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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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Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

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.

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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
Scoma60

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

Beth
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
Robynne

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

su0000
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
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
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
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.

KansasGuest
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 sues someone. Producing projects is the only way to continue his income. If he ever hopes to produce bigger & better projects, he can’t leave his current partners high & dry regardless of where their productions end up.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

Now that makes sense to me. Thanks.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

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

Jane
Jane

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

Rose
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
Timmm

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

Scott H
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 much suck now….Not sure how much longer ABC is going to be around…..

Fran
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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As previously reported, Chloe Lanier, the actress who plays naughty Nelle Benson on ABC’s General Hospital, has been busy at work on a special project. And while Nelle is upset having just been denied parole on the ABC soap opera, (something tells us nothing will stop her from getting out of the slammer), Lanier on the other hand has been very excited about her new short film, The Reveal.

The Reveal in which Lanier stars, co-wrote, and co-directed along with her boyfriend, Kevan McClellan also has some very familiar faces along for the ride from Port Charles and Genoa City. That’s because Brytni Sarpy (Elena, Y&R) and Josh Swickard (Chase, GH) are also part of the film.

The action takes place at a gender reveal party for a baby, and according to the loglines of the short: “Zoe and James are a young couple attending their new-age friends gender reveal party. As they attempt to find their place amongst the eclectic group of party guests and friends, unsung wishes and hidden resentments begin to surface within their relationship.”

Watch the trailer from Lanier below.

Then, let us know if you are intrigued to see the short film when its out via the comment section below.

The Reveal-Trailer from Chloe Lanier on Vimeo.

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Five-time Daytime Emmy winner from General Hospital, and former Nashville star, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky, Ex-Avery) has released a new music video for the new single “The Days Are Evil” along with his band Enation.

The music video features shots of Jackson in a very dark incarnation, and the track will also appear on Jackson + Enation’s upcoming album due out later this fall, Ultraviolet Empire.

Jonathan says of the new album: “Our new album, Ultraviolet Empire, is a throwback record. It’s a record we played together live in the studio. Most of the songs are one take -just letting the band play.  It was amazing playing with our co-producer Colin Linden and capturing something so raw and visceral.”

This will be the band’s follow-up to their 2017 album  Anthems for the Apocalypse and their successful 2018 tour in Europe opening for Echo & The Bunnymen,

Check out the music video featuring Jonathan released this week below.

Then, let us know, should Lucky return to Port Charles for the Nurses’ Ball with his band and play a tune off the new album next spring? Will Jonathan come home to GH for a guest appearance? Will you be checking out the new music from him in the coming months? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Launches ‘State of Mind’ Website

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny Coinrthos) had been teasing on social media that he was about to debut on Sunday.  Well, it’s here! Benard has launched his brand new website, MB’s State of Mind (www.mbstateofmind.com).

On the site homepage is Benard’s mission statement.  The two-time Daytime Emmy-winner expressed: “State of Mind to me means being 100% present, feeling completely at peace inside of you, not letting your thoughts control your life and always looking for ways to be the best that you can be.”

The new site features merchandise including:’State of Mind” t-shirts in various colors, as well as way to pre-order Maurice’s upcoming memoir, Nothing General About it.   In addition, Benard shares his “Sunday Sessions” in a special section, as well as his upcoming tour dates, with more content to come.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.

As many know, Benard is a mental health advocate having been very open about his own struggles with mental illness over the years, and how he wants to continue to dispel the stigma of those who battle with it.

The new site offers links to three organizations close to Maurice: Nami (National Alliance of Mental Health), Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, and the International Bipolar Foundation.

Maurice released a video talking about how ‘State of Mind’ came to him one night following an anxiety attack.  Watch it below.

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Make sure to check out Benard’s new site, and let us know if you might be picking up one of the “State of Mind” shirts for yourself via the comment section below.

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