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Ricki Lake Talk Show Canceled! While Some New Talkers Are Axed, Others Are Still Waiting In The Wings!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

This came as no surprise but today official word was handed down that The Ricki Lake Show was canceled and will not be renewed for the 2013-2014 season.   Stephen Brown, Twentieth TV’s EVP of programming & development, stated on the cancellation:  “While we are proud of the topics the program tackled including childhood obesity, life-after the military, divorce, and addiction we were simply not able to breakthrough the crowded talk show marketplace.”

According to Deadline.com,  a similar notice will be given to the Jeff Probst Show.  Along with Lake and Probst, Anderson Cooper’s talk show, Anderson will also not see another season.

But while we hoped that programming executives and syndication arms would realize that there is just way too much talk shows on daytime, there are still more programs waiting in the wings to infuriate soap fans that include the following hosting their own talkers: Kris Jenner, Bethenny Frankel, Arsenio Hall ans Queen Latifah!

So soapers, do you think there is way to much talk on daytime at this point? Does it seem like a guest makes the round from show to show to show to promote their projects? Which talk show’s do you watch?  Let us know your thoughts!

 

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Christine
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Christine

“So soapers, do you think there is way to much talk on daytime at this point?”

There’s that rhetorical question again.

Verona
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Verona

There have been too many talk shows for a long time. Ricki Lake – isn’t this the second time she’s tried the talk show route? Kris Jenner, Bethany Frankel – trying to feed off their “reality” show success? I personally don’t watch talk shows, period. Not during the day, not at night, not interested. And yes, it does seem that the same people show up on them talking up their latest projects. As far as I can tell from program listings, that is, since I don’t see them myself.

Jewell
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Jewell

Yes, way too many talk shows, what is there left to talk about.? Maury and Jerry Springer need to go away too.

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

i agree

ces
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ces

Good Riddance!

Jeffrey Anderson
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Jeffrey Anderson

i agree,too bring amc and otol back on the air and get rid of chew

Iakovos
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Iakovos

And critics say soaps are derivative and repetitive?!?!?!? These talkers recycle guests, even cannibalizing on each other to fill their hours. Let’s close our mouoths save for some savvy storytelling, please. The talk format has not generated anything new for some time. And the demands of corporate American and audiences will not allow for anyone to break through or be original anyway. I am tired of crass. I am tired of lowbrow. I am tired of judge shows. Come one, webs and syndicators, work it… or maybe give us back our original continuing stories. Thank you!

Nancy
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Nancy

I would not watch any talk show except Ellen if I did watch talk shows. I care nothing about actors and so on. I don’t care about any of the same old crap that they all seem to talk about. Yuk. They will be gone and recycling new ones soon. They are doomed before they start.

jim
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jim

Maybe Prospect Park can save these cancelled talk shows and move them on line like they did the soaps AMC and OLTL? JUST JOKING!

Eileen Hargis
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Eileen Hargis

We dont need anymore talk shows! Havent the poor ratings made even a dent in their heads???? SOAPS MATTER! When will they get it??

Kollene
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Kollene

I don’t watch talkers period. Same old same old…

Linda
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Linda

When are the highly paid morons at the networks going to realize people are sick and tired of talk shows. I don’t watch them. Bring back Love in the Afternoon.

cheryl
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cheryl

they should have never cancelled all my children and one life to live.

Aria
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Aria

Yes, there’s too many, what they need to do is have more soaps even if only 30 minutes ones, but then again that’s way to much tv for anyone, we just need the ones that are still here to survive with high ratings.

Will
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Will

There are only so many times a day you can watch someone interview Jennifer Anisten about her upcoming movie and talk about the mayors cheating scandal. Make a game show and a half hour soap and call it a day kids. Build a lineup

Sal Piscioneri
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Sal Piscioneri

Andrson could stay the rest can go…………Ricki take Katie with you…

MK
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MK

The view is enough for me and it is just the 1st 25 min (Hot Topics). If the guest is on GMA earlier in the day then I don’t to see then again. If other shows like Katie or Dr. Phil get an exclusive then I usually see most of the best stuff on GMA or AH.

shelly
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shelly

Never watched her. Oh wait. I don’t watch any of them. Or the talk, or the view, or doctors and shrinks, or judges. I watch soaps.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

All I can say to all the network exec’s out there who thought they could replace soap operas with talk shows is Karma is a bitch.

David Larsson
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David Larsson

My television’s life is in danger should Kris Jenner get a show.

