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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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 show like that.

As much as I wish that a new soap could be launched, the chances of that happening are virtually nil, unfortunately. If not that, what about some sort of game show revival? After all, Family Feud was brought back early last decade and now it’s at the top of the syndicated ratings with Steve Harvey as host.

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.

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

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………………

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.

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.

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

Next!

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!!!

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

game

Sounds aweful!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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B&B and Y&R Stars Join Heather Tom In the Celebration of Life for Her Late Mother, Marie Tom

Back on February 4th, Six-time Daytime Emmy-winner, Heather Tom (Katie, The Bold and the Beautiful) shared on Instagram that her beloved mother, Marie Tom had passed away.

At that time, Heather expressed: “At 12:20 am Sunday morning, my brother, David, my sister, Nicholle, and her all but adopted son, Michael, held my beautiful mother’s hand, kissed her face and whispered I love you as she passed from this world to the next. She was my biggest champion and my most important influence.”

Over this past weekend, many of Heather B&B and former Y&R castmates, attended a celebration in honor of the life of Marie Tom, and to support Heather during this difficult time. They included: Ashley Jones (Bridget, B&B), Jennifer Gareis (Donna, B&B), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R) and Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R).

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Jones shared on the touching day, “We love you, Heather Tom, We’ve known you for 25 years (or more)! It was an honor to gather together and celebrate your mom with you, David and Nicholle. 🤍🕊️ Marie Tom certainly knew how to LIVE! And I love the word you left with us… tenacity. Her memory will live on and on…❤️🙌🏼❤️”

Katherine Kelly Lang added, “It was a perfect day for Marie.”  Jones’ post contained other images from the celebration for Marie Tom.

Marie was very proud of her talented children and their accomplishment and was often by their side while they were growing up. Heather Tom first appeared on daytime as Victoria Newman, a part she played on The Young and the Restless from 1990-2003, after a three year stint on One Life to Live as Kelly Cramer, she headed to The Bold and the Beautiful in 2007 to take on the role as Katie Logan, a part she is currently playing.

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David Tom, appeared on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott from 1999-2004.  That role won David a Daytime Emmy. He later joined One Life to Live in the part of Paul Cramer from 2004-2005. Nicholle Tom continues to appear in numerous television series and film.

Share your continued well-wisues condolences to Heather, David and Nicholle on the passing of their mother, Marie Tom via the comment section below.

 

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GH Alum Tonja Walker Shares Note to B&B’s Kimberlin Brown, “It Must Be ‘Kill the Best Villains’ Week”

The past ten days brought with it the apparent end of the lines for two of soap opera’s all-time greatest bad girls. First, back on the February 16th episode of General Hospital, viewers learned that Olivia Jerome (Tonja Walker) had died in an apparent brutal attack while imprisoned in Pentonville  …. mind you, we never saw Olivia die on-screen.

Then, came the Monday, February 26th episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.  In a shocker, the series went full “horror movie” when in the dark, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) stabs a cloaked Sheila Carter (Kimberlin Brown) to her apparent death.  The series has gone as far as to have Kimberlin Brown give quotes to the press on her reaction to finding out that Sheila was gone and she was killed-off the show. However, many viewers aren’t buying it, and feel there is swerve to the story to come.

Walker took to X and shared with Michael Fairman TV that she wrote to Kimberlin Brown immediately after Sheila was ‘killed-off” The Bold and the Beautiful on-screen.

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Tonja exprssed: “I just wrote to her. It must be kill the villains week. Well I said “kill the best #villains” week in talking about her. She’s done a great job. She’ll be missed, but it’s February, she could pull through by May sweeps! #Olivia was said by Anna to be executed. But that’s not a (coffin image).”

Previously, Brown told TV Insider on the Sheila takedown: “I just wish that no one was taking Sheila down.”  She added that the show “is my happy place where I have been so blessed to be for over 35 years. But I’ve had a good run at it, so I’m one of the lucky ones.”

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Walker was last seen on General Hospital as Olivia Jerome back in 2017, while Brown started the role of Sheila Carter on The Young and the Restless back in 1990 and crossed-over the character to The Bold and the Beautiful where Sheila continued to have more than nine lives.

So, what’s your bet? Are both Olivia and Sheila alive and well? What did you think of the sentiments shared by Tonja to Kimberlin? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s William Lipton to Star in Music Drama Series ‘The Runarounds’ From ‘Outer Banks’ Creators

This sounds like a perfect starring vehicle for the multi-talented William Lipton (Cameron Webber), who recently made a brief return to General Hospital for his best friend, Spencer Cassadine’s (the exited Nicholas Chavez) gravesite memorial service.

Now comes word that Lipton is set to star in a new series in the works entitled The Runarounds. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because The Runarounds is the name of the band seen in season three of Netflix’s popular series, Outer Banks. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has given the green light to an eight-episode, straight-to-series order for The Runarounds which premise features the story of a post-high school band as they try to make it big.

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The fictional drama is inspired by the real life band of the same name and will star its group’s members: William Lipton, Axel Ellis, Jeremy Yun, Zendé Murdock and Jesse Golliher.

The Runarounds will be set and film in Wilmington, North Carolina, where Outer Banks was also shot. Skydance Television is the studio behind the series. Outer Banks creators Josh Pate, Joshua Pate, and Shannon Burke will bring this project to life.

Lipton took to his Instagram on Monday, once the news of the series was revealed, expressing, “Where are we going, fellas? To the top, Johnny!” Immediately GH co-stars past and present shared their congratulations to William including: Sydney Mikayla (ex-Trina Robinson) and Enzo De Angelis, who plays Lipton’s brother, Aiden on GH.

 

In a statement, Vernon Sanders, head of television at Amazon MGM Studios, expressed: “When we first met with Jonas and Skydance about The Runarounds, it was immediately clear that they brought us a special show featuring an incredibly talented cast and real-life band. We are very much looking forward to sharing the exhilarating journey of The Runarounds with our global Prime Video customers.”

The Runarounds were actually formed as a band back in 2021, when Jonas Pate issued a casting call looking for a group to appear on Outer Banks. The group first performed together when they played for Pate ahead of appearing in season three after being selected from a more than 5,000 musicians who responded to the call.

No word yet on when The Runarounds will be released.

So, excited for this opportunity for William Lipton to star in this music drama? Hope he returns to GH down the line? Comment below.

 

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