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

Is Tyler Christopher the Latest 'GH' Star Set to Depart?

( — Late Saturday night, Soap Opera Digest posted, via their twitter page, news that "General Hospital's" Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) had been let go from the ABC Daytime soap. The news came soon after Soap Central posted on their twitter page that they were hearing another big name "GH" star was on their way out.

The possibility of Christopher's exit comes as no surprise as the actor recently learned his ABC Family pilot "The Lying Game" was picked up to series by the cable network and is set to debut August 15 at 9:00 PM. "Game" tells the story of a girl named Emma (Alexandra Chando), who finds out that she has an identical twin sister named Sutton Mercer (Chando in a double role), who was adopted by wealthy parents and supposedly living the high life until she goes missing. Emma takes it upon herself to find her sister and while in pursuit adventure ensues. Christopher will portray the role of Detective Matthews who is investigating the disappearance of Sutton. The series is being written and executive produced by former "All My Children" and "General Hospital" Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. and is based on the same name as the upcoming novel by "Pretty Little Liars" author Sara Shepard.

Since it is the weekend, we are unable to get confirmation from either a "General Hospital" spokesperson or a representative for the actor on his status with the soap. We'll have an update for you on Monday during normal business hours.

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    DEVELOPING STORY: Was Soap Opera Digest Right? Is Guza Out?

    ( — You had to know there was something afloat when Soap Opera Digest posted on their website Friday that Robert Guza Jr. was out as "General Hospital's" head writer. While the news was later refuted by network insiders and a "GH" spokesperson, numerous sources have since come forward and revealed that while Guza is not expected to leave the show when his contract expires next month, thereby him not being out as the magazine's website had stated, his relations with network brass has greatly diminished.

    According to sources "there have been serious issues between the network and Guza relating to current storylines in recent months, and with Guza's contract up for renewal in April, there is also a matter of finances at play as well."

    Guza returned to "General Hospital" in April 2002 when he was named co-head writer alongside Charles Pratt Jr. He took over sole head writing duties in early 2006 after it was announced that Pratt had decided to leave the drama series. Under Guza's current reign, "General Hospital" won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team in 2003 and 2009. The series won for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

    Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this developing story as news breaks.

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      Frank Valentini: The Man Behind 'Life' on ABC

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      ( — Frank Valentini is the "Wizard of Oz" of ABC Daytime. Not only does he serve as Executive Producer of "One Life to Live," but he is also the go to man for when the network needs oversight of some of their biggest side projects. In 2008, Valentini directed the ESPN commissioned "Endless Drama" campaign in which "All My Children" actors Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe) and "One Life to Live's" John Paul Lavoiser (Rex Balsom), David Fumero (Cristian Vega), Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan) and John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks) all appeared in a series of commercials depicting the drama brought to fantasy baseball. In 2010, Valentini directed's "What If…" series which asked the question of what would happen if you're favorite characters from all of the ABC soaps were put together in situations unlike they've ever seen in their respective towns of Port Charles, Pine Valley and Llanview? In an exclusive interview with Soap Opera Network, Valentini shares his "Life" experience, provides insight in the audition process he follows for incoming actors, clears up talk of a new opening for his soap and where he sees the soap headed in the next six months.

      Before taking on executive producer duties at "One Life to Live" eight and a half years ago, Frank Valentini had held numerous positions at the drama series including that of stage manager, associate producer and lead director. While being escalated to the top job of one of daytime's longest running soaps would be a dream come true for many people, Valentini took on the position with the understanding that he'd continue to do the thing he loved most – directing. "I've always loved directing. It is something I didn't want to give up," said Valentini. "I've directed all the auditions on the show for the past 17 years. I still believe that it is important for the executive producer to direct the auditions to see what the actors can really do. Sometimes people can do a good test and then not necessarily deliver. Directing in general is just really fun. It is a great creative outlet and it also helps me stay in touch with the actors and the crew and even get my hands dirty."

      With the help of head writer Ron Carlivati, "One Life to Live" has finally founds its voice. The Buchanan clan lead by Clint Buchanan (Jerry verDorn) and Viki Banks (Erika Slezak) have once again been put in the forefront with storylines that rivals that of the Ewing family in the primetime soap "Dallas." The soap opera has aired groundbreaking storylines including that of same sex marriages/parenting, breast cancer and currently bullying in schools. The change in direction has brought in a new generation of fans to the long running soap opera and a clear message of where the show is going. So what was the turning point? What element can be credited for bringing out "One Life's" many voices? "It's interesting because I think the voice came from the fans," Valentini shared. "I think we really listened to the fans. I have a terrific head writer [Ron Carlivati] and a wonderful team of writers that are sensitive and emotional, intelligent and crafty, and are great storytellers. But I think we just listened to the audience. They told us what they wanted. They told us who they wanted to see. Of course the Buchanan's are a big part of 'One Life to Live' and always will be. The new generation is coming in and we're also balancing the Buchanan's out with other families by providing a show that reflects life in a much more realistic way. We're representing people who are not necessarily rich like the Buchanan's are and representing people who've had different kinds of challenges because I think that's our responsibility to mirror society," he continued.

