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
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 6:07 PM ET by Errol Lewis


Aiden Turner

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Two months after it was announced that Andy Whitfield was unable to return to work on a new season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" after he learned that his cancer had returned, Deadline.com is reporting that Starz Entertainment has narrowed their search for a replacement down to three actors – one of whom includes "All My Children" alum Aiden Turner. Turner, best known for his role as Aidan Devane on ABC's "All My Children" joins actors Stephen Amell and Liam McIntyre who are all vying for the title role in the hit Starz series, which averaged 980,000 viewers through out the course of its 13 episode first season earlier this year. 

According to Deadline, the actors will be flown to New Zealand for screen tests and to meet with the show's cast and crew. A final decision is expected as early as this week on who will take over the role.

Turner became a household name in March of this year when he joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the shows tenth season. He performed alongside Edyta Sliwinska. The duo were eliminated during the shows third week. The actor starred on "All My Children" from June 2002 through December 2009. 

Stephen Amell portrayed the role of Adam in the first season of the here! series "Dante's Cove." He was replaced in season two with actor Jon Fleming. McIntyre most recently appeared on the HBO series "The Pacific" and is best known for his role in the hit Australian series "Neighbours."

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand" will return to the airwaves with its second season in September 2011. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," a prequel to "Blood and Sand" debuts in January 2011.

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    Monday, October 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM ET by Errol Lewis and Scotty Gore


    Brandon Buddy and Jason Tam

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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, Brandon Buddy is leaving ABC's "One Life to Live" and has already finished taping according to setside sources. Now Soap Opera Network has learned when you can last expect to see the actor in Llanview along with on-screen best friend Jason Tam, who plays Markko Rivera.

    After his fate is decided by a judge on the Wednesday, November 10 episode for the murder of Eli Clarke (Matt Walton), an emotional Cole says goodbye to Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) and their daughter Hope.

    Buddy's exit concludes the four year relationship of Starr Manning and Cole Thornhart as the role will not be recast. Buddy made his acting debut on "One Life to Live" when he joined the cast of the drama series in October 2006.

    Meanwhile, Jason Tam who joined "One Life to Live" in May 2007 as Markko Rivera will also mark his last day on the soap on the Wednesday, November 10 episode. Markko says his goodbyes to Langston (Brittany Underwood) and moves back to Los Angeles, California.

    In addition to his role on "OLTL," the actor has also appeared on Broadway in a number of plays including "A Chorus Line," "Les Misérables," "Footloose," "Oklahoma!," and "The King and I."

    "One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.

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      Friday, October 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we first reported on Thursday, September 23, sources were confirming that Sebastian Roche was returning to ABC's "General Hospital" in the coming months, now ABC has confirmed that Roche is indeed returning to the drama series this fall in the role of Jerry Jacks, who was last seen in 2009. The network, however, did not confirm reports that Jerry Jacks would be the mystery character simply known as the Balkan who is after Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).

      "There's been a lot of speculation out there," says Head Writer Robert Guza, Jr. in an interview with Soap Opera Digest. "I've seen Jerry Jacks, Suzanne, Robert Scorpio, Sean Donely, which surprised me, and Faison. They're all very good contenders I will say that it's going to look very much like somebody who much of the audience thinks it is."

      If in fact Jerry turns out to be The Balkan, this twist would follow in line with Roche's debut on the soap back in 2007 when he portrayed terrorist James Craig, only to be revealed to be a recast Jerry Jacks two months later. Jerry was last seen in 2009 after he faked his death in order to find Michael Corinthos III (then played by actor Drew Garrett), who Claudia (Sarah Brown) learned was the cause of her miscarriage.

      Roche's first airdate is set for Monday, December 13.

      In addition to his upcoming return to "GH," Roche is set to appear on The CW's "Supernatural" in the role of Balthazar, an angel, according to showrunner Sera Gamble. "He provides a unique perspective on what is going on in Castiel's (Misha Collins) world. Balthazar is doing things we've never seen an angel doing before." In addition to "Supernatural," look for Roche to return to FOX's "Fringe" in the role of Thomas Jerome Newton, a mysterious humanoid soldier from another universe.

      "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.

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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, Brandon Buddy is departing ABC’s “One Life to Live” and now Soap Opera Network has learned the actor has finished taping his last scenes.

