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
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Victoria Will/TV Guide Magazine

Maybe “All My Children’s” Opal saw this coming months ago, but the rest of the world is just now hearing the news that Pine Valley alum Jill Larson is heading to “The Young and the Restless!”

A rep for the sudser confirms that the Minnesota native will be making a guest appearance during Jabot’s upcoming fashion show as a stage manager who must referee Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson) and Chelsea (Melissa Claire Egan), as well as Lily (Christel Khalil) and Hilary (Mishael Morgan)!

Look for Larson’s appearance the week of April 11-16.



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NATAS/Soap Opera Network

With soap operas having been on the air since “Guiding Light’s” television debut in 1952, one would think the world would know by now that soap operas aren’t the cheesy programs they’re often made out to be. But for some reason, the four remaining soaps on air — “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of our Lives,” and “General Hospital” — continue to be stereotyped, as do the slew of former soaps that used to exist and the actors who have or currently are appearing on them.

Soap Opera Network recently attended an event at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and in addition to discussing daytime’s recent resurgence (read that SON article here), experts like Robert Ulrich (casting director of “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “The Mentalist” and more) and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “GH”) discussed why soap operas have such strong associations with cheesiness and how these stereotypes affect the actors. Read on to see what they had to say!

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Watching “Days of our Lives’” Sami (Alison Sweeney), Kate (Lauren Koslow) and Gabi (Camila Banus) supposedly wash their hands clean of Nick (Blake Berris) by tossing him in a river was delicious soap opera fun. But with the formerly presumed dead character back in town and acting rather strange, it seems the fun has really just begun! Is the dark haired fellow really Nick? Or could it be a twin brother or an imposter using his face? And if it truly is Nick, just how far will he go to get back at the ladies for trying to off him? Soap Opera Network chatted with the character’s portrayer to find out!

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Lisette M. Azar/CBS

Lisette M. Azar/CBS

Real life brother and sister duo Heather Tom (Katie Logan, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and David Tom (Billy Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”) appeared on yesterday’s episode “The Talk,” and if you missed the exciting clip, you’re in luck!

CBS has released a video of the siblings’ appearance with hosts Sara GilbertSheryl UnderwoodAisha TylerSharon Osbourne and Julie Chen. Watch below to view the actors chatting about everything from how they got their start to how their soap alter egos will survive their latest onscreen drama.

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CBS Television Distribution

CBS Television Distribution

With an impressive seven out of the 10 daytime stars nominated for an NAACP Image Award, CBS is celebrating its network diversity with a special episode of “The Insider!”

Host Kevin Frazier is sitting down for an exclusive roundtable discussion with “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” nominees Aaron D. Spears (Justin Barber), Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter Walton) and Karla Mosley (Maya Avant), as well as “The Young and the Restless’” nominees Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters), Redaric Williams (Tyler Michaelson), Angell Conwell (Leslie Michaelson) and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) to discuss diversity in entertainment.

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Marvel Comics/ABC Studios

Marvel Comics/ABC Studios

What does “Revenge’s” Emily Thorne have in common with Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America? She’ll be the star of her own comic book, of course!

USA Today reports that ABC has partnered with Marvel Comics to bring “Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne” to comic book stores. Written by Erica Schultz and television writer Ted Sullivan, the book is scheduled to hit shelves on Wednesday, September 3.

“The parts of the history we’re bursting to tell is the origin of the woman you see that shows up in the pilot, as differentiated from the girl who was thrown into (juvenile detention) when her dad was taken from her,” says “Revenge” executive producer Sunil Nayar. “We’re going to the beginning where when things don’t fall into place, she has to think fast on her feet… And she doesn’t have the experience she has on the show, so there’s going to be more mistakes and fumbles.”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Cupid may be fluttering around shooting love arrows left and right, but it seems he hasn’t been able to successfully connect “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Katie (Heather Tom) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) — at least, not yet! But does Katie even truly care for Ridge? Or is her attraction based out of revenge toward her sister, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), who swooped in and dated her former hubby, Bill (Don Diamont)? And what about the Logan sister’s relationship: Will they ever be as close as they once were, or have these recent matters of the heart permanently decimated their sibling bond? Read on to find out!

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Donna Svennevik/ABC

Donna Svennevik/ABC

“Saturday Night Live’s” Rachel Dratch may be known for her comedic skills, but the actress is taking a turn toward the dark side alongside Trevor St. John (Victor Lord/Todd Manning, “One Life to Live”) and Wendy Moniz (Kathleen Finn, “OLTL;” Dinah Marler, “Guiding Light”) in the drama “The Grief of Others.”

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trueobrien_01_350x500The boys that live in “Days of our Lives” Salem better watch out, because a young siren is headed to town!

A source close to the show confirms that actress True O’Brien has been cast in the role of Paige, a Salem newbie who first appears on Monday, March 3. There’s no word yet on what brings Paige to town or which characters she may be connecting with.

Viewers may recognize O’Brien, however, from her role as Diamond Bloodworth in The Disney Channel’s “Jessie.”



Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Soap siblings Heather Tom (Katie Logan, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and David Tom (Billy Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”) not only share a family, career paths and a last name, they’re also sharing the stage at CBS’ popular daytime program, “The Talk!”

The real-life brother and sister duo will be joining hosts Sara Gilbert, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler, Sharon Osbourne and Julie Chen to chat about their characters’ insane love lives  — and you can bet that the ladies will get the scoop on whether or not Katie will allow Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) to successfully make it down the aisle, and how Victoria (Amelia Heinle) will react when she finally finds out that Billy slept with Kelly (Cynthia Watros)!

To catch all of the fun, be sure to tune into CBS’ “The Talk” today, February 17 at 2:00 PM ET or 1:00 PT/CT.









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