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Daytime Programming Exec, Barbara Bloom OUT at CBS!

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CBS Daytime Vice President of Programming, Barbara Bloom is out of her duties at the network.  Word started surfacing earlier today, and then Daytime Confidential reported that Bloom’s dismissal was due to a clash with The Talk co-host, Julie Chen who also is the wife of CBS head honcho, Les Moonves. “Julie wanted her gone,” says a source. “Barbara was told she had until today to clean out her office.”

Later, CBS issued an official statement that read as follows from Bloom and Nina Tasler, President, CBS Entertainment:   “I’ve had the great fortune to work with an extraordinary group of executives, producers and talent who make CBS #1 in daytime,” said Bloom. “With CBS Daytime teed up for success and stability for many years ahead, the timing feels right for me to make a change now and seek something different. The dramas have multi-year renewals, The Price is Right has great momentum with Drew, Let’s Make a Deal with Wayne Brady is firmly established and The Talk is a growing franchise. I’ve been a writer, a producer and a programming executive, and now I’m excited to see what the next chapter has to offer.”

“Barbara artfully led CBS through several key transitions in her eight years here,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. “She helped usher in a new era on The Price is Right with Drew Carey and guided delicate programming changes from two daytime dramas to successful game and talk shows while maintaining CBS’s leadership position in the daypart. All of these efforts have positioned CBS very well for the future. Daytime is successful, profitable, refreshed creatively and has more variety of programming for our audience. We wish Barbara tremendous success wherever her talents take her.”

 

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Michael

Without a doubt, the best news I have heard all year!

RICKIE
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RICKIE

Amazing how much pull Les Moonves’ wife — the one who sounds like a drag queen — has now. Her show, The Talk, is not only unoriginal, but lifeless and vapid. It’s clear her four co-hostesses cower to the woman, for they all tone themselves down to try to make her seem authoritative and significant. Julie Chen has never had an endearing on-screen personality, but she apparently yields power thanks to her connections. I’m sure she was behind Barbara Bloom’s firing as well as the cancellation of “As the World Turns,” which conveniently made room in the CBS schedule for… Read more »

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P&G was getting outta the soap business. The Talk beat OLTL in the 18-34 demo and tied them in the 18-49 demo based on the newest ratings. I think it was rather odd that Tassler did not even mention the names of CBS Daytime’s remaining soaps Y&R and B&B. Perhaps Bloom did not handle any of those soaps since MAB and Sony handle Y&R while Brad Bell runs B&B?

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Thank you Daytime Confidential for breaking this! BEST NEWS EVER! She had 2 shows canceled while she was running the network.

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Michelle

Ms. Bloom definitely got what she deserved. Now I’m hoping “The Talk” will get it also. I will never watch a single episode of that pathetic show. You will one day realize that you shouldn’t have cancelled ATWT. Now I don’t watch any soaps at all. You took the only one that I liked away. How pathetic of you to have cancelled “Moonlight” when it was already a hit show for CBS. Moonves said that ATWT was special enough to be saved, let’s just see what happens when that comment comes back to bite you. 🙁

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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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