ABC responded to Perez Hilton, who recently linked my Special Report about the major decisions that will reportedly be made about the ABC Daytime lineup in the coming weeks. Here's what they had to say:
Upon hearing the reports, a rep from the Daytime Division of the network insisted to sources that there was "nothing to comment on" and that these reports are based on old news added with new speculation.
I don't know about you peeps, but I am beginning to feel like I'm in the movie Groundhog's Day. When I first reported that all of ABC Daytime, including Susan Lucci, would be taking paycuts a few years back, ABC issued statements denying it to the soap press, only for Agnes Nixon herself to confirm my "claims" to Advertising Age.
Fast forward to the fall of 2009 when I reported All My Children would be moving to Los Angeles, ABC then told Soap Central that my report was"rumors that had been in the zeitgiest" forever. Yeah, where is AMC today? You guessed it Pine Malibu.
As usual, I stand by my reporting 150 percent. Numerous sources tell me ABC will be deciding upon whether or not to cancel a soap opera to make room for one of the talk show pilots it has in development in the coming weeks. The network reportedly has to make the decision by the end of the First Quarter of 2011 in order to give a new talker time to be on the air by Fall. Notice I didn't say they were definitely cancelling a soap, but my sources maintain that is a very real possibility.
Here's hoping that by casting a large, looming light on their decision making process, ABC will consider very carefully what their daytime soaps still mean to legions of fans in big and small places.