GENERAL Hospital has been operating since 1963 – a staggering 58 years.

However, the future of the iconic ABC soap opera seems to always be in doubt.

Will there be a new season of General Hospital?

It remains unclear whether General Hospital will be renewed for another year.

The show is coming up on its anniversary – it debuted on April 1, 1963.

General Hospital revolves around the fictional community of Port Charles and the people who live there.

Cast regulars include Genie Francis, Rebecca Herbst, Maurice Benard, and many others.

Producers launched General Hospital in the early 1960s in an attempt to "capitalize on the popularity of prime-time medical dramas such as Dr. Kildare and Ben Casey," according to

General Hospital is ABC's longest-running soap opera despite suffering from poor ratings at times, including in the 1970s.

Is Roger Howarth returning to General Hospital?

Roger Howarth says he is returning to General Hospital even though his character Franco Baldwin appeared to be shot dead in March of 2021.

“I’m really excited," he told Soap Opera Digest.

"I have great faith in the people who think of these things. I’ve been in good hands so far.” 

Howarth will be taking a break from the show, and his future role was not immediately clear.

Some fans were doubtful that his character even died from his wound.

Franco was shot in the chest by Peter August (Wes Ramsey) on the March 9 episode.

He was later declared dead at the hospital.

Who are Luke and Laura?

The wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) on General Hospital in 1981 became the most-watched event in soap opera history.

Geary played Luke on-and-off from 1978 to 2015, and Francis has left and returned to the show several times.

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