Could General Hospital move to primetime?
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2012 12:22:04 AM
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Could General Hospital move to primetime?
General Hospital's future is very much in a state of flux. Will the show continue on in daytime? Will it be canceled? No one knows for certain just yet, but there's a new wrinkle in the mix: the show could be moved to primetime.

With All My Children and One Life to Live off the air, and Katie Couric headed to ABC's daytime lineup in September, many soap fans have feared that it was only a matter of time before General Hospital flatlined, too.

A newly published report seemingly confirms that GH's daytime life will soon be coming to an end -- but it doesn't mean that the show will permanently fade to black.

According to TVGuide's Stephen Battaglio, there is talk that General Hospital could move to primetime!

"One scenario being discussed has the drama continuing as a short-run prime-time summer series, similar to Spanish-language networks' telenovelas," Battaglio wrote citing an ABC insider. "Even if the cost of production doubled over the typical soap budget (around $200,000 per episode), a nighttime version of GH would still be inexpensive for an original scripted show."

General Hospital, however, continues to move forward with its daytime storytelling. The show hired a new executive producer, Frank Valentini, and head writer, Ron Carlivati -- both of whom joined GH from One Life to Live, and a short-term crossover featuring characters from One Life to Live is slated for February.

ABC had no comment on the TVGuide report.

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