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

 

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sherri Saum is getting the last laugh after being let go from ABC’s new dramedy “The Deep End” last fall.

Created by “How I Met Your Mother” Co-Executive Producer David Hemingson, “Deep End” premiered to low ratings on Thursday, January 21 drawing just 7.07 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in Adults 18-49, placing the series 3rd in viewers and 4th in the all important demo. By comparison, the series only beat The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” by  a mere 12.5% (1.8 vs 1.6) in Adults 18-49. “Deep End” was down 25% from what “FlashForward” had averaged in the same time period this season.

In September, it was announced that Saum would be replaced by “Soul Food” actress Nicole Ari Parker in the role of Susan, the “sexy, smart, steely lioness of the firm’s litigation department whose husband, Clifford Huddle (Billy Zane), is the firm’s new managing partner.”

The series stars Matt Long (”Jack & Bobby”) as Dylan Hewitt, a young attorney who starts working for the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft. Former “Desperate Housewives” heart-throb Mehcad Brooks also stars.

Despite its poor debut numbers, “Deep End is still scheduled to air on Thursday, January 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

From 2001-2003, Saum portrayed Keri Reynolds on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Vanessa Hart from 1997-1999 on NBC’s “Sunset Beach.” The actress has had numerous starring roles in such series as Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and the FX drama “Rescue Me.”



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Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:15 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It now appears that Barbara Garrick is back as Llanview’s favorite wackjob Allison Perkins.

SON first told you last week that Garrick, who portrayed Perkins from from 1986-87 (and again from 2001-03, as well as in 2008), was photographed hanging around with the”One Life to Live” cast outside the soap’s studios by shutterbug Steven Bergman.

Now, The Suds Report confirms that the actress will first air sometime “at the end of February….[and] will continue to air long after Roscoe Born’s Mitch leaves the canvas.”  Born is rumored to be departing from “OLTL” sometime after the upcoming February sweeps.

When viewers last saw Allison, she lapsed into a coma following a serious fall from a high-rise balcony, all-the-while insisting she knew a shocking secret about Jessica Brennan. 

SON will continue to follow this story.

In other news…

The Suds Report also states that, according to Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian Cramer Lord) hotline, the scribes at “OLTL” are currently working on a juicy long-term storyline for David Vickers, since portrayer Tuc Watkins is currently on hiatus from his prime-time gig “Desperate Housewives.”  Watkins has portrayed the comedic conman off and on since 1994. 

Alfred Cerullo will portray a pilot on February 26th.

And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that the soap will “Definitely have a few cool montages coming up hitting on big story. Working on Snoop Dogg today..his scenes and performance total blast!”

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



‘AMC’ Loses Another Legend

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Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:05 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Accomplished actor and dancer, James Mitchell has died at the age of 89.

“All My Children” star James Mitchell passed away on Friday, January 22, 2010. According to Soap Opera Digest complications from pneumonia aggravated a pre-existing condition (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and proved to be too much for the elderly actor to fight.

Mitchell was born in Sacramento, California on February 29, 1920. Prior to joining the ABC soap, Mitchell was best known for his work in musical theatre. The accomplished dancer appeared in Broadway productions of “Billion Dollar Baby,” “Bloomer Girl,” “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” and “Carnival!” to name a few and worked closely with theatre and dance legend Agnes de Mille. Mitchell’s career as a film star never really took off, but he did notably appear as Dream Curly in de Mille’s 1955 film-musical “Oklahoma!” His last appearance on the big-screen was in 1977′s “The Turning Point.” Mitchell’s career in television proved to be more fruitful, the actor burst into the television scene in 1964 as Captain Lloyd Griffin on the CBS daytime drama “The Edge of Night.” In 1969, the actor moved on to the CBS soap opera “Where the Heart Is” where he played the lead character, Julian Hathaway, for the sudsers entire run.

