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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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TODAY: ‘Guiding Light’ Reunion With Some Of Springfield’s Most Notable

Following the overwhelming popularity of last week’s As the World Turns online reunion, comes another one today on Wednesday, April 8th featuring beloved stars from the former CBS daytime drama, Guiding Light.

Former show publicist, Alan Locher, will once again be hosting the You Tube livestream event, and it all kicks-off at 3PMEST/12PMPST.

Taking part in this very special hour will be: Kim Zimmer (Ex-Reva), Robert Newman (Ex-Josh), Jerry verDorn (Ex-Ross), Liz Keifer (Ex-Blake). and Maureen Garrett (Ex=H9lly), plus you never know who else might pop during these livestream sessions since everyone is participating remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To watch the Guiding Light on-screen reunion live click here

Get ready to walk down memory lane and catch-up with some of these amazing stars from this one-of-a-kind soap, that is missed by so many.

So, will you be checking out the GL reunion today? Comment below.

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‘Desperate Housewives’ Livestream Reunion On Tap

Look who is reconnecting and reuniting for a special online reunion this coming Sunday? Several of the women from Wisteria Lane from the popular ABC primetime soap, Desperate Housewives that ran from 2004-2012.

Taking part in this latest reunion during the Coronavirus pandemic will be: Eva Longoria (Ex-Gabriella), Marcia Cross (Ex-Bree), Brenda Strong (Ex-Mary Alice), Vanessa Williams (Ex-Renee) and Dana Delaney (Ex-Katherine) on Sunday April 12th beginning at 8PMET.

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The actresses are coming together as part of the livestream episodes at Stars in the House, the series hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to raise donations for The Actors Fund COVID-19 efforts.

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You can watch the Desperate Housewives livestream either at the Stars in the House website or via YouTube. 

So, will you be checking out the latest reunion one of your all-time favorite soaps be it primetime or daytime? Comment below.

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GH’s Maurice Benard Memoir ‘Nothing General About It’ Goes Nationwide Today

Today is the day! After months of fans eagerly awaiting the nationwide release of two-time Daytime Emmy winner, Maurice Benard’s (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) moving and insightful memoir, it’s finally available in book stores and online everywhere.

According to the publisher HarperCollins: The memoir Nothing General About It, looks back to Maurice’s youth in a small town and his tenuous relationship with his father. He describes how his bipolar disorder began to surface in childhood, how he struggled to understand the jolting mood swings he experienced, and how a doctor finally saved his life. For years Maurice was relentless in his goal to be a successful actor. But even after he “made it,” he still grappled with terrifying lows, breakdowns, and setbacks, all while trying desperately to maintain his relationship with his wife, who endured his violent, unpredictable episodes. Maurice holds nothing back as he bravely talks about what it was like to be medicated and institutionalized, and of how he learned to manage his manic episodes while on the set of GH. 

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Nothing General About It is also an incredible love story about an enduring marriage that demonstrates what those vows—for better, for worse, in sickness and in health—truly mean. Maurice also pays tribute to the community that has been there for him through thick and thin, and ruminates on the importance of both inherited and created family.  A shocking, riveting, and utterly candid memoir of love, adversity, and ultimately hope, Nothing General About It offers insights and advice for everyone trying to cope with mental illness, and is a motivational story that offers lessons in perseverance—of the importance of believing in and fighting for yourself through the darkest times.  Nothing General About It includes a 16-page insert featuring approximately 50 photographs.”

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Benard posted on his Instagram on Tuesday the following message to all: “I’m so proud to have done something I would’ve never imagined I could do. The kid who barely graduated from high school, less likely to succeed. I want to thank everybody in the book, My mom and dad my brother General Hospital,Sue black all my friends and of course my wife Paula. To the great team Harper Collins for believing in me and working incredibly hard. There still working incredibly hard during these times. What a ride!!!”

So will you be checking out Nothing General About It and showing your love and support for Maurice? Comment below.

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