How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

 
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“One Life to Live” star Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) had many fans in attendance at last weekends “One Life to Live” Fan Club Weekend Luncheon scratching their heads when she said “I was told by our executive producer [Frank Valentini] yesterday, that on Wednesday [August 10] we tied with ‘Y&R.’” Considering “The Young and the Restless” is daytime’s #1 soap, we thought she may have made a mistake too, but it turns out she wasn’t wrong at all.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

After news broke today that ABC would be bumping “General Hospital” from its long time 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot beginning in September 2012 in favor of a new Katie Couric talk show, the network was forced to calm the nerves of fans who are still reeling from the cancellations of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Unfortunately, the network is just delaying the inevitable to placate fans from believing that their favorite soap could be next.

“As you’ll note, we went out of our way to state that we continue to support the show,” Disney-ABC Television spokesman Kevin Brockman told CNN. “We have a long time between now and fall of 2012, so fans should be encouraged to continue watching and supporting.”

Brockman’s statement was echoed by Jori Petersen, Vice President, Publicity, ABC Daytime/SOAPnet. “The announcement does not mean the inevitable cancellation of ‘General Hospital,’” said Petersen. “Rather it means that in September 2012, we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows. We’ll have options for the daytime daypart just like with do each year with prime-time. We believe in all of our shows and the ones that our viewers want will be the ones that continue. There are many options that could happen … only time will tell. We are simply giving ourselves options for the future, which is a smart way to do business. The best way to ensure a favorite show stays on the air is to watch it.”

If you read the statements clearly, no where does it state that “General Hospital” is indeed safe. Petersen’s “we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows” means that if “The Revolution” and “The Chew” are successful and “General Hospital” is canceled, they will join “The View” as the “three strongest shows” on ABC Daytime. Let’s reminds ourselves that ABC is giving back the fourth hour of its daytime schedule to affiliates beginning in September 2012 with the understanding that while Couric’s show will air in syndication (ie. not just ABC affiliated stations), it will air solely in the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot as Oprah Winfrey did in the 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT over the course of her 25-years hosting “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” This will be the deal breaker the Disney/ABC Television Group will make with affiliates looking for programming to air beginning in fall 2012.

Will “General Hospital” indeed be canceled? No one is saying that either, but unless “The Chew” or “The Revolution” flat out bomb and the network loses money, odds are “GH” will end in September 2012 to make room for Katie Couric.

Side Note: While we understand that Oprah’s show did not air at 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT in all parts of the country, the majority of stations airing her show were contracted to air the program during those hours.



Robert S. Woods Recieives Humanitarian Award

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” Robert S. Woods (Bo) will be among those honored at HeartShare Human Services of New York‘s Annual Spring Gala on Thursday, March 24.  Woods will be honored withThe Linda Dano Heart Award for his support of the organization, which is “dedicated to improving the lives of people in need of special services and support.”

The award is named after actress Linda Dano (ex-Rae, “OLTL”), who serves on the HeartShare Board of Directors and presents the honor on an annual basis to an individual or group in the entertainment industry who “exemplifies a commitment to improving the lives of children,” states a press release.  Previous recipients of the award include Cameron Mathison and Susan Lucci from “All My Children,” along with the cast and crew of “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” and “The View.”

Woods will be among four individuals recognized for their support and contributions.  The others include Mark C. Healy, President and CEO of the American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC., who will receive The Monsignor Thomas G. Hagerty Humanitarian Award; Vincent Theurer, Sr., President of the Approved Oil Company of Brooklyn, who is the recipient of The George A. Cincotta Community Development Award; and Lorraine M. Tazzo, President of The Genie Foundation, who will be presented with The HeartShare Genie Foundation Award.

