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

( — 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, [Laughs],” Bierdz’s said in a recent interview with soap specialist Michael Fairman for

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

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:57 PM ET | By Venus Stone-Cutter

    ( — How does a former pro wrestler become a sought after television and film “tough guy?”

    Scott L Schwartz, best known for his role as ‘Bruiser’ in the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, never intended to be an actor. Growing up, his goal was to be the best pro-wrestler that he could be possibly be; who would have known that many years later after acheiving the goal of pro-wrestler he would be seen on some of the best television shows and motion pictures in recent history.

    Scott openly explains how his life plan took an interesting turn one day with one meeting. “I was wrestling in Bakersfield, California and an agent approached me after seeing me on television. He asked me if I ever considered acting to which I admitted I had not, but rather wanted to be the wrestler that achieved the ultimate goal: being carried out the arena on a stretcher, paralyzed and receiving a standing ovation.” Scott, who continued his conversation with the agent, was told that he should come to Hollywood to hear his pitch, and have a look around. During the course of the interview, Scott received his first list of agents to look at, so he could see that the agent was legitimate. Despite having some tough times in finding someone to give him his initial start, he soon caught someones interest, Suzie Moore, who Scott said “had complete faith in me.”

    With wrestling only under his belt, Scott used it to his advantage – having the experience of being in front of the camera. While there were tough times for him in getting auditions, Scott didn’t give up. He was not really encouraged when he had an interview with legendary actor Robert Redford, who pointed out that actors “deal with a business that is based on deception. Sometimes you have to be a shark in a pool of sharks to get ahead.” Advice paying off, Scott eventually started getting his foot in the door and receiving acting roles as tough guys in television shows such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Charmed” and “Angel.”

    One of the most endearing tough guys has been that of ‘Bruiser’ from the film “Ocean’s Eleven.” What could it possibly be like to work with new generation ‘Rat Pack’; George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt? “George, Brad, Matt, Andy, the whole group treated me as a part of the gang; everyone on the set were ‘family’. Not only does Scott have a fondness for the entire cast but he spoke in kind of the late actor, Bernie Mac, calling him a “truly cool guy”.

    On March 30, Scott added another role to his lengthy resume: daytime soap actor, playing the role of “Amos” the bounty hunter hired by “Jeffrey Bardwell” (played by Ted Shakelford) on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” When asked how he was offered the role, Scott stated that his agent negotiated the three day role. Being new to daytime Scott admitted that he found “acting on a soap a new realm of acting” and when given the role of the bounty hunter he didn’t want to just focus on playing it as the typical bad guy, but rather add a touch of softness to him, “I wanted to create something that would be memorable and the director loved it” he pointed out.

    Not only did he enjoy his time on set but he loved the cast he was working with. “The days I spent on the set were brilliant! Ted Shackelford was great. Everybody was so nice! Even the villians! It feels alot like a family there. Everybody is working together to make something special. It is way cool the way they have a Public Address system in your dressing room and let you know ahead of time when your scenes are coming up. Very Professional! Very Enjoyable!”

    Besides acting, Scott has had the enjoyment in setting up his very own website called “The Official Site of the Ultimate Bad Guy,” but don’t let the site name fool you. The website was created as a way to give back to the friends and fans that support Scott in everything he accomplishes, even having a “Memomrium” page set up to pay tribute to many loved ones that touched his life through the years, which was created originally after the pssing of his younger sister who died of cancer.

    Aside from his website, Scott also dedicates his time in becoming a big support system to various organizations that he wants to make a difference in, one being that of Children’s cancer units and the second is being a positive role model, saying “I’m very stern in terms of how to represent myself as role model for children.”

    Scott not only has set a goal for himself in being the best actor that he can be, but also has his sights set on being a good director as well. Scott is Directing his first film – a short entitled “Changing Hands.” Scott points out “Actors love my shooting style. I can truly approach an actor that I am directing as a fellow actor, not just that of the director in charge. I want to show them that I have been on the same side that they have been in. I am able to give great tips on how to bring their character to the height that it should be and I use what I’ve learned as an actor as a tool to help with my directing and have my cast feel at ease”.

