ABC Daytime

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ABC Daytime
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Network ABC
Owned by The Walt Disney Company
Country United States
Website Official website

ABC Daytime (sometime shortened to ABC-D or ABCD) is a programming block on the ABC Network usually being between 11:00am – 3:00pm (ET), which has historically encompassed soap operas, game shows and talk shows. It is part of the Times Square Studios division.[1]

Current programs[edit]

Talk shows[edit]

The View[edit]

The Chew[edit]

Soap opera[edit]

General Hospital[edit]

Former shows on ABC Daytime[edit]

Soap operas[edit]

Other scripted originals[edit]

Game shows[edit]

ABC Daytime has not had a regular game show block since 1986, and has not had any game show since a revival of Match Game ended in 1991. Though the daily version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire currently airs in daytime on many ABC owned and operated stations and affiliates, it is distributed by the network's syndication wing, Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

Talk shows and lifestyle programming[edit]


Gail Starkey;[2] Beth Wicke;[3] Sue Johnson;[4] Barbara Bloom (Vice President of Daytime Programming: 1996–2000); Mary Burch (Director of Daytime Programming)

Sue Johnson || Head of Writer Development || 1993–2012 || Hired by Fili-Krushel; worked in casting and writing; graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara& New York University

Name Title Years Notes
Armand Grant 1960–1965
Harve Bennett Vice President of Daytime Programming 1965–1967 Started as a producer at CBS. Became ABC Vice President of Programming (West Coast) in 1967. Left to return to producing. Produced several of the movies in the Star Trek franchise.
Leonard Goldberg Vice President of Daytime Programming 1967–1970 Was Director of New York Program Development at ABC. During his tenure, he introduced such prototypical, highly successful shows as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and Dark Shadows. A year later, Goldberg was named Head of All Programming for ABC, a position he held for the next three years.
Michael Eisner Vice President of Daytime Programming 1971–1976 Introduced Family Feud and Ryan's Hope. Along with Procter & Gamble, bought The Edge of Night from CBS and went to ABC where it stayed until December 1984.
Jackie Smith Vice President of Daytime Programming 1977–1989 She planned a spin-off of General Hospital, "Young Loves of General Hospital", that was not picked up.
Jo Ann Emmerich Senior Vice President of Daytime Programming 1989–1993 Was gunning for CBS Daytime, and had planned for several actors to reprise their roles on All My Children, One Life to Live and General hospital. Viewed The Young and the Restless as a "serious threat", and wanted All My Children to go head to head with its main competitor at 12:30 pm. Viewed The Bold and the Beautiful as an "uninspiring, poor man's version of The Young and the Restless". She wanted Paul Rauch to leave sooner than he did, hired Wendy Riche and Linda Gottlieb.
Sheraton Kalouria Vice President, Marketing & Promotion, ABC Daytime 1989–2000 Mr. Kalouria led ABC's Daytime marketing team and was responsible for the development of all on and off-air promotions, paid advertising[5] as well as marketing for the network's soaps and daytime talk show, The View.[6][7] Mr. Kalouria also spearheaded the redesign of's daytime sections.[5]
Pat Fili-Krushel President of Daytime Programming 1993–1998 Served until she resigned to join an internet company.[8][9][10] During her tenure, the network published the 1995 New York Times bestseller General Hospital tie-in novel Robin's Diary[11] and debuted the General Hospital spin-off Port Charles.
Felicia M. Behr Vice President of Daytime Programming 1999–2002
Angela Shapiro President of Daytime Programming 1998–2002 The co-founder of Soap Opera Digest who had been ABC's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Promotion since 1995.[12] Assumed the position of President in 2000.[13] Called "a champion of the soap fans," Shapiro is credited with adapting the prime time series practice of "refreshers" and "previews" — recapping the previous episode immediately before showing the current one and previewing the next episode at the end – and applying the concept to daytime serials.[12] The idea is still in use today, and other networks have adopted it.[12] Shapiro also utilized the established interconnection of ABC's three soap operas (General Hospital, One Life to Live, and All My Children) in a bolder synergy concept designed to "entice viewers to tune into soap operas that they might not have usually watched."[12] Over the course of six months in 2000, Daytime Emmy Award-winner Linda Dano's character Rae Cummings crossed over among all four ABC daytime series.[12][14] Shapiro also created ABC Super Soap Weekend, a fan event held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida from 1996 (the year Disney bought ABC) to 2008.[12] She left ABC Daytime in 2002 to head the ABC Family network,[12]
Brian Frons President of Daytime Programming 2002–2011 Joined in August 2002.[15] In May 2006 Frons was promoted to President of Daytime for the newly created Disney-ABC Television Group, an entity overseeing all ABC and Disney networks and SOAPnet.[15] Cancelled All My Children and One Life to Live and replaced them with The Chew and The Revolution. In December 2011, Frons announced that he was resigning as president after nine years with the network.[16]
Vicki Dummer Vice-President of Times Square Studios 2011–present Joined ABC in 1996.[17] Cancelled lifestyle talk show The Revolution after less than 3 months on the air. Oversees duties of unscripted shows were transferred in 2013 to colleague Lisa Hackner, while General Hospital remains under Dummer's management.[18]
Lisa Hackner Executive vice-president daytime 2013–present Took oversees duties for the unscripted daytime shows, The View and The Chew. Dummer remains in charge of General Hospital.[18]

