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


Tuesday, February 23, 2010 12:25 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

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( — ABC offers viewers a special glimpse of the new “General Hospital” opening credits on the soap’s official website. 

As SON first told you earlier this month, “GH” is getting a new opening to correspond with the airing of the show’s 12,000th episode on Tuesday, February 23rd. 

Look for the show to finally remove old (and mostly dead) characters from the opening sequence including the appearances of Justus Ward (M’fundo Morrison), Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), Ned Ashton (Wallace Kurth), Dillon Quartermaine (Scott Clifton), Lorenzo Alcazar (Ted King) and actor Greg Vaughan, who portrayed the role of Lucky Spencer until his dismissal upon the return of originator Jonathan Jackson in October 2009, and the removal of  the universally panned all-male final shot.

You can view the new “General Hospital” opening credits here:

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.  Anytime on and  Check local listings.

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Monday, February 22, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Writer and presidential historian William Joseph Reynolds shares with SON his participation in an upcoming book about the world of the daytime drama.

The Survival of the Soap Opera: Strategies for a New Media Era is set to be released later this year by the University Press of Mississippi. The anthology, which is edited by Sam Ford, Abigail De Kosnik, and C. Lee Harrington, discusses the current and future state of the faltering soap opera genre, and will feature “contributions from scholars, critics, industry practitioners and viewers.” In his interview with one of the book’s editors, Sam Ford, Reynolds discusses his more than two decade long obsession with the since cancelled sudser “The Edge of Night.”

In conjunction with The Survival of the Soap Opera’s impending publication, Reynolds will join the editors and others featured in the book, as speakers at the American Popular Culture Association Conference in St. Louis from March 30th-April 3rd, 2010. As part of his presentation Reynolds, who was one of only two fans to attend the final taping of “Edge” in 1984 (as a special guest of Fan Club President Frances Nonenmacher), will show a video montage of some of the finer moments from “The Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns” from over the years. 

In an e-mail to SON, Reynolds provided the following statement:

“I literally grew up with both ‘The Edge of Night’ (‘EON’) and ‘As the World Turns’ (‘ATWT’), as I was born only three weeks after their CBS debuts in April 1956. When I was in college some twenty-five years ago, I was enrolled in a course entitled ‘The History of American Popular Culture.’ One of my class projects was ‘The History of Radio and Television Soaps.’ It was while I was doing this project that I was fortunate to meet my now dear friend, Dagne Crane, who played Sandy, the second Mrs. Bob Hughes, on ‘ATWT’ from 1965 to 1971.

The way I first met Dagne was most unusual. I guess it is every soap fan’s dream to wake up in a hospital setting and have your favorite soap star hovering over you and caring for you. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me. Dagne was working as a paramedic for our local volunteer ambulance corps. Even though she had been off the show for a dozen years, I recognized her immediately. A short while later, I got up enough nerve to interview Dagne for my ‘History of Soaps’ project. To this day, I never tire of hearing her stories of how it was, back then, to do a live thirty-minute drama, five days a week, fifty-two weeks a year.

One of the things I enjoyed most about ‘EON’ was the fact that, for its entire run on CBS (1956-1975), the show was done live. ['EON' was subsequently picked up by ABC from 1975 to 1984.] To be able to successfully pull off a half-hour of mystery every day, with all the pitfalls of a live show, was masterful. The scholars of today can also look back on a show that was not afraid to take risks. For instance, the monologue of Adam Drake in his closing summation during the Julie Jamison murder trial, which took up an entire episode, was soap opera at its very best, and has – as far as I know – never been duplicated.

