The alphabet network is very proud of its sole remaining daytime drama series, “General Hospital,” which has increased its total audience and is surging in the key sales demos. The network is also proud of daytime talkers “The View” and “The Chew,” which are both achieving increased audiences in demos. “Chew” is reaching a new zenith in total audience as the talk show attracted its largest total viewer count and women 25-54 demo count in its history during the week of October 28, 2013 through November 1, 2013.
“General Hospital” grew its Total Viewer audience for the fourth consecutive week, rising to an over 10 month high (2.91 million – since 1/21/13), set an over 2 year high in Women 18-49 (748,000/1.2 rating) and over 2 and a half year high in Women 25-54 (989,000/1.6 rating) – since weeks of 8/15/11 and 3/28/11, respectively – placing a competitive #2 in the demos, and was the #1 program for the 11th week in a row in Women 18-34 (259,000/0.8 rating).
• Monday’s telecast – which included story lines revolving around Robin learning of Patrick’s engagement and Maxie’s frantic preparation for her baby’s return – stood as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 3 and a half years in Total Viewers (3.16 million – since 2/1/10), its second-most-watched telecast in over two years in Women 18-49 (857,000/1.3 rating) and two and a half years in Women 25-54 (1.13 million/1.9 rating) – since 8/15/11 and 3/25/11, accordingly.
With word that Prospect Park may or may not be in the process of formally announcing plans to not continue with production on “All My Children,” in addition to the previously reported production hiatus for “One Life to Live” and how such a decision may affect the fans who fought so long and hard to get them both back, “OLTL” actress Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) tweeted in defense of the company without knowing what the ultimate decision may end up being (historically the actors know less information than the soap press when it comes to the company and its planning).
In her message to her near 17,000 followers, Strasser tweeted, “ATTN PLZ! In My Opinion: 1) Whatever transpires #ProspectPark #OLTL #AMC I believe #PP BELIEVED & INVESTED in us & deserve RESPECT for that!”
When pressed for comment on any plans for a formal announcement on the future of either soap, a Prospect Park representative stated to Soap Opera Network, “No announcement planned.”
As we previously reported, “The Bold and the Beautiful” producer Colleen Bell — wife of the show’s executive producer, Bradley P. Bell — has been on track to become the next U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, and the White House announced just yesterday that President Barack Obama has made her nomination in the role official!
“I am grateful these accomplished individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I’m confident they will serve ably in these important roles,” the President said in a statement Wednesday announcing Bell’s appointment as well as the appointment of many others. “I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”
Bell’s nomination will now head to the Senate for confirmation and approval, and if all goes well, she’ll step into the role that Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis held from January 2010 to July 2013.
Earlier today TV Guide‘s Michael Logan tweeted, “Is #ProspectPark ‘shelving’ @allmychildren too? I’m hearing big announcement planned for this Friday. @TOLN @onelifetolive.” The possibility of it happening wouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise considering there has been literally no news about the future of either “All My Children” or “One Life to Live” outside of the early September news that due to the ABC/Prospect Park lawsuit over “OLTL,” the company would be forging ahead solely with “AMC.”
Recasting pivotal roles always comes with a rollercoaster of equal parts praise and equal parts critique, but “Days of our Lives’” decision to recast the role of Will in what seemed like mere moments after the announcement that Chandler Massey was departing the role has seen rumblings closer to an earthquake than a mere thrill ride. Viewers have questioned whether the show’s decision to bring Guy Wilson in was a way to stick it to Massey for leaving the role he’d made popular over the last three years, and some even questioned why Massey was leaving the show in the first place. The Backlot, an online publication that calls itself the corner of Hollywood and gay, managed to snag an interview with “DAYS” co-executive producer, Greg Meng, to get the inside scoop!
Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” hits theaters nationwide on Friday, November 8, and the franchise’s ABC drama, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.,” is set to feel the film’s repercussions in an all new episode, “The Well,” slated for Tuesday, November 19!
According to an official press release touting the “Agents” episode, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of the Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. pick up the pieces left behind in “The Dark World” — one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.
The ABC Television Network and Gray Television, Inc. announced today that they have reached a new affiliation agreement that allows Gray Television to broadcast ABC’s full programming schedule in Laredo, Texas beginning in February 2014 using KGNS digital channel 8.2. Programming includes ABC’s primetime lineup, “Good Morning America,” “World News,” “Jimmy Kimmel” and ABC’s Daytime programming including “General Hospital.”
“Days of our Lives’” alum Eric Winter (ex-Rex DiMera) may spend a lot of his time filming Lifetime’s “Witches of East End,” but when he and his wife, Rosalyn Sanchez (“Devious Maids”), heard about a new venture their friend, George Valencia, was starting with Judy Reyes (“Devious Maids”), they had to sign up. The project? An animated children’s show called “La Golda,” which features an 8-year-old orphan with two passions: soccer and building a better world for kids.
Things haven’t exactly been funny over in “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City as of late, which made CBS’ recent Daytime After Dark standup comedy event all the more needed — for fans and the actors, alike! Soap Opera Network caught up with Peter Bergman at the event, and he not only spilled details on the one thing that terrifies him, but also on who he thinks is the worst father in the world (Hint: It’s probably exactly who you think it is!). Read on for the comedy — and the drama!
Soap Opera Network: Did I just overhear you say that you would never, ever want to try standup comedy?
Peter Bergman: Nothing would terrify me more! What I think is funny and what you think is funny are probably two very different things, and the idea of just throwing my stuff out there thinking, “Well, this is funny,” and waiting for your reaction is, oh my god scary!
“Days of our Lives” fans are getting a bit of an early holiday gift: Fan favorite Patrick Muldoon (Austin Reed) is starring in the ION TV film, “Holiday Road Trip,” along with George Hamilton and Shelley Long!
Set for a Sunday, December 1 premiere, the film follows Pat (Muldoon) and Maya (Ashley Scott), co-workers at a Washington D.C. pet supply store who are ordered to travel across the country in an RV with the company’s most prized possession, dog Scoots (Uggie from “The Artist”), right before Christmas.