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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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‘ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway’ One-Night Only Streaming Concert With Favorites from AMC, GH and OLTL

Beloved stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital will reunite for ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway, a one-night-only streaming concert benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.   The free streamed event can be viewed on the Broadway Cares website beginning at 8 pm Eastern on Thursday, February 11.

Additionally, the event can be seen on Broadway Cares’ YouTube Channel, ABC-owned television stations’ 32 connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku and each of the eight stations’ websites around the country, including abc7ny.com and Good Morning America’s Facebook page..

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The star-studded lineup will include performances by All My Children’s Bobbie Eakes, Melissa Claire Egan, Vincent Irizarry, Eva La Rue, Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison, Eden Riegel, Chrishell Stause and Walt Willey, One Life to Live’s Kristen Alderson, BethAnn Fuenmayor, Kathy Brier, Kassie DePaiva, David Gregory, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Catherine Hickland, Mark Lawson, Hillary B. Smith, Jason Tam and Brittany Underwood; and General Hospital’s Bradford Anderson, Brandon Barash and Anthony Geary..

For the February 11 streaming special, viewers can expect to hear a bevy of Broadway classics and jazzy standards.  The streaming event will be directed by John Dietrich, who also directed each of the live stage performances.

Dedicated fans also will have the opportunity for one-on-one virtual meet-and-greets with their favorite soap stars on Saturday, February 13.  Further information on tickets and the lineup of special guests  will be announced later this month.

From 2005-2011, the stars of ABC Daytime took the stage at New York City’s Town Hall one night each year for ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The evening featured dynamic production numbers, heartfelt ballads and hilarious skitsNow, 10 years after that final performance, the iconic ABC Daytime actors revisit their performances as they help raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the event began in 2005. it was for a one-night benefit concert to celebrate All My Children’s 35th Anniversary. With overwhelming support from fans, the event continued for six more years and included cast members from One Life to Live, General Hospital and co-hosts of The View. Over its seven-year run, ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares raised an incredible $1.85 million.

“This event is truly one of a kind,” Broadway Cares Executive Director Tom Viola said. “We are so thankful to the stars from ABC Daytime for joining us again as we relive moments from this delightful tradition, while helping to provide lifesaving medication, healthy meals and emergency support to those struggling during this ongoing pandemic.”

“It was such an incredible privilege and joy to join my fellow co-stars to perform in the seven ABC Daytime Salutes concerts to benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS,” said former All My Children star Susan Lucci. “There are no fans like ABC Daytime fans. Their love and support continue to astonish us.  We can’t wait to share these special performances with them and help raise money for so many in need during this difficult time.”

Lucci also shared her excitement on her Instagram account expressing: “We’re getting the fans and cast back together!!! Join us on Thursday, February 11 at 8pm for “ABC Daytime: Back on Broadway”—a fabulous online event revisiting seven years of singing, dancing and plot twists, featuring your favorite ABC Daytime stars. And it’s all to help Broadway Cares support our friends and neighbors who are struggling during this pandemic. Watch the stream at
broadway-cares.org, to join the fun! I hope to see you there!”

So excited to hear about the ABC Daytime Back to Broadway event? Let us know in the comment section, and check out the announcement from The View’s Whoopi Goldberg below.

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Eva LaRue Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

During former All My Children, B&B and GH star, Jacob Young’s podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young, he welcomed his good friend and former Pine Valley cast mate, Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, AMC, and Celeste, Y&R).

At the very top of the episode, LaRue revealed she and her daughter Kaya tested positive for Covid-19.  She shared, “We thought we had dodged a bullet, but sure enough, on New Year’s Eve, we both tested positive.”

“Oddly enough,” she goes on to say, “I really feel like we’ve been so sick of being scared to death of the invisible monster underneath the bed all last year, always looking over our shoulders.”  Eva added, “Nobody knows which one they are. Are they someone who’s going to survive it or succumb to it? Or have residual effects? All we can do is pray for the best.”

 

However, LaRue has been trying alternative methods of helping her with Covid-19 via IV treatments.  “I’ve got this amazing integrative doctor who I’ve been working with for a long time, and I know a lot of people are like, ‘No, we only do Western medicine,’ and that’s fine, I love Western medicine… but integrated medicine and Western medicine have to go hand in hand, in my opinion. Because, I just feel like, we need to open our minds to what is new and what is out there.”   So because of that, Eva has chosen to receive these treatments to hopefully starve off any long term effects of Covid.

In addition, Eva told Young she has hopes for the new primetime All My Children reboot that is in the works:  “I have my fingers crossed that they’ll be doing something with this new Pine Valley show.”   Remember, the Santos family and the Kanes are said to be the epicenter of the revival, so perhaps LaRue will be a guest-star on it, since she is also close friends with two of the EP’s, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC)!

Send your well-wishes to Eva and her daughter, Kaya and let us know would you love to see LaRue on the ‘Pine Valley’ primetime reboot?  Comment below.

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All My Children Primetime Reboot “Pine Valley” in the Works at ABC from Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos and Andrew Stearn

Huge news that could bring back a new updated version of daytime’s All My Children to primetime!

ABC is eyeing a revival of Agnes Nixon’s long-running beloved series that ran for 41 years on the network and then saw an online reboot from Prospect Park that lasted only one season.

According to Deadline, former AMC stars Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo) will executive produce along with Andrew Stearn and Agnes Nixon’s son, Robert Nixon.

 

The series is currently in the early stages of development, but what has been revealed is: the reboot will be written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), and it will center on a young journalist with a secret agenda who comes to expose the dark and murderous history of a town named Pine Valley only to become entangled in a feud between the Kane and Santos families. The series explores all the secrets that come with the Kane and Santos family names.

In the new incarnation, Pine Valley, will feature a new generation of characters and some old favorites.  As of this moment, no original cast members have deals, but the plan would be to have them make appearances, plus Ripa and Consuelos could also make a cameo.  Of course, many are already pondering if Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) might actually be a mainstay on the new primetime series; since the Kanes are one of the core families in the reboot.

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Pine Valley plans to continue the original series’ tradition of tackling difficult social issues of our time and being inclusive, which the show was known for under the iconic Agnes Nixon’s storytelling.

Of note is that Stearn is also a lifelong fan of AMC and has been the driving force behind the reboot.  In fact when he was deciding between ABC Signature and one other studio for an overall deal, he chose ABC Signature because it was going to allow him to pursue his dream of rebooting All My Children.  It was then he started tracking down the rights to the soap.  As soap fans know, the rights to AMC reverted back to ABC after Prospect Park’s online version fell apart.

Later, after meeting with a number of writers to helm Pine Valley, Stearn went with Richardson, who had worked on the British soap EastEnders in his native Britain. Stearn also got on board the estate of Agnes Nixon, with son Robert Nixon joining the project as an executive producer.

So what do you think of “Pine Valley”, the All My Children primetime reboot being in development?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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