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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…

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Chicago Police Believe That Jussie Smollett May Have Been “Active Participant” In His Own Attack

Saturday has brought with it some major twists and developments into the alleged assault on Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) through multiple reports.  Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the on-going investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him.

The men in question, who are brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were originally arrested on Wednesday, but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited: “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.”  Reports also say that the two men are fully cooperating with law enforcement.

Of note is: that the brothers are of Nigerian descent and teach online body building classes. The Chicago Tribune reports that Smollett follows the brothers’ workout page on Instagram.   One brother reportedly appeared in an episode of Empire, but was not credited it for it.

Smollett’s attack happened in the early hours of January 29th on the streets of Chicago, when Smollett told authorities that two men were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.”  He also noted that one of the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.

“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr. Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a law enforcement source close to the situation told Deadline.

In a statement from Chicago PD late Saturday: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the ‘Empire’ cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

So, what do you believe at this juncture?  Do you think Smollett would stage a hate crime on himself? Could the police just not have found the true culprits? Share your theories on this developing story.

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Drake Hogestyn Chats On John Black’s Latest Predicament With Diana and Leo On ‘Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast’

The complex life of John Black (Drake Hogestyn) just got even more complicated on NBC’s Days of our Lives; thanks to the arrival of his ex-flame Diana Colville (Judith Chapman) and the bombshell that bad boy Leo Stark (Greg Rikaart), who has been causing so much trouble for Will (Chandler Massey) and Sonny (Freddie Smith), is actually his biological son!  Boy, John certainly has had some kids he never knew about pop up (remember, Paul Narita is John’s son, too).  But, is this all a tale spun by Diana, or the truth regarding Leo?

Longtime DAYS vet, Drake Hogestyn sits down with host, Michael Fairman on an all-new installment of NBC’s Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast.  During the conversation, Drake talks about his surprise learning from the script that Diana Cooper was indeed his ex, Diana Colville.

The beloved actor reveals that at one point he thought Genie Francis (Laura, GH) might be coming back to reprise the role, but now that it’s Judith Chapman he is having a great time acting opposite her.  In addition, being a true historian of DAYS, Drake takes the listeners on some fun facts that they may not have remembered. Later, Hogestyn reveals why he and Deidre Hall (Marlena) have found such success as DAYS’ enduring John and Marlena.

Michael commends Drake on his Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his emotional turn following Marlena being shot at the Jarlena nuptials, and the family saying their goodbyes believing she was going to die, especially she the good doc had a DNR request on her legal forms filed with the hospital.

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In the backstage segment of the podcast, Eric Martsolf (Brady) takes Fairman on what a typical production day is like for him and others in Salem: visiting the wardrobe department, stopping to talk to the stage manager, and chatting it up with co-stars along the way including: Lauren Koslow (Kate) and Linsey Godfrey (Sarah).

The new episode of Inside Salem: Days of our Lives Podcast is currently streaming on NBC.com here, and will be available for download via iTunes on Monday.

So, do you think John will do next now that Diana is working her way back into his life, and Leo is his son?  Will he tell Marlena what is going on?  What did you think of the sentiments shared by Drake in the interview? Comment below.

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Doug Davidson Back To The Young and the Restless

Big news Y&R fans, longtime veteran and fan favorite, Doug Davidson is back filming scenes at CBS Daytime’s top-rated soap as Paul Williams.

The news broke when Eric Braeden tweeted a picture of himself with Davidson that simply stated: “He’s Back”

A spokesperson for Y&R did confirm that Davidson (who had been taken off contract by the series a year ago back in January, which caused quite the social media stir) was back on set filming on Friday.  That episode in which Davidson is in will air on March 25th.

Davidson tweeted: “Okay! So, the cat is out of the bag. NONE of any of this would happen without all of your undying loyalty, support and kindness. All of you are the reason “Paul” is back on the canvas. THANK YOU SO MUCH. has been incredible the entire time. A huge thanks to him as well!”

Doug is a Daytime Emmy winner, who started on the daytime drama series back in 1978.  Y&R did receive pushback under Mal Young’s (Ex-EP and head writer) regime for its misuse of long-standing vets.

Braeden also tweeted with the photo: “I want to thank from SONY, JOSH GRIFFITH and TONY MORINA, for turning the ship around!!! Steve made an executive decision a few months ago and we want to thank him for it!”

So, excited to hear that Davidson is back taping at Y&R? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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