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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?

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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mimi

D–n Chipmunk!

Melissa
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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
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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
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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.… Read more »

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Kin Shriner Celebrates 45-Year Milestone as General Hospital’s Scott Baldwin

What would General Hospital be without Kin Shriner, who has always played Scott Baldwin to the hilt with unique style and acting chops? Today on August 2nd, Kin marks his 45th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, and the series just would never be the same without his four decades plus of performances, making him an enduring fan favorite.

Shriner debuted on GH back on this date in 1977.  Scott’s love story with Laura (Genie Francis) would begin to set a new trajectory for GH. Later, when Laura married Luke (Tony Geary) in 1981, and Scott made a shocking appearance at the reception and caught the bouquet, the character turned to the dark side which started a new era of story for Scott/Laura/Luke and more.

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Scott is the stepson of attorney, Lee Baldwin (the late Peter Hansen) and Dr. Gail Adamson (the late Susan Brown); although through the years they tangled over differences, the family loved and cared for one another.

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In more recent years, Scott’s legal eagle courtroom antics are always a must-see for viewers, as well as any time Shriner gets to show Scott’s emotional side, such as the time he learned his son Franco (Roger Howarth) had died.

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Kin’s scenes with his current on-screen love interest, Kathleen Gati (Liesl) are always a delight for GH fans, as well.

In addition to his General Hospital run, Shriner appeared as Scott in the GH spinoff; Port Charles from 1997-2000 and again in 2001.

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Share your congratulations to Kin on his 45th anniversary in the comment section, and then let us know what has been your favorite Scott Baldwin scene through the years. 

But first, in case you missed it, check out our interview last year with Kin on the Michael Fairman Channel below.

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General Hospital’s Maura West Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

On last Thursday and Friday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC soap opera finally moved the story forward with the reveal to Ava (Maura West) that Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Esme (Avery Pohl) slept together, and within it, fans got to witness the beginning of the fallout and the reaction as played by three-time Daytime Emmy-winner and enduring fan favorite, Maura West.

As one might expect, the material in the hands of the mighty West, and the acting choices she makes are always intriguing and masterful.

In story, things start to unravel for Ava, when outside Trina’s (Tabyana Ali) courtroom trial, Esme and Ava have a confrontation.  It is there that Esme snarks at Ava, that she has the ability to destroy her world.  When Ava dares her to try, Nikolas shows up on the scene begging Esme to stop.  However, a manipulative Esme says, “Too late, I’m ending this right here, right now.” After lighting the fire, Esme walks off telling Nikolas to have a nice chit chat with his wife.

Next, Ava and Nikolas go to a private office, and Nikolas tells her that he made a huge mistake. A now suspicious Ava, asks, “What kind of mistake?” Nikolas then goes on to explain how he slept with Esme, just once, when he thought his relationship with Ava had tanked and had suffered irreparable damage.

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What comes after was where West shined, as a sarcastic Ava quipped, “Poor you, seduced by a high school graduate.”  Ava, then launches into that she thought she married a man, but instead she married a spineless weakling, and now she is going to burn him to the ground.

Later at Wyndemere, as Esme is frantically packing her suitcase and taking with her the all-important envelope linking her to Ryan (Jon Lindstrom), Ava appears and a confrontation begins with Ava calling out Esme as a, “conniving little whore”. Esme flaps back that Ava slept with both Morgan and Sonny (Maurice Benard)! Having put two and two together, Ava says she know that Esme is responsible for the revenge sex tape of Cameron (Willian Lipton) and Joss (Eden McCoyand setting fire to her car.

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Ava has wised up from all of Esme’s nasty statements and has come to realize that everything Esme has done including sleeping with Nikolas, feels like a targeted, planned attack on her, and she knows there is more to this story than Esme has ever let on.  When Ava spots the envelope in Esme’s suitcase, she goes to get it, but Esme grabs it from her. Then, with a steely warning, Ava tells Esme that she will be going to the courthouse now to exonerate Trina, and if she doesn’t, Ava will make sure Esme disappears and no one will ever be able to find her alive.

Now, while some viewers may be waiting for a knock-down drag-out catfight, we don’t know what will happen on Monday or Tuesday’s episode, but sometimes it’s more delicious just letting the words and its intentions drive the action, and West delivered the goods in spades in scenes with Marcus Coloma and Avery Pohl.

For all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Maura West’s work as The Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of Maura’s performance in the scenes where Ava finds out Nikolas slept with Esme and Ava’s confrontation later with Esme? What do you hope happens next?  Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section.  But firstm check out some moments from West’s performance below.

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Tony Dow, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘General Hospital’ Alum, Still Alive But in ‘Last Hours’ Despite Reports On His Death

UPDATED:  Since the original posting of this article, Tony Dow has now passed away.  On Wednesday, July 27th his son, Christopher confirmed his death on Facebook sharing: “Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey.  We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best—“It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony.”’

The original post below is the story on how Tony’s wife, Lauren Dow, had shared that her husband was still alive after erroneous news articles on his death were premature:

Lauren Dow, the wide of Tony Dow, best-known of his role of Wally Cleaver – the All-American older brother of “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) on the TV sitcom, Leave it to Beaver, shares that he is still alive amid previous reports of his passing early today.

Earlier, Tony’s management team had posted news of Dow’s death at the age of 77 on a Facebook post, but that has since been taken down.

Now comes word from Lauren to ABC7 in Los Angeles, that her husband is still breathing, but is in hospice care in their home.  She admitted that based on some health issues that happened overnight, she inferred that Tony had passed away when she informed people close to her and the family.

However, Dowd’s son Christopher confirmed to PEOPLE that his father, “is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.”

Daytime fans recall that Tony played the part of Ross Jeanelle on General Hospital back in the mid-70’s.   On GH, Ross was investigating the murder of Dr. Phil Brewer and in story, Ross also dated nurse Beth Maynard, who was the sister of Diana Taylor.

Some of Dow’s other TV credits included: Adam-12, Mod Squad, Emergency, The Love Boat, and Murder, She Wrote plus he directed numerous TV episodes.

Share your thoughts and prayers for Tony Dow and his family via the comment section.

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