John Stamos Developing Drama About Daytime Soaps' 1980s Heyday

John Stamos is giving us the daytime TV exposé we’ve all been waiting for.

The TV vet has partnered with uber producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to develop a drama series set in the world of 1980s soap operasDeadline reports.

Loosely based on Stamos’ early days on General Hospital, the potential series — which will be shopped around to cable — is said to explore how a decade defined by Reaganomics, greed, excess, indulgence and materialism shaped what went on behind-the-scenes of TV’s most popular soap operas. It will be told through the eyes of a young man thrust into stardom as he attempts to navigate temptations of sex, drugs and fame.

As you’ll recall, a then-teenaged Stamos cut his acting teeth playing Blackie Parrish on GH in the early ’80s. He exited the soap in 1984, three years before landing his breakout role as Jesse Katsopolis on Full House.

In addition to his forthcoming role on Scream Queens, Stamos continues to recur on Fuller House, which recently wrapped production on Season 2. He previously collaborated with Zadan and Meron on the 2000 miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the 2002 TV-movie Martin and Lewis.

Would you tune in for a drama based on what was going on behind-the-scenes of your favorite soaps?

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27 Comments
  1. Nicole Walker says:

    I am HERE for this! Can you imagine the fun camp to be had? The veteran soap stars that could guest star? Hope a network gives it a shot.

  2. Mia says:

    Whoa hasn’t Kimberly McCollough been pitching this exact idea for the past few months!?
    Why didn’t they pair up for this?

    • Katie says:

      Yeah she was and now that John Stamos wants to do it and make it about him it gets green-lit. Yet another female director loses out on a job. I would hope John might have the decency to at least approach her about it but I would doubt it especially if they basically stole her concept. I know that this is both of their stories and that so many other but the timing just seems suspect.

      • Jessica says:

        I assume its more because hes way more well known then her rather than that shes a female. Almost everyone knows who John Stamos is, but Kimberly McCullough is only really known by people who watch GH.

        • Mary says:

          That may be true but sorry you don’t steal someone idea and pass it off as your own. That is the lowest of low. If he had any decency he would have involved her in some way. No justification and I for one won’t watch.

    • LT says:

      YUP! She just got Stamosed!

  3. Take my money. Just take it. :)

  4. Kelly says:

    CAN NOT WAIT!

  5. Cassie says:

    Shop this to Netflix/Amazon/Hulu. I can’t imagine not being able to binge watch this.

  6. ana says:

    What tv needs, the story about 80’s soap operas told through the eyes of a man.

    • Andrea says:

      To be fair, though, if we’re talking about the ’80s and soaps, you WERE talking predominately about men. The audience was largely teenage girls (me) and women (my mother). I watched the CBS soaps, not GH on ABC, but even I knew who Blackie was. Whether Luke and Laura was your jam or you preferred Josh and Reva, men were heavily in the equation at that point in time. They were either half of whatever supercouple you adored or the single, hunky types that you swooned over when they arrived on-screen. It’s not possible to place the attitudes that people hold about gender now on a series that is supposed to reflect a time thirty years ago.Soaps were about hot guys, romance, sex, and an occasional murder/business story/adventure/illness to keep things interesting. I would SO watch a series from this period of time!

  7. Danielle says:

    OMG, I would totally binge watch this.

  8. Molly says:

    Lol. How boring. And nobody really cares about daytime soaps any more.

  9. Kristin says:

    This is an almost exact copy cat of Kimberly McCullough’s (Robin, GH) Hey Day pitch that’s she been working on for a couple of years. Not cool John Stamos!

  10. Mary says:

    Sorry this is really Kim McCullough “aka Robin Scropio” concept, in fact her title is called hey day and she has been pitching it. I don’t believe it is a coincidence either, in fact I think it is Stamos way of trying to stay relevant. Sad really that one would stoop so low.

  11. LT says:

    So who do we trust to pull this off effectively? A multiple daytime EMMY winner who has been part of the process for 2 decades + or a guy who ditched the genre after a couple of years? I’m going with Kimberly.

    • ChellemaBelle says:

      This could be two entirely different takes on the seemingly same story. A few years back, Once Upon a Time and Grimm were considered to be the “same” thing as they both were about fairy tales.

      However, it’s pretty obvious in hindsight that they took decidedly different takes.

      As far as the ’80’s vibe, I’d rather see an adult perspective, but that doesn’t exclude me from wanting a modern day version (or somewhat modern) from a woman. And before everyone starts yelling that it would be two of the same thing, how many years has the primetime lineup been littered with cops, legal, and medical dramas?

      If they packaged it right, they could be companion pieces with a central character bridging the gap between the two (Corbin Bernsen– ready to resume the Psych flashbacks as a soap showrunner?)

      • Andrea says:

        Kimberly started on GH in the ’80s as a child, but wasn’t she on there for several years, left, and then came back? That would put her in the ’90s. You could easily tell both stories. For one thing, the late ’90s and the early ’00s brought the rise of the message boards and internet fan bases into the world of soaps. That’s a phenomenon unto itself that didn’t exist in the ’80s. So, an ’80s view of the genre would be very different from a ’90’s view.

    • anon says:

      Or the guy who has actual name recognition (and therefore can get buyers) vs. the girl who would make non-soap viewers go “who?”

  12. Tommy Huntre says:

    It’s a vague concept. People accusing him of stealing her idea – well, I guess you have actual, factual knowledge to back that up, yes?

    A lot of concepts sound the same. It all boils down to execution of the project. Remember that medical drama set in Chicago at a hospital. It focused on the Doctor staff, had some great personal drama. No, folks, not ER. I’m talking the superior CHICAGO HOPE. See how that works??

  13. Not cool JS! this is an almost exact copy cat of Kimberly McCullough’s Hey Day