People.com broke the news this morning that the GENERAL HOSPITAL cast and crew are readying themselves to perform two live broadcasts next month, on Friday, May 15, and Monday, May 18! The special episodes will be a continuation of the soap’s 52nd anniversary celebration.
“Taking such an iconic show as GH live for two days is both exhilarating and risky,” shares executive producer Frank Valentini. “I am enormously proud of our cast, crew and staff for all their tireless dedication and hard work that will be leading up to this daytime television event. It’s live television and absolutely anything can happen, but that is what’s fun about this and we’re absolutely up to the challenge.”
Once upon a time, all soap operas were performed live in a studio, but by 1975, the serials were all filmed in advance. However, GH’s venture marks the third time a daily drama has done a live telecast since those early days. SEARCH FOR TOMORROW performed live in August 1983 because the taped episode had reportedly been stolen, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE broadcast a full week of live shows during May Sweeps in 2002.