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

'All My Children' On Chopping Block?

( — UPDATE 8:28 PM ET: "The piece is just another story in a long line of stories about this same topic," said an ABC rep commenting on's article.

PREVIOUS 9:08 AM ET: Talk of ABC canceling one of its daytime dramas in favor of a new talk show has escalated today thanks to reporter Nellie Andreeva, who is reporting that the network may cancel "All My Children" in order to debut a new talk show in the fall according to industry speculation. The information is not new to soap fans who as recent as four weeks ago learned through Daytime Confidential that "affiliates are getting antsy with Oprah leaving the airwaves with no clear cut successor. The decisions ABC will be making will have ripple effects throughout the ABC Daytime lineup and yes, the soaps will be affected," according to their sources.

According to Andreeva, "with SOAPnet changing its format to the preschool-centered Disney Junior next year, Disney-ABC is clearly scaling back on its commitment to soaps, and the daytime lineup on the broadcast network will probably be next."

As in the case of the DC report from last month, an ABC representative reminds us "there's nothing to comment on" and that all discussions of this topic are based on old news that has already been widely reported on, but with some new speculation added in.

  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • General Hospital
  • ABC Daytime
  • Daytime Confidential
  • Nellie Andreeva

    Former 'AMC' Hunk Hits the Big-Screen

    ( — Colin Egglesfield leaves his past disappointments behind him and hits the big-screen with Kate Hudson this May.

    "All My Children" fans best know Colin Egglesfield as the back-from-the-abortion son of Dr. Jeff Martin and Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), Josh Madden. In the fall of 2008, the model turned actor was let go from the role he began playing in September 2005; he would return for a brief run in January 2009 to facilitate the controversial character's death. Following his run on the ABC soap, the actor named one People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2005 landed a starring role on the CW's remake of the hit FOX series "Melrose Place". Facing low ratings the show decided to re-tool and Egglesfield ceased airing as chef Auggie Kirkpatrick after 13 episodes of the series that only lasted 18 episodes. The 38-year old actor has put aside those recent career disappointments and is set to air in no less than two big acting projects this year.

    Scheduled for release on May 6, Egglesfield will hit theaters around the country in the Warner Bros. distributed romantic-comedy "Something Borrowed", an adaptation of Emily Griffin's New York Times Best Seller book that was published in 2005. Egglesfield shares the leading credits of this film with Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous", "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days", "You, Me and Dupree", "Bride Wars"), Ginnifer Goodwin (HBO's "Big Love"), John Krasinski (NBC's "The Office", films "It's Complicated", "Monsters vs Aliens"), and Steve Howey (HBO's "Entourage", Showtime's "Shameless"). In the film, Egglesfield plays Rex. Rex is engaged to Darcy (Hudson) but ends up in bed with her best friend Rachel (Goodwin). Uh-oh!

    With production on that film complete, Egglesfield has been tapped for the lead role as the Southern charmer and potential serial killer Tucker Longstreet on Lifetime Movie Networks adaptation of Nora Robert's 1991 published novel "Carnal Innocence". Egglesfield will star opposite Gabrielle Anwar, who plays the female lead as world-class violinist Caroline Waverly. Anwar is best known for the roles of Margaret Tudor on "The Tudors" and for her role as Fiona Glenanne on "Burn Notice". Shriley Jones ("The Partridge Family"), Judson Mills and Kym Jackson (NBC's "Chuck) are also set to appear in the movie. The romantic-mystery "Carnal Innocence" is set to hit the small screen later this year.

    • All My Children
    • Colin Egglesfield
    • Kate Hudson
    • Something Borrowed
    • Carnal Innocence
    • Shirley Jones

      Shannon Kane Returns to 'AMC'

      (SoapOperaNetwork) — The Hubbard's latest delivery delivers budding film-star Shannon Kane back to "All My Children".

      Shannon Kane is set to make a brief return to "All My Children" during the week of March 28.

