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Katie Couric Admits She Had Low Expectations For Her Talk Show! Question Is, Will It Find Its Footing?

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In a new piece out today from the New York Daily News, Katie Couric admits she had low-expectations for herself with her new talker, Katie, especially when compared to Oprah Winfrey and taking over her time slot.

Couric stated “I certainly didn’t have high expectations for myself.  I wanted to do a show that I thought was interesting, compelling and enlightening, and while I knew that there were going to be some inevitable comparisons to Oprah Winfrey, I tried to throw water on them every chance I got.”

Already with less than two months on the air, while Katie stumbled in the ratings a bit, there had also been persistent reports that her EP, Jeff Zucker is going to leave his post and head up CNN!  Couric weighed in by saying, “I only want the best for Jeff.  He’s been a great friend to me and a very trusted colleague — and that’s something that’s hard to find. Right now he’s giving the show 110%. And I think he and I work really well together.  We collaborate well, and I think that until that changes, that’s what I’m going to focus on.”  Zucker, who is in the control room for every taping of  Katie, declined to comment.

Katie also now harkens back to her hard news days with a special episode today on Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath, where she chronicles her weekend visit to Staten Island and the Rockaways, sharing “I am a news person in my heart of hearts.  It was very important for me to get out and see what was going on firsthand and try to share the human side of this story. Until you talk to the people most affected by it, you can’t understand the true impact of this storm.”

So where do you stand on Katie’s talk show?  Have you watched it?  What are your thoughts?  Do you enjoy her as a interviewer and host?  Do you think the series is in trouble? Weigh in!
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louisa
louisa

We all had low expectations, and she has delivered. This article sounds like an attempt at damage control. She is a phony. Nothing about her seems real to me. She thinks she is cute. She’s not.

I definitely think her show is in trouble. She may try to be a hard-hitting news person again, but that will be phony too.

SUSAN
SUSAN

you go girl i agree

Teresa
Teresa

haven’t watched it at all. No interest in another talk show.

SUSAN
SUSAN

yes!! i will never watch

susan M.
susan M.

ME TOO!!!!!1

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Odios………..don’t care will never watch her show………..she never was watchable, the networks have always cramed her down our throats. She is no Oprah or Diane Sawyer or even Barbara Walters. Katie seems very phoney to me, she does not have a sincerity about herself that the afrorementioned ladies project……..What a waste of another hour on ABC. I only watch GH on abc DAYTIME.

Angela
Angela

I agree 100%! She’s been around awhile and she is no longer sweet little Katie from the Today show. As far as I’m concerned she had her 15 minutes and now she’s done. I have not watched her and I never will I only watch GH and that’s it for me. CBS dumped her lets see what happens to her here.

Marisa
Marisa

At the first mention of her show on this website, I stated Katie was a has been. She worked her fifteen minutes of fame for several years. She should consider herself very lucky. The bottom line is she too boring. Watching a slice of Wonder bread is more exciting! Even her reporting is half ass. She traveled to Queens and Staten Island to cover Sandy. New Jersey suffered major devastation through out the state did she even bother to go there??? ABC must have been out of their minds to think this slice of white bread could surpass our beloved soaps. What would you rather watch a slice of stale white bread or the soaps with stories and good looking hunks? What would make you afternoon break sweeter????

Ces
Ces

Never liked her on the Today Show, why would I ever sit through an hour of her own show? Always thought she was a fraud. Only people I have ever respected were Phil Donahue and Oprah Winfrey. The rest are pointless.

SUSAN
SUSAN

yea sal she is phony, and i also did not like her on the today show

oh yeah remember cbs new she flopped there also

i still do not understand why ABC would even consider giving her a daytime talk
show, they are losers over there
i only watch GH and that is all!!

and if they cancel GH like they did amc and oltl i am gone from abc totally

Michael
Michael

She has a great personalty and she’s a fine journalist. I don’t watch everyday but I tune in when she has an interesting guest. I’m sure the show will work out. It’s unfair to criticize her for the demise of soaps. They cancelled AMC & OLTL long before ABC announced her show.

gloria
gloria

Believe me, her show was waiting in the wings when they cancelled our shows. But hey, if you like her & enjoy her show . . . . good for you. But I will never get over glancing at the clock at 2 p.m. central time & thinking GH is on right now (or should be) Weird that soaps are over by 2 p.m.

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LOL!

Becky Cloutier
Becky Cloutier

ABC sucks! They show the same people over and over ! And over and over again! Katie needs to stay home!!!

