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"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" has been entertaining millions of late night talk show fans since debuting earlier this year as an escape from late night talk shows. The premise of the HBO series is that host John Oliver takes a closer look at the happenings of the past week in terms of news, politics and social media, and culls it altogether into one half hour of entertainment that seeks to empower and inform its viewers. In a segment highlighting a "CBS This Morning" report on a device known as the Salmon Cannon, Oliver, who was so in awe of the Salmon Cannon concept, gives viewers insight into the purpose (it helps push the Salmon that typically get caught in hydroelectric dams over said dams) and decided to make his own, which resulted in the flying fish hitting several of television's biggest stars including "The Young and the Restless'" Sharon Case (Sharon Newman) during a made up "Y&R" scene featuring co-star Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) as the two fight over Sharon's hidden secrets.

In 2012, Soap Opera Network published our own version of the annual TV Guide Magazine "TV's Highest Paid Stars" issue. In the time since it was published we've been quite shocked to see how many of you were curious to know how much some of daytime and primetime's biggest and brightest stars of yesteryear have gone on to make with their current work in primetime dramas and comedies, reality shows, and even daytime talk shows. Although we were unable to continue our report in 2013 due to circumstances beyond our control, we thought it would be a great opportunity to continue producing the soap opera edition of one of TV Guide's best selling issues with the release of the 2014 edition.

On today’s “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan announced that they will sit down with President of the United States Barack Obama for an interview to air on Friday, May 30.

In February, it was announced that former "All My Children" star Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres) and wife Fergie (real name Stacy Ferguson) were expecting their first child. On "Live with Kelly and Michael," Duhamel revealed the sex of the baby!

Looking at how daytime television has become the pre-primtime of the entertainment landscape in more ways than one, Variety.com, now part of Penske Business Media, LLC (owners of Deadline.com and TVLine.com), has highlighted several of daytime's biggest stars in front of and behind the scenes who help make the daily drama, the fun & games and the topics of discussion millions of viewers tune into each and every weekday. Those featured in the article include Angelica McDaniel (Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime), Frank Valentini (Executive Producer, "General Hospital") Kelly Ripa (Tak Show Host, "Live with Kelly and Michael"; ex-Hayley Vaughan Santos, "All My Children"), Heather Tom (Katie Spencer, "The Bold and the Beautiful"), Katie Couric (Talk Show Host, "Katie"), Judge Judy Sheindlin (Judge, "Judge Judy"), Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly (Co-Hosts, "The Chew") and many more.

Michael Nader ("All My Children"), Matt Cedeno ("Days of our Lives"), Jade Harlow ("Passions"), Roark Critchlow ("Days of our Lives"), Bruce Michael Hall ("Passions") and Kelly Ripa ("All My Children") are just a few of daytime's brightest soap stars of recent past, and they have come together for volume 2 of "Soap Sessions Merry Download," a compilation holiday CD where some of your favorite stars sing (or speak) some of your favorite holiday classics.

During its premiere week in the National ratings (w/o 09/03/12), the newly-rechristened “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” finished as TV’s No. 1 syndicated talk show in Households (2.8 rating), Total Viewers (3.6 million) and Women 25-54 (1.5 rating).

During its second week up against season premieres of nearly every other syndicated talker, newly-rechristened “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” finished as the No. 1 talk show overall in Households (leading the premiere week of “Ellen” by 2 shares and tied in rating – 2.8/10 vs. 2.8/8). Its top-ranked position becomes even more impressive considering “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” airs earlier in the day with lower overall HUT levels.

For the first time since the show launched back in the 1980's, the female co-host's name in "LIVE!" will lead the shows permanent title when "LIVE! with Kelly" becomes "LIVE! with Kelly and ..." That's right folks, "LIVE!" has found its permanent co-host after nearly a year-long search.

A number of syndicated programs hit their season lows during the week of July 30, 2012 thanks to the Olympics on NBC, while others were so heavily preempted that Nielsen Media Research excluded them from the weekly ratings averages, which was the case for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution's (WBDTD)' "Anderson," "Ellen" and "Extra," and CBS Television Distribution's (CTD) "Rachael Ray" and "The Doctors." In the case of daytime talker "Live! with Kelly," however, the show hit its lowest ratings in more than 20 years.
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