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

 
Thursday, June 4, 2009 11:24 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Actor Darin Brooks is headed out of Salem when he takes his “Days of our Lives” character, Max Brady, to London after Max thinks over Chelsea’s (Rachel Melvin) idea of him moving in with her seriously.

In a recent interview with Soap Opera Digest, Brooks revealed that his time on “DAYS” was a wonderful learning experience. “You can’t pay for a class to teach you what I learned there,” he says.

Brooks is leaving the NBC drama to take on the role of Alex, a talented quarterback content with riding on the bench, while enjoying college parties, in the Spike TV comedy series “Blue Mountain State.”

Produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins (“Norbit,” “Varsity Blues,” “Smallville”) and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett and Lionsgate, the comedy series is scheduled to premiere this summer.

“‘Blue Mountain State’ contains four key ingredients to being a guy…football, partying, women and hazing,” said Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV. “We’re thrilled to be working with Brian Robbins, Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate on this outrageous comedy that combines college football with ‘Animal House.’  And we think it’s a perfect fit for Spike’s young, male audience.”

“Mountain” is a scripted series surrounding three college freshman who join the Midwestern college football team of Blue Mountain State University, and must adapt to college life while juggling football, girls, classes and hazing rituals. Brooks will play Alex,  The pilot was written by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). Romano will play Sammy, Alex’s best friend,  who aspires to be the school’s mascot.

Brooks’ last appearance on “Days of our Lives” is now scheduled for Tuesday, June 16  – previously it was reported to be Thursday, June 11).

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


Discussion: Brooks’ ‘DAYS’ End for ‘State’ College


  • Days of our Lives
  • Darin Brooks
  • Blue Mountain State


    Thursday, June 4, 2009 10:43 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After exiting CBS’ “As The World Turns” after tough contract negotiations, Martha Byrne is ready to hit the ground running this month when she debuts as Andrea Floyd on ABC’s “General Hospital.” Andrea is the wife of the town’s prestigious Mayor Garrett Floyd, played by Jon Bolger.

    In an exclusive interview with TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco, Byrne reveals how lucky she is to have not only found a job on “GH,” but also how her interest in writing has led her to a writing position at CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

    Playing the role of Lily Snyder on “World Turns” off-and-on for 23 years in New York, Byrne found herself looking for a challenge. She found that challenge when the she started writing scripts for California based “B&B” Head Writer Bradley Bell. “I feel very blessed that Bradley Bell gave me a chance to write. It’s what you do with that kind of opportunity that makes you shine — or fail. I’m still ready to fail,” said Byrne.

    Since her first episode aired on April 14, the actress-turned-writer has penned three scripts to date for the soap. Her second episode aired on May 5, the same day Douglas Marland, the famous Head Writer of “As The World Turns,” would have celebrated his 74th birthday. What would Marland think of Byrne’s new endeavors? “I think Douglas would be very happy that I’m embarking on all these new adventures.”

    Her work with “B&B” led to an offer from “GH,” after her former colleague at “ATWT” asked her via Facebook if she’d be interested in a role on the ABC soap. “Lisa Kaseff, who works at ‘GH’ in production, asked me if I would ever consider a role on ‘GH.’ She used to work on ‘World Turns’ for a long time and we’ve always maintained our friendship,” stated the actress. “A week before she asked me that, I had signed with [Talent Manager] Michael Bruno to see if any soaps had any interest in casting me.”

    While holding the title as the longest running television series on the west coast, what sets “GH” apart from other other shows, in particular the remaining daytime soaps? “At ‘GH,’ writers write, producers produce, directors direct, and actors act. There are so many jobs to undertake putting out a daily soap, so why take on more responsibility? If you hired a capable and talented cast and crew, there is no reason to interfere,” Byrne stated firmly.

    When Martha makes her debut on the Thursday, June 18 episode of the soap, viewers can expect to see a “a very in-your-face, full of attitude, and opinionated character. Andrea’s the opposite of Lily right down to the clothes. Andrea is the wife of a politician. She’s the woman behind the man, and she needs to be heard — and boy, is she ever! A scandal brings Andrea out from the shadows. She’s busy trying to troubleshoot the situation with Robin [Kimberly McCullough] and Patrick [Jason Thompson]. Andrea doesn’t take no for an answer.”

