NEWS: ABC Desperately Seeking Katie Couric Replacement; Plus, Joanna Johnson, Kay Alden, Heather Tom, Lee Phillip Bell, Brenda Greenberg

Sources: ABC desperately seeking Katie Couric replacement
“It’s an unmitigated disaster,” one seasoned studio executive said. “One of the biggest failures ever in syndication. Terrible ratings, no growth, shouldn’t be on the air. Where did it miss the mark? Let’s start with her, she is dreadfully boring. The show offers nothing new to the audience, nothing to say.”

In January, Disney-ABC Domestic Television officially renewed Couric’s syndicated talk show, which airs in stations spanning more than 95 percent of the country, for a second season through fall 2013. A source closely connected to Couric insisted that the news woman is working closely with ABC and is still very much wanted by the network. But as it stands, we’re told it is almost a certainty there will be no season three.

Lee Phillip Bell will make another cameo on THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Mrs. Bell will next appear on the show July 23.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Joanna Johnson Dishes The Fosters and Her "Gayest Year Ever"
"There are so many interesting issues that come up in this series (THE FOSTERS), and Stef and Lena being a same-sex couple isn't a big one because the series is set in California where gay adoption is increasingly common. But in many other states this is an issue, because gay couples or single gay people are not allowed to adopt or foster, and that's a real shame. There are a lot of wonderful families willing and wanting to get into the program but the law in some places just won't allow it."

"Yes! I do feel bad [about abandoning THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL], even though [B&B exec producer] Brad Bell always knew that was the deal. My writing-producing always comes first. But it does look like I'll be going back to B&B pretty soon. Brad and I are talking about my returning for a really fun story in July when The Fosters has wrapped for the season. I really do miss B&B — both the people and the news. I went to the GLAAD awards a while back with Crystal Chappell [Dani] and Linsey Godfrey [Caroline] and found out that Karen's daughter has turned into a total badass crazy person since the last time I was on the show. I couldn't believe it! [Laughs] Clearly, I need to come back. That girl needs some mothering!"

Heather Tom Introduces Son Zane
B&B star Heather Tom and her husband James Achor were all smiles with their adorable 7-month-old son at the Kidstock Music and Art Festival in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Sunday (June 2). This marks our first glimpse of baby Zane out in public.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Zane started shooting at B&B on April 17 where he plays Katie & Bill's son.

Bold & Beautiful Kay Alden: Putting Words in Other People's Mouths
Her tips for doing what she does? Really know your soaps. Don't just watch the show a few times. There are bibles online that will give you the history of how the characters are related to each other. She highly recommends checking those out before you start writing.

Really know your characters. Write down their dialogue as you watch the show to help you get the feel for the way each character talks. Ask yourself. Does this sound like the characters or not?

Andrew Lancel trial: CORONATION STREET actor admits playing ‘show and tell’ with private parts with other men
He denied ever having any sexual contact with ‘minors’, a jury heard, but had ‘dabbled’ with homosexuality when he was younger.

Former AS THE WORLD TURNS producer Brenda Greenberg named VP of scripted development at Frantic Films
“Brenda’s relationships with top talent will open new opportunities while she helps carry forward our existing roster of projects in development,” said Jamie Brown, CEO of Frantic.

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