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

 
Errol Lewis, Publisher and Editor in Chief
Prospect Park

Prospect Park

As we reported yesterday, Prospect Park Networks — the company behind the online re-launch of soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And as news of the latest PPN vs. ABC twist spread, further details were revealed: The production company reportedly owes ABC $1.7 million, and it also owes some big name actors large sums of money, as well!

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Ghost Pepper Entertainment, Inc.

Ghost Pepper Entertainment, Inc.

Cancel your evening plans and grab some popcorn, because ‘Soap Life,’ a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera, was released today!

Available on a variety of platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, Playstation and Vudu, the film explores the histories of soaps like “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “Guiding Light,” attempting to find out why — despite millions of fans and loyal viewers — so many iconic shows have disappeared from the American television landscape.

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

As we previously reported, Johanna Johnson had teased that she may be returning to “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Karen Spencer — and it turns out, her mysterious comments were rooted in absolute fact!

Though her gig as writer and executive producer of ABC Family’s “The Fosters” has kept her quite busy, she managed to find time to film a couple of episodes for the sudser she previously called home: A rep for the show confirms that she’ll be headed back to the canvas for a short stint taking place on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.

Johnson, who originated the roles of twins Karen and Caroline in 1991, recently tweeted: “Worked with [Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke)], and it was like a flashback to when we started on B&B 27 yrs ago!”



Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Eileen Davidson may have just returned to the set of “Days of our Lives” to reprise her role as Kristen DiMera (to air later this summer), but that’s not the only sudser she’ll be appearing on: She’s heading back to “The Young and the Restless” as Ashley Abbott later this month — and Beth Maitland (Traci Abbott) will be joining her!

According to Soap Opera Digest, the onscreen sisters will be taping scenes on Thursday, March 20 for a “family event” that will air on Friday, April 18. Davidson will also appear in the Monday, April 21 episode of the show.

“I have such a wonderful history with ‘The Young and the Restless,’” Davidson previously told Soap Opera Network. “They don’t really have to do much to win me back for a couple of days. I’m happy to do it, and it’s fun for me.”



 Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Former “All My Children” star Josh Duhamel (Leo DuPres) is making a triumphant return to television as a lead in CBS’ new drama series, “Battle Creek!”

According to Deadline Hollywood, the soap alum has landed the role of FBI agent Milton Chamberlain in the series, which centers on the clean-cut, humble and sincere Chamberlain, who teams up with Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, MI.

The highly-anticipated series was created by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and will be written and executive produced by Gilligan and “House” creator David Shore.

Following “All My Children,” Duhamel starred in a variety of feature films, including “Transformers” and “The Romantics,” as well as the primetime TV series “Crossing Jordan” and “Las Vegas.”

Look for “Battle Creek” to debut on CBS this fall.



John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless” has seen a lot of actors go as of late, and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Abbott) may be the next to depart the canvas!

According to a tweet sent out by TV Guide’s Michael Logan, there are rumors circulating that the New York native has chosen not to renew her contract and therefore will soon be leaving the show. At press time, neither “Y&R” nor the actress had commented or confirmed the news.

What would you think if Hendrickson decided to end her six year stint in Genoa City? Would you be sad, or would you take it in stride? Let us know in the comment section below!



Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Soap opera ratings for the end of February may have been a little low (as Soap Opera Network reported here), but as for the month as a whole? “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” kicked some major you-know-what!

According to Nielsen live plus same day ratings, both CBS sudsers championed during February Sweeps, boasting their largest February audiences since 2008! “Y&R” averaged 5.28 million viewers, up 13% from last year, while “B&B” averaged 3.88, up 8% since last year.

What’s more, “The Talk” and “Let’s Make a Deal” delivered their best February sweeps performances ever! “The Talk” averaged 2.94 million viewers, and “Let’s Make a Deal” averaged 3.23 million viewers. “The Price Is Right” was also up in ratings since last year, averaging 5.46 viewers.

Congratulations, CBS!



Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Bold and the Beautiful” is amping up the intrigue this March with some major “oh no they didn’t!” plot points: Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) and Katie (Heather Tom) have a sensual sex session, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang) and Bill (Don Diamont) go on booze benders, dead Darla (Schae Harrison) makes a ghostly return and Aly (Ashlyn Pearce) brings whole new meaning to the term “super strange!” Read on for more details, straight from TV Guide and “B&B’s” executive producer, Bradley P. Bell!

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Craig Sjodin/ABC

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Some of daytime’s most popular stars are taking a break from their dramatic, twist-and-turn-filled storylines and grabbing the mic for an all-night fan-filled crooning session!

On Friday, April 11, fans can join Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “General Hospital”), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey, “All My Children;” Macy Alexander, “The Bold & The Beautiful”), Ronn Moss (Ridge Forrester, “B&B”), Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery, “AMC;” Heather Stevens, “Y&R”), Kristen Alderson (Kiki Jerome, “GH;” Starr Manning, “One Life to Live”) and Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward, “AMC;” David Chow, “Y&R”) for a one-night only concert event called Soap Stars Sing!

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Debra Young

Debra Young

There’s been some behind the scenes buzz that perhaps Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins, “General Hospital”) and Cady McClain (Kelly Andrews, “The Young and the Restless;” Dixie, “All My Children”) recently had a secret wedding ceremony, but it’s a mere rumor no longer: Lindstrom has revealed that McClain is in fact his brand new wife!

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