Angelica McDaniel, Heather Tom and Frank Valentini Among Variety’s Daytime TV Impact Honorees

Variety has released a list of the top power players in the daytime television world. The entertainment industry’s most trusted trade paper named CBS Daytime Vice President Angelica McDaniel, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Heather Tom and General Hospital showrunner Frank Valentini among their Daytime TV impact honorees. 

Variety stated about McDaniel:

With a deft ability to balance daytime’s big three genres — game, talk and drama — McDaniel has effectively injected a dose of synergy across CBS’ slate. Promoted to daytime honcho in February 2012, she’s created crossovers between everything from Let’s Make a Deal and The Bold and the Beautiful to The Talk and The Young and the Restless. She’s also upped the net’s interactivity on the web. “I’m proud of our efforts and progress on social media,” she says. “I’m active on Twitter with fans of the shows, and when we have good interaction,” it helps enhance the product CBS delivers.
— Josh Chetwynd

On Tom:


This onscreen and (as of last year) offscreen mother has been in the soap opera business for 23 years, performing on “The Young and the Restless,” One Life to Live and The Bold and the Beautiful. In 2012, Tom became the first actress to complete the trifecta of Daytime Emmys for younger actress (1993 and 1999), supporting actress (2011) and lead actress (2012). Tom is thrilled Bold is making room for her son Zane, who was born in October, to play her onscreen baby. “ I’ve certainly seen how this medium has changed and grown, and I’ve gotten to work with great people,” she says. “It’s a place where glamour happens, and you can be sexy and have crazy things happen to you. I’ll get to spend more time with my son, and he will get to be part of it.”
— Michelle Salemi

On Valentini and his tenure on GH:

“General Hospital,” the sole-surviving soap opera on ABC, owes its life to Valentini. He came in last year after the cancellation of “One Life to Live” and resuscitated General with explosions, baby-switching and returns of beloved characters. As General moves toward its 50th anniversary this month, Valentini has been able to find that tricky balance of keeping fans happy and moving the show along. Valentini himself is most excited about the upcoming “Nurse’s Ball” story line. “It hasn’t been done in years, and it’s a signature piece for General Hospital. It is the perfect way to celebrate the show and the citizens of Port Charles. We can honor the history and bring the show into the 21st century.”
— Michelle Salemi

To see who else made the list, click here!


10 Responses

  1. Profile photo of soapjunkie88

    In all honesty, if Heather Tom would have stayed on Y&R or went back there, she would be THE major player on that show right now.
    I think Tom left the show at the point where she has gotten very good. Hell, she even got to slap Victor Newman in his face.

    She still drives story on B&B. And she does it now for six years. Heather Tom still rocks her scenes and I love seeing her, but she could do so much more. B&B is limited where it comes to the chance to really act. Partly because it’s a half-hour show and partly because of Brad Bell’s sometime confusing writing style where he drops one story in favor for another.

    Anyway congrats on her making the list. And congrats to Frank Valentini who really proves to be a great EP.

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    Heather Tom will always be Victoria to me. I honestly haven’t really given two figs about this character since she left……..

    As far as Angelica, she is just your typical PR maven who says all the right stuff and knows how to tickle the right fancies, but the proof is in the pudding. Let’s not forget that Maria Bell, and all the other hacks of daytime’s past, talked a good game at first too! I am sure she’s got good intentions, but time will tell if she’s the real deal…………

  3. Profile photo of LindaTNo1

    Daytime TV Impact honorees should have included Debbi Morgan and Darnell Williams. FIRST Black/AA SuperCouple in the history of Daytime television. Both Emmy winners and Darnell was the 2nd AA Actor to win Outstanding Lead Actor. Debbi and Darnell are legends and they brought critical diversity in Daytime Drama at a very crucial time in history.

    I see NO Impact here on the above mentioned list. There is NO diversity with any of these honorees at all. Darnell Williams and Debbi Morgan are the epitome of influence and impact in diversifying Daytime television.

    Debbi and Darnell have a lifetime history of acting in daytime television, to inlcude other soaps along with their award winning roles on All My Children.

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    [quote=mpbach]I have no words for this Angelica MCDaniel! Can’t stand her!
    Valentini is a Genius![/quote]

    Why can’t you stand her? Because she is competent and successful in pulling the ratings soaring for CBS’s daytime lineup? At least we have one that does have a true love for genre.

    Congrats to all, daytime is everywhere lately in the news and so nice to see again.

  5. Profile photo of pferrando

    I’m happy for all of them and agree they should be “honored”.

    I’ve seen Tom on B and B now for some time, but I don’t think her character has the story potential that she did have at Y and R before she left…this happened before LML took over and it should never have happened. I can’t remember the details, but I was pissed when they then almost immediately recast Victoria, and the character pretty much has always been front burner. No hard feelings to AH, as she is Victoria now.

    So far I have been extremely pleased with Angelica…especially with her being very vocal about her entire lineup and her devotion to Y and R. She hasn’t given anyone any reason to doubt what she’s said yet.


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    Frank Valentini is my main man, but these are pretty good people all around. Congratulations to all of them! :crown:

    Heather Tom slapping Eric Braeden was outstanding! We wouldn’t see that kind of a scene these days.

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