The L.A. Times today says that ABC is developing a daytime talk show starring Tori Spelling and a yet to be named male co-host. The article was clear that the show is in the development stages only, but it does raise some red flags for soap watchers of the ABC Daytime line-up. Could the Spelling gabfest be a replacement for one of the soaps? What time slot would this show potentially go in? Read some excerpts from the item below:
“If ABC is going to launch another hour-long show, it will have to get that time from its affiliates. One possibility could be late afternoon, where many ABC stations will likely have a hole to fill next fall when Oprah Winfrey departs to cable. However, getting the ABC affiliates to give an hour back to the network may prove to be a challenge. Even the ABC-owned stations may resist such a request because many are planning to replace Winfrey with another hour of local news.
Another scenario is that one of its current daytime shows is, uh, going away. We’re pretty sure “The View” is staying put, so that leaves one of the soaps as potentially heading to the exit. But don’t panic yet, soap fans, there is no guarantee that the Spelling show will get off the ground. ABC could also try to sell it to a cable network or syndicate it to local television stations. ”