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

 

‘One Life’ Late March Casting Updates

Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The latest comings and goings for “One Life to Live.”

Will she or won’t she? There has been much speculation recently regarding Florencia Lozano‘s future with the show. The actress, who portrays legal ace Téa Delgado, returned to Llanview in late 2008, after an eight-year hiatus. However, last week rumors began to spread like wildfire that she was being let go from “OLTL.” Some reports were claiming that battle lines were being drawn between the show and ABC over her supposed firing, with the network brass wanting Lozano fired, and “One Life” wanting to keep her as part of the cast. At the same time, contradicting reports claimed that the actress had signed a new contract with the show, and that her publicist announced that “Florencia has no plans to leave ‘One Life to Live.’” SON will continue to follow this developing story.

It appears that Tika Sumpter (Layla Sumpter) is still on contract with “One Life to Live,” despite an earlier assertion by TVGuide Canada‘s The Suds Report that claimed the actress had recently asked to be bumped to recurring status (which SON told you about earlier this month). According to ABC Soaps in Depth, a spokesperson for the show informed them that Sumpter’s status with the soap has not changed.

John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) has reportedly inked a new long-term contract to keep him in Llanview for the foreseeable future. Lavoisier joined “OLTL” in 2001.

Soap Opera Digest reports that they are hearing that Michael Lowry may be returning to the canvas as Ross Rayburn around mid to late April.

Steph Garcia taped her 4th appearance as a Buenos Dias Waitress on March 10th. Look for her latest scenes to air on Tuesday, May 11th.

So much for a big exit. Daphnee Duplaix left Llanview, along with the role of Rachel Gannon, on Tuesday, March 23. Talk about bad timing; Rachel leaves Llanview just when her mother and brother are about to need her the most.

Scott Clifton last airs as Schuyler Joplin on Friday, April 9th. Look for Schuyler to become desperate after “his” infant daughter is kidnapped by Allison Perkins, before ultimately owning up to his actions and facing the consequences. There is some speculation that Clifton may soon resurrect the role of Dillon Quartermaine on “General Hospital.”

Fans can expect Brett Claywell (Kyle Lewis) and Scott Evans (Oliver Fish) to fade into the background in the next few week. Evans will last air on April 12th, while Claywell’s final appearance will be on April 16th. No word on what this means for Audrina and Sophia Miscione, the babies who portray Fish’s daughter Sierra Rose. A rally to support the Claywell and Evans will be held in front of the Good Morning America studios on Friday, March 26th. For more information, click here.

In related news, Scott Evans was recently presented with the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Visibility Award. According to the organization’s website, the HRC’s mission statement is as follows: “The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.” For more information, click here.

In flashback scenes on Thursday, March 18th, Nadine Jacobson played Teen Jessica, and Jorge Luna portrayed Teen Cristian.

Kathy Brier (ex-Marcie McBain) has taped a guest spot on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” in which she portrays the legendary Sophie Tucker. “I had a blast playing her, and am also planning to put together a stage show of her songbook in NYC and perform it sometime around the time my appearance airs on HBO,” Brier comments in an e-mail. In addition, Brier will be teaming up with her “Divas of Daytime TV” musical co-stars Kassie DePaiva (Blair, “OLTL”) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, “AMC”) at the Largo Community Center in Florida on Saturday, May 1st for a concert at 2:00 PM ET. Proceeds will benefit MyHopeChest.org. For more information call Patti at (727) 410-0427 or Barbie at (727) 410-0424.

In an interview with MTV about his new film “The Big Valley,” “One Life” alum Ryan Phillippe (ex-Billy Douglas) states that he has no intention to return to the show has helped launch his television and movie career, when asked if he had any plans to follow in James Franco‘s (who recently guest starred on “General Hospital”) footsteps. However, Phillippe does credit “One Life to Live” with giving him the “best training he could have.”

Peter Bartlett (Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe) is on the mend following rotator cuff surgery a few weeks ago.

According to IMDb.com, Meredith Collins will appear as Ella on April 19th. To read a summary of the audition script for the role, click here.  Collins appeared as “Reporter #2″ in two episodes of “OLTL” last year, and has also appeared as a “Dressmaker” on “All My Children,” and as “Guest #2″ on “As the World Turns.”

John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks) recently tweeted that his wife Alison is pregnant with the couple’s first child. They were married in 2007.

Bree Williamson (Jessica Brennan) tweets that the episode of “Gossip Girls” she taped recently should air the week of March 29th.

Tuc Watkins (David Vickers Buchanan) will be appearing in the off-Broadway play “White Lies,” beginning Monday, April 12th at New World Stages. Watkins takes over for “Gilmore Girls” star Scott Patterson in the role of Joe White. The play also stars Betty Buckley. To learn more, click here. Look for Watkins to return briefly as David on “OLTL” beginning March 30th.

Michael Emery, who has been seen on “One Life to Live” recently as both a cop and an EMT, appears in the short film “Diamonds in Da Ruff”. Emery first scenes are about twenty-five mintues in.

Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) tweeted on Monday that she was “Doing a Photoshoot today!! sooo excited!” And on Wednesday she tweeted that “I’m on the the set 2day&someone walks behind me, I turn around& Greg Kinnear looks at me & goes ‘this doesn’t look like The View.’”

Brittany Underwood tweets to a fan that “hey hun, playing Langston is basically just a lot of fun lol :D and i have no idea when Markko finds out [about Langston and Ford] I wish I did!”

And Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks) has posted some more pictures of her new “OLTL” dressing room on her Facebook page. 

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



OLTL Recap: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

A panicked Roxy spins a cover story when Natalie demands to know why there’s a baby at the salon. Allison pulls her gun on Natalie after Natalie realizes the baby Roxy is supposedly babysitting is actually Sierra Rose. John sets out to find Allison after Bo informs him she escaped from the mental institution.

Téa’s horrified when Schuyler reveals that Allison kidnapped Sierra Rose and immediately wants to alert Bo but he convinces her otherwise. Kim stuns Gigi and Rex with the news that she married Clint and is seeking custody of Sierra Rose. After telling him of Allison’s escape, Brody asks Cristian to keep an eye on Jessica which prompts Cristian to accept Jessica’s offer to help him build sets for the school’s musical.

Kelly tells Todd about the mysterious phone call she received from someone wanting to talk about her mother’s death. Todd offers to have his private investigator dig into the call Kelly received.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Natalie is held hostage.
  • Allison has some instructions for Schuyler.
  • Cole has some advice for Markko.

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




Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Annie vents her frustrations over Brooke’s presence in Adam’s life to Liza. Adam and Annie’s romantic interlude doesn’t go as planned. Annie seethes when she spots Adam and Brooke in what appears to be an intimate moment.

Adam refuses to allow David to keep hiding out at the mansion. David admits to Greenlee it’s time he stopped running. Upset over the thought of losing him, Greenlee wants David to find a way to fight back. After making his escape from the tunnels, David encounters Liza and suggests they work together. Natalia’s not happy when Jesse goes along with Brot’s suggestion that she pose as a model at Fusion in an effort to cozy up to Greenlee. Jesse “fires” Natalia from the police force to make their ruse seem more believable.

Madison’s clearly attracted to Ryan. Randi warns Ryan to be careful where Madison’s concerned but he doesn’t think there’s anything to worry about. After encountering Madison later at the casino, however, Ryan begins to wonder about what Randi said.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Liza makes a deal with David.
  • Annie pushes Adam to the limit.
  • Jack tells Erica he’s decided to stick around.

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




GH Recap: Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Carly shares her suspicion that Kiefer beat Kristina with Jason. Luke faces off with Sonny over Ethan, stating he believes in Ethan’s innocence. Kristina pleads with Sonny not to take action against Ethan. Sonny tells Jason he won’t retaliate against Ethan at this time for Kristina’s sake. Ethan’s stunned when Lulu explains she thinks he’s guilty because he’s just like their father and reveals that Luke once raped Laura.

Carly accuses Jax of wanting to destroy Sonny at Michael’s expense. Jax surprises Carly when he prevents Claire from learning Michael’s whereabouts.

Robin and Patrick argue about Sonny but soon make up.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Michael is certain Kiefer attacked Kristina.
  • Sonny decides to let Ethan live for the time being.
  • Lucky tries to give Ethan insight into Luke.

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




Luck of the Irish Not With ‘OLTL’

Photo: Heidi Gutman/ABC

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Two recent episodes of “One Life to Live” spark outrage from a particular ethnic group.

The ABC sudser has been no stranger to controversy in recent weeks. Gay and lesbian groups have protested the ouster of the show’s only same-sex on-screen couple (‘Kish’), and African-Americans have voiced their concerns over the purging of certain black cast members. Now some Irish-Americans are upset over how the show handled the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

The website IrishCentral.com is blasting “One Life to Live” for what it calls “the most disgraceful depiction of St. Patrick’s Day [they have] ever seen.”

The episodes in question, which aired on March 17th and 18th, featured Roxy Balsom (Ilene Kristen) wearing a green dress that “includes a mug of beer on her hat. She is drinking two glasses of green beer at the same time and is obviously drunk,” laments the website, which goes on to comment that the St. Patrick’s Day episode also “included a conversation in a bar between two policemen. People in the background have green plastic hats and are drinking green beer. They start drinking beer and switch to Irish whiskey. It continued in the next day’s episode in a woman’s hair salon with a woman completely dressed in green. Later, from off-screen, you hear a blood-curdling scream and this woman announces, ‘We are out of beer!’ Later the women stumble into the bar where the policemen are now throwing down numerous shots of Irish whisky.”

The site claims that they “have never seen such a despicable display of stereotyping and bigotry. Everyone, not just Irish-born or of Irish ancestry, should be offended by this show. We have decided that we will not watch anything on ABC.” They also awarded “One Life to Live” with their first annual PADDIES Award, which stands for the worst “Saint Patrick’s awful dreadful, dire, Irish entertainment scene.”

To read the entire IrishCentral article, click here.

