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OLTL's David Gregory and B&B's Winsor Harmon Sign on to New Web Series, "The Team"!

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More casting news out of Shreveport, Louisiana where writer and producer Emily Hummel has been busy assembling an amazing array of daytime stars for her first web series venture, The Team!  As previously announced, Crystal Chappell (Payton) and Tristan Rogers (Seneca)  have signed on to play major roles in the dramatic web series, but now comes word of two more  signings and the hunk factor just went up!

One Life to Live’s David Gregory (Ex-Ford) will play the role of Asher.   What exactly is an Asher?  He is described as, “A former actor turned con-man that plays a unique role in Seneca’s Team.  Asher is a charming playboy that likes to focus on enjoying life.  He is very talented in impersonating others and at improv acting.  These skills, along with his experience in running cons, make him an important piece of Seneca’s team.”

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The Bold and the Beautiful’s Winsor Harmon (Thorne), a Louisiana native himself , will have a guest-star role as Denny.  Denny is said to be  a covert operative for the CIA that finds himself in need of the team’s help.

Principal photography will begin in early June with a fall launch for the series on the docket! 

So what do you think of the interesting cast of Chappell, Rogers, Gregory and Harmon?  Let us know! We love seeing soap star mash-ups and this series has certainly got something for anyone who has followed different daytime soaps!

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Sheryl
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Sheryl

Good luck to David , I cant’ wait to seethe show.

Philip
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Philip

So glad David will be a principal player on The Team. Looking forward to enjoying him in the new role!

Barb
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Barb

Can’t wait!

Hillary
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Hillary

Where do you find the shows online? What’s the website?

Beebee
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Beebee

Can’t wait! keep me up-dated.
Thanx Beebee

WishILivedInLlanview
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WishILivedInLlanview

Exciting! Where can we go to learn more/ watch these shows or has that not been announced yet?

Mark F,
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I’m glad to see Winsor Harmon get a role outside of Bold and Beautiful, since Brad Bell for some reason, refuses to write anything of substance for Thorne!!!

Veleka Gray
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Veleka Gray

I haven’t been on a soap since “The Young & The Restless,” but I would LOVE to play a matriarch on this show!!

Tammie
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Tammie

I can’t wait to see it. Sounds very interesting.

Pandora
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Pandora

I live in Shreveport where this will be filmed–we can’t wait! Four soap opera stars, one city, and many excited fans!

meary ruth rose
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meary ruth rose

hope to hear on facebook when
it wil “air”

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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