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


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.

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    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

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      Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 11:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — “One Life to Live’s” former Jared Banks is set to make an appearance in an upcoming episode of the cable television series “Drop Dead Diva.”

      From 2007-2009 (and again briefly earlier this year) Brotherton spent his days in Llanview where his character was busy romancing Natalie Buchanan (Melissa Archer). But now the actor is testing the primetime waters, where has hooked another short-term gig.

      After appearing as Leo in an episode of the ill-fated Melissa Milano sitcom “Romantically Challenged” back in the spring, Brotherton has landed a guest spot on the the more popular Lifetime series “Drop Dead Diva,” which stars Brooke Elliott as the spirit of dead supermodel Deb Dobkins, who has been reincarnated in the body of brilliant, but overweight (and also recently deceased) attorney named Jane Bingum.

      The show has become a popular hangout for soap stars, including Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina, “General Hospital”). Other celebrity guests have included Paula Abdul, Deidrich Bader, Delta Burke, Elliot Gould, Tim Gunn, Ricki Lake, Liza Minnelli, Kathy Najimy, Cybill Shepherd, Rosie O’Donnell, and Chuck Woolery.

      Although the name of Brotherton’s character is not clear, look for him to turn up in the August 15th episode of the series, which airs Sunday nights at 9:00 PM ET on Lifetime.

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        ‘OLTL’ Scribe Starts Blog

        Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 10:35 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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        ( — “One Life to Live” Breakdown Writer Shelly Altman takes you inside the mind of a soap scribe as the current blogger for The Writers’ Guild of America, East’s (WGAE) new member-written blog “Write On.”  According to Soap Opera Digest, “the blog will be written by members, sharing their experiences about writing and their careers.”

        In her latest entry, Altman discusses how it’s all in the name when it comes to creating a new soap character, as well as the fact they she named two past recurring lawyers on “One Life” (Alex Cody and Morgan Guthrie) after her own children.  You can read more of this entry, as well as others, by clicking here.

        Altman has been a Breakdown Writer for “OLTL” since 2001.  From 1995-99 she was an Associate Head Writer for “Another World.”

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          Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9:49 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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          ( — As if being the most in demand actress in daytime wasn't enough, Vanessa Marcil, 41, can add newlywed and wife to her list of accomplishments in 2010 as the actress wed "CSI: NY" star Carmine Giovinazzo, 36, on Sunday, July 11 in New York City among family and friends, according to a statement released by the actress' representatives to Us Magazine. Marcil has opted to now also go by the name Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo professionally, according to her employers at Disney/ABC. 

          The actress' son, Kassius, with ex-boyfriend Brian Austin Green ("Beverly Hills, 90210") was among the attendees according to Us. The eight-year old also attended the nuptials of his daddy to actress Megan Fox ("Transformers") on June 24 in Hawaii.

          This is Marcil Giovinazzo's second marriage as she was previously married to Corey Feldman from 1989 to 1993 

          After a seven-year absence, Marcil Giovinazzo returns to ABC's "General Hospital" in the role of Brenda Barrett on Wednesday, August 11. The network is devoting an entire week to the actresses return, which has resulted in minor backlash from viewers that do not watch "GH" and would prefer to see "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" air in their regular scheduled timeslots on Tuesday, August 10.

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            Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 4:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

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            ( — ABC Daytime looks to cut costs but at what cost?

            On Tuesday, July 12, Daytime Confidential reported that they heard rumblings that ABC Daytime wants to cut their schedule by up to twenty episodes a year (that is approximately ten percent of current regular annual output) and that they’d do this by showing encore presentations of classic episodes of “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” that relate to current storyline. Later, that day ABC Daytime put out a release announcing that coinciding with “GH” superstar Vanessa Marcil’s (Brenda, “GH”) August 11 return, the ABC network along with SOAPnet would air a block of encore Brenda related “GH” episodes on on August 10, 2010 from 1 PM EST to 3 PM EST effectively pre-empting “AMC” and OLTL.” Today, the ABC network along with SOAPnet effectively confirmed DC’s July 12 scoop. In a release, the network noted that the Brenda tribute is just the beginning of ABC Daytime going into the archives on network time. Adding, “fans have often expressed the desire to see their favorite episodes of our soaps… Throughout the year, ABC Daytime will occasionally encore episodes that will enhance current story and give fans the opportunity to see episodes they really loved and have wanted to see again.”

            Although we don’t dismiss fan consideration, the probable cut of ten percent of annual output will decrease the amount of money the network has to spend on writers, actors and crew. With ABC Daytime more or less confirming the cost-effective move, we suspect the actors and writers guilds have agreed to or are in the process of agreeing to be flexible about pre-arranged guarantees. There are also rumors that each soap will be cutting down their yearly work schedule, this is a move currently practiced by NBC’s ‘Days of Our Lives” and previously previously practiced by ABC’s “Port Charles” to cut costs. The aforementioned move will of course help with that if this rumor is indeed true. Ratings (particularly the demographics advertisers look at when deciding to fund programs, Women 18-49) are drastically down for all soaps, as well as much of the television line-up, making these cost-effective moves appear to be absolutely necessary.

            On a shallow note, Soap Opera Network, and we’re sure all soap fans alike, hopes ABC Daytime will show truly classic episodes of the ABC soap line-up. As fans of the network know, ABC Daytime currently shows weeks-to-months old episodes in the usual pre-scheduled four to five open encore episode slots a year.

            SON will keep you updated as more information develops on this story.

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            Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 10:28 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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            ( — After a 3 1/2 month stint on NBC's "Days of our Lives," Jessica Tuck finds her character, Madeline Peterson Woods, ready to bite the dust on next weeks episode after an argument with her son.

            On Monday, July 19, Madeline and Chad (Casey Deidrik) find themselves in a heated argument after Chad learns that his mother was once a call girl. The two are at the Salem Pier and after trying to get her son to listen to reason, Madeline grabs Chad's arm and she loses her balance and hits her head on the ground. Afterward, she is rushed to the hospital where she is later declared dead by Dr. Lexie Carver (Renee Jones). While  it seems a son may have caused the death of his mother due to an unthinkable mistake, sources confirm that a twist will take place in which the blame will not be on Chad's lap. Of course, Chad's daddy might not agree.

            Tuck joined the "DAYS" cast on Wednesday, April 7 as the wife of Charles Woods (David Leisure) and mother to Chad. 

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              Tuesday, July 12, 2010 at 3:16 PM ET by Scotty Gore

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              ( — ABC is hoping to capitalize on Vanessa Marcil’s return to “General Hospital” as Brenda Barrett by replacing their entire soap line-up on August 10th with three of the character’s most memorable episodes.

              That’s right “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” fans, prepare to be disappointed on Tuesday, August 10th when the network plans to air three consecutive encore episodes of “GH” dedicated to key Brenda moments from her previous stints in Port Charles, the day before the character is scheduled to return to town.

              When viewers last saw Brenda, Jax had left her at the altar, which prompted her to leave town. Now she returns to Port Charles just when the three men in her life – Jax, Jason, and Sonny – need her the most.

              Here is the rundown of what to expect on Tuesday, August 10th:

              1:00 PM ET ABC / 8:00 PM ET SOAPnet – “General Hospital” Episode #8602 (OAD November 5, 1996) — As Brenda prepares to marry Jax at the Quartermaine mansion, Sonny interrupts with Miranda, who’s still married to Jax.

              2:00 PM ET ABC / 9:00 PM ET SOAPnet – “General Hospital” Episode #8831 (OAD September 24, 1997) — After being left at the altar by Sonny, Brenda reminisces about the key moments of their relationship.

              3:00 PM ET ABC / 10:00 PM ET SOAPnet – “General Hospital” Episode #10138 (OAD October 29, 2002) — Brenda and Jason’s Las Vegas wedding.

              In addition, both and will launch special content beginning the week of July 12th “that will allow fans to reminisce and catch up on all things Brenda,” according to a press release. Fans can browse photo galleries and storyline histories, as well as answer trivia questions. On August 10th, the Top 25 Brenda video moments will be unveiled. Fans can log onto both websites for more information.

              Each day from Saturday, July 17th through Wednesday, August 11th, SOAPnet will air fan favorite Brenda “GH” episodes. Key moments include Sonny learning Brenda is wearing a wire; Sonny and Brenda’s famous kiss on the beach; and Sonny leaving Brenda in the rain.

              Also, SOAPnet will air “The Best of Brenda and Sonny” marathon on Saturday, August 15th with special appearances by Vanessa Marcil and Maurice Benard:

              3:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8105 (OAD December 2, 1994) – In Puerto Rico, Sonny and Brenda escape on a boat and end up washed ashore on a beach, where their relief turns to passion. The two then hurry back to Miguel’s (Ricky Martin) concert to warn him that he and Lois are in danger.

