Quote oltlforever31: I have to agree with Robin Strasser. To me, The Chew represents the demise of soaps, and if I were a soap actress or actor, I don't think I would want to be a part of that. I am not angry with Laura Wright, but I can understand why others would be. Don't be fooled, ABC is looking for the first opportunity they have to cancel GH, so if we start supporting these replacement shows now, It will be gone sooner, than later.
That's pretty much my stance as well. Laura Wright can do what she will but her choice to appear in a way lends some gravitas to the fluff that are the replacement shows. With AMC and Oltl both gone LW is pretty much the biggest ABC daytime female star at present.
Oh I would say that the biggest ABC Daytime star would be either Kelly Ripa or maybe Whoppi or Barbara Walters...I tend to say Kelly. Interestingly enough, Kelly Ripa and Laura Wright were roommates before they married their hubby's. If I'm not mistaken, she's been on Live with Regis and Kelly.
The issue isn't whether she's being loyal to the daytime serial, the issue is that regardless of whether the GH cast supports the new shows or not, OLTL and AMC aren't coming back. At least not on ABC. Therefore, promoting the show on other shows could lend to the ratings that GH needs to stay on the air. Once Katie's show starts, The Chew will be the lead in to GH (I assume) so any chance to keep THAT audience and get them watching GH is a plus plus for the daytime serial genre.
ABC was the last network to downsize their serial lineup. CBS did it a few years ago with dropping Guiding Light and then ATWT. Days did it a decade ago when they dropped Passions, Another World, etc...
Anyone who thinks that a company is not allowed to make money doesn't understand the free market in which these networks operate. Just like on Prime Time where we are losing more drama's and sitcoms to Reality shows, we are losing the serial to talk shows in the daytime.
Obviously if there was no market for talk shows and reality shows then we'd continue seeing serials and drama's and sitcoms. But WE as the consumers are the ones watching and lending our ratings to cheaper productions. Therefore, the companies are able to slim their staff and offer their stockholders larger dividends.
If you are a stockholder, you WANT bigger dividends. And if you look into your IRA's and 401K's etc...look deep, you may find YOU are the benefactor in this scenario.