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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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TONIGHT: 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on CBS

Who will take home the gold at Sunday night’s 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards?  Well, from the looks of it .two heavy favorites going into it are Ted Lasso in the comedy categories, and The Crown in the dramatic categories, but as we have seen on previous Emmys there may be upsets afoot.

Other leading contenders through the night will include the series: The Mandalorian, WandaVision, The Handmaid’s Tale, Saturday Night Live, Lovecraft CountryThe Queen’s Gambit and Mare of Easttown.

Cedric the Entertainer will host the three-hour special on CBS beginning at 8 pm EST emanating from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.  Pandemic and all there will be a return to an opening number.

 

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The broadcast’s executive producer, Ian Stewart, confirmed an opening number, when he previously told Deadline, the number “is going to be a lot of people participating, singing, rapping.  It’s hopefully going to be a very impactful start, a ton of fun.”

The Primetime Emmys will have nominees in attendance, with a more limited amount virtually, and those who have tickets can stay in the venue through the whole show, unlike the Grammys or Oscars were those nominated were ushered in and out.  Look for the Emmys to take place outside the theatre under a tent.

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One Life to Live alum Renée  Elise Goldsberry (Ex-Evangeline) will be competing in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role in Hamilton.  Another OLTL alum, Jonathan Groff (Ex-Henry), is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in Hamilton, as well.

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In the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Sterling K. Brown tries to win another Emmy for his role as Randall Pearson on This Is Us.   To view all the nominees, head on over to the TV Academy’s website.

This past June, CBS also aired the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in a pre-packaged show for broadcast due to Covid-19 restrictions.

So, who are you rooting for to win the gold at the 73rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Soap Vet Exec Prod and Director, Chris Goutman, Virtual Interview On Tap

The former executive producer of Another World and As the World Turns, Chris Goutman, will appear on a very special episode of The Locher Room next Friday, September 24th.

To celebrate the virtual interview show’s 200th episode, the Emmy Award-winning producer and director will join Alan Locher beginning at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m PST.   You can watch it live here.

Having started his career in the soaps an actor appearing on The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, The Edge of Night and Texas, Goutman moved on to becoming a director and eventually an executive producer.  Chris has directed episodes of nine different daytime dramas.

Goutman currently serves as the Artistic Director, Associate Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

So, will you be tuning-in to see what Chris has to say about his time on AW and ATWT and more? Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Sonny Remembers Carly Just as She Is Marrying Jason

After nine months of being “Mike”, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) had a major breakthrough as his memory is all coming back to him now (as the Celine Dion song says), and in the process the Tan-O has burned to the ground, signaling the the probable end to the Nixon Falls arc of the story.

As the story picked-up on Thursday, Nina’s (Cynthia Watros) plot to keep Sonny for herself and away from Carly majorly backfired on her.  Not only does Phyllis (Joyce Guy) now know that Nina lied about “Mike’s” identify the entire time, but Peter August (Wes Ramsey) is running wild and free heading back to Port Charles to claim his baby and Maxie (Kirsten Storms), after setting fire to the building.

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Since “Mike” ran in to save Nina and got hit by a beam in the process, he is alone in the burning Tan-O enveloped by flames, but that triggers the beginning of his memory coming back.

Meanwhile, back in Port Charles, Jason (Steve Burton) and Carly (Laura Wright) are at their wedding, with the five family mob bosses present with a plot of their own and everyone wondering if Jarly will say “I do'”.    The two light a candle together for those loved ones no longer with them … ah, Sonny!

Back the burning Tan-O, Sonny is visited by the vision of the real Mike (Max Gail) who tells him it’s time for him to go home now.  A conflicted Sonny tells Mike he is very happy in Nixon Falls with Nina, but Mike tells him he needs to know his past in order to move forward.  When Sonny has flashes of his violent past it frightens him, and he says whatever family he has is better off without him in their lives.

Jax (Ingo Rademacher) tries to text Maxie while still in Nixon Falls with Nina to watch out for Peter, but she is attending and managing Carly and Sonny’s wedding, so she doesn’t pick up the phone!

Inside the Tan-O, Sonny sees a vision of woman, who when she turns and faces him is Carly. While Sonny is lying on the floor and is engulfed in flames and trapped, Mike tells Sonny he can die as “Mike” or live on as the man he truly is, Sonny.  It is then Sonny calls out “Carly!”

So, what did you think of the episode? Do you think Carly and Jason will get married? Will Sonny tells Nina he remembers? What will Nina’s next move be? Are you glad Sonny seems to have his memory back? The episode featured another strong performance by Maurice Benard.  Share your thoughts below.

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