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Katie Couric's First Guests Revealed For Premiere of Her New Talker, "Katie"!

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The first guests have been revealed for the new Katie Couric syndicated talker, Katie that is set to debut September 10th, the same day General Hospital moves into its new time slot one hour earlier!

Couric is set to chat with Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow (who wrote and performs the show’s theme song, “This Day”) on her first episode. The second episode will feature an exclusive interview with Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old Georgia graduate student who lost parts of all her limbs to a rare flesh-eating bacteria this summer.

Other celebrity guests scheduled for the show’s first three weeks include: Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum, Susan Sarandon, Chelsea Handler, Sofia Vergara, Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James, Demi Lovato, and Wendy Williams.

Couric will also sit down with the mother and sister of murdered college lacrosse player Yeardley Love, and Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend who was acquitted of murder.

So what do you think of Crow and Simpson as Katie’s first guests? Excited? Boring? Don’t care?  Which guests booked on the new talk show strike your fancy from the list in the first three weeks of the new series?  Let us know!

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tricia
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tricia

Jessica Simpson, really? All these guests are B list. Not that I really care, I will not watch Katie – wouldn’t watch even if she was not “bumping” GH. I really cannot tolerate her and these guests are a big yawn

Rod
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Rod

I won’t be watching. I don’t want to be a part of any ratings 🙂
Those guests for the first show zzzzzzzz don’t really care to much. I like Barbara & Chelsea but again NOT WATCHING as she drives me NUTSO as well

Robert in Jersey City
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Robert in Jersey City

She’s in my Oprah file. Not watching. Took two soaps to pay her salary.

Marisa
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Marisa

I agree. Will never watch. Boring.

Bethy
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Bethy

Yawn….Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Rodd
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Rodd

Don’t care. Only read this article to see if she included any soap stars. None, so I’m done. Won’t be watching anyway.

Marisa
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Marisa

I agree. Doesn’t she realize she NEEDS GH. Just like Oprah needed GH at the start!

gloria
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gloria

Just more of the same. Would much rather have our shows back. And WHY are they moving GH? Just put Katie on after the Chew & leave GH where is has been forever.

Christine
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Christine

I don’t understand either. Out here in Los Angeles we will have that nasty THE CHEW air before GH so that almost guarantees NO lead-in audience. 🙁 I guess at least DR OZ follows GH so maybe they will get something from his audience. Hopefully anyone that watches OZ will tune out of KATIE so things can get back to normal.

Tali
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Tali

Don’t Care – Will never watch her! No OLTL – No ABC!!

BarbJ
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BarbJ

Zzzzzzzzz …… Who in the world would watch this drivel??

Christine
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Christine

Sheryl Crow is a nice woman. She has been through many things. Jessica Simpson? What is she going to talk about? How she gained so much weight in her pregnancy and now she is on some INSANE timetable to lose it all via some commercial weight loss program. I don’t care. I gained weight with both my pregnancies. Nothing Earth-shattering about that. I just don’t have all the money she does to just “pay” to make it go away. I had to make healthy changes. As for the other guests? Some big names, but that is just to get eyeballs… Read more »

Anthony R
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Anthony R

“Katie” isn’t One Life To Live – don’t care who she has on. Won’t be watching.

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

Won’t watch! Took OLTL and AMC off, so will not watch ANY Replacement shows EVER!!!
Only watching GH on ABC daytime!

Holly
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Holly

Is there a reason all the ones listed are women? Is she going to interview any men?

Christine
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Christine

Oh, Holly! You missed the mention of the lovely Raffaele Sollecito, “Amanda Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend who was acquitted of murder.” Who would care one iota what that CREEP had to say? Not to mention, that story is OLD news.

Shelly
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Shelly

Sick and tired of the entire talk show genre. Boring!! What could this show possibly bring to TV that isn’t already covered? I’ll watch CNN or Fox for news, I don’t care about celebs and their new movies, and I trade new books with friends and family, I don’t need to hear about someone else’s drama (ala Dr. Phil). I want escape for a little while from the real world with my soaps (rip OLTL). Furthermore, the concept of this show makes no sense to me. Celebs and authors on promotional tours have already been featured on ABC’s GMA or… Read more »

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

It seems that many people will not be tuning in to Katie, including me! The last thing the daytime airwaves need is another boring talk show. That would be reason enough to not watch, but when you add in the millions of dollars that she received from ABC/D that could have gone a long way in preserving and promoting AMC and OLTL, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that I would give her show ratings! Still watching only GH on ABC/D!

Marisa
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Marisa

I give her six weeks and she is off. Boring.

aria
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aria

if Katie wants to show that she’s a GH supporter, then she should have some of their stars as guest, or, do a behind the scenes look of GH new regime,.

Torrey
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Torrey

She and TPTB are completely clueless. I give this show three months, before ABC is really scratching their heads wondering what in the hell they are going to do to replace it. Although we all have the answer to that….bring OLTL back!

susan M.
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susan M.

You are right Torrey OLTL!!!!!!!! At least revive one of the soaps if they can’t do both….I choose OLTL………..

ck
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ck

I don’t see the value or benefit of a new talk show, reality show, fashion show, cooking show. Just because it’s Katie doesn’t mean she’ll bring in the ratings. The Today Show was successful…back then…much time has passed and her luster has faded. No different than Oprah…she lost her luster once she left ABC or the OWN network would be successful and profitable. But neither are true. I think the executives have lost ‘common sense’ and a touch for what daytime watchers want. If a soap fan misses an episode, we’ll go online to catch up. If someone misses Katie… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

I also don’t think her latest promo for her show is helping things. I absolutely HATE it when someone puts fliers on my car. Ha! Ha!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Will not be watching.

susan M.
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susan M.

I don’t care who Katie has on her show ….. I won’t watch it !!!!! NEVER!!!!!!

Judith Sekscenski
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Judith Sekscenski

I too read this to see if she included any soap stars. Why am I not surprised. I can’t stand her, as far back as the Today Show. Don’t know who she’s been keeping happy to stay gainfully employed all these years. I will not be watching her show and hope it tanks in the ratings.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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