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ABC's Vicki Dummer Working on Daytime Talker For Mo'Nique!

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Looks like another talk show is being prepped by ABC and it’s syndication arm for launch September 2014, and this time it’s with Oscar winner, former BET host, and comedienne, Mo’Nique with hopes perhaps to be the next Oprah Winfrey, according to the Hollywood Reporter?

According to the item, “The show, expected to be aimed at the daytime audience, has not yet been given a firm go, but it is being developed by Vicki Dummer, executive VP current series and specials, for the ABC Entertainment Group.

“If she aspires to be the next Oprah Winfrey, Mo’Nique will have a lot of life experiences to share. She has spoken publicly about being molested as a child as well as her open marriage with her husband. She has a son from her first marriage and twins with her current husband.  Like Winfrey, the 45-year-old Mo’Nique has had to deal with weight issues. In April, she said she lost 85 pounds. She has shared her diet and exercise program with her followers on Twitter.”

Clearly the days of hopes for more soaps to return to the ABC Daytime line-up are all but dashed, as the network and all networks continue to give more options in the daytime talk arena for the daytime audience for their programming choices!  So. what do you think of a Mo’Nique talker? Would you watch? Share your thoughts below!

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Verona
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Verona

Don’t watch any daytime talkers now, this won’t change that. Thanks, but no thanks.

Linda
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Linda

ABC/D could put a talk show on hosted by the Good Lord himself and soap fans wouldn’t watch it . I only watch ABC for GH. Oh I forgot you don’t like it when we post to say that. I’m bad!

EDNA BAREFOOT
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EDNA BAREFOOT

LINDA I TOTALLY AGFREE WITH YOU BUT THE GOOD LORD WOULD NOT HELP ABC/D

mgb357
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mgb357

Never heard of her!

Not watching Katie – turning off the mainstream media.

Their not going to force feed me celebrities of their choosing.
It shows you their way of thinking (lets find a plumb minority – yea the pulic will love that)

Long live the internet…..

su0000
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su0000

ABC will keep GH to have a soap as the other networks do, and it is doing very well.
ABC will never bring back AMC and OLTL or any other soap, ever.
Soaps are very expensive to produce and talk shows are cheap and a dime a dozen.
Daytime is struggling to stay alive/profitable.

As long as ABC keeps GH that is all I care about and all I watch from daytime TV (and I watch it on-line lol)

Daytime tv is becoming a talk show informercial..

lorenzo
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lorenzo

not good news at all. i smell a cancellation for gh. hopefully im wrong. i love gh, but i don’t trust abc at all. they will stab us in the back yet again.

ricardo
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ricardo

abc needs to sign general hospital to a 2 or 3 year deal now. abc wants more talk shows again. enough with this crap. we have too many talk shows now. i know there cheaper to produce, but we want gh to stay on tv. i still don’t trust abc. if they cancel gh, i will be so mad and the viewers need to watch gh. the ratings are really really good now.

carla
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carla

Too.many talk shows as it is. Nothing left to talk.about..Boring.

moshane58
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moshane58

Think they would get a clue its already over saturated with talkers.I go cable in the daytime to get away from this crap…Wasn’t for GH never turn on the big four in the daytime..Burned out on talk show.Need a break from them…

Sue
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Sue

I will not watch ABC at all hate them and their stupid talk shows only watch GH

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Me TOO!

mary
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mary

too many talk shows. all boring,

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

I agree 100%….

Jason!
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Jason!

They Gonna cancel The Katie show, Katie will be added to “The view” and then Mo’Nique will get Katie’s old Time Slot…DUH!

SZima
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SZima

That was my thought too Jason!
However, if they think we’ll watch Mo’Nique over Katie, they really have their heads up their asses! One of these days TPTB will buy a clue and realize there are WAY too many talkers out there.

Lynda Johnson
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Lynda Johnson

enough with talk shows ! I don’t care what the stars are doing. Only care what our soap stars are doing. I will only watch AND when GH is on. They can shove all there talk shows !!!

SUSAN M.
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SUSAN M.

Queen Latifah has a talk show.. Now Mo Nique.. Who’s next???? So boring! I don’t watch talk shows . I watch GH ! So sick of talk shows.. Seems like everyone is getting a talk show these days… Enough already! Don’t like blah,blah,blah! I watch drama and stories on GH! That’s entertainment. Don’t need anymore talk shows ! This talk shows are getting old…Too many coming out of the wood work..

Nancy
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Nancy

Good luck on your new talk show. Nothing works for you. ABC is doomed. Another Oprah, they thought Katie would be another Oprah. Maybe this is racism.

moshane58
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moshane58

What a waste of airtime.Actually think she even have worse ratings then Katie.Katie is bad enough for her price tag.Six month at the most.

Rodd
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Rodd

No offense to the star of this talker, but PLEASE!, spare us another talks show. Ugh!

rose
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rose

Can’t stand talk shows. Some used to be mildly interesting a few years ago, but now??? Too many people I don’t know about, or care about, giving their opinions, talking about all the same things, most of which I don’t care about… food, weight, abuse, pop stars, themselves, etc. All the more reason for soaps to get us away from the “real” world for a while.

mgb357
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mgb357

Is there really a gaggle of fans out there begging for Mo-nique?

ABC seems to be really narrowing down the choices.

But not cable and the internet!!!

Someday a brave programmer will resurrect the daily soap concept and the network will flourish… but not in my One Life To Live, I’m afraid to say.

Kate
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Kate

Can daytime TV get any worse? Seriously, who watches these talk shows? I don’t watch daytime tv anymore. I use to AMC, OLTL, and GH. I don’t even watch GH anymore.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Bring back the Gong Show instead…lol

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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