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, July 3, 2010 at 3:00 AM ET by Angela Rosa

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( — Will Tad Martin’s (Michael E. Knight) bad-boy son stand a chance with Adam Chandler’s (David Canary) princess after this hunk steps foot in Pine Valley?

Trent Garrett has been selected to play the contract role of Asher Pike on ABC’s “All My Children.” Look for the mysterious Asher to come into the scene on the heels of Colby Chandler (Natalie Hall) learning some rather interesting information about her current bad-boy boyfriend, Damon (Finn Wittrock).

Until now, Garret has had much of his success in the world of modeling, appearing in ads for clothing giants such as “Abercrombie & Fitch.” In 2009, the young model turned actor landed a small role on a 2009 episode of the CW’s “90210.” Garrett also has a role in the upcoming romantic comedy “Slightly Single in L.A,” which stars “AMC” alumni Lacey Chabert (ex-Bianca) and Jonathan Bennett (ex-JR).

Garrett, and his originally named character Asher, debuts on “AMC” on Friday, August 13.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Check local listings. “AMC” also airs 24/7 online at

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 11:15 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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( — "General Hospital" has recruited actress Adrienne Barbeau, best known for her role as Carol Traynor on "Maude" in the 1970's, for a very important role involving the return of Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil) to the ABC Daytime drama series according to TV Guide's Michael Logan.

Barbeau will be portraying the role of Suzanne Stanwyck who runs a charity agency for children in Italy, which is where we'll find Brenda (Marcil). The actresses first airdate is scheduled for Thursday, August 12, the day after Marcil's first airdate back on the show. According to "GH" head writer Robert Guza, Jr., the characters will be first seen working together in Rome, and they'll eventually make their way to Port Charles soon after.

"Despite her hard edge, Suzanne has a lot of love for others, including Brenda — she's her confidante, so to speak," said Guza. "As we get to know Suzanne better, she'll have a surprising feminine side."

The role is set for a number of weeks, but it could prove to be heavily recurring if fan response to the storyline is positive.

Barbeau received a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her role on CBS sitcom "Maude" in 1977. She starred in the HBO series "Carnivale" from 2003 to 2005 and played Catwoman in the 1992-1995 animated series "Batman." She also appeared in a number of hit primetime series during the 2009-2010 television season including ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," CBS' "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and Showtime's "Dexter."

"General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

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    Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 1:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — Following a series of contract negotations, David Fumero agrees to keep Cristian Vega in Llanview for the foreseeable future.

    After hearing last week that the talks “could go either way,” a source close to the actor tells ABC Soaps in Depth that he has signed a new contract with the soap, although the length of which has not been announced.  A spokesperson for “OLTL” later confirmed the report.

    Fumero took over the role of the younger Vega brother from Yorlin Madera in June of 1998. He left the show in October 2003, only to return briefly from late 2004-early 2005. In September of that year he returned to the show full-time. Fumero is married to his his former co-star Mellisa Gallo (ex-Adriana Cramer).

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

    Buddy’s ‘Life’ Ending News a Hoax?

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    ( — News of the actor’s alleged departure from “One Life to Live” takes an odd and unexpected turn.

    In a story first reported late last week by Soap Opera Network and a number of other media outlets, the following message appeared on Brandon Buddy’s official Twitter page on June 18th: “It’s a bitter sweet day :( Today I decided I’m not going to re-sign. No more Llanview…”  The tweet was followed up later by another comment, assuring fans that there was “Still lots to come from Starr & Cole though!”

    However it now appears as if it was all part of an elaborate hoax from someone who apparently hacked into Buddy’s Twitter account.  Late Tuesday evening, both tweets had been deleted and Buddy informed his fans that he “Had a hacker. Doing everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m sorry for upsetting everyone,what they said wasn’t true. I love you guys. I want you guys to be happy, I’m really sorry this happened.”

    So at least for now anyway, it appears that Buddy, who joined the soap in October of 2006, will remain a part of the “One Life to Live” cast.  SON will continue to monitor this story and bring you updates as coditions warrant. 

    Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.

