SOAP operas General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful are the latest to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
With productions shut down, the daytime shows are conserving new episodes and won’t have any on today (April 3).
To extend their season using only the episodes they were able to complete before the COVID-19 outbreak-caused shutdowns, ABC’s General Hospital is moving to a four-days-a-week schedule.
The soap opera will have Flashback Friday (rerun) episodes at the end of each week, beginning today and continuing through May 22, according to TVLine.
Before every Friday’s rerun broadcast, a GH star will introduce the episode, with Laura Wright kicking things off today with its April 3, 2019 reshowing, aka its 56th anniversary episode.
ABC will still be airing new General Hospital episodes Monday through Thursday, until their inventory runs out or a new plan is set in place.
CBS is also giving its daytimes soaps Friday off, at least this week.
The Young and the Restless announced on social media: “You're invited to join #YR for the wedding of Victor and Nikki Newman.
“Watch their first ‘I do’s' tomorrow at our regularly scheduled time on @CBS ! And we will pick up where we left off today on Monday's episode.”
This episode first aired on April 13, 1984.
The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook, who plays Eric Forrester, shared the news of his show’s schedule changes in a video, saying: “We wanted to let you know that today we’re going to be airing a special episode of our show.
“It’s our 30th anniversary episode that we shot on location in Australia. Be sure to tune in and watch Eric and Brooke share their special memories.
“On Monday, April 6, B&B will pick up right where we left off on Thursday with an all-new, original episode. We hope you’ll remain safe and healthy at home, and we thank you for your loyalty.”
CBS has not yet revealed if it plans to continue airing reruns for its soap opera on Fridays or if this was a one-off.
New episodes of General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful return on Monday, April 6.
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