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

 
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:18 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


Rick Hearst (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After some tricky editing, Rick Hearst’s return to CBS’ "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Whipple ‘Whip’ Jones III could be sooner than you think.

According to sources, Rick Hearst’s first airdate has been modified and he will now first air on Thursday, July 16. He was previously scheduled to return to the soap on Friday, July 17. His return date just so happens to coincide with the return of Victor Alfieri as Giovanni Lorenzano.

After being dropped to recurring status by ABC’s "General Hospital" in April, after portraying Ric Lansing for five six-and-a-half years on the soap, Hearst signed a contract with "B&B" in May and began taping right away. His first tape date was Wednesday, May 20. Hearst last aired on "GH" on Friday, June 26.

"When ‘B&B’ called, it was for a contract role, so I had to decide if this was something I wanted to do that wouldn’t leave ‘GH’ in a lurch," Hearst said in a recent interview with Soap Opera Digest. "If this had not worked out with ‘B&B,’ I would’ve continued to be on recurring with ‘GH,’ but still invest in other opportunities."

Hearst’s first scenes are said to be with Susan Flannery’s Stephanie Forrester and Jack Wagner’s Nick Marone as they discuss Whip’s future employment at Jackie M.

For Victor Alfieri, who last appeared on "B&B" in 2004, this is a return to daytime and the role that made him an international star ("B&B" is the world’s most watched soap afterall). Giovanni has been recruited to photograph Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) for an upcoming fashion shoot as her friends and family look on.

Since leaving the soap, the actor has appeared in a number of television series and films. In 2005 he appeared in an episode of ABC’s "Alias," while in 2006 he guest-starred on CBS’ "CSI: Miami" and had a story arc on NBC’s "Passions" as Gianni Valentino. Recently, he starred in the international blockbuster "Angels & Demons" as Lt. Valenti. The film starred Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.

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

 



Discussion: Hearst Changes Dates, Alfieri’s Photography Hot

 


  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Victor Alfieri
  • General Hospital
  • CSI: Miami
  • B&B
  • Rick Hearst
  • Susan Flannery
  • Jack Wagner
  • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
  • Whipple Whip Jones
  • Giovanni Lorenzano
  • Stephanie Forrester
  • Nick Marone
  • Steffy Forrester
  • GH
  • Passions
  • PSNS
  • Angels & Demons
  • Alias


    Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:11 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Forbes March joins the cast of CBS’ “As The World Turns” next month and Soap Opera Network has your first look at the actor as Professor Mason.


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    Discussion:


    • One Life to Live
    • OLTL
    • As The World Turns
    • ATWT
    • Forbes March
    • First Look
    • JPI


      Monday, June 29, 2009 1:45 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Steve Richard Harris (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After two short-term gigs on ABC and NBC soaps, will CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” give Steve Richard Harris the chance to break into daytime once and for all?

      Steve Richard Harris made his debut on the soap earlier this year as a bartender at the Genoa City Athletic Club when his then unknown character bed Cougar Jill Abbott (Jess Walton). Now the actor speaks out on how life’s changed since his days on “Another World” and “One Life to Live.”

      In a recent interview with Soaps.com, Harris reveals that his character now has a name – Aidan – and will pop back into Genoa City in scenes with Judith Chapmen (Gloria) and Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey).

      Prior to landing a gig on “Y&R,” Harris had a contract role on NBC’s “Another World” (1998-1999) as Zak Wilder and ABC’s “One Life to Live” (2002-2003) as Seth Anderson. He has also appeared in such shows as HBO’s “Sex and the City” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds.” He also wrote, directed and acted in the 18-minute short film “Signal Lost.” The film was recently entered into the L.A. Short Film Festival.

      Look for Harris on “The Young and the Restless” on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15. With any luck, the actor will make more appearances on the soap. Stay tuned!

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


      DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


      • One Life to Live
      • The Young and the Restless
      • OLTL
      • Y&R
      • Another World
      • Jess Walton
      • Steve Richard Harris
      • Judith Chapmen
      • Ted Shackelford
      • AW


        Monday, June 29, 2009 12:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Sebastian Roche (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sebastian Roche is bringing Jerry Jacks back to Port Charles for another go around of violence and mayhem on ABC’s “General Hospital.”

