According to Deadline, John Stamos, whose Grandfathered TV show was cancelled after one season on FOX, is developing a new drama series with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. The duo executive produced Drop Dead Diva which ran for six seasons on Lifetime, and Smash, which was cancelled in 2013, after two seasons on NBC.
The new project will feature the excesses of daytime soap opera stardom in the 1980s. Stamos got his first break, playing Blackie Parrish on General Hospital, from 1982 to 1984, in what was supposed to be a five-day stint.
Here is more on the still untitled drama, from Deadline:
Described as “Boogie Nights in the soap world,” the drama will explore the colorful and often dark world of soaps as it follows the journey of a young man thrust into soap stardom, during a decade defined by Reaganomics, greed, excess, indulgence and materialism. As a newly minted teen idol, he will struggle to balance his family life, working at his fathers restaurant and maintain his humble upbringing while navigating the temptations of sex, drugs and fame.
Stamos will executive produce alongside Zadan and Meron through the duo’s Storyline Entertainment. This is the latest collaboration for Stamos, Zadan & Maron who previously teamed to produce the Emmy-nominated mini-series Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie, Martin and Lewis.
Storyline Entertainment’s Mark Nicholson will produce the 1980s soap drama, which is in the process of finding a writer.
Here’s Stamos as Blackie Parrish, on General Hospital.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of this new behind-the-scenes soap opera drama? What title would you give it? If the series is picked up, will you watch it?