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

Ex-'AMC'er Jesse McCartney is 'Locke & Key' of FOX Pilot

( — is reporting that former "All My Children" and "Summerland" actor/musician Jesse McCartney has been tapped to topline potential series "Locke & Key," which was just given a pilot order by FOX for contention on the networks 2011-2012 primetime schedule.

"Locke & Key" is based on the Joe Hill comic book of the same name and tells the story of Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children, Ty (McCartney), Kinsey (Sarah Bolger) and Bode (Skylar Gaertner), who return to Massachusetts after the brutal murder of patriarch Rendall Locke. As Ty, McCartney will be able to utilize his singing abilities as the character finds solace in his music while grieving the loss of his father who he was closest to.

McCartney can currently be heard in the Cartoon Network animated series "Young Justice" as the voice of Robin. He also voices the role of Roxas in the "Kingdom Hearts" series of games for Disney. More recently he appeared in the ABC Family series "Greek." He starred on "All My Children" from 1998-1999 in the role of J.R. Chandler and from 2004-2005 in The WB's "Summerland" as Bradin Westerly.

What do you think of Jesse returning to TV full-time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

  • All My Children
  • Jesse McCartney
  • Summerland
  • Greek
  • Miranda Otto
  • Sarah Bolger
  • Skylar Gaertner
  • Locke & Key
  • Young Justice
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Pilot

    It's 'One Life to Lose' for Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison on ABC's 'Castle'

    ( — Next week ABC's "Castle" begins filming a "One Life to Live" inspired episode entitled "One Life to Lose" in which a soap opera head writer is murdered on the set of the fictional soap opera "Temptation Lane," one of New York's longest running soap operas (ala "One Life to Live" itself). The soap themed nod to "One Life" hails from "Castle" himself, Nathan Fillion, who portrayed the role of Joey Buchanan on the ABC Daytime drama series from 1994 to 1997 and again for two episodes in 2007. "All My Children's" Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison are set to portray roles in the episode, one as a soap star and the other as a director.

    Budig will portray Mandy Bronson, the young and gorgeous diva/lead actress on the soap opera, who is said to be very aware of her sexuality and uses it to her advantage any chance she gets. Meanwhile, Mathison is set to play the role of Vince Bowers, the devastated husband of head writer Sarah Cutler (actress unknown), the victim, and also a director on "Temptation Lane." Also appearing in the episode are actors Corbin Bernsen ("The Young and the Restless," "Psyche") and Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"). Seymour will play Gloria Chambers, the grieving mother of the murder victim, and Bernsen will portray Lance Buchanan, a rugged, self-assured, veteran actor on "Temptation Lane," who has a romantic history with Castle's mother, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan). Bernsen's characters last name "Buchanan" is sure to be one of the many hush, hush, wink, wink aspects throughout the episode.

    Though, which originally broke the story on January 26, reported the episode as airing on Monday, March 21, an ABC representative informs Soap Opera Network that an airdate has not been set, though it will in fact air in March.

    "Castle" stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, and Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle.

    • All My Children
    • Rebecca Budig
    • One Life to Live
    • Cameron Mathison
    • The Young and the Restless
    • General Hospital
    • Corbin Bernsen
    • Seamus Dever
    • Castle
    • Nathan Fillion
    • Stana Katic
    • Tamala Jones
    • Jon Huertas
    • Molly Quinn
    • Susan Sullivan
    • Jane Seymour
    • Ruben SantiagoHudson
    • One Life to Lose
    • Temptation Lane
    • Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman

      Oprah Welcomes Genie Francis, Anthony Geary, Susan Lucci and More to Soap Themed Episode

      ( — In an update to a report we did earlier this week, Soap Opera Network has learned that Oprah Winfrey and her talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will not only be dedicating an entire episode to the legends of daytime soaps, but she'll be reuniting "General Hospital's" Luke and Laura Spencer (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) for the first time since Laura's portrayer departed the soap in 2008.

      Joining Francis and Geary will be "All My Children's" Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard), Debbi Morgan (Angie Hubbard), Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin) and "The Young and the Restless'" Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor). In fact, Lucci opened up the doors to her New York estate and provided the show with a rare glimpse into the personal life of the woman behind Erica Kane.

      The soap themed edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" airs Wednesday, February 9. Check your local listings for time and station.

      Press Release

      WEDNESDAY–All New! Legendary Soap Stars: Luke, Laura, Tad, Jesse & Angie

      Today, for the first time our stage, the legendary stars of daytime television are coming together! For forty years, Erica Kane has captivated viewers with her outrageous exploits, steamy love scenes and a litany of adoring husbands. Susan Lucci is here and invited us to her New York estate for a rare glimpse into her life off-screen. Then, Luke and Laura, the hottest couple in daytime history, reunite on our stage! Plus, all-time favorites Angie and Jesse, Tad the Cad and Mrs. Chancellor! Don't miss an hour full of the biggest soap stars on the planet!

