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Former ABC Daytime Exec Sue Johnson To Oversee ‘Radish Originals’ Featuring Notable Soap Scribes

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Where can you find some new works from the likes of Jean Passanante, Addie Walsh, Leah Laiman, Tom Casiello, Marlene McPherson and Lisa Connor?  On Radish Originals, that’s how.

Radish is the short-form serialized fiction platform that is capitalizing on the shift to mobile reading,  Yesterday, the company announced ‘Radish Originals’, its first foray into producing in-house serialized stories.   To oversee the initiative, enter former VP Of Programming at ABC Daytime Sue Johnson, who at one time was in charge of All My Children and One Life to Live.  Johnson was most recently at Pocket Gems developing interactive in-app storytelling content.

Seung-yoon “SY” Lee, Founder and CEO of Radish said of the acquisition of Johnson: “Sue’s experience in serialized storytelling for both the traditional and mobile entertainment space supports our mission to deliver a broad range of premium stories to our readers from not only up-and-coming authors, but well-established writers, which is where Sue’s expertise is invaluable. We will be producing stories in TV-style writers’ rooms and iterating these stories through data-driven A/B testing often used in mobile gaming studios. We are excited to innovate on how novels are produced and published.”

The team of writers assembled by the company and Johnson noted above between them have won 11 Emmys, received 50 Emmy nominations, 15 Writers Guild Awards and 42 Writers Guild nominations.  The soaps they have written for, as many know, include: All My ChildrenAs the World TurnsDays of Our LivesGuiding LightAnother WorldOne Life to LiveGeneral Hospital, PassionsLovingSearch for Tomorrow, and The Young and the Restless.

Offering a range of genres that includes romance, fantasy, YA, paranormal and mystery, Radish Originals aims to highlight diversity and inclusion.  Stories will feature a mix of leading characters who are diverse with regards to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age and physical abilities. The first ‘Radish Originals’ became available in November.

So, what do you think of the concept and the writers line-up for the ‘Radish Original’s? Intrigued? Comment below.

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I’ll stick with BritBox and the excellent soaps there once daytime moves to book form. A new Era of Dickens? I think not.

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1) This sounds awful and is triggering the discomfort I felt during my brief foray into Amazon Unlimited. The writing was low quality, bizarrely cliche with a poor grasp of the English language. The use of algorithms makes me think of the books I encountered with similar plots that turned out to be copy and paste/find and replace jobs despite different “authorships”. Moreover Radish Originals’ Twitter feed mispelled “Psychic” as “Pyschic” two weeks ago, and no one seems to care enough to comment, let alone fix it. 2) In the Radish Originals’ release, they seem to be all about diversity.… Read more »

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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Tribute to Agnes Nixon Set Featuring: Susan Lucci, Erika Slezak, Debbi Morgan, Darnell Williams & Peter Bergman

Next week, circle Wednesday March 31st at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST for a very special celebration of the life and times of the legendary Agnes Nixon.

As soap fans know, Nixon was the creator of All My Children, Loving, One Life to Live, and as well wrote for several other soaps, and to honor her The Locher Room will be bringing you a special episode, hosted by former soap publicist, Alan Locher, featuring actors who were pivotal to those shows.

Look for Susan Lucci (Ex- Erica Kane, AMC), Erika Slezak (EX-Victoria Lord, OLTL), Peter Bergman (Ex-Cliff, AMC, now Jack, Y&R), Debbi Morgan (Ex Angie, AMC and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse, AMC) to all take part, along with Agnes’ son, Bob Nixon, plus it has been noted that viewers will also hear from the iconic Carol Burnett (Ex-Verla Grubbs, AMC) who was one of All My Children’s biggest fans.

You can watch the livestream here.

Throughout her storied career Agnes won five Writers’ Guild of America Awards, five Daytime Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2010 and was inducted into Soap Opera Weekly’s Soap Opera Hall of Fame among other notable achievements.

So, will you be checking out this special tribute to the one and only Agnes Nixon? Comment below.

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‘Home & Family’ Canceled; Upcoming 9th Season to Be Its Last

In a turn of events, following the recent announcement that a retooled Home & Family was returning to production and will be back on the air three days a week beginning in April, comes word on Tuesday that the series has been canceled.

The upcoming ninth season will now be its last.  The Hallmark Channel morning show features former All My Children star, Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) along with Debbie Matenopolos as co-hosts.

In a statement, a Hallmark Channel spokesperson shared:  “The 9th and current season of Home & Family will be the series’ last. For nearly a decade, the show has anchored our daytime lineup, featuring countless hours of cooking, lifestyle, DIY, health, entertaining, and decorating segments,” the spokesperson said. “We want to thank the heart and soul of the show, our incredibly talented cast and crew – led by co-hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison – for their creativity, hard work, and dedication. Our audience can look forward to more of the topical segments they know and love when the show returns on Monday, April 5, with a new one-hour, three-day-a-week format.

The final episode will air in the late summer on Wednesday, August 4th.

So, sad that the lifestyle show, Home & Family will conclude after this season? Comment below.

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