NEWS ROUNDUP: Joan Collins Secret, Ken Kercheval Returns to Dallas, Daytime Ratings

DYNASTY'S Joan Collins reveals the secret to her success
"I’ve an indomitable spirit and I have always worked hard. I never give up and I don’t believe in getting something for nothing. I had excellent values from my parents. My father taught me never to expect anyone to give me a hand out, and that there would always be better and more clever people coming along, so I had to be really good at what I did."

Counting Down... Lynn Liccardo weighs in on Soap Blunders
Liccardo shares her initial impressions on the soap blunders list.

Daytime Soap Opera Ratings for the week of September 5-9, 2011
Total Viewers (versus last week/last year)
1. Y&R 4,631,000 (+206,000/-486,000)
2. B&B 2,991,000 (+264,000/-260,000)
3. OLTL 2,816,000 (+92,000/+359,000)
4. AMC 2,703,000 (+223,000/+235,000)
5. GH 2,495,000 (+9,000/-247,000)
6. DAYS 2,357,000 (-6,000/-137,000)

Good start for THE SECRET CIRCLE
The CW was fourth at 8 p.m. with 2.985 million viewers and a 1.4 key demo rating for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, which tied last September's premiere in the key demo and was down by only a hair in total viewers.

While SECRET CIRCLE averaged fewer viewers than NIKITA did last year, it outstripped NIKITA in the 18-49 demo and actually matched a CW all-time high for the time period among women 18-34.

Jill Larson: We need our stories
Larson is banking on the success of ALL MY CHILDREN in the new online format and hoping, by extension, that soap operas as we know them — character-driven, fictional and never-say-die — will continue as well. The culture needs them, she says. “We need our stories.”

Ken Kercheval signs on for DALLAS reboot
Ken, 76, will appear in the third, fourth and tenth episodes. He and Larry Hagman (J.R.) have the distinction of being the only DALLAS actors who appeared on the prime time soap blockbuster throughout its entire 1978-1991 run.

OLTL's Josh Kelly cast in new MTV comedy pilot DUMB GIRLS
It centers on Michelle (Christine Evangelista), who is uber-competent at her job but foolish when it comes to guys. Supported by her stalwart friends — Alex (Xosha Roquemore), Danny (Kelly), who admits her likes her more than a friend, and Ian (Nico Evers Swindell) — she mounts a plan to get the guy she likes.

Cady McClain: The Death of Daytime?
"I am deeply concerned about the shift in values and morals on daytime TV and I am not talking about love scenes or gay characters," McClain wrote on her blog. "I have no problem with either of those things in any combination. I am talking about people. Characters and what they stand for. This tendency to throw everything out the window in order to make a plot point that will supposedly “grab” the audience. Now this happens on EVERY show, not just AMC, but now that AMC will be the first to travel into the new world of internet TV, I am very concerned that values and morals will be the first two principals thrown right out the window."

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