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

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( — 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.

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

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    ( — 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

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      ( — 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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      • Casey Deidrick
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        So you are considered one of daytime’s most popular stars thanks to roles on “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live,” but what happens when your real life is more of a soap opera than the reel-life you had on one? Crystal Hunt knows what it’s really like as the actress got engaged to Dr. Philippe Spiess – a cancer surgeon on Christmas Eve, 2008. So what could possibly have gone wrong? More than you could imagine.


        Friday, June 11, 2010 at 9:48 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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        ( — CBS has announced the first group of presenters for "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," which includes Emmy Award nominees Rachael Ray ("The Rachael Ray Show"), Zack Conroy ("The Bold and the Beautiful"), Jonathan Jackson ("General Hospital") and from "The Doctors," Dr. Travis Stork, Dr. Drew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Lisa Masterson.

        "All My Children's" Rebecca Budig, Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison will also serve as presenters along with "General Hospital's" Kelly Monaco and "One Life to Live's" Michael Easton and Trevor St. John. Joining them from "Days of our Lives" are Louise Sorel and Peter Reckell and Sharon Case and Joshua Morrow "The Young and the Restless," Kimberly Matula and Ronn Moss from "The Bold and the Beautiful," and Jon Hensley and Kelley Menighan Hensley from "As The World Turns." Non-soap presenters includes Chris Massey ("Zoey 101"), Kyle Massey ("Cory in the House") and Montel Williams ("The Montel Williams Show").

        Associated Television International (ATI) is producing this years telecast with ATI President David McKenzie serving as Executive Producer.

        "The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" will be broadcast live from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 9:00-11:00 PM ET on CBS.

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        • Michael Easton
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        • The Rachael Ray Show
        • General Hospital
        • As The World Turns
        • Ronn Moss
        • Sharon Case
        • Zack Conroy
        • Kimberly Matula
        • Peter Reckell
        • Louise Sorel
        • Joshua Morrow
        • Zoey 101
        • Kelly Monaco
        • Jonathan Jackson
        • Trevor St. John
        • Dr. Lisa Masterson
        • The Doctors
        • Rachael Ray
        • Dr. Travis Stork
        • Dr. Drew Ordon
        • Dr. Jim Sears
        • Jon Hensley
        • Kelley Menighan Hensley
        • Chris Massey
        • Kyle Massey
        • Montel Williams
        • Cory in the House
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          Friday, June 11, 2010 at 3:43 PM ET by Errol Lewis


          ( — Our friends at are opening up the phone lines and taking your calls for what is being dubbed "Fan Appreciation Day" during tonight's broadcast of "SoapCentral Live," hosted by webmaster and owner Dan J. Kroll.

          Tonight on "SoapCentral Live," Dan has a chat with's Hillary Fields, who recently gathered a list of "11 Love Lessons Learned While Watching Soaps," and opens up telephone lines for fans to discuss what's happening in daytime. The show starts at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

          To listen and interact with the show, click here. For an archive of past shows, you can find them all right here.

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            Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 4:05 PM ET by Errol Lewis

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            ( — ABC Daytime and SOAPnet are gearing up for online original web series "What If…" starring some of daytime's biggest and brightest stars.

            As reported last month, ABC Daytime, in conjunction with soon-to-be-defunct SOAPnet, has put together some of your favorite stars from "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" in new original online series "What If…," which is set to debut next month on and In anticipation of the launch, the networks have come together and posted a promo that has fans salivating at the possibilities. Check out the promo below.

            "All My Children," "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live" air Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

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              Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 4:19 PM ET

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              (ABC Family) — Be sure to watch pretty little liars! Series premieres Tuesday, June 8 at 8/7c!

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                Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 2:43 AM ET by Errol Lewis

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                ( — If you thought you couldn't learn anything about love while watching daytime soap operas, other than "Who's the Daddy?,"'s Hillary Fields has compiled a list of 11 love lessons learned while watching soaps.

                "Soap operas are my big guilty pleasure," said Fields in her report. "Yes, the acting is melodramatic and the storylines are sometimes so over the top they make the plot twists on "Lost" look logical, but still, there's a lot you can learn from [these] daytime dramas."

                1. Don't Keep Secrets
                EJ (James Scott,"Days of our Lives") needs to learn that.

                2. It's OK to Take a Chance on Love
                Chloe (Elizabeth Hendrickson, "The Young and the Restless"), you can take a Chance on Chance (John Driscoll).

                3. Respect Others' Personal Space
                Annie (Melissa Claire Egan, "All My Children") sure isn't respecting JR's (Jacob Young).

                4. Don't Make the Same Mistake Twice
                How about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, etc times? Erica Kane (Susan Lucci, "All My Children") has done it often.

                5. Don't Lie
                Too many liars to list in daytime.

                6. Don't Assume the Worst of Others (but Don't Turn Your Back on an Enemy Either)
                Luke (Anthony Geary, "General Hospital") and Helena (Constance Towers) do it often.

                7. Don't Stray
                Chloe (Nadia Bjorlin, "Days of our Lives") is notorious for doing this. First with Lucas (Bryan Dattilo), now with Daniel (Shawn Christian).

                8. Let Calmer Heads Prevail
                Greenlee (Rebecca Budig, "All My Children") could learn from this.

                9. Be Discreet
                Vivian (Louise Sorel, "Days of our Lives") is bad at this.

                10. Talk Is Great, But It's No Substitute for Action
                "Days of our Lives" is known for having its characters be talking heads.

                11. Wear Elegant Clothing—to Everything
                If nothing else, "The Bold and the Beautiful" is about fashion and style.

                For more information and descriptions from Fields on each category, head on over to

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                • Louise Sorel
                • Constance Towers
                • John Driscoll
                • Elizabeth Hendrickson
                • Lost
                • Jacob Young
                • Nadia Bjorlin
                • Melissa Claire Egan
                • Bryan Dattilo

                  Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 2:30 AM ET by Scotty Gore

                  Photo: Donna Svennevik/ABC

                  ( — The former “One Life to Live” starlet makes an appearance on HBO’s new series “Boardwalk Empire.”  Set in Atlantic City during the Prohibition era of the 1920′s, the show is directed by Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese and written by “The Sopranos” Emmy-Award winning scribe Terence Winter.  It is based on the Nelson Johnson book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City.

                  In the episode, which she taped back in the spring, Brier plays the legendary singer Sophie Tucker.  “I had a blast playing her, and am also planning to put together a stage show of her songbook in NYC and perform it sometime around the time my appearance airs on HBO,” she comments on Facebook.   

                  Brier played Marcie McBain on “One Life to Live” from 2002-09, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for the role in 2004.  Outside of “OLTL,” she has an impressive Broadway resume, most notably for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in “Hairspray.”  Brier is also and accomplished musician.   

                  “Boardwalk Empire” will premier this fall on HBO.  Visit the show’s official website for more information. 

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