April 26, 2011 7:48pm PT by Matthew Belloni
'General Hospital' Lawsuit Claims ABC Shortchanged Creators
ABC enraged soap fans recently by canceling long-running shows All My Children and One Life to Live. Now the network has been sued by the heirs of the creators of General Hospital, who claim they have been stiffed on revenue from TV's longest-running daytime drama.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by the daughters of Frank and Doris Hursley, who in 1963 created the medical drama and allegedly cut a deal with ABC to receive 10% of the show's net profits.
Now the Hursleys' daughters -- Bridget Dobson, Deborah Hardy and Polly Keusnik, two of whom also served as writers on the show -- are saying ABC hasn't honored the deal with their deceased parents, failing to pay the full amount owed or even allow a full audit.
The complaint for unspecified damages alleges causes of action for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, money had and received and an accounting. It was filed by Dale Kinsella and Jeremiah Reynolds of Santa Monica's Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert.
ABC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.