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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ABC Releases Statement on Rebecca Herbst Staying

( — 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

    ( — 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


      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.


      Mother Knows Best! Valerie Wildman Returns to 'DAYS'

      ( — 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

        ( — 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


        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'

          ( — 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, 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

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


            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.

            The Bold and the Beautiful News and Headlines:

            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • PreVUE


              ( — As previously reported, “Days of our Lives” has cast daytime newcomer Francisco San Martin in the role of Dario Hernandez, Rafe (Galen Gering) and Gabi’s (Camila Banus) brother. Interestingly, the actor previously appeared on “DAYS” in mid-November in the role of Javier Rodriguez, a sick patient that died as he was causing a deadly outbreak at Salem University Hospital while in the presence of Melanie (Molly Burnett) and Nathan (Mark Hapka).

              According to sources, San Martin began taping his first scenes on Wednesday, January 5 and his first airate is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9.

              Actress Kim Zimmer Talks 'One Life' and 'What I Wore' in Exclusive Interview

              ( — "One Life to Live's" Kim Zimmer (Echo DiSavoy) began appearing in the Off-Broadway play "Love, Loss and What I Wore" on February 16. In an exclusive interview, Soap Opera Network spoke with the star about her role in the play, her character on "One Life to Live" and what she'll be doing after her run with "Loss" comes to an end.

              You went from 'Guiding Light' to 'One Life to Live' and now you're starring in an Off-Broadway show. What attracted you to 'Love, Loss and What I Wore?'
              The opportunity to work on stage again. I love "One Life," but I'm still just not [pauses]… I come here, I do a little bit here, but It's not enough work for me. So I told my agents, I need something to keep my brain going because doing a soap is like I can do it in my sleep. I love what I'm doing. I love working at 'One Life to Live.' I love the people. I love Frank Valentini ["One Life to Live" Executive Producer]. I love the show. I'm so happy there. But I really needed something a little more. So they put the feelers out and they had other clients in 'Love, Loss and What I Wore' so they pitched my name and they were like 'Oh my god! Would she do it?' and they were like yeah.

              Tell us more about 'Love, Loss and What I Wore.' Is it really just monologues? Are you playing any particular character?
              Each monologue is a character. So, for an actress it's fantastic because you get to put on all of these different personalities. Some of them are me. I do this whole monologue about a purse and it's so me. I mean it is about how much I hate purses. When I read the monologue I was like 'Oh god, I hope they give me that monologue' and they did because it is just so close to me. I carry bags, I don't carry purses, unless they go over my shoulder, but purses with handles? No!

              Would you be interested in doing another play after this one is over?
              It looks like I'm going to be. I can't say right now what it is, but I may be doing the soap, doing this at night and rehearsing another play during the day. I'll let you know when it all happens.

              Let's talk about 'One Life to Live' for a hot minute. Rex is your son with Clint and not with…
              [Zimmer answers in character]

              Charlie! Well I knew from the moment that I showed up in Llanview that Clint was the father of the baby. There was never a question in my mind. I wanted Clint to confess that he was the father and take pride in having Rex [John-Paul Lavoisier] as his son. Clint wouldn't do it. I had then fallen in love with Charlie and knew that using the kid, which could have been his… I mean it was kind of devious to begin with, but then Clint blackmailed me, so I had to stick with the whole lie and it is going to come back and bite me on the ass big time.

              By going to, Kim Zimmer fans interested in seeing her on stage can purchase a ticket to see the show for only $45 (only when used with code LLSKZ75). Zimmer's final appearance in "Love, Loss and What I Wore" is scheduled for Sunday, March 20, so act fast.

              TERMS & CONDITIONS
              Offer valid now through March 20, 2011. Offer is valid for web sales through only. Latecomers will not be seated. Cast subject to change. Phone and online orders subject to normal fees. Not valid for prior purchases. Not combinable with other offers. All sales are final. Limit of 8 tickets per order. Offer may be revoked at any time. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street (between 9th and 10th Aves).

              (Photo: George De Sota/JPI)

              • One Life to Live
              • Guiding Light
              • Kim Zimmer
              • John-Paul Lavosier
              • Off Broadway
              • Love, Loss and What I Wore

                ABC Family Picks Up 'The Lying Game' Starring Tyler Christopher and Written/Produced by Charles Pratt Jr.

                ( — is reporting that ABC Family has given a series order to "The Lying Game," a drama based on the same name as the upcoming novel by "Pretty Little Liars" author Sara Shepard. The series is being written and executive produced by former "All My Children" and "General Hospital" Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. and will star "General Hospital's" Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and former "As The World Turns" starlet Alexandra Chando (ex-Maddie Coleman).

                The series is about a girl named Emma (Chando), who finds out that she has an identical twin sister named Sutton Mercer (Chando in a double role), who was adopted by wealthy parents and supposedly living the high life until she goes missing. Emma takes it upon herself to find her sister and while in pursuit adventure ensues. Christopher will portray the role of Detective Matthews who is investigating the disappearance of Sutton.

                Also starring in "The Lying Game" are actors Blair Redford as Garrett Matthews ("90210," "Passions" and "The Young and the Restless"), Andy Buckley as Ted Mercer ("The Office" and "Melrose Place"), Mitch Ryan as Luke Coburn ("One Tree Hill"), Sharon Pierre-Louis as Nisha Randall ("Lincoln Heights") and Vivian Nesbitt as Coach Lee ("In Plain Sight").

                ABC Family recently picked up the Raven Symone comedy "The Great State of Georgia" and dramas "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" and "Switched at Birth." All three are set to debut this summer on the cable network, while "Game" is said to be launching sometime this fall.

                • All My Children
                • The Young and the Restless
                • General Hospital
                • As The World Turns
                • 90210
                • Passions
                • Tyler Christopher
                • Melrose Place
                • ABC Family
                • One Tree Hill
                • Pretty Little Liars
                • Pilot
                • Charles Pratt Jr.
                • Alexandra Chando
                • Mitch Ryan
                • Andy Buckley
                • Blair Redford
                • Sara Shepard
                • The Lying Game
                • The Office
                • In Plain Sight
                • Lincoln Heights
                • Vivian Nesbitt
                • The Nine Lives of Chloe King
                • Switched at Birth
                • The Great State of Georgia
                • Raven Symone

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