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The New Faces Of Daytime: Couric, Probst & Lake! Can They Make A Dent Over Beloved Missing Soaps?

When The Oprah Winfrey Show went off the air in 2011 — which coincided with the beloved All My Children and One Life to Live being canceled in one fell swoop by then ABC Daytime executive Brian Frons –  suddenly the daytime programming market became a wide open space, and networks were more than eager to take chances on new talk shows than anything else, and after all the disappointment, after disappointment for soap fans, that day is here when on Monday three new talks shows take up room on the daytime programming block! The Ricki Lake Show, Katie, and The Jeff Probst Show — all premiere tomorrow Monday, September 10.

Yahoo TV! Takes a look at each of the new series and what they propose to offer for daytime fans, but also give time for a rebuttal and a different take on the situation from noted Soap Opera Digest columnist and author, Carolyn Hinsey.   Here are some excerpts!

“For much of the summer Katie Couric has been in publicity overdrive for her show Katie, which will be news-driven, but will also cover lifestyles topics.” The marketing department of ABC came up with ‘smart with heart,’ which I actually thought was a great kind of description of what I would ideally like the show to be,” the 55-year-old told TV critics this summer. While you shouldn’t expect to see her sitting down with Sarah Palin again, she will dip into the political world, interviewing the wives and children of presidential and vice-presidential candidates. There will be plenty of celebrity types too.”

As for The Ricki Lake Show, Lake says she has acquired a wisdom she didn’t have when she was younger at her first attempt as host of her own talk series.  So don’t expect any Jerry Springer-style catfights this time around. “With aging you learn. This time around, I know myself in a way that I couldn’t possibly have in my 20s. So the show is really a reflection of the everywoman trying to figure it all out.”

As for Jeff Probst’s new talker, “The overall idea is saying yes to the adventures in your life,” he says. “And I don’t mean climbing a mountain. I mean being married, being a parent, dating, friendships. It’s the courage to kiss somebody before you are ready, or move across the country for a new job, home, school. At the end of a life, this really is what defines our life — those adventures.”  Each episode will feature an “Ambush Adventure,” during which Jeff challenges an audience member to step outside their comfort zone to confront an issue in their life. There will also be a “Guys On The Couch” segment, where two male audience members come onstage and answer relationship questions from women in the audience

However, Soap Opera Digest columnist and author, Carolyn Hinsey warns Yahoo! TV to take note that the new influx of talk shows will have a big mountain climb! “The networks are being very shortsighted in canceling 40-plus year old soap operas for what have already proven to be lame talk shows like ABC’s The Revolution. There is no brand loyalty to a talk show, no reason to tune in, or DVR every day.” As far as talk shows being less expensive, “Published reports say that Katie Couric’s new show will cost $80 million, which is double the annual cost of any soap opera,” she says. And the talk shows replacing soaps haven’t exactly impressed in the ratings department. “Couric’s talk show will take the place in the ABC lineup of the failed Revolution! “Well, One Life To Live went off the air in January averaging over 3 million viewers, so Couric will need to score 6 million for her show to match that — both financially and in the ratings. Good luck.”

OK soapers sound off! Do any of these new talk shows appeal to you? Which one do you think stands the best chance at succeeding, if any?  Do you think there is hope that after all this is said and done, and if these shows fail, that soaps could stand a chance at a comeback?

 

 

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veronica
veronica

Won’t be watching any of these talk shows….and the cynic in me says that their success or failure won’t bring soaps back. The network will just keep replacing the failed shows with more “reality/lifestyle/talk” shows, because they claim that they are cheaper to produce!

stephanie
stephanie

The above comment was made by me. I don’t know how the other address/name showed up in my computer.

SZima
SZima

I’ve had that happen…it’s weird!

Tori
Tori

NO,won’t watch any of these new shows! Bring back my soaps,enough said!!!!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

They’re all just talk shows which all end up being the same crap!
Will Not Watch any off them!
They took our soaps off for Crap! SAD!!

susan M.
susan M.

Ditto!!!!!!!!

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Agree totally! Too many talk shows & almost all end up failing! Don’t they get it? We don’t want that crap!

amy
amy

NOT A CHANCE WILL I EVER WATCH ANYTHING BUT MY SOAPS. ALL TALK SHOWS ARE GARBAGE AND NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY ARE PRINTED ON. NO GH NO WATCHING ANY SHOW THAT ABC OWNS AND/OR OPERATES WILL THIS DIEHARD SOAP FAN WATCH AND YOU HAVE MY WORD ON THAT. AND NOT EVEN MY CHILDREN WILL WATCH ABC IF DAYTIME SOAP GH GOES OFF AIR AND IS REPLACED BY A CRAPPY TALK SHOW!!!!

