ABC Daytime

ABC Daytime
Industry Television broadcast
Key people
Rebecca Campbell (President)
Parent Disney–ABC Television Group
(Disney Media Networks)

ABC Daytime (sometime shortened to ABC-D or ABCD) is a division responsible for the daytime programming block on the ABC Network and syndicated programming. The block is being between 11:00am – 3:00pm (ET), which has historically encompassed soap operas, game shows and talk shows.


Times Square Studios (TSS) was created on December 2, 2011 to oversees operations of ABC Daytime and the syndication programs[5] replacing separate daytime and syndicated units.[6] Except for Live! with Kelly, Time Square took over their remaining soap, all ABC syndicated and lifestyle shows.[7] On October 30, 2014, The View talk show was transferred into Lincoln Square Productions, a ABC News subsidiary, from ABC Entertainment after struggling in ratings and a change in hosts.[8]

Time Square Studios reverts to the ABC Daytime name with the appointment of ABC Owned Television Station President Rebecca Campbell as president of ABC Daytime, which still contains syndication, as an additional position.[9]


ABC shows

Syndicated shows

Soap opera

Former shows


Gail Starkey;[12] Beth Wicke;[13] Sue Johnson;[14] Barbara Bloom (Vice President of Daytime Programming: 1996–2000); Mary Burch (Director of Daytime Programming)

Name Title Years Notes
Pat Fili-Krushel President of Daytime Programming 1993–1998 Served until she resigned to join an internet company.[15][16][17] During her tenure, the network published the 1995 New York Times bestseller General Hospital tie-in novel Robin's Diary[18] 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.[19] Assumed the position of President in 2000.[20] 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.[19] The idea is still in use today, and other networks have adopted it.[19] 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."[19] 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.[19][21] 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.[19] She left ABC Daytime in 2002 to head the ABC Family channel.[19]
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.[22] 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.[23]
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.[24]


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  6. Rice, Lynette (Dec 2, 2011). "Exec who canceled ABC soaps is leaving network". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
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  10. 1 2 3 Stelter, Brian (December 2, 2011). "Head of ABC's Daytime Programming Is Leaving". New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
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  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 1, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-06.
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  17. Rice, Lynette (April 14, 2000). "On The Air: Female Troubles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  18. Labine, Claire; Judith Pinsker (November 1995). Robin's Diary. ABC Daytime. p. 180. ISBN 0-8019-8775-X. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  19. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Kroll, Dan J. (April 1, 2002). "Angela Shapiro to Leave ABC Daytime Post". SoapCentral. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  20. Rice, Lynette; Dan Snierson (March 17, 2000). "On The Air: Fast Acting". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  21. Kroll, Dan J. (December 29, 2003). "OLTL News: Dano's Run as ABC's Rae About to End". SoapCentral. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  22. Lisotta, Christopher (May 10, 2006). "Frons to Lead Daytime for Disney-ABC TV Group". (Internet Archive). Archived from the original on January 1, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  23. "Company Town". Los Angeles Times.
  24. "Lisa Hackner Joins ABC As EVP Daytime & Syndicated Programming". Deadline Magazine. Retrieved February 11, 2014.

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