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British Soaps ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Emmerdale’ Suspend Production Due To Coronavirus

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The U.S. soaps aren’t the only ones shut down due to COVID-19.  Now comes word from across the pond that the British soap operas, Coronation Street and Emmerdale have suspended production effective tomorrow on March 23rd.

ITV has officially halted series production of the two shows which film in Manchester, England.  Both series run mostly day-and-date with the UK on U.S. streaming service, BritBox.   Another popular UK soap, EastEnders suspended production last week.

An official ITV spokeswoman said on the production halt: “ITV has sadly taken the decision to suspend production of the soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale with effect from Monday 23 March.  We’ve been doing our best to carry on filming, whilst adhering to the Government’s latest health guidelines, to ensure we’ve episodes of both soaps airing on ITV until at least the early summer. However, the health and well-being of the production teams, actors, crew and their families is of paramount importance to us and we now feel that the time has come to stop filming. We’d like to thank our viewers for their support and hope they continue to enjoy both soaps in the coming months.”

According to Deadline, this announcement came just days after the network changed its schedule to spread out the number of episodes that both soaps air per week to help with potentially not having enough episodes in the bank should the stoppage continue longer than expected.

So, what do you think about the British soaps following suit with the U.S soaps; as safety for all is clearly of paramount importance? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Even filmed in-advance their audiences won’t tune out or complain about stories….. how refreshing in comparison to American soaps. I think it’s time I just leave the States and move to the UK!!

Jimh
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They do complain about their stories…i belong to a Corrie site and watch clips on youtube!

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I didn’t say this soap in general, I’m just speaking in general terms. I see a lot less complaining about British soaps than American soaps.

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it could be worse. for Corrie than American soaps..i belong on a Canadian soap and we are always complaining about all the gloom and doom and even stupid things like someone’s beards and hairdo’s-lol.. but i do get what you mean, and i always enjoy reading your comments-and your(ATWT FAN) makes me miss that show-thankful for youtube clips!!!

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Honestly, the only British soap I do watch is Hollyoaks, but do have increasing desire to start EastEnders. And, yes, I do miss As the World Turns so much.

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Britbox U.S. 6.99 per month. Airs one hour after U.K. airings. Eastenders, Coronation street, Emmerdale along with medical soaps Holby City and Casualty. Three years so far this month here in the States. Hulu has Hollyoaks and that completes it.

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That’s why its hard for me to keep up with our soaps. Right now i’m only slowly doing GH (Thanks to Hulu) and Days (thanks to DVR).

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In this past week, I’ve caught all of Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. I’ve little desire to watch CBS, unfortunately, due to the crap, sad states they’re in.

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So, Britbox has all the way back three years’ worth of episodes from those soaps?? I’ve considered getting it, at the $6.99/month, even though money is tight and I have other subscriptions I use.

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No. No classic episodes. They’re on Youtube. I’ve watched Eastenders from it’s very first episode. It aired episodes in the U.s from 1985 to 2003. Corrie and Emmerdale over the years and for years on multiple internet sites. Britbox only keeps up to a month of episodes.

Jimh
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i cant afford it especially now

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Scott (ATWT Fan)

Oh, that doesn’t seem worth it for me to invest in BritBox, then, unfortunately. I’ll go online.

Jimh
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I watch Coronation Street and already knew this!

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‘As The Curtain Rises’ – Broadway’s Podcast Soap Opera Featuring Michael Urie

Leave it to the stars of the Great White Way to come up with a clever digital podcast during these trying times we all face amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Enter Broadway’s podcast soap,  As the Curtain Rises, which premiered on October 22nd and is posting new episodes.

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On December 3rd, the latest installment dropped featuring former Ugly Betty star Michael Urie who is featured in the cast in the role of Bobby.

