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

 
Kambra Clifford, West Coast Editor

General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

ABC

ABC

“I’m Lucas Jones. I’m your son,” says an angered Lucas (Ryan Carnes) when he seemingly confronts his biological daddy this week on “General Hospital.”

According to a promo released by ABC, Lucas returns from a long stay in Seattle on Friday, January 17 and almost immediately confronts Julian Jerome (William deVry) with his true identity after Morgan (Bryan Craig) forcefully questions the mobster on the whereabouts of his mother, who is currently being held captive by crazy Heather Webber (Robin Mattson). Also in the promo is Ava Jerome (Maura West) being warned by daughter Kiki (Kristen Alderson) about hidden secrets, and is Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) pulling a Britt (Kelly Thiebaud)? Felix (Marc Anthony Samuel) seems to think so, and so does Liz (Rebecca Herbst), who eavesdrops on their conversation.

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SHOWTIME

SHOWTIME

Since debuting in January 2011, “Shameless” has become one of Showtime’s most underrated hits. Now entering its fourth season, the series picks up a few weeks from where season three left off: The Gallaghers braving another brutal Chicago winter and waiting on the medical fate of their flawed, permanently pickled patriarch, Frank (William H. Macy). With Fiona (Emmy Rossum) in a stable job and relationship, and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) enrolled in college, can the Gallaghers finally realize the middle class American dream?

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Richard Cartwright/ABC

Richard Cartwright/ABC

On tonights’ episode of ABC’s “Revenge,” entitled “Endurance,” Emily (Emily VanCamp) is physically and mentally broken following her failed attempt to frame Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) for her murder – Daniel (Josh Bowman) ended up shooting Emily for real on her wedding night – and as a result ends up getting closer than ever to the Graysons, who have decided to close ranks around her by virtually keeping her captive in Grayson manor after she’s released from the hospital. Meanwhile, Daniel comes face to face with Sara (Annabelle Stephenson) for the first time since her apparent attempted suicide led him to do what he did to Emily. Will they be able to rekindle the flame? Also, in a promo touting tonight’s episode, it looks as though Victoria may be getting closer to the truth about Emily’s real identity, or is this just another part of Emily’s plan? You’ll just have to tune in to find out!

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DYZ, Inc/New Slant Productions

DYZ, Inc/New Slant Productions

Ever wonder what it all took to make “The Stafford Project” come together? In a new behind the scenes video, creator Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, “The Young and the Restless”) informs fans of the hit web series that it all came about from a script in her head, how co-creators Paige Dorian and Paige Long helped evolve the idea from her head to the screen, and much more. Plus, if you haven’t been exposed to the series until now, we’ve got every episode from season one available for your viewing pleasure!

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CBS

CBS

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is already bringing it, if ratings are anything to go by, but next week the soap will be kicking things into high gear with Summer’s (Hunter King) desire to be perfect turning into a deadly situation and Billy (Billy Miller) getting ever closer to learning the truth about Adam’s (Michael Muhney) possible role in the death of his daughter.

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

As previously reported, “General Hospital’s” Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) announced that she will be appearing in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Castle,” which Soap Opera Network has since learned will air on Monday, January 27.

In the episode entitled “Dressed To Kill,” Wilson will appear in the role of Grace Jacobs, who is described as a young woman that grew up reading Modern Fashion with the dream of working for its editor, Matilda King (Frances Fisher; “The Edge of Night,” “Days of our Lives”).

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Soap Opera Network

Soap Opera Network

CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” ushered in 2014 with their largest weekly audiences in several years, according to ratings data released today by Nielsen Media Research for the week of December 30, 2013 through January 3, 2014.

Per the ratings company, “B&B” averaged 4.13 million viewers, which marked its largest weekly viewer total since the week of February 25-29, 2008. The soap also delivered its best Women 18-49 rating (1.2 rating/6 share) since the week of September 2-6, 2013, and its best Women 25-54 rating (1.7 rating/8 share) since the week of January 14-18, 2013.

“Y&R” meanwhile deleivered an average 5.31 million viewers, which was the soaps largest weekly audience since the week of January 31 – February 4, 2011.



Richard McLaren/Lifetime

Richard McLaren/Lifetime

Lifetime announced today that Sunday, April 20 at 10:00 PM ET/PT marks the grand return of its s newest primetime guilty pleasure, “Devious Maids.” According to the network, the season two opener will be directed by executive producer Eva Longoria, which will also marks Longoria’s television directorial debut.

The series follows the lives of five ambitious maids who, while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills, dream of wealthy lives of their own. Sadly, murder is at the center of their world as one of their fellow maids is murdered and the quintet makes it their mission to find out who committed the heinous crime. The series stars Ana Ortiz (“Ugly Betty”), Dania Ramirez (“Entourage”), Roselyn Sanchez (“Without a Trace”), Edy Ganem (“Livin’ Loud”) and Judy Reyes (“Scrubs”) as the maids.

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NAACP; JPI Studios (insert)

NAACP; JPI Studios (insert)

Nominees for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series were announced today for “The 45th NAACP Image Awards,” scheduled to air Saturday, February 22 on TV One. “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” were once again dominant in both acting categories.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

According to Law360.com, Allison “Sam” Hall, a former co-head writer of ABC’s “One Life to Live,” is suing the network over what he claims are royalties owed since the soap transitioned to the web via Hulu and iTunes, and broadcast during summer 2013 on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), courtesy of Prospect Park – the company that licensed the rights to both programs from Disney/ABC in 2011. Hall reportedly filed his complaint against American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. (ABC) on Tuesday, January 7, in New York. Hall was named co-head writer of the soap in 1984, and remained with the series until 1985.

“Each week during which such exhibitions by each authorized entity occurred Hall was entitled to be paid the weekly royalties,” reads the complaint referring to royalties owed from characters Hall may have created while working on the soap. “Despite due demand, Hall has not been paid any of the weekly royalties to which he is entitled for the exhibition of the series by Prospect Park Productions, iTunes, Hulu and OWN, which total in excess of $50,000, an amount which is in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the lower courts.”

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