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How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus


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Monday, March 29, 2010 9:28 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — “All My Children” ushers in a month of change.

Victor Alfieri makes his “All My Children” debut on Monday, April 5. Alfieri will play Ciro a fashion photographer who interacts with the ladies of Fusion. The role is recurring. This is Alfieri’s fourth daytime role; he previously played Franco on “Days of Our Lives,” Gianni on “Passions” and Giovanni on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Alicia Minshew returns to “AMC” on Friday, April 9. The popular actress who has played Kendall Hart since 2002 will return for a five episode stint which finds her ship-bound character playing hostess to a couple of surprise guests. Minshew is currently in the middle of an eight-month long maternity leave that will reportedly put Kendall back on the scene permanently late this coming summer.

Minshew’s on-screen husband, played by Thorsten Kaye makes his return a couple of episodes later on Tuesday, April 13. The actor is back for three episodes. Kaye spent a little over five and a half years on “AMC” as Zach Slater before parting ways with the soap earlier this year.

Both actors made their way to Los Angeles earlier this month to tape their scenes.

With David Hayward’s (Vincent Irizarry) trial getting underway soon, look for Anna Koonin to reprise the role of his scorned henchwoman Nurse Gayle. Koonin will first appear on Friday, April 9. Koonin has been with “AMC” in a recurring capacity since February of 2009. Joining Koonin, during Hayward’s trial arc, will be Robb Derringer, as Pine Valley’s newest District Attorney, and Patrick Pankhurst, as Judge Meyers

As previously reported, James Mitchell passed away on January 22. Pine Valley will gather to say goodbye to and remember the unforgettable tycoon Mitchell played for over thirty years, Palmer Cortlandt, on Tuesday, April 20. Taylor Miller and Gillian Spencer made their way to the “AMC” studio last week to reprise their popular “AMC” roles for the episode. Spencer, of course, played Daisy Murdoch, Palmer’s ex-wife, and Miller played Nina Cortlandt, Palmer and Daisy’s daughter. Both actors appeared on the show from 1979 to 1989.

David Canary has opted to retire and will wrap up his twenty-seven year run on “AMC” this April. The loss of the extremely talented actor, who has earned five Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actor (and nearly twenty nominations) for playing Adam and Stuart Chandler, will no doubt leave a hole on the canvas and in fans hearts. Look for Adam’s story to start wrapping up beginning with the news of Palmer’s surprise passing, which will be followed by a shocking revelation that is set to rock the Chandler mansion. It has been reported that Julia Barr returned as Brooke in February to usher Adam out that door, ultimately, so are we really losing Ms. English too? That depends on Brooke’s answer to Adam’s question on Friday, April 23.

In other casting news, Sadie Stratton, will debut in the role of Baby Trevor’s new nanny Jane on Wednesday, March 31.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

Lifehouse Returns to ‘One Life’


Monday, March 29, 2010 7:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The pop music group is set to rock Llanview for the second time in four years.

In keeping with tradition, “One Life to Live” has signed yet another big name musical group to perform on the show.  On Tuesday, April 13th, Lifehouse will put on a concert for Llanview at Rex Balsom’s nightclub UltraViolet.  This will be the next appearance for the group on “OLTL.”   In 2006, they took to the stage to perform a special  Valentine’s Day number for lovebirds Michael and Marcie McBain.

This go around, the group will sing their new hit single “Halfway Gone,” from the album “Smoke and Mirrors.”  Lifehouse taped their scenes today according to Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), who tweeted on Sunday that she was excited because she was about to “meet an amazing band” the next day.

Lifehouse joins a growing list of other musical performers that have appeared on “One Life to Live” in recent years.  Others include Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie with Jeremih, Simply Red, the Pussycat Dolls, Timbaland with Keri Hilson, One Republic, Puddle of Mudd, the Plain White T’s, the All-American Rejects, Rachel Yamataga, Jeannie Ortega, and Tito Puente, Jr.

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

‘One Life’ Late March Casting Updates

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The latest comings and goings for “One Life to Live.”

