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

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

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 !!!!!!!

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

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

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.

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

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!!!

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.

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

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

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 !

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 to watch “The Sopranos” I will watch it, GH’s story-lines are not my cup of tea but I still feel for GH fans. It is slow painful grieving process HONESTLY. I would come home from work and watch my “soaps”….Y&R, ATWT, GL, AW. When AW was cancelled was hard enough but back to back years of GL & ATWT I was lost for a few months because I looked forward to relax and have martini and see my Reva & Josh, Lucinda, Luke & Noah, Olivia & Natalia etc. It’s a shame because soaps could be vital if they would go back to go what they do BEST ….relationship driven stories..not saying like 1960’s but update how stories are told and balance the length of each arc according to the story itself. If doing a serious social issue then take your time a full year, have 13 week arcs, 6 month arcs etc because people are people and they do love a well written, balanced story. You see it all over TV today and it comes directly from soaps.

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!!!!

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…

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.

I have never cared for this gal 🙁 keep the soaps

PLEASE ..ABC.. do not take the last good soap away…. god only knows there

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!

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

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!!!’

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 you can still keep the soaps and put your other stupid reality programming around the 1-4 time slot. Please keep our soaps. You can’t even move them to the soap net to keep them because you cancelled that, for what another stupid disney child channel. How many does that make? Maybe focus on your other programming where you have problem teen actors that are in the new all the time. They are real role models…I don’t know Disney…my kids want to go to Disney since they have never been there, but I will not grace the Kindom at all with your terrible decision making.


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

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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!!!!!!!!!!!

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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John J. York Returns as General Hospital’s Mac Scorpio and Shares, “Expect The You-Know-What to Hit the Fan”

General Hospital fans were overjoyed when John J. York (Mac Scorpio) revealed he was back on set and taping all-new episodes of the ABC daytime drama series.

The beloved GH star was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and multiple smoldering myeloma, two blood and bone marrow disorders, back in 2022.  Later, he underwent treatment for the cancer in September of 2023, which took him off the show while he went through a blood stem cell transplant and the recovery.

Now, those who have waited for Mac to finally get to the truth – that Cody Bell (Josh Kelly) is his biological son – may finally get their wish!  Speaking with TV Insider on his imminent return (he is back on-screen this coming Wednesday, June 19th), York shared on what’s about to go down, “Expect the you-know-what to hit the fan and let the dust come down and settle where it will, so get ready.”

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York also prepped viewers that he will look a little different when he first seen back in Port Charles, due to his cancer treatments, “My hair grew back nice. I was not sure how my hair would look because I was bald. Now it’s short, like a military cut.”

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Speaking on his own health and life, John shared, “With the MDS, if everything goes well with the bone marrow transplant, that should be handled. With the multiple smoldering myeloma, smoldering being the key word, it just kind of stays there in my system. There is a small chance that it could turn into full-blown leukemia at some point, but the goal is for me to die of old age before I die of any kind of blood cancer. I feel fantastic and all the blood tests that I take once a month have all pointed in the direction that things are all going in the right direction, which is really good.”

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Are you looking forward to the moment that Mac realizes Cody is his son? What do you think his reaction will be as he has been duped all this time? Happy, as we are, that John is back on-screen on GH? Comment below.

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THIS WEEK on General Hospital: Anna Tries to Get Evidence on Valentin; But Will Her Love for Him Get in the Way?

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Valentin has been running Pikeman, Anna suspects it and wants to find die-hard evidence against him, but she is conflicted because she still loves the guy. Will she be able to stay the course and figure out all that Valentin had perpetrated including switching out Sonny’s meds?

In the latest promo for the ABC soap opera,  Jason shares, “I’m running out of time.” He wants to go to Cates (Adam J. Harrington), but Anna wants him to hold up a minute, when she says, “I’m having dinner with Valentin,” adding “I will get the evidence we need.” But can she? Will she?

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At the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards Michael Fairman TV caught up with Finola Hughes to ask her at this present time, just how does Anna feel about her ex, Valentin Cassadine? To which she replied, “There’s a lot of conflict. C’mon, what does she do? She loves him, but he’s been lying .. again.  We’ll see.  It’s been really nicely written, so I think you (the fans) will enjoy it.”

Also this week in official teasers from GH:


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Now below check out this week’s promo for GH, followed by our chat with Finola. Do you want to see Anna and Valentin to get back together? Do you hope Valentin pays for his crimes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sunday is Father’s Day, and it’s the time when many soap stars and celebrities take to social media to give love and shout outs to their dads.

In an another post that got General Hospital fans to take notice, two-time Daytime Emmy-winner Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) dropped a blast from the past photo of himself alongside Maurice Benard (Sonny). Accompanying the photo, Bryan wrote: ‘Happy Father’s Day” Maurice Benard.

The post on X comes on the heels of a previous response by Craig to a post on Frank Valentini’s (executive producer, General Hospital) comment to On the Red Carpet, where he revealed that this summer, “A former cast member is coming back. And I think that the audience will go crazy for HIM.” In response, Craig teased, “Who could it be…”

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Now on Sunday responses to Craig’s post were met with varied responses from GH fans from “Stop playing with us” to “Now you’re just trolling us, lol. We really need you back right now.”  Still others took it as a potential confirmation that Craig is the mystery man on his way back to General Hospital stating, “I hope you’re going to back to GH!” to “Can’t wait!”

Craig last appeared on GH from 2013-2016 and made a brief return in 2018. Since departing GH, Bryan has appeared in numerous TV and film projects including: Freeform’s Good Trouble and ABC’s Grand Hotel.

So, is Bryan Craig yanking GH viewers chain, or is he slyly teasing us, because he knows he is the one returning to the ABC soap opera? Weigh-in on your theories below.

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