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


OLTL Recap: Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 30, 2011.


Viki digs into Todd’s feelings about Victor’s murder. Viki receives a call from John, who asks that Todd voluntarily go to police HQ to answer questions.

In the presence of Téa and Blair, John questions Todd. Todd claims he doesn’t know, tries subtly to point blame towards Tomas, while being as supportive of Blair as he can. EOD, he takes Blair home and they grow closer.

Viki/Clint hug, and share a fraught moment, but both back off.

Téa wonders if her brother could have killed her husband.

Roxy comes in on Clint and Natalie sharing a hug and some good news, assumes John finally told Natalie how he feels about her. Natalie surprises Roxy with her reaction. But Natalie, on a tear, goes to John and cancels that “relationship” talk they were supposed to have.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • John asks Brody about the fire at The Sun.
  • Shane and Neela talk about Jack at school.
  • Rex and Stacy each awaken from nightmares.

GH Recap: Wednesday, November 30, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 30, 2011.


Jason and Sam share time together stargazing – but they feel miles apart. Meanwhile, Franco is making graffiti art in Port Charles. Shawn, Carly and Jason view Franco’s DVD. Sam follows a suspicious man into an alley.

Disturbed by the violence at his strip club, Johnny questions Abby about other dancers and the investigation progress. Who is watching them from afar?

Mac discovers a distraught Robin, and they discuss Stone and Lisa.

Patrick and Maggie meet when Emma is brought in. Steve and Olivia have an important discussion. As Lucky and Maggie get to know each other, Ethan arrives at General Hospital.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Mac asks Alexis to represent Robin and Maxie if they need legal help.
  • Dante is assigned a new partner.
  • Spinelli uses his social networking skills.

GH Teasers: Week of November 28 Edition


( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of November 28, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #12442): Sam attempts to quiet Jason down. Patrick and Robin get romantic. Lulu talks to Dante about his job. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Tuesday (Episode #12443): Lucky and Aiden visit Elizabeth. Lulu leans on Olivia and Steve. Shawn is called out by Carly. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Wednesday (Episode #12444): Jason and Sam spend some time with one another. Franco creates some graffiti. Mac encounters an upset Robin. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
  • Thursday (Episode #12445): Dante gets a new police partner. Spinelli takes to social networking websites. Mac asks Alexis to represent Robin and Maxie. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Friday (Episode #12446): Monica has an important question to ask Robin. Lucky is surprised what Elizabeth has to say. Sonny and Kate’s trip continues. (Rated: TVPG L)

OLTL Teasers: Week of November 28 Edition

Donna Svennevik/ABC

( — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of November 28, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #11011): Natalie and John’s talk is interrupted by news of Tomas’ disappearance. A Llanview family receives an unexpected surprise. Phylicia and Vivian spar. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday (Episode #11012): Todd is there for Blair in her hour of need. Rick tries to blackmail Starr. Todd tells Viki that Tomas murdered their brother. (Rated: TVPG V)
  • Wednesday (Episode #11013): Viki is intrigued about Todd’s feelings about Victor’s death. Viki and Clint inch closer. Roxy tells Natalie how John feels about her. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday (Episode #11014): Todd makes a discovery about Jack. Aubrey plants a kiss on Rex. Shane introduces himself to Neela. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday (Episode #11015): Things aren’t always what they appear to be. Jack begins to see Todd in a new light. Shane fills Neela in on Jack’s misdeeds. (Rated: TVPG)

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 29, 2011.


John and Téa meet Natalie at the police station and she takes the gun for ballistics testing.

Meanwhile Blair is with Todd, who offers support for Tomas’ disappearance. Blair calls Téa to find out if there’s any news of Tomas and learns they may have found the murder weapon. Blair goes to the police station.

Meanwhile, Todd tells Viki that they have to consider the possibility that Tomas killed Victor.

Starr, James, Nate and Danielle got to see Rick, who’s in traction after a mishap when they advanced on him. He plays it up and relates his own version of what happened to him in which the kids were at fault for his injuries. However, they relate the real version, in which he tripped on one of Hope’s toys. Rick can still sue Starr for negligence and will, unless they agree to his demands.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • John questions Todd.
  • Roxy spills a secret to Natalie.
  • Natalie calls off her talk with John.

OLTL Recap: Monday, November 28, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, November 28, 2011.


The Evans Family’s Thanksgiving dinner is thrown off the rails when Phylicia learns that Vivian doesn’t believe in marriage.

John and Natalie are about to discuss the status of their relationship but are interrupted by a panicked phone call from Blair. She tells John that Tomas has been missing. Meanwhile, Viki presses Todd on what is upsetting him.

