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May 03, 2020

ABC and People Partner for 'Story of Soaps,' a Two-Hour Prime Time Television Event

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The two-hour TV event from ABC and PEOPLE, "The Story of Soaps," will feature the immense effect soap operas have had on television throughout the years. 

The special will debut May 19 on ABC. It will emphasize some of the most popular and successful personalities today.

"When people think about soaps, they think about daytime, that's not the whole story," Andy Cohen said in the clip. The famous host's "Real Housewives" franchise has numerous likenesses with soap operas.

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AN IMPORTANT EVENT

Alec Baldwin said that it was one of the most critical moments of his life. Baldwin starred in several soap operas throughout the years. 

Bryan Cranston noted that "daytime created serialized television, which we love now." Cranston's early roles include a stint in the 1983 soap opera, "Loving." Jon Hamm added:

"There are elements of soap opera in every dramatic television show. It was the first binge-watch."

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A DEEP DIVE

As reported by PEOPLE, the "Story of Soaps" will offer watchers a profound dive into the rich cultural history of the soap opera. It will likewise look at how female makers turned into a dominant force in the genre.

Meanwhile, for the first time, the yearly episodes of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" will be shot remotely, according to PEOPLE.

Cohen was quarantined in his apartment in New York City from his son Benjamin Allen while getting better.

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THE REUNION

The Bravo will bring back the hit reality TV franchise's cast together by means of a video feed from their homes as all self-isolate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expected to be in attendance are NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, Kenya Moore, Porsha Williams, and Eva Marcille. Cohen, who is the reunion moderator, announced the news on his SiriusXM show "Andy Cohen Live" recently.

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The reunion had previously been scheduled to film in late March in person. However, it was postponed as all non-essential work was canceled.

On March 20, Cohen tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, PEOPLE reported. The host, who is currently feeling better, recently said that he turned to "a lot of Tylenol, a lot of Vitamin C and liquids" to treat the virus.

Cohen was quarantined in his apartment in New York City from his son Benjamin Allen while getting better. They reunited later after doctors gave him the all-clear.

A year ago, Cohen announced he would become a father with the help of a surrogate in December 2018. He welcomed Benjamin in February 2019. 

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