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

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.

  • All My Children
  • Melissa Leo
  • Oscars

    Friday, February 20, 2009 7:50 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Does she have nothing better to do with her time? She’s already covering all the Awards for the TV Guide Network and danced her way off of “Dancing With the Stars,” but Lisa Rinna figures she can fit in a Playboy cover to show off her configured body.

    Rinna will grace the cover of Playboy‘s May Issue in which she lets it all hang out, including the flabby parts. The actress/host was ordered by photographer Deborah Anderson not to hit the gym and tone up for the project, but be her natural self.

    “She said, ‘I do not want you long and sinewy and angular and muscular. I want you soft,’” said Rinna when speaking with People magazine.

    “This was really hard for me because being 45 years old and posing for Playboy, you want to amp it up.”

    Rinna’s biggest fan is her husband and he thinks the photos are “Unbelievable!”

    Playboy magazine is rumored to be up for sale after sluggish sales of the once hot property in recent months.

    Prior to her hosting gigs on TV Guide Network, Lisa Rinna is best known for her role as Billie Reed on NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” She also starred in the FOX primetime hit “Melrose Place” as Taylor McBride. In 2004, she had a recurring role on UPN’s “Veronica Mars,” in which she played the murdered Lynn Echolls. 

    Discussion: God Help Us: Lisa Rinna Graces Playboy

    • Days of our Lives
    • Lisa Rinna
    • Playboy

      Friday, February 20, 2009 6:23 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — “Days of our Lives” star Galen Gering appears on TBS comedy series “10 Items or Less.”

      “10 Items or Less” is an improv comedy series taking place in the fictional Greens & Grains supermarket, where New York City businessman, Leslie (John Lehr), is forced to move back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio and take over the family supermarket following the death of his father.

      In the February 24 episode (“Sesquicentennial”) and third season finale of the series, Lesie offers customers of Greens & Grains 150% off of their purchase in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the supermarket. Realizing his mistake, Leslie adds a catch that states that customers must dress in period-era attire during said purchase. Meanwhile, Ingrid (Kirsten Gronfield) meets Dave (guest-star Galen Gering), a polygamist on the prowl – only she doesn’t know that. Leslie, who secretly loves Ingrid seeks to expose the truth and his undying love for Ingrid.

      The episode was written by John Lehr and Nancy Hower with direction by Hower and airs Tuesday, February 24 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on TBS. 

      “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Discussion: ’10 Items or Less’ for Gering

      • Days of our Lives
      • Galen Gering
      • John Lehr
      • Kirsten Gronfield
      • 10 Items or Less

        Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

        ( — “Days of our Lives” may be a sinking ship, but that won’t stop Darin Brooks (Max Brady) from expanding his horizons.

        Brooks has signed on to star alongside former NFL running back-turned-actor Ed Marinaro (“Sisters,” “Hill Street Blues”) in the SpikeTV comedy pilot “Blue Mountain State” from Lionsgate Television and Varsity Pictures, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

        While still in the pilot stage, “Mountain” is a scripted series surrounding three college freshman who join the Midwestern college football team of Blue Mountain State University, and must adapt to college life while juggling football, girls, classes and hazing rituals. Brooks will play Alex, a talented quarterback content with riding on the bench, while enjoying college parties. The pilot was written by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). Romano will play Sammy, Alex’s best friend,  who aspires to be the school’s mascot.

        The potential series will also stars Sam Jones III (“ER”) as Craig, a top recruit and future pro footballer, whose life is already mapped out by his controlling girlfriend, Denise (played by Gabrielle Dennis, “The Game”). Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”) will portray Thad, a senior on the football team who loves hazing incoming freshman.

        Brian Robbins serves as the potential series’ executive producer.

        At this time, it is still unclear as to whether “Blue Mountain State” will interfere with Brooks’ “DAYS” obligations if it receives a full series commitment from SpikeTV.

        “Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on iTunes. Check local listings.

        Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:15 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison and “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd team up as co-hosts of the “35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” which will air live on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 PM EST/PST (tape-delayed to the West Coast) from Hollywood’s Kodak Theater on the ABC Television Network. SOAPnet original series “MVP” to air immediately after the two-hour Emmy telecast.

        “Cameron and Sherri both have such an inviting way about them. Viewers will feel like they’re in the Kodak and part of the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this year’s broadcast,” said Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. “They bring the perfect vibe to the celebratory atmosphere of this show.”

        “We are excited to have two of the biggest supporters of daytime programming as our hosts,” said show executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss. “The audience – both in the Kodak and at home – is in for a very entertaining evening, courtesy of Cameron and Sherri.”

        “MVP,” also known as the “Secret Lives of Hockey Wives,” tells the story of the Mustangs hockey team and gives viewers a behind the scenes look at their lives off the ice.

