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, August 24, 2010 at 3:23 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — In the new issue of ABC Soaps in Depth, dated September 6, 2010, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo has set the record straight on the marriage reports that rocked Hollywood blog sites in early July.

On Wednesday, July 14, Soap Opera Network had reported that Vanessa Marcil had wed longtime love Carmine Giovinazzo ("CSI: NY") in an intimate ceremony attended by close family and friends. The report was based on details provided by US Magazine, which claimed that the mag had heard from a representative of the actress that "They [Marcil and Giovinazzo] were married in New York on Sunday night with family and close friends." With news that the actress had professionally changed her name from Vanessa Marcil to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, it only solidified news of the nuptials. Now a month later, the actress has finally spoken out on what has apparently turned out to be nothing more than a blown out of proportion party that was being held in preparation of her upcoming nuptials to Mr. Giovinazzo, which is set to take place this winter.

Just before taping began for her return to "General Hospital" in late July, the actress informed her employers at Disney/ABC Television that she had recently changed her name, which was done in order to give the company enough notice to update promotional materials in conjuction with her return to "GH." But why did she change her name at all if she isn't married? And why did it take so long to clear up all those reports?

In her In Depth interview, Marcil Giovinazzo revealed that she changed her name prior to the actual event because "I wanted to use his name professionally" She added, "We have been in love for 11 years. We've always been in each other's lives." As for why it took more than a month to clear things up? "I'm completely unaware, as all my friends and family always like to remind me," she said. "We grew vegetables and we are so living under our own little rock! We don't even have a TV!" Well that explains a lot!

Now how about when we can report on the REAL wedding? "We're going to have about 10 parties celebrating! But the details of the wedding are just going to be ours."

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    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 1:40 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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    ( — Soaps in Depth recently revealed that "General Hospital" is currently actively casting the role of a supposed "supervillian" that will rock the canvas this November. The unnamed character is 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. Soap Opera Network has since learned that the storyline kicks off next week with the introduction of a new crime lord who is after Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).

    Sources are confirming that just before Brenda finally comes face-to-face with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) for the first time in seven years on the Friday, September 3 episode of "General Hospital," Brenda receives a warning that she is being actively pursued by a notorious crime lord who is known simply by the name "The Balkan." While we won't be seeing the characters face for sometime, the mystery man will be providing the soap with much needed drama, action and adventure.

    Can Sonny, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and Jasper 'Jax' Jacks (Ingo Rademacher) protect Brenda from danger, or will the "The Balkan" get her first? Tune in to ABC's "General Hospital" to find out.

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      Monday, August 23, 2010 at 11:58 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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      ( — If being all over the soap press and "The View" in preparation of her return to ABC's "General Hospital" earlier this month wasn't enough, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, who portrays Brenda Barrett, is set to make an appearance on the syndicated talk show "The Doctors" for the programs third season premiere.

      According to Marcil Giovinazzo's official website, the actress will appear as a guest co-host in a "mom-tourage" themed panel of the the daily talk show's Monday, September 13, season premiere. "The segment will feature rotating moms, experts, and celebrities discussing kid’s and women’s issues in a light-hearted way," the site said. "Dr. Lisa Masterson will moderate the discussions ranging from diapers, teething, and other issues facing mothers."

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        Monday, August 23, 2010 at 11:17 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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        ( — In August 2009, contract cast members of ABC's "All My Children" were required to attend a mandatory meeting which resulted in the news that the soap was being moved to the West Coast in hopes of saving money on the drama series' budget. Now comes word that a similar meeting has been called for contract cast members for sister soap "One Life to Live." Could Llanview be heading out west as well or is this the end for your favorite characters?

        TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco is reporting in his latest The Soapgeist column that stars of the soap are required to attend an onset meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 26.

        Fans on our SON Community Message Boards are speculating that there are three scenarios that this meeting could have been called for:

        1. OLTL Canceled?
        2. OLTL moving out West?
        3. Craft Servies Eliminated as a pre-emptive strike.

        While the third is the funniest, it would be a better option than option #1.

        Soap Opera Network will have news of the outcome of said meeting once news breaks.

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          Monday, August 23, 2010 at 6:55 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — Fans who attended the Tyler Christopher headlined fan event during the "General Hospital" Fan Club Weekend in July were treated to inside scoop in which the actor revealed that he'll be working closely with actress Adrianne Leon, in what looks to be a "Pretty Woman" themed storyline. Now, fans can expect their first glimpse of said storyline beginning next week on the ABC soap.

