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


Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 9:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

Photo: NBC

( – Some of your favorite daytime actors make their way to some of your favorite primetime dramas this November.

Melissa Claire Egan, who has starred on ABC’s “All My Children” as Annie Chandler since July 2006, and Robert Newman, who starred on CBS’s “Guiding Light” as Josh Newman for the better part of almost three decades, will guest star on the November 3 episode of CBS’s “Criminal Minds.”

“Criminal Minds” is a police procedural drama that is in its sixth season on CBS. Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore head-line the series. The November 3 episode titled “Middle Men” finds the BAU team searching for the murderer(s) of three exotic dancers in Indiana, while a forth exotic dancer has gone missing. Suspicion falls onto three young men when it’s discovered that they capture women, and then release them in corn fields only to hunt them down again. Newman will play no-nonsense Sheriff Salters. Salters will clash with Gibson’s character when it’s discovered that a mole in the Sheriff’s department is leaking information about the case to the murderer(s). Egan will play Tara. Tara is an employee at one of the dance clubs that the murderer(s) has struck at.

Former “Passions,” “Days of Our Lives” and soon-to-be “All My Children” (Spoiler Alert: It has been confirmed that her “AMC” character Cara will indeed be Dr. Jake Martin’s ex wife) star Lindsay Hartley heads to the CW’s “Smallville” on November 12. Justin Hartley, who has been a series regular since 2008 as the Green Arrow, will not share screen-time with his real-life wife, Lindsay. Look for Lindsay’s character Harriett, a minion of the evil elder Granny Goodness, to clash with Tom Welling’s Clark Kent in the episode titled “Abandoned.” In a pretty cool sweeps move, look for “Lois & Clark” graduate and current “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher to also make an appearance on this episode as Lois Lanes’ dead mother, Ella. “Smallville” is in it’s tenth and final season.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on “Smallvillle” airs on the CW’s Friday night line-up. “Criminal Minds” airs on CBS’s Wednesday night line-up. Check local listings for air-times.

Colombino’s ‘World’ Brings Her to Llanview

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 1:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

Photo: CBS

( — “One Life to Live” will welcome yet another new cast member this fall when former “As the World Turns” star Terri Colombino (ex-Katie Peterri) turns up in the fictional Pennsylvania suburb.

Colombino has been cast in the contract role of Aubrey, who is described as “a beautiful, sexy Caucasian woman in her mid 20s-30s, whose proper breeding masks her free-spirited nature,” who shares a connection with the Buchanan clan. She is expected to make her Llanview debut sometime in late November.

The 35-year-old Indiana native was a part of the “ATWT” cast from 1999-2010. She earned both Daytime Emmy Award and Soap Opera Digest Award nods for the role in 2001. In addition she has appeared on “Breaker High” and “A Baby Story,” as well as the movie “iMurders.”

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

  • One Life to Live
  • As The World Turns
  • Terri Colombino
  • ATWT
  • Llanview
  • Katie Peterri
  • Aubrey
  • Buchanan
  • Daytime Emmy Award
  • Soap Opera Digest Award
  • iMurders
  • Breaker High
  • A Baby Story

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 3:15 PM ET by Angela Rosa

    Photo: Paul Skipper/JPI

    ( – “All My Children” actor wraps up his stint this week paving the was for his replacement.

    Adam Mayfield makes his final appearance in the role of Scott Chandler this Friday, October 15. The actor, who is currently shooting an independent film, debuted in the role of Scott in April of 2009. Look for Daniel Cosgrove (ex-Bill, GL; ex-Chris, ATWT) to reclaim the role he played on “All My Children” from 1996 to 1998 this December.

    On Mayfield’s final episode as Scott, look for Stuart Chandler’s (Mayfield) fallen son to share parting words with his cheating wife Annie (Melissa Claire Egan), his self-serving cousin JR (Jacob Young) and his bitter friend Marissa (Brittany Allen) before being carted off to an off-screen prison for approximately two months.

    [Photograph of Scott and Marisssa, played by Adam Mayfield and Brittany Allen, from Friday, October 15, 2010 "All My Children episode. Photo by Paul Skipper/JPI.]

    Brittany Allen, who was let go from “AMC” at the same time Mayfield was, will continue to air in the role of Marissa Chandler for the foreseeable future. The latest reports indicate that the role is still in the process of being recast.

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

    Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 9:15 PM ET by Scotty Gore

    Photo: CBS

    ( — In a casting twist that is oddly remisicent of when “OLTL” swapped roles on Scott Clifton and Brett Claywell a few years ago, the show announces that the role of Viki (Erika Slezak) and Clint’s (Jerry verDorn) youngest son Joey Buchanan has been recast — for the second time in less than a week.

