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

Disney/ABC Television Group

“General Hospital” and “The View” receive a special vote of confidence from the ABC Television Network as the two have been added to the network’s popular Full Episode Player lineup. The series join ABC’s primetime programming including “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ugly Betty.”

“We are excited to collaborate with the team to offer our viewers another way to get their daily dose of ‘General Hospital’ and ‘The View’,” said Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney ABC Television Group. “As part of our ongoing strategic effort to grow our audience and increase awareness of our shows, is a proven platform that not only gives existing viewers more access to our shows, but is a great way to introduce a new audience to these shows.”

“General Hospital” and “The View” are the first ABC Daytime programming to be showcased on the networks website. Weekly episodes will be available starting today, January 14. The most current broadcast of “The View” will be made available at 1:00 PM, PT the same day it airs on ABC. “General Hospital” will be made available at 2:00 AM, PT the day after airing on ABC. The programs join CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Guiding Light” and “As The World Turns” as the only daytime programs currently streamed over the web.

Users will also be able to access episodes of “General Hospital” through the recently redesigned website via a link to the video player on the site’s “General Hospital” section. “General Hospital” will continue to be broadcast on SOAPnet Weekdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” remain the only daytime dramas not currently available online. NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is currently available for download on the Apple owned iTunes platform.

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

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — Temptation leads to discoveries. Lives are stuck in time.


Lulu asks Carly to hire Johnny at the Metro Court. Maxie and Spinelli find Johnny working at Jake’s as a janitor. Maxie is suspicious of Lulu’s reasonings for being with Johnny – “Lulu, are you trying to emulate Luke and Laura? Is that why you are with Johnny?” Nikolas informs Olivia that he doesn’t want Spoon Island re-constructed as it holds so many fond memories of his life with Emily. Robin admits to Patrick that Matt reminds her so much of him from when they first met. Carly wishes Sonny and Jason would mend fences. Matt flirts with Rebecca, who is a dead ringer for Emily on Wednesday, January 20. Carly has an invitation for Robin. Jason is worried about Carly. Nikolas and Jason are questioned by Patrick. Nikolas pays his respects to Monica on Emily’s birthday.

The Inside Story: A Corinthos Affair
Claudia makes it clear to Sonny that he is on the verge of losing everything that he’s worked hard to achieve unless he does what Anthony tells him to. Afterward, Claudia plans on seducing Ric in an effort to find out what he’s been up to with her father. Meanwhile, Sonny is looming nearby while Claudia and Ric enjoy their intimate moment. Will Sonny catch Claudia in a lie or does fate hold all the cards? Claudia puts the pressure on Anthony. Sonny leaves Kate with a promise. Olivia warns Sonny to stay away from Kate or else.

A Closer Look: Reunited Acquaintances
Sam and Jason are back in good graces, and this week the two work even closer than ever to bring down the Zacchara organization. On Monday, January 19, Sam informs Jason of her plans to infiltrate Anthony’s inner circle in her quest to help Jason and Spinelli. Jason, however, is not completely sold on the idea and warns her to be careful. Later, Sam meets up with a concerned Ric, who informs Jason that life isn’t as safe with Sonny around as he thinks. Spinelli’s self esteem is on the verge of crippling when he learns that Sam is also trying to protect him. He later tries to hack into the FBI database in order to find out what Jason did to keep him out of harms way, temporarily. Later, Spinelli has an offer that Agent Rayner might not refuse.

What To Watch

  • Patrick recalls the events leading up to the mysterious catastrophe at the hospital on Monday, January 19.
  • Anthony warns Johnny about the consequences that life brings on Wednesday, January 21.
  • Patrick realizes there’s a disaster in the making at the hospital on Thursday, January 22.
  • Patrick races to avert a catastrophe at the hospital on Friday, January 23.

General Hospital News and Headlines


  • Monday: Claudia and Anthony hold their cards close to the vest. Many lives are in peril as events are set in motion. Lucky wants to know what’s going on between Jason and Sam.
  • Tuesday: Spinelli has Jason’s back. Lucky and Sam call it quits. Claudia fears Sonny is getting too close.
  • Wednesday: Kate learns exactly what Claudia has been hiding. Patrick is unable to stop a tragedy from happening. Nikolas thinks his eyes are playing tricks on him.
  • Thursday: Kate holds her ground with Claudia. Elizabeth’s life hangs in the balance. Robin continues to grow more and more depressed.
  • Friday: Claudia gets ready to throw down her cards. Nikolas thinks his tumor has returned. Lives are in danger at the hospital as the time warp continues.

