Break out the hair spray bottle that may or may not actually be a flask with a small compartment for cocaine on the side! The ever-beautiful John Stamos is teaming up with a couple of big producers for a new cable drama series inspired by the actor's flashy early days as a teenager in the sexed-up world of soap operas. Surprisingly, this project wasn't born from one of Dave Coulier's fan fiction notebooks.
The in-development drama will be based in part on John Stamos' own experiences, as he struck it big in 1982 when, at 18 years old, he was cast on General Hospital in the role of Blackie Parrish. The fictionalized world is actually being described as "Boogie Nights in the soap world," according to Deadline, so maybe we can expect to see dong references galore. At the center of the narrative will be a young and impressionable young man entering a fast-moving environment fueled by indulging on vices like sex and drugs. The actor will need to quickly figure out a way to balance the excesses with his humble past, which includes helping out at his father's restaurant.
For the saucy and still-untitled project, John Stamos will be working with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who are best known for their work on musicals on both the big and small screen, having produced everything from the features Hairspray and Chicago to the TV events The Sound of Music Live! and The Wiz Live!, and that's far from everything. Two gay producers dramatizing the world of soap operas in the 1980s sounds too perfect even without Stamos' name attached. All three will executive produce the Universal TV project, which is their latest partnership, as they previously worked on the miniseries Beach Boys: An American Family and the TV movie Martin and Lewis.
The hunt is on to find a writer to give this idea one life to live, and it's impossible to avoid wanting Ryan Murphy to get involved, even though he's ridiculously busy with American Horror Story, American Crime Story and Feud, among other things. (Side note: someone get Stamos in Feud.) I guess it also depends on where this soap opera-geared drama would end up, as an AMC series would be much different from an HBO series.
It isn't clear at this point if John Stamos has any intentions on taking a starring role in the project, should it move forward, but it would be a travesty if he decided not to. He's currently busy with Scream Queens - which is from Ryan Murphy, so that connection is there, people! - and the second season of Fuller House. But by the time this comes together, he could have some free space on his schedule, right? RIGHT?
We'll probably be waiting a bit longer to hear about where this titillating project is heading. Thankfully, there are tons of shows coming sooner than that, and you can find them all in our fall TV schedule.
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