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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
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
Christine

Do we need another talk show?

Is this a rhetorical question?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

No kidding.

Mary SF
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
sue

who’s MR?

Mary SF
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
Dmitri

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

Mary SF
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
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)
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
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
MBmomof3

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

Iakovos
Iakovos

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

Ces
Ces

NO!

mo
mo

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

Rod
Rod

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

Debbie Harris
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.
susan M.

I agree there are TOO MANY talk shows !

Chaz
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 so much in that every segment seems rushed, with the food ones being the worst. So, MR returning to the today show would not effect my viewing of the show.

rose
rose

Agree about CBS Morning and Gayle King.

sue
sue

MR? you mean MV, don’t you?

Dave
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
Dmitri

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

rose
rose

And I don’t care who they are.

Brian Tripp
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
sue

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

Rodd
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
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
Marisa

NO. Just another excuse for cheap television.

su0000
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
JustSaying

Another talk show….Hmmmm.

What’s left to talk about?

Make it about politics and I might watch it.

su0000
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.
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
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
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 is not someone who should be on a talk show. cooper has damaged his brand. no one can take him seriously and he should be fired at cnn to revamp and save that floundering network. the talk is a good talk show bec it has an Asian american and African americans and a foreigner’s perspectives. the tv landscape doesn’t need a talk show w/ 1 white personality only. meredith can’t carry a talk show by herself. she needs a team of women around her and her talk show would succeed. it would be great if she molded her talk show after the talk and had perspectives from Asian american and African american and latino women.

BRB
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 real,just a bunch of junk that they film like honey booboo (so stupid)and talk shows where every one is talking over each other so you can’t understand anything that any one is saying so why watch. The networks need to figure out some real shows instead of all this junk. And that is what I feel like most of what they show is. Just plain junk,so of my home movies are more intersting.

Mary SF
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
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
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
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
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 talk show, and that way, only hers and Jeff’s will be on. Good amount of Talk TV right there.

Christine
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 total viewers! Scandal typically ranks as the NUMBER 1 show on 10 p.m. Thursday w/ the 18 to 34 demo! Great accomplishment there for Kerry Washington especially bec she’s the only African american lead actress on primetime that is until meagan goode’s show w/ that stupid victor garber.

Scandal has a healthy number of people tweeting during the broadcast. Scandal “parties” on Facebook have friends watching and commenting w/ each other. The episode before its hiatus generated nearly 3900 tweets per minute and a total of 157601 tweets. Lead actress kerry washington and the cast of supporting actors live tweet during scandal’s episodes w/ the audience!

According to the nyt hollywood executives are less eager to discuss Scandal’s success among African american audiences. Scandal is the highest rated scripted drama among African americans with 10.1 percent of black households and an average of 1.8 million viewers watching during the first half of the season. Typical RACISM from the “enlightened” crowd of hollywood! if scandal failed then tons of “tolerant” hollywood people would claim that a dramatic tv show w/ a racial minority lead actress could not succeed. the racists of hollywood must be furious w/ scandal’s success!

hollywood’s racist to actors and to the audience w/ their lack of portrayals of racial minorities. The relevant context is that people of color are already under represented and then actors of color get typecasted w/ stereotypical roles. Olivia is not a stereotypical black female char who has attitude and is there for comedic relief and yet the show is a ratings success. Scandal’s success should encourage hollywood to create more tv shows w/ racial minority leading chars who are not stereotypes!

Carly
Carly

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

Shelly
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 to try and “lure” her with big bucks and a big name producer like they did with KC. BTW, the big name producer is gone; and I don’t think her show is the overwhelming hit that ABC wanted.

I agree with the poster above. I do not care about talk shows. I do not watch them except occasionally Steve Harvey or Ellen. I like Meredith and wish her well, but for Pete’s sake no more talk shows!!

su0000
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
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 when OLTL was cancelled and viewers could not be TRAINED to watch whatever replaced (in your face Brian Frons and Ann Sweeney!) it.

Christy
Christy

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

lacey
lacey

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

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GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 Part One: Nina’s Red Carpet Arrival Commentary And Locking Eyes With Jax

On Friday’s first installment of the 2019 GH Nurses’ Ball episodes, it was red carpet time in Port Charles as all of the most famous and infamous residents got dressed to the nines and to impress.

This year, Nina Cassadine (Michelle Stafford) is back for her on-camera hosting duties covering the arrivals on the live-stream, but is joined by Crimson’s New York fashion editor, Sydney Val Jean played by guest star Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy.  And as you’d expect, these two fashionistas battle it out at times on the carpet for attention.

Throughout the arrivals, and through this episode, this one really belonged to the talents of Michelle Stafford, who through her comedic, romantic, and dramatic timing, made for some of the best moments.  In a surprise, when Nina begins to choke after interviewing Peter (Wes Ramsey), Maxie (Kirsten Storms) and Lulu (Emme Rylan),  she excuses herself and ends up outside where Jax (Ingo Rademacher) appears and offers her some champagne.  The two seem to be clearly smitten with each other! Nina accepts his drink, and thanks him, and then goes back inside to her hosting gig, while Jax looks very intrigued by Nina.  Previously, Nina gave a major kiss to Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) when he appeared on the red carpet.

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Some of the more shocking …. or interesting red carpet arrivals included: Shiloh (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) showing up with Sam (Kelly Monaco) on his arm, and then getting into words with Sonny (Maurice Benard), who tells the cult leader that family means everything to him and that there is nothing he wouldn’t do for the people he loves.  Shiloh is convinced Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) will come back to “Dawn of Day”.

When Anna (Finola Hughes) and Finn (Michael Easton) stroll down the red carpet, they get distracted when a dapper Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) shows up, clearly intent on wooing back Anna, to which Anna looks caught by her feelings for both men while Finn is pissed at the game’s Robert is playing.  Later, Finn confronts Robert about his ring.