Will she or won’t she? There has been much speculation recently regarding Florencia Lozano‘s future with the show. The actress, who portrays legal ace Téa Delgado, returned to Llanview in late 2008, after an eight-year hiatus. However, last week rumors began to spread like wildfire that she was being let go from “OLTL.” Some reports were claiming that battle lines were being drawn between the show and ABC over her supposed firing, with the network brass wanting Lozano fired, and “One Life” wanting to keep her as part of the cast. At the same time, contradicting reports claimed that the actress had signed a new contract with the show, and that her publicist announced that “Florencia has no plans to leave ‘One Life to Live.’” SON will continue to follow this developing story.

It appears that Tika Sumpter (Layla Sumpter) is still on contract with “One Life to Live,” despite an earlier assertion by TVGuide Canada‘s The Suds Report that claimed the actress had recently asked to be bumped to recurring status (which SON told you about earlier this month). According to ABC Soaps in Depth, a spokesperson for the show informed them that Sumpter’s status with the soap has not changed.

John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) has reportedly inked a new long-term contract to keep him in Llanview for the foreseeable future. Lavoisier joined “OLTL” in 2001.

Soap Opera Digest reports that they are hearing that Michael Lowry may be returning to the canvas as Ross Rayburn around mid to late April.

Steph Garcia taped her 4th appearance as a Buenos Dias Waitress on March 10th. Look for her latest scenes to air on Tuesday, May 11th.

So much for a big exit. Daphnee Duplaix left Llanview, along with the role of Rachel Gannon, on Tuesday, March 23. Talk about bad timing; Rachel leaves Llanview just when her mother and brother are about to need her the most.

Scott Clifton last airs as Schuyler Joplin on Friday, April 9th. Look for Schuyler to become desperate after “his” infant daughter is kidnapped by Allison Perkins, before ultimately owning up to his actions and facing the consequences. There is some speculation that Clifton may soon resurrect the role of Dillon Quartermaine on “General Hospital.”

Fans can expect Brett Claywell (Kyle Lewis) and Scott Evans (Oliver Fish) to fade into the background in the next few week. Evans will last air on April 12th, while Claywell’s final appearance will be on April 16th. No word on what this means for Audrina and Sophia Miscione, the babies who portray Fish’s daughter Sierra Rose. A rally to support the Claywell and Evans will be held in front of the Good Morning America studios on Friday, March 26th. For more information, click here.

In related news, Scott Evans was recently presented with the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Visibility Award. According to the organization’s website, the HRC’s mission statement is as follows: “The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.” For more information, click here.

In flashback scenes on Thursday, March 18th, Nadine Jacobson played Teen Jessica, and Jorge Luna portrayed Teen Cristian.

Kathy Brier (ex-Marcie McBain) has taped a guest spot on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” in which she portrays the legendary 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,” Brier comments in an e-mail. In addition, Brier will be teaming up with her “Divas of Daytime TV” musical co-stars Kassie DePaiva (Blair, “OLTL”) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, “AMC”) at the Largo Community Center in Florida on Saturday, May 1st for a concert at 2:00 PM ET. Proceeds will benefit For more information call Patti at (727) 410-0427 or Barbie at (727) 410-0424.

In an interview with MTV about his new film “The Big Valley,” “One Life” alum Ryan Phillippe (ex-Billy Douglas) states that he has no intention to return to the show has helped launch his television and movie career, when asked if he had any plans to follow in James Franco‘s (who recently guest starred on “General Hospital”) footsteps. However, Phillippe does credit “One Life to Live” with giving him the “best training he could have.”

Peter Bartlett (Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe) is on the mend following rotator cuff surgery a few weeks ago.

According to, Meredith Collins will appear as Ella on April 19th. To read a summary of the audition script for the role, click here.  Collins appeared as “Reporter #2″ in two episodes of “OLTL” last year, and has also appeared as a “Dressmaker” on “All My Children,” and as “Guest #2″ on “As the World Turns.”

John Brotherton (ex-Jared Banks) recently tweeted that his wife Alison is pregnant with the couple’s first child. They were married in 2007.

