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123 July 14th, 2012 How GH Has Survived While ABC Puts On Dismal Lead-Ins & Replacements for OLTL!

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There is a great piece out from Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 who has been on the side of  soap viewers of the ABC Daytime line-up.  In his item, Friedman points out how GH is performing far better than Good Afternoon America, the new daytime summer replacement series for the failed reality/makeover show The Revolution, which took the place of One Life to Live and was thus a horrendous lead-in for General Hospital, which deserved much better!

The excerpts below should put a smile on  soapers faces, while they continue to be frustrated over ABC’s original decision to cancel One Life to Live with thrown-together programming that in the end, won’t resonate with the viewers that they have alienated.

Showbiz 411:  “General Hospital almost got the axe this summer. It was saved by the failure of ABC’s godawful The Revolution, which involved watching people iron, sew and cook after an hour of watching them only cook on the just-as-bad The Chew.  These dregs of reality replaced All My Children which had been hobbled, and One Life to Live, which was booming. The executioner, Brian Frons, was himself given the axe, not a lot of consolation for fans of what used to be called ABC Daytime.  GH has sort of merged with One Life and it’s booming by comparison with the reality shows.

Despite ABC’s attempts to kill it, GH had 2,277,000 viewers last week. The key demos had 558,000 women 18-49. The fact is, if ABC had just put some money and real talent into the soaps, they wouldn’t now be in this weird whirlpool of ratings anxiety.  If Katie Couric is smart, she’ll bring on every cast member of  GH over the first week just to win over their viewers. It’s like inviting the neighbors when you know you’re having a big noisy party. But something tells me that won’t happen. And if  Katie fails, ABC should just re-start  One Life and admit their mistake.”

So now that you have read Friedman’s pretty dead-on comments, weigh-in!

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  1. Barb Harnedy says:

    I’m glad someone else realizes what a train wreck occurred due to the cancellation of OLTL and AMC. The fact that GH has survived is only due to it’s amazing cast of actors!! The ABC network has yet to even congratulate GH during the primetime hours for winning the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama. That might actuallhy bring some additional fans back to the show!! Actually GH won 10 Emmys, and I have not seen even ONE primetime “Congrats to GH”…unlike NBC who is praising Days of our Lives in primetime for their 2 Emmys. Somebody at ABC needs to wake the hell up and give people what they want during the day…and it sure isn’t reality TV. Their remaining reality show, The Chew, is a waste of airtime also!! We want our soaps back….and we will continue to support General Hospital until the end which I hope is not for another 50 years!!!

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    Judith Sekscenski replied

    Well said Barb. I totally agree! They should run promos in primetime capitalizing on GH’s emmy wins, AND, we do need to continue to support GH till the bitter end!
    Some OLTL fans are not happy with GH, however, it is more likely that GH will remain on air as opposed to the likliehood of bringing OLTL back to life. As much as I would LOVE to see new episodes of OLTL, I think ABC would # 1 never admit their mistake and #2 based on #1, use the reasoning that they could not bring back OLTL due to actors’ contractual agreements, building the old sets, etc., not to mention the fact that from what I read in the past, ABC sold the rights to Prospect. Has anyone heard any more about the comment made by Frank Valentinie recently that hinted at seeing our beloved cancelled soaps again?

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    susan M. replied

    I would like to know the same thing…That comment F.V. made recently about seeing our beloved cancelled soaps again!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone know if this comment holds up ????????????????????I read it a while ago..What is up with this?????????????? Or is this just all talk…Nothing definite ???

    Kit replied

    ABC did not sell the rights to AMC and OLTL to Prospect Park. It did, however, lease the rights for a particular period of time. If Prospect Park doesn’t do anything with the shows by the time the lease is up, rights revert back to different parties.

    susan M. replied

    I am always praising OLTl & GH.. I do not praise talk shows of any kind or cooking shows….Hope the mystery is solved (heather)…LOYAL SOAP FAN FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    Heather replied

    If Prospect Park doesn’t do anything, the rights won’t revert back to different parties. The rights will just stay in ABC’s library until another company license them from ABC.

    I personally don’t think that OLTL will ever come back. The actors have moved on and found jobs elsewhere. Except maybe for Vicki, I don’t think the actors would accept to return to the show at this point.

    I’m getting tired of reading weeks after weeks people claiming that OLTL should come back when we all know this isn’t going to happen. I wish people like Roger Friedman would stop bringing these false hopes into people’s mind because it only causes further disappointment and frustration to the fans.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Heather said:

    I’m getting tired of reading weeks after weeks people claiming that OLTL should come back when we all know this isn’t going to happen.

    1lovesays:

    Agreed. People need to move on from it. Talk about somthing else, AND if they can’t, THEN ” do “something about it. Call a news conference, stage a march, but STOP this OLTL should come back, is coming back talk. ” Move on folks ” and I quote Blake or Scott back in February, one of them said it exact.

    Soap Lover replied

    I think rather than trying to police people (ie., stopping people from expressing their opinions that OLTL should come back), perhaps these fans should step back for a few moments and think what it would be like it it were their beloved soap that was cancelled instead. I’m really having a hard time with the lack of mutual respect amongst soapers. I have found that for whatever reason, this seems to be especially true of some GH fans. It is hard to go out on Facebook and Twitter, and see the same posters posting the same negative remarks regarding their show and yet, claiming they want to save GH (notice I didn’t say, save the genre). And how do you know that these folks who are expressing that they believe OLTL should come back have not done all that they can within their control to try and bring these soaps back (meaning, OLTL and others that were cancelled)? I think this criticism is just a further example of a bigger problem that has remained since day 1.

    There are many soap fans who have lost their favorite soaps over the past decade or so (Guiding Light, As the World Turns, Port Charles, Another World, Ryan’s Hope, Passions) who have been working towards saving the entire genre. One of the things that those fans are doing is watching General Hospital to keep the ratings up. I understand everyone wants to express their opinions, but the constant negativity of GH is wearing people down and in my opinion, is a huge slap in the face to those folks who have already lost their shows but who are so dedicated to the genre, they are willing to try out watching a show they’ve never seen before. I think this particular faction of GH really need to grow up, try to put themselves in others’ shoes, and instead of constant negativity, how about a few positive comments here and there to at least balance things out? Many who have lost ATWT are very hurt when some soap fans are boasting about “The Talk”, as it replaced their soap which was on the air for over 50 years. To those folks boasting, I ask, how would you feel if these ATWT fans started watching and boasting about “The Chew” or “The Revolution” or “Good Afternoon America”??

    It is my belief that if we somehow could overcome the “us versus them” mentality when it comes to soaps, especially with so few soaps left, there is a whole other group of fans who would be ready and willing to help out. In my opinion though until all fans show mutual respect amongst one another, it will continue to be a bone of contention.

    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    Heather, this one life to live fan does not watch the talk or any other crappy show that comes on where the soaps use to be on any of the networks that cancelled them. What should us One life to live fans do? pick up our Marbles and go home never to be heard on this sight again? Ron and Frank are trying to save General hospital and I know that every One life to live move they make is getting the ok and blessing by abc. I would love to see Dr.david Hayward pop up in Port charles in the future. But I have to agree with SOAP LOVER, The “us versus them” has to stop because we are trying to save the 4 soaps that are left not just the one and the One life to live fans are helping to keep general hospital alive by watching to keep the ratings going up, To be told That I don’t deserve to see the characters from one life to live makes no sense to me, Where have you seen that the one life to live fans are talking about “the talk “? I ran into one fan here and told them that by her watching” the talk” they are watching a talk show that took the place of atwt a soap I never watched and she agreed not to watch anymore. So this fighting back and forth is getting stupid but this One life to live fan will never Shut Up.

