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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Marcia White

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

jerrica
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jerrica

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

MBmomof3
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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
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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
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MBmomof3

Oh, the painful irony! Jerkfaces:(

Rodd
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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
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louisa

Sounds great!!

Val
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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
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Ramona

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

MBmomof3
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MBmomof3

Sounds great!

bc
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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.… Read more »

Xanna Don't
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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… Read more »

Stephanie Jules
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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
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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
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Mary Lou

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

heidi
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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
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mo

Sounds interesting. Hopefully soap actors will star or cameo.

hfirkins
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hfirkins

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

Tali Smith
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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
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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
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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
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MBmomof3

ditto.

Vickie
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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
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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
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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… Read more »

MBmomof3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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