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
Monday, August 11, 2008 11:28 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

( — New York Magazine profiles five young soap stars to watch on website.

“Five Young Soap Stars to Watch” is an online feature currently on the website of New York Magazine, in which the mag profiles young stars from New York based soaps that they believe are ready for super-stardom. The magazine enlisted the aide of well-known soap journalists Connie Passalacqua Hayman, a longtime soap journalist and professor of journalism at Marymount Manhattan; Carolyn Hinsey, former editor of Soap Opera Weekly according to reports; Michael Logan, columnist TV Guide; Terry Morrow, TV critic for Knoxville News Sentinel; and Ed Martin, TV editor for as judges.

Included in the feature are Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”), 27, Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe, “Guiding Light”), 23, John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom, “One Life to Live”), 28, Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, “As The World Turns”), 26, and Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning, “One Life to Live”), 17.

On the Web: Five Young Soap Stars to Watch

While there, check out the magazines interview with “Guiding Light” Executive Producer, Ellen Wheeler (see story).

  • One Life to Live
  • As The World Turns
  • Van Hansis
  • Guiding Light
  • Kristen Alderson
  • John-Paul Lavoisier
  • Caitlin Van Zandt

    Monday, August 11, 2008 10:30 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Questioning of the minds.


    Lulu’s path to destruction continues as visions of Logan escalate. Jason manages to save Carly and Claudia from danger, but is unable to learn who was shooting at them. Fearing for Lulu, Johnny contacts Claudia in hopes of finding out a little more about Laura Spencer and what she was like before she had her breakdown years ago. Karpov orders Jerry to kill Jason or else. While trying to deflect Nadine’s advances, Nadine becomes suspicious of Nikolas’ involvement with Elizabeth. Robin and Patrick finally learn the sex of their baby on Tuesday, August 12.

    A Closer Look: Spinelli has a brain tumor?

    After once again being rescued by Maxie, Spinelli tries to prove his manhood by suggesting that he and Jason stakeout Karpov’s warehouse. Unfortunately for Spinelli, he is rushed to the hospital after passing out due to a heatstroke. Maxie rushes to be by Spinelli’s side and is angered by Dr. Hunter’s insinuation that Spinelli might have a brain tumor.

    The Inside Story: A Town at Large

    Everyone in Port Charles is willing to put everything on the line to safely return Johnny and Lulu to Port Charles. Trevor threatens Alexis, Alexis feeds Nikolas information, Nikolas feeds Claudia information, Anthony threatens Alexis’ family through his presence, Sonny tells Kate that Johnny and Lulu are Jason’s problem, etc. The one cool factor is that the connection between Nikolas and Claudia is growing, but is romance truly in the air?

    What To Watch

    • Lourdes witnesses Lulu’s latest meltdown.
    • Jerry has a warning for Kate.
    • Jax returns on Wednesday, August 13, but is he back for Carly?
    • Lucky steps in to save Sam.

    General Hospital News and Headlines

    • “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore is coming to Port Charles (see story).
    • “General Hospital” is working on a new opening sequence (see story).

    • Genie Francis is returning as Laura Spencer beginning Tuesday, August 26 (see story).


    • Monday: Johnny and Lulu are about to reach the end of their journey; Karpov continues his quest for Carly; Sam and Lucky confess all to Elizabeth.
    • Tuesday: Lulu continues down an unwanted path; Jason is tormented by his actions; Alexis seeks help from Johnny.
    • Wednesday: Sonny gives Johnny some sobering news; Spinelli and Jason are at odds; Sonny opens up to Kate.
    • Thursday: Johnny and Lulu are desperate to be together; Patrick and Robin discuss their future together; Lucky gets tough with Lulu.

    • Friday: Maxie and Spinelli are on a stakeout; Lulu’s visions get more violent; Robin comes to an important decision.

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    • General Hospital

      Monday, August 11, 2008 9:30 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

      ( — After shooting a set of new promos for ABC Daytime last month, “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore has agreed to mentor the people of Port Charles on what mob life is truly like.

      According to‘s Abby West, Pastore will join the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the guest-role of Maximus Giambetti, a well-known mobster who comes to Port Charles in order to reunite with sons Max (Derk Cheetwood) and Milo (Drew Cheetwood). Maximus comes to town thinking that his eldest son Max is the local crime lord, but soon learns that that is further from the truth.

      The actor is most famous for his his long-running stint in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” where he played “Sal ‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero” from 1999-2007. He was also the voice of under-water creature “Luca” in the 2004 box-office smash “Shark Tale,” starring Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Renée Zellweger. The film grossed over $160 million. He can next be seen in the film “Tricks of a Woman,” which is set for limited release on September 8.

