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Sneak Peek Promo For The First Two Weeks Of Katie Couric's New Talker Released – Watch the Video!

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On September 10th ABC unveils its new daytime line-up with The Chew, General Hospital and then Katie!  While we already know, to promote her new series debut on September 10th,  Katie Couric will be a guest on The Chew for a little cross-promotion, we are wondering why the powers-that-be did not insert Couric into a guest stint on General Hospital the same day as well?  Especially, since Katie really wanted GH to be her lead-in!

Well, all that aside, the new talker has released a promo for the first two weeks of episodes.  As already noted, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez, and Barbara Streisand, are just a few of the guests slated for the key first weeks of Katie.

Now after the jump, watch the sneak peek just released promo and let us know what you think! Is it just another daytime talker?  Same format, same studio audience feeling? Or, do you think Couric can touch people at home and resonate with the viewers?  Weigh-in!

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kathleen johnson
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kathleen johnson

will not watch my soaps were replaced with this crap no way where has quality programing went down the tubes not for me

Torrey
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Torrey

Every year we get flooded with new talk shows….and every year, more than half of them get cancelled. This looks like your run of the mill show, that you can watch on any other network, at any other time. I will not be watching. Such a stupid decision to cancel OLTL and bring on this crap!

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau
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Dr. Donald G. Boudreau

Boycotting Hatie Couric all across America by turning our TV sets off! She and her show represent just one more episode of ABC/Disney’s disrespecting of scripted programming and the dedicated viewers of millions upon millions of soap opera watchers all across this country who will not rest until such time that ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN are returned to them, where they belong. As Roger Friedman of Forbes powerfully observed regarding ABC/Disney’s notorious business decision cancelling these iconic and much beloved shows: “[T]he entire episode will be remembered as the New Coke era of ABC Daytime.” It… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

I definetely will not be watching K. Couric,GAA, The Sprew ,Hatie….I also don’t watch any show that replaced our beloved soaps……..SOAP FANS WILL NEVER WATCH THIS CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We want them to fail & get cancelled…..

James
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James

looks like oprah’s set. no real interest in this.

Scott
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Scott

I’ll be looking into Katie Couric’s talk show for its first week or so. Just to see how it is and what she has to bring to the table.

susan M.
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susan M.

I am not watching Katie’s show…No way!!! She will bring zero to the table…. I have no interest in watching her show just to even see what it is like…I don’t want to boost her ratings …… I will boycott this show for sure!!!!!!! Want to watch GH and give it all the ratings !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At 3:00 in Sept.10 I will be watching something else….And watching GH at it’s new time at 2:00 p.m. Again I have no interest in K Couric what so ever…

Scott
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Scott

Well that’s great for you Susan. However, I won’t be judgmental and close-minded because she’s just trying to make a living to support herself.

Spiro P
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Spiro P

It seems as if Katie Couric has never been happy with any or all of the stations she has represented or worked for so why should this one be any different .
Judgemental or not I do not see where s has anything different to add to the table then any other talk show. I think she has done quite well for herself as far as making a living. There is nothing different, new or fresh about Katie Couric……….

BarbJ
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BarbJ

just watch any of the other ten million talk shows that are on. Do you really think she’s gonna be any different??

Scott
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Scott

I don’t know. She could be different. Hence why I’m going to watch it.

susan M.
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susan M.

I am sure she does very well for herself..She probably has a substantial nest egg in the bank…Savings from all the other jobs she has had threw the years….She doesn’t have to worry about employment….

susan M.
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susan M.

No loyal soap fans will watch Katie Couric…It will be more of the same stuff … I don’t find these kind of shows entertaining!!!!! We don’t need another talk show especially on daytime programing….Why would watch any of these shows that replace our soaps????It will be boring for sure .I saw the promo….I want to watch drama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not a lot of talk & information…….She is on the wrong part of the day….She should be on in the morning….And I am not being close-minded..I simply will not watch shows that replace the timeslots of our beloved soaps…And I am not… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

So because I’m not being an inconsiderable ass, I’m not a “loyal soap fan”? You’re really messed up to even believe that and I am insulted. And I’m not other soap fans, I’m ME. I can base my opinions on a series based on the series’ material. Anyone who doesn’t is completely idiotic and judgmental.

susan M.
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susan M.

