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

OLTL Recap: Friday, November 25, 2011


Disney/ABC Television Group

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, November 25, 2011.


“One Life to Live” did not air today due to a scheduled pre-emption. Viewers will not miss any original episodes of “OLTL.” The ABC Daytime drama will return on Monday, November 28 with an original airing that picks up from their last original airing on Wednesday, November 23.

On the Next General Hospital

  • John and Natalie begin to discuss their relationship.
  • One Llanview family is changed forever.
  • The Evans family Thanksgiving dinner hits a snag.

OLTL Recap: Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thomas A. Montalto/

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, November 24, 2011.


Llanview wakes up to news of the shooting, and that the police has a suspect wanted for questioning. Viki confronts her brother.

Elsewhere, Brody questions John about the progress of the investigation. John indicates that he is not prepared to rule out any suspects or name anyone a primary suspect. The possible suspect list grows. At EOD John is surprised when his first suspect avails himself at the PD.

Natalie and Rex catch up about Gigi’s exhumation. Rex is trying to put it behind him, but still wishes he knew what was behind all the signs he go about Gigi.

In Kentucky, Kim visits the mysterious patient’s bedside and relates her botched visit with Clint. In the process of catching her up on life in Llanview Kim makes a shocking discovery.Cutter gets a job and gets closer to Aubrey. At EOD Cutter receives a surprise visitor.

Rama gives Cristian some advice on romance. Clint worries that Jessica has latent feelings for Ford, and urges her to move on. At EOD Cris pays Jessica a surprise visit.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Happy Thanksgiving. “One Life to Live” will not air tomorrow due to a scheduled pre-emption.

Donna Svennevik/ABC

( — A compilation of Twitter and Facebook posts from the cast of “One Life to Live” following word that Prospect Park was dropping plans to resurrect the show online only five days after the soap wrapped production on its ABC run.

Kristen Alderson (Starr): “Extremely sad sad news… No #prospectpark deal for AMC or OLTL. So many lives affected by this… #RIPoltl”

Hillary B. Smith (Nora): “I want to b careful what I say right now. I am so sad for the fans. I am so sad for all of us who were robbed of the 7 months to plan. I wish there had been more communication. This was not about AFTRA! The guilds and unions were talking. The endings were changed to accomodate the move. I wish they would have left us alone. So sad!!!! no, I believe they did what they could, just had no idea what a soap cost. Don’t hate them for ignorance. Endings were changed! So unprofessional. You will al still be satisfied. The ride to the end is still worth it!!! I promise. Meanwhile, LONG LIVE VENICE!!! no but ABC chose this deal. It was on the interrnet. I still feel that ABC will regret this decision. I love you all! I m sorry! But the show is worth the ride. Enjoy through January!!!

Mark Lawson (Brody): “Sorry to hear Prospect Park was unable to pull it off. A sad day today for all the fans. A sad day for all of us who were part of the One Life family. But I know we all brought our best these last few months and can be proud of how we finished the game. Thanks OLTL for all you taught me.”

Michael Easton (John McBain): “I’m sorry to say it’s done. Still Much to be thankful for. Happy Thansgiving. I love you all. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU TONIGHT…I know how disappointing this news is to many of you. We tried to fight the good fight, we fought to the end to get the ratings up, but it wasn’t enough. We’re sorry we let you down. I just wanted to thank you all for the years of kindness, love and support you’ve shown me and my family. If you get a chance at some point, maybe say a prayer for the wonderful crew members of “One Life To Live”, many of whom are supporting large families, that they may find work soon. God Bless. Happy Thanksgiving.”

David A. Gregory (Ford): “So sad to hear. Again, thank you everyone for all your support… Keep watching! Its gonna be a great finale week starting January 9th.”

