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


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.

      ‘All My Children’ History Up for Sale

      Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM ET by Scotty Gore

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      ( — ABC Daytime is cashing in on “All My Children’s” 40th anniversary by selling archive photographs from each year the daytime serial has been on the air, as well as a special image from 2010.

      Although the network did not do similar promotions for their other two daytime drama series “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” when they turned 40 in 2003 and 2008, respectively, ABC wants to be sure that fans have their own special piece of “All My Children’s” history to call their own.

      “AMC” matriarch Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) tells “Entertainment Tonight” that “We are here to share some of our memories with the viewers. When the fans see the pictures, they will remember scenes that they have seen and experiences in their lives with ‘All My Children’ as the backdrop. I think it will put a smile on a lot of faces.”

      Memorable moments and characters from the past 40 years are captured in the photos, which includes a young Erica showing her engagement ring to her mother, Hayley’s arrival in Pine Valley, Leo and Greenlee stranded on a deserted island, and many more. Also featured are such legendary couples as Chuck & Donna Tyler, Tad & Dixie Martin, Jesse & Angie Hubbard, and Edmund & Maria Grey.

      In addition, diehard “Ally My Children” fans can purchase a special photo of Susan Lucci from the soap’s first year on the air in 1970. Lucci has personally signed 400 of these collectible limited edition 8 X 10 photos that are printed on matte finish photo paper and come with a certificate of authenticity.

      The archive photo stills are available for a limited here, and can be purchased here. As part of a special promotion, if you buy five photos now, you get the sixth one free.

      “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Anytime on and Check local listings.

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        David Fumero’s ‘Life’ in Jeopardy

        Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 8:00 PM ET by Scotty Gore

        Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

        ( — Contract negotiations could take Cristian Vega out of Llanview.

        Soap Opera Digest reports that they are hearing from a source close to the soap that Fumero, who has portrayed the son of diner owner Carlotta Vega on and off for more than a decade, is leaving “One Life to Live” at the end of his current contract. However, Digest is also stating that a spokesperson for the show is telling that talks are still ongoing between Fumero and “One Life.” That sentiment was echoed by ABC Soaps in Depth, who tweeted that “As of now, David Fumero is in negotiations. So we’ll have to see how it all plays out… that’s what our sources are telling us.”

        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).

        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.

        Llanview Gossip: June 16 Edition

        Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 7:45 PM ET by Scotty Gore

        Photo: ABC

        ( — The latest casting insights for “One Life to Live.”

        Sabine Singh will pop up again as Wendy the friendly hooker on Thursday, July 1st when the stripper causes problems for Matthew and David after Bo and Nora call to say they are on their way home from the airport.

        Will Evangeline’s arm or torso be making another appearance? Perhaps, since Layla and Cristian hurry off to visit her comatose sister on Friday, July 9th.

        David Mogentale will continue to appear as Bull, the thug who is after James, through early July.

        ABC Soaps in Depth hints that “OLTL” is rumored to be looking into re-casting Viki and Clint’s son Joey Buchanan.

        Patrick Allen Cole announced on his website on June 9th that the had “just booked another episode [of "OLTL"] that will tape soon. Will keep you posted on the air date.” Cole plays the recurring role of Jeff, the Rodi’s Manager.

        Florencia Lozano (Téa) will be making a guest appearance on the June 17th episode of “Royal Pains,” on the USA Network at 10:00 PM ET

        “One Life to Live” has relased a new audition script for the role of “TJ.” The scene opens with TJ, worried about what his life will be like now that he has graduated high school, being comforted by his girlfriend “Whitney.” While sipping a beer, TJ rambles on about going to Harvard, having school spirit, and becoming a lawyer, and eventually retiring and growing old in Florida. Confused, Whitney tells him that she thought it was the life he always wanted. TJ responds that it’s the life his parents want for him. When Whitney asks him if she makes him happy, TJ responds that she does take his mind off all the drama in his life. Whitney tells TJ that she believes that all he likes to do is complain. TJ quips that he enjoys being around his girl, and least until he has to leave for school that is. Whitney tells TJ that he could call her everyday, but he says that once he leaves, he’s never looking back at his old life. However, Whitney tells him that he has to look back because she’ll still be here. As the scene ends, TJ promises Whitney that he’ll stay in contact while he is at Harvard. Remember that “OLTL” often changes the names in this scripts to try and throw off viewers.

        In an update to a previous casting call for a “Private Investigator,” “OLTL” is describing the recurring character as a “charming, good looking and extremely successful private investigator.” The soap is looking to fill the role with an African-American actor that is in his mid-30′s. The casting call was issued on issued on June 4th; the deadline to apply is July 2nd.

        Daphnee Duplaix (ex-Rachel) has landed a role in the off-Broadway production “All-American Girls,” which begins August 5th.

        Kassie DePaiva (Blair) guest co-hosted “The View” on June 15th. Click here to watch a video of DePaiva learning about that day’s hot topics before the show.

