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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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Denise Alexander Responds to Outpouring of Fan Support on Her Return to General Hospital

Longtime fans of General Hospital were over the moon when it was revealed that Denise Alexander was on her way back to the ABC daytime drama series to reprise her role of Dr. Lesley Webber, mother of Laura, played by Genie Francis.

With Laura’s story with her new found half-brothers central to the current storyline, it’s a perfect time for Alexander to be back in Port Charles.

Tricia Sheldon, a fan of General Hospital who loves the vintage years of the show and more as she notes on her Twitter account, was able to reach Alexander, who is not on social media.  Sheldon showed her the outpouring of love the actress received, and the excitement on her on-screen imminent return.

In turn, Denise wrote a message to Sheldon to share publicly.  Part of which read   “Wow! I am breathless! What a wonderful surprise!  I am beyond grateful for all the kind and amazing and funny and sweet and caring and supportive and truly delicious messages. I have never felt so appreciated  and it brought tears and laughter reading each one.”

Alexander added, “I do not have a clue as to how to communicate on the Internet on Twitter.”  She then noted, “I would love to reach each and every person who wrote about that first day back. But I don’t even know what the rules are.  I’ve a vague sense that there is a limit to how long a message can be,but do not know how to reach anyone. Is there any way you could forward at least my thanks to everyone?”

Denise closed with,  “I love each and every message, and am full of gratitude.”

You can view the communication and Denise’s heartfelt message below.

Now let us know what you thought of Denise reaching out to all of the fans, and how grateful she is that viewers are excited to see her back on-screen via the comment section,

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Watch the Replay: GH, DAYS, Y&R, B&B & OLTL Stars at Michael Fairman’s Virtual Birthday Party for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 Relief Fund

Earlier this week on Monday night, several of the stars of General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, and One Life to Live, took part in a virtual livestream “party” for Michael Fairman’s 60th birthday.

The event was held virtually to help performers in need who have been deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic by letting viewers know where to make a donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Covid-19 Relief Fund.

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Participating throughout the 90 minute livestream were: The Young and the Restless, Jason Thompson, Sharon Case, and Christian LeBlanc, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard, Laura Wright, Wes Ramsey, and Chloe Lanier, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Katherine Kelly Lang, Days of our Lives’ Rob Scott Wilson, Eric Martsolf, Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Santa Barbara favorite, A Martinez, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson, and Studio City’s Sean Kanan.

You can catch the replay of the birthday benefit event below or on The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube.

Throughout the evening, the actors shared stories of how they got their SAG card, played a game of Michael’s trivia, and revealed stories about themselves and other “party” guests in a wonderful display of community and camaraderie at all went down live!

Since March of 2o2o, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has given out more than $6.2 million in emergency aid to over 6,500 SAG-AFTRA performers and their families facing hardship and uncertainty during this pandemic. Thousands of SAG-AFTRA artists have found themselves in dire need of assistance to help pay their rent, buy groceries, cover health care premiums and other bills.  You can still make a donation of any dollar amount to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Covid-19 relief fund here. https://members.sagfoundation.org/donate 

Now, check it out below, and let us know if you enjoyed the virtual birthday party livestream via the comment section.

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All My Children

‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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