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


Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — Arianne Zucker's (Nicole Walker, "Days of our Lives") Lowd Suga line of jewelry and accessories gets a mention in new book, "Young, Restless & Broke" by Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan, which hit stores in April.

In an interview with Soap Opera Digest, Zucker says "I always appreciate when people think of me to write about. There are many people to choose from and in Michelle Yu's case, she chose me."

The authors inked a deal with Zucker in January that includes an option to buy the book along-side a necklace set created specifically for the book. To get a look at the jewlery included in the set, go to Lowd Suga's Website.

To purchase the book, head on over to

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    Will Aiden Turner dance away with your votes on Season 10 of “Dancing With The Stars?”

    The Season 10 cast of “Dancing With The Stars” was announced during this evenings airing of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love.” In an interesting casting move, ABC’s hit Primetime reality competition series has tapped former “All My Children” hottie Aiden Turner as one of its eleven celebrity dancers this season. The casting is surprising due to the fact that the former ABC Daytime actor (and new father) was fired from “AMC” after being given the opportunity to decide whether he’d move with production of the soap to Los Angeles from New York – and deciding to make the move - last fall. The 32-year old Turner, who relocated his family to L.A. on his own dime following his firing, debuted on “AMC” in June 2002 in the role of Aidan Devane. He last aired in the role in December 2009. Before joining “AMC,” the model and Emmy-nominated actor (2003) appeared on popular British soap operas “Eastenders” and “Crossroads.” Turner will be paired with professional dancer Edytha Sliwinska, who has yet to not compete on a season of “DWTS” since its premiere. (3/2/10)

    Turner is the third “AMC” star to compete on “DWTS.” The series, which tapes in Los Angeles, that debuted in June 2005 pairs professional dancers with celebrities (actors, comedians, politicians, musicians, athletes, reality series stars, etc.) that have fallen off the A and B lists, or who haven’t quite made it there yet, in an approximately 10-week long dance competition. In Season 5, “AMC” star, as well as “Good Morning America” and “Extra” correspondent, Cameron Mathison was paired with Sliwinska. Mathison finished the competition in fifth place in a season with twelve competitors. Daytime’s biggest star Susan Lucci, who plays the legendary Erica Kane on “AMC,” was paired with Tony Dovolani in Season 7. Lucci finished the competition in sixth place in a season with fourteen competitors. Of course, it was a “General Hospital” star that started the dance competitions love affair with ABC Daytime. Kelly Monaco of “General Hospital” won the inaugural season of “DWTS” with partner Alec Mazo.

    The tenth season of “DWTS” premieres on March 22, 2010 on ABC. The celebrities Turner will be competing against this season include (1) model and actress Pamela Anderson (starred on “Baywatch” which was at one time the most viewed television series in the world; Playboy pin-up), (2) reality-star Kate Gosselin (mother of eight; reality star of TLC’s future reality series “Kate Plus 8″ and prior to a messy divorce co-star of the canceled TLC reality series “Jon and Kate Plus 8″), (3) athlete Chad (Ochocinco) Johnson (wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals football team), (4) actress Shannen Doherty (rose to fame on the original “Beverly Hills, 90210″ series), (5) singer Nicole Scherzinger (lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls), (6) comedian and correspondent Niecy Nash (starred on “Reno 911!”; corresponds on CBS’s “The Insider”), (7) athlete Evan Lysacek (2010 Winter Olympic Gold Medalist in Men’s Figure Skating), (8) astronaut Buzz Aldrin (landed on the moon with Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and was the second man to walk on the moon), (9) broadcaster Erin Andrews (sideline reporter on ESPN; recently in the spotlight when nude video was taken of her through a hotel peephole without her consent), and (10) “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” star Jake Pavelka.

