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Brian Frons announces The Chew Creator, Randall Barone as new V.P. Programming & Development ABC Daytime!

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ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons announced yesterday that he has named The Chew creator, Randall Barone (pictured here) as the new V.P. Programming & Development at ABC Daytime!

Clearly this move is indicative of a complete dawning of a new age at the ABC Daytime line-up where more reality and talk shows in your morning and afternoons are the flavor of their programming perspective, and indicative of their long range plans.   So where will this leave General Hospital? That is the question.  Here now is the official press release announcing Barone in his new spot!

ABC Daytime Official Press Release: Veteran television producer Randall Barone has been named vice president, Programming & Development, ABC Daytime, it was announced today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will report. In this role Barone will continue to oversee the programming and development for the network’s award-winning talk show The View, as well as The Chew.

For the past year and a half, Barone was instrumental in the creation and development of The Chew, working closely with executive producer Gordon Elliot and his team at Follow Productions. The Chew is the first show to debut on ABC Daytime in 15 years and combines the best of talk, food and lifestyle programming.

Barone began his career as a producer in Philadelphia. He worked at WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as an Emmy Award-winning producer of various shows and was executive producer in charge of programming at KGO-TV (San Francisco). He was the senior supervising producer of Good Morning America from 1990-98, in charge of special projects, and traveled the show throughout Europe, Australia and Alaska. He worked as the senior supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1998-99, and returned to ABC to work on the development of several projects for daytime television. In July 2000 he was named creative executive in charge of The View. Barone is a recipient of both local Emmy Awards and national Emmy Awards for his work on Good Morning America. He resides in Manhattan.

So soapers, what do you think of this next move to the future of ABC Daytime?

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Jan
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Jan

So what does this mean?
Who knows.

leah
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leah

swirl and flush abc… and since frons is such a little sh- we wont need a plunger. I love grays and castle but i some how cant support a net work which employs Brian Frons.. He is as Lucci said- ignorance and ego…

Bring back the soaps…

Brynda
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Brynda

As they say: “Garbage in, garbage out”! Guess where the chew and Brian Frons ranks and rates. Sorry ABC and Disney, boycotting the ABC and the other stations they own and Disneyland as well. I guess you can say “I have had enough of the Mickey Mouse treatment. Sorry guys, you blew it. Of course the chew got better ratings the AMCl at the end, it was heartbreaking to watch you humilate my show at the end and it was hard to watch. But guess what I would not take credit for it replacement. Pure garbage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You lose.

Jared
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Jared

Please stay vigilant and boycott the goo and abc.

moneek77
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moneek77

ABC/Disney …after Jan.2012 your daytime programming is cancelled so doesn’t matter what pawn you put in place. Too much realty and talk shows already.We want scripted TV not cheap substitutes.

Kathy
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Kathy

Randall Barone : Public Enemy #2

mary amos
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mary amos

ABC has become the cheapest network and everyone is turning off abc.They had a bigger following then they wanted to admit.Even other countries have gotten on websites over the cancelling of soaps.Soaps are like reading a good book you can’t out down and that was has kept veiwers there,no one is wanting more cooking and talk shows. there anywhere day and night.ABC has really created a bad move that will not be repared.We will never forgive these cheap idiots and there lies to the cast of all my children.They moved there families to please abc and abc knew they were… Read more »

Mona Prager
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Mona Prager

This just validates the fact that Brian Frons is an unscrupulous scoundrel because Randall Barone has been in the creation and development of The Chew for a year and a half. It’s no wonder that Susan Lucci said she felt blind sighted by Frons. He knew all that time that he was planning to KILL AMC and give it the axe! I agree wholeheartedly with Susan Lucci’s feelings about him and he deserved the wrath of La Lucci!

mary amos
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mary amos

As you see they had this planned when they forced all my children stars to move across the country to keep there jobs.This is as low as you can go.ABC/Disney had become a cutthoart network.If I where the stars of this show I would be sueing the whole bunch for there lies and disrupting there families.I only wish ABC/Disney goes down and the idiots that run it go down with it.Need to keep there mouth shut about screwing over the cast of all my children.ABC your the lowest of the lowest

