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Soaps Get Mainstream Media Covers With Being Back to Work During COVID-19 & Returning With All-New Episodes

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It’s so rare, but so welcome, to find the hardest working people and the hardest working genre getting some love from the mainstream press.  Now, next week’s upcoming double issue of TV Guide Magazine will feature all four daytime dramas and some of their current iconic couples on the cover!

The covers are a special edition and four different versions went to print.  Inside the magazine details some previews from the head writers and EP’s of the series as well of what’s to come in Genoa City, Port Charles, Los Angeles, and Salem.  Look for the edition to hit newsstands tomorrow on Thursday, August 12th.

The Bold and the Beautiful cover features Thorsten Kaye and Denise Richards as Ridge and Shauna.  Days of our Lives is represented by John and Marlena, played by Drake Hogesytn and Deidre Hall.

Meanwhile, The Young and the Restless has Victor and Nikki, played by Eric Braeden and Melody Thomas Scott, and General Hospital has Maurice Benard and Laura Wright as Sonny and Carly,

The TV Guide Magazine double issue dates are August 17th-30th.

As fans of the soaps know, Y&R returned with new-episodes this Monday, B&B starred airing new ones a few backs, GH was back last week, and DAYS had new episodes in the bank till mid-October and is set to return to taping September 1.

In addition, it should be noted that The Bold and the Beautiful was the first American broadcast television show that went back into production during the coronavirus pandemic.

So, glad to see the soaps getting these collectible covers? Comment below.

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That’s fantastic! And I also think it was nice that all four got covers. Spread the love.

@ General Hospital :

1. Cyrus is STEALING – tHIS – show. ALL his underlying current, with ready smile. soaking in the denizen of Port Charles. first off, his ready natural smile, takes you. he delivers his lines, eloquently. @GH writers … make this work. alas, if it’s Sonny and nuJason heading this up… they already pale in comparison. Cyrus work with Jordan and Laura is entertaining.

2. Lindsay Hartley : NEW Sam.. AND am so smitten or bitten: ??? I find myself just staring… is this SAM? intrigued that nuSAM voice has nuance; intrigued that nuSAM facial expresses. HELLO ? NICE to meet YOU. Lindsay hair is bigger than herself… no matter… if we have to see SAM ALIVE, and on dead air time. I welcome this HUGE change

3. Michael ‘ Chad Duell always looks like a sad sack… droopy eye lid… just fall asleep… the mere fact that he didn’t go to the hospital, when he heard Jason was in an accident. “Wiley NEEDS me” puke.. heave his ALL. the syrup they exchange.. is smothering. Michael and Willow … hide

4. Julian… i know you miss Britta.. I KNOW I MISS KIM.. he will get underfoot of Nelle. so hide your HUNK… hopefully it’s soon cause YOU, my man, need a haircut

5. Brando… is still an intriguing MYSTERY Wallah! thank the heaven ! now that Dante is back… for Lulu. Maxie is tied up and spanking Peter? these two ditzy chick can steer clear of Brando. if Sam is distracted with Jason… I don’t want her with Brando either. WOW if only Britta , Kim, Terri, or Liz were available. yeah, Terri

6. Rebecca Herbst : you were the only reason… maurice benard was given “performer” of the week , your heart to heart with Sonny even had me believe at that scene… Maurice pulled of a rarity. un momento… certainly not for his body of work that he “won” ??? that emmy.

7. Triston Rogers !!! always brings panache, sexy, drive… only link to dimmer than ever Anna. as she’s telling Robert ..he’s in denial of not “acknowledging” Holly. slammed her : “What Rubbish” I roared.. because if only he could tell her off about Finn and Peter. and he has

8. Alexis AND Neil. yeah, you see it right. I’m propping Alexis to get more Neil. MORE

9. MIA.. because the fans deserve TREAT. @GH.. flesh out this new beginning… some how figure them in. Kevin, Mac, Felicia, AND

10 Bobbi !!!! for the love of God.. must i reach the heaven… deserves her count. Jacklyn Zeman …. Hello ? for truly CAST Veteran. mix her in, at the very least , so we can stomach Carly. this lady for all her feisty, gets a story, no? Frank Valentini ? jeezus

I’m enjoying Cyrus , also. G.H. for too long has allowed Sonny to be the unbeatable mob boss who wipes out all competition. There is always confrontation ; no mob family ever freely gives up its territory without a true fight. General Hospital’s story is too one sided which makes it unreal for me. The only reason that I still watch is to help with the ratings. The show continues to be written one sided. So , give Sonny a run for his money , Cyrus!

I don’t get TVG anymore, but nice to see the soaps on the cover.

