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


Monday, June 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — Just hours after news broke out that Vanessa Marcil was returning to ABC's "General Hospital," the actress herself speaks out on her return to the soap after nearly a seven-year absence and what's in store for Brenda Barrett this time around.

"I feel so lucky to continue to be allowed to visit ‘General Hospital’ and honor where I came from,” says Marcil. “I am humbled by these great people and a character that I truly love."

According to ABC, "Brenda Barrett's return to Port Charles comes at a time when the three most important men in her life – Sonny [Maurice Benard], Jax [Ingo Rademacher] and Jason [Steve Burton] – are all in crisis. Brenda's in trouble herself – when is she not? – possessing an explosive secret. Only she doesn’t even realize it's something devoutly to be kept secret. Brenda has no idea the havoc this little indiscretion will wreak or that she'll send the lives of loved ones hurling into chaos."

"Fans can now rejoice, Vanessa is returning to 'General Hospital,' said Brian Frons, president, ABC Daytime. "'General Hospital' has always been dedicated to the strong history of our characters. Fans and viewers alike will be thrilled with her storyline and will agree that her return was worth waiting for."

Marcil's return is set for Wednesday, August 11. It is unclear at this time how long she's expected to remain. During her last return in 2003, she was only contracted to appear for six-months.

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    Monday, June 7, 2010 at 10:56 AM ET by Errol Lewis
    Updated Monday, June 7, 2010 12:14 PM ET

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    ( — "General Hospital's" ratings are about to skyrocket now that the soap has reached a deal with Vanessa Marcil to reprise her role as Brenda Barrett later this summer, at least that's what the ABC soap hopes will happen.

    According to USA Today, Marcil first hits the air beginning with the Wednesday, August 11 episode, which finds Brenda returning "to Port Charles with a big secret that, of course, is sure to wreak havoc." What secret that may be, no one knows.

    "Brenda arrives in Port Charles with a secret that will impact Sonny, Jax and Jason," said Brian Frons, president, ABC Daytime to

    "General Hospital" has been trying to make a deal happen with Marcil for the past two years and the show came close in 2008, but unfortunately things didn't work out schedule wise. "We were trying to fit it in this past year, but it didn't work out, so maybe in '09 we'll find a way," Marcil said in a late 2008 interview with Soap Opera Weekly. "It's definitely in the cards at some point." Of course, nearly two years later, the cards were dealt in a way that benefited both parties.

    "We are so thrilled to welcome Vanessa Marcil home to 'General Hospital.' Vanessa is a wonderful, talented actress and her portrayal of Brenda makes her a force of nature in Port Charles," said "GH" executive producer Jill Farren Phelps.

    Vanessa joined the cast of "General Hospital" as the conniving Brenda Barrett, whose mission was to tear apart Jagger Cates (Antonio Sabato Jr.) and Karen Wexler (then played by Cari Shayne), in 1992. In 1998, she opted to leave the cast of the series and join FOX's "Beverly Hills, 90210" as Gina Kincaid. She returned to "GH" in 2002, but moved onto NBC's "Las Vegas," which also starred Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo, "All My Children") and James Caan in 2003. The series was canceled in early 2008 during the infamous Writer's Guild of America strike.

    Marcil's brief return to the ABC soap in 2002 marked the series' best ratings performance in nearly a decade. During a single week in the all important February Sweeps period in 2003, "GH" had 4.1 million households and 5.3 million total viewers tuned into the trials and tribulations of Brenda and her series of men (Sonny Corinthos and Jasper "Jax" Jacks).

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      Monday, June 7, 2010 at 1:48 AM ET by Errol Lewis
      Updated Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 4:03 PM ET

      Photo: Ken Corday

      ( — On Tuesday, May 25, Soap Opera Network sat down with "Days of our Lives" Executive Producer Ken Corday at the NBC Experience Store in New York City in conjunction with his book signing for his latest release, "The Days of our Lives: The True Story of One Family's Dream and the Untold History of 'Days of our Lives.'"

      "The book is about the story of my family before the show went on the air in 1965, because my mother and father's story was fascinating to me," said Corday. "They met in New York, during the depression, and had a background in theater, then radio and then television before my dad sold 'DAYS' to NBC in 1965 and we moved from New York to Los Angeles."

