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

 
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, May 6, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Patrick feels certain that Michael needs to have surgery immediately if he’s ever going to have a chance of waking up but Dr. Hensen maintains that the operation can wait until after she returns from Europe. Jax sides with Dr. Hensen despite Patrick’s insistence that he knows what he’s doing. Carly returns home and Jason tells her the critical nature of Michael’s condition.

Luke, Ethan and Tracy await the results of the DNA test. Lucky becomes upset over the fact that Luke could turn out to be Ethan’s father.

Rebecca enlists Nikolas’ help in painting her room at Kelly’s and their mood turns playful. Rebecca gives Nikolas a massage after he strains his back helping her move furniture.

Spinelli accuses Maxie and Lulu of lying when they claim they need his help to solve a crisis at Crimson. Spinelli ends up taking on the case but crushes Maxie when he states he’s only doing so for Lulu’s sake.

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


 



Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Marissa abruptly moves out of Wildwind but leaves David the envelope containing the charred photo of her family Krystal tried to destroy. Krystal evades David’s questions and doesn’t confide her secret with him. Adam takes pleasure in torturing Krystal over her sordid secret and meets Marissa for the first time. Krystal warns Adam she’ll kill him if he ever breathes about what he knows about her and her connection to Marissa.

Joe tells Kendall and Zach that Ian will surely die if he doesn’t receive a new heart valve in the very near future. Zach and Kendall are faced with an impossible decision as either option they’re presented with doesn’t guarantee Ian’s life will be saved. JR is vastly opposed to Scott’s suggestion that they should test their new heart valve out on Ian. David tells Zach and Kendall that he could successfully perform the surgery using Scott’s experimental valve but doesn’t agree to do so.

Ryan holds his ground with Erica, flatly stating he and Kendall belong together.

Frankie’s family realize that his injuries are serious after getting word that he’s being airlifted to Germany for treatment. Brot calls in a favor and learns the true extent of Frankie’s injuries.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




ABC Previews Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 4:06 AM ET | Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Yes, it was created as a day off to remember deceased friends and loved ones, or the official start of summer according to many, but Memorial Day is also a day where ABC Daytime gets to remember the good stuff they’ve aired in the recent past.

On Monday, May 25, instead of showing first-run episodes of your favorite ABC Daytime dramas like “All My Children,” “General Hospital” or “One Life to Live,” the network has opted to air repeat episodes of the soaps. These episodes are said to be defining moments in each soaps current storylines.

