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ABC Daytime "What If" webisodes set to premiere on Monday July 12th!

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The What If’s webisodes are almost here!  That’s right soapers.  Now finally, you can see characters from one your favorite ABC Daytime dramas interacting with a character from another.  It’s a one of a kind soap opera style mash-up!

The new series of What If webisodes will debut on abc.com and soapnet.com on Monday, July 12th.  The innovative series will answer the question, “What would happen if two characters from different soaps ran into each other, what would they say?” In a 10-part series that will also air in cut-down-versions on ABC Daytime and SOAPnet, viewers will see well-known characters from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital interact with one another, and will be privy to their conversations. The webisodes will be derivative of the characters and their unique past, but are not related to current storyline. One Life to Live’s executive producer, Frank Valentini, is director for the webisode series.

The schedule is as follows:

Week 1 (July 12th):

  • “All My Children’s”  Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and “General Hospital’s” Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard): When Sonny’s plan to use Erica as an alibi goes awry, his claustrophobia gets the best of both of them.
  • “All My Children’s”  Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison) and “General Hospital’s”  Carly Jacks (Laura Wright): Carly gives Ryan a refresher course on how to channel his inner bad boy.
  • “One Life To Live’s “ Todd Manning (Trevor St. John) and “General Hospital’s” Damian Spinelli (Bradford Anderson): Spinelli’s fear of flying frustrates Todd to no end and unexpectedly changes their flight plan.

Week 2 (July 19th):

  • “All My Children’s” Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) and “General Hospital’s” Jason Morgan (Steve Burton):  A drunk Greenlee pours her heart out (and more) to a very sober Jason Morgan.

Week 3 (July 26th):

  • “All My Children’s” Angie and Jesse Hubbard (Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams) and “One Life To Live’s” Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson): When Angie and Jesse argue about a dry spell in the romance department, Starr reminds them what matters most in life.

Week 4(Aug. 2nd):

  • “One Life To Lives’” Tess (Bree Williamson) and “General Hospital’s” Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna): When Dante and Tess realize they’ve met before, she tries to seduce him for old time’s sake.

Week 5 (Aug 9th):

  • “General Hospital’s” Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and “One Life to Live’s” Viki Banks (Erika Slezak):  Bonded by their respective heart problems, Viki and Luke commiserate over lost love.

Week 6 (Aug 16th):

  • “General Hospital’s” Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) and “One Life to Live’s” Rex Balsom (John- Paul Lavoisier): Maxie and Rex debate the pros and cons of young love, while suddenly faced with their own mortality.

Week 7 (Aug 23rd):

  • “One Life To Live’s” Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva) and “All My Children’s” Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight): After comparing notes on their messy love lives, Tad and Blair realize they dance to the same tune.

Week 8 (Aug 30th):

  • “One Life To Live’s” John McBain (Michael Easton) and “General Hospital’s” Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco):  After getting trapped in an elevator in a burning building, Sam and John get to know each other better than they ever thought they would.

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Ann
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Ann

I am wildly excited for Michael Easton and Kelly Monaco working together on the What If. This has been my dream since Port Charles was cancelled. But, good grief, we have to wait until August 30th! Well, the wait will be worth every second that ticks off on the clock! I know this wlll only whet my appetite for more of them acting together again. They are my very favorite acting pair ever! I loved Caleb and Olivia so much! I think they work together better than anyone I have ever seen on daytime! This is a blessing for us… Read more »

River
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River

At what time and time zone will the internet air “What If?” It just says beginning July 12th for ten weeks. Thanks, River

DjOrbit
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DjOrbit

that is exactly what i been trying to find out also. My bet is that they put it on the site in the evening and it will remain there for weeks. you will be able to go back and watch any episode ya like for a few weeks after all the episodes have aired. at least that is my hope from when nightshift aired:) lets keep our fingers crossed!!

cdblonde
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cdblonde

Same question…what time and how to watch?

MoR3n0210
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MoR3n0210

me too same prob when and where to watch?