Sorry!!! I know you are soap fan..I didn’t mean to get so carried away…I just never read that a soap fan would even consider watching a show that replaces our soaps….I am still upset about amc &oltl being cancelled ..And get upset with abc & their replacement shows for the soaps..I was never a fan of Katie Couric..And have no interest in waching her show…To each it own…Sorry again, I didn’t mean to offend you…Let’s start over….Fellow soap lover….SORRY AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Scott
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Scott

I hated “The Talk” because it replaced my baby “As the World Turns”, but now I love the show. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t prefer ATWT, but “The Talk” was a decent replacement. Which is why I’m giving “Katie” a chance. Especially since I never watched “One Life to Live” in the first place.

susan M.
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susan M.

Good for you..Give her a chance.. But I will not be watching it…I like drama in the afternoon….OLTL was y favorite soap of all time……Watched it a long time…Never got tired of watching OLTL !!!!!!!

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I won’t ever watch Couric’s show! I always thought she was so annoying & still do! I hope it’s a big failure!

Scott
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Scott

You’re only saying this because of the AMC/OLTL cancellation. I’m sure NONE of you would be bitching if it replaced anything but a soap. You’re all very judgmental people.

susan M.
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susan M.

Katie has all the money in the world .. From all her past shows threw the years…She isn’t going to starve…Not every person is going to appeal to everyone….You can’t like everyone…And I don’t think it is being judemental…The fact is there are too many talk shows on already…I wouldn’t watch Katie even if they weren’t replacing the soaps…I like my drama in the afternoon …Don’t find Katie’s talk show entertaining….Or any talk show for the exception of the Tonight Show w/Jay Leno…You want to give her chance go right ahead it’ s your choice….For me I don’t want to… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

And I only watch Leno here and there. Because it comes on late…

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Hey Scott! Why does it make sense to watch someone you can’t stand? It doesn’t so I won’t! Why should I waste an hour of my time?

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

I have absolutely no interest in this show, or any other on ABC/D. GH only!

susan M.
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susan M.

Looks VERY BORING by looking at the promo………I give her show a yawn!!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I won’t watch her show !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is wasting her time because no one will be watching…No soap fans will be watching for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ABC is wasting their money on Katie’s show …………………………………………..Poor choose abc………….It won’t fly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christine
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Christine

Ugh. Jessica Simpson’s body after baby. Seriously? Is she the ONLY woman to have ever given birth? NO! So why should I care. She has more money than me so she can just pay to have it taken away. Jennifer Lopez (not JLO anymore? Who cares anyway) dating a younger man? You mean this is some great story about some celebrity who broke up her family so she could date someone else. Again, who cares? I have heard enough and seen enough of this major diva to last a lifetime. Why doesn’t Katie talk to some celebrity ROLE MODELS with… Read more »

Dina
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Dina

Not interested in the least! Why can’t ABC just admit its mistake of canceling OLTL and AMC, and save itself the embarrassment of yet another talk show/ reality show flop!

Carol
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Carol

I will not be watching. Nothing against Katie but there are already too many talk shows on tv.

faith haraway
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faith haraway

hello,
Just to let you know I won’t be watching your show nor will any soap fans , sorry to tell you your show will be a flop:)

susan M.
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susan M.

Ditto !!!!!!!!!!!

Scott
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Scott

False statement. LOL.

Jacob Pratt
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Jacob Pratt

why another talk show I wont be watching… All My Children & One Life to Live are the only show I want to see on daytime tv

susan M.
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susan M.

Me too !!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I don’t care what guests she has ………I will not watch it…If you watch it you will be boosting her ratings…And we soap lover’s don’t want to do that…

Sara
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Sara

I will not watch. Release the rights to AMC & OLTL.

susan M.
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susan M.

Me Too !!!!!!

Patty
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Patty

Wow – Katie’s pulling out all the stops with her guest line-up. Unfortunately I doubt it’s going to work. The only way I’d watch her show is if she had a OLTL & AMC reunion and announce that our soaps would be returning!! For as low as the ratings will be, they will give her so many opportunities before they pull it. But it’ll only be a matter of time and another ABC faux pas will bite the dust!! #NotwatchingKatie

Debbie
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Debbie

Not interested. I watch talk shows at 9am or 4pm. That’s it. Afternoons are only for taping my soaps. Sorry Katie.