      In 2012 the Walt Disney Company will cease operations of SOAPnet which launched in January 2000 as the home to watch soaps at night, so what does Valentini think will happen when the channel becomes Disney Junior and SOAPnet's "One Life" fans are left without their favorite program? "I think we will all have to wait and see what happens in January, but it could potentially be great because we'll get that audience to come back. Even if they don't watch the show at 2 o'clock [when the show airs in the eastern time zone] or 1 o'clock [central and pacific time], they can DVR it, like they would sometimes DVR it on SOAPnet. It could really be a good thing," Valentini said while giving insight into the time frame left for the cable network.

      In our everyday lives we are often asked "where do you see yourself in the next five years?" One can never say for certain they will be going from A to B to C during that time, but where does Valentini see "One Life to Live" in say six months? "We've got some great Summer stories going with the kids and a big story this Spring for Bo [Robert S. Woods] and Nora [Hillary B. Smith] and Matthew [Eddie Alderson]. Great stories for Tess and Ford [David A. Gregory] and John [Michael Easton] and Natalie [Melissa Archer], Todd [Trevor St. John], Blair [Kassie DePaiva], etc. All the people everybody wants to see. A lot of great stuff happening," said an enthusiastic Valentini.

      The biggest question that fans have been wanting to know is whether or not "One Life to Live" will join "All My Children" and "General Hospital" in receiving a new opening sequence, so who better to ask than the shows top executive (remember Ron Carlivati told us to ask him)? "Not currently," the producer revealed. "It's not a huge priority. Our priority is to put out the best show that we can and if at some point an idea for an open hits us, that makes sense, then that is what we'll do," said Valentini. Though he did take the time to mention one of the most iconic themes the soap has ever had after being asked about the shows continued respect to its history and music as it did in the past year in original episodes and repeat airings. "People are always excited about the Peabo Bryson version of the open. They [fans] love that song, 'here's what you do when you don't find the rainbows end.' We've had Blair sing it on a couple of shows during the musical. We had Brittany Underwood [Langston Wilde], Jason Tam [Markko Rivera], Kristen Alderson [Starr Manning] and a whole bunch of different people sing it. It's just a fun thing to do. It's an extra treat. We're always trying to surprise and delight the audience."

      Look for Valentini to go behind the camera once more as he revealed that he has recently been in the director's chair for some of the shows upcoming episodes. "I have a couple of episodes coming up that I've directed that are really fun."

      "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

      P.S. For fans of the Peabo Bryson theme, below we hope you enjoy Bryson singing the full theme in an episode that aired in the 1980's on the soap.

      (Pictured: Erika Slezak getting direction from Frank Valentini during a break in shooting on the set. Photo: George De Sota/JPI)

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        Egan Takes Her Final Bow at 'AMC'

        ( — "All My Children's" Melissa Claire Egan bids adieu as her loose cannon character takes a final bow in Pine Valley this week.

        Melissa Claire Egan wraps up her "All My Children" stint as Annie Novak is slated to end on Monday, March 21. The Emmy-nominated actress started on the soap as the warmly received but rather docile blond in July of 2006 and turned into a much more popular but crazy, and we do mean crazy, brunette bombshell by 2008. For Annie, the stint included no less than four wedding ceremonies (Ryan Lavery; invalid, Ryan Lavery; valid, Adam Chandler, and Scott Chandler), two of which were on location, committing two murders (brother Richie Novak, and JR Chandler's aunt Di Henry), numerous assaults and murder attempts including the stabbing of the Erica Kane (played by soap icon Susan Lucci), a couple of institutionalization's, several instances of going on the run, two miscarriages, two imaginary enemies and one accidental shooting of her baby-daddy, Ryan.

        Egan's co-stars will miss this "AMC" breakout star as much as she'll miss them, but are confident the actress is headed for big things. On her departure, Alicia Minshew, who has played Kendall Hart Slater since 2002, notes that while the exit of Egan is "such a huge loss" for the show that she knows her friend will "go on to do great things". Jacob Young, who played Annie's last love interest JR Chandler, adds that while he too knows Egan's "gonna go out there and become a megastar…it's tearful [for him]" to lose her. On her last day, the actor wrote his co-star a lovely note expressing his gratitude for her.

