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, September 4, 2010 at 8:29 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — After Kevin Schmidt took a leave from CBS' "The Young and the Restless" after being cast as the lead in the Cartoon Network original series "Unnatural History" earlier this year, fans began wondering what would happen to their favorite Newman offspring. In August, Soap Opera Digest announced on their website that actor Luke Kleintank had been cast in the role of Noah Newman. Now Soap Opera Network has the scoop on Noah's return.

When we last saw Noah, he had left for Paris, France with lady love Eden Gerick (Vanessa Marano) – the two had been fighting family outrage over their coupling, but upon acceptance, Eden found herself being framed for multiple crimes by Daisy Callahan. When Noah returns to Genoa City on Tuesday, September 21, it will be without Eden and his first scenes will be with mom Sharon (Sharon Case) and dad Nicholas (Joshua Morrow). Look for Noah to finally get some bonding time with his little sister Faith, and a warm welcome home from step-mom Phyllis (Michelle Stafford).

Kleintank is best known for his role as Elliot in the widely popular "Gossip Girl" television series, which airs Monday nights of The CW. In 2009, he appeared in episodes of CBS' "The Good Wife" and NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" and "Mercy."

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    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 1:30 AM ET by Angela Rosa

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    ( — The devil gets his due … or does he?

    In the September 14, 2010 issue of Soap Opera Digest, “All My Children” Co-Head Writers David Kreizman and Donna Swajeski report that Emmy-winner Vincent Irizarry is out as David Hayward, a role the actor has played off and on for the better part of the last 13 years.

    Normally news of the exit of Pine Valley’s finest bad boy would upset the masses – but online fans are savvy to the way of their daytime dramas and many smell something fishy. “AMC” and sister-soap “One Life to Live” (Florencia Lozano’s character Tea recently died at the hands of an evil menace) are now both running stories – and releasing actor exit announcements – that have some online fans questioning if these lethal exits are just well orchestrated rating ploys. These fans suspect both David and Tea will both return from the dead in due time and that their revivals will have been in the cards all along.

    We’ll keep you updated. Either way, Dr. Hayward kicks the bucket in style this Friday on “AMC.” Friday won’t be the last we’ll see of David’s brand of bad, though - he’ll pop up as a ghost next week. Irizarry, meanwhile, is keeping busy. The talented actor recently landed a guest-role on an episode of CBS’s “NCIS: Los Angeles.” The episode will air this fall.

    Update (Sept. 4): Today on his Official Fan Page on Facebook, Rachel Anderson – who appears to run the page – reported that Irizarry is in the middle of contract negotiations and his current story was created in part to deal with the results of those negotiations. Anderson passed on this note from the actor himself, “if I do return to AMC, it will be in greater part because of this wonderful outpouring from all of you who love the show and David as much as I do.” While this adds to the drama (by chance … or on purpose), and confirms fan speculation that David’s demise was created as a less than permanent ratings ploy – it also puts fans more on edge than ever about the ultimate fate of Hayward and Irizarry in Pine Valley.

    In other casting news, Susan Lucci, who plays the one and only Erica Kane, returns with Walt Willey, who plays Jackson Montgomery (one of Erica’s many men), to tape at “AMC” next week. Lucci has been on an extended summer vacation since June which has allotted alter-ego Erica and her main man Jackson a nearly 3-month long pre-wedding honeymoon sail around the world. Erica and Jack return to Pine Valley on Wednesday, October 6. Upon their returns, look for Erica to continue to be entangled with Caleb (Michael Nouri); while Jackson gets pulled into Mrs. Hayward’s (Rebecca Budig) major legal woes.

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    Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — Kristine Sutherland, best known to audiences as Sarah Michelle Gellar’s clueless mum Joyce Summers on The WB/UPN hit “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003), has been cast in the recurring role of a new Dean at Llanview University, and will factor into at least one of the soap’s upcoming fall storylines. 

    Look for the actress to first air on Friday, September 17th when Langston puts her plan to get Ford fired from his teaching job at LU in motion.  And, with so many characters hanging around the campus in the coming months, it is likely not the last we will being seeing of the new Dean either.

    In addition to “Buffy,” Sutherland also appeared in the 1989 film “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” along with guest spots on “Remington Steele,” “Easy Street,” and “Providence.”

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    ( — While reports were stating Brandon Buddy is set to exit ABC’s “One Life to Live” later this fall when his contract expires, Soap Opera Network was unable to confirm the news through proper channels, but sources have since confirmed that Buddy will in fact be leaving the soap in the coming months.