      Prior to joining “GH,” Pastore had a guest-role on ABC’s “One Life to Live” in 2003 as “Rack ‘em up Ross,” a character that interacted with Melissa Archer’s Natalie Buchanan.

      Pastore first arrives in Port Charles this October.

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

      • General Hospital
      • Derk Cheetwood
      • Vincent Pastore
      • Drew Cheetwood

        Monday, August 4, 2008 11:29 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Accusations running wild.


        Carly warns Kate to stay out of her relationship with Jax. Lulu admits to Johnny that she is having unsettling visions of Logan. Robin and Patrick do not like the idea that Anna and Noah are getting romantically involved, after catching the two in a closet making out, but they make every effort to accept the decision. Anna and Noah have a heartfelt conversation. Lulu visits a catatonic Laura in the hospital and voices her fears and concerns. Lulu doesn’t realize how close she is to getting caught when Scott shows up for a visit with Laura. Lourdes is jealous of Lulu’s involvement with Johnny. Lucky and Nikolas ban Scott from visiting Laura in the hospital. Kate and Claudia get into it after the two accuse each other of using Sonny for their own gain.

        A Closer Look: Betrayed

        The confrontation was bound to happen and finally the friendship between Jason Morgan and Sonny Corinthos is over! Jason confronts Sonny after learning of his dealings with Andre Karpov and feels that what Sonny did was a betrayal. Sonny regrets losing Jason’s friendship, but is still unable to tell Kate about his involvement with Karpov. A disappointed Jason informs a shocked Carly of Sonny’s current business dealings. Carly informs Jason that he may have to treat Sonny like he would any other enemy, but Jason informs her that he might have a solution to his problem and invites Karpov to a meeting. At their meeting, Karpov reveals his real intentions for working with Sonny in the first place. Carly disobeys Jason’s stern warnings and invites Karpov to dinner. Karpov takes a real liking to the former Mrs. Corinthos. Sonny lies to Kate about the real reason he can’t spend a romantic evening with her. Sonny oversees Karpov’s latest shipment. Spinelli is frustrated with Jason. Carly and Jason are in for the fight of their lives.

        The Inside Story: Nadine Works Alone

        While continuing with her efforts to prove Matt isn’t who he says he is, Nadine is forced to hide in Matt’s bedroom after catching Maxie and Matt in a heated argument. Maxie catches Nadine in Matt’s bedroom, and thinks she can use it against Matt to gain the upper hand. Matt accuses Nadine of trying to incriminate him in the drug smuggling business when she informs him that she wants to get involved. Nadine overhears Matt making another mysterious phone call. Working on her own to prove Matt’s involvement in criminal activity, Nadine finds herself making a huge mistake. Nadine continues to pursue Nikolas romantically when she puts her heart on the line. Will Nikolas finally reveal his true feelings for Nadine? Or is she still the little sister that he claims her to be to him?

        What To Watch

        • Maxie won’t take no for an answer.
        • Scott accuses the Quartermaine’s of teaming up with Anthony Zacchara to help Lulu and Johnny escape.
        • The police catch up to Johnny and Lulu?
        • Jerry is up to no good.

        • Lucky is the voice of reason when Nikolas and Sam insist that Jerry is behind the drug smuggling in Port Charles.

        General Hospital News and Headlines

        • “General Hospital” is working on a new opening sequence (see story).
        • Graham Shiels returns as Cody Paul on the August 6, 11 and 19 episodes of “GH.”

        • Genie Francis is returning as Laura Spencer beginning Tuesday, August 26 (see story). In the mean time, “Laura” can be seen via a body double beginning Tuesday, August 5.

        SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 11, 2008

        • Monday: Maxie is successfully able to come to Spinelli’s rescue; Lulu is certain she will meet the same fate as Laura; Sonny is determined to keep his old life behind him.

          Sneaky PreVUE: Carly’s poor judgment puts Jason, Carly and Claudia’s lives in danger. Can Jason save the two women before one of them gets hurt?

        • Tuesday: Trevor has a warning for Alexis; Nikolas gives Claudia reason to believe in him; Nothing goes the way Spinelli wants it to.
        • Wednesday: Johnny is willing to turn himself in if it means getting Lulu the help she needs; Jerry has a warning for Kate; Jason and Elizabeth try to fight their feelings for each other.
        • Thursday: Lulu has a bad reaction; Kate interrupts a turning point for Jax and Carly; Anthony pressures Claudia.

        • Friday: The nightmare is just beginning for Johnny and Lulu; Anthony is able to manipulate Sonny; Sonny and Jason finally discuss Michael’s shooting in-depth.

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        ( — Get ready “Days of our Lives” fans, the NBC soap opera is gearing up for the networks coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and they don’t want you to miss out on all the action, intrigue and romance that daytime’s sexiest soap has to offer.

