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


Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 10:11 PM ET by Scotty Gore

Photo: Erik Kabik

( — In what may be the biggest ABC Daytime move since “General Hospital” lured film star James Franco to Port Charles, E! Online is reporting that famous socialite Kourtney Kardashian will soon be making her acting debut on “One Life to Live.”

Kardashian is best known for her role in the E! reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and its spin-off “Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami.” Although it is unclear exactly what character she will play, the eldest of the Kardashian siblings informed E! that she will not be playing herself.

The heiress went on to say that “I grew up watching ‘One Life to Live.’ I hear I get into some trouble and I am looking forward to it. This may be my acting debut but the Kardashians know a thing or two about drama.”

Look for Kardashian to interact with some familiar faces in Llanview, including Cristian Vega (David Fumero) and Blair Cramer (Kassie DePaiva), who has posted on her Twitter page that “I think this will be great for ‘OLTL.’ I’m looking forward to tomorrow.  I’ll let you know how it goes.” 

She will tape her scenes tomorrow (November 11th), which are scheduled to air in an episode sometime in March.  Expect her character to make a “very dramatic entrance alongside Cristian.”

In addition, E! reports that their cameras will be on set taping all the action for a future episode of their latest spin-off  “Kourtney and Khloé Take New York.”

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

  • One Life to Live
  • OLTL
  • General Hospital
  • James Franco
  • Kassie DePaiva
  • David Fumero
  • Cristian Vega
  • Cristian
  • E!
  • E! Online
  • Kourtney Kardashian
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami
  • Kourtney and Khloé Take New York
  • Blair Cramer

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 6:07 PM ET by Errol Lewis

    Aiden Turner

    Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

    ( – Two months after it was announced that Andy Whitfield was unable to return to work on a new season of "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" after he learned that his cancer had returned, is reporting that Starz Entertainment has narrowed their search for a replacement down to three actors – one of whom includes "All My Children" alum Aiden Turner. Turner, best known for his role as Aidan Devane on ABC's "All My Children" joins actors Stephen Amell and Liam McIntyre who are all vying for the title role in the hit Starz series, which averaged 980,000 viewers through out the course of its 13 episode first season earlier this year. 

    According to Deadline, the actors will be flown to New Zealand for screen tests and to meet with the show's cast and crew. A final decision is expected as early as this week on who will take over the role.

    Turner became a household name in March of this year when he joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the shows tenth season. He performed alongside Edyta Sliwinska. The duo were eliminated during the shows third week. The actor starred on "All My Children" from June 2002 through December 2009. 

    Stephen Amell portrayed the role of Adam in the first season of the here! series "Dante's Cove." He was replaced in season two with actor Jon Fleming. McIntyre most recently appeared on the HBO series "The Pacific" and is best known for his role in the hit Australian series "Neighbours."

    "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" will return to the airwaves with its second season in September 2011. "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," a prequel to "Blood and Sand" debuts in January 2011.

    • All My Children
    • ABC
    • Aiden Turner
    • Andy Whitfield
    • Stephen Amell
    • Liam McIntyre
    • Edyta Sliwinska
    • Jon Fleming
    • Spartacus: Blood and Sand
    • Spartacus: Gods of the Arena
    • Dante’s Cove
    • The Pacific
    • Starz
    • Here!

      Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 3:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

      Photo: Dpnna Svennevik/ABC

      ( — The former “One Life to Live” starlet lands recurring roles on two primetime series.

      Sumpter, who recently went to recurring status with “OLTL” when her contract expired in July, has joined the cast of The CW’s “Gossip Girl” and the recently resurrected BET series “The Game.”

      On “Gossip Girl,” the actress will play a newcomer named Raina, who is said to be “smart and savvy.” Look for her to first air early next year. As for “The Game,” the name of her character is unknown, however she recently visited Atlanta to tape her first scenes for the show, which are also expected to air sometime in early 2011.

      Sumpter debuted on “OLTL” as Layla Williamson in 2005. Although her chose not to renew her contract, which expired July 30th, she agreed to remain on recurring status with the soap, taping scenes when needed. She was last seen on “One Life” in September, but will appear again the week of November 8th.

      Now in its fourth season, “Gossip Girl” premiered on The CW in September of 2007. The Kelsey Grammer produced series “The Game” aired on The CW from 2006-2009. Earlier this fall, the series was picked up by BET, which will begin airing new episodes of the show beginning January 11th, 2011.

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

      • One Life to Live
      • OLTL
      • Gossip Girl
      • The CW
      • Tika Sumpter
      • Layla Williamson
      • One Life
      • The Game
      • Kelsey Grammer
      • BET

        Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 2:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

        Photo: ABC

        ( — ABC announces the date when “One Life to Live” fans can expect to begin seeing episodes of the soap broadcast in 16×9 standard-definition widescreen format.