    The stars professional partners will be announced on Tuesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

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    ( — ABC’s first successful crime procedural in years enjoyed its highest rated episode ever with an appearance by daytime star Sarah Brown (Sandy Sommers, “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

    The Monday, January 25 episode of the series entitled “The Third Man,” garnered a 7.4/12 in Households and a series high performance iin Adults 18-49 with a 3.1/8. According to ABC the series also achieved series highs in Adults 18-34, Men 18-34 and Men 18-49. In total, the episode was seen by 10.5 million viewers. Ratings information is based on Live+SD (Soure: Nielsen Media Research).

    In the episode, Brown portrayed the role of Amanda Livingston, who found herself in an awkward position while on a date with novelist Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion, ex-Joey Buchanan, “One Life to Live”), who paid more attention to a case he was working on with Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) then he did on Amanda. In the end, Amanda found herself clicking with another man!

    “Castle” is a production of ABC Studios and Beacon Pictures.


    ( — Sherri Saum is getting the last laugh after being let go from ABC’s new dramedy “The Deep End” last fall.

    Created by “How I Met Your Mother” Co-Executive Producer David Hemingson, “Deep End” premiered to low ratings on Thursday, January 21 drawing just 7.07 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in Adults 18-49, placing the series 3rd in viewers and 4th in the all important demo. By comparison, the series only beat The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” by  a mere 12.5% (1.8 vs 1.6) in Adults 18-49. “Deep End” was down 25% from what “FlashForward” had averaged in the same time period this season.

    In September, it was announced that Saum would be replaced by “Soul Food” actress Nicole Ari Parker in the role of Susan, the “sexy, smart, steely lioness of the firm’s litigation department whose husband, Clifford Huddle (Billy Zane), is the firm’s new managing partner.”

    The series stars Matt Long (”Jack & Bobby”) as Dylan Hewitt, a young attorney who starts working for the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft. Former “Desperate Housewives” heart-throb Mehcad Brooks also stars.

    Despite its poor debut numbers, “Deep End is still scheduled to air on Thursday, January 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

    From 2001-2003, Saum portrayed Keri Reynolds on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Vanessa Hart from 1997-1999 on NBC’s “Sunset Beach.” The actress has had numerous starring roles in such series as Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and the FX drama “Rescue Me.”

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    ( — While many fans are sure to be mourning the loss of Chad Michael Murray (ex-Lucas Scott) and Hilarie Burton (ex-Peyton Sawyer Scott), “One Tree Hill” is not about to let them go without a fight.

    Best known for his roles on MyNetworkTV’s “Fashion House” and NBC’s “Lipstick Jungle,” Robert Buckley has signed on as a series regular beginning this fall when “Tree Hill” returns for its seventh season on the The CW.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter, Buckley will be portraying the role of Clayton – “a brash young sports agent who represents Nathan Scott (James Lafferty) and has become a close friend, ally, business partner and advisor to him while also enjoying the spoils that come from being a wealthy, handsome single guy.” Originally, the role of Clayton was meant for Brian Austin Green (ex-David Silver, “Beverly Hills, 90210″), but a deal could not be hashed out with the actor.

    It is being reported that the show will once again jump ahead into the future to advance storylines, this time by one year. In addition to his work on “House” and “Jungle,” Buckley has also made guest appearances on “Ghost Whisper” and on the CW’s “Privileged.” In 2008, he starred in “Flirting with Forty” along-side soap vixen Heather Locklear (“Melrose Place” and “Dynasty”).

    “One Tree Hill” airs Mondays at 9:00 ET/PT on The CW. Check local listings.

    Happy Easter and Good Friday!

    Thrusday, April 9, 2009 10:56 PM EDT | By Scotty Gore

    ( — May your Easter and Good Friday holiday celebrations be safe and happy.

    From all of us here at Soap Opera Network, we would like to wish each and every one of our members and guests a safe and wonderful Good Friday and Easter Sunday. May the Easter Bunny overflow your baskets with eggs and goodies, and may the Lord bless you today as always. Praise God for your friends and loved ones, and remember that He is the real reason for this holiday. Set aside time to spend with your family this weekend and thank you for your continued loyalty to SON. Have a blessed Good Friday and very happy Easter!