Similarly, a decade later, when the two leading characters Mike and Nancy were facing marital separation, the only two actors used on that pivotal day were Mike and Nancy’s portrayers, Forrest Compton and Ann Flood. Nothing like that has ever been remotely duplicated. In particular, ‘EON’s’ format stuck out from the rest of the pack. Its crime-themed melodrama was first and foremost. The standard soap themes of jilted lovers, extramarital affairs, and teen pregnancies took a back seat on a show that was mystery-oriented. One of my all-time favorite EON storylines involved the Whitneys, whom head writer Henry Slesar, who held the position from 1968 to 1983, fashioned after America’s real-life political royalty – the Kennedys. The revelation that the younger son Keith was not dead but actually disguised as hippie Jonah Lockwood was masterfully told. In order to keep his secret, Keith/Jonah sent many a character to an early grave. The storyline was riveting and truly kept you on the edge of your seat every afternoon. And, if I recall, the storyline played out over an eighteen-month period, culminating with Keith’s fatal fall off a tower in one of those early ‘on-location’ shoots.

It does my heart good to see polls that indicate that not only was ‘EON’ one of the top soaps of all time, but it is still warmly regarded by its fan base a quarter-century after its cancellation. In more recent years, Web sites that offer vintage clips and episodes of old TV shows have been offering ‘EON’ and opening the doors for a new generation of fans to enjoy. The soaps of yesterday, in my opinion, which were only thirty minutes in length, told more in-depth story than today’s hour-long shows. Yes, I know that boggles one’s mind and does not make mathematical sense, but it’s true. Further, today’s soap producers feel compelled to outdo themselves and their competition with large-scale special effects and exotic remote location shoots. Soaps feel compelled to give us tornadoes, floods, and explosions to draw the audience in. However, sets do not have to be elaborate, nor do special effects have to be over-the-top. Soaps in their radio days did more to capture the attention of their audiences, only through the use of a script, than any of the shows today. I swear they try to outdo each other with Emmy reels of nominated shows full of car blow-ups, murder, kidnappings, rapes, etc.

The state of the American soap opera is, sad to say, on ‘life support.’ I grew up in America’s golden age of television, both primetime and daytime. I saw the soap opera genre at its best. To see it like it is today is like seeing a dearly loved family member with a long terminal illness. In 2010, with great reluctance, we have to say goodbye to ‘ATWT’ on CBS after more than 54 years on the air. It’s a crying shame, and I am not optimistic.” (Reynolds notes that in light of the recent announcement by CBS concerning the cancellation of  “As the World Turns,” the book’s publisher allowed him to “address with with the last two lines [above], but we worded it in such a way that the show could be picked up by another network.”)

William Joseph Reynolds is published historian, whose work focuses primarily on the Presidents of the United States and the Ossining, New York area. He also researches and writes on the history of American soap operas, and participates in both on and offline soap fan community events. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Mercy College, as well as a 1986 inductee of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges,” and has pursued graduate studies at the Westchester campus of Long Island University. To learn more about Mr. Reynolds, click here.

Also featured in the book is Middlebury College professor Jim Mittell, who discusses “how my approach to prime time serial television relates to the traditional daytime soap opera.” You can read his comments here.

SON would like to thank Mr. Reynolds for taking the time and effort to share this information with us and our readers.

Amanda Setton Leaves ‘One Life’

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Sunday, February 21, 2010 2:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The “Gossip Girl” actress decides to leave the ABC soap after only six months with the cast. 

Daytime Confidential is reporting that they have learned from various sources that the 24-year-old Setton, who portrays Kimberly Andrews on “OLTL,” “was offered a contract [she had been on recurring status with the show] and a pay increase, however she opted to turn both down and is planning to move to California for pilot season. “

Setton, who joined “One Life to Live” on August 14th, 2009, taped her final episode last Friday (February 19th).  No final airdate has been announced, and a show spokesperson had no comment.  However, considering the sudser’s production schedule, she is expected to air until at least late March or early April.  It is unknown if “OLTL” plans to recast the role.   

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

Sneak Peek at Snoop Dogg’s Return to Llanview

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Fans can now access even more exclusive footage of Snoop Dogg’s return to Llanview on February 24th. 

