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 PreVUE: Week of July 11 Edition

( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of July 11, 2011.


At General Hospital, Patrick tries to adjust to life with his strict new boss, Robin. Siobhan questions if Elizabeth was trying to get rid of the competition on Monday, July 11. Lucky makes a loving plea to Siobhan. The tension between Elizabeth & Siobhan remains thick despite Lucky’s best efforts. Spinelli informs a concerned Maxie he’s not just happy to see her, he’s packing a gun to confronts his nemesis, Anthony. Maxie leads Jason down a surprising path on Wednesday, July 13. Asher tries to stir the pot at ELQ. Ethan’s strategic change to put distance between himself and Kristina only enhances her interest in remaining close to him on Friday, July 15.

The Inside Story: The Last Straw?
Sonny does his best to counter Brenda’s testimony in court. He appeals to the judge to rule for joint custody. The judge hands down a ruling. Sonny learns the court-appointed mediator is in Jax’s pocket. He blackmails the mediator to do quite a bit more than turn on Jax. On Thursday, July 14, Alexis reaches out to Carly and gives her some advice. As Jax plays right into Sonny’s hands; the mobster and an oblivious Brenda reconcile. Jax is arrested. Brenda is horrified when she realizes Sonny framed Jax for the assault and drugs. Carly barely has a moment to react to the news before receiving a ransom note for Josslyn supposedly from Anthony. Molly & Morgan hope their set up will lead Cary & Jax to stop fighting and reconcile over their daughter.

A Closer Look: Playing with Fire
Javier’s attention is drawn when Dante eagerly jumps in to get Lulu away from an overeager patron. Lupe sees Dante’s badge. She warns Lulu that Dante is a cop. Lulu come clean. Dante and Lulu mull over their next move unaware them a dangerous Javier is listening to their conversation. Javier kills Lupe for deceiving her about Dante and Lulu. After taking care of Dante on Friday, July 15, Javier pays Lulu a personal visit.

General Hospital News and Headlines:


  • Carly, Kristina and Ethan set out to find the children.
  • Lucky and Elizabeth come together for Aiden’s birthday.
  • Jax makes plans to leave Port Charles; meanwhile, Sonny struggles to make things right with Brenda.
  • Lulu and Dante work to overcome some major obstacles.
  • Jason picks out an engagement ring for Sam.
  • General Hospital
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    Disney Enterprises

    ( — It has been three months since we’ve learned that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” have been canceled and would no longer be seen weekday afternoons on the ABC Television Network or weeknights on SOAPnet. It has been a truly unique period for this industry that has seen fans rallying together to try and help save shows that have become part of their everyday lives. Whispers, rumors and reports were trickling in at a record pace, often times we would find our heads spinning. Weeding through the information that we received here at Soap Opera Network, we aimed to report what we felt had the most backing or we were able to verify through various other sources. Turns out we may have had a big inside source all along.

    For the last several months, I’ve had multiple conversations with an individual that claimed to have knowledge of why ABC decided to cancel “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” This source at one point commented that it had something to do with the government and the Ethics committee in Washington, D.C. Sounded nuts, right? Well, it turns out this same person told me on Tuesday, June 28, that “your soaps were saved. They received the grant money they needed before their deadline,” which according to this person was the end of May. Again, I thought what they were saying sounded just a little too far out there, so I decided to leave our conversation at that. In retrospect, maybe I should have listened a little closer.

    On Thursday, June 30, I had tweeted that I heard from sources that fans should continue to rally in support of “One Life to Live.” To be more precise, I said “got word today that @ABC has in fact been discussing options to keep #OLTL on the air, but it remains in the hands of fans. Don’t give up. The ‘someone’ you keep hearing about is now several people!” At that point “All My Children” wasn’t discussed as the conversation pertained solely in regards of “One Life to Live.” I had intended on reporting on this news on Tuesday, July 5, but unfortunately I caught the flu and had a high fever for several days. Now on Thursday, July 7, nearly three months to the day since ABC canceled “AMC” and “OLTL,” the network announced the shows would live on…only online thanks to Prospect Park, a television and media entertainment production company that was founded in 2009 and is run by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios honcho Rich Frank, who also serve as executive producers of the hit USA Network original series “Royal Pains.” In retrospect, what the person I had been speaking with said now makes perfect sense when you put all the pieces together. In return for saving our beloved soaps, the government gives a grant for what could be the next big medium, progression of sorts… Radio > TV > Internet Broadcasting.