    Heather replied

    barbara t,

    Look just below, you will see that Judith Sekscenski and Susan M are praising The Talk. I see everyday OLTL fans praising The Talk. Even if it’s the not the majority of OTLT fans who does it, it’s still way too many.

    Like you, I never watched ATWT. But ATWT was my sister’s favorite soap. Even to this day she’s having a hard time believing that’s it’s gone even if it’s been almost two years now. I find it ironic and ignorant that some OLTL fans are applauding The Talk.

    As for the “OLTL vs GH” thing, all I can say is that I generally enjoyed more OLTL than GH. If it was up to me, OLTL would have been the last soap standing. Neverthess, OLTL was cancelled and GH is still on. It’s not fair for these GH fans (many of which never watched OLTL) to have these OLTL characters on their show. GH fans shouldn’t have to pay because of ABC’s terrible decision to cancel OLTL.

    OLTL had its ending. So let the GH fans enjoy their show for whatever time it has left on the air.

    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    Your right about that, no one who is a true soap fan should tune in to any show that took the place of a soap whether they watch or not, But I know that when Laura wright showed up on the chew several people here watched just to see her and I thought that was a terrible mistake. the One life to live fans speak up more then the atwt fans do and they should speak up more then they do, I think that 1loveabcsoaps use to care about one life to live, what changed I don’t know but to say that the One life to live fans don’t deserve to see our characters be on general hospital was rude, that’s how she feels now and I let her know how I feel, she hasn’t gotten back to me yet. I just think the arguing back and forth should stop, the crossovers are in port charles, when they leave the one life to live fans that tuned in just to see them will leave, I will stay till the last episode of General Hospital is shown and I hope that is 50 years from now, But I would much rather have One life to live back and have both soaps including All my children, I will continue to hope that it will happen, It will be so sad if we loose another soap.

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    Heather replied July 15th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Soap Lover, I think what 1loveabcsoaps is trying is say is that it isn’t fair that OLTL fans gets to have their characters on GH when AMC fans doesn’t.
    As for the “hurtfully and utterly disrespectful” part, OLTL fans hurt ATWT fans everyday by praising The Talk on CBS. So the little comment made by 1loveabcsoaps is hardly hurtful or disrespectful.

    Heather & Soap Lover: Heather, Thank you for trying to clear up what I was actually, saying. First, Heather, you and everyone on here famiiliar with my post, know that I do not get into bashing/ negativity regarding soaps or its star’s. I try to deal with the FACTS, while at the same time I am entitled to my opionion(s) I dont need anyone feeling (Soap Lover) that they need to tell me off as a result of my opinion. Soap Lover (which I would be posting her /him directly if I could find a reply for their name on this page- I certainly am not going around from page to page looking for a reply for Soap Lover as, that person clearly isn’t that important to me, NOR is this constant tiring debate. With the state of the economy and people losing jobs and their homes, and other stresses in life, certanly there is more to focus on, other than the same debate. While I am not happy to see OLTL off the air, the truth is, OLTL & AMC (both unemployed now) are FAR MORE well off than the ADVERAGE middle american who have lost their jobs, their homes/other possessions, and have no money for health care, daycare, (illegal immigration) ALL, as a result of their job lost. OLTL, AMC actors have made ENUFF money to substain them for long….. periods of time, after the cancelation of their jobs. Soap Lover clearly has no comprehension skillls, and only reads or comprehens what she/he wants. What I said was: ” One Life to Live Fans DONOT deserve a slice of GH….. no sireeee..!! No, OLTL fans DONOT DESERVE……(key word) DESERVE.) ” SOAP LOVER WROTE: To me, it’s nothing short of a toddler , throwing a temper tantrum. People like this need to grow the hell up already and perhaps instead of whining and complaining like a 2 year old, take a look around you and appreciate what you do have, rather than barking out your sense of entitlement, much like a 2 year old would do. ” What? Talk about a sense of “entitlemment ” !!!!! Anyone who THINKS that OLTL deserves……… a slice of GH is delusional. Thats attitude is “entitltement ” to the 10th power! It’s nice to see our favorite OLTL character’s pop up on GH, BUT….. it ” is not ” DESERVED, and I stand behind my words. OLTL had its run, it’s moment in time, and GH “still ” has theirs. I was not, ” winning nor complaining ” about OLTL character’s being on GH, I was CLEARLY commenting on the comment, ” OLTL fans DESERVE a slice of GH “. NO that is not so! While its nice to see our fav OLTL character’s, if anyone feels its DESERVED, than the entitlement issue FALLS on them and certainly not me. And I support, ” if OLTL fans feel they are so deserving ” than AMC fans ” deserves” some of the ACTION too. Now when U add, the deserving….. of OLTL fans & the possible deserving…. of AMC fans (needing a slice of GH) what I ask, would be the ending result? GH would be out of work! Therefore, I was speaking hypothetically, as it related to the word, ” deserved”. If Soap Lover was familiar with my post, she/he would “know” that I have said many times over and again, that AMC, OLTL, GH, ‘each soap’ have been my favorite at different times depending on storyline. BUT, for clear GH fans, I am sure they get tired of OLTL fans swearing the entire cast over at GH, talk about a sense of entitlement. And yes, ABC has shown favoritism by NOT inviting
    ” one” case member to GH. I support whatever ABC has to do to continue to keep GH on air. I believe that ABC should invite cast from AMC as well, rather than offering contracts to solely, OLTL players. After all, there are some GH cast members who lost their jobs as a result of of OLTL cast. So Soap Lover, I will not have no hurtful or utterly disrespectful words to remember, because I have LONGED welcomed OLTL to GH, but NO….. I donot swear by the whole cast joining, nor am I in favor of not inviting AMC. And since it is GH, I dont believe their visits should be long term. I thnk there can be nice short term storylines 3 to 5 months even 6, from both Onelife and AMC to keep GH interesting for years to come. Maybe, Soap Lover should take the time to really read rather than ” barking’ to conclusions because she/he likes to here themself talk. I will not continue going back and forward over the same ole issue. Like I said, rather than ‘just talk’ / argue with one another on this site, call a news conference, stage a protest. But people have a life, and I know mine involves more than argueing/ having my comments misjudged about the same ole subject. All kind of comments/ name calling go on on this site, FAR WORST than me saying one soap does not ‘ deserve ‘ to be on another, which Soap Lover found hurtful and utterly disrespectful. Read with comprehension Soap Lover and get a real life while your at it. Deserve means entitlement, something you are accusing me of, dah! Deserve, is a matter of opinion, NOT fact. Soap Lover said: It wasn’t the “little” comment made; it was the entire reply and the attitude in which it was delivered. Soap Lover, I stated a FACT. There was no attitude behind it. I am sorry if you can’t tell the difference between a statement that is a FACT or an OPINION. You need to improve your comprehension skills or, think first before delivering false judgements.
    Thanks Heather.

    susan M. replied

    Well I always liked OLTL better from the other two soaps on abc…..OLTL was special!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heart-warming, emotional, exciting,you identified with the actors & actresses..Especially Viki(#1) ,Nora, Bo,Clint,Roxie,Nigel,miss Asa,Rex, GiGi, etc…………………………….OLTL kept my interest alway’s… This was and still is my favorite soap of all time!!!!!!!!!! Liked everything about OLTL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I am getting back into GH ..This better stay on and get renewed for more than just one year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Otherwise I will not be watching daytime programming no more…I just watch it at 3:00pm now & that’s it…

    susan M. replied

    I am not praising The Talk by no means..I never watch it & never will.. This is for Heather on 7/16 at 12:09pm….If anything I am got that from..praising OLTL…I see nothing wrong with OLTL characters on Gh..It doesn’t bother me in the least…OLTL ending left a lot of loose strings for me…THIS SOAP FAN ISN”T PRAISING ‘THE TALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”"” That statement simply isn’t true …I don’t praise THE TALK And never Will…I don’t know where you read that…I am a loyal soap fan threw & threw !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope this is all cleared up now Heather…..

    susan M. replied

    Whatever actors are left. I am sure they would come back to OLTL…If it came back..Which I don’t think so either…

    susan M. replied

    My comment was that GMA & The View are benedick arnolds…And that I don’t watch them ever..I don’t see any mention of The Talk which I never watch either…Because I am a loyal soap fan and always have been okay…..

