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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
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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
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david

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

gloria
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gloria

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

lipstickcat
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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
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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
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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.… Read more »

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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
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lipstickcat

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

barbara t
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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… Read more »

Bettina
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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
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su0000

OLTL or nothing!

su0000
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su0000

OLTL or none!

Judy
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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… Read more »

barbara t
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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
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Sharon

NAshville with Jonathon Jackson sounds GREAT!

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Kristina Wagner Shares She’s Back On Contract at General Hospital

This past week, General Hospital fans were thrilled with the news that longtime fan favorite, Kristina Wagner (Felicia) was on her way back to the soap opera to tape new episodes.  However on Saturday, the actress shared even bigger news.  She is back on contract at the ABC daytime drama series.

Kristina revealed via her Instagram: “I’m pleased to announce I just finished my first work week on contract with General Hospital. The good people there have made it a well oiled machine. I’m so impressed with the way they navigate the Covid protocols. It’s not easy but we’ll worth it. We’ve got some fun storylines coming up. I’ve been thrown in the middle of a current storyline and I think Felicia’s part in it gives it some color. Stay tuned!”

Earlier in the week on Tuesday via Twitter, Kristina expressed: “Tomorrow I head back to work on General Hospital! Lucky me. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of that family once again. Here we go. More to come. Felicia Scorpio rides again.”

Wagner began her GH role as Felicia Cummings, the Aztec princess back in 1984 and has appeared on and off the show since then.

So what storyline do you think Felicia will get thrown into? Will she return to Port Charles to help Maxie (Kirsten Storms)?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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‘Dr. Oz Show’ Taken Off the Air in NY and PA Due to Senate Run; Daphne Oz ‘The Good Dish’ to Fill Time Slot

In light of his announcement that he will be running as a republican senate candidate in the state of Pennsylvania, Dr Oz’s daytime talk and medical show, The Dr. Oz Show, is being taken off the air in key markets in New York and Pennsylvania, according to the Fox Station Group.

According to Deadline’s sources, Fox TV Stations proceeded with pulling the Sony Pictures TV-distributed syndicated series because of the prospect of being forced to give other political candidates running in Pennsylvania equal time, expressing that it “would be a nightmare for us, there was no way we were going to be able to do that.”

In its place, look for Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, to be the fill-in with her show.

Starting on January 18th, Daphne’s The Good Dish, will take over the time slot during the duration of her father’s political campaign.  This potentially could go all the way through November of 2022, if Oz remains in the race through election day.

Last fall, Fox TV Stations renewed The Dr. Oz Show for two more years which gave it life through 2023.

So, do you think more stations will go bye-bye and have The Dr. Oz show pulled? What do you think of daughter Daphne’s series as the fill-in? Comment below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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