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Jeff Kwatinetz and Shaun Cassidy Partner For New NBC Primetime Soap In Development!

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

On the heels of Fox’s hit primetime soap drama Empire that mixes music with melodrama, and ABC’s Music City soapy drama Nashville, comes news that NBC has their own nighttime soap with musical elements in development simply called Talent.

The series has brought together none other than Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz. who has relaunched his company back to The Firm which is a full production and management organization, and ex- pop star turned producer, Shaun Cassidy.

Talent is described by Deadline as, “A family soap that centers around a music prodigy who has a unique way of dealing with the murder of his one true love.”

Universal TV, where Cassidy is under an overall deal, is the studio. Cassidy executive produces with The Firm’s Kwatinetz and head of TV Josh Barry.  Shaun Cassidy and Jeff Kwatinetz had worked together previously on the 2012 western drama pilot Frontiers for NBC.

As soap fans know, Prospect Park’s portfolio includes WGN America’s Salem and USA’s Royal Pains. The company also produced the online versions for one season of All My Children and One Life to Live. The management operations of Prospect Park have moved to The Firm, so all existing television projects will remain under the Prospect Park umbrella.

What do you think about the concept of the primetime soap in development from Kwatinetz and Cassidy called Talent?  Do you think it can be a hit?  Who would you like to see in this soapy music drama? Comment below!

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SZima
SZima

Do we really need another “musical drama?”

Trevor
Trevor

I WILL NOT WATCH ANYTHING THAT COMES FROM PROSPECT PARK, THEY ARE HOLDING OUR SOAPS HOSTAGE WITH THE ONGOING THE LAWSUIT. THEY OWE MONEY TO THE CAST AND CREW TO BOTH SOAPS, THEY OWE MONEY TO THEIR SPONSERS AND ADVERTISERS, THEY OWE HULU AND ABC MONEY AS WELL. THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO COME UP WITH ANYTHING NEW, THEY SHOULD BE BEHIND BARS FOR FRAUD.

Jane
Jane

Hey Trevor, just curious. How do you know about this stuff for Prospect Park? What is Prospect Park? Is a production company? I think I’ve seen someone mention this before, but really get what they were talking about.

Debbie
Debbie

I understand your frustration and it’s terrible that folks are getting paid their due. It also seems like they’ll never get paid if those who owe aren’t allowed an avenue to make the money it will take to get those folks paid.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

I agree, PROSPECT PARK totally screwed up All My Children and One Life to Live for the fans. They left fans (and actors) high and dry with no closure, no ending show, no nothing.
Of course, ABC-TV execs can also go jump in a lake because they were the first ones to let these two iconic shows go. They did not even consider trimming the shows down to a half hour or combining the shows into one (which is what they should have at least attempted).
When PROSPECT PARK took the shows over, they were unsteady inceptions but they were slowly finding their footing. First we got four shows a week, then we got two shows a week, with a stupid “wrap up” “More” show on Friday which stunk to the high heavens. Then, suddenly, NO shows, and a yearning for a Season Two that never happened, no statement, no apology, not even a vague explanation was offered by PP.
So, no — I have no interest in what they have to offer while die hard fans of ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN are still in limbo. I realize that it’s a lost cause at this point to still be hopeful that our great shows will ever see the light of day again, but I’ll be darned if I’m going to be a cheerleader for Prospect Park.

Phil
Phil

I will check it out! Please let Katie Cassidy star in it with blonde hair! Melrose was cancelled too soon IMO!

Alan
Alan

I think she’s under contract on the CW’s ARROW…

TnT 2.0 Forever
TnT 2.0 Forever

You are right. I doubt she would want to leave an establish hit to take a chance on a show that might get canceled.

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

Im VERY dubious of anything Jeff touches, and Shaun hasnt proved to be a winner in years and years.

su0000
su0000

you gotta be kidding, yes..

