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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
Michael

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

RICKIE
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 her horrifically crappy show. All these egos and backstage politics are destroying television…

bottomchef
bottomchef

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?

ty
ty

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

Michelle
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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WATCH The Replay: ‘As the World Turns’ Reunion With Maura West, Michael Park, Martha Byrne, Don Hastings & Kelley Menighan

Earlier today in a very special You Tube live-stream none other than former cast members from As the World Turns gathered together via Zoom, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to share some screen time with each other and walk down memory lane during their time in Oakdale.

As soap fans know, yesterday was the anniversary of ATWT as it first aired back on April 2, 1956 and ran through September 17th, 2010.

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Former publicist for As the World Turns and Guiding Light, Alan Locher, presided and hosted the live-stream and came up with the idea to bringing together this talented group, with the potential for more of these down the road.

Participating were longtime ATWT favorites: Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily), Don Hastings (Ex-Bob). Maura West (Ex-Carly), Michael Park (Ex-Jack) and Kelley Menighen (Ex-Emily). During the one hour plus show, first days, screen-tests. favorite moments and more were bantered about.

Check out the replay here.

Then let us know what you thought of it and seeing everyone chatting together and discussing life on ATWT and more via the comment section.

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Remembering ATWT On Its Anniversary: Who Was Your Favorite Oakdale Duo?

One of the greatest soap operas of them all, and one that was number-one for quite some time, As the World Turns, debuted on this date back on April 2nd in 1956,.

The CBS daytime drama series was beloved by viewers who were fascinated by the town of Oakdale.

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The series aired it final episode on September 17th, 2010.  The photo that is the header of this post is from the last day of shooting with all of the cast, and crew taking part in one last look at Oakdale and their time together.

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The series was created by soap icon, Ira Phllips and ATWT had many firsts in the genre.  It was the first show to expand to 30 minutes and it was the first soap to expand to one hour in 1975 and at that time ATWT was number one, as it had from 1958 all the way through 1978.

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As the World Turns gave career starts to so many actors including Meg Ryan, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei, and it certainly had its share of memorable couples through the years from: Nancy and Chris Hughes, to Ellen and David Stewart, to Holden and Lily Snyder, to Carly and Jack Snyder, to Noah Mayer and Luke Snyder, to Lucinda and John Dixon, and so many others.

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As we remember ATWT on this day, cast your vote for your favorite all-time Oakdale duo in our poll below! Then in the comment section, let us know what couple you chose and why.  

 

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Final Season of ‘EastSiders’ Starring Kit Williamson and Van Hansis Gets Premiere Date on Netflix

The fourth and final season of the much heralded LGBTQ series, EastSiders now has a premiere date of December 1st on Netflix, and fans of the show will see how things will play out for the Silver Lake duo of Cal  and Thom, who have gone through quite a lot in their relationship over the last three seasons.

EastSiders stars series creator, Kit Williamson (Cal) along with As the World Turns favorite, Van Hansis (Thom).  The last six-episodes that comprise season four will tackle questions such as… what does commitment really look like in a long-term relationship? And what unique challenges does a “gay marriage” present?

In story, Cal and Thom are back home in Los Angeles following season three’s cross-country road trip.  The guys are still trying to figure out if they are just best friends with benefits, or more, or less, than that.

Elsewhere, Douglas (Willam Belli) and Quincy (Stephen Guarino) are engaged to be married, but with very different ideas about what a gay wedding should be. Hillary (Brianna Brown) and Ian (John Halbach) are cohabiting peacefully; and Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon) and Derrick (Leith M. Burke) have taken a huge step in their relationship by fostering a child.

Deadline broke the news of the premiere date and the many special guest stars from primetime and more to look forward to this season.

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Will you be watching the final season of EastSiders? If you follow the series, how do you hope the relationship between Cal and Thom resolves itself? Do they stay together, or move on from each other once and for all? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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