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

'One Life' Casting New Minor Character

( — “One Life to Live” releases another audition script for an upcoming role featuring a member of the show’s younger set of characters.

The scene opens with “Dr. Pryor” informing the parents of a little boy named “Darren” that the outlook is bleak.  He tells them that their son has experienced severe trauma to his brain, as a result to a blow to the head, which has caused significant bleeding.  The CT confirmed that Darren’s slurred speech, confusion, headaches, and vomiting are a result of a Acute Subdural Hematoma.  He also states that the aspirin he has been taking for his headaches have only made matters worse.  Upset, Darren’s father “Scott,” admits that he is one who had been giving his son the aspirin.  Dr. Pryor tries to calm Scott’s nerves, reminding him that he had know way of knowing the severity of Darren’s injuries.  He then says that they must operate immediately if there is any hope of saving him, and if they succeed, he will likely never be the same again.  The scene ends as Darren is prepped for surgery.  Remember that, as usual with these audition scripts, “One Life to Live” changes names in an attempt to throw off viewers.

In other news…

Bianca Jamotte will appear again on “OLTL” in a minor role on Wednesday, April 27.  Jamotte’s last appearance on the show was January 17.

Robert King, who recently appeared on “OLTL” in a dayplayer role, states in an interview with the East Brunswick, New Jersey Sentinel that he hopes to continue making appearances on the long-running daytime drama, noting that being on the show was rewarding and helped him grow as an actor.  With regards to the “One Life” cast, King commented that “There’s a lot to learn from them.”

And Dike Uzoukwu, who announced on his website on February 4 that he had just “booked and shot is first appearance on ‘One Life to Live’ (ABC Daytime),” had his role upgraded from “Under 5″ to “Dayplayer.”  His scenes should air sometime this month.

  • One Life to Live
  • ABC Daytime
  • audition scripts
  • Comings & Goings
  • Dike Uzoukwu
  • Robert King
  • East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Sentinel
  • Bianca Jomette

    'GH' Head Writer Robert Guza Jr. Leaving? Not True According to Insiders

    ( – UPDATE: Soap Opera Digest has updated their report on their website citing comment from an ABC representative indicating that Guza is in fact not leaving "GH."

    PREVIOUS: Soap Opera Digest is reporting on their website that "General Hospital" Head Writer Robert Guza Jr. is on his way out as the soaps Head Writer. According to network insiders however, the report is "not true" and "absolutely false." Under normal circumstances, when a rumor is denied or not confirmed by the network we'd receive a standard "no comment," which did not happen in this case thus giving credence to the possibility that Soap Opera Digest is reporting false mistaken news on their website.

    Digest Report:

    Guza's Future at GH in Question
    We're hearing that Robert Guza, Jr. is on his way out as GENERAL HOSPITAL's head writer. ABC Daytime doesn't comment on rumors, but an insider tells us there's a good chance it's true.

    Guza returned to the ABC soap 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.

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

      Jason Tam Returns to 'One Life to Live' for Brief Stint

      ( — With his former on-screen girlfriend Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde) about to leave the canvas, Jason Tam makes a brief return to Llanview as Markko Rivera early next month, according to ABC Soaps in Depth.  While the show is keeping mum on the storyline details, it seems a safe bet that Markko and Langston’s paths will cross once again before she leaves town.

      Underwood, who exits Llanview on Friday, April 8, when budding author Langston is offered a movie deal, told ABC SID in an recent interview that “If Markko comes back, that would amazing.”  Jason Tam originated the role of Markko on May 21, 2007.  He took a hiatus from “One Life” last summer before returning in the fall to wrap up his character’s storyline.  He was last seen back on November 10th.

      Look for Tam to appear briefly during the week of April 4th.

      • One Life to Live
      • Jason Tam
      • ABC Soaps in Depth
      • Brittany Underwood

        CBS Bumps Soaps for Basketball

        CBS Bumps Soaps for Basketball

        ( — It’s that time of year again.  The time when people all across the United States call in sick, stayed glued to their television screens, and fill out brackets with who they feel is deserving of a national championship.  That’s right….March Madness has invaded the country once more.  The second round of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament begins today on the CBS and its family of networks.  As a result, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” will be pre-empted both today and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, March 17 & 18.  Both shows will return on Monday at their regular times and no episodes will be missed.  So set back, enjoy a day full of college basketball and cheer on your favorite team. 

