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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
Rob

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

Elizabeth J
Elizabeth J

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

heidi
heidi

Bummer that is a pretty good show!

lisa
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
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
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
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
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 is utterly wrong. I enjoy life and being outdoors and not being addicted to the tv or computer. These shows are some of my pleasures and I do not watch too much other tv. And certainly not reality shows, food shows or continuous news. Things in moderation. As one or more have said, I will also be boycotting ABC.

Robyn
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 making a really BIG ONE! These stories have been on for years and we all relate to them. What a waste of air time! The Chew and know this new show of cast off’s from Extreme Make Overs & others shows that we don’t even know, well that is the first strike! Good Luck ABC! Hello Cable!

Days Of Our Lives

DOOL App Set To Launch New Digital Series ‘Last Blast Reunion’

Leave it to the DOOL app to bring to its digital space another exclusive fun and exciting series featuring some DAYS faves.  Announced today, look for ‘Last Blast Reunion” to kick-off with its first episode on Black Friday on November 29th.

Last Blast Reunion harkens back to the story of Salem’s then high school kids from 2002 and who hung out at the the cybercafe known as “.Com”.  Now in 2019, the new series brings the gang back together .

The cast includes: Brandon Beemer (Shawn), Martha Madison (Belle), Heather Lindell (Jan), Aaron Van Wagner (Jason), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Lindsay Hollistar (Susan). Due to a scheduling conflict with Farah Fath, the role of Mimi has been recast with actress, Theressa Liane.

In addition, Chadwick Hopson will play Kevin, a role originally played by Brett Lawrence and Robert Benvenisti. There will also be a big surprise for viewers in the first episode when a major fan favorite returns!

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So, what is said to happen on the series? Well, Belle and Chloe discover their old friend Kevin has reopened the “.Com Café” in New York, similar to the one at which they all used to gather at in Salem. The three of them decide to plan a reunion of the “Last Blast Crew,” and a week later they are joined by Susan, Shawn and Mimi, and the friends reminisce and quickly ease back into their old bonds and rivalries. The story takes an unexpected turn with some shocking twists that will keep viewers at the edge of their seats all the way to the surprise ending.

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Following the November 29 premiere, new episodes will be available every Thursday for the following seven weeks.

In addition, the episodes will also be available on the NBC app and NBC.com one week after streaming exclusively on The DOOL App. Each episode will be approximately 7-10 minutes in length.

Greg Meng, (Co-executive producer, Days) offered up in a statement: “We are excited to bring together some of the most beloved characters from Days of our Lives in the next DOOL App series. As this new digital platform continues to grow, we can provide exciting additional content to complement the air show on NBC.”

Last Blast Reunion was written by DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati and Corday Productions.

The DOOL App was developed by the Corday Productions team of Greg Meng, creative director (and co-executive producer, “Days of our Lives”); Michael Fairman, content producer; and Maya Frangié, director of communications and strategic initiatives. The DOOL App is a new all-access platform for “Days of our Lives” fans to get more of the show they love, including breaking news from the set, exclusive original content, backstage videos with the cast, quizzes and interactive games, fan-favorite clips, weekly recaps and other fun ways to connect with the cast. More information is available at www.TheDoolApp.com.

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So, excited to check out Last Blast Reunion when it debuts on the DOOL app? Comment below.

 

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The Kelly Clarkson Show Renewed For Second Season

NBCUniversal has decided to given an early season 2 renewal to The Kelly Clarkson Show, which has been providing strong numbers in syndication, according to Deadline on Monday.

Clarkson, a Grammy Award-Winner and coach on NBC’s singing competition The Voice has a talker that now will take it through the 2020-21 season.

Kelly’s afternoon show ranks as the No.1 new syndicated program.  It made its debut back in September and had the strongest start to any new first-run syndicated series in seven years with an average of 1.9 million viewers per episode.

In addition, The Kelly Clarkson Show is performing in the fourth position among all syndicated daytime talk shows, and the show’s social platforms have gained more than 1.5 million subscribers since September.

In a statement, Tracie Wilson, EVP, Creative Affairs, NBCUniversal Television Distribution said on the pick-up: “The Kelly Clarkson Show is connecting with viewers in a unique way and we are so happy to build on that momentum, bringing Kelly’s brand of humor, heart, and, of course, the incredible ‘Kellyoke,’ to stations for a second season.  It is a privilege to be in business with Kelly and our production team, led by Alex Duda, who have a clear creative vision and a talent for storytelling and creating quality entertainment that invites you in for a good time and leaves you feeling happy.”

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So, glad to hear Kelly has been renewed? What are your thoughts on the pick-up for season 2 so early on? Comment below.

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General Hospital

Tamara Braun Says Farewell To GH: “Thank You To All You Wonderful People for Your Love and Support”

Today marks the day for the final appearance of General Hospital’s Tamara Braun in the role of Dr. Kim Nero, according to a post on her Instagram account from the actress herself.

Braun posted: “Want to see Kim Nero one last time? Tune in today to say goodbye. Thank you to all you wonderful people for your love and support. #GH #goodbye #love #support #fans #gratitude #smile #bekind”

Tamara’s latest GH alter-ego (she had previously played Carly Corinthos) of Kim Nero, found herself pining after Franco (Roger Howarth) who now has her beloved Drew Cain’s memories transplanted into his brain, thanks to the horrifying procedure done by the late Shiloh and Dr. Cabot.  Kim has also been grieving for months the loss of her son, Oscar.

Watch to see how Kim exits Port Charles on the ABC daytime drama series.

Share your thoughts on Tamara leaving General Hospital via the comment section below.

 

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