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
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 8:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –  In early March it was announced that “Guiding Light” veteran Wes Ramsey would be joining the cast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” now Soap Opera Network has learned when you can expect to start seeing Ramsey on your screens.

While his character is still being kept under wraps, Ramsey’s first airdate on the daytime drama series is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, when he enters the scene along-side James Scott’s EJ Wells and Jay Kenneth Johnson’s Phllip Kiriakis, according to sources.

A “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman was unable to confirm character details or a first airdate as we went to press.

Before joining “DAYS,” Ramsey got his start in television in 2001 when he joined the cast of CBS’ “Guiding Light” as Sam Spencer. In 2008, he made a brief return to the soap as Sam stood by sister Olivia’s (Crystal Chappell) side during her time of need.

The actor has since made his way to primetime with a recurring role in the CBS drama series “CSI: Miami,” where he plays Dave Benton at the Miami Dade Crime Lab. Dave sorts through images found in the surrounding area of a crime scene and analyzes the data, which greatly helps the CSI team solve cases. Former “All My Children” star Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos) also stars in the series as CSI Natalia Boa Vista. Ramsey appeared in The WB drama series “Charmed” in a number of episodes as Wyatt Halliwell from 2003 to 2006.

In addition to his TV work, Ramsey starred in the 2003 gay cult-classic “Latter Days” along-side Steve Sandvoss. In the film he portrayed a gay playboy by the nameof Christian Markelli. Christian found himself falling in love with, in the closet mormon, Elder Aaron Davis (Sandvoss).  In 2008, he played Bram Stoker in the film “Dracula’s Guest.”

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


Discussion: Wes Ramsey Joins ‘DAYS’


  • All My Children
  • Days of our Lives
  • CSI: Miami
  • Wes Ramsey
  • Charmed
  • James Scott
  • Jay Kenneth Johnson
  • Crystal Chappell
  • Eva LaRue
  • Steve Sandvoss
  • Guiding Light
  • Latter Days
  • Dracula’s Guest


    Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:27 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    alt (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as presenting sponsors of Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival taking place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Now the networks have confirmed talent and talent schedules for autograph sessions for fans to meet and greet their favorite stars from “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live.”

    On Saturday, April 25, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, “GH’s” Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) and Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) kick things off with help from “OLTL’s” Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan Brennan). 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM is your chance to meet “AMC’s” Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin) and “GH’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan). Williamson returns along-side “GH’s” Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Burton, Eakes and Thompson hold down the fort, this time with “GH’s” Rebecca Herbst (who will remain signing autographs until 7:00 PM) by their side, from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, . Barash, Egan, Storms and Wright return from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to close out the night.

    Unfortunately, on Sunday, April 26, Steve Burton sits things out, but co-stars Jason Thompson and Brandon Barash are ready to fill the void as they jump start the festivities with Bobbie Eakes and Melissa Claire Egan from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Rebecca Herbst and Laura Wright join Bree Williamson from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and again from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, when Egan comes back from a long break. Brandon Barash and Kirsten Storms are there with Eakes and Thompson from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. There are no autograph sessions scheduled between 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

    All times are subject to change.

    SCHEDULE

    Saturday, April 25 (subject to change)
    TIME
    ACTORS SOAP
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Jason Thompson General Hospital
    Bree Williamson One Life to Live
    Laura Wright General Hospital
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Steve Burton General Hospital
    Bobbie Eakes All My Children
    Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
    Kirsten Storms General Hospital
    Bree Williamson One Life to Live
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Steve Burton General Hospital
    Bobbie Eakes All My Children
    Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
    Jason Thompson General Hospital
    6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
    Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
    Kirsten Storms General Hospital
    Laura Wright General Hospital

