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ABC Purchases Modernized Soap Version of "Great Expectations"!

Looks like soaps are the “in” thing at ABC primetime!  The network has now has put in development Legacy, a drama described as a sexy soap and a modern-day twist on the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectation.  Jeremy Anderson and Patrick Moss will write the script and will co-executive produce.  Debra Martin will executive produce.

According to Deadline.com,  “This is feature producer Debra Martin’s first sale under her overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, she was to hire a dedicated TV executive, which she has now done, bringing in Charles Pugliese as VP at Martin Chase Prods.  Previously, he was VP of Production and Development at Darren Star Prods, where he most recently co-produced the ABC/ABC Studios dramedy GCB. Prior to that, he was a producer at NYC-based Killer Films.

Of note:  this is the second drama project this season that is a modern-day reimagining of Great Expectations. The other, Expectations, has been set with Reese Witherspoon executive producing.

So what do you think of a primetime soap with a twist on the Dickens classic?  Who would you cast in the lead roles?  Let us know!

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Mark
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Mark

Daytime soaps! DAYTIME!!

Tammy Grzenia
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Tammy Grzenia

I think its stupid ABC got rid of there Daytime Soap .and now they are trying to bring soaps to prime time.what are they thinking.JUST BRING BACK ALL MY CHILDREN & ONE LIFE TO LIVE.!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

Agree with you Tammy, whole heartedly!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

ABC just needs to bring back AMC & OLTL! I do think the reason they are going all soapy in Primetime is because of the boycott the daytime fans have done. While ABC doesn’t want to say they made a mistake-they are trying to make up for it with primetime soaps. I don’t think it’ll work.

su0000
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su0000

ABC does not even have a thought of lost viewers of OL and AMC..
They are a mere grain of salt in the ABC/D media sea..
Them not watching the great prime time soaps is their loss not ABC/Ds ..

I am really into the riveting prime time ABC soaps and always GH ABC’s daytime soap..

Lynn A
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Lynn A

Not interested in anything ABC/D until they own up to their mistakes and bring soaps back to the daytime lineup! As good as Nashville looks, and I love Jonathan Jackson in anything he does, I refuse to give any show on ABC a shot until the right their wrongs!

MemphisBelle
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MemphisBelle

I am looking forward to this production of one of my favorite stories by Dickens.
Nightime shows have a bigger budget due to the fact that sponsors pay more per minute than in daytime mainly due to the larger audiences in all demographics.
I hope is as good as Revenge and Last Resort.

emtk
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emtk

If ABC/D wants nighttime soaps, make OLTL a nighttime soap. I’d prefer to see OLTL everyday, but I’d rather see it once a week than not at all!

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

Great Idea – heard this before or maybe a tv movie a couple times of year to see what is going on in Llanview!!

Brian
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Brian

Great idea ! ABC are you listening?

su0000
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su0000

I will say this;
Out of the daytime soaps GH is the only one with prime time quality..

It is a new media era and the daytime soaps need to move out of the dark ages and into the 21st century of story telling ..
And GH under Frank and Ron can bring GH into the new era, IF, they are brave enough to try.
By the ratings for the ABC prime time soaps, which are over the top, that is the viewing the public is into theses days.

Tali Smith
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Tali Smith

OLTL had bettter ratings than GH and now with Frank & Ron over fromOLTL, GH has to get better, but I don’t watch it because they are destroying OLTL history and changing the characters that are jumping. Hopefully if GH stays they will incorporate more, true characters from Llanview into Port Charles!

Brian
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Brian

Agreed!

SZima
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SZima

WTF? We don’t need two shows based on the same book. How stupid would that be? Hopefully at least one of them will go away. Don’t care which one…

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

This is craziness! They have the nerve to promote certain nightime series as being soaps, when their supposed reason for cancelling AMC and OLTL was that soaps are no longer relevent? No, I will never watch anything on ABC/D except for GH! They have two fine programs with established audiences that they could do something with, if only they were smart enough to realize it!

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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B&B’s Heather Tom talks with Michael Fairman immediately following her record-tying win in the Lead Actress category during the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards.  Heather and Erika now hold the most wins for an actress with 6! Leave A Comment

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