
GH made its debut in 1963 and is the second longest-running daytime soap opera in American history. The longest-running sudser is Guiding Light. While it’s not the longest-running sudser, General Hospital is the longest-running soap opera currently on air.
The daytime drama outlasted other soaps to become a mainstay for many households! From Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura’s (Genie Francis) gripping romance and wedding, to Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and his mobster activities, GH knows how to please their viewers.
Bringing the Drama
More than five decades of gripping drama has kept the daytime sudser on the air as other soap operas were axed. It is one of only four remaining soap operas currently on the air. The other three daytime dramas include Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless (YR), and The Bold and the Beautiful (BB). GH airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for air times.