        In the March 29, 2011 issue of Soap Opera Digest, which is on newsstands across the county right now, Egan reflects on Annie, the wonderful ride she has had on "AMC" and her plans for the future. The 29-year old actress goes into detail about her teary last days on set. She reflects on her relationships with confidante Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery), good friends Connie Fletcher (ex-Erin Lavery), Chrishell Stause (Amanda Martin), and Minshew and of course discusses working with the legendary David Canary (Adam Chandler). The actress spills her biggest regret about what did not take place in the popular JR & Annie pairing; and talks in detail about Annie's wild and wacky history from prisoner of love Aidan (played by Aiden Turner) to carving Erica Kane for Thanksgiving dinner to her bumpy ride through the Chandler men. Pick up the latest issue of Digest to read the full interview, and to find out what the actress is up to now and what she has planned for the future.

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          Video: Erika Slezak's Surprise 40th Anniversary Party at 'One Life to Live'

          ( — Erika Slezak (Viki) arrived at the “One Life to Live” studios on March 17 to find the show’s cast and crew had thrown her a surprise party in honor of her 40th anniversary with “OLTL.”

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            Second Look: Kourtney Kardashian on 'OLTL'

            ( — As we previously reported, Kourtney Kardashian makes her presence known in Llanview, when she appears as lawyer Kassanda Kavanaugh on Monday, March 28.  Now Soap Opera Network gives you another sneak peek at her day on the set.

            From punching a creep at Serenity Springs, to kissing one of the show's leading men, to finding herself in handcuffs, the reality television socialite will certainly leave a lasting imprint on the sleepy Pennsylvania hamlet when she breezes through town early next week. "I just loved to be handcuffed!," Kardashian tweets.

            In an earlier press release, Kardashian noted that she was a fan of "OLTL," commenting "I grew up watching 'One Life to Live.' This may be my acting debut but the Kardashians know a thing or two about drama."

            And on Friday, Kardashian posted the following message on her website: "This was such a fun experience.  I've always been a huge fan of 'One Life to Live' so it was so surreal actually starring in it and playing a really fun character.  I can't wait for you guys to see it."

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              Erika Slezak Honored by 'One Life to Live'

              ( — On March 17, 1971, Erika Slezak made her “One Life to Live” debut as the third actress to step into the role of Victoria Davidson.  Flash forward four decades and Slezak remains the rock at the center of the Llanview universe.  In honor of the the six-time Daytime Emmy winner’s 40th anniversary with the show, “One Life to Live” cast and crew, along with a few other special guests, surprised the actress with a party on the set earlier this week.  Soap Opera Network has your exclusive first look at the celebration honoring “One Life’s” longest-running cast member.

              It was an event four decades in the making, but one that Slezak told TVGuide‘s Michael Logan in an interview last month, that she “was kind of hoping it would all go by unnoticed.  I came to this show without a fuss — I crept in rather quietly — and when I leave I want to go out that way, too. I don’t like fuss. It’s a little embarrassing.”

              Slezak’s “One Life to Live” co-stars payed homage to the show’s matriarch on St. Patrick’s Day by wearing shirts saying “Erika” when she arrived on the set, for what she thought was going to be a simple celebration honoring the popular Irish holiday.  Also in attendance were members of Slezak’s family, along with “OLTL” Head Writer and Executive Producer Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini.  Appearing in the video tribute to Slezak were  “Castle” star Nathan Fillion (who portrayed Viki’s youngest son Joey from 1994-97 and again briefly in 2007), the co-hosts of “The View,” “General Hospital” star Tony Geary (Luke Spencer), and “One Life” creator Agnes Nixon.

              “One Life to Live’s” Music Director Paul Glass was among the members of the cast and crew sending their well-wishes, tweeting “Happy 40th Anniversary to the incredible Erika Slezak! Such a gracious, generous, beautiful person and amazing, inspiring actress…”

              The soap will celebrate Slezak’s 40th anniversary on screen with a special episode dedicated to Viki, scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 26.

              Overwhelmed by the gesture from her friends and co-stars, which also included a highlight reel of some of Viki’s more memorable moments over the years, Slezak told Soap Opera Digest that “I’ve been here for 40 years because I love it. I’m so grateful for the job and to you, my family. It’s been just magical.”  And your fans thank you Ms. Slezak for all the memories you have given us from the 40 years.  Congratulations on reaching such an important milestone and may you have many years of “Life” left to live in Llanview.

