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Angelica McDaniel Chats On CBS Daytime After Dark, Revealing Secrets On THE TALK, Y&R's New Head Writing Duo & The Future!

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Last evening, the CBS Daytime team put on a one of a kind event, CBS Daytime After Dark that featured an evening of stand-up comedy from some of CBS Daytime’s biggest stars to benefit the charity Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, which funds groundbreaking cancer research.

The event was hosted by actor/comedian Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) and featured CBS Daytime stars: Drew Carey (The Price is Right) Wayne Brady with Jonathan Mangum and keyboardist Cat Gray (Let’s Make A Deal) and Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood (The Talk).

On-Air On-Soaps was on the red carpet and inside the world famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip in Tinseltown to watch the incredible comedic performances and to talk with the movers and shakers, and the stars that comprise the family of talent of CBS Daytime. First up, we had the opportunity to talk to the woman who is really making a difference with her energy, fresh perspective, use of social media, and creating continual synergy for her entire daytime line-up which includes: The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful.  Of course, we are talking about CBS Entertainment, Senior Vice President Daytime, Angelica McDaniel.

Just as Angelica was about to go in and take her seat to watch the stand-up routines that would provide plenty of laughs and enable these comedic talents to strut their stuff, she took a moment to chat about the creation of this event, The Talk’s exciting season four premiere week that had the ladies revealing some of their inner most never-before-known secrets, and what is to come on The Young and the Restless as it begins to embark on its new journey with new co-head writers, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante!  Here’s what Angelica shared with us …

Angelica, did you come up with the concept for this event to bring all the incredible talent from the CBS Daytime line-up in great synergy to support Cancer Awareness?

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ANGELICA:  Yes, this is a CBS Daytime exclusive!  A lot of women watch CBS Daytime and that is our key demo, and during all of our shows in the month of October we always support Breast Cancer Awareness.   So we thought, “Let’s do something that is related to cancer,” and then we partnered with Stand Up To Cancer.   The one thing I learned that was really eye-opening was that more than one person passes every minute from cancer.  So this is such an important event to draw attention to it.  We have got CBS Daytime talent, CBS Primetime talent here, and it’s a great night.  I am so excited that for the first time everyone gets to see these great daytime comics, but they don’t have the daytime television restrictions in this live show, so they can just let loose and have fun.

You have such an amazing talent pool in your arsenal with Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Sheryl Underwood, and Aisha Tyler!  Not only are they some of America’s favorite game show or talk show hosts, but they are amazing live comics! So it’s great to be able to see them tonight in their true realm.  Such a treat, right?

ANGELICA: Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Sheryl Underwood, and Aisha Tyler, these are touring comics and this is what they do.  We are so lucky having them hosting our shows and that is a big part of why we are the number one rated line-up in daytime television! So we thought, “You know what?  Let’s draw attention to that!  Let’s let the fans come” We are going to have a hundred fans crammed into The Comedy Store tonight and it’s great!  They got their tickets online, through social media and through the shows, and it’s a great way to see everyone come together and truly be a great big family.

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The Talk is having its most successful season and ratings yet!  I must say, I have never seen anything like season four premiere week where Aisha, Sheryl, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, and Julie Chen shared some very deep, and often times harrowing secrets for the first time with the public and each other. Who came up with that idea for a season kick-off?

ANGELICA:  They are doing a great job in the ratings.  We kicked off season four with a great week of the hosts revealing secrets.  That was our executive producer, John Redmond’s idea.  But one of the things that people were thinking was that the women were going to say something like, “Oh, I dye my hair blonde,” or these kinds of secrets that weren’t really a big deal.  And then they were just blown away when they saw how revealing and vulnerable these women allowed themselves to be.  I am so proud of them for taking that leap of faith.  But it really just goes to show with the support of everything from the network, the studios, the executive producers, and the producers on staff, that the women really feel that they are safe to be that vulnerable.  That is really a testament to the behind the scenes people of that show.