        “The Daytime Emmys are the perfect springboard into SOAPnet’s new original series. We have a unique opportunity to leverage the strength of the division and showcase a great new dramatic series to a broad audience that loves serialized drama,” said Frons.

        The series is an original production of Screen Door Inc., with Mary Young Leckie and Heather Haldane serving as executive producers. It was cancelled in March by its Canadian broadcaster the CBC. Each episode reportedly cost about $1.5 million

        “MVP” stars Lucas Bryant, Dillon Casey, Matthew Bennett, Peter Miller, Kristin Booth, Anastasia Phillips, Deborah Odell, Natalie Krill and Olivia Waldriff.

        Wednesday, May 21, 2008 6:04 PM | By Errol Lewis

        Seamus Dever

        ( — According to published reports, Seamus Dever, who recently departed ABC’s “General Hospital” (as Dr. Ian Devlin) is joining the cast of Lifetime’s top-rated original series “Army Wives,” starring Kim Delaney (“All My Children,” “NYPD Blue”) and Catherine Bell (“Jag”).

        Dever has signed on for at least four episodes and will play a doctor at Mercer Hospital. He will play the love interest to Bell’s character Denise.

        The actor recently wrapped work on “Ready or Not,” which also stars Jordi Vilasuso (“Guiding Light”) and Jonathan Murphy (“Wildfire” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”).

        The new season of “Army Wives” begins June 8.

        Soap Star Takes on Reality and TV Movie
        Sunday, June 17, 2007 1:40 PM | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Soap Star Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo, “All My Children”) is set to host “Age of Love” and star in an Oxygen original movie.

        On Monday, June 18, NBC will debut a new reality series in the vein of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” entitled “Age of Love” where contestants in their 20′s compete with women in their 40′s for the heart of Australian Tennis Superstar Mark Philippoussis. Mark Consuelos will guide Philippoussis in his quest to find true love with either one of the six “Kittens” in their 20′s or seven “Cougars” in their 40′s.

        “Age of Love” airs Mondays at 9:00 PM, EST/PST on NBC.

        In other news, Consuelos has signed on to star opposite Nadine Velazquez (“My Name is Earl”) in the Oxygen channel original movie tentatively titled “Husband for Hire.” In the movie Velazquez plays Lola, a successful Latina businesswoman who finds herself having to find a mate to marry or she’ll lose her claim to the family fortune. Nate (played by Consuelos) is the man she hires to play her husband-to-be. Mario Lopez (“Dancing with the Stars”) Erik Estrada (“CHiPs”) and Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”) round out the cast.

        Tim Perell and Howard Gertler of Process Media are executive producers with Kris Isacsson serving as writer-director. Filming on the project began two weeks ago in New Mexico. The film is set to premiere on Oxygen later this year.

        Pictured: Mark Consuelos courtesy Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

        • All My Children
        • Mark Consuelos
        • Mark Philippoussis
        • Mario Lopez
        • Erik Estrada
        • Tempestt Bledsoe
        • Age of Love
        • CHiPs
        • The Cosby Show

          “Life” Not as “Fashionable”
          Saturday, June 2, 2007 4:30 PM | By Errol Lewis

          ( — SOAPnet, the new way to watch soaps, bumps ABC’s “One Life to Live” in favor of new reality series.

          Soap Opera Network has learned that beginning Wednesday, August 1, ABC Daytime’s “One Life to Live” will lose its 9pm Wednesday night airings to new reality series, “The Fashionista Diaries,” which follows the highs and the lows of six assistants in the fashion world.

          According to a spokesman at SOAPnet, “Life” will fill the 12am timeslot for the thirteen week duration of “Diaries’” run. The ABC soap will remain in the 9pm slot for its Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday airings.

          “Diaries” takes on six contestants, Janjay Sherman from Minnesota, Tina Patient of Connecticut, Rachel Jacoby and Nicole Amendolare hailing from New York and Andrew Kanakis and Bridget Helene from Pennsylvania, as they try to be successful in the alluring, but highly competitive fashion, beauty and publishing industries. A team of two assistants will be placed at Jane Magazine, Este Lauder Companies’ Flirt Cosmetics and Seventh House PR. All six will then collaborate to produce Charlotte Ronson’s Fashion Show and After Party during New York’s Fall Fashion Week 2007, the biggest event in the fashion world.

          • Janjay and Tina will work for Flirt Cosmetics, part of the BeautyBank division of the Este Lauder Companies. They will report to VP of Communications Kathleen Pierce.
          • Rachel and Andrew will find themselves working at Jane Magazine under the direction of newly-appointed editor-in-chief Brandon Holley and executive editor Stephanie Trong.
          • Nicole and Bridget are based at Seventh House PR with Mandie Erickson, a partner in the company, and company publicist Matt Keys supervising.

