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 Teasers: Week of May 16 Edition

AMC Teasers: Week of May 16 Edition

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Teasers for the Week of May 16, 2011.

ALL MY CHILDREN: Teasers

  • Monday: (Episode #10622) — Asher’s injuries are serious. Griffin considers murdering Ricky. Caleb thanks J.R. for his support (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday: (Episode #10623) — Erica’s kidnapper takes things to the next level. Jackson admits that he kissed Krystal. Ricky asks Kendall to marry him. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Wednesday: (Episode #10624) — Kendall wishes Ricky would talk to her. Erica’s loved ones spend time with her captor. Emma pays her sister a visit. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday: (Episode #10625) — Greenlee agrees to loan Scott some money. Caleb tells Asher he can move into to Wildwind. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday: (Episode #10626) — Griffin learns Ricky was involved with Diana. Ryan, Madison, Greenlee, and Scott are in mourning. Kendall gets under Ricky’s skin. (Rated: TV14)
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    OLTL Teasers: Week of May 16 Edition

    OLTL Teasers: Week of May 16 Edition

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of May 16, 2011.

    ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

    • Monday: (Episode #10933) — Marty encounters Destiny and Matthew as she makes her escape with Liam. Todd attempts to get Tomas to confess. Matthew questions Destiny about her feelings. (Rated: TVPG)
    • Tuesday: (Episode #10934) — Ford finds out his ex-wife has become a man. Rama and Cristian have another close moment. Cutter tries to trick Wes into losing control.  (Rated: TVPG L)
    • Wednesday: (Episode #10935) — Brody and John come across Dr. Buhari’s dead body. Clint offers a reward for Liam’s safe return. Dani catches Matthew and Destiny kissing. (Rated: TVPG V)
    • Thursday: (Episode #10936) — Nate goes after Matthew. John and Brody search for Marty. Destiny begs Dani to keep quiet about what she knows. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
    • Friday: (Episode #10937) — Wes covers for Marty. Clint tells Blanca he was the one who killed Eddie. Blanca tells Rex about Clint’s confession. (Rated: TVPG)
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      GH Teasers: Week of May 16 Edition

      GH Teasers: Week of May 16 Edition

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of May 16, 2011.

      GENERAL HOSPITAL: Teasers

      • Monday: (Episode #12306) — Sonny and Dante get the upper hand on Suzanne. Jason promises not to make the same mistake twice. Sam confides in Alexis. (Rated: TVPG L)
      • Tuesday: (Episode #12307) — Lisa continues to plot her revenge on Patrick and Robin. Brenda confronts Suzanne. Carly threatens to drag Jax through the mud. (Rated: TVPG L)
      • Wednesday: (Episode #12308) — Ethan discovers that Kristina is doing drugs. Lucky struggles to control his addiction. Jason asks Michael to drop his search for the hit woman. (Rated: TVPG L)
      • Thursday: (Episode #12309) — Robin checks out a noise in the basement. Jax and Carly continue to fight over Josslyn. Alexis doesn’t think Sam and Jason should have a baby. (Rated: TVPG L)
      • Friday: (Episode #12310) — Lisa locks Robin in the basement. Brenda and Sonny have a talk. Brenda tells Carly thank you. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
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        Y&R PreVUE: Week of May 16 Edition

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what's happening on "The Young and the Restless" during the week of May 16, 2011.

        THIS WEEK ON: THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

        Billy and Victoria see Lucy for the first time since her being taken away, on Monday, May 16. Adam finds another person to scheme with when it comes to focusing his hatred on Victor. Despite tragedy in the family, Jack continues to focus his attentions on Jabot. Phyllis may have a spring of good news in her favor.

