ABC ‘General Hospital’ (GH) Spoilers indicate we’ve got a long mess ahead of us. The Tuesday, January 21st episode was preempted for the trials, which we dub “The Circus Goes to DC”. Unfortunately, this means many of us missed our favorite shows yesterday, including ‘General Hospital’. And fans are angry. Here’s what you need to know.
ABC ‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: The announcement
Yesterday, the ‘General Hospital’ account set off a major firestorm. The official Twitter said they were monitoring the situation and will let us know what would happen. ‘General Hospital’ spoilers indicate they promised they’d air the episode today if a significant portion was lost. There’s just one problem with that. Fans were quick to point out this is happening all week long. The chances of getting to air an episode today is slim. Check out the comments in this thread to see what people think. This whole situation leads to a bit of an issue, and exposes a weakness in their system.
ABC ‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Call out
So, we’re going to get real a minute. This whole thing has been going on since shortly after the’ Days of Our Live’s time jump. We all knew the House was going to keep this thing going, and they did. What’s more, they waited over a month to send the articles to the Senate. That means networks and show runners had more than a month to come up with a plan to handle this situation. We’ll get into a few thoughts on that in a second. Instead, ‘General Hospital’ spoilers indicate the PTB is playing the wait-and-see game with the show, leaving fans in the lurch. But that’s not the only problem here.
ABC ‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: No excuses
First off, this might seem like a trivial thing, but here’s the fact of the matter. Politics is pervasive in people’s lives. One can barely open their Facebook feed without seeing some angry political rant, or easily disproven fear mongering. People like an escape from the day-to-day, and entertainment offers that. Instead of getting drawn into the soap opera in the Senate, a huge portion of fans would rather see what drama their favorite characters are getting into. There’s really no reason why Daytime dramas these days should constantly suffer the mess that is network preemptions. For example, The Kelly Clarkson Show re-airs around 2 AM in Florida. Why can’t they do this with the soaps as well? Give it a secondary timeslot, because it’s like the industry learned nothing from the OJ Simpson trial.
Second of all, there’s online streaming now. If Netflix can put an entire season of a show up at once, are we to believe it’s really that hard for the major networks to put the episodes up before 8 PM EST? If they don’t decide to delay the episodes, that is. And what about the site-friendliness issue? We checked the ABC site last night and with one exception, every episode before January 13th was locked. One has to sign in with a cable provider to get access. This seems a bit silly in an age where streaming is so popular, and so many have cut the cable cord. The PTB at ABC might want to re-evaluate this policy, because there are plenty of fans who’ll want to watch the coming episodes when they finally get online.
ABC ‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Their own fault
Back in the ‘90s, the shows had little they could do when the OJ Simpson trial caused a major hit to the genre with endless preemptions. But when All My Children and One Life to Live finally went off the air, there were websites and other things to allow people to watch shows online. The fact they still appear to be mostly relying on the traditional broadcast method shows a short-sightedness the genre can’t really afford. This is where we have to give NBC props. They didn’t break the momentum too much post-time jump by making sure people knew to catch the episodes online. ABC and ‘General Hospital’ better follow suit soon, unless they want to be left behind. For any other soap opera and entertainment news, please visit Daily Soap Dish. For more royal and celeb baby news, come back to Celeb Baby Laundry