General Hospital: Night Shift

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General Hospital: Night Shift
General Hospital - Night Shift (title card).png
Genre Soap opera
Created by Robert Guza, Jr.
Elizabeth Korte
Written by Robert Guza, Jr. (2007)
Elizabeth Korte (2007)
Sri Rao (2008)
Starring Sonya Eddy
Kimberly McCullough
Jason Thompson
Billy Dee Williams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 27 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jill Farren Phelps (2007)
Lisa de Cazotte (2008)
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) ABC
Broadcast
Original channel Soapnet
Original run July 12, 2007 (2007-07-12) – October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)
Chronology
Related shows General Hospital
External links
Website

General Hospital: Night Shift is an American prime time serial that first aired on Soapnet for a 13-episode run from July 12, 2007 to October 4, 2007.[1] A spin-off of the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital,[2] the show is SOAPnet's first original scripted drama series[3] and follows the nighttime adventures of familiar and new characters around the hospital. As of March 2008, the first season of the series was "SOAPnet's most watched series ever," with ABC Daytime and SOAPnet President Brian Frons noting that Night Shift drew more than 1 million new viewers to the channel during its first season.[4] With its reruns gaining higher ratings than those of General Hospital on SOAPnet, a second season was expected, though Frons noted that the same crew producing two shows had taken its toll.[3]

It was announced in May 2008 that Lisa de Cazotte would serve as Executive producer for season two, joined by Head writer Sri Rao.[4][5] The 14 new episodes of Night Shift began taping in high-definition in June 2008, with the series airing Tuesdays at 11 p.m. and premiering on July 22, 2008.[4][5][6] SOAPnet said the second season "will feature new and returning characters as well as the return of 'legacy' characters from GH. In addition, the continuity between story lines on Night Shift and GH will match." [4] The second season finished its run on October 21, 2008.[6]

Night Shift is the second spin-off series for General Hospital, the first being the 30-minute daytime serial Port Charles, which ran on ABC from June 1997 to October 2003.[2]

Season 2 also aired on DirecTV's The 101 Network in 2008.[7]

Overview[edit]

Prior to its premiere, SOAPnet had announced that Night Shift would "delve deeper into the relationships, friendships and medical cases seen at the hospital."[2] It was noted that unlike General Hospital itself, the stories on Night Shift would be "self-contained and wrap up during each weekly one-hour episode," as well as being "understandable to viewers who do not watch General Hospital."[2] With the goal "to attract younger viewers to both SOAPnet and General Hospital," characters would be "plucked from General Hospital's history" and "be mostly comprised of younger characters with ties to GH's core families." [2] Night Shift's storylines, however, did not directly intersect with those on General Hospital.

Cast[edit]

Season one[edit]

Contract cast[edit]

Actor Character
Bradford Anderson Damien Spinelli
Amanda Baker Jolene Crowell
Nazanin Boniadi Leyla Mir
Steve Burton Jason Morgan
Sonya Eddy Epiphany Johnson
Kent King Dr. Lainey Winters
Kimberly McCullough Dr. Robin Scorpio
Ron Melendez Dr. Andy Archer
Minae Noji Dr. Kelly Lee
Dominic Rains Dr. Leo Julian
Jason Thompson Dr. Patrick Drake
Angel Wainwright Regina Thompson
Billy Dee Williams Toussaint Dubois

Notable guest cast[edit]

Actor Character
Adrian Alvarado Cruz Rodriguez
Danny Arroyo Pablo Garcia
Brandon Barash Johnny Zacchara
Julie Marie Berman Lulu Spencer
Maurice Benard Sonny Corinthos
Wendy Braun Iris Sneed
Dylan Cash Michael Corinthos
Kiko Ellsworth Stan Johnson
James Franco Franco
Richard Gant Dr. Russell Ford
Jason Gerhardt Coop Barrett
Rick Hearst Ric Lansing
Rebecca Herbst Elizabeth Webber
George Juarez Morgan Corinthos
Iris and Ivy Kaim Molly Lansing-Davis
Alla Korot Stacey Sloan
Lindze Letherman Georgie Jones
Graham Shiels Cody Paul
Kirsten Storms Maxie Jones
Roy Vongtama Dr. Boyd
Bruce Weitz Anthony Zacchara
John J. York Mac Scorpio

Ratings history[edit]

General Hospital: Night Shift stars, 2007. From left-right: Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson), Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton).

The premiere episode of Night Shift ranked as the SOAPnet's "most viewed telecast ever" with total viewers and in its target demographic, women age 18-49.[21] The show was also SOAPnet’s most watched premiere with those groups and with women 18-34.[21] According to Nielsen Media Research, the series averaged 1 million total viewers, "posting 63% audience growth over its lead-in," and ranking as "the second most viewed cable program for the hour with women 18-49."[21] Broadcasting & Cable notes the significance of this fact considering "only 64 million homes carry the network, compared to the 94 million that carry USA, the top network in the demo that night."[21] Night Shift doubled SOAPnet's time-period viewership from 2006 in total viewers and the women 18-49 demographic.[4] The series averaged 833,000 viewers (and 381,000 among women 18-49) during its first season.[5]

Reception[edit]

Season One[edit]

In 2007, soap opera critic Marlena De Lacroix noted the initially high ratings but called the series an "incoherently written and produced mess," going on to declare that "Night Shift's only redeeming aspect and its real legacy to daytime is its bravura casting. Casting directors Mark Teschner and Gwen Hillier introduced a group of new actors who are universally talented and interesting. No brainless hunk or hunkette models typically hired en masse."[22] In 2008, Ed Martin called the first season "a perfectly putrid spin-off of a soap opera that is now a mere shadow of its fantastic former self."[23]

