The worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) has affected lives around the world and sparked closures of everything from Broadway theaters to Disneyland. Now, the concerns over the spread of the pandemic have suspended production of GENERAL HOSPITAL. ABC released a statement that confirmed that beginning on Monday, March 16, the network would halt production of the daytime soap as well as nighttime talk show JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE.
Deadline is reporting that GH will suspend production beginning on Monday, March 16 and it is expected to last through Friday, April 10. ABC also said that they do not anticipate any interruptions in the broadcast of original episodes, although with the soap likely taping only a month ahead, they could come down to the wire if production is suspended further into April. (Although it’s also possible that breaking news coverage could preempt broadcasts at the same time.)
Naturally, we’re happy that GH is taking precautions to keep everyone in the cast and crew safe and hope that they can all come back to work very soon so that they can continue entertaining us with all the ongoing drama in Port Charles. We will of course keep you updated as the story develops, so keep checking back.
For more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.