Bree Williamson (Jessica Brennan) tweets that the episode of “Gossip Girls” she taped recently should air the week of March 29th.

Tuc Watkins (David Vickers Buchanan) will be appearing in the off-Broadway play “White Lies,” beginning Monday, April 12th at New World Stages. Watkins takes over for “Gilmore Girls” star Scott Patterson in the role of Joe White. The play also stars Betty Buckley. To learn more, click here. Look for Watkins to return briefly as David on “OLTL” beginning March 30th.

Michael Emery, who has been seen on “One Life to Live” recently as both a cop and an EMT, appears in the short film “Diamonds in Da Ruff”. Emery first scenes are about twenty-five mintues in.

Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) tweeted on Monday that she was “Doing a Photoshoot today!! sooo excited!” And on Wednesday she tweeted that “I’m on the the set 2day&someone walks behind me, I turn around& Greg Kinnear looks at me & goes ‘this doesn’t look like The View.’”

Brittany Underwood tweets to a fan that “hey hun, playing Langston is basically just a lot of fun lol :D and i have no idea when Markko finds out [about Langston and Ford] I wish I did!”

And Melissa Archer (Natalie Buchanan Banks) has posted some more pictures of her new “OLTL” dressing room on her Facebook page. 

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

Luck of the Irish Not With ‘OLTL’

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010 4:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Two recent episodes of “One Life to Live” spark outrage from a particular ethnic group.

The ABC sudser has been no stranger to controversy in recent weeks. Gay and lesbian groups have protested the ouster of the show’s only same-sex on-screen couple (‘Kish’), and African-Americans have voiced their concerns over the purging of certain black cast members. Now some Irish-Americans are upset over how the show handled the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

The website is blasting “One Life to Live” for what it calls “the most disgraceful depiction of St. Patrick’s Day [they have] ever seen.”

The episodes in question, which aired on March 17th and 18th, featured Roxy Balsom (Ilene Kristen) wearing a green dress that “includes a mug of beer on her hat. She is drinking two glasses of green beer at the same time and is obviously drunk,” laments the website, which goes on to comment that the St. Patrick’s Day episode also “included a conversation in a bar between two policemen. People in the background have green plastic hats and are drinking green beer. They start drinking beer and switch to Irish whiskey. It continued in the next day’s episode in a woman’s hair salon with a woman completely dressed in green. Later, from off-screen, you hear a blood-curdling scream and this woman announces, ‘We are out of beer!’ Later the women stumble into the bar where the policemen are now throwing down numerous shots of Irish whisky.”

The site claims that they “have never seen such a despicable display of stereotyping and bigotry. Everyone, not just Irish-born or of Irish ancestry, should be offended by this show. We have decided that we will not watch anything on ABC.” They also awarded “One Life to Live” with their first annual PADDIES Award, which stands for the worst “Saint Patrick’s awful dreadful, dire, Irish entertainment scene.”

To read the entire IrishCentral article, click here.

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

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live’s” John-Paul Lavoisier stops by the ABC Daytime chatfest to get a pajama make-over. 

On Thursday morning, March 18th, “One Life” fans will want to watch “The View,” as co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck will work their magic on the “OLTL” vet. 

The 30-year-old Lavoisier has played Rex Balsom on “One Life to Live” since 2002.  He has also appeared on “All My Children,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Rachel Ray,” “Soap Center,” and “Gossip Girl.”

Last month “One Life to Live” and “The View” became neighbors when the soap relocated to the recently vacated “All My Children” studios, which are in the same building as the long-running talk show. 

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

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010 4:30 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Victor Alfieri makes his ABC Daytime debut.

Italian model and actor Victor Alfieri is joining the cast of “All My Children” in the recurring role of fashion photographer Ciro. Look for the character to tangle with the ladies of Fusion. Will Ciro just be the company’s hot new photographer or could he prove to be a more sinister force? Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network PreVUE’s.

