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The Revolution chances look "Slim" while General Hospital outlook looks "Brighter" to stay in the ABC line-up!

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Some very encouraging and optimistic news this morning, from reputable Hollywood entertainment business site Deadline.com!  Their sources are hearing that chances look favorable in General Hospital’s way,  more so than the ailing Revolution, when it comes time in a few weeks for ABC to make their final decision of which show stays and which stay goes to make room in the afternoon line-up when Katie Couric new talk show, Katie hits the air in September.  As we already know, Katie herself wants GH in,  and The Revolution thrown off its axis!

Deadline reported,”The network’s embattled soap, General Hospital is still the least-watched among the four surviving daytime dramas on ABC, CBS and NBC, averaging 2.3 million viewers for the most recent week we have data for (March 12-16). But the series had a ratings uptick recently (it hit an 18-week high among women 18-49, 657,000, for the week of March 5, which featured the death of a character), and in the female demo, it’s been actually running ahead of NBC’s Days of our Lives.  But boosting Go’s chances of survival the most is the poor ratings performance of new lifestyle series The Revolution,   ABC has given the series time to find its legs — it only premiered in January — but I hear the network brass are starting to lose faith in the show, which hit series lows for the last two weeks with Nielsen data.”

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Now if common sense comes into play here, Couric’s request for the lead-in, GH beginning an upswing, despite no help from its poorly performing lead-in, the revolt from soap fans after ABC canceled their other two soaps, then this would seem a no brainer.  Unless, it all comes down to the bottom dollar, and that the cheap production costs of The Revolution warrant it getting more time to straighten it itself out, ( not sure how they could do that, with the present concept) since ABC Daytime as we know it is for all intent and purposes …  gone.

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Elhu
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Elhu

I am all for the “Bright” outlook for GH’s chances to remain in ABC Daytime’s lineup. Here’s hoping that is the case!!!!!

Leslie
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Leslie

Yea to that!!! Go GH! Awesome show.

ricardo
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ricardo

enough already please cancel the revolution. its awful and boring. if general hospital is renewed give it a 2 year renewal so the ratings can go higher and higher hopefully. the chew is doing really good. that probably will be renewed sorry to say. all my children will not come back at all sorry to say. we all have to face the truth its gone.

Allison
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Allison

Ricardo, I think you are right on. I believe AMC is gone; OLTL might still be able to come back in some form, even if it’s just several more characters joining the current OL ones already on GH. General Hospital is SO good now, I just ope we can keep it!!

Flo DiBona
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Flo DiBona

Thank you for this article, Michael!!! From your lips to God’s ears! Unfortunately, there is a third option at play here and that is the possibility of Disney/ABC replacing the Revoltion with yet another low-budget, disposable reality show that is being developed in the wings. Unfortunately, Disney/ABC does not care about 2.3 million viewers. They also do not care that they have knowingly or unknowingly manipulated General Hospital’s viewership and ratings with the widespread discovery of General Hospital DVR/TIVO recordings being altered and erased. General Hospital continues to gain viewership in spite of Disney/ABC. There is absolutely no promotion for… Read more »

Nancy M
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Nancy M

Wow did you hit the nail on the head. We are powerful. Even all their other shows are not surviving without enough viewers. No one will watch them again.

barbara t
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barbara t

This all my children,one life to live ,general hospital fan isnt giving up,I will never,ever watch abc/disney again ,for decades I watched my soaps all of them from the beginning so boycotting the rat channel is easy for me,Just as it was easy for abc/disney to destroy my soaps.Everyone has to continue to e mail abc/disney every day I do it 3 times a day I let the know I will never watch any of there programming again until agnus gets her shows back or I get to see one life to live and all my children again and I… Read more »

Allison
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Allison

You got that right! Backlash the likes of an Occupy movement!!

