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Angelica McDaniel OUT as CBS Head of Daytime As Network Restructures

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There has been a swift turn in the CBS Daytime hierarchy.  In news this evening, CBS Head of Daytime Angelica McDaniel has exited the network and her position, following a restructuring which dissolved her position.

According to Deadline:  McDaniel’s position is being eliminated as the network is folding the daytime team into the Current Programming department headed by Amy Reisenbach.”  Angelica had been with the company for nine years.

Reportedly, McDaniel’s last day at CBS was today.  The move by CBS now makes it similar to how ABC handles their soap opera, General Hospital as it is overseen by Vicki Dummer. who oversees all scripted series for the day-pa

Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment said in a stateement: “Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series line up with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the Network’s first daytime talk show in years while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows. We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors.”

McDaniel oversaw The Young and the Restless (who’s ratings have been on a decline of late) and The Bold and the Beautiful for the network.  She also was responsible for championing The Talk to daytime television.  Angelica was promoted over a short period of time by industry standards to her position after her accomplishments.

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So, what do you think about the departure of Angelica McDaniel from CBS Daytime? And what it means for the future of the CBS soaps now that they will fall under the auspices of Current Programming department? Comment below.

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Timothy Burtlow
Timothy Burtlow

I think her departure is good for Y&R,she went through like 7 regimes during her reign there and the show has suffered,i’ve noticed a lot of agenda driven stories(Kola) and interference and her latest writer is a dud

rose
rose

CBS seems to be restructuring more than just daytime by eliminating Angelica’s position. Their news personnel has been like musical chairs appearing from one news program to another. Or not on their regular program every day, but on assignment. I don’t like it. So when they get rid of someone more dedicated to their two soaps, it doesn’t seem to bode well. And as for the talk show she launched, it is changing big time as well since the past head of CBS was kicked out, and it was his wife on that show. And now other panelists leaving as well.

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

I don’t think firing her will help Y&R’s ratings.

grammy
grammy

the comment about how abc handles their soap GENERAL HOSPITAL is a big JOKE

Fanny
Fanny

Agreed.. what a fiasco that show is!!!

Kay
Kay

Thank the good lord above !! You just might be able to save Y&R I wish you’ luck

Kay
Kay

No offense but just what were accomplishments? She and her piece of trash husband destroyed one of the best actors ever spreading a lie

Kay
Kay

I got one hope she never gets employed again what she and her trash husband did was unforgivable ! We tried and convicted a actor in public opinion poll and don’t think I have forgotten the actors that help spread the lie everyone of them should be ashamed of themselves I wish he had deep pockets and taken all of them to court so this is the best news I have heard in years will y& then survive I don’t know but knowing these people after five years are getting their just rewards puts a smile on my face I am not sure I will ever come back as a regular viewer but I am thrilled for those fans who stuck with it

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

Angelica McDaniel’s role as CBS Daytime lead was great, because she championed for CBS Daytime, especially soap operas, and I worry that her predecessor, if selected, may try and destroy the daytime lineup. My best wishes to Angelica McDaniel, and thank you so much for your dedication and work for CBS and its daytime lineup!

Marianne
Marianne

Are you kidding? What did she do for daytime drama? Wasn’t ATWT cancelled on her watch. Y&R is in decline. Good riddance

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

No, it wasn’t. ATWT was canceled because P&G wanted out of the soap game.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Exactly

DMRRR
DMRRR

Too bad it wasn’t the heading of daytime at ABC.

ADAM POMPA
ADAM POMPA

Bring back Gina T to the Y&R, those idiots that that let her go for Michelle S are just that idiots! Gina’s acting is top acting that is being missed badly !!!!!! BRING HER BACK!

Fanny
Fanny

Gina is so great! She should be given prime time roles.

LIS
LIS

She seemed generally dedicated to soaps, and to her credit she saw that soaps was a dying medium and brought in Mal Young to shake things up on Y and R. Unfortunately, judging by the ratings her cure wasn’t radical enough and we are back to the same old tired cliches and writers that have fans tuning out in droves. But for all the years she devoted to daytime and championed soaps we should be grateful and hope she gets another shot sometime or somewhere else.

Barbara from Atlanta
Barbara from Atlanta

I am not a CBS employee nor have any insight into the corporate environment of McDaniel’s department. However, the various news items that I have read from sites (including THIS one) gave me a poor impression of McDaniel’s effectiveness in her job over the years. I vividly remember news items (again, including on THIS site) where McDaniel was photographed siting among the Y&R writers on Sally Sussman’s first day in her mere 8-month reign as head writer and where McDaniel was providing detailed commentary about casting decisions. I strongly suspect that McDaniel, a network executive, was TOO involved in the creative process of these shows and did not give those actually hired for these tasks enough “space” to do their jobs. (Does anyone really believe that, after less than a year back at Y&R, Sussman and Kay Alden, both veterans of Bill Bell’s Y&R time, suddenly decided to retire? I’d venture that (1) they were fired and allowed to “retire” to save face; or (2) both women were quickly frustrated by constant oversight by McDaniel and other executives that prevented them from putting a good show together).

My opinion of McDaniel wasn’t help by the constant “corporate p.r.” comments from her glowing about a newly hired Y&R producer or head writer (the poor show went through at least 3 people in each of these jobs in a mere 5 years). Helen Keller could see that something was/is not right when no one can manage to stay in the job. Y&R has suffered greatly over the past 5 years from this instability. (It really was not in good shape for a decade before that!).

I don’t wish unemployment on anyone and hope that McDaniel has much success in her future endeavors. This viewer, however, was not impressed with her. She may have put a lot of effort into doing her work but, giving the current status of Y&R and B&B, had little to show for it.

LIS
LIS

Enough, Bill Bell was great in his time but people act as if the tv environment in 2019 is the same as it was when Bell was the king of soap writers. The internet, reality tv, court shows, 24 hour news programs, streaming services, are things Bell never had to contend with. Almost all of these soaps are dying because they keep bringing back the Sussmans and the Aldens and other veterans of back in the day and thinking that the soap viewer of yesteryear is the same one today. Time has moved on. I will say this again, the casts of these shows are too large and need to be reduced. The females on these shows need to be more reflexive of how average women really look and not be super models. The back from the dead stories need to be axed. The writers staffs need to be diversified and be made to go sit in a Courtroom and talk to police officers and learn to tell decent divorce. medical, domestic violence and crime stories without the warmed over rehashed crap we see on the screen again and again.

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