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

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

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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WATCH: Nancy Lee Grahn, Jane Elliot & Kim Zimmer in ‘Covid Support Group’ Episode Two

Over the weekend, General Hospital’s Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) along with her creative partner. comedian, Kaore Bonell released episode two of the hilarious send-up ‘Covid Support Group” which features Grahn, and two other powerhouses known for their performances on daytime drama: Jane Elliot (Tracy, General Hospital) and Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva, Guiding Light).

In episode two, Bonell and the three women are joined by a very special guest; when none other than former Los Angeles District Attorney, who tried the OJ Simpson Murder Trial, Marcia Clark, shows up!  We won’t tell you what happens, you’ll have to check it out to see.

Watching Zimmer as a boozy version of herself, Grahn with her brilliant comedic timing, and Elliot who is also perfection in this, is just too fun that every soap fan will get a kick-of, and even if you don’t watch daytime, think about how everyone is going stir-crazy during the coronavirus pandemic, and amp it up a bit and you have the genesis of this oh-so-timely series.

Best line of episode 2 was from Grahn:  During confessions during Covid, she says to the support group, “I bitch-slapped a guy who was hoarding toilet paper at CVS, does that count? Or does Erika Slezak get my Emmy for that, too?”

Watch Covid Support Group 2 below, and then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section below!

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

On Friday, ABC’s daytime drama, General Hospital has now determined to push back their production restart date given the escalating number of cases of the coronavirus as the pandemic has worsened in Los Angles County.

According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

B&B is already back in production and Days of our Lives is now targeting a September 1st restart.

So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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GH’s Mark Lawson Fuels At-Home Workout With Soap Opera Competition: “Dante, Dante, Dante, Dominic, Dominic, Dominic … But What About Dustin?”

As fans and colleagues of General Hospital and former One Life to Live star, Mark Lawson (Dustin, GH) know, he often posts on his Instagram account at-home workouts from his garage including: exercises with: kettlebells and free weights. In real-life, Lawson is a fitness guru, as well.

In one of his most recent posts over the holiday weekend, Mark used the constant chatter of a potential return of Dominic Zamprogna to GH to reprise his role of Dante Falconeri (which would pit Mark’s school teacher alter-ego Dustin at-odds with Dante, for the love of Lulu (Emme Rylan)) to charge up his workout routine! So what’s a guy to do?  Bicep curls!

Next, fueling his workout in a hilarious send-up, Lawson, as he is curling dumbbells remarks: “You want Dante back? Dante, Dante, Dante … Dominic,Dominic,Dominic … It’s all you talk about.  It’s all you care about, but what about Dustin?  What’s up with Dustin?  Where’s good guy Dustin? School teacher Dustin, who never shot nobody.  Never hurt anybody and all he wanted was a girlfriend.   All everybody talks about is Dante, Dante, Dante. Dominic, Dominic, Dominic.”

You can watch Mark’s IG post below!

Then let us know, if you hope there will be some healthy soap opera competition for the love of Lulu down the line between Dustin and Dante, if Dominic returns to the show.  If he does return, would you be Team Dustin or Team Dante? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

 

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