SUSAN
SUSAN

you are so right it is not like she needs the money!! ABC sucks like u said
theey should cancel it now and she needs to retire or stay hom

Jules
Jules

If she’s a news person in her “heart of hearts”, why not stick with what you really love? Why move on completely into fluffy celebrity interviews and makeovers? And more importantly, why dismantle our daytime lineup for something you’re not 110% into?

JustSaying
JustSaying

This is very true. But Oprah started out the same way as Katie. She was a journalist before becoming a talk show host. So I couldn’t begrudge Katie for following in Oprah’s career path.

Jules
Jules

But according to her, (what she says above), she doesn’t want the Oprah comparison ;). LOL yeah right!

In all seriousness, I think Oprah always wanted more than being a journalist. Maybe she didn’t think ‘media mogul’ but inspiring people and creating a platform for others to do good things with and impacting their lives was always a dream of her’s (as she’s said recently on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter). Whereas Katie clearly says journalism is her #1 passion.

Linda
Linda

Her show will never be on in my house! GH is the only ABC show I watch!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ditto!

Ces
Ces

Ditto too!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I felt the same way when NBC cancelled Another World. I vowed I would never watch any NBC program except Days. Well it has been over 10 years since AW was been off the air, I watch other NBC shows and life goes on. Do I missed AW, sure I do, it was a great soap, but after a while I realized not watching any other program on that network doesn’t hurt the network and will never bring back the show. I respect those you who are trying in their own way to make their voice heard, by boycotting the network, I wish you well in your attempt to hold to your principles.

jp
jp

You are right! Life goes on. I was always an avid fan of One Life to Live. When I started to watch episodes of Another World in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I fell in love with the show. So I would watch OLTL and tape AW. I can’t believe it has been over ten years since AW was taken off the air. It feels like yesterday. In a perfect world, OLTL and AW would come back for good (And Ryan’s Hope too).

SUSAN
SUSAN

me too!! GH only

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Ummm, first of all, you didn’t take over “Oprah’s” timeslot, you stole GH’s! Duh. Boy for a newswoman you sure don’t care about the details. And secondly, never watched, never will. Buh bye, Katie.

gloria
gloria

You got that right! I always got on my treadmill at 2 p.m. central (on my days off work) & watched GH. It does NOT work for me to get on the treadmill at 1 p.m . central. I hate this new time for GH but will take GH anytime we can get it.

SUSAN
SUSAN

same here it comes on eastern time here at@2 p.m. and Gh has had the 3pm
here for as long i can remember

and alot of my friends who could watch @3pm cannot now due to
school pick up of their children and they are disgusted as well
with ABC and KATIE!!

Sal Piscioneri
Sal Piscioneri

Amen….to all. Sorry Michael what you see most people don’t ……..but all opinions matter in the wonderful USA.
Only in America .

Lynn
Lynn

I will not watch her show the only show I watch on ABC is GH ! They spent more money on her show and her salary than it cost to produce one year of OLTL and what was reported to have been spent would have kept OLTL on the air for almost two years and yet they blamed Money as the reason for OLTL b ring canceled for this reason alone I won’t watch anything but GH

gloria
gloria

OMG-YOU SAID IT. Damn it-OLTL should still be going strong. I hate ABC & do NOT support one second except for GH.

SUSAN
SUSAN

you said it all gloria i feel the same

susan M.
susan M.

I agree with you gloria………..

Shelly
Shelly

Same here! I HATE talk shows especially any garbage that replaced a soap!!

jp
jp

EXACTLY. I could not have said it any better myself. OLTL would be making ABC money. Karma is a b – – – -. LOL.

Laurie
Laurie

Agreed! AMC & OLTL would have done fine in ratings. …sigh. Stupid people at ABC.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Ditto!!!

Ces
Ces

ZERO interest in ANY talk show much less any new talk shows!!! I say everyone stop watching this crapatola and watch the four remaining soaps on the air!!!

gloria
gloria

YES. Totally agree.

susan M.
susan M.

I watch GH in the afternoon & nothing else.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

Sorry, Katie Poo! Can’t work up any sympathy for you. ABC/D should have stuck with the soaps on their schedule, instead of replacing them with talk/reality shows that no one wants to watch!

JustSaying
JustSaying

I can’t blame her on her career path. Nor can I blame her on the decisions of the ABC/D network.

