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


Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 3:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

( – “All My Children” and “Hot in Cleveland” stars will cross this February.

“All My Children” legends Susan Lucci, Michael E. Knight and Darnell Williams will guest-star on TV Land’s original hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” which stars sitcom veterans Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and icon Betty White. The actors will air in a two-part arc of the series – scheduled to air on February 16 and 23 – involving Malick’s washed up soap star character, Victoria Chase. Malick, best known for her role on the former NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me,” will return the favor and appear on “AMC” on Thursday, February 24. In the episode, Victoria’s “AMC” alter-ego Gertie will find herself facing the wrath of [Victoria's] long-time industry nemesis daytime queen Susan Lucci’s alter-ego Erica Kane.

ABC Daytime President Brian Frons and TV Land President Larry W. Jones are both thrilled about the cross-over that will allow the storyline established on “Hot in Cleveland” with Victoria to continue on “AMC” with Gertie. In the official press release for the event, Frons calls the cross-over a “unique opportunity to raise awareness of both shows [that share similar demos].” Jones is excited over the opportunity to “bring to life this classic TV form when television worlds collide.”

“AMC” celebrated it’s 41st Anniversary this past January 5. “Hot in Cleveland” is entering its second season.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on “Hot in Cleveland” airs on TV Land’s Wednesday night line-up. Check local listings for airtimes.

‘One Life’ Recasts Teen Role

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 2:12 PM ET by Scotty Gore

Photo: CP Talent

( — “One Life to Live” finds its new Jack Manning only weeks after it ditched the previous one. 

Just before Christmas, Carmen LoPorto, who has played the oldest son of Blair Cramer and reformed rapist Todd Manning since 2007, posted on his Facebook page that “I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank you for all your support over the past 3-1/2 years as Jack. I got a call this week that they SORAS’ed Jack and I am no longer a member of the Manning Family. It’s been fun and an experience that I will never forget. Thank You All Again. Here’s to bigger and better things to come in 2011. XO”

Now, less than a month later, it has been revealed that daytime newcomer Andrew Trischitta has taken over the recurring role. Trischitta began filming scenes yesterday, and his scenes are expected to begin airing sometime in February or March; it is speculated that January 3rd was LoPorto’s final airdate in the role, however that has yet to be confirmed.  Look for Jack to become slightly aged, considering that the older-looking Trischitta is fifteen, while LoPorto just turned fourteen yesterday. 

Jack becomes the second of Todd Manning’s children to be recently recast.  Just last month “OLTL” replaced twins Jacob and Luke Clodfelter with Patrick Gibbons, Jr. in the role of Jack’s younger brother Sam. 

For a sneak peek at the new Jack Manning, click here to watch Trischitta in a recent commercial for “Ring Pops.” 

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

Monday, December 20, 2010 at 3:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

Photo: CBS

( – “All My Children” keeps things busy during the last two weeks of 2010.

Brittany Allen last airs as Marissa Tasker on Tuesday, December 21. The “All My Children” role originated by Allen in April 2009 has been recast. Allen is reportedly dating Finn Wittrock who exits the role of “AMC’s” Damon Miller early next year. Miller and “AMC” agreed to part ways earlier this month, coinciding with the actor completing one year of his contract.

Sarah Glendening takes over the role of David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) and Krystal Carey’s (Bobbie Eakes) daughter on Monday, December 27. Prior to landing this role, Glendening was best known for her work as Lucy Montgomery on the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns.”

Nearly a week after rumblings about a new opening first hit the internet, “AMC” Executive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers confirmed the news to the TV Guide website and gave them the exclusive first look at their new opening. On Wednesday, December 22, “AMC” will debut its brand new opening for the first time on network television. Gone is the emphasis on the album and photographs and in its place is a scenic tour of Pine Valley and its citizens.

Daniel Cosgrove reclaims the role of Scott Chandler on Monday, December 27. The Emmy nominated actor who has spent the better part of the last decade on CBS soap operas started his daytime career on “AMC” in this role of Scott. Cosgrove previously played the role from from 1996 to 1998. Last we saw Stuart Chandler’s son he was being carted off to prison in the form of actor Adam Mayfield on October 15.

