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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Francis Specker/CBS

Francis Specker/CBS

When thinking of daytime dramas like “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless,” extreme drama, intrigue, love and romance probably come to mind. But how about comedy? Is laughter an important component within daytime dramas?

Francis Specker/CBS

Francis Specker/CBS

“Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna certainly thinks so. “When I was doing mostly theater, I watched a lot of daytime, because theater actors are like athletes: They sleep late, because they work nights, so they watch daytime television. And actually, I used to find a lot of humor in them,” he tells Soap Opera Network. “I like… when soap operas have characters who bring a lot of comedy to the show. Some of them are very, very good.”

But do the stars of CBS’ sudsers agree? We asked several if comedic scenes have a place within their intense dramas, and if so, how important is it to infuse comedy into the emotional roller coasters. Funny enough (no pun intended), they were all too happy to share that when it comes to comedy, there is no joking around!

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

The numbers have been tallied, and “The Young and the Restless” has made the list of the top 10 most searched for TV programs of 2013!

According to a Yahoo! rating, the sudser (which is the only daytime program to make the list) comes in at number five on the list of most searched shows on the Internet. And it’s among some pretty spectacular shows! Also on the list: “American Idol,” (which took the top spot), “Dancing With the Stars,” “Duck Dynasty,” “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones,” “South Park,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Big Bang Theory,” and “The Voice.”

Congratulations, “Y&R!”



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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

As we previously reported, former “All My Children” star Aiden Turner (Aidan Devane) was arrested in November for attacking his girlfriend, and the actor has now officially been charged with four counts of domestic violence!

As fans might remember, the former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant allegedly threw a remote control at his longtime girlfriend in their Hollywood home in November, causing a cut and bruising to her face. Consequently, TMZ reports that the LA City Attorney has charged the Hertfordshire, England native with two counts of domestic violence with injury and two counts without injury (in case the jury doesn’t believe she was hurt).

The news, however, hasn’t seemed to affect Turner’s career. According to ABC, the actor will be appearing in an upcoming episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as an international criminal named Vanchat. Watch for the episode on Tuesday, January 7 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on ABC.



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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

The last few weeks have been anything but easy for “Days of our Lives” Eric, who lost his position as a priest after an explosive sex tape scandal in which he was (unintentionally) a part of stunned the town of Salem. And according to his portrayer, Greg Vaughan, the character is in for an uphill battle with no end in sight. But it is a soap opera, after all, so you can bet there’s going to be a love twist within the darkness that currently encapsulates the former priest’s life! Read on to get Vaughan’s take on the weeks ahead and whether or not he thinks a romantic relationship between Eric and Nicole (Arianne Zucker) is in the cards for next year!

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Greg Edwards/Vimeo

Wanna see something guaranteed to make you giggle? Then you won’t want to miss the “The Young and the Restless’” Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) in his new gig as a talk show host! The actor has teamed up with “Y&R” production staffer Greg Edwards to create a humorous show titled “Soaps and Other Stuff,” which features “Y&R” stars answering ridiculous questions, playing silly games and being subjected to a multitude of other antics all dreamed up and acted out by Morrow himself as “host.”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Multiple Emmy-nominee Thorsten Kaye won the hearts of soap opera audiences with his strong portrayal of “All My Children’s” Zach Slater, “One Life to Live’s” Patrick Thornhart and “Port Charles’” Ian Thornhart, but can the actor strike gold again as Ronn Moss’ replacement in the role of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Ridge Forrester? It won’t be the first time an actor has walked into the shoes of a major character whose previous portrayer is very much loved in the role, but then again, these aren’t just any old shoes to fill! Soap Opera Network caught up with Ridge’s onscreen dad, John McCook (Eric Forrester), who’s not only been working with Kaye as Ridge since day one, but who’s also quite familiar with the father/son dynamic the two characters have established over the years. Read on to get his take on the bold recasting choice, how he views Kaye’s approach to the role and what’s in store for Eric and Ridge in the weeks ahead!

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Event planner David Tutera is known for his extraordinary, jaw-dropping parties and weddings for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Elton John and “All My Children” star Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane), and now he’s headed to bring one lucky couple from “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City his help in creating a magical, dream wedding!

A ‘Y&R’ spokesperson confirms that the host of WE’s “My Fair Wedding with David Tutera” will be appearing on two episodes of the famed sudser, where he’ll lend a helping hand to two mystery characters after they experience a very special Christmas Eve engagement!

Look for the first of Tutera’s episodes to air on Wednesday, January 22. And to get a peek at some of the planner’s fabulous weddings and parties, check out his official website.



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Sean Smith/JPI

Once the news hit that “The Young and the Restless’” Michael Muhney had been let go from the CBS soap, rumors began circling that his co-star, Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), not only could have had a hand in Muhney’s fate, but also that he influenced Maura West’s (Ava Jerome, “General Hospital;” ex-Diane Jenkins, “Y&R”) exit from the soap, as well! Upon hearing the news, both Braeden and West took to Twitter to set the rumors straight.

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Chris Haston/NBC (left); Howard Wise/JPI Studios (right)

Chris Haston/NBC (left); Howard Wise/JPI Studios (right)

The quick switcheroo from Chandler Massey to Guy Wilson in the role of “Days of our Lives’” Will Horton is about to commence: As previously reported, Wilson’s first day as Sami’s (Alison Sweeney) son will take place the first week in January, and an exact day has finally be revealed! Also revealed is when you’ll get your last glimpse at Massey in Salem.

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David Becker/Getty Images

As we previously reported, former “All My Children” actress Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) will be appearing on tonight’s episode of the drama series “Blue Bloods.”

Titled “Ties That Bind,” the episode features Budig as Connie, the wife of Mickey (Tom Cavanagh), a childhood friend of Danny (Donnie Wahlberg). And things might just get a bit crazy, because Mickey’s under investigation for having ties to an infamous mob family!

Click here for a preview, and tune into CBS tonight for the full episode, which airs at 10/9c.

UPDATE: Budig will be live tweeting during tonight’s airing! Join the live conversation here, and don’t forget to use #BlueBloods and @RebeccaBudig when asking your questions!

 









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