How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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'One Life's' Bullying Storyline Takes Ominous Tone

( — Jack’s (Andrew Trischitta) tormenting of Shane (Austin Williams) takes on a near deadly tone this week as “One Life to Live’s” bullying storyline reaches its zenith with Shane prompting suicide in order to escape the pain and humiliation he has been enduring for months. The show recently joined forces with STOMP Out Bullying to help draw attention to the issue, which “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini describes “as so disturbing and far too prominent. Our objective is to shine a light on the cruelty of bullying through our storytelling and if we can help make a difference for one person, then I think we have been hugely successful. The response to this story has been powerful.”

According to an ABC press release, “Since the creation of ‘One Life to Live’ in 1968, the show has always looked for opportunities to inform while entertaining. Child and teen bullying and cyberbullying are at an all-time high. An issue that used to exist primarily while kids were at school, has taken on new extremes with social media. There are staggering statistics such as 1 out of 4 teens are bullied; 43% of kids have been bullied while online; 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once. The intentional cruelty of bullying has become a far too common a story in the news. The writers and producers of ‘OLTL’ were profoundly affected by these devastating stories and made the decision to tell Shane’s story.”

STOMP Out Bullying is delighted that ‘One Life to Live’ is putting the issue of bullying in the forefront. The hatred, cruelty and intolerance can no longer continue. By educating the public, we can stop the bullying BEFORE it ever starts. We are grateful to ‘One Life to Live’ for their partnership to help keep kids safe in schools and online,” states the group’s CEO Ross Ellis.

Anti-bullying PSA’s featuring John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi) will air during the Monday, April 4 episode of “One Life to Live.”


  • One Life to Live
  • Austin Williams
  • Farah Fath
  • Frank Valentini
  • John-Paul Lavosier
  • Stomp Out Bullying
  • Andrew Trischitta
  • Bullying

    GH Teasers: Week of April 4 Edition

    GH Teasers: Week of April 4 Edition

    ( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of April 4, 2011.


    • Monday: (Episode #12276) — Robin thinks she and Patrick need marriage counseling. Johnny and Lisa make love. Jason manages to stop Michael before it is too late. (Rated: TVPG L, S, V)
    • Tuesday: (Episode #12277) — Suzanne has a surprise.  Sam and Spinelli talk.  Brandon’s murderer remains on the run. (Rated: TVPG L)
    • Wednesday: (Episode #12278) — Lisa uses Kristina to get closer to Robin and Patrick. Johnny and Patrick have a conversation. Jason and Michael have each other’s back. (Rated: TVPG L)
    • Thursday: (Episode #12279) — Nik tells Brook Lynn good-bye. Sam gives Jason some advice. Luke spirals out of control (Rated: TVPG L)
    • Friday: (Episode #12280) — Lucky is ready to marry Siobhan.  Brenda and Carly don’t see eye-to-eye. Carly urges Sam to sire Jason a child. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
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      OLTL Teasers: Week of April 4 Edition

      OLTL Teasers: Week of April 4 Edition

      ( — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of April 4, 2011.

      ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

      • Monday: (Episode #10903) — Starr tells Blair about Jack bullying Shane. Bo and Nora are horrified by Clint’s revelation. Viki is shocked to find Echo and Charlie in bed together. (Rated: TVPG V)
      • Tuesday: (Episode #10904) — Rex and Gigi try to talk Shane down. Tomas probes Dani for information about Todd. Viki won’t let Charlie touch her. (Rated: TVPG)
      • Wednesday: (Episode #10905) — Natalie and Clint have a heart-to-heart talk. Blair admits she hit Jack.  Shaun and Téa chat. (Rated: TVPG)
      • Thursday: (Episode #10906) — Starr reassures Blair that she is a good mother.  Viki goes after Echo.  Bo is there for Rex in his hour of need. (Rated: TVPG)
      • Friday: (Episode #10907) — David and Dorian return to town.  Tess and Cutter have a steamy encounter, which results in a kiss.  Marty wonders about John and Natalie’s future. (Rated: TV14 V)
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        AMC Teasers: Week of April 4 Edition

        AMC Teasers: Week of April 4 Edition

        ( — “All My Children” Teasers for the Week of April 4, 2011.

