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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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

odd Warywchuck

odd Warywchuck

Viewers may have been stunned with the reveal that “General Hospital’s” new Chief of Staff was going to be none other than villainess Dr. Liesl Obrecht, but the devilish doc’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati, was equally surprised upon hearing the unexpected news!

“I was in the parking lot heading home after [my later ego was] being sad, singing [her] poor little song in the prison, and [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] came up to me, and I’m heading home, and he goes, ‘Do you want to know what’s happening next?’ And every time I get script, I go, ‘Oh, am I going left? Am I going right? Am I funny? Am I sad? Am I tragic? Am I campy?’ So I’m like, ‘Sure. He never tells me, and I never know, and I’m like, he wants to tell me? Ok.’ He said, ‘Well, are you ready for this?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘You’re going to be the Chief of Staff of General Hospital.”

The unexpected news nearly made the actress double over in surprise. “I was just dumbfounded,” she recalls. “It was just incredible. I was like, seriously? And I thought, how fabulous. What a great concept. The impossible, worst, most awful, evilest, meanest person being the Chief of Staff of General Hospital, which is the name of the show, which is the show, and I’m going, ‘Oh, that’s brilliant!’”

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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David Livingston/Getty Images

Being on the winning team during this year’s Super Bowl was a dream come true for Seattle Seahawk’s fullback Michael Robinson, but the true touchdown for the Virginia native was being asked to film a scene for CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” — a soap opera he recently admitted is his guilty viewing pleasure! Soap Opera Network took part in a call with the sports star where he discussed his love of the show, how the gig came about and a very interesting conversation had had with soap legend Eric Braeden (Victor Newman). Read on for the detailed play-by-play!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless” viewers weren’t exactly thrilled when popular actor Billy Miller announced that he would be exiting the role of Billy Abbott, but the rough waters were mostly calmed when former portrayer David Tom (brother of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Heather Tom [Katie Logan]) swooped in to take back the role. It’s been a fairly smooth transition for most viewers, but jumping into the middle of such an intense storyline — the death of Delia and having been outed for cheating on Victoria (Amelia Heinle) —was a bit of an adjustment for the actor!

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

“General Hospital’s” Emme Rylan (Lulu Spencer) is no stranger to heartbreaking baby loss storylines. As “Guiding Light’s” Lizzie Spaulding, she had to play out the emotional arc in which Lizzie believed her daughter, Sarah, had died in a car accident. And while Rylan is proud of the work she was able to bring as her Springfield alter ego, she’s of the opinion that now having two children of her own (Jackson, 4, and Levi, 2) is making her current baby-loss storyline much stronger.

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 Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Long gone but never forgotten characters are popping up left and right on ABC’s “General Hospital,” leaving many fans wondering which fan favorite could be next. The recent reveal that Julian’s (William DeVry) henchmen, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), is from Puerto Rico had many under the impression that he was related to Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) late wife, Lily Rivera (Lilly Melgar), which then lead fans to wonder if Melgar could be headed back to Port Charles!

Alas, the actress has gone on record saying the show has not contacted her to reprise the role — at least, not yet! But she’s very open to the possibility. “Never say never!” she tells Soap Opera Network with a sly smile about whether or not it would be feasible for Lily to have survived the infamous fiery car explosion of 1996.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

With “General Hospital’s” 13,000th episode just around the corner — on Monday, February 24, to be exact — Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) sat down with reporters to dish on everything from Nikolas’ limits when it comes to Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), the return of Ric (Rick Hearst) and their hesitation to delve into Nikolas and Liz’s romantic past! Read on for the details!

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Days of our Lives Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Watching “Days of our Lives’” Sami (Alison Sweeney), Kate (Lauren Koslow) and Gabi (Camila Banus) supposedly wash their hands clean of Nick (Blake Berris) by tossing him in a river was delicious soap opera fun. But with the formerly presumed dead character back in town and acting rather strange, it seems the fun has really just begun! Is the dark haired fellow really Nick? Or could it be a twin brother or an imposter using his face? And if it truly is Nick, just how far will he go to get back at the ladies for trying to off him? Soap Opera Network chatted with the character’s portrayer to find out!

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Cupid may be fluttering around shooting love arrows left and right, but it seems he hasn’t been able to successfully connect “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Katie (Heather Tom) and Ridge (Thorsten Kaye) — at least, not yet! But does Katie even truly care for Ridge? Or is her attraction based out of revenge toward her sister, Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), who swooped in and dated her former hubby, Bill (Don Diamont)? And what about the Logan sister’s relationship: Will they ever be as close as they once were, or have these recent matters of the heart permanently decimated their sibling bond? Read on to find out!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

It’s been 23 years since Kristoff St. John stepped into the role of “The Young and the Restless’” Neil Winters, and since that time, the New York native has given countless interviews giving fans a detailed glimpse into the man he is when the cameras aren’t rolling. But despite all of the revealing material, there’s still a large part of St. John’s life that hasn’t been publicly unearthed — until now! The actor has just finished completion of a horrifying documentary film detailing his family’s unsuccessful 1980s quest to find God in India, and Soap Opera Network spoke with him about the groundbreaking film and how the childhood experience shaped him as a human being. Read on to get the scoop as well as a few teases regarding Neil’s life, too!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Another day, another drama. At least, that seems to be the case for “The Young and the Restless’” Paul Williams (Doug Davidson), who is juggling so many Genoa City cases as Chief of Police, it’s tough to keep all of the details straight! His onscreen wife, Christine (Lauralee Bell), isn’t exactly thrilled that her new hubby is so busy, especially because he took the time to help Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) track down the truth about her son, Dylan (Steve Burton). And unfortunately for her, it looks like Paul’s busy schedule won’t be letting up any time soon! We spoke with the character’s portrayer, Davidson, to get the scoop on whether or not Paul’s work will destroy his relationship and where Nikki might fit into the puzzle. Read on to find out!

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