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
Friday, August 22, 2008 6:27 PM ET | By Xavier Toups

( — Gary Tomlin makes his first executive decision.

Soap Opera Network has learned that newly appointed “Days Of Our Lives” Executive Producer Gary Tomlin has brought in Christopher Whitesell as Co-Head Writer. Whitesell will serve along side Dena Higley, the show’s current Head Writer.

This will now be the third time Whitesell has worked as Co-Head Writer for Gary Tomlin. The previous two times were at “Sunset Beach” with Meg Bennett (from late 1997 to 1998), then Margaret De Priest (from 1998 to the show’s finale on December 31, 1999), and “One Life To Live” with Lorraine Broderick (from 2001 to 2002).

He was also Co-Head Writer at “General Hospital” with Janet Iacobuzio (in 1997) and “As The World Turns” with Jean Passanante and Leah Laiman (from 2005 to 2007). His other writing credits include “Another World” and “Guiding Light.”

Whitesell previously served as a writer at “DAYS” from 2000 to 2001.

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

  • One Life to Live
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • Gary Tomlin
  • Christopher Whitesell

    Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:55 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — I’ve always thought that if you put on quality television with good writing combined with great acting, you’d find yourself well positioned for growth in the Nielsen Ratings. NBCs “Days of our Lives” proved just that during the week of August 11, 2008, when it moved up to 3rd place in the Nielsen rankings, pulling a 2.4/8 in households. Oh, wait…the Olympics were on. Never mind.

    With the Summer 2008 Beijing Olympic games as a lead-in, “Days of our Lives” was able to bring in 500,000 more households than they had the week prior, and 400,000 more than at the same point last year. Similarly, 3.1 million viewers tuned into the soap, which was an increase of 629,000 viewers over last week and 514,000 more than last year. The soap was also able to reclaim the #1 position in the coveted Women 18-34 demographic with a 1.1/7, a position it has not held in sometime. While all soaps were up in Girl viewers aged 12-17, “DAYS” was able to place second behind only “One Life to Live” (70,000 viewers vs 72,000) in the demo, which was an increase of 25,000 viewers from last week.

    ABC’s “All My Children” once again hit series lows as it fell to 6th place in households (tie with “As The World Turns”) with a 1.8/6. Only 2.4 million viewers tuned in to see what was happening in Pine Valley, a mere 200,000 viewer advantage over daytime’s lowest rated drama “Guiding Light.” “Light” placed 8th among all soap operas with a 1.6/5 in households and 2.2 million viewers, a massive decline of 400,000 viewers from last year.

    Overall “The Young and the Restless” lost the most viewers year-over-year with 5.1 million viewers, a decline of 469,000 from last year. “The Bold and the Beautiful” lost the least amount of viewers year-over-year with 3.5 million viewers, a decline of just 135,000 viewers.

    ABC Daytime handed over the title of biggest loser among the big three networks to CBS, as the network lost just 1 million viewers combined year-to-year, while CBS lost 1.3 million.

    The following is the final ratings report for the Week of August 11, 2008:

    HOUSEHOLD RANK/SHARE (change last week/last year)

      1. Y&R 3.6/12 (-.1/-.5)

      2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.1/-.2)

      3. DAYS 2.4/8 (+.5/+.4)

      4. GH 2.2/7 (+.1/-.2)

      5. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/-.4) < ------- ties low rating

      6. ATWT 1.8/6 (-.1/-.3)

      6. AMC 1.8/6 (-.1/-.4) < --------- new low rating

      8. GL 1.6/5 (same/-.4)

    TOTAL VIEWERS (change last week/last year)

      1. Y&R 5,054,000 (+1,000/-469,000)

      2. B&B 3,471,000 (-110,000/-135,000)

      3. DAYS 3,109,000 (+629,000/+514,000)

      4. GH 2,871,000 (+203,000/-228,000)

      5. OLTL 2,548,000 (+28,000/-364,000)

      6. ATWT 2,536,000 (-91,000/-302,000)

      7. AMC 2,374,000 (-91,000/-437,000)

      8. GL 2,234,000 (-69,000/-407,000)

    WOMEN 18-49 RATING (change last week/last year)