Stella
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Stella

Sorry won’t be watching…never ever like Couric…this should be the last of her, for she’s hit every other network. Way to go ABC….I only watch General Hospital on ABC…

Shawn
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Shawn

Looks like the old set of the Oprah Winfrey show.

mjanssen
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mjanssen

I will never watch this show!!! I hate all these reality shows so sick of them, they need to put amc and oltl where they belong!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate Katie Couric!!!

april
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april

Really Katie you think viewers will watch this NOOOO I wont be watching it i will watch the doctors at 2pm on channel 2 since general hospital is coming on at 1pm I want all my children and one life to live & general hospital in my afternoons not you

Rosie
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Rosie

Definitely will NOT be watching Katie Couric’s talk show-i refuse to support any other programming on ABC besides GH. You made a great point,though,Michael-why didn’t ABC make Katie guest on GH? Maybe they thought fans would balk at such shameless cross-promotion.

lee
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lee

ll not be watching this garbage there are too many talk shows and I have a problem with this show. due to the fact that this show cost more to produce then One life to Live. I will not watchanything on ABC until they restore the soaps they cancelled

Lisa
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Lisa

NO! I will not be watching Katie’s new show. I’m not a fan of hers, and have never been.

Thank you Dr. Donald G. Boudreau. Well done!!

Beth
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Beth

I will not be watching Katie Couric’s show! I also will never watch The Chew,or Good Afternoon America,or anything else that is put on in place of All My Children,or One Life To Live! OLTL was my favorite show on television,and it is dearly missed. None of these cookie cutter talk shows will ever measure up,or provide as much joy,and entertainment!

faith
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faith

I agree , I can’t believe they took OLTL 🙁 have watched as longs as I’ve been alive Abc is run by a bunch of idiots . I watch General Hospital from 3-4 and thats the only time i go near ABC

metejt
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metejt

It appears to be just another talk show, in which I have absolutely NO interest. Actually looks like it’s an Oprah wannabe and even the “real” thing ran it’s course. She may have stood a chance if ABC hadn’t cancelled it’s best daytime lineup, but without the soaps for lead ins I don’t believe she’ll make it. And I find it irritating that General Hospital is losing it’s decades long time slot to accommodate HER. Won’t be watching.

Polly
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Polly

Sorry but I don’t watch talk shows. Though I am loving General Hospital right now. Still miss One Life to Live and All My Children like crazy. For me, the purpose of television is to get lost in the drama of an ongoing story. One where you get to know the characters like they were next door neighbors. You know, shows like soap operas. I’m looking to escape the crazy world for a little bit and don’t want to know things like how to make your own conditioners or peak into the lives of celebrities. I doubt they want me… Read more »

gayle higginbotham
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gayle higginbotham

Oh boy, can’t wait!…NOT!!!!!!!….Major “ick” factor…never watched her because frankly, I can’t stomach her…talk shows are boring and there are WAY too many of them….my ABC BOYCOTT continues with the only exception being GH….too many gabfests on network TV and cable…ABC/Disney should’ve put the money they’re paying her back into scripted programming…how many of your lame shows do we have to kill before you listen and learn?

Lydia
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Lydia

I will never watch any of the shows that are replacing our soaps. Besides I am sick to death of talk shows. I never watch them. I want my AMC and OL back.

jene
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jene

theres no way in hell im watching that crap i neva watched talk shows ever they suck all the same old crap!! whos cheating with your cousin mom i want to be a stripper and last but not least the most playd out topic of all whos my baby daddy and the dna results are come on already what phony bullshit u took off my favorite show for this ive been watching one life to live since im 5yrs old one of the best soaps ever never watched the other soaps on the other chanels they suck!! only watch abc… Read more »

ethel
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ethel

OMG!!! is she trying to be the next oprah or what????????
will not be watching this crap – abc has failed again!

Skyzalex
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Skyzalex

I will not watch her show ever! I will set my DVR to record a random show, on purpose, during her time slot! I am sick of reality tv and rather clean my house or read a book. She will not be watched in my home. I really don’t know why the Chew is even still on, this baffles me. Bring back OLTL and AMC, then I will watch all ABC programs again!!

susan M.
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susan M.

I agree with you…

Terry M
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Terry M

Still ABC…still no AMC & OLTL…still NOT WATCHING!

susan M.
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susan M.

Could have not sad it better myself!!!!!!!!!!!!! Goes for me too……

Robin
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Robin

I won’t Be Watching. I Don’t Care 4 Her Never Have. Besides Only Thing I Now Watch On ABC/Disney Is General Hospital Ever Since They Took Off AMC/OLTL. There Are Way 2 Many Talk Show’s On Tv We Don’t Need Another1.

susan M.
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susan M.

