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ABC Names William Burton As The New Head Of Daytime

Over the years there have been several changes to ABC Daytime, and now comes word over the last 24 hours that William Burton has been promoted to Senior VP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC.  Burton starts in his new role immediately.

Deadline first reported the executive level move by the network.  Burton had previously been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime since earlier this year as SVP Daytime following the departure of former Daytime head Rebecca Campbell.

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Those duties have now been formalized in Burton’s expansive new role,  In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer.  Burton has been behind the business operations of ABC Daytime including the daytime drama.

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In addition, Burton will oversee the creation and production of syndicated programming across ABC platforms including the upcoming daytime talk show from Tamron Hall that is in development for a potential debut in the fall of 2019.

So, share your thoughts on Burton being named the new head of Daytime for ABC via the comment section below.

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Connor
Connor

I hope Mr. Burton helps rectify a wrong by at least returning One Life to Live to the schedule ( or rotating it 6 months with All My Children). No one wants to see GMA Day, and The Revolution+ The Chew replacement shows are thankfully cancelled. Start reintroducing more on GH ( like Nora last year).

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Thank you Connor. You took the words out of my mouth.

AJ123
AJ123

Not. Going. To. Happen. Ever. Stop. Hoping.

brian
brian

Mr. Burton. I will never watch a talk show other than ABC’s The View. Sadly the GMA with Sara just disappoints. She was much better on The View. So please consider ONE LIFE TO LIVE v3 !!!!

Vicky
Vicky

Why on Earth would anyone watch The View? Nothing but hate every day!

Jimh
Jimh

He looks like that actor from Perfect Strangers in that photo-lol…bet he will cancel GH or replace Frank at least….

Satan
Satan

Replacing Frank would be a good thing. As long as he doesn’t replace him with someone worse. Jury’s still out on whether the replacements in the writing department were better or worse than Carlivati. Either way, it’s way past time for GH to correct the mistake it made in February 2012 and stopped trying to be some sort of OLTL/Young & the Restless hybrid cyborg show.

Shay
Shay

From Satan’s lips to the SoapGod’s ear….enough of this bizarre “Frankensoap” experiment!

Patrick
Patrick

“jury’s still – out – ???? on the current writers of shelley and Chris … since Carlivati ??? that’s been 3 years now. GH stinks

Connor
Connor

I think that GH is safe for at least another year. With Genie Francis returning, hopefully the ratings ( especially the 18-49 demo) will improve. GH has the best actors in daytime+ just needs strong writing.

Bobbie
Bobbie

Hmmmmm…frank? If better….maybe good. Just so he knows….lot of people stop watching if GH cancelled.

David Pearson
David Pearson

Bringing back AMC would be such a SCORE!

Lisa
Lisa

As much as I miss AMC and OLTL, I’d grown to really enjoy The Chew. Canceling it was a huge mistake. Now we’re stuck with another “clone” show with no purpose. At least give “The Chew” chefs a permanent segment on GM Day, and I can continue to improve my cooking skills.

Bobbie
Bobbie

Yeah…..GM day!!! Stopped a.m.s on ABC. Constant mistakes since killing the soaps. Then got into chew. Cancelled!!!??? I just wait for GH and Ellen now and no.more ABC

Patrick
Patrick

William Burton – should you read this – It’s simply time… to FIRE @GH Frank Valentini

his executive producer choice’ have dulled the senses… A new writing team is in order

Please,

Thank You

Celticcalloway@gmail.com
Celticcalloway@gmail.com

Yes!!

su000
su000

”In terms of General Hospital, the creative aspects from the network are still being handled by ABC head of current programming, Vicki Dummer. ”

You’d have ask Vicki not William Burton to get FV fired… 🙂

Silvana De Nardis
Silvana De Nardis

Couldn’t agree with you more.

Joy McGlinchey
Joy McGlinchey

Dear Mr. Burton, I don’t know if you follow Facebook or other sites, but the Chew is sadly missed. With the country the way it is , it was always nice to turn on the Chew and laugh and smile. The 1:00 replacement show is just awlful. And unfortunately for ABC I’m not the only one that thinks this.

Bobbie
Bobbie

GM a.m. is enough! CHEW

Caleb
Caleb

What consistently boggles my mind is the tremendous power of soap fandom that none of the networks have ever really accepted or taken to their advantage. Too much ‘talk’ on daytime (do we really need 3+ hours of GMA???). I like the idea someone suggested of rotating OLTL and AMC in six month chunks.

I’m not on the ‘fire Valentini” bandwagon and I DO definitely think that the current writing team is 10x better than Ron… but that’s also setting the bar fairly low. Don’t get me wrong. Ron started out strong (and, to be fair ended up strong) on OLTL but after awhile, all the returns of dead characters and the systematic wrecking of fan favorite characters (poor Marty Sayebrook, for example) got old, tiresome and a clear indication that he didn’t love the genre… no, he hates it. And nothing underscored that than the Fluke storyline on GH. Again, Ron’s first year on GH was amazing and some good soap (I liked the integration of OLTL characters myself. I thought it brought in some fresh energy) but then it was obvious he didn’t know what to do with AJ and then killed him off and returned Sonny to the center of the show and, again, need I say more when I say “Fluke”. That storyline caused me to drop the show for over two years.

