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Debut of Katie Couric's New Talker revealed as Sept 10th! The future of The Revolution & General Hospital remains in question!

Looks like Katie Couric’s new talk show, Katie is finally sharing some major production updates …  one of which is the new afternoon series has it’s official launch date, September 10th, 2012.  The soon-to-be live weekday show has already been cleared in 94% of the country.  And so a programming decision will have to be made by the network concerning what series to cancel, The Revolution or General Hospital, since Katie has nabbed GH’s time slot on ABC-owned and operated stations around the U.S.

Katie, executive producer Jeff Zucker, in an internal webcast to television stations that will air the talker,  unveiled the show’s logo, and announced additions to the senior production staff including Director Joe Terry, who has spent the last 14 years as Director for The Oprah Winfrey Show and Co-Executive Producer Kathy Samuels.  Samuels is a producer with nearly 20 years of television experience, including live television and daytime talk show programming at NBC, Paramount Domestic, and CBS, and has been a part of several successful launch teams, including Rachael Ray and Access Hollywood.

The webcast was conducted from TV One at ABC’s Manhattan headquarters, which will serve as home to the Katie set. The studio itself has a rich history, having served as the backdrop to the Kennedy/Nixon Presidential debates.  Katie will broadcast live, weekdays in front of a studio audience.

“Katie and I are thrilled to share these updates with our partners and Katie’s fans,” said Zucker. “We now have our studio, a great-looking logo that exudes all of the qualities that we want the show to convey, and a terrific team with a diverse background of experience. We couldn’t be more excited about September 10.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

So as Katie makes her way into the daytime landscape arming herself with a powerful behind the scene teams, it would seem like a no-brainer for ABC to keep the surging General Hospital and cut their losses with low rated, The Revolution.  But again, as we have all unfortunately learned, it does not matter how many loyal fans in the millions a soap has or the quality of the show.  We hope the network may have learned from their mistakes.

However, remember Katie has come out and said she wants GH as her lead-in, not The Revolution! And clearly, there is a big built-in audience for her with the soap, which is surely lacking with The Revolution.  Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Chantal
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Chantal

If ABC cancels GH with the ratings The Revolution have recently shown, I will never ever watch ABC.

toscanti
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toscanti

I won’t either, not even primetime.

Allison
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Allison

Agree, will give up GMA, View, Greys, Priv Prac, DWTS, Castle, Sunday A.M. George, WN Diane, OUAT, BOP, and more. ABC has already made the worst business decision possible by cxld AMC and OLTL, if they cut GH there will be no reason at all for me to watch anything on ABC ever again. I’m done with them for good if they cancel GH.

Christy
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Christy

ditto!

MissBeth
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MissBeth

ABC Daytime will be dead to me if they cancel GH.
It makes me SOMEWHAT hopeful this wont occur if Katie prefers GH to be the lead in to her show. It may mean she’ll pick up a fan base of grateful soap fans in the process!!!

Love the timing though….just learned today that Ricki Lakes’ show also starts in Sept, and FYI, she’s cleared for 96% of the market she’s in. I think they might be in compting time slots in some market, but not positive.

TV viewing is gonna get VERY interesting in the Fall!!!

Jesse
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Jesse

I really feel Katie is the only person standing between GH and cancellation and that she has kind of gone from network to network and really has not caught on with viewers, and I really think this is her best oppurtunity to create a good relationship with a lasting audience, and i think she is smart enough to realize that.

Michael
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Michael

I would consider watching Katie’s show only if GH is not canceled. Without GH I have no reason to turn on ABC during the daytime.

jennifer
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jennifer

I agree. Come on, Katie. Please help us save General Hospital! Daytime viewers are the most loyal viewers out there!

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

Yeah,I agree with you,Jennifer… I’m big fan of GH for 31 before Robin Scorpio’s debut in 1985. Come on,Kate,don’t let us down or shut us down.. I did email to Paul Lee and told him our heart goes to General Hospital crew,writers,and famous great cast like Marice,Anthony(Luke) Geary and other great cast to put up good show and storyline are fantastic,too YAY!!!! 🙂 I told him let soap fans speak out to him or ABC, what’s their head and be smarter thing to do.

Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

If Katie can persuade them to keep GH, I might watch her show, other than that, after GH is gone, NO MOUSE IN MY HOUSE, EVER AGAIN!!! Including Disney and any affiliations with the RAT CHANNEL!!!

Bonnie
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Bonnie

I agree with Tammy, if they keep GH, maybe I would stay to watch Katie. If she had interesting guests on. Otherwise not interested, not really into news programming talk shows.

But once GH is gone, so is any loyalty or reason to watch ABC

barbara t
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barbara t

biggest mistake abc did was let the rat channel buy them,I will never change my mind about katie couric I just dont like her.since they cancelled all my children and One life to live I have been boycotting abc/disney and I will continue to do so ,I watch general hospital at 3 then as soon as it is over that channel gets changed quickly.

Christy
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Christy

hey barbara… remember when ABC was thee channel to watch? Sunday was ABC Sports – the agony and defeat. Daytime was soaps, game shows… Dating Game, Newlywed Game, Let’s Make a Deal, $10,000 Pyramid, Password, Match Game AMC, Dark Shadows, OLTL, Ryan’s Hope, Edge of NIght… Remember their after school specials and how about those School House Rocks! And years of great primetime shows – shows that stayed on for many, many seasons…. it’s all gone! wikipedia’s outline for ABC includes this: 1965-1969: Success 1969-1985: Rising to the Top… and few years later, 1996-2003: Disney purchase and network decline and… Read more »

ricardo
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ricardo

like i said in other posts that i wrote. decision time in april for general hospital. there will be an annoucement and we have to take a really deep breath. hope for the best. if they cancel general hospital im done with abc for good. now its getting really good. picking up steam. abc listen to us please for once. please pick up general hospital for at least 2 or 3 years more. and its ratings will get bigger and bigger. cancel that horrible dreadful revolution. the worst show and horrible hosts. all gh fans like me and every else… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

” katie couric get a life missy. ” Lmao!

Debi
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Debi

Bob Igler made a statement earlier. IMO (and I have really stayed positive) this show is over unless it gets picked up elswehere. He made excuses for The Revolution stating it will take time to pick up.. He isn’t giving up on getting rid of his final soap show. Personally, I think he is afraid to make the official announcement GH is cancelled until after May sweeps.

Emily
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Emily

WHEN will we know if GH continues?????? THis waiting is a big, royal pain. I’m not a Katie Couric fan so I’m not going to be tuning in. I want soaps, not talk shows!!!!

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Too many talk shows on already with even more on the way! They’re cheap! We need more scripted shows but they cost more so there won’t be as much $$$ left for the jerks running the networks who don’t care what we want!

cyndi
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cyndi

I would hope that by now they have learned that Soap fans are serious when they say they will or will not watch something. Keeping GH on the air means Katie gets us as possible viewers.

Jen
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Jen

Congrats, Katie on having one of the only shows that will have 6-month heads-up on a boycott before it even debuts. No one will watch this. ABC Daytime is a vast wasteland. When GH is off the air, I’ll tune out for good.

JACKIE R
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JACKIE R

whoopie doo!! go home katie…no one wants another humdrum B~O~R~I~N~G talk show..theyve been rammed down our throats enuff…we have more news than ALL the worlds newspapers combined! Give it a rest…your ABC stole our Americana n we as a grp and as fans of Soaps…will never stop until true TV is returned…or brought to CABLE where our $$ paid stations give us what we pay for. ABC/Dismaldisney have ruined the ratings for themselves..boycott all the way…dare take GH off n ABC will b a ghost town…you alone cant have a gazillion followers to save abc…retirE from abc hunny….youll thank us… Read more »

tricia
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tricia

If Jeff Sucker is stupid enough to cancel GH and not The Revolution he should be fired. And as for Katie, I certainly hope she fights for a GH lead-in. I’m not a big fan of hers, but think she is smart enough to know that she will make some enemies of viewers if GH is cancelled, her fault or not.

Lisa Kupiec
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Lisa Kupiec

We will not watch ABC anymore if they cancel General Hospital!! We have enought talk shows on tv, if they want to put on another one then cancel the Revolution and put katie there. DO NOT take the place of General Hospital!!!

