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John Stamos Inspired 80’s Soap Drama Being Developed By Amazon!

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Soap fans remember back in 2016 the news that former General Hospital star, John Stamos (Ex-Blackie Parrish) was developing a series based on the uber-popular 80’s in the world of daytime drama along with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

When it was announced, many also knew that GH favorite Kimberly McCullough (Robin) was already working on a series based on her experiences in the 80’s in the soap world called, “Hey Day”.

Now comes word from Deadline, that the Stamos creative vehicle  being developed by Amazon as a drama series.  Written by Adam Stein (Damages), the drama is described as “Boogie Nights in the soap world.” It will explore the colorful and volatile world of daytime drama as it tracks the journey of an 18-year-old Orange County kid suddenly thrust into the limelight of Los Angeles in the early-80s, when he is anointed the Next Big Thing on America’s most popular soap.

The series is obviously inspired by the experiences of Stamos, whose acting career was launched in 1982 when, at the age of 18, he landed his role on GH.

Stamos executive produces alongside Stein, Zadan and Meron, while Zadan/Meron Prods.’ Mark Nicholson will co-executive produce. This is the latest collaboration for Stamos, Zadan & Meron who previously teamed to produce the Emmy-nominated miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie, Martin and Lewis.

So, what do you think about Stamos’ upcoming soapy series in development? Comment below.

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InTheLigt
InTheLigt

If this is the way we have to “get back” the classic soaps, with this behind-the-scenes edge…why not? However, there’s nothing like the original classic soaps! Good for Stamos!

Karen Clark
Karen Clark

I love John Stamos. Every time someone in PC goes to prison, I wonder if they ever meet up with Blackie Parrish.

Steve
Steve

Or Steven Lars Webber or Matt Hunter.

Jimh
Jimh

Have to really see it to make a truthful comment…

brian
brian

odd

Jovin
Jovin

I’m surprised Stamos doesn’t want to play the 18 year old version of himself! LOL. This sounds mildly interesting, but only if they get into what REALLY went down, not just a bunch of Hollywood cliches about what people think happened. Those are very superficial. I think anything that keeps the soap format viable and in the news, why not go for it?

Sly
Sly

Okay, now he wants to use his “GH” experience to get viewers.

Where was he for the “GH 50th” anniversary?

He was on a talk show and claimed he had a scheduling conflict. I don’t buy it. It almost felt to me that he was a “little” embarrassed to admit that he came from a soap. GH was turning 50 that year and they got a lot of advertisement from ABC TV. He had all year to squeeze in a 60 second cameo. That’s all, not a lot. He didn’t need a whole storyline. Just a brief appearance would have been enough of a thank you to GH and the fans who would have loved to have seen Blackie Parrish again.

That’s just my opinion.

I won’t be watching his show however, I will support Kimberly all the way.

Francesca Bruno
Francesca Bruno

I agree, Sly. Everything has a dollar sign.
I loved Blackie in my younger years, but none of us can go back to what once was.
Good luck.

Timmm
Timmm

Frank Valentini is not one to welcome back old GH vets. He has his own agenda trying to get his buddies from OLTL on GH. Have you seen GH lately? Half of the scenes involve his friends or characters he created and gets paid more from!

Steve
Steve

Here are the veteran characters that Frank has welcomed back and employs (with various degrees of screentime):

Laura
Anna
Bobbie
Scott
Lucy
Kevin
Felicia
Lucas
+ increased airtime for Monica

Alan
Alan

Stein wasn’t the creator of DAMAGES but this show could work if he pursues that show’s twisty, dark storytelling punctuated with scenes from the soap that mirror the real lives of the actors. If it just makes a joke of the soaps then I’ll pass.

Lou piikes
Lou piikes

John Stamos didn’t want a 60 second cameo, he wanted a storyline.

Steve
Steve

Blackie was such a minor character in the annals of GH history. Bobbie and Scotty are the only ones that might remember him. His main connections, Rick Webber and Amy Vining are long gone. A cameo and a song would have been appropriate.

I would have loved a Jackie Templeton appearance, but that wasn’t going to happen

gh'er
gh'er

I agree, a cameo would have been more than enough.

Timmm
Timmm

He was buddies with Luke to.

JMER
JMER

It’s true. While I would’ve loved to see him play drums with Frisco singing for nostalgia, there isn’t much more to explore with his character. Jack Wagner became a much bigger star than him on the show and had a SuperCouple pairing, fleshed out character.

You didn’t see Rick Springfield demanding that he be given a storyline. He just came on, sang his song and caroused at the Ball.

It’ll be hard to convince this classic GH fan to seriously consider watching his project. I’ll happily wait for Kimberly to release hers whenever that is.