    Interestingly enough, Prospect Park hired Josh Barry, ABC’s former executive in charge of drama development, back in May to tackle the companies TV division alongside Paul Frank, the son of Rich Frank. According to Barry, his first order of business was “putting together a wide slate of projects.” Could that slate have included the uncanceled soaps?

    On Thursday, June 23, we reported that ABC had indeed turned down offers they received to sell the soaps. Knowing what we know now, and putting the puzzle pieces together, it makes sense that a plan was in the works all a long to save the soaps, while also allowing ABC to retain ownership rights to both soap operas and receive millions of dollars in royalties each year from Prospect Park. Hence, ABC comes out a winner either way in this case. They no longer produce the shows, yet still stand to make money off of them as they move into the future. As opposed to selling them outright and watching another network or medium make money off of them. ABC can’t have asked for a better situation.

    AMC Recap: Thursday, July 7, 2011

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.


    Bianca is shocked to hear Erica spent the night with David and is tired of her mother doing things to push Jackson away. Kendall tells Ryan that Bianca’s frustration has nothing to do with Erica. JR reveals to Marissa that Bianca is the one who’s been helping him all along. Scott tells JR that he is restoring the guest house so he can move in. He wants to be close to his family similar to how Adam and Stuart lived there together. Scott tells Marissa he thinks taking JR back would be a mistake. Marissa runs into Bianca at Krystal’s and learns the music box was Bianca’s idea. She wants to know why Bianca helped JR win her back and Bianca admits she did it because she couldn’t. Bianca thinks that for the sake of their friendship they should stay clear of each other for a while.

    Tad tells Cara he wants more than gratitude from his relationship with Cara. He says he tried to fight it but he’s started to feel more for her and thinks things changed once she kissed him and started planning dates. Cara asks who said she didn’t want more. Tad asks if she has feelings for him or if her gratitude is forcing her to try and feel something for him. Ryan and Kendall interrupt Tad and Cara with news about Griffin. Tad says he married Cara to keep her safe and it was a marriage in name only and that’s what it has to get back to.

    Ryan explains to Kendall that he looked into the manifest because he thought Griffin could help him figure out David’s plan and that’s when he learned Griffin never got on the plane. Ryan wonders if all this has something to do with David. Ryan brings Kendall to her appointment with Griffin’s replacement and as she starts to remember moments with him she begins having heart palpitations. Kendall follows the nurse down the hall and freezes when she sees Griffin.

    Mookie gets a job helping Scott and tells Maya that he’s staying in PV. He admits he did it to be closer to her. Mookie sneaks up behind Maya and she flinches. Colby tells Frankie that Asher had to take more pain pills after hitting Mookie. Frankie is familiar with pain pill addiction and reminds Asher he can’t take more than prescribed. Asher’s mad at Colby for making it sound like he can’t control himself but back at the mansion he sneaks the bottle out of her purse and pops two pills.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Erica begins to work on her book.
    • Ryan sneaks into David’s office.
    • David finds Jane clad in lingerie waiting in his room.


    • All My Children
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      OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 7, 2011

      OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 7, 2011

      ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.


      Todd finds Jack at the Carriage House and pre-empts his confession to Rex and Shane about his responsibility for Gigi’s death. Todd covers with condolences and comments about Brad’s ostensible guilt. To everyone’s surprise, Rex welcomes the sympathy and suggests, for Gigi’s sake, that they bury the hatchet and move forward peaceably. After Todd and Jack leave, however, Rex tells Shane he was only pretending to let bygones be bygones in order to take Todd and Jack by surprise when he destroys them for what they did to his family.

      Nate and Dani argue about having kept secrets from each other – Dani’s that she knew Matthew had killed Eddie, and Nate’s that he knew Dani knew. Ultimately, they make up, though Nate keeps one more secret, that he was responsible for Matthew’s condition. Bo and Nora agree to send Matthew to an out-of-town rehab center specializing in traumatic brain injury. Destiny takes a pregnancy test and tells unconscious Matthew she’s pregnant. She’s frightened and confused and when Dani asks about the results, she lies and tells her the test was negative.

