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


OLTL Recap: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 14, 2010.


The judge and Nora agree to drop the charges against Todd. Marty asks Hannah why she confessed to pushing her and attacking Ford.

Starr and Cole consider that Bull was responsible for trashing the apartment, not Hannah. Nate apologizes to Starr for taking the money he found, which led to the shootout.

Marty confides in Nora that she isn’t sure if Hannah’s breakdown is genuine. Cole is convinced that he can get Hannah to admit she is faking her breakdown.

Langston asks Markko if the fact that they still care for each other means anything.

Todd asks Téa to marry him.

Blair says yes to Eli’s marriage proposal.

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Markko tells Langston he has accepted a scholarship to UCLA.
  • Viki wants David to model swimsuits.
  • Todd tells Téa he loves her.

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

GH Recap: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 14, 2010.


Jason, Dante and Lulu watch Kalup Ishmael’s performance of “Route 66,” and they wonder how the song fits into the other Franco clues. Sam is prepared with a gun when Franco arrives at her door. Franco warns Sam that if she apprehends him, Jason will have to go back to Pentonville. She is shaken and allows Franco to leave. Franco meets with Kalup after his performance at Jake’s and recruits him for his masterpiece.

Claire drags Sonny in for questioning, warning him Lucky has a lead which could implicate Sonny in Johnny’s car bombing. Sonny pulls Claire into a hot kiss and Claire further pretends to fall for Sonny.

Michael advises Carly to give Jax another chance and she asks Jax for a family sailing day.

Kristina opens up to Alexis about what happened at the library with Taylor.

Helena remains spiteful of Elizabeth, plotting the downfall of the Spencer family.

Ethan confronts Maya and finally gets her to talk about her tragic romantic past.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Spinelli tells Maxie that he is letting her go.
  • Franco pays a visit to Lulu.
  • Elizabeth goes into labor.

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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 14, 2010.


Jesse asks Jake to keep an eye on Angie until he can lock up David. David threatens to cut Frankie due to budget cuts and before she can challenge him, Angie has another visual disorientation attack. Jesse warns David that just because he’s been suspended doesn’t mean he’s stopped his investigation into Erica’s crash.

Ryan helps a drunken Greenlee get back to her hotel room and into bed. Before he leaves, Greenlee admits that sometimes she wakes up thinking that he’s lying next to her. Neither realizes that David’s been standing outside the door.

Erica approaches Caleb with some information she’s dug up and questions his identity. She wants to know what drove him from a successful life as a lawyer to life in the mountains. Caleb admits that the woman he loved was stolen by Adam Chandler.

On the Next All My Children…

  • Caleb kisses Erica.
  • Erica and Jackson postpone the wedding.
  • Greenlee follows her heart and ends up in NY.

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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 4:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

Photo: ABC

( — ABC Daytime looks to cut costs but at what cost?

On Tuesday, July 12, Daytime Confidential reported that they heard rumblings that ABC Daytime wants to cut their schedule by up to twenty episodes a year (that is approximately ten percent of current regular annual output) and that they’d do this by showing encore presentations of classic episodes of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” that relate to current storyline. Later, that day ABC Daytime put out a release announcing that coinciding with “GH” superstar Vanessa Marcil’s (Brenda, “GH”) August 11 return, the ABC network along with SOAPnet would air a block of encore Brenda related “GH” episodes on on August 10, 2010 from 1 PM EST to 3 PM EST effectively pre-empting “AMC” and OLTL.” Today, the ABC network along with SOAPnet effectively confirmed DC’s July 12 scoop. In a release, the network noted that the Brenda tribute is just the beginning of ABC Daytime going into the archives on network time. Adding, “fans have often expressed the desire to see their favorite episodes of our soaps… Throughout the year, ABC Daytime will occasionally encore episodes that will enhance current story and give fans the opportunity to see episodes they really loved and have wanted to see again.”

Although we don’t dismiss fan consideration, the probable cut of ten percent of annual output will decrease the amount of money the network has to spend on writers, actors and crew. With ABC Daytime more or less confirming the cost-effective move, we suspect the actors and writers guilds have agreed to or are in the process of agreeing to be flexible about pre-arranged guarantees. There are also rumors that each soap will be cutting down their yearly work schedule, this is a move currently practiced by NBC’s ‘Days of Our Lives” and previously previously practiced by ABC’s “Port Charles” to cut costs. The aforementioned move will of course help with that if this rumor is indeed true. Ratings (particularly the demographics advertisers look at when deciding to fund programs, Women 18-49) are drastically down for all soaps, as well as much of the television line-up, making these cost-effective moves appear to be absolutely necessary.

On a shallow note, Soap Opera Network, and we’re sure all soap fans alike, hopes ABC Daytime will show truly classic episodes of the ABC soap line-up. As fans of the network know, ABC Daytime currently shows weeks-to-months old episodes in the usual pre-scheduled four to five open encore episode slots a year.

