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

 

Pole Dancing ‘With The Stars’

Dancing Synergy
Thursday, February 7, 2008 4:54 PM | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Maksim Chmerkovskiy joins his former “Dancing with The Stars” co-star, Cameron Mathison, on “All My Children.”

“Dancing with the Stars” alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy will appear on “All My Children” on Tuesday, February 26. This will cue a reunion with his “DWTS” co-star Cameron Mathison. Mathison, who plays the amnesiac Ryan on “AMC,” was one of the dancing stars in Season 5 of the hit reality series. In a story swing that may very well make Minnie Mouse blush, Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig), co-owner of cosmetics company Fusion, hires they sexy Chmerkovskiy to teach her and her co-workers the finer points of pole-dancing. Cue Ryan Lavery’s entrance into that tantalizing scene. An ABC spokesperson curiously suggests that Mr. Lavery will then proceed to “get inspired seeing the woman dancing the pole.”

Chmerkovskiy has danced with a star in four of the past five seasons of ABC’s popular reality series “DWTS.” His star partners have included actress Tia Carrere, singer Willa Ford, boxer Laila Ali and most recently not so scary “Spice Girl” songtress Melanie Brown. Chmerkovskiy made it to the finals with Brown but ended up finishing in second place.

Chmerkovskiy isn’t the first “DWTS” professional dancer to participate in this particular form of Disney/ABC synergy. “DWTS” regular Louis van Amstel appeared on “AMC” in the spring of 2007.

Pictured: Cameron Mathison courtesy ABC

  • All My Children
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Cameron Mathison


    Who Knows What Can Happen?
    Thursday, February 7, 2008 12:15 AM | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casting News for the Week of February 11.

    Tom Miller returns to “B&B” as a Forrester employee on February 11.

    Rocky McMurray plays a private investigator on the February 15 and February 18 episodes. McMurray has appeared in a number of primetime programs including “7th Heaven,” “Desperate Housewives,” and “The West Wing.”

    Cameron and MacKenzie Carr play “Baby Jack” on February 11 and February 13. “Baby Jack” is the child of Dominick ‘Nick’ Payne Marone (Jack Wagner) and Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang).

    Pictured: Katherine Kelly Lang courtesy CBS

    • The Bold and the Beautiful
    • Tom Miller
    • Rocky McMurray
    • Cameron Carr
    • MacKenzie Carr


      AMC PreVUE: Week of February 11 Edition

      Love Story
      Thursday, February 7, 2008 12:07 AM | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – More than twenty years after their last encounter, the long road home finally leads Jesse and Angie back to each other.

      THIS WEEK ON “ALL MY CHILDREN”…

      Babe sets off on a life-saving and possibly impossible mission after Krystal assists her with hacking into Joe’s computer. Aidan gives Greenlee the medicine she needs by making an early return from his trip. Sparks fly between Erica and Samuel during their after hours interview. An amorous Zach surprises Kendall at her book signing in Chicago. Ryan and Annie try to get to know each other again by going on a “first date.” An emotional Kendall confesses to Erica that she may be pregnant – and that Aidan may be the father. Kendall, Greenlee and Erica kick off the Campbell’s “Go Red for Women” fashion show.

      REUNITED, AND IT FEELS SO…


      Jesse remains adamant that no one can ever know that he’s alive, but later risks his secret coming out when Angie is in need of his help. Jesse disappears after he gets Angie into good hands. Dr. Hubbard has logical answers for everything as her son questions her about her recent Jesse sighting. Meanwhile, Jesse remains tightlipped as Tad urges his tormented pal to explain to him about why he has to remain dead to the world. Tad and Jesse’s conversation is cut short when Angie arrives at Tad’s door. Later, a hidden Jesse listens on as Angie recounts her and Jesse’s touching love story to a sympathetic Krystal. Tad and Jesse’s are aghast when Krystal invites her new pal, Angie, to stay the night. An oblivious Krystal further strains the situation when she locks Jesse in the Martin basement for the night as Angie sleeps on the upstairs couch. The next morning, Krystal comes face to face with Angie’s not-so-dead husband. Jesse informs Krystal that if she doesn’t keep quiet the lives of everyone he cares about will be in danger. Jesse and Angie separately ready to leave Pine Valley with help from a reluctant Tad and Krystal. Tad and Krystal each decide to push the hands of fate a little and set their pals on a collision course. Out of escape routes, Jesse faces the stunned love of his life – Dr. Angela Hubbard.

      D2D PreVUE’s for the week of February 18

      Monday: Angie won’t let Jesse leave her again. Erica is arrested for insider trading.

      Tuesday: Babe has a life or death wager for JR. Erica’s legal woes continue to mount.

      Wednesday: Babe takes JR to bed as part of her grand plan. Kendall is aghast to learn of Zach’s plans for her and Aidan.

      Thursday: Ryan is tortured by memories of Kendall. Jesse comes face to face with his son.

      Friday: Angie refuses to allow Jesse to walk out of her life again. Richie plans on getting what he wants from JR no matter what.

