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
'DAYS' Casting African American Characters

( — NBC's "Days of our Lives" issues casting calls for 1.5 African American characters, one contract and the other potentially recurring. But why 1.5?

On February 16, Soap Opera Digest announced that a casting call had gone out for the contract role of Ryan, a "17 to 18-year-old Caucasian or African American male," which is where the 0.5 comes from. According to the breakdown released, "Ryan is the all-American high school idol. Gorgeous, well-built quarterback of the football team. Popular, confident and charismatic…the world is at his feet for the taking." The character is scheduled to debut in May.

In addition to Ryan, Soap Opera Network has learned that the show recently released a casting call for the potentially recurring role of Scott. The character is described as a "35 to 44-year-old gorgeous African American male. Scott is a recent divorcee that is trying to get past the pain of his failed marriage and get back into the dating game. He was a superstar athlete in high school. Scott has an effortless charm and a great sense of humor that makes him irresistible to women." The role is currently set as a two show principal with the understanding it could lead to recurring status. No airdate has been set.

By the sounds of both breakdowns, it looks like the show might be casting for father and son, at least that's how we see it.

What do you think? Discuss below.

  • Casting
  • Days of our Lives
  • Soap Opera Digest
  • Breakdown
  • Comings & Goings

    Editor's Notebook: Interviews Coming Soon

    ( — The last time I wrote an edition of the Editor's Notebook was August 12, 2008. A lot has changed in the nearly three years since including the cancellations of both "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns" by CBS, the near blackout of the Daytime Emmys on broadcast television and news of the end being near for what was considered our soap opera haven, SOAPnet. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is that Soap Opera Network is still around and thriving more than ever before.

    Since our relaunch in late January of this year, which included a new layout design and a new outlook, our traffic has been climbing to some of the sites best numbers in years. This is a testament to the hard work that our staff writers have put into the shows they cover day in and day out on our website and you, our readers, and your dedication to learning more about your daily daytime [and primetime] soaps. With that in mind, we have been working very hard in the last couple of weeks to reach out to the soap opera community and learn more about your favorite stars. While in the past we've done interviews and some have not been posted due to reasons we will not get into at the moment, don't fret we'll be posting those "lost" interviews in the coming weeks. But in the mean time, look for interviews from our time with the cast of "Days of our Lives" at 30 Rock where James Scott talks about the Taylor switch, Natalia Livingston and Tamara Braun, actress Devin Mills explains her new websoap "Dating in the Middle Ages," more antics and lessons from the current cast of the Off Broadway show  "Love, Loss and What Wore," and Thom Bierdz from "The Young and the Restless" talks about his book and his return to daytime's top soap.

    I look forward to many more editions of the Editor's Notebook and sharing my time and experiences will all of you.



    Errol Lewis,
    Editor in Chief

    • The Young and the Restless
    • Tamara Braun
    • James Scott
    • Natalia Livingston
    • Thom Bierdz
    • Days of our Lives
    • Dating in the Middle Ages
    • Devin Mills

      Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Done and Out?

      ( — In an interview with Access Hollywood Live hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Thursday, March 3, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo made it clear that her time on ABC's "General Hospital" as Brenda Barrett (now Corinthos) will soon come to a close after her contract with the drama series expires.

      "I came back to honor my roots. These are the people that I grew up with. I haven't been a regular on the show in 13 years. It was like going to an incredible high school reunion," said Marcil Giovinazzo of her time back at the Prospect Studios where "GH" is filmed. "We had so much fun. I have so much respect for these people. They work so hard. I loved being there. We shot the wedding for seven days. We just had the best time. There were all these insane things that happened and now after the wedding, there's a lot of drama because now my time [on 'General Hospital'] is almost done."

      While a final airdate has not been set, nor is ABC commenting on her statements, Marcil Giovinazzo shared that she won't be closing the door on returning to the soap in the future. "I have always been in touch with the headwriters and the producer. I've always loved the show and I've always said 'I'll come back and visit for the rest of my life if they'll have me.' I love to visit there. I love the people. It really is kind of the greatest character I feel like I've ever played as far as feeling challenged and satisfied. It is a great group of people."

