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
Friday, December 26, 2008 2:05 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

( — It is a time for forgiveness and a time when families come together. Will the new year bring changes to “General Hospital?”


Sonny won’t end his allegiance with the Zacchara’s. Jason has a warning for Sonny. Battle lines are drawn between Sonny and Jason. Robin and Patrick’s wedding goes off without a hitch. Anna and Robert are filled with emotion over their daughter’s happiness. Sam tips Jason off over Agent Rayner’s interest in Spinelli. Someone is watching Spinelli through Cyberspace. Sonny and Carly visit Michael’s hospital room on Monday, December 28 (actor Dylan Cash appears as Michael). Jax knows how hurt Carly is feeling on Michael’s birthday. Sam answers Jax’s questions about Jerry’s last moments.

A Closer Look: Looking at you 2009
On Tuesday, December 30, the power is out at the MetroCourt and Jax and Carly find themselves closer than ever. Jax can’t deny the power of love he feels for Carly and is drawn to her. Johnny and Lulu watch as the first snow of the new year falls. Nikolas lovingly tells Nadine that she is the best thing to happen to him all year. Tracy and Luke spend a romantic evening together. Spinelli misses the boat with Maxie. A kiss at midnight brings couples together.

What To Watch

  • Sonny catches Claudia in the act on Friday, January 2.
  • Johnnny starts looking for a job.
  • Spinelli meets Winifred, his female counterpart.
  • Sam and Lucky are at odds.
  • A new storyline kicks off for Nikolas and Nadine beginning Friday, January 2.

General Hospital News and Headlines


  • Monday: Jax is certain Carly’s heart will always belong to Sonny. Maxie grows suspicious of Winifred. Johnny accuses Ric of setting him up.
  • Tuesday: Carly and Claudia battle it out over Sonny. Maxie is on the right track. Jax gives Olivia an offer she can’t refuse.
  • Wednesday: Carly has a warning for Sonny. Maxie is getting too close. Luke is there for Johnny.
  • Thursday: Olivia staves off Jax’s advances. Spinelli and Maxie grow closer. Lucky and Sam hit a roadblock in their relationship.
  • Friday: Jax and Carly finally see the light. Lulu is suspicious of Johnny and Claudia. Nikolas saves Nadine, again.

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

Wednesday, December 24, 2008 4:00 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

( — While the holiday travel season is in full swing and families are gearing up for a long vacation and the beginning of a new year, one “Young and the Restless” star is welcoming home a new baby boy to his ever growing family.

Daniel Goddard, who portrays Cane Ashby on the CBS Daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless,” welcomed Sebastian William Goddard to the world on Friday, December 19 at 8:15 AM. The actor announced the birth to the public and his fans via a posting on his MySpace Blog. Sebastian weighed in at 9lbs 11oz and 21in. This is Goddard’s second child with wife Rachel. Ford Martin Goddard was born on February 6, 2006.

Goddard’s Cane Ashby on “Y&R” is currently in a battle for love and family as the love of his life (Lily,  Christel Khalil) fights for him and his worst enemy (Chloe, Elizabeth Hendrickson) has entrapped him.

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

Discussion: Daniel Goddard Welcomes Baby Boy

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( — “Days of our Lives” may be a sinking ship, but that won’t stop Darin Brooks (Max Brady) from expanding his horizons.

Brooks has signed on to star alongside former NFL running back-turned-actor Ed Marinaro (“Sisters,” “Hill Street Blues”) in the SpikeTV comedy pilot “Blue Mountain State” from Lionsgate Television and Varsity Pictures, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

While still in the pilot stage, “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, a talented quarterback content with riding on the bench, while enjoying college parties. 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.

The potential series will also stars Sam Jones III (“ER”) as Craig, a top recruit and future pro footballer, whose life is already mapped out by his controlling girlfriend, Denise (played by Gabrielle Dennis, “The Game”). Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”) will portray Thad, a senior on the football team who loves hazing incoming freshman.

Brian Robbins serves as the potential series’ executive producer.

At this time, it is still unclear as to whether “Blue Mountain State” will interfere with Brooks’ “DAYS” obligations if it receives a full series commitment from SpikeTV.

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

Monday, December 22, 2008 3:00 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

( — The holidays are a time when family and friends gather together and feel the joy and love in the room. For daytime’s remaining eight soap operas, it is a time to remember the murders and mayhem, the evil brothers and sisters or the back from the dead aunts and uncles that took up time and space over the past year of years.

During the week of December 22, the daytime lineups of ABC, CBS and NBC will be littered with re-broadcast episodes or pre-emptions of their top soaps.

ABC Daytime will air repeats of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” on Christmas Eve (December 24), while “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” will be pre-empted on Christmas Day (December 25). “All My Children” will air a repeat episode from October.  CBS Daytime will also air repeats or pre-empt part of its soap lineup consisting of “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” on Christmas Day, but will be in all originals on December 24. NBC Daytime and its lone “Days of our Lives” will be in originals on both December 24 and 25. All soaps return with originals on Friday, December 26.

