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
Saturday, July 11, 2009 7:21 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Michael Jackson ( — The memorial service for Michael “The King of Pop” Jackson on Tuesday, July 7 resulted in six of the remaining eight soap operas not airing, which has pushed five soaps behind schedule and one canceled soap airless.

ABC’s “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live,” CBS’ “As The World Turns” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are currently airing one day behind, which has pushed airdates for new and returning characters to the soaps back. CBS’ “Guiding Light” aired in parts of the east coast as the soap airs at 10:00 AM in some cities, however, the soap was pre-empted in much of the country despite CBS’ anticipation of airing the show in progress. Jackson’s memorial service was originally scheduled to air from 1:00 to 2:30 PM on the East Coast and 10:00 to 11:30 AM on the West Coast, but it did not end until 4:00 PM Eastern and 1:00 PM Pacific time. CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” were the only soaps to air original episodes nationally without interruption as the network pushed the shows’ airings to earlier timeslots.

What follows are updated notes on comings and goings from some of your favorite daytime soap operas:

Lynn Herring Heads to Oakdale- now airs Monday, July 27.
March ‘Comes Out’ for ‘World Turns’ – now airs Wednesday, July 15.

Former ‘GH’ Actor Returns to ‘DAYS’ – airdate tentatively re-scheduled for Tuesday, August 11.

Who Needs Kate? Lisa LoCicero Placed on Contract – Re: Megan Ward; now airs Thursday, July 16.
Who’s That Boy? ‘GH’s’ Christian Alexander – now airs Wednesday, July 15.
Sebastian Roche Brings Evil Back to Port Charles – re-scheduled; airdate unconfirmed at this time.
Bruce Weitz Brings Anthony Back to ‘GH’ – now airs Monday, July 13.
Ronnie Marmo Brings Fun to ‘GH’ – aired on Friday, July 10.

All other casting notes are currently on schedule, but still subject to change.


  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • AMC
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
  • OLTL
  • General Hospital
  • Y&R
  • CBS
  • As The World Turns
  • ATWT
  • B&B
  • GH
  • Guiding Light
  • DAYS
  • NBC
  • GL
  • Michael Jackson
  • iTunes

    Saturday, July 11, 2009 6:01 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    As The World Turns ( — Further confirming that “Guiding Light” will truly come to an end when it last airs on Friday, September 18 on CBS, TeleNext Media, producers of the soap, announced on Wednesday, July 8 that “Guiding Light” Head Writer David Kreizman will join the writing team of “As The World Turns” along-side Head Writer Jean Passanante, thereby forming a New Headwriting team for the soap. The announcement was made by “As The World Turns” Executive Producer, Christopher Goutman.

    “I am thrilled that Dave and Jean will make up the new headwriting team for ‘As The World Turns,’” said Goutman. “Both writers have an incredible respect for the show’s rich history and I am confident this partnership will generate the exciting, character-based stories for which ‘As The World Turns’ is known for.”

    Before joining the writing team of “Guiding Light” in 1997, Kreizman was a Production Intern with the soap in 1995 and served as a Production Coordinator and an Associate Producer. In 2004, he was named Headwriter for which he won a 2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing Team in a Drama Series. In 2001, Kreizman was part of the writing team of MTV’s “Spyder Games,” the short-lived soap opera that spawned a large cult-following upon its cancellation.

    Jean Passanante was named Head Writer of “As The World Turns” in 2005, following the departure of Hogan Sheffer, who now serves as a Co-Head Writer on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

    “As The World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

    Discussion: David Kreizman Joins ‘World Turns’ Writing Team

    • David Kreizman
    • CBS
    • As The World Turns
    • Jean Passanante
    • Christopher Goutman
    • ATWT
    • TeleNext Media
    • PGP

      Robert Voets/CBS

      ( — After months of speculation that Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki Newman) was getting the shaft by CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and its producer Sony Pictures Television, TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan sat down with the actress who confirms that she has signed a new deal with the soap after contract negotiations hit a stand-still.

      “Negotiations are a necessary evil and are always very bizarre. I guess maybe with me more so than other actors. I don’t know why that is. It’s the nature of the world I’ve chosen to live in,” said Scott.

