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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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

The Great White North is currently experiencing quite a “dramatic” invasion: Several stars from NBC’s “Days of our Lives” have crashed into Canada for an exciting promotional tour!

Helping tout the show’s latest book, “Days of our Lives Better Living: Cast Secrets for a Healthier, Balanced Life,” several of the show’s actors will be making appearances in and around Canada in the next couple of days. Tonight marks the first event, which will be at Chapters Queensway in Toronto. Talent scheduled to appear at 7PM include Deidre Hall (Dr. Marlena Evans), Galen Gering (Rafe Hernandez), Kate Mansi (Abigail Deveraux), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Horton), Lauren Koslow (Kate Roberts), Drake Hogestyn (John Black) and Greg Meng (author and Co-Executive Producer).

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John Paschal/JPI Studios

It looks like fans of “Days of our Lives’” Kristen DiMera will have quite a re-entrance into Salem to look forward to: Portrayer Eileen Davidson (ex-Ashley Abbott, “The Young and the Restless”) has teased that her alter ego’s comeback to the NBC sudser isn’t going to a smooth one!

The actress took to her Facebook page to let viewers of the show that when the character pops back up on “DAYS,” it’ll be quite a bumpy ride. “Kristen doe not re-enter Salem quietly!” she teases. “That’s all I’m sayin… and I’ve got the bruises to prove it!”

Look for Davidson to make her return appearance to “DAYS” later this summer. In the meantime, fans can catch the actress on Friday, April 18, when she makes her much-anticipated “Y&R” return!



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Elizabeth L. Keener

Elizabeth L. Keener

“The Young and the Restless” may have lost some pretty popular actors as of late, but that can only mean one thing: There are some prime Genoa City spots to fill! And one of the open positions already has its face: “Parenthood” and “Jane By Design” actor Matthew Atkinson!

A rep for the show confirms that the actor has joined the CBS sudser in the recurring role of Austin. He reports to work at “Y&R” tomorrow and will debut onscreen on Thursday, April 17. Confirmed for several episodes, look for him to share scenes with Steve Burton (Dylan) and Jessica Collins (Avery), where he’ll play a cameraman working with Avery on her brand new venture!

“I feel like our cast is growing so huge,” says Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman) on “Y&R’s” recent growth. “It’s fun, and it’s exciting to see and meet new faces.”



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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Bold and the Beautiful” kicked off its eight-episode filming excursion in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this week, officially becoming the very first daytime drama to shoot in the United Arab Emirates region! But just what can you expect from the exciting location shoot? Read on to find out!

“B&B’s” Executive Producer and Headwriter, Bradley P. Bell, admits that he’s been interested in the UAE for much longer than viewers might realize. “I’ve been fascinated with Dubai and Abu Dhabi for quite some time because of their spectacular skylines rising up out of the desert on the Persian Gulf and the fantastic convergence of diverse international cultures,” he says, adding that he’s looking forward to sharing the upcoming international adventure with fans. “In our story, business mogul Dollar Bill Spencer (Don Diamont) whisks his fiancée, Brooke Logan (Katherine Kelly Lang), off to the Emirates to marry her at this new crossroads of the world. Possessive ex-husband Ridge Forrester (Thorsten Kaye) follows them to impose his will on this romantic, stunt-filled action-packed adventure.”

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Tentacle 8/John Chi

Tentacle 8/John Chi

Anyone who’s been watching “The Young and the Restless” as of late knows that Nicholas Newman’s life is about to be blown to smithereens. Not only has his father been tricking the love of his life into thinking she’s been seeing and speaking with her dead daughter, he’s on the verge of finding out that the very same woman he loves has been lying to him about the true paternity of his daughter! The drama is all pretty typical for Nick’s portrayer, Joshua Morrow — who’s been dealing with twisted Genoa City plots for nearly 20 years — but the drama he faces in his latest stint in the political drama thriller ‘Tentacle 8?’ Not so typical for him! Soap Opera Network spoke with the actor about momentarily stepping away from his “Y&R” craziness to film the exciting project, which is available on DVD in select stores and on Amazon today. And we also got him to spill on all of the Victor (Eric Braeden), Sharon (Sharon Case) and Adam (formerly Michael Muhney) drama, too!

Tentacle 8/John Chi

Tentacle 8/John Chi

Fans of CBS’ number one soap have seen Morrow as the hot-blooded and impetuous character of Nicholas for nearly two decades. And though the Alaskan-born actor loves to play his ongoing alter ego, he admits that it was rather refreshing to take a bite out of a new character — especially within a project as clever and nail biting as “Tentacle 8,” which follows an NSA analyst entangled in a top secret investigation after a malicious computer virus crashes U.S. Intelligence Community networks. “I really, really enjoy being able to play somebody other than Nick; it’s fun to go shoot something else for a little bit,” he says. “And this is a very clever story written by director, John Chi, who’s whip smart.”

Morrow plays Brian Mosley, a character he says is a complete 180 from Nicholas. “Nick Newman quite often doesn’t think situations through clearly, and he acts impulsively,” he explains. “He has a huge heart, and his family matters to him very much, but he’s got kind of a quick trigger and doesn’t really assess all of the information before he acts — whereas Brian Moseley is pretty much the polar opposite. His job is to figure out the truth in situations and kind of do some dirty work for some important people. But sometimes, in his journey for the truth, he realizes that maybe he’s not being told the truth from his superior officers, maybe the problems are much deeper, so he has to kind of wade through a bunch of truths and lies to get to the ultimate truth.