Todd covers, says that Blair chose Tomas over him. Natalie overhears this and is suspicious. John ends up at Téa’s house to search Tomas’ room. At EOD, John finds the gun that killed Victor…

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Todd lends Blair his support.
  • Rick threatens to sue Starr.
  • Todd and Viki discuss Tomas.

My View of Llanview: November 30 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” gets ‘canceled’ for the second time in seven months as Prospect Park breaks the hearts of the show’s loyal fanbase.

What a roller coaster ride of emotions for “OLTL” fans in the past month. First the show tapes its final episode for its television run on Friday, November 18 in preparation for its move online with Prospect Park, only to be told five days later via a press release that the upstart production company was scrapping plans to transition “One Life” and its sister soap “All My Children” to the Internet due to a lack of funding.

This was an especially hard pill for many “One Life to Live” viewers to swallow, given that the news came only four months after it was announced that Prospect Park had licensed the rights to “OLTL” and “AMC” from ABC after the network unceremoniously axed the soaps in April after 43 and 41 years on the air, respectively.

Further adding salt to the wounds of ticked off fans was that the announcement to dump “One Life to Live” came only weeks after it was revealed that the company had decided to focus solely on the soap while keeping “All My Children” on the back burner for the foreseeable future. Add to this the fact that Prospect Park had reached agreements in the past few months with 13 “OLTL” cast members, along with the show’s head writer and executive producer to continue the show after it left ABC.

Talk about a feeling of déjà vu. My first reaction to the news about Prospect Park dumping “OLTL” was “not again.” Only recently had I begun to work my way out of the five stages of grief over the loss of my favorite soap opera, which I have grown up watching since I was a little kid. I had nearly come to terms with the cancelation and was coping with the fact that although the soap wouldn’t continue that my “Life” (no pun intended) would go on. Then came the news that Prospect Park was swooping in to save the day. After being skeptical at first, I slowly became lulled into a false sense of security, excited about “OLTL” getting another chance. I was thrilled at the possibility of still being able to see characters like Viki and Blair, who have become like a part of my family over the years. I was intrigued that the thought of actually setting down in front of my computer on a regular basis to watch “OLTL” and other shows. And most of all I was optimistic that the show would thrive online and continue to enjoy its current level of success (so to speak).

Then the rugged was pulled out from me…again. Going through the emotions again, I still hold out a small glimmer of hope that another miracle will take place, saving my favorite soap once more. However, this time around I am also becoming more rational in my understanding that “One Life to Live,” like all other things in life, must eventually come to an end. Nothing lasts forever, no matter how much we hope they will. Just like losing a beloved family member, pet, or possession, we have to learn when and how to let go of something that we have loved and cherished for so very long. And, while it may be painful, time will eventually heal those wounds.

“One Life to Live” may be “only a television show” but to myself and millions of other fans out there, it has and always will hold a special place in our hearts. The characters are like family, and Llanview is like our second hometown. Throughout the years, we have laughed, cried, hurt, and mourned alongside the residents of the fictional Philadelphia suburb. We rallied around Viki when she had breast cancer, encouraged the Cramer girls as they tried to stay sane in a family with a history of mental illness, sympathized with Shane when he was being bullied, and learned about intolerance as Llanview was torn apart over homosexuality. We cried when Megan died, became depressed when Asa passed on, and smiled when each baby was born. We became Llanview and Llanview became us. So, while to many it may be only a TV show, to us it is part of the family. That’s why the 2:00 pm ET hour (1:00 pm for me) will never be the same.

And, like family, “OLTL” fans need to come together to celebrate the show’s long history, and allow it to bow out gracefully and not needlessly suffer through frivolous lawsuits, ineffective boycotts, threats of violence, and harassing letters, phone calls, and e-mails to ABC, Prospect Park, and others. Let’s show everyone what soap fans are really like and give “One Life to Live” a proper sendoff like Viki and the rest of Llanview deserve. That is the least we can do for four decades of memories. Sure we’re angry, but those types of things will get you nowhere. And at the end of the day, it will all be for naught as “OLTL” will still be canceled.

Let’s make these last seven weeks that “One Life to Live” is on the air the highest rated the show has seen in years and show ABC that they were wrong in canceling it and Prospect Park wrong in thinking that there aren’t people out there willing to help fund its continuation online. That is the least we can do for “One Life” for all that it has given us. I know that’s what I’m going to do anyway. And I hope you will do the same.

As with the show itself, my “One Life to Live” reporting duties here at Soap Opera Network will also soon be coming to an end, which includes this column. Barring any last minute changes, look for the final edition of “My View of Llanview” on January 30, just over two weeks after “OLTL” airs its final ABC episode. Thank you to all my faithful readers over the years, who have endured all my incessant ramblings and opinions. It has been one hell of a ride to say the least.