      What made you write the book? Why now?
      Originally the book was written because my children never got to know my mother and father. So it was a biography about them. As I wrote the book towards the end of my mother and father's life, it became about the story of the show. So I kept writing and kept writing right up through today. Then I went back, because writing is re-writing, during a down period. For the reader it is about how did our family's life and the shows life crossover? What parallels were drawn between the two? What happened in our lives that we used on the show? What happened on the show that strangely enough was reflecting our lives? For me it was just a wonderful experience. It was kind of like a love letter to the viewer. In broad view, that was what it was about. There are chapters about the heroes, chapters about the heroines, and then of course throughout all that is my biography and the history of the show.

      Photo: Source Books

      What makes the book different from being your basic historical timeline of the shows history?
      There were things in the book you would never know about the show even from talking to some of the cast members. There is one chapter called Behind the Scenes, which is not a tell all, but more instances that have happened that defy gravity and description, some of them spiritual, some of them just outlandish, and it happened behind the scenes. I think that the reader would find some of those things fascinating.

      'Days of our Lives' has been able to beat the odds and stay on the air despite obstacles getting in the way. What have you been able to do differently in order to keep the show on the air?
      What we're dealing with today is a shrinking market for network television and we've had to in a way re-invite the wheel without really changing the look of the show. It started with NBC saying, 'we will pick up the show, but you're going to have to operate at 40% less cost.' I said to them, 'I don't know how I'm going to do that.' While thinking it over with the head writers, we said 'ok, we have to present the same interesting and entertaining show, we just can't use as many cast members.' We do a set number of shows per week now, when we used to do one every day. In that way, we are able to take 10 weeks of the year off. This means that we are not being charged for the studio cost. It was just a way of reshaping things, which I like to call 'turning the hour glass over again.' Amazingly, and to the network's surprise, the show grew 10% in ratings from the previous year, which NBC can't say about any of their other shows between 2008 and 2009 [Corday laughs].

      On November 8, 'DAYS' will celebrate its 45th Anniversary. Does the renewal make things that much more special?
      It is more special because we didn't know until about 6 months ago whether we were going to celebrate a 45th anniversary. For the show, its performance is based on ratings as well as the target audience. And 'DAYS' has performed so well that NBC has renewed us through September 2011.

      What has kept the show on the air as long as it has been? How does it stand out from the rest?
      You have to give the viewer what the viewer wants to see. You just can't put people on the show with all new faces. I know in the months to come a lot of familiar faces will be coming back to the show as our matriarch, Alice Horton [Frances Reid], passed away. For a period of two weeks, we really dealt with it in an organic manner. By bringing back familiar faces from the past, and keying that off with you know 'here is one actor or another whose characters are still viable,' it wasn't a question, why not re-introduce them? That really is our secret – the wheel is not broken. I think that will be the formula for future success of the show. It is also really about romance – by keeping [couples] apart for as long as possible, but without turning off the audience. We will always have couples breaking up, while always giving the audience 'Hope,' which I could use in two different ways [Corday chuckles], that the couple will get back together.

      Speaking of couples, I started watching 'DAYS' in the mid-1990's and my favorite character is Sami Brady [Corday interjects and says 'me too!']. From her days trying to get Austin, while finding love with Lucas, to getting with EJ, to her drama with Rafe and now she's toying around with EJ again. Is that the type of storylines you are referring to when it comes to couples?
      Yes, that is what I was referring to. I truly believe the viewers want Sami and Rafe together. You know, Sami can be her own worst enemy and this time she's not doing it in a vindictive way. She's just being pulled in by this not so nice guy [EJ]. That will come to a conclusion sometime right after Labor Day. I think viewers will be very happy to see Sami being the strong Sami, who is taking things into her own hands. I wish I could tell you the plot points, but I can't! I can say you can expect a lot of surprises and viewers will get what they want.

      Back to the book. How long did it take you to write?
      About three years, believe it or not. The first draft was a set number of pages, so after writing and re-writing, it was a matter of tearing things down. You have to keep it on track for the reader. There were parts that were more personal, that had nothing to do with the show, that were pulled out. and then I was going through the steps of finding the right publisher to publish the book. Strangely enough, Source Books, which is based in Chicago, and is the publisher of the book, I found that it was the perfect fit with them. They made an overall deal for three years with us, not just for this book, but a coffee table book in November, and others to follow. Coincidentally, there was the creator of 'Days of our Lives' along with my father, Irna Phillips, who also created 'As The World Turns,' 'Guiding Light' and 'Another World,' who was from Chicago. She never left Chicago, so here we are 45-years later coming full circle.

