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


Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 2:10 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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( — The soap veteran joins the cast of “One Life to Live” in the recasted role of Ross Rayburn. 

According to Soap Opera Digest, Warlock, whose most recent soap stint was as Anthony Blackthorn on “As the World Turns,” began taping his scenes at the “OLTL” studios yesterday, July 19th.  This was after “One Life” learned that Michael Lowry, who portrayed Ross off and on for the past year, was unavailable to reprise the role due to scheduling conflicts.  The role was originated by Shawn Christopher in 2002.

The actor is no stranger to soaps, having also appeared on “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “The Young & the Restless.”  In addition, he has also been a regular on shows such as “Happy Days” and “Baywatch.” 

Warlock will be on recurring status with “OLTL,” and his stint is expected to be short-term.  No first airdate has been announced. 

In other casting news…

David Henry Coffey reprises his role as an ER Doctor on July 20th, when he informs Natalie that she is pregnant.  Coffey last appeared a few weeks ago when James was admitted to the hospital after being shot.

“One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

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    Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 8:05 PM ET

    "The Bold and the Beautiful's" Mackenzie Mauzy appears in tonight's episode of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" along-side Candice Accola as sisters who are accused of killing the manager of their pop group "Confetti." Soap Opera Network has a look at the duo singing their song "Begin Again" in a music video inspired by the episode with the same name, which is the sixth to air in "Diva's" second season.

    "Drop Dead Diva" airs Sunday's at 9:00 PM ET/PT on Lifetime.

    Sunday, July 17, 2010 at 2:10 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — In a message to her fans on her Facebook page, the actress reveals that she has asked to be taken off contract with “One Life to Live” because she “decided this because it’s just time to move on…and time to try other things.”

    The news may seem like déjà vu, given that there were rumors to that effect earlier this year that were quickly denied by the Sumpter.  However, this time around the news came straight from the actress herself. 

    In a video message to her fans on Friday, Sumpter explains that her decision to be taken off contract (as of July 30th), was her’s alone, and that she will remain with “OLTL” in a recurring capacity, saying that “Whenever ‘One Life’ needs me to come and stop by and do whatever they need me to do I will be there.” You can watch her entire three mintue clip here.

    It remains unclear as to how her decision will affect her on-screen love interest David Fumero (Cristian Vega), who recently signed a new contract with the show. 

    Sumpter joined the cast of “One Life to Live” as Layla Williamson in 2005.  She has appeared in films such as “Brooklyn’s Finest,” “Whisper Me a Lullaby,” and “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.” 

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

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      Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 1:18 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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      ( — Jason Castro is set to appear on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" at the end of this month when he shares scenes with "B&B" actors Sarah Joy Brown (Agnes Jones), Zack Conroy (Oliver Jones) and Kimberly Matula (Hope Logan).

      The "American Idol" contestant will play himself when he makes his soap debut on the Thursday, July 29 episode of "B&B." Look for the singer to perform the song "Love Uncompromised" off of his self-titled debut album Jason Castro. The album was released in April 2010.

      Ironically, Castro's episode debut coincides with the debut of former "Family Matters" star Reginald velJohnson.

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        Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 12:20 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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        ( — For nine seasons, actor Reginald velJohnson portrayed the popular role of Carl Otis Winslow on the ABC/CBS comedy series "Family Matters." Now he's set to appear on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" later this month in scenes with actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) and "B&B" newcomer Scott Clifton (Liam Cooper).

        velJohnson is will be playing the role of Ed and his first airdate is set for Thursday, July 29.

        In 2010, the actor has appeared in episodes of Disney XD's "I'm in the Band" and the online series "Funny or Die Presents…"

        Look for Clifton to make his first appearance on "The Bold and the Beautiful" starting this Monday, July 19.

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          Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:53 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — If you thought you couldn't get enough of Brenda Barrett and her portrayers return to ABC's "General Hospital" next month, has more Brenda, Brenda, Brenda for those of you who just can't get enough.