Naomi&Jeremy
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Naomi&Jeremy

Soooo just like everyone else My son and I just Loooooove these episodes; well the whole idea itself!!! However… aside from having these great actors, we would love to see an episode with the famous FRANCO!!!! please please please… bring FRANCO on the webisodes.. I know that it would just be fantastic!!!! Kudos to everyone else who has participated, I think that everyone has done such a wonderful job!!!

Candy
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Candy

I love all the soaps. But how do i watch this new series with my favorite stars in it? I would love to see it online, but do not know how to get it online. Please explain it to me, so I can watch ALL series. Thanks so much……….Candy

Maryanne Lang
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Maryanne Lang

This is a fun twist. Can’t wait to see Michael Easton!

LYNN WILLIAMS
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LYNN WILLIAMS

BRING OLTL BACK. BABY BOOMERS WHO GREW UP WATCHING OLTL ARE RETIRING AND WANT OLTL BACK.

ALREADY TO MANY REALITY AND INFORMATION SHOWS ON. WE NOW HAVE INTERNET FOR INFORMATION!!!
BRING BACK OLTL BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.

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Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest Remember Regis Philbin on ‘Live’, while Kathie Lee Gifford Recalls Last Moments With Him On ‘Today’

On Monday, Regis Philbin, who passed away at 88-years-old over the weekend, was remembered on morning television where he spent most of his career, by his former co-hosts.  On Live with Kelly and Ryan, an emotional Ripa along with Seacrest honored the man they had come to know

Ryan shared: “It’s been a very difficult and emotional day for all of us at Live. Kelly, I know a tough weekend for you especially because you worked with our dear friend, a friend that passed away over the weekend, Regis Philbin. A legend on television. A best friend to so many of us who didn’t even know him, across the country.”

Ripa, co-hosted Live! with Philbin for 11 years, said mentioned that she and her husband Mark Consuelos were lucky to have their children surrounding them over the weekend when they learned of Philbin’s death.

Through her tears, Kelly expressed:  “As people get older, you always know that certain things are inevitable, and passing away is one of those things, but Regis is one of the people that we all believed, I think, would somehow figure out a way around the inevitable. It was not in the cards.”

Meanwhile over on NBC, Kathie Lee Gifford appeared on the Today Show remembering her enduring friendship and working relationship with Regis. Gifford co-hosted Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for many years.

Overcome with emotion, Kathie Lee recalled her final visit with Philbin and his wife Joy during a visit to the East Coast. Gifford now lives in Tennessee.

Gifford shared how she called The Philbins and said, “Can we get together, can we have some lunch?’ So they came over about two weeks ago,  We just had the best time.”’

However, Kathie Lee noted after they said their goodbyes:“I just thought to myself, ‘Lord’, is that the last time I’m going to see my friend?’ Cause he was failing, I could tell.  I was just so grateful the Lord gave me that final time.”  She also shared moments with her talk with Joy after Regis’ passing, where Joy said,”Kathie he hadn’t laughed in a long, long time.  I was so worried about him.  The day that we came to have lunch with you was the last time I heard him laugh.”

On their on-screen partnership, Kathie Lee said of her time with Regis: “We always respected each other’s opinions so highly. You know, in all the years we were together, we never had one cross word.”

Watch below the segments from Live with Kelly and Ryan and The Today Show with Kathie Lee below as they remember and honor Regis Philbin.

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TV Icon Regis Philbin Dead At 88; Kathie Lee Gifford, Kelly Ripa and Susan Lucci Pay Tribute

Sad news to report on Saturday.  Legendary TV host and personality, Regis Philbin has passed away at the age of 88.  The Daytime Emmy-winning host, was famous for is morning shows including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee for 15 years, and its later incarnation Live with Regis and Kelly,  hosting Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. beauty pageants, his night club shows with former All My Children star, Susan Lucci, and so much more.

In a statement his family shared: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday,His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him — for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about.. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss.'”

TMZ is reporting late Saturday afternoon that they confirmed with the Medical Examiner that Regis died from heart disease. He was pronounced dead Saturday at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT

Philbin’s accolades included: Daytime Emmy Awards wins for Outstanding Talk Show Host for Live! in 2001 and 2011 as well as Outstanding Game Show Host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  Regis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008.  He was nominated for 37 Daytime Emmy Awards throughout his career.  In addition, according to Guinness World Records, Regis holds the world record for most hours on US television with more than 16,700 hours clocked.

