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

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( — 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.

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  • 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

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    ( –  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.

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    • 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

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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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      • 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

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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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        • NABET
        • National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians

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

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

              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:

              ALL MY CHILDREN

              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.

              GENERAL HOSPITAL

              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.

              "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" air Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

              • All My Children
              • One Life to Live
              • AMC
              • Days of our Lives
              • SOAPnet
              • ABC
              • OLTL
              • General Hospital
              • GH
              • James Scott
              • DAYS
              • NBC
              • Lindze Letherman
              • Jason Tam
              • John Brotherton

                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

                Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

                ( — “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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