Hot on the heels of co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney announced her decision to leave the network to pursue a career in directing comes news that Ben Sherwood, ABC News President, will be her successor.
Effective immediately, Sherwood — who was responsible for driving “Good Morning America” into a #1 spot, brokering a landmark partnership with Yahoo! to create a #1 news and information online network, and launching Fusion (a joint venture news and lifestyle network with Univision) — will begin the transition into the co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group position while simultaneously continuing to oversee ABC News until a successor is named. He will officially take over the role on February 1, 2015, with Sweeney remaining in the position through January 2015.
If you’re one of the fans impatiently waiting for Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Cooney, “All My Children”) to make her debut as “The Young and the Restless’” Kelly Andrews on Wednesday, April 16, then you’ll be happy to know that the actress has shared some fun behind-the-scenes info on her new gig!
The California native took to her popular blog last week and opened up on a variety of details from her very first day in Genoa City, including: reuniting with Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, “Y&R;” ex-Cliff Warner, “AMC”) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman, “Y&R;” ex-Mia Saunders, “AMC”), getting spoiled by the wardrobe department, first-take surprises and more!
The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will soon be presenting its annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Lee Phillip Bell — co-creator of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” and wife of the late William J. Bell — is one of this year’s honorees!
The fashion show, which takes place on Friday, April 11 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and will be helping to fund the BBBSLA, will feature designs from Kyle by Alene Too and will honor Bell, Sandra Stern (COO of Lionsgate Television) and Brindell Roberts Gottlieb (a community arts activist and humanitarian). Emmy winning actress Heather Tom (Katie Logan, “B&B”) will emcee the event, and Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “Y&R”) and John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”) will be presenting Lee with this year’s Innovative Award, which she is receiving due to her efforts in bringing important social plights to the forefront of her television programming over the years.
Actor James Rebhorn, perhaps best known to soap fans as the abusive stepfather of Beth Raines on “Guiding Light,” passed away in his home this past Friday afternoon at the age of 65.
Rebhorn was a celebrated character actor who appeared in over 100 television, film, and theater roles. In addition to being featured on “GL” in the eighties, he also made appearances on soaps “The Doctors,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and “As The World Turns.”
Today marks the 27th anniversary of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which was created by the late William J. Bell and his wife Lee Phillip Bell as a sister soap to the widely popular and successful, “The Young and the Restless.” “B&B” now joins an exclusive club of scripted broadcast dramas, which includes “Y&R,” “General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” “One Life to Live,” “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light,” into the top ten list of the longest running scripted dramas broadcast on network television.
Debuting on Monday, March 23, 1987 as one of the last half hour daily serials created for American audiences, “B&B” was the recipient of its eighth Golden Nymph Award during the 2013 International TV Audience Awards in the Telenovela/Soap Opera category, during the Monte Carlo Television Festival, which honors the most viewed programs through out the world. The awards are determined by the sum of ratings across five continents and 65 countries as measured by Médiamétrie and Eurodata TV Worldwide.
Ratings Report for the Week of March 10-14, 2014
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,654,000 (-373,000/+288,000)
2. B&B 3,529,000 (-150,000/+149,000)
3. GH 2,600,000 (-372,000/+62,000)
4. DAYS 2,446,000 (-271,000/+269,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.2/+.2)
2. B&B 2.6/8 9same/+.1)
3. GH 2.0/6 (-.2/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.2/+.1)
Former “Guiding Light” and “All My Children” alum Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, “GL”; ex-Lanie Cortlandt Rampal, “AMC”) may have not one, but two big hits on her hands!
In addition to recently being cast on the upcoming “NCIS” spin-off, Turco also stars on the post-apocalyptic drama “The 100″, which just debuted on the CW last night. And according to the network, it was a huge success! ‘The 100′ drew 2.7 million viewers, making it not only the CW’s most-watched season premiere of the season, but also their most watched mid-season premiere in four years!
It’s been a little over a month since Guy Wilson debuted as “Days of our Lives’” Will Horton, and he has quickly ingratiated himself into the town of Salem. In fact, shortly after debuting as Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) son, he’s already found himself on the way to a fictional altar with Sonny (Freddie Smith)! As the onscreen pair prepares to eventually walk down the aisle and become a married couple, Soap Opera Network caught up with Wilson to get his take on why he landed the role, how he was able to bond with Smith so quickly and what kind of obstacles the popular and influential onscreen pairing will face as they prepare for marriage!
As we previously reported, online soap opera “The Bay” is returning with an all-new Season 12, and the popular “Confessions of Bay City” has returned to lead up to the debut event!
Matthew Ashford (Steve Jensen) and Terri Ivens (Orchid) kicked off the video reveals last week, and today, Derrell Whitt (Will Campbell) and Jade Harlow (Lianna Ramos) are taking the hot seat to reveal their alter ego’s secrets about work, family and love! Check out their confessional videos below, and don’t forget to tune into the launch of “The Bay: Season 12” on Thursday, May 1!
With all of the relationship woes and family drama happening for their alter egos on “The Young and the Restless,” Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) and Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy; ex-Jason Morgan, “General Hospital”) think it’s high time for a bit of a comedy break!
The actors are joining forces for two guaranteed-to-make-you-laugh events especially for their most die-hard fans. They’ll be appearing at Wiley’s Comedy Club on Saturday, April 12 in Dayton, Ohio at 1PM, and at The Laughing Derby @ Comedy Caravan on Sunday, April 13 in Louisville, Kentucky at 1PM.