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ABC’s “The Story of Soaps” Two-Hour Special Shifts Time Slot to 9 p. m. EST/PST

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Next week’s ABC and PEOPLE television special, The Story of Soaps has gotten a lift with a shift for its airing.   Originally scheduled for an 8 p. m. EST debut, the two-hour event featuring notable soap stars and primetime stars who have appeared in the genre, will now air one hour later beginning at 9 p. m. EST on Tuesday May 19th.

The new lead-in to the special will be After the Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special airing at 8 p. m. EST.   GH fans know Stephen from his recurring role as Brick on General Hospital, and the sports world knows him as one of the leading sports personalities and commentators.  That show will look back at the critically-acclaimed The Last Dance about Michael Jordan and the NBA superteam of the 99’s, The Chicago Bulls.  The 10-part sports documentary ends this Sunday on ESPN with the airing of its final two episodes, and it has been a huge hit.  The special will feature surprise guests from the NBA, plus LA Laker great, Magic Johnson.

Then following Stephen’s special comes The Story of Soaps which will show 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 special takes an extensive look at this iconic, impactful genre and the cultural phenomenon its massive impact has had on the world at large.

Days of our Lives Deidre Hall (Marlena), All My Children’s Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), the one and only Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla, AMC) and so many others will take part in the special with featured interviews, commentary, and memorable clips through the years from General Hospital, One Life to Live, Knots Landing, Dallas, Desperate Housewives and much more..  

Check out the promo for the special below.  Then let us know, if you will be checking out The Story of Soaps, Tuesday night on ABC?

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Seems like an odd choice of a lead in… a “wrap up” episode of an ESPN docuseries which hasn’t even been airing on ABC??

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there’s this presumption that guys don’t like soaps or women love sports so maybe the pairing isn’t so off, because I know as a fact my guy friends who are into sports really love their soaps too, and my girlfriends know more about sports then soaps, plus I’ve always heard how some famous football and basketball players are open soap fans, no closet here.

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Looks like all current soap ratings are down..Viewers must be watching The Continuing Story Of Coronanation Street!!!

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Oh really? ABC is telling “The Story of Soaps”? I trust it will include a healthy section on ABC’s role (it did not do it alone, by any means, but it was a key player) in killing them; can’t really tell “The Story of Soaps” without that crucial part. No? Didn’t think so. OK, I’ll be nice now that I’ve snarked my piece. We’re still in the middle of the pandemic, people are looking for things to do, and this will undoubtedly provide a couple of hours of engaging entertainment for many current and former soap fans. And I give… Read more »

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Days of our Lives Shuts Down Production For Two Weeks Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

NBC’s Days of our Lives is the next production to put a halt in their taping schedule due to a positive coronavirus test result.  This one from member of the production team as reported by Deadline.

The long-running soap will now shut down production for two weeks   According to Deadline, “The cast, crew and staff of the daytime drama were just notified of the temporary shutdown in an email from Corday Productions.”

Taping is slated to resume October 26.  The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s  original episodes on NBC will not be disrupted.

The individual who received a positive result as part of the production’s Covid-19 protocols has been placed in isolation.   As well, Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, Corday productions will have a deep cleaning and disinfecting process for their production facilities, before any taping is to resume.

So, what do you think about the halt in production at DAYS due to a Covid-19?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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FRIDAY: Knots Landing Cast Reunion On Tap From ‘Stars in the House’

Seaview circle comes alive again to benefit the Actor’s Fund when the highly successful virtual reunion series “Stars in the House” hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley welcomes cast members from Knots Landing!

Participating in the livestream virtual event will be: Donna Mills (Abby), Joan Van Ark (Val), Michele Lee (Karen), Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Knots Landing’s creator, David Jacobs.

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This is also the first time the leading stars of the legacy primetime CBS soap opera that ran from 1979-1993 will make an appearance together since the passing of their beloved cast member, Kevin Dobson (Mack).

 

This event as well as all others brought to you by Stars in the House is to support those impacted by COVID-19 in the entertainment industry and as Donna Mills expressed: “The Actors Fund helps people in all branches of the entertainment industry during this very difficult time.”

The Knots Landing live reunion is scheduled for Friday October 8th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST and you can watch it here.

So, will you be checking out the KL special?  Let us know in the comment section below, but first, if you have not done so already, check out Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with Michele, Joan and Doona from earlier this year when we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic show.

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