        The Inside Story: Tragedy Strikes the Abbott Family Once Again
        Hell-bent on proving that Tucker and Diane have something going on with one another, a drunk, yet relentless Abby drives with Ashley to the Abbott cabin. With the car racing out of control on the road, Ashley spots Tucker, who is on the side of the road by his car, emerge. Ashley screams for Abby to stop the car, but it's too, late, as she has ran right into Tucker, knocking him unconscious. With Tucker on the side of the road and Abby also unconcious behind the wheel, a frantic Ashley carefully moves her daughter's body into the passenger's side and she takes her daughter's place in the driver's seat. Meanwhile, Diane, who is on her way to have a nother opportunity with Tucker, sees the accident and stops the car. As she does, she witnesses Ashley coming from the driver's side of the car, and is floored. When the paramedics and police arrive, they quickly rush both Abby and Tucker to the hospital, while Diane takese the opportunity to call Jack to tell him about the accident. When he gets off of the phone with Diane, Jack calls Katherine to tell her what happened. She is devastated, primarily for the way things were left when she and Tucker had last spoken. She and Murphy head to the hospital, while back at the Abbott home, Traci and Jack work on cancelling the wedding. Meanwhile, at the crime scene, the police start looking inside of the car and spot a vokda bottle. They quickly tell Ashley that she needs to take a Breathalyzer test. She agrees to do it and it comes back clean. Diane, in the meantime, wanting Tucker for herself, plots on ruining Ashley by telling the detective on the scene that Ashley deliberately hit Tucker with her car. The detective takes her statement and begins the process of investigating Ashley. As for Ashley, she's at the hospital, by Abby's side, in hopes that she wakes up so the two of them can get their stories of the accident straight. She is unable to, however, when the detective arrives at the hospital, wanting to talk to Ashley. As for Tucker, things don't look good; as he has come out of surgery fine, he has lapsed into a coma. Katherine calls to break the news to Sofia, who arrives at the hospital with Tucker's lawyer. It is learned that Tucker has a living will that has the clause of a DNR. When Katherine finds out, she is further heartbroken. With Sofia in the room with the lawyer, the two discuss who would oversee McCall International and decides that that a meeting is in order to discuss the change of hands. After Sofia leaves the room, she and Katherine get into words about what Tucker wants, and she is later upset to see the doctors removing his breathing tube. Meanwhile, Abby awakens from the accident and slowly learns what took place. Distraught by her outcome of her actions, the young Abbott breaks down, while her mother tries her best to keep her lies from being discovered.

        A Closer Look: Colin's True Motives Come to Light
        When Cane shows up at the house, Lily becomes unhinged. As she is talking to him, she is unaware that Colin has arrived to the house to pay her and the twins a visit. Inside of the house, Cane lets Lily know that while she can see him, nobody else can. When Colin comes in, he questions Lily on who she was talking to, seeing that nobody else is in the house but her and the twins. Lily quickly covers and tells him that she was saying a prayer out loud, while Cane, who is in plain sight only to Lily, watches Colin and she talking. When Colin departs, he takes his concerns directly to Neil, telling the father of what he's overheard. He points out that there could be something seriously wrong with Lily. Neil, listening to what Colin is telling him, however decides that something could be wrong with Coliin, and begins to put up the red flag, calmly telling the older gentleman to refrain from talking about Lily in a negative light. Meanwhile, back at Lily's apartment, she and Cane are getting hot and heavy on the couch when Neil, after talking to Colin, decides to see what's going on. Hearing her father, a startled Lily quickly gets herself put back together and nervously welcomes her father. As one father shows concern for his daughter, Colin, however, begins to plot on how to get his grandchildren away from Lily.

        What To Watch

        • Victor lashes out and gives Diane the good ole 'heave ho'
        • Abby can't keep the truth hidden and decided to tell it
        • Kevin and Chloe have a hard time putting Jana's death behind them

        The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

        • Jerry Douglas begins taping Monday, May 9 as the ghost of John Abbott.
        • Genie Francis's first air date as Genevieve Atkinson begins Friday, May, 27
        • Jeremy Denzlinger plays a park ranger Monday, May 16
        • Michael Monks plays Dr. Charles Monday, May 16, Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 19
        • Ben Bode plays Dr. Berkseth on Monday, May 16 and Thursday, May 19
        • Erica Gimpel plays Det. Mauro Monday, May 16, Tuesday, May 17, and Friday, May 20
        • Nelson McGinnis plays Tucker's attorney Tuesday, May 17 and Friday, May 20
        • Ethan Phillips plays Nelson Tuesday, May 17 and Friday, May 20
        • Ellery Sprayberry plays Piper Wednesday, May 18 and Friday, May 20
        • Hope Allen plays a nurse for Tucker Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20
        • Joel Lambert plays Frank Friday, May 20

        Y&R ALERTS: WEEK OF May 23, 2011

        • Chance's new decision has Nina pointing the finger at Heather
        • Cane's mother, Geniveve comes to Genoa City
        • All things about Cane come to the light

        Y&R ALERTS BONUS: SPRING 2011

        • Jack continues to plot against Victor and gets an unlikely hand
        • Olivia gets tangled in the love triangle of Malcolm, Sofia and Neil
        • Chloe may be fighting Billy for custody, but her own legal drama could be Billy's saving grace
        • As Billy and Victoria fight hard to keep their daughter, Phyllis and Kevin pose a problem at every turn
        • The loss of Cassie continues to plaque Sharon
        • Sam and Sharon continue to grow closer
        • Cane's mother Genevieve to town seeking to avenge her son's death
        • Colin and Genevieve face off against one another
        • Victor’s marriage to Diane is on shaky ground
        • Phyllis strains her relationships when she seeks custody of Lucy
        • Daniel doesn't have his mother's back in her custody battle
        • Adam and Nick work together to clean up Sharon's reputation
        • Phyllis uses Restless Style as a tool to ruin Billy
        • Diane works hard to stay married to Victor no matter what
        • Sam's presence in Sharon's life could be some competition for Adam
        • Sharon will begin to think about finding a way in clearing her name and being with her family
        • The Young and the Restless
        • Daniel Goddard
        • PreVUE
        • Genie Francis


          Cady McClain on Return: 'It Feels Good To Be Working Again, I Cannot Lie'

          (SoapOperaNetwork) — As previously reported, Cady McClain has returned to ABC’s “All My Children” as the beloved Dixie Cooney Martin. The actress began filming her first scenes on Tuesday, May 10. Thanks to the magic of technology, the actress’ first scenes will air on Tuesday, May 17, after the soap worked overtime in inserting her character in scenes that were filmed approximately four weeks prior. While the show quickly put her in for this one episode, that doesn’t mean you’ll get to see her on the 18, 19, 20, etc episodes, however. So when can you expect to see Cady back full-time? The actress takes to the blogs to clear all that up.

          According to McClain, her character will start appearing semi-regularly beginning with the Friday, June 3 episode followed by the Friday, June 17 episode. Beginning Monday, June 27, fans can expect the actress to appear full-time.

          Though the outspoken McClain has never ceased keeping her fans up to date on what is going on in her life, her blog located at her Official Site may become of more interest to “AMC” fans with the actress back to stay at the soap she started her daytime career on. On that note, this week, she recaps her first week back at the West coast based “AMC” studio. Fans of the actress and the soap should stay tuned for more interesting, informative and sometimes controversial blogs and – according to a recent tweet on her Official Twitter feed – coming up Vlogs!

          For a sample of what she has to say, see below.

          “I will not lie that I had just s smidge of anticipation (uh- ANXIETY) over returning to AMC. Lord knows, it was no small moment when I was asked to return! However, thanks to the lovely ladies at TadnDixie.com I had an amazing gift waiting for me: roses and chocolate covered peanut butter bananas! LOL! I ate them greedily with a little help from Michael Knight (Tad) and Patrick Stuart (ex-Will #2). It was a nice way to start my first work day. So much love.”

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            ABC Replaces Soaps With 'The Chew' and 'The Revolution,' But Everyone Missed 'The Clue'

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Don't worry soap fans, ABC isn't creating another "The" show…at least none that we've heard of. However, there was a major clue right under our noses that the network was going to be canceling your favorite daytime soaps "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" just one day before the announcement was made. Beginning at 7:00 AM (unclear if it was eastern or pacific time) on Wednesday, April 13, the network posted the first images of "The Chew" crew on their website, ABC.com, along with a description of the series and a biography of the hosts.