Mary H
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Mary H

I can’t agree with you more Flo….Don’t mess with a scorn soap fan! We will continue to fight this fight to bring back AMC and OLTL save GH and to find them a new home.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

We need to start organizing our March at ABC studio’s in NYC. Even if GH stays, we need to keep fighting for OLTL and or Agnes Nixon getting her soaps back. The fight has to continue and we have to do more than talk, but put our words into vast ACTION.

Violet
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Violet

Wish I lived somewhere near NY to come march with y’all. I agree thAt we need to do more than just talk here. Action!

Chrissy
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Chrissy

Fans? Powerful? Please. Where are All My Children and One Life To Live then? All these campaigns have been a big fail, between a handful of people showing up at ABC affiliates (proving their point that very few are any longer interested in these shows), to sponsors dropping their support (only one vacuum cleaner company – nothing followed); coupons from scandal rags, Sony wants our shows (no they didnt), etc. All that was accomplished was an unprepared internet startup network grabbed the rights, didn’t come through, and ruined the finales. That’s it. ABC could care less what type of ruckus… Read more »

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

I so hope GH gets to stay. I would love for ABC to make an announcement that the Chew and Revulsion are being replaced by AMC and OLTL but most likely in my dreams only. I have only seen the Revulsion and the Spew during commercials of GH. I don’t understand why anybody would watch.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with you… But I don’t think AMC or OLTL will be brought back on abc…As much as us soap fans want them to. Cancel The Revolution and keep gh on abc… Why keep the revolution on when it is so lousy in the ratings and abc is probably losing big money over that………Gh is improving with the ratings and have to keep it up…Like abc soaps for years and I don’t want to change, unless they give me a reason to……………..Like where GH is headed with the storyline……It’s a definite improvement…I hope abc can see this improvement…….Cross your… Read more »

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

so am I,too…lol We want get rid of Chew and Revoltuion down the pot!!!! where it belong(Devil’s hole.)

Barb
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Barb

I can’t wait for the announcement and I definitely hope it is in favor of GH! Would be a smart move on ABC’s part finally! They still need to reconsider reinstating the cancelled soaps especially OLTL as we all know they made a BIG mistake there! It should have never been cancelled in the first place – the ratings were there! I will continue to do my part everyday in supporting the Soap Movement and watch GH and I believe GH is ON FIRE! and it is only going to get better and better!!! Number One Soap on my list!… Read more »

Violet
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Violet

Go! Go! The revo must go! Go! Go! The revo must go!

Jeffrey
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Jeffrey

GO HOME,REVOLUTION………….GO HOME,REVOLTION!!! GO BACK TO DEVIL’S HOLE!!!

Violet
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Violet

How about this one:

Hit the road, Revo
And don’t ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road, Revo
And don’t ya come back NO MORE!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

If abc/disney keeps this idiot show on any longer its a fact that they are nothing but a bunch of bone heads working for the rat channel There is no excuse for dragging this on any further.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with you 100%….comment on 3/28 at 11:52am…..

Nancy M
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Nancy M

I have always thought that the Revocrap would be cancelled. What I don’t understand is all the crap that informs us otherwise. That is the hardest part and of course ABC not telling anyone of their intentions. Still absolutely hate ABC forever for this. Bring back our shows.

Eldridge
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Eldridge

Isn’t the 4th hour of Today similar to the REvolution anyway??

Linda
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Linda

With the idiots running ABC/D I won’t put any faith into this story until an official announcement is made. Just look at what the idiots have already put us thru. Let us know GH’s fate now!

Debi
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Debi

I think GH will be renewed. I think that was what Ron’s reference was about dotting I’s and crossing T’s first.

Also….I watched last night’s Atlanta Housewifes from Sunday. The little girl made a comment about nobody wanting Katie C on daytime! How funny was that??