 

Here is the premise of the show: After the ‘Broadway Disher’ (Lesli Margherita) leaks news of a top secret, in-the-works, new mega musical, the Broadway community goes off-the-charts batty. Top-of-their-game Broadway Producers Cheryl Philips (Lillias White) and Steve Jones (James Monroe Iglehart), arch enemies, pounce. Who will get the rights? Will way-out-of-their-comfort-zone creators Kaye (Ashley Park) and Bobby (Michael Urie) manage to deliver a draft of the show before their marriage implodes? Will Director/Choreographer Zoey Taylor (Ariana DeBose) send the show’s budget into a free fall with her wildly ambitious vision?  Will Broadway Diva Emma-Olivia (Sarah Stiles) get a Schmackery’s cookie (with Sprinkles) named in her honor? Will newbie Agent Maxwell Fernsby (George Salazar) step into his new big shoes? And will Science Consultant Andrew Barth Feldman (Andrew Barth Feldman) protect the integrity and authenticity of the in-the-works mega musical, before he needs to leave this top secret show to star in a new Broadway musical?

As The Curtain Rises proudly supports The Actor’s Fund, the Broadway Podcast Network Frontline Initiative, and is a sponsored project of IFP (www.ifp.org).

Check out previous episodes of the podcast here.

You can watch Urie do his thing in the role of Bobby in this teaser released on social media below.

Then let us know, what do you think of the concept of the Broadway spoof on soaps? Comment below.

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ABC’s Vicki Dummer & William Burton Among Executive Exits In Disney TV Cuts; Both Oversaw Aspects Of General Hospital

In a major reshuffling of the executive infrastructure at Disney/ABC, several lay-offs were handed-down including to longtime ABC executive Vicki Dummer who most recently was Head of Current Series Programming, ABC Entertainment,

In her position, Dummer oversaw the creative aspects from the network level for General Hospital.  Vicki had been with the company for over 24 years and was a noted longtime fan of the show in interviews she had given during her tenure.

 

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Back in September of 2018, William Burton was given the position of SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment.  He had been in charge of the the business operations for General Hospital at a network level, while Dummer continued to handle the creative.  However today, Burton was also let-go.

The exits come as ABC and Hulu have consolidated original content under Craig Erwich, and 20th Television and Touchstone TV under Karey Burke.

The layoffs are believed to have effected 12 staff members mostly at the executive level.

Deadline broke the news and then updated their story later today.

Just who and what department in the new structuring will take over General Hospital remains to be seen.  We will keep you posted once any additional news or announcements are made.

So, what do you think of the exits of Vicki Dummer and William Burton? Comment below.

 

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GL & ATWT Alum Tom Pelphrey On His Role in ‘Mank’: “I Got To Say Rosebud On-Screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher Film. Pretty Cool.”

What we all knew first, everyone in Hollywood and all of America is becoming to realize;  that Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, Guiding Light, Mick, As the World Turns) is just a naturally-gifted actor able to tap into such deep emotional depths in every part he plays that make him a stand-out in every project he is in.

Now, this two-time Daytime Emmy winner, who is coming off a critically-acclaimed run in season 3 of Nerflix’s Ozark, can be seen in one of the talked about potential Oscar contenders, the film, Mank.

In the David Fincher film, Pelphrey plays Joseph Mankiewicz the brother to Gary Oldman’s Herman “Mank” Mankiewicz, and in a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tom realizes the enormity of one of the key and most famous words in cinema history that he gets to say during Joseph’s reaction to Mank’s script for Citizen Kane … “rosebud”.

Pelphrey shared on the revelation that his line in the film is part of a huge historic fabric of cinema history: ““Oh my god. I didn’t even think about that. Wow. When you work on something like this, you really try to do your job to the best of your ability, and you really just focus on the task at hand.”

He added, Y”ou don’t really stop and consider the whole big thing- at least I didn’t. But you don’t want to get too swept up in that or get intimidated. You want to just come in, focus on your work and put your head down. And yeah, now is the time to sit back and say, ‘I got to say Rosebud on-screen with Gary Oldman, in a David Fincher film.’ Pretty cool.

Mank, is now available in select theatres and streams beginning on December 4th on Netflic.

So, excited to see Tom in Mank? Comment below.  But first, check out this trailer from the film,

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