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 Recap: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 23, 2011.


Jason and Sam try to pick up the pieces but get increasingly volatile. At the Quartermaine Thanksgiving, Jason loses it completely.

Shawn makes Carly a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal. Franco has a present for Josslyn. 

Sonny discovers Kate’s hotel bed empty.

Tracy searches for Luke, hoping he’ll join the Quartermaine Thanksgiving. But she gets a visit from exactly the wrong suitor.

Dante and Lulu prepare a private Thanksgiving dinner. Last minute, Dante decides to run out for Olivia’s dessert – only to run into a burglar.  

On the Next General Hospital (Encore Presentation; Original Airdate of September 22, 2011)

  • Jason suprisies Sam.
  • Maxie and Spinelli troubleshoot.
  • Dante has a proposal for Lulu.

AFTRA/Prospect Park

( — After rumblings for the last two weeks and a shocking report by Deadline Hollywood earlier today, Prospect Park officially pulled the plug on plans for producing online versions of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Of the key issues, Prospect Park cited its inability to come to terms with the unions including those representing the actors (AFTRA) and the writers (WGA). Shortly afterward, the various unions began issuing statements in response to the production companies decision.

The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) issued the following to Soap Opera Network, “We were disappointed to learn that Prospect Park’s financing fell through. Prior to the end of last week, we were close to a fair deal for the writers.”

On Monday, November 14, Soap Opera Network spoke with a rep from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), who stated they were still in talks with Prospect Park. Unfortunately, as noted in the statement  issued to media outlets today, those talks went no where as the production company wasn’t communicating well with the union.

via Press Release

AFTRA Statement Regarding Prospect Park’s Decision to Suspend Production of “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 23, 2011) — The following is a statement from AFTRA, the union that represents actors on “One Life to Live” and “All My Children”:

“AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials, One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children,’ via online distribution.

Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions.

We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise.”


The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at

via Press Release

Prospect Park

After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive “One Life to Live” and “All My Children” via online distribution.  It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012 ABC finale impossible.

We believed the timing was right to launch an Online TV Network anchored by these two iconic soap operas, but we always knew it would be an uphill battle to create something historical, and unfortunately we couldn’t ultimately secure the backing and clear all the hurdles in time.  We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution.

While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program’s inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision. In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion.

In our opinion, new models like this can only work with the cooperation of many people striving to make them happen, and we would like to thank and praise the numerous people who tried to help and showed us incredible support.  We are extremely grateful to the fans and media who showed great support to us through this process, to ABC who did everything in their control to help, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement from many of the Soaps’ cast and crew themselves.

We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online.

Of special note, we would like to thank Frank Valentini (Executive Producer), Ron Carlivati (Head Writer of OLTL), Agnes Nixon, many of the cast of OLTL including Michael Easton, Ted King, Kelley Missal, Melissa Archer, and of course Erika Slezak all of whom signed on quickly and did all they could to help, as well as our own Christine Sacani.  Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley also get our sincerest thanks for their support.  We feel terrible we couldn’t come through for them and we were very much looking forward to working together.

With appreciation,


Rich Frank

Jeffrey Kwatinetz

GH PreVUE: Week of November 28 Edition


( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of November 28, 2011.


Olivia and Maggie both extend invitations to Steve. Steve and Olivia have a talk. Lucky’s visit gives Elizabeth hope for their future on Tuesday, November 29. Ethan interrupts as Maggie and Lucky are getting acquainted. Maggie’s reveal unleashes Elizabeth’s rage. On Wednesday, November 30, someone is watching from afar as Johnny looks for answers from Abby about the violence going on at his strip club. Michael wants to broker a deal with Tracy. With Kate’s help, Sonny finally is able to go into his old home in Bensonhurst on Friday, December 2. Ethan and Alexis search for Molly at Wyndemere.

The Inside Story: Seasons of Change
Patrick and Robin make time for romance – as do Matt and Maxie – but Lisa’s final act is clearly still on each individuals mind on Monday, November 29. Lulu and Dante discuss his career. Patrick covers up crucial evidence in Lisa murder. Robin is overcome with emotion as she honors Stone. Mac discovers his distraught niece and the pair have a heart to heart about Stone and Lisa. Maggie attends to Emma when Patrick brings her in. Robin receives important test results. Will the results change her life? Mac turns to Alexis for help with his girls. Dante is assigned a new partner. Anthony interrupts Johnny and Delores’ “official” business. Dante reveals the suspect pool for Lisa’s murder has grown. Robin makes a difficult decision after Monica confronts her about the fallout from Lisa’s murder. Lulu is at her breaking point when she realizes Dante is back in the line of fire.