    Sunday, April 26 (subject to change)
    TIME
    ACTORS SOAP
    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
    Bobbie Eakes All My Children
    Melissa Claire Egan General Hospital
    Jason Thompson All My Children
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
    Bree Williamson One Life to Live
    Laura Wright General Hospital
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Brandon Barash General Hospital
    Bobbie Eakes All My Children
    Kirsten Storms General Hospital
    Jason Thompson General Hospital
    5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Rebecca Herbst General Hospital
    Melissa Claire Egan All My Children
    Bree Williamson One Life to Live
    Laura Wright General Hospital

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: ABC and SOAPnet Confirm Stagecoach Schedule


    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • Bobbie Eakes
    • General Hospital
    • Kirsten Storms
    • Laura Wright
    • Steve Burton
    • Jason Thompson
    • Brandon Barash
    • Rebecca Herbst
    • Bree Williamson
    • Melissa Claire Egan


      Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:40 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –  On the Friday, April 17 edition of the CBS morning news program “The Early Show,” look for “Guiding Light” co-stars, and real-life celebrity couple, Mandy Bruno, 27, and Robert Bogue, 44, to appear as featured guests.

      The actors will discuss their future as a real-life couple and discuss the cancellation of the soap on CBS. At least as much as CBS will let them.

      On “Guiding Light,” Bruno portrays Marina Cooper who wed Bogue’s A.C. Mallet in December 2008. The two are engaged in real-life and are set to wed in the Spring of 2010. In a recent interview with CBS Soaps in Depth, Bruno stated that she is marrying the “love of [her] life.” She also noted that “one of the more special things about our relationship is that we’ve been such good friends for so long.”

      Mandy Bruno joined the cast of “Guiding Light” in May 2004 and is the sixth actress to portray the role of Marina Cooper. The character debuted on the soap in 1993. Robert Bogue took over the role of A.C. Mallet in 2005. Soap veteran Mark Derwin (“Days of our Lives,” “One Life to Live” and “The Young and the Restless”) originated the role in July 1990. He left the soap in September 1993.

      “The Early Show” airs Weekdays on CBS. Check local listings.
      “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com.  Check local listings.


      Discussion: Real-Life ‘GL’ Couple Wake Up ‘Early’


      • One Life to Live
      • The Young and the Restless
      • Days of our Lives
      • Guiding Light
      • Mandy Bruno
      • Robert Bogue
      • Mark Derwin
      • The Early Show


        Tuesday, April 14, 2009 8:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –  Actor Billy Dee Williams joins the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” later this year, reprising his role on “General Hospital: Night Shift” as Toussaint DuBois.

        Last seen on the SOAPnet original series as a janitor at General Hospital, Toussaint will “return to Port Charles during a tour break with the Saints,” confirms a ‘GH’ spokesman.

        “He’ll want to see Epiphany [Sonya Eddy] and other residents in town.”

        In “Night Shift,” Billy Dee found himself working side-by-side with trained killer Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and saving lives through crashes, births and other various life threatening matters. This will be the first time the actor has appeared on “GH.” He is one of the few “Night Shift” stars to transition over to the mother soap. Most recently Nazanin Boniadi (ex-Leyla Mir) from season one transitioned to the soap until her character was killed off in January 2009 after parts of General Hospital exploded.

        Williams first airs in June.

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


        Discussion: Billy Dee Williams is Back in Port Charles


        • General Hospital
        • Billy Dee Williams
        • Sonya Eddy
        • General Hospital: Night Shift


          Tuesday, April 14, 2009 6:54 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) –  “The Young and the Restless” bumps young star to recurring status.

          Bryton Eric McClure was born August 17, 1986 to an African American father and a European American mother. He currently portrays the role of Devon Hamilton on the CBS drama series “The Young and the Restless.” He joined the cast in 2004.

          Now known professionally as just Bryton, the actor is said to have been dropped to  recurring status by the CBS drama series.

          According to sources of TV Guide Canada’s Nelson Branco, “Bryton will be asked to go recurring à la Tracey Bregman. He just hasn’t been told yet.” It should be noted that Tracey Bregman, who portrays Lauren Fenmore on the soap, is said to prefer recurring status to a contract. It provides her with more free time to do other things outside of the soap world.

