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SOAPnet hits 75mm subscribers & "Being Erica" picked up for Season Three!

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Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today that SOAPnet has surpassed the 75 million household subscriber milestone, and has also picked up a third season of the critically acclaimed original scripted drama, Being Erica, from BBC Worldwide, Americas.

“Being Erica is a series that won the hearts of our audience and also brought new viewers to SOAPnet,” said Frons. “As the network continues to grow, we look forward to following Erica on her endearing journey of self discovery.” According to the latest figures from Nielsen Media Research, the network is in 75,255,000 homes as of May 2010, representing a distribution gain of 4 million homes over May 2009. Now in its tenth year, SOAPnet has ranked No. 1 in viewer loyalty for the past 15 consecutive months among Women 18-49. 

Being Erica, which brought over half a million new viewers to the network in its first season and reached 3 million viewers in Season Two, has been picked up for 13 additional episodes. The series follows the life of single, funny, charming, candid and sexy 33-year-old Erica Strange. With the help of mysterious therapist Dr. Tom, Erica follows a time-travel therapy where she is able to relive a past regret each week in order to come back and make a positive change in her present. At the end of Season Two, Erica is stripped of everything — her job, her boyfriend and her life are left in shambles. However, unlike the Erica we first met back in Season One, this Erica is able to deal with these setbacks and turn them into positives. When Erica ends up standing in a strange hallway surrounded by different doors, she tells Dr. Tom that she’s ready to face whatever awaits her on the other side. When she picks a door, what will she find behind it?

Transformation is the big theme for Season Three, and we will see Erica emerge as a more confident woman who is on the path to forging a new identity. The third season stars Erin Karpluk (Erica Strange) and Michael Riley (Dr. Tom). The one-hour series, created by Emmy Award-winning writer Jana Sinyor, is executive-produced by Sinyor, Aaron Martin, Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, and is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Worldwide. Production begins in Toronto on May 17, and Season Three will premiere on SOAPnet in early 2011.

General Hospital

ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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Guiding Light

GL & ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey On His Role in ‘Mank’: “I Got To Say Rosebud On-Screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher Film. Pretty Cool.”

What we all knew first, everyone in Hollywood and all of America is becoming to realize;  that Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light, Mick, As the World Turns) is just a naturally-gifted actor able to tap into such deep emotional depths in every part he plays that make him a stand-out in every project he is in.

Now, this two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who is coming off a critically-acclaimed run in season 3 of Nerflix’s Ozark, can be seen in one of the talked about potential Oscar contenders, the film, Mank.

In the David Fincher film, Pelphrey plays Joseph Mankiewicz the brother to Gary Oldman’s Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz, and in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tom realizes the enormity of one of the key and most famous words in cinema history that he gets to say during Joseph’s reaction to Mank’s script for Citizen Kane … “rosebud”.

Pelphrey shared on the revelation that his line in the film is part of a huge historic fabric of cinema history: ““Oh my god. I didn’t even think about that. Wow. When you work on something like this, you really try to do your job to the best of your ability, and you really just focus on the task at hand.”

He added, Y”ou don’t really stop and consider the whole big thing- at least I didn’t. But you don’t want to get too swept up in that or get intimidated. You want to just come in, focus on your work and put your head down. And yeah, now is the time to sit back and say, ‘I got to say Rosebud on-screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher film.’ Pretty cool.

Mank, is now available in select theatres and streams beginning on December 4th on Netflic.

So, excited to see Tom in Mank? Comment below.  But first, check out this trailer from the film,

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Dancing with the Stars

Soap Vet and ‘Selling Sunset’ Star, Chrishell Stause Dating DWTS Pro Keo Motsepe

On Wednesday, former All My Children, Days of our Lives, Y&R, and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause had some intriguing personal news revealed.  She is now dating Dancing with the Stars pro, Keo Motsepe.

Stause, who also competed on this season’s ABC ballroom dance floor competition, was rumored to have been dating her actual pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, when Gleb’s marriage to his wife dissolved.  Chrishell shut down the rumor mill on social media and let it be known that she and Savchenko were nothing more than good friends.

But instead, it appears Chrishell is linked to another dancer from the show … enter Keo.   As DWTS viewers know, Motsepe was the pro partner of another former soap star, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marly, Another World) during the just completed season of the show,.

The couple made their relationship official on Instagram with Motsepe, posting a pic on his account of him giving Chrishell a kiss on the cheek. and another subsequent post on his Instagram story..  Meanwhile, Stause shared a workout of the two masked-up.

Stause was previously married to former soap star and current member of the cast of This Is Us, Justin Hartley.  The couple divorced in 2019.

So, what do you think about the news of Chrishell and Keo as a couple? Comment below.,

 

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