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


OLTL Alerts: Week of June 8 Edition

Thursday, June 4, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of June 8, 2009.


  • Monday: Starr and Cole share an emotional reunion with baby Hope. Cole gets to hold his daughter for the first time.  Starr has conflicting feelings about giving away her baby.  Jessica is consumed with guilt.  Rachel asks Nora if she still has the hots for Bo.
  • Tuesday: Todd and Blair’s truce comes to an abrupt end.  Marty lets John know exactly how she feels.  Schuyler provides Gigi with more details concerning Stacy’s personality.
  • Wednesday: John and Blair have different views on their marriage. Téa arrives on Todd’s doorstep with her suitcases packed.  Dorian finds herself all alone. 
  • Thursday: Natalie faces the music and talks to Marcie and Michael.  Cole and Starr find comfort in one anothers arms.  Jessica realizes Natalie did what she thought she had to do. 
  • Friday: Marcie has second thoughts about keepig Starr’s baby.  Todd and Blair battle for custody of their children.  Dorian is miserable, especially upon seeing how happy everyone else seems to be.

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

SOAPnet Audience Continues to Grow

Thursday, June 4, 2009 2:37 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Primetime viewership for SOAPnet, the network for soaps, increased in May for the fourth straight month, and reached a new high in several key demos.

In a press release issued Tuesday by the upstart cable/satellite network dedicated to the daytime drama, viewership for the month of May reached record highs in total viewers and the all important women aged 18-49 demographic. Also, viewership for the channel increased for the fourth consecutive month. Below are a few highlights from the press release.   

Record or near-record viewership for “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on SOAPnet gave the network their most watched May ever in the women 18-49 demo. in the channel’s nine year history.  Ratings in the category for May 2009 increased 27% over one year ago, with an average of 142,000 viewers. Additionally, last month also marked SOAPnet’s most watched month ever in terms of total viewership, with an average of 361,000 viewers tuning in, a 15% increase over the same time last year. 

“All My Children,” which airs weeknights at 8:00 et, experienced their second highest rating ever on SOAPnet in the women 18-49 demo., falling only 8,000 viewers short of February 2005′s record of 201,000.  Also, May 2009 was “AMC’s” highest rated month ever on SOAPnet, and the fifth highest in terms of overall viewership with 464,000 people tuning in to watch the latest happenings in Pine Valley.  And, thus far in the 2008-09 season, “AMC” has experienced its five highest consecutive months in terms of SOAPnet viewership, which reached a record high 500,000 viewers back in March.  Even more impressive is the fact that “All My Children” is up 72% in the total viewers and 80% in terms of women 18-49, versus last year.   

“One Life to Live,” which airs weeknights at 9:00 et, also saw significant gains in viewers and demos for the month of May on SOAPnet.  The primetime audience for “OLTL” increased for the fifth straight month, giving May 2009 the soap’s highest rating in the women 18-49 category, with 179,000 viewers, an increase of 33% over last year.  Also, since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, “OLTL” has notched their three highest rated months on SOAPnet in total viewers.  And it marked “One Life to Live’s” largest ever May audience on the network, and third highest overall, with 392,000 total viewers, creating an increase of 14%.

SOAPnet, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Corporation, airs same-day repeats of soaps “All My Children,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live,” and “The Young and the Restless,” along with classic soaps such as “Ryan’s Hope.”  In recent years, the network’s programming schedule has expanded to include primetime dramas “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “One Tree Hill,” “The O.C.,” and “Gilmore Girls,” combined with original programming such as “MVP,” “1 Day With…,” “Soapography,” and “Southern Bells: Louisville.”

Click here to read the press release in its entirety.

“All My Chilren” airs weekdays on ABC.  Weeknights on SOAPnet.  Check local listings.

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

Discussion: SOAPnet Audience Continues to Grow

Thursday, June 4, 2009 1:28 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — In 2005, drama teacher Lisa Glide appeared on the verge of a promising acting career, with small roles on “Dawson’s Creek” and the ABC soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” However all that changed this week, when she plead guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

In an article posted on the New Jersey On-Line News Website, which first broke the story, the 35-year old Glide was accussed of engaging in a four month sexual relationship with one of her male students last year.  The Howell Township, New Jersey resident, and teacher at Old Bridge High School, admitted on Wednesday to New Brunswick Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa, that she and the student had sexual encounters on two separate occassions, neither of which were reportedly on school property. 

Pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in the fourth degree, Glide could be sentenced up to 364 days in the Middlesex County Jail.  Formal sentencing will be held in August.  In addition, she has also agreed to forfeit her teaching certificate and recuse herself from re-applying for certification at any New Jersey public school.  And, as per her plea agreement, Glide is to be place on probation for five years, receive counseling, and have only supervised contact with males under the age of 18.   

