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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
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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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ty

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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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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ATWT Favorite, Jon Hensley, Releases New Single ‘I See Heaven’

Former As the World Turns, and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Jon Hensley (Ex-Holden Snyder and Ex-Dr. Meade), has announced not only the launch of his new website, but his new single called “I See Heaven”.

According to Hensley, the new track is a 9/11 20th anniversary song.  Through the holiday season, Jon is noting that you can make donations in lieu of the song and he will take a portion of the proceeds and donate them to various 9/11 charities.

In his welcome note on his site, Jon shares: “Welcome to my site, I am very excited about my new project. Most of you might remember me as Holden, it’s been a long time since the good old days in Oakdale. Who knows maybe they bring them back some day. As the World Re-turns?  After the show did end in 2010, I slowly started getting back into music. I spent some time playing in Las Vegas and decided a year or so ago it was time to release my debut album. Over the last few years, I wrote many songs with my great friend and producer Alan Schwartz. And my 1st single, I See Heaven (911 20th anniversary song) is now available as a download. Sing Out Revolution, my title track which was inspired by the Tennessee Williams quote on my home page, is a revolution on love. I’m planning to release SOR by Xmas 2021. And the full record by early 2022. Join my mailer for updates and thanks for listening!”

So, excited to listen to more of Jon’s music? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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ATWT Legend Eileen Fulton Virtual Interview Slated

The one and only Eileen Fulton (Lisa, As the World Turns) is set for a very special edition of The Locher Room when she appears next week on the Friday November 5th episode.

Fulton’s livestream with host, Alan Locher is set to begin at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST.

Eileen played the role of Lisa Miller Hughes Eldridge Shea Colman McColl Mitchell Grimaldi on the CBS daytime dramas for nearly 50 years.

The character of Lisa joined the cast of ATWT in May 1960 and remained with the show on and off, until the show went off the air on September 17, 2010.

In addition, Eileen starred in her  own prime time soap spin-off of ATWT, Our Private World, and is also known for her work on the stage and for her cabaret and nightclub act which she performed around the country.

So, looking forward to this conversation with Eileen, who was the ultimate first soap ‘vixen’ of soaps and ATWT? Comment below.

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