Soap Fans: Here’s Your New Year’s Eve Update!

If you’re a fan of CBS soaps, here’s what you need to know about today’s shows:

  • THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS airs a new episode today. The ghost of John Abbott appears to his son, Billy, who’s in a prolonged downward spiral. John will take Billy through an It’s a Wonderful Life-style trip through Genoa City as it might have been if Billy wasn’t around, and Billy gets a chilling look at how likely that is if he keeps going downhill.
  • THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is airing a special encore of its January 5th, 2009 episode, in which Brooke and Ridge exchange their vows in an unconventional private ceremony on Malibu Beach. There’s also the drama over the showstopper at the fashion show.
  • AS THE WORLD TURNS will not be seen today because of THE SUN BOWL, which begins at 2:00pm. No episode of the show was produced for today, so you will not miss anything from your friends in Oakdale.
Also, because of football coverage, LIVE 5 NEWS AT 5 will not be seen today, but we’ll have your local news and your neighborhood forecast at 6pm.



Live 5 News Counts Down Top 5 Stories of 2009

LIVE 5 NEWS counts down the Top 5 Stories of 2009 in a special edition of LIVE 5 NEWS AT 7 tonight.

Live 5 Viewers were recently asked to log on to and rank their picks for the biggest local and statewide stories of the year, from a collection of news items that included economic and jobless woes, the announcement that Boeing would build its Dreamliner here in the Lowcountry, the kidnapping of a North Charleston infant and the scandal involving Governor Mark Sanford.

With their votes tabulated, LIVE 5 NEWS will present a look back at the five stories that received the most votes. Your Live 5 Insider has intentionally avoided sneaking a peek at the results, so it will be interesting to see which stories you chose as the biggest.

Don’t miss that special trip down memory lane, tonight at 7pm.

Are You Ready for Some Holiday Football?

Football fans have two big reasons to be happy this week: LIVE 5 WCSC will air two holiday bowl games.

On Thursday, we’ll air THE SUN BOWL, Oklahoma vs. Stanford, at 2:00pm. Our daytime lineup is normal up until game time, then the game is expected to run until 6pm, when LIVE 5 NEWS will get you caught up on the day’s news and weather.

Fans of AS THE WORLD TURNS shouldn’t worry: CBS didn’t make a show for today, so everything picks up where you left off next Monday.

Then on Friday, we’ve got THE GATOR BOWL, West Virginia vs. Florida State, airing at 1:00pm. None of the soaps will air on Friday: right after LIVE 5 NEWS AT NOON, we’ll air a special episode of TWO AND A HALF MEN, and then the game begins. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL will pick up where you left off on Monday along with AS THE WORLD TURNS.

LIVE 5 NEWS picks up at 5:00pm and we’ve got our normal lineup for the rest of the first day of 2010.

Big Names Appear in Tonight’s Kennedy Center Honors

Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen receive entertaining and heartfelt tributes at THE 32ND ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS, tonight at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Eminent artist friends and peers of this year’s five honorees converged in Washington, D.C., with Caroline Kennedy serving as host for the seventh consecutive year.

This annual event recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. Keeping with tradition, the roster of performers and presenters remains secret prior to the gala, and a short biographical film is featured during each honoree’s tribute.

Performers and presenters include Roger Bart, Gary Beach, Jack Black, Matthew Broderick, Harry Connick, Jr., Cory English, Simon Estes, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Angela Gheorghiu, Herbie Hancock, Ben Harper, Shuler Hensley, Harvey Keitel, Ron Kovic, Jane Krakowski, Richard Kind, Frank Langella, John Mellencamp, Matthew Morrison, Jennifer Nettles, Edward Norton, Carl Reiner, Stephen A. Schwarzman, Martin Scorsese, Martin Short, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Sting, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep and Eddie Vedder.

President and Mrs. Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden sit with the honorees in the Presidential Box of the Opera House at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Kennedy described the five 2009 honorees as “a piano virtuoso from the California hills whose inspired rhythms made him America’s herald of a new age of jazz; a good fella from the mean streets of New York who redefined acting and made movie audiences an offer they couldn’t refuse; the little girl from a St. Louis church choir who could hit high C and became the diva we cheered in the houses of grand opera; a mischievous boy from Brooklyn who provoked billions of laughs by walking loudly and carrying a big schtick; and a rocker from the Jersey Shore who composed his own musical universe and – across America and the world – became the Boss.”

Don’t miss the big event, tonight at 9:00pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Price to Offer Favorite Prizes of 2009

THE PRICE IS RIGHT will mark the passing of 2009 with a special New Year’s Eve episode that offers the best prizes of the year.

The show recently invited viewers to vote for their favorite prizes, and the shows cast and crew also joined in. Some of the prizes up for consideration included a 1969 Corvette Stingray, a Jaguar XF and a trip to Las Vegas on a private jet.

So don’t miss the show’s special end-of-the-year episode this Thursday on LIVE 5 WCSC.

Another Holiday Favorite Airs Tonight on CBS!

