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    In our 'General Hospital' News Room, Soaps.com keeps you up-to-date with the latest Soap Opera news on the net. We also feature interviews with the soap stars, as well as local appearances by the actors and actresses.

    New GH Spinoff to air on SOAPnet.

    Thursday, February 15 2007


    Courtesy of SoapNet
    Seven years ago when SOAPnet was born, the network was a Godsend to soap fans who worked all day who hadn't yet figured out how to set their VCR's! The sudsy network has given soap fans something to do with their sick days, too, by airing primetime favorites such as Melrose Place, Dallas and Knots Landing during the typical "love in the afternoon" slot. What does SOAPnet have in store for us next? Their very first original show! And, what better show to create than a spinoff from one of its popular flagship soaps --General Hospital!

    The (tentative) title of the new soap is General Hospital: Night Shift and the first 13 one-hour episodes are scheduled to debut this summer. Some of the younger GH characters (and their fans, no doubt!) will come along for the ride as Night Shift will give us a more detailed look into storylines that we don't always get a glimpse of during ABC's daytime
    GH . Before you ask, there have been no announcements yet as to which characters will be used. But Soaps.com has learned that the new storylines will take place on the same sets that give us storylines that we've come to know�love�hate�love to hate, etc.


    She's not on staff, but will she take a Night Shift? (ABC)
    General Hospital: Night Shift will be very different from Port Charles � the first GH spinoff. Each episode will be self contained, in that each plotline will wrap up after just one show. It will differ from GH in that the new show will be decidedly "hipper" overall because it features younger characters and their lives. In addition to the sets we're used to seeing, there will be a lot more location shooting. Perhaps most telling of all is that it won't be necessary to know anything about General Hospital to understand SOAPnet's new show. Both shows will be completely separate from one another, although they will share head writer Robert Guza Jr. and Jill Farren Phelps, executive producer.

    Brian Scott Frons, president of daytime at Disney-ABC Television
    Group, called the GH spin-off a "cost effective way" for SOAPnet to
    produce its first drama. "We speak to General Hospital viewers on both SOAPnet and ABC on a daily basis and we easily direct them to this special GH: Night Shift series," he explained. "Then we don't have to buy billboards, we don't have to have helicopters dragging signs across the sky." (It seems to this Soaps.com editor that perhaps SOAPnet could've shared their savings by offering to bolster Stuart Damon's GH salary and keep the valued vet on the show that his family anchors! But that's neither here, nor there�)

    If SOAPnet proves successful in their first original programming venture, there are plans to create more shows of their own down the road � only next time it won't be a spin-off. Which only goes to prove what soap fans have lamented all along � there just aren't enough hours in our days to watch everything that we want to watch! Good luck GH: Night Shift and SOAPnet. We always want to know more about what goes on in our characters' lives!

    (April 11 Update: The cast has just been anounced! Go to Cast Announced to read all about who's taking the Night Shift!)


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    USER COMMENTS

    Posted by rachie at Thursday, February 15 2007 10:23 AM

    I wonder which characters will move to the night shift. Maybe Georgie with Professor Pete? Will these characters still be on GH? Sounds exciting!

    Posted by jcrobinson at Thursday, February 15 2007 11:26 AM

    Oh, I'm sure they'll still be on GH. It'll be interesting to see how "separate" they can keep hte two storyline, however. FOr example, if they get a good storyline going for someone like Georgie on Night Shift, how in the world will they not deal with it on GH? Time will tell!

    Posted by nicole s. at Thursday, February 15 2007 02:16 PM

    sounds interesting , i cant wait

    Posted by pjhotline818 at Friday, February 16 2007 06:11 PM

    I wonder if Allen will stay alive.... if he doesn't Emily made a bad choice in picking her father of leaving when she could of had Elizabeth run out faster...well i no that he couldn't really walk well buthe still could of kept walking..

    Posted by lighthouse112 at Friday, February 16 2007 10:33 PM

    I'm looking forward to the new show!!! I can't wait to see what chacters go with it.

    Posted by Mom2RedHead at Saturday, February 17 2007 01:12 PM

    They should have sent some of the young ones to the new spinoff and saved Stuart Damon on his original show. Cool that they are doing something new. But, what about the old?

    Posted by Zori at Sunday, February 18 2007 06:28 PM

    I watch GH for Sonny corinthos..I seriously doubt that I will be watching the night shift unless he visits one of their shows.

    Posted by IowaMomma at Tuesday, February 20 2007 10:55 AM

    i won't watch cuz Im sure Liz will be there and I can't stand her

    Posted by chassity_07 at Tuesday, February 20 2007 07:36 PM

    I hope liz and Jason get married, I want to see them raise the baby, and be a family. Sam can never have a family, and jason is starting one. I cant stand sam anymore, ever since she slept with ric, sam has changed to a goody, and thats not her. I love the scenes with Jason and Liz, I hope to see more.

    Posted by mandypandy3 at Tuesday, February 20 2007 09:27 PM

    I Have been watching Soaps since the 70s and I am mad they are killing Stuart Damon off G.H. seems to me they are only focusing on the younger generation, well who do you think got the younger generation to start watching? US THE PARENTS THATS WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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