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

'AMC's' Christopher Dunn Heading to 'DAYS' Writing Team

( — Out with one Christopher and in with another as "All My Children" writer Christopher Dunn is heading to NBC's "Days of our Lives" to fill the void left by the recently fired Christopher Whitesell. Dunn is expected to end his run at "AMC" this month in order to join "DAYS" on the breakdown team. This marks the first move by Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin since news of Whitesell's ouster became public on Friday.

In addition to his stint at "All My Children," Dunn has written for "General Hospital," "Santa Barbara," "Guiding Light" and "Sunset Beach."

  • All My Children
  • General Hospital
  • Gary Tomlin
  • Christopher Whitesell
  • Sunset Beach
  • Days of our Lives
  • Santa Barbara
  • Guiding Light
  • Christopher Dunn
  • Business


    The Tuesday, February 22 episode of “One Life to Live” will not only give viewers their first glimpse of Andrew Trischitta as a recast Jack Manning, but it will also be the day that the ABC soap begins telling the story of bullying in America. The topic, of course, especially hits home with many children as they prepare to go to school each weekday not knowing if they will be thrown into their lockers with a wedgie or hanging upside down waiting for their lunch money to be stolen by someone bigger than them. Some of them even contemplate the prospect of suicide, which is rumored to be where the show may eventually take the storyline down the road. Wherever the show takes the story, Soap Opera Network of course will be following them every step of the way.


    Mother Knows Best! Valerie Wildman Returns to 'DAYS'

    ( — Fay Walker may be missing her daughter Nicole's (Arianne Zucker) wedding to EJ DiMera (James Scott) this week, but that won't stop actress Valerie Wildman from making a return visit to the NBC drama series before saying goodbye to recently fired on screen daughter Natalia Livingston (Taylor Walker).

    Last seen in July 2010, Wildman returns to Salem beginning Wednesday, March 9 for extended visit amidst the drama her daughters are going through. One daughter (Nicole) will have recently re-married EJ, while the other daughter (Taylor) is secretly in love with EJ, or is acting like she is. Of course, in typical soap opera fashion, Fay has a secret of her own which will put both daughter's and their issues to shame.

    In addition to her numerous visits to "Days of our Lives," Wildman has also appeared in episodes of "General Hospital," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

    • Days of our Lives
    • General Hospital
    • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
    • James Scott
    • Natalia Livingston
    • Arianne Zucker
    • Comings & Goings
    • Valerie Wildman
    • Beverly Hills, 90210

      Wilson Bethel Returns to 'Y&R'

      ( — Earlier this month rumors began circulating that CBS' "The Young and the Restless" would be bringing Wilson Bethel back as Ryder Callahan, now Soap Opera Network can confirm that the actor is indeed returning beginning next month.

      Bethel, last seen in July 2010, is back beginning with the Thursday, March 3 episode of the drama series as Ryder shocks Jana (Emily O'Brien) when he reveals himself during one frightfully cold night in Genoa City.

      Since leaving "Y&R" last summer, Bethel has tested out for the title role in "Captain America" (which eventually went to "Fantastic Four's" Chris Evans) and has recently landed the lead role opposite Rachel Bilson in the CW pilot "Hart of Dixie." The show is described as a comedic drama about a girl named Zoe (Bilson), who inherits a medical facility in a small Southern town full of eccentric characters. According to, Bethel's character will be that of a "gorgeous flirty, bad-boy southern fisherman," who lives next door to Zoe, plays in a band and dedicates a song to her.

      It is unclear at this time whether the actor will be returning to the soap on a full-time basis or if his characters stay is short term, but either which way a show representative tells Soap Opera Network, "we don't comment on contracts."

      • The Young and the Restless
      • Pilot
      • Wilson Bethel
      • Comings & Goings
      • Rachel Bilson
      • Emily O’Brien
      • Chris Evans
      • The Hart of Dixie
      • Captain America
      • Movies

        Ray MacDonnell and Lee Meriwether Return to 'AMC'

        (SoapOperaNetwork) — Tad Martin’s (Michael E. Knight) next marriage is set to be Pine Valley’s biggest of the year; but will the Cad’s parents impede his big plans?

        Ray MacDonnell and Lee Meriwether are returning to “All My Children” for a guest appearance this March.

