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

'AMC' Executive Producer Sets the Record to Worried Cast and Crew

( – After three consecutive days of waiting to hear whether or not "All My Children" was about to get the axe from ABC, as has been speculated since Deadline's article on the soap being in danger, executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers took the time today to assure her cast and crew that the show was not being canceled by the network.

As reported on Soap Opera Digest's twitter page, Soap Opera Network has learned through sources that Carruthers made it clear that the "[cancellation] rumors are just rumors." The news was later spread through Twitter by actress Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey) and also by Eric Martsolf (Brady Black, "Days of our Lives") via information from "AMC's" Lindsay Hartley (Cara Martin).

According to Eakes, "AMC is not being cancelled :). But now is a great time to let the network know you'd like to keep it that way. Thanks for all the support!!" Meanwhile, Martsolf shared "AMC- not going anywhere folks. Just talked to my girl Linds. It's all good. E."

Earlier this week, Soap Opera Network was told by a network respresentative that the "[] piece is just another story in a long line of stories about this same topic," referring to rumors of ABC looking to cancel one of its soap operas in favor of cheaper programming. Last month, the rep denied a Daytime Confidential piece (on this same topic). Sources also confirm that [if] the network decides to cancel one of the soaps, it won't happen until after SOAPnet transitions into Disney Junior early next year. "The idea is the network wants to see how the ratings for the soaps do without the option of SOAPnet at play."

With "All My Children" apparently safe, Carruthers can now look for the shady writer that spoke to FOX News and fire their *!$#.

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    'General Hospital' Comments on the Passing of Elizabeth Taylor

    ( — Today the world woke up to news that legendary actress and Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor, 79, had died. The cause of death was congestive heart failure according to her publicist, Sally Morrison, in a statement released to the Associated Press. Taylor, who died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, had recently gone under treatment for heart problems after years of medical setbacks. Although she was not one of the many honored guests and friends who attended the wedding of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and Laura Webber (Genie Francis) on ABC's "General Hospital" on November 17, 1981," Taylor did help bring in approximately 30 million viewers to the soap making it the most watched single episode ever aired in the history of daytime television. Her role as Helena Cassadine brought chills to the hearts of millions of viewers when she famously declared "I curse on you Laura and Luke. I curse on both of you."

    In a statement released to the press this afternoon, "General Hospital" shares their utmost sadness in the passing of the legendary actress. "We were honored to work with Elizabeth Taylor on 'General Hospital.' Her portrayal of Helena was a defining moment for the show and an extraordinary experience for everyone involved. She was a great talent, a gracious lady, and a rare presence. We are deeply saddened by her passing and send our deepest condolences to her family and friends." Taylor also appeared in the June 4, 1984 episode of "All My Children" alongside Carol Burnett, who played Verla Grubbs.

    Taylor is best known for her take on the iconic role of "Cleopatra" in the film of the same name. Released in 1963, the behind the scenes romance of Taylor and co-star Richard Burton (who played Mark Antony) brought headlines as the two had been married to other people at the time. The two eventually wed (twice) in March 1964 and again in October 1975 (they divorced twice as well). Taylor's marriage to Burton was the actresses 5th and 6th trip down the aisle out of a total of 8 marriages. Her marriage to the seemingly average Larry Fortensky in October 1991 (and divorce in October 1996) would be Taylor's last wedding march.

    In 1961, Taylor took home the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film "Butterfield 8." She took home the award once more in 1967 for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?"

    She leaves behind four children, Michael Howard Wilding, Christopher Edward Wilding, Elizabeth Frances "Liza" Todd, and Maria Burton.

    • General Hospital
    • Genie Francis
    • Anthony Geary
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      Recurring Character Leaves Pine Valley

      ( — One of “All My Children” semi-regular players is set to wrap up their stint in Pine Valley

      Ella Thomas ends her run as the mobster associate and jealous gal pal of hit-man “Reverend” Ricky Torres (Eddie Matos), Diana Holden, on “All My Children” this April. The stunning Thomas debuted on the ABC soap on February 18 as one-half of the pair responsible for the murder of Kendall Hart Slater’s (Alicia Minshew) husband.