        ALL MY CHILDREN: Teasers

        • Monday: (Episode #10592) — Emma unleashes her anger on Greenlee. J.R. tries to win over Marissa. Angie wonders what’s wrong. (Rated: TVPG)
        • Tuesday: (Episode #10593) — Jake and Amanda fight over Cara. Ricky takes Kendall up on her offer. Cara confides in Tad. (Rated: TVPG)
        • Wednesday: (Episode #10594) — Emma sees a shrink. Griffin tells Brot that someone really is threatening Kendall. J.R. asks Marissa to an AA meeting. (Rated: TVPG V)
        • Thursday: (Episode #10595) — Jesse is worried about his child. Ricky breaks the law. Liza and David are intimate. (Rated: TVPG)
        • Friday: (Episode #10591) — Jesse receives some interesting information.  Angie ponders the thought of never seeing her unborn child.  Kendall admits Griffin stole drugs from the hospital. (Rated: TVPG)
        • All My Children
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          Major Hiring Signals a New Lease on Life for 'AMC'

          ( — After two weeks of driving soap fans absolutely out of their minds by neither confirming or denying rumors that “All My Children” was on the chopping block, sources close to ABC and “AMC” have informed both Soaps In Depth and Soap Opera Digest that Lorraine Broderick has signed a multi-year deal to take over Head Writing duties from Donna Swajeski and David Kreizman. Broderick up until recently served as “AMC’s” Associate Head Writer. While ABC is still remaining mum on cancellation rumors, the multi-year deal is a definite positive sign that the 41-year-old soap will likely remain on the air through the 2011-2012 season, despite rumors to the contrary, which Soap Opera Network sources have alluded to us all along.

          Rumors of “AMC’s” cancellation started with a Daytime Confidential report posted in late 2010. On Monday, March 21, those rumors took on a life of their own when Hollywood trade picked up on the story. Susan Lucci, in particular, tried to ease the fears of millions of fans – in the middle of her press tour for her memoir “All My Life” – assuring them that all signs were good for the soap remaining on the air. TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan shattered any calm Lucci restored when on Friday, April 1 he announced that a source close to him had revealed that ABC was days away from announcing the cancellation of both “AMC” and “One Life to Live.”

          This will mark Broderick’s fourth stint as “AMC’s” top scribe. She was a member of the “AMC” writing team from 1979 to 1991; she served as an Associate Head Writer of the show from 1981 to 1986 and from 1989 to 1991. From 1986 to 1989, Broderick served in the positions of Co-Head Writer and sole Head Writer at the ABC soap. Broderick left “AMC” for a successful Co-Head Writing stint on CBS’ “Guiding Light” in 1991. In October 1995, Broderick returned to “AMC” in the position of Head Writer. Despite three consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Drama Series, Broderick was fired in December of 1997 after a long period of then record low ratings. The popular writer quietly returned to handle the ship in the wake of Charles Pratt, Jr.’s firing in November 2009. Broderick was the unofficial top name in the writing credits for the soap from February 8 to May 11, 2010. Since handing over the reigns to Swajeski and Kreizman, Broderick has remained on the writing staff as an Associate Head Writer.

          In January 2010, Soap Opera Network revealed that Kreizman and Swajeski had been hired on as “All My Children’s” newest Co-Head Writers. “AMC” would mark Kreizman’s third consecutive tenure as a Head Writer or Co-Head Writer on a soap opera. He was named HW/Co-HW at “Guiding Light” in 2004 and remained in the position until the show’s final episode on September 18, 2009. Kreizman had served on the “GL” writing team for about seven years prior to the promotion. When “GL” ended, Kreizman joined CBS’ “As The World Turns” as Co-Head Writer. He remained an accredited writer with “ATWT” until June 2010. Swajeski worked with Kreizman at “GL” as his Co-Head Writer from 2003 to 2008. Swajeski’s other Head Writing tenure was at “Another World” from 1988 to 1992. Right before joining Kreizman at “AMC,” Swajeski was writing scripts for CBS’ “The Bold and The Beautiful.” Kreizman and Swajeski were first officially credited for their work on “AMC” on May 12, 2010.

