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GH’s Maurice Benard Takes On Role Of Police Captain In New Film, ‘Equal Standard’

While the cast of General Hospital is on their three-week summer hiatus, many of the actors have gone off to do different things with their time … some are traveling … some are on tour or making personal appearances, and some are making movies or filming other projects.

Maurice Benard is continuing to land film roles when he has the time to step away from his role as mobster Sonny Corinthos on the ABC daytime drama series.

Now in an Instagram post this week, Maurice shared an update on the filming of his upcoming motion picture, Equal Standard which also stars Ice-T.

In his post showing him in his character’s police uniform sans jacket, Maurice expressed: “Always great to play different characters.  In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

In story, Equal Standard tells the story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. The movie also features Robert Clohessy, and OLTL alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

So, glad to hear Maurice is getting the opportunity to play more diverse roles?  Comment below.

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Soaphound
Soaphound

I always believed in daytime actors getting a chance to diversify. They deserve so much credit for playing the same characters for years and still making them interesting. Flexing their acting muscles can only enhance the regular work. I loved Billy Miller’s stint on SUITS and Greg Rikaart on MAJOR CRIMES (which also cast Brandon Barash, post-Johnny Zacchara). The best part is that Sonny will be off canvas for a while. I like him in small doses, but between Sonny, Carly, Jason, and Michael all having major stories right now, I’m on Corinthos Overload!

Timmm
Timmm

Just because he is on hiatus, that doesnt mean you will get a Sonny break! They all have taped episodes before their summer vacation.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Oh, Timmm, don’t rain on my meager parade. I NEED to believe I’ll get a Sonny break. But you’re right. I imagine his fans will have withdrawal pangs if he’s gone too long. Same as me with Billy/Drew.

rebecca1
rebecca1

I’m with you, Soaphound. Now if only “Sonny” can get “Carly” an extended stay in Ferncliff that’d be the icing on the cake. I fear her release will be upon us way too soon. Carly in jail is so much more palatable then her clomping around Port Charles grabbing Ava’s daughter while perfecting her sneer.

Soaphound
Soaphound

Hey, rebecca1, you gave me a “light bulb” moment. Picture this: Nurse Ratched, sorry, Mary Pat suddenly starts doing her rounds…wait for it… in big, oversized, clomping nursey shoes. Day in and day out, Carly hears those shoes roaming/clomping around the halls of Ferncliff and starts to realize the horrors she herself has inflicted on Port Charles, not to mention a slew of shoe salesmen. THEN…her true healing can begin.

rebecca1
rebecca1

While that’s a fabu idea, Soaphound, you give Carly too much credit. She doesn’t have the moral capacity to see or admit she’s done wrong. Her “aha” moments should have been as soon as Nell accused her of pushing her down the stairs…same as Carly did to AJ and to this day retells the lie. If she didn’t realize through all of this the lie and the damage she’s perpetuated no clodhoppers are going to do the trick.

Though perhaps Carly will ask for a pair of Mary Pat’s shoes and they can do a jig together. Wouldn’t that be fun? (sorta like Lucy and Ethel stomping on the grapes.)

dzzdee
dzzdee

I love Sonny and Carly. Love their storylines. Thanks goodness they do not listen fans.

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

I am looking forward to this. Other than M.B.’s other movie, The Ghost And The Whale, that his wife wrote, I think, I’ve not seen him in anything else and thought he was very good in that film. Also am a big fan of Ice-T, whom I watch faithfully on Law & Order: SVU.

dmr
dmr

I love Ice-T on Law & Order: SVU!

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

Can’t wait to see if there are scenes between Maurice and Ice-T. Ice-t is excellent and i bet the both of them will look good playing off each other.

Deborah
Deborah

is this a made-for-tv movie or is it going to be in the movie theaters

Celia
Celia

I have yet to miss a new episode of SVU…..I have seen the same reruns so many times, I have lost count…..I never tire watching, James……thanks to DVR….always at hand.
I, especially, looove ice-T—-so natural, so real…

Celia
Celia

I am looking forward to seeing Maurice in a different setting, James…..I only know him as Sonny….I do despise the character!!
Thus, I welcome anything which shows Maurice’s versatility.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

He played Desi Arnaz in a TV movie called “Lucy & Desi: Before The Laughter” back in 1991. He was fantastic in that.

