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News for the week of 09-Dec-2013
by Carol Banks Weber
CBS Daytime Programming Senior Vice President Angelica McDaniel popped up in a December 3, 2013 TV Guide article by Stephen Battaglio about the rise of soap operas and the network’s commitment to the two it still airs. She pumped up the network’s commitment to soaps as a valid, valuable asset for DVR viewers, even over the cheaper game shows and talk shows. “We do see lifts from DVR viewing. Soaps are bigger than game shows or talk shows in daytime.” Airing same-day episodes of Y&R on TVGN also helps. It’s the #1 program now. McDaniel is well aware of the pick-up perks of absorbing soap fans eager to fill up their days with some hot daytime drama programming. “There are daytime fans who like the routine of watching during the day. Those people were looking for a new home… For about a decade, daytime television was losing about a 10th of a ratings point every year, and it was accepted thinking that you couldn’t fight it. I said, ‘We’re not going to accept this fate.’”
Lauralee Bell (Christine) lent her expertise to a new web series, MI PROMISE, a six-part episodic designed to tell a drama about the hazards of text-driving. The web series debuted last week and will run through December 13.
Robert Adamson (Noah) and girlfriend Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B) are gonna have a baby, due next spring.
Gossip for the week of 09-Dec-2013
by Carol Banks Weber
Is the veteran model named Esmeralda going to turn out to be Tyler’s former flame, the Lily look-alike he never quite got over? And, does anybody give a damn?
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