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
Monday, August 25, 2008 1:28 PM EST | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Due to time constraints, GH PreVUE: Week of August 25 Edition will not be posted at this time. In its place, please note GH Today. GH PreVUE will return tomorrow.

TODAY ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Lucky takes Lulu back to Shadybrook after her breakdown at the police station. Lainey admits to Lucky that Lulu’s condition is rapidly deteriorating. Lulu gets quite a surprise when she goes to Laura’s room. Spinelli gets hit by a car while on his stakeout with Maxie and is rushed to the hospital. Maxie and Nadine are terrified over the thought of Matt treating Spinelli’s injuries and learn Spinelli needs surgery. Spinelli puts his life in Maxie’s hands, telling her to decide if Matt should operate on him or not. Claudia decides she needs Ric’s help when Scott threatens to send Johnny to Pentonville but Ric is nowhere to be found. Alexis catches Claudia snooping around in her office. Kate becomes extremely superstitious after Sonny gets a few drops of blood on her reception dress. Sonny’s wheels start spinning when Kate relates a story about her cousin Olivia, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Sam’s suspicions about Jerry being involved with Karpov are confirmed. Nadine lets her fantasies take over as she and Nikolas enjoy a waltz.

This episode marks Genie Francis’ (Laura Spencer) return to “General Hospital” after a two-year absence.

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




Monday, August 25, 2008 6:13 AM EST | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — New York is the center of the universe.

THIS WEEK ON: GUIDING LIGHT

Blake and Cassie have a fun girl’s night out but when Cassie goes home she cries as she goes upstairs alone. Cyrus sees Cassie through the window and goes inside to comfort her. She tells him the only way he can help is by leaving town with Grady.

Natalia hears a radio report that Rafe is surrounded by police with orders to shoot to kill. Rafe surrenders to the police. Natalia arrives at the police station to see Rafe but he refuses to look at her. He is furious at Natalia and lashes out on her for turning him in. Olivia arrives at the station. Olivia reams out Rafe about Natalia and tells him if he wants to get out he needs to show Natalia respect. Rafe admits that he loves his mother and he knows she would never do anything to hurt him. Natalia goes with Olivia to get a checkup. Natalia once again talks about her faith in Alan’s visions and a fed up Rick breaks the doctor-patient confidentiality by telling Natalia and Olivia the truth about Alan’s health. Natalia receives news that she is able to see Rafe. Natalia tells Rafe that she called in the tip to police to help him and she tells him about Alan’s illness in his brain which could be causing the visions.

Grady questions Daisy’s feelings for Rafe and her reasons for being there with him. Cyrus confronts Grady about making the call to the police and is disgusted by the smug look on his face. Grady tells Daisy they can be alone in the cottage and she agrees to stay. They begin kissing and undressing. Daisy and Grady lie in bed after making love but Daisy can’t get Rafe off her mind.

Jeffrey comes home and insists he and Reva wed in two days. They go to pre-wedding counseling and are shocked when Josh is their counselor. During counseling, Josh questions Jeffrey’s love for Reva and comments on their lack of history together. She admits that since her cancer, she now lives her life differently. Later, Lillian visits a distracted Reva and Reva emotionally admits that she just found a mass.

The Inside Story: Lizzie in New York

Jeffrey tells Bill and Lizzie that Alan is missing. Lizzie notices Alan’s passport is missing. She admits that she may not testify against Alan and explains his condition to Jeffrey. During a meeting, Josh reveals to Bill that he got a phone call from Alan who is in New York on a spiritual trip. Bill puts the pieces together and realizes that Alan is in New York trying to take over the company. Bill tells Lizzie that Alan is in New York and he makes plans to follow her to New York behind her back.

“Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com and Hulu.com. Check local listings.




Sunday, August 24, 2008 9:43 PM EST | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Be my savior.

THIS WEEK ON:

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

After discussing theories and motives, Lt. and Det. Baker’s work to get to the bottom of Eric’s attempted murder and make an arrest. After getting a chilling visit from Stephanie in jail, Owen begs Ridge to believe his story. Ann calls Stephanie and delivers some troublesome news. Nick and Katie come to an emotional decision about their baby.

