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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
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PatF

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

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

Judge Mathis still airs in my area…

Jp
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Jp

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

Valerie
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Valerie

I AGREE!!!!!!!

Kate
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Kate

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

Robert Lee
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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heidi

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

boes
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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
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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
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Johnny

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

DANA RUSHING
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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… Read more »

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Lexi Ainsworth Teases Her Return to General Hospital

With her father Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) presumed dead, although viewers know he is very much alive with amnesia, it looks like Kristina is on her way back to Port Charles which would welcome a return to the role for Daytime Emmy winner, Lexi Ainsworth.

Rumors began circulating when on Wednesday during inauguration day, Ainsworth shared on her Instagram Story a pic of her watching the ceremonies from a dressing room at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, where GH is taped.

Later, after reports on social media had surfaced that Ainsworth returning to her signature role, the actress shared some of those reports on her Instagram Story, which was seen as her way of confirming she is back on the show.

Lexi has been recurring on General Hospital for the last several years, so know telling as to how long she will be on-screen this time.

While there has been no official confirmation from GH; chances are if there is a funeral ahead for Sonny, of course, Kristina would be there to mour her father.  Stay tuned.

So, excited that Lexi will be back on-air on GH? Comment below.

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Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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