    Greg replied

    Let me be clear…I WILL NEVER WATCH KATIE COURIC…under ANY circumstances. I will settle for nothing less than OLTL back where it belongs..AMC has been unrecognizable for years but OLTL was actually enjoyable again. Come back to your senses and do the right thing ABC…how many ways do we have to tell you?? WE WANT OUR SOAPS BACK!!

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  2. Christine says:

    Hey! I just read this a few days ago and thought he was spot on … except for the last bit about Katie. I don’t want soaps anywhere near her because it would be just a ratings ploy and we do not need ANOTHER talk show. Nothing against Katie Couric, per say, but I am hoping her talk show will die a fiery death like the ones before her. We just do not need that garbage.

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    Judith Sekscenski replied

    The Talk on CBS actually did a nice job of promoting GH’s emmy wins by having a show almost exclusively dedicated to the soaps. In addition to having actors from the CBS soaps, they had actors from GH as guests and talked about the show, as well. NICELY DONE! Go figure, a CBS talk show spotlights GH and we see and hear nothing of it on GMA or The View.

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    susan M. replied

    They should tranfer our beloved soaps to CBS ………..ABC doesn’t appreciate all the sucess the soaps brought them all those years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GMA & The view are Bendick Arnold’s…………………..Stop watching GMA & The View…I don’t watch them….

    Soap Lover replied

    While it’s kind of nice that “The Talk” promoted GH’s emmy wins, it’s quite ironic in that that show replaced a long running soap! It is also mentioned that they should transfer our soaps to CBS and to stop watching GMA & The View. Um, Hello, do any of you realize just how hurtful this is to the ATWT fans who lost THEIR soap for you to be boasting about “The Talk”? Ask yourself seriously, how would you feel if the ATWT fans started watching AND boasting about “The Chew” or “Good Afternoon America”? Do you realize that there are fans of ATWT who are standing behind the genre and supporting a soap, General Hospital, which many of them have NEVER watched before? Can we get some mutual respect/appreciation please?

    rose replied

    I thought GH always used to have an announcement of their emmy winners on the show after the awards were given out. Did I miss it, because I don’t recall seeing anything this year?

    Rod replied

    I agree with Christine. It would be a ratings ploy. I will not watch her show no matter what!! Even if GHers are on there. I think Katie only tried to speak highly if GH to save it to help out only herself after the first year she won’t care if it’s going great. Not to mention Katie has a voice like fingers on a chalk board. I liked everything this guy said too other than that

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    I Agree, Katies show has to go.

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    lipstickcat replied

    Her show has to fail just like The Revolution did! If The Chew had failed, maybe they would’ve thought twice before cancelling OLTL! But no, stupid people had to watch it & give ABC the idea they could replace the soaps with any old junk & we will watch it! WRONG!

    susan M. replied

    Definetely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Katie has to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    susan M. replied

    I AGREE with Christine………..

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live replied

    Good for you Susan m, I knew you didn’t watch those nasty talk shows.

  3. Joe says:

    Seriously? Like we all didn’t know this already?? These crappy “shows” were doomed from the start. Katie will be gone too. When will these so called people in charge wake up and realize that as much as the face of TV has changed in the last 2 decades, certain things should not be messed with. SOAPS should NOT have been messed with. THE SOAP FANS should never EVER have been messed with. Meanwhile, 100′s of people are out of work and ABC saved what in money? Advertisers RAN from the REVULTION…..Penny wise and pound foolish.

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    Judith Sekscenski replied

    If “Katie” bombs, maybe, just maybe, the network will admit their mistake and bring back OLTL. They can still continue to do crossovers between OLTL and GH.

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    susan M. replied

    I want OLTL back with as many of the characters to resume their roles….

    Heather replied

    Even if Katie fails, ABC won’t be able to bring back OLTL because the timeslot where Katie airs will no longer be a ABC timeslot. It will be a syndicated timeslot. Affiliates will never give back that timeslot to ABC.

    kay/kay replied

    This is a question for Susan M or Barbara T since both of you are such loyal fans of OLTL, they should have put you both on the payroll. The question is did it ever cross your minds that the end shot with Trevor St. John was a cut in of him when he was being held by Margaret Cochran, I mean Allison just turned and looked at the bed when I saw it it appeared as a cut in that TSJ never returned to film that little snippet it was an old one. What do you two think am I off base here.

  4. Nancy says:

    I cannot express to you how tired I am of the stupidity of ABC. Everyone is talking about them and how they royally screwed up. The problem is they are in major denial, enough to make them need group psychiatry meetings. If they would admit to people that they made a huge mistake, maybe they might get some viewers back. They will never admit anything and are trying to pacify us with “primetime soaps”. Will never watch ABC again except GH which by the way is their only good show. Now if they would sell the rights to our beloved soaps, maybe they would ingratiate themselves back to people liking them again. Doubt it.

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  5. MemphisBelle says:

    OLTL is the only soap I never watched regularly – I watched for a few months until Cord and Tina reunited….after that is was dreck.
    GH is the only soap that I would actually watch within an hour of taping it. I love my PC mob – Sonny is a top 5 fave! Maurice is one of the finest actors on daytime or nighttime. I love him with Carly – their chemistry is off the charts. Can’t wait for Sam and Jason to find their baby alive and reunite. PTB, please let Jason solve the puzzle and return their baby to Sam. Get rid of all the newbies – McBaine, Tea and especially Star – that girl can’t act! Also the very bad casting of an African-American as Alexis’ and Sonny’s daughter? WTH???? Bring back the real one! I would love to see Nathan come back when the actor is ready. I do enjoy Traci and Luke but get rid of Anna and bring back Mac. More Alexis and Diane! And Spinelli is more annoying (if that is possible) than before. Stop trying to force him and Maxie together. Now that Kirsten is coming back, please bring back Matt. Steven and Heather can catch a train to Memphis – there is a jail waiting for Steve and a padded cell waiting for Heather.
    PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD GENERAL HOSPITAL! I’M HAVING A HARD TIME RECOGNIZING THIS FAUX GH.

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    sheri replied

    i couldn’t disagree with your comments more. before the sudden cancellation of oltl(which on abc lineup was the highest rated and best of the three) gh was totally UNWATCHABLE. It became the SONNY CORINTHOS AND MOB HOUR! I like maurice bernard he is a fine actor but he cant hold a whole show.I don’t watch soaps to see one subject beaten to death like gh did with the mob and sonny.I hate jason he is a HORRIBLE actor wish they would rid gh of him. as for the oltl people i say bring on MORE. GH is a JOY to watch now that there is actually storylines other then MOB SONNY MOB JASON MOB MOB MOB!!!Mcbain is a wondeful actor as is Roger howarth as Todd. Starr certainly can act she has been on oltl since the age of 6 and is wonderful as starr. The only one i have to agree with you on is Tea. Dont like the character wish to never see her again she grates on my nerves. That said now we need the WONDERFUL 6 TIME EMMY WINNER ERICKA SLEZAK as victoria Lord from oltl on GH and it will be perfection. I enjoy tracy and LOVE anna and heather but they can take mac and felicia(what a waste of a return that was she annoys me to death with that weird voice)and send them off.Matt can stay gone and steven and olivia should follow him.What i dont understand is what makes you think that the girl who plays Kristina is an african american???according to WIKI the actress Lindsey Morgan is HALF IRISH HALF MEXICAN AMERICAN. In closing GH HAS NEVER BEEN BETTER hope they keep up the good work.