Annie
Annie

They will all die a quick and painless death. Unlike a soap, there will be no resurrections.

Nancy
Nancy

I don’t watch lame talk shows. I’ll only be tuning in for GH.

susan M.
susan M.

Me Too!

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

im not watching any of them and I predict that all 3 will have dismally low ratings. Soap fans are devoted and have very long memories and wont be tuning in to see anything that replaces a cancelled soap. The network will get the message eventually, we can outwait them!

Jared
Jared

None of these shows appeal to me. There’s too much talk in daytime and, in my humble opinion, nothing being said. Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

gloria
gloria

YES!! I miss OLTL more than ever. Seeing Tea the other day at supposedly her & Victor’s house in Llanview made me so sad.

Mary Fergen
Mary Fergen

I don’t believe any of these talk shows will be successful, especially the ones that will be on ABC. The daytime viewing audience is burnt out on talk/reality programs, and are longing for a return to scripted dramas. The soap fans, especially, are still angry and smarting from the loss of AMC and OLTL. If the networks don’t listen to what the audience wants, and they haven’t so far, they should not expect good ratings for these talkers that they are trying to shove down our throats!

TS1
TS1

GH is the only show now on ABC during the day. Seems strange though Katie is having a thing called YOLO (You Only Live Once) a stab in the back to soapfans to the show she took off the air OLTL. Ratings will fail but ABC will never admit their mistakes. DON’T forget to change your DVR times, I plan on stopping mine at 2:59 pm so it doesn’t spill into her rating.

toscanti
toscanti

I love the way you think.. Awesome!!!!!

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

That’s the way to do it! She’s not getting any ratings credit! She’s only using GH the same way Doprah used the soaps for ratings! You notice they only cancelled the soaps after she was already gone because they didn’t need them anymore as a lead-in for her show.

danicajolie
danicajolie

I like Jeff Probst on Survivor but don’t feel any draw to watch him on a talk show. As far as Katy I just don’t care for her on any show. Ricki Lake I think is pretty relatable so she might get some viewers. In my area the line up on ABC is going to be General Hosptial, Dr. Oz and then Katy. I defitinely won’t be dvr’ing Katy I like I do GH. If I was sure they would keep GH on, I would watch her just out of loyalty to ABC but since I think their plan is to get rid of GH next year sometime, I am hesitant to show any kind of support for any show other than GH. The other talk shows I have no interest in whatsoever. I still want OLTL back and probably always will although I am really enjoying GH and will ALWAYS SUPPORT THE SOAPS. I love a good story!

RobertC
RobertC

In my area its General Hospital,Katie Couric and Jeff Probst on ABC from 1 to 4pm.

susan M.
susan M.

My cable co. has Katie on at 2:00pm.(Wesh) whhich is NBC aAnd 3:00 p.m. this harvey guy is in GH’s old timeslot…

toscanti
toscanti

I have said it before and will say it again, “I WILL NOT WATCH ABC DAYTIME OTHER THAN GH” doesn’t matter what they put on unless a soap. I wish the talkers good luck as they will need. Brian Frons should be held accountable for his crimes on the daytime genre.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Brian Frons should be held for crimes against humanity. The daytime Devil himself.

susan M.
susan M.

DIITTO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’sall his fault!!! He got the ball running in getting our beloved soaps cancelled…

Bruce
Bruce

If I could dream of OLTL constantly I would not wanna wake up. Does that sum it up? I won’t help ABC get any ratings other than GH.

susan M.
susan M.

I won’t watch these shows either…Don’t want to boost their ratings at all..The only ratings I want to boost is GH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim H
Jim H

DITTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bring back OLTL and I (AND MANY OTHERS) will watch

Robert
Robert

I hope all three bomb. Sorry to the production staff that will suffer as a result of yet another boring talk show going off the air…hopefully they can find work again when ABC finally swallows their pride and returns shows viewers WANT to see!

Thomas_1955
Thomas_1955

With the axing of One Life to Live, I no longer watch daytime tv–and not much prime time tv either. The networks have no one to thank for that but themselves.

JustSaying
JustSaying

I respect Riki Lake. I think she has the best shot. Especially if her show is a half hour. Most people can deal with a half hour show.

SZima
SZima

Her show is one hour.

Patrick
Patrick

OMG…. reading that Couric’ Show (80 mill.) costs twice as much… to produce a daytime show (40 mill.)…

is enuf for me….

