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ABC President on the Future of GENERAL HOSPITAL

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The Television Critics Association held its Winter Press Tour this February, and as part of that event, Craig Erwich, the president of Disney Television Group, met with hundreds of TV critics to discuss their various properties like ABC, Disney+, and Hulu.

However, after the Q&A, Soap Hub caught up with the television exec to ask more specifically about GENERAL HOSPITAL, the long-running soap opera that has been airing on ABC for over six decades now. In addition to recently celebrating its diamond anniversary, GH took home numerous Daytime Emmy Awards in the 2023 ceremony including Outstanding Drama Series.

“[GH is] absolutely a tremendous pride for us,” Erwich told the outlet. “The show’s been on for 60 years. That is a remarkable achievement. And the great thing about GENERAL HOSPITAL is that it’s on daily. It’s an opportunity for us to delight, entertain, and surprise people on a daily basis. The joy is to have an audience who has watched the show for 60 years; they’re now watching with their kids and grandkids.”

Viewers have been visiting Port Charles since the ’60s!ABC Photo Archives/ABC

That generational storytelling has made GH an integral part of the ABC daytime lineup for decades, and the exec promised that wasn’t about to change anytime soon.

“Because the stories are on on a daily basis, they just become a part of people’s lives, and that’s the goal of ABC,” Erwich declared. “We’re very committed to the show. You saw the way that we celebrated the 60th [anniversary with the primetime special GH: 60 YEARS OF STARS AND STORYTELLING]. We do that because it’s a show we’re very proud of. We remain deeply committed to GENERAL HOSPITAL.”

That’s great news for soap fans, so here’s to another 60 years of daytime drama in Port Charles!

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