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    Rory LaRoux replied

    Actually, this IS the old GH. I’m too young to remember Heather, but after hearing so much about her, I looked her up on Youtube and she was a very popular bad girl between the late 70s to the early 80s. I do remember Anna. Anna was a major character in the mid to late 80s and she was a super spy. Actress Finola Hughes was on the cover of every soap mag (at the time there were about 6 in publication). Anyhow, it is popular opinion that the ”GH mob” is the NEW GH and the ratings spoke volumes about it – most viewers prefer the GH time capsule with a dash of OLTL redux. After all, don’t OLTL fans deserve a slice of their show, too? You get your show and ours was murdered. Please have mutual respect.

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    sheri replied

    if not for oltl people being sent over to gh gh would have been murdered as in off the air this past april. The ONLY thing that gave it a reprieve is the inclusion of oltl cast members and executive producers and writers agreeing to come on board. i don’t consider gh being murdered i think it was REVIVED. It was a dead horse and the ONLY reason it was not canceled by abc and oltl was was because gh has the name and is filmed in California. as far as ratings go oltl outnumbered gh in the ratings all the time.but oltl was filmed in new york and someones head had to be chopped so they choose amc and oltl. too bad they both were quality shows with first rate casts. if ANY of those actors go to gh gh will be on for years to come.The way gh was going it was near death.

    brian replied

    Yes, i would agree. I left GH around 1999, the use of Heather certainly brings back lots of great stories of GH’s past.

    It was the losing of OLTL that brought me back to GH, and glad to see Ron C. using GH’s rich history by bring back “Heather”, and hopefully more historic GH to yet to come.

    1loveabcsoaps replied

    No One Life to Live Fans DONOT deserve a slice of their show….. no sireeee..!! No, OLTL fans DONOT DESERVE……(key word) DESERVE a slice of GH. OLTL had ” it’s moment in time” as I have said ‘many times’ on this site. And General Hospital STILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL has theirs… Meaning One Life to Live don’t deserve….. ANYTHING that has to do with GH. If thats the case, All My Children has DESERVES some of the action too, AND if thats the case, may as well put General Hospital out of work.

    Shame of ABC for showing favoritism to OLTL as not giving AMC actor’s any of the action.

    Calling Dr. David Haywood, PLEASEEEEEEEEE

    Soap Lover replied

    1loveabcsoaps, it is folks like you that turn away tons of fans of other soaps from watching “your” General Hospital. Your sense of entitlement is, in my opinion, disgusting. WHEN GH eventually gets cancelled, I hope you remember YOUR words out here and how hurtfully and utterly disrespectful you are being of fellow soap fans who are fighting for YOUR GH and the soap genre as a whole.

    May as well put General Hospital out of work??? Are you kidding me??? How can you be so selfish???? Hundreds would lose their job, but no, it’s all about making you happy for some reason. Am shaking my head and rolling my eyes. Unfreaking believable.

    Heather replied

    Soap Lover, I think what 1loveabcsoaps is trying is say is that it isn’t fair that OLTL fans gets to have their characters on GH when AMC fans doesn’t. Whether it’s AMC or OLTL, the bottom line is that these characters don’t really belong on GH. This isn’t fair for the GH fans that never watched either of the two cancelled shows.

    As for the “hurtfully and utterly disrespectful” part, OLTL fans hurt ATWT fans everyday by praising The Talk on CBS. So the little comment made by 1loveabcsoaps is hardly hurtful or disrespectful.

    Soap Lover replied

    It wasn’t the “little” comment made; it was the entire reply and the attitude in which it was delivered. Look, I have no problem with a few AMC characters coming to GH IF it helps add to the show and bring the ratings up. Like it or not, the numbers have shown that since FV and RC along with ME, RH, & KA coming over to GH, ratings have either remained steady or improved. While it will always be impossible to please everyone, based on what others have expressed about GH since that occured, the majority of GH fans are enjoying the show more than they have, in some cases for the first time in years. Many are of the opinion that these few “OLTL” characters, in addition to characters that have been part of the show for decades such as Robert Scorpio, Felicia Jones, Anna Devane and Heather Webber being brought back to GH, have seemed to revive GH a bit. I think IS hurtful and disrespectful to continually complain about GH, a soap that is still on air, when you have fans of other soaps, like ATWT, who have NEVER seen the show before, trying to keep it alive by watching it and getting into it, not knowing any of the characters. That’s to say nothing of the cast and crew who work hard day in and day out to produce a great show; to just say, “if it’s not gonna be my way, might as well get rid of the soap” is also disrespectful to those working and those who are fighting for jobs in the soap/entertainment industry. To me, it’s nothing short of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. People like this need to grow the hell up already and perhaps instead of whining and complaining like a 2 year old, take a look around you and appreciate what you do have, rather than barking out your sense of entitlement, much like a 2 year old would do.

    I stand behind everything I have written.

  6. Joan Faist says:

    Daytime soaps used to be the backbone of TV but that was when the ones in charge cared about true story telling. Some of these Soaps lasted over 50 plus years because their core audience was extremely loyal. Who is going to really care about some cooking show or talk show for fifty years. NO ONE. W

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    susan M. replied

    NO ONE will care about those shows or even remember their names..They will not be memorable ..The soap opera’s are MEMORABLE..I still remember them from years ago when watching them with my mom….I could remember what the stories were about…I will never remember those crap shows..I soaps are very dear to me….I never get tired of watching them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I I want the OLTL crew BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nothing else but THE SOAPS FOR ME !! And nothing else will do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just OUR BELOVED STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. shan says:

    For the first time in a long time someone is looking at the the long term big picture

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  8. Linda says:

    What is it going to take for ABC to realize they made a huge mistake? The only way they will get the daytime viewers back is to bring back AMC and OLTL! The next step would be to fire Anne Sweeney. Afteral she approved the cancellation of our soaps.

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  9. Herron says:

    From about 6am til 8pm there is nothing on abc except news and talk. There is one hour of gh . People have shown they want entertainment as well as depressing news. If we don’t get it from abc we will get it somewhere else. Bring back oltl and take those writers with them!

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  10. Debi says:

    How about bringing OLTL to GH and expanding it??
    I realize that alot of the characters live in NYC, but they can fly out once a month for pre taping. Just and idea.

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    Tali Smith replied

    I agree with Debi on this one and believe this would bring in more viewers providing they quit destroying the integrity of OLTL characters. All those that have moved to the West coast hunting for work could be used as those still living on the East coast as they want. Some OLTL viewers such as myself are getting ready to call it quits because of the characters being killed off or changed so drastically. They’re using OLTL story lines why not the actors/actresses!!!

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    Christy replied

    been saying it for a while – kill the katie show and expand GH to a ABC soap hybrid-2hrs and have it be all three soaps, characters crossing over frequently, for business reasons or visiting or whatever. The more crossovers the better so we end up being ABC soap fans rather than just one show vs the other. They could use the sets at GH, or add to them – if they used the same studios for all three they’d save a lot of money vs. sets on both coasts.

    the characters on GH now are all my soap characters – I don’t care where there were a year ago. They’re my GH characters now!

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  11. Jason says:

    Don’t have to worry about Katie’s newshow appearing on my ABC network. Its coming on my local CBS. Still not going to watch it though. Just glad I won’t have to see it at all.

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  12. Mary Fergen says:

    It is only thanks to the talented actors and production team at GH, and the loyal soap fans, that GH is doing as well as it is. I am continually stunned at ABC/D’s stupidity and greed for not admitting the mistake of cancelling AMC and OLTL. How can it be good business to ignore the outrage of the very viewers they are trying to win back? So unbelievably dumb!

