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


Friday, August 7, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, August 7, 2009.


Jerry comes to Michael and Kristina’s rescue. Jerry works to gain Michael and Kristina’s trust as part of his plan to use them as bait to get to Jason. Sam closes in on Michael and Kristina.

Jax supports Carly’s decision to have Michael move back in with them once he comes home.

Dominic reveals his true agenda while arguing with Olivia about her involvement with Johnny.

Spinelli shows up at the Scorpio family dinner to ask Mac for Maxie’s hand in marriage.

Keifer overreacts when Molly doesn’t tell him what he wants to hear.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Sam falls into Jerry’s clutches.
  • Michael and Kristina realize what’s really going on.
  • Maxie rebels against Mac trying to run her life.

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

Friday, August 7, 2009 3:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Kelly Monaco
Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

( — Just when you thought it was safe for Jason (Steve Burton) and Sam fans, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that ABC’s “General Hospital” has put out a casting call for Sam McCall, a role currently portrayed by popular actress Kelly Monaco. An ABC spokesman issued a “no comment” to both Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Network when pressed for answers. This can only mean bad news for Monaco fans.

The casting call is as follows: Early 30s, female, Caucasian, brunette, sexy, dynamic and fiery…SERIES REGULAR. This is a character who has been established on the show.

Prior to joining the cast of “General Hospital” in October 2003, Monaco had a contract role on ABC’s “Port Charles” from 1999-2003.

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

  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
  • General Hospital
  • GH
  • Steve Burton
  • Kelly Monaco
  • Sam McCall
  • Jason Morgan

    Friday, August 7, 2009 12:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Alexa Havins
    Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

    ( — Yeah, Babe Chandler may have died after last years devastating tornado hit Pine Valley, but that was Amanda Baker’s Babe. Alexa Havins’ Babe went to California after the actress opted not to renew her contract in 2007 shortly after real-life husband Justin Bruening (ex-Jamie Martin) left the soap with hopes of making it big in Hollywood. He starred in the NBC series “Knight Rider,” which lasted for one season during the 2007-2008 TV season. The series was canceled due to low ratings.

    With “All My Children” heading to the West Coast in January, it has been speculated that Havins and a number of former “AMC” stars, who are now L.A. based, are being courted to come back to the drama series when filming begins in Los Angeles. Soap Opera Network has learned, however, that Havins will not be returning to the show as Babe nor as a look-alike or even a recast of Marissa Tasker (played by Brittany Allen), who is Babe’s fraternal twin sister. According to sources, Havins has made it known that she has no desire to work on a soap ever again. “She is happy where she is and what she is doing. She has no intention of returning to ‘All My Children.’”

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

    • Justin Bruening
    • All My Children
    • AMC
    • SOAPnet
    • ABC
    • Alexa Havins
    • Brittany Allen
    • Babe Chandler

      Friday, August 7, 2009 10:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Thorsten Kaye
      Photo: ABC

      ( — ABC Daytime has given the cast and crew of the network’s daytime drama series “All My Children” one week to decide whether they will uproot their lives and families to Los Angeles, CA when the show moves production in January, says Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) in an exclusive interview with New York Daily News reporter Carolyn Hinsey.

      “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m not the kind of dad who wants to be 3,000 miles away from my kids. And it’s not exactly the best time to sell real estate,” he says. Kaye is married to “One Life to Live’s” Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke). They have two daughters, McKenna and Marlowe.

      “I think the move shows that ABC has a lot of belief in ‘AMC’ and wants to keep it going,” Kaye says.

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

      • All My Children
      • One Life to Live
      • AMC
      • SOAPnet
      • ABC
      • Thorsten Kaye
      • Susan Haskell
      • OLTL

        Friday, August 7, 2009 10:35 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

        Susan Lucci ( — Susan Lucci’s future with “All My Children” is up in the air.

        On today’s “Regis & Kelly,” Susan Lucci shocked former “All My Children” co-star Kelly Ripa by announcing that she’s not sure if she’ll make the decision to move to Los Angeles with the production of the soap she helped make. Lucci, who has been with “AMC” since it’s first air-date in January 1970, told Ripa, “I don’t know what I’m going to do” in reference to leaving New York to remain with the show. Still in a state of shock from the news that dropped this past Tuesday, Lucci emphasized that while she appreciates being given a choice unlike some other co-workers and crew that uprooting 3,000 miles is a big decision to make for her and for the entire cast. It’s also a decision they have just one week to make according to co-star Thorsten Kaye who plays Erica Kane’s son-in-law, Zach Slater. The actress who has New York in her heart and blood reports that she’ll likely make her final decision during a vacation she’ll leave for this weekend.

        The interview was originally scheduled to discuss Lucci and her character Erica Kane’s enlightening trip to Kenya, Africa; ‘AMC’s’ just announced move to L.A. of course pushed that discussion back a segment.

        Like Lucci, co-star Thorsten Kaye points out that while the decision shows ABC has a lot of belief in ‘AMC’ he doesn’t know if he’ll make the move. In today’s New York Daily New, Kaye reports, “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m not the kind of dad who wants to be 3,000 miles away from my kids.” Kaye’s wife, Susan Haskell, currently works on “One Life to Live” which will continue to be produced in New York.

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

        • All My Children
        • Susan Lucci
        • Erica Kane
        • Thorsten Kaye
        • moving to L.A.

          Friday, August 7, 2009 8:08 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Susan Lucci Photo: ABC

          ( — Susan Lucci, who portrays the iconic character, Erica Kane, on ABC’s “All My Children” will be appearing today on “Live with Regis & Kelly.” The actress is expected to discuss “AMC’s” move to Los Angeles, CA in January and might give light on whether she’ll still be part of the soap on moving day.

          • All My Children
          • Susan Lucci
          • AMC
          • SOAPnet
          • ABC
          • Live with Regis & Kelly

            Friday, August 7, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

            ( — Plans, plans, plans.


            David offers JR a “fair” exchange on Monday, August 10. Scott gives JR some sound advice. David makes JR’s choice for him when he explains to a hurt Marissa just why JR has been keeping his distance on Wednesday, August 12. David plants one on Liza on Tuesday, August 11. A spurned David’s observation gets under Liza’s skin. Opal, Jake, Amanda, Tad and Taylor target David as the culprit when Trevor goes missing after they leave him alone in as alley as part of their master plan on Thursday, August 13. Tad and Jake learn that David’s been making numerous calls to a number in Massachusetts after sneaking into his home. North’s murder investigation is re-opened after Angie questions the autopsy report. Angie confronts Jesse after putting the pieces together on Friday, August 14. Erica and Ryan’s attraction builds.

            The Inside Story: Kiss of the Spider Woman
            Annie puts on quite the performance when a contentious Ryan confronts her about calling Emma. Scott comes to Annie’s defense and kicks Ryan out on Monday, August 10. Annie continues to work Scott. Emma calls her mother to question when she can stop lying to her father. Annie makes Emma promise that she’ll never talk about what she really saw the night Stuart was shot. Ryan goes to Jesse after learning about Annie’s cell phone antics. Annie is delighted when Adam promises to help her get Emma back. On Tuesday, August 11, Adam has a flashback to the night of Stuart’s murder but doesn’t share the memory with Annie. Scott pulls a seductive Annie into a kiss. Annie has big plans as she takes possession of the surveillance tapes of both JR and Scott clearly initiating kisses with her.

            A Closer Look: The Secret Room
            Erica and Ryan confront Zach about his refusal to visit Kendall. Erica is baffled when the prison official turns her away claiming Kendall is refusing all visitors. On Monday, August 10, a disoriented Kendall begins to regain consciousness in a secret room at the Slater residence. Kendall begins to remember the events of the day of her hearing. Zach explains his plan to a reluctant Kendall and presses home the point that she’ll never have to leave her boys again. Kendall agrees to go along with Zach’s plan. Kendall wants to clear the air. Zach has been taking money from the casino to finance his plan. On Wednesday, August 12, Liza is incredulous as Zach shares that’s he’s going to get inside the Chandler circle by convincing Adam to give him a loan. Zach is determined to prove Annie’s guilt.

            All My Children News and Headlines:

            AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2009

            • Tad come cleans with Liza in an effort to recruit her into his plans for David.(National Enquirer)
            • Randi and Jesse finally come clean with their significant others. (National Enquirer)

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

            Friday, August 7, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

            Lexi Ainsworth, Drew Garrett
            Photo: John Paschal/JPI

            ( — Speak now or forever hold your peace.


            Maxie “accidentally” accepts Spinelli’s proposal on Monday, August 10. Maxie’s slip of defiance takes on a life of it’s own when Kate gets wind of the development. Sick of all the fighting, Sonny and Claudia decide it’s time to make a change. On Tuesday, August 11, Kate’s observation makes Olivia bristle. Robin is on a mission on Thursday, August 13. Rebecca is in love. A jealous Ethan tells Lucky the real story on Wednesday, August 12. Lucky and Elizabeth struggle to make the right decision. Rebecca decides to tell Nikolas the truth after being real with Elizabeth on Friday, August 14, but is she too late to be the bearer of the bad news? You betcha.

            The Inside Story: Panic Room(s)
            Michael and Kristina realize just how dire their situation is when they try to leave Jerry’s apartment. Jerry sends a frantic Jason on a wild goose-chase to find Sam. The detective ends up in dire jeopardy as a result of Jerry’s twisted game on Monday, August 10. Michael formulates an escape plan. Kristina is frozen in place as Michael begins to lose his fight with the guard on Tuesday, August 11. Jason and Jerry engage in a deadly standoff. Jerry taunts a trapped Jason. On Wednesday, August 12, a diabolical Jerry leaves Jason for dead after bragging that he tricked him and Sonny into blaming a completely innocent Claudia for Michael’s shooting. Michael and Kristina head to bus station after managing to get out of the apartment. On Friday, August 14, a hallucinating Jason clings to life. Sam finds Jason.

            A Closer Look: Undercover Cop
            Dominic sends Johnny away and takes the fall when the cops arrive on the scene while they’re in the middle of putting a stop to a Zacchara drug shipment on Monday, August 10. Mac and the new A.D.A are optimistic that they’ll finally be able to bring Sonny down after learning the truth about Dominic. Olivia learns that Dominic has been arrested. Ms. Falconari surprises her son when she follows him to a meeting pertaining to his undercover assignment on Wednesday, August 12. Dominic insists to Olivia that he’s not going back to Brooklyn or dropping his assignment to take Sonny down. Dominic rescues Morgan from a menacing Keifer on Thursday, August 13. Carly notices the resemblance between Morgan and Dominic as she contemplates the idea of letting Morgan attend a baseball game with his “hero.” Johnny witnesses another odd scene between Olivia and Dominic. Jax orders Dominic to stay away from his family on Friday, August 14. Olivia goes over Dominic’s head in an attempt to get him reassigned.

            General Hospital News and Headlines:

            GH ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2009

            • An angry and unforgiving Nikolas confronts Rebecca with her lies. (Soap Opera Digest)

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

            OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 10 Edition

            Friday, August 7, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

            ( — Llanview reality


            Rex and Gigi have it out over her kiss with Schuyler. On Friday, August 14, Kim, Stacy’s stripper friend from Vegas arrives in Llanview, to tell what she needs to do to hold onto Rex. Rachel has mixed feelings with regards to Greg. Dr. Vivian Wright, Greg’s co-worker and occasional date, picks up on the pair’s chemistry on Thursday, August 13. Jessica tells Marty that she thinks she sees dead people, and later makes a discovery in the bushes. Jared and Natalie receive an unmarked DVD containing video of Nash’s fall through the skylight that resulted in his death. Markko is strapped for cash. John thinks Mayor Lowell is up to no good. The Llanview Hospital board meets to discuss the possibility of Marty being reinstated. While Viki is favor of the idea, Mayor Lowell is very vocal in his opposition to the move. In the end, Dorian casts the deciding vote in Marty’s favor on Wednesday, August 12. Cristian won’t leave the apartment so Fish and Layla can spend a romantic evening together, until he tells her the truth. However, after calling his parents, Fish gets intimate with Layla on Thursday, August 13. Later, Cristian isn’t sure what to think after learning of Fish and Layla’s night of passion. And John tells Marty that she can have as much time as she needs before she is ready to take their relationship to the next level again.

