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Tyler Christopher, Jason Thompson & Vanessa Marcil Stand Up For Kimberly McCullough's "Hey Day" As John Stamos Preps Same-Themed 80's Soap Drama!

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Over the last few days, social media has been abuzz when the news was announced that John Stamos (Ex-Blackie, GH) has a new dramatic television series in the works alongside his producing partners, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.  The concept is said to be loosely based on Stamos’ early days on General Hospital, when he was just 18 years old, and said to be told through the eyes of a young man thrust into sudden stardom, as he deals with the temptations of sex, drugs, and fame in Hollywood in the decadent 80’s.

When news of this item hit Twitter, fans of GH favorite Kimberly McCullough (Robin), and a few of her former co-stars became outraged, because this concept for the Stamos’ series sounds exactly like the “Hey Day” project McCullough has been working on bringing to life, which is based on her days as a young actress working on a network soap in the decadent 80’s.

In fact, On-Air On-Soaps even attended a reading of the script sometime ago that was produced in conjunction with former GH star, Tyler Christopher (Ex-Nikolas).  Both Christopher and Jason Thompson (Billy, Y&R and ex-Patrick, GH) played parts in the reading as well, so they are very familiar with McCullough’s material and vision.

On Friday, Tyler Christopher tweeted: “Let’s get #heyday trending. @whitewatercrew put her whole life into this story. U want a series that tells the truth? #Heyday”

On Thursday, Jason Thompson after seeing the Deadline.com item on Stamos’ upcoming soapy project sent out this tweet:  “Oh you mean @whitewatercrew ‘s #HeyDay? Little to familiar if you ask me..”

On Friday, Vanessa Marcil (Ex-Brenda) took a different tact, asking Stamos to reach out to McCullough:  “I know John will be happy to chat about this!!!!! @JohnStamos holla at your girl @whitewatercrew #Daytimeroyalty”

Former AMC and Y&R star Cady McClain, even joined in on Twitter on Saturday adding, “I saw #HeyDay pitch pilot and it’s SO awesome. @JohnStamos Holla at your girl! #daytimeroyalty #teamup #powerhouse @whitewatercrew”

Awhile back, McCullough shared with her followers and friends this video of her “Hey Day” passion project as well. Check it out again after the jump. Then share your thoughts and the show of support witnessed on social media for Kimberly in the comment section below.

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davlestev1
davlestev1

hee..hee…old school style soap smack down..this could prove to be more entertaining than either actual idea..soap twitter wars..bring it on..holla!!!

Livvie
Livvie

He’s pretty much stolen Kim’s idea and isn’t even bothered about it. There’s no way that he isn’t aware of her idea as she’s gotten a fair amount of press for it and has been working on it for YEARS. People have been tagging him in twitter posts since the news came out that he was “working” on the idea. Shame on John Stamos. If he is any kind of decent man he will reach out to Kim.

su0000
su0000

Why would John Stamos be informed of anything Kim is doing.
Not everyone knows of Kim’s idea..

No shame for John..
Now, its a race lol ..

Kim has been working on hers for years, not his fault she hasn’t got it up and running..
Seems he is ready to go/ahead of her ..

Aaa
Aaa

He follows her on twitter… although I think that may be a recent thing. He’s aware of the stink being made at least.

Beach Dreamer
Beach Dreamer

He was fully aware of the project because people were sending tweets out saying he should be part of the cast. Hey Day has a name, a cast, a director AND writer. Those have been in place since 2014. Careful Su, your KMc bias is sticking out. 😉

Babs
Babs

LMAO….I’m shocked at your reply.

su0000
su0000

OK
Stamos ==
Full House – starred in a #1 TV series and became famous.
And- ER as Dr. Tony Gates.
And executive producer of the Netflix series Fuller House
In many TV shows, and 9 or more movies
and on it goes
John ”started” his known fame in GH, a soap
He wants to tell his rise to fame. and his soap days.
And John is executive producer of a Netflix series, so yah can see him wanting to produce his story, same as Kim wants too. No problem.

When the name John Stomas is said most all know of him
When the name Kimberly McCullough is said, mainly GH fans know of her.

Point is; their stories would be quite different.
So, each should tell their story..
Both Kim and John have their story to tell.. Both have their idea as how to tell them.
It’s no big deal.

Barbara
Barbara

I agree I never even heard of Kim’s project before but I knew about John’s

Lisa
Lisa

Kimberly and Hey Day all the way ….this has been in the works for quite some time.

John Stamos “project” just reading about this now in this article.

joann
joann

talk to Kim it is the right thing to do.

su0000
su0000

Thing is-
Neither own the idea.
They both want tell their story of their soap days.
The race is on as to which will complete their project and bring it to screen..