Scheduled to attend from “One Life to Live,” in addition to Woods and Dano, include Eddie Alderson (Matthew), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Farah Fath (Gigi), David Fumero (Cristian), Susan Haskell (Marty), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex), Mark Lawson (Brody), Sean Ringgold (Shaun), and Hillary B. Smith (Nora), as well as former cast member Billy Warlock (ex-Ross), and novelist Peter Straub (who has appeared on “OLTL” several times).  Other soap stars in attendance include Julie Pinson Warlock (ex-Janet, “As the World Turns”) and Thorsten Kaye (Ex-Zach, “All My Children”).  For a listing of other television, radio, and entertainment personalities attending, click here.

The 2011 HeartShare Spring Gala and Auction will be held on Thursday, March 24, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.  Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 pm ET, with the dinner to follow at 7:00 pm ET.  For more information, call (718) 422-3210, email george.cincotta@heartshare.org, or click here.  And to learn more about HeartShare, please visit their website.



Advertisers Mourn Alongside Soap Fans

As the daytime drama continues its climb up the endangered species list, frustrated soap fans aren’t the only ones starting to panic. A recent report by TheWrap states that advertisers are beginning to grow concerned as well, preferring soap operas to the talk and game shows that are replacing them.

While the alternatives are cheaper and easier for the networks to produce, soap operas remain more cost-effective for companies and corporations seeking to advertise on TV. “They are even more efficient than much of daytime cable programming. I would be disappointed if all of the soap operas disappeared,” comments an unidentified ad buyer.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

“General Hospital” and “The View” receive a special vote of confidence from the ABC Television Network as the two have been added to the network’s popular ABC.com Full Episode Player lineup. The series join ABC’s primetime programming including “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ugly Betty.”

“We are excited to collaborate with the ABC.com team to offer our viewers another way to get their daily dose of ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The View’,” said Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney ABC Television Group. “As part of our ongoing strategic effort to grow our audience and increase awareness of our shows, ABC.com is a proven platform that not only gives existing viewers more access to our shows, but is a great way to introduce a new audience to these shows.”

“General Hospital” and “The View” are the first ABC Daytime programming to be showcased on the networks ABC.com website. Weekly episodes will be available starting today, January 14. The most current broadcast of “The View” will be made available at 1:00 PM, PT the same day it airs on ABC. “General Hospital” will be made available at 2:00 AM, PT the day after airing on ABC. The programs join CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Guiding Light” and “As The World Turns” as the only daytime programs currently streamed over the web.

Users will also be able to access episodes of “General Hospital” through the recently redesigned SOAPnet.com website via a link to the video player on the site’s “General Hospital” section. “General Hospital” will continue to be broadcast on SOAPnet Weekdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” remain the only daytime dramas not currently available online. NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is currently available for download on the Apple owned iTunes platform.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.



By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital: Night Shift” premiered on July 12, 2007 with an average of 1 million total viewers and just under 500,000 viewers in Women 18-49. The reach the soap had was beyond anyone’s expectations at SOAPnet and the Disney-ABC Television Group. So what does the head of the company’s daytime division think of the premiere? “Obviously thrilled. There is a mass idea there where you put all of these ‘GH’ viewers and say ‘let’s come up with something that is spun out of ‘GH’ and put it on SOAPnet.’ It seems like a pretty basic programming idea, but you still have to make a terrific show and hope that people will watch it — and Jill and Bob have done that.”

Brian Scott Frons

On Saturday, July 14, 2007, Soap Opera Network was given an opportunity to speak with Brian Frons, [President, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group], after the “General Hospital: Night Shift” press panel at SOAPnet’s portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour. In this five minute interview, Mr. Frons speaks candidly about “Night Shift” and how the show’s success relates to “General Hospital” and what changes are in store for “The View.”

With the success of the “Night Shift,” could plans of re-airing the show on ABC be far away?

“Not right now; I think that is certainly something we will consider for the future, but right now we are giving it multiple airings on SOAPnet and we are trying to use it as something to really draw people to the channel who haven’t been watching.”

If there are no plans on airing the show on ABC, how will the network help promote the series?

“I think that what we really have been using ABC for is as a promotional platform. This past week we’ve had longer than usual trailer’s for ‘Night Shift’ and ‘GH’ that pushed people to SOAPnet.”

