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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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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Lifetime

Lifetime

Queen of Soaps Susan Lucci (Genevieve Delatour, “Devious Maids;” Erica Kane “All My Children”) is adding one more accomplishment to her long list of admirable achievements: She’ll be returning as host for the 13th Annual UCP of NYC Women Who Care luncheon!

The benefit — which celebrates extraordinary accomplishments of women as professionals, caregivers and volunteers — is to be held at New York City’s Cipriani 42nd Street on Wednesday, May 7th. Lucci is a former Award honoree and has been deemed as the perfect fit to return as host.

“Susan’s longtime dedication and work on behalf of women, children, and families, combined with her own extraordinary accomplishments as an actress and author, made her the perfect choice to be our new host,” says Loreen Arbus, Disability Rights Activist/Producer and Founder/Chair of Women Who Care. “We are thrilled that Susan will continue to play a major role in helping us to shine a much-needed media light on the largest minority in the world: people with disabilities.”

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The OnLine Network

The OnLine Network

The official Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards were announced earlier today, and fans of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may have noticed something peculiar: Both online versions of the shows were much less represented than their network counterparts.

Despite the National Academy of Televisions Arts & Sciences declaring last October that the web sudsers were eligible to compete against “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital,” only four actors are on the list: Oustanding Younger Actress pre-nominees Kelley Missal (Danielle Manning, “OLTL”) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda Montgomery, “AMC”) and Outstanding Younger Actor pre-nominees Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey King, “OLTL”) and Eric Nelson (AJ Chandler, “AMC”).

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Lionsgate

Lionsgate

Fans of “One Life to Live’s” Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson) were thrilled when she was cast as Candace Young on OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” but the actress recently revealed on “The Tyler Perry Show” that she almost didn’t accept the role — until Oprah Winfrey herself got on the phone! But how did the conversation go down?

When writer/director/producer Tyler Perry was casting for the series, which explores the complicated relationship between the wealthy Cryer family and their hired help, he immediately had Sumpter in mind. He’d worked with the “OLTL” and “Gossip Girl” actress on his film, “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas,” and asked her if she’s join “The Haves and Have Nots.” Surprisingly, Sumpter didn’t greet the invitation with an immediate yes, and it took two calls from Oprah to convince her to take the role. To find out how that went down, watch the fun clip after the jump!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless” viewers weren’t exactly thrilled when popular actor Billy Miller announced that he would be exiting the role of Billy Abbott, but the rough waters were mostly calmed when former portrayer David Tom (brother of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Heather Tom [Katie Logan]) swooped in to take back the role. It’s been a fairly smooth transition for most viewers, but jumping into the middle of such an intense storyline — the death of Delia and having been outed for cheating on Victoria (Amelia Heinle) —was a bit of an adjustment for the actor!

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

“General Hospital’s” Emme Rylan (Lulu Spencer) is no stranger to heartbreaking baby loss storylines. As “Guiding Light’s” Lizzie Spaulding, she had to play out the emotional arc in which Lizzie believed her daughter, Sarah, had died in a car accident. And while Rylan is proud of the work she was able to bring as her Springfield alter ego, she’s of the opinion that now having two children of her own (Jackson, 4, and Levi, 2) is making her current baby-loss storyline much stronger.

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Playboy Enterprises

Playboy Enterprises

Playboy may have found popularity by publishing risqué photos of women, but as the old excuse goes, some people actually read it “for the articles.” And those who picked up the March 2014 issue of the popular mag for reading purposes only were in for a lovely daytime related surprise: The publication stripped down popular primetime series made predominately for a male audience and declares they’re exactly like “The Bold and the Beautiful,” The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” and “Days of our Lives” — with a manly twist.

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Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

Former “One Life to Live” actor Roger Hill, who played Alex Lowndes, has died.

According to reports, the 65-year-old actor passed away on Thursday, February 20 in New York City. Having spent most of his career in theater, the Bronx native is also known for his role as gang lord Cyrus in the film “Warriors,” and Chingachgook in the TV mini-series “The Leatherstocking Tales.” Soap opera fans, however, most remember him as Llanview’s Alex, which he played in the early 80s.

Hill is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.



Frank Ockenfels/E! Entertainment

Frank Ockenfels/E! Entertainment

Good news Kirsten Storms fans: The actress will be back filming as “General Hospital’s” Maxie Jones very soon!

Storms, who is currently on maternity leave enjoying the new daughter she shares with husband Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny Zacchara), took to Twitter to announce that she’ll be back to work next week!

“Just spoke with [executive producer] @valentinifrak,” she wrote. “Very excited to return to work next week. I wonder what Maxie has been up to on her vacation…”

Storms gave birth to baby Harper Rose on January 7 of this year. She is the couple’s first child together.









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