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: Monday, January 16, 2012

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( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, January 16, 2012.


Jason and Sam reel together and have more questions than answers.

Sonny braces himself in a fight to survive. Shawn discovers him, and we see Jax walking away with a gun.

Shocked, Patrick refuses to believe Elizabeth and fears the worst. Patrick calls Robin.

Ewen and Cassandra discuss her possible past as Lulu confronts Ethan on his crush. Meanwhile, Helena lurks in the walls of Wyndemere.

Maxie and Matt prepare for the “Woman Behind The Man” shoot, and she asks him to move in with her. Who is following Maxie?

On the Next General Hospital

  • Tracy is upset at recent events.
  • Matt gets uncomfortable with all the attention Ewen is paying Elizabeth.
  • Carly and Johnny make plans.

On the heels of a cancellation announcement and a failed online venture, it was announced that successful former Executive Producer, Frank Valentini, and former Head Writer, Ron Carlivati, of “One Life to Live” were hired for the same positions at a struggling “General Hospital.” Rattling many “GH” fans in recent days has been the announcement that at least several major “OLTL” stars will be showing up in Port Charles as their Llanview alter egos. Carlivati insists to insiders that “GH” fans need not worry as he has no intention of turning their soap into “OLTL.” To that end, the show-runners have also announced the return of three of “GH’s” most legendary performers and characters – Finola Hughes, Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms as Anna, Robert and Holly – for extended runs on the last-standing ABC daytime drama.


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( — It was recently announced that Darnell Williams would be joining the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in 2012. The two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner becomes the forth “All My Children” actor to land on the high rated CBS daytime dramas since the 41-year old ABC soap went off the air in September 2011. He joins Jacob Young who returned to “The Bold and the Beautiful” last September, and past and future co-stars Debbi Morgan and Melissa Claire Egan.  

Williams long-time co-star, Morgan, currently plays Harmony on “Y&R,” the long-time absent mother of Devon (Bryton McClure) on the CBS soap. Paired with Morgan, Williams contributed to forming daytime’s first super couple of color on “AMC.” Jesse and Angie Hubbard remain, arguably, the most enduring and famous couple of color created on daytime television. This marks the forth soap that Williams and Morgan have appeared on together, ultimately paired with each other each time. Along with the aforementioned soaps, the actors have appeared on “Loving” and ‘The City” at the same time. Williams started his daytime career on “AMC” in 1981.

In recent years the number one soap in the nation has taken to hiring – and then in several cases firing – former “AMC” actors at a very high rate. Since 2005, “Y&R” has hired Amelia Heinle (Victoria; ex-Mia, “AMC”), Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, “AMC” and “Y&R”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe; ex-Maggie, “AMC”), Stacy Haiduk (Patty; ex-Hannah, “AMC”), Eden Riegel (ex-Heather, “Y&R”; ex-Bianca, “AMC”), Billy Miller (Billy; ex-Richie, “AMC”), Jeff Branson (Ronan; ex-Jonathan, “AMC”), Egan (Chelsea ;ex-Annie, “AMC”), Morgan and Williams fresh off their Pine Valley runs.  Fittingly, “Y&R” jumped at the chance to hire “AMC’s” long-time casting director, Judy Blye Wilson, this past fall.

There are currently no details available on whom Williams will be playing on “Y&R” or when he will debut in his new role. Stay tuned.

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( — While she holds out great hope for the future of daytime television, the former first lady of the genre, Susan Lucci, is currently busy adding another notch to her full resume. Beginning this fall, fans can see the legend and former star of “All My Children” hosting and narrating a new series, titled “Deadly Affairs,” for the cable network Investigation Discovery.

Along with updated encore presentations of some of prime-times most memorable investigation shows, like NBC’s “Dateline” and CBS’ “48 Hours,” Investigation Discovery or ID is known for creating new programming documenting true-life stories of crime and punishment. Some of their more popular original series include “I (Almost) Got Away With It,” “Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?,” “Wicked Attraction,” and “Deadly Women.” Following a similar formula to “Wicked Attraction,” according to a press release from the network, “Deadly Affairs” will “explore true stories of romance gone wrong and the crimes of passion that resulted.” Noting the often romantic and tragic heritage of daytime television serial storytelling, Lucci calls the seemingly natural partnership “a perfect match.” In the past, Lucci has narrated on at least severel occasions in the past including for Lifetime’s “Intimate Portrait,” the prestigious Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and for her memoir “All My Life.” 

“Deadly Affairs” will begin filming in March and is set to debut at the beginning of the 2012 – 2013 fall television season. Investigation Discovery has ordered ten episodes of the series. If you can’t wait until fall to see Lucci again, there are no worries ahead for you. Along with airing regularly on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and on multiple networks with infomercials selling her line of jewelry and products to enhance beauty and fitness, as previously reported, Lucci will guest-star on the new season of “Army Wives.” The series’ sixth season debuts this spring. Lucci will appear in at least two episodes of the high-rated Lifetime series.


