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To China: Guiding Light and As the World Turns!

GL-Logo.jpgMetan Development Group has firmed up a deal with Power for the exclusive distribution rights in China for the popular daytime soap operas Guiding Light and As the World Turns. Metan will be the exclusive representative in China for 130 episodes of each series, both produced by TeleNext Media for Procter & Gamble Productions. MIPCOM marks the first time the shows will be available for China.

Metan’s president, CEO and founding partner, Larry Namer, said, “Guiding Light and As The World Turns, two of the most successful TV programs ever produced in the U.S., have captured the hearts of North American audiences for decades. We’re delighted to be the first to introduce these award-winning programs to audiences in China. We feel strongly that the series’ compelling story lines, relatable characters and program quality will have great appeal to audiences in China.”

Power’s VP of Asia and the Middle East, George Sakkalli, commented, “China’s vast television and new media market has great potential. Metan’s unique approach and commitment will ensure that Power’s content reaches many millions of Chinese viewers. I am delighted that Power has been able to introduce these much loved soaps to China.”

Brian T. Cahill, the senior VP, managing director for TeleNext Media, added, “For a combined 123 years, Guiding Light and As The World Turns have been the gold standard of contemporary serial entertainment. We proudly support the partnership between Power and Metan that will make this perennially engaging entertainment available to the Chinese audience for the first time.”

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Hi, Michael. I know this is an old post of yours, but I came across it again when I did a Google search to find out the status of GL being shown in China. I am an American living in Shanghai (since 2009), and when I first heard about this not too long after moving here, I was thrilled. I knew that I might not even get the channel on which these shows would be aired, but I was still excited about the prospect of 1) seeing GL again after its cancellation and 2) Chinese audiences getting a taste of… Read more »

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ATWT Alum Michael Park Joins The Cast of Hulu Drama ‘Saint X’

Great news! Fans who have missed Michael Park (ex-Jack, As the World Turns) on the small screen will get a chance to see him once again in the new psychological drama series, Saint X.

The series will stream on Hulu and in it the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning actor will play the part of Bill Thomas, in the eight-episode series adapted from Alexis Schaitkin’s novel.

In story, Bill and his wife Mia Thomas (Betsy Brandt) are upper middle class parents of two, enjoying a family vacation in a Caribbean resort until one of their daughters goes missing.

According to Deadline, the series is told via multiple timelines and perspectives, explores and upends the girl-gone-missing genre as it explains how a young woman’s mysterious death during an idyllic Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.

No further details have been been made available as to when the show will premiere on the streamer, but stay tuned for more updates.

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ATWT Alum Julianne Moore to Star In New Limited-Series

In casting news, Academy Award-winner and As the World Turns alum, Julianne Moore (Ex-Frannie and Sabrina Hughes) will star in a new period-piece drama for Sky and AMC.

Moore, who won a Daytime Emmy for her work on the beloved CBS soap back in 1988, will play Mary Villiers, Countess of Buckingham, in Mary & George.

Villers in 17th Century England moulded her  son, George, to seduce King James I and become his all-powerful lover. Through outrageous scheming, the pair rose from humble beginnings to become one of the richest, most titled, and influential mother and sons England had ever seen.

According to Deadline, the series is due to begin filming in early 2023 and is slated for an 8-episode run.

Mary & George will mark only the second time, Moore has starred in a TV drama, after her appearance in the 2021 Apple mini-series Lisey’s Story.

Julianne won her Oscar for Lead Actress back in 2014 for Still Alice, where she played a woman battling Alzheimer’s disease.

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ATWT Alum Colleen Zenk Joins Tony Award-Winner, Michael R. Jackson For ‘As The Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration’

Circle Friday Night, October 21st beginning at 6PM EST.  That’s when you can join a virtual event featuring former As The World Turns star, Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara) who will join Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), for a very special discussion and more of his upcoming new musical to bow in 2023, White Girl in Danger.

The Zoom event is brought to you by The Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.

In As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration, Michael will chat on how his new musical satire, White Girl in Danger was inspired by the soap opera genre that Zenk was front and center on for more than 30 years on the beloved CBS daytime drama.

Look for, White Girl in Danger to have its Off-Broadway production at Second Stage Theatre and The Vineyard Theater in the early part of the new year.

To register for As the Musical Turns: A Soap Inspiration’s virtual program click here.

Now, you can get inside scoop on this brilliant musical concept, and soon to be must-see theatre piece, that any soap fan will love!

So, looking forward to seeing Colleen and Michael virtually on October 21 and finding out more about ‘White Girl in Danger’ and its soapy inspirations? Comment below.

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