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

 
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

On Monday, January 7, former “General Hospital” star Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan) will appear on CBS’ “The Talk” with a huge announcement, according to a promo released Friday by the network. Does that mean he will announce his joining “The Young and the Restless?” It’s definitely a possibility!

It was back in August when Daytime Confidential first reported that Burton would likely be departing “GH” after opting not to renew his contract with the series. Shortly afterward, Soap Opera Network began hearing rumblings over at CBS that former “GH” executive producer and current EP at “The Young and the Restless,” Jill Farren Phelps, was hoping to snag the star over to daytime’s most watched soap. Of course, Burton himself played down those rumors in an exit interview with Michael Logan a few days later. “Jill is one of my dearest friends. [Laughs] I’m never going to say never because, as soon as I do, I’ll be popping up over there!” said Burton at the time. Late last month, Logan reported that he was now hearing Burton was joining “Y&R” in a major role.

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Rick Rowell/ABC

Rick Rowell/ABC

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” creator Agnes Nixon has released an official statement on the news of Prospect Park once again moving forward with plans to produce online episodes of the soaps this year. Her message was posted on her official website as well as her official Facebook page just a short time ago. The statement is as follows:

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If you love your “Revenge,” you will most likely also enjoy a series of “Deception.” Debuting Monday, January 7 at 10:00 PM ET/9:00 PM CT on NBC, “Deception” tells the story of Vivian Bowers, a wealthy socialite and notorious party girl who appears to have died from a drug overdose. In actuality, it looks like Vivian may have been murdered. Portraying the role of the dead is former “One Life to Live” star Bree Williamson, who can be seen in the first act of the series pilot as an alive Vivian just before her death, while seen subsequently in various flashbacks and imagery.

NBC Universal

NBC Universal

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Congratulations are in order for former “General Hospital” and “General Hospital: Night Shift” actress Kent King and husband Christian Cardona, who welcomed their first child, Griffin King Cardona, on Thursday, December 27, 2012. “He is so sweet and yummy, and I’m so in love!” said King in a posting on Facebook. The newborn baby boy was born at 12:29 PM PT and weighed in at 8lbs 1oz, the actress told Soap Opera Network exclusively.

Last summer, King and Cardona celebrated the premiere of their online fan film “Y: The Last Man Rising,” which was based on the Vertigo comic book series “Y: The Last Man” that produced only 60 issues in the span of nearly five years (September 2002 to March 2008).



Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group

Just about a month before announcing their decision to postpone plans to launch “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on the web in early 2012, Prospect Park announced a partnership with Universal Music Group that would bring music, e-commerce and artist participation to new productions of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” So now that word broke that Prospect Park is re-rebooting both soaps for the web in 2013, we felt it was a great opportunity to check on the status of this endeavor.

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The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company

A few days ago a comment was posted on our website regarding why SOAPnet was still on the air, particularly on the posters cable system, despite the network widely expected to have left the airwaves in 2012. As we reported in April 2011, SOAPnet will transition into Disney Jr. at some point, but not until new deals are forged with cable operators.

April 25, 2011

Your first thought would be that a new network taking over from another will result in the old networks subscribers immediately becoming the new channels subscribers, but that is not the case for Disney Jr. and SOAPnet. Cable and Satellite operators signed long-term contracts with the Walt Disney Company to carry SOAPnet along with its plethora of cable channels. With the launch of Disney Jr. in place of SOAPnet, operators and Disney are now required to sign a new deal that would allow Disney to launch Disney Jr. The only problem is any new deal would put discussions of carriage on the table for powerhouses , Disney Channel, , ABC Family and even the ABC Television Network now that it too receives re-transmission fees from cable and satellite operators (courtesy of its Owned & Operated stations). Since new deals have not been signed with providers, SOAPnet will remain on air until agreements have been met.

Now that it is 2013, we wondered if there was any progress being made in the transition. At last count (summer 2012), SOAPnet was still available to more than 60 million cable homes. Therefore, we recently reached out to representatives from The Walt Disney Company Read More >>



Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Ratings Report for the Week of December 17-21, 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 4,341,000 (-31,000/-586,000)
2. B&B 3,204,000 (-54,000/-148,000)
3. GH 2,800,000 (+143,000/+472,000)
4. DAYS 2,295,000 (-74,000/-86,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.2/10 (-.1/-.3)
2. B&B 2.4/7 (same/same)
3. GH 2.0/6 (same/+.3)
4. DAYS 1.8/5 (same/same)

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From “Cold Spring” to “Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” former soap stars Marisa Ramirez (“General Hospital”), Sam Page (“All My Children”), Patrick Muldoon (“Days of our Lives,” “Melrose Place”), Aiden Turner (“All My Children”), Elizabeth Rohm (“One Life to Live”), Sean Patrick Flannery  (“The Young and the Restless”) and Scott Evans (“One Life to Live”) will grace the Lifetime movie screens this month as the group of actors help tell the networks tradition of stories involving stalkings, affairs and murder.

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Although we didn’t get a chance to do one for 2011, I’m pleased to announce that with the assistance of those who’ve been following your favorite daytime soaps and their episode counts through out 2012, Soap Opera Network will resume its annual Airhog Awards in which daytime soap stars are ranked in order of who hogged the most airtime in daytime during each calendar year.

Soap Opera Network

Soap Opera Network

While the term hog infers pig, which is perceived by the term “pigging out,” our usage is a term of endearment to those who’ve appeared the most on your favorite daytime shows.

To review the “winners” of years past, click here.



Robert Erdmann

Robert Erdmann

Beginning in February 2013, fans of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” will have to get used to seeing a new set of faces portraying the role of Sydney DiMera, Sami (Alison Sweeney) and EJ’s (James Scott) daughter. According to website Jason47.com, twins Nadia and Talia Hartounian will assume the role from twins Isabelle and Sahara Roberts at that time.

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