          Broderick’s escalation to the top writing position puts Swajeski and Kreizman’s future with the soap in doubt. It remains unclear at this time whether the two will remain on the writing team in another capacity or if the network has released the duo from their contracts.

          • All My Children
          • Susan Lucci
          • David Kreizman
          • Donna Swajeski
          • Lorraine Broderick
          • TV Guide Magazine
          • Michael Logan
          • Soap Opera Network
          • Soaps in Depth
          • Soap Opera Digest
          • Comings & Goings

            Emily O'Brien to Exit 'Y&R' After Soap Looks to Concentrate on Core Families

            ( — According to published reports, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" has let actress Emily O'Brien go. The two time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, who joined the cast of "Y&R" in the then recurring role of Jana Hawkes Fisher, the future wife of Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart), on May 11, 2006, was said to have been in shock when she learned the news. O'Brien was upped to contract status with the soap in October 2006.

            In an interview with, O'Brien revealed that she learned she was being let go by her manager. "I think it was the beginning of March, on the fourth. I was on a run and my manager called me to say I was let go," O'Brien said. After her initial shock, the actress made it clear that she has no hard feelings towards the soap. "I'm not taking it personally," stated O'Brien. "The show assured me that this had nothing to do with my performance, which was very sweet." According to the actress, the reason for her ouster is due to a decision by executives to concentrate on core families in an effort to shore up sagging ratings. "They said that they're trying to get back to the core families. I think it had something to do with the ratings, and I understand that," said O'Brien.

            Maria Arena Bell, Executive Producer and Head Writer of "Y&R," made it clear in an interview with On-Air, On-Soaps, following news of O'Brien's ouster, that she adores and respects the actress."I love Emily as an actress! She is one of the great young actresses on the show, and it's much more about a character arc and a story point, and has absolutely nothing to do with her as a performer. She has always delivered and was always terrific." Bell also shared that she'll miss O'Brien, but a story is a story in the end. "I am going to miss her very, very much," Bell said. "But again, it's about the storytelling and storytelling has to keep moving forward."

            Prior to joining "The Young and the Restless," O'Brien appeared in an episode of ABC's canceled "What About Brian," and had roles in such films as "Seance," "South of Hell," "Rock & Role Eulogy" and "Champagne Society."

            While O'Brien's last tape date was Thursday, March 31, and no definitive last airdate has been announced by the soap, sources confirm that O'Brien's last airdate will be the end of April or early May.

            • The Young and the Restless
            • Greg Rikaart
            • Comings & Goings
            • Emily O’Brien
            • Maria Arena Bell

              Y&R Recap: Friday, April 1, 2011

              Y&R Recap: Friday, April 1, 2011

              ( — "The Young and the Restless" Episode Recap – Friday, April 1, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Nick informs Sharon that Phyllis and Adam are in Thailand trying to find evidence to help clear her name. She is slightly hopeful, but that hope is soon erased when Vance tells her that they are down two of her witnesses.

              At the Thailand marketplace, Adam becomes frustrated when the memory card is missing from Sharon's camera. Phyllis, not wanting to give up, insist that they continue searching till they find the card. Adam's frustration makes him want to just head back to Genoa City. An insistent Phyllis instructs them to split up to search for the boy that sold them the camera.

              An exposed Jana tells a furious Primrose that she isn't trying to cause trouble, but wants to know that her friend's baby has been placed in a good home. Primrose wants to know how Jana found about her but Jana tells her that she won't share that information. She promises that she won't tell a soul about what they discuss but when Primrose threatens to make sure that she doesn't, Jana warns her that people know where she is at. Not buying her story, Primrose pulls out her cell phone but before she can make the call, Jana shoves her out of her way and escapes.

              At the coffee house Daniel and Michael once again get into it regarding Daisy. Daniel stresses that he was a victim too of Daisy, but Michael continues to find flaws in his explanations. He accuses the young man of purposely letting Daisy go so that he didn't have to deal with possibly seeing his baby. Soon after, Lily and Lauren arrive and hear the commotion going on. When Lauren sees Daniel, she blasts him for letting Daisy get away.