      When Dorian checks on Clint’s condition, Viki blasts her for having left Clint untreated too long. Their friendship is strained, playing right into Echo’s plan to destroy Viki and Dorian. The other part of Echo’s plan is furthered when David gets a surprise poolside visit from Ionia who once again throws herself at him. Unbeknownst to David, Echo covertly snaps seemingly salacious photos. Dorian returns after Ionia leaves and David chooses not to tell her about the actress’s visit. Dorian finds out, however, when the photos hit the Internet.

      Blair encounters Tomas and is unable to tell him the truth about Jack’s involvement in Gigi’s death. Tomas suspects she’s keeping a secret and she blasts him about all the secrets he’s keeping from her. Their passionate argument turns into to a passionate kiss.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Viki nearly bumps in to “Todd.”
      • Rex and Shane welcome visitors to the mansion.
      • Dorian points a gun at Daivd.
      • One Life to Live
      • Recaps

        GH Recap: Thursday, July 7, 2011

        ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.


        Sam protests too much against marriage as both Jason and Sam try to figure out each other’s feelings on the topic.

        Sonny bursts in on Carly, Jax and Eileen (the mediator), only making Jax’s point clearer that Josslyn is in danger. Sonny threatens Jax. As ordered by Anthony, Brenda and Alec come under gunfire. Carly begs Jason not to escalate a mob war since it would threaten custody of Josslyn. Meanwhile, Sonny asks Brenda not to discuss what happened at the custody hearing. Alexis feels ambivalent about Jax’s case and her involvement and resigns.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Brenda testifies that she and Alec have experienced physical mob violence since she married Sonny.
        • Siobhan serves Elizabeth with a hospital malpractice suit.
        • Steve resigns as chief of staff and promotes one of the doctors.


        • General Hospital
        • Recaps

          Disney/ABC Television Group

          ( — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may be ending their four decades’ long run on ABC in September and January respectively, however it won’t be the end of the road for either of the long-running, iconic daytime drama series. In a shocking development, upstart television, film, and music company Prospect Park Studios has purchased the rights from the network, who states that “the multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC.”

          The news comes less that 24 hours after the New York Post first broke the news on their website reporting that ABC had sold the online rights to its recently cancelled shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the studios, and that “Prospect Park is said to be finalizing its current round of funding for its Hulu-style venture in the next month to 45 days. Other unnamed financial backers are involved.” The article was initally met with much skepticism from soap fans and well as from other media outlets who were claiming the Post article contained numerous factual inaccuracies.

          In a joint press release this afternoon by ABC and Prospect Park, which was founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios chief Rich Frank, “We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years.  ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are television icons, and we are looking forward to providing anytime, anywhere viewing to their loyal community of millions. Technology changes the way the public can and will view television shows.  Now that there are so many devices available in addition to television sets, viewers are taking advantage of watching shows where ever they are and on any number of devices. The driving force in making the switch and attracting new audiences is to have outstanding programs that people want to watch,” the statement continued. “We believe that by continuing to produce the shows in their current hour format and with the same quality, viewers will follow the show to our new, online network.” Prospect Park is perhaps best known for producing “Royal Pains” for the USA Network and “Wilfred” for FX.

          As part of the deal, which was brokered by the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, “Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running programs to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, the programs will continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length. Additional details of the new productions and tune-in will be forthcoming from Prospect Park.” However, while the statement notes that both shows will continue to exist in their present hour-long formats, it is vague as to the frequency in which new episodes will air.

          “From the time the shift in the daytime strategy was announced, our hope was to find a new home for these treasured shows. We are thrilled to license them to Prospect Park so the stories of life in Pine Valley and Llanview can continue to be told for the passionate and loyal fans that enjoy watching each day,” comments Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television.

          President of the Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group Brian Frons, who announced the cancellation of “Children” and “One Life” back on April 15 in favor of the less-expensive, unscripted programming such as “The Chew” and “The Revolution,” said in the statement that “‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago. Each of the shows have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history and informed our consciousness in their own way.  We are so glad Prospect Park has assumed the mantel for these shows and that they will continue for the fans.”

          The sentiments were furthered echoed by “AMC” and “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon, who has been tirelessly searching for new venues for both shows in recent months, saying “I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ can continue.  I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had.  I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years.”