          While all six prepare for fashion week, each episode will find the participant’s either competing with each other or working together as they struggle to accomplish priority projects such as the CFDA Awards, Charlotte Ronson’s Store Opening and the Flirt Cosmetics party honoring MTV’s Vanessa Minnillo.

          “The Fashionista Diaries” is a production of Disney’s Buena Vista Productions in association with Go Go Luckey Productions, producers of “Laguna Beach,” and Hour One Productions.

          The reality series premieres Wednesday, August 1 at 9:00 PM, EST/PST on SOAPnet.

          Pictured: SOAPnet courtesy SOAPnet

          • One Life to Live
          • The Fashionista Diaries

            14 Series See New Seasons
            Sunday, March 25, 2007 1:47 PM | By Errol Lewis

            ( — The ABC Television Network seems to have faith in its current crop of television shows as it becomes the first network to renew the majority of its series for the 2007-08 television season.

            On Wednesday, ABC announced that it has ordered second seasons for critical darlings “Brothers & Sisters,” “MEN IN TREES” and “Ugly Betty,” along with returning shows “The Bachelor,” Boston Legal,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Lost.” They join the already renewed “America’s Funniest Home Video’s,” “Supernanny” and “Wife Swap.”

            “We have had a strong year, with two of the season’s breakout hits, ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ and the solid performance of ‘MEN IN TREES,’” said Stephen McPherson, President, ABC Entertainment during the networks March Development Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. “We are pleased that viewers have invested in these new favorites along with our returning series. These shows provide us with a substantial foundation to make 07-08 our best schedule yet.”

            In addition to its returning series, ABC is developing 29 potential series for next season. The 13 drama potentials include such shows as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” the television spin-off of the popular 2005 film starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off starring Kate Walsh’s character, Addison Montgomery-Shepherd, who decides to move to Santa Monica, CA to work at the prestigious Oceanside Wellness Group.

            Of the 16 comedy hopefuls, the “Untitled Sachs & Judah Project” starring Scott Wolf, “The News” starring Jay Harrington and “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” starring Jane Curtain, are among some of the more highly anticipated new comedies vying for a spot on ABC.

            The ABC Television Network will announce its 2007-08 Fall Schedule to Advertisers and members of the press at Lincoln Center in New York City in May.

            Pictured: Calista Flockhart courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABC

            • Brothers & Sisters
            • Grey’s Anatomy
            • Ugly Betty
            • Desperate Housewives
            • America’s Funniest Home Videos
            • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
            • Wife Swap
            • Supernanny
            • The Bachelor
            • Boston Legal
            • Lost
            • MEN IN TREES

              Friday, March 9, 2007 1:47 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              ( — Former “Days of our Lives” heartthrob and “Wildfire” cowboy, Eric Winter, has signed on to star in the Hugh Jackman produced CBS drama pilot “Viva Laughlin!”

              “Laughlin!,” tells the story of Ripley Holden, played by Lloyd Owen (“The Young Indiana Jones;” “Coupling”) and his family as they try to a run a casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Winter has signed on to play Det. Peter Carlyle. Character description is unavailable at this time.

              Also set to star in the potential series are Carter Jenkins (“Surface;” “Everwood”) as Jack, D.B. Woodside (“24;” “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer”) as Marcus, Ellen Woglom (“The O.C.;” “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior”) as Cheyenne, Mädchen Amick (“Freddie;” “Joey”) as Mrs. Holden and P.J. Byrne (“The Game”) in an unknown role.

              Since leaving “Days of our Lives” in 2005 after playing Rex Brady for three years, Winter has guest-starred in five episodes to date of ABC Family’s “Wildfire.” He has also appeared in such shows as “Love, Inc.” and “Pepper Dennis.”

              Along with serving as an executive producer, Hugh Jackman, who got his start in television starring in the Australian series “Correlli” as Kevin Jones, is set to guest-star in the series. His character is not yet known, but it is said that his character will play a pivotal role in the direction of the series.

              Bob Lowry and Peter Bowker created the project and will serve as executive producers. Paul Telegdy and John Palermo will also serve as EP’s along with Gabriele Muccino, who will direct the pilot.

              BBC Worldwide Productions, CBS Paramount Network Television, Seed Pictures and Sony Pictures Television will produce the project for CBS.

              • Days of our Lives
              • Hugh Jackman
              • 24
              • Buffy
              • The Vampire Slayer
              • Joey
              • The Game
              • Eric Winter
              • Viva Laughlin
              • Wildfire
              • Lloyd Owen
              • The Young Indiana Jones
              • Coupling
              • Carter Jenkins
              • Surface
              • Everwood
              • D.B. Woodside
              • Ellen Woglom
              • The O.C.
              • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
              • Mädchen Amick
              • P.J. Byrne
              • Freddie

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