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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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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.



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


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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.




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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “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.



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

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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


    Photo Credit Bob D’Amico/ABC

    Something must be in the air as ABC stars Marcia Cross and Patrick Dempsey have welcomed twins into their respective families.

    People magazine is reporting that Marcia Cross, 44, who plays Bree Van De Kamp on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives, gave birth to fraternal twin girls on Tuesday, February 20. The actress and stockbroker husband Tom Mahoney, 49, named the twins Eden and Savannah, the magazine stated.

    “Mother and babies are all doing well,” said spokesperson Heidi Slan.

    Previously, Cross was ordered to bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. “Housewives” was forced to work around her pregnancy order and decided to rap Cross’ storyline earlier than planned.

    In other news, Patrick Dempsey, 41, who plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” also welcomed twins in to the world during the month of February. Along with wife Jillian, Dempsey said hello for the first time to Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick. The twins were born on Thursday, February 1. The Dempsey’s also have a four-year-old daughter named Talula.

    “I think the thing about Patrick is, obviously he has a tremendous love for his wife and his daughter, but he has a tremendous sense of duty,” said “Anatomy” co-star Ellen Pompeo (Meredith Grey), when speaking to People magazine.

    “He’s really sort of old-fashioned in that way – he’s got a good sense of being a gentleman and taking care of his family, and that’s what makes him a good dad. It’s an admirable quality.”



    By Errol Lewis


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — SOAPnet, the new watch to watch soaps, hits number six on their “They Started on Soaps” series.

    Heath Ledger

    “They Started on Soaps 6″ will highlight some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, who actually began their careers in the soap opera medium, including Halle Berry, George Clooney, Heath Ledger, Lindsay Lohan, Brad Pitt and “Superman” himself, Brandon Routh.

    Other stars included in the special will be Morgan Freeman, Parker Posey, Matthew Fox, Sienna Miller, Michelle Williams, Mark Harmon, and the cast of “The West Wing” including Alan Alda, Jimmy Smits, Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, and Mary Louise Parker. “The Closer’s” Kyra Sedgwick and “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Justin Chambers and James Pickens Jr. will also be mentioned, albeit briefly.

    SOAPnet’s “They Started On Soaps 6″ is a production of Lucky Duck Productions. Linda Ellerbee and Rolfe Tessem served as Executive Producers. Christine Bachas served as producer and director. The special airs August 24 at 12 AM, EST/PST on SOAPnet.

    A New Joker

    In related news, Ledger has signed on to play The Joker in “The Dark Knight,” the sequel to the 2005 hit film, “Batman Begins.” Oscar award winning actor Jack Nicholson originated the role of The Joker in the first “Batman” film in 1989.

    Christian Bale will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film, which is set to begin production in early 2007. Christopher Nolan has agreed to direct the sequel, which will be written by his brother, Jonathan, from a story by Nolan and David Goyer. Nolan, who co-wrote “Begins” with Goyer, will also receive producer credits along with Emma Thomas and Charles Roven.



    Photo Credit: Chris Haston/NBC

    CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Television stunned the television industry in late January, when they decided to merge their UPN and WB Television Networks to create a new and improved network called The CW in September. Now, they have stunned the industry yet again with the hiring of former “Passions” star, Justin Hartley (ex-Fox Crane) in the new untitled “Aquaman” project. Hartley replaces Will Toale.”Will is a talented actor with a promising career and we hope to work with him in the future,” a CW spokesman said. “We have made the decision to go in a different direction with the ‘Aquaman’ role and wish him the best of luck in all of his endeavors.”

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the people from the UPN side of the CW began taking a look at the WB’s pilot development prospects. Additionally, President and CEO of CBS Corp., Leslie Moonves, known for his interest and savvy in pilot casting decisions, weighed in on the matter and recommended that they seek a new star, though Toale was still said to be in the running to keep the role as of last week.

    Joining Hartley will be Ving Rhames as McCaffery and Denise Quinones as Rachel Starling.

    “Aquaman,” a high-profile series in development at the WB before the CW announcement becomes one of few series from the soon-to-be defunct weblets (UPN/WB), that has a chance of landing on the CW. The series takes a modern day look at the DC Comics character.

    Hartley is married to “Passions” actress Lindsay Hartley (Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald) and the two have a daughter named Isabella.

    A newcomer to the entertainment industry, Hartley joined “Passions” in 2002 as the entitled Fox Crane, who could do everything wrong and get punished for it, as long as he didn’t involve the precious Ethan Crane (played by Eric Martsolf).

    “Smallville” executive producers/showrunners Miles Millar and Alfred Gough penned the script and are executive producing the pilot with Greg Beeman, who is on board to direct.

    The untitled project will find out if it made the cut in the CW’s fall lineup in May during the CW’s presentation of their fall 2006-07 schedule to advertisers and reporters in New York City.









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