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CBS names Angelica McDaniel the new Sr. VP Daytime Programming!

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After months of looking for a replacement for the former Senior V.P. of Daytime Programming, Barbara Bloom, CBS has finally named her successor!  And the key appointment goes to Angelica McDaniel, who was been McDaniel has been overseeing day-to-day creative affairs for The Talk since joining the network in August 2010.   She reports to CBS Entertainment president,  Nina Tassler.

McDaniel will oversee all daytime programming, including The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal and The Talk.

Prior to joining CBS, McDaniel was a creative executive in the Telepictures/Warner Bros. program development department.  She also served as the current executive for the fifth season of  The Tyra Banks Show. From June 2007-March 2009, McDaniel was Creative Director of New Media for Telepictures Productions, spearheading digital initiatives, social media strategies and web integrations for The Ellen Degeneres Show, TMZ, Essence, The Bonnie Hunt Show, Extra, The Tyra Banks Show and MomLogic.

Tassler said of the appointment of McDaniel, “Angelica has made invaluable contributions to the launch and success of The Talk.  Her strategic and creative vision and understanding of the daytime landscape will continue to move CBS Daytime in the right direction as this successful and profitable day part continues to evolve.”

So soapers, how do you feel about the appointment of McDaniel?  At least its not someone who we have all seen ruin another network’s programming day part, right?

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I think her being with the talk…in any form….not good,that is what she will want on the landscape for daytime tv…you watch…it will happen on CBS also….the same as ABC…

Hope she is not a hack for the CBS soaps. Do not need another face person to end the soap genre.

I think it’s time we found a channel that can be a home for ALL of the soaps. Then at least we wouldn’t be biting our collective nails over what was going to happen next. Hopefully, CBS is watching ABC closely and seeing the precipitous drop in ratings as a sign not to screw with their two remaining soaps.

Her entire background consist of various talk shows…..so, this does not make me look ahead for a bright future for CBS soaps. I totally agree with Trapper….just put all our soaps on one channel, and make the soap fans happy.

She doesn’t appear to have been associated with anything except reality/talk programming. I don’t think that is encouraging. Are there no executives skilled in fictional entertainment or has management decided this is dead in daytime?

watch out b&b and y&r fans ,could be history repeating itself ,only it s on another network,another reality expert ,shes a yak ,yak, yak, professional .so that means more crap feast shows coming to cbs.wish I could watch but neither soap is on in my area at 2,and I started watching dool ,so I cant help.what question I have is whats with all the hiring of these reality people?there killing the soaps to put cheap programing on,I guess you dont have to be very smart or a creative person to plain afternoon shows.I guess they work for less money to,while the bigwigs make more money by showing dumb shows for dumb people .

Lady, U comment about more than one network other than abc. I’v been on all today, and haven’t been able to catch you on. Sometimes you can catch a person, posting around the same time as yourself.

IM all over the place ,started watching dool when we lost amc.Im just now,getting interested,use to watch dool but then they put it on where one life to live was ,so the better soap won ,and that was a very long time ago.

Hmm I think we have a problem here. There is no way soaps are going to continue with someone at the helm who likes reality and talk shows. And you know what with the way they are writing for Y&R and B&B it will be like shooting fish in a barrel to cancel them.

Shocking. Not a good sign for soap fans . I’m beginning to wonder… what are the daytime execs smoking???? What part of failure do they not understand???? Hasn’t anyone learned from the mistakes OFABC??? Soap viewers have spoken loud and clear. God I cant believe CBS is heading in this same direction.

“At least its not someone who we have all seen ruin another network’s programming day part, right?”

Well there’s a start for everything, right?

That’s CBS. Has nothing to do with me or my interest. I don’t watch CBS unless for special occasions. These days I leave my television on when I’m gone, to another channel (and sometimes that’s CBS) can get the ratings I refuse to give ABC any earlier ratings before the 3pm slot, when I get home.

Nope. NOT good.

Sorry, I don’t trust ANYONE even remotely associated with THE TALK (or Let’s Make a Deal for that matter).

So, IMHO ? ….The writing’s on the wall too, over at CBS daytime.

Despite good ratings for Y&R and BB right now?….why, it’s only just a matter of time.

The network, ALL the networks, are out to “get” the soaps…….totally OFF the air.

Sorry. I really am THAT skeptical at this point.

CBS is a more conserrvative network, so I hope they are no plotting any sudden cancellations of Y&R and B&B. It is confusing to me, as much as primetime programmers have abandoned Saturday night, that the webs do not work harder to make daytime count and be unique as it has for decades. I cannot imagine that is done by dismantling successes for pale imitations and mindless talk/reality shows. I’d even welcome the return — as we have in primetime — of game shows at least. There is a place for daytime drama. There are millions of fans of the genre. Maybe some of these highly paid suits who are so well regarded can exercise some brain power and devise a strategy to answer viewers, accountants, creative types, and corporate leaders.

