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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
Verona

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

Linda
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
EDNA BAREFOOT

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

mgb357
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
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
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
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
carla

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

moshane58
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
Sue

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

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

Me TOO!

mary
mary

too many talk shows. all boring,

SUSAN M.
SUSAN M.

I agree 100%….

Jason!
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Rodd

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

rose
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
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
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)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Bring back the Gong Show instead…lol

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