      1. Y&R 1.7/11 (+.1/same)

      2. GH 1.4/9 (+.2/-.2)

      3. DAYS 1.3/8 (+.3/-.1)

      4. OLTL 1.2/7 (same/-.2)

      5. AMC 1.1/7 (same/-.1)

      5. B&B 1.1/7 (same/same)

      7. ATWT 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1)

      7. GL 0.9/5 (same/-.2) < -------- ties low rating

    WOMEN 18-49 VIEWERS (change last week/last year)

      1. Y&R 1,101,000 (+36,000/-45,000)

      2. GH 928,000 (+124,000/-98,000)

      3. DAYS 827,000 (+169,000/-81,000)

      4. OLTL 773,000 (-17,000/-145,000)

      5. AMC 729,000 (-22,000/-68,000)

      6. B&B 722,000 (-14,000/-20,000)

      7. ATWT 617,000 (-21,000/-34,000)

      8. GL 577,000 (-13,000/-154,000)

    GIRL 12-17 VIEWERS (change last week/last year)

      1. OLTL 72,000 (+21,000/+33,000)

      2. DAYS 70,000 (+25,000/+4,000)

      2. AMC 70,000 (+19,000/+26,000)

      4. Y&R 67,000 (+35,000/-34,000)

      5. B&B 64,000 (+48,000/+9,000)

      6. ATWT 53,000 (+36,000/+2,000)

      7. GH 48,000 (+18,000/-4,000)

      8. GL 46,000 (+26,000/-3,000)

    WOMEN 18-34 RATING (change last week/last year)

      1. DAYS 1.1/7 (+.4/-.3)

      2. GH 1.0/6 (+.3/-.1)

      3. Y&R 0.9/6 (same/-.2)

      4. OLTL 0.8/5 (same/-.2)

      5. AMC 0.7/4 (same/-.2)

      6. ATWT 0.5/3 (same/-.2)

      6. B&B 0.5/3 (-.1/-.3)

      8. GL 0.4/2 (same/-.4)

    MEN 18+ VIEWERS (change last week/last year)

      1. Y&R 1,242,000 (+12,000/-109,000)

      2. DAYS 801,000 (+313,000/+335,000)

      3. B&B 795,000 (-13,000/-40,000)

      4. GH 527,000 (+29,000/-83,000)

      5. ATWT 522,000 (-16,000/-75,000)

      6. GL 462,000 (same/-64,000)

      7. OLTL 453,000 (-10,000/-91,000)

      8. AMC 439,000 (-72,000/-130,000)

      Source: NTI, Live + Same Day

    Thursday, August 21, 2008 7:46 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Openly Gay Actor and activist, Chad Allen, 34, is joining the cast of the SOAPnet Original Series, “General Hospital: Night Shift” as a love interest for Dr. Kyle Julian (Adam Grimes).

    Allen will portray Eric Whitlow , a patient needing a liver transplant who arrives at General Hospital seeking medical attention. He is assisted by Dr. Julian, a gay medical intern, and the two form a romantic relationship as they work together in finding Eric a suitable donor. The actor joins the primetime soap on Tuesday, September 23 for three episodes.

    “We’re delighted to have Chad join our show because, not only is he a remarkable actor, he’s also an amazing activist. For years I have been inspired by Chad and welcome the honesty and authenticity that he will bring to our show,” said head writer Sri Rao.

    Allen is best known for his role as Matthew Cooper in the CBS series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” in the early 1990′s. He has also appeared in “NYPD Blue,” “Criminal Minds” and “St. Elsewhere.” He can currently be seen in the here! original television movies “Third Man Out,” “Shock to the System” and “On the Other Hand,” a series of films based on the popular Donald Strachey Mystery novels by Richard Stevenson about a gay private detective in Albany, NY. He will star in the next chapter, “Death and Ice Blues,” which is set for release later this year.

    “General Hospital: Night Shift” airs Tuesdays on SOAPnet. Mondays on DirecTV’s The 101. Check local listings.

    • General Hospital: Night Shift
    • Chad Allen

      Thursday, August 21, 2008 7:03 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Roscoe Born is out at NBC’s “Days of our Lives.”

      As we first reported to you on our message boards earlier this week, Roscoe Born is leaving the soap this fall due to storyline purposes. Born joined the series in May 2008 as Trent Robbins, Max Brady’s (Darin Brooks) biological father.

