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

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( — “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.

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

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    ( — 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.

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

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      ( — 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.

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        ( — 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.

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

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        ( — 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.

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          Friday, October 1, 2010 at 2:25 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — Months after ABC Daytime announced they would be cutting down on original episodes from their soaps "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" each year, despite no official deal with the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) allowing this, the network has confirmed that they will begin airing encore episodes of the dramas beginning Wednesday, October 27, which marks the first non-holiday or unanticipated repeat airing for any daytime soap(s).

          As always, the repeat airings are being used to "enhance current story and give fans the opportunity to see episodes they really loved and have wanted to see again," the network said.

          The network is expected to air upwards of 20 repeat episodes of each drama series through out the year including those already airing on or around major holidays.

          What follows are the episode summaries for each soap repeat airing:


          Episode #8927 (original air date 8/31/04) –Ryan first confesses his love for Greenlee, and she is both shocked and thrilled when Ryan gives her an engagement ring and proposes. Zach is short with Maria when she says she's committed to her marriage. Kendall has many drinks and blows up about Greenlee and Ryan to Ethan. Pine Valley gets ready for a "Game of Chance" party at Zach's casino.

          Notables: Ethan was played by James Scott, now airing on NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the role of EJ.


          Episode #10929 (original air date 12/1/05) –Jason and Sam arrive in Hawaii to spend their remaining days together after Jason is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. Despite their romantic activities, Sam cannot fight feelings of impending loss, and she asks Jason to make a baby so she will not be alone after he dies. Meanwhile, Georgie is held hostage by Diego, Luke is protective of young Lulu and Jax asks Liz for help with his crumbling relationship.

          Notables: Georgie was played by Lindze Letherman. The character died a few weeks later.

          ONE LIFE TO LIVE

          Episode #10415 (original air date 4/16/09) –Todd and Tea have sex all over his house while saying they hate each other. Tea tells Todd she never intended to help him get custody of his kids. Natalie and Jared hide the truth about Chloe while the family gathers for Chloe's baptism. At Nash's grave, Jessica tells Brody they can't be friends right now. Starr and Cole discuss her attraction to Schuyler, realize Hope didn't die because of RH disease. Markko tells Langston he helped Cole fake his drug test.

          Notables: Jared was played by John Brotherton. The character died at the end of 2009. Jessica and Brody are having a baby together or are they? Jason Tam who plays Markko was just fired.

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            Carlivati & Valentini Given New Lease on ‘Life’


            ( — ABC renews its commitment to keep “One Life to Live” on the air and a part of their daytime schedule through at least 2014.

            Last Saturday, a story by the Denver Post left fans of the show feeling a sense of hope and confusion, stating that “ABC owns its soaps, unlike the CBS relationship with P&G. ABC’s ‘One Life to Live’ is soon to announce a deal to live two more years.”

            Since the network does maintain ownership of all three of its daytime serials, an announcement that they they were planning to “renew” “One Life” for at least two more years does not and would not apply.

            However, TVGuide‘s Michael Logan attempted to clarify the story Wednesday by reporting that he has learned from sources at the network that ABC’s commitment to “One Life to Live” has more to do with behind-the-scenes actions involving the show’s staff.

            According to Logan, “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, who celebrated his 25th anniversary with the show just yesterday (September 28th) has signed a new two-year contract to remain with the soap, while Head Writer Ron Carlivati, who has been with the show for 14 years (including the last three in his current position – with the exception of roughly three months in 2008 due to a writer’s strike) has penned a new three-deal to remain with the show.

            Before replacing Gary Tomlin as Executive Producer in 2003, Valentini had worked in several positions on the show including stage manager, producer, and music composer. During his tenure with the show, “OLTL” has been either won or been nominated for several Daytime Emmy Awards, including nods for Directing, Outstanding Drama (which it won in 2002), and Best Original Song. The show has also been earned GLAAD Awards in 2005 and 2010.

            Carlivati held the positions of writer’s assistant, script writer, breakdown writer, and co-Head Writer before assuming sole head writing duties in 2007. Carlivati and the rest of the “OLTL” scribes won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Daytime Drama in 2008. They were nominated in the same category in 2002 and 2006. In addition, the writing staff was also nominated for WGA (Writer’s Guild of America) Awards in 2003 and 2006.

            Look for a post-deal interview with both Carlivati and Valentini to be posted on TVGuide‘s website sometime next week.

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            ‘OLTL’ Serves Walking Papers to Two Actors

            Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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            ( — “One Life to Live” releases Jason Tam (Markko) and Terrell Tilford (Greg) from their contracts with the show.

            The news comes less than a week after Tam’s first scenes aired since the actor returned to the show after taking the summer off to focus on brushing up his professional acting skills at a Shakespeare Lab in New York City, and just as Tilford has been prominently featured in the “Téa is alive” storyline.   

