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

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

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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'

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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 Telecharge.com 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 www.lovelossonstage.com.

    • 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'

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — 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: http://www.vdayla.org/

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


        ‘One Life’: From Morocco with Love?

        'One Life': From Morocco with Love?

        (SoapOperaNetwork) — With Clint Buchanan’s many secrets being exposed one by one, it’s not a matter of if Bo (Robert S. Woods) will learn the truth about what big brother Clint (Jerry verDorn) did with his illegitimate son David Vickers (Tuc Watkins), but whenSoap Opera Network has learned that Omar Koury has been cast as a prison warden, in more Moroccan prison scenes that were taped earlier this month.  But there’s more to the story…

        Still reeling from the fact that the ruthless Clint Buchanan, and not good guy Charlie Banks (Brian Kerwin) is his biological father, Rex Balsom (John-Paul Lavoisier) goes to confront his new “Pa.”  With tempers flaring and harsh words being slung, Rex threatens to expose one of Clint’s final secrets — that he had his own nephew David thrown into a Moroccan prison and left for dead.  But showing his true Buchanan grit, Clint refuses to back down, and instead calls Rex’s bluff, daring him to tell Bo the truth, realizing the news will destroy their close relationship.

        Torn between loyalty and a sense of duty, Rex ultimately decides to confess.  But how will Bo handle the news?  Click here to watch “OLTL’s” February sweeps promo, “A Side of Life You’ve Never Seen!” (if you haven’t already), to find out.

        This is where things get interesting.  Remember that audition script for that Prison Warden?  Look for the scene described in that audition script to play out on screen down the road when the two suddenly not-so-close buds head for the north African country this spring in search of David Vickers Buchanan.  But will they find what they’re looking for, or has Clint remained one step ahead of them?

        Koury has previously appeared on “One Life to Live” as a a bodyguard.  He has also appeared on “All My Children” as a detective, and on “As the World Turns” as a forensics cop.  Other television credits include “The Unusuals,”  “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

        Also returning will be Moroccan prison guards Alex Tavis (Hassan Amir-Rashad) and Donnie Keshawarz (Kahlid).

        • All My Children
        • One Life to Live
        • OLTL
        • As The World Turns
        • The Unusuals
        • The Late Show with David Letterman
        • Late Night with Conan O’Brien
        • Brian Kerwin
        • Robert S. Woods
        • Tuc Watkins
        • Jerry verDorn
        • Moroccan
        • David Vickers Buchanan
        • Clint Buchanan
        • Rex Balsom
        • Alex Tavis
        • Bo Buchanan
        • JohnPaul Lavoisier
        • Omar Koury
        • Hassan AmirRashad
        • Kahlid
        • Prison Warden
        • February sweeps
        • Donnie Keshawarz


          Listen: 'One Life's' 'The Sound of a Kiss'

          (SoapOperaNetwork) — Have you purchased your copy of “One Life to Live’s” new Valentine’s Day album from iTunes yet?  If not, then here’s a preview of what you’re missing.

          The CD, which features tracks from Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Kelley Missal (Dani), Brittany Underwood (Langston), and David A. Gregory (Ford).  Click here to listen each of the songs on the album (with the exception of the bonus track — a piano version of DePaiva’s song “Dream of Our Own”).

          And remember that you can follow along with “Hard to Give,” Alderson’s song on the album, by finding the lyrics here.

          • One Life to Live
          • Kassie DePaiva
          • Kristen Alderson
          • David Gregory
          • Brittany Underwood
          • Kelley Missal
          • iTunes
          • The Sound of a Kiss
          • Valentine’s Day


            Jacob Young and John-Paul Lavoisier Head to Tulsa, OK Valentine's Weekend

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC Daytime viewers living in or around the area of Tulsa, Oklahoma and are fans of Jacob Young (JR Chandler) and/or John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) should get their scrapbooks ready as the two will be appearing this weekend at the Women's Living Expo.

            The two will be on hand this weekend for a Q&A and autograph signing session with fans with Young up first on Saturday, February 12 followed by Lavoisier on Sunday, February 13. The event kicks off at 1:00 PM on Saturday for Young and 2:00 PM on Sunday for Lavoisier.

            Tulsa Women's Living Expo, presented by ABC News Channel 8, is located at Expo Square, Tulsa, OK (Expo Square is located one block west of the corner of 21st and Yale).

