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Jeff Zucker Appointed CNN Worldwide President! Will Exit KATIE Shortly!

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After all the rumors and all the hoopla it was confirmed yesterday that Jeff Zucker has officially been appointed CNN Worldwide President.  Zucker replaces Jim Walton, who is retiring at the end of 2012.

The Time Warner-owned cable news network suffered from record low ratings in 2012, hitting a 21-year primetime ratings low in the spring. The original 24-hour cable news network fell into a distant third place behind rival MSNBC and cable news leader Fox News. Walton announced his resignation over the summer, saying the network needed new leadership and “new thinking.”

Though Zucker does not begin his post till the end of January, he decided to communicate with the staff directly after the network announcement on Thursday. Zucker is currently the executive producer of Katie Couric’s syndicated daytime talker, Katie, where he will remain through mid-January.

Katie Couric through a statement of her own related, “I’m very excited that Jeff has such a wonderful opportunity at CNN and equally excited for CNN. I’m also grateful that Jeff has been so instrumental in getting our show off to such a strong start and look forward to working with the fantastic staff we’ve assembled and building on the strong foundation we’ve created.”

According to Huffington Post today, Zucker immediately sent out a memo to his new staff writing:  “I don’t have all the answers. No one does. But I hope that we can challenge each other to think even more broadly about what CNN is and can be, and to enhance this truly special and powerful brand.”   Then, on a phone call with press on Thursday, Zucker said he planned to “remain true to the journalistic values” of CNN, but will also aim to “broaden the definition of what news is.” One way in which the network seems to be “broadening its definition of news” is through its decision to air a wider variety of reality and nonfiction programming.

So what do you think of the appointment of Zucker to head CNN?  Does this mean more doom for Katie? Or, could this change at the top actually help her talk show?  Weigh-in!

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

Anyone remember Zucker’s tenure as NBC’s primetime guy? Network freefall!

Jeffery
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Jeffery

Katie’s talk show is a bore. Wendy Williams is the true successor when it comes to Oprah’s old crown. Zucker won’t change CNN for the better. Eventually, FOX News will implode, and more people will get their real news from MSNBC than its competitors, because MSNBC is the only one in the bunch with visionary leadership at the moment.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

Are you kidding me? MSNBC is a joke! Anyone who takes it seriously is nuts!

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Talk shows are boring and all the same. Katie will be cancelled soon, followed by The Spew.

gloria
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gloria

At first glance I thought Katie was exiting, that it was over. I WISH. I’ll never get used to not having AMC at noon, OLTL at 1 & GH at 2 (central time)

I told my mother today, remember when we had soaps from 11-3 every day on every network? Oh, for the days.

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

During the time when Katie Couric’s contract with NBC was about to expire, I noticed several articles referencing Couric as a possible replacement for the aging Larry King. Seeing this mentioned several times by different writers, I wondered if Couric really wanted that job and was sparking these comments. Clearly, that didn’t happen as Piers Morgan replaced King and Couric became anchor of the CBS Evening News. Now that Couric is on a daytime talking that is doing okay but not great, Morgan seems to be floundering as King’s replacement with viewers turning him off, and Couric’s old pal Jeff… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

hmmmm. Maybe ABC will grow some balls, realize they screwed up big time- and bring back the only genre in daytime that has longevity- our soaps. How bout it Disney folks? Admit you screwed up, blame it Brian Fronz, and bring back One Life and All My Kids. If they could somehow get GH’s producer/writer to helm all 3 soaps,they’d have double Katie’s anemic ratings.

Robert
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Robert

I totally agree! Wake up ABC!!!

bc
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bc

Zucker should run cnn to the ground! That would be great for the planet. one less channel for shilling and editorializing and spreading lies. one less channel for anderson cooper!

Nancy
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Nancy

I don’t like talk shows. She’s going to flop. Then they can make General Hospital a 2 hour show.

Jan
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Jan

I don’t give flip about exec’s they don’t care about the public when they ask for show’s to stay on. They are greedy and really only give a rat’s ass about their paychecks.
Katie failed because she’s a greedy woman.

RJ
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RJ

Wish him the best, but I was surprised when I first heard it because of the Conan/Leno fiasco, but as CNN is a news channel I realized that he was being hired based upon his past success with the Today show and his background with journalism/news (obviously, not because of his prime time entertainment capacity),so we shall see. The Katie show is disappointing mostly interviewing celebrities. She and the show could be much better. Need better topics and to improve the format. More interactive. Good point that others said maybe she will take over the Piers Morgan show on CNN… Read more »

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Eileen Davidson Confirms She’s Part of DAYS Limited-Series: “I’m BEYOND Excited to be Joining BEYOND SALEM!”

