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Will Lara Spencer & Josh Elliott be the hosts for the new GMA Summer Spin-Off that replaces The Revolution?

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ABC News is rushing to determine just what its upcoming Good Morning America spinoff — GMA In the Afternoon — will look like.  Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott, who regularly appear on GMA doing the hard news and celebrity news segments, and have secondary roles alongside, GMA co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos are considered the frontrunners to host the Summer series, that replaces The Revolution, which was canned this past week.   As previously announced, the GMA afternoon edition will air at 2 p.m. in the Eastern time zone and at 1 p.m. in most other areas of the country.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, “One other possible difference between the regular morning GMA and GMA In The Afternoon: is that the afternoon edition might call upon ABC News personnel who are not regulars on GMA.  That is especially likely to be true if there is major breaking news and the network does extra programming or goes live during the afternoon period.   it was leaders at the ABC Television Network who came to ABC News and then to GMA with the idea of doing the afternoon version for about nine weeks.”

THR also indicated that ABC morning show’s producers were happy to accommodate the idea as a way to extend their franchise.   “This is a great opportunity to give more exposure to the show and attract new viewers,” said the ABC spokesperson.

So, who do you think should host the GMA summer replacement series until GH gets the timeslot and Katie Couric’s new talker debuts? Let us know!

 

 

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Sounds like a good show to replace The Chew with!!!!!

oh boy, i smell a rat in hear , ABC is hard to trust these days, so i don’t know what to think of this, but we’ll see.

In NY, we have local news in the 4pm slot that Oprah vacated. So to me that is way too much news: News at 12, game show 12:30. Chew at 1pm, GMA 2pm, GH 3pm, then news from 4-7pm? The NYC tri-state area will be changing the channel. The one good thing about GH moving to the 2pm slot is hopefully it will get pre-empted less often; it seems the 3-4 EST is the prime time for news conferences. 🙂

Yoy forgot that Dr. Oz is on at 4:00pm in oprah’s old timeslot…………I don’t think that is being cancelled yet…………………

Dr Oz airs on FOX in NY, not ABC.

I live in Fl. and Dr. r. Oz isn’t on the fox channel…Dr. Oz comes on after gh at 4:00pm On ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It should be the same in NY…..We are both eastern standard time… I have watched Dr. Oz on ABC NOT the fox channel….I’m not lying….When GH is over Dr. Oz comes on next On ABC…………I Know I watcg it every so often..I have seen it on ABC when GH is over…You have this mixed up with something else…You are wrong on this one….

Well in fl. Dr. Oz is on at 4:00pm on Abc.. The news comes on at 5:00pm after Dr. Oz is over……………………….This is the truth………………..

Sorry but it IS different in different markets. From today’s tv guide on the Comcast (my cable provider) website:

The Dr. Oz Show
“The 3 Silent Killers of Women: Why You Must Know…”
4:00-5:00p | Ch 5 WNYW
TVPG
(Airdate April 16, 2012) Dr. Oz discusses the often unnoticed symptoms of potentially fatal diseases; nutritionist Heidi Skolnik presents healthy cereal options.

Eyewitness News First at 4
4:00-5:00p | Ch 7 WABC
Local news, sports and weather.

Proof enough? I wish I could post a screencap here. Geez people, I know what comes on my DVR at the end of GH everyday!

how about this: http://www.doctoroz.com/ On the right you will see “where to watch this episode” click on “not your station” and it will list all the markets, when and where his show airs. it is on all 4 major networks at different times. Just cause something is one way where you live, please do not insult me by saying I do not know what I am saying.

I see in Gainsville Florida it airs on NBC, not even ABC. Even within your own state it is not consistent.

I wanted to say I’m sorry about my comments the other day…This is for KATHY C…………….I have Bright house cable in Fl. Comcast has their channels situated diffrently…My friend in Jersey had comcast cable..Didn’t mean to insullt you…..I’m sorry I didn’t mean it…..They have Optimum cable in Jersey & Dr. Oz is on ABC on their cable….Again I am sorry….Let’s start over….Do you like watching GH and when it was on OLTL…OLTL was my favorite soap…How about you??????? SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t watcg Dr. Oz much . He makes me nervous…Too much info for me…….Stuff I really don’t want to hear…It upsets me & I dwell on it…Don’t like thoseb kind of shows..

