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)|
|Parent||ABC Entertainment Group|
(Walt Disney Television)
- 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.
- Debut: August 11, 1997
- Replaced program: Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends
- Taping location: New York, NY
- Creators: Barbara Walters, Bill Geddie
- Producing Team: Bill Geddie (Executive Producer), Barbara Walters, Alexandra Cohen
- Directing Team: Mark Gentile
- Current Hosts: Whoopi Goldberg (moderator), Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman
- Debut: April 1, 1963
- Replaced program: Yours for a Song
- Taping location: Los Angeles, CA
- Creators: Frank and Doris Hursley
- Producing Team: Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Mercer Barrows, Michelle Henry, Mary-Kelly Weir, Jennifer Whittaker-Brogdon (Coordinating Producer), Nneka Garland (Associate Producer)
- Directing Team: Scott McKinsey, William Ludel, Phideaux Xavier, Penny Pengra, Christina Magarian Ucar, Denise Vancleave, Christine Cooper, Paul S. Glass, Craig McManus, Crystal Craft, Peter Fillmore, Dave MacLeod
- Head Writer: Shelly Altman and Chris Van Etten
- Other Writers: Anna Theresa Cascio, Katherine Schock, Christopher Whitesell, Janet Iacobuzio, Scott Sickles, Suzanne Flynn, Andrea Archer Compton, David Rupel, Elizabeth Korte
- Casting Director: Mark Teschner
- Cast: Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, William deVry, Chad Duell, Michael Easton, Genie Francis, Nancy Lee Grahn, Briana Nicole Henry, Rebecca Herbst, Roger Howarth, Finola Hughes, William Lipton, Katelyn MacMullen, Sofia Mattsson, Eden McCoy, Sydney Mikayla, Kelly Monaco, Ingo Rademacher, Wes Ramsey, Emme Rylan, Kirsten Storms, Donnell Turner, Cynthia Watros, Maura West, Laura Wright
Former shows on ABC Daytime
- A Flame in the Wind (retitled A Time For Us) (1964–1966)
- A World Apart (1970–1971)
- All My Children (1970–2011)
- Confidential for Women (1966)
- Dark Shadows (1966–1971)
- Loving (1983–1995)
- Never Too Young (1965–1966)
- One Life to Live (1968–2012)
- Port Charles (1997–2003)
- Ryan's Hope (1975–1989)
- The Best of Everything (1970)
- The City (1995–1997)
- The Edge of Night (1975–1984; previously on CBS 1956–1975)
- The Nurses (1965–1967)
- The Young Marrieds (1964–1966)
Other scripted originals
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)
- Funny You Should Ask (1968–1969; revived for broadcast syndication in 2017)
- 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 for primetime in 2019)
- Seven Keys (1961–1964)
- Showoffs (1975)
- Split Second (1972–1975)
- Supermarket Sweep (1965–1967; revival aired on Lifetime and PAX from 1990–2003)
- Temptation (1967–1968)
- Trivia Trap (1984–1985)
- Who Do You Trust? (1957–1963)
- You Don't Say! (1975; later aired in syndication from 1978–1979)
- Yours for a Song (1961–1963)
One game show aired in syndication on the network's owned-and-operated stations:
Talk shows and lifestyle programming
- Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends (1996–1997)
- The Chew (2011–2018)
- 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 (2012)
- Home (1988–1994)
- Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1986)
- Mike and Maty (1994–1996)
- The Don Ho Show (1976)
- The Liberace Show (1958–1959)
- The Paul Dixon Show (1952)
- The Peter Lind Hayes Show (1958–1959)
- The Revolution (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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