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

Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6:24 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Not even two months has gone by since Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo returned to the set of ABC's "General Hospital," in what is reportedly an expensive contract lasting two years, when word comes out that the soap is about to lose some key cast members thanks to a dent in the pockets. If we are to believe Soap Opera Digest, we can expect several actors to be getting a pink slip in the near future as the magazine is reporting that the soap is facing budget cuts.

In its newest issue, Digest says "rumors are swirling that another round of budget cuts will result in several heads rolling this fall." With news that Leslie Charleson, who has portrayed the role of Monica Quartermaine for over 30 years was out of a contract, it doesn't come as a surprise that more actors could be on their way out as well. When pressed for comment, an ABC representative would only say "we do not comment."

So who do you think "GH" could afford to lose? Just remember that in addition to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Laura Wright and Kelly Monaco are the stars of the show, so don't expect any of them to lose their jobs.

Side Note: Is it just me or are we hearing that the ABC soaps are facing budget cuts every year right around this time? There's going to come a point where these supposed budget cuts won't be enough to pay for the light bill or the food brought in for lunch, much less a cast members' mortgage. As a reminder, in the spring of 2009, ABC spent $3 million on upgrading the shows production facilities to HD which has not helped the show bring in new viewers nor has the return of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo as Brenda Barrett, but I'm not the Executive Producer or President of a network, so what do I know? Except spending money doesn't always make money and "GH" sure does spend a lot with no pay off.

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

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    Friday, September 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Today in soap land, Carolyn 'Opinion' Hinsey posted on her Facebook page that two current "As The World Turns" actors would be appearing on an ABC soap near you in the next couple of weeks – one as a recast and one a new face on the canvas on either "All My Children," "General Hospital" or "One Life to Live." The question is, who is talking to Hinsey?

    Typically, when we ask for confirmation of who is coming or who is going from a series, we receive the standard "no comment" or "we [insert talking network media relations representative] do not comment on rumors." In the case of this report, we received neither. So what's the deal? We talked to those very high up at ABC Daytime and while the word "no" was never used, the word "yes" wasn't either. Does that mean Carolyn Hinsey is lying or wrong? After all, it was Hinsey that said "Please stop posting links to crazy web stories on my FB page," in reply to our report of Roger Howarth (an "As The World Turns" actor, by the way) returning to "One Life to Live" in the coming months by her "friends" commenting on said page. In fact, she said "If it's in Digest and/or TV Guide, THEN it's true :-)" Interesting how her drop wasn't in either publication, nor could she say which actor was coming. If you know something, say something. That's similar to the "If you see something, say something" mantra New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority says to passengers in billboards and announcements through out its train system.

    Instead of passing along news her buddies at "As The World Turns" are supposedly giving her by letting her know they'll be appearing on ABC in the coming weeks, even though ABC doesn't even know it or will admit to it, why not promote your employer (in this case Soap Opera Digest) and alert readers to some sort of exclusive with this news? It isn't like the magazine is afraid to promote gossip reports. In one issue they reported a soap star wasn't supporting their shows fan club, which wasn't worth the piece of paper it was written on, and in its newest issue, the magazine is reporting that ABC's "General Hospital" would be cutting its cast down due to budget cuts in the near future – an ABC representative provided a "we do not comment" regarding that piece of news, by the way. Interestingly, if in fact proven true, that would put "GH" out of the running for a new or recast character, which would leave "All My Children" or "One Life to Live" left to pick up the pieces as the "World" ends.

    For "One Life to Live," which is the only New York City based soap opera left remaining now that " As The World Turns" is ending its run after 54-years next Friday, the show recently released a casting call for the role of Joey Buchanan. As for "All My Children," which headed to Los Angeles in January in order to prevent cancellation talks from becoming a reality, it is currently involved in a massive murder mystery that doesn't show any indications of bringing in new characters at this time. Of course things can change.

    In any case, Soap Opera Network will be following this story and if it's on our website, you can rest assured "THEN it's true :-)"

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      Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM ET by Errol Lewis


      Photo: Sean Smith/JPI Studios

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While CBS.com had your first look at Maura West as the new Diane Jenkins on CBS' "The Young and the Restless," Soap Opera Network has your second and more flattering look at the actress.