    Scott is currently working on projects that are in post production. Fans interested in taking a look at “The Official Site of the Ultimate Bad Guy” can go to:

    Discussion: ‘The Ultimate Bad Guy’ on Soap Experience

    • Scott Shwartz

      Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:23 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans, “Days of our Lives”) to once again co-host online radio show “Hollywood CLOUT.”

      Fans of Deidre Hall take note, your favorite actress will be co-hosting Air America Radio’s “Hollywood CLOUT” on Friday, June 12 with show host Richard Greene, when the two appear live from Chicago, Illinois.

      “Hollywood CLOUT” is a national radio talk-show dedicated to “Pollywood,” a combination of Hollywood celebrities, politics, social issues and activism. The show is regularly hosted by personality Richard Greene.

      Hall has stood in for Greene several times over the past year, including her recent stint in April. In fact, Deidre started her career as a DJ in Florida.

      “Hollywood CLOUT” airs Weeknights at 9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM PT on Air America Radio or in select cities including New York, Los Angelas, Chicago and Detroi and streams live at Check local listings.

      Discussion: Deidre Hall Back on ‘Hollywood CLOUT’

      • Deidre Hall
      • Hollywood CLOUT

        Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:58 PM ET | The Hollywood Reporter

        ( — Actor Johnny Palermo, who appeared in more than 30 television shows in his brief career, died June 8 in an early morning car accident in North Hollywood. He was 27.

        His girlfriend, Alessandra Giangrande, who was driving at the time, was also killed, and her brother suffered serious injuries. Palermo and Giangrande were pronounced dead at the scene.

        Palermo was a regular on the Nickelodeon series “Just for Kicks” and appeared in three episodes of the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” as Frank DiPaolo, Chris’ recurring, overgrown classmate.

        Palermo also appeared in “Cold Case,” “General Hospital,” “CSI: Miami,” “Rules of Engagement,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “CSI: NY.” This fall, the native of Rochester, N.Y., can be seen in the indie film “Pizza With Bullets.”

        Wednesday, June 10, 2009 12:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — CBS’ “Guiding Light” celebrates the returns of Nancy St. Alban (Michelle Bauer Santos), Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos), and Krista Tesreau (Mindy Lewis) when the trio return beginning Thursday, July 2 during the annual Bauer BBQ.

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        Discussion: Happy Returns on ‘Guiding Light’

        Tuesday, June 9, 2009 8:37 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy Coe, “General Hospital”; “Port Charles”) is making her highly anticipated return to daytime television next month when she joins the cast of CBS’ “As The World Turns” in the recurring role of Audrey, reports TV Guide Magazine. Audrey is the mother of Henry Coleman (Trent Dawson).

        Fans can expect to see Herring on “World Turns” for up to eight weeks according to comments from Executive Producer Chris Goutman. “Chris Goutman said the main story is six-to-eight weeks long and then we’ll see what happens after that. If it ends there, I will love it and be appreciative. If it goes on, I can’t lose.”

        Her appearance on the soap reunites her with former “Port Charles” co-stars Jon Lindstrom (ex-Kevin Collins, now Craig Montgomery) and Julie Pinson (ex-Eve Lambert, now Janet Ciccone Snyder).

        Since the cancellation of “Port Charles” in 2003, Herring left the industry for small town America and hasn’t looked back. “It sounds hokey but people are so nice here. We’ve been ranching up in this area for 20 years. The kids knew it from living here in the summers, but it was still a huge culture shock to leave L.A. after ‘Port Charles’ ended and make a permanent move to such a remote area.”