Any spin-off plans for “All My Children” or “One Life to Live?”

“No, it is something certainly we will take under consideration. However, with ‘GH’ it was sort of a natural kind of thing as Robin and Patrick are always getting into trouble in the middle of the hospital. It was easy enough to imagine them being punished in some way – it just seemed to be a very natural idea. For the other shows it would need to be something that would make sense, like the McBain murders [One Life to Live]. We’d need to have something that we felt was right for each of the shows and that we had the time and the money.

While watching “Night Shift” and knowing that Jason is currently involved in a murder case on “GH,” was it a last minute idea to add Steve Burton into the show?

“It was something that came up prior to us writing the show. What happened was Steve has wanted to direct and he thought it might be fun if he could direct an episode and show up and do something new. Actors love to do something new and so the idea was kinda funny as we don’t talk about it, because you know usually everyone Jason kills is a bad person and deserves to die. Here we have the Angel of Death floating around the hospital, which we will deal with in the last episode of the series.”

Jason Thompson and Kimberly McCullough

“Night Shift,” the second spin-off of ABC’s “General Hospital” (“Port Charles” being the first), is set in the ER of Port Charles’ General Hospital. The series centers on Doctor’s Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), who were sent to the Night Shift after the two performed surgery on a patient who lacked proper medical insurance without consent from hospital board administrators. The storyline may have started on “GH” but is continuing on “Night Shift.” However, once the primetime soap hit the air any continuity the soap may have had initially with its mother-ship may be whipped away.

How will you deal with the continuity of both series as their storyline’s are sure to intermingle?

“One of the early decisions we had to make was whether or not we think it is the same time. Because the tape schedule of ‘Night Shift’ was going be so disbursed we didn’t know exactly when the show was going to air or where we’d be in August. We decided that they [the shows] would live in their own separate universes. The relationships are transferred; some of the people would be in ‘GH’ and refer to what’s happening in ‘Night Shift.’ As Jill [Farren Phelps] said at the panel, if there was a preemption everything would be knocked out anyway.”

Rosie O’Donnell left “The View” abruptly after contract negotiations and her battle with a co-host went too far. Are there any plans to help the talk-show keep its ratings inroads without the outspoken diva?

“We are going to have an announcement by the end of the month. Barbara [Walters] will make it.”

Any chance Sherri Sheppard (“Less Than Perfect”) could be part of the plan?

“It’s possible.”

“General Hospital: Night Shift” airs Thursdays at 11:00 PM, EST/PST on SOAPnet and is a production of ABC Studios. Jill Farren Phelps serves as Executive Producer with Robert Guza Jr. as Head Writer.

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    ABC, CBS, and NBC are not in the the mood to show you the fantasy of daytime drama on Christmas day. The networks have decided to ignore it’s female demographic, and go after the men and children in the house courtesy of Christmas specials and sports, sports and more sports.On December 25, Christmas Day in the United States, instead of your daily dose of “All My Children,” “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life To Live,” “Passions” and “The Young and the Restless,” the big-three networks have instead opted to preempt the drama in exchange for Holiday specials and National Ball games. For ABC’s part, the network has also preempted “The View” in order to air the “Walt Disney World Christmas Parade” hosted by “Live with Regis and Kelly” co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa and “American Idol’s’” Ryan Seacrest. It airs from 10:00 AM, EST to 12:00 PM, EST.

    Set to appear are music sensation Beyoncé; recording artist and composer Daniel Powter; acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli; Mexican pop group RBD; tween singing sensation Bianca Ryan; Playhouse Disney’s Doodlebops; Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana; Disney Channel’s blockbuster “High School Musical” stars Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman and Ashley Tisdale; Grammy-Award winner Michael Bolton; pop performers Paris Bennett, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young, and Mandisa; sister act Aly & AJ; Travel Channel Host Samantha Brown; and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” designers extraordinaire Ty Pennington, Paige Hemmis and Eduardo Xol.

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