TCA: ABC Says 'We'll See' to Uncertain Future of 'General Hospital'
Reluctant to put the final nail in the soap opera coffin, ABC's Paul Lee tells press the network is holding off on a decision.
With All My Children now a thing of the past and One Life to Live ending its run on Friday, General Hospital remains the only soap opera on ABC's daytime line-up.
And though the network has not directly alluded to canceling the series, it's also running out of room. New series The Chew and The Revolution are already on the line-up, and in fall, Katie Couric joins the network with her own talk show -- presumably in General Hospital's time slot.
"We'll see," ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. He wouldn't comment on where Couric would land on the schedule, but he did say that its make it or break it for the network's lone surviving soap.
"I’m a fan of General Hospital but we haven’t made a decision," said Lee, "and we don’t really have a time frame on it."
General Hospital, now in its 49th season, recently had a power change, behind the scenes. One Life to Live alums Frank Valentini and Ron Carlivati joined the show, serving as executive producer and head writer, respectively. They replace General Hospital's Jill Farren Phelps and Garin Wolf.