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
Thursday, June 4, 2009 11:24 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — Actor Darin Brooks is headed out of Salem when he takes his “Days of our Lives” character, Max Brady, to London after Max thinks over Chelsea’s (Rachel Melvin) idea of him moving in with her seriously.

In a recent interview with Soap Opera Digest, Brooks revealed that his time on “DAYS” was a wonderful learning experience. “You can’t pay for a class to teach you what I learned there,” he says.

Brooks is leaving the NBC drama to take on the role of Alex, a talented quarterback content with riding on the bench, while enjoying college parties, in the Spike TV comedy series “Blue Mountain State.”

Produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins (“Norbit,” “Varsity Blues,” “Smallville”) and Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett and Lionsgate, the comedy series is scheduled to premiere this summer.

“‘Blue Mountain State’ contains four key ingredients to being a guy…football, partying, women and hazing,” said Kevin Kay, president, Spike TV. “We’re thrilled to be working with Brian Robbins, Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate on this outrageous comedy that combines college football with ‘Animal House.’  And we think it’s a perfect fit for Spike’s young, male audience.”

“Mountain” is a scripted series surrounding three college freshman who join the Midwestern college football team of Blue Mountain State University, and must adapt to college life while juggling football, girls, classes and hazing rituals. Brooks will play Alex,  The pilot was written by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). Romano will play Sammy, Alex’s best friend,  who aspires to be the school’s mascot.

Brooks’ last appearance on “Days of our Lives” is now scheduled for Tuesday, June 16  – previously it was reported to be Thursday, June 11).

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: Brooks’ ‘DAYS’ End for ‘State’ College

  • Days of our Lives
  • Darin Brooks
  • Blue Mountain State

    Thursday, June 4, 2009 10:43 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — After exiting CBS’ “As The World Turns” after tough contract negotiations, Martha Byrne is ready to hit the ground running this month when she debuts as Andrea Floyd on ABC’s “General Hospital.” Andrea is the wife of the town’s prestigious Mayor Garrett Floyd, played by Jon Bolger.

    In an exclusive interview with TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco, Byrne reveals how lucky she is to have not only found a job on “GH,” but also how her interest in writing has led her to a writing position at CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

    Playing the role of Lily Snyder on “World Turns” off-and-on for 23 years in New York, Byrne found herself looking for a challenge. She found that challenge when the she started writing scripts for California based “B&B” Head Writer Bradley Bell. “I feel very blessed that Bradley Bell gave me a chance to write. It’s what you do with that kind of opportunity that makes you shine — or fail. I’m still ready to fail,” said Byrne.

    Since her first episode aired on April 14, the actress-turned-writer has penned three scripts to date for the soap. Her second episode aired on May 5, the same day Douglas Marland, the famous Head Writer of “As The World Turns,” would have celebrated his 74th birthday. What would Marland think of Byrne’s new endeavors? “I think Douglas would be very happy that I’m embarking on all these new adventures.”

    Her work with “B&B” led to an offer from “GH,” after her former colleague at “ATWT” asked her via Facebook if she’d be interested in a role on the ABC soap. “Lisa Kaseff, who works at ‘GH’ in production, asked me if I would ever consider a role on ‘GH.’ She used to work on ‘World Turns’ for a long time and we’ve always maintained our friendship,” stated the actress. “A week before she asked me that, I had signed with [Talent Manager] Michael Bruno to see if any soaps had any interest in casting me.”

    While holding the title as the longest running television series on the west coast, what sets “GH” apart from other other shows, in particular the remaining daytime soaps? “At ‘GH,’ writers write, producers produce, directors direct, and actors act. There are so many jobs to undertake putting out a daily soap, so why take on more responsibility? If you hired a capable and talented cast and crew, there is no reason to interfere,” Byrne stated firmly.

    When Martha makes her debut on the Thursday, June 18 episode of the soap, viewers can expect to see a “a very in-your-face, full of attitude, and opinionated character. Andrea’s the opposite of Lily right down to the clothes. Andrea is the wife of a politician. She’s the woman behind the man, and she needs to be heard — and boy, is she ever! A scandal brings Andrea out from the shadows. She’s busy trying to troubleshoot the situation with Robin [Kimberly McCullough] and Patrick [Jason Thompson]. Andrea doesn’t take no for an answer.”

    For the full interview, head on over to the TV Guide Canada website.

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

    Discussion: It’s Martha’s ‘World’ on ‘General Hospital’

    • General Hospital
    • As The World Turns
    • Bradley Bell
    • Sarah Brown
    • Laura Wright
    • Martha Byrne
    • Jon Bolger
    • Douglas Marland
    • Michael Bruno
    • Lisa Kaseff

      Thursday, June 4, 2009 7:59 PM ET | By Xavier Toups

      ( — Despite airing original episodes of its daytime drama lineup on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29), CBS’ “As The World Turns,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” were the only soaps to increase their total viewing audience during the week of May 25-29, 2009. “The Bold and the Beautiful” lost a mere 3,000 viewers week-to-week. “The Young and the Restless” remains daytime’s number one drama series with a gain of 120,000 viewers week-to-week and 48,000 viewers year-to-year. The drama is also up in Women 18-49.

