Saturday, April 13, 2024

Soap “General Hospital” Changes Head Writers as Popular Actor Returns to Show During Chaotic Period


ABC’s “General Hospital” is changing head writers.

Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte are taking over from Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor. New scripts will begin in March.

This year has been tough for “General Hospital.” They lost veteran actors Jackie Zeman and Sonya Eddy. The Writers Guild strike meant scabs had to steer the ship for four months, often running it aground.

“General Hospital” averages 2 million viewers a day, down considerably from the pre pandemic period. Sometimes it makes sense, sometimes it doesn’t. Head writers burn themselves out on these shows after turning out more than 250 episodes a year. They often lose the thread of what’s going on, and that’s certainly what happened here.

It may not be a coincidence that “General Hospital” is welcoming back long time actor Steve Burton next month. Burton was fired by ABC and Disney when he refused to be vaccinated during COVID. But there’s no mandate now, and Burton is returning for another round.

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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