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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( — With only one week left to go until production on its ABC Daytime run is finished, the list of former “One Life to Live” cast members returning to Llanview continues to grow.

Among those rumored to be making their final appearances on the soap before it moves to Prospect Park are Jessica Tuck (Megan), Roscoe Born (Mitch), Susan Batten (Luna), Barbara Garrick (Allison), Ty Treadway (Colin/Troy), and Meghann Fahy (Hannah), many of which were spotted by fans entering and exiting the show’s studios in recent weeks.

Those listed above are in addition to the previously confirmed returns of Catherine Hickland (Lindsay), Fiona Hutchison (Gabrielle), Tonja Walker (Alex), January LaVoy (Noelle), John Rue (Moe), Tuc Watkins (David), and Brian Kerwin (Charlie). Kate Miller is also reportedly coming back for a few episodes as Brody’s (Mark Lawson) sister Nadine Lovett. And, as we previously reported, “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon will tape scenes on November 17, that will air during the week of January 9. Nixon will play Agnes Dixon, the creator of “One Life’s” infamous soap-within-a-soap “Fraternity Row,” and will be interviewed by Blanca Morales (Carolina Bermudez).

On a related note, Mellini Kantayya, who has played a recurring dayplayer nurse over the years, will also be back in the show’s final weeks. The actress tells that “These last times shooting are bittersweet. I’m sad to see the show go, but I really feel lucky that they’ve had me on so often during the years. I’ve met and worked with so many talented people. It’s been a truly wonderful experience.” Kantayya will tape her final scenes on November 11 and 15.

However, it appears as if two at least three  of “One Life to Live’s” most memorable characters won’t be coming home to Llanview for the show’s ABC finale. Judith Light, who played housewife turned hooker Karen Wolek from 1977-83, is reportedly not reprising her role, despite earlier rumors to the contrary.

James DePaiva, who portrayed Max Holden from 1987-90 and  from 1991-2003 (and again briefly in 2007), is also not returning. In an interview with TvLine, the actor’s wife and former co-star Kassie DePaiva (Blair), revealed that the show had not approached her husband about returning to the show. “I’m really shocked that they didn’t bring Max back. Jim DePaiva made a huge contribution to the show, and I don’t know if it was intentional, the snubbing… but it doesn’t take [his contributions] away. Women of my generation still think he’s hot, and I’m married to him so I’m the luckiest one here!” DePaiva also talks about the future of Blair and how she hopes that she will reunite with Todd (Roger Howarth). Click here to read the full interview.

And Robin Strasser, who left “OLTL” in August after playing Dorian Lord off and on for nearly thirty years, tweeted earlier this week that “I have NOT declined numerous offers to return. September, I was asked to do 3 shows, I’d just gotten out of hospital. Looked like a wreck.” Strasser also reveals that she has not been approached by Prospect Park about returning yet either.

In addition, Crystal Chappell, who played Maggie Carpenter on “One Life to Live” from 1995-97 is also not returning, despite being spotted outside the show’s studios last week. According to Soap Opera Digest, Chappell “was just visiting good friend (and ‘Venice’ co-star) Hillary B. Smith (Nora). Chappell was in New York for a few days and was sharing Smith’s Manhattan hotel room for some much-needed girl time.”

OLTL Recap: Thursday, November 10, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, November 10, 2011.


Todd eavesdrops as Blair tells Tomas she won’t wait around for Todd to change, because he never will. And she won’t blow a shot at something real with a good man – Tomas. They go upstairs, leaving Todd to stress about what to do next. He receives another visit from Irene, who makes a case for Tomas’s murder. Todd considers this course of action while Blair and Tomas make love for the first time upstairs.

Natalie and John have a heart-to-heart. Jessica searches for the DNA test when Brody stops by to pick up Cord for the wedding. At EOD Brody conducts his own search for the missing test while Jessica seeks comfort from Ford.

At Todd’s office, Rama goes to bat for Neela with Vimal, unaware that Jack has set a fire outside. Elsewhere, Jack finds out from Neela that Vimal and Rama are at the Sun.

Rick gathers the kids for a viewing of Starr’s music video, which he deems a dismal failure. Rick decides to shoot a new video, and this time he’ll keep an iron fist on the creative direction. The kids do not like it but are forced to go along.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Nora and Bo have a happy moment.
  • Clint and Rex continue to bond.
  • Natalie and Brody’s wedding begins.

OLTL Alerts: Week of November 14 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of November 14, 2011.


