Monday, February 8, 2010 8:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Emmy Award Winning Daytime Drama “General Hospital” will celebrate its 12,000th show on the ABC Television Network.

Debuting on April 1, 1963, “General Hospital” has tackled numerous social issue storylines including breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, sexual assault and heart disease. The series has launched the careers of some of today’s hottest stars including Demi Moore, Ricky Martin, Rick Springfield, Vanessa Marcil, and John Stamos. Numerous others have guest-starred including Elizabeth Taylor, who appeared during Luke and Laura’s (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) Wedding in 1980. That appearance helped the soap garner the highest ratings for a daytime drama series ever with an audience of 30 million viewers. The event is considered to be one of the most memorable moments in television history. Film star James Franco (“Milk,” “Pineapple Express” and “Freaks and Geeks”) recently appeared in a multi-episode story arc on the series. He portrayed the role of Franco – a serial killer.

“In any climate, it is amazing that we have the opportunity to celebrate such a momentous occasion,” says Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. “This milestone honors the strength of the daytime drama and looks to the future that ‘General Hospital’ will continue to air many, many more episodes.”

According to ABC Daytime, storyline’s that will occur during the celebratory event includes the fallout from Sonny Corinthos learning that Dante, an undercover cop, is his son, Elizabeth figuring out who the father is of her unborn child and Dante and Lulu’s relationship coming to a cross road.

Did You Know? “General Hospital” is the longest running dramatic serial currently in production on the West Coast.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Jill Farren Phelps serves as Executive Producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Robert Guza Jr. is the Head Writer. “General Hospital” can also be seen online on ABC.com the day after airing on ABC and SOAPnet.


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