Nothing like competition to get it rolling !

Daisy Day
Daisy Day

Never heard of either project until now. It sounds like each one is telling their own story. In John Stamos’ story he reached superstardom whereas Kimberly never did, his story would be entirely different considering his very successful TV show and appearances touring with The Beach Boys John Stamos’ name is recognizable.

Guest
Guest

Kimberly has been working on this for sometime and if you have been following her @whitewatercrew #heyday you would know that!
This is NOT something new but something from 2014. .She does update the fans regularly on it as well. .That is why Tyler Christopher, , Vanessa Marcil, Jason Thompson and others had her back.

jenny
jenny

Um considering John Stamos was only on GH 2 years I will take Kimberly’s version as she has been associated with GH over 25 years!

Steve
Steve

So without blasting someone one Daisy you’re not entirely right. Kimberly did . She did appearances on TV dramas such as Joan of Arcadia that starred her costar the first Emily Quarter main event. I think it would be nice for John to reach out but don’t know if he really knew.

Barbara
Barbara

Sorry but in no stretch if the imagination did Kim achieve the level of stardom that John has

Steve
Steve

Never said she did. The comment was made that Jon’s name was recognizeable and not Kimberly’s . That’s not right she has been directing and actually did so thorugh ABC which is why she left GH. She has done TV appearnaces she is known to TPTB THE POWERS THAT BE> . She has been with GH Barbara what 25 years? I believe. Love John but he was with the show how long? Right 2 give or take not nearly like Kim’s, and not point. Point is if he knew he owes it to her to contact her, personally I think both shows would be great. Besides which people are able to psot without people attacking people. I Really dont get the need to blast someone for their opinion. Besides whihc to daytime fans Kim is jsut as known as John. The network most certainly knows Kim and can guarnatee you that.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

What is wrong with that…soaps copy other soaps ideas for years…

Lou Piikes
Lou Piikes

It sounds like a good case for copyright infringement, but I could be wrong.

clh
clh

No not really, He’s telling his story not hers. Can’t copyright someone else’s life story.

Tons of stars have done shows about themselves, Kim’s is not special.

Marilynn
Marilynn

John should absolutely contact Kim it’s the right thing to do. Kimberly is my girl, been watching her on GH since he started. Great actress! Come on John Stamis get in touch with Kimberly! Be the man we all hope you are!

JMER
JMER

Let’s hope John does the right thing. I imagine he’ll lose a lot of ex-GH women fans if he doesn’t. It looks like blatant stealing, and if not, shows how much easier it is for a white man in Hollywood to get the same project produced and on screens–with women finally starting to work their way into director/producer chairs despite decades of discrimination, John can either set a good example or be an example of what not to do.

Carol
Carol

When will it be available to see? Love you Kimberly and I miss you in GH.

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

“Hey Day” all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mo
Mo

Maybe John’s project has been in the works–he just hasn’t publicized as maybe he has more connections or whatever than Kimberly and doesn’t need to pound the pavement so hard for financing.

Both could be good. Yes, they sound similar, but also have differences. It would be nice if John reached out to Kim (privately) to discuss, but he’s not obligated. Maybe this controversy will drum up more interest in Kim’s project.

Timmm
Timmm

I welcome both of them. The more attention soaps get, the better!

Wanda Woman
Wanda Woman

This is no different than “Elementary” and “Sherlock” being on at the same time. There’s plenty of room for both shows and each will tell stories from different viewpoints.

Teanisha
Teanisha

It’s been Kimberly’s concept from the beginning… She’s been working on her #HeyDay project since 2014! Her pilot is already filmed! Kimberly tweeted her #HeyDay pitch to John Stamos on August 4, 2016, and all of a sudden he come out with a pitch a month later?! Give me a break! Smh! Whether some like it or not, she truly deserves the credit for it… It’s hers NOT his!

Ces
Ces

Never heard of Heyday til now so how do we know John Stamos had? He barely follows any soap stars other than his bud Kin Shriner & Jack Wagner.
I’m actually surprised he’d want to do a show like that sunce it seems he cut off all soap tues; he has been pretty busy for years after all.
Still …. Looks like JS will get it to the finish line since he’s a Netflix favorite. Sorry Kim, but he may just complete your “in process for years” script.

JRZH
JRZH

The way I see it is Kimberly wants to tell her life story, how she grew up on General Hospital and all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes. John wants to tell his life story, how he got his start with a 2 year stint on General Hospital and since then has grown up with super-stardom, doing all kinds of things.

