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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase and ‘Janelle’ Two Sides To Every Story?

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers were given more of the back-story between Chase (Josh Swickard) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) told through a series of flashback from their disparate recollections.

At the PCPD, over the phone, Chase thanks his former police partner, Abby for sending the files he had on one … Janelle Benson.  As he peruses through the files and sees the image of Nelle contained within it, and a postcard from Florida, Chase flashes back to his interrogation room and meeting suspect ‘Janelle’, when he was working as an officer in Maine.  Nelle was being questioned in the drowning of her fiance’ Zack..  Chase asks why the upset ‘Janelle’ chose to vacation in Maine instead of Florida.  She says it was so Zack could put space between him and his disapproving family.  However, ‘Janelle’ does admit going kayaking was her idea.

Next, she cries that she had to make the decision to try to save Zack from drowning, but thought maybe she might die too, so she decided to save herself, and not go in after him, in what was an impossible situation to be in.  Abby questions ‘Janelle’ about Zack changing his will right before they headed off for their vacation.  ‘Janelle’ lets it firmly be known that it was all Zack’s idea to change his will.

Chase believes ‘Janelle’ is innocent, but Abby thinks Janelle is played the helpless victim card.  Chase decides to release Nelle.  Later, Chase remembers traveling to Florida, because Nelle was reportedly being harassed by Zack’s family.  When he got to Florida, he recalls staying in a motel, and was set to meet up with her at a diner.  However, ‘Janell’e surprised him while he was half-naked in a towel and the door of his room.  Next thing you know, things get hot and heavy as she seduces him.  Chase flashes to them hitting the sheets and being in the throes of passion, and promising to take care of everything for her.

Meanwhile, Nelle and Michael (Chad Duell) are talking at The Floating Rib.  Nelle admits to Michael that she has a past with Chase, and her fear of him trying to bring her down now that he is in Pot Charles.  She says that Chase would do anything to get ahead in his career.  Michael asks if Maine was truly the last time she saw Chase.  She says it wasn’t, and says he followed her to Florida.

Now, as there are two sides to every story, Nelle flashes to coming to visit Chase at his motel room; where he is only wearing a towel . In her version, she portrays Chase as the instigator.  She start to cry and tells Michael that in her gut she knew that something was off about Chase, but she felt like she was drowning inside and he was her lifeline. Nelle says Chase became obsessed with her.

Then while alone, Nelle remembers how she was able to get Chase to go out to the store and get her some water after their hot sexcapade.. Once she is all by herself, Nelle calles the police to report misconduct by an officer at the motel.  Meanwhile, Michael has headed over to the PCPD to confront Chase.

So, which version of the story of  Chase and ‘Janelle’ do you believe? It appears Nelle has done a number on Chase. What did you think of Chloe Lanier’s performance where she can go from portraying the victim in a situation, to an evil bitch, with ease?  What do you think of Josh Swickard as the PCPD’s main cop, now that Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) is on his way out of GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH Preview – Week of June 18, 2018

This week on General Hospital, as Carly (Laura Wright) is being drugged up with anti-psychotic meds at Ferncliff, it’s Jason (Steve Burton) to the rescue.  Carly’s bff finds a way to infiltrate the state mental institution. Meanwhile, Carly had been talking to Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), who says he will help her through her ordeal emotionally.  But is Carly really seeing Kevin, or is it just a figment of her imagination?

Elsewhere, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) seeks out her ex Julian (William deVry) as she tries to come to terms with the root cause of her issues with the men she chooses to be in her life.  Julian, who has gotten closer to Kim (Tamara Braun), now has a chance to try to help Alexis and make up for the ways in which he hurt her.  Could this be the beginning of the patching up of Julexis, or the final straw?

Sonny (Maurice Benard) has just learned that Mike (Max Gail) moved the body buried at Croton. Where did Mike take it?  How will this have future implications?

Here are more teasers for the action coming up on  GH:

MONDAY JUNE 18

Obrecht covers her tracks.

TUESDAY JUNE 19

Nelle reflects on her past.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 20

Michael confronts Chase.

THURSDAY JUNE 21

Nina demands answers.

FRIDAY JUNE 22

Valentin’s romantic gesture back fires.

So, what story point are you looking forward to playing out this week on GH? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Dominic Zamprogna Confirms He Is Done At GH

Another General Hospital favorite has left the building.  After much speculation and rumors, it has been confirmed on Thursday afternoon by Dominic Zamprogna that he has left the ABC daytime drama series, and his role of nine years; that of Dante Falconeri.

In a tweet, Dominic shared: “So you’ve been asking. I feel I owe it to you awesome fans to tell you that I’ve taped my final scenes. Going to miss you all and my GH fam. Good things happening tho. More to come ..”

Zamprogna actually had taped his final scenes last month in May.

The character of Dante came on to GH, and it was revealed that he was the biological son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).

Benard posted a touching photo from on set of himself and Zamprogna on his Instagram account stating: “Always very sad for me when great actors and great friends leave the show Dom was definitely at the top of that list was always looking forward to working with him didn’t happen enough.”

Dominic’s on-screen lady love Emme Rylan (Lulu) shared these thoughts on Twitter:  “I am utterly heartbroken to see you go but also very excited to watch what is coming next for you. I believe in you! Go get em!”

So, are you sad to hear that Dominic has left GH?  What do you think will happen to the character of Dante? Share your thoughts on his departure in the comment section below.

 

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