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, February 21, 2009 1:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — “Days of our Lives” has found its new Will Roberts and he’s ready to give parents Samantha Brady (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Roberts (Bryan Datillo) a wake-up call.

Starting Friday, February 27, look for Dylan Patton to step into the role of Will when he returns from spending an extended trip away from home with his Aunt Carrie and Uncle Austin, who ironically the character once called “Dad.”

“Dylan’s playing the same age Lucas was when I first came on the show. I like him. He’s a very good actor and an earthy, rugged dude,” said Bryan Datillo in a statement released via Soap Opera Weekly

Will was last seen in November 2007, when he was played by actor Christopher Gerse. Christopher began playing Will in September 2003, but was let go in 2007 due to storyline purposes. Upon his return, he’ll be welcomed by his three younger siblings who are in desperate need of some older brother guidance.

Patton’s previous credits include guest-roles on CBS’ “Cold Case” and Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven.” In 2008, he starred in the films “First Strike” and “So Others May Live.”

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

Discussion: for Dylan Patton and ‘DAYS’

  • Days of our Lives
  • Dylan Patton
  • Bryan Datillo

    Friday, February 20, 2009 8:38 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — You know you made it when…Perez Hilton talks about you!

    That’s right, “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) was spotted by the paparazzi wearing a bikini while taking a stroll on the beaches of St. Bart’s with husband Helmut Huber. One not to pass up the chance to dog a celeb, Hilton surprisingly had nothing but praise for the actress:

    On Friday, 62-year old soap diva Susan Lucci hit the beaches of St. Barth’s with her husband.

    Can you believe she is in her SIXTIES?!

    Girl, you looking fine!

    We know twenty year olds would kill to have a butt like Miz Lucci’s.

    What is your secret, S?

    Tell us stat!

    Lucci and Huber will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary later this year. They have two children, Liza (ex-Gwen Hotchkiss, “Passions”) and Andreas.

    The actress has been playing the dynamic diva Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children” since the series debut of the soap on January 5, 1970. Recently it was announced Lucci, and some of her other cast members, took a pay cut in order to continue her role on the drama series. The series was rumored to be facing cancellation due to low ratings and a poor advertising market.

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

    Discussion: Susan Lucci Gets Perez Hilton Treatment

    Friday, February 20, 2009 7:50 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Does she have nothing better to do with her time? She’s already covering all the Awards for the TV Guide Network and danced her way off of “Dancing With the Stars,” but Lisa Rinna figures she can fit in a Playboy cover to show off her configured body.

    Rinna will grace the cover of Playboy‘s May Issue in which she lets it all hang out, including the flabby parts. The actress/host was ordered by photographer Deborah Anderson not to hit the gym and tone up for the project, but be her natural self.

    “She said, ‘I do not want you long and sinewy and angular and muscular. I want you soft,’” said Rinna when speaking with People magazine.

    “This was really hard for me because being 45 years old and posing for Playboy, you want to amp it up.”

    Rinna’s biggest fan is her husband and he thinks the photos are “Unbelievable!”

    Playboy magazine is rumored to be up for sale after sluggish sales of the once hot property in recent months.

    Prior to her hosting gigs on TV Guide Network, Lisa Rinna is best known for her role as Billie Reed on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” She also starred in the FOX primetime hit “Melrose Place” as Taylor McBride. In 2004, she had a recurring role on UPN’s “Veronica Mars,” in which she played the murdered Lynn Echolls. 

    Discussion: God Help Us: Lisa Rinna Graces Playboy

    • Days of our Lives
    • Lisa Rinna
    • Playboy

      Friday, February 20, 2009 6:23 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — “Days of our Lives” star Galen Gering appears on TBS comedy series “10 Items or Less.”

      “10 Items or Less” is an improv comedy series taking place in the fictional Greens & Grains supermarket, where New York City businessman, Leslie (John Lehr), is forced to move back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio and take over the family supermarket following the death of his father.