          Beginning Saturday, July 17, will begin counting down to Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's return to the soap with "classic and key moments" in Brenda's history each day until her first airdate on Wednesday, August 11.'s decision to showcase the characters history over the course of 25 days follows in line with corporate sibling ABC Family's annual "25 Days of Christmas."

          "Remember when Sonny busted her with the wire? Or when they went to Puerto Rico? Or when Brenda met Jax? We'll be showing all those moments and more – one new moment added each day," the online portion of the SOAPnet cable network said.

          With SOAPnet on its way out in 2012, it does seem interesting that the network never thought of doing a "25 Days of Classic Soaps" theme at some point during the year to drive up its viewer base as ABC Family had done over the years allowing it to grow into one of the most watched cable networks and a financial success to The Walt Disney Company, who was accused of overspending on the network in the early 2000's from News Corporation (when the channel was then known as FOX Family).

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            Friday, July 16, 2010 at 11:05 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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            ( – James Franco, who is currently starring on ABC's "General Hospital," is scheduled to appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" Saturday Edition on Saturday, July 17, in which he talks with co-anchor Bianna Golodryga during a sit down interview that took place last month during the soaps filming at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, CA.

            In the interview, the actor discusses what drew him to the structure of soap operas and the creation of his character Franco on "GH."

            "There are performances with different levels of intension, different levels of being genuine, that can get audiences thinking in a different way than just about a fictional story," said Franco. "And I thought…if I went on a soap opera, maybe that would add something, maybe that would shake something up."


            Photo: Rick Rowell/ABC

            In addition to his role on "General Hospital," look for the actor to discuss his new film with Julia Roberts, "Eat, Pray, Love" due out in August and his reputation as a "renaissance man," in which he finds himself as not just an actor, but a director, producer, and artist as well.

            "Good Morning America Weekend," anchored by Bill Weir and Bianna Golodryga, airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on the ABC Television Network (check local listings).

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              Friday, July 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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              ( — Erica Kane is heading around the world with husband-to-be number 11 Jackson Montgomery and she's blogging her adventures on her new website,, and is keeping in touch with follower's on her Twitter page as well. This marks the first time that a fictional character, played by legendary actress Susan Lucci, has embarked on a world-wind travel expedition while allowing her fans in on all her experiences outside of tuning in to her trials and tribulations on the soap "All My Children."

              In her first blog post dated Thursday, July 15, Erica talks about heading out of Pine Valley with Jackson for their world adventure, while also thanking her fans for sticking by her during her time in need. Recently, she had been accused of embezzling money from her daughter Bianca Montgomery's (Bennett Lind) charity, the Miranda Center.

              "Helping women in need is such an important issue to me, so the accusation that I would siphon funds from the Miranda Center – which has helped so many – was particularly painful," said Kane. "I received all of your letters and e-mails, and every single one was appreciated. I am everything I am because of you, my fans. Also, your get well cards while I recovered from my plane crash warmed my heart."

              In reality, ABC and its cable counterpart SOAPnet, are keeping the characters of Erica Kane and Jackson Montgomery on the minds of their fans while their portrayers Lucci and Walt Willey are on their previously scheduled summer hiatus from "AMC." The characters are set to return to the soap in September as the town of Pine Valley gears up for hopefully the last wedding for Erica, who has previously wed the likes of Adam Chandler (David Canary) and Dimitri Marick (Michael Nader), and Jackson himself multiple times.

              "All My Children" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

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              • Walt Willey
              • David Canary
              • Bennett Lind
              • Michael Nader

                Advertisers Mourn Alongside Soap Fans

                As the daytime drama continues its climb up the endangered species list, frustrated soap fans aren’t the only ones starting to panic. A recent report by TheWrap states that advertisers are beginning to grow concerned as well, preferring soap operas to the talk and game shows that are replacing them.

                While the alternatives are cheaper and easier for the networks to produce, soap operas remain more cost-effective for companies and corporations seeking to advertise on TV. “They are even more efficient than much of daytime cable programming. I would be disappointed if all of the soap operas disappeared,” comments an unidentified ad buyer.


