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Twilight's Ashley Greene & Without A Trace's Anthony LaPaglia cast in new primetime soap pilot, Americana!

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ABC continues its new trend of beefing up its primetime lineup for the fall season with new soaps!  The previously announced Americana pilot now has some stars attached to its cast.   The female lead of the series will be played by Twilight co-star Ashley Greene who will work opposite former Without a Trace star, Anthony LaPaglia!

According to Deadline.com: “Americana is a soap about a famous fashion industry clan. It centers on iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia), the patriarch of a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, Alice Clarke (Greene), a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out.

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Playing a character named Alice won’t be new for Greene, best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the blockbuster Twilight franchise. Americana reunites the actress with ABC where she recurred on Pan Am this season.”

So has ABC taken part of its play book here from afternoon fashion house sudser, The Bold and the Beautiful? Stay tuned!

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Heather
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Heather

These things that ABC calls “soaps” are not by any means soap operas or telenovelas. They’re just ABC’s version of what are known on other networks as “dramas”.

I find it hilarious that ABC has to refer to dramas as “soaps” coincidentally after they axed All My Children and One Life to Live.

barbara t
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barbara t

your right ,they dont want anyone believing that abc/disney are soap killers so there making themselves look good by calling them soaps.they want us to tune in ,there are other dramas on other networks I will watch them before I ever watch what abc is selling.brothers and sisters was a great prime time drama ,why did they give that show the ax? they do get rid of shows quickly.I remember reading that the creaters of lost wanted one more year and abc/disney said no,boston legal had the ratings ,they killed that ,and I loved v, the season ending was good… Read more »

Andrea D
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Andrea D

I don’t care who they put on them, I am not watching!

cathy trinque
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cathy trinque

ABC just wants us soapers to forget our daily soaps. No way, ABC!!! I won’t watch anything on your network except GH. So forget it your ratings are falling day and night!!!!!
Anne Sweeney should have been a teacher!

Nancy M
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Nancy M

It wouldn’t matter what they put on the air, they SUCK. (ABC)

Nancy Wizner
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Nancy Wizner

This all sounds very interesting and I love Ashley Greene. However, I’m still not a fan of ABC. They are not very honest people and to me that is NOT good business. So I’m sorry ABC, I won’t be watching even if Frons is gone. Other stations have excellent shows too.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I remain wary of ABC, too. I never really forgave the web for how they treated ONCE AND AGAIN a decade ago. All nets seem so trigger happy about their products. Whatever!

AMERICANA sounds promising. It is ironic primetime serialized drama gets love here when daytime warhorses, so beloved, are disregarded.

Let’s hope AMERICANA’s creators avoid B&B’s formula, otherwise we’d have a cast of eight in the same family gingerly repeating the same stale storylines and commiting near-incest over and over. Ugh!

barbara t
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barbara t

once and again,refresh my memory.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Hey babara t,

ONCE AND AGAIN starred Sela Ward (emmy winner) and Billy Campbell as divorced people who find love. The series over two full and abbreviated third seasons (1999-2002 ?) followed the trajectory of the relationship and how it affected their exes, children, families… who often had their own strong storylines. It was from the creators of THIRTYSOMETHING. The first two seasons are on DVD sets. The third season has yet to be released. IMHO, despite the pedigree and quality of the program, ABC did not nurture it to its fullest ability. It was a winner.

barbara t
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barbara t

didnt reply to you ,look for my post ,again,thanks.

barbara t
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barbara t

I knew it ,I love sela ward ,anything that she is in,thats what I thought you were talking about,you confused me when you said the web,thanks.

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TODAY: B&B’s Sean Kanan Visits ‘The Talk’

Friday on CBS’ The Talk, Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe, The Bold and the Beautiful) is one of the afternoon series special guests, and will discuss and preview the continuation of the crossover story arc that finds Deacon in drama with Y&R and Genoa City’s Nikki Newman.

Next week, Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki) comes to B&B as she tries to get dirt on Diane (Susan Walters) and wastes no time in telling Deacon he has to help her with her revenge plot.  After all, Deacon helped frame Nikki to look like she murdered Diane many years ago.

Kanan weighed-in on Deacon’s motives in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, sharing: “He actually wants to help Nikki.  Deep down, I think Deacon is more of a good person than a bad person.  He’s a guy who wants to do the right thing be he’s got issues.”

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Tune in today for The Talk at 2pm ET / 1pm PT on CBS and Paramount Plus as Kanan reveals more of what’s to come with the show co-hosts: Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell, Sheryl Underwood and Natalie Morales.

In addition, Morales may have a thing or two to add to Kanan’s visit, since she has been making appearances on Y&R playing ace reporter, Talia Morgan, who has been investigating Diane Jenkins.

Looking forward to seeing Sean on ‘The Talk’? Will you be watching next week for the crossover to continue with Sean and Melody Thomas Scott in scenes on B&B? Comment below.

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Elizabeth Gillies First Post-‘Dynasty’ Role Revealed; GH Alum Bryan Craig Also In Cast

Now that the CW’s Dynasty has come to its conclusion after five seasons, many have wondered what series star Elizabeth Gillies (ex-Fallon) will be seen in next.  Part of the answer was revealed today in casting news via Deadline.

Gillies will star and is the co-executive producer of a new Tubi film called Spread.  In it, Liz will take on the role of  ambitious and aspiring journalist, who lands a temp job at an adult magazine run by an aging industry king played by Harvey Keitel.  The character must reconcile her idealism as she strives to help the company succeed.

Spread is written by Buffy Charlet, who is another of the films Co-EP’s, and is inspired by Charlet’s real-life experience as a temp at Hustler magazine who rose in the ranks to become an editor.

The film also stars two-time Daytime Emmy winner Bryan Craig (ex-General Hospital, Good Trouble).

Look for Spread to drop on Tubi in 2023.

So, intrigued to see Liz and Bryan in Tubi’s new film, ‘Spread’? Comment below.

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‘NBC News Daily’ Hits Rock Bottom In Ratings Premiere Week

While networks have seen a collective erosion over the years of the soap opera viewing audience, they are still the most loyal and fierce of any entertainment genre.

With NBC’s decision to take Days of our Lives off of the network after nearly 57 years, and replace it with another daytime news program, they would surely have a rocky road ahead of them to capture viewers in that time slot; especially now that DAYS was moved exclusively to NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock.

Nothing was more proof positive of that, than the first week ratings and performance of NBC News Daily.

The news show which premiered on Monday, September 12th came in last for the ratings period of all daytime shows for the week.

According to SON: NBC News Daily averaged 935,000 viewers, was last among Total Viewers and last in the key demo ratings: Women 18-49 (tie) and Women 25-54.

In comparison to DAYS last week on NBC, and a year ago, NBC News Daily was down -744,000 and -762,000 viewers, respectively.

NBC News Daily features the latest national and international news, plus consumer, health, and personal finance segments and is hosted by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Morgan Redford and Vicky Nguyen.

So, will ‘NBC News Daily’ find itself facing the same fate as ABC’s defunct ‘Revolution’, which replaced One Life to Live, and lasted only six months, or will the news program somehow turn a ratings corner? Does NBC really care one way or the other? Share your thoughts below.

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