‘General Hospital’ out of New Episodes – Last Airdate Revealed – Why So Many Flashbacks?

General Hospital is almost out of new episodes, and those on air are plagued with flashback scenes. Fans wonder when the last fresh episode will air and what’s next for GH. We’ve got all that info for you – plus news on the Nurses Ball, which usually airs in late Spring.

Why is General Hospital Showing so Many Flashbacks?

It’s a challenge these days to sit through a GH episode and keep track of the current storyline. That’s because they’ve gone back and re-edited episodes to cram them with prior scenes. That way, they got 2-for-1 from the episodes they had filmed before the COVID lockdown.

Of course, that makes sense for GH and advertisers, but for fans, it’s made the show unwatchable at times. So, if you’re one of those asking why General Hospital shows all those flashbacks, that’s your answer. They shoot about 3-4 weeks ahead, as do Y&R and B&B. But those two soaps have been airing classic episodes for weeks.

That’s because they preserved the integrity of what they filmed. However, over at ABC daytime, they took another route. They flipped a switch, as General Hospital fans saw, and begin cramming in old footage that easily consumes half a given episode. When it’s classic footage, it’s a nice memory. But, if it’s newer footage, it can get confusing for fans.

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When Does the Last New Episode of GH Air?

Thanks to the flashback footage, General Hospital stretched its existing content for several weeks longer than expected. Finally, though, the well’s run dry and they are out of new episodes. It’ll be next week on Thursday, May 21, that the last fresh GH hits our TV screens. Already, the ABC soap was airing re-runs on Fridays.

Then, starting the following week, General Hospital plans to air classic episodes by themes, as the CBS soaps do now. Soon, they will kick off GH reruns with three weeks of episodes of past Nurses’ Balls. It will begin May 25 and run through June 12. Later in the month, the network will reveal the rest of the themes.

So far, there’s no mention of when General Hospital will begin production again. However, Hollywood’s not predicted to get back to work until July (optimistically,) but it could be later. That means it would be August, at the soonest, that we might have new GH‘s to watch. The worst-case scenario is shooting in Fall to air in Winter.

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No New Nurses Ball This Year – Soap Opera Spoilers

This year on General Hospital, don’t expect an original Nurses Ball – unless the soap decides to surprise fans and do one for Winter. However, you can relive past Nurses’ Balls that showcased some very special GH moments. The first week will revisit the musical event from 2014 and 2015.

The first one highlights Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and Tracy Quartermaine’s (Jane Elliot) wedding. Also, there’s a surprising number from Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) on General Hospital. Then, a naughty performance by Magic Milo Giambetti (Drew Cheetwood) and The Magic Wands.

Next, is the ball from 2015 that showcases Brad Cooper (Parry Shen) proposing to Lucas Jones (Ryan Carnes). Also, Carly Corinthos (Laura Wright) figures out Hayden Barnes (Rebecca Budig) and Ric Lansing’s (Rick Hearst) plot. Remember, the General Hospital scheme was to make “Jake Doe” believe he was Hayden’s husband.

Plus, we’ll see the last of Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan) as he makes a risky move that costs his life. So, while there won’t be any new drama for a while, there will still be plenty to entertain fans until GH can resume shooting.

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