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

Kambra Clifford, West Coast Editor

Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 8:05 PM ET

"The Bold and the Beautiful's" Mackenzie Mauzy appears in tonight's episode of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" along-side Candice Accola as sisters who are accused of killing the manager of their pop group "Confetti." Soap Opera Network has a look at the duo singing their song "Begin Again" in a music video inspired by the episode with the same name, which is the sixth to air in "Diva's" second season.

"Drop Dead Diva" airs Sunday's at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Lifetime.

Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 1:18 AM ET by Errol Lewis

Photo: Arlene Richie

( — Jason Castro is set to appear on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" at the end of this month when he shares scenes with "B&B" actors Sarah Joy Brown (Agnes Jones), Zack Conroy (Oliver Jones) and Kimberly Matula (Hope Logan).

The "American Idol" contestant will play himself when he makes his soap debut on the Thursday, July 29 episode of "B&B." Look for the singer to perform the song "Love Uncompromised" off of his self-titled debut album Jason Castro. The album was released in April 2010.

Ironically, Castro's episode debut coincides with the debut of former "Family Matters" star Reginald velJohnson.

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  • B&B
  • Reginald velJohnson
  • Jason Castro
  • Sarah Joy Brown
  • Zack Conroy
  • Kimberly Matula
  • American Idol
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    Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:20 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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    ( — For nine seasons, actor Reginald velJohnson portrayed the popular role of Carl Otis Winslow on the ABC/CBS comedy series "Family Matters." Now he's set to appear on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" later this month in scenes with actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) and "B&B" newcomer Scott Clifton (Liam Cooper).

    velJohnson is will be playing the role of Ed and his first airdate is set for Thursday, July 29.

    In 2010, the actor has appeared in episodes of Disney XD's "I'm in the Band" and the online series "Funny or Die Presents…"

    Look for Clifton to make his first appearance on "The Bold and the Beautiful" starting this Monday, July 19.

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    • The Bold and the Beautiful
    • B&B
    • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
    • Reginald velJohnson
    • Scott Clifton
    • Family Matters
    • I’m in the Band
    • Funny or Die Presents…

      Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:53 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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      ( — If you thought you couldn't get enough of Brenda Barrett and her portrayers return to ABC's "General Hospital" next month, has more Brenda, Brenda, Brenda for those of you who just can't get enough.

      Beginning Saturday, July 17, will begin counting down to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's return to the soap with "classic and key moments" in Brenda's history each day until her first airdate on Wednesday, August 11.'s decision to showcase the characters history over the course of 25 days follows in line with corporate sibling ABC Family's annual "25 Days of Christmas."

      "Remember when Sonny busted her with the wire? Or when they went to Puerto Rico? Or when Brenda met Jax? We'll be showing all those moments and more – one new moment added each day," the online portion of the SOAPnet cable network said.

      With SOAPnet on its way out in 2012, it does seem interesting that the network never thought of doing a "25 Days of Classic Soaps" theme at some point during the year to drive up its viewer base as ABC Family had done over the years allowing it to grow into one of the most watched cable networks and a financial success to The Walt Disney Company, who was accused of overspending on the network in the early 2000's from News Corporation (when the channel was then known as FOX Family).

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      • SOAPnet
      • General Hospital
      • GH
      • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
      • ABC Family

        Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:05 PM ET by Errol Lewis

        Photo: Ron Tom/ABC

        ( – James Franco, who is currently starring on ABC's "General Hospital," is scheduled to appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" Saturday Edition on Saturday, July 17, in which he talks with co-anchor Bianna Golodryga during a sit down interview that took place last month during the soaps filming at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, CA.

        In the interview, the actor discusses what drew him to the structure of soap operas and the creation of his character Franco on "GH."

        "There are performances with different levels of intension, different levels of being genuine, that can get audiences thinking in a different way than just about a fictional story," said Franco. "And I thought…if I went on a soap opera, maybe that would add something, maybe that would shake something up."


