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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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ABC Officially Picks Up ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff, ‘The Conners’ With No Roseanne Barr Participation

Word on late Thursday afternoon is that ABC has now officially moved forward and gave a pick-up to the Roseanne spinoff series, The Conners.   

As viewers know, there had been speculation that the series would revolve around Sara Gilbert’s character of Darlene, but now the other concept with the entire family in the title is the direction the new series will go (although it is said to be the “working title” of the series.)

The Conners received a ten episode order and will make the fall TV schedule, and will reside on Tuesday night’s on ABC at 8PM.

Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweets led to the network’s swift decision to cancel her series.

In the new deal, Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in The Conners after reaching a settlement with series producer, Tom Werner.

The Conners will feature the rest of the Roseanne core cast including: John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman.

According to Deadline:  It is unclear how exactly Barr’s character will be written off but ABC describes it as “a sudden turn of events.”  On the new show, after a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.

In a statement ABC commented: “The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.”

A major turning point to greenlight the series came when the fact that the new series does not feature Barr’s character Roseanne Conner, which rights to which she is said to maintain, paved the way for an agreement with no Barr.

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Eva Longoria Gives Birth To Baby Boy!

Wonderful news for Eva Longoria and her husband Jose “Pepe” Baston.  The duo welcomed into the world their new son on Tuesday named, Santiago Enrique Baston.

The little man he was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Santiago weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces at birth.

“We are so grateful for this blessing,” Longoria said HOLA! USA, who has exclusive pics of new mom and her son.

This is Longoria’s first child.  Baston has four other children from a previous message.

As many know, the former The Young and the Restless, Desperate Housewives, EP of Devious Maids, and star and creator of the comedy sitcom Telenovela, and the soon to be seen EP of Grand Hotel, married Baston back on May 21, 2016, and announced that they were expecting their first child together in December of last year.

Share your congrats and well-wishes in the comment section below for Eva, Jose, and Santiago,

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B&B Picks Up Its 13th Golden Nymph Award At 58th Monte Carlo Television Festival

In ceremonies held this evening in Monte Carlo, Monaco, The Bold and the Beautiful was once again the recipient of the Golden Nymph Award for its victory in the ‘International TV Audience Award in the Telenovela/Soap Opera category.’

This marks the 13th consecutive time B&B has received this honor at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

On hand from the series for the 58th annual awards ceremonies were long-running series star, Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke) and Thorsten Kaye (Ridge).

Immediately following Bold’s win, Katherine and Thorsten struck a pose for the paparazzi on hand.

In a post on her Instagram standing next to Princess Charlene and Kaye, Lang related: “Every year we come it never disappoints. Thank you to Prince Albert and Princess Charlene for an amazing week in Monaco! It is always an honor to be here!”

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