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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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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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FRIDAY: Luke Spencer’s Family and Friends Gather To Say Goodbye On General Hospital

On this Friday’s, January 21st episode of ABC’s General Hospital, look for Port Charles to bid farewell to the iconic character of Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

In story, after his sudden passing, Luke’s loved ones gather – along with some surprise guests – to memorialize him at the Haunted Star, where things don’t go entirely as planned.  As the town says goodbye to Luke, an exciting new mystery unfolds.  Meanwhile, life continues to unravel for the rest of Port Charles as a beloved couple comes to a fork in the road of their relationship.

ABC released this new photo of those gathered to pay their respects to Luke including cast members: Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Finola Hughes (Anna), Donnell Turner (Curtis), Tristan Rogers (Robert), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Laura Wright (Carly), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nicholas Alexander Chavez (Spencer), Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Jackie Zeman (Bobbie), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Genie Francis (Laura) and Jane Elliot (Tracy).

 

Looking forward to this emotional episode of General Hospital? Share your thoughts on what you think will happen via the comment section below.

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