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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( — By day Ilene Kristen plays Llanview's lovable eccentric, alcoholic hair dresser Roxy Balsom. And by night she returns to her theater roots — this time in the off-Broadway production of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding."

Beginning Thursday, February 3, and running for a limited engagement through Saturday, March 12, Kristen will play the role of Aunt Toniann (which is currently portrayed by Carla Marie Mercun) in the production at St. Luke's Theatre in New York City.

"My Big Gay Italian Wedding" focuses on the lives of two gay men as they plan their wedding with their family and friends. A press release offers the following description of the play: "Planning a wedding can be hell… or a hell of a lot of fun! Two handsome grooms, one overbearing Italian mother, a jealous ex-boyfriend, the wedding planner from Hell, and an assortment of kooky family and friends all gather together for Off-Broadway's newest laugh-out-loud comedy with a heart."

The production is directed by "One Life to Live" Associate Director Teresa A. Cicala, and stars an all-star cast including: Anthony J. Wilkinson, Gregg Baker, Eric Carpenter, Brett Douglas, Liz Gerecitano, Leah Gerstel, Randi Kaplan, Chad Kessler, Carla-marie Mercun, Marissa Perry, Meagan Robar, Joe Scanio, Adam Shorsten, Billy Yoder and Adam Zelasko.

Kristen has an extensive theater background, which includes "Henry, Sweet Henry," "Grease," and "Mayor." In addition to her recurring role on "One Life to Live" (which she joined in 2001), she also played Delia Reid on "Ryan's Hope" (1975–1979, 1982–1983, 1986–1989), had minor roles on "Loving" and "Another World," and has appeared in films such as "Preacherman," "Tinseltown," "Signs of the Cross," and "Lady in Red." And her primetime credits include "The Sopranos," "Law & Order," and "Third Watch." She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her work on "OLTL" in 2004 and 2005.


"One Life to Live" airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — She may not have been the first actress to step into the character of Victoria Lord on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” but on March 17 Erika Slezak will mark four decades in the role of the daytime drama’s sole remaining original character. And, with the milestone anniversary less than two months away, fans have the opportunity to send the actress their congratulations and share their favorite Viki moments from the past forty years.

On March 17, 1971, Slezak became the third actress to portray Viki, who over the years as become the matriarch of Llanview. Gillian Spencer, who would later achieve fame as Daisy Cortlandt on sister soap “All My Children,” originated the role of Viki when “One Life to Live” premiered on July 15, 1968, and was replaced by Joanne Dorian when she left the show in 1970. And a few other actresses have briefly filled in as Viki over the years in flashbacks and while Slezak was on maternity leave for for a time in the 1980s. But it is Slezak, a six-time Daytime Emmy winner, who has become synonymous with Viki, and vice versa.

Now, on the eve of her 40th anniversary with “One Life to Live,” fans can visit the actress’ official website, click on the link at the bottom of the page, and leave their warm wishes and congratulatory remarks in the guest book section.

And so, on behalf of the staff and management of Soap Opera Network, we congratulate Ms. Slezak on 40th anniversary with “OLTL,” thank her for all the wonderful memories and for sharing her “Life” with us for the past four decades. Again, congratulations and may you have many more years in Llanview.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — Cast members from the long-running ABC soap record a new Valentine’s Day album for iTunes.

While details on the new album are scarce, David A. Gregory (Ford) announced on January 18 on his Facebook page that he had “recorded a song for ‘OLTL’s’ Valentine’s Day Album with Ms. Underwood (soon to be on iTunes!) Good times. Its not a musical but the album is called ‘The Sound of a Kiss’ released next month…”

Gregory’s recently fired co-star Brittany Underwood (Langston) confirmed the news only days before her ouster from the show on her Twitter page, stating that “yes me and David recorded a duet for ‘OLTL’s’ Valentine’s Day album it is such a beautiful original song, gonna be avail on iTunes!”