Ditto!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle
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Michelle

ditto

Terry
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Terry

Sorry Katie can not watch and will not watch your show. I did enjoy you on the Today Show in the morning. But since ABC has shaken up daytime so much it makes me so sad. Not to have my family on TV. I so miss All My Children and One life to live. Now you have bumped General Hospital to a new time slot. Sorry but since 1970 I have been watching Gh at 3. That is there time, and forever in my heart when 1 o clock comes I say omg I miss AMC and I do the… Read more »

susan M.
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susan M.

She should have stayed on the morning show…..

Robin
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Robin

I Won’t Be Watching I Don’t Like Her Never Have. Only Thing I Watch On ABC/Disney now Is GH Ever Since They Took Off AMC/OLTL, Tooooooooo Many Talk Shows On tv Any Way We Don’t Need Another 1

Clara
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Clara

One good thing about this, I like General Hospital at the 2:00 pm spot, of course I still won’t watch the Katie Couric show or the disgusting “Chew”, but now I can finish lunch dishes, turn tv on at 2, and turn it off at 3 to get ready for my afternoon!
ABC BRING BACK ALL MY CHILDREN AND ONE LIVE TO LIVE!!!!!
Other than GMA (local weather on breaks from local station), and GH this household WILL NOT tune to ABC for anything else until the soaps are back!!!!

nancy
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nancy

I will never, ever watch anything on ABC during the day except for GH. Besides the fact that ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL I don’t even like Katie Couric. And the Chew is just a silly show

susan M.
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susan M.

The Chew should be cancelled…Don’t know why it is still on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And NO KATIE FOR ME !!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue
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Sue

Will not be watching anything on ABC except GH

susan M.
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susan M.

Me Too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kristen Howe
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Kristen Howe

Sorry Katie. I won’t be watching your show… EVER.

bsherry
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bsherry

I ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT WATCH THESE SHOWS OR ANY OTHER ABC SHOWS WHEN SHE APPEARS. IF AND WHEN THE DECISION IS MADE TO HAVE HER GUEST HOST ON G.M.A., I PREDICT THAT THE RATINGS WILL TANK. THIS WOMAN IS A “WHINY DIM-WITTED JOKE” AND NEEDS TO RETIRE.

susan M.
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susan M.

Don’t want Katie on daytime programing !!! Katie go back to the morning show…The morning is the best for you…We don’t want you on daytime programming………

Janet Matrai
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Janet Matrai

No way!!!! I won’t watch her…… Loving General Hospital

susan M.
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susan M.

Me Too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christopher
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Christopher

Bring back one life to live. Katie it is time to give it up.

susan M.
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susan M.

DITTO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susan M.
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susan M.

There are talk shows on morning, noon. & night…Even on in the very early morning hours…We don’t need another talk show…………Or cooking shows for that matter…I want my drama in the afternoon……And that is what I watch in the evening..Shows I have watched & liked for a while…Rareley to I watch a talk show especially in the afternoon..And NEVER watched a cooking .. These type of shows I have absolutely no interest in….

Ginny
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Ginny

Sorry Katie I won’t watch. I was a faithful viewer of OLTL + AMC since the first shows. They are part of my family. ABCDisney please release the rights.

Michelle
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Michelle

Us as mothers do not want to see another talk show about another mother, we want
to enjoy our time with our soaps! ABC is making a big mistake with this talk show…

Amanda
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Amanda

I will not be watching this either!!! I see a lot of ppl are upset just like me. I didnt watch OLTL or AMC much, but a lot of people did and loved them, as I do GH. I have been watching GH for many years. Since I was a kid. It has always been on at 3. I dont want to watch stupid talk shows. I dont think many ppl do anymore. And 80 million?!?!! ARE U KIDDING ME?!?! Wow lol thats a lot of money to waste in today’s economy. And it WILL be a waste. I see… Read more »

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NATAS Reveals Categories to be Presented at 49th Annual Daytime Emmys and Creative Arts & Lifestyle Ceremonies

On Monday, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced which categories will be presented at the 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle and the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies.  Both award shows will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

The Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy ceremony will stream live at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT on Saturday, June 18 at watch.TheEmmys.tv and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku. while The Daytime Emmy Awards telecast will be presented live at 9 PM EDT (replay at 9 PM PDT) on Friday, June 24, on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+.

Check out the alignment of categories for each show and ceremony below.

