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Networks To Preempt Daytime Programming For Donald Trump Impeachment Hearing Coverage

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Just as your favorite soaps are kicking into high gear for November sweeps next week, comes the news that due to the House public impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, daytime programming will endure several pre-mptions starting with the first two on Wednesday November 13th and Friday, November 15th.

CBS was the first network to announce their plans for their extensive coverage, and according to the Washington Post all other networks have followed suit.  By this move by the networks it gives the hearing some extra weight and exposure to the American voters and viewing audience.

So far, leading network coverage for CBS will be reportedly anchored by Norah O’Donnell and for ABC George Stephanopoulos.

On Wednesday, the hearings begin at 10am EST, the second is scheduled for Friday beginning at 11am EST.

William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in the Ukraine, is scheduled to testify Wednesday and on Friday Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is scheduled to testify.

The networks are expecting big numbers for covering the hearings, as they have in the past for impeachment proceedings and hearings.

No word yet how the soaps plan for you to see the episodes that don’t air at their regularly scheduled times, or if it shifts your soap viewing schedule by several days.

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Nevertheless not great timing when the soaps are revving up their stories to make you tune-in for not-to-be missed episodes.

So, what are your thoughts on what the Impeachment hearings could mean for daytime dramas in in the weeks ahead? Comment below.

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jim davis
jim davis

Lets make daytime tv great again-keep soaps on…damn Trump nearly out of office…i could care less who is in office any more…nothing is really done to fix the problems especially with so many mass shootings ect

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I agree. The soaps are much more interesting than Trump. Half the time I don’t think he knows or understands what he is saying. He is always so long winded, I think he just likes listening to the soumd of his own voice

janice
janice

Love Trump but this whole thing is nothing but a show for schiff. I’d MUCH rather be watching my soaps

Timmm
Timmm

You are correct. Both sides tear each other down no matter what party is in charge and they dont focus enough time on crime, education and our great heroes that have served!

jim davis
jim davis

Exactly!!!

Vicki broomfield
Vicki broomfield

The soaps are more important. We can hear all this on the news. Thats what the news is for. I hate soap getting took off now we miss it coz there is nowhere else to watch it. Yall should show soap some other time when talks from white house end. We want to see the soaps not news. We can see news at news time. Damn its on morning noon and night. Cant we watch our soaps too?

Cindy Jones
Cindy Jones

I agree with you!! I don’t like not being able to watch my soap!!

janice
janice

I’m with you, but I never watch news anymore either because it’s all fake. I do my own research and look at how the country is with my own 2 eyes. Bring on the soaps.

Connie Morgan
Connie Morgan

Put our soaps back on or I won’t vote in next election. We can hear all this on the news

zaner
zaner

——Since– 1789..
Two Presidents were Impeached:
Andrew Johnson
Bill Clinton
(( both were later acquitted by the Senate.))

Nixion resigned before he was to face prosecution.

Trump being held to Impeachment, is a Serious deal.
He is the 4th president since 1789 to be brought to impeachment= pre-mptions

Connie Morgan
Connie Morgan

I agree

Nik
Nik

Our local Fox channel aired their regular programs and put the hearings on their sister station. The funny thing is that I do not watch the Fox channel during this time, I look at my soaps. 🙂

Agenda Girl
Agenda Girl

I think it sucks. One station coverage and they should alternate.

Vivica A Williams
Vivica A Williams

Yes, or launch another public network for those Americans that want to view.

Gail B Tilghman
Gail B Tilghman

I totally agree.

Nik
Nik

That’s a great suggestion. It appears that redundancy of the news is the way to go…NOT!

Michelle
Michelle

With so many news stations WHY must our channel be interrupted time and again. It’s ridiculous. I could care less.

Gina
Gina

Totally agreed!

Steve
Steve

Other than DAYS, the three others can preempt and be back on calendar within 6-8 weeks. As DAYS shooting schedule is now 6 MONTHS ahead, preemptions are much more challenging.

Luckily, the DAYS format never caught on with the other remaining shows. GH sometimes airs some scenes 2 weeks after their shot.

Karen Carney
Karen Carney

Really? The only decent thing on daytime and they’re going to preempt it? Show highlights on the news; leave soaps alone.

Joanne B
Joanne B

Absolutely ridiculous! Who needs this Trump soap opera?! Give us our real soaps!! That’s what CNN, MSNBC, etc are for!!

Gina
Gina

Totally agree, you said it right.

