The increased use of flashback scenes on General Hospital (GH) recently is no accident. It’s a way for producers to extend banked original episodes even further.
Production was halted on GH on March 16 and by incorporating the flashbacks, showrunners can turn one episode into two. Since early April, the ABC sudser has also run a weekly encore episode they’ve dubbed Flashback Fridays, to prolong new episodes even further.
GH isn’t the only soap that will eventually run out of original episodes. New episodes of Bold And The Beautiful and Young And The Restless will run out on April 23.
Some GH fans have enjoyed watching the extra recollections, commenting that it adds more context to current storylines. But, as the old saying goes, you can’t please everyone all the time, and some viewers have complained about the increase in the use of analepsis.
“We’re going through difficult times,” Tristan Rogers, who plays Robert Scorpio on GH, posted on Twitter. “The show is going to weave and bob, not to your liking. The important thing is we keep it going. The alternative is most unpleasant.”
There’s still been no word on how long GH will be able to air original episodes. Fame10 will keep you updated!
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