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Australian Soap "Neighbours" Set To Debut In U.S. Via Hulu!

The long-running and ever popular Aussie soap opera Neighbours is coming to audiences in the U.S via a new online distribution deal via its new platform Hulu and Hulu Plus starting on Monday, July 14th.  In its new home, new episodes will post Monday through Friday and will air four weeks after their initial Australian broadcast. Neighbours follows the residents of Ramsay Street in the fictional borough of Erinsborough, who deal with the challenges and issues that ordinary people face every day.

The U.S. premiere week will include a guest appearance by actress and singer Paula Abdul.  In the Friday, July 18th episode, Abdul visits Ramsay Street to drop in on Doctor Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher), who admits to a crush on the former American Idol judge – much to the surprise of his wife, Susan (Jackie Woodburne).

Neighbours provides a delicious daily dose of Australian sunshine to soap-opera fans, and thanks to Hulu, we’re coming to the U.S. at a perfect entry point for first-time viewers,” said Jeff Siegel, VP Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment at FremantleMedia. “The drama, the excitement and the intrigue are all wonderfully accessible to anyone eager to get hooked on the compelling storylines of Australia’s longest-running scripted television series.”

Neighbours was first broadcast in Australia in 1985 and has since had over 6,900 episodes produced. The series is produced by FremantleMedia Australia and distributed globally by FremantleMedia International.

Watch the new Hulu major promo teaser for Neighbours after the jump!  Will Neighbours be a success five days a week, after Prospect Park’s All My Children and One Life to Live tried to do so and then pulled back on their daily episodes ? Are you excited that Hulu is adding another soap to its line-up?  Have you always wanted to check out Neighbours and looking forward to checking it out?  Let us know!

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Heres where soapnet made a mistake…they or another cable channel like tvgn should show these foriegn soaps…im addicted to Coronation Street…the characters are down to earth working class people who look and act just like your own family, friends and neighbors(ok, that can be a bit scarey at times…lol) but they have intelligent character driven plots we all can relate to where no one comes back from the dead or vistited by aliens or possessed by the devil…more lifelike but still fun and entertaining escapism!!!

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THIS! Coronation Street is in another league from our U.S. soaps. No repetitive storylines, no absurd soap cliches, and the stories actually MOVE…what a concept! They have no qualms about major characters being killed off, or making them the “bad guy” and sending them off to prison for their crimes. It keeps the story fresh to turn over the cast this way, rather than “killing” characters on U.S. soaps only to have them return from the dead at some point, making a throwaway fringe character the culprit in murders etc., and/or never having characters pay for their crimes (Sonny, anyone?).… Read more »

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Coronation Street is my no.1 soap…

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@Jimh(leave it to beaver)…I was joking around with you on your other post and posted what I thought about this under a GH post so now i’ll say it again. I wholeheartedly agree with you on this one. Once cable really got rolling and BBC America and PBS gave us EastEnders not long after it’s debut and gave it to us for years and years I fell in love with the realistic take on soaps from the Brits. Then came HollyOaks, Waterloo Road, Coronation Street and I haven’t stopped since. The past year into this year was block busters for… Read more »

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Yes, Ellen Wheeler needed more time with GL…it slowly started to feel like those British soaps and had it been given another year or two it wouldve hit no.1 of all U.S. soaps…i started to watch again and had high hopes for it…but now i have Corrie and never miss an episode!!!

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Ellen needed a good head writer. Her vision for GL would never be realized, otherwise, and it wasn’t in the time she had. I could say more, but I won’t. In the end, GL had good, even some great characters, but no really great stories IMO. If the stories had been really good (not even great), I could have looked past everything else that was a bit off. I’ll just say I believe Ellen had good intentions.

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Aside from Jonathan and Tammy (esp her untimely and tragic death), there’s not one SL I remember from GL during this time, except the ending. Even when stories seemed promising, they just went nowhere . . . Sadly, I believe it could have worked if it had been written so well that it was mind-blowingly good.

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I have to kick myself. I must be exhausted from work! Otalia! I did enjoy them and they will ALWAYS be memorable. I agree with Jimh and others in thinking that if GL had embraced storytelling more like Brit soaps (or Aussie), it may have had a real chance at surviving cancellation. Now I need a rest! Bye guys!

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Yay! This is great news. I love Neighbours. Too bad they can’t make the entire series available. Helen Daniels and all were so much fun in the beginning. I have been watching the soap from the episode one, but I will watch concurrent with the new episodes. I hope they’ll get Home & Away, too. Sons and Daughters and Prisoner would be awesome additions as well. A Country Practice is quirky but fun. I own about 200 episodes of Number 96 (I wish there were more that survived, not sure there were). I also love Coronation Street and Hollyoaks (both… Read more »

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Good to hear another Corrie fan…i love the humor of Steve, Norris, Mary, David, Roy,…the gang at the factor, Rovers Return, and Streetcars…i love everything about this show and the realism in its storylines…the funerals are grim and realistic they make you want to cry along with the characters…and the dead stay dead…great mix of young and old characters who are always interesting everyday i look forward to Rita, Dennis(who i hear is leaving again, Gail, David, Kylie, Nick, Fiz, Deidre…the list goes on…i know Rob and Peter are leaving at the end of the year but Ken is returning…the… Read more »

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I hated that Tina was killed. I really liked her, esp when she supported Ty and Fiz during Kirstie’s going off the rails. She was a great friend. Guess the writers had run out of SL for her. BTW I have been watching Corrie for years. I bought several of the box sets years ago and watched episodes from the beginning. My favorite era is late 1970s (considered a Golden Era) and early 1980s (although they lost greats like Pat Phoenix among many others during that time.) I loved Elsie; Hilda is one of my all-time fave soap characters; Annie… Read more »

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@MattsPlace how how how could you even not MENTION ENA SHARPLES and that iron helmet hair net. A poor Phoebe Tyler. LOL.