          A “Y&R” spokeswoman had no comment.

          Bryton won the 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series and the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for his work on “The Young and the Restless.” His previous credits include a starring role in the ABC sitcom “Family Matters” from 1990-1997 (the series moved to CBS in 1997). He portrayed the role of Ritchie Crawford on the comedy series.

          In addition to his acting credits, Bryton is also a recording artist. He debuted his first single, “Ooh, The Way I Feel About You,” on the German TV series “Stars 2000″ and has performed live on numerous occasions for an international audience through appearances on television networks including Viva, ZDF 5, Giga TV and Disney Channel. He is an active spokesperson for various charities. In 1996 he founded “RADD (Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving) Kids.” Bryton also was awarded the Michael Landon Award for his charitable contributions in the entertainment community.

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


          Discussion: ‘Y&R’s’ Bryton McClure Bumped to Recurring Status?


          • The Young and the Restless
          • Family Matters
          • Bryton McClure
          • Tracey Bregman


            Monday, April 13, 2009 8:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As a new Michael is set to join the cast, “General Hospital” is ready to reduce the appearances of two contract players.

            According to published reports, actors Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) and Megan Ward (Kate Howard) have been bumped to recurring status by the ABC Daytime drama series. Ironically, Hearst recently re-signed a new contract after joining the cast in 2002. Ward joined the cast in May 2007.

            Rumors began circulating last month that five stars from the soap would get the axe following recent budget cuts at ABC Daytime. It is understood that instead of being let go completely, both actors agreed to being placed on recurring status. At press time, an ABC spokesman had no comment.

            In related news, Drew Garrett joins the cast as Michael Corinthos III beginning Thursday, April 24 (first day of May Sweeps). He replaces Dylan Cash, who had consistently played the role from March 2002 through May 2008. Cash last aired on December 29, 2008. Last year, Michael was shot in the head following an ordered hit on his father, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). The hit was ordered by Claudia Zacchara (Sarah Joy Brown), Sonny’s wife, but was carried out by Dr. Ian Devlin (Seamus Dever). Currently Claudia is playing cat and mouse with Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche), who recently came back from the dead and knows all about Claudia’s involvement in the hit.

            Although Garrett joins the cast in April, don’t look for him to say a word until May, when Michael open’s his eyes for the first time in a year.

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


            Discussion: GH Casting Report: April Edition


            • General Hospital
            • Rick Hearst
            • Sarah Joy Brown
            • Dylan Cash
            • Maurice Benard
            • Megan Ward
            • Drew Garrett
            • Sebastian Roche


              Monday, April 13, 2009 7:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Legendary soap opera actress, Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans, “Days of our Lives”), to guest-host online radio show “Hollywood CLOUT” during the week of April 13-17, 2009.

              Joining Hall on Monday’s edition (April 13) will be Author, Rory Freedman (“Skinny Bitch”), talking about the “Meatless Monday” campaign on Air America. On Tuesday (April 14), look for Sex and Relationship Expert Alison Armstrong and on Thursday (April 16), look for “Wheel of Fortune” spinner Vanna White. Other guests include Congressman Dennis Kucinich – talking about the dangerous organic farming/genetically modified food bill circulating through Congress, friends of Hall’s from “Days of our Lives,” Holistic Doctor Paul Campbell and boy who does telepathic readings.

              “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.

              This isn’t the first time Hall has hosted “CLOUT,” she appeared as a co-host several times over the past year. Previously, the actress started her career as a DJ in Florida.

              On the web: http://www.airamerica.com.

              “Hollywood CLOUT” airs Weekdays at 9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM PT on AirAmerica Radio or in select cities including New York, Los Angelas, Chicago and Detroit.  Check local listings.


