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New Primetime Soaps: Nashville and Red Widow Series Trailers Revealed at the ABC Upfronts!

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Today it became official with the announcement at the ABC Upfront Presentations in New York which shows made into the network’s fall-lineup.  As we have previously reported, Nashville starring Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson is a go as is the mob “soap opera-esque” series,  Red Widow.

ABC debuted the series trailers, so we finally have something tangible to view along with all the hype.   And you can watch them after the jump!  But before you do,  here is the series info on Nashville:  Chart-topping Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country legend who’s had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane. Fans still line up to get her autograph, but she’s not packing the arenas like she used to. Rayna’s record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. But scheming Juliette can’t wait to steal Rayna’s spotlight. Sharing a stage with that disrespectful, untalented, little vixen is the last thing Rayna wants to do, which sets up a power struggle for popularity. Could the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) be the key to helping Rayna resurrect her career? Complicating matters, Rayna’s wealthy but estranged father, Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe), is a powerful force in business, Tennessee politics, and the lives of his two grown daughters. His drive for power results in a scheme to back Rayna’s handsome husband, Teddy, in a run for Mayor of Nashville, against Rayna’s wishes. 

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Nashville stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story”) as Rayna, Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”) as Juliette, Powers Boothe (“MacGruber,” “24”) as Lamar, Charles Esten (“Enlightened,” “Big Love”) as Deacon, Eric Close (“Chaos,” “Without a Trace”) as Teddy, Clare Bowen as Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson (“General Hospital”) as Avery, Sam Palladio as Gunnar and Robert Wisdom as Coleman.  Nashville was written by Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise”) who is an executive producer along with R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” “The War Room,” “Flip That House,” “A Perfect Candidate”) and Steve Buchanan. The pilot for “Nashville” was directed by R.J. Cutler. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment.

Here is the series info for Red Widow:  When Marta Walraven’s (Radha Mitchell) husband is brutally murdered, her first instinct is to protect her three young children. Her husband’s business partners – Irwin Petrova (Wil Traval), Marta’s scheming and untrustworthy brother, and Mike Tomlin (Lee Tergesen) — were involved in an illegal drug business deal with rival gangsters, and Marta’s husband paid the ultimate price. She already knows the violent world of organized crime; her father, Andrei Petrova (Rade Sherbedzija), and loyal bodyguard Luther (Luke Goss) are gangsters too. She and her sister Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) had always wished for a safer life without bloodshed and fear. For a while Marta lived happily as a stay at home housewife in San Marta’s cooperation, FBI Agent James Ramos (Mido Hamada) now promises justice.  Marta discovers a tenacity she never knew she had, and takes on the gangsters and the FBI to unveil the truth about her husband’s death. As she digs into this dark underworld, she’ll test her own strength, relying on her resourcefulness, determination and family ties like never before. To get out of this mob, she needs to beat the bad guys at their own deadly game.

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Red Widow stars Radha Mitchell (“Melinda and Melinda,” “Silent Hill,” “Rogue,” “Henry Poll Is Here,” “The Children of Huang Shi,” “The Waiting City”) as Marta Walraven, Wil Traval (“Rescue Special Ops,” “Underbelly,” “All Saints”) as Irwin Petrova, Erin Moriarty (“One Life to Live”) as Natalie Walraven, Sterling Beaumon (“Arthur Newman, Golf Pro, “Clue”) as Gabriel Walraven, Lee Tergesen (“Army Wives”) as Mike Tomlin, Jakob Salvati as Boris Walraven, Mido Hamada as FBI Agent James Ramos, Luke Goss as Luther, Jaime Ray Newman (“Drop Dead Diva”) as Kat Petrova, Suleka Mathew (“Hawthorne”) as Dina Tomlin and Rade Serbedzija (“24”) as Andrei Petrova.

 

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Torrey
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The only soap I’m interested in is OLTL, but being that ABC can’t seem to pull their heads out of their asses, it doesn’t look like I’ll be seeing it anytime soon. The whole Nashville thing sounds like ABC is trying to cash in with the whole thing that NBC is doing with Smash….I’ll pass.

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AMEN Torrey! OLTL was the best soap ever. Personally ABC can stick their entire network up their ass- I am done.

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I agree with Torrey…………………OLTL is the only soap I am interested in also….But they will never bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Because they are such idiots & cancelled the best soap ever………………………..

barbara t
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barbara t

Torrey, Michael, and Susan m, I agree with all of you.

Brian
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Brian

If ABC wants me to view any program other than “General Hospital”, they better get working on a re-vamped “One Life To Live” !!!

barbara t
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barbara t

Hey Brian, that’s how I feel to because I can go till the ends of time and never watch abc/disney again except to watch general hospital.

Rodd
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Rodd

Not nearly as excited about theses shows as I was about Marc Cherry’s offering. I’ll have to wait and see the product in full before I make a final decision.

Heather
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Heather

I’m very disappointed that Devious Maid got turned down. I was really hoping in seeing La Lucci. I think there must be some grudge between ABC and Marc Cherry and this is why the show wasn’t picked up.

I’m really not interested in Nashville. Jonathan Jackson belongs on GH, not on Nashville. I cannot believe that he’s wasting his time on primetime when GH is waiting for him. He should be happy that his daytime soap opera is still around when AMC and OLTL are now things of the past.

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barbara t

There is no way I will watch this or any other soap abc/disney thinks it can cram down my throat I don’t care who is going to be in it. I suggest that abc put back the soaps they killed in the daytime and stop trying to put the daytime soap stars on there so called prime time soaps, it doesn’t matter to me I will stick with my boycott and I am not alone in my cancelling out of abc/disney from my life.

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The only ABC show I will ever be interested in is GH. Unless they bring back OLTL.

Heather, I think the “grudge” ABC has against Marc Cherry is likely because of the lawsuit brought on by Nicolette Sheridan from Desperate Housewives. I’m sure ABC wasn’t happy about the negative publicity and possible financial loss due to Mr. Cherry’s actions, proven or not.

barbara t
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barbara t

MBmomof3, You could be right about abc and Marc cherry. I guess there will be another trial, Its not over yet.

Mary
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Mary

I am not and never will be interested in any new programs that will be on ABC! I’m insulted by these attempts to win back soap fans with these so-called “primetime soaps”. General Hospital is the only program I will watch on this network unless and until AMC and OLTL are brought back in some form.

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barbara t

That,s what I say. Anyway abc/disney likes to tease you with a show then cancel it, Or do what they did with brothers and sisters, They could have left it alone, Or put it on earlier It was a good family show. I am also not happy that they canceled boston legal and v, I could think of a few more, I will never watch any of their programs either,When they killed my soaps they lost me as a viewer and I,m never coming back.

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Alan

As someone who gravitates toward serialized story telling, I don’t either one of these shows looks like it will last more than a half dozen episodes. Based solely on these trailers, NASHVILLE looks like a mess of cliches about a middle-aged woman fighting to retain her place in a world that idolizes youth while RED WIDOW just looks all kinds of pretentious and boring.

I think ABC screwed up (again) by not picking up the Marc Cherry DEVIOUS MAIDS series, but then cancelling OLTL instead of GH shows that they aren’t the best in the decision making department…

Susan M.
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Susan M.

I will never watch these crappy shows……………….These are suppose to heal our wounds for abc cancelling OLTL……..NO WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christy
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Christy

won’t be watching either show… not into country stuff and if I wanted to watch a soap-esque mob show, I’d watch… oh, what’s that show called?;-b oh yeah, the sonny & jason mob show.

I’d much rather watch Hayden Panettiere on One Life to Live! She was so cute… maybe Todd’s niece should stop in Port Chuck!

luca
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luca

Any shows starring Connie Britton and Radha Mitchell, I’m in. I just hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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