General Hospital is the latest show to announce that production is suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. The news comes just hours after President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency.
The soap is the first of the four currently on air to announce suspended production amid the coronavirus pandemic. General Hospital joins Jimmy Kimmel Live and other shows that have been postponed.
What does suspended production mean for General Hospital?
There may be some concern from viewers about what will happen to General Hospital with the production suspended. Right now, the show is on hiatus from Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 10. As long as there is no reason to extend the break, the ABC soap should resume taping the following week.
Given the way General Hospital is taped, it is unlikely that there will be any interruptions with airing new shows. Currently, they are roughly four weeks ahead with shows. That, coupled with possible breaking news interruptions, leaves a lot of hope that everything will work out and the show will air without any issue.
A network representative issued a statement about possible General Hospital interruptions, stating; “We don’t anticipate an interruption in the broadcast of original episodes.”
What can we expect from General Hospital moving forward?
Currently, General Hospital is in the thick of some major storylines. Cyrus (Jeff Kober) has his hands everywhere in Port Charles and is wreaking havoc on the residents. Today, viewers learned that Harmony (Inga Cadranel) is working for him.
He has waged war with Sonny (Maurice Benard) and recently killed everyone who worked with Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) at the DEA. His reign of terror isn’t anticipated to be over any time soon.
Nelle (Chloe Lanier) is still roaming the streets of Port Charles and intends to rip Wiley away from Michael (Chad Duell), and all of the people who love him. She isn’t going to stop until she gets what she wants or she ends up dead, whichever comes sooner.
With all of the excitement happening, General Hospital fans can rest easy in knowing that the production halt due to coronavirus should not affect programming. If everything goes as planned, nothing should be interrupted and the extended break will be a time for the actors to rest and return to work healthy.
General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.