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Josh Duhamel Sells Primetime Soap Pilot Set Behind-The-Scenes Of A Soap During The Faltering Times Of The Genre!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

We were wondering who would be the person to be able to get a juicy drama of what goes on behind-the-scenes at a daytime soap during the trying times the genre faces on primetime television. And today, that person turns out to be motion picture star and former Daytime Emmy winner, Josh Duhamel (Ex-Leo, AMC)!

Deadline.com is reporting that yet another primetime soap pilot project has been bought by ABC, who has associated with it none other than Revenge writers-producers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts from an original idea by actor Josh Duhamel.

The untitled ABC project takes place behind the scenes of a daytime soap and explores the loves, lives, and lunacy at an on-the-bubble series, where the antics of the cast and crew are crazier than any of the plot lines they broadcast. Set during a time when the daytime drama genre is faltering, this larger-than-life “workplace family” fights a never-ending, desperate battle to keep their show on the air, their egos secure, and their relationships intact. Duhamel can certainly draw on personal experience, having started off on the ABC soap All My Children. He co-created the show with Berg and Harberts, who will write the script. Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Berg, Harberts, Duhamel and his friend, fellow actor Oliver Hudson will executive produce.

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So what do you think of this one soapers? Excited? Sound like a drama-filled, “Soap Dish”? Let us know your thoughts!

 

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kathleenjohnson
kathleenjohnson

Well have mixed feelings about it sounds like a good show but think being it is on abc a lot of soapfans will be very upset if they can make this show how come they can not bring our soaps back een if they have to hire new actors at least give it a try

Marcia White
Marcia White

I totally agree. Next, maybe ABC will make a comedy about the death of a well-liked famous person. ABC is known for poor taste and bad decisions…we learned that when they dropped our soaps.

brian
brian

Erika Slezak !!!!

She’d be wonderful in this show. In fact, get all the cast from AMC and OLTL !!!

It would be the highest rated ABC show.

Sheryl Postin
Sheryl Postin

That show sounds great to me , I can’t wait to see it especially with Josh . I hope he casts alot of the soap opera actors from AMC and OLTL. and then it will be a hit for sure.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

I find it painfully ironic that ABC has bought this series. Oh gee, ABC-NOW you’re making fun of the genre you wanted to destroy? Which is it, do we matter, or don’t we? If this project gets off the ground, we’ll know our answer…

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Agreed. The only show I will watch on ABC is GH, so I may never see this show. I do love the concept. I’ve thought over the last few years that the drama behind the scenes of our favorite daytime shows was more dramatic than the soaps themselves. Maybe I’ll sneak a peek.

Mary H
Mary H

Agree with the above two comments. ABC you disgusted me I can’t believe you would cancel two shows with such history and you keep making prime time soaps. Why didn’t you just move daytime to primetime and maybe your rating would be in the trash right now. Wake up

Marcia White
Marcia White

Totally agree. Although I love Josh, I will not be watching this show on ABC. A boycott is a boycott.

jerrica
jerrica

Soapdish was one of my fave movies..i love the concept! Can’t wait to see who they cast!!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I know…my first thought was “Soapdish Ripoff”. lol. Look forward to casting news as well. Lots of great unemployed talent out there.

Torrey
Torrey

I just find it incredibly interesting that ABC keeps green lighting these primetime soaps….yet they were so quick to throw the axe down on their daytime lineup. To me, there’s no difference between a daytime soap and a primetime soap….except that daytime soaps air every day, and they’re a lot juicier… For a network that claims the genre is dead, they sure love pumping out soaps.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Oh, the painful irony! Jerkfaces:(

Rodd
Rodd

ABC bought, eh? Doubt it will ever see the light of day, er, make that, night. If it were to be real, it certainly would have sooo much to draw upon considering how ABC treated its stellar soaps: AMC and OLTL. Of course, P&G soaps are fuel for fodder, for sure. I would be VERY interested in watching this type of show. Hope it makes it on air.

louisa
louisa

Sounds great!!

