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Nina Tassler Steps Down As President CBS Entertainment! Glenn Geller Named Her Successor!

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CBS is having a changing of the guard at the very top. Nina Tassler, the woman who has been serving as the President of CBS Entertainment and has an 18-year-run with the network, has decided its time to leave her position.

She had re-upped in 2014 with a new four-year deal. The decision for Tassler to leave in the middle of contract came by surprise to many.

But according to Deadline, “Tassler dismissed any speculation that something precipitated the move, saying that it was just the right moment for her. With The Talk and the entire CBS daytime lineup in good shape, a new late-night block in place and primetime solid, with a superhero new addition in the high risk-high reward Supergirl, which Tassler is particularly proud of, she said she felt she could leave without leaving unfinished business for her successor.”

Tassler informed CBS CEO Les Moonves about her decision in what has been reported as a teary-eyed lunch back in July.  Hollywood Reporter said during the meeting, Nina related to Les, “I think I want to go. I’m writing this book [What I Told My Daughter, Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women], I have a couple of plays I want to do, I have a couple of movie projects, and my daughter is starting high school and I don’t want her to leave the house before I have more time.”

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It was during that lunch that the two powerhouses decided that Glenn Geller would replace Tassler, and that he was the perfect guy, in part based on his analysis and taste in programming over recent years.  Geller has been with the company for 14 years.

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Geller was informed this way according to Deadline: “It was a couple of months ago, in late July when Nina said, ‘We are going to have a meeting with Les today. When we were finished, Les said, ‘This was part 1, now there is part 2 of the meeting. Nina is stepping down at the end of the year.’  They looked at me with this smile on their faces. ‘You are the next president of CBS Entertainment,’ Les said. It was not a question, it was declarative.”’

Because the cat was not out of the bag till yesterday, Geller continued his full-time on his job as head of current programming for CBS, the CW and CBS Studios.  As for what types of shows, Geller would like to see on the air under his new tenure, he related: : “It is no secret that procedurals work well on CBS.  In the last few years, our procedurals stepped up the relationships and the characters on the shows, and you are going to see a lot of great character relationships in comedies and dramas on CBS.”   The executive went on to say: ”I’m proud that CBS brought back such a big number of (freshman) shows, it is kind of unprecedented. That includes dramas Scorpion, NCIS: New Orleans, Madam Secretary and CSI: Cyber and comedy The Odd Couple — all coming from CBS TV Studios — as is Jane The Virgin, renewed by the CW.”

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What do you think about the CBS Entertainment executive landscape change?  What do you think of Tassler’s departure and Geller taking over the reins?   Share your thoughts below!

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Will Jackée Harry Find Herself In Salem and Days of our Lives?

From out-of-a-tweet from Grammy night come a part for TV and film star, Jackée Harry on Days of our Lives?

As CBS aired the Recording Academy’s annual kudofest, Harry sent out a tweet with a side-by-side image of Grammy icon, Bonnie Raitt, next to DAYS’ Suzanne Rogers (Maggie).

Harry, who is known for her humor and wit in her tweets, expressed: “Has Bonnie Raitt been moonlighting as Maggie from Days of 0ur Lives for the past 20 years?

Jackée, who started her TV career on Another World as Lily Mason, and eventually played Sandra Clark on the sitcom 227, and various other signature roles, next received a tweet in response to hers from DAYS head writer, Ron Carlivati.

The head scribe expressed: “No, Bonnie is obviously Maggie’s evil twin. The real question is, when is Sandra Clark going to come visit Salem?

Next, an excited Harry sent back: “Ha!!!! I would LOVE to play with the DOOL cast, Ron.”

On Monday, Carlivati tweeted a GIF of a game show moment with Jackee Family Feud style, that says “Name something you must have in order to live” The answer he tweeted: “A part on Days of our Lives?, Jackée Harry”

See the exchange below:

So, would you like to see Jackée in Salem? If so, what do you think would be a fun part for her to play? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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The Death of Kobe Bryant: Daytime Stars Mourn and Share Reactions

NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in the hillside of Calabasas, California in foggy conditions at 10 a.m, PST.  Bryant was 41-year-old.