      ABC’s lineup of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” are down collectively by 342,000 viewers week-to-week and 912,000 viewers year-to-year. “GH” lost a hefty 330,000 viewers from the same week last year.

      NBC’s “Days of our Lives” gained 136,000 viewers week-to-week and lost a mere 4,000 viewers year-to-year.

      What follows are the ratings results for the week of May 25-29, 2009:

      Total Viewers

      1. Y&R 4,994,000 (+120,000/+48,000)
      2. B&B 3,366,000 (-3,000/-341,000)
      3. DAYS 2,663,000 (+136,000/-4,000)
      4. ATWT 2,480,000 (+86,000/-126,000)
      5. GH 2,454,000 (-96,000/-330,000)
      6. AMC 2,430,000 (-88,000/-283,000)
      7. OLTL 2,402,000 (-158,000/-299,000)
      8. GL 2,022,000 (+71,000/-271,000)


      1. Y&R 3.6/12 (+.1/same)
      2. B&B 2.4/8 (-.1/-.3) <——- ties low rating
      3. DAYS 2.0/7 (+.1/same)
      4. ATWT 1.9/6 (+.1/same)
      4. AMC 1.9/6 (same/-.2)
      4. GH 1.9/6 (-.1/-.3)
      7. OLTL 1.8/6 (-.1/-.3) <—— ties low rating
      8. GL 1.5/5 (same/-.1)

      Women 18-49 Viewers

      1. Y&R 1,145,000 (+60,000/+47,000)
      2. GH 834,000 (-71,000/-168,000)
      3. DAYS 817,000 (+15,000/-92,000)
      4. B&B 739,000 (+48,000/-98,000)
      5. OLTL 736,000 (-112,000/-242,000)
      6. AMC 718,000 (-75,000/-169,000)
      7. ATWT 590,000 (+60,000/-78,000)
      8. GL 478,000 (+44,000/-139,000)

      Women 18-49 Rating

      1. Y&R 1.7/11 (+.1/same)
      2. GH 1.3/8 (-.1/-.2)
      3. DAYS 1.2/8 (same/-.2)
      4. B&B 1.1/7 (+.1/-.2)
      4. AMC 1.1/7 (-.1/-.2)
      4. OLTL 1.1/7 (-.2/-.4)
      7. ATWT 0.9/5 (+.1/-.1)
      8. GL 0.7/4 (same/-.2) <——– ties low rating

      Girls 12-17 Viewers

      1. GH 48,000 (-1,000/+17,000)
      2. DAYS 45,000 (+3,000/+8,000)
      3. OLTL 42,000 (+15,000/+12,000)
      4. Y&R 32,000 (+14,000/+3,000)
      5. AMC 31,000 (+23,000/-4,000)
      6. GL 20,000 (+5,000/-14,000)
      7. B&B 12,000 (-5,000/-16,000)
      8. ATWT 9,000 (-8,000/-22,000)

      Women 18-34 Rating

      1. Y&R 1.0/7 (-.1/same)
      2. GH 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)
      2. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2)
      4. AMC 0.8/5 (-.1/same)
      4. OLTL 0.8/5 (-.1/-.2)
      6. ATWT 0.6/4 (+.1/+.1)
      6. B&B 0.6/4 (same/-.1)
      8. GL 0.5/3 (+.1/+.1)

      Men 18+ Viewers

      1. Y&R 1,152,000 (+48,000/-46,000)
      2. B&B 736,000 (+18,000/-95,000)
      3. DAYS 520,000 (+50,000/+12,000)
      4. ATWT 505,000 (+17,000/-24,000)
      5. AMC 458,000 (-3,000/-13,000)
      6. OLTL 415,000 (+4,000/+1,000)
      7. GL 412,000 (+16,000/-55,000)
      8. GH 362,000 (-24,000/-80,000)


      Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

      Monday: 1.2/1,473,000 (repeat – did not count)
      Tuesday: 2.0/2,710,000
      Wednesday: 1.9/2,333,000
      Thursday: 1.8/2,297,000
      Friday: 1.8/2,380,000

      Monday: 1.8/2,510,000
      Tuesday: 1.9/2,597,000
      Wednesday: 1.9/2,473,000
      Thursday: 1.9/2,355,000
      Friday: 1.9/2,466,000

