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
Friday, August 7, 2009 3:26 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

Rebecca Budig, Eden Riegel
Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — We have it on good authority that you can expect to see Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) and Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca Montgomery) back on “All My Children” when the show moves to the West Coast in the new year. After all, the commute to New York was the only reason the two departed the soap earlier this year. Did we forget to mention? Greenlee isn’t dead!

Riegel recently Tweeted her happiness about the move the day the news broke:

Amazing news! AMC moving to LA!!! Can’t wait! http://bit.ly/iXYmV But, I am concerned this means makeup/hair/wardrobe depts will change. :(

- Eden Riegel

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


Discussion: Rebecca Budig and Eden Riegel Return?


  • All My Children
  • Rebecca Budig
  • Eden Riegel
  • AMC
  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
  • ABC.com
  • SOAPnet.com
  • Greenlee Smythe
  • Bianca Montgomery


    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 7:01 PM ET | By Errol Lewis and Scotty Gore

    One Life to Live

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With “All My Children” heading to the West Coast, “One Life to Live” will inherit “AMC’s” soon-to-be-old studio space. Also, both soaps are expected to begin broadcasting in HD early next year.

    “ABC Daytime announced today that it would move production of ‘All My Children’ from New York to Los Angeles and that ‘One Life to Live’ would move into ‘All My Children’s’ former New York space, giving both shows facility upgrades and streamlined production models,” states an ABC press release issued yesterday afternoon. “‘All My Children’ will begin taping episodes in Los Angeles the week of Jan. 4, 2010. The move of ‘One Life To Live’ to its new home takes place soon after ‘All My Children’ relocates.”

    According to ABC Daytime President Brian Frons, “The move to Los Angeles enables both ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ to dramatically improve the series production models and achieve significant efficiencies while enhancing each show. We had to examine every option on the table to combat the current economic realities, and rising costs of production, and we are doing it in a way that makes each of our shows stronger.”

    “One Life to Live’s” current, smaller studio will be converted into office space by the network. The move to “All My Children’s” soon-to-be-vacated studios will give “OLTL” at least 30% additional space for sets and props.

    Which leaves us with several million dollar questions. Will the move to L.A. help or hurt “AMC” in the long-run, and will “OLTL” wither on the vine as the only remaining ABC soap left in the Big Apple, or will it provide a much needed boost the sagging sudser? And if the move is successful for “AMC,” will “OLTL” soon follow suit and head West as well?

    So many questions, so few answers.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: ‘One Life to Live’ Gets New Studio Space


    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • AMC
    • SOAPnet
    • ABC
    • ABC.com
    • SOAPnet.com
    • OLTL


      Wednesday, August 5, 2009 3:36 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Brandon Beemer

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Seems “The Bold and the Beautiful” will continue to hold its title as the naughtiest soap in daytime. Soap Opera Network has learned that Owen Knight (Brandon Beemer) and wife Jackie Marone (Lesley-Anne Downe) will be up to some kinky sex scenes this month. Expect to see scenes so racy, they probably won’t make it to the airwaves.

      “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


      Discussion: ‘B&B’ Getting Kinky Again


      • The Bold and the Beautiful
      • CBS
      • CBS.com
      • B&B
      • Brandon Beemer
      • Owen Knight
      • Lesley-Anne Downe
      • Jackie Marone


        Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:35 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Last week rumors began circulating that ABC Daytime was looking to move their daytime soap “All My Children” to the West Coast in an effort to avoid cancellation. Unfortunately, a network spokeswoman opted to lie to the industry in an effort to break the news to the dramas cast and crew “first.” The cast learned they’d have to make the difficult choice of whether to head out West to Los Angeles,California or lose their jobs on Tuesday, August 4.

        “This rumor has been in the zeitgeist for years,” said the spokeswoman in an official statement. “If there is ever something official to announce, you will hear it from me.”

        All we can say is, we’re waiting…

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


        Discussion: The Lie that Rocked Daytime


        • All My Children
        • Susan Lucci
        • AMC
        • SOAPnet
        • ABC
        • ABC.com
        • SOAPnet.com


          Friday, July 31, 2009 2:55 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Lindsay Hartley (ex-Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, “Passions”) has joined the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives” in the contract role of Arianna Hernandez. Now Soap Opera Network has your first look at the actress on the set of the drama series along-side co-stars Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez), Arianna’s brother, and Eric Martsolf (Brady Black), Arianna’s love interest. At this time it is unclear as to when Hartley will mark her debut on the drama series.

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          Discussion: DAYS First Look: Lindsay Hartley on Set


          • Days of our Lives
          • SOAPnet
          • Galen Gering
          • Eric Martsolf
          • Lindsay Hartley
          • DAYS
          • NBC
          • DOOL
          • iTunes
          • Arianna Hughes
          • Rafe Hernandez
          • Brady Black


            Monday, July 27, 2009 9:00 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

            Kirsten Storms and Brandon Barash (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital’s” Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) are two prominent soap figures in the Twitterverse, and are good friends on and off the set, but don’t expect to see a Jaxie pairing anytime soon as long as Kirsten has something to say about it.

            “No way. He’s getting around now. There can only be one of those in a relationship [laughs],” said Storms referring to Maxie and Johnny changing bed mates in such short time periods. “She doesn’t want me anymore. I’ve been used up,” Barash responds. Though he continues with, “In life there are passengers and there are drivers. Two drivers in a relationship doesn’t work.”

            When Brandon joined the cast in 2007, his character, Johnny, was involved in a love story with Julie Marie Berman’s Lulu Spencer. Unfortunately, the coupling came to an end earlier this year when the show opted to move the character in a different direction. Enter Maxie Jones (Storms).

            Maxie and Lulu (Berman) moved in together in order to save money on rent. Johnny stayed over their apartment so much that he became a third roommate. His presence in the apartment led to a sexual attraction between him and Maxie that resulted in a kiss. The kiss led to the break up of Johnny and Lulu and Maxie and Damien Spinelli (Bradford Anderson). Months later, Johnny now finds himself in a tawdry affair with Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) and Maxie is getting marriage proposals from Spinelli (Anderson).

            Johnny Zacchara’s relationship with older woman Olivia (LoCicero) brings a new twist to daytime as it involves a third wheel, namely older man Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and the secret baby Olivia shares with him. That baby, Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna), is about the same age as Johnny. What does Barash think about the age difference between his character and LoCicero’s Olivia? “The thing that I find the most odd is on the show they play it up to be this huge age difference, but in real-life we’re just 9-years apart.” Speaking of LoCicero, fans got on my case when I mentioned that the actress looked a little like film star Sandra Bullock, but Barash thinks “she’s prettier.”

            What happens when Kirsten and Brandon learn their characters will be involved in another love scene? What are their reactions?

            Kirsten Storms: “I [say] it all the time. ‘I have to take my clothes of with who?”‘

            Brandon Barash: “I’m taking my clothes off again? I just did it yesterday.”

            Don’t think Barash hasn’t thought about it, but what would it be like for Johnny being a daddy in the future? “I think that would be very interesting. I wouldn’t be opposed to that.” As for the loss of Claudia’s baby, which he didn’t divulge during the time this interview took place, he says “It’s always sad, the loss of any baby born or unborn is always a sad thing. [If or] when that happens, you’ll see some very interesting drama.”

            The World of Twitter

            Fans have noticed that the two Tweet each other often, and some wonder if they realize that their fans are following everything they say. According to Storms, “When he says something outrageous, I have to call him out on it.” As for Brandon, he finds himself “Tweeting” when something strikes his interest. “It all depends on where I am and if something strikes me as interesting, I will ‘Tweet’ about it,” he says.

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


            Discussion: One Time at Fan Camp: Brandon and Kirsten


            • SOAPnet
            • ABC
            • ABC.com
            • General Hospital
            • GH
            • Sarah Joy Brown
            • Kirsten Storms
            • Maurice Benard
            • Bradford Anderson
            • Julie Marie Berman
            • Brandon Barash
            • Dominic Zamprogna
            • Lisa LoCicero
            • Fan Club Weekend
            • Maxie Jones
            • Johnny Zacchara


              Monday, July 5, 2009 2:50 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Lisa LoCicero joined fans during her Brunch with Lisa LoCicero event during the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend.

               

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              Discussion: GHFCW 2009: Brunch with Lisa LoCicero


              • SOAPnet
              • ABC
              • ABC.com
              • General Hospital
              • GH
              • Lisa LoCicero
              • Fan Club Weekend


                Monday, July 5, 2009 12:20 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” gather for a pre-meet and greet during the 21st Annual “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend.

                 

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                Discussion: GHFCW 2009: Kick Off Party


                • SOAPnet
                • ABC
                • ABC.com
                • General Hospital
                • GH
                • Brandon Barash
                • Drew Garrett
                • Lexi Ainsworth
                • Dominic Zamprogna
                • Ronnie Marmo
                • Christian Alexander
                • Carolyn Hennesy
                • Lisa LoCicero
                • Aaron Refvem
                • Fan Club Weekend


                  Sunday, July 26, 2009 5:07 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

                  Tamara Braun (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Former “All My Children” and “General Hospital” starlet Tamara Braun lands a prominent role on hit TNT drama series “Saving Grace” starring Holly Hunter.

