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

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UPDATE Sunday, December 22, 2013 4:30 AM ET: It’s taken some time, but it’s finally arrived! The SON Community Message Boards have been upgraded to the latest software and this time, we weren’t accepting the tired default theme that comes with it.

Over the course of 3 hours, I was able to customize the MB’s to keep some of the elements of the default theme, but also add new tools and abilities while making the community more sociable and cleaner at the same time. At faster speeds (based on several browser tests), the community is the fastest it has ever been, while maintaining the integrity of the place and keeping member issues and concerns at the top of the list.

As a result of the update:

  • Blogs are back! They are fully functioning and ready for new rants, raves and fanfics
  • Gallery is fully operational and usable for uploading images without having to utilize a third party, such as flickr, tumblr, twitter, etc.
  • There is now a floating menu bar that will help you navigate from one area of the community to another (forums to members, calendars, etc) without having to scroll
  • The registration page no longer asks what your favorite soap is (this feature had not been updated since 2005!) – member registrations should run a lot smoother
  • Social icons to allow members to interact with the website outside of the community is now possible

Let us know if you encounter any problems or if you have any issues with the update. Without your comments, we wouldn’t know what works and what doesn’t.

PREVIOUS: Beginning Saturday, December 21 at 11:59 PM ET and until Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 AM ET, the SON Community message boards will be offline due to scheduled maintenance that will hopefully resolve several long standing issues, including membership verification problems and accessing blogs/mySONTV.



Thomas Montalto/Montalto Photos

Thomas Montalto/Montalto Photos

“All My Children’s” Eden Riegel (ex-Bianca Montgomery) and husband Andrew Miller welcomed the newest addition to the family early this morning. The actress, who tweeted a picture from her hospital bed, gave birth to son Henry Isaac Miller at 9:23 AM. The baby boy weighed in at 9 pounds, 1 ounce. “We did it! @FYeahJackMiller, you’re a big brother!” she said in her tweet directed to her oldest son, Jack Oscar Miller, who was born May 21, 2011.

In addition to the happy news, Riegel also shared pictures of the healthy snacks and drinks she’s been partaking in post delivery.

Congrats to the family!



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White House

White House

Due to a White House press conference, ABC’s “General Hospital” will be preempted today, December 20, 2013. As a result, episodes will be pushed back and today’s previously scheduled original will instead air on Monday, December 23. In a statement, ABC says, “We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you’ll tune in Monday for a fantastic episode!”

Despite the push back, “GH” will still air a rebroadcast of the December 2, 2013 episode on Tuesday, December 24. The show will be preempted again on Christmas Day (Wednesday, December 25), while new episodes are still scheduled to air on Thursday, December 26 and Friday, December 27. The soap won’t sync up with its original airing schedule for a number of weeks.



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Ben Hider/NYSE Euronext

Ben Hider/NYSE Euronext

For the week of December 9-13, 2013, ABC’s “General Hospital” continued to pace for its best season in seven years in total viewers (since 2006/2007 television season), and is turning in its best performance in the key women sales demos in 2 1/2 to 4 years. The soap was number 1 in Women 18-49 for the second consecutive week (779,000/1.2 rating), which is the first back to back win the soap has had in the demo in six-and-a-half years (since week of 5/21/07). “GH” turned in its 2nd-most-watched week in over two years in Women 18-49 and in over two and a half years in Women 25-54 (1.06 million/1.7 rating), behind only last week and since weeks of 8/15/11 and 3/21/11, respectively. Moreover, the past three weeks have been the show’s Top 3 most-watched weeks in nearly three years in Total Viewers – since week of 12/27/10. Additionally, “GH” posted the largest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama in Women 18-49 (+28% – 779,000 vs. 610,000) and Women 25-54 (+37% – 1.06 million vs. 774,000).

via Press Release

ABC Is the #1 Network in Daytime in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54
for the 2nd Consecutive Week, Posting the Biggest Year to Year Gains

“The Chew” Sets Record Weekly High for 2nd-Consecutive Week in
Women 25-54, and Delivers Its #2 Week of All Time in Total Viewers;
Past Three Weeks Are the Show’s Top 3 Weeks Ever in Total Viewers

For the 1st Time in 6-and-a-Half Years “General Hospital” Is the #1 Program in Daytime in Women 18-49 for Two-Straight Weeks; Returning Legacy Characters and Compelling Story Lines Driving 7-Year Season High

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

With one day left before he films his final scenes as Adam Newman on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” Michael Muhney has spoken out via the Huffington Post on when and why he was fired, what’s next and whether or not the soap plans to recast his popular role.

