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ABC Accused Of Stiffing 'General Hospital' Creators

4/26/2011 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"General Hospital" is one of the longest running daytime soaps in the history of television ... and the children of the couple who created the show claim they've been screwed out of a major part of their cut.

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TMZ has obtained a lawsuit filed by the estate of Frank and Doris Hursley -- the couple who created the show back in 1963.

According to the lawsuit, the Hursley's daughters claim their parents struck a deal with ABC way back when ... to reap 10% of all profits from the syndication of the show ... but ABC hasn't honored the deal.

The daughters allege ABC has cooked the books for years -- and has failed to pay the full amount owed to the creators.

The Hursley children do not specify how much money they believe ABC owes -- but they want a judge to force ABC to open up its books to an audit ASAP.

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46.

how lame    

Stephanie, Soapnet is gone. done. kaput.

1185 days ago
47.

Karma Chameleon    

One of the Hursleys' daughters is Bridget Dobson. She has some good Karma coming from co-creating the awesome soap Santa Barbara.

1185 days ago
48.

LM    

I hope the family is getting pay.

1185 days ago
49.

Tony Curtis     

Thanks TMZ for breaking the story-any thing that makes a fool out of ABC and Disney I am all about. ABC daytime leaders are a joke.

1185 days ago
50.

soapfan    

General Hospital is not the longest runnning soap in television history. That honor goes to Guiding Light, which was on the air, radio and tv, for 72 years before it was canceled in 2009. It made its television debut in 1952. As the world Turns went on the air in April 1956 and was canceled in 2010.

1185 days ago
51.

wiptidoo    

Actually, TMZ get your facts straight-Guiding Light was THE longest running drama in television and radio history-since 1937 which was canceled in 2009. Do a little more research.

1185 days ago
52.

Alice    

I'd like to see ABC get slapped up alongside the head really hard after they have abused the soap fans for so long and now with a cancellation! Brian Frons is the WORST!!!!

1185 days ago
53.

el    

Karma is a bitch...SAVE OUR SOAPS!!! Boycotting everything ABC except my soaps until someone comes to their senses and leaves daytime alone!!!! LONG LIVE OUR SOAPS!!!

1185 days ago
54.

Right back at ya    

I've heard two reasons, as to why OLTL and AMC are cancelled:

1. Extensive research was done, and the findings showed that Soaps are generally watched by Women, and most are now in the workforce, and not home during the day.

2. The times have changed, and most people are looking for new shows, such as Cooking, Interior Design, Fashion, etc.

My response to this is, well, it's a bunch of bull! Yes, there are more Women working now, then years ago, when the Soaps first started and became popular. There is also a large population of viewers who are home during the day, for more than one reason, such as, young Mothers, Seniors, unemployed, etc. And many who work during the day, tape the Soaps, to watch in the evening.
Cooking, Fashion, and Interior Design Shows? I don't think so! Most People have Cable, where they can watch those Shows; even the regular channels have a selection (i.e., Nate Berkus, Rachael Ray,etc.).

And why the need for ABC7(in So. Calif.) to have eight hours of News? If there's no one Home during the day, who's watching the News from 11AM - 12PM? And yes, I know there's a huge difference in the budget for News versus Soaps, but even so, who needs to hear/see repeats, of what was telecast earlier in the day, let alone, from the PREVIOUS week? Waste of money!
General Hospital should be the Soap to go; the story lines deviated from what was centered around the Hospital Staff, years ago. Sonny (Gangster) is the center of attention, for the most part, glorifying killing, bullying, cover-ups, etc. What the hell were the Producers and Network thinking, when they allowed this to dominate GH? Crappy Writers, as well.

1185 days ago
55.

LA Native    

This case has been building for some time now...and is bigger than big, believe me. A cancelation of the show will not stop it from moving forward by any means.

1185 days ago
56.

tiffers1912    

Not surprised. GH is clearly corrupt in a lot of other ways as well. Not to mention they've been stiffing Liason fans too!

1185 days ago
57.

jay    

The solution is simple, just fire Brian Frons and Anne Sweeney and give their salaries to the estate. And while you're at it, throw in Disneyland for good measure.

1185 days ago
58.

American Mom    

Long live General Hospital!

1185 days ago
59.

tanya    

For 1 it is not the longest or first soap to air on tv get the facts straight.

1185 days ago
60.

Mel    

Surprised?? ABC = All But Cares?? no one..why do you think Katherine Heigel ran??? she learned early about ABC...ya she got movie gigs but knowing about ABC made it that much easier...what are the rest of Grey in lately?? enough said...

1185 days ago
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