      • All My Children
      • Michael E. Knight
      • Darnell Williams
      • Susan Lucci
      • The Young and the Restless
      • Debbi Morgan
      • General Hospital
      • Anthony Geary
      • Genie Francis
      • Jeanne Cooper
      • Oprah Winfrey
      • The Oprah Winfrey Show


        ( — Former “General Hospital” and “General Hospital: Night Shift” actor Graham Shiels (ex-Cody Paul) is set to appear in tonights episode of CBS’ “The Mentalist” as Officer Tom Rowley, who pulls over Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) as Jane’s day goes from “bad” to “worse.”

        “I try really hard to take down that smug, charming Aussie,” said Shiels. “It’s hard though.”

        In addition to his role on “GH” and “GH:NS,” Shiels appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood,” NBC’s “The Event” and ABC’s “The Whole Truth.”

        See below for a summary of tonight’s episode and a clip of what to expect.

        Patrick Jane and others are taken hostage by an armed man accused of murder, Jane must think quickly to defuse the situation on the next episode of The Mentalist.

        “The Mentalist” airs Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.

        First & Last Look: 'One Life' Casting Changes

        (SoapOperaNetwork) — “One Life to Live” is a buzz as Austin Peck is set to play a unique new character and Brittany Underwood ushers Langston Wilde out of Llanview in reel time.

        Peck, best known to soap fans for his roles on “Days of our Lives” and “As the World Turns,” has been tapped by “OLTL” to play the role of “Rick” which, according to, is the type of guy “Llanview doesn’t really have much of. You’ll see what we mean.” No first airdate has been announced, however he is expected to begin appearing sometime this spring. Peck began shooting scenes on Monday, January 31.

        Meanwhile, Underwood’s days in Llanview meanwhile are quickly coming to an end. The recently fired actress, who has played Langston since 2006, was rumored to be leaving town “amidst a big story.” However, according to TVGuide‘s Michael Logan, the exit appears to be a little less dramatic, with Langston leaving Llanview on Friday, April 8 after the young writer is offered a big movie deal.

        In other news…

        Tonja Walker previews her upcoming return to “OLTL” as Alex Olanov, saying that “So far it is only for two shows… They are juicy…”

        Patrick Allen Cole returns as Rodi’s Manager/bartender Jeff on Wednesday, March 9.

        And more information has been released on the recent audition script for an “Assistant.” The soap is looking for an Asian or Hispanic actress in her mid to late 20s for the dayplayer role, which is described as “goth and a beautiful assistant at a Las Vegas wedding chapel.” The script ties in with a similar script for a “Justice of the Peace,” a summary of which can also be found at the above link.

        • Days of our Lives
        • OLTL
        • As The World Turns
        • Austin Peck
        • Las Vegas
        • Michael Logan
        • Tonja Walker
        • Patrick Allen Cole
        • Langston
        • Llanview
        • Brittany Underwood
        • TVGuide
        • audition scripts
        • Rodi’s
        • Rick
        • Alex Olanov
        • Jeff
        • Assistant
        • Justice of the Peace

          Shenaz Treasuryvala Fleshes Out 'One Life to Live' Role

          (SoapOperaNetwork) — The Indian actress, who has quickly become somewhat of a fan favorite since her first appearance as Rama Patal on “One Life to Live” back on January 20, shares a few ideas on how she envisions her new character’s background.

          Treasuryvala, who has created a backstory for Rama, which includes how she and husband Vimal (Nick Choksi) first met, tells Soap Opera Weekly that “It was an arranged marriage. She was very young when she married him. But she has grown to love him, he is her family now and he is a good husband and sends money home to his parents and hers. But Rama does wonder what it would be like to be with other men.”

          Meanwhile, expect to see more of Rama in the coming weeks as she plots her husband revenge on his former employer Clint Buchanan and holds information that could take down Clint’s son Joey’s gold digging fiancé Aubrey Wentworth.

          For more with the Bollywood starlet, check out the February 15 edition of SOW.


          • One Life to Live
          • Soap Opera Weekly
          • Joey
          • Clint Buchanan
          • Aubrey Wentworth
          • Nick Choksi
          • Vimal
          • Shenaz Treasuryvala
          • Rama Patal
          • Bollywood

            ( — NBC’s “Days of our Lives” wants you to add a little bit of Salem to the life of the person you love (or yourself) by picking up a copy of its book “Days of our Lives Forty Five Years: A Celebration in Photos.”

