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By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert Dec 11, 2012 8:35AM

Legendary producer Paul Rauch passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, at the age of 78, according to multiple reports. The behind-the-scenes power player helped shape the soap opera genre over the course of career that spanned over 50 years and is being remembered by fans and colleagues across the Internet.

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Rauch broke into the business with his heart set on being an actor but went on to become a daytime icon of another kind instead. The producer was there in the 1960s when "Guiding Light" went from 15 to 30 minutes and then broke ground again in 1972 by taking "Another World" to an hour. He kept "AW" at the top of the game until 1984, while also creating his own show, "Texas," in 1980, and then continued to shape daytime with modernized production and Wild-West storytelling as head honcho at "One Life to Live," "Santa Barbara," "Guiding Light" and "Young and the Restless." He even did stints as a CBS exec, serving as VP of Daytime Programs and Programs-East Coast in the early 1970s, and more recently took his knowledge abroad to show to Russia and Poland how serial drama is done.


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Rauch landed eight Daytime Emmy nominations over the course of his career, taking home two wins: one in 1976 for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series "Another World" and another for 2001 Outstanding Children's Special "Run With The Fields."


MSN TV last spoke with Rauch during his 50th year in daytime, which found him at the helm of "The Young and the Restless." Back in 2010, he had his heart set on one more Best Show win, but it wasn’t to be. Often touted as an actors' producers and an old school player, the tough guy also had a tendency to ire fans and colleagues alike - as soap opera power players tend to do!

"I just expect the best from people," he said of his methods. "I don't accept any less, because we have to put the product on the air and I want it to be the best. I can't live with a compromised performance or a compromised job by a cameraman. It's got to be right."


During our chat, Rauch looked back at the groundbreaking and controversial moves of his career, considered the state of daytime and talked about juggling fan expectations.

"I've been paying attention to what fans have said for a long time, from fan mail and focus groups, but there are always naysayers in daytime and they're the most vivid, loudest people I've ever heard," Rauch said. "They can also be the nastiest. You have to take what they say and run it through a filter. Ultimately, a head writer and a producer need to evolve story they think is going to work for the audience based on the audience's dedication to the characters. You have to use your instincts. It can't be a reaction."

Rauch is survived by his wife, Israela Margalit; two children; two stepchildren; three granddaughters and a TV genre that has recently seen a raging surge.


Daytime remembers a legend

As has become the norm when icons pass, soapsters have taken to Facebook and Twitter to share their condolences. News of Rauch's passing is still spreading, but here's a look at what his colleagues have had to say, thus far:


Maria Arena Bell (former "The Young and the Restless" showrunner, pictured on left) via Facebook: I considered Paul a great friend and he and Israela were at my wedding. Paul was from the old school of soaps and he really knew how to run a show and understood the value of the writer in the process. I loved working with him and I loved him dearly as a person and am heartsick to hear he has passed. I wish the best to Israela and their grown children and will really miss him.


Josh Griffith ("Y&R" headwriter) via Facebook:  The Soap World mourns the loss of one of our giants, Paul Rauch. R.I.P., my friend. Go produce the hell out of Heaven now. 

Frank Valentini ("General Hospital" Executive Producer): My good friend and mentor, Paul Rauch, passed away today...very sad news. Paul Rauch dedicated his life to soap operas and made a mark like no other. He will be missed, but his legendary contribution will live on.


Ron Carlivati ("GH" Headwriter): I didn't know Paul Rauch, I only met him once, but he produced One Life to Live throughout the 1980s and it was the best! RIP Mr. Rauch.


Michael Muhney (Michael, "Y&R:): RIP Paul Rauch. You were my boss, my collaborator, my fan, my advisor, and my friend.


Daniel Goddard (Cane, "Y&R): Today we lost Paul Rauch... And the world is emptier for it. I will miss you my friend. Thank u for everything u did for me. The things that u taught me will stay with me for life. Rest in Peace.

Michelle Stafford (Phyllis, "Y&R)RIP Paul Rauch. I loved working with you. fighting with you and ultimately agreeing with you... My love to your beautiful family

Tristan Rogers (Scorpio, "GH"): I am sad to learn the passing of Paul Rausch. This man was singly responsible for me lasting on Y&R. He was a big presence in daytime. You think back on the people who you "owe" something too and Paul was one of those people. He revered the history of the genre.