What I do have to ask is why she chose the ABC/D network and not NBC for example? Considering how well she did on that network, why not return back to NBC?

Susan M.
Susan M.

Well she is on NBC where I live… In fact she comes on the same time as GH at 2:00p.m. For me its Wesh(NBC)..

bc
bc

blanderson cooper’s daytime talk show got axed w/c is great! chipmunk couric should be the next to get axed. there really should be a backlash against these liberal shills polluting the airwaves. they have completely lost any credibility. thus the public’s distrust of these hacks is at record highs. they still spin and shill and filter the “news” thru their liberal agenda. there should be a pushback against these “journalists” who claim to be unbiased! it was fantastic when romney humiliated the mainstream media at the smith catholic fundraiser dinner! he directed accurate jokes at their bias and worship for their liberal god obama. chipmunk couric looked really annoyed bec she was right behind romney as he was humiliating her and the rest of those partisan water carriers! these liberal shills need to stop landing talk shows. there should be a conservative pushback against their advertisers to get these obama sycophants away from the daytime landscape. it would benefit conservatives and moderates who refuse to be brainwashed and it would benefit soaps to boot!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

bc, get a grip! No conservative media? You must not be familiar with Faux, er, I mean Fox News or the many loudmouth dbags such as Rush Limbaugh. Expand your dial and you will find someone who shares your narrow-minded views, I’m sure. How that could possibly benefit soaps I can’t imagine. They are known for their take on cutting edge social issues.

bc
bc

Fox news is the most TRUSTED news organization. Pew research even rated them most unbiased and bipartisan during the election coverage while MSNBC was rated most biased towards their lefty god obama. BTW Fox’s ratings are higher than MSNBC and CNN combined! Fox is the only mainstream moderate media while the lefties are: cnn cbs abc nbc msnbc fox npr and the flailing current tv! And Rush Limbaugh is great! His assessment of politics is savvy. He’s a great conservative and very wise! The public would benefit from less liberal trash like chipmunk couric on daytime tv shilling and water carrying for the democrats. maybe that would clear the schedule for a racially diverse soap opera that does not demonize conservative beliefs.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Okaaaaay, bc, now I don’t know if you are just joking or scary. Enjoy your soaps.

Lynn A
Lynn A

bc I agree 100%!! Fox News is the ONLY non-biased new media outlet out there! Katie Couric is the top leader of biased-reporters!! Look at some of the articles today, many saying Obama won because of how he and Romney were portrayed by the media!! I am deeply disturbed by the election, the only good thing is Katie’s talk show failing!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Well maybe Fox News isn’t as bad as I thought. I thoroughly enjoyed Carl Rove’s display of bitter, desperate, deep denial at Romney’s early, blow-out loss. America has spoken loud & clear. Listen & get on board or get out of the way. Be part of the solution or you’re the problem.

bc
bc

Lynn A : fox is definitely the most unbiased. majority of their anchors obviously lean right but they have lefties like geraldo and bob beckel while the left wing “news” are brimming w/ propaganda shills that stack any discussion heavily for the left. for example: abc will be discussing abt immigration. they’ll have 5 lefties along w/ the host george snuffalafagus against 1 conservative ann coulter. while fox for example would have the right leaning host and the right leaning guest against 1 lefty guest. fox is more balanced and people bash it bec it goes against the mainstream media narrative. even if fox gets the highest ratings the left propaganda “news” are too vast: cnn abc nbc cbs cnbc msnbc and the flailing current tv. obama has the mainstream media lapdogs and the hollywood brainwashing machine and effective fear mongering. of course he was going to win. idiotic women thought that romney would take away their contraceptives and abortion access. low info voters thought mormon romney would take away coffee! call it the snow ball effect of fear mongering helped by the old media and hollywood acolytes. the greatest problems for voters are the betrayal of the mainstream media and the poison of hollywood. conservatives have been painted as racist by hollywood thru the crap they disseminate. the label has stuck and extricating that racist label is like removing bubblegum from hair. this racist depiction resonated w/ hispanics and yet the gop has more hispanic elected officials than the democrats! the gop needs to rebrand themselves from this racist label that hollywood has put on them and foisted onto popular culture. what’s more disturbing is hollywood is the most racist group of people and yet they’ve managed to brainwash the public to thinking conervatives and hence republicans are racist. the less hollywood lies being spread the better w/c makies it great that current tv is for sale and the nytimes is hitting new stock and advertising lows and shill chipmunk couric’s daytime talkfest is flopping and that blanderson cooper was fired!

