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

Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM ET by Errol Lewis

Photo: Jean-Paul Aussenard

( — If you thought you heard the last of Lorenzo Alcazar (played by Ted King) and his ties to Port Charles, think again. An ABC spokesman has informed Soap Opera Network that actress Rosa Blasi is heading to "General Hospital" in a Skye Chandler (Robin Christopher) related storyline that brings back some fond memories for fans.

Blasi is set to play the recurring role of Fernanda, who is the "money manager" in Spain who control's Mr. Alcazar's assests. Look for the character to clash with Skye beginning Thursday, July 22. She is scheduled to appear in three episodes.

If you recognize the actress, that's because for six seasons she portrayed the role of Dr. Luisa Delgado on Lifetime's "Strong Medicine." More recently, she's appeared in a number of episodes of ABC Family's "Make It or Break It." She also appeared in the 2004 film "The Grudge" starring Sarah Michelle Gellar ("All My Children," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer").

In Other Casting News…

  • James Franco is returning to "GH" beginning Wednesday, June 30. Look for him to re-appear in Port Charles and Jason's (Steve Burton) life just as he mysteriously disappeared last fall.
  • As previously reported, Betsy Franco (James Franco's real-life mother) is joining the cast of "General Hospital" in the short-term role as Franco's mother. According to sources, her character's name is Karen Anderson, who, interestingly enough, Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) locates in Woodstock, NY. Her first airdate is set for July 2.
  • Oscar® nominated actor Bruce Davison is coming to the show as Wilhelm Van Schlagel, Franco's art dealer. An airdate still has not been set, however, expect to see the "Longtime Companion" star on the show for about three episodes, according to ABC.
  • If you've been living under a rock, you may not have heard that Vanessa Marcil is returning to "General Hospital" later this summer as she brings her character Brenda Barrett back to Port Charles. Her first airdate is set for Wednesday, August 11.

"General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

  • General Hospital
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar
  • Robin Christopher
  • Steve Burton
  • Bradford Anderson
  • Vanessa Marcil
  • James Franco
  • Bruce Davison
  • Longtime Companion
  • Betsy Franco
  • Rosa Blasi
  • Ted King
  • The Grudge
  • Strong Medicine
  • Make It or Break It
  • Oscar
  • Academy Award

    Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:39 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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    ( — Congratulations goes out to Jennifer Gareis, who portrays Donna Forrester on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," as the actress has welcomed her first child into the world.

    According to Soap Opera Digest, Gareis and husband Bobby said hello to their as-yet-to-be named baby boy on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 7:33 PM PT. The little one weighed in at 9lbs, 8 ounces and is 22 inches long. According to a statement released by a "B&B" representative, "Mommy and baby are both happy and healthy."

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      ( — As previously reported, Jeff Branson is joining the cast of “The Young and the Restless” in the role of Detective Ronan Malloy, Chance’s (John Driscoll) new partner. Soap Opera Network has your first look at Branson on the set of the soap. His first airdate is set for Tuesday, June 22.

      Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 11:07 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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      ( — Nearly two months after it was announced that Taylor Spreitler would be departing NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the role of Mia McCormick, a last airdate for the actress has been set.

      According to sources, look for Spreitler to last air on Wednesday, June 23, when Mia shares an emotional goodbye with Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Will (Chandler Massey). The character is expected to head off to New York, as she recently discussed with ex-boyfriend Chad Peterson Woods (Casey Deidrick).

      "My heart will always be in Salem. Wanted to say thank you to all my fans for your support. I would also like to say thank you to 'Days of our Lives' for letting Mia stay around in Salem longer than expected and for that I am grateful," said Spreitler in a statement released in April. "Looking forward to the next journey in my career."

      Spreitler joined the cast of "DAYS" in January 2009 as Mia, who had given her baby to Nicole Walker (Arianne Zuker) to raise in Nicole's hopes of holding on to then husband E.J. DiMera (James Scott).

      "Days of our Lives" airs Weekdays on NBC. Anytime on

      • Days of our Lives
      • Arianne Zuker
      • Alison Sweeney
      • James Scott
      • Casey Deidrick
      • Taylor Spreitler
      • Chandler Massey
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        Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 6:20 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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        ( — You may have heard that Adults 18-49 is the most important sales demographic for primetime and cable television, but how do the daytime soaps along with "The View" and "The Price is Right," despite their ad sales being based on performance in Women 18-49, rate in comparison in Adults 18-49? Not as bad as one might think.

        In today's television market, what might be considered a hit and what would be considered a failure has changed significantly. The days when a 2.0 in Adults 18-49 would get you canceled are long behind us. In fact, getting a 2.0 might get you renewed for another season (see "Chuck" and "V" as examples). Going a little further, in the Spring of 2010 the highest rated shows airing on the broadcast networks on a Friday night or even a Saturday night were lucky to rate any higher than a 1.8 in Adults 18-49. Meanwhile, CBS' "The Young and the Restless," which airs in an earlier timeslot with less people available watching television, rates higher than every show on The CW in total viewers, but it also outrates many of that networks shows in Adults 18-49.

