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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
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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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DAYS and GH Director Joe Behar Passes Away at 94

Joseph Behar was heavyweight director in daytime drama having worked on both Days of our Lives and General Hospital and now comes word of his passing. Behar passed away on June 26th at the age of 94.

According to his obit, he died at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

Joe spent the the bulk of his career directing Days of Our Lives and General Hospital.  He actually directed the pilot episode of General Hospital back in 1963, then came back the ABC daytime drama series 30 years later to direct it for more than 10 more years,.

Along the way, he won 5 Daytime Emmys for his work on GH, and had won six overall throughout his career. He continued directing until his retirement back in 2005.

Behar’s career started on the Ernie Kovacs Show and he also directed Let’s Make a Deal. and more.

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He is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his sons, Jeffrey, Steven and Greg Behar and his grandchildren, Alex, Mallory, Niko and Lydia.

Watch an interview with Joe via the TV Academy on his career including working with Frances Reid (Ex-Alice, DAYS), the pace of directing in daytime and more below.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Joe and his family in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart Releases His New Album ‘Clean Slate’

On Thursday, the highly-anticipated nine song set from General Hospital’s James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) dropped  on Apple Music

The album entitled “Clean Slate” features the tracks: “Look Out Below”,  “My Funny Friend”, “Can U Feel Me?”, “World of Good”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “I Burn For You”, “Always Love You”, “Another Time”, and “My One and Only Love”.

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Fans of General Hospital, always love when James performs at the Nurses Ball’ but now here, Stuart delivers several original songs with his unique vocal style that make it unmistakable JPS.

Check out a preview of the album below.

Now, let us know if you will be adding “Clean Slate” to your playlists and more via the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Austin Reveals His True Identity

Leave it to many GH fans who guessed right as to just who Roger Howarth’s new character of Austin will turn out to be!  On Tuesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, we learned the last name of the character who is related to the Quartermaine’s.

For weeks, Austin has seemed to be fixated on Michael Corinthos (Chad Duell) and the Q’s and now with this cliffhanger of a reveal we know why.

At a key family business meeting at the Q’s, Scott (Kin Shriner) who now seems in cahoots with Austin for a piece of the Quartermaine pie, brings Austin to the gathering.

 

When Austin arrives, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) looks none-to-pleased!  She clearly knows the guy.  When Michael struts up to Austin asking who he is and what is he doing here … Austin introduced himself as Austin Gaitlin-Holt.  Michael and everyone else look a bit perplexed as we fade to black.

However, GH history buffs know that Jimmy Lee Holt was the son of Edward Quartermaine and his mistress Beatrice LeSuer.  Jimmy Lee did some pretty reprehensible things while he was in Port Charles.  When he left he married Charity Gaitlin.  Upon the death of Edward Q. back in 2012, Jimmy Lee was left out of his inheritance.  Therein must lie some of the story…. and now Roger Howarth fans eagerly await to see how this new doctor in town and Quartermaine turns out to be.  Will he be a bad boy, or a misunderstood good guy?  We shall see.

So, what did you think of Austin being revealed to be Austin Gaitlin-Holt? Share your thoughts in the comment section, and also cast your vote in our poll on Roger’s new character below.

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