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

'The Bold and the Beautiful' Set to Debut New Opening Sequence

( — If you watched today's episode of "The Bold and the Beautiful," you may not have known that you were getting your final look at the soaps current opening sequence, which was released in 2004, because on Monday, February 21 daytime's youngest soap opera will debut its third opening sequence since the show premiered on March 23, 1987.

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Executive Producer/Head Writer, Bradley Bell, revealed that the new sequence was created with the use of CGI.

"This is pretty monumental for us," said Bell. "We've always taken the if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach to our opening credits. The first one was so good we kept it from 1987 until 2004 — unlike a lot of things from the '80s it never seemed dated. Our current one has been running for six and a half years. It's beautiful and still works, but now we want to let viewers know that our show is all about experimenting, not only with our storytelling but with our image. We want to be known as a show that's thinking outside the box."

In a taped segment posted on, it was revealed that "late last year the folks at 'The Bold and the Beautiful' and CBS digital started out lining an idea for a completely new concept using the latest in cutting edge technology and digital effects. Meetings were had and ideas discussed. The result? What would happen if you could create the ultimate fashion show room in a virtual setting?"

"It's set up so that the various elements, from music to special effects, will constantly change," said Bell. "It'll be a fun, ongoing surprise for the audience."

To see how the shows opening has evolved through the years and get a glimpse at the new opening click on the video below.

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Bradley Bell
  • Opening Sequence

    Rebecca Herbst Staying? All Signs Point to Yes!

    ( — As previously reported, "General Hospital" star Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth Webber) was fired by the ABC soap in late January due to what was said to be "storyline dictated" reasons, but now Soaps In Depth is reporting that the actress is actually staying. So what's the deal?

    After tweeting to their followers earlier today that the actress was staying, In Depth instilled hope into the hearts of Herbst fans who were boycotting the show after they originally learned their favorite actress had been fired. "They’ve been incredibly organized,” said Richard M. Simms, executive editor of the mag in an interview posted on "A lot of times, fans react and for a few days, it’s all anyone can talk about. But Becky Herbst fans really refused to let this drop. It probably doesn’t help that over the past few years, "GH" has gotten a bad reputation for either sidelining or writing out longtime characters. Things may finally have reached a breaking point with a lot of fans, who just couldn’t accept another legacy character being canned."

    An ABC representative was unable to confirm the news to Soap Opera Network.

    • General Hospital
    • Rebecca Herbst
    • Soaps in Depth
    • Comings & Goings

      'DAYS' Fires Chris Whitesell

      (SoapOperaNetwork) – In a surprising move, “Days of Our Lives” has fired Co-Head Writer Christopher Whitesell. Whitesell joined the show in fall of 2008 when newly installed Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin brought him in to assist Head Writer Dena Higley.

      Whitesell’s previous Co-Head Writer stints were at “As The World Turns” (2005-2007), “One Life To Live” (2001-2003), “Sunset Beach” (1998-1999) and “General Hospital” (1997).

      • Days of our Lives
      • Gary Tomlin
      • Christopher Whitesell
      • Dena Higley

        'AMC' Casts the Castillo Family Matriarch

        (SoapOperaNetwork) — Does mother know best in Pine Valley? Continuing in their efforts to build a formidable Hispanic presence, "All My Children" casts the Castillo family matriarch..

        Elena Campbell-Martinez debuts on "All My Children" on Thursday, March 3. Campbell-Martinez will portray Leticia Castillo, the opinionated mother of Griffin (Jordi Vilasuso) and Cara (Lindsay Hartley) Castillo. At this time, the role is recurring.

        The Mexican-American actress who started her acting career just twelve years ago is not new to the world of daytime drama. Campbell-Martinez started her daytime career on NBC's "Passions" in multiple minor roles from 2005 to 2007. She followed those appearances with small roles on both ABC's "General Hospital" and CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful". The actress has also guest starred on several popular prime-time series including CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" and "Criminal Minds," ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" and Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101."

        Look for the Castillo matriarch to take a staunch stand regarding her daughter Cara's complicated relationships with both former son-in-law Dr. Jake Martin (Ricky Paull Goldin) and potential future son-in-law (Stay Tuned!) Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight).

