It should come as no surprise that Sean Kanan knows soaps inside and out from his runs as A.J. Quartermaine on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Deacon Sharpe on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. So he’s the perfect person to create the new digital drama series, STUDIO CITY, which focuses on the drama surrounding the production of the popular soap opera, Hearts on Fire! The first season premieres on Amazon Prime on Friday, Dec. 20, and the fast-paced episodes are dramatic, funny, surprising, and incredibly bingeable!
“STUDIO CITY has actually been in the works for quite a while,” Kanan revealed to Soaps In Depth. “More than 10 years ago I began writing a show about an aging soap star who has a great life but feels disillusioned and wants more. Little did I know that year later, that would serve as the embryo for STUDIO CITY. I was very fortunate to encounter some very special people along the way who have made this into a reality. My producing partner, Timothy Woodward, Jr., is a gifted director and producer and a consummate perfectionist. He and I have worked on several films together previously, including the recently-released feature, Beyond the Law. My wife, Michele Kanan, also served as a triple threat, producing, writing and casting the show.
“We are all so proud of the project,” he added. “Daytime has been an integral part of my life and I wanted to create a show that is effectively a love letter to the soaps while showing, sometimes in a comedic light and sometimes with profound drama, what it is like living the life of an actor on a soap opera.”
Kanan also loaded the STUDIO CITY cast full of talented actors who have been his castmates on GH and B&B, including Carolyn Hennesy (Diane, GH), Sarah Joy Brown (ex-Carly, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Shirley, B&B), Tristan Rogers (Roger, GH), and Scott Turner Schofield (ex-Nick, B&B). The cast also includes Michael James Lazar, Philip Bruenn, Erin Michele Soto, Melissa Riso, and newcomer Juliet Vega. Kanan and his wife joined Woodward, Jr. and Jason Antognoli on the writing team and all six episodes were directed by Woodward, Jr.
The first episode introduces Kanan’s character Sam Stevens, who plays Dr. Pierce Hartley on the show-within-a-show, his conflict with the soap’s producer, played by Hennesy, the drama with his girlfriend, played by Melissa Riso, the tension with his mother, played by Darbo, and ends with a cliffhanger reveal that turns Sam’s life upside down! Thankfully, all six episodes will be available for binging on Dec. 20, so you won’t have to wait to find out what happens next! STUDIO CITY is free to stream with Amazon Prime, so if you’re not already a member, just click the link to sign up!
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