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

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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
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SZima

Do we really need another “musical drama?”

Trevor
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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
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

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

Alan
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Alan

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

TnT 2.0 Forever
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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
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Eileen Hargis

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

su0000
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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… Read more »

Eileen Hargis
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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
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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
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Mae

Sounds good. I will be looking for it.

Mae
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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
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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
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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
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elm51

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

Jane
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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
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Jane

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

louisa
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louisa

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

Harry
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Harry

me too

Tom Jenkins
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Tom Jenkins

me three

mark
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mark

Shaun Cassidy was so cute on Hardy Boys!

Susan
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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Fanny

Now that would be worth watching.

Donna Miller
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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
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Fanny

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

Patrick
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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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Beloved Soap Stars Left Out of 2021 Primetime Emmy Broadcast In-Memoriam Tribute

Last night, during the presentation of the 73rd annual Primetime Emmys broadcast on CBS, the annual In-Memoriam segment brought with it so many households names in a year that saw so many legacy talents and more pass away.

The tribute was performed by Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste to Bridge’s song, “River”, and as the images of the departed played across the screens from Cloris Leachman to Cicely Tyson, to Ed Asner to Michael K. Williams, and more, it was clear that several of the major late daytime soap stars were not included in the on-air tribute as well as other omissions.

Now granted, we know they will all be a part of next year’s 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in-memoriam segment, but still these actors were a part of this community and not only appeared on the soaps, but other shows as well.

Those that daytime fans noticed were not included were: Michael Nader (Ex-Dex Dexter and Dimitri Marick, Dynasty and All My Children) Stuart Damon (Ex-Alan Quartermaine, General Hospital), Ray MacDonnell (Ex-Joe Martin, All My Children) and Jay Pickett (Ex-Frank Scanlon, Port Charles).

From primetime MIA action were: Michael Constantine (Ex-Room 222), Tanya Roberts (Ex-Charlie’s Angeles), Director, Richard Donner, writer Larry McMurty, and DMX, to name but a few.

However, the Television Academy did list all of its members who died on their website in the In-Memoriam section, because due to time constraints, they could not possibly showcase everyone.

What do you feel about the omissions of Nader, Damon, MacDonnell, Pickett, and more from the In-Memoriam tribute? Let us know in the comment section, but first watch the segment.

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AMC Alum Sarah Michelle Gellar Reflecting on Her Time on Soaps: “Anything I Can Do to Continue the Legacy I’m Very Proud Of”

Daytime fans knew of Sarah Michelle Gellar her way before her Buffy the Vampire Slayer days, when she stepped on to the small screen as Erica’s (Susan Lucci) troubled daughter Kendall Hart on ABC’s All My Children. 

Gellar played the role from 1993 to 1995, and made a brief return in 2011 as the show came to its conclusion on ABC. Additionally, Sarah won a Daytime Emmy for her performance in the Outstanding Younger Actress category in 1995.

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Sarah has partnered with Lysol for their brand’s Disinfecting Wipes “Buy One, Donate One” program. where now through September 26, whenever a pack of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is purchased, another pack will automatically be donated to an under-resourced school through the Kids In Need Foundation.

The program is aimed to help curb the spread of illness-causing germs in schools this back-to-school season, a total of up to 16 million packs of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes will be donated to Title I schools across the country.

The program is the latest component of Lysol’s HERE for Healthy Schools initiative. Started in 2019 with the mission to help curb the spread of preventable illness and to help kids miss less school so they are able to learn, grow and thrive, HERE for Healthy Schools has provided educational materials for students and Lysol disinfecting supplies for educators and administrators to more than 49,000 schools across the country. This year, HERE for Healthy Schools is focused on helping to protect children, educators and parents as they make their big return to in-person learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking with TV Insider on the partnership, Gellar recalled her time on the soaps and how it changed her career and outlook, noting: “it was the training ground for the rest of my career.”

She went on to say: “I made incredible friends at that time and I learned incredible work habits, and soap operas are an intense amount of work, and I’m incredibly grateful for that time and the people that I met.  We live in a world now where my kids don’t even really know what a soap opera is, so anything I can do to continue the legacy I’m very proud of.”

So, do you remember Sarah’s time on AMC? What do you think of her thoughts on her time on the soaps? Comment below.