                  Braun will play the recurring role of Renee Ellen, who sparks an immediate attraction with Detective Ham Dewey (Kenny Johnson). Detective Dewey is the on-screen love interest of the shows main character Grace Hanadarko (Hunter). According to TV Guide.com, Braun will appear in at least two episodes of the series. Her first airdate is Tuesday, July 28.

                  Prior to”Grace,” Braun was last seen as Reese Williams on ABC’s “All My Children.” Reese married Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) in February, marking television’s first lesbian wedding. In 2008, the actress had a story-arc on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” as Ava Vitali, a character that attracted a huge fan following and provided Braun with her second Daytime Emmy Award Nomination. She’s nominated this year in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category. To find out if the actress wins the award, tune into The CW on Sunday, August 30 at 8:00 PM ET/PT for the live telecast of “The 36th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

                  From 2001-2005, Braun portrayed the role of Carly Corinthos on ABC’s “General Hospital,” a role which garnered her first Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2004 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The actress has also appeared in a number of Jerry Bruckheimer dramas including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace.” She enjoyed critical acclaim for her role in the independent film “Little Chenier” in 2006.

                  “Saving Grace” airs Tuesdays on TNT. Check local listings.


                  Discussion: Tamara Braun Does ‘Saving Grace’


                  • All My Children
                  • Eden Riegel
                  • Tamara Braun
                  • Days of our Lives
                  • SOAPnet
                  • ABC
                  • ABC.com
                  • General Hospital
                  • Daytime Emmy Award
                  • Jerry Bruckheimer
                  • Holly Hunter
                  • Kenny Johnson
                  • Carly Corinthos
                  • Renee Ellen
                  • Saving Grace
                  • TNT
                  • TNT.tv
                  • Emmy


                    Sunday, July 26, 2009 3:27 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

                    Derk Cheetwood (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Derk Cheetwood portrays Max Giambetti on ABC’s “General Hospital,” and is the older brother of Drew Cheetwood, who plays his on-screen brother Milo Giambetti, but did you know that he loves his Twitter and is ready to start auditioning again?

                    Before Twitter became a big mass media tool, Derk created an account where he could catch up with his friends and family and let them know what he was up to. A typical tweet could be something as simple as “Swinging at the bank trying to close an account. Fun, fun, fun!” Now the actor has over 900 followers, mostly his fans, who have come far and away just to catch up with their favorite actor. Who can we thank? One Sarah Brown (Claudia Zacchara).

                    “She [finally] saw that I was on Twitter, and she was like ‘Oh, you’re own Twitter?’ and I was like ‘yeah,’ she’s like ‘I’ll tell everyone you’re on Twitter and it’s really you’ and the next week I had 300 or 400 people sign up,” said Cheetwood. “I was like wow, ‘you’ve got pull man. You’re crazy.’”

                    Prior to joining the cast of “GH” in 2002, Cheetwood has had a extensive acting career in both film and television. He got his big break in 1995 after appearing in an episode of “Brotherly Love” starring the Lawrence Brothers (Joseph, Matthew and Andrew). In 1996, he guest-starred in episodes of FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and NBC’s “Something So Right.” He would later appear in episodes of “Jag,” “Ally McBeal,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Medium” and “Desperate Housewives.”

                    Did you know? Derk appeared opposite Kevin Costner in the 1997 film “The Postman.” Cheetwood later married Cari Costner, Kevin’s niece, in August 2006. The two have a daughter, Kylie Danielle, who is a year-and-a-half old. In 2000, he starred along-side Matthew McConaughey in the film “U-571.” A year later he again starred opposite McConaughey in “Frailty,” which finds Cheetwood as FBI Agent Griffin Hull hot on the trail of a serial killer.

                    In case you were wondering what he’s been up to, acting wise, Cheetwood says “nothing right now.” Since the birth of his child in January 2008, he’s been “chilling for a bit.” Though don’t be surprised to see the actor venturing into new territories in the future as he’s ready to get back out there auditioning. “I just signed with an agent,” he says.

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


                    Discussion: One Time at Fan Camp: Derk Cheetwood


                    • SOAPnet
                    • ABC
                    • ABC.com
                    • General Hospital
                    • Beverly Hills
                    • 90210
                    • GH
                    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
                    • CSI
                    • Derk Cheetwood
                    • Cari Costner
                    • Drew Cheetwood
                    • Jag
                    • Medium
                    • Twitter
                    • Desperate Housewives
                    • Kevin Costner
                    • Matthew McConaughey
                    • Joey Lawrence
                    • Matthew Lawrence
                    • Andrew Lawrence
                    • Max Giambetti
                    • Milo Giambetti
                    • U-571
                    • Brotherly Love
                    • Ally McBeal
                    • Something So Right
                    • Frailty








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