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Tristan Rogers talks Reality Bytes, GH, and state of web soaps!

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Tristan Rogers, (Robert, General Hospital) is getting set to tape and then launch his much talked about new web series, Reality Bytes which also co-stars some notable names from daytime soaps,  Drake and Ben Hogestyn, and Tonya Walker.   In this brand new interview feature out today from TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco, Tristan discusses the issues facing web and daytime soaps, his time at GH, and much more !  Here are just a few excerpts from this must-read feature!

Tristan on the premise of Reality Bytes being a soap-within-a soap, and if it’s a tell-all on behind the scenes at GH: ” I have heard from people at GH. The show will definitely be political and act as a mirror to events that have actually taken place on GH. Some people will like it and some people won’t. The idea of showing the behind-the-scenes production of a soap has been circulating in my mind for a long time. In Reality Bytes, the soap-within-the-soap is called “Beyond Reason,” which is being written entirely by the public. We’ve got about 60 scripts in already. And whatever scripts we use on-air, the writer will get a credit. You’d be surprised with the high standards these scripts exhibit. The fans really understand how these shows are put together.”

Tristan on his disappointment that GH: Night Shift in which he starred last season was not picked up for a third season: “Yes. I think we just hit the tip of the iceberg. It took a couple of episodes for viewers to adjust, but once they got it, they got it! They lapped it up. We shot it like a movie in HD and it could have gone so much further — and our producer and the director thought so, too. Little did we know that there wasn’t much support for Night Shift at a corporate level. Certainly, Night Shift was an indication of where soap operas could be headed in the future. Without spending any more money, you could’ve taken it three or four levels higher. Night Shift had real potential. In fact, NS was a significant evolution in soap opera.”

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Sean Blakemore and Gilles Marini To Appear in Season Five of THE BAY

Two more stars very familiar to daytime audiences have been added to the continual growing cast of the digital drama series, The Bay. 

Now comes word that Daytime Emmy-winner, Sean Blakemore (Ex-Shawn Butler, General Hospital) who can currently be seen in the motion picture Ad Astra with Brad Pitt is coming to Bay City.  Sean will take on the role of Tony Foster, a character who makes a visit in an effort to “save the day”.

In addition to that casting announcement, former Days of our Lives star, Gilles Marini (Ex-Ted Laurent) will also be showing up.  Marini is also known for his work on Sex and the City, Devious Maids and Brothers & Sisters. 

Look for Gilles to take on the role of Judge Nazar Zekarain, a character who will also crossover to The Bay’s s spinoff series yA –  a drama focusing on Bay City’s elite and often troubled teens.

The Bay’s creator. Gregori J Martin expressed his excitement on the casting news sharing: “Sean and Gilles are absolute pros! Such a true honor to work with both gentlemen and have them a part of The Bay family!”

Currently, the first half of season 4 of the series is available via Amazon’s Prime Video, with the second half of season to be released later this fall.  No release date has been confirmed at this time.

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So, what do you think of Sean and Gilles coming to The Bay? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir Available Now For Pre-Order

One of the most highly-anticipated autobiography’s, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, GH) Nothing General About It, is set for release on April 7th of 2020.  But now according to the book publisher, HarperCollins, you can pre-order your copy of the riveting real-life story of Benard now by heading on over to Amazon  to make your purchase.

According to the log lines and publisher notes: “In Nothing General About It, Maurice looks back to his youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.”

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Look for Nothing General About It to feature a 16-page insert featuring nearly 50 photographs.

So, will you be pre-ordering Maurice’s memoir? Excited to read what he shared? Comment below.

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GH Head Writers: Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor Reveal More Details On Michael E. Knight’s New Soap Role

When daytime favorite Michael E. Knight debuts on General Hospital on September 30th, he will not be coming to Port Charles as his former All My Children alter-ego Tad Martin; but instead will be playing a different character.

EW.com has first look photo of Knight in his new role and spoke directly to General Hospital co-head writers, Chris Van Etten and Dan O’Connor for the scoop on the ever-popular Knight’s return to ABC.  On GH. Michael will indeed play a new role.

According to the scribes: “There are a number of people in Port Charles who are in trouble and his character will have an impact on how their stories are solved or further complicated.”

Both Van Etten and O’Connor shared: “As we were writing his character, we found out that oh, we have even more use for him! It’s helpful to know who the actors are in this situation. We have lots of ideas on how we can expand his character and cross-pollinate his character.”

As to how long Knight will be sticking around Port Charles, that was not offered-up, but what was is that Michael’s new character will mix it up with Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) with whom Knight worked with on All My Children when James played Will Cortlandt.

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Because ABC now has the rights back in their possession to use the characters from One Life to Live and All My Children, Van Etten expressed: “We have conversations when we have these actors come back about whether it’s more useful or not to resurrect their characters. “=We’ll continue to have these as the opportunity arises.”

So, what do you think Michael E. Knight’s role will be based on these tidbits from the GH scribe? Share your theories via the comment section below.

 

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