The heartbreaking news spread very fast over social media on Sunday; as millions around the world struggled with the sudden death of this beloved superstar, who meant so much to so many, and especially in the City of Angels.

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Other victims included: John Altobelli, the head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California; his wife, Keri; and their daughter Alyssa. Payton Chester, a 13-year-old basketball player, and her mother Sarah were also on board, and  Christina Mauser, a coach, was also killed.

Celebrities, politicians and athletes, and Bryant’s legion of fans all took to social media to share their grief and shock.  Here is just a sampling from some of your favorites from daytime below:

Eric Braeden (Victor, Y&R): “A part of LA DIED TODAY!! I’m devastated!! KOBE NEVER left LAKERS! He will forever be an integral part of this town! I always admired his work ethic, his drive to NEVER GIVE UP!! I understand that drive! There was a purity about his passion for excellence!”

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William deVry (Julian, GH):  “Well after all the rumors. Reports. After the dust has settled… it’s truly a tragic day. RIP Kobe. Devastated. RIP Gianna. Horrible horrible day for us all. All families. All humans.”

Donnell Tutner (Curtis, GH)Rest In Peace, Kobe and Daughter. Thank you Mamba  This one Hurts Lakers Nation”

Linsey Godfrey (Sarah, DAYS): “This is a soul crushing, heart wrenching, truly devastating story. My heart.. all I can think is about Kobe’s wife Vanessa, her other 3 children and the other children of Coach John Altobelli and his wife, Keri. I can’t even imagine.. Please hug your loved ones.”

Brandon Barash (Ex-Stefan, DAYS) “As a sports fan this is deeply saddening. As a father, this is devastating. Gutting. #ripmamba #ripgianna”

Galen Gering (Rafe, DAYS): People are flying @Lakers  flags on their cars and I’m crying. @kobebryant #LakersNation #RIPKobe #Mamba #Mambaforever24″

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, Y&R):  “One of the greatest to ever play the game. To lose a husband and a child. My heart and prayers go out to Vanessa and the family and the family of the others killed. Much Respect Kobe” She tweeted also, “God Bless all of these amazing parents who were on their way to do something wonderful for their children. God Bless these beautiful babies”

Ellen DeGeneres: “Like everyone, I’m stunned and saddened by the news about Kobe Bryant. My heart is broken for his wife and family.”

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In addition, The Talk posted this photo of the hosts with Kobe with the following tweet:

Share your thoughts and your condolences on the passing of Laker legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna .and the 7 others passengers who lost their lived in the tragic helicopter crash on Sunday via the comment section below.

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Impeachment Hearings On Broadcast Networks Show Ratings Much Lower Than The Daytime Soap Operas They Are Preempting

In an infuriating article written by FOX news, off of a study from NewsBusters, the news outlet and others have come to the realization that all of us who want our soaps back on the air already know.  That is … that the network daytime dramas ratings are far better on a day-to-day basis than people tuning into network TV during the day to watch the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump.

Soap fans have been furious that in the afternoon network TV is pulling their soaps off their normal airtime across all coasts.  Daytime soap viewers feel that all of the 24-hour news cable outlets should be the the place to go to see the hearings during the day; as to not to preempt the drama on General Hospital, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, and The Bold and the Beautiful.   

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Just for the record, the study via NewsBusters showed that on day one of the impeachment hearing the networks scored as such: CBS averaged 1.52 million, ABC  1.29 million viewers, and NBC averaged 1.26 million viewers.   Thursday’s were even worse with CBS averaging 1.4 million, ABC 1.2 million viewers and NBC had 1.1 million viewers.

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Now compare that to the weekly daytime soap ratings and total viewers which while it ebbs and slows is still way about this.  According to the study: “The Young & The Restless” has been averaging 3.7 million viewers during the 2019-2020 season and The Bold & The Beautiful averages 3.15 million viewers. ABC’s General Hospital averages 2.15 million viewers while NBC’s Days of Our Lives averages 1.95 million viewers.”

Share your thoughts on the pre=emptions of your favorite soaps, and how the impeachment hearings are, of course, not bringing in higher number in the day-part via the comment section below.

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