JoAnn Leepard
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JoAnn Leepard

ABC used to be my favorite network…the one where most of my favorite shows were on…used to be until April 14th that is! It seems that TITB (The Idiots That Be) at Disney/ABC are deliberately trying to tank their own network. Since when does a person get a promotion for creating garbage? I neither get it nor do I even care since the ONLY thing that I watch on ABC is One Life to Live! Once OLTL leaves the airwaves in January 2012 my TV will NEVER be tuned to ABC again! My new favorite network is TOLN (The Online… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

No real surprise. ABC has made a decision for its bottom line. Cheap seems to be the new way to do things everywhere. No one wants to make commitments, hold true to traditions… yes, times change and so do cultures, but evolution need not mean destruction.

lisa
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lisa

Who cares ? !!

Blake
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Blake

After OLTL goes off in Jan there will be absolutely no ABC for me. Just like I did when Guiding Light was cancelled two years ago, banned CBS.

Pye
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Pye

Well, it certainly is good to see just how deeply ABC and ABC Daytime are committed to arranging the deck chairs while their ship continues to take on water. General Hospital…and even The View (because it was not Barone’s brainchild and we all know how much ego rules the airwaves)…beware.

d1b662
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d1b662

I’m finished with ABC Daytime. I have enough reality in my own life. I don’t need anyone else’s reality and if I were inclined to watch a food show it would be from the food network.

Dianne
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Dianne

The thing is, many channels are part of ABC because ABC is owned by Disney. So, to fully effect their ratings, we have to stop watching ALL of those channels: ABC, ABC Family, all of the ESPN’s, etc.

Peggy
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Peggy

Douche bags…all of them. Totally untrustworthy .

jason
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jason

hmmm

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

One loser hiring another loser! What a surprise! You’d think they learned their lesson with that garbage The Chew ! The ratings stink but they’ll never admit their failure!

Beth
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Beth

Ya, that makes sense – promote the guy whose show stinks! Guess that speaks volumes on where ABC daytime is heading. General Hospital will be the next show to fall for more reality/talk shows. The end of an era makes me extremely sad. I don’t understand why when one show format does well everybody has to follow along with the same type of show. Too lazy to come up with a different solution so they take the easy way out!

judmo
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judmo

When the announcement was made I was sickened especially when I saw what was replacing the beloved AMC. I tried watching the Chew and was nauseated after the first 5 min. I had to turn to a different network which made me sad because I have always been a loyal ABC fan. But the kind of programming they are bringing to that network I am through with ABC daytime and nighttime. I watch Regis and Kelly hen turn to fox and turn back to ABC for OLTL then turn to different channel again and repeat cycle the next day. ABC… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

I think The Chew has got to be the WORST cooking show on tv and I watch several of the others. This was a BIG MISTAKE !!!!!!!

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NBC Celebrates Carol Burnett’s 90th Birthday with Retrospective Special Featuring Susan Lucci and More Celebrity Guests

The beloved Carol Burnett will get the star-studded affair treatment for her 90th birthday when NBC airs Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love.

The two-hour special career retrospective will air Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will stream the next day on Peacock. The special is set to be filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.

The evening will include musical performances from Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Jane Lynch, Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth and more.

Special guests include: Aileen Quinn, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Bob Mackie, Cher, Ellen DeGeneres, Julie Andrews, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Lily Tomlin, Marisa Tomei, Sofia Vergara, Steve Carell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Vicki Lawrence, and many more.

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One very special guest for soap fans will be that of Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane, All My Children).  As everyone knows, Carol Burnett was a huge fan of All My Children and Lucci, and eventually got a part written just for her when she appeared not once, but three times throughout the daytime drama’s run on ABC as Verla Grubbs.  The character turned out to the daughter of Langley Wallingford (the late Louis Edmonds).  Burnett appeared in Pine Valley in 1983, 1995, and 2005.