Val
Val

If this project is greenlighted, I want to see Josh ensure his AMC co-star Vincent Irizarry is one of the first actors hired! 🙂

Ramona
Ramona

Sounds great………..but I won’t be watching it. Sorry, nothing but GH for me!

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Sounds great!

bc
bc

this behind the scenes soap better address why daytime soaps have such a problem w/ racial diversity. hispanics make up 10% of the demographics yet they are heavily under represented on soaps. more annoying is that soaps even have the temerity to hire white actors to portray hispanic roles! asian americans are growing as a demographic and are even expanding more than hispanics. yet have there ever been long term core asian american families and asian male romantic leading men on soaps? the stereotype of primetime and especially daytime soaps are that they are backwards. soaps are like the gop. they have branding problems and they have not reached racial minority demographics and have alienated racial minorities. soaps are too white centric and the exclusion of racial minorities is perceived as racist.

Xanna Don't
Xanna Don't

I disagree. All My Children wasn’t known as “the teaching soap” for nothing. Both AMC and One Life To Live had very progressive storylines. AMC first dealt with abortion, HIV/AIDS, and Bianca’s coming out was epic. The Angie & Jesse reunion was very moving (not to mention beautifully shot, great photography). OLTL had the first gay love scene between two men, and the writers mastered the DID mental health issue the second (and subsequent) time(s) around, educating audiences. The Vega and Ganon families were always awesome and Nora’s Judaism was never ignored. I don’t think the diversity viewers were exposed to on both shows should be underestimated.

Stephanie Jules
Stephanie Jules

I think it’s great..I really miss AMC & OLTL….Josh has had great experience with soaps & will have great insistence with the show…

Tammy
Tammy

Finally someone has come to our rescue and none other then one of our own favorites .I for one am very excited if anyone can pull it off it will be our Leo!!

Mary Lou
Mary Lou

This is wonderful news! I love Josh Duhamel so much!!!

heidi
heidi

Mixed feelings… not sure I like a show that is about a genre that is dying… does that help push it over the edge into the grave or does it somehow show why it shouldn’t die and find away to deal with the standard network ratings issues and the fact that most people watch them on demand or on the internet… like they do with night-time soaps!

mo
mo

Sounds interesting. Hopefully soap actors will star or cameo.

hfirkins
hfirkins

Love Josh, but sounds like another ABC scheme to weasel ratings out of the boycotting soap fans. No thanks.

Tali Smith
Tali Smith

So what!?! If you want a soap bring back OLTL, I dare them to cancel a fabulous show just to add one that hasn’t been tested. OLTL would be great once a week, believe that was even an idea on here, but ABC shot it down and said they’d never bring it back. Well, I’ll never watch it, still boycotting!

Gayle
Gayle

I love Josh and think this would be much better news if he was dealing with a cable network and not ABC. I no longer watch ABC and it would more then likely be canceled without giving it much of a chance to succeed, thats what they do.

Troy Turner
Troy Turner

I agree-I’m not against the concept of the show as much as I am ABC doing it. It just seems like ABC wants to put pressure to our necks while rubbing our noses in it over AMC/OLTL

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

ditto.

Vickie
Vickie

Why are they providing prime time soaps and ignoring the need for the daytime soaps that many (if not most) viewers want? ABC/D remains stupid and short-sighted.

Bethy
Bethy

I am afraid this will make a mockery of the soap genre and those who work in the industry. I hope I am wrong.

Xanna Don't
Xanna Don't

It’s a cute idea that could work, but it’s also a concept that could help PROMOTE ABC’s daytime soaps, if only the executives had the courage to admit cancelling two out of three of them was a huge mistake. Bring back All My Children and One Life To Live by producing them in cost-effective Atlanta and broadcasting them on sister cable network ABC Family. It can be done if they’re willing to do some real work. The reality replacement shows showed very little effort on their part and faltered because of it. Roll up those white sleeves and make something again! We want those iconic characters back. We want scripted, well written content. Three to five million loyal viewers are waiting…

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Completely agree. The Walking Dead is a ratings MONSTER hit, filmed in & around Atlanta. Started on a shoestring budget and now fans can’t get enough.

