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ABC Daytime

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


11:00 am – 12:00 pm The View
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm The Chew
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm General Hospital

NOTE: All times are Eastern; local schedules may differ.

Current programs

Talk shows

The View

The Chew

Soap opera

General Hospital

Former shows on ABC Daytime

Soap operas

Other scripted originals

Game shows

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


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

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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]
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
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.



Peter Miner is an American television producer, writer, and television/theatre/film director.

He is the son of television pioneer Worthington Miner and Frances Fuller, the father of Peter and Rachel Miner, and the cousin of Kirk Browning. He was a child actor who made his Broadway debut at age eight and was described by Joshua Logan as "the best child actor I ever saw".

A graduate of Georgetown School of Foreign Service, he has a BS in Diplomatic and Consular Practice.

Having been a TV director (The Brighter Day, Guiding Light, and One Life To Live from 1976–1996) and writer, he took a career detour as a network executive (Director of Daytime Programming at ABC Daytime) before going back to directing, writing and producing. He produced Dark Shadows, Hey Cinderella, All My Children and wrote a mystery-romance novel, The Darkening Night (under the pseudonym Jane Elliot).

Miner has won two Daytime Emmys out of eight nominations. He teaches at Columbia University in the Graduate Film School and at T. Schreiber Studios and Weist Baron school.

Sources: [4] [5]


Maxine Levinson is an American television writer, producer and business executive. As of February 2013, she is now a Consultant at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

She replaced Head Writer of One Life To Live, and served as Executive Producer of One Life To Live from 1996 to 1997 and Vice President of ABC Daytime from 1980 to 1999. She was a consultant for ABC Cable Group from 2001–2002. [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13]


Pat Fili-Krushel is the Executive Vice President of Administration of Time Warner Inc.

Before joining Time Warner in 2001, Fili-Krushel was President of ABC. When she quit, Disney president Robert Iger named Alex Wallau as acting head of the network. Prior to that position, she was president of ABC Daytime (ABC-D). Brian Frons replaced her as the head of ABC-D in 2002.

Before joining ABC in 1993, she had been with Lifetime Television (where she greenlit its first original primetime series, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, after the cable net picked it up from NBC in 1989) since 1988 as both Group Vice President of Hearst/ABC-Viacom Entertainment Services (HAVES), and Senior Vice President of Programming and Production of Lifetime Television. Fili-Krushel joined Lifetime from HBO, where she had been Vice President of Business Affairs and Production since December 1984.

Fili-Krushel holds a B.S. degree from St. John's University, and a M.B.A. degree from Fordham University.

She currently sits on the board of directors of The Public Theater of New York, Oxygen Media, Inc., the Board of the Central Park Conservancy, the Board of Trustees of Fordham University, and Mayor Bloomberg's Commission on Women's Issues. [14], [15], [16], [17], [], [], [18], [], [19]

Joyce Corrington

Joyce Corrington (born August 5, 1936) is an American television writer. She was married to fellow soap opera writer John William Corrington who died in 1988.

She is best known for creating the short-lived soap opera Texas along with her husband John and fellow soap opera colleague Paul Rauch. She also wrote for other soap operas including General Hospital and One Life to Live. Her most recent position was as a producer/story editor for MTV's "The Real World."

Writing positions


  • Co-creater (with John William Corrington and Paul Rauch)
  • Co-Head Writer: 1980 – 1981


  • Co-Head Writer: 1982 – 1983

General Hospital

  • Co-Head Writer: 1983

One Life to Live

  • Co-Head Writer: 1983

Superior Court

  • Co-Head Writer: 1987 – 1989

External links

  • Corrington's official web site


Bud Kloss (born Carl Kloss in Longview, Texas) is an American television producer.

Personal Life: When he was 14 years old, Kloss heard the bombs drop on Pearl Harbor. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, the war before World War III.[18]

Education: After his service, he graduated from the University of Texas and Yale School of Drama.

TV Career: He started out producing and directing network sports and news programs. His credits include All My Children (Executive Producer; hired by Harve Bennett, the president of ABC Daytime to work closely with Agnes Nixon; 1970–1978), and NBC Daytime's Texas (1980–1982). He convinced Susan Lucci to audition for the role of Erica Kane as well as Tara Martin according to Lucci's All My Life memoir.

Awards & Nominations: He has been nominated four times at the Daytime Emmys.

Sources: [20] [21]

Criticism and controversy

  • 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]

List of ABC Daytime slogans

  • 1975–1985: Love in the Afternoon
  • 1985–1986: Can You Feel It / Love It
  • 1986–1987: We Belong Together. Together
  • 1987: I'll Take Romance
  • 1987–1989 fall promos (only): Something's Happening
  • 1988: My Time / Daytime on ABC
  • 1989–91: Day TV ABC. You've Got an Effect on Me!
  • 1994: Here on ABC Daytime
  • 1997: Watch What Happens on ABC Daytime
  • 1999: Your Great Escape
  • 2003: Just Can't Get Enough
  • 2003–2013: Weekdays on ABC and Weeknights on Soapnet


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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. ^ https:/ Sony Pictures Television - Sheraton Kalouria
  8. ^ Rice, Lynette (December 17, 1999). "Alpha Female".  
  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. 
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  12. ^ a b c d e f g Kroll, Dan J. (April 1, 2002). Post"ABC Daytime"Angela Shapiro to Leave . 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). News: Dano's Run as ABC's Rae About to End"OLTL". Retrieved February 19, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b Lisotta, Christopher (May 10, 2006). "Frons to Lead Daytime for Disney-ABC TV Group". ( 
  16. ^ "Company Town". Los Angeles Times. 
  17. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. Retrieved September 3, 2012. 
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  19. ^ The Advocate: The Rape of Bianca Montgomery
  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. 

External links

  • Official website
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