He knows everything.. Etc… That gets old quick……….Not something I would watch Mon.-Fri……I like the soaps over him anyday………….

Susan m ,I live in florida and ellen is on at 4 on abc.Dr oz is on in the morning,and no I dont watch any of that stuff ,so I wonder what they will do with katie c.and I dont under stand why I still have soap net.all I know is that the daytime should be for the soaps forget all these mindless stupid life styles ,news,cooking and dopy talk shows ,I cant watch that stuff,its boring.Abc didnt solve anything with general hospital 1 year is nothing they dont care there just buying time to shut us up and Im not going to ,If abc/disney cared they would have renewed for 3 to 5 years I dont trust abc the boycott for me continues.

Are You there?????????????

Online for the first time today. It’s not actually the cable companies that decide what airs on which network; maybe Michael can elaborate on that for you.

Never watched Dr. Oz – no interest in talk shows at all.

I have been watching GH since 1978; my fav soap of them all. Years ago when I was a stay-at-home mom I was able to watch AMC & OLTL; but once my kids were grown and I rejoined the work force I cut out AMC and “taped” OLTL & GH. Time to watch made me cut it to GH only, but did tune into OLTL every now and then. I am thrilled to have the OLTL crew on GH; if it brings viewers over, saves the last remaining soap, and gets rid of the useless characters added in the recent past, I am all for it. What ever saves my show. 🙂

Hello Kathy C have you read my latest comments.. Please read each one…

Starting with comment on 4/17 at9:54am……….

Hi Kathy C. I don’t like info/reality/cooking shows on daytime programming…Will not watch this GMA …Another show that will talk you to death………….I use to watch OLTL for a very long time.. I started watching all the soaps with my mom..And have been hooked ever since…OLTL was my number one soap..To me it had the most heart & the hold show they were like a family..Very close knit..Especially Viki……..I have the cast picture of OLTL…Look at it everyday…I watch GH everyday & If I have to go somewhere I record it…Enjoy seeing some of the actors from OLTL..

I Agree with Barbara t on 4/18 at2:26pm… I am only going to watch GH….I am not watching these mindless shows either…………………..They really screwed up daytime programming BIG TIME………….The fight goes on…Don’t watch this crap…Just like we soap fans didn’t watch The Revolution & it got cancelled.. The same goes for these other shows like Katie couric,GMA , ETC….Don’t watch them and the ratings will flop with these shows also..

Call me pessimistic but I think that GMA in the Afternoon and the fifth hour of Today will be the replacements of GH and Days in 2013. Those news shows probably cost even less to produce than talk shows.

I fear you are right.

I probably won’t watch GMA either..I don’t ever watch this at all………..

From my comment on 4/18 at 5:59am..Correction:To me OLTLhad the most heart &the whole show was like a family….(kathy C)

I don’t trust ABC as far as I could throw their rat asses. Typically if it sounds to good to be true, it is. They have seen first hand what a group of pissed off soap fans can accomplish (Revolution). If they are playing games again we will have no choice but to sink “Katie” and any other nonsense they shove down our throats. We are the viewers and together we have the power to make or break whatever they do. Hope for their sake they have an above board agenda planned.

Loved this, ” They have seen first hand what a group of pissed off soaps fans can accomplish (Revolution)”. Great Writing. I’m glad that was the name of their show. That name has worked for our agenda in the end. LOL
Good Writing, Thank You.

Katie Couric, Etc.. These kind of shows don’t belong especially on daytime programming…Put them on primetime….Or at 2: 00 inthe morning… No one will be up to watch this crap…………..

Just bring back One Life To Live, please.

