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

( — DirecTV is gearing up for its debut of “Passions” after the daytime soap leaves its broadcast network roots behind for a more limited subscriber base.

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Beginning Monday, September 17, “Passions” will make DirecTV’s Channel 101 (aka: The 101) its network home for its daily dose of drama, passion and mythical creatures. The soap will continue to air at 2pm, EST as it did on NBC for eight years. However, “Passions” will now air on a Monday through Thursday schedule instead of the typical Monday through Friday schedule it had become accustomed. Encore episodes will air each day at 7pm, EST with a weekend marathon of the weeks episodes airing Saturdays beginning at 10am, EST.

In January, after NBC announced plans to extend its “Today” franchise to four hours, it quickly became clear that the additional hour would come at the expense of “Passions.” Affiliates balked at the idea of giving the network back an hour for its daytime lineup, so the network had no choice but to cave by giving affiliates the “Passions” hour.

DirecTV is currently the multi-channel provider to 16.3 million subscribers.

“Passions” lasts airs on NBC on Friday, September 7, 2007.

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    One Door Closes as Two More Open
    Wednesday, August 1, 2007 8:50 PM | By Errol Lewis

    ( — “All My Children” casts the contract roles of two new hunks and reveals the last airdate for Justin Bruening.

    Soap Opera Network has learned that soap newcomer Billy Miller has joined the cast of ABC’s “All My Children” in the contract role of Wes. The character is said to be involved with Babe Carey (Alexa Havins). Miller’s previous television credits include an episode of “CSI: NY” in 2006, where he played William Graham. Look for Miller on “AMC” beginning Thursday, August 30.

    Also joining “AMC” will be Sterling Sulieman, who was last seen as Chris on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Sulieman is set to play the contract role of Dre, a young man who is part of a garage band that practices their music next to the Martin home. Dre will become good friends with Sean (Brent Weber) and Colby (Ambyr Childres). Sulieman begins airing on Tuesday, September 4.

    Bruening, who began playing Jamie Martin on the drama series in 2003, is set to make his exit from the series on Friday, August 24.

    Pictured: Billy Miller courtesy James/Levy/Jacobson Management

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