Monday, June 17, 2024

ABC Soap “General Hospital” Fires Headwriter of Two Months, Brings Back Predecessor


ABC’s 60 year old soap, “General Hospital,” is always in some kind of trouble.

Today the show fired co-headwriter Patrick Mulcahey. He’d been on the job for two months, with Elizabeth Korte. In that time, the show dropped precipitously in the ratings, falling below the 2 million mark in viewers.

Mulcahey managed to destroy characters’ pre-existing relationships with each other to the point where everyone was arguing with each other onscreen. I guess he thought friction would be dramatic, but it was just annoying.

The old writer, Chris van Etten, will succeed Mulcahey and rapidly fix all the chaos. Soap fans don’t want characters shouting at each other and saying nasty things about them. You can have fun, but it has to be within parameters. All TV shows work only if the characters like each other — even villains.

This poor show. I’m told they have one young actress who’s doing 90 days in jail for a big DUI. Two of the older actors are missing entirely. One other actor is returning after cancer treatment. It sounds like a soap opera!

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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