      “It’s always the same scenario. First, contact is initiated. The protectors of both sides chat and everything is fine. Things go back and forth in a fairly friendly manner. Time marches on. And eventually there’s a moment—with seemingly no forewarning—when everything changes in the flick of an eye and both sides instinctively know that the dreaded cone of silence has suddenly descended and there will be no more talk and you have to shut down. It’s maddening. But I guess that’s showbiz.”

      Things got so bad that the show was forced to write the character off the canvas despite its plans to eventually work something out with the actress. This resulted in some much needed vacation time for Thomas Scott and a huge storyline plot for “Y&R.”

      “I’m going to take advantage of this overdue breather and have a little “me” time, travel a little bit, get reacquainted with my family and friends. I finished shooting just last Thursday [July 2]. And I really have to hand it to the writers. Nobody knew how this [contract situation] was going to end so they very cleverly figured out a way to get me off the show.”

      Since joining “Y&R” in 1979, Thomas Scott has enjoyed a wonderful and thrilling life. She met future husband Edward J. Scott, former executive producer of the soap, and the two have three daughters, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Jennifer. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy for her work on “The Young and the Restless” in 1999.

      Coming Soon to Y&R: Melody Thomas Scott’s daughter Elizabeth Scott to appear as a background player on the Friday, July 24 episode of the soap.

      For more on Melody’s interview with TV Guide Magazine, head on over to the mag’s website.

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

      Saturday, July 11, 2009 4:03 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Greg Vaughan ( — The rarely seen Greg Vaughan (Lucky Spencer) of ABC’s “General Hospital” addresses rumors of his being dropped to recurring status by the soap and his desire to hear what his fan’s think should happen on the drama series.

      On Wednesday, July 8, Vaughan took to his Twitter page in order to squash those pesky rumors that he’s been hearing for the last couple of months. Though he spoke in third person.

      “Rumors, Rumors, Rumors…what should a ‘GH’ fan believe? Better yet, what should a Greg Vaughan fan believe? Rumors have said the actor was put on recurring status months ago despite some saying that simply wasn’t true,” said the actor.

      “Now we’re seeing rumors that Lucky may be heading out of Port Charles. Is this to help his ‘brother’ Ethan [Nathan Parsons] find their wayward father Luke?”

      Anthony Geary, who portrays Luke Spencer on “GH,” recently went on vacation and according to “rumors,” Luke is being held captive somewhere outside of Port Charles and his kids will work together to try and rescue him. It was revealed in late May/early June that Luke was also the father of Ethan via a rewritten rendezvous with Holly (Emma Samms).

      Despite Vaughan’s initial tweeting in third person, he eventually made it clear that his job is secure with the soap.

      “I have not been put on recurring status!!! But, it feels like it!”

      If you are a fan of Vaughan or his character Lucky Spencer, the actor wants to hear from you on what you want to see happen on “GH” and with his character.

      “Please! Speak your mind! It’s your privelege as dedicated fans, right? Let me hear your voice, and what you would like to see happen,” Vaughan said to his fans.

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

      Discussion: Greg Vaughan Discusses Rumors and Fans

      • SOAPnet
      • ABC
      • General Hospital
      • Anthony Geary
      • GH
      • Greg Vaughan
      • Lucky Spencer
      • Nathan Parsons

        Monday, July 6, 2009 10:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Michael Jackson ( — The celebration of Michael Jackson’s life and death will interrupt programming on several broadcast and cable networks on Tuesday, July 7 as friends, family and fans pay their respects to the pop icon whose death on Thursday, June 25, shocked the world and has launched an investigation into how he died. The memorial service of Michael Jackson will begin at 1:00 PM ET, 10:00 AM PT, 11:00 AM MT, and 12:00 PM CT.

        On Monday, ABC, CBS and NBC confirmed that they have altered their daytime lineups in order to pay tribute to the legendary entertainer.

        CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will not be airing in its regularly scheduled timeslot. The soap, along with “The Bold and the Beautiful” will instead air earlier than usual. ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are pre-empted along with CBS’ “As The World Turns” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” CBS’ “Guiding Light” will also move up just a bit and will be joined in progress after the 90-minute special goes off the air and news coverage concludes on CBS. At this time it remains unclear as to whether ABC’s “General Hospital” will air or be pre-empted.