Michael McCarthy debuts as Father Clarence on Monday, December 27. Since his debut in 2003, the angel has brought about almost as much death and horror – just ask little Kathy Martin – as enlightenment and good and will air in at least two episodes this holiday season. Among the Father’s flock this year are one of his regulars Kendall Hart Slater (Alicia Minshew) and the widow’s mother Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). Malachy McCourt, who originated the role, couldn’t return to the role this year due to a personal emergency.

As previously reported, “AMC” will not air new episodes of the soap on Thursday, December 23, Friday, December 24, Thursday, December 30 and Friday, December 31. Instead, look for recent episodes surrounding David Hayward’s return from the dead and latest near death experience to air on those days. These are scheduled annual pre-emptions, fans will not be missing any new episodes of “AMC” on these days.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

‘OLTL’ January Casting Notes

Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

( — New and familiar faces help welcome in the new year on “One Life to Live.”

Josh Kelly, who was originally tapped to play the role of Joey (which ultimately went to Tom Degnan), debuts as Cutter on Wednesday, December 29,when he gives one lucky Llanview lady a midnight kiss on New Year’s Eve.

Tuc Watkins returns as David Vickers for what seems like the millionth time beginning Tuesday, January 4, when he resorts to drastic measures to get out of his Moroccan jail cell.  Furthermore, look for him to receive some more bad news from his Uncle Clint (Jerry verDorn).

Frankie Faison is back as Richard Evans on Monday, December 27, when Darren (J.J. Singleton) arranges a surprise meeting between he and Destiny (Shenell Edmonds). 

Could viewers soon be seeing more of Clint’s right hand man Vimal (Nick Choksi) in the new year?  It appears that way, since Shenaz Treasuryvala has been cast in the recurring role of his wife Rama.  The Indian actress wrote on her Facebook page that Friday, December 10 was “My first day of shoot on the soap for ABC. I had 65 pages of lines, the indian school-book mugging came handy, finally! These guys go fast, one take only, they pack it all in. Was so surreal, there I was, tiny lil bandra girl amongst all these gorgeous blonde barbie and ken people fighting about genetic labs, manipulative girlfriends and cheating husbands. Quite hilarious actually. But fun! So much fun.” Her scenes are expected to begin airing sometime in January.

Author Peter Straub has tweeted some more information concerning his upcoming return to “OLTL” as John McBain’s (Michael Easton) voice of reason Pete Braust, writing that “At last, I believe I’m beginning to make sense of my lines. This is pretty interesting. Pete Braust carries the scenes! Yes, I am a shameless fan and lover of everything that happens in Llanview, PA. I won’t know the air date for a while, but when I do, I’ll tweet it.”

Patrick Allen Cole will be returning as Jeff, the manager at Rodi’s, in the near future. 

Robert King shot scenes as another dayplayer character in mid-November. 

And “One Life to Live” released casting calls recently for the roles of “Kris,” “Jillian,” “Beth,” and “Brad.”  SON will have more information on each of these as it becomes available.

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

‘OLTL’ Makes News with Minor Role

Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 2:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

Photo: ABC

( — “ABC World News Now” and “America This Morning” co-anchor Vinita Nair is set to make her “One Life” debut as the doctor on call when a Llanview resident is rushed to the hospital after going into labor.

It appears that, despite Marty’s threats of outing Natalie’s baby secret, there is still some good in her as she tends to her nemesis when she begins having contractions, and ensures that she makes to the ER in time to give birth.

Meanwhile, John remains in the dark as he stands vigil at his fiancé’s bedside as the news reporter, playing the Under 5 role of Dr. Nair (no less), gives her some words of reassurance regarding her condition.

This is the first acting role for the Texas native, who worked as a reporter for television stations in Illnois, Nebraska, and Colorado before joining ABC News in December 2007.

Look for her scenes to air on Tuesday, January 11. For a behind-the-scenes look at Nair’s day on the set, along with interviews with Erika Slezak, Michael Easton, “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, and Head Writer Ron Carlivati, check out the clip below:

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

  • Michael Easton
  • One Life to Live
  • OLTL
  • Frank Valentini
  • Erika Slezak
  • Ron Carlivati
  • Llanview
  • Natalie
  • John
  • One Life
  • Marty
  • ABC World News Now
  • Amercia This Morning
  • Vinita Nair
  • Under 5
  • Dr. Nair
  • Texas
  • Nebraska
  • Colorado
  • ABC News

    Friday, December 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

    ( — National Public Radio takes viewers behind-the-scenes of “One Life to Live,” and conducts an exclusive interview with show creator Agnes Nixon.

