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
JPI Studios

JPI Studios

It looks like former soap actor Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan Lavery, “All My Children,” ex-Shayne Lewis, “Guiding Light,” ex-Ronan Malloy, “The Young and the Restless”) is the next on the list of stars celebrating baby news!

The Missouri native took to Twitter to announce the big news to fans. “Thank you all for the congrats and warm wishes!” he wrote. “My little mans due March 17, HAPPY ST. Pattys!”

Congratulations, Branson!



Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Benjamin Cohen/NBC

Benjamin Cohen/NBC

Soap actress Eileen Davidson may have walked away from “Days of our Lives” for a short time, but the fan favorite is headed back to the Salem spotlight!

According to TV Guide, the actress (who also plays Ashley Abbott on “The Young and the Restless”) will begin filming at “DAYS” this March for “a powerful Kristen DiMera story arc” that will hit the air this summer!

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Gilles Toucas

Gilles Toucas

There’s been some recent buzz that Hunter Tylo may soon be returning as “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Dr. Taylor Hayes, but are the rumors true?

Unfortunately for fans of the actress (who’s played Taylor on again/off again since 1990) , her team took to Facebook to quiet the reprisal buzz once and for all: “Rumors are out there, that Hunter Tylo is in talks with ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ to reprise her role as Dr. Taylor Hayes, beginning next month,” the post says. “There is no truth to those rumors, no talks are in place between Hunter and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful.’ We thank you all for the love and support you are showing Hunter.”

For those of you missing the adventures of Taylor, you can check out the latest “B&B” e-book “Collision Course,” which officially went on sale today! The book details how Taylor gets to know the real Bill (Don Diamont) after she discovers he is trying unsuccessfully to cover up his severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, caused by a near-fatal plane crash. Order the book at Amazon.com.



Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

It’s been a whopping seven years since larger-than-life personality Rosie O’Donnell has been a part of “The View,” but executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie announced today that the actress/comedian is returning to the popular talk show!

Friday, February 7 marks O’Donnell’s appearance alongside current co-hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. As fans may recall, the current “The Fosters” actress previously held the position as moderator for “The View” from 2005-2007 but left under less-than-friendly circumstances (both a contract dispute with ABC and her inability to get along with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck played out onscreen).

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Carin Baer/Crown Media

It looks like 2014 is getting off to a rocky start for former “CSI: Miami” star Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos, “All My Children”), whose current husband, Joseph Cappuccio, has filed for divorce.

TMZ obtained divorce documents for the couple, which Cappuccio filed citing irreconcilable differences. The seafood businessman has also asked the court to reject any requests LaRue might make for spousal support.

As soap fans may recall, this marks LaRue’s third divorce; she was previously married to “Seinfeld” actor John O’Hurley and former “AMC” star John Callahan (ex-Edmund Grey), with whom she shares 12-year-old daughter, Kayla.



Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Deidre Hall has been keeping busy as Marlena Evans on the NBC sudser “Days of our Lives,” but the busy actress took a break from the soapy shenanigans yesterday to film a special appearance on Hallmark’s lifestyle series, “Home & Family!”

In the episode, set to air Tuesday, January 28 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST/PST on Hallmark Channel, Hall will share secrets to healthy eating and make Red Pepper Soup with “Home and Family” co-host Cristina Ferrare. In addition to the healthy living initiative and how she became a proponent of healthy eating, Hall will also share details on the new “DAYS” oriented book “Days of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life.”

For more information on the show, be sure to check out www.hallmarkchannel.com/homeandfamily.



General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

 Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

There’s so much excitement happening over at “General Hospital,” it’s tough to keep up! And when Soap Opera Network recently spoke with actress Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), she teased that the strong, layered storylines most fans have been enjoying as of late will continue to pack a punch throughout 2014. But just what will this year have in store for the lovely lady? Read on to find out!

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Patrick Harbron/The OnLine Network

Patrick Harbron/The OnLine Network

“Days of our Lives” may be losing actress, Alison Sweeney (Sami Brady) later this year, but an equally powerhouse actress may be swooping into Salem: Former “One Life to Live” actress Kassie DePaiva (ex-Blair Cramer)!

Rumors started swirling that the Kentucky native was headed to the NBC sudser after she began following the “DAYS” Twitter account, as well as the accounts of  “DAYS” actors Charles Shaughnessy (Shane Donovan) and Shawn Christian (Daniel Jonas).

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Fans of “General Hospital’s” headwriter, Ron Carlivati, have something to be very happy about today: The scribe announced that he’s signed a new contract with the ABC soap opera!

“I just signed a new contract!” he wrote via his Twitter feed. “So happy to be staying with @ABCNetwork & @GeneralHospital!”

The news comes hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that “GH” has been renewed through the 2014-2015 season.



Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Cliff Lipson/CBS

Cliff Lipson/CBS

Several “Days of our Lives” actors have tweeted short congratulatory messages in support of today’s news that NBC has renewed their series until the 2015-2016 season, but they’re not the only people celebrating the exciting news: Major personalities from the rival soaps have jumped aboard to give shout outs to the iconic soap, as well!

Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president of CBS Daytime (which broadcasts “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless”), took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the renewal news. “CONGRATS to #DAYS on their pickup!” she wrote. “Who said the genre is dying? NOT US!”

Meanwhile, “General Hospital” headwriter Ron Carlivati also gave a shout out to the recent Emmy-winning show. “Congratulations to ‘Days of our Lives’ on the show’s renewal!” he tweeted. “We’re all in this together!”









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