      Thomas enjoyed a career as a successful model prior to catching the acting bug. Before getting the recurring role on “AMC”, Thomas had landed minor guest appearance spots on CBS’s “CSI: NY”, “CSI: Miami”, “How I Met Your Mother”, and “NCIS”, HBOs’ “Entourage”, NBC’s “Parenthood”, and ABC’s “Castle”.

      Look for the circumstances of Diana’s exit to cause some serious ripple effects through the little town of Pine Valley. Thomas last airs on “AMC” on Friday, April 8.


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      • Comings & Goings
      • Ella Thomas
      • Eddie Matos

        Insiders & Fans React to the 'All My Children' Rumor

        ( — ABC Daytime has a captive audience as the fate of “All My Children” appears to hang in the balance.

        On Monday morning, put soap fans on alarm when they reinforced the story Daytime Confidential first reported several weeks earlier: “All My Children” appears to be on the verge of cancellation!

        Since then, ABC’s lack of confirmation which includes a glaring lack of denial has put soap fans even more on edge; a spokesperson for ABC continues to tell the media, including Soap Opera Network, that “the [] piece is just another story in a long line of stories about this same topic.” In an interview with the NY Post, long-time TV Guide soap columnist Michael Logan acutely sums up the unsettling feeling that statement is evoking in once skeptical fans and insiders alike, “this changes the game because the network is not stepping forward more forcefully than it is [to deny the rumor].” Further unsettling fans was the Tuesday morning report by the FOX News website sourcing a current “All My Children” writer, who asked to remain anonymous in case life in Pine Valley does actually go on, revealing that “everyone always says the writing is on the wall for soap operas to shut down, but this time the writing is in capital letters…We all hope we can get jobs in reality television [if the rumor turns out to be accurate].”

        Most entertainment insiders agree that the soap genre, as we know it over the past several decades, is winding down regardless of what is revealed about “All My Children’s” fate in the coming days or weeks. Outside forces including changes in the workforce, the emergence of the internet and reality TV, and the broadening of cable TV have given viewers many, many more alternatives. With the number of soap operas on the air dwindling down to six last year and with ratings continuing to take a beating, Horizon Media television analyst Brad Adgate tells Fox News, in the aforementioned article, what many are thinking, which is “by the end of the decade in 2020 it could be at conceivable that there will be no soap operas on network TV.” Soap Opera Digest’s Lynn Leahey agrees about the potential for the extinction of soap operas on network TV but confidently adds “the genre will survive…not necessarily in its current format…soap started as 15-minute episodes, and we may see them go back to that, with viewers ‘snacking’ on soaps in 15-minute bites on their smart phone, rather than at home in front of a television. Web soaps are proliferating now, but they’ve yet to figure out a model that makes it a robust business.”

        In the meantime, passionate soap opera fans are not going to let their soaps go out without a fight. If you’re an “All My Children” fan or just a fan who doesn’t want to see another soap bite the dust following the domino effect cancellations of CBS’s “Guiding Light” in 2009 and “As the World Turns” in 2010, you can at the very least be counted and make yourself heard at the Keep ‘All My Children’ on ABC Daytime!’ Facebook page, which fans put up on Monday afternoon as preemptive action in case the rumors are confirmed. Some former and present “AMC” stars have posted on the site and joined the group including Finn Wittrock (ex-Damon Miller), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard).

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        • Michael Logan
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        • Noah Newman
        • NY Post
        • FOX News
        • Lynn Leahey
        • Finn Wittrock

          The Chronicles of  Shady 'AMC' Writer

          ( — You know who you are, you know what you have done. While millions of viewers wait on pins and needles to find out if their favorite daytime soap is about to get canceled by the network it has aired on for over 41 years, you are looking for work in reality TV. Shame on you!

