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
Sweeps Kicks Off the Action
Thursday, January 24, 2008 1:05 AM | By Errol Lewis

( — Sweeps starts off with a bang as new characters bring mystery and danger to Port Charles. Will lives be hanging in the balance before the month is over or will citizens find themselves involved in the ultimate battle for power?


Claudia Zachhara comes to Port Charles and meets mob boss Sonny Corinthos; The two end up in bed together after Sonny is certain that his future plans with Kate are over. Tracy serves Monica with a malpractice suit alleging she botched Luke’s surgery. Alexis and Diane warn Kate to stay away from Sonny, but Kate isn’t having any of it. Sam tells Alexis she’s falling in love with Lucky, just as Alexis finds herself getting hot and bothered over Jerry. Patrick throws accusations at Robin over her desire to get pregnant. In a moment of anger, Robin tells Patrick she’s already pregnant. Kate divulges her biggest secret to a stunned Jax. Lucky takes no prisoner’s when he tells Sam he knows the truth and ends their relationship.


Maxie finds Coop’s body hanging from the rafters. The case of the Text Message Killer appears closed as the forensic report is found in Coop’s pocket. Jason senses foul play might have occurred in Coop’s death. Maxie is determined to prove that Coop was not the Text Message Killer. Sam receives a threatening text from the Text Message Killer before she is violently attacked. A devastated Sam is attacked. Able to fight off her attacker, Sam finds herself on a collision course with a vehicle whose driver ranges from a drunk, an emotional wreck, a sleep deprived heroine and a psychotic individual. Will Sam be able to identify her attacker or will she be silenced forever?


- On Tuesday, January 29 look for a new Girl’s Night Out with Nadine, Regina, Kelly and Lainey.

- Sarah Brown debuts as Claudia Zacchara on Thursday, January 31, 2008. READ MORE

- Also returning to the canvas on January 31 is Anthony Geary’s Luke Spencer who isn’t as welcome as he once thought.


Monday: Sonny wants to settle things with Johnny once and for all. Monica tries to cover her tracks. Nikolas is tormented by what he can’t remember.

Tuesday: Spinelli and Maxie set out to find out who is the real killer. Carly gives Jax the news he’d been hoping to hear. Tracy stirs trouble for Monica.

Wednesday: Claudia lets Trevor know who’s calling the shots. Elizabeth can’t forget what she’s done. Ric and Marianna share a passionate night together.

Pictured: Sarah Brown courtesy Ron Tom/ABC

By Errol Lewis

( — ABC’s “General Hospital” recasts the role of Marianna effective immediately.

Yeniffer Behrens

Due to a change in direction for the character of Marianna, “General Hospital” has recast the role with Yeniffer Behrens (pictured), whose credits include stints in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Boston Legal” and “Nip/Tuck.” The role will remain recurring so says a “GH” representative.

The role was previously played by America Olivo who joined “GH” earlier this month with her first airdate being Tuesday, January 22. Behrens’ first airdate is set for Wednesday, February 13.

A similar scenario took place on “GH” while a storyline was just beginning in 2000, when Chad Brannon replaced newcomer Marc Brett in the role of Zander Smith.

Ironically enough, Behren’s appeared on the soap in 2005 as a dayplayer by the name of Jecina.

  • General Hospital
  • America Olivo
  • Yeniffer Behrens

    Monday, January 21, 2008 1:14 AM EST | By Errol Lewis with additional Reporting by Xavier Toups

    ( — “Days of our Lives” continues to cut the fat as they get rid of the old and in with the new.

    Soap Opera Network has just learned that actors Brandon Beemer and Martha Madison, who portray the popular roles of Shawn D. Brady and Belle Black-Brady, have been let go from NBC’s “Days of our Lives.”

    According to sources, “Belle” and “Shawn” will be written out of the show due to storyline purposes. Madison and Beemer will continue to tape episodes for approximately another month.

    News of their firing comes just two days after it was announced that former “General Hospital” actress, Tamara Braun (ex-Carly #2), would be joining the cast as Ava, a woman from Steve “Patch” Johnson’s past. Braun begins airing on February 8.

    Madison portrayed a waitress on “Passions” before joining the cast of “Days of our Lives” in July 2004. She immediately took over from Charity Rahmer, who replaced Kirsten Storms just days after the actress last aired. She also appeared in 2001’s “Kate & Leopold” with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman.

    Before joining “DAYS” in October 2006, Beemer had guest roles on ABC’s “General Hospital,” MTV’s “Undressed” and CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” He also appeared in the film “Material Girls” with Hilary and Haylie Duff. The actor played the sixth Shawn D. Brady, taking over from Jason Cook.

    Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this breaking story as more details come to light.

    • Tamara Braun
    • Days of our Lives
    • General Hospital
    • Brandon Beemer
    • Martha Madison
    • Charity Rahmer
    • Kirsten Storms
    • Meg Ryan
    • Hugh Jackman
    • Hilary Duff
    • Hayle Duff
    • Undressed
    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • Material Girls
    • Kate & Leopold

      Danger Coming Thy Way
      Thursday, January 17, 2008 10:30 PM | By Errol Lewis

      ( — The Week before Sweeps begins, the danger keeps on rising.