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

Discussion: GH PreVUE: Week of January 19 Edition

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:21 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — Congratulations go out to actress Alison Sweeney who welcomes a new baby girl into her family.

At 11:48 PM PT on Monday, Sweeney gave birth to Megan Hope Sanov (not pictured), who weighed in at 6lbs, 7 oz., reports People magazine. This is Sweeney’s second child with husband Dave Sanov. They have a 3-year-old son named Ben.

“Both mommy and baby – and daddy, too – are doing well,” said Carrie Simons, Sweeney’s representative, in a statement.

Ironically enough, Sweeney’s Sami Brady is about to give birth to a baby girl on ”Days of our Lives ” in the coming weeks. Pictured, Sweeney holding said baby on the “DAYS” set on December 18, 2008.

In addition to her work on “DAYS,” Alison also serves as primary host of the popular NBC reality series, “The Biggest Loser.” The series airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM ET on NBC.

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

 Discussion: Alison Sweeney Welcomes Baby Girl

  • Days of our Lives
  • Alison Sweeney

    Monday, January 12, 2009 2:45 AM ET | Errol Lewis

    ( — An Affair to Remember.


    Can Lucas and Chloe find happiness? Chloe goes to see Daniel and the two give in to passion, but Kate is looming around the corner. Stefano and EJ plan on taking control of the Alternative Fuels Project. Nicole takes Mia to the DiMera mansion in order to show her where her child will be raised. Nicole makes sure that she has a cover story in case someone is around. Brady finds evidence that John is getting his memories back on Friday, January 16. John refuses to leave Salem without Marlena, which doesn’t sit well with Charlotte. Melanie learns that EJ is interested in the Alternative Fuels Project, but will she let him have it? Sami sets a plan in motion. Hilda is murdered. Nicole accompanies Mia for her ultrasound with Dr. Baker.

    A Closer Look: Stephanie Part Deux
    Phillip realizes that Stephanie’s presence could be too distracting and decides to reassign her to another work supervisor. Chelsea warns Stephanie that she can’t have her cake and eat it too when it comes to Max. The two discuss their dubios relations with the infamous Brady boy. 

    What To Watch

    • Nick faces Judge Fitzpatrick and learns his fate on Wednesday, January 14.
    • Chloe and Lucas’ engagement party begins.

    Days of our Lives News and Headlines

    • Marsha Clark appears as Judge Fitzpatrick.
    • SON Top 10: Who was the best of the best on “DAYS” during the week of January 5 – 9, 2009?  You decide! The SON Top 10 is back! Voting begins Friday’s at 4:00 PM, EST.


    • Nicole faces off with Sami.
    • Kate gives Lucas a stern warning.
    • Charlotte is out for revenge.
    • John and Marlena bid Salem farewell.
    • Chloe contemplates leaving Salem.

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

    Discussion: DAYS PreVUE: Week of January 12 Edition

    Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:30 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — ABC’s “All My Children” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives” are the only soaps up year-over-year in total viewers. CBS’ “Guiding Light” continues to erode the most viewers year-over-year (down 412,000 viewers compared to the Week of December 31, 2007). The series did, however, gain 175,000 viewers from the week prior. “General Hospital” and “DAYS” tied for #2 in women 18-49 (1.4 rating), but DAYS had a larger share (8 share vs 7 share for “GH”) and about 47,000 more Women 18-49 viewers.

    “The Bold and the Beautiful” had a 1.3 in Women 18-49 for its Friday broadcast, tying “AMC” and “OLTL.” Each soap had a 7 share in the demo. “The Young and the Restless” had a 1.9 rating and 10 share on Friday.

    While “GH” is tied for fourth place in Women 18-34 (with “AMC”), it remains daytime’s youngest skewing drama series with a median age of 50.2. “OLTL” came close with its median age of 50.7. “GH’s” Friday broadcast had a median age of 49.8. “B&B” is the oldest skewing daytime drama with a median age of 58.6. ABC is the youngest skewing network with a median age of 50.8.