              4:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8688 (OAD March 7, 1997) — Trapped in a cave and thinking they’re going to die, Sonny and Brenda admit their feelings for each other and make love as Jax and Jason search for them.

              5:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8829 (OAD September 22, 1997) — Brenda is stunned at her wedding when Sonny leaves her waiting alone at the altar.

              6:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #9002 (OAD May 26, 1998) — Brenda pays a surprise visit to Sonny and finally gets him to admit why he didn’t show up for their wedding.

              And, as if that was not enough, Brenda fans can also watch original episodes of “GH” on Friday, August 6th and Monday, August 9th in which Sonny will remember his time with Brenda. According to ABC, “Sonny finds himself reminiscing about Brenda and longing for a past, simpler life that allowed him to love as completely as he did once with her. On Friday, August 6, we leave Sonny on the docks thinking about Brenda — and he flashes back to the time he helped her lug a heavy suitcase. Mistaking Claire Walsh for Brenda on August 9, Sonny tries to distract himself from his memories of her by pursuing Claire. However Sonny still cannot get her out of his mind – and he remembers the first time he told Brenda he loved her. “

              Finally, other special events will include retrospectives, hosted wraps, timelines, and much more.

              Marcil created the role of Brenda Barrett on “General Hospital” in 1992. After leaving in 1998 (and reprising the role briefly in 2000), she returned in 2002 before leaving again the following year. She won a Daytime Emmy for the role in 2003, along with Soap Opera Digest Awards in various categories in 1997, 1998, and 2003. She was awarded the Sojourn Service Award and has supported Sojourn Services for Battered Women in 2001, and has been named one of People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People.” Other television credits include “Las Vegas,” “Without a Trace,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” She is currently the host of the Lifetime reality show “Blush: The Search For the Next Great Makeup Artist.”

              Marcil makes her “GH” return on Wednesday, August 11th, when Brenda is revealed as the face of fashion house Cartullo, only to be attacked by a dangerous stalker.

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                Lucci & Canary Hit Prime-Time

                Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM ET by Angela Rosa

                Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

                ( — Drama king, David Canary, and drama queen, Susan Lucci, take their comedic talents to cable television.

                “All My Children” super-star Susan Lucci will air on the cable series “Hot In Cleveland,”  TV Land’s first original scripted series, later this summer.

                “Hot In Cleveland” stars “One Day at a Time” superstar Valerie Bertinelli as novelist Melanie Moretti, “Frasier” alumni Jane Leeves as eye-brow archer to the stars Joy Scroggs, “Just Shoot Me!” graduate Wendie Malick as former soap star Victoria Chase and television legend/current hot-commodity Betty White as a very feisty Cleveland based caretaker named Elka Ostrovsky. The initial storyline of the series finds the three 40-something best friends relocating from Los Angeles to Cleveland after finding themselves instantly attracted to the former home of new Miami Heat superstar LeBron James during a plane stop-by. Along with Lucci, the new Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) produced series has also recruited Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”), Wayne Knight (“3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Frasier”), Shirley Knight (“As Good As It Gets”), Huey Lewis (“Just Shoot Me!”), Juliet Mills (“Nanny and the Professor”), Carl Reiner (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”), John Schneider (“Dukes of Hazzard”) and Amy Yasbeck (“Wings”) for appearances on the series’ first season.

                “Hot in Cleveland” airs on Wednesday nights and is scheduled to air just ten episodes this season, so expect to see Lucci’s episode air before the series puts out their last original episode for the 2010 season on August 18. The soap icon is currently enjoying a long vacation from her home of forty years “AMC” and taped the episode this past Friday. Check Local listings for time and channel.

                David Canary who exited “All My Children” last April to the heartbreak of millions of fans has been tapped for a guest appearance on Larry David’s (“Seinfeld” co-creator) comedy series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” which airs on HBO. According to sources close to the New York taped-and-based series, Larry David’s character will be purchasing “street” drugs from Canary’s character in the episode that is scheduled to air in early 2011.

                Canary, of course, played Adam (and Stuart) Chandler on “AMC” for almost three decades and earned no less than five Daytime Emmy’s in that time.

                With the first edition of the series airing in 2000, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is HBO’s longest running original series and has earned 30 Primetime Emmy nominations. The series is unique for being loosely scripted and improvised. Larry David typically has his cast work off of a seven to eight page outline.

                “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. “Hot In Cleveland” airs on TV Land. “Curb Your Enthusiam” airs on HBO. Check local listings. “AMC” also airs 24/7 online at

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