      A “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman was able to confirm the actors departure and informed Soap Opera Network that “Roscoe will continue to have story well into the end of September.”

      According to sources, Born’s firing is unrelated to the firing of Ed Scott, who was replaced by Gary Tomlin on Friday, August 15.

      Prior to his work on “Days of our Lives,” Born had starring roles on all current daytime soap operas with the exception of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “General Hospital.” He has also appeared in such shows as “Murder, She Wrote” and “Six Million Dollar Man.” He starred in the film “Powwow Highway” along-side “One Life to Live” bound A. Martinez.

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

      • Days of our Lives
      • Roscoe Born

        Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:27 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — What does Bradford, Ricky, Kassie, Jason, Kimberly, Bryan, Van, Rebecca and Bob all have in common?

        Well, if you saw the image at the right-hand side of this article, you’ve probably guessed…they are all part of the newest soap cruise, which allows fans the opportunity to get closer to their favorite daytime stars than ever before.

        For four days and three wonderful nights, fans will get the chance to spend time with their favorite stars from all of daytime television including Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, “General Hospital”), Brandon Barash (Johnny, “General Hospital”), Kathy Brier (Marcie, “One Life to Live”), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, “All My Children”), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas, “Days of our Lives”), Kassie DePaiva (Blair, “One Life to Live”), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, “All My Children”), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, “All My Children”), Van Hansis (Luke, “As The World Turns”), Susan Haskell (Marty, “One Life to Live”), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, “The Young and the Restless”), Thorsten Kaye (Zach, “All My Children”), Thad Luckinbill (JT, “The Young and the Restless”), Constantine Maroulis (Constantine, “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Kimberly McCullough (Robin, “General Hospital”), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, “All My Children”), Kelly Monaco (Sam, “General Hospital”), Eden Riegel (Eden, “Imaginary Bitches”), Greg Rikaart (Kevin, “The Young and the Restless”), Jake Silbermann (Noah, “As The World Turns”), Aiden Turner (Aidan, “All My Children”), Bree Williamson (Jessica, “One Life to Live”), Jason Thompson (Patrick, “General Hospital”), and Bob Guiney (“The Bachelor”). Ok, so Bob isn’t a daytime soap star, but he is married to one (Budig).

        Setting sail on Friday, March 20, 2009 to Ensenada, Mexico, the “Rock the Soap Cruise” not only gives fans a chance to mingle with their favorites, they’ll also get complimentary meals, full use of cruise facilities, 24-hour room service and nothing but ocean water and cool breeze. Ship of choice is courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines.

        Events include:

        * Rock The Soap Cruise Welcome Cocktail Party with open bar

        * Rock The Soap Party with DJ Aiden Turner

        * Rock The Soap Talk Show with celebrity interviews, clips and stories

        * Rock The Soap Meet and Greet Session with all your favorites

        * Rock The Soap Fantasy Camp where fans act out scenes with celebs

        * Rock The Soap Trivia Contest with special prizes

        * Rock The Soap Concert with your favorite soap stars & Bob Guiney Band

        * Rock The Soap Karaoke Contest and Duets with your favorite stars

        * Rock The Soap Farewell Cocktail Party with open bar

        * All events hosted by TV Personality Bob Guiney

        * Full Access to all of Carnival’s activities and facilities!

        * Chances to enter other onboard drawings for exclusive Rock The Soap Events!

        The first 300 passengers will receive VIP Breakfast with the Stars, and will be entered in a special drawing to receive front row tickets to the Rock The Soap Concert.

        To get more information on how to purchase tickets and see a cool introductory video produced by Bob Guiney, go to

        • Bradford Anderson
        • Rock the Soap Cruise

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          ( — Gary Tomlin officially takes over “Days of our Lives” from Ed Scott.

          In the most unusual press release ever issued by a television studio or network, Sony Pictures Television and Corday Productions, Inc., producers of “Days of our Lives,” put rumors to rest and officially announced that former “One Life to Live” Executive Producer, Gary Tomlin, would be taking over Co-Executive Producer reins at the NBC soap opera. He replaces Ed Scott.

          “I have decided that it’s in the best interest of the show’s future to make this change in order to improve ‘Days’ both visually and emotionally,” said Ken Corday, Executive Producer. “We at ‘Days’ are grateful to Ed Scott for all of his contributions and amazing energy over the past year. Gary Tomlin brings a long successful history of being an actor’s producer and a writer’s producer to our cast and crew and I know the viewers will see the immediate results of this change for the better.”