    Only two days after we told you that daytime newcomer Josh Kelly had been cast as Joey, “One Life to Live” Executive Producer Frank Valentini tells that show has changed it mind regarding its latest casting decision and hired a another actor, former “As the World Turns” star Tom Degnan (ex-Riley/Adam), to take on the role. As for Kelly, he will remain part of the cast, and has been in cast as a diifferent, yet unnamed, character.

    According to Valentini, “After auditioning a talented group of guys for the role of Joey, we are excited to announce that not one but two of them will be joining the cast of ‘One Life to Live’ in contract roles. We have now cast Tom Degnan in the role of Viki’s son, Joey Buchanan, and we have decided that Josh Kelly is a great fit for the other contract role that we have written. We look forward to both actors joining the show.”

    Degnan will first air as Joey on Wednesday, November 24, however no first airdate has been announced for Kelly. Neither actor has strated taping as of yet.

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

    • One Life to Live
    • Adam
    • ABC
    • OLTL
    • As The World Turns
    • Scott Clifton
    • Frank Valentini
    • Erika Slezak
    • Brett Claywell
    • Viki
    • Clint
    • One Life
    • Jerry verDorn
    • Joey
    • Joey Buchanan
    • Josh Kelly
    • Tom Degnan
    • Riley

      Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 4:35 PM ET by Scotty Gore

      Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

      ( –  More familar faces will be be returning to “One Life to Live” this fall when both David Fumero‘s (Cristian Vega) real and reel life love interests stop by for a visit.

      According to ABC Soaps in Depth, Cristian starts longing for his fiancée Layla Williamson (Tika Sumpter) and decides to go to Paris to visit her during the week of November 8th.  And while in the City of Lights he will bump into his old flame, and Layla’s business partner, Adriana Cramer (played by the actor’s wife, Melissa Fumero).

      Tika Sumpter agreed to go on recurring status with the show when her contract expired on July 30th.  She joined the cast in 2005.  Melissa Fumero (née Gallo) took over the role of Adriana, who became not-so-affectionately known as “Bitchy Bangs,” in 2004.  After leaving the show in 2008, she returned for a handful of appearances in earlier this year.

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

      • One Life to Live
      • ABC
      • OLTL
      • David Fumero
      • Tika Sumpter
      • Layla Williamson
      • Cristian Vega
      • Layla
      • ABC Soaps in Depth
      • Cristian
      • One Life
      • Melissa Fumero
      • Adriana Cramer
      • Adriana

        Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

        Photo: IMDb

        ( — “One Life to Live” appears to be returning to its core values by bringing both of Viki (Erika Slezak) and Clint’s (Jerry verDorn) sons back to Llanview just in time for the holidays.

        As SON first told you a couple of weeks ago, Dan Gauthier is set to reprise the role of the eldest Buchanan brother Kevin in the coming weeks. Look for his scenes to air beginning Thursday, November 18. And, while the length Gauthier’s latest stint on “OLTL” is unknown, it is rumored to be short-term.

        And, nearly a month after “One Life to Live” released a casting call for contract role of Kevin’s little brother Joey (who was last played by “Castle” star Nathan Fillion), the soap has tapped daytime newcomer Josh Kelly for the role. Kelly’s acting credits include appearances on “NCIS,” “Ugly Betty,” “CSI: Miami,” and “Flash Forward.” The twenty-eight-old is also an Army veteran, and has served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and one in Iraq.

        According to Soap Opera Digest, “One Life” initially considered familiar soap stars like Austin Peck and Brody Hutzler for the part, before decided to go in a new direction with their search. Expect Kelly to first air as Joey just in time for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 24.

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

        • One Life to Live
        • OLTL
        • Austin Peck
        • SON
        • Soap Opera Digest
        • Erika Slezak
        • Viki
        • Clint
        • One Life
        • Jerry verDorn
        • Joey
        • Nathan Fillion
        • Dan Gauthier
        • Kevin
        • Kevin Buchanan
        • Joey Buchanan
        • Josh Kelly
        • Brody Hutzler

          Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 1:20 PM ET by Scotty Gore

          Photo: ABC

          ( — As ABC continues the restructuring of its news division, union employees representing technical jobs at both the network’s news and daytime operations in New York, are being offered buyouts from their jobs throughout the day today.

          The jobs in question represent NABET (National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians) union members working in studio and control room positions for various ABC News programs, as well as the network’s daytime shows “The View” and “One Life to Live.” The reason for the elimination of the technical jobs is the result of the installation of an automated control room for ABC’s main studio on 66th Street in New York City.