        In case you missed Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith‘s commentary from the June 7th episode of “OLTL” in which Bo and Nora got married, you can access it here.

        Kristen Alderson (Starr) dispels rumors that “OLTL” is on hiatus, discusses her hairstyle for the upcoming Daytime Emmy Awards show, and has posted on a picture of herself in a dress that her alter ego Starr will soon be wearing, on her Twitter page.

        Fans can expect more of Greg Evans in upcoming episodes, as Terrell Tilford made the following tweets on June 7th: “Just found out I’m shooting tomorrow…someone screwed-up MAJORLY!!! I have 15 scenes to shoot and JUST got the script….I’m grateful, but PISSED!!!!! Tilford seemed a bit calmer the following day when he tweeted: “5 down…10 scenes to go…Back to the set … SHOWTIME … Stay tuned … 9 scenes to go!!! Stop. Drop. & Roll. A brotha was on fiya!!!! 8 hrs, 15 scenes, one day to memorize. It’s a wrap!!! Correction: 12 hrs! Stop. Drop. & Roll. A brotha was on fiya!!!! 12 hrs, 15 scenes, one day to memorize. It’s a wrap!!!” Tilford also commented on June 15th that he was “shooting ‘One Life to Live’…”

        ABC has placed all the clips from “One Life to Live’s” recent high school musical “Starr X’d Lovers” online for fans to view. You can watch them here.

        The song featured in the montage at the end of the June 8th episode was Cheap Trick’s “The Flame.”

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

        Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM ET by Errol Lewis

        Photo: Jean-Paul Aussenard

        ( — If you thought you heard the last of Lorenzo Alcazar (played by Ted King) and his ties to Port Charles, think again. An ABC spokesman has informed Soap Opera Network that actress Rosa Blasi is heading to "General Hospital" in a Skye Chandler (Robin Christopher) related storyline that brings back some fond memories for fans.

        Blasi is set to play the recurring role of Fernanda, who is the "money manager" in Spain who control's Mr. Alcazar's assests. Look for the character to clash with Skye beginning Thursday, July 22. She is scheduled to appear in three episodes.

        If you recognize the actress, that's because for six seasons she portrayed the role of Dr. Luisa Delgado on Lifetime's "Strong Medicine." More recently, she's appeared in a number of episodes of ABC Family's "Make It or Break It." She also appeared in the 2004 film "The Grudge" starring Sarah Michelle Gellar ("All My Children," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer").

        In Other Casting News…

        • James Franco is returning to "GH" beginning Wednesday, June 30. Look for him to re-appear in Port Charles and Jason's (Steve Burton) life just as he mysteriously disappeared last fall.
        • As previously reported, Betsy Franco (James Franco's real-life mother) is joining the cast of "General Hospital" in the short-term role as Franco's mother. According to sources, her character's name is Karen Anderson, who, interestingly enough, Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) locates in Woodstock, NY. Her first airdate is set for July 2.
        • Oscar® nominated actor Bruce Davison is coming to the show as Wilhelm Van Schlagel, Franco's art dealer. An airdate still has not been set, however, expect to see the "Longtime Companion" star on the show for about three episodes, according to ABC.
        • If you've been living under a rock, you may not have heard that Vanessa Marcil is returning to "General Hospital" later this summer as she brings her character Brenda Barrett back to Port Charles. Her first airdate is set for Wednesday, August 11.

        "General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

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          Monday, June 14, 2010 at 1:39 AM ET by Errol Lewis

          Photo: Gilles Toucas

          ( — Congratulations goes out to Jennifer Gareis, who portrays Donna Forrester on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful," as the actress has welcomed her first child into the world.

          According to Soap Opera Digest, Gareis and husband Bobby said hello to their as-yet-to-be named baby boy on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 7:33 PM PT. The little one weighed in at 9lbs, 8 ounces and is 22 inches long. According to a statement released by a "B&B" representative, "Mommy and baby are both happy and healthy."

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            Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 11:07 PM ET by Errol Lewis

            Photo: Jill Johnson/JPI

            ( — Nearly two months after it was announced that Taylor Spreitler would be departing NBC's "Days of our Lives" in the role of Mia McCormick, a last airdate for the actress has been set.

            According to sources, look for Spreitler to last air on Wednesday, June 23, when Mia shares an emotional goodbye with Sami (Alison Sweeney) and Will (Chandler Massey). The character is expected to head off to New York, as she recently discussed with ex-boyfriend Chad Peterson Woods (Casey Deidrick).

            "My heart will always be in Salem. Wanted to say thank you to all my fans for your support. I would also like to say thank you to 'Days of our Lives' for letting Mia stay around in Salem longer than expected and for that I am grateful," said Spreitler in a statement released in April. "Looking forward to the next journey in my career."

            Spreitler joined the cast of "DAYS" in January 2009 as Mia, who had given her baby to Nicole Walker (Arianne Zuker) to raise in Nicole's hopes of holding on to then husband E.J. DiMera (James Scott).

            "Days of our Lives" airs Weekdays on NBC. Anytime on

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