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

I hate the waiting. If GH gets cancelled then I will never have another reason to watch ABC again.

Elise
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Elise

ABC is the channel I watch the most: General Hospital, Modern Family, Happy Endings, The River, and so on. But I swear I’ll drop them all if they cancel GH over The Revolution. It would be worst than a slap to the face; it would be saying: “we’d rather take the worst show ever with the worst ratings ever than to keep a soap” and that would be bad business. I won’t encourage a sinking ship if that’s the mentality behind ABC and Disney. Anne Sweeney, keep your words, you said you’d keep the most successful shows around, and lo… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

ABC WAS the channel I watched the most… see above how good ABC used to be… i’m preparing to be disappointed – again – by Disney execs in charge i’ll be heartbroken of course – OLTL was my all time favorite, GH was 2nd to me… but to lose again so soon after the other – like a nail in the soap opera coffin! and to me… that would be the final nail in any viewing of anything on ABC until Disney doesn’t run them anymore, and they get someone who cares about fans back in charge, and until they… Read more »

barbara t
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barbara t

you sure do your homework,I remember when abc was a class network,sad where it stands today,this is a reply from march 16 9:54 pm.Ive been boycotting abc/disney will continue to do so If they cancel general hospital I will be done .its sad that the soaps were destroyed because of money but what really bothers me is abc/disneys prime time shows ,ther will be alot of so called soaps on ,why couldnt they have just put one life to live and all my children on in the evening ?to bad they cared so little for us soap fans ,and as… Read more »

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

I’m sure, you will,Christy. I still taping everyday until Sept. 7. I love GH all my life since I was 16 years old kid becomes 47 years old man who like to watch quite adventure of Robert Scorpio and Frisco Jones!!! 🙂 not kiss or smooching stuff.. yucky(lol)

Susan M.
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Susan M.

They better cancel The Revolution that show has been crap the very day it started…No one likes it and will never like it…. It makes sense to cancel The Revolution… But, ABC has no common sense!!!!!!!!!! They better make the right deceision with this one..And keep GH on abc…………..I have alway’s watched the soaps on abc for years…..Had no interest in changing…, ABC has 2 stikes on them already… I hope they are not stupid enough to make it three strikes!!!!!!! I am pissed off with them already because of OLTL….Never watched Katie Couric and I’m not going to start………..I… Read more »

aria
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aria

i’ll watch katie if GH is still on, but chances of me tuning in to see katie are zero chance if its after the Revulsion. and i’ll give up the view too.

barbara t
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barbara t

this katie couric stuff has me so upset I changed my daily e mail to abc/disney ,telling them to stop the head games and spit it out ,I want to know one way or the other if general hospital is gone,Im sure while I am writing this they are sending me my daily e mail telling me how much they care (THEY DONT) and how many letters they receive and cant answer them all,same thing every day well I wont give up. I do believe they should make up there minds just do it or dont.just respect us soap fans… Read more »

Brenda
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Brenda

If GH goes so do I. No more ABC in my house, nothing. If Katie is smart she will make sure GH stays or the backlash is going to be ugly.

Donna
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Donna

If those ABC/Disney executives have any brains at all they will dump that revolting Revolution and leave us General Hospital, If they want to slit their throats for the 3rd and final time, they might as well kiss ABC goodbye, look at the ratings now, THEY WILL GET WORSE, THAT IS INEVITABLE, LOOK AT THE NIELSENS now overall, they are one from the bottom already!!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

thats the problem with abc/disney they dont have any brains,there ratings are low ,I love that there doing bad in prime time to.I will never watch abc/disney again ,I watch general hospital thats it ,if that goes ,I wont have to worry about anything on that network.there programming is going downhill fast,when they choose to get rid of all my children and one life to live it shows they lost any class they ever had.money over the classic soaps ,you bet there isnt anyone at abc/disney with any brain power.

Barbara
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Barbara

I think you should leave on GH since it has bee on much longer than the Revolution, Its has a much better following. Don;t take all the entertaonment from us older folks.
Sincerely Barbara

Jennifer Graczyk
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Jennifer Graczyk

Maybe this is why Katie said to cancel The Revolution and keep General Hospital. As a soap fan, especially One Life To Live, I am not ready to sacrifice one show for another. I still want One Life To Live back. I don’t watch General Hospital, but I do keep it on to support the genre. But I don’t want to sacrifice one for another either. I hope that ABC brings back One Life To Live. I will NEVER watch anything that goes in it’s time slot. I don’t care what it is. Won’t watch!

