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Published:July 19th, 2007 05:18 EST
General Hospital enters nighttime as it begins the 'Night Shift'

General Hospital enters nighttime as it begins the 'Night Shift'

By Garrett Godwin

When Drs. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) went against regulations to save the live of rock superstar Eli Love (Rick Springfield), they receive an even worse punishment than detention.  Instead, they'll be working the Night Shift.

SOAPnet's first original series, Night Shift is also the primetime spin-off of the Emmy-winning General Hospital.  Besides Scrubs, other GH fan favorites also working the Night Shift includes Liaison themselves, Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Spencer), and Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones).

Also working there is the legendary Billy Dee Williams.  Known as "Mr. Colt 45" and Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, he comes to the Night Shift as the character Toussaint, describe as "a man with a haunted past", but often provides surprising wisdom to the hospital staff -- even if he is an janitor.

Though a GH spin-off, Night Shift won't feature crossover storylines from their parent show, as the episodes will be more standalone.  The series will focus less on organized crime and more at the hospital as well as the relationships between the characters as devoted GH fans uncovers what goes on during the night as doctors, nurses, and interns fight to save lives while trying to maintain their sanity.

Airing for 13 weeks, last week's opener gave SOAPnet its largest audience in both viewers and the 18-49 demographics.  The debut also proved the network's audience last year by 341 percent.

It is time to bring on the night more with General Hospital: Night Shift, Thursday nights at 11pm on SOAPnet.