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
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 7:58 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Photo: ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As first reported on Soap Opera Network‘s Twitter page on Monday afternoon, ABC’s “General Hospital” will debut its all-new opening sequence on Tuesday, February 23, the same day the soap celebrates its 12,000th episode.

Initially, ABC insiders were unclear as to when the new opening would debut and could only tell us that it would be “soon,” however, we have since learned that with the upcoming celebration, production on the opening was fast-tracked in order to meet the special deadline.

Look for the show to finally remove old (and mostly dead) characters from the opening sequence including the appearances of Justus Ward (M’fundo Morrison), Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), Ned Ashton (Wallace Kurth), Dillon Quartermaine (Scott Clifton), Lorenzo Alcazar (Ted King) and actor Greg Vaughan, who portrayed the role of Lucky Spencer until his dismissal upon the return of originator Jonathan Jackson in October 2009, in the universally panned all-male final shot.

It is unclear at this time if the soap will debut a new theme song when the opening debuts or if it will keep its current theme, which is a variation of the classic 1990′s “Faces of the Heart” theme by musician Dave Koz.

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


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    WME Entertainment

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital’s” Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily Quartermaine) has signed on to star along-side James Franco (Franco) in the upcoming film “127 Hours” by “Slumdog Millionaire” Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle.

    The film is about Aron Ralston (Franco), a mountain climber who is forced to cut off his arm with a dull knife in order to save his life after being unable to free the lim from under a boulder. According to Deadline.com‘s Nikki Finke, Tamblyn will portray his girlfriend, whose relationship with Aron will be played out in flashbacks which helps him keep going.

    Production on the film is scheduled to begin in March in the state of Utah. The film will be distributed by FOX Searchlight Pictures, a division of News Corporation. In addition to directing, Boyle also co-wrote the screenplay along-side “Slumdog” writing partner Simon Beaufoy.

    Since leaving “General Hospital” in 2001, Tamblyn has had starring roles in such series as CBS’ “Joan of Arcadia” and ABC’s “The Unusuals.” She’s appeared in such films as “The Sisters of the Traveling Pants” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” with co-stars America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) and Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”). She’s also starred in the horror films “The Ring” and “The Grudge 2,” which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall Hart, “All My Children”).

    James Franco is best known for playing the role of Harry Osborn in the “Spiderman” series of films. Before hitting it big he co-starred in the short-lived NBC comedy series “Freaks and Geeks.” Since then he has starred in a number of high profile films including “Pineapple Express” and Oscar nominated “Milk” with Sean Penn. He joined the cast of “General Hospital” in role of serial killer Franco in November 2009 for a big story arc that is nearing its completion. His character last appeared in early January, but will return in the next few weeks to close out the storyline.



    Monday, February 8, 2010 8:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Photo: ABC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, Emmy Award Winning Daytime Drama “General Hospital” will celebrate its 12,000th show on the ABC Television Network.

    Debuting on April 1, 1963, “General Hospital” has tackled numerous social issue storylines including breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, sexual assault and heart disease. The series has launched the careers of some of today’s hottest stars including Demi Moore, Ricky Martin, Rick Springfield, Vanessa Marcil, and John Stamos. Numerous others have guest-starred including Elizabeth Taylor, who appeared during Luke and Laura’s (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) Wedding in 1980. That appearance helped the soap garner the highest ratings for a daytime drama series ever with an audience of 30 million viewers. The event is considered to be one of the most memorable moments in television history. Film star James Franco (“Milk,” “Pineapple Express” and “Freaks and Geeks”) recently appeared in a multi-episode story arc on the series. He portrayed the role of Franco – a serial killer.

    “In any climate, it is amazing that we have the opportunity to celebrate such a momentous occasion,” says Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. “This milestone honors the strength of the daytime drama and looks to the future that ‘General Hospital’ will continue to air many, many more episodes.”

    According to ABC Daytime, storyline’s that will occur during the celebratory event includes the fallout from Sonny Corinthos learning that Dante, an undercover cop, is his son, Elizabeth figuring out who the father is of her unborn child and Dante and Lulu’s relationship coming to a cross road.

    Did You Know? “General Hospital” is the longest running dramatic serial currently in production on the West Coast.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Jill Farren Phelps serves as Executive Producer. Mary O’Leary, Mercer Barrows and Michelle Henry are producers. Robert Guza Jr. is the Head Writer. “General Hospital” can also be seen online on ABC.com the day after airing on ABC and SOAPnet.


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      Friday, January 29, 2010 9:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


      Photo: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Sunday, March 21, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet present the “6th Annual ABC Daytime & SOAPnet Saulte Broadway Cares” charity event from Broadway’s historic Town Hall in New York City.

      The event will once again be hosted by “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) with appearances by today’s biggest and brightest stars from across the ABC Daytime lineup singing, dancing and providing pure entertainment for attendees.

      Scheduled to appear are:

      ALL MY CHILDREN*
      Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin), Adam Mayfield (Scott Chandler), Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane).

      GENERAL HOSPITAL*
      Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett).

      ONE LIFE TO LIVE*
      Scott Evans (Oliver Fish), Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett), Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick Chavez), Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson), Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) and Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde).

      THE VIEW*
      Sherri Shepherd (Co-Host)

      *Talent participation is subject to change.

      Tickets are currently on sale though selling out fast! Prices range from as little as $50 to as much as $500. Click Here to purchase online and get more information.


