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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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


        ABC Introduces 'Watch' Series with 'GH's' Wright, Burton, Benard, McCullough and Marcil Giovinazzo

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The nuptials between "General Hospital's" Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) begins on Friday, February 18 on ABC and will last through out the following week, but it is that following week that fans will surely be enjoying the most.

        According to an ABC representative, in addition to the week long wedding ceremony that is sure to have lots of drama, ABC.com will begin hosting online chats with "GH" stars Laura Wright (Carly Jacks), Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) along with Benard and Marcil Giovinazzo.

        "'Watch with the GENERAL HOSPITAL cast' will begin Monday, February 21st where fans and viewers will have the unique opportunity to chat and ask questions to their favorite actors from the daytime drama while the show airs," ABC said. "In addition, talent will give exclusive 'behind the scenes' commentary of that day's episodes."

        The chats will begin at 3:00 PM ET during the East Coast feed of "GH," and will last for the full-hour long duration of the drama series. Fans can log on to ABC.com/ghchat to take part.

        SCHEDULE
        For an hour each day during the network broadcast, the following talent will participate (subject to change):

        • - February 21st at 3PM ET Watch with… Laura Wright (Carly Jacks)
        • - February 22nd at 3PM ET Watch with… Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda Barrett)
        • - February 23rd at 3PM ET Watch with… Steve Burton (Jason Morgan)
        • - February 24th at 2PM PT Watch with… Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos)
        • - February 25th at 2PM PT Watch with… Kimberly McCullough (Dr. Robin Scorpio)
        • General Hospital
        • Laura Wright
        • Steve Burton
        • Maurice Benard
        • Kimberly McCullough
        • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo


          Kristen Alderson Finds It's 'Hard to Give'

          (SoapOperaNetwork) — Just in case you haven't already heard enough about "One Life to Live's" new Valentine's Day album "The Sound of a Kiss," which features soap stars belting out tunes about love and heartache, here's a little preview of one of the album's songs, "Hard to Give," performed by Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning).

          In the show's endless attempt to promote the new album, "OLTL" Supervising Music Producer Paul Glass revealed the lyrics for Alderson's song, which is the first track on the compilation, on Twitter. Below you can read a snippet of the beginning portions, but for the full lyrics click here.

          HARD TO GIVE
          Lyrics

          nobody left here babe
          close the place down
          as you walk out alone in your defense
          keep you from crying out

          when you hit the ground
          i don't know what to say
          what's left to blame

          is it hard to give
          is it hard to take
          when you won't let anyone in
          and the worst of it all
          is how hard you fall
          as you hide beneath your skin

          Others featured on the album include Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Kelley Missal (Dani), Brittany Underwood (Langston), and David A. Gregory (Ford).

          "The Sound of a Kiss" is available for $5.99 on iTunes.

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


            Brittany Underwood Tapes Final Scenes at 'One Life'

            (SoapOperaNetwork) — With her time in Llanview coming to an end, Brittany Underwood (Langston) spends her final days at the “OLTL” studios.

            Underwood, who was fired last month after nearly five years on the job, tells her fans via TwitterSo my last day is this Wednesday [February 9] for those of you who were asking, but I’m also there Tuesday [February 8], I’ll try and be outside around lunchtime both days [to meet with fans].”

            Langston makes her (apparently) less than dramatic exit from Llanivew on Friday, April 8, when the aspiring writer is offered a movie deal.  But reassured soap fans, it won’t be the last we’ll see of the actress.  Underwood assures fans she’ll still be at the this year’s ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fund-raising event on Sunday, March 13, tweeting that “I’ll be at Broadway Cares this year :) Don’t think y’all r gettin rid of me that easy!! Lol.”

             

            • One Life to Live
            • OLTL
            • Twitter
            • ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS


              'OLTL' Invites Fans to 'Watch and Chat' with Bree Williamson

              (SoapOperaNetwork) — On Wednesday, February 9, “One Life to Live” star Bree Williamson (Jessica) will be watching the show live while chatting with fans online.  Starting at 2:00 pm ET, and lasting for one hour, Williamson will be taking and answering viewer questions concerning her character and the show.

              With Jessica’s and Natalie’s double wedding ceremony filled with a lot of twists and turns this week, there’s sure to be plenty for fans to comment on and discuss.  Click here to see how you can take part in Wednesday’s online chat with Bree Williamson.

               

              • One Life to Live
              • Bree Williamson


                Video: The Legends of Daytime on Oprah + All Eight of Erica's Husbands

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we previously reported here, here and here, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will be presenting the legends of daytime (at least those legends from "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless") in a special episode episode dedicated to "All My Children's" Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard), Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin), "General Hospital's" Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) and Genie Francis (ex-Laura Spencer) and "The Young and the Restless'" Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor). Now thanks to Harpo Studios, here is a quick look at what you can expect on Wednesday, February 9 when Oprah Winfrey brings together some of daytime biggest stars for a star studed event!

                Interestingly enough, we posted a reunion between Lucci and her six husbands (at the time) over the weekend from their appearance on "Oprah" in the early 1990's and now all eight of her characters husbands will be appearing for another reunion in 2011, thanks to Oprah as well.

                • All My Children
                • Darnell Williams
                • Susan Lucci
                • General Hospital
                • Anthony Geary
                • Genie Francis
                • Jeanne Cooper
                • Oprah Winfrey
                • The Oprah Winfrey Show
                • Michael Knight
                • Debbie Morgan
                • Promo


                  ABC Gives Fans Tomorrow’s Soaps Tonight

                  ABC Gives Fans Tomorrow's Soaps Tonight

                  (SoapOperaNetwork) — As SON first told you last month, ABC will be previewing the first few minutes of the next day’s episodes of their daytime dramas “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” online starting at 7:00 PM ET each weeknight during the month of February.

                  So whether you can’t wait to see what happens next in the race to Kendall on “AMC,” you’re wondering if Natalie and Jessica get married on “OLTL,” or you want to watch along as Michael relives his painful prison ordeal, then ABC.com wants to help give you your soap fix.

                  Click here to watch first part of tomorrow’s ABC soaps tonight.

                  • All My Children
                  • One Life to Live
                  • General Hospital








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