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Which ABC Primetime Soap Pilots Look Like They Will Make It Into The Fall Line-up?

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So while daytime soaps have been shown the front door, looks like the nighttime version of the genre is having somewhat of a re-birth! With Revenge already a bona fide hit, and TNT’s Dallas remake on the way this summer, Deadline.com got the skinny on the previously announced ABC soap pilots, and which ones might make it into the fall line-up.

Deadline.com revealed, “Of the slew of soap pilots ordered by ABC,  Nashville and Marc Cherry’s Devious Maids  are hot, and there’s buzz that straight-to-series Mistresses might be headed for fall. Americana and the period Gilded Lilys  also are solid, though Americana doesn’t appear as slam-dunk as it once did; Penoza has been getting mostly good feedback with some mixed reaction too, while buzz on Scruples has been mixed!”

For daytime fans, the Nashville project has four-time Daytime Emmy winner, and General Hospital favorite, Jonathan Jackson (Ex-Lucky) attached to it, while Devious Maids has a role for All My Children’s legendary Susan Lucci attached to it! 

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Americana, which seems to us like it’s using the premise of B&B and tweaking it for the primetime audience has Twilight’s Ashley Greene and Lost’s Emile de Ravin, plus Without a Trace star, Anthony LaPaglia and Brothers & Sisters, Ken Olin signed on to it!  Gilded Lily’s offers Torchwood’s John Barrowman and Blythe Danner as some of its headliners.

So which show sounds intriguing? Which would you like to see head to primetime, which can often lead to some more of your daytime favorites landing roles?  Let us know!

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Mary H
Mary H

None of them! I will only watch General Hospital on ABC. They should make OLTL a prime time soap! Then maybe I watch that channel. Love and miss OLTL!

david
david

After the imbecilic miscalculation of canceling OLTL, I don’t care either.

gloria
gloria

Couldn’t agree more! I miss OLTL more every day. Huge mistake to cancel that show.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

I don’t need this crap at night! There’s enough to watch! I need OLTL during the day when I’m relaxing & need some fantasy! Stupid ABC!

Christy
Christy

Mary – hahaha! 😀 I agree! It’s nice they have soap stars on those shows, but I only watch GH and dancing with the stars and Castle… and you know the only reason I watch Castle is because of OLTL alumni on that

but if they had OLTL as a primetime show, I’d be there for each episode… I don’t know that I could take it a week in between shows tho! te he he

ricardo
ricardo

what a big mistake for cancelling one life to live. abc and brian frons should be ashamed of themselves for putting the pathetic revolution. now that the revolution is cancelled as of july. why not bring one life to live back. i know abc will not bring one life to live back. oprah winfrey did say no to soaps on her own network. oprah could have saved all my children and one life to live. her network is going down in the ratings futher now. thats good get rid of own network. listen nbc pick up one life to live. i wouls be so happy. susan lucci i miss her so much as erica kane. lets hope general hospital gets better ratings. the show is really getting good now. keep robin mattson, kristina wagner and sign them a contract.

Heather
Heather

And where to do you want NBC to put OLTL? You want them to cancel Days to put OLTL? Because that’s pretty much the only slot OLTL could land on NBC. All the other slots either belongs to Today or the affiliates. Affliates will never give back an hour to the network. And Today is NBC’s highest-rated show so you can forget about taking off an hour of Today to put OLTL.

Besides the actors have moved on and probably wouldn’t accept to return to OLTL even if there was an opportunity.

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Now that Matt Lauer is itching for Days timeslot for his talkshow, who knows how long it will last?

barbara t
barbara t

Seriously, not one of them and I dont care who is in these shows the boycott for me continues,I hope abc/disney sinks so low that disney feels the need to abandon ship,If the rat channel never canceled all my children and one life to live and play head games with general hospital (which they still are) It might be another story and I would be watching a few of these prime time soaps (The soaps abc/disney says no one is watching anymore)So as far as gcb,americana,nashville,devious maids,ETC,ETC,ETC,abc has me for general hospital hope the rest of these shows fail miserably , they wont last no 50 years thats for sure,you can put your money in the bank on that one.Thank god Dallas is on tnt,because that show I will be watching ,See ,there are soaps on other networks that we can watch other then abc/disney,the mouse network that killed one life to live and all my children and still playing games with general hospital.

Bettina
Bettina

We are rooting for Gilded Lilys. The British show Downton Abbey is amazing and a huge succes. So why should the US not have their own period drama? And with the BBC just cancelling Upstairs/Downstairs because of their money problems, there definitely aren’t enough period pieces around.

su0000
su0000

OLTL or nothing!

su0000
su0000

OLTL or none!

Judy
Judy

I will NOT watch any of these ABC primetime soaps. The network is trying to appease the soap fans by putting former daytime soap stars on these new primetime shows. It’s a feeble attempt by ABC/Disney to keep all eyeballs on their channel. Like putting these actors in primetime will get us to stop boycotting the network. NOT! I will continue to watch only GH which is truly getting exciting right now. I can’t wait for the next episode. That’s how good it’s getting. For me, it has surpassed Y & R in content, pace and overall entertainment factor. It’s anything but boring.

barbara t
barbara t

I just left tv media insights and they are saying that abc/disney has purchased a hispanic news channel that will be in english 24/7, What the hell is that all about? THey get rid of 2 soaps that have been on for over 40 years stabbing the soap fans in the back and they get together with univision and once again insult this fan,Seems they have the money to buy a trashy news network but refuse to save soap net, I dont get it. What the hell has happened to mickey mouse? We have enough kids and news channels.

Sharon
Sharon

NAshville with Jonathon Jackson sounds GREAT!

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Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

So, thrilled to hear the Downton Abbey movie is happening? Comment below.

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