            Jason Tam joined “OLTL” as Markko Rivera in May of 2007.  He has also appeared on Broadway in a number of plays including “A Chorus Line,” “Les Misérables,” “Footloose,” “Oklahoma!,” and “The King and I.”

            Terrell Tilford first aired as Dr. Greg Evans in June 2009.  In addition to stints on “Days of Our Lives” and “Guiding Light,” Tilford has also appeared in “CSI: New York,” “Shark,” “Bones,” “Girlfriends,” “My Wife & Kids,” and “Cosby.” He is married to “Gates” star Victoria Platt. 

            While no final airdates have been announced for either character, Tilford currently has his upcoming airdates listed on his Facebook page through November 16th.

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            Friday, September 24, 2010 at 4:04 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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            ( — As previously reported, Paul Leyden is joining the cast of CBS' "The Young and the Restless" in October in the role of Blake, who shares a history with Cane (Daniel Goddard). Now Soap Opera Network has your first look at Leyden on set.

            Leyden began filming on Tuesday, September 7 with his first airdate set for Wednesday, October 6. In it a bit of irony, former "World Turns" co-star Maura West began taping on Wednesday, September 1 with her first air date set for Friday, October 8 as a recast Diane Jenkins, which is two days after Leyden debuts, but one week after West began taping. Got to give it to tricky editing.

            Prior to landing at "Y&R," Leyden portrayed the role of Simon Frasier on CBS' "As The World Turns" in February 2000 and appeared off-and-on until June 2004. He returned to the soap for a seven month turn in June 2006 and again in November 2009. He starred along-side television icon Heather Locklear ("Dynasty," "Melrose Place" and "Melrose Place 2.0") in the failed 2004 NBC drama series "LAX," which also starred actor Blair Underwood ("The Event" and "Dirty Sexy Money"). Leyden wrote, produced and directed the 2009 short film "Bye Bye Sally," which also starred another "World Turns" alum Paolo Seganti.

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              ‘OLTL’ Fall Casting Notes

              Friday, September 24, 2010 at 2:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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              ( — In addition to all the new characters coming to Llanview this fall, fans can also look forward to seeing a few familiar faces as well. 

              With two of Viki’s children already in Llanview (Jessica and Natalie), and another on his way back home (Joey), it was only a matter of time before her eldest son Kevin returned to Llanview as well.  According to a message posted Thursday evening on his Fan Page on Facebook, “Dan [Gauthier] will be returning to OLTL for a few episodes.. . no air date yet.” SON will continue to follow the story and bring you details as they develop.

              Gauthier became the 11th actor to tackle the character of Kevin Buchanan when he stepped into the role in 2003.  Despite being fired from “One Life to Live” in 2006, he returned briefly in August of 2007 (for the show’s 10,000th episode), and then again in October and November of 2009.  Gauthier last appeared as Kevin in March of this year. 

              Gauthier won’t be the only familiar face returning to Llanview this fall.  Tonye Patano will appear again as Phylicia Evans (and presumably Frankie Faison as her husband Richard Evans as well) during the first week of October when Greg is rushed to the hospital by John McBain, who finds him near death as a result of Eli injecting him with a potentially lethal drug.  On Tuesday, October 5, John shocks Mrs. Evans by telling her of her son’s connection to Elijah Clarke. 

              Wondering what has brought Markko Rivera (Jason Tam) back to town?  Well, it isn’t because of his feelings for Langston, that’s for sure.  On Monday, September 27, Markko tells his ex that he came home for his parents Aurelia (Ada Maris) and Ernesto (David Piñón) because his father needs non-life threatening surgery. 

              And, are Ross Rayburn’s (Bill Warlock) days in Llanview numbered?  On Wednesday, October 6, Ross is shot and pushed into the Llantano River by Eli during a confrontation between the two brothers.  Later Todd pulls him from the river just as Dani arrives on the scene…but will it be too late? 

              In other news…

              Congratulations for Kathy Brier (ex-Marcie), who wed her fiancé Jason Munt last weekend. 

              Sight for sore eyes?  Tom Zeman (Morgan Guthrie) and Saundra Santiago (Carlotta) both made appearances earlier this week.

              For those asking, the song in the montage at the end of the September 19 episode was Surrender by the group Digital Daggers.

              Terrell Tilford (Greg) has added another November airdate — the 16th — to his list on his Facebook page.  He also comments that Sept. 22nd was an”Enduring day at the studio.  Ugh! Tough lines, check…This script is so dense…I keep discovering so much to use!”

              Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweets “Thanks everyone for your compliments about my scenes lately.It means a lot.There are so many amazing things that we’ve been filming that hasn’t aired yet, and won’t for a while…but I am very proud of them.I am SO blessed to work with the cast on our show,” and that she is “Seriously thinking about exploring the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ idea…that would be a crazy/amazing experience.”

              And Melissa Archer (Natalie) says she “Very long day [on the set] today [Sept. 21st], but all very good. Sweet dreams!!”

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