“Brian is much more of a cerebral person than Nick,” Morrow continues. “He doesn’t think with his heart near as much; he’s all about his brain. He’s got to solve the riddle, because he’s not being given all the answers, and that’s kind of the best way to describe it without giving away too much of the story! But I will say it’s a thin line between good and evil in this movie. You don’t really know who the bad guys are at all times.”

Tentacle 8/John Chi

Tentacle 8/John Chi

In addition to Morrow, “Tentacle 8″ features several other daytime stars, including John Callahan (ex-Edmund Grey, “All My Children;” ex-Dr. Baker, “Days of our Lives”), Matthew Borlenghi (ex-Brian Bodine, “AMC;” ex-Anthony Marino, “DAYS”), Bruce Gray (ex-Mark Wilcox, “Y&R”) and Teri Reeves (ex-Megan McKenna, “General Hospital”). “It was such a great cast and crew,” Morrow enthuses. “It was just an awesome group all around. And when I agreed to do the project, I remember telling my wife, [Tobe Keeney], ‘It’s not a big role, but I really love this character, and I sure do want to do it. They’re shooting it in LA, and I think this will be perfect for me.’ And I did end up loving it. I loved working with the director — I’d work with him again anytime he wanted. He was very smart. And I’m honored to have been a part of the project.”

As for “Y&R,” the actor knows that life for Nicholas is about to get flipped completely upside down — and he’s welcoming the drastic storyline twists that will soon be ahead. “What’s coming up is pretty crazy,” he teases with a sly smile of the Sharon paternity story and the Victor/Sharon/Cassie (Camryn Grimes) story. “Soap writers do what they do: they build up stories and then they blow them up, and I have complete trust in them to [destroy Nick’s life] in a great and creative fashion.”

But what specific twists and turns do the writers have in mind for poor Nicholas? How will he fit into the major search for Adam? What does Morrow think about the recent departures of some of “Y&R’s” most popular actors/characters, including Muhney, Billy Miller (ex-Billy Abbott), Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Abbott)? You’ll have to wait for Part 2 of SON’s Joshua Morrow Center Stage interview to find out! In the meantime, enjoy this teaser trailer for ‘Tentacle 8,’ which is now available on DVD in select stores and on Amazon, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more from “Y&R’s” Morrow!



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odd Warywchuck

odd Warywchuck

Viewers may have been stunned with the reveal that “General Hospital’s” new Chief of Staff was going to be none other than villainess Dr. Liesl Obrecht, but the devilish doc’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati, was equally surprised upon hearing the unexpected news!

“I was in the parking lot heading home after [my later ego was] being sad, singing [her] poor little song in the prison, and [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] came up to me, and I’m heading home, and he goes, ‘Do you want to know what’s happening next?’ And every time I get script, I go, ‘Oh, am I going left? Am I going right? Am I funny? Am I sad? Am I tragic? Am I campy?’ So I’m like, ‘Sure. He never tells me, and I never know, and I’m like, he wants to tell me? Ok.’ He said, ‘Well, are you ready for this?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘You’re going to be the Chief of Staff of General Hospital.”

The unexpected news nearly made the actress double over in surprise. “I was just dumbfounded,” she recalls. “It was just incredible. I was like, seriously? And I thought, how fabulous. What a great concept. The impossible, worst, most awful, evilest, meanest person being the Chief of Staff of General Hospital, which is the name of the show, which is the show, and I’m going, ‘Oh, that’s brilliant!’”

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David Livingston/Getty Images

Daytime fans might be used to presently seeing actor Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” but it wasn’t so long ago that the actor played “General Hospital’s” Ned Ashton. And guess what? It looks like he’ll be headed back to Port Charles in the near future!

“I had a nice day in Port Charles yesterday,” the actor tweeted on Wednesday, March 12. “Yes, Ned will be arriving in town soon. Stay tuned. Thanks for waiting!”

At press time, a rep for “GH” had no comment regarding Kurth’s return and first airdate.



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John Paschal/JPI Studios

What started as just a rumor has officially transformed into a hard truth for “The Young and the Restless” fans: Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Abbott) has officially confirmed that she is indeed leaving the soap she joined in 2008.

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Alan Thicke, one of America’s most popular TV dads, has landed his very own reality show for TVGN! And it looks like several stars — including former “General Hospital” actor John Stamos (ex-Blackie) — will be dropping by to add to the zany fun!

Titled “Unusually Thicke,” the 14-episode original reality series follows the former “Growing Pains’” star and his spicy and much-younger wife, Tanya, as well as his dry-witted and opinionated 16-year-old son, Carter, as the family navigates the humorous situations that often happen in their everyday lives.

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Television Academy

Television Academy

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) is getting quite an impressive makeover that will not only simplify its name, but also spiff up the Emmy statuette logo! But just what other changes will this major overhaul create? Read on to find out!

With its 70th anniversary fast approaching, ATAS has decided to implement a few modernizing changes. The first is revamping its previous name to the now very simple “Television Academy.” In addition, the organization enlisted the help of brand-strategy firm Siegel + Gale to update its logo (though the Emmy trophy itself will not undergo changes).

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