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’ Minor Casting Updates

'One Life' Minor Casting Updates

( — “One Life to Live” casting odds and ends for the month of March and beyond.

“One Life” released a casting call today for the role of “Robbie.”  The scene opens with him telling “Rose” that she shouldn’t be around him.  Rose reminds him that she doesn’t usually do what she’s told to, sits down beside him, and tells him that she doesn’t want to get him into any kind of trouble or anything.  Robbie says it doesn’t matter, because he’s already in enough trouble anyway, and wonders if she is afraid to be alone with him, since he could have really hurt her.  She says no and reminds him that he didn’t harm her.  Robbie admits that he was out of control, but that he could never actually bring himself to harm her.  He goes on to say that he loses his temper too easily and does stupid things sometimes.  As the scene ends, Rose reminds him that this time he had a a god reason to be angry.  However, he says that he was to blame, because he realizes that no means no.  As usual with “OLTL,” names are changed in these audition scripts, which are sometimes reused when casting new characters and recasting older ones.

Here are some additional details on the upcoming dayplayer role of the Llanview High School Vice Principal, who will interact with Shane, Jack, and their parents.  According to the casting breakdown for the role, “OLTL” is looking for an African-American of Hispanic male in his early 40s, that is is “compassionate but extremely strong with each child in his school.”

Tom Zeman returns as attorney Morgan Guthrie, who represents Tess and Ford at baby Ryder’s custody hearing beginning Wednesday, March 16.

Brandon Corey Knox plays a gym patron who gets punched by Kourtney Kardashian‘s alter ego Kassandra Kavanaugh when the socialite makes her acting debut on “One Life to Live” on Monday, March 28.

Alex Tavis, who plays Moroccan prison guard Hassan Amir-Rashad, posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday that “I hear we are back on the awesome ‘One Life To Live’ probably today-watch/dvr how we fool the ‘visitors.’ Awesome fight scenes as well. Not as much coverage/dialogue as the last one though scintillating nonetheless. :) Me, Bo, Rex, Khalid [Donnie Keshawarz] and my new boss the Warden [Omar Koury]. Llanview rules.”  Look for the gang from Morocco to be in this Friday’s episode as well as the search for David Vickers Buchanan continues.

And Dike Uzoukwu posted on his website on February 4th that he “booked and shot his first appearance on ‘One Life to Live’ (ABC Daytime) this week!  Such a learning experience, seeing how all the pros on that television soap do it everyday.”  His scenes should air sometime this month.

  • One Life to Live
  • Tom Zeman
  • Kourtney Kardashian
  • Alex Tavis
  • Donnie Keshawaz
  • Omar Koury
  • Brandon Corey Knox
  • Dike Uzoukwu


    NBC’s “Days of our Lives” has cast newcomer Bren Foster in the contract role of Quinn, a character previously known as Fletcher in a recent casting call according to Soap Opera Digest. The character is described as being a “charming businessman with an edge. He can be clean cut or not. He is sexy, mysterious and savvy, has an easy way with the ladies but can be formidable if crossed.” The World Tae Kwon Do Champion’s first airdate will be in May and he’ll share his first scenes with Nadia Bjorlin‘s Chloe Lane.

    Prior to joining “DAYS,” Foster is probably best known for his roles in the Australian soap “Home and Away” and drama “Sea Patrol.” He recently completed work on two American films, one called “War Flowers” where he played the role of John Ellis, a confederate sergeant alongside actors Christina Ricci and Tom Berenger, and “Bad to the Bone” where he portrays the title character Donnor ‘Bone’ Mason. He appeared regularly in the short lived National Geographic series “Fight Scene,” which delved into the world of mixed martial arts, fighting back and special ops.

    Foster was born in London and moved to Australia when he was three years old. He started his acting career while in high school.

    Debbi Morgan Contributes to 'Saving Our Daughters' Series

    (Soap Opera Network) — “All My Children’s” Debbi Morgan gets personal for a very good cause.