Crystal Chappell (Carly, "Days of Our Lives"; "Venice: The Series" co-creator): Paul Rauch was a dear man to me...he will be missed. Love and prayers to his family.

Ricky Paull Goldin ‏(ex-Jake, "All My Children") I'm heart broken over the loss of Paul Rauch. He was the man who gave me the role of GUS on GL. I wasn't rt 4 the role but he didn't care. My heart is with Paul Rauch's family tonight. He was like a father to me.


Paul Anthony Stewart (ex-Danny, "Guiding Light"): Very sad to hear about the passing of Guiding Light Executive Producer Paul Rauch. A great man, a brilliant producer, and a friend. He was the mastermind and motivating force behind the best of Danny & Michelle, and gave me the wonderful opportunity to portray Danny Santos, one of the most exciting characters I've ever created. Rest in peace, Paul. 

Terrell Tilford (ex-Greg, "One Life to Live"): Saddened by the news of #PaulRauch's passing. After my audition for#GuidingLight, he said Kid, I heard every word you said. You're hired!


Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Fri 10:51 AM
In this sneak peek of the "Parenthood" season finale, Hank (Ray Romano) impresses Amber (Mae Whitman) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) with his Hank-like concern as they deal with Ryan's hospitalization.

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This clip, along with the promo clip NBC showed for next week's episode, hints at a reunion for Sarah and Hank. Are you rooting for the couple? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The season finale of "Parenthood" airs Thursday April 17 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC.

Get a glimpse of Marsden’s character in the animated show starring Jack McBrayer

By MSN TV Partner Mar 25, 2014 10:04AM

In a new episode premiering March 31, James Marsden will guest start on Disney XD’s “Wander Over Yonder”.

Marsden reunites with "30 Rock" co-star Jack McBrayer in this episode where the hero Sir Brad Starlight (Marsden) enlists Wander (McBrayer) as his goofy sidekick and Sylvia as his noble steed on his quest to save Princess Demurra from the evil Dragon King, King Draykor.

See this pic first on MSN TV: Wander is ecstatic to fulfill his fairytale dream of rescuing a princess, but Sir Brad Starlight is not interested in sharing the spotlight and reminds Wander at every turn that there's only room for one hero.

“Wander Over Yonder” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD


Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams hear what regular folk really think about them

By MSN TV Partner Mar 18, 2014 9:18AM
In the the new series from Oxygen, "Celebrities Undercover" will feature two celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

The season premiere will feature Kim Kardashian, and executive producer Wendy Williams will get a taste of her own medicine as well. In this clip watch Kim K. undergo an impressive make-up overhaul in prep for undercover work: going to a group job interview as a Kardashian fan hoping to become her own new assistant. 

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Other stars features this season include T-Pain, Fantasia, Joey Fatone, Lil’ Kim, Chili, Anthony Anderson, Jaleel White, Adrienne Bailon, Ice-T and Coco.

"Celebrities Undercover" premieres March 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


Host Justin Willman and Disney stars dish on the new show and offer up advice

By MSN TV Partner Mar 14, 2014 11:15AM

(Disney's Win, Lose or Draw /Adam Taylor, Disney Channel)By Minh Nguyen

It didn’t take long for memories of the original “Win, Lose or Draw” game show to come flooding back as soon as we stepped foot on the set of Disney’s resurrected show of the same name.  Gone was the ‘80s living room set, replaced with bright vibrant colors, fun props and technology everywhere. Host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”) commanded the stage as Disney stars Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg from “Liv and Maddie” battled it out against each other with their teammates.

The premise is pretty simple: two teams of three players (with the Disney stars on each side) compete in drawing contests to win prizes. Thrown into the mix are special challenges (like Shake, Rattle and Draw; Sit and Spin; The Wand) that take advantage of oversized props and fun gadgets. This season will also feature stars from Disney shows "Kickin' It," "Lab Rats," "I Didn't Do It,"  "Austin & Ally," "Jessie," "Dog With a Blog" and "Mighty Med" as well as stars from "Teen Beach Movie."