RJ4
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RJ4

Most talk shows have talked themselves out, and are just a show case for celebrities to pitch their goods. If they could tackle and handle current social/political topics like Phil Donahue did, or Oprah did when she started out (towards the end she became too celebrity focused too!), they could be interesting, but now many of them are just places for famous people to become more famous! Actually, Steve Harvey’s show has not been bad, he has been bringing on ‘regular’ people, and helping them deal with day to day lifestyle issues.

bc
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bc

notice how ellen degeneres is getting no backlash from creating betheney frankel’s daytime talk show. ellen is very vocal against lgbt bullying but she gives a talk show to a real housewife? the whole premise of the housewife franchise are women being catty and saying degrading things abt each other. bravo pretty much glorifies bullying. oh that’s right. ellen has no problem w/ the housewives bec the bullying is between lgbt people. hollywood and the mainstream manhattan media and the entertainment press are against lgbt bullying and speak abt lgbt suicides and yet the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and… Read more »

Nicki
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Nicki

Are there to many talk shows? Now that’s a hot one! What kind of idiotic question is that? Oh and the one that I watch, NONE OF THEM!!!!!!

cr
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cr

Another brand new soap opera

Patrick
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Patrick

Gouge My Eyes OUT…. Kris Jenner? Oye! Retards watch too much “reality”.

Patrick
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Patrick

isn’t she all that christening herself Queen of Reality….

LisaK
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LisaK

I miss the game shows.. good ones..(not ones like deal or no deal..stupid show)….or the variety shows like Carol Burnett. What happened to comedy? Something to make you laugh and lighten your day? No one in the business has any kind of imagination any more. Since the OJ trials television has gone down the drain. Reality shows are just a drain on society, and talk shows will never have another Johnny Carson. I’m a scripted story person. Love the soaps. Build them up from morning till the news in the evening……ya know….like it used to be when TV was good.

Christine
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Christine

Excellent point, LisaK.

CBS has Drew Carey so why don’t they have him do his cable show during the daytime or bring back Whose Line is it Anyway.

I would think if one network can get by with reruns of America’s Funniest Home Videos and I Love Lucy (not complaining about the Lucy part), then the other networks could find something else besides TALK SHOWS for their lineup. I would also love to see another half-hour soap start up instead of decimating what we have left.

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Maybe if one of these talk shows tried something new we really would watch. Maybe…

Christine
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Christine

Yeah, like maybe have no one talk. Now that would be something. Seeing how long they could keep quiet instead of talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. What else is there to talk about?

Shelly
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Shelly

Kris Jenner, Bethany Frankel, Meredith Viera, Queen Latifia are just a few waiting for a talk show spot. I’ve also heard that ABC is salivating waiting for ratings to tank for GH. They apparently want to replace it with a weight loss reality show similar to biggest Loser. God help us all…

Tom
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Tom

I may be in the minority here, but as an American, I feel talked-out. News is on around the clock, on a million websites, and on a hundred talks shows. I just want to be entertained for a while, people.

Violet
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Violet

I’m right there with ya, Tom. I can’t believe that anyone wants MORE talk.

All My Children

All My Children and Guiding Light Vet, Gil Rogers Passes Away

Gil Rogers, who played one of the all-time most dastardly villains in soaps on All My Children and was the on-screen father to the one and only Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer) on Guiding Light, has died at age 87.

News came via his daughter, Amanda Rogers on her Facebook page, relating that Gil passed away on March 2nd.

The actor had played Tad (Michael E. Knight) and Jenny’s (Kim Delaney) father, Ray Gardner on All My Children from 1977-1978 making multiple appearance though 2001, then later as Hawk Shayne on Guiding Light from 1985-1992 making multiple appearance through 2009.

Gil also appeared on Another World, Search for Tomorrow and The Doctors.

In her post, Amanda wrote: “Gil Rogers died this morning. As you all know, my dad was awesome. He was my best friend, confidant, mentor and just an awesome dad. He came to pick me and  Charlotte Whitaker Zdanowski up at clubs at 2AM in our teens to keep us safe, and drank bourbon with me every day since moving out here 2 years ago. He was welcoming and kind, funny and gregarious, a shameless flirt and a fierce protector. He loved his dinners with grandkids and endured animated movies and discussions about pokemon. And I miss him so terribly already. He died in his sleep, without pain or fear. I am so grateful to have had such a great father and to have spent these past 2 years with him every day.”

Check out this vintage scene below from All My Children where Ray played by Rogers blows up the Martin house.

Now share your remembrances of Gil’s performances and along with condolences for his family in the comment section.

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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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