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"B&B" moved to primetime in Australia!

logo_bb.jpgThe Bold and the Beautiful will air primetime in Australia, it was announced today by Network Ten.  In an unprecedented move, “B&B” is the first soap from daytime moved to an evening slot!

“The story of Bold’s Forrester family is what will greet Ten’s young audience at 6pm. The Bold and the Beautiful has always performed exceptionally well for Ten and it is our most popular daytime soap,” Ten’s head of programming, Beverley McGarvey, said.

The Bold and The Beautiful will be up against stiff competition when it debuts at 6pm next month: news bulletins on Seven and Nine and a documentary about the British monarchy on the ABC.

However, “B&B” is so popular,  that it’s stars and stories always appear on the cover of TV SOAP Australia, the publication in which “On-Air On-Soaps” Michael Fairman has been a contributing feature writer for more the last seven years.

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Hallmark Channel Chief Bill Abbott Exits In Aftermath Of Same-Sex Ad Controversy

Looks like there is still fallout from the Hallmark Channel pulling several ads from wedding planner, Zola that centered on a same-sex lesbian couple kissing at their wedding.

Now, Bill Abbott, who has been Crown Media Family Networks president and CEO for the last 11 years, is exiting the company.  The announcement was made today by Mike Perry, president and CEO of Hallmark Cards Inc.

No successor has been named. “I have tremendous confidence in the Crown Media management team and, with this team in place, I will begin a search for Bill’s replacement,” Perry said. “I want to thank Bill for his many years of success and contributions to Crown Media and wish him continued success.”

Prior to the firestorm against the cable outlet for pulling the Zola ads, (after conservative group One Million Moms petitioned to have the ads removed) and the network complied, the company was doing well.

Abbott presided over a period of growth and visibility for Hallmark including: Christmas programming and regular opportunities for seasoned A-list stars that in return attracted viewers and ratings. Bill Abbott’s exit is the latest result of Hallmark’s efforts to quickly turn the page on the bad PR.

Deadline reported that according to people familiar with the internal discussions, many people at the network expressed their preference for restoring the ad quickly, while Abbott went against their wishes and kept it off the air.

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So, what do you think of Abbott stepping-down and Hallmark parting ways with him? Do you enjoy Hallmark Channel programming or find its fare and formula not diverse and inclusive enough? Comment below.

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Judith Light To Receive Prestigious Honor At GLAAD Media Awards In New York

Another wonderful acknowledgement is coming its way to two-time Daytime Emmy and Tony winning actress, Judith Light (Ex-Karen, OLTL).

News on Wednesday has that Light will be honored at the upcoming 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City with the Excellence in Media Award in a ceremony hosted by Lilly Singh. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 19th.

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According to Deadline, who broke the news, the Excellence in Media Award is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Light joins previous honorees Ava DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Patti LaBelle, Debra Messing, Tyra Banks, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, among others, who have received this prestigious award from the organization.

“Judith Light stood up for and with LGBTQ people when others in media and entertainment refused to speak up, and she has never left our side,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement “When the GLAAD Media Awards first started and was a small event with little visibility, she was one of the few entertainers who would join us in calling for LGBTQ representation, so it is only fitting to now honor her advocacy on what has become the largest LGBTQ stage in the world. From standing alongside LGBTQ people during the AIDS crisis, to fighting for marriage equality, to now uplifting transgender people and issues, Judith advocates with a unique passion and an unending dedication that uplifts.”

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Light was honored with the 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award for her extensive philanthropy work, especially in fighting to end AIDS and championing LGBTQ and human rights.

Share your congratulations to Judith via the comment section on this honor from GLAAD.

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Christian Keyes Joins Y&R As Amanda’s Ex

The Young and the Restless is bringing Amanda’s Sinclair’s (Mishael Morgan) troubled former fiance’ to Genoa City.

Look for actor Christian Keyes to appear on the canvas as Ripley Turner, the man who shares a past with Amanda and whom she filed a restraining order against and has been trying to hide from.

Look for Keyes to make his Y&R debut on the Wednesday, February 5th episode of the CBS Daytime drama series.

If Christian looks familiar, he has been a series regular on Saints and Sinners and had recurring roles on Legends of Tomorrow and Supernatural.

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