  • “All My Children” Episode #10086 (original air date 2/16/09) — Kendell loses control of the car while arguing with Zach, ending up on the wrong side of the road with Greenlee’s motorcycle coming right at them. Kendall and Zach are unhurt but Greenlee’s motorcycle has careened down into the ravine by the riverbank. Zach goes off to search for Greenlee but only finds her wedding veil and what’s left of her mangled bike. Zach tells Kendall he’s going to take the blame for the accident and claims that he was the one driving. Ryan soon arrives on the scene and begins a desperate search for Greenlee, diving into freezing waters. The rescue team soon arrives on the scene and begins their search but the situation is bleak. Kendall admits to Ryan that she and Zach were arguing in the car. Ryan stuns Kendall when he accuses Zach of having slept with Reese. Ryan attacks Zach, blaming him for running Greenlee off the road. Meanwhile, Bianca and Reese are married in a heartfelt ceremony. The festivities back at the end come to a halt when Zach and Kendall return and inform everyone of the accident. Kendall seethes as she glares at Reese and then collapses after clutching her chest. A lucid Annie tells Aidan she realizes she’s lost Ryan but says that he was never hers to begin with. Aidan convinces Annie that she needs to go back to Oak Haven to get well. Annie is grateful to have Aidan on her side. Annie looks in on Emma, vowing to get well for her little girl. JR notices that Amanda seems jumpy in front of Frankie, Jake and Randi whenever he’s around.
  • “One Life to Live” Episode #10387 ‘Mother Courage’ (original air date 3/9/09) — Cole, driving under the influence with Matthew, causes a horrific crash with Gigi and Shane’s car. After hearing the sound of the crash, John and Marty go to investigate and immediately jump into action when they arrive on the scene. While John frees Gigi and Shane, Marty summons near superhuman strength to rescue Cole, who’s been trapped under the overturned car. No one, however, is aware that Matthew had been thrown from the car. At the hospital, Cole nearly overdoses from the pills he took. Bo is alarmed when he finds Matthew’s hat at the crash site. Meanwhile, Blair is in critical condition at the hospital and is taken in for surgery. Dorian points a guilty finger at Todd, who swears to Talia that he didn’t attack Blair. Starr tries to make Schuyler see her as more than just a student but he explains that he can never do that. Schuyler tells Starr that he’s been suspended from teaching indefinitely and that they can no longer spend time together. After drugging his drink, Stacy puts the moves on a disoriented Rex. Gigi tries to call Rex to tell him about the accident but Stacy makes sure he doesn’t get the calls.
  • “General Hospital” Episode #11529 (original air date 4/7/08) — News of Michael’s shooting quickly spreads as he’s rushed to the hospital. At the hospital, Jason urges Carly to pull herself together and stay strong for Michael. Patrick informs Carly and Sonny that Michael is in critical condition with a bullet lodged in his head and will need surgery. Patrick refuses to allow Robin to assist him in the operating room as she’s too emotionally tied to Michael. Sonny takes his misplaced anger out on Jason. Carly accuses Sonny of being the one who didn’t protect their son. Lulu and Johnny make love but then head to the hospital after Spinelli informs them about Michael. Lucky tells Alexis that it appears as though Michael was hit by a ricochet bullet that was probably meant for Sonny. Jerry confronts Ian and threatens to kill him. Johnny and Claudia are horrified by what they’ve done.

Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Tuesday, May 26.

“All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: ABC Previews Memorial Day

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    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 5, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Claudia reluctantly accepts help from Ric and allows him to take her to the hospital when she keels over with abdominal pains. Claudia fears she’s losing the baby. Sonny opens up to Olivia about his complicated relationship with Claudia. Sonny heads to the hospital after being informed that Claudia has been admitted and both are relieved to learn nothing is wrong with the baby. Ric witnesses Sonny and Claudia sharing a close moment.

    Elizabeth and Lucky both take responsibility for their past problems as they decide to make another go at it.

    Rebecca pulls back from sleeping with Nikolas, leaving him extremely frustrated. With the launch temporarily out of commission, Rebecca is forced to spend the night at Wyndemere. Nikolas is thrown by the sight of Rebecca in one of Emily’s nightgowns. Nikolas has a nightmare about Emily’s death and awakens to find a comforting Rebecca by his side. Luke hopes Ethan turns out to be his son but Ethan doesn’t seem to feel the same way. Tracy remains convinced Ethan is pulling a con on Luke.

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




    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 12:50 AM ET | Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Walt Disney Corporation, the parent company of the ABC Television Network, has joined forces with NBC Universal, News Corporation, and Providence Equity Partners to become joint owners of the popular video content website ‘Hulu.’ The deal, which is currently in the process of being finalized, will add significantly to the programming schedule of the Internet’s third largest video streaming website.

    The venture opens up the vast Disney vault of primetime series and feature films. Included in the list are full episodes of “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Private Practice,” “Ugly Betty,” “Scrubs,” “Greek,” “Hope and Faith,” “Less Than Perfect,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” “Samantha Who?,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Commander in Chief,” “General Hospital,” “The View” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” which are all expected to soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis. Additionally, selected full length Disney Studios feature films will also be streamed through Hulu, as well short form content including webisodes, sneak peaks, and episode recaps from the ABC Network, ABC Family, and SOAPnet. The Disney Channel programming is expected to from a new DISNEY location in the channel section of the Hulu webiste.

