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‘General Hospital’ news: Show gets new time slot; old villains return

Executive Producer Frank Valentini attends The Paley Center for Media Presents 'General Hospital: Celebrating 50 years and Looking Forward' at The Paley Center for Media on April 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Viewers in some markets can expect a time slot change for their favorite daytime drama. Last week, ABC confirmed that “General Hospital” would be returning to its previous 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST timeslot in some markets. According to Soaps In Depth on Monday that change will go into effect on Monday, September 8. Those markets include San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and Raleigh-Durham. “GH” will be returning back to the timeslot it held for 25 years in those markets.

To coincide with the chance, executive producer Frank Valentini is promising some big stories for all of its main characters. The show was pushed back an hour in April 2013, in part, as celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary. Back then, the Emmy winning daytime drama presented viewers with on-location shots in action packed, explosive episodes involving villain Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche). The move next month promises to have the same type of excitement and will involve a few more villains.

Valentini hinted at a few surprises in an interview with one of the ABC affiliate stations making the slot change. He told KABC, “We’re interested in pushing the envelope in a way that challenges the audience’s ability to accept, understand, appreciate and be entertained by the show. Some favorite villains will be back in the fall, and I think the fans will be really excited to see what kind of trouble they’ll be causing.”

With the direction a current storyline is heading in, a couple of those villains will probably be Cassadines. Fans will have to suspend reality to accept how some of these characters will return to Port Charles. Although Valentini didn’t give exact details, he also hinted about some romance and adventure, two elements that tend to take a backseat on the show. He said, “We have a lot of romance, a little bit of adventure, a little bit of mystery and a thriller thrown in there as well.”