Screw them!

Christy
Christy

yeah! like they cancelled AMC and OLTL to pay for her stinkin’ show!

susan M.
susan M.

And they say AMC & OLTL were TOO expensive to make…Abc are so two-faced….

bettyrj
bettyrj

I will not watch any of those new talk shows. I didn’t watch OLTL or AMC but am not a fan of talk shows. The only soap I watch is DOOL and have been a fan for 46 years. I can only hope that my favorite daytime show, DOOL, will not follow in the path of the ABC and CBS soaps.

susan M.
susan M.

DOOL??????????????? What is that????????????I was a fan of AMC & especially OLTL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bettyrj
bettyrj

DOOL is an acronym for Days of Our Lives. I’m sorry about your favorites being cancelled. Mine is probably the next one to go. It’s ratings are pretty low except when they have storylines featuring James Scott and Alison Sweeney. I have enjoyed this program for 46 years.

susan M.
susan M.

I hope for you that dool stays on the air & the ratings pick up…Since you have been watching it for 46years….

MK
MK

KATIE will burn fast. She is too Perky to be serious. She is not Ellen, Oprah and show sounds like Anderson which has not been a ratings hit. There is a reason she was last place on CBS News.

Also It isn’t even an sole ABC show, it is syndicated like LIVE (shot at W-ABC) and Rosie (SHOT at NBC). In Seattle it is on NBC. So tomorrow, GH moves to 1p and the Doctors Move to 2p, followed by Dr. Oz. (I think this was a ploy to give an hour back to the affiliates).

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

EVEN IF THIS CRAP DIDN’T REPLACE THE SOAPS I STILL WOULD NOT TUNE INTO any of this drivel. NO INTEREST IN MORE BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!

ENOUGH ALREADY with the talk. Life’s too short to waste it on this generic junk! AND I’M A NEWS JUNKIE, news…not crap.

Oh look, Honey Boo Boo is having her third interview this week. No thanks.

Christine
Christine

“The New Faces Of Daytime: Couric, Probst & Lake! Can They Make A Dent Over Beloved Missing Soaps? ”

No, no, and NO!

susan M.
susan M.

I say NO also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christine
Christine

I love Jeff Probst as the host of SURVIVOR, but honestly, how can he help one with this: “The overall idea is saying yes to the adventures in your life,” he says. “And I don’t mean climbing a mountain. I mean being married, being a parent …” when he has been neither?

Talk, talk, talk. What more is there to talk about? We (me and the mouse in my pocket) need more DRAMA, not talk.

susan M.
susan M.

I don’t want to be talked to death…..A bunch of cackling hens….I want more drama also !!!!!

ethel
ethel

i have been a soap fan for almost 50 years & nothing will ever take the place of my soaps…………i would rather stick needles in both eyes rather than watch any of those talk shows!

SZima
SZima

I’m not a talk show fan either, but here is a quote from Frank Valentini on the subject:

“What’s your take on the soap fan backlash against the talk shows?”

“I’m all about moving forward. Katie [Couric] is so talented and wonderful. She has supported our show and will continue to support our show. And we support her. It’s a nice fit, now. There’s more variety. Certainly, I would like to see “One Life” and “All My Children” come back, but the reality is we’re in a different economic environment now in the television business.”

Iakovos
Iakovos

Simply put… No.

Anne
Anne

Can someone explain how Katie can cost $80 million to produce?

We live in a world of insanity. Most all these shows are just commercials for celebrities pitching shows, movies or books. The hosts go on each other’s shows to promote themselves. It’s total commercialism and garbage. The shows’ content is commercials, then they cut to ads, and we pay exorbitant cable bills to watch nothing but commercials.

RobertC
RobertC

Anne the networks dont want anybody to know that.Can somebody tell me why they cancelled AMC and OLTL and put on a idiotic show like the Spew and Katie Couric show?You can produce both AMC and OLTL for the cost they are producing the Katie Couric show.

caroldee
caroldee

NO NO NO NO NO NO WON’T be watching these..GIVE me back my SOAP..OLTL.. KATIE will never get the ratings that IT did and if she happens to.. I STILL WON’T WATCH IT!! Blehhhhh won’t watch any of them!!

susan M.
susan M.

All three will FLOP for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shelly
Shelly

Not watching ANY of them. Period (Networks, advertisers are you listening??). I’d rather watch dust fall on my furniture. Same crap, every day. Talking heads, cackling and bickering hens. Blah, blah, blah. Bring back OLTL.

Marisa
Marisa

Ditto.

