ABC is starting to realize that embracing the growing popularity that GH has been seeing lately is a good idea. They are getting ready to launch a new online show called “General Hospital Now.” This online show is supposed to be a cross between Saturday Night Live and Soap. It will be filmed on the set of GH and will have quite a few different GH actors as part of the show. Why do we care? Why is this good? This is the first time in a long time that ABC has done anything based on their soaps. They have long since stopped Disney Soap Weekends, SoapNet, primetime advertising of soap operas, etc. This is a great step in the right direction. Believe us, if this show knocks it out of the park they will be in meetings so fast to figure out how to take this to the next level. With us all waiting on the PP/ABC lawsuit now is the time to show appreciation for ABC showing interest in soaps. Now, this new show will air on abc.com and we know not everyone can access this. We will be tasking to this in the future. Right now though we need to be thankful and nice in our communications about this. If we go to them griping that its GH related, online, not AMC or OLTL, etc. then you are helping to kill any chance we have to getting our shows back. It is critical that you can see 20 steps down the road right now. And please don’t just comment below how much you miss the shows UNLESS you are doing something to help. We all miss the shows and we all want them back. Telling us that you miss them and want them back is NOT helping one bit. Now, feel free to get off frustrations as this is a group of people with similar feelings but you’ve gotta be helping to. There are plenty “I miss my shows” FB groups but this is a tasking page. We don’t want to just sit around complaining, we want to do something about it and create change. Shows do come back after long hiatuses. Twin Peaks looks to be returning, Boy Meets World had a reboot this year with Girl Meets World. This can happen. Actors you knew and loved from both shows tell us that YES they are still interested. They tell us that they do NOT believe that the shows are definitely gone forever. So, if the actors are onboard and ABC is warming up to soap related projects why shouldn’t you be involved in this task? We will keep you updated on this project as we know more. Right now though please send an email to Ben Sherwood thanking him for ABC’s interest in soaps with their upcoming online show “General Hospital Now.” Please DO NOT mention AMC and OLTL!!!!!!! That’s the quickest way to turn them off. Right now we need to kill them with kindness and keep our cards close to the vest.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
subject: General Hospital Now
Hulu has heard us fans loud and clear!
I received a direct notification from the office of Craig Erwich that Hulu will be reaching out to ABC/D regarding the vintage episodes of GH. Now we move on to the next piece of our plan.
Today we will be reaching out to Kevin Brockman. He reports to Anne Sweeney and Zenia Mucha. Mr. Brockman oversees all corporate, news and entertainment communication efforts worldwide on behalf of the Disney/ABC Television Group, along with the Company’s equity interests in A&E Networks, Hulu and Fusion.
We want to let him know that we the fans have been in communication with Hulu and that ABC/D should be hearing from them soon as they’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in vintage episodes of General Hospital. Since we no longer have SoapNet and General Hospital is integrating old storylines into the current ones, we the fans want access to the vintage episodes and we’d eagerly use Hulu to view these.
Please include this link https://www.facebook.com/hulu/posts/10152696933782188 in the email.
NOTE: DO NOT INCLUDE AMC AND OLTL IN YOUR EMAIL!!!! This is a step-by-step process. They won’t touch AMC and OLTL right now with the lawsuit. We need to work on getting GH setup so that we can prove the concept successful and then go in for AMC and OLTL when the time is right. From there we’ll be one step closer to getting new episodes.
