ABC is looking beyond soap fiction to producing its own medical reality show.
It's actually a reality version of General Hospital that is right now in an early stage of production but will air in daytime next year. The show will look at the private lives of doctors and nurses.
Apparently, ABC and other networks are experimenting with different types of shows to see what interests audiences in a world without soaps. You can read between the lines there. They're all trying to find cheap shows to produce that someone will watch.
ABC recently broadcast an eight-episode NY Med in prime time starring Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Medical reality shows threaten to overtake housewives and Jersey Shore-type programs. To name but a few that have appeared on TV schedules: Boston Med, Untold Stories of the ER, A Baby Story, Mystery ER, I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant, My Strange Addiction, Trauma: Life in the ER, Dr. G: Medical Examiner, Venom ER.
Now, one may ask whether this will affect General Hospital. Well, ABC is #1 in Daytime. That may not be enough for them. They still want to be #1 in daytime more cheaply. It's possible ABC may try to sell this show to its affiliates. We can hope the affiliates don't put it in place of General Hospital by letting our local stations know that if they replace General Hospital, we won't be watching.
ABC has a additional venues for this show, including selling it to cable or putting it on a cable station ABC owns such as Lifetime or ABC Family.
I would see this as a warning not to be too taken in by the ratings and to keep on top of the stations in your town that air GH. Many of these stations have Facebook pages or websites where you can leave a message, but in lieu of that, there is always snail mail or the telephone.
The affiliates will meet with the network some time early next year, so let's get on it.