        • The Bold and the Beautiful
        • All My Children
        • Michael E. Knight
        • General Hospital
        • Passions
        • Lindsay Hartley
        • Criminal Minds
        • Brothers & Sisters
        • Zoey 101
        • Jordi Vilasuso
        • Comings & Goings
        • Elena CampbellMartinez
        • (Ricky Paull Goldin

          Where in the World is Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard)?

          ( — While Cane Ashby appeared to have been murdered in the Wednesday, February 2 episode of CBS' "The Young and the Restless," no information has been released by either the show, his portrayer Daniel Goddard or any of the actors people indicating that we've seen the last of Goddard on "Y&R," so what the heck is going on? Entertainment Weekly's Lynette Rice has some answers.

          According to Rice, "a source close to the sudser said that Goddard remains a paid employee of 'Y&R' until further notice." Meaning, he hasn't left the building. "He’s not only set to reprise his role as Cane in the Feb. 18 and 23 episodes, but he’ll make additional appearances in March and April. What’s more, no one on the show will even acknowledge whether his character is actually six feet under," Rice continued.

          What this means is that the show might just be playing the same tired switcheroo they've been playing for the last couple of years with "fake deaths" as they've done with Thom Bierdz's Phillip Chancellor III and John Driscoll's Chance Chancellor. Incidentally, all these fake deaths are Chancellor related deaths (at one time Cane was pretending to be Jill's son, who herself thought she was Katherine Chancellor's daughter).

          • The Young and the Restless
          • John Driscoll
          • Daniel Goddard
          • Thom Bierdz
          • Comings & Goings
          • Lynette Rice

            'Y&R' Casting a Number of Roles

            ( — In addition to the previously reported search for a name actor to portray the contract role of Clay, "The Young and the Restless" is also seeking actors to portray minor roles for what appears to be an upcoming court case.

            According to information we've obtained, the show is looking for a Judge, a Bank Teller, a Juror and a Man mistaken for someone else. In that particular case, an educated guess would be someone mistaking the person for the recently "deceased" Cane Ashby (Daniel Goddard).

            [JUDGE IRENE SALAZAR] 40s to 50s, LATINA, FEMALE. She is experienced, firm, and in total control of her courtroom. MULTIPLE EPISODES

            [BANK TELLER] 30s, FEMALE, any ethnicity. Professional and friendly, she tries to help a customer. ONE EPISODE

            [JUROR] Late 20s, FEMALE, any ethnicity. Pleasant, but a little tired, she is a single mother of 2-year-old twins. MULTIPLE EPISODES

            [MAN] 30s, 6'3", approx. 220 lbs., dark brown hair. He reassures someone when they mistake him for someone else.

            Airdates for these roles are unknown at this time.

            • The Young and the Restless
            • Daniel Goddard
            • Comings & Goings

              'Y&R' Looking for a Name Actor for Contract Role

              ( — CBS' "The Young and the Restless" is actively seeking a Caucasian or Latino actor with "experience or a name" and in the age range of 35-47 for a contract role they are looking to cast.

              According to a breakdown provided to Soap Opera Network, the characters name will be Clay. "Clay is grizzled and sexy, he is a cowboy living on a ranch in a rural western town. A strong but silent, salt of the earth type, he is a smart guy who chooses to live a simple life working with his hands."

              According to Soap Opera Digest, the role is set to begin in early March.

              • The Young and the Restless
              • Comings & Goings

                Shocking Shakeup at 'DAYS:' Livingston OUT! Braun IN!

                ( — Soap Opera Digest is reporting that NBC's "Days of our Lives" has let actress Natalia Livingston go after just three weeks on the air portraying the role of Taylor Walker and replaced her with her former "General Hospital" co-star (and "DAYS" alum herself) Tamara Braun.

                "It was decided to take the character of Taylor in a new direction," said Co-Executive Producer Gary Tomlin. "Natalia Livingston is an amazing actress and a consummate professional. She is a class act and everyone at the studio adores her."