Jeff Kwatinetz–
” Kwatinetz and The Firm entered into film and television management, started a record label, and went on to become significant producers of television and feature films. They managed the industry’s premier list of actors, directors and writers and went on to produce successful films doing over $500 million world-wide box office. Firm bands sold more than 500 million records worldwide and Firm clients grossed more than $20 billion at worldwide box offices, had 30 Academy Awards nominations and took home seven Oscars. To date..
((that is with B, billion)

”Kwatinetz also conceived and was the key architect of one of the music industry’s most historic and successful deals – the 2004 purchase of Warner Music from Time Warner by a private equity consortium led by Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital. The deal quickly resulted in more than a $1 billion profit for investors and The Firm received a $15 million compensation package for Kwatinetz’ M&A work.”
(that is one billion profit)

”Kwatinetz’ contributions to the field of media led to an appointment in 2007 as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Northwestern University, to teach a graduate-level course annually entitled, “Developing and Marketing of Entertainment Content.”
Kwatinetz graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1991, and holds both a master’s degree and B.S. in communications from Northwestern University.”

”Jeff Kwatinetz is executive producer of the new USA Network original series Royal Pains 7 seasons going strong and my fav Salem 3 seasons going strong ..

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

And lets address all the actors on the rebooted OLTL and AMC who toiled for him and didnt get paid. Yeah, really successful!!!

su0000
su0000

PP had other assists/monies to pay off actors debts, I’d imagine..
the AMC and OLTL actors very likely were paid, they had to wait for the bankruptcy to be handled.

” bankruptcy courts treat the employees of an insolvent business as members of its class of secured creditors. This practice is called “prioritization” and has been upheld in court. Provided that the business has sufficient cash or assets at the time of its bankruptcy filing, prioritization entitles the employees of a bankrupt business to full reimbursement of back wages.”

it all how the wheel turns..

Mae
Mae

Sounds good. I will be looking for it.

Mae
Mae

I am willing to give any show a shot as long as it isn’t another reality show, medical show, or detective show.

Jane
Jane

I would to see Matthew Atkinson as a regular part of this night time drama. He is a wonderful actor and needs a place where he can shine as an actor. Something he can sink his acting chops into and stretch his wings. I don’t know about his singing but he can play guitar and drums.

Jane
Jane

The message before was suppose to read, I would love to see Matthew Atkinson as a regular part of this night time drama.

elm51
elm51

i saw matthew on an episode of the middle & i was really impressed with his acting there than on y&r…………………..jmo

Jane
Jane

#YR .is th e first. place I saw Matthew Atkinson and thought he is just Absolutely Adorably Handsome and yes I have see him on ABC The Middle. He is the only reason I even watch the show, outside of that I don’t watch that Show, its stupid. Just love watching him and I adore him. I miss him everyday. He has stolen a piece of my HEART and that is the part that Hurts and MISSES him. He is the first thing I think of in the morning and the last before I go to sleep.

Jane
Jane

I am still PISSED OFF that Chuck Pratt, Jr. Killed off my Favorite Fella.

louisa
louisa

I would much rather see One Life To Live back on ABC!

Harry
Harry

me too

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

me three

mark
mark

Shaun Cassidy was so cute on Hardy Boys!

Susan
Susan

Won’t be watching. Jeff Kwatinetz and management team is keeping All My Children and One Life to Live in legal limbo. Just because they could not successfully produce the shows, they go after the big pocket at ABC.

su0000
su0000

ABC has it all back..
It’s no longer in PP hands ..

PP filed bankruptcy. PP was to pay huge fees annually to ABC to keep leasing the shows/characters, they let it go.

Susan
Susan

Rights to AMC and OLTL are still in limbo due to bankruptcy and PP’s 95 million dollar lawsuit against ABC. PP is blaming their failure on ABC.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

Right on, Jeff Kwatinetz and Prospect Park owe an explanation (at the very least!) to the faithful viewers whom they took on a horrendous emotional Roller coaster ride that rivaled ANY soap opera storyline anyone could POSSIBLY come up with!!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

How about a new version of Peyton Place and a reboot of the mystery soap Edge Of Night retitled ‘Monticello’????????

Fanny
Fanny

Now that would be worth watching.

Donna Miller
Donna Miller

stopped watching soaps but like the haves and have nots. But will WATCH ANYTHING with JAcK WAGNER. am watching WCTH. JW on any soap or show would be why I’d watch.
know I am NOT alone. prime time or daytime want more Jack than just WCTH.

Fanny
Fanny

He is on a nighttime show with his ex.. They play a married couple… Google his
Name and current TV status.

Patrick
Patrick

as long as this keeps , DAYS of OUR Lives…. in the NBC memory banks

that this staple MUST see TV

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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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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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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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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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