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Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz Is Co-EP Of New Drama On ABC Fall Line-Up, NOTORIOUS!

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In a very interesting item coming out of the ABC Upfronts today is that the former head of Prospect Park, now CEO of The Firm, Jeff Kwatinetz, the man who revived One Life to Live and All My Children for one season online is one of the executive producers on ABC’s new drama, Notorious.

Add that to the fact that Kwatinetz has been involved for some time in a lawsuit with the network over the drama surrounding the reboot of One Life to Live, and the use of those branded characters on General Hospital make this all the more noteworthy.  Notorious is debuting this fall and is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers.

The series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.  Josh Berman (“Blacklist,” “Bones,” “CSI”) is writer and executive producer, and Allie Hagan (“Suri’s Burn Book”) is writer and co-executive producer. Notorious stars Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”) as Julia George, Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland”) as Jake Gregorian, Sepideh Moafi as Megan Byrd, Kate Jennings Grant as Louise Herrick, Ryan Guzman as Ryan, Kevin Zegers as Oscar Keaton, J. August Richards as Bradley Gregorian and Aimee Teegarden as Ella Benjamin.

The series is from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.  Michael Engler, Kenny Meiselas, Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry are also executive producers. Michael Engler directed the pilot.

In addition, Notorius has been put in a very enticing timeslot holding the spot held by Scandal on Thursday night’s at 9PM.  According to Variety:Scandal will return in its familiar slot later in the year when its series star, Kerry Washington is ready to resume production following the birth of her child.  The fall scheduling amounts to a big vote of confidence in Notorious  as it will benefit from the lead-in from a resurgent Grey’s Anatomy.”

What do you think about Jeff and ABC in a joint venture? What do you think of the log lines of Notorious?  Does it pique your interest?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Scoma60

I hope the people he shafted monetarily can garnish his salary from this.

Beth
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Beth

Agreed. Except for the fact that real human beings turned down other jobs while waiting and waiting for PP to announce when they were going back to work, then lost their jobs when both online shows were cancelled, and were/are still owed money from PP under their now-worthless contracts, I have no reason to remember that there ever was an online version of either show.

Robynne
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Robynne

How and why can they work together if there is a lawsuit pending?

su0000
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su0000

Because it is business. Lawsuit is business.
Executives rarely take anything personally, it’s about profit.

It’s for the network..

As Trump. Most all is demolished candidates are now supporting him..

It’s for the Party ..

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

I wasn’t talking personally, I was asking professionally. I thought you could not work with “company A” if you were with “company B” and the companies were embroiled in a lawsuit. But I guess, legally, there isn’t a conflict.

Rodd
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Rodd

This makes absolutely no sense to me. What is this; a day to release news stories that boggle my mind? How can he work on something with ABC when they are in a tussle over PP’s role in the OLTL and AMC revivals? Did they settle this matter and I didn’t see anything on it? Can someone please explain? Thanks.

Oh, and, NO, I have no intention of watching the new show.

Melissa
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Melissa

Agreed. How you hire the person who is suing you is beyond me. As grateful as I was for the reboot of OLTL and AMC, I don’t think they did it very well. The writing was really messy, and the swearing and sex was over the top for me, meant more to provoke than advance plot or character. So I have no faith this will be a good show. The premise certainly doesn’t interest me. And they cancelled Nashville and Castle to make room for this? A head scratcher indeed.

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KansasGuest

The lawsuit is between companies – Prospect Park & ABC. If you notice, this new series is made by Sony & ABC, & produced by at least 5 different people, of whom Jeff K. is just one. Production companies often pool their money together to create one project. So, if there were several projects Jeff K. was developing, and some of them got the green light from ABC, he’s not going to pull out of one project just because another one ends up in a lawsuit. This is how he makes a living. He can’t stop producing just because he… Read more »

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Now that makes sense to me. Thanks.

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

So, what is the status of the lawsuit over One Life to Live? That’s the only thing I want to know.

Jane
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Jane

I don’t watch much TV anymore and this is one of the reasons why.

Rose
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Rose

Mark 2016 as the year of the absurd. There is so much going on that makes no sense. I could care less about the premise of this new series, and even less for PP. Except that they so bungled OLTL and AMC reboot, and along with ABC, have totally screwed the fans, actors, etc. of these shows. And it’s still ongoing. It’s ironic the series is about the law, albeit criminal, while PP and ABC are in the middle of a law suit making lawyers richer.

Timmm
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Timmm

Tune out! We dont matter! If there is money involved these snakes will slither with anyone!

Scott H
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Scott H

So ABC cancels Castle, Nashville and does not renew The Family, which, by far, has been the BEST show that ABC has had on in a long time for this nonsense dribble…..I hope the new in charge of network doesn’t get to comfortable in her job, doesn’t seem like she’ll be around long to enjoy it…sad that the faithful viewers are the ones getting shafted in all this Merry Go Round crap…..also, not sure why they keep renewing Shonda’s Thursday night shows, Scandal, Grey’s Anat and How to get Away, plus The Catch or Thief, whatever it’s called…they all pretty… Read more »

Fran
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Fran

So do the people who they own $$ to from Amc & OLTL get their $$ if when this show makes it .They should .

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Cailtin Reilly to Appear in General Hospital Tribute Episode to Her Father John Reilly

Tik Tok star, Cailtin Reilly, who is the daughter of the late soap veteran, John Reilly, will play a key role in the General Hospital tribute episode in her dad’s honor.

According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

So, looking forward to seeing Caitlyn playing Sean and Tiffany’s daughter? Comment below.

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Lynn Herring Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Her General Hospital Debut; and ‘We Love Lucy’

Today, April 11th marks the 35th anniversary of the debut of Lynn Herring on General Hospital as Lucy Coe.  And wow, when you look at the road this character has gone on played to the hilt by Herring, it has been one entertaining ride for GH fans along the way.

Lucy started out as a mousy librarian, if you can believe that! And of course, she eventually showed all that she was a bombshell.  She then became quite the schemer and seductress.

Along the way, Lucy was married to Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), was involved with Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom) and other men in Port Charles.

 

At one point, Herring took the character of Lucy to the now defunct Port Charles where she stayed from 1997-2003,

But this one time gold-digger eventually became the champion of the GH Nurses’ Ball and helped raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS research. Now, year after year, the one thing you can always look forward to is Herring’s hilarious antics and sincerity in her star turn as the emcee of the annual fundraising event.

On Sunday, the GH tweeted posted: “Lucy Coe knows everything about everyone in Port Charles and we would be lost without her. Please help us congratulate TheLynnHerring on the 35th Anniversary of her #GH debut”. 

Lynn responded sharing: “Thank you! Have loved every @GeneralHospital  moment!”

Share your congratulations to Lynn via the comment section below, and let us know your favorite Lucy moment too!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: “I’m Alexis Davis, and I’m a Fighter, and an Idealist, and an Advocate”; Nancy Lee Grahn Gives Masterful Performance In Special Episode

When you combine superb direction, writing, production, and acting in a special episode of a daytime drama, viewers can see and understand the thought and care that went into it.

This was more than on display during Thursday’s highly-anticipated ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode honoring the 25th anniversary of Alexis’ portrayer, two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Nancy Lee Grahn, on General Hospital.

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In the story, symbolism was apparent and used for dramatic impact and it worked beautifully throughout, and best of all, Nancy received a script worthy of her immeasurable talents, and showed us once again why she remains one of the gold standards of our genre.  If you have not seen the episode DO NOT read any further as it contains spoilers.

It begins with an emotional Alexis looking at her mother’s watch which was still frozen from the time of her death.  While playing one of her mother’s records very loudly, she recalls Mikkos Cassadine kissing and dancing with her mom as a young Alexis (Natasha) looked on from the staircase.  When Sam asks her about it, Alexis shares that she sees the watch as sort of a representation for her own life being frozen over the last three years; which has included Alexis’ battle with booze taking over her life and her being disbarred, when being a lawyer was the way she identified herself and what gave her purpose.