        During the week of May 31, 2010, "The Young and the Restless" was daytime's most watched program in Adults 18-49 as the soap did a 1.1/8. "Y&R" was flat when compared to its year-ago performance (Week of 06/01/09). ABC's "General Hospital" and CBS' "The Price is Right II" tied for second place in Adults 18-49 with both programs doing a 0.8/6. While "GH" was flat compared to its year-ago performance, the second half of "The Price is Right" was down 11% year-to-year. ABC's "One Life to Live" and "The View," CBS' "The Price is Right I" and NBC's "Days of our Lives" all tied in fourth place with a 0.7 Adults 18-49 rating, but things changed when it came to share. "The View" and "The Price is Right I" had a 6 share, while "One Life to Live" and "Days of our Lives" had a 5 share. "DAYS," "OLTL" and "View" were all down 13% year-to-year, while the first half of "The Price is RIght" was flat. "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "All My Children" tied for 8th place with a 0.6/4 in Adults 18-49, which ironically was a loss of 14% in audience for both soaps compared to the year-ago. "As The World Turns," which typically rates last in many demographics including Women 18-49 was also the least watched daytime program in Adults 18-49 with a 0.5/3 rating. "ATWT" was steady year-to-year and held its audience.

        Adults 18-49
        Week of May 31, 2010 vs Week of June 1, 2009

        Rank Program Adults 18-49
        Rating / Share
        Percent (%) Change
        18-49 Viewers
        18-49 Percent (%) Change
        1 Young and  Restless 1.1/8 NC 1,481,000 -2%
        2 Price is Right II 0.8/6 -11% 1,100,000 -9%
          General Hospital 0.8/6 NC 1,020,000 -1%
        4 The View 0.7/6 -13% 978,000 -3%
          Price is Right I 0.7/6 NC 902,000 -8%
          One Life to Live 0.7/5 -13% 935,000 -8%
          Days of our Lives 0.7/5 -13% 911,000 -15%
        8 Bold and  Beautiful 0.6/4 -14% 824,000 -12%
          All My Children 0.6/4 -14% 777,000 -20%
        10 As The World Turns 0.5/3 NC 600,000 -17%

        Daytime Median Age
        Week of May 31, 2010 vs Week of June 1, 2009

        Rank Program Median Age Percent (%) Change
        1 General Hospital 50.8 NC
        2 One Life to Live 51.5 NC
        3 Days of our Lives 54.0 +2%
        4 All My Children 54.5 +3%
        5 The Young and the Restless 57.7 +1%
        6 The View 58.1 -2%
        7 As The World Turns 59.0 +5%
        8 The Bold and the Beautiful 59.2 NC
        9 The Price is Right II 63.0 +2%
        10 The Price is Right I 63.2 +1%

        Source: Nielsen Media Research data for the Week of May 31, 2010

        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • All My Children
        • One Life to Live
        • The Young and the Restless
        • Days of our Lives
        • General Hospital
        • As The World Turns
        • The View
        • The Price is Right
        • Nielsen Media Research
        • Ratings



          So you are considered one of daytime’s most popular stars thanks to roles on “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live,” but what happens when your real life is more of a soap opera than the reel-life you had on one? Crystal Hunt knows what it’s really like as the actress got engaged to Dr. Philippe Spiess – a cancer surgeon on Christmas Eve, 2008. So what could possibly have gone wrong? More than you could imagine.


          Friday, June 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM ET by Errol Lewis

          Photo: CBS

          ( — CBS has announced the first group of presenters for "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," which includes Emmy Award nominees Rachael Ray ("The Rachael Ray Show"), Zack Conroy ("The Bold and the Beautiful"), Jonathan Jackson ("General Hospital") and from "The Doctors," Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Drew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Lisa Masterson.

          "All My Children's" Rebecca Budig, Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison will also serve as presenters along with "General Hospital's" Kelly Monaco and "One Life to Live's" Michael Easton and Trevor St. John. Joining them from "Days of our Lives" are Louise Sorel and Peter Reckell and Sharon Case and Joshua Morrow "The Young and the Restless," Kimberly Matula and Ronn Moss from "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Jon Hensley and Kelley Menighan Hensley from "As The World Turns." Non-soap presenters includes Chris Massey ("Zoey 101"), Kyle Massey ("Cory in the House") and Montel Williams ("The Montel Williams Show").

          Associated Television International (ATI) is producing this years telecast with ATI President David McKenzie serving as Executive Producer.

          "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" will be broadcast live from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 9:00-11:00 PM ET on CBS.