Criticism and controversy[edit]

  • When Megan McTavish returned as Head Writer of All My Children in July 2003, she faced criticism for a story that depicted the rape of a lesbian character, Bianca Montgomery.[19] The show also faced opposition to a story of a transgender character in 2006.
  • ABC Daytime dropped a storyline on One Life to Live which was to depict a school shooting rampage the day the Virginia Tech massacre occurred on April 17, 2007.[20]
  • The Writers Guild of America East filed arbitration suits against ABC Daytime, claiming that they violated the strike-termination agreement by retaining replacement writers (those who choose Financial Core Status) who filled in during the strike on All My Children instead of bringing back the writers who had been on strike. "The strike-termination agreement does not allow the retention of replacement writers in lieu of allowing striking writers to return to their jobs. [ABC Daytime] are clearly violating this agreement," said Ira Cure, senior counsel for the WGA East, in a statement. "They have left us no other option but to file arbitrations to ensure that our members will be afforded their rights outlined under this agreement."[21]
  • ABC Daytime has been criticized by soap opera fans for the cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live in favor of the cheaper to produce talk and reality shows The Chew and the short-lived The Revolution.[22]


  1. ^ "Disney/ABC Forms New Daytime Programming and Development Unit, Times Square Studios". ABC News. September 3, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
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  5. ^ a b Bernstein, Paula (9 May 2000). "NBC days ABC's Kalouria". Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
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  7. ^, Sony Pictures Television - Sheraton Kalouria
  8. ^ Rice, Lynette (December 17, 1999). "Alpha Female". Entertainment Weekly ( Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ Rice, Lynette (December 10, 1999). "On The Air: Can Soaps Float?". Entertainment Weekly ( Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  10. ^ Rice, Lynette (April 14, 2000). "On The Air: Female Troubles". Entertainment Weekly ( Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ Labine, Claire; Judith Pinsker (November 1995). Robin's Diary. ABC Daytime. p. 180. ISBN 0-8019-8775-X. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Kroll, Dan J. (April 1, 2002). "Angela Shapiro to Leave ABC Daytime Post". SoapCentral. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  13. ^ Rice, Lynette; Dan Snierson (March 17, 2000). "On The Air: Fast Acting". Entertainment Weekly ( Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  14. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (December 29, 2003). "OLTL News: Dano's Run as ABC's Rae About to End". SoapCentral. Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b Lisotta, Christopher (May 10, 2006). "Frons to Lead Daytime for Disney-ABC TV Group". (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on January 1, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2007. 
  16. ^ "Company Town". Los Angeles Times. 
  17. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Lisa Hackner Joins ABC As EVP Daytime & Syndicated Programming". Deadline Magazine. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ The Advocate: The Rape of Bianca Montgomery[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ ABC News: Daytime Drama Pulls Episodes Involving High School Hostage Situation
  21. ^ Broadcasting & Cable: Arbitration Suit Against ABC-D
  22. ^ "Important Announcement Regarding ABC Daytime". ABC television network. 

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