Six-Week Test Run Will See If Bethenny Frankel Can Go From Reality 'Housewife' to Daytime Queen


She's conquered Reality TV and the celebrity-backed spirits market, but can Bethenny Frankel handle Daytime? We're about to find out. On June 11, a six-week preview of Frankel's syndicated talk show Bethenny begins airing on six Fox-owned stations. READ MORE

PC #50: Talking Pop Culture With Totally Tyler

On today’s Pop Confidential podcast Jamey Giddens, Luke Kerr, Jillian Bowe and Melodie Aikels are joined by popular blogger Totally Tyler, author of Your Boyfriend and Other Guys I’ve Kissed: The Tails of Totally Tyler.

The gang and Tyler weigh in on the latest celebrity gossip, including: Brangelina’s engagement, celebrities showing out on Twitter and Jennifer Lopez saying no to Marc Anthony wanting her back.

The topic turns to the new Shonda Rhimes series Scandal. Jamey enjoyed Scandal, but doesn’t want to see Private Practice cancelled in favor of it. What does Tyler think of ABC’s Southern-fried soap GCB? Luke encourages fans to give The CW’s Ringer another try. Could Jillian’s beloved CSI: Miami be cancelled?

MDNA, the latest album from pop icon Madonna, posted the biggest sales drop in history. Tyler has a theory on what contributed to the drop and is ticked Jamey didn't buy the CD! The boy bands One Direction and The Wanted are feuding, yet the panel basically doesn't know they are.

The Hunger Games has captured big box office dollars, but Tyler doesn’t think the movie lives up to the books.

After refusing to buy an e-reader or tablet, Jamey finally gave in and decided to get a Kindle when he couldn’t find a copy of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey in bookstores. Reportedly, Universal and Focus ponied up $5 million for the movie rights to the book being called “mommy porn.” All this and much more on today’s Pop Confidential podcast!

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Social TV: Can Daytime Soaps Better Use Social Media to Stay Alive?


Everywhere you look these days there's an article about the phenomenon of "Social TV". Fans logging into Facebook, Twitter, Get Glue and other social networking platforms to dish about their favorite series with online pals has become highly important to a television program's success. It has also played a factor in affording several on the bubble series reprieves. Could the Social TV craze have played a factor in General Hospital's recent pardon by ABC?

According to TV Guide, GH being picked to stay on the ABC airwaves, as the Mouse House decided to gut The Revolution, helped the 49-year-old sudser top the site's Social Power Ranking. Almost a week after the news was broken by Deadline, GH is still the No. 1 television series on TV Guide's list.  Speaking of Deadline, their piece on The Revolution being cancelled, a Good Morning America spin off temporarily taking its place this summer and General Hospital reportedly living to see its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013, remains the site's most commented on post.

None of this comes as a surprise to diehard soap fans, who witnessed #GeneralHospital and various characters from the series trending on Twitter in the weeks and months leading up to the announcement. We already knew GH was one of the most buzzed about shows on the web, but the question is, what can General Hospital and other soap operas do to turn their Social TV currency into actual ratings?


Real Housewives of Orange County's Alexis Bellino Checks Into General Hospital


Real Housewives of Orange County star Alexis Bellino revealed on Twitter she will soon be moonlighting over at General Hospital. Okay, Frank and Ron, y'all are on your own in defending this one! Bellino tweeted:

No word on when Bellino will make her debut, or who she will mix it up with.

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DAYS' Joe Mascolo on Lisa Rinna: "Saying Taylor Should Have Her Lips Reduced, Calling Me Worst Actor on DAYS is Sort of Like The Pot Calling The Kettles Black!"

Lord, this mess is getting better than any soap opera on TV! Days of Our Lives' patriarch Joe Mascolo (Stefano) has fired back at onscreen stepdaughter Lisa Rinna (Billie) for dissing both him and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Taylor Armstrong recently on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.

While playing host Andy Cohen's game "Plead The Fifth," Rinna agreed that "Stefano DiMera" aka Mascolo, was the worst actor in DAYS' history. She also said RHOBH's Armstrong would be the one person she would suggest have a lip reduction surgery, similar to the one Rinna underwent.

Here's Mascolo's response to Soap Opera Digest:

 "Lisa saying that Taylor should have her lips reduced and calling me the worst actor on DAYS is sort of like the pot calling the kettles black! READ MORE

Star Jones on Celebrity Apprentice Rival Lisa Rinna's Breathing Diss: "I Guess My Lungs Weren't Processing Air to Her Satisfaction"

Leave it to Star Jones to shut you down in a nice way. I asked the Today Show expert on Twitter about her thoughts on Days of Our Lives star Lisa Rinna admitting on Bravo's Watch What Happens LIve that Jones' "breathing" was the biggest thing that irked Rinna when the two appeared together on Celebrity Apprentice. Jones tweeted back the following exchange: