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New ABC Primetime Soap In Development From Marc Cherry Starring Reba McEntire!

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There may be another primetime soap from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids) making its way to ABC.

According to Deadline.com, Cherry is creating a new untitled series starring Reba McEntire in the lead role.

Described as a Southern Gothic soap opera, the show is set in motion after a horrible, suspected act of terrorism happens at a 4th of July parade in the small town of Oxblood, Kentucky. The FBI sends a cocky agent of Middle Eastern descent to investigate. He teams up with the mercurial local Sheriff (McEntire) to uncover secrets far darker than either could have ever imagined.

In addition to writing, Cherry will serve as showrunner on the ABC Studios series, which he executive produces with Sabrina Wind via their own Cherry-Wind Productions, McEntire, as well as Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel of Acme Productions. Shultheis and Hanel are long-time McEntire collaborators and served as executive producers on her previous TV series, the WB comedy Reba and ABC/ABC Studios comedy Malibu Country.

Per the deal, Cherry has received a script commitment plus penalty in a competitive situation. Previously, Desperate Housewives aired on ABC, while Devious Maids ended up on Lifetime.

S0, what do you think of the concept of this new soap from Cherry featuring Reba? Comment below!

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Magneto
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Magneto

I’ll need to know more before chiming in. He does good work though.

Patrick
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Patrick

I know… right ? she’s always bugged me… never thought her music was inspiring.. always sounded the same. her voice sounds the same.. in all her music.. not much diversity or strength IF any one hear listens to country… why didn’t Tanya Tucker usurp Reba ? Reba “still” has her 15 minutes of fame… I’ll never know she has done comedic roles… ( with laugh tracks ) it will always sting that the likes of Tanya Tucker was never awarded anywhere near Reba so have at it Marc Cherry… you bombed on this one her music is not any good… Read more »

Helen
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Helen

Patrick Reba is a hard working lady. She is a legend, the lady can sing. Patrick you sound bitter my friend lol.

JK
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JK

TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL……

Anthony
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Anthony

Reba is wonderful. As for her singing talent – just listen to her a cappella rendition of Sweet Dreams, performed live in concert. I’ve been to many Reba concerts over the years – what a show! Wish I could see the Vegas act; bet it’s magnificent. As for Tanya, I’ve always liked her and her tough-sounding vocals. Sometimes “things” just don’t fall the way each singer would like, some managers/agents don’t always deeply believe in their clients, and some careers just don’t always last forever.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Reba McEntire? Marc Cherry? Gothic elements? Soapy elements? I’m in!!! Sounds like it could be great.

su0000
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su0000

I dunno about that one, nope..
However;
I see the TV show ”This Is Us” as a great primetime soap..
((( and I really love that show )))

Addison
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Addison

I concurr, Suooo.
I am sorry, Reba bores me to death.

k/kay
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k/kay

No and no stick to singing please and even that has its challenges

diane
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diane

Thank you!!

k/kay
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k/kay

Your welcome her expiration date long expured

k/kay
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k/kay

Expired!!!

Melody O'Connor
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Melody O'Connor

Since this “new” soap opera is slated to air on ABC, I will NOT be watching! I have only watched “General Hospital” since 2011 when ABC chose to cancel “All My Children” and “One Life To Live”.

Until both “AMC” and “OLTL” are returned to daytime programming on ABC, I will not watch anything except “GH”.

nathi
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nathi

do u think that will ever happen though, least they can do is create new daytime soap opera that has characters from both shows.

Dylan
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Dylan

Are we eight years old and stomping our feet too? Wow!

Toure Cannon
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Toure Cannon

Who here is 8 stomping their feet?,NO ONE THAT I KNOW OF!
Not all dramas that are classified as PT Soaps are soaps , but there are ones that are primetime soaps. Networks just slap that label , to brainwash you to believe that lie.

su0000
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su0000

ABC has the best primetime soaps!!!!
Not to watch those awesome soaps, well that is sad, indeed..

brian
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brian

i am still waiting for abc’s christmas gift to us…. announcing the return of ONE LIFE TO LIVE !

su0000
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su0000

IMO,, this is what you get..
The creator of this so call soap may well be in the category of ”reality”…
Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids)
Whatever, most likely it will not represent an actual soap opera..

mgb357
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mgb357

what a christmas gift that would be.. Long live OLTL…

Rejmel
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Rejmel

Bring back Devious Maids to at least wrap up the storyline.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

OK…fine…whatever. B-u-t…I’m STILL MAD at those CHEESE-HEADS at ABC for canceling Malibu Country……….

Harolds Bone
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Harolds Bone

ABC shouldn’t be allowed to ever air another soap, considering what they did to AMC, first ruining it so they could cancel it. I’ve been boycotting ABC so won’t be watching.

nathi
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nathi

i’m not sure about this one hope i’m wrong, I have lost hope in Mark since he gave us that lukewarm show devious maids,i hope it leaves up to DHW legacy.

Mark Y
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Mark Y

Sounds like Twin Peaks and Fargo had a baby

Dylan
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Dylan

I love Reba! I loved Cherry’s Desperate Housewives. But I don’t know…this premise does absolutely nothing for me. When I first heard Reba…and Southern…I imagined her as the matriarch of a Southern family…maybe a Blanche Deveraux type….with lots of soapy involved and lots of comedy. I will watch for sure…but it hae better be good. Loved REBA…but MALIBU COUNTRY was awful!!!

