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BEACON HILL Goes With Subscription Model For First Season!

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Circle March 5th on your soap viewing calendars! That is the premiere date of the new soap opera set against a political backdrop, Beacon Hill from Crystal Chappell and her Open Book Productions shingle and Bella Books and Bella Productions, Linda and Jessica Hill!

For the shows inaugural season, the series can be viewed via subscription model similar to that of Crystal Chappell’s Venice the Series.  There will be 12 episodes in season one available for $9.99!

Linda and Jessica Hill made the decision, for their first foray into web series and the soap genre, to go with the subscription model. According to the official Beacon Hill press release: “The choices were to offer sponsorships and run advertising or to go with the subscription route.  Linda and Jessica decided to go with an advertising-free subscription plan for at least the first year.  Their hope is to establish the show and attract sponsorship going forward.  “We’re in this for the long haul and want to continue to produce Beacon Hill and other quality shows,” the women said.   The series will premiere online at BeaconHillTheSeries.com.

The series focuses on the two female leads Sara Preston (Alicia Minshew) and Katherine Wesley (Sarah Brown) and Beacon Hill’s stellar cast and crew includes notable actors from various daytime dramas under the direction of Albert Alarr of Days of Our Lives and is executive produced by Crystal Chappell, and Ricky Paull Goldin (Guiding Light, All My Children, B&B and Another World soap fame) along with supervising producer Hillary Bailey Smith of One Life to Live!

So, what do you think of the decision of making the episodes available for a fee of $9.99 for fans who want to view the new series?  Are you on board with it to see some of the best actors in the genre in a brand new web series?  Let us know!

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Tammy Kreiss
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Tammy Kreiss

Totally worth it, but sadly can’t afford it with my income issues. :'(

melinda
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melinda

forget about it, why should we pay?. this is ridiculous, im not watching at all.

Candice
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Candice

Well, count me out then. I’ve never been a fan of subscription model. I’m cool watching GH and a bunch of great primetime shows– entirely free!! 🙂

anothercc
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anothercc

Thanks for the great article, Michael. People are willing to pay for what they want to see. Crystal Chappell has proven time and again that she produces great quality shows. SoI am expecting no less from Beacon Hill. Is it March yet ?

Siobhan
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Siobhan

That’s disappointing. I was hoping they wouldn’t go subscription model. As much as I want to see it, I think I’ll wait for the reviews before I commit.

BS
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BS

I’ll pass.

botox
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botox

count me out

polly
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polly

OF COURSE i will very happily pay the subscription fee! I love the idea that there are no corporations to come in and dictate or censor content. If we the fans are in charge, we have the power.. or CC has the power in our behalf. I am EXCITED to pay my money and sponsor Beacon Hill.

kelltwomyn
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kelltwomyn

I’ll subscribe. It looks to be a quality show and I don’t mind paying for an ad-free season. The price is minimal.

Den
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Den

I have no problem paying the subscription fee. It is a show I want to watch, I will pay for it. It beats most of the junk on cable tv…

Holly
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Holly

Well, so much for that! I was excited about the show, but now I won’t be watching because I’m not going to pay to watch a show. I have a tight income and my $9.99 can be better used elsewhere.

Holly
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Holly

Plus, what happens if I do pay and watch a few episodes and don’t like it? I’m out my hard-earned $9.99!

shodanfan
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shodanfan

I will probably take a chance and pay the subscription. I wonder if the first episode will be free, like Venice. It’s the price of a movie. Considering how many awful “big budget” movies I’ve spent $10 to see, I figure this subscription price isn’t too much to spend on watching a show and cast I might enjoy.

Joanne
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Joanne

I will gladly pay this minimal amount of money. Anything that Crystal Chappell is involved in is something you don’t want to miss. She created Venice the Series which has run for four seasons, so far, and she also created The Grove. These are wonderful stories with talented actors and expert production. If you can afford it, I think you will feel it is money well spent. I can’t wait!

Jo
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Jo

Count me out. I heard the episodes were shorter than Venice and only around the 8 minute mark so I think asking the same price is a bit much even if it is $9.99. Will the first episode be free I wonder?