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  13. NEAL ADKINS says:

    OLTL is and was ans always will be the only soap. I hate GH, and never cared for AMC simply because i cannot stand Susan Luci. Her acting is pathetic and plastic. No soap veteran past or present or future will ever hold a candle to Erika Slezak. The woman could act her way out of anything. She i brilliant and smart and just great to watch. I love her to death. OLTL was the best soap ever, all the characters were great. I miss and love you always OLTL

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    Anthony R replied

    Ditto. There has got to be some way to get OLTL back on the air … even if it has to pass through GH.

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  14. Rita E. Henderson says:

    Merge the strongest characters from AMC and the remaining core characters of OLTL in one show before GH. Don’t move the OLTL current characters from GH because they are helping the ratings. That way everyone is happy and only power players with better writing are involved. Erica and Vicki and Dorian could make great viewing material with the right set of writers.

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    Tali Smith replied

    Hell No – John McBain and Todd were main stays @ OLTL. One of the reasons OLTL was the higher rated soap!

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  15. MEARY ROSE says:

    gh does well because Sonny gets less time and Todd & Starr AND John from oltl are on it!!

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  16. Jane says:

    Ive commented so many times but I will always love OLTL. ABC made a fatal error when they started messing with the soaps. They were warned repeatedly but did not care what the fans thought. Well we will not be TRAINED to like the crap you throw at us. I will watch NOTHING in the OLTL time slot. ABCD, you deserve everything you are getting.

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  17. Ricky says:

    I won’t watch Katie, supporting her show is the same as supporting any other show that would replace AMC and OLTL. ABC – YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR !

    LO BARATO SALE CARO – THE CHEAP COMES OUT EXPENSIVE !

    Admit you made a terrible blunder and restore AMC and OLTL and regain your ABC DAYTIME leadership and fans.

    We won’t watch the Garbage you are putting on and will and have changed the channel.

    Cancel the CHEW, Cancel Good Afternoon Crapper and Cancel Katie !!!

    Bring Back AMC and OLTL and put GH back to 3pm. If anything put Katie after AMC, OLTL, and GH. Her show should have replaced OPRAH and you would have had a smooth transition. Your mismanagement and incompetence has caused all this drama and actual HATRED for ABC and their affiliates, and for what ???? MORONS !!!

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    You won’t catch me watching that crappy Katie show either, we have to boycott her dumb show to because she is taking over general hospitals spot even though gh was saved, I want the soaps back, I want one life to live on at 2 O’clock right where it belongs and if it means never watching abc again except for general hospital so be it. And I agree they are Morons and I hope every show they have on daytime and Prime time sinks in the ratings.

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  18. JustSaying says:

    There’s no going back to OLTL. It would have been possible if Prospect Park was serious about continuing the show. But now that it’s been off the air for awhile, most of the actors have moved on to other projects.

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    Christy replied

    but not in my house! Thank goodness I kept all those taped soaps over the years! I can get a little OLTL fix whenver I please – plus there’s much more on the net. Even have Roger Howarth’s venture on the shortlived ABC primetime show Prey.

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    JustSaying replied

    Damn, you’re lucky.

  19. Jared says:

    I am hoping that Katie’s show fails and that abcd comes to its senses and reboots ONE LIFE TO LIVE. I’m not a fan of just any soap. I think that some of the recently cancelled soaps needed to go, but OLTL was not one of them. The show was experiencing a renaissance, in spite of a shrinking budget, and it was cut short way too soon. Long live ONE LIFE TO LIVE.

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  20. Theresa says:

    Surely ABCD isn’t totally deaf..they gotta know how the soap fans feel and how we are impacting the ratings! Why don’t they just fess up??
    OLTL was the best and have always also watched GH..I will not be watching and haven’t watched the Chew or GAA or Katie. Give us our soaps back ABCD or keep praying the price..listen up advertisers..that means you also.

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  21. Edna Barefoot says:

    I want OLTL back on the air & will settle for nothing less. It doesn’t matter who Katie has on her show I will not watch ABC except GH. ABC execs. need to just accept that the soap fans will not accept crap in place of our shows. Soaps are family & we fight for them just like our families. Why can’t the execs. act like grown ups & just admit their mistakes & fix it. Boycott remains. Thank you Michael for fighting for us.

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  22. dw mckim says:

    Excellent article, but i’ve gotta say, it wouldn’t actually matter if Katie had soap stars on her show every day or engaged in a mass publicity campaign rivaling that of a Presidential candidate saying how much she loves the show and wants GH as her lead-in. Fans aren’t blind to the fact that she’s just the latest soap-replacement show (even with the shell-game switch of timeslots, we still can see that she’s still hogging the hour that rightfully belongs to OLTL) and we will not watch her show no matter what “soap-friendly” gestures she were to attempt.

    Also in regards to hybrids/merged soaps, if i’ve said it once, i’ve said it a million times – the OLTL characters on GH is a great TEMPORARY solution to keep the characters alive, visible, and thriving until they can move back to their own show – but as a PERMANENT “solution” merged/hybrid soaps are a Disaster with a capital “D”. Each individual show has its own tone, style, history, and setting. If shows go beyond the short-term crossover and into permanent hybrid territory, the elements of what made each individual show great in the first place gets diluted if not completely lost and fans of neither show ends up happy.

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  23. Brenda Hawkins says:

    I like both Josh & Lara, but I’m afraid that afternoon gig, so similar to the other shows will not be good for their careers. Too much of the same drizzle. I know I don’t like them or Katie well enough to tape their shows, like I taped AMC for decades.
    Bring back AMC & OTL!!!

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  24. Tina Gray says:

    I don’t care if Katie has the stars of all three shows on her show. I’M NOT WATCHING IT! I’m not watching The Spew. Didn’t watch The Revolting. Not watching Good Morning, Afternoon or Night America. 1:00 All My Children, 2:00 One Life to Live, 3:00 General Hospital!!!!!!!! Give me back my soaps! Do you get it yet, Disney?

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  25. Tom says:

    While I am all for anybody who is interested in having a job, and taking advantage of any opportunity to provide for yourself and others, I kindof, sortof, seriously doubt that many of our honest working class stiffs would want to sacrifice 40+ years of entertainment, enlightenment, and employment, for the sake of some low rated reality tv shows, talk shows that last 6 months, cooking/design shows with hosts who blatantly have no respect for the audience, the people they talk down on (who can very easily sue them for their terminal stupidity), or for the working class stiffs who were once referred to as “Nazi’s”. Now take that, measure it on a scale against 40+ years of scandal, glamour, romance, action, adventure, drama, scifi, horror, and moments that just grab you by the heart and radiate “Family”. That’s the legacy Agnes Nixon has given the American people for almost half a century and she has earned the love, adoration, and respect of everyone that she has touched with “All My Children” and “One Life To Live”. This is a time for serious people, ABC/Disney, and your time is almost up. I am a soap fan and I want ALL of our soaps on the air.

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  26. Carol Painter says:

    I want Katie Couric to Go away,..The Chew, The Revolution, All of this NONSENSE!! I want OLTL back, I want AMC Back, and for everything to go back to the way it was. I don’t even care if Disney admits it’s Mistake (AND IT WAS A HUGE ONE) I just want All Back To Normal. The way it’s been for 40 years, and the way it should stay for another 40 PLUS years. PUT MY SHOWS BACK!!!!!
    and we’ll just forget about 2011. we’ll just move forward. !

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    Shannon replied

    I totally agree. You said everything we are feeling. Bring back our soaps and make it right.

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    Baltimoresoapfan replied

    @Carol, They will not cancel Katie Couric because she is part of the liberal establishment. GH will be canned I hate to say this but I have a gut feeling that it will happen within 6-8 months tops.

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    Christy replied

    I wish I could find some ABC memo that mentions all our angst and ‘oops did we ever goof’… probably never gonna see it tho

    maybe the only way we can be heard for our wishes is to write to the people that pay ABC’s bills — the advertisers. P&G has been the standard advertiser (proctor & gamble) be nice if they could buy the rights and put it on for us!

