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GH Timeslot Change Confirmed For 8 Markets Including: New York, Los Angeles & Chicago Beginning On September 8th!

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Today there was an update from our previous item that several markets are moving General Hospital back to the timeslot it held for 25 years, that of 3pMET/2PMPT.

According to ABC Soaps In Depth, the markets that will be affected by the change are: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, San Antonio, and Raleigh-Durham.

These cities will now see General Hospital beginning in its old timeslot starting with the Monday, September 8th episode!

So, it looks like some major markets will have the time change. If you are in one of the cities affected by the time switch, let us know if you are happy about the news …  or if you don’t like the news one bit?

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Monica
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Monica

Odd that Boston isn’t changing it’s timeslot too.

Jody
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Jody

As I mentioned last week, I don’t think this is advantageous from a social media standpoint with the East coast split between 2:00 airing and 3:00 airing.

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

It really doesn’t matter IMO. Most viewers DVR the show & watch it later so they can skip the commercials.

nicole
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nicole

Neilsen counts Twitter 3 hours before and after in it’s market (if it is a Neilsen Market) so it won’t matter.

The problem will be if people aren’t aware of the time change. Anytime there is a time shift you risk losing viewers. And in those major markets a hit can effect the show.

Timmm
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Timmm

I hear if your one of the eight markets that GH goes back to its old time slot you’ll see Maxi use her own brain, Julie Berman as Lulu, along with Dante who solves a crime, Duke Lavery, Scott and Luke duel for Laura, a house full of Quartermaines, Steve Burton, any AJ, Sonny and Brenda, Nicholas and Emily, Stone and Robin, Robert and Anna, Sean and Tiffany, Ruby at Kellys talking to Jake, Amy telling Liz Rick is dangerous, Dr. Derek Wells, Alexis, the Mannings, Jagger and Karen having coffee, Michael with anyone but Kiki, Jimmy Lee Holt and… Read more »

PAURETAJT
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PAURETAJT

…was that an attempt at comedy? It worked.

Timmm
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Timmm

Yes, but probably wishful thinking, as well.

GH50
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GH50

This is potentially bad for GH. If the Network is willing to risk the health of the show to allow certain stations to move it where they think it benefits that station specifically, possibly thinking it is a stronger lead in for their 4p news, then you have to wonder about ABC’s commitment to its Soap. If they are so happy with the ratings and the show is on solid ground, then keeping its time slot not only where it is, but consistent in each time zone, would be a priority, not the needs of a few individual stations. GH… Read more »

mgb357
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mgb357

6abc Philly(the most profitable abc affliate in the country) – moving GH to 3:00pm

with who wants to be a millionaire and daytime jeopardy from 2 to 3…

is this an attempt to keep the spot warm for a reboot of OLTL and AMC after the PP lawsuit is settled?

nicole
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nicole

No. Tyra Banks has a show coming in 2015 produced by ABC that is what they are keeping itv warm for.

ABC will not put money into another daytime soap. They are among rhe least profitable shows for the network.

mgb357
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mgb357

thanks for the insightful response .. but my interest in tyra banks would rank below that of the dreadful Katie.

Joanne
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Joanne

The time change doesn’t matter to me, personally.. I will watch GH anytime! I just worry that when a show starts moving around on the schedule it seems as if it’s the first step towards cancellation. If it ain’t broke, why “fix” it??

Ric
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Ric

I’m so happy! It just goes to show Katie failed.

clh
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clh

Makes no difference as long as it’s on.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

I am Happy to have GH going back to its Rightful time of 2 pm Central time in Texas!

mrsnoahdrake
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mrsnoahdrake

I am actually happy to hear this! Now I do not have to decide between watching GH or DAYS daily when when I am working from home. And now perhaps both shows can get more viewers in markets where the shows were previously competing with each other for live viewers.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I think that’s been a problem. We know Y&R and B&B don’t go against each other, but in some markets DOOL and GH are going head to head. I wish we knew the markets that DOOL and GH go against Y&R and B&B…not many, I suspect. ABC and NBC should work together to keep their soaps on at different times…the best soaps! If so many markets have DOOL and GH against each other and Y&R & B&B are not scheduled opposite other soaps, then it’s no wonder that GH and DOOL are last in the ratings…potential soap viewers are split… Read more »

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Not good. The beginning of the end for “Guiding Light” was when CBS let stations move the show around the schedule however they wanted. Soon, affiliates were showing it a day behind, or at the ridiculous time of 9 a.m., or in some cases not at all. It hurts the ability to promote the show, too. Will the guy on “The Chew” no longer be able to remind viewers that “General Hospital” is up next — because in some markets it won’t be. It just creates unnecessary confusion. Daytime lineups remain stronger when they are consistent (with the time-zone shifts,… Read more »

Rapids
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Rapids

So true, this type of shifting the show around was the beginning of the end for the Guiding light. ABC affiliates are interested in Meredith Viera as an alternative.

