Just as there have been advances in the field of medicine over the past 55 years that have resulted in people living longer, so, too, have there been changes and improvements at General Hospital that have kept the long-running soap opera thriving in today’s crowded TV landscape.
Despite rumors that Days of Our Lives was nearing extinction, NBC has renewed the venerable soap opera for a record 52nd season. The pickup comes a month after the sudser fired co-head writer Dena Higley and replaced her with General Hospital vet Ron Carlivati.
The long-running NBC daytime soap was rumored to be on the chopping block earlier this month after the network signed Fox News alum Megyn Kelly and offered her a daytime news program. But on Wednesday, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt cautioned soap fans that the fate of Days hasn’t been settled yet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbara Tarbuck, a stage and screen actress who played Jane Jacks on “General Hospital” and Mother Superior Claudia on “American Horror Story: Asylum,” has died. She was 74. Tarbuck died Monday at her Los Angeles home, said her daughter, producer Jennifer Lane Connolly. Tarbuck suffered from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disorder, a rare, degenerative […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Patricia Barry, a mainstay of daytime television who appeared on “Days of Our Lives,” ”Guiding Light” and “All My Children,” has died. She was 93. Barry died at her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a publicist for the actress said Wednesday. The Iowa-born Barry amassed more than 100 appearances in […]
Nixon created, wrote and produced the long-running ABC daytime serials One Life to Live and All My Children, which were canceled in 2011 as the network bowed to the reality that soaps had faded as a daytime TV force. All My Children aired for nearly 41 years, while One Life to Live made it to 44 years.
Days Of Our Lives, which marked its 50th anniversary this season, has been renewed for next season, which will be the long-running daytime drama’s 51st. The pickup, which may include an option for an additional year, keeps NBC in the daytime soap game as Days is the last remaining afternoon drama on its schedule.
It’s looking good that the sands in Days of Our Lives‘ iconic hourglass will continue to flow. NBC is hopeful that it will successfully renew its contract with surviving soap, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last November.
ABC’s General Hospital will present not one but two episodes live. The special broadcasts will air Friday, May 15, and Monday, May 18, just as the May sweeps rating period is drawing to a close.
NEW YORK (AP) — The cause is right for Bob Barker, whose love of animals is returning him to TV on Wednesday as a guest star on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Appearing as himself, the longtime animal rights activist will be interviewed by Liam Spencer, played by series regular Scott Clifton, for a feature […]
Led by longtime stars Eric Braeden, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman, the cast and crew gathered to celebrate a day early. The CBS show has been daytime’s top-rated soap since December 1988 and was recently renewed through 2017. “We’ve been very fortunate that we’re still number one and our ratings are even higher than they have been,” Scott said.
NEW YORK (AP) – A few years ago, ABC’s “General Hospital” was in trouble. “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” had been given their series’ end dates and the “GH” cast and crew worried their show would be next. “You’d be on set and you’d hear little things like, ‘Oh, we’ve got maybe […]