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

GH Recap: Monday, March 14, 2011

( — "General Hospital" Episode Recap – Monday, March 14, 2011.


Even as the antidote starts to work, Brenda’s survival is not clear. Family members converge upon the hospital to support Sonny and Brenda. Theo escapes, but Jason vows that Theo will never be able to hurt Sam again. Dante is warned not to compromise his badge by working with the mob.

Carly enlists Luke and Ethan to blackmail Jax into dropping the custody battle over the Jacks children. Alexis warns Jax not to take on Carly.

Michael and Abby make intimate dinner plans despite Kristina’s continued warnings. Kristina finds a legit way to interrupt the happy couple.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Elizabeth walks in on Nikolas and Brook Lynn about to do the deed.
  • Elizabeth learns that the paternity results for Aiden arrive at the end of the week.
  • Johnny sets a plan in motion.


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    OLTL Recap: Monday, March 14, 2011

    OLTL Recap: Monday, March 14, 2011

    ( — "One Life to Live" Episode Recap – Monday, March 14, 2011.


    Todd’s gunshot wound may prove to be fatal. Téa, Dani, and Viki rally around him. John is forced to work with Brody to investigate the shooting. The shooter has gotten away, but blood at the scene of the crime indicates he’s been wounded. Tomas privately tends to a wound.

    Natalie and Brody are relieved that Liam’s crisis turned out to be nothing of consequence. Natalie’s concerned when she hears that John’s been involved in a shooting, and John is concerned when he learns that Liam was treated at the hospital.

    Langston is upset to discover that Ford intends to stay married to Tess and breaks up with him.

    Dorian warns Viki to include Charlie more in her life or she might lose him to Echo. Viki gets word of Todd’s shooting. Despite their attraction, Charlie tells Echo he can’t leave Viki. He returns home and tells Dorian it’s over between him and Echo, but after Dorian leaves, Charlie visits Echo again and tells her he doesn’t want it to be over. Echo and Charlie prepare to enter into an affair and they seal the deal with a kiss – witnessed by Tess.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Starr and James learn Todd has been shot.
    • Tomas keeps Blair in the dark.
    • Clint and Nigel have a heart-to-heart talk.
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      AMC Recap: Monday, March 14, 2011

      ( — "All My Children" Episode Recap – Monday, March 14, 2011.


      Madison admits to Ryan that he’s right, he is the baby’s father. Madison claims she didn’t mean to hurt Ryan by not telling him. Ryan wants to do right by Madison and offers his thanks for her help with Emma. After learning from Madison that Ryan now knows the truth, Scott says he still wants to be involved with her. Greenlee doesn’t tell Ryan that she already knew about the baby and promises to always be there for him.

      Angie returns to PV and family and friends throw her a welcome home party. After informing Jake that she might take a longer maternity leave than planned, Angie and Jesse ask Jake and Amanda to be their baby’s godparents.

      Amanda overhears Tad telling Jake that she needs to grow up. Amanda asks what she can do in order to finally be forgiven. Jake and Amanda both agree that they’d like to get back to the loving couple that they were while Tad and Cara share a close moment as he tries to learn Spanish.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • Madison calls Greenlee out on trying to steal her idea.
      • Erica makes it clear to Caleb that she is committed to Jackson.
      • Colby sends out another video from her webcam.


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        Mark Lawson Issues MMA Tourney Challenge

        Mark Lawson Issues MMA Tourney Challenge

        ( — "One Life to Live's" Mark Lawson is ready to prove that he is both a lover and a fighter, telling ESPN that "I want to take part in a celebrity mixed martial arts tournament. UFC president Dana White, let's set this up. I'm a good fighting weight of 175 and I'm ready to take on all comers." However, don't expect Lawson to be quitting his day job anytime soon. "I love acting and singing, but something inside of me wants to get back into the cage."

        In an interview with the sports network's website, the actor reveals to columnist Lynn Hoppes that he has some prior experience, not to mention the fact that he works out nearly every day, is a personal trainer, and runs a strength and conditioning business. White, meanwhile, has responded to Lawson's request, encouraging the soap star to get the event set up. 

        Before joining "One Life" as Brody Lovett in 2008, Lawson participated in an MMA fight in the 'Octagon,' earning a 1-0 record in a semi pro fight.  However, he did not make it through the fight unscathed.  "I did break my jaw in that match, so I'd be a little worried about that.  I think my agent is going to kill me for issuing this challenge," he reveals.

        A Virginia native, the 31-year-old Lawson earned a bachelors' degree in fine arts from the renowned Boston Conservatory.  He is also a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  His other acting credits include an appearance on "Cold Case" in 2005, and the comedy short "Breakdown" in 2006.

