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CW Daytime Emmys presentation Q&A with ATI President!

emmytrophy.jpgFor many who wanted to know the answers and the beginning stages of plans for CW’s presentation, of this years long awaited and highly anticipated Daytime Emmys broadcast, Jim Romanovich, ATI’s president of Worldwide Media and Entertainment, who is the company producing this years telecast, has answered some general inquiries. Much of the  Q&A are at TristanRogers.com. Here is a sampling, and it all looks extremely promising!

Why August and not June like in previous years?
“Two reasons. June was too soon and it’s a month I never understood for doing a show of this magnitude. The season is over and people are in summer mode-meaning vacation! We want to do something very special with this event and we need time to do it. I chose August 30th because it was the Sunday to kick everything off on the CW, stars will be back from vacation, viewers will be excited about new TV events as summer winds down, and contrary to what was stated elsewhere, this is not Labor Day weekend. It’s a really good time to do this.”

So what’s going to be different from past telecasts?
“A sense of fun and celebration. First and foremost, this is a television event and we need to entertain the audience if we want them to watch. We’re not re-inventing the wheel. But how about a new wheel? Our plan is more interaction and humor-but not the dreaded banter between two presenters. I am planning a tribute to Guiding Light which will hopefully have a major star formerly of the soap along with classic clips and, if possible, as many living stars as possible on stage. That might be more difficult to achieve than I envision, but you know how we’re thinking. Also expect a memorium to Phil Carey and Clint Ritchie from One Life To Live. With the soap categories, think tribute rather than just “the nominees are…” As we get closer, changes may be made for various reasons. But whatever changes we make, it will be for the good of the show. I can tell

Why did the Big Three pass and now it’s airing on the CW?
“The irony here is that when some doors close, others open. And sometimes the ones that open make more sense than the ones that close. In this case the CW, of all broadcast networks, fits the demo of Daytime TV perfectly. I have read that the CW caters only to young women and therefore older viewers won’t watch the show. I don’t believe that. Fans of daytime will find this and watch it. I also think this is a perfect opportunity to replenish the pond. Soaps need to be reinvigorated by new viewers. Viewers who may have never even considered One Life to Live, General Hospital, or The Young and the Restless. If the CW airs this event, which also runs Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, Smallville, 90210, and America’s Top Model, it somehow makes it all very cool and current.”

So how did this all come about as there seems to be many companies involved.
“I have been a fan of daytime since 1981 with the whole Luke, Robert and Ice Princess story which was something I never would have expected would be a “soap” story. Flash forward to November 2008 and I read that NATAS still had not secured the 2009 broadcast for CBS. In January, we had an internal meeting at ATI about The Daytime Emmys really being an opportunity for us on many levels. David McKenzie, president of ATI, gave me the go ahead to pursue it. My first call was to Frank Radice at NATAS who just became president and he and I hit it off immediately. We’re both cut from that same forward thinking cloth. I presented him with an opportunity to make this event a broadcast reality in 2009. We signed a deal and I was off to the races. I spoke with CBS and ABC and gave them a proposal, but they still couldn’t do it. I thought about cable. I thought about MyNetwork. Unfortunately MyNetwork does not program every night and we really wanted to get a prime television viewing night, such as a Sunday, when everybody is relaxed and at home. The CW came into play through my friendship with MGM president Jim Packer (in which we’re doing other projects together). MGM runs movies every Sunday night on the CW and I thought that everyone would come out as winners if we were to plug in the Emmys in one of movie slots. It gave him something new and big to distribute and he really orchestrated the CW deal. And so it all fell into place because the CW also saw the promotional potential we would generate to help launch their fall season.

Why The Orpheum Theatre?
“Availability and its sense of style. On every season of American Idol (save for the current season), The Orpheum was used for ‘Hollywood Week’. It is one of the most beautiful and ornate theatres in all of Los Angeles and a real throwback to a golden era of show business that I think we need to embrace, just as soaps need to embrace their histories. You can’t look forward to the future without embracing the past and sometimes the greatness of Hollywood’s past gets muddied in the business at hand. I’m a huge fan of Hollywood history. Some shows being honored began in that Golden Era of Hollywood so there’s a parallel in this approach that just didn’t happen by accident.”

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Tanner Novlan on Sheila’s Death: “Normally, Finn Would Be Right There with Steffy and Helping Her Through It, But Someone Needs to Help Finn Through This.”

This past week, viewers of The Bold and the Beautiful watched in shock as Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) was stabbed and eventually died, when Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) in self-defense plunged a knife into the supervillain.

According to all accounts, for now, Kimberlin Brown has exited the series, leaving fans in disbelief. Many believe it’s a set-up against Steffy, and Sheila has not really met her maker. At the epicenter of the story is also Tanner Novlan (Finn). In key moments, it appears that Finn blames his wife for his biological mother’s death, which sends him reeling and not comforting his wife.

Instead, he runs out of the cliff house and goes to Deacon’s (Sean Kanan) where he sits in devastation, only at the end of Friday’s episode to be comforted by none other than Hope (Annika Noelle). All leading to speculation that Finn and Hope are about to hook up. Tanner appeared on the newest episode of Bold Live after the week’s episodes where he fielded questions from callers on what inquiring B&B fans want to know.

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During the call-in show, Novlan addressed if he thinks or knows if Sheila is actually alive. He responded, “Who knows? It is the soap world, but we definitely had to say goodbye to Kimberlin at work and that was really tough and really sad.”