    What follows are the daytime ratings results for the week of December 29, 2008 – January 2, 2009:

     Daytime Ratings:
    Week of December 29, 2008
    (in order of Households)

     Rank  Show Network
    change vs last week/last year)
     Total Viewers
    (in millions;
    change vs last
    week/last year)
    Women 18-49
    change vs last week/last year)
     1 The Young and the Restless CBS 3.8/11
    5,385,000 (+131,000/-328,000) 1.7/10
     2 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS 2.7/8
    3,781,000 (+213,000/-249,000) 1.2/6
     3 Days of our Lives NBC 2.3/7
    3,282,000 (+275,000/+180,000)


     4 General Hospital ABC 2.1/6
    2,865,000 (-90,000/-180,000) 1.4/7
     5 All My Children ABC 2.0/6
    2,838,000 (+152,000/-394,000) 1.2/7
      As The World Turns CBS 2.0/6
    2,776,000 (+44,000/+83,000) 1.0/5
      One Life to Live ABC 2.0/6
    2,710,000 (-59,000/same) 1.2/6
     8 Guiding Light CBS 1.6/5
    2,232,000 (+175,000/-412,000) 0.9/5

    Source: NTI Live+SD

    Soap Opera Episode Rankings:
    Week of December 29, 2008
    (in order of Total Viewers)
     Rank Show

     Household Rating

     Total Viewers
    (in millions)
    The Young and the Restless
     5,648,000  Friday
    2 The Young and the Restless CBS 3.7  5,471,000  Wednesday
    3 The Young and the Restless  CBS 3.6  5,312,000  Tuesday
    4 The Young and the Restless CBS 3.9  5,193,000  Monday
    5 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS 2.7 3,976,000  Wednesday
    6 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS 2.7  3,919,000  Friday
    7 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS 2.9  3,728,000  Monday
    8 The Bold and the Beautiful CBS 2.6  3,694,000  Tuesday
    9 Days of our Lives NBC 2.4 3,353,000
    10 Days of our Lives NBC 2.3  3,329,000  Friday
    11 Days of our Lives NBC 2.2  3,163,000  Tuesday
    12 General Hospital
    2.3  3,117,000  Friday
    13 Days of our Lives NBC 2.3


    14 All My Children
    15 General Hospital ABC 2.2  2,989,000  Monday
    16 One Life to Live
    ABC 2.1  2,910,000  Friday
    17 As The World Turns CBS 2.1  2,874,000 Friday
    18 As The World Turns CBS 2.0  2,851,000  Tuesday
    19 All My Children ABC 2.1  2,828,000  Friday
    20 As The World Turns CBS 2.1 2,790,000  Monday
    21 One Life to Live ABC 2.1 2,778,000  Monday
    22 All My Children ABC  1.9  2,502,000  Tuesday
    23 General Hospital ABC  1.9  2,488,000  Tuesday
    24 One Life to Live ABC  1.8 2,441,000  Tuesday
    Guiding Light
    CBS  1.7  2,440,000  Friday
    26 Guiding Light CBS  1.6  2,244,000  Tuesday
    27 Guiding Light CBS  1.7  2,212,000  Wednesday
    28 General Hospital – repeat of 10/31/07 episode
    ABC 1.4  2,055,000 Wednesday
    29 One Life to Live – repeat of 10/01/08 episode ABC  1.3  1,896,000  Wednesday
    30 All My Children – repeat of 10/22/08 episode ABC  1.5  1,888,000  Wednesday
    31 As The World Turns – Pre-empted CBS  N/A  N/A Wednesday
    32 Guiding Light – Pre-empted CBS  N/A  N/A  Wednesday
    33 All My Children -Pre-empted ABC  N/A  N/A  Thursday
    34 As The World Turns - Pre-empted CBS  N/A  N/A Thursday
    35 The Bold and the Beautiful – Pre-empted CBS  N/A  N/A  Thursday
    36 Days of our Lives – Pre-empted NBC N/A  N/A  Thursday
    37 General Hospital – Pre-empted ABC  N/A  N/A  Thursday
    38 Guiding Light – Pre-empted  CBS  N/A  N/A  Thursday
    39 One Life to Live – Pre-empted ABC  N/A  N/A  Thursday
    40  The Young and the Restless – Pre-empted CBS  N/A  N/A  Thursday
      Legend:  Most Watched Episode
     Did Not Count  Least Watched Episode

    Source: NTI Live+SD

    Discussion/More Ratings Results: Daytime Ratings: Week of December 29 Edition

    Friday, January 9, 2009 9:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Things in Port Charles appear too quiet as disaster is about to strike.


