How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

By Errol Lewis

( — He played queer on Showtime’s “Queer As Folk” for five seasons, now Gale Harold is playing an FBI Agent on the hunt for a missing senator’s wife.

Gale Harold

“Queer As Folk” star Gale Harold (ex-Brian Kinney) has received good news from the FOX Television Network this week, as the network announced his new series, “Vanished,” would find itself on their Fall ’06 schedule. Don’t worry ladies, this time he’s playing for your team.

“Vanished,” a one-hour mystery soap, where madness erupts when the wife of a prominent senator disappears and Senior FBI Agent Kelton (Harold), who was assigned to the case discovers the crime is part of a larger conspiracy. Viewers will watch through the eyes of law enforcement, family members and the media as the mystery unfolds.

The series also stars Christopher Egan, who is currently filming “Resident Evil: Extinction,” which is set for a 2007 release. Joanne Kelly, John Allen Nelson (“The Edge of Night,” “Loving” and “Santa Barbara”), John Patrick Amedori (“House, M.D.”), Margarita Levieva, Robert Hoffman (“American Dreams”), Rebecca Gayheart (“Beverly Hills, 90210″) and Ming Na (“As The World Turns”) round out the cast.

Paul Redford is Executive Producer, while Josh Berman will serve as Writer and Executive Producer, with Mimi Leder also serving as Executive Producer and Director. “Vanished” is a production of 20th Century FOX Television.

FOX will announce the “Vanished” timeslot on Friday, when they present their fall schedule to reporters and advertisers at their portion of the 2006-2007 Upfront in New York City.

FOX Takes WB Star
Sunday, May 14, 2006 8:22 PM | By Errol Lewis

( — No longer known for being the boy, who just happened to be gay, on WB’s “Dawson’s Creek,” actor Kerr Smith (ex-Jack McPhee) has grown up and is ready for “American Crime.”

Smith, last seen in the now defunct “E-Ring” as Bobby Wilkerson, finds himself solving crimes in the new series, “American Crime,” set to premiere this fall on FOX. “Crime” focuses on the forensics of law, where a dream team of four lawyers in Los Angelas, each lending a unique skill, work to free their high-powered “celebrity” clients from different crimes they have or have not committed. Kerr will play Tom Nicholson.

Rounding out the cast will be Rebecca Mader (“All My Children” and “One Life To Live”), Victor Garber (“Alias”) and Eammon Walker (“Oz” and “ER”).

David McNally II will serve as Director, while sharing Executive Producer credits with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Jonathan Shapiro II. Tyler Bensinger, also an EP, will hold a writing credit. “Crime” is a production of Warner Bros. Television Productions/Jerry Bruckheimer Films.

FOX will announce the “American Crime” timeslot on Friday, when they present their fall schedule to reporters and advertisers at their portion of the 2006-2007 Upfront in New York City.

Pictured: Kerr Smith courtesy Lester Cohen/WireImage

  • All My Children
  • AMC
  • OLTL
  • Alias
  • ER
  • Dawson’s Creek
  • Kerr Smith
  • Rebecca Mader
  • Victor Garber
  • Eammon Walker
  • E-Ring
  • American Crime
  • Justice
  • Oz
  • Jerry Bruckheimer

    By Errol Lewis with additional reporting by Jennifer Snyder

    ( — Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney-ABC Television Group, announced yesterday the promotion of ABC Daytime President, Brian Frons, to President, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. He will continue his day-to-day responsibilities at ABC Daytime, while adding SOAPnet and Buena Vista Productions to his watch and overseeing the creation, production and delivery of all Daytime programming for the Disney-ABC Television Group.

    Brian Scott Frons

    “The Disney-ABC Television Group was created to allow for efficiencies across all our businesses. This new structure achieves this by giving us one strategic vision for all our daytime oriented programming, regardless of where it airs. And Brian Frons is the perfect executive for this new venture. He’s intelligent, collaborative, creative and honorable, and has a penchant for approaching challenges with an eye towards what’s next, not what’s worked in the past,” said Sweeney in a statement, whom he will continue to report.

    Frons joined the Disney family in August 2002, when he took over as ABC Daytime President from outgoing President, Angela Shapiro, who found herself doing double duty as President of the ABC Family Cable Network and President of ABC Daytime, until Mr. Frons� appointment was announced. Shapiro has since married and moved onto the FOX Television Stations Group as President. As President of ABC Daytime, Frons was responsible for all aspects of Daytime programming, including the development, marketing, production and promotion of ABC Daytime programming. The daytime lineup consists of the soaps “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” and talk-show, “The View” hosted by Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Star Jones Reynolds, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Under his reign the ABC Daytime lineup continues to rank #1 in Women 18-49 (most coveted by advertisers) in Daytime Dramas and Full Daytime for the season.

    “I’m honored that Anne has shown such faith in my abilities, and I’m thrilled with the prospect of what lies ahead,” said Frons in accepting his new responsibilities.

    Frons began his career at CBS Entertainment in 1978. His previous daytime credits include stints at both CBS and NBC Daytime. He also helped with the development and creation of the “Soap Opera Digest Awards.”

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