            “This hard cover, full color, coffee table book will escort readers on a journey through the production day – from the first cup of coffee in the morning until the director says ‘it’s a wrap!’”

            To purchase your copy, head on over to

            Walker Talks About Her ‘OLTL’ Return

            Walker Talks About Her 'OLTL' Return

            (SoapOperaNetwork) — As previously reported, Tonja Walker announced earlier this month via her Facebook page that she had been asked to return to “One Life to Live” and reprise the role of con artist Alex Olanov.  Now the she has taken to the social networking site again to reveal just how long her latest stint will last and to request a favor from fans.

            According to Walker, who is set to begin taping her scenes around mid-February, she has been been asked to shoot a couple of episodes to date.  She is also encouraging her fans to leave comments on the official “One Life to Live” Facebook page expressing their desire to see more of Alex, stating “Yes I will be commuting…No problem. I would appreciate if you all get a chance to put something upon the ‘One Life to Live’ Page here, just that you are happy about and hope they keep it up. So far it is for 2 shows. I am very grateful but would really like 4 or 6 per month! That would be awesome! But what ever God says goes!”

            Alex was last seen in January of 2009, when Dorian (Robin Strasser) arrived at the late Asa Buchanan’s private island St. Blaze’s (unaware it now belonged to Alex), to escape charges that she drugged Viki’s (Erika Slezak) husband Charlie (Brian Kerwin).  While there Dorian ran into Alex, who informed her that David (Tuc Watkins) was really a Buchanan.  Could her sudden reappearance have something to do with David, who has been let to rot in a Moroccan prison by his Uncle Clint, or could she be related to Aubrey (Terri Conn), whom Walker commented about on her Facebook page saying “This Aubrey looks a little like me. hmmmm. She looks like me. Daughter?”  It’s early to tell, but either way, with Alex around, trouble can’t be far behind.  A first airdate has not been announced.

            • One Life to Live
            • Facebook
            • Tonja Walker
            • Brian Kerwin
            • Erika Slezak
            • Viki
            • Tuc Watkins
            • Charlie
            • David Vickers
            • Robin Strasser
            • Aubrey
            • Asa Buchanan
            • Terri Conn
            • Alex Olanov

              ABC Now Selling 'Hot Guys of ABC Daytime' Merchandise

              ( — Just in time for Valentine's day, ABC today announced that it has begun selling merchandise on its website showcasing the "hot guys" of its daytime soaps including Jordi Vilasuso and Trent Garrett at "All My Children," Chad Duell and Brandon Barash at "General Hospital" and John-Paul Lavoisier, David Fumero, Nic Robuck and David Gregory at "One Life to Live." Items vary from posters, postcards, greeting cards, magnets, stickers, gym bags, tote bags, coffee mugs, mouse pads, t-shirts, tank tops and yes ladies (and gentleman), even aprons.

              You can purchase the items exclusively at each shows store page located at (links below).

              All My Children | General Hospital | One Life to Live

              • All My Children
              • One Life to Live
              • General Hospital
              • Brandon Barash
              • Chad Duell
              • David Fumero
              • Nic Robuck
              • Jordi Vilasuso
              • Trent Garrett
              • JohnPaul Lavoisier

                Oprah Winfrey Dedicates Upcoming Episode to Daytime Soaps

                (SoapOperaNetwork) — "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is looking for fans of "All My Children," "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Days of our Lives," "General Hospital," "One Life to Live" and "The Young and the Restless" to appear on an upcoming episode devoted to the soap opera genre. The show is also looking for those that were followers of the gone but not forgotten soaps including the more recently canceled "As The World Turns," "Guiding Light," "Passions" and "Port Charles."

                This will be your last chance to see Oprah Winfrey cover the soap genre before her show exits the tv landscape in September.

                Full Press Release

                Are you a devoted soap opera viewer? Do you plan your day around watching soap operas? Do you record the soaps while you are at work and rush home to see what your favorite characters did that day? Do your favorite stars feel like members of the family? Do you live vicariously through their triumphs and struggles? Do you remember where you were when Luke and Laura got married or when Erika Kane walked down the aisle for the tenth time? Who are your favorite characters? Which couples did you desperately want to see together again? Which storylines made you laugh, cry or changed your life? Which soap that is no longer on the air do you miss the most? If you are a fan of the soaps and are willing to share your love of daytime dramas on The Oprah Winfrey Show, we want to hear from you!

                To apply to appear on the show, go to

                • The Bold and the Beautiful
                • All My Children
                • One Life to Live
                • The Young and the Restless
                • Days of our Lives
                • General Hospital
                • As The World Turns
                • Port Charles
                • Passions
                • Guiding Light
                • Oprah Winfrey
                • The Oprah Winfrey Show

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