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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
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
K/kay

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

Jimh
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
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
Jovin

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

davlestev1
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
brian

maybe.

boes
boes

Good for Jamey!

And

Good for us!

K/kay
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 our many problems. Obama Clinton Bushes even the Trumpster maybe we just might find some common ground for our children and for our nation.

Jim
Jim

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

rose
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
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
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 another tv series with a continuing story..

((and by description, it sounds like ‘eeehhh’ ..

Anyways– good luck with it .. 🙂

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

su0000, simply, you’ve nailed it!

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

Phil
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!

JMER
JMER

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
James

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

su0000
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 over to generate controversy ..
It used to be that 150- 200 (at times) posts, in threads here now 50 is a big deal..

Some boards have instant posting other boards have a delay to get to moderaters, yet they all are way-way way below posts they once were.

It seems, Jamey Giddens, has a lot more time these days to do other projects..

Phyllis Fontaine DeMarco
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. I do enjoy twitter- can quickly scan through a lot of info and respond right away if desired.

Lew S.
Lew S.

Hi Phyllis, I totally agree with you

Ghlover
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
peter

Thanks, Oprah.

Michael
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
rebecca1

Yep; that was my first thought!

Mo
Mo

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

rpm
rpm

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

su000
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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Look for Tristan to be back on the Y&R canvas soon.  He was originally slated for the November 20th episode. but that could shift due to the network coverage of President Trump’s impeachment hearings.

Rogers told SOD that he was excited to have the opportunity to work with his former on-screen lady love Jess Walton (Jill) again.

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