    Nadine sways things in her and Nikolas’ favor during the Senate hearing. For her best efforts, the White House has a surprise for her. Lucky spends quality time with Elizabeth, Jake and Cameron. Jason is forced to choose between Spinelli and Sonny when Agent Rayner makes him an offer on Tuesday, January 13. Maxie tries to ease Spinelli’s fears. Lucky and Elizabeth re-connect. Kate tears into Claudia after catching her searching Sonny’s bedroom. Kate has her eyes and ears glued on Claudia and that pesky DVD. Lulu asks Carly for some money. Johnny doesn’t get the job he wanted, but lies about it to Lulu. Claudia has a warning for Spinelli. Matt asks Maxie out on a date on Thursday, January 15

    The Inside Story: To Carly with Love…
    On Monday, January 12, Jax and Carly finally admit that they have purposely stalled their divorce. The two opt to spend quality time together to find out where things may lead. On Wednesday, January 14, Alexis isn’t lead to believe otherwise when she questions Jax on his whereabouts the night before and if they included Carly. Carly once again butts heads with Claudia, but this time it’s over Michael. Hoping to divert an upcoming Government raid, Jason asks Carly to mitigate a meeting between he and Sonny. Will Carly decide to continue making progress with Jax or will her friendship with Jason win over, again?

    A Closer Look: Postpartum Depression
    Over 12 years ago, Carly Roberts came to town and blew the town of Port Charles sky-high when they all learned that she was the daughter of Barbara Jean Spencer and a John from back in the day. She then tore apart two families when it was learned that she conceived a child with either A.J. Quartermaine or Tony Jones in 1997. Once the baby was born, however, Jason Morgan claimed the child was his – the baby was fathered by his brother A.J. Soon afterward, Carly left town believing she harmed her child. Upon her return months later, she refused to touch the baby. It was revealed that Carly was going through postpartum depression, but not everyone was convinced – in particular one Robin Scorpio. On Thursday, January 15, look for Robin to have an unexpected reaction to her newborn baby girl. Fearing she is doing something wrong, Robin asks Elizabeth to watch over Emma. Afterward, she finds Jason and questions him on what things were like when Carly suffered from postpartum depression. On Friday, January 16, Robin is offended by Patrick’s medical suggestion.

    What To Watch

    • Patrick makes an alarming discovery on Thursday, January 15.
    • Natalia Livingston debuts as Rebecca on Thursday, January 15.
    • Disaster strikes General Hospital on Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16 as Port Charles is hit with a “Twist in Time.”
    • Nikolas confides to Alexis that he still misses Emily on Friday, January 16.

    General Hospital News and Headlines


    • Monday: Sam informs Jason of her plans to infiltrate the Zacchara organization; Olivia neutralizes Nikolas’ power play to stall Jax’s hotel project; Matt insists that Maxie go out on a date with him.
    • Tuesday: Pre-empted due to Inauguration coverage.
    • Wednesday: Claudia successfully seduces Ric in order to find out what he’s been up to; Carly urges Sonny to re-consider his battle against Jason; Anthony questions Sam’s true motives.
    • Thursday: Ric explains Anthony’s plan to Claudia; Spinelli’s self-esteem is on the verge of crippling; Sonny is even more suspicious of Claudia after her latest actions.
    • Friday: Claudia confronts Anthony; Carly discusses the possibility that Robin may have postpartum depression with Patrick; Olivia has romantic advice for Sonny.

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

    Discussion: GH PreVUE: Week of January 12 Edition

    Friday, January 9, 2009 5:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — ABC’s “General Hospital” dominates the first Top 10 chart in two years and 2009 to-date. CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is Top Soap. All soaps receive recognition in voting results.

