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DGA Statement On Cancellation of ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life To Live’

By | Thursday April 14, 2011 @ 3:36pm PDT

“This is a very sad and frustrating day for daytime dramatic television and our members who work on these productions. DGA members are employed on daytime serials as directors, associate directors, stage managers and production associates. The cancellation of these two long-running shows will affect dozens of our members, most of whom have worked on these shows for decades. With the cancellation of ‘One Life to Live,’ there aren’t any more daytime dramas left in New York – once the home of this beloved programming.

“Many have long predicted the demise of daytime dramas, and although there have been signs for some time that this area faced particular challenges, today’s announcement is no less of a blow. We will be reaching out to our affected members and to ABC to make sure that our members are treated fairly throughout this process.” 

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WGA East Statement On Cancellation Of ‘All My Children,’ One Life To Live’

“The WGAE is deeply disappointed by ABC’s announcement that both All My Children and One Life to Live will cease production. These groundbreaking shows have provided entertainment and enlightenment to millions of viewers, and have provided good employment to dozens of talented, dedicated writers. We urge the company to reconsider.”

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AFTRA Statement On Cancellation of ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life To Live’

Today’s announcement that two long-running AFTRA programs have been cancelled and will cease production in September (‘All My Children’) and January 2012 (‘One Life to Live’) represents a devastating loss for thousands of AFTRA members, union crew members and production staff in Los Angeles and New York. The AFTRA actors –- past and present –- of these two ground-breaking serial dramas have entertained generations of viewers around the globe for more than 40 years with stellar performances and dedication to their craft.

“AFTRA representatives are communicating with affected members in both cities to ensure they are fully informed of their rights and benefits under the AFTRA Network Television Code. Additionally, AFTRA is in contact with ABC representatives to oversee as smooth a transition as possible for these performers.

“It is no secret that serial dramas, once a prolific source of employment and benefits for television actors, have been challenged by the new economics of television. It is, therefore, critically important that AFTRA members stand united to strengthen existing contracts and to organize new increased work opportunities in new and evolving media industries.”

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Debmar-Mercury, Fox TV Stations Team For ‘Father Albert’ Daily Talk Show

By | Tuesday January 25, 2011 @ 5:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Debmar-Mercury and the Fox TV Stations are setting up another gradual rollout of a daily syndicated talk show, Father Albert. This summer, the daily one-hour talk show featuring advice from radio-television talk show host, author and priest Father Alberto Cutié, known as “Father Oprah” will get a preview on the Fox stations that is also available to other stations. Father Albert, marks Father Alberto Cutié’s English-language TV debut.

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CBS SVP Daytime Boss Barbara Bloom Out

By | Tuesday January 18, 2011 @ 4:57pm PST

She today informed her staff about her departure when her contract expires at the end of the month after 8 years with the network. (Statements below.) Immediately, there was Internet chatter that Barbara Bloom had clashed with Julie Chen, wife of Les Moonves and a host of the new daytime The Talk show, over Bloom’s supposed attempt to “micromanage” it. But I can tell you that’s not true. “Bloom had never done a talk show before and was totally in over her head. She didn’t have the skill set,” my source says about the exec who specialized in soap operas at ABC and CBS, one of which CBS cancelled in 2009 and the other in 2010. “Julie Chen did not cause this firing. Julie is just not that person. I’d love to tell you tales about how she manipulates Les and whatever, but she just doesn’t.” I hear that, with CBS’ soaps The Young And The Restless and The Bold And The Beautiful just signing long-term renewals (which Deadline’s TV Editor Nellie Andreeva scooped), and game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make A Deal, in good shape, and The Talk attracting its largest audience to date for the week ending January 7th and expected to surpass that when the new weekly ratings come out Thursday, “there was not much for her to do,” another source tells me. First news of Bloom’s exit was reported by Daytime Confidential. Here’s … Read More »

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CW To Carry Dr. Drew Daytime Show

By | Monday January 10, 2011 @ 8:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The CW has picked up new daily talk show Dr. Drew Lifechangers, B&C reports. Beginning next fall, the half-hour show will replace the now-defunct Tyra Banks Show, which occupies the 3-4PM hour, with an original and a repeat Lifechangers airing back-to-back. Telepictures is producing the new show, which joins Dr. Drew’s upcoming primetime show on HLN as well as his cable reality series Celebrity Rehab, Sober House and Sex Rehab.

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CBS To Renew Daytime Drama ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ For Two More Years

By | Monday November 29, 2010 @ 6:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is sticking with both of its daytime dramas for the foreseeable future. The network just gave top-rated The Young and the Restless a three-year renewal. Now I hear that it is also close to a deal for a two-year pickup of The Young and the Restless‘ companion The Bold and the Beautiful through the 2012-13 season. Both soaps were created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell. The Bold and the Beautiful, which premiered in 1987, is the only half-hour daytime drama on the air.

