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Retro TV Announces Launch Date For THE DOCTORS Of September 29th!

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Look for the NBC classic soap The Doctors to join Retro TV’s afternoon lineup starting September 29th.  Fans of the Emmy-winning series will find two episodes airing back-to- back every weekday at 12PM E/P.

Set in Hope Memorial Hospital in the fictional New England city of Madison, The Doctors‘ storylines center on the hospital’s Chief of Staff Dr. Matthew Powers (James Pritchett) and his dedicated team. The soap opera ran for 19 years, spanned 5,280 episodes and won several Daytime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series (1971, 1972 and 1974), Lead Actor (James Pritchett, 1978) and Lead Actress (Elizabeth Hubbard, 1974).

Several well-known actors and actresses passed through the halls of Hope Memorial during its run, including Academy Award nominee Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Academy Award winner Kathy Bates (Misery), Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist), Emmy Award winner Ted Danson (Cheers), Emmy Award winner Terry O’Quinn (Lost) and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married).

Emily Bronze, Luken’s Director of Affiliate Relations, said “The positive feedback we’ve received since Retro TV’s initial announcement of The Doctors has been phenomenal. Classic soap fans are excited about Retro TV and we look forward to expanding our offerings with this genre and audience.”

Luken Communications is a Chattanooga, TN-based broadcast group with networks including Retro TV, The Heartland Network, The Family Channel, PBJ, Frost Great Outdoors and TUFF TV. Luken Communications offers diverse, family-friendly programming on its networks reaching approximately 80 percent of all U.S. households via a blend of over-the-air, cable and satellite television. For more information about Retro TV, please visit www.WatchRetroTV.com or www.facebook.com/WatchRetroTV.

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Yippee!!! I am doing the happy dance. I just need to remember to watch it everyday because I don’t have a DVR or VCR hooked up to my television in my bedroom.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Why didnt soapnet stick around a little longer and air it…a channel more viewers get…its rare for a soap to have all its episodes before 1975…wouldv’e loved to see it again…one of my classic favorites…soap viewers who werent around back then who get Retro should check it out and see how great soaps used to be…

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Not everyone has cable, they have added 5 affiliates in the last few months. If I know my soap fans someone will put it on Youtube or Dailymotion

su0000
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su0000

Retro is an over air/antenna channel..
Cable companies only pick it up if its offered by air..
He it shown in your area you will see it via rabbit ears..

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I hope some will end up on youtube…it was real good in the late 60s to around 1978…one of my many favorite soaps!!!

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CeeCee

I wish I could, Jimh, I’d love that. I have to check this out…Retro.

su0000
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su0000

Comcast use to carry Retro TV, but no longer carries it..
So, guess won’t be seeing it here 🙂

JeffyJC
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JeffyJC

Comcast didn’t carry it, they carried your affiliate it aired on, either you lost the affiliate or Comcast removed their affiliate

Mo
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Mo

Will watch when I can, which won’t be often as I work and Days is moving to noon.

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MBmomof3

I don’t have this channel

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Avatar610

I’m just hoping someone smart will tape the episodes and post them to YouTube! 😉

Rob
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Rob

this airs no where near NYC unfortunately, love old soaps.

KateA
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I hope someone will post YouTube. I have Comcast and live in the 4th largest city and can’t get it. I am still looking to see if I can find an indoor antennae that works!

dzzdee
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dzzdee

how do we obtain this channel, someone said air/ant. What is air/antenna, I change from Dish to Direct, they don’t carry any thing good or like. Help I missing out. I want to see!

Lou Piikes
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air/antenna a.k.a. rabbit ears. I bought a digital antenna from radio shack for the TV in my bedroom. That is the only way I can watch retro tv because time warner does not carry the channel on cable.

