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Published:August 21st, 2007 11:01 EST
'General Hospital' continues to stay after dark with 'Night Shift'

'General Hospital' continues to stay after dark with 'Night Shift'

By Garrett Godwin

It is time to still bring on the night with General Hospital: Night Shift.


The primetime spin-off of the Emmy-winning favorite, the series follows Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), along with several young doctors and nurses as they fight to save lives while trying to maintain their own as well as their sanity.  The series also follows what they and other residents of Port Charles do before the sun comes up.


Though Night Shift could be GH's version of Grey's Anatomy, it is different because the series focuses more on the hospital and the characters, along with the relationships between them.  For instance, the patients they're treating intertwined with their lives such as Robin treating a pregnant HIV-positive woman, which gives her inspiration and desire to have children someday.  Another is a young man being treated for a gunshot wound, which troubles his pregnant girlfriend, who doesn't want their child to grow up in a world of violence -- or without a father.  This is connected to the relationship between Nurse Elizabeth Spencer (Rebecca Herbst) and Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), who secretly share a son, Jake, and though they want to be together, neither one doesn't their child to grow in where they're always going to be in danger due to Jason's lifestyle.


And though viewers cannot accept brooding yet sensitive mob enforcer Jason as a hospital orderly, Night Shift still deals with him trying to be a good father to his son while reconnecting with former love Robin as friends.


While being mostly standalone, the series have two ongoing story arcs such as who is the Angel of Death that is killing the patients and why, and who is the mystery woman that was involved in the ambulance explosion.


Night Shift also follows the staff not only fighting to save lives, but also hospital politics that is more about getting to the bottom line, interfering with their ability to care for their patients.


Though being scheduled for 13 episodes, Night Shift's premiere became the highest-rated in SOAPnet's history, but there is no official word on whether or not ABC Daytime President Brian Frons will order more episodes.


The story, passion, and conflict continue to bring on the night with General Hospital: Night Shift, Thursday nights at 11pm on SOAPnet.