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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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jennifer
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jennifer

Yikes.
GH is the only show left that is worth watching. Learning from ones’ mistakes is not an American strong-suit, but I really, really, hope ABC took something from the AMC & OLTL cancellation fiasco.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Considering it still performs for ABC I don’t see them ending it. I just see ABC and Walt Disney Television continuing to cut funding for the soap in favour of their primetime series.

whynot
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whynot

The shows that are on now (GMA3 being the latest) are more profitable and often get better ratings than AMC and OLTL did when they went off (Let’s Make A Deal, of all things, gets more viewers). It’s time for you and everyone else to admit it: cancelling those shows was the RIGHT decision. Like Cheetoh, some people simply can’t handle FACTS.

Satan
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Satan

GMA3 is a mess. They can’t make up their mind whether they want to be a medical show, a generic celebrity gossip show, or an imitation of Pat Robertson’s 700 Club.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Sounds a lot like what Trump did. I bet those people are scared to death, worrying whose neck will be on the chopping block next.

Dan
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Dan

As long as whoever the next person in charge is leaves General Hospital alone, that’s all I care about. Every time there is another change in the corporate hierarchy at Disney/ABC, I wonder is this gonna be the person that doesn’t “get” soaps or see the value in them, and decides to pull the plug on GH for another talk show or game show. The fact that the show still gets decent ratings by today’s standards, and that Frank Valentini has been a master at walking the tight rope in keeping the budget in line, while still managing to put… Read more »

Emma
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Emma

Dan time for General Hospital, to be cancelled. The show has gone downhill. I will no longer watch the show. Bring back OLTL and cancel GH.

Satan
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Satan

So the solution to GH “going downhill” is to cancel it, and instead, reward the OLTL idiots who MADE GH go downhill??

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GH Alums Chloe Lanier and Johnny Wactor Guest Star on ‘Station 19’

You can catch two of your favorites, who you first came to know from their work on General Hospital, on tomorrow night’s March 16th episode of the ABC primetime drama, Station 19 (8 p.m. ET).

Look for Daytime Emmy-winner Chloe Lanier (ex-Nelle) and Johnny Wactor (ex-Brando) to appear within the hour-long show.

In the episode titled, “Even Better than the Real Thing”, Lanier will play the role of Ciara.

According to ABC in story: a simulation fire training goes dangerously wrong; Maya tries to make amends, and Bailey encourages Carina to listen; Jack’s sister shows up at the station with a friend, an injury and an attitude.

Chloe took to her Instagram to share,  “I get into a bit of trouble on Station 19 this Thursday. Directed by the incomparable and lovely Paris Barclay! (I’m a big fan) Had such a great time working on this one and I can’t wait for you all to see it.”

Meanwhile, Wactor looks to be playing a fireman in the episode, and took to his IG and shared: “Catch me on Station 19 this Thursday, 3/16 at 8 PM. I’m excited. Too bad I can’t do a live watch party on here. I’ll have to do some research because a watch party would be fun!”

Will you be checking out Chloe and Johnny on Station 19? Comment below.

 

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Jane Elliot Returns to General Hospital This April

Although it was previously announced back in January (during ABC’s TCA Winter Press Tour) that Jane Elliot would be returning to General Hospital, the soap opera and Soap Opera Digest have confirmed that Jane’s first episode back will air next month on April 17th.

While Elliot won’t be a part of the Nurses’ Ball which airs the week of April 3rd, as part of the show’s 60th anniversary episodes, the Daytime Emmy-winning fan favorite will be back in action during the anniversary month and beyond.

As viewers know, Jane originally decided to retire back in 2017, and so Tracy was written off to join Luke Spencer in Europe.  Since that time, Elliot has come back to the show for a few appearances.

The last time we saw Tracy was at the beginning of 2022, when she came home to Port Charles to give the shocking and tragic news that Luke had been killed in a cable car crash.  Tracy eventually went back to Amsterdam, where they had been living, to settle his affairs following his death.

Will Tracy’s return help bring down Victor Cassadine (Charles Shaughnessy) who is believed to be behind Luke’s death? Could Tracy learn Luke is really alive after all? Stay tuned.

So, excited that Jane Elliot’s return to GH is just around the corner? Comment below.

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Yvette Nicole Brown to Guest Star on General Hospital During Sonya Eddy Tribute Episode

One of the late Sonya Eddy’s (ex-Epiphany Johnson) real life dear friends, actress Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, The Odd Couple), will be part of GH’d tribute episode to Eddy airing on March 29th.

The casting news was announced today via TV Insider.  Details of just what role Brown will play is being kept under wraps.

Yvette previously appeared on daytime in 2016, on The Young and the Restless as a reporter named Lois.

When Eddy passed away last year on December 19th, Brown took to her Instagram to acknowledge her grief and their enduring friendship, expressing: “I first met @sonyaeddy back in 2003 when we both were testing for the sitcom #TheBigHouse. From that moment on she became a dear friend of mine. I collected her.”

What role do you think Yvette Nicole Brown will play in the upcoming tribute episode to Sonya? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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