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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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General Hospital Writing Team Wins WGA Award In Daytime Drama Category

In duel ceremonies currently underway in both Los Angeles and New York, the Writers Guild of America is handing out the 71st annual WGA Awards for excellence in writing in the fields of motion picture and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.

Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

The envelopes are being ripped open as we report this with the screenplay awards for motion pictures to come and more. For a live list of winners click here.

Congratulations to the team from Port Charles and General Hospital on their WGA Award win.  So, what do you think of GH besting DAYS?  Glad the ABC daytime drama won? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Who Makes Their Cast Look Best? The Young and the Restless Wins MUAH Award For Hair and Make-Up

On Saturday night, The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards (MUAH) were doled out in ceremonies held in Los Angeles recognizing the work of series and features in television and movies.  The award is given out in 23 categories.

In the categories of Hair and Make-Up in Daytime Television, the winners were The Young and the Restless.  The winning team for Y&R make-up was: Patricia Denney, Marlene Mason, Kathy Jones, and for Hair: Regina Rodriguez, Adriana Lucio, Vanessa Bragdon.

Y&R won on a night that saw such standout shows as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Jesus Christ Superstar, and films: A Star is Born, Vice, and Mary Queen of Scots taking home the prize in major categories.   See complete winners list here.

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The MUAHS were presented just out one day after the Academy Awards reversed its decision to hand out the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling during commercial breaks.

They had previously announced that it would present the categories of: cinematography, film editing, live action short, and make-up and hair during commercials and then later playback the acceptance speeches later in the broadcast.  However, due to the uproar of that decision, it was quickly reversed and now all categories, per usual, will be presented on-air.

So, what do you think of Y&R wins last night in the Daytime category?  Do the characters of Genoa City look the best in daytime? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Chicago Police Believe That Jussie Smollett May Have Been “Active Participant” In His Own Attack

Saturday has brought with it some major twists and developments into the alleged assault on Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) through multiple reports.  Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the on-going investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him.

The men in question, who are brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were originally arrested on Wednesday, but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited: “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”  Reports also say that the two men are fully cooperating with law enforcement.

Of note is: that the brothers are of Nigerian descent and teach online body building classes. The Chicago Tribune reports that Smollett follows the brothers’ workout page on Instagram.   One brother reportedly appeared in an episode of Empire, but was not credited it for it.

Smollett’s attack happened in the early hours of January 29th on the streets of Chicago, when Smollett told authorities that two men were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.”  He also noted that one of the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.

“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr. Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a law enforcement source close to the situation told Deadline.

In a statement from Chicago PD late Saturday: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

In an update to this story: Jussie’s lawyers said in statement over the weekend that one of the brothers taken in to custody was Smollett’s personal trainer, and the actor finds it “impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”

So, what do you believe at this juncture?  Do you think Smollett would stage a hate crime on himself? Could the police just not have found the true culprits? Share your theories on this developing story.

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