December 2, 2013 |
Producer Norman Lear had turned the family sitcom on its head in 1971 with his groundbreaking CBS comedy series "All in the Family. " Five years later, he revolutionized the soap opera with his weeknight satire "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," starring Louise Lasser as a suburban housewife living in the fictional town of Fernwood, Ohio, obsessed with Reader's Digest and consumerism. In fact, in the series' first episode, Mary's more concerned about the waxy yellow buildup on her kitchen floor than an entire family - plus their goats and chickens - having been murdered in her neighborhood.
November 14, 2013 |
Media company Viacom Inc.'s profit soared 24% in its fiscal fourth quarter, fueled by significantly higher TV ad sales and the Brad Pitt movie "World War Z. " Viacom shattered analysts' estimates for the quarter. Television advertising sales jumped 10% to $1.3 billion, thanks to higher ratings for the company's flagship networks Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, Viacom reported net income of $804 million, or $1.68 per share, up from $650 million, or $1.26 per share, in the year-earlier period. Analysts had been expecting earnings of $1.44 a share.
November 13, 2013 |
It appears to be curtains again for "All My Children," the soap opera that ran four decades on ABC before being canceled, then resurrected as an Internet series. An actor on the series, Debbi Morgan, announced on Twitter that the show was "officially done" after one season on the Internet. "Thanks for the memories," Morgan tweeted late last week. Prospect Park, the production company behind the effort to keep the show alive, this week refused to discuss the situation or confirm Morgan's comment.
November 1, 2013 |
George A. Romero is known popularly as the father of the modern movie zombie because of his 1968 classic, "Night of the Living Dead. " But he recently had some less-than-flattering things to say about "The Walking Dead," the zombie TV series that wears its Romero influence on its sleeve. Speaking to the U.K. newspaper the Big Issue, Romero stated that he's chosen to stay far away from the AMC series, which is pushing zombies to the forefront of the pop culture zeitgeist. "They asked me to do a couple of episodes of 'The Walking Dead,' but I didn't want to be a part of it," Romero said.
September 3, 2013 |
When Jeff Kwatinetz decided to turn the canceled ABC daytime dramas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" into shows for the Internet, he accidentally cast himself into a real-life soap opera as both the hero and the villain. To revive the soaps, Kwatinetz and his entertainment company Prospect Park had to find financing, do battle with labor unions, trade legal salvos with Walt Disney Co., and fight the zealous soap opera fans who were supposed to be his most ardent supporters.
June 27, 2013 |
Technically deficient soap opera fans may have felt slighted when long-running serials "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" made the transition from broadcast TV to online-only this year. But the good news for them is that both shows are coming back to cable TV, for awhile anyway. OWN has announced a limited 10-week summer engagement for both shows, which will include the first 40 episodes of both soaps produced for the OnLine Network. The half-hour episodes will air Monday through Thursday, with "All My Children" at 1 p.m. PT and "One Life to Live" at 3 p.m. PT. VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview "These shows have proved to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan," OWN President Erik Logan said in a statement.