For those of you who are Brenda fans, I sense she is on her way back. Too much mentioning of her name lately. ICK!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

C’mon Deb, ICK wasn’t necessary. With all the critisium she has gotten, who knows…., she may come back busing that role OUT and looking like the Brenda we once knew, just older. But, you do you sense she is on her way back? U said, ” Too much mentioning of her name lately “. Where? On this site? That counts for nothing. Lots of speculation goes on on this site. So where “other ” the mentioning of her name?

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Thanks Mr. Fairman for another GREAT article. Buh bye Revulsion. We won’t miss you. GH will quickly fill your spot.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

We shouldn’t count our chickens before they are hatched…As that saying goes!!!!! Why would should this CRAPPY show the revolution remain on abc , when no one is watching it..And NEVER will be watched…It makes no sense to keep this show on… And the ratings will continue to FLOP………And by the way I can’t stand cooking shows(the chew) and others like it…………….I WANT MY STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough of these crap shows already. They don’t belong on daytime programming…. GH FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HURRAY!!! ROBIN IS ALIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan
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Jan

I dont like katie at all…should have kept OLTL & AMC.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I have never watched Katie Couric… Not even once!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally not interested in her……….I want my stories also………..Enough of this reality/Info/talk shows/cooking to………………….They don’t belong on datytime programming…I’ve said thie before……………….We have so many of these kind of shows already….They are nothing new about them……….They aren’t a fresh idea , which abc seems to think so………..They are TOTALILY wrong on this one…….

Jared
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Jared

I hope the Devolution gets destroyed, but I’m also not thrilled that Katie Couric is getting a talk show on daytime. She didn’t do much, if anything, for CBS Evening News’ ratings so why is “failure” being rewarded?

PD Miles
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PD Miles

If ABC has any sense left, they will leave GH alone and cancel The Revolution! The fans have spoken and we have spoken loudly, we do NOT want this reality crap on our screens and we CAN’T be trained like dogs to watch this garbage, I don’t care what Brian Frons says!!!

I still believe AMC & OLTL can return, Katie C’s show will be a flop! She has already failed on both NBC & CBS what makes ABC think it will be any different there?

Mark
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Mark

Hope GH stays on the air. I’ve been watching the show for over 30 years and it seems to be getting better all the time. Sometimes it’s not about the bottom dollar. It’s about taking care of your viewers who have been there threw the good and the bad. Those other shows are a dime a dozon.

barbara t
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barbara t

I just got back from sending abc.com a extra email today,over at tv media insights theres a update on the ratings and both the chew and the revolution are going downhill ,so i couldnt pass up the chance to tell abc/disney how dumb they are and how I will continue to boycott there dopy programing day and night ,also told them how good general hospital is getting and How its wrong that they are throwing all my children and one life to live in the garbage and should give agnus the rights to HER shows instead of wasting them,Yes good… Read more »

zack tate
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zack tate

Hope GH stay’s on the air.Everone keep your finger’s cross.Still mouring GH

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GH’s Josh Swickard Stars in HBO Max Film ‘A Hollywood Christmas’

Circle Thursday, December 1st! That’s when you can see General Hospital’s Josh Swickard (Chase) in yet another holiday film.  This time, Swickard stars alongside Jessika Van in A H0llywood Christmas streaming on HBO Max.

In story, A Hollywood Christmas follows Jessica, a successful Christmas movie director, who begins living her own real-life Christmas movie when a handsome television executive named Christopher (played by Swickard), shows up on the set.

Sent by the network to decide if producing Christmas movies are worth the expense, Christopher’s presence threatens to halt production on Jessica’s latest film. With Christopher looking over her shoulder on behalf of the network, Jessica now has to juggle: actors on the set falling in and out of love, an elf dog, and her own romantic feelings for the network exec!

As many are aware, Josh stars in many holiday films, so it’s a bit of send-up about a guy who is in Christmas movies starring in a movie about the making of one.

Warner Brothers posted tune-in info on their official Instagram a few days ago, sharing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… #AHollywoodChristmas premieres in SIX Days! Spend the #HolidaysWithHBOMax.”