Over lunch, we were able to speak to Willman, Cameron and Bragg.

For people that aren’t familiar with the original game, how are you describing this to them?

Willman: The simple idea is just that it’s drawing Charades. You get your teammates to guess what you’re drawing. We have a team of writers who write these clues, and the words that they have to draw are so clever.

It's super high-tech, so the old original version was more markers on pads of paper, which was great at the time but here they have these massive touch screens and tons of software they designed just for the games that’s completely interactive.

Contestants have to do a bunch of crazy challenges in round two. Like drawing with a helmet on, where they can’t see anything or drawing with a unicorn stylus and that makes it way tougher but also much more entertaining to watch.

How are you enjoying being a part of the show?

Willman: As a live performer, I’m used to having that instant gratification of a live audience and this feels a lot like that. We’ve got 150 screaming kids, who are having the time of their lives just being there. It’s great because the jokes get instant payback. The excitement, I feed off of it. Even if it’s first thing in the morning, I don’t even need to have my coffee. As soon as that crowd starts to roar, I’m ready to go. It’s a blast.

Bragg: I like the rapid round. I can’t remember what it’s called. Where there’s one person drawing, and two people guessing, then we just switch.

Cameron:  I think the best part for me has actually been, (I know this sounds like such a canned answer), but has been getting to meet these kids. There was this great moment where, it was at the end of the first round when they all kind of flooded in and they hugged us. And some of them were crying, and I wanted to cry. We didn’t realize the gravity of how huge this really is, and “Win, Lose, or Draw” has been great that way. We’ve gotten to interact with a lot of kids.

Justin, what’s the best advice you ever received?

Willman: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Dove and Joey, you guys seem really polished. What kind of advice do you have for kids that get stage fright?

Bragg: Well, I was doing stand-up comedy, and I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s one of the hardest things to go up there and say stuff that you’ve written. You don’t have music backing you. I wanted to do something that I’m going to remember. And I think a lot of that is “I’m going to embarrass myself,” but you’re never going to see those people that are watching you ever again. Just do it!

Cameron: I always had a fear of cameras because I grew up on stage. Most things in life are one of those things where once you try it, you realize how OK it is. I just don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways. So, yeah. Just have fun. Do what you please.

“Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw” airs Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.


She still lives with her parents!

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:55AM
Later this month, "Extra" host Maria Menounos will premiere her new reality show. "Chasing Maria Menounos" will give fans a peek into her life, including living with her longtime boyfriend and her immigrant parents.

In this interview with Oxygen's On-Air Personality Susie Castillo, Menounos reveals more about her upbringing and what to expect on her new series. Watch this first on MSN TV:

"Chasing Maria Menounos" premieres March 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.

Princess Aslaug brings surprise and intrigue to this scripted drama

By MSN TV Partner Mar 13, 2014 10:17AM
Season 2 of History's "Vikings" is underway. Princess Aslaug (Alyssa Sutherland) revealed she was carrying Ragnar's (Travis Fimmel) child, sending rippling effects into his kingdom. In this video extra, Sutherland talks more about her character and how filming went the second time around.

"Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.

"It's not a good day, Mad Max"

By MSN TV Partner Mar 12, 2014 9:56AM

In this "Parenthood" clip, Max (Max Burkholder) wrecks havoc for Sarah (Lauren Graham) and Hank (Ray Romano) when he barges into the studio, interrupting their workflow.

Watch this clip, first on MSN TV:

Parenthood airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

The classic game show has been upgraded with newer technology

By MSN TV Partner Mar 3, 2014 11:36AM

Who remembers the celebrity game show, "Win, Lose or Draw"? Disney Channel has recreated a kids version of it, premiering Monday, March 3. (The show will air Mondays through Thursdays).


On "Disney's Win, Lose or Draw" Disney Channel and Disney XD stars team up with kid contestants to compete and win prizes in a battle of drawing skills, creativity and wits. Justin Willman hosts the contemporary version of the popular game show, which also features new technology such as motion-control illustration, interactive multi-touch screen displays and other fun challenges.


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 "Disney’' Win, Lose or Draw" premieres Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.