( — Former “All My Children” leading men Cameron Mathison and Thorsten Kaye are scheduled to help heat up the primetime schedule later this winter. Mathison is scheduled to hit the sheets with one of televisions original housewives on the last season of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives.” Meanwhile, Kaye will show up on NBC’s highly anticipated mid-season replacement, the musical drama “Smash,” where his character will turn the temperature up for a brassy and determined Broadway producer going through some rough personal and professional times.

Mathison will appear opposite former “One Life to Live” star Marcia Cross on “Desperate Housewives” this January. In the wake of an unsuccessful suicide attempt, Cross’ character, Bree Van de Kamp, will take up an interesting new hobby to mask her personal woes. The fiery red head will begin picking up random men at bars for drinks and hot sex. Mathison will make an enticing contribution to Bree’s nasty new habit on Sunday, January 22. Mathison debuted as Ryan Lavery on “AMC” in 1997 and, amongst various other projects, has recently been keeping busy as a correspondent for “Good Morning America.”

Last fall, a publicist for the NBC’s “Smash” confirmed to Soap Opera Network that, while scripts were still in the middle of being written, Kaye would be portraying the recurring role of a love interest for the character of Eileen Rand on the series. Eileen, played by Academy Award winner (“Prizzi’s Honor”) Angelica Huston, will be going through a very tense split from her business partner and husband - who both just happen to be the same man, Jerry Rand (Michael Christofer). When recently contacted for an update on Kaye’s role we were told there was “nothing further” to add at this time. As per Kaye’s official website, look for the actor to make his debut on the seventh original episode of the series which should air in March. Kaye started his daytime career on “One Life to Live” in 1995 and ended it, for the time being, on “AMC” in 2011. “Smash” debuts on Monday, February 6 on NBC.

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( — “One Life to Live” January 2012 Episode Counts.

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Thanks to alexisfan07 for assistance with compiling the episode counts.

January 2012 Episode Counts

9 new episodes in January ’12

Listed below are the total # of episodes each actor appeared in for the month of January, and the percentages of total episodes each actor earned for the month of January.

1) Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning)—–9—–100%
1) Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Bank)—–9—–100%
1) Michael Easton (John McBain)—–9—–100%
4) Hillary B. Smith (Nora Buchanan)—–8—–89%
4) Jerry verDorn (Clint Buchanan)—–8—–89%
4) Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan)—–8—–89%
7) Roger Howarth (Todd Manning)—–7—–78%
7) Van Hughes (Cole Thornhart)—–7—–78%—–guest stint; first aired 01/03
7) Erika Slezak (Viki Banks)—–7—–78%
7) Bree Williamson (Jessica Brennan/Tess/Bess/Wes)—–7—–78%

11) Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer)——6—–67%
11) Nic Robuck (James Ford)—–6—–67%
13) Roscoe Born (Mitch Laurence)—–5—–56%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
13) Ty Treadway (Troy MacIver)—–5—–56%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
15) Frankie Faison (Richard Evans)—–4—–44%—–recurring
15) David A. Gregory (Robert Ford)—–4—–44%—–last aired 01/10
17) Eddie Alderson (Matthew Buchanan)—–3—–33%
17) Shenell Edmonds (Destiny Evans)—–3—–33%
17) Barbara Garrick (Allison Perkins)—–3—–33%—–guest stint; last aired 01/13
17) Patrick Gibbons, Jr. (Sam Manning)—–3—–33%—–recurring
17) Kearran Giovanni (Vivian Wright)—–3—–33%—–recurring
17) Catherine Hickland (Lindsay Rappaport)—–3—–33%—–guest stint; last aired 01/06
17) Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom)—–3—–33%—–recurring
17) Florencia Lozano (Téa Manning)——-3—–33%
17) Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans)—–3—–33%
17) Tess, Madeline and Molly Sullivan (Hope Thornhart)—–3—-33%—–recurring

27) Peter Bartlett (Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe)——2——22%——recurring
27) Nick Choksi (Vimal Patel)—–2—–22%—–recurring
27) Meghann Fahy (Hannah O’Connor)—–2—–22%—–guest stint; last aired 01/06
27) Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco)—–2—–22%—–last aired 01/12
27) Joel Haberli (Bandaged Patient)—–2—–22%—–guest stint; last aired 01/04
27) Ted King (Tomas Delgado)—–2—–22%
27) John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom)—–2—–22%—–last aired 01/12
27) Christian & Gavin McGinley (baby Liam)——2—–22%—–recurring
27) Kelley Missal (Danielle Rayburn)—–2—–22%
27) Tonye Patano (Phylicia Evans)—–2—–22%—–recurring
27) Tim Ransom (Cole’s Doctor)—–2—–22%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
27) Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning)—–2—–22%
27) Matthew and Nicholas Urbanowicz (baby Ryder)——2—–22%——recurring
27) Austin Williams (Shane Morasco)—–2—–22%—–last aired 01/12
27) Uncredited actor portraying Ford’s Doctor—–2—–22%—–guest stint; last aired 01/10