G
G

You are right all the main stream media is all biased. They own Obama. The movie Obama’s America Love Him Hate Him You don’t know Him 2016

susan M.
susan M.

Why are we talking polticis ???? No one will agree when it comes to this topic .What has this to do with Katie ?? And how did the President get in on all
this?

susan M.
susan M.

I don’t understand all of this????

Dmitri
Dmitri

I like Katie, but all daytime talk sbows, especially news ones, are the same. Dull, bland, dumb, stupid, etc. I will only support soaps, mostly Days, bit that isn’t too good now either. I hope that her show and The Chew are cancelled. While its true that AMC and OLTL are probably never returning, I think the low ratings for this and The Chew, as well as The Revolution being cancelled and Anderson ending, brought a clear message to ABC and other daytime networks. That message was that soap fans will not stand for mistreatment and cancellations while crap keeps polluting our TV sets. I will not be watching this, and I also hope The Talk comes to an end.

susan M.
susan M.

An end on daytime programming(talk shows)…..

robert
robert

Her show sucks. I watched the debut episode and then stopped. It was boring and bad. I predict a cancellation next year. This just shows you that soaps need to stay.

susan M.
susan M.

Yes I agree the soaps need to stay!!!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I love “Katie”. It’s refreshing for the daytime talk show medium. She has had a lot of amazing episodes and guests on the series. I watch it every day at 3PM. I enjoy it! #GoKatie

susan M.
susan M.

I don’t watch any daytime talk shows..I rather watch the soaps anyday than these kind of shows…There are entirely too many talk shows on the T.V. And they don’t
belong on daytime programming….And I don’t find them refreshing at all..I don’t want info or to be talked to death for one hour…I pick Drama over talk shows anyday…Talk shows are something I woudn’t like watching each day..Can’t identify
with these kind of shows..They are not entertaining at all…Again give me DRAMA,
emotions & heart-warming stories !!!!! Not blah! ,blah,blah…..

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Talk shows are interesting AND entertaining. You’re just too close-minded to even try and see it. Keep living in a box Susan, as it’s good for you and only you.

gloria
gloria

Gosh, Susan M. I agree 100% & all this mess that follows below is way unnecessary. You were just stating your opinion. Glad Scott loves Katie! Good for Scott! But I sure miss all our shows!

susan M.
susan M.

What’s to like about Katie’s show????? You forget it as soon after you watch it. It’s not memorable…..Like the soaps are…She is not my cup of tea and NEVER will … She won’t last 20 to 40 years… She is lucky if she lasts 6 months to a year….She is temporary show…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

I don’t forget it after I watch it Susan. I don’t hate a show simply because I’m a soap fan. There’s nothing about it to hate for me. And all shows are temporary Susan, get that fact known.

susan M.
susan M.

I met in general that talk shows are not memorable..And are forgotten..Didn’t mean you personally…And I am not close-minded.. I know what I like & don’t like. And I don’t like talk shows on daytime programming…They are back to back of these talk
shows on daytime lately..Years ago there was a variety of game shows , talk , & soaps…As I was told by someone else on this site…Which I forgot & reminded me…I know shows are temporary but, Katie to me won’t last as long as 40 years or more this temporary is a long time.And I don’t live in a box for your information!!!!!
I hardly ever watch talk shows on daytime programming rather watch the soaps..Anyway Katie comes on the same time GH comes at 2:00p.m…With my cable provider Katie is on NBC…. So you know what I will be watching at 2:00p.m. and it won’t be Katie.You like watching katie & I don’t…The only talk show I watch occasionally is Jay Leno The Tonight Show at 11:34 p.m. Okay!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

You don’t like the show because it replaced a soap opera. You’re blinded by your own hate. I’m sure you’ve probably never even watched the show to even judge it. Don’t start calling the kettle black until you can admit to yourself the own truth.

susan M.
susan M.

Also besides watching the soaps I like watching movies over a talk show in the afternoon after GH is over…Not many on this site by reading the comments don’t want to watch her show & rather watch their stories … She’s no Oprah! I am not the only one think there are too many talk shows on .. Read comment on 10/7 at 5:53 p.m, And read also comments on 10/6 at 10:37 a.m……………..

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Um who said she had to be Oprah? What is with the comparisons these days? And I don’t need to read ANY comments. I’m reading those you’ve posted to me so please stop telling me to look elsewhere to try and avoid your own faults.

susan M.
susan M.