        MacDonnell and Meriwether, of course, portray the husband and wife duo of Dr. Joe Martin and Ruth Martin on “AMC”. MacDonnell, who will be 83-years old this March, is one of “AMC’s” original cast members. He debuted on the ABC soap on January 5, 1970. The actor who received a Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy award in 2004 last appeared on “AMC” in January 2010. MacDonnell officially retired from the contract role in the wake of “AMC” moving production from New York to California in late 2009. Meriwether, also known as Miss America 1955 and Catwoman in the 1966 adaptation of “Batman”, debuted in the role of the Martin matriarch Ruth in 1996 (taking over for the fabulous Mary Fickett). 75-year old Meriwether’s last appearance on “AMC” was in June of 2010.

        The Martin’s return to Pine Valley on Tuesday, March 8 and will stick around through Wednesday, March 9. In true soap fashion, the pair will have to deal with the complicated situation of their much-married son Tad fixing to make their other son’s (Ricky Paull Goldin) ex-wife, Dr. Cara Castillo (Lindsay Hartley), his next bride. Between suspicious immigration agents, none-too-thrilled potential in-laws, and confused ex’s – can this fraudulent pair beat the odds and make it official? Stay tuned to “AMC” during the week of March 7!

        • All My Children
        • Ricky Paull Golin
        • Lee Meriwether
        • Ray MacDonnell
        • Lindsay Hartley
        • Ruth Martin
        • Joe Martin
        • Tad Martin
        • Cara Castillo
        • Michael Knight

          'One Life to Live' Helps to STOMP on Bullying

          (SoapOperaNetwork) — ABC’s “One Life to Live” has partnered up with “STOMP Out Bullying” as it prepares to kick off a major storyline involving Shane Morasco (Austin Williams) and recently recast Jack Manning (now played by Andrew Trischitta), who has turned into a high school bully.

          In preparation, “One Life to Live” consulted “STOMP” and “Love Our Children USA” founder and CEO Ross Ellis, who discusses the alarming increase in bullying incidents in recent years in the March 1 edition of Soap Opera Weekly.

          On Tuesday, February 22, viewers will get their first glimpse of Trischitta, when it is revealed on screen that Jack is Shane’s high school bully.  However, that’s only the beginning of the story. According to “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati, Shane’s situation is only going to get worse before it get better, hinting to TVGuide‘s Michael Logan that the teen could be pushed to the brink of suicide.  Meanwhile, Shane and Jack’s parents will remain in the dark as to the severity of the situation, with the Morasco’s failing to see the warning signs, and the Manning’s living in denial that their son could be involved in harassing his classmate.

          To coincide with the reveal, PSA’s for “STOMP Out Bullying” will begin airing during “One Life to Live’s” commercial breaks beginning February 22.

          • One Life to Live
          • TV Guide
          • Michael Logan
          • Kassie DePaiva
          • Austin Williams
          • Farah Fath
          • John-Paul Lavosier
          • Ron Carlivati
          • Trevor St. John
          • Stomp Out Bullying
          • Love Our Children USA
          • Ross Ellis
          • Andrew Trischitta


            ( — As previously reported, “Days of our Lives” has cast daytime newcomer Francisco San Martin in the role of Dario Hernandez, Rafe (Galen Gering) and Gabi’s (Camila Banus) brother. Interestingly, the actor previously appeared on “DAYS” in mid-November in the role of Javier Rodriguez, a sick patient that died as he was causing a deadly outbreak at Salem University Hospital while in the presence of Melanie (Molly Burnett) and Nathan (Mark Hapka).

            According to sources, San Martin began taping his first scenes on Wednesday, January 5 and his first airate is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9.

            ABC Family Picks Up 'The Lying Game' Starring Tyler Christopher and Written/Produced by Charles Pratt Jr.

            ( — is reporting that ABC Family has given a series order to "The Lying Game," a drama based on the same name as the upcoming novel by "Pretty Little Liars" author Sara Shepard. The series is being written and executive produced by former "All My Children" and "General Hospital" Head Writer Charles Pratt, Jr. and will star "General Hospital's" Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and former "As The World Turns" starlet Alexandra Chando (ex-Maddie Coleman).

            The series is about a girl named Emma (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.

