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


Llanview Casting Gossip: May 27 Edition

Photo: Lisa Rosa/JPI

Thursday, May 27, 2010 3:45 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The latest “One Life to Live” comings and goings for the month of June.

Nicholas Robuck has been cast in the contract role of James, who will cross paths with Starr and be revealed as Ford’s younger brother.  His first airdate is Wednesday, June 9th.  Two days later, a thug (remember the recent audition script for “Bull”) wants to settle the score with the Llanview newcomer. 

Jessica Leccia debuts as Nate’s mother Inez Sallinger on Friday, June 18th.  Head Writer Ron Carlivati tells Soap Opera Digest that “We’ll see a lot of her” as the summer progresses.  The role is recurring.

Despite rumors to the contrary, a show rep tells SOD that Matt Walton (Elijah) has not been bumped up to contract status with “OLTL,” and remains a recurring player. 

Ada Maris returns as Markko’s mother Aurelia Rivera on Wednesday, June 9th when she gives Dorian a verbal smackdown and questions her parenting skills.

Sean Ringgold continues to air as Shaun Evans into the month of the June as he remains steadfast in his duties of keeping an eye on Kelly and Reed.  In an attempt to get a little alone time with her old flame, however, Kelly asks David to try to keep the big guy distracted.

While Catherine Hickland is not reprising the role of Lindsay Rappaport next month, look for Bo and Nora to receive a wedding gift from Lindsay on Tuesday, June 8th, in the form of a personalized license plate from Stateville. 

And don’t look for Robert Krimmer to return as Andrew Carpenter either, even though the character of Andrew will be mentioned late next week.  Turns out, Andrew is a no-show, which prompts David to offer to perform his pa and step-mom’s wedding ceremony.

In other news…

Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted Wednesday that “I had such a great time in Princeton for our location shoot. Lots of fun stunts, lots of laughs, & really pretty scenery. Love the ‘OLTL’ fam.”

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

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:27 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, May 26, 2010.


Upon hearing about Ford, Dorian covers for Langston afraid she might be involved and later confronts her about the situation. Cristian comes to the hospital to see how Ford’s doing and encounters Markko. Cristian tells him that he and Layla had to give a statement to the cops about Markko and how upset he last they saw him. Cristian warns him that if Ford dies Markko could be arrested for murder.

During Todd’s arraignment, things get heated when Téa tries to get the charges against Todd dropped. Nora is vehemently opposed. The judge doesn’t drop the charges but agrees to let Todd out on bail.

Rex and Gigi locate the cabin from the picture and find a cache of letters that give clues as to who Rex’s parents are.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Todd hires someone to track down Hannah.
  • John questions Markko.
  • Langston maintains her innocence. 

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

BREAKING NEWS: Disney Drops SOAPnet, ABC Broadcast Network Next?

( — "Weeknights on SOAPnet" is no more as Disney/ABC has opted to pull the plug on SOAPnet.

In the biggest shocker to hit daytime since the cancellations of "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns," Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that they have decided to discontinue SOAPnet, the 24-hour cable network devoted to daytime and primetime soaps. The news was first reported by the New York Times.

"The launch of Disney Junior in the U.S. is the next step in our global preschool strategy, which began 10 years ago with the premiere of our first dedicated preschool channel in the UK. The decision to ultimately transition SOAPnet to accomplish this was not arrived at lightly," said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.

"SOAPnet was created in 2000 to give daytime viewers the ability to watch time-shifted soaps, before multiplatform viewing and DVRs were part of our vocabulary. But today, as technology and our businesses evolve, it makes more sense to align this distribution with a preschool channel that builds on the core strengths of our company."

The news of SOAPnet's demise comes right on the heals of reports indicating that The Walt Disney Company was looking to load off the ABC Television Network, which is the primary source of SOAPnet programming, off of its portfolio of networks. The story was later refuted on by a statement from a Disney press release.

The 24-hour Disney Junior schedule will include 200 new episodes annually of both new series, including "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," and current hits, including "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Handy Manny," "Special Agent Oso," "Imagination Movers" and "Jungle Junction." Disney’s vast array of classic and contemporary movies, including among others "101 Dalmatians," "Aladdin" and "Little Mermaid," will be showcased.