              Jana, with the copied digits she filmed from Primrose's files, she heads over to the coffee shop and asks Kevin to help her figure out what they mean. An annoyed Chloe departs and heads over to pay Victoria a visit. She stresses that Billy and she need to fire Jana because she is unstable. Victoria points out that Jana is very good with Lucy and doesn't see any problems. Chloe tells Victoria that if they don't fire Jana, she'll go for custody of Delia. Victoria lets her know that she doesn't have the power to take the young girl away. Back at the coffee shop, after some investigating, Kevin tells Jana that the numbers that she have are account numbers; one of them being of someone's account in Genoa City.

              Not wanting to wait for another trial, Sharon is told by Vance that he's putting her on the witness stand. Vance asks her to tell the jury about her reasons for going to Hawaii. Sharon says that she only went to Hawaii to bring Skye home so she could clear Adam's name. She points out that while she wasn't a saint, she didn't set out to harm Skye when she arrived in Hawaii. When it's Walsh's turn to cross-examine her, he tears about her character by bringing up her stint in a psychiatric hospital and the fact that three men she was involved with had to have a paternity test to determine who Faith's father was. Nick and Billy look on, worried about how the case could change.

              When Adam and Phyllis meet back up from searching for the boy who gave them the camera, Adam points out that it is hopeless; they don't have what they need to help Sharon. Adam soon spots the boy and asks about the memory card. He along with another boy purposely scam Adam and run off with the rest of his cash. Adam tells Phyllis that he is heading back to testify on Sharon's behalf because he knows what he saw on the camera. It dawns on Phyllis that someone else has seen it too; Koa. They race back to the motel room, only to find it empty. Koa has managed to rip himself from the bed post and escape.

              On the Next The Young and the Restless…

              • Kevin sticks up for Jana.
              • Adam and Phyllis head back to Genoa City.
              • Walsh puts Sharon in the hot seat.
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Sharon Case
              • Recaps

                Brian Frons: The Ball is in Your Court

                ( — This is not an April Fool's Day joke. After weeks of rumors and more rumors, TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan is now reporting that both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are in danger of being canceled by ABC. According to Logan's sources, the decision to cancel both series will be made in the coming days in order to replace them with a talk show and a reality show. Jori Peterson, Vice President, Media Relations, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet, tells Logan that "I have no announcement, and these are just rumors that you are hearing. I am sorry to hear that they're escalating but I cannot confirm anything." Peterson, who has been unable to confirm cancellation rumors for months, nor could she outright deny them, has been bombarded with requests for comment by numerous press outlets in recent weeks since the story hit Hollywood trade Since she can't answer the question, it is up to Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, to step up and speak up. The sooner he does that, the easier we all can move on with our lives.

                Since the cancellations of both "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" in 2009 and 2010, respectively, it was only a question of when, not if, another soap opera would be canceled. With CBS handing out renewal notices to both "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," prior to ousting Barbara Bloom as CBS Daytime President, and NBC's 45th anniversary renewal of "Days of our Lives" back in November, that leaves only ABC without a definitive answer on the future of their soaps. Though it should be pointed out that ABC owns their soaps and does not do renewal notices for their programming, the network did sign "One Life to Live" Head Writer Ron Carlivati and Executive Producer Frank Valentini to new two year agreements in September 2010. While the two are currently contracted to the network through September 2012, there is no word if that guarantees them work only for as long as the soap remains on the air or if they'd be shifted to another position within the network. The departure of both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" would leave "General Hospital" as the only remaining daytime soap on ABC. "GH" is currently the longest running soap still on the air and incidentally celebrated its 48th anniversary today.

                Should the decision to cancel both series in the coming days, as reported by Logan, turn out to be true, it is expected that both soaps will be gone by the fall. In their place would be a talk show and a reality show. If the reality show is any similar to SOAPnet's "Southern Belles: Louisville" or "HoliDate," expect the cancellations of both long-running soaps to be in vain. The cheaply made, but poorly rated, reality series were canceled after their fist seasons. As for the talk show, it was reported back in November 2010 by Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Flint that ABC Media Productions had found the right man to co-host a daily talk show alongside Tori Spelling ("Beverly Hills, 90210"). ABC Media Productions is overseen by Brian Frons. According to the Times, Jeff Lewis ("Flipping Out") was hired to co-host the unnamed talker with Spelling. "In the test pilot show with Spelling last week, the two had good chemistry. The show, which is still in the development stage, wants to be a talk show version of 'Will & Grace,'" the report said at the time. When news initially broke, speculation went wild that ABC would be canceling one or more of its soaps this season and would replace them with this show, which has since gone nowhere beyond the initial pilot filmed in November or so we had been told. A similar scenario played out in the Summer of 2009 when ABC Media Productions was developing a talk show for Aisha Tyler.

