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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
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
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
Robert in Jersey City

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

Marisa
Marisa

I agree. Will never watch. Boring.

Bethy
Bethy

Yawn….Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Rodd
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
Marisa

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

gloria
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
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
Tali

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

BarbJ
BarbJ

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

Christine
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 watching. Mine will not as I have stated since the beginning. She definitely has me turned off with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Chelsea Handler plus who really cares about Raffaele Sollecito? They should be talking to the parents of the murdered woman not some guy who was lucky enough to get acquitted.

I do not wish this show any success. I hate that it will exist on TV at the expense of so many other soap operas that add entertainment and not just shock value and things we have heard over and over again. Why couldn’t this have just been sold to one of the syndicated outlets (like Rachel Rae has) instead of going national like this? I just don’t like it. Nothing against Katie Couric, but we just do not need another talk show.

Anthony R
Anthony R

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

Debbie Harris
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
Holly

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

Christine
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
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 Live with Kelly in the mornings. Why would we want to see them again in the afternoon (judging by these comments, not many people are interested. Just saying).

Mary Fergen
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
Marisa

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

aria
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
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.
susan M.

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

ck
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 or the Chew, they just wait till tomorrow…or not.

Christine
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
MBmomof3

Will not be watching.

susan M.
susan M.

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

Judith Sekscenski
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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Chloe Lanier’s New Short Film ‘The Reveal’ Releases First Trailer

As previously reported, Chloe Lanier, the actress who plays naughty Nelle Benson on ABC’s General Hospital, has been busy at work on a special project. And while Nelle is upset having just been denied parole on the ABC soap opera, (something tells us nothing will stop her from getting out of the slammer), Lanier on the other hand has been very excited about her new short film, The Reveal.

The Reveal in which Lanier stars, co-wrote, and co-directed along with her boyfriend, Kevan McClellan also has some very familiar faces along for the ride from Port Charles and Genoa City. That’s because Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Josh Swickard (Chase, GH) are also part of the film.

The action takes place at a gender reveal party for a baby, and according to the loglines of the short: “Zoe and James are a young couple attending their new-age friends gender reveal party. As they attempt to find their place amongst the eclectic group of party guests and friends, unsung wishes and hidden resentments begin to surface within their relationship.”

Watch the trailer from Lanier below.

Then, let us know if you are intrigued to see the short film when its out via the comment section below.

The Reveal-Trailer from Chloe Lanier on Vimeo.

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WATCH: Jonathan Jackson + Enation’s New Music Video “The Days Are Evil”

Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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