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, September 22, 2010 at 12:57 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — Earlier this year, "General Hospital" Head Writer Bob Guza informed TV Guide's Michael Logan that while he wouldn't be specific in the matter of Michael Corinthos' (Chad Duell) possible rape by his prison cellmate Carter (Josh Wingate) in May, that didn't mean he wouldn't get to that point down the road.

"Our focus right now is on the horrific experience of an 18- or 19-year-old who is thrown into a terrible situation like this," said Guza. "I just didn't want to make the story more specific at this point. However, that's not to say that I won't be getting very specific in three or four or five months down the line."

That time is now as the show has cast actress Andrea Bogart in the role of a prostitute named Candy, who is hired by Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) to help Michael quell his fears about sexual relations with another person. Unfortunately for Michael, things don't go as planned. Look for Michael to get violent with Candy after she gets a little too pushy in her advances. The episode is set to air on Tuesday, October 5.

Bogart tweeted her joy of appearing on "GH" on Thursday, September 2, saying:

So pumped to be working on General Hospital tomorrow then off to LAX to grab my Niece, Carly whose coming to visit! Gonna be a great day!

In a bit of irony, Bogart's niece is named Carly, and Michael's mother is named Carly (Laura Wright). Funny how things work out.

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    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — By now you’ve probably heard that “Guiding Light” alum Kim Zimmer is returning to “One Life to Live” on Friday, October 1, to reprise the role Echo DiSavoy. But what will this mean for the residents of Llanview? Soap Opera Network has your exclusive sneak peek at what is bringing the minor 1980s character back to town.

    It all begins when Echo turns up on Viki’s doorstep at Llanfair. It turns out that, since leaving town in 1983, she and Viki’s (Erika Slezak) current husband Charlie (Brian Kerwin) crossed paths on more than one occasion. As the two old flames catch up on recent events, Viki remains suspicious of Echo’s sudden reappearance in Llanview after nearly thirty years (which makes sense, since the last time she was in town she tried to frame Viki’s then husband Clint [Jerry verDorn] for murder). 

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    But wait, there’s more…despite telling Charlie she has no ulterior motives for returning to town, Viki succeeds in getting her to admit otherwise. What’s worse, it seem’s Echo is now claiming to be a fashion photographer and makes interesting proposition to Viki, in hopes she will hire her at the The Banner. But will Viki be persuaded by what she has to say?

    Afterward, Viki voices her concerns to Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) and Natalie (Melissa Archer), while Echo goes to visit another one of her old friends — Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser).  Problem is, however, that Dorian doesn’t give her quite the reception she was hoping for when Viki’s name comes up during their conversation.  Furthermore, Echo is carrying around some major secrets concerning some of the residents of Llanview.

    And that’s only the beginning…

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    Tuesday, September 21, 2010 2:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

    ( — A look at what you didn’t see the past few weeks on “One Life to Live.”


    Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) introduces the latest batch of deleted scenes which feature John trying to get Kelly to remember if she can think of any place Eli may have taken Blair to; Marty assuring Marty that Eli has been taken into police custody and that Cole is safe; and Matthew telling Destiny that he feels abandoned by how David just up and left him and that when someone walks on him that they are dead to him from then on.

    You can view the clip here:

    This Week on One Life to Live…

    • Todd contests Téa’s will.
    • Destiny confronts Greg.
    • Matthew begins working at BE.
    • Rex searches for clues in Clint’s office.
    • Nora thinks Bo doesn’t want Inez dating Clint.
    • The Ford brothers get to know one another better.
    • Langston has second thoughts over what she did to Ford.
    • Todd decides to take action.
    • Marty testifies in Hannah’s defense.
    • Langston encounters Markko at the coffee shop.

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    Monday, September 20, 2010 at 2:53 PM ET by Angela Rosa

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    ( — The actress who plays CBS Daytime’s most infamous villain heads to “All My Children” in an entirely different role.

