TVLine Items: Oprah Reveals Why She Can't Save Axed Soaps, and Other TV News to Know
The exiting Queen of Daytime posted a video to YouTube (and shown below) saying that while she hears soap fans’ pleas for her OWN cable channel to offer refuge for ABC’s recently axed All My Children and One Life to Live, it’s just not gonna happen.
“I understand the loyalty, the sense of disappointment” says the self-proclaimed AMC and The Young and The Restless fan. “But here is the [deep] bone-marrow truth: There just are not enough people who are at home in the daytime to watch them, and because of that they’re going off the air.”
Citing the steep slope that soap ratings have slid down over the years, Winfrey adds, “I will not be taking on the responsibility of trying to revive an institution that for all intents and purposes indicates the time has come for it to be over.”
Ever the gracious host, she concludes, “Thank you for thinking I could save them, but I really can’t.”
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Hold the phone, Real Housewives fans: Bravo EVP Andy Cohen has denied reports of another two editions being in the works. “Bravo is not shooting or casting for Vegas or Arizona Housewives,” Cohen tweeted. “It is not true and we have no association to either project.”
• Battlestar Galactica is setting course for BBC America. The cabler has acquired the rights to 80 hours of the cult fave sci-fi series, including a two-part miniseries and four complete seasons, to premiere Saturday, June 18, 7/6c.
• Heroes‘ Masi Oka has landed a script deal with Syfy, says The Hollywood Reporter. Oka will team up with writer Alex Sabeti on The Correctors, which is described as an Inception-meets-Adjustment Bureau project.
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