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Brian Frons announces The Chew Creator, Randall Barone as new V.P. Programming & Development ABC Daytime!

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ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons announced yesterday that he has named The Chew creator, Randall Barone (pictured here) as the new V.P. Programming & Development at ABC Daytime!

Clearly this move is indicative of a complete dawning of a new age at the ABC Daytime line-up where more reality and talk shows in your morning and afternoons are the flavor of their programming perspective, and indicative of their long range plans.   So where will this leave General Hospital? That is the question.  Here now is the official press release announcing Barone in his new spot!

ABC Daytime Official Press Release: Veteran television producer Randall Barone has been named vice president, Programming & Development, ABC Daytime, it was announced today by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom he will report. In this role Barone will continue to oversee the programming and development for the network’s award-winning talk show The View, as well as The Chew.

For the past year and a half, Barone was instrumental in the creation and development of The Chew, working closely with executive producer Gordon Elliot and his team at Follow Productions. The Chew is the first show to debut on ABC Daytime in 15 years and combines the best of talk, food and lifestyle programming.

Barone began his career as a producer in Philadelphia. He worked at WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as an Emmy Award-winning producer of various shows and was executive producer in charge of programming at KGO-TV (San Francisco). He was the senior supervising producer of Good Morning America from 1990-98, in charge of special projects, and traveled the show throughout Europe, Australia and Alaska. He worked as the senior supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1998-99, and returned to ABC to work on the development of several projects for daytime television. In July 2000 he was named creative executive in charge of The View. Barone is a recipient of both local Emmy Awards and national Emmy Awards for his work on Good Morning America. He resides in Manhattan.

So soapers, what do you think of this next move to the future of ABC Daytime?

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Jan
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Jan

So what does this mean?
Who knows.

leah
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leah

swirl and flush abc… and since frons is such a little sh- we wont need a plunger. I love grays and castle but i some how cant support a net work which employs Brian Frons.. He is as Lucci said- ignorance and ego…

Bring back the soaps…

Brynda
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Brynda

As they say: “Garbage in, garbage out”! Guess where the chew and Brian Frons ranks and rates. Sorry ABC and Disney, boycotting the ABC and the other stations they own and Disneyland as well. I guess you can say “I have had enough of the Mickey Mouse treatment. Sorry guys, you blew it. Of course the chew got better ratings the AMCl at the end, it was heartbreaking to watch you humilate my show at the end and it was hard to watch. But guess what I would not take credit for it replacement. Pure garbage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You lose.

Jared
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Jared

Please stay vigilant and boycott the goo and abc.

moneek77
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moneek77

ABC/Disney …after Jan.2012 your daytime programming is cancelled so doesn’t matter what pawn you put in place. Too much realty and talk shows already.We want scripted TV not cheap substitutes.

Kathy
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Kathy

Randall Barone : Public Enemy #2

mary amos
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mary amos

ABC has become the cheapest network and everyone is turning off abc.They had a bigger following then they wanted to admit.Even other countries have gotten on websites over the cancelling of soaps.Soaps are like reading a good book you can’t out down and that was has kept veiwers there,no one is wanting more cooking and talk shows. there anywhere day and night.ABC has really created a bad move that will not be repared.We will never forgive these cheap idiots and there lies to the cast of all my children.They moved there families to please abc and abc knew they were… Read more »

Mona Prager
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Mona Prager

This just validates the fact that Brian Frons is an unscrupulous scoundrel because Randall Barone has been in the creation and development of The Chew for a year and a half. It’s no wonder that Susan Lucci said she felt blind sighted by Frons. He knew all that time that he was planning to KILL AMC and give it the axe! I agree wholeheartedly with Susan Lucci’s feelings about him and he deserved the wrath of La Lucci!

mary amos
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mary amos

As you see they had this planned when they forced all my children stars to move across the country to keep there jobs.This is as low as you can go.ABC/Disney had become a cutthoart network.If I where the stars of this show I would be sueing the whole bunch for there lies and disrupting there families.I only wish ABC/Disney goes down and the idiots that run it go down with it.Need to keep there mouth shut about screwing over the cast of all my children.ABC your the lowest of the lowest

JoAnn Leepard
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JoAnn Leepard

ABC used to be my favorite network…the one where most of my favorite shows were on…used to be until April 14th that is! It seems that TITB (The Idiots That Be) at Disney/ABC are deliberately trying to tank their own network. Since when does a person get a promotion for creating garbage? I neither get it nor do I even care since the ONLY thing that I watch on ABC is One Life to Live! Once OLTL leaves the airwaves in January 2012 my TV will NEVER be tuned to ABC again! My new favorite network is TOLN (The Online… Read more »

Iakovos
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Iakovos

No real surprise. ABC has made a decision for its bottom line. Cheap seems to be the new way to do things everywhere. No one wants to make commitments, hold true to traditions… yes, times change and so do cultures, but evolution need not mean destruction.

lisa
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lisa

Who cares ? !!

Blake
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Blake

After OLTL goes off in Jan there will be absolutely no ABC for me. Just like I did when Guiding Light was cancelled two years ago, banned CBS.

Pye
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Pye

Well, it certainly is good to see just how deeply ABC and ABC Daytime are committed to arranging the deck chairs while their ship continues to take on water. General Hospital…and even The View (because it was not Barone’s brainchild and we all know how much ego rules the airwaves)…beware.

d1b662
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d1b662

I’m finished with ABC Daytime. I have enough reality in my own life. I don’t need anyone else’s reality and if I were inclined to watch a food show it would be from the food network.

Dianne
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Dianne

The thing is, many channels are part of ABC because ABC is owned by Disney. So, to fully effect their ratings, we have to stop watching ALL of those channels: ABC, ABC Family, all of the ESPN’s, etc.

Peggy
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Peggy

Douche bags…all of them. Totally untrustworthy .

jason
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jason

hmmm

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

One loser hiring another loser! What a surprise! You’d think they learned their lesson with that garbage The Chew ! The ratings stink but they’ll never admit their failure!

Beth
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Beth

Ya, that makes sense – promote the guy whose show stinks! Guess that speaks volumes on where ABC daytime is heading. General Hospital will be the next show to fall for more reality/talk shows. The end of an era makes me extremely sad. I don’t understand why when one show format does well everybody has to follow along with the same type of show. Too lazy to come up with a different solution so they take the easy way out!

judmo
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judmo

When the announcement was made I was sickened especially when I saw what was replacing the beloved AMC. I tried watching the Chew and was nauseated after the first 5 min. I had to turn to a different network which made me sad because I have always been a loyal ABC fan. But the kind of programming they are bringing to that network I am through with ABC daytime and nighttime. I watch Regis and Kelly hen turn to fox and turn back to ABC for OLTL then turn to different channel again and repeat cycle the next day. ABC… Read more »

Sue
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Sue

I think The Chew has got to be the WORST cooking show on tv and I watch several of the others. This was a BIG MISTAKE !!!!!!!

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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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