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Oprah Winfrey's OWN Becomes Profitable On Strong Showing From The Haves and the Have Nots!

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Looks like All My Children and One Life to Live may be riding the right TV ticket as news today shows that Oprah Winfrey’s struggling OWN cabler, may have turned the corner and is now on an upswing and becoming profitable for the first time!

According to Deadline.com, “Discovery CEO David Zaslav says that OWN beat his forecast that it would begin to generate cash in the second half of the year!. He told analysts this morning, in his Q2 report, that Discovery’s joint venture with Oprah Winfrey is ‘now cash flow positive and starting to pay down the investment Discovery has made in the venture.’ He attributed the acceleration to the higher fees that pay TV distributors are shelling out for OWN vs its predecessor, Discovery Health.

In addition, the channel’s rising ratings are ‘translating into significant advertising growth including signing over 30 new clients during this upfront, and driving double digit scatter pricing.’ He singled out Tyler Perry’s Have And Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor as “bona fide hits” that contributed to 39% ratings growth among women 25-to-54 in Q2. That was ‘the highest growth of any cable network’ in the quarter and made OWN a top 20 network for women in June — and made it a top-3 network for African American women over the last eight weeks. Zaslav says that OWN’s “positive cash flow generation should continue to increase.”

So what do you think about the turn in Oprah’s profitability on OWN? Would you like to see AMC and OLTL remain there after the summer with all-new episodes?  What do you think of Tyler Perry’s The Haves And The Have Nots? Share your thoughts!

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i love the haves and the have not it’s agood show i would love to she amc and oltl be a part of own

I hope OWN keep AMC/OLTL

I love The Haves and the Havenots along with Love Thy Neighbor. I would love for AMC and OLTL to remain on OWN!!

I would love to have AMC and OLTL stay on OWN. Congrats to Oprah.

All of us soap fans told Oprah this was the way to go to save her network! We told her this, begging & pleading 2 years ago! So yes! Please!

I love watching OLTL on Hulu but would love them to stay on OWN also!

Differently but with low ratings on them will they stay?People need to watch regardless of reruns to prove these soaps have an audiences.We don’t watch we will be the losers not Oprah.They need a network to improve and add more cast.These actors won’t turn down other jobs that pay alot more.Ratings release today where not good….

I think it is funny that for all of Oprah‘s life lesson, change the world, live your best life, New Age crap that she had been airing on her network, the thing that is saving it is good old fashioned soap operas and entertainment. I think OWN started as a big exercise in self-aggrandazing vanity on Oprah‘s part. She didn‘t count on the fact that while people liked her show for an hour a day, an entire network devoted to her was just way too much. She also didn‘t seem to realize that when you have a network, you need shows, and programs, and content. There‘s only so many times one can watch the reruns of Shania Twain‘s life story. I hope AMC and OLTL do get new life on her network. It could mean big things for the soap genre.

I would love for this to happen!!! ABC will now see just how many fans AMC and OLTL really have. Their losing money and OWN is making money!!!!

It is sad that I can not see it on own in Canada. Does anyone know why this is the case?

I would love for OLTL and AMC to be a part of OWN from now on. It’s great to have the soaps on TV again.

Opes was wrong about soaps….
Good to see that this shows everyone the genre IS viable.

OWN would be a good home for AMC and OLTL. Hope it comes to fruit.

I hope the soaps will find a TV home, but I am not a rerun watcher of any show.
I never take the time nor have need to watch something that I have seen and know the outcome.
Hopefully in the future OWN would run the current episodes for the people who like to watch the Soaps on a network, I’ll still watch via the net, as I’ve done for years.

I so hope OWN keeps OLTL and AMC after this summer run.

Perhaps oprah should do business w/ victoria rowell’s production of rich and ruthless to partner it w/ “the have and have nots”. It’s no surprise though that rowell has to use kickstarter campaign to fundraise for her project when even director spike le has to use kickstarter for his movie. Yet spike is the most prominent African american director. tyler perry’s soap opera gets a lot of criticism for its portrayal of African americans despite its ratings. While spike and rowell are more similar bec they are vocal abt racial issues.

Congratulations on the ratings thanks to the fans. We are making it happen because finally Oprah is putting some good shows on her network. I was not a viewer of OWN until the last year. I am definitely an avid viewer now because of the great shows and interviews that are now shown. I personally am in love with Tyler Perry’s soap The Haves and Have Nots. This soap is awesome and keeps me on my seat. I can’t wait until the episode tonight. Then there is my two favorite daytime soaps AMC & OLTL. I am so glad they were revived and by the numbers for the first 40 episodes tells me the fans are happy too. I have a feeling that Own will be picking up the new episodes also. Oprah now sees by the numbers that we can get her back on top. I watch them faithfully on hulu plus.

I like The Have and The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. I just started watching these two shows when I heard AMC and OLTL were going to be shown on OWN during the summer. I hope you can keep AMC and OLTL on OWN for everyone that enjoys these shows.

Can’t see any of those on the Canadian OWN. It really is frustrating and disappointing. Would love to support the network by watching these shows but alas not in Canada. 🙁

I do not understand why this is not on OWN Canada makes no sense?>??

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is my favorite show ! I await the new episode each week.

Oprah must be happy that this benefited her cable channel by putting OLTL & AMC on just for the summer. Should have put them on her channel from day one!

I personally would like to see AMC and OLTL remain on OWN. Those shows have been a part of my existence ever since the beginning and should never have been cancelled. Awesome programs. The Haves and the Have Nots is in a class by itself, a phenomenal new soap with excellent characters, especially Tika Sumpter. The writing is off the chain, where does TP get some of these storylines from. Tyler and Oprah keep up the good work because obviously you do it well. The ratings speak for itself.