      In the February 24 episode (“Sesquicentennial”) and third season finale of the series, Lesie offers customers of Greens & Grains 150% off of their purchase in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the supermarket. Realizing his mistake, Leslie adds a catch that states that customers must dress in period-era attire during said purchase. Meanwhile, Ingrid (Kirsten Gronfield) meets Dave (guest-star Galen Gering), a polygamist on the prowl – only she doesn’t know that. Leslie, who secretly loves Ingrid seeks to expose the truth and his undying love for Ingrid.

      The episode was written by John Lehr and Nancy Hower with direction by Hower and airs Tuesday, February 24 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on TBS. 

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

      Discussion: ’10 Items or Less’ for Gering

      • Days of our Lives
      • Galen Gering
      • John Lehr
      • Kirsten Gronfield
      • 10 Items or Less


        ( — How one November day turned “Days of our Lives” into a place for the sinking job market.

        After NBC made it clear to Executive Producer Ken Corday, and his Corday Productions banner along with Sony Pictures Television, that they would only renew “Days of our Lives” beyond its March 2009 contract expiration if the show found ways to cut costs. It did, and now some of daytime’s biggest stars are now without jobs and the faces of daytime continue to get unfamiliar.

        Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans) and Drake Hogestyn (ex-John Black) were the first “DAYS” stars to receive their walking papers just weeks after NBC made their demands. They last aired on January 23.

        Recently, it was announced that Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans and Thaao Penghlis were each given their walking papers as well. Nichols and Evans, who portrayed super-couple Patch and Kayla on the drama series, last aired on Tuesday, February 17.

        “They’re not leaving Salem. They’re not dying. They’re just not going to be on the air. You might see one or both of them pop up on other episodes, but it’s not going to be a significant exit,” said Corday.

        A last airdate for Penghlis and his Tony DiMera character was not made available at press time, but he last tapes on Wednesday, March 4, according to the February 24 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

        “I’ve spent over 20 years on that show, and a producer from ‘Passions’ came in with a vision, and all I can say is I’m in good company,” he says.

        While she wasn’t fired, actress Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady) has opted to not renew her contract with the soap, which was set to expire this Spring.

        “I have been with ‘Days of our Lives’ for the past four years of my life. I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity Ken Corday has given me, and for the growth and education I have obtained from such a hard working group of people,” said Melvin in a statement via her online blog. “At this juncture in my life however, I feel I’ve accomplished and learned all I could have from ‘DAYS,’ and it’s just time to experience new things.”

        A last airdate for the actress has not been announced.

        Can we expect more cast cuts and changes for “Days of our Lives?” According to Corday, “We’re done.”

        Screen Door

        Screen Door

        Sex sells, but how much sex can bring “MVP” back to SOAPnet?

        You’ve asked, and boy have you asked, and now we have an answer as to what’s happening with “MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives,” the Canadian soap opera that delves into the lives of hockey’s hottest men and their better half’s. Nothing.

        “Nothing has been decided yet,” says a SOAPnet spokeswoman. “We will let you know if and when.”

        You know the old fashioned saying, “no news is better than bad news?” Pick your poison.


        Thursday, February 19, 2009 7:30 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Fantasies become realities?


        Maxie and Johnny are “dating,” at least that’s what appearances are for when the two attend the Campbell’s Go Red Gala in Manhattan. Spinelli and Lulu know better, but it isn’t easy. Lady Jane is back in Port Charles and boy does she have a shock for Jax and Carly. She’s getting married! His name is Percy though. Lady Jane and Percy met while traveling abroad, but Jax is suspicious of their union and enlists Carly’s assistance in proving it. Rebecca likes to play with brothers it seems as she enjoys spending time around one Lucky Spencer. As if Nikolas’ obsession over her wasn’t enough. Luke and Ethan go to jail, but Tracy only bails one of them out. Gee, wonder who? 

        The Inside Story: On Our Way to Florida
        Sonny and Jason: Friends Again? On Monday, February 23, look for Jason to inform Sonny that he can have his business back once Spinelli is free and clear. In return? Jason is back to being an enforcer and that means its time to vacation in Florida. Well in the mob world a vacation is code for “It’s time for a killing.” Sam and Jason head to Florida after Sonny gets a lead on Anthony’s whereabouts. The cover? The duo pretend to be newlyweds at a tropical resort. The kicker? Anthony is still in Port Charles.  The target? Claudia.

