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

 
Monday, June 30, 2008 11:54 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Logan family aligns together.

THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

The Logan’s frantically search for their matriarch just as Beth finds herself meeting granddaughter, Hope, face-to-face. After finding Beth, Brooke realizes she is in for an unheil battle with Beth. Steffy and Marcus don’t realize just how close they are to being found by an angry Ridge. Rick and Marcus realize that they share a common bond, “The Wrath of Ridge Forrester.” A mystery man from Marcus’ past shows up and congratulates him on his “good fortune.”

Eric and Stephanie’s conversation over Marcus takes an unexpected turn. Katie makes her decision known to Nick after being interrogated by Brooke. Felicia realizes Owen’s interest in Donna. An unexpected marriage proposal is made.

What to Watch

  • Brandon Beemer joins the cast of “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the contract role of Owen Knight beginning Wednesday, July 2.



Monday, June 30, 2008 11:50 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Entrapment.

THIS WEEK ON: DAYS OF OUR LIVES

During an argument with Marlena, John reveals to her that the man she once loved is now dead. Chloe tells Philip they are over. Max has questions for Trent about the girl he saw in the photo. Victor goes off on Daniel for not telling him that he was seeing Chelsea. EJ and Nicole are trapped in an elevator after the power goes out.

Many things can happen when the lights go out.

What to Watch

  • Bill and Susan Hayes return for the annual Salem 4th of July festivities beginning Tuesday, July 1.

What Not to Watch

  • “Days of our Lives” on Thursday and Friday, July 3 and 4. The soap is pre-empted due to sporting events on NBC.



Monday, June 30, 2008 8:30 AM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Desperate crimes calls for desperate measures.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

“If I am pregnant, I need you to claim to be my baby’s father,” says Carly to Jason while awaiting results of her pregnancy test (Carly had sex with her ex-husband, Sonny Corinthos, and her current husband, Jasper “Jax” Jacks, on the same night). Jax confronts Carly after an argument with Sonny in which Sonny claims he could be the father of Carly’s baby as well. Jerry holds Johnny at gun point in an effort to get Anthony to back off Alexis. Nikolas threatens to reveal Claudia’s secret involvement in Michael’s shooting to Jason if any harm comes to Alexis or her family. Carly eases Jax’s mind about her and Sonny. Leyla and Spinelli grow closer. Anna and Patrick discuss how Robin’s childhood may have effected her views on marriage and parenthood. Anna stuns Robin with her new view.

The Inside Story: Introducing Dr. Matt Hunter

Just days after joining the staff of General Hospital, Dr. Matt Hunter (played by “Days of our Lives” alum Jason Cook) takes a liking to Lulu after her visit with Spinelli in the hospital. After a brush off from Lulu, Logan lets Matt in on a business proposition, but Maxie warns Matt to stay away from Logan. Nikolas, Leyla, Matt and Nadine work together in figuring out if the drugs given to a patient treated at the clinc were actually placebos. Matt informs Nikolas that counterfeit drugs were a lucrative business for organized crime.

A Closer Look: Remembering May 1, 2008


ABC Daytime and “General Hospital” will be in re-run mode on Independence Day, July 4, therefore the network will present the May 1, 2008 episode of the soap opera in which Claudia sets a plan in motion by changing her story about Anthony threatening her life. Sonny and Jason’s relationship begins to strain, while Claudia and Johnny form a secret alliance against their father. Look for Kate to receive a startling message from Ian, while Maxie finds a large amount of money missing from Crimson’s operating account. Sonny has a warning for Luke about his growing attachment to the Zacchara family and their organization. Nikolas and Emily share their final dance as Nikolas agrees to live life to the fullest.

What to Watch

  • Carly threatens to seduce Sonny if he continues getting in the middle of her relationship with Jax.
  • After being rejected again by Lulu, Logan corners Maxie in the Crimson offices and attacks her.

  • Carly is out for Kate’s blood after learning that Jax and Kate shared a passionate kiss.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 7, 2008

  • Monday: Lulu is unable to calm an enraged Logan; Anthony can’t forgive Claudia’s past mistakes; Carly makes her life mission in getting revenge on Kate.
  • Tuesday: Johnny, Lulu and Maxie work together to cover up a murder; Claudia is rejected by Sonny; Robin stands her ground with Patrick.
  • Wednesday: Claudia aides in a cover-up; Jax and Carly fight over a kiss; Sonny pledges his faith in Kate.
  • Thursday: Johnny continues to watch over Lulu; Anthony knows something is up with Johnny; Maxie and Lulu grow closer under circumstance.

  • Friday: Maxie holds Lulu’s life in her hands; Sonny has a warning for Carly; Patrick is successful in his ability to reach out to Robin.