        After months of rumors and speculation, ABC has finally confirmed that Buddy will be leaving the role of Cole Thornhart, son of Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) and Patrick Thornhart (Thorsten Kaye), despite the actors June tweet that his account was hacked and that he was not leaving the soap.

        According to sources, Buddy’s last tape date was late last week with his last airdate expected to be late October/early November. The role will not be recast as the character leaves Llanview alive, but leaves lady love Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) and their child behind in Llanview.

        Buddy made his acting debut on “One Life to Live” when he joined the cast of the drama series in October 2006. At this time is is unknown what the actor has planned for his post-”One Life” future.

        “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.



        Friday, October 1, 2010 at 4:19 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After portrayer Rebecca Herbst went on maternity leave this summer, Elizabeth Webber found herself off the canvas by going cross-country to visit her sister Sarah in order to clear her head and bond with the child she shares with Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) on ABC's "General Hospital." Now with Herbst back on set, Elizabeth better prepare herself for the drama about to unfold at work and personally.

        According to sources, Herbst is set to return on the Wednesday, October 13 episode of "GH" wherein Elizabeth learns about Nikolas' involvement with Brook Lynn (Adrianne Leon) and the two discuss what they mean to each other, while at work she learns of Patrick's (Jason Thompson) affair with Lisa (Brianna Brown).

        Herbst gave birth to her third child with husband Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan Santiago), Emerson Truett, on August 9, 2010. The two will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in June of next year.

        "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.

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          Friday, October 1, 2010 at 2:25 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Months after ABC Daytime announced they would be cutting down on original episodes from their soaps "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" each year, despite no official deal with the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) allowing this, the network has confirmed that they will begin airing encore episodes of the dramas beginning Wednesday, October 27, which marks the first non-holiday or unanticipated repeat airing for any daytime soap(s).

          As always, the repeat airings are being used to "enhance current story and give fans the opportunity to see episodes they really loved and have wanted to see again," the network said.

          The network is expected to air upwards of 20 repeat episodes of each drama series through out the year including those already airing on or around major holidays.

          What follows are the episode summaries for each soap repeat airing:

          ALL MY CHILDREN

          Episode #8927 (original air date 8/31/04) –Ryan first confesses his love for Greenlee, and she is both shocked and thrilled when Ryan gives her an engagement ring and proposes. Zach is short with Maria when she says she's committed to her marriage. Kendall has many drinks and blows up about Greenlee and Ryan to Ethan. Pine Valley gets ready for a "Game of Chance" party at Zach's casino.

          Notables: Ethan was played by James Scott, now airing on NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the role of EJ.

          GENERAL HOSPITAL

          Episode #10929 (original air date 12/1/05) –Jason and Sam arrive in Hawaii to spend their remaining days together after Jason is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Despite their romantic activities, Sam cannot fight feelings of impending loss, and she asks Jason to make a baby so she will not be alone after he dies. Meanwhile, Georgie is held hostage by Diego, Luke is protective of young Lulu and Jax asks Liz for help with his crumbling relationship.

          Notables: Georgie was played by Lindze Letherman. The character died a few weeks later.

          ONE LIFE TO LIVE

          Episode #10415 (original air date 4/16/09) –Todd and Tea have sex all over his house while saying they hate each other. Tea tells Todd she never intended to help him get custody of his kids. Natalie and Jared hide the truth about Chloe while the family gathers for Chloe's baptism. At Nash's grave, Jessica tells Brody they can't be friends right now. Starr and Cole discuss her attraction to Schuyler, realize Hope didn't die because of RH disease. Markko tells Langston he helped Cole fake his drug test.

          Notables: Jared was played by John Brotherton. The character died at the end of 2009. Jessica and Brody are having a baby together or are they? Jason Tam who plays Markko was just fired.

          "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" air Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.

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            Friday, September 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, Paul Leyden is joining the cast of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" in October in the role of Blake, who shares a history with Cane (Daniel Goddard). Now Soap Opera Network has your first look at Leyden on set.

            Leyden began filming on Tuesday, September 7 with his first airdate set for Wednesday, October 6. In it a bit of irony, former "World Turns" co-star Maura West began taping on Wednesday, September 1 with her first air date set for Friday, October 8 as a recast Diane Jenkins, which is two days after Leyden debuts, but one week after West began taping. Got to give it to tricky editing.