    “General Hospital” roared to the top of the SON Top 10 charts for the week of December 29, 2008 through January 2, 2009 and claims top billing in the Top Actress, Actor and Couple categories. Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) are daytime’s most popular stars according to Soap Opera Network readers out of the 964 votes received. The soap held the top 2 or 3 positions in the Actor, Actress and Couple categories.

    Top ranked “The Young and the Restless” held a decisive lead over “General Hospital” to hold the #1 position as Top soap. “The Bold and the Beautiful” was dead last in this category.

    Voting for the Week of January 5 – 9, 2009 is Now Open.

    Top Actresses

    TW LW Peak Actresses  Weeks On
     1  1   Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio, General Hospital)  1
     2  –  2 Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber, General Hospital)  1
     3  3 Kelly Monaco (Samantha McCall, General Hospital)  1
     4  4 Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady, Days of our Lives)  1
     5  –  5 Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis, Guiding Light)  1
     6  6 Maura West (Carly Snyder, As The World Turns)  1
     7  7 Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart, All My Children)  1
     8  –  8 Tamara Braun (Reese Williams, All My Children)  1
     9  –  9 Christel Khalil (Lily Winters, The Young and the Restless)  1
     10  –  10 Susan Haskell (Marty Sayrbooke, One Life to Live)  1

    Just Missed: 11. Elizabeth Hubbard (Lucinda Walsh, As The World Turns); 12. Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan, One Life to Live); 13. Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman, The Young and the Restless); 14.Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery, All My Children); 15. Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful); 16. Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful); 17. Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, The Young and the Restles); 18. Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard, All My Children); 19. Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell, The Young and the Restless); 20. Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks, General Hospital).

    Top Actors

    TW LW Peak Actors Weeks On
     1  1   Steve Burton (Jason Morgan, General Hospital)  1
     2  –  2 Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake, General Hospital)  1
     3  3 Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater, All My Children)  1
     4  4 Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, As The World Turns)  1
     5  –  5 Trevor St. John (Todd Manning, One Life to Live)  1
     6  6 James Scott (E.J. Wells, Days of our Lives)  1
     7  7 Michael Easton (John McBain, One Life to Live)  1
     8  –  8 Bradley Cole (Jeffrey O’Neill, Guiding Light)  1
     9  –  9 Billy Miller (Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless)  1
     10  –  10 Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman, The Young and the Restless)  1

    Just Missed: 11. Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli, General Hospital); 12. Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, The Young and the Restless); 13. Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos, General Hospital), Jack Wagner (Dominick Marone, The Bold and the Beautiful); 15. Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, The Young and the Restless), Kyle Lowder (Rick Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful); 17. Roger Howarth (Paul Ryan, As The World Turns); 18. Christian J. LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin, The Young and the Restless); 19. John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom, One Life to Live); 20. Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward, All My Children), Michael Park (Jack Snyder, As The World Turns), Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard, All My Children).

    Top Couples

    TW LW Peak Couples Weeks On
     1  1   Robin Scorpio/Patrick Drake (General Hospital)  1
     2  –  2 Luke Snyder/Noah Mayer (As The World Turns)  1
     3  3 Elizabeth Webber/Jason Morgan (General Hospital)  1
     4  4 Samantha McCall/Jason Morgan (General Hospital)  1
     5  –  5 Bianca Montgomery/Reese Williams (All My Children)  1
     6  6 Kendall Hart/Zach Slater (All My Children)  1
     7  7 Reve Shayne Lewis/Jeffrey O’Neill (Guiding Light)  1
       –  7 Sami Brady/E.J. Wells (Days of our Lives)  1
     9  –  9 Angie Hubbard/Jessie Hubbard (All My Children)  1
     10  –  10 Gigi Morasco/Rex Balsom (One Life to Live)  1

    Just Missed: 11. Lily Winters/Cane Ashby (The Young and the Restless); 12. Hope Brady/Bo Brady (Days of our Lives), Sharon Newman/Nicholas Newman (The Young and the Restless); 14. Phyllis Summers Newman/Nicholas Newman (The Young and the Restless); 15. Brooke Logan Forrester/Ridge Forrester (The Bold and the Beautiful); 16. Reva Shayne Lewis/Josh Lewis (Guiding Light); 17. Carly Snyder/Jack Snyder (As The World Turns), Viki Lord Davidson/Charlie Banks (One Life to Live); 19. Lizzie Spaulding/Bill Lewis (Guiding Light), Marty Saybrooke/Todd Manning (One Life to Live).