The role that most daytime fans will remember Mitchell for is that of the villainous Palmer Cortlandt on “AMC,” a role that the actor played from 1979 to 2010. Mitchell earned seven Daytime Emmy nominations for the popular role. The popular actor also earned legions of fans as Adam Chandler’s match and daughter Nina and niece Dixie’s overbearing father/uncle (therefore Cliff Warner and Tad Martin’s worst nightmare). The filthy rich character, owner of Cortlandt Electronics, had a memorable romance with the lovely Daisy Murdoch, Nina’s mother, and then later with partner in crime, Opal Cortlandt, that produced son Peter Cortlandt. When not being manipulated by the likes of his last nutty wife, Vanessa, a softer Palmer came to the surface in the last decade – spending much of his time trying to reel in his bratty son Pete, straighten up his reckless grandson Bobby, and being a surrogate father and grandfather of sorts to the troubled Kane women. Mitchell’s schedule at “AMC” decreased in the last several years due to health issues and he officially retired from “AMC” in 2008. The show and Mitchell, who had relocated to the warmer climate of California, worked together to tape an appearance for the soaps 40th Anniversary episode (“AMC” was still being produced in New York at the time). That episode, which aired on January 5, 2010, marks the actor’s last appearance on the soap he spent more than 30 years on. There is no word out on how “AMC” will address the loss, but it’s a good bet that the show will honor James Mitchell and Palmer Cortlandt on-screen sometime in the spring.

Soap Opera Network sends our condolences to Mitchell’s family, friends, and fans. Rest in Peace, James Mitchell (and Palmer Cortlandt).

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.


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    Roscoe Born Sings the ‘Pepsi Blues’

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    Friday, January 22, 2010 10:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The “One Life to Live” star posts a music video of himself performing the Bob Dylan parody on Youtube.

    Born’s video is in response to 2009 Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi featuring the Black Eyed Pea’s Will.i.am.  “I had already written this song about how there’s nothing he won’t steal, there’s nothing he won’t sell, because I knew he had done this Victoria’s Secret [commercial] a few years ago,” the actor tells Soap Opera Digest

    After revising the song to make it apply more to Dylan himself, Born teamed up with friend and fellow New York City musician Hugh Pool to record the video.  The two men have been pals since Pool’s days as a guitar player in Nick River’s (a character Born portrayed on “The City”) band back in the ’90s.

    Born admits that “It [the Dylan ad] sounds really good, but the whole thing just goes against my ’60s ethos.”  The video was filmed at Excello Recording Studios, with the aid of engineer Nathan Rosborough.

    You can watch Born perform Bob Dylan’s “Pepsi Blues” here:

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



    OLTL Recap: Friday, January 22, 2010

    Friday, January 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, January 22, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY “Already Gone”…

    Starr tries to give Danielle some insight into Todd. Todd and Téa are anxious to find Danielle. Todd wonders if it would be best if Téa just returned to Tahiti with Danielle but she assures him they’ll work together to explain things to their daughter.

    Brody plays into Mitch’s hands when he confronts him on the docks. John stops Brody from killing Mitch with his bare hands. Brody’s desperate to get to Jessica but an arriving Lowell orders his men to detain him. Lowell has John arrested after John stops the cops from going after Brody when he makes a run for it. Jessica falls into Nurse Charles’ clutches. Charlie and Dorian seal their pact.

    Langston doesn’t resist Ford when he kisses her.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Danielle wants nothing to do with Todd.
    • Blair orders Ford to back off.
    • Brody’s worst fears come true.

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




    Friday, January 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, January 22, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Adam surprises his family with the unconventional changes he’s made to his will.

    After enduring a few interruptions, Tad and Liza finally find themselves alone together and make love.

    Ryan admits to Erica that Greenlee has been on his mind lately. Erica confides to Opal that she wants to keep her relationship with Ryan out of the public eye in order to protect what they have.

    David insists to Greenlee that she’ll be better off without him in her life.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Adam throws Annie for a loop.
    • Someone’s up to no good at Tad’s house.
    • Jesse grows suspicious of Damon.

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




    GH Recap: Friday, January 22, 2010

    Friday, January 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, January 22, 2010.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Michael remains hurt and angry over his belief that Sonny is choosing Dominic over him. Michael overhears a conversation between Johnny and Dominic.

    Jason asks Maxie to lie and not tell the cops she saw Michael with Sonny the night Claudia disappeared and she agrees to do so.

    Lucky apologizes to Luke. Luke admits to Tracy he’s afraid Lucky is turning out to be just like him. Lucky confronts Nikolas and Elizabeth about sleeping together.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Michael tells Sonny the truth about Dominic.
    • Carly urges Jason to take back what’s his.
    • Lucky has it out with Nikolas an Elizabeth.

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




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    Friday, January 22, 2009 at 8:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Taking the next step.

    THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

    Tad doesn’t help matters when his mortified little brother walks in on a naked Liza on Monday, January 25. Krystal and Tad’s closeness frustrates Liza. Randi struggles to get past her work-place oriented insecurities on Tuesday, January 26. On Wednesday, January 27, Natalia ends up on a date – sort of – with Brot despite putting up a good fight. Colby and Annie react to the stipulations in Adam’s will which are formulated to stake control on their (romantic) lives form the beyond grave. Annie sets her sights on Erica’s soiree at Confusion on Thursday, January 28, eager to cement her status as Mrs. Adam Chandler. Jesse and Angie realize their marriage has hit a rough patch on Friday, January 29.

    The Inside Story: Guilty … or Innocent?
    On Monday, January 25, Jesse, Brot and Natalia arrive on the scene moments after someone breaks into Tad’s house while Opal’s there alone with the girls. Tad informs Liza that the culprit made his escape by jumping through a window. Liza finds Damon with a bloody hand. Evidence leads Jesse to target Damon as the prime suspect in the string of break-ins. On Tuesday, January 26, a furious Liza confronts Tad after learning that he pointed Jesse in Damon’s direction. Damon is convinced Liza doesn’t believe his claims of innocence despite her protests to the contrary. Colby finds Damon in her bedroom with a bag of stolen items from the mansion. Damon protests his innocence. Colby presses Damon for the truth after getting rid of Adam on Thursday, January 28. Damon tells Colby what really took place before she found him.

    A Closer Look: No Place Like Home
    Greenlee bristles at the thought of Erica being in charge at Fusion. On Tuesday, January 26, as Greenlee enjoys a dream of reclaiming her company and her man, David dreads the inevitability of Greenlee learning that Ryan has moved on with his life … with her former step-mother. Greenlee questions David’s opposition to her going home. Greenlee has no time for patience and makes a (successful) break for it after overhearing Dr. Clayton ordering another month of bed rest. Back home, Erica’s reservations about going public with her and Ryan’s relationship grow after seeing the latest tabloid headline on Thursday, January 28. Erica is bombarded by reporters who want the scoop on her Ryan’s relationship. Ryan urges Erica to face her fears. Greenlee is on a mission to find Ryan on Friday, January 29.

    All My Children News and Headlines:

    AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1, 2009

    • Ryan suspects David after a sudden calamity strikes close to home. (Soap Opera Weekly)
    • Erica catches a glimpse of a “ghost,” is Greenlee’s number up? (Soap Opera Weekly)

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.




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    Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — You can’t hide from the truth.

    THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

    On Monday, January 25, Mac corners Maxie for answers about Michael, leaving Sonny unnerved. A badly beaten Mike is brought into the hospital on Tuesday, January 26. Lisa is delighted as Patrick sings her praises to Steve. Carly makes preparations for Josslyn’s christening on Wednesday, January 27.

    The Inside Story: Dead Man Walking
    Dominic admits to Olivia that he was touched when Sonny asked him to take over his business when he retires. Michael turns to Jax for help after Sonny refuses to heed his warning that Dominic is an undercover cop. Sonny orders Jason to investigate Dominic despite his earlier dismissal of Michael’s claim. Rayner lets a determined Olivia believe she’s forced his hand on Tuesday, January 26. Dominic pushes Lulu away after news arrives that Sonny’s arrest is imminent. Jax admits his fears to Olivia. Jason and Spinelli realize Dominic is indeed hiding something after talking to Sonny’s housekeeper. Johnny walks out on Olivia after deducing that she went to Rayner out of desperation to protect Sonny. On Thursday, January 28, Jason shows Sonny proof that Michael’s allegations against Dominic are correct. The duo arrange for a fatal “accident” to befall Dominic just before the christening. Dominic makes the potentially fatal error of convincing Ronnie to postpone Sonny’s arrest until after the event. Lulu won’t allow Dominic to push her away. Dominic realizes he’s a marked man as Josslyn’s christening is about to get underway on Friday, January 29. Tragedy strikes.

