Yesterday, ABC made the announcement as to who would be hosting their “Good Morning America” spinoff, “Good Afternoon America.” The main hosts will be Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott. Plus, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopolous and Sam Champion, from the morning version of the show, will make appearances. ABC also announced that the start date would be July 9th and that it will run for nine weeks.
Most people assume that the show will run until Katie Couric’s new talk show appears on September 10th. This will mean that the lineup on most of the ABC stations will include: “The Chew,” “General Hospital,” and “Katie.” However, there are no guarantees of this time schedule. ABC hasn’t published any press releases to this effect, although articles have been written that this will be the lineup, both online and in print.
Yes, the soap fans heard the news. Most dedicated soap viewers and fans do pay attention to the media news. However, their response was a simple one. They didn’t care.
They were happy to see that the “Revolution” was cancelled. They were pleased to see that their non-support of this show was proven in the ratings. However, they feel the same way about “Good Afternoon America,” as they did the “Revolution.” They simply do not care about it.
They do not care who the hosts are. They do not care what type of stories or guests they have on the show. They do not plan on watching the show. They will not watch the show.
The only show they will watch during the day-time hours on ABC is “General Hospital.” They will not watch anything during the timeslot that “All My Children,” and “One Life to Live,” filled. Many fans are still hoping these shows will reappear onto the ABC canvas or at least ABC will give up their rights to these shows, to give other networks and outlets a chance to produce them. Until either of these things happens, the dedicated soap fans will not budge. This means that ABC may not ever see the daytime ratings they once had. Yes, the soap opera fan base is a stubborn one and one with a long memory. They have such great memories many can tell you about the first actress who played Victoria Lord on “One Life to Live,” and they can certainly tell ABC what they think of their replacement shows by tuning them out and switching the station.
What do you think? Are you one of these dedicated fans? Will you be watching or tuning out “Good Afternoon America?”