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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May sweeps are a month away, but it looks like the upcoming onscreen drama won’t be able to hold a candle to the real-life drama brewing between Prospect Park’s “One Life to Live” and ABC’s “General Hospital.”

ABC

ABC

After Prospect Park’s plans to reboot both “OLTL” and “All My Children” for the web fell through in November 2011, the company was approached by ABC who was interested in transplanting the characters of Todd Manning, Starr Manning and John McBain to Port Charles as portrayed by their originators Roger Howarth, Kristen Alderson and Michael Easton. The understanding at the time between ABC and Prospect Park was that the characters would be utilized on “GH” until plans to reboot “OLTL” came back into play as Prospect Park didn’t want to hold the Llanview 3 from working. Since their debuts in Port Charles in early 2012, the characters have tested very high with both viewers and focus groups and have played a large role in the overall audience growth for “GH” compared to its 2011 performance in the Nielsen ratings. Unfortunately, things behind the scenes weren’t looking as good.

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When “One Life to Live” returns next month, things won’t exactly be going well for at least one longtime Llanview resident. According to “OLTL” Co-Head Writer Thom Racina, technology and tough economic times may have finally caught up with the town’s matriarch Victoria Lord (Erika Slezak) and her family’s newspaper The Banner.

David M. Russell/Prospect Park

David M. Russell/Prospect Park

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Maryann Bates Photography

Maryann Bates Photography

If you haven’t yet had a chance to meet some of your favorite “All My Children” stars via the very popular A Tribute to Pine Valley tour, then you’re in luck: Three more dates and locations have been added to the successful tour!

You can catch Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery), Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater), Vincent Irizarry (David Hayward), Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard) and Jacob Young (ex-JR Chandler, now “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Rick Forrester) on Saturday, May 4, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, then again on Sunday, May 5, at the Studio Gallery at Fontanel in Nashville, Tennessee, and yet again on Sunday, May 19, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio!

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Robert Voets/CBS

Robert Voets/CBS

As members of our SON Community Message Boards duly noted in their monthly “Y&R” discussion thread, Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren Fenmore) looked like she was on the verge of signing a contract with CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” Bregman made it official when she tweeted a picture of herself signing on the dotted line. “It’s official! Signing my new contract with @Official_YandR on the shows 40th anniversary. #grateful #YR40,” her tweet read.

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If you’ve caught “The Young and the Restless’” Thom Bierdz (ex-Phillip Chancellor III) and “General Hospital’s” Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) in the web comedy “Old Dogs & New Tricks,” then you know just how much fun it is to see the pair intermingle with middle-aged gay characters in West Hollywood. If you haven’t seen the pair, you’ve been missing out on all of the fun!

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Larilee Productions

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Heidi Gutman/Disney-ABC Domestic TV

Heidi Gutman/Disney-ABC Domestic TV

As first reported by Soap Opera Network on our Twitter page on Tuesday, March 19, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital” on Monday, April 1 and Tuesday, April 2. “GH” stars Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne) and Jason Thompson (Dr. Patrick Drake) served as contestants on the special episodes and will donate their BIG money winnings to The Art of Elysium (http://www.theartofelysium.org), a non-profit organization that works closely with actors, artists and musicians, encouraging them to volunteer their time and talent to children battling serious medical conditions.

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New ‘AMC’ and ‘OLTL’ Logos Take Three?

Just a week after Soap Opera Network reported that The OnLine Network (TOLN) had revealed a second set of new logos for both “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” the production company has now revealed even more new logos for each show!

The OnLine Network/TOLN

The OnLine Network/TOLN

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Craig Sjodin/ABC

Craig Sjodin/ABC

In a message posted on her Facebook page, Lindsey Morgan has announced her departure from ABC’s “General Hospital.” The actress joined the cast of the series last April as the daughter of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn), although she didn’t begin airing as Kristina Davis until the week of May 21, 2012.

Based on the wording of Morgan’s message, one can only wonder if the soap plans on recasting the role once more. Previously, Morgan took over from actress Lexi Ainsworth.

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In a new interview with Carolyn Hinsey‘s “Tainted Dreams” blog, Kassie DePavia reveals her excitement on the return of “One Life to Live” and previews fans on what they can expect from the show now that it is being produced by Prospect Park.

“My whole body just shook with happiness. I am so glad to be doing this again. There is a really good energy there. So many of the people that I had grown to love at ‘One Life to Live’ are there, and I had a complete flashback to P&G [Procter & Gamble] with all the people working there that I know from ‘Guiding Light,’” says DePavia, who began her daytime career on “GL” as Chelsea Reardon from 1986-1991 before taking over the role of Blair on “One Life” in 1993.

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David M. Russell/TOLN

David M. Russell/TOLN

With just over one month to go until “One Life to Live” makes its online debut, more storyline details and behind-the-scenes pictures are slowly beginning to emerge.  However, it isn’t only the regular cast and crew that are spilling secrets and posting photos.  Several of the show’s dayplayers and extras have also started talking about their recent set-side experiences.

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