            According to the posting, "The Chew," is described as "an innovative and groundbreaking daytime program co-hosted by a dynamic group of engaging, fun, relatable experts in food, style, and entertaining." The one-hour daily Talk show co-hosted by Mario Batali, Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Michael Symon and Daphne Oz, debuts on Monday, September 26 in place of "AMC."

            The network created a Facebook page for the series and posted new clips on the shows official website, on top of the one we exclusively posted yesterday, giving viewers their first insight into the hosts of the program. The show is also on Twitter.

            "All My Children" last airs on Friday, September 23.

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            • The Chew
            • Mario Batali
            • Clinton Kelly
            • Carla Hall
            • Michael Symon
            • Daphne Oz


              Special Report: Lying to Her Face, ABC Sets Susan Lucci Up for Embarrassment; Plus Timeline to Demise of ABC Daytime Soaps

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After beginning her press tour in promotion of her new memoir "All My Life," Susan Lucci vehemently denied rumors of "All My Children's" demise as anything but and that said rumors were not coming from ABC. While ABC didn't publicly create the rumor, they sure didn't deny it either…except to Lucci and the cast members and crews at "AMC" and "One Life to Live" after the idea of the two being canceled escalated beyond the networks control in the press. So why did the network leave Lucci to look like a fool on national television for weeks, including on their own networks "Good Morning America," while secretly finalizing plans to launch "The Chew" and "The Revolution?" We may never know the answer to that question, but we can take a look back at the timeline of events leading up to the demise of a genre on the ABC Television Network.

              For more than a year, ABC Daytime had been looking at ways to cut down costs across the board for its daytime drama lineup, including the possibility of canceling one of its soaps in order to launch new programming such as a Tori Spelling hosted talk show or even one by Aisha Tyler. Before it came down to talk shows, however, according to published reports the network was looking to cut 20 episodes out of its annual 250 episode and above guarantee of daytime drama. The network was seeking support from the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) to get this done as it would have severely cut down on the amount of money writers at their dramas were paid for and the network's bottom line, although the network went ahead with the plan anyway without any confirmation of a deal being made with the WGA. The idea of 20 repeat episodes of each drama series throughout the year included those already airing on or around major holidays.

              A Sequence of Change at ABC Daytime

              • On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, ABC Daytime announced they would be moving "All My Children" to the west coast in a cost cutting move after previously denying the rumor which was first reported by Daytime Confidential. "This rumor has been in the zeitgeist for years," said a network spokeswoman in an official statement to Soap Opera Network days before the announcement was made. "If there is ever something official to announce, you will hear it from me."

              • By Tuesday, September 8, 2009, cast members of "All My Children" were required to inform the network if they chose to stay with the show as it moved production to Los Angeles, California or depart.

              • On Friday, December 11, 2009, after 39-years in New York City, production ceased at "All My Children."

              • On Tuesday, January 5, 2010, production began at "AMC's" new Hollywood digs at the Andrita Studios. The show would begin using HD equipment starting with the Tuesday, February 2 episode. "One Life to Live" moved into "AMC's" vacated studio space and did not convert to HD.

              • On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 the Walt Disney Company announced they would replace SOAPnet with Disney Jr., a new cable network dedicated to kids 2-7. "The launch of Disney Junior in the U.S. is the next step in our global preschool strategy, which began 10 years ago with the premiere of our first dedicated preschool channel in the UK. The decision to ultimately transition SOAPnet to accomplish this was not arrived at lightly," said Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, when the news broke. SOAPnet would cease transmitton in January 2012 according to published reports.

              • On Wednesday, July 14, 2010, ABC confirmed reports that the network would be cutting down on its regularly scheduled daytime soap output with occasional repeat airings. Via press release, the network stated that "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." This was in response to the network's decision to encore Brenda Barrett related "GH" episodes on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 from 1 PM EST to 3 PM EST, which effectively preempted "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The network was betting on Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (who portrays Brenda) to lift the ratings for "General Hospital" upon her return to the networks top soap (in season to date ratings) on Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

              • On Friday, September 10, 2010, reports surfaced with news that "One Life to Live" would begin shooting in 16×9 widescreen format.