          Scott was reportedly fired on Friday, August 15, after rumored battles with Corday and the soaps head writer, Dena Higley.

          “I’m very happy to be back at ‘Days’ where I began behind the scenes in the early 80’s,” said Gary Tomlin, new Co-Executive Producer. “It’s wonderful to be given the opportunity to work with Ken Corday.”

          Tomlin began his career in daytime in 1973, when he was cast in the contract role of Bruce Carson on “Search for Tomorrow.” He later appeared as Morgan Simpson on NBC’s “Another World” in 1979. His work behind-the-scenes began in 1980, when he joined “DAYS” as its co-head writer. He held the position until 1981. Later, he went on to co-head write at his old stomping ground, “Another World” for two years starting in 1984. In the late 1980′s/early 1990′s, Tomlin began writing scripts for “Santa Barbara” and directing episodes for both “Another World” and “One Life to Live.” In 1995 he joined “All My Children” as a producer. Upon the debut of NBC’s “Sunset Beach” in 1997 through its last airing in 1999, Tomlin was credited as the shows Executive Producer. He joined “One Life to Live” as its Executive Producer in November 2000, but his first credited episodes did not air until January 2001. He left the ABC soap in August 2003. He was replaced by current “One Life” Executive Producer, Frank Valentini.

          For his work on “One Life to Live,” Tomlin won the soap its one and only Outstanding Drama Series Emmy Award in 2003. The series turned 40 years-old on July 15, 2008.

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

          Thursday, August 21, 2008 5:15 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — “The Young and the Restless” is about to get a new Executive Producer according to published reports, but are those reports accurate?

          According to TV Guide Canada‘s Nelson Branco in his latest Suds Report column, “Young and Restless” Executive Producer, Josh Griffith, was fired the same day that Ed Scott was replaced by Gary Tomlin as Executive Producer at “Days of our Lives.” However, according to a statement released by Sony Pictures Television, producers of “Y&R,” to Soap Opera Digest, everything indicates that all is honky-dory in Genoa City.

          Josh Griffith is “still here and still the executive producer,” said a “Y&R” representative.

          Griffith was named Executive Producer and Head Writer of “The Young and the Restless” in November 2007 after going fi-core status during the WGA Writer’s Strike. He replaced Lynn Marie Latham, who also pulled double duty as Executive Producer and Head Writer. Latham was fired along with her husband Bernard Lechowick, who served as a Creative Consultant, and writers Marina Alburger and Lynsey Dufour in February 2008.

          The producer is best known for his work on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” where he served as co-head writer along-side Michael Malone in the early 1990′s. The duo won the Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Emmy for “One Life” in 1994. Griffith got his start in television as a Breakdown Writer/Script Writer for NBC’s “Santa Barbara” in 1988.

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

          • The Young and the Restless
          • Josh Griffith

            Premiered: June 27, 2008

            Synopsis: Go behind the scenes with, and into the life of, “General Hospital” star Bradford Anderson in Episode Three of the SOAPnet original web series.

            Monday, August 18, 2008 8:55 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            ( — Yes, it was created as a “day off for the working man,” or the official end of summer according to many, but Labor Day is also a day where ABC Daytime gets to remember the good stuff they’ve aired in the recent past.

            On Monday, September 1, instead of showing first-run episodes of your favorite ABC Daytime dramas like “All My Children,” “General Hospital” or “One Life to Live,” the network has opted to air repeat episodes of the soaps. These episodes are said to be defining moments in each soaps current storylines.