On Monday, after more cast members were revealed who will appear in Peacock’s upcoming streaming series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, came a photo from limited-series star, Lisa Rinna (Billie) posted to her Instagram Story of Eileen Davidson from the hair and make-up room where it looks like Days of our Lives is taped and said, , “LOOK WHO I FOUND”.

As the rumors began circulating it became true when Davidson took to her own Instagram and revealed that she too is part of the limited-series event for Peacock, and now the question is, how many roles will Davidson be playing? Will she be playing Kristen DiMera and Susan Banks, or any other of the Banks siblings?  Time will tell.

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The two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star shared a clip of her time on the NBC soap as Kristen and stated: “I’m BEYOND excited to be joining BEYOND SALEM! Streaming soon on @peacocktv”

So, what do you think of Eileen also being on the upcoming Days limited-series? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kimberlin Brown Returns to The Bold and the Beautiful with a Bombshell … Sheila is Finn’s Bio-Mom!

The rumors have proven to be true! You can watch what happens for more on this exciting return on tonight’s Entertainment Tonight segment (see below).  However, all-time supervillain Sheila Carter, played by soap fan favorite, Kimberlin Brown is baaacck and on The Bold and the Beautiful.

As viewers recently learned, Finn (Tanner Novlan) was adopted and Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and she vowed to love him no matter who his bio parents were! But how will she feel when she finds out that his mother is actually Sheila Carter who has wreaked havoc on the lives of the Forrester family and everyone else in Los Angeles?

Soap Opera Digest spoke with Kimberlin on her exciting return where she shared: “When I found out that Finn was Sheila’s son, I was excited — I mean, terribly excited.”  Brown added on this next return to B&B, “Get ready, because the best is yet to come!’

Steffy and Finn’s nuptials are set for this Thursday August 5th and this Friday August 6th, where plenty of drama will play out.  How will Finn deal with finding out who is biological mother really is? Is there still a big twist on this yet to come?  Stay tuned!

So, excited to know that Sheila is back on the canvas as The Bold and the Beautiful and Kimberlin will be back on our-screens? Comment below.

But first check out ET’s exclusive at the wedding nuptials of Steffy and Finn and the return of Sheila and then our joint interview with Brown and Tracey E. Bregman of Y&R last year on The Michael Fairman Channel for more on Sheila’s notorious history!

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Days Of Our Lives

Christie Clark and Austin Peck Join Cast of ‘Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem’

Even more casting announcements were revealed on Monday, generating more buzz for the upcoming Peacock streamer’s limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem.

The five-episodes will now also feature the returns of fan favorites: Christie Clark as Carrie Brady and Austin Peck as Austin Reed.

In addition look for: Thaao Penghlis as Tony DiMera, Leann Hunley as Anna DiMera, and was Michael Fairman TV previously reported the returns of Greg Rikaart as Leo Stark, Chandler Massey as Will Horton, and Zach Tinker as Sonny in the hunt of stolen gems across the globe, which is at the epicenter of the storyline.

Previously the following actors were announced to be part of the cast, which included: Lis Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black, Jackée Harry as Paulina Price, James Reynolds as Abe Carver, Victoria Konefal as Ciara Brady, Robert Scott Wilson as Ben Weston, Billy Flynn as Chad DiMera, Lamon Archey as Eli Grant and Sal Stowers as Lani Price.

In story, over a long weekend, John & Marlena travel to Zurich, Ben & Ciara have a romantic getaway in New Orleans, Chad visits some old friends in Phoenix, and Abe, Paulina, Lani, and Eli vacation in Miami.  All find themselves embroiled in a mystery involving stolen jewels which, in the wrong hands, could cause dire consequences for Salem.  It’s a race against time for ISA agent Billie Reed as she crosses the globe in search of this missing treasure. Packed with all of the romance, action, drama, and surprises that only “Days of our Lives” can deliver, fans will spend a week with their favorite Salem supercouples and reconnect with many familiar faces along the way.

So, glad to see that Christie, Austin, Thaao, and Leann are joining Chandler, Greg, Zach and the rest of the stellar cast for this limited run? Comment below.

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