  • Monday: Natalie and Brody’s wedding takes a dramatic turn. Tina crashes the nuptials with shocking news. Nigel encounters John at Llanfair.
  • Tuesday: Rex sees someone from his past. Ford realizes he’s falling in love with Jessica. An unexpected couple ties the knot.
  • Wednesday: Nigel is knocked out cold. Blair and Tomas are happy after making love. Rama and Vimal talk to the police.
  • Thursday: Aubrey is concerned for Rex. Jessica feels guilty for keeping Natalie in the dark. The Buchanan’s rally around Natalie and John in their moment of need.
  • Friday: Todd and Baker team up. Rex and Aubrey fly to Brazil. Cutter shares a surprising connection to a former Llanview resident. Tomas has a run-in with Baker.

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 9, 2011.


Blair finds Tomas in Todd’s office. Tomas manages to cover that he was trying to get into Todd’s safe. Blair suspects that he’s here to investigate Todd, but Tomas covers, saying he was here to question Jack. Blair reminds him that she told him he’d get nothing from Jack. He asks her why she’s here.

Todd enters and freaks, accusing Tomas of turning Blair against him, convincing her he killed Victor! Blair tries to reason with Todd but he won’t hear it. He realizes Tomas has tampered with the safe and assumes that Tomas is trying to take Todd down for the murder so he can have Blair. Todd isn’t going to let Tomas get away with it. He opens the safe and takes out the gun.

Blair brings Tomas to Dorian’s house. They kiss and Todd watches, gun in hand. Earlier, Jack accuses Todd of using the newspaper to make himself look good when he’s guilty of killing Jack’s dad. Todd tries to defend himself, but Jack will hear nothing of it. Todd goes. Jack burns Todd’s first edition of The Sun. Jack, thinking the building is empty, prepares to torch it.

Natalie tells Brody about Jessica’s crazy news. Brody goes to the PD where he overhears Vimal on the phone with Rama, saying that as soon as they get things settled with Neela, Vimal will tell John the truth about his son. Brody follows Vimal to his meeting with Rama at Todd’s office.

Clint and Viki might be about to kiss when they are interrupted. Meanwhile, Clint finds DV, the dog, with something in her mouth.

Rama tries to convince Neela that her arranged marriage will be alright, but Neela wants no part of it. Vimal goes to John to report Neela missing and considers telling him the truth. Rama calls him, interrupting the moment. Rama agrees to talk to Vimal on Neela’s behalf.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Armed with a gun, Todd spies on Blair and Tomas.
  • Rick isn’t pleased with Starr’s music video.
  • Jessica and Brody each search for the paternity test results.

Nationwide EAS Test Scheduled for Today


( — As we first reported back in June, this afternoon (Wednesday, November 9), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), will be conducting their first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at about 2:00pm ET. During the test, all regularly scheduled programming on television, cable, satellite, and radio will be pre-empted. However, while the test was originally scheduled to last as long as three and one half minutes, it should now last only about thirty seconds. That is good news for soap fans, especially for those of “One Life to Live,” who have seen their soap interrupted countless times over the years for breaking news and weather coverage by both ABC and their local affiliates.

According to FEMA, 2:00 pm ET was chosen because it “will minimize disruption during rush hours, while ensuring that the test can occur during normal business hours across several time zones.” The test will be carried out nationwide across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories.

The agency also reminds viewers what they will see and hear during the test. “During the test, listeners will hear a message indicating that ‘This is a test.’ Although the EAS Test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear. The audio message will be the same for all EAS Participants; however, due to limitations in the EAS, the video test message scroll may not be the same or indicate that ‘This is a test.’ This is due to the use of the live EAN code – the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. The text at the top of the television screen may indicate that an ‘Emergency Action Notification has been issued.’ This notification is used to disseminate a national alert and in this case, the test. In addition, the background image that appears on video screens during an alert may indicate that “This is a test,” but in some instances there might not be an image at all,” reads a statement on their website.

Click here to learn more about today’s nationwide EAS test.

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, November 8, 2011


( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 8, 2011.


Blair decides to go ask Todd directly how he feels. EOD, Blair goes to Todd’s office where Tomas is snooping around. Todd arrives at Dorian’s. Earlier, we’ll see Tomas with his mentor Calmar, getting closer to the truth that Todd might be the killer.

Clint’s deeply disappointed that he can’t walk Natalie down the aisle. Viki’s asked Téa to petition the court to allow special permission for him to attend his daughter’s wedding. She hopes to keep it a secret till she’s sure of a positive answer, but Clint finds out and is deeply moved.

