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Was there not another soap proposed for NBC shortly after Passions that would kind of be like a Dark Shadows update? I think it was called Thunder Cove or something? I remember reading that Lesley Anne Down was attached and that it would be a kind of sister show to Passions?

Yup, it was Thunder's Secret about dueling families of vampires in a small coastal town.

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Yup, it was Thunder's Secret about dueling families of vampires in a small coastal town.

Apparently someone just made that up? The details do sound kinda fake.

Here's the only thing I found about it:

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.tv.passions/browse_thread/thread/b9b9d843ff255c30/f558d70c4c693544?q=%22thunder%27s+secret%22#f558d70c4c693544

here are some new tidbits on this new daytime soap coming on nbc…

The show is set in a wealthy New England town called Thunder Cove. The show is

a made up of 5 core families: The mysterious founding Irish family Mcfayddens,

The evil British Brennans, The socialite Lawrences, and The well-respected

Sullivans & Taylors. The show is based on the mysterious feud between two

families of vampires The Mcfayddens and The Brennans that has been on going for

three centuries. The feud brings on mysterious and unexplained happenings in

Thunder Cove that has the whole town aware that myth of the two families is

very much a fact . The show is going to be like nothing you have ever seen on

daytime, the sets are going to be much bigger than the other soaps, a lot of

outdoor shots, and the visual effects are going to be more realistic. It has

said that the show was going to have a prime-time drama look, but the creators

wanted to stay with a original new look for a daytime drama. It was a tough

decision to make for NBC, who have the established "Days Of Our Lives" on one

hand, and "Passions," which is still new and starting to form its audience, on

the other hand. With "Passions" still being new, NBC thought that bringing a

new soap to the canvas wasn't the right idea. But, when they read the Bible for

"Thunder's Secret" they decided to take a chance because they saw it as a

breathtaking, timeless story that needed to be told. The creators have

approached Michael Swan and Lesley-Anne Downs to play the most important roles

on the new soap and the feedback has been great. In talks is the idea of a

crossover from "Passions" to launch "Thunder's Secret". Hopefully, Thunder's

Secret" should hit the tube by the fall of 2001.

Then Blueeaglex posted

This new soap is a huge false rumor.

It is supposedly referenced in screenwriting and TV magazines. I get

just about ALL of them...and it's nowhere to be found in any of them!

In addition, when this rumor first cropped up, the news apparently broke

in a screenwriters magazine. It would NOT hit there first. Probably

VARIETY or HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Possibly one of the soap magazines, who

would certainly have reported about it by now.

The biggest thing missing from this information is the creator's name(s),

which would be one of the big points if it were to appear in a TV or

screenwriting magazine. It would have included their names, their past

credits, etc. And yet...NOTHING about that here.

Casting, too, would not be started by now given the timeline they've come

up with.

I remember Blueeaglex, who was an honest poster and he/she always posted articles from the mags. I would believe him/her.

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Shame, I always thought that sounded like it could have been amazing. I wonder if launching a soap similar to that would be a hit nowadays, the whole vampire genre is everywhere and I wonder if adding something like that to the daytime lineup of, say, NBC could revitalize the genre.

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In 72,ATWT writer Winifred Wolfe and producer Mary Harris,had a proposal for a 60 min soap titled 'Yesterday's Child...Tomorrow's Adult'.

It was reported at least one network was interested in the possibility of a 1hr soap(3 years before AW went to an hour).

SOD reported in March 88 that Peggy O'Shea had interest from Fox in 'Blue Point',which would dramatize the lives in a resort community. Each summer,holiday visitors from the city would corrupt the lives of the town folks,particularly its youth.Each winter,the residents of Blue Pont would regroup and find their inner strength again.

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That sounds like a really fascinating and gutsy concept. Something which HBO might have done a while back. Or Showtime.

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Right, I think it's maybe a bit too high concept for regular network daytime--if that makes sense. \\

Yes, I see what you mean, although I could have seen Jim Reilly taking this and making it really insane stuff.

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Blue Point.

Can't you imagine the innocent kids of the small town being corrupted by the devil-friendly big city kids.

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OK, thought so but was just checking. I can, I just think that it's a concept a network wouldn't have the patience to see playout over even one full year lol. (and what happens if test and focus groups complain when the big city kids go home cuz they liked those characters more ;) ). But I do agree.

I wish Showtime would get back into soaps though I can't honestly tell how many daily soaps they tried--there's next to no info on Marland's New Day in Eden, and even less about Pat falken Smith's country and western bar/music themed soap on Showtime (imdb doesn't even list it so I can't find the title! lol)

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I saw somewhere a long time ago discussion of a third Bell soap that never saw the light that was tentatively titled as The Proud and the Passionate and that a pilot was filmed. Does anyone remember or know about this?

Edited by soapfan770

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I saw somewhere a long time ago discussion of a third Bell soap that never saw the light that was tentatively titled as The Proud and the Passionate and that a pilot was filmed. Does anyone remember or know about this?

Never heard of that one, just Coming of Age.

Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella were working on a primetime sudser called Harlem. In it, Langella and Harry Belafonte would star as brothers, the drama revolving around their interracial family. I guess things fell through when Whoopi and Frank split.

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