    Curtis J. Benjamin helms the “Saving Our Daughters” book series which features thoughts, stories and letters from renowned and predominantly African-America female psychologists, executives, entertainers, entrepreneurs as well as everyday mothers and in some cases fathers. Self esteem, superiority and inferiority surrounding skin color, and eating disorders are a few subjects touched on in the “Saving Our Daughter” series. “Saving Our Daughters” strives to touch the lives of young females, African American or not, facing these complicated issues. The 5th Edition of the series, which was released on February 15, takes on the most relevant current issue facing teens today: Bullying. “All My Children’s” Debbi Morgan joins writer Maya Angelou, singers Janet Jackson and Tiffany Evans, actresses Alfre Woodard and Anika Noni Rose to name a few to share personal letters and personal stories of bullying in “Saving Our Daughters: Who Will Save the Little Girl?” in hopes of helping the many female youths facing bullying as we speak. Morgan also received the distinction of sharing the cover of the latest edition of the series.

    The following is Morgan’s powerful contribution to the Foreword of “Saving Our Daughters: Who Will Save the Little Girl?”:

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I was very small when I was a teenage girl and was picked on and bullied constantly. My teenage years were actually the lowest point of my life, and sometimes I just wanted to die. I began to have this constant fear whenever I had to go to school or whenever I knew I might come in contact with these bullying girls. Now as an adult looking back I would tell “my teenage self” and present this quote to all teen girls facing this trauma…

    It is your birthright to be treated with dignity and self-respect, but whatever we fear is what we attract… whatever we project and perceive is what manifests in our lives.

    Bullies are threatened by fearless, confident girls…Consider your birthright, dig deep, find that self-confidence and fearlessness within…and bullies be gone.


    ~ Actress Debbi Morgan

    For more on the great “Saving Our Daughters” series visit For information on how to purchase this or any previous edition of Saving Our Daughter visit the Barnes & Noble website.

    In related news, Morgan is not only contributing to books, she’s also in the middle of completing a fictional book with the interesting title “My Ass Turned 50 … And I Lost My Mind!” We’ll keep you updated on that production as details become available. As for Morgan’s “AMC” alter-ego, after a slow reintroduction (starting later today, March 8) into Pine Valley over the next few weeks, look for Dr. Angie Hubbard’s dramatic story to kick into high gear as the month comes to a close.

    • All My Children
    • Debbi Morgan
    • Angie
    • Saving Our Daughters

      Judith Chapman Bumped to Recurring Status

      ( — "The Young and the Restless" has bumped veteran actress Judtih Chapman (Gloria Abbott Bardwell) to recurring status according to published reports. She joins "Y&R" co-stars Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharpe), Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey Bardwell), Thom Bierdz (Phillip Chancellor III) and a number of other daytime actors in the recurring line (for some, they had been recurring since they joined or returned).

      Chapman joined the cast in 2005 when she replaced "Dallas" and "Knot's Landing" star Joan Van Ark as the mother of Michael (Christian J. LeBlanc) and Kevin (Greg Rikaart).

      In addition to her role on "The Young and the Restless," Chapman has appeared in all but two current daytime soaps ("The Bold and the Beautiful" and "All My Children" being the exceptions). She made her television debut in 1975, when she portrayed the role of Natalie Bannon Hughes on CBS' canceled "As The World Turns." In the late 1980's, she also filled in for co-star Jess Walton in the role of Jill Abbott when the actress became ill.

      • The Young and the Restless
      • Sean Kanan
      • Christian LeBlanc
      • Greg Rikaart
      • Thom Bierdz
      • Jess Walton
      • Ted Shackelford
      • Joan Van Ark
      • Judith Chapman
      • Recurring Status

        'Y&R' Looking for Female Detective With Authority

        ( — CBS' "The Young and the Restless" is looking for a female detective to investigate an unknown case according to a casting call that has just gone out.

        [FEMALE DETECTIVE] 30s to 40s, any ethnicity. Athletic, strong presence, lots of authority. 1 Episode at Principal

        An airdate has not been set, but "Y&R" typically films about a month in advance prior to air.

        What do you think?

        Discuss below.

        • The Young and the Restless
        • Casting Call

          'DAYS' Casting African American Characters

          ( — NBC's "Days of our Lives" issues casting calls for 1.5 African American characters, one contract and the other potentially recurring. But why 1.5?