The website today posted a number of interviews with the “One Life to Live” cast concerning the rapper’s upcoming performance, along with several actual clips from next Wednesday’s episode featuring Tha Doggfather mixing it up with his good friend Bo Buchanan and others in Llanview, along with his performance at Capricorn. 

You can view the clips by clicking here

Also, be sure to listen for Snoop Dogg’s take on the “OLTL” opening theme song on February 24th as well.

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

Jason Tam Sings ‘All I Want’

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 3:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — The “One Life” star performs Daniel Maté’s “All I Want.”

Although it was recorded over a year ago (February 6th, 2009 to be exact), it was only recently brought to our attention here at SON after Tam’s “OLTL” co-star Brittany Underwood (Langston) tweeted about it last week.   

The words and lyrics to the song, entitle “All I Want” were written by Daniel Maté.  Tam’s performance was recorded live by Karen Marshall at the “Marry Me America: The Songs Of Daniel Maté” concert at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City.

Backing up Tam on guitar was Daniel Maté; bass by Eric Day; beatboxing by Rob Broadhurst; and piano by Christopher D. Littlefield.

An accomplished Broadway performer, Tam joined the cast of “One Life to Live” as Markko Rivera on May 21st, 2007.  His stage performances include “A Chorus Line,” “Les Misérables,” “West Side Story,” “Oklahoma!,” “Footloose,” “The King and I,” “Beyond the Break,” and “She Loves Me.”

You can watch Tam performing “All I Want” here:

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

OLTL Settles into New Home

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Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — “One Life to Live” begins taping in their home.

The ABC soap may have just started taping in the recently vacated “All My Children” studios on Tuesday, but cast and crew are already feeling right at home in their new digs.

Several “One Life” stars have taken to Twitter to voice their excitement over the show’s move to a larger, upgraded studio. Kristen Alderon (Starr) has posted images of her new dressing room, and of the lobby of the building they now share with “The View.” Bree Williamson (Jessica) tweeted earlier this week that it was the “First day at the new studio!! I love everything so far!!! I am gonna post pictures of my new dressing room on Thursday [February 18]!!! Melissa Archer is my neighbour!!”

In addition, the cast was treated to a celebratory lunch on the set, complete with special guests Caroline and Dina Manzo from “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” To view photos of the luncheon, click here.

And our good friends over at We Love Soaps has posted a podcast of their visit earlier this week to the new “One Life to Live” studios to talk with some of the show’s stars. Those interviewed include Florencia Lozano (Téa), Kelley Missal (Danielle), Gina Tognoni (Kelly), January LaVoy (Noelle), Farah Fath (Gigi), Kristen Alderson (Blair), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Brett Claywell (Kyle), and Executive Producer Frank Valentini. To view the video, which includes some spoilers pertaining to the soap’s upcoming musical, click here.

In other news…

Talent Agent Michael Bruno has posted on his website that two of his clients, David Cade and Billy Marquret, have screen tested for “One Life to Live.” Although it has not been confirmed with role either have auditioned for, it is speculated that they tried out for the role of “Glenn.”

Mark Lawson (Brody) had some harsh words for “One Life” concerning the firing of co-stat Daphnee Duplaix (Rachel), commenting on her Facebook page: “Shame on them. They have no clue. You will be sorely missed.”

And ABC Medianet has posted a few images from rapper Snoop Dogg‘s return to Llanview on February 24th. Click hereto check them out.

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

Popular ‘AMC’ Couple Set to Return

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:12 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew bring Mr. and Mrs. Slater back to “All My Children” for a short stint in April.

Soap Opera Digest is reporting that Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew will both be making a short-term return to “All My Children” this April. Minshew, who has played Kendall Hart Slater since 2002, will first air on Friday, April 9. Kaye, who played Zach Slater from spring 2004 until earlier this year, will first air on Tuesday, April 13. It appears that the return episodes will focus on business partners and notorious frenemies Kendall and back-from-the-dead Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) dealing with the fateful events that went down in the winter of 2009.

