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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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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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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

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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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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
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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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All My Children Alums to Appear in E!’s New Series, ‘Reunion Road Trip’

All My Children is having a bit of a renaissance of late. First with the previously announced primetime series in development, Pine Valley, and now a new series on E! Entertainment Television.

Coming up on the June 10th episode, which kicks-off the new show, Reunion Road Trip, several of your favorites from AMC are part of the first episode.

Look for Rebecca Budig (Ex-Greenlee), Eva LaRue (Ex-Maria), Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan), and Jacob Young (Ex-JR) along with Alicia Minshew (Ex- Debbi Morgan (Ex-Angie), Kelly Ripa (Ex-Hayley), and Darnell Williams (Ex-Jesse), to appear.

According to EW.com, who broke the news, viewers can look for Budig, LaRue, Mathison, Young, to come together at an exclusive Hollywood mansion to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary where they get some surprise visitors in the form of Minshew, Morgan, Ripa, and Williams.

Reunion Road Trip airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT with other episodes to feature the former casts of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, A Different World and Scrubs.

So, looking forward to seeing the Pine Valley crew on Reunion Road Trip? Comment below.

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GL Alum Kimberly J. Brown Joins the Cast of General Hospital

Another daytime favorite is coming to General Hospital.  This time its Kimberly J. Brown (Ex-Marah) of Guiding Light fame.  She last appeared on the soaps during her from 1993-1998 and then a brief return in 2006

According to Soap Opera Digest, she will make her GH debut next week in a mystery role.

Kimberly worked with two GH powerhouse actresses during her tine on Guiding Light. 

She noted to SOD about her time in Springfield: Cynthia Watros (Nina, GH, Ex-Annie Dutton, GL) was my stepmom for a bit, and Laura Wright (Carly, Ex- Cassie, GL) played my aunt.”

Brown has appeared in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures over the last few decades.

Now the question becomes, who will Kimberly play on GH? Share your theories via the comment section below.

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General Hospital and ‘H.R. Pufnstuf’s’ Billie Hayes Dead at 96

She was one-of-a-kind, and now actress Billie Hayes has passed away at the age of 96.  Hayes’ family announced her death from natural causes on April 29th at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Hayes was best-known for her unforgettable role as Witchiepoo on the 1969-70 Saturday morning live-action children’s classic H.R. Pufnstuf from Sid and Marty Kroft.

However, daytime fans will remember that then General Hospital executive producer, Gloria Monty, hired Hayes to play the recurring role of the street-smart international spy, Brighton O’Reilly, back in the 80’s series hey day.

GH’s Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) took to Twitter to mourn the loss of Hayes on Monday sharing; “My dear wonderful Billie Hayes has died. Sadly I only got to work with her on GH but it was a magical relationship. Right away Gloria Monty saw something unique and ran with it. I cannot tell you how her passing saddens me.”

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In story, Brighton O’Reilly was shot and killed by Victor Cassadine back in 1981. Billie told Soap Opera Digest back in 2003 about her time as an agent on GH, and her exit from the series: “I asked Gloria why she killed me off, and Gloria said, ‘To tell you the truth, Billie, we really hemmed and hawed at it. But I decided to do it for selfish reasons. I knew if I killed O’Reilly there’d be such an abundance of sympathy and love for Scorpio that his stock would go up. And he’s my new leading man!’ I understand why Gloria knocked me off, but I would have loved to have gone on with it because I feel it could have been developed into a fascinating character.”

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Sid and Marty Kroft also took to Twitter and expressed:  “Margaret Hamilton (Wizard of Oz) once told us that Billie Hayes was “one of the best witches ever” We couldn’t agree more. Rest in Peace dear friend.”

Billie’s career spanned decades including Broadway, television, motion pictures and voice-over work. In addition, she founded the Los Angeles-based animal rescue nonprofit organization Pet Hope, a cause she had championed since adopting a puppy abandoned in the basement of Broadway’s St. James Theatre during the run of Lil’ Abner in which she was featured in the role of Mammy Yokum.

Share your remembrances of Billie Hayes and your condolences for her family and loved ones via the comment section below.

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