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ABC Daytime President Brian Frons Exiting Network

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 2nd 2011 3:40PM
Brian Frons Leaving ABC DaytimeBrian Frons is leaving his post as president of ABC Daytime.

Frons will be replaced by Vicki Dummer, currently the senior vice president of current series and specials.

Frons, who became a reviled figure to many viewers after canceling 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live,' will exit when his contract ends in January. His departure comes as ABC restructures under the new division Times Square Studios. Times Square will handle all daytime and syndicated productions.

"While my decision to try something new was not arrived at easily, nine years is a long time in television terms," Frons said in a statement. "I'm proud of the performance of ABC Daytime over that time, and of all of the accomplishments that our team achieved along the way. I'm especially pleased by the early results for 'The Chew' and excited for the launch of 'The Revolution,' which will be one more positive step in transforming ABC Daytime for our viewers. I'll miss my colleagues and the wonderful talent that makes our shows, but know they are in very capable hands with Vicki going forward."

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Sara Gilbert Tells 'The Talk' She's Dating Linda Perry

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 1st 2011 7:25AM
'The Talk' co-host Sara Gilbert confirmed on-air tabloid speculation that she's in a relationship with former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry. Rumors had been swirling since the pair were photographed by paparazzi Sunday morning as they left a grocery store.

The subject came up on 'The Talk' Wednesday as Gilbert's co-hosts were discussing whether celebrities have a right to a private life. Aisha Tyler mentioned the paparazzi shots, telling Gilbert that "I know they were really upsetting to you."

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'The Revolution' Takes Over 'One Life to Live' Timeslot Starting Jan. 16

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 28th 2011 2:05PM
The Revolution Premiere DateABC's 'The Revolution' will replace 'One Life to Live' starting 2PM ET on Mon., Jan. 16.

The series features Ty Pennington, Tim Gunn, Harley Pasternak, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, a team of experts that will help transform a woman's life.

Each week, the show will follow a woman and the experts over the course of five months as they work to change various areas of the participant's life.

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Could J.R. Martinez Save 'All My Children?' Creator Agnes Nixon Speaks Out

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 24th 2011 7:35AM
There's been an outcry since the news broke yesterday that Prospect Park has suspended its plan to move cancelled soaps 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Many of the actors involved have taken to Twitter and Facebook to vent, and the unions involved have issued statements saying don't blame us for the failure.

Now the soaps' creator, Agnes Nixon has spoken out, saying there's still plenty more life in the old shows yet. According to 'The Daily Beast' she's even come up with "a compelling plot" starring brand new 'DWTS' champ J.R. Martinez. He played police officer Brot Monroe on the soap for three years until it was cancelled back in April.

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'One Life to Live,' 'All My Children' Not Moving Online

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 23rd 2011 3:10PM
One Life to Live, All My Children Not Moving OnlineProspect Park has suspended its plan to move 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' online. Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park made the announcement following several months of planning.

"After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children' via online distribution," the duo said in a statement. "It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get 'OLTL' on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible."

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Susan Lucci: I Still Want to Be on 'All My Children,' Delay Not My Fault

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 17th 2011 10:30AM
Susan LucciSusan Lucci took to her Facebook page to clear up some rumors about her future and the status of 'All My Children.'

Unconfirmed reports had Lucci turning down Prospect Park's offer to remain with the soap opera when it moved online. Then, news broke that 'All My Children' has been delayed and it won't be joining 'One Life to Live' on The Online Network this January. Is she to blame? No way, according to the star.

"I want my fans to know the truth," Lucci wrote. "There has been miscommunications as a result of statements in the press that I am one of the reasons that 'All My Children' is not moving forward. This is simply untrue and not the case."

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Barbara Walters Would Like to Know If Justin Bieber Is a Virgin (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 16th 2011 5:00PM
There are so many puzzling elements to the Justin Bieber paternity scandal. Is he the father? Is Mariah Yeater a liar? Will he be doing a paternity test on 'Maury'? But, in advance of Bieber's interview next week on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC), Barbara Walters has been pondering one question in particular: is Bieber a virgin?

"Do you think he's a virgin?" she asked the Hasselbeck-less panel, causing her fellow-hosts to start chattering over each other. "I think we decided we don't actually care," Whoopi Goldberg said. "It's none of our business" Sherri Sheppard responded. "He's not free to go through puberty on his own ... leave him alone," Joy Behar said.

Taken aback by their response, Barbara reconsidered asking Bieber if he was still in possession of his V-Card. "Then I just won't do it," she joked.

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Jeff Probst Talk Show Coming to NBC

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2011 4:45PM
Jeff ProbstJeff Probst's syndicated talk show is a-go at NBC.

According to Deadline, NBC owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Hartford, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco and San Diego will air the 'Survivor' host's new talk show. His daytime series will simply be titled 'Jeff Probst.'

"I'm fascinated with people," Probst said. "And I love adventure. I can't wait to bring these two worlds together in daytime, and the added bonus is I get to continue with 'Survivor' in primetime."

