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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.

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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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Mary SF
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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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Jessica Tuck Returns This Week To General Hospital

There will be a Cassandra Pierce sighting in Port Charles, which means one of the best actresses we know, Jessica Tuck, will be back on your screens this week on ABC’s General Hospital.

Tuck, who became soap-famous for her role as Megan on One Life to Live from 1988-1992 and then went on to primetime television roles returns to the canvas as the evil Cassandra, a role she debuted on GH back in 2017.  Viewers last saw her pop during Michael (Chad Duell) and Sasha’s (Sofia Matteson)vacation.

But this time look for Tuck to mix-it up with GH icon Genie Francis (Laura) in some major showdown scenes, when she holds the mayor and Curtis (Donnell Turner) at gunpoint on the Haunted Star.  Will these two be able to get the on-the-run villainess locked up for good? Don’t necessarily count on it.

Of course, a man who both Cassandra and Laura have an interest in bringing down, Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) plays heavy into the story. But will Cassandra do a double-cross of a double-cross? Who else may get a dose of something potentially lethal that she has been concocting?

Jessica told Soap Opera Digest that when she found out she would be working with Genie Francis; “I was like Woo-hoo! Hot diggity!  I mean, like many people, I have been a fan of hers forever and ever and ever.  It was fun to meet the person behind the character I’ve gotten to know.”

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So, excited to know Cassandra is back in Port Charles? What do you hope happens next for her, Laura, Curtis and Valentin? Comment below.

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Judith Light Receives Her Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame

This week on Thursday, Judith Light was honored with the 2,673rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony attended by many of her beloved friends, longtime business associates who were instrumental in her career, and former or current castmates, and of course, her husband, Robert Desiderio  (Ex-Steve Piermont, OLTL).

The two-time Daytime Emmy winner for her powerhouse performance as Karen Wolek on One Life to Live, and a two-time Tony Award winner for her work in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties was given her star on the legendary walk on Hollywood Blvd for her incredibly successful and enduring career in television, movies and the theatre.

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Speaking to the crowd in honor of Judith’s big day was her Ugly Betty co-star, America Ferrera as well as Transparent creator, Jill Soloway. Broadway producer Daryl Roth, Light’s Transparent co-stars: Amy Landecker, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Duplass and Gaby Hoffman, David Steinberg, and former Ugly Betty co-star Ana Ortiz, were all on-hand.  In addition, Judith’s longtime friend and former on-screen One Life to Live sister, Brynn Thayer (Ex-Jenny Wolek) attended to celebrate this moment with Judith.

In her speech, Light thanked everyone along the way at all the shows and stages she has appeared on and more including: One Life to Live, Who’s the Boss? ABC and of course, her current series Transparent, as well as producer Ryan Murphy with whom she first worked with as Marilyn Miglin in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, a role which earned Judith a Primetime Emmy nomination.  Light will next be seen in Murphy’s Netflix series, The Politician with Bette Midler and Ben Platt.

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Judith expressed to all that helped her have a successful career: “The fact is, if you were not in my life, the dream of this little girl sitting alone in her room in Trenton, N.J., reading plays and acting out Shakespeare passages, would never have come to pass. All of you have made and are continuing to make the powerful difference in my life and the lives of so many others  So, I say to all of you with deep and profound gratitude, thank you.  You remind me of who we all really and truly are. We are each other’s star.”

Watch Judith Light’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony below.  Then let us know, what you think of Judith finally receiving her star via the comment section below.


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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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