Carla S
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Carla S

There is no reason to cancel GH…give us a break. You have a 4pm time slot to fill so fill it with Katie. Have some loyality and consideration to the loyal fans of GH. We have been supporting the show for 40 years now show us some respect and consideration. ABC needs to listen up and understand that your ratings are dropping because of shows like the revolution, the chew and now katie, not because of GH or OLTL. Stop the nonsense and save GH. Theres enough to worry about in life and its nice to come home to relax… Read more »

Mary Lou
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Mary Lou

If ABC has ANY hope to stay alive, they will keep GH. If they make this HUGE mistake and cancels GH..then for me, they are done. I will eliminate all of ABC on all my remotes for all my TVs. ABC will be cancelled. just sayin’….

Danny
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Danny

One of the worst days of my life was watching the last episode of “Another World” on June 25th, 1999 because I had been watching it for over 25 years, every day..without fail. I don’t think people who don’t watch soaps quite understand the ones that do. Watching a soap is unlike watching anything else, period. You adopt a whole bunch of characters into your life as family. You see them interact with each other every day, for 5 hours a week, that’s way more than any other scripted 1-hour weekly shows. You forge a bond with these people and… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

i watched OLTL from the beginning and same with GH… thank god I’ve taped so many shows and kept them, I’ve got some of my old friends to watch whenever I miss them!

ABC used to be a great channel. Disney has changed that for sure! Aren’t there any relatives of Walt’s around that we could write to? and boy would they get an earful!

Marisa
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Marisa

If General hospital is dropped, Katie will fail.

barbara t
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barbara t

and this general hospital fan will help katie fail ,If general hospital is canceled ,there will be no reason for me to watch that network ever again.I dont get it ,I will never understand why abc/disney wants a women who brought the ratings down for the cbs news,if katie was a cute as she thinks she is the nightly news would have been no problem for her ,she was a disaster and they had no choice but to keep her for 3 long,boring years,shes a joke and she was paid good and now the rat channel will pay her 20… Read more »

Kat
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Kat

I have only started watching GH since the integration of the OLTL characters. And I’m still beyond angry with ABC for canceling OLTL and AMC (even though I didn’t watch it). For over 30 years I’ve watched one soap or another (including The Doctors, AW, DOOL, Sunset Beach, Port Charles, OLTL and now GH). I love the soaps and I agree with so many who’ve already posted how wonderful it is to ESCAPE reality and delve into our fictional world. It is so very sad that the soap opera genre seems to be slowly dying, despite the large fan base.… Read more »

Shelly
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Shelly

Poor Walt must be rolling over in his grave at some of these business decisions made by Disney. Katie and others certainly can’t be feeling good about the hemorrage of soap viewers after the cancellation of OLTL. This information does not bode well for the debut of her show. Talk shows are struggling too (bye bye Rosie, Nate; Anderson is hanging on by a thread) and she can’t afford a weak leadin. Here’s the bottom line for me. IF GH is cancelled, I will no longer watch ABC programming. IF GH is spared, I will give Katie’s show a fair… Read more »

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Why don’t we fans, organize a News Conference in April; start planning it, giving people planning time to travel by train, motor cycle, plane etc…. We need to take our voices on camera LIVE. We can’t WAIT until aabc cancels GH, we have to GET STARTED now…… ! It will be broadcaste across the country to all the stations, local and affiliates and it will surely dampen Katie’s chances even more of other affiliates picking up her show. The Powers That Be, they HAVE TO start HEARING us and SEEING…….. us. We need to head to New York for a… Read more »

cindy
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cindy

Go away talk shows!! How many more are you gonna put on tv?!? We have enough already!! Katie has proven she cannot keep a steady job..enough of her! and all the other talk shows. Maybe soaps aren’t the answer either, but in our everyday crazy lives they are a nice way to focus on the fantasy world. The old commercial “calgon, take me away” is what soaps do for some of us..they take us away for just a little while so we can forget our problems for a half hour or an hour..what a nice escape! If I want therapy,… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

Hey ,I’d be the first person to say I like Katie – but Isn’t she a night time anchor ?
How much of a market share does she need to have?
Cancel that ridiculous Revolution and keep GH.

