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Brandon Stoddard, the former president of entertainment and director of daytime programming at ABC, who is best known for spearheading the launches of such series, specials and miniseries as "All My Children," "Roseanne," "Roots," "ABC Afterschool Specials," "Moonlighting" and "Thirtysomething," among many others, died today at his home in Bel-Air after a long battle with cancer. He was 77 years old.

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on Sunday, December 21, 2014 @ 11:51 PM
Best known for helming CBS' "Love of Life" for nearly three decades, veteran daytime director Larry Auerbach died on Saturday, December 20 in La Jolla, California from complications of glioblastoma. He was 91 years old.
While the network originally planned to air a repeat episode, as a result of the Friday, December 19 presidential address by President Barack Obama, ABC will now air an original episode of "General Hospital" on Christmas Eve, December 24.

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on Thursday, December 18, 2014 @ 6:15 PM
Ratings Report for the Week of December 8-12, 2014
On Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1, CBS is handing fans of "The Young and the Restless" a wonderful Christmas and New Year's present in the form of original episodes of the daytime drama series, the network recently announced.
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On the Tuesday, December 16 edition of NBCUniversal's syndicated daytime talker, "The Steve Harvey Show," former "Days of our Lives" actress Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami Brady) sits down with Steve Harvey to talk about her two-decade long run on "DAYS," her hosting duties on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" and her novel, "Scared Scriptless." In your first look clip, Sweeney reveals that it was hard to leave the daytime soap she called home since she was a teenager and that she's kept in touch with her former colleagues via social media. Sweeney also revealed that she's been back to direct several episodes of the daytime drama series since completing filming last May as Sami.

on Monday, December 15, 2014 @ 1:17 AM
If you're a fan of dramas "Homeland," "The Affair," "Shameless," "Ray Donovan," "Penny Dreadful" or uber popular "Dexter," and you also happen to have an Xbox One in your household, you're in luck: Showtime Networks announced that Showtime Anytime is now available on the next generation console from Microsoft."Access to Showtime Anytime on Xbox One is available for free to all Xbox Live® members in the U.S. who subscribe to Showtime through participating television providers, giving them unlimited on demand access to hundreds of hours of programming, as well as the live broadcast of the network's East and West...
Former "All My Children" star Adam Mayfield (ex-Scott Chandler) has joined the cast of NBC's "Days of our Lives" in an as yet to be revealed role, the actor's website reports.

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on Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 5:59 PM
Ratings Report for the Week of December 1-5, 2014
CBS and Lionsgate's TVGN will rebrand itself in 2015 as POP, a new pop culture network for the younger generation currently tuning into the likes of Bravo and MTV, but the Walt Disney Company's ABC Family cable network might also be in for some massive changes as well, according to a report by Variety.
CBS announced today that it has extended the contract agreement it has with Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. Moonves, who was originally scheduled to continue on in his current position through June 30, 2017, will now oversee the corporation through June 30, 2019. At that point he will become an executive advisor for an additional five years, and will have the option to establish a production company under CBS' auspices, the company said.
As we reported yesterday, the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards will take place on Friday, February 6. For the first time in at least 20 years, there will be no representation of daytime as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has removed the Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series categories from the upcoming awards show. When we went to press yesterday, the NAACP was unable to officially comment on the matter. That has since changed.
As previously reported, the cast of "Knots Landing" will reunite on the Thursday, December 11 edition of Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family." In your first look at the reunion, cast members of the popular primetime soap opera - Donna Mills, Joan Van Ark, Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford and Kevin Dobson - sat down with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare to discuss life after the cul-de-sac, while also taking time to celebrate Mills' birthday.

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