Wednesday, December 24

  • AMC: In the aftermath of the tornado Zach finds a pregnant Bianca and an unconscious Kendall in the beach house wreckage. It is revealed that Zach is the father of Bianca’s child. Bianca talks about her partner, Reese, while Kendall fights for her life. Bianca goes into labor. Aidan digs through the rubble to try to rescue Greenlee and Ryan and another tornado hits. JR is forced to choose between Babe and Little A. While trapped in the rubble Adam and Erica resign themselves to dying. (episode #9983; original air date 10/20/08).
  • GH: Sonny and Kate long for each other after she returns to New York. Jason watches from afar as Liz and the boys celebrate Christmas together. Carly fights the flu while spending the holiday with Sonny and their children and Jax. Maxie and Felicia continue to have conflicts over Georgie’s death. Luke undergoes open heart surgery while visiting his idea of heaven (episode ##11456; original air date 12/2407).

  • OLTL: Brody shoots Rex. Bo and Gigi rally around Rex at the hospital as Shane worries about Brody who has been arrested. Langston, Markko, and Starr try to formulate a plan to prevent Ray from taking custody of Langston. Cole discovers Clint’s plan and confronts Clint but Clint threatens Cole. Michael and Marcie yearn for each other and Marcie sings a song for her unborn child. (episode #10279; original air date 9/29/08).

Thursday, December 25

  • AMC: After suffering a head injury during the tornado Kendall flat lines, is revived but still unconscious and remembers happy times. Zach helps Bianca through labor and delivers a baby girl. Erica starts digging through the wreckage; a hand breaks through and grabs her as more rubble falls on Erica and Adam. Krystal and JR sit vigil while Angie operates on Babe but the prognosis is not good. Babe asks JR to marry her that night. Annie tells Ryan that Emma has been kidnapped. Jesse agrees to sign consent forms for Natalia’s surgery admitting that she is his daughter. Angie is shocked (episode #9984; original air date 10/21/08).
  • ATWT: Pre-empted.
  • B&B: Pre-empted.
  • GH: Pre-empted.
  • GL: A repeat of this summer’s interrupted wedding between Reva and Josh.
  • OLTL: Pre-empted.
  • Y&R: A repeat of a classic episode from Christmas 1989.

Friday, December 26

  • Y&R: Michael has an extraordinary experience that teaches him how important he is to the people he loves and how different their lives would be without him (special stand-alone episode).

The 2008 Holiday Celebrations will be the first time that only eight daytime soap operas remain on the airwaves (cable or English language broadcast).

Check local listings for times and stations.

Discussion: Rinse and Repeat: Happy Holidays

  • 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

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:10 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Senta Moses, 35, joins cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” as the mysterious computer hacker behind Spinelli’s (Bradford Anderson) woes.

    Recently viewers have been noticing some interesting occurrences happening on Spinelli’s computer, including numerous file transfers. Until now, we never really knew the meaning of it all. Beginning Friday, January 2, look for Moses to make her “GH” debut as Winifred, who is described as Spinelli’s “female counterpart.” The question remains…is she just in it for the fun or is she working with some powerful people? One things for certain, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) will make it her mission to find out.

    Moses is best known for her role as Tracy McCallister, sister to Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin McCallister in the 1992 blockbuster film “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”  She has also appeared in numerous television series including “Sister, Sister” and “My So-Called Life.” More recently she appeared in the hit ABC Family series “Greek” as Lizzi. The actress recently wrapped filming of the upcoming “Ten Years Later” motion picture. No release date has been set.

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

    Discussion:  ‘GH’ Casts a New Recurring Role


    • General Hospital
    • Bradford Anderson
    • Senta Moses
    • Kirsten Alderson
    • Macaulay Culkin
    • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    • Sister
    • Siter
    • My So-Called Life

      Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Natalia Livingston may have left “General Hospital” in May as ghost Emily, but she’s ready to make her return to the ABC Daytime drama series as a new character.

      Livingston, last seen as the ghost of Emily Bowen-Quartermaine on the Wednesday, May 7 broadcast of “GH” is returning in the “forseeable future” as a new character by the name of Rebecca, confirms an ABC representative. Though, we’ve since learned that Natalia makes her on-air return during the week of January 12. The actress began filming this week. No official character description was made available, but we can expect to see a new, blonder, Livingston playing a role quite the opposite of Emily, confirm sources.

      The “FOX 11 Morning News” in Los Angeles, CA was given an exclusive first look at Livingston back in action while filming scenes with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos). Currently, Nikolas has been paired up with Nurse Nadine Crowell, a spunky character who seems to like toy ducks. No, seriously…she likes children’s toys because that is the type of personality she has. For those thinking more into it…

      Interestingly, a number of recent scenes aired during “GH” have emphasized Livingston’s  presence. It appears we just didn’t know why.

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

      Discussion:  Natalia Livingston Returns to ‘GH’


      • General Hospital
      • Laura Wright
      • Natalia Livingston
      • Tyler Christopher

        Monday, December 15, 2008 11:24 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — While he may have lost DeAnna Pappas’ heart in the second season finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” this past summer, single dad Jason Mesnick, 32, is hoping to find love once more in the 13th season of “The Bachelor.” “General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie) tag along for the ride.