    For the full interview, head on over to the TV Guide Canada website.

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


    Discussion: It’s Martha’s ‘World’ on ‘General Hospital’


    • General Hospital
    • As The World Turns
    • Bradley Bell
    • Sarah Brown
    • Laura Wright
    • Martha Byrne
    • Jon Bolger
    • Douglas Marland
    • Michael Bruno
    • Lisa Kaseff


      Thursday, June 4, 2009 9:58 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” is now confirming that Tuc Watkins will reprise the role of David Vickers this summer, and interact with “several of the show’s core families.” 

      In an update to a story SON first brought you on Wednesday, Tuc Watkins will make yet another of his brief returns to Llanview in the coming months. Since originating the role of David Vickers in 1994, Watkins has returned to his “One Life” roots on ten separate occassions. 

      Both Soap Opera Digest and SOAPnet are reporting that, while the exact length of Watkins’ latest stint remains uncertain, it appears that he will be back long enough for David to spend some time bonding with his newfound kinfolk, chat with best friend Viki, and drop in on ex-wife Dorian.  This marks Watkins second return to Llanview since discovering he was the biological son of Bo Buchanan, a member of one of the town’s wealthiest families (in April he breezed through Llanview to confront his lady love after she sent him a picture of her kissing Ray Montez, before returning to Hollywood as spokesman for Have-a-Seat hemorrhoid creme). 

      No first airdate has yet been announced, however look for Watkins to return to “OLTL” some time this summer for a limited engagement. SON will continue to follow this story, and update as conditions warrant.     

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


      Discussion: It’s Official: Tuc Watkins Returning to Llanview



      Thursday, June 4, 2009 7:59 PM ET | By Xavier Toups


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Despite airing original episodes of its daytime drama lineup on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29), CBS’ “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” were the only soaps to increase their total viewing audience during the week of May 25-29, 2009. “The Bold and the Beautiful” lost a mere 3,000 viewers week-to-week. “The Young and the Restless” remains daytime’s number one drama series with a gain of 120,000 viewers week-to-week and 48,000 viewers year-to-year. The drama is also up in Women 18-49.

      ABC’s lineup of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” are down collectively by 342,000 viewers week-to-week and 912,000 viewers year-to-year. “GH” lost a hefty 330,000 viewers from the same week last year.

      NBC’s “Days of our Lives” gained 136,000 viewers week-to-week and lost a mere 4,000 viewers year-to-year.

      What follows are the ratings results for the week of May 25-29, 2009:

      Total Viewers

      1. Y&R 4,994,000 (+120,000/+48,000)
      2. B&B 3,366,000 (-3,000/-341,000)
      3. DAYS 2,663,000 (+136,000/-4,000)
      4. ATWT 2,480,000 (+86,000/-126,000)
      5. GH 2,454,000 (-96,000/-330,000)
      6. AMC 2,430,000 (-88,000/-283,000)
      7. OLTL 2,402,000 (-158,000/-299,000)
      8. GL 2,022,000 (+71,000/-271,000)

      Households

      1. Y&R 3.6/12 (+.1/same)
      2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.1/-.3) <——- ties low rating
      3. DAYS 2.0/7 (+.1/same)
      4. ATWT 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
      4. AMC 1.9/6 (same/-.2)
      4. GH 1.9/6 (-.1/-.3)
      7. OLTL 1.8/6 (-.1/-.3) <—— ties low rating
      8. GL 1.5/5 (same/-.1)

      Women 18-49 Viewers

      1. Y&R 1,145,000 (+60,000/+47,000)
      2. GH 834,000 (-71,000/-168,000)
      3. DAYS 817,000 (+15,000/-92,000)
      4. B&B 739,000 (+48,000/-98,000)
      5. OLTL 736,000 (-112,000/-242,000)
      6. AMC 718,000 (-75,000/-169,000)
      7. ATWT 590,000 (+60,000/-78,000)
      8. GL 478,000 (+44,000/-139,000)

      Women 18-49 Rating

      1. Y&R 1.7/11 (+.1/same)
      2. GH 1.3/8 (-.1/-.2)
      3. DAYS 1.2/8 (same/-.2)
      4. B&B 1.1/7 (+.1/-.2)
      4. AMC 1.1/7 (-.1/-.2)
      4. OLTL 1.1/7 (-.2/-.4)
      7. ATWT 0.9/5 (+.1/-.1)
      8. GL 0.7/4 (same/-.2) <——– ties low rating

