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SOAPnet books another season of Night Shift

by Allison Waldman, posted May 28th 2008 8:24AM
nightshiftWhen something's a success, a follow up is inevitable. Therefore, the news that SoapNet is launching a second season of General Hospital: Night Shift, commencing Tuesday, July 22, is no big surprise. The surprise will be who is going to be involved in the daytime soap spinoff that airs once a week on SoapNet at 11 o'clock. Last season, actors for General Hospital, including Kimberly McCullough, Jason Thompson and Steve Burton did double-duty. And they weren't alone. Some new characters appeared on Night Shift, but the draw was definitely the daytime stars.

SoapNet ordered 13 new episodes of Night Shift and this year the show will be produced in high def. Production begins next month, and unlike last year's edition, the show will be filmed on new stages dedicated solely to Night Shift instead of sharing space with General Hospital.



The new Night Shift will be executive produced by Lisa De Cazotte (Passions, All My Children, One Life To Live) and written by Sri Rao (MTV's What Goes On), but General Hospital's Jill Farren Phelps and Robert Guza, Jr., exec produce and headwriter respectively, will oversee their efforts.

"Sri has worked closely with Bob and Jill, scoping out where the storylines are going to be on General Hospital," said ABC daytime chief Brian Frons. "One thing we heard from fans was that there were some disconnects. We're working hard to make sure there will be more consistency tying the shows together better."

That's very true. Night Shift was fun, but it seemed to be playing in a parallel universe to General Hospital when it played in 2007. What you saw in daytime wasn't reflected in the Night Shift storylines, so there was a jarring effect. Rumors have been flying about who may or may not be involved in the new Night Shift. One, which seems unlikely, is that Jack Wagner -- currently on CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful as Nick Marone -- would be lured to Night Shift to play his GH character Frisco Jones. Considering how ABC nixed GH's Finola Hughes' moonlighting on CBS's The Young and the Restless, it would be unbelievable to think CBS would agree to let Wagner moonlight on ABC.

The other hot rumor suggests that Antonio Sabato, Jr. (Melrose Place) would be coming back to the GH world as Jagger Cates. He was last on the soap in 1995.

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Cammy Dunn

How to I get the soap net channel. I would like to watch night shift of GH.

July 22 2008 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cammy Dunn

How to I get the soap net channel. I would like to watch night shift of GH.

July 22 2008 at 7:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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