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

Errol Lewis, Publisher and Editor in Chief

GH Recap: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 16, 2011.


Frantic, Lulu and Tracy try to find Luke and Aiden. Lucky boards a plane back to America. Meanwhile, Luke – and his own conscious – discuss his psychological scars and responsibility. Is Luke in another car accident?

Ethan addresses Laura’s portrait and discovers a ghostly glow.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Jason remains resolute to track down Franco.
  • Maxie receives a dozen red roses.
  • Tracy and Lulu are shocked with news.

GH Recap: Tuesday, November 15, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 15, 2011.


We almost get a full glimpse of Elizabeth’s mystery man.

Ethan sees wet footprints when he enters Wyndemere.

Luke pays a visit to his grandson. Meanwhile, Lucky awakes from a dream and gets a message. Lucky calls home with an emergency – and Luke picks up the phone.

Sam tries to avoid telling Spinelli what haunts her. Meanwhile, Jason comes unhinged with Sonny about Franco, and we see Jason is haunted, too.

Steve and Matt exchange quixotic words about Lisa Niles’ murder.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Luke and his own conscious discuss his psychological scars.
  • Ethan addresses Laura’s portrait and discovers a ghostly glow.
  • More drama for Sonny.

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( — On Monday afternoon, Vincent Irizarry received word of Jamey Giddens‘ (of Daytime Confidential) rather strong implication on Twitter that [Irizarry's] inability to reach an agreement with production company Prospect Park along with Agnes Nixon and Lorraine Broderick’s “story projections” were a major reason Prospect Park decided to reportedly halt early production efforts to move “All My Children” to the internet. The none too pleased Daytime Emmy Award winner responded to the claim on Facebook on Monday evening.

Irizarry was provided with an unexpected birthday surprise on Saturday, November 12 when Giddens revealed that his sources had spilled that “Prospect Park’s inability to make a deal [with] Irizarry is a factor in #AMC reboot stalling. Stories were to heavily involve David… [From a branding pt., Susan Lucci was their biggest casting factor, from story it was Irizzary].” When questioned on how that deduction was possible when neither an Executive Producer or Head Writer has been hired for the soap, as opposed to sister soap “One Life to Live,” which has signed talent to the aforementioned positions for their 2.0 incarnation as well as thirteen actors, Giddens added “Agnes and Lorraine worked on story projections for the show.”

On Monday evening, along with requesting the source of the claim that was stated to him in reduced form, Irizarry responded on his official fan page on Facebook  and emphatically stated that “the part re: me and Lorraine is absolute rubbish. We are certainly not the reason [Prospect Park] has put the show on hold.” (Update: 11/16/11) This evening on Twitter, Vincent neither confirmed or denied the accuracy of Giddens sources but did state he felt Giddens comments were “terribly misquoted” to him by the original poster on his Facebook page. The posters original comment stated to Irizarry that it had been “reported that that the show was put on hold…because broderick and vincent cant decide if they want to sign.”

It had been revealed as far back as October 6 that Irizarry had finally been contacted by Prospect Park to join “AMC” as it prepared to go online. This discussion had not led to a signing before the reported stall in early production; similar to the results of reported discussions with major “AMC” names including Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), Michael E. Knight (ex-Tad Martin), Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe), Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall Hart) and Jacob Young (ex-JR Chandler). From the performers they reached out to, Prospect Park has only been able to secure Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery), Lindsay Hartley (Cara Castillo) and Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard).

Irizarry, who just turned a handsome 52-years old, has enjoyed a long and successful daytime carrer which began on CBS’s Guiding Light in 1984 as anti-hero Brandon “Lujack” Luvanoczeck. He played the popular role until 1986. In 1987, the actor joined the cast of Santa Barbara for a two year run as Dr. Scott Clark. Irizarry returned to the soap that put him on the map in 1991 as Nick McHenry Spaulding. He remained on the soap for five more years. Irizarry landed the role of Dr. David Hayward in November 1997 and remained an integral part of the ABC soap through to the end outside of a two year break between his two stints in Pine Valley where he landed on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

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( — With an amazing spirit that shines from the inside out and a very quick learning curve, Iraq war veteran and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez wasted little time winning over legions of “All My Children” fans after joining the cast of the popular daytime drama in November of 2008. The fearless 28-year old has gone on to win over the hearts of millions more since joining the cast of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Along with soaring to the top of the leaderboard on the popular dance show, the actor has emerged as arguably the most popular star of the 13th season and a role model to many who may have never heard of him before.

