Daytime dramas made a comeback in 2012
Recent years have brought much chatter about the decline of soaps, not to mention several daytime drama cancelations. 2011 was another rough year for soap fans, with the cancelations of ABC's "One Life to Live" and "All My Children," but it looks like the slump has ended. Fans flocking to support their beloved genre, paired with behind the scenes shakeups have brought a 2012 ratings boom for CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," ABC's "General Hospital" and NBC's "Days of Our Lives."
"What's happened is the core audience realized these treasures might go away," Bill Carroll, Vice President and director of programming at Katz Television Group explained to The Hollywood Reporter. "They decided they'd better watch, or the shows are not going to be there."
"General Hospital" executive producer Frank Valentini, who told MSN TV this fall that the wrecking ball threatening daytime was no longer hovering, told THR that storytelling shakeups and the addition of his "One Life to Live" characters helped bring the rating hike to his show.
Other soaps have also taken to snapping up fan favorites from other shows, hoping to lure in new fans. The most recent example is "The Bold and the Beautiful," which signed "Guiding Light" alums Karla Mosley and Lawrence Saint-Victor, who get into the action Jan. 17 and Jan. 29, respectively, according to TV Guide. The show will also tap into the Telemundo fan base with an appearance by Cindy Luna on Jan. 30.
Across the board in daytime, there's also been a move to bring back core characters and return to the roots of what made each show work back in the day. That may be a more powerful play than just grabbing a name from another show, but it all helps.
Valentini also credited "the water-cooler sort of effect in social media" for the recent ratings surge, while THR added that DVR and online viewing have also increased viewership, citing this example:
A mid-November episode of "Days" was seen live by about 1.8 million people. Another 409,000 time-shifted to later that day, and an additional 178,000 watched within seven days. (That means about 25 percent of overall viewers watched a recording.)
The story goes on to note that the talk shows aren't keeping up with the soaps. While overall ratings may be decent to better than the soaps, newcomers like "The Chew" and "Katie" aren't luring in the coveted daytime demographic of women aged 25-to-54. Not only do soap fans come together to boycott new offerings and/or the networks that cancel their fave soaps, but these days, the talk show circuit is saturated with contenders, which only serves to thin out the ratings.
As MSN TV has noted before, however, it may still be too soon to tell how these new talk shows will fare as they build momentum. "The Talk," which touts itself as the fastest-growing daytime talk show, took a few years to build an audience, and now there are so many contenders it can make one's head spin. For those keeping track, fledgling talkers "Katie," "The Steve Harvey Show," "The Jeff Probst Show," "Ricki Lake," "Marie" and "Trisha" are hoping to get re-upped next fall and new talk show are in the works from Bethenny Frankel, Queen Latifah, Bobby Flay and Giada de Laurentiis and maybe even Kris Jenner. ABC is also filming a reality show based at UCLA Medical Center, which is already generating negative buzz from "General Hospital" fans.
Nonetheless, Carroll tells THR that this soap ratings surge is good tiding for drama fans.
"At some point in the future, the trend will once again be soap operas," he previewed.
That's a twist soap opera fans would love to see. Stay tuned.
Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode
MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:
Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."
It's definitely cool for us!
"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16
Photos: Reality TV villains
On which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive. First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game. Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble. Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."
Video: Meet the new 'Big Brother' houseguests
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room. It's cozy and secluded. A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy. The room has a door you can close for piracy from others. This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"
Video: Take a tour of the 'Big Brother' Tree house
On her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn. I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments. I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was. It wasn't easy, but it was memorable."
"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.
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Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."
The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.
"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at www.daytimeemmys.net.
No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."
Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").
The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.
"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
Plus, watch a DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide"
Season 4 is also the final season featuring cast member Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year. Young played detective Barry Frost, and the "R&I" will pay tribute to the actor the first two episodes of the upcoming season.
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"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 5 premieres June 17 at 9PM ET/PT on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" is now available in stores and online.
Exclusive pics gives perspective from Drew Carey's suit lapel
For Tuesday's Pinterest show, host Drew Carey wore a camera on his lapel, which snapped candid shots throughout the taping. Get a first look at a few of these photos from the episode, first on MSN TV:
In the dressing room, Mr. Carey sans glasses!
Getting ready for the cameras:
Spinning the wheel:
Tuesday will also feature a sweepstakes where fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest.
Other highlights from this week includes Friday's "You Decide" show, which will feature fan-driven content decided by the show's Twitter audience. "The Young and The Restless" stars Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard will appear as guest models as well.
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"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays 11AM ET, 10AM PT on CBS. The special Pinterest episode airs June 3.
Official extended trailer for the upcoming vampire horror series
Thanks to our friends at Xbox Video, see the official extended trailer for FX's "The Strain" before it is available anywhere else:
The Season Pass for The Strain is now available on Xbox Video.
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"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
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It's Coronation Day for the 'Ellen' cuties
The young British girls have a new movie coming out this week, 'Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure', where they attend the coronation of a new queen. Scroll down to watch clip of one of their sweet appearances on "Ellen", and then enter to win both the DVD and a signed poster from the little stars!
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