        In 2004, after the death of actress Anna Lee, “General Hospital” paid their respects to the actress and rested Lila Quartermaine, a character she portrayed for 26 years. Herring returned for that special episode as Lucy, but wasn’t been asked back by show producers. Why you ask? “The show had gone in a whole new direction with Sonny and the Mafia and they’ve done very well by that. I knew Lucy wouldn’t fit into that. Her high jinks and her comedic vixeny thing didn’t seem to match with that serious tone, so it didn’t bother me not to be asked back. I understood.”

        Herring is married to former “Days of our Lives” star Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman Brady; ex-Alex North). Her first airdate on “As The World Turns” is scheduled for Friday, July 24. In case you were wondering, the soap tapes nearly two months before airdate, which means the actress started taping last week.

        To read the full interview, head on over to the TV Guide Magazine website.

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

        Discussion: Lynn Herring Heads to Oakdale

        • General Hospital
        • As The World Turns
        • Lynn Herring
        • Wayne Northrop
        • Chris Goutman
        • Port Charles

          Tuesday, June 9, 2009 7:44 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — The entertaining Ronnie Marmo is heading to Port Charles next month as the actor joins the cast of “General Hospital” in the recurring role of “Ronnie” on the ABC Daytime Drama series. Marmo first airs on Thursday, July 9.

          While character details are scarce at this time, it is understood that the actor started taping today.

          Prior to joining “GH,” Marmo was best known for his appearances in such films as “A Bronx Tale,” “The Peacemaker” with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman,” and “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.” In 2002, he starred as Moof in “Deuces Wild” with Frankie Muniz, Stephen Dorf and the late Brad Renfro. The film also starred James Franco, Vincent Pastore, Matt Dillon, and Balthazar Getty (“Brothers & Sisters”). In television, he’s guest-starred on CBS’ “Jag” and “The Young and the Restless.”

          In 2002, Marmo co-founded the 68 Cent Crew Theatre. The theatre, currently in its seventh year, is running a Fundraiser during the annual “General Hospital” fanclub weekend on Friday, July 17. The fundrasier also serves as a fan event for “GH” star Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine), who is a close friend of Marmo’s. If interested in attending, you can purchase tickets at

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

          Discussion: Ronnie Marmo Brings Fun to ‘GH’

          • The Young and the Restless
          • General Hospital
          • Vincent Pastore
          • Ronnie Marmo
          • George Clooney
          • Nicole Kidman
          • Frankie Muniz
          • Stephen Dorf
          • Brad Renfro
          • James Franco
          • Matt Dillon
          • Balthazar Getty
          • Brothers & Sisters
          • Jag

            Tuesday, June 9, 2009 5:37 PM ET / Additional Reporting added at 7:05 PM ET | By Errol Lewis and Angela Rosa

            ( — ABC’s “All My Children” sets sail this summer as they embark on more outdoor scenic location shoots at the Raquet Club in Port Washington, NY.

            For the second summer in a row, the Port Washington Yacht Club located in Long Island, New York will become the real location for the on-reel Yacht Club of “All My Children’s” Pine Valley.

            Susan Lucci (Erica), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Jacob Young (JR), Brittany Allen (Marissa), Adam Mayfield (Scott), Jamie Luner (Liza), Brianne Moncrief (Colby), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake), Chrishell Stause (Amanda), Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Thorsten Kaye (Zach), Denise Vasi (Randi), Cornelius Smith Jr. (Frankie) and JR Martinez (Brot) are among the “AMC” cast members who have made the jaunt down to the location during the past several weeks to tape. The scenes at the beautiful Port Washington location will begin airing during the week of June 22 and will continue to air throughout the summer.

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            Discussion: ‘All My Children’ Sets Sail this Summer

            Friday, June 5, 2009 9:50 PM ET | Soap Opera Network

            “General Hospital” Weekly Promo – Week of June 8, 2009.

            Tag: She seduced him with her looks.

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

            Friday, June 5, 2009 9:40  PM ET | Soap Opera Network

            “One Life to Live” Weekly Promo – Week of June 8, 2009.

            Tag: A New Life Begins.

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

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