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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After what must have been a very successful marathon of classic episodes of ABC’s “General Hospital” this past weekend, SOAPnet has announced that it plans to re-run the marathon again this weekend beginning Friday, April 5 at 10:00 PM ET/PT and running through Monday, April 8 at 12:00 AM ET/PT (Sunday night/Monday morning).

Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

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Tweet with cast members of ABC’s “General Hospital” today, April 1, using hashtag #GH50 during the East Coast broadcast of the daytime soap (2:00 – 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT). Fans will be able to chat with such “GH” stars as Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber), Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie Spencer), and even Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio), whose characters is supposed to be “dead!” Hmm…

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Fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” will not only be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic daytime soap today, but will also be able to own a piece of the soaps history.

Beginning today, April 1, ABC is offering fans of the show the chance to purchase limited edition prints spanning the decades of the series. In a press release issued just a short time ago, the network noted that they are releasing new prints from the series that captures the most jaw-dropping moments from “GH’s” five storied decades. “An iconic 50th Anniversary Cast Photo is part of the limited edition offering (pictured), which includes fan-favorite characters from past and present commemorating the occasion. Only 1,963 reproductions of the print are available — the year the show premiered,” the network said.

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Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel

On the Monday, April 1 edition of daytime talker “Marie,” Marie Osmond is joined by the cast of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of their show.

“Marie” airs Weekdays at 12:00 PM ET/11:00 AM CT on Hallmark Channel.

via Press Release

On this special episode, Marie celebrates 40 years of the Daytime Emmy® Award winning soap opera “The Young and the Restless.” Marie is first joined by one of the most tumultuous couples on the show, Melody Thomas Scott and Peter Bergman, who play Nikki Newman and Jack Abbott. Melody talks about her journey working on the set for 34 years and her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis while Peter discusses his path to joining “The Young and the Restless.” Next, the soap opera’s “golden couple,” Michelle Stafford and Joshua Morrow, who play Phyllis and Nick Newman, take the stage with Marie. Michelle and Joshua talk about their start on the show twenty years ago and how their personal lives have changed dramatically since then. Then, Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson, who play the show’s sweethearts Christine Blair and Paul Williams, sit down and chat with Marie. Lauralee dishes about her return to the show and what it was like being the creators’ daughter while Doug reveals what it was like romancing the bosses’ daughter on screen. Finally, Jeanne Cooper who plays Katherine Chancellor and Jess Walton, whose character is Jill Foster Abbott, are the last of the cast to join Marie. The two discuss their characters rivalry and their favorite on-screen battles. Plus, the cast answers their fans most pressing questions about what goes on in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Marie closes the episode with a tribute to William J. Bell, the co-creator and head writer of “The Young and the Restless.”



Earlier today “General Hospital” stars Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) and Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne) were joined by executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati as they rang The Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the shows 50th anniversary, airing today, April 1.

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Rick Rowell/ABC

Rick Rowell/ABC

Today, April 1, ABC’s “General Hospital” celebrates its 50th anniversary in style! Before the anniversary episode airs (note: due to a national network preemption on Wednesday, March 13, this episode was originally scheduled to air on Friday, March 29; the Tuesday, April 2 episode was the episode previously scheduled to air as the anniversary episode on Monday, April 1) fans of the soaps most recognizable couple can watch “The View” for Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) or “The Chew” for Genie Francis (Laura Spencer).

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Corday Productions/Sony Pictures Television

Corday Productions/Sony Pictures Television

Ratings Report for the Week of March 18-22, 2013

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

NOTE: B&B and Y&R did not air on Thursday/Friday due to NCAA Basketball
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,711,000 (+345,000/+636,000)
2. B&B 3,492,000 (+112,000/+543,000)
3. DAYS 2,489,000 (+312,000/+237,000)
4. GH 2,451,000 (-87,000/+204,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.2/+.4)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (+.1/+.4)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (+.2/+.2)
3. GH 1.9/6 (same/+.2)
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Exactly thirty days from today, fans all across the world (okay, just America…for now!) will be rejoicing as “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” return with brand spanking new episodes. On their Twitter pages, @allmychildren and @onelifetolive, Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney, “AMC”) and Corbin Bleu (Jeffey King, “OLTL”) are the featured stars counting down to 30 days from the launch of their respective soaps on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. Just in case you hate math like I do, that’s Monday, April 29, 2013!

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On Monday, April 1, ABC’s “General Hospital” turns 50! In honor of the event, fans have been anticipating the return of one of the shows grandest events…the Nurses Ball. While things don’t kick into high gear for the event until the Friday, April 5 episode, we at Soap Opera Network wanted to make sure you got a glimpse of some of your favorite actors before their characters start singing, dancing, and throwing punches.

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According to Entertainment Tonight, which has your exclusive first look, the Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2 airings of ABC’s “General Hospital” will have fans receiving a special treat as the soap has mixed together several of its iconic opening sequences into a 35 second mash-up that honors the history and legacy of television’s longest-running current dramatic series.

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