General Hospital is finally back on track after a few months of rebuilding. The continuing drama is a tough beast to tame, especially with the numerous variables that can appear as a roadblock at any given time. In this special General Hospital summer evaluation, we take a look at what did – and didn’t work over the summer in Port Charles.
The build to the 50th anniversary began sometime last August. Though it wasn’t a complete picture, elements began to fall into place, with new pieces plugged in where they were needed. There was a plan in place leading to an explosive climax during the celebration of GH‘s 50th anniversary.
For the most part, that did happen. Blasts from the past returned in major, supporting, and guest starring capacities that showed GH is at its best when telling multi-generational stories grounded in heart, romance and action, sprinkled with the occasional dose of camp. It’s those kind of stories – built around a strong core of longtime characters, fan favorites and new faces – that build momentum.
It’s not a stretch to say that post-Nurses’ Ball, GH hit a bit of a rough patch. It was expected. Characters, whose returns were meant to be short-term, departed; there was that rather awful cross-promotion with The Chew (none of it GH‘s fault, mind you); and the controversial re-introduction of Michael Easton, Roger Howarth and Kristen Alderson as brand new characters.
Now that summer has (almost) officially ended and fall is upon us, TVSource Magazine’s staff has taken a look back at the past few months of GH to create this evaluation of what worked for us, what didn’t work for us and what still needs improvement as we head into the months leading up to sweeps in November.
Take a look at our choices and reasoning for our General Hospital summer evaluation, then hit the comments and share your thoughts on the show’s performance and what you’d like to see next.