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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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Mark Consuelos on the All My Children Primetime Reboot: “I Know They’re Going to Bring Back Some Fan Favorites”

On Friday, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) was a guest on the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, where he shared his excitement and some insight into the upcoming All My Children primetime reboot, Pine Valley, in development at ABC..

As previously reported, Mark and his wife Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) are two of the executive producers on the project.

Consuelos shared on the reboot:All My Children was such a big part of my life and my wife’s life. And you know, I met my wife there obviously, had kids, became a young man on that show, and we got the opportunity to reboot the primetime version and the idea was brought to us, and we’re so excited.  Of all the things that we’ve ever announced that we’re going to do, this is one of the biggest responses we’ve got from our fans. They’re so excited.  It’s a big piece of TV that’s been missing for such a long time, and we’re going to bring it back.”

When avid soap fan and The Talk co-host, Sheryl Underwood, posed a major question to Consuelos that has been on longtime All My Children fans minds, she got a solid response from him.

Sheryl was trying to get some tea on who might appear in the reboot, when she asked, “Is it going to be the Cortlandts and the Warners? Is it going to be everybody?” Consuelos then responded with: “I know they’re going to bring back some fan favorites, and it will take place in Pine Valley, and I’m really, really excited.”

You can watch a portion of Mark’s virtual visit on The Talk below.

Then let us know, which AMC characters do you want to see back and on the primetime series, Pine Valley?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Will AMC Favorite Josh Duhamel Replace Armie Hammer in JLo’s Film, ‘Shotgun Wedding’?

After a controversial few weeks, which saw Armie Hammer exit his leading role opposite Jennifer Lopez in Liongate’s upcoming romantic-comedy/adventure film Shotgun Wedding, it appears the motion picture has found its replacement if the ink is signed.

Former All My Children and Daytime Emmy winner Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo) has been picked as Hammer’s replacement.

The film tells the story of a couple that gathers their families for a destination wedding even as they get cold feet. If that wasn’t enough, the entire party then gets taken hostage.

Lopez and Hammer were headed for the film shoot in the Dominican Republic when salacious DM’s rumored to be attributed to  Hammer came to light on social media and derailed the films for now.  However, if Duhamel signs on to the film, they could can retain its start date in February

Hammer had responded to the allegations against him and the DM’s by sharing: “I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,”

A Lionsgate spokesperson  also responded to Hammer and his exit sharing: “Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film, and we support him in his decision.”

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the casting news update.

So what do you think of Duhamel as Hammer’s replacement to play opposite JLO? Comment below.

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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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