BRING BACK OUR SOAPS!

Xanna Don't
Xanna Don't

Thanks, MB Mom of 3! I should also add that Atlanta is just a 2-hour plane trip from New York City for talent like Erika Slezak (OLTL) who don’t wish to relocate and that many boutique hotels in The ATL would be thrilled to make monthly arrangements for their shooting schedules. For talent who would make the move, there’s so much additional work they could pick up from the numerous shows and films (Flight, starring Denzel Washington, for example) shooting in and around town. Atlanta is a real, affordable solution.

Gary
Gary

Sorry but have not watched one ABC program since All My Children last aired. I made a vow and I’m stickin to it.

Kathy
Kathy

Unless it has AMC actors, I won’t watch. I want everything that ABC does to fail. Still boycotting. I won’t even watch General Hospital.

Michele Jara
Michele Jara

Sounds like American Girl Trapped on a Telenovela, which stars Robin Strasser and Guy Ecker to air on New Network Matriarch Television. they have a facebook page. It’s a comedy though. Airs next sept, 2013.

Christy
Christy

this is an ABC project??!!! and how much is this going to cost them to produce??? bring back LLanview, you jerks!

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8 Years To The Day Of All My Children & One Life to Live Being Canceled; Still Considered By Many Worst Move For Daytime

It’s hard to believe that 8 years ago today on April 14th, 2011, the soap world, its fans, and the cast members, learned of the heartbreaking news that ABC, in one swift move, decimated its daytime line-up when they announced the cancellations of long running series, All My Children (which would end at its 41st year), and One Life to Live (which would ends its run in its 43rd year).

At the time, ABC announced it would move to more lifestyle/entertainment series to replace these dramas.  In its place came The Chew and The Revolution, neither show is still on the air today.  Executives at that time pointed to research saying that times are changing and that their decision was “guided by extensive research into what today’s daytime viewers want,” and blame, in part, “the changing viewing patterns of the audience” for the axing of AMC and OLTL

Then ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons had joked to Deadline about the big announcement that he: “Pre-entered the witness protection program prior to today’s events.”  He added that “The demise of the two venerable soaps was actually a year in the making.  A year ago, we started to look at our projections where the ratings for the soaps would go.  When those projections came in pretty discouraging, the network began to aggressively develop replacement shows, 15 of them.  Four of the 15 were picked up to pilot: The Chew and The Revolution and two others, a talk show and a dating show. Originally, the idea was to cancel only one daytime drama.  The way the ratings developed and the pilots turned out, the ratings developed negatively and pilots developed positively, so we decided to make a bigger shift.”  Of note is that when it went off the air, One Life to Live was in third place among its competitors in the ratings.

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The press release that came with the cancellations stated: “To honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history both shows will conclude in a manner that respects their legacies and the longstanding hopes of many of their viewers.”

Following the cancellations daytime reeled. The mainstream was sure it meant the endings of the soaps, period.  However, four shows illustrated that is not true at all.  For Days of our Lives, General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless all remain, and still whether they are up or down in their numbers/ratings, they remain relevant and important to the enduring daytime viewing audience.

Sadly, as with any shows, the end of ABC’s AMC and OLTL meant loss of jobs for so many working in front of the camera and behind the scenes. One Life was the last soap opera in production in New York at the time.  AMC was already being shot in LA to cut costs to save it.

Still in 2019, if you venture on to social media, especially Twitter, you see fans constantly missing its stars and the towns of Llanview and Pine Valley, wanting this wrong rectified.  Although Prospect Park tried to revive the show with their online versions, eventually after legal battles that went on for a few years, ABC now retains the right to these properties,

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The good news is that many favorites from AMC and OLTL have found success and been hired on other soap operas, bringing their followings with them, whether it be on-screen, or in the writing, producing, directing or crew departments.