      As previously reported, West is joining the cast of the drama series in the role of Diane Jenkins. The role was last played by actress Susan Walters from 2001-2004, and most recently appeared earlier this year for a few episodes. Alex Donnelley originated the role in 1982. When she was last in Genoa City full-time, Diane was romantically linked to Jack Abbott (portrayed by Peter Bergman,).

      In June, Maura won her second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Backstage, the actress told Soap Opera Network that she was heading to California with her family to look for work just days after "As The World Turns" taped its last episodes. West's decision to move sure paid off quickly as she reported to work at the CBS Television City Studio, where "The Young and the Restless" is taped, on Wednesday, September 1 for a first airdate set for Friday, October 8.

      West made a name for herself whens he joined "As The World Turns" in the role of Carly Tenney Snyder on April 11, 1995. After just a year with the show, the actress found herself leaving Oakdale. Thankfully fans found that her departure wouldn't last as she returned to the soap on September 10, 1997, where she remained until the show airs its last episode on Friday, September.

      "The Young and the Restless" air Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.

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        Monday, September 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "Entertainment Tonight" went behind the scenes to capture the love and romance behind Billy Abbott (Billy Miller) and Victoria Newman's (Amelia Heinle) wedding, airing this week on CBS' "The Young and the Restless."

        In a homage to the 1950's, the duo's wedding was filmed on location on the front lawn of the house where "Leave it to Beaver" used to film in the 1950's and 1960's. "ET" also revealed that Victoria's dress is a replica of the one worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1957 film "Funny Face," and that the two will be wed by Elinor Donahue, who will portray the role of Judge Anderson. Donahue is best known as Betty Anderson in '50s sitcom "Father Knows Best," which is the basis of the era's significance in the pairs nuptials.

          

        The wedding begins on Wednesday, September 8.

        "The Young and the Restless" air Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.

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          Monday, September 6, 2010 at 8:07 PM ET by Errol Lewis


          Photo: John Paschal/JPI

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What did you do today? I'm sure since your favorite soap didn't air today due to pre-emptions or you were stuck with repeats of episodes you probably didn't want to watch again, you had a very productive day. Well, rest assured that you're favorite soaps return to the airwaves beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 with original episodes.

          ALL MY CHILDREN
          Things unfold as a dead body is discovered and suspects begin to pile up. Liza Colby makes it her mission to prosecute the culprit to the fullest extent of the law as Pine Valley's interim acting district attorney. JR is suspicious of Asher and someone gets arrested on Friday, September 10.

          For More: AMC PreVUE / AMC Alerts

          Photo: George DeSota/JPI

          AS THE WORLD TURNS
          After heading to Bay City to try and help out his friend, Chris, who is in dire need of a new heart, Reid gets into an accident and is brought to Memorial Hospital, where his wounds are too severe for him to survive. Hoping to make a last sacrifice, Reid signs power of attorney over to Luke with the understanding that his heart is to go to Chris. Reid and Luke share a final kiss before Reid is declared brain dead. Soon afterward, word comes that Reid's heart is a match for Chris. Luke and Katie console each other.

          THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
          After giving birth to a newborn baby boy, Owen and Bridget return to share the happy news with family and friends. Liam and Hope get cozy on the beach. Meanwhile, Rick and Jackie start plotting together.

          DAYS OF OUR LIVES
          Not much time has gone by since Sami was to wed EJ, but Sami is already engaged to wed Rafe. Thankfully, good old Kate is waiting in the wings to warn Sami. Chloe and Carly agree to make amends for Daniel's sake.

          For More: DAYS PreVUE / DAYS Teasers

          GENERAL HOSPITAL
          Sonny and Brenda finally come face to face after seven years, but Brenda's life is in danger. Can Sonny save his one and only this time around? Nikolas and Brook Lynn learn more about each other, despite Lulu's wishes for him to stay away from the girl. Jason suspects that Ronnie set up Sonny. Steve suspends Robin after she reaches her boiling point where Lisa is concerned.

          For More: GH PreVUE / GH Alerts

          ONE LIFE TO LIVE
          Babies and their daddies. As neither Jessica or Natalie knows exactly who fathered their unborn children, the two see to it that they admit the truth to the men in their lives. Of course one never takes news such as this lightly. Ford has a change of heart regarding his career asperations. Todd and Marty have a heart to heart.