    Since news of Buddy’s possible exit first broke on Daytime Confidential last week, Soap Opera Network has learned from insiders that Buddy’s exit was a “mutual agreement” between the soap and the actor. This development doesn’t come as a surprise as in June of this year Buddy’s Twitter account reported that he had chosen not to renew his contract with the drama series. While said post was later claimed to have been the workings of a hacker, it took four days for the actor to respond, which had some wondering if there was a hacker at all.

    Buddy joined the cast of “One Life to Live” in October 2006 portraying the role of Cole Thornhart.


    While details are slowly coming through, Soap Opera Network is hearing that Farah Fath might be next to exit the drama series this fall. Fath joined the cast in October 2007 portraying the role of Gigi Morasco.

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    Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 6:55 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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    ( — On Today's episode of CBS' "The Young and the Restless," if you look for a man, you shall not find a man as the drama series is following in the footsteps of the 1936 play "The Women" by Clare Boothe Luce, in which women of all ages and sizes find themselves discussing the men in their lives and all the other juicy gossip surrounding them, but without said men in sight!

    Join Sharon Newman (Sharon Case), Jill Abbott (Jess Walton), Phyllis Newman (Michelle Stafford), Heather Stevens (Eden Riegel), Chloe Mitchell (Elizabeth Hendrickson), Victoria Newman Abbott (Amelia Heinle), Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman), Abby Newman (Marcy Rylan), Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), and Mackenzie Browning (Clementine Ford) as they meet for an afternoon of drama, gossip, and relaxation when they find themselves away from home and away from the men in their lives. It's anyone's guess what may happen next, but be sure to be on the lookout for a fight between Sharon and Phyllis as they can throw down like no other.

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      Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 3:42 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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      ( — The day after a big hoopla about "One Life to Live" calling in all their contract cast members for a mandatory meeting took place online, CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" was holding their own meeting as Executive Producer, Bradley Bell, introduced newly appointed Supervising Producer, Ed Scott, to the cast and crew of the drama series.

      It was nearly two years ago to the day since news broke that Scott had been ousted from his post as co-executive producer at NBC's "Days of our Lives," when TV Guide Magazine reported that Scott had been hired on as a producer on "The Bold and the Beautiful," replacing supervising producer Rhonda Friedman, who was stepping down after 11 years on the job at "B&B" to begin working more closely along-side Bell in a managerial position. Scott reported to work on Tuesday, August 24, and received the full attention of the shows cast and crew at the soaps CBS Television City studio in Los Angeles. While nothing atypical occurred in the meeting, Soap Opera Network has learned that introductions were made by Bell on the set of an upcoming Jackie M Designs fashion show. What drama can we expect from Jackie M this time? Tune in to find out.

      Prior to his work on "DAYS," Scott served as Executive Producer at CBS' "The Young and the Restless," where he worked from 1984-2001. He returned to the soap in 2004 as its Supervising Producer until his departure in June 2007, just before joining "Days of our Lives" in August 2007 as co-executive producer alongside show owner Ken Corday.

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        Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:05 AM ET by Scotty Gore

        ( — The latest installment of "More Life to Live" takes viewers behind the scenes to chat with the show's newest trio of brothers — the Fords.


        "OLTL" continues to pimp out David A. Gregory, Nic Robuck, and Lenny Platt (who play Robert & James Ford and Nate Salinger, respectively) discuss their childhoods, what it's like working with on another and "living" in Llanview, all as they prepare for their recent photo shoot in the August 27th installment of "More Life to Live."

        You can view the clip here:


        This Week on One Life to Live…

        • Cristian and Layla receive job offers.
        • Eli is forced to come clean with Blair.
        • Clint asks Matthew to apprentice at BE.
        • Starr wants to plan a memorial for Téa.
        • A fire breaks out in Blair and Eli's room.
        • John arrives in Tahiti to find Ross in custody.
        • Vivian and Greg vie to be Chief of Staff at the hospital.
        • Nora reminds Cole that Hannah will still face charges.
        • Clint meets Inez and is interested to learn that she works for Bo.

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        Monday, August 30, 2010 at 2:57 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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        ( — While online media seems to be breaking news reports before print media can finalize the cover of their next issue, it is unfortunate to learn that to compete with its online counterparts, Soaps in Depth took the news of Leslie Charleson being placed on recurring status with ABC's "General Hospital," after more than 30 years on the show portraying the role of Monica Quartermaine, to its website without alerting Ms. Charleson of the change after initially informing her that the news was to be revealed in the print version of the magazine first.

        "I was under the impression that the announcement of my contract status was not going to be released by Soaps In Depth Magazine until the September issue and that would give me the time to tell you myself what was going on," said Charleson to fans on her website. "I did not want you to find out on the internet. Unfortunately, that did not happen and yes, it is true. I am officially off contract."

