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Daytime Confidential EXCLUSIVE: Log on to Strike TV for Greenville General SNEAK PEEK!


Remember a few weeks back when General Hospital script writer Karen Harris gave 200 lucky Daytime Confidential readers an exclusive access code to view her upcoming Strike TV drama Life in General? Well now those same 200 peeps can go on and check out Greenviille General the soap-within-the-soap. Who said Santa Claus only comes once a year? Probably a dirty Commie who doesn't believe in Jesus!  DRILL FOR OIL! DRILL FOR OIL! Sorry...someone actually made me watch the Republican National Convention.

Anyhoo, Karen is doggedly trying to get us some additional access codes for those who missed the first opportunity, but those of you who logged on the first time can go back, re-enter your user name and password and voila! Instant Soapy Goodness and low in calories! Hmm, maybe I should sign up for Cooking to Get Lucky? Nah, I'll wait for Cooking to Get Free Xanax. READ MORE

Exclusive "Life in General" SNEAK PEEK for First 200 Daytime Confidential Visitors!!!


God Bless The Net.
Video killed the radio star and if this keeps up the Internet will kill the television show - and for the first time in years I don't think that's a bad thing. I just finished watching the sneak peek of General Hospital writer Karen Harris's new web show Life In General and I am blown away with how smart, fast-paced, emotionally resonant and sexy the show managed to be in just its pilot episode.

It is so refreshing to see talented soap stars like Arianne Zucker (Nicole, Days; Winnie, LIG), Lindze Letherman (ex-Georgie, GH; Maddie, LIG) and Scott Clifton (ex-Dillon, GH; Fritz, LIG) hold their own with legends like JoBeth Williams (Mary Kate) and Brynn Thayer (ex-Jenny, OLTL; Rachel, LIG). READ MORE

DC #286: Karen Harris & Life in General Interview

Today on Daytime Confidential Luke and Jamey visit with General Hospital Script Writer Karen Harris about her new web series Life in General which premieres on Strike TV.

Starring Jordan Bridges, Days of Our Lives' Arianne Zucker, General Hospital's John Ingle, Lindze Leatherman, and Scott Clifton, among others, Life in General is the story of the people who work on the second longest running soap opera on American television, Greenville General.

Join us as we learn the inspiration for Life in General and Greenville General and how their development was born out of the Writers Strike. Read Karen Harris' Strike TV Blog and watch the Life in General Trailer.

Hear about Karen Harris' work on General Hospital: Night Shift and how she loves to write for the Scorpios and Scrubs. Find out what it is like for her, as a writer on the original The Incredible Hulk and Knight Rider, to see the series reborn in film and in primetime.

All this and more on today's special episode of Daytime Confidential.

Note: We just recieved word that the Daytime Confidential Exclusive code for previewing Life In General should be available for 200 lucky Daytime Confidential listeners and readers later this week. Due to the Beta testing it was not yet available at the time of publication for this interview.

Check out these Life in General related links:
Life In General MySpace Profile, Life in General Facebook Profile, Karrin Harris' Strike TV Blog, Arianne Zucker's Lowd Suga', Lindze Leatherman Official Website, Scott Clifton Official Website and Strike TV.

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General Hospital: Freeing Up Cash, But For What?

Something curious is going on over at General Hospital in the casting department and I'm not sure what to make of it.

Amidst the headline grabbing demise of legacy characters portrayed by Natalia Livingston (Emily) and Lindze Letherman (Georgie) and off screen coma of Dylan Cash's Michael General Hospital has ever so subtly been eliminating contract roles such as those portrayed by Josh Duhon (Logan) and Jason Gerhardt (Coop) or putting contract roles portrayed by actresses such as Jackie Zeman (Bobbie) and Kent Masters King (Laney) on recurring. This as word has it that several major stars have had or requested to have their daily guaranteed episode counts reduced.

Put the pieces of the puzzle together and it makes one wonder how much money the casting department at General Hospital is sitting on, and more specifically what they may be stockpiling it for?

Of course there is one obvious explanation, but I'll get to that in a minute.

First though, it should be noted that General Hospital brought back Sarah Brown in January, which you just know had to cost a pretty penny. This past October they hired Bruce Weitz as Anothony Zacchara. Of course then there was the Finola Hughes/Young and Restless casting fiasco which forced General Hospital to announce that they had a major storyline for Hughes this summer (which some fans doubt actually existed) to avoid having one of ABC's biggest names jumping to the CBS network. Not hard to imagine that was a hit to the balance sheet.