Since Glide pleaded guilty to the charges, Christie Bevacqua, the Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor, stated the state went with the lesser endangering charge of the fourth degree rather than the third, and dropped the second-degree sexual assualt charge, all because “the victim wanted to be spared having to testify.”  The student, who was 17 at the time of his affair with Glide, graduated from the school last June and is said to be “fine with this plea agreement.” 

As the school’s drama teacher, Glide was frequently in charge of organizing plays and rehearsels.  Last December, she was arrested, and later suspended, after details of the relationship leaked out.  Glide had been a teacher at the high school since 2004.  The sexual rendezous with her student were believed to have taken place between February and May of last year. 

Glide embarked on her career in education in 1999 as a substitute teacher in Weehawken, New Jersey.  In 2000, she was employed by Jersey City schools, and by the Marlboro Township School District the following year.  Majoring in theater at Montclair State University, she studied acting at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Glide earned $50,943 annually as a teacher at Old Bridge High School.   

In a 2005 interview with the Old Bridge newspaper “The Suburban,” Glide discussed her budding acting career, which included bit parts on the daytime dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” along with a guest shot on “Dawson’s Creek.”  The interview was conducted following Glide’s directing of the high school’s production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.” 

To read the full New Jersery On-line report, click here

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:22 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 3, 2009.


“Are You the Gatekeeper?”

 Bess unlocks the door, thinking she’s coming face to face with Jean Randolph.  Pretending to be Jean, Viki prevails for Bess to look at the situation logically and realize that Jessica needs to face the truth.  Viki’s love and compassion reaches Jessicea, who begins to face the realization that her baby died. 

Schuyler attacks Kyle, accusing him of having stolen Stacy’s blood sample from his room.  Fish comes upon the scene and orders Schuyler to back off Kyle.  Fish doesn’t hid his dislike of Kyle, who points out they used to be friends.  Kyle warns Stacy that Schuyler and Gigi are on to her but she’s not worried.  Thinking Rex and Gigi aren’t home, Gigi uses her key to let her and Schuyler into the loft to get a sample of Stacy’s DNA.  Gigi and Schuyler walk in just as Stacy has managed to get Rex into a very compromising position. 

Layla and Cristian’s search for a third roommate gets off to a rocky start. 

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Jessica is overwhelmed with the memories of the night she gave birth to Chloe.
  • Gigi and Stacy have a chick fight.
  • Shaun has a proposition for Rachel. 

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:02 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 3, 2009.


Jake explains to Liza how he’s going to hand Amanda’s baby over to her. Jake later tells Amanda the arrangements he’s made but doesn’t mention Liza.

Colby finds a packet of letters from Liza addressed to her while poking around in Liza’s room at the Yacht Club. Back at the mansion, Colby reads the letters Adam deliberately kept from her and is deeply affected by Liza’s outpourings of love. Pete and Colby notice blood on the most recent letter. Liza and Colby’s moment of closeness is quickly shattered when Colby realizes her mother had been at the mansion on the night of the murder and accuses her of having shot Stuart.

Scott and Krystal accuse David of being the killer, but Jesse won’t arrest him just yet. David tells Krystal the reason he didn’t pull the trigger that fateful night.

Zach and Kendall agree to get married to evoke spousal privilege. The pair are later married for the third time buy a justice of the peace at Pine Valley hospital.

Ryan confronts Annie after seeing a drawing Emma made of a woman holding a gun.

On the Next All My Children…

  • A mother makes a plea to her daughter.
  • Annie makes a deal with Ryan.
  • Krystal warns Marissa not to get too close to David.

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:01 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 3, 2009.


Michael pushes himself too hard during his physical therapy as he’s determined to go home sooner rather than later. Carly realizes that Michael is trying to pit her and Sonny against each other and points out to Sonny that they need to present a united front. Claudia darkens when she witnesses Sonny sharing a tender moment with Carly. Jason arrives just as Michael flies into a rage after Robin tells him he needs to take things slowly.

Claudia lays into Olivia when she sees her kissing Johnny. Johnny shocks Claudia when he makes it clear he’d throw her to the wolves if she did anything to harm Olivia.

Claudia feels Michael is the key to protecting herself.

Elizabeth and Alexis grow more and more certain that Rebecca is up to no good. Nikolas and Rebecca can’t control themselves any longer and make love. Rayner tells Alexis that Rebecca didn’t grow up with her biological parents because she was adopted illegally on the black market but he isn’t sure whether or not she knows about it.

Ethan and Luke decide to have a DNA test done without Tracy’s knowledge.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Claudia wants to put distance between Sonny and Carly.
  • Rebecca comes face to face with Helena.
  • Patrick grows concerned about Robin.

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Chrishell Stause has made her (final?) decision.

Chrishell Stause made quite a few “All My Children” fans very happy on Tuesday evening. That’s when the actress reported on her Twitter page that she’ll be staying with “All My Children” through the end of the year.

Stause joined the cast of “AMC” in May of 2005 as the sexy, grown-up version of Amanda Dillon. Since April, the actress has extended her contract twice; the previous extension was reportedly through September 2009. On Monday afternoon the actress left her fans a curious note saying that she was on the cusp of making an important decision – that decision clearly being to extend her stay on the show through 2009. Co-star Ricky Paull Goldin (Dr. Jake Martin) reports that he’s so “excited that [his] TV girl is staying on AMC for a little more love.”

The next seven months should be full of heavy baby drama for the character or Amanda.

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

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    ‘AMC’s’ June Casting Notes

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children’s” June 2009 casting news.

    Cornelius Smith Jr. returns to the role of Frankie Hubbard on Friday, June 5. The character was last seen on April 24. According to “All My Children” head writer Charles Pratt Jr. the Emmy nominated actor, who joined the show in the fall of 2007, has supposedly been in contract talks that left him with no other choice but to make the good doctor disappear for a while. Frankie won’t just have a life altering injury to deal with when his wife’s (Denise Vasi) past becomes very present later this summer.

    Kieran Campion premiered in the recurring role of D.A. Henry North on Friday, May 22. Randi’s aforementioned dirty little secret is directly tied to the new District Attorney. North’s wife, Madison (played by GL alum Stephanie Gatschet), will premiere on Friday, June 19. Madison’s considerable issues could prove to be advantageous to the Slater’s as the young ladies ambitious husband refuses to even phantom looking at any other suspect after getting the daughter of Pine Valley’s most high-profile resident, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), on his hook. Both roles are recurring and should last throughout the summer.

    Amanda Baker, as previously reported, will be back on “AMC” as the ghost of Babe Carey on Thursday, June 4 and then again on Monday, June 29. Her first appearance will be opposite her shattered father, David (Vincent Irizarry); her next appearance will be opposite Babe’s baby’s father, JR (Jacob Young).

    Beth Ehlers, who plays Taylor, and JR Martinez, who plays Brot, will be seen more in June. Unfortunately, it will just be for a little bit more than the three episodes each appeared on in May. Brot will be involved in Frankie’s story, and look for Taylor to have a few more interactions with Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight). Watch for Brot and Taylor’s romance to hit a major snag. Walt Willey’s rotation will increase in June, when Jackson takes on the new D.A. as Kendall’s (Alicia Minshew) attorney.

    In day-player news, Anna Koonin’s love-sick Nurse Gayle will make at least one more appearance on “AMC” in June. Meredith Patterson will begin to reappear in the role of casino assistant Francesca starting in mid-June.

    Various reliable sources have reported that the rumors of Spike Hart Lavery, the biological son of Kendall Hart and Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison), being recast and aged are false. Alexander, Benjamin and Caleb Eckstein began playing Spike in July 2007. Spike, who has been absent recently, will be seen more regularly in June.

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

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      Wednesday, June 3, 2009 11:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Last month Soap Opera Network asked readers like you to send us your questions for Tyler Christopher. He responded and now he has his first sit down interview with Soap Opera Network, and delves deeper into the role that helped define him into the man that he is today.

      Tyler Christopher has been portraying the role of Nikolas Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” off-and-on since joining the cast in July 1996. He has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. He married the love of his life, Brienne Pedigo, in 2008 and is expecting his first child in 2009. Christopher and Pedigo were married on September 27, 2008 and their son (yes, it’s a boy!) is due on October 1, 2009. So what’s real-life been like for the expecting family man?

      “Life is great in our home. We’re both very excited [and anxious] to begin the next chapter in our lives.”

      Outside of his work on “General Hospital,” Tyler is actively involved with the 68 Cent Crew Theatre, which he co-founded with close friend Ronnie Marmo in 2002. The theatre, now in its seventh year, holds an annual Fundraiser during the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend in which fans can enjoy an “evening of fun, laughter, drinks and great food,” while in the company of their favorite “GH” star and his cohorts from the theatre company. This year the event moves to the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, California. The event takes place on Friday, July 17 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Last year, fans got the chance to attend a special screening of “Stage 4,” a scripted “reality” show in which a group of people from a Hollywood theater company come together to hone their craft. “Stage 4″ also starred Christopher’s “GH” co-star Kimberly McCullough (Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake), the aforementioned Marmo and “Beverly Hills, 90210″ icon Brian Austin Green (ex-David Silver). There were hopes that the idea could launch into a series of episodes either on TV or via the internet, but “times are tough to sell a show right now,” says Christopher. “I thought it was very clever and funny and hope it finds a home somewhere.”