    Monday, March 30, 2009 12:53 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

    ( — From daytime to primetime.

    Congratulations to Colin Egglesfield. The actor whose controversial character, Josh Madden, was permanently aborted from the “All My Children” scene earlier this year, has been cast in a leading role on the CW’s updated version of “Melrose Place.” The series that originally aired on FOX is centered around a group of driven and attractive young people who live in the same apartment courtyard complex and who end up getting way too involved in each other’s trials and tribulations.

    The 36-year old hottie, named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2005, will play Auggie Kirtpatrick. Auggie is an avid surfer and a ambition sous-chef at one of Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants. Other actors cast as “MP” residents include Michael Rady who will play filmmaker Jonah Miller (think Billy); Katie Cassidy who will play Ella Flynn, sharp-tongued publicist (think Amanda); Ashlee Simpson-Wentz who will play Violet Foster, a small town girl who comes to L.A. with a secret (think Sydney); Jessica Lucas will play wealthy and beautiful elementary school teacher Riley Richmond; and Stephanie Jacobsen who will play Lauren Bishop, a medical student by day, a high-end call girl by night. The series is a go for the 2009 fall season. “Smallville” producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer will produce the pilot episode and will continue on the series as executive producers.

    The original “Melrose Place” was created by Darren Star and executive produced by the late Aaron Spelling; current “AMC” head-writer Charles Pratt Jr. The original cast included Thomas Calabro (Michael Mancini), Josie Bissett (Jane Mancini), Andrew Shue (Billy Campbell), Courtney Thorne-Smith (Alison Parker), Grant Show (Jake Hanson), Doug Savant (Matt Fielding), Marcia Cross (Kimberly Shaw), Daphne Zuniga (Jo Reynolds), Vanessa Williams (Rhonda Blair), Amy Locane (Sandy Harling). In a move to energize the series in it’s first season, Heather Locklear joined the cast as Amanda Woodward. The series lasted seven seasons (1992-1999).

    Egglesfield is not the only “AMC” alum hitting prime-time, Rebecca Budig (who played “the real Greenlee” Smythe off and on from 1999-2009) recently booked a guest star appearance on the hit CBS comedy-series “How I Met Your Mother.” Budig will play Holly, a girlfriend of Ted’s (Josh Radnor), in one of the final episodes of the season.

    “All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. “Melrose Place” will air on The CW in the Fall of 2009. “How I Met Your Mother” airs on CBS on Monday nights. Check local listings.

    Monday, February 23, 2009 2:23 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — Did long-time “All My Children” fans feel a vague sense of déjà vu during Sunday nights 81st Annual Academy Awards?

    No, we don’t mean from the sight of recent “AMC” alum Amanda Seyfried (ex-Joni), star of the musical hit “Mama Mia,” singing on stage, but didn’t Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role nominee Melissa Leo look familiar?

    The New York born and raised actress earned her 2008 Academy Award nomation for the critically-acclaimed film “Frozen River.” Leo takes a star turn playing the role of a working class woman who turns to illegal immigrant smuggling to make ends meet. “The New York Times,” The Hollywood Reporter,” “The Los Angeles Times,” and “The Miami Herald,” were just a few of the prestigious publications that listed “Frozen River” among the Top-10 films of 2008. For her work in the lead role of Misty Upham, Leo was honored with acting nominations from the aforementioned Academy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild and the Broadcast Film Critics Association; she took home the Best Actress award from the Independent Spirit Awards and a Spotlight award from the National Board of Review.

    Long before “Frozen River,” Leo starred on the ABC daytime drama “All My Children.” At the time, Leo beat out a young actress by the name of Julia Roberts for the role of Linda Warner. Showing early signs of being a captivating actress, Leo quickly earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for the role she played from 1984 to 1985. (Leo wasn’t the only Oscar nominee with daytime ties on Sunday night, Supporting Actress nominee Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler,” started her acting career on CBS’s “As the World Turns” in 1983). Before taking the Oscar spotlight, Leo was probably best known for the role of Sgt. Kay Howard (1993-1997) on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Streets.”

