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Katie Couric: ‘General Hospital’s’ Savior?

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On June 6, 2011, ABC finally announced (after months of rumors) that it had signed a deal with former “CBS Evening News” anchor Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show, and that said show would replace veteran soap opera “” in the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT/CT timeslot. Initially the decision brought fear to soap opera fans, who only two months prior learned that ABC Daytime’s two other veteran soaps (“” and ““) would be replaced by two new food and lifestyle centered talk shows (“” and ““). Now nearly a year since the announcement it looks like may just be the lifesaver “General Hospital” desperately needs.

According to TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, sources have informed him that show host and her executive producer (former NBC Universal CEO ) have expressed their concern to the Disney/ABC Television Group brass, producers of her new talk show, in regards to the poor performance that has been “The Revolution” – Since the talk shows debut in January the program hovers at just over 1.5 million viewers on average. By comparison, “One Life to Live,” which “Revolution” replaced, averaged more than 2.3 million viewers on average and performed better in key sales demos during the same period of time on the year-ago. “Couric and Zucker want to see ‘GH’ get that slot because it’s a stronger show, Nielsen-wise, plus Couric does not want to face the wrath of ‘GH’ fans and risk the chance they’ll organize a boycott. Who the hell needs that? So she and Zucker want ‘The Revolution’ to go bye-bye,” the website stated.

With “General Hospital’s” recent uptick in key demos and total viewers since the new dynamic duo of and (executive producer and head writer) debuted just a few short weeks ago, for the first time in over a year the soap finally has a fighting chance, but will ABC listen? “They may not have a choice,” said Logan. “In fact, they might even agree at this point. Our spies at Times Square Studios — the new tag for ABC Daytime — tell us the commitment to nonscripted shows remains firm in the ABC daypart but no one is doing handstands over the ones currently in development, which include a doctor show and a game show. While ABC technically has time (though not much) to replace ‘The Revolution’ with more reality, that option is looking way too chancy.”

Should ABC end up keeping “GH” on the air and canceling “The Revolution,” the soap will move to the 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT/PT timeslot beginning in September. According to sources, a decision on the eventual outcome on either series will not be made until at least mid-April.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mupp-Freek/100003223937637 Mupp Freek

    I’d rather see OLTL brought back to The Revolution’s spot…but that’s just me.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z23M2JZL33JQK4PZX2MCI3VACY Andrea

      It’s not just you! OLTL never should have been cancelled. If Katie Couric were really smart, she’d not only convince the idiots at ABC to keep GH, but also demand that they bring OLTL back. It was consistently beating GH in the ratings, and it opens up the option to do crossover storylines between both shows to keep things interesting. It would be in Katie’s best interest to have OLTL replace The Ch-ewwww, followed by GH. Having two soaps instead of just one would create a more coherent block of programming for ABC’s daytime schedule when The Devolution is axed. OLTL would undoubtedly be a stronger lead-in for GH. This would further boost GH’s ratings from where they are now, which would in turn increase Katie’s potential audience. Not to mention, she’d have fans of both shows on her side.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z23M2JZL33JQK4PZX2MCI3VACY Andrea

      It’s not just you! OLTL never should have been cancelled. If Katie Couric were really smart, she’d not only convince the idiots at ABC to keep GH, but also demand that they bring OLTL back. It was consistently beating GH in the ratings, and it opens up the option to do crossover storylines between both shows to keep things interesting. It would be in Katie’s best interest to have OLTL replace The Ch-ewwww, followed by GH. Having two soaps instead of just one would create a more coherent block of programming for ABC’s daytime schedule when The Devolution is axed. OLTL would undoubtedly be a stronger lead-in for GH. This would further boost GH’s ratings from where they are now, which would in turn increase Katie’s potential audience. Not to mention, she’d have fans of both shows on her side.

  • http://twitter.com/sandrabunbabe sandra patterson

    If it ‘s not broken then don’t fix it.I have watched General Hospital for 30 years.I would like to see Robin back on the show,she has been on there what since 2 – 3years old. Sign Genie Francis back on two bringing Luke and Laura back would be a good move here.Two great soaps have been cast away already,enough…

  • My2Cents2

    Katie C is no dummy. She already has one failure under her belt. CBS.
    She can’t afford another failure. She needs GH. So who cares if GH intertwines OLTL in it?It is working. As I knew it would be.

    OLTL isn’t coming back. Tptb are over at GH. So OLTL is gone forever. The best they can do for us is intervine. Right now as it stands, OLTL was the leading soap this past year. Higher than AMC. So it only seems fit that OLTL would be brought over first.

  • SoftTouch22

     PLEASE Don’t Take GH Away!  Throw out the Revolution and put Couric’s show on instead – I don’t even care about the time changes… Just Keep GH Please! :o)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Uggie-Boogle/100003316164028 Uggie Boogle

    No Katie Couric.  No Revolution, No Spew,  Bring Back OLTL and AMC or we watch NBC/CBS !!!

    • My2Cents2

      OLTL & AMC aren’t coming back. Get over it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tasha-Davis-Jenkins/100000768650084 Tasha Davis Jenkins

    ABC I have an idea, you have already replaced AMC with “THE CHEW”, just repace OLTL with a show called ‘THE BURP” and then to really fix your day time line up replace GH with “THE FART”, that should really do it for ya!!!!  Idiots, why don’t you  stop messing up day time tv with all of this garbage that MOST people don’t want to watch?????  LEAVE OUR SOAPS ALONE!

  • sudslyluv

    The Execs at ABC are IDIOTS!!!!!! When will they start listening to what the VIEWERS want? Hows that for an idea?  Guess what Execs? We don’t want you to move GH and we don’t want anymore reality based shows. You need to stand by what we the viewers want and not what you execs think we should be watching. We will let you know what we want to watch by continuing not to watch The Revolution or The Spew. And personally if you move GH to another time slot, I absolutely will NOT watch Katie Couric. Frankly I won’t watch her in any time slot and have stopped watching anything on ABC except GH until AMC and OLTL are brought back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katherine.banks.77 Katherine Banks

    if they cancelled revolution and added the good afternoon america and then the katie show what time will GH be on >><????????????? do we have to loose our final soap? Please dont == GH is great with the addition of the OLTL characters

  • soapfanGH

    HELP!!! I am freaking out! What is up with Couric and Steve Harvey having shows on ABC daytime and MOVING my General Hospital(God Bless it) to 2 PM???For 50 years it has aired at 3PM!! What is going on at ABC? Has Satan taken over this network?