              Discussion: Deidre Hall Guest-Hosts ‘Hollywood CLOUT’

              • Days of our Lives
              • Deidre Hall
              • Hollywood CLOUT
              • Richard Greene


                Monday, April 13, 2009 7:15 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On ABC’s “General Hospital,” Dr. Robin Scorpio recently gave birth to a baby girl, but finds herself unable to bond with her. Mother’s across America suffer through the same problem day after day untreated, now the soap has joined together with Postpartum Support International (PSI) to get the word out with the hope of helping mothers everywhere.

                On Thursday, April 16, immediately following that days airing of “General Hospital,” look for an informative Public Service Announcement (PSA) on postpartum depression. The PSA is in conjunction with the ongoing storyline centering on Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and her battle with the illness following the birth of her daughter, Emma, a few months ago. Robin married Emma’s father, Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) in December 2008 after three years of courting.

                “As our viewers expect to be entertained each day, they also want to be educated when an important medical issue is integrated into storyline. I am sure some members of our audience are directly affected with postpartum depression or know someone who is, and we believe it is important to direct our audience to the organizations that can help them,” said Jill Farren Phelps, Executive Producer, “General Hospital.”

                During the all important May Sweeps period, Robin will finally come to terms with her affliction and will decide to seek professional help. Later, she will join a support group that will be cast with real-life mothers who had suffered through postpartum depression.

                “PSI is honored that the producers and writers of ‘General Hospital’ felt the topic of postpartum depression was an important one to share with their audience, ” said Birdie Gunyon Meyer, RN, MA, President, PSI. “Millions of women’s lives can be saved by ending the fear and isolation of sufferers and offering access to treatment resources. We are grateful to ABC Daytime [for] following up with a public service announcement and helping to raise awareness of what is truly the most common complication of childbirth.”

                In 1997, Carly Jacks (then played by Sarah Joy Brown) suffered through postpartum depression and went untreated. Many, including Robin Scorpio, didn’t believe that Carly was suffering with the problem and attributed her lack of mothering skills to a newborn Michael Corinthos as Carly being Carly.

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


                Discussion: ‘GH’ Launches PSA on Postpartum Depression

                • General Hospital
                • Jason Thompson
                • Kimberly McCullough


                  Sunday, April 12, 2009 8:05 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC Daytime and SOAPnet have signed on as presenting sponsors of Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival taking place on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

                  Actors Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, “General Hospital”), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Martin, “All My Children”), and Bree Williamson (Jessica Brennan, “One Life to Live”) are set to appear as part of Weekend Festivities.

                  Stagecoach features artists from the country, bluegrass, folk, roots rock and alt-country genres performing in three distinct performance arenas. Now in its third year, Stagecoach also boasts such activities as a BBQ competition and expanded camping area with amenities exclusively available to campers. This year’s lineup of performers includes headliners Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, and Kid Rock.

                  “We know through research and our past experiences with country music events that country music is one of the popular music categories among our fan base, “said Adam Rockmore, Senior Vice President, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet Marketing. “The benefit of sponsoring this event is two-fold: we are able to super-serve our daytime fans and also gain exposure and credibility with a whole new audience, ultimately enabling us to grow our viewership.”

                  Stagecoach is part of the ABC Daytime and SOAPnet initiative, “Soap Nation Tour,” presenting stars of “All My Children,” ”General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” to more fans in more cities on an ongoing basis. Previously, the best way to get in touch with your favorite stars was courtesy of the popular ABC/SOAPnet Super Soap Weekend, which ended its thirteen year run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (previously Disney-MGM Studios) in 2008.

                  Joining Burton, Eakes and Williamson will be Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery, “All My Children”), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, “General Hospital”), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber, “General Hospital”), Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones, “General Hospital”), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake, “General Hospital”) and Laura Wright (Carly Jacks, “General Hospital”).  The actors will introduce musical acts, interact with fans on the Mane Stage and hold autograph sessions and participate in giveaways from an ABC/SOAPnet branded RV and tent onsite. Talent appearances are subject to change.