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‘Dynasty’ and ‘All My Children’ Co-Stars React to the Death of Michael Nader

UPDATED: Yesterday, Michael Fairman TV broke the news of the passing of Michael Nader (Ex-Dex, Dynasty and Dimitri, All My Children).  As reported, Michael died on Monday morning of an untreatable form of cancer at his home in Northern California with his wife, Jodi, and his beloved dog, Storm by his side.

Since then, several of Nader’s former Dynasty and All My Children co-stars have taken to social media with their reactions and remembrances after having learned that he has no longer with us.

From his leading ladies, Joan Collins and Susan Lucci, to Emma Samms and John James, Eva LaRue, Finola Hughes, Maxwell Caufield, Vincent Irizarry and more, so many are taking a moment to share their grief and outpouring of love for Michael.

Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this post throughout the day as more remembrances are posted.

Here are what several of Nader’s former co-stars and colleagues shared below:

Susan Lucci (Ex-Erica, All My Children):”MICHAEL NADER—so handsome, so talented—so wonderful and beloved as All My Children’s DIMITRI MARICK—and a great love of “Erica Kane”. I am so lucky to have played opposite Michael—playing some of the most romantic scenes ever—dancing in palaces in Budapest, our gorgeous Greek Orthodox wedding, complete with crowns. Michael was a doll to work with and to know.  RIP, Michael💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏”

Joan Collins (Ex-Alexis, Dynasty): “Very sad to hear of the death of my onscreen husband and lover #michaelnader aka #dexdexter – I loved working with him and his character was a wonderful mixture of tough and tender. #alexis was crazy to keep on rejecting him! #rip #ripmichaelnader”

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Emma Samms (Ex-Fallon, Dynasty): “Incredibly sad news about Michael Nader. What a blessing it was to have had his participation and support for our Dynasty Reunion fundraiser back in March. Thinking of his wife Jodi and sending condolences to all of his many fans.”

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John James (Ex-Jeff, Dynasty): “I’m so sad to hear, that my dear friend Michael Nader passed away. We shared some great laughs together and I will miss miss you buddy. Sending prayers to the family.”

Finola Hughes (Ex-Alex, All My Children): “Oh #michaelnader sweet man. I worked with him so briefly, but he cared about his craft and his fellow actors. Sending much love and condolences to his family ❤️”

Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria, All My Children): “So heartbreaking to hear about the passing of Michael Nader! The sweetest man, with the best stories and the funniest out takes! Thank you for the endless belly laughs around that Wildwind dining table at #AMC ! You will be remembered with so much Love!😢♥️ All my prayers and sympathy to his family🙏🏼♥️ Rest peacefully sweet man♥️”

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Cady McClain (Ex-Dixie, All My Children): “Michael was always a joy to work with, and one of the funniest human beings I ever met. I feel so blessed to have crossed his path and been able to watch him work his magic. I know he felt the love and appreciation of his colleagues and I’m grateful our discussions were always deep or kind. #RIP #michaelnader Photo by @stevenbergman29 💕 (note his book and bookmark! Only Michael would carry it on the res carpet. 😂)”

Maxwell Caufield (Ex-Miles, Dynasty): “That #MichaelNader in the arena many seasons with both @Joancollinsdbe and #SusanLucci – quel hombre.”

Dondre T. Whitfield (Ex-Terrence, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “Wow. Haven’t seen him in years. So sad to see the Brother. He was very mice to me during my “Pine Valley” time. RIP Nader.”

Vincent Irizarry (Ex-David, All My Children), who commented on Eva LaRue’s post: “OMG, my heart is breaking!!! Loved dear Michael, working opposite him in both “Pine Valley” and in Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Chances’. So so sad to hear of his passing. Yes @evalarue, the sweetest man, and ABSOLUTELY the funniest outtakes…”

Sean Kanan: (Ex-AJ, GH, Deacon, B&B) “I was so sorry to hear that Michael Nader passed away. He and I played father and son in Perry Mason: The Case of the Maligned Mobster. We spent some time together and he was a very authentic person. My sincerest condolences to his family. RIP Michael.”

Share your thoughts and remembrances of these wonderful co-stars with Michael throughout his years on Dynasty and All My Children via the comment section below.

 

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