Robin Strasser (ex-Dorian): “I know NOTHING about Prospect Park’s purported pick-up-or- drop out of #OLTL-I depend on SOD+SID+other postings. If I knew-I’d tell YOU. I’m rooting Prospect Park finds the funding, even if I was not picked to be a start-up contract player. Hoping good things happen for ALL. Sad+disappointed-tho not surprised. Statement sounds a bit blame game- Actors/Directors/Writers terminated by ABC were amped 2 rock 4 PP! I believe OLTL actors who accepted PP offer from git-go would’ve knocked it out of ballpark right through last tape day-even without that. #OLTL cast: talented, smart, great looking, edgy, uniquely+singularly creative. How much do I admire and miss them?-let me count the ways.”

Shenaz Treasury (Rama): “OLTL ended, Im so bummed. Now I may really need to be in LA.”

Jerry verDorn (Clint): “Hello everybody.Thank you all for your kind birthday wishes. I enjoyed the day prepping for the Thanksgiving Feast. Much to be thankful for and a little something to grumble about. Don’t blame Prospect Park but rather blame the economy. They lost some financing that was too hard to replace. Start-up money is near impossible to find these days. Who knows what may happen. I guess my birthday present this year is retirement. Love to all.”

Kelley Missal (Dani): “Just saw the news that #OLTL won’t be moving on to the Internet after all. so sad but at least they gave it the chance it deserved!!”

Matt Walton (ex-Eli): “My heart goes out to my #AMC and #OLTL alumni. What a backwards world we live in right now. A bold response is coming soon.”

Donna Svennevik/ABC

( — Hillary B. Smith (Nora) opens up to Entertainment Weekly about the decision by Prospect Park not to proceed with previous plans to relaunch “One Life to Live” online after it ends its ABC Daytime run on January 13, 2012, and what the future would have held for her alter ego.

“It was a noble attempt and I believe they really wanted to do this,” the actress tells EW, and admits that she believed the production company was “biting off a lot” by planning continue “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” on the Internet. “I’m just sad for the fans. I think this was a very ambitious project for a company with no history of the technology. I do wish there had been more communication between the company and those who’d signed on. We were finding out a lot in the press.”

Smith also revealed that she had previously reached a tentative deal with Prospect Park to continue with the show, alongside 13 of her “One Life” co-stars, during the soap’s transition and that she and onscreen husband Robert S. Woods (Bo) filmed different ending for their characters. “I can’t say [if it'll be satisfying enough if there's no continuation]. I don’t know exactly the whole ending. I want to be able to watch it myself. I know that they shot a couple of different endings for Bo and I. I have an idea which they’ll use. But I don’t know the ending for the show,” she adds.

As for the last seven weeks of “One Life’s” television run, Smith encourages fans to keep watching until the last episode airs. “We’re still here through January. I want them to enjoy this journey. It’s really going to be fun through the end. It’d be nice if a knight in shining armor came riding up to save us but even if that doesn’t happen, it will be a fun ride to the end.”

Donna Svennevik/ABC

( — On the heels of today’s announcement by Prospect Park that the upstart production company was shelving plans to relaunch canceled ABC soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the cast and crew of the sudsers are beginning to speak out. Kassie DePaiva (Blair), who became one of the first “OLTL” stars to sign on back in September to help the show make the transition, has issued a statement regarding the turn of events.

via DePaiva’s website

Words just don’t express how sad I am at hearing that Prospect Park has dropped the deal to move forward with “One Life”. I think what upsets me the most is how this whole deal has been handled from the get go. I wanted more than anything not to have been cancelled by ABC. I find it mind boggling that a company can spend 45 years building the strongest brand in daytime… launch a cable network to support it and then decide to cancel both broadcast and cable airings leaving the beloved fans with no where to turn for that brand. Then PP shows up out of nowhere as the great white hope promising to continue these shows…. I was happy to sign on. I love what I do and I’m proud to go to work everyday. I was asked to take a cut in pay and was happy to do it if it meant our show would go on. That was the first week of September. But other than a very quick speech on the studio floor by PP in late September the company did not give out any information regarding when and where we would be working. Last Wednesday the cast received an email telling us our dressing rooms must be cleared out by the 9th of Dec. or ABC would be tossing things out… and then to hear the official news today via a media report.