                  To reserve tickets for a full weekend of entertainment and view a full artist lineup along with a complete breakdown of available ticketing and onsite camping/RV options, go to http://www.stagecoachfestival.com. Prices start at $299. A limited number of general admission tickets, camping and RV packages are available.

                  “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
                  “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.
                  “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


                  Discussion: ABC Daytime and SOAPnet Present Stagecoach

                  • All My Children
                  • One Life to Live
                  • General Hospital
                  • Kirsten Storms
                  • Laura Wright
                  • Steve Burton
                  • Jason Thompson
                  • Brandon Barash
                  • Rebecca Herbst
                  • Bree Williamson
                  • Bobbie Eakes and Melissa Claire Egan
                  • Kenny Chesney
                  • Brad Paisley
                  • Reba McEntire
                  • Kid Rock
                  • Stagecoach


                    Tuesday, February 24, 2009 7:35 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

                    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Tuesday, February 24, The CW Television Network gave the green light to show producers of six of its highest rated series to continue on with production during the 2009-2010 broadcast season.

                    The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that The CW has renewed dramas “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” while adding two more cycles for reality hit “America’s Next Top Model.”

                    “As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” said Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The CW.

                    ABOUT THE SHOWS

                    “Gossip Girl” will enter its third season on the network. The drama surrounds Upper East side Manhattan high school students involved in adult situations. The series stars Blake Lively (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), Leighton Meester (“Tarzan,” “Surface”), Penn Badgley (“The Mountain”), Chace Crawford (“The Covenant”) and Ed Westwick (“Children of Men”). The series currently airs Mondays at 8/7c.

                    “One Tree Hill” enters its third season on the CW in the fall. This will be its seventh season overall. Chad Michael Murray (“House of Wax”), James Lafferty (“Once and Again”), Hilarie Burton (“The Secret Lives of Bees”), Bethany Joy Galeotti (“Guiding Light”) and Sophia Bush (“John Tucker Must Die”) star. The series currently airs Mondays at 9/8c.

                    “90210,” a spin-off of the popular 90′s drama “Beverly Hills, 90210,” will enter its second season on the network. The series stars Rob Estes (“Melrose Place”), Shenae Grimes (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Lori Loughlin (“Summerland”), and Jennie Garth reprising her role as Kelly Taylor from “Hills.” The series currently airs Tuesdays at 8/7c. It moves to Tuesdays at 9/8c beginning March 2. 

                    It is understood that “Smallville’s” ninth season renewal came down to locking in star Tom Welling (“Cheaper by the Dozen”). Welling has been playing Clark Kent on the drama series since its debut on The WB in 2001. The series also stars Erica Durance (“The Butterfly Effect 2″) and Allison Mack (“The Ant Bully”). The series currently airs Thursdays at 8/7c.

                    Jensen Ackles (“Days of our Lives,” “My Bloody Valentine”) and Jared Padalecki (“Gilmore Girls,” “Friday the 13th”) fans can breathe easy knowing that the Winchester brothers will return for a fifth season of “Supernatural.” The series currently airs Thursdays at 9/8c.

                    Tyra Banks hosted “America’s Next Top Model” will present cycles 13 and 14 next season after debuting on UPN in 2003. The series currently airs Wednesdays at 8/7c.


                    Discussion: The CW 6: Fall’s Returning Shows

                    • 90210
                    • America’s Next Top Model
                    • Lori Loughlin
                    • Smallville
                    • Blake Lively
                    • Gossip Girl
                    • Supernatural
                    • One Tree Hill
                    • Dawn Ostroff
                    • Leighton Meester
                    • Penn Badgley
                    • Chace Crawford
                    • Ed Westwick
                    • Chad Michael Murray
                    • James Lafferty
                    • Hilarie Burton
                    • Bethany Joy Galeotti
                    • Sophia Bush
                    • Rob Estes
                    • Shenae Grimes
                    • Jennie Garth
                    • Tom Welling
                    • Erica Durance
                    • Allison Mack
                    • Jensen Ackles
                    • Jared Padalecki
                    • Tyra Banks








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