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, 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.

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • Rebecca Budig
  • Michael Easton
  • One Life to Live
  • Cameron Mathison
  • Susan Lucci
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • The Rachael Ray Show
  • 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

    Photo: Soap Opera Network

    ( — 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.

      • Dan J. Kroll
      • SoapCentral Live

        Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 4:05 PM ET by Errol Lewis

        Photo: Marina Chavez/ABC

        ( — ABC Daytime and SOAPnet are gearing up for online original web series "What If…" starring some of daytime's biggest and brightest stars.

        As reported last month, ABC Daytime, in conjunction with soon-to-be-defunct SOAPnet, has put together some of your favorite stars from "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" in new original online series "What If…," which is set to debut next month on and In anticipation of the launch, the networks have come together and posted a promo that has fans salivating at the possibilities. Check out the promo below.

        "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" air Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

        • All My Children
        • One Life to Live
        • SOAPnet
        • General Hospital
        • ABC Daytime

          Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 4:19 PM ET

          Photo: ABC Family

          (ABC Family) — Be sure to watch pretty little liars! Series premieres Tuesday, June 8 at 8/7c!

          • ABC Family
          • Pretty Little Liars

            Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 2:43 AM ET by Errol Lewis

            Photo: ABC

            ( — If you thought you couldn't learn anything about love while watching daytime soap operas, other than "Who's the Daddy?,"'s Hillary Fields has compiled a list of 11 love lessons learned while watching soaps.

            "Soap operas are my big guilty pleasure," said Fields in her report. "Yes, the acting is melodramatic and the storylines are sometimes so over the top they make the plot twists on "Lost" look logical, but still, there's a lot you can learn from [these] daytime dramas."

            1. Don't Keep Secrets
            EJ (James Scott,"Days of our Lives") needs to learn that.

            2. It's OK to Take a Chance on Love
            Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson, "The Young and the Restless"), you can take a Chance on Chance (John Driscoll).

            3. Respect Others' Personal Space
            Annie (Melissa Claire Egan, "All My Children") sure isn't respecting JR's (Jacob Young).

            4. Don't Make the Same Mistake Twice
            How about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, etc times? Erica Kane (Susan Lucci, "All My Children") has done it often.

            5. Don't Lie
            Too many liars to list in daytime.

            6. Don't Assume the Worst of Others (but Don't Turn Your Back on an Enemy Either)
            Luke (Anthony Geary, "General Hospital") and Helena (Constance Towers) do it often.

            7. Don't Stray
            Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin, "Days of our Lives") is notorious for doing this. First with Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), now with Daniel (Shawn Christian).

            8. Let Calmer Heads Prevail
            Greenlee (Rebecca Budig, "All My Children") could learn from this.

            9. Be Discreet
            Vivian (Louise Sorel, "Days of our Lives") is bad at this.

            10. Talk Is Great, But It's No Substitute for Action
            "Days of our Lives" is known for having its characters be talking heads.

            11. Wear Elegant Clothing—to Everything
            If nothing else, "The Bold and the Beautiful" is about fashion and style.

            For more information and descriptions from Fields on each category, head on over to

            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • All My Children
            • Rebecca Budig
            • One Life to Live
            • Susan Lucci
            • Days of our Lives
            • General Hospital
            • Shawn Christian
            • Anthony Geary
            • James Scott
            • Louise Sorel
            • Constance Towers
            • John Driscoll
            • Elizabeth Hendrickson
            • Lost
            • Jacob Young
            • Nadia Bjorlin
            • Melissa Claire Egan
            • Bryan Dattilo

              Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM ET by Errol Lewis

              Photo: Aaron Montgomery/JPI

              ( — While there is heavy emphasis on the all important Women 18-49 demographic, which is how most advertising inventory is sold for the daytime soaps, Soap Opera Network has found that daytime programs including "The View" and both editions of "The Price is Right" are in fact viewed in greater proportions by Women 25-54.

              (Editor's Note: Ratings data is based on Live+Same Day for the Week of May 24, 2010. Last weeks report was incorrectly labeled for said week, but was in fact for the Week of May 17, 2010).

              During the Week of May 24, 2010, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" not only dominated in Total Viewers, Households, and Women 18-49, the soap also had a strong hold in Women 25-54 with a 2.1/14 rating or 1.3 million Women 25-54 viewers, which was a loss of 9% year-to-year in both categories. ABC's "The View" was next in the number two spot in full daytime with a 1.5/11 or 958,000 Women 25-54. "The View" was down 6% in rating and 4% in viewers. Otherwise, when comparing just the soaps, "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" tied at #2 with a 1.4/9. "GH" is down 18% year-to-year in Women 25-54, while "OLTL" is down a mere 7%. "GH" had 11,000 more Women 25-54 viewers than "OLTL" (901,000 vs 890,000). Daytime's least watched program is "As The World Turns," which is down 17% year-to-year in rating (1.0/7 vs 1.2/7) and 17% in Women 25-54 viewers (634,000 vs 765,000).