      What kind of books can readers expect through your deal with Source Books?
      There will be three of what I like to call extended romance novels, about couples that aren't on the show now. For instance, Patch and Kayla, John and Marlena and Jack and Jennifer. Some of that may change [Corday hints] if one or two of those characters returns.

      For more from Ken Corday about the life and death of Frances Reid, who died in February, check back next week for part two of our interview.

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        Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 11:30 PM ET by Xavier Toups

        Photo: CBS

        ( — Ratings Report for the Week of May 24-28, 2010.


        Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

        Ratings for the week May 24-28, 2010

        Note: President Obama's news conference pre-empted some soaps on Thursday May 27

        (Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

        Total Viewers
        1. Y&R 4,787,000 (-308,000/-207,000)
        2. B&B 2,972,000 (-274,000/-394,000) <—– new low (Previous low: June 8-12, 2009 with 3,026,000)
        3. DAYS 2,524,000 (-24,000/-139,000)
        4. OLTL 2,418,000 (+77,000/+16,000)
        5. GH 2,388,000 (-111,000/-66,000)
        6. AMC 2,357,000 (-103,000/-73,000)
        7. ATWT 2,148,000 (-78,000/-332,000) <—– new low (Previous low: June 22-26, 2009 with 2,165,000)

        1. Y&R 3.4/12 (-.3/-.2) <—– ties low rating (Last time: August 17-21, 2009)
        2. B&B 2.1/7 (-.3/-.3) <—– new low rating (Previous low: May 3-7, 2010 with 2.2/8 |First time at 2.2 was June 8-12, 2009)
        3. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low rating (Last time: May 10-14, 2010)
        3. AMC 1.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
        3. GH 1.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
        3. OLTL 1.8/6 (same/same)
        7. ATWT 1.6/6 (-.1/-.3) <—– ties low rating (Last time: April 12-16, 2010)

        Women 18-49 Viewers
        1. Y&R 1,062,000 (-101,000/-83,000)
        2. GH 754,000 (-94,000/-80,000)
        3. OLTL 718,000 (-17,000/-18,000)
        4. DAYS 678,000 (-32,000/-139,000)
        5. B&B 665,000 (-13,000/-74,000)
        6. AMC 602,000 (-33,000/-116,000)
        7. ATWT 484,000 (-35,000/-106,000)

        Women 18-49 Rating
        1. Y&R 1.6/11 (-.2/-.1)
        2. GH 1.1/7 (-.2/-.2) <—– ties low rating (Last time: June 22-26, 2009)
        2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/same)
        4. B&B 1.0/7 (same/-.1)
        4. DAYS 1.0/7 (-.1/-.2)
        6. AMC 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2)
        7. ATWT 0.7/5 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low rating (Last time: May 3-7, 2010)

        Girls 12-17 Viewers
        1. GH 30,000 (+2,000/-18,000)
        2. Y&R 28,000 (-16,000/-4,000)
        3. DAYS 27,000 (+22,000/-18,000)
        4. B&B 19,000 (-21,000/+7,000)
        5. OLTL 18,000 (-10,000/-24,000)
        6. ATWT 14,000 (-7,000/+5,000)
        7. AMC 10,000 (-2,000/-21,000)

        Women 18-34 Rating
        1. DAYS 0.8/6 (-.1/-.1)
        1. Y&R 0.8/6 (-.2/-.2) <—– ties low rating
        3. GH 0.7/5 (-.2/-.2) <—– ties low rating (Last time: August 4-8, 2008)
        3. OLTL 0.7/5 (same/-.1)
        5. AMC 0.6/4 (-.1/-.2)
        5. B&B 0.6/4 (same/same)
        7. ATWT 0.4/3 (same/-.2)

        Men 18+ Viewers
        1. Y&R 1,046,000 (-100,000/-106,000)
        2. B&B 637,000 (-57,000/-99,000)
        3. DAYS 525,000 (+52,000/+5,000)
        4. AMC 457,000 (-59,000/-1,000)
        5. GH 455,000 (-32,000/+93,000)
        6. OLTL 405,000 (-25,000/-10,000)
        7. ATWT 404,000 (-15,000/-101,000)