I don’t care who hosts GMA In the Afternoon because I will NOT watch it. I want GMA and The Chew to fail. I want OLTL back. OLTL never should have been canceled–and we all know it–the failure of The Revolution proves it. And don’t tell me to get over it and move on. If you want to move on fine, but please respect the hopes and dreams of others. Thank you.

if this show does good in ratings kiss GH goodbye next year

Here’s one soap fan who will not be watching!!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t even think that…Just don’t watch it and it will be cancelled like the revolution…Boycott GMA ..Like we soap fans did for The Revolution….It will be gone in less than 3 months….

ABC just won’t listen. (to loyal soap fans) .. unfortunately another attempt that will fail. bring back OLTL.

I agree…….

Didn’t you hear? Oltl is back, on GH! You can catch your faves like starr,Todd, mcbain and soon tea interacting with a much cooler crowd in port Charles ny .

As far as GMA in the afternoon…who cares. I don’t even watch it in the morning anymore since ABC axed my afternoon soaps. I only watch GH, and even their commercials if thats what it takes. I’ve said it before, I don’t trust ABC. One year renewal is just enough to celebrate GH’s 50th.

Who should host GMA in the afternoon? NOT Lara and Josh!! Can’t stand them in the morning will not watch in afternoon. Love George and Robin.

Doesn’t matter. Soap fans should boycott it. If it does well it could very well end up replacing GH NEXT year. Do NOT Watch!

I see just another show to boycott. Enough with the talk shows already! We want a diversion not more phoney BS!

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‘Tracker’ Starring Justin Hartley Renewed for Second Season by CBS

Justin Hartley’s (ex-Adam, Y&R, ex-Kevin, This Is Us) new series Tracker, which has only aired four of its episodes, has already received a second season renewal for the 2024-2025 season from CBS.

The early renewal isn’t surprising given the drama series boffo numbers for its recent episodes. In addition, Tracker has become the most-watched new series since Young Sheldon in 2017-2018 and the most-watched new drama since 2014-2015 season of Empire.

Tracker, which debuted on February 11th following the Super Bowl, has now been seen by 30 million multi-platform viewers and is Paramount+’s #1 show in February. Since its post-Super Bowl debut, Tracker is averaging nearly 16 million multi-platform viewers. In more impressive numbers, Tracker has improved its regular Sunday, 9:00 PM time period by +83% year over year.

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Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment shared on the renewal, “Tracker kicked off our premiere week with a ratings bang and has kept the momentum going. We knew we had something special when we saw the very first cut of the series and the overwhelming audience response confirms it. We couldn’t be more grateful to Justin, the talented cast, the incredible writing and producing teams and our partners at 20th Television for such compelling episodes. And, of course, we’re also so thankful to the millions of viewers tuning in each week.”

The series stars Justin Hartley as Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family. The series is based on the bestselling novel The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

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Hartley, Ken Olin, Elwood Reid and Ben Winters serve as executive producers. Tracker is off this coming Sunday likely due to the Oscars airing on ABC, but returns with an all-new episode on Sunday, March 17th. Check out a promo for the episode entitled “St. Louis” below. Be on the lookout for the sixth episode called “Lexington” when Hartley’s real-life wife, Sofia Pernas (ex-Marisa, Y&R) appears.

So, excited to hear Justin’s series is getting continued life with a second season? Comment below.

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Steve Burton Confirms ‘General Hospital’ Head Writer Switch Changed Jason’s Comeback Storyline

General Hospital viewers will see today, Monday, March 4th, the beginnings of the return storyline for Steve Burton and his character of Jason Morgan.

Just how did the recent head writing regime change at GH alter the plans for story for Jason’s comeback? As had been rumored, seems plenty. Back on January 22nd, it was revealed that Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor had been replaced by Patrick Mulcahey and Elizabeth Korte. At that time, Burton had already signed-on to return to the daytime drama for the first time since being let go towards the end of 2021.

Speaking with Soap Opera Digest, Steve confirmed that what we will see on-air is from the new head writers and that the direction of the story changed, “So apparently there was a whole different story planned and then the head writer switch happened and then they kind of rebooted (the story arc). I know Patrick (Mulcahey, one of the new head writers) a little bit, but I really know Elizabeth Korte (who was promoted to co-head writer).”