A Closer Look: The Toll Taker
Sam tries to calm an emotional Jason. Jason and Sam cling to each other in bed but things are not the same. Carly calls Shawn out on his true motivation. The arrival of Franco’s gift puts the brakes on the pairs flirtation. Jason and Sam try to ignore the distance between them. Shawn, Carly and Jason view Franco’s DVD. Franco leaves his mark on the streets of Port Charles. Sam later walks into a potentially dangerous situation on those same streets. On Thursday, December 1, Jason has a difficult time keeping it together as he and Sam try to decipher the message in Franco’s grafitti work. Sam comes to a realization about the message. Carly asks Shawn an important question.


  • Patrick misinterprets what Robin is saying.
  • Carly has a new roommate.
  • Sam breaks down to Michael.
  • Sonny and Kate turn up the heat.
  • Mac rounds up the suspects.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of November 28 Edition

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( — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of November 28, 2011.


The Evans family Thanksgiving celebration comes to a screeching halt when Phylicia learns of Vivian’s views on marriage. Starr, Nate, Dani, and James visit Rick at the hospital on Tuesday, November 29, however they don’t see eye-to-eye on the the true extent and cause of his injuries. Elsewhere in Llavniew, both Rex and Stacy have horrible nightmares. Cutter reaches out to Stacy, who is starting to soften toward him. Aubrey plants a kiss on Rex on Friday, December 2. And Cutter and Stacy are summoned to Dr. Fascinella’s office.

The Inside Story: Gone Missing
Blair tells John that Tomas is missing on Monday, November 28. Todd covers his feelings in front of Viki. Natalie grows suspicious of her uncle. John finds a key piece of evidence. Blair learns the gun used to kill Victor has been found on Tuesday, November 29. Todd suggests to Viki that Tomas killed their brother. John questions Todd in front of Téa and Blair.  Todd is less than forthcoming with his comments on Wednesday, November 30, and later he and Blair grow closer. Téa wonders if her brother is a murderer. John locates Calmar. Téa and Shaun catch up. Starr asks her mother about Tomas. And Dani seeks out Jack, who begins to have second thoughts about Todd’s guilt on Friday, December 2.

A Closer Look: Matters of the Heart
John and Natalie’s relationship talk gets interrupted on Monday, November 28. Roxy catches Natalie hugging Clint, and jumps to the wrong conclusion. Natalie is shocked to learn from Roxy how John really feels about her. Later, she tells John they no longer have anything to discuss. On Thursday, December 1, John asks Brody about the fire at The Sun. Brody makes an admission, and hopes Natalie can find happiness. John questions Vimal and Rama. Todd bumps into Jack and the two mince words. Jack’s comments get Todd’s attention. Shane admits to Natalie he won’t be happy until justice is served. Later at school he meets Neela and fills her in on Jack. Todd bribes his assistant Tracy. And on Friday, December 2, Neela remembers something Jack told her when they first met.


  • Clint and Viki share a kiss.
  • Roxy’s favorite soap is canceled.
  • Viki decides to leave Llanview.
  • Stacy has a feeling of déjà vu.
  • Shane receives some shocking news.

Rick Rowell/ABC

( — Days after being declared one of the Sexiest Men Alive by People Magazine in the Special Double Issue on newsstands right now, J.R. Martinez achieved what many fully expected and took home the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars.” Tonight, season thirteen’s most charming – and naturally talented – contestant beat out talk-show host and film actor Ricki Lake and her professional partner Derek Hough as well as reality television personality Rob Kardashian and his professional partner Cheryl Burke to help bring his professional partner Karina Smirnoff her first “DWTS” win in no less than ten attempts.

The former “All My Children” star follows in the footsteps of “General Hospital” star Kelly Monaco (Sam) who won the competition in its inaugural season back in the summer of 2005. Before her winning run with Martinez, professional dancer Smirnoff’s best showing was opposite entertainment personality Mario Lopez in season three of “DWTS.” She finished in second place. On tonight’s edition of the popular dance competition, Martinez and Smirnoff were up against “DWTS” two most successful professional dancers ever. Lake’s partner, Hough, has delivered wins with three partners including current “DWTS” host Brooke Burke, singer Nicole Scherzinger, and actress Jennifer Grey; meanwhile, Kardashian’s partner, Burke has taken singer Drew Lachey and football legend Emmit Smith to the end.

