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

GHFCW 2008: Kick Off Party

What: Kick Off Party to the General Hospital Fan Club Weekend where fans meet their favorite stars in various settings.

Where: Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel – Studio City, CA

When: Thursday, July 10, 2008

Friday, July 11, 2008 8:20 PM | By Errol Lewis

( — Threats are made and evidence is gathered.


Anthony informs Johnny that things will play out his way when it comes to dealing with Logan’s death, and if Johnny and Lulu don’t do what he says, Lulu will pay the ultimate price. Lulu asks Johnny to run away with her. After gathering forensic evidence from Claudia’s car, Mac tells her and Jason he knows who killed Logan. Eli Love returns to Port Charles and is excited to reunite with Anna. Hoping to not harm Eli’s image of her mother, Robin hides her pregnancy from Eli. Patrick defends Anna to Eli, who believes Anna will cramp his style. Mac and Jerry get into a physical altercation after Jerry pushes Mac too far. Matt examines Jerry, who might be up to his old Mr. Craig tricks. Nadine overhears a mysterious phone call of Matt’s and decides to tell Nikolas, unaware that Matt is overhearing the conversation. Claudia witnesses Sonny’s meeting with a new Russian mob kingpin, Karpov, and confronts him.

The Inside Story: Marriage on the Rocks

After Kate is outed by the press, a furious Jax comes close to walking out on Carly and his marriage, but Carly and he are able to work things out. Jax and Carly reach a compromise where Carly agrees to steer clear of Sonny and Kate, while Jax will only deal with Kate over the phone. Kate, surprised to discover that all the publicity has generated enormous buzz for Crimson, throws Sonny for a loop when she decides that she and Jax should be seen in public more often. Carly is angry when she learns that Jax needs to continue meeting with Kate in person. Carly plots to tear Kate apart, while Kate begins to fight fire with fire.

A Closer Look: Maxie and Spinelli have Sex

After a terrifying confrontation with Anthony Zacchara about the details of Logan’s death, Maxie breaks down in Spinelli’s arms and confesses the truth. Spinelli promises that he will always protect her from harm. A grateful Maxie engages a kiss between her and Spinelli. After his encounter with Mac, Jason heads to the penthouse where he walks in on Maxie and Spinelli, who have just had sex. Spinelli is overwhelmed with joy at the prospects of what a future with Maxie would be like now that they were intimate, but is disappointed when Maxie explains that she doesn’t want to further jeopardize their friendship. Disappointed by Maxie’s decision, Spinelli falls into a depression and is comforted by Leyla. Maxie warns Lulu that she needs to get her act together before she cracks.

What to Watch

  • Spinelli informs Jason that Lulu killed Logan.
  • Maxie turns to Jason for help.
  • Lulu walks in on a seemingly intimate moment between Johnny and Maxie.
  • Ilia Volok joins the cast of “General Hospital” in the recurring role of Karpov beginning Friday, July 18 (see story).
  • Rolando Molina and Kristin Herrera join the cast in the recurring roles of Sal and Lourdes beginning Wednesday, July 23 (see story).
  • Genie Francis is returning to “General Hospital” as Laura Spencer beginning Tuesday, August 26 (see story).
  • Spinelli has distressing news for Johnny.


  • Monday: Johnny and Lulu become lovers on the run; Claudia turns to Spinelli for help; Kate succeeds in causing a ripple effect in Jax and Carly’s marriage.
  • Tuesday: Lulu fears history will repeat itself; Carly vows that she won’t lose Jax; Anthony anticipates Lulu’s demise.
  • Wednesday: Johnny calms Lulu’s fears and the two make love; Diane is suspicious of Sonny’s involvement with Karpov; Maxie isn’t pleased by how close Matt gets.
  • Thursday: Maxie and Spinelli work together on tracking down Lulu; Sonny tries to keep Karpov away from Jason; Carly wants Spinelli’s help in framing someone else for Logan’s murder.

  • Friday: Scott is out for Johnny and Lulu’s blood; Claudia’s plan to blackmail Sonny backfires; Carly takes drastic action to save her marriage.

