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


My View of Llanview: August 15 Edition

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( — What happens when real life interferes with reel life?

The month of August has not been kind to me to say the least. It started off calmly enough, only to leave me bogged down with articles to write and personal issues to deal with. They say that when it rains, it pours, and I have have learned first-hand that the quote is 100% correct. But there is light at the end of the tunnel and brighter days are ahead.

In the last several weeks, I have had the misfortune of dealing with three separate, yet related personal matters involving the family, some for the best, others for the worst. I’ll spare my readers the details, however, be advised that it is for the best. Also, issues with life outside the family have been hectic lately as well, which has added to my frustration and stress levels. And, of course who could forget Errol’s “blink and missed it” (that was one long blink) website and message board update to SON that left me feeling like a fish out of water while writing articles in Word and Notepad to be posted when the site finally came up, and then being forced to relearn a different system when it was finally safe to be posting again.

Needless to say that all of these things have left me derelict in my “One Life to Live” duties here at Soap Opera Network, and for that I apologize. And I ask you to bear with me in the next couple of weeks as I try to regain a foothold on my reporting duties. My goal is to have the July and Year-to-Date “OLTL” episode counts posted this week, resume posting episode recaps again, and for for several news reports to be uploaded in the coming days as well. I thank you for your patience and understanding and appreciate the the concern everyone has shown for me these past few weeks.

Switching gears, I suppose I should actually talk a little bit about “One Life to Live” now, since that is what this column is supposed to be about. So here goes… From what I seen of the show in recent weeks (and again I’ve been in and out do outside issues), it is evident that the “Tale of Two Todds” storyline is really the driving force behind the show right now. That is one of the only storylines I am actually enjoying at the moment. And I felt that revealing a much very alive Irene Manning as the figurehead behind all of this was a nice touch. Sure, I can see the point of those who feel like bringing her back to life as destroying the show’s history, but I don’t necessarily agree with that argument. I think it is a nice plot twist, and actually a good way to use the show’s history to educate newer viewers. If nothing else, it is a way of honoring that history, instead of rewriting it. Granted the writer’s are changing certain details to better fit the current storyline, but overall, I think the major details will or should remain the same.

Outside of the Todd storyline, about the only other thing that is really grabbing my attention at the moment is Destiny’s baby saga. While I am not that emotionally invested in this storyline, I can still sympathize with what she’s going through and feel for her. And I can Nora’s point-of-view, as well as Destiny’s mother, er grandmother. Nora  wants to hold on to a part of her son, while Phylicia just wants what is best for Destiny and for the troubled teen to be able to make up her own mind. I can see both sides of the fence on this one, and agree that it would be a tough decision either way.

Moving on, due to the website issues, I don’t think anyone was able to try and answer the three trivia questions from my July 15 column, so I’ll give you a second chance to make your best guesses…

So here are your questions again: 1. What connection did Lee Patterson (ex-Joe Riley and Tom Dennison) have to legendary comedian Jack Benny? 2. Tonja Walker is cousins with what famous country music star? 3. James DePaiva (ex-Max) is a descendant of what former U.S. President? I’ll have the answers in the August 30 edition of My View of Llanview.

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. These are for the week of August 29th. A shocking discovery is made. Someone gets a visit from the past. One Llanview resident is guilty…but who and of what? And two families remain at odds.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week and stay safe.

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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( — “One Life to Live” fans hoping to catch another glimpse of some of their favorite recurring characters before the show wraps production on its TV run in November, can now breath a collective sigh of relief. In the coming weeks, several of Llanview’s “seen, but not heard” characters will be appearing in upcoming episodes.

Ilene Kristen returns as everyone’s favorite drunken hairdresser, Roxy Balsom, on Wednesday, August 17, when she asks Madame Delphina (Lea DeLaria) to help her make contact with Gigi’s (Farah Fath) spirit. But will the ladies succeed in their efforts, or will their actions do more harm than good?

The following week, on Tuesday, August 23, Peter Bartlett is back as Nigel, despite the fact that he was recently relieved of his duties as the Buchanan’s longtime manservant by the family patriarch’s illegitimate son Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier). This time around, he is tending to a recovering Clint (Jerry verDorn) at Llanfair. Look for Clint to ask a huge favor of his trusty confident on the anniversary of Asa’s death.

Speaking of Asa, look for Clint’s little brother Bo (Robert S. Woods) to pay his respects at his Pa’s grave site that same day, where he runs into Asa’s grieving widow Renee (Patricia Elliott). Check out pictures of Asa and Gigi’s tombstones, along with a few other spoiler images here (the pictures are from two lucky fans’ studio tour with verDorn).

Also next week, Dorian (Robin Strasser) prepares to leave town to launch her Senate campaign, and the Cramers throw a huge farewell party for her. Among those in attendance will be Dorian’s oft mentioned, now mentally stable sister Addie (Pamela Payton-Wright).  Look for Addie to also interact with her ex-husband and brother-in-law David Vickers-Buchanan (Tuc Watkins).

And Saundra Santigo will be returning soon as Buenos Dias Café owner Carlotta Vega. The actress posted on Facebook on July 14 that she “Ran into Whoopi @ the ABC Studios today while shooting some scenes on ‘One Life.’ Like, I literally almost ran into her, and she was so cool. I love people from the Bronx!”

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( — As Soap Opera Network first reported on our Twitter page, Prospect Park has quietly confirmed that “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will premiere online on Monday, January 16, 2012 and “One Life’s” last airdate on ABC will be Friday, January 13, 2012. Previously “One Life” was expected to air its ABC finale on Friday, January 20, 2012, according to sources.