At “AMC” Exexutive Producer Julie Hanan Carruthers request, which included agreeing to flip the bill for Minshew’s husband Richie Herschenfeld and her new baby daughter Willow Lenora to join the new mother in Los Angeles, Minshew agreed to return for the short stint. The visit interrupts Minshew’s extended maternity leave which is expected to run through this spring. One of daytime’s hardest worked and hardest working actresses, the Emmy-nominated Minshew ironically nearly had her baby on the set of “AMC” last November. Little Willow arrived a month early, during the actresses’ last week of taping pre-maternity leave in New York City.

Speaking of Minshew, SOAPnet has put to rest (for the time being) recent rumors that the actress will tape her final scenes of “AMC” early this spring in New York City. The site reports that Minshew’s April return is a “precursor to her anticipated return following her maternity leave.” 

The actress tells SOD that co-star and good friend Kaye told her “If you go, I’ll go!” upon learning that she had agreed to the stint. The popular actor obviously kept to his word. Kaye opted to discontinue his relationship with “AMC” last fall correlating with the soaps production move to Los Angeles. Kaye’s partner, two-time Emmy winner Susan Haskell, currently stars on ABC’s “One Life to Live” which tapes in New York City. The couple shares two children.

Kaye and Minshew are not the only actors returning to “AMC” for short stints, Julia Barr and Cady McClain (who play Brooke English and Dixie Cooney, respectively) aside, Taylor Miller returns as Nina this spring as “AMC” celebrates the life and times of Palmer Cortlandt. James Mitchell, who played the lovable tycoon, died in January.

“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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    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 4:13 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” star officially announces his retirement.

    Confirming what numerous internet publications, including Soap Opera Network, have been reporting for some time, ABC Daytime has announced through SOAPnet that David Canary, 71, is retiring from “All My Children” this March after giving audiences twenty-seven years of wonderful performances as Adam and Stuart Chandler.

    The talented actor had these parting words for his many disappointed fans: “My career on All My Children has given me more than words could ever convey both professionally and personally. I have cherished each and every moment. I would like to thank all the fans who have tuned in throughout the years. Their love and support has meant the world to me. I truly feel that I will leave the show in great hands. The viewers will be happy with how Adam departs the canvas and I know that leaving JR (Jacob Young) as head of the Chandler household will continue to provide the show with many great stories to come.”

    Although Canary will finish taping in March, expect to see Adam Chandler air through April of 2010. ABC is still keeping specific details of the exit mum, but it appears that SON’s initial speculation that Brooke’s return was designed to usher Adam’s exit is correct. SOAPnet tells the audience to “expect to see a scandalous end to his marriage with Annie (Melissa Claire Egan) and a reunion with an ex-wife.”

    In news that may ease some of the sting from the loss of this powerful actor and character for the soap and its many fans, Canary assures that “this is not the last you’ve seen of Adam Chandler. I will be back to check up on the Chandler Clan.” Before his scheduled departure, look for Canary to bring back the deceased Chandler brother, Stuart, for some poignant scenes this March.

    “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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      Tuesday, February 17, 2010 11:33 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

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      ( — Sean Kanan has taken to his Twitter page to address rumors of his departure from CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.”

      On Friday, July 10, 2009, Sean Kanan’s “Deacon Sharpe” landed in Genoa City and “The Young and the Restless,” after being MIA from Beverly Hills and “The Bold and the Beautiful” for some time. His character got back into action with his favorite femme fatale Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz), who is currently involved with Daniel Romalotti (Michael Graziadei). Recently, the character was hauled off to jail on charges of kidnapping. Since then, fans have been wondering when their favorite bad boy from the other side of the tracks would be returning to the soap. Kanan addresses those questions and answered a few more via multiple Tweets on his Twitter page.

      “There has been lots of rumor and speculation about my departure from Y/R so here is