Overwhelmed and anxiety-ridden, Alexis hightails it to Kevin’s office for a therapy session knowing she is going to Pentonville in the morning to serve her sentence.  She says she does not know who she is anymore.  Then, Kevin asks her how she spent her day thus far.  She flashes back to lunch with the good men in her life, Finn, Valentin, Jax and Ned.  Valentin tells Alexis she is proud of her for honing up to her mistakes.

Back at the therapy session, Alexis she was an attorney who stood for something and her life has derailed, and that she was a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate.  She knows she has to find a purpose in prison to make it through the three-year term and asks Kevin to help her find one.

Kevin wants to go back to when she was a little girl and her memories that are flooding back to her of Mikkos and her mother.  Just then, the younger version of Alexis is huddled in the corner of Kevin’s office, an image of her from the past.  Alexis tries to come to terms with her father and the choice of dangerous men and relationships that have marred her own happiness  … recalling Julian holding a knife to her throat like Mikkos did to her mother. She says he was one of the toxic men in her life, but Kevin reminds her all of the men in her life were not toxic.

Alexis starts with Ned as one who was good for her saying he was always stable, but she ruined that by recently sleeping with him and putting a wedge in his marriage to her long-time friend, Olivia.

We then flashback to earlier in the day, where Alexis ends up in an almost confrontation with Olivia.  However, Olivia tells her she misses the Alexis Davis she used to be and to get her back.

Now back with Kevin, a guilt-ridden Alexis relays she feels responsible for Neil’s death.  Kevin interjects she is not, nor what happened with Julian.  When Kevin attempts to bring up Mikkos again, Alexis rejects it and is angry that he is making her problem about daddy issues; like so many other women.  She vehemently shouts that the men in her life do not define who she is.

Then, Alexis flashes back to hurtful memories she has buried of a young Natasha witnessing Mikkos calling her mother a “greedy little bitch”.  She recalls it was on Christmas Eve and that Mikkos stopped by to give them gifts. That is when he presented her mother with the watch.  However, things took an ugly turn when he tried to leave, and she threatened to tell Helena all about her and Natasha. Next, Mikkos slapped her and that is when the watch shattered. As all this was going down, a young Natasha watched from the stairs and was horrified that she couldn’t stop her father from beating her mother and remembers how helpless she felt.

However, Alexis reveals to Kevin she thought this would be the last of Mikkos coming by, but he returned on New Year’s Eve and her mother took him back into their lives.  Alexis is beside herself that she could not protect her mother, but Kevin reassures her to remember she was just a child.

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It is then we come to the crux of the story.  Alexis looks over in the corner and sees her younger self crying. She goes to her younger self and tells her nothing that happened was her fault, and that their father was damaged and cruel. She tells the young Natasha this shouldn’t have been her burden to carry alone, and that she deserves to be happy. Then in the moment of strength and coming full circle, Alexis introduces herself to the young Natasha, “I’m Alexis Davis, a fighter, an advocate, and an idealist … and I will take care of everything from her on out.”  In that moment, Alexis embraced herself, and forgave herself, so she could move on with her life.

Alexis then flashes back to earlier that night, as the Davis girls gather for a faux graduation ceremony so Alexis could see Molly in her cap and gown and they hug. Back in her session, Kevin remarks that Alexis has repeatedly defined herself as a fighter, an idealist, and an advocate, and reminds her she has three daughters who have those qualities, and that all she needs to be is Alexis Davis.

Then, we get a heart-warming montage of Alexis though the years in honor of Nancy’s 25th anniversary with GH.

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As the episode concludes, it is the next morning, and Alexis enters Pentonville and enters her jail cell. There she meets her fellow inmate, who is studying law books to prep for her upcoming parole hearing. Alexis introduces herself as “Alexis Davis” and as someone who can help her.  We then go back to her mother’s watch which now begins ticking at Alexis’ home.  The show fades to black.

Kudos to Daytime Emmy winner, Phideaux Xavier for his outstanding direction, head writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor and script writer, Scott Sickles for the thoughtful episode, EP Frank Valentini and his production crew for putting it all together, and the one and only Nancy Lee Grahn for a performance that will be remembered as a classic.

Share your thoughts on today’s on Nancy’s ‘Alexis-Centric’ episode via the comment section below.

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