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

The Friday, June 20 telecast of the “35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” on ABC was the least watched in the ceremonies history and the network placed third overall against repeats on the other networks.

Just 5.4 million viewers tuned into the two-hour telecast to watch ABC’s “General Hospital” take home its 10th Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series. The series has won the Emmy in this category more than any other series in Emmy history.

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Monday, June 23, 2008 2:00 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A man in love doesn’t take threats lightly.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Jason remains grouchy around Claudia while they are quarantined with Spinelli in the penthouse. Anthony challenges Claudia by testing her loyalty to the family – “kill Jason or you will live to regret your decisions.” Jax begins to think that Carly could be pregnant. Robin admits to Patrick that she doesn’t want him involved in their child’s life because she fears getting emotionally invested. Robin can’t trust the possibility of Patrick abandoning her and the baby. Logan and Scott lie by telling the cops that Johnny started a brawl with Logan. Anthony fires Johnny for sticking to his story. Lulu witnesses the bond that Johnny and Claudia share. Dr. Matt Hunter joins the staff of General Hospital and immediately fights a battle with Maxie Jones. Claudia and Ric discuss Anthony’s fondness for Johnny.

The Inside Story: Alexis Sexing Jerry

District Attorney Alexis Davis-Lansing takes the bull by the horns and announces to everyone present at the PCPD that, yes, she is having sex with Jerry Jacks! When Anthony Zacchara makes another threat against Kristina’s life, Alexis turns to Jerry for support. Not realizing what she has done, Alexis fears she has unleashed Mr. Craig once again. Jerry pays the Zacchara’s a visit and the results could be deadly.

A Closer Look: Sonny & Kate Getting Married


Sonny and Kate continue to discuss marriage plans, but Kate’s revelation that they should look into Diane drawing up a pre-nup for them worries Sonny. Kate tries to explain herself and the two eventually make love. When Sonny learns of how big Kate’s plans for their wedding are he starts to think more closely about their future. Kate reassures Sonny that he deserves to be happy too and they’ll be happy together. Jax informs Sonny that Carly might be pregnant, just as Carly learns Sonny and Kate are getting married. Diane informs Carly that Sonny would have all parental rights to any child he should father with her. Kate basks in the glory of getting married to the man she loves, while Jax’s hopes for finally becoming a father grow.

What to Watch

  • Jason and Claudia call for an ambulance when Spinelli’s condition worsens.
  • Maxie warns Lulu that she’ll end up just as loony as her mother Laura.
  • Claudia notices Jason’s legitimate concerns for Spinelli’s life just before being reprimanded by an angry Anthony.
  • Tracy visits Monica and seeks advice. Later, she pays Johnny a visit and warns him to stay away from Luke’s child.
  • Spinelli spills to Elizabeth about Jason and Claudia.
  • Jason Cook joins the cast of “General Hospital” in the contract role of Dr. Matt Hunter beginning Thursday, June 26 (see story).
  • Finola Hughes returns to “General Hospital” as Anna Devane on Friday, June 27 when Anna arrives to support Robin during her pregnancy, but Robin rushes to the hospital to get away.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 30, 2008

  • Monday: Carly finds out once and for all whether or not she’s pregnant with either Jax or Sonny’s baby; Jerry and Johnny reach a breaking point; Nikolas threatens Claudia in an effort to protect his family from harm.
  • Tuesday: Carly alleviates Jax’s concerns about her and Sonny; Robin wrestles with letting Patrick into her child’s life; Ric believes Sonny did the right thing by leaving the mob behind.
  • Wednesday: Claudia confesses to Johnny that Nikolas knows the truth; Carly threatens to tear apart Sonny and Kate’s relationship; Spinelli plots to spend more time with Maxie by pretending to be sick.
  • Thursday: Jerry gets in Claudia’s way; Carly is out for blood; Nikolas has a warning for Johnny.

  • Friday: Encore presentation of the May 1, 2008 broadcast.



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Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:45 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and “Desperate Housewives” are the worlds top television destinations for the second consecutive year.

According to 2007 ratings data released by Eurodata TV Worldwide and the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, which highlights the most popular worldwide television programming, CBS’ “CSI” was TV’s most watched drama series and was seen by an anverage of 83.9 million total viewers each episode. The series beat out sister series “CSI: Miami,” and FOX’s “House.” Both “CSi’s” are produced by Alliance Atlantis and CBS Paramount Television Distribution, while “House” starring Hugh Laurie is produced by Universal Media Studios Television.