      • General Hospital
      • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
      • Billy Bush
      • Kit Hoover
      • Access Hollywood Live
      • Access Hollywood
      • Comings & Goings

        Ratings: 'GH' Ranks First (tied with 'Y&R') in Women 18-49

        ABC Ranks as Daytime’s No. 1 Network Among Women 18-49

        General Hospital” is Daytime’s No. 1 Program in Women 18-49 for the 1st Time Since October 08, Driven by James Franco’s Return and the Lead-Up to Sonny and Brenda’s Anticipated Wedding; Ranks No. 1 for the 2nd Straight Week in Women 18-34

        “General Hospital” Hits a Near 4-Month High in Women 18-34 and an 8-Week High in Women 18-49; Posts its 2nd-Best Week of the Season in Women 18-49

        ABC Claims 3 of the Week’s Top 5 Programs in Daytime in Women 18-49

        With “General Hospital,” “The View” and “One Life To Live

        •ABC stood as Daytime’s No. 1 network among Women 18-34 (0.6 rating/216,000 – tie) and Women 18-49 (1.1 rating/721,000 – tie).

        •“General Hospital” ranked as Daytime’s No. 1 program in Women 18-49 (1.3 rating/874,000 – tie) for the first time since the week of October 27, 2008, and ranked No. 1 for the 2nd consecutive week among Women 18-34 (0.8 rating/267,000).

        •This week stood as “General Hospital’s” most-watched week in nearly 4 months in Women 18-34 and in 8 weeks in Women 18-49 – since weeks of 11/8/10 and 12/27/10, respectively. In addition, this was the show’s 2nd-most-watched week of the season in key Women 18-49.

        •ABC aired 3 of Daytime’s Top 5 programs in Women 18-49: “General Hospital” (No. 1T – 1.3 rating/874,000), “The View” (No. 3 – 1.1 rating/763,000) and “One Life To Live” (No. 5T – 1.0 rating/670,000).

        Following are the Daytime Lineup averages, plus Top 5 Programs Ranks –

        Daytime Rank:        Total Viewers Women 18-49 (Rtg/000s)

        No. 1 CBS   3.63 million        No. 1T NBC    1.1/739,000

        No. 2 ABC   2.97 million No. 1T ABC    1.1/721,000

        No. 3 NBC   2.76 million        No. 3  CBS    0.9/617,000

        Top 5 Daytime Programs in Women 18-49 (rank based on rating) Program Net Rtg/000s

        General Hospital           ABC           1.3/874,000

        The Young & The Restless   CBS           1.3/864,000

        The View                  ABC            1.2/763,000

        Days Of Our Lives              NBC            1.1/739,000

        One Life To Live           ABC           1.0/670,000

        Price is Right 1/2        CBS            1.0/670,000

        Source: NTI, Live + Same Day:  Week of 2/21/11. All ranks/ties based on rating unless otherwise noted. ”Price is Right” = 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

        • All My Children
        • One Life to Live
        • The Young and the Restless
        • Days of our Lives
        • General Hospital
        • Ratings
        • The Bold and the Beautiful

          NAACP Image Awards to Broadcast Daytime Categories Live

          ( — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has announced that for the first time in its history, the NAACP Image Awards will honor its daytime drama acting categories during the live annual awards broadcast scheduled for Friday, March 4 at 8/7c on FOX.

          Since introducing the daytime drama categories in 1994, "The Young and the Restless" had consistently dominated the Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series with the exception of "Passions" actress Tracey Ross, who won for her role as Eve Russell in 2007. In 2010, "All My Children's" Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) and Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) took home the honors as mother and son.

          The 2011 nominees are as follows:

          Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

          · Debbi Morgan – "All My Children" (ABC)
          · Julia Pace Mitchell – "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
          · Tatyana Ali – "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
          · Tonya Lee Williams – "The Young and the Restless" (CBS)
          · Yvette Freeman – "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)

          Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
          · Aaron D. Spears – "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)
          · Cornelius Smith, Jr. – "All My Children" (ABC)
          · Darnell Williams – "All My Children" (ABC)
          · Rodney Saulsberry – "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)

          "Let's Make a Deal's" Wayne Brady and "The Talk's" Holly Robinson Peete will host the "42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards"

          On the web:

          • All My Children
          • Cornelius Smith Jr.
          • The Young and the Restless
          • Debbi Morgan
          • Tatyana Ali
          • The Bold and the Beautiful
          • Darnell Williams
          • Julie Pace Mitchell
          • Tonya Lee Williams
          • Yvette Freeman
          • Aaron D. Spears
          • Rodney Saulsberry
          • NAACP Image Awards
          • Holly Robinson Peete
          • Waybe Brady
          • Awards

            Sonya Eddy Taken Off Contract at 'GH'

            ( — It was only a matter of time before word broke that actors from "General Hospital" would begin receiving notice of their contract cycle not being renewed when the soap re-hired Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) after firing her in late January citing "storyline dictated" reasons. The first cut is with actress Sonya Eddy, who has portrayed the role of Epiphany Johnson on both "GH" and short-lived spin-off "General Hospital: Night Shift" since 2006. The actress was upped to contract status in August 2007.

            In a posting on her facebook page, Eddy answered the question that has been on the minds of her fans for quite awhile. "So, the question has been asked. Here's the answer…. It is true, I have been taken off contract at GH. And so it goes…," Eddy's post said. At this time it remains unclear  whether Eddy will remain on the soap in a recurring capacity.

            An ABC representative was unavailable for comment at press time.

            • General Hospital
            • Sonya Eddy
            • General Hospital: Night Shift
            • Recurring
            • Contracts

              Danny Cistone Joins 'GH' in Recurring Role

              ( — "General Hospital" has cast actor Danny Cistone in the recurring role of Jules, one of the Balkan's (Daniel Benzali) henchman that is holding some high priced inventory from their loved one's.

              According to sources, Cistone will debut on the Wednesday, March 2 episode of "General Hospital" when Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) wakes up from what she thinks is a dream, but turns into a nightmare soon after as Jules presents her with a potentially deadly injection.

              In addition to his role on "GH," Cistone is also the Technical Director and Co-founder of Theatre 68 | 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company along with Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico). He's appeared in a number of films including "West of Brooklyn" and "A Bronx Tale," which both co-starred Marmo and in the case of "Bronx Tale," James Franco (Franco).

              Cistone's last airdate is set for Thursday, March 10.

              • General Hospital
              • Ronnie Marmo
              • James Franco
              • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
              • Danny Cistone
              • West of Brooklyn
              • A Bronx Tale
              • Theatre 68 | 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company
              • Daniel Benzali

                Stuart Damon Launches 'Luxury Lifestyles' TV Series with Son

                ( — After portraying the role of Alan Quartermaine on ABC's "General Hospital" for 31 years, Stuart Damon has taken to real estate as his second career move. The actor has joined his son to host the new series "Luxury Lifestyles," which takes a look into the life of luxury in the growing Southern California housing market.

                Launching on Sunday, March 6 at 11:00 AM on KCOP Channel 13 in Southern California, "Luxury Lifestyles" will give viewers the opportunity to peak inside the homes of some of the grandest living spaces in the area, but unfortunately for the rest of us in the country we'll miss out on all the finest homes.

                "It was intended to be a local show but there could be a national interest in this," said Christopher Damon, who was a producer on the first season of "Survivor" as well as MTV's "Road Rules" in an interview with AOL Real Estate. "You can certainly make this a national show and even an international show. I don't think it has any particular limitations. We have just been so focused on getting this first season together and getting the show launched."

                "I have actually been involved with real estate development for the last 20 years," said the elder Damon when asked why he chose real estate as the next step in his life. "Now that my 31-year run with 'General Hospital' is over, I have more time to devote to it. Working in real estate with my son offers me the flexibility to continue acting when parts arise, while my son handles the business. He had been working in residential and commercial real estate for the last 10 years so this was a great opportunity."

                "The show is not really about us or any listings we have or are dealing with," said the younger Damon. "The show highlights a variety of homeowners, agents, architects, and designers." But mostly, he says, it is "just about seeing amazing real estate." [Stuart adds: "We try to make the show just fun and entertaining, not too serious. Our sense of humor and sense of fun we both have with each other come in handy and it is natural to us."]

                In the Spring of 2010, the duo launched The Damon Group alongside real estate broker Joyce Rey of Joyce Rey Coldwell Banker Previews International. They are joined by real estate brokers and partners Jason Oppenheim and Stacy Gottula.

