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The Bold and the Beautiful's Former Long Time Producer, Ron Weaver Dies At 75!

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Ron Weaver, a three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning producer who worked on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful for almost three decades, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75.  Weaver joined The Bold and the Beautiful as associate producer in 1986 and was instrumental in launching the daytime soap with its co-creators, the late William J. Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.

Weaver rose through the ranks to senior producer, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the series, and then became vice president of BBL Distribution, Inc., where he supervised international sales, operations and promotion. After 27 years, he left the show in April after sharing three Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series.

Before The Bold and the Beautiful, Weaver served as director of operations and production services for Children’s Television Workshop, where he was part of the original production team that created Sesame Street, The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, Feeling Good and The Best of Families. During his 13 years at CTW, Weaver was instrumental in the launch of international co-productions of Sesame Street in Latin America.

Earlier, Weaver was a producer and writer at WCBS-TV’s Eye on New York.  Weaver was an active member of the Writers Guild of America for more than 20 years. In 2010, he published his first novel, Soul Mate.

Weaver was born on June 9, 1937, in Mishawaka, Ind. While attending high school in Dewagiac, Mich., he worked as a ventriloquist, performing on local radio and television. He went on to Michigan State University, where he played clarinet in the school band and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in theater arts.

After serving for two years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Weaver moved to New York to pursue acting and studied under the renowned Lee Strasberg. He lived there for 20 years, working as a photographer and actor, before beginning his career in TV production. He settled in Los Angeles in 1983.

Survivors include his partner of 29 years, Franko E. Weaver; daughter Jen Finkle-Weaver; son Kevin Weaver, an executive vp at Atlantic Records Group; and grandchildren Ella, Taji, Kyle and Davis.

A private funeral service will be held in Encino. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Three Rivers Lions Club (P.O. Box 134, Three Rivers, MI 49093) or AIDS Project Los Angeles.

 

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So sad to hear of this man’s passing. I am certain he was loved and respected as much as Jeanne was in his own circles. It often an unfair fact of life that those in front of the camera get more attention than those who work behind the scenes. It sounds like he made a great contribution to daytime television. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. And as fan of both Sesame Street and Bold and Beautiful in its day– thank you Ron– rest in peace.

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2021: ‘This Is Us’ Leads TV Nominations, ‘The View’ Lands Daytime Talk Show Nod

On Wednesday, NBC and E! announced the nominations for the 2021 People’s Choice Awards, and NBC’s This Is Us led the television field with six nominations followed by four each for: Grey’s AnatomyLaw & Order: SVULokiOuter BanksTed Lasso and WandaVision.

Fan voting is now on-going through Wednesday, November 17 at 11:59 pm ET.  To cast your ballot, you can vote on online here or via Twitter.

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The awards presentation is set for Tuesday, December 7 at 9/8c live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California to air on NBC.

In addition, the controversial daytime talk show, The View landed a nomination for the Daytime Talk Show category, and reality-competition series, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars are up against each other in the Competition Show category.

You can check out some of the TV nominations below.  The People’s Choice Awards also hands out trophies to favorite films and music of the year.

Show of 2021

Cobra Kai
Grey’s Anatomy
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Loki
Saturday Night Live
The Bachelor
This Is Us
WandaVision

Drama Show of 2021

Outer Banks
9-1-1
Cobra Kai
Grey’s Anatomy
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
The Equalizer
The Walking Dead
This Is Us

Competition Show of 2021

America’s Got Talent
American Idol
Dancing With The Stars
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Bachelor
The Bachelorette
The Masked Singer
The Voice

Daytime Talk Show of 2021

Good Morning America
Live with Kelly and Ryan
Red Table Talk
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The View
The Wendy Williams Show
TODAY

Male TV Star of 2021

Anthony Mackie, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Chase Stokes, Outer Banks
Dwayne Johnson, Young Rock
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Tom Hiddleston, Loki

Female TV Star of 2021

Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
Kathryn Hahn, WandaVision
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

Drama TV Star of 2021

Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead
Angela Bassett, 9-1-1
Chase Stokes, Outer Banks
Ellen Pompeo, Grey’s Anatomy
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Queen Latifah, The Equalizer
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Competition Contestant of 2021

Cody Rigsby, Dancing With the Stars
Gottmik, RuPaul’s Drag Race
JoJo, The Masked Singer
JoJo Siwa, Dancing With the Stars
Katie Thurston, The Bachelorette
Matt James, The Bachelor
Symone, RuPaul’s Drag Race
Wiz Khalifa, The Masked Singer

Make sure to check out all the nominations here.

So, who are you rooting for This is Us? The View? DWTS? None of the above? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Krista Allen is The Bold and the Beautiful’s New Taylor Hayes

In a shocking casting move, former Days of our Lives star, Krista Allen (Ex-Billie Reed from 1996-1999) has replaced long time B&B favorite, Hunter Tylo in the role of Dr. Taylor Hayes.

According to EW.com, Allen will take over the role of beginning on December 10th. Tylo, had previously played the role of Taylor for over three decades on the CBS daytime drama series.

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The report also notes that The Bold and the Beautiful did reach out to Hunter about reprising her signature role but was unsuccessful.

For fans of the show, Taylor has been absent for many key story points since 2019 including: her son Thomas’ brain surgery and the recent marriage of her daughter, Steffy’s marriage to Finn, plus the birth of her grandson and more.

In a tweet following the casting news being announced, Allen shared on her Twitter account: “This is gonna be a fun one! Very excited to step into this iconic role and be back on Daytime after 25 years! … Omg T-W-E-N-T-Y F-I-V-E years?”

Krista will start taping at B&B’s CBS Television City soundstage this Thursday, October 28th, and will share her first scenes with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge). Will there be trouble ahead in his marriage of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge with NuTaylor back in the picture?

Allen was recently seen on the TV series 9-1-1, and numerous primetime and film appearances.

So, what do you think of Krista Allen becoming the recast Dr. Taylor Hayes? Comment below.

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DAYS Emily O’Brien Previews Her Directorial Debut and Short Film ‘Too Close’

She’s an actress, a voice-over talent, writer, and now she can add director to her impressive resumeDays of our Lives star Emily O’Brien (Gwen) has shared over the last 24 hours a preview clip of her short film, Too Close.

Emily stated via her Instagram account: “Here’s a peek at the trailer for my short film entitled Too Close– I am so fortunate to have made this with my beloved team alongside me. My vision couldn’t have been brought to life without any of you, I am truly touched by your tenacity & genuine love for creativity!”  O’Brien shared the hashtags: #directorialdebut #filmmaking #periodpiece #cinema #womeninfilm
#writeyourownstory #vintagefilm

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You can check out the teaser for the film below which centers on the story of a young man and woman in the 1950’s examining what it means when two people in a relationship are considered to be too close.

Let us know if you are intrigued by the preview, and would like to see Emily’s short film via the comment section below.

 

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