Read another comment on 10/6 at 7:35a.m.!!!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

No.

susan M.
susan M.

Read comment on 10/5 at 11:38 p.m. Another person who would rather watch the
stories over talk shows..

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

No. IDGAF what other people are saying. YOU’RE the one who replied to me, so suck it up or move on Susan. It’s quite annoying and desperate.

susan M.
susan M.

You don’t even know me.. Annoying & despearate hmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!! What faults??????? I am spared from watching her talk show which is on NBC not ABC for me..I am a bit annoyed with these repacement shows & so are a lot of other people..No need to use fowl language…All I said is I know what I like to watch on daytime programming & what I don”t like to watch..Yes I dis reply to you.. What a mistake that was…You got really nasty & the use of bad language isn’t necessary.. Hate????? I have no interest what so ever to watch Katie!!!! So you enjoy watching her show and that’s it !!!!!! I support my stories!!!

susan M.
susan M.

Please don’t reply anymore that was the last of my comments regarding this issue…Have a nice day……….

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Then stop replying to MY responses Susan, because if you cannot handle what’s being said to you, then you shouldn’t even begin the conversations and waste my important time with your extra and unneeded periods and your hate.

susan M.
susan M.

I thought this conversation was done!!! I don’t want to continue anymore conversations with you..Yes it is a waste of time… And I don’t hate no one! I can handle what is being said.You can’t agree on every thing…Goodbye & good luck & have a NICE DAY!

susan M.
susan M.

Correction we all can’t agree on everything…

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

It’s not done. You can’t make you stop responding Susan. So don’t get snippy with me, cause I can as well 10x harder!

Susan M.
Susan M.

I have tried to be nice about this and let this go.. All I said is I don’t agree with you on talk shows.You are making a federal case out of this…A person can’t disagree with you…………This is insane. Please stop with your hateful remarks..I don’t think I was being snippy at all..I am just repeating what I read
from your previous comments… Not everyone going to agree on everything. Whats the big deal in having a difference of opinion?? This a bit like road rqge now…Please stop !!! I will NEVER start a conversation of any kind with you again…Please let it go… This has gone too far….Please leave alone!!!

Iakovos
Iakovos

The bigger story is Jeff Zucker. He may have led TODAY to heights but he destroyed NBC’s primetime to such an extent it may never recover. I suppose CNN will find new depths under his leadership.

KATIE could never aspire to Oprah’s success in ratings, if only because the market is different now. Her show will need to find its sea legs, but I think the program now seems forced and rehearsed. Trying so hard not to offend. I miss daytime dramas. There is entriely too much talking on TV today. Who can be heard?

susan M.
susan M.

I agree what you said about Katie!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I miss daytime dramas also….Talk shows on daytime programming are out of place….

Mary SF
Mary SF

Once upon a time daytime television was a mixture of game shows, talk shows and daytime dramas. There was a little bit of everything for everyone. It has only been recently networks have skewed this balance toward talk television. Like you I rather watch a good daytime drama over a talk show any day. I found some soaps more entertaining than some of the prime time stuff too. It seems the networks don’t have any idea who watches television during the day and how to attract them to their sets, if they did many of our beloved serials would still be on the air.

susan M.
susan M.

Katie is on the same time Gh is on at 2:00p.m. My cable provider has Katie on NBC….And I will NEVER watch it!! It sounds like Katie’s show is on it’s way out!!!! What
a waste of money & one hour airing time!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I support the soaps !!! Not talk shows!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

Goodbye Katie!!!! You don’t belong on daytime programming!!!!!!

RobertC
RobertC

Katie is on in Sacramento Ca at 3pm on our local NBC Channel.If they replace Katie they most likely will replace her show with another talk show in an already flooded talk show genre.

susan M.
susan M.

Yes I agree we are flooded with talk show genre….In fl. she is on at 2:00p.m, on NBC…The same time GH comes on….GH is alway’s what I watch at that time….

susan M.
susan M.

They are choking us lately with all these daytime talk shows which are basically more of the same thing…BORING!!! I don’t like on especially daytime no info/talk/cooking shows….One talk show topic was my man is afraid to change diapers! That’s not entertainment..

susan M.
susan M.

