Could "The Story of Soaps" lead to a soap opera resurgence? Big ratings for ABC primetime special may help wake up network executives.

If you are a fan of "General Hospital," and have not been living under a rock, you are probably aware of <strong>Nathan Varni</strong>, manager, current series, ABC Entertainment. But what you may not be aware of is recent allegations that the executive may have allegedly crossed the line when it comes to revealing intimate details surrounding contract negotiations between the network and its actors, particularly in regards to <strong>Rebecca Herbst</strong> (Elizabeth Webber).

After <a href="https://twitter.com/valentinifrank/status/693192090818351104" target="_blank">teasing</a> "huge news" on his Twitter page last week, "General Hospital" executive producer <strong>Frank Valentini</strong> <a href="https://twitter.com/valentinifrank/status/694597871073677313" target="_blank">revealed</a> just a short time ago that actor <strong>Michael Easton</strong> (ex-Silas Clay; ex-John McBain) is returning to the daytime drama series in the weeks ahead.

In the newest issue of <em>CBS Soaps In Depth</em>, on newsstands now, <strong>Nathan Varni</strong>, manager, current series, ABC Entertainment, reveals that despite all the fan chatter on message boards, Facebook, Twitter and the like, offline viewers of the network's "General Hospital" continues to thwart online viewers when it comes to storyline direction.

As a result of <strong>President Barack Obama</strong> addressing the nation for his last press conference of 2015, ABC was forced to pull an original episode of "General Hospital" today, which was all but set to air until <strong>Nathan Varni</strong>, Manager, Current Series, Scripted, announced plans to pull it citing the importance of the current storyline. The episode will now air on <strong>Monday, December 21</strong> and an original episode will air on Christmas Eve (<strong>Thursday, December 24</strong>) in place of a previously scheduled encore.

Robin's missing dad is heading back to Port Charles. <strong>Tristan Rogers</strong> returns to "General Hospital" as Robert Scorpio on <strong>Thursday</strong>, <strong>December 17</strong>.

When a fan commented on a recent update of the "General Hospital" opening sequence featuring the inclusion of Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay), Nathan Varni, Manager, Current Series, ABC, responded to the viewer with news that there will be multiple new openings showcasing the talented cast of the daytime drama series in the near future. If you're wondering how soon that'll be, a representative for the soap tells Soap Opera Network, "Viewers will start seeing the new openings in early July."

Anyone who’s been watching “General Hospital” as of late knows that the iconic sudser is seriously on fire — and from what we can tell, the flames don’t look as if they’ll die down any time soon! In fact, when Soap Opera Network caught up with executive producer Frank Valentini at this month’s Television Critics Association event at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, he revealed that fans haven’t seen anything yet! Read on for the scoop on what’s to come in the weeks ahead, how interaction with the network heads has helped with the soap’s recent success and what to expect for the long haul when it comes to everything Port Charles!