SON will keep you updated as more information develops on this story.

“All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Check local listings. “AMC,” “OLTL,” and “GH” also airs 24/7 online at

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 10:28 PM ET by Errol Lewis

Photo: Jessica Tuck

( — After a 3 1/2 month stint on NBC's "Days of our Lives," Jessica Tuck finds her character, Madeline Peterson Woods, ready to bite the dust on next weeks episode after an argument with her son.

On Monday, July 19, Madeline and Chad (Casey Deidrik) find themselves in a heated argument after Chad learns that his mother was once a call girl. The two are at the Salem Pier and after trying to get her son to listen to reason, Madeline grabs Chad's arm and she loses her balance and hits her head on the ground. Afterward, she is rushed to the hospital where she is later declared dead by Dr. Lexie Carver (Renee Jones). While  it seems a son may have caused the death of his mother due to an unthinkable mistake, sources confirm that a twist will take place in which the blame will not be on Chad's lap. Of course, Chad's daddy might not agree.

Tuck joined the "DAYS" cast on Wednesday, April 7 as the wife of Charles Woods (David Leisure) and mother to Chad. 

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    OLTL Recap: Wednesday, July 13, 2010

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 13, 2010.


    Brody reads The Sun headline that Hannah has pled insanity. John is upset that Jessica wrote the article. David offers Bo muffins and Bo says David needs to move out.

    Elijah offers his legal services for James.

    Dorian says Markko is choosing not to care for Langston because it’s easier than risking her letting him down again.

    Blair confides in Langston that Elijah proposed. Unaware that David made them, Jessica and Natalie eat his muffins.

    Natalie and Jessica feel queasy and race for the restroom.

    John confides in Bo that he thinks Hannah is faking her insanity.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • The charges against Todd are dropped.
    • Cole thinks Hannah is faking her breakdown.
    • Langston and Markko discuss their relationship.

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

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 13, 2010.


    Jason and Dante arrive at the Route 66 mansion and Jason finds a flyer announcing a live performance at Jake’s by artist Kalup Ishmael. Franco rents out Jake’s for the night just before Jason, Dante, Lulu, Matt, Maxie, Maya and Brook Lynn show up. Sam prepares for a romantic night with Jason, but Franco appears at the door.

    Jax and Carly verge upon a reconciliation when Skye interrupts.

    Kristina is assigned a new study partner and is ready to reassume her studies. But when her partner Taylor reaches for a book, Kristina freaks out thinking Taylor is about to hit her.

    Shirley is pleased to witness Nikolas and Elizabeth having a genuine connection. Elizabeth stands up to Helena, who contemplates revealing the true paternity of the baby.

    Ethan arrives at the hospital needing stitches in his hand from a reckless accident.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sam confronts Franco with a gun.
    • Sonny pulls Claire into a hot kiss.
    • Ethan gets Maya to talk about her tragic romantic past.

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

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 13, 2010.


    After asking Erica what she wants from him, she admits to Caleb she wants to stop caring for him. Jackson shows up and asks Erica what happened in the room with Caleb. Erica lies and says Caleb got into a fight with the Chandlers and she followed him here.

    David informs Frankie he’s at the top of the list to be let go as a result of budget cuts. As Randi prepares to leave for her trip to Italy, she and Frankie say their goodbyes, knowing she has to go for the financial aspect since he could be losing his job.

    Greenlee becomes hurt after finding Jackson’s guest list for the wedding and realizes her name’s not on it. After confronting Jackson she goes to the bar to drink. Ryan tells David that he’s been sloppy lately which will allow Jesse to catch him sooner or later.

    Ryan is impressed with Madison’s behavior with his daughter and admits that he’s excited to spend some time alone with her in NY. Madison confides in Frankie that this upcoming trip could signify a turning point in her relationship with Ryan.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Ryan helps a drunken Greenlee.
    • What is Caleb’s connection to Adam Chandler?
    • Angie has another visual disorientation attack.

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

    Tuesday, July 12, 2010 at 3:16 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: ABC

    ( — ABC is hoping to capitalize on Vanessa Marcil’s return to “General Hospital” as Brenda Barrett by replacing their entire soap line-up on August 10th with three of the character’s most memorable episodes.

    That’s right “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” fans, prepare to be disappointed on Tuesday, August 10th when the network plans to air three consecutive encore episodes of “GH” dedicated to key Brenda moments from her previous stints in Port Charles, the day before the character is scheduled to return to town.

    When viewers last saw Brenda, Jax had left her at the altar, which prompted her to leave town. Now she returns to Port Charles just when the three men in her life – Jax, Jason, and Sonny – need her the most.

    Here is the rundown of what to expect on Tuesday, August 10th:

    1:00 PM ET ABC / 8:00 PM ET SOAPnet – “General Hospital” Episode #8602 (OAD November 5, 1996) — As Brenda prepares to marry Jax at the Quartermaine mansion, Sonny interrupts with Miranda, who’s still married to Jax.