More stories less talk shows!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I don’t care what talk show it is I won”t watch them on daytime prog. Talk shows aren’t my thing. They never have been…Alway’s liked Drama & all the characters involved in these Drama’s…So much more interesting & keeps your attention.

bc
bc

it’s great that couric’s show’s struggling and that blanderson cooper was fired from daytime! who’s the idiot that greenlit his crappy show? like your average daytime talk show audience member could relate to a rich vanderbilt gay guy living in his liberal manhattan cocoon. couric should be fired and the view should reformat to 2 liberals and 2 conservatives w/ a moderate moderator to get a more balanced perspective. oh who am i kidding? all these talk shows are shills for the liberal perspective. the less of them the better.

susan M.
susan M.

There are a few people who actually like Katie’s talk show…I just can’t see what is to like about this talk show..I agree the less talk shows the better..

bc
bc

it’s great that blanderson wasn’t hired on live w/ kelly! it would have been yet a new platform for him to spread lies to the public that favor progressivism. he clearly cannot carry a show on his own and he’d only be riding on kelly’s coattails.

G
G

The show is very boring. She wants to be on broadway so why doesn’t she dance and sing on her show. The four martins dance.

susan M.
susan M.

Everyone seems to have a talk show these days.. Need more STORIES…. It isn’t a variety anyore like years ago.. Need a balance!

susan M.
susan M.

Thank You Gloria for your imput. What you said is true & thanks so much. For comment on 6/13 at 6:35 p.m….

susan M.
susan M.

When 2:00p.m. comes on I think OLTL! I have watched at that time for such a long time..It feels weird that GH is in it’s old timeslot..The good old days : 1:00p.m. (AMC), at
2:00p.m.(OLTL), & 3:00p.m.(GH)……….Oh well what are you going to do…I watch GH everyday & I only watched the soaps on ABC for years…So I never watched much if any
talk shows during those years when the Fab Three were on one after another. And I still don’t..Still enjoy my STORIES!!

susan M.
susan M.

I think they should put Katie’s show on in the morning..That would be a better time & place for her show…

SAD, SAD Susan
SAD, SAD Susan

Hey, SAD susan… u think Katie Couric is a phony ?!! ….and yet u LOVE ” soap operas?” -Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha,ha-ha-ha-ha !!! The jokes on YOU-UUUU

susan M.
susan M.

What is this all about?? I am just expressing my opinion.. To each its own.
My preference has alway’s been the soaps not talk info shows. I am very happy watching GH. Not sad in the least! I never said Katie was a phony??? I just like my stories over these kind of shows. LOL!

susan M.
susan M.

And I don’t want to this discuss this anymore. OK..

Joe Jones
Joe Jones

Yes, I think 3:00 am would be her best time slot.

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Susan M rocks.
Katie Couric most certainly does not.

Joe Jones
Joe Jones

I was in traction so I could not change he channel. This program was so horrible I searched for an open window so I could jump out of it from the 23rd floor.

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There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Virtual “Bauer Barbecue” Coming Up Featuring Stars of Guiding Light

Now here’s an intriguing way to have the traditional Bauer Barbecue on the legendary Guiding Light! Have the barbecue virtually!

With the times we are all continually facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 16th annual Daytime Stars and Strikes bowling and gathering event usually held back east in the tri-state area is coming to The Locher Room on You Tube.

The event raises funds and awareness for The Autism Society of America., and will livestream now on Saturday night, June 27th at 6 p. m. EST and you can watch it here.

Currently set to participate are: Grant Aleksander (ex-Phillip), Orlagh Cassidy (ex-Doris), Beth Chamberlin (ex-Beth), Crystal Chappell (ex-Olivia), Frank Dicopoulos (ex-Frank), Maureen Garrett (ex-Holly), Melissa Hayden (ex-Bridget), Morgan Englund (ex-Dylan), Amelia Marshall (ex-Gilly), Robert Newman (ex-Josh), Denise Pence (ex-Katie), Nancy St. Alban (ex-Michelle), Jennifer Roszell (ex-Eleni), Elvera Roussel (ex-Hope), Tina Sloan (ex-Lillian), Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny), Krista Tesreau (ex-Mindy), Gina Tognoni (ex-Dinah), Lawrence Saint-Victor (ex-Remy; Carter, B&B), Jordi Vilasuso (ex-Tony; Rey, Y&R), Yvonna Kopacz Wright (ex-Mel), and Kim Zimmer (ex-Reva).    The event will be hosted by Alan Locher.

To make a donation during the event broadcast click here.

So will you be tuning-in to this former GL tradition now being brought to you virtually? Comment below.

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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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