Iraq war veteran, veterans’ issues advocate and motivational speaker Martinez instantly won over millions of new fans after first showing off his impressive dancing skills and equally impressive personality on “DWTS” earlier this fall. Click here for a look at the journey Martinez has taken since then and what’s up next for the fan favorite. In the immediate future look for Martinez and partner Smirnoff to show up on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday, November 23 at 12:05 AM EST. Martinez and Smirnoff will then join their fellow finalists on “Good Morning America” at 7 AM EST on Wednesday morning. Later that morning, they’ll join runners-up Kardashian and Burke on “The View.”

“DWTS” returns for Season 14 on Monday, March 19, 2012 on ABC.

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, November 22, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 22, 2011.


Tomas has come to the meeting prepared for trouble. But Todd is not alone. Tomas tries to appeal to Todd’s guilt, and we indeed see the latter’s conflict. Elsewhere, Blair seeks out Tomas but finds only Téa. Téa tells Blair that Tomas has gone in search of Todd’s killer. Téa makes it clear she’s aware Blair and Tomas have taken the next step in their relationship. Téa is glad that Tomas is with someone who makes him so happy, but warns Blair not to hurt her brother. Blair invites Téa to spend Thanksgiving with her family and calls Tomas to extend the same invitation.

Aubrey tries to distract Fascinella’s receptionist, thus providing Rex the opportunity to get inside and confront Cutter and Stacy. Cutter, though, has allied with Alex Olanov. The receptionist catches Rex, who begs entry and is refused – just as Cutter comes out with a patient, her face wrapped in bandages. Aubrey unwraps the bandages against Cutter’s objections.

Bo and Nora receive a visit from the newly re-elected Mayor Finn, who reminds them of her campaign promise and proceeds to fire Bo. Nora defends Bo but Finn won’t be moved.

Nate and James alert Dani and Starr respectively to a rumor hitting the web: Are Nate and Starr having an affair? Nate and Starr point out that the images in the web item are drawn from the video and realize that Rick must be behind the buzz. Rick shows up at La Boulaie to revel in the surging publicity. The kids do not see things the way he does and at EOD advance on him.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Matthew narrates the story of Thanksgiving.
  • John and Natalie return to Llanfair with Liam.
  • A death rocks Llanview, and a family will never be the same.

GH Recap: Tuesday, November 22, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 22, 2011.


Dante questions Kate over her involvement at the warehouse where he was shot, but Sonny stops Dante from interrogating Kate further. Delores pays the Zaccharas a visit – and we see chemistry fly between Delores and Johnny.

Lucky rushes off the elevator to see Aiden, and Luke slips out to Tracy’s disappointment. Lucky watches Luke at the Haunted Star – is he drinking? Anthony makes a pass at Tracy again.

Hostess Olivia sets aside Thanksgiving cooking to comfort a distraught Lulu. Dante and Lulu reaffirm their love for one another.  

On the Next General Hospital

  • Jason looses it completely.
  • Dante runs to Olivia’s to find himself at a crossroads.
  • Another year and another holiday at the Quartermaine household.

GH Alerts: Week of November 28 Edition


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


  • Monday: Sam tries to calm Jason down. Patrick and Robin get close in bed. Lulu and Dante discuss his career.
  • Tuesday: Elizabeth gets a visit from Lucky and Aiden. Lulu turns to Olivia and Steve. Carly calls Shawn out.
  • Wednesday: Mac discovers a distraught Robin. Jason and Sam share time together. Franco is making graffiti art in Port Charles.
  • Thursday: 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.
  • Friday: Monica has an important question for Robin. Elizabeth has a shocking response for Luke. Sonny and Kate continue their visit in Bensonhurst.

OLTL Alerts: Week of November 28 Edition

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


  • Monday: Natalie and John plan to discuss their relationship. One Llanview family will never be the same. The Evans family Thanksgiving dinner hits a snag.
  • Tuesday: Todd cozies up to Blair. Rick’s blackmail attempts result in consequences for a member of Starr’s family. Todd tells Viki that Tomas may have killed Victor.
  • Wednesday: Viki asks Todd how he feels about their brother’s murder. Viki and Clint share a tender moment. Roxy lets the cat out of the bag.
  • Thursday: Todd makes a discovery about Jack. Aubrey and Rex kiss, as does another unexpected couple. Shane meets Neela.
  • Friday: Someone realizes that something is not as it seems to be. Is Jack’s attitude toward Todd finally starting to soften? Neela is shocked by what she learns.

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