        A Closer Look: A World Without Maxie Jones
        Can you imagine a world where Carly and Patrick are married? Robin’s living the life of a lonely spinster still mourning Stone? Or how about Mac being a downright drunk and Johnny being the big mob boss of Port Charles? Me either, but that is exactly what happens in Maxie’s dream in which she never received a not-so-dead BJ’s heart. In the special episode airing Tuesday, February 24, Maxie falls asleep in Spinelli’s bed and wonders what life would be like if she hadn’t lived. Would things be for the better or for the worse?

        What To Watch

        • Robin is frustrated with Patrick over their dinner plans without the baby on Monday, February 23.
        • Maxie is in an alternative universe on Tuesday, February 24.
        • Anthony holds Claudia’s life in his hands when he holds her at gunpoint on Wednesday, February 25.
        • Sonny admits to Jason that he’s worried about Claudia on Thursday, February 26.
        • Lulu and Spinelli are stunned when Johnny agrees to continue “seeing” Maxie on Friday, February 27.

        General Hospital News and Headlines

        SON ALERTS: WEEK OF MARCH 2, 2009

        • Monday: Jason faces a difficult dilemma. Sonny won’t rest until he finds his wife safe and sound. Nikolas tries to get closer to Emily look-alike.
        • Tuesday: Johnny tries to persuade Claudia to stay away from Sonny, again. Jason confides in Sam. Emily look-alike sees Nikolas in a new light.
        • Wednesday: Nadine can’t take it anymore and dumps Nikolas. Spinelli takes control of the situation. Lulu senses something is off with Ethan.
        • Thursday: Tracy is suspicious of Emily look-alike. Patrick is frustrated with Robin’s latest behavior. Claudia has something up her sleeve. 
        • Friday: Claudia slips up in front of Sonny. Spinelli and Winifred…go on the run together (?). Luke warns Emily look-alike to stay away from Nikolas.

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

        Discussion: GH PreVUE: Week of February 23 Edition

        Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:49 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — NASCAR driver Jeff Burton (aka: JB) is set to appear on next months “General Hospital” during a cross-over promotional opportunity between the soap and NASCAR racing.

        Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a 21-time winner in NASCAR’s premier division, will trade in his driving experience for acting experience today while filming scenes with Jason Thompson, who portrays Dr. Patrick Drake on the ABC Daytime drama series. He will be playing himself, while Thompson’s character is said to be an avid fan of NASCAR racing.

        “I’m excited about going to the set of General Hospital and taking on a role with Jason,” Burton said in a statement. “I’ve been in commercials and was a guest star on a sitcom a couple of years ago so I’m hoping those appearances prepped me for my soap opera debut. Luckily, I get to play myself and talk racing, which will help take some of the pressure off.”

        On Sunday, February 22, Thompson will join Burton at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the Auto Club 500 airing on FOX. The actor will enjoy a pace car ride before heading to a hospitality tent where both stars will participate in Q&A and autograph sessions with fans. Thompson will also participate in pre-race festivities by attending the driver’s meeting and driver introductions.

        Burton’s “GH” appearance is scheduled to air in mid-March on ABC and SOAPnet.

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

        Discussion: NASCAR Driver Jeff Burton Hits ‘GH’

        • General Hospital
        • Jason Thompson
        • Jeff Burton
        • Nascar

          Friday, January 16, 2009 8:43 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

          ( — After a minor delay, the SON Top 10 Poll for the Week of January 12-16, 2009 is now available.

          After delays held back the posting of the new Top 10 poll, we have decided to extend the voting period by five hours in order to give everyone an equal amount of time to vote for who they thought was the best for the Week of January 12-16, 2009. Polls will now close on Thursday, January 22 at 4:59 AM, ET/1:59 AM, PT. The Top 10 chart will be posted later that day.

          Additionally, we have added Scott Clifton (Schuyler Joplin) to the “One Life to Live” Actors list, and removed Justis Bolding (ex-Sarah Roberts) from the Actress list. Bolding last aired on January 7. We have also added Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott) and Hayley Erin (Abby Carlton) to the Actress list for “The Young and the Restless.” Davidson was previously not listed due to an oversight. We welcome Natalia Livingston back to “General Hospital” and the Actress list as she re-joins the soap as Rebecca. Lastly, we have added Bridget Forrester and Owen Knight to the Couples list for “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Natalia Rivera and Olivia Spencer to the couples list for “Guiding Light.”