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          'One Life' Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks Erika Slezak and Importance of Viewers

          ( — On Sunday, March 13, Soap Opera Network chatted with some of your favorite actors from "All My Children, "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" at a press party held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The event took place immediately following the 7th and final production of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" charity event. In our first of a series of interviews, we thought it would be best to start things off by talking with "One Life to Live" head writer Ron Carlivati.

          Carlivati came to "One Life to Live" as a writer's assistant in 1996. Since then he found himself taking on the positions of script writer and breakdown writer on one of daytime's longest running soap operas. But what is different from being a writer on the show to now being the head writer of said show? "Well suddenly it is all on my shoulders," said Carlivati. "I have to come up with who is going to do what to whom; this one is going to get pregnant; this one is going to shoot this one. I have to get it approved by the people above me, but it's really up to me to come up with the overall stories." As head writer, Carlivati works with a team of writers in scripting the daily escapades of Llanview's dynamic citizens. So how much influence could a writer have on changes in a storyline? "I have an amazing team that I work with and they have great ideas. I will change ideas in midstream because they have awesome ideas also," Carlivati shared.

          Since taking over head writing duties in 2007, Carlivati and his team secured the soap its third Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team in 2008 (previously "One Life" won in 1987 and 1994). So what's it like for the man knowing that he's in charge of spearheading the shows creative future? "It is an incredible responsibility," the writer said. "I take it very seriously. I love it. It is a great job. I'm actually the same age as the show [42 years], so I think that 'One Life to Live' and I are on parallel tracks. The show started in 1968 [July 15], and I was born in 1968. Here we are 42 years later and I've been writing on it for 15 years, so 1/3rd of the show I've been involved in."

          Through out "One Life to Live's" more than forty years on the air, the show has had numerous special episodes to honor its history. From campy storylines in the episode "Trading Places" in the early 2000's, where Todd Manning (then played by Roger Howarth) dressed up as Viki Davidson (Erika Slezak), to as recent as last year's episodes where cast members (including Kristen Alderson) sang songs from the heart in a series of episodes dubbed "Starr X'd." Does Carlivati expect to continue the tradition? "We have a great one coming up that's to honor Erika Slezak [Viki] for her 40th anniversary on the show. She's basically the whole show and that's coming up in April. Her anniversary is actually in March, but the episode falls in April. It's going to be a fun day," the passionate writer said. "I love doing stuff like that. When we had the 10,000th episode or the 40th anniversary, it gives you the opportunity to really focus in and be like 'ok, this is really going to be a special show for the audience.'"

          At the end of the day "One Life to Live" is written to provide entertainment to its millions of viewers, but how much influence does the audience have in the stories that are written? "I was a fan before I worked there. I like to think that because I am a fan that I sort of know what I would want to see. That feeds into what I do," said Carlivati. "I feel that I do have a huge amount of respect for our fans because we wouldn't have a show without them. It definitely influences what we do. I like to have a lot of those inside jokes, or little nods to the audience, to let them know that we do hear what they are saying."

          In the last year alone sister soaps "All My Children" and "General Hospital" have gotten new opening sequences. Fans have long clamored for "One Life" to get a new opening as well. Does Carlivati see one in the shows future? "I don't know. That is Frank's [Valentini, Executive Producer] doing. I'm sure I would be told if it happens, but I don't know anything about it," he said.

          Speaking of openings, in the past the show had started with episodes displaying a title card. Now they are no where to be seen. So what happened? "We did it for a long time. It was actually Frank's idea," said Carlivati. "We used to title the episodes before they were seen on the air. We would just title them for ourselves and Frank had the idea to start putting them on the screen. We did it for a couple of years and I loved it. I actually miss it because now when we're writing I'm like 'oh, I know what a great title that would be for that.'" The concept really did give the show more of a primetime feeling… "I think that was the intent. I'm not sure exactly why they decided to discontinue it, but I loved it," he said.

          With the popularity of telenovela's where a set of stories play out on screen for approximately three months through a limited series on Spanish networks like Univision and Telemundo, fans often wonder how much planning goes into the American soap operas. "I try to have a plan in mind, but I do like to be open to new ideas. If you set a plan in stone, it changes every time," Carlivati said. "We'll say this is what we're going to do in January, this is what we're going to do in February, March, etc. When you actually get there it doesn't happen that way because something takes off and you go in another direction. As long as you have some goal in mind," he continued. "The pregnancy is the easiest thing in the world because you're like 'ok, I know nine months from now there's going to be a birth. There's going to be somebody trapped in a snow storm going into labor.' You can frame your story in over a year's time. You're going to have the pregnancy and the delivery. I think that is what worked well with the story we just did."

