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Karey Burke, President ABC Entertainment On What’s Ahead: ‘The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart’ Series, ‘thirtysomething (else)’ and ‘The Brides’ Pilot Orders

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In connection with the ABC’s TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour, the network made several programming announcements, and they were discussed during Karey Burke’s, (President ABC Entertainment) executive session with the press this morning.

These new shows include: The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, set to premiere Monday April 13th. The premise of this latest show from The Bachelor franchise has 20 single men and women that embark on an incredible journey to find love through music. Singing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, they will look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings and ultimately, fall in love. The eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will meet and explore their relationships while living together and going on Bachelor-style dates that focus on music. Once the couples commit to each other, it will be time to take their relationship to the next level. The harmony of the couples will be tested through musical challenges, including live performances judged by some of the biggest names in the music business. Ultimately, the couples whose performances reveal their love and devotion to one another will continue to be given a chance to further their relationships until only one couple is left standing.

When asked if Jed Wyatt, the aspiring musician from Nashville, who betrayed Hannah Brown on her season of The Bachlorette would be part of the cast, Burke said, “Anything can happen.  Tune in and find out.”

Then, there is a sequel in the works on thirtysomething from Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick. The pilot is entitled thirtysomething (else). The pilot will follow an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast reprised by Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston). Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents? During its original run from 1987-1991, “thirtysomething” quickly became a cultural phenomenon, garnering 13 Emmy Awards including Best Drama and two Golden Globe Awards. The series, which highlighted a tight-knit group of baby boomers and their struggles, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.

In the primetime soap category, the network has greenlighted a pilot of The Brides from Berlanti Productions and the team behind CW’s Riverdale, this pilot will be a contemporary reimagining of ‘Dracula’ with a trio of female leads.”  The Brides was first developed for NBC, but this is a new spin on it for the ABC version. During her executive session, Burke says although the show focuses on the three women, the character of Dracula will be featured within it.

Other notable topics: The Oscars will once again have no host.  There is no final decision if Dancing with the Stars will return for another season, but Burke noted that the ballroom dance competition head a resurgence this past season, which bodes well. In terms of the follow-up to the Jeopardy: Greatest of them All championship currently airing, and if they would like to do more with the game show franchise, Burke noted that they will do whatever Alex Trebek is up for.  The  beloved host is battling pancreatic cancer.

 

 

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“thirtysomething (else)” is a strange title. They should just be honest and call it sixtysomething. I don’t imagine that would be the demographic ABC is going for. I bet the show revolves around the original character’s kids and grandkids.
Oh, one more thought, ABC should bring back OLTL.

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B&B’s Don Diamont Granted Restraining Order Against Alleged Stalker

The Bold and the Beautiful’s Don Diamont (Bill Spencer) was granted a temporary restraining order in L.A. County Superior Court against 37-year-old Quincy Adams; who Diamont says has been harassing him and his family since back in January.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Diamont alleges that Adams took to YouTube saying Don was a Satanist and responsible for COVID, 9/11, and the Iraq war.  In addition, Adams claimed to be connected to him some way from birth.

It was then that Don grew increasingly concerned when the man shared online that he knew where Diamont and his family lived.

Then came June 2nd, when Adams showed up at their front gate and Don received a call from his wife, Cindy.  The police handled Adams from there, but Don was very worried that Adams might harm him, or his family, so he was granted the temporary restraining order against him.

We wish Don and his family nothing but safety in the days ahead.

So what do you think about the claims and actions of Adams on Diamont? Comment below.

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Soap Veteran Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps Virtual Interview on Tap

In a very special conversation, don’t miss one of soaps longtime executive producer ‘s Jill Farren Phelps appearance on an upcoming livestream on The Locher Room.

Jill joins host and former ATWT and GL publicist, Alan Locher on Wednesday, June 23rd at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As soap fans know Jill has helmed Another World, General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Santa Barbara and The Young and the Restless.

She has also been nominated for 15 Daytime Emmy Awards and took home 11 Emmys for her work.

While Phelps has been a polarizing figure on the soaps, look for the good, and the bad decisions under her tenures at the soaps to be discussed and more.

Here is the link to watch it live 

So, what would you want to ask Jill? What was her best decisions and worst decisions as EP of the soaps? Let us know via the comment section below.

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‘The Talk’ Renewed for its 12th Season

After its controversial 11th season and following the departure of original cast member, Sharon Osbourne, there had been chatter that maybe the The Talk would come to an end.

However, news today from CBS has that it has renewed its top daytime talker, and the series will live to see another day for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

Having debuted in October 2010, the show now features Carrie Ann Inaba (who also serves as the show’s moderator), Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth as it primary co-hosts.

As with previous amalgamations of the co-hosts, the women discuss the latest headlines, current events, and human-interest stories of the day.

The series put out this tweet on their pick-up sharing: “JUST ANNOUNCED! #TheTalk has been officially renewed for another year on @CBSreturning for a 12th season in 2021-2022! More fun, more topics, more talk!”

So, glad The Talk is continuing on, or did you think it was time for it to go? Comment below.

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