A certain loveable snowman makes his annual visit to CBS tonight at 8pm on LIVE 5 WCSC.

FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, featuring the voice of Jimmy Durante as narrator and Jackie Vernon as Frosty, first aired on CBS on December 7, 1969; tonight it will have its 40th annual telecast. And let’s face it: Christmas isn’t complete without Frosty!

Kids build a snowman and as a finishing touch, they adorn it with a tophat discarded by a magician. When the magician, who had considered himself a failure, discovers the hat’s power, he snatches it away, and the kids have to figure out a way to get it back before Frosty melts!

Then at 8:30pm, CBS’s FROSTY RETURNS brings more adventures of the snowman brought to life. This time around, Jonathan Winters narrates and Frosty is voiced by John Goodman. FROSTY RETURNS first aired on December 1, 1995.

This time, Frosty must battle the eveil Mr. Twitchell, who has created a spray to make snow disappear.

Enjoy the two great Christmas classics tonight on LIVE 5 WCSC. And we wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Debi’s Kids in Last-Minute Push for Needy Families

On Monday, LIVE 5 NEWS held our annual Toy Blitz as part of our Debi’s Kids and the Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign. We set out with a goal that was, to say the least, ambitious: 5,000 toys collected between four locations throughout the day.

We didn’t meet the goal of 5,000, but by the end of the day, we had collected nearly 4,000 toys. In this ecnomy, when so many people are watching every dollar, collecting that many was an accomplishment in itself. Those toys will be distributed to local children who might otherwise not receive anything under the tree this year.

It’s definitely not too late to help. You can still bring new and unwrapped toys to Live 5 Studios or to the Salvation Army on Highway 61 through the weekend.

If you’ve already donated toys, thank you so much for being part of our campaign. It will mean so much to the needy families in the Lowcountry!

Can You Help Us Collect 5,000 Toys?

LIVE 5 NEWS is trying to collect 5,000 toys today as part of our Debi’s Kids and the Salvation Army Angel Tree campaign. The toys will be distributed to local children who might otherwise not receive anything under the tree this year.

If you can help, please bring a new, unused, unopened toy to one of our four locations:

  • Home Telephone: 579 Stony Landing Road in Moncks Corner
  • Walmart: 9880 Dorchester Road in Summerville
  • Hudson Nissan: 7331 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston
  • Live 5 Studios: 2126 Charlie Hall Blvd. in West Ashley

We’ll have live updates starting on LIVE 5 NEWS AT NOON. Please do what you can to help make a difference for kids here in the Lowcountry at Christmastime.

Dave Joins the Bandwagon

It’s official! David Letterman is now on Twitter. On Tuesday night’s show, Letterman mentioned that he was now tweeting under the user name @lateshow.

At one point during his show, he put a toaster on top of his desk and loaded two slices of bread. On his Twitter account, he posted:

I’m making toast.”

He then waited for the toast to pop up, saying, “This is the only thing on CBS right now.”

Are you a Twitter user? If so, be sure to follow Dave. And don’t forget about @live5insider!

Another Cancellation Rocks Daytime

CBS has announced that another staple of daytime television will leave the air. AS THE WORLD TURNS will air its final broadcast in September, 2010.

At the time of that final show, the soap will have been on the air for 54 years.

Since its premiere on April 2, 1956, the show has broadcast more than 13,000 episodes and has featured now-big name actors like Marisa Tomei, Meg Ryan, Parker Posey and James Earl Jones. From the very first episode, actress Helen Wagner has portrayed the matriarch of the Hughes family. It was a scene with Wagner that was interrupted by Walter Cronkite on November 22, 1963 with a bulletin that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas.

“The almanacs will show AS THE WORLD TURNS as a pioneer of the format, a hallmark for quality with its numerous Emmy’s, the launching pad for many television and film stars and a daytime ratings powerhouse for parts of three decades. But, the true legacy of AS THE WORLD TURNS will be the fictional characters and stories of a small Midwest town that resonated every day with millions of viewers over multiple generations, becoming a treasured daytime institution in the process,” CBS Senior Vice President for Daytime Programming Barbara Bloom said in a statement.

The decision at least allows the writers a lot of time to wrap up storylines (or build cliffhangers that won’t get wrapped up, depending on their plans) for the Hughes, Montgomery, Ryan, Snyder, Stewart and Walsh families, and all characters in between.

There’s no word, yet, on what will replace AS THE WORLD TURNS on the CBS schedule, but speculation is that another game show format may be pulled into service. Earlier this year, GUIDING LIGHT, which had been on the air in radio and television for a total of 72 years, came to a close and was replaced with a cheaper-to-produce game show, LET’S MAKE A DEAL.

Several game show formats were considered before the network decided on LET’S MAKE A DEAL; it’s possible one of the others may appear in the AS THE WORLD TURNS timeslot.

When AS THE WORLD TURNS leaves the air, CBS will have only two soaps left on the air: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which has been the number one soap in daytime for years, and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which is the most-watched soap in the world.

Then again, a lot can happen in nine months. So stay tuned.