General Hospital planned to resume filming in mid-July, but a reliable source leaked that the ABC soap had to delay production. Recently, two actors reportedly are positive for COVID-19. That puts a kink in their plans to resume new GH scenes. Now, check out who may have Coronavirus and when the ABC sudser hopes to pick back up.
General Hospital Start Date Pushed Back
The plan for GH was to get back to work by the middle of July – next week, in fact. But, a source recently said the plan is a no-go. Now, Frank Valentini must tweak his plan to get approval to get the General Hospital crew back to work.
Sadly, it just came out that two members of the GH cast were recently diagnosed with Coronavirus. So, that is what brought their plan to a screeching halt. Now, they must be sure everyone is healthy to ensure the safety of all the actors on General Hospital.
I looked at the COVID19 map. The soaps should rent a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness & film there.
— SoapJenn 😷 (@SoapJenn) July 10, 2020
Two Female Cast Members Positive for COVID on GH?
General Hospital updates sadly report that two actors tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Someone close to Kelly Monaco, AKA Sam McCall, has the illness. Kelly’s BFF Shanna Moakler revealed she’d got COVID. Some GH fans may know Shanna as the ex-wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. Many of Kelly’s followers know that she and Shanna are besties.
And, we heard from our source the two actors are female that had the virus – but won’t know who unless they confirm it. Aside from the General Hospital chatter about coronavirus, Young and the Restless actor, Jordi Vilasusi, confirmed he and his family all had the illness. As of now, it is unclear which (if any) of the cast tested positive.
Clearly, COVID safety concerns affect production and how GH will move forward. But the larger issue, we heard, was that the safety plan filed by producers was inadequate. That’s the scoop from our source at ABC daytime, but the network and show have yet to issue official updates.
UPDATE: Although Kelly Monaco hasn’t confirmed she tested positive, she was recast with actress Lindsey Hartley stepping into the role.
General Hospital the Last Soap to Return to Work?
Obviously, GH viewers are eager for new sudsy drama and are likely tired of the re-runs. Of course, it’s nice to walk down memory lane – for a while. However, viewers are ready for the new storylines to progress. General Hospital was ready to air the last 10 episodes before the shutdown as a refresher before new scenes.
But, the news of two GH faves contracting the virus changes their plans. So, as of now, there is no set date to continue work. However, it could be August before General Hospital is on its way to fresh episodes. Hopefully, the crew will be back in the studio soon to give GH lovers of the ABC drama the new drama they crave.
Still, GH shouldn’t be the last of the four soaps back to work. As of now, Days of our Lives projected an early September start, and the ABC soap might be back to work well before then. Check here often for updates.
UPDATE: Despite the issues, GH was able to return to filming in mid-July and airs its first “new” episode August 3. But we’re interested to see if this will be new material intercut with many flashbacks as they did before. Stay tuned.
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