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

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(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.”



Saturday, August 8, 2009 12:56 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Dominic Zamprogna
Photo: Ron Tom/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The secret is out, Dante Falconeri (aka: Dominic Pirelli), is a cop and is in Port Charles to take down the infamous Corinthos/Zacchara organization headed by Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Only problem is, Dominic/Dante doesn’t know that Sonny is really his daddy courtesy of a high school romp mommy Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) had with Sonny when she was young.

On the Tuesday, August 11 episode of “General Hospital,” after Dante is arrested while infiltrating a Zacchara drug shipment, Commissioner Mac Scorpio (John York) and new Assistant District Attorney Louise Addison (Cara Pifko) learn that Dominic is living a double life as a cop working a sting operation with intentions of taking down the Zacchara’s. This explains all those secret conversations Dominic has been having with Ronnie Dimestico (Ronnie Marmo) over the last couple of weeks.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings


  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
  • ABC.com
  • SOAPnet.com
  • General Hospital
  • GH
  • Maurice Benard
  • Dominic Zamprogna
  • Ronnie Marmo
  • Lisa LoCicero
  • John York
  • Cara Pifko


    Friday, August 7, 2009 11:28 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Steve Burton
    Photo: Bob D’Amico/ABC

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Despite a “no comment” from ABC Daytime, “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) is speaking out on Kelly Monaco’s status on the soap and breaks news that he’s renewed his contract with the drama series for an unspecified duration.

    When news broke earlier today that Kelly Monaco was possibly being replaced in her role as Sam McCall on the drama series, fans began wondering what happened. According to sources, putting out a casting call for a current cast member’s role is generally code for contract negotiations hitting a stand-still with the actor or actress involved. As a precaution, networks tend to seek replacements in order to not interrupt storyline progression. It is speculated that this is what is going on with Monaco.

    On Burton’s Twitter, the actor bluntly stated the actress was not leaving “General Hospital:”

    Kelly Monaco is not leaving. – Steve Burton

    Actress Nancy Lee Grahn, who portrays Monaco’s on-screen mother Alexis Davis, also hit Twitter with updates:

    4 the love of God, she is not going anywhere. Don’t believe everything u read…. suckers..and I say that with so much love!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Nancy Lee Grahn

    As for his signing a new contract, Burton announced on August 2 that he signed a new deal with “Genera Hospital” to continue his portrayal of Jason Morgan on the soap.

    Confirming that I am staying at GH. Excited. Thank you for all for your support. – Steve Burton

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings


    • SOAPnet
    • ABC
    • ABC.com
    • SOAPnet.com
    • General Hospital
    • GH
    • Steve Burton
    • Kelly Monaco
    • Sam McCall
    • Jason Morgan
    • Nancy Lee Grahn


      Friday, August 7, 2009 10:14 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Jessica Rey
      Photo: Jill Johnson/JPI

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jessica Rey, the former White Ranger of “Power Rangers: Wild Force,” will be appearing on ABC’s “General Hospital” on the Monday, August 17 episode as Marita, a French tourist vacationing at the resort Michael (Drew Garrett) and Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) are staying at in Cancun, Mexico. Michael will become instantly smitten with Marita when he spots her upon her arrival at the resort. Marita was originally named Marie Claire, but the characters name was changed just before shooting began in mid-July.

      In addition to her “Power Rangers” work, Rey has appeared in such shows as “The Stones,” “Las Vegas,” “Rules of Engagement” and “The Young and the Restless.”

      “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings


      • The Young and the Restless
      • SOAPnet
      • ABC
      • ABC.com
      • SOAPnet.com
      • General Hospital
      • Y&R
      • CBS
      • CBS.com
      • GH
      • Las Vegas
      • Drew Garrett
      • Lexi Ainsworth
      • Jessica Rey
      • Power Rangers: Wild Force
      • The Stones
      • Rules of Engagement


        Friday, August 7, 2009 3:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Kelly Monaco
        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just when you thought it was safe for Jason (Steve Burton) and Sam fans, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that ABC’s “General Hospital” has put out a casting call for Sam McCall, a role currently portrayed by popular actress Kelly Monaco. An ABC spokesman issued a “no comment” to both Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Network when pressed for answers. This can only mean bad news for Monaco fans.

        The casting call is as follows: Early 30s, female, Caucasian, brunette, sexy, dynamic and fiery…SERIES REGULAR. This is a character who has been established on the show.

        Prior to joining the cast of “General Hospital” in October 2003, Monaco had a contract role on ABC’s “Port Charles” from 1999-2003.

