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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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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Bob D'Amico/ABC

Bob D’Amico/ABC

In a shocking move many didn’t see coming, one of Hollywood’s most powerful women — Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group — has decided to hand over her reins in order to pursue her real passion: Directing!

In a story published in the March 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Sweeney explains that she’s stepping out of the coveted position she’s held for the past 18 years at the end of this year, just before her contract expires (in January 2015). “What drives me now is… being immersed in the creative process,” says the exec, who began her career at Nickelodeon and FX before joining Disney (where her divisions generated $11.9 billion in revenue and $2.6 billion in profit).

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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Jeremy Fraser/LA Exposures

Cast, crew, executives, and reporters gathered on the set of “The Young and the Restless” last week to celebrate Melody Thomas Scott’s 35th anniversary playing the legendary Nikki Reed. Her closest co-stars gave heartfelt words of congratulations to the actress, followed by an incredibly emotional speech from Scott herself. But don’t fret about not being able to take part in the special event: Soap Opera Network was there to capture every moment!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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David Livingston/Getty Images

Being on the winning team during this year’s Super Bowl was a dream come true for Seattle Seahawk’s fullback Michael Robinson, but the true touchdown for the Virginia native was being asked to film a scene for CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” — a soap opera he recently admitted is his guilty viewing pleasure! Soap Opera Network took part in a call with the sports star where he discussed his love of the show, how the gig came about and a very interesting conversation had had with soap legend Eric Braeden (Victor Newman). Read on for the detailed play-by-play!

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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.”









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