              • On Friday, October 1, 2010, Soap Opera Network learned that ABC's era of repeats had begun despite no official deal with the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) allowing this. At the time the network confirmed that they would begin airing encore episodes of their daytime dramas beginning Wednesday, October 27, 2010, which marked the first non-holiday or unanticipated repeat airing for any daytime soap(s).

              • On Friday, November 5, 2010, a "One Life to Live" representative confirms reports that the show will begin shooting episodes in 16×9 widescreen ratio. This move was supposed to be a prelude to the show converting to HD. That never did happen.

              • On Monday, December 6, 2010, "One Life to Live" aired its first episode in 16×9 widescreen ratio. The episode was filmed on Friday, October 26.

              • On Monday, February 7, 2011, after rumors hit the internet, an ABC rep exclusively confirmed to Soap Opera Network that they were indeed dropping the soap repeat airings citing "our viewers like the original episodes better so we are eliminating the non-holiday encore episodes after the 2/11 encore broadcast," as the reason.

              • On Tuesday, February 22, 2011, Daytime Confidential reported that ABC was about to make a major change to its daytime lineup. Noting that it didn't mean a soap opera would necessarily be canceled, the website claimed the network would need to make a decision by the end of the first quarter in order to ready a new program for its daytime lineup. An ABC rep seemingly denied that claim to Soap Opera Network by saying "there's nothing to comment on" and reminded us that the DC story was based on old news that has already been widely reported on, but with some new speculation added in. It didn't take a rocket scientist to see the writing was on the wall.

              • On Sunday, March 13, 2011, the last "ABC Daytime Salutes…Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS" charity event was held at New York's Town Hall with an after party held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel for performers, executives, press and patrons. Over the course of seven years, the event raised more than $1.6 million for AIDS research. Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, did not attend. He had been in attendance in previous years. Could this have been the first sign that the end was near?

              • On Monday, March 21, 2011, an ABC rep didn't necessarily deny a report by Hollywood's most hated and behooved website, Deadline.com, when it claimed that "All My Children" was reportedly on the chopping block after hitting continuous series lows in the key demo of Women 18-49. "The piece is just another story in a long line of stories about this same topic," said the ABC representative responding to Deadline.com's report.

              • On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, just two days after rumors of "AMC's" possible demise broke around the world, Julie Hanan Carruthers, executive producer of "All My Children," took the time to address the cancellation rumor to cast and crew. According to sources, Carruthers told those in attendance that the "[cancellation] rumors are just rumors."

              • On Monday, March 28, 2011, Lucci appeared on "Good Morning America," and while the the rumors of "AMC's" then possible end was not directly addressed by co-host Robin Roberts, Lucci stated "the fact that the network moved us from New York to our brand new digs in LA was a big financial vote of confidence. We just received a letter from the Vice President of Finance, congratulating us on what great shape we're in." Unfortunately for Lucci, being in "great shape" wasn't good enough for ABC.

              • On Friday, April 1, 2011 (April Fool's Day no less), TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan reported that both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" were about to be canceled according to his sources, a major twist to the rumors that only one soap would be canceled. At that point, the ball was in the court of Brian Frons to either confirm or dispute rumors and speculation surrounding the four decade old soaps.

              • Also on Friday, April 1, 2011, Lucci appeared on "The Rachael Ray Show" in a taped segment on the same day her memoir was released (Tuesday, March 29) and denied the rumors that hit the mainstream press after the Deadline.com piece when she stated "that is a rumor. It's a rumor that is not coming from ABC. We have… I have just been given my schedule for next year. So, that's what I know!" This was the actress' response in reference to her work schedule with the soap based on her character's future storylines. It only took two weeks for the rumors to be put to rest.

              • On Saturday, April 2, 2011, word broke that ABC decided not to renew Donna Swajeski and David Kreizman's contracts as Head Writers of "All My Children" and instead opted to promote Lorraine Broderick to the Head Writer position. Broderick had been an Associate Head Writer under Swajeski and Kreizman since the duo took over writing duties in early 2010. The news did not calm down the cancellation rumors.

