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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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Karen
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Karen

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!

Timmm
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Timmm

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

davlestev1
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davlestev1

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

Jimh
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Jimh

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

knotsamc
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knotsamc

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

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

My thoughts exactly davlestev1.

Sally Bradley
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Sally Bradley

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???

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Easy now, Sally!

Sally Bradley
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Sally Bradley

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

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

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.

Timmm
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Timmm

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

Su000
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Su000

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.

Linda
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Linda

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!

Satan
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Satan

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… Read more »

CidWeinberg
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CidWeinberg

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.

Sally Bradley
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Sally Bradley

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… Read more »

Michael
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Michael

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.

Timmm
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Timmm

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.

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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”?

thad bosley
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thad bosley

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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According to EW.com, Allen will take over the role of beginning on December 10th. Tylo, had previously played the role of Taylor for over three decades on the CBS daytime drama series.

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The report also notes that The Bold and the Beautiful did reach out to Hunter about reprising her signature role but was unsuccessful.

For fans of the show, Taylor has been absent for many key story points since 2019 including: her son Thomas’ brain surgery and the recent marriage of her daughter, Steffy’s marriage to Finn, plus the birth of her grandson and more.

In a tweet following the casting news being announced, Allen shared on her Twitter account: “This is gonna be a fun one! Very excited to step into this iconic role and be back on Daytime after 25 years! … Omg T-W-E-N-T-Y F-I-V-E years?”

Krista will start taping at B&B’s CBS Television City soundstage this Thursday, October 28th, and will share her first scenes with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge). Will there be trouble ahead in his marriage of Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge with NuTaylor back in the picture?

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UPDATED: Over the last 24 hours, the entertainment world has been stunned, by the horrific incident that took place on the set of the western drama Rust, while it was shooting scenes in New Mexico.

What is known is that Alec Baldwin (Ex-The Doctors, Knots Landing) discharged a prop gun that killed Director of Photography, Halyna Hutchins and injured director, Joel Souza.  The film also stars Frances Fisher (Ex-Edge of Night) and Jensen Ackles (Ex-Days of our Lives). Baldwin is also a producer on the film.

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According to Variety, the prop gun contained a “live single round,” according to an email sent by IATSE Local 44 to its membership.

On Friday, Alec Baldwin made a statement via Twitter on his Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter feed, expressing: “There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”

Yesterday, The Sante Fe Sheriff’s Departments originally shared that “Hutchins, 42, and Souza, 48 were shot when a prop firearm was discharged by Alec Baldwin.  Ms. Hutchins was transported, via helicopter, to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel. Mr. Souza was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center where he was undergoing treatment for his injuries. This investigation remains open and active. No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

This morning, Frances Fisher revealed in a twitter conversation with Patricia Arquette, that director Joel Souza had been released from the hospital.  Meanwhile, photographs of a distraught Baldwin emerged following the shooting.

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The news of the Baldwin prop gun incident, isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Jon-Erik Hexum was killed on October 18, 1984, on the set of the TV show Cover Up when he accidentally shot himself in the head with a gun loaded with blanks. Then, in 1993, Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died from a prop gun accident on the set of The Crow by a cast member.

As the news made its way through the entertainment community and mainstream news, several soap stars shared their reactions to the fatal shooting accident.

General Hospital’s Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan) expressed: “Feeling so sad for everyone involved in the tragedy on the #RustMovie set. I do know the film was staffed with experienced, thoughtful professionals. Please, let’s wait until we have the facts. Nothing positive will come from passing judgement or casting aspersions before then.”

General Hospital and Dynasty’s Emma Samms (Holly, Fallon) shared on her friend Jon-Erik Hexum’s death: This AWFUL tragedy on #Rust is unfathomable to me. If all on-set protocols were being adhered to, how, on earth, could it have happened? After what happened to Brandon Lee and my dear friend Jon-Erik Hexam, the firearm protocols became incredibly strict. I was told (when I was with him at the hospital afterwards) that Jon-Erik had been working with a completely empty gun all morning. A blank (still very dangerous) was loaded and then immediately there was a delay. Exhausted, he was allowed to fall asleep – loaded gun in hand. hey woke him, but there was immediately another delay. Jon-Erik put the gun to his head, forgetting it now contained a blank, (because he had just woken up) and jokingly pulled the trigger. He was not the kind of person to play around with a loaded gun. #fortherecord”

We will continue to post reactions and update this story.

What are your thoughts on the fatal shooting on the set of Rust? Comment below.  How can this not happen again, so everyone is safe in this working environment when ‘dangerous’ props are called for or used to make a movie or a TV show?

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Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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