        Photo: Rick Rowell/ABC

        In addition to his role on "General Hospital," look for the actor to discuss his new film with Julia Roberts, "Eat, Pray, Love" due out in August and his reputation as a "renaissance man," in which he finds himself as not just an actor, but a director, producer, and artist as well.

        "Good Morning America Weekend," anchored by Bill Weir and Bianna Golodryga, airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on the ABC Television Network (check local listings).

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        • General Hospital
        • GH
        • James Franco
        • Bianna Golodryga
        • Good Morning America

          Friday, July 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — Erica Kane is heading around the world with husband-to-be number 11 Jackson Montgomery and she's blogging her adventures on her new website,, and is keeping in touch with follower's on her Twitter page as well. This marks the first time that a fictional character, played by legendary actress Susan Lucci, has embarked on a world-wind travel expedition while allowing her fans in on all her experiences outside of tuning in to her trials and tribulations on the soap "All My Children."

          In her first blog post dated Thursday, July 15, Erica talks about heading out of Pine Valley with Jackson for their world adventure, while also thanking her fans for sticking by her during her time in need. Recently, she had been accused of embezzling money from her daughter Bianca Montgomery's (Bennett Lind) charity, the Miranda Center.

          "Helping women in need is such an important issue to me, so the accusation that I would siphon funds from the Miranda Center – which has helped so many – was particularly painful," said Kane. "I received all of your letters and e-mails, and every single one was appreciated. I am everything I am because of you, my fans. Also, your get well cards while I recovered from my plane crash warmed my heart."

          In reality, ABC and its cable counterpart SOAPnet, are keeping the characters of Erica Kane and Jackson Montgomery on the minds of their fans while their portrayers Lucci and Walt Willey are on their previously scheduled summer hiatus from "AMC." The characters are set to return to the soap in September as the town of Pine Valley gears up for hopefully the last wedding for Erica, who has previously wed the likes of Adam Chandler (David Canary) and Dimitri Marick (Michael Nader), and Jackson himself multiple times.

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          • All My Children
          • Susan Lucci
          • AMC
          • Walt Willey
          • David Canary
          • Bennett Lind
          • Michael Nader

            Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM ET by Errol Lewis

            Photo: NBC

            ( — As if being the most in demand actress in daytime wasn't enough, Vanessa Marcil, 41, can add newlywed and wife to her list of accomplishments in 2010 as the actress wed "CSI: NY" star Carmine Giovinazzo, 36, on Sunday, July 11 in New York City among family and friends, according to a statement released by the actress' representatives to Us Magazine. Marcil has opted to now also go by the name Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo professionally, according to her employers at Disney/ABC. 

            The actress' son, Kassius, with ex-boyfriend Brian Austin Green ("Beverly Hills, 90210") was among the attendees according to Us. The eight-year old also attended the nuptials of his daddy to actress Megan Fox ("Transformers") on June 24 in Hawaii.

            This is Marcil Giovinazzo's second marriage as she was previously married to Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993 

            After a seven-year absence, Marcil Giovinazzo returns to ABC's "General Hospital" in the role of Brenda Barrett on Wednesday, August 11. The network is devoting an entire week to the actresses return, which has resulted in minor backlash from viewers that do not watch "GH" and would prefer to see "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" air in their regular scheduled timeslots on Tuesday, August 10.

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            • General Hospital
            • Beverly Hills
            • 90210
            • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
            • CSI: NY
            • Carmine Giovinazzo
            • Kassius
            • Brian Austin Green
            • Megan Fox
            • Transformers

              Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 10:28 PM ET by Errol Lewis

              Photo: Jessica Tuck

              ( — After a 3 1/2 month stint on NBC's "Days of our Lives," Jessica Tuck finds her character, Madeline Peterson Woods, ready to bite the dust on next weeks episode after an argument with her son.

              On Monday, July 19, Madeline and Chad (Casey Deidrik) find themselves in a heated argument after Chad learns that his mother was once a call girl. The two are at the Salem Pier and after trying to get her son to listen to reason, Madeline grabs Chad's arm and she loses her balance and hits her head on the ground. Afterward, she is rushed to the hospital where she is later declared dead by Dr. Lexie Carver (Renee Jones). While  it seems a son may have caused the death of his mother due to an unthinkable mistake, sources confirm that a twist will take place in which the blame will not be on Chad's lap. Of course, Chad's daddy might not agree.