Let’s talk about what is happening with The Young and the Restless! Are changes coming in front of the camera that fans will notice as far as storytelling, plot, and seeing the characters they want to see continuing at the forefront?  This week there is some major drama about to go down in Genoa City, too!

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ANGELICA:  I can say I am really excited about the stuff that is happening on Y&R.  This is a big week story wise, and there are a lot of things happening behind the scenes.  I am just really excited for us in the coming months as we begin shifting story to really start having more well-rounded balance of family, relationship, humor, and shock and sadness. For awhile, I think we were just kind of telling the same level of a story. Now you’re going to see a lot more happening, and a lot of characters from other generations crossing with other characters, and really opening that show up.

Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante are the new co-head writer of The Young and the Restless.  What can you tell me about having these two ladies penning the future of Genoa City?

ANGELICA:  Jean Passanante has not actually started yet.  She starts next week. So it’s really exciting for her to come in and be part of the family and the nest with us.  Despite what people want to say, Jean and Jill Farren Phelps have not worked together.   They worked together once years ago where they sort of overlapped with each other while one was coming in and one was going out on a soap, so it really wasn’t working together. But people are wanting to say, “Jean is a friend of Jill Farren Phelps!”   And I want to say, even if Jean was a FOJ, because Shelly Altman was and is, the reason people are “friends of  …” is because these people are really good at their jobs.  I love to hire people I know sometimes. I have a couple of them who are working with CBS Daytime that I worked with before because they deliver, their excellent, and their team players, and so they are part of the team.

So CBS Daytime fans, what do you think of Angelica’s comments on the future of Y&R and the new head writing team of Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante? What did you think about the concept of CBS Daytime After Dark to benefit and raise awareness for the organization Stand Up To Cancer?  Did you enjoy the shocking secrets from the ladies of The Talk during its season four premiere week?  Share your thoughts below!

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Dani
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Dani

Y&R suffered in a huge way. It hasn’t had a stable regime in eight years. Now you have someone in charge that made huge mistakes on other shows before. But somehow Jill Farren Phelps still managed to get employed. This is Bill Bell’s legacy we are talking about here. And while I was a fan of Angelica McDaniel in the beginning, it’s not the time to go completely silence while fans are concerned only to come out on protect Phelps in such an idiotic matter. Very disappointing and a sad day for all Y&R fans who thought that McDaniel was… Read more »

Jules
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Jules

I like how she completely avoided answering that last question. What was asked and what was answered were not 2 sides of the same coin.

I like her. I think she’s a great visionary and leader, and representative of our genre. But I just get no enjoyment from her daytime lineup. Some days, yes. But generally speaking if I am home, my index finger does not click on her channel.

toscanti
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toscanti

Could not agree more! We are doomed! The things JP did while penning ATWT lead to it’s demise and now the hack is coming to Y&R. I still want Kay Alden back she knows the show and it’s history. Especially now that Jeanne Cooper has passed on!

Loving
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Loving

Y&R has Cynthia Watros and she is not playing Phyluss?? Yup this soap has gone mad

Heidi
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Heidi

I hope that these new writers bring some balance to the storytelling on YR but I’m doubtful. The show seems all about one certain FOJ and that’s Steve Burton and his Dylan. I’d like to see tptb take an interest in telling the stories of all in GC. I think they should take a cur from the new GH about how to tell stories that include all characters.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I don’t know– it just seems sad to me that they are taking the lazy route to creating drama by killing off a child. Of course it will be heart wrenching how cannot not be— but that’s my point, in lapse of any real creativity– they go for some so base, so primal to our souls– that it almost smacks of manipulation as if daring the viewer not to cry over this one. It was a bad idea when they killed Cassie, and then Colleen– and I think in the long run this newest tragedy will be in the league… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

I dont take much stock in what she says. I dont care who they bring in as long as they do stories as long as they dont have to rewrite history for a story to work. Or even just to make sense. And if anybody can make sharon better I’m for it. And stop dumbing down characters.

Christine
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Christine

I must admit that the past two months on Y&R have vastly improved, especially in pacing and storytelling. I’m glad to hear that the writing regime will continue to focus on real relationships and family rather than making everybody miserable.