        Day-To-Day Ratings – Households/Total Viewers

        Monday: 1.9/2,579,000
        Tuesday: 1.9/2,351,000
        Wednesday: 1.8/2,231,000
        Friday: 1.8/2,266,000

        Monday: 1.7/2,211,000
        Tuesday: 1.6/2,085,000
        Wednesday: 1.7/2,288,000
        Thursday: 1.6/2,059,000
        Friday: 1.5/2,097,000

        Monday: 2.2/3,065,000
        Tuesday: 2.1/2,966,000
        Wednesday: 2.2/3,071,000
        Thursday: 1.7/2,148,000
        Friday: 2.1/2,895,000

        Monday: 2.0/2,641,000
        Tuesday: 1.8/2,598,000
        Wednesday: 1.9/2,692,000
        Friday: 1.6/2,164,000

        Monday: 1.9/2,652,000
        Tuesday: 1.8/2,346,000
        Wednesday: 1.7/2,268,000
        Thursday: 1.8/2,397,000
        Friday: 1.7/2,277,000

        Monday: 1.8/2,487,000
        Tuesday: 1.8/2,349,000
        Wednesday: 1.8/2,314,000
        Thursday: 1.8/2,598,000
        Friday: 1.7/2,343,000

        Monday: 3.7/5,172,000
        Tuesday: 3.4/4,801,000
        Wednesday: 3.3/4,665,000
        Thursday: 3.3/4,320,000
        Friday: 3.3/4,651,000


        For the SEASON September 21, 2009 through May 23, 2010

        1. Y&R 3.8
        2. B&B 2.4
        3. DAYS 2.3
        4. GH 2.1
        5. AMC 2.0
        6. OLTL 1.9
        7. ATWT 1.8

        Women 18-49 Rating
        1. Y&R 1.9
        2. GH 1.5
        3. DAYS 1.4
        4. AMC 1.1
        4. B&B 1.1
        4. OLTL 1.1
        7. ATWT 0.9

        Ratings Archive

        One Life At a Glance: June 7 Edition

        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        Sunday June 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

        ( – David saves the day this week on “One Life to Live.”






        ONE LIFE TO LIVE: At a Glance

        Will Bo and Nora finally make it down the aisle? 

        • Monday: (Episode 2009226/42226) – David Vickers makes an offer to Bo and Nora.  Natalie and Brody make a pact.  Rex and Gigi continue to reconnect. 
        • Tuesday: (Episode 2009227/42227) – Lindsay has an offer for Bo and Nora.  Three couples make love.  Rex and Gigi agree to start over. 
        • Wednesday: (Episode 2009228/42228) – Langston makes a confession.  A young stranger encounters Starr.  Dorian is left shaken. 
        • Thursday: (Episode 2009229/42229) – Ford gets a visit from a family member.  David has an offer for Viki.  Dorian and Charlie are caught in a compromising position.   
        • Friday: (Episode 2009230/42230) – John makes a decision about Langston and Markko.  Kelly hires Jessica at the newspaper.  David is found with his hands all over Viki.   

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        Pictured: Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith courtesy Heidi Gutman/ABC
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        Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM ET by Errol Lewis

        Photo: Arianne Zucker

        ( — Arianne Zucker's (Nicole Walker, "Days of our Lives") Lowd Suga line of jewelry and accessories gets a mention in new book, "Young, Restless & Broke" by Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan, which hit stores in April.

        In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Zucker says "I always appreciate when people think of me to write about. There are many people to choose from and in Michelle Yu's case, she chose me."

        The authors inked a deal with Zucker in January that includes an option to buy the book along-side a necklace set created specifically for the book. To get a look at the jewlery included in the set, go to Lowd Suga's Website.

        To purchase the book, head on over to

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          Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 3:28 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — "General Hospital" has upped the ante on the Franco (James Franco) storyline as the ABC soap has cast Academy Award ® nominated actor Bruce Davison in a three-episode-arc starting in July, reports TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan. Davison will appear as Wilhelm Van Schlagel, Franco's art dealer.