          If you find someone missing from the poll or anyone still listed that shouldn’t, please let us know by emailing us.

          Voting for the Week of January 12-16, 2009 is now open.

          Eligibility: In order for an actor or actress to be eligible for the SON Top 10, the actor or actress must be on-air during the week covering the voting period. If they do not appear on screen during this period, their votes are not included in final Top 10 Rankings. This includes their eligibilty in the couples category. Couples do not need to be on-screen together, however, to be eligible.


          Friday, January 16, 2009 1:26 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — While America gets ready for a change on Tuesday, January 20, when Senator Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, fans of daytime drama shifted this weeks Top 10 results into anyone’s favor.

          In its second week out, the SON Top 10 recorded a record 1,350 total votes. This is a 40% increase in votes over last week. Additionally, 2,579 votes were cast  for 124 daytime actresses and 2,509 votes were cast for 117 daytime actors. 2,554 votes were cast for daytime’s most popular couples.

          Holding onto the Top Actor title for the second week in a row, “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) held a commanding lead over his nearest competitor, “All My Children’s” Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater). The actor had a 352% vote lead over Kaye. As one-half of two popular pairings, it’s no surprise that Burton is well worth the airtime he receives on the daytime drama series.

          Jumping from 2nd place to first, “General Hospital’s” Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) unseats co-star Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) as Top Actress. McCullough fell to fourth place. Also on the rise, “Guiding Light’s” Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) rose from 5th to 3rd. This is the highest ranking for a non-”GH” actress. “The Young and the Restless’” Sharon Case (Sharon Newman Abbott) delivered a powerful punch as the actress jumped to 7th place from 21st last week. The actress received an 81% spike in votes week-to-week. By comparison, “One Life to Live’s” Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke) fell from 10th to 26th place week-to-week.

          “General Hospital’s” Elizabeth Webber and Jason Morgan are daytime’s Top Couple for the week after placing third the week prior. Fellow “GH’ers” Maxie Jones and Damian Spinelli received a significant spike in ranking as they placed 10th. Previously they ranked just out of the Just Missed list in 23rd place. Showing the largest gain in any category, “One Life to Live’s” Natalie Buchanan and Jared Banks jump 24 spots from 33rd place to 9th. Last week’s top couple, Robin Scorpio and Patrick Drake, fell from the top to 6th. Rounding out the list was Sharon Newman Abbott and Nicholas Newman of “The Young and the Restless,” who went from 13th to 7th and “Days of our Lives” duo Sami Brady and EJ Wells who fell a notch to place 8th.

          After fighting it out with “The Young and the Restless” in last week’s Top 10 chart, ABC’s “General Hospital” was able to hold a solid lead over the CBS drama series this week and claim the Top Soap title. The series held a 54% advantage over “Y&R.” “All My Children” rose a notch to place third, while “Days of our Lives” jumped from 6th to 4th.

          Voting for the Week of January 12 – 16, 2009 opens Friday at 4:00 PM, ET/1:00 PM, PT. You can vote here.

          Top Actresses

          TW LW Peak Actresses  Weeks On
          1 2 1   Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber, General Hospital) 2
          2 3 2 Kelly Monaco (Samantha McCall, General Hospital) 2
          3 5 3 Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis, Guiding Light) 2
          4 1 1 Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio, General Hospital) 2
          5 4 4 Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady, Days of our Lives) 2
          6 8 6 Tamara Braun (Reese Williams, All My Children) 2
          7 21 7 Sharon Case (Sharon Newman Abbott, The Young and the Restless) 1
          8 11 8 Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda Walsh, As The World Turns) 1
          9 12 9 Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan, One Life to Live) 1
          10 9 9 Christel Khalil (Lily Winters, The Young and the Restless) 2

          Just Missed: 11. Maura West (Carly Snyder, As The World Turns); 12. Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery, All My Children); 13. Mary Beth Evans (Kayla Brady, Days of our Lives); 14. Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman, The Young and the Restless); 15. Megan Ward (Kate Howard, General Hospital); 16. Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones, General Hospital); 17. Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe, All My Children); 18. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful), Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, The Young and the Restless); 20. Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard, All My Children).

