DIRECTV and The Walt Disney Company gave subscribers of the top satellite provider an early Christmas present with word that the two companies have reached a new multi-year deal that'll provide high quality entertainment to millions of viewers via DIRECTV Everywhere and Authenticated WATCH Services. The deal with DIRECTV concludes Disney's negotiations with the top ten pay-TV providers.
In a posting on his Facebook page last week, former "Desperate Housewives" and "One Life to Live" star Tuc Watkins commented on his perception of gay stereotypes as shown on ABC's "Modern Family" each week. The actor's comments soon got picked up by the Greg in Hollywood blog, which got the attention of "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays one half of the popular gay couple on the sitcom.
On Sunday, December 14, "The Young and the Restless'" Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) took to Twitter to announce that she had been "incapacitated" with a serious reaction to a medication she had been prescribed for a sinus infection. As a result of taking the medication, Scott said she returned to work after six weeks of "misery, a brief hospital stay, and have turned to alternative remedies, as the medical community had nothing to offer me." On Monday, December 22, Scott posted an in depth essay titled "Prescription for Madness," which details the ordeal the actress said began on November 13.
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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Sunday, December 21, 2014 11:51 PM EDT
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.
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.

Monday, December 15, 2014 1:17 AM EDT
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...
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.