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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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Pluto TV Launches Soap Channel with B&B and Y&R Dedicated Episodes

Great news soap fans, you have another place to catch your favorite CBS daytime dramas. On Tuesday, ViacomCBS’ free streaming television service, Pluto TV, launched its soap channel with past episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

Pluto TV’s soap channel launched with the log line: “Soap operas aren’t just for daytime. They’re for anytime. Get your fix of melodrama 24/7 on Pluto TV Soaps.”

In terms of what years and episodes are available, viewers can now enjoy from the CBS sister soaps, season 47 and 48 of Y&R,  which is partially from when Mal Young was EP and head writer, and then into the current regime of Anthony Morina and Josh Griffith.   For The Bold and the Beautiful, the episodes start back from September of 2018.

To watch Live or OnDemand, go to the Pluto TV Soaps channel website, or download the Pluto TV app via the App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store or Roku etc. You can also click here for your preferred device.

Newer episodes from B&B and Y&R will be available on Pluto TVs OnDemand service and can be viewed from Smart Televisions, Apple TV, Playstation, Tivo Roku, Xfinity, and Chromecast. You can also watch via the company’s website without registering.

So, do you hope Pluto TV’s soap channel, builds itself out and includes more soaps from the past, and those that ran on CBS? What season of Y&R and B&B would you like to see added to the service? Share your thoughts below.

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TODAY: B&B’s Kimberlin Brown and Sean Kanan Guest on ‘The Talk’

Sheryl Underwood should have some fun today on an all-new, October 19th episode of The Talk, when two of daytime’s baddest of the bad, visit the CBS afternoon series.

Look for The Bold and the Beautiful’s Kimberlin Brown (Sheila Carter) and Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe) to chat it up with Sheryl and the rest of The Talk hosts on returning to their signature soap roles.

As B&B fans know, Sheila and Deacon are now set to team up to bring down the Forresters and pave the way for them to be closer to their children.  For Sheila, that’s having a relationship with her son, Finn (Tanner Novlan) and her grandson, Hayes.  And for Deacon, that’s his daughter, Hope (Annika Noelle).  What revenge plot will they conjure up to get what they want?

In its new season and configuration, The Talk, is hosted by Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Natalie Morales.

Look for Kimberlin and Sean on The Talk today at 2 p.m, EST on CBS.

So, will you be checking out Kimberlin and Sean on today’s episode of The Talk? Are you enjoying their scenes together thus far on The Bold and the Beautiful? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Corbin Bernsen to Reprise His Role of Arnie Becker in ‘LA Law’ Revival Pilot

Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd, The Young and the Restless) and the son of Y&R’s late great Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) has signed on to reprise his signature primetime television role of womanizing lawyer Arnie Becker in the upcoming LA Law revival pilot.

This makes Corbin the co-lead of the series alongside Blair Underwood (Ex-OLTL) who previously signed on to the pilot to reprise his role of Jonathan Rollins.  ABC has greenlit the pilot.

According to Deadline, it is believed that Bernsen and Underwood will be the only original members of the mid 80’s-90’s legal drama on NBC in the pilot, but more may guest-star if the show gets picked up for a full-season order.

In the premise of the reboot, the law firm of McKenzie Brackman, now named Becker Rollins, reinvents itself as a litigation firm specializing in only the most high profile, boundary pushing and incendiary cases.  The show will feature familiar characters working alongside new ones on the most hot button issues of the day.  As for Bernsen’s Becker, now in his 60’s, look for him to struggle with a rapidly shifting sexual and political landscape.

The original LA Law ran for eight seasons from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994 on NBC.

So, what do you think of Corbin taking on the role of Arnie Becket in a revival of LA Law? Would you be intrigued to check out the show if it makes it to series? Comment below.

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