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 Teasers: Week of May 23 Edition

GH Teasers: Week of May 23 Edition

( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of May 23, 2011.


  • Monday: (Episode #12311) — Anthony works to use Brenda and her son to stick it to Sonny. Robin and Patrick turn the tables on Lisa. Michael finds himself on the wrong end of Anthony’s gun. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday: (Episode #12312) — Luke confides in Sonny his fear that he is turning into his father. Ethan stays with Kristina as she goes through withdrawal. Liz’s distraction may prove fatal. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Wednesday: (Episode #12313) — Siobhan and Maxie discuss Aiden’s paternity. Sonny is upset about Kristina’s crush. Matt and Maxie go out on a date. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday: (Episode #12314) — Lulu decides to manages the Haunted Star. Lulu is worried her father’s personality will drastically change. Sam receives information regarding her pregnancy. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday: (Episode #12315) — Anthony thinks Abby should work for him. Liz speaks with a woman whose son was injured. Liz suffers another vision. (Rated: TVPG)
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    'One Life to Live' Films on Location for Summer Plot

    ( — They may not be headed for Peapack, New Jersey, but “One Life to Live” is currently filming scenes for an upcoming storyline at an unknown location. But just were are they going? London? Paris? The Bahamas? Not quite, considering the show’s budget and the fact that their last location shoot took place on the roof of their own New York City studios.

    While it isn’t clear exactly which and how many of the show’s cast members will be participating in the location shoot, or even where it will be taking place, we do know that at least one actress, Nafessa Williams (Deanna), will be involved in the drama. On Thursday, the actress tweeted that she had “Just got[ten] to Llanview. In hair and makeup then off to shoot on location,” and said later that she was “Headed to the remote.” The day before she wrote that she had a “Super early call time tomorrow. Maybe I shld just go to bed now! Lol Breaking down these scripts…”

    Judging from tweets by Williams’ co-star Kristen Alderson (Starr), the location shoot appears to have begun on Thursday, due to the fact that Williams responded to a comment Alderson made on Wednesday, which read “I had so much fun working with Andrew [Trischitta, who plays Jack] today..we got to play in Dorian’s pool (yes,it’s only 2ft deep.),” with “I saw you u guys filmin.”

    It also looks as if Alderson may be involved in the shoot as well, tweeting to Williams that “haha I get to work with you Friday [May 20],” however she notes that she did not work on Thursday.

    Look for the location scenes to air sometime this summer. So, let the fun begin…

    Regardless of where they are filming, one thing is for certain. “One Life to Live” does a fantastic job with location shoots, especially when they are outdoors, which is good because they are typically done on the cheap. So where are they filming at this time? Keep watching to find out.

    • One Life to Live
    • New York City
    • Twitter
    • Kristen Alderson
    • Llanview
    • Paris
    • London
    • Nafessa Williams
    • Andrew Trischitta
    • The Bahamas
    • Peapack, New Jersey

      AMC Video Sneak Peek: Monday, May 23, 2011

      ( — Here’s a glimpse at tomorrow’s Pine Valley drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Monday’s episode of “All My Children,” courtesy of

      Jane reminds herself that she is now Erica Kane. Jane tries to keep her cool around Jackson. And the pair share a kiss.

      • All My Children
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        OLTL Video Sneak Peek: Monday, May 23, 2011

        ( — Here’s a glimpse at tomorrow’s Llanview drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Monday’s episode of “One Life to Live,” courtesy of

        Todd returns home. Téa tells Tomas she remains suspicious of him. And Nora blasts Clint.

        • One Life to Live
        • Sneak Peek

          GH Video Sneak Peek: Monday, May 23, 2011

          ( — Here’s a glimpse at tomorrow’s Port Charles drama with a sneak peek of the first few minutes of Monday’s episode of “General Hospital,” courtesy of

          Robin and Patrick turn the tables on Lisa. Sonny thinks things would be better for Brenda if he wasn’t in her life. And Anthony catches Michael bringing into his office.