          For More: OLTL PreVUE / OLTL Alerts

          Photo: Sean Smith/JPI

          THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
          Billy and Victoria are getting married, but you know what they say about a wedding, right? A funeral of course! Chance is shot by brother Ronan while the two are about to make a bust. Meanwhile, Victor isn't too pleased that Victoria is marrying Billy Abbott, brother to his arch rival, Jack Abbott. 

          For More: Y&R PreVUE / You Don't Always Get Another Chance on 'Young and the Restless'

          Special Note: "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "As The World Turns" will not air on Friday, September 10 due to CBS coverage of the U.S. Open.

          Until next week…

          "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" air Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.
          "Days of our Lives" airs Weekdays on NBC. Anytime on NBC.com.
          "As The World Turns," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" air Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.

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            Monday, September 6, 2010 at 5:38 PM ET by Errol Lewis


            Photo: ABC

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — You may have heard that Eden Riegel (Heather Stevens, "The Young and the Restless") and Victor Webster (ex-Nicholas Alamain, "Days of our Lives") would be appearing in the upcoming season of ABC's hit primetime drama series "Castle," but I bet you didn't know when that episode would air, did you? Soap Opera Network has the scoop!

            In the episode entitled Punked airing on Monday, October 11, the shows fourth episode of the season, Riegel will be portraying the role of Rachel Goldstein, the distraught sister of a man killed by an antique pistol. "Castle" stars Nathan Fillion (ex-Joey Buchanan, "One Life to Live") and Stana Katic ("24") are called in to investigate the crime as title character and novelist Richard Castle (Fillion) and Detective Kate Beckett (Katic). Webster will also appear in this episode as Josh Davidson, Beckett's new boyfriend, who finds himself the center of attention when he drops by the police precinct to pick her up. According to ABC, "on seeing the big and sexy Davidson, the gang wonder: Who the hell is that guy?"

            Now entering its third season, "Castle" stars Fillion, Katic, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers. The season premiere is scheduled to air on Monday, September 20.

            "Castle" Airs Mondays at 10/9c on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.

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              Monday, September 6, 2010 at 7:44 AM ET by Errol Lewis


              Photo: CBS

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "As The World Turns" is set to air its final episode on Friday, September 17, and the show replacing it, "The Talk," isn't set to debut until Monday, October 18, so what does CBS plan to air for the four weeks in between? Soap Opera Network has the schedule.

              Beginning Monday, September 20, episodes of CBS' remaining lineup including original broadcasts of "The Price is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal" along with repeats of top ranked "The Young and the Restless" will air in the 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT period currently occupied by the departing "As The World Turns." According to CBS, the repeat airings of "Y&R" will include "episodes that are emotionally relevant to current stories," which is code for shows that aired in the recent past. Knowing how ABC does their "relevant to current stories" repeat airings, it is presumed that the network will be airing episodes following the upcoming death of a major character and its subsequent episodes which includes a military salute to said character at their funeral.

              Due to their game show nature, CBS is able to order new episodes of "Let's Make a Deal" and "The Price is Right" without much prep-time. The same can not be said for daytime soaps such as "Y&R" or "The Bold and the Beautiful," which need months of preparation before a new episode airs on the network. Therefore, CBS will be airing original episodes of both game shows and "Y&R" during their regular time slots in addition to the originals (repeats for "Y&R") airing in the soon to be vacant time slot.

              What follows is the CBS schedule beginning September 20 through October 15, 2010 (all times eastern):

              Monday, September 20 – Friday, October 1, 2010
              11:00 AM – The Price is Right I (original episodes; original time slot)
              11:30 AM – The Price is Right II (original episodes; original time slot)
              12:30 PM – The Young and the Restless (original episodes)
              1:30 PM – The Bold and the Beautiful (original episodes)
              2:00 PM – The Price is Right I (original episodes)
              2:30 PM – The Price is Right II (original episodes)
              3:00 PM – Let's Make a Deal I (original episodes)
              3:30 PM – Let's Make a Deal II (original episodes)

              Monday, October 4 – Friday, October 8, 2010
              11:00 AM – The Price is Right I (original episodes)
              11:30 AM – The Price is Right II (original episodes)
              12:30 PM – The Young and the Restless (original episodes)
              1:30 PM – The Bold and the Beautiful (original episodes)
              2:00 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes)
              2:30 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes)
              3:00 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes; original time slot)
              3:30 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes; original time slot)

