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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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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Jennifer Graylock/JPI Studios

Hot on the heels of “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) appearing on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” comes an appearance by former “General Hospital” actor/musician Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake)!

The “Jessie’s Girl” singer will be appearing on the Friday, February 7 episode of the show, where he’s set to give an “eye-opening interview” that touches on the subject of suicide. Other guests scheduled to appear include The Village People, “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Jill Zaren, and former Vogue editor André Leon Talley.

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Bob Mahoney/The CW

Bob Mahoney/The CW

Former “General Hospital” star Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan Lovett) is straddling sides in the great vampire/werewolf debate: In addition to recently being cast in the role of “True Blood’s” vampire James, the actor will be debuting on The CW’s “The Originals” tomorrow, Tuesday, February 4 — as a werewolf!

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Vince Bucci/Getty Images

“The Young and the Restless” actress Cynthia Watros (Kelly Andrews) may soon be pulling television double duty: MTV has ordered a pilot featuring the former “Lost” star to series.

The show, titled “Finding Carter,” is about a teenage girl named Carter (played by Kathryn Prescott, “Skins”) who discovers that the woman she believed was her mother actually kidnapped her when she was a toddler. She’s returned to her real family, but after her kidnapper mother goes missing, Carter vows to find her before she disappears forever. Watros and former “Angel” actor Alexis Denisof play Carter’s real parents.

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Chipotle/Hulu

Chipotle/Hulu

If you’ve been loving Ray Wise as “The Young and the Restless’” Ian Ward, then you’re in luck: The actor is starring in Hulu’s new comedy series, “Farmed and Dangerous,” which debuts next month!

The series tells the story of agricultural giant Animoil, which thinks it has the solution to feeding the world (and the company’s pockets). But when activist Chip Randolph (John Sloan) sets out to expose what happens before the meat gets butchered, thing spiral dangerously out of control. And smack dab in the middle of the drama sits Buck (Wise), the gun-collecting head of IFIB and lead representative for Animoil!

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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

It’s been a whopping seven years since larger-than-life personality Rosie O’Donnell has been a part of “The View,” but executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie announced today that the actress/comedian is returning to the popular talk show!

Friday, February 7 marks O’Donnell’s appearance alongside current co-hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. As fans may recall, the current “The Fosters” actress previously held the position as moderator for “The View” from 2005-2007 but left under less-than-friendly circumstances (both a contract dispute with ABC and her inability to get along with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck played out onscreen).

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Crown Media

Crown Media

As previously reported, soap stars Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”) and Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones, “General Hospital;” ex-Dominick Marone, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) are set to star in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original movie, “My Gal Sunday,” which premieres tonight at 9:00 PM ET on the cable network.

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David M. Russell/TOLN

David M. Russell/TOLN

Former “One Life to Live” actor turned “Dancing with the Stars” superstar Corbin Bleu (ex-Jeffrey King) appears in not one, but two places on TV tonight!

First, Bleu gives an in-depth interview on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” discussing his High School Musical days and the current love of his life. The episode also features controversial Grammy winner Sinéad O’ Connor, comedian Margaret Cho, and former “The Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno. This airs at 9:00 PM on Oprah’s OWN network.

Corbin can also be seen tonight in the television premiere of movie “The Monkey’s Paw” on the CHILLER network. “The Monkey’s Paw” is about a man who discovers a mysterious monkey’s paw that grants him three wishes. Of course, these wishes don’t go as planned. Also starring are C.J. Thomason (ex-Lucas Jones, “General Hospital”) and Stephen Lang (“Avatar”). The movie also airs at 9:00 PM ET on the CHILLER network.

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Jeff Farsai

Jeff Farsai

As previously reported, former “General Hospital” actress Emily Wilson (ex-Ellie Trout) is set to appear in an upcoming episode of ABC’s “Castle,” entitled “Dressed To Kill.”

While the episode was previously set to air on Monday, January 27, an ABC rep tells Soap Opera Network that the episode has been pushed back and will now air on Monday, February 3 instead.

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