        Meanwhile, keeping her fans informed is of top priority with Charleson as she revealed without them, she wouldn't be where she is today. "I have had the best relationships with you, the fans and I would’ve never had that without 'Monica.' There is nothing that I cherish more than the experiences and memories I have had and the special friends that I have made over the years, both on the show and off," she said. "I can’t say enough about how much you all mean to me."

        Charleson joined the cast of "GH" in 1977 replacing actress Patsy Rahn, who originated the role. She has been nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards and four Soap Opera Digest Awards, but has never won. She has appeared in such primetime shows as "Dharma & Greg" and "Diagnosis Murder." She also brought her character, Monica Quartermaine, over to "GH" spin-off's "Port Charles" and "General Hospital: Night Shift" for multiple appearances.

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          Kim Zimmer Talks About Her New ‘Life’

          Monday, August 30, 2010 at 1:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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          ( — She may have just started taping scenes for her big “One Life to Live” comeback as Echo DiSavoy, but Kim Zimmer is already dishing a little dirt on her upcoming storyline.

          In an interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger about playing the lead role of Christine in the new play “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods” (which is set to begin its three week run on Thursday, September 2nd), Zimmer reveals that shortly after accepting the role, she received official confirmation from ABC that she would be returning to “OLTL.” “What’s better for an actor than doing a soap by day and a play by night,” she asks.

          Zimmer, who was last on “OLTL” in 1983, says of her return, “I’ll be with my old friends Robin Strasser [Dorian] and Erika Slezak [Viki] from when I was first on the show. Not that the scripts will have me and Erika [Viki] as friends. Now that Echo’s back in Springfield, having finished with being a faux-countess, she’s there to stir up trouble — taking an interest in Erika’s [Viki's] husband.” Despite Zimmer’s faux pas in confusing her former “Guiding Light” hometown of Springfield with “OLTL’s’ Llanview, it appears that Echo will not only interact with familiar faces like Clint, Dorian, and Viki, but with Charlie as well, much to Viki’s dismay.

          Speaking of Slezak, the long-time “One Life” actress issued the following statement on her website on August 21st “Kim Zimmer has joined us at ‘One Life to Live.’ She comes back as the same character she played 27 years ago, Echo Di Savoy and Echo is here to make trouble. It will be lots and lots of fun and good story. I worked with her Friday, she was awesome as usual. I love her and am so happy to have her back. It will be story for so many of the older characters.”

          As for the demise of “Guiding Light” (which was cancelled last year), where Zimmer portrayed Reva Shane on and off for more than two decades, she admits that “I was so angry that the show went downhill. After it ended, I started writing my memoir, and my co-writer Laura Morton had to let me spew about everything for a month. She was a genuine shrink in the way she was able to calm me down. It was real therapy writing that book. For the moment, it [the title] is ‘I’m Just Sayin.’ Because I did say a lot in it.” It is expected to be released by Penguin Books next spring.

          You can read more of her comments, as well as learn more about the play “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” here.

          Look for Zimmer, who started taping her scenes on August 19th, to first air on Friday, October 1st.

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          ( — Just days before next cycle’s “Dancing with the Stars” cast is announced during Monday’s episode of ABC’s “Bachelor Pad,” comes word that actor Jack Wagner, who portrays Nick Marone on CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful,” is rumored to be joining the cast in the upcoming 11th season of the hit ABC reality-competition series.

          While ABC has had soap stars from the past and present appear on the series over the years, it was always someone from within the ABC/Disney family including the likes of “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison, along with Aiden Turner who appeared in this past spring’s 10th season just after being fired from the ABC soap. “General Hospital’s” Kelly Monaco won it all in the first season of the program in the summer of 2005. Another notable alum is former “SoapTalk” (which aired on Disney cable network SOAPnet) co-host Lisa Rinna. When pressed for a response an ABC spokesman reminds us that the “network does not respond to casting rumors.”

          While Jack Wagner portrayed the role of Frisco Jones on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 1983-1988, 1989-1991, 1994 and 1995, it is highly unlikely that the network would be willing to help promote a rivals competing series, so the chances of him appearing are slim. Meanwhile, Mario Lopez was the closest a daytime soap star from another network has ever come to appearing on the show as he had just completed a brief stint on “B&B” just before “Dancing’s” second season premiere in 2006. He finished second with partner Karina Smirnoff.

          The official cast of “Dancing with the Stars’” 11th season will be made on Monday, August 30 during ABC’s “Bachelor Pad.”

          Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network and for all the latest developments relating to this story.

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