Soap Opera Digest is confirming that Kimberly McCullough will exit General Hospital in early 2012. The actress, who originated the role of Robin Scorpio Drake when she was eight years old, will focus on her directorial projects. McCullough has studied at NYU’s film school and recently completed AFI’s prestigious direction workshop for women.
Jason Thompson, who plays Robin’s husband Patrick, told Soaps In Depth that McCullough leaving is going to be quite “sad” and that he’ll probably be “sadder than anybody.”
While “Scrubs” fans would love to see their couple ride off into the sunset with their daughter Emma, the show might have a different, darker plan. According to rumours, Robin will end up being the victim of yet another serial killer storyline. While this has yet to be confirmed, it isn’t something that fans aren’t putting past executive producer Jill Farren Phelps, who is notoriously known for allowing the gruesome deaths legacy soap heroines (Guiding Light‘s Maureen Bauer, Another World‘s Frankie Frame and even General Hospital‘s Emily Quartermaine a few years ago).
You’ve got to feel deeply sorry for the fans of General Hospital as it’s been a rough year. While it’ll be ABC’s last soap standing come this January, there are already reports that it won’t last pass next September when Katie Couric‘s new talk show makes its debut on most ABC affiliates across the U.S. in the 3 p.m. slot. In the summer, there was hope for a creative turnaround when Garin Wolf was named head writer, but stories have become darker and fan favourites have continued to be pushed aside in favour of the Sonny/Carly/Jason show.
Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) also announced he’d be leaving the ABC soap after the show refused to lighten his work load and re-pair his character with Rebecca Herbst‘s Liz. The recent exits of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda), Ingo Rademacher (Jax), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Lexi Ainsorth (Kristina) have also been hard on fans.
A year ago, you could tune in and see some great performances come out of mediocre storylines, but fans won’t even have that option as actors continue to exit — whether they are pushed off or decide to jump off the sinking ship that is General Hospital.
At least soap fans have the “rebooted” Days of our Lives to fall back on. The Sami/EJ grief-sex twist was amazingly well done…and this is coming from a one-time Lucas/Sami fan.
In Canada, General Hospital can also be seen on Citytv.