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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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LISTEN NOW: Soap Nation Live! With Jon Lindstrom, Beth Maitland, Freddie Smith & Linda Dano

Tonight on the November episode of Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman, get ready for a dynamic line-up of some of your favorite soap stars.

Join Michael and his special guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Y&R’s Beth Maitland (Traci), DAYS’ Freddie Smith (Sonny) and soap icon, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia – AW, ex-Gretel – OLTL, GH, AMC, Port Charles, and ex-Cynthia, ATWT) for this 90-minute broadcast, plus you never know who might pop up during the show!

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a Days of our Lives goodie/swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture from our guest, Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.  

The season premiere begins its stream-live at 7PMPST/10PMEST.  You can also head on over to the Soap Nation Live! page at Spreaker.com, if you have any trouble listening to the show here.

Portions of the broadcast can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

Now, listen to Soap Nation Live’s all-new episode below in the player.

If you are tuning-in shortly before 7PMPST, you will hear some musical interludes before we go live for showtime. Make sure to press the play button on the player below and enjoy the show!

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THURSDAY NIGHT: Soap Nation Live! With Special Guests: GH’s Jon Lindstrom, Y&R’s Beth Maitland, DAYS’ Freddie Smith & Soap Favorite, Linda Dano

On Thursday night, November 15th, Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman returns with a brand new episode beginning at 7PMPST/10PMEST.

Join Michael and his very special guests: General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan), The Young and the Restless Beth Maitland (Traci), Days of our Lives Freddie Smith (Sonny), and beloved soap vet, Linda Dano (Ex-Felicia Gallant, AW, Ex-Gretel Rae Cummings, OLTL, GH, Port Charles, and AMC) who will be appearing with Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS) in Hallmark’s The Chronicle Mysteries next year, for this entertaining 90-minute broadcast.

Make sure to listen in for our trivia game show segment, when one lucky caller has the chance to win a very soapy prize, a Days of our Lives swag bag, and a personalized autograph picture of Freddie Smith.

To call-in and pose a question, or a comment to any of our guests, dial the exclusive listener-line at 818-295-2130.

The November edition of Soap Nation Live! will be streamed live right here at Michael Fairman TV.   Come back prior to showtime Thursday night, and just look for the post for our broadcast and listen-in.

You can also listen to all past broadcasts and the new live-stream of Soap Nation Live! via Spreaker’s Soap Nation Live page

Portions of Thursday’s all-new episode can also be viewed at Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/michaelfairmanTV

If you have a question for any one of our guests that you would like potentially posed to them during the live broadcast; you can post them via the comment section below, and we just might ask your question on the air!  We hope you are looking forward to the show.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Flips The Switch In Sonny-Centric Episode Featuring Standout Performances

On Monday, in honor of Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on ABC’s General Hospital, the daytime drama took a look at what life would have been like if Sonny had not fallen in to a life of crime and in the mob. The standalone episode featured the return of Dominic Zamprogna as Sonny’s eldest son, Dante.

But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

Now disturbed by his son’s life of crime, Sonny goes to the PCPD to talk to the police commissioner, who is now Anna Devane (Finola Hughes).  In the story, Anna is very inward, depressed, and more.  We find out that her daughter, Robin died of complications from AIDS in the 90’s, in which Anna has never recovered from.   We also learn at the PCPD that Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is the current District Attorney.

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Carly (Laura Wright) enters the scene, and she is still married to A. J. Quartermaine.  Sonny takes a liking to her and vice-versa.  We later learn that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is back working for the DEA and Dante has gone undercover to bring down the Jeromes; so the entire territory is under his control.

Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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