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Angelica McDaniel Reflects On Her Time At CBS In Her Parting Words: “It’s Time For Me To Move On To New Innovative Territory”

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On Friday, Angelica McDaniel, who’s position as head of Daytime for CBS was folded into the current programming department, thereby the network eliminating her position, took to her Instagram to share her thoughts on her achievements in the day-part over her nine years as part of the network.

McDaniel pointed to her successes in her farewell post expressing: “In my nine years at CBS I’ve had some incredible highlights – we launched a new show which is celebrating it’s 10th season, created an immersive museum exhibit celebrating iconic Daytime shows, gathered more than 100 talent from the past and present to commemorate 30 years of television in a historic photo, developed an innovative show for young people celebrating female superstars in STEM to launch in a few weeks, traveled America’s favorite game show wheel around the country, celebrated 116 Emmy wins and the many dances they spawned at after parties, and friendships that I’ll always cherish. It’s time for me to move on to new innovative territory, make even bigger successes, and always more great memories.”

The former CBS executive was referencing launching The Talk, how she was in charge of the initiative that brought back Guiding Light and As the World Turns stars to be part of the Paley Center for Television Museum exhibit and more, and of course, those Emmy after-parties as only CBS Daytime throws.

Over the last 24 hours, social media has been a mixed bag of reactions to the news of McDaniel’s departure from support from several actors and soap writers, to fans who have been unhappy with the state of Y&R, hoping that with McDaniel no longer in charge, things might change for the better.

So what do you think of the sentiments shared by McDaniel in her parting words post? Comment below.

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I liked how she was a champion of soaps but I think this change will be good news for Y&R,the show has not been doing well and the problems and with her influence gone the writers may have more freedom and the saint Lola mandate can end

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No offense to you Michael, or Ms. McDaniel….but who cares? Soap fans dont care about the corporate suits…..with some exceptions! If its a Brian Frons…who has caused devastation and destruction across the daytime landscapes, then yes. On the lower level… The Executive Producers and Head Writers… we generally care about news. If its a Phelps, or a Carlivati, or a Pratt…we generally care! But these no name…..nobodies essentially…why even report on them? They spout the same “We are very pleased with our daypart!”. The script never changes. We are down to four soaps and these suits know there should be… Read more »

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Daytime execs are not really in touch with daytime viewers. Think about the devastation to daytime soaps caused by Brian Frons with the cancellations of AMC and OLTL and Barbara Bloomless with the cancellations of ATWT and my all-time favorite Guiding Light. Noticed that Bloomless is writing for GH so the writing might be on the wall by ABC. They have made no move to cancel that GMA Day mess that is a horrible ratings lead-in for GH. Either return OLTL and AMC as 1/2 hour each show lead-ins or move Tamara Hall’s talk show before GH. Get with it… Read more »

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins Disney+ Marvel Series, ‘She-Hulk’

Former One Life to Live star and Tony Award-winner, Renée Elise Goldsberry is in yet another top-tier project!

The popular actress who got her soap start on the ABC daytime drama series as Evangeline Williamson, and later took home the Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for Hamilton, has joined the cast of the Disney + and Marvel series, She-Hulk.

In She-Hulk, Goldsberry will co-star opposite Tatiana Maslany.

 

According to Deadline, She-Hulk is a legal comedy that centers on the eponymous heroine (Maslany), aka Jennifer Walters, an attorney who has similar powers to her cousin, Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Goldsberry will play a character referred to as Amelia.  Avengers star and Emmy winner, Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as The Hulk and Tim Roth is also reprising his Hulk character, The Abomination, on the She-Hulk series.

In addition, Renée can also be seen as one of the leads in the new NBCU Peacock series, Girls5eva from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Meredith Scardino debuting on May 6th.  Check out the trailer below.

So, what do you think about the latest projects that will feature the multi-talented Goldsberry? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

Soap Con Live, is a women-owned company, co-created by Lacretia Lyon (Bleav in Soap Operas/ Forever and a Day) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) who wanted to bring their love of soaps and Comic Cons together and introduce a new & exciting experience to fans of Daytime.

So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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