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Chris Licht OUT at CNN After Morning Show’s Failure to Grab Audience, Don Lemon Firing & Donald Trump Town Hall

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Chris Licht, who attempted sweeping changes to the programming line-up and more has been let go as CNN’s CEO after just one year in the position.

Warner Bros. Discovery, CEO David Zaslav informed the CNN staff on their daily editorial call on Wednesday. During the informative call, Zaslav acknowledged that Licht’s leadership at CNN was ‘not successful; and that he takes ‘full responsibility’ for it. Prior to Licht, Jeff Zucker led the charge at CNN, and their styles were in sharp contrast to each other.

CNN’s interim leadership team was announced as: Amy Entelis, head of talent and content development, Virginia Mosely, head of editorial, plus programming executive Eric Shearling, and David Leavy, the just announced new COO.


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During his tenure, Licht attempted to launch a newly reformatted morning, CNN This Morning with Poppy Harlow, Don Lemon and Kaitlin Collins, only to not only see it do poorly in the news/morning show ratings, but the trio is no longer together. Currently, Harlow remains with fill-in co-anchors.

Lemon was fired by Licht back in April after 17 years as part of the key anchors of the news network. Collins, has ascended to her own primetime show, and hadsbeen put in the position to lead key ‘Town Halls:, which recently included one with former President and now Republican Presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

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It is said that one of the reasons for Licht’s dismissal was his decision to give Trump the airtime with Collins.  The now former CEO received swift backlash from viewers and staff. Many felt it was a desperate move by Licht as declining ratings and reworked programming were not turning things around. Licht eventually apologized to the staff for his decision on a Monday editorial call.  The scathing article in The Atlantic entitled, “Inside the Meltdown at CNN” really didn’t do Licht much favors, either.

In addition, there have been so many anchors/reporters/personalities switched around on their primetime line-up, (other than Anderson Cooper) that it became hard to know when to tune-in to see who … you almost needed a scorecard to follow.

So, what do you think of Licht’s departure from CNN? The missteps in programming decisions? A new CEO will eventually be named, but the network says it will takes its time to find the right replacement.  Comment below.

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Yes, all those issues contributed to his departure, but the real reason for the timing is the long tell-all piece in The Atlantic which brought so much to light.

The Zaslav/Malone reign of terror continues. Never before have two members of the Ayn Rand serial killer groupie cult done so much damage to every single division of the Warner/Discovery media oligopoly.

I’ll bet Licht wishes he had kept his job as Stephen Colbert’s producer.

Rehire Brian and Don now that this man is gone

Good riddance! Now re-hire Don Lemon and give him back his 10pm time slot. I watched his show every night, and have missed it since they took it off. Licht should have never tried to re-make Don as a morning coffee puff piece host. That’s not him, never has been. Did he make some inartful comments, absolutely. But his voice is one that is sorely needed at that network.

As a regular watcher of CNN this last year has been like a roller coaster ride. Especially the shifting around of their on-air personalities, especially their seasoned ones with lots of experience. They have had some really good specials though. Don Lemon didn’t work well with his co-hosts in the morning, and Chris Cuomo crossed the “church and state” line. Plus Warner Brothers also messed up my free cable package viewing of Turner Classic Movies. So I wait with bated breath to see what their further tinkering with CNN comes to. I hope not their ruin.

Good riddance! Too bad there weren’t able to cancel Pence dispenser’s town hall last night.

CNN would double its ratings easily if it became the objective news organization of its founding. There is no objective reporting now. Its time CNN take the lead again.

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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Billy Miller’s Mother Issues Statement On His Passing

Patricia Miller, the mother of the late Billy Miller, has come forward and issued a touching statement on the tragic death of her beloved son at age 43.  The statement was shared by Billy’s longtime manager, Marnie Sparer, via social media.

Billy was best-known for his performances as Richie Nowack on All My Children, Billy Abbott of The Young and the Restless and Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on General Hospital, as well as countless primetime roles.  Throughout his career, Miller took home three Daytime Emmys for his work.

“I would like to share the following thoughts,” Patricia began. “I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ – Billy Miller.”

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Patricia continued with these sentiments, as she wanted to clear up any misinterpretations on this death: “He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”

The soap world as well as Billy’s family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues are in deep mourning for this talented man, who was gone too soon.

Share your thoughts, and send your condolences to Patricia Miller and the rest of Billy’s family, via the comment section below.

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