Thank you to all of our readers for contributing to TVSource Magazine’s popularity and success in 2013. We experienced tremendous growth last year and hope to have successful 2014 as well.
Four years ago, Soap Opera Source was launched. One year ago today, Soap Opera Source became TVSource Magazine. Happy 1st birthday, TVSource!
As we come upon the one year anniversary of TVSourceMagazine.com, I decided that the website was in need of a makeover.
It may seem a little much to change the layout of our site less than year after launching, but to be honest I was kind of bored with it. Though visitors didn’t see it until our Jan. 2012 launch, I had been looking at the same design for almost two years. I wanted something that would be appealing to the eyes, but also allow for content maximization.
See the changes below:
September 2012[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="940"] September 2012 Layout[/caption]
December 2012[caption id="attachment_1006" align="aligncenter" width="379"] December 2012 Layout[/caption]
- Upgraded to the newly revamped CMS system — focuses heavily on HTML5 and mobile compatibility.
- Subtle changes to the logo — removal of half-circle and additional text; capitalized the “TV” in TVSource
- Changed to a fluid width as opposed to a static one. That means the site re-sizes depending on the size of your screen.
- CSS compression (helps the site load faster).
- Changes to the UI allowing for easier navigation.
- Better integration with social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, Google)
The next design we use will be fully responsive. Whether you’re viewing the site on your laptop, tablet, smartphone or gaming system, the website will adapt and change it’s structure to dynamically fit the device used.
As you know October 1 marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote screening and early detection of breast cancer.
Roughly 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Mammograms can help find breast cancer early when there is the best chance for treatment. I especially know this because a mammogram saved my aunt’s life.
Atlantic City, NJ (Sep 28, 2012)
Atlantic City, September 28, 2012 – Earlier today, TVSource Magazine executive editor Omar White-Nobles received an email from former Days of our Lives head writer Marlene McPherson regarding comments made on his personal Twitter account. The comment in question was in reference storylines currently airing on Days of our Lives.
What was said referred to current head writers Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell “still ending stuff from old writers.” The term “old stuff”, refers specifically to the storyline of Nicole’s pregnancy, which began under Ms. McPherson’s and Mr. Thomas’ regime, and is currently continuing under the current regime. After said comment was made, Ms. McPherson contacted TVSource with the following email:
“I am not sure where you are getting your information but it is 100% false. Darrell and my stories finished with the Daysaster. What is on air now is all Gary Tomlin and Chris Whitesell. I have contacted our attorney and you will be hearing from him shortly. We expect an IMMEDIATE retraction or we will take legal action.”
We responded to Ms. McPherson’s email with the following: “Hi Marlene. I was simply referring to Nicole’s pregnancy storyline, which began under you and Darrell. I can clarify what I said and make it clear that these scripts are not yours.”
She replied: “Your tweets say nothing about Nicole. They are completely false. Not sure where you got this 10/15 date.” She then quoted the tweet and the message that was sent to her. “[From Omar] @soapwikijohn 10/15 on is when the show really kicks into high gear. It’s just treading right now. Still ending stuff from old writers. Source says TomSell is still ending stuff from you & Dar & that Days kicks into high gear on 10/15.” [Note: “TomSell” is a portmanteau of Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell’s last names]
We responded again to Ms. McPherson. “Those were two separate things I was referring to. No one implied the work airing is your scripts. But I made it crystal clear it’s not.”
And we did: “CLARIFICATION: Earlier I mentioned DAYS was “still ending stuff from old writers”. OBVIOUSLY the scripts are TomSell’s not MarDars. More SPECIFICALLY I was referring to the Nicole pregnancy storyline which began under MarDar. Those that are smart clearly know this” [Note: “MarDar” is a portmanteau of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Thomas’ first names.]
However 6:34PM/EST, we received the following letter from Ms. McPherson’s lawfirm:
For the record, SoSource Media LLC., TVSource Magazine, nor its executive editor ever attributed “poor quality of the show, and the virtual plummeting of the ratings since the end of August” to stories written by Ms. McPherson and Mr. Thomas. The term “old stuff”, again refers in particular to the storyline of Nicole’s pregnancy, which began under Ms. McPherson’s and Mr. Thomas’ regime, and is currently continuing under the current regime.
SoSource Media is disheartened with the implication that its flagship property TVSource Magazine made statement that were false, defamatory and/or libelous.
It is unfortunate that TVSource Magazine staff apparently cannot comment on the current state of a fictional television series, on their personal twitter accounts, pertaining to a fictional storyline, again, Nicole’s pregnancy, that began under Ms. McPherson and Mr. Thomas, without incurring such harsh legal threats. And if the mere mention of a storyline, again, Nicole’s pregnancy, can be classified as defamation or libel, then we suppose that an apology and a retraction is due.
In response to their demand, SoSource Media, LLC and its affiliated brand TVSource Magazine hereby and unequivocally retracts what was written on its executive editor’s personal twitter account. And although it did not appear in any shape or form on the TVSource Magazine website, we are complying with Ms. McPherson’s request.
We have also been directed to “state the true facts”. Below are the true facts, which can be independently verified.
- TVSource never attributed the “poor quality of the show, and the virtual plummeting of the ratings since the end of August” to Ms. McPherson. Such statement was never written.
