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

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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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GH’s Wes Ramsey Makes Statement on Criticism, Social Media, and Professionalism

General Hospital’s Wes Ramsey, who portrays polarizing character, Peter August on the ABC daytime drama series, responded to a recent take on his role from cast mate, Tristan Rogers (Scorpio) when a video made its way through social media.

The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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WATCH: Maurice Benard & Friends In ‘The Birthday Bash’ – The Movie

Now here’s a way to celebrate your birthday! Having lots of fun with your friends filming a project and making your directorial debut! That’s just what two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) has done.

On his “State of Mind” You Tube Channel, Benard dropped the birthday video which includes many of his friends and family members.

Benard shared: “You’ve probably heard me say that this year I wanted to do something for the fans on my birthday. Well now the time has come to reveal my special project. It was fun to see a lot of my friends acting outside of the box and I want to thank each of them for being so willing to join me in this adventure no questions asked.”

Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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Maurice Benard’s Birthday Kicks-Off With GH Co-Stars, Colleagues and Friends Delivering Special Messages

Ahead of his previously announced special birthday project dropping on You Tube today at 3pm EST 12noon PST, General Hospital’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) got a morning birthday surprise put together by his wife, Paula.

In the viral video now circulating on Instagram and social media, many of Benard’s longtime pals, colleagues, co-stars and friends, taped some virtual messages for the two-time Daytime Emmy winner honoring on his big day.

Included in the celebration are notables such as: Vanessa Marcil (Ex-Brenda), Steve Burton (Jason), Laura Wright (Carly), Kelly Monaco (Sam), Stephen A. Smith (Brick), Max Gail (ex-Mike), Vernee Watson (Stella), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), GH EP, Frank Valentini and many more.

Check out below.  And make sure to watch live Maurice’s “Bad Boy Stories” video in a few hours via the link notated above.

Now, post your birthday wishes to Maurice via the comment section here.

 

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