          According to an ABC representative speaking to Logan, Franco's return will "wreak havoc on Jason [Steve Burton] and Michael [Chad Duell] and everyone else in Port Charles. His grand finale will be yet another art exhibition that’s more wild and crazy than his last one."

          Davison's appearance on "GH" is credited to casting director Mark Teschner, who stated that "Bruce is one of my favorite actors—I met him in a restaurant a few years back and told him so,” Teschner says. “I wanted a very special, unique actor to be in scenes with Franco, and he was the first idea to pop into my head."

          The actor received an Oscar® nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in the 1991 film "Longtime Companion."

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            Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 1:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

            Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

            ( – Perhaps best remembered for her controversial exit from sister soap “All My Children,” Sabine Singh lands a recurring role on “One Life to Live.”

            For most of 2007 Singh portrayed Greenlee Smythe on “AMC,” replacing the original Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) in the role.  However, less than a year later, she was fired so the show could bring Budig back to Pine Valley, even running promos touting Buding as “the real Greenlee.” 

            Singh makes her return to Llanview on Tuesday, June 15th (she played a coffee shop waitress on “OLTL” in 2002), as a hooker named Wendy, when she and her gal pal Fawn are treated to a night on the town with David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) and Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson). 

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            Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

            Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 1:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

            ( — Love and marriage.


            Annie taunts JR. JR challenges Annie to deny that she wants him on Monday, June 7. Ryan and Greenlee share a moment as Jake and Amanda’s wedding is about to get underway. Greenlee makes a confession to Ryan on Thursday, June 10. Erica finds a photo of a woman in Caleb’s bag. Krystal and Jackson head to West Virginia to find Erica. Angie collapses in Jesse’s arms.

            The Inside Story: Best Laid Plans
            Colby offers Liza a conditional olive branch. Liza devises a plot to end her daughter’s budding romance with Damon, once and for all, after a run in with Colby’s cell phone. A drunken Tad tells Jake that he regrets how he has treated Liza. On Tuesday, June 8, Liza takes matters into her own hands after realizing her plot is not going as planned. Damon takes a “tipsy” Liza back to her place. After secretly sending Colby a text to come over, a flirtatious Liza asks Damon to help her out of her dress. Liza panics when Tad, not Colby, shows up at her door on Wednesday, June 9. Tad asks Liza to save a dance for him at Jake and Amanda’s wedding. After Tad leaves, Damon comes out of hiding and informs Liza that he’s wise to what she’s been up to all night. Damon shows Liza the scandalous pictures he took of them and makes it clear that he’s in charge now. Colby question Liza about her sudden about face concerning Damon. Liza confronts Damon. Tad admits to Colby that he has serious feelings for her mother. The attraction between Tad and Liza is evident on Friday, June 11.

            A Closer Look: Love and Marriage
            Jake and Amanda’s vow to remain celibate until their wedding night proves to be a major challenge on Monday, June 7. Jake enjoys his bachelor party at the casino … until David shows up. David ends up punching Jake after they get into it. Amanda and Greenlee crash the bachelor party just as Jesse’s cuffing David. David goads Jake who ends up in a matching pair of handcuffs. Ryan and Greenlee help a panicked Amanda find her wedding ring. On Thursday, June 10, Jake and Amanda renew their vows.

            All My Children News and Headlines:

            AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 14, 2010

            • The Hubbards wonder if there could be good news behind Angie’s recent health issues. (Soap Opera Weekly)

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            OLTL Recap: Friday, June 4, 2010

            Friday, June 4, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

            ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, June 4, 2010.

            IT HAPPENED TODAY…

            Roxy restores Nora’s hair to its natural red color. Viki and Gigi return with the wedding dress she wore to her first wedding to Bo.

            Jessica brings in a dental student to fix Nora’s tooth. Nora takes off her eye patch and she can see and is able to walk without crutches. The storm ends and the sun comes out.

            Dani tries to tell Matthew she doesn’t love him, but they keep getting interrupted.

            David walks in on Bo in a tub of tomato sauce trying to get the skunk smell removed. Bo puts on the outfit he wore at his first wedding to Nora.

            Before the ceremony begins, Bo and Matt realize Andrew’s not there and that they don’t have a priest.

            On the Next One Life to Live…

            • Bo and Nora tie the knot. 
            • Natalie and Brody make a promise.
            • Rex and Gigi get closer.

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