    According to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger, “From our landmark iTunes deal to our pioneering decision to stream ad supported shows on our ABC.com player, Disney has sought to meet the constantly evolving viewing habits of our consumers, and today’s Hulu announcement is the next important step in that ongoing journey. Disney and Hulu share a focus on delivering the highest-quality entertainment experience and we look forward to working with Hulu to build value for our consumers, our brands and our shareholders.”

    “We’re honored to welcome the Disney team in our mission to help people find and enjoy the world’s premium content, when, where and how they want it,” said Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, in a press release. “With the addition of shows like ‘Lost,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and many more to Hulu, we continue to aspire to deliver a service that users, advertisers and content owners unabashedly love.”

    “Hulu, quite simply, now has the best premium content on the web,” said Peter Chernin, president and COO, News Corporation. “With three major networks and over 150 leading content providers providing content, combined with the best video user interface anywhere on the web, Hulu offers consumers the finest premium online video experience available today.”

    Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of NBC Universal states that “Hulu has shown that if you make quality content available on the web and combine it with an unbeatable user experience, viewers will come, and so will advertisers. The addition of some of the best content Disney/ABC has to offer will only enhance Hulu’s standing as a top site for high quality video entertainment.”

    And Jonathan M. Nelson, CEO of Providence, said “Hulu is creating significant value for users, advertisers and content owners. This balance, together with aggregated professional content and an expanding base of over 200 brand advertisers, is establishing Hulu as a compelling online video monetization platform. Hulu is a bright spot in the new media landscape.”

    The announcement came has a serious blow to widely popular video sharing website YouTube, which had hoped to forge an alliance with Disney and ABC to bring their vast video library to its site. The deal breaker appears to be YouTube’s difficulty is attracting advertisers, although they have experienced limited success through deals with Sony and even Disney-ABC (to run short-form programming such as webisodes).

    “This is a major win for Hulu, because the YouTube deal happened a few weeks ago and this brings Hulu to parity if not better,” said Will Richmond, analyst with VideoNuze.com in an interview with TV Week. “This continues to suggest there is a real battle for aggregator supremacy between Hulu and YouTube, and even though YouTube is many times the size in terms of traffic, Hulu has made a lot of progress in a short amount of time.”

    The Disney-Hulu tie-up also leaves CBS in the dark. Earlier this year, Hulu pulled its programming from CBS-owned TV.com, which also carries full-length episodes of TV shows. CBS issued this statement on the Disney-Hulu deal: “CBS has long employed open, non-exclusive content partnerships that allow fans across the Internet to engage with our programming in such a way that we control our distribution, sales and profit. We continue to discuss similar arrangements with additional partners as we grow our online audience based on the strength of our content and the passion of the communities it creates. The company also believes that controlling our own rights for that content—in all media—preserves its value in a multiplatform business system.”

    The Hulu deal, which is undergoing standard government review, will provide Disney with three seats on the site’s board of directors that will be held by Mr. Iger; Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group; and Kevin Mayer, executive vice president, Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Technology. All other current directors from News Corp, NBC Universal and Providence will remain on the Hulu board. The Walt Disney Corporation is an equity partner in the deal.

    Hulu.com was founded in March 2007 and is operated independently by a dedicated management team with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Beijing. Hulu’s selection of premium programming is provided by nearly 150 leading content companies, including FOX, NBC Universal, Comedy Central, Lionsgate, MGM, MTV Networks, National Geographic, Paramount, PBS, Sony Pictures Television, and Warner Bros. Television Group.


