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So what happened to the Soaps Area at TV Guide Magazine.com?

On-Air On-Soaps was very confused today, as I am sure many who were looking for the latest “exclusive”  soap news or soap  interviews offered by TV Guide Magazine on their online platform Tvguidemagazine.com were.

Monday, a new version was online, and in the Soaps area there was just a smattering of old soap related items from the past four or five months.  Then we learned via Airlock Alpha.com that there was a shift in the branding between TV Guide Magazine and TVGuide.com. The post originally came via  Advertising Age on May 24th  which states, “A new partnership between Open Gate Capital and Lionsgate will allow content from TV Guide the magazine return to TVGuide.com, the first time the two will do anything together since Macrovision sold the two sides as separate pieces in 2008. Although both companies will remain separate — as will the advertising and editorial departments — but content will be shared, as well as promotional opportunities between the website, the magazine and the TV Guide Network.”

The post went on to say, “Unfortunately for Open Gate Capital, having a separate website from the primary domain never worked for the magazine publisher. The site, TVGuideMagazine.com pulled in just 103,000 visitors in April compared to 7.8 million who stopped by TVGuide.com, according to Advertising Age. Many readers didn’t even know that the magazine and the website were two different entities, and many continued to visit TVGuide.com thinking they were visiting the magazine’s website.”

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“We’re doing this so we can do more together than apart, particularly in the area of driving readership, viewership and visitors to the various platforms,” said Jack Kliger, a senior adviser to Open Gate Capital, to AdAge.   It’s not clear when the editorial share will take place. Neither site seemed to show any indication of cross-promotion or story sharing early Monday afternoon, and and neither site even picked up the story talking about the partnership from AdAge.”

However, thus far, it looks like the Soaps area is looking less and less populated by content, which could either signal another hit to the industry, or they are going to fix that area shortly.  Whatever, it surely proves that TVGuideMagazine.com does not pull in the numbers that major online soap sites do.

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That’s not good for Daytime and for the Daytime press at all. TVG’s Michael Logan is one of the few soap journalists who seems to have integrity. He seems to write what he actually thinks regarding Daytime, despite his opinions being popular or unpopular. His analysis of Daytime is incisive enough for such a lightweight, frothy, silly medium. His critiques manage to strike the right tone regarding Daytime, and he never overanalyzes a superficial medium or gives it empty, sychophantic, delusional praises like the kinds found in Nelson branco’s tvgc columns. Logan was one of the first to actually critique OLTL’s lack of diversity when it was being heavily pimped during Carlivati’s first run as the first openly gay headwriter penning a soap. Marlena delacroix also critiques OLTL’s lack of diversity and the overpimping of OLTL during Carlivati’s first run, but tvgc’s Branco countered her critiques of OLTL by calling her “ugly” and that “the only makeover she could afford is w/ crayons.” It’s this kind of mouthpiece reporting and pushing for certain writers, actors, soaps, exec producers, agendas, etc by soap press that is also contributing to Daytime’s diminished status. This is something Logan’s columns never did. His articles reflect his admiration for MTS, yet he still asked her difficult questions abt her negotiations w/ Y&R, while tvgc’s Branco called her “Miss Piggy” in a daytime confidential podcast. Logan called B&B on their demented writing by having Sheila kiss her own daughter Mary/Erica on the lips despite B&B claiming it was meant as a “possessive” kind of kiss. Whatever. On a side note, where was all the uproar for that? B&B, a soap abt fashion w/ no lgbtq characters, was portraying its first same gender lip lock as something psychotic, unnatural and incestuous. Yet people whine abt ABC Daytime being homophobic when kish did the deed while rianca got married. Which is homophobic, B&B or ABC Daytime? Logan also called B&B on their introduction of Marcus (a black character who is actually biracial) when he is mistaken by the Forresters (white characters) for the hired help. Despite it being a Bell show, Logan pulled no punches and questioned that it could be racist, w/c was valid since B&B is the soap w/ the least amt of diversity despite being in the LA fashion business. He gets the scoops and buzzed interviews. He sticks by his scoops. Logan also was the only critic to actually take Carlivati’s “gay overkill” writing to task as a factor to the kish axing while most soap critics were readily accusing ABC Daytime and Frons of being homophobic, despite ABC Daytime having the most lgbtq representation. Logan’s column is probably one of the most legitimate columns on soaps. This is a bad move for daytime as a whole.

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When the kids are paying for programing, THEN I’ll be OK with another Disney Channel. Until then leave us our 1 Soap channel!!

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Nick Cannon Daytime Talker Set To Premiere On September 21

More talk shows are coming daytime viewers way come the fall with the announcement of the premiere date for The Masked Singer host, Nick Cannon’s daytime talk show, titled aptly, Nick Cannon.

The company behind the upcoming nationally syndicated series, Debmar-Mercury, says the new show will bow on September 21 and has been cleared in more than 90% of markets in the United States.

According to Deadline: “Cannon’s production company, Ncredible Entertainment, and Debmar-Mercury will co-produce the talker featuring his take on the latest in trending pop culture stories and celebrity interviews.”

Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury, said,  “Our great station partners are hungry for a rising, versatile and dynamic talent like Nick. His light-hearted style quickly wins over viewers and gives them a much-needed escape from the world.  We’ve been asked why we skipped doing test shows and explained there was no need. It’s obvious to anyone who watched Nick guest host for Wendy Williams last year how much he loves daytime talk and, based on the reaction of fans, how much they love him.”

Cannon added: “It’s been thrilling going through this process, and to see the widespread support that the show has received and the milestones we’ve achieved is mind blowing, We’re gearing up to deliver a must-see show and I’m looking forward to coming to you on your TV this fall.”

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So, what do you think about Nick Cannon’s new daytime talker coming your way in the fall? Comment below.

 

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‘Edge of Night’ Mainstay Forrest Compton Dies Following Complications From COVID-19

Sad news to report this Monday.  The longtime star of CBS’ and then ABC’s The Edge of Night, Forrest Compton. has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Forrest died on Sunday at the age of 94.

His death was reported and confirmed by Compton’s friends and an article in the Shelter Island Reporter.

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As Edge of Night and longtime daytime fans know, Forrest played Monticello’s district attorney, Mike Karr.  He played this key role from 1971 until the show’s cancellation in 1984.  The show was originally titled “The Edge of Night” and eventually just became “Edge of Night”.   The soap which was steeped in murder mysteries ran on CBS from 1956–1975 and on ABC from 1975–1984,   In addition, Forrest along with his on-screen wife, Ann Flood (Nancy Karr) were one of the most popular duos in daytime.

Not only did Compton appear on EON, but he also had soap roles on As the World Turns, One Life to Live and All My Children.   In primetime, Forrest was best known for his role on Gomer Pyle: USMC opposite  Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton as Lieutenant Colonel Edward Gray.

In a heartwarming story where fan meets actor and helps him out (according to the Shelter Island Reporter) Compton was only slated to appear in two episodes a week for the next 13 weeks on The Edge of Night, when he needed an apartment in New York City near the studio, so when he heard about a one-bedroom on East 72nd he went to see Al, the super.  Forrest later learned that Al was such a devotee of  The Edge of Night that he locked his office door every day at 2 p.m. to watch uninterrupted. When Forrest mentioned that he had just been hired to play Mike Karr, the super said, “You’re getting that apartment.”’

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Sharon Gabet who starred as Raven on Edge of Night, posted on Facebook, a tribute and remembrance of her former co-star: “Woody, as he was affectionately known to all of us on The Edge of Night, was a master professional, hilarious, smart, kind and gentle. I spoke with him a couple years ago on his birthday and he was active and happy in his retirement. Rest in peace, Woody, and give hugs and kisses to Larkin, Lois, Dennis, Nick, Joel, Irving and all the other EDGE alumni up there.  THE story about Woody. He was on EON when they were LIVE. It was brutal, but Woody was one of the best “straight face” men in the business. So he is doing a scene with Nancy his wife (the glorious Ann Flood – another “straight face” master). He walks in the kitchen and sits down and his line was supposed to be “Gee, it’s hard to get up in the morning.” as Nancy gave him his coffee. Instead, Mike Karr says on national TV, “Gee it’s hard to get IT up in the morning, Nancy.” There was pandemonium among the crew during the commercial break as you can imagine.”

Now below, watch the opening title sequence fro the The Edge of Night over the years, many of which feature Forrest as Mike Karr at the very opening or at the end as one of the series most well-known and beloved characters.

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Robert Newman Shares Why There Has Not Been a Return to Springfield & ‘Guiding Light’ On-Screen Reunion

Robert Newman, best known to daytime soap fans as Josh Lewis on Guiding Light, sat down earlier this week for a wide-ranging interview on his career with Lauren Van Hemert via her You Tube Channel.

The timing of the posting of the interview as in-line with the date GL was officially canceled back on April 1, 2009.  The series began its historic run on TV from radio back on June 30, 1952, and ultimately aired its final episode on September 18, 2009.

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From 1980 to 2009, Robert was one of the mainstays and key leading men of Springfield, and of course, the Josh and Reva (Kim Zimmer) love story is one of the most popular ever in the annals of daytime drama.

Right off at the top of the interview; Hemert noted that what she was asked most by fans of Newman’s and GL’s, when and if there will ever be a Guiding Light on-screen reunion.

Newman responded to the question: “I get that a lot.  That question is unfortunately in the hands of Procter and Gamble more than anything else … and they made it very clear over the years that they’re just not going to release the characters and copyrights to the show.”

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Robert also added, “In terms of what you are talking about where there might be some sort of production, where there’s an actual reunion, and we see where Josh and Reva are today and that kind of thing (on their probably 15th marriage) … unless Procter and Gamble is somehow willing to shake loose the rights to the show, I don’t see it happening.”

Watch the full interview with the talented Mr. Newman below.

Then let us know, since P&G has made it very clear for the last several years they are out of the soap business completely, do you think its time they just sell the rights so viewers can see some sort of reboot down the line, especially for a show as beloved as Guiding Light? Comment below.

 

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