Moving on, no one guessed (either correctly or incorrectly) the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. So I’m going to give you a second chance. Here are the questions again: 1. What role on “OLTL” did Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, “AMC”) once audition for? Before taking over the character of Cristian Vega, what small role did David Fumero play? 3. What did Jerry verDorn wear to his audition for the role of Clint Buchanan that disappeared before his first episode aired?  I’ll have the answers in the December 15 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. One man is forced to make a tough choice. Someone sees things from a whole new prospective. More than one secret is revealed. And one Llanview family spends Christmas with someone unexpected.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Stay safe and warm.

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

GH Recap: Tuesday, November 29, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 29, 2011.


Carly calls Shawn out on lurking around her house with the Franco excuse. They spar flirtatiously, but there is a present from Franco on her doorstep.

Robin breaks down in tears as she honors Stone on a bridge. Meanwhile, Patrick starts to cover-up evidence.

Elizabeth gets a visit from Lucky and Aiden, renewing her hope for a miracle that she and Lucky will reunite as a family.

Steve finds himself with multiple food offers from Olivia and Maggie. Lucky meets Maggie. Hung-over, Lulu takes a cab to General Hospital and gets Olivia and Steve’s help for Dante.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Jason and Sam share time together.
  • Franco is making graffiti art in Port Charles.
  • Mac discovers a distraught Robin.


Disney/ABC Television Group

( — Ratings Report for the Week of November 14-18, 2011

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,570,000 (+54,000/-449,000)
2. B&B 3,052,000 (-123,000/-18,000)
3. OLTL 2,650,000 (+126,000/+299,000)
4. DAYS 2,453,000 (+159,000/+21,000)
5. GH 2,374,000 (+105,000/+30,000)

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (same/+.1)
3. OLTL 2.0/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 1,8/6 (+.1/same)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 903,000 (-4,000/-160,000)
2. OLTL 668,000 (+73,000/+22,000)
3. B&B 648,000 (+6,000/same)
4. GH 635,000 (+64,000/-118,000)
5. DAYS 594,000 (+51,000/-129,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/9 (same/-.2)
2. GH 1.0/6 (+.1/-.1)
2. OLTL 1.0/6 (+.1/same)
2. B&B 1.0/6 (same/same)
5. DAYS 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 36,000 (-6,000/+17,000)
2. Y&R 30,000 (-12,000/-5,000)
3. GH 15,000 (same/-1,000)
4. B&B 13,000 (-6,000/-18,000)
5. DAYS 12,000 (-2,000/-19,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/4 (same/-.1)
2. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
2. OLTL 0.6/4 (same/same)
4. B&B 0.5/3 (same/same)
4. GH 0.5/3 (same/-.3)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,053,000 (+16,000/-143,000)
2. B&B 663,000 (-34,000/+3,000)
3. DAYS 551,000 (+52,000/same)
4. OLTL 507,000 (+1,000/+100,000)
5. GH 440,000 (+12,000/+10,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 2.3/3,094,000
Tuesday: 2.3/2,943,000
Wednesday: 2.3/3,045,000
Thursday: 2.4/3,144,000
Friday: 2.3/3,031,000

Monday: 1.9/2,506,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,350,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,574,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,495,000
Friday: 1.7/2,340,000

Monday: 1.9/2,398,000
Tuesday: 1.9/2,478,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,154,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,540,000
Friday: 1.8/2,300,000

Monday: 2.0/2,589,000
Tuesday: 2.1/2,918,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,520,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,659,000
Friday: 2.0/2,563,000

Monday: 3.5/4,659,000
Tuesday: 3.2/4,189,000
Wednesday: 3.4/4,518,000
Thursday: 3.5/4,657,000
Friday: 3.5/4,826,000


For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through November 20, 2011

1. Y&R 3.5
2. B&B 2.4
3. OLTL 2.0
4. GH 1.9
4. DAYS 1.9

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5
2. DAYS 1.1
2. GH 1.1
2. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0


Ratings Archive


GH Recap: Monday, November 28, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, November 28, 2011.


Worried by Jason’s emotional behavior, Sam tries to calm Jason down. They hold each other in bed, but are things the same?

Patrick and Robin get close in bed, but neither one can stop thinking about Lisa’s murder. Maxie and Matt get romantic in bed together. Lisa is also on their mind. They discuss her murder. Is one of them guilty of foul play?

Lulu and Dante discuss how his career scares her.

Sonny and Kate discuss his Bensonhurst past.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Carly calls Shawn out.
  • Elizabeth gets a visit from Lucky and Aiden.
  • Lulu gets Olivia and Steve’s help.

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