        Roche, who took over the role of Jerry in 2007 after originator Julian Stone was not asked back, is said to be returning for a “short-term” gig according to Soap Opera Digest‘s website. According to sources, Roche’s first airdate is tentatively set for Friday, July 17.

        Also according to Soap Opera Digest, daytime newcomer Lexi Ainsworth, who portrays Kristina Corinthos has been bumped to contract status with the soap. The actress is currently the youngest contract actor on the soap. Don’t look for her to appear in the opening credits, however, as the show hasn’t updated it’s opening in well over two years. Of course, things can change.

        Rick Hearst last aired as Ric Lansing on Friday, June 26. Good thing Hearst is heading to “The Bold and the Beautiful” next month or else daytime would have lost one of it’s finest talents to movies and primetime television.

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


        DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • General Hospital
        • B&B
        • Rick Hearst
        • GH
        • Sebastian Roche
        • Lexi Ainsworth


          Saturday, June 27, 2009 10:18 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco is reporting that Gina Tognoni’s last tape date as Dinah Marler on CBS’ “Guiding Light” was Friday, June 26.

          It is understood that despite the cancellation of “Light” in April, the actresses contract was set to expire in June 2009 and the two sides failed to meet an agreement where the actress would remain on the soap until the shows final airdate in September. A last airdate has not been set, however, the soap is currently filming a month ahead of airdate.

          It was rumored that Gina was headed back to ABC’s “One Life to Live” as Kelly Cramer, a role she protrayed from 1995-2001 and again for a brief stint in 2002. However, it has been reported that the two also failed to reach an agreement.

          Tognoni won two Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Daytime Emmy Awards (2006, 2008) for her portrayal of Dinah Marler on the soap. She joined the cast of “Guiding Light” in 2004.

          Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


          DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


          • One Life to Live
          • Guiding Light
          • Gina Tognoni


            Friday, June 26, 2009 5:57 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just one day after pondering when John Driscoll would make his long-awaited “Young and Restless” debut as Phillip Chancellor IV, Soap Opera Network has learned that a date has been set.

            According to sources, Driscoll’s first airdate is set for Thursday, July 16, when Phillip IV returns to Genoa City after taking a leave from the U.S. Army. Yes, Phillip is “Army Strong.” His first scenes are with the Chancellor clan, including on-screen mother Tricia Cast (who portrays Nina Webster) who gets a warm welcome from her grown-up son.

            Driscoll made his acting debut in the 2001 WB drama series “Young Americans,” where he played Brandon during the series’ eight episode run on the network. Outside of the acting world, he was a model for popular Italian fashion labels Versace and Armani, among others. Driscoll first appeared on “Guiding Light” as Henry Cooper ‘Coop’ Bradshaw on September 2, 2004 and was last seen on February 17, 2009.

            The actor’s path to “The Young and the Restless” started in April 2009 when Daytime Confidential reported the actor had signed on to portray the role.

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


            DISCUSS THE ARTICLE


            • The Young and the Restless
            • John Driscoll
            • Tricia Cast
            • Daytime Confidential


              Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:57 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Bruce Weitz returns to ABC’s “General Hospital” as Anthony Zacchara.

              Nearly five months since he was sent to prison for his crimes, Anthony Zacchara is ready for a visit from one of his enemies on the Friday, July 10 episode of “GH” when actor Bruce Weitz reprises his role as the snarky villain.

              Weitz’s appearance is expected to be for just this one episode, but don’t be surprised if he pops back in from time to time as his children’s lives continue to fall apart.

              Weitz joined the cast of “GH” in the role of Anthony Zacchara in October 2007 only to leave in November 2007 after Anthony was carted off to the insane asylum. He later returned in January 2008, when Sarah Joy Brown made her grand re-entance to the drama series as Claudia Zacchara – Anthony’s daughter – thus cementing the Zacchara’s as Port Charles’ new premiere family.

              Prior to joining “General Hospital,” Weitz appeared in such shows as “ER,” “Judging Amy” and “Sisters.” In 2008, he appeared in an episode of CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He can currently be seen as Larry in the straight-to-DVD comedy “imps*,” along-side 35 other Award winning Hollywood stars.