    Discussion: Disney-ABC Partners with Hulu to Stream Programming



    Monday, May 4, 2009 11:59 PM ET | By Jermetria T. Lacey

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of Our Lives” Episode Recap – Monday, May 4, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Sami sees Rafe and Arianna in a close moment and confronts Rafe about his “other woman.” Rafe finally apprises Sami that Arianna is his sister. Feeling embarrassed from her accusation, Sami continues her conversation with Rafe about EJ and the wedding. At long last Sami admits that she has feelings for EJ that won’t go away, and as much as she hates them, she’s aware it’s dysfunctional. Rafe surprises Sami by telling her he’s known this all along, simply wanted Sami to acknowledge her feelings for her own sake.

    Lucas comes upon Chloe talking to Father Matt about secrets between a husband and wife. Chloe lies that they were talking about Nicole and EJ. Father Matt, concerned that their relationship may be on shaky ground, urges them to come in for marital counseling and to renew their vows. Lucas is on board, but Chloe is reluctant to examine her true feelings. Chloe goes a bit overboard in convincing Lucas how happy she is. At the pub, Arianna overhears the couple discussing Sami when Lucas reveals he’s keeping a secret for her.

    Kate confronts Daniel with her knowledge of his affair with Chloe. She gives him fair warning that she is letting bygones be bygones since she owes him for saving Philip’s life. She continues to warn him if he should slip up again, she will make him pay. Kate overhears Chloe leaving a message for Daniel and apprises a shocked Chloe that while she owes Daniel, she doesn’t owe Chloe a damn thing.

    Stephanie has a nightmare that Philip has been killed. Philip assures her nothing will happen to him, but Stephanie isn’t sure she can continue living this way. At home, she discovers from Max that Chelsea is moving to London to care for Billie. Stephanie contemplates leaving Salem herself, but realizes she only wants to be with Philip. As Stephanie visits Philip, Nurse Camille shoos her out of the room and attempts to end Philip’s life.

    Chelsea breaks the news to Max about her imminent departure. Max wants to go with her, but Chelsea discourages this. She offers to give him his freedom to see other women, but he promises he’ll be waiting for her. The two make love.

    “Days of Our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




    Monday, May 4, 2009 11:33 PM ET | Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – “One Life to Live” has just released a casting call for the role of ‘Dr. Wright.’ 

    As is common policy for the sudser concerning auditon scripts, character names and other easily identifiable information have been changed in an attempt to confuse viewers.  In addition, ‘Dr. Wright’ could potentially only be a codename for the another role being cast. 

    That being said, the script begins with Dr. Wright (no specific mention is made of gender, although the character appears to lean toward being female) being introduced to ‘Sam’ by ‘Greg.’  Sam quips that the doctor has a suitable last name, considering the job profession. Next Greg introduces ‘Eve,’ who is the neurologist that will be consulting on ‘Albert’s’ case.  

    Dr. Wright tells Sam that he has a good kid and should be very proud of him.  Greg states that Sam is the very reason why all these health care professionals are assisting him, and that Sam managed to talk Dr. Wright into taking a look at Albert’s prognosis.  After taking an important phone call, Greg soon returns to the others. Dr. Wright suggests that they pick their discussion up again tomorrow, and tells Greg about a place that has some really good music.  Everyone thanks the doctor for agreeing to come to Llanview. Dr. Wright then informs Greg that he/she has poured over all his articles and found them to be rather impressive. As the scene ends Dr. Wright tells Greg what an honor is to be working together, to which he responds that perhaps they can be more then co-workers. 

    From the tone of the script, it appears that that ‘Sam’ may be Bo, ‘Albert’ Matthew, and ‘Greg’ the new doctor (Greg Evans) that was recently cast with Terrell Tilford, who first airs on June 23rd.  And with Réal Andrews reportedly on hold for a role on the soap and Ada Maris recently joining the cast (could she be portraying ‘Eve’?), perhaps one or both actors may factor into this script.  Too many questions.  Too few answers.  Only time will tell as this particular scene will not appear onscreen for several months.     