Kendell Griffith
Kendell Griffith

The people who have to watch this crap are the poor who can’t afford cable!!
The ones who these Blowhards who could careless about the poor Trumps an idiot he don’t even pretend to care about the working poor or poor!!!

Jacque
Jacque

complete waste of time and money.

Anthony J Garrett
Anthony J Garrett

Thank you the DEMOCRATIC party is a waste

kiki leb
kiki leb

Exactly…

Sandie Hull
Sandie Hull

Amen to that!!

Peggy Ray
Peggy Ray

What a waste of airtime. I look forward to seeing my soap when I get home from work. This whole thing is so ridiculous.

Jayne
Jayne

Most people are working during the times these hearings air. Why not tape hearings for showing in the evening when most people are homes and leave daytime tv alone. I have no interest in watching the hearings and believe it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars $$$$$

Harry
Harry

I think the public needs to see the proceedings. It’s about upholding the constitution, protecting our Democracy and about checks and balances. No one, not even the corrupt orange one, is above the law. That said, I do wish the 3 Networks could figure out a way to stream the soaps.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I watch any show that’s preempted on Utube or Google. Just type in Full Episode and the date.

Shay
Shay

More like using and abusing the Constitution in yet another of umpteen tries to overturn an election simply because the left didn’t approve of the results. Even GH couldn’t come up with such a sorry spectacle as the absurd Adam-scripted “Schi#+Show” which is coming soon to daytime television, and THAT is saying a lot! Still, there’s no way that the ratings will compare to the “Clinton XXX soap opera” that simultaneously riveted and revolted those of us who were unfortunate enough to have witnessed that absolute obscenity of historical proportions which was actually based upon real crimes having been committed.

JUDY KLOSTERMAN
JUDY KLOSTERMAN

COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER……MOST INTELLIGENT PERSON WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT IS GOING ON………THANK YOU

Shay
Shay

Thank you, too, Judy Klosterman!

Sandie Hull
Sandie Hull

Absolutely

DMRR
DMRR

I can’t stomach that weasel, Stephanopoulos. Another phony.

Jackie
Jackie

It is disappointing that all major channels will be carrying the same thing. This could go on until Christmas which will be difficult for those of us that watch daytime television. Can GH stream their shows so that we can see them?

LIS
LIS

The last time the networks pre empted coverage for weeks was the OJ trial and we know what happned to soaps. With Y and R ratings in free fall I have bad vibes about this.

Debbie
Debbie

COZI Tv usually picks up DOOL , GH usually will air at 1 AM or somewhere around there

Harry
Harry

This could be devastating to the TV soap opera genre. During the OJ Simpson trials, soaps lost legions of viewers who never came back. I am not sure why every network and cable news has to show the impeachment proceedings. I will watch the impeachment proceedings but I would also like to be able to DVR the soaps because for me, escapism is as important as upholding the constitution (now, more than ever). Can’t we have both? Pretty please?

Timmm
Timmm

Harry, these networks dont give a crap about daytime! We have discussed this a couple different times. They do whats best for business. They dont care about loyal followers. Jerry Seinfeld said in numerous interviews if his showed would have premiered in this day and age, his show would have been cancelled. His number were atrocious in that shows first year. He said it took three seasons for it to find itself. The networks would NEVER roll the dice like that anymore. Soaps could have freshened up, used todays technology and had their own outlet but they stayed in the dark ages which puts them in a position to be stomped on!

rose
rose

Harry and Timmm…Geez, just when Anna has come back on GH. And JVParise (ex-Carlos on GH) just got his come-upance on Y&R. But I guess every network also wants to show how important they think these moments in time are for the sake of keeping our democracy intact. And while they can be tedious for the viewer, I think it is almost a civic duty. Just like voting. You make your own impression, get the full comments and not portions or spin from snippets on the news or “experts.” And they are probably not big money winners since there are no commercials from big pharma. So networks should be happy to have their soaps back onto a regular schedule. I for one watch them like the Kavanagh and Mueller ones, and feel lucky we still live in a country where there is the transparency in seeing these proceedings. It gives me a first hand measure of the men and women who question and are being questioned. And some of them are real jerks. Sometimes I pretend they remind me of some of our soap characters…like, well I’ll leave that up to you.

