ABC Daytime Boss Vicki Dummer on General Hospital: “It Has a Special Place in My Heart”





A few years back, the only time network suits spoke about soaps in the press, was to speak ill of them. However, with Brian Frons' and Barbara Bloom's respective careers having gone the way of the dodo bird, their replacements seem much more positive about the state of the genre.

Of course, this phenomenon could simply be because soaps themselves are in a much more positive place ratings-wise, now that Frons and Bloom are out of the game. In a Variety feature on the 50th Anniversary of General Hospital, Time Square Studios head Vicki Dummer had this to say: 

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating (the show’s) 50 exceptional years on television. … As someone who grew up watching ‘General Hospital,’ it has a special place in my heart.”


GH was on cancellation watch a year ago. Today, the soap is on track to have its best season in five years, according to ABC and Nielsen. The sudser is No. 1 among the coveted women 18-34 demo, and is up 18 percent among total viewers season-to-season.

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16 Responses

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    LizzieVee

    After what happened in the past and the serious backlash that resulted, I think this is more damage control than anything. They don’t want the wrath of soap fans. We made our unhappiness known loud and clear. They underestimated the power we have and are now being very careful of what they do and what they say.

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    soapjunkie88

    I’m so happy that this genre finally has women like Vicki Dummer and Angelica McDaniel. You just feel that they care about this genre other than Frons and Bloom did. They were the ones out to destroy the soaps.

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    soapjunkie88

    [quote=pumpkin]I agree Damage Control[/quote]

    Why damage control? What damage needs to be controlled? Vicki Dummer spoke for GH since she got the position. She admitted right from the beginning that she is passionate about soaps and so is her family in who she grew up watching them.

    I don’t doubt Dummer. ABC was at the point where they had Brian Frons who said that soap operas where finished. They let him cancel AMC and OLTL and got hell for it from viewers. ABC even started regretting things and had plans to bring both soaps back as summer series’.

    There is no damage to control anymore, because those who did the damage already left the building. Frons is gone. He didn’t succeed.

    I don’t say to blindly trust the suits or that GH is completely safe. But at the moment we have an executive in Vicki Dummer that cares about the genre. People should acknowledge that.
    But all some see is ABC who canceled these two soap operas. And so everyone of those working for ABC are lying or doing damage control!? There is a lot of guilt and a lot of people to blame … but I see no indication that Dummer is one of them.

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    Yoryla

    What a great interview. So happy that Vicki Dummer made this statement. It’s very important for ABC to speak up at this time, especially when GH is doing so amazingly well. My take on this is, that Frank Valentini is not only an excellent EP, but he is well known, well connected, respected and most of all, liked in the daytime field.

    I have absolute faith in ABC to keep GH afloat for at least until 2015.

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    LizzieVee

    Well, its going to take me a long time to believe what anyone says at ABC Daytime. But its just me and my opinion after listening to and watching what happened with the old regime. Will take time to get back trust. I still think they are being very careful of what they do and say. How can they not? There was some real serious damage done and we spoke with our voices and our remotes and they know it. Just because a higher up said how much they love soaps doesn’t mean that when its time to crush and get rid of them they won’t because, afterall, at the end of the day, to them its just business.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=soapjunkie88][quote=pumpkin]ABC even started regretting things and had plans to bring both soaps back as summer series’.[/quote]

    There’s nothing to back that up. This is why I go on and on about how people need to learn the difference between “facts” and “rumor and speculation” spread by, as Lauren Graham called them, “Crazy Internet People”.

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    SwanQueen59

    It’s not enough that Frons is gone. And while I am encouraged that Vickie Dummer seems to be the real deal and has a sincere interest and desire to continue GH, I’m still one to be concerned about Anne Sweeney further up the suits’ ladder. She’s the one executive I’d always be looking over my shoulder at. Lest anyone forget, she’s the one who wanted all three soaps chopped at the same time… 0:)

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    soapjunkie88

    [quote=TV Gord][quote=soapjunkie88]ABC even started regretting things and had plans to bring both soaps back as summer series’.[/quote]
    There’s nothing to back that up. This is why I go on and on about how people need to learn the difference between “facts” and “rumor and speculation” spread by, as Lauren Graham called them, “Crazy Internet People”.[/quote]

    That’s right. It only was rumored. I’m sorry for that.

    No reason to quote Lauren Graham. But whatever. I get the feeling that some people commenting on this site just love arguing every word of what the other one said or try to attack or something else.

    I guess I’m just posting too often on DC again. I should learn and only read things. Not commenting them. The times where you had a nice discussion with people on here, seems to be over. Sadly.

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    TV Gord

    [quote=soapjunkie88]I get the feeling that some people commenting on this site just love arguing every word of what the other one said or try to attack or something else.[/quote]

    Sorry, soapjunkie88, but if you write something as fact that isn’t fact, you have to expect to be called out on it. I’m certainly not trying to drive anyone away. I’m just looking for a little responsibility. We have enough rumors out there already, don’t we?

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    Clifford

    I think Kin Shiner said it best in TVGuide.com interview that posted this week:

    Shriner: It’s weird how it all changed overnight. Everybody was firing everybody. Brian fired [head writer] Bob Guza. Then [exec producer] Jill Phelps got fired. Then ABC fired Brian. “You’re fired!” “No, you’re fired!” It was crazy. But, then, out of the ashes came Frank and Ron.

    Read the full interview here (it is pretty humorous and insightful).
    http://tinyurl.com/cd7cktq

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