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ABC buys soap opera drama from Josh Duhamel and Mark Gordon Co.


Josh Duhamel is returning to his soap opera roots, sort of. The actor along with the Mark Gordon Co. is teaming with “Revenge’s” Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts to bring an untitled soapy drama to ABC.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will be about “a daytime soap opera that explores the loves, lives and lunacy at an on-the-bubble network soap opera, where the antics of the cast and crew are crazier than the plotlines they broadcast. Set when the TV genre is faltering, the larger-than-life workplace family fights a never-ending desperate battle to keep their show on the air, egos secure and relationships intact.”

The drama is based on an idea from Duhamel, who portrayed Leo on “All My Children” from 1999-2002, returning for a few episodes in 2011 before the show went off the air. Berg and Harberts, who worked with Duhamel on the idea, will write the script and executive produce alongside Mark Gordon Co. head of drama Nicholas Pepper and actor Oliver Hudson. THR is reporting that Duhamel and Hudson may both appear onscreen if the project moves forward, but not in a series regular capacity.

Our POV: Sign us up! We’re big fans of soapy drama and the idea of a former soap star developing this project is too good to pass up. Not to mention we will gladly take any excuse to have Duhamel back on our TV screens, even if it’s just a recurring role. If they need any help further casting the project, we’d be happy to provide suggestions.

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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