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
'Y&R's' Joshua Morrow Talks Lawsuits and his Desire for an Addiction Storyline for Nicholas Newman

( — In an interview with Soap Opera Network, "The Young and the Restless" star Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) took the time to talk about the outcome of the arbitration storyline set to air on the Tuesday, March 8 episode of the CBS soap, but he also sheds light on which storyline he'd like to tackle at some point in the future.

Morrow, who joined "Y&R" in June 1994, has found his character dealing with the rape of his high school sweetheart (Sharon, Sharon Case), the death of his adopted daughter (Cassie, Camryn Grimes), a divorce from two wives (Sharon and Phyllis, Michelle Stafford) and multiple kids, but what storyline has Morrow not played on "The Young and the Restless," but wishes he could act out in the future? "I guess something along the addiction phase. I don't think that Nick has ever really had a problem. He seems to have a wandering eye with the ladies, so one could definitely describe that as an addiction, but something addictive. I think that would be kind of fun just to see Nick fall apart a little bit. I'm always interested in the people who get to bare their sole like that on air, so I think that would be kind of cool."

While the the dynamics are completely different, what does the actor think viewers, who might be going through a similar situation, be able to take from the arbitration storyline taking place between Victor Newman (Eric Braeden) and his kids? "I think first and foremost that honesty must prevail. Victor has proven to be incapable of being honest to his children, which is very peculiar because the character is written where he always cares about his family. He's willing to do anything, but he sure makes some very questionable decisions about being forthright with them. I guess honesty and some compromise," said Morrow. "With Nick and Victor you've got two very headstrong people who don't really seem to want to bend on this. Once Nick joined this thing it became pretty serious and it carried a lot of weight to this lawsuit. I guess things like this happen in real life where the children are after their father's legacy and trying to carve out their own niche financially, but it is tough for me to think that children could go this far with their parent. It is a television show. It is dramatized to a very serious degree. I can't imagine families acting like this."

To find out the result of the case of Newman vs Newman, Newman and Newman/Carlton, tune into "The Young and the Restless" weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

  • The Young and the Restless
  • Sharon Case
  • Joshua Morrow
  • Michelle Stafford
  • Camryn Grimes
  • Eric Braeden

    Judith Chapman Bumped to Recurring Status

    ( — "The Young and the Restless" has bumped veteran actress Judtih Chapman (Gloria Abbott Bardwell) to recurring status according to published reports. She joins "Y&R" co-stars Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe), Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey Bardwell), Thom Bierdz (Phillip Chancellor III) and a number of other daytime actors in the recurring line (for some, they had been recurring since they joined or returned).

    Chapman joined the cast in 2005 when she replaced "Dallas" and "Knot's Landing" star Joan Van Ark as the mother of Michael (Christian J. LeBlanc) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart).

    In addition to her role on "The Young and the Restless," Chapman has appeared in all but two current daytime soaps ("The Bold and the Beautiful" and "All My Children" being the exceptions). She made her television debut in 1975, when she portrayed the role of Natalie Bannon Hughes on CBS' canceled "As The World Turns." In the late 1980's, she also filled in for co-star Jess Walton in the role of Jill Abbott when the actress became ill.

    • The Young and the Restless
    • Sean Kanan
    • Christian LeBlanc
    • Greg Rikaart
    • Thom Bierdz
    • Jess Walton
    • Ted Shackelford
    • Joan Van Ark
    • Judith Chapman
    • Recurring Status

      'Y&R' Looking for Female Detective With Authority

      ( — CBS' "The Young and the Restless" is looking for a female detective to investigate an unknown case according to a casting call that has just gone out.

      [FEMALE DETECTIVE] 30s to 40s, any ethnicity. Athletic, strong presence, lots of authority. 1 Episode at Principal

      An airdate has not been set, but "Y&R" typically films about a month in advance prior to air.

      What do you think?

      Discuss below.

      • The Young and the Restless
      • Casting Call

        '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
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              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

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