Rhonda
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Rhonda

Honestly, and with all due respect for her highly-touted passion for daytime, she seems like part of the problem where Y&R is concerned. She appears to love publicity from ALL the red carpets she’s on (with the same handful of actors) to the recent prominence of all CBS Daytime in social media, including her personal twitter account where I’ve seen her applaud the ratings when they’re good, admonish Canadien viewers for “spoiling” predictable storylines when actors and others often provide more than enough clues for smart viewers to figure it out weeks ahead of air date, and explain that “they”… Read more »

Jared
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Jared

This is just spin and b.s., as far as I am concerned. The fact is these people AREN’T that good. If they were, generally speaking, they wouldn’t be going from one failure to the next. Folks, that is corporate and government America: a revolving door of people who know each other rewarding each other and protecting each other from the fallout of failure. Y&R is a rich legacy that was built from the ground up by Bill Bell but has been systematically destroyed by the last three show runners with three names each, coincidentally. The destruction of daytime’s crowning jewel… Read more »

Chris
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I think Angelica is good in many ways for CBS and certainly has done a lot on social media to promote her line up. However, in regards to Y&R, my concern with her is that she doesn’t seem to see why JFP is polarizing with the soap fan base. JFP has more than earned her reputation and her commitment to repeating past mistakes on each show she helms reeks of arrogance and ego. It didn’t work before so why do it again? I agree with the poster who said Delia’s upcoming death is manipulative. They currently have little going on… Read more »

Laurel Twist
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Laurel Twist

Elephant in the room? Angelica McDaniel should not be helming YR. She & JFP let Josh Griffith be the fall guy for their mess. The content, of the show, has suffered horribly under her care. I seem to remember her making similar statements about Josh not so long ago. So, who is lying here? CBS needs to leave her overseeing The Talk, & TPIR, these shows are her forté, but she is NOT a storyteller, & she needs to be relieved of her duties at YR.

Johnny
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Johnny

When this story was first done on daytime in 1994 with Maxie and BJ, it worked on evey level for many reasons. First…it was written by the magnificent supremely talented Claire Labine. Second, it was something daring, shocking and new. Third..it involved beloved characters in whom the audience was deeply emotionally invested. Fourth it was written with heart and humanity. Since then, every soap has told some variation on this story. All My Children did it twice with Gillian/Laura and Kendall/Josh. Guiding Light did it twice as well. GH tried to replicate it only a few years ago withawful results.… Read more »

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harlee

It stinks! Jean has worked on CBS for years so I can see that, knowing what CBS’s soaps are about, but Shelly & Tracy is from ABC and YR is looking more like an ABC soap not the opulent CBS stunner it once carried. I’m sorry and no disrespect but Ms. McDaniel hasn’t a clue what YR viewers want to see having no background prior with YR, but I guess viewers need to just shut up because evidently they could care less about us. They had recycled stories from GH, Delia dying, Bill didn’t kill off children for sweeps. His… Read more »

Tom
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Tom

“…the reason people are “friends of …” is because these people are really good at their jobs.”

Hogwash. What a load of self-serving crap. It’s exactly this kind of attitude that has brought ruin to corporations, governments, and yes, television shows as a whole and soaps in particular.

PatF
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PatF

I have praised her in the past. But to hear the manner in which she defends Phelps and the writing makes me question if she really knows anything about the legacy of the show and what’s best for it.

The new writers, even if they do have good intentions, will be thwarted by Phelps and what her incorrect vision of the show should be.

Phelps needs to go six months ago.

Jessica
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Jessica

Could not agree more.

Jessica
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Jessica

It amazes me how many people defend JFP. Never liked her when she was EP on GH. Then when I recently found out that she fired Anna Lee (Lila, GH) a week before she died. If I had any respect for her, I certainly lost it after finding that out. YR needs to do something and fast. Because if they keep her, well, things are going to get worse. She should never be an EP of soaps because all she does is destroy them.

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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