              • On Monday, April 4, 2011, ABC confirmed Broderick was in as head writer of "All My Children." Although her promotion didn't put to rest rumors of the soaps pending cancellation.

              • Also on Monday, April 4, 2011, ABC finally confirmed that Roger Howarth would be returning to "One Life to Live," although it was unclear whether or not he'd reprise his role as Todd Manning, who is currently being portrayed by actor Trevor St. John.

              • On Wednesday, April 13, 2011, ABC quietly posts the first images of "The Chew" crew on their website, ABC.com, along with a description of the series and a biography of the hosts.

              • On Thursday, April 14, 2011 (now known as Black Thursday), Frons took our advice to play ball and canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." The executive visited the set of "All My Children" to announce the cancellation of the 41-year-old soap live and in person to cast members while also canceling "AMC's" sister soap "One Life to Live," whose cast members learned via video feed of the 42-year-old daytime dramas fate. Both casts were told that there was nothing they could have done to save their respective shows and their shows were being replaced by "The Chew" and "The Revolution," which would cost the network 30-40% less each week to produce than the shows they've worked on each and every day, year after year. While it is still hard for many in middle America to find work as we find ourselves getting out of this economic meltodown, it'll be even harder for the hundreds of actors, writers, producers and individuals employed to make them look good in front of and behind the camera to find work in the small world we call the entertainment industry.

              • On Saturday, April 16, 2011, TMZ posted a clip of Lucci on their website where they claim the actress was "blindsided" by the cancellation news. In an upcoming interview with TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco, the actress reveals that "I wasn't thrown to the wolves; Agnes Nixon was." The first part of the interview will appear on the TV Guide Canada website on Wednesday, May 18, while the remaining portions will appear in the May 26 issue of Hello! Canada.

              • On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Deadline.com posts a scathing report that SOAPnet isn't going anywhere after all…at least not when it was first expected to. According to their post citing a Disney insider, Frons and his team, headed up by Kate Nelson, Vice President, Business Development & Programming Strategy, Daytime Television, were told by Anne Sweeney to "evolve" SOAPnet for the future, "especially as more people had DVRs and just airing soaps at night was not enough." A DirecTV representative confirmed that SOAPnet would not be leaving the airwaves when they said, "We have had discussions with Disney on its new channel, but for now things are status quo (meaning SOAPnet stays up)."

              • On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, TMZ revealed that ABC was being sued by the estate of Frank and Doris Hursley, the creators of "General Hospital."

              • On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, an ABC representative confirmed reports of SOAPnet's continued future to Soaps In Depth. When asked if there would be programming available now that "AMC" and "OLTL" would air their last episodes prior to SOAPnet's demise, an ABC rep stated the cable network will "absolutely have programming," but was unable to comment on which programs would replace the two iconic soaps in their 8:00 and 9:00 PM ET/PT timeslots.

              • On Friday, April 29, 2011, a stunningly beautiful looking Lucci was a featured guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and revealed that she was only told five minutes before the rest of the cast and crew that "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" were being canceled.

              • On Thursday, May 5, 2011, it was announced that ABC was close to finalizing a deal for a Katie Couric hosted talk show to debut in fall 2012. According to TMZ, the $20 million offer would essentially force ABC to cancel "General Hospital."

              • On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, Lucci revealed on "The View" that "All My Children" last airs on Friday, September 23, 2011. The news was confirmed by an ABC representative that said "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will conclude in a way "to honor the core, passionate audience and their rich history with our soaps." The rep added that "'All My Children' will conclude in a manner that respects its legacy and the longstanding hopes of many of its viewers," when asked if there was anything specific ABC has planned for the shows final months.

              • On Saturday, May 14, 2011, Soap Opera Network posted the first clips of "The Chew" and "The Revolution." Fans of canceled "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" immediately sounded off with negative responses. According to sources, "One Life" last airs on Friday, January 20, 2012.

              • On Sunday, May 15, 2011, promos for "The Chew" began airing on ABC. The first promo aired in the first half-hour of top rated "Desperate Housewives'" season finale episode.