The last 2 weeks have been emotional for me. The stories are rocking and show is so good. It is must see TV. Don’t miss a day… don’t miss a scene. My hat goes off to Ron Calivarti…. he has written really powerful stuff and I think the fans are going love it. I especially want to shout out to Frank Valentini… who has fought the hardest to make the transition happen. He has been amazing and I want you fans to know how hard he worked to continue giving you fans the show you deserve. He found out this wasn’t going to happen just like I did…via a media report.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have so much to be grateful for but I must say I wish things had worked out differently. It’s been the best 18 years of my life. I hope you will continue to watch “One Life” until the bitter sweet end.

Kassie DePaiva

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Donna Svennevik/ABC

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 23, 2011.


Although still unconscious, Matthew narrates the story of Thanksgiving, 2011.

After their harrowing ordeal finding Liam, Natalie and John return to Llanfair with their son. Clint and Viki are thrilled. Meanwhile, Roxy tries to convince John to tell Natalie that he loves her.

Jessica and the kids have cheered Ford on in this year’s Turkey Trot. They go to Llanfair where Natalie and her sister share an unexpected moment.

Brody is overwhelmed when Jessica shows up, giving him an emotional, meaningful vote of confidence. After she leaves, he’s further touched when Roxy brings in Shane for a visit.

Bo and Nora share turkey sandwiches at Matthew’s bedside.

Viki witnesses Clint apologizing to Shane for treating him so shabbily. At EOD, the exes share a wishbone.

Roxy tries to gloss over why Rex is in Brazil, but Shane has an idea that it has something to do with chasing Gigi’s ghost.

Someone dies.

On the Next One Life to Live (Encore Presentation; Original Airdate of September 2, 2011)

  • Kim learns her brother has moved to Llanview.
  • Cutter is surprised by a visit from his sister.
  • Viki and Todd discuss Victor’s murder.

OLTL PreVUE: Week of November 28 Edition

Donna Svennevik/ABC

( — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of November 28, 2011.


The Evans family Thanksgiving celebration comes to a screeching halt when Phylicia learns of Vivian’s views on marriage. Starr, Nate, Dani, and James visit Rick at the hospital on Tuesday, November 29, however they don’t see eye-to-eye on the the true extent and cause of his injuries. Elsewhere in Llavniew, both Rex and Stacy have horrible nightmares. Cutter reaches out to Stacy, who is starting to soften toward him. Aubrey plants a kiss on Rex on Friday, December 2. And Cutter and Stacy are summoned to Dr. Fascinella’s office.

The Inside Story: Gone Missing
Blair tells John that Tomas is missing on Monday, November 28. Todd covers his feelings in front of Viki. Natalie grows suspicious of her uncle. John finds a key piece of evidence. Blair learns the gun used to kill Victor has been found on Tuesday, November 29. Todd suggests to Viki that Tomas killed their brother. John questions Todd in front of Téa and Blair.  Todd is less than forthcoming with his comments on Wednesday, November 30, and later he and Blair grow closer. Téa wonders if her brother is a murderer. John locates Calmar. Téa and Shaun catch up. Starr asks her mother about Tomas. And Dani seeks out Jack, who begins to have second thoughts about Todd’s guilt on Friday, December 2.

A Closer Look: Matters of the Heart
John and Natalie’s relationship talk gets interrupted on Monday, November 28. Roxy catches Natalie hugging Clint, and jumps to the wrong conclusion. Natalie is shocked to learn from Roxy how John really feels about her. Later, she tells John they no longer have anything to discuss. On Thursday, December 1, John asks Brody about the fire at The Sun. Brody makes an admission, and hopes Natalie can find happiness. John questions Vimal and Rama. Todd bumps into Jack and the two mince words. Jack’s comments get Todd’s attention. Shane admits to Natalie he won’t be happy until justice is served. Later at school he meets Neela and fills her in on Jack. Todd bribes his assistant Tracy. And on Friday, December 2, Neela remembers something Jack told her when they first met.


