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IT'S OFFICIAL: Katie Couric deal with ABC for Daytime Talk Show…network continues support for GH

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As predicted, ABC announced this morning the deal between the network and Katie Couric which includes her own syndicated daytime talk show.  Here is the official release below!

“Disney/ABC Television Group has signed a multi-year, multi-platform agreement with Katie Couric, award-winning journalist, best-selling author and popular TV personality, to host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show and to join the ABC News team, it was announced today by Anne Sweeney, president, Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. The program will be distributed by Disney/ABC Domestic Television and will premiere in September 2012.

Couric, the former Today co-anchor who was most recently anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric a 60 minutes correspondent and host of the weekly online interview series, will be reunited with Jeff Zucker, who will be an executive producer with Couric on the yet-to-be-named syndicated series, which will be based in New York and produced in conjunction with Disney/ABC. In addition to hosting the new syndicated program, Couric will join the ABC News team, contributing to all programs and platforms. Beginning this summer, Couric, winner of the distinguished duPont, Murrow and Cronkite Awards and numerous Emmys, will anchor specials, contribute interviews, participate in special events coverage and bring her many talents to bear on some of the most important and interesting stories of the day.

In making the announcement, Ms. Sweeney stated: “Katie Couric is one of television’s iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her. We look forward to having Katie join the best News team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talk show franchise.”

Ms. Couric added: “I’m very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979. It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff, and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can’t wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team. It was a blast working with Katie at Today and I’m excited to do it again,” said Zucker. “And besides, it should be more fun spending time with Katie at 3 or 4 in the afternoon than at 3 or 4 in the morning.”

The eight ABC Owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno, which represent nearly 23% of the nation’s TV households, have already cleared the new show in the 3:00 p.m. time slot. As part of the announcement, the network is set to return the last hour of its Daytime network block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012, but continues to support General Hospital and the plans to launch The Chew in September of this year and The Revolution in January 2012.”

So, what does this exactly mean? Will ABC continues to support GH through September 2012 only? Or, more long term?

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brian
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brian

ABC would be better off to be supporting ONE LIFE TO LIVE and NOT GENERAL HOSPITAL. “OLTL” is a much better show.

brooke
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brooke

No thanks, Brian. Love OLTL but not at the expense of GH. I am thrilled Garin has come onboard as the new writer.

Larry, not EVERY story. I read that detail about the return of the last hour at GHH on Saturday.

brian
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brian

I am curious how long you have watched both shows for. I watched GH from 1976 to 1990, but when it started to lose the original main cast,( Quartermaine, Aunt Ruby, Bobbie and Tony), it lost me. OLTL still has many of the vetrians, and hasn’t become single story lined, aka the mob.

brooke
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brooke

Brian, I have watched both shows since about 1974. I have a lot of hope for GH’s future now that Garin Wolf will be in charge. Every actor has reiterated that Garin knows how to write for and about women AND how to use character intergration. They seem very enthusiastic and happy. I thought he did a great job with his outlines for the show during the writers strike. GHH says he has big plans for changes to the show.

brian
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brian

Ok Brooke, we all have all favorite shows, but at least OLTL is not all crime driven and tries to portray criminals as “good citizens” OLTL has always delt with true to life social issues. In my opinion the canvas of GH is beyond repair.

Larry
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Larry

So every story about Katie’s new show being syndicated has left out the part about ABC returning the last hour of it’s daytime lineup to the local stations. If GH is no longer on at 3 PM, will they shift it to 2 PM (in the place in one of the replacements for AMC and OLTL) or cancel it entirely? This ruins any hope I had of ABC delaying debut of one of their new daytime shows and therefore delaying cancellation of OLTL .

Webbie
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Webbie

This whole thing about affiliates and time slots is so confusing!!! Can someone explain? When I lived on the east coast and watched GH in the early ’80s, it was on at 3pm EST. Now that KC has that time slot, what will happen to GH? Will it move to the 2pm time slot that OLTL now has? Again, it’s so confusing!!!

brooke
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brooke

Webbie, Go to GHH and read their News section. It is explained pretty clearly there, especially in the last two paragraphs.

Webbie
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Webbie

Thanks Brooke!

Kate
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Kate

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I am 18 but have been watching General Hospital since I was 3 with my family. We finally got Jonathan Jackson back and TG is getting storylines plus a new head writer I was always so sure that GH would be around so I can share it with my kids someday. And now American television is going down the tubes for trash. Soap operas are fine in every other part of the world and more accepted and yet us Americans can’t find a way to watch other things besides a bunch of cackled hens talking about everything under the… Read more »

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Carly Admits To Sonny She Was Falling Back In Love with Jason

On Friday’s episode of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) and Sonny (Maurice Benard) finally had the “talk”.  You know, the one about what Sonny really walked in on the night he “returned from the dead” on Carly and Jason’s (Steve Burton) wedding night?  Yeah, that one.

Sonny has already had a conversation with Jason, where Jason admitted he was starting to fall again for Carly, even though they were originally getting married to show a united front for the five families.

Now coming to confront Carly, Sonny is at first greeted by her with “Mike’s” cowboy hat, where she says the man he was in Nixon Falls is a mystery to her. Sonny tells her he spoke with Jason and so Carly is compelled to admit that she and Jason would have slept together on their wedding night, if Sonny hadn’t shown up alive and in the bedroom!

Sonny’s clearly upset about his best friend and his wife getting so close and rekindling their old feelings. Carly tells Sonny that, at first, Jason and she were just going through with the wedding for show, but later, they decided to make it a real marriage, and were falling in love.

When Sonny poses the question to Carly, if she has any residual feelings for Jason, she says they have gone back to being best friends, and how much she loves Sonny.  Carly points out that Nina (Cynthia Watros) did this to them – she kept them apart for nine months – and so much has happened that it’s been difficult for them to be together as it was in the past because of it.

In the end, despite what Nina had perpetrated on them, Carly and Sonny come to an agreement that they need to rebuild their relationship.  But the cowboy hat looms as we fade to black.

Clearly, the Jason and Carly relationship and almost consummating it on their wedding night, is not sitting well with Sonny; plus Sonny seems to continue to not really tear into Nina for her deception as much as someone would if he didn’t also have feelings for her.

So, what do you hope happens next? Do you want Sonny and Carly to work things out? Do you hope Sonny sleeps with Nina? If he does, and Jason goes back to Britt (now that they are going on another adventure together to locate Liesl) is Carly ultimately the odd woman out?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Sarah Joy Brown Directs Haley Pullos, Carolyn Hennesy, Eric Martsolf in New ‘Red Riding Hoods’ Podcast

What happens when a team of “Final Girls” (sole survivors of horrific mass murders) join forces to hunt malevolent entities while uncovering the apocalyptic conspiracy uniting them? Well, you have to listen to the brand new Horror Podcast Network’s latest offering Red Riding Hoods to find out. But here’s the twist! There are some daytime notables involved in the series.

Chief among them is three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Joy Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH) who directs the podcast series, a first for her career.

Along for the ride with Sarah are none other than General Hospital’s Haley Pullos (Molly) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), as well as Brown’s former DAYS co-star, Eric Martsolf (Brady) who all have roles within the story.

New episodes of the series began to roll out this past Monday on October 11th and there will be another installment every Monday thereafter.

Red Riding Hoods is available on all major podcast streaming platforms including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.   You can also listen to the podcast via the Violet Hour Media website here.

So, let us know if you check out Red Riding Hoods via the comment section below or are intrigued to hear the show!

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