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

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

For the week of December 2-6, 2013, ABC’s “General Hospital” continued its ratings momentum from the week prior (week of November 25, 2013) with 3.31 million viewers, a 1.9 rating in Women 25-54 (1.18 million in actuals) and a 1.4 rating in Women 18-49 (880,000 million in actuals), per Nielsen Media Research Live + SD ratings data. This week marked the first time “GH” ranked a solid #1 in Women 25-54 in over six years and its best performance in Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, both since the week of July 16, 2007. The soap attracted its largest numbers since the week of January 21, 2008 in viewers, it’s largest Women 18-49 rating in over two-and-a-half years (since week of March 11, 2011) and best performance in Women 25-54 rating in close to three years (since week of December 27, 2010), respectively. The soap continues to pace for its best season in seven years in total viewers (since 2006/2007 television season).

The Friday, December 6 episode marked “GH’s” highest single day average in viewers in nearly six years (since January 21, 2008) with 3.45 million viewers tuning in and a near 3-year high in Women 25-54 (2.0 rating/1.24 million in actuals) since February 21, 2011.

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Pan Macmillan/Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc.

Pan Macmillan/Bell-Phillip Television Productions

Like “As The World Turns,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “Guiding Light” before it, producers of CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” have announced a new partnership with Pan Macmillan and its digital-first imprint, Momentum,  in which the publishing company will release a series of novellas surrounding several characters from “B&B.”

The titles, beginning with Forbidden Affair by Amy Andrews and Collision Course by Shannon Curtis, will be released simultaneously in print via Pan Macmillan and digitally via Momentum and will recount new love stories created through collaboration between authors of each novella and “B&B” executive producer and head writer, Bradley P. Bell.

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Doverwood Communications, Inc.

Doverwood Communications, Inc.

See “General Hospital’s” Rick Springfield (Dr. Noah Drake) as you’ve never seen him perform. From personal stories to stories from concert fields, the documentary film, “An Affair of the Heart,” follows the life of the multi-talented actor/musician from the perspective of his fans who share details on when they first discovered him and what makes him such an icon in their lives. The film was recently released on DVD/blu-ray and hails from an idea by producer Melanie Lentz-Janney, who has been a loyal fan of Rick’s for thirty years. “The Young and the Restless’” Doug Davidson along with “GH’s’” Jacklyn Zeman, Kimberly McCullough, Jason Thompson and Brandon Barash also appear in the film.

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Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

Thaao Penghlis (ex-Tony DiMera, “Days of our Lives”) is set to reprise his role as Victor Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” in the new year, confirms a show representative to Soap Opera Network. The actor last played the role more than 30 years ago, when the character met his supposed death, but with the actor returning does that mean that the brother of Anthony and Mikkos Cassadine is in fact alive? You’ll just have to tune in to find out during the all important February sweeps ratings period!

Soap Opera Digest, which first reported the news, states that Penghlis is tentatively scheduled to first air on Thursday, January 30, 2014 – the first day of February sweeps.



American Film Institute

American Film Institute

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today its official selections for its annual AFI Awards, which honors the 10 outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs that it deemed “culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.” In the TV category, AFI is celebrating “The Americans,” “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “Masters of Sex,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Scandal,” and “Veep.” In film, AFI chose “12 Years a Slave, ” “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” Fruitvale Station,” “Gravity,” “Her,” Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

In a newly released interview with Soap Opera Digest columnist and “Tainted Dreams” blogger, Carolyn Hinsey, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Thorsten Kaye opens up about his role as Ridge Forrester on the CBS Daytime soap, but it’s his comments on Prospect Parks’ version of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” that has all eyes open.

ALSO READ: B&B Promo: Ridge Returns With A New Face; ‘The Timing Was Right’ Says EP Bradley Bell

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CBS

On Friday, December 13, Ridge Forrester returns to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” as played by daytime soap veteran, Thorsten Kaye. The actor takes over the role from Ronn Moss, who departed the series in 2012. In a promo released by the network, Ridge drives up the Forrester driveway and gets ready to embark on a new journey, but where does he fit in? You’ll just have to tune in to find out!

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And I Still Rise

And I Still Rise

Back in June, “Days of our Lives’” Casey Deidrick (ex-Chad DiMera) and Chandler Massey (Will Horton), along with their And I Still Rise bandmates Stephen HaynesMike Gross and Josh Bonapartelaunched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a music video for their song, “Sixty Five Roses,” in support of those living with Cystic Fibrosis.  Last week the group released the music video on YouTube with a digital copy of the song made available for purchase on the iTunes store. The band received nearly $31,000 in funding for their online campaign, which exceeded their goal of $20,000. The video was directed by Robby Starbuck.

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Charles Christopher/Lifetime

Charles Christopher/Lifetime

In case you missed its world premiere last night, Lifetime is re-airing “Christmas In The City” today at 5:00 PM ET/PT and again on Saturday, December 14 at 6:00 PM ET/PT. The film stars Ashley Williams, Ashanti, Shanola Hampton, former “As The World Turns” actor Jon Prescott (ex-Mike Kasnoff), Michael Durrell, Kylie Price, David Ralphe, Josh Crotty and Beverly Leech.

About the Film
After closing down her small-town family business, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace move to the big city where an old friend offers her a job in the toy department of Wolmans. But her excitement is short lived when the store’s new consultant, Teanna, ruins the holiday spirit throughout the store by replacing Santa with a hunky male underwear model. It’s only when Grace begins to lose faith in the holiday that Wendy realizes she must bring the true meaning of Christmas back to Wolmans before it is too late.



Richard Cartwright/ABC

Richard Cartwright/ABC

Tonight on ABC’s “Revenge,” which returns from a three week hiatus, the wedding of Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) and Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) is fast approaching and Emily must put the finishing touches on her final takedown – Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) herself. In tonight’s episode, entitled “Surrender,” Victoria learns that Emily is pregnant after a supposed altercation with a recently revealed alive Lydia (Amber Valletta) results in Emily slipping and falling.

For a preview of tonight’s episode, watch the promo below:









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