If you have not left your comment on the Hulu FB post (the link provided above) regarding bringing vintage GH episodes to Hulu please make sure to do so now, the more comments the better!! (NO MENTION OF AMC OR OLTL IN THIS POST EITHER, FOR THE SAME REASON AS ABOVE)
Wow- you all have done a great job commenting on the Hulu post. We are now going to move onto the next step of our sneaky plan to get ABC/D to realize that they need to get AMC and OLTL back on the air ASAP. General Hospital is currently the only soap currently on ABC. We also have a situation where our beloved actors that were part of the AMC and OLTL family are looking and finding other work. We know that acting jobs are not lifelong and each project they take on will end eventually. We need to create a place for ABC to lock actors into contracts once they have the rights back to AMC and OLTL but before they’ve secured a timeslot, sets, writers, etc. The answer is of course GH. Right now ABC/D won’t touch former AMC and OLTL actors with a 10 foot pole because of the lawsuit. But we can get them used to the concept being a great one by showing support for Ilene Kristen to reprise her role of Delia on GH. We of course love Ilene for her role as Roxy but before that she was Delia on Ryan’s Hope (another former ABC soap). When Ilene has been on over the past year she makes ratings soar. By showing ABC that we want her to come back again we set up a situation where we say that it is ok to have guest characters from other soaps. Most of us don’t want to see GH become home for our beloved AMC and OLTL characters but if some of them popped on their for a month or so and then transitioned over to a re-launch of AMC and OLTL it’d be wonderful. It’d help carry viewership over to the re-launch and help make sure that actors are in with ABC and don’t take another role that makes them unavailable. Of course this is down the road but right now the goal is to let them hear that we want the character Delia who was on a soap that was on many, many years ago. So today please take a moment and call the voice line and fill out the comment form. And, if you tweet please send the easy tweets below. Again, we can’t say it enough- this is just another step in our plan; we are trying to think 20 steps down the road.
General Hospital Comment Line
ABC Daytime Feedback comment line
When connected, press 464 to leave a message with GH
GH comment form
@carlivatiron @valentinifrank #WeWantDelia! ratings soar when she is around, quirky chaos ensues, its time to bring @ilenekristen back!
@carlivatiron there’s no way #Delia would let Sonny “put her in the corner!” Where is she? #PlzBringbackDelia @ilenekristen #GH
If you didn’t get a chance to do this task yet please take a minute and do so. We are going to use the link to this post in communications with ABC/D to work on the next part of our plan. We stress that it is very important to NOT mention AMC and OLTL in your comments. As we roll out our plan it will become more understood but please understand we want AMC and OLTL back more than anything but for this task mentioning them could hinder our chances.
Thanks again for tasking- Hulu has already responded saying this is a great idea and they are going to look into it. Let’s put more comments out there to drive their interest in gaining this content higher and higher.
We have been watching, researching, and hoping for a new angle to bring further awareness to the soap genre and give us an opportunity to lay groundwork to help us get AMC and OLTL back on network television.
We have found our angle!
Now, please take a moment and read the details below.
This plan takes multiple steps. At this point we can’t do X and expect to get the immediate results we want. Instead, this is going to take time and multiple steps but we feel it’s a good plan. Right now we need a way to prove to ABC that there is a strong demand for soaps and enable ABC to make some good, fast, and easy money from the genre as we know that is what drives them. ABC has a surplus of vintage episodes of all the soaps they’ve had on the air. Without SoapNet these shows are just sitting. Putting them somewhere such as Hulu would bring them some easy money since they own part of Hulu and the shows have long since been paid for. Plus, this is a chance to show advertisers that even old episodes of these shows draw viewers. In order to do this we need to go down the path with least resistance which is GH. We know- you all want AMC and OLTL. We do too but this is the first step. GH is currently on the air and has a strong fanbase which is known by their viewership numbers and participation with GH’s official social media accounts. GH is currently running a storyline that strongly references a storyline from the 80’s. This is perfect timing as fans are Googling and searching YouTube about this storyline. ABC could test the waters by making episodes related to this storyline available and advertising it through social media. Once it gets a strong click through rate then they’d be open to expanding the offering to other storylines and other soap operas. For those screaming at the screen stating that you don’t want old episodes, you want new ones we get that. This is just another step in the process. If vintage GH episodes go over well and brings ABC/D, Hulu, and advertisers easy money they will want to do more. If vintage AMC and OLTL episodes generate more easy money then there will be a strong case showing that fans are still there and that it wouldn’t be a crazy gamble to bring them back to network TV once they regain the rights. So, are you with us? We have a bunch of new contacts to begin hitting with our plan but first we need to know that the support is there to make this happen. To test the waters we created a request for vintage GH episodes on Hulu’s FB . Please go here https://www.facebook.com/hulu/posts/10152696933782188 like and comment with comments such as “I agree,” “Yes please,” or “Ditto.”