Easton Tackles New Career

Monday, June 30, 2008 12:15 AM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Michael Easton discusses his latest graphic novel, and his future in Llanview.

Michael Easton, who has portrayed Llanview’s dark, brooding Police Lieutenant since 2003, has written his first graphic novel, which is entitled Soul Stealer. In addition, Easton is already in negotiations with producers to turn the book into a feature film.

In a recent interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan, Easton discusses his new career move. “Comics fans are just like soap fans—very loyal but easy to alienate if they don’t find you honest and genuine. Soul Stealer is pretty dark. I hope people like it, and that they don’t go, ‘Wow, that writer’s really twisted and messed up.’”

The 148-page novel tells the story of a 3,000-year-old love starved superhero that receives the authority to retrieve souls from both heaven and hell. Artwork on the book was completed by Christopher Shy, and contains an introduction by Easton’s good friend, author Peter Straub. Easton and Straub have also teamed up on another upcoming graphic novel, DC/Vertigo’s the Green Woman.

When asked about his future on the daytime sudser “One Life to Live,” Easton commented, “I’ve been thinking strongly about moving to the other side of the business,” and that “It’s getting to the point where, as a grown man, I’m finding it strange to put on a costume and makeup every day.”

Prior to his stint on “OLTL,” Easton portrayed Tanner Scofield on “Days of Our Lives” from 1991-1992 and Caleb and Michael Morley on “Port Charles” from 2001-2003. In 2004 Easton appeared as his “OLTL” character John McBain in a handful of episodes of “All My Children.” He has also appeared in episodes of “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Mutant X,” and “413 Hope Street.” Easton is an accomplished poet, having released a volume of poetry entitled Eighteen Straight Whiskeys. Photography is also among Easton’s talents, having taken pictures of the various “OLTL” cast members who lent their musical talents to the “One Life, Many Voices” CD designed to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2005, Easton, along with “OLTL” co-stars Melissa Archer and Renee Elise Goldsberry, won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Triangle. He was also nominated in 2002 for a Special Daytime Emmy Fan Award for America’s Favorite Villain for the role of Caleb Morley on “Port Charles.” Easton received a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for David Hume on “Total Recall 2070″ in 1999. And in 2003 he was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on “Port Charles.”



Diversity Comes to Llanview

Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:27 PM| By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live,” a soap built upon diversity, prepares to welcome a new minority family to Llanview.

A new Latino family is making their way to Llanview this fall, according to ABC Soaps in Depth. While no last name has been announced, casting calls describe the family as being wealthy, affluent, and powerful.

The roles include Hector, a powerful CEO and businessman from Columbia, his sexy thirty something wife Maria, and their daughter Elena, who becomes the new kid at Llanview High. It is speculated that the new family may have ties to Langston Wilde, whose deceased parents were also natives of Columbia.

All three contract roles, while yet to be cast, are expected to begin taping in August, and will first air sometime in September or October.

In other casting news…

Dewanda Wise has been cast in the role of Julianna, an aspiring young African-American actress who is reportedly connected to Vincent Jones. The role is likely recurring. No first airdate has been set.

Rumors continue to circulate that Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson), David Chisum (Miles Laurence), and Justis Bolding (Sarah Roberts) may soon be out of a job. While the first two roles may be written out, the third is rumored to be recast, possibly with former “General Hospital” star Adrianne Leon. A spokesperson for “OLTL” had no comment on the rumors.

Look for several dayplayer roles and extras in appear within the next couple months.

Two “OLTL” cast members have become a couple. It is reported that John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) and Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco) have recently started dating.



Stirring the pot…
Sunday, June 29, 2008 7:56 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Newcomers slowly stir up trouble and a son soon learns not to defy a father…

THIS WEEK ON:THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

Colleen gets a new place to stay when Jack and Sharon offer up their home to her. Walter makes his way back to settle some things with David. Nikki tells Katherine she nearly succumbed to drinking again. Adrian is upset to learn that Colleen has moved on when he discovers she’s going on a date. Phyllis finds a way to break up Amber and Daniel. Victoria wants JT to keep digging the dirt on David. Jeff and Gloria tie the knot. Gloria sees David in Las Vegas and tells Nikki he was there to gamble. David tells Walter he’ll work for him until is debts are paid out. Chloe and Cane wind up getting stranded. Amber and Adrian find themselves lending their shoulders to one another. Victoria and Sabrina don’t see eye to eye about the charity gala.

NEWCOMERS AND UNWELCOMED GUESTS STIR UP TROUBLE


Victor is more than livid in discovering his son is still with the woman that nearly destroyed his life. Adam realizes just how much Victor hates Heather, but defies Victor’s orders by having Heather at the ranch. When Victor returns home, his temper flares against Adam when he sees the young attorney in his home.

