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ABC Official Annoucement on Good Afternoon America Daytime Summer Replacement Series!

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I am sure we were all envisioning a day when One Life to Live is back on the airwaves, in our heart of hearts.  But soap fans and viewers won’t be seeing that on ABC.   First, audiences had to deal with the OLTL’s disastrous replacement, The Revolution, which in turn was canned by the network because of horrendous ratings.  And now it is being replaced for the summer by the previously announced GMA in the Afternoon series.   So today, ABC made it official with a press release with details about the summer series.

Here’s the info:   “Beginning Monday, July 9, ABC News will air a one-hour extension of  Good Morning America for nine weeks entitled Good Afternoon America.  The program will be anchored by “GMA’s” Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer, with Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos joining in with special appearances. The energetic, fast-paced program will feature the most-talked about celebrities, performances by the biggest names in the music industry, the latest pop culture news, plus original entertainment, lifestyle, health, workplace and consumer reporting from an all-star list of contributors and other members of the ABC family.

“It’s tremendous that ‘GMA’ has this opportunity to extend its reach and bring something new to the afternoons,” said co-anchor Josh Elliott. “It is gratifying to play a role in it, and we genuinely hope our audience will come along for the ride.” Co-anchor Lara Spencer added: “I am beyond excited and honored to be part of this new chapter for the Good Morning America family.  Good Afternoon America gives us the opportunity to reach a different audience, and better yet, to spend a little more time with our morning viewers who want to be a part of the conversation and fun we plan on bringing to afternoon TV.  Good Afternoon America will air from 2:00-3:00 p.m., ET and will be taped at “GMA’s” studio at the crossroads of the world, the heart of Times Square.”

All we can say soapers is make sure to keep watching General Hospital!  We know many of your have read rumors on certain message boards, that there is  some concern that an alternate plan in the works that could nix GH in the future to make way for Good Afternoon America.  The point here is:  if only ABC would have left OLTL on,  GH would have had an appropriate lead-in. And point two, if GMA can be a better lead-in for GH, it should help their ratings, but will it give the suits other ideas?  The jury is out!   So what do you think about Good Afternoon America?  Will you tune-in?

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Nancy M
Nancy M

I promise GMA will have no viewers and here the hell we go again. What is going to happen when GMA has nothing? I am so sick of ABC.

david
david

If GMA has nothing, then GH should replace it, followed by Katie. Then we boycott Katie and she fails. It’s either soaps in the afternoon or nothing.

Terri
Terri

Me too all soap fans. No one is going to watch GMA in the afternoon. They will probably have even lower ratings than the Revoltion!!! We want our soaps back not some stupid cheap substitutes that no one wants and no one watches! We want our daytime afternoon line up back that we have had for decades AMC, OLTL, and GH in that order. If they want to put Katie on at 4 pm that is the only way she will get any lead in ratings! Just because GMA in the afternoon doesn’t have an audience does not mean GH will. I have been watching my shows on Hulu the next day as I am working again.

Christine
Christine

That’s a BIG ditto from me, too. I just hope enough people will get it through their heads.

Christy
Christy

ditto – me too!

I wrote a couple emails to my local ABC affliate asking them to please keep GH on in the fall – got an General Hospital newsletter from about.com which gave all the address. Guess ABC was having meetings with the affiliates yesterday and today asking if they’d like to have an hour of GH or GMA in the afternoon for the fall lineup… yes, here we go again! I don’t watch GMA in the morning and hell no, not going to watch it in the afternoon. ABC is just all the same kind of programming all day long without GH! Soaps or ABC is off the air in my house! I told the station, if GH is gone I’ll be going to CBS or NBC for a new soap!

Barb
Barb

Will not be watching! GH is the only show I will watch on ABC until they give us back OLTL or release the rights back to Agnes Nixon! UGH!! ABC continues to raise my blood pressure!

barbara t
barbara t

You know we fought a good fight and got abc/disney to keep our general hospital, One of the head people at abc said let the best show win, well the revolution was cancelled, now their lying their replacing that stupid show for another waste of time show. I’m glad I continued to boycott abc because I want one life to live back I know that’s not going to happen and I hate to say this but I believe all this back stabbing abc/disney has done to us soap fans never stopped when gh was renewed their lying to shut us up. all soap fans should boycott abc daytime and yes, Prime time to.