          Top Actors

          TW LW Peak Actors Weeks On
          1 1 1   Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, General Hospital) 2
          2 3 2 Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, All My Children) 2
          3 2 2 Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake, General Hospital) 2
          4 8 4 Bradley Cole (Jeffrey O’Neill, Guiding Light) 2
          5 4 4 Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, As The World Turns) 2
          6 13 6 Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital) 1
          7 5 5 Trevor St. John (Todd Manning, One Life to Live) 2
          8 9 8 Billy Miller (Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless) 2
          9 28 9 Jacob Young (J.R. Chandler, All My Children) 1
          10 11 10 Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital) 1

          Just Missed: 11. Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman, The Young and the Restless); 12. James Scott (EJ Wells, Days of our Lives); 13. Michael Easton (John McBain, One Life to Live); 14. Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, The Young and the Restless); 15. Stephen Nichols (Steve ‘Patch’ Johnson, Days of our Lives); 16. Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward, All My Children); 17. Michael Park (Jack Snyder, As The World Turns); 18. Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless); 19. Peter Reckell (Bo Brady, Days of our Lives); 20. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless).

          Top Couples

          TW LW Peak Couples Weeks On 
          1 3  1  
          Elizabeth Webber/Jason Morgan (General Hospital)
          2 4 2 Samantha McCall/Jason Morgan (General Hospital) 2
          3 2 2 Luke Snyder/Noah Mayer (As The World Turns) 2
          4 7 4 Reve Shayne Lewis/Jeffrey O’Neill (Guiding Light) 2
          5 5 5 Bianca Montgomery/Reese Williams (All My Children) 2
          6 1 1 Robin Scorpio/Patrick Drake (General Hospital) 2
          7 13 7 Sharon Newman/Nicholas Newman (The Young and the Restless) 1
          8 7 7 Sami Brady/EJ Wells (Days of our Lives) 2
          9 33 9 Natalia Buchanan/Jared Banks (One Life to Live) 1
          10 23 10 Maxie Jones/Damian Spinelli (General Hospital) 1

          Just Missed: 11. Kate Howard/Sonny Corinthos (General Hospital); 12. Angie Hubbard/Jessie Hubbard (All My Children); 13. Phyllis Summers Newman/Nicholas Newman (The Young and the Restless); 14. Jessica Buchanan/Brody Lovett (One Life to Live), Kayla Brady/Steve ‘Patch’ Johnson (Days of our Lives); 16. Carly Snyder/Jack Snyder (As The World Turns), Lily Winters/Billy Abbott (The Young and the Restless), Lily Winters/Cane Ashby (The Young and the Restless); 19. Gigi Morasco/Rex Balsom (One Life to Live); 20. Hope Brady/Bo Brady (Days of our Lives).

          Top Soaps

          TW LW
          Weeks On
          1 2 1   General Hospital (ABC/SOAPnet) 2
          2 1 1
          The Young and the Restless (CBS/SOAPnet) 2
          3 4 3 All My Children (ABC/SOAPnet) 2
          4 6 4
          Days of our Lives (NBC/SOAPnet) 2
          5 3 3 As The World Turns (CBS/ 2
          6 5 5 One Life to Live (ABC/SOAPnet) 2
          7 7 7 Guiding Light (CBS/ 2
          8 8 8 The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS/ 2

          Eligibility: In order for an actor or actress to be eligible for the SON Top 10, the actor or actress must be on-air during the week covering the voting period. If they do not appear on screen during this period, their votes are not included in final Top 10 Rankings. This includes their eligibilty in the couples category. Couples do not need to be on-screen together, however, to be eligible.

          Discussion: Top 10 Results: Week of January 5-9, 2009

          • The Bold and the Beautiful
          • All My Children
          • One Life to Live
          • The Young and the Restless
          • Days of our Lives
          • General Hospital
          • As The World Turns
          • Guiding Light

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