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          • One Life to Live
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          • General Hospital
          • As The World Turns
          • Ronn Moss
          • Sharon Case
          • Zack Conroy
          • Kimberly Matula
          • Peter Reckell
          • Louise Sorel
          • Joshua Morrow
          • Zoey 101
          • Kelly Monaco
          • Jonathan Jackson
          • Trevor St. John
          • Dr. Lisa Masterson
          • The Doctors
          • Rachael Ray
          • Dr. Travis Stork
          • Dr. Drew Ordon
          • Dr. Jim Sears
          • Jon Hensley
          • Kelley Menighan Hensley
          • Chris Massey
          • Kyle Massey
          • Montel Williams
          • Cory in the House
          • The Montel Williams Show
          • The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

            Friday, June 11, 2010 at 7:49 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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            ( — So you have a question about your favorite soap and you have no clue how to get the answers you're looking for? Introducing Soap Opera Network's newest column, Ask & Answer – where you ask the questions and we get the answers. Ask & Answer will be posted every Friday evening exclusively on

            In this weeks inaugural edition, we answer questions relating to Vanessa Marcil's return to "General Hospital," who is the writer behind the new original series "What If…," provide you with dates you can catch David Hasselhoff back on "The Young and the Restless" and much, much more.

            I know David Hasselhoff is returning to "The Young and the Restless" starting next week, but how long is he on for?
            According to a "Y&R" representative, Hasselhoff will air from Tuesday, June 15 through Friday, June 18 and then again on Monday, June 21, making his return to the show a total of five episodes in length. Hasselhoff's character, Dr. William 'Snapper' Foster, Jr., is back to care of his ailing mother, Liz Foster, played by actress Juliana McCarthy. The actress also returns starting June 15.

            Vanessa Marcil is returning to "General Hospital" in August as Brenda Barrett, but for how long will she be on the show this time around?
            While the rumor is that Vanessa had signed a one-year contract with "GH," it is the policy of all soaps to not comment on actor contracts.

            Where's your Kelly Monaco interview? I've been waiting forever to read it!
            Due to technical problems beyond our control, we were unable to post our  interview with Kelly [Sam McCall, "General Hospital"] and others in a time frame we would have liked. However, things are now back in order. We will have Kelly Monaco's interview posted on Tuesday, June 15. In fact, we'll also have Bradford Anderson's [Damian Spinelli, "General Hospital"] interview posted on Wednesday, June 16 as well. How's that for making up for lost time?

            Do you know when the Johnny and Brook Lynn stuff starts…I mean really starts?
            Unfortunately, we are unable to provide spoiler information beyond our full-length PreVUE's and Alerts that we post each week. We can say, however, that you should continue to watch "General Hospital" for hints on what's happening with the two characters.

            Can you tell me who is behind the writing for "What If…," the new series that brings Erica Kane and Sonny Corinthos and others together? I'm really excited to see my favorite characters come together.
            Her name is Sara Saedi, who is a former programming executive at "General Hospital." The 10 webisodes, which are 4-6 minutes long and will air in cut-down versions on both ABC and SOAPnet, debuts on and in mid-July according to ABC. We'll have quotes from the actors on our site in the coming weeks.

            So I was reading your message boards and I came across a post where it said you guys are taking on a "new direction, new attitude." What does that even mean?
            Essentially, for the 8 1/2 years that Soap Opera Network has been online, we have been posting news and previews on the website relating to what's happening on your favorite soaps, which could be considered "fluff" pieces. Meanwhile, people are angry with their shows, and while the soaps themselves are trying to keep their audiences, they are getting canceled left and right. Instead of pretending things are "business as usual," we have collaboratively decided to take a closer look at the soaps and what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. We will be looking at non-soap media and questioning their perceptions on our soaps, we'll look at the financial stakes involved in the soap business and we'll be touching on topics that may or may not please certain audiences, including discussing matters such as homosexuality and  physical and mental abuse.

            How do I send in my questions?
            With the new wave in internet browsing thanks to Social Networks Facebook and Twitter, you are now able to ask us your pertinent questions in several ways, but the best and easiest is also the most traditional. Send us an email to and you might find your answer in next weeks edition.

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            Until Next time…

            • The Young and the Restless
            • General Hospital
            • Bradford Anderson
            • Vanessa Marcil
            • Kelly Monaco
            • David Hasselhoff

              Friday, June 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM ET by Errol Lewis


              ( — Our friends at are opening up the phone lines and taking your calls for what is being dubbed "Fan Appreciation Day" during tonight's broadcast of "SoapCentral Live," hosted by webmaster and owner Dan J. Kroll.

              Tonight on "SoapCentral Live," Dan has a chat with's Hillary Fields, who recently gathered a list of "11 Love Lessons Learned While Watching Soaps," and opens up telephone lines for fans to discuss what's happening in daytime. The show starts at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

              To listen and interact with the show, click here. For an archive of past shows, you can find them all right here.

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