        In an update to a story we first brought you in September, the Alphabet network is planning to take the inital stages of upgrading the only regularly scheduled program on their daytime line to high-definition by year’s end.  That will come in the form of tapiing and broadcasting episodes of “OLTL” in widescreen format, meaning that the images will fill up the entire screen instead of having black bars are either side.  It will also mean improved picture quality (similar to that of a DVD), although not as crisp as high-definition. 

        “One Life to Live” began taping episodes in the new 16×9 format on Friday, October 26th, which will begin airing on Monday, December 6th.

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

        Veteran Actress Re-Ups with ‘OLTL’

        Friday, November 5, 2010 at 10:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

        Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

        ( — Four years after contract negotiations between Hillary B. Smtih and “One Life to Live” nearly resulted in her departure from the show, the actress and the ABC sudser discreetly come to terms on a new deal to keep her in Llanview.

        In early 2006, ABC shocked both fans and Smith herself when they offered her a new one-year contract just when it all soap seemed lost for the long-time vet and her comatose character Nora Buchanan. Later that same year, she was offered a four-year contract extension.

        This time around, however, talks between Smith (who joined “OLTL” in 1992) and the network went much more smoothly. Although the specifics of the new contract have not been revealed, Smith’s fan club president states that it is a two-year deal.

        In other news…

        In case you missed it, that was former WQFM Radio (Nanticoke, Pennsylvania) morning DJ Chris Barnes playing a “criminal” recently in a few episodes of “OLTL.” Barnes also starred as Marv the cue card guy on the 2002-2004 ABC comedy series “Life with Bonnie.” He has also appeared on “According to Jim,” “Law & Order,” “Seinfield,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Who’s the Boss?,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

        “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

        Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 10:15 PM ET by Angela Rosa

        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        ( – “All My Children” star lands a spot on “Dancing with the Stars” spin-off.

        The cast of ABC’s “Skating with the Stars” was announced during the Tuesday (November 2) night results show of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing with the Stars.” “All My Children” star Rebecca Budig will be one of the six stars skating with professional skaters in the debuting competition series.

        The 37-year old actress began her daytime career on CBS’s “Guiding Light” in 1995 and then moved on to ABC’s “AMC” as Greenlee Smythe in August 1999. She’s continued in the role off-and-on since then. Budig has also guest-starred on CBS’s “CSI” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

        Budig is the forth “AMC” star to join the “…with the Stars” family; Cameron Mathison, Susan Lucci and Aiden Turner were casted on “Dancing with the Stars.” Kelly Monaco of ABC’s “General Hospital” kicked off (and won) the debut season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Budig, who skated regularly as a child, is partnered with skater Fred Palascak for the series duration. When asked Budig about FOX’s failure at this experiment in 2006 with “Skating with Celebrities,” Budig confidently points out that these producers “learned from FOX’s mistakes,” after all they are the same people behind ABC’s power-house “Dancing with the Stars.” The actress also noted that she has turned down several requests to join this series’ popular parent series (“DWTS”) due to time constraints.

        Joining Budig on the ice for the five-week long competition are current “The Young and the Restless” star and 1980s film star Sean Young; reality-star Bethenny Frankel who rose to fame on “The Real Housewives of New York” and “Bethenny Getting Married?”; Motley Crew founding member Vince Neil; gold-medal-winning Olympic skier Jonny Moseley and rapper, comedian, singer and co-star of Disney’s “Sonny With a Chance” Brandon Mychal Smith.

        “Skating with the Stars” premieres on Monday, November 22, following “Dancing with the Stars.”

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

        Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        ( – Four stars with a history on “All My Children” reveal life-changing news.

        Vincent Irizarry, who turns a handsome 51 this November, has announced that he and his wife of thirteen years, Avalon House, are in the process of getting a divorce. The actor whose career on daytime spans nearly three decades recently confessed to ABC Soaps In Depth that he and his wife have been separated for the better part of this year. Irizarry shares two children with Avalon; their daughter Aria was born in 1997 and their son Elias was born in 2001. Irizarry was formerly married to former “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” star Signy Coleman. The couple divorced in 1992 after three years of marriage; that marriage produced a daughter named Siena Sophia. Irizarry oldest child is a son named Ash Harris who is serving in the U.S. military.

        Irizarry began his career on CBS’s “GL in 1983. Soap Opera Network has a feeling “All My Children” fans haven’t seen the last of the presumed dead Dr. David Hayward; the Emmy winner has spent more than a decade cultivating the bad seed character that was presumably killed off in September 2010.

