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CBS's Barbara Bloom on new era of daytime programming for network

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In an article out today from AD Age, the head of CBS Daytime Programming, Barbara Bloom, spoke on the ever-evolving and changing landscape of the CBS daytime programming block which has seen, As the World  Turns and Guiding Light as its first major casualties replaced by the game show, Let’s Make a Deal, and the new “Mommy” gabfest, The Talk, which premieres on October 8th.

Bloom stated in regards to the recent soap opera bloodbath:  “It is a time of great change and great opportunity and more viewing choices.  Staying at the forefront of making sure you’re the choice that is taken is always a battle. I’ve always thought the mandate is to make this the most competitive and engaging daypart as possible, and for a long time, we worked very closely with Procter & Gamble to try to keep the shows able to fulfill that mandate, and then it became clear that wasn’t happening.”

In regards to her new strategy for the daypart, Bloom said she always tries to keep her audience in my mind, and then works to hire people who the audience is attracted to:  “I always try to be really clear about what the universe is that I’m operating in. Am I empowering the people who are working on those shows? That’s the way I work. We really are trying to do the best by both our audience and the company.”

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Michelle
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Michelle

Cancelling ATWT was a big mistake. We will see how long this new crap lasts. I for one will not be watching.

Georgia
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Georgia

CBS Daytime made the choice to cancel As the World Turns and Guiding Light. I have made my choice to turn off CBS during the daytime hours and watch Days of our Lives and Swift Justice. Both are seen on my NBC affiliate. Dr Phil and Oprah are on my ABC station. In fact I think the only CBS show I will watch is Blue Bloods on Friday night, and that will be from my DVR. I may not be speaking for all people, but you have lost my family.

russell
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russell

what a bunch of nonsense. She took something unique and replaced it with something ordinary. the affiliate in my city doesn’t even bother airing GL replacement at 3pm they pushed it off to a less desirable slot, something they never did with GL. She has ruined CBS daytiime and doesn;t care one bit for the viewers who have been loyal to cbs daytime for years

mmc
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mmc

It’s a shame that all we’re getting are reality shows and more game and talk shows.ATWT had such a core of decency, even with all the sleazey characters that wandered through.I really feel sick about it and what does it say about our society as a whole with the garbage that people are watching.If this is the way of the world I think we all are in big trouble.

Karen
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Karen

Nothing is replacing ATWT on my DVR. I’m moving to watching episodic nighttime TV series DVDs instead. The traditional networks (CBS, NBC, ABC) still don’t get how most people watch “live” TV today – they record it. It doesn’t mean people are not watching; they are simply time-shifting their viewing to a time when it’s convenient for them. There were probably millions of ATWT viewers that were simply not counted. I get it’s all about the ad dollars for the networks (obviously, they have to make money somehow), but if you still want eyes on your commercials in this new… Read more »

Jeffrey Moree
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Jeffrey Moree

I think it was a mistake to cancel ATWT and to me Barbara Bloom is a Blooming idiot. I’d say it is easier to have a certain number of loyal viewers that are actually buying what is advertised as opposed to having new game shows and talk shows that will be hard to find and keep.. This was it for me i’ve moved on from CBS to find my entertainment.

Michelle
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Michelle

How can she say that she is keeping her audience in mind. By cancelling ATWT you are most certainly not thinking about your audience. My daughter was the 4th generation in my family to watch ATWT. Have you thought about people like my grandmother and mother who have worked all of their life and since retiring has been enjoying this show. Even when they couldn’t watch it during the day, once vcr’s came along they started recording the show and so did I. You have no idea what you have done. In my line of work in medical office administration,… Read more »

Liv
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Liv

It amazes me how people like Barbara Bloom land executive/director of programming positions of anything! The truth is this woman is a complete failure! She sucked at ABC and she’s sucking up the place at CBS! Since Barbara Bloom held former CBS head of daytime programming Lucy Johnson’s position, she’s managed to lose two iconic soap operas with Guiding Life and As the World Turns; enable poor writing staffs and production teams and is pretty much responsible for CBS Daytime’s tanking ratings. When Lucy Johnson held the position, the daytime line up was primarily locked around CBS Daytime’s strengths The… Read more »

Jenny in TX
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Jenny in TX

Liv you summed up my feelings perfectly! My family no longer watches anything on CBS.

diana
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diana

cbs has gone to the dog. cutting the people from cbs morning news to as the world turn and guiding light. some time changes are not good. how many talk show can you have. i am really enjoying abc. they are keeping it real.

sue jones
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sue jones

It`s time to reveal some of the secrets on ONE LIFE TO LIVE ,we`re sick of watching in suspense.

Kristy Hefner
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Kristy Hefner

Canceling ATWT was one of the biggest mistakes CBS ever made!

mmc
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mmc

That’s for sure.As a long time viewer I still miss it and i know i always will.i stopped working a year and a half ago and i was so happy to have ‘time’ to really sit down and watch it with no interruptions….it was the one constant in my life.Even on bad days it was so much better than what’s on TV now.And the acting was so good most of the time.54 years on the air and the show and the viewers were not treated with respect at all.I have so many channels on my TV and i’m hard pressed… Read more »

Heather
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Heather

CBS is a mess! Not only did they cancel ATWT, but the got rid of their whole early show news team. I used to be a big fan of CBS, but they seem to think nothing of their fans or the people who work for them. I perfer to watch ABC or NBC now!!

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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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