As previously reported, Prospect Park’s “All My Children,” and now “One Life to Live,” have been embroiled in a heated debate with I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees)/Local 52, the union representing stage workers for the soaps, which alleges that Prospect Park has violated the labor agreement with the union. As a result, Prospect Park today announced that both soaps will halt production effective tomorrow, June 6.
“As a result of a dispute with the I.A.T.S.E., The OnLine Network is beginning a long-planned hiatus for both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ tomorrow instead of June 17,” the company said in a statement. “The hiatus is scheduled to end on August 12 pending resolution of this labor issue. Right now we have 40 episodes of each show ready to post through September, and if we can resolve this issue by August, we can get back into the studio on time so audiences will enjoy uninterrupted postings of their favorite shows.
Congratulations are in order for Brian Hallisay and Jennifer Love Hewitt, the stars of Lifetime’s provocative drama “The Client List.” Not only is it revealed that the two are engaged in the newest issue of Us Magazine, on sale now, but the duo are also expecting their first child!
It is with great sadness to report that Paul Skipper, a long-time photographer at JPI Studios, died on Tuesday, June 4 (previously incorrectly reported by us as Monday, June 3). While it is unknown at this time what caused Skipper’s death, tweets have gone out from several past and present “Days of our Lives” cast/crew members, which is the show Skipper primarily shot for, including one from Eric Martsolf (Brady Black) that read: “Paul Skipper- RIP. No one shot more terrific pictures for our genre.” His tweet was responded to by Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly Manning), who said “so very true. Loved his dear heart.”
As previously reported, “Drop Dead Diva” returns for an all-new season beginning Sunday, June 23 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Lifetime. In the just released promo, we couldn’t help noticing former “All My Children” star Natalie Hall (ex-Colby Chandler)!
Cancelled months after leaving viewers hanging with a major cliffhanger, “Drop Dead Diva” received a reprieve from Lifetime earlier this year which has resulted in a fifth season set to debut on Sunday, June 23. Today, Lifetime has revealed the first promo of the new season, which helps shed a little light on life after Owen (Lex Medlin) caught his bride, Jane (Brooke Elliott), kissing Grayson (Jackson Hurst) moments before they were to be wed.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, former “General Hospital” star Marisa Ramirez (ex-Gia Campbell; ex-Carmen Mesta, “The Young and the Restless”) has been upped to series regular on CBS’ “Blue Bloods” beginning with the primetime shows fourth season premiering in the fall. Ramirez, who joined the show as a recurring guest-star starting with the Friday, March 8 episode entitled “Protest Too Much,” portrays Detective Maria Baez, the former and now full-time partner of Donnie Wahlberg‘s Detective Danny Raegan. The actress is replacing Jennifer Esposito, who portrayed Wahlberg’s onscreen partner, Jackie Curatola, on the drama series until November of last year.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (previously incorrectly indicated by us as The National Association of Television Arts & Sciences) announced today that both CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” have received additional nominations for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. The category that bumped both soaps up in total counts was Outstanding Original Song for a Drama Series, which previously listed one song for “General Hospital” and one song for “Y&R” when nominations were first announced on Wednesday, May 1.
Fans of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have learned to adapt to the dramatic twists and turns hitting their favorite returning “anytime” soaps, only they’ve been adapting more to the behind the scenes “drama” than they have been with what’s happening on screen. First it was the episode reduction (two episodes per week for each show instead of the previously scheduled four), then word FX Canada had dropped both shows from its lineup as a result of the episode reduction, and most recently word that head writers for both shows were released from their contracts and replaced with their script writers. Now, according to TheWrap, the latest drama is based on an apparent labor dispute between Prospect Park and I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees)/Local 52, the union representing stage workers for “AMC.”
In TheWrap‘s reporting, the publication indicates that Prospect Park is alleged to have gone over budget on certain episodes filmed for “AMC,” which as a result has violated the labor agreement between the production company and the union.
Fran Bascom, who had been nominated nine times for her work as a casting director at NBC’s “Days of our Lives” by the Casting Society of America, has died. After reportedly feeling under the weather late Sunday, June 2, Bascom was taken to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA, where she died. A cause of death is not known at this time.
Former “DAYS” cast member, Farah Fath (ex-Mimi Lockhart; ex-Gigi Morasco, “One Life to Live”), and former “DAYS” head writer, Sheri Anderson, noted Bascom’s death on Twitter earler today.
In addition to her casting work on “DAYS,” Bascom also cast for a number of TV movies and popular sitcom “Designing Women.”
via Press Release
ALL CBS DAYTIME SHOWS FINISH THE SEASON WITH YEAR-TO-YEAR GROWTH IN VIEWERS
Daytime Lineup Also Posts May Sweep Increases in Viewers and Key Demos
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE TALK all finished the 2012-2013 season and May sweep with year-to-year growth in viewers.
Compared to last season in viewers, LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +14% (2.69m from 2.36m), LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +13% (3.11m from 2.76m), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +5% (4.48m from 4.27m), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was also up +5% (5.33m from 5.08m), THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL posted an +8% gain (3.51m from 3.25m), THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS was up +0.5% (4.82m from 4.80m) while THE TALK posted growth of +10% (2.40m from 2.18m), according to Nielsen most current ratings.
Among key women demographics for the season, LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 & 2 were up in both women 25-54 (+13%, +25% respectively) and women 18-49 (+17%, +14% respectively), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 gained +8% in women 25-55 while THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL was up +7% in women 25-54.
In the May sweep according to Nielsen live plus day ratings, CBS’s daytime lineup posted increases in viewers and/or key women demographics.
Viewers W25-54 W18-49
LMAD 1 May 2013 2.70m 0.9/6 0.6/5
LMAD 1 May 2012 2.31m 0.7/5 0.5/4
+17% +29% +20%
LMAD 2 May 2013 3.11m 1.0/7 0.7/6
LMAD 2 May 2012 2.64m 0.7/5 0.6/4
+18% +43% +17%
TPIR 1 May 2013 4.38m 1.2/8 0.9/6
TPIR 1 May 2012 4.03m 1.1/7 0.7/5
+9% +9% +29%
TPIR 2 May 2013 5.11m 1.4/9 1.0/7
TPIR 2 May 2012 4.81m 1.2/8 0.9/6
+6% +17% +11%
B&B May 2013 3.28m 1.5/9 1.1/7
B&B May 2012 3.07m 1.4/9 1.1/7
+7% +7% nc
THE TALK May 2013 2.36m 1.0/6 0.7/4
THE TALK May 2012 2.27m 1.0/6 0/7/5
+4% nc nc
Y&R May 2013 4.38m 1.3/9
Y&R May 2012 4.30m 1.3/9