The 49th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Emmy Awards

Saturday, June 18, 2022 

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Culinary Series

Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program

Outstanding Lifestyle Program

Outstanding Travel, Adventure and Nature Program

Outstanding Instructional and How-To Program

Outstanding Arts and Popular Culture Program

Outstanding Entertainment News Series

Outstanding Daytime Special

Outstanding Short Form Daytime Program

Outstanding Interactive Media for a Daytime Program

Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Culinary Host

Outstanding Daytime Program Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Single Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Directing Team for a Multiple Camera Daytime Non-Fiction Program

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Outstanding Original Song

Outstanding Lighting Direction

Outstanding Technical Team, Camera Work, Video

Outstanding Cinematography

Outstanding Single Camera Editing

Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing

Outstanding Live Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Sound Mixing and Sound Editing

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design

Outstanding Casting

Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design

Outstanding Costume Design/Styling

Outstanding Hairstyling

Outstanding Makeup

Outstanding Special Effects Costumes, Makeup and Hairstyling

Lifetime Achievement Award: This Old House

Photos: ABC, CBS, NBC, JPI

The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Friday, June 24, 2022

Categories to be awarded:

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show

Outstanding Informative Talk Show

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actress

Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Daytime Drama Series: Actor

Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Game Show Host

Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host

Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Drama Series

Lifetime Achievement Award: John Aniston

So, what do you think about how NATAS has chosen to give out this year’s gold statuettes?  Looking forward to the ceremonies? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn Chats On Her Daytime Emmy-Nominated Performance and Its Significance

When the nominations were revealed for the 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, General Hospital mainstay, Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), was recognized for her stunning work in the Alexis-centric standalone episode which honored her 25th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series.

Grahn, is already a two-time Daytime Emmy winner.  She won back in 1989 in a tie for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work as Julia Wainwright on Santa Barbara along with All My Children’s Debbi Morgan, and again received the honors in that category in 2012 for her work on General Hospital.

Now. she is vying for the gold in 2022 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category against other formidable actresses including: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, DAYS Stacy Haiduk, Y&R’s Melissa Ordway, and her GH castmate, Kelly Thiebaud.

Michael Fairman TV caught up with Nancy to talk about her decision to enter the Emmy race this year, her powerful and moving scenes, why this nomination is significant and important to her, and her take on some very important social issues of our time.

Always candid, insightful, combined with great humor and wit, here’s what Nancy had to share below, and make sure to check out GH this week when sparks fly between Alexis and Gregory (Gregory Harrison). Will he turn out to be the new beau in Alexis’ life? Stay tuned.

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Congratulations on the Emmy nomination.  How do you feel about being in the running again, especially with the material from your 25th anniversary episode?

NANCY:  You know, I don’t submit myself if I don’t think I have something, and I didn’t last year.  This year, I had the one show, and the first reason I submitted myself was I had the episode that was worthy of the competition. These judges have to sit, and watch this stuff, and very often, it’s hard to watch soap opera scenes.  It really is, unless you’re in it.  It’s a different kind of material that most primetime people aren’t used to watching.  So, it’s tricky business.  I don’t want to put them through anything too awful. I don’t want to torture them and I’ve judged before. It can be a bit tedious. So, for me to submit myself, I thought, it has to be something that isn’t going to torture another human being. The second thing is, older women get marginalized the older they get, and they get diminished very often, and every time we get nominated, it means something different to me.  This time, to me, I want it to somehow be symbolic, or a shoutout to women who are still producing, who have been doing their job for a long time and are still doing it good enough, and that it’s still worthy of respect and recognition.

When we were at the GH Convention back in March, I played the scene on-stage for the fans in attendance of when Alexis goes over to the corner of Kevin’s office and heals her younger self.  You saw the reaction just from the fans.  It’s such a beautiful moment within the story.  What did you think about how the standalone episode was crafted?

NANCY:  It was a different experience for me because GH co-head writers Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor, and script writer, Scott Sickles gave it the attention, but even more to that, they allowed me to participate in the creation of it.  They allowed the director, Phideaux Xavier, to participate.  We all sat in a room.  They said, “You know what?  Make it how you’re comfortable with it.”  There were so many people who gave it time and effort, and Phideaux gets a lot of credit because he came up with a lot of ideas.  So, the little girl in the therapy room wasn’t initially a part of it.  That was Phideaux’s idea, and they let us alter things, and they allowed me to write some words that meant something to me with the character.  Our producers, Michelle Henry and M.K Weir, who I both adore, were also a part of this.

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That is great to hear that you were involved in the collaborative process of the creation of the episode.

NANCY:  We read through the whole script, and we worked it like you would on primetime. We went through it like, “Does this moment work?  Does that moment work?  Does this make sense?  Does that make sense?”  We never do that in soaps.  We don’t get to that.  So, it was a gift to me.  It really was. Chris and Dan, and Scott and Phideaux, and the two producers, generosity in gifting me that experience and making sure that it was to everybody’s liking, was really very special to me, and it meant a lot.