Maura
Maura

Bring back OLTL……..I will only watch my soaps on ABC!!!!!!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

Tv guide came out with their 25 worst tv blunders, One life to live and All my children are on that list. They have no one but idiots running abc/disney. They should bring back One life to live before its to late, we have already lost a lot of our favorite characters to other shows.

ricardo
ricardo

hello michael fairman abc is playing mind games with all of us. on the weekend the message boards say general hospital could be cancelled sooner. i hope this is just a rumpur. i don’t trust abc at all. when general hospital got renewed in april. i was so happy. but now with good afternoon america i am getting worried that abc is going to all stab us in the back and cancel our soap general hospital. i have a bad feeling in my stomach that general hospital will be gone. i hope that i am wrong. please general hospital viewers don’t watch good afternoon america because our general hospital needs our support. good afternoon america hopefully will bomb. nobody cares about lara spencer she is annoying as hell.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

ABC doesn’t care how good the ratings are, if they plan on cancelling GH , they will! OLTL had great ratings & it’s gone! If GH makes it to next year it will be a miracle! They don’t want any soaps! And I can’t stand Lara Spencer either!

barbara t
barbara t

Lipstickcat, I believe you are right. I can’t stand lara spencer either. abc sure trashed their day time line up. When and if they cancel general hospital there will never be any reason to watch their news, talk, celebrity filled afternoons I hate shows like that, I love my soaps.

barbara t
barbara t

I don’t get it either, Why people watch the chew, even the name is dumb, I can’t see any woman wanting to watch those idiots making food and talking stupid uninteresting crap for a long hour, Boring. I want drama, I want our soaps.

david
david

Agree with your comment below about The Chew. The success of The Chew undermines the soaps. It leads executives to think people will watch any cheap crap. If The Chew had crashed like The Revolution, GH would be safe. The Chew should choke on itself and die. Only soaps after 12 pm or nothing.

bert
bert

i agree. lets boycott the chew and good afternoon america. i really love duets and revenge but nothing else at night on ABC. If they can GH, I will give up duets and revenge until they bring back an afternoon soap.

Tammy Kreiss
Tammy Kreiss

No matter who or what ABC airs, they will never take the place of a 75 yr old genre!!!! Like replacing “Children”, there is no substitute! I think the only reason the stars are taking jobs on new shows is for a paycheck since you destroyed their life and their steady income with no concern for anyone or anything but the ABC financial dept. GIVE AGNES BACK HER SHOWS, so someone else can jack their stations ratings and we will even help promote and sponsor the sponsors products!!!!!

Cindy
Cindy

No, probably won’t be watching. If I want news in the afternoon, I’ll watch msnbc.

heidi
heidi

don’t watch it’s sister show… won’t watch this one

Linda
Linda

I will never watch GAA or anything else on ABC but General Hospital. That especially goes for the Oprah wannabe. If the soap fans all stick together we can make sure the Spew, GAA and the Oprah wannabe go down.

Elise
Elise

I am VERY AFRAID of this show! One one hand if it’s got good ratins and is a good lead-in for GH, then this could mean the good ratings would make affiliates want to pick it up rather than GH come fall. ANYTHING ABC programs in the afternoon I will not watch, except General Hospital. I am way too afraid for my soap to give legs to anything else, and so should everyone! Do NOT watch GMA, it’s a trap!

Melissa
Melissa

I am not home in the afternoon, but I will not tune into see Good Afternoon America. The Only thing I watch on ABC is General Hospital and I will watch JJ’s series Nashville

Janice
Janice

What do I think about GMA in the afternoon? Lose Sonny and bring back my old favs like Robert, Lucy, Scotty, Laura, Alan, etc (the list goes on and on) and I’ll watch GH til I die!