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GH’s Charles Shaughnessy On Victor’s Villainy: “He’s Just Making Trouble for All of the Fan Favorites! He’s Just Making Their Lives Miserable”

In pretty short order, Victor Cassadine’s re-emergence in Port Charles, and now played by daytime vet, Charles Shaughnessy, has caused plenty of havoc on ABC’s General Hospital.  Shaughnessy, who was much beloved as Shane Donovan on Days of our Lives, debuted on GH back in September of 2021.

You can look at the body count, or the people Victor has under his thumb, to know the impact he is making on the canvas.

In a new interview in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstand now), Shaughnessy weighs-in on being the treacherous Cassadine.

 

Charles shared: “I mean, he’s just making trouble for all of the fan favorites! He’s just making their lives miserable.  He’s the guy who killed Luke Spencer.  He’s the guy who put Anna in jail and tried to break up her relationship with Valentin.  He’s just miserable to Holly. He’s just dreadful! But it’s such great fun, I mean, the more dreadful the better, really. He’s the villain you love to hate.”

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So, how and just when Victor will get his comeuppance is on everyone’s mind in the viewing audience as well as for characters such as: Laura (Genie Francis), Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), Lucy (Lynn Herring), Holly (Emma Samms), Anna (Finola Hughes), Ava (Maura West), Selina (Lydia Look), and many more.

Victor’s evil deeds seemed to reach new heights during the Holly Sutton storyline. Now the question is, who will he go after next, given what would seem to be his quest for the necklace containing diamonds from the Ice Princess?  Stay tuned.

What do you think of Charles’ portrayal of Victor? Who do you hope takes down Victor? Comment below.

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Eric Kim Named Exec VP of Current Programs CBS Entertainment & CBS Studios; Will Oversee Daytime Programming

As the executive shuffle continues at CBS, and through many entertainment conglomerates in Hollywood, Eric Kim has been named executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Eric will oversee current primetime and daytime programming for the CBS network and for the studio.

Kim replaces Amy Reisenbach, who was recently promoted to president of CBS Entertainment.  In a statement on Kim’s new position, Reisenbach shared: “I’ve worked closely with Eric for over a decade and have always been impressed with his incredible programming instincts, skill in working with showrunners on our biggest hit shows and strong relationships throughout the creative community. I’m very excited for him to take on this significant role. He is a proven, smart executive whose leadership and input will be vital to the success of our series.”

David Stapf, president of CBS Studios who Kim will also report to expressed: “Eric’s creative instincts and his ability to champion new writers and producers complement his strong relationships with established showrunners, making him an exceptional executive. His leadership has earned the trust and respect of both the industry and his colleagues at the Studio and Network. As Eric steps into this new role, I’m looking forward to seeing the impact he makes both within the creative community and on our series that are enjoyed by global audiences.”

Eric has been with CBS over the last 11 years, and has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series including; Blue Bloods and CSI.

Prior to joining the network, Kim worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged and was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

Soap fans, of course, are hoping that Eric will be a huge supporter of the soaps, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful as well as the entire CBS daytime line-up.

So, what do you think of the latest executive change at CBS? Hopeful that Eric Kim will continue to support in-full Y&R and B&B’s efforts? Comment below.

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Laurence Fishburne to Present Levar Burton with Lifetime Achievement Honors at ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced today that Laurence Fishburne (ex-Josh Hall, One Life to Live 1973-1976 ) will present Levar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Children’s & Family Emmys on December 11th from the Wilshire Ebell theatre in Los Angeles.

Fishburne, who collectively had won a Tony, NAACAP and Emmy Awards, will honor his longtime friend for the body of his work. Most notable among their many collaborations was when Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of Roots, which starred Fishburne.

As many know, Levar Burton is an actor, director and educator who has taught generations of children about the joys of reading through his show Reading Rainbow. Throughout his career, Levar has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, 3 NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among other accolades.

Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony will be hosted by former 30 Rock star, Jack McBrayer, and will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku.

What do you think about Levar Burton receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming ‘Children’s & Family Emmy Awards’ and from Laurence Fishburne, no less? Comment below. 

 

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