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Katie Couric ABC daytime talker named, "Katie"! Will GH be shoved out of the way for THIS?

Former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric has settled on a name for her upcoming ABC talk show. The program will be called simply Katie when it debuts in Fall 2012.  According to TVNewser,Disney-ABC is preparing to market the show to stations and advertisers, and has already put together marketing materials, some of which was provided to TVNewser.

At the Promax/BDA conference in June, former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker–who serves as executive producer on Couric’s upcoming show–hinted at its name when talking about the host:  “I think Katie is a unique brand in television,” The mere fact that you can just say Katie and know who we are talking about is evidence of that.”

TVNewser is also reporting that, “Social media and interactivity will play a big role in the show, which is still in the early stages of development. Disney-ABC is currently building out a few websites for the program, including www.TalkToKatie.com, which is expected to serve as a hub at which viewers and Couric can interact.”

So with ABC already announcing they will take into account how The Chew, The Revolution and General Hospital (the soon-to-be sole ABC Daytime soap opera) will perform with the audience before making their next decision on how they will revamp their line-up one more time in the fall of 2012… can GH survive? We certainly hope so! But given the entire changing landscape of the daytime programming day-part, could this be a tall order? Having nothing to do with consisent viewer loyalty?

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Katie Couric’s syndicated talkshow has plans to air on many of the ABC affiliate stations around the country in Oprah’s  former time slot, so there may not be enough room to accomadate all of the ABC Line-up thus causing the potential issue of…. what show goes, and what show stays  So, let us know your thoughts on the mater!

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Bevann23
Bevann23

“Katie” needs to be up against “The Ellen Show” in the Oparah spot on the east coast. That would be a real test to see who wins those ratings!!! Leave GH on @ 3PM!!!

Susan
Susan

Will not be watching KC”s new show. ABC better not shove GH out of the way. They will lose a loyal viewer if they do.

Emily
Emily

So sick and tired of talk shows! GH has such a talented group that losing the show would be not only a lose to ABC but television as a whole.

brian
brian

Now that Prospect Park is saving “AMC” and “OLTL”, I for one do not really care what ABC does with its daytime line up. I will not be tuning in for any reason what so ever. I will, however, be supporting “One Live To Life” on Prospect Park, even if it is on some sort of pay – per – view set up. More than happy to pay a small fee to keep this wonderful show in production. It has many years left in it. Also, i will not be watching “Katie”

Torrey
Torrey

Tell me, who has convinced the idiots over at ABC that yet another talk show is what we need on the air? And who in the hell is gonna watch Katie Couric? She has bounced around to how many networks and how many shows? Isn’t it evident that no one wants to watch her? And I’m sure she came with a hefty price tag, which I don’t understand myself.

kay killgore
kay killgore

Well should we lay bets on who stays and who goes? Get ready for a cancellation of GH or they would not even be hinting about if it wasn’t already in the works! I can’t stand that woman Katie Couric fouled mouthed wanna be!

aria
aria

GH will survive, I can’t see these other shows making it, they are just to obviously rip offs of better cable shows.

Kathy
Kathy

Doesn’t matter what show ABC puts on during the day. If it isn’t my soap operas, I won’t be watching. Soap Operas are the only reason I put my TV on during the day at all.

KESM
KESM

It will be difficult once GH is the loan ABC soap. Can they stand alone? In light of OLTL being under budget and ratings surging….does it even matter if GH can match that in 2012? Does it look like ABC is willing to hang in with one soap the way NBC has for several years?

Vickie
Vickie

I won’t be watching any ABC daytime that isn’t one of my soaps (all my children and one life to live). I really don’t care what they do with general hospital since they moved away from the hospital and into the mob business. I don’t watch talk shows and haven’t for years—-I won’t be starting with ABC’s new junk show. There are any number of good dramas and comedies and movies on the cable channels to keep me busy.

Judy
Judy

We have enough talk and cooking shows on, I will not be watching any of the new shows! If GH goes– life will go on, it will be with less entertainment!

mimi
mimi

D–n Chipmunk!

Melissa
Melissa

I for one will not be watching those other two shows or Katie Couric. I am and always will be a GH fan. Leave GH on at 3pm. Save General Hospital. They have the most talented actors and I enjoy watching it!

