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Exclusive: General Hospital Welcomes Soap Royalty

How cool is this! When ABC's General Hospital needed to fill the role of a garage mechanic who holds vital information about a hit-and-run crash, they hired a real life car expert from Detroit, Michigan — 52-year-old Mazda product specialist Duncan Hursley. But that's not Hursley's only claim to fame. He's also the grandson of Gh's late, great creators, Frank and Doris Hursley! TV Guide Magazine got the scoop on his cameo appearance, airing Friday, June 27.

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Flashback: Bridget & Jerome Dobson - Santa Barbara's Guiding Lights 1984

Veterans Bridge, Jerome Dobson

'Santa Barbara's' Guiding Lights

By Julie Richard

Los Angeles Times

July 28, 1984

While prime-time series come and go, daytime dramas generally go on and on, so when a new serial enters the field, the trick is to lure away loyal viewers already ensconced in the machinations of their favorite soap characters.

Two veteran soap writers, Bridget and Jerome Dobson, hope to do just that with Santa Barbara, which they've created, executive produce and write and which premieres on NBC on Monday at 2 p.m. The Dobsons are optimistic that Santa Barbara will not only find a niche in the soap world but also eventually become No. 1.

"It's young viewers we want to catch," Bridget said, "because viewers who've been watching soaps 20 years don't change. It's very hard to woo them away. It's the new viewers we want."

To that end, the Dobsons have developed a show which,
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'General Hospital' Creators' Daughters Sue ABC; Say They Were Stiffed on Revenue

'General Hospital' Creators' Daughters Sue ABC; Say They Were Stiffed on Revenue
ABC's soap-opera headaches don't end with the public outrage over the recent cancellations of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The daughters of Frank and Doris Hursley, who created daytime medical drama "General Hospital" in 1963, are suing the network, claiming that ABC stiffed them on revenues, court documents obtained by TheWrap confirm. Also read: "More Soap Deaths: ABC Axes 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live'" According to plaintiffs Bridget Dobson, Deborah Hardy and Polly Keusnik -- two of whom have also written for the show -- their parents, both
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TVLine Items: MTV Awards Tap Sudeikis, Aqua Teen's New Name, and More TV News to Know

TVLine Items: MTV Awards Tap Sudeikis, Aqua Teen's New Name, and More TV News to Know
Saturday Night Live funnyman Jason Sudeikis has scored the coveted hosting spot for this year’s MTV Movie Awards.

Following in the footsteps of former SNLers Mike Myers, Jimmy Fallon and Andy Samberg, Sudeikis will take the MTV Movie Awards stage on Sunday, June 5 to hand out the Golden Popcorn to Hollywood’s movie elite… and probably, somehow the Jersey Shore cast. Ryan Seacrest revealed the hosting scoop Wednesday morning on his radio show.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• After 11 years of animated adventures, Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force has come to an end…
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ABC Accused Of Cheating General Hospital Creators

The daughters and heirs of Frank and Doris Hursley, the husband-and-wife writing team who created General Hospital, say ABC owes them an accounting and years of royalties from the show.

Bridget Dobson (Santa Barbara creator), Deborah Hardy, and Polly Keusnik say ABC used Hollywood accounting to cheat them of their parents' 10 percent share of the show's net profits. They say they recently discovered the number juggling during an audit, and say ABC also "wrongfully refused" to disclose more information that will show other contractual breaches.

The plaintiffs describe themselves as "the daughters and heirs" of the Hursleys, "who became famous in the 1950s for writing soap operates."

"In 1963, the Hursleys created the medical soap opera General Hospital, for ABC. From 1963 to 1973, the Hursleys served as the head writers of General Hospital and their daughters, Bridget Dobson and Deborah Hardy, also both served as writers on the show. 'General Hospital
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General Hospital Estate Files Suit Against ABC

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General Hospital Estate Files Suit Against ABC
The children of the creators of General Hospital are suing TV bosses over allegations they've been cheated out of the soap opera's fortune.

The daughters of husband and wife writers Frank and Doris Hursley, who created the show in 1963, claim network executives at ABC have not honoured a deal promising them 10 per cent of syndication payments.

The Hursley girls have asked a judge to force ABC heads to undergo an audit, reports TMZ.com.

General Hospital is the longest-running American soap opera currently in production and has launched the careers of stars including John Stamos, Demi Moore and Kristin Davis.

ABC Accused Of Stiffing 'General Hospital' Creators

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" 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. 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
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