        The soaps experiencing pre-emptions on Tuesday will air their previously scheduled Tuesday episode on Wednesday, July 8, which means the shows will be behind by a day for several weeks as the soaps on average film a month in advance of airdate.

        ABC News’ Charles Gibson will anchor “Remembering Michael Jackson” from New York and will be joined by “Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir. “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden and Senior Law and Justice Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the Staples Center. Brian Rooney, Lisa Fletcher, Mike von Fremd and Ryan Owens will also contribute to the special coverage.

        CNN, MSNBC, FOX News Channel and HLN will have wall-to-wall coverage of the memorial service.

        The following is the official CBS schedule for Tuesday, July 7:

        Eastern Stations
        11:00am-12:00n THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
        12:00n-12:30pm Local News
        12:30-1:00pm THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL
        1:00-2:30pm Michael Jackson Memorial
        Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
        Preempted AS THE WORLD TURNS
        3:00-4:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

        Central Stations
        10:00-11:00am THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
        11:00-11:30am THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL
        11:30am-12:00n Local Programming
        12:00n-1:30pm Michael Jackson Memorial
        Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
        Preempted AS THE WORLD TURNS
        2:00-3:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

        Mountain Stations
        9:00-10:00am THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
        10:00-10:30am THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL
        10:30-11:00am Local Programming
        11:00am-12:30pm Michael Jackson Memorial
        Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
        Preempted AS THE WORLD TURNS
        1:00-2:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

        West Coast Stations
        10:00-11:30am Michael Jackson Memorial
        Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
        12:00n-12:30pm Local News
        12:30-1:00pm THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL
        1:00-2:00pm THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
        Preempted AS THE WORLD TURNS
        2:00-3:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

        Discussion: Michael Jackson Memorial Service Schedule

        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • All My Children
        • One Life to Live
        • AMC
        • The Young and the Restless
        • Days of our Lives
        • OLTL
        • General Hospital
        • Y&R
        • As The World Turns
        • ATWT
        • B&B
        • GH
        • Guiding Light
        • DAYS
        • GL
        • Michael Jackson
        • Soaps
        • Soap Operas
        • Charles Gibson
        • Katie Couric
        • Brian Williams

          Monday, July 6, 2009 7:05 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel ( — As we entered the 2nd half of 2009 last week and we gear up for a new television season in September on the broadcast networks, you’d think no network would be thinking ahead of the pack and setting its sights on what’s ahead in 2010. You’d be wrong.

          SOAPnet, the new way to watch soaps, is moving in a new direction according to sources within the network. SOAPnet is making it known that they plan to break out as a full-fledged ad-supported cable network next year with its recently introduced programming. The network is said to be emphasing less daytime soap and more original “soapy” dramas.

          “SOAPnet is moving in a new direction with original programming that tells stories from an insider’s point of view – featuring strong, aspirational and relatable women,” the network says in promotions geared towards potential advertisers.

          New Look. New Attitude. New Style. New Shows.

          Now available in 71.4 million homes according to Nielsen Universe Estimates for June ’09, the cable network has green lit a series of original scripted programs and reality shows in lights of its new identity as the “home of character-driven soapy drama.” These shows include the recently introduced “Being Erica,” a Canadian import, which has turned out to be one of SOAPnet’s highest rated original series after bringing in over half-a-million new viewers to the network during its inaugural first season. The series about 32-year-old Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk), who can go back in time to relive a past regret each week, returns for a second season with twelve all-new episodes in early 2010. The network is also ready to launch “Holidate,” which was originally ordered as a one-off reality special. “Holidate,” which follows two women, per episode, who are looking for love with no luck, who switch places and try their hat in each others cities, will now be featured as a ten episode series set to debut on Wednesday, July 29 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. SOAPnet is currently running the hit reality series “Southern Belles: Louisville” Thursday’s at 10:00 PM. The season finale is set to air Thursday, July 23.

