With nearly 24 minutes in total airtime between them, LANYentertainment released the first two installments of “The Bay: The Series” chapter 11 on the official “Bay” website yesterday. Fans of the series will not only get caught up in the happenings in Bay City, but they’ll also get their fill of drama, sex, drugs, romance, deception, murder, and much more.
Despite facing increased competition via ABC’s growing “General Hospital” in most markets, CBS’ “The Talk” celebrated Thanksgiving week (week of November 25 through 29, 2013) by generating its largest ever weekly audience in total viewers and capped its best-ever November sweep in viewers and the Women 25-54 sales demographic, according to Nielsen Live Plus Same Day ratings data.
With its combination of soaps, game shows and a talk show, the CBS Daytime lineup consisting of “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “The Price is Right” and “The Talk” posted growth during the November 2013 sweeps period, according to Nielsen Live Plus Sam Day ratings data.
During the week of November 25 through 29, 2013, ABC’s “General Hospital” reached its largest audience in nearly six years (since week of January 21, 2008), when 3.3 million viewers tuned into the happenings of Port Charles. The soap is currently pacing for its best season in seven years in total viewers (since the 2006-2007 television season). In addition to an increase in viewers, the daytime sap reached an over 2-and-a-half-year high in Women 25-54 (1.04 million/1.7 rating) and an over 2-year high in Women 18-49 (774,000/1.2 rating) – since weeks of 3/21/11 and 8/15/11, respectively – to rank a strong #2 for the week in the key female sales demos.
Per ABC, “GH” posted the largest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+20% – 3.30 million vs. 2.75 million), Women 18-49 (+21% – 774,000 vs. 641,000) and Women 25-54 (+25% – 1.04 million vs. 833,000).
“GH” aired original episodes on Monday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 27. An encore aired on Thursday, November 28, while the soap was preempted on Friday, November 29. The encore airing did not count in the weekly average.
An ABC representative has confirmed with Soap Opera Network that it has cut the third season episode order of its red hot soap, “Scandal.” Originally expected to air 22 episodes this season, “Scandal” will now only air 18. While the network did not give a reason for the episode reduction, it’s understood that with series star Kerry Washington pregnant and it being harder to hide a pregnancy for a lead character on a primetime series than one on daytime, due to how much time it takes to film each episode, it’s likely that the reduction occurred for this reason.
With the reduction in episodes, “Scandal” will have aired just 47 episodes by the end of its third season. Most primetime series will have aired 66 episodes at that point, but “Scandal’s” first season comprised of only 7 episodes as it was a midseason replacement during the 2011-2012 television season.
“Scandal” is scheduled to go on a winter break following the Thursday, December 12 episode. Barring any schedule changes as a result of its episode reduction, the series is currently scheduled to return from break on Thursday, February 27 to air its remaining third season episodes.
On tonight’s episode of USA Network’s “White Collar,” starring Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade, “Guiding Light”), former “One Life to Live” star Tobias Truvillion (ex-Vincent Jones) will guest-star. “I play an ex-military type. He’s like a blackops. Him and his partner are on the black market looking for this particular intel chip,” shared Truvillion to Soap Opera Network of his appearance in the episode entitled “Quantico Closure,” which finds Neal (Bomer) delving further into the mystery of the Codex. Meanwhile, Peter (Tim DeKay) takes on a classified espionage case with a fellow FBI agent: his ex-girlfriend.
“White Collar” airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on USA Network.
As previously reported, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) will be hosting a new adventure series on E!, which premieres tonight at 10:00 PM ET/PT on the cable network. The series will take viewers on the ultimate adventure as Wood travels around the world in such exotic locations as Sardinia, Ibiza, Hvar and Marbella, meeting several individuals in a world without limits. Activities Wood takes part include rock climbing, yachting, camel riding, jet skiing, NASCAR like racing, and much more.
According to Deadline, actor Dylan Neal (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Dawson’s Creek”) is scheduled to begin filming this week in Vancouver for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the film adaptation of E.L. James‘ bestselling novel of the same name. Neal will portray Bob, Anastasia Steele’s (Dakota Johnson) stepfather and the husband of Carla Adams (Jennifer Ehle). Scheduled to hit theaters on Friday, February 13, 2015 as both a rated R film and rated NC-17 in theaters willing to offer it, “Fifty Shades” and its followup novels centers on the erotic relationship between Anastasia and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan).
On Monday, September 26, 2011, ABC premiered a new daytime talk show that brought food back to the table and into our everyday lives. Now in its third season, “The Chew” is currently enjoying one of its highest rated on record in both total viewers and key women sales demos. As the talk show celebrated its 500th episode yesterday, fans of the ABC version of “All My Children” continued to mourn the loss of their favorite daytime soap opera, which made Susan Lucci, and her character Erica Kane, a household name.
Hosted by celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, “The Chew’s” celebratory episode featured a food-filled party that included an assortment of games, on-air memories and a cake to help honor the talkers achievement. Meanwhile, “All My Children” fans are trying to find ways to heal from the recent blow by Prospect Park to not move forward with a new season of its version of “All My Children,” which consistently topped the iTunes and Hulu charts during its 40+ episode run. The production company is suing ABC over claims the network was looking to create a “mega soap” with “Chew” lead-out “General Hospital.” Prospect Park co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz recently decided to take his own company to court over contract matters directly related to “AMC” and sister soap “One Life to Live.”
Detailing relationship woes, roommate drama, reaching a certain age and much more, “Looking” seeks to provide viewers with a different perspective on daily life for gay men in San Francisco when it premieres on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 10:30 PM ET/9:30 PM CT on HBO. Starring former soap actors Jonathan Groff (ex-Henry, “One Life to Live;” Jesse St. James, “Glee”) and Murray Bartlett (ex-Cyrus Foley, “Guiding Light”), along with actor Frankie Alvarez (“Kitchen Confidential”), the series follows 29-year-old Patrick (Groff), a video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex’s engagement, 39-year-old Dom (Bartlett), a longtime waiter who has yet to reach his romantic and professional dreams, and 31-year-old Agustín (Alvarez), an aspiring artist questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend. In preparation for the shows launch, HBO has released several trailers to entice viewership as well as providing audiences with a closer look into the behind the scenes world of “Looking” with cast interviews. To learn more about the series, read on.