Debi
Debi

buh bye gh. abc I HATE u.

Marcia White
Marcia White

I’ll be tuning into GH, it’s been getting alot better lately with the varied plots that don’t all revolve around Sonny and with the influx of some OLTL stars. I won’t be tuning into the afternoon version of GMA or any other ABC show, unless they someday get the sense to bring back OLTL and AMC.

barbara t
barbara t

Seriously, We are screwed, In september when they put that katie show on what happens to general hospital? Abc/disney is going to get rid of it their messing with the soap fans again, That’s why they only renewed it for one year, So they can cancel in 6 months, I hate to say this but I said don’t trust abc and I was right. I say we boycott this garbage cheep news show we continue the boycott watch general hospital we have to get the ratings up even higher don’t think the lead in matters the mouse kingdoms mind is made up and we are going to loose another soap. I hope I am wrong but all weekend I read at several sights that general hospital is gone ,and I am hearing it will happen in September. WHAT RATS THOSE PEOPLE ARE THAT WORK FOR ABC/DISNEY.

caroldee
caroldee

WELL..the public spoke and told ABC We do not like the “REVOLUTION”. it was cancelled.. so apparently the PUBLIC better get their feelings made clear and tell them WE DONT LIKE ANOTHER DAYTIME TALK SHOW either. RATINGS are the only thing that really SPEAK to the powers that be at ABC.

Mark
Mark

Michael,
In a word, “No”. I have no interest in this new program. I am one of those OLTL fans who refuse to watch anything on ABC anymore. I have no need for any ABC programming since they took OLTL off the air.
Thanks, Mark

Sheryl
Sheryl

Absolutely will not watch GMA, I think they are making another big mistake by not bring the soaps back, but I guess they will learn a lesson the hard way when that show is cancelled because, the number of people who won’t watch any show until they bring back the soaps.

Gloria E
Gloria E

No I will not!!! I say BOOOOOOO & BOOOOOO again..there will never be any replacements for my AMC & OLTL…there is only way ABC could make it right & we all know what that is…

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

I think we all better boycott GA America, just like we were boycotting the Revolution And the Chew! ABC needs to see by ratings that these kind of shows are Not going to get the ratings that our Beloved One Life To Live did!!! And this will also help to keep GH on! If ratings for GA America are good ABC will just want to can GH!

Heather
Heather

You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that Good Afternoon America is more than just a summer replacement. It is an actual test to become GH’s replacement. If this thing gets ratings similar to The Chew and The Talk, you can kiss GH goodbye. That’s why it’s imperative for all soap opera fans to strongly boycott this thing, while strongly supporting GH.

barbara t
barbara t

That’s exactly what it is, that’s why we have to do to good afternoon america what we did to the revolution. I knew abc was playing head games with us soap fans that’s why I never backed off the 3 emails a day to abc and I will not watch anything on abc/disney except General hospital.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Why are people watching The Chew? It’s a horrible, disgusting show! The Revolution is going but The Chew lives on! Why? Unfortunately, ABC is just using GH as a filler until they find some garbage nobody wants to put on in it’s place. It will be lucky to make it to next year.

Heather
Heather

barbara t,

I have SOMEWHAT felt bad for the folks at The Revolution when their show was cancelled because they probably didn’t know that they were going to replace a soap opera when they took their job at The Revolution.

But I have no sympathy whatsoever for Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer. They both are very well aware that GAA is set to kill to GH. Elliott and Spencer each make huge salaries a year and it makes me sick that they want more, all this at the expense of a soap that has aired for nearly 50 years.

I have never watched The Chew or The Revolution and if ABC thinks that I’m gonna watch this masquerade, they sure have another thing coming.

gloria
gloria

Can’t think of anything worse than Good Afternoon Amercia, except maybe the Chew. Agree it is absolutely the worst show ever-horrible, embarrassing. I don’t feel bad for the Revolution people-that show is almost as bad as the Chew. None of them deserve to be on tv at all.