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      • The View
      • Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe)
      • Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery)
      • Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin)
      • Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin)
      • Adam Mayfield (Scott Chandler)
      • Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie Hubbard) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane)
      • Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli)
      • Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara)
      • Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer)
      • Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) and Nathan Parsons (Ethan Lovett)
      • Scott Evans (Oliver Fish)
      • Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer)
      • Mark Lawson (Brody Lovett)
      • Nicholas Rodriguez (Nick Chavez)
      • Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson)
      • Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) and Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde)
      • Sherri Shepherd (Co-Host)
      • Broadway Cares


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        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC’s first successful crime procedural in years enjoyed its highest rated episode ever with an appearance by daytime star Sarah Brown (Sandy Sommers, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

        The Monday, January 25 episode of the series entitled “The Third Man,” garnered a 7.4/12 in Households and a series high performance iin Adults 18-49 with a 3.1/8. According to ABC the series also achieved series highs in Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. In total, the episode was seen by 10.5 million viewers. Ratings information is based on Live+SD (Soure: Nielsen Media Research).

        In the episode, Brown portrayed the role of Amanda Livingston, who found herself in an awkward position while on a date with novelist Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”), who paid more attention to a case he was working on with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) then he did on Amanda. In the end, Amanda found herself clicking with another man!

        “Castle” is a production of ABC Studios and Beacon Pictures.



        Wednesday, January 27, 2010 5:38 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Photo: SOAPnet

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dahlia Salem has extra baggage coming with her when she debuts as Federal Prosecutor Claire Walsh on Wednesday, February 24 on ABC’s “General Hospital.”

        Soap Opera Network has learned that actors John Burke and Dakin Matthews will be appearing that day as Everrett Dawson and Judge Carroll, respectively. According to sources, this episode kicks off a major turning point in the upcoming Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) story-arc which finds the mobster fighting for his freedom.

        Viewers may remember Dakin Matthews from his numerous appearances on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as Reverend Sikes or for his role on CBS comedy “The King of Queens” when he played Joe Heffernan.

        In March look for actress Jennifer Lyons to appear as “Jennifer Biles” on the Wednesday, March 3 episode of the soap, while on the Friday, March 5 episode Carolyn Hennesy’s (Diane Miller) real-life husband, Donald Agnelli, returns as a Biker at Jake’s Bar.

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


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        • Jennifer Lyons
        • Donald Agnelli


          Monday, January 25, 2010 1:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Photo: John Paschal/JPI Studios

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Stephen Nichols debuts this week on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as a recast Tucker McCall, taking over from the departing William Russ. His first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27.

          On his first day on the job look for Nichols’ Tucker to butt heads with numerous corporate sharks in Genoa City including Victor Newman (Eric Braeden).

          Prior to his joining “Y&R,” Nichols enjoyed a number of years playing Steve “Patch” Johnson on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” He left the soap last year after being dropped by show producers due to budgetary concerns. He portrayed the popular role of Stefan Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 1996 – 2002 and again for a couple of months in 2003.

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


          • Days of our Lives
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          • Eric Braeden
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            Sunday, January 24, 2010 12:15 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            Photo: IMDb

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) is going down, albeit not for long (we all know that!).

            “Generall Hospital” has cast the recurring role of Federal Prosecutor Claire Walsh with actress Dahlia Salem, who begins taping on Thursday, January 28. According to sources, Walsh will represent the United States v. Sonny Corinthos, who is being prosecuted for the murder of Claudia Zacchara.

            Salem’s first airdate is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24.

            You may have seen Salem in such primetime dramas as “CSI: MIami” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “ER” or even more recently in the ABC series “the forgotton,” but it was NBC’s defunct soap “Another World” where the actress got her start. From 1995-1998, she portrayed the role of Sofia Carlino.

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


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              Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:20 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              Photo: Ron Tom/ABC

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) is having a little nightmare next month on “General Hospital” thanks to his mobster daddy, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), who shoots his son during the all important February Sweeps period.

              On Tuesday, February 2, fans will get a glimpse into a comatose Dante’s childhood when the character has a nightmare. Youngster Matthew Johnson will play the “Kid,” who plays with a young Dante in the episode. It is unclear at this time who will be playing young Dante, however.

              Child star Adam Wylie (now 25) will play “Officer Church” on Wednesday, February 3. Sam (Kelly Monaco) tries to distract Church in order to get back incriminating evidence on Sonny. Wylie is best known for his appearances in such series as “Picket Fences,” “American Dragon: Jake Long” and “Legion of Super Heroes.”

              Claire Mills appears on the Friday, February 5 episode as “Gloria,” who brings her son “Jimmy” (Declan Beaty) to General Hospital due to minor burns.

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


              • Dominic Zamprogna
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                IMDb

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sherri Saum is getting the last laugh after being let go from ABC’s new dramedy “The Deep End” last fall.

                Created by “How I Met Your Mother” Co-Executive Producer David Hemingson, “Deep End” premiered to low ratings on Thursday, January 21 drawing just 7.07 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in Adults 18-49, placing the series 3rd in viewers and 4th in the all important demo. By comparison, the series only beat The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” by  a mere 12.5% (1.8 vs 1.6) in Adults 18-49. “Deep End” was down 25% from what “FlashForward” had averaged in the same time period this season.

                In September, it was announced that Saum would be replaced by “Soul Food” actress Nicole Ari Parker in the role of Susan, the “sexy, smart, steely lioness of the firm’s litigation department whose husband, Clifford Huddle (Billy Zane), is the firm’s new managing partner.”

                The series stars Matt Long (”Jack & Bobby”) as Dylan Hewitt, a young attorney who starts working for the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft. Former “Desperate Housewives” heart-throb Mehcad Brooks also stars.

                Despite its poor debut numbers, “Deep End is still scheduled to air on Thursday, January 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

                From 2001-2003, Saum portrayed Keri Reynolds on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Vanessa Hart from 1997-1999 on NBC’s “Sunset Beach.” The actress has had numerous starring roles in such series as Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and the FX drama “Rescue Me.”









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