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Disney/ABC's Daytime Talker FABLife Premieres As #1 New Syndicated Series!

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On Monday, Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, and the crew of FABLife made their series debut via syndication.  The ratings and numbers just in from their initial episode look promising.

The talk show in the U.S. Metered Markets came in as the No. 1 new syndicated show in Households (1.1/3), Women 18-49 (0.5/4) and Women 25-54 (0.6/4). In addition, the premiere of FABLife out-delivered the year-ago debuts of The Real by 22% in Households (0.9/3 on 9/15/14) and Meredith by 20% in Women 25-54(0.5/4 on 9/8/14).

According to the press release: FABLife ranked No. 1 in its time periods in 2 of the Top 4 U.S. Markets in HH: Chicago (2.4/8) and Philadelphia (2.4/8). In addition, FABLife ran in a virtual tie for No. 1 in its 2:00 p.m. time period in New York in Homes with the season premiere of  The Talk (pacing within 1-tenth of a rating point and tying in share -1.8/6 vs. 1.9/6).   In Homes, FABLife beat the season premiere of The Talk head-to-head by 140% in Chicago (2.4/8 vs. 1.0/4) and by 33% in Philadelphia (2.4/8 vs. 1.8/6).  FABLife also beat The Steve Harvey Show in the 2:00 p.m. hour in Philadelphia by 60% in Homes (2.4/8 vs. 1.5/5). On average, FABLife improved its time period year to year by 25% with Women 18-49  (0.5/4 vs. 0.4/3 for the September 2014 average).  FABLife grew over the year-ago September 2014 time period in Households in 3 of the Top 5 Markets: Los Angeles (+43% – 1.0/3 vs. 0.7/2), Chicago (+60% – 2.4/8 vs. 1.5/5) and Philadelphia (+9% – 2.4/8 vs. 2.2/7).

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The talk series is s produced by Disney/ABC’s Summerdale Productions and is distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.  Shane Farley, Tyra Banks and Mark Schulman serve as executive producers, and Rebecca Mayer is the co-executive producer.

What do you think about the initial ratings performance of FABLife? Do you think they can build on their momentum, or will it dissipate? Can the success of a talker such as FABLife help improve the ratings for the day-part and bring additional viewers to General Hospital?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Brian
Brian

Is this like the View and the Chew mixed together?

Timmm
Timmm

The Chiew!

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

So did the Queen Latifah and Anderson Cooper talk shows. And guess what happened to them; cancelled during seasnon 2.

Carla
Carla

Could not of said it better.

april
april

I loved Coop’s show. Oh well.

davlestev1
davlestev1

EXACTLY..so what..within a month she will be the next KatieCouric..all mouth and no substance..fashion tips and padded shoulders..and SMIZEING all over the place..TYRABANKS MAKES ME ITCH…UNCONTROLLABLY…it’s like they should have that warning banner about flashing lights before you watch the show…

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its new…some are checking it out…wait a few months to see if there is any growth or loses!!!

Timmm
Timmm

How about a FAB soap and not more of this crap!

Josh
Josh

Yes more soaps, and less of these has beens.

Timmm
Timmm

Its just annoying people talking LOUD and dissing celebrities and oh by the way, here is how to bake some cookies!

Benigno
Benigno

Or more variety in daytime: Talk shows, gag shows, variety shows, morning shows, soaps, lifestyle shows, cooking shows, educational shows, cartoons, etc.

Josh
Josh

This talk show won’t last, a bunch of has beens. Bring back more soaps, and less talk shows.

Donny
Donny

Josh I can kiss you lol. I totally agree with your comment. The hosts are so annoying. Bring back One Life To Live and we will dance together Josh LMAO.

su0000
su0000

AMC & OLTL will never return..
Soap = $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Talk show = $$$$

It’s all about the money in business..
The networks got rid of soaps because of money.
cooking and talk shows are 70% lower dollar wise to produce than a soap.

🙁 🙁 🙁 ….. it is sad ..

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

This show airs late afternoon on NBC in my market, so it won’t effect GH or any other daytime drama in my area. Just one less hour of local news on that channel. I don’t predict big success for this show, but time will tell.

Kristin
Kristin

Honestly, what other new syndicated shows were there? Their press release is such a reach, LOL.

There’s nothing interesting or original here that you can’t find in so many other places on TV, not to mention the Internet. This seems to me like a carbon copy of The Revolution on ABC and we all remember how that tanked almost four years ago. I know they’re cheap to produce, but there are just way too many daytime talk shows on TV.

Personally, I think in markets where this show airs on the ABC station (in NYC, between The Chew and GH) the effect it could have on GH as a lead-in is minimal, regardless of how FABLife fares. It’s probably two different sets of viewers between the shows, and by now, avid fans know when GH airs. (In some markets, it’s the same place the show has aired for most of the last 50 years.) Bottom line: If the long-term quality of the stories on GH improve, word will spread and viewership will probably tick up. If it does not, then fans won’t bother with it. Let’s hope hard for the former.

Remember, when OLTL was in its final months in late 2011 still preceding GH, its ratings were very good, while GH was simultaneously tanking, and was nearly axed. (Thank you, Revolution! 🙂 Not to say that lead-ins are completely irrelevant these days, but I just don’t think they mean as much as in the past due to DVRing, time shifted viewing, etc.

JUDY
JUDY

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

su0000
su0000

Here-
Y&R=11am
BB=12:30
Days= 12pm
GH= 1pm

GH’s competition;
The Talk
Rachael Ray
whew- FABLife is 2pm on another network, that is good ..

