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15 October 11th, 2012 ABC Purchases Modernized Soap Version of “Great Expectations”!

Looks like soaps are the “in” thing at ABC primetime!  The network has now has put in development Legacy, a drama described as a sexy soap and a modern-day twist on the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectation.  Jeremy Anderson and Patrick Moss will write the script and will co-executive produce.  Debra Martin will executive produce.

According to Deadline.com,  “This is feature producer Debra Martin’s first sale under her overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, she was to hire a dedicated TV executive, which she has now done, bringing in Charles Pugliese as VP at Martin Chase Prods.  Previously, he was VP of Production and Development at Darren Star Prods, where he most recently co-produced the ABC/ABC Studios dramedy GCB. Prior to that, he was a producer at NYC-based Killer Films.

Of note:  this is the second drama project this season that is a modern-day reimagining of Great Expectations. The other, Expectations, has been set with Reese Witherspoon executive producing.

So what do you think of a primetime soap with a twist on the Dickens classic?  Who would you cast in the lead roles?  Let us know!

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  1. Mark says:

    Daytime soaps! DAYTIME!!

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  2. Tammy Grzenia says:

    I think its stupid ABC got rid of there Daytime Soap .and now they are trying to bring soaps to prime time.what are they thinking.JUST BRING BACK ALL MY CHILDREN & ONE LIFE TO LIVE.!

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    Tali Smith replied

    Agree with you Tammy, whole heartedly!

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  3. Tali Smith says:

    ABC just needs to bring back AMC & OLTL! I do think the reason they are going all soapy in Primetime is because of the boycott the daytime fans have done. While ABC doesn’t want to say they made a mistake-they are trying to make up for it with primetime soaps. I don’t think it’ll work.

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    su0000 replied

    ABC does not even have a thought of lost viewers of OL and AMC..
    They are a mere grain of salt in the ABC/D media sea..
    Them not watching the great prime time soaps is their loss not ABC/Ds ..

    I am really into the riveting prime time ABC soaps and always GH ABC’s daytime soap..

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  4. Lynn A says:

    Not interested in anything ABC/D until they own up to their mistakes and bring soaps back to the daytime lineup! As good as Nashville looks, and I love Jonathan Jackson in anything he does, I refuse to give any show on ABC a shot until the right their wrongs!

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  5. MemphisBelle says:

    I am looking forward to this production of one of my favorite stories by Dickens.
    Nightime shows have a bigger budget due to the fact that sponsors pay more per minute than in daytime mainly due to the larger audiences in all demographics.
    I hope is as good as Revenge and Last Resort.

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  6. emtk says:

    If ABC/D wants nighttime soaps, make OLTL a nighttime soap. I’d prefer to see OLTL everyday, but I’d rather see it once a week than not at all!

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    Tali Smith replied

    Great Idea – heard this before or maybe a tv movie a couple times of year to see what is going on in Llanview!!

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    Brian replied

    Great idea ! ABC are you listening?

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  7. su0000 says:

    I will say this;
    Out of the daytime soaps GH is the only one with prime time quality..

    It is a new media era and the daytime soaps need to move out of the dark ages and into the 21st century of story telling ..
    And GH under Frank and Ron can bring GH into the new era, IF, they are brave enough to try.
    By the ratings for the ABC prime time soaps, which are over the top, that is the viewing the public is into theses days.

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    Tali Smith replied

    OLTL had bettter ratings than GH and now with Frank & Ron over fromOLTL, GH has to get better, but I don’t watch it because they are destroying OLTL history and changing the characters that are jumping. Hopefully if GH stays they will incorporate more, true characters from Llanview into Port Charles!

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    Brian replied

    Agreed!

  8. SZima says:

    WTF? We don’t need two shows based on the same book. How stupid would that be? Hopefully at least one of them will go away. Don’t care which one…

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  9. Mary Fergen says:

    This is craziness! They have the nerve to promote certain nightime series as being soaps, when their supposed reason for cancelling AMC and OLTL was that soaps are no longer relevent? No, I will never watch anything on ABC/D except for GH! They have two fine programs with established audiences that they could do something with, if only they were smart enough to realize it!

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