          Wednesday, September 1 kicks off the "Pretty Woman" in Port Charles storyline, which finds Nikolas Cassadine (Christopher) taking a liking to Brook Lynn (Leon) after the she's in desperate need of humanties basic needs – food, shelter and clothing.

          The storyline is sure to create a firestorm with online fans who have been clamoring for a true romance between Nikolas and Elizabeth Webber now that the two are parents to a newborn baby. Elizabeth's portrayer, Rebecca Herbst, is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to her third child with former "GH" co-star Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan Santiago).

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            Monday, August 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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            ( — Just a little more than a year has gone by since actor John Driscoll joined the cast of CBS' "The Young and the Restless," and now Soap Opera Network has learned that Driscoll's time is almost up, at least that's what it appears to be.

            After months of rumors and speculation, sources are confirming that Driscoll's character, Chance Chancellor, is being killed off of the drama series during a shootout set to take place on the Thursday, September 9 episode. In the episode, Chance is working a case alongside Ronan Malloy (Jeff Branson), and while things appear to result in a near successful bust, Chance soon learns that he has mere seconds to live after he is shot by Ronan in what appears to be a double-cross.

            With the way things are being handled by "Y&R's" current writing regime and their desire to bring back "dead" characters to life shortly after their death, there is always a chance (get it?) that Chance isn't dead after all. Tune in to "The Young and the Restless" on Thursday, September 9 to find out what the true case may be.

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              Video: The Paley Center for Media Honors 'As The World Turns'

              ( — The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in New York and Los Angeles, recently sat down with cast members, producers and writers of CBS' long running daytime drama series, "As The World Turns," for a tribute to the soap opera as it gets ready to broadcast its last episode in September.

              Dubbed "Farewell to 'As The World Turns,'" Executive Producer Christopher Goutman and Co-Head Writer Jean Passanante along with cast members Terri Colombino (Katie Peretti), Trent Dawson (Henry Coleman), Kathy Hays (Kim Hughes), Don Hastings (Dr. Bob Hughes), Eileen Fulton (Lisa Grimaldi), Colleen Zenk (Barbara Ryan) and Van Hansis (Luke Snyder) sat down for lively discussion on the cultural, creative and social impact that the drama series had on every day lives.

              "As The World Turns" airs its final episode on Friday, September 17 on the CBS Television Network.

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                Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:45 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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                ( – We previously reported that actress Erin Chambers was joining the cast in the recurring role of Siobhan, and now it looks like Wednesday, September 15 is turning into a big day on ABC's "General Hospital" as a number of other recurring characters swarm into the town of Port Charles on that same day in what appears to be a Port Charles High School related storyline.

                Maitland McConnell will begin airing on Friday, September 3 in the role of Ali. The actress has appeared in numerous CBS series including "Ghost Whisperer," "CSI: NY" and "Rules of Engagement."

                Relative newcomer Chad W. Smathers is set to start airing on Wednesday, September 15 in the role of Bryce. Smathers' TV credits includes roles on such series as "Zoey 101" and "Without a Trace." He also appeared in the Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. film "Men of Honor."

                Michael Chieffo, who just completed filming on the upcoming 2011 film "Beginners" starring Ewan McGregor and Goran Visnjic, will play the role of Mr. Buckley starting on Wednesday, September 15.

                Newcomer Simon Potter will play the role of Liam beginning with the Wednesday, September 15 episode.

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                  ( – Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson) may have found himself involved in more baby daddy drama courtesy of long-time love Elizabeth Webber (Rebecca Herbst), but ABC’s “General Hospital” has cast actress Erin Chambers in the recurring role of Siobhan, who plays a part in the upcoming early fall Lucky storyline, according to an ABC representative.

                  In addition to her upcoming work on “General Hospital,” Chambers had a recurring role on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” where she portrayed the role of Lacey Hansen. In addition to her apeparances in episodes of SciFi Channel’s “Stargate: Atlantis” and CBS’ “Medium.” More recently, she appeared in CBS’ “Ghost Whisperer” and “MIami Medical.”

                  Chambers’ first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, September 15.

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                  Friday, August 20, 2010 at 10:09 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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                  ( — Andrea Marcovicci, 61, has been cast in the recurring role of Sophia on ABC's "General Hospital" beginning next month. According to the soap, she will be part of the upcoming Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Brenda Barrett storyline, which recently kicked off with the return of Brenda's portrayer Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo.

                  Marcovicci is best known for her roles in such shows as "Berrenger's" and "Trapper John, M.D." The actress appeared in the 2009 film "Irene in Time" and was part of the Motion Picture Soundtrack, in which she sang the song "Forever In Time We'll Be."

                  Her first airdate on "GH" is scheduled for Friday, September 3.

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