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Lifetime to do Daytime Talker; Could Soaps be Next?

Cable network Lifetime is looking to beef up its original daytime content. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cabler has ordered a pilot for a potential daytime talker starring Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Carson Kressley.


This development sees Kressley enter into the realm of Cameron Mathison, Ryan Seacrest and Vivica A. Fox in competition for being the hardest working person in showbiz, as Kressley is also set to recur on Logo's Sordid Lives: The Series.

THP reports the cabler is wanting to replace its longtime sitcoms-during-the-daytime format as sure bets like The Nanny and The Golden Girls will end their syndication deals with Lifetime next season (:-().

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Since Lifetime wants to get into the daytime talker business, they should also stronger consider original daily soaps.The network has had runaway success with its original primetime sudsers (Army Wives, Any Day Now) and I believe Lifetime would be the perfect venue for smart, character-driven (read: no returns from the dead, amnesia  or terrorist female rapists) five-day-a-week dramas. They could even bring in best selling authors like Jackie Collins or Nora Roberts to create them.

Cable shows don't have to pull the same numbers that networks worry about to be considered a hit and even the dismal numbers the current daytime soaps are posting would allow them to be considered "hits" on cable, so it seems like it would be a no brainer for Lifetime and/or Oxygen to go into the soap bidness, don't you think?