General Hospital’s ‘Legacy Is Set in Stone’ Now — Here’s Why (2024)

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It’s not every show that gets to be declared the longest running drama currently in production. In fact, we’re pretty sure that honor can only ever go to one show at a time! And after being on for 61 years, General Hospital currently (and hopefully will for some time) holds that honor. Not only that, but the show’s taken home the most Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Daytime Drama with 16 wins so far.

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So it’s no wonder that the ABC sudser was just honored last week when Stage 4, the stage where it’s filmed was officially renamedTheGeneral HospitalStage,plaque and all! Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration unless the cast, crew and production staff were all on-hand for the big day — not to mention cupcakes and cookies!

General Hospital‘s legacy is set in stone (literally),” the show released on its official Instagram page, “as our stage has officially been christened ‘The General Hospital Stage’ in honor of our 60th Anniversary.” Check out some of the photos from the day in the post, and don’t worry, we’ve got plenty more below!

Now, if at this point you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, that 60th anniversary was last year. How long has General Hospital actually been on?!” Then yeah, you’re right. And no, the folks of General Hospital didn’t go back in time to make this happen because it has been 61 years.

As ABC Current Series Executive Nathan Varni explained on Facebook, “This event was supposed to take place in April, 2023 but due to a multitude of reasons was postponed. Well, we finally celebrated the legacy and history of General Hospital with a stage dedication placard that will live on forever! Thanks to everyone involved with the show for all your hard work, dedication and passion for continuing to keep this show alive and running! Congrats to all involved! We deeply admire and appreciate everyone who works around the clock to bring this series to life 255 days a year!”

Check out some one-of-a-kind behind the scenes photos below, before getting to the full gallery below!

Congratulations to everyone atGeneral Hospital, past and present who’ve made the show such a hit for so long. Sixty years is an incredible achievement and we’re already rolling into 61!

Take a look behind the scene as the cast celebrates the stage naming in our photo gallery below — we know there are more than a few faces you’ll be excited to see!

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<p>Yup, <em>General Hospital</em>‘s stage has officially been renamed in honor of its 60 years! It doesn’t get more official than seeing the plaque flanked by executive producer Frank Valentini and director Tina Keller!</p>

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<p>“Congratulations and thank you to <em>all</em> the Hearts, Minds and Souls who kept this ship sailing for over 60 years,” John J. York (Mac), posing here with costumer Alice Volonino <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnJYork/status/1791158884146786425" target="_blank">shared on X</a>. “The cup cake was delicious!”</p>

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<p>Laura Wright (Carly) had only one word on Instagram for this photo of her and Kelly Monaco (Sam): “Love!”</p>

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<p>The right jacket and hat can make all the difference in your look — just as Donnell Turner (Curtis), Jacqueline Grace Lopez (Blaze) and costume designer Billy Hoffman!</p>

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<p>Jophielle Love (Violet) struck a pose for the happy occasion with her TV dad, Michael Easton.</p>

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<p>We don’t know if there was any red tape in getting the stage renamed, but if there was, we’re sure Diane and Alexis could have helped! Carolyn Hennesy and Nancy Lee Grahn, on the other hand, might not have had as firm a grasp of the law as their characters…</p>

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<p>“So happy I was on set for this milestone,” Cassandra James (Terry) wrote on her Instagram after getting a pic with Sofia Mattsson (Sasha). “Our stage is officially The<em>General Hospital</em>Stage. Plaque and all!”</p>

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<p>John and Cyrus may be on opposite sides of the law, but Adam J. Harrington and Jeff Kober are definitely on the same side when it comes to celebrating<em>General Hospital</em>!</p>

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<p>Giovanni Mazza (Giovanni) showed up just in time to celebrate the milestone with Evan Hofer (Dex) and Lopez! “Welcome to the<em>GH</em> fam,” she wrote to Mazza on Instagram — after sharing a pic from the celebration photobombed by Hofer!</p>

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<p>If this was a staring contest between Josh Kelly (Cody) and Easton, we’re pretty sure the latter just lost!</p>

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<p>General Hospital wouldn’t have made it over six decades without talented young actors like Lily Fisher (Georgie) and Love bringing fresh talent to Port Charles! “Congrats,<em>GH</em>,” fisher wrote on Instagram.</p>

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<p>Vernee Watson (Stella) joined Harrington and the rest of the cast in celebration. And about that cast…</p>

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<p>While not quite everyone was onset filiming the day of the dedication, there were quite a few more folks who made it than got one-on-one time with the photographer. Just look at all those smiling faces!</p>

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<p>Valentini wasn’t the only bigwig in attendance that day, but was joined by producers M.K. Weir, Michelle Henry and Jennifer Whittaker-Brogdon, along with director Cherie Wall and coordinating producer Jeffrey Sierks!</p>

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<p>When you see everyone — cast, crew and production staff — together, it really hits home not just how big of a deal the celebration was, but how much work goes into bringing <em>General Hospital </em>into our homes five days a week!</p>

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General Hospital’s ‘Legacy Is Set in Stone’ Now — Here’s Why (2024)

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General Hospital’s ‘Legacy Is Set in Stone’ Now — Here’s Why? ›

"General Hospital's legacy is set in stone (literally)," the show released on its official Instagram page, "as our stage has officially been christened 'The General Hospital Stage' in honor of our 60th Anniversary." Check out some of the photos from the day in the post, and don't worry, we've got plenty more below!

What is the longest running soap opera still in production? ›

ABC's Emmy® Award-winning daytime drama, "General Hospital," will celebrate its 60th anniversary on April 1, 2023. "GH" is both the longest-running scripted drama and the longest-running American soap opera currently in production.

Is General Hospital being taken off the air? ›

That's why so many big names have faded out in the last few years. But General Hospital hasn't gone anywhere and doesn't appear to be anytime soon. In June 2022, it celebrated its 15,000th episode, and ABC honored the 60th anniversary with a primetime special in January 2024.

Is General Hospital the only soap opera on TV? ›

Currently, there are only three surviving soap operas on broadcast television: General Hospital, (which airs on ABC), “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” (which both air on CBS). In September 2022, “Days of Our Lives” moved from NBC to its streaming platform Peaco*ck.

Where is General Hospital taped? ›

General Hospital
Production locationsThe Prospect Studios Los Angeles, California
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes (1963–1976) 45 minutes (1976–1978) 60 minutes (1978–present)
Production companiesSelmur Productions (1963–1968) ABC Signature (1985–present)
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What soap opera ran for 72 years? ›

On April 1, 2009, CBS announced that it would be canceling Guiding Light after a run of 72 years (15 on radio and 57 on television) due to low ratings. The show taped its final scenes on August 11, 2009, and its final episode on the network aired on September 18, 2009.

What soap operas are still on in 2024? ›

Today, only three of them remain -- The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS), General Hospital (ABC), and The Young and the Restless (CBS).

Who is the longest running soap opera actor? ›

As of 2024, William Roache holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving actor in a television soap opera, having played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since 1960.

What actor is coming back to General Hospital? ›

(NEXSTAR) — More than two years after being removed from the ABC soap opera “General Hospital” following a dispute over the COVID-19 vaccine, actor Steve Burton has returned to the show.

Who is not coming back to General Hospital? ›

It's official. Nicholas Alexander Chavez has confirmed he is not returning to General Hospital. In a message on X (fka Twitter), Chavez, who portrayed Spencer in the ABC daytime drama, expressed his gratitude to fans.

Why is Sonny leaving General Hospital? ›

The actor has only ever taken one long break from the GH set, which was in 1997, and he has voiced his unhappiness with the acting business. He told Soap Opera Digest in 2023, "I've always had a love/hate relationship with acting, but now, I'm learning to appreciate the [work] family that I have.

What soap opera was a spin off from General Hospital? ›

The 'GH' spin-off had a bit of an identity crisis in that it began typically and ended gothically. A flop with young-doctors-in-love tales, the serial adopted the Spanish telenovela format, using 13-week 'books' to chronicle rock-roll vampires, sexy angels and other occultish offerings.

Who has been on General Hospital the longest? ›

Leslie Charleson as Monica Quartermaine Leslie Charleson, who has been portraying Monica Quartermaine since 1977, is a cornerstone of General Hospital.

Can you visit the set of General Hospital? ›

SET TOURS. The General Hospital set tours, led by the show's producing legend M.K. Weir are complimentary and exclusive only for our Gold and Silver Weekend Admission Package patrons.

Is Mac on General Hospital sick in real life? ›

The longtime "General Hospital" star revealed he is battling two forms of cancer. York has played the character of Mac Scorpio for three decades. His character has found himself in dozens of dangerous situations over the years. But now, it's a real-life drama that York is having to face.

Is the real Holly on General Hospital? ›

Holly Sutton-Scorpio is a fictional character from General Hospital, an American soap opera on the ABC network, portrayed by Emma Samms. She originally appeared from July 1, 1982, to September 5, 1985.

What is the longest-running soap opera by episodes? ›

General Hospital

Who has the longest career in soap opera? ›

As of 2024, William Roache holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving actor in a television soap opera, having played Ken Barlow on Coronation Street since 1960.

Are there any soap operas still in production? ›

Currently, there are only three surviving soap operas on broadcast television: General Hospital, (which airs on ABC), The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, (which both air on CBS). In September 2022, Days of Our Lives moved from NBC to its streaming platform Peaco*ck.

What NBC soap opera ran for 35 years? ›

Search for Tomorrow is an American television soap opera. It began its run on CBS on September 3, 1951, and concluded on NBC, 35 years later, on December 26, 1986.

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