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

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        ( — It appears that reports of Téa Delgado's untimely passing have been greatly exaggerated. In what has possibly been one of ABC Daytime's worst kept secrets, Florencia Lozano returns to "One Life to Live" despite the fact that she never really left.

        While going all out for the shock factor with the "death" of one of the soap's "major" characters, "One Life" would have been wise to have done a better job of covering their tracks. Not only was Ms. Lozano spotted by fans and photographers frequently entering and exiting the soap's studios around the time that her character succumbed to her deadly brain tumor (which would make for an awful lot of ghost scenes, were that to be the case), but the actress herself was rather coy regarding her future with the show in a Wednesday, September 8 interview posted on The New York Times website about her new off-Broadway play "underneathmybed." 

        Giving only a "sly smile" when asked if she was finished with "One Life," Lozano didn't refute rumors that there is more to Téa's death which, in true soap opera fashion occurred off-screen, than meets the eye.  However, New York Times reporter Patrick Healy (who interviewed the soap star) was somewhat more candid, reminding us that "Téa who married the show’s rakish antihero four times, is now officially dead, but her body has mysteriously disappeared, and the first rule of a soap death is that anything can happen." 

        And, if that wasn't enough to cast doubt on the reports that the beloved "OLTL" heroine was dead, consider the fact that none of her fellow cast members seemed surprised or suspicious when the actress recently returned to the set.  In fact, according to Healy, "Dozens of stylish dresses and pantsuits marked 'Téa' remained in the wardrobe department."  Which would seem odd for a character that is supposed to be dead.

        Furthermore it should be noted that, while other media outlets were proclaiming that Téa was dead and Lozano was no longer a part of the cast, Soap Opera Network remained largely silent on the issue, which we regarded as irrelevant.

        So, if Téa really isn't dead, then when can fans expect to see the character again? That remains to be seen, but we here at Soap Opera Network  suspect that Téa's "return from the dead" will tie in with Roger Howarth's reappearance on the "One Life" canvas later this fall.  All we can say is stay tuned. 

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          Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6:24 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — Not even two months has gone by since Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo returned to the set of ABC's "General Hospital," in what is reportedly an expensive contract lasting two years, when word comes out that the soap is about to lose some key cast members thanks to a dent in the pockets. If we are to believe Soap Opera Digest, we can expect several actors to be getting a pink slip in the near future as the magazine is reporting that the soap is facing budget cuts.

          In its newest issue, Digest says "rumors are swirling that another round of budget cuts will result in several heads rolling this fall." With news that Leslie Charleson, who has portrayed the role of Monica Quartermaine for over 30 years was out of a contract, it doesn't come as a surprise that more actors could be on their way out as well. When pressed for comment, an ABC representative would only say "we do not comment."

          So who do you think "GH" could afford to lose? Just remember that in addition to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo, Maurice Benard, Steve Burton, Laura Wright and Kelly Monaco are the stars of the show, so don't expect any of them to lose their jobs.

          Side Note: Is it just me or are we hearing that the ABC soaps are facing budget cuts every year right around this time? There's going to come a point where these supposed budget cuts won't be enough to pay for the light bill or the food brought in for lunch, much less a cast members' mortgage. As a reminder, in the spring of 2009, ABC spent $3 million on upgrading the shows production facilities to HD which has not helped the show bring in new viewers nor has the return of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo as Brenda Barrett, but I'm not the Executive Producer or President of a network, so what do I know? Except spending money doesn't always make money and "GH" sure does spend a lot with no pay off.

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            Friday, September 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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            ( — Today in soap land, Carolyn 'Opinion' Hinsey posted on her Facebook page that two current "As The World Turns" actors would be appearing on an ABC soap near you in the next couple of weeks – one as a recast and one a new face on the canvas on either "All My Children," "General Hospital" or "One Life to Live." The question is, who is talking to Hinsey?

            Typically, when we ask for confirmation of who is coming or who is going from a series, we receive the standard "no comment" or "we [insert talking network media relations representative] do not comment on rumors." In the case of this report, we received neither. So what's the deal? We talked to those very high up at ABC Daytime and while the word "no" was never used, the word "yes" wasn't either. Does that mean Carolyn Hinsey is lying or wrong? After all, it was Hinsey that said "Please stop posting links to crazy web stories on my FB page," in reply to our report of Roger Howarth (an "As The World Turns" actor, by the way) returning to "One Life to Live" in the coming months by her "friends" commenting on said page. In fact, she said "If it's in Digest and/or TV Guide, THEN it's true :-)" Interesting how her drop wasn't in either publication, nor could she say which actor was coming. If you know something, say something. That's similar to the "If you see something, say something" mantra New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority says to passengers in billboards and announcements through out its train system.

            Instead of passing along news her buddies at "As The World Turns" are supposedly giving her by letting her know they'll be appearing on ABC in the coming weeks, even though ABC doesn't even know it or will admit to it, why not promote your employer (in this case Soap Opera Digest) and alert readers to some sort of exclusive with this news? It isn't like the magazine is afraid to promote gossip reports. In one issue they reported a soap star wasn't supporting their shows fan club, which wasn't worth the piece of paper it was written on, and in its newest issue, the magazine is reporting that ABC's "General Hospital" would be cutting its cast down due to budget cuts in the near future – an ABC representative provided a "we do not comment" regarding that piece of news, by the way. Interestingly, if in fact proven true, that would put "GH" out of the running for a new or recast character, which would leave "All My Children" or "One Life to Live" left to pick up the pieces as the "World" ends.