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LMAO…Milk stout…Iron hairnet..and scathing words…Now see here Ellllseh Tannuh…LOL

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Some of those characters like Bet and Hilda…i loved those too…Ena Sharples was also fun to watch as well as Curly, The Duckworths…Ashley Peackcock..i miss hearing his voice…i remember Brian and his mother and Brians shocking murder outside some club…John Stape was also an interesting character and i liked him with Fiz…hope they dont kill off Tyrone…hear he is in some sort of accident…enjoyed the Dennis, Rita and Gloria triangle…wish Stella was still around…i dont think they ran out of story for Tina…what ive heared the actress wanted to quit but i do miss her …enjoy David in scenes with… Read more »

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@jimh, I didn’t know the actress wanted out. Too bad. I’ll miss her, too. Prisoner is fantastic. Sons and Daughters is online, too. Check it out. You may like it, if you haven’t seen it. SAD (as it’s known) is cnsidered one of the best soaps ever, it has a classic setup if families, one working class, one wealthy and both connected forever. Great stuff. I also watch Crossroads, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Corrie is the Grande Dame of Soaps, Eastenders is close behind. Pauline and Dot are classic! I’ll watch Neighbours (already watch classic… Read more »

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@jimh, I will forever be surprised at how Vera Duckworth grew on me over many, many episodes and I just loved watching her. No offense to the actress, but the “clown” wig (I sincerely hope that wasn’t her real hair!) was a bit off putting at first, but her personality and skill as an actress made her real and comical beyond the “wig”! Jack was a hoot, too. I really enjoyed them separately and as a couple.

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Loved your replies especially about Vera…and your right about her hair…whats funny and ironic about that i just recently had a garage sale with a box of Halloween costumes and several wigs…one looked like Vera’s hair now that you mention it except for it was red…kind of wish now that i kept it!!! As, for Ena Sharples, i had always wished Coronation Street had done a spinoff period drama about Coronation Street in the early 1900s and featured Ena in her youth…i wouldve loved that!!!

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You’re right about the period drama. I concur. As for Vera, she was interesting, a real character, the type of character(s) American soaps have been trying to get away from for years. Not many “realistic” characters on American soaps but lots of model types. I enjoy seeing people who look like they could be real people who live next door or down the street. BTW the way, Jimh, I’m glad you tossed that wig! LOL If you get a chance, do check out Sons and Daughters on the Y channel, it’s a rare gem. Dinnerladies is a hoot! (a younger… Read more »

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Foreign soaps are much more real. American soaps have gone way off the rails and that’s why there are only four left. Even the actors are having a hard time delivering the drivel they are forced to spout. When an actor uses the same tone of voice whether he is saying “My wife who was in a coma for 20 years is alive.” Or saying “Hi how are you?” There is a big problem.

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YEP…

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I’m excited about this; I like that the U.S. are getting more international soap operas. I hope this partnership works out!

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Sorry, but Neighbours is awful, in the 80’s it was superb, now it’s just crap.

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Bryan Craig Teases His Role in Upcoming ‘Joker’ Sequel

Former General Hospital star and two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan Corinthos) has been quite busy these days with his continuing role on Freeform’s Good Trouble and now the biggest tease of all!

Craig took to his Instagram account and posted an intriguing pic, which from all indications mean he has landed a part in the upcoming motion picture Joker sequel Folie à Deux! (“Madness for Two”).

Because details on the upcoming film have been top secret, Craig erased his character’s name on his cast parking sign when he posted the image.

What we do know is that the upcoming Joker sequel will see the return of Joaquin Phoenix in his Oscar-winning role as Arthur Fleck. The cast includes Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn, plus Brendan Gleeson, Zazie Beets, and Catherine Keener.

The film is due out in 2024.

Looking forward to seeing Bryan in Folie à Deux? Comment below.

 

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Lori Loughlin To Make Holiday Movie For Great American Family

Lori Loughlin (Ex-EON and Full House) will be making a holiday movie for Great American Family. Look for production to start later this year.

The announcement of the upcoming Christas pic follows on the heels of Loughlin’s Fall Into Winter which dropped on January 28th on GAF.

The movie marked Lori’s first romantic comedy screen appearance since serving time in 2020 for her part in the college admissions scandal. She returned to acting after her prison time, and after being let go by the Hallmark Channel in When Hope Calls which was a spinoff of When Calls the Heart.

Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Great American Media had previously shared: “Lori is a genre-defining star that I have had the honor to call a close friend and collaborator for more than 15 years. We have a shared vision for creating meaningful and memorable movies that resonate with our passionate fans, and I look forward to welcoming her back to Great American Family to anchor our 2023 winter programming slate.”

So what do you think of a Lori Loughlin/Great American Family holiday film on the way for later in 2023? Comment below.

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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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