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Sarah Michelle Gellar's Series RINGER is Canceled by the CW!

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We know this will not sit well with many of our soapers, who have posted at On-Air On-Soaps how much they love and enjoy the CW soapy drama, Ringer, starring former All My Children alum, Sarah Michelle Gellar.  And while word on the street was that the CW might be the fence if the series would get picked-up for another season, a final decision was handed down today that sealed its fate.

According to EW.com,  “Despite considerable publicity thanks to the return of Sarah Michelle Gellar to TV, Ringer fell steadily after its premiere and averaged only 1.8 million viewers and a 0.8 rating for the season.  The show’s cancellation was expected.”

So while Ringer and Secret Circle bit the dust at the CW, Hart of Dixie, Gossip Girl and Nikita all got their renewals! So what do you think of the cancellation of Ringer?   Let us know!

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Elizabeth Wood
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Elizabeth Wood

I still can not believe they canceled this show an The Secret Circle! I saw the list of Canceled shows so far it’s like everything on TV. Soon nothing good would be on… Maybe if they did not take shows off the air for weeks/months they would have viewers. I hope another network picks them up soon…

Katie
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Katie

Here is what I don’t understand GG gets about 600,000 viewers why did they bother bringing it back for even just 10 episodes? Why did Nikita which averages a 0.6 score a renewal over The Secret Circle which averaged a 0.9?

Katie
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Katie

Both Ringer and The Secret Circle were doing good ratings wise until the month (or was it two month?) long breaks. To be honest I’ll probably just start watching cable shows now speaking of which TNT picked up Cougar Town maybe GCB or Secret Circle can get picked up by a cable network.

Barbara
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Barbara

Very sad to see that Ringer was cancelled!!! 🙁 Looked forward to it every week. Very disappointed that Awake and Alcatraz were not renewed as well. I really liked all of these shows!!!

barbara t
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barbara t

I’m also disappointed that alcatraz was not renewed, there was a lot of story telling that could have gone on for seasons ,I don’t think fox gave it a fair chance. It was a very interesting show. also there are only 2 episodes left of house, there goes my mondays nothing left for me to watch.

lisa
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lisa

I had heard it was on the chopping block and now it’s confirmed…..
so sad ,I looked forward to Ringer every week. 🙁

Tom
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Tom

I have to admit I gave up on this one 3/4 of the way through the season.

Anne hayes
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Anne hayes

Ringer was a great show! How sad that it was cancelled

Dmitri
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Dmitri

Glad Hart of Dixie was renewed, but sad about the cancellation of TSC! It was getting good after a few slow, predictable stories. Nikita should have ended instead. As for GG, it has been so boring lately, but hopefully shorter season 6 (the last season) will be better.

Scott
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Scott

BIG MISTAKE BY THE CW! “Ringer” was their best series ever, plus their best series in the 2011-12 TV season. They really screwed this one up. Their worst decision since becoming a network.

Hope another station picks up the series.

Patricia
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Patricia

I don’t understand why cw would let a great show like Ringer , secert circle are cancelled . these were good shows, and I hope that another network will pick them up. I remember when the hit show Jag was taken off after one season and then it was picked up by another network and it lasted ten seasons.What were you thinking CW?

Kathleen
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Kathleen

I don’t really know if these comments are read, but if CW will not renew Ringer, I would hope another network picks it up. This drama definitely needs a second season as anyone who has been following the series knows it left us in a cliffhanger that needs to be continued. Hoping to see the return of Sarah and Ringer! Please don’t disappoint your fans.

Angela F
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Angela F

We need movies like RINGER ….There are to mannnny reality shows on TV .I HATE Reality shows they are just a waste of TV air time .PLEASE BRING BACK RINGER.Was waiting all summer for the fall time to watch Ringer!! OMG

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment 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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