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The Soap Opera That Is ABC'S Talker THE VIEW To Have Book Written On Behind The Scenes Drama!

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If you couldn’t get enough scandal on-screen and in the tabloids on The View over the last 19 seasons, now the backstage drama will be the subject of  a book written by Variety’s New York bureau chief Ramin Setoodeh.

Ramin has covered the ABC morning talk show for years, and the book is scheduled for release in 2017 from publisher Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press.

Setodeh’s book is said to be focusing on the behind-the-scenes relationships — and drama — at the show that Barbara Walters launched in 1997 with the goal of providing a forum for strong women to express their different points of view.

In exclusive interviews with co-hosts, producers and key staff, Setoodeh will pull back the curtain on the show’s history-making creation, water-cooler moments and attempts at reinvention following Walters’ retirement two years ago. The story of The View will unfold against a broader backdrop of fundamental shifts in the talk show world in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s 2011 exit.

The author and journalist commented: “The View is a groundbreaking TV show that deserves its own book. I’ve watched the show growing up, and covered it for years as a journalist at Newsweek and Variety.”

So, what do you think about a non-fiction book on the story of The View? Do you think it will make for juicy and soapy reading? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Linda
Linda

How much do you wanna bet ABC/D buys the rights to this book and turns it into, ahem, a soap? Still waiting for them to apologize to us for canceling AMC & OLTL!

jaybird369
jaybird369

Fireworks, anyone?????

Melissa
Melissa

Never really watched the view unless forced to in doctor’s waiting rooms. Still, expect it to be super juicy so will probably at least check out a copy from the local library. Not interested enough to spend my own money on it!

I love gh
I love gh

How mysogynistic can this be? Is there a tell-all of behind the scenes action at 60 minutes? World News Tonight? 20/20? This just perpetuates stereotypes of catfighting and female drama because it’s an all-female workplace. Every work place on the planet has some element of drama because humans are a part of it.

I find this ridiculous.

Melissa
Melissa

Sorry but The View does NOT belong in the same journalistic category as those shows you mention. It’s basically celebrity pablum and ABC promotional crossovers.

I love gh
I love gh

True, Melissa. It is a talk show and not a news show.

CeeCee
CeeCee

Right on, Melissa. The comparison, in itself, is insulting to journalists, reporters, in general. THE VIEW’s cast/panel is so diverse, it does not fall into ‘that’ same category, as you say.
It makes no difference if the matriarch, Barbara Walters, is a journalist herself….and others who may ‘come in’. The fact remains, the premise was not intended as a ‘news’ program, as it were.
Needless to say, I’m with you. I will not invest in THE BOOK…..just not interested enough!

Mary SF
Mary SF

I’ll wait for the made for TV movie based on the book to come out– LOL

su0000
su0000

ABC it trying to save its’ daytime TV..
All daytime is struggling and they will use every plot/ploy to keep it alive.
” Crossovers, scandals whatever can keep people tuning in..

Daytime TV is for the live viewers… and they are quickly fading away..
I doubt many would DVR/record the Price is Right..
One thing the soaps have going for them, they are watched during the evening by recording, by network, by on demand etc….

Invision who are home to watch daytime TV, live… they will not be able to save daytime but there are always new retirees, but would they watch? nawww lol
Perhaps a book about loud annoying women will help daytime, dunno..

clh
clh

Actually………..I record the Price is Right. Watch it at night after work. Love Drew and am a game show fanatic.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

One question posed here is as follows: “Do you think it will make for juicy and soapy reading?”

Throughout soap history, the successful ones featured one (maybe two) villains within a large cast, sometimes written in such a way that their motives can be understood, thus perhaps maintaining rooting value.

Over the years, The View has had quite a few villains on a recurring slate of four hosts, and these particular women have no rooting value.

A successful soap typically features a villain that the viewer loves to hate. The View typically features one or more villains that the viewer simply hates…

Tomas Torquemada
Tomas Torquemada

Well it started out as a forum for strong, smart women. And then it was one very dim bulb after another. Yet another sad example of Daytime underestimating the intelligence of its viewers.

Toure Cannon
Toure Cannon

“NOT INTERESTED AT ALL!” And , IMO it probably won’t sell that many copies anyways! I use to watch this show to a T , but now I don’t since that rat-ass wretched Disney ABC cancelled AMC and OLTL and f'”‘ked up their daytime lineup! All the view is just a complaining menopause fest of raging out of control hormones of buckets of stale drama! As the previous comment above , I agree that they…ABC needs to apologize to us for axing our soaps. I am a boycotter of all things Disney ABC 23/7., except for 1hr of General Hospital only until they fix the daytime lineup again by returning the soaps. Other than that…BYE BYE ABC!!! NO SOAPS…NO ABC!

Nikki
Nikki

In short “NO”. Who cares enough to buy the book?

Jason W
Jason W

Star Jones already wrote “satan sister” and that book is being turned into a VH1 tv show, so we don’t need ANOTHER book on the view…

Days Of Our Lives

Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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So, what do you think of Sean and Gilles coming to The Bay? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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Days Of Our Lives

RATINGS: Days of our Lives Has Strong Week

The ratings are out for the week of September 2nd through the 6th and it was NBC’s Days of our Lives that was the only daytime drama series to gain in total viewers and households.

That week featured the debut of One Life to Live icon, Robin Strasser in her debut on DAYS as Vivian Alamain replacing Louise Sorel.

DAYS topped General Hospital for the week moving into third place adding +82,000 total viewers, while GH hit a new low losing – 143,000 viewers, as well, the CBS Daytime series of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful also lost total viewers … -189,000 and -120,000 for the ratings period.

In addition, DAYS was up +.04 in households week-to-week.   However. the show year-to-year that has continued in recent weeks to lose viewers is The Young and the Restless who from this time last year lost -453,000 viewers.

In the key demos: Y&R remained at #1 in 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 in total viewers, but in the ratings share it tied with B&B in the 18-34 category.  Over the past few weeks, B&B has also been in the top demo slots trading off with Y&R.

With the fall season upon us and summer coming to a close, perhaps many soap viewers will be checking back in to see what is happening in the towns of Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.

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But of course, story and content is king, so here’s hoping viewers will be into what the shows are serving up in the months to come.  And if you love the genre, it’s important to remember in the words of Robin Strasser to “Support the Four”.

Check out the entire ratings picture via SON here.

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 3,616,000 (-120,000/-453,000)
2. B&B 3,196,000 (-189,000/-87,000)
3. DAYS 2,123,000 (+82,000/-30,000)
4. GH 2,023,000 (-143,000/-297,000)

So, what soap opera do you think is delivering the best drama right now? Which soap opera is delivering the worst? What changes would you like to see made that you think would help your favorite soap gain more viewers? Comment below.

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