          In addition to “Holidate” and “Belles,” SOAPnet will premiere new reality series “Bank of Mom and Dad” on Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. “Bank” is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, which follows women in their 20′s and 30′s who have to face their Mom’s and Dad’s moving in with them for one week in order to help their daughter’s get their personal and financial lives back on track. CNBC and MSNBC financial expert Farnoosh Torabi will guide viewers into the lives of these women during the10-episode run of the series from BBC WorldWide Productions. Reportedly the network is working on a new docu-drama going by the name of “Mommie Dearest,” but no details have come to light about the project. Ironically, last year SOAPnet acquired the movie rights to the film “Mommie Dearest” starring Meryl Streep, though it is unclear if the reality series is a take-off of the horror movie.

          Recently, the network launched its 6th incarnation of its web portal since the networks launch in January 2000. The site houses news, sneak peeks, streaming video and promos, daily recaps, message boards, games and information on its national tour sponsorship “Soap Nation.”

          Original Scripted Dramas

          In addition to “Being Erica,” SOAPnet is also working on two new original scripted dramas – “Julia’s Tango” and “Santa Monica.”

          “Julia’s Tango,” a one hour scripted drama series, follows Julia, a woman who takes an impromptu trip to her hometown of Buenos Aires and finds there has been something missing in her life all this time. The series is produced by SOAPnet in conjunction with Endemol. “Santa Monica,” a one hour scripted dramedy, is about four twenty-something best friends who live together in Santa Monica, California and try to reach life’s ambitions and aspirations.

          New Acquired Series. More Movies.

          The former CW/WB hit series “Gilmore Girls” starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham joins SOAPnet’s re-run heavy lineup of teen oriented dramas, which includes FOX’s “The O.C.” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and The CW/WB’s “One Tree Hill.” During its seven season run on TV, “Gilmore Girls” consistently ranked as one of television’s highest rated series in numerous female demographics, including Women 18-34 and Women 18-49. In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” SOAPnet has acquired the movie rights to numerous Hollywood films as part of its “Sunday Night Movie” franchise including the Bledel starrer “Tuck Everlasting.” The 2002 film also starred Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky Spencer, “General Hospital”). “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” starring Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg (Co-Host, “The View”), and the films “Brokedown Palace,” “The Truth About Cats & Dogs,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Illegally Yours,” “Loverboy,” and “Uptown Girls” were also recently acquired.

          More Days. Less Hospital.

          After signing a deal in 2003 to exclusive same-day airing rights to NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” which began on the network in March 2004, SOAPnet has extended its original five-year deal with Sony Pictures Television, producers of the soap for an unspecified duration. The new deal includes digital streaming rights of the soap.

          While “DAYS’” future on the cabler seems secure for now, the same can not be said for ABC’s “General Hospital.” Soap Opera Network has learned that the network’s reliability on debuting its shows in the 10:00 PM ET/PT timeslot Monday-Friday, which routinely displaces the soap, is being eyed as a potential launching pad for a block of programming set to debut next year. It is understood that the soap might be pushed back an hour to 11:00 PM, which would then push “DAYS” to 12 midnight. The idea behind the timeslot switcheroo stems from success stories from other cable networks finding audiences available at the later hour. Should “GH” be moved, it will be the first time an ABC soap has permanently lost its timeslot since helping launch the network in January 2000.

          A spokesperson for SOAPnet was not readily available for comment on our story as the offices of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet remained closed Monday in honor of the long Independence Day weekend.

          Discussion: SOAPnet Ready to Break Out

          • Days of our Lives
          • SOAPnet
          • General Hospital
          • Beverly Hills
          • 90210
          • Jonathan Jackson
          • The O.C.
          • Gilmore Girls
          • One Tree Hill
          • Erin Karpluk
          • Alexis Bledel
          • Lauren Graham
          • Whoopi Goldberg
          • Angela Bassett
          • Farnoosh Torabi
          • Being Erica
          • Holidate
          • Southern Belles: Louisville
          • Bank of Mom and Dad
          • Julia’s Tango
          • Santa Monica
          • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
          • Brokedown Palace
          • The Truth About Cats & Dogs
          • The Object of My Affection
          • Illegally Yours
          • Loverboy
          • Uptown Girls

            Sunday, July 5, 2009 10:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

            ( — After weeks of speculation and reports of backstage drama, this is the week to watch CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as fans of Adam Newman (Michael Muhney) and Rafe Torres (Yani Gellman) get their first look at the two getting intimate. How far will they go? Tune in to find out!