But back to Frank – I think that he’s probably faced a lot of budget cuts and higher ex interference and is probably one of the reasons that the show still exists… so we shouldn’t tar and feather him. Still, perhaps it’s time for a new crew to take Port Charles into new territory. Jason’s return was bungled beyond belief for one… and then there’s whatever happened in January to cause a number of storylines to come to a screeching halt and the show go off into weird and not particularly good directions (ie Nathan’s death, Laura’s sudden departure in the middle of the Mayor story, and so forth). I suspect that whatever it was that went down is the reason why a number of GH actors didn’t renew and found other work.

In any event, I’d love to know what the new guy thinks of the only ABC daytime drama left and what the long term plan is.

Jynx0854
Jynx0854

Unfortunately soaps are too expensive. It’s been said many times. Soaps if they come back with be a true miracle. I’ve been watching high school in the end of the 60’s & 70’s.

Jynx0854
Jynx0854

I guess I’ll wait and see what he does. Their are improvements to be made like more Hospital. Maybe Jason will finally go to school and be a dr!

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part Four: Joss Sings For Oscar, Valentin Takes The Stage, Kevin In Dire ‘Straits’, Ava Waits For Ryan

The conclusion of the GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 episodes brought with it emotional moments and performances from the stage, and major drama with yet to come ramifications for several people of Port Charles.

After Ryan (Jon Lindstrom) knocked out Kevin and switched places with him, yet again, the serial killer is on the loose at the ball. Later, when Scott (Kin Shriner) is backstage and is upset about Ava’s (Maura West) relationship with Kevin, Scott comes face-to-face with “Kevin” and having enough, tries to grab Scott’s hand to stop him from leaving. But, lo and behold, off comes his prosthetic hand.  Next, Ryan clubs Scott over the head, who now is the only person that saw Ryan at the ball.

Elsewhere, Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) confronts Willow (Katelyn MacMullan), after overhearing her conversation with Diane that she has a child, and he asks here if she was pregnant when she left “Dawn of Day”.  She claims she miscarried their child, but he refuses to believe a word out of her mouth and becomes irate.

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Michael (Chad Duell) saves Willow and warns Shiloh to stay away from her and his family. An out-of-sorts Shiloh heads back to his table where Sam (Kelly Monaco), Lucas (Ryan Carnes) and Brad (Parry Shen) are.  Shiloh informs Sam that he just found out someone had his baby and deceived him.  Lucas and Brad are both alarmed.

The first musical performance of the episode was Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia’s (Lisa LoCicero) rendition of Seals & Crofts classic, “Get Closer”.  Wally Kurth and Lisa LoCicero remain one of the endearing duos on the show.

Meanwhile, the question. and of course. the big musical finale hinged on Josslyn Jacks (Eden McCoy), and if she would perform the song she wrote with Oscar (Garren Stitt) at his request and in his honor.  In the best scene of all the ball episodes this year, Sonny (Maurice Benard) finds a conflicted Joss outside the ballroom.  She says she thought she was stronger and could do this, but she isn’t.  An emotional Sonny shares with her how Oscar will always be with her, and be OK with whatever choice she makes. Sonny relates it back to Stone and his relationship with him while the young man was living and while he has been deceased.  Maurice Benard and Eden McCoy delivered in this tender scene.

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In the next musical number, Valentin Cassasdine (James Patrick Stuart) attempts to calm down a drunken Nina (Michelle Stafford), who is all out of sorts due to her hatred of Willow.(and perhaps her lust for Jax?), by taking to the stage to perform his number.  This time, Stuart plays the piano and sings “Nothing without You” by Vienna Tang.  And once again, Valentin wowed the audience, and James sang beautifully, as he has each year at the ball.

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Still undecided if she can perform, Josslyn worries she’s letting everyone down. Jax (Ingo Rademacher) comes to see her and reassures her, saying she doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone, she just needs to follow her heart.

Finally, Josslyn makes the decision to perform, and that she does in the emotional high point of the episode.  As she performs this song about the list of things she and Oscar were planning to do together before the young man died, and how she will carry it with her, she sees Oscar in the back of the ballroom in his tux singing with her and rooting her on.  Kudos to Eden McCoy for being the heartbeat of this year’s ball, along with Lynn Herring, who the ‘ball’ would not be the ball without Lucy Coe,

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As the Nurses’ Ball winds down, Shiloh is becoming unglued, and as Sam tries to calm him down, he tells her she needs to finish her initiation tonight.  He says he needs her to be in the ‘trust’ and he needs her strength.  Oh-oh!  Will Sam go through with this to trap the guy, or are we going to witness a major backfire?

A massive light bulb has gone off in Lucas’ head and he tells Brad he believes Willow and Shiloh are Wylie’s birth parents. Brad doesn’t know what to say, and we all know why!

As Lucy is instructing the clean up crew to take everything down on the stage, the curtains open and Kevin is suspended in midair hoisted up, knocked out, and trapped in a straight-jacket!  Everyone is horrified.  Cut to Ava who is at her safe house preparing to kill Ryan all by herself.  She gets everything in place, while she sips on some booze and waits for Ryan to arrive, and sure enough, we come to the cliffhanger.   Ryan sees Ava from outside the widow.  What will happen next?

So, what did you think of the final installment of this year’s Nurses Ball? What did you think of the performances from Joss, Valentin, and Ned and Olivia? Will Ava kill Ryan, or will someone else do it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first,check out Josslyn’s AKA Eden McCoy’s performance below.

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General Hospital’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

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A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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From the set of General Hospital new interviews are featured with: Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia), plus Casting Director Mark Teschner remembers Meghan Markle’s acting debut on the ABC daytime drama series.

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Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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