    An “All My Children” spokesperson confirms to Soap Opera Network that Kimberlin Brown is indeed joining the ABC  Daytime soap. Brown will be playing the Judge in David Hayward’s (Vincent Irizarry) upcoming murder trial and will begin airing on Monday, October 18.

    Brown, of course, is famous in daytime for the role of Sheila Carter on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” and sister soap “The Bold and the Beautiful.” The actress starred in the popular role off and on from 1990 to 2006. The actress who excels at playing evil has also appeared on ABC’s “Port Charles,” from 1999 to 2001 as Rachel Locke, and on “One Life to Live,” from 2004 to 2005 as Dr. Paige Miller.

    Brown’s role is recurring and the length of her stay on “AMC” is to be determined.

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    Monday, September 20, 2010 at 1:10 PM ET by Angela Rosa

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    ( — The stork visits another “All My Children” cast member.

    Forty-five year old Ricky Paull Goldin, who plays Dr. Jake Martin on “All My Children,” is expecting his first child with “The Rachael Ray Show” correspondent and girlfriend Gretta Monahan.

    In relating news, this past Friday on Twitter, Goldin revealed he’d be appearing on “The Rachael Ray Show” in a special piece concerning first time parents. Goldin and Monahan are expected to officially announce their joyous news on the Thursday, September 23 edition of the talk-show. Monahan, who was already showing a bit of a baby bump at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas earlier this summer, is reportedly due in the not too distant future.

    Goldin started his daytime career on NBC’s “Another World” as anti-hero Dean Frame in 1990, he then moved on to CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” where he played stalked Gary Dawson. In 2001, Goldin began a critically acclaimed run as detective Gus Aitoro on CBS’s “Guiding Light.” Not long after exiting that role in 2008, Goldin landed on his feet at “AMC” as one of the famous Martin brothers. Goldin’s story on “AMC” is scheduled to heat up later this fall when Jake’s past comes back to haunt him.

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    Friday, September 17, 2010 at 5:30 PM ET by Angela Rosa

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    ( — ‘All My Children’ set to add some latin flavor to their cast this fall.

    ABC Soaps In Depth broke the news this afternoon that “All My Children” has hired soap alums Jordi Vilasuso and Lindsay Hartley to play new roles on the ABC Daytime soap this fall.

    Emmy-winner Jordi Vilasuso has been cast in the new role of Griffin Castillo. The Cuban-American actor will debut as Griffin on Monday, November 15. Although Griffin’s introduction will be tied to Jake and Amanda Martin (Ricky Paull Goldin and Chrishell Stause), sources have indicated that the character is slated to be Kendall Hart Slater’s (Alicia Minshew) next love-interest. “AMC” and Thorsten Kaye, who plays the current love interest of Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) first born daughter, have so far been unable to come to an agreement to keep the actor on the show long-term. Some of daytime’s hottest actors, including Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky, “General Hospital”) and Austin Peck (ex-Brad, “As the World Turns;” ex-Austin, “Days of Our Lives”), auditioned for the high profile role. Vilasuso won an Outstanding Younger Leading Actor Emmy for his work on Guiding Light as the original Tony Santos, a role he played from August 2000 to August 2003. The 29-year old actor also guest-starred on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Numb3rs,” starred on the English Language soap opera “Fashion House,” and has appeared in several films.

    Lindsay Hartley debuts in the role of Cara Finn on Wednesday, December 8. Cara Finn is most likely short for Carolyn Finn, the name of Dr. Martin’s ex-wife. Hartley began her career on NBC’s very popular soap opera “Passions.” The 32-year old actress played the role of the very dramatic and oft-time tearful Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald from 1999 to the show’s cancellation in 2008. Hartley’s on-screen arch-enemy on “Passions” was played by Lucci’s real-life daughter, Liza Huber. Hartley joined NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” as Arianna Hernandez in 2009 but was recently let go. The arrival of Carolyn - or a relation to the fromer Mrs. Martin - in Pine Valley is sure to stir up some trouble in the Martin marriage. Hartley is married to former Passions co-star Justin Hartley. The couple shares one child, a daughter named Isabella Justice.