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

“I was informed Monday night at work, said Muhney, who was informed of his ouster by Jill Farren Phelps, the show’s executive producer. “I was told ‘We’re going to be letting you go.’ Everyone knows I always have something to say. I’m a chatterbox, laugh all you want, but I was rendered speechless for about five minutes. I didn’t utter a word. There was truly a moment when I thought I was having a very vivid, surreal dream and I couldn’t wake up so I could tell people I was having an awful dream about ‘Y&R’ letting me go. So, unless this is a really long nap I’m taking, it’s not a dream and it’s really happening,” the actor stated. Unfortunately, the news occurred at the most personal time. “I was told at almost the exact same time my aunt found out she had officially been diagnosed with breast cancer. Almost within the same hour. So, that has helped me with perspective, in terms of what’s happening in the real world. We’re just talking about one guy who lost a job. Hey, there’s no business like show business. So I want to say, first and foremost, there are more important things people are dealing with in the world today.”

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Robert Voets/CBS

Robert Voets/CBS

Despite signing a new four-year contract with CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” back in April of this year, Michael Muhney (Adam Newman) has been let go from the daytime soap he’s called home since 2009. The actor tweeted yesterday, “I’m so sorry. It breaks my heart to say this, but I was just let go from Y&R. My last day on set is this Thursday. My last air date will be Jan 30th. I’m going to take some private time with my wife & kids, as I am most concerned for their well-being. I have 3 final episodes to film, and because they are my last, I will be giving it everything I have. More details will follow… #xoxoxo.” Prior to the actor’s tweet, he hadn’t commented on the popular social network site since November 5. In a posting earlier today, he noted that his daughter, Ella, is celebrating her 6th birthday today.

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Marc Cartwright

Marc Cartwright

Sean Douglas (ex-Vargas, “Days of our Lives”) announced that he’s booked a role on TV Land’s “The Exes.” The actor will portray Doug in a future episode of the series, which stars Kristen Johnston, Donald Faison, Wayne Knight and David Alan Basche.

 



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George De Sota/JPI Studios (left); Jill Johnson/JPI Studios (right)

George De Sota/JPI Studios (left); Jill Johnson/JPI Studios (right)

In its newest issue, Soap Opera Digest shed some light on Mark Collier‘s new role on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” The actor, who debuts on the Wednesday, December 18 episode, is portraying Liam, who Adrienne Kiriakis (Judi Evans) sets up on a date with Jennifer Horton (Melissa Reeves). “I knew his first name was Liam, but not much more than that. He went to high school in Salem,” shares the actor who began filming in August. Ironically, with Collier now on board, the “DAYS” cast now includes the first two actors who portrayed “As The World Turns’” Mike Kasnoff (Collier played the character from 2002-2007; Shawn Christian [Daniel Jonas] originated the role in 1994).

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CBS

CBS

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is in a celebratory mood as the soap is enjoying 25 consecutive years as daytime television’s most watched drama series. As part of its continued success, the soap is also enjoying its best season average in total viewers since the 2011-2012 television season. To show their appreciation to fans for their support, cast and crew took the time to pose with a banner that states: “The Young and the Restless: #1 For 25 Years.” To honor this feet, Soap Opera Network has gathered all the images published on social media for your one stop viewing pleasure.



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CBS Broadcasting, Inc./Sony Pictures Television

CBS Broadcasting, Inc./Sony Pictures Television

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” has officially clocked 25 consecutive years as daytime’s #1 drama series. The soap is pacing for its largest audience to begin a season since the 2011-2012 television season with 5.1 million viewers tuning in on average to the trials and tribulations of Genoa City’s elite. ”I am so proud of the talented cast and crew, past and present, for making ‘The Young and the Restless’ #1 for 25 years,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “A special thank you to our loyal and passionate fans for helping us reach this incredible milestone.”

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