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings


        • SOAPnet
        • ABC
        • ABC.com
        • SOAPnet.com
        • General Hospital
        • GH
        • Steve Burton
        • Kelly Monaco
        • Sam McCall
        • Jason Morgan


          Friday, August 7, 2009 12:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Alexa Havins
          Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Yeah, Babe Chandler may have died after last years devastating tornado hit Pine Valley, but that was Amanda Baker’s Babe. Alexa Havins’ Babe went to California after the actress opted not to renew her contract in 2007 shortly after real-life husband Justin Bruening (ex-Jamie Martin) left the soap with hopes of making it big in Hollywood. He starred in the NBC series “Knight Rider,” which lasted for one season during the 2007-2008 TV season. The series was canceled due to low ratings.

          With “All My Children” heading to the West Coast in January, it has been speculated that Havins and a number of former “AMC” stars, who are now L.A. based, are being courted to come back to the drama series when filming begins in Los Angeles. Soap Opera Network has learned, however, that Havins will not be returning to the show as Babe nor as a look-alike or even a recast of Marissa Tasker (played by Brittany Allen), who is Babe’s fraternal twin sister. According to sources, Havins has made it known that she has no desire to work on a soap ever again. “She is happy where she is and what she is doing. She has no intention of returning to ‘All My Children.’”

          “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings


          • Justin Bruening
          • All My Children
          • AMC
          • SOAPnet
          • ABC
          • ABC.com
          • SOAPnet.com
          • Alexa Havins
          • Brittany Allen
          • Babe Chandler


            Friday, August 7, 2009 10:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            Thorsten Kaye
            Photo: ABC

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC Daytime has given the cast and crew of the network’s daytime drama series “All My Children” one week to decide whether they will uproot their lives and families to Los Angeles, CA when the show moves production in January, says Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) in an exclusive interview with New York Daily News reporter Carolyn Hinsey.

            “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m not the kind of dad who wants to be 3,000 miles away from my kids. And it’s not exactly the best time to sell real estate,” he says. Kaye is married to “One Life to Live’s” Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke). They have two daughters, McKenna and Marlowe.

            “I think the move shows that ABC has a lot of belief in ‘AMC’ and wants to keep it going,” Kaye says.

            “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


            • All My Children
            • One Life to Live
            • AMC
            • SOAPnet
            • ABC
            • ABC.com
            • SOAPnet.com
            • Thorsten Kaye
            • Susan Haskell
            • OLTL


              Friday, August 7, 2009 8:08 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              Susan Lucci Photo: ABC

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Susan Lucci, who portrays the iconic character, Erica Kane, on ABC’s “All My Children” will be appearing today on “Live with Regis & Kelly.” The actress is expected to discuss “AMC’s” move to Los Angeles, CA in January and might give light on whether she’ll still be part of the soap on moving day.


              • All My Children
              • Susan Lucci
              • AMC
              • SOAPnet
              • ABC
              • ABC.com
              • SOAPnet.com
              • Live with Regis & Kelly


                Friday, August 7, 2009 6:52 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

                Kevin Schmidt
                Photo: Howard Wise/JPI

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” star Kevin Schmidt (Noah Newman) has booked the lead role in the Cartoon Network pilot “Unnatural History.”

                “History” tells the story of Henry Griffin (Schmidt), a teenager who has acquired exceptional skills during his travels around the world with his anthropologist parents. He faces his greatest challenge when he returns to the United States to attend High School. Rounding out the cast will be Jordan Gavaris (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Italia Ricci (“Greek”). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gavaris will play Jasper, Henry’s cousin, and Ricci will play Maggie, a classmate of Henry’s. Production will begin later this month in Toronto. The script was penned by Mike Werb (“The Mask”). Warner Horizon TV will produce the project.

                At this time it is unclear if Schmidt will depart “Y&R” if the show receives a series order from Cartoon Network. Most recently the actor appeared in the Disney Channel original movie “Princess Protection Program” along-side tween superstar Selena Gomez.


                • The Young and the Restless
                • SOAPnet
                • SOAPnet.com
                • Y&R
                • CBS
                • CBS.com
                • Kevin Schmidt
                • Jordan Gavaris
                • Italia Ricci
                • Selena Gomez
                • Greek
                • Degrassi: The Next Generation


                  Friday, August 7, 2009 6:34 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

                  Lara Spencer
                  Photo: Craig Barritt/JPI

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Insider‘s Lara Spencer and Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier will host The CW’s presentation of “Live from the Red Carpet” Daytime Emmy Award’s Pre-Show. The show will air live on Sunday, August 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM ET from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA.


                  • The CW
                  • Entertainment Tonight
                  • Lara Spencer
                  • Kevin Frazier
                  • The Insider
                  • The Daytime Emmy Awards








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