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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’s New Opening Title Sequence

Last Friday on the May 17th episode of ABC’s General Hospital, viewers took note of a new version of the opening title sequence of the daytime drama series.

Some thought perhaps it was tied to the GH Nurses’ Ball episodes since that is when it debuted, but in fact, it turns out it is the new updated title sequence moving forward.

With slower images of the cast, new theme music, and the end graphic plate bringing back the hospital image; thus far fans have seemed to like the new and improved version from what was previously airing.

A GH spokesperson told Michael Fairman TV on the change: “We ‘opened it up’ so that we could better feature our amazing cast.  And the back plate of the hospital is to honor our longtime GH fans.  The new music was composed by Paul Glass.”

So, what do you think of the new opening title sequence featuring the slides of the characters/cast in Port Charles, the pace of the new theme, and the retro use of the GH hospital image? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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THURSDAY: E! News Daytime Drama Deep Dive Visits DAYS, GH, and Y&R

Mark your calendars for a very special segment on the soaps, when E! News delivers their Daytime Drama deep dive on Thursday, May 23 hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy at 7pm-8pm ET/PT on cable’s E!

Look for set visits, interviews, retro clips, and more with some of the most famous and enduring characters in the genre.  Here’s just a sample of what to watch for:

When E! News visit the set of Y&R, Eric Braeden recounts the time Victor was feeding his wife Julia’s lover trapped in the basement dead rat; while Tracey Bregman (Lauren) reflects on why the viewers love the relationships and families in Genoa City.

In Salem and Days of our Lives, E! chats with series staples: Kristian Alfonso (Hope), then Deidre Hall (Marlena) and Drake Hogestyn (John).  Deidre reveals “possession will be on my tombstone” in terms of Marlena’s most infamous story of all-time when the good doc was possessed by Satan, while the beloved duo discuss why daytime is the best job to have.  Alfonso talks on the history of her character sharing: “I am going to hold near and dear to my heart the beginnings of Hope. And the adventure and the romance of Bo and Hope”.

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From the set of General Hospital new interviews are featured with: Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason) and Kristina Wagner (Felicia), plus Casting Director Mark Teschner remembers Meghan Markle’s acting debut on the ABC daytime drama series.

Teschner remembers: “Meghan Markle actually had her first speaking role in television on General Hospital.  She worked on the show in the background as a nurse, and we brought her up to read her to see if there was something there.”

Steve Burton chats on the craziest story he has ever played as Jason Morgan, revealing, “The one that always pops into my head is we had to go catch a monkey that had a virus, and I said to Laura (Wright) I think this is probably the end of my career today.”

The E! News special segment will show nostalgic clips from all the daytime dramas, including Luke and Laura’s wedding on GH, Marlena’s possession from DAYS, and some of Victor’s nefarious schemes from Y&R.

Check out the promo below.  Then, let us know if you will be checking out the ‘deep dive’ this Thursday via the comment section below.

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DOWNTON ABBEY THE MOVIE: Official Trailer Released

Finally, Downton Abbey fans get a preview of the upcoming motion picture that is set for release in theatres on September 20th.

What we know is that the The film is set in 1927 and the plot revolves around the King and Queen of England coming to the estate for a visit and so … the Crawleys must prepare their arrival.  In fact, they have to bring back Mr. Carson to help!

Featured in the trailer are series stars, who are also back for the film: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script and Michael Engler will serve as director. Engler directed the two-hours series finale.

As fans know, Downton Abbey ran on PBS Masterpiece for six seasons here in the U.S.

Check out the trailer, and then let us know if you are excited to see the movie? Comment below.

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