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OWN Orders New Soap Opera To Series!

Big news soap fans! None other than Jamey Giddens (Daytime Confidential) has written and will co-executive produce a new soapy drama for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.

The word came via Deadline who announced that Ambitions (working title) is a multigenerational family saga centered around one woman who, having recently relocated and intent on revitalizing her marriage, finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.

Ambitions will begin production later this year and will debut on OWN in 2019.

The series will be produced for OWN by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate/Debmar-Mercury. Will Packer Media’s Sheila Ducksworth serves as executive producer alongside Packer; writer Jamey Giddens serves as co-executive producer.

So, excited to hear a new soap is on its way, and Giddens has been given the nod as writer and co-EP? Comment below.

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K/kay
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K/kay

I know Jamey has worked hard so kudos to him he will be missed at DC he made me laugh hysterically but he deserves this!

K/kay
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K/kay

He proved you work hard you can live your dream!!!

Jimh
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Jimh

Time will tell…the best primetime soap was Peyton Place with Knots Landing a close tie…also liked Dynasty and Dallas-the originals!!!!…did watch Empire for some time but lost interest!!!

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
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Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Never saw Peyton Place the soap-loved the Movie with Lana Turner. Wish they would re-run Peyton Place-and the other classic soaps. Loved Knots-also Falcon Crest was delightful.

Jovin
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Jovin

Jim really!! How old sre you?? Lol??? Peyton Place??

davlestev1
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davlestev1

Jovin there’s a lot of us old fuddy duddy diehard’s still hanging about. LOL. I was 7 when One Life To Live started and 8 when All My Children began. Our father worked days, our nurse mother worked nights. During the summer it was watch her stories or go outside. I chose the soaps and haven’t looked back. My aunt and uncle used to argue over how true to the novels Peyton Place was. And if you were visiting one of three other aunts you ran the range from ABC to CBS to NBC.

brian
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brian

maybe.

boes
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boes

Good for Jamey!

And

Good for us!

K/kay
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K/kay

Do not know where else to post this but we lost a First Lady yesterday Barbara Bush I read President Obamas remarks they were very gracious do you think maybe we might just stop with the hate on both sides just for once and try to come together as a nation their have been many Presidrnts that I have not agreeded with but maybe we might try to just for a day stop the hate. If we do not we are going to be lost as a nation let’s quit yelling at each other and try to find solutions for… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

We also lost Harry Anderson-star of 80s sitcom Night Court…

rose
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rose

There was another “coincidence” the same time of Barbara Bush’s passing. I wonder, is the universe telling us something? The British were celebrating the 92 birthday of Queen Elizabeth. You may not agree with some of their politics or decisions, but here were two women about the same age, both having grace, dignity, love for their family and country, and having adapted to changes throughout their lives. You won’t see many of their kind again.

rose
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rose

Thought I should add re the comment ” You won’t see many of their kind again.” With Barbara and the Queen I meant persons like them that were brought into the public/political arena by circumstance or lineage who became good role models. But I’m sure many of us have those in our own lives to whom we can say the same things. I know I can. But wonder how they would adapt to many of the changes if they were here now. Hard enough for us who are here now. Sometimes a lot of culture shock here in micro seconds.

su0000
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su0000

It is Not a soap opera,, It is simply another series with a continuing story which is the same as all the other tv series with a continuing story all considered to be soapy by continuation. * OWN is not a big enough network to create and maintain a soap opera. A soap airs daily– – series air once weekly with a set amount of episodes per season. IF, OWN could maintain a daily soap it would have taken on AMC or OLTL that came with a huge ready to go following (and still has its’ audience) ”Ambition” is simply… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

su0000, simply, you’ve nailed it!

In your remarks here and the remarks below regarding the current status of soap boards…

Phil
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Phil

No! Not all soap operas air daily… Primetime Soaps have been around for quite sometime and were even featured in SOD in their heyday! That being said this does sound more like a soapy continuing drama NOT a Soap Opera! The fact that the network even stops short of calling it a soap speaks volumes!

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I hope Oprah knows what she’s doing and that Jamey Giddens is a much better writer and producer than he is a co-host of Daytime Confidential’s podcast. I always support Oprah and her network though so will give it a chance despite the often obnoxious, aggressive, talk-over-your-cohosts petty critiques I have heard from Jamey on DC in the past. I have heard enough of his podcasts to know the ideas he pitched on there were not my taste. They were often of the Carlavati-inspired school of soap.