      Girls 12-17 Viewers

      1. GH 48,000 (-1,000/+17,000)
      2. DAYS 45,000 (+3,000/+8,000)
      3. OLTL 42,000 (+15,000/+12,000)
      4. Y&R 32,000 (+14,000/+3,000)
      5. AMC 31,000 (+23,000/-4,000)
      6. GL 20,000 (+5,000/-14,000)
      7. B&B 12,000 (-5,000/-16,000)
      8. ATWT 9,000 (-8,000/-22,000)

      Women 18-34 Rating

      1. Y&R 1.0/7 (-.1/same)
      2. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
      2. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2)
      4. AMC 0.8/5 (-.1/same)
      4. OLTL 0.8/5 (-.1/-.2)
      6. ATWT 0.6/4 (+.1/+.1)
      6. B&B 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
      8. GL 0.5/3 (+.1/+.1)

      Men 18+ Viewers

      1. Y&R 1,152,000 (+48,000/-46,000)
      2. B&B 736,000 (+18,000/-95,000)
      3. DAYS 520,000 (+50,000/+12,000)
      4. ATWT 505,000 (+17,000/-24,000)
      5. AMC 458,000 (-3,000/-13,000)
      6. OLTL 415,000 (+4,000/+1,000)
      7. GL 412,000 (+16,000/-55,000)
      8. GH 362,000 (-24,000/-80,000)

      ————————————-

      Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

      AMC
      Monday: 1.2/1,473,000 (repeat – did not count)
      Tuesday: 2.0/2,710,000
      Wednesday: 1.9/2,333,000
      Thursday: 1.8/2,297,000
      Friday: 1.8/2,380,000

      ATWT
      Monday: 1.8/2,510,000
      Tuesday: 1.9/2,597,000
      Wednesday: 1.9/2,473,000
      Thursday: 1.9/2,355,000
      Friday: 1.9/2,466,000

      B&B
      Monday: 2.2/3,280,000
      Tuesday: 2.6/3,626,000
      Wednesday: 2.4/3,141,000
      Thursday: 2.4/3,304,000
      Friday: 2.6/3,479,000

      DAYS
      Monday: 1.7/2,329,000 (did not count)
      Tuesday: 1.9/2,551,000
      Wednesday: 2.1/2,785,000
      Thursday: 2.0/2,806,000
      Friday: 1.9/2,508,000

      GH
      Monday: 1.0/1,385,000 (repeat – did not count)
      Tuesday: 2.0/2,627,000
      Wednesday: 1.8/2,328,000
      Thursday: 1.8/2,340,000
      Friday: 1.9/2,521,000

      GL
      Monday: 1.4/1,988,000
      Tuesday: 1.5/2,074,000
      Wednesday: 1.6/2,090,000
      Thursday: 1.6/2,093,000
      Friday: 1.4/1,886,000

      OLTL
      Monday: 1.0/1,199,000 (repeat – did not count)
      Tuesday: 2.0/2,656,000
      Wednesday: 1.7/2,120,000
      Thursday: 1.9/2,485,000
      Friday: 1.8/2,348,000

      Y&R
      Monday: 3.4/5,004,000
      Tuesday: 3.7/5,297,000
      Wednesday: 3.7/4,970,000
      Thursday: 3.5/4,838,000
      Friday: 3.5/4,860,000


      Discussion: Ratings: CBS On The Rise; ABC’s Great Fall




      OLTL Recap: Thursday, June 4, 2009

      Thursday, June 4, 2009 6:03 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 4, 2009.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      “The Waiting is the Hardest Part”

      With Viki’s love and support, Jessica remembers everything about the night she gave birth.  Jessica shares a look with Brody as Viki and Clint prepare to take her home.  Starr and Cole can’t sotp thinking about Hope’s return. 

      Gigi and Stacy go at it.  Schuyler thinks his and Gigi’s mission to get a sample of Stacy’s DNA was a bust but Gigi triumphantly informs him otherwise. 

      Cristian and Layla agree to take on Fish as their third roommate, but it might not be smooth sailing for the threesome. 