        Launching January 5 on the ABC Television Network, season thirteen of “The Bachelor” promises to bring more surprises and emotional heartback than ever before as Mesnick narrows down his search for love from 25 women to the one that will capture his heart. 

        Mesnick’s search for love includes a whirlwind travel schedule where he brings one woman to the Walt Disney Hall for a private performance by R&B superstar Robin Thicke, while taking another for a ride over the Los Angeles area courtesy of the famous Goodyear blimp. Other rendezvous include shutting down Legoland California, as Jason treats one lady to a thrilling surprise. Another finds herself wearing a million dollars worth of jewelry, just as Mesnick takes her away on a private getaway to Las Vegas for a panoramic helicopter ride over Red Rock Canyon, with a cozy dinner and a performance by pop singer Kate Voegele.  

        Hoping to lend an additional helping hand, “General Hospital” stars Bradford Anderson and Kirsten Storms will treat Jason and six women to a behind-the-scenes look at “GH.” They will also coach the women the technique for on screen kissing, which provides the bachelorette’s with a chance to “act” out their secret fantasy with Jason.

        Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, a division of Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Studios. The series launches its new season on Monday, January 5. It will air from 8:00-9:30 PM on the ABC Television Network.

        • General Hospital
        • Kirsten Storms
        • Bradford Anderson
        • The Bachelor
        • Jason Mesnick

          Monday, December 15, 2008 4:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — “General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson (Damien Spinelli) is a Top Person of 2008, according to USA Today via their Pop Candy Blog.

          Anderson was ranked 95th in their Top 100 listing, in which each December the  blog counts down to the year’s top 100 people ranging from musicians, actors, writers and other assorted entertainers. 

          Anderson is noted for playing the “gleefully awkward Spinelli,” who the site believes is the only “geek” on daytime TV (they forgot Petey on “All My Children”). Additionally, the site wrongfully believes that more Spinelli-like characters will help increase daytime’s floundering ratings. However, they neglected to count how many episodes Spinelli, as played by Anderson, has appeared in year-to-date vs more veteran actors and other popular stars (the actor has appeared in 174 out of 223 “GH” episodes aired through November 28, 2008).

          This is what happens when a non-soap publication doesn’t watch a soap, but wants to include it in some form or another to make it appear as though they care about the genre. Sorry, won’t work.

          Pop Candy Blog will reveal more of their Top 100 listing over the next few days. Check back there to see who got missed or who wishes they were missed.

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

          • General Hospital
          • Bradford Anderson

            Monday, December 15, 2008 2:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            ( — While she portrayed the face of Carly Corinthos for five years (1996-2001) and won three Emmy Awards for her portrayal, Sarah Brown is ready to once again claim Port Charles and Prospect Studios her permanent home.

            Nearly a year after re-joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital,” but this time as mob princess Claudia Zacchara, Brown has re-upped with the drama series for an additional year, bringing her time with the show through January 2010. Her one year contract with “GH” was due to expire in the coming weeks. She made her much lauded return to the soap on January 31, 2008, wherein her new character immediately had sex with Sonny Corinthos (portrayed by Brown’s former on-screen love Maurice Benard).

            During her seven (7) year absence from the soap, Brown landed a contract role on CBS’ “As The World Turns” in 2004, where she played Julia Larrabee Jackson. The character was killed off in 2005. Soon afterward, she landed another contract role on the CBS crime drama “Cold Case” as Josie Sutton. Sadly, her character was written out after only a half-dozen episodes. Prior to her work on the “Case,” Brown made a number of appearances on CBS’ “Without a Trace.” Both series are executive produced by mega-producer/director Jerry Bruckheimer.

            Brown got her start in television portraying the role of Kaitlin Star in the widely popular kids program “V.R. Troopers” from 1994-1996.

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

            • General Hospital
            • Sarah Brown
            • Maurice Benard

              Monday, December 15, 2008 1:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              ( — You know how a daytime newcomer by the name of Brett Claywell was supposed to join ABC’s “One Life to Live” in the contract role of Schuyler? Yeah, he isn’t. Scott Clifton apparently can act better.

              Clifton, best known for his role as Dillon Quartermaine on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 2003-2007, is joining the show in the now re-contracted role of Schuyler (pronounced “sky-lar”) beginning January 9. Schuyler is a Llanview High School Teacher, who mixes it up with the resident teen set and their parents in the upcoming months. He is also the son of recently deceased Dr. Joplin, who had a severe drug problem.

              “One Life to Live” reconceived the character of Schuyler shortly after casting Mr. Claywell, who will instead join the show as a member of the Llanview PD. A first airdate has not been announced.

              Claywell, 30, is best known for his portrayal of Tim Smith on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” He appeared in the drama series off-and-on for the shows first three seasons as the best friend of Nathan Scott (portrayed by James Lafferty). The character re-appeared in the shows fifth season as a pizza delivery boy. He will next appear in the horror film “Babysitter Wanted” along-side “Kyle XY’s” Matt Dallas. The film is set for release in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2009.

              On the Web: Scott Clifton Official Website

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

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