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  27. Heather says:

    Finally someone else who knows what a huge mistake ABC made. Maybe they should pay attention to what the people want and not what they think we want.

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  28. Angie U says:

    His article was right on the money, that is the money ABC is losing because they had no respect for loyal fans of 40+ years. You can’t put a price on loyalty. Cheap knockoff reality tv is not what fans want. It is a bad joke the shows ABC has put on Spew, Revulsion Good afternoon Asshats, Now Katie Who. Wake up ABC & realize soaps are what we want. We will just watch them on CBS & NBC if you don’t have them. GH is on fire & love OLTL characters, writer & producer. They are doing a great job but still miss OLTL & AMC and will not watch anything you put on in their place. Michael Easton & Roger Hayworth are even better on GH. Ron & Frank are doing a great job just like they were on OLTL just hope they get to keep it up for years to come. ABC should promote soaps as much as they have theses new shows & they would not be in the position of being the joke of daytime.

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  29. Ann says:

    I think reality tv is dying. There is so much of it and most of it is terrible. I just started watching the new night time soap Dallas and its great. I hear that show Revenge did really well in ratings too. What does that say? The network heads should realize that people want to see real actors act not a bunch of reality tv idiots. There are way too many self help shows and talk shows on right now. It’s one right after another all talking and doing the same thing! Enough already. I have been watching GH for 30 years and love it and hope it remains on the air another 30. After GMA or the Today Show is on in the morning I have had enough of the days news, tidbits, pop news and everything else they throw in. The networks have too many of the same shows on one after the other. Keep. GH alive It’s the only thing worth watching in the daytime!

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  30. Vanessa says:

    I agree with most of the comments made here. Especially about how ABC made a huge mistake in letting go AMC and OLTL. I wasn’t a real fan of AMC but I respect the fact that a lot of people were. I also quit watching GH years ago because it was all about the mob. If that was all I wanted to see, I would just read a newspaper. OLTL was really cooking when it was dropped and if GH’s contract had expired first, it would have been the one to go because its ratings were lower. I think all of the actors on GH are really good but obviously in order to get its ratings up, something had to be done and obviously it is working with some of the OLTL characters going over. However, I don’t like how they are changing the John Mcbain that we all loved for years. He was already getting lighter when he found out that Liam was his soon but I think they have changed his character too much in the wrong direction. I also know Todd was one of the most popular characters on OLTL so bring him over brought his fans over too. They are the only reasons I am continuing to watch. The Sam character drives me crazy because all she does is wine and go on a pitty party. I would love to see ABC combine OLTL and AMC and I bet we could get a lot of the characters back like Erica because she was supposed to go to Prospect Park. I hope Katie boms the first week and you can bet I won’t be watching her. The Chew needs to be chocked and throne in the trash. ABC is going to wind up letting their pride and greed totally destroy their network. I would also like to know more about the comment that Frank Valentini made about maybe seeing OLTL and AMC again. If GH wants to keep me watching, they have to keep the OLTL storyline going.

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    su0000 replied

    I wonder if ABC/D hears comments as these??
    I doubt the executives read boards/sites as this..
    How does ABC/D get informed and in touch with soap fans thoughts.( wonder)

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    Baltimoresoapfan replied

    I have started to watch GH when the Mannings,and John McBain crossed over. I have watched the crossover with an openmind but for some reason it did not gel well with me. OLTL should have never been cancelled. The soap had a lot of loose ends that need to be addressed (McBain/Natalie & baby Liam, Vicki/Clint getting remarried, Jessica finally knows Clint is her real biological father) I watch GH on occassion if I am not busy with taking my mom to her doctor’s appointments or doing her household choirs. I cannot say that I am a huge GH fan but I don’t dislike the show. I am more of an AMC/OLTL fan. Katie Couric on the other hand is an empty suit. She has failed as a CBS new anchor. She will put GH in its demise. I guarantee it. There are too many cooking and talk shows on almost every channel. Katie Couric’s new show is produced by Disney (the parent company of GH_ I never liked Katie Couric when she was a street reporter for my local NBC affliate here in the DC area back in the mid 80′s. She was full of herself then and she is full of herself now. GH will not last for less than a year. You can thank ‘perky’ katie for this.

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  31. Patti says:

    Abc needs to be SMART again And BRING BACK AMC AND OLTL Than Watch The RATING GO RIGHT BACK TO THE TOP !!!

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  32. susan says:

    We want our soaps back, I won’t watch Katie and I have boycotted ABC since they canceled our soaps except GH

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    Susan R. replied

    Me too! ABC is not allowed on any TV in my house except for GH!!!

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  33. Tammy Grzenia says:

    what is left to say the replacement shows are crap .abc dont care about there morning line up .they only care about there prime time .abc could care less about there viewers .abc not even trying to make this right.they continue to loose money and viewers .after all these fail shows. you would think somebody over there would wake up already.

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  34. mrswillieg says:

    I have always been a fan of abc soaps, GH and OLTL have always been my fav. but i also noticed besides this year we werent doing as well as the other networks. I miss OLTL and AMC but times do change and im grateful that we can see some of the characters on GH. i agree that abc will never admit they were wrong and bring the soaps back so the only thing i could hope for is abc combines the three soaps together some how and do it with taste and respect. I know alot of OLTL fans and GH fans arent to happy about the cross over but at least this way they have kept the characters alive and im enjoying it myself. For the record, jason,luck and sonny have always been the best daytime charaters to watch but i must say im loving Roger Hayworth right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i missed him for years

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  35. metejt says:

    I agree with almost all the comments made except the part about bringing on all the GH cast to Katie’s new show. I love GH but still won’t be tuning in to view Katie, even to see the wonderfully talented cast of GH. I don’t know who is calling the shots at ABC/D but they are morons and still apparently haven’t gotten the hint or just don’t care if they run the network into the ground. I’m still hoping some other network has the foresight to pick up the cancelled shows, buy GH from ABC and they can go on their marry way with their Revolting Chew on Katie’s new show.

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    There is no way I will watch that katie show, I don’t care who from general hospital goes on, Now if katie announces that abc has had a change of heart and will bring back One life to live and All my children I will watch for that day, But will never again tune in, I can’t stand that woman.

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    MBmomof3 replied

    katie could bring on the entire casts from AMC, OLTL, & GH and I still wouldn’t watch. I am so sick of ABCD, the treatment of their fans and their devoted soap talent. I will never support them with the exception of GH. I won’t even watch local programming on my affiliate and I let them know it.

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  36. Duhuh says:

    Guys, even if OLTL was revived, it will never be the same. Firstly, you definitely wont have Starr cause of her 3 yr contract on GH. John and Todd are also on contract but Idk for how long. Then all the actors who moved to LA. Bo retired. Nora may still be on B&B. And even if you film the revived OLTL in LA, then what about the actors in NY and Jersey?

    You might as well start a new soap if Katie fails.

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  37. Mary Lou says:

    Right on! GH survives because it is very, very good. If ABC had any sense, and/or cared what their viewers wanted, they would bring back AMC & OLTL. The viewers want our soaps. We will not have cheap “replacements” shoved down our throats.

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  38. Linda says:

    my fear is that abc will not admit its mistake and return One Life to Live to its rightful place. the daytime fans are the lowest on the abc rung.

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  39. angela says:

    It’s nice to see that there are others who feel as we do. But abc will never put oltl back on the air. That would mean they’ve admitted the huge mistake they made. Don’t get me wrong I would love nothing more then to have oltl back I still miss it terribly but I really don’t see it happening.

