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Could a Katie Couric daytime talk show replace OLTL or AMC?

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News out of Variety, has that CBS News anchor, Katie Couric maybe headed to ABC Daytime with her own network talk show, which then potentially could replace one of the soaps in the line-up!  As many are aware there are continuous rumors that either One Life to Live or All My Children is on the chopping block, as the network looks to “freshen-up” their day-part programming.

Variety said,  “The speculation about Katie Couric’s future yak show plans has centered on her cutting a syndication deal. But sources indicate there’s a strong chance that ABC will put a network daytime slot on the table when the bidding for Couric begins in earnest as she sets her segue from The CBS Evening News. It’s no secret that ABC intends to pare down its three-hour slate of daytime sudsers (All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live) in the coming years. A Couric show could be a high-profile transition for the Alphabet in one of the time slots now occupied by its decades-old serials.

ABC’s selling point might be the stability of a uniform network timeslot and the fact that its O&O and affiliate stations tend to be stronger in daytime than its rivals — particularly the NBC O&Os. On the other hand, a network show could not offer the same kind of potential windfall of a first-run syndie strip, which in success can be a license to print money (just ask Oprah).”

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sondra
sondra

ABC already has the view. People don’t watch Couric on evening news why would we watch her on a talk show. I am sick of talk shows. I want to be entertained. Not given more talking heads who think their opinions are so valuable.

Lori
Lori

I am sorry if they can even think by the possible canc of either one this soaps.And then try to replace it with Katie Couric talked show .ABC is dreaming I sorry I just don’t find her that good enough to even handle what they have to do in a talk show. Yea she did the today show,but that wasn’t that good she needs to have some pretty good writers then.She wasn’t one to asked the right question in a right matter.So I am sorry they will lose viewer in my opionion.This would be the stupid idea they could even think of I know I would have a neighbor who would so upset.Since that is all she watches is the ABC soaps show.

Brian
Brian

If ABC cancels OLTL i will never watch ABC again!

leah
leah

i agree with you and i would boycott everything disney. maybe its time to really organize. contact sponsors.. They cant get away with this.

Lynn
Lynn

There is no way I would watch couric doing anything daytime or nighttime…she is full of herself…and way overrated. I agree if they put her on and replace the soaps, I will never watch ABC again, that includes nighttime too.

ture
ture

M**key face better stay away.

lynn malone
lynn malone

Hope not!!!!! Enough talk shows already.

lew
lew

What is wrong with the network brass at ABC?!!!! I like Katie Couric, but like Sondra said, if people are not watching her on CBS News, what makes them think they she will be watched during the daytime hours? Leave the daytime schedule as is. Stop rotating writers from cancelled soaps and GIVE THE VIEWERS WHAT THEY WANT!!!

leah
leah

some one should tell Katie we dont want her.. I am so sick of talk show tv, why cant she take oprah’s slot.. and lets call it a day.. by the way did anyone notice on the day Oprah had soap stars on she seem to of snubbed OLTL.
shame on kate for wanting to be a part of destroying day time. T.v. is the view not enough? or over talkative kelly rippa- do we really have to have another talk show really?!

Kathy
Kathy

I have no desire to see or hear Katie Couric during the daytime let alone anytime. Why does she think people want to chow down on their lunch with her? All My Children recently made a costly move to LA, why she thinks its ok to dump them is beyond understanding. Oh thats right shes getting the heave ho, so shes going after someone else…sounds just like her.

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EMPIRE’s Final Season Cut Short Due To COVID-19; Series Finale Now Set For April 21

Will we now ever know just how the lives of Empire’s Lucious  (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) and their dysfunctional family will resolve now that the series has had to scrap two of their planned episodes in their final season?  The sixth and final season was scheduled to run for a total of 20 episodes.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the production shutdown left them with only 18 episodes tht could be completed.

That means, as first announced during last night’s episode of Empire via voice-over: “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of ‘Empire,’”  that reveal let viewers of Empire know there was change in plans.”  Now, the shortened season and series finale end on FOX on April 21st.

Reports also note that episode 19 was partially shot and that footage of that unfinished episode will be cut into the finale.

As to what happens with the character of Jamal Lyon played by Jussie Smollett, who everyone knows ran into significant trouble with the law; on last reports executives said he would not be back for the final episodes of the series, although there has still have been mentions of the character throughout season 6.

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Come April 21st, there still may be more Empire in our future, if  FOX executives decide to greenlight a potential spinoff headlined Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon; that first came to light earlier this year in January as being in heavy discussions.

So, what do you think of how Empire will wrap-up after 6 seasons? Do you feel short-changed, or glad they are trying to work in everything they shot to deliver some kind of series finale for fans of the primetime soap? Comment below.

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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

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Arianne Zucker and Shawn Christian Will Be Live & Together On IG During Airing Of Today’s Special Episode of DAYS

Days of our Lives has quite the episode planned for fans today.  Look for the returns of Shawn Christian (Daniel), T-Boz (Sheila), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and more drama and comedic hijinks to stir up the pot in Salem.

Now, Arianne Zucker (Nicole) and her real-life beau, Shawn Christian will also help make the episode even more special, now that they announced yesterday that they will be up on their individual Instagram accounts at 1PMPST.  The duo will chat with fans on both of their feeds.while hanging out together.

You can join the party by following Ari at @ari8675 and Shawn at @ShawnChristian

We can tell you just how much fun these two are during live broadcasts from our Soap Nation Live Daytime Emmy Nominations special 2019 in which Arianne was the co-host and Shawn was a very special surprise in-studio guest.

Get ready for today’s DOOL on April Fools today.  Check out Ari and Shawn’s announcement for today’s IG live with them below.

So will you be hanging out with Shawn and Ari on IG today? Let us know in the comment section.

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