ABC Daytime (sometimes shortened to ABC-D or ABCD) is a division responsible for the daytime programming block on the ABC Network and syndicated programming. The block has historically encompassed soap operas, game shows and talk shows.
|Rebecca Campbell (president)|
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Brian Frons became president of ABC Daytime in 2002.
- 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. The show also faced opposition to a story of a transgender character in 2006.
- 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 (including Frons) 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."
In May 2006, ABC Daytime was enlarged with the addition of Soapnet and Buena Vista Productions. ABC Daytime was criticized by Susan Lucci for putting profits above their legacy for the 2011 cancellations of All My Children and One Life to Live in favor of lower-cost talk programming such as The Chew. ABC Daytime was folded into ABC Entertainment in 2011.
Times Square Studios (TSS) was created on December 2, 2011 under Vicki Dummer to oversees operations of ABC Daytime and the syndication programs replacing separate daytime and syndicated units. Time Square took over ABC Daytime when Frons' employment contract ended in January 2012. Except for Live! with Kelly, Time Square took over their remaining soap, all ABC syndicated and lifestyle shows. On October 30, 2014, The View talk show was transferred into Lincoln Square Productions, an ABC News subsidiary, from ABC Entertainment after struggling in ratings and a change in hosts.
Time Square Studios reverted to the ABC Daytime name by the time of the appointment of ABC Owned Television Station President Rebecca Campbell as president of ABC Daytime, which still contains syndication, as an additional position.
ABC Daytime showsEdit
- General Hospital (April 1, 1963–present)
Former shows on ABC DaytimeEdit
- A Flame in the Wind (retitled A Time For Us) (December 28, 1964–December 16, 1966)
- A World Apart (March 10, 1970–June 25, 1971)
- All My Children (January 5, 1970–September 23, 2011)
- Confidential for Women (March 28, 1966- July 8, 1966)
- Dark Shadows (June 27, 1966–April 2, 1971)
- Loving (June 26, 1983–November 10, 1995)
- Never Too Young (September 27, 1965–June 24, 1966)
- One Life to Live (July 15, 1968–January 13, 2012)
- Port Charles (June 1, 1997–October 3, 2003)
- Ryan's Hope (July 7, 1975–January 13, 1989)
- The Best of Everything (March 30–September 25, 1970)
- The City (November 13, 1995–March 28, 1997)
- The Edge of Night (December 1, 1975–December 28, 1984; previously on CBS April 2, 1956–November 28, 1975)
- The Nurses (September 27, 1965–March 31, 1967)
- The Young Marrieds (October 5, 1964–March 25, 1966)
Other scripted originalsEdit
- The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (specials, 1973–1975)
- ABC Afterschool Special (specials, 1972–1999)
- The Brady Bunch
- Happy Days
- Laverne & Shirley
- The Loretta Young Show
- Love, American Style
- The Love Boat
- The New Love, American Style (1985–1986)
- That Girl
- Three's Company
ABC Daytime has not had a regular daytime game show block since 1986, and has not had any daytime game shows since a revival of Match Game ended in 1991.
- The $10,000 Pyramid (1974–1976) and The $20,000 Pyramid (1976–1980; aired on CBS from 1982 to 1988; revived by ABC for primetime as The $100,000 Pyramid in 2016)
- About Faces (1960–1961)
- All-Star Blitz (1985)
- Baby Game (1968)
- Bargain Hunters (1987; replaced by Home in 1988)
- Beat the Clock (1958–1961)
- The Better Sex (1977–1978)
- The Big Showdown (1974–1975)
- Blankety Blanks (1975)
- Break the Bank (1976)
- Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak (1986)
- Camouflage (1961–1962)
- Chance for Romance (1958)
- The Dating Game (1965–1973)
- Double Talk (1986)
- Dream House (1968–1970; aired on NBC from 1983 to 1984)
- Everybody's Talking (1967)
- Family Feud (1976–1985; currently airing in syndication; a primetime celebrity version was aired by NBC in 2008 and revived by ABC in 2015)
- The Family Game (1967)
- Get the Message (1964)
- The Honeymoon Race (1967)
- Hot Seat (1976)
- How's Your Mother-in-Law? (1967–1968)
- Let's Make a Deal (1968–1976; currently airing on CBS)
- Match Game (1990–1991; revived by ABC for primetime in 2016)
- Missing Links (1964)
- The Money Maze (1974–1975)
- Mothers Day (1958-1959)
- Number Please (1961)
- One in a Million (game show) (1967)
- The Neighbors (1975–1976)
- The Newlywed Game (1966–1974, 1984)
- The Object Is (1963–1964)
- Pantomime Quiz (1959)
- Password (1971–1975; later aired on NBC from 1979–1989; revival aired on CBS in 2008)
- The Price is Right (1963–1965; currently airing on CBS)
- Queen for a Day (1960–1964)
- Rhyme and Reason (1975–1976)
- Second Chance (1977; revived by CBS in 1983 as Press Your Luck, which itself was revived by ABC in 2019)
- Seven Keys (1961–1964)
- Showoffs (1975)
- Split Second (1972–1975)
- Supermarket Sweep (1965–1967; later revived on Lifetime and PAX)
- Temptation (1967–1968)
- Trivia Trap (1984–1985)
- Who Do You Trust? (1957–1963)
- You Don't Say! (1975)
- Yours for a Song (1961–1963)
Talk shows and lifestyle programmingEdit
- Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends (June 10, 1996–May 30, 1997)
- The Chew (September 26, 2011–June 28, 2018)
- The Children's Doctor (1967–1969)
- The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1969)
- Don McNeill's Breakfast Club (1954–1955)
- Fame, Fortune & Romance (1986–1987)
- Good Afternoon America (July 9–September 7, 2012)
- Home (January 18, 1988–April 8, 1994)
- Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1986)
- Mike and Maty (April 11, 1994–June 7, 1996)
- The Don Ho Show (1976)
- The Liberace Show (1958-1959)
- The Paul Dixon Show (1952)
- The Peter Lind Hayes Show (1958-1959)
- The Revolution (January 16–July 6, 2012)
|Armand Grant||President of Daytime Programming||1960-1965|
|Harve Bennett||President of Daytime Programming||1965-1967|
|Leonard Goldberg||President of Daytime Programming||1967-1968
Marshall H. Karp Vice President of Daytime Programming 1969-1971
|Michael Eisner||Vice President of Daytime Programming||1971-1977|
|Jackie Smith||Vice President of Daytime Programming||1977-1988|
|Jo Ann Emmerich||Vice President of Daytime Programming||1988-1993|
|Pat Fili-Krushel||President of Daytime Programming||1993–1998||Served until she resigned to join an internet company. During her tenure, the network published the 1995 New York Times bestseller General Hospital tie-in novel Robin's Diary 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. Assumed the position of President in 2000. 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. The idea is still in use today, and other networks have adopted it. 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." 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. 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. She left ABC Daytime in 2002 to head the ABC Family channel.|
|Brian Frons||President of Daytime Programming||8/2002–2011||Joined in August 2002. 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. 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.|
|Vicki Dummer||Vice-President of Times Square Studios||2011–present||Joined ABC in 1996. 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.|
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