        Soap Opera Digest revealed today that Irizarry’s former co-star Aidan Turner has split from his wife as well. Turner married Megan Marshall in April 2006. Megan gave birth to the couple’s daughter Ciella Larryn in August of 2009. Turner portrayed Pine Valley’s hottest private detective Aidan Devane on “AMC” from June 2002 to December 2009. The 33-year old actor earned a coveted spot on season 10 of ABC’s hit competition series “Dancing with The Stars.”

        On Tuesday afternoon, Eden Riegel took to Twitter to announce that she’s with child. The 29-year old actress has been married to 41-year old actor, writer and director Andrew Miller since September 30, 2007. Riegel is due in May 2011. Riegel of course played Bianca Montgomery on “All My Children” from July 2000 to January 2010. In April, the actress joined the cast of “Y&R” as Heather Stevens.

        Ricky Paull Goldin and his partner “Rachael Ray Show” correspondent Gretta Monahan welcomed daughter Kai Rei on October 22. This is Goldin’s first child. The 45-year old actor, who has a rich history in daytime from “AMC” currently to the defunct daytime dramas “Another World” and “GL,” has been married three times; his past wives include actresses Yasmine Bleeth and Priscilla Taylor and British producer Emma Ford.

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

        Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM ET by Scotty Gore

        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        ( — Tuc Watkins returns to “One Life to Live” for yet another stint as David Vickers Buchanan.

        ABC Soaps in Depth reports that Watkins, who was recently upgraded to contract status with the prime-time drama “Desperate Housewives,” recently returned to the “One Life” set to begin taping scenes for upcoming episodes. 

        In addition to “OLTL,” where he has appeared on and off since 1994, and his role as Bob Hunter on “Housewives,” Watkins also had roles on “General Hospital” and Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers.” 

        The first airdate and length of Watkins’ latest stint in Llanview are not known at this time.  When viewers last saw David in August, his uncle Clint Buchanan had him thrown in a Moroccan prison on the day he was supposed to marry Dorian Lord.

        “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

        • One Life to Live
        • OLTL
        • General Hospital
        • Tuc Watkins
        • David
        • Llanview
        • ABC Soaps in Depth
        • One Life
        • Desperate Housewives
        • Bob Hunter
        • Showtime
        • Beggars and Choosers
        • Moroccan
        • David Vickers Buchanan
        • Dorian Lord
        • Clint Buchanan

          Friday, October 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

          Photo: ABC

          ( – Eddie Matos pays a spiritual visit to the town of Pine Valley.

          Soap journalist Michael Fairman is reporting that Eddie Matos has joined the cast of “All My Children” in the recurring role of Ricky Torres, a minister.

          Matos has appeared on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” in the role of Charlie Espinada, ABC’s “Port Charles” in the contract role of Ricky Garza, and “General Hospital” in the recurring role of Professor Pete Marquez. His prime-time credits include a starring role on CBS’s “Cane” and a guest appearance on FOX’s “House.” Currently, the 38 year old is starring as the commercial spokesperson for State Farm Insurance.

          Matos first airs as Ricky on Monday, December 6. Look for the man of the cloth to offer some words of support to a prominent Pine Valley resident.

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

          Friday, October 29, 2010 at 4:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

          Photo: Steven Bergman

          ( – Former “As the World Turns” star joins the cast of “All My Children.”

          More than a month after announcing the firings of Adam Mayfield and Brittany Allen and the subsequent hiring of Daniel Cosgrove as Mayfield’s replacement in the role of Scott Chandler, an “All My Children” spokesperson finally announced the name of the actress who will take over the role of Marissa Chandler. Sarah Glendening will begin airing in the contract role on Monday, December 20. She will replace Brittany Allen who makes her last appearance as Krystal Carey and David Hayward’s (Bobbie Eakes and Vincent Irizarry) daughter on Friday, December 17.

          Glendening is best known for the role of Lucy Montgomery on CBS’s recently cancelled “As The World Turns.” The actress has done guest appearances on CBS’s “Cold Case” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

          The actress who auditioned for the role of Madison North (Stephanie Gatschet ultimately won the role) in 2009 joins a growing number of former CBS and NBC Daytime stars joining the ABC sudser in contract roles as winter approaches. Former “Guiding Light” star Jordi Vilasuso premieres on the soap on Monday, November 15 as Dr. Griffin Castillo; former “Passions” and “Days of Our Lives” star Lindsay Hartley premieres as Carolyn “Cara” Finn on Wednesday, December 8; Former “GL” and “ATWT” star Daniel Cosgrove reclaims the role of Stuart Chandler’s adopted son in January 2010. CBS Daytime mega-star Kimberlin Brown joined the ABC soap earlier this month in the recurring role of the judge in Greenlee Smythe’s (Rebecca Budig) murder trial.

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

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