Tyra’s presence at the Winters home piques Neil’s interest. He soon becomes suspicious of her when she covers about her past. Devon soon learns that Tyra is not being honest. Karen and Neil talk about Devon’s family and she suggests he ask them to move in with him. Neil, however, is hesitant.

Pictured: Kristoff St. John courtesy CBS

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The death of a troublemaker…
Sunday, June 29, 2008 7:45 PM | By Venus Stone

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) –A body is found, forcing Paul to do some quick thinking…

THIS WEEK ON:AS THE WORLDS TURNS

Casey wants to announce to everyone that is is in love with Emily, but she balks at the idea. She later tells him the truth about her prostitution past and is surprised when he tells her he loves her for who she is now, not who she was in the past. Chris disrupts Margo and Tom’s anniversary party by showing up drunk. He admits all to Kim about lying on the stand; then later tells Alison he’s quitting at the hospital. Carly, at home, is unable to shake the memories of her night with Holden. When Holden returns home, he immediately dives into a ‘romance’ with Lily. Lily taking it as a positive sign asks Holden to move back in with her. When Holden sees Carly, he tells her that they need to tell Lily the truth; but Carly tells him that they need to keep what they did a secret.

Luke interviews Cyndi Lauper who is there to perform at the Gay Rights Benefit, but loses his train of thought when he sees Noah walking in with Tony. Luke tells his story of how they met and fell in love. Noah, on the other hand regrets being with Tony. Later Cyndi sings “True Colors” just as Noah is walking back into Yo’s Noah approaches Luke and the two head outside. Noah admits that he loves Luke and the two share a kiss.

PAUL FINDS HIMSELF IN A ‘DEADLY’ JAM

Paul, still stunned by the news of Sophie being pregnant goes to Barbara and spills all. Barbara tells Paul that the girl is a liar and will not believe it for one minute. Paul meets up with Sophie and presses her into getting a sonogram. While there, Sophie is hit with the news that there is no way Paul could be the father of her baby. She quickly demands that Cole meet her at the hospital to switch the sonogram. Paul returns to the hospital and Sophie proudly shows him their ‘baby’. Barbara suggests that Paul quickly marry Meg and leave her out of the fact that Sophie is pregnant. When Paul hesitates, Barbara takes over and tells Meg that her health has taken another turn for the worse, suggesting she and Paul marry before she dies. Meg instantly agrees and make plans to go to Vegas. Cole pays Sophie a visit and tells her hand over some serious money or he will tell everyone about what he did for her. When he leaves, Barbara soon shows up and threatens that she’ll fix her permanantly if she doesn’t stay away from Paul. A scared Sophie runs into Mike. He upsets her even more with the news about Meg and Paul’s quicky wedding. Sophie blurts out the news about the baby and runs off. Mike soon tells Meg about Sophie and she storms over to the Lakeview to confront the girl. Meg and she get into an arugment until Sophie shows the doctored sonogram. Paul who is in search of Meg finds a breathless Barbara instead. Later, when Paul arrives at Sophie’s he’s shocked to find her sprawled on the floor with a syringe near her. When he asks who did this to her, Sophie mutters Meg’s name before she dies. Afraid for Meg, Paul immediately begins to get rid of all evidence in the hotel room.

Pictured: Roger Howrath courtesy CBS

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Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:15 AM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Antonio Sabato Jr. is returning to primetime television to portray John “Jagger” Cates on the SOAPnet original series, “General Hospital: Night Shift,” a role he originated on ABC’s “General Hospital” in the early 1990′s.

Jagger is said to be returning to Port Charles with his 5-year-old son, named after his late brother Michael “Stone” Cates, J.R. Whalen.

Stone died of AIDS in 1995 and was the love interest of “Night Shift” star Kimberly McCullough’s Robin Scorpio, who contracted the HIV virus from Stone after the two had sex.

Before joining “GH” in 1992, the now 36-year-old actor first gained international attention as a Calvin Klein underwear model and again in the sexually charged “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” music video with Janet Jackson. The video also included Djimon Hounsou, another CK model and actor whose television credits include stints in “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and “ER.”

Sabato Jr. left “GH” in 1994 to join the cast of the failed NBC primetime series “Earth 2″ before returning to “GH” in the fall of 1995, when Jagger rode off into the sunset with new wife Karen Wexler (then portrayed by Cari Shayne). The two headed to San Francisco, CA where Karen went off to become a medical student and Jagger joined the SFPD (San Francisco Police Department).

When “Night Shift” returns for its second season in late July, look for Sabato Jr. to appear in all 13 action-packed and adrenalin-filled batch of drama.

