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Will new Katie Couric ABC Talk Show replace General Hospital?

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Looks like the Alphabet network is getting ready to sign a deal with Katie Couric to bring her over to their ABC Daytime line-up for her previously bantered about talk show.  The new series could either replace General Hospital in 2012, or one of the two new reality series replacing AMC and OLTL, The Chew or The Revolution, if they fail.

According to TMZ.com this morning, “Katie Couric and ABC television are on the verge of signing a $20 million deal, which would give Katie her own talk show, as well as significant involvement in ABC News — and the big casualty could be General Hospital. ABC would also give Katie a 1-hour, 5-day-a-week syndicated talk show, that would begin in September, 2012.  Our sources say … one option ABC is considering is giving its affiliates back the hour where General Hospital airs to make room for Katie.  In other words, ABC would axe the third longest-running soap in history and the last one standing on ABC.  ABC is also realistic, believing that one of its two new 2011 syndicated shows will fail, leaving room for K.C. We’re told … when the dust settles and ABC’s daytime schedule gets rearranged, Katie would probably land in the 3 PM time slot.”

Here we go again, folks! Stay tuned.

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Jill M Collins
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Jill M Collins

Will keep positive thoughts for GH and supporting it by watching it. Just can’t see KC drawing the market they are seeking.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Let’s hope that both of the new ABC shows fail as they rightfully should!

Desi
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Desi

Really bad move on ABC’s part. How can they be so sure people will watch Katie? If Frons Kills ALL Soaps I know I will NOT watch anything on ABC. Someone needs to let ABC EXEC’s know that there are already way tooooo many Talk Show on T.V. already and NO ONE LIKES THEM ! Don’t they know from past experience that Most TS get CANCELLED ! This is just OUTRAGEOUS ! They need to FIRE FRON’S !!!!!!!

EG
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EG

That is horrible news. I can’t believe ABC would also get rid of GH! If it does, that is really the end of soaps

Sean
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Sean

If GH goes, I will be forced to end my love affair with abc.

Susan
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Susan

I’m sorry Michael, but after all ABC soaps are canceled, I will not be watching any afternoon ABC shows. I have no interest in another reality or talk show. There is already an abundance of reality and talk shows that are not even watched. If they’re so happy with talk shows they need to create two talk show and reality show networks. Leave the soaps alone. Contrary to popular belief, there is still a large viewship for soaps.

lisa
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lisa

If ABC takes G.H. away to i know alot of people that will NEVER watch A.B.C. AGAIN!!!!

Lynne
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Lynne

This is just bull shit that I’m hearing and it’s not fair to do that!!!!!!!!!! Who cares about Katie Couric’s talk show. Now this is getting ridiculous to say the least. We want our soaps all of them to stay on!!!! Whomever is in charge of this crap better think again to save our soaps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am very very mad especially hearing now they may take General Hospital off the air . This just isn’t fair at all!!!

Kimberly
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Kimberly

Katie should take over Oprah’s time slot and not give ABC an excuse to cancel another soap opera. Enough is enough already! Yes, Soap fans are the most dedicated fans and will NOT watch her show if she takes over General Hospitals slot.

Rob
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Rob

Considering her abysmal ratings daily on the CBS Evening News what makes anyone think she deserves a talk show??

Brooke
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Brooke

From what I have read elsewhere, Couric is slated to take over Oprah’s slot.

Brian
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Brian

Gee, I thought it was bad enough that OLTL was getting canceled… but now I am thinking of your wonderful website and what will become of it wiith only 3 show left. I feel very bad for your situation as well Michael !

harlee
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harlee

The way ABC has handled the cancellation of both other soaps, all of ABC from Frons on up has made a mess of everything. ABC executives are liars!!!! This is not just daytime, night-time executives are the same way. All LIARS. I feel for long time GH and long time in general ABC soap fans. I have started to watch AMC & OLTL (because of the fabulous Kim Zimmer) after my soaps were cancelled by CBS. I personally had been a long time viewer of P&G’s soaps including AW, as for GH I don’t watch because personally if I want… Read more »

kay a killgore
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kay a killgore