To be fair, it is entirely possible that in an era of eroding ratings General Hospital may just be tightening its casting budgets so that it can afford to go to the negotiation table with enough cash on hand to be able to keep some of it's bigger name stars such as Maurice Bernard, Jason Thompson, Kimberly McCullough, and Kelly Monaco around. Maurice Bernard just renewed his contract but the other three are all reported to have their contracts come up early this fall. However, I'm not sure I want to be "fair." It's not as fun to be fair, now is it.

Which leads me to the question. If General Hospital is in fact eliminating all these roles in order to free up cash, for what reason? Could it be to so that it can continue it's gluttonous obsession with CGI? Might it be to help pay for the second season of General Hospital: Night Shift? OR could it be in order to try and seduce She Who Shall Not Be Named back to Port Charles? Rumors abound that it is thisclose to happening.

Needless to say, I'm very curious where all the money General Hospital is saving by getting rid of or reducing these contracts is going. I know which I'm hoping for. Unfortunately when it comes to General Hospital I rarely get what I want.   

Which daytime stars should The CW cast on its 90210 update?

 

An in depth breakdown for the pilot episode of the much talked about CW spin-off of Beverly Hills, 90210 has been making the rounds and it sounds almost as good as Shanice's "Saving Forever For You" from Beverly Hills, 90210: The Soundtrack. Don't laugh. You know you bought.

According to reports the new show, like it's mothership, will revolve around a transplanted family of Midwesterners who descend on Beverly-Hills that is-complete with a mom, a dad and a pair of 16-year-olds oozing more sex appeal and angst than, you know, zits.

This time the core siblings won't be twins, in fact they won't even be biological siblings. Annie, a sensitive theater geek will have an adopted brother Dixon, a troubled bad boy the family took in at 10 years old.

Upon arriving in the land of botox and overcrowded beaches, they will meet:

Daphne Silver, a You Tube-loving party girl who lives in a rocking pad with her mysterious older brother Max (these two may or may not be related to David Silver from 90210 1.0 and they may or may not have offed their own parents).

Navid, a teen journalist of Middle Eastern descent who will be a Luke to Dixon's Brandon, or wait...an Andrea to Dixon's Brandon..well, he could be a Steve  to Dixon's Brandon??? Anyway, he'll be Dixon's best friend! Geesh!

Rounding out the cast will be  "it" couple Ethan and Naomi, who will lure sweet  Annie into a torrid frienemies triangle  ala Brenda/Dylan/Kelly.

My question is will Rob Thomas keep with Aaron Spelling's grand tradition of hiring daytime stars for his primetime soaps? Ian Ziering, Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris and later Daniel Cosgrove and Vanessa Marcil all had contract roles on the original 90210 during some point in the show's run and all graduated from daytime. Which daytimers would you like to see pull up a chair at the Peach Pit this time around?

Days of Our Lives: Lauren Koslow's Contract Status In Question



BREAKING NEWS! Days of Our Lives veteran Lauren Koslow's contract status has been brought into question amid online reports that she has been let go. Reportedly SNS broke the news in their forums.

If true this follows in the wake of the firings of Martha Madison and Brandon Beemer.  This amidst the recent hiring of Tamara Braun, the reported talks between Days of Our Lives and other former General Hospital including Jason Gerhardt, and the rumors that Days of Our Lives is trying to entice Kirsten Storms to return as Belle Black and the rumor of Lindze Letherman being courted as Mimi.

For me the possibility of Koslow's Kate Roberts no longer being on Days of Our Lives is hard to image as she has played Sami arch nemesis for over a decade and is one of my favorite characters.

I have to ask this question but don't consider it a spoiler because it is not.

Considering Days of Our Lives renewal is question with NBC and considering all the major firings and the consequent hiring and rumored hirings of former General Hospital stars is it possible that Corday may have cut some sort of deal with Frons if NBC doesn't renew Days of Our Lives

In my opinion only two things explain what is going on at Days of Our Lives these days 1) Corday is slashing the cast to make it affordable for NBC to renew or 2) Corday has cut a deal with Frons as I mentioned above.