With Disney Junior launching in 2012 with a target audience base of kids 2-7, SOAPnet will only have eighteen (18) more months left in operation.

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    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, May 26, 2010.


    Olivia sees Carly and Brook having breakfast together and is suspicious at the pairing. Carly and Brook plot their next move.

    Sonny makes a deal with Claire to help him bring down Johnny Zacchara before a mob war breaks out.

    After breaking into the Cassadine residence, Luke runs into Thor who reunites him with Tracy in the dungeon.

    Patrick falls prey to jealousy from Lisa’s purposeful flirting with Steve.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Jason attempts to find out who hurt Michael.
    • Brook gains Dante’s appreciation and trust.
    • Claire has a plan to double-cross Sonny.

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

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, May 26, 2010.


    After JR informs Scott and Annie that someone leaked a story to the press about betrayal in the family, an interviewer shows up and Annie confesses the rumor is true. Annie admits to betraying Adam because of her feelings for Scott. Scott offers Annie a place back in the mansion and the two kiss. JR sees the two kissing and is jealous.

    Liza offers Damon money in exchange for staying away from Colby. Colby and Damon have sex.

    Amanda plans her wedding.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Greenlee attends Emma’s birthday party to Annie’s dismay.
    • Angie asks David and Greenlee out on a double date.
    • Annie misses the heat between her and JR.

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

    ‘One Life’ Hits the Road This Summer

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    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( – “One Life to Live” travels to Jersey for an exciting summer location shoot. 

    This week, the ABC sudser as started filming on location in and around Hopewell Township in Mercer County, New Jersey.  According to The Trentonian newspaper, “Yesterday’s (Tuesday) action took place at the beautfiul Quarry Swimming club, ‘The Old Swimming Hole since 1928′ at 180 Crusher Road…in a dark leafy glade above the scenic quarry.”

    Today’s filming will take place at Palmer Square in Princeton, followed by a Pennington roadside, which will feature car stunts and fighting scenes.

    “One Life to Live” publicist Lauri Hogan tells the paper that the backdrop to the scenes is that Danielle and Matthew have called it quits (as of the June 7th episode), and that she and Nate admit that they have feelings for one another in the quarry scenes. 

    Pictured: Kelley Missal (Danielle) and Lenny Platt (Nate) rehearse for a scene with “OLTL” stage manager Brendan Higgins courtesy Jackie Schear/The Trentonian

    Hogan also reveals that “We’re introducing a new family this summer.  This story line (Danielle and Nate) has a bit of mystery involved.  ‘Cause he’s not just cheering her up at the quarry.”  But she admits that it may not be what you think, since they soon make a suprising discovery.  “Their discovery, you’ll see that somebody else is looking ofr it, and it’s going to cause a lot of trouble for him (James) when it’s not where he thinks it is.  There are people after him.  There’s going to be a lot of mystery surrounding James from the first minute you meet him.  And he might get Starr into a little bit of trouble.  But that’s all – we don’t to give it all away.”     

    To read the entire article, click here.

    On a related note, Kristen Alderson (Starr) posted a picture of one of the locations from the shoot on her Twitter page.  You can view it here.   And she dispels a rumor about who was cast in the role of James, respoding to a question from a fan on her Twitter page: “A man named Jonathan Grant was not cast to play my love interest?? where did you get that information?”

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

    Florencia Lozano & the ‘Goon Squad’

    Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — The popular “One Life to Live” actress will attend a reading of Jennifer Egan’s new book “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” 

    On Thursday evening, June 10th, Lozano (who plays Téa Delgado on “One Life to Live”) will join television and film actor, and Tony Award winning Broadway performer, Malcolm Gets in reading passages from the book, which is scheduled to be released a earlier the same week.  Another leading actor who will be attending the event is expected to be announced shortly. 

    In addition to the readings, the evening will also feature a live musical performance from singer/songwriter Josh Rutt, as well as a creative discussion with Egan and the actors.  The moderator for the evening will be theater producer Lisa Rothe.  A reception will follow.

    The event, which is part of the “Insights and Revealtions Performance Series,” will be held at the Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck, New York on June 10th, 2010, beginning at 8:00 pm ET.  Tickets are $25 each, and can be purchased either by calling (914) 698-0098, or by clicking here.

