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

 
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Stuart Damon Launches 'Luxury Lifestyles' TV Series with Son

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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?

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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?

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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.

      • General Hospital
      • Ingo Rademacher
      • Twitter


        ABC Releases Statement on Rebecca Herbst Staying

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After firing Rebecca Herbst back in January, only to change their minds late last week, ABC has released a statement touting Herbst's staying on at the networks daytime drama "General Hospital."

        "Rebecca Herbst will continue on 'General Hospital' as Elizabeth Webber. The show is thrilled she will remain on the canvas to portray the beloved character in many more poignant and emotional stories. Fans will be pleased to see Rebecca continue the role she created."

        The reversal of Herbst's ouster is a testament to her fans who literally flooded the shows studio with phone calls, post cards, letters, and gifts showing how much they love and appreciate their favorite actress. Herbst joined the cast of "GH" back in August 1997.

        • Rebecca Herbst
        • Comings & Goings


          'AMC's' Christopher Dunn Heading to 'DAYS' Writing Team

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Out with one Christopher and in with another as "All My Children" writer Christopher Dunn is heading to NBC's "Days of our Lives" to fill the void left by the recently fired Christopher Whitesell. Dunn is expected to end his run at "AMC" this month in order to join "DAYS" on the breakdown team. This marks the first move by Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin since news of Whitesell's ouster became public on Friday.

          In addition to his stint at "All My Children," Dunn has written for "General Hospital," "Santa Barbara," "Guiding Light" and "Sunset Beach."

          • All My Children
          • General Hospital
          • Gary Tomlin
          • Christopher Whitesell
          • Sunset Beach
          • Days of our Lives
          • Santa Barbara
          • Guiding Light
          • Christopher Dunn
          • Business


            JPI

            The Tuesday, February 22 episode of “One Life to Live” will not only give viewers their first glimpse of Andrew Trischitta as a recast Jack Manning, but it will also be the day that the ABC soap begins telling the story of bullying in America. The topic, of course, especially hits home with many children as they prepare to go to school each weekday not knowing if they will be thrown into their lockers with a wedgie or hanging upside down waiting for their lunch money to be stolen by someone bigger than them. Some of them even contemplate the prospect of suicide, which is rumored to be where the show may eventually take the storyline down the road. Wherever the show takes the story, Soap Opera Network of course will be following them every step of the way.

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            Mother Knows Best! Valerie Wildman Returns to 'DAYS'

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Fay Walker may be missing her daughter Nicole's (Arianne Zucker) wedding to EJ DiMera (James Scott) this week, but that won't stop actress Valerie Wildman from making a return visit to the NBC drama series before saying goodbye to recently fired on screen daughter Natalia Livingston (Taylor Walker).

            Last seen in July 2010, Wildman returns to Salem beginning Wednesday, March 9 for extended visit amidst the drama her daughters are going through. One daughter (Nicole) will have recently re-married EJ, while the other daughter (Taylor) is secretly in love with EJ, or is acting like she is. Of course, in typical soap opera fashion, Fay has a secret of her own which will put both daughter's and their issues to shame.

            In addition to her numerous visits to "Days of our Lives," Wildman has also appeared in episodes of "General Hospital," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

            • Days of our Lives
            • General Hospital
            • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
            • James Scott
            • Natalia Livingston
            • Arianne Zucker
            • Comings & Goings
            • Valerie Wildman
            • Beverly Hills, 90210


              Gossip Girl PreVUE: Monday, February 21 Edition

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A Look at What's Happening on the Monday, February 21 Episode of The CW's "Gossip Girl."

              Episode Title: While You Weren't Sleeping
              Episode #: Season 4 / Episode 16
              Directed By: Norman Buckley
              Written By: Sara Goodman

              TONIGHT ON: GOSSIP GIRL

              Chuck and Lily’s relationship remains icy in the aftermath of Lily’s betrayal. Blair decides to speed up the time table on her career path to becoming a powerful woman, but ultimately stretches herself too thin.

              The Inside Story: Happy Birthday Eric
              It's Eric's 18th birthday and things are going to go from bad to worse. As seen in last weeks episode, Damien Dalgaard is back in the picture and there is no telling what he'll do to hurt the van der Wooden clan, specifically our little Eric. Watch out Eric or you'll be crushed.

              A Closer Look: By Force
              Serena is in love with her college professor, but will she choose him over her family? Serena makes her decision.

              • Gossip Girl
              • PreVUE
              • Connor Paolo


                Wilson Bethel Returns to 'Y&R'

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Earlier this month rumors began circulating that CBS' "The Young and the Restless" would be bringing Wilson Bethel back as Ryder Callahan, now Soap Opera Network can confirm that the actor is indeed returning beginning next month.

                Bethel, last seen in July 2010, is back beginning with the Thursday, March 3 episode of the drama series as Ryder shocks Jana (Emily O'Brien) when he reveals himself during one frightfully cold night in Genoa City.

                Since leaving "Y&R" last summer, Bethel has tested out for the title role in "Captain America" (which eventually went to "Fantastic Four's" Chris Evans) and has recently landed the lead role opposite Rachel Bilson in the CW pilot "Hart of Dixie." The show is described as a comedic drama about a girl named Zoe (Bilson), who inherits a medical facility in a small Southern town full of eccentric characters. According to Deadline.com, Bethel's character will be that of a "gorgeous flirty, bad-boy southern fisherman," who lives next door to Zoe, plays in a band and dedicates a song to her.

                It is unclear at this time whether the actor will be returning to the soap on a full-time basis or if his characters stay is short term, but either which way a show representative tells Soap Opera Network, "we don't comment on contracts."

                • The Young and the Restless
                • Pilot
                • Wilson Bethel
                • Comings & Goings
                • Rachel Bilson
                • Emily O’Brien
                • Chris Evans
                • The Hart of Dixie
                • Captain America
                • Movies


                  B&B PreVUE: Week of February 21 Edition

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what's happening on "The Bold and the Beautiful" during the week of February 21, 2011.

                  THIS WEEK ON: THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL

                  Now that Steffy is back in town, she's ready to stand her ground with Stephanie as on Wednesday, February 23, Steffy doesn't see eye-to-eye with Stephanie's new way of life. Someone receives an unexpected gift on Friday, February 25.

                  The Inside Story: Watching Amber
                  Amber finds herself in deep trouble with the law and even more so with Bill, but someone has it out for the villainess so she better watch her back. Stephanie has a heart to heart with Amber in hopes of calming her nerves. Bill begins his plot of revenge against Amber on Tuesday, February 22.

                  A Closer Look: A Suspicious Mind
                  Dayzee is rightfully suspicious of Thomas' sudden fascination with her on Thursday, February 24. Marcus and Thomas get ready are about to butt heads.

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                  • The Bold and the Beautiful
                  • PreVUE








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