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



OLTL Recap: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Schuyler panics when he regains consciousness only to discover that Allison has taken off with Sierra Rose. As he goes to call the police, Schuyler finds a note from Allison warning him to just wait for further instructions. Téa shows up at Schuyler’s wondering what’s going on after he cancels his court appearance.

Roxy encounters Allison, who’s hiding out at the salon with Sierra Rose. Allison makes a cryptic comment as she alludes to Roxy’s past. Starr and Cole are happily surprised by the news of Marty’s pregnancy.

Natalie wishes things were back to normal between her and Jessica. Marty cautions Jessica that she can’t control other people’s feelings when Jessica voices her frustration over her unrequited love for Cristian. Jessica later seeks out Cristain at the high school where he’s building sets for the musical.

Destiny and Danielle both audition for the musical.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Natalie is confronted by Allison.
  • Todd offers to help Kelly.
  • Kim has news for Rex and Gigi.

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




Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Tad hits the roof when he sees Damon drinking with Liza at Confusion and drags him home. Angie suspects Damon’s on drugs and he admits it’s true. Tad’s in no mood to forgive Liza, accusing her of being as vindictive as ever by using his son to go after him. Tad gives Damon a dose of tough love.

Jesse has Greenlee arrested hoping to lure David out of hiding but Jack quickly gets her released. Greenlee’s surprised to find David waiting for her at Fusion. David tells Greenlee he’s going to turn himself in to take the heat off her but she refuses to allow him to do so. Greenlee has David carried back to Adam’s hidden inside a crate. Brot suggests Natalie go undercover posing as a model for Fusion to get closer to Greenlee.

JR plans on killing Annie with kindness and surprises Marissa when he tells her they’ll be moving into the mansion once he’s released from the hospital. Adam’s exasperated by Annie’s feelings of insecurity and paranoia.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Randi warns Ryan to be careful around Madison.
  • Annie grows more and more paranoid.
  • David thinks Liza could be the answer to his problems.

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




Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Alexis is infuriated to find Carly interrogating Kristina. Carly tells Jason she’s convinced Kristina is lying about Ethan attacking her. Luke believes Ethan is telling the truth when he claims he never hit Kristina and urges him to stay in town and exonerate himself. Luke, however, becomes evasive when Ethan asks him about the violent incident in his past that Lucky had previously alluded to. Jason shares his doubts about Ethan’s guilt with Lucky, who later goes to question Kristina.

Dante’s forced to implicate Michael as a possible witness to Claudia’s murder while being questioned by Claire. Dante angrily confronts Claire for making him drag Michael’s name into Sonny’s trial.

Patrick arranges a romantic picnic in the park for Robin but Lisa happens upon the scene before Robin arrives.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Luke appeals to Sonny on Ethan’s behalf.
  • Jax prevents Claire from discovering Michael’s location.
  • Lulu and Dante’s romance remains strong.

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




OLTL Recap: Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


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

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Allison shocks Schuyler when she pulls a gun on him with the intention of kidnapping Sierra Rose. Schuyler doesn’t understand Allison’s claim that there’s a connection between Mitch and Sierra Rose but Téa arrives before she can elaborate. Allison forces Schuyler to get rid of Téa before drugging him.

Rex gives Gigi an answer to her impromptu marriage proposal.

Not wanting to tangle with Blair over a man, Téa takes her leave when Blair appears at Eli’s door. Blair and Eli get to know each other better.

Brody challenges Jessica to a game of Horse wherein if he wins, she has to go out on a date with him.

Cole feels guilty for lying to Starr when he tells her he’s studying at the library but is really working on the project in Hannah’s dorm room. Cole learns that Ford is the guy who broke Hannah’s heart. The pizza delivery girl sees Cole in Hannah’s room and later innocently mentions it to Starr.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Schuyler is warned not to call the police.
  • Destiny and Danielle audition for the musical.
  • Allison takes Roxy by surprise.

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




Monday, March 22, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


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

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

JR’s anger towards Annie rises when she insists she’s his bone marrow donor. Scott calls Adam, who comes to the hospital and confirms Annie’s story. Alone with Colby, JR tells her he has a plan to get rid of Annie. Back at the mansion, Brooke tries to talk some sense into Annie as she points out that Annie is her own worst enemy. Feeling like everyone is always against her, Annie starts packing a suitcase when Adam asks her why she told JR the truth.

Damon becomes defensive when Angie questions him about the bottle of pills that went missing from the meds cart and makes a big show of emptying his pockets to prove he didn’t steal them. Angie gives Damon the benefit of the doubt but once she’s gone, Damon reveals he did indeed steal the drugs and pops a pill. Liza asks Tad point blank if he’s breaking up with her and doesn’t like the answer she gets. Hurt over the breakup, Liza throws Tad’s past in his face. Liza drowns her sorrows at Confusion where she ends up being charmed by Damon. Tad sees Liza and Damon together at the bar.

Jesse puts his plan in motion. David sees a news report on TV saying that Greenlee’s been arrested.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Tad accuses Liza of using Damon to get back at him.
  • JR shares his plan with Colby.
  • Greenlee won’t allow David to turn himself in.

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










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