It is not known how many other members of the “One Life to Live” cast will be taking part in the project, however, it is not the first time that the folks from Llanview have lent their voices to an album. In 2006, “One Life” cast mates put together a CD entitled “One Life, Many Voices” to raise money for Hurricane Katrina clean-up efforts. Later that same year, the cast joined with their “All My Children” and “General Hospital” co-stars on the Christmas album “ABC Daytime Presents A Holiday Affair.” And in 2007, the soundtrack to the “OLTL’s” infamous “Prom Night: The Musical” three-episode special event was released, followed by the sequel “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” in 2010.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 4:30 PM ET by Angela Rosa

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( – SOAPnet celebrates Valentine’s Day by revisiting old vows from ABC Daytime.

ABC Daytime has taken to heart the most romantic day of the year with their Valentine Day’s weekend. On Sunday, February 13, in a block entitled the “Valentine Vows Marathon”, SOAPnet will air repeats of “All My Children”, “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” from 3PM to 7PM ET. In addition to that, ABC will air a classic wedding episode from each soap – Jack and Erica for “AMC”, original-Todd and Blair for “OLTL” and Patrick and Robin for “GH” – in the place of first run episodes on the ABC Network on Friday, February 11. Right before and closely following Valentine’s Day, “AMC”, “OLTL” and “GH” will air major first-run wedding related arcs on each soap.

The following is a list of the four “AMC”, “OLTL” and “GH” episodes that will air on the SOAPnet “Valentine Vows Marathon:

3PM to 4PM ET: (Encore Presentation of May 21, 2008 “AMC” Episode) Jesse and Angie bewcome man and wife again in front of family and friends. Special musical guest Ne-Yo performs.

4PM to 5PM ET: (Encore Presentation of May 23, 2008 “AMC” Episode) Jesse will stop at nothing to save his bride when she is abducted during their wedding reception.

5PM to 6PM ET: (Encore Presentation of November 13, 2003 “OLTL” Episode) “Walker” and Blair prepare to exchange vows. Will Viki and Kevin’s revelation about the grooms true identity (Todd Manning) stop the wedding?

6PM to 7PM ET: (Encore Presentation of February 16, 1999 “GH” Episode) Lucky takes Elizabeth on a romantic date to a church on Valentine’s Day. The pair exchange vows about their feelings and future.

“All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings for airtime. “AMC,” “OLTL” and “GH” also airs anytime on

Wendy Williams Extends Her ‘Life’

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 12:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — “How you doin’ Llanview?” The energetic talk show host got quite a surprise during the January 24 episode of her self-titled talk show, when she found that that “One Life to Live” wanted her to tape additional scenes on the long-running ABC Daytime soap.

The added scenes will extend Williams’ guest stint on “OLTL” from two episodes to five. While it is unclear when she will head back to the studio, her original scenes were taped on January 12 and are set to air on Wednesday, March 2 and Monday, March 28.

The development came as a shock to Williams, who learned of the news during a live broadcast of her talk show on Monday, when a crew member held up a cue card stating simply that “‘One Life to Live’ just called – wants you to do three more shows!”

As SON first told you two weeks ago, Williams (who has hosted a self-titled BET/syndicated talk show since 2008) will play as Phyllis Rose, emcee of “Access Llanview,” “One Life’s” show-within-a-show. Watch for the character to tackle the dysfunctional Buchanan clan in a special episode of the fictional talk show entitled “The Buchanans, A Family Under Siege.”

To a view a clip, and read a humorous commentary on the video on E!’s “The Soup Blog,” click here.

In other news…

“One Life to Live” has released a new casting call for the role of “Zoe.” The scene opens with Zoe mocking “Reed” for finally showing up. Reed reminds her that he is not her friend, and that his full name is Reed Kelly. Zoe compliments his name and tells Reed that he shouldn’t be nervous because she won’t bite him. A little confused, Zoe asks if they are shooting a porno film. Zoe responds that Reed is a little slow in the head, but that it’s okay, since that’s not what he was hired for anyway. Realizing what is going on, Reed tries to back out. Zoe asks if they take things from the top, because it throws off her concentration and motivation when they shoot out of order. Getting upset, Reed says that he can’t do this and has to leave. On the defensive, Zoe asks him what his problem is, to which he reaffirms that he must go. Zoe tries to reassure him by saying all he has to do is say his lines and then she’ll take it from there. The scene ends with Reed insisting that he wants no part of this, and that they need to find some other guy for the job. Click here for more information.