        Beginning the week of August 11, “DAYS” will change gears and center itself on two simultaneous storylines for two weeks that are expected to be shear fun for the everyday soap fan.

        “There will be a very exciting film noir piece. It’s Nicole’s drunken fantasy, and the hospital stuff will be enticing as well,” says a “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman.

        From what we know, after witnessing a shocking event in the hospital, a drunken Nicole (Arianne Zucker) goes into a fantasy world where the people in her life are transformed into 1940′s characters. Included in this storyline are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), James Scott (EJ), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) and Kristen Renton (Morgan). Soap Opera Network has also learned that Dattilo’s role will be as Lucas Horton, Private Investigator.

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        In addition to Zucker, the hospital storyline which kicks everything off includes the likes of Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Patch), Drake Hogestyn (John), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Joseph Mascolo (Stefano), Thaao Penghlis (Tony), and Leann Hunley (Anna).

        According to Soap Opera Digest, after all the fun is over “Days of our Lives” will kick off a set of new and bigger ongoing storylines as the soap gets ready for the fall season.

        In case anyone misses out on the fun and the excitement, will feature daily episode recaps on its website.

        Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — “Guiding Light’s” Robert Newman (Joshua Lewis) is returning to the Michigan stage courtesy of a new musical production from the Barn Theatre.

        Newman has signed on to star in the musical production of “Shenandoah,” a story about Virginian farmer Charlie Anderson (Newman) and how his family struggles to stay together throughout the civil war. The production is based on the original 1965 screenplay by James Lee Barrett, which debuted in 1974 at the Goodspeed Opera House. Music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell and a book by Udell, Philip Rose and James Lee Barrett.

        Also starring in the musical are Joe Dely, J.P. Makowski, Isaac Bush, Alex Kip, Emily May Smith, Kevin White, Vaughn Schmidt, and Alyssa Schlageter.

        “Shenandoah” opens at the Barn Theatre on Tuesday, August 5 at 8:30 PM and will play through August 17.

        The Barn Theatre is located on M-96, west of Augusta . Tickets are $29.00 for all performances and Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Group prices available. The box office is open daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm . For tickets or more information call (269) 731-4121. On the web:

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

        Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:28 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Just six months after joining “As The World Turns” in the contract role of Mike Kasnoff, Soap Opera Network has learned that Jon Prescott has been let go from the CBS soap.

        According to a posting on his website, Prescott confirms his ouster citing budget constraints as the reason for his termination.

        “I’d like to express my gratitude to the entire cast, crew, and production team who have made this an irreplaceable experience,” said Prescott. “I have been privileged to be a part of ‘As The World Turns’ and this concludes an invaluable education. Most importantly, thank you to the fans who have been energetic supporters of both Mike Kasnoff and the show as a whole. Stay tuned as I share my next creative challenge with you shortly.”

        His last airdate is unknown at this time, but the actor is said to be appearing well into the fall.

        Prior to joining “As The World Turns,” Prescott had a starring role in the MyNetwork TV series “Watch Over Me.” His other credits include guest-stints in “Las Vegas,” “CSI: NY,” and “Hot Properties.” He also hosted “Outdoor Investigations” in 2006 for the Outdoor Life Network. His film credits includes the 2006 film, “The Holiday,” starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jude Law and the 2007 film, “Careless,” co-starring Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”).

        “As The World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

        Monday, July 28, 2008 6:30 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — When you do what you think is right…how do you end up doing oh so wrong?


        Ric and Claudia form an alliance after Ric promises to figure out a way to get Johnny acquitted of the murder charges, while Claudia agrees to sleep with Ric in exchange for Johnny’s freedom. While at the apartment, Johnny is unaware that Lourdes knows the truth about Johnny and Lulu. Sal and Lourdes tell the story of how the Zacchara family destroyed theirs. Carly’s attempts to seduce Jax backfire, but she refuses to give up. Jerry is up to his old tricks when he tends to a meeting with Karpov. Despite warnings from Lucky, Sam accepts Karpov’s offer to captain one of his ships. Nadine plots to gain Matt’s trust.

        A Closer Look: I Want to Believe

        While this isn’t an “X-Files” movie, Jason wants to believe that Sonny hasn’t turned on him after he learns of Sonny’s dealings with Karpov from Ric. In need of digging up information, Jason enlists the help of Spinelli. However, after a conversation with Claudia, Jason is furious with Sonny and is out for blood. Claudia points out some hard truths to Jason. Diane warns Sonny against his dealings with Karpov, but Sonny refuses to believe that Jason would retaliate against him. Claudia finds Sonny and Ric together and questions Ric about his history with Sonny. Claudia has some words for Sonny. Sonny denies Claudia’s accusations, while Monica and Spinelli help Jason re-think his relationship with Sonny and how it has cost him. Jason interrupts a romantic evening between Sonny and Kate. Afterward, Jason runs into Elizabeth, Jake and Cameron in the park. Despite his desire to stay and be a family with Elizabeth, Jason allows himself to walk away.