42) David Aaron Baker (Tv Announcer Voice Over)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/05
42) Susan Batten (Luna Moody)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
42) Carolina Bermudez (Blanca Morales)—–1—–11%—–recurring
42) Anna Marie Gibbons (Girl in Hospital)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/11
42) Crystal Hunt (Stacy Morasco)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
42) Fiona Hutchison (Gabrielle Medina)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
42) Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett)—–1—–11%—–last aired 01/13
42) Ezra Giovanni-Scott Malak (baby Drew)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/13
42) Scott T. Miller (Statesville Commanding Officer)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/04
42) Peter Austin Noto (Prisoner Johnny Rocket)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/03
42) Anges Nixon (Agnes Dixon)—–1—–11%—–special guest stint; last aired 01/12
42) Teresa Patel (Neela Patel)—–1—–11%—–recurring
42) Pamela Payton-Wright (Addie Cramer)—–1—–11%—–recurring
42) Austin Peck (Rick Powers)—–1—–11%—–recurring
42) Jonathan Earl Peck (Malcolm Baker)—–1—–11%—–recurring
42) Lenny Platt (Nate Salinger)—–1—–11%
42) Trevor St. John (Victor Lord, Jr.)——1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/13
42) John Wesley Shipp (Eddie Ford)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
42) Jason Tam (Markko Rivera)—–1——11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/13
42) Shenaz Treasury (Rama Patel)—–1—–11%—–recurring
42) Jessica Tuck (Megan Gordon)—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
42) Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde)—–1—–11%——guest stint; last aired 01/13
42) Tuc Watkins (David Vickers Buchanan)—–1—–11%—–recurring
42) Uncredited actor portraying Statesville Cop—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/04
42) Uncredited actor portraying Todd’s Associate—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/13
42) Uncredited actors portraying EMTs—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/06
42) Uncredited actors portraying Llanview EMTs—–1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/09
42) Uncredited actors portraying LPD Cops——1—–11%—–guest stint; last aired 01/05

Various totals for all other dayplayer roles for this month.

Contract cast members NOT appearing this month: Terri Conn (Aubrey Wentworth AKA Kristine Karr) and Josh Kelly (Cutter Wentworth).

Major recurring cast NOT appearing this month: Patricia Elliott (Renée Divine Buchanan), Jessica Leccia (Inez Salinger), and Saundra Santiago (Carlotta Vega).

( — Ratings Report for the Week of January 2-6, 2012

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 4,919,000 (-166,000/-188,000)
2. B&B 3,452,000 (+36,000/+241,000)
3. OLTL 2,713,000 (-184,000/+342,000)
4. DAYS 2,508,000 (-203,000/-155,000)
5. GH 2,294,000 (-133,000/-444,000)

1. Y&R 3.6/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.5/7 (+.1/+.3)
3. OLTL 2.0/6 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
5. GH 1.7/5 (same/-.3) <—–– ties low (3rd straight week)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 935,000 (-11,000/-139,000)
2. B&B 676,000 (+53,000/+13,000)
3. OLTL 636,000 (-12,000/+63,000)
4. DAYS 605,000 (+4,000/-194,000)
5. GH 589,000 (+39,000/-232,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5/8 (same/-.1)
2. B&B 1.1/6 (+.1/+.1)
3. OLTL 1.0/6 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (same/-.3)
4. GH 0.9/5 (same/-.3) <—–– ties low (3rd straight week)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 62,000 (-5,000/+44,000)
2. B&B 32,000 (-31,000/+13,000)
3. Y&R 29,000 (-49,000/-3,000)
4. GH 21,000 (-4,000/-33,000)
5. DAYS 19,000 (-3,000/+4,000)

Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.6/4 (-.1/-.3)
1. OLTL 0.6/3 (same/+.2)
3. DAYS 0.5/3 (same/-.3)
3. B&B 0.5/3 (+.1/same)
5. GH 0.4/2 (same/-.3) <—–– ties low (3rd straight week)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,162,000 (-74,000/-133,000)
2. B&B 763,000 (-16,000/+4,000)
3. OLTL 543,000 (-54,000/+98,000)
4. DAYS 493,000 (-80,000/-87,000)
5. GH 443,000 (-71,000/-90,000)