    2:00 PM ET ABC / 9:00 PM ET SOAPnet – “General Hospital” Episode #8831 (OAD September 24, 1997) — After being left at the altar by Sonny, Brenda reminisces about the key moments of their relationship.

    3:00 PM ET ABC / 10:00 PM ET SOAPnet – “General Hospital” Episode #10138 (OAD October 29, 2002) — Brenda and Jason’s Las Vegas wedding.

    In addition, both and will launch special content beginning the week of July 12th “that will allow fans to reminisce and catch up on all things Brenda,” according to a press release. Fans can browse photo galleries and storyline histories, as well as answer trivia questions. On August 10th, the Top 25 Brenda video moments will be unveiled. Fans can log onto both websites for more information.

    Each day from Saturday, July 17th through Wednesday, August 11th, SOAPnet will air fan favorite Brenda “GH” episodes. Key moments include Sonny learning Brenda is wearing a wire; Sonny and Brenda’s famous kiss on the beach; and Sonny leaving Brenda in the rain.

    Also, SOAPnet will air “The Best of Brenda and Sonny” marathon on Saturday, August 15th with special appearances by Vanessa Marcil and Maurice Benard:

    3:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8105 (OAD December 2, 1994) – In Puerto Rico, Sonny and Brenda escape on a boat and end up washed ashore on a beach, where their relief turns to passion. The two then hurry back to Miguel’s (Ricky Martin) concert to warn him that he and Lois are in danger.

    4:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8688 (OAD March 7, 1997) — Trapped in a cave and thinking they’re going to die, Sonny and Brenda admit their feelings for each other and make love as Jax and Jason search for them.

    5:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8829 (OAD September 22, 1997) — Brenda is stunned at her wedding when Sonny leaves her waiting alone at the altar.

    6:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #9002 (OAD May 26, 1998) — Brenda pays a surprise visit to Sonny and finally gets him to admit why he didn’t show up for their wedding.

    And, as if that was not enough, Brenda fans can also watch original episodes of “GH” on Friday, August 6th and Monday, August 9th in which Sonny will remember his time with Brenda. According to ABC, “Sonny finds himself reminiscing about Brenda and longing for a past, simpler life that allowed him to love as completely as he did once with her. On Friday, August 6, we leave Sonny on the docks thinking about Brenda — and he flashes back to the time he helped her lug a heavy suitcase. Mistaking Claire Walsh for Brenda on August 9, Sonny tries to distract himself from his memories of her by pursuing Claire. However Sonny still cannot get her out of his mind – and he remembers the first time he told Brenda he loved her. “

    Finally, other special events will include retrospectives, hosted wraps, timelines, and much more.

    Marcil created the role of Brenda Barrett on “General Hospital” in 1992. After leaving in 1998 (and reprising the role briefly in 2000), she returned in 2002 before leaving again the following year. She won a Daytime Emmy for the role in 2003, along with Soap Opera Digest Awards in various categories in 1997, 1998, and 2003. She was awarded the Sojourn Service Award and has supported Sojourn Services for Battered Women in 2001, and has been named one of People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People.” Other television credits include “Las Vegas,” “Without a Trace,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” She is currently the host of the Lifetime reality show “Blush: The Search For the Next Great Makeup Artist.”

    Marcil makes her “GH” return on Wednesday, August 11th, when Brenda is revealed as the face of fashion house Cartullo, only to be attacked by a dangerous stalker.

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

    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • SOAPnet
    • ABC
    • General Hospital
    • Beverly Hills
    • 90210
    • Las Vegas
    • Vanessa Marcil
    • Brenda Barrett
    • Sonny
    • Jax
    • Jason
    • People
    • Daytime Emmys
    • Soap Opera Digest Awards
    • Lipstick Jungle
    • Without a Trace
    • Lifetime
    • Blush: The Search For the Next Great Makeup Artist

      OLTL Recap: Monday, July 12, 2010

      Monday, July 12, 2010 9:40 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, July 12, 2010.


      Cris and Layla are shocked to find Evangeline in the hospital on a ventilator. Layla is faced with a tough decision about keeping her sister on life support.

      Blair tells Todd that Eli proposed and he tells her she should accept. Blair calls Eli and leaves him a message that she’s ready to give him an answer.

      Starr rushes into James hospital room with Cole after hearing he’s out of surgery. Cole is unsettled by their connection. James and Ford talk about the past and Ford says he will protect James this time from their father. Ford tells Cole to keep Starr away from his brother.

      John and Marty bring Nora up to speed on Hannah’s request for immunity in exchange for identifying who pushed Marty and Nora says she can’t do it. Eli threatens Hannah, reminding her of what he is capable of doing.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • John is upset with Jessica’s actions.
      • David has a peace offering for Bo.
      • Jessica and Natalie become ill.

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

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