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

 
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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Art Streiber

Art Streiber

Despite her official Facebook page’s earlier denial that she was set to reprise her role of Taylor Forrester on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” next month, a show spokesperson confirms that actress Hunter Tylo will in fact be returning to the world’s most watched daytime drama series beginning Friday, February 28

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

On Friday, January 24, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” put rumors to rest when it officially announced that former “One Life to Live” actress Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer) would be joining its cast in the contract role of Eve Donovan, a role which was originated by actress Charlotte Ross, who congratulated DePaiva on signing onto “DAYS” on Twitter.

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

J. Graylock/JPI Studios

J. Graylock/JPI Studios

Shortly after word broke that Kassie DePaiva would be taking on the role of Eve Donovan on NBC’s “Days of our Lives” later this summer, originator Charlotte Ross took to Twitter to congratulate the former “One Life to Live” actress on snagging the part and shared some of her own fondest memories of the character. Ross also announced she’ll be appearing in a future episode(s) of ABC’s “Nashville.”

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Todd Wawrychuk/ABC

Todd Wawrychuk/ABC

Due to an overlap with another actor (event TBA) during “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend (Thursday, July 31 through Monday, August 4), the time for Kelly Monaco’s event has been moved up. Previously scheduled to take place from 8:00 to 11:00 PM on Friday, August 1, Monaco’s event will now take place from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM on that date.

If interested in attending the event, fans should download and print out the order form and mail it in with their money order.



Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera NetworkThe Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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JPI Studios (images); Soap Opera Network (graphic)

On Monday, January 27, during the east coast broadcast of NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” actor Blake Berris (Nick Fallon) will tweet live with fans of the daytime drama series as viewers get more insight into where his character has been all these months and why he’s returned to Salem.

Meanwhile, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” has scheduled live tweets with Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe) and Greg Rikaart (Kevin) on Tuesday, January 28 during the east coast broadcast of the soap, and Joshua Morrow (Nicholas) and Christian Le Blanc (Michael) will do the same on Friday, January 31.

To recap:

  • The “DAYS” live tweet is scheduled for 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT on Monday, January 27.
  • The “Y&R” live tweets are scheduled for 12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM PT on Tuesday, January 28 and again on Friday, January 31.


Directors Guild of America

Directors Guild of America

AMC; Netflix

AMC; Netflix

Last night marked the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, but none of today’s daytime drama directors received a nomination. Why? Because the “Daytime Serials” category was integrated into the “Dramatic Series” category following a June 22, 2013 DGA National Board meeting that voted on rule changes, which forces daytime and primetime dramas to compete against internet distributed dramas such as “House of Cards,” which essentially leaves daytime itself shut out from ever receiving a nomination as the dynamics of daytime is no where near the likes of 2013 nominees “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Homeland” (Showtime), or even the aforementioned “House of Cards” (Netflix). “Bad” won the award for those wondering.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Todd Wawrychuk/ABC

Todd Wawrychuk/ABC

As previously reported, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will appear on the Wednesday, January 29 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” as Tina Estrada, a patient of Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), who goes to General Hospital for her regularly scheduled appointment. According to the network, Tina comes face to face with an unfamiliar nurse in the episode and demands to know why HE is in her doctor’s office. The “nurse” is actually reformed serial killer Franco (Roger Howarth), as noted in the picture above, who is hiding out from the police after a warrant is issued for his arrest in the disappearance and possible murder of Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright).

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan on newsstands now, Wilson reveals that her “GH” character is not that much different from her role on “Grey’s” and that if asked, she’d return to the daytime soap opera in a heartbeat!

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Adam Larkey/ABC

Adam Larkey/ABC

Yesterday, it was announced that veteran soap actor Rick Hearst would be returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” for the first time since 2009 as his character Ric Lansing. Hearst is scheduled to first air on Monday February 24, but isn’t expected to speak until Tuesday, February 25, according to ABC Soaps In Depth. In honor of his grand return, the actor took to Twitter to thank the fans, “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati for making it all happen.

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Crown Media

Crown Media

As previously reported, soap stars Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”) and Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones, “General Hospital;” ex-Dominick Marone, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) are set to star in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original movie, “My Gal Sunday,” which premieres tonight at 9:00 PM ET on the cable network.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Bjoern Kommerell Photography

Bjoern Kommerell Photography

If you tuned into today’s episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” you saw two huge reveals for the character of Brad Cooper, portrayed by actor Parry Shen. In one, it was revealed that Brad and Lucas Jones (Ryan Carnes) slept together after drowning their sorrows at the Floating Rib bar. In the other, it was revealed that Brad’s real father is Kim Wu from the 1980′s Asian Quarter storyline, which is famously remembered in flashbacks when a young Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) runs to the awaiting arms of her mother Anna Devanne (Finola Hughes). In fact, the scenes were recently aired when Robin once again reunited with her mother last year. In light of all the action and the drama, Soap Opera Network spoke with Shen about the huge storyline twists and turns that the soap was able to keep secret right up to the conclusion of today’s episode.

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