June 6th, 2011
05:42 PM ET
Now that Katie Couric’s made her move to daytime TV official, should fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” be worried?
According to a statement from the network, eight ABC-owned stations (in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno) have cleared the 3 o’clock hour to make room for Couric’s program.
“As part of the announcement, the network is set to return the last hour of its Daytime network block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012, but continues to support ‘General Hospital,’” the statement says.
As soap fans will (painfully) recall, ABC already axed two of its long-running shows, “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” to make room for lifestyle programs “The Chew” and “The Revolution.” The statement added that the network also “continues to support…the plans to launch ‘The Chew’ in September of this year and ‘The Revolution’ in January 2012.”
Couric’s syndicated talk show won’t arrive until September 2012, and a spokesperson for ABC says that the statement above “absolutely could mean” that “General Hospital” will only get bumped to a different time slot.
“We went out of our way to state that we continue to support the show,” the spokesperson said. “We have a long time between now and Fall of 2012, so fans should be encouraged to continue watching and supporting.”
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