I didn’t think TV guide still existed. Nice all four soaps got a cover. I guess someone still believe daytime soaps have a shot out there but after looking at the ratings this past week I slowly and sadly have come to the conclusion that all of the soaps may be gone in five years.

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Kim Kardashian, Emma Roberts and Marlene King Land ‘Calabasas’, a Soap in the Vein of the ‘O.C’ and ‘Beverly Hills 90210’, at Netflix

There has been lot of soapy projects coming to life and in the works of late, and now comes word that Kim Kardashian is executive producing a new series in development for Netflix called Calabasas.

After a bidding war last week, it looks like Netflix cemented the development deal from Kim, and her producing partners American Horror Story co-star Emma Roberts (pictured below) and Pretty Little Liars creators Marlene King and Alexandra Milchan.

The concept of Calabasas is based on the book If You Lived Here You’d Be Famous By Now by Via Bleidner.  King set to write the adaptation and will serve as the series showrunner.

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According to Deadline, Calabasas is said to be in the vein of primetime young teen and young adult soaps the O.C. and Beverly Hills 90210. The story follows “Via, a 16-year-old sheltered Midwestern Catholic school girl whose world is turned upside down when her family moves and she’s forced to transfer to the fast world of Calabasas High where nothing is as it appears and where everyone is trying to be someone else. It’s a place where dreams come true … but not without complications and sometimes unforeseen consequences.”

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As fans of the Kardashians know, Kim and her family made the town of Calabasas a household and worldwide name. Kim being attached to this project helped make its sale. This marks her fourth project to sell since the writers and actors strikes concluded at the end of last summer.

So, would you be interested to see a teen soap called ‘Calabasas’ on Netflix from Kim and company? Comment below.

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The Young and the Restless and General Hospital Actress and Writer, Meg Bennett, Passes Away at 75

Meg Bennett, who had played Julia Newman and later became a writer for the top-rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless has died at the age of 75.  The news comes from her family who shared that she lost her battle to cancer back on April 11th.

Daytime fans remember fondly, Meg’s portrayal of Victor’s (Eric Braeden)first wife. Bennett joined the show in 1980, after her first soap stint for two years in the role of Liza Walton on Search for Tomorrow.

Impressed by her story notes, the late Bill Bell, then head writer of Y&R, had Meg doing double duty acting and writing on the show from 1983-1987. When he decided to write off the character of Julia, he also wanted Meg to stick around as a writer.  Not only did this begin a whole other daytime career for Bennett, but she was not done playing Julia either. Throughout the decades, Julia would still come back to Genoa City for a visit. Most recently, Y&R fans saw Julia in 2018, and again in 2020.

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Bennett also appeared on Santa Barbara and was a writer on that show as well from 1991-1993. She played the role of Megan Richardson. It was next that Meg had her longest writing stint coming to ABC’s General Hospital. Meg wrote for GH from 1993-2011.

In 1995, Bennett won her first Daytime Emmy for writing and her personal life changed after falling in love with nine-time Daytime Emmy winner, former GH head writer, Bob Guza Jr. In addition, GH also utilized Bennett for her acting skill when she was cast as the villainess Allegra Montenegro.  Meg and Bog Guza were officially married in 2004 and purchased a home once owned by Boris Karloff and Gregory Peck.

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Additionally, Meg wrote for The Bold and the Beautiful 1987-1989 and later served as a executive story consultant to Brad Bell from 2002-2004.  She also wrote for Sunset Beach, Generations and GH: Night Shift throughout her writing career. She went on to win five WGA Awards for GH and Santa Barbara.

Meg is survived by her husband of 19 years, Robert Guza Jr., two stepdaughters, four grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Meg Bennett via the comment section below.

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On Friday, reports surfaced that Steve Kent, Senior Executive Vice President of Programming at Sony Pictures Television, is no longer with the company and overseeing the Sony soap operas, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless.

According to Soap Opera Digest, a set side source reported that Kent’s last day was last Friday, April 12th, which was one day after what would have been his final appearance in his Sony VP role at the Days of our Lives 15,000th episode on set celebration.

During that ceremony, Kent gave a brief speech giving kudos to DAYS for its incredible milestone. Days is a co-production of Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, while Y&R is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Kent started his soap opera career as a producer for CBS’ defunct Capitol and then as the supervising producer of NBC’s Santa Barbara from1984 to 1993.

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At Sony, before his role overseeing the soaps, Kent was Senior Executive Vice President of International Productions for Sony Pictures Television International department.

If reports are true, the question becomes who has taken over his position, and would oversee DAYS and Y&R from the Sony side? Share your thoughts on this developing story via the comment section below.

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