Amanda
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Amanda

What a surprise. CC is involved in another show and the show is going with a subscription model. Is she really that desperate to make money off her fans? I can’t think of a single webseries that CC isn’t part of that makes you pay to watch it. Why would I pay to watch this show when there’s an endless collection of webseries that I can watch for free? Also, why should I pay $10 to watch it now, when I can wait a year and watch it for free when it’s put on YouTube, like all the older seasons… Read more »

Karen
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Karen

Leaves me out too! I was really looking forward to it, but SS does not allow for those little extras

Kim
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Kim

If I had to pay $10 for every webseries, tv show, movie, etc, that I want to see, I would go broke quickly. It costs less for a monthly membership to netflix and there I can watch the entire run of many series as well as movies. I would have preferred a crowd sourcing or sponsorship approach and I think that would have allowed Beacon Hill to have gained a wider audience…an audience that after seeing the first season, might decide it is worth it to sponsor the project.

Leighton
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Leighton

Beacon Hill is not Venice. This premiere will not come with a large, clamoring fanbase, willing to pay no matter what. I think the producers of Beacon Hill are making a costly mistake. I for one will not be paying to see it. There is too much else out there and too many other places to spend my money. I can watch soaps and other websoaps for free. Why is it that when a soap has lesbian representation, we have to pay for it? I know they need to cover their costs but I find it impossible to believe that… Read more »

KM
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KM

Yeah sorry no. The a la carte online pay per show model is never going to fly. A subscription fee wouldn’t necessarily be a barrier to me in if I really wanted to watch. $10 bucks per year is less than a buck per episode which sounds reasonable enough on the surface. BUT if you want to watch even an hour per day of low budget a la carte online shows that run maybe 20 minutes each at best then that $1 per day quickly soars to $3 per day and around $90 per month. Not gonna happen. I can’t… Read more »

Michele
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Michele

I’m in! It would be nice to be able to pay $9.99/ year or something less a month to see all of Open Book Production’s shows, but even if each series is $9.99 – I’ll pay. There is still a shortage of good lesbian content, and I don’t wanna miss it!

brian
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brian

10 bucks is nothing…. as long as the episodes are more than 7 minutes each….and as long as we can view it in Canada.

Scout
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Scout

Oh, hellz no! I am not giving that grifter (or any project associated with her) one more penny. What’s next, BH panties?

Michelle
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Michelle

I have no problem paying the $9.99. Looking forward to watching. Hopefully it will eventually get a sponsor.

Kirra
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Kirra

Count me in! $9.99 not an issue. Looks like a great cast and interesting story.

Jamie
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Jamie

No thank you. I’m not pay $9.99 cause I already pay hulu for GH

Matthew
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Matthew

Sarah Brown is the best actress on the planet and I would pay the ten bucks to watch her in action, and as long as she’s playing the democrat in the scenario…I’m sold! Otherwise I’ll pass.

mollie
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mollie

Yeah, not going to buy it. Should have gone a different route than subscription model to build an audience.

Mary
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Mary

Will it be available to view on iPhones iPads or devices or is it only available for home computer viewing?

Chuck
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Chuck

No. The cost is not the issue for me. The scenario that some people want to see it, but simply can’t afford to, is an issue for me when apparently there was a reasonable alternative not chosen (advertising & sponsors). I’m cool with the idea of maximizing profits for a desired service (supply and demand at its finest), but never if the expense to the tightly budgeted is avoidable. I would however subscribe if advertising/sponsorships were unsuccessfully attempted & would then be more than happy to support the highly talented underdog. I would rather support kickstarter projects as I do… Read more »

Barbara
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Barbara

I will subscribe. The price does not bother me. I am interested in this cast and the story . This cast is very talented soap stars that I want to see. If I do not like after one season, then I would not pay a second time. I am excited about this series and cannot wait until March.

Debbieie
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Debbieie

I don’t think that 9.99 is too much to ask for a show of this caliber. I pay for Venice The Series and will happily pay for The Grove and I will also pay for Beacon Hill, I love Crystal Chappell and company and their work is spot on for talent and content.

DV8ByDesign
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DV8ByDesign

Really it is not that much…. Go to one movie & it costs more than that…. I’m on Disability and a fixed income but think it is worth the cost to support quality productions that support me!! I mean look at what happened to “Guiding Light” with a corporation behind it…. Plus they sanitized it way too much…. I mean a kiss would have been nice…. I’ve supported “Venice The Series” and “The Grove” …. I would to support them more but unable… I guess I am also an artist and see it from that point of view too…. Crystal… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

Unemployed with no income — unfortunately, I can’t afford it. Bummed out!

Denise
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Denise

I would love to watch, but I already pay my cable $160.00 per month with no extras.

adele casoria
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adele casoria

9.99 is nothing ,i’d pay much more to see crystal chappell she is magnificent

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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