              Tuck joined the "DAYS" cast on Wednesday, April 7 as the wife of Charles Woods (David Leisure) and mother to Chad. 

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              • One Life to Live
              • Days of our Lives
              • OLTL
              • DAYS
              • Jessica Tuck
              • Casey Deidrik
              • David Leisure
              • Renee Jones
              • DOOL

                Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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                ( — "General Hospital" has recruited actress Adrienne Barbeau, best known for her role as Carol Traynor on "Maude" in the 1970's, for a very important role involving the return of Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil) to the ABC Daytime drama series according to TV Guide's Michael Logan.

                Barbeau will be portraying the role of Suzanne Stanwyck who runs a charity agency for children in Italy, which is where we'll find Brenda (Marcil). The actresses first airdate is scheduled for Thursday, August 12, the day after Marcil's first airdate back on the show. According to "GH" head writer Robert Guza, Jr., the characters will be first seen working together in Rome, and they'll eventually make their way to Port Charles soon after.

                "Despite her hard edge, Suzanne has a lot of love for others, including Brenda — she's her confidante, so to speak," said Guza. "As we get to know Suzanne better, she'll have a surprising feminine side."

                The role is set for a number of weeks, but it could prove to be heavily recurring if fan response to the storyline is positive.

                Barbeau received a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her role on CBS sitcom "Maude" in 1977. She starred in the HBO series "Carnivale" from 2003 to 2005 and played Catwoman in the 1992-1995 animated series "Batman." She also appeared in a number of hit primetime series during the 2009-2010 television season including ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and Showtime's "Dexter."

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                • General Hospital
                • TV Guide Magazine
                • Vanessa Marcil
                • Grey’s Anatomy
                • Robert Guza
                • Adrienne Barbeau
                • Michael Logan
                • Maude
                • Carnivale
                • The New Adventures of Old Christine
                • Dexter
                • TV

                  Monday, June 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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                  ( — James Franco takes "General Hospital" and its fans on the ride of their life as the actor in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) have come together in presenting James Franco the actor and artist. In an episode of "General Hospital" being filmed this week, the actor will put his artwork entitled "SOAP at MOCA: James Franco on General Hospital" on display for a select live audience who will observe the goings on's in front of and behind the camera. The special episode will air on Thursday, July 22 on ABC.

                  According to a press release, "Franco, James Franco's character from 'General Hospital,' will be having an exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center, during which Jeffrey Deitch, the new director of MOCA, and the characters from Port Charles from 'General Hospital' will be making their West Coast debut. The character's exhibition will include full-scale models of the locations in which he encountered mobster Jason Morgan (Emmy winner Steve Burton). To the musical accompaniment of his artistic collaborator Kalup Dashinel, played by critically acclaimed video and performance artist Kalup Linzy, who will perform live during the taping, Franco will attempt to lure Jason and others into his art-trap. If all goes to plan, mastermind Franco will turn both Jason Morgan’s life and his own death into art, a performance to end all performances."

                  "'Soap at MOCA' is an attempt to both blur and define the lines between different disciplines, between life an art, between art and popular culture, and between representations of the self as both performative character and as non-performative self," said Franco.

                  "James Franco's collaboration with MOCA through 'SOAP at MOCA: James Franco on General Hospital' allows mass entertainment to be viewed through an art world filter, said MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch. "Franco’s artwork examines performance: it looks at the multiple levels of identity that are wound into performance; the legitimacy of some performance over others; the contextualization of performance; and how this changes perception and even the nature of performance. SOAP at MOCA: James Franco on General Hospital involves multiple levels of documentation and presentation."

                  Taping will take place at the Pacific Design Plaza next to the MOCA Pacific Design Center in California.

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                  • GH
                  • Steve Burton
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                  • Jeffrey Deitch
                  • Kalup Linzy
                  • MOCA

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