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: ‘One Life’ for the ‘Wright’ Person for New Role



    ‘OLTL’ May Casting News

    Monday, May 4, 2009 9:57 PM ET | Scotty Gore

    SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jessica Brennan’s state of mind is about to become even more fragile when the news concerning baby Chloe sees the light of day.  This and other casting news concerning “One Life to Live” for the month of May. 

    First gatekeeper Bess, the overprotective gatekeeper of Jess’ mind reappears first in flashback form on May 19th, when details are recalled about the night of Chloe’s birth.  A few days later Bess returns ‘in the flesh’ to take control of the situation. 

    As she struggles to maintain order, Bess soon faces another challenge on May 26th as Bree Williamson does triple duty when Tess, Jessica’s free spirit alter, demands to know how Bess plans to pull off her complicated plan. 

    In other news…

     Jackie Hoffman returns to Llanview on May 11th as Eunice Burns, who was last seen in February as the irritable ticket taker at the Go Red Ball.  Eunice is likely to have some scenes involving the Llanview High School prom, which is set to begin on that day.  Hoffman is a stand-up comedian best known for her one woman stage shows.  She has also appeared in the  Broadway productions “Hairspray” and “Xanadu,” as well films such as “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “Garden State,” and “Legally Blond 2: Red, White, and Blonde.”  

    Rumor mill, for what it’s worth…

    Sean Monynihan is said to be back at the “OLTL” studios recently, despite the fact that the KAD serial killer storyline will be resolved later this month.

    Saoirse Scott may be out as Jamie Vega, given that her onscreen father Kamar de los Reyes has left the soap, and his character Antonio recently mentioned that Llanview was no longer safe for his daughter, and that she was coming with him.

    And apparently Jerry verDorn is not a favorite of the higher-ups at ABC Daytime.  At least one site is reporting that, while the actor remains on contract with “OLTL,” his episode guarantee has been reduced and that ABC Daytime head Brian Frons is said to have commented that he does not want to see verDorn receiving too much airtime on the show. 

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: ‘OLTL’ May Casting News



    Monday, May 4, 2009 8:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, May 4, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Alone in Starr’s room, Cole battles his demons while suffering through the first phases of withdrawal and envisions Matthew urging him to jump out the window. Meanwhile, Starr stands up to Todd and demands he allow her to go to Cole. Starr returns to Cole, vowing to stay by his side.

    Although barely able to stand on her own, Blair makes her way to Todd’s determined to reclaim her children. When Todd refuses to relinquish custody, Blair settles herself in and states that as long as her kids living there, then that’s where she’ll stay too. John tells Marty about the night they made love. Marty and John share the only bed in the room and although they don’t make love, the feelings of intimacy are clearly evident.

    Gigi is heartbroken when Rex moves out. Stacy manipulates Rex into agreeing to allow her to stay with him. Stacy has a pang of guilt when she sees how truly sad Rex is about breaking up with Gigi. Jessica and Brody explain to Viki why their relationship has to remain a secret. Viki begins to put the pieces together and urges Gigi to fight for Rex.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.




    Monday, May 4, 2009 8:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, May 4, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Olivia refuses to tell Sonny where he can find Carly. Claudia is miffed when Sonny leaves her to go and return Olivia’s cell phone in person. Claudia is hit with severe abdominal pain. Jason shares his dilemma with Sam as he explains he believes Claudia was involved in Michael’s shooting but doesn’t think he should share this knowledge with Sonny.

    Johnny comes to Maxie’s rescue when she’s attacked for real. Although she’s attracted to Johnny, Maxie tells him Spinelli is the one she really wants. Spinelli learns the truth about Maxie’s intended ruse and confronts her. After pouring her heart out, Maxie is left crushed when Spinelli rejects her.

    Lucky and Elizabeth confess they still have feelings for each other. Rebecca tells Nikolas nothing happened between her and Lucky. Nikolas kisses Rebecca passionately after she admits she’s attracted to him.

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










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