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‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Loses 1 Million Viewers Following Toxic Workplace Scandal

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Concerns had run high on the hit daytime talker, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, following all the allegations and accusations that came to light last summer over the toxic environment created in the workplace and behind the scenes of the show.  That led to the dismissal of several key producers.

Now the New York Times is reporting that the talk show has now lost over 1 million viewers since the scandal, and following the 18th season return in September of 2020.

During the season premiere, where viewers were waiting to hear Ellen’s statement on what had transpired, the show scored its highest season opener episode in four years.  However, after that, viewers left in droves, where the show is averaging 1.5 million viewers over the last six months, and that is decline from 2.6 million from the same period last year.  More stark is that that the decline marks a 43% decrease, which is further decline than any of Ellen’s competition.

According to the NY Times, “The loss of viewers includes a 38 percent decline in her core audience, adult women under 54, according to Nielsen. And it appears to have put a dent in the show’s ad revenue.”

Ellen had confirmed that the show would run for its 19th season following her hiatus over the summer for the 2021-2022 TV season.

On the converse to the erosion, David McGuire, an executive vice president of programming at Telepictures shared that the Ellen Show, “remains one of the top three highest-rated syndicated talk shows this season.”  He suggested there are other reasons at play for the decline in viewership including the Coronavirus pandemic, adding, “While broadcast is down across the board and Covid has been challenging for production, we are looking forward to bringing back our live audiences and a 19th season filled with all of the hilarious and heartwarming moments that have made ‘Ellen’ one of the longest running and most successful talk shows in history.”

So can ‘Ellen’ bounce back in the ratings? She has certainly come back from adversity before throughout her career? Comment below.

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Karma is a bitch.

So is Ellen!

Yes she is!

My first, snippy instinct is to say, “She can afford it”, both in terms of viewers and revenue. But there’s more to this issue that’s disturbing. Such as how long these toxic environments have existed EVERYWHERE and how long they would have continued without some brave folks coming forward. To me, they are heroes as well.

I knew there was a good reason to rarely watch Ellen. The last time I watched an entire hour of Ellen was back in late 2019 when she had Dakota Johnson as her guest. Ellen started a public fight over a birthday invitation needlessly embarrassing Dakota in front of the whole world. So much for the “kindness” of Ellen.

Ellen can go
The talk can go
The 7th hour of gma can go
The 20 judge shows can go
The 10 cheesy entertainment gossip shows can go
Can we bring a soap back instead?
Guiding light?
Santa Barbara?
Even in the half hour format?

If only they’d had the common sense to just scale back to 30 minutes again. Most shows would still be around with healthy audiences and on fire. The best 30 minutes of TV in a day. And I guarantee if that was the case B&B wouldn’t be recycling triangle storylines over and over.

I can go…right along with you. Great points throughout, Damien!

Oh I would love to watch Santa Barbara again! From the beginning to the end, just like I did in the 80’s. My favorite soap opera eva! ♥️♥️♥️

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Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts and Marlene King Land ‘Calabasas’, a Soap in the Vein of the ‘O.C’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, at Netflix

There has been lot of soapy projects coming to life and in the works of late, and now comes word that Kim Kardashian is executive producing a new series in development for Netflix called Calabasas.

After a bidding war last week, it looks like Netflix cemented the development deal from Kim, and her producing partners American Horror Story co-star Emma Roberts (pictured below) and Pretty Little Liars creators Marlene King and Alexandra Milchan.

The concept of Calabasas is based on the book If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous By Now by Via Bleidner.  King set to write the adaptation and will serve as the series showrunner.

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According to Deadline, Calabasas is said to be in the vein of primetime young teen and young adult soaps the O.C. and Beverly Hills 90210. The story follows “Via, a 16-year-old sheltered Midwestern Catholic school girl whose world is turned upside down when her family moves and she’s forced to transfer to the fast world of Calabasas High where nothing is as it appears and where everyone is trying to be someone else. It’s a place where dreams come true … but not without complications and sometimes unforeseen consequences.”

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As fans of the Kardashians know, Kim and her family made the town of Calabasas a household and worldwide name. Kim being attached to this project helped make its sale. This marks her fourth project to sell since the writers and actors strikes concluded at the end of last summer.

So, would you be interested to see a teen soap called ‘Calabasas’ on Netflix from Kim and company? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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Steve Kent Reportedly OUT as Sony Pictures Television VP in Charge of DAYS and Y&R

On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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