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
BREAKING NEWS: Disney Drops SOAPnet, ABC Broadcast Network Next?

( — "Weeknights on SOAPnet" is no more as Disney/ABC has opted to pull the plug on SOAPnet.

In the biggest shocker to hit daytime since the cancellations of "Guiding Light" and "As The World Turns," Disney/ABC Television Group announced today that they have decided to discontinue SOAPnet, the 24-hour cable network devoted to daytime and primetime soaps. The news was first reported by the New York Times.

"The launch of Disney Junior in the U.S. is the next step in our global preschool strategy, which began 10 years ago with the premiere of our first dedicated preschool channel in the UK. The decision to ultimately transition SOAPnet to accomplish this was not arrived at lightly," said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.

"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."

The news of SOAPnet's demise comes right on the heals of reports indicating that The Walt Disney Company was looking to load off the ABC Television Network, which is the primary source of SOAPnet programming, off of its portfolio of networks. The story was later refuted on by a statement from a Disney press release.

The 24-hour Disney Junior schedule will include 200 new episodes annually of both new series, including "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," and current hits, including "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Handy Manny," "Special Agent Oso," "Imagination Movers" and "Jungle Junction." Disney’s vast array of classic and contemporary movies, including among others "101 Dalmatians," "Aladdin" and "Little Mermaid," will be showcased.

With Disney Junior launching in 2012 with a target audience base of kids 2-7, SOAPnet will only have eighteen (18) more months left in operation.

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    Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 11:53 PM ET by Errol Lewis

    Photo: Robert Milazzo/TeleNext Media

    ( — Actress Helen Wagner, who for 54-years portrayed the role of Nancy Hughes on CBS’ “As The World Turns” has died at the age of 91. According to a statement released by “World Turrns” producers, TeleNext Media, Inc., the actress died on Saturday, May 1, 2010.

    “All of us at ‘As the World Turns’ are deeply saddened by Helen’s passing,” executive producer Christopher Goutman said in a statement. “She is loved by generations of fans, and while we will miss her greatly Helen will always remain the heart and soul of ‘As the World Turns.’”

    Wagner uttered the soaps first word on the drama series when it premiered on April 2, 1956 saying simply “Good morning, dear.”

    It was unclear as to the cause of death and where Wagner had died.

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      Tuesday, February 17, 2010 11:33 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

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      ( — Sean Kanan has taken to his Twitter page to address rumors of his departure from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

      On Friday, July 10, 2009, Sean Kanan’s “Deacon Sharpe” landed in Genoa City and “The Young and the Restless,” after being MIA from Beverly Hills and “The Bold and the Beautiful” for some time. His character got back into action with his favorite femme fatale Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz), who is currently involved with Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei). Recently, the character was hauled off to jail on charges of kidnapping. Since then, fans have been wondering when their favorite bad boy from the other side of the tracks would be returning to the soap. Kanan addresses those questions and answered a few more via multiple Tweets on his Twitter page.

      “There has been lots of rumor and speculation about my departure from Y/R so here is the truth straight from my me,” said Kanan. “I was always on reoccurring status. I was not fired and am sick of hearing that I was. I spoke the words that were given to me. The last script I received sent me off to jail. I am thankful for my time on the show and am actively working outside of daytime. I have not been contacted by Y/R regarding my return. It seems that I will also not be returning to B&B any time in the near future,” he continued. “Now you know as much as I do. I hope that we can put an end to the rumor factory. I profoundly appreciate your support.”

      “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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        Friday, February 12, 2010 5:12 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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        March is the month to watch ABC’s “General Hosital”

        ( — If you’ve been following us on Twitter or checking back often on our website, you’ll notice an influx of “General Hospital” casting news, in particular casting for the month of March. In addition to the previously reported biggies, you’ll also find information on some of those characters we see deserve a mention as many of our favorite soap stars got their start portraying a minor role on a daytime drama series. “No role is to small” comes to mind.

        March 3:

        March 5:

        • Jan Devereaux portrays the role of “Iris.”
        • Donald Agnelli, Carolyn Hennesy’s (Diane Miller) real-life husband appears as a Biker at Jake’s bar in scenes with Hennesy and Nancy Lee Grahn(Alexis Davis). Reported via GH Casting: Noteworthy Appearances.

        March 8:

        • Rick Overton appears as “Robaire.”

        March 11:

        • Actresses Hazel Calderon and Kristina Joy Gutierrez appear as U5 “Casino Girls.”

        March 31:

        Unknown March Dates:

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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          Friday, February 12, 2010 2:22 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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          ( — The Ward family is returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” and it’s about time! It was announced yesterday that actress Annie Ilonzeh has been cast in the contract role of Maya Ward, the daughter of Faith Ward and niece of Justus Ward (last played by M’fundo Morrison). She is also the great grand-daughter of Edward Quartermaine (John Ingle).

