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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This morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the cast for Season 18 of celebrity dancing show “Dancing with the Stars” was announced.

Among them is former “General Hospital: Night Shift” star Billy Dee Williams (ex-Toussiant DuBois), perhaps most famous for his role as Lando Calrissian in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Williams joins a long list of soap actors who have competed on “DWTS,” including previous winners Kelly Monaco (Sam Morgan, “General Hospital”) and J.R. Martinez (ex-Brot Monroe, “All My Children”). He will be paired with dancer Emma Slater, who competed last season to fourth place with comedian Bill Engvall.

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Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

UPDATE 2/22: Jordan has now confirmed his “Fantastic Four” status – tweeting out “FLAME ON!” and the “Fantastic Four” logo to his 140K Twitter followers.

PREVIOUS: Michael B. Jordan has come a long way since his role on “All My Children” as streetwise teenager Reggie Porter. He’s won several independent awards for his role in 2013′s “Fruitvale Station,” the highly-talked about drama about the real-life murder of teenager Oscar Grant. He can also now be seen in the comedy “That Awkward Moment,” alongside Zac Efron (“High School Musical”) and Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now”). But in 2015, Jordan may be stepping into his biggest role yet.

According to Deadline.comJordan is currently in talks to join the cast of Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” as Johnny Storm AKA The Human Torch. Also in talks for the principal characters are Kate Mara (“House of Cards”), Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”), and Jordan’s “That Awkward Moment” co-star Miles Teller.

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Nicole Rivelli/Warner Bros.

Nicole Rivelli/Warner Bros.

Paige Turco (ex-Dinah Marler, “Guiding Light;” ex-Melanie Cortlandt Rampal, “All My Children”) has been cast in “NCIS: New Orleans,” the planned spinoff of “NCIS,” reports Deadline.com.

Turco will star as Linda, the wife of NCIS Special Agent Pride (played by “Quantum Leap” actor Scott Bakula). The New Orleans division conducts criminal investigations “from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle” that involve the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. In addition to Bakula, Turco joins the already cast CCH Pounder (“The Shield”), Zoe McClellan (“JAG”), and Lucas Black (“The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”).

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Marvel Comics/ABC Studios

Marvel Comics/ABC Studios

What does “Revenge’s” Emily Thorne have in common with Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and Captain America? She’ll be the star of her own comic book, of course!

USA Today reports that ABC has partnered with Marvel Comics to bring “Revenge: The Secret Origin of Emily Thorne” to comic book stores. Written by Erica Schultz and television writer Ted Sullivan, the book is scheduled to hit shelves on Wednesday, September 3.

“The parts of the history we’re bursting to tell is the origin of the woman you see that shows up in the pilot, as differentiated from the girl who was thrown into (juvenile detention) when her dad was taken from her,” says “Revenge” executive producer Sunil Nayar. “We’re going to the beginning where when things don’t fall into place, she has to think fast on her feet… And she doesn’t have the experience she has on the show, so there’s going to be more mistakes and fumbles.”

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Ron Tom/ABC; Lifetime; David M. Russell/TOLN

Ron Tom/ABC; Lifetime; David M. Russell/TOLN

Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” is set to premiere its sixth and final season this March and a slew of former daytime stars have signed on to send the critically acclaimed drama series off in style.

Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake, “General Hospital,”) Colin Egglesfield (ex-Joshua Madden, “All My Children,”) and Corbin Bleu (ex-Jeffrey King, “One Life to Live”) have all signed on to make appearances in this upcoming season.

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George de Sota/JPI Studios

George de Sota/JPI Studios

You may remember John Wesley Shipp from his role on “One Life to Live” as the abusive father of the Ford brothers. Or you might know him from his memorable role as football coach Mitch on “Dawson’s Creek.” Before both of those roles though, John Wesley Shipp was THE FLASH!

In the early 90′s, Shipp starred as the lead in a short-lived CBS series based on the popular comic book character Barry Allen AKA The Flash. It’s been known for a while now that the CW network intends on remaking the series, but now comes word that Shipp will be playing a mystery role in the show!

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Jennifer Graylock/JPI Studios

Jennifer Graylock/JPI Studios

James Franco’s name was brought back into soap opera news last week when reports surfaced that “General Hospital” headwriter Ron Carlivati wished to bring Franco back to the soap. However, it looks like the A-list actor already has quite a few projects on his plate. One of those projects is the film “Maladies,” featuring Franco as a former soap opera actor who has trouble dealing with his mental illness as well as the mental illnesses of his two housemates.

The first trailer for the film was recently released.

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William Cole; Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

William Cole; Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Someone in the “Mistresses” casting department must be a “General Hospital” fan: former ‘GH’ stars Jason Gerhardt (ex-Coop Barrett) and Rebeka Montoya (ex-Dolores Padilla) have signed on for Season 2 of the primetime sudser.

According to TVLine.com, Gerhardt will appear as a recurring character who shows up at the home of Savi (Alyssa Milano) during the third episode of Season 2. The two end up having a very unique connection, one which complicates Savi’s life.

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Movie star Ryan Phillippe once broke network television ground by portraying the first openly gay teenager on a daytime soap opera. Now, for the first time since appearing as Billy Douglas on “One Life to Live,” Phillippe is set to return to an ABC series.

According to Deadline.com, Phillippe has signed on with ABC to star in “Secrets and Lies,” a crime mystery series based on an Australian series that has yet to debut. He will play the lead role: a man who finds the dead body of a young boy and becomes the prime suspect. In order to protect himself and his family, Phillippe’s character must find the real killer and clear his name. Actress Natalie Martinez, who was recently seen on the CBS series “Under the Dome,” has also signed on to play the mother of the murdered boy.

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Open Book Productions/Bella Productions

Open Book Productions/Bella Productions

We’re just under 30 days away from the debut of new web series “Beacon Hill” and yesterday Open Book Productions/Bella Productions released a new trailer to get the anticipation rising. It turns out not everything is what it seems in Massachusetts politics!

In the new trailer, we get a closer look at Alicia Minshew’s (ex-Kendall, “All My Children”) reporter character Sara Preston. She’s returned home to Boston after her Senator grandfather has a stroke that paralyzes half of his body. But is Sara there to visit her ailing grandfather or has she been sent there to report on her family? We also catch a glimpse of Sara’s mother Claire, played by Crystal Chappell (ex-Carly, “Days of Our Lives.”) What’s in the envelope? And why the need to be discreet about it?

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