            For "One Life to Live," which is the only New York City based soap opera left remaining now that " As The World Turns" is ending its run after 54-years next Friday, the show recently released a casting call for the role of Joey Buchanan. As for "All My Children," which headed to Los Angeles in January in order to prevent cancellation talks from becoming a reality, it is currently involved in a massive murder mystery that doesn't show any indications of bringing in new characters at this time. Of course things can change.

            In any case, Soap Opera Network will be following this story and if it's on our website, you can rest assured "THEN it's true :-)"

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              Friday, September 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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              ( — While had your first look at Maura West as the new Diane Jenkins on CBS' "The Young and the Restless," Soap Opera Network has your second and more flattering look at the actress.

              As previously reported, West is joining the cast of the drama series in the role of Diane Jenkins. The role was last played by actress Susan Walters from 2001-2004, and most recently appeared earlier this year for a few episodes. Alex Donnelley originated the role in 1982. When she was last in Genoa City full-time, Diane was romantically linked to Jack Abbott (portrayed by Peter Bergman,).

              In June, Maura won her second Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Backstage, the actress told Soap Opera Network that she was heading to California with her family to look for work just days after "As The World Turns" taped its last episodes. West's decision to move sure paid off quickly as she reported to work at the CBS Television City Studio, where "The Young and the Restless" is taped, on Wednesday, September 1 for a first airdate set for Friday, October 8.

              West made a name for herself whens he joined "As The World Turns" in the role of Carly Tenney Snyder on April 11, 1995. After just a year with the show, the actress found herself leaving Oakdale. Thankfully fans found that her departure wouldn't last as she returned to the soap on September 10, 1997, where she remained until the show airs its last episode on Friday, September.

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                ‘One Life’ Recasting a Buchanan Heir

                Friday, September 10, 2010 at 4:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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                ( — “One Life to Live” is on the hunt for a new Joey Buchanan, one day after releasing a “wide release” casting call for the contract role of Viki and Clint’s youngest son. 

                In the new audition script, Joey is described as being in his “mid to late 30s,  and a extremely good-looking, successful, warm, kind, charming, finance guy.” In 2007, “Castle” star Nathan Fillion was the most recent actor to step into the role (for two episodes – he had previously played Joey from 1994-97), which has already been recast a half dozen times since Joey first aired back in 1982. 

                Last year, “OLTL” reportedly went after “As the World Turns” star Daniel Cosgrove for the role, however, he turned them down.  As for what brings Joey back to Llanview, “One Life’s” Head Writer Ron Carlivati hints that “Our thoughts for Kelly [Gina Tognoni] are turning to romance.” Back in the day Joey and Kelly were one of Llanview’s more popular young couples. 

                In other news…

                “OLTL” has also released a casting call for the heavily recurring role of “Eddie,” who is described as in his “40′s, early 50′s, underneath his hot, handsome, sexy, charming exterior lies an extremely violent and abusive nature.”  It is rumored that Eddie is the father of the three Ford brothers and that he will first air sometime in October.  According to reports, the script involves Eddie visiting the apartment of his sons, who want nothing to do with him. 

                Mandy Evans booked an unknown “Under 5″ role on “OLTL” on August 20th.  She taped her scenes on August 25th.

                Terrell Tilford (Greg) has added more airdates for his character on his Facebook page.  In addition to September 10th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 27th, 28th, and 30th, fans can also expect to see him in the October 1st & 4th and November 2nd episodes. 

                The Jessica/Natalie baby bump picture discussed recently is from a scene that airs the week of September 27th.

                Kristen Alderson tweeted on September 8th that she had just finished up a photo shoot with her co-stars Nic Robuck (James) and Brandon Buddy (Cole).

                And Kassie DePaiva (Blair) tells fans “Thanks for all the nice post and emails about my scenes with Matt [Walton - Eli] this week [August 31st - September 3rd]. Those scenes were exhausting but I thought they turned out well. Let me know what you think…” Prior to that, she stated that “I’m loving working so much. Keep watching…. it’s getting good!!!!”

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                  ABC Gives ‘One Life to Live’ a New Look

                  Friday, September 10, 2010 at 2:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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                  ( — Although fans shouldn’t expect the ABC sudser to transition to HD anytime soon, they will notice a slightly different appearance to the show in the coming months. 

                  With NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” expected to make the switch in November, “OLTL” remains one of only two daytime dramas (“The Bold and the Beautiful” being the other) that wiill not be broadcast in High Definition as of this fall.  However, Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that ABC “will start shooting episodes [of 'OLTL'] in the 16 X 9 [widescreen] format for December airing.”  A first airdate has not been announced.

                  Last year the network announced that “One Life to Live” would convert to HD upon its move into sister soap “All My Children’s” old studio’s following that show’s relocation to near Los Angeles, however those plans were soon scrapped due to a sagging economy.  Plans for the “AMC” conversion went on as scheduled, due to the fact that the equipment at the show’s new West Coast studios had already been upgraded.  “General Hospital” began broadcasting in HD in April of 2009 after ABC reportedly spent upwards of $3,000,000 to make the move a reality.  And ABC’s morning gabfest “The View” made the transition in 2006. 

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