In a competitive situation, Amazon has landed for development a drama series project from John Stamos and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray Live), which chronicles the fame and excess of daytime soaps in the 1980s. Universal TV, where Zadan and Meron are under a deal for series and live events, is the studio.
The untitled drama, originally set up at Uni TV a year ago, is inspired by the experiences of Stamos, whose acting career was launched in 1982 when, at the age of 18, he landed the role of Blackie Parrish on the ABC daytime drama General Hospital.
Written by Adam Stein (Damages), the drama is described as “Boogie Nights in the soap world.” It will explore the colorful and volatile world of daytime drama as it tracks the journey of an 18-year-old Orange County kid suddenly thrust into the limelight of Los Angeles in the early-80s, when he is anointed the Next Big Thing on America’s most popular soap.
Stamos executive produces alongside Stein, Zadan and Meron, while Zadan/Meron Prods.’ Mark Nicholson will co-executive produce. This is the latest collaboration for Stamos, Zadan & Meron who previously teamed to produce the Emmy-nominated miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie, Martin and Lewis.
Stamos recently produced and starred in the Fox comedy series Grandfathered and he also produces and recurs on Netflix’s Fuller House. He is repped by Brillstein Entertainment partners and WME.
Zadan and Meron are currently prepping their 2018 NBC telecasts of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! and Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men Live starring Alec Baldwin. The duo also recently got a script commitment plus penalty from Fox for a 1990s hip-hop dance drama Take It From The Top (working title) inspired by top choreographer Fatima Robinson’s life. They are repped by ICM Partners and Morris Yorn.
Stein, who serves as co-executive producer on Fox’s The Exorcist, is repped by CAA and Manage-Ment.