                ‘One Life to Live’ Celebrates 42 Years

                Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 3:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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                ( — “One Life to Live” celebrates 42 years of delivering drama, passion, and romance to millions of viewers.

                Editors Note: I first wrote the following article in celebration of “One Life to Live’s” 39th anniversary in 2007. I am re-posting it again this year, in honor of the show’s 42nd anniversary. Only slight revisions to the original article have been made, mainly in the last paragraph, to reflect events during which occurred during the past two years, including “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary in July 2008, at which time SON posted several special articles commerating the event, as well as the show’s three day musical event from earlier this year and move to “All My Children’s” studios.

                Forty-two years ago today, a new soap named “One Life to Live” debuted on ABC. On July 15, 1968, the mythical town of Llanview, Pennsylvania was born as ABC Daytime brought millions of viewers a drama centered around the culturally diverse suburb of Philadelphia. Romance, adventure, racial relations, interracial marriage, AIDS, gang violence, child abuse, split personalities, mental disorders, homosexuality, rape, heart disease, breast cancer, and more have been featured as the soap gained many loyal viewers and fans. Over the decades, “One Life to Live” has become one of Daytime television’s highest rated drama series, and many of its characters household names.

                During its nearly four decades on the air, “One Life to Live” has been nominated as Outstanding Daytime Serial four times (1983, 2000, 2002, and 2007), and won once (in 2002). The soap has also gone on to win numerous technical and acting Daytime Emmys and Soap Opera Digest Awards over the years. In 2005, “One Life to Live” veteran Erika Slezak won her record breaking sixth Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress. Slezak is also the recipient of a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Daytime Couple, which she shares with her former co-star Mark Derwin.

                ABC approached “Another World” writer Agnes Nixon in the mid-1960s about creating a new daytime drama for the network. A short time later “One Life to Live” premiered on ABC as a half hour soap opera on Monday, July 15, 1968 at 3:30 pm et. Unlike other soaps of its day, “One Life to Live” featured a diverse cast of characters representing a number of ethnic, social and religious backgrounds. Groundbreaking storylines such as a black woman trying to pass herself off as being white proved quite relevant during the turbulence of late 1960s America. The early days of Llanview featured daytime’s first Jewish family in the Siegels, as well as the middle class Rileys and Woleks and wealthy Lords. Other families introduced over the years have included the Buchanans, Cramers, Vegas, Walshs, McBain, Vegas, and Rappaports. Since the show’s inception, the character of Victoria Lord has been the focal point of Llanview and “One Life to Live.” Originally portrayed by Gillian Spencer, Viki has been played by the legendary Erika Slezak since March 17, 1971.

                “One Life to Live” served as a replacement for the short-lived game show “The Baby Game,” and was part of a scheduling shuffle with “Dark Shadows” and “The Dating Game.” The new soap overcame stiff competition early on from “The Edge of Night” on CBS and the successful game show “You Don’t Say” on NBC. “One Life to Live” expanded to forty-five minutes and moved to 2:30 pm et on July 26, 1976. On January 16, 1978 it would expand to one hour and moved into its present time slot. “One Life to Live” has often been referred to as “the most peculiarly American of soap operas: the first serial to present a vast array of ethnic types, broad comic situations, a constant emphasis on social issues, and strong male characters.”

                Nixon’s original title for “One Life to Live” was “Between Heaven and Hell,” but the name was scrapped at the last minute due to fears by sponsors that the name was too controversial. Nonetheless, the first opening sequence for “One Life to Live” featured a close up image of flames in a fireplace with the words “One Life to Live” hovering above it. The Colgate-Palmolive Company was the original sponsor of the new ABC Daytime Drama. Nixon maintained ownership of the show until it was purchased by the network in 1974.

                Over the years, “One Life to Live” has tackled many controversial storylines. For its efforts in bringing relevant social issues to the forefront, “One Life to Live” has been rewarded with several awards and honors. In 1992, it became the first soap to show the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, as part of a critically acclaimed homophobia storyline. In 2000, “One Life to Live” received the CDC Sentinel for Health Award for Viki’s breast cancer storyline. That same storyline also featured First Lady Laura Bush appearing on “One Life to Live” in Public Service Announcements concerning the disease.