Night Shift: Season Two Cast Photos

What: Second Season Cast Photos of SOAPnet’s “General Hospital: Night Shift”

Friday, July 11, 2008 5:00 PM | By Errol Lewis

( — Beginning Tuesday, August 26, look for actress Genie Francis to reprise her iconic role of Laura Spencer on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.”

“This is a short visit,” Francis said in an interview with the The Associated Press on Friday. “It’s a mother-daughter story. Years ago when I started playing the character as a 14-year-old girl, it was a mother-daughter story, only I was the daughter. So it’s kinda cool this is full circle. It’s nice to come back for visits. ‘General Hospital’ is my home.”

Francis is referring to her storyline with on-screen daughter Lulu Spencer, played by Julie Berman since 2005. After being cured by a supposed miracle drug of Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Patrick’s (Jason Thompson) in 2006, Laura returned to the catatonic state she had been in for years since Laura couldn’t deal with the reality of killing her father.

Lulu is expected to have a breakdown in the coming weeks due to the recent death of former love, Logan Hayes (Josh Duhon), who she killed on Monday’s episode of the soap. Lulu was defending herself against Logan after he attacked her enemy/co-worker, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) in the Crimson offices across the street. She will go on the run with Johnny (Brandon Barash) in order to avoid police the week of July 21.

“I would stay on, but ‘General Hospital’ honestly doesn’t seem to want that relationship with this character at the moment,” said Francis. “They want little short doses during sweeps periods. It’s not entirely up to me. I’m thrilled and delighted my audience stands behind me. If they didn’t, you can be sure I wouldn’t get to come back for these visits.”

Francis hit it big in the 1980′s with her on-screen romance with Luke Spencer, played by Anthony Geary. The couples marriage on the ABC soap in 1981 remains the most watched televised event in daytime history with 30 million viewers. Elizabeth Taylor guest-starred in the episode as villainess Helena Cassadine.

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

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    Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:30 PM | By Errol Lewis

    ( — ABC’s “General Hospital” adds two new recurring roles to its roster.

    Beginning with the Wednesday, July 23 episode of the soap, look for actors Rolando Molina and Kristin Herrera to join the cast in the recurring roles of Sal and Lourdes, who will have a connection to Johnny (Brandon Barash) and Lulu (Julie Berman).

    While on the run from the police, Johnny and Lulu encounter Sal, a neighbor of Johnny’s former piano teacher. Sal agrees to let Johnny and Lulu stay in the piano teacher’s apartment only after Johnny proves he was indeed one of the professor’s students. Additionally, Johnny agrees to give piano lessons to Lourdes, Sal’s sister.

    What to Watch: Look for Lourdes to develop a crush on Johnny when the two meet.

    Molina, a film star with a number of television credits under his belt, can next be seen in the horror film “Skinned” playing Detective Soria, who investigates the grizzly murders of women vying for the title of “Miss Latina Beauty” in the “Miss Latina Beauty Pageant.” The film, set for release later this yea,r stars newcomer Britainie DeGarbott.

    Herrera is best known for her role as Dana Cruz on the Nickelodeon series “Zoey 101,” starring Jamie Lynn Spears. She has also guest-starred on such shows as “Without a Trace,” “ER” and “NYPD Blue.” Ironically, from 2000-2004, Herra had an uncredited role on “General Hospital.” This, however, marks the first time the actress has had a significant role on the soap.

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

    Monday, July 7, 2008 10:05 AM | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Rick Springfield is returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” as both Dr. Noah Drake and musician Eli Love.

    Beginning Tuesday, July 8, Rick Springfield will reprise his role of Dr. Drake, who learns his son Patrick (played by Jason Thompson) is going to be the father to Robin Scorpio’s (Kimberly McCullough) baby. Patrick and Robin are in a legal fight for the unborn baby due to Robin’s inability to commit to Patrick or allowing him access to their child when it is born. After learning of the impending birth, Noah makes it known that he sides with Robin.

    On Thursday, July 17, Eli Love returns to Port Charles hoping to rekindle his romance with Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), Robin’s mother. However, learning that Anna will be a grand-mother, Eli has a change of heart as he believes a baby will cramp his style. Patrick sticks up for Anna.

    Springfield is returning to the soap for the first time since 2007, when Eli ran off with Anna for a worldwide adventure after Noah stood in for Eli during an AIDS charity concert. The event was the first time the actor/musician performed on the soap opera.