Three women who worked so closely with Regis each took to Instagram this afternoon to share their grief and memories of their dear friend, and in some cases mentor:

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Kathie Lee Gifford expressed on Philbin’s passing: “There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.”

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Kelly Ripa who took over from Gifford and co-hosted with Regis for many years shared along with Ryan Seacrest: “We are beyond saddened to learn about the loss of Regis Philbin. He was the ultimate class act, bringing his laughter and joy into our homes everyday on Live for more than 23 years. We were beyond lucky to have him as a mentor in our careers and aspire everyday to fill his shoes on the show. We send our deepest love and condolences to his family and hope they can find some comfort in knowing he left the world a better place.”

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Susan Lucci, shared an emotional message: “Oh, Regis—I am so shocked and so incredibly sad to learn of your passing. Your warmth and charm and devilish sense of humor made the world fall in love with you—and all of us who had the privilege and joy to work with you adored you! Those five years we traveled the country appearing together on stage are full of some of my favorite memories. Helmut and I send our love and heartfelt sympathy to beautiful Joy and your entire family.  You were one of a kind, Rege—🎼There Will Never Ever Be Another You🎼 RIP, Regis—and thank you”

Philbin is survived by daughters J.J. Philbin and Joanna Philbin, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy Philbin, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel Philbin, who passed away in 2014.

Share your thoughts and condolences on the passing of Regis Philbin in the comment section below.  

 

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There are no words to fully express the love I have for my precious friend, Regis. I simply adored him and every day with him was a gift. We spent 15 years together bantering and bickering and laughing ourselves silly—a tradition and a friendship we shared up to this very day. I smile knowing somewhere in Heaven, at this very moment, he’s making someone laugh. It brings me great comfort knowing that he had a personal relationship with his Lord that brought him great peace. I send all the love in my heart to Joy, to his children, to the rest of his family and to the innumerable people he touched over his legendary life. There has never been anyone like him. And there never will be.

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‘Strahan, Sara and Keke’ Canceled by ABC; Show Aired In Timeslot That Once Housed ‘All My Children’

No matter a network tries to do, replacing All My Children, which ran for 41 years on ABC has remained as everyone that follows the world of daytime drama knows, problematic.  Now come word via Page Six that Strahan, Sara and Keke has been canceled.

The show hosted by Michael Strahan, Sara Haines and Keke Palmer if you recall, replaced the foodie show, The Chew which ran for seven seasons and was the first show to air in the timeslot that belonged for over four decades to All My Children. 

Back in March of this year, Strahan, Sara and Keke took a break to make way for ABC’s News  Pandemic: What You Need to Know, a daily coronavirus report anchored by Amy Robach, Dr. Jen Ashton and sometimes TJ Holmes.

However, because the show did well in that two-week experimental run it morphed into GMA 3: What You Need to Know.  The new version of the show also talked about hot topics in the current news cycle, as well.

ABC’s Catherine McKenzie began producing the “GMA3” show four months ago and the network officially announced her as Executive Producer of the program on Thursday.

While ABC has yet to officially announce Strahan, Sara and Keke is over, a spokesperson told Page Six: “We’re proud of our teams at ‘SSK’ and ‘GMA3’ and how quickly they transitioned to producing a daily show to give people the news and information they need during an unprecedented pandemic, and conversations continue about how the show will evolve in the months ahead.”

It appears that Strahan, Sara and Keke won’t be returning; the future as many of their staff have transitioned over to ‘GMA 3’ with producers from ABC News Live, (the streaming division), helmed by McKenzie.

As for the futures of Strahan, Haines and Palmer; Strahan will continues to host Good Morning America, and they are all actively under contract with the network.

So, what do you think of  ‘Strahan, Sara and Kek’e being replaced by ‘GMA 3: What You  Need to Know’?  How long do you think that show will last in the timeslot once taken up by residents of Pine Valley? Comment below.

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