Afternoons are for SOAPS period.

barbara t
barbara t

I agree with you Gloria, You said it, Afternoons are for soaps. I still would like to know who watches that garbage?

patti
patti

I will not watch GMA in the afternoons. Ever.

Lynn
Lynn

What part of we do not want anymore talk shows or reality tv during the day or night for that matter do they not understand? It will still be in the OLTL timeslot and I will not watch! I only watch GH on ABC and that is it…. Really we have enough of GMA in the morning we don’t want it in the afternoon. But at least that awful revultion will be gone.

gloria
gloria

Agree with every word.

Debbie Hamilton
Debbie Hamilton

I can most assuredly tell you and everyone within the ABC network that I will not be watching
GMA either in the morning or afternoon, or Katie Couric or any program that is
broadcasted by ABC other than General Hospital. I will continue to boycott 100% and I know I speak for many, many loyal fans of the soap opera genrue. The Repulsion Revolution didn’t last longer then two hoots in the holler and I guarantee nothing you add to the line up besides OLTL and AMC and GH will make it either!

Ceridwyn2
Ceridwyn2

Probably not. If I’m awake when I get off night shifts I don’t watch GMA, I watch CTV’s CanadaAM show.

Soapwise, I catch B&B (for Crystal’s storyline) via the CTV iPad/iPhone app, and GH via YT b/c CTV no longer carries GH – and we can’t stream the ABC iPad/iPhone app in Canada, nor the ABC website streaming (thanks to geoblocking). No working DVR/PVR atm.

Christine
Christine

“The energetic, fast-paced program will feature the most-talked about celebrities, performances by the biggest names in the music industry, the latest pop culture news, plus original entertainment, lifestyle, health, workplace and consumer reporting from an all-star list of contributors and other members of the ABC family.”

Blah, blah, blah, ABC. I do NOT care. I do not trust you and I HATE your business practices. I only watch your ONLY original programming daytime drama, GENERAL HOSPITAL.

And to my fellow soap fans, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do NOT be sucked into this “show.” ABC is just planning another trick. We won the first battle. They want to win the war and get rid of ALL of their daytime shows. They only have one left. Let’s not watch this garbage. Please, I beg you. Just watch GH and that’s it!!! Let this so-called “summer replacement series” go down in flames just like The Revolution did.

barbara t
barbara t

Seriously I dont think we ever won the first battle. Abc/disney was trying to keep us quiet while they planned a new way to attack the soap fans. They gave General hospital 1 year that’s nothing if they were committed to keeping it in their daytime line up they would have renewed for a longer time. The boycott continues, we watch general hospital nothing else. What we did to the revolution we do to good afternoon america. HERE WE GO AGAIN.

Christine
Christine

You are probably right. After the Tivo debacle and everything else I have witnessed, I am just disgusted with the ABC network. It’s just sickening. I don’t trust them at all. They probably will cancel GH by September or December. They make me so mad.

david
david

“I am sure we were all envisioning a day when One Life to Live is back on the airwaves, in our heart of hearts.” You got that right, Michael!

I will NOT watch GMA PM. It does NOT “bring something new to the afternoons.” It’s the same, repetitive talk about celebrities and other trendy, useless crap. Let this show fail. Let Katie fail. Except for GH, let everything fail in the afternoons on ABC until some form of OLTL returns somewhere.

barbara t
barbara t

You said it David, Useless crap, We continue the boycott and we have to get the ratings up on general hospital. And e mail abc/disney every day 3 times a day.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

BOO!!!:-Q

James
James

GH is going to need to keep stepping it up, just because Revo was cancelled and GAA is “supposedly” only 9 weeks doesn’t mean ABC won’t get rid of GH if GAA shows even the slightest hinge of success. WATCH GH! Remember fans, there was no GH renewal by ABC, it was just a reprieve. I want to see GH turn 50!

Nancy
Nancy

Nope won’t be tuning in for anything other than General Hospital on ABC. If they ax General Hospital I’ll be axing ABC for good.

Christine
Christine

Same here. They have very shady business practices too. It would be very easy to do.