              Monday, October 11 – Friday, October 15, 2010
              11:00 AM – The Price is Right I (original episodes)
              11:30 AM – The Price is Right II (original episodes)
              12:30 PM – The Young and the Restless (original episodes; original time slot)
              1:30 PM – The Bold and the Beautiful (original episodes)
              2:00 PM – The Young and the Restless (repeat episodes)
              3:00 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes)
              3:30 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes)

              Monday, October 18 – Until CBS is No Longer Restless or Beautiful…
              11:00 AM – The Price is Right I (original episodes)
              11:30 AM – The Price is Right II (original episodes)
              12:30 PM – The Young and the Restless (original episodes)
              1:30 PM – The Bold and the Beautiful (original episodes)
              2:00 PM – The Talk (original episodes; series premiere)
              3:00 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes)
              3:30 PM – Let's Make a Deal (original episodes)

              "The Young and the Restless," "The Price is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal" airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.

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                Monday, September 6, 2010 at 12:13 AM ET by Errol Lewis


                Photo: Adam Rose/FOX

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On the Tuesday, September 28 episode of pop phenomenon "Glee," singer and actress Britney Spears finds herself the subject of music and mayhem as the cast of the primetime drama series sings all about "Britney Britney." In the episode, look for a number of song and dance numbers spanning Spears' long career in the music industry, including numbers off of her CD's "Baby One More Time…," "Oops! I Did It Again," "Britney," "In the Zone," "Blackout" and "Circus."

                In the episode, Glee's cast of characters try to persuade their New Direction's teacher Mr Schuester (Matthew Morrison) to let them pay homage to Britney Spears just as they did to Lady Gaga in season one. Unfortunately, Mr. Schue ignores their wishes and leaves them in dream land when they each pay a visit to the dentist. The visit to the dentist is said to "bring out the musical numbers and the all-but-official Britney cameo," according to Zap2it.com.

                In the image represented above, actress Heather Morris, who portrays Brittany (how fitting) in the series, will be performing two songs including "Me Against the Music" off of Britney Spears' fourth album "In the Zone," which was released in 2003. The song was made into a duet between Spears and her idol Madonna. It is unclear at this time whether or not the show will turn the song into a duet as well, but from the image we can confirm that Spears will in fact be making an appearance in the episode.

                Look for John Stamos to debut as the dentist, Carl Howell, who is a potential new love interest for Emma (Jayma Mays).

                "Glee" airs Weekly on FOX. Anytime on FOX.com.

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                  Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 11:28 PM ET by Errol Lewis


                  Photo: NBC

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While actor Paul Leyden has been off of CBS' "As The World Turns" for sometime, his debut on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" in the coming weeks is sure leading some to believe there is an invasion in place of the now canceled soaps past and present stars.

                  Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Leyden has been cast in the role of Blake on daytime's number one drama series. He begins 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 if air dates remain in tact.

                  Leyden began airing in the role of Simon Frasier on "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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                    Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 10:06 PM ET by Errol Lewis


                    Photo: Howard Wise/JPI

                    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — He's best known for portraying the role of Peter Brady in the 1970's sitcom "The Brady Bunch," but on Wednesday, September 15, Christopher Knight will bring some medical experience to CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful."

                    Knight will portray Dr. Andrews, who is will oversee the health and welfare of Bridget (Ashley Jones) and Owen's (Brandon Beemer) new baby boy, who was born on the Friday, September 3 episode. "I've never played a doctor before," said Knight in an interview with Soap Opera Digest. "It should be fun and will be very interesting if I have to learn some of those medical phrases [laughs]. But I'm looking forward to it."

                    In addition to his role on "The Brady Bunch," Knight has appeared in such shows as "That '70s Show" and "Less Than Perfect." For three seasons he starred in his own reality series on VH1, titled "My Fair Brady." In the series, Knight was looking for love and found it in the form of Adrianne Curry ("America's Next Top Model"). The two were married in May 2006 in Joliet, Illinois.

                    IN RELATED NEWS

                    Former "Brady Bunch" co-star Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady) appeared on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" on the Wednesday, September 1 episode of the soap as Lisa Morton, owner of a pre-school in Genoa City.

                    "The Bold and the Beautiful" airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.

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