Why not a mix of news, information, drama, and contest? Is it really that difficult?

No background in soaps, it’s audience, or scripted shows. Very worrysome, especially since I’ve moved over to CBS between 1-2.

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Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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Matthew Atkinson Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful and Previews a Major Change in Thomas’ Life that “Shocks” Everyone

This Friday, June 21st, marks the first on-screen appearance of Matthew Atkinson (Thomas Forrester) on The Bold and the Beautiful since March of this year. In story, Thomas packed up and headed to Paris with his son, Douglas in tow, after Hope (Annika Noelle) turned down his marriage proposal for the second time.

Viewers have waited anxiously for his come back pondering, that when Thomas returns, would he go right back to pursuing Hope? What would be his demeanor after timeParis? Well, we are about to find out.

However, Hope now seems to be somewhat becoming obsessed with Finn (Tanner Novlan), Steffy’s (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) husband, and has developed feelings for him. Might Thomas’ return to Los Angeles have him finding Hope and Finn in a comprising situation?

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Speaking with Soap Opera Digest on his imminent return, Atkinson shared on the Finn/Hope potential pairing, “From Thomas’ point of view, he knows nothing about it, and so maybe that helps my point of view.”

Teasing what to look for when Thomas returns to the canvas, Atkinson dropped, “Thomas has had one particular very large change in his life since he left town. And when he comes back, it is something that shocks everyone.” What would “shock” the family and everyone who knows him? Could it be that Thomas got engaged or married to another women, while he was in Europe?

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Atkinson weighed-in on the fan response and support for those viewers missing him on-screen during his time away from the show, expressing, “I just never expected the response that I’ve gotten and we’ve gotten from the fans, especially (with) Thomas leaving. I can’t speak for all the fans, but there’s a wealth of people that are either really, really upset that Thomas is gone for a period or really sad. (They) reach out and they’re like, ‘Hey, when are you back? When are you back? When are you back?’ That just speaks to their care for this character.'”

So, what do you think will be the shocking change in Thomas’ life that is revealed when he returns to Los Angeles? Comment below.

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DAYS Dan Feuerriegel on EJ Keeping Eric From His Child, “He’s in the Deep End … There’s No Coming Back for Him Now”

On Days of our Lives, Nicole (Arianne Zucker) has been reunited with her biological son, baby Jude. Her husband, EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), is now keeping a major secret, and in order to keep it from coming out he had to get Sloan (Jessica Serfaty) out of Salem, and keep both Melinda Trask (Tina Huang) and Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart) quiet and at bay.

However, as in any good soap opera, time is running out for EJ. What will happen when Nicole and Eric (Greg Vaughan) find out that EJ is not the little one’s biological father, but Eric is? And, what will happen when they realize EJ knew the truth and hid it from them?

This is just one item in a laundry list of skullduggery committed by EJ since he has been in Salem. With Arianne Zucker set to exit on-screen on July 29th, it looks like we are heading into the home stretch of the baby switch storyline.

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Michael Fairman TV caught up with Dan Feuerriegel to get his take on the situation and what it has been like working with Greg and Ari in the story.

Dan shared on EJ’s despicable decision to pretend he is Jude’s bio-dad, “I know I’m a terrible human being, but I love playing a terrible human being.” Feurriegel added, “Oh, he’s in the deep end. Like, there is no coming back for him now.”

The DAYS star also noted if EJ had done anything more nefarious to Sloan, his character might not ever be able to come back from that. “There’s only so much hatred EJ can get from the viewers that it probably would’ve been a bridge too far for me to just make her (Sloan) disappear,” clarified Dan.

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As to his time working with Arianne Zucker as his on-screen wife, Dan had noting but praise for her. Feuerriegel expressed, “I loved working with her. She’s so good. She’s an amazing actress. She’s fantastic. Every scene that I did with her, I didn’t have to do anything because I just rode on the coattails of what she did. It was an absolute pleasure to work with her.”

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Dan also had high marks for his on-screen nemesis, Greg Vaughan, “Greg is fantastic, like everybody in the storyline was amazing. Greg’s amazing … Ari’s amazing … Jessica was fantastic and that’s what made it work. I’m very grateful to have worked with every single one of them.”

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On soap operas and especially on Days of our Lives, when someone exits, or ‘dies’ on-screen that doesn’t mean goodbye forever, and Dan knows this too. In regards to anyone who leaves Salem, the actor joked, “I’m not going to say the doors closed, because you never say never, especially in Hollywood or on a soap. I mean, I’ve come back and I was like two inches shorter and (with) a completely different face.”

So, how do you think Eric will find out that Jude is really his son, and that EJ has been lying to keep Nicole? Let us know in the comment section, but first Check out our conversation with Dan from the red carpet at the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards below.

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