Friday, April 15, 2011

NEWS: OWN Not An Option, Josh Duhamel, Erika Slezak, Moonves

Will a cable net rescue the canceled ABC soaps? (Sound: crickets)
Though an insider acknowledged that ABC-Disney would certainly field offers for the 41-year-old AMC and/or the 43-year-old One Life to Live, it’s unlikely that any cable network would have the cash to make it work. The Oprah Winfrey Network is out (no matter how much it could use a headline-grabbing stunt like this to boost its ratings). And its doubtful any other female-friendly web could pony up the cash to keep Susan Lucci on the payroll.

Closing the Book on Soaps
Sam Ford writes: "On the one hand, one can hardly blame the networks. Soap opera ratings have falling for decades and have been in particularly troubling shape over the past 15 years at least. Meanwhile, formats like reality television shows have shown growing viability, sometimes on particularly lean budgets."

Josh Duhamel on the end of ALL MY CHILDREN
"I loved being on that show. I still stay in touch with a lot of people. It's something that is unfortunate," he said. "That's what's going on in the entertainment world. It's just cheaper to produce reality TV. It was a sad day for me when I heard the news."

Erika Slezak comments on the canellation of ONE LIFE TO LIVE
"I am so terribly sad that we are losing ONE LIFE TO LIVE. This is a show with so much heart and life in it and we have had so many wonderful loyal viewers. I am deeply sorry. We have been a family for so long, and the sadness of this loss extends to all of us. This is not only a loss to television, but the entire entertainment industry and to the many hard working people of New York who have been the heart and soul of ONE LIFE TO LIVE."

CBS' Les Moonves earned $57.7M last year
CBS Corp paid its chief Les Moonves a compensation package worth $57.7 million in 2010, a 34% raise over 2009, the company reported Friday. That made him Big Media's second-highest-paid CEO -- trailing only Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who was the country's highest-paid chief executive with $84.5 million.

30 ROCK getting a visit from Condoleezza Rice — Jack Donaghy's old flame
Tina Fey revealed the former secretary of state's cameo while promoting her book last night in Washington, D.C., where she also said she'd carry on doing "30 Rock" if Alec Baldwin were to leave.

CBS gets celebs to swap places with people with the same names
In the first episode of SAME NAME, David Hasselhoff will trade lives with a 27-year-old high voltage power technician who also happens to be named David Hasselhoff.

Charlie Sheen launches Bipolar Awareness Week
"Stop the stigma," Sheen tweeted, in announcing a walk tonight in support of bipolar awareness.


  1. Love WLS but what do 3o Rock and Charlie Sheen have to with soaps?

  2. I love 30 Rock and have watched Alec Baldwin since he was on The Doctors and Knots Landing. I loved that WLS interviewed 30 Rock's Katrina Bowden recently. She is hysterical.