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

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

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.

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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Former Executive Producer & Director of All My Children, Jorn Winther Dead Following Two-Vehicle Collision

Very sad news to report.  Renowned director, Jorn Winther, who served as executive producer and director at All My Children has died at the age of 88.

Winther was actually killed on November 9th when in an automobile accident in front of Palm Desert High School outside Palm Springs.

According to the Desert Sun, “Jorn was killed in a two-vehicle collision at Cook Street and Santa Fe Trail in Palm Desert. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said a vehicle was moving south on Cook Street when its driver suddenly entered the northbound lanes and collided with an oncoming vehicle,  Winther was pronounced dead shortly after noon Friday, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s office. His wife of 31 years, Claire Winther, confirmed that her husband drove the vehicle that entered oncoming traffic. Why he did so remains a mystery.”

The famous director was best known for for the landmark David Frost-Richard Nixon interviews in 1977, as well as in the 6o’s for The Sonny & Cher Hour, and was also known for producing rock performances for TV including: California Jam II, featuring performances by Aerosmith, Foreigner, Heart, Santana and more.

In the world of soaps, Jorn had been the EP and director for ABC”s All My Children for five and half years, and had been with the series from 1981 to 2005.  He also directed on: One Life to Live, Generations, Santa Barbara and Rituals.

Born in Denmark, Winther studied speech and drama at the University of Copenhagen and continued his education at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, where his mother had danced as a prima ballerina. He also studied at the Stratford Shakespearean Theater in Ontario, Canada, and at Stanford.

Most recently, Winther directed and produced the independent film Do It or Die!, about the 1979 kidnapping of socialite Elaine Chaddick. It screened at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Winther’s daughter, Lisa has been a stage manager on the soaps most recently working at The Bold and the Beautiful.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Jorn Winther as we offer our thoughts, condolences, and prayers to his family, via the comment section below.

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Kelly Ripa To Guest Star On CW’s Riverdale

Here’s a fun bit of casting news!  Live with Kelly and Ryan and former All My Children star, Kelly Ripa  (Ex-Hayley) is joining her real-life husband, Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) on the hit CW soapy drama Riverdale.

Consuelos already plays the the role of Hiram Lodge, and now Ripa will plays his mistress, Mrs. Mulwray.

Kelly shared the inspired-casting choice on Instagram relating: “It’s a family affair …23 years of auditioning for a role i was born to play. Coming soon to the CW;s Riverdale.”’

The CW released a statement on the casting of Ripa, adding: “Kelly Ripa will guest star on Riverdale as Mrs. Mulwray. Confident and tough, she is Hiram Lodge’s alleged mistress. She’s a beautiful, icy, femme fatale who gets caught up in a conspiracy that’s much bigger than she initially realized.”

Film buffs take note!  Ripa’s character name is borrowed from Faye Dunaway’s Oscar-nominated role in Chinatown (1974), Evelyn Mulwray.   Those who saw Chinatown know that Evelyn was a femme fatale as well caught up in a conspiracy!

And there is more “All in the Consuleos Family” casting.  The couple’s son Michael is portraying the teen-aged version of Hiram on tonight’s all-new episode.

Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT

So, will you be checking out Kelly on Riverdale? Comment below.

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Soap Stars Step Out For Halloween: Who’s Costume Was Tops?

On Wednesday night, many of your favorites from daytime past and present donned some pretty fabulous Halloween costumes and took to some trick or treating!

Michael Fairman TV selected a few for this oh-so-cute photo gallery of some our favorite looks from fright night that were posted by each actor on social media.

From Y&R’s Jason Thompson (Billy) and his family, to DAYS Greg Vaughan (Eric) and his three boys, and others, everyone got into the spirit, especially those with young kids, or even those adults who enjoy pretending they are someone or something else for just one night.

Check out our gallery of some of the looks below.

Then let us know, who do you think wore their costumes best in the comment section.

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