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ABC and PEOPLE Announce ‘The Story of Soaps’ Two-Hour Prime-Time Television Event

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Looks like soaps are getting some love in the nighttime!  ABC has announced that it will air on Tuesday, May 19th (8 p. m. EST), a special two-hour event The Story of Soaps.  The network partnered with PEOPLE to present this show highlighting the iconic impact of the genre.

According to the announcement today: The Story of Soaps explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera. In today’s shifting television landscape, The Story of Soaps traces how female creators migrated from radio to television to become the dominant force in daytime for more than three decades. Today, that legacy is alive and well all over prime time and reality, and much of what propels modern television traces its roots back to those first sprawling, steamy storylines. The Story of Soaps takes an extensive look at this iconic, impactful genre and the cultural phenomenon its massive impact has had on the world at large.

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The Story of Soaps brings together an impressive company of experts and familiar voices to help illustrate this remarkable story.  Some of the names participating in the special will be: Alec Baldwin, Andy Cohen, Bryan Cranston, Carol Burnett, Chandra Wilson, Deidre Hall, Denise Richards, Donna Mills, Drake Hogestyn, Eileen Davidson, Erika Jayne, Erika Slezak, Finola Hughes, Greg Vaughan, John Aniston, John McCook, John Stamos, Jon Hamm, Laura Wright, Lorraine Broderick. Marc Anthony Samuel, Mary Crosby, Maurice Benard, Melody Thomas Scott, Susan Lucci, Susan Sullivan, Vivica A. Fox, and others.

From the writer and producer side: Chris Van Etten, , David Jacobs, James H. Brown, Jill Farren Phelps, Jonathan Murray, Ken Olin, Marc Cherry, Shelly Atlman, Brad Bell, and more.

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The special is produced for ABC by the television production division of Meredith Corporation with executive producers Bruce Gersh, Bruce Robertson and Dan Wakeford; and by Maggievision Productions with executive producers Maura Mandt and Rebecca Gitlitz.

Check out this first preview below.  Then let us know, if you are excited to see this prime-time event on the soaps via the comment section.

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This is going to be the story of my life! I remember Alec Baldwin when he was Billy Aldrich on The Doctors. Yes! I am that old!

Who would have ever thought he would turn out to be one of the biggest assholes in Hollywood!

Wow. How ironic. You cancel your daytime line up and years later do this. What cheek. Idiots.

I was going to say something like this…dump your soaps and now try to honor them…must still be April 1st!!!!!!!!

lets hope this is their way to see the error of their ways!!

My thoughts exactly davlestev1.

Why are THEY idiots? If they couldn’t afford to keep them on due to viewer drops, what were they supposed to do? What a bonehead statement. Also, if you’re so critical, why are you even here???

Easy now, Sally!

My apologies!!! No need for that at this time!

Hmm. No Don Hastings, Elizabeth Hubbard, Kim Zimmer, Eric Braeden, Susan Flannery, etc. The announcement leads me to think “The Story of Soaps” really is “The Story of ABC Soaps.” I’m gonna skip it.

Eric is on CBS. Maybe you shouldnt tune in based on the fact that you dont know soaps!

I dunno know about this-
”legacy is alive and well all over prime time and reality”
that ^^ is so wrong..
the daytime soaps are nothing like primetime series
that have once a week, 10 episodes per season.
And, The gawdawful cheap nuggy reality shows
are no comparison.
Just because a series has a continuation story
in no means makes it as a soap.
The soaps, real soaps, should never be put in the same
”legacy” ..

Anyways– It will be interesting ..
remind me mid-may to watch, please.

I’m going to enjoy every minute! And cross my fingers it brings more viewers to today’s shows.

I keep telling friends that many of the big budget shows they are hooked on (and I enjoy too) are soaps at heart.
They smile and kinda agree …

Let’s cheer on creative efforts and the daytime serial industry!

Well the only problem with bringing “more viewers to today’s shows” is that they have scheduled this show to air right about the same time that GH is going to run out of original episodes (which has obviously already been artificially extended by padding each episode with 50% flashbacks & the so-called Flashback Fridays, weak as they have been thus far). Presumably the two CBS soaps are reaching the end of their stash as well. Days of Our Lives has had this ridiculous taping schedule in recent years, which was most recently at 8 months in advance, so they’re actually good through the summer, and will no doubt pick up some viewers from the folks missing their other soaps. Particularly in the markets where the idiot TV affiliates run Days against GH in the same time slot.

