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

Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 2:48 PM ET by Errol Lewis

Photo: Shelly Doss/JPI

( — Hollywood loses another legendary actress as Rue McClanahan, one of the last remaining “Golden Girls” (Betty White being the other) died this morning due to an apparent stroke, her management said.

While most may remember the actress as Blanche Devereaux on popular NBC comedy “The Golden Girls” or as Vivian Cavender Harmon in CBS sitcom “Maude,” you probably didn’t know that she made a name for herself in the early 1970′s with her roles on daytime soaps “Another World” and “Where the Heart Is.”

Estelle Getty, who played mouthy Sophia Petrillo on “Golden Girls,” died of natural causes on July 22, 2008, while Beatrice “Bea” Arthur, who played Dorothy Zbornak, died on April 29, 2009 after a battle with cancer.

McClanahan was 76 years old. She died this morning in New York City at around 1:00 AM.

  • Another World
  • Maude
  • Rue McClanahan
  • Betty White
  • Estelle Getty
  • Beatrice Bea Arthur
  • Golden Girls
  • Where the Heart Is

    Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 12:47 AM ET by Errol Lewis

    Updated Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Photo: ABC

    ( — When CBS' "As The World Turns" goes off the air in September, "General Hospital" will become the longest running current soap on the air, but did you know that "GH" is also the youngest skewing of all soaps?

    According to Nielsen Media Research data for the week of May 17, 2010 (previously noted as week of May 24), "General Hospital's" median age was 50.6, which was nearly 10 points lower when compared to daytime's oldest skewing soap, "The Bold and the Beautiful," whose median age was 58.7. "GH" is flat in year-to-year comparisons, while "B&B" is down nearly two whole points (or 3%), making whatever stories the soap is telling more appealing to younger women. "The Young and the Restless," which has spent over 20 years at the top of the ratings charts, is CBS' youngest skewing program with a median age of 57.8 (down 2% year-to-year).

    What follows are each soaps rank, median age, and percent change year-to-year:

    Rank Soap Median Age Percent Change (%)
    1 General Hospital 50.6 N/C
    2 One Life to Live 52.5 +1%
    3 All My Children 55.2 +2%
    4 Days of our Lives 55.5 +4%
    5 The Young and the Restless 57.8 -2%
    6 As The World Turns 58.3 -2%
    7 The Bold and the Beautiful 58.7 -3%

    • 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

      TV Guide Magazine

      ( — TV and TV Guide Magazine appear to have reconciled as the two became one once again on Tuesday, June 1.

      Best known to its soap readers as the place to catch the latest column from long-time soap columnist Michael Logan, TV Guide Magazine and its online counterpart, TV, were separated in the fall of 2008 after Macrovision (then owner of the magazine, website and television network) sold the magazine portion to OpenGate Capital for a mere $1, according to a report by The separation of the two resulted in the magazine portion launching its own distinctive website, which did not include the legendary guide listings found on TV and the magazine itself. The sale of TV Guide Magazine also severed ties between it and the TV Guide Network, which was purchased along-side TV in January 2009 by Lions Gate Television. It is unclear at this time as to how or why the magazine had returned into the fold of TV Guide branded material, but as a long-time consumer of the brand either online or in print, it feels like your long-lost brother has returned home after years of neither of you seeing each other and everything is once again right with the world.

      Interestingly, Damian Holbrook, a Senior Writer for the magazine, confirmed the re-marriage on Twitter when he stated “it feels so good!” to a follower who noted the re-aligned entities. No further comments have been made by TV Guide Magazine or TV staff on Twitter or Facebook, which houses many pages for both staffs. In fact, many of the TV Guide Magazine staff Twitter pages, including that of Senior Critic Matt Roush, continues to link to the old website for the magazine indicating that the change over seems to have been that much more recent than anyone may think.

      Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 2:32 PM ET by Errol Lewis

      Photo: ABC

      ( — Sonny Corinthos of ABC’s “General Hospital” (played by Maurice Benard) isn’t perfect and SOAPnet knows it, as the network that was recently dropped by the Walt Disney Company in order to debut kids network Disney Junior in 2012, is scheduled to air a four-hour marathon chronicling Sonny’s relationship with his newly discovered son, Dante Falconeri (played by Dominic Zamprogna), on Sunday, June 20 from 3-7pm ET/PT. Interestingly enough, the network, along with ABC, was originally scheduled to re-air episode #11983, in which Sonny shoots Dante before learning he is his son, on Memorial Day. However, the network pulled the episode late last week in favor of episode #12050. In that episode, Sonny’s adopted son from his marriage to Carly Jacks (Laura Wright), Michael Corinthos III (played by Chad Duell) admitted to killing Sonny’s wife and his step-mommy, Claudia Zacchara, after trying to protect his mother and little sister from Claudia’s clutches last fall.