Aren’t those two different ideas? Won’t we actually watch both of them, until we decide if we like one better than the other? Then we will watch that one.

Molly Ryan
Molly Ryan

Everyone knows its easier for a man then a woman to get projects started! And to say KMc career hasn’t gone anywhere is so wrong! Kim has been directing! She’s still learning the craft but she’s already directed episode’s of PLL! Kim’s working behind the camera! That’s where she’s trying to get her career going!

Becky Zertuche
Becky Zertuche

I like them both, but the timing is suspect. She’s been working on this for awhile, he had to have known that. Time for John to man up.

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But in the twist on ‘soap-reality’, Dante was now the ascending mobster in Port Charles, and Sonny was a sergeant in the police department in Brooklyn married to Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero).  It all beings when Sonny remembers being 18-years-old and that fatal day when he shot Vincent Marino.  The young Sonny is played by Maurice’s real-life son.   Sonny then dreams of what would have happened to him if he never pulled that trigger.

Sonny is now a by-the-book cop, who visits his son Dante along with Olivia.  When they get there, Dante is now married to Sam (Kelly Monaco), who is his trophy wife.  Dante is working for the Jerome family – enter Julian (William deVry) and Ava (Maura WestO – and we quickly learn that “Jason Smith” is the hit man who works for them.  And, wouldn’t you know?  Seems like Ava and Jason have a “thing” going on … sealed with a kiss.

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Dante and Sam have a major falling out, as he is excited by the power he will have once he rids the Jeromes out of his business.  Sam has had it. She doesn’t want to dress like this, be his trophy wife, or have this kind of life. When Dante walks out, an upset Sam is alone with Jason, and the two connect.

In the conclusion of the episode, Dante shoots Jason on the pier, a scene which Sonny walks in on.  Sonny and his son struggle for the gun, and once again Dante is shot, just like in the original version of the story years ago, but with the twist of the struggle.  Olivia comes running onto the pier and sees Dante shot, and yells at Sonny the signature line, “You shot your own son!”

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At the end of the dream, Sony goes back to the mark in time where he decides whether or not to pull the trigger on Marino with Mike (Max Gail) and him looking on at the young version of himself.  In the end, Sonny still pulls the trigger.

The episode featured stand-out performances by: Dominic Zamprogna (how great was it to see him again, and to see him play Dante’s dark side), Maurice Benard (who illustrated the other side of Sonny, more reserved, and delivered a heartbreaking speech as Sonny to Dante about his life being abused, and the choices he made), Kelly Monaco (who showed a woman unhappy with the outward shell she had created and been a part of), and Finola Hughes,who gave us a different look  at what life would have been like for Anna had Robin been taken from her years ago.  Additionally, it was nice to see the entire cast deliver in support of making this episode work in the ‘flip the switch’ sequence of events.

So, what did you think of the Sonny-centric episode? Who was your favorite in it?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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However, this collection features three powerhouse actresses who have played the role of Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and the current Carly, Laura Wright.

GH and ABC have released these episodes for viewing to coincide with Maurice Benard’s 25th year on the daytime drama series and a very special anniversary episode airing today on Monday, November 12th.

With the Sonny & Carly Collection, fans will be able to access 20 episodes from Sonny and Carly’s explosive and tumultuous 20-year relationship, chronologically.  Some of the episodes include: Jason is shot in an ambush. Sonny and Carly remarry, even though she is involved with Jax, Sonny confesses to Carly that he shot AJ, Sonny and Carly admit their feelings, and more

The Sonn and Carly collection is available now through February 12th and all 20 episodes are available for viewers with no sign in required at abc.com/sonnyandcarly  and on the ABC app.

The ABC app is available in the App Store, ABC.comAmazon AppstoreGoogle Play and on most connected TV devices.

Check out the Sonny & Carly Collection, and then let us know which was your favorite episode of the bunch via the comment section below!

 

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However on Saturday, Kimberly shared some more behind the scenes photos from tape night, or show night, as they call it in the biz.   She is pictured above with cast members Michael Fishman and Maya Lynne Robinson.

ABC executive Nathan Varni tweeted to McCullough: “Thanks for a great week ⁦⁩ directing ⁦⁩ #107! See you soon for your next episode”

No airdate has been released as to when Kimberly’s ‘The Conners” directorial debut will air, but MF TV will keep you posted.

McCullough was also busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom, The Cool Kids just the other week.

How fabulous that the woman who has brought General Hospital’s Robin Scorpio Drake to life is finding just as much success now behind the camera as in front of it.

Will you be checking out Kimberly’s episode of The Conners when it airs?  Do you hope that between all of these directing gigs, she might fit in a visit back to GH? Share your thoughts below.

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