Older and The Disrespected: Eric Braeden to leave soap over pay dispute

October 19, 2009 by  
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ericVictor Newman is saying goodbye to Genoa City, and this time its for good, apparently. And the circumstances and the way its been handled seem quite sad, indeed.

Eric Braeden has played the role of Newman on The Young and the Restless since 1980 (that’s almost 30 years, folks), has stated to Entertainment Weekly that he has terminated talks to stay on the show.

Braeden left the show in September over a contract tussle with production company Sony, who wanted him to take a fairly large pay cut. He elected to “strike” instead.

The 68-year-old was making a seven-figure salary, finally came back to the table and agreed to a “fairly substantial” pay cut, and that Sony rejected the offer.

Eric is quoted in EW: “We reached an impasse in the negotiations. I have shown flexibility, they have shown none … That’s a sign of utter disrespect. I will not negotiate with people who remain aloof and arrogant about the whole thing. Not after 30 years, I won’t do that.” And we don’t blame him, when you get down to it. “It’s slowly sinking in that I’m leaving. It’s sad.”

We’re watching the slow death of soap operas as we know them, we believe, and this is just one more piece of evidence.

Solution to Afternoon Doldrums?: Aisha Tyler to host unique talk show

May 8, 2009 by  
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aisha Actress-comedian Aisha Tyler will apparently join a unique new “hybrid” talk show pilot for ABC, and become the main host of the show. It’s got some interesting ideas, but will it prop up the sagging afternoon block for ABC?

“The Aisha Tyler Show” (as it will be called obviously) will fuse together a traditional variety talk show with political commentary with a comedy slant (sounds like a few shows already out), with comedy sketches and other stuff thrown in.

Aimed at a more youthful audience, the show will have a wired slant, where you can talk to Tyler with Twitter, Facebook and other internet methods. The show will be mainly aimed at cable or syndication in the long run.

ABC will probably end up putting the show in its struggling afternoon soap opera block, with General Hospital, One Life to Live and similar shows. Will it find an audience? We’ll wait and see.

CBS Says Lights Out for Guiding Light

April 13, 2009 by  
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Guiding Light is having its lights turned out permanently. Although the announcement came at the beginning of April, CBS’s decision to cut the 72 year old Guiding Light was not an April Fool’s joke. Even being the longest running television series in history with a devoted following wasn’t enough to keep this history making show on the air. It started out as a radio program in 1937 and made the leap to television in 1952. All of the daytime soaps have been suffering a slow death since the 1990s with dwindling viewership and a greater variety of programming in the same time slots.

The whole idea of putting an end to Guiding Light seems like it could be a story right out of, well… a soap opera. It does bring up the idea that maybe Guiding Light could possibly one day return from the dead, like an unexpected plot twist. If you’ve been a loyal watcher of Guiding Light, then you’ve still got several months before the end, but come September 18, 2009, the show will cease to be broadcast on CBS. The shows producers are rumored to shopping Guiding Light around in the hopes that another network will pick it up, so they can continue on with drama that has kept people tuning in for so long.

If you’ve been a fan of Guiding Light then let us know your thoughts about the show over the years by reviewing Guiding Light.