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


              Discussion: Bruce Weitz Brings Anthony Back to Port Charles


              • General Hospital
              • Sarah Brown
              • Bruce Weitz


                Wednesday, June 24, 2009 3:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Sean Kanan is heading to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as Deacon Sharpe is resurrected on daytime’s number one drama series.

                Soap Opera Network has learned that Kanan, last seen as Adam McNeil in the independent movie “Jack Rio” in 2008, is returning to daytime television beginning Friday, July 10 when he brings his character Deacon Sharpe from CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” to Genoa City and “Y&R.” The actor last appeared as Deacon in 2005 on “B&B.”

                According to sources, Kanan’s first scenes are with Amelia Heinle, who portrays Victoria Newman on the drama series.

                At this time it is unclear if the actor has signed a contract with the soap or if the character is returning as part of the Art Heist storyline that is about to heat up during the summer months.

                With Deacon in town, what does this all mean for Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz)? Deacon and Amber have a history dating back to 2000 on “B&B” while Amber was married to Rick Forrester (then played by Justin Torkildsen). Tune in to find out!

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


                Discussion: Sean Kanan Lands in Genoa City


                • The Bold and the Beautiful
                • The Young and the Restless
                • Sean Kanan
                • Adrienne Frantz
                • Amelia Heinle


                  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 10:32 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Where were you when daytime’s best kept secret was revealed on the Friday, May 15 episode of “The Young and the Restless?” If you were not watching the CBS soap, it’s time to get out from under your rock as Genoa City is about to be brought to its knees.

                  On the Friday, July 3 episode of “Y&R,” actor Thom Bierdz marks his grand return to the drama series as Phillip Chancellor III, son of Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton) and the late Phillip Chancellor II, at least that’s what it appears to be. According to sources, on that day’s episode viewers can expect to see a stunned Jill to be confronted by her past and a distressed Nina (Tricia Cast) not believing what’s before her eyes.

                  Is he Phillip III or Langley?

                  When Cane (Daniel Goddard) was on the phone during a flashback sequence dating back to when he hit town in 2007, Bierdz’s was revealed to be a character named “Langley.” But who is that? All we know is that Langley was tending bar in a mysterious location and appeared to be working with Cane in conning Genoa City’s elite.

                  Since his departure from “The Young and the Restless,” Bierdz has found his niche in artwork, which ironically plays a significant role in one of the soaps’ current storylines. Does that mean Phillip or Langley will be playing a role in the mystery? “I can’t answer that, but I can tell you that I have some beautiful male nudes on my website, www.thombierdz.com. [Laughs],” Bierdz’s said in a recent interview with soap specialist Michael Fairman for Advocate.com.

                  Before discussion of a return began, Bierdz admitted that he would have agreed to return to “Y&R” in an interview that took place years ago if the show could incorporate his being an openly gay man and his passion for artwork into its storylines. “I did say that a couple of years ago. I really don’t know the twists and turns this character is going to take. I’m hoping with a progressive head writer and co-executive producer like ‘Y&R’s’ Maria Arena Bell that all kinds of opportunities are explored here. I think it’s all really encouraging and exciting.”

                  Rumors began circulating in late April that Phillip’s son with Nina, Phillip IV, will join his mother in Genoa City as a gay man. Former “Guiding Light” star John Driscoll has signed on to portray Phillip IV, but a first airdate has yet to be revealed.

                  Before Bierdz’s return in May, the actor last made an appearance on the soap as the “ghost” of Phillip in July 2004. Bierdz’s was the fourth actor to portray the role since the character hit Genoa City in 1981. He portrayed the role from 1986 to 1989. In 1994 and again in 1995, Bierdz appeared on the popular CBS primetime drama “Murder, She Wrote.” He’s also appeared in such dramas as “Matlock” and “Melrose Place.”


                  Discussion: Thom Bierdz Rocks Genoa City


                  • The Young and the Restless
                  • Daniel Goddard
                  • Thom Bierdz
                  • Jess Walton
                  • Tricia Cast








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