Celia
Celia

Thanks, James…..I’ll have to see that movie. And, I do love Comedy.❤️

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

The movie is a drama. You might find a copy from someone on Ebay. I just tried to see if Amazon has it but they don’t even though it is listed. You can still see the trailer for the movie if you google the title of the movie. Maurice really was that good in the film.

Celia
Celia

Thanks, again, James…..my head is not right these days….invaded by kids on the Vineyard…LOL.
I should have realized it was not a comedy by: ….” Before the Laughter”… I am a great fan of Lucille Ball. Post Mortem, LOL….I have seen all the reruns and beyond.
As far as getting hold of the movie, my grandparents have a collection of so many movie….I’m sure my Grandad can find it one way or another.

Linda
Linda

I believe Maurice can do anything he puts his mind on. Apparently he wanted to do this for a while now, and with his ever supporting family and fans I am positive he will succeed. Love you

Annie
Annie

Love Sonny and Carly and All of the REAL GH characters!!! That’s when the show was GREAT! These writers are sucking the Life out of a once fabulous show!!

Dawn Doran
Dawn Doran

When is Maurice’s new role ‘Equal Standard’ starting? Is it on television, at the movies or what?.

Sandy Jefferson
Sandy Jefferson

I love watching Maurice playing in any role and I know he will be great. He is killing those scenes with his dad.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Reveals TV & Film Production Restart June 12th; But May Not Include LA County

There was some significant signs that Hollywood and the state of California’s show business production looks to be gearing up for a restart after all TV and film production was halted a few months ago as the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, our country, and the globe.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however, which is the epicenter of the state’s show business production.

According to Deadline: On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state could begin TV and film production as early as June 12th.  While the California Department of Public Health released the following guidelines:  “Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

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For LA County,  on Friday, the same day the guidelines were announced they saw a slight increase in hospitalizations, which could cause delays in getting production started.  “This has been a slight increase over the last three days in the number of people hospitalized,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, “and we’ll need to make sure that we’re not starting to see a significant increase in the number of people requiring hospitalizations.”

Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again.   As of May 18, when L.A. filed its attestation, the county had a stable or declining number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19.   However, there has been an uptick in cases as of Friday which could effect the production restart in Hollywood as well as the noted uptick in hospitalizations; all of which are measures in the protocol guidelines that need to be on the decline for things to move forward.

So the question remains: if there is a surge in Los Angeles in COVID-19 cases production could again be delayed getting started back up and running? So what do you think about the June 12th date for the state of California to start TV and film production? Do you hope your favorite soaps get back into production as soon as possible, or do you want to make extra sure that all your favorites will be safe and sound when they tape new episodes?

 

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Hollywood Studios, Producers & Guilds Send Plan To Gov. Newsom and Gov. Cuomo For COVID-19 Production Restart Guidelines

On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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As one would expect, limiting contact, social distancing, regular temperature checks, ways to handle props, and a COVID-19 compliance officer for all productions are part of the proposal.   As well as virtual writers room meetings, avoiding filming on-location as much as possible and filming in front of large audiences.

So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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British Soap ‘Coronation Street’ Set To Resume Production Next Week Following COVID-19 Shutdown

Will American soaps soon follow the Brits, and be able to start up your favorite soap towns again? While production entities await for guidelines from the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, across the bond, ITV’s Coronation Street has set next Tuesday, June 9th to begin filming new episodes of the popular drama.

Coronation Street had been on  10-week mandatory shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping our globe.  The return to start up the show keeps the soap on-air throughout July and then ongoing.  There will be three episodes filmed each week at their studios in Manchester.

Along with ITV’s Emmerdale, and  other programs, Coronation Street is returning to production under the UK’s guidelines and  safety protocols for COVID-19.

According to Deadline that will include: crew members designated to a specific studio or exterior lot  …  social distancing will be observed … cast and crew will have daily temperature checks, while older and more vulnerable members of the team won’t be part of the new episodes during the initial period of filming.

In a statement, John Whiston, ITV’s managing director of continuing drama, said: “Getting to this point has taken a huge amount of work and goodwill from a huge number of people, not least our cast and crew. With the peak past, all indications are that the time is right for a return to filming.  And with the extensive protocols we have put in place, we have made our workplace as safe as possible. I’m sure our audience will appreciate having the show they love continue on air. For many who have written in it is a vital escape from all the fears and stresses this virus brings in its wake.”

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