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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.

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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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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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Sean Kanan’s ‘Studio City’ Scores 13 Indie Series Award Nominations

Nominations were revealed on Wednesday for the upcoming 13th annual Indie Series Awards.  Sean Kanan’s streaming series, Studio City received 13 nominations in various categories.

Studio City’s nominations are fo: Best Drama Series, Sean Kanan, Michel Kanan, and Timothy Woodward, Jr., producers; Best Director in a Drama Series, Timothy Woodward, Jr.; Best Writing in a Drama Series, Michele Kanan, Sean Kanan and Timothy Woodward, Jr., writers; Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Sean Kanan; Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Carolyn Hennesy; Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Tristan Rogers and Justin Torkildsen; Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Natalie Burn and Juliet Vega; Guest Performer in a Drama Series, Lilly Melgar; Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Cinematography in a Drama Series, Pablo Diaz, and Outstanding Editing in a Drama Series, Fady Jeanbart.

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In a statement on Studio City’s 13 nods, Sean Kanan shared: “I am overwhelmed and thankful that our show, which I refer to as the little-engine that could series, has received such support from the Indie Series Awards. Our second season was a collaborative effort of creativity, love of our content, and hard work. We look forward to creating more entertaining series in the future.”

Studio City tells the dramatic and comedic story of Sam Stevens (played by Kanan), a long-time soap opera actor starring in the number two most-watched daytime drama, “Hearts on Fire” as he struggles to keep his top spot on the show, break out of soaps into feature films, and deal with his own complicated life which includes a few dark secrets concerning his past, including an aging step-father, the twisted truth of his paternity, and a daughter that he never knew existed.  Season two consists of six episodes and is available on Amazon Prime.

For the complete list of this year’s Indie Series Award nominations, check them out here.  The Indie Series Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, April 12th in Burbank, California at The Colony Theatre in Burbank.

What do you think of the nominees from Studio City for the ISA Awards? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa Launches Podcast on SiriusXM

Former All My Children stars Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo) can add launching a podcast to their extensive resume through their production company, Milojo Productions, and Sirius XM.

According to Deadline, Ripa will host Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, where she will have in-depth conversations with celebrity guests. Depending on the subject matter, a specialist or expert could also join the episode to provide insight.

In a statement on her new hosting gig and show, Ripa expressed: “After 23 years of interviewing celebrities, authors, musicians and experts on live TV, the big takeaway is that the most compelling and unfiltered conversations happen off camera. I have dreamed of a platform where I can have these honest talks without all the fuss and filter of a camera. Now SiriusXM has made my dream a reality with a podcast featuring friends, both old and new, discussing a variety of topics we all face in life, while getting deep with some experts’ views and advice along the way. Not another podcast, this is off camera!”

New episodes of Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa will be available every week on Stitcher, the SXM App, and all major podcast listening platforms beginning in March.

Kelly will be quite busy co-hosting the syndicated talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, in addition to Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa.

So, will you check out Kelly’s new podcast? Hope she has some All My Children alum on as guests? Comment below.

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