- Dating back to September 2009, it was stated by Omar White-Nobles at the creation of his Twitter account, “Alright so let’s talk about what I’ll be doing on this. Giving MY opinions of course, which doesn’t mean it’s the view of SOS. Remember that.” [Note: “SOS” referred to SoSource Media’s then magazine Soap Opera Source, which was absorbed into TVSource Magazine in January 2012. -]
- The announcement Ms. McPherson and Mr. Thomas’ departure from Days of our Lives was announced April 4, 2012 (http://tvsourcemagazine.com/soaps/news/2495-days-of-our-lives-fires-writing-team).
- While Ms. McPherson and Mr. Thomas ceased writing for Days of our Lives in May, their stories, in particular scripts they worked on, continued to air until August 30 as stated in the legal letter.
- While ratings under Gary Tomlin and Christopher Whitesell have “plummeted” under them, ratings also “plummeted” at various times from December 2011 – July 2012 when Mr. Tomlin and Mr. Whitesell were not employed by Days of our Lives and/or their material was not airings.
- While Days of our Lives’ ratings did rise in ratings leading up the Olympic hiatus during the weeks of July 16-20, July 23-27, and continued its rise during the weeks August 13-17, August 20-24, for the week of August 27-31, the series lost 200,000 in total viewers and 87,000 in women in-49 [specifically in reference to “ratings climbing to a crescendo” (http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/09/07/soap-opera-ratings-general-hospitals-ratings-rise-in-households-and-women-18-49/147640/)]
- The series also hit multiple lows in total viewers and/or the coveted women 18-49 demographic dating back to December 2011 (http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/tag/days-of-our-lives-ratings/page/6/). Including but not limited to:
- March 10-23 – http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/03/29/soap-opera-ratings-young-the-restless-general-hospital-days-of-our-lives-hit-lows/126535/)
- March 26-30 – http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/04/06/soap-opera-ratings-days-of-our-lives-sets-new-low-in-women-18-49-viewers/127708/)
- April 2-6 – http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/04/13/soap-opera-ratings-new-lows-for-young-the-restless-and-days-of-our-lives/128761/)
- May 21-26 – http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/01/soap-opera-ratings-bold-the-beautiful-rises-in-women-18-49-ratings-while-days-of-our-lives-ties-its-series-low/136430/.
- For the week June 18-24, the series matched a low in women 18-49 – http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/06/30/soap-opera-ratings-the-young-the-restless-and-days-of-our-lives-match-series-lows-in-women-18-49/139633/
- For the week June 25-29, the series tied its low for the second week in a row – http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/07/06/soap-opera-ratings-the-young-days-of-our-lives-ties-series-lows-in-women-18-49/140689/
- For the week July 9-13, the series hit a new low in women 18-49 – http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/07/20/soap-opera-ratings-days-of-our-lives-hits-new-low-in-women-18-49-viewership/142030/
Rest assured, there will never, ever be another mention of Ms. McPherson or Mr. Thomas on TVSource Magazine, on Mr. White-Nobles’ personal Twitter account, official magazine twitter account, or any other yet to be created property owned by SoSource Media LLC.
Having met all requirements asked of us; let this issue be put to rest.
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You know how musicians say they never forget the first time they hear their song on the radio? Well we’ll never forget the first time one of our brands was featured on television!
In June, TVSource reporter Amber Cunigan reviewed Nick-at-Nite’s new primetime soap opera “Hollywood Heights” (Article: ‘Hollywood Heights’ Review: Romance, Stardom, Secrets – and It’s Wholesome (So Far)!) ahead of its premiere on television. Little did we know it would be featured in a commercial for the show!
Here’s a screencap:
It may seem like a minor thing, but it’s a big deal to us. Congratulations to Amber for bringing TVSource its first television highlight.
Today marks the 6th month anniversary of TVSourceMagazine.com! When we launched the site in January, there was a lot of uncertainty. Would the readers who supported Soap Opera Source support the new site? Would the readers feel as if we’ve abandoned soaps due to the cancellations? Luckily we didn’t encounter much of that. Of course there were those who didn’t understand why Soap Opera Source had to come to an end, but overall the response was positive and it’s shown in our numbers.
We’ve had more visitors to TVSource in the last 6 months than Soap Opera Source had all of 2011! Kudos to the staff at TVSource for creating engaging original content. It was difficult losing some of Soap Opera Source’s most talented writers during the transition, but the new team has exceeded expectations and continues to be stars.
The true test will happen this fall as it will be the magazine’s first first season. What to cover? What features to add? What to review? It’s all up for grabs.
Atlantic City, January 10, 2012 — SoSource Media, LLC announced today its four-year old property SoapOperaSource.com will shut down at the end of January.
The website, which launched in September 2008, will be replaced by its new entertainment property TVSourceMagazine.com. TVSource Magazine features expanded television coverage including breaking news, celebrity interviews and the hottest trends in television, film and pop culture. TVSource will absorb and re-brand all Soap Opera Source content.
SSM Project Updates:
- Project “TVSource” : In May 2010, the Soap Opera Source team began looking at creating a new website that would feature a broad array of television content. At the time of Soap Opera Source’s launch, there were nine soap operas on the air. With the cancellations of Passions, Guiding Light and As the World Turns, questions about the future of the website were raised given the uncertainty of the soap genre. After months of work, the project is near completion and should be ready for the Fall 2011 season.
- Untitled Political Project: Plans for a opinion based, user driven political commentary site have been put on indefinite hold. We will pick up development on this in the 1st quarter of 2013.
The future of Soap Opera Source is questionable. Currently Soap Opera Source will serve as a sister site to Project TVSource, with each site targeting a specific audience.