James
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James

Wow, congrats to Jamey Giddens. That’s probably why he’s not as active in Daytime Confidential lately.

su0000
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su0000

hi James .. All the soap boards are failing.. We, checked out the soap boards this weekend, a look-see to check out the situations All were quite absent from posters and enthusiasm. The big posting board around the corner is the same old speak.. It’s referred to as – Groupthink . Same people posting their carbon copy remarks, it seems to be the same group, mainly for the past decades. Even here, my favourite place .. It used to be updated 3 times a day, now once every 1-2 days, usually. Why?? there is no new news to get excited… Read more »

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
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Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco

Hi Su- I am thinking the reason things here are not updated so often is Fairman is busy with launching his new site, plus the emmys nest weekend is a huge amount of work and planning-and often he is involved in the production end of the program. I don’t know what the big posting board around the corner is? This is my favorite place-the scoops are always 100 per cent true and accurate and way sick of those sites that put out totally false or misleading soap news or lure you in with clickbait titles and then nothing. Hate that.… Read more »

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Hi Phyllis, I totally agree with you

Ghlover
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Ghlover

Im hoping we get some veterans fromOLTL and or AMC/GL. Also, kinda of hoping for a priest! I know, a bit weird but love the idea of havinf somebody know all the secrest via confession!

peter
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peter

Thanks, Oprah.

Michael
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Michael

No.Winfrey stated that ‘there is no money in soap operas’ when she was previously asked to produce the now defunct One Life to Live and All My Children.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Yep; that was my first thought!

Mo
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Mo

I can’t take on another soap, but good luck!

rpm
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rpm

Good for him can’t wait and i’m sure Jamey will be casting some of our daytime faves

su000
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su000

It is Not a soap opera unless it airs 5 days a week.
If it is a once a week then it’s simply another ‘continuing series’
A real genuine soap opera, it will not be.
but- it’s worth a look-see..

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Exciting news!  The first airdates for new episodes of CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, since the coronavirus pandemic originally forced the show to shutdown production, have been announced and its much closer than you think!

Circle your calendars for one week from today, when on July 20th the drama continues for the Foresters, Logans and Spencers.

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In addition, look for new cast member Tanner Novlan to make his debut as Steffy’s new love interest, Dr, John “Finn” Finnegan on Thursday’s July 23rd installment.

CBS also revealed today the weeklong line-up of episodes and what to expect as viewers are pulled back into the story.  Check it out below:

Monday, July 20, catch up on the latest drama surrounding the Forrester family. Katie (Heather Tom) fills in Carter (Lawrence Saint-Victor) on how Quinn (Rena Sofer) sabotaged Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge’s (Thorsten Kaye) reunion party. Then, Zoe (Kiara Barnes) and Carter discuss her whirlwind romance with Thomas (Matthew Atkinson), how he was exposed for his manipulations and lies at their wedding, and how Hope (Annika Noelle) and Liam (Scott Clifton) were able to overcome everything and reunite. Finally, Zoe and Carter learn about Sally’s (Courtney Hope) illness and what Wyatt (Darin Brooks) and Flo (Katrina Bowden) did when they found out.

Tuesday, July 21, Wyatt walks into the beach house and is dismayed by what he sees. Meanwhile, Bill (Don Diamont) tells Katie he will accept any consequence from his actions, except losing Katie and their family. Also, Sally and Dr. Escobar (Monica Ruiz) haul the unconscious Flo to Sally’s apartment where they tie her to the radiator. When Flo realizes she has been kidnapped, she is appalled by Sally’s actions. This episode was filmed before the pandemic shut down production.

Wednesday, July 22, Dr. Escobar and Flo are shocked by Sally’s pregnancy plan and plead with her not to proceed. Also, Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) heads out on her motorcycle for some quality “me” time and is involved in an accident. This episode was filmed before the pandemic shut down production.

Thursday, July 23, Bill is shocked when he realizes he hit Steffy with his car while she was out riding her motorcycle. He frantically calls 9-1-1, and Steffy is rushed to the ER. Also, Flo prays her secret message gets through to Wyatt, and as Sally starts seducing Wyatt, he finally sees the message from Flo. Also, Tanner Novlan joins the cast as Steffy’s doctor, John “Finn” Finnegan.

Friday, July 24, Wyatt demands Sally tell him where Flo is and begins to search for her. Meanwhile, Bill is with Steffy in her hospital room, guilt-ridden and apologetic. He calls Ridge to let him know Steffy was in an accident. Brooke and Ridge rush to the hospital, fighting back emotions when they see her.

So excited to hear new B&B is on the way next Monday? Which storypoint are you most looking forward to seeing play out? Comment below.   

But first, watch the BOLD is Back promo seen on their social media accounts announcing the return of new episodes,

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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.

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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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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.”

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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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