      Kane played Officer Natalia Fowler, daughter of Police Chief Jesse Hubbard (Darnell Williams) and Dr. Rebecca Fowler (Laura Koffman), on "AMC" from October 2008 to February 2011. The actress who enjoyed a noteworthy role opposite Richard Gere in the 2009 cop-film "Brooklyn's Finest" opted out of her contract with the ABC soap. Upon news of her exit, current "AMC" Head Writers Donna Swajeski and David Kreizman promised that they'd make room for the actress to return to help complete the Hubbard family whenever the opportunity knocked.

      Look for Natalia to leave Philadelphia for Pine Valley to help welcome her newest sibling to the world, and "AMC" fans can rest-assured that she'll also make some time for her loving boyfriend Brot Monroe (J.R. Martinez).

      • All My Children
      • Darnell Williams
      • Shannon Kane
      • JR Martinez
      • Laura Koffman
      • David Kreizman
      • Donna Swajeski
      • Comings & Goings

        It's Child's Play for Brenda as 'GH' Casts New Character

        ( — As posted on our Twitter page, ABC's "General Hospital" has cast child actor Elvis Martinez in the role of Lucian. The actor will share scenes with Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda Barrett Corinthos) and Laura Wright (Carly Jacks) that are set to air during the week of April 4.

        The length of the characters stay on the show is not known at this time, therefore making it unclear as to whether the character is the long thought to be dead child of Brenda's or what brings him into Brenda's orbit, but we can tell you that Brenda is clearly in the motherly mood.

        Giovinazzo recently announced in an interview with Access Hollywood Live that her time on "General Hospital" is soon coming to a close. The news has not been confirmed by ABC.

        • General Hospital
        • Laura Wright
        • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
        • Twitter
        • Comings & Goings
        • Elvis Martinez

          The Instability of Lily's Mind on 'Y&R'

          ( — Since the death of her husband last month, after he was murdered on CBS' "The Young and the Restless," Lily Winters (Christel Khalil) has been seeing what appears to be his ghost in various places – not to mention also hearing his voice. Lily's mind will continue to play tricks on her when actor Daniel Goddard returns to the CBS soap as the "ghost" of Cane in the coming weeks, but is it possible he's not a ghost after all?

          In Lynette Rice's report on the status of Goddard, which was posted on Entertainment Weekly's website over a month ago, the reporter made it clear that "Goddard remains a paid employee of 'Y&R' until further notice (or until they’re officially ready to boot him)," according to her sources. A week after Rice posted this news Goddard was seen on the set filming an episode set to air during the week of March 28. In the episode, Goddard's character is seen standing in an elavator as Lily looks on with her aunt Olivia (Tonya Lee Williams) and her father Neil (Kristoff St. John) by her side. Lily instantly becomes frazzled by what she's seen and begins to question if she's losing her mind.

          According to sources, "the storyline of Lily's mentality will continue to play out for sometime as the pieces of the puzzle become clearer as each day goes on." So what does this mean for Goddard fans who've been clamoring for the actors permanent return since it was announced the soap was "killing" his character off earlier this year? While there is still no definitive word on the actors status from the show or his representatives, we've been told that "the storyline is all part of a master plan by the writers and fans should continue to tune in to find out what happens next!"

          Thoughts? Questions? Comment below…

          • The Young and the Restless
          • Kristoff St. John
          • Entertainment Weekly
          • Daniel Goddard
          • Christel Khalil
          • Comings & Goings
          • Lynette Rice
          • Tonya Lee Williams

            Is Tyler Christopher the Latest 'GH' Star Set to Depart?

            ( — Late Saturday night, Soap Opera Digest posted, via their twitter page, news that "General Hospital's" Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) had been let go from the ABC Daytime soap. The news came soon after Soap Central posted on their twitter page that they were hearing another big name "GH" star was on their way out.

            The possibility of Christopher's exit comes as no surprise as the actor recently learned his ABC Family pilot "The Lying Game" was picked up to series by the cable network and is set to debut August 15 at 9:00 PM. "Game" tells the story of a girl named Emma (Alexandra Chando), who finds out that she has an identical twin sister named Sutton Mercer (Chando in a double role), who was adopted by wealthy parents and supposedly living the high life until she goes missing. Emma takes it upon herself to find her sister and while in pursuit adventure ensues. Christopher will portray the role of Detective Matthews who is investigating the disappearance of Sutton. The series is being written and executive produced by former "All My Children" and "General Hospital" Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. and is based on the same name as the upcoming novel by "Pretty Little Liars" author Sara Shepard.

