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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 Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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