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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( — 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.

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

      Next Week on General Hospital: Sonny and Brenda's Wedding [PROMO]

      ( — While the drama began on today's episode, the real fireworks will be set off next week on ABC's "General Hospital" as Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) prepare to say "I do!" The question is not if they wed, but what happens next?

      Thanks to ABC, Soap Opera Network is able to provide you with a closer look at next weeks action and adventure. For those that remember the good old Guza ("GH's" head wirter) days, you should look at this clip as "clink boom: part II."

      After years of trying to fight their fate. Brenda and Sonny vow to love each other for life. Next Week on General Hospital, one couple with the brightest of futures can't seem to escape the enemies of their past. Now Sonny's new life with Brenda could be over before it begins.

      • General Hospital
      • Maurice Benard
      • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
      • Promos

        Scoop on Sebastian Roché's Appearance on 'Criminal Minds'

        ( — In early January, reported that "General Hospital's" Sebastian Roché would be appearing as a recurring character on "Criminal Minds," now Soap Opera Network has your scoop on who Roché will be playing and when you can get your first look at him on the CBS drama series.

        According to sources Roché will make his "Minds" debut beginning with the Wednesday, February 23 episode of the hit series in the role of Clyde Easter. In the episode entitled "Coda," Roché's character joins the BAU team after Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) enlists the help of two of her former Interpol colleagues (one played by Roché) for help in hunting down an old nemesis. Roché returns in the Wednesday, March 2 episode entitled "Valhalla," in which there is a series of suspicious murders occurring and Prentiss suspects her old Interpol nemesis of the crimes, making her fear for the safety of her team.

        In addition to his "GH" character Jerry Jacks, Roché has appeared in a number of television series including "Fringe" and "Supernatural."

        "Criminal Minds" airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS.

        • General Hospital
        • Criminal Minds
        • Sebastian Roche
        • Supernatural
        • Fringe

          Maurice Benard and Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Sit Down Interview with Michael Fairman

          ( — Today friend to the site Michael Fairman posted his interview with "General Hospital's" Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) and Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda Barrett), which was conducted in anticipation of the duos on screen wedding that began airing today on ABC.

          General Hospital’s Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda) and Maurice Benard (Sonny) chat with Michael Fairman to discuss the wedding day of Sonny and Brenda and the fallout. Plus, Vanessa reveals if she had a clause in her contract that the fictional couple had to actually make it past the “I do’s”. Then, the actors discuss their mutual admiration for working with each other.

          You can view the interview by clicking on the play button below.

          • General Hospital
          • Maurice Benard
          • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
          • Michael Fairman
          • Interviews

            'B&B' Places Sarah Brown on Recurring Status

            ( — Weeks after it was revealed that "The Bold and the Beautiful" had placed Kyle Lowder (Rick Forrester) on recurring status, news broke today that the show has done the same to Sarah Joy Brown who portrays Agnes 'Aggie' Jones on the drama series. Ironically, Brown is celebrating her 36th birthday today.

            According to Nelson Branco in his latest Suds Report at, the actress has been placed on recurring status after being on the show for little over a year. This would explain why the actress wasn't in the soaps newest opening sequence, which premieres during the Monday, February 21 broadcast of the soap.

            Prior to joining "B&B" in late 2009, Brown won several Daytime Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Carly Corinthos on ABC's "General Hospital" and was nominated in 2010 for her portrayal of Claudia Zacchara on the soap as well. She's also appeared in such shows as "V.R. Troopers," "Cold Case," "Without a Trace" and TNT's "The Closer."

            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • The Closer
            • Sarah Joy Brown
            • Without a Trace
            • Nelson Branco
            • Kyle Lowder
            • Cold Case
            • V.R. Troopers

              'The Bold and the Beautiful' Set to Debut New Opening Sequence

              ( — If you watched today's episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful," you may not have known that you were getting your final look at the soaps current opening sequence, which was released in 2004, because on Monday, February 21 daytime's youngest soap opera will debut its third opening sequence since the show premiered on March 23, 1987.

              In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Executive Producer/Head Writer, Bradley Bell, revealed that the new sequence was created with the use of CGI.

              "This is pretty monumental for us," said Bell. "We've always taken the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach to our opening credits. The first one was so good we kept it from 1987 until 2004 — unlike a lot of things from the '80s it never seemed dated. Our current one has been running for six and a half years. It's beautiful and still works, but now we want to let viewers know that our show is all about experimenting, not only with our storytelling but with our image. We want to be known as a show that's thinking outside the box."

              In a taped segment posted on, it was revealed that "late last year the folks at 'The Bold and the Beautiful' and CBS digital started out lining an idea for a completely new concept using the latest in cutting edge technology and digital effects. Meetings were had and ideas discussed. The result? What would happen if you could create the ultimate fashion show room in a virtual setting?"

              "It's set up so that the various elements, from music to special effects, will constantly change," said Bell. "It'll be a fun, ongoing surprise for the audience."

              To see how the shows opening has evolved through the years and get a glimpse at the new opening click on the video below.

              • The Bold and the Beautiful
              • Bradley Bell
              • Opening Sequence

                Rebecca Herbst Staying? All Signs Point to Yes!

                ( — As previously reported, "General Hospital" star Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) was fired by the ABC soap in late January due to what was said to be "storyline dictated" reasons, but now Soaps In Depth is reporting that the actress is actually staying. So what's the deal?

                After tweeting to their followers earlier today that the actress was staying, In Depth instilled hope into the hearts of Herbst fans who were boycotting the show after they originally learned their favorite actress had been fired. "They’ve been incredibly organized,” said Richard M. Simms, executive editor of the mag in an interview posted on "A lot of times, fans react and for a few days, it’s all anyone can talk about. But Becky Herbst fans really refused to let this drop. It probably doesn’t help that over the past few years, "GH" has gotten a bad reputation for either sidelining or writing out longtime characters. Things may finally have reached a breaking point with a lot of fans, who just couldn’t accept another legacy character being canned."

                An ABC representative was unable to confirm the news to Soap Opera Network.

                • General Hospital
                • Rebecca Herbst
                • Soaps in Depth
                • Comings & Goings

                  Where in the World is Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard)?

                  ( — While Cane Ashby appeared to have been murdered in the Wednesday, February 2 episode of CBS' "The Young and the Restless," no information has been released by either the show, his portrayer Daniel Goddard or any of the actors people indicating that we've seen the last of Goddard on "Y&R," so what the heck is going on? Entertainment Weekly's Lynette Rice has some answers.

                  According to Rice, "a source close to the sudser said that Goddard remains a paid employee of 'Y&R' until further notice." Meaning, he hasn't left the building. "He’s not only set to reprise his role as Cane in the Feb. 18 and 23 episodes, but he’ll make additional appearances in March and April. What’s more, no one on the show will even acknowledge whether his character is actually six feet under," Rice continued.

                  What this means is that the show might just be playing the same tired switcheroo they've been playing for the last couple of years with "fake deaths" as they've done with Thom Bierdz's Phillip Chancellor III and John Driscoll's Chance Chancellor. Incidentally, all these fake deaths are Chancellor related deaths (at one time Cane was pretending to be Jill's son, who herself thought she was Katherine Chancellor's daughter).

                  • The Young and the Restless
                  • John Driscoll
                  • Daniel Goddard
                  • Thom Bierdz
                  • Comings & Goings
                  • Lynette Rice

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