And here is a little more information on the audition script for the recurring role of “Repo,” which “OLTL” released last month. The soap is looking for a Caucasian male in his 40s who is an expert in stage combat, for the role which is described as a “wiry, dangerous, and extremely threatening bartender of a seedy bar.”

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 5:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — February brings an altered state of reality for one Llanview resident who can never seem to handle her screwed up life.

Jessica (Bree Williamson) and Natalie (Melissa Archer) may be headed for the altar in the coming weeks but, in typical soap opera fashion, don’t look the nuptials to go off without a hitch. Fans can expect lots of drama, suspense, and heartache.

However, while most of those involved are able to cope with turn of events in a somewhat more reasonable manner, the same can’t be said for Jessica. That’s right…everyone’s least favorite alternate personality Tess regains control of Jessica’s fragile mental state beginning on Valentine’s Day.

But just what will Tess do with her newfound freedom, and could Bess (Jessica’s other personality) also make a return appearance? That remains to be seen, but watch out if either Jess or Tess ever reach for a pair of glasses again…

In other casting news…

Wesley Taylor‘s “Creeper” character now has a name, and it is one some fans might recognize. The Broadway star, who taped scenes earlier this month, will be playing the bit part of Barton, who strikes out while hitting on a girl. A summary of the casting call, which was released last month, can be read here. An airdate has not been announced.  Taylor is good match with the description of the person the show was looking to cast in the dayplayer role, which was a Caucasian male in his early 20s, that was “overly confident, cocky, smarmy, and thinks he’s ‘hot,’ but is really a nerd.” 

Pete Braust (Peter Straub) offers John (Michael Eaton) some advice concerning the women in his life on Monday, February 7.

Baby Hope Thornhart (Madeline, Molly, and Tess Sullivan) will be seen again on Tuesday, Feburary 8 when Starr (Kristen Alderson) takes her to Statesville for a (off-screen) visit with her daddy, Cole.

Expect to see more of Matthew Conlon in the coming days as Paris gallery owner M. Claude Calmar, in scenes with tortured artist Tomas (Ted King), before the latter decides to take a trip to Llanview. Calmar made his “OLTL” debut on Friday, January 21, in scenes with Cristian (David Fumero) and Blair (Kassie DePaiva).

Harold Plaut returns as Clint’s (Jerry verDorn) thug Mr. Black on Tuesday, February 1. Look for Clint to give him and his other thug Mr. Blue (actor unknown) some further instructions. The goons were last seen in October when Clint ordered them to beat up on Ford (David A. Gregory).

And other dayplayer character appearing in the coming weeks will be Reverend Dennis, who will officiate the christening of Jessica’s and Natalie’s babies.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

ABC to Preview Soaps Online

Monday, January 24, 2011 at 4:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — With February sweeps just around the corner, ABC promises to give soap fans a special glimpse into upcoming episodes.

According to a press release, “Viewers of ABC’s three daytime dramas ‘All My Children,’ ‘One Life to Live,’ and ‘General Hospital’ will get their first-ever opportunity to watch a sneak peek clip of their shows on the award-winning website each weeknight starting at 7:00 p.m., ET before it airs on the network.”

The online sneak peeks, which will preview the following day’s episodes of “AMC,” “OLTL,” and “GH,” are scheduled to begin on Monday, February 7, and run “throughout the month of February for four consecutive weeks.”

“All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

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( – “All My Children” loses one if its most popular stars.

UPDATE: On January 25, Egan once again took to her message board and Facebook to personally contradict reports that she ceased taping on January 11. She reports that her last air-date is March 21.

