“How am I supposed to write for a guy who has no head?”
If you were a soap fan in the summer of 1991, the quote above will immediately bring you back to the froth The sun is also setting. As for the storyline, Dr. Rod Randall – the supposedly dead, headless man mentioned above – and his ex-lover, Celeste, have reunited with Angelique, the girl he never knew was there. she had had. But what was happening behind the scenes was even more dramatic as a power struggle ensued for control of the struggling daytime drama.
Did we forget to mention that this all happened in a movie? Our evil.
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The movie was Soap dish and it thrilled daytime fans as it lovingly skewered the genre and its often over-the-top storylines. (You can check out the trailer below.)
Now comes word that Paramount Plus is bringing the film to the small screen with Whoopi Goldberg reprising her role as Rose Schwartz, the screenwriter responsible for bringing the Headless Man back to life and finding creative ways to stop the hunky Bolt from be fully clothed. Our sister site indicates that the weekly series will be in good hands, as it will be co-written by Jennie Synder Urman, who has proven her soapy credits with Joan the Virgin.
It’s unclear if other original cast members will join Goldberg in the new production. However, we are already hoping to see plenty of cameos by popular stars of the day. Finola Hughes (Anna, general hospital) and Stephen Nichols (Steve, days of our lives) were seen in the original – the former appearing as a soap opera actress who loses the equivalent of an Emmy to Sally Fields’ Maggie, and the latter as himself. But their appearances were so short that they gave the term “cameo” a bad name.
Yet it is easy to imagine the television version of Soap dish using current and former daytime stars to help grab the attention of soap fans. How fun it would be to see familiar faces help flesh out The sun goes down too, the soap-in-the-show on which all the drama takes place? And who better to play the outrageous storylines of Rose and her crew than actors who have undoubtedly brought far crazier stories to life?
In the meantime, assuming Field is unavailable to play SunThe leading lady of , why not take a sweet step in her stilettos? For example, such a role would give Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, The young and the restless) an opportunity to show off his underutilized comedic talents. And anyone who watched Deidre Hall’s performance as the devil-possessed Marlena on Days knows exactly what she is capable of. Heck, why not bring in one of the most famous names in soaps, Susan Lucci, whose run on Sneaky Maids proven to be more than just All my childrenis the iconic Erica Kane.
And you, soap fans? Are you excited for the new series like we are? And who do you think casting directors should watch when they fill out their prime-time soap opera? Share your suggestions in the comments section below, then browse our gallery of 15 soap opera stars who hit the bull’s eye in prime time.