                According to Digest, Braun began taping today and will first air in late April. Ironically, Braun won an Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2009 for her portrayal of vixen Ava Vitali on "DAYS." In addition to her time on "DAYS," Braun is best known for her take on the character of Carly Corinthos on ABC's "General Hospital" and portraying one half of television's first lesbian married couple on "All My Children" with her character Reese Williams.

                • All My Children
                • Tamara Braun
                • Days of our Lives
                • General Hospital
                • Gary Tomlin
                • Natalia Livingston

                  Kim Zimmer in 'Love, Loss, and What I Wore'

                  ( — Famous for her roles on "Guiding Light" and "One Life to Live," Kim Zimmer is joining the cast of the hit Off Broadway show "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" begining with the Wednesday, February 16 performance.

                  Zimmer, who currently portrays the role of Echo DiSavoy on "One Life," willl be joined by actors Katrina Bowden ("30 Rock"), Sabrina Le Beauf ("The Cosby Show"), Orfeh ("Legally Blonde"), and Barbara Rhoades ("The Goodbye Girls") in the play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, which is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman. The show comprises an intimate collection of stories from the book and on recollections of the Ephrons' friends. A key factor in the success of the production is the use of clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger in helping to tell some funny and poignant stories that all women can relate to.

                  The show opened in October 2009 and is performed by a rotating cast of five all-star actors, who perform in five-week cycles (Zimmer's last show will be on Sunday, March 20). Some famous names that have taken part in the show include Fran Drescher ("The Nanny"), Tichina Arnold ("Martin," "Everybody Hates Chris"), Nikki Blonsky ("Hairspray"), Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls"), Tyne Daly ("Judging Amy"), Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina, The Teenage Witch," "Melissa & Joey"), Sherri Shepherd ("The View") and many, many more.

                  Tickets are $79 and can be purchased online via or in-person at the Westside Theatre Box Office located at 407 W. 43rd Street in New York City (between 9th and 10th avenue). For more information, please visit

                  • One Life to Live
                  • Guiding Light
                  • Kim Zimmer
                  • The View
                  • The Nanny
                  • The Cosby Show
                  • Gilmore Girls
                  • Sherri Shepherd
                  • Alexis Bledel
                  • Hairspray
                  • Glee
                  • Fran Drescher
                  • Tichina Arnold
                  • Nikki Blonsky
                  • Tyne Daly
                  • Jane Lynch
                  • Melissa Joan Hart
                  • Barbara Rhoades
                  • Orfeh
                  • Sabrina Le Beauf
                  • Katrina Bowden
                  • 30 Rock
                  • Martin
                  • Everybody Hates Chris
                  • Sabrina The Teenage Witch
                  • Melissa & Joey
                  • Love, Loss and What I Wore
                  • Nora Ephron
                  • Delia Ephron
                  • Legally Blonde
                  • The Goodbye Girls
                  • Judging Amy
                  • Ilene Beckerman

                    Kate Linder Joins 'Vagina Monologues'

                    ( — If you happen to be in the Los Angeles area at some point this upcoming weekend, you might want to stop by the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre where "The Young and the Restless'" Kate Linder (Esther) will be performing "The Vagina Monologues" alongside Alison Arngrim ("Little House on the Prairie") and Diane Amos (best known as "The Pinesol Lady").

                    Considered “one of the most important pieces of political theatre” by the NY Times, "The Vagina Monologues" has been a focal point in the V-Day activists movement, which was created to generate a broader awareness in the fight to stop violence against women and girls by way of raising money and revitalizing the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.

                    "I am so honored to be a part of this production," Linder said in an interview on the "Y&R" official website about her participation in the event. "It really has been done in a way that hasn't been seen before. The fourth wall is down and it is very interactive."

                    The shows are scheduled as follows:

                    • Friday, February 18th at 8:00PM
                    • Saturday, February 19th at 8:00PM
                    • Sunday, February 20th, 2:00PM matinee

                    For more information, visit the official website:

                    • The Young and the Restless
                    • Kate Linder
                    • Alison Arngrim
                    • Diane Amos
                    • Pinesol
                    • The Vagina Monologues
                    • Little House on the Prairie

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