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, June 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM ET by Errol Lewis

Photo: Bradley Ross

( — Despite Michael’s (Chad Duell) wishes that Jason (Steve Burton) stay out of it when it comes to Carter’s treatment of him, Jason takes matters into his own hands when he kills the prisoner on the Friday, June 11 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital.” Of course, being cliffhanger Friday, look for actor Josh Wingate, who portrays Carter, to exit the soap on Monday, June 14.

Wingate joined the cast of the soap in May as Carter, shortly after Michael was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his step-mother last fall. In a first for daytime, it quickly became apparent that Carter was possibly sexually abusing the young boy despite his father being the biggest crime boss in the North East, that being Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard).

In an interview with TV’s Michael Logan, “GH” Head Writer Robert Guza Jr. explained that while many have assumed that Michael had been raped multiple times by the prison inmate, “I have never confirmed that he was and I’m not about to.”

“Our focus right now is on the horrific experience of an 18- or 19-year-old who is thrown into a terrible situation like this,” said Guza. “I just didn’t want to make the story more specific at this point. However, that’s not to say that I won’t be getting very specific in three or four or five months down the line. This situation is going to rear its ugly head in a big way and Michael is going to have to deal with it. This is a story that needs to be parceled out.”

According to ABC, as Carter crumples to the floor dying, he tells Jason, “Franco says hi.” That being the character of Franco, played by James Franco, who is returning to the soap later this month.

In addition to his work on “General Hospital,” Wingate has appeared in such television shows as FX’s “Justified” and ABC’s “FlashForward.” He can next be seen in the films “Priest” and “Fuzz Track City.”

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

  • Jr.
  • General Hospital
  • GH
  • Steve Burton
  • Maurice Benard
  • James Franco
  • Chad Duell
  • Josh Wingate
  • Robert Guza

    Friday, June 4, 2010 at 2:00 PM ET by Errol Lewis

    Photo: Lisa Rose/JPI

    ( — James Franco is marking his return to ABC’s “General Hospital” in a big way this summer as daytime’s most original soap opera breaks new ground in storytelling.

    On Wednesday, June 30, “GH” welcomes actor James Franco back into the fold as his psychedelic character Franco returns to Port Charles after suddenly disappearing last fall.

    “Working on ‘General Hospital’ was a great experience. I love the cast, writers, directors and producers. They have become a new family for me. I can’t wait for the work we will do this summer,” said Franco in a statement.

    “We are so thrilled to welcome James back to ‘General Hospital,’” says Executive Producer Jill Farren Phelps. “We had such a great time with him and are very excited that he decided to return to Port Charles to take care of unfinished business.”

    Clues of Franco’s return begins to surface next week when Jason (Steve Burton) confronts Michael’s (Chad Duell) attacker, Carter (Joshua Wingate), who has been physically abusing the young boy since he was sentenced last month for killing his step-mother last fall. According to ABC, after Jason stabs Carter in the stomach on Friday, June 11, while in the shower room no less, Carter’s dying words will be “Franco says hi.”

    Look for Jason to join forces with sworn enemy Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna), who is also Michael’s older brother, in a quest to track down Franco and be rid of the man once and for all.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

    • General Hospital
    • GH
    • Steve Burton
    • Dominic Zamprogna
    • James Franco
    • Chad Duell

      Watkins’ ‘Desperate’ New ‘Life’

      Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 10:30 PM ET by Scotty Gore

      Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

      ( — Tuc Watkins will soon be spending less time in Llanview and more time on Wisteria Lane as the actor has been upgraded to a series regular on “Desperate Housewives.” 

      Watkins, who has been portraying gay lawyer Bob Hunter (alongside Kevin Rahm who plays his partner Lee McDermott) on the primetime sudser on a recurring basis since October 2007, will become a contract member of the cast when the show begins its seventh season this fall on ABC. 

      The actor tells Access Hollywood that the “the timing works out perfectly,” and that “I’m doing the play [White Lies] for eight weeks and then when ‘Desperate Housewives’ starts up again in mid-July, I go back to do that on a hopefully more [regular basis].”

      But what does this mean with regards to his latest stint on “One Life to Live?”   Watkins recently signed a short-term contract with the sudser to reprise his role of David Vickers.  However, news of Watkins becoming a regular on “DH” broke the same day that “OLTL” persona returnted to Llanview.  He is expected to remain with “One Life” until the middle of next month, when taping is scheduled to resume on “Desperate Housewives.” 