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Everyone was shocked when Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) showed up arm and arm with Ava Jerome (Maura West).  We later learn that this is an attempt to smoke out Ryan, who Ava believes will show his face at the ball.   Lucy (Lynn Herring), the hostess with the mostess, comes up with a plan to get Kevin away from Ava, not knowing they are not romantically together and tries to, perhaps, rekindle their romance up in a Metro Court hotel room.  Meanwhile, Scott (Kin Shriner) wants to get Ava away from Kevin, so he heads up to Lucy’s room with Ava to show her and to catch Kevin and Lucy together, but we don’t know what they saw when the door opened!

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Meanwhile in Toronto, Canada, Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Laura (Genie Francis) come to realizing they have been tied up and there is a gas leak in the cabin.  Laura realizes Ryan is trying to kill her in an explosion just as he was supposed to have perished in at the fun house years ago.  It appears Ryan set a trap for Laura and Curtis and fled the scene.  The two extricate themselves before running from the cabin just as it blows up!

Back at the ball other notable couples have arrived from: Chase (Josh Swickard) and Willow (Katelyn MacMullen), to Michael (Chad Duell) and Sasha (Sofia Mattson), to Franco (Roger Howarth) and Liz (Rebecca Herbst), to the GH nurses crew.

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The episode ends with an announcer telling all the guests to take their seats as its just about showtime!  And of note:  Is the opening title sequence music changed to a new theme for GH, or is it just for the Nurses’ Ball episodes? That’s one of the buzziest questions today.

So, what did you think of the red carpet arrivals?  Michelle Stafford’s performance?  Jax meeting Nina? What do you think will happen next with Ryan?  Comment below

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Josh Swickard Performs The Chainsmokers & Coldplay’s “Something Just Like This” In GH Nurses’ Ball Sneak Peek

General Hospital is getting you ready for the GH Nurses’ Ball 2019 edition, by releasing the full musical number performed by Port Charles’ Harrison Chase AKA Josh Swickard during the gala.

As a prelude to the ball and what is to come, Swickard takes on the top hit made famous by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, “Something Just Like This” along with the Nurses’ Ball dancers.  And yes, there is cute moment for Chase/Willow (Katelyn MacMullan) fans when he brings Willow up to the stage!

Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring) introduces Chase before he performs and Lynn Herring took to her Twitter account yesterday when GH released this sneak peek stating: “Hey, how did this get out there before the BALL!! Someone has some ‘splainin’ to DO!”

GH social media accounts teased: “After bringing down the house last year, we couldn’t wait for you to see Chase’s latest Nurses Ball number – so here it is! This is the only place you can watch his entire performance before it airs next week.”

The 2019 Nurses Ball begins tomorrow on the Friday, May 17th episode of the ABC daytime drama series.

Now below watch Josh’s performance and then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below, and let us know who else do you hope performs at the ball!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Oscar’s Memorial Brings With It Remembrances By Those Who Loved Him

On Monday’s emotional episode of General Hospital, Ned (Wally Kurth) and Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) summoned family, friends, and loved ones to honor Oscar Nero (Garren Stitt), since he just past away due to his battle with brain cancer.  Oscar had his own way he wanted everyone to mourn his death and Ned and Olivia carried out his wishes.

When everyone gathers together, Ned and Olivia announce that Oscar wanted this to be a celebration.  After everyone arrives they sit picnic-style and some get up to speak to remember the amazing young man that Oscar was.  It turns out to be Michael (Chad Duell) who starts the tribute by saying that Oscar was brave to date his intimidating sister.  Next, Cameron (William Lipton) touches on his journey to friendship with Oscar.  Joss (Eden McCoy) finds the courage to go next and remembers how she had a crush on Oscar and how he wasn’t easy to talk to but how she was intrigued because he was mysterious. She then tells show she eventually fell in love with Oscar, and how she will never forget him.  When Drew (Billy Miller) gets up next, he breaks everyone’s heart by stating that he will be eternally grateful to have known his son and will always carry him in his heart.

Next, Ned asks everyone to follow him to the meadow.  Once there, Ned and Olivia hand out seeds to the attendees.  Then, Ned and Olivia reveal a plaque dedicated to Oscar, as everyone throw up seeds that land in the grass for it to grow.

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Finally, Kim (Tamara Braun) speaks. She talks about how she raised Oscar on her own, and how after she learned he was sick, she brought him to Port Charles so he could meet his true family.  And with the analogy of the seeds, she says it helped Oscar blossom and how it enriched his young life.  In a heartbreaking moment, she thanks Drew for giving her son courage and being his dad when he needed it, and to Joss for being her son’s first love.  Kim hopes that Joss will come back to the meadow often and think of him.  They share an emotional hug.

Later, after Drew thanks Ned and Olivia for putting this all together for his son, Sam (Kelly Monaco) finds him and tells him he was a great father … and is a great father.  He wants to make sure that Scout knows he loves her.

Back at the meadow, Sonny (Maurice Benard) finds Kim in tears alone at Oscar’s plaque. He tells her he understands the deep pain and void she is going through, but she has to hold on to how Oscar touched so many lives.   Once Sonny leaves, Kim in tears looks up to the sky and says she’ll always love her baby boy.

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The episode featured touching performances by Tamara Braun, Billy Miller, Eden McCoy, and William Lipton, who all carried the Oscar dying storyline so beautifully along with Garren Sttit.  Additional kudos go to Lisa LoCicero and Wally Kurth, who as Olivia and Ned, kept Oscar’s memorial moving forward, and were also emotional throughout.

So, what did you think of the episode and the performances? Are you sad Oscar is gone?  Comment below.

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