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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.

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’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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‘Studio City’s’ Sean Kanan to Host Indie Series Awards Virtual Ceremony

Coming up, another award show will transition during the coronavirus pandemic to a virtual presentation when the 11th Annual Indie Series Awards reveals its winners in a ceremony w=on Thursday, June 18, starting at 9:00 p. m. EST.

This year, the host with the most will be Sean Kanan, known for his roles on General Hospital (Ex-AJ) and The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless (Ex-Deacon), and this year for his Daytime Emmy-nominated work from his digital series, Studio City,

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the digital community and ISA family,” added Kanan. “This is the future of entertainment.”

Since 2oo9, the ISAs have honored some of the best of independent web series.

Tickets are said to be going on sale, so you can watch the virtual ceremony beginning at home starting on June 1st.

For more on the Indie Series Awards visit their site here.

So, will you be checking out Sean and the Indie Series Awards next month? Comment below.

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TODAY: General Hospital Rebroadcasts Masterful 52nd Anniversary Episode

Fans are in for a treat today (Friday, May 22nd) when ABC’s General Hospital airs an encore presentation of one of the finest hours of soap opera in the history of the genre, with its 52nd anniversary episode from April 1, 2015.

In the episode, viewers finally learned what turned Luke (Tony Geary) into Fluke, which has been the on-going story for months; but it all lead up to the shocking reveal, when Luke revisited his past in his broken down childhood home and the demons that haunted him.

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The episode goes from black and white to color, as Geary plays two roles: Luke and his abusive father, Tim, in one of the greatest performances of his career.

It is there we finally see Luke’s mother, Lena, played to perfection by Laura Wright (Carly).  And, it is in these scenes we meet for the first time Chloe Lanier as a young Patricia Spencer, who was so good, she was later cast as Nelle.  Playing the young Luke in another powerful performance was Joey Luthman,

Throughout the twists and turns, viewers learn that Luke not only killed his father, but accidentally killed his own mother who he loved.  It was a harrowing moment of deeply repressed memories.  The ending in the present time also features the Spencer family rallying around a distraught Luke in the hankie-inducing final scenes.

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From the performances, to the script, to the direction, to the writing his one had it all.

So, will  you be watching today’s 52nd anniversary episode of GH?  Do you agree it was one of the finest episodes of the series? Comment below

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