    Both roles are contract.

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    Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

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    ( — Two “All My Children” actors may be gone for good but the characters they play are apparently here to stay.

    An “All My Children” spokesperson tells Soap Opera Network that Brittany Allen and Adam Mayfield are leaving the roles of Marissa Tasker and Scott Chandler later this year.

    Mayfield debuted in the role of Stuart Chandler’s (David Canary) adopted son Scott on April 9, 2009. Mayfield was the forth mature actor to take on the role of Scott. Preceding Mayfield were Shane McDermott from 1995 to 1996, “ATWT” alumni Daniel Cosgrove from 1996 to 1998 and “OLTL” alumni Forbes March from 1999 to 2000. Brittany Allen debuted as David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) and Krystal Carey’s (Bobbie Eakes) daughter Marissa a few weeks after Mayfield on April 21. Allen, especially, never caught on with the audience as the good girl but oft-time dull wife of JR Chandler (Jacob Young).

    Speculation (due in part to this recent blind item from Soap Opera Digest: “One sudser has plans to recast two roles in a major storyline”) is that both characters are set to be recast in an effort to infuse them and the Chandler story with a new energy. Last month a casting call went out for a young female character who some at the time suspected would turn out to be a recast for Marissa. Former Scott’s, March and Cosgrove are currently available for the picking.

    SON will keep you updated as news continues to develop on this story.

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    Tika Sumpter Bids Llanview Adieu

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 1:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — Nearly seven weeks after her contract with “One Life to Live” expired, Tika Sumpter makes what could be her final appearance as Layla Williamson.

    Soap Opera Network first told you two months ago that Sumpter had chosen not to renew her contract with “One Life” when it expired on July 30th, choosing instead to focus on other interests, such as her budding music and film careers. Instead, she indicated that she would remain on recurring status with the show, saying that “Whenever ‘One Life’ needs me to come and stop by and do whatever they need me to do I will be there.”

    Even so, Thursday (September 14th) marked the actress’ last regularly scheduled appearance on “One Life to Live,” as Layla decided to leave town and accept a high-profile modeling job in Paris and persuading her fiancé Cristian Vega (David Fumero) to extend their engagement by one year. So, barring the occasional appearance by Sumpter in the future, fans have likely seen the last of her and her character in any real capacity on “One Life to Live.”

    With her departure, only two African-American actors remain on contract with “OLTL” (Terrell Tilford and Shenell Edmonds), while roughly a half dozen others are presently on recurring status with the soap. Sumpter joined “One Life” in 2005.

    In other news…

    Terrell Tilford (Greg) has added more airdates for his character for October, including the 1st, 4th, 8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 21st and 22nd, along with November 2nd.  Also, the actor tweeted on Tuesday that we was “Heading to the workhouse…15 scenes…got my game face on…today is gonna be a tough one! But I’m ready!! Damn, today was kinda INCREDIBLE!!!”

    Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted on September 11th that “I have to sing a Christmas song in November… trying to pick’s hard! It has to be upbeat, but I don’t want something too cheesy lol.” Three days later she wrote that “today’s gonna be a long day [of filming].”  She also says that “Yesterday [Sept. 14th] and today [Sept. 15th] were two very long emotionally exhausting days of work. I love my job SO much,but it’s def. gonna be a nice two days off.” 

    “OLTL” script writer Scott Sickles comments on his Facebook page that fans can look for some of the most recent episodes that he helped write to air on September 15th, 23rd, and 29th, as well as October 7th, 15th, 20th, and 29th. Sickles also says that “Wow! Glad you all loved today’s episode [September 8th]. I can’t wait to see it!!! Thanks for watching. I hope you continue to enjoy the journey we have John and Natalie on, which I assure you will be filled with great twists, turns, ups and downs, and that he “would love to take credit for every word John and Natalie said on Wednesday [September 8th], but must acknowledge Katherine Schock‘s beautiful editing job as well as Michael Easton and Melissa Archer‘s spectacular acting and creative impulses. It really was a great collaboration.”