Additionally, it was announced at tonight’s “Girl’s Night Out” event at the Marriott Hotel in New Jersey during the “One Life to Live” Fan Club Weekend that Gina Tognoni‘s last airdate as Kelly Cramer will be Wednesday, August 24. Tognoni wrapped filming in June.

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After a number of years being relegated to the 11:00 PM time slot (outside of the primetime hours of 8:00 to 11:00 PM), SOAPnet’s same day re-airings of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are about to replace ABC’s canceled “All My Children” in the 8:00 PM ET/PT slot after the latter soap goes off the air on Friday, September 23.

SOAPnet, which has aired “AMC” in the time period since the networks inception in January 2000, also announced a restructuring of its full lineup that includes the removal of “Ryan’s Hope,” the addition of “Brothers & Sisters” and classic episodes of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.”

According to Soap Opera Digest, the weekend preceding “All My Children’s” final week on television, SOAPnet will air ten “Best of AMC’” hours, which includes five hours on Saturday, September 17 (7:00 PM ET/PT to midnight) and five hours on Sunday, September 18 (7:00 PM ET/PT to midnight).


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( — “The Young and the Restless” Teasers and Sneak Peeks, Casting Updates and News Notes  for the Week of August 15, 2011.

Casting Updates

  • Erica Gimpel returns as “Detective Mauro” on August 15 and 16.
  • David Wells appears as “Reverend Fulton” on August 16.

News Notes
There’s still time to buy tickets for the Y&R Fan Club dinner on Friday, August 26 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, CA. Several other cast members are having private events over the weekend. For information and to purchase tickets, log onto

Teasers and Sneak Peeks

  • Colin tries to beg Jill’s forgiveness, but finds himself in Genevieve’s arms.
  • Lily is drawn to Daniel as she continues to push Cane away.
  • Deacon uses a secret to get closer to Phyllis.
  • Kay finds another clue in her search for Tucker’s son.

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

( — When rumors began swirling back in June over the possible returns of Deidre Hall, Drake Hogestyn, Christie Clark and even Patrick Muldoon to NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” there was one other name on the list that unfortunately didn’t make it from rumorville to the confirmation stage weeks later. That name was Bryan Dattilo.

Two months after the rumors first surfaced, fans have taken to Twitter to question “DAYS” cast members, writers and even soap opera publications, including Soap Opera Network, about their favorite actor and whether or not there are plans to return Dattilo’s character, Lucas Horton, to Salem now that some of Salem’s other popular characters and actors have returned.

A “DAYS” representative has finally set the record straight by stating that although the show is aware of fan interest in the actor and character and that “everyone wants him back”, there are “as of now no plans” to return the character or actor to the canvas.


( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, August 12, 2011.


Dixie tries to put her arms around JR but he demands she not touch him. He doesn’t believe she is his mother and is convinced that Tad, with David’s help, has set up a trick to get him to stop drinking. Cara asks Kendall if she can stay at her place.

Ryan hears Greenlee’s cries for help. Zach lapses into a seizure and David shows up and he wants to know what Greenlee’s done to him. While preparing to leave town Kendall stops at the hospital to pick up some medicine for Ian. She hears David calling out for help and is stunned to see his patient is Zach.

Colby thinks Maya should start making herself the priority.

On the Next All My Children

  • Zach fights for his life!
  • Dixie and JR reconnect.
  • Will Amanda be cancer free after surgery?

GH Recap: Friday, August 12, 2011

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( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, August 12, 2011.


Elizabeth helps Lucky come down off the drugs, and they discuss Jake. Meanwhile, Anthony orders a hit.

Sam gives Monica a picture of Jake.

Johnny receives a gift from his father. Sonny overhears Matt and Robin’s conversation over Skype – and gets a clue. Shawn arrives at the Drake house and demands he return Josslyn and Sonny slams in, murderous.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Sonny faces off with Jax in the Drake living room.
  • Carly wants an update on Josslyn.
  • Maxie is jealous of all the attention Jackal, P.I., is paying Lulu.

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( – On Thursday, July 28, while visiting the “Days of our Lives” set, my crew and I had walked in noticing a tray of cupcakes sitting at the security desk. Turns out it was brought in by Molly Burnett, who was celebrating her third year portraying the role of Melanie Layton on the daytime soap. After completing some scenes that are set to air in October, Burnett and Casey Deidrick (Chad DiMera) headed outside to Salem Place, one of the sets no longer used by the soap, and spent more than 11 minutes talking with us about their characters, what they do in their personal life outside of work, and some of their favorite TV shows and movies . Also, for those fans clamoring for some Chill (Chad/Will), Deidrick shared he’s not opposed to a possible pairing.

For the full interview, view the clip below.

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( — Soap Opera Network is hearing contradicting reports on what Prospect Park is planning to do with “One Life to Live” once it completes production at the ABC Television Center on 66th St. and West End Ave in New York City.

While the show is staying in New York, as previously reported, we’re now hearing that Prospect Park is looking at three locations for “One Life to Live’s” new studio space now that the shows current ABC owned studio is being handed over to Katie Couric for her new talk show debuting in September 2012. On Friday, August 5, we had been told Prospect would move the show into three different studio locations.

Sources tell us that Prospect is deciding between two locations in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn location happens to be the former studio space for “As The World Turns,” which is better known as the JC Studios located at 1268 East 14th Street. Soap Opera Digest had reported the same information on July 27.

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