        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • The Young and the Restless
        • CBS
        • college basketball
        • NCAA Tournament

          First Look: Us and E! Cover Kourtney on 'One Life'

          ( — As we previously reported, media socialite Kourtney Kardashian will make her "One Life to Live" debut as attorney Kassandra Kavanaugh on the Monday, March 28 episode of the ABC Daytime soap. Recently Us Weekly and E! Online took a behind-the-scenes look at Kourtney on the set as she punched a man out (day player played by Brandon Corey Knox), and found herself kissing and handcuffed to one of Llanview's hottest men (Cristian Vega, played by David Fumero), while one of the town's most prominent residents looks on (Blair Cramer, played by Kassie DePaiva).

          Kardashian admits in an interview posted on the Us Weekly website that locking lips with David Fumero "Made me nervous. But after the kiss, he was like, 'I can't remember my line!'" The E! starlet also shared that "I started watching 'One Life' in seventh grade and got hooked. So to be on the show was so surreal and so much fun," when speaking with E! Online.

          DePaiva had nothing but praise for her co-star for a day, telling Us Weekly that "[She] nailed her lines. She's welcome back anytime!" In addition, DePaiva posted on her Facebook page that "I'm not a pop culture girl…but I'm very thrilled to have met Kourtney and enjoyed her time on the set of 'OLTL' and in the town of Llanview. She was hard working and terrific to work with. I think she had a good time. It's not easy to walk in and do a soap cold. She was a pro. I look forward to seeing the scenes."

          • One Life to Live
          • ABC
          • Facebook
          • Kassie DePaiva
          • David Fumero
          • E!
          • Kourtney Kardashian
          • Comings & Goings
          • Brandon Corey Knox
          • Us Magazine

            Mark Lawson Issues MMA Tourney Challenge

            Mark Lawson Issues MMA Tourney Challenge

            ( — "One Life to Live's" Mark Lawson is ready to prove that he is both a lover and a fighter, telling ESPN that "I want to take part in a celebrity mixed martial arts tournament. UFC president Dana White, let's set this up. I'm a good fighting weight of 175 and I'm ready to take on all comers." However, don't expect Lawson to be quitting his day job anytime soon. "I love acting and singing, but something inside of me wants to get back into the cage."

            In an interview with the sports network's website, the actor reveals to columnist Lynn Hoppes that he has some prior experience, not to mention the fact that he works out nearly every day, is a personal trainer, and runs a strength and conditioning business. White, meanwhile, has responded to Lawson's request, encouraging the soap star to get the event set up. 

            Before joining "One Life" as Brody Lovett in 2008, Lawson participated in an MMA fight in the 'Octagon,' earning a 1-0 record in a semi pro fight.  However, he did not make it through the fight unscathed.  "I did break my jaw in that match, so I'd be a little worried about that.  I think my agent is going to kill me for issuing this challenge," he reveals.

            A Virginia native, the 31-year-old Lawson earned a bachelors' degree in fine arts from the renowned Boston Conservatory.  He is also a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  His other acting credits include an appearance on "Cold Case" in 2005, and the comedy short "Breakdown" in 2006.

            • One Life to Live
            • Mark Lawson
            • Breakdown
            • Cold Case
            • MMA
            • UCF
            • Lynn Hoppes
            • ESPN
            • Mixed Martial Arts
            • Dana White
            • Octagon
            • Boston Conservatory
            • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

              James Franco Back for More 'General Hospital'

              ( — Despite a less than thrilling performance as co-host of the "83rd Annual Academy Awards" on ABC last month, the network has asked actor James Franco to return to "General Hospital" once more as the deadly artist known simply as Franco.

              According to the network, on Friday, March 25, Franco will again make his presence known to a Port Charles citizen. This time to Carly Jacks (Laura Wright), when Franco gets in touch with the hotel owner with a very important message.