      Pictured: Susan Lucci courtesy ABC



      By Errol Lewis


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With news of actress Shell Kepler’s passing spreading throughout the country, whether through television news outlets, online reports or radio mentions in big cities, it was only a matter of time before Kepler’s former colleague’s at “General Hospital” spoke out.

      Jaclyn Zeman

      After releasing a statement yesterday along with comments from “General Hospital” executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps, the ABC soap has provided an official statement from Jacklyn Zeman, who portrays Nurse Bobbie Spencer.

      “In addition to her acting and designing talents Shell loved to decorate her home. It was beautiful and warm…like Shell. She loved to cook and entertain. No one ever left Shell’s house hungry. She also liked to custom make gifts for her family and friends. She had a big generous loving heart and she was a special friend to me and my daughters Cassidy and Lacey. We miss her presence in our lives and we treasure the memories of our good times together.”

      Kepler, who played Nurse Amy Vining on “GH” from 1979-2002, died Friday in Portland, Oregon. The cause of death has not been released by the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital where she died, reports the Associated Press.

      • General Hospital
      • Shell Kepler
      • Jacklyn Zeman


        Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier Talent Agency

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Could Arianne Zucker be returning to NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the near future? That’s been the talk of “DAYS” message boards all weekend.

        Reports abound that the actress, who left the soap in 2006, was returning to the role of Nicole Walker, which she originated in 1998.

        Representatives for the actress were unavailable for comment at press time.

        A “Days of our Lives” representative was unable to confirm nor deny reports that Zucker was returning to “DAYS.”

        Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network for the latest on Arianne Zucker and all things “Days of our Lives.”



        Former ‘General Hospital’ Actress Passes
        Monday, February 4, 2008 9:00 PM | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” and fans mourn the loss of veteran actress Shell Kepler, who passed away on Friday, February 1, 2008 in Portland, Oregon. Kepler, 49, played Nurse Amy Vining on the ABC Daytime drama series from 1979-2002.

        Website TMZ.com is reporting she died of renal failure, however the Associated Press is reporting that the Oregon Health & Science University, where the actress passed, did not give out the cause of death.

        Kepler began her career in 1978 when she appeared in an episode of the popular series “CHiPs,” which starred Erik Estrada (“The Bold and the Beautiful”). After joining “GH,” she appeared in a number of episodes of ABC’s “Three’s Company.” Upon the arrival of ABC’s “Port Charles” in 1997, the actress was able to bring her character of Nurse Vining to an audience craving non-stop hospital drama. On the film side she appeared in “Bus 17 is Missing,” “Getting Wasted” and the Joan Collins headed, “Homework.”

        On top of a successful acting career, Kepler started her “Lacy Afternoon” clothing line that was marketed on the Home Shopping Network. She also co-wrote a book called “Make Fashion Magic” in 1996 with Danica D’Hondt and corporate author Inc. Leisure Arts. Oxmoor House served as publisher.

        When asked for comment, “General Hospital” issued the following press statement, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and colleague Shell Kepler who portrayed the role of Nurse Amy Vining on ‘General Hospital’ (and on the spin-off ‘Port Charles’) for over two decades. She was one-of-a-kind and well loved by her fellow cast and crew members. We will all miss her and send our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.”

        “I was shocked to hear of the recent and untimely passing of Shell Kepler. She was a wonderful person and my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time,” said “General Hospital” executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps.

        On behalf of Soap Opera Network, our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Kepler’s family as they go through this trying time.

        Pictured: Shell Kepler courtesy ABC Photo Archives

        • General Hospital
        • Shell Kepler
        • Jill Farren Phelps


          Who Knows What Can Happen?
          Sunday, February 3, 2008 8:00 PM | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Casting News for the Week of February 4.

          Ridge Perkett returns as “R.J. Forrester,” son of Ridge Forrester (Ron Moss) and Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang) on February 6, along with Amanda and Rachel Pace who dually portray “Hope Logan,” daughter of Deacon Sharpe (Sean Kanan) and Brooke.

          Henry LeBlanc returns as a “Minister” on the February 4 episode of “The Bold and the Beautiful.” In the episode, Taylor insists that Brooke marry Ridge or else.

          Pictured: Ron Moss courtesy CBS

          • Ridge Perkett
          • Amanda Pace
          • Rachel Pace
          • Henry LeBlanc
          • The Bold and the Beautiful


            ‘B&B’ Coverage Returns to SON
            Sunday, February 3, 2008 7:30 PM | By Errol Lewis

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Battle Lines are drawn as rivals bring a new war.

            THIS WEEK ON “THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL”

            Taylor is angry with Brooke after learning she refuses to marry Ridge, just as Jackie reveals that baby Jack is Brooke’s biological child to a stunned Stephanie. After her meeting with Brooke, Taylor finally admits to Nick and James that she has been drinking. Brooke learns what Donna and Eric have been up to. Nick is questioned by James. After his talk with James, Nick confesses his true feelings to Brooke. After realizing that her hallucinations have returned, Taylor gets some words of advice from James regarding her relationship with Nick.

