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ATI's Jim Romanovich on ATWT's Cancellation and Daytime Emmys!

newatwtlogo2-croppedAssociated Television International’s President Jim Romanovich weighed in today on As the World Turns cancellation, the state of the soap genre and moving ahead with the option for producing The Daytime Emmys.

“A few weeks ago I made the announcement that ATI would be picking up our option to produce the next Daytime Emmys which means that we have agreed to enter negotiations.  I stated how well the soaps have rebounded through 2009 and I still believe that.

Then came the shocker that As the World Turns was cancelled.  Yes, I too was shocked although I should have known better since I get all the numbers and inside news. I actually bought into the rumors flying left and right that ATWT’s ratings were so good that CBS was going to offer another contract.  The reality was only partially true.  The soap’s ratings were up and creatively they seemed to have hit a stride.  But there was never going to be a contract.  Like Guiding Light before it, the die was cast.”

“Many of you saw the Les Moonves interview about soaps “having their day”.  I think that is true for the P&G soaps especially since they are the lowest rated and are not owned by the network. The Bell soaps are another story, but not without their problems.  We just saw two very public displays in dissension with The Young and the Restless recently with Sony gathering the troops to brace them for additional cuts and, of course, the Eric Braeden salary dispute. Being #1 is not enough.  Being profitable and relatively pain free, however, is.  Ratings wise, Let’s Make a Deal has done better in households, but relatively flat in the demo-which means about the same as GL.  The one big difference is the “pain-free” aspect.  Contracts, egos, sets, writers, residuals, etc.  If networks can get the same bang for less bucks and less hassle, they’ll do it. Let’s Make a Deal,  I believe, also has a Vegas hotel tied into it which either pays to have the show there or provides a venue in exchange for promotion which is as good as money, plus the promotional consideration of the prizes adds tremendous value.

And the ABC soaps?  ABC owns them.  Big difference.

The networks have no emotional investment in anything they broadcast.  None. They’re not like you. If it sells, it stays on, if it tanks, it’s gone.  The goal is to create wealth and if they could do that with a test-pattern, they would.

We are still committed to producing The Daytime Emmys next year pending negotiations this week with all involved.  But everything is set on our part.  We know all we need to know as far as where and when.  With the cancellation next June of As The World Turns, we are now thinking about doing something special for them. The extent of that partially depends on As The Worlds Turns itself if they all want to attend the Emmys.  Costs P&G money.  We have an All My Children 40th anniversary tribute planned to coincide with their move to Los Angeles which is what we decided to do even before this past Emmys aired.

And while we’re discussing tributes…In my long discussions with Michael Fairman (who did an outstanding job on the Guiding Light tribute), there are some things that are just beyond our control.  His and mine.  You saw that four minute Guiding Light tribute he posted.  That’s the one we wanted but we were outvoted by those with greater veto power. It had nothing to do with allotment of time in the show. But we did well by having Betty White introduce it.  I made sure Michael’s cut was seen by all.

Brad Bell’s speech being cut off at the end was a pure network choice. Bad choice, in my opinion, but theirs nonetheless.  I spent the next month tracking down that footage and presented it to Brad so all could see.  The Bold and The Beautiful actually told me that because it didn’t air, it created more of a PR buzz for them.  Maybe so, but it should have aired.  But networks aren’t emotionally invested, remember?

My reason for now talking about this is because I do care about the fans that make this whole ball of wax known as The Daytime Emmys happen and losing yet another show puts a very grim reality on things.  But they should also know, it’s not all black or white.  There is no evil scientist looking to wreak havoc on the viewer.  In relation to the 2009 Daytime Emmys, key decisions are made by higher powers in which I have zero control at times.  But when that happens, I do everything I can to make that available to you in some way so you miss nothing.  Hopefully, I won’t have that issue next year if we go forward.  But history tells me I will.  And when it does, know that I’m behind the scenes doing everything I can.”

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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Michael Park Joins the Cast of HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

Two-time Daytime Emmy winner and former star of As the World Turns Michael Park (Ex-Jack Snyder), has been added to the cast of HBO’s upcoming time travel drama, The Time Traveler’s Wife.

According to Deadline, the series is adapted by former Dr. Who head writer and Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, The Time Traveler’s Wife tells the intricate love story of Clare (Leslie) and Henry (James), and a marriage with a problem… time travel.

In it, Park will play the role of “Philip Abshire” – Clare’s father, who is said to be a high-powered Chicago lawyer, he is brisk and orderly, and expects all his children to fall into line.

The series also will star former General Hospital and Oscar winner, Jaimie Ray Newman (Ex-Kristina).  She won an Academy Award for her Live-Action Short, Skin.

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So, looking forward to seeing Michael and Jaimie in their new TV roles? Comment below.

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ATWT and OLTL Alum Mary Linda Rapelye Passes Away at 76

She got her soap start as Faith Kipling, the wife of the evil Dr. Ivan Kipling on One Life to Live (1979-1980) and later came to Oakdale and As the World Turns as lawyer, Maggie Crawford (1980-1985), and now comes sad news that actress Mary Linda Rapelye has died from a battle with cancer.

Mary Linda actually passed away last month on April 5th, and according to The Booth Bay Register she was surrounded by her her brother Gardiner Rapelye Jr. and dear friends Julianna and Will Anderson by her side.  She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

Mary Linda started a long career of acting when she was only 5.  After her part in an outdoor production at The Starlight Theater in her home town, Kansas City, Missouri, she climbed off the stage and sat in her father’s lap. This was to be the beginning of her work spanning nearly eight decades on stage, screen and television. She is best known for her roles in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, and of course, OLTL and ATWT.  She also made a memorable appearance in the role of Irina Galliulin in the Star Trek: The Original Series third season episode “The Way to Eden”.

A Memorial and Celebration of Life is being planned this July for MaryLinda in Booth Bay.

Below is a tribute video featuring clips and moments from Rapelye’s career.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Mary Linda in the comment section.

 

 

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