The Inside Story: Owen to the Rescue

A terrified Donna tries to fight off a masked intruder. A tied up and honey basted Donna is moments from death when she discovers that Pamela has opened the doors for a bear to eat her alive. Owen, Marcus, Brooke and Ridge rush to Big Bear, but can they make it in time to save Donna? Tune in on Friday, August 29 to find out!

What To Watch

  • Stephen and Beth in a moment of passion on Tuesday, August 26.
  • Betty White returns as Ann Douglas on Thursday, August 28.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.




Sunday, August 24, 2008 9:16 PM EST | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — When secrets come out.

THIS WEEK ON: DAYS OF OUR LIVES

Lucas informs Sami that he is leaving and taking Allie with him. Chelsea surprises Daniel at his apartment, but how will Chelsea take the news when Daniel comes clean about his relationship with Kate? Meanwhile, Nick finds Melanie, and the two have an instant connection. Marlena finally wakes up with John by her side. John asks Marlena to come home with him when she’s released from the hospital. Max tells Tiffany that he has a girlfriend, but she doesn’t let that stop her from planting a kiss on him anyway. Phillip is in hot water.

The Inside Story: Trent Robbins

Trent asks Nicole for help. Trent overhears a conversation between Max and Caroline. While Trent wants Steve’s help in locating Max, Steve begins investigating Trent on Thursday, August 28.

What To Watch

  • Stefano tells Tony that he’s coming home on Friday, August 29.

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




Sunday, August 24, 2008 11:34 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Former “As The World Turns” star, Scott Holroyd, joins the cast of “Dirty Sexy Money.”

According to Michael Ausiello in his Ausiello Files column, Scott Holroyd, who portrayed Paul Ryan on CBS’ “As The World Turns” from 2001-2003, is joining the cast of the ABC primetime soap “Dirty Sexy Money” this fall. Holroyd will play the brother of Kiersten Warren’s Ellen Darling.

Currently, Ellen’s husband, Senator Patrick Darling (played by William Baldwin), is having an affair with transsexual Carmelita (played by real-life transsexual Candis Cayne), who mysteriously disappeared in the last episode of the shows first season.

Holroyd’s character is said to not be taking the news of Patrick’s sexual escapes as easy as his sister did.

Since leaving “World Turns,” Holroyd has appeared in such shows as “Law & Order: SVU,” “That 70′s Show,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “In Justice.” In November 2007, he married childhood friend Allison Munn.

“Dirty Sexy Money” airs Wednesdays 10/9c on ABC.


  • Scott Holroyd



    Saturday, August 23, 2008 6:09 AM EST | By Errol Lewis


    Sony Produces Best Soap Not on TV

    After firing the writing teams of “Days of our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” during the infamous Writer’s Strike earlier this year, Sony Pictures Television, producer of both soaps, continues to house power struggles behind-the-scenes between executives and writers at the top ranked daytime soap operas. Is it any wonder why fans call the series of events the best drama not on TV?

    February 2008 will not only go down as the end of the first writer’s strike in nearly 20 years, but it will also go down as a time when striking writers learned whether they’d have a job to come home to, at least if you were a writer for a Sony produced daytime drama series.

    On February 2, Soap Opera Network broke the news that Hogan Sheffer and the majority of his writing team were fired from NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” Then, on February 13, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” handed out pink slips to its head writer and Executive Producer, Lynn Marie Latham, her husband Bernard Lechowick, and key members of her writing team. Immediately after the “Days of our Lives” firings, the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) got involved and questioned the legalities of whether or not the studio and its co-owner of “DAYS,” Corday Productions, Inc., were able to release their writers while they were on strike. While no news had come out about how the WGA was handling that situation at the time, it is clear, however, that they are involved now. The reason? Dena Higley.

    If you have ever come across a “DAYS” message board and saw postings about the quality of the show, you’d probably come to realize that Dena Higley is quite possibly the most hated writer in daytime. Yes, she even beats mob lover, Robert Guza Jr (Head Writer, “General Hospital”).

