13 Soap Opera Sobbers Who Have Perfected The Oprah Ugly Cry


No. 13: Kelly Monaco, General Hospital


It's a good thing Frank Valentini is excellent at managing General Hospital's budget, otherwise ABC's last remaining soap might have gone broke from buying Kleenex for the character of Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco)! Sam hasn't had many opportunities to turn on the water works lately. She's too busy being happy with Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton), but if and when she learns Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is off trying to save Jason, Port Charles, New York will once again be under a flood warning.

 — Regan Cellura

Oprah to Lindsay Lohan: “You Need to Cut the Bull Sh*t” (VIDEO)




OWN's highly-anticipated documentary series following troubled actress Lindsay Lohan debuts Sunday night, and the channel has released a first look video. The camera's follow Lohan as she tries to get her life back on track, but it appears everyone involved is in for a bumpy ride.

In the preview, Oprah Winfrey admits Lohan was behaving just like she'd been warned she would. The teaser features the Mighty O telling Lohan, "You need to cut the bull shit." Watch it after the jump!


Oprah on OWN’s Early Content: “Too Stoic and Too Serious”



The first year of Oprah Winfrey's cable network was a challenge for the talk show queen. OWN struggled in the ratings and several series flopped. In an interview with Vulture,  Winfrey credits execs Sheri Salta, Erik Logan, the channel's partnership with Tyler Perry and other programming changes with OWN's turnaround. She also copped to the cabler being too serious early on. Here's an excerpt:


You also had to make a big shift in the kinds of programs you put on OWN.

I have a tendency to look at everything from the point of view of: What is going to be meaningful, and uplift people? That can become too stoic and too serious—which is the same issue I suffered with at the magazine in the beginning. It needed more humor. So we [began] looking for lighter fare. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s works. Iyanla: Fix My Life was also a turning point. Having programming that was in alignment with the vision but also left the space to widen the lane for the vision. If it were up to me, I’d be doing [Winfrey’s Sunday talk show] Super Soul Sunday conversations all the time.

 

The Have and Have Nots Helps Boost OWN to Profitability


Tyler Perry’s brand of TV magic helped his pal Oprah earn a bit of good news. According to Deadline, Discovery CEO David Zaslav revealed OWN is now cash flow positive. Reportedly, cable networks are paying more for the channel, while The Haves and Have Nots and Love They Neighbor are drawing in viewers.

He singled out Tyler Perry’s Have And Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor as “bona fide hits” that contributed to 39% ratings growth among women 25-to-54 in Q2. That was “the highest growth of any cable network” in the quarter and made OWN a top 20 network for women in June — and made it a top-3 network for African American women over the last eight weeks.