When ABC unveiled its new fall lineup this week, one thing fans couldn’t help but notice was a drastic cut to “Dancing With the Stars,” which will only be airing one night a week — on Mondays — come fall. The network has decided to build the results show into the new two-hour once-a-week format, and ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee has spilled the details on why that decision was made, as well as teased some other major changes in store for the popular reality series.
ABC formally announced its new lineup of shows on Tuesday at an upfront presentation held at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall, and Paul Lee, the ABC Entertainment Group president, called series like the network’s new Steven Spielberg-produced drama, “Lucky 7,” soaps! And he revealed much more about the new shows in a special press conference in which Soap Opera Network took part.
“The Young and the Restless’” Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin) has gone from soap star to rock star seemingly overnight. He and his boy band, Infinity, just recently released a music video of their version of Rihanna’s Stay, and now the group is prepping for their first ever live performance!
Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “The Young and the Restless”) may have been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor twice before, but the veteran actor admits that the honor never, ever gets old. In fact, he says the onset of social media has actually made receiving the honor all the more spectacular! “The support we get from the fans is so immediate now, because of Facebook and Twitter and all of that, and it’s almost like they’re riding along with you. So it’s really exciting!” he says. “Everybody should have something like this in their job, where you step back and get recognized by your peers.”
When we caught up with “The Young and the Restless’” Max Ehrich (Fenmore Baldwin) on the day he found out he’s been nominated as an Outstanding Younger Actor for this year’s Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, he was slightly in a daze. “I’ve been in daydream all day,” he admitted. “I feel like I was hit by an electrical current.”
But that’s a feeling that happened after his initial excitement, which began when his phone started blowing up at 6:00 a.m.! “I couldn’t go back to sleep. I was running around my apartment,” he says with a laugh. “It’s an honor, first off, just to have this job, where I get to do what I love to do for a living, and then to get recognized for my work is an amazing feeling.”
ABC has consistently brought soap-worthy programming to primetime (“Desperate Housewives” and “Revenge,” to name but two), and the schedule for this fall is no different: Intermixing with popular mainstay shows like “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” come thirteen brand new shows, a few of which may spur “General Hospital” and other daytime soaps to come to mind! And Wendy Moniz (ex-Mayor Finn, “One Life to Live,” ex-Dinah Marler, “Guiding Light”) strengthens the soap/primetime connection with a role in the new drama, “Betrayal.” Read on to get the exciting details!
Some of you are going to say it, others are going to shout it, but the thought that comes along with the news that Hope is getting a new love interest other than Scott Clifton’s Liam Spencer is “Well, it’s about freaking time!” Yep, Kim Matula’s alter ego will finally be caught up in a romantic situation sans Bill’s son. In fact, a rep confirms that another Emmy winner — Darin Brooks (ex-Max Brady, “Days of our Lives) — will be the one stealing Hope’s heart!
Just in time for the typical teen-driven storylines soaps often focus on for the summer comes a brand new young actress ready to shake things up in “General Hosptial’s” Port Charles: “666 Park Avenue” star Samantha Logan, who will be playing Taylor DuBois, the little sister of Felix DuBois (Marc Anthony Samuel).
The flowers children sent out to their moms for Mother’s Day are likely still thriving, but the same can’t be said for a popular mother/daughter duo on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Both Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) and Hunter Tylo (Taylor Hayes) are exiting the sudser!
“General Hospital’s” Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jasper ‘Jax’ Jacks) shook it like nobody’s business as a contestant on ABC’s popular reality series, “Dancing With the Stars,” but unfortunately, he and professional partner Kym Johnson were eliminated from the competition last night during the semi-final round, meaning the actor is hanging up his dancing shoes — at least for now.