Also checking back into Port Charles, but on “Night Shift,” is Tristan Rogers, who originated the role of Robert Scorpio, father of Robin, in 1980 – a role he portrayed for twelve years (until 1992) before returning for a brief stint in 2006. Robert’s return coincides with the impending birth of Robin’s baby with Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) and the hopes of reconciling their strained relationship.

“General Hospital: Night Shift” airs this summer on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




‘One Life’ Alum Dies

Friday, June 27, 2008 12:06 AM | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Accomplished actress and former “One Life to Live” cast member Dody Goodman has died at the age of 93.

Dody Goodman, a comedian and actress who first came to fame on Jack Paar’s “The Tonight Show” from 1957-1958 has died following a lengthy illness. Goodman became a semi-regular on the late-night talk show in part due to her ditzy personality and sense of humor. In his memoir, Paar affectionately referred to Goodman as having a “wackily endearing quality” that made her his “first big hit.” However, Parr would let her go from the show in 1958 stating that he felt “like the announcer on ‘The Dody Goodman Show.’ ”

Following her success on “The Tonight Show,” Goodman cashed in on her newfound celebrity status by appearing on a number of other television talk shows of the time, including Ed Sullivan’s “Talk of the Town.” In a 1983 interview with the New York Times, Goodman commented that “I just opened my mouth and people laughed.” From 1976-1977, she joined the cast of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” as the title character’s mother. According to her New York Times obituary, Goodman’s character on the satiric sitcom “Talked to plants and had an affair with a hot-air balloonist who crashed through her kitchen roof,” and that “her crackly voice intoned the show’s title during opening credits.”

In addition, Goodman’s character Martha Shumway, was enamored with her husband until he had plastic surgery after falling into a huge vat of Rustoleum. This resulted in his looking like former teen idol Tab Hunter (who had taken over the role), and caused Martha to have a difficult time being affectionate with him.

In 1978, she gained renewed fame as Blanche Hodel, eccentric high school secretary in “Grease.” She would later reprise the role in the sequel “Grease II,” and in later incarnations of the popular play on Broadway.

Among Goodman’s numerous other television credits include appearances on shows such as “The Merv Griffin Show,” “CHiPs,” “Dinah!,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Steve Allen Show,” “The Phil Silvers Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Hour,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “Punky Brewster,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

In addition to her work in primetime, Goodman also appeared on three different daytime soap operas. In 1968, she portrayed Althea Franklin on “Search for Tomorrow,” and in 1982, she played Marvis Cobb on “Texas.” Her final soap role was on “One Life to Live,” where she would portray two different characters. In 1984, she portrayed Molly McDermott on “OLTL.” Molly was the mother of Maxie McDermott, spacey redheaded secretary of conman Marco Dane. Maxie had been lying to her mother for several years, pretending to be a famous singer, who lived in a mansion, and was engaged to Marco. The lie threathened to be exposed when Molly phoned to report that she would be stopping in Llanview to visit Maxie before moving to Ireland. With Marco’s assistance, Maxie was able to pull the wool over her mother’s eyes, and convince her that she was a world-renound singer. In 2001, Goodman would return to “OLTL” in the role of Sister Michael Marie, a nun at St. Ann’s mental institution.

Goodman, whose voice was once referred to as being “like a Tweetie Pie cartoon bird strangling on peanut butter,” had spent the last few years at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey. Born on October 28, 1914, Goodman had no children, and left behind no known family members. According to a spokesperson from the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Ms. Goodman died on Sunday, June 22nd at the age of 93.



Thursday, June 26, 2008 11:05 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After months of rumors of his impending exit from ABC’s “General Hospital,” Soap Opera Network has learned that Josh Duhon’s last day as an alive Logan Hayes will be Tuesday, July 8.

Duhon joined “General Hospital” in March 2007 as Army soldier Logan Hayes, the eventual love interest of Lulu Spencer (Julie Marie Berman), daughter of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura Spencer (Genie Francis). It was soon revealed that Logan was the son of Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Luke’s chief rival for Laura’s affections over the last 30 years. In November 2007, Logan’s airtime and his place in Lulu’s heart gradually decreased in favor of Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash), who became the new bad boy of Port Charles.

In a major twist of fate, Logan will find himself killed off by Lulu when the two get into a fight over the truths of their lives.

The actor is repped by Innovative Artists. His other television credits include roles on NBC’s “Passions” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds”. He also appeared in the 2006 surf film “Boxboarders!”

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion:

  • General Hospital
  • Anthony Geary
  • Passions
  • Genie Francis
  • Josh Duhon
  • Julie Marie Berman
  • Kin Shriner
  • Brandon Barash
  • Criminal Minds
  • Boxboarders!








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