        The Inside Story: Eli Love Performs

        Eli Love is having a concert in Port Charles and Robin sees this as an opportunity to help out her mother, who is down in the dumps over the end of her relationship with Eli. Robin forms a plan to get Anna to the Eli Love concert. At the concert, Anna finds herself snubbed by Eli, who has found himself a much younger woman. Wanting to prove that her mother is just as able as anyone younger than her, Robin has Max and Milo “kidnap” Eli in order to show him the real Anna Devane in action. Anna chastises Robin for setting up Eli’s phony kidnapping attempt. Eli is faced with the realities of life when an old girlfriend shows up with a young son in tow – his son. Matt overhears Eli’s statements of not wanting to be involved in the child’s life, while Patrick steps in and comforts the boy. Patrick warns Eli about what he is willing to throw away for his own selfish reasons. Anna finally wises up and dumps Eli, just before finding Noah a little more appealing.

        What To Watch

        • Spinelli informs Maxie that they can no longer be friends.

        General Hospital News and Headlines

        • Rolando Molina and Kristin Herrera joined the cast in the recurring roles of Sal and Lourdes on Wednesday, July 23.
        • Missed our casting updates on Friday, July 25? Check them out here.
        • “General Hospital” is working on a new opening sequence (see story).
        • On Tuesday, July 29, Eli Love performs the single “What’s Victoria’s Secret” from the Rick Springfield album Venus in Overdrive due out the same day. Also that day, look for Rick to perform the song on the syndicated talk-show “Live with Regis & Kelly.” Check local listings.
        • Speaking of “Live with Regis & Kelly,” actress Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily) will appear on the show on Monday, July 28 to promote her new movie “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” due out for release on August 6. The film also stars Blake Lively (Serena, “Gossip Girl”), America Ferrera (Betty, “Ugly Betty”), and Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”).
        • Graham Shiels returns as Cody Paul on the August 6, 11 and 19 episodes of “GH.”

        • Genie Francis is returning as Laura Spencer beginning Tuesday, August 26 (see story). In the mean time, “Laura” can be seen via a body double beginning Tuesday, August 5.

        SON ALERTS: WEEK OF AUGUST 4, 2008

        • Monday, August 4: Jason confronts Sonny about his association with Karpov; Carly issues Kate a warning; Johnny can’t locate Lulu.
        • Tuesday, August 5: Carly fears the impending war between Sonny and Jason; Lulu visits Laura; Spinelli can’t keep up with Maxie.
        • Wednesday, August 6: Carly gets involved in dirty games; Johnny and Lulu are on the verge of discovery; Jerry has questions for Sam.
        • Thursday, August 7: Jason issues Karpov a warning; Lulu’s hallucinations continue; Sam and Jerry stand their ground with each other.

        • Friday, August 8: Jason and Carly’s lives are in danger; Sonny becomes Karpov’s enemy; Spinelli gets himself into hot water.

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        Friday, July 25, 2008 11:20 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — When characters return from the great beyond, or prison, people get to wondering what their purpose is in life and how long they can expect to be seen.

        Beginning with the Monday, July 21 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital,” viewers were shocked to learn that Cody Paul as played by actor Graham Shiels, had returned to the canvas with a major storyline involving the mob and Jason Morgan. With the consistent violence on the soap, it was only a matter of time that viewers questioned when Cody would be killed off!

        According to a show rep, “Graham will be on the canvas for the foreseeable future on a recurring basis.”


        Rumors around the net that “GH” was looking to recast the role of Lucas Jones (last played by Ben Hogestyn in 2006) have proven to be false. There are “no immediate plans to bring back Lucas,” confirms ABC.

        Florian Klein joins the cast of “GH” on August 6 as a mystery character involved with the Russian Mafia and its dealings in Port Charles.

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

        Friday, July 25, 2008 10:50 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — In January, Soap Opera Network first reported that ABC’s “General Hospital” would not be getting a new opening sequence (see story), but now comes word that things have changed.

        According to a “General Hospital” representative, “a new opening sequence is in the works.”

        It was not clear as to whether or not this opening will be an updated version of the current opening or a completely new opening that will include new graphics and images of the actors. However, we have been told that whatever opening it may be it will definitely include new contract players such as Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla Mir), Sarah Joy Brown (Claudia Zacchara), Claire Coffee (Nurse Nadine Crowell), Jason Cook (Dr. Matt Hunter) and Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson), among others.

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

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