                While all we can do is report the news, it is now up to ABC and its parent, The Walt Disney Company, to make the news. The sooner they set the record straight, the sooner fans can continue to enjoy their favorite daytime soaps or move on as "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" fans have done (the cancellations of both brought no new viewers to current daytime programming).

                What do you say Frons, what do you say?

                • All My Children
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                • The Young and the Restless
                • Days of our Lives
                • SOAPnet
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                • TV Guide
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                • Michael Logan
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                • The Bold and the Beautiful
                • Guiding Light
                • As The World Turns
                • Tori Spelling
                • Aisha Tyler
                • Jeff Lewis
                • Flipping Out
                • Joe Flint
                • Los Angeles Times
                • ABC Media Productions

                  AMC Recap: Friday, April 1, 2011

                  ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, April 1, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  Kendall notices a woman outside Griffin’s office when she shows up for her checkup. Griffin explains that Sara is a pharmaceutical rep that has been bugging him to take her out on a lunch date. Kendall admits to Griffin that she had a nice time the night before. Later at Fusion, Ricky tells Kendall that he’s got tickets for them – including the boys – to go and see a baseball game. He’s a bit unhappy but covers it up when Kendall says that she plans on expediting the sale of the casino. When a persistent Sara won’t leave Griffin alone, Kendall comes to his rescue. Griffin & Kendall share a bit of awkwardness. Diana tells Ricky to get rid of Kendall. Ricky tells Diana he will handle Kendall the way he wants.

                  Jesse is haunted by what he’s done. Brot assures Jesse he did the right thing. Tad notices something is off with Jesse but Jesse writes off his concerns. Natalia drops by to visit Angie and the baby. Angie tells Jesse that she wants to call their baby Lucille Ellie.

                  Amanda makes it clear to Cara she didn’t appreciate her early morning call and says she should remember which Martin she’s married to. Cara takes out her frustrations on Tad. Tad lightens Cara’s bad mood and gets her to laugh it off. Just as Jake and Amanda seem to get on the same page about Cara infecting their personal life.

                  On the Next All My Children…

                  • Angie senses something’s wrong.
                  • JR continues to try and win back Marissa.
                  • Emma continues to lash out at Greenlee.


                  • All My Children
                  • Recaps

                    OLTL Recap: Friday, April 1, 2011

                    OLTL Recap: Friday, April 1, 2011

                    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, April 1, 2011.

                    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                    Nora is trying to recover her memory of the night Eddie was murdered and faints. Bo and Clint find her. Clint warns both her and Clint not to press charges. When they pressure him for answers to his riddles, he shocks them with the identity of the real killer.

                    Viki reels over the photo of Echo and Charlie kissing. Viki goes in search of Charlie and finds him in bed with Echo.

                    Rex laces into Jack who denies bullying Shane. Starr asks Jack about what she glimpsed earlier in the gym – naked Shane. Jack tries to talk his way out of it, but Rex and Gigi aren’t buying it. Jack succumbs to peer pressure and consents for the video of naked Shane to go out on MyFace. Humiliated, Shane plays hooky. When Rex and Gigi return home after discovering Shane isn’t in school, they find a cryptic note from their son.

                    James finds Deanna as she’s about to shoot the porno movie. She’s grateful he showed up when he did. She asks him about his new baby. James is confused, until he realizes she’s talking about Ryder. He tells her Ryder isn’t his child. Relieved and misunderstanding, she kisses him and he isn’t available to answer Starr’s call.

                    On the Next One Life to Live…

                    • Starr tells Blair about Jack.
                    • Clint’s words shock Bo and Nora.
                    • Viki is disgusted by what she sees.


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