Shay
Shay

The foreshadowing vultures are already circling above the DC Democrats’ latest lame coup attempt to oust our duly-elected president just as surely as they’re precipitously looming over Port Charles and its own precarious future existence. Neither shall eventually survive.

denisefan
denisefan

Would rather see the fiction in Salem, Port Charles, and Genoa City than the tacky plot scripted out of Washington.

Shay
Shay

Only in the Democrat-led House could there be this totally fabricated impeachment-themed “Kabuki Theatre” presentation targeting our president for doing his constitutionally-directed duty to investigate massive wrongdoing by a previous office holder when it was said subject (Biden) who ACTUALLY brazenly bragged and implicated himself on camera of committing the exact crime of which Trump has been falsely accused. Talk about living in a parallel universe…this truly is as surreal as it gets!

Mary
Mary

This is to be expected

viewer88
viewer88

‘So, what are your thoughts on what the Impeachment hearings could mean for daytime dramas in in the weeks ahead? ‘

LOL, the question should be, what does it mean for the networks that do this?

This how they started the spiral of loss decades ago with the OJ Simpson BS decades ago… Trumps impeachment is bound to be more boring than watching the police chase that white van for hours, and the audience invested in this doesn’t really have the attention span of those decades ago nor the intelligence.

The networks may get some ratings, especially with neilson in charge, but should expect drops across the board during-if goes on go long, and after.

It may be the resugence of soaps, as they finally realize where they went wrong, and try really hard to get back into the game. Time will tell.

People want to be entertained more than they want to be politicized, dogmatized or brainwashed.

viewer88

Timmm
Timmm

Like I have said with ANY President and his messages, announcements or commentary, why the HELL are there 24 hours news channels if they have to constantly screw the day time fans? The nightly local and national news will cover this to death!

Judy
Judy

Ridiculous that we have to indure these stupid ,bogus impeachment shows. They should be on 1 channel only

Judy Lowell
Judy Lowell

Ridiculous to be forced to watch these bogus partisan impeachment shows that will never lead to impeachment. They should be on one channel only

Elm1951
Elm1951

They cannot force you to watch anything – I am sure the subscription services will be on cable

Rodd
Rodd

Totally sucks! Isn’t this why we have C-Span and the 24/7/365 news networks? Ugh!

Don
Don

Do like the Watergate hearings, the commerical networks should alternate days of coverage; or let CNN, MSNBC (but not FOX) have exclusive coverage.

Belle
Belle

Surely there are sufficient cable and cable news channels to air this rather than broadcast channels.

Mary
Mary

They are going to take off “The Price is Right”! I think I will boycott the Price is right forever because cbs is always pre empting it. I’m done !

Tamara HodgeWashington
Tamara HodgeWashington

Why not just on CSPAN, CNN MSNBC, AND FOX NEWS channels

Sarah
Sarah

The hearing can be shown on CNN. Fox news. OAN, and other news stations, msnbc, etc. Leave dome stations available to those who don’t want to watch this nonsense hour upon hour. Don’t preempted soaps or show them later instead of game shows

Momo
Momo

If people want to watch the hearings there are plenty of other channels that will be carrying it. Why do they have to interrupt our soaps???!!! 🙁

Bridgette M Yaeger
Bridgette M Yaeger

Why do they have 24 hour news networks if they constantly use their regular platform? For extended coverage events, air that on your “news” network. If a viewer wants to watch, they will turn to that channel.

Nancy
Nancy

It’s not fair that they keep interrupting our soaps for this I don’t like it one bit it’s a big joke they are waisting their time and tax payers money

Nancy
Nancy

There are enough cable channels to handle this stuff.It will be on C Span I’m sure. We get this stuffed down our throats enough. If you can’t put the soaps on at a later time so we can DVR them then stick to the regular schedule.

Celia
Celia

Bummer!! Won’t even bother getting into this lunacy.
But—–since there is no other space to leave a comment about Y&R…..here it goes……
The ye gods should have given more thought to bringing Lance back. It should have been Ronan—–make it spicy and inspiring. Ahhhh—-Michelle’s Phyllis and Jeff’s Ronan!! —-match made in in hot-heaven!!
Nonetheless, what are the chances, there will be a Phyllis/Lance union? Another brother in the midst—-so original!!

barb. Caldwell
barb. Caldwell

I could care less about the hearings and hate having my shows premepted. Just show on the news like Fox CNN etc and leave regular daytime programing alone.

Kim Wills
Kim Wills

This is reducing us to 24 hours of news overload causing depression and people in general can’t be exposed to this thank God for internet and Canadian tv. I work hard all day to come home relax and now that won’t be possible because you crazy democratic leaders are sore losers grow up and get a real job and life!!!