          According to ABC, Maya will play heavily in the upcoming Quartermaine family story-arc and will find herself involved with a certain Spencer, who will surely be a Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) man despite the woes he’s going through right now or will it be his younger bro Ethan (Nathan Parsons)? Maya will also be joining the General Hospital staff as an intern, who has no patience for bad boys due to a previous experience. Could we have another anti-Jason/Sonny character on our hands? Or is there another bad boy we’re not aware of? Hmm…Ethan sure sounds like a winner!

          Ilonzeh previously appeared in such shows as “Melrose Place” and “How I Met Your Mother.” She can be seen in the film “Percy Jackson and The Olympians,” which is out today. Her first airdate on “General Hospital” is set for Wednesday, March 31.

          “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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            Friday, February 12, 2010 1:39 PM ET | By Errol Lewis
            UPDATED: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:47 PM ET

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            ( — If getting a father wasn’t enough, try getting a mother as well. ABC’s “General Hospital” has cast actress Lisa Waltz to portray the role of Melissa Bauer, Kiefer’s (Christian Alexander) mother starting next month on the drama series. Waltz joins Bradley Cole (ex-Jeffrey O’Neill), who we learned on Tuesday was joining the cast in the role of Carlton Bauer, Kiefer’s father. Both actors will be on recurring status with the soap. UPDATE: The soap has renamed Cole’s character to Warren Bauer according to ABC sources.

            Soap Opera Network first broke the news on our Twitter page on Thursday, and we’ve since learned that the presence of the two Bauer parents is due to a major turning point in the teen abuse storyline currently playing out on the soap between Kristina Corinthos (Lexi Ainsworth) and Kiefer. According to sources, we’ll soon learn the source of Kiefer’s violent behavior with the presence of both parents on the canvas.

            Prior to joining “General Hospital,” Waltz had appearances on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in the role of Dr. Mason, who most recently had been counseling Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) during the characters addiction phase. The actress has also appeared in numerous television series including “My So-Called Life” and “Ask Harriet.” She most recently appeared in the primetime dramas “Castle” and “Lie to Me.” She can next be seen in the film “Head Over Spurs in Love” set for release this year.

            “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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              Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:28 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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              ( — Georgie Jones may be dead, but that won’t stop ABC’s “General Hospital” from bringing the character back for a little nostalgia with an appearance by Lindze Letherman, who last played the role in December 2007.

              According to show sources, Letherman will return as ghost Georgie, who will try and help big-sis Maxie (Kirsten Storms) during a “special moment” for a number of episodes starting Friday,  March 26. With Maxie and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) soon to make a full commitment to each other, it’s anyone’s guess as to what this “moment” could possibly be about.

              Since departing “General Hospital,” Letherman has appeared in the film “Stamped!” and the online series “Life in General” created by “GH” writer Karen Harris.

              “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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                Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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                ( — On today’s episode of “General Hospital” look for the returns of Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) and Anthony Zacchara (Bruce Weitz), the two most powerful and evil members of their respective family empires.

                First up, Johnny (Brandon Barash) pays his father a visit with the intention of taking back the reins of the Zacchara family. What makes that confusing, at least to me, is that once Claudia (Sarah Joy Brown) married Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), Sonny was placed in charge of the Zacchara family business. Without that, what does Johnny think he’ll get out of daddy?

                Meanwhile, Helena returns to Port Charles to see her grandson Nikolas (Tyler Christopher), who just might be the father of Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) baby care of their affair. As previously reported, Elizabeth will learn the identity of “Who’s the Daddy?” during the week of February 22.

                Helena is expected to remain on the show for a number of episodes, while Anthony is not.

                “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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                  Tuesday, February 9, 2010 8:44 PM ET | By Errol Lewis
                  UPDATED: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:47 PM ET

                  Photo: TeleNext Media

                  ( — Bradley Cole, best known for his role as Jeffrey O’Neill on the CBS daytime drama series “Guiding Light” is joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the role of Carlton Bauer, Kiefer’s (Christian Alexander) father. UPDATE: The soap has renamed Cole’s character to Warren Bauer according to ABC sources.

                  According to ABC, the actor will make his debut sometime in March. His character is expected to go toe to toe with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) whose daughter Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) is dating his son. Kristina and Kiefer are currently involved in a teen abuse storyline in which Kiefer has been abusing Kristina on numerous occasions.

                  Cole’s appearance on “General Hospital” marks a reunion of sorts for Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks), who portrayed the other half of “Guiding Light” super-couple Cassie Winslow and Richard Winslow (also played by Cole). The duo dominated soap magazines and polls during the height of the couple-dom from 2000-2002. The character of Richard was killed off following serious injuries sustained from a car accident and the hands of Cassie’s sister Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer), who pulled the plug on his life support after he had asked her to.

                  It would appear that Cole’s appearance on “General Hospital” is scheduled for a couple of episodes, but it is possible it may lead to something more down the road.

                  The Los Angeles, California native appeared in a couple of episodes of “All My Children” in 2003 as Jordan Roberts.

                  “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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