          • General Hospital
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   Shuts Down Message Boards, Tells Fans to Take a Hike

            ( — Despite ABC Daytime’s best attempts to mismanage the situation, SOAPnet will continue to live on thanks to a number cable and satellite providers across the country come January. The same can’t be said for the network’s website however as top brass have already begun implementing measures to power down certain areas of the site. Beginning Monday, May 23, will be officially shutting down their message boards for fans wishing to discuss “General Hospital” and recently canceled sister soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”

            In a statement on their website, they claim that they still “want you to be able to continue talking” about your favorite ABC soaps, but that “the place to do just that is on the message boards at” The move is the latest in a series of efforts to de-emphasize the importance of the former “Network for Soaps,” which has also included infrequent updates to the their website and Facebook page, the latter of which hasn’t been updated since Valentine’s Day.

            • All My Children
            • One Life to Live
            • SOAPnet
            • ABC
            • General Hospital
            • Facebook
            • ABC Daytime

              AMC Recap: Friday, May 20, 2011

              ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, May 20, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Greenlee apologizes to Madison as she stalls her from learning about the crisis. Madison tells Greenlee to take her to Sara if she really wants to make things right. Frankie tells Ryan that Sara passed away due to complications from the pneumonia. Ryan pulls himself together and tells Madison that their daughter didn’t make it. Madison breaks down in Ryan’s arms. Greenlee passes the news to a heartbroken Scott. Jackson and Kendall reach out to Greenlee who is at a lost on how to help Ryan. Scott watches as Ryan and Madison console each other in the hospital chapel.

              Kendall covers with Ricky for being on his computer by saying she started a wedding website and reassures him that she’s told all her family about them. Before Kendall heads out to the hospital she slips Griffin the external hard drive. Jane tells Ricky she is happy about his and Kendall’s engagement. Kendall tells Bianca this is not the time to tell Erica the truth about Ricky considering her odd behavior. Ricky’s a bit annoyed after telling Spike that he and Kendall are getting married and her son didn’t know. Griffin finds footage on the hard drive proving Ricky had a close relationship with Diana.

              Jackson finds Jane talking to herself in the mirror. Erica offers to give Jane’s henchman, Ben, ten times the money Jane is paying him if he helps her out. Ben tells Erica that money is not the issue at hand. Jane updates Erica on the latest tragedy to befall Pine Valley after assuring her that her misinformation did nothing to hinder her plot. She appears to be affected when Erica speculates that [Jane] has nobody in her life that would notice if she fell off the face of the earth.

              On the Next All My Children…

              • Kendall learns that Ricky killed Diane.
              • Ricky wants to marry Kendall immediately.
              • Jake’s upset when Amanda tells him she stopped taking her birth control and might be pregnant.


              • All My Children
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                OLTL Recap: Friday, May 20, 2011

                OLTL Recap: Friday, May 20, 2011

                ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, May 20, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                John and Brody enter Marty’s room, guns drawn, but find Wes – not Marty and the baby. Wes refuses to rat out Marty.

                Brody loses it and pressures Wes, appealing to Jessica for help, which brings out Tess. Tess has no memory of Marty or the baby. Brody won’t let her go off with Cutter, and instead he takes her into custody as an accessory.

                Rex visits Natalie who’s worried sick about Liam. She admits to him that she re-stole the tape of Marty’s psych session but doesn’t remember it. She also admits to kissing Brody. John updates Natalie that the baby is still missing, and he comforts her.

                Bo and Nora walk in on Clint telling Blanca he killed Eddie Ford, while the cameras roll. He also confesses to the DNA test switch, and to falsely imprisoning David Vickers. Bo and Clint reveal to Nora that Clint is dying, which is why he confessed. Clint pleads with them to let him help Matthew this way. Rex bumps into Blanca who tells him Clint copped to the DNA switch.

                Kelly is awake after surgery and Joey tells her he knows everything – that Aubrey and Cutter are cons. He apologizes for being so blind. Dorian tells Joey about Clint confessing on TV. Joey says his father decided it was times to put his cards on the table. Maybe it’s time for Joey too.