Timmm
Timmm

Blackie is the ONLY GH character to be sentenced to prison for 30 years and serve the whole 30! I imagine if he slit his wife’s throat and mutilated her friend who was only returning a pair of glasses to her he would have never gone to jail! Sometimes soaps ARE better than real life!

davlestev1
davlestev1

HILARIOUS. The more you know…cue rainbow. LOL.

Patrick
Patrick

this bothers me – John Stamos – is, not – a staple of; nor is he a veteran and regarded for

if he doesn’t hire actors from this genre. I will not care

he’s Mr. full house and beats the drums – WOW

is that enough?

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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General Hospital’s Cynthia Watros Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Friday’s episode of General Hospital combined with Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, saw Daytime Emmy-winner, Cynthia Watros, run through the gamut of emotions in her portrayal of the duped Nina Reeves on her wedding day and the aftermath.

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Watros, who made Annie Dutton of Springfield and Guiding Light one of the most memorable soap roles of all-time, showed GH viewers why she is just THAT good!  We have always said that Cynthia can play: drama, romance, torture, cray-cray, heartbreak all rolled-into-one; especially when given the material.

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In story, after part of the secret is out that Sasha (Sofia Matteson) is not really Nina’s bio-daughter – Nina, who has had everything she believed in fall in on her, tries to regain her strength to go back to Wyndemere to face Valentin, and move out of his house.  Once there to get her things, Nina tells Valentin (James Patrick Stuart) that where she goes is no longer his business.

 

Valentin admits that he was looking for her daughter which caused this whole situation, but he also does not admit his part in the Sasha cover-up and that he was the one paying her to portray Nina’s daughter.  He even goes so far to insist that Sasha’s actions were all her own.  Nina still does not believe him.  After she packs her bag, and heads for the door. Valentin tells her that his life is meaningless without her. Nina basically says, “True, that” in so many words … and makes her exit.

Next, with sunglasses on, Nina returns to the workplace at Crimson where she finds Sasha with Michael (Chad Duell) and Lucy (Lynn Herring).  She calls security and tells them all to get out.  Sasha then spins a yarn, much to the chagrin of the audience, knowing that if she implicates Liesl (Kathleen Gati) and Valentin, Nina would be devastated.  So, Sasha says she acted alone and faked being Nina’s daughter, when she was contacted by her attorney, and she was in cahoots with the guy … until he suddenly died!  What!?  Nina looks very suspicious… and throws back that how would Sasha know how to change three DNA test results.  Sasha had an answer for that – she had a friend who works in a lab do it.   Nina still believes she could not have done this alone without Valentin.  Then, in a heartbreaking speech, Watros as Nina shares how she has lost everything: her daughter, her marriage, hope she even had a daughter in the first place, and the list goes on.

 

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And … let’s not forget Tuesday’s nuptials, which we gave our review and recap previously here.  It is there that Nina is first blindsided, and the betrayal, rage, and hurt displayed by Watros was all top-notch.  Here is Nina finally marrying the man she loves, whom she had to allow herself to come to trust all over again so she could be with him, even with all of the warning signs around her.  Not only does she have Lulu (Emme Rylan) spoil her nuptials with exposing the secret of Sasha, but then has to process the deception  which means to her that maybe she never had the child she so desperately wanted and believed she had all along.

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The Friday cliffhanger though posed an upcoming intriguing scene.  Ava (Maura West) showed up with a bottle of booze to commiserate with Nina at Crimson (The same woman who Nina literally ripped the baby right out her and kidnapped it in a heinous revenge plot).  Will these two wronged woman team up?  Will there be hell to pay?  That is yet to be seen, but without a doubt, Cynthia Watros is Michael Fairman TV’s ‘Power Performance of the Week’.

Let us know if you agree with our pick via the comment section below, and what you thought about Cynthia’s work in these key episodes.

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James Patrick Stuart Finally Gets His Photo In The Hallways at General Hospital: Watch What Happens!

Where has James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin Cassadine) photo been all this time from the dressing room area at General Hospital?  Well, looks like we may have the answer to that question!

In a brand new video ditty posted by the folks at GH, Stuart is seen combing the hallways looking for his portrait along with the other major stars of the ABC daytime drama series .. problem is … it’s MIA! Something James takes notice off.

Then, in a time-jump (LOL), Stuart finally gets his big moment when he officially joins the ranks of the cast with his photo being unveiled right next to Maurice Benard’s (Sonny) picture.

The tweet accompanying the video relates: “Contrary to Valentin’s opinion… @japastu is having the best week ever.”   Of course, the tweet refers to Stuart’s character who has just had a disaster-filled wedding to Nina (Cynthia Watros)

Watch what happens below.

Then let us know what you thought of the clip and how much you enjoy the talents of JPS in Port Charles via the comment section below.

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