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‘The Bay’ to Stream on Peacock; Adds Soap Notables Stephen Schnetzer, and Maxwell Caufield to Cast, And Joe Lando Returns

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In an intriguing move, the 23-time Daytime Emmy-winning digital drama, The Bay is on the move to Peacock.  In an announcement today, the series is currently in production and  shooting 20 new episodes to be available later this year.

According to Deadline, on Tuesday the cast and crew will celebrate their 100th episode milestone while on location in Sun Valley, California.

Joining the cast for the upcoming season are daytime favorites: Maxwell Caulfield (ex-Dynasty), Stephen Schnetzer (ex-Another World).  The new episodes will also feature the return of Joe Lando (ex-One Life to Live, The Bold and the Beautiful).

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The upcoming 20 new episodes will also feature the returning main cast which includes: Kristos Andrews, Karrueche Tran, Mary Beth Evans, Tristan Rogers, Eric Nelsen, Mike Manning, Jackie Zeman, Alicia Leigh Willis, Matthew Ashford, Brandon Beemer, A Martinez, Real Andrews and McKenzie Westmore.   The cast also features several additional guest stars.

The Bay is directed and produced by Gregori J. Martin and is written by Martin and Wendy Riche (ex-EP, General Hospital). Riche also serves as one of the series executive producers.

Fans can also catch The Bay on PopStar! TV, Amazon,Prime Video, and Tubi in the US, Channel 10 and Ten Play in Australia, plus SABC in South Africa. The series is distributed internationally by GRB Entertainment.

So, what do you think about the latest casting additions to the upcoming season of ‘The Bay’ and that the series will stream on Peacock? Comment below.

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Disappointed in this move. I liked it on Prime, and was hoping all seasons would be on it. Peacock just does not work for me. It continues to malfunction and glitch.

Maybe check Peacock again? I have had no issues with it and I don’t know anyone who has. It’s probably my next favorite streamer after Hulu.

I’ve done everything to troubleshoot Peacock and Paramount+ on my PS4, and they both refuse to proper work.

Are you a Linux user, by chance??

For some reason, Peacock will not work in a browser on a Linux PC. The website itself will open. I believe you can even watch trailers. But as far as any actual TV show or movie, it crashes and you get a picture of some sad eyed kitten.

I know that Peacock is compatible with Linux itself, because Samsung TVs run on their own proprietary Linux build called “Tizen OS” and Peacock works great on that hardware. Not sure why they have the issue with Linux on a PC, but it’s Scumcast, so it’s probably some sort of monetization scam that they can’t profit from on a free operating system.

I’ve done everything to troubleshoot Peacock and Paramount+ on my PS4, and they both refuse to proper work. I’ve uninstalled, re-installed, ended and re-launched. They just won’t play properly without issues.

I’ll be happy to add this to my watch-list.

As long as Joe Lando is in, I’m happy

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Writers Strike Comes to an End; Leadership Votes To Conclude Work Stoppage

It’s over! After 148 days, the 2023 Writers strike will go down as the second longest in WGA union history, only a labor stoppage in 1988 was longer.

The strike will officially come to end on Wednesday at 12:01am PT.  This was due to a vote from the guild’s leadership that now has authorized its over 11,500 members to return to work.

That means: pitching and selling scripts, taking meetings, responding to notes, writers’ rooms opening up again, and more, can now restart.

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The WGA committee shared that the vote, “Allows writers to return to work during the ratification process, but does not affect the membership’s right to make a final determination on contract approval.” However, WGA East and West voted unanimously to lift the “restraining order” on Tuesday.

As the negotiators shared, the end of the strike doesn’t mean that the tentative agreement that the union reached with producers on Sunday night is a surefire thing: Union members still need to vote to ratify the contract. Union leadership announced on Tuesday that will take place between October 2nd and October 9th.

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However, SAG-AFTRA still remains on strike. So, even with the writers returning to work, many productions can’t move forward without their principal actors and performers.

So soap fans, how do you feel about this news for your favorite shows? Glad that the head writers and their writing teams will be back at work as soon as this week from Days of our Lives, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful? Y&R’s Josh Griffith, who previously had gone Fi-Core during the 2008 strike, remained at the top rated show during the last several months.

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WGA and AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal to End Writers Strike

Looks like we are close, very close, to the writing teams at your favorite soap operas returning to their jobs with news on Sunday that finally the WGA and AMPTP have reached a tentative deal. What remains is the fine print, and having the WGA vote to ratify their contracts.

This is welcome news to the television, streaming and motion picture industry that after five months of a strike has put the 2023-2024 TV season in deep water.

In a statement, the Writers Guild shared, “We have reached a tentative agreement on a new 2023 MBA (Minimum Basic Agreement), which is to say an agreement in principle on all deal points, subject to drafting final contract language. We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional — with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”

As the deal goes through its final stages, the writers are still technically on strike, but picketing outside studios and shows has now been suspended.

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Among the writers’ demands that they fought for are: higher residuals from streaming shows, minimum staff sizes to prevent the use of “mini rooms” and protections from the use of AI.  The hope within the entertainment industry is that the new deal for the WGA will move along a new contract for SAG-AFTRA (actors) with the AMPTP.  As of Monday, SAG-AFTRA is still on strike.

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As for your favorite soap operas, during the strikes, the shows were written by non-union writers or “fi-core” writers who gave up their union benefits in order to continue working.

The next steps in process will see the WGA negotiating committee vote on “whether to recommend the agreement and send it on to the WGAW Board and WGAE Council for approval,” tentatively scheduled for Tuesday.  Another vote by the board and council could lift the strike “restraining order”and allow scribes to “return to work during the ratification vote”.

So, are you happy to know that the writing teams from your favorite soaps are about to return to work and helm the scripts and the vision of the shows? Comment below.

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Billy Miller’s Mother Issues Statement On His Passing

Patricia Miller, the mother of the late Billy Miller, has come forward and issued a touching statement on the tragic death of her beloved son at age 43.  The statement was shared by Billy’s longtime manager, Marnie Sparer, via social media.

Billy was best-known for his performances as Richie Nowack on All My Children, Billy Abbott of The Young and the Restless and Jason Morgan/Drew Cain on General Hospital, as well as countless primetime roles.  Throughout his career, Miller took home three Daytime Emmys for his work.

“I would like to share the following thoughts,” Patricia began. “I want to personally thank the many fans & personal friends for the overwhelming amount of love, prayers & condolences sent to me and my family on the devastating death of my beautiful son BJ – Billy Miller.”

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Patricia continued with these sentiments, as she wanted to clear up any misinterpretations on this death: “He fought a long hard valiant battle with bipolar depression for years. He did everything he could to control the disease. He loved his family, his friends and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life. The other causes of death being told are not true. I wish they were but they just aren’t. We all loved him so much and are desperately trying to deal with our loss. I will have nothing further to say. Thanks for the love and support.”

The soap world as well as Billy’s family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues are in deep mourning for this talented man, who was gone too soon.

Share your thoughts, and send your condolences to Patricia Miller and the rest of Billy’s family, via the comment section below.

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