                Meanwhile Aubrey and Rama also hear Clint confess. Rama she’ll have to confess to Vimal about her faux pregnancy. Aubrey mulls telling Joey the whole truth, but Rama cautions she could lose everything. Joey and Aubrey are face to face.

                On the Next One Life to Live…

                • Bo and Nora doubt Tomas’ innocence.
                • Matthew suddenly collapses.
                • Joey tells Aubrey he’s on to her scheme.
                • One Life to Live
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                  GH Recap: Friday, May 20, 2011

                  ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, May 20, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  Jason, Sam and Alexis discuss the joys and dangers of parenthood, and Jason and Sam agree to take their time deciding about a baby.

                  Lisa locks Robin in the basement with the leaking gas heater – but then she goes to check on what she hopes is a dead Robin. Michael discovers a ragged Kristina, who is clearly not able to kick the drugs.

                  Shawn quits to protect Carly from Jax’s custody threats – but Carly begs Shawn not to leave protecting her and Josslyn.

                  Sonny and Brenda have a heart to heart about the risks of being with him. Later Brenda gets advice from Jax. Brenda thanks Carly.

                  On the Next General Hospital…

                  • Robin and Patrick have a trick of their sleeves.
                  • Anthony plots to use Brenda and her son as a way to weaken Sonny.
                  • Michael finds himself staring down the barrel of Anthony’s shotgun.


                  • General Hospital
                  • Recaps

                    ABC Holding Affiliate Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25

                    ( — Following the ABC Upfronts this past week in New York City, the ABC Television Network will be holding its annual affiliate board meeting at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California on Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 starting at 2:00 PM, PST. Up for discussion between ABC stations across the country will be the networks new crop of programming airing next season and how the programs will strengthen their standing in their respective markets.

                    In lieu of the event, will issue the following press release to General Managers of the ABC Affiliate Group headed up by Affiliate Board Chairman, Bill Hoffman, who is also the Cox Television's Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV General Manager.

                    According to spokesman Shawn Brady (not to be confused with the character from "Days of our Lives") in a bold statement to ABC affiliates, "We don't want ABC to pull a Leno and replace the daypart on your station from quality scripted drama to cooking and weight loss programs that can be found on a late night basic cable station. NBC's decision to reinstate primetime programming at 10pm and Jay Leno back on The Tonight Show happened because despite the low cost of producing Leno's primetime show, the ratings were a disaster and affected NBC affiliates' late local news. The affiliates revolted and demanded change. Do you want ABC to make the same mistake with your noon and early evening local newscasts? Why go down that road, when we know what the outcome will be?"

                    PRESS RELEASE

                    Soap Fans United

                    May 20, 2011                                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                    AN OPEN LETTER TO BILL HOFFMAN,


                    Dear Mr. Hoffman & ABC Affiliates:

