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ABC's "General Hospital" Leads Nominations for Daytime Emmys

Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's lone daytime soap opera is the leading nominee for this year's Daytime Emmy Awards.

General Hospital on Wednesday garnered 23 nods, including in the outstanding drama series category.  All My Children, which ABC cancelled, is also a nominee in the top soap category.

Another defunct ABC drama, One Life to Live, is represented in the lead actor and actress categories.  ABC topped all networks with 56 nominations.

Regis Philbin is the sentimental favorite for outstanding talk show host.  He and Kelly Ripa are nominated for their final year together on Live! with Regis and Kelly.

The 39th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on June 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.  No TV network is currently slated to televise the ceremony.

A complete list of nominees is available at EmmyOnline.TV.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Could 'General Hospital' Move to Primetime?

ABC/Patrick Wymore(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans of the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital may have to catch the show at a later time at some point in the future, reports TV Guide.

The long-running daytime drama, which potentially could be replaced later this year by Katie Couric’s new syndicated talk show, may continue as a short-run primetime series, according to an ABC insider.

The thinking is, even at twice the price of producing the daytime version, a nighttime airing of General Hospital would still be an inexpensive ratings bet compared to the cost of producing other primetime series dramas.  It is estimated that current GH episodes costs around $200,000 each to make.

General Hospital is the only soap still on ABC's schedule, following the cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live.

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Kelly Monaco's Heart 'Not Healed Yet' Following Split from Boyfriend

ABC/Patrick Wymore(HOLLYWOOD) -- Wedding bells will be ringing on ABC's General Hospital on Friday, when Kelly Monaco's Sam ties the knot with Steve Burton's Jason. Monaco is unattached in real life, and she plans to keep it that way for a while.

The former Dancing with the Stars winner, who recently broke up with her boyfriend of 18 years, tells ABC News Radio, "My heart's not healed yet...There's a healing process I know has to happen before I move on."

That healing process will be documented on her new reality series, Dirty Soap, premiering next week on the E! cable channel.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


James Franco Signs onto 'General Hospital'

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- James Franco must need yet another day job. The famously multitasking Oscar-nominated actor has just signed onto a "long-term" stint on General Hospital.

The actor, who recently reprised one of his first acting roles as the soap's serial killer Robert "Franco" Frank, will film a fourth guest spot Sept. 20. is reporting Franco's appearance will set up a multi-episode storyline.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'General Hospital' Actor: 'I Dare Them' to Cancel Us

ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Maurice Benard, who has played General Hospital's brooding, dangerous-yet-lovable Sonny Corinthos for 18 years says that if ABC gets rid of his soap, there's going to be a problem.

"If they cancel General Hospital, there are going to be riots because these people are loyal,” Benard told ABC News Radio this week. "They love this show,” he said. “So I dare them to try."

And while that may be nice for the show's fans to hear, it doesn't sound as if its staff and actors have been guaranteed anything. Benard said the last time he worked he was told, "'If the audience continues to watch, and our ratings are good, we will continue to be on. That's the bottom line...If we all do our jobs correctly and the audience continues -- because we have a very big following -- then we're going to be all right.”

ABC announced in April that it was canceling long-running soaps All My Children and One Life to Live.

Benard is currently touring comedy clubs while on break from General Hospital. "I'm not Richard Pryor,” he said, “but people laugh. I think people shed tears."

If you get to see his show, you may wind up on stage. "I have somebody come up and do a scene with me,” he said.

And those who attend Benard’s show will also get a chance to see the actor’s six-year-old son perform a Justin Bieber song.

He “steals the show,” Benard said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Katie Couric May Go to ABC; Network Canceling Another Soap?

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- She's worked for NBC and is on the verge of leaving CBS, so it might be time for Katie Couric to give ABC a try. 

Couric and the mouse network are close to signing a $20 million deal, reports  Couric would contribute specials for ABC News and 20/20 and perform other fill-in jobs, including anchoring news programs.

Couric also stands to get her own daily syndicated show beginning in September of next year that could spell the end of General Hospital.  Sources claim ABC would be willing to cancel the longest-running soap in history to bring Couric aboard and make room for her on its schedule.

ABC recently announced it was pulling the plug on its other two soaps, One Life to Live and All My Children.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'All My Children', 'One Life to Live' Going Off the Air 

(NEW YORK) -- Two of ABC's legendary soap operas will both have unhappy endings.  The network announced Thursday that iconic daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live are both going off the air.  All My Children will broadcast its last episode this September, while One Life to Live will say farewell this January. General Hospital will remain on the air.

In a statement, ABC executive Bryan Frons said, "All My Children and One Life to Live are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture's history. Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness."  He added, "We thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history."  ABC promises both shows will end "in a manner that honors viewers and shows' creative legacies."

In the place of the two departing soaps will come two new shows: The Chew, which focuses on food, and The Revolution, a health and lifestyle show.  Hosts for The Chew include Top Chef favorite Carla Hall and celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon.  Hosts of The Revolution include Tim Gunn, American Idol alum Kimberly Locke and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.

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James Franco's Pre-Oscar Prep: 'General Hospital' Gig

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Two days before he co-hosts the Oscars for the first time, James Franco reprised his role on ABC's General Hospital as the killer artist who shares his name, Franco.

The actor reportedly filmed the guest spot in Los Angeles while rehearsing for the Oscars. Clad in a tux and sitting in front of semi-nude portraits of himself, he phoned a fellow hitman and poked fun at his jack of all trades reputation:

"You know, I've been doing some more art. Self-portraits. I know, I know, multi-tasker. How about you? You kill anyone lately? Well, I miss that, I really do. Look, I could chat all night but I have to run. I have a big event to attend. Very, very big deal."

A very big deal indeed. Maybe Franco will follow Ricky Gervais' advice after all and bust out more self-depreciating fare at the Oscars.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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