Indigo Starr
Indigo Starr

I won’t be watching anything else in my OLTL time slot unless it is OLTL or GH and Todd Manning is in it. Sorry GMA.

Mary
Mary

Burf!!! What else can I say!!!!1

Tali
Tali

” The energetic, fast-paced program will feature the most-talked about celebrities, performances by the biggest names in the music industry, the latest pop culture news, plus original entertainment, lifestyle, health, workplace and consumer reporting from an all-star list of contributors and other members of the ABC family.”

Oh screw this. How many contortions of this kind of repetitive fodder can they keep offering up? Why not re-runs of OLTL of AMC? How about that little nod to your viewers, ABC? Show us some of the best of our beloved soaps again as it has been proven a stupendous error on your part in removing them in the first place. Do not watch GAA soap fans. Do not give them any hint of a rating that they could use to justify canceling GH for.

Gerardo Ramirez
Gerardo Ramirez

I will NOT watch GMA-in the Afternoon.Soaps or nothing-loyalty counts!

Lisa Jaworski
Lisa Jaworski

Will not watch it in a million years! Give us OLTL back! I will never watch any of the replacement shows EVER!

gloria
gloria

OOOOH! Can’t wait not to watch. How boring-I quit watching GMA years ago-it has gotten so “celebrity” driven, same thing with the Weather Channel. By that I mean the anchors/hosts act like it is their show-so cutesy/flirty/funny-NOT. Everyone wants to be a celebrity. They forget what they are supposed to be doing-providing info. not the silly antics they have come up with.

Entertainment used to be provided by television dramas/comedies-NOT “reality” crap and 4-5 hrs a day of GMA/Today Show. God. Something get a clue & revive our soaps.

gloria
gloria

Meant “somebody” get a clue . . .

Nicole
Nicole

This is a disgrace. Bring back One life to live and All My Children already.

kay killgore
kay killgore

A big shout out to Robin Gibb who died this weekend The Bee Gee’s were part of my past RIP!!!!

barbara t
barbara t

I love the bee gees, their music made you want to get up and dance, Made you feel good inside. RIP Robin Gibb.

melissa
melissa

ABC had my loyalty for almost forty years…no more…GH for me and that
is it..I could not even tell you who was on DWTS..No ABC at my house..

Terrie Schane
Terrie Schane

Soap fans need to stick together an show how loyal we are. ABC is dead to me during the day except GH. I would love to give the ABC executives their pink slips!

barbara t
barbara t

I agree. I never stopped boycotting abc, I never trusted that 1 year renewal if they truly cared for general hospital they would have renewed it longer. Once again the famous mouse house has deceived us, and once general hospital is gone There goes the last hour I spend with those rats on that low life network.

Marisa
Marisa

Since One Life to Live was canceled, the only ABC show I watch is General Hospital I even gave up my prime time favorite Modern Family. I loved Lara Spencer on Antiques Road Show but , I will not watch the new show. The only Spencers I care about are on General Hospital. I am still lost at two O’clock but , I will not watch One Life to Live’s replacements.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Michael,
I have yet to find an ABC press release that announced GH’s renewal. It has been reported in the media when the Rev was cancelled, but ABC has made no official announcement re GH. That has made me suspicious of their direction. Do you know of any official ABC announcement on their plans for GH?
Thank you, MBmom

Christine
Christine

It’s ABC’s show so it is not a “renewal.” They are just deciding not to cancel it … just yet. It is very suspicious, isn’t it?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Thanks. That does make sense. But you’d think if they planned for the show to make it to their 50th anniversary they would try to get a little press for it. How many shows make it to 50?! I wish I ran ABC/D 🙂 or at least their PR Dept.

