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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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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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Maurice Benard’s Birthday Kicks-Off With GH Co-Stars, Colleagues and Friends Delivering Special Messages

Ahead of his previously announced special birthday project dropping on You Tube today at 3pm EST 12noon PST, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) got a morning birthday surprise put together by his wife, Paula.

In the viral video now circulating on Instagram and social media, many of Benard’s longtime pals, colleagues, co-stars and friends, taped some virtual messages for the two-time Daytime Emmy winner honoring on his big day.

Included in the celebration are notables such as: Vanessa Marcil (Ex-Brenda), Steve Burton (Jason), Laura Wright (Carly), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Stephen A. Smith (Brick), Max Gail (ex-Mike), Vernee Watson (Stella), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), GH EP, Frank Valentini and many more.

Check out below.  And make sure to watch live Maurice’s “Bad Boy Stories” video in a few hours via the link notated above.

Now, post your birthday wishes to Maurice via the comment section here.

 

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