According to Entertainment Tonight, which has your exclusive first look, the Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2 airings of ABC’s “General Hospital” will have fans receiving a special treat as the soap has mixed together several of its iconic opening sequences into a 35 second mash-up that honors the history and legacy of television’s longest-running current dramatic series.
Dorothy’s ruby red slippers are to movie buffs what “All My Children’s” Cluck Cluck Chicken Shack suit is to soap opera buffs: Memorable, iconic and totally museum worthy. And thanks to a recent partnership between The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the National Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences, things like Tad Martin’s (Michael E. Knight) bright yellow suit — along with many other daytime TV artifacts and memorabilia — just may be appearing alongside those “Wizard Of Oz” slippers!
Prospect Park’s “All My Children” and “One Life To Live” aren’t set to take the Internet world by storm until April, when they debut on The OnLine Network, iTunes, Hulu and Hulu Plus, but the soaps’ exciting launch is already off to a great start.
“Prospect Park is very progressive and creative,” says Josh Kelly, who plays “OLTL’s” Cutter. “They have a lot of interesting ideas.”
“This… is going to be kick ass,” adds Jordi Vilasuso, who plays “AMC’s” Griffin, of the shows’ reboot and transition to an online format. “This is where media is going, so I think it’s a very positive resurrection. And we’ll see how the fans react.”
But guess what? You don’t have to wait until April to start giving your opinion!
Citing poor financial conditions, ABC affiliate WKDH, located in Houston, Mississippi and serving the Columbus, Tupelo, and West Point television markets, will cease operations at the end of this month.
“It is with extreme regret, remorse, and disappointment that we must make the following announcement. Due to financial conditions in recent years, effective at 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2012, WKDH will terminate operations for the foreseeable future,” Southern Broadcasting, Inc., licensee of WKDH through its local marketing agreement (LMA) deal with NBC affiliate WTVA, said in a statement on the affiliates website. “It has been our pleasure to have served you and provided you with the highest quality of service and programming in the Columbus-Tupelo-West Point television market since we launched broadcast operations in 2001, and through the complex conversion to high definition television in 2007. We wish to thank you, our loyal viewers and all those individuals who helped in our efforts to serve the public interest, for your support over the years.”
WKDH, Channel 45, began operations in June 2001, nearly six years after station WVSB (now known as WLOV) transitioned into a FOX affiliate and left the area without an official ABC affiliate. During that time period cable providers sifted ABC signals from Memphis, Tennessee affiliate WPTY.
WKDH did not air any local programming as its primary service was in providing viewers with ABC’s content. Outside of ABC’s programming, the station aired the syndicated programs “Rachael Ray,” “The Nate Berkus Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “The Insider” and “Entertainment Tonight.” WKDH also aired re-runs of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Frasier” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
ABC has not announced how it plans to accommodate those affected viewers in the television market.