    Although it seems like he’s been in a thousand episodes so far, David A. Gregory (Ford) stated that the September 9th episode marked his 100th appearance on “One Life to Live.”

    And the show has released a new audition script for “Wyatt,” which appears to be a dayplayer role. The scene opens with “Mrs. Heidi Wilson” telling her cousin “Lauri” that she has hired Wyatt, a personal trainer, for her. Lauri, doesn’t sound too enthusiastic at the news, however, Heidi says that she needs someone to keep her mind off of “Thomas,” who is a bad influence on her. Lauri assures Heidi that her relationship with Thomas is strictly professional. Hoping to change her mind, Heidi orders Wyatt back into the room, where he proceeds to massage Lauri. Although she enjoys it at first, she promptly throws him out. As the scene ends, Wyatt tells Heidi that he’s tired and going to call it a day. It is speculated that “Heidi” and “Lauri” may really be either Kelly and Starr or Kelly and Langston.

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      Big Returns this October on ‘AMC’

      Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

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      ( — Who's coming (back) to Pine Valley next month?

      Erica Kane and Jackson Montgomery return to "All My Children" on Wednesday, October 6, as previously reported by Soap Opera Network. Susan Lucci and Walt Willey have been off-screen since July 14. Look for Jackson to be there for his daughter Greenlee (Rebecca Budig), who finds herself as the prime suspect in the murder of her husband, Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry). Erica, meanwhile, will join Caleb (Michael Nouri) in the battle for Chandler/Cortlandt.

      Rick Pasqualone appears on two upcoming episodes on "AMC." His character, Charles Michaelson, will briefly be Greenlee's lawyer of choice. The voice actor who started his career as a day player on "AMC" has also appeared on "Desperate Housewives," "NCIS" and "Without a Trace." Pasqualone appears on "AMC" on Thursday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 6.

      "Guiding Light" alum Jeff Phillips joins the cast of the ABC soap on Wednesday, October 13 as Nick Pearson. Despite ex-wife Greenlee taking over Ryan's (Cameron Mathison) current status as the prime suspect in David's murder, Ryan will continue to investigate his part in David's murder. Philips, best known for his role as the original Hart Jessup on "GL," is slated to air in at least six episodes.

      Thorsten Kaye returns to "AMC" as Zach Slater on Friday, October 22 for what a show representative calls a length of time to be determined. In August, Co-Head Writers David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski initially reported that the actor "is slated to return for a much longer period of time in October/November," referring to the Kaye's brief four episode return stint in August. Swajeski and Kreizman report that fans can expect a "very romantic" arc for the beleaguered and popular pairing of Zach and Kendall (Alicia Minshew).

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        Friday, September 10, 2010 at 10:52 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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        ( — Despite being shot and burned alive, Elijah Clarke makes a not-so-surprising return from the dead next week on "One Life to Live," begging the question that fans have long been asking, "Does anyone ever stay dead on this show?"

        Even though the character, portrayed by "Old Navy" spokesperson Matt Walton, only died a few weeks ago, his reign of terror is far from over. Viewers tuning in to Friday's episode were left with the assumption that it was another presumed dead character, Téa Delgado (played by Florencia Lozano), that had summoned Dr. Gregory Evans (Terell Tilford) back to the hospice center in St. Kitts. However, expect it to be revealed on Monday's episode that Eli is alive and (somewhat) well, and continuing to pull at Greg's strings. But it's only the beginning. Look for Eli to continue wrecking havoc with the lives of numerous Llanview citizens in the coming weeks, as well as making an unusual request to someone he's presently blackmailing.  

        For those of you keeping track, the Eli reveal is thing that "happens in the first five minutes of Monday's episode," which was recently teased in an article on As for the "other bomb" they are referring to, we'll never tell.

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