Moss to Tape Final Scenes on ‘B&B’

After a quarter century, Ronn Moss is leaving THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Moss’s character, Ridge Forrester, has been a central core character since the program’s premiere in 1987 and Moss himself is one of only four original cast members still on the program.

That changes after today, when Moss tapes his final scenes.

But wait, haven’t we heard this before from other soaps? Is there really ever such a thing as finality where a soap opera star is concerned? (At least, as long as the show is still on the air?)

Probably not, though in this particular case, it certainly sounds like a legitimate parting of ways.

Entertainment Weekly reported on Friday that Moss, 60, decided to leave the show over “salary issues.”

On Monday, Brad Bell, B&B’s head writer and executive producer, told TV Guide he didn’t see the departure coming.

“And it came out of the blue. I only found out last Thursday [Aug. 9] about Ronn’s decision not to renew.”

There’s no word, yet, on how Ridge Forrester’s disappearance will be handled on the show. Given that they apparently had so little notice on Moss’s decision, it’s possible that they may recast the role since his character remains heavily involved in the show’s plotlines.

Or, he may take a page from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS‘s Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and simply decide it’s time for a sudden vacation and just disappear for a while.

Bell seems to make it clear, however, that he has no intention of killing off the character, or even allowing the character to be “presumed dead.”

Moss’s final appearance will air on September 14th on Live 5 WCSC.

His departure leaves only three original cast members still on the show: Susan Flannery, who plays Stephanie Forrester; John McCook, who portrays Eric Forrester; and Katherine Kelly Lang, who plays Brooke Logan Forrester.

What happens after that…well, we’ll just have to stay tuned to find out.

Andy Griffith Dead at 86

Actor Andy Griffith, a TV icon who entertained generations of viewers, died at age 86 early Tuesday morning.

That news was confirmed by former UNC President Bill Friday, a friend of Griffith, and reported by WITN-TV.

Griffith worked nightclubs and was appearing on Broadway when producers approached him with an idea for a new television series focused on a sheriff in a small town. That idea would become THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, a hit for CBS that premiered in 1960. With co-star Don Knotts, Griffith would endear Sheriff Andy Taylor, Deputy Barney Fife and a host of comic characters in the fictional Mayberry to millions of fans.

Griffith left the show in 1968, when it was renamed to MAYBERRY, R.F.D.. He continued to serve as executive producer of the series until it left the air in 1971.

THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW remains popular in syndication, even more than fifty years after its premiere.

He stayed busy with movie and television projects in the seventies and eighties, but gained new popularity with his portrayal of folksy Southern lawyer Ben Matlock from 1986 until 1995.

President George H.W. Bush presented the actor with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.

Griffith was born on June 1, 1926 in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, a town that would forever be fabled as the inspiration for Mayberry. His early career included humorous stories; his “What It Was, Was Football” reached number nine on the charts in 1954. He appeared on television for the first time in an adaptation of the play “No Time for Sergeants” in 1955, and would reprise his role in the 1958 movie, in which he met Knotts. His love of music and singing, on display frequently during the Griffith show, led to several albums, including “I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns,” in 1986, an album that went platinum.

His final television apparance came in the summer of 2010 during an ad campaign for Medicare.

Bounce Charleston to Air Tribute to Donna Summer

Bounce Charleston will air a special tribute to the late singer Donna Summer during prime time on Friday.

At 8:00pm, Bounce Charleston will air her appearance on a 1976 episode of SOUL TRAIN in which she performs “Winter Melody” and “Spring Affair.” At 9:00pm, Summer appears in the role of an aspiring disco queen in the classic disco film, “Thank God It’s Friday.”

The singer died of cancer Thursday at age 63.

Bounce Charleston can be found over the air on WCSC channel 5.3, on Comcast 213, or Home Telecom 113.

CBS Cancels Five Series

For months now, we’ve been wondering whether crime scene investigators in Miami or New York would get the pink slip as rumors circulated that one (or both) of the CSI spinoffs would get canceled.

We now know the answer. And it looks like David Caruso will be hanging up his shades for good after 10 seasons.

CBS has canceled the costlier of the two, so CSI: MIAMI will not return next season. CSI: NY, the cheaper of the two spinoffs, earned a reprieve and will be back for its ninth season.

The ax fell on four of the Network’s freshmen series.

UNFORGETTABLE, featuring Poppy Montgomery as a detective who can’t forget anything, except for the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death, apparently failed to be memorable enough for viewers.

CBS offered no life support to medical drama, A GIFTED MAN, starring Patrick Wilson as a talented neurologist haunted by the ghost of his ex-wife. Wilson caused a minor controversy when he tweeted that after hearing rumor after rumor about whether the show would return, he couldn’t be happier now the question was actually answered, adding that “As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for.”

The sitcom ROB! actually looked quite promising when it began, boosting Thursday night numbers while paired with BIG BANG THEORY. But by the end of eight episodes, the numbers slipped enough to get it yanked.

NYC22 didn’t catch on quickly enough, and the show about rookie cops in the Big Apple is now permanently off duty.

