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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.

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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.

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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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Nicolas Bechtel On His Return To GH: “I’m Back and I Am Still Spencer”

Look for Spencer Cassadine to finally return to the canvas of General Hospital!  Next week, Nicolas Bechtel reprises his fan favorite role as Nikolas’ son!

What will happen when Spencer learns that the father he grieved for over three years is alive and well?

Meanwhile, Bechtel took to Twitter to confirm his return to the ABC daytime drama series expressing: “Well…it’s out of the bag. It was so hard not to reply to all of you. I’m back and I am still Spencer. I can’t wait for next week. Thank you SO much to everyone who supported me. I love being a part of this phenomenal show #gh”

Viewers are looking forward to scenes between Bechtel and Marcus Coloma (Nikolas), Maura West (Ava), Genie Francis (Laura) and James Patrick Stuart (Valentin). Will those all come to pass? Stay tuned.

So, happy to know Bechtel is back as the mischievous Spencer C.? Comment below.

 

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Real Andrews Returns As Marcus Taggert On General Hospital

Well, well, well! Looks who’s back in Port Charles!  A major surprise occurred during Thursday’s “Next-On-General Hospital” teasers when viewers saw Sonny’s former nemesis Marcus Taggert, and Sonny himself, in a clip from a scene.

Turns out that today on Friday, January 17th look for the return of Real Andrews to his role as Taggert!  Andrews took to his Twitter and Instagram account to confirm the casting news.

Maurice Benard tweeted: He’s Back!!! Bigger and better than ever. On General Hospital. You don’t want to miss it.”

While, Andrews tweeted: “It is going to be a great ride.”

Real played the role of Marcus from 1996-1997 and then again from 1998-2003.   He was last seen on the soaps on Days of our Lives back in 2016 and 2017.

In real life, Benard and Andrews are good friends.

Now the question is, could Taggert’s re-emergence tie in to the new case that Jordan (Briana Nicole Henry) is working on, and somehow the return of Nikolas Cassadine to the canvas?  Years ago, Taggert’s sister, Gia was involved with the dark prince, leaving fans speculating that perhaps Nik and Gia had a daughter, who could turn out to be Trina played by Sydney Mikayla.  Hmmm.

So, give a big “welcome back” to Real as Taggert hits the screen today on GH via the comment section below.

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PASSIONS Reunion Documentary To Screen At Universal Studios For One-Night Only

Revisit the lives of the spooky town of Harmony as the highly-anticipated reunion documentary of the cult-favorite daytime drama, Passions is set to have a screening this April.

As part of BWE Television’s red carpet event at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, fans will be able to view the documentary on the big-screen for one night only on April 28th.

Get set to see the story of the Cranes, Lopez-Fitzgeralds, Timmy and Tabitha and more, and enjoy the romance, humor, shocking twists, adventures and spells of this NBC soap opera that aired from July 5, 1999 to September 7, 2007, and then went on to DirecTV for a time from September 17, 2007 to August 7, 2008.

The series was, of course, the brainchild of the late James E. Reilly.  To get tickets to the screening click here.

Let us know if you are excited to see the Passions reunion documentary when it becomes available via the comment section below.

 

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