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Oprah Winfrey Show Finale Today! Where will you be for this shift in the daytime landscape?

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Today is the day that long time viewers and followers of the daytime landscape have known about for over a year and  a half…. the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show! After 25 seasons, Oprah is bowing out with her very special finale episode this afternoon. Make sure to check times in your local areas, so you don’t miss it. This morning on GMA and through multiple reports, they are hearing that it is just Oprah herself in the final episode with an invited studio audience at Harpo Studios, who had never had the chance to be at an Oprah taping.

After seven Daytime Emmy Awards as Outstanding Talk Show Host, and we are not even talking about the myriad of awards for her show itself, Oprah eventually decided to pull her name out of the Daytime Emmy race several years ago. The emotional farewell promo that has been running for the last two weeks uses comparisons to other television greats and series final episodes from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, MASH and Johnny Carson. Advertisers are paying over 1 million dollars for a thirty second spot on the Oprah finale, and early predictions are in that that this would be the most highly watched show in daytime history.

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USA today took a look at where the daytime landscape is going now with Oprah’s exit, and the upcoming exits of the beloved soaps, All My Children in September and One Life to Live by January 2012.  “It’s a jump ball for everybody,” says Oz executive producer Mindy Borman. And it all adds up to a “major disruption” that will leave daytime devotees scrambling for alternatives, says Hilary Estey McLoughlin, president of Warner Bros.’ Telepictures Productions. “There’s really never been this kind of sea change in daytime. There’s never been this many changes in stalwart hosts with this much audience appeal.” Viewers won’t “abandon TV, but what will they watch?”

ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons spoke to his decision to cancel AMC and OLTL in favor of reality and cheaper to produce programming in the changing times. “It’s change that’s generational. Serials for the most part are Baby Boomer programs, and as Boomers age out of the key selling demographic, we need to look at alternatives. Younger viewers are “looking for an upbeat tone, they want entertaining relevance, more talk and reality than scripted drama. They’re looking to us for shows that help improve their lives, rather than escape from their lives.”

However, Stephanie Sloane, editorial director for Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly noted, “the kind of escapism and romance these shows ( the soaps) offer will always be appealing to a group of people. At the end of this decade, if we’re still talking about daytime soaps as regular programming, I’d be happily surprised.”

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In the end analysis, today is about Oprah, and many commented on her success and what she did for 25 years in the programming day-part. Oprah was the quintessential news lead-in,” says Emerson Coleman, programming chief at Hearst Television, a major station owner. Her show “impacted your 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts like no other show in television. That’s why stations paid a premium.” The theory: “If the audience trusted me, they will trust the news broadcast that comes after me. She underscored the fact that a television personality could make a difference in the way we approach issues,” Carroll says. “She raised the level of conversation at a time when elsewhere on television the conversation was becoming more strident.”  Talk show host, Maury Povich said, “Oprah’s unveiling of her personal life attracted a huge audience, and that was the key to her stardom.”

Watch The Oprah Winfrey Show farewell promo below one more time, and let us know what you thought of today’s final episode!

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I was hopeing she would have her good friend Arnold Schwarzenegger on today her last show, He’s my babie LOL

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To answer the question, “Where was I during Oprah’s Finale?”, I was sitting in front of the television watching it.

I am writing this almost one month after the Finale, and only one person bothered to post a comment before me, Uhm….

I don’t really believe anyone in the Daytime industry knows why Oprah was so successful. If they did, they would duplicate it, try to bottle it and sell the bottles. Oprah did what she did her way. There is only one Oprah. Could someone else be successful as a daytime talk show host? Yes. But there is still only one Oprah.

For me, the one thing that set Oprah apart from the rest was the word “TRUST”. Not only did audiences trust Oprah, the people she interviewed also trusted her. I do not think any other talk show host enjoy the level of trust that Oprah did.

There is much anticipation regarding two new talk shows that are beginning with the ambition of filling the huge gap being left by the ending of the Oprah Winfrey Show. I do not believe either show will succeed because there is no trust factor. I expect two huge flops. But only time will tell.

As far as the soaps are concerned. they will survive.

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Cameron Mathison Reveals Cancer Diagnosis and Shares Heartfelt Message

One of our the best guys we know, Cameron Mathison (co-host, Home & Family and Ex-Ryan Lavery, All My Children), revealed over the last 24 hours that he has been diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma – kidney cancer, but treatment for him will be underway and the prognosis is good.

Cameron first shared the news on Monday’s Home & Family in a special announcement enlightening viewers on his health condition (watch video below) and later took to his Instagram and social media to share more details.   Of note: Mathison’s healthy lifestyle has indeed helped, and shown, that his cancer has not spread.

In addition, Mathison wrote: “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they fd a tumor on my right kidney. It’s consistent with Renal Cell Carcinoma … or kidney cancer. The good news is that it hasn’t spread to any other organs🙏🏼 They say my healthy lifestyle and diet has no doubt helped keep it from growing and spreading to other areas, as doctors think it’s been growing in me for minimum 10 years🙏🏼. I am extremely lucky that we found it early.” He thanked his doctor and his family, saying, “[wife] Vanessa, [kids] Lucas and Leila have been absolutely amazing with their love and support… as have my mom, dad, brother, and everyone at Home and Family, Hallmark, and ET❤️ My surgery is scheduled on September 12th, I was hoping to receive positive thoughts, prayers, or whatever you feel comfortable with, on 9/12 (my surgery is at 1pm PST) 🙏🏼.” He concluded, “Feeling very grateful and optimistic!”

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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