      Nikolas Cassadine was engaged to be married to reel-life love Emily Bowen-Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston). Unfortunately for Nikolas, in November 2007, Emily was savagely murdered by Diego Alcazar (Ignacio Serrichio), but now Nikolas is seeing “Emily” at every turn. Could it be? Is Emily really alive? Sadly, no. Nikolas is seeing Emily’s twin sister, Rebecca, who raised eyebrows in January 2009 when portrayer Natalia Livingston made her much anticipated return to the drama series as the newly created character. Since then the two have toyed around with a possible romance, but family matters are getting in their way – namely Nikolas’ Aunt Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn), who is suspicious of Rebecca and her intentions, and his Grandmother Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), who shares words with Rebecca on the Thursday, June 4 episode of “GH. The question is, will we be treated to more Helena or is her time about up in Port Charles? ”Every show needs a Helena,” says Tyler. “I think she will always be around.”

      Character Traits

      Can a guy truly have his world literally crumble before him and still manage to keep himself grounded without changing his demeanor just a little? Reader PocketofRosies wanted to know if we’ll be seeing a darker side to Nikolas now, as per rumors, as she is partial to the “bad guys.”

      “On a soap you can’t be one way all the time or the character becomes boring. When you’re on five days a week, I believe you have to show different sides of a characters personality. He was dark for so long that I and the writers felt we needed to add a little color into Nikolas.” That color included adding a son with former flame Courtney Matthews (portrayed by Alicia Leigh Willis), who died in 2006. Speaking of his son, how would the dynamics change if the show aged Spencer a year from now and Nikolas had to now deal with a pre-teen Cassadine? “We had difficulty casting Spencer, so I believe that’s why you haven’t seen him as of late. As for the future for him, I just don’t have the answer for that.”

      In October 2005, Julie Berman joined the cast as an older Lulu Spencer, Nikolas’ younger sister, and Golnaz Vayghan wanted to know what it is like working with Berman, who is considered one of daytime’s finest young actresses.

      “You’re only as good as your partner in a scene. And with Julie you get nothing less than a display of fine acting. I tend to put little ad-libs in occasionally and she picks right up on them, the result is a scene that is natural and organic.”

      Genie Francis portrayed Laura Spencer, Nikolas and Lulu’s mother, off-and-on for over thirty years, but it seems like Laura is more off than on. Any chance she’ll finally make Port Charles her TV home once more? “I would always welcome a Genie Francis return. I’ve always said that she was someone I looked up to when I first started my career on ‘General Hospital.’ It’s always disappointing when she leaves,” said Christopher.

      Since last appearing on screen together in May 2008, when Emily’s “ghost” finally said goodbye to her prince, fans can’t help but wonder what exactly sets Rebecca/Nikolas apart from Emily/Nikolas. “I think Rebecca/Nikolas have a more sexually explosive relationship vs. a more sensual one between Emily/Nikolas,” says Christopher. “At least at this point in the story.”

      Where might the two be heading storyline wise? Christopher answers the question sent in by Soap Opera Network reader Sophia Malone: “As long as the dynamic between the two characters are different than that of Emily and Nikolas’, I’m okay with whatever they give me.”

      In April – April Fool’s day at that – the daytime industry woke up to the news that CBS had cancelled “Guiding Light” after 72 years of broadcasting on radio and television. Does the cast of “General Hospital” feel pressured when the ratings reports come out each week?

      “Times are tough. A lot of people are worried as to the fate of daytime. My hope is that ‘GH’ has solidified its mark on daytime immortality, but these days anything can happen,” Christopher responded.

      For more information on the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company Fundrasier or to buy tickets to the event, head on over to Tickets are priced at $65 per person.

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

      Discussion: InSession with Tyler Christopher

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      • Natalia Livingston
      • Tyler Christopher
      • Genie Francis
      • Julie Berman
      • Nancy Lee Grahn
      • Constance Towers

        Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Conor Jackson will portray Michael’s physical therapist on the Wednesday, June 3 episode of the soap. More on Conor’s appearance on the show will appear in the June 29 issue of ESPN Magazine, on newsstands June 19.


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

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