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ABC even cancels nighttime soap drama, "Brothers & Sisters"!

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Looks like the continuing soapish drama and saga of the Walker Family. ABC’s Brothers & Sisters starring Sally Field and a stellar cast just got the boot from the alphabet network too! So is this another casualty in the network’s decision to move away from scripted soap style drama programming? Maybe, maybe not. However, budgets and the bottom line look to be the culprit.

According to Deadline.com, “Barring any last-minute miracle, it looks like this is the end of the road for ABC’s veteran family drama Brothers and Sisters. There had been a serious effort by ABC and producing studio ABC Studios to find a price point at which they could bring the show back for an abbreviated sixth and final season. There have been talks with star Calista Flockhart to return for six episodes next season. Last May, Brothers and Sisters clinched a last-minute 18-episode order that was subsequently expanded to 22 episodes. But the indications are, with so many drama pilots scoring high in testings and screenings this year, ABC is ready to say good-bye to the Walker clan.”

Another great show on ABC bites the dust!

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Rob
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Rob

Ehhhh, stick a fork in it. Im still more upset about OLTL!

Elizabeth J
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Elizabeth J

ABC is going to lose it’s viewers if they don’t stop this craziness. Save our Soaps!!

heidi
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heidi

Bummer that is a pretty good show!

lisa
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lisa

As much as I loved Brothers & Sisters when it came on…I watched diligently for the first 3 years – but it has lost it’s appeal for me.
And I’m with Rob on this one -more upset about OLTL.

Andi
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Andi

What is ABC doing? One Life to Live, All My Children and now Brothers and Sisters. For those who have taken the time to watch Brothers and Sisters it is a genius show. It makes you laugh out loud, laugh and learn a few life lessons along the way. It emphasizes family in both the conventional and unconvetional families exsist all around us. I will miss this show.

Sean
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Sean

I am sad it’s going off, although like Rob said, “more upset about OLTL.” At least with Brothers & Sisters, i was more warned. I loved the show but it had a nice ending. Lets hope the soaps don’t have cliff hanger endings. In a way it’s a good thing because it’s just another thing i won’t be watching on ABC. I will be dancing in the streets when i find out that Brian Frons is kicked to the curb! Can’t happen too soon for me!

Jennifer McQuaid
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Jennifer McQuaid

I am also upset to see Brothers and Sisters to be dump buy ABC. What is wrong with ABC? People want scipted drama’s not reality tv. I thought maybe they would start listening after they canceled our beloved soaps. Im wrong. The only good thing about this is Im having less reason to tune into ABC. Now the only other shows I watch is Grey’s, and Private Practice. When AMC and OLTL are gone I guess Im going to have to make a choice and its looking like no more ABC programing.

Kristin
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Kristin

I can’t believe this network cancelled another great night time drama show. TV viewing has become so lousy, I don’t even know why I watch it anymore. First the daytime soaps and now night time soaps as well. I am not interested in reality shows. They are too stupid and dump. To expose so many not so smart people on national television is absolutely ridiculous!!! I watch drama tv to take myself out of the real world and its problems. I am not an internet junkie and to be forced to be on my computer so much to watch tv… Read more »

Robyn
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Robyn

ABC SHAME ON YOU..why cancel amc, oltl. If we want to watch bull crap we have cable. Thank goodness I have cable because I surely won’t be watching that stupid chew show. Atleast I thought watching the soap channel at night I wouldn’t have to be subjected to that show, however WRONG! please like I stated earlier we all have cable and if we CHOOSE to watch other CRAP we can and we DON’T so why change the format! Look what happened to Oprah? she is coming back with a show! Atleast she realized she made a mistake! ABC is… Read more »

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Friday on CBS’ The Talk, Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe, The Bold and the Beautiful) is one of the afternoon series special guests, and will discuss and preview the continuation of the crossover story arc that finds Deacon in drama with Y&R and Genoa City’s Nikki Newman.

Next week, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) comes to B&B as she tries to get dirt on Diane (Susan Walters) and wastes no time in telling Deacon he has to help her with her revenge plot.  After all, Deacon helped frame Nikki to look like she murdered Diane many years ago.

Kanan weighed-in on Deacon’s motives in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, sharing: “He actually wants to help Nikki.  Deep down, I think Deacon is more of a good person than a bad person.  He’s a guy who wants to do the right thing be he’s got issues.”

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Tune in today for The Talk at 2pm ET / 1pm PT on CBS and Paramount Plus as Kanan reveals more of what’s to come with the show co-hosts: Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood and Natalie Morales.

In addition, Morales may have a thing or two to add to Kanan’s visit, since she has been making appearances on Y&R playing ace reporter, Talia Morgan, who has been investigating Diane Jenkins.

Looking forward to seeing Sean on ‘The Talk’? Will you be watching next week for the crossover to continue with Sean and Melody Thomas Scott in scenes on B&B? Comment below.

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Gillies will star and is the co-executive producer of a new Tubi film called Spread.  In it, Liz will take on the role of  ambitious and aspiring journalist, who lands a temp job at an adult magazine run by an aging industry king played by Harvey Keitel.  The character must reconcile her idealism as she strives to help the company succeed.

Spread is written by Buffy Charlet, who is another of the films Co-EP’s, and is inspired by Charlet’s real-life experience as a temp at Hustler magazine who rose in the ranks to become an editor.

The film also stars two-time Daytime Emmy winner Bryan Craig (ex-General Hospital, Good Trouble).

Look for Spread to drop on Tubi in 2023.

So, intrigued to see Liz and Bryan in Tubi’s new film, ‘Spread’? Comment below.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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