Robert
Robert

You would ABC caught a clue based on their failed lifestyle shows they produced to “save money”. How is it saving money when you lose more money cancelling a show that viewers clearly didn’t want. GMA in the afternoon will suffer the same fate as the show that was cancelled when it replaced an iconic show. Yup ABC truly does not want people watching their network. Their attitude is we need to get over it, we will just as we will get over not watching their crappy shows. Karma is the bitch that Erica Kane raised it to be!

david
david

The success of The Chew hasn’t helped the soaps. If The Chew had failed as badly as The Revolution, GH would be safe. The Chew needs to fail too. Only soaps after 12 pm or nothing. If ABC is going to broadcast garbage, they might as well broadcast nothing and save money. After the failure of The Revolution and the loss of OLTL, the idea of GAA is insulting and offensive.

toscanti
toscanti

Will not even allow it on my TV by mistake. ABC has lost their minds if they think for one moment they will get any airtime on my television other than GH. It is a personal mission of mine to boycott thier non-sense broadcasts other than GH.

Daisy
Daisy

I DONOT TRUST ABC. THIS IS THEIR PLAN TO END GH. IF IT GETS EVEN HALF DECENT RATINGS AND IS CHEAPER….ITS GOOD-BYE GH.

Shelly
Shelly

Soap fans this is a test. ABC is hoping for just a little better ratings than the revolution. You can bet they will dump GH in a heartbeat in favor of this empty calorie programming. ABC has all sorts of ideas for afternoon programming. Even if this show fails, there are others waiting for further devopement. I don’t watch either network morning news show, and I won’t watch this in the afternoon. How much news can possibly reported? How many celebrities and authors can be interviewed (change the channel and the same celeb is on another show plugging some flop of a movie.)? Honestly, ABC there is nothing new this show will bring to the table. I watch my local news at 6 and If there is an urgent issue I’ll watch CNN or Fox.

kay killgore
kay killgore

Shelly I agree 100% they are itching to drop GH that is why I have started watching again but I feel they just threw us a bone in March renewing it for only one year even the actors are scared.

janet
janet

I won’t be watching.
I wish we had been so organized when ATWTs and GL was cancelled and boycotted their replacements. I do but if everyone had who knows,maybe ABC would have seen the writing on the wall..
I even turn GH on a minute late so I never got counted for having the rev on. Sorry won’t watch. I don’t watch the morning shows. Any of them.

Shelly
Shelly

I completely agree. I was a lifelong fan of GL & ATWT and I just cried at the loss of “my” shows; I didn’t speak out. I think ABC got a rude awakening after the slaughter of OLTL. They lost over a million viewers over the course of a weekend. Yup, you’d better believe in this economic climate, corporate America has people watching that stuff. Whether they were selling tampons, diapers, cat food, detergent, or cereal; someone was pissed off at the loss of the 2:00 pm (est) viewers.

Vickie
Vickie

No ABC/D for this household and especially no more of GMA in any form. They are so busy promoting movies and other TV shows that they don’t have time for the news. Why would I want to watch any more of that?? The other networks provide news and cable provides the entertainment.

Lisa
Lisa

It’s GH or bust !!

Mary
Mary

I hope the GAA show really is for nine weeks only, but just like everyone else here, I despise and distrust ABC/D. GH is the only show I watch now and I have no intention of watching any new programs unless it is AMC or OLTL. GH is better now than it has been in years and I really hope all the soap fans will rally around and watch it every day!

Moviegal
Moviegal

Keep the same agenda that you had with The Revolution – unless this show completely tanks just like The Revulsion did, we WILL lose GH.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I find it hard to believe that a network that has nothing but talk for their entire daytime schedule will have good ratings. Yes it’s cheap, you don’t need as much revenue or ratings to sustain this type of programming. But really, who would watch this schedule unless you have no cable or internet and you are housebound? I still can’t believe my soaps have been replaced by this cheap, “blah, blah, blah” junk. I don’t even watch my ABC affilliate news or programming because of this direction. And I let them know it. I would rather read a book, go for a walk, listen to music or do anything than be subjected to this for over 12 straight hours per day when you include the local news in the mix. And most people consider me a “news junkie”. This is overkill to the max. If they take GH off the schedule I hope it is the nail in the ABC/D coffin.

General Hospital

GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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Breaking News

GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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General Hospital

Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

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There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

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When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

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It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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