Friday, May 24, 2024

CBS Finally Does Something About Sinking Daytime Ratings, Ousts Chief Angelica McDaniel After Many Curious Disasters


CBS finally woke up and fired Daytime chief Angelica McDaniel yesterday. It was a long time coming.

Ratings for CBS’s soaps “The Young and the Restless,” have cratered this year. Ditto for “The Bold and the Beautiful.” “The Talk” also has gone downhill, losing creator Sarah Gilbert from the panel. It was time to do something.

“Y&R” has had one disaster after another. Executive producer Mal Young nearly destroyed the show by angering fans. He dismissed veteran actors and wrote in characters that McDaniel wanted. The audience hated them, and that caused more firings. Key actors like Eileen Davidson and Christel Khalil have not returned. Some actors are MIA right now.

I also wrote about how McDaniel allegedly smeared actor Michael Muhney. It was her husband who brought a story to TMZ TV about Muhney’s alleged bad behavior on set several years ago. TMZ was the only news outlet to “report” the story, and without any reporting. The whole thing still remains a haunting mystery. Muhney was fired and hasn’t worked much since then.

McDaniel’s position has been eliminated. This does sound like when ABC finally purged Brian Frons from a similar position at that network. Frons killed “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Let’s hope there’s no repeat here. No one needs another cooking or talk show, or “CBS This Morning” in the afternoon.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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