Day-To-Day Ratings ñ HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 2.7/3,793,000
Tuesday: 2.5/3,386,000
Wednesday: 2.6/3,686,000
Thursday: 2.5/3,249,000
Friday: 2.4/3,145,000

Tuesday: 1.9/2,613,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,486,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,486,000
Friday: 1.8/2,445,000

Tuesday: 1.8/2,374,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,395,000
Thursday: 1.6/2,047,000
Friday: 1.8/2,361,000

Tuesday: 2.0/2,768,000
Wednesday: 1.9/2,720,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,490,000
Friday: 2.1/2,874,000

Monday: 3.9/5,387,000
Tuesday: 3.5/4,874,000
Wednesday: 3.7/5,207,000
Thursday: 3.6/4,746,000
Friday: 3.4/4,380,000

For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through January 8, 2012

1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.4
3. OLTL 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
5. GH 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: Friday, January 13, 2012

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( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, January 13, 2012.


Sam tells Jason the results.

Patrick is concerned he has not heard from Robin. She finally calls – but she is not where she claims to be. Elizabeth has a heart-to-heart with Patrick.

A familiar face is back in Port Charles.

Meanwhile, Kate talks Sonny down from compromising his son in mob revenge but he gets into trouble. We see Michael buy a gun.

Ethan and Cassandra combust but Ewen warns Cassandra.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Patrick calls Robin.
  • Shawn discovers Sonny.
  • Lulu confronts Ethan.


( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of January 16, 2012.


On Tuesday, January 17, Lulu begins a new career – with interesting results. Later, with wine in hand, Lulu mulls her future. Jason and Sam reel. Spinelli gets an update concerning Franco on Wednesday, January 18. Can Steve and Olivia get back on track? Shawn finds the son of the man he accidentally killed, TJ. Fate (and school) acquaints the same young man with Molly. Shawn has his hands full with TJ on Thursday, January 19. Tracy goes through the stages of grief as Anthony continues to plan their wedding with an unnerved Maxie. Someone important interrupts Anthony and Tracy’s big moment. Patrick is rocked by his discussion with Elizabeth. He later calls Robin who agrees to return home. On Friday, January 20, will Robin find the strength to come clean to her husband?

The Inside Story: Father Figure
Carly returns to Luke for help after upping the ante with Johnny. Sonny finds himself in a fight for survival. Shawn later comes upon the mobster as we see Jax walking away from the scene with a gun. Ewen gives Dante and Delores insight into the mind of the killer. Michael, meanwhile, tries to get rid of a gun. Kate gets an unsettling reminder that Sonny still has a very dark side.  Johnny confronts Michael after finding him with a gun. Jason and Sonny discuss their history with the Zacchara family. Jax stops Michael from making a mistake. Michael appears to take a loving Jax’s good advice to heart. Luke is ready to give Carly what she wants … for a price. Later, Luke’s news stuns Sonny. Will Carly and Johnny actually go through with it and make love on Friday, January 20? Olivia and Kate discuss the trouble with men. Kate arrives at the airport to meet someone.

A Closer Look: Love Games
Ewen and Cassandra discuss the past. Lulu, meanwhile, confronts Ethan about his crush as Helena continues to lurk. Maxie asks Matt to move in with her. But who is following the manic fashionista? Matt bristles at the attention Ewen is paying to Elizabeth. Maxie and Elizabeth argue about Matt. Matt tries to keep the peace but finds himself physically trapped between the two warring parties. On Thursday, January 19, Maxie asks Spinelli an important question that could change the game. Ethan seeks Spinelli out for help. Ewen bristles as Cassandra and Ethan continue to grow closer.


  • Patrick confronts Robin.
  • Johnny and Anthony have a major argument.
  • Edward and Luke find some common ground.
  • Olivia questions Lulu.
  • Alexis upsets Sam.


( – Michael E. Knight will be back delighting fans this February. Knight has been cast in The Blank Theatre Company’s west coast production of “The Cost of the Erection.”

Aptly titled, “The Cost of the Erection” is a oft-time comedic tale about a wealthy woman who, in an effort to revive her marriage, forces her architect husband (played by Knight) into a face-off against a younger, hotshot architect to design the exclusive Manhattan space she purchases. The Jon Marans play is directed by Daniel Henning and will play at The Blank Theatre Company’s 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood. Henning is the founder of the award winning Blank Theatre Company. Joining Knight on stage is Robin Riker (who has appeared on several soaps including “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “Days of Our Lives”), as the wealthy wife, James Louis Wagner, as the young architect, and Kal Bennett.

The play will make its Hollywood debut with preview performances beginning on Saturday, February 4. The official opening night will be on February 11. Performances will continue every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through March 18. Tickets range from $26.00 to $30.00. For more information on tickets, location and the play visit

In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek of “The Cost of the Erection” in the video below:

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