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Meredith Vieira Said To Be In Talks For New Daytime Talk Show! Do We Need Another One?

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Meredith Vieira, the former co-host of NBC’s “Today” show, who last week announced that she was leaving her game show host duties on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, said in a statement, “I am about to embark on a new adventure with NBC.”

It is has now been revealed through Media Encoder blog of The New York Times that Vieira and NBCUniversal are in preliminary development plans to potentially launch a new daytime talk show series for Vieira that would start no sooner than September 2014.

According to the N. Y. Times, “If  discussions bear fruit, Ms. Vieira could show up at 11 a.m. in some local markets, the same hour that The View is shown.”  As daytime fans know, Vieira was a co-host of ABC Daytime’s The View for its first nine years.   However, the time slots NBC syndication executives are most likely eyeing are those occupied by The Jeff Probst Show, which is televised at 2 p.m. in many markets.   A spokeswoman for NBC’s syndication arm declined to comment on development plans.”

Vieira was seen recently by soap fans when she returned for a guest appearance as Bree Flanders on General Hospital to usher in Lynn Herring’s return as Lucy Coe and as part of the cross-promotion which has GH stars appearing on “Millionaire” in honor of the soaps upcoming 50th Anniversary.

So what do you think if Vieira got her own daytime talk show?  Let us know!

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aria
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aria

i love her, she’s always been real. i would follow her. but yeah, theres to many talk show, but if she replaces another talk show then i’m fine with that.

Christine
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Christine

Do we need another talk show?

Is this a rhetorical question?

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

No kidding.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Really MR, the only career move you can think of is to go back to daytime talk? I wish her well, but the market is crowded with Oprah wanna be’s and I don’t know what she can bring that is new and different. But yeah anything got to be better than Jeff Probst-

sue
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sue

who’s MR?

Mary SF
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Mary SF

MR is Meredith Vieira’s initials when you type an R instead of the V- thanks for noticing my dumb mistake, but if you didn’t know who I meant, then I’m in good company.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I love Jeff Probst show! He has Days cast members on quite a bit, and his show is actually entertaining!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

My apologizes to all you Jeff Probst fans- to be honest I only watched the first few shows, and they were not all that great, but perhaps it has improved. I love him on Survivor but as a talk host show he seemed a bit like a fish out of water when I watched. But if he is getting better and promotes the soaps then more power to him. Live long and prosper all you Jeff Probst fans.

SZima
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SZima

I’ve tried to suffer through it a couple times…I think it’s just awful.
So if she is to replace him, rather than be in addition to him…and everyone else, I guess it’s fine.
There are STILL too many talk shows on the air, but one of these years that phase has to end, doesn’t it?

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Meredith should honestly return to The Today Show. She excelled there and was an excellent choice. Do I think she needs her own talk show? No. I don’t. At this point, we do have enough. NBC failed with Daytime Talk. They have The Ellen DeGeneres Show and then gave it to ABC affiliates. Didn’t they learn?

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

I agree. Also I recently watched her “30 Rock” interview with the young intern who claims to have had an affair with JFK while he was President. It was very good, but….PLEASE! NO MORE TALK SHOWS! Thank you.

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Well, she’s no longer a young intern, but was back in 1962-63. LOL.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I love Merdith Vieira but I do not need another talk show on the daytime landscape.

Ces
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Ces

NO!

mo
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mo

I like Meredith, but we don’t need another talk show. Wished she’d stayed on Today.

Rod
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Rod

No no no
But wait? GH cast is on millionaire? When’s that on????

Debbie Harris
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Debbie Harris

No I wouldn’t watch her show! We do Not need another talk show!,! There are Too Many out there already!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree there are TOO MANY talk shows !

Chaz
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Chaz

As long as her show would not be a replacement for a soap (Days if it is a definite deal with NBC) I don’t care since I don’t watch or dvr any of them. I cannot stand either the Today Show or GMA. I really like CBS This Morning. It does hard news stories, some entertainment & fluff but without all the stupidity and crap of the other two (believe me, I was stunned that I actually liked what Gail King brings to the show). Every time I watch Today or GMA I get annoyed because they try to cram… Read more »

rose
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rose

Agree about CBS Morning and Gayle King.

sue
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sue

MR? you mean MV, don’t you?

Dave
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Dave

Once apon a time, daytime TV was a good mix of programming. News in the morning then a few game and talk shows then the soaps. As I remember their were after school specials too. Now its all talk with people I have no idea who they are.

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

rose
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rose

And I don’t care who they are.

Brian Tripp
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Brian Tripp

We don’t need or want another talk show. If anyone should have one though it is Meredith. She can take over for one of the other horrible ones that is on now.

sue
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sue

Meredith Viera would be MV, not MR, don’t ya think?

Rodd
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Rodd

A resounding NO! Do we need another hole in the head? Don’t think so. Love Meredith, but “no” to the talk show.

su0000
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su0000

Network daytime TV has always been; game shows, talk shows and the 1 or 2 soap operas..
So, any network adding a different talk show is nothing different than what has always been daytime TV…

Marisa
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Marisa

NO. Just another excuse for cheap television.

su0000
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su0000

I do not care what is on daytime TV outside of my soap ..
I do not have time to be glued to day time TV ..
Whatever shows comes to daytime, I do not care as long as my soap is there , that is all I have interest in ..
If another talk show on dytime, no big deal, I do not care lol 🙂

JustSaying
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JustSaying

Another talk show….Hmmmm.

What’s left to talk about?

Make it about politics and I might watch it.

su0000
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su0000

lol .. well the network has a daytime line-up to fill and outside of the 2 or 1 soaps they fill the air time with game shows, cooking, and talk shows..
doubt there will ever be daytime politics even-though it would be a good change.. 🙂
Outside of our soaps which run an hour what else could they cheaply fill daytime with??
Perhaps exercise or yoga lol

susan M.
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susan M.

