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updated 08/14/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/14/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT
What will the merger mean to TV viewers? Not much. ABC's Saturday morning cartoon slate will probably carry the Disney stamp, but prime-time series and news should be unaffected. Despite harping on Disney's "family" milieu, Eisner, who cut his teeth in network television (spending a decade at ABC), isn't likely to insist on bland programming. In fact, the shows now produced by Disney's television arm—including Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, Ellen and Unhappily Ever After—are already much saltier than The Little Mermaid.
Finally, a note to Charlie Gibson of Good Morning America: The morning the merger was announced on your show, Thomas Murphy asked you on-air, "Wouldn't you be proud to be associated with Disney?" You hemmed and hawed. The correct employee etiquette in that situation is to sing out an emphatic "Yes, sir!" Followed, for extra credit, with a few bars from "Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, It's Off to Work We Go."