Perky Katie Couric who has a mouth like a sailor! Stop the madness!!!! When did we stop having real ladies at the helm? She was at Nellis AFB and talked worse yhan a sailor!!!!

leah
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leah

Will someone please tell her soap fans do not forgive or forget.. she really must want to watch what is left of her career swirl and flush… Katie.. be wise… find something else because abc is gonna go under-Once day time is destroyed…

lew
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lew

I hope this is not true and just a rumor. Didn’t Frons say that he was not courting Katie Couric? He is such a liar! I truly hope his lineup, including The View (sorry Whoopi); tanks in the ratings and maybe ABC/Disney will finally wake up and realize what an incompetent they have at the helm of daytime programming.

Days
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Days

I have never cared for this gal 🙁 keep the soaps

SUSAN BLAIR
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SUSAN BLAIR

PLEASE ..ABC.. do not take the last good soap away…. god only knows there are too many talk SHOWS ON TV NOW. DON’T LIKE KATIE COURIC AND CERTAINLY DON’T NEED A SHOW FROM HER…….DON’T NEED NEW SHOWS….. PLEASEEEEE WE RELY ON OUR STORIES….. IF IT’S GONE,,,,AS AMC & OLTL WILL BE,,,,,,,,,I WON’T WATCH ABC…… CERTAINLY MORE TALK SHOWS ARE NOT NEEDED. WE PUBLIC ARE TALKED OUT. NEED SOMETHING TO RELAX WITH. THANK YOU.

Joe E.
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Joe E.

Well I’m already boycotting ABC aside from AMC, OLTL, and GH… this just proves WHY. Frons and his crew can go to HELL. “Chew” on that!

michelle
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michelle

If they take General off the air for her I’ll go crazy. wtf

Julia
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Julia

What is going on the world?? Soaps are a part of our culture!!! I happen to love GH and this is ridiculous. There are too many talk shows on as it is…who cares?? Give us our soaps!! That what we housewives enjoy during the day. Keeps our sanity, knowing that our lives aren’t that bad considering!!! If abc gets rid of GH I will no longer watch that station…this is bull….I can’t stand Katie!!!’

Michelle
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Michelle

I know for a fact I do not Katie…And another talk show. They are all the same….not special about any of them. However I do think Ellen does a good job. But the rest is just boring and ok. I know I will stop watching ABC…All my favorites…Castle, Dancing with the Stars, Greys, Practice and the Middle. I would definately stop watching them and our local new…I will switch over to NBC. How many reruns of Frasier or other old sitcoms that you have seen 1000s of times be watched or Infomercials…Maybe if you rearrange what programming you do have… Read more »

leah blickensderfer
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leah blickensderfer

I HAVE ALREADY DECIDED TO DELETE ABC FOR MY TELEVISION IF ALL THIS SOAP CANCELLING GOES THRU, I CAN’T BELEIVE THEY ARE GOING THRU WITHTHIS. I HOPE ABC GOES UNDER

kaye moore
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kaye moore

I hate cooking shows and most talk shows ..so i will not be watching…

soap fan til death
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soap fan til death

ABC, You ABSOLUTLY STINK!!!!!! All my life I watched ABC soaps, now they are all cancelled? I will NEVER watch ABC again! I hope I am not the only one who feels this way, I also hope the network FAILS at every show you have!!!!!!!!!
So long ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda
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Linda

GOODBYE ABC No Soaps, no viewer!!!!!!

Linda
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Linda

ABC You ABSOLUTELY STINK!!!!! All my life I watched ABC soaps, now they are all cancelled? I will never watch ABC again! I hope the network fails at EVERY show you have!!!
SO LONG ABC!!!!!!!!!!!

Bobby & Sandy
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Bobby & Sandy

well thats it for me and my wife,..were out of here,..adios !! ABC,.. and that go’s for the rest of my family,..