            For more information: http://www.womenslivingexpo.com/Tulsa2011

            • All My Children
            • One Life to Live
            • Jacob Young
            • JohnPaul Lavoisier


              Jeff Branson Heading to 'CSI: Miami'

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "The Young and the Restless'" Jeff Branson is joining a large list of soap stars appearing in CBS' primetime procedurals with his upcoming appearance on "CSI: Miami," including David Fumero (see: David Fumero Leaves the Cold Winter of New York for 'CSI: Miami') and Leven Rambin (ex-Lily Montgomery, "All My Children"), who will both appear in upcoming episodes of the series.

              A show representative tells Soap Opera Network that Branson, who portrays the role of  Ronan Malloy on "Y&R," will appear in the Sunday, March 6 episode entitled "Blood Lust" in the role of Dennis Baldwin. "Dennis is the husband of a woman who had been kidnapped and tortured," said the rep.

              Jesus Ruiz ("All My Children," "Days of our Lives"), Marcus Giamatti ("One Life to Live")  and Candice Patton ("Days of our Lives," "The Young and the Restless") are also scheduled to appear in the episode.

              PRESS RELEASE

              "Blood Lust" – When a woman narrowly escapes death at the hands of a serial killer, Horatio will do anything to track down the psychopath, on CSI: MIAMI, Sunday, March 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

              • All My Children
              • One Life to Live
              • Jeff Branson
              • Leven Rambin
              • The Young and the Restless
              • Days of our Lives
              • CSI: Miami
              • David Fumero


                JPI

                Today “Young and the Restless” co-executive producer Paul Rauch announced that he will be stepping down from the drama series as of Friday, April 1, which ironically enough is April Fool’s Day. This of course is no joke.

                “My collaboration with Steve Kent, and Maria [Arena Bell] and Bill Bell [Jr.] has been very rewarding,” said Rauch in a statement. “I had great pleasure working with ‘Y&R’s’ magnificent cast and crew. I feel that I’ve accomplished everything that I set out to achieve, and it’s now time for me to return to New York.”

                Rauch was named co-executive producer in October 2008 alongside executive producer/head writer Arena Bell. Prior to joining “Y&R,” he served time as executive producer at “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” and “Santa Barbara.”



                First Look: Austin Peck on 'One Life to Live'

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As previously reported, Austin Peck is joining the cast of ABC's "One Life to Live" as a character named Rick, who is described as the type of person the show "doesn't really have much of," according to SOAPnet.com. Now Soap Opera Network has your first look at Peck from his first day on the set.

                While a first airdate has not been set, sources tell us we can expect to see Peck and his character on screen in either late March or early April.
                 

                 

                What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

                • One Life to Live
                • Days of our Lives
                • As The World Turns
                • Austin Peck


                  Nafessa Williams Joins Cast of 'One Life to Live'

                  (SoapOperaNetwork) — Look out Llanview.  Yet another new character is about to come to town, as actress/model Nafessa Williams is set to make her daytime debut in a newly created role.

                  Soap Opera Weekly is reporting that Williams, who has modeled clothing on QVC and "The Wendy Williams Show" (among others), has been cast by "OLTL" in the contract role of Deanna, who will interact with the Llanview's teen scene.  Model Management Group, which represents Williams, reported on their Facebook page on February 2 that she had signed a 4-year contract with the soap.  One other interesting note is that Visions By Elle, a company which provides "Creative Concepts for Digital Media," commented on their Facebook page back on November 4 that "Visions By Elle, LLC Congratulates Nafessa Williams for booking a recurring role on 'One Life to Live.'  Go Girl…Make those dreams come true!  You are truly Blessed."  It is uncertain if that was some miss-communication on their part, or if Williams was hired as a recurring cast member and then later bumped up to contract status.

                  Details on Williams' new "One Life" character are unknown at this time, as if her first airdate.  You can learn more about Nafessa Williams, who is a twenty-five year old Philadelphia native, here. You can also watch her 2010 audition for "Friends with Benefits" here.

                  • One Life to Live
                  • OLTL
                  • Facebook
                  • Soap Opera Weekly
                  • Nafessa Williams
                  • Visions By Elle
                  • Model Management Group
                  • The Wendy Williams Show
                  • QVC
                  • Friends with Benefits








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