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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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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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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Jennifer Graylock/JPI Studios

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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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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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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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Oscar nominated director David O. Russell  (“American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook”) has received a straight to series 13-episode order from ABC for his newest drama project, “an upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club,” which will be co-produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.

Per the website, Russell and writer Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) co-wrote the story, with Grant writing the teleplay. The duo are set to executive produce alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

This marks Russell’s first TV series project.



Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

According to Deadline Hollywood, former “Days of our Lives” star Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan Horton) has joined the cast of the FOX Digital Studio original sci-fi series, “Parallels.”

Per the website, Hapka will portray Ronan Carver, a street-smart underground MMA fighter who has been estranged from his family since age 16 only to be forced to confront his past in an adventure through parallel universes. Also cast in the series are Jessica Rothe (“Gossip Girl”), Eric Jungmann (“Night Stalker”), Constance Wu (“One Life to Live”), Yorgo Constantine (“24″) and Michael Monks.

“Parallels” hails from the mind of writer/director Christopher Leone with Laura Harcom set to produce.

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Justin Stephens/CBS

Justin Stephens/CBS

According to CBS, “The Good Wife” has emerged as a multi-platform (on air, online and on demand) darling as it gets ready to head into the second half of its fifth season. Per the network, the series has shown double-digit percentage growth in all available television platforms and has emerged as the most-watched television series on the popular Amazon Prime Instant Video service during the fourth quarter.

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