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

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
her comedic series always had a laugh track

and she’s aged.. and jaded… how humble and country she’s not

she is no longer a gay icon

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

TELL US HOW YOU REALLY FEEL……

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.

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

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 )))

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

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

Thank you!!

Your welcome her expiration date long expured

Expired!!!

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”.

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

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

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.

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

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

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..

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

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

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

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.

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.

Sounds like Twin Peaks and Fargo had a baby

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!!!

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

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??????

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

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

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 for Disney ABC TV. And if I did. I’d be PUKING in DISGUST , WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT DISRESPECTS ITS VIEWERS AND THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR THEM!
A**HOLES!

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

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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GH’s Dominic Zamprogna Opens Up on Concerns that Dante Was A-Goner: “There’s Any Number of Ways Comas Can Go”

When Detective Dante Falconeri was shot by a Pikeman henchman, and Jason (Steve Burton) was revealed alive and well, it put actor Dominic Zamprogna in a coma, and a bad one in soap terms, at that. For awhile there, it was touch and go for Dante.

The good news is Dante pulled through and is now back to his old self, and just in time for Dominic Zamprogna’s 15th anniversary with the ABC daytime drama series, which is June 22nd.

Dominic spoke to Soap Opera Digest on his milestone, and reflected back on the fan response from earlier this year when it may have appeared he was exiting the show for a second time.

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Zamprogna shared, “It’s nice to hear you say that people were worried about me – when I went into Frank’s (Valentini, EP, GH) office and he told me I was going into a coma, I started to worry about me (laughs)!”

From working on GH for a decade and a half now, Zamprogna has seen his fair share of comas, and in fact, his then on-screen wife, Lulu Spencer Falconeri was written off the show having never awakened from her coma.

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“There’s any number of ways comas can go,” said the popular GH star. “People joke, ‘Oh, you’ve got easy work.’ And it’s like, ‘Yeah, as long as it’s an on-screen coma! I don’t want to be in an off-screen coma, because then I’m not on the show!” But honestly, that means the world because we all care what people think about us, you know? And if people are happy to have me around, it feels good, obviously. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t.”

So, are you glad that Dante is still alive and kicking? Did you think the show might write-off Dante after he was shot a few months back? Is it time, as Dominic head towards his 20th anniversary with the soap opera, for the powers-that-be to bring Lulu out of her coma? Should Dante and Sam (Kelly Monaco) eventually tie the knot? Comment below.

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Y&R’s Joshua Morrow Reveals on Losing the Role of B&B’s Dylan: “I Was Meant to Play Nick. Not Getting Dylan was the Greatest ‘Failure’ of My Life.”

Can you imagine that if things had turned out differently, The Young and the Restless’ Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) would not be celebrating his 30th anniversary on the top-rated soap opera, but instead might be welcoming his son to the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful alongside of him?

In several interesting twists, Morrow, who this Friday, June 21st, celebrates his 30th anniversary on the show as Nick Newman (standalone episode and all) spoke about his original audition for CBS daytime that had him going up for the part of B&B’s Dylan Shaw, a Forrester Creations intern. As the behind the scenes story goes, that part when to Dylan Neal.

Joshua spoke to Soap Hub on his humble daytime beginnings, recalling, “B&B was a long, drawn out, multi-week thing where I had to audition like three times, and then, I had to go in for producers, and then, there was a screentest. He added, “It was demolishing. I was like, super cocky, and I was like, ‘Oh, everybody loves me.'”

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From all indications, it was that audition for Dylan that led him to his prized Genoa City role of Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) and Victor’s (Eric Braeden) son. As Morrow remembered it, shortly after meeting with series Bill Bell (then co-creator and EP and head writer. plus then executive producer Ed Scott, and Heather Tom (ex-Victoria, Y&R, then Katie, B&B), he was hired to play Nick.

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At from that moment on as Morrow explained it, “It was kismet. I was meant to play Nick. Not getting Dylan was the greatest ‘failure’ of my life.”  Now in the summer of 2024, Joshua’s son, Crew Morrow, has landed his first soap opera role as the new Will Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful, the son of Katie (the aforementioned Tom), and Don Diamont (Bill).

While father and son will be on opposing but sister soap operas, might a cross over from Nick to Los Angeles be the ticket, so Joshua can finally say he was on B&B and someone share a scene or two or three with his on-screen son? Ya, never know in soapland.

So, what do you think about Joshua losing the role of B&B’s Dylan to Dylan Neal which set up him becoming a cast member at Y&R? Comment below.

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Arianne Zucker Reflects Back on the ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape with Donald Trump, and Speaks to Her Exit from Days of our Lives

It’s been eight years, but somehow seems like ages ago, that Arianne Zucker was thrust into the mainstream public limelight, unfortunately not for her work as Nicole on Days of our Lives, but for the Access Hollywood taped that surfaced when former president Donald Trump  and current Republican nominee, visited the set of the (then) NBC soap opera, and met Zucker.

The tape captured a hot mic moment between Trump and then ‘Access’ host Billy Bush inside of their bus which featured lewd remarks about Zucker between the two men.

Speaking on the moment, Zucker opened about it on Rachel Uchitel’s Miss Understood podcast, where the video version of the interview is now on Uchitel’s You Tube Channel. Back in 2005, Arianne was the scene partner with Trump in his Apprentice/Days of our Lives crossover appearance, because her character of Nicole was at the time a gold-digger.

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Zucker shared of her on set experience with Trump from 2005, “I had a great experience. He was lovely, and I had no idea anything behind the scenes was happening. So, it never affected me.” Next in October 2016, Arianne says she it got a call from her manager at the time when the Access Hollywood tapes came to light and that is when she first heard about the situation.

The actress and life coach reflected back, “Everybody has spoken poorly about somebody in their lifetime. I don’t care who you are, everybody has, it’s just people get caught on camera doing it. Unfortunately, that happens all the time. And if you’ve ever gone to a fraternity party, these things happen. So (when she later read the taped comments) I’m going, ‘sounds like something my fraternity guys I know would say.’ But I just didn’t see it in the way that people were seeing it.’”

Expressing why she never made an official comment when the press were asking for one, Arianne revealed, “I didn’t make a comment though, because I was in fear of losing my job. So I didn’t say anything.”  She added, “I felt attacked by the media because I knew all they wanted. I mean, the biggest thing was to get Trump off the ballot. I was like, that is not my job.”

Later, Arianne explained she felt she received no protection from the situation. “I got no apology from my place of employment. I really got no apology from NBC. I felt I had no protection. ”

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DAYS fans are counting down and not happily that about six weeks from now, on July 29th, when Zucker makes her on-screen exit from Days of our Lives. After being fired for standing up to Corday Productions for on set sexual harassment and discrimination charges, the actress formally filed a lawsuit she has brought against her former employer which includes charges of wrongful termination.

Zucker said on her upcoming departure from DAYS, “I will not say how I leave the show. I do respect that we don’t want to share that. We want the fans to be excited and enticed.” However, Arianne confirmed that the character of Nicole is not ‘killed-off”.

So, what do you think of Arianne’s comments reflecting back on the Access Hollywood tapes media frenzy with Donald Trump, and her upcoming exit from DAYS? Weigh-in. But first, check out Ari on Rachel’s podcast below.

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