    Higley, 49, got her start as Associate Head Writer at “Days of our Lives” in 1985, a position she held for 18 years. She was named Head Writer in 2003. In 2004, she left the show only to join ABC’s “One Life to Live” as its Head Writer. She was later fired in June 2007 after disastrous storylines angered fans and the soap started hitting record lows in the Nielsen ratings. Later that year she came back to “DAYS” as Co-Head Writer alongside Hogan Sheffer. During the Writer’s Strike, however, Higley was outed by former Soap Opera Weekly Editor, Carolyn Hinsey, as going Fi-Core. “Fi-Core” is short for “financial core,” in which WGA membership is reduced to its core necessities such as the inability to vote in elections, hold a seat on the board, or have any say in how the guild conducts its business. A writer that partakes in such activity will never be able to return to full guild privileges for however long they shall live. Sure sounds like a broken marriage agreement, no?

    Hinsey’s claims were validated when actor James Reynolds (who plays Abe Carver on the soap) was quoted by TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco in saying “Dena is our head writer,” and that he’d been enjoying her work, “especially the episodes that are airing now.” His comments were notable at the time as Dena had not received writing credit on the show, though her husband Mark Christopher Higley and friend Victor Gialanella did elect to go “Fi-Core.” Higley was named Head Writer shortly after the strike was over. According to sources, since the end of the strike, the WGA has been investigating claims as to whether Higley did indeed go “Fi-Core.” Also at the end of the strike, after a two-year absence, Rick Draughon returned to the show as a Script Writer. On June 1, it was revealed that he had been bumped up to Co-Head Writer with Dena, while Gialanella was demoted to Script Editor.

    As the height of the summer season approached, word broke out that “DAYS” Executive Producer Ed Scott and an unnamed “diva” were re-writing Higley’s scripts and telling everyone they were in charge of the show. This claim was also made of Josh Griffith, Executive Producer of “The Young and the Restless,” of Head Writer Maria Arena Bell’s scripts. Griffith, Bell and Paula Cwikly were all revealed to have gone “Fi-Core” during the strike. Hogan Sheffer, who himself also went “Fi-Core” during the strike, but at “DAYS”, was named Co-Head Writer of “Y&R” in May. Recently rumors were circulating that Josh Griffith had been fired, however, a “Y&R” rep denies those claims.

    It has been speculated that Higley, angered with the working environment she was placed in, went to the Writer’s Guild and asked them to intervene. The WGA was said to have issued a cease and desist letter to the show. On Friday, August 15, Ed Scott was fired and replaced by former “One Life to Live” Executive Producer and onetime “DAYS” Head Writer, Gary Tomlin. On August 22, Soap Opera Network once again broke news that Tomlin had hired Christopher Whitesell as another Co-Head Writer for “DAYS.”

    Now the question remains, how many head writers does it take to end this never ending storyline where one woman holds so much power at NBC’s sole daytime soap opera, before fans do not recognize their show by refusing to watch and NBC cancels the 43 year-old show in favor of cheaper programming? The only one who knows that answer is Ken Corday, owner of the soap, who is currently said to be paying off the remainder of James E. Reilly and Hogan Sheffer’s contracts, which were interrupted after their respective firings by Corday himself.

    Seriously Sony, get your act together. If only the drama on screen was as juicy as the one going on behind-the-scenes, you’d find yourself with daytime’s #1 drama…oh wait, “Y&R” already holds that title. Maybe “DAYS” could bump up to #2? One can dream!

    This is Errol Lewis…Keeping you Wired.

    Correction (9:48 AM ET): Hinsey “outed” Higley as a “scab” writer, not a “Fi-Core” writer as mentioned in the article above. A “scab” is one who unofficially crosses the picket line during a strike and chooses to work for the party a union is rallying against. When someone chooses “Fi-Core” they are officially informing their union that they have chosen to work, instead of striking with other union members.


    • The Young and the Restless
    • Days of our Lives
    • Ed Scott
    • Ken Corday
    • Gary Tomlin
    • Christopher Whitesell
    • Carolyn Hinsey
    • Josh Griffith
    • Dena Higley
    • Sony Pictures Television


      Friday, August 22, 2008 10:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we approach our 7th year online in October, Soap Opera Network is looking toward the future and has come up with an aggressive plan to “Bringing.Drama.Closer” than ever before to the fans of daytime and prime soap operas. In order to do this, we need individuals who would like to cover the following soap operas and provide visitors with news, previews and interviews with today’s biggest and brightest stars:

      • 90210
      • The Bold and the Beautiful
      • Brothers & Sisters
      • Desperate Housewives
      • Dirty Sexy Money
      • Days of our Lives
      • Gossip Girl
      • Grey’s Anatomy
      • Guiding Light
      • One Tree Hill
      • Private Practice
      • Ugly Betty

      Show Editors will be required to provide up-to-date News and Previews for their respective show.