                On the web: Luxury Lifestyles TV

                • General Hospital
                • Stuart Damon
                • Luxury Lifestyles
                • Jason Oppenheim
                • Stacy Gottula
                • Joyce Rey
                • Real Estate
                • The Damon Group
                • Christopher Damon

                  ABC Deciding Fate of Daytime Lineup?

                  ( — The sky is falling at ABC Daytime! At least that's what published reports have fans thinking after news broke yesterday that ABC is about to make "major decisions" relating to its daytime lineup of "The View," "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live."

                  The Story

                  Daytime Confidential is reporting that ABC will be making a decision in the coming weeks regarding its daytime lineup in the wake of Oprah Winfrey's impending departure from the ABC O&O (Owned and Operated) stations across the country in September. The decision, which has been highly anticipated for sometime, is expected to cause "ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup" according to DC's sources.

                  "They have to make a decision by the end of the First Quarter 2011 in order to get one or more of the shows on the air by fall," said the source in the DC report. "Affiliates are getting antsy with Oprah leaving the airwaves with no clear cut successor. The decisions ABC will be making will have ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup and yes, the soaps will be affected."

                  The Facts

                  In 2009 and again in 2010, news broke that ABC Media Productions (previously known as Buena Vista Television) was developing talk shows and reality programming for corporate parent Disney/ABC Television Group. ABC Media Productions, ABC Daytime and soon-to-depart SOAPnet are all overseen by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group. The production company has produced "Southern Belles: Louisville" and "HoliDate" for SOAPnet, along with oversight of game show "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?" which airs in national syndication.

                  In a November 2010 report, Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Flint published an article announcing that the production company had found the right man to co-host a daily talk show alongside Tori Spelling ("Beverly Hills, 90210"). That man was Jeff Lewis ("Flipping Out"). "In the test pilot show with Spelling last week, the two had good chemistry. The show, which is still in the development stage, wants to be a talk show version of 'Will & Grace,'" the report said at the time. When news initially broke, speculation went wild that ABC would be canceling one or more of its soaps this season and would replace them with this show, which has since gone nowhere beyond the initial pilot filmed in November. This same scenario played out in the Summer of 2009 when ABC Media Productions was developing a talk show for Aisha Tyler, but the key factor is whether or not these shows the company is developing are even targeted for the ABC Television Network itself. The production company after all has produced numerous hours of original programming for non-Disney cable networks including SyFy, TLC and TruTV. Last summer the company announced they were developing a half-hour reality show called "Ghost Town" and featuring well-known psychic Maureen Hancock as she goes "coast to coast calling up the past, seeing the future, and contacting spirits." That potential series was to be produced by "Ghost Whisperer" executive producers Kim Moses and Ian Sander. Nothing's been heard about the project since.

                  The Response

                  When pressed for comment, an ABC representative stated "there's nothing to comment on" and reminds us that the DC story is based on old news that has already been widely reported on, but with some new speculation added in.

                  • All My Children
                  • One Life to Live
                  • SOAPnet
                  • General Hospital
                  • Ghost Whisperer
                  • Brian Frons
                  • Daytime Confidential
                  • Oprah Winfrey
                  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
                  • Beverly Hills, 90210
                  • Business
                  • Tori Spelling
                  • Aisha Tyler
                  • Jeff Lewis
                  • Flipping Out
                  • Joe Flint
                  • Los Angeles Times
                  • ABC Media Productions
                  • Ian Sander
                  • Ghost Town
                  • Kim Moses
                  • Maureen Hancock

                    Ingo Rademacher Placed on Reduced Work Schedule?

                    ( — Just as fans rejoice that Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) is staying on at "General Hospital," word comes that Ingo Rademacher (Jasper 'Jax' Jacks) has been placed on a reduced work schedule with the ABC drama series.

                    While Ingo does remain on contract with "GH," it is shocking to see how the show has been treating its vets as of late. Of course with a reported budget cut looming over their heads, show producers could take a closer look at who is being featured every day and not the one's who aren't to blame the dramas falling ratings on.

                    Yesterday, the Rademacher tweeted the following on Twitter:

                    "Dont expect to c me much on GH. once a week seems to the norm for me if that. I must have peed in the pool and was fresh out of chlorine :-) I'll be on the air for the next week or 2 a bit. But after that a lot less. Sorry guys. I don't know what to tell u. Its Not my call.

                    A "GH" representative was unavailable for comment at press time.

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