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Who Killed the Soaps? 7 Culprits, Including The Real Housewives, Farmville, and James Franco

Susan Lucci, Farmville

Soap opera fans — and Hoover — can go ahead and blame ABC's head of daytime Brian Frons for the death of All My Children and One Life to Live. Two weeks ago, he pulled the trigger, ending 40 years worth of storytelling, and further enraging fans by announcing in the same breath that both series would be replaced by cheaper-to-produce talk shows.

Susan Lucci on All My Children's cancellation: "I was completely blindsided"

It's true that soaps don't make as much money as they used to, but why? Are there culprits to blame beyond network executives needing to cut costs? We point a finger at several other guilty parties in the death of the serial:

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2012 Oscars Date Announced

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The 84th Academy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, Academy President Tom Sherak announced Tuesday.

The announcement ends speculation that the show might move to an earlier date to maintain suspense in categories that sometimes seem like ...
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Bruce Weitz Returns to General Hospital as Mobster Anthony Zacchara

Bruce Weitz

Who let the dog out? Emmy winner Bruce Weitz (of Hill Street Blues fame) is back on General Hospital as hilarious mob don Anthony Zacchara. Though the character has been in prison for the last two years — supposedly with a life sentence — he gets out this week with nothing but evil (and women!) on his mind. TV Guide Magazine gabbed with Weitz to get the lowdown on Zacchara's return and what's next for the manic mad man...
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Daytime Emmy Watch: Handicapping the Best Soap Nominations

Vincent Irizarry, John Aniston

Nominations for the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards won't be announced until May 11 but we can tell you right now which soaps are most likely to land in the Outstanding Daytime Drama competition. Here's a look at what each of the seven serials submitted for the top prize and how they stack up.

All My Children (episode 10,505; airdate November 23, 2010)
A strong, crackling hour during which Dr. David Hayward — not dead after all — walks into the courtroom during his murder trial and shocks the snot out of everyone in Pine Valley. Oddly, there are no out-of-the-park performances here but the noir-ish flashbacks detailing how the dastardly doc (played by fan fave Vincent Irizarry) faked his demise and tried to frame his rival Ryan are exceptionally well crafted and quite riveting. The stuff of grand memories? Not really. But this is good, solid work and in some years (like this one) that's more than enough to put a show in the race.

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Top Moments: Idol's Shocking Results and Dancing's Falling Star

Pia Toscano, Ryan Seacrest

Our top moments of the week:

14. Best Discovery: When Mrs. McCluskey finds an unconscious Andrew on her couch on Desperate Housewives, instead of acting concerned, she acts like, well, Mrs. McCluskey. She calls Bree and gives her a hint of the problem — "It reeks of Mai Tais, and you gave birth to it." "If I wanted a drunk homo on my couch," she continues, "I would have married my college boyfriend." Apparently, warmth and sensitivity are so 2009 on Wisteria Lane.

13. Butt Out Award: Rejected from her and her mother's dream school — Berkeley — Amber completely unravels after a classmate asks her about her college plans at... read more

VIDEO: James Franco and David Letterman Trade Oscar Host War Stories

Late Night With David Letterman, James Franco, David Letterman

James Franco says he was not under the influence of drugs on Oscar night -- he only wishes he had been.

The actor dropped by Late Show with David Letterman to discuss the backlash he's experienced from co-hosting this year's Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. (His appearance will air Friday.) Letterman, who emceed the show in 1995, was all sympathy.

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Mila Kunis Signs On to Wizard of Oz Prequel

Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis has joined the cast of the Wizard of Oz prequel, Oz, the Great and Powerful, according to Variety.

As previously announced, James Franco will play a fast-talking oil salesman who flees a traveling circus in a hot air balloon and winds up in Oz, where three sisters are battling for control.

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Wendy Williams Takes Over TV

Wendy Williams

Is it just us, or has Wendy Williams suddenly taken over the whole planet? The best-selling author and daytime chitchatter — now in her second year as host of The Wendy Williams Show — is all set to compete on the new season of Dancing With the Stars. She's also juggling a recurring role as gossip queen and star of Access Llanview Phyllis Rose on the ABC sudser One Life to Live. (Look for her on March 28 dishing dirt on the scandalous Buchanan clan.)

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James Franco Strikes Back at Oscar Writer Bruce Vilanch

James Franco; Bruce Vilanch

James Franco fired back at Bruce Vilanch after the Oscar writer told Vulture that the actor was outside of his comfort zone when it came to hosting this year's Academy Awards.

In an interview posted Monday, Vilanch took aim at Franco's performance, saying Franco "didn't get there."

Roush review: A long night at the Oscars

"I have to call James Franco and tell him the show's over... read more

True Blood, 30 Rock Snag GLAAD Awards

Nelsan Ellis, Tina Fey

Vampires and comedy writers took top honors at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award in New York Saturday.

HBO's supernatural hit True Blood won for Outstanding Drama Series. The show features numerous gay characters — some are human (Nelsan Ellis' Lafayette) and others are vampires, like Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi. Denis O'Hare, who plays Russell, was on hand to accept the award.

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