          According to TVNewser, while it is unclear exactly how many of the affected employees will volunteer for the buyout, the number of jobs lost could be similar to the 350-400 jobs cut by ABC News earlier this year, which resulted in the elimination of a quarter of the news division’s total employees.

          SON will bring you more details as they develop.

          “One Life to Live” and “The View” air Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

          • One Life to Live
          • ABC
          • New York City
          • The View
          • ABC Daytime
          • ABC News
          • TVNewser
          • union
          • NABET
          • National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians

            Friday, October 1, 2010 at 4:36 PM ET by Errol Lewis

            Photo: Bob D'Amico/ABC

            ( — As we first reported on Thursday, September 23, sources were confirming that Sebastian Roche was returning to ABC's "General Hospital" in the coming months, now ABC has confirmed that Roche is indeed returning to the drama series this fall in the role of Jerry Jacks, who was last seen in 2009. The network, however, did not confirm reports that Jerry Jacks would be the mystery character simply known as the Balkan who is after Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).

            "There's been a lot of speculation out there," says Head Writer Robert Guza, Jr. in an interview with Soap Opera Digest. "I've seen Jerry Jacks, Suzanne, Robert Scorpio, Sean Donely, which surprised me, and Faison. They're all very good contenders I will say that it's going to look very much like somebody who much of the audience thinks it is."

            If in fact Jerry turns out to be The Balkan, this twist would follow in line with Roche's debut on the soap back in 2007 when he portrayed terrorist James Craig, only to be revealed to be a recast Jerry Jacks two months later. Jerry was last seen in 2009 after he faked his death in order to find Michael Corinthos III (then played by actor Drew Garrett), who Claudia (Sarah Brown) learned was the cause of her miscarriage.

            Roche's first airdate is set for Monday, December 13.

            In addition to his upcoming return to "GH," Roche is set to appear on The CW's "Supernatural" in the role of Balthazar, an angel, according to showrunner Sera Gamble. "He provides a unique perspective on what is going on in Castiel's (Misha Collins) world. Balthazar is doing things we've never seen an angel doing before." In addition to "Supernatural," look for Roche to return to FOX's "Fringe" in the role of Thomas Jerome Newton, a mysterious humanoid soldier from another universe.

            "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

            • SOAPnet
            • ABC
            • General Hospital
            • GH
            • Sarah Brown
            • Drew Garrett
            • Sebastian Roche
            • Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
            • Soap Opera Digest
            • Sera Gamble
            • Supernatural
            • Fringe
            • Robert Guza Jr.

              Donna Svennevik/ABC

              ( — As previously reported, Brandon Buddy is departing ABC’s “One Life to Live” and now Soap Opera Network has learned the actor has finished taping his last scenes.

              After months of rumors and speculation, ABC has finally confirmed that Buddy will be leaving the role of Cole Thornhart, son of Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) and Patrick Thornhart (Thorsten Kaye), despite the actors June tweet that his account was hacked and that he was not leaving the soap.

              According to sources, Buddy’s last tape date was late last week with his last airdate expected to be late October/early November. The role will not be recast as the character leaves Llanview alive, but leaves lady love Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) and their child behind in Llanview.

              Buddy made his acting debut on “One Life to Live” when he joined the cast of the drama series in October 2006. At this time is is unknown what the actor has planned for his post-”One Life” future.

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

              Friday, October 1, 2010 at 4:19 PM ET by Errol Lewis

              Photo: ABC

              ( — After portrayer Rebecca Herbst went on maternity leave this summer, Elizabeth Webber found herself off the canvas by going cross-country to visit her sister Sarah in order to clear her head and bond with the child she shares with Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher) on ABC's "General Hospital." Now with Herbst back on set, Elizabeth better prepare herself for the drama about to unfold at work and personally.

              According to sources, Herbst is set to return on the Wednesday, October 13 episode of "GH" wherein Elizabeth learns about Nikolas' involvement with Brook Lynn (Adrianne Leon) and the two discuss what they mean to each other, while at work she learns of Patrick's (Jason Thompson) affair with Lisa (Brianna Brown).

              Herbst gave birth to her third child with husband Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan Santiago), Emerson Truett, on August 9, 2010. The two will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in June of next year.

              "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

              • SOAPnet
              • ABC
              • General Hospital
              • GH
              • Tyler Christopher
              • Jason Thompson
              • Rebecca Herbst
              • Adrianne Leon
              • Brianna Brown

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