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  • GH Fan Club Weekend 2012: The Stars Came Out, Plus Frank Valentini

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    Official General Hospital Fan Club
    On Saturday, July 23, 2011, "General Hospital" held its annual fan club weekend event at the Sportmen's Lodge Event Center. Incidentally, in the year that followed many were left wondering if the 2012 event would ever come to be amidst all the drama and rumors surrounding the cancellation, reincarnation (through the Disney/ABC Television Group/Prospect Park Productions deal that wasn't) and ultimate demise of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" and the possible effect it would have on "GH" itself. On July 21, 2012, "GH" did indeed holds its annual fan event - again at the Sportsmen's Lodge Event Center - with a renewed focus and much hope for the future.
  • Disney/ABC Television Group Now Measuring iPad Usage via Nielsen Media Research

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    Apple, Inc.
    On Wednesday, March 28, the Disney/ABC Television Group and Nielsen Media Research announced they would begin measuring behavior in consumers using proprietary metering technology.
  • ‘Katie’ Premiere Date Set, Last Episode of ‘GH’ Too?

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    Fred Lee/ABC
    On Thursday, March 15, 2012, the Disney/ABC Television Stations Group released a press release (see below) informing stations across the country of its plans to launch the long anticipated talk show "Katie," hosted by news personality Katie Couric, on Monday, September 10. What wasn't stated was "General Hospital," which currently occupies the planned 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PT/CT timeslot for Couric's talk show, is likely to air its final episode in that timeslot on Friday, September 7. As we all know ABC is scheduled to turn over the timeslot to its affiliates, which will allow them to air various programming across their stations, including the option of airing "Katie."
  • AFTRA Still in Talks with Prospect Park

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    AFTRA/Prospect Park
    It was Tuesday, October 4 when Soap Opera Network first reported on the current status of union discussions between the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and Prospect Park following word back in July that Prospect Park would be launching "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" on the web. Now more than a month later, and with news that "AMC" is being delayed for various reasons, an AFTRA rep tells Soap Opera Network that they are "still in discussions with ." This at some point could place a damper on the company's plan of launching "One Life" online in January if a deal isn't reached in the next several weeks.
  • ABC Affiliate WFTV Picks Up Steve Harvey Hosted Talk Show for Fall 2012 Launch in Vacated ‘General Hospital’ Timeslot

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    Quantrell Colbert
    Beginning in September 2012, ABC affiliate WFTV in Orlando, Florida will begin airing a new daily syndicated talk show from comedian and radio host Steve Harvey reports the Orlando Sentinel. The affiliate plans to launch the program in the soon to be vacated 3:00 PM timeslot, which will be ceded to affiliates nationally by the ABC Television Network at that time. Does this mean to ultimate demise of "General Hospital," which currently occupies the timeslot? Before you say yes, let's take a moment to think rationally.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Actors Union (AFTRA) on Status of Prospect Park Talks

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    AFTRA/Prospect Park
    On Saturday, October 1, the National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) met for the final time in 2011, as previously reported. One of the topics of discussion was Prospect Park and its transitioning of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" to the web in January 2012. While exact details of the meeting are still unknown in that respect, a representative speaks to Soap Opera Network exclusively on where things stand at this time between the actors union and Prospect Park.
  • ‘The Opportunity Begins’ for Katie Couric Talker

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    Disney/ABC Television Group
    As reported back in June, the Disney/ABC Television Group has hired Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show that is expected to air on virtually all ABC affiliated stations, including the eight owned and operated stations that have already signed off on the deal. The show currently titled "Katie" will debut in September 2012 during the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT time slot currently occupied by ABC's "General Hospital," which will be forced to relocate to an as yet to be determined timeslot on the network.
  • Ron Carlivati Still Heading to ‘General Hospital?’

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    Thomas A. Montalto/MontaltoPhotos.com
    Just weeks before the Prospect Park deal to pick up the production and distribution rights of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" from the Disney/ABC Television group was announced, ABC revealed that they had decided to move "One Life" head writer Ron Carlivati to "General Hospital" as a script writer once production wrapped on the soap in November. Is that still the case two months later?
  • Prospect Park Aligning Staff for Online Television Network

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    Prospect Park
    Details are slowly trickling in from Prospect Park, the new production company that will be handling production and distribution of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" once both series complete their runs on ABC.
  • ‘All My Children’ Creator Agnes Nixon Makes a Return Visit to Pine Valley

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    Rick Rowell/ABC
    Agnes Nixon is returning to ABC's "All My Children," for which she created, to once again portray the role of Agnes Eckhart, one of the longest reigning board members overseeing the fictional Pine Valley Hospital on the daytime soap. The character, who was created by Nixon herself, first appeared on the drama series in 2005 for the shows 35th anniversary. This time the character will be admitted to PVH under the care of David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) and Cara Martin (Lindsay Hartley).