While fans love their ‘Sinn’, Tanner agreed that they are seemingly an enduring couple, but the death of Finn’s mom will challenge them in a whole new way as his core values are tested. “I don’t think anyone wants to see ‘Sinn’ go away. They have one of the best relationships in soaps. It’s really interesting to see all of these different elements thrown at them and the them survive and how they battle through it,” he explained. “With this recent reaction it was different than the other ones, and the challenges they faced. I think it’s a moment where Finn is really rocked, and you’re right, his values, we know them. That is what is so great in playing him, in that, he has such great, true honest values.”

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When getting the scripts in which Finn points the finger at Steffy for his mother’s death and does not comfort her, Novlan shared his reaction, “In this moment he (Finn) is having a really hard time, mentally, which I think as an actor when I read that I was like, ‘Why isn’t he standing by his wife? What’s going on? This is not like him.’ This is something deep in him that has been triggered and he’s going to have to figure that out.” Tanner added, “Normally, Finn would be right there with Steffy and helping her through it, but someone needs to help Finn through this.”

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All leading to what fans saw on Friday’s episode. Hope comforted Finn in his grief. While Novlan is not giving anything away, he told a caller, about a potential Finn/Hope pairing that, “Finn would have to battle Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), and that might be a mountain to climb. I think Finn just needs someone to talk to. That relationship feels platonic to me.”

Watch the entire episode of BOLD Live featuring Novlan below.

Now let us know, do you think Hope and Finn will hit the sheets? Will Steffy and Finn ultimately divorce only to reunite down the line? Will Sheila come back alive and well, once Steffy is locked up behind bars for her “murder”? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Haley Pullos Attempts to Strike Deal with Prosecutors and Change Plea to “Guilty” for Lower Sentence in DUI Crash Case

At a hearing this week, the attorney’s for General Hospital actress Haley Pullos (ex-Molly) and the LA District attorney met with a judge in Pasadena, California who was informed the parties were working out a “potential settlement.” Pullos did not attend the hearing.

Haley is allegedly attempting to negotiate a deal with prosecutors, that if she changes her plea to “guilty,” that she would receive a lesser sentence which could result in limited or no jail time. Another part of the negotiation could potentially give Pullos a suspended sentence or house arrest.

Currently, Pullos is facing up to three years in prison after she pleaded ‘not guilty’ to a DUI and a second charge for a hit-and-run. Pullos was in a near-fatal car crash back in June of 2023, when she drove the wrong way on a Pasadena freeway while she was under the influence. and crashed into a another car.

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The other driver, Courtney Wilder, was rushed in critical condition to a local hospital to undergo emergency surgery, and is now suing the GH actress in civil court, plus seeking damages for negligence. Last month, Wilder allegedly added Pasadena’s No Comment Lounge to his lawsuit, where reportedly Pullos was working as a hostess the night of the accident. Wilder is accusing the nightspot of plying Pullos with liquor, and then allowing her to drive home in her car, which later caused his injuries.

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After the Wednesday February 28th hearing, the judge has now scheduled yet another hearing on April 8 which he said ‘should be the final’ one.

According to the Daily Mail, “Deputy District Attorney Melany Avanessians told Judge Smerling that if no plea agreement is in place by April 8, ‘we will send her to a preliminary hearing’ meaning Pullos would be on her way to a full trial.”

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Since Pullos’ legal troubles, GH has recast her role of Molly Lansing-Davis three different times. First with Holiday Mia Kriegel, and she was followed by Brooke Anne Smith. The latest Molly, Kristen Vaganos, seems to be a keeper at the moment during the Molly, TJ (Tajh Bell0w) and Kristina (Kate Mansi) surrogacy storyline.

Pullos joined GH as Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Ric Lansing’s (Rick Hearst) daughter back in 2009 and was with the show till the  summer of 2023 prior to the car collision.

What are your thoughts on Haley trying to change her plea to ‘guilty’ to receive a lesser sentence? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley’s New Series ‘Tracker’ Amasses Nearly 13 Million Viewers in Second Week, Following Premiere After Super Bowl Watched by 30 Million

CBS is reporting continued off-the-charts numbers for its freshman drama, Tracker starring Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman, The Young and the Restless, ex-Kevin Pearson, This Is Us).

In its second original episode airing on February 18th, the episode brought in nearly 13 million viewers across broadcast and streaming. The premiere episode, which launched on Super Bowl Sunday, has now been watched by 30 million multi-platform viewers.

Tracker is now currently ranked as  the #1 most watched entertainment series of the season, according to Nielsen’s Most Current data.

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Hartley stars in Tracker in the central role of Colter Shaw who roams the country as a reward seeker, using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement solve all manner of mysteries while contending with his own fractured family.

Coming up its its fourth episode entitled Mt. Shasta airing this Sunday at 9pm ET/PT and streaming on Paramount+.  As previously announced, look for Justin’s real-life wife, Sofia Pernas (ex-Marisa, Y&R) to appear in the season’s sixth episode.

Of note: The Tracker 30 million viewer number for the premiere episode is based on Nielsen Live+7 2/11/24 and 2/15/24 encore airing; Streaming from Internal Data premiere through 2/27/24; Co-Viewing is included for all CTV streaming.

What do you think of the performance of Tracker thus far, where Hartley is not only the star, but one of its executive producers? Comment below.

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