          Ultimately, when it comes down to it fans look forward to the revelations of big secrets. Storylines involving secrets and lies are always the most highly sought storylines playing out on soaps. "One Life to Live" upped the ante with major Who's the Daddy? drama. "The audience has waited for so long, so they want to see that pay off," said Carlivati. "I think that is why our double wedding was so successful because people were dying to see those reveals come out like 'Who's the father of Jessica's baby? Who's the father of Natalie's baby? Who is Rex's father?' They were ready for all of that to come out."

          In part two, we'll speak with "One Life to Live" Executive Producer Frank Valentini and finally learn whether the soap will get that highly sought new opening sequence and learn more about Valentini's work ethic.

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            Y&R PreVUE: Week of March 14 Edition

            ( — A look at what's happening on "The Young and the Restless" during the week of March 14, 2011.


            Murphy finds out that Meggie attempted to break out of jail. Monday, March 14 a humiliated Nikki goes back to drinking. Chloe’s birthday treat for Chance is ruined when she finds him in the sack with Heather. Wednesday, March 16, Jana decides to search for Daisy’s little one. Adam finds Koa and puts the pressure on. On Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, The Young and the Restless will be pre-empted due to CBS airing NCAA basketball.

            The Inside Story: Victor’s Last Laugh
            With the newly married couple, Victor and Diane, returning back to Genoa City, things begin to take a turn. Kyle tells an upset Jack that he wants to move back on Victor’s ranch. The upset father tries to talk Kyle into staying but the young boy is determined, as well as excited to go back. Jack has no choice but to help pack his son’s things. Phyllis, on the other hand, is secretly happy that he will be out of her hair and out of the Abbott mansion. While she is happy to see Kyle gone, she apologizes to Jack for her role in making Kyle’s stay uneasy. Back home, Victor plans on having an elaborate, yet calculated celebration thrown at Gloworm. Katherine arrives for the celebration, under the impression that Victor is celebrating making amends with his family. She is stunned when she arrives to see that it’s celebrating his latest marriage. Jack, arriving at Glowork becomes Victor’s target. He purposely goads Jack into an argument, rubbing it in that he’s going to be a father figure to Kyle. After their party, Victor and Diane head back home to the ranch. Nick, who is sickened by the thought of Diane married to his father, goes to the ranch, where he is more than nasty toward her. He questions the real reason why she said yes to Victor’s marriage proposal. Not liking how Diane is being treated, Victor tells Nick to get out of his home. The following day, Victor and Diane run into Nikki at Crimson Lights. Still reeling from her latest relationship setback, Nikki manages to offer her congratulations, although very awkward.

            A Closer Look:Kay Puts Tucker on Blast
            Jack runs into Katherine and unable to keep his mouth shut, starts bragging about how he’s going to have Jabot back in his hands. He fills her in about how he made a secret deal with Tucker. Kay is disgusted by what she is hearing and it isn’t long before she starts to piece together that Tucker’s using Victor’s latest downfall as a way to make some money. Kay confronts Tucker and tells him that he should be ashamed of his behavior: he’s setting out to destroy a family all for the sake of making serious cash. She warns him that she’s going to take him down and later contacts someone to help her beat Tucker at his own game.

            What To Watch

            • Monday Billy is less than pleased with who Victoria’s doing business with
            • Tuesday Sharon is still weak over Adam
            • Wednesday Sharon wants to split Genoa City

            The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

            • Actor Sean Patrick Flanery signed on to play ‘Sam’ a veterinarian who will connect with ‘Sharon’ sometime this mid- April.
            • Kin Shriner briefly take over Ted Shackelford’s role ‘Jeffrey Bardwell’ in a few episodes in April.
            • Peter Navy Tuiasosopo returns as ‘Koa’ Wednesday, March 16
            • David Guatreaux plays ‘DA Grammer’ Wednesday, March 16
            • Andy Umberger plays a judge Wednesday, March 16
            • Kevin McCorkle returns as ‘Det. Sid Meeks’ Wednesday, March 16
            • Albie Selznick returns as ‘Owen Pomerantz’ Wednesday, March 16
            • Darius McCrary who plays ‘Malcolm Winters’ is set to release a solo album
            • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on "Y&R" during the week of March 7, 2011? You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday's at 4:00 PM, EST.

            SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MARCH 21, 2011

            • New evidence may help Sharon
            • Chance tries to find a missing Heather
            • Troubles continue to plague Abby

            SON ALERT BONUS: SPRING 2011

            • Cane’s presence continues to be felt by Lily
            • Colin continues to stick close to Lily and his grandchildren
            • Victor’s marriage to Diane is set to be thwarted
            • Victor is greatly naïve thinking that he’s truly pulled Nick from Diane
            • A veterinarian named Sam finds himself crossing paths with Sharon
            • Sharon’s mother has worries when it comes to her grandchildren
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              GH Teasers: Week of March 14 Edition

              GH Teasers: Week of March 14 Edition

              ( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of March 14, 2011.

              GENERAL HOSPITAL: Teasers

              • Monday: (Episode #12261) — Sonny and Brenda’s loved ones rally at the hospital.  Dante is advised against getting too deeply involved with the mob.  Carly needs Luke and Ethan’s help in blackmailing Jax. (Rated: TVPG)
              • Tuesday: (Episode #12262) — Eliizabeth interrupts Nikolas and Brook Lynn’s intimate evening.  Elizabeth receives word that Aiden’s paternity results will arrive soon.  Johnny puts his plan in motion. (Rated: TVPG)
              • Wednesday: (Episode #12263) — Sonny promises to settle the score.  Elizabeth learns Lucky and Siobhan plan to wed.  Dante and Ronnie interrupt some mob dealings. (Rated: TVPG)
              • Thursday: (Episode #12264) — Sam learns where the a Balkan thug is held up.  Elizabeth gains some useful information.  Dante and Jason argue about Michael. (Rated: TVPG)
              • Friday: (Episode #12265) — Theo and Suzanne search for their grandchild.  Brenda thinks of the kid she never had.  Jossyln receives a medical diagnosis. (Rated: TVPG)
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                OLTL Teasers: Week of March 14 Edition

                OLTL Teasers: Week of March 14 Edition

                ( — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of March 14, 2011.

                ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

                • Monday: (Episode #10888) — Todd clings to life.  Langston walks out on Ford.  Charlie informs Echo that he can’t leave his wife for her. (Rated: TVPG S, V)
                • Tuesday: (Episode #10889) — Tomas keeps his wounds a secret from Blair.  Clint discusses his recent escapades with Nigel.  Bo and Rex pay Alex a visit. (Rated: TVPG S, V)
                • Wednesday: (Episode #10890) — Brody and John are at each other’s throats.  James is there for Starr in her hour of need.  Jack plots to humiliate Shane. (Rated: TVPG)
                • Thursday: (Episode #10891) — Rama threatens to expose Aubrey.  Dorian consoles Langston.  Bo and Rex are one step closer to locating David. (Rated: TVPG L, S, V)
                • Friday: (Episode #10892) — Clint is placed under arrest.  Dorian and Cutter take a walk on the wild side.  Ryder’s custody hearing goes to a head. (Rated: TVPG S)
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                  AMC Teasers: Week of March 14 Edition

                  AMC Teasers: Week of March 14 Edition

                  ( — “All My Children” Teasers for the Week of March 14, 2011.

                  ALL MY CHILDREN: Teasers

                  • Monday: (Episode #10577) — Amanda overhears a conversation between Tad and Jake.  Madison confirms Ryan’s suspicions.  Greenlee keeps the truth from Ryan. (Rated: TVPG)
                  • Tuesday: (Episode #10578) — Madison confronts Greenlee.  Erica is determined to remain with Jackson.  Colby makes another webcam video. (Rated: TVPG)
                  • Wednesday: (Episode #10579) — Kendall, Bianca, and Marissa share a motherly bond.  Amanda makes an admission regarding Jake.  Cara gets support from Jake. (Rated: TVPG)
                  • Thursday: (Episode #10580) — Ricky sees Griffin with the letter Zach wrote Kendall.  Ryan searches for Annie.  Scott and Madison lock lips. (Rated: TVPG)
                  • Friday: (Episode #10581) — David tries to turn over a new leaf.  Ricky informs Diane has he has Kendall questioning Griffin’s actions.  Emma becomes upset. (Rated: TVPG)
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                    James Franco Back for More 'General Hospital'

                    ( — Despite a less than thrilling performance as co-host of the "83rd Annual Academy Awards" on ABC last month, the network has asked actor James Franco to return to "General Hospital" once more as the deadly artist known simply as Franco.

                    According to the network, on Friday, March 25, Franco will again make his presence known to a Port Charles citizen. This time to Carly Jacks (Laura Wright), when Franco gets in touch with the hotel owner with a very important message.

                    To find out what Franco is up to next, tune in to "General Hospital." Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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