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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 Alum Marnie Schulenburg Passes Away at 37

Heartbreaking news to report.  As the World Turns alum, Marnie Schulenburg, has died at the young age of 37-years-old.

Schulenburg had been battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer since 2020.

Soap fans remember her portrayals as Alison Stewart on As the World Turns from 2007-2010 and  as Jo Sullivan on Prospect Park’s reboot of One Life to Live in 2013.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Marnie passed away a few days shy of her 38th birthday.

The Flux Theatre Ensemble, in which Marnie participated and performed in shared their sorrow on Facebook noting: “We’re mourning the loss of Marnie Schulenburg, a beloved member of Flux’s family and an extraordinary actor who performed in and helped develop so many Flux shows, including MARIAN, HEARTS LIKE FISTS, PRETTY THEFT, and ANGEL EATERS. We love you so much, and we will miss you always.”

Marnie is survived by husband Zack Robidas and daughter, Coda, who is just two-years-old.

We will continue to update this story as remembrances are posted in Marnie’s honor.

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ATWT Alum Alexandra Chando Cast in NBC Pilot Based on Dutch Show ‘Adam & Eva’

In casting news, Alexandra Chando (Ex-Maddie, As the World Turns) had been tapped to play one of the leading roles in the upcoming untiled NBC pilot based on the Dutch series, Adam & Eva.

Chando will be joined by Younger star, Ben Rappaport as the epicenter of the proposed series.

The log lines share that the project is both funny and heartfelt and will chronicle the epic love and lives of two complete strangers, Adam (Rappaport) and Eva (Chando), whose multiple run-ins begin to defy coincidence, leading both to believe in fate.

According to Deadline, Alexandra’s role of Eva is said to be an aspiring artist and force of nature whose relationship and views on fate are put to the test when she meets Adam.

Alexandra commented on social media:Immensely excited and grateful to be apart of this incredible show.”

As the World Turns fans will remember Chando received a Daytime Emmy nomination for her performances back in 2007 and she was previously seen in The Lying Game and Sneaky Pete.

So, intrigued on the proposed series featuring Chando? Comment below.

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Julianne Moore Pays Tribute to ATWT’s Kathryn Hays: “I Am in Indebted to Her and So Saddened by Her Loss”

The soap world has been in mourning since last Friday with the news of the passing of As the World Turns icon, Kathryn Hays (Kim Hughes).  The beloved actress passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 87.

Now, Hays former on-screen stepdaughter and niece, Oscar winner, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie/Sabrina Hughes) took to Instagram over the weekend to share her heartfelt remembrance and grief of working with Hays early in her acting career on ATWT.

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Moore shared: “The beautiful and gracious Kathryn Hays has passed away. I worked with Kathryn on As the World Turns at the beginning of my career and she treated me with such kindness and generosity, and demonstrated in her every action how to be professional on a set. I am indebted to her and so saddened by her loss. My thoughts are with her family – she spoke to me so often of her daughter. I hope they know what a profound influence Kathryn had on me, and so many others. RIP Kathryn ❤️❤️❤️ ”

Julianne had played twins Frannie and Sabrina from 1985-1988 and then returned to the CBS soap opera one final time in 2010 before ATWT made its final farewell.

What do you think of the kind words Moore shared on her thoughts on the passing of Kathryn Hays? Do you remember Julianne in scenes with Kathryn on ATWT, if so, what were some of your favorites? Comment below.

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