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Kelly Ripa Signs New 5-Year 'Live!' Deal

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 8th 2011 6:35PM
Kelly RipaRegis Philbin is out the door, but viewers can expect at least five more years of Kelly Ripa on 'Live!'

According to Deadline, Ripa has signed a new deal to remain with the series for five additional years after her current deal expires in fall 2012. A representative for the show confirmed the news.

Philbin leaves 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' on Fri., Nov. 18. Following his departure, the show will be renamed 'Live! With Kelly' as the producers search for a permanent replacement. When Kathie Lee Gifford left the series in 2000, the show was retitled 'Live! With Regis' while producers auditioned various co-hosts opposite Philbin. Ripa ultimately got the job in 2001.

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Who Will Save 'One Life to Live' and 'All My Children'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 3rd 2011 3:00PM
One Life to Live All My Children'All My Children' has left TV and 'One Life to Live' is on its way out, but the soaps will live online ... right? The soaps are set to move onto the web after January 2012, when 'One Life to Live' is set to end its 43-year run, but there's a bit of a problem.

Prospect Park, the company that has licensed the soaps from ABC, has yet to win over enough financial backers to bring the soaps to the Internet, according to All Things D.

The company is retaining most of the same stars and behind-the-scenes team, making it a pricey venture.

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Tyra Banks Stages 'America's Next Top Model' With Women of 'The Talk' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 28th 2011 12:30AM
Tyra Banks, 'The Talk'Tyra Banks staged an 'America's Next Top Model' photo shoot on 'The Talk' (Weekdays, Syndicated on CBS), featuring the hostesses as the models. She gave them emotions to express and then outlandish situations in which to do it.

Julie Chen had perhaps more fun than even we expected when she was tasked to show "Lust" with a gorilla in the shoot. She got so into it she climbed up on the back of the guy in the gorilla suit.

You just know she was jealous when she saw that Sara Gilbert, who was emoting "Desire," got to do so with three topless guys with way less fur and much better physiques than the gorilla. Gilbert seemed to enjoy herself more than any of the other women.

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Regis Philbin Hints Contract Talks Led to 'Live!' Departure, Insists He's Not Retiring

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 21st 2011 3:35PM
Regis PhilbinRegis Philbin is not retiring, he's just moving on from 'Live! With Regis and Kelly.' The legendary talk show host called Detroit's Mojo in the Morning radio show to set those rumors straight.

"I'm not calling it quits, you understand," he said. "I'm moving on. I'm not retiring. I'm not quitting. I'm moving on."

Philbin is leaving his 'Live!' post after 28 years with the morning program on Fri., Nov. 18. However, he seems to be painting a picture that it wasn't exactly a mutual split. When asked if contract talks had a hand in his exit, Philbin didn't exactly deny the rumors.

"The contractual issue just never worked out," he said, "but I was going to leave before that anyway."

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Ty Pennington Joins 'The Revolution'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 3rd 2011 1:30PM
Ty Pennington'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' host Ty Pennington has joined the panel for ABC's new lifestyle series 'The Revolution.' The series will take the timeslot previously occupied by 'One Life to Live' in Jaunary 2012.

"Ty's passionate and deep connection to everyone he helps makes him the perfect choice to join 'The Revolution,'" ABC daytime president Brian Frons said in a statement. "The energy he brings with him is an excellent complement to our previously named hosts, Tim Gunn and Harley Pasternak. Our goal is to include inspiring and informative motivators as we build 'The Revolution' team and continue to evolve our lineup with the type of lifestyle programming that daytime viewers are interested in seeing."

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A Farewell (For Now) To 'All My Children'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 23rd 2011 2:30PM
All My ChildrenThe 'All My Children' scrapbook is closing. After a 41-year run, the series will broadcast its final episode today on ABC.

Created by Agnes Nixon, the serial debuted on January 5, 1970 and, from the beginning, blended social issues with a diverse cast of multi-generational characters set in the fictional town of Pine Valley.

Late soap opera historian Christopher Schemering called Nixon in 1988 "the most respected and influential writer in daytime drama" and wrote that 'AMC' was a "winning mixture of socially oriented drama, young love and drawing room comedy."

Nixon had actually written the bible for 'AMC' back in the '60s, but the show wasn't picked up until years later.

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Kathy Griffin Gets Naked -- Often -- At Anderson Cooper's House (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 14th 2011 2:00AM
Kathy Griffin, 'Anderson'Anderson Cooper invited Kathy Griffin to stay at his house, and while he may have been surprised by a lot of what went down, we certainly weren't. He had Griffin on his new show, 'Anderson' (Weekdays, Syndicated), where he showed some of the footage. It was almost 'Too Hot for TV!'

To make matters worse, the first night Griffin was in his house, she was there alone. That freed her up to send pictures of herself in various states of undress, draped all over his house. Clearly she was making herself more than comfortable in his house.

She then crawled into bed to continue making him uncomfortable, asking him if he wanted to touch her, and even revealing that she's wearing his underwear. But nowhere turned out to be safe from her shenanigans.

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