((After people get done watching 3 soaps they are probably to worn to watch a 4th/the last GH .. lol

Linda
Linda

Blah, blah, blah, the same crap different name. BRING BACK LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON!!!

mgb357
mgb357

i think OLTL was number one in the philly market – see what happened to that!

Dylan
Dylan

NEW Soaps would need a new production module and schedule. Air them only 3 times a week. Have shows with casts of 10-12 like primetime shows. They need not be plotted to last 50 years….have a one year outline. If it catches on, continue. If not, fire up another one. Peoples attention spans and lifestyles are no longer conditioned to watch 5 days a week. Make new DAYTIME DRAMAS must see t.v., limited time viewing events. They could attract all sorts of new acting, writing, and production talent. They could tell less absurd soap stories, because they could actually kill people off for real, and not worry if a popular performer wants to return in 5 or 10 years. It would work! The other two days a week could be any talk show, or local programming, or whatever.

su0000
su0000

hi Dylan..
the only save for soaps is to get the out of daytime tv.
Daytime tv will soon be a graveyard; dying everything.
I can actually see a good part of day tv becoming infomercials in the future.

CBS was smart to bring their soaps to night/evening viewing
ABC has many extensions that would be good evening placement for GH ..

Benigno
Benigno

Doctors on BBC One is faring rather well despite airing at 1 in the afternoon in the UK. Everywhere else in the world, daytime soaps are thriving and getting along well with every other genre on daytime.

mgb357
mgb357

that would require creative thinking by the networks… I don’t think they took that course in college!

Shelly
Shelly

Have No interest at All in yet another Talk show!

Les
Les

Too much yakity yak and not enough daytime drama!

DYLAN
DYLAN

Anything with the word FAB in it indicates how out of touch network executives are with the general population. Ordinary people are not sitting at home, fantasizing about some kind of fabled, fab life that they can only get from watching Tyra Banks. She is not relatable, she is bizarre, and initial ratings may be promising, but they will tank and bottom out just like most other new talk shows.

janet
janet

Glad I missed it. Just what daytime needs. Another show with talk talk talk. Will they turn into the view ,chew etc. if it comes to Boston. I won’t be watching.I barely turn the TV on in the daytime. ABC no thanks.

Marge
Marge

Who wants to watch another talk show. Do not like this one. The game shows were more entertaining!!

Jane
Jane

Boring show, boring, boring.

Cynthia Jaime
Cynthia Jaime

Not only is Fab Life boring, but the hosts are insipid, arrogant and pretty useless! The ideas are not fab but ordinary! Tyra Banks is her usual self – totally self-absorbed. Chrissy Tiegen is no siren, although she thinks she is! Just because she married John Legend! Where is John Legend today? He is no Brad Pitt! What has he done lately? The arrogant Asian guy is no prize either! The only two somewhat likable hosts are the pregnant blonde and the Mariah Carey lookalike overweight black girl. The show is not fab but downright stupid because so far I have not seen anything that is Fab. Everything that I have seen has just been so so. The idea that these people are fab is a joke! Too bad that Joan Rivers is not around any more. Joan was FAB! Maybe Cathy Griffin and Joan’s daughter, Melissa could do a better Job!

Cynthia Jaime
Cynthia Jaime

I do not like Fab Life!

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‘Edge of Night’ Mainstay Forrest Compton Dies Following Complications From COVID-19

Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Sharon Gabet who starred as Raven on Edge of Night, posted on Facebook, a tribute and remembrance of her former co-star: “Woody, as he was affectionately known to all of us on The Edge of Night, was a master professional, hilarious, smart, kind and gentle. I spoke with him a couple years ago on his birthday and he was active and happy in his retirement. Rest in peace, Woody, and give hugs and kisses to Larkin, Lois, Dennis, Nick, Joel, Irving and all the other EDGE alumni up there.  THE story about Woody. He was on EON when they were LIVE. It was brutal, but Woody was one of the best “straight face” men in the business. So he is doing a scene with Nancy his wife (the glorious Ann Flood – another “straight face” master). He walks in the kitchen and sits down and his line was supposed to be “Gee, it’s hard to get up in the morning.” as Nancy gave him his coffee. Instead, Mike Karr says on national TV, “Gee it’s hard to get IT up in the morning, Nancy.” There was pandemonium among the crew during the commercial break as you can imagine.”

Now below, watch the opening title sequence fro the The Edge of Night over the years, many of which feature Forrest as Mike Karr at the very opening or at the end as one of the series most well-known and beloved characters.

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Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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TODAY: John Callahan ‘iHub Radio’ Tribute With AMC Stars: Julia Barr, Walt Willey, Bobbie Eakes and More Guests

Saturday morning at 10amPST/1PMEST on Palm Springs iHub Radio, there will be a special hour tribute to the late soap veteran John Callahan who passed away last week at 66.

Callahan hosted his own show on the station, and to honor him the stations owner John McMullen, along with several of Callahan’s former All My Children co-stars including: Bobbie Eakes (Ex-Krystal), Walt Willey (Ex-Jack) , and Julia Barr (Ex-Brooke)  will also be part of the live broadcast special event, along with LIVE magazine TV host Melissa Neiderman, and other longtime friends and colleagues of Callahan’s.

As some know, John Callahan was a longtime resident of the Coachella Valley. From 2018 on he continued to be a part of the station with his weekly show all the way up until his death.

John’s soap resume was impressive, not only from his time as All My Children;s Edmund Grey, but also as General Hospital’s Leo Russell, Santa Barbara’s Craig Hunt, and Days of our Lives, Dr. Baker, plus his primetime roles including on Falcon Crest.

Following iHub Radio’s special broadcast, the tribute program will be available as an on-demand show via the iHubRadio.com home page.

So, let us know if you will be listening or caught the special broadcast honoring John today in the comment section below.

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