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Today's announcement from ABC that Katie Couric's new talk show — due in September 2012 — will take over the 3pm time slot currently occupied by General Hospital has left many suds fans freaked, others scratching their heads. Here's what it all means, according to an ABC rep who requests anonymity.

"Our release states that we're giving back our 3pm time slot to the affiliates. This is widely known as the GH timeslot, but this does not mean the inevitable cancellation of GH," the rep assures TV Guide Magazine.

But something will indeed have to go to accommodate Couric. "We are going to populate our daytime block with our strongest shows, the ones that resonate most with our audience," the rep continues. Doesn't this scenario encourage GH fans to boycott The Chew and The Revolution — the shows replacing All My Children and One Life to Live — in order to increase GH's chances of survival?

"We hope it will encourage them to watch and support GH," the rep says. "We will consider all options, such as making The Chew and The Revolution a half hour each, or making The Revolution and GH a half hour. This all happens a year and half from now. We are going to do our best to keep everybody happy."

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