ABC ‘General Hospital’ (GH) spoilers finds that executive producer Frank Valentini recently opened up about what it took to bring the show back and most importantly, what it still takes to keep everyone in Port Charles safe. Here’s what he has to say.
Speaking to Soap Opera Digest in a new interview, the executive producer admitted that it certainly took a whole lot of effort to get things back up and running again. In fact, he says that it took “every brain and every mind and every ounce of manpower” in the Disney corporation to get things back up and running again.
ABC ‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Frank Valentini Updates Fans About Behind-The-Scenes Changes
He said, “We were the first scripted show back on the air on ABC, so we had full, undivided attention and support from the entire network, and we needed to make sure that not only were we protecting the staff and crew, but we were ensuring that, you know, life as we knew it on the set would have to metamorphose to a new and different reality. So, setting up all the new protocols and working with the unions and the guilds to ensure they felt comfortable sending their members back into the studio was very, very challenging and that’s why it took so long, because with something like this, you have to be extra-careful, and we were, and so far, so good. It’s been very exciting and very rewarding to see all of that hard work pay off.”
Frank Valentini added, “I couldn’t be prouder of the entire team. Everybody has been so great and so responsible. It’s really inspiring to see, because we always pull together under normal circumstances, but you can really tell the strength of the team under these challenging times. But I think everyone’s goal in the studio, aside from being employed, which is very, very important, was getting the show out to our fans and creating new, original content, not just for the network but for the world. We had the scripts and we were excited about the story and we really wanted to tell it.”
The executive producer also added that there is a new health coordinator on set to make sure that everyone remains healthy and safe. Valentini continued, “We have two COVID-19 medical professionals on the set making sure everything is safe and we’re following all the protocols and if anything new comes up that was either unexpected or hadn’t been thought through, new situations in terms of taping, they are there to make sure that we are following the rules to a T and beyond.”
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