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:
The Voice not only held its high ratings note; it went up. The two-hour program averaged 12.38 million viewers and gave NBC its highest ratings in the time slot in nearly six years.
Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson family, appeared on Wednesday's Today show to discuss her daily attendance of the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray's upcoming manslaughter trial over the death of Michael Jackson...
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have named their twins Monroe Cannon and Moroccan Scott Cannon, they announced on Carey's website.
Daughter Monroe is named after Marilyn Monroe, who Carey calls an inspiration. Son Moroccan's name comes from the top tier of Carey's New York City apartment, which features Moroccan-inspired decor. It's also the spot where Cannon proposed.
Gotti: Three Generations is becoming a real family affair: Kelly Preston has joined her husband John Travolta and their daughter Ella Bleu in the upcoming movie about the crime family, People reports.
Preston will play Victoria Gotti, wife of John Gotti Sr. (Travolta). Ella, 11, will play their on-screen daughter Angel.
Toni Braxton has a new hit reality series, Braxton Family Values (Tuesdays at 9/8c on We), but the R&B legend was initially reluctant to participate — until her sisters told her it would be a good venue for her to discuss her very public bankruptcies.In the video below, Braxton gives us some insight on her financial woes...
Move over, Megan Fox. There's a new Transformers bombshell in town.
Victoria's Secret model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has topped this year's Maxim Hot 100 list.
Jesse James says it's time to focus on himself and not on Sandra Bullock."I can't worry about her anymore," James tells ABC News in an interview to air on Wednesday's Nightline. "I've spent a good chunk of the last five or six years worrying only about her and what she thinks and what I should do and controlling all my movements. I think it's time to worry about Jesse and making sure Jesse's happy."Which celebrity breakup shocked you the most?
Nicollette Sheridan's wrongful termination lawsuit against Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has been cleared for trial, according to The Associated Press.
Stars now have an alternative to divorce: Celebrity Wife Swap.
ABC has ordered six episodes of the reality series, which features celebrities trading lifestyles and partners for a week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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