Sharon
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Sharon

ABC/Disney Company if you will not bring back AMC and OLTL to their loyal fans you should at least let us have General Hospital to enjoy. We like the temporary escape this type of programming gives us. We have been loyal for decades! Why oh why do you want to turn away the most faithful audience you will ever have. We may not be the demographic group you want the most but you may be surprised at the purchasing power the little bit older audience! Grandparents and Aunts, Great-Aunts etc.etc… buy many of the products that your sponsors advertise to… Read more »

Maryann Stenzel
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Maryann Stenzel

ABC/Disney Company, I was so disappointed when you took away OLTL……my favorite soap. I hope you will let GH continue (even in another time slot) as they have some awesome acting and greagt storylines. I know a lot of people agree withj me.

Kollene
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Kollene

They can put ANOTHER new TALK SHOW anywhere they want. I WON”T be watching anyway.

janet traylor
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janet traylor

I will never understand the decisions ABC is making about the daytime schedule. Taking a part of the modern day American fabric from loyal viewers was a huge mistake and they seem to be paying for that mistake. They are already suffering because of it’s bright decisions, and if they cancel GH, I would imagine they would lose even more viewers. I only watch GH now on that network. I don’t like being “handled” or “trained” and I don’t think this Katie thing is going to fly. How many networks has she been on?

melanie
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melanie

I have already stopped watching ABC programming, other then now watching GH. I was a fan of Desp Housewives, but I stopped watching it. There was not much else on ABC that I did watch but they have had a few new shows this past season that looked like they would have been enjoyable but…sorry ABC… I did not even give them a second glance. It does not matter since there are sooo many options on TV now with the other cable channels. It irritates me that they have given up on their soaps yet they now want to launch… Read more »

Kathy Neeld
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Kathy Neeld

definitely cancel The Revolution… leave GH alone..

Nancy M
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Nancy M

I firmly believe that the Revulsion will be the one cancelled. AbC has gone down the tubes thanks to the boycotting and I will never watch anything on their network again except GH. Every show that they put on the air has some kind of boycotting going on. Why the hell do they put such horrible shows on tv?

Kathi
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Kathi

Please do not cancel our only soap left!!!!! We need GH to stay!!! It’s been getting better and better. Cancel some other show but leave GH alone!!!

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

No thanks. Until Disney releases All My Children and One Life to Live back to Agnes Nixon, I won’t be watching Katie or anything else except for General Hospital and Nathan Fillion (formerly of OLTL) in Castle. I support my soap stars – ONLY!!!!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

Looks like katie c will be on good morning america for a week,why couldnt abc/disney hire her to do there stupid morning show and leave our daytime soaps alone?I cant stand this woman all she is ,is another blabber mouth that I am not interested in what she has to say In the morning,before or after general hospital doesnt matter I wont watch.

barbara t
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barbara t

OH, Poor katie couric and abc/disney ,she didnt do so well ,kc’s presence on the good morning america show not as good as the rat channel expected ,just wait mickey mouse if you kill general hospital there goes katies show what is it called again?Nope it wont do well in the 3 oclock hour or any hour ,I love hearing this, revenge is sweet .hey, if abc/disney didnt cancel all my children and one life to live and threaten to kill general hospital and replacing soapnet with another kid show I dont think they would be running into any ratings… Read more »

KW
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KW

No lead in pls I”ll miss days of our lives in our city keep gh in it’s time slot and put Katie in that stupid good afternoon America slot!!! I’m tired of the stupid talk shows! Enough already as it stands now I’m DONE WITH ANYTHING DISNEY!!! Over priced theme parks, radio, tv all of it! Soaps are tradition I used to watch with my grandma, mother,mother-in-law aunties everyone! When Luke and Laura got married I was in college and it seemed like everyone besides me worked their school class schedule around general hospital and especially that episode!! I think… Read more »

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly passed away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

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