Disney/ABC Domestic Television announced today that Cedric “The Entertainer” would be replacing Meredith Vieira as host of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” beginning with the shows 12th season scheduled to debut in national syndication this Fall.
“We are thrilled to announce that Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ will be at the helm as our new host of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,’” said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, in a statement. “With his deep roots as a successful stand-up comedian and actor, Cedric will bring his fresh approach and unpredictable fun to the show.”
ABC has partnered with amfAR, The Foundation of AIDS Research, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “General Hospital.” In a press release issued today, the network said that as “GH” approaches its 50th year on the air (Monday, April 1), it will return the popular Nurses Ball event after a 12 year absence (not since 2001). amfAR’s participation includes storyline integration that will mark the first time that a real-life charity will be involved in the event.
On Saturday, April 6, fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” will be able to learn more about the 50 year history of one of television’s longest running programs. On that day, ABC News will feature the soap during that night’s airing of “20/20,” Soap Opera Network has learned.
“GH’s” Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) tweeted on Monday, “Just finished a sit down interview with 20/20 for
#gh 50 year anniversary. #blessed #proud #honored.” Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) also tweeted about being part of the episode. “But the lovely man doing the story for ’20/20′ did tell me i am a ‘sound bite machine’…” More star appearances are expected to be announced next week along with the timeslot in which fans can expect to tune in.
As we reported last week, “General Hospital’s” Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) is currently part of a four-episode arc on the web comedy “Old Dogs & New Tricks,” which follows the misadventures of four middle-aged gay friends in West Hollywood. He now has two episodes under his belt, meaning half the fun is yet to come!
“General Hospital’s” Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones) has been a busy man. In addition to his upcoming Sunday, March 17 appearance on “Celebrity Apprentice” with “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), which you can read more about here, he’s also set to appear on Nick at Nite’s original series, “See Dad Run”!
The live-action family comedy follows David Hobbs (played by Scott Baio), who, after ten years of starring as America’s favorite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father to honor the deal he made with his soap star wife (Alanna Ubach), so she may return to the spotlight.
Ratings Report for the Week of March 4-8, 2013
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,549,000 (-65,000/+274,000)
2. B&B 3,532,000 (-26,000/+469,000)
3. GH 2,708,000 (-57,000/+364,000)
4. DAYS 2,563,000 (+46,000/+134,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.1/+.3)
2. B&B 2.7/8 (+.1/+.4) <—– 4 year high *
3. GH 2.0/6 (-.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/+.1)
* Highest since February 16-20, 2009 (2.7/8)
The annual “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend is more than 130 days away, but it’s never too early to find out who’s scheduling time with their fans. On Friday, July 26 from 9:00 PM to midnight, “GH’s” Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) will be hosting “An Evening with Kelly Monaco” at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA.
On Sunday, July 28 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, “General Hospital’s” Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) will be hosting his first “GH” Fan Club Weekend event in a number of years. The event is currently titled “Kin Shriner Event (with Special Guest),” as per the Official “GH” Fan Club Website. The cost of the event is $60 per person. For more information, fans are asked to contact Jim Warren at FansGH@aol.com.
UPDATE 9:04 PM ET: Due to a national preemption on ABC today, “General Hospital” will likely air its 50th anniversary episode on Tuesday, April 2 instead.
PREVIOUS: Beginning Friday, March 29 at 10:00 PM ET/PT and running through Monday, April 1 at 12:00 AM ET/PT (Sunday night/Monday morning), SOAPnet will be airing a 50-hour marathon of 50 classic episodes from the 50 years of ABC’s “General Hospital.” The marathon is kicked off with the very first episode of the drama series, which aired on April 1, 1963. The unprecedented event leads into the special anniversary episode of “GH,” which airs Monday, April 1 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET/1:00-2:00 PM PT/CT on ABC and 9:00 PM ET/PT on SOAPnet. The cable network will air an encore of the episode at 12:00 AM ET/PT (Monday night/Tuesday morning). Episodes from every decade the show has been on the air will be featured.
The annual “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend is more than 130 days away, but it’s never too early to find out who’s scheduling time with their fans. On Sunday, July 28 from 9:00 PM to midnight, “GH’s” Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago) and Emily Wilson (Ellie Trout) will be hosting “Girls’ Night Out” at the Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA.
At a cost of $85 per person, “Girls’ Night Out” is described as an event where “fashion styles come and go and beauty trends fade in and out. One thing that’s always in style is quality time with your friends. At Girls Night Out, expect the unexpected. One thing you can expect is a lot of laughter, gossip and a few friends from the hospital to stop by. Rule number one: Whatever happens at ‘Girls’ Night Out’ stays at ‘Girls’ Night Out!’”