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Anderson Cooper’s New Syndication Show Cleared In Top Markets

Nellie Andreeva

(November 29, 2010, Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has sold a new, one-hour daily strip hosted by Anderson Cooper to major market stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston for a fall 2011 debut.  The series has been sold in New York (WPIX), Los Angeles (KTTV), Chicago (WFLD) and Boston (WFXT). The series will be based in New York City and produced by Telepictures Prods. in association with StrongChild Productions and Anderson Cooper will serve as an executive producer. Like his predecessors Oprah Winfrey and Phil Donahue, Anderson Cooper will create a daily destination for multiple generations of women looking to be informed and entertained, gain perspective, have a voice and stay connected to each other and the world around them.

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CBS’s Daytime Drama ‘The Young And The Restless’ Gets 3-Year Renewal

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ daytime drama The Young and the Restless will be restless for at least three more years with a new renewal that will keep the top-rated soap on the network through the 2013-14 season. The pickup comes on the heels of NBC giving a two-season renewal to Days of Our Lives. That makes it 2-for-2 for Sony Pictures Television, which produces both series, at a time when many daytime dramas are struggling. The soap world has been contracting over the past couples of years with the cancellations of CBS’ The Guiding Light and As the World Turns and NBC’s Passions. The Young and the Restless was never considered in jeopardy as it ranks as the top-rated daytime drama for a 22th consecutive year. Still, a long-term renewal so early into the series’ current season is a vote of confidence to the show. I hear the pickup is a straightforward one. The previous two-year renewal in August 2009 included a license fee reduction that resulted in budget cuts, including trimming the cast’s salaries that led to a brief standoff between star Eric Braeden and Sony. Created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, The Young and the Restless debuted on March 26, 1973 as a half-hour and was expanded to an hour in 1980. The soap recently featured the return of one-time star David Hasselhoff.

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Whoopi Goldberg And Bill O’Reilly Discuss The ‘View’ Walkout On ‘The O’Reilly Factor’

Nellie Andreeva

Six weeks ago, Bill O’Reilly’s visit to The View while promoting his new book led to co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walking off stage. Tonight, Goldberg visits O’Reilly on his Fox News talk show to promote her new book. And of course, they talk about the incident. Here is the video:

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NBC Renews ‘Days Of Our Lives’ For 2 Years

By | Monday November 8, 2010 @ 9:40am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Tying the announcement to Days of Our Lives‘ 45th season celebration today, NBC announced that it has picked up the daytime drama for two more years through the 2012-13 season. “Days of our Lives remains vitally creative through the years as it continues to draw new generations of viewers, especially among its loyal female audience” said NBCU TV Entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin. It is a shot in the arm for the daytime drama genre which has seen its ranks dwindle in the past few years amidst continuous ratings declines. Days of our Lives, produced by Sony TV, first premiered as a half-hour drama in 1965 and expanded to an hour 10 years later. Season to date, it is averaging 2.6 million viewers.

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Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar Storm Off ‘The View’ Over Bill O’Reilly Comments

Nellie Andreeva

What happens if you put Bill O’Reilly on a couch with five outspoken women and throw in a hot-button issue like the Ground Zero mosque? Guaranteed mayhem. And that’s exactly what happened today on ABC’s The View.

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It’s Official: Anderson Cooper To Host Warner Bros TV-Syndicated Daily Daytime Strip But Also His CNN News Show

Anderson Cooper has signed a deal to host a new one-hour NYC-based daily daytime strip for Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution, set for national syndication launch in Fall 2011. This should be very successful: one week, I caught Cooper co-hosting with Kelly Ripa — and he was a natural. Cooper will continue to anchor CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ airing weeknights at 10 PM ET. And, geez, is troubled CNN relieved he’s staying even though his ratings have plummeted. Luckily, both CNN and Warner Bros TV syndication sit under the same Time Warner banner. Said Jim Walton, the president of CNN Worldwide, “I am pleased that Anderson Cooper has extended his relationship with CNN and will be with us for years to come. I am also pleased to congratulate Anderson on his new relationship with Telepictures. We think it will be good for Anderson, good for CNN and good for Time Warner.”  And Cooper had this to say, “I remain as committed as ever to my program on CNN, and will be with CNN for years to come.” Here’s the news release: Read More »

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Daily Talk Show To Replace ‘As The World Turns’ On CBS This Fall

Nellie Andreeva

CBS eyeEXCLUSIVE: I hear CBS has picked the replacement for departing daytime soap As the World Turns: a daily panel talk show hosted by Sara Gilbert, on whose idea the show is based, Julie Chen (who’s married to CBS Corp chief Les Moonves), Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur that focuses on topical events through the eyes of moms. That’s why it’s casually referred to as “The Mom Show”. The pilot, executive produced by Tom Forman (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), John Redmann (The Tyra Banks Show) and Gilbert, was one of several CBS ordered for the ATWT timeslot, along with a Pyramid reboot hosted by Andy Richter and a cooking game show starring Emeril Lagasse. But I hear the View-type female-oriented talk show screened very well at the network and had been the clear frontrunner. I hear CBS eyes a tentative October launch, a pretty ambitious plan for mounting a new daily show with only 8 weeks of prep time. ATWT is slated to bow out in September after a 54-year run. The talk show will be filmed in Los Angeles where Chen also co-hosts CBS’ Early Show year-round as well as the network’s reality series Big Brother in the summer.

UPDATE 2PM: CBS just issued a press release confirming the pickup of the new talk show:
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