    A Closer Look: What I’ve Done
    Lucky mercilessly tears into Elizabeth and Nikolas. A reeling Elizabeth pushes Nikolas away. Luke’s heart goes out to Lucky. Carly urges Jason to pounce on his harlot baby-mama on Monday, January 25. Jason concludes that Jake is better off with Lucky and Elizabeth as his parents. Lulu confronts Nikolas over his betrayal of their brother. Elizabeth faces Lulu’s wrath in front of an audience on Wednesday, January 27. On Thursday, January 28, Luke shares his concerns about Lucky with Tracy. Nikolas comes to Elizabeth’s aid after she has a meltdown in the middle of the hospital. Lucky confesses to Jason that he’s unsure that he’s capable of being a good father anymore.

    General Hospital News and Headlines:

    GH ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1, 2009

    • Everybody is affected when the truth about Dante and Sonny comes out. (TV Guide Listings)
    • Luke fears for Lulu’s future after seeing just how much she loves Dante. (Soap Opera Weekly)
    • Sonny proves to be the biggest obstacle as his allies struggle to protect him from incarceration. (Soap Opera Digest)

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “GH” also airs online at ABC.com and can be accessed 24/7.




    OLTL PreVUE: Week of January 25 Edition

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    Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Unhealthy obsessions.

    THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

    Natalie’s therapy session with Marty becomes heated when John’s name is mentioned on Monday, January 25. Meanwhile, John is held at the police station, thus preventing him from helping track down Jessica. Natalie promises to help John bust out of jail. However, Brody promises Natalie that he and John already have a plan in place to free him from prison. Marty expresses her concern to Dr. Levin that John and Natalie may rekindle their relationship. John and Brody put their bold plan into action on Friday, January 29. Elsewhere in Llanview, Blair tells Ford that she’s on to him after catching him kissing Langston. And Greg and Rachel are forced to postpone their romantic evening on Tuesday, January 26.

    The Inside Story: The Chosen One

    Brody and Viki are certain that one of Mitch’s thugs is to blame for Jessica’s sudden disappearance. Kim puts the moves the Clint, only to be interrupted by Nora who informs them of Jessica’s kidnapping on Tuesday, January 26. At the same time, Stacy grows agitated when Bo breaks the news to Rex, just as she was trying to get closer to him. Rex then relays the news to Gigi, who is touched when Schuyler cooks them a romantic dinner. Fearing for Shane’s safety, Rex and Gigi decide to let Bo and Nora take him to the Buchanan Ranch in Texas, and say an emotional farewell to their son. Furthermore, Clint and Viki take Bo up on his offer of taking Bree to the ranch as well. By Wednesday, January 27, Brody gets a step closer to finding Jessica after having the forensics lab analyze Mitch’s letter to her. Meanwhile, Jessica is mortified when Mitch tells her that she will raise Stacy’s baby as her own, since he is the “chosen one.” Charlie is determine to murder Mitch in cold blood upon learning that he has Jessica, and returns to Llanfair where he comes face-to-face with Viki. Stacy works to convince Fish that the baby is not his. On Thursday, January 28th, Jessica continues to fight the effects of the drugs Nurse Charles injected her with, as Mitch outlines his diabolical plans for both her and Stacy’s baby. As she begins to lose consciousness, Jessica vows to never forget her family or do his dirty work. Schuyler passes the point of no return when he obtains the oxytocin for Stacy. However, he forces her to name him as the baby’s guardian and allow him to administer the drug himself when she fakes labor pains. Meanwhile, Dorian develops a new strategy regarding Mitch, following a conversation with Rex. Charlie begins to reach out to Viki, only to suddenly leave to secretly rendezvous with Dorian. Mitch offers no regret or remorse for resorting to such drastic lengths to get Jessica under his control. Dorian informs Charlie that Stacy will their bait in silencing Mitch permanently. And, making some progress with Rex, Stacy fakes going into labor on Friday, January 29. However, Stacy wonders if their is any possibility of them ever being anything more.

    A Closer Look: Sisterly Love

    Todd and Téa are relieved learn that Danielle is at Starr and Cole’s apartment. While Danielle agrees to talk to her mother, she makes it clear that she wants absolutely nothing to do with her father, which leaves Todd heartbroken. On Monday, January 25, Téa agrees to let Danielle stay with Starr for the time-being. Starr, meanwhile, urges her father to give her new sister breathing room and time to heal. But by Friday, January 29, Danielle still refuses to get to know Todd. And Téa tells Danielle that she has enrolled her in classes at Llanview High School.

    One Life to Live News and Headlines:

    OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1, 2009

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










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