      SOAPnet Marathon Schedule

      • 3PM – General Hospital Episode #2009-11889 (Original Air Date September 11, 2009) – Sonny visits Dante in the hospital and thanks him for saving Morgan’s life. As Olivia wrestles with the idea of telling them they’re father and son, she’s shocked to walk in and see them bonding over childhood stories.
      • 4PM – General Hospital Episode #2010-11983 (Original Air Date January 29, 2010) – The tension builds as Sonny prepares to kill Dante for betraying him. When Dante realizes what’s happening, he starts to arrest Sonny who pulls out a gun and shoots him. As Dante falls to the floor, Olivia walks in and tells Sonny that he shot his own son.
      • 5PM – General Hospital Episode #2010-11989 (Original Air Date February 8, 2010) – Dante is in the hospital recovering from Sonny’s gunshot and the two have their first conversation as father and son. Sonny hopes they can try to build their relationship, but Dante rejects him. Sonny goes to the chapel to pray and realizes that he doesn’t want to give up on making things work with Dante.
      • 6PM – General Hospital Episode #2010-12030 (Original Air Date April 6, 2010) – Dante lashes out at Sonny, telling him he’s the reason all of his kids are having problems. When Dante ends up punching him, Sonny says he’ll let it go this time, but can only be pushed so far. Dante scoffs at that and tells Sonny to come and get him any time.

      “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

      • SOAPnet
      • General Hospital
      • GH
      • Laura Wright
      • Maurice Benard
      • Dominic Zamprogna
      • Chad Duell

        Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 3:40 AM ET by Errol Lewis

        Photo: ABC

        ( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of May 31, 2010.

        THIS WEEK ON:

        Dante and Brook reminisce about their past over dinner. Lulu is pleased with herself after convincing Carly to hire Brook. Claire overhears something she shouldn’t, or should she? Lucky and Nikolas get into a fight over Liz, but Lucky is the bigger man and stops it short. On Thursday, June 3, Nikolas makes it clear to Liz that he can offer her and her children the life they need. Robin and Patrick agree that Robin should spend the three weeks in Africa, but not until after Robin accepts the offer without Patrick’s knowledge. Maxie confides in Robin. Maxie pretends to be talking to Dr. Matt Hunter in order to make Spinelli jealous. Carly and Brook continue working together in order to break up Lulu and Dante. Dante and Lulu make love on Tuesday, June 1. With growing concern over a deathly ill Tracy, Luke tries to free himself and Tracy.

        Memorial Day Episode
        “General Hospital” Episode #12050 (original air date 05/04/10) — Michael delivers compelling testimony in the courtroom as his anguished loved ones look on. Judge Carroll reprimands Michael to jail, saying he’ll announce his sentence at the end of the week. Luke cautions Lulu that she’s headed down a rough road for standing by Dante. Johnny is determined to get revenge against Sonny. Spinelli tries to point out to Jason that no good would come from him killing Dante. Carly shares an emotional visit with a jailed Michael. Sonny arrives outside Michael’s jail cell.

        The Inside Story: I Dreamed a Dream
        On Wednesday, June 2, Krisitina dreams about Kiefer (a returning Christian Alexander). Afterward, she asks Johnny over to her house in order to discuss Sonny’s possible abuse of his sister Claudia while they were married, and she was alive. Alexis asks Sonny to join Kristina’s therapy sessions in order for their daughter to get the help she needs. Kristina is haunted when she learns that her father and Kiefer were very similar. Sonny refuses to believe that he is abusive, and on Friday, June 4, he asks Carly if he ever abused her. Meanwhile, Kristina informs Ethan of the reasons as to why she let Kiefer beat her.

        A Closer Look: What You Up to Kid?
        Sam informs Jason that they are unable to have conjugal visits because she isn’t legally his wife. Jason can’t help feeling guilty over Michael’s current situation and what life in the mob has done to his family. Does Jason suddenly want out? After his self-defense session with Jason on Thursday, June 3, in which he warns Jason that Carter is dangerous, Michael finds himself alone in his prison cell with Carter on Friday, June 4.

        General Hospital News and Headlines:

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

        • ABC
        • General Hospital
        • GH
        • Christian Alexander

          Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM ET by Errol Lewis

          Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

          ( — A look at what’s happening on “All My Children” during the week of May 31, 2010.