            The Inside Story: Prepare to Meet Your Match
            The judge decides there is enough cause for Matthew’s case to proceed. Téa faces off against the Buchanan’s new hotshot lawyer, Elijah Clarke, who claims to know her big secret on Monday, August 10. Viki leaves Todd with her thoughts of his relationship with Téa. Blair insists to Dorian that, while she is through with Todd, she doesn’t want Téa to have him. Hell bent on airing her rival’s dirty laundary, Blair enlists Rex to do her leg work on Tuesday, August 11. Téa is furious to learn that Todd has hired Elijah to help him regain custody of his kids. Later, she pulls a mysterious briefcase out of her closet. Rachel won’t testify on Matthew’s behalf, however Greg is more willing to do so, much to her dismay. By Friday, August 14, Rex shares the results of his findings with Blair, stating that it appears Téa vanished into thin air between the island rescue and her return to Llanview late last fall. Armed with the new information, Blair instructs Rex to locate Ross Rayburn. And Elijah continues to taunt Téa, admitting that her relationship with Todd could suffer if the truth were to come out.

            A Closer Look: Hosed
            Still nursing her hangover, Dorian is taken aback to find David on her doorstep. When flattery gets him nowhere, David resorts to telling Dorian the true nature of his visit on Tuesday, August 11. However, Dorian in none to pleased when David pitches his idea of turning the lives of the Cramer women into a new reality show. Dorian sends David and his camera crew scrambling for cover when she attacks them with a garden hose. After learning of David’s latest stunt, Langston suggests that Markko would be great as the cameraman for David’s new show on Wednesday, August 12. Rejected by Dorian, David pays a visit to Viki, hoping she will have a better reaction to his proposal. Much to his dismay, however, Viki says no to allowing Llanfair to be the sitting of a reality show on Thursday, August 13. Meanwhile, Jessica incorrectly believes that David’s producer Ford is her stalker. At the same time, Brody uncovers proof that the mystery man really exists.

            One Life to Live News and Headlines

            OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2009

            • David channels his inner Buchanan and attempts to worm his way into his newfound family’s good graces. (SOAPnet)
            • Marty is surprised to learn she has been appointed Todd’s therapist. (Soap Opera Weekly)

            Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of August 10 Edition

            Friday, August 7, 2009 6:52 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            Kevin Schmidt
            Photo: Howard Wise/JPI

            ( — “The Young and the Restless” star Kevin Schmidt (Noah Newman) has booked the lead role in the Cartoon Network pilot “Unnatural History.”

            “History” tells the story of Henry Griffin (Schmidt), a teenager who has acquired exceptional skills during his travels around the world with his anthropologist parents. He faces his greatest challenge when he returns to the United States to attend High School. Rounding out the cast will be Jordan Gavaris (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Italia Ricci (“Greek”). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gavaris will play Jasper, Henry’s cousin, and Ricci will play Maggie, a classmate of Henry’s. Production will begin later this month in Toronto. The script was penned by Mike Werb (“The Mask”). Warner Horizon TV will produce the project.

            At this time it is unclear if Schmidt will depart “Y&R” if the show receives a series order from Cartoon Network. Most recently the actor appeared in the Disney Channel original movie “Princess Protection Program” along-side tween superstar Selena Gomez.

            • The Young and the Restless
            • SOAPnet
            • Y&R
            • CBS
            • Kevin Schmidt
            • Jordan Gavaris
            • Italia Ricci
            • Selena Gomez
            • Greek
            • Degrassi: The Next Generation

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