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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.

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.”

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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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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The New Men of B&B Revealed

The Bold and the Beautiful has been the first soap back in production since COVID-19, and now comes exciting casting news that will surely bring some new energy and drama to the CBS Daytime drama series.

First, the series has decided to recast the role of Zende Forrester Dominquez last played by Daytime Emmy-winner Rome Flynn (2015-2017).   Now Delon de Metz will be taking on the role of adopted son of Kristen Forrester and Tony Dominguez.

And in addition, potentially part of the mystery we alluded to earlier in the week as to just who may be the new man in Steffy Forrester’s  (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) life, may have been answered with the casting of Tanner Novlan in the role of Dr. John ‘Finn’ Finnegan.

Novlan is married to former ‘Bold and Beautiful’ star Kayla Ewell (Ex-Caitlin Ramirez) and has been recently seen in the Liberty Mutual commercials where he plays an actor trying to say the lines of dialog required of him but keeps messing it up.   He was also recently seen in 2019 on the CW’s Roswell, New Mexico series.

TV Line broke the casting news.

So, what are your thoughts of a new Zende and a new doctor coming to The Bold and the Beautiful? Comment below.

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TODAY: OLTL Buchanan Kids Reunion with Melissa Archer, Kirk Geiger, Erin Torpey and Chris McKenna

One Life to Live fans will not want to miss today’s scheduled reunion chat with four actors who played the Buchanan children during the run of the iconic ABC soap opera.

In a virtual conversation today with Alan Locher on his Locher Room You Tube Channel, look for: Melissa Archer (Ex-Natalie), Kirk Geiger (Ex-Kevin), Erin Torpey (Ex-Jessica) and Chris McKenna (Ex-Joey) to share remembrances and stories of their time in Llanview.

It all starts at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST today on Thursday July 9th.  You can watch it here.

So, what moment from the Buchanan kids storylines would you like to ask, Melissa, Kirk, Erin and Chris about?  What was your favorite moment of the kids during the run of One Life?  Comment below.

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