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

    ABC Daytime Celebrates 4th with Repeats

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 2:15 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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    ( — As America celebrates its independence next month with cookouts, fireworks, and family vacations, ABC Daytime isn’t letting the fact that the 4th of July falls on a Sunday this year keeping them from airing encore episodes of your favorite daytime dramas. 

    On Monday, July 5th, instead of showing first-run episodes of your favorite ABC Daytime dramas “All My Children,” “General Hospital” or “One Life to Live,” the network has opted to air repeat episodes of their soaps in honor of Indepedence Day. These episodes are said to be important moments in each soap’s current storylines.  Here is preview of what to expect:

    • All My Children” Episode #10692 (original air date 04/14/10) — Zach tells Greenlee that although his feelings for Kendall have changed, he does still love her and wants to try and make his marriage work. Zach points out to Greenlee she herself played a role in the events that led to the accident and changed everyone’s lives. Greenlee’s anger returns in full force when Ryan arrives with Kendall. Greenlee ends up storming out and is clearly nowhere close to forgiving Kendall. Alone at the airport, Greenlee isn’t sure where her next destination should be. Zach tells Kendall he won’t try to stop her from going back to Pine Valley but makes it clear he won’t be going with her. JR admits to Annie that he wants her but says he loves Marissa and heads upstairs to his wife. Amanda pushes Natalia towards Brot while at the same time; Jake encourages Brot to take a chance with Natalia. Brot catches Natalia off guard when he suddenly pulls her into a kiss.
    • One Life to Live” Episode #10656 (original air date 05/24/10) — At the airport John declares his feelings to Natalie. John explains that what she witnessed with Marty was a goodbye kiss. Natalie does not tell john about sleeping with Brody. Jessica tells Brody that she has recovered her lost memories. Langston confesses to having lied to Starr about the length and nature of her relationship with Ford. Starr reels and holds Langston accountable, but ultimately will not abandon her friend. An angry Markko seeks refuge at Buenos Dias remembering the way in which Ford rubbed his sexual conquest in Markko’s face. Ford is bludgeoned and left for dead. Penny gets Rex and Gigi released from jail. They look inside the mysterious box and find an old photograph that leads them to wonder if the answers about Rex’s parents can be found near a mountain in the Sangre De Cristo range, Wheeler Peak. Markko washes blood off his hands in the Buenos Dias.
    • General Hospital” Episode #11983 (original air date 01/29/10) — Everyone gathers for Josslyn’s christening. Dominic makes a bold move when he realizes Sonny is planning on having him meet an untimely demise and their confrontation takes a tragic turn. Lucky admits to Jason he isn’t sure if he’ll be able to be a good father to Jake. Robin advises Nikolas to keep his distance from Elizabeth.  (This episode was originally scheduled to be re-broadcast on Memorial Day, however, ABC chose to air a different episode of “GH” shortly before the holiday).

    Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Tuesday, July 6th.  Happy 4th of July from your friends at Soap Opera Network

    “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

    Monday, June 21, 2010 at 4:25 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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    ( — James Franco takes "General Hospital" and its fans on the ride of their life as the actor in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) have come together in presenting James Franco the actor and artist. In an episode of "General Hospital" being filmed this week, the actor will put his artwork entitled "SOAP at MOCA: James Franco on General Hospital" on display for a select live audience who will observe the goings on's in front of and behind the camera. The special episode will air on Thursday, July 22 on ABC.

    According to a press release, "Franco, James Franco's character from 'General Hospital,' will be having an exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center, during which Jeffrey Deitch, the new director of MOCA, and the characters from Port Charles from 'General Hospital' will be making their West Coast debut. The character's exhibition will include full-scale models of the locations in which he encountered mobster Jason Morgan (Emmy winner Steve Burton). To the musical accompaniment of his artistic collaborator Kalup Dashinel, played by critically acclaimed video and performance artist Kalup Linzy, who will perform live during the taping, Franco will attempt to lure Jason and others into his art-trap. If all goes to plan, mastermind Franco will turn both Jason Morgan’s life and his own death into art, a performance to end all performances."

    "'Soap at MOCA' is an attempt to both blur and define the lines between different disciplines, between life an art, between art and popular culture, and between representations of the self as both performative character and as non-performative self," said Franco.