          As previously reported, rumors of ABC's "All My Children" getting canned in favor of a new (and cheaper) talk show in the fall escalated on Monday, March 21, when posted an article that industry speculation had it that the network was in serious talks to pull the plug on the long running drama series. In response to Deadline's article, FOX News posted a piece on their website citing comments from a television analyst, a talent manager, and even Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly Editorial Director Lynn Leahey. However, it is a comment from a current "All My Children" writer that raises a red flag. "Everyone always says the writing is on the wall for soap operas to shut down, but this time the writing is in capital letters," said the anonymous "AMC" writer to FOX News, who wished to remain that way should the rumors of the soaps demise prove to be just that. Instead of concentrating on writing well written storylines that delve into the lives of Pine Valley's most prominent citizens through romance, action/adventure, secrets and lies and the all important mystery and suspense, the anonymous writer says "we all hope we can get jobs in reality television." If fans were looking for reassurance on "AMC's" future, they sure didn't get it from this unnamed individual that secretly commented on the status of their current employment opportunity. Should ABC end up proving to us all that they are not canceling "All My Children" or even sister soaps "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital," one would hope the network searches for the anonymous writer and boots their butt off the Andrita Studios lot along with their boring scripts. Now that is a soap opera plot twist!

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          • General Hospital
          • Soap Opera Digest
          • ABC Daytime
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            'One Life to Live' Casting New African-American Character

            ( — “One Life to Live” looks to up its quota of minority characters by casting what appears to be yet another recurring role on the long-running daytime drama.

            As we previously reported, the soap recently released an audition script for the role of “Robbie” who, from the tone of the script seems to be have been involved in a volatile situation with a girl named “Rose” (Remember that “OLTL” often changes names in these scripts to distract viewers).  Soap Opera Network has since obtained more information regarding this new character.

            According to the casting breakdown, “One Life” is looking for an African-American male between the ages of 18 and 22 for role of “Robbie,” who is described as “Good looking, sexy and extremely confident, as well as an intern at a well-known newspaper.”  However, it remains to be seen exactly who this character will be involved with.  Furthermore, given the show’s frantic taping schedule, it may be a few months before “Robbie” appears on screen.

            In other news…

            Mellini Kantayya returns again as “ER Nurse #1″ on Wednesday, May 11.

            • One Life to Live
            • Casting
            • Soap Opera Network
            • Mellini Kantayya
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            • Breakdown
            • Comings & Goings

              Y&R Recap: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

              Y&R Recap: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

              ( — "The Young and the Restless" Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Lily continues to freak out about the text message she has received. She soon gets an unexpected visit from Jill and Colin, wanting to check up on her and the twins. The two talk but before long, Jill gets word from Nina about Chance and both she and Colin head out. Moments later, Lily leaves to meet up with Daniel. She tells him about the text message, but when she tries to show it to him, she can't locate her phone. When they arrive at her apartment, she and Daniel discover that the message is no longer there. Daniel watches as Lily slowly becomes unhinged.

              Abby stages a press conference at Gloworm. During her talk about 'The Naked Heiress' she does as the title states and drops her clothes for all to see. The minute the press conference wraps up, the police arrive and arrest Abby for public indecency. Back at Tucker's Ashley tells him that she has some doubts on his getting Beauty of Nature and how she wants Abby to be left out of the equation of his business dealings. Before they can continue on, she gets a call about Abby being at the police station./p>

              Paul and Chance get word about the whereabouts of the van that stashed Heather. When they get to the gas station, they soon fall upon a diner not too far away. They go in to ask questions, unaware that Angelo is eating in the diner. Coming up empty they head back out in search for her.

              Katherine pays Victor a visit and talks to him on Tucker. She believes that it's time that she teaches him a valuable lesson. Victor is more than interested in what she has in mind. Shortly after her visit, she heads over to Tucker's and drops the bomb that she doesn't want to hold the wedding in her home. Tucker can't believe she is turning her back on them. She points out that Ashley more than welcome to visit her home. With those parting words she leaves.

              Ashley arrives at the police station and goes to the holding cell where Abby is locked up. She lets her have it for her stupid antics. Abby tells her that she wants to be taken seriously and just do the show that she wants to do. The two continue to bicker when Victor, who has heard the news, comes by. She is happy to see him, knowing that he will bail her out. Ashley learns that Victor married Diane and gives her two cents. Annoyed with them attacking his decisions, Victor tells them he's had enough and leaves.