               

              • All My Children
              • One Life to Live
              • Susan Lucci
              • Julie Hanan Carruthers
              • David Kreizman
              • Donna Swajeski
              • Lorraine Broderick
              • General Hospital
              • Deadline.com
              • Michael Logan
              • Good Morning America
              • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
              • Soap Opera Network
              • The View
              • Brian Frons
              • Nelson Branco
              • TV Guide Canada
              • Roger Howarth
              • Trevor St. John
              • TMZ
              • Katie Couric
              • Tori Spelling
              • Aisha Tyler
              • Robin Roberts
              • The Tonight Show
              • Jay Leno
              • The Chew
              • The Revolution
              • Deadline Hollywood
              • Suds Report
              • Hello! Magazine


                My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

                My View of Llanview: May 15 Edition

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The less we see of the mess called Wes, the better.

                Leave it up to Ron Carlivati to kill a good story. Okay, so the story wasn’t all that great to begin with. Even so, with one swoop of his pen, Carlivati effective ruined the Jessica/Tess/Bess/Wes/Hess/Dess/whoever storyline last week.

                As if Jessica and her rhyming alternate personalities weren’t already ridiculous enough (and yes, I realize that Viki has a rhyming alter [Niki] as well, but that’s beside the point), this latest action was the icing on the cake. In theory, giving Jessica a male alter sounds plausible, since many actual DID patients do just that, however, in this instance it is too outlandish and idiotic, even for a soap opera. And that should tell you something.

                For starters, Jessica’s reasoning for creating Wes appears to be largely non-existent. What possible reason could he have for being “born” and just what purpose could he serve? From the show’s perspective, they will probably try and argue that the real Wes was an old Navy Seal buddy of Brody’s and that Jessica created him to represent the friendship she has with Brody or something stupid like that. As far-fetched as that sounds, however, it could perhaps be acceptable. That is until you remember that Jessica had very little contact with Wes when he was alive, although she was only really learned about him through some stories Brody told her, it makes this storyline even more perplexing.

                At least when Viki created her two male alters, they clearly represented something and served very important functions. Tommy expressed the rage that Viki had for all the times her father had molested her. And her Victor Lord personality was the embodiment of her father (the majority of DID sufferers tend to create an alter with the personality of their attacker), who wanted her to take the secret to the grave and kill herself. Wes, however, does neither of those things. Instead he is portrayed as a fun-loving, macho kind of guy. If the writers had really wanted this storyline to work, they could and should have created a male alter that represented the man who molested Jessica in that seedy bar Niki took her to as kid, or one that took on the persona of Jessica’s diabolical, cult leader biological father, Mitch Laurence. But not Brody’s dead best friend Wes Granger.

                To further complicate matters, Wes seems to have no idea that he is a man trapped inside a woman’s body and mind. He has no recollection of Jessica or Tess (or even Bess for that matter), and thinks them as just some really hot girls he would like to hook up with. While a host personality and his/her various alters may not always remember everything that was done by the others while they were in control, there are least aware of the others existence. Tommy knew about Niki and Jean and the others, and vice versa. But Wes has no earthly idea whatsoever who Jess and Tess are.

                Furthermore, is it too much of a stretch to ponder what Wes thought when he went into the bathroom of Cutter’s hotel room to change into some of his clothes? I mean, he had to have noticed that things looked a little out of place for a man. Surely he had to wonder why he was suddenly wearing a bra and panties, had on lipstick, and had to set down to pee. But, at least you have to admit that this makes 30-year-old Teen Jessica going back to high school again with people half her age, and freaking out about not having a date to the prom and trying desperately to lose her virginity, look like Masterpiece Theater.