This is Alfieri’s fourth foray into daytime. He began his daytime career on NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” as Hope Brady’s (Kristian Alfonso) modeling partner and Kate Roberts (Lauren Koslow) partner in crime, Franco. He aired in that role from 1996 to 1998. The actor then moved onto CBS’s internationally popular “The Bold and the Beautiful,” where he played fashion photographer Giovanni from 1999 to 2000. The actor would return for stints on “B&B” in 2004 and 2009. Alfieri also appeared on NBC’s “Passions” as Gianni. Most recently, the actor had a small role in the 2009 film “Angels & Demons.”

Alfieri debuts on “AMC” in the role of Ciro on Monday, April 5.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

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    Llanview Casting Gossip: March 16 Edition

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    Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — A soap vet’s first airdate is announced, upcoming appearances for a certain young actress are given, three new casting calls are released, and new details into a previous audition script are revealed, all this and more in this edition of Llanview Gossip.

    “Another World” alum Alice Barrett makes her return to Llanview on Tuesday, March 30th, this time as Dr. Townshend, when she informs Marty that her pregnancy is very high risk.  This comes after Marty is rushed to the hospital by paramedics following a fainting spell.  Barrett last appeared on “OLTL” in 2008 as Dr. Morrison.  The role is short-term recurring.

    Several upcoming airdates for Shenell Edmonds (Destiny) have been released by her fan club manager.  Expect to see the young actress on March 23rd, along with April 5th, 9th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 26th, 27th, and 28th, as well as May 5th and 6th. 

    Although the names of the actor and actress cast in the roles remains to be seen, expect to see “young Jessica” and “young Cristian” on Thursday, March 18th, when Jess remembers the first time she and Cris kissed in the Llanview High gym. 

     “One Life to Live” released three new casting calls Monday afternoon.  The first is for the role of “Penny,” who appears to be a jewelry store owner.  “Gabe” and a woman come into the shop and Penny, assuming they are married, asks if she can help them.  He tells her that they are not married, and goes on to ask Penny if she knows the history behind a particular piece of jewelry.  Looking at it, Penny claims that it resembles something her grandfather once made, and wonders if he may have the other piece.  Gabe says that they (he and the female with him) would like to know as well, and asks Penny if her grandfather kept good records, to which Penny replies that he keeps all the information in his head.  Gabe requests to speak with him, however, Penny says that he is very ill.

    The “Ella” and “Otto” scripts are apparently the same, and may be Penny’s grandparents.  When he gives her a piece of jewelry that he made, she refuses to accept it, claiming that they could make more money if they sold it.  She goes on to say that their business is in trouble financially, and besides, they both already know how much they mean to one another.

    Remember that “OLTL” frequent changes names in these audition scripts to try to throw off viewers. 

    “One Life to Live” has released more information for the recent audition script for “Reed Wagner.”  The soap is looking for a Caucasian actor in his mid 30′s to early 40′s for the ‘heavily recurring’ role, which is described as “a sexy, good looking suave financial hot shot, that is self assured, charming and confident.”  The casting call expires on April 12th.  To read a summary of the audition script, click here.  Also, you can see a video clip of Shawn Parsons reading for the role here

    In other news…

    Reathel Bean plays the Llanview High Principal.

    Meghann Fahy‘s new character of Hannah has been given the last name of O’Conner.

    Kim’s stripper friends also have last names now.  They are Laudine Weber (Rachelle Wintzen) and Leah Vallarta (Taylor Gildersleeve).  The names are plays of “OLTL” writer Laudine Vallarta and assistant producer Leah Weber. 

    Kristen Alderson (Starr) tweeted on Tuesday that “something fishy is going on… hmm i’ll find out what it is tomorrow. Grr why do people have to get all fishy haha”

    According to, episode #10,667 (which is scheduled to air on Monday, April 19th), will feature several cast members, including Brian Kerwin (Charlie), Erika Slezak (Viki), Robin Strasser (Dorian), and Patricia Elliott (Renee).  It also lists the episode as being directed by Larry Carpenter and produced by John Tumino

    And “One Life to Live” Music Director Paul Glass states that the song playing in the background of the diner scenes with Kim and Clint in the March 9th episode is “an ABC original and not commercially available.”

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

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    Sunday, March 14, 2010 7:30 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” pays tribute to one of its most memorable characters.