So, do you think the loss of AMC and OLTL consolidated daytime and made the remaining shows stronger so they would not be touched or canceled?  Do you think ABC should try to mount a resurrected AMC and OLTL or an amalgamation of the two?  Do you remember where you were when you learned the two soaps were cancelled? Was this the worst misstep of all-time for daytime? Share your thoughts and theories via the comment section below.

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George R. R. Martin’s “Leak” Of New Hulu Series WILD CARDS Featuring Eden Riegel, Thorsten Kaye. and Greg Rikkart

April Fool’s Day started off with a bang today when Eden Riegel (Ex-Bianca, AMC) posted a photo of herself with Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B) and Greg Rikaart (Ex-Leo, DAYS)  in a very intriguing image.  See above pic!  As it turns out, it’s said to be from behind the scenes from some leaked footage of the upcoming Hulu series, Wild Cards.

The premise of Wild Cards is based on the sci-fi anthology series edited by George R. R, Martin, best known for writing the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels, on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based.  Riegel’s husband, Andrew Miller is the showrunner attached to the upcoming series.

On Martin’s website he teases the set-up of the “leaked” video clip:  “This was not supposed to go public.. Everybody (Well, everybody that has been paying attention knows that we are developing two Wild Cards as a series for Hulu  Andrew Miller has taken the reins as showrunner, a writing staff has been hired, and they have been hard at work for months.  What was NOT supposed to be known is how far they’ve come.  Not only have some scripts been finished, but the first show has gone into production and has been shooting.  That was supposed to be a deep dark secret, however.   We wanted to surprise the world. It’s hard to keep secrets in Hollyweird, however.  And now it appears that some of the rough footage has been leaked by person or persons unknown”

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Meanwhile, Riegel sent out a series of tweets: “Hooo boy…cat’s out of the bag! Fans, please don’t judge our show based on these leaked videos!! The effects are going to knock your socks off. And my costars, and , are doing the best work of their lives!”  That was followed by, T”hank you for the chance to work with you on your first foray into soaps! I am humbled and honored. We won’t let you down.” And then, “I’m probably not allowed to share this with all the NDAs I signed, but damnit I’m just so proud of the team!  think we are breaking new ground for soaps. So proud to work with you!”

Now below, check out the Wild Cards “leaked footage” and let us know if you think of the …. um … drama! Comment below.  And one more thing … Happy April Fool’s!

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WATCH: All My Children Reunion On Strahan & Sara

On Monday’s episode of ABC’s Strahan & Sara, the show welcomed several stars of the beloved All My Children for a reunion, of sorts. Joining hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines were Susan Lucci (Erica), Walt Willey (Jack), Cady McClain (Dixie), Jacob Young (JR) and Jill Larson (Opal).

While it was wonderful to see the stars from Pine Valley again, it was also a painful reminder that this network, ABC, canceled the show, and had put in its place – The Chew, and now Strahan & Sara – since canning the series.   In fact, as you will see on the clips below, many of the crew who work on this talk show were once the crew for All My Children.

During the segment, Susan Lucci was tested to see if she remembered all of Erica Kane’s wedded names.  Later, Walt Willey and Susan re-created the final scene of the ABC version of All My Children between Erica and Jack, where Jack walks out on her.  However, this time, they have Jack changing his mind and coming back to Erica and sealing their relationship with a kiss – a moment of closure that never happened (since the show moved to online via Prospect Park).

In addition, Cady McClain and Jacob Young re-created the infamous Dixie “dying from eating poison pancakes” scene, as JR watches his mother die, only this time she lives.

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It’s always great to see these veteran performers, but Strahan & Sara is trying to capture the soap viewers to put eyeballs on their show by bringing in talent from the show that sadly and wrongly went off the air.

Watch the clips below from the All My Children reunion below.  Then, let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below.

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