Let’s do this production with respect and dignity…no cheesy production vales or T&A montages,please. From radio to Tv to internet. There a love and connections these shows made and continue to hold in many hearts.

I am super duper excited for this! Truly about time they helped the soap community and showed the hard work these actors do daily. No other actors work this much and this hard, so I’m glad they are coming to primetime TV and hopefully will snag a TON of new viewers! I’m a long time ABC soap fan, miss AMC and OLTL, but continue to support GH, DOOL, and the other soaps, which I have watched for a few weeks due to their story lines, but my heart belongs to GH, and well ok, DOOL since John came back on that foggy dock to Doc many years ago! My brother just passed and he too was hooked on GH, which isn’t very common for a man, I would say, or at least my brother who was truly a man’s man, so I’m very sad he’s going to miss this, but maybe they get ABC up there!

This should be interesting to see. Only problem for me is that I can only hope that it will be available on the apps that I have via my Amazon Fire Stick as I don’t have cable TV.

ABC must be low on content? All these years they crapped on Daytime and now they want to air a tribute to soaps. Huh! I’m surprised its not only available on POP or streamed only! But anyway, its something.

Where is the iconic Genie Francis? A crime to leave her out. And Tristan Rogers and Finola Hughes? Not going to be “fair and balanced”?

I get the feeling this is going to be your usual surface look at soaps…
Ooh, look how many big stars started out in soaps!
Etc, etc. etc. Ho hum.

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For decades, soap opera fans around the world have wanted a chance to see Santa Barbara episodes again. The soap, which first aired on NBC back on July 30, 1984 aired for only 9 seasons until the network pulled the plug after diminishing ratings and multiple changes in writing and producing regimes. The show last aired on January 15th, 1993.

Santa Barbara was co-created and initially produced and co-written by the legendary team of Bridget and Jerome Dobson. At the recent 51st annual Daytime Emmys, Jerome was honored with the Gold Circle medal for his over 50 years of work and accomplishments within the medium. Sadly his wife, Bridget passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 85.

The show featured an all-star soap cast throughout its run which included, at times: Marcy Walker, A Martinez, Dame Judith Anderson, Robin Wright, Justin Deas, Eileen Davidson, Lane Davies, Nancy Lee Grahn, Kim Zimmer, Jack Wagner, Jed Allan, Louise Sorel. Judith McConnell, Roscoe Born, Sydney Penny, Todd McKee, Terry Lester, Justin Gocke, Nicolas Coster and many more.

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During a livestream conversation on Friday, June 21st, Jerome Dobson and A Martinez visited the Michael Fairman Channel to reminisce about the success and ups and downs of Santa Barbara and much more.

Many people in the live chat and many around the world (Santa Barbara was very popular internationally) have wanted to know with the legal issues it appears had plagued the show for years, if there would be a chance that fans could ever see Santa Barbara episodes again, and if they could become available or streamed?

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So, do you hope that the legalities can finally be worked out and you could relive the seasons of ‘Santa Barbara’ all over again? Let us know in the comment section below. You can check out the live chat with A and Jerome below, the moment happens around the 56:18 mark.

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The popular actor took to his account on X and in a series of posts said his “thank you’s” and bid farewell to the top-rated soap opera.

St. John shared, “As you well know, Tuckers come and Tuckers go, and so the cycle continues… this Tucker is in his go phase… I thank each and every member of the wonderful cast, the crew, the directors, the producers and production staff, and CBS/Sony for the great experience from day one to the last. I feel so fortunate to have played such a terrific role.”

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Trevor continued: “Most importantly, I want to offer my heartfelt gratitude to you the (Y&R) fans. THANK YOU!” Tucker might be gone for the time being, but I’m not going anywhere. I’ve got projects in the works, and if you haven’t seen my film, A Good Enough Day, it’s now available to stream for free on Tubi!”

The news of his exit comes just two years shy of his time on The Young and the Restless.  St. John made his Genoa City debut in September of 2022 as the new Tucker, last played by Days of our Lives, Stephen Nichols (Steve). The role was first played by actor William Russ.

No word from St. John or Y&R as to when his last episode will air on the top-rated soap opera.  In story, Tucker is losing his company to a takeover by Audra and Victor, while Ashley is finally getting help she needs after her personality split.

So, what do you think about Trevor’s departure from Y&R? Comment below.

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According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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