Get as many friends to comment as well. We need to keep this focused on GH for the moment in order to create a foundation on which we build.
PP and ABC/D met with Judge Hess on Wednesday and the result was that the proceeding was continued and will resume with another meeting on November 20th. The Judge has issued an Order to Show Cause regarding the bankruptcy. This basically means that the judge wants PP to explain/justify the bankruptcy filing as it will affect how/when this case can move forward.
I know that we all wish this would just come to resolution and/or at least go to trial so that we can all move forward. The shows are in limbo as this case stands in limbo. We know that this news may have many of you saying to yourself, “Why then continue to task? Why continue to fight?” Well there are some very good reasons that we should continue:
1. While this is not coming to a speedy resolution it will be resolved. We expect that it will be resolved in 2015 before ABC makes its decisions about the following year’s schedule.
2. This delay gives actors that have found work time to carry out their current commitments. We know quite a few have found work on other soaps. We know this genre- most will not be on their shows for many years to come. Storylines come to an end, characters are killed off, contracts are not renewed, etc.
3. While quite a few actors have found other steady work there are many who have not. A resurrection of these shows would be a fantastic opportunity for them.
4. Our consistent outreach and outcry helps keep the remaining soaps on the air; especially GH. ABC hears us loud and clear. While they won’t publicly say much they know that they don’t want to endure the wrath that cancelling GH would create. The other networks are also aware of the continued fan communication and while they had previously considered cancelling their soap operas they are now more wary of doing so.
Right now there is not as much for fans to do regarding tasks. We don’t like to create tasks just for the sake of having a task. We want our efforts to be strategic/useful/beneficial. We do know that continued contact is worthwhile though because it continually proves ABC wrong. We have direct personal knowledge that ABC fully expected the fan backlash BUT they felt that once the shows stopped airing that fans would move on. They’ve been totally caught off-guard that this much time later we still care and we are showing no signs of going away. This type of impact has given us the best chance to get our shows back once this lawsuit is settled.
So please don’t let the court case delay get you down and feeling defeated. Remember- we have beaten so many odds already. When they were cancelled by ABC we were told that nobody wanted them. Well companies did want them and PP got them. When PP ran into financial trouble and shelved the plan to resurrect them people once again said to give it up because it was over. Then PP did find the funding they re-launched the shows. So now we are here waiting for a court case to be settled. We expect ABC to regain the rights to the shows. In March an ABC spokesperson stated, “We value the history and the legacy of both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’. They are television institutions.” Let’s work together to ensure that they keep that sentiment and do something with it once they are able. Come back here on Monday for a task to help keep our shows top of mind.
We had a feeling that once we finally announced our summer plan
that something would happen…..and we were right!
Luken Communications is putting classic episodes of the old soap opera “The Doctors” on Retro TV.
Matthew Golden, Luken’s Vice President of Production, said
“The Doctors is one of the greatest examples of the soap opera format in its prime, loved by critics and audiences alike.
We’re thrilled to return this classic series to the air, and bring its exciting, engaging storylines back to our audience’s daily lives.”
Let’s all email him and let him know that we would love to see him bring
vintage episodes of AMC and OLTL to Retro TV as well.
Whether you personally would watch these episodes and/or currently get
the Retro TV station we could really use this to keep the shows top of mind and
show ABC how strong of a fanbase still exists.
EMAIL TO: Mgolden@luken.tv
It is summer which means many of us are busy with children and grandchildren.
Add in the fact that the PP/ABC lawsuit won’t be back in court until August 20th
and it is time to ease up a bit on tasking.
Right now the most important thing we can do is simple tasks to stay top of mind with ABC.
We will do this by mainly completing feedback forms and calling feedback lines.
We of course are continuing to monitor the situation and if an opportunity
or need arises that we can task we will be posting.
Please stay tuned to our page for updates.
We will also share some fun videos throughout summer to keep you amused.
For starters let’s celebrate summer with this video: http://youtu.be/UFGx2xSgAIM.
Now that you have a good reminder of how good AMC and OLTL were during the summer
lets fill out the GH feedback form and call GH’s feedback line and let them know how much
we miss being able to watch AMC and OLTL.
General Hospital comment form
General Hospital comment line: