How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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OLTL Alerts: Week of August 10 Edition

Thursday, August 6, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of August 10, 2009.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Téa finds Elijah to be a tougher opponent than she originally thought.  A nosy Blair is bound and determined to uncover Téa’s big secret.  Dorian opens the front door of La Boulaie to find someone unexpected.
  • Tuesday: Blair hires Rex do her dirty work and dig up dirt on Téa.  Bo and Nora continue to tiptoe around their feelings for one another.  Dorian throws David out on his keester.   
  • Wednesday: Jessica shares her concerns with Marty.  Natalie and Jared receive a strange package.  Cole does something smart.
  • Thursday: Viki isn’t interested in David’s proposal.  Brody uncovers proof that the person Jessica has been seeing really does exsist.  Cristian tells Fish he must make a choice. 
  • Friday: Rex shares what he has learned about Téa with Blair.  Elijah has Téa backed into a corner.  An angry Cristian confronts Fish. 

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




Wednesday, August 5, 2009 7:01 PM ET | By Errol Lewis and Scotty Gore

One Life to Live

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With “All My Children” heading to the West Coast, “One Life to Live” will inherit “AMC’s” soon-to-be-old studio space. Also, both soaps are expected to begin broadcasting in HD early next year.

“ABC Daytime announced today that it would move production of ‘All My Children’ from New York to Los Angeles and that ‘One Life to Live’ would move into ‘All My Children’s’ former New York space, giving both shows facility upgrades and streamlined production models,” states an ABC press release issued yesterday afternoon. “‘All My Children’ will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of Jan. 4, 2010. The move of ‘One Life To Live’ to its new home takes place soon after ‘All My Children’ relocates.”

According to ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, “The move to Los Angeles enables both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show. We had to examine every option on the table to combat the current economic realities, and rising costs of production, and we are doing it in a way that makes each of our shows stronger.”

“One Life to Live’s” current, smaller studio will be converted into office space by the network. The move to “All My Children’s” soon-to-be-vacated studios will give “OLTL” at least 30% additional space for sets and props.

Which leaves us with several million dollar questions. Will the move to L.A. help or hurt “AMC” in the long-run, and will “OLTL” wither on the vine as the only remaining ABC soap left in the Big Apple, or will it provide a much needed boost the sagging sudser? And if the move is successful for “AMC,” will “OLTL” soon follow suit and head West as well?

So many questions, so few answers.

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


Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Gets New Studio Space


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  • One Life to Live
  • AMC
  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
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  • OLTL


    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:21 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    Susan Lucci (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The shake-ups begin at “All My Children.”

    On the heels of the jarring news that production of “All My Children” will be relocating from New York, New York, their home for 40 years, to Los Angeles, California is of course big behind-the-scenes news about the fate of many of the popular soaps cast and crew.

    Daytime Confidential, the website that broke the news of “AMC’s” impending move, is also reporting that all of the soaps contract players have been invited to make the move to L.A., where the show will begin production on January 4, 2010. Despite the time remaining on their existing deals with the show, those actors who do not wish to make the 3,000 mile move will be let out of their contracts. While most of the “AMC” actors are reportedly still in shock over the news, an excited Ricky Paull Goldin (who plays Dr. Jake Martin) posted on his Twitter site this afternoon and seems to be onboard with the big move.

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Walt Willey is among the contract players given the opportunity to choose his fate. The actor who has played Jackson Montgomery since 1987 is now reported to be officially off-contract according to DC. The news isn’t surprising. Willey’s Jackson has been severely back-burned under Head Writer Charles Pratt Jr.’s reign and had been scheduled to be sent off-screen indefinitely after one more appearance later this month.

    Despite speculation to the contrary, “AMC” Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers is staying put for the move to L.A. DC reports Carruthers, who has been with the soap since the fall of 2003, has just inked a new contract.

    Susan Lucci, who plays the legendary Erica Kane on “AMC,” will appear on ABC’s “Regis and Kelly” this Friday at 9 a.m EST. Tune in to hear what she has to say about the stunning news; will daytime’s number one diva make the move west?

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


    • All My Children
    • Susan Lucci
    • AMC
    • Walt Willey
    • Julie Hanan Carruthers
    • Los Angeles
    • New York City


      Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


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

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      Jesse alerts Zach to the fact that Kendall is insisting on making a full confession. In front of Liza and Jesse, Kendall unburdens herself by confessing to having killed Stuart in a taped statement. Stuart’s ghost appears in front of Kendall, telling her they can all be at peace now.

      Natalia accuses Jesse of stepping outside the law in trying to protect Kendall and later shares her feelings with Frankie and Randi. Randi continues to be plagued with guilt thinking she killed North.

      Marissa’s concerned for JR when she finds him after he collapses in an alley but he truthfully claims he hasn’t been drinking and dismisses the incident as being nothing. Back at the mansion, JR struggles to contain his anger and disgust when Adam announces Annie agreed to marry him.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • JR challenges Annie to admit she really doesn’t love Adam.
      • Zach begs the court for leniency for Kendall.
      • Angie shares her suspicions about Jesse with Frankie.

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




      OLTL Recap: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

      Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      “Broken Flowers”

      Stacy receives devastating news. Rex is furious when Gigi confesses she offered Stacy money to have an abortion. The tension mounts between Rex and Gigi when he admits he won’t abandon his child but they eventually end up in each other’s arms, resolved to the fact they have a long road ahead of them.

      In front of Blair, Todd declares that he wants to be with Téa and only Téa. Blair’s miserable watching Todd and Téa go off together. Todd arranges a special surprise for Téa at UltraViolet.

      Nora locks eyes with Bo while sharing a last dance with Clint.

      Charlie and Viki share a private dance at the diner and are blissfully happy to have found each other.

      Greg thinks he has Rachel all figured out.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Stacy hides her miscarriage from Rex.
      • Cristian spots Kyle and Fish in an intimate moment.
      • Charlie’s suggestion surprises Viki.

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




      GH Recap: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

      Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


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

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      Sonny decides to take things one step at a time with Claudia.

      Johnny tells Claudia he wants nothing more to do with her after catching her on the phone with Jerry. Sam is hot on Michael and Kristina’s trail in Mexico.

      Olivia and Dominic are both mortified when he walks in on her and Johnny in a compromising position. Olivia doesn’t reveal to either Johnny or Sonny that Dominic is her son.

      Robin hopes she’s one step closer to proving Alexis’ innocence when she realizes Brianna’s killer was right-handed and Alexis is not.

      Ethan tells Rebecca he needs her in his life but she rebuffs his advances, stating she wants to see where things might lead with Nikolas.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Jerry stays one step ahead of Sam.
      • Michael and Kristina walk into danger.
      • Diane warns Alexis that the cards are stacked against her.

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




      Wednesday, August 5, 2009 3:36 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Brandon Beemer

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Seems “The Bold and the Beautiful” will continue to hold its title as the naughtiest soap in daytime. Soap Opera Network has learned that Owen Knight (Brandon Beemer) and wife Jackie Marone (Lesley-Anne Downe) will be up to some kinky sex scenes this month. Expect to see scenes so racy, they probably won’t make it to the airwaves.

      “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


      Discussion: ‘B&B’ Getting Kinky Again


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      • CBS
      • CBS.com
      • B&B
      • Brandon Beemer
      • Owen Knight
      • Lesley-Anne Downe
      • Jackie Marone


        Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After more than a month of rather vocal tug-of-war negotiations with ABC, “One Life to Live’s” Robin Strasser tells her fans to “Picture me on your TV. I’m signing the contract, yay for me. I will be with you for years to come.”

        Despite recently being offered a “take-it-or-leave-it” contract by ABC, which included a hefty 63% paycut for the popular soap vet, Strasser announced earlier this evening on her telephone hotline
        “Screw the pay cut. Full steam ahead. It doesn’t matter. Life has been very good to me. I have been very blessed. I’ve been diligent, I’ve been careful, I’ve been many, many things, [but] not ever the highest paid.”