                “One Life to Live” has also been responsible for many “first” in Daytime television over the years. In 1970, it became the first regularly scheduled television program to adhere to a White House request to use commercial airtime to alert the American public about the dangers of drugs. The soap broadcast actual group therapy sessions of teenage drug addicts at Odyssey House in New York City. The storyline featured Dr. Jim Craig taking his daughter Cathy to Odyssey House after she stole her father’s prescription pads, and forged his signature to buy drugs to support her addiction. The idea behind the storyline belonged to none other than Agnes Nixon, who called it “a natural outgrowth of our program.”

                “One Life to Live” also traveled to exotic destinations in South America and Europe over the years. The show transported viewers to the Old West, sent them to Heaven, and gave them a glimpse of life down below in the underground city of Eterna. “One Life to Live” has brought us the many marriages of Asa Buchanan and Viki Davidson, as well as numerous unforgettable characters and storylines. “One Life to Live” has also fantasized about the middle ages, amused us with special Trading Places and Babes Behind Bars episodes, and entertained us with a weeklong high school prom musical. In 2005, the sudser tackled cross promotion, when Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) “wrote” a book called “The Killing Club.” The book, which cracked the New York Times Bestseller list, was actually written by former “One Life to Live” Head Writer Michael Malone. The soap treated viewers to another Daytime first in 2002 with a week of live episodes, each of which featured a cameo appearance by a former cast member.

                Over the years Llanview has been home to many cast members and guest stars that have gone on to become celebrities. Among them are Judith Light, Laurence Fishburne, Phylicia Rahsad, Roma Downey, Tommy Lee Jones, Marcia Cross, Ivana Trump, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Yasmine Bleeth, Dixie Carter, Faith Ford, Ryan Phillippe, and Brandon Routh, just to name a few. “One Life to Live” has also entertained a long list of musicians over the years covering a variety of genres from country, to rap, to hip-hop, to rock and roll. The list includes Bill Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Peabo Bryson, Darlene Love, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, Nelly Furtado, and Snoop Dogg, among others. Other celebrity guests appearing on “One Life to Live” in recent years have been “Good Morning America Weekend” anchor Marysol Castro, talk show hosts Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, and author Peter Straub. And in 1994, three of the soap’s leading men, John Loprieno, Robert S. Woods, and Clint Ritchie appeared as their “One Life to Live” characters Cord, Bo, and Clint on an episode of the primetime ABC sitcom “Roseanne,” whose star is a longtime fan of the soap.

                On August 17, 2007, “One Life to Live” celebrated the airing of their 10,000th episode. The milestone made “One Life to Live” only the fifth of the nine present daytime dramas to reach the coveted achievement. Furthermore, “OLTL” marked their 40th anniversary on July 15, 2008, by revisiting several classic storylines from the show’s four deacde run, including Viki’s trip to heaven, Tina’s horrific fall over the terrifying Iguazu Falls, and Bo and Rex going forty years back to time to the Buchanan ranch of 1968. The show also paid homage to creator Agnes Nixon, by inviting her to appear as herself in the special two-part anniversary episodes, in addition to bringing back several past castmembers and characters for the event. In 2010, the show moved into the vacated studios of sister soap “All My Children” when that show relocated production to Los Angeles.   Also in 2010, “One Life to Live” aired a second prom night musical event entitled “Starr X’d Lovers: The Musical” with much fanfare.

                Over the past 42 years, “One Life to Live” has brought drama, passion, and romance to millions of loyal viewers five days a week, and they will continue to be rewarded for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the daytime genre.

                ”One Life to Live”, an Agnes Nixon creation, can be seen weekdays at 2:00 pm ET on the ABC Television Network. Taped in New York City, Ron Carlivati is the Head Writer and Frank Valentini the Executive Producer. For more information on “One Live to Live,” visit

                “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and  Check local listings.

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