              To find out what Franco is up to next, tune in to "General Hospital." Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

              • General Hospital
              • Laura Wright
              • James Franco
              • Oscars
              • Comings & Goings
              • Academy Awards

                A New Face for Baby Emma on 'GH'

                ( — "General Hospital's" Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) are getting a new face for their baby girl. Not a face lift sillies (who'd do that to a baby anyway?), but a new actress is taking over the role of Emma from departing twins Jessie and Gianna Salvatierra.

                According to ABC Soaps In Depth, Francesca Cistone will take on the role beginning with the Wednesday, March 23 episode. Cistone is the daughter of Danny Cistone, who recently appeared on the soap as Jules, one of Theo's (Daniel Benzali) men who taunted Sonny (Maurice Benard) on the Thursday, March 10 episode of the soap with a lead on Brenda's (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) kidnapping.

                According to In Depth:

                No explanation has been given for the reason behind replacing the twins, who've been sharing the role since 2009, and setsiders report that Francesca — a fraternal twin herself –4 is just a few months older than Jessie and Gianna.

                • General Hospital
                • Francesca Cistone
                • Jason Thompson
                • Kimberly McCullough
                • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
                • ABC Soaps in Depth
                • Danny Cistone
                • Gianna Salvatierra
                • Maurice Benard
                • Daniel Benzali
                • Jessie Salvatierra

                  In or Out? Brian Kerwin at 'One Life to Live'

                  ( — Is Viki (Eirka Slezak) about to lose yet another husband?  It’s beginning to look that way as ABC Soaps in Death is reporting via Twitter that Brian Kerwin might be on his way out of Llanview with his alter ego Charlie Banks.

                  In a tweet just hours ago, ABC SID stated that several sources had confirmed the rumors to them, while “One Life to Live” had no comment on the matter.  Kerwin joined the show in 2007, and has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards (2008 & 2010) for the role of Charlie. 

                  In addition, Kerwin played Greg Foster on “The Young & the Restless” from 1976-77, and Rob Malone on the Showtime series “Beggars and Choosers” from 1999-2001.  He also has a lengthy theater resume, and has appeared in numerous TV shows over the years including “Frasier,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Strong Medicine,” “The West Wing,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Monk,” and “Desperate Housewives.”

                  Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.

                  • One Life to Live
                  • The Young and the Restless
                  • Strong Medicine
                  • Soap Opera Network
                  • Twitter
                  • Brian Kerwin
                  • Erika Slezak
                  • Daytime Emmy Awards
                  • Viki
                  • Llanview
                  • ABC Soaps in Depth
                  • Desperate Housewives
                  • Showtime
                  • Beggars and Choosers
                  • Fraiser
                  • Law & Order: SVU
                  • Comings & Goings
                  • Greg Foster
                  • Nip/Tuck
                  • The West Wing
                  • Monk
                  • Rob Malone

                    ‘AMC’ Casts New Recurring Role

                    'AMC' Casts New Recurring Role

                    ( — Will “All My Children’s” latest casting addition end up being friend or foe to the beleaguered Colby Chandler?

                    SOAPnet has revealed that 20-year old Brazilian-born Mariah Buzolin has been cast on “All My Children” as the new Chandler maid. Buzolin’s credits include minor roles on FOX’s “Lie to Me” and Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101″. The role is recurring.

                    In January, “AMC” put out a casting call for a 19-year old Latina female to play the character of Reyna, the new Chandler maid. The description from the casting call goes on to reveal that Reyna’s parent died when she was a child, “so she has spent her whole life surviving. [She is] a poor girl from the wrong side of town.” Reyna is also described as a sweet and caring young woman who finds solace in the beauty of the Chandler mansion. Out is the name “Reyna”, Buzolin’s character will either go by the name Maya, according to the aforementioned SOAPnet article, or Ava, according to ABC breakdowns.

                    Buzolin debuts on “AMC” on Tuesday, March 15. Look for her character to be involved in the Colby (Natalie Hall) & Asher (Trent Garrett) storyline.

                    • All My Children
                    • Mariah Buzolin

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