  • Clint and Viki share a kiss.
  • Roxy’s favorite soap is canceled.
  • Viki decides to leave Llanview.
  • Stacy has a feeling of déjà vu.
  • Shane receives some shocking news.

OLTL Recap: Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Donna Svennevik/ABC

( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 22, 2011.


Tomas has come to the meeting prepared for trouble. But Todd is not alone. Tomas tries to appeal to Todd’s guilt, and we indeed see the latter’s conflict. Elsewhere, Blair seeks out Tomas but finds only Téa. Téa tells Blair that Tomas has gone in search of Todd’s killer. Téa makes it clear she’s aware Blair and Tomas have taken the next step in their relationship. Téa is glad that Tomas is with someone who makes him so happy, but warns Blair not to hurt her brother. Blair invites Téa to spend Thanksgiving with her family and calls Tomas to extend the same invitation.

Aubrey tries to distract Fascinella’s receptionist, thus providing Rex the opportunity to get inside and confront Cutter and Stacy. Cutter, though, has allied with Alex Olanov. The receptionist catches Rex, who begs entry and is refused – just as Cutter comes out with a patient, her face wrapped in bandages. Aubrey unwraps the bandages against Cutter’s objections.

Bo and Nora receive a visit from the newly re-elected Mayor Finn, who reminds them of her campaign promise and proceeds to fire Bo. Nora defends Bo but Finn won’t be moved.

Nate and James alert Dani and Starr respectively to a rumor hitting the web: Are Nate and Starr having an affair? Nate and Starr point out that the images in the web item are drawn from the video and realize that Rick must be behind the buzz. Rick shows up at La Boulaie to revel in the surging publicity. The kids do not see things the way he does and at EOD advance on him.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Matthew narrates the story of Thanksgiving.
  • John and Natalie return to Llanfair with Liam.
  • A death rocks Llanview, and a family will never be the same.

OLTL Alerts: Week of November 28 Edition

Lou Rocco/ABC

( — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of November 28, 2011.


  • Monday: Natalie and John plan to discuss their relationship. One Llanview family will never be the same. The Evans family Thanksgiving dinner hits a snag.
  • Tuesday: Todd cozies up to Blair. Rick’s blackmail attempts result in consequences for a member of Starr’s family. Todd tells Viki that Tomas may have killed Victor.
  • Wednesday: Viki asks Todd how he feels about their brother’s murder. Viki and Clint share a tender moment. Roxy lets the cat out of the bag.
  • Thursday: Todd makes a discovery about Jack. Aubrey and Rex kiss, as does another unexpected couple. Shane meets Neela.
  • Friday: Someone realizes that something is not as it seems to be. Is Jack’s attitude toward Todd finally starting to soften? Neela is shocked by what she learns.

GH Teasers: Week of November 21 Edition

Thomas A. Montalto/Montalto Photos

( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of November 21, 2011.


  • Monday (Episode #12438): Sonny gives Kate a present. Maxie and Matt grow closer. Carly receives a warning from Jason. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Tuesday (Episode #12439): Sonny and Kate arrive at their destination. Deloris visits the Zacchara clan. Lulu finds Olivia cooking Thanksgiving dinner. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Wednesday (Episode #12440): Jason is pushed to the edge. Dante is at a crossroads. The Quartermaines celebrate Thanksgiving together. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Thursday (Encore Presentation; OAD 9/22/11) (Episode #12396): Maxie is stressed out over the wedding. Dante and Lucky talk about the future. Something strange happens at Wyndermere. (Rated: TVPG L)
  • Friday (Episode #N/A): Pre-empted. (Rated: N/A)

Recent Information

Follow Us on Twitter