General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Days of our Lives all faced being preempted on Wednesday, December 6, and Thursday, December 7, due to network coverage of services for former President George H.W. Bush, who died last Friday at the age of 94.
The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives and The Bold and the Beautiful all ended up not airing on Wednesday, however General Hospital broadcast as normal.
On Thursday, Y&R was preempted by 10 minutes on the east coast before airing, while DOOL, B&B and GH all looked set to air at their normal times.
Why are the soaps not on today?
President Donald Trump designated Wednesday as a national day of mourning. The memorial service for the former president at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, began at 11 a.m. ET, and coverage on network television ran over into the times soaps usually air on the east coast.
Following the memorial service, the former president lay in repose at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas, until 7 a.m. ET Thursday. At 11 a.m. on Thursday, a second memorial service for Bush was set to be held at the church.
Following the service, the former president was set to be laid to rest at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.