Wednesday, December 4, 2013

NEWS: Why Daytime Soaps Are Bubbling; Tom Nielsen; Matthew Goode; Lamon Archey; Sherri Saum; Peter Reckell

The Biz: Why Daytime Soaps Are Bubbling
On CBS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is up 12 percent in total viewers this season, giving the show its best start since 2007, while THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS recently had its largest weekly audience since February 2012. In November, ABC's GENERAL HOSPITAL hit a two-year ratings high among women 18 to 49. NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES is up 12 percent among women 18 to 49 and recently had its biggest weekly audience since February 2011.

"We do see lifts from DVR viewing," confirms Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president for daytime programming at CBS. "Soaps are bigger than game shows or talk shows in daytime." As an executive at another network puts it: "Soaps are the ultimate DVR show."

Matthew Goode joins THE GOOD WIFE
In a major recurring role, Goode will play a prosecutor who befriends Julianna Margulies’ Alicia after having a crisis of faith and deciding to chart a new direction for his career. His first episode is slated to air in the spring.

Ryan Murphy confirms all GLEE original actors invited back for Episode 100
Tweeted Murphy: "ALL The Glee Originals received invites today to be in our 100th episode! More to follow."

SPOILER ALERT: NASHVILLE is killing off another character...
This well-known character (and actor) will be written off during the current second season, marking the third death in less than a year. Jolene (Sylvia Jeffries) and Dante (Jay Hernandez) were killed off in a murder-suicide in the show's season finale in May.

The death is one of these people:
Rayna (Connie Britton)
Scarlett (Clare Bowen)
Juliette (Hayden Panettiere)
Teddy (Eric Close)
Deacon (Charles Esten)
Gunnar (Sam Palladio)
Tandy (Judith Hoag)
Lamar (Powers Boothe)
Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley)
Will (Chris Carmack)
Avery (Jonathan Jackson)

DOWNTON ABBEY Christmas special: a royal scandal
The DOWNTON ABBEY Christmas special is set to be one of the TV highlights of the festive season in the UK, as ITV has announced it will take the Crawley family to Buckingham Palace, where a scandal threatens to engulf the British monarchy.

Veronica Mars movie will be released on March 14, 2014
“Warner Bros. had this date circled for quite some time and hoped it would stay open,” Thomas tells EW. “Luckily, no other teen detective movie decided to open in the middle of March.”

Jennie Garth to release memoir two weeks before Jason Priestley
The 41-year-old actress will author "Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde," a humorous and revealing tell-all featuring stories about filming the hit series Beverly Hills, 90210, her relationships with other castmembers and her life as a single mother after splitting from actor Peter Facinelli.

Peter Reckell's (ex-Bo, DAYS) wife, singer Kelly Moneymaker, has a new music video, "You Are A Snowball"
Says Reckell: "Here's my first bit of work behind the camera! LOL. This was a family project — I held the camera, Kelly edited and Loden was the star."

Sherri Saum Pregnant: THE FOSTERS Star Expecting Twins With Husband Kamar de los Reyes
"The actress and her husband Kamar de los Reyes are so thrilled to welcome the little ones into the world in early summer," the statement said.

The actor, singer and director has since moved to the Green Mountain hamlet of Grafton. Starting Thursday, he’ll share his talents at the Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts in neighboring Chester.

“The writers would change every couple of years,” he says of his time on GUIDING LIGHT, “so you knew your part would change.”

Y&R's Lamon Archey joins cast of new indie short film The B Word
Archey is the male lead for a cinematic short film that is set around the disease bulimia nervosa. 'The B Word,' is currently in pre-production and is a first effort for A Celistan & Co Films which is written & produced by twins Nakisha & Nichole Celistan.

ALL MY CHILDREN's Debbi Morgan not submitting herself for the Daytime Emmy Awards
"I just really, really want to move on," she tweeted. "The many months of being told we're on hiatus but would be coming back and then snatching the rug from under us and the fans has been very emotional. So right now, the head space I'm in is just completely distancing myself from AMC with regards of an Emmy consideration."


  1. How big are those lifts in DVR viewing? Have you found any numbers for Live, Live+SD or SD+7? I know +7 isn't as big as for primetime shows, but I'd really like to know increase of Live to Live+SD.

    1. They never include the +3 or +7 day numbers in any press releases like primetime. If it really is significant (and you would think it was) not sure why the networks never choose to highlight it. With Nashville, for example, ABC makes sure to tell us every week that it's one of the biggest DVR gainers on TV even before those numbers are in.

    2. Thanks for your answer, Roger! I've read press releases of GH and DOOL with season to date +7 numbers, so you can compare to SD and see the increase, but I don't know about increase Live to Live+SD.

  2. Thank you SO much for the link the to the Tom Nielsen story. I've thought about him so often over the years and had no idea where he was or what his life was like.