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
Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

As a result of recently announced changes to WATCH ABC, viewers that enjoy their favorite ABC programming online or On Demand will no longer be able to access said programming within one week of air unless they are a current subscriber to participating TV service providers. The change goes into effect on Monday, January 6.

According to the network’s website, access to episodes of ABC programming will be available within one week of air only to those currently receiving cable/satellite services from AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent, or Verizon FiOS.

The network does note that if your provider is not listed, that they are actively working to add more. Meanwhile, you can still access episodes on WATCHABC.com and the WATCH ABC app a week after they air on ABC. Also, new episodes will continue being made available to those with a subscription to Hulu Plus. Or, if interested in owning an episode, you can make a purchase on iTunes and the Amazon Instant Video stores.

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

As previously reported, Jade Harlow is joining the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in a recurring role. Now Soap Opera Network can report that the former “Passions” actress will be playing Sheryl, an old friend of Jordan’s (Chrishell Stause), who mixes it up with Kate (Lauren Koslow), Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), Rafe (Galen Gering) and Sami (Alison Sweeney).

In noting her debut on her Facebook page recently, Harlow said, “Happy New Year!!!! I’m thrilled to Finally announce that I’m headed back to NBC with a juicy reoccurring role on “Days of Our Lives”!!! With my 1st air-date just about one week away on 01/07/14… see u in Salem.”

In addition to her 2000-2003 stint as Jessica Bennett on “Passions,” Harlow is currently starring as Lianna Ramos on “The Bay: The Series,” a soap opera that also features several daytime veterans including “DAYS’” Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady).



The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Keadrick D. Washington/PR Photos (left); Sean Smith/JPI Studios (right)

Keadrick D. Washington/PR Photos (left); Howard Wise/JPI Studios (right)

In Soap Opera Digest’s reporting on the firing of Michael Muhney as Adam Newman on “The Young and the Restless,” in its January 13, 2014 issue, the magazine included a quote from former executive producer and head writer, Maria Arena Bell. In the piece, Bell, who hired Muhney back in 2009, is quoted as saying, “Michael brought amazing dimension and complexity to the role of Adam Newman, and his and Sharon’s [Sharon Case] was a great dark love story. Sadly, that story was seriously derailed in the last year, so I am not surprised that the show would look for a solution to their problematic storytelling decisions. It will be a tough role to recast.”

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Justin Stephens/CBS

Justin Stephens/CBS

Columbia Records

Columbia Records

On Tuesday, January 14, legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen will release his 18th full length studio album, “High Hopes,” but for the first time you can listen to it in its entirety before it hits retail stores or even iTunes!

In collaboration with Springsteen, CBS will stream his full album on CBS.com immediately following the Sunday, January 5 broadcast of CBS’ hit legal drama, “The Good Wife.” According to the network, a special preview for the following week’s episode of “Wife” will feature music from Springsteen’s forthcoming album that will prompt viewers to visit CBS.com/Springsteen for a first listen. Additionally, three songs from the album – the title track “High Hopes,” “Hunter of Invisible Game” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad” - will be featured in the Sunday, January 12 episode of the series, entitled, “We, the Juries,” which finds Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) each representing one-half of a couple accused of smuggling drugs. The collaboration with Springsteen marks the first time that the network’s website will host an album’s debut.

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WABC-TV

WABC-TV

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, Disney/ABC touted its reigning champ WABC-TV as New York’s most watched station in 2013 and the number one station in the country. While highlighting the success of “Live with Kelly and Michael,” November’s “The ING New York City Marathon,” “The View,” “The Chew,” its Eyewitness News broadcasts, and ABC’s strong primetime schedule, the company neglected to note the success of its sole remaining daytime soap opera, “General Hospital,” on the station.

According to a representative for WABC-TV, however, “GH” is New York’s most watched series during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the key Women 25-54 sales demo, and ranked a dominant #1 in its time period in households and Women 25-54 during calendar year 2013, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings data. The rep also notes to Soap Opera Network exclusively that the series is one of the strongest programs in the number one television market overall.

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Mathieu Young/The CW

Mathieu Young/The CW

Mathieu Young/The CW

Mathieu Young/The CW

Just in time for all new episodes to premiere on The CW later this month, TVGN (TV Guide Network) announced today plans to run marathons of the broadcast network’s hit dramas “The Tomorrow People,” “The Originals” and “Reign.” Each series is scheduled to air back-to-back episodes on TVGN in all-day marathons beginning with their first episode.

“There is no better way to catch-up on great television than to binge every episode from the beginning of a series,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Entertainment and Media, TVGN. “If you haven’t seen these three shows that everyone is talking about, make a dent in your couch, turn the lights down, and catch up to the awesomeness that is ‘The Tomorrow People,’ ‘The Originals’ and ‘Reign.’”

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Best known for his portrayal as Philip Banks (aka: Uncle Phil) in NBC’s widely popular sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” actor James Avery has died. According to his manager and publicist, Avery died on Tuesday, December 31 as a result of complications from open heart surgery. The actor appeared in October 2012 episodes of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as Judge Daley, who ultimately dismissed a case against Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford). 

Alfonoso Ribeiro, who portrayed Avery’s TV son Carlton Banks on “Fresh Prince,” was one of the first to announce the actor’s passing. He said on Twitter, “I’m deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. He was a second father to me. I will miss him greatly.”

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SOAPnet, LLC

SOAPnet, LLC

After nearly 14 years on the air, SOAPnet ended its broadcast run at the stroke of midnight with the final 2013 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” (originally aired on Monday, December 30) taking it out in style.

During its final hour of broadcasting, viewers were treated to endless commercials promoting ABC and ABC Family programming, including “General Hospital,” “Revenge,” “The Chew,” “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “Ravenswood.” For those veiwers looking to tune into the midnight broadcast of “Days of our Lives,” they were treated to a message from their cable and/or satellite provider that read, “Disney discontinued their SOAPnet broadcast. The SOAPnet channel is no longer available from any television provider.”

RELATED: THE FINAL DAYS OF SOAPnet: The Rise and Fall of A Cable Network

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

CBS

CBS

In a newly released preview for the next all new episode of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” the first of 2014, Lauren (Tracey E. Bregman) is seen waking up from a good night sleep only to find Carmine (Marco Dapper) in bed next to her, but is it really him or just a dream? Or in Lauren’s case, a nightmare?

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Facebook

Listed as a second unit director of photography during the third season of “The Bay: The Series,” David Pregerson, 23, a recent graduate of UCLA, has died after succumbing to injuries sustained by a hit-and-run that occurred on the morning of Friday, December 27 in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. According to police, he was walking home when he was hit by a vehicle and thrown into the bushes. The driver of the vehicle has yet to be identified. Pregerson died on Monday night after being taken off of life support.

In honor of his memory, producers of “The Bay” have released a Director’s Cut of Chapter 11: Part 1, which can be streamed beginning today.

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