      Monday: 2.2/3,280,000
      Tuesday: 2.6/3,626,000
      Wednesday: 2.4/3,141,000
      Thursday: 2.4/3,304,000
      Friday: 2.6/3,479,000

      Monday: 1.7/2,329,000 (did not count)
      Tuesday: 1.9/2,551,000
      Wednesday: 2.1/2,785,000
      Thursday: 2.0/2,806,000
      Friday: 1.9/2,508,000

      Monday: 1.0/1,385,000 (repeat – did not count)
      Tuesday: 2.0/2,627,000
      Wednesday: 1.8/2,328,000
      Thursday: 1.8/2,340,000
      Friday: 1.9/2,521,000

      Monday: 1.4/1,988,000
      Tuesday: 1.5/2,074,000
      Wednesday: 1.6/2,090,000
      Thursday: 1.6/2,093,000
      Friday: 1.4/1,886,000

      Monday: 1.0/1,199,000 (repeat – did not count)
      Tuesday: 2.0/2,656,000
      Wednesday: 1.7/2,120,000
      Thursday: 1.9/2,485,000
      Friday: 1.8/2,348,000

      Monday: 3.4/5,004,000
      Tuesday: 3.7/5,297,000
      Wednesday: 3.7/4,970,000
      Thursday: 3.5/4,838,000
      Friday: 3.5/4,860,000

      Discussion: Ratings: CBS On The Rise; ABC’s Great Fall


      ( — Mark Hapka marks his steamy debut on Wednesday, June 17 as Nathan Jannings on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” In this photo released by JPI Studios, Hapka gives actress Molly Burnett and her character Melanie Layton a welcoming surprise after the two meet under unusual circumstances.

      Wednesday, June 3, 2009 11:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Last month Soap Opera Network asked readers like you to send us your questions for Tyler Christopher. He responded and now he has his first sit down interview with Soap Opera Network, and delves deeper into the role that helped define him into the man that he is today.

      Tyler Christopher has been portraying the role of Nikolas Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” off-and-on since joining the cast in July 1996. He has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. He married the love of his life, Brienne Pedigo, in 2008 and is expecting his first child in 2009. Christopher and Pedigo were married on September 27, 2008 and their son (yes, it’s a boy!) is due on October 1, 2009. So what’s real-life been like for the expecting family man?

      “Life is great in our home. We’re both very excited [and anxious] to begin the next chapter in our lives.”

      Outside of his work on “General Hospital,” Tyler is actively involved with the 68 Cent Crew Theatre, which he co-founded with close friend Ronnie Marmo in 2002. The theatre, now in its seventh year, holds an annual Fundraiser during the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend in which fans can enjoy an “evening of fun, laughter, drinks and great food,” while in the company of their favorite “GH” star and his cohorts from the theatre company. This year the event moves to the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, California. The event takes place on Friday, July 17 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Last year, fans got the chance to attend a special screening of “Stage 4,” a scripted “reality” show in which a group of people from a Hollywood theater company come together to hone their craft. “Stage 4″ also starred Christopher’s “GH” co-star Kimberly McCullough (Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake), the aforementioned Marmo and “Beverly Hills, 90210″ icon Brian Austin Green (ex-David Silver). There were hopes that the idea could launch into a series of episodes either on TV or via the internet, but “times are tough to sell a show right now,” says Christopher. “I thought it was very clever and funny and hope it finds a home somewhere.”

      Nikolas Cassadine was engaged to be married to reel-life love Emily Bowen-Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston). Unfortunately for Nikolas, in November 2007, Emily was savagely murdered by Diego Alcazar (Ignacio Serrichio), but now Nikolas is seeing “Emily” at every turn. Could it be? Is Emily really alive? Sadly, no. Nikolas is seeing Emily’s twin sister, Rebecca, who raised eyebrows in January 2009 when portrayer Natalia Livingston made her much anticipated return to the drama series as the newly created character. Since then the two have toyed around with a possible romance, but family matters are getting in their way – namely Nikolas’ Aunt Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn), who is suspicious of Rebecca and her intentions, and his Grandmother Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), who shares words with Rebecca on the Thursday, June 4 episode of “GH. The question is, will we be treated to more Helena or is her time about up in Port Charles? ”Every show needs a Helena,” says Tyler. “I think she will always be around.”

      Character Traits

      Can a guy truly have his world literally crumble before him and still manage to keep himself grounded without changing his demeanor just a little? Reader PocketofRosies wanted to know if we’ll be seeing a darker side to Nikolas now, as per rumors, as she is partial to the “bad guys.”

      “On a soap you can’t be one way all the time or the character becomes boring. When you’re on five days a week, I believe you have to show different sides of a characters personality. He was dark for so long that I and the writers felt we needed to add a little color into Nikolas.” That color included adding a son with former flame Courtney Matthews (portrayed by Alicia Leigh Willis), who died in 2006. Speaking of his son, how would the dynamics change if the show aged Spencer a year from now and Nikolas had to now deal with a pre-teen Cassadine? “We had difficulty casting Spencer, so I believe that’s why you haven’t seen him as of late. As for the future for him, I just don’t have the answer for that.”