    The sad news of James Mitchell’s passing came out on the night of January 22. In the weeks that followed, “All My Children” and other sources have begun to leak details of the tribute they’re planning for the popular character Mitchell played on the soap from 1979 to 2010, Palmer Cortlandt.

    Over the past several weeks, The Official Taylor Miller Facebook has confirmed that Miller and Gillian Spencer are both scheduled to return to tape episodes surrounding Palmer’s death later this month. Miller played Palmer’s daughter, Nina, off and on from 1979 to 1989. The actress has also appeared on NBC’s “Another World.” Spencer of course played one of Palmer’s favorite ex-wife’s and Nina’s mother, Daisy Murdoch, from 1979 to 1989. Spencer has appeared on several soaps including “The Edge of Night,” “The Secret Room,” “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live” where she originated the role of Victoria Lord. The talented actress is also a soap writer, she has written for “AW,” “ATWT,” “AMC” and “Days of Our Lives.”

    Storyline wise expect Palmer’s long-time nemesis, Adam Chandler (David Canary), to be deeply affected by the loss of his favorite enemy and sometimes friend. This will enable David Canary’s exit from the soap this April, as Adam re-evaluates his life and decides to make some changes.

    Palmer’s memorial is scheduled to air, give or take, around the week of April 19th. Soap Opera Network will keep you updated as more information comes out.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

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      Sunday, March 14, 2010 7:30 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “All My Children” actors prove to have the golden touch at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards.

      Debbi Morgan, who plays Dr. Angela Hubbard on “All My Children,” and Cornelius Smith, Jr., who plays Morgan’s on-screen son Dr. Franklin Hubbard, scored victories at the 41st Annual NAACP Image Awards on the evening February 26.

      This was Morgan’s sixth NAACP Image Award Nomination since 1996 in categories that range from Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (“The Hurricane”) to Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (“Soul Food”). For the second consecutive year, the talented actress picked up the Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series Award for her work on “AMC.” Morgan was up against a slew of multiple-time NAACP Image Award nominees and winners which included Eva Marcille, Tatyana Ali and Tonya Lee Williams from CBS’s “The Young and the Restless,” and Daphnee Duplaix from ABC’s “One Life to Live.” Morgan tells Soap Opera Digest that being rewarded for the second year in the row by her community for playing a positive role model “makes [her] so proud to still be playing the role of Angie.” 

      Smith, Jr. picked up a win in the Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Series category for his work on the ABC soap he joined in the fall of 2007. This was the young actors second nomination and first win. Smith’s competitors included Bryton McClure (who earned the award in 2009) and Cassius Willis from “Y&R,” Terrell Tilford from “OLTL,” and Texas Battle from CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.” A thrilled, albeit nervous, Smith, Jr. reported to Digest that everything “went blank” when he heard his name announced as the winner.

      Soap Opera Network congratulates Morgan and Smith, Jr. for their wins. For a full list of Image Award winners, click on the following link: 2010 Winners!

      “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings. “AMC” now also airs online at and can be accessed 24/7.

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        ‘One Life to Live’ Wins GLAAD Award

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        Sunday, March 14, 2010 3:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — In an ironic twist, the ABC soap is named “Best Daily Drama” by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization the same week the show fired the actors who portray Llanview’s only on-screen same-sex couple. 

        On Wednesday news broke that Brett Claywell and Scott Evans were being let go by “One Life to Live” and that their characters Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish (known affectionally as ‘Kish’), were being written off the canvas.  The decision resulted in a backlash that forced the soap to issue a statement thanking fans for supporting ‘Kish’ and saying that they “understand the fans’ disappointment now that it [the storyline] has concluded.”

        Evans and Claywell accepted the award alongside “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards Ceremony in New York City on Saturday night. The show beat out “All My Children,” “As the World Turns,” and “Guiding Light” for the honor. 

        “The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives,” according to the organization’s website.  “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.”

        Click here to see a picture of the group accepting the award.  Fans can also visit Brett Claywell’s and Scott Evans’ Twitter pages for commentary by both actors as they prepared to the awards show. 

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

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