I love watching OLTL on OWN! Lets keep both shows on TV!

YES!!!! Keep All My Childten & One Life to Live on OWN
My family & friends would rather watch them on TV instead of the Internet.
Some older family & friend don’t know how to use the computer. Some do not even have
computers.

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Susan Lucci Reveals She Was Contacted to Gauge Interest in Becoming ‘The Golden Bachelorette’

All My Children icon and Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement honoree, Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), apparently was being considered for the lead in the first-ever season of The Golden Bachelorette.

Making this all the more intriguing is Lucci admitted she really enjoyed The Golden Bachelor’s season and has become a fan and thus a part of ‘Bachelor Nation.’

Although former ‘Golden Bachelor’ contestant Joan Vassos was the ultimate pick by ABC and the producers of The Golden Bachelorette, Lucci told PEOPLE that the show reached out to her people.

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Susan shared, “I believe that they contacted my publicist and it wasn’t for me.” She added, “I watched The Golden Bachelor, and I really enjoyed watching The Golden Bachelor. This is a new addiction for me.”

And a few years back. her assistant got Lucci hooked on The Bachelor, as she expressed on the dating series, “I was immediately engaged. I cared. I wanted to know more about these people.”

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The outlet shared that they did reach out to ABC and Warner Bros. about potential interest in Susan. However, they did not respond. A source then told the publication that Lucci was not offered a role.

For Susan, finding a second chance at love is an interesting proposition; given that she had the most incredible and enduring 53-year marriage to her late husband and manager, Helmet Huber, who passed away at 84-years-old back in March of 2022.

So, what do you think of Susan being contacted to see if she was interested in becoming ABC’s ‘Golden Bachelorette’ for the senior dating-reality series? Comment below.

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51st Daytime Emmys: Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa Receive Talk Show Host Nominations

On Thursday, nominations were announced in the Outstanding Talk Show category for the upcoming 51st annual Daytime Emmy Awards. 

Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, All My Children) coming off his first-year as co-host of ‘Live” with real-life wife, Kelly Ripa scored his first Talk Show Host nomination along with Ripa who has been nominated previous times.

Joining Mark and Kelly in the race are: Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, The View
Kelly Clarkson, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood, The Talk and
Tamron Hall, Tamron Hall.

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As previously reported, The Talk is coming to its end when its upcoming 15th and final season ends in December of 2024.

The 51st annual Daytime Emmys are slated to be broadcast and stream live on CBS and Paramount+ on Friday night, June 7th

Look for the full list of nominations to drop on Friday morning at 12 noon ET/9 am PT.

So, are you rooting for Kelly and Mark to win their first Talk Show host award together? Comment below.

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Mark Consuelos Celebrates One-Year Anniversary as Co-Host of ‘Live’ Alongside Kelly Ripa

Today, April 17th marks a full-year since Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, All My Children) took over the co-hosting duties of ‘Live” alongside his wife, and longtime co-host, Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley, All My Children).

Consuelos replaced Ryan Seacrest who are six seasons decided to be back on the west coast full-time. For Consuelos, now having the opportunity to work off of Ripa as co-hosts has been something of adjustment for him, but viewers have been eating it up.

Live with Kelly and Mark has remained the No. 1 entertainment talk show on television over the past year, growing 3% in average total viewers to 2.23M per episode.  It is also the most-watched daytime talk show in the last year in key demos of women 18-49 and women 25-54. All of this, since the real-life marrieds teamed-up.

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Speaking with Deadline, Kelly Ripa shared why the two are gelling on-screen, “I do think that there is something very possibly relatable about our relationship. We have disagreements like a normal couple, and we’re not afraid to let them unfold on the air and in front of America, and I think people find a lot of themselves in that.”

Mark weighed in how he has progressed as a host, and what he could improve at, sharing, “I’d like to get better at my interviewing skills. I’d like to get better at reading a teleprompter…I think I’m getting better at throwing to commercial. The other day in the middle of the show as we go to commercial, my sign off was ‘See you guys around.’ I mean, the show wasn’t over. The most obvious thing to say would be, ‘We’ll be back right after this.’ But I just said, ‘See you around.’ So we went to commercial and one of the producers (goes) ‘What was that?’ I don’t know… So for the next few sign offs, as a joke, I’d say ‘See you around.’ We got a kick out of it.”

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Meanwhile, Kelly has given huge props to Mark, “I find Mark utterly compelling, really interesting, super funny, and he’s bold in a way like nobody else. He says what’s on his mind. If he’s thinking it, he says it.  I’ve done this a long time and oftentimes people will adjust their natural personalities to pander to what they think the audience wants to hear, and Mark will tell people what he thinks, and he doesn’t care if it’s not a popular opinion. It gives him an edginess that I think is really missing in the landscape today. Everybody’s so afraid to say anything, and Mark is unafraid to say exactly what he’s thinking.”

In a statement, Debra O’Connell, President News Group and Networks, Disney Entertainment shared, We could not be more thrilled with how Mark has seamlessly joined the show family as permanent co-host. His undeniable charisma and his and Kelly’s natural chemistry are evident as they deliver the laughs and smiles to our viewers each morning. We are incredibly proud of how Live has continued to evolve and that the audience is responding so enthusiastically.”

So, do you think Mark Consuelos is the best co-host his wife Kelly Ripa has ever had on ‘Live’? How would you say he is doing as co-host after one full year on the job? Comment below.

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