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E:20 new online soap from the makers of the UK's Eastenders!

Perhaps, American television and online soaps can take a lesson from what London’s Eastenders soap opera has created.  An online spin-off of their very successful Eastenders soap on the BBC.  It’s called E:20 which features a young cast and new characters against the familiar backdrop of the series, and the look and feel of it is pretty stunning. Here is some info from the show’s website.  Now that’s what I am talking about!  New talent, new writing and more!

EastEnders: E20 introduces Zsa Zsa Carter (pictured here), Fatboy, Leon Small, and Mercy Olubunmi who crash into the Square seeking solace from family life. With nowhere to live and no one else to turn to they begin to depend on one another for support. The foursome end up squatting together in 89b George Street and the highs and lows of their shared problems cement their friendship forever. As part of the BBC’s drive to develop and nurture exciting new talent, EastEnders: E20 has been written by 13 new London writers aged between 17 and 22 who attended a summer school where they created and wrote the online drama.”Developing an online spin-off using Albert Square as a playground has been fantastic,” revealed E20 producer Deborah Sathe. “It is so exciting to see these four young Londoners collide with the residents of Walford. The E20 site really celebrates these characters to the max and there will be lots of added extras!”

“I have no idea what to expect with this, and that excites me hugely,” added Executive Producer Diederick Santer. “That’s what’s brilliant about the entire project – we’re asking a whole new set of people to come at EastEnders from a fresh angle and to surprise us – and the audience – with what they do.”

Emer Kenny, who plays Zsa Zsa, was one of the thirteen writers. “I’m really thrilled to have been given the opportunity to both write for and act in a show connected with such an iconic drama as EastEnders,” she said. “Kids these days use their laptops more than their televisions, so it’s really exciting to be a part of a project that’s taking drama online and connecting with these viewers.”

“These talented writers are creating a whole new Walford, infused with their own experiences of London life,” added Diederick Santer. “A fresh perspective on a British classic, EastEnders: E20 will – I hope – delight new audiences and EastEnders diehards alike.”

Check out the video below of the creating of E:20!

Making of E:20-Eastenders Online Soap

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Denise Boutte Temporarily Fills-In For Leigh-Ann Rose as Y&R’s Imani

Coming up on The Young and the Restless, the role of Imani Benedict will have a new look temporarily, when actress Denise Boutte steps-in for Leigh-Ann Rode beginning on the Tuesday, September 6th episode of the CBS daytime drama.

Rose had a scheduling conflicts with Y&R’s tape dates for her appearances and thus the series brought in Boutte.

If Denise looks familiar she can currently be seen on BET’s The Family Business and in Terror Lake Drive.

The actress co-stars in the upcoming series, Kombucha Cure on Amazon Prime, and lends her voice to the animated series, Young Justice.

So, looking forward to seeing Imani on the Genoa City canvas with Denise Boutte taking charge of the role for the moment? Comment below.

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B&B’s Matthew Atkinson On Gaining Custody of Douglas: “Thomas Just Wants to Take His Rightful Place”

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Thomas (Matthew Atkinson) wants to be more of an active father to his son, Douglas (Django Ferri), who has been living with Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton).

When confronted with this news, Hope is not too happy, because she could lose being mother to the little boy, who she has come to love as her own.

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In the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest (on newsstands now), Atkinson shared on the story: “Thomas just wants to take his rightful place. He’s not saying they are no longer a family. It’s just the opposite.  He’s not prying Douglas away from Hope.  He knows Douglas has bonded with Hope, Liam and Beth, and he believes they can all make it work.”

The question is, will Thomas resort to extreme measures as he has in the past to get what he wants, or will he work this out with Hope and Liam?

Check out the latest promo for this week’s action on B&B below.

Now let us know, do you want Thomas to have more of a relationship with his son, Douglas? Should the boy live between all three ‘parents’? Should Douglas fight for solo custody? Comment below.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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