    At an awards show where it is truly a huge honor and recognition just to be nominated, Melissa Leo didn’t walk away with the Oscar on Sunday. Kate Winslet, star of the largest-grossing film ever “Titanic,” took home the award for her role in “The Reader.” The other nominees in the category were Meryl Streep (“Doubt”), Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”), and Angelina Jolie (“Changeling”).

    “All My Children” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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      Monday, February 23, 2009 2:04 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Former “Port Charles” and “General Hospital” Nurse watches as “Madea Goes to Jail” tops the American weekend box-office with $41.1 million in the bank.

      The film centers on Mabel Simmons, better known as Madea (Tyler Perry), who is sent to jail after a high-speed freeway chase proves Madea has anger management issues. Ion Overman, who portrayed Nurse Gabby Garza on ABC’s “Port Charles” from 2000-2002 and an occasional appearance on “General Hospital,” plays Assistant District Attorney Linda Holmes, who is engaged to be married to Joshua Hardaway (Derek Luke), who himself finds he still has lasting feelings for Candace (Keshia Knight Pulliam), a childhood friend turned prostitute. Whoopi Goldberg and the ladies of “The View” and Dr. Phil McGraw from “Dr. Phil” all make cameo appearances. Judge Mablean Ephriam, who appears as herself in the film, last butted heads with Madea in 2005′s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which co-starred Shemar Moore (“The Young and the Restless,” “Criminal Minds”).

      Opening on Friday, the movie now stands as the biggest opening weekend ever for a Tyler Perry and Lionsgate film. Perry’s previous high came courtesy of “Madea’s Family Reunion,” which bowed to $30 million, while Lionsgate’s “Saw III” slaughtered $33.6 million out of moviegoers in October 2006.

      Liam Neeson continues to capture audiences with “Taken,” as the film holds on in the number two spot this week with $11.4 million. “Coraline” took in another $11 million in third, while the films “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Slumdog Millionaire” round out the top five with each racking in over $8 million. Last weekends champ, “Friday the 13th,” fell an enormous 81% in total receipts as it made just $7.8 million in sixth place.

      All things considered, the weekend haul of $142 million represents a 29% increase in ticket sales from the year-ago week.

      Discussion: Ion Overman Helps ‘Madea’ Take the Box-Office

      Monday, February 23, 2009 12:22 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — America Olivo is enjoying a wonderful life after being let go from ABC’s “General Hospital.”

      Olivo, who portrayed the first Marianna on the ABC soap in 2008 before being replaced by the more seasoned Yennifer Behrens a few weeks later, can currently be seen in the horror film revival of the legendary “Friday the 13th” franchise. In “Friday,” Olivo portrays Amanda, a camper who joins her friends for a little fun near Camp Crystal Lake. Unfortunately for them, they encounter Jason Voorhees – the big man with a machete who stops at nothing to get his kill.

      Since opening in theaters on, you guessed it, Friday the 13th, “Friday” has amassed $55 million at the domestic box-office and a haul of  $65.4 million worldwide.

      “Friday the 13th” also stars Amanda Righetti (“The O.C.,” “The Mentalist”), Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) as Whitney and Clay Miller and Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars”) as Nolan.

      Coming up for Olivo is a starring role in “Bitch Slap,” a film that finds three women extorting $200 million from a ruthless kingpin. She portrays Camero, one of the girls along-side Erin Cummings (“Dollhouse”) and realtive newbie Julia Voth. Minae Noji (“General Hospital”) and Ron Melendez (“General Hospital: Night Shift”) also appear with Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules”), who make cameo appearances. The film is set for release this spring.

      On the web: Bitch Slap Movie

      Discussion: ’13′ Lives After ‘GH’ For America Olivo

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