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  40. MBmomof3 says:

    I am loving GH, especially with the additions of the OLTL characters. Prospect Park’s leased rights to AMC end in September and OLTL in January. So after that, maybe they will add more characters to GH, start a new/blended soap, or at the VERY LEAST do a movie special and give AMC & OLTL and their fans a proper ending to their shows. I always thought at a minimum, they could do a primetime movie special or two for the cancelled soaps. I think they would be a ratings hit! And I agree with the above posters, I can’t believe that ABC gave little to no recognition for GH’s recent Emmy wins, eecially in primetime for goodness sake! ABC obviously has no interest in promoting the ONLY show in their daytime lineup worth watching. I’m boycotting ALL ABCD shows except GH.

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  41. MBmomof3 says:

    I’d like to add, please let ABC and your local affiliates know you love, support and watch GH. Use social media, email, website customer comments feedback, letters and phone calls. The time to act is BEFORE your show is cancelled. Please add you will not watch or support their lame replacement crap, er…I mean shows. Keep it classy! Thanks.

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  42. Cindy C says:

    I have watched GH for 48 years and I think today’s shows are great love what they are doing with the shows.Now for the cold hearted fact I LOVE OLTL MORE sooooo mis OLTL.I want it back but glad to see some of it on GH Thanks MF

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  43. barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 says:

    No, you didn’t watch good afternoon america one day and found it to be boring, Because I would never watch that crap or write this.

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  44. Rodd says:

    Bring all the GH’ers you want over to Katie’s show the first week or every week. It will never win me over.

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  45. 1loveabcsoaps says:

    Hey Barbara t, Happy Summer! Let me say this, I am SURE Anne Sweeney has woke up and paid attention, BUT she will not bring back AMC or OLTL. It just cost TOO much to produce at this point, and……she feels ” we ” the audience are clearly getting pass their absense. There are no protest being staged or news conferences ANYWHERE…! On a brighter note, I just reviewed your post above and I am proud to say that NO, not one coma incorrectly placed. Congradulations. Unfortunately for me, I can no longer identify your mail when I log in to my inbox (because of your coma’s). Now, I actually have to to click on the link to this site, to see who wrote it to me. LOL

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    Seriously, you want me to tell you what happened at the emmys? I will After you answer my question, Where the hell have you been? And why did you come back to tell everyone here who cares about One life to live (Like you use to) To stop talking about it? You sure made a entrance, What do you mean we one life to live fans don’t DESERVE a slice of General hospital, WHY? Come on 1loveabcsoaps what is really going on? Did you stop sending soap bars to abc? Did you slip on a bar of soap? Or are you lost in the bubble world? Ok, I will confess I to want to see Dr. David Hayward but it takes time to fix a soap when so much damage has been done to it and as you have also said many times how can they hire all these people when the soap is on a budget ? Anyway happy Summer to you to,hope everything is ok with you. I can’t wait to hear more And see what your next move will be.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Barbara t said:

    Seriously, you want me to tell you what happened at the emmys? I will After you answer my question, Where the hell have you been?

    1lovesays: I have been overwhelmed and very busy, with ALLOT of stuff. I haven’t gotten an email from you as (you use to ) to check in with me when U haven’t heard anything. I didn’t come back to tell everyone stop talking about it. But seriously Barbara, how much can folk on here keep talking about the same subject, ‘ Come back Onelifetolive”. I say, DO something about it, NOT just TALK. Do something VERY PUBLIC. Stage a protest, CALL a news conference. Barbara t says: What do you mean we one life to live fans don’t DESERVE a slice of General hospital, WHY? Read above: 1loveabcsoaps replied July 17th, 2012 at 12:41 pm. I explain it down to a science. I’m talking semantics, facts vs.opinions about the word, ” deserve”. With all the comings and goings on GH, one more person on GH ( Dr. Haywood) aint going to hurt the budget that bad. Since everyone is so deserving (according to you) than AMC fans are deserving too, just saying, being fair. Read above (July 17th, 2012 at 12:41pm) for more and further explanation, whch I am sure you will understand as it relates to semantic’s or a word Barbara, fact vs. opinion.

    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    I have sent you several e mails asking where you have been. You never answered them. And I have said it before and I will say it again, I like Dr. David Hayward, I agree with you, and I would love to see him on General hospital, What I don’t like is you saying the one life to live fans are not deserving, Remember me? I love One life to live and I won’t stop wanting it back. Anyway this is ridiculous where have you been? And why don’t you stop disappearing for long periods of time ? good grief you haven’t been here for months. Are you OK? You really didn’t see the Emmys? That damn Ericka kane showed up and she wouldn’t shut up about herself she kept going on and on about, guess who? Ericka Kane, She kept repeating the name Ericka Kane over and over again like she was the only one who was ever on All my children. she cheated all the One life to live fans from seeing Ericka slezak (Our Vicki) she had her hands all over that Microphone and wouldn’t let it go. You were always right about Susan Lucci, oops, I mean Ericka Kane.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    I told you Barbara (*well the site) how Susan Lucci is. The thing is, I like Susan Lucci, in fact I love Susan Lucci, but that doesn’t STOP ME from speaking the truth about her persona, OR what I feel is my perception of her being ‘ one in the same’ with Erica Kane. That’s the thing about me, people either will love or dislike me for the truth, BUT usually at some time or another, they come around as seeing that I’m not being unfair, BUT IN FACT, I am being fair, and objective about a person, or particular thing. I dont speak against anyone or anything with intention to harm or affend and therefore, I found Soap Lover’s words quite affensive, subjective with HER/HIM only seeing one point of view, their point. And no, you STILL don’t get it. Onelife’s fans ARE NOT deserving. Deserving Barbara means that OLTL fans should be entitled to see their favorite characters on GH. That is simply NOT true. It’s nice to have them INVITED on, and see some of them from time to time, BUT Onelife is not “deserving” of this honor, NO MORE than AMC cast are. I’m speaking about semantics and the language “deserving”. My statement does not defend emotions…. of WANTING to see OneLife characters. I spoke about this in my statement above when I commented to Heather and Soap Lover. I also made a point (above) to address that many GH cast lost their jobs as a result of OneLife character’s coming to Gh. I don’t have a problem with OneLife visiting, BUT some OneLifer’s are on contract which resulted in job loss for other GH cast, and guess what? Later today, Steve Burton spoke about that as well, Saop Lover. Soap Lover is so concerned about OLTL’s job loss, but in her/his selfishness does not consider the loss of jobs over at GH, because of Onelifer’s. And layoffs over at GH wouldn’t of been so bad if some of the OneLifer’s weren’t OFFERED Contracts. People need to look at BOTH SIDES before they head to their computers and start commenting out their ass. Irregardless of my love for Susan Lucci, I am still objective enough about Susan to know that Susan is about herself, and intertwined with her character knee deep from head to toe. AND so, people on here need some objectivity about the “issues” being discussed. Just for the record, I love OneLife just as much as you do. As I have pointed out many times, I am sure that AMC and GH (and the industry) are shocked and surprised of the fight and CONSTANT banter, protest on behave of OLTL. Onelife was always the middle child of the three soaps. AMC was popular because of Lucci and all the celebrity fans/ visits from them and sports players. GH popularity came (which made History because of Luke and Laura) and then the addiction to Sonny & Brenda saga. Onelife CENTURED on everyone, and what do you know? It’s everyone that is missed on OLTL. I’m fair and objective. I look at the facts, and whoever on here don’t like it, so be it. As for me not answering your post, I wasn’t aware that U had been contacting me. First of all, I have been having problems with my email and Explorer. Second, I would see (occasionally) in my email, a notice/ comment from this site. I would click on it to read it, 1 or 2 however replies that would come, AND it would be an old response, being sent to me a second or even third time. After that happened about 3 times, I knew that I hadn’t been posting, so I thought, ” it’s an old response”. But for the ones I did check, I didn’t see/get any notices from you. I would never disregard your hello- you were the first friend I made on here. As for if I’m ” ok” ? I have been going through allot of things. I’ve been going through so much, I really couldn’t even remember “when” the Emmy’s were coming on, and especially with the telecast changing as it was when they were trying to figure out WHO and WHERE it would air. That was ALLOT to keep up with, with all that I was dealing with. Like I mentioned in my earlier post, I have a life, and other concerns. These people on these soaps WILL be ” ok “. They are blessed and quite fortunate to live the lives they are living. Where can I see the rerun of the Emmy’s?
    And I hope Soap Lover see’s my post because their are no replies for her/him on this page, and I’m not going looking for her/him or trouble. You know me, I get to the meat of the matter, and I don’t care who likes it. And I’m not nasty about it either. If someone ‘can’ deal with the facts, and an objectivity point of view, then they can ‘ relate’ to me.
    Where can I find the Emmy show?