            Prior to landing at "Y&R," Leyden portrayed the role of Simon Frasier on CBS' "As The World Turns" in February 2000 and appeared off-and-on until June 2004. He returned to the soap for a seven month turn in June 2006 and again in November 2009. He starred along-side television icon Heather Locklear ("Dynasty," "Melrose Place" and "Melrose Place 2.0") in the failed 2004 NBC drama series "LAX," which also starred actor Blair Underwood ("The Event" and "Dirty Sexy Money"). Leyden wrote, produced and directed the 2009 short film "Bye Bye Sally," which also starred another "World Turns" alum Paolo Seganti.

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              Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Usually when there is a hot rumor going around the web, we ask around to see if there is any legs to the story and in the case of Sebastian Roche, the legs are growing. Over the past couple of days, message boards have been abuzz with word that Sebastian Roche is returning to ABC's "General Hospital," and now Soap Opera Network has learned that that is definitely a possibility, but he may not be Jerry Jacks this time around.

              According to sources, Roche is expected to return to "General Hospital" in the coming months as either his character Jerry Jacks or perhaps "The Balkan," the mystery Russian crime lord who is after Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo). Incidentally, Soap Opera Digest reported back in August that "GH" was looking to cast the role described as a forty to sixty year old, "ruthless, intense and unmistakable presence," who will be heavily recurring for approximately six months starting in Mid-November. In one scenario given to us, it is said that the character might even turn out to be Jerry Jacks after all. This twist would follow in line with Roche's debut on the soap back in 2007 when he portrayed terrorist James Craig, only to be revealed to be a recast Jerry Jacks two months later. Jerry was last seen in 2009 after he faked his death in order to find Michael Corinthos III (then played by actor Drew Garrett), who Claudia (Sarah Brown) learned was the cause of her miscarriage.

              Roche is set to appear on The CW's "Supernatural" in the role of Balthazar, an angel, according to showrunner Sera Gamble. "He provides a unique perspective on what is going on in Castiel's (Misha Collins) world. Balthazar is doing things we've never seen an angel doing before." The episode is set to air during the series sixth season, which premiere's tomorrow, September 24 on The CW.

              In addition to "Supernatural," look for Roche to return to FOX's "Fringe" in the role of Thomas Jerome Newton, a mysterious humanoid soldier from another universe.

              Soap Opera Network will continue following this developing story and will update you when more details come to light.

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                Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:51 AM ET by Errol Lewis


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                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Now that his quarterly vacation is over, Anthony Geary is returning to "General Hospital" next month as his character, Luke Spencer, finally crosses paths with his son Lucky (Jonathan Jackson), but Lucky is pretending to be Ronan O'Reilly. And you thought Luke was the only one with multiple personalities.

                When we last saw Luke it was on Wednesday, June 30, and he had stolen money from Tracy (Jane Elliot) in a quest to make his wife miss him, and his children said their good bye's. Now months later, the question is where has Luke been and where is Tracy's money? He did steal $10 million from her after all. All questions should be answered beginning Thursday, October 7, when Luke and his priestly self turns up in Ireland and comes face to face with Lucky, who is pretending to be Ronan. With the two reunited, expect all kinds of shenanigans to ensue in typical Luke style!

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                  Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Earlier this year, "General Hospital" Head Writer Bob Guza informed TV Guide's Michael Logan that while he wouldn't be specific in the matter of Michael Corinthos' (Chad Duell) possible rape by his prison cellmate Carter (Josh Wingate) in May, that didn't mean he wouldn't get to that point down the road.

                  "Our focus right now is on the horrific experience of an 18- or 19-year-old who is thrown into a terrible situation like this," said Guza. "I just didn't want to make the story more specific at this point. However, that's not to say that I won't be getting very specific in three or four or five months down the line."

                  That time is now as the show has cast actress Andrea Bogart in the role of a prostitute named Candy, who is hired by Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) to help Michael quell his fears about sexual relations with another person. Unfortunately for Michael, things don't go as planned. Look for Michael to get violent with Candy after she gets a little too pushy in her advances. The episode is set to air on Tuesday, October 5.

                  Bogart tweeted her joy of appearing on "GH" on Thursday, September 2, saying:

                  So pumped to be working on General Hospital tomorrow then off to LAX to grab my Niece, Carly whose coming to visit! Gonna be a great day!

                  In a bit of irony, Bogart's niece is named Carly, and Michael's mother is named Carly (Laura Wright). Funny how things work out.

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