          “All My Children” will air its final episode on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011 while “One Life to Live” will last air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012.

          Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.

          Tam Comes Back to ‘Life’

          Tam Comes Back to 'Life'

          ( — As we first reported last month, Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) left fans wondering if he might be returning to “One Life to Live” before the show wraps production in the fall following a response he made to a fan recently on his Twitter page. Now, the latest issue of ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that the actor is indeed on his way back to Llanview.

          On June 1, Tam was asked by a fan if there “Is any chance that Markko and Langston will make a return to Llanview BEFORE ‘OLTL’ ends?!?,” to which the actor tweeted “You bet!” However, don’t expect Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde) to be accompanying her former beau back to Llanview. According to Soap Opera Digest, Underwood was unable to return alongside Tam because of scheduling conflicts.

          Markko’s return will coincide with the premiere of David’s movie “Vicker Man” later this month. However a first airdate for Tam, who played Markko from 2007-2010 (and again briefly in April of this year) has not been announced, nor is it known how many episodes he will be sticking around for.

          • One Life to Live
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          • Twitter
          • Jason Tam
          • ABC Soaps in Depth
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            AMC Alerts: Week of July 11 Edition

            ( — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 11, 2011.


            • Monday: Amanda shares her diagnosis with JR. Ryan fills Griffin in on his plan to stop David. Greenlee overhears Jane and David making plans.
            • Tuesday: JR dreams of the perfect wedding night with Marissa but reality is not as kind. JR buys a bottle of alcohol. Will he relapse? Amanda has a nightmare.
            • Wednesday: Marissa acts on an impulse. Bianca asks Kendall for some advice on love. Griffin lies to Ryan.
            • Thursday: Ryan continues to gather clues. Kendall asks Griffin what his deep, dark secret is. Bianca, Kendall, Opal, Jackson and Greenlee stage an intervention.
            • Friday: David tells Angie her stem cells are accepting the treatment. David makes an announcement. Erica spills her feelings to Ben.
            • All My Children
            • Alerts

              OLTL Alerts: Week of July 11 Edition

              OLTL Alerts: Week of July 11 Edition

              ( — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 11, 2011.


              • Monday: Jessica bitch slaps Natalie as Viki watches. Dorian and David stumble upon Agent Kent’s dead body. Echo eavesdrops as Rex outlines his plan to settle the score with Todd and Jack.
              • Tuesday: Someone unexpected attacks Jack. Bo probes Rex for his deciding to give Gigi’s heart to Clint. Blair arrives just as Dorian is throwing David out.
              • Wednesday: James and Starr share a romantic moment poolside moment. Nora is determined to find out who caused Matthew’s injuries. Destiny goes into panic mode when Vivian notes she’s been mentoring a teen pregnancy group.
              • Thursday: Sam’s family prepares to celebrate his birthday. Blair wants Sam to tell the police about his “friend.” Baz fills Starr in on a discussion he overheard between Todd and Tomas.
              • Friday: Natalie gives John some test results from the murder scene. Sam goes missing. David makes Viki keep her promise to find out who has been trying to drive a wedge between him and Dorian.
              • One Life to Live
              • Alerts

                GH Alerts: Week of July 11 Edition

                ( — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 11, 2011.


                • Monday: Brenda reveals the recent attack on her and Alec during Carly and Jax’s custody hearing. Sonny discovers Jax paid off the court appointed mediator, and he blackmails her. Robin and Patrick adjust with the new chief of staff at the hospital.
                • Tuesday: Javier takes a special interest in Lulu. Maxie continues to meddle with Jason and Sam’s thoughts on marriage. Michael gives Edward good business advice, to Asher’s jealousy.
                • Wednesday: Lulu and Dante strategize as a dangerous Javier listens in. Anthony can’t believe Spinelli’s behavior. Ethan continues to exaggerate his interest in Abby, but Kristina does not buy it.
                • Thursday: Will Jax gain sole custody of Josslyn? Will Jax fall into Sonny’s trap? Someone dies during Lulu’s quest to find Luke.
                • Friday: Brenda is horrified at what Sonny has done. Lulu finds herself in grave danger. Ethan’s plan backfires when Kristina makes big plans to join him in Las Vegas.
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