Again, advertisers are you watching because we are not on the same channel!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

I agree !!!!!!!!!

gloria
gloria

ARE YOU KIDDING? I will not watch a minute of any of these shows especially Katie’s. Nothing against her personally but I WANT MY SOAPS BACK WHERE THEY BELONG. GH has been on at 2 p.m. central for nearly 50 years! That is where it belongs & I miss OLTL & AMC more than ever. Damn it.

Vickie
Vickie

No Way!! GH and then cable channels to watch old reruns (stories that have a plot). No talk shows of any kind are acceptable.

Marisa
Marisa

No Katie. No Chew. I will only watch General Hospital. I sooooo miss One Life to Live. Please note I am very happy some of the OLTL characters are on GH. It makes not seeing OLTL easier. Frank are Ron are doing a great job with GH. I would love to see more favorite GH characters return and additional OLTL characters added.

Mary
Mary

I watched a bit of each new show today and found them all the same. After twenty-five years of Oprah, I don’t think anyone can copy that, it has all been said and done, and a lot better. Do networks have old episodes of soaps in vaults somewhere? If so, I rather watch re runs of old soaps than these talk shows. I would love to see Another World again from the beginning, or soaps that were cancelled. That shouldn’t cost any money at all. If you are in the business reading this, I think there would be market for soaps in syndication, just like old night time shows. Someone should look into that.

Christine
Christine

I agree, Mary. Unfortunately it seems like no one wants to distribute them. I would LOVE to see Santa Barbara again especially with Robin Mattson as I am loving her on General Hospital right now.

I think it has to do with the rights. I worked copyright for one of these major companies and they like to keep their rights and not give them out. There is probably an issue with the music and their not having all the rights to run them or something. That is the problem with the old sitcom WKRP.

I remember when one of the cable channels first came out they had reruns of Falcon Crest. Loved it It would be so much fun to watch a serial that ran for years and years from the beginning. If we had all our old shows back we would never run out of “love in the afternoon.”

Mary
Mary

Well, that is just sad that all those shows will sit on the shelf somewhere instead of entertaining an old and new generation. Perhaps we can only hope for the day when some network will realize there was a reason this format, daytime drama, lasted as long as it did and reinvest in its return. If Dallas came make a come back, perhaps others can too. Daytime talk, is not entertaining, listening to someone’s battle with the disease of the week is not entertaining. Informative, maybe, tugs on your heart, yes, but not entertaining. Love in the afternoon, was entertaining

Linda
Linda

Talk shows, what a novel idea. Why didn’t someone think of this decades ago! Call me old fashioned but I want Love In The Afternoon. The soap fans sent the Revolution and GAA packing and look forward to doing the same to the Oprah wannabe!

susan M.
susan M.

I don’t think these shows will make a dent over missing our beloved soaps…NO WAY !!!!!

susan M.
susan M.

Jeff should stick to survivor !!!!!!!!!!! His show sounds like a lot of bull to me..All three do…

Christine
Christine

I think he will have to. His overnight ratings were not that good, nor were Steve Harvey’s or Ricki Lake. Then again, they are not on everywhere.

They are saying Katie’s were impressive. But 2.8 is the first day and it is not the numbers Y&R get. It falls between B&B & DAYS. I bet her numbers go down.

Christine
Christine

Boy, with comments like this: ” “During pregnancy, I didn’t really think about it,” she told the talk show host [Katie Couric] of her expanding figure. “I thought my doctors were telling me that it was just a lot of water and whenever my water broke my whole entire stomach would go down but that did not happen. All the weight did not come out with the baby!”

and, what I heard was pretty much an infomercial for Weight Watchers for the first half hour. What an airhead. I am so glad that OLTL and AMC got canceled and that GH got thrown out of its timeslot so I can READ about some blonde wind tunnel ramble on about everything she did not know about getting pregnant and having a baby. Sheesh. I sure hope she doesn’t have another one. She might demand a medal for all she has had to endure. She acts like she is the only one to ever give birth. The fact that she doesn’t know that all the weight you put on by shoving your face full of food during those 9 months does not just come out with the baby. I am just saddened for the world we live in these days when THIS is what they think we want to see/hear.

Please let the ratings for this be terrible.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Just got thru catching Imus in the morning they discussed Sheryl Crow on Katie yesterday and she tried to say she got cancer from her cell phone. They really let people on that are that stupid, soap fans I do not want to read that you are watching this loon at least we know soaps are fairy tales.