  46. Vanessa says:

    I am sitting here laughing to myself because the OLTL fans and the GH fans sound like the Hatfields and McCoys. We all hav our own likes and dislikes but we need to do is respect each others opinions and instead of fighting against each other, we all should get together and fight ABC. The only shows I watch on ABC is GH and my local news. I hear bits and peaces of rating battles but I haven’t heard exactly where ABC is in Daytime as well as Prime Time. ABC never advertises GH during Daytime programing as well as Prime Time. All we hear about are GMA, The View, The Chew and now were are already hearing promos for Katie and her show doesn’t start for 2 months. I have written letters, made phone calls and voiced my opinion about ABC and their stupidity since OLTL went and I will continue. I would really appreciate it if Michael Fairman saw to it that ABC got our comments. I am not excited about GH right now but I am trying to support it as well as follow my OLTL characters. I don’t like some of the things going on right now but I will keep watching. e

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  47. Patrick says:

    The dregs of Reality Shows.
    The hobbled Talk Shows.
    Entertainment Shows…. dumbing down…. star interviews/cooking/blah, blah, blah.

    Oye. no comment…. nothing… will replace… Serials. Period.

    I appreciate good press… for Soap Operas. They Exist. have, from the start of television… it’s an art form… A staple for millions more than, the Nielsons account for.

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  48. barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 says:

    SOAP LOVER, wherever you are, I agree with all 3 of your posts, I can’t believe the General Hospital fans and the garbage they bring up downing anyone who cares for and wants to see One life to live come back or show up in POrt Charles, I have been a fan of both soaps One life to live being my favorite. There is nothing wrong with the crossovers from landview. Your right when you said it is the gh fans who have some serious problems and they are the most negative and nasty at times, Would love to know what their problem is. Newbes come to the soaps all the time, this time they are coming over from another soap that was cancelled so what, were the gh fans that happy with the way gh was before with the non stop mob stories day after day? I wasn’t. Your also right about the soap fans sticking together to save the soaps not go after a few characters that come from One life to live and their fans. Just wanted you to know Your not alone in your feelings and you said what I feel to.

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  49. Wanda says:

    I love amc and oltl please bring then back soon.

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  50. Iakovos says:

    ABC pullled off a New Coke debacle for sure, and like 25 years ago, we can choose not to sample the new brew of CH-ew!, REVOL-ew!-TION, and GOOD AFTERN-ew!-N AMERCIA.

    I know it is diffcult to welcome new characters but GENERAL HOSPITAL smartly integrated characters already familiar to ABC viewers, as the web did many times when the brand was top shelf. GH is the hardest working soap out there, and the actors overall are outstanding. No one of us in fandom like everything on our shows but the overall tone of GH and the refocus on history is laudable. I am still no great fan of the mob influence or baby-switch storylines, or other cliches, but I see more effort in Port Charles than the other three series I still follow. ABC’s wopes are bigger than daytime. The web nees to rediscover and refashion its very successful brand and look from the 1970s and 1980s when ABC was a leader in programming innovation (the movie-of-the-week), pioneering series (ROOM 222, FAMILY) and out-and-out quality and buzzworthy entertainment (HAPPY DAYS< THE LOVE BOAT). The look and and tone of the web was everywherein announcer voices, use of its talent.

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  51. barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 says:

    Good news abc soaps in depth are saying that Robin is on her way back to general hospital. Hope it’s true.I know I want her back.

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Robins not on her way back, other than to be a ghost. Kimberly went through allot in making her departure a big deal by videoing herself with her cast mates. She wouldn’t return so soon with such a big fan fair of her leaving to pursue her lifes goals.

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    Yes, that is sad would have liked to see her spend more time or at least let us know who has her, Poor Patrick he is cracking up, BUT He has a little girl to take care of who is still missing her mother to and now he is being selfish taking drugs to deal with the loss of Robin. Patrick isn’t going to get a pity party from me, Hope he gets over his DRUG USE soon.

  52. Joan Brigham says:

    ABC was warned by all the soap fans that we would do everything we could to see that their ratings would wind up abysmal, and we have DONE it. They did not care, they would not even give us the courtesy of accepting our letters. The ones I sent were returned undeliverable. Right then I made my mind up, no mercy on ABC. It has not been turned on at my house since April 2011, nor will it be turned on. My entire family of 28 souls went on a Royal Caribbean cruise instead of a Disney cruise that we were planning, and we had a spectacular time, and did not have to listen to It’s a Small World for days. These are the consequences of a dismissive network, and no one is more pleased than I at the results the soap fans have accomplished!!!

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    1loveabcsoaps replied

    Amen to that. Some people stick to their word and mean it and You are obviously one of them! Cheers!

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 replied

    I sent them a few letters to but I never got them back, sent them e mails, I drive them nuts by doing that a few times a day. I know what you mean about it’s a small world.

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    Joan Brigham replied

    Do you still e mail them? Who do you e mail? Let me know and I will join you! To me the fight is still on.

    barbara t. Loves one life to live replied

    Hey Joan, I just go to abc.com to the comments and let them know How I feel, I do it 3 times a day, they send you back a long blah, blah, blah, response telling you how they can’t read all their mail then I just write them back, they know how we soap fans feel.

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  53. barbara t. Loves one life to live # 1 says:

    ABC forgets that the viewers are the important people here and we want our soaps back. Not just the 19-49 year olds, also the 55-70. We pay their salaries with products we buy etc. Give us back what should have never been taken away. These other shows are the worst and can not measure up to our GREAT SOAPS.

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    susan M. replied

    I Agree with you!!!!!!!!

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  54. Claire Ames says:

    I will never watch the Katie show, she bombed on CBS News , The Today Show, is a failure period. I have watched General Hospital for many years, to think you would replace it with THAT WOMAN is beyond the pale! We are BOMBARDED with those Stupid Talk ,and Cooking Shows, when is enough, enough? PLEASE, KEEP GENERAL HOSPITAL in the time slot it has always been in.Keep SYRUPY Couric in a concealed room someplace. We have seen TOO much of her already!

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  55. susan M. says:

    Katie has lost a lot of jobs in the past & she will lose this one as well….Don’t watch it ever so her ratings will flop & she will be cancelled like the revolution did !!!

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live replied

    She has lost a lot of jobs, but she keeps getting hired back to another network, I don’t understand why, She ruined the cbs news. I hope what we did to the revolution and hopefully Good afternoon america, we do to her dumb show to, Katie Couric has to go, we want ONE LIFE TO LIVE BACK.

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  56. Johanna says:

    They should correct the train wreck and bring back OLTL and then if/when Katie fails bring back AMC. Or make OLTL/AMC a half hr. some many possibilities the idiots at ABC/D never considered

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    barbara t. Loves one life to live replied

    That means money, And abc doesn’t want to spend it they want to line their own pockets with it and give us cheap, annoying, garbage programming instead of our soaps. They never considered what you are saying because there are to many idiots working for the rat channel now and they will never admit they were wrong.

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