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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.

Jimh
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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).

Scott (ATWT Fan)
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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.

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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.

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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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Ted King and Naomi Matsuda Join The Bold and the Beautiful

Soap fans are very familiar with the work of Ted King (Ex-General Hospital, The City, Loving, Another World and One Life to Live) as well as Naomi Matsuda (Ex-Tori, Days of our Lives).

Now the talented actors will pair up as they come to The Bold and the Beautiful to play Finn (Tanner Novlan) parents, and they arrive just in time set to be grandparents to Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn’s upcoming new addition, their baby.

According to EW.com that broke the casting news, that when Jack (King) and Li (Matsuda) come to town,’viewers will soon learn about Finn’s very dramatic backstory’

Ted and Naomi began taping on June 9th and will first air as follows: King arrives on July 30th, while Naomi’s first B&B airdate will be on August 2nd.

Now the question becomes, just what is Finn’s familial back-story? Stay tuned.

So, happy to know that you will see Ted King and Naomi Matsuda back on your screens again? Comment below.

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B&B’s Heather Tom Throws Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon

This year, saw the return of the annual ladies lunch were as is tradition, last year’s winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, throws a luncheon for this year’s nominees.

The reigning women’s champ, now six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom (Katie) got this year’s nominees in the category together for a celebration which included: General Hospital’s Genie Francis (Laura), Finola Hughes (Anna), and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), along with B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) and Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).

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On Friday, both Francis and Grahn shared pics from the event on their social media accounts.  You can check them out below.

Then, take our poll below: Which actress do you hope takes home the gold next Friday night on the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS? Let us know via the comment section, as well.

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B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood Talks Motherhood, Steffy’s Opioid Addiction and Love Life on ‘Home & Family’

Daytime Emmy Award winner and a nominee again this year for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, The Bold and the Beautiful’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) chatted with Home & Family.

During her segment, Jacqui discussed becoming a mom again for the second time and welcoming her new son, Lenix, and balancing raising two boys with playing the day to day perils of Steffy Forrester.

As soap fans know, last year’s storyline where Steffy became addicted to painkillers provided her with meaty material which landed her as one of the frontrunners for next week’s 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards to air on Friday night, June 25th on CBS.

MacInnes Wood became emotional when telling how Steffy’s addiction intervention helped others, relating: “I was flooded with all of these messages, and this one woman reached out to me and she said her son… it still gets me emotional … but her son was addicted and that intervention was the same thing with her family, and it touched me in such a way and she said luckily that he is sober now.”

Jacqui also talked about Steffy’s on-screen love life …. and her real-life love and husband, Elan Ruspoli.

You can watch the full interview segment here.

So, what do you think of Jacqueline raising a new baby boy, being a mom to the other, while playing Steffy’s emotional storylines? Comment below.

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