          Editor’s Note: “All My Children” is currently bumping forward in episodes due to a presidential press conference which interrupted ABC programming on Thursday, May 27, 2010.

          THIS WEEK ON:

          Ryan bares witness to a heated moment between David and Greenlee and reports the news to Jackson. Jackson asks Jesse for a favor. Brot has flashbacks of his time in Iraq and freezes up. Ryan and Greenlee agree to attend Jake and Amanda’s wedding separately. Tad keeps working on making Damon feel like he is part of the family. Colby asks Tad to talk to Liza about Damon as she wants her mother to see in him the way she does. JR catches Annie stealing from the mansion. Marissa looks to her father to help her get Annie out of her life and marriage.

          Memorial Day Episode
          “All My Children” Episode #10331 (original air date 02/15/10) — Greenlee’s sudden return from the dead sends shockwaves through the assembled guests, who soon take their leave with the exception of Ryan. Ryan’s speechless over Greenlee’s intention to marry David let alone on Valentine’s Day of all days. Ryan tells Greenlee he never stopped loving her and is dismayed she kept the fact that she survived the accident from him. Greenlee defends David, insisting he’s the one who’s going to take care of her now. Jack wants nothing more than to see David behind bars but Jesse points out he hasn’t really committed any crimes. Annie crashes the now non-wedding and is stunned to see Greenlee.

          The Inside Story: Erica Kane is a Survivor
          On Tuesday, June 1, Greenlee finds her father holding a gift intended for her archnemesis, Erica Kane! On Wednesday, June 2, an alive Erica finds herself near death after just surviving a horrific plane crash and in serious need of medical attention, but what happens on Friday, June 4, may cause dire consequences for any future she may have with Jackson Montgomery. Meanwhile, David tries to find out where Erica is on his own before anyone else does. Why the worry Dr. Hayward? Will Jackson be able to find Erica in time to claim her as his wife, again?

          A Closer Look: Madison on Fire
          On Wednesday, June 2, Jesse tries to save a trapped Madison who is stuck in a burning suite in the Pine Valley Hotel starting with the Tuesday, June 1 episode, which is ironically just after Ryan accepts her offer to a date. The question is, who or what started the fire? After finding out what happened to her, Ryan goes to see Madison on Thursday, June 3 and asks her to move into the Casino until she finds her footing again. Madison accepts Ryan’s invitation to join him as his date to Jake and Amanda’s wedding on Friday, June 4.

          All My Children News and Headlines:

          All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

          Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 3:17 PM ET by Errol Lewis

          Photo: JPI Studios

          ( — David Hasselhoff is the latest in a series of returns from stars who’ve left their soap and made it big in other areas of television and movies, as the actor is returning to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” when he reprises his role of Dr. William “Snapper” Foster on the drama series next month.

          Beginning Tuesday, June 15, look for Hasselhoff to kick off a five episode stint on the show when Snapper returns to Genoa City to take care of his ailing mother, Liz (Julianna McCarthy), and catch up with his sister Jill (Jess Walton) and friend of the family, Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper). Joining him for the emotional scenes will be real-life daughter Taylor Hasselhoff, who appears as a nurse.

          “I adore these people,” said the actor in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “They’re like family to me.”

          From 1975 to 1982, Hasselhoff starred on the daytime drama series long before he made a name for himself elsewhere via roles in such series as “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch” in the 1980′s. He was also a judge on NBC’s popular summer series “America’s Got Talent,” which debuts its new season on Tuesday, June 1 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. It was announced in January 2010 that Hassehoff would not be participating in the shows fifth season as he had other commitments.

          “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on

          • Knight Rider
          • The Young and the Restless
          • Y&R
          • CBS
          • Baywatch
          • NBC
          • Jeanne Cooper
          • Jess Walton
          • David Hasselhoff
          • Julianna McCarthy
          • America’s Got Talent

            Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM ET by Errol Lewis

            Photo: JPI Studios

            ( — In a not so surprising development, is reporting that CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” has dropped veteran actor Winsor Harmon (Thorne Forrester) to recurring status.

            Harmon, who joined the cast of the drama series in December 1996, has had relatively nothing to do on the soap since his character’s relationship with Katherine Kelly Lang‘s Brooke Forrester fizzled some years back, which was expected as Brooke’s world always revolved around Thorne’s older brother Ridge Forrester (Ronn Moss) anyway.