On November 1, Rick Jackson, the President of the Tournament of Roses announced the appointment of Martinez as Grand Marshal of the annual event that airs on January 2. The events theme for 2012 is “Just Imagine…” The theme celebrates the power of imagination, inspiration and determination to encourage people to reach higher and try harder. Jackson felt Martinez was the perfect embodiment of “Just Imagine…” Along with leading off the Rose Parade, Martinez will also toss the coin before the 98th Rose Bowl college football game. Former Grand Marshals of the event include Bob Hope, Richard Nixon, Walt Disney, Roy Rogers, Hank Aaron, Charles Schulz, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and George Lucas to name just a few.

On Monday, November 7, Martinez earned a Tri-Union Diversity Award, along with the likes of television legend Bill Cosby. The Tri-Union Diversity Award is awarded by the three major unions covering actors – the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the American Federation of Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). The award celebrates performers and organizations that “have taken an active stand to make a difference toward a more representational, multicultural community by helping build a foundation for diversity within the industry.” Martinez was chosen for the honor for providing a strong voice to both burn victims and disabled veterans in the industry as a performer on both “AMC” and “DWTS.”

Just this past Friday, which happened to be Veterans Day, Martinez enjoyed his second visit to “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” His first appearance was as a scheduled guest on October 12. The actor who within a month of his deployment to Iraq in 2003 suffered severe burns to nearly half of his body when his Humvee hit a land mine recently shared his personal story of triumph over tragedy with People Magazine for a cover story. He is on the cover of the November 7 issue. The aforementioned honors are not exactly everyday occurances for current or former daytime actors who have not made it in prime-time or films nor for war veterans. Along with being a fixture on entertainment shows such as EXTRA, Martinez also made a special guest appearance on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” for its Veterans Day episode.

On “DWTS,” Martinez continues to show-off his quick learning curve and, in a first for the season, earned not just one but two consecutive perfect scores with partner Karina Smirnoff in the 8th week of competiton. On Monday, considered the favorite to take the top spot, Martinez joined soccer player Hope Solo, reality star Rob Kardashian, and probably his most fierce competition, talk show host Ricki Lake in the semifinals. Despite obvious discomfort from an ankle he injured in practice this past weekend, Martinez earned high marks for his efforts but landed in third place as Kardashian continued to show improvement. Tune in to “DWTS” tonite to see if Martinez makes it to the Finals scheduled to begin airing on Monday, November 21. Having made it to the semifinals in the current season of competition, Martinez has already out-danced former “AMC” co-stars and former “DWTS” competitors Cameron Mathison (finished in 5th place in season 5), Susan Lucci (finished in 6th place in season 7) and Aiden Turner (finished in 9th place in season 10).

GH Recap: Monday, November 14, 2011

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( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, November 14, 2011.


Lucky gets a churchyard message and a visitor.

Delirious, Elizabeth clings to Jason from her hospital bed swearing Jake is alive, as Matt and Monica look on.

Mac questions Patrick and Robin about Lisa Niles murder.

Maggie gets acclimated to General Hospital – and Olivia.

Dante interrupts Delores from interrogating Olivia as a suspect. Sonny and Luke have a deep heart to heart about Dante & Lulu. Meanwhile, Lulu has her hands full with Cameron and Aiden, only for Dante to level her with news that he is on the Lisa Niles murder case.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Sam tries to avoid telling Spinelli what haunts her.
  • Lucky awakes from a dream.
  • Steve and Matt exchange quixotic words.

GH Recap: Friday, November 11, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, November 11, 2011.


Jason and Sam arrive home in Port Charles.

Olivia gets introduced to Maggie, a woman from Steve’s past in Memphis.

Carly draws out more stories from Shawn’s past on Veteran’s Day.

Confused and dejected, Lucky believes he made it all up himself. But while Lucky sleeps, he gets another visitor.

Elizabeth continues on a downward spiral as Matt tries hard to save her. Elizabeth gets an unplanned visit from Jason just as Matt arrives.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Mac questions Patrick and Robin.
  • Lucky gets a churchyard message.
  • Sonny and Luke have a deep heart to heart.

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( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of November 14, 2011.


