Daytime Drama! How Soon Will Soaps Run Out of New Episodes?

Our daily fix of daytime drama is at risk because of the coronavirus-related Hollywood production shutdown

Sand isn’t the only thing running through the hourglass during these scary days of our lives. Network soap operas shot before the coronavirus forced all Hollywood productions to shut down last month will soon run out of original episodes — and are scrambling for contingency plans.

This month, ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” began airing repeat or “classic” episodes on Friday, a move intended to slow down the speeding train when they run out of original episodes as early as this month. And “General Hospital” is now interweaving flashbacks into new episodes to stretch out its stockpile of already-shot material, while also giving lapsed viewers a chance to catch up on current storylines.

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Rosemary Rossi

News Editor • rosemary.rossi@thewrap.com • @RosemaryARossi