    Top Soaps

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

    Discussion: Top 10 Results: Week of December 29, 2008 – January 2, 2009

    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 11:06 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — In an update to a story Soap Opera Network first brought to you on Sunday, we have learned a little more about Shiva Rose’s appearance on “The Young and the Restless.”

    Rose will be appearing as herself in the episode, not some made up character that the show created for inane reasons. She will be dealing primarily with Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Billy (Billy Miller) in the episode. 

    We have also learned that an old friend of Billy and Chloe’s comes to town and the two will freak out, thinking said friend might divulge their past together to Cane (Daniel Goddard) and Lily (Christel Khalil). It is unclear if this friend will be played by Shiva, who is playing herself (*wink* *wink*).

    Rose’s “Y&R” appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21. 

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

     Discussion: Update to Shiva Rose on ‘Y&R’

    • The Young and the Restless
    • Shiva Rose

      Monday, January 5, 2009 3:03 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — “She goes against the grain. With her, if I don’t feel like smiling, I don’t have to.”

      That’s “General Hospital’s” Natalia Livingston talking about her new character, Rebecca, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Richard L. Eldredge in his Peach Buzz column.

      In the exclusive interview, the actress discusses her new role on “GH” and how different the character is from Emily Bowen-Quartermaine, a role she portrayed on the ABC soap from April 2003 through May 2008. Emily was killed off in November 2007, and resurrected as a ghost, or a tumor, until Livingston’s departure.

      “Her name is Rebecca and she works at the hospital,” Livingston admitted. “She’s going to come in and shake things up. It’ll be interesting to see how the characters react to her.”

      Livingston made it clear that unlike Emily, “Rebecca doesn’t feel the need to be nice to everyone.”

      For the full interview head on over to the Peach Buzz.

      Look for Natalia Livingston to mark her “GH” return on Thursday, January 15 as the soap gears up for its upcoming “Twist in Time” story arc.

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

      Discussion: Livingston: New Character, New Emotions

      • General Hospital
      • Natalia Livingston

        Monday, January 5 2009 2:31 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — On January 5, 1970, a little town in Pennsylvania rose from beneath Earth’s soil and came to be known as Pine Valley. This town has been home to the greatest dame in daytime and the most qualified doctor in his field. Here’s a warm welcome to 39 years later for actors Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) and Ray Macdonnell (Dr. Joe Martin).

        After celebrating 10,000 episodes in November 2008, ABC’s “All My Children” is now turning the ripe old age of 39 today. The soap has aired on the ABC Television Network since its first broadcast and also airs at night on ABC/Disney’s SOAPnet. The cable network has aired every “AMC” broadcast since the network launched on January 20, 2000. Lucci and Macdonnell are the shows only remaining original cast members.

        “All My Children” was created by Agnes Nixon, who also created ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Nixon appeared on both soap operas in 2008 as a relative ghost in honor of key milestones for each (10,000 shows for “AMC” and 40 years on the air for “OLTL”).

        In recent weeks, it was announced that Lucci, Macdonnell and Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) had been asked to renew their contracts with the soap, but at reduced salaries. It is understood that they all accepted, and now receive approximately 40% less per year than they were receiving previously. This is inline with the 40% production budget cut that timeslot competitor “Days of our Lives” was forced into in November. “All My Children,” along with most soap operas, is facing record low viewership and possible cancellation due to advertisers pulling ad dollars from the genre.

        With budget cuts and cast trimming hitting the soap across the board (Colin Egglesfield Fired), rumors are flying that Julie Hanan Carruthers is on her way out as Executive Producer. If proven true, “Passions” and “General Hospital: Night Shift” Executive Producer, Lisa de Cazotte is said to be in the running. TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco recently reported that de Cazotte has joined the soaps production team.

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

         Discussion: ‘All My Children’ Left Fighting After 39 Years

        • All My Children
        • Michael E. Knight
        • Susan Lucci
        • Ray McDonald
        • Days of our Lives

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