              Women 25-54 Rating and Viewership
              Week of May 24, 2010

              Rank Soap Women
              1 The Young and the Restless 2.1/14 1,311,00
              2 The View 1.5/11 958,000
              3 The Price is Right II 1.4/10 907,000
                General Hospital 1.4/9 901,000
                One Life to Live 1.4/9 890,000
              6 The Bold and the Beautiful 1.3/8 809,000
                All My Children 1.3/8 791,000
              8 The Price is Right I 1.2/9 773,000
                Days of our Lives 1.2/8 750,000
              10 As The World Turns 1.0/7 634,000

              Daytime Median Age
              Week of May 24, 2010 vs Week of May 25, 2009

              Rank Soap Median Age Percent (%) Change
              1 General Hospital 51.5 +1
              2 One Life to Live 52.9 +1
              3 Days of our Lives 54.3 +5
              4 All My Children 56.2 +5
              5 As The World Turns 57.6 -1
              6 The Young and the Restless 58.5 +1
              7 The Bold and the Beautiful 58.7 -2
                The View 58.7 +1
              9 The Price is Right I 63.5 +2
                The Price is Right II 63.5 +3

              Source: Nielsen Media Research

              • 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 I
              • The Price is Right II

                Cady McClain says 'Hello, Goodbye!' to 'World Turns'

                ( — As the show is getting ready to wrap up the trials and tribulations of its fictional characters in the small town known as Oakdale, CBS' "As The World Turns" is welcoming the return of Rosanna Cabot, so says portrayer Cady McClain who broke the news on her website.

                "Vegas baby! The 'Daytime Emmys' are being held in Las Vegas on June 27th. I will be present to both support Jon and for the tribute to 'As the World Turns,' said McClain. "I am thrilled to have been asked to be a part of the shows final episodes, to be taped at the end of this month."

                McClain won the 'Daytime Emmy Award' for Outstanding Younger Actress in 1990 for her role as Dixie Cooney on ABC's "All My Children" and again in 2004 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role of Rosanna on "World Turns."

                "As The World Turns" airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on

                • All My Children
                • Cady McClain
                • As The World Turns
                • Comings & Goings

                  Monday, June 7, 2010 at 11:31 PM ET by Errol Lewis

                  Photo: JPI Studios

                  ( — CBS Soaps in Depth is on a roll as the magazine confirmed on its website that Betsy Franco, real-life mother to actor James Franco, is joining the soap in the coming weeks as psychedelic Franco's mother on ABC's "General Hospital."

                  According to an ABC representative, Betsy is set to appear on the soap "when Spinelli tracks down the eccentric, murder-obsessed artist's mom," beginning with the Friday, July 2 episode. The role is set as short-term.

                  Betsy Franco's appearance comes just two days after son James marks his return to the soap while on his quest to take down Jason Morgan (Steve Burton).

                  "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

                  • General Hospital
                  • Steve Burton
                  • James Franco
                  • Betsy Franco

                    Monday, June 7, 2010 at 10:29 PM ET by Errol Lewis

                    Photo: TeleNext Media

                    ( – After portraying Jonathan Lavery for three years on ABC's "All My Children," to his stint as Shayne Lewis from 2008-2009 on CBS' "Guiding Light," actor Jeff Branson is joining the cast of CBS soap "The Young and the Restless." He joins former "All My Children" cast mates Eden Riegel (Heather Stevens) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell) and "Guiding Light" actors John Driscall  (Chance Chancellor) and Marcy Rylan (Abby Carlton), who currently star as part of the young adult set on the drama series.

                    CBS Soaps in Depth is reporting that Branson will portray the role of Detective Ronan Malloy, Chance's new partner. His first airdate is set for Tuesday, June 22.

                    In addition to his work on the soaps, Branson has appeared in such series as "Strangers with Candy" and "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit." He can next be seen in the film "I Spit on Your Grave," which is set for release in September. The film tells the story of a writer who was attacked during a retreat at her cabin, who seeks revenge on those who left her to die.

                    "The Young and the Restless" airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on

                    • All My Children
                    • Eden Riegel
                    • Jeff Branson
                    • The Young and the Restless
                    • Guiding Light
                    • Marcy Rylan
                    • John Driscoll
                    • Elizabeth Hendrickson
                    • Strangers with Candy
                    • Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit
                    • I Spit on Your Grave

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