Late on Thursday evening, Melissa Claire Egan announced on her Official Message Board and on her Facebook page that she has made the decision to leave “All My Children” after four and a half years of playing Annie Novak McDermott Lavery Chandler Chandler. When contacted, a spokesperson for “AMC” confirmed the disappointing news.

The Emmy nominated actress debuted on “AMC” in July 2006 as good-girl Annie. In 2008, it was widely rumored that the character was slated to be killed off after a homicidal run right before former head writer Charles Pratt Jr. took over the reigns. The controversial writer turned Annie into an entertaining albeit still homicidal nut-job and a big fan favorite. Annie’s dysfunctional pairing with JR Chandler (Jacob Young) is currently one of the soaps most popular pairings.

A source close to the actress inisists that reports that the actress ceased taping on January 11 are inaccurate and she is still taping as of today. “AMC” appears to concur with that source telling Soap Opera Network that a last air-date is not yet available for the actress.

Look for a mentally unstable Annie to cause more than her fair share of trouble in Pine Valley before exiting. There was no comment on the inquiry of a possible recast for the character.

Click on one of the links highlighted above to read Egan’s entire statement. Although she’ll miss her “AMC” family a lot, the 29-year old actress appears to be very excited and optimistic about her future.

Egan joins Shannon Kane and Finn Wittrock on the growing list of actors which “AMC” has let out of their contracts this year. Speculation is that the firings and early departures raining down on ABC Daytime are due to the last several months of lower than usual demographic ratings which translates to less money available to spend on talent and production.


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    ‘One Life’ Actress Fired

    Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde) has been released from her contract by “One Life to Live.”

    ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that Underwood, who has been a part of the “OLTL” cast since 2006, is leaving because her departure is “storyline dictated,” according to an ABC spokesperson.

    No word on a final airdate for the actress, however, she tweeted earlier this week that she had just filmed scenes for “One Life’s” Valentine’s Day episode.  It also remains unclear how her exit will affect Langston’s on-screen love interest Robert Ford (David A. Gregory). 

    SON will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they develop.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 6:28 PM ET by Xavier Toups

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    ( – Soap Opera Network can confirm that Barbara Bloom, CBS Sr. VP of Daytime Programming, was fired by the network. The rumour was first reported by Daytime Confidential.

    Bloom has been involved with daytime television for almost 20 years. In 1992, she joined ABC Daytime as Director of Advertising. A year later, she became a Program Executive at “One Life to Live” and in 1996 she moved up to ABC’s West Coast Daytime Programming.

    In 2000, she became Co-Head Writer of “Port Charles,” though her tenure didn’t last long when Barbara Esensten and James Harmon Brown took over head writing duties. Bloom continued writing for the show until she jumped networks in 2003 replacing Lucy Johnson as head of CBS Daytime.

    Under her watch, two of daytime’s longest running soap operas were canceled: “Guiding Light” went off the air on September 18, 2009 and “As The World Turns” ended on September 17, 2010.


    CBS Press Release:

    Barbara Bloom, Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment, will leave the Network when her contract expires at the end of the month.

    “I’ve had the great fortune to work with an extraordinary group of executives, producers and talent who make CBS #1 in daytime,” said Bloom.  “With CBS Daytime teed up for success and stability for many years ahead, the timing feels right for me to make a change now and seek something different. The dramas have multi-year renewals, ‘The Price is Right’ has great momentum with Drew, ‘Let’s Make Deal’ with Wayne Brady is firmly established and ‘The Talk’ is a growing franchise.  I’ve been a writer, a producer and a programming executive, and now I’m excited to see what the next chapter has to offer.”

    “Barbara artfully led CBS through several key transitions in her eight years here,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  “She helped usher in a new era on ‘The Price is Right’ with Drew Carey and guided delicate programming changes from two daytime dramas to successful game and talk shows while maintaining CBS’s leadership position in the daypart.  All of these efforts have positioned CBS very well for the future.  Daytime is successful, profitable, refreshed creatively and has more variety of programming for our audience.  We wish Barbara tremendous success wherever her talents take her.”






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