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CBS announces name for ATWT replacement titled "The Talk"

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was revealed at the TCA’s by CBS’s Network President, Nina Tassler, that the Julie Chen talkfest that is replacing As the World Turns is called, ready for it….The Talk.  Ah, is that a blatant rip-off…of, oh perhaps, The View? 

Then, according to Deadline.com “Tassler faced questions about casting Julie Chen, wife of CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, on the network’s mom daytime panel talk show pilot and especially for CBS’ recent decision to pick up the pilot to series over 3 other candidates. Tassler said it was the the series’ creator/executive producer Sara Gilbert who suggested casting Chen. As for the pickup to series, “I made the decision,” Tassler said. “I don’t think Les is unhappy with it,… but show screened great and tested the best of all the pilots.” Tassler went further after the Q&A session. “The elephant in the room is that Julie is on the show, but she happens to be terrific on the show,” Tassler said. “She shouldn’t be penalized for being married to the CEO.”

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Sheryl Pope
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Sheryl Pope

I’m thoroughly disgusted with all these “talk ” shows and reality shows. I see and hear enough of that in everyday life. Is entertainment now consisting of nepotism and some left wing garbage? Irregardless of how “the talk” came about, cancelling “As the World Turns” was not a smart thing to do. Everyone does not want to see a competition to ABC’s “the view”. Which by the way is one of the most idiotic shows on TV. Evidently, the powers that be must think that only 20 or 30 somethings are the viewers of CBS. Well guys, keep it up,… Read more »

leilei
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leilei

Sara Gilbert must be the ultimate suckup to cast Julie Chen, knowing she is the wife of he network president. This sounds like a VIEW rip off, but Moonves will never let it be cancelled.

Wendy
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Wendy

Well I for one will not be watching this show. They took of my As The World Turns for another stupid talk show. The only CBS show I have been watching is ATWT. After they are done I will no longer be watching any shows on CBS.

jack
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jack

the person who decided to pull the plug on AS THE WORLD TURNS. is a FOOL!!! this show has entertained generations of americans. it also educated people on topics such as AIDS, abortion, abuse, homosexuality, etc. i have watch ed ATWT almost my whole life, and i’m almost 50. i guess that’s ancient to the network execs who only think that 18-35 year olds spend money or watch tv. well, you are so wrong. i will not be watching this gab fest with a bunch of hens sitting around yapping over eachother. or will i watch anything else on CBS.… Read more »

mmc
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mmc

I so agree !i’ve been watching ATWT since day 1.I don’t think I’ve ever been so consistent about anything else.We need another talk show like we need another behind.I’m sad and disgusted and still missing ATWT.Now how many jobs is this forJjulie Chen/at least three?and think of all the actors,etc .who were on ATWT who are out of jobs….It breaks my heart!

June Toume
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June Toume

No the CEO should be penalized not his wife. Wake up CBS investors and put a stop to this madness. CBS represents American Heritage in broadcasting not the vision of one man. CBS is going to tumble hard from this in the end. The soap operas provide a “Constant” in our lives during a bad economy for so many. Sure the network’s ratings will show a marginal increase in viewers for a spell because they are watching something new. But don’t be misled by this, cause they will decline once the new wears off. Those viewers for the soaps are… Read more »

Jerry
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Jerry

The truth of the matter is CBS will always have commercials which make them money. Reality shows and talk shows have way less cast to pay, with that in mind the CEO’s can shove more in their pockets. In this case this one certain CEO is double dipping. So no matter how much we rant and rave about them taking ATWT off it will do no good as long as they are in charge. The only way they might listen is if everyone stops buyng the products that sponsors these so called replacement shows, and I don’t see that happening.

mmc
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mmc

It might not do any good to rant and rave, but it makes me feel so much better.I miss my ATWT…when will I stop?

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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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‘The Doctors’ Panel Participants Announced for ‘Soap Con Live’ Event

The upcoming Soap Con Live virtual event has announced that former The Doctors stars: Nancy Stafford (Felicia/Adrienne Hunt), Anna Stuart (Toni Ferra-Powers), Frank Telfer (Luke Dancy) and Marie Thomas-Foster (Lauri James-Iverson) will be on the panel representing the series on May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

“Classic television has been a great comfort during this challenging year,” said Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV parent company, Get After It Media, Inc. “Our team is honored that Retro TV has been a place audiences have turned to. We’re excited to be a part of Soap Con Live and are grateful to these stars from “The Doctors” for being a part of the event.”

Panels for other daytime soaps As the World Turns, One Life to Live and General Hospital will continue throughout the day during this free, inaugural virtual event.

The free live event will be simulcast on The Locher Room YouTube Channel, the It’s Real Good TV app, and SoapOperaDigest.com.

There will be a Q&A during the livestream events giving fans opportunities to interact with their favorite daytime stars.

Go to Soap Con Live.com for more information on the main event and virtual meet and greets and more.

So, what do you think about The Doctors panel participants? Comment below.

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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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