Too many talk shows for me. And I don’t watch any of them… I rather watch my stories !!!! With the actors & actresses I enjoy watching. Carly looked fantastic with her
new hair-do and I liked her red dress as well.

BRB
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BRB

I’m with you,so sick of talk shows and reality shows,no one wants to work for a living any more. They think they can put any kind of junk on the air these days and we will just watch. I’ve got so I turn my t.v. off and the radio on after my stories go off.

bc
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bc

It depends on the talk show. meredith shouldn’t treat her audience members the way anderson cooper’s treats his on his failed talk show. It’s great that blanderson’s talk show got thrown to the trash! he has no class and comes off as very unlikeable and petty. all his old money and he has no dignity. he comes off very condescending to his mostly female audience members w/c must alienate his already paltry viewers even more from his repelling personality. he lavishes attention on these superficial real housewives and he seems to get along too much w/ pathetic andy cohen. blanderson… Read more »

BRB
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BRB

I think there are to many talk shows on already.I feel like most of them aren’t worth the time it takes to sit down and watch them. They have taken several soaps off the air that had millions of die hard fans,and replace them with talk shows that talk about nothing and can’t hold anyones attention for more than five mins. The networks don’t want to pay to produce any real shows,and heaven forbid if they were to need real writers and actors. To me there just isn’t much on t.v. any more. You have reality shows which are not… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

BRB I feel your pain- but if thought Honey Boo Boo was the a low point in television, I recently saw an ad for a show called Double Divas. The premise of the show is about these women who go across the country to fit women into a proper bra. Of course they don’t show normal woman, but these women whose boobs are about 5 times the size of Dolly Parton’s. I can’t imagine who would watch this, except maybe teenage boys – but given the state of TV, no doubt it will be really big hit-

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Wow that is a silly sounding show! I can’t believe all the good shows that have been canceled on TV, only for that trash to come on!

su0000
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su0000

Prime time network TV is full of great shows..

Those B shows are on the low rung cable channels that run on those type of stupid reality shows, and they do have many viewers ..
And daytime TV has always been soaps and mainly talk, games, etc none cast/scripted shows..
This season on prime time netwrok TV the shows are very good..

Christine
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Christine

Double Divas, huh? Boy am I glad I gave up reality TV when I did. Ha! Ha! What will they think of next?

Dmitri
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Dmitri

I don’t really care, as all soaps are doing well and DOOL got renewal through summer of next year. I even enjoy Jeff Probst show. BUT, I don’t think it’s necessary, and I probably will not be watching. I think the most appropriate move would be to cancel The Chew and The Talk, because those got soaps off of the air. I think The Chew will probably last another season or two, but it has very low ratings, and won’t be on for much longer. I say that The Talk and Katie should be canceled, and Meredith can have her… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

Dmitri, the deal is for NBC. I WOULD worry about the future of DOOL after “summer of next year” because Meredith’s show would be fall of 2014 at the earliest.

Linda
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Linda

I guess she feels the need to compete with the perky one. Talk shows are a dime a dozen. I’d rather have good scripted drama any day!

su0000
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su0000

Day time TV will never have scripted show outside of the soaps..
They never have and most likely never have scripted daytime
(except our soaps 🙂

Judy
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Judy

NO, if we have another “talk show” it will just give me LESS TV time. Love Meredith but NO way will I be watching.

Bob Danish
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Bob Danish

It’s just like the 1990s when it seemed like everyone had a talk show (Ricki Lake, Carnie Wilson , Rolanda and others)

gloria
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gloria

Definitely don’t need another talk show but I like Meredith more than those shrews on the View, the idiots on the Chew or that mess on the Talk. Spare me.

bc
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bc

meredith’s daytime talk show aspirations are probably encouraged by the talk’s success. a tv show w/ racially diverse women can be a hit. the talk should encourage more racial diversity from hollywood and not the same monochromatic tv shows w/ only white people. Scandal from abc is a ratings success w/ an African american leading female char portrayed by pretty fashionista kerry washington! It’s a really soapy primetime show w/ more racial diversity than what hollywood usually offers from any of its films and tv shows. Scandal draws 3.52 million viewers for its 18 to 49 demo and 8.4 million… Read more »

Carly
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Carly

Please God … not another talk show ……………

Shelly
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Shelly

NO NO NO!! The market is saturated with that crap! Once again I ask: (I promise I won’t post this anymore) 1. How many societal problems can be discussed over and over and over? 2. How many times can we see the same actor plugging his new movie or book? 3. How many shows do we need where a bunch of women holler at each other and gush over their favorite politicians? 4. Pretty soon we’ll have so many talk shows that every woman in America who needs one, will be able to get a makeover. I guess they’re going… Read more »

su0000
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su0000

It is her or another cooking show 🙂
It is daytime TV which is talk, games or cooking. shows.
thank god for our soaps are still in that line-up ..

‘sides us soap fans mostly care about our soaps and the heck with all the other crap .. lol 🙂

Shelly
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Shelly

You would think with the success of the current nighttime soaps; the daytime execs would invest in good writing and pay to keep their vets (Y & R is killing itself with these newbies who look hot but can’t act their way out of a paper bag) on their daytime shows. Everyone wants the next Oprah hit talk show and it isn’t happening! There just aren’t enough daytime viewers to spread around. The soap fans are fiercely loyal to their shows and will quickly change the channel if you mess with their shows. ABC found that out the hard way… Read more »

Christy
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Christy

doesn’t matter what channel it’s on… I won’t be watching.

lacey
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lacey

Please Nooooo!! She is overrated. I’d rather anyone than her!

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A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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.

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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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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.”

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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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