            WHAT TO WATCH

            Can Rick save Taylor from self destruction?

            Pictured: Hunter Tylo courtesy CBS



            By Errol Lewis


            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Congratulations go out to Derk Cheetwood and wife Cari Costner.

            Derk Cheetwood

            On Wednesday, January 30, the world welcomed baby Kylie Danielle Cheetwood to the Cheetwood family at 3:25 PM. Kylie weighed in at 9 pounds, 3 ounces and was 21½ inches tall. This is the first child for Derk and Cari.

            Cheetwood is the cousin of “General Hospital” co-star Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and brother to Drew Cheetwood, who plays Milo on “GH.” Costner is the niece of Kevin Costner.

            Everyone at Soap Opera Network and “General Hospital” wish Derk and family well as they begin their new journey.

            • General Hospital
            • Derk Cheetwood
            • Cari Costner


              OLTL PreVUE: Week of February 4 Edition

              The ties that bind
              Friday, February 1, 2008 9:00 PM | By Scotty Gore

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — You can’t handle the truth.

              THIS WEEK ON “ONE LIFE TO LIVE”…

              Viki and Charlie are ecstatic to be reunited, however Viki can’t help but wonder how Charlie ended up at Dorian’s. Dorian, meanwhile, blackmails Jared. Viki confronts Jared about Jessica, not knowing that he is Charlie’s son. Charlie and Viki make love at Llanfair. Allison offers Jessica a deal–break her out of St. Ann’s, and she’ll confess her secret. A lying Charlie informs Viki that Rex is his son. Dorian wants to go head-to-head with Viki. Starr wants Markko to reassure her that nothing is going on between Langston and Cole. Antonio and Talia’s time alone is
              interrupted by Officer Oliver Fish, who arrives to take Antonio back to Llanview. Viki tells Dorian Charlie’s lie about Rex. Charlie comes clean to Rex, who agrees to go along with the plan in hopes of getting the truth from Roxy. Jessica’s plan horrifies Natalie. Lindsay gets Vincent’s help with the “Get It Off Your Chest” project for the upcoming Go Red Ball, whose purpose is to ask people to write down their secrets and place them in a “heart box” sculpture with the promise that no one will ever see them. Talia and Antonio are successful in convincing Oliver to switch place with Talia, however Bo warns Antonio about the LPD’s fraternization policies. Jared’s actions surprise Jessica and Natalie. Jared offers to sell Nash back 1% of the vineyard, and later the two make a pact. Jessica puts her plan in motion. Addie and Roxy place their secrets in the box, while Lindsay chooses not too. Cole and Langston inform Blair of Starr’s surprise party. Free from St. Ann’s, Allison forces Jessica and Natalie to take her to the Lord Mausoleum. Bo and Lindsay grow closer.

              FAMILY TIES?


              John forces Todd to choose between going to jail or helping Marcie. Afterward, Ramsey attempts to persuade Todd that killing Gigi and Shane would be the best solution to their predicament. Gigi tries to assure Adriana that Shane is not Rex’s son. Rex confides in Bo about Walter Balsom, and asks him to be his best man. Bo, meanwhile, gives Rex the ring he had planned on giving to Gabrielle. Adriana can’t shake the feeling that Rex and Shane are father and son, and shares her suspicions with Layla. John places Todd on the hot seat in front of Nora. In secret, Todd tells Ramsey that he cannot allow him to murder Gigi. Blair tells John how difficult it is for her to be a mother to Sam. Rex tells Adriana the truth about Charlie. Todd is horrified when Ramsey remains determined that they kill Gigi and Shane. Todd has fire in his eyes when Ramsey threatens to go after Blair and the children if Todd backs down. Markko unknowingly alerts John to the fact that Ramsey is staying at the penthouse. Rex is speechless to learn from Adriana that Gigi has a son. Ramsey hides out across from the Angel Square Hotel armed with a high-powered rifle. After coming to, John discovers that Gigi and Shane are missing. Meanwhile, on the roof of the hotel, Gigi dodges Rex’s questions about Shane. Rex is clueless to the fact that Gigi was once in love with him. Todd is mortified to discover that Jack knows how he tried to give him away when he was a baby. After he and Blair ease Jack’s fears, Todd hunts down Ramsey.

              D2D PreVUE’s for the week of February 11

              Monday: Gigi answers Rex’s questions; Todd and Ramsey fight for survival; Allison is full of surprises.

              Tuesday: John forces Todd to become Marcie’s ally; Allison forces Roxy to help her.

              Wednesday: Roxy pleads with Allison to keep quiet; Todd impresses Blair; Michael and Marcie bond.

              Thursday: Jessica and Natalie fear their plan will be uncovered; Nora plots to discover Lindsay’s secret; Starr receives a shock.

              Friday: Mary J. Blige returns to Llanview to sing for Starr’s Sweet 16; Lindsay catches Nora red-handed; Bo receives bad news; a gun-wielding Allison searches for Jessica.

              Pictured: Bree Williamson courtesy Donna Svennevik/ABC









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