ABC News President: ‘Good Afternoon America’ Could Become Permanent Part of ABC Daytime

by | July 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM | Fall TV Preview 2012, TV News

Lara Spencer and Josh Elliott of 'Good Afternoon America' (Photo: ABC)


Good Afternoon America“, ABC’s news/talk show which launched July 9 for what was billed as a limited nine-week run, could become a permanent show in ABC’s daytime line-up, according to ABC news president Ben Sherwood.

After a somewhat tense press conference with TV critics Thursday in Los Angeles, in which he was grilled about ABC News’ mistakes in its coverage of the Colorado shooting, Sherwood addressed the potential future of “Good Morning America,” saying, “Clearly, by giving us nine weeks in the summer time, it’s the equivalent of a test, a chance to see what does this look like and how does it fit in with our overall plans.”

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When asked where it might fit into ABC’s daytime line-up, which currently consists of “The View,” “The Chew,” and “General Hospital,” with new syndicated talk show “Katie” on deck, Sherwood said, “I have no idea. I’m just a news guy and I run the news division, so I don’t handle the programming decisions.”

There has been speculation that, if “Good Afternoon America” garners significantly higher ratings than the low-rated lifestyle series that it replaced, “The Revolution,” the “GMA” spinoff could eventually replace ABC’s sole soap opera “General Hospital.”

The editor of the soap publication Soaps In Depth even penned an article encouraging soap fans not to watch the show in order to secure GH’s future. Sherwood refused to address the question saying, “I’m not a programming guy. That’s totally not [my decision]. We were given a mission which was to produce nine weeks of ‘Good Afternoon America’ and sort of show us what that feels like. That was our mission. So we don’t have [the power] to make those bigger decisions.”