Anthony J Garrett
Anthony J Garrett

Thanks to the Washington Democrats for the screw up again how much is this costing taxpayers MILLIONS????? Or should it cost NANCY PELOSI OR CHUCK SCHUMER

Linda Wallace
Linda Wallace

Not a happy camper with my Daytime Soaps and other shows being preempted. My idea is to have a public channel broadcast the impeachment hearings. Think someone else said that. Leave our shows alone! Let people watch what they choose!

The other Lis
The other Lis

All three networks have streaming services. Why not just put the current episodes online until the hearings ends. Soaps routinely draw the biggest audiences on the network apps. They could continue to storylines and draw millions of people to their streaming services and to cable on demand. When the hearings end they can do a week of catch up storyline. It could keep people watching, actors employed and possibly save the genre.

Janet Simpson
Janet Simpson

Why can’t you schedule the prime time channel soap operas at a later time of the day or early morning the next day so we can at least record them on our DVRs?

Marcia
Marcia

We can make our own choices and can watch it anywhere if we choose – some folks need the break from him and the ugliness of his swamp. Soaps and daytime TV are the palate cleanse we need to escape the ugly world he’s creating.. I NEED GENERAL HOSPITAL – I need a break from the chaos he’s created. Don’t let him take away one mire thing!

PATRICIA BALINT
PATRICIA BALINT

I THINK IT IS STUPID FOR ALL CHANNELS TO CARRY THESE RIDICULOUS HEARINGS, LET THE NEWS CHANNELS HAVE THEM AND GIVE THE REST OF US SOMETHING TO WATCH BESIDES OLD MOVIES, IT IS A CROCK OF U KNOW WHAT AND WHO WANTS TO HEAR IT HAS THE OPTION TO TURN TO THE NEWS CHANNELS AND LET THE REST HAVE ACCESS TO NORMAL TELEVISION. I AM 82 YEARS OLD AND TIRED OF ALL THIS MESS.

Frederick Kuhn
Frederick Kuhn

I think this is awful. The hearings can be covered on the cable channels with highlights on the regular news coverage. We do not need to be overwhelmed with this. For disabled people who are stuck at home their daytime shows provide an escape from their reality. The reality of our current politics is to depressing to cover for hours at a time. Stop It !

CarolMoore
CarolMoore

Ridiculous all stations,showing hearings…
Not right for all other programming…

janice
janice

I say these impeachment hearings are a waste of time. Whether you like Trump or not ( I do) when all of this gets to the senate it will be dropped. PUT THE SOAPS BACK ON…

stan
stan

I think it stinks! I hope the sponsors dump the networks. I could care less about the baseless hearings.

Kate
Kate

I look forward to watching my soaps every day. So disappointed that channel 2 thinks yet again it has to interrupt regular scheduled programming. I’m not interested in watching the impeachment hearings non-stop. Ugh.

pat
pat

Let CNN carry the hearings and leave daytime tv alone!

MaryBeth Walsh
MaryBeth Walsh

I think it’s a load of crap from a bunch of cowardly liars.

Kat
Kat

The nightly local & national news which is aired at multiple times daily has enough coverage on the subject, I certainly have no desire to see more. That’s why it’s called the “news” & airs on TV in the first place!
The soap’s are a LOT more interesting to watch!

Beverly Buffington
Beverly Buffington

I think the government should have their own network instead of screwing up people’s daily tv watching.

Suzanne Yanta
Suzanne Yanta

Do you hope not enough people turn off the television stations during the day and they lose ratings so that they realize when they pull this crap on us that we’re not going to tolerate it anymore. We have 24 hour news channels, we can catch the highlights someplace else, if you really want to sit through it all then dedicate A channel to it, but taking all the channels to watch the same nonsense is absolutely ridiculous. I used to care about this country and the government and all that stuff, but it has become so blatantly corrupt and disgusting that only watch the local news for the weather anymore. And see what’s going on in my neighborhood that might be fun for my kids to do.

Connie Morgan
Connie Morgan

Put that crap on another station. I want to see my Young & The Restless and Bold & The Beautiful. I could care less about impeachment. This pisses me off. At least air them at night like you have in the past.

Lovetta
Lovetta

I’m sick of hearing about Trump.
I’d much rather be watching general hospital… I can watch the news later if I want to know what’s going on with the impeachment stuff.

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