                    Disney/ABC has decimated its daytime lineup, canceling long running soaps All My Children & One Life To Live in favor of two unproven reality shows that will lead into the sole remaining scripted drama General Hospital.  The ratings for AMC/OLTL may have declined along with all broadcast television programming, but both of these shows have enabled the majority of your stations to beat their competition and remain #1 in daytime in their markets.
                    We the viewers respect you as an ABC station/affiliate. Your station is #1 in daytime because we the viewers watch the whole ABC Daytime lineup to get something no primetime schedule can provide:  character driven drama aired consistently 5 times a week, 250+ days a year, and NO reruns for more than 40+ years. 
                    While AMC/OLTL have remained on the air, many great ABC shows have come and gone including:  The Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three's Company, Taxi, Home Improvement, Full House, Who's The Boss?, The Wonder Years, Roseanne, The Drew Carey Show, Spin City, Charlie's Angels, Love Boat, Dynasty, Moonlighting, MacGyver, The Practice, Boston Legal, Lost, and now Brothers and Sisters, and V. During the early 2000s, when ABC's Primetime division was in a ratings slump, we also had Who Wants To Be A Millionaire 4-5 times a week that collapsed the schedule until 2004 with the launches of Lost, Desperate Housewives and in 2005, Grey's Anatomy.
                    For many years these soaps were a cash cow for the network and ABC didn't hesitate to use the excess profits from them to plow back into their primetime shows for series development.  Why isn't the reverse being done to shore up the daytime lineup and maximize the shows for monetization in this digital and product placement world?
                    We don't want ABC to pull a Leno and replace the daypart on your station from quality scripted drama to cooking and weight loss programs that can be found on a late night basic cable station. NBC's decision to reinstate primetime programming at 10pm and Jay Leno back on The Tonight Show happened because despite the low cost of producing Leno's primetime show, the ratings were a disaster and affected NBC affiliates' late local news.  The affiliates revolted and demanded change.  Do you want ABC to make the same mistake with your noon and early evening local newscasts?  Why go down that road, when we know what the outcome will be? 
                    Just because ABC claims that producing All My Children is 40% more expensive than a reality show doesn't mean it should be done.  While the ABC network will still make a profit from a lower rated daytime show due to lower production costs, what will that mean to your station? It will mean: ending your station's dominance in daytime, lower profits because of a weak lead-in to your vital local early afternoon newscasts. Simply put, lower ratings will mean lower profits for you, which is not ABC's concern since they are only concerned with their bottom line and not yours.
                    How can ABC justify canceling One Life to Live? Currently ranked the top-rated ABC daytime soap as we close out the May 2011 sweeps period next week, the show comes under budget, is well written and acted, and is up year-to-year in every ratings category (Source: Nielsen Media Research). The soap currently ranks third in ratings behind only CBS' The Young & The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful. In fact, the soap tied for 2nd place with B&B in households during the week of April 18-22, 2011 and was less than 90,000 viewers shy of beating it – the first time it had done so since May 2005. In an interview, Mr. Frons stated that only the strongest soaps will survive and that's why General Hospital is safe. "As long as we have good ratings it will stay in the lineup," Frons said. (Source: The Wrap 04/14/11) 
                    When Brian Frons' predecessor, Angela Shapiro left ABC Daytime, the whole daytime lineup was healthy. There were three and a half hours of soap opera programming. During Frons' nearly 9-year tenure at the helm, he has decimated an art form that has spawned shows such as The Sopranos, ER, Dallas, Knot's Landing, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives. Why is ABC pushing serialized programming aimed at women in primetime but not in daytime? Their message to the advertising community and your stations is inconsistent.
                    Mr. Frons is taking apart a decades old tradition that can be updated and monetized and has built in brand recognition and viewer loyalty. Disney is supposed to be about synergy.  Where is the Disney synergy with ABC daytime?  Why put on two unproven shows and take a risk with Oprah Winfrey & Regis Philbin departing your station?  Many of you are putting in an extra hour of news In place of Oprah but without a solid daytime lead in, the ratings are going to free fall with a domino effect from your newscasts to early prime to primetime to late local news and even late-night.
                    Our group held a Save Our Soaps rally at the ABC Upfronts in New York City's Lincoln Center on Tuesday, May 17, 2011.  When Frons passed by, he waved and smirked at the very people who watch his daytime shows.  The fact this man could be so disrespectful to his own viewers speaks volumes more than any words he could say.
                    We know you were not happy with ABC's decision in launching SOAPnet back in 2000 and many of you believe it may have led to lower daytime ratings, but with SOAPnet leaving the airwaves in 2012 why doesn't Disney/ABC give the soaps a chance to see if there will be a ratings resurgence before making any hasty decisions?
                    Our hope is that you will hold Brian Frons accountable with all these questions and ask what is he truly doing for your station to keep it successful in daytime. 
                    We are your loyal and dedicated viewers who have watched programming on your station for more than 40 years. We respect you and remain loyal to you.  We hope you will do what's right on behalf of your viewers.
                    About Soap Fans United
                    Soap Fans United is dedicated to helping spread useful, intelligent information among groups as many soap viewers proactively campaign to save the shows/genre and pursue the many avenues of preserving the legacy of scripted dramas on daytime television.

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