    Springfield’s return to “GH” coincides with the release of his latest album, “Venus in Overdrive”, which is set for release on July 29. The album features lead single What’s Victoria’s Secret, which can be purchased on

    Monday, July 7, 2008 9:30 AM | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Covering up a murder brings a town closer together.


    Jason warns Carly that bad things will happen if she continues with her plan to destroy Sonny and Kate’s relationship, in particular her marriage to Jax could be in jeopardy. Anthony throws Claudia’s past mistakes in her face, which brings back old wounds for Claudia who seduced Trevor when she was sixteen. Robin questions Sonny’s reasons for marrying Kate. Jax and Kate are caught in a seemingly compromising position during a business event by the paparazzi. Dr. Noah Drake returns to Port Charles and learns his son, Dr. Patrick Drake, is having a child with Dr. Robin Scorpio. Noah sides with Robin where the baby is concerned. Jax works to appease Carly’s insecurities about their relationship after she sees photos of the duo getting intimate. Claudia tries to seduce Sonny, but is once again rejected by the mafioso. Robin changes her mind about Patrick after he bares his soul on the witness stand.

    The Inside Story: Covering Up a Murder

    After attacking Maxie at the Crimson offices, Logan heads over to Johnny’s apartment with an axe after he catches sight of Lulu, who witnessed the attack from Johnny’s window. Johnny arrives at Crimson and works to revive Maxie, who is unconscious. Johnny realizes Lulu witnessed the attack and heads over to his apartment with Maxie in toe. Hoping to calm Logan down, Lulu takes drastic action that results in her killing Logan. Maxie and Johnny try to convince Lulu that they can’t get the police involved as there is no evidence that an attack took place and they’ll be put in jail for murder. Johnny informs Claudia that he killed Logan, which stuns both Lulu and Maxie. Johnny and Claudia work to get rid of the body at Nikolas’ clinic without anyone knowing they were involved. Nadine catches sight of Claudia and Johnny’s speeding car as it rushes away from the clinic. Claudia informs Anthony of what happened. Anthony orders his men to bring Maxie to him. Jason is convinced that Johnny killed Logan. Claudia stands her ground with Jason.

    What to Watch

    • Jason questions Carly’s warped logic over the Kate and Jax kiss.

    • Ilia Volok joins the cast of “General Hospital” in the recurring role of Karpov beginning Friday, July 18 (see story).
    • Rick Springfield is returning to “General Hospital” as both Dr. Noah Drake and musician Eli Love beginning Tuesday, July 8 (see story).


    • Monday: Maxie confesses the truth to Spinelli; Jax is furious with Carly; Jason and Claudia find themselves in hot water.
    • Tuesday: Jason promises Lulu that he will take care of everything; Spinelli and Maxie have sex; Johnny is arrested for Logan’s murder.
    • Wednesday: Maxie warns Johnny that Lulu could crack at any moment; Sonny questions his relationship with Kate; Nikolas, Lucky and Sam team up to get to the bottom of the drug mystery.
    • Thursday: Johnny fears for Lulu’s safety; Patrick defends Anna to Eli; Carly continues with her plan to get back at Kate.

    • Friday: Johnny jumps into action when he fears Lulu is making a huge mistake; Maxie tells Jason what really happened to Logan; Kate tries to turn the tables on Carly.

    Thursday, July 3, 2008 1:20 AM | By Errol Lewis

    ( — The average age of a daytime viewer has increased tenfold on the ABC, CBS, and NBC Broadcast Networks.

    According to data released last week by Steve Sternberg, executive vice president, audience analysis at Magna Global, one of the world’s largest media services firms, the average age of an individual watching daytime programming on the broadcast networks has increased season-to-season to 54 years-old from 50 years-old. ABC jumped four years to 53 from 49 last year; NBC went up to 49 from 43, while CBS aged up to 59 years-old from 56.

    The oldest skewing daytime series was CBS’ “The Price is Right” with an average audience of 64, while NBC’s “Days of our Lives” had the youngest audience at 49.

    Overall CBS is the oldest skewing network with an average viewer aged 55 between all day parts (morning news, daytime, evening news, primetime and latenight). NBC is the youngest at 52.

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