              Determined to get out of the taxidermy shop, Heather tries to find an opening but can't. She spots the matches that Angelo dropped on his way out and plans on using them to start a fire. When she does, however, the fire grows out of control. Paul and Chance are still in route of trying to find her when they spot in the distance the fire. Thinking that might be where she is, they speed over. After breaking down the door, Chance and Paul find Heather unconscious. After getting her out of the fire, Chance revives her, as Paul calls Nina to let her know she is safe.

              Abby heads to the Newman Ranch after getting bailed out by Victor. She apologizes for her insensitivity towards him regarding his marriage to Diane. She begs him on whether the two of them can go back to the way things used to be between them. Victor and she embrace.

              On the Next The Young and the Restless…

              • Deacon continues to try to help Nikki.
              • Victoria and Nick can't believe Deacon coming to them.
              • Victor warns Diane to keep her eyes off his son.
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Y&R
              • Marcy Rylan

                GH Recap: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

                ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                Jason agrees to speak with Lucky and Elizabeth on Carly’s behalf to save Josslyn. At first, Elizabeth is enraged, but ultimately she agrees to the kidney donation. Lucky opens up to Luke as Nikolas tries to be strong for the Spencer family, and Jason breaks down over the loss of Jake. Dante and Sam learn the identities of all 7 drivers and Sam is shaken to realize that she or Carly may be Jake’s hit-and-run driver.

                Realizing life is short, Robin asks Patrick an important question.

                Kristina manages to keep Abby away from Michael as he watches over Josslyn.

                Sonny and Brenda enjoy their first honeymoon day in Positano – but Sonny cannot stop trying to track Theo. Theo forces Suzanne to choose between ASEC and their grandchild.

                On the Next General Hospital…

                • The Spencers come together during a time of tragedy.
                • Suzanne gives up the location of Brenda’s child to Theo.
                • Johnny and Lisa make love.


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                  OLTL Recap: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

                  OLTL Recap: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

                  ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  David seeks revenge on Clint by threatening him with a shotgun. He ultimately decides he’s not worth it and that he and Dorian should get married immediately.

                  Viki questions Dorian about Tess’s hint that she knows something about Charlie and Echo. Charlie and Echo continue their affair.

                  Brody and Natalie innocently fall asleep on the couch but upon waking up there is an awkward moment and they are both affected. Tess and Cutter get to know each other after taking off from Capricorn. Upon leaving Cutter’s hotel room, Tess snaps a pic of Charlie and Echo kissing goodbye.

                  Kelly lets slip to Joey that Aubrey and Ford used to date. Joey questions Aubrey on her attraction to rich guys.

                  Rama misses Vimal.

                  On the Next One Life to Live…

                  • Natalie has a few choice words for John.
                  • A new girl checks out James’ MyFace profile.
                  • Shane finds himself in a dangerous situation.
                  • One Life to Live
                  • Recaps

                    AMC Recap: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

                    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

                    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                    Marissa and Bianca’s friendship continues to grow as they work closely on Bianca’s custody case. Marissa reassures her friend she can do the job when they learn that Reese is going for full custody. Marissa calls Kendall to console Bianca.

                    After JR turns down Colby’s request for sponsorship for her blogs, Colby approaches Caleb and Erica. Erica thinks it’s a great idea and Caleb decides Asher should be in charge of it. JR slams the door in Caleb’s face when he comes over and proposes the idea of Asher working for Cortlandt. After JR suggests he go over there as a spy, Asher says he’s tired of being in the middle of JR and Caleb; Colby witnesses his outburst. David advises Liza to lay low during this whole situation with Colby and her video blogs. Liza concludes that David only acts this way when he wants to seduce someone. Liza doesn’t think she could take another blow right now and tells him it wouldn’t work between them. But later, after warning Erica that she better be careful in putting Colby in the middle of their war, she kisses David and says that there’s going to be war between her and Erica and she’s going to need a partner in this town and he’s it.

                    As Caleb and Erica are discussing Asher and Colby, Jackson shows up and slaps down wedding papers with a location and date, right in front of them. Jake and Cara try their best to reassure Jesse that he’ll be fine during Angie giving birth.

                    On the Next All My Children…

                    • Marissa encourages Bianca to let out her frustrations.
                    • Griffin finds himself in danger.
                    • Tad offers Griffin some help.


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