You can check out the trailer below.

Will you be checking out Josh in ‘A Hollywood Christmas’ starting this Thursday? Comment below.

 

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GH’s Kelly Thiebaud Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

In heartbreaking scenes on last week’s episodes of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) gets the news she has feared for quite some time – that her battle with Huntington’s disease has progressed even further than she imagined.

The moments were all played with devastating perfection by Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, who has GH fans know will be departing the ABC daytime drama series soon.

In story, Austin (Roger Howarth) set up a consultation with a Huntington’s Disease expert, Dr. Talone. When the three meet to discuss Britt’s case, she learns that symptoms she thought were stress from being on the run a few years ago, and when she was in prison, were the early manifestations of the disease.

After Dr. Talone examines Britt, she reveals that Britt now has the signs of stage three Huntington’s.  As for her prognosis, Britt will have ‘significant cognitive impairment’, and while she was anywhere between five to fifteen years in her lifespan, it could be as soon as eighteen months when Britt will need assisted living and full-time care.

When Dr. Talone exits, Austin offers to stay with Britt, but she asks for him to leave her office so she can be alone.  Once by herself and overcome with the news she received (and looking at her framed medical license and business card which says that Britt is Co-Chief of Staff of General Hospital), she finally loses it and tears up her office.  Cody (Josh Kelly) comes upon her, when she is left holding the necklace she found in Peter’s possessions which are the diamonds of the Ice Princess.

Britt is in tears and tells Cody that when she found out her father, Faison had died, she thought it was finally over. However, his reach extends far beyond the grave! Britt is in disbelief that she wasted so much time seeking his approval.  Cody tries to calm Britt down by telling her she is worth loving.  Britt remarks, “Even with what’s been passed down to me?”  Cody is confused and thinks she is talking about the necklace which now makes Britt believe that Cody was only into her for the diamonds.

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Later, in the most gut-wrenching and emotional scenes, Britt confesses to her mother, Liesl Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) that her disease has progressed. Obrecht wants to get her to a specialist in Toronto, but Britt says she just met with her and she informs her mother she has five to fifteen years to live – and a year and a half before she may require full-time care.  Obrecht promises they will fight this. An overcome Britt asks her to just stop because she doesn’t need a doctor … she needs a mom.  The two embrace, but Obrecht cries Britt deserved a better mother than her. Kathleen Gati and Kelly Thiebaud were extremely touching and effective in these scenes.

When looking at the totality of the arc of this story that played out last week, and the understated and beautiful work of Kelly Thiebaud, it is without question Michael Fairman TV gives our Power Performance of the Week honors to Kelly.

So, what did you think of Kelly’s performances as Britt learns what she will now be faced with in the years ahead and the aftermath? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s Kathleen Gati on Liesl Learning Britt is Sick: “This Was the Most Painful and Profound Episode I Have Filmed in 10 Years”

This week in a preview of a heartbreaking episode of General Hospital, Liesl (Kathleen Gati) will learn her daughter, Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), now has developed symptoms of Huntington’s Disease and its progression is making Dr. Westbourne very sick.

In story, look for Britt to confide in her mother, noting that that the disease is beginning to overtake her body.

Liesl’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati shared with Soap Opera Digest (in their latest issue on newsstand now), just how mutter will react to the news.

Gati expressed: “I have to say this is the most painful and profound episode I have filmed in 10 years.”  Kathleen has played the role of Dr, Liesl Obrecht since 2012.

She goes on to say, “Liesl puts her doctors hat on to give hope to herself and to Britta, encouraging her that they are both well-trained doctors and can find a way to help Britta.”

However, that’s not what Britt wants to hear.  She needs her mother, and the support and comfort from her, at this devastating time in her life.

Kathleen shares it’s at that point that Liesl realizes she needs to stop all the medical talk and just be there for her daughter.

So, are you looking forward to the scenes between Britt and Liesl?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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