      In October 2005, Julie Berman joined the cast as an older Lulu Spencer, Nikolas’ younger sister, and Golnaz Vayghan wanted to know what it is like working with Berman, who is considered one of daytime’s finest young actresses.

      “You’re only as good as your partner in a scene. And with Julie you get nothing less than a display of fine acting. I tend to put little ad-libs in occasionally and she picks right up on them, the result is a scene that is natural and organic.”

      Genie Francis portrayed Laura Spencer, Nikolas and Lulu’s mother, off-and-on for over thirty years, but it seems like Laura is more off than on. Any chance she’ll finally make Port Charles her TV home once more? “I would always welcome a Genie Francis return. I’ve always said that she was someone I looked up to when I first started my career on ‘General Hospital.’ It’s always disappointing when she leaves,” said Christopher.

      Since last appearing on screen together in May 2008, when Emily’s “ghost” finally said goodbye to her prince, fans can’t help but wonder what exactly sets Rebecca/Nikolas apart from Emily/Nikolas. “I think Rebecca/Nikolas have a more sexually explosive relationship vs. a more sensual one between Emily/Nikolas,” says Christopher. “At least at this point in the story.”

      Where might the two be heading storyline wise? Christopher answers the question sent in by Soap Opera Network reader Sophia Malone: “As long as the dynamic between the two characters are different than that of Emily and Nikolas’, I’m okay with whatever they give me.”

      In April – April Fool’s day at that – the daytime industry woke up to the news that CBS had cancelled “Guiding Light” after 72 years of broadcasting on radio and television. Does the cast of “General Hospital” feel pressured when the ratings reports come out each week?

      “Times are tough. A lot of people are worried as to the fate of daytime. My hope is that ‘GH’ has solidified its mark on daytime immortality, but these days anything can happen,” Christopher responded.

      For more information on the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company Fundrasier or to buy tickets to the event, head on over to Tickets are priced at $65 per person.

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

      Discussion: InSession with Tyler Christopher

      • General Hospital
      • Natalia Livingston
      • Tyler Christopher
      • Genie Francis
      • Julie Berman
      • Nancy Lee Grahn
      • Constance Towers

        Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Conor Jackson will portray Michael’s physical therapist on the Wednesday, June 3 episode of the soap. More on Conor’s appearance on the show will appear in the June 29 issue of ESPN Magazine, on newsstands June 19.


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

        Discussion: Baller Conor Jackson on ‘General Hospital’

        • General Hospital
        • Leslie Charleson
        • Drew Garrett
        • Conor Jackson
        • Arizona Diamondbacks

          Saturday, May 30, 2009 4:45 AM ET |

          “Days of our Lives” Weekly Promo – Week of June 1, 2009.

          Tag: In a Heartbeat Everything Can Change.

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          “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

          Saturday, May 30, 2009 4:17 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — Claudia Zacchara (Sarah Joy Brown) is trying to cover her *** and protect her baby from impending danger from the likes of Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), so she’s looking for someone to help her with her scheming ways. Welcome to Port Charles Dominic Zamprogna.

          According to, beginning Monday, June 22, viewers can look for Zamprogna to make his “General Hospital” debut as a new character named “____.” What does that blank mean? Well, SOAPnet’s wise writers used two names for the character Mr. Zamprogna will be playing. Is he playing Dominic (named after himself) or is he playing Chris? Either way, look for Zamprogna to mix things up all over the canvas, especially where one Kristina Corinthos (newcomer Lexi Ainsworth) is concerned.

          With a career dating back to 1991, 30 year-old Zamprogna is best known for his role as Artreyu in “The Never Ending Story” TV Series. He’s also had number of story arcs on such series as “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,” “Edgemont,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “The L Word.” Recently, he appeared in an episode of The CW’s “Smallville” as Bruno Mannheim.

          “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

          Discussion: Dominic Zamprogna Ordered to Port Charles

          • General Hospital
          • Sarah Joy Brown
          • Steve Burton
          • Lexi Ainsworth
          • Dominic Zamprogna
          • The Never Ending Story
          • Battlestar Galactica
          • Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
          • The L Word
          • Edgemont
          • Smallville

            Saturday, May 30, 2009 3:28 AM ET |

            “All My Children” Weekly Promo – Week of June 1, 2009.

            Tag: A Murder Trial is Coming.

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

            Saturday, May 30, 2009 3:22 AM ET |

            “General Hospital” Weekly Promo – Week of June 1, 2009.

            Tag: A Devious Plan Must be Stopped.

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            “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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