JLH
JLH

I have no interest in talk shows, especially anything on ABC. If they were to return OLTL, I’d continue my 35+ years of faithful viewing and also resume watching their other programs, such as the ABC News, 20/20, etc. I’m not holding my breath though…

rose
rose

The only thing I still watch on ABC is GH. That’s not going to change. What’s interesting to note is that they seem to be advertising several new “soaps” for their prime time, night slots, one ad calling it a “guilty pleasure.” I think I’ve heard that before when we were all battling ABC to leave us ladies (and some men) our soaps. For a genre “that had run it’s course” they sure are investing a lot of money into these new shows. Obviously they know there was still an audience for soaps, and want to use them to build up their evening program when “everyone will be home form work.” Meanwhile, the afternoons are a black hole.

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Morgan Fairchild And Soap Notables Filming New LGBTQ Series ‘Mélange’

Over the next several days in New York, some very familiar faces to daytime soap fans are busy filming episodes of a new series entitled Melange, which stars Morgan Fairchild (most recently ex-Angelica, DAYS).

The series is set against the backdrop of a historic New York City gay bar named “Melange”, and the fight for ownership over it, when it’s proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.  Melange will explore themes of sexuality, immigration, addiction, power, and inclusion.

Guiding Light’s Robert Newman, All My Children’s Darnell Williams, One Life to Live’s Scott Evans ,  Kristen Alderson, Ilene Kristen, and David A. Gregory are some of the daytime faves tapped for roles in the series, which is said to be a half-hour drama.

In story, Newman, plays Syd Winchester, the deceased owner of ‘Mélange’. Scott Evans stars as Ryann Parker, a young man who fights to keep Mélange away from Syd’s wife, Vivian played by

Melange was created and being executive produce by Tom D’Angora, with former OLTL director and Emmy Award-winner, Gary Donatelli, and Tony Award winning producer, Tim Kashani.

According to Variety, at this time no network is currently attached to the project.

So, what do you think of the show concept of Mélange?  Intrigued by the cast?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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One Life to Live & All My Children Reunion Event Photo Gallery

Over the weekend, actors who appeared on two beloved legacy soap operas: All My Children and One Life to Live took part in a reunion event held over GH Fan Club Weekend.  And while the fans in attendance were excited to see some of their favorites, it was the former cast members themselves getting to see their former co-stars for the first time in years which made the event all the more touching.

Then, in big surprise to the attendees, none other than former One Life to Live star, Nathan Fillion showed up to give hugs to his former castmates including: Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica), and James (Ex-Max) and Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Blair), among others.  Fillion, who has gone on to primetime success with his show Castle, and his upcoming new series on ABC, The Rookie, has never forgotten his beginnings in show business as Joe Buchanan!  Who can forget his on-screen affair with Robin Strasser’s Dorian, which sent Viki (Erika Slezak) into orbit!

Kassie DePaiva (now Eve on DAYS) told Michael Fairman TV on Fillion’s appearance that she had reached out to him to let him know about the event: “I knew the fans would love it.  He is very proud of his roots.”

When asked about seeing the original Blair, Mia Korf, at the same event whom she had never met, Kassie said, “I went, ‘There’s the real Blair,” but it was really nice meeting her.  You know with One Life to Live actors, even if you didn’t work with somebody there is such a camaraderie, which makes this show so special.”

All My Children fans were thrilled to see appearances by Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David), Jordi Vilasuso, who will soon be seen in his new role on Y&R, and played Dr, Griffin Castillo in Pine Valley, and many more.

Check out our photo gallery of some of the past cast from both AMC and OLTL who showed up to say “hello again” to each other and the fans below.  Then, let us know if it makes you miss Pine Valley and Llanview all the more in the comment section, and which photo you liked the most!

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Cameron Mathison Named New Co-Host Of Home & Family!

Home & Family has found their new co-host following the exit of Mark Steines naming Cameron Mathison as his replacement.

The former All My Children star, where he played Ryan Lavery, and more recently Entertainment Tonight correspondent, has previous experience with the Hallmark Channel morning talk show.

According to Deadline who broke the news: “Mathison had been an occasional guest co-host on Home & Family since 2013 and has became a frequent substitute in the two months since Steines’ exit. He will continue to guest host for the rest of the summer, switching to full-time co-hosting duties alongside Debbie Matenopoulos when the new seventh season of Home & Family launches in September.”

Mathison is a great fit for the series which airs Monday through Friday at 10AM, given that he also frequently stars in Hallmark movies.  As for Steines, the longtime host, was abruptly let-go back in May after five and a half years with the series.

So, what do you think of Cameron’s new gig? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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