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NEWS ROUNDUP: THE CHEW Producer Speaks About Soaps, Charles Pratt Says Soap Fans Are Watching ABC Family, Syfy Cancels EUREKA

THE CHEW producer speak out about ABC soap cancellations: "We were asked to join the daytime lineup because daytime tastes have changed." Charles Pratt Jr., executive producer of the new ABC Family show THE LYING GAME, said millions of young folks lap up the primetime soap-style shows on ABC Family and other networks catering to "millennials," viewers 12 to 34. Viacom, CBS and Time Warner report windfalls in television revenue. Benjamin Bratt's PRIVATE PRACTICE character has been revealed. Felicity Huffman hopes she doesn't end up in "acting jail" after DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES. Syfy cancels EUREKA.  Michelle Stafford added to RINGER cast.

THE CHEW producer speak out about ABC soap cancellations
Gordon Elliot, executive producer of The Chew, reasons that since there are plans for both ALL MY CHILDREN and also-ending soap ONE LIFE TO LIVE to continue online, why can't viewers watch it all, guilt-free? "We were asked to join the daytime lineup because daytime tastes have changed," Elliott told reporters Sunday during ABC's fall TV previews. Soap audiences have been in steady decline for several years, and in April, ABC announced it was ending both ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. (They go off the air in September and January, respectively.) In July, production company Prospect Park said it was attempting to resurrect both series online, as well as on other platforms. Viewers "can have their cake and eat it too," Elliot said.

Late on during the same TCA panel, Charles Pratt Jr., executive producer of the new ABC Family show THE LYING GAME, had an interesting take on that.

Millions of young folks, he said, lap up the prime-time soap-style shows on ABC Family and other networks catering to "millennials," viewers 12 to 34.

Ad Money Reliably Goes to Television
Last week, companies like Viacom, CBS and Time Warner reported windfalls in television revenue, much of it from growing ad spending, despite the bad economy.

Benjamin Bratt's PRIVATE PRACTICE Character Revealed
Bratt's character, Jake Reilly, will help Addison. "It turns out he's a fertility doctor," Bratt tells TVGuide.com. "And not just a fertility doctor, but someone who is quite accomplished and up to speed with cutting-edge technology and procedures."

TCA: Average Americans May Enjoy Seeing Rich People Get Taken Down In REVENGE
ABC believes that recession-ravaged Americans will welcome a series set among the chi-chi set in the Hamptons that finds the "haves" being treated to the bitter taste of revenge.

Dot-Marie Jones Dishes On ‘Crazy’ Emmy Nomination & Fractured Foot
“I looked at all who was entered in to be nominated and stuff, and it’s like, I can’t believe I’m one of them,” a grateful Dot-Marie told ACCESS HOLLYWOOD at the Los Angeles premiere of Glee: The 3-D Concert Movie in Westwood, Calif., on Saturday night.

UK SKINS star Hannah Murray joins GAME OF THRONES
The redheaded actress will play Gilly in the series.

EMERDALE's Karl Davies joins GAME OF THRONES too
Davies has signed on to play Alton Lannister.

Syfy cancels EUREKA and Season 6 too
Season 5 will be EUREKA's last. "After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of 'Eureka,'" Syfy said in a statement.

Felicity Huffman hopes she doesn't end up in "acting jail" after DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Huffman jokes she may leave acting altogether once the series wraps up. "Some people say I'm crazy," she says, 'but you go into acting jail at the end of these things, because it's hard for people to see you as anything else but Lynette Scavo or whatever it is, so I think it's unwise to kind of look at the carnage of past television actresses around you and go, 'Well, it's not going to happen to me,' 'cause I think it probably will. Which is why I'm planning to open supermarkets and gas stations."

First Look: Vanessa Williams' New Man on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Charles Mesure says, "I started out with Pamela Anderson on STACKED. I was Maggie Grace's Australian boyfriend on LOST back in Season One. I was Jill Hennessy's boyfriend on CROSSING JORDAN for a year. I was married to Lucy Lawless, and now the lovely Vanessa Williams. I've had enormous luck."

Michelle Stafford Added to RINGER Cast
Y&R's Stafford will guest star on the show's upcoming first season.

2 comments:

  1. Personally, I refuse to watch any ABC shows in the spots stolen from All My Children and OLTL. I will "Eschew The Chew."

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  2. Personally, I refuse to watch any ABC shows in the spots stolen from All My Children and OLTL. I will "Eschew The Chew."

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