          On February 16, Soap Opera Digest announced that a casting call had gone out for the contract role of Ryan, a "17 to 18-year-old Caucasian or African American male," which is where the 0.5 comes from. According to the breakdown released, "Ryan is the all-American high school idol. Gorgeous, well-built quarterback of the football team. Popular, confident and charismatic…the world is at his feet for the taking." The character is scheduled to debut in May.

          In addition to Ryan, Soap Opera Network has learned that the show recently released a casting call for the potentially recurring role of Scott. The character is described as a "35 to 44-year-old gorgeous African American male. Scott is a recent divorcee that is trying to get past the pain of his failed marriage and get back into the dating game. He was a superstar athlete in high school. Scott has an effortless charm and a great sense of humor that makes him irresistible to women." The role is currently set as a two show principal with the understanding it could lead to recurring status. No airdate has been set.

          By the sounds of both breakdowns, it looks like the show might be casting for father and son, at least that's how we see it.

          What do you think? Discuss below.

          • Casting
          • Days of our Lives
          • Soap Opera Digest
          • Breakdown
          • Comings & Goings

            Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Done and Out?

            ( — In an interview with Access Hollywood Live hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Thursday, March 3, actress Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo made it clear that her time on ABC's "General Hospital" as Brenda Barrett (now Corinthos) will soon come to a close after her contract with the drama series expires.

            "I came back to honor my roots. These are the people that I grew up with. I haven't been a regular on the show in 13 years. It was like going to an incredible high school reunion," said Marcil Giovinazzo of her time back at the Prospect Studios where "GH" is filmed. "We had so much fun. I have so much respect for these people. They work so hard. I loved being there. We shot the wedding for seven days. We just had the best time. There were all these insane things that happened and now after the wedding, there's a lot of drama because now my time [on 'General Hospital'] is almost done."

            While a final airdate has not been set, nor is ABC commenting on her statements, Marcil Giovinazzo shared that she won't be closing the door on returning to the soap in the future. "I have always been in touch with the headwriters and the producer. I've always loved the show and I've always said 'I'll come back and visit for the rest of my life if they'll have me.' I love to visit there. I love the people. It really is kind of the greatest character I feel like I've ever played as far as feeling challenged and satisfied. It is a great group of people."

            • General Hospital
            • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
            • Billy Bush
            • Kit Hoover
            • Access Hollywood Live
            • Access Hollywood
            • Comings & Goings

              'Y&R' Actor Darius McCrary Launches Debut Album

              ( — "The Young and the Restless" Darius McCrary, who portrays Malcolm Winters not only has acting in his blood, but also music. This spring, the young actor, best known as ‘Eddie Winslow’ from the family-oriented sitcom Family Matters will release his first album, The Dissertation of Darius McCrary.

              Although many may know McCrary as an actor, he has been performing music for quite some time, even getting together with five other musicians, one being his brother, Donovan, to form the band, The D List. Over the course of time, after doing performances at various private parties and gathering up a steady fan base, it gave the band more opportunities to book at other various venues.

              The Dissertation of Darius McCrary, slated to debut April 11, will have a familiar singer backing him. 10 time Grammy Award winning R&B songstress, Chaka Khan, served as executive producer on the album. According to McCrary, his debut album isn’t set for one key audience, but rather geared toward anyone that loves music, regardless of race and age

              • The Young and the Restless
              • Chaka Khan
              • Darius McCrary
              • Album Release
              • Donovan McCrary
              • The D List

                42nd Annual NAACP Image Award Winners

                ( — On Friday, March 4, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced the winners of the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards Live on FOX. Find out which of your favorite stars walked away with top honors in the Daytime categories.