In a statement on the big soiree’, Burnett shared: “I’m so excited NBC decided to throw me a birthday party and invited all of my closest friends. I can’t wait to look back at so many wonderful moments throughout my career, I feel so lucky to share this night with everyone.”

“This special is going to be the best party ever,” said Mark Bracco, executive producer and president of Silent House Productions. “It will be an evening of music, comedy and dozens of big stars paying tribute to the one and only Carol Burnett.  We look forward to everyone at home celebrating right along with us.”

Viewers will see some of the funniest and most memorable moments of Burnett’s legendary career including moment from the acclaimed sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show.

So, looking forward to the special honoring Carol Burnett’s legendary career? Hope they bring up her role as Verla on AMC? For now, check out this scene featuring Carol, Ruth Warrick (Phoebe) and Louis Edmonds from All My Children, and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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TONIGHT: AMC Alum Jonathan Bennett in Hallmark’s First LGBTQ+ Led Rom-Com ‘The Holiday Sitter’

In Hallmark’s first holiday movie offering featuring a same-sex love story at its epicenter, Jonathan Bennett (ex-JR Chandler, All My Children) not only stars, but is the project’s executive producer.  And, on Sunday night, when The Holiday Sitter premieres at 8 p.m. EST, it’s a big deal.

After much outcry for Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas programming block to be more inclusive, the channel is now poised to be on the right side of history.

The set-up of this ‘meet-cute’ rom-com goes something like this: Sam (Bennett) who is a workaholic has to ditch his Hawaiian holiday plans when he is asked to watch his sister’s children (his niece and nephew).  However, when Sam becomes overwhelmed, he gets a helping hand from his sister’s neighbor, Jason played by George Krissa. And within a blink of an eye, Sam and Jason find they are both unattached and attracted to each other, and Christmas becomes a lot brighter for the two of them.

As for Bennett, he previously appeared in Hallmark’s 2020 film, The Christmas House which was the channel’s first holiday movie to include a same-sex storyline. He later returned to that role in last year’s sequel The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls.

Bennett told USA Today on tonight’s milestone Hallmark holiday tale: “What’s so special about The Holiday Sitter is that it’s the first time we’ll see two men meet-cute and fall in love at Christmas. We tell a story that’s really important, so people that are watching it feel seen when they watch it. But just like Christmas is for everybody, The Holiday Sitter is for everybody… It just happens to have two men as the lead.”

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Hallmark Media’s Executive Vice-President, Lisa Hamilton told Deadline: “We felt that it was time for a story with a gay couple. We are really trying to make it so that everybody sees themselves when they tune in. We are trying to stay true to the Hallmark brand values, one of which is inclusiveness. It’s a true of Hallmark cards, which has a card for every kind of occasion. In the past, there was a focus on one particular kind of love story, and I think everybody thought, ‘wow, we’re not telling the whole story here.’”

The timing of The Holiday Sitter comes after Candace Cameron Bure received much backlash for her sentiments when she told the Wall Street Journal that the Great American Family network in which she stars in several of their holiday films, will “keep traditional marriage at the core” and never do stories/movies featuring same-sex couples.

Check out a preview for The Holiday Sitter below.

Now let us know, what do you think of the Hallmark Channel finally featuring a gay love story for one of its holiday films? Will you be checking out the landmark movie? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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The movie also stars The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and she also serves as one of the executive producers and also co-wrote the project.  Budig joins Kloots along with When Calls the Heart favorite, Paul Greene in the holiday charmer.

In story, Fit For Christmas tells “the tale of Audrey, an enthusiastic Christmas-obsessed fitness instructor at a beloved, financially beleaguered community center in quaint Mistletoe, Mont., who begins a holiday romance with a charming, mysterious businessman, complicating his plans to turn the center into a more financially profitable resort property.”

Fit for Christmas is slated to premiere on Sunday, December 4th (8:30 ET/8 PT).

So, will you be watching Rebecca, Amanda and Paul in the holiday film? Do you somehow wish GH could bring back Budig as Hayden? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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