    "James Franco's collaboration with MOCA through 'SOAP at MOCA: James Franco on General Hospital' allows mass entertainment to be viewed through an art world filter, said MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch. "Franco’s artwork examines performance: it looks at the multiple levels of identity that are wound into performance; the legitimacy of some performance over others; the contextualization of performance; and how this changes perception and even the nature of performance. SOAP at MOCA: James Franco on General Hospital involves multiple levels of documentation and presentation."

    Taping will take place at the Pacific Design Plaza next to the MOCA Pacific Design Center in California.

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      Monday, June 21, 2010 at 4:02 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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      ( — "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" is right around the corner and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with producers Associated Television International (ATI) have added more names to the list of presenters during the Sunday, June 27 telecast on CBS.

      "General Hospital's" Vanessa Marcil will join Daytime Emmy Award nominees Wayne Brady ("Let's Make a Deal"), Jeff Foxworthy ("Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"), Alex Trebek ("Jeopardy") and many more as presenters during "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" telecast. The Las Vegas company of Disney's musical "The Lion King" is scheduled to perform. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest will introduce the "American Bandstand" and Dick Clark tribute, with Donny Osmond, Chubby Checker, Tony Orlando and "The Jersey Boys" added to the line-up of stars who will salute the iconic show and legendary television personality.

      "Live with Regis and Kelly" co-host Regis Philbin will host the live broadcast from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 9:00 to 11:00 PM ET on the CBS Television Network.

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        Monday, June 21, 2010 at 12:25 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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        ( — Actresses Mackenzie Mauzy and Jaime Ray Newman land guest starring roles on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" starring Brooke Elliott.

        Mauzy and Newman are both scheduled to appear in the July 18 episode of "Diva," while Newman is expected to continue to appear in multiple episodes as season two of the series progresses. According to sources, Newman's character will be entangled in the life of Grayson Kent (Jackson Hurst), who was the love of Deb Dobkins' (Brooke D'Orsay) life, until her life was turned upside down when she suddenly died in a car accident only to return in the form of plus-sized lawyer Jane Bingum (Elliott).

        Ironically enough, on a show about life after death, both actresses found their characters on each of their respective soaps killed off in some manner involving a car. For Mauzy, her character Phoebe Forrester on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" died in a car accident on the day of her father's wedding to her ex-boyfriend's mother; while Newman's character, Kristina Cassadine on ABC's "General Hospital," died in a car bomb intended for the town's mafioso.

        "Drop Dead Diva" airs Sundays on Lifetime. Check local listings.

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          Monday, June 21, 2010 at 3:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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          ( — “As the World Turns” star Evan Alex Cole reveals that he has auditioned for a role on “One Life to Live.”

          Cole, who has portrayed Lyon Hunter on “ATWT” since April 30, 2009, announced last Friday on his Facebook page that he was “going in for a contract role on ‘ONE LIFE TO LIVE’ today. What we think?”  The actor will soon have more free time on his hands when “World Turns” wraps production in the coming weeks, and is scheduled to air its final episode in September.

          While the 25-year-old Atlanta native hasn’t revealed the role he tested for, one possibly is for the new character of “TJ,” who is described as “a man with a real James Dean quality about him, and is sexy, handsome and edgy.  He is silent, mysterious and brooding. He’s the kind of boy that all the girls want to ‘save’ and their parents want to keep away.”  According to the casting call, “OLTL” is looking for a white male between the ages of 18 & 24 for the role. You can read a summary of the audition script here

          SON will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.

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

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            Buddy’s ‘One Life’ Reaches an End

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            ( — Brandon Buddy decides not to renew his contract with “One Life to Live.”

            In a message posted on the actor’s official Twitter page Friday evening, Buddy broke the news to his fans that “It’s a bitter sweet day :( Today I decided I’m not going to re-sign. No more Llanview…”

            The 24-year-old Buddy joined “OLTL” as Cole Thornhart, the son of Marty Saybrook (Susan Haskell) and Patrick Thornhart (last played by Thorsten Kaye), on October 10, 2006.  A final airdate has not been determined, although he expected to air throughout the summer. It is unknown if the role will recast.

            Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.

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

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