            Also starring in "The Lying Game" are actors Blair Redford as Garrett Matthews ("90210," "Passions" and "The Young and the Restless"), Andy Buckley as Ted Mercer ("The Office" and "Melrose Place"), Mitch Ryan as Luke Coburn ("One Tree Hill"), Sharon Pierre-Louis as Nisha Randall ("Lincoln Heights") and Vivian Nesbitt as Coach Lee ("In Plain Sight").

            ABC Family recently picked up the Raven Symone comedy "The Great State of Georgia" and dramas "The Nine Lives of Chloe King" and "Switched at Birth." All three are set to debut this summer on the cable network, while "Game" is said to be launching sometime this fall.

            • All My Children
            • The Young and the Restless
            • General Hospital
            • As The World Turns
            • 90210
            • Passions
            • Tyler Christopher
            • Melrose Place
            • ABC Family
            • One Tree Hill
            • Pretty Little Liars
            • Pilot
            • Charles Pratt Jr.
            • Alexandra Chando
            • Mitch Ryan
            • Andy Buckley
            • Blair Redford
            • Sara Shepard
            • The Lying Game
            • The Office
            • In Plain Sight
            • Lincoln Heights
            • Vivian Nesbitt
            • The Nine Lives of Chloe King
            • Switched at Birth
            • The Great State of Georgia
            • Raven Symone

              ‘One Life’ Updates Old Opening

              'One Life' Updates Old Opening

              (SoapOperaNetwork) — Fans tuning in to last Friday's encore presentation of Todd and Blair's 1995 gold balloon wedding and hoping to take a trip down memory lane by watching "One Life to Live's" 1992-95 infamous "satin sheets" opening sequence, received an unexpected surprise.

              Instead of the familiar tune which long-time viewers were accustomed to hearing at the beginning of each episode in the early 1990s, they were instead treated to a remixed and more mellow version of the show's current theme music, which has been used since June 2004.

              The reason for the abrupt change is most likely attributed to copyright issues, considering that particular theme, as well as the one used in the "Tour of Llanview II" opening that followed it from 1995-2004, were both composed by Lee Holdridge. However it begs the question as to why "One Life to Live" chose to remix the current theme music, instead of simply using the present theme music with the old opening's imagery, or simply a title card featuring the "One Life" logo.

              But could the remixed opening instead be a present for fans, such as when the show re-recorded the words to the original "Tour of Llanview" opening (1986-91) with various cast members for three days during 2010's "Starr X'd Lovers: the Musical?" Or could it even be a hint that a new opening sequence may indeed be in the works?

              A spokesperson for the show did not return our request for a comment.

              • One Life to Live
              • OLTL
              • Llanview
              • Lee Holdridge

                ‘OLTL’ March Casting Notes

                'OLTL' March Casting Notes

                ( — The latest "One Life to Live" comings and goings for the month of March.

                For all those wondering where in the world is Matthew Buchanan (Eddie Alderson), don't worry. He will be seen again on Tuesday, February 22, when he has an encounter with Shane, and again on Wednesday, March 2, when he receives some unpleasant news concerning a member of his family.

                Peter Bartlett is back as Nigel, also on March 2, when he learns something important about his employer while watching an episode of "Access Llanview" with host Phyllis Rose (Wendy Williams), which is all thanks to Vimal (Nick Choksi).

                Sean J. Cullen returns as Dr. Edward Levin as March 2 as well, when he, Clint, and Viki are one-upped by Tess, who delivers some shocking news.

                Ilene Kristen is back as Roxy on Monday, February 21, when she returns to a horrifying scene at her hair salon. Look for her to pop up again on Friday, March 4, when she and Natalie have an interesting encounter with "Jessica."

                Jessica Leccia pops up again as Inez, mother to the Ford brothers, on Thursday, March 3, when Todd puts the screws to her, demanding she tell him what he wants to know or else.

                Nafessa Williams, who was recently cast in the contract role of Deanna, will make her "One Life" debut the week of March 21.

                Former "Days of Our Lives" and "As the World Turns" heart throb Austin Peck will first air as "Rick" on Friday, March 25.

                And Steph Garcia will appear again as a Buenos Dias waitress on Wednesday, March 30.

                • One Life to Live
                • Jessica Leccia
                • Sean J. Cullen
                • Ilene Kristen
                • Steph Garcia
                • Nick Choksi
                • Eddie Alderson
                • Wendy Williams
                • Nafessa Williams
                • Comings & Goings
                • Peter Bartlett

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