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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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Happy 57th Anniversary Today to General Hospital

ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital turns 57 today, and remains the current longest-running soap opera on the air.  GH debuted back on April 1, 1963.

The show was created by the husband-and-wife team of Frank and Doris Hursley.  Originally, the soap was not given a name of a particular town in which the drama of the hospital was set in.  However, that all changed in the 1970’s when GH was set in Port Charles.

GH expanded from a 30-minute show to a 45-minute show on July 26, 1976 and eventually went to a full-hour where it has remained back on January 16, 1978.

Throughout its decades on the air, GH was the impetus for two spin-offs; Port Charles, (which aired from 1997-2003) and primetime’s GH: Night Shift (2007-2008),

The show went through many ups and downs over its history, but things changed dramatically for the better, when by the end of the 1970’s and facing cancellation, ABC brought in executive producer, Gloria Monty to steer the ship.  Monty created supercouple Luke and Laura played by Tony Geary and Genie Francis, and opened the show up with exciting location shoots, and from then on GH has remained a firm mainstay in the daytime line-up.

Today, Frank Valentini is the series executive producer, and the soap is co-written by the head writing team of Dan O’Connor and Chris Van Etten.

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As 80%, as of now, in the US are reported to be homebound due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the latest ratings for the week of March 23, 2020, GH drew 2.57 million viewers,- its strongest week since March 19, 2018.  So, more eyeballs are tuning-in to the drama in Port Charles.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes to the cast, crew, and creatives at General Hospital for 57 years of drama, romance and intrigue via the comment section below.

But first, vote in our poll for your favorite storyline or moment of all-time on GH.  If your favorite is not one of the choices listed in the poll, let us know in the comment section which is your favorite, or if you voted for one of the selections, let us know why, too! 

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General Hospital to Air Encore Episodes On ‘Flashback Fridays’ To Help Stretch Out Originals During COVID-19 Shutdown

With the coronavirus changing our lives every today, and a return to production in the air for so many TV series, General Hospital will now air four new episodes a week to stretch out the remaining episodes they have banked before the COVID-10 pandemic forced soap opera production to come to a full work stoppage.

Now, starting this Friday, om the April 6th, the ABC daytime drama series w will air repeat episodes every Friday through May 22.

These encore presentations will be called “Flashback Fridays,” and each episode will feature an introduction from a  General Hospital cast member.

To kick things off, this Friday, the series will air a repeat of last year’s 56th-anniversary episode, with an  intro by Laura Wright. GH fans will recall that episode centered around the reading of the late Gail Baldwin’s will.

According to The Wrap:  :At the time of the production break, the ABC soap had enough episodes pre-taped to carry originals into May.”

Tomorrow on April 1st, will also mark GH’s 57th anniversary.

So what do you think of the plan to stretch out original episodes bu adding in one encore a week; until GH can get back to producing more episodes? Comment below?

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The Triumphant Return of Kelly Thiebaud As GH’s Dr. Britt Westbourne

When a shocked Nurse Felix Dubois (Marc Anthony Samuel) exclaimed “Dear lord, the Britch is back,” after seeing none other than Dr. Britt Westbourne with her lab coat hovering around the nurses station at “General Hospital”, you knew things were about to go down on the ABC daytime drama series.

Over the past few weeks, Kelly Thiebaud has been in action on-screen on General Hospital as the the trouble-making, complicated, Britt.   Since returning to the canvas, viewers learned that: Britt has been paroled from her previous crimes, seems to say she believes and actually likes her half-brother, Peter August (Wes Ramsey), has confronted her mutter in jail (Liesl Obrecht played by Kathleen Gati), whom Peter framed, and showed up at Brad’s (Parry Shen) hearing to be there for her bestie, who has been in hot water for the baby switch of Wiley.

But, there have been a lot more intriguing things than even that! Britt is now hitting the sheets with none-other than Julian (William deVry), and also let him know in no uncertain terms she knows his part in the whole Brad cover-up.   But what is her true motive?  We also learned in a run-in at GH, that Neil (Joe Flanigan) and Britt know each other from somewhere.  He is trying to put his finger on just where, but does Britt know? Probably!

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However, the best  and most entertaining moment on soaps last week was when Britt arrived in her lab coat to GH and revealed to both Felix and Liz (Rebecca Herbst) that she had worked hard enough to be able to get her medical license restored … and that Monica (Leslie Charleson) brought her on with a provisional acceptance as a temporary replacement for Dr. Kim Nero as an OBGYN for the hospital. Felix says give it two weeks and she will do something to mess things up.

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Just then, in our favorite scene of the week, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West) happen by, and when Britt, who is Nik’s ex, sees him she saunters over to him and slaps him hard across the face and spits out, “That’s for Spencer.”  She goes on to berate him for how he hurt his son; by letting him believe that his father was dead for three years!  Britt tells Nikolas it would serve him right if Spencer knew spoke to him again.

Next, Elizabeth chimes in and tells Britt to stop acting all high and mighty.  Britt fires back that she is not surprised that Liz, another one of Nik’s ex’s, would defend him.  Britt says, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Scene after scene, Kelly Thiebaud has lit up the screen and put the “feisty” back onto the ABC soap opera.  As an actress, Kelly can go from the heavy drama, to the comedic, to the sexy, all with ease.

In the March 30th issue of Soap Opera Digest, Thiebaud said of her return:  “Frank Valentini reached out to me the beginning of the year and mentioned that the writers wanted to bring me back for a bit.  I said,’Of course, I will,  I would love nothing more than that!”‘ I just really connect with Britt and have a blast playing her.”

So let us know, have you been enjoying the return of Kelly as Dr. Britt Westbourne, thus far? What do you think Britt is up to? Comment below.

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