Saturday, July 20, 2024

ABC’s “General Hospital” Will Fight Ratings Spiral By Bringing Back Jonathan Jackson


Lucky Spencer is coming back to “General Hospital.”

The ABC soap is fighting a ratings spiral this spring and summer, down to 1.9 million viewers two weeks ago.

Jonathan Jackson is returning after a decade away. Jackson is the original actor who played Lucky, the son of Luke and Laura, decades ago. Jackson has come and gone since then, playing the part from 1993 to 1999, and 2009 to 3011, with a stint on the hit nighttime show, “Nashville.”

At the soap he won five Emmy Awards, in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2011 and 2012.

Producer Frank Valentini had promised a big male star from the past was returning, and he’s come through. The return of Lucky could give the ratings a boost as the character is connected to everyone in Port Charles.

“General Hospital” has suffered from the pandemic, the writer’s strike, changing head writers, and the losses of several actors to illnesses. This seems like a Hail Mary pass to get viewers back. Let’s hope it works.

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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