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            Discussion: Rafe and Adam Get Intimate on ‘Y&R’

            • The Young and the Restless
            • Y&R
            • Michael Muhney
            • Yani Gellman
            • Adam Newman
            • Rafe Torres
            • Spoilers
            • Soap Opera

              Sunday, July 5, 2009 5:00 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              ( — Lynn Herring is joining the cast of CBS’ “As The World Turns” as Audrey, mother of Henry Coleman (Trent Dawson), beginning Friday, July 24. Soap Opera Network has your first look at the actress whose return to daytime has sparked significant interest from fans of her work on ABC’s “General Hospital” and “Port Charles.”

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              Discussion: ATWT First Look: Lynn Herring

              Sunday, July 5, 2009 4:20 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              Lisa LoCicero ( – Just three months after bumping Megan Ward (Kate Howard) to recurring status, ABC’s “General Hospital” has upgraded Ward’s onscreen sister cousin, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri), to contract status.

              Since joining the cast of “General Hospital” in 2008, LoCicero’s Olivia has enjoyed a taudry affair with Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash) and a flirtation with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Recently, it was revealed that Olivia’s son with Sonny, Dante, has come to Port Charles in the form of hired hitman Dominic (Dominic Zamprogna).

              LoCicero got her start in the 1994 short-film “Murder Too Sweet.” She would later join the cast of ABC Daytime’s “Loving” as Jocelyn Roberts Brown, a character which she took to “Loving” spin-off “The City” in 1995. Upon that soaps cancellation in 1997, the actress began appearing in a number of high profile primetime dramas including NBC’s “Law & Order” and ABC’s “NYPD Blue.” From 2004 to 2007, she appeared as Maria Storm in the Comedy Central series “Reno 911.”

              Fans of Megan Ward don’t fret, you can next see the actress on the soap on Wednesday, July 15, when Kate gives Maxie some financial assurance.

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

              Discussion: Who Needs Kate? Lisa LoCicero Placed on Contract

              • General Hospital
              • GH
              • Megan Ward
              • Lisa LoCicero
              • Loving
              • The City
              • NYPD Blue
              • Law & Order
              • Reno 911

                Sunday, July 5, 2009 3:30 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

                Christian Alexander ( — If you thought you saw the last of Christian Alexander and his character Keifer Tate on ABC’s “General Hospital,” think again!

                Soap Opera Network has learned that Alexander has been bumped to recurring status and will return for a series of episodes in July beginning with the Tuesday, July 14 episode of the soap. In the episode, Michael (Drew Garrett) senses something is off with Keifer and tries to protect his sister, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth), from harms way. Will he be too late? Tune in to find out!

                Christian Alexander has been making a name for himself since marking his television debut on the Nickelodean series “Zoey 101″ in 2006. Since then he has appeared in such programs as NBC’s “Medium” (2007), ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (2008), ABC Family’s “Lincoln Height’s”(2008) and Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008). Come fall, look for Alexander to appear in the new ABC Primetime series “Eastwick,” which stars former “General Hospital” starlet Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina Cassadine). He will portray a character by the name of Gus.

                Recently, Alexander starred in the film “Half Truth” along-side “GH’s” Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller). The film is a quirky coming-of-age indie film set in the rural south and centered around an insecure, teenaged outcast, Donell (James Earl), an enigmatic wonder-boy, Johnny (Alexander), and the intimate relationship they forge while on a madcap escape from their oppressive lives. The film was written and directed by Wade Gasque.

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

                Discussion: Who’s That Boy? ‘GH’s’ Christian Alexander

                • General Hospital
                • GH
                • Drew Garrett
                • Lexi Ainsworth
                • Christian Alexander
                • Carolyn Hennesy
                • Jaime Ray Newman
                • Zoey 101
                • Grey’s Anatomy
                • Medium
                • The Suite Life on Deck
                • Eastwick
                • Half Truth

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