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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.

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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
Jimh

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

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.

Jimh
Jimh

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!!!

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.

davlestev1
davlestev1

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.

davlestev1
davlestev1

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).

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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.

davlestev1
davlestev1

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
Jimh

i cant afford it especially now

Scott (ATWT Fan)
Scott (ATWT Fan)

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

Jimh
Jimh

I watch Coronation Street and already knew this!

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Soap Vet and All My Children Alum John Callahan Dead At 66

Absolutely heartbreaking news this Saturday afternoon.  John Callahan, best known to soap fans for his role as Edmund Grey on All My Children has passed away after suffering a massive stroke.  The stroke happened on Friday, March 27th when paramedics responded to a call at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 66-years-old.

According to reports, Callahan was rushed to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA, where he was put on life support.  John’s daughter Kaya, and his former wife, and AMC co-star Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria) rushed to the hospital to be by his side from Los Angeles.  John died Saturday morning.

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In a statement, Eva La Rue shared: “We are extremely saddened and distraught over the loss of John. He was my great friend, co-parent and amazing father to Kaya. The absence of his bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Words cannot express the shock and devastation we are feeling at this time. The Yankees just lost one of their greatest fans.” 

John played Edmund on All My Children from 1992-2005.  He also appeared throughout his soap career on: Santa Barbara, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bay and primetime’s Falcon Crest and Desperate Housewives; in addition to many more television appearances.

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Michael Fairman TV will continue to follow this breaking story as remembrances are shared by John’s former co-stars throughout the day and night.

Below is LaRue’s touching tribute to John  via Instagram:

 

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May Flights of Angels Wing You to Your Rest my Dear Friend. Your bigger than life, gregarious personality will leave a hole in our hearts forever. We are devastated-My great friend, co parent partner, and loving father to Kaya. That big belly laugh, bear hugs, bad puns, ability to harmonize to any song, great kitchen table singing-fests, and two steppin bad ass! “Johnny Numbers”, my All My Children soap stud, the great time keeper, Beatles fanatic ( I wish to God we could go back to “Yesterday”)… Kaya and I are beyond broken hearted, so stunned, sorry that my thoughts are a mess. You gave the best most beautifully written tributes, and I am at a complete loss for words right now for you. I hope Heaven has baseball and that your team always wins! The Yankees has just lost their biggest Fan. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

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Please share your condolences with Kaya and Eva and the Callahan family below, and let us know your thoughts on this heartbreaking loss on the death of John Callahan via the comment section.

 

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Y&R’s Elizabeth Hendrickson Gives Birth To Baby Girl

We are so happy to hear the news and to report that The Young and the Restless’ Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) is a mom!  The actress and her husband Rob Meder are the proud parents to their daughter named Josephine James.

Josephine weighed-in at 6lb., 11 oz. and measured 20 inches long.  The joyous moment for Liz and Rob  didn’t come without some hiccups, especially for Liz entering the UCLA Santa Monica hospital amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

PEOPLE had the exclusive pics and statement from Hendrickson who expressed: “We are thrilled to introduce our little Josephine James Meder to the world – she’s perfect in every way,”

Earlier  week on her Instagram. Liz revealed: “We’ve decided to induce labor with everything moving so rapidly. We felt it was safest to get her here safely before Rob wasn’t allowed in the delivery room like they’re doing in San Fran and NY.”  However, she later added,  “20 mins before we walked into the hospital the midwives were notified that after delivery only the mother is allowed with the baby postpartum. Rob has to leave. We are heartbroken but we also feel like I’m in incredible hands. My midwife Didi is a dream and my nurse Andra is so awesome!” she wrote. “I know i will be well supported by everyone in the maternity ward.

Share your congrats and well-wishes below for Liz and Rob and their new family member, daughter Josephine!

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DAYS’ Christie Clark Shares Coronavirus Health Update

Days of our Lives fans love her as as Carrie Brady, and are often very happy when they find out Christie Clark is back for a visit taping episodes of the NBC soap opera.  But that’s not what’s happening right now.  Right now, we need Christie to get all her strength back.

Clark shared via her Instagram today a health update on her battle with the coronavirus that hit both her and her husband while they have been living in the United Kingdom.

Christie expressed: “Oh my goodness, just starting to feel ok on this end. My husband Tom and I have had coronavirus fairly bad. Not as bad as some, no hospital needed. Hope your all well! I’m sure at this stage you all know of someone with it? When you get it, you can’t call the grandparents for help, cause they will get sick. We know about 10 people in our little circle that have had it. Like clockwork, Day 7,8,&9 were tricky and haven’t been able to taste food for a while. So excited to be in the land of the living again & start exercising…soon. Thanks for all the love. Stay safe!”

Send your well-wishes to Christie and Tom as they are on currently getting stronger and recovering from the virus via the comment section below.

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