ABC is producing a “real-life” version of its long-running fictional soap opera “General Hospital” that will reportedly air in daytime some time next year.
It’s ABC’s latest “experiment” in daytime programming — a kind of ongoing project at ABC and the other traditional broadcast networks to see what daytime viewers will watch in a post-soap opera world.
Filming is already underway on the project at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to this story on the New York Post Web site.
The story contains a confirmation from an ABC spokesperson. The Post story says: “The show is in its ‘earliest, pilot stages’ … and is intended ‘either for syndication or maybe cable.’ “
What that likely means is: This new project, which the Post story says will “follow the private as well as working lives of [doctors and nurses] at the hospital,” is not necessarily being looked at as an eventual replacement for “General Hospital,” which is ABC’s sole surviving daytime serial at the moment. Our guess is, if ABC can’t sell the series to a string of stations in syndication, then the company could experiment with putting it on in afternoons on ABC Family, one of the cable channels the company owns and the one where such a show would fit best.