Disney/ABC Television Group
Disney/ABC Television Group

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, ABC soap opera “” will lose its coveted 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM CT/PT timeslot beginning in September 2012 when the network hands the hour back to its local affiliates. The move will leave ABC’s daytime lineup with just three hours left to program with “” already secured in the 11:00 AM ET/10:00 AM CT/PT slot. New talk shows “” and “” will go head-to-head with “General Hospital” when it comes to the almighty dollar (ie. which show brings in enough income relative to cost) in a battle for the remaining two hours (1:00 PM ET/12:00 PM CT/PT; 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT/PT). In place of “GH” beginning in September 2012 will be the new syndicated series “,” hosted by journalist , which was just cleared in over 60% of the country just six weeks after the sales period began.

, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television announced via press release that “Katie” has been sold to a number of station broadcast groups including Allbritton Communications, Belo Corporation, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, LIN Broadcasting, McGraw-Hill, Scripps Howard Broadcasting and Young Broadcasting. The talk show was most recently picked up by ABC affiliates , , , , , , and along with NBC affiliate , among others.

“To have garnered such exceptional clearances in this short period of time is attributable to the enduring strength of the Katie Couric brand and her wide-ranging appeal as one of the brightest, most talented and most dynamic personalities in the business,” commented Marinelli. “We are enormously pleased to partner with such a stellar group of stations across the country.”

Upon announcing the shows development back in June, Disney/ABC Domestic Television also announced that ABC’s Owned & Operated Stations Group encompassing New York’s , Los Angeles’ , Chicago’s WLS, Philadelphia’s WPVI, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose”s , Houston’s KTRK, Durham/Raleigh/Fayetteville’s and Fresno’s would immediately begin carrying the show at launch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dontryl.alexander Dontryl Alexander

    I’m not gonna watch it!

  • Anonymous

    Won’t be watching it. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZ5S27RXZ3UOM3QDKDFCOOEYAU Mrs Boss Moss

    Disgusting.  I hope Katie’s trash talk show fails as bad as The Chew is failing now.  You are so stupid ABC.  Will NEVER watch ABC again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danny-Hill/1817888007 Danny Hill

    with AMC, OLTL and GH gone, ABC/Disney isn’t looking so much for success as losing less money, since talk shows and game shows are cheaper to produce..interesting how the phrasing is ‘replace’ – no one has said that GH has been CANCELED..and no, i haven’t watched ‘The Chew’ and more than i’ve EVER watcher ‘The View’ – and have no intention of watching a four-hour block of yackers and chompers..listening to audio tapes i have of soaps that were on as far back as 40 years….whoa!, how the mighty have fallen!!..and no one did anything to save these shows..again, the whole idea is to lose LESS money – these talkers are going NOWHERE!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC2DVUGPCHKVBUHSWQOSZTJCF4 JoAnn

    I don’t watch the View, won’t EVER watch the Chew or Revolution and certainly have no desire to watch Katie Couric!!! Guess I’m done with ABC daytime. No Soaps, then nothing for me watch!!!

  • My2Cents2

    Watch it or not, abc is washing their hands of soaps.
    Thinking about it, when PP flourish’s, and it will, abc still will be getting a cut from the shows.

    Like I have said before, I only hope GH gets picked up by PP. At this rate, they won’t want the show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZSHXOHYKCLMSNLVKQ4NMCVSOA James

    I’m surprised ABC doesn’t have one hour devoted to running those “The Poo” promos ad nauseam. They sure are proud of that one. LOL

  • My2Cents2

    GH did just hire a new female co-headwriter…so now if they would take a chance and get rid of that Old Executive Producer and take a chance like they did in the good old days with Gloria Monty, the show might thrive again. Either that or die a slow death. The choice is up to ABC whether they live or die. My guess is…the painting is on the wall…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZMRXIPOLRKI2POEJME732K52KQ New G

    hmmmmm….very strange that the “Katie” brand is so desirable.  She failed at CBS and was ousted earlier this year.  As for money, let’s not forget that she was earning $15m per year at CBS and I’m sure the deal is sweeter at ABC.  They’ll probably add 400 GH employees to the unemployment numbers.  I say boycott her. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/GwendolynJensen.Woodard Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard

    It doesn’t say GH is gone..just that hte timeslot is. we already knew that was coming…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melisa-Hull/594180280 Melisa Hull

    I agree with all of you who arent watching these silly shows. I have been watching soaps for almost my whole short little life of 26 years. I refuse to watch anything that has destroyed so much history and something that has put alot of the most talented actors and actresses on daytime without jobs. Who wants to see and watch people make food and feed there faces. We have the food network channel for that. Now I was sad and bummed out when they took out all my children and one life to live, but General Hosptial will be the last straw for me and if that goes I will never watch anything abc again. The chew is doing so poorly so I can see gh taking its place hopefully. No worries abou gh everyone we are not out yet!!! Lets keep fighting and hold our ground! Dont give up just yet!!!!! :)

  • Anonymous

    Katie Couric is one of the most liberal journalists around. If something even smacks of God, country, and apple pie, you can bet she is against it; and she trash-talks anyone who feels otherwise when the mike is off (oh, I remember, once she just THOUGHT it was off).  I just shudder to think what they are paying her.  I will not be watching.

  • Anonymous

    Katie Couric is one of the most liberal journalists around. If something even smacks of God, country, and apple pie, you can bet she is against it; and she trash-talks anyone who feels otherwise when the mike is off (oh, I remember, once she just THOUGHT it was off).  I just shudder to think what they are paying her. 

  • My2Cents2

    At the rate GH is going now, it will not be replacing anything on abc. The writing on this show is not only horrific, the editing is sloppy, the production, etc…It is a mess. Unless by some miracle, the show changes, and fast, it is gone. And why shouldn’t it be? If abc hands it off to PP, abc will still be making money from it. Its a win win situation for abc. I would be shocked if this show stayed on the air past 9/2012.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AE7SM5RDC5DIOG6433OFMRMZU IrenaS

    What will happen to Soapnet?  Are they an ABC affiliate?  Would they be strong enough to “buy” GH and keep it going (with new episodes)?

    • My2Cents2

      They are owned by disney. They will be going off air as well.