    That’s right, it finally appears that the world, including Nixon herself, has finally remembered that “All My Children” is not her only remaining creation still airing weekdays on ABC. On Monday, December 20, NPR reporter Linda Wertheimer sets down with the legendary soap scribe during the “Long View” portion of the radio network’s “Morning Edition” news program.

    Afterward, Wertheimer will take viewers on a special backstage tour of the “One Life to Live” set. The segment will air at 6:50 am ET, and will be re-broadcast later that same day at 8:50 and 10:50 am ET.

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

    Author Peter Straub Returns to Llanview

    Monday, December 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: Ellen Datlow

    ( — John McBain is about to receive some advice from an old friend just when he may need it the most.  Horror fiction writer Peter Straub has announced that he is reprising his “One Life” role of Pete Braust, the blind, former police partner of Lt. McBain’s late father.

    Straub, who had appeared on “One Life to Live” from time to time since 2006, announced on his Twitter page Monday that “Now all I do is walk around spouting the lines from my 8 new scenes in OLTL. Pete Braust slides back into view, advising Lt. McBain.”

    Best known for such books as “If You Could See Me Now,” “Ghost Story,” “Koko,” “Mystery,” and “The Hellfire Club,” Straub has won several literary honors including The Bram Stoker, World Fantasy, and International Horror Guild Awards. 

    An airdate for his lastest scenes has not been announced.

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

    ‘AMC’s’ Morgan Takes a Break

    Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

    Photo: Steve Fenn/ABC

    ( – Personal issues bench one of “All My Children’s” biggest stars.

    Debbie Morgan is currently in the middle of an unplanned leave from the ABC soap that put her on the map, “All My Children.” When inquired about the situation, a spokesperson for the soap that Morgan rejoined in January 2008 tells Soap Opera Network that the actress is “taking a brief hiatus to attend to a personal family matter.”

    Fans may have noticed that many of the spoiled scenes for Dr. Angela Hubbard – Morgan’s alter-ego - have not aired going as far back as the week of November 15 (which was taped in early October). Though the actress did briefly appear in two episodes since then, do not expect to see Dr. Hubbard appear in too many more spoiled or unspoiled scenes for the time being. At this time, “AMC” does not have a set tape-or-air-date for Morgan’s return.

    SON will keep you updated on this developing story.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

    New Opening For ‘AMC’?

    Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

    Photo: ABC

    ( – “All My Children’s” opening set for some changes in the coming weeks.

    Are you tired of seeing long-time brunette Melissa Claire Egan as a blond in the “All My Children” opening? Does it give you a sense of false hope to see all the actors lost to the ABC soap in the past year still hanging around in the credits? Is your favorite new “AMC” character still not in the opening? There may be hope!

    Last week, “AMC” actress Christina Lind (Bianca) went on Twitter to announce that the show was finally making changes to the opening including finally putting the actress who joined the soap in June in it. The actress alluded to the opening taking a whole new look when inquired further on the topic, “they kept the song…but the visual will be different.”

    There has since been conflicting reports on the exact nature of the changes to the opening, when Soap Opera Network asked an “AMC” spokesperson about a potential debut date and the prospect of an updated opening versus a brand new opening we got a resounding “nothing to report at this time.” Take that how you will.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

    Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

    Photo: Robert Milazzo/ABC

    ( –

    The Martin’s lose a son in the new year. Finn Wittrock and “All My Children” set to part ways.

    Early last week, Soaps In Depth broke the news that Finn Wittrock is out as Tad Martin’s (Michael E. Knight) surprise son, Damon Miller.

    Although, SID alluded to the actor being let go, a spokesperson for the show reports that the actor “reached the end of his contract and decided that he didn’t want to renew it.” Wittrock debuted on “All My Children” in October 2008.

    The Julliard graduate is reportedly dating Brittany Allen, who was let go as “AMC’s” Marissa Tasker earlier this fall (Allen last airs on Monday, December 20). Wittrock is currently starring in a production of “The Laramie Project” with The Mechanicals Theatre Group. The young actor, who is reportedly in good spirits, told SID that he’ll continue taping at “AMC” for a few more weeks. Damon’s exit will tie in to the growing connection between Damon and his boss and girlfriend’s mother, Liza Colby (Jamie Luner), escalating.

    Look for Damon to continue to air through January 2011.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

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