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Fascinating to read over these posts again.

Variety reported in Dec 64 that Jim Elward was leaving to concentrate on upcoming off Broadway staging of 3 of his one act plays.

Also in April 65 it was reported a 'racially mixed' story was in the works.

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A couple of episode summaries from Chicago Broadcast Museum Archives.

 

Jerry receives a letter from his mother, while Dan and Susan hesitate telling him her fate. Jill needs a job, but settles for dinner with Gilly.

 

Resentful over not being told sooner about his mother's death, Jerry runs away. Joanne stops by Gilly's office.

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13 hours ago, cassadine1991 said:

Why weren't these characters ever brought on to GH, especially considering where it took place.

I doubt that at the time there was much interest in bringing on characters from a cancelled show. If for no other reason, there probably was no room story or budget wise.

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ABC couldn't rush fast enough to get rid of The Young Marrieds.  Hollywood soaps cost more to produce than NY soaps (and is why it was replaced with the NY based Nurses) That is why there was so much anger from the production staff and the show was never wrapped up when they were given notice of cancellation and were told to bring it to a close.  TYM was also enjoying its highest ratings ever at the time it was cancelled in March of 1966.  It would have been great to think that ABC would have made a choice to bring the characters over but there would have been an enormous amount of red tape and expense in doing that.  Interesting to know, however, the two shows were recorded on the same soundstage in Hollywood  .  TYM used the left side and GH used the right side.  In fact, every piece of every set had the word MARRIEDS or HOSPITAL adhered to the back of them to keep them separated.  On one of the occasions I visited the GH set after TYM was cancelled, while roaming, I approached the back of Jesse Brewer's living room.  One wall had a large window that was bowed out with a window seat and red cushions.  This was the same piece of the set that was used as Susan and Dan Garrett's living room.  It still had the MARRIEDS sticker adhered to the back of it.  So some of the sets were recycled for GH.

 

I am so delighted that after nearly 50 years, some bright writer resurrected the Queens Point name for use on General Hospital.  I only wish they had done more with it.

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