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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.

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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. However, looking at their Twitter feed, their artwork reflects the “same old, same old”: white, heterosexual men and couples.

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Kelly Ripa Reveals How Her Son Chose NYU Due To The Consuelos Connection To Former Soap EP/ Director, Chris Goutman

Last week on an episode of Live with Kelly and Ryan, the former star of All My Children, Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley) told Ryan Seacrest how a chance meeting when her son, Michael was deciding where to go to college; between her, Michael, and Chris Goutman (Ex-Executive Producer As the World Turns and former director, All My Children) changed the course of Michael’s creative and academic path.

Turns out that Goutman is now working over at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts as an assistant professor and academic director.

During their banter on the talk show, Kelly revealed that Goutman directed the screen-test that landed Mark Consuelos the role of Mateo on All My Children, and thus how Ripa met her real-live enduring lovematch.

Ripa explained that Michael was waiting for a sign as to which college to go to as he liked most of the places he saw.  Then came the sign as Ripa explained to Seacrest: “We’re walking down the hallway and I hear a voice I know say, ‘Consuelos!’ “He turns around and I see Chris Goutman, who was our director at All My Children … I worked with him for 11 years.”

Ripa says Chris then expressed to Michael: “You have to come here, because I am the reason you literally exist.”

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Ripa is reportedly also working on a film for the class, as well.  Watch what Kelly shared below.

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Y&R, AMC and GL Alum, Jeff Branson Featured In New AppleTV+ Drama, ‘For All Mankind’

Daytime Emmy winner, Jeff Branson is featured in a new drama coming your way on the new AppleTV+ platform.  Branson takes on the role of famous astronaut Neil Armstrong in For All Mankind.

At the epicenter of the story is NASA and the Soviet space program as they square off in the space race of the 1970s.  But this has a twist, America has lost the race and tensions boil over between the two nations.

The main focus in the series is the lives of the astronauts and the personal and professional relationships they encounter. For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams.

Branson is fondly remembered in soapland for his performances as Ronan Malloy on The Young and the Restless, Jonathan Randall on All My Children, and Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light.

For All Mankind is created by Emmy Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi.

In addition to Branson the cast includes: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones and Jodi Balfour. General Hospital’s Jason David (Aiden Spencer) also appears in the series.

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The first season streams on on AppleTV+ beginning on November 1st, with the second season of the series “all systems go”.

Watch the teaser for the series and interviews with some of the cast including: what Branson had to share about playing Neil Armstrong below.

Then let us know, would you love to see Jeff back on the soaps? Will you be checking out the new streaming service featuring For All Mankind and check out Jeff’s performances? Comment below.

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TODAY: ‘Tainted Dreams’ Begins To Stream Episodes On PopStar! TV Platform

Beginning today on Monday, September 23rd, the series Tainted Dreams, which shows you the behind-the-scenes antics of a fictional hit TV soap opera, will stream its first two seasons for free on the on the Popstar! TV platforms.

To view: you can download the Popstar! TV’s mobile app or visit www.popstaronline.com to watch Tainted Dreams or for more info visit https://www.tainteddreams.com/#home-section.

For those who need a refresher: Tainted Dreams follows the cast and crew behind the scenes of a hit TV soap opera called “Painted Dreams”, and of course, it’s filled with lots of twists and turns

In addition, there is a bonus episode on Popstar! TV that gives some background on how all the characters came to be a part of “Painted Dreams”.

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Sonia Blangiardo, the executive producer and creator of Tainted Dreams shared in a statement: “We are thrilled that there is more life for the show and that the new exposure will attract new viewers for the series. We’re excited to be in great company with the other shows the platform will be streaming and couldn’t be happier to be working with Craig and Jim Romanovich who has always been a loyal soap supporter.”

Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes: All My Children veterans Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Terri Ivens and the late Larkin Malloy, General Hospital’s Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns‘ Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Menighan, Guiding Light’s Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live’s Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, Big Brother’s Jessie Godderz, The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Dina Manzo, and more.

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