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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 and ‘The Bay’ Star Eric Nelsen in the Cast of ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1883’

On Thursday, the full cast was announced for the highly-anticipated Yellowstone prequel that will bow on Paramount+ beginning on December 19th.

The Taylor Sheridan drama tells the tale of the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. It is a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America’s promised land — Montana.

According to Deadline, in the cast is none other than The Bay’s Daytime Emmy-winner, Eric Nelsen (Daniel Garrett), who was also part of the cast of Prospect Park’s reboot of All My Children as AJ Chandler.

In 1883, look for Nelsen to take on the role of Ennis, a young, handsome cowboy who agrees to help escort a group of inexperienced men, women and children north to find a home.

The series also stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Faith Hill, Gratiela Brancusi, Sam Elliott, Stephanie Nur, and Tim McGraw to name but a few.

So, will you be checking out Eric in 1883? Comment below.

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Prospect Park’s All My Children and One Life to Live Episodes Now Available on Apple TV

The online revivals of All My Children and One Life to Live which lasted one season in 2013 from Prospect Park’s Online Network are back!

Fans can now check out the reboots exclusively on Apple TV where all the episodes of the one and only season in its entirety.

The relaunched AMC and OLTL originally premiered on April 29, 2013, plagued with multiple issues with unions and a lawsuit with ABC, production was halted in September of that year.  

ABC now has the rights to both series and recently there has been hopes of an AMC primetime series in the works, “Pine Valley” getting a green light, but not much is known of its progress of late.

You can watch One Life to Live on Apple TV here, and check out episodes of All My Children on Apple TV here.

So, will you watch the reboot episodes of OLTL and AMC on Apple TV? Do you hope that somehow, someway the two soaps will come back on a streaming platform with brand new episodes from ABC? Comment below.

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Mark Consuelos Exits ‘Riverdale’

Last night, All My Children alum, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo Santos) made what appears to be his final appearance for now on CW’s soapy drama, Riverdale.

Consuelos departed Riverdale as a series regular on the season 5 finale, after coming on to the show in its second season in the role of villain, Hiram Lodge.

Riverdale executive producer and showrunner, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, shared with Deadline a statement on Consuelos contribution and run on the series: “From the moment Mark joined us, he was up for literally anything, a hundred percent committed to making Archie’s life a living hell. And what’s funny is, Mark couldn’t be more different from Hiram. A classy pro and the sweetest guy, always looking out for everyone. We wish Mark the best and hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Hiram Lodge.

Consuelos offered up these sentiments in a statement on his Riverdale exit: “First and foremost, I would like to thank Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for this incredible opportunity. Never before has playing a character that was so bad, felt so good. Huge thanks to the Riverdale fandom, to the brilliant crew and amazing cast, whom I consider dear friends and family.”

So, will you miss seeing Mark on Riverdale? Elsewhere, still no word on the “Pine Valley” reboot in which Mark and wife, Kelly Ripa, are two of the executive producers of that many All My Children fans were hoping would come to fruition. Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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