      Sonny proposes marriage to Kate, but the fashionista can’t help but run away from the future. Sonny pays the high price for love. Robin is distraught after she overhears Patrick telling Dr. Leo about the night they were together. Nikolas is left with the ultimate decision: do nothing about his tumor and die or get treatment and lose Emily forever. Michael defies Jason’s earlier warnings as Jason catches Michael for the second time with Sonny’s gun. Robin witnesses an intimate moment with Patrick and Leyla.


      Evidence begins pilling in that puts Coop in the spotlight as the possible mastermind behind the masked killings. Mac questions Coop about a missing file. Coop proclaims his innocence as Logan confronts him with the missing DNA test results. Coop meets an enigmatic Daniel at Kelly’s before he gives Jerry a piece of his mind. Will Coop be able to get out in time or will more danger hit closer to home?

      THE REST

      Ric’s memories begin to haunt him as he finds himself at his childhood home. He becomes intrigued by a mystery house guest. Jason spends a special moment with Elizabeth as he begins to rethink his decision to not be a part of his son’s life. Johnny and Lulu are trapped on an explosive Haunted Star. While watching Jake, Lucky is called away due to a police matter and leaves the baby in Sam’s capable hands. Carly picks a fight with Kate after she learns that Sonny proposed.


      - Tuesday, January 21: America Olivo debuts as Marianna, a character who bonds with Ric while in Martha’s Vineyard. READ MORE

      - Friday, January 25: Seamus Dever debuts as Dr. Ian Devlin, a former college buddy of Dr. Patrick Drake’s (Jason Thompson). READ MORE


      Monday: A mystery woman is on her way to Port Charles as one of Port Charles’ finest meets an untimely demise.

      Tuesday: Lulu and Johnny try to fight their attraction. Alexis accuses Jerry of trying to play her.

      Wednesday: Jax and Carly make plans to make their baby. Elizabeth tells Lucky about Sam’s misdeeds.

      Thursday: Lucky dumps Sam. Emily tries to get Nikolas to remember the night she was killed.

      Friday: The Text Message Killer is still on the loose and Sam becomes their primary target. Lulu puts an end to her relationship with Logan.

      Correction: 01/17/2008 11:21 PM

      We mistakenly referred to the TMK on “GH” as the Masked Killer. The proper name is the Text Message Killer.

      Pictured: Jason Gerhardt courtesy ABC

      By Errol Lewis

      ( — After weeks of speculation, Soap Opera Network can now confirm that actress Sarah Joy Brown is set to make her highly anticipated return to ABC’s “General Hospital” on Thursday, January 31, 2008. The date just so happens to be the first day of the February Sweeps ratings period.

      Sarah Brown

      As previously reported, Brown is re-joining the “General Hospital” canvas in the role of Claudia Zacchara, sister to Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash), which leaves her popular role of Carly Benson-Roberts-Quartermaine-Corinthos-Jacks in the capable hands of her current portrayer, Laura Wright.

      Soap Opera Network has also learned that the character will square off with mob boss Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) immediately upon arrival to Port Charles. Are sparks ready to fly? or are guns about to be drawn? You’ll have to tune in as February is a new beginning for drama on “General Hospital.”

      Brown vacated the role of Carly in April 2001 after spending five years with the soap. Tamara Braun took over the role the next day until her exit from the soap in early 2005. Jennifer Bransford was brought on as a replacement before being replaced herself by Laura Wright in November 2005.

      • Tamara Braun
      • General Hospital
      • Sarah Joy Brown
      • Jennifer Bransford
      • Laura Wright
      • Maurice Benard

        By Errol Lewis

        ( — Two new characters hit Port Charles this month as the canvas receives a shakeup.

        Seamus Dever

        Soap Opera Network has learned that actors Seamus Dever and America Olivo are joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the recurring roles of Dr. Ian Devlin and Marianna. Both actors debut during the week of January 21.

        Dr. Devlin is said to be an old medical school buddy of Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Upon his arrival to General Hospital on Friday, January 25, Devlin becomes the talk of GH’s nursing staff.

        Marianna, who has no last name at this time, encounters Ric Lansing (Rick Hearst) during his visit to Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday, January 22. Ric is shocked to find Marianna working at the local diner as a waitress as Trevor makes his presence known.

        Dever’s credits include stints in the Jerry Bruckheimer dramas “CSI,” “CSI: Miami,” CSI: NY,” and “Close to Home.” His more recent credits includes playing Cyrus in the film “Affairs in Order,” which is due for release later this year.

        Olivo has appeared in such primetime series as FOX’s “House” and CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” She will appear in the films “Circle” and “The Last Resort,” which are both in post-production and due out this year.


        - Word has it that Kristina Wagner (Felicia Jones) has agreed to continue working at “GH” in a recurring capacity.

        - ABC has confirmed that Robin Christopher’s last airdate as Skye Chandler on “GH” was Friday, January 11.

        - Sarah Brown, who joins the cast of “GH” later this month, will be playing Claudia Zacchara, who is Johnny Zacchara’s (Brandon Barash) sister. No first airdate has been announced.

        • General Hospital
        • CSI
        • Seamus Dever
        • America Olivo
        • Kristina Wagner
        • Robin Christopher

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