      Shaun warns Destiny not to put too much faith in their estranged brother.  Shaun asks Rachel out on a date.  Destiny is privately happy to be able to spend more time with Matthew as she helps him study. 

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Starr and Cole anxiously await Hope’s arrival.   
      • Viki and Clint are devastated for their daughter.  
      • Todd offers Marcie and Michael an apology. 

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




      Thursday, June 4, 2009 6:02 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 4, 2009.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      Ryan leaves to go see Adam after Annie tells him why she had been at the mansion with a gun. Adam lets Ryan know he believes Annie’s innocent.

      Liza explains to Colby why she was at the mansion on the night of the murder as she asserts her innocence. Pete confirms to Colby that the blood on the letter is Stuart’s and thinks Liza is guilty of murder.

      Thinking she could help fill the void in David’s life, Marissa goes to him. David has a vision of Babe, who urges him to do the right thing.

      Tad’s acting footloose and fancy free.

      Erica maintains to Kendall that Zach still loves her. Angie questions Zach’s motivation for marrying Kendall. Kendall visits Ryan, but quickly returns to Zach and Ian’s side. Ryan has doubts about Kendall’s true feelings. Zach informs Liza that he’s a married man.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • Liza asserts her innocence.
      • An accusatory finger is pointed at David.
      • Kendall remembers more about the night of the murder.

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




      Thursday, June 4, 2009 6:01 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

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

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      Jax can barely contain his loathing when Claudia seeks him out, claiming that Carly is trying to worm her way back into Sonny’s life.

      Claudia continues to cozy up to Michael as she subtly tries to turn him against Carly. Michael unsettles Claudia when he mentions remembering her visiting him while he was in his coma. Sonny wonders if maybe Michael should come live with him after all. Michael is stopped by Toussaint (Billy Dee Williams) as he tries to leave the hospital.

      Jason encounters a young girl outside a bar (Lexi Ainsworth).

      Rebecca and Nikolas bask in the afterglow of their lovemaking but Rebecca takes off when Alexis arrives. Helena approaches Rebecca on the docks.

      Patrick is worried when Robin says she doesn’t want to come back to work fulltime because she can’t be away from Emma.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Claudia and Carly’s altercation could result in tragedy.
      • Rebecca’s secret is revealed.
      • Jason has his hands full with Kristina.

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




      JPI

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Mark Hapka marks his steamy debut on Wednesday, June 17 as Nathan Jannings on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” In this photo released by JPI Studios, Hapka gives actress Molly Burnett and her character Melanie Layton a welcoming surprise after the two meet under unusual circumstances.



      Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 8, 2009.

      ALL MY CHILDREN: VCR ALERTS

      • Monday: JR points an accusatory finger at David. Annie finds an unlikey friend in Adam Chandler. Frankie continues to push Randi away.
      • Tuesday: Liza makes a deal with David. Annie’s new friend comes between her and Aidan. Krystal doubts David’s innocence.
      • Wednesday: Someone comes to a suspects defense to not fry for a crime they didn’t commit. Ryan believes Annie could be on the road to recovery. David gives Jesse his account of the night of the murder.
      • Thursday: Liza ensures her secret is kept. Liza makes an enemy of David. Aidan conspires with Erica to keep Annie and Adam apart.
      • Friday: Amanda gives birth to a baby boy. Zach and Kendall grow closer. Tad wants to know what Liza’s really up to.

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




      Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 8, 2009.

      GENERAL HOSPITAL: VCR ALERTS

      • Monday: Ric’s concern for Claudia raises Sonny’s suspicions. Sam doesn’t want Kristina making the same mistakes she did. Rebecca’s true agenda is revealed.
      • Tuesday: Sonny wonders if Ric is the father of Claudia’s baby. Patrick and Robin are in a good place. Jax has concerns about Michael.
      • Wednesday: Rebecca begins to try and win Jason over. Tracy leaves Luke with an ultimatum. Elizabeth doesn’t believe Rebecca’s as innocent as she claims.
      • Thursday: Michael can’t control his rage. Claudia fears she might have lost the baby. Spinelli wants to figure out what Kate’s really up to.
      • Friday: Olivia shares her suspicions about Claudia with Sonny. Michael’s homecoming doesn’t go smoothly. Spinelli, Maxie and Lulu discover Kate’s secret.

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










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