      “I played David Vickers on ‘One Life To Live’ for a year the way he was written, which was a cool, mysterious con man and I was unremarkable at doing that and then one day I accidentally fell down the stairs while trying to be cool and mysterious and everybody laughed at me.  That’s when I realized, he’s not a cool mysterious character, he thinks he’s a cool mysterious character. And that’s when the David Vickers that we know today was really born,” Watkins comments to Access Hollywood.  “That was [a breakthrough moment]. I’d have to call that an Oprah, ‘Ah ha!’ moment. And it informed the way I take on other roles.”

      In addition to “One Life to Live” and “Desperate Housewives,” Watkins is currently appearing on stage in New York City as Joe White in the play “White Lies.” The character is described as ” a roguish divorce lawyer and lady-killer whose mother’s dying wish is to see her son produce a grandchild.” 

      Tuc Watkins originated the role of David Vickers on “One Life to Live” in 1994, and has portrayed the comedic conman off an on ever since.  From 1996-97 he played the recurring role of Dr. Pierce Dorman on “General Hospital.”  Other television credits include “Beggars and Choosers,” “Sisters,” “Melrose Place,” and “Six Feet Under,” as well as the film “The Mummy.”

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

      Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 4:49 PM ET by Errol Lewis

      Photo: Sean Smith/JPI

      ( — In celebration of the “37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards,” the CBS Television Network will air a “Price is Right” themed edition of the awards telecast to be hosted by Drew Carey.

      The special episode of “The Price is Right” will include appearances by “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Patrick Duffy and “The Young and the Restless’” Peter Bergman. The episode airs on Friday, June 25 at 11:00 AM ET/10:00 AM PT.

      According to CBS, Duffy and Bergman will appear early in the show as part of a “one-bid,” and then each will present their own showcase at the end of the show. The showcase winner will receive a trip to Las Vegas to attend “The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.” The episode was actually filmed last week, Monday, May 24, on the “Price is Right” set in Los Angeles, CA.

      “The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards” will air Live from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, June 27 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET.

      • The Bold and the Beautiful
      • Peter Bergman
      • The Price is Right
      • Drew Carey
      • Patrick Duffy

        Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 2:48 PM ET by Errol Lewis

        Photo: Shelly Doss/JPI

        ( — Hollywood loses another legendary actress as Rue McClanahan, one of the last remaining “Golden Girls” (Betty White being the other) died this morning due to an apparent stroke, her management said.

        While most may remember the actress as Blanche Devereaux on popular NBC comedy “The Golden Girls” or as Vivian Cavender Harmon in CBS sitcom “Maude,” you probably didn’t know that she made a name for herself in the early 1970′s with her roles on daytime soaps “Another World” and “Where the Heart Is.”

        Estelle Getty, who played mouthy Sophia Petrillo on “Golden Girls,” died of natural causes on July 22, 2008, while Beatrice “Bea” Arthur, who played Dorothy Zbornak, died on April 29, 2009 after a battle with cancer.

        McClanahan was 76 years old. She died this morning in New York City at around 1:00 AM.

        • Another World
        • Maude
        • Rue McClanahan
        • Betty White
        • Estelle Getty
        • Beatrice Bea Arthur
        • Golden Girls
        • Where the Heart Is

          Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 3:15 AM ET by Scotty Gore

          Photo: CBS

          ( — Although it is the youngest of the soaps currently on the air, according to Guinness World Records “The Bold and the Beautiful” has already become the most popular with an international daily audience of nearly 35 million people. 

          Last month, a representative from Guinnesss presented “B&B” Executive Producer and Head Writer Bradley Bell with the certificatie at the show’s Stage 31 studios at CBS’ Television City.  Broadcast in more than 110 countries and territories, 66 of which have “scientific people-meter systems in place to measure television viewing audiences,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” has become one of the most successful American daytime drama series around the world. 

          In addition, the show was also recently nominated for its fifth consecutive ‘Golden Nymph’ for the Monte Carlo TV Festival’s TV Audience Award.  The nomination was announced on May 4th, with the ceremony set for June 10th in Monaco. 

          Created by William J. and Lee Philip Bell, “The Bold and the Beautiful” premiered on March 23, 1987.

          “The Bold and the Beautiful” airs weekdays on CBS.  Anytime on  Check local listings.

          Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 12:05 AM ET by Scotty Gore

          Photo: Heidi Gutman/ABC

          ( — ABC offers fans the latest in a series of online video commentaries for “One Life to Live.”

          First viewers were able tov iew a special episode alongside John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi), then it was Kristen Alderson (Starr) and Brandon Buddy (Cole). Now they will have the chance to watch Bo and Nora saying “I do” alongside the actors behind the popular characters, Robert S. Woods and Hillary B. Smith.