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Burton added, “There’s no one in the building that loves that show, knows the history of the character, and is invested in it 100 percent than Elizabeth. There has never been a more deserved promotion, ever. Once I know that she was (one of the head writers), I was like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be good! I cannot wait.’ And it has been exactly that. Everything has been amazing.”‘

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In addition, during an Instagram live on Monday with his podcast and comedy show partner, GH star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Burton also commented on the upcoming story arc which brings Jason back to Port Charles. Steve expressed, “The story is not going to disappoint. The scenes are super deep. Frank (Valentini, EP, GH)  and the new head writers took some time to really think this out.”

Burton, being a longtime veteran of the soaps, said Jason’s return is not just isolated to be about him. “Great story on daytime should involve a myriad of people across the board and where it effects everybody,” he shared. The popular fan favorite feels that this story delivers on all levels.

So, what do you think about the head writer change and how it prompted the plans for Jason’s return? Comment below.

 

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Jason Cook Recalls Landing His Soap Roles as DAYS Shawn-Douglas Brady and GH’s Matt Hunter

Daytime fans remember Jason Cook when he became wildly-popular as Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Bo’s (Peter Reckell) son, Shawn-Douglas Brady on Days of our Lives from 1999-2006. He later made a brief return in the role in 2015 for the series 50th anniversary.

After departing DAYS, Cook was offered a role on General Hospital as Dr. Matt Hunter, the younger brother to Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) from 2008-2012. However, during his time on the soaps, and after, Cook has been focusing on his behind the scenes roles and passion as writer and a director of feature films.

Last week, the Michael Fairman Channel welcomed Jason, along with two of the stars of his latest film, Four for Fun, Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Jacob Young (ex-AMC, B&B, GH). During the conversation, Cook revealed his continued admiration for the soap medium and the actors who work in it, and how it came to pass that he landed his parts on Days of our Lives, and then on General Hospital.

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Cook spoke on becoming the on-screen son of soap opera’s most iconic couples, Bo and Hope: “I auditioned for Fran Bascom. She was the Days of our Lives casting director at the time. I was never a great auditioner, I don’t think. She made me feel really comfortable. I remember that screen test. And then, I remember when I got the part, I was actually working at a company at a desk job. I got the call at work and I just screamed, and at the time I didn’t quit my job. But then, I got that contract when I was 19-years-old and it totally changed my life.”

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But, was Jason aware how key to the show being Bo and Hope’s son would be? “Yeah, my older sister was a fan of the show. She definitely let me know that I better not mess it up, because I was gonna ruin her favorite couple,” he shared. “I remember she printed out the family tree and it looked like a physics diagram. It was so complicated. A lot of detailed work went into it. But, I was excited.”

After being a known entity with a large fan following, eventually Cook made his way to a new role on General Hospital. Jason explained, “GH was fun. That was a situation where Brian Frons (ex-ABC Daytime President) brought me over there. I just told him I didn’t want to be like or want to do Shawn. He’s like, ‘Well, what do you wanna do?’ I said, ‘How can I screw things up around here and shake things up?'”

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From that conversation things began to formulate. Cook revealed, “We started talking about the TV series House. I think in soaps, there’s an assumption if you’re going on a show that everybody wants to be the hero. I was like, ‘I don’t want to (be). I want to screw everything up.’ And then, they wrote it in that Matt Hunter burns the hospital down within like six months. I was like really proud about that. The other part that I loved about that character is that Matt, and his older brother Patrick (Jason Thompson), were both neurosurgeons. And if you (an actor) resigned your contract (with the show) you go to Patrick, you see Patrick. And if you don’t resign your contract, you see my character, because my character was going to kill you every time.”

For more on the interview, make sure to check out the replay of the livestream conversation below with Jason, Brytni Sarpy and Jacob Young.  Now let us know, did you enjoy Jason as Shawn-D and Matt on GH? Do you hope someday he might return on-screen to the soaps? Let us know in the comment section.

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