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 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.

"General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

  • General Hospital
  • GH
  • Steve Burton
  • James Franco
  • Jeffrey Deitch
  • Kalup Linzy
  • MOCA

    Monday, June 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM ET by Errol Lewis

    Photo: NBC

    ( — "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" is right around the corner and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with producers Associated Television International (ATI) have added more names to the list of presenters during the Sunday, June 27 telecast on CBS.

    "General Hospital's" Vanessa Marcil will join Daytime Emmy Award nominees Wayne Brady ("Let's Make a Deal"), Jeff Foxworthy ("Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"), Alex Trebek ("Jeopardy") and many more as presenters during "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" telecast. The Las Vegas company of Disney's musical "The Lion King" is scheduled to perform. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will introduce the "American Bandstand" and Dick Clark tribute, with Donny Osmond, Chubby Checker, Tony Orlando and "The Jersey Boys" added to the line-up of stars who will salute the iconic show and legendary television personality.

    "Live with Regis and Kelly" co-host Regis Philbin will host the live broadcast from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 9:00 to 11:00 PM ET on the CBS Television Network.

    • General Hospital
    • GH
    • Vanessa Marcil
    • Regis Philbin
    • Ryan Seacrest
    • The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
    • Wayne Brady
    • Jeff Foxworthy
    • Alex Trebek
    • Donny Osmond
    • Chubby Checker
    • Tony Orlando The Lion King
    • Let’s Make a Deal
    • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader
    • Jeopardy

      Monday, June 21, 2010 at 12:25 PM ET by Errol Lewis

      Photo: CBS

      ( — Actresses Mackenzie Mauzy and Jaime Ray Newman land guest starring roles on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" starring Brooke Elliott.

      Mauzy and Newman are both scheduled to appear in the July 18 episode of "Diva," while Newman is expected to continue to appear in multiple episodes as season two of the series progresses. According to sources, Newman's character will be entangled in the life of Grayson Kent (Jackson Hurst), who was the love of Deb Dobkins' (Brooke D'Orsay) life, until her life was turned upside down when she suddenly died in a car accident only to return in the form of plus-sized lawyer Jane Bingum (Elliott).

      Ironically enough, on a show about life after death, both actresses found their characters on each of their respective soaps killed off in some manner involving a car. For Mauzy, her character Phoebe Forrester on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" died in a car accident on the day of her father's wedding to her ex-boyfriend's mother; while Newman's character, Kristina Cassadine on ABC's "General Hospital," died in a car bomb intended for the town's mafioso.

      "Drop Dead Diva" airs Sundays on Lifetime. Check local listings.

      • The Bold and the Beautiful
      • General Hospital
      • Jaime Ray Newman
      • Mackenzie Mauzy
      • Brooke Elliott
      • Brooke D’Orsay
      • Jackson Hurst
      • Drop Dead Diva

        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

          Photo: Gilles Toucas

          ( — 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."

          • The Bold and the Beautiful
          • Jennifer Gareis

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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

            Photo: Jill Johnson/JPI

            ( — 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
            • Days of our LivesTaylor Spreitler

              Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 6:20 PM ET by Errol Lewis

              Photo: CBS/Sony Pictures Television

              ( — 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



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