      Soap Opera Network is also looking for episode recappers for the daytime soaps.

      If you are interested in any position, please contact me at ELewis@sonuni.com. In your subject line, please indicate which show or area you are interested in covering. A writing sample should be attached in your email.

      Note: At this time all available positions are based on a volunteer basis only.


      • Soap Opera Network


        Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

        Emmy Rossum went from “Law & Order” to “As The World Turns” (ex-Abigail Williams) and now is starring in “Dragonball,” the film adaptation to the popular “Dragonball” anime series.

        “Dragonball” tells the story of Goku (played by Justin Chatwin), a warrior set out to save the universe from iminent danger. He seeks to locate the seven magical orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which together will help summon the Shenron dragon, who will grant a single wish to the one that summons him.

        Rossum (right, picured with Chatwin) will play Bulma, a girl who aids Goku on his quest after her father’s dragonball is stolen from Lord Piccolo (played by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor James Marsters). Joining her will be “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Texas Battle as Carey Fuller, a bully in the film. Battle’s character was specifically written into the film for storyline purposes.

        Rounding out the cast are Jamie Chung as Chi-Chi, Chow Yun-Fat as Master Roshi, Joon Park as Yamcha, Eriko Tamura as Mai, Luis Arrieta as Weaver, Randall Duk Kim as Granpa Gohan, Ernie Hudson as Master Mutaito, and Shavon Kirksey as Emi.

        The $100 million budgeted “Dragonball” is a production of 20th Century Fox and is set for release on Friday, April 3, 2009.



        Friday, August 22, 2008 9:14 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Matthew Borlenghi is expected to shake things up next month on the NBC drama series “Days of our Lives,” when he joins the cast as the Mayor of Salem.

        Beginning Thursday, September 18, look for Borlenghi to shock Salem citizens, as his character Mayor Marino, with news that…oh wait, I can’t tell you…yet! Just know that you’ll definitely be in for a surprise.

        Borlenghi is best known for playing Brian Bodine, Hayley’s (Kelly Ripa) love interest, on ABC’s “All My Children, and Ziggy Deadmarsh on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful.” This year the actor co-wrote the film “Jack Rio” with Sean Kanan (“The Bold and the Beautiful” and “General Hospital”) and the films Director/Producer, Gregori J. Martin. Released in June, the film was about a TV actor needing to find himself, but finding a serial killer in his way is not what he expected. His other credits include stints in Showtime’s “Dexter” and CBS’ “Without a Trace.”

        In other “Days of our Lives” news, Terrell Tilford returns as Dr. Carrington on Friday, September 5. Ross Matthews appears as Kate’s assistant, Chris, on Tuesday, September 9, and Freda Foh Shen joins the cast as Eleanor Thomas starting Thursday, September 18.

        Look for Roscoe Born to make a dramatic exit at the end of September as his character departs the “DAYS” canvas. His departure is said to be storyline dictated, according to sources.

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


        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • All My Children
        • Days of our Lives
        • Kelly Ripa
        • General Hospital
        • Roscoe Born
        • Matthew Borlenghi
        • Terrell Tilford
        • Ross Matthews
        • Freda Foh Shen


          Fixation Magazine

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Real-life couple Nadia Bjorlin and Brandon Beemer grace cover of Fixation Magazine’s August issue.

          “Days of Our Lives” beauty Bjorlin (Chloe Lane) and her handsome former co-star and real-life boyfriend, Beemer (ex-Shawn D. Brady, “Days of Our Lives;” Owen Knight, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) are featured in a cover story in the magazine’s 9th issue since its launch in December 2007. The duo posed for some action-packed themed shots where one can imagine what they’d look like in the next great blockbuster movie. Can we say “Mr. and Mrs. Smith 2″ starring these two?

          Fixation is a lifestyle monthly magazine that brings readers the latest events, fashion trends, entertainment options, beauty tips, health guides, and what’s happening in the social scene all around Los Angeles, CA.

          The magazine is on newstands now, so if you are in the area don’t forget to check it out.

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









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