            • “All My Children” Episode #9881 (original air date 5/27/08) — All hell breaks loose on Angie and Jesse’s wedding day. Jesse rescues Angie from the helicopter after Rob kidnaps her but Tad is shot. Julia refuses surgery knowing she is going to die. Dixie visits Julia and thanks her for taking care of Kate. Kendall tells Ryan that she had sex with Aidan and that Greenlee found out at the wedding. Zach visits Greenlee and finds her throwing Aidan’s belongings out of the apartment. Greenlee pulls Zach into a kiss.
            • “One Life to Live” Episode #10232 (original air date 7/22/08) — This is the second of the 40th Anniversary episodes and features Viki’s emotional reunion with Ben in heaven. Ghost Mel and David ask Dorian to save Viki and she does after David’s promise to divorce Addie. Clint has a phone call from Cord and Cristian fights to get to Sarah and save her from the falls.
            • “General Hospital” Episode #11592 (original air date 7/708) — In this episode Lulu witnesses Logan attacking Maxie. Logan tries to make Lulu understand, but in defense, she winds up stabbing him. Jax and Kate are caught in a compromising position when she accidentally drops her engagement ring and has to lean over him to retrieve it. Carly vents to Jason that she plans to destroy Kate and get her to leave town. He calls her out on sleeping w/Sonny but she explains that away. Claudia and Anthony have a heated discussion in which a bit of her past is revealed.

            Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Tuesday, September 2 – just in time for Fall Previews!

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

            Monday, August 18, 2008 8:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

            ( — Families coming together.


            After safely getting Sam home without blowing her cover in the process, Lucky calls Elizabeth over to tend to Sam’s wounds. Elizabeth learns that Sam and Lucky’s breakup was staged. Sam and Elizabeth reach a new understanding on Tuesday, August 19. In a moment of weakness, Nikolas kisses Nadine. Jason has an opportunity to take out Karpov, but due to unforeseen events he finds himself is a crippling position. Later, Jason rejects Sasha’s advances, which are misinterpreted by Spinelli, who reveals his theory to Maxie. Jax can’t allow himself to get sucked back in by Carly. Robin has a warning for Nadine as far as Nikolas is concerned. Elizabeth reminds Nikolas that Emily would have wanted him to be happy.

            The Inside Story: Is Lulu Crazy?

            Lulu and Johnny are caught and subsequently separated as Lulu’s family works overtime in trying to get her the help she needs, while the Zacchara’s are fearing the worst where Johnny is concerned. Claudia stands up to Scott, who is reveling in the fact that Johnny has been caught. Lulu is comforted by her brothers – She tells Nikolas that she is having visions of Logan, while Lucky promises her that he will be by her side supporting her during her ordeal. Anthony threatens the lives of Alexis’ children if she doesn’t drop the charges against Johnny. Meanwhile, Scott torments Lulu with thoughts of testifying against Johnny. Alexis meets with Johnny. Sonny discusses matters with both Johnny and Lulu. Lulu has another tormenting vision of Logan.

            A Closer Look: Patrick and Robin’s New Beginning

            As the due date becomes ever closer, Patrick becomes increasingly worried about raising a daughter. He tries to make up for his chauvinistic behavior, but manages to go overboard in his endeavor. Robin sets the record straight for her mother when she jumps to the wrong conclusions over Patrick. Patrick decides to propose to Robin in a very public way. Will Robin accept Patrick’s proposal or will she turn him down? Find out on Friday, August 22.

            What To Watch

            • Kate is supportive of Sonny when he brings up the subject of his bipolar disorder.
            • Nikolas and Nadine share an intimate dance on Friday, August 22.
            • Jason and Spinelli are at odds.
            • With orders from Jason, Cody keeps a tail on Karpov.

            General Hospital News and Headlines

            • “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore is coming to Port Charles (see story).
            • Finola Hughes joins sister-soap “General Hospital: Night Shift” (see story).

            • Genie Francis first airdate changed (see story).

            SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 25, 2008

            • Monday: A miracle occurs when Lulu comes face-to-face with her mother, Laura; Spinelli’s life is on the line; Claudia realizes that she needs Ric’s help in order to clear Johnny.
            • Tuesday: Laura and Lulu have a mother-daughter talk that leads to hopes for the future; Claudia and Nikolas become allies; Carly reveals the truth to Jax about her association with Karpov.
            • Wednesday: Maxie gets emotional over thoughts of losing Spinelli when he takes a turn for the worse; Jax puts a stunned Kate in her place; Ric prepares for battle with Scott and Alexis over Johnny.
            • Thursday: Jax becomes the latest person to become Karpov’s enemy; Lulu tells Laura the truth; Robin’s family and friends think she’s making a life-changing mistake.

            • Friday: Matt confesses the truth to Maxie, which is overheard by Jerry; Lulu’s visions of Logan continue; Jason and Elizabeth act on their feelings.

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

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