                Since the NAACP Image Awards introduced the categories in 1994, CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” has consistently dominated Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Daytime Drama Series. Not including this years Image Award winners, in the Outstanding Actress category, “Y&R” has earned 14 of the 17 potential wins. “Y&R” superstar Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) has dominated the category earning 11 of those 14 wins. Co-star Tonya Lee Williams (Dr. Olivia Winters) has earned 2 Image Awards and Christel Khalil (Lily Winters) picked up an Image Award in 2008. Tracey Ross, who starred on NBC’s “Passions”, won an Image Award in 2007 & the actress who was considered the front-runner for the 2011 win, “All My Children’s” Debbi Morgan (Dr. Angela Hubbard), picked up the honor in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, “AMC’s” Cornelius Smith Jr. put an end to a 16 year run of “Y&R” domination in the Outstanding Actor category. Together, on-screen brothers Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm Winters), 7 Image Awards in the category, and Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters), 8 Image Awards in the category, picked up all but one of those 16 wins, with Bryton McClure capturing an Image Award of his own in 2009.

                In 2011, which marked the first year that the Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Daytime Drama Series categories were presented on broadcast television, “Y&R’s” Tatyana Ali (Roxanne) and “AMC’s” Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard) picked up top honors.

                Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series

                · Debbi Morgan – “All My Children” (ABC)
                · Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
                · Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
                · Tonya Lee Williams – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
                · Yvette Freeman – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

                Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
                · Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
                · Cornelius Smith, Jr. – “All My Children” (ABC)
                · Darnell Williams – “All My Children” (ABC)
                · Rodney Saulsberry – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)

                Williams is one-half of daytime’s first African-American super-couple, Jesse and Angie Hubbard. The 56-year old actor has played the role of Jesse Hubbard on “AMC” from 1981 to 1988 and from 2008 to present. In between stints, the actor also starred on ABC’s “Loving” and “The City” & CBS’s “Guiding Light”. This marked Williams’, a two-time Daytime Emmy winner, first Image Award win in three nominations. Ali is best known the once-popular NBC comedy series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” where she played Ashley Banks. The 32-year old actress played that role for the duration of the series, 1990 to 1996. At the age of 17, Ali picked up her first NAACP Image Award win in the category of Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress for her work on the series starring movie-star Will Smith. Friday’s win marks Ali’s second NAACP Image Award win in five nominations. In an interesting note, Ali has yet to appear in 50 episodes of “Y&R” since joining the CBS drama in 2007.

                For more details on other nominees & winners, follow this link:

                • All My Children
                • Darnell Williams
                • The Young and the Restless
                • Kristoff St. John
                • Tatyana Ali
                • Debbi Morgan
                • Tonya Lee Williams
                • Shemar Moore

                  'Entertainment Weekly' Contributor Appears on 'One Life to Live'

                  ( — Abby West, editor of Entertainment Weekly‘s PopWatch blog, made her acting debut today on the long-running ABC soap, “One Life to Live,” playing an airport attendant in scenes with Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier).  According to West, “Exec producer Frank Valentini, who set this whole little escapade up, was on set and  gave me a little more direction: be sassier.”

                  In an article posted earlier this afternoon on the news magazine’s website, West describes her day in Llanview working with Woods and Lavoisier, and watching Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and Eddie Alderson (Matthew) rehearsing the scenes viewers saw earlier this week, in which Nora told her son of of his Uncle Clint’s (Jerry verDorn) misdeeds.  She also talks about getting fitted for her airport employee’s uniform by “One Life to Live’s” Award-winning costume designer Susan Gammie, who also showed her the infamous wedding dress recently worn by Jessica and her alternate personality Tess.

                  West’s appearance on “OLTL” marks the third time so far this year that a member of the press has appeared on the show.  On January 11, (now) former ABC News Now anchor Vinita Nair played a doctor when Natalie Buchanan (Melissa Archer) was wheeled into the hospital about to give birth to her son.  And on February 23, Shayna Seymour, reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston, appeared as a diner waitress in scenes with Blair (Kassie DePaiva) and Tomas (Ted King).

                  To read Abby West’s full article describing her day on the set, click here.


                  • One Life to Live
                  • Ted King
                  • Kassie DePaiva
                  • Hillary B. Smith
                  • Robert S. Woods
                  • Jerry verDorn
                  • John-Paul Lavoisier
                  • Entertainment Weekly
                  • ABC World News Now
                  • Vinita Nair
                  • Eddie Alderson
                  • Susan Gammie
                  • Shayna Seymour
                  • WCVBTV
                  • WCVB TV
                  • Boston
                  • PopWatch

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