            Since it is the weekend, we are unable to get confirmation from either a "General Hospital" spokesperson or a representative for the actor on his status with the soap. We'll have an update for you on Monday during normal business hours.

            • General Hospital
            • Tyler Christopher
            • Comings & Goings
            • Charles Pratt Jr.
            • Alexandra Chando
            • Sara Shepard
            • The Lying Game

              DEVELOPING STORY: Was Soap Opera Digest Right? Is Guza Out?

              ( — You had to know there was something afloat when Soap Opera Digest posted on their website Friday that Robert Guza Jr. was out as "General Hospital's" head writer. While the news was later refuted by network insiders and a "GH" spokesperson, numerous sources have since come forward and revealed that while Guza is not expected to leave the show when his contract expires next month, thereby him not being out as the magazine's website had stated, his relations with network brass has greatly diminished.

              According to sources "there have been serious issues between the network and Guza relating to current storylines in recent months, and with Guza's contract up for renewal in April, there is also a matter of finances at play as well."

              Guza returned to "General Hospital" in April 2002 when he was named co-head writer alongside Charles Pratt Jr. He took over sole head writing duties in early 2006 after it was announced that Pratt had decided to leave the drama series. Under Guza's current reign, "General Hospital" won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team in 2003 and 2009. The series won for Outstanding Drama Series in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

              Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this developing story as news breaks.

              • General Hospital
              • Soap Opera Digest
              • Robert Guza Jr.
              • Charles Pratt Jr.

                Egan Takes Her Final Bow at 'AMC'

                ( — "All My Children's" Melissa Claire Egan bids adieu as her loose cannon character takes a final bow in Pine Valley this week.

                Melissa Claire Egan wraps up her "All My Children" stint as Annie Novak is slated to end on Monday, March 21. The Emmy-nominated actress started on the soap as the warmly received but rather docile blond in July of 2006 and turned into a much more popular but crazy, and we do mean crazy, brunette bombshell by 2008. For Annie, the stint included no less than four wedding ceremonies (Ryan Lavery; invalid, Ryan Lavery; valid, Adam Chandler, and Scott Chandler), two of which were on location, committing two murders (brother Richie Novak, and JR Chandler's aunt Di Henry), numerous assaults and murder attempts including the stabbing of the Erica Kane (played by soap icon Susan Lucci), a couple of institutionalization's, several instances of going on the run, two miscarriages, two imaginary enemies and one accidental shooting of her baby-daddy, Ryan.

                Egan's co-stars will miss this "AMC" breakout star as much as she'll miss them, but are confident the actress is headed for big things. On her departure, Alicia Minshew, who has played Kendall Hart Slater since 2002, notes that while the exit of Egan is "such a huge loss" for the show that she knows her friend will "go on to do great things". Jacob Young, who played Annie's last love interest JR Chandler, adds that while he too knows Egan's "gonna go out there and become a megastar…it's tearful [for him]" to lose her. On her last day, the actor wrote his co-star a lovely note expressing his gratitude for her.

                In the March 29, 2011 issue of Soap Opera Digest, which is on newsstands across the county right now, Egan reflects on Annie, the wonderful ride she has had on "AMC" and her plans for the future. The 29-year old actress goes into detail about her teary last days on set. She reflects on her relationships with confidante Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery), good friends Connie Fletcher (ex-Erin Lavery), Chrishell Stause (Amanda Martin), and Minshew and of course discusses working with the legendary David Canary (Adam Chandler). The actress spills her biggest regret about what did not take place in the popular JR & Annie pairing; and talks in detail about Annie's wild and wacky history from prisoner of love Aidan (played by Aiden Turner) to carving Erica Kane for Thanksgiving dinner to her bumpy ride through the Chandler men. Pick up the latest issue of Digest to read the full interview, and to find out what the actress is up to now and what she has planned for the future.