                As moronic as this storyline has already been, however, I fear that the worst may be yet to come. While I admit that I chuckle whenever I think about Ford’s reaction when he learns his ex-wife is now a man, I worry about how much longer all of this is going to continue. And by that, I mean the entire Jessica storyline, not just Wes. How disturbing is it that Cutter will put the moves on his mentally disturbed wife (who isn’t even a real person to begin with), who now thinks she is a man, so that he can bring her back in order to have her committed to St. Ann’s so he can extort her family in order for him to get his hands on her host personality’s money? Almost as disturbing as Wes trying to pick up where the real Wes Granger left off before his death with his “lady love” Marty Saybrooke. Just please don’t let Jess, er I mean Wes, put the moves on Marty and try to have sex with her. There’s an image none of us need in our heads. Yikes!

                Speaking of Marty, as much as I hate the fact that her entire storyline revolves around John McBain (sorry, but he’s just not worth all this trouble), I have to admit that she makes one hell of a good psycho. She has been quite entertaining these past few days, even as she has been running around town stabbing and throwing people off roofs, murdering mental health care professionals, assaulting police officers, kidnapping babies, switching DNA test results, waving guns at teenagers, and preparing a romantic dinner for her fantasy boyfriend all at the same time. Damn, she’s good…lol.

                Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA” and “Judy146,” both of whom correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was John Cullum. In 1969, Cullum as appeared as Artie Duncan on “One Life to Live.” From 1990-95, he appeared as bartender Holling Vincoeur.

                In case you missed the clues, here they are:

                This Tennessee born actor gained some northern exposure when he appeared in Llanview in the late 1960s and on stage after leaving town, but didn’t achieve primetime success until more than two decades later.

                Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

                In 2009, this former TV newsman moderated a debate between Llanview’s mayoral candidates.

                So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the May 30th edition of My View of Llanview. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

                Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. A father is confronted by his son. One child’s parents receive some devastating news. Someone gets advice from an unlikely source. And one Llanview resident’s condition takes a turn for the worse, while his/her family remains in the dark about their loved one’s prognosis.

                Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great day! Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

                • One Life to Live
                • Ron Carlivati
                • John Cullum
                • Northern Exposure


                  Todd or Not, 'OLTL' Closing Credits Leaves Roger Howarth a Man Scarred for 'Life'

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” fans have yet to learn if Roger Howarth is indeed playing his old alter ego Todd Manning, or if he is playing someone else entirely. However, one thing is for certain. On the same day that Howarth made his much anticipated return to Llanview after a decade’s long absence, his character has already been credited with a less-than-subtle name.

                  Upon close inspection of Friday’s on-air closing credits of “One Life to Live,” Howarth’s on-screen persona was referred to only as “Man with Scar.” And if you think that has all the subtly as Jessica’s (Bree Williamson) new horny, macho, skullcap wearing alter Wes, or viewers figuring out Shane (Austin Williams) was being bullied by Jack Manning (Andrew Trischitta) several weeks before it was revealed onscreen, thanks to his use of the screen name “Who Da Mann” on Shane’s MyFace page, then you’d be right.

                  But does that mean that he is the real Todd Manning, whose infamous scar defined the character for nearly ten years, before he was said to have had plastic surgery after the role was taken over by Trevor St. John in 2003? Only time will tell. In the meantime, “One Life’s” head scribe Ron Carlivati promises many twists and turns in the weeks to come, which will leave viewers guessing as to the identity of the real Todd Manning. All we can say is, tune in to find out what happens next!

                  • One Life to Live
                  • Austin Williams
                  • Ron Carlivati
                  • Roger Howarth
                  • Trevor St. John
                  • Bree Williamson
                  • Andrew Trischitta


                    As we all know, four weeks ago Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, visited the set of ABC’s “All My Children” to announce the cancellation of the 41-year-old soap live and in person to cast members while also canceling “AMC’s” sister soap “One Life to Live,” whose cast members learned via video feed of the 42-year-old daytime dramas fate. According to Frons, with “The Chew” and “The Revolution” the network will be saving between 30-40% a week on programming costs. It’s easy to see why as Soap Opera Network has your exclusive first look at the new programming that falls under the networks “It’s a Brand New Day” promotional campaign. Materials for the campaign will be sent out to advertisers and press outlets beginning next week as the network presents its 2011-2012 daytime and primetime schedule to Madison Avenue’s elite buyers at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City on Tuesday, May 17. Soap fans are scheduled to protest outside the event from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.

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