        “My dear friends, a heart attack has been averted. It is my pleasure to announce that I’ve said yes. Yes! What did I say affirmatively yes to? The whole deal of continuing to play Dorian. I can’t allow it to be about money. It’s paycut time. Daytime is hanging on a thread… I believe that; I get it,” the actress cheerfully proclaimed to fans.

        Strasser’s new deal was nearly overshadowed by ABC’s afternoon press release indicating that “All My Children” was moving production to Los Angeles at year’s end, and that “One Life to Live” would be taking over its sister soap’s soon-to-be-vacated New York City studios.

        Commenting on the move, Strasser noted just how much larger the “AMC” studios are compared to those of “OLTL.” “When I did crossover and appearances on ‘AMC,’ I was ravaged with jealousy. Their real estate is so superior. Their big building. Everybody has big dressing rooms. The hallways have windows with views of the river…”

        Futhermore, Strasser tells Soap Opera Digest that “I will say for the record that I called Frank [Valentini, 'OLTL' executive producer] at about 3:15 yesterday. I said, “Frank, Frank, I hope you’re happy to hear this but I can’t, I can’t…I have to say ‘yes’. Whatever ABC wants to pay me is okay, I just love what I do and I can’t continue in this holding pattern. ‘Yes, I’m in, I’m in. Send me a contract, I’ll sign it.’ He said, ‘Okay. That’s great. I’ll call legal and we’ll close this up.’ And then I said, ‘So what about the rumors?’ He said, ‘Well, it’s a secret until 5 o’clock today.’ ” Now this was at 3:15. He said, ‘All My Children’ will move to L.A. and ‘One Life to Live’ will move into their studio.” I almost screamed into the telephone bursting an eardrum on the man. I’m trusting and wishing the best for ‘All My Children.’ They’ve got some great real estate they’re moving to in LA. And there’s a lot of great opportunities for renting and buying the personal residences. And then our show apparently is going to get at least 30-50 percent more studio space so that our big concept productions and efficiency can be ramped up. Frank has found better and better ways to make a great show but does it cost effectively because if we don’t do it that way we’ll be joining ‘Guiding Light.’ I’m so proud to be part of that solution.”

        Strasser, a Daytime Emmy Winner and two time Soap Opera Digest Award recipient, has portrayed Dorian Cramer Lord on and off since 1979. In 2000, she was fired from “OLTL” after suffering a major falling out with then Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps, and did not return to Llanview until 2003, once Phelps had left the show. In addition, Strasser took the character of Dorian to “AMC’s” Pine Valley in a handful of episodes between 2003 and 2005. Other soaps credits include Iris Ocasek on “The Secret Storm” (1964-66), Rachel Davis Matthews on “Another World” (1967-72) and “Somerset” (1970), Dr. Christina Karras on “All My Children” (1976-79), and the 300-year-old witch Hecuba on “Passions” from 2001-2002.

        To listen to Strasser’s full message on her hotline, call (212) 414-5300.

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


        Discussion: Robin Strasser Re-Signs with ‘One Life to Live’




        Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:35 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Last week rumors began circulating that ABC Daytime was looking to move their daytime soap “All My Children” to the West Coast in an effort to avoid cancellation. Unfortunately, a network spokeswoman opted to lie to the industry in an effort to break the news to the dramas cast and crew “first.” The cast learned they’d have to make the difficult choice of whether to head out West to Los Angeles,California or lose their jobs on Tuesday, August 4.

        “This rumor has been in the zeitgeist for years,” said the spokeswoman in an official statement. “If there is ever something official to announce, you will hear it from me.”

        All we can say is, we’re waiting…

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


        Discussion: The Lie that Rocked Daytime


        • All My Children
        • Susan Lucci
        • AMC
        • SOAPnet
        • ABC
        • ABC.com
        • SOAPnet.com


          Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:14 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In a shocking chain of events, ABC announces that it plans to move production of “All My Children” to the West Coast, and relocate “One Life to Live” into “AMC’s” soon-to-be vacated New York studios.

          Despite repeated denials from ABC in recent weeks to persistent online rumors at Daytime Confidential that plans were already in the works to move the broadcaster’s youngest soap cross country, the network did a complete 180 today by dropping a bombshell on the set of the daytime drama “All My Children.”

          According to reports, ABC Daytime President Brian Frons gathered the soap’s cast and crew together this afternoon to inform them that “AMC” would be shifting production from New York City to Los Angeles beginning sometime in December in an attempt to cut costs during the current economic downturn.

          “ABC Daytime announced today that it would move production of ‘All My Children’ from New York to Los Angeles and that ‘One Life to Live’ would move into ‘All My Children’s’ former New York space, giving both shows facility upgrades and streamlined production models,” states a network press release.
           
          “‘All My Children’ will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of Jan. 4, 2010, and will begin airing in HD in February. The move of ‘One Life To Live’ to its new home takes place soon after ‘All My Children’ relocates.” “One Life to Live” will transition to HD early next year as well. “AMC’s” first tape date in L.A. comes only one day before the long-running sudser marks it 40th anniversary.

          “‘All My Children’ is one of the most recognizable brands in television, and we are committed to continue telling and enhancing the stories of the residents of Pine Valley. The move to Los Angeles enables both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show. We had to examine every option on the table to combat the current economic realities, and rising costs of production, and we are doing it in a way that makes each of our shows stronger,” Frons laments.

          “AMC’s” new L.A. based studio is said to be twice the size of their one in New York, and will include two sound stages that will allow them to keep more sets assembled and standing between episode tapings.

          “OLTL” will experience 30% additional space when the soap moves in to “AMC’s” current home, and will receive several facility upgrades. Furthermore, ABC is seriously considering turning “One Life to Live’s” rather cramped current home into much needed office space for the network.

          Agnes Nixon, creator of both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” attempted to place a positive spin on the move by commenting that “I am so grateful for the wonderful commitment from ABC to ‘All My Children.’ While I will miss being able to run over to the show … it feels a little like I am sending one of my children off to be married. … I am glad the network is making moves that will enable the team to continue telling stories about Pine Valley. … There are many more secrets to be revealed.”

          One of those secrets will be just how many of “All My Children’s” current cast and crew may be willing to remain with the show and relocate nearly 2500 miles away from the Big Apple, most notably the iconic Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), one of the soap’s two remaining original cast members.

          Los Angeles City Council president Eric Garcetti informs Variety that “AMC” will be filming in the city’s Glassell Park neighborhood. “We have been working hard to bring production back and this is great,” he says.

          “Children” will join ABC’s signature soap “General Hospital” as the network’s only West Coast based daytime dramas. “GH” underwent significant changes earlier this year, which included building a new hospital set and transitioning the show to High-Definition, a move which set ABC back an estimated $3 million.

          Needless to say, the move has some soaps fans more than a little shaken up, given the recent cancellation of two other daytime soaps within the past year. In August of 2008, “Passions” was cancelled after only nine years on the air. And in April of this year, CBS announced that the industry’s longest-running daytime serial “Guiding Light” would be airing its final episode on September 18th, after more than 72 years on television and radio. To further add to the uneasiness, speculation persists that ABC is planning to launch a new talk starring Aisha Taylor, which could find its way onto the Alphabet Network’s already crowded daytime schedule, despite repeated assertions by ABC that the show is being geared toward syndication.

          Despite the changes in production and relocation of two of the network’s three daytime dramas, ABC insists that their three hour weekday afternoon soap block will remain unchanged with “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” continuing to air in the same order they have been since 1978.

          SON will continue to follow this breaking story and bring you more details as they develop.

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


          Discussion: Breaking News: ‘AMC’ Moves to L.A., ‘OLTL’ Switches Studios










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