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                Brittany Underwood Says Goodbye to Her Fans and 'One Life'

                ( — Brittany Underwood, 22, joined the cast of "One Life to Live" on May 17, 2006 in the role of Langston Wilde. Nearly five years later, the actress is set to make her final appearance on the soap on Friday, April 8 when her character is offered a movie deal. In an interview with Soap Opera Network after last Sunday's grand finale of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" charity event, Underwood dishes on what her fans mean to her, life after "One Life to Live" and the friendships she's created during her time on the ABC soap.

                Underwood's "One Life" exit is said to tie in with the upcoming return of Jason Tam, who portrayed Underwood's on screen love interest Markko Rivera until last fall when his character moved to Los Angeles. While the news of his return came out after this interview took place, the actress made it clear that despite her leaving the show, she remains friends with all of her former co-stars. "I love Jason Tam, he's a great friend of mine – Brandon [Buddy, ex-Cole Thornhart] as well," Underwood said. "I'm going to stay in contact with Kristen Alderson [Starr Manning]. She was my best friend since the beginning and she'll still be my best friend until the end. We have our group of friends and we're a very good tight group of friends"

                As all soap actors past and present have come to realize, soap opera fans are some of the most dedicated and passionate fans that any individual could ever expect to see. So what would Underwood like to say to her fans just before she makes her last appearance on the show? "I would like to say thank you for all the love and support that they have shown me throughout the years. We can't do without the fans and they are so amazing and so supportive," said Underwood. "No where else do you see fans so dedicated to to any genre. Just the fact that they are always willing to be there for you and so supportive is just so amazing. So thank you to them. I hope to see them in the future sometime."

                Before she goes, Underwood took a moment to reveal what kind of storyline she would have liked to see her character play out. "Cole went through so much on the show, especially with the whole drugs storyline and the steroids. I really felt that when my character came on, because they had her so edgy, I really thought she was going to go somewhere with alcohol abuse or drug abuse," Underwood shared. "I think that would have been cool to see Langston go through that especially with her whole abandonment issues and just everything she had to deal with in her life. That would have been a cool thing to explore."

                "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on Check local listings.

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                  GH Recap: Friday, March 18, 2011

                  ( — "General Hospital" Episode Recap – Friday, March 18, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  In their unmarked sedan, Theo and Suzanne attempt to find their grandchild. Brenda dreams of the baby boy she never had.

                  Jake has been severely injured in a hit and run. Elizabeth, Lucky, Siobhan, Luke and Jason rush to the hospital as Patrick and Robin work together to save the child’s life. Patrick and Robin put aside proving Lisa’s guilt when an injured Jake arrives at the hospital from a hit and run car accident.

                  Josslyn is diagnosed with a very serious Stage 5 cancer in her kidney.

                  On the Next General Hospital…

                  • Jake's life hangs in the balance.
                  • Dante and Sam work together to find who perpetrated Jake's hit and run.
                  • Terrell prescribes chemotherapy for Josslyn's cancer, but Jax hopes they can find an organ donor.


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                    AMC Recap: Friday, March 18, 2011

                    ( — "All My Children" Episode Recap – Friday, March 18, 2011.

                    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                    Annie almost attacks Greenlee and is restrained by the cops and read her rights. Scott is unsuccessful in calming Annie down and just as she’s about to be sedated JR shows up and asks for a moment alone. After talking with JR, Annie agrees to go with the men (from the hospital) but as she’s being taken away she thinks she’s off to her and JR’s wedding. Ryan meets up with Madison and Scott in the park; after seeing Emma’s stuffed animal he calls out to his daughter and she comes out of hiding. Greenlee shows up with news about Annie and when Emma hears that her mommy is going to the hospital she lashes out, upset she’s going to the very place she’s scared of. Emma tells Ryan she hates him.

                    Kendall covers with Ricky, saying she doesn’t know anything about stolen drugs, then tells Griffin that there are people suspicious of the missing painkillers. Ricky reports back to Diane that he’s planted seeds of doubt about Griffin in Kendall’s mind. Diane gets a call informing her that Griffin wants to meet with her regarding the casino owners. As Griffin gets dressed for his meeting, Kendall shows up and says wherever he’s going she’s coming.

                    David tries to reestablish himself in PV. First, Griffin puts in a good word with the medical board, and then David asks JR to do the same. David wonders when he and Marissa will be able to get to a good place.

                    On the Next All My Children…

                    • Emma is distant from Greenlee and only wants Madison.
                    • Frankie gives Scott a warning.
                    • Opal senses Tad has good energy since marrying Cara.


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