Last month, I reported that the classic NBC soap, THE DOCTORS, would begin airing on the Hallmark Channel at some point.
SFM Entertainment, on behalf of Colgate-Palmolive, struck the distribution deal with the Hallmark Channel to air the show.
A rep from SFM told me he hopes the show will begin airing "hopefully, later in 2009." No word on what time in the show's run Hallmark might start with when the show begins airing.
If this indeed happens (there have been rumblings for a long time), it would be great news for fans of classic soaps, especially if the ratings are good.
THE DOCTORS was in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional town of Madison. Over the years, the show featured well-known soap, prime-time and film stars like James Pritchett, Lydia Bruce, David O'Brien, Elizabeth Hubbard, Kim Zimmer, Kathleen Turner, Anna Stuart, Alec Baldwin and many more. The show ran on NBC from April 1, 1963 to December 31, 1982. The show was not supposed to be a conventional soap opera when it first aired in 1963 for a trial run as an anthology series with self-contained episodes about medical emergencies. When the show was brought back in 1964, it adopted a serial form of storytelling.
Here's an episode from 1979 to refresh your memory (along with an early 1980s opening). This show is not to be confused with the UK show DOCTORS, or the current daytime show THE DOCTORS.