Monday, May 20, 2024

“General Hospital” Pulled Yesterday’s Episode at Last Minute Because of Gun Violence


There were a lot of questions yesterday about what happened to the Tuesday episode of “General Hospital.”

At the last minute ABC pulled the daily episode of the soap and played a rerun.

Now we know why.

The soap, which includes a lot of mobster stories, had gun violence at its conclusion. The episode played today instead because, I guess, we’ve forgotten everything that happened yesterday. (That’s a good soap plot.)

But yesterday in Brooklyn, a man named Frank James allegedly shot 10 people, wounded more, and set off smoke bombs. He was on the lam for more than 24 hours and finally apprehended today in the East Village.

Since all news programs were focused on the shooting, ABC obviously felt it was disrespectful to show armed men appear in a bar and threaten its owners on “GH.”

Overreaction? Probably. But ABC is skittish about everything these days. And today, it was back to the usual mayhem on the soap.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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