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Sean Kanan’s New Digital Drama Series ‘Studio City’ Drops On Amazon Prime

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Soap fans have yet another new digital drama series to check out featuring some daytime notables upon the arrival on Friday of Sean Kanan’s (Ex-GH, EX-B&B) latest creative endeavor, Studio City on Amazon Prime.

Studio City, created and starring Kanan, has a cast that includes: Tristan Rogers (Robert, GH; Colin, Y&R), Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Daytime Emmy winner Sarah Joy Brown (Ex-GH, DAYS, B&B and ATWT), Patrika Darbo (Nancy, DOOL app’s Last Blast Reunion, and Ex-Days and B&B) and Scott Turner Schofield (Ex-Nick, B&B).

The series follows the journeys of Sam Stevens (Kanan) and the cast of fictional show-within-a show, Hearts on Fire, America’s #2 daytime drama. In it, the characters navigate their own messy personal lives while working it the parallel universe of soap operas.

Each episode gives fans a double dose of storyline by weaving in clips from the fictional Soap within-the-show.  Studio City illustrates how life often imitates art especially in the world of daytime.  Kanan had noted that he wanted to create a project that reflected his deep affection for the enormous talent behind soap operas continued success and longevity.”

Veteran producer and director Timothy Woodward Jr. is the showrunner for the series, along with longtime producing partner Zeb Huling and producers Michele Kanan and Leah Aldarondo.  As it turns out, Woodward and Huling are die-hard soap fans.  The series is written by Sean and Michele Kanan, Lauren de Normandie, Woodward, Jr., and Jason Antognoli.

So, intrigued to see some of your favorite soap stars in Studio City? If you catch it on Amazon Prime let us know your review via the comment section below.  We will have more on Studio City in the days to come at MFTV.

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Llanviewer717

Sounds interesting. Too bad it’s on a pay platform.

Charday
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Well good for him. I’d still like to see him return as AJ Quartermaine on GH and get even with Sonny for murdering him!

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I can’t find Studio City on Prime Video

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I found the pilot Episode 1 today. Does anyone know how often episodes will be released? Looks like a fun show. Great cast.

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I have Amazon Prime – cannot find this. Search for “Studio City” returns 650+ hits, but none current.

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Looks like this is only available in the US. Not in Canada.

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Just watched the entire first season. Short episodes but good story lines. Nice to see so many familiar faces. Looking forward to a Season 2.

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Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless Receive WGA Award Nominations

Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the WGA Awards in the fields of television, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing.

In the Daytime Drama category, the writing teams from Days of our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless scored nominations.

Of note: The Bold and the Beautiful chose not to submit themselves for competition this year.  So, it was not a matter of the series not receiving enough votes to be in contention.

The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 20, at the 74th annual Writers Guild Awards.

Here are the full writing teams nominated in the Daytime Drama category below:

General Hospital, Head Writers: Chris Van Etten, Dan O’Connor Associate Head Writer: Anna T. Cascio Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Shannon Peace, David Rupel, Lisa Seidman, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Head Writer: Amanda L. Beall Writers: Susan Banks, Jeff Beldner, Sara A. Bibel, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Marin Gazzaniga, Lynn Martin, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Jamey Giddens, David Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine D. Schock, Elizabeth Snyder; NBC

To view the entire list of nominees click here.

So, who do you hope takes home the prize for the WGA Award for writing in a daytime drama series … DAYS, GH or Y&R? Comment below.

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ABC Entertainment President, Craig Erwich Offers Update on ‘Pine Valley’ and is Open to Additional ‘General Hospital’ Iterations

During today’s ABC TCA virtual Winter Press Tour, Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu originals, addressed entertainment reporters during a press conference on some potential developments and upcoming new shows, existing shows, and specials scheduled on the network

According to TV Line, Erwich shared he has no further updates at this time on the All My Children reboot “Pine Valley’ that has been in development for over a year from Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley, AMC) and Mark Consuelos (Ex-Mateo, AMC) and company.

However, the ABC boss did say that due to the recent success of Days of our Lives streaming limited-series and its holiday movie on Peacock, that he would be intrigued for ways to bolster the General Hospital franchise, adding that he is “always open to additional iterations or explorations” in regards to the network’s sole daytime drama.

So, what do you think is happening with “Pine Valley”? Would you like to see ABC and its streaming platform partners develop something original for General Hospital ala DAYS? Comment below.

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GH and ‘Full House’ Alum John Stamos ‘Gutted’ and Shares, ‘I Am In Utter Shock’ Over Death of Bob Saget

This past weekend brought with it more heartbreaking news in celebrity deaths in only the first week of the 2022.  Beloved actor and comedian, Bob Saget was found dead in an hotel room in Orlando, Florida at the age of 65.

What was known came more accurately through a tweet from the Orange County Sheriff’s department, who responded to a call from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Orlando, Grand Lakes on Sunday, January 9th, about an unresponsive man in a hotel room.

The man was identified as Robert Saget and he was pronounced deceased on scene and ‘detectives found no signs of foul play or drug use in this case.”

Saget played Danny Tanner on ABC’s Full House sitcom from 1987 through 1995, reprised the role in its revival, Fuller House, in 2016 and hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos. 

John Stamos co-starred with Saget in the comedy series as as Danny’s brother-in-law and best friend Jesse Katsopolis. Soap fans also recall that Stamos started his TV career as Blackie Parrish on General Hospital.

Upon the news of Saget’s death, John took to Twitter and shared his grief expressing: “I am broken. I am gutted.  I am in complete and utter shock.  I will never ever have another friend like him.  I love you so much Bobby.”

The two worked together again on Stamos’ series, Grandfathered which ran on Fox from 2015-2016.

Share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of Bob Saget in the comment section below.

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