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Kelly Thiebaud Opens Up on Her Exit from General Hospital, Taping Britt’s Tragic Death Scenes, and Parting Thoughts on Co-Stars

Just a few weeks ago on the January 4th episode of General Hospital, viewers were left devastated when Dr. Britt Westbourne succumbed to a fatal poisoning after a confrontation with ‘The Hook’.

While it was revealed that Daytime Emmy winner, Kelly Thiebaud, was exiting the ABC soap opera at the end of 2022, many thought the story would see Britt leaving Port Charles to deal with her declining health due to Huntington’s Disease in private, in order to keep the door open for a possible return down the line.  However, that was not meant to be.  When a report from Deadline surfaced back in August of 2022, it indicated that Kelly was returning to her primetime role on ABC’s Station 19, which caused some confusion and rumors of just what would Thiebaud’s ultimate status be with the daytime drama series.

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Now, in a very special exit interview for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, Kelly chats with Michael Fairman and clarifies what led to her decision to leave her role as Dr. Britt Westbourne.

Talking with Fairman direct from London, Kelly, who won a Daytime Emmy in 2022 for the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, reveals how it came to pass that GH would kill-off the character of Britt by becoming another victim of ‘The Hook’, and more.

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During the conversation, Thiebaud shares her thoughts on working with her former GH co-stars including: Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Parry Shen (Brad), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kathleen Gati (Liesl), Cassandra James (Terry), Roger Howarth (Austin) and Josh Kelly (Cody), as well as some of her favorite memories throughout her run on the series which began in 2012.

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Kelly took the character from being the manipulative ‘Britch’ as an interloper in the romance of Patrick (Jason Thompson) and Sabrina (Teresa Castillo), all the way to becoming a well-loved character to root for.

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While, GH viewers witnessed Britt’s shocking death scenes, Kelly weighs-in on taping those moments, as well as Britt’s emotional goodbye birthday party, and having the opportunity to portray a character who was trying to navigate her life, while suffering from the effects of Huntington’s Disease.

In addition, Thiebaud gives a very special ‘thank you’ and shout out to the fans for their enduring support as she looks forward to new roles and new adventures ahead.

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Check out our heartfelt farewell interview with Kelly below, and for upcoming celebrity features, interviews, event coverage, music videos, and more, make sure to ‘subscribe‘ to the Michael Fairman Channel.

So, what did you think about Kelly’s decision to depart GH? Will you miss her as Britt? Share your thoughts on our conversation in the comment section below.

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Apparently, the story is not over, when Denise Crosby reprises her role of Carolyn beginning the week of January 23rd on General Hospital.

Talking about her return in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Crosby previewed, “She (Carolyn) wants to make a connection with her daughter and try to make amends for something that is almost impossible to make amends for. She knows it could go really wrong, but she can’t live with herself if she doesn’t take the shot.”

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Something tells us there is more to the story of why Carolyn could have returned to Port Charles? Any thoughts?

Let us know your theories about Elizabeth’s mother upcoming return to Port Charles in the comment section below.

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Johnny Wactor Featured in Music Video Short Film ‘There to Catch Me’ by the Nashvillains

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Now fans can check out Wactor in an extremely touching short film in the latest music video by the Nashvillains, for their single, There to Catch Me.

In it, Wactor portrays the character of Mason, who visits a house that held significance for him and his wife.  It’s where they spent their wedding night.  However, we learn that he lost his wife.  Throughout the short film, Mason has flash backs of their life together, and gets the shock of his life when his wife seemingly returns and they get to spend one last moment together.

Johnny took to his Instagram and shared: “Finally… the full short film – music video There to Catch Me is out! Please, please, do yourself a favor and enjoy this piece of art that so many talented people came together to create. Big thanks to @nashvillainsband and @bethanyashtonwolf for making me a part of this!”

The short film’s director, Bethany Ashton Wolf replied, “Loved directing you in this beautiful piece of song + cinema, Johnny. Memories for a lifetime.”

Watch ‘There to Catch Me’, the short film  featuring Wactor below.  Then let us know, what you thought of his performance in it via the comment section.

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