Neela’s crush on Jack grows as he hides her out in the cabana. He vents to her about his hatred of Todd Manning, who stole his father’s newspaper and is now using it to try to paint himself as innocent, when Jack is sure he killed Victor. He’s determined to take action to stop him, and at EOD, we see him planning to burn Todd’ s office to the ground.

Vimal is frantic that his little sister’s been missing overnight, and grateful to Rama for helping him handle a phone call from his parents. EOD, he heads to the police station to report Neela missing.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Tomas lies to Blair about his motives.
  • Jack sets fire to The Sun.
  • Clint and Viki nearly kiss.

One Life to Live: November PreVUE


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( — A quick peek into what’s happening in Llanview this November.


Tina crashes Natalie and Brody’s wedding with shocking news. However it’s only the beginning of Natalie’s worries regarding her baby and the men in her life.

Will a newly re-elected Mayor Finn make good on her promise to relieve Bo of his duties with the LPD?

In South America, Cutter encounters a familiar face in Alex Olanov. But will the unlikely pair team up to get what they want?

A death alters the future of one Llanview family forever.

Rick finally goes too far when his actions spell disaster for a member of Starr’s family.

The Thanksgiving holiday becomes a time of mending fences and togetherness for the residents of Llanview.

GH Teasers: Week of November 7 Edition

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( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of November 7, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #12428): Jason receives a wedding gift from Franco. Kate and Carly are at each other’s throats. Lucky feels a presence at the church. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Tuesday (Episode #12429): Steven discovers Olivia bought something important. Sonny and Kate share a slow dance. Dante and Lulu go home. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Wednesday (Episode #12430): Robin finds Patrick returning home late from the hospital. Johnny helps out Kate. Sonny pays Olivia a visit. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday (Episode #12431): Jason and Sam are on the lookout for Franco. A new doctor arrives in Port Charles. Mac makes a very important announcement. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Friday (Episode #12432): Carly gets to know Shawn a little better. Elizabeth receives an unexpected visitor. Sam becomes upset. (Rated: TVP)

OLTL Teasers: Week of November 7 Edition

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( — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of November 7, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #10998): Natalie and Jessica’s gets even worse. Tomas questions Todd about Victor’s murder. Blair makes an interesting discovery. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Tuesday (Episode #10999): Clint hates that he is unable to walk Natalie down the aisle. Téa gives Todd some important news. Viki asks Téa to do something to help Clint. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Wednesday (Episode #11000): Armed with a gun, Todd eavesdrops on Blair and Tomas’ romantic evening. A fire breaks out at The Sun. Clint and Viki nearly kiss. (Rated: TVPG)
  • Thursday (Episode #11001): Rick has other ideas for Starr’s music video, much to the teens dismay. Todd watches as Blair and Tomas head upstairs to make love. Todd has a another visit from Irene. (Rated: TVPG S)
  • Friday (Episode #11002): Bo and Nora share a dance before the wedding begins. Vivian takes Shaun by surprise with her stance on marriage. Viki receives an urgent letter from Dorian. (Rated: TVPG)

OLTL Recap: Monday, November 7, 2011

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( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, November 7, 2011.


Todd presses Louie to turn over the gun. Tomas arrives to discuss Victor’s murder with Todd. Tomas pumps Todd for his thoughts on Victor’s murder. At EOD Todd is in possession of the gun and believes he’s in the clear.

Téa discovers the results of her pregnancy test just as she receives a visit from Blair and Sam. Blair and Téa discuss Tomas’s inquiry into Victor’s murder. Blair is horrified when Sam lucks upon the pregnancy test. Téa reveal the results of her pregnancy test to Blair.

Bo requires John’s help to crack the Victor Lord murder; without a break, Bo will get the axe from Mayor Finn. John stuns Bo with news about his future. Together they decide that Todd remains their most likely suspect and determine that if they can locate Louie, they’ll locate the gun, which give them their killer.

Natalie makes an effort to rebuild her relationship with her sister by requesting Jessica’s presence at the wedding. Jessica can’t answer Natalie’s question until she first delivers some important information. Natalie accuses Jessica of trying to sabotage her relationship with Brody.

Jack spirits Neela away before Vimal and Rama pounce.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Blair finds Tomas at Todd’s office.
  • Jack plots his revenge against Todd.
  • Viki asks Téa to help Clint.

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