NBC is adapting the popular Venezuelan telenovela The Black Widow for American audiences. Sri Rao (General Hospital: Night Shift) will write the script. The Black Widow is based on Venezuela's telenovela La Viuda Joven, which premiered in 2011 and aired 142 episodes around the world.
Electus is producing. The Black Widow is one of three telenovelas that Electus is developing for NBC, with an eye toward one of them airing as a 13-episode series, with multiple episodes running each week, much like an actual telenovela.
Tristan Rogers and Finola Hughes
I nearly bailed on General Hospital: Night Shift because its season premiere back in July was just so awful. But then the show got good. Really good. And now it's indisputably superior to the mob-infested soap that spawned it.
Read and discuss the rest of Logan's rave after the jump.
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C'mon, you knew Eli's eyes would open at the end of last season, didn't you? Of course, what kind of condition he's in remains to be seen, though Nate said the aneurysm was gone and, in tonight's second season premiere, so are Eli's visions — at least for the last six months.
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Complications from his latest surgery, coupled with the existing trauma caused by chemotherapy, have sent General Hospital: Night Shift's Robert Scorpio into a coma. As things look dire, the resilient former superspy is visited on the SOAPnet spin-off's Oct. 14 season finale by a bevy of buds, Luke (Anthony Geary), Anna (Finola Hughes) and brother Mac (John J. York) included.
TVGuide.com welcomed the opportunity to catch up with two of Robbie's visitors, John Reilly and Sharon Wyatt, who back in GH's globe-trotting days played former WSB boss Sean Donnelly and his starlet-turned-newswoman wife, Tiffany.
See what the two actors had to say, after the jump.
Tristan Rogers by Craig Sjodin/SOAPnet
SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift had an overload of material for its season finale, so the wrap-up is now being presented as a two-parter that ends Oct 21. The plot: Patrick's actions with a patient culminate in an explosion that rocks Port Charles. The finale also boasts a class reunion of GH '80s greats, including Robert (Tristan Rogers), Anna (Finola Hughes), Luke (Tony Geary) and — this is so cool! — Sean (John Reilly) and Tiffany (Sharon Wyatt). — Michael Logan
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Chad Allen, who is known to TV viewers from his run on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and once famously claimed that he had been blacklisted by Hollywood after he "came out" in 1996, has signed on for General Hospital: Night Shift in a guest-starring role.Over the course of three episodes, the first airing Sept. 23, Allen will play Eric, a patient in need of a liver transplant, and who develops a relationship with first-year resident Kyle (played by Adam Grimes) while undergoing treatment."We're delighted to have Chad join our show because not only is he a remarkable actor, he's an amazing activist," says NS head writer Sri Rao. "I welcome the honesty authenticity that he will bring to our show."Allen's other TV credits include guest gigs on Criminal Minds, Charmed and NYPD Blue. Matt MitovichMore soaps news: Days Taps Gary Tomlin to Replace Ed Scott All My Children Looks for a Few Good Men Have Soaps Finally Gone Color-blind?
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This just in from ABC:"The 13th annual ABC-SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend will be held November 15-16 at Disneys Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Colgate Total toothpaste will serve as the presenting sponsor of the event for the ninth consecutive year."Throughout the weekend, fans will have the opportunity to meet favorite stars from All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital. Festivities include celebrity motorcades, autograph sessions, game shows, interviews and the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind memorabilia from each of the shows. The Colgate Total Street Jam will close the event each day with live musical performances by some favorite Daytime stars."The Colgate Total sponsorship includes a national sweepstakes, awarding four trips for four to the 13th annual ABC-SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend, or one of many other great prizes. Go to SOAPnet.com for details and official rules."
Speaking to me at ABC's TCA press tour party (just moments after she caressed my silky-soft blazer!), Kimberly MCullough previewed the second season of General Hospital: Night Shift, spoiled a French-talking "glitch" in Robin and Patrick's future, and revealed her plan to make Daddy Scorpio a bit less grouchy. Did I mention she was digging my blazer? Just $49 at H&M! Matt Mitovich
I know we just talked to him about Celebrity Circus (which he has since won) and a bit of his return to General Hospital by way of SOAPnet's Night Shift. But here's even more from Antonio Sabato Jr. discussing Jagger's upcoming visit to Port Charles. Might the FBI agent get embroiled in mystery with the also-returning Robert Scorpio? Plus (of course) more Brenda/Vanessa Marcil talk! — Matt Mitovich
Antonio Sabato Jr. by Joel Warren/SoapNet
In Part 1 of this Q&A, Antonio Sabato Jr. talks of cheating death on Celebrity Circus. Meanwhile, on Season 2 of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift (arriving July 22), he will breathe new life into onetime rebel-without-a-cause "Jagger" Cates, whom he last played (on GH) in 1995. Sabato surveys what's ahead for the hood-gone-good. Matt Mitovich TVGuide.com: Had ABC tried previously to get you back to GH proper?Antonio Sabato Jr.: There was some talk, but I didnt really know about it. There were rumors, through the fan clubs and places, about Jagger coming back. And then it came to be this year. [GH casting director] Mark Teschner, who's a good friend of mine, called me up and said, "We'd love Jagger to come back, on Night Shift. You're the only one who has ever played him, and no one else can play him." Thats how it went. And then we had an issue [with Celebrity Circus], where I would lose a day of training. But I said, "I have to make both happen. They ...