Mo
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Mo

Hmmmm…..I like Reba, but doubt I’ll be watching.

mgb357
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mgb357

and wait.. didnt reba narrate a retrospective series about 20 years ago — a half hour a day, with the best of the abc soap moments..

maybe she could do this again and it would be a great way to build the momentum for this series

– are you listening at abc daytime??????

Timmm
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Timmm

Not a fan of Reba. I do not dislike her but I need a better reason to tune in.

Bruce
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Bruce

I’ll definitely watch. I would def rather AMC and or OLTL but that’s not going to happen so Reba I will watch.

Toure Cannon
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Toure Cannon

That’s your opinion that ABC has awesome Primetime Soaps. And saying that AMC AND OLTL will not return since The Rat Network cancelled them , is a horse of another color! ABC has FULL CONTROL rights of both soaps. You never know what they might do. They either bring back Love In The Afternoon , or they can further watch the failing network thats dropped down to a 2.3 low ass ratings to further extinction and I wouldn’t give a c***sucking s***! ABC better wake up , or stay asleep in their ignorance , as idiots! None of us work… Read more »

mfarris70
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mfarris70

I’ll give anything starring Reba a try, but I hated ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Devious Maids.’

JK
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JK

DID NOT WATCH DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES OR DEVIOUS MAIDS…..I WILL GIVE THIS ONE A TRY SINCE REBA IS A VERY TALENTED LADY….

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All My Children Alum Cornelius Smith Jr. Joins the Cast of Apple TV+ Limited Series, ‘Five Days At Memorial’

Daytime fans remember him fondly as the son of Jesse (Darnell Williams) and Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan), Frankie, on All My Children.  And now, actor Cornelius Smith Jr., is set to join a major limited series based on the acclaimed nonfiction book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sheri Fink, about the the first five days following Hurricane Katrina made landfall entitled Five Days at Memorial.

Written by John Ridley and Carlton Cruse, Smith will play a doctor, (something he is very familiar with playing since Frankie Hubbard was a doctor in Pine Valley!) named Dr. Bryant King, an internist and one of the few doctors of color at the hospital, who finds himself very much in the middle of the crisis.  He will headline the show alongside Vera Farmiga and Adepero Oduye.

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The series will stream on Apple TV+, and no word yet as to when it will have its debut following its filming.

 

Since his time on All My Children, Smith has appeared on ABC’s Scandal, and had recurring roles on God Friended MeSelf Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Manhunt.

Deadline broke the casting news.

So, looking forward to seeing Cornelius back on our screens? Do you remember his work as Dr. Frankie Hubbard on All My Children? Comment below.

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OLTL Alum Renée Elise Goldsberry Joins Disney+ Marvel Series, ‘She-Hulk’

Former One Life to Live star and Tony Award-winner, Renée Elise Goldsberry is in yet another top-tier project!

The popular actress who got her soap start on the ABC daytime drama series as Evangeline Williamson, and later took home the Best Featured Actress in a Musical Tony Award for Hamilton, has joined the cast of the Disney + and Marvel series, She-Hulk.

In She-Hulk, Goldsberry will co-star opposite Tatiana Maslany.

 

According to Deadline, She-Hulk is a legal comedy that centers on the eponymous heroine (Maslany), aka Jennifer Walters, an attorney who has similar powers to her cousin, Bruce Banner/The Hulk. Goldsberry will play a character referred to as Amelia.  Avengers star and Emmy winner, Mark Ruffalo will reprise his role as The Hulk and Tim Roth is also reprising his Hulk character, The Abomination, on the She-Hulk series.

In addition, Renée can also be seen as one of the leads in the new NBCU Peacock series, Girls5eva from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and Meredith Scardino debuting on May 6th.  Check out the trailer below.

So, what do you think about the latest projects that will feature the multi-talented Goldsberry? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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As The World Turns

‘Soap Con Live’ Event to Feature Panels from The Doctors, ATWT, OLTL, GH, Plus Virtual Meet & Greets

On Saturday, May 1st, the inaugural Soap Con Live fan event sponsored by Soap Opera Digest, Retro TV and It’s Real Good TV will feature free, virtual panels with Q&As that will stream live on The Locher Room YouTube Channel.

The event will also allow fans to purchase ‘Meet & Greets’ (over a three-week period), video greetings and autographs from their favorite soap stars at SoapConLive.com.

The day-long event will begin with a panel from Retro TV’s and former NBC soap opera, The Doctors (participants/special guest to be announced) beginning at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PST.

Followed by “Live from Oakdale!” with the stars of As the World Turns that will begin at 4pm ET/1pm PST featuring Mark Collier (Mike Kasnoff), Terri Conn (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Austin Peck (Brad Snyder) and Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan).

Then, “The Cramer Women” of One Life to Live will follow at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PST featuring Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie Callison), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer) and Gina Tognoni (Kelly Cramer).

And finally, a General Hospital panel to close the event called “Love & Tragedy” at 7pm ET/4pm PST featuring Shell Danielson (Dominique Stanton), Brad Maule (Dr. Tony Jones), Kin Shriner (Scotty Baldwin) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer).

For more information, visit SoapConLive.com to sign up for the free live panels and keep up with special guest announcements & info on paid fan opportunities. Stay tuned for more chances to visit with your favorite Soap Stars, both virtually and in-person when it’s safe.

Soap Con Live, is a women-owned company, co-created by Lacretia Lyon (Bleav in Soap Operas/ Forever and a Day) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman Justice League/Justice League Unlimited) who wanted to bring their love of soaps and Comic Cons together and introduce a new & exciting experience to fans of Daytime.

So, what do you think of the planned Soap Con Live event? Will you be participating? Comment below.

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