Season Two[edit]

Martin called the second season "a sophomore series that embodied almost everything that was sublime about its mother-ship back in its heyday."[23] Michael Logan of TV Guide wrote in October 2008 that although he did not enjoy the premiere episode of season two, "then the show got good. Really good." He ranked the spin-off above General Hospital itself, saying "it's indisputably superior to the mob-infested soap that spawned it." Logan added that "This late-night SOAPnet series is refreshingly retro, focusing as GH once did on the lives of doctors and their patients. (Imagine that!) The pleasures are many, from the frisky interplay of interns Claire and Kyle (she's straight, he's not) to the profoundly moving performances of Finola Hughes and Tristan Rogers as Anna and her cancer-stricken Robert."[24] Michael Fairman called Rogers' performance "poignant" and noted that "if it could have been in Emmy contention this year, it would stand among the best."[25] Rogers himself said of the season, "Night Shift was a wonderful glimpse of what was possible to do with a daytime format and a primetime format, shot in HD, edited like a movie, and essentially brought up to date, which was subtle. It was written by Sri Rao, who really understood the genre. He really got it ... I think this is an issue of what goes on with the daytime soaps. There are not too many people out there now who want to take what history there is, and take it and build on it. I can see why they don’t want to do that, but on the other hand, I don’t think there is much point in changing history for the sake of change. If you have a really good reason to change it then do it, otherwise use it!"[25] De Lacroix wrote that Season Two "expertly delivered traditional soap opera in a modern form while reinforcing love as the center of the medium, instead of devaluing it as so many soaps do today," adding that "All the characters on NS2 were intelligent adults, the way they used to be on soap operas before about a decade ago when most characters were rendered brainless and stupid."[26]

DVD release[edit]

The complete first season of Night Shift was released on DVD on February 12, 2008.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Hospital: Night Shift Season 1 episode list - TV.com
  2. ^ a b c d e "GH Spinoff Planned For SOAPnet." - SoapCentral.com February 12, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Hospital Staff Too Tired to Carry On with Night Shift?". TV Guide. TVGuide.com. August 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Nordyke, Kimberly (May 27, 2008). "SoapNet renews Night Shift". HollywoodReporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Reynolds, Mike. "SoapNet Swings Into Second Night Shift." MultiChannel.com May 25, 2008.
  6. ^ a b General Hospital: Night Shift Season 2 episode list - TV.com
  7. ^ http://www.soaps.com/generalhospital/news/2538/General_Hospital_Night_Shift_Spoiler_(Sept_30)
  8. ^ a b c "Breaking News: Casting the NIGHT SHIFT" - Soap Opera Digest.com Retrieved July 8, 2008.
  9. ^ Logan, Michael (June 18, 2008). "Soaps News: Tristan Rogers Checks Back into GH". TV Guide. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  10. ^ Whalen, J.R. (June 17, 2008). "Soap News: Antonio Sabato, Jr. Working the GH Night Shift". TV Guide. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  11. ^ Coleridge, Daniel R. (July 16, 2008). "Night Shift's Model MD". SOAPnet.com. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  12. ^ Coleridge, Daniel R. (August 20, 2008). "Night Shift: Meet Kyle's New BF!". SOAPnet.com. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matt (August 20, 2008). "Romance Prescribed for GH: Night Shift's Gay Kyle". TV Guide. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  14. ^ "What's On Tonight 'General Hospital Night Shift'". NYTimes.com. August 12, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b c d "General Hospital: Night Shift Spoilers For October 14, 2008!". Soaps.com. October 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  16. ^ a b c Coleridge, Daniel R. (September 24, 2008). "Night Shift Season Finale Preview". SOAPnet.com. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  17. ^ a b c Logan, Michael (September 18, 2008). "Night Shift Finale Prescribes Big GH Reunion". TV Guide. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  18. ^ a b c Mitovich, Matt (October 8, 2008). "Inside Night Shift's Emotional GH Reunion". TV Guide. TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  19. ^ Coleridge, Daniel R. (August 14, 2008). "Finola Hughes Joins Night Shift". SOAPnet.com. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  20. ^ GH: Night Shift #2.10, "Brothers & Sisters" - TV.com Retrieved September 24, 2008.
  21. ^ a b c d Becker, Anne. "SOAPnet's Night Shift Premiere Breaks Ratings Records." Broadcasting & Cable. July 13, 2007.
  22. ^ De Lacroix, Marlena (October 11, 2007). "Savoring Soaps: General Hospital Night Shift: Good Night and Good Riddance". JackMyers.com. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  23. ^ a b Martin, Ed (October 23, 2008). "Night Shift 2 Served Up that Old General Hospital Magic as its Sublime Second Season Came to an End". MarlenaDeLacroix.com. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  24. ^ Logan, Michael (October 26, 2008). "Logan Rave: Sweet Sounds on the Night Shift". TV Guide. TVGuide.com. pp. 64, Issue #2903, Vol. 56, No. 42. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  25. ^ a b Fairman, Michael (July 28, 2009). "The Tristan Rogers Interview: General Hospital". MichaelFairmanSoaps.com. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  26. ^ De Lacroix, Marlena (October 22, 2008). "General Hospital Night Shift 2: If They Could Bottle This Show, They’d Save Soaps". MarlenaDeLacroix.com. Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  27. ^ General Hospital: Night Shift: The Complete First Season - Amazon.com Retrieved on February 15, 2009.

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