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Former General Hospital Heartthrob John Stamos Pitches Soap Show

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We haven’t seen the likes of Blackie Parish in Port Charles since about 1984, but John Stamos has certainly been everywhere.The handsome actor has enjoyed tremendous fame since leaving the soap opera.

He’s appeared on countless shows including Full House (and it’s updated version Fuller House), ER, and recently Grandfathered — that’s when he isn’t rocking out on drums with The Beach Boys. Now comes word that he pitched a show that’s billed as “Boogie Nights in the soap world,” according to an article on Deadline.

The Details
According to Deadling, Stamos has partnered “with producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The Wiz Live!) for a cable drama series chronicling the fame and excess of daytime soaps in the 1980s.” Some may say it sounds a little bit like the show Heyday, that another former General Hospital star, Kimberly McCullough, wanted to do.

Both take place in the soap world in the 80s, but we’re betting Stamos’s version will feature far more adult situations. After all, it’s set to follow along the lines of what Stamos himself experienced when he joined the soap at age 18 in 1982 — thrust from nowhere into the spotlight and all that comes with sudden fame and fortune.

The Players
Deadline says this has been a winning team in the past. They “previously teamed to produce the Emmy-nominated miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie, Martin and Lewis.”

Considering nostalgia shows have become popular on TV recently (like ABC’s Goldbergs and NBC’s Aquarius to name just a couple), mining the 80s daytime scene, when GH’s Luke and Laura put soaps on the map (and on the cover of Newsweek!), makes this show seem like a no-brainer. Here’s hoping a smart network picks it up. In some ways, it will be like a giant ‘blind item’ for us viewers as we try to figure out if storylines are from reel or real life.


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