American TV’s marathon running show General Hospital is set to resume production by mid-July.
Depending on how the COVID-19 situation changes in Los Angeles, the show’s parent production house ABC has confirmed to restart filming of the 57-year-old show this year.
It has been a month since the ABC series ran out of episodes and now fans won’t have to wait for long to see their favourite characters back in action.
This undisputed longest running American soap opera is also the longest-running scripted television currently in production.
The show has won the prestigious Emmy award for Outstanding Daytime Drama for a record 13 times. If you still do not appreciate the sheer grandeur of this daytime veteran, consider this, the show has been on air for 57 YEARS.
It is like the turtle of all scripted American soap, slow-breathing and long-living!
However, in May this year, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic took a toll on the show’s production and it had to be stalled on May 21.
Will Michael get full custody of his son Wiley? Will Sasha’s romantic woes lead her down the road to addiction? Will Sonny and Julian battle it out once again?
Fans of General Hospital were suddenly left waiting for answers to these questions mid-season.
Two other daytime series have returned to production amid the COVID-19 scare.
The Bold and The Beautiful which restarted filming last week, but had paused after the first day over what the production company revealed as multiple false positive tests results, has been taping again since last Wednesday.
The testing protocols were adjusted and the lab consulted to process tests was changed for the false positives to come out negative.
Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless is also targeting a July 6 return to production amid strict COVID-19 safety guidelines.
However, there have been those thumbed down by the pandemic. Another daytime show Days of Our Lives is yet to reveal its production restart plans.
However, the show has a lot more leeway with a bank of originals to last it till the start of October and is currently rerunning some of its classic episodes.