          On the evening of Monday, June 7th, the exclusive commentary-filled episode will be posted on’s Full Episode Player.

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

          Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM ET by Scotty Gore

          Photo: ABC

          ( — Hillary B. Smith and Robert S. Woods answer your questions and give you a sneak peek at Bo and Nora’s second walk down the aisle.

          In two (so far) short Q & A sessions, the longtime “One Life to Live” castmates discuss the hijinks and accidents that plague the big day, which will play out on screen throughout this week, and into the beginning of the next.

          You can view the two clips below:

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

          • One Life to Live
          • OLTL
          • Hillary B. Smith
          • Robert S. Woods

            TV Guide Magazine

            ( — TV and TV Guide Magazine appear to have reconciled as the two became one once again on Tuesday, June 1.

            Best known to its soap readers as the place to catch the latest column from long-time soap columnist Michael Logan, TV Guide Magazine and its online counterpart, TV, were separated in the fall of 2008 after Macrovision (then owner of the magazine, website and television network) sold the magazine portion to OpenGate Capital for a mere $1, according to a report by The separation of the two resulted in the magazine portion launching its own distinctive website, which did not include the legendary guide listings found on TV and the magazine itself. The sale of TV Guide Magazine also severed ties between it and the TV Guide Network, which was purchased along-side TV in January 2009 by Lions Gate Television. It is unclear at this time as to how or why the magazine had returned into the fold of TV Guide branded material, but as a long-time consumer of the brand either online or in print, it feels like your long-lost brother has returned home after years of neither of you seeing each other and everything is once again right with the world.

            Interestingly, Damian Holbrook, a Senior Writer for the magazine, confirmed the re-marriage on Twitter when he stated “it feels so good!” to a follower who noted the re-aligned entities. No further comments have been made by TV Guide Magazine or TV staff on Twitter or Facebook, which houses many pages for both staffs. In fact, many of the TV Guide Magazine staff Twitter pages, including that of Senior Critic Matt Roush, continues to link to the old website for the magazine indicating that the change over seems to have been that much more recent than anyone may think.

            Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 2:32 PM ET by Errol Lewis

            Photo: ABC

            ( — Sonny Corinthos of ABC’s “General Hospital” (played by Maurice Benard) isn’t perfect and SOAPnet knows it, as the network that was recently dropped by the Walt Disney Company in order to debut kids network Disney Junior in 2012, is scheduled to air a four-hour marathon chronicling Sonny’s relationship with his newly discovered son, Dante Falconeri (played by Dominic Zamprogna), on Sunday, June 20 from 3-7pm ET/PT. Interestingly enough, the network, along with ABC, was originally scheduled to re-air episode #11983, in which Sonny shoots Dante before learning he is his son, on Memorial Day. However, the network pulled the episode late last week in favor of episode #12050. In that episode, Sonny’s adopted son from his marriage to Carly Jacks (Laura Wright), Michael Corinthos III (played by Chad Duell) admitted to killing Sonny’s wife and his step-mommy, Claudia Zacchara, after trying to protect his mother and little sister from Claudia’s clutches last fall.

            SOAPnet Marathon Schedule

            • 3PM – General Hospital Episode #2009-11889 (Original Air Date September 11, 2009) – Sonny visits Dante in the hospital and thanks him for saving Morgan’s life. As Olivia wrestles with the idea of telling them they’re father and son, she’s shocked to walk in and see them bonding over childhood stories.
            • 4PM – General Hospital Episode #2010-11983 (Original Air Date January 29, 2010) – The tension builds as Sonny prepares to kill Dante for betraying him. When Dante realizes what’s happening, he starts to arrest Sonny who pulls out a gun and shoots him. As Dante falls to the floor, Olivia walks in and tells Sonny that he shot his own son.
            • 5PM – General Hospital Episode #2010-11989 (Original Air Date February 8, 2010) – Dante is in the hospital recovering from Sonny’s gunshot and the two have their first conversation as father and son. Sonny hopes they can try to build their relationship, but Dante rejects him. Sonny goes to the chapel to pray and realizes that he doesn’t want to give up on making things work with Dante.
            • 6PM – General Hospital Episode #2010-12030 (Original Air Date April 6, 2010) – Dante lashes out at Sonny, telling him he’s the reason all of his kids are having problems. When Dante ends up punching him, Sonny says he’ll let it go this time, but can only be pushed so far. Dante scoffs at that and tells Sonny to come and get him any time.

            “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on

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            • General Hospital
            • GH
            • Laura Wright
            • Maurice Benard
            • Dominic Zamprogna
            • Chad Duell

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