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Lisa Hackner Named VP Daytime and Syndicated Programming ABC Entertainment Group!

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According to Broadcasting & Cable there is a new face that will be part of the daytime team at ABC.  Lisa Hackner has been named executive VP of daytime and syndicated programming at ABC Entertainment Group, overseeing first-run development and production.  Hackner will report to Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group.

Vicki Dummer remains executive VP, ABC Entertainment Group, overseeing all of the network’s scripted programming, including General Hospital.

Hackner previously was executive VP of creative affairs at Telepictures, Warner Bros.’ first-run production arm. There, she reported to Hilary Estey McLoughin, who this week landed a new job as president of creative affairs at CBS Television Distribution. Hackner departed Telepictures in March 2012, after 22 years at the company.  While at Telepictures, Hackner worked on such shows as Anderson Live, Judge Mathis, and The Tyra Banks Show.

So, what do you think this executive move means for the ABC Daytime line-up?  Will Hackner be looking for potential new talk shows for the line-up?  Will she eventually get involved with GH?   From the looks of it, she has more experience with courtroom and live talk programming.  Weigh-in!

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PatF
PatF

So, the three shows listed are no longer on the air? Hmmmmm.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Judge Mathis still airs in my area…

Jp
Jp

If she was smart she would bring back one life to live back to the abc lineup .

Valerie
Valerie

I AGREE!!!!!!!

Kate
Kate

Sounds like ABC is going to get more shows that will get canceled quickly.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

Correct the terrible mistake ABC made three years ago, work with PP and bring our soaps back! The Revolution. EPIC FAIL!! GOOD AFTERNOON AMERICA. EPIC FAIL!! KATIE. SOON TO BE CANCELLED, ANOTHER EPIC FAIL!! The Spew, not exactly grabbing Americas attention so do the right thing. Put All My Children and One Life to Live back where they belong! Back on ABC!!!

Max
Max

My ABC boycott since they nixed AMC and OLTL only allows for me to watch GH. This woman’s experience doesn’t seem to relate to soaps, but instead more of ABC’s low quality talk shows. Unless ABC plans on buying back AMC and OLTL and putting those back on network TV, I have no interest in what they’re up to here.

Lawrence
Lawrence

She can leave Frank and Ron alone because they obviously know what they are doing with GH. They dont need her to screw it up.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

I agree…Frank and Ron should be charge of GH, and maybe they should be in charge of ABC daytime as well!!!

heidi
heidi

Horrible news! If that is the type of shows she is about we are in trouble!

boes
boes

She should be a perfect fit for ABC since she has work HACK in her name.

That’s half the job description right there.

dave
dave

Remember! ABC knows what people want to watch. Or the one’s who watch ABC!
Soaps are a dead medium…remember!
Miss Hack…a puppet on a networks strings.

Johnny
Johnny

These corporate recycled hacks should just crunch numbers and leave the running of shows to the creative people.

DANA RUSHING
DANA RUSHING

HELLO MS HACKNER HELLO MS DUMMER HELLO MR LEE I AM WRITING TO PLEAD WITH YOU ALL ABOUT CANCELING OUR DAYTIME FAMILY I WANT TO LET THE AFFILIATES KNOW THAT YOU HAVE DESTROYED DAYTIME FOR THE FANS FOR EVER CAN YOU PLEASE FIND IT IN YOUR HEARTS TO EITHER SELL THE RIGHTS OR FIND AWAY TO PUT THEM ON AT ANOTHER TIME SLOT TO BE HONEST I HAVE NOT LOOKED AT THE ABC-DISNEY NETWORK EXCEPT GH FOR ME I HAVE BEEN PROTESTING THE NETWORK SINCE THE NETWORK DESTOYED DAYTIME I WANT TO ASK THE AFFILIATES A QUESTION NOW THINK DO YOU THINK AS TV WATCHERS THAT THE DAYTIME FAMILY WANTS TO SEE ANOTHER TALK SHOW WE HAVE TALK SHOWS ALL OVER OTHER NETWORKS AND COOKING SHOWS AS WELL THE DAYTIME FANS ALL WE WANT IS WHATS BEST FOR THE DAYTIME FAMILY OF AMERICA AND THE LAST I LOOK THE FANS ARE RIGHT TO BE UPSET WITH THE NETWORK AND THE LAST I LOOKED THE ARE SURPOSE TO THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IN THIS THANK YOU FOR LISTENING AND I HOPE THAT YOU ALL CAN COME TO A DECISION ON WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE DAYTIME FAMILY

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Former DAYS and GH Star Tyler Christopher Arrested

In news no wants who loves his work in daytime wants to hear, Daytime Emmy winner, and one of the best actors we know, Tyler Christopher (Ex-Stefan, DAYS and Ex-Nikolas, GH) has been arrested and ended up in jail on his birthday on November 11th.

According to a report via TMZ,Tyler ‘was arrested in Martinsville, Indiana Monday night — on his 47th birthday — and booked for public intoxication.’  Christopher and his family have been living in Indiana.

The report also says that Christopher is still in jail at the moment, while the outlet posted his mug shot.

Most recently, Tyler played Stefan DiMera on DAYS before being replaced by Brandon Barash. Previously, he played Nikolas Cassadine for 20 years up until 2016.

We will keep you posted on this developing story.

Share your thoughts on Tyler via the comment section below.

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Anna to the Rescue As Finola Hughes Returns To General Hospital

If you caught the end of Monday’s episode of General Hospital, just as Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck) was ramping up her efforts to threaten Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) on the pier, she is stopped in her tracks by none other than Anna Devane!  And with that, it signals the return of all-time GH favorite and powerhouse actress, Finola Hughes, who has been off the ABC daytime drama series for an extended period of time.

With the return of the mighty Hughes comes some intriguing romantic storypoints in that: the man who proposed to Anna before she left Port Charles, Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), has found out that he is a father to Hayden’s (Rebecca Budig) child.  Previously, he thought the child had died, but Hayden lied and thus the two have moved from icy towards each other, to growing closer.

What will happen when Anna finds out what has gone in Port Charles while she was away?

ABC and GH released this week’s promo which teases a moment where Anna announces she has returned while Finn and Hayden are together.  You can check that out below.

Now that Finola is back, what are your hopes for Anna in story? Finding the bad guys and finding love with Finn, or will her story take another twist and turn that no one saw coming? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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