                • All My Children
                • Alicia Minshew
                • Susan Lucci
                • Chishelle Stause
                • David Canary
                • Aiden Turner
                • Soap Opera Digest
                • Jacob Young
                • Melissa Claire Egan
                • Cameron Mathison
                • Connie Fletcher

                  Second Look: Kourtney Kardashian on 'OLTL'

                  ( — As we previously reported, Kourtney Kardashian makes her presence known in Llanview, when she appears as lawyer Kassanda Kavanaugh on Monday, March 28.  Now Soap Opera Network gives you another sneak peek at her day on the set.

                  From punching a creep at Serenity Springs, to kissing one of the show's leading men, to finding herself in handcuffs, the reality television socialite will certainly leave a lasting imprint on the sleepy Pennsylvania hamlet when she breezes through town early next week. "I just loved to be handcuffed!," Kardashian tweets.

                  In an earlier press release, Kardashian noted that she was a fan of "OLTL," commenting "I grew up watching 'One Life to Live.' This may be my acting debut but the Kardashians know a thing or two about drama."

                  And on Friday, Kardashian posted the following message on her website: "This was such a fun experience.  I've always been a huge fan of 'One Life to Live' so it was so surreal actually starring in it and playing a really fun character.  I can't wait for you guys to see it."

                  • One Life to Live
                  • Soap Opera Network
                  • Kourtney Kardashian
                  • Comings & Goings

                    Erika Slezak Honored by 'One Life to Live'

                    ( — On March 17, 1971, Erika Slezak made her “One Life to Live” debut as the third actress to step into the role of Victoria Davidson.  Flash forward four decades and Slezak remains the rock at the center of the Llanview universe.  In honor of the the six-time Daytime Emmy winner’s 40th anniversary with the show, “One Life to Live” cast and crew, along with a few other special guests, surprised the actress with a party on the set earlier this week.  Soap Opera Network has your exclusive first look at the celebration honoring “One Life’s” longest-running cast member.

                    It was an event four decades in the making, but one that Slezak told TVGuide‘s Michael Logan in an interview last month, that she “was kind of hoping it would all go by unnoticed.  I came to this show without a fuss — I crept in rather quietly — and when I leave I want to go out that way, too. I don’t like fuss. It’s a little embarrassing.”

                    Slezak’s “One Life to Live” co-stars payed homage to the show’s matriarch on St. Patrick’s Day by wearing shirts saying “Erika” when she arrived on the set, for what she thought was going to be a simple celebration honoring the popular Irish holiday.  Also in attendance were members of Slezak’s family, along with “OLTL” Head Writer and Executive Producer Ron Carlivati and Frank Valentini.  Appearing in the video tribute to Slezak were  “Castle” star Nathan Fillion (who portrayed Viki’s youngest son Joey from 1994-97 and again briefly in 2007), the co-hosts of “The View,” “General Hospital” star Tony Geary (Luke Spencer), and “One Life” creator Agnes Nixon.

                    “One Life to Live’s” Music Director Paul Glass was among the members of the cast and crew sending their well-wishes, tweeting “Happy 40th Anniversary to the incredible Erika Slezak! Such a gracious, generous, beautiful person and amazing, inspiring actress…”

                    The soap will celebrate Slezak’s 40th anniversary on screen with a special episode dedicated to Viki, scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 26.

                    Overwhelmed by the gesture from her friends and co-stars, which also included a highlight reel of some of Viki’s more memorable moments over the years, Slezak told Soap Opera Digest that “I’ve been here for 40 years because I love it. I’m so grateful for the job and to you, my family. It’s been just magical.”  And your fans thank you Ms. Slezak for all the memories you have given us from the 40 years.  Congratulations on reaching such an important milestone and may you have many years of “Life” left to live in Llanview.

                    • One Life to Live
                    • Agnes Nixon
                    • General Hospital
                    • 40th anniversary
                    • Anthony Geary
                    • TV Guide
                    • Michael Logan
                    • Soap Opera Network
                    • Soap Opera Digest
                    • The View
                    • Frank Valentini
                    • Erika Slezak
                    • Ron Carlivati
                    • Nathan Fillion
                    • Paul Glass
                    • Anthony Geary
                    • St. Patrick’s Day

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