            Prior to joining the cast of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” Harmon enjoyed a successful run on the ABC soap “All My Children” as Del Henry, Dixie Cooney’s (Cady McClain) brother, from 1994-1995. The actor exited along-side Sarah Michelle Gellar, who originated the role of Kendall Hart, when she left the soap in order to pursue a career in primetime and movies. Gellar got her big break courtesy of a little show on The WB called “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

            A “B&B” representative had “no comment” when questioned for this article.

            “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on

            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • All My Children
            • Cady McClain
            • CBS
            • Winsor Harmon
            • Katherine Kelly Lang
            • Ronn Moss
            • Sarah Michelle Gellar
            • B&B

              Friday, May 28, 2010 at 10:15 PM ET by Errol Lewis

              Photo: SOAPnet

              ( — The year 2012 isn’t just the end of the Mayan calendar, it is the end of an era for soap operas as well.

              When SOAPnet launched on January 20, 2000, it was always assumed that it would be where many soaps would transition to as the broadcast networks decided that soaps no longer fit their brand. Unfortunately, on May 26, 2010, it was announced that that wouldn’t be the case for “All My Children,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live,” or “The Young and the Restless” as the network that airs same day episodes of each becomes no more. SOAPnet, which just achieved carriage in 75 million cable homes earlier this year, will be replaced by Disney Junior, the 3rd American iteration of the popular Disney Channel cable network, in 2012.

              Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, released a statement Wednesday stating that “SOAPnet was created in 2000 to give daytime viewers the ability to watch time-shifted soaps, before multiplatform viewing and DVRs were part of our vocabulary. But today, as technology and our businesses evolve, it makes more sense to align this distribution with a preschool channel that builds on the core strengths of our company.”

              Failure to Launch

              Since its creation 10 years ago, SOAPnet had been unable to achieve the great success its sister cable networks such as ABC Family and Disney XD had received after the two re-branded to cater to a more direct and mass appealing audience. Lifetime, which the Disney/ABC Television Group holds a 42.5% stake in (with Hearst Corporation holding another 42.5% and NBC Universal holding the remaining 15%), is already airing programming that would fit the typical audience suited for SOAPnet, that being Women 18-49. In order to compete, SOAPnet began airing acquired films from Sony Pictures Television in 2008 as part of its Sunday Night Movie programming block. This decision ultimately disbanded the “Days of our Lives” weekly marathon, which to this day is no longer part of the networks program schedule, thus leaving viewers with few opportunities to catch up on the soap. In 2009, SOAPnet began airing films from the Disney/ABC Television Group and 20th Century Fox Films in its hope to appeal to a more youthful audience in lieu of the networks acquisitions of such popular programs as “Gilmore Girls,” “The O.C.” and “One Tree Hill,” along with its already acquired rights to “Beverly Hills, 90210.” For many, this was the beginning of the end. While viewership seemed to grow with the networks expanded programming, which included the Canadian import “Being Erica,” the damage done to the networks image was irreversible. Fans, long critical of the network as a whole, saw no desire in watching a network that had so much promise only to see the ball drop right from under them with the lack of steady focus, which some attribute to the promotion of Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, which in addition to overseeing the daily operations of SOAPnet included oversight of the ABC Television Network’s daytime programming – “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live” and “The View.” In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Frons made it clear that the folding of SOAPnet will have no direct effect on the ABC lineup. In fact, fans shouldn’t be worried at all about the lineup as the executive sees the decision as somewhat of a blessing.

              “They shouldn’t be worried. Over the years, Disney has made a lot of commitment to the Disney brand. As they looked out in the marketplace, they really felt they needed to be in the preschool space with a full-branded channel. Given the way technology has gone, where you can DVR your soap, watch it on Hulu and, it was felt that the original purpose of SOAPnet — today’s soaps tonight — could sort of be fulfilled in different ways. Frankly, financially it will be better for us, because if you watch on daytime, we actually make more money than if the same person watches on SOAPnet, just because rates are that different between the network world and the cable world.”

              While pushing aside SOAPnet’s purpose, which was not only “today’s soaps tonight,” but also a safe haven for longtime fans of soap operas as a whole that were looking for their own place in the overcrowded cable market, Frons and those in charge of SOAPnet failed to capitalize on who their audience was and what they wanted. Instead of going the cheap route with such reality series as “Bank of Mom and Dad,” “Southern Belles: Louisville” or “Greg Behrendt’s Wake Up Call,” they should have tried harder in producing original scripted series. Yes, the network did give us “General Hospital: Night Shift,” but there wasn’t anything that could be done with a show that was simply a mini-spinoff of mother ship “General Hospital” and a poor man’s imitation of “Port Charles.” While ABC Family, purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 2001, made major inroads in scripted programming in 2007 courtesy of supernatural series “Kyle XY” and again in 2008 with the series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” SOAPnet kept giving viewers more cheaply made acquired imported series such as “MVP” in addition to “Being Erica,” or old and canceled nighttime soaps as “Paper Dolls” and “The Monroe’s” along with the short-lived FOX drama “Skin.” Where was the true originality? It isn’t like the network couldn’t have found top talent (in front of and behind the scenes) from within its corporate cousins at ABC Studios or the Disney/ABC Television Group, which together have helped turn the ABC Television Network around with such hits as “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

              What Could They Do?