Of the five shows, which one will you miss the most?

Live 5 WCSC to Remain on AT&T U-Verse Lineup For Now

Just to clear up any confusion from an errant post earlier: Live 5 WCSC will remain on the AT&T U-Verse service because of a temporary extension agreed to by both parties. Here is the statement from yesterday:

As you know, Live 5 WCSC has been negotiating with AT&T U-Verse to reach a fair, market-based agreement for carriage of our station. Unfortunately, we have not yet reached an agreement.

However, we have agreed to an extension until February 29. As a result, Live 5 WCSC will remain available on AT&T U-Verse as we continue to negotiate. Our goal is to reach an agreement and there will be no interruption of your service.

Please continue to check back here regularly for further updates.

As always, we sincerely appreciate your support and your viewership.

All of us at Live 5 WCSC wish you the happiest of new years!

A Special Message to AT&T U-Verse Customers

As you know, Live 5 WCSC has been negotiating with AT&T U-Verse to reach a fair, market-based agreement for carriage of our station. Unfortunately, we have not yet reached an agreement.

However, we have agreed to an extension until February 29. As a result, Live 5 WCSC will remain available on AT&T U-Verse as we continue to negotiate. Our goal is to reach an agreement and there will be no interruption of your service.

Please continue to check back here regularly for further updates.

As always, we sincerely appreciate your support and your viewership.

CBS Preparing for Thanksgiving Tradition

The Insider’s Kevin Frasier and Entertainment Tonight’s Christina McLarty will host CBS’s THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE starting at 9:00am on Thanksgiving Day.

The CBS tradition, now in its 51st year, will feature portions of the 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live from New York City, as well as performances by Grammy® Award-winning rock legend John Fogerty.  
 
Additional performances during the Parade will include the Broadway casts of the Tony Award-winning productions of “Anything Goes” and “Memphis.”
 
Frazier and McLarty will anchor from a site along the parade route in Times Square.  The beloved parade is famous for its gigantic balloons of cartoon character favorites, fantastic floats and lively marching bands from across the country.

Y&R’s Cooper Taking Temporary Medial Leave

Actress Jeanne Cooper is taking a brief leave from THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for unspecified medical reasons. While we don’t know the specifics, Entertainment Weekly reports that the 83-year-old actress, who has portrayed Katherine Chancellor on the series since shortly after the show premiered, is okay.

In her absence, actress Michael Learned, who portrayed another famous matriarch, Olivia on CBS’s THE WALTONS, will fill in.

Learned’s appearances begin on November 10th.

Only once before can we remember a different actress filling in for Cooper, and that was in the 1980s when the late Gisele McKenzie portrayed Genoa City’s top diva for a few weeks.

Longtime fans of the show will no doubt object to the temporary replacement, but as the character is involved in several front-burner storylines, it wasn’t possible to write her off of the show until Cooper could return.

That return, incidentally, is expected to happen later this month, which would put Cooper back in her familiar surroundings some time in December.

Live 5 WCSC Hosting Facebook Chat for ‘Men’ Premiere

Watch tonight’s 9th season premiere of TWO AND A HALF MEN and log on to the Live 5 News Facebook fan page during the program for a live chat with Keke Collins.

Tonight’s the night fans of the show — and Charlie Sheen — have been talking about.  After Sheen’s now famous rants that got him fired from the show, the new season begins with his Malibu home going up for sale and a broken-hearted Internet billionaire showing up on the Harpers’ door as a potential buyer for the property.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you already know that the billionaire is being played by Ashton Kutcher, who joined the cast as Sheen’s successor.

Last night on the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards, Sheen made an appearance and mentioned his former show:

“From the bottom of my heart, I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season.”

The real question is, how well will the show do without its central character?

Join us tonight on the Live 5 News Facebook fan page at 9:00pm and tell us what you think as you watch!

Reality and Fiction Collide in Soap/Talk Crossover

A few weeks ago, Peter Bergman and Tracey E. Bregman, who play Jack and Lauren on CBS’s THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, made a guest appearance on THE TALK.

They appeared as actors, not their characters, to promote the Jabot cosmetics line.

Jabot is a fictional company on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, started by Jack’s father, John Abbott. But now Jabot is also a real cosmetic brand created to attract fans of the show who had heard the name mentioned for decades on the soap.

But here’s where it gets really interesting.  Or confusing, depending on your point of view.

On Thursday, during THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, the characters of Jack and Lauren travel from Genoa City, Wisconsin, to Los Angeles to appear on THE TALK. In that episode, they’ll be promoting the fictional version of Jabot Cosmetics while being interviewed by Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sara Gilbert and Sharon Osbourne, the female hosts of THE TALK, appearing as themselves.

If you understand all of that, you’re probably smart enough to solve the nation’s debt crisis.

Needless to say, the characters’ fictional appearance on the talk show was taped earlier on the same day that the actors appeared as guests.

So be sure to tune in to Thursday’s Y&R; there are sure to be surprises waiting for nearly everyone.