Did you come up with the key lines which summarized Alexis as a person and her journey: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a fighter, and an idealist and an advocate?”

NANCY:  No. They designed it, but we were allowed to enhance and contribute creatively to it, and, we don’t normally have the time to do that.  They don’t have the time to – and you can’t allow people to do that with every episode, to be creatively participating, because it would turn into madness with everybody.

Then, when it came down to choosing the scenes from your anniversary episode to include for your Emmy submission, was that a challenging process of which moments to go with?

NANCY:  I just told a little story with it with the time that I had, and so, I edited it with a friend of mine.  I did a sort of pre-edit on it, I’m good at that, and handed the timeline to our editor, who nicely put it together. It took very little effort.

In my humble opinion, I think that episode featured one of your all-time best performances.

NANCY: Thank you. There was a nice effort from everybody, from the lighting to everybody else, and all the effort Phideaux put into it.  He worked so hard on that!  It was fun for us.  It was like the old days where you really got to work something out.

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It truly harkened back to everything we knew up to that point about Alexis and her past as well, and included a montage of scenes over the years.

NANCY:  I think it was M.K. who put that together, but when you’re working at the pace we’re working now, to have to sit and put together a montage of twenty-five years, that’s not an easy feat.  Nobody has time for that anymore, but they did it, and like I said, it was really, really appreciated.  My only thought with it is that I wanted it to be relatable to other people.  I didn’t want it to just be some, you know, self-indulgent Alexis episode. I knew that by bringing in the little girl and talking about people being hurt in their childhood and how that makes somebody feel that it was probably relatable to many people, and so it became meaningful to other people and not just me.

Do you think you’ll attend the Daytime Emmys? I know the last time you won you were not present.

NANCY:  Yeah, I’m planning on it.  I mean, barring anything happening! (Laughs)

Does it feel nice to be recognized by your peers?

NANCY:  Of course, it does.  It always does, and way too often, women who are still producing well in their jobs, don’t get the respect and the acknowledgment for it.  So, that’s why I’m saying, this is no small thing, and that I want other women to know that I know that, and that I wish for them the same thing.

What was the reaction of your daughter, Kate and your fiancé, Richard, when you told them you were Emmy-nominated?

NANCY:  Richie goes, “What is this?  Your 18th nomination?” (Laughs). You know what I mean?  It was just kind of like, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t you be?” It wasn’t like, “Oh, my God!”  It was like they kind of expected that.  That was nice!  I’m glad they feel that way.  I’m glad they weren’t surprised.  They were like, “Sure!  Of course, you would be.  Why wouldn’t you be?”  I said, “You know, it doesn’t always work like that!”

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Now comes the part of having to find a dress and all that goes with it for the red carpet.  Do you enjoy that part?

NANCY:  No, I hate that part.  That is my… oh ‘boohoo’, you know?  I mean, I have to find something to wear.  Also, the older you get, that becomes so much less important, and the more makeup, and the more hair, and the more foofy, the more ridiculous I look. I start looking like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.  You’ve just got to keep it simple.

You were talking about women and ageism.  Do you not feel that also exists for men?

NANCY:  It exists for men, but it’s not at all on the same par as women.  I mean, men still get paid more than women, and men still are valued more than women.  I mean, there are exceptions, but if you look in any place of employment, even the soaps, you will typically find the men making more money than the women, and the older the women get, the less they get.  Life’s not fair right now.  It’s fairer than it was, but still the equality game is not won yet.

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I know how much all of this means to you in terms of equality for women, and people being run out of their jobs because of their age.

NANCY:  It’s just a reality.  It’s not something that I’m hopeless about, but I have a story to tell.  I’ll tell it when the time is right.  It’s life!  It happens in every field everywhere.  When my mom was 70, she was still producing the exact same way she was producing when she was 30, and she got run out, and was replaced by a man who was 40 or something, and there was no particular reason for it.  It was just, “You’re done.  We decided you’re done,” but like I said, it happens everywhere, in every line of work, and that’s why I just wanted to give a shout-out, when you still, after 36 years, can be recognized or shown respect or acknowledgment for what your do.  It’s a very big deal that I am appreciative of and grateful for.

So, rooting for Nancy to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress prize? Happy she was nominated for her work in the the milestone episode devoted to Alexis? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and to tune-in to the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ on Friday night, June 24th.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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