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FABLife's Tyra Banks On The Daytime TV Audience Relates: "I Think A Lot Of Times People Feel They Have To Talk Down To The People Watching Daytime, But They're Savvy!

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Photo Credit: Disney/ABC

This morning at the ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) Summer Press Tour, the cast of the new Disney/ABC syndicated talk show series FABLife took to the stage to discuss their new series debuting this fall, and how it’s different than all the other talk shows in the daytime line-up.

The series anchored by this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards host and America’s Top Model exec, Tyra Banks, is returning to the daytime landscape.  Tyra this to say to the share to the press about her love for daytime, the way the daytime viewing audience is perceived, how FABLife will be very different than any other gabfest, and more.

Tyra on daytime talk shows:  “I grew up on daytime being at my grandma’s house watching Donahue with her, and Sally Jesse Raphael, and then later when I was in high school, Ricki Lake and then Oprah Winfrey, and the list goes on and on.  I am a big fan, and of course, produced and had my own show.  But what I noticed over time is that I feel that from a producing standpoint, shows have the same kind of content, the same-looking set, maybe a little different colors, same kind of theme song, the same segment, the same everything …  just add another new person, just add a different person, etc.”

Tyra on the same ole’ same ole’ and lack of creativity that has hindered the day-part:  “I think what is kind of hurting daytime right now, is not enough innovation.  When I look at primetime and look at How to Get Away with Murder and  Scandal or what Netflix is doing with Orange is the New Black, or what Amazon Prime is doing with Transparent.  They’re taking chances, they’re taking risks, and saying, “We’re just going to go all the way out, and we hope this stuff sticks.”   I feel like daytime is a little tentative.  But, I’ve got to say we ain’t scared up in here.

Tyra on on how the daytime audiences deserve better: “From our theme song, which is not a jingle, it’s a single – to our pop art on our set which is like no other daytime set – if it’s done before, we’re like make it different!  I think people deserve that in daytime.  I think many people think they can talk down to the people watching daytime, but they’re savvy.”  They deserve to be entertained and enlightened and taught.  And it doesn’t have to be the same old, same old.

FABLife also stars Chrissy Teigan, Lauren Makk, Joe Zee, and Leah Ashley.

What do you think about Tyra’s comment son how the daytime audience is often talked down to and not being given credit for being savvy?  Are you intrigued by what the FABLife has to offer? Comment below

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Darren
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Darren

I love Tyra Banks, but this show will bomb. I really want more soaps on tv. Enough with this garbage.

Charday
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Charday

The promos looked stupid. Another talk show with five people, just like the View, the Talk, and now The FabLife.

mary
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mary

Same dumb show as the “Awfulution” that was on 3 years ago. Same show, different name. Still dumb.

angie
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angie

We deserve more soaps more escapism not more talk or “lifestyle ” shows. Didn’t she watch any soaps with her grandma I know I sure did. Soaps are what’s passed down generations. My memories are not of watching a talk show with 4 generations. Soaps are what prime time is doing right not this crap she’s talking about. I agree shows like the Chew and that other one they cancelled that took soaps place talk down to us in daytime. The chew is “Cooking for Dummies never watch it or this new show.

Benigno
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Benigno

Daytime deserves diversity: Talk shows, game shows, cooking shows, children’s shows, daytime dramas, feature/lifestyle shows, and news/current affairs.

Chrystie Delancey
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Chrystie Delancey

Zzzzzz. Despite what she says, it will be the same old same old. Just what the world needs … another talk show. What is there to talk about?

april
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april

If u want a fun informative daytime show watch Home and Family on Hallmark.

Mo
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Mo

Not interested in this show. Too many talk shows/lifestyle shows as is. They did not make a good impression on me at the Emmys.

Angelo
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Angelo

This show will be cancelled in 6 months, Tyra is boring and a has been. We soap viewers want One Life To live back on the air. What else is there to talk about. LOL. Please no more talk shows period.

Linda
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Linda

I like Tyra a lot, but I just do not see this show working. There are just way too many daytime talk shows on broadcast TV, and this one does not look like it will offer any original content or something that hasn’t been tried before numerous times. A saturation point has been reached, IMO. It does seem exactly like The Revolution, which failed on ABC three years ago, only with different hosts and a different name. Been there, done that. Yawn. At least this is not vulgar Jerry Springer/Maury Povich type trash, but we don’t need another lifestyle panel… Read more »

Sandra
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Sandra

I agree more game shows, bring back hollywood squares and press your luck. NO NO enough of the talk shows. We have too many talk shows.

Angelo
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Angelo

Yes Sandra, Hollywood Squares would be wonderful. Always loved that game show.

mgb357
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mgb357

maybe if Tyra talks about relavant issues, like The Planned Parethood videos…
and told the truth about most abortions taking place in black neighborhoods, then she will get an audience.

but if she is going to toe the network liberal rehashing of the news, then she will last about 6 months…

brting back the soaps………………

Benigno
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Benigno

She did addressed a lot of hot and pressing issues before during her initial stint as host of the Tyra Banks Show. I could see her doing exactly just that on the side for this one.

Jeanene
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Jeanene

Daytime is overloaded with talk shows. It is just too much. I can actually get some work done because I just turn the TV off. I miss my soaps. Whatever “focus group” said they wanted this type of programming is beyond ridiculous. TV execs killed the soaps only to feed a steady diet of talk shows. There is no balance, but we know it’s all about the money and not what viewers really want.

JUDY
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JUDY

YOU SAID MY THOUGHTS…ALL ABOUT MONEY NOT WHAT VIEWERS WANT TO SEE…TURN THEM OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Next!

Linda
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Linda

ABC/D really has a low opinion of women. We don’t need the Hollywood crowd “teaching” us how to be fabulous and beautiful. We already are. ABC/D bring back Love In The Afternoon. That would be fabulous!!!

judy
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judy

If they would do a days of our lives spin off would be awesome could show doug and jullie some of justin and adrian s kids , kimbley mike horton carrie and austin the list is enless it would be wow and use some of the people from anther world as new people but that would make to much sense and game showes press your luck the match

judy
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judy

game

Daisy
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Daisy

Sounds aweful!

janet
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janet

Same church different pew. Another talk show. I avoid the ones on now and the ones canceled recently. Sorry .Daytime fans want soaps. The networks want to put cheap shows on, sell the time to commercials. No thanks. Right now I don’t even put the TV on before 7;30 and jeopardy. I will tune in to Days when the vets return, when they leave so will I.

MissySnow
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MissySnow

Good for Tyra and company, however, do we really need another talk show?!

SadFace
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SadFace

These show is asinine and also happens to have co-opted the daytime showing of Jeopardy.

Audrey
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Audrey

Tyra Banks’ FabLife taking the place of The Doctors is just too stupid. Did everybody at NBD take some stupid pills. Geez… move this dumb show to another time slot(like midnight) and bring back The Doctors.

Audrey
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Audrey

Oops NBC not NBD… angry and typed too fast. Sorry

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All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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