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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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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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