Angela White
Angela White

I am an AVID GH and DOOL fan. I have never watched AMC or OLTL, however, I will not be watching ANY of the replacements that ABC airs. I will only give my ratings to the soaps during the daytime hours. The premise for these other shows is ridiculous even if they weren’t killing our soaps.

Personally, Katie Couric is one of the MOST annoying tv personalities anyways! I would never watch her show even if it was the LAST television show on earth! Honestly,, I would rather watch paint dry than her for an hour!

admiral
admiral

Another talk show. Another talk show. And another talk show. OLTL was a great actors’ show.
GH is another casualty because of cost. I will stay with GH til the end. I have not watched
the Chew, the Doctors, Dr. PHIL, MAURY, etc…too many of those shows.
Cheaper but too many. Waaaaaay too many. Like MTV and VH1, the original
concept was-is the best. Miss the videos, miss the soaps. Catching up on DVR
shows during the day. GSN is now fun with $25,000 Pyramid, Lingo,
Password,and Match Game. Jeopardy on ABC affiliate and on GSN is great. Sorry
Katie. Not this time. NOT THIS TIME. Moving GH to 1pm CST. Crap. DVR
at work this fall.

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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The Best of the GH Nurses’ Ball Continues; Which Is Your Favorite Musical Performance?

As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

Here is a rundown of episodes this week to make sure to catch!

Monday, June 1, 2020 Episode 13565 (OAD: 5/25/16)
Franco gives Jake a helping hand. Carly blackmails Ava. Nikolas stops Hayden from talking to Jordan. Musical performances include: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake and Eddie Maine, This Changes Everything by Chris Ryan performed by Jake Spencer and Franco Baldwin; a striptease to Demon in Disguise performed by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands -(Felix DuBois, Dillon Quartermaine, Griffin Munro, Curtis Ashford and Milo Giambetti).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Episode 13812 (OAD: 5/23/17)
Jake shows Emma and Charlotte the Chimera canister that was sent to him. Jason finds Anna’s Chimera necklace on the floor. Sonny has Morgan’s medication

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Episode 13813 (OAD: 5/24/17)
Jake is scared when he sees the Chimera symbol on Anna’s necklace. Valentin tells Anna he sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. Michael visits Nelle in the hospital. Musical Performances include: Sara Bareillies’ Brave performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake, Amy Driscoll, Kristina Corinthos-Davis and Valerie Spencer, And So It Goes On by Billy Joel performed by Valentin Cassadine and It’s Not Over Yet performed by Josslyn Jacks.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode 13814 (OAD: 5/25/17)
Sonny and Carly learn that Ava switched Morgan’s pills. Nina takes Valentin back. Anna tells Jason she is looking for a bio-toxin known as the Chimera. Jake sees Helena order him to do his magic trick, featuring the Chimera. Musical Performances include: Faith by George Michaels performed by Ned Quartermaine & Olivia Falconeri, Modern Love by David Bowie performed by Dillon Quartermaine & Kiki Jerome and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Epiphany Johnson, Felix DuBois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll and Deanna.

Friday, June 5, 2020 Episode 14509 (OAD: 5/17/18)
Curtis proposes to Jordan. Alexis overhears Finn tell Anna he hasn’t stopped caring for her. Sam finds Faison’s lighter in Peter’s office. Musical performances include: Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone performed by GH Nurses’ – Epiphany Johnson, Felix Dubois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll & Deanna and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man performed by Harrison Chase.

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So, with this being week two of previous Nurses’ Ball episodes being rebroadcast on ABC, what has been your favorite musical performance of all-time in the ball?

Check out this week’s promo from GH below, and Josh and James’ performances that will also air again this week.  Then, l

et us know your thoughts via the comment section,

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) has just told Jason that she believes the signs are all there that Mike is on his final decline and battle with Alzheimers. Mike is unresponsive, not eating. and slipping away quickly. She believes he wants to let go, but is holding on for Sonny’s sake, something that tears through Jason.  Knowing Jason was told something by Elizabeth, Sonny asks what it is.  That is when Jason tells Sonny he thinks Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.

An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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Once Jason leaves, with tears running down his cheeks, Sonny sits with Mike trying to come to terms with what he must do now.  Will Sonny let Mike die and spare his father any further misery … or will he try to prolong whatever time Mike has left?

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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