    More information, as well as artist interviews, theatre-going links, and much more by visiting The Deep End Productions website here.

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

    ABC’s Memorial Day Change of Plans

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    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — For the second time in a week, ABC has decided to air a different encore episode of one of their daytime soaps on Memorial Day than what was originally scheduled. 

    This time around, the network has opted to re-air the May 4th, 2010 episode of “General Hospital,” in which Michael admits in court that he murdered Claudia, in place of the earlier announced encore of the January 29th, 2010 episode (in which Sonny shoots his own son). 

    Last week, ABC has changed their mind about which episode of the soap to show on Monday, May 31st. In place of the originally scheduled repeat of the conclusion of “AMC’s” 40th anniversary, which first aired January 5th (and was supposed to be converted to HD for the airing), ABC has decided to re-broadcast the February 15th episode instead. That is the episode where the residents of Pine Valley learn of David’s marriage to Greenlee.

    The encore episode of “One Life to Live” scheduled to air that day remains unchanged.

    In case you missed these episodes the first time around, here is preview of what to expect:

    • “All My Children” Episode #10331 (original air date 02/15/10) — Greenlee’s sudden return from the dead sends shockwaves through the assembled guests, who soon take their leave with the exception of Ryan. Ryan’s speechless over Greenlee’s intention to marry David let alone on Valentine’s Day of all days. Ryan tells Greenlee he never stopped loving her and is dismayed she kept the fact that she survived the accident from him. Greenlee defends David, insisting he’s the one who’s going to take care of her now. Jack wants nothing more than to see David behind bars but Jesse points out he hasn’t really committed any crimes. Annie crashes the now non-wedding and is stunned to see Greenlee.
    • “One Life to Live” Episode #10656 (original air date 04/02/10) — David hides while Kim tells Clint she cheated on him and is leaving. Kim vows to get Clint back and find a way to destroy David. Starr reluctantly keeps Langston’s secret when Cole and Markko question her and Langston. Schuyler lures Gigi up to the cabin as Bo and Brody realize that Allison’s gun is missing. Bo tells Rex that Oliver is Sierra Rose’s father and Rex tells Bo he doesn’t know who his parents are. John tells Natalie that Marty is moving in with him. Allison tells Kelly and Todd that she went to California to murder Melinda but Melinda was already dead when she got there.
    • “General Hospital” Episode #12050 (original air date 05/04/10) — Michael delivers compelling testimony in the courtroom as his anguished loved ones look on. Judge Carroll reprimands Michael to jail, saying he’ll announce his sentence at the end of the week. Luke cautions Lulu that she’s headed down a rough road for standing by Dante. Johnny is determined to get revenge against Sonny. Spinelli tries to point out to Jason that no good would come from him killing Dante. Carly shares an emotional visit with a jailed Michael. Sonny arrives outside Michael’s jail cell.

    Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Tuesday, June 1st.

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

    OLTL Recap: Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 25, 2010.


    Cristian and Layla find Ford lying in a pool of blood. The EMTs arrive. Markko visits the ER with a sprained wrist and sees Ford rushed in.

    Blair accompanies Téa for her first radiation treatment, and though she is tired, Téa insists on going to court to represent Todd at his arraignment.

    Natalie is thrilled by the news that Jessica has recovered her memories. When asked what may have triggered the event, Jessica leaves out the information about her experience with Ford.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Dorian covers for Langston.
    • The judge won’t drop the charges against Todd.
    • Rex and Gigi find more clues.

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

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 25, 2010.


    Jason discusses teaching Michael self-defense, and Michael gives him the run-down on life in jail, cautioning that lock-down does not mean one is safe. Jason witnesses firsthand just how much physical pain Michael is in from bruised back and ribs.

    Carly offers Brook an incentive of $50K if she gets pictures of Dante cheating on Lulu with her. Lulu tells Dante about her abortion.

    Helena has Tracy in a dungeon and reveals her evil Cassadine plot to use Luke as a way to lure Nik to kill Lucky. Liz finds Nik waiting for her at home, and he accuses her carelessness as an attempt to have a miscarriage on purpose.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Olivia is suspicious of Carly and Brook.
    • Sonny makes a deal with Claire.
    • Luke breaks into the Cassadine residence.

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

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