On Monday, November 14, Maggie gets comfortable with her surroundings. Spinelli senses something is off with Sam on Tuesday, November 15. Jason snaps when Sonny questions him about Franco. Sam and Jason continue struggle as the hitman makes it his mission to track down Franco. Maxie receives a familiar gift. Maxie has a proposition for Matt. Ethan questions Alexis after several more odd occurrences at Wyndemere. Multiple people lurk the halls of the dark castle on Friday, November 18. Michael tells Carly what his condition is for attending her Thanksgiving feast. Sonny tells Alexis what he wants from her. Sonny makes a big decision after another argument with Carly.

The Inside Story: Tortured Souls
Delirious with fever, Elizabeth insists to a visiting Jason that their son is still alive as Matt and Monica look on. Meanwhile, one of Elizabeth’s other children, Aiden, gets a visit from his grandfather. Luke receives an urgent call from Lucky. Lulu and Tracy fear the worst when they realize Luke and Aiden are missing. Luke has a thought provoking conversation … with himself on Wednesday, November 16. Will it distract him from the figurative and literal road ahead? Lucky boards a plane back to the states. Tracy and Lulu are shocked when they learn what Lucky requested of Luke. On Thursday, November 17, Steve, Monica, Robin and Maggie grow concerned after examining Aiden. Maggie has Aiden’s diagnosis. Tracy confronts Luke after he suffers a setback.

A Closer Look: True Crimes
Mac questions Robin and Patrick about the last time they saw Lisa. Dante steps in after finding Delores questioning his mother about Lisa. Sonny and Luke discuss the relationship between Dante and Lulu. Meanwhile, Dante returns home where he ends up leveling his frustrated and wary fiance with his announcement about the murder investigation. Steve and Matt discuss Lisa. Patrick confronts Anthony and Johnny about the part they played in the whole Lisa debacle. Dante arrives and observes the dynamic between the Zacchara men. On Friday, November 18, incriminating evidence is found against a suspect in the Lisa Niles murder investigation.


  • Sonny has a surprise for Kate.
  • Things take an interesting turn when Delores pays the Zacchara men a visit.
  • Jason freaks out.
  • The annual Quartermaine Thanksgiving feast.

GH Recap: Thursday, November 10, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, November 10, 2011.


Jason and Sam go in search for clues of Franco’s whereabouts.

Mac announces an investigation is now open regarding Lisa. Patrick, Robin, Matt, Maxie, Steve and Olivia are all suspects. Dante gets drawn into the Lisa Niles case just as Lulu hoped he would take a break.

Kodi Kitchen joins the cast in the contract role of Maggie. Maggie, the new pediatrics doctor, arrives at General Hospital. Olivia saves Steve from single parenting of Cameron and Aiden – the situation suddenly heavy with future implications for the couple.

Lucky wonders if his subconscious is the one spelling messages for himself, but later, he gets a visitor in the churchyard.

Tracy reveals to Luke the truth about Aiden.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Carly learns more about Shawn.
  • Elizabeth gets an unexpected visitor.
  • Sam’s upset.

GH Alerts: Week of November 14 Edition


( — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of November 14, 2011.


  • Monday: Lucky gets a churchyard message. Sonny and Luke have a deep heart to heart. Mac questions Patrick and Robin.
  • Tuesday: Sam tries to avoid telling Spinelli what haunts her. Lucky awakes from a dream. Steve and Matt exchange quixotic words.
  • Wednesday: Luke and his own conscious discuss his psychological scars. Ethan addresses Laura’s portrait and discovers a ghostly glow. Sonny encounters more drama.
  • Thursday: Jason remains resolute to track down Franco. Maxie receives a dozen red roses. Tracy and Lulu are shocked with news.
  • Friday: Luke has a setback. Carly and Sonny spar over Kate. Steve and Maggie discuss their past.

GH Recap: Wednesday, November 9, 2011


( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 9, 2011.


Jason and Sam reel emotionally.

Robin catches Patrick coming home late at night – and his shoes are wet.

Steve gets a drink at Jake’s to calm his nerves. Meanwhile, Sonny visits Olivia and is concerned about her health.

Johnny stops to help Kate with her broken-down car just as Sonny and Olivia appear.

More on Shawn and Carly’s discovery.

On the Next General Hospital

  • Mac makes an important announcement.
  • A new doctor’s in town.
  • Jason and Sam search for Franco.

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