In the comedy catergory, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” was seen by about 61.5 million viewers, beating out USA Network’s “Monk” and another ABC series, “Ugly Betty.” Monk is produced by Universal Media Studios Television, while “Housewives” and “Betty” are productions of ABC Studios, a division of the Walt Disney Company.

CBS Daytime drama series “The Bold and the Beautiful” remains the most popular soap opera in the world with an average daily viewership of 26.2 million total viewers. The Mexican telenovelas “Destilando Amor” and “Marina” were its closest competitors.

“Beautiful,” “Housewives,” and “CSI” also topped the list in their respective categories in 2006.

Ratings figures were based on information from 51 countries around the world with a potential reach of 1.6 billion total viewers.




Monday, June 9, 2008 11:40 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jason Cook (“Days of our Lives”) joins the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” as Port Charles’ new resident Doctor, who has a run-in with the town’s fashionista.

Cook, last seen on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” where he played the role of Shawn Brady from October 1999 to September 2006, is returning to daytime after nearly a two year absence in the contract role of Dr. Matt Hunter, who finds his life turning upside down once he meets Maxie Jones. Maxie is played by Cook’s former on screen partner on “DAYS,” Kirsten Storms. Storms left that soap in July 2004 before joining “GH” in May 2005.

When Dr. Hunter debuts on June 26, he and Maxie don’t get off to a good start, but sparks are sure to fly as his interaction with Damien Spinelli (played by Bradford Anderson) soon after is sure to provide a telling story.

What brings Matt to Port Charles? You just gotta tune in to find out!

IN RELATED NEWS

On July 4, “General Hospital” will air an encore presentation of their May 1 episode in which Claudia takes the stand in her father’s insanity trial, Nikolas prepares to spend his last moments with his hallucination of Emily, and Spinelli rescue’s Maxie and Lulu.

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




Tuesday, June 3, 2008 10:10 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Former “Days of our Lives” star Brandon Beemer joins the cast of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the contract role of Owen Knight, an individual who has a past connection to a recently exposed Logan family secret.

“Owen arrives at Forrester Creations connected to Marcus Walton (Texas Battle), Donna’s secret son, and quickly becomes embroiled in the lives of the Logans and the Forresters,” previewed Executive Producer and Headwriter, Bradley P. Bell.

It is believed that Mr. Knight will play a role in the upcoming romance between Marcus and Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood), who returns to Los Angeles and her family on the Wednesday, June 4 episode of the soap.

Beemer was last seen playing Shawn Brady on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” His exit from the soap was understood to be storyline dictated, said sources. He left Salem with Martha Madison, who portrayed on-screen lady love Belle Black. He was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon.

Television credits include the recurring role of Seth on ABC’s “General Hospital” and an appearance on CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He portrayed Mic Rionn, the love interest to Haylie Duff’s Ava Marchetta in the 2006 feature “Material Girls.” The film also starred mega-star Hilary Duff. He made his television debut in the MTV series “Undressed.”

The actor began taping on Tuesday, May 27. He will first air on Wednesday, July 2.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” airs weekdays on CBS and can be watched anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.




Tuesday, June 3, 2008 9:47 PM | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Gay Pride and Cyndi Lauper are coming to CBS’ “As The World Turns” in July as the soap takes one step closer in showing same sex relationships in daytime.

On May 27, Lauper stopped by for a taping of the July 3 episode of “World Turns” for a benefit concert at Yo’s to promote her new dance album Bring Ya to the Brink (available in stores now) and her annual True Colors tour, which started on Saturday, May 31.

In the episode she will perform the songs “Into the Nightlife,” and the classic anthem “True Colors.” “Nightlife” is the new single off the “Brink” album.

In addition to singing, Lauper will dance with Luke (Van Hansis) and Noah (Jake Silbermann). Luke is there to interview Lauper for the college paper.

In an interview with EW.com’s SOAP WATCH column, Lauper revealed that she has been closely following the dynamics of Luke and Noah for awhile now and discussed the pacing of the relationship between the two.

“They’re taking their time and struggling with the heart issues, which is even more endearing than just being like the straight couples, half-naked and having sex all over the place. The best way to people is through the heart, and that’s why I think it’s kind of interesting the way they’ve done it. It’s about love.”

“As The World Turns” airs weekdays on CBS and can be watched anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.










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