              Why not try and create a new daily scripted soap opera in the vein of MTV’s “Spyder Games?” Yes, the show was cheap and looked cheap, but it was a true guilty pleasure. The soap, which aired in telenovela format from June 2001 through September 2001, starred popular soap opera actresses Christina Chambers (ex-Marty Saybrooke, “One Life to Live”; ex-Maria Torres, “Sunset Beach”) and Shawn Batten (ex-Sara Cummings, “Sunset Beach”). Why not try your hand at original made-for-tv movies starring today’s top soap stars? Susan Lucci sure did wonders for ABC back in the early 1990′s. It has worked for Lifetime, ABC Family and Disney Channel. In fact, Lifetime’s original movie of the month library has done so well that it spawned another cable network in the form of the Lifetime Movie Network, which continues the Lifetime tradition by airing its own original movies, some of which have starred such daytime talent as Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda Barrett, “General Hospital”), Rachel Melvin (ex-Chelsea Brady, “Days of our Lives”) and Jamie Luner (Liza Colby, “All My Children”). Where are the re-runs to canceled soaps such as “Sunset Beach,” “Passions,” “Loving” or even “The City?” While MTV is going around promoting its reality-drama of the same name as television’s next big thing, you could have fought back and got audiences to remember there was a show with that name before MTV came out with theirs and it starred “General Hospital’s” Laura Wright (as Ally Alden), Lisa Lo Cicero (as Joselyn Roberts) and Jane Elliott (playing her “GH” character Tracey Quartermaine”), “All My Children’s” Darnell Williams (as Jacob Foster) and Debbi Morgan (playing her “AMC” character Angie Hubbard), “One Life to Live’s” Catherine Hickland (as Tess Wilder) and “The Young and the Restless’” Amelia Heinle (as Steffi Brewster) or even soap veteran Roscoe Born (as Nick Rivers). Before he became Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo on television’s most watched scripted series, CBS’ “NCIS,” Michael Weatherly appeared as Cooper Alden on both “Loving” and “The City.” Promoting his involvement in those soaps would have done wonders for ratings as fans of the actor could see him in a different light from that of his comical charms on “NCIS.” It sure would have been better than airing another edition of “They Started on Soaps,” which felt more like a history book of the celebrities who’ve made it big when they left a soap, and forgot their roots, than a recognition of the talent who made it big on soaps and went on to do bigger things without forgetting where they came from.

              What’s Next?

              Disney Junior. Good job SOAPnet, you have decreased your viewing age to 2-7 year olds. You got what you wanted.

              • All My Children
              • One Life to Live
              • Darnell Williams
              • Susan Lucci
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Days of our Lives
              • SOAPnet
              • Jamie Luner
              • Debbi Morgan
              • General Hospital
              • Passions
              • Rachel Melvin
              • Roscoe Born
              • Laura Wright
              • Vanessa Marcil
              • General Hospital: Night Shift
              • Grey’s Anatomy
              • Loving
              • The City
              • Brian Frons
              • Desperate Housewives
              • Amelia Heinle
              • Disney Junior
              • Anne Sweeney
              • MTV
              • Christina Chambers
              • Shawn Batten
              • Lisa Lo Cicero
              • Jane Elliott
              • Catherine Hickland
              • Michael Weatherly
              • NCIS
              • Skin
              • Kyle XY
              • The Secret Life of the American Teenager
              • Paper Dolls
              • The Monroes
              • Spyder Games

                Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM by Errol Lewis

                Photo: NBC

                ( — Just when you think only “All My Children” felt the effects of President Obama’s press conference, NBC has pointed out to us that “Days of our Lives” is also now a day behind.

                “Due to special news coverage, ‘Days of our Lives’ is not airing today (5/27). The new episode will instead air tomorrow (5/28). This will push all episodes over one (1) day,” said a Days of our Lives representative.

                We expect to hear from CBS soon at this point…

                “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Anytime on

                • Days of our Lives
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