Geoffrey-Martin Cyr
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Geoffrey-Martin Cyr

I think this might help get teenagers back into it (or exposed to it) with the later timeslot. I know that (back-in-the-day), the whole reason I got hooked on GL was the fact that I could run home from the bus and catch it after school (…and in the late-70’s thru the mid-80’s, GL didn’t do too badly up against powerhouse GH, I’ll tell you that!)

KM
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KM

Chicago girl here. I liked the 1 pm timeslot personally because I could juggle my lunch time to fit and watch live. Oh well…that’s why we have DVRs I guess. I’m curious…everyone else getting Rachel Ray in the 1pm slot or is that just my market? I actually like and watch cooking shows but I think RR’s show is pretty much played out at this point so I won’t be watching this one. I’m not sure what ABC thinks they have to gain here. GH seemed to get a little ratings bump by moving to the hour earlier slot so… Read more »

KansasGuest
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KansasGuest

It’s your market. I’m also in the same time zone as you. But, in a different state. RACHAEL RAY comes on at 10am in our area. It’s considered a “syndicated” show, meaning that if a local station carries it, they can place it in any hour they wish , outside normal broadcast programming. GH is broadcast programming. So, ABC’s feed will only send GH to stations at a set time every day. I don’t think the time slot change for GH is anything but a way to test which time slot is better for the show.

Dan
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Dan

The previous time change to 2pm in most markets after airing at 3pm for so many years proved that people will follow the show wherever it goes, so I don’t think this is an issue whatsoever. If anything, I think going back to the more comfortable and more established 3pm time slot is a better move in the long run.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Is there a list available where people can see what soaps go against each other in all the markets?

Don H
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Don H

I understand that “Days” will also be changing time slots in some markets to make room for Meridith Viera’s talk show. In some markets in may be an hour earlier, in others an hour later. And in still others, no change at all. Just thought I throw that into the mix.

Don H.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

WMAQ-TV/NBC 5 will be making some changes to its midday schedule next month, ending its 30-minute Noon newscast, but adding a new 60-minute 11:00am newscast. Days of our Lives will begin airing at 12 noon in Chicago. The changes occur on September 8th.

Omar
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Omar

WHO CARES!!! I am just so happy that GH is on the air PERIOD and us fans of the show will fallow it even if they aired it at midnight!

Wish all my cancelled soaps were in the same predicament!!!

Justin
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Justin

Amen to that. I don’t give a crap about the social media bs. If you don’t want to know, cut your twitter/facebook/etc. off for a couple of hours. So show it at 2, 3 4 or 5…just show it! My TIVO will follow it wherever it goes.

RoMo
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RoMo

Hi KM – I’m also from Chicago! The only thing this move means to me is that I have to wait one more hour for GH to begin. And I have to listen to Rachael Ray for an hour (unless I change the channel)!! I kind of liked the earlier hour for GH, but really as long as it’s ON, I’m a happy camper. I do agree with others that say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

AJ
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AJ

Wow, some of you are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Janet
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Janet

Doesn’t affect me. In my area, GH never changed timeslot. Judge Judy replaced Good Afternoon America and GH stayed at 3. Katie aired on the NBC station.

Nieci
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Nieci

I loved watching GH for years at 3pm on (channel 7 in NYC). My friends, family, and I refused to watch the 3pm replacement show (Katie) because the tradition and comfort of GH broadcast was treated with such disregard that it insulted a program that held that time slot for years. Katie may have had a better chance to survive the rating war if it was put in a another time slot of 2 pm or 4 pm. or final choice of being the leading program for the “The Chew”. I also would like to thank everyone that support GH… Read more »

JNewt
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JNewt

I actually look at this as a good sign for GH’s future the fact that these bigger markets recognized Katie as a failure and realize that GH is a better lead-in to their game shows and news programming. Also as somebody noted before if you live in Chicago, WMAQ is moving Days of Our Lives to 12pm due to the Meredith Vierra addition to the lineup. They made the move so that they could air the news at 11am for 60 minutes and could have Vierra air with Steve Harvey and Ellen. I never saw how DAYS was doing at… Read more »

Alice Romano
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Alice Romano

I got used to it at 2 oclock I rather it not go back to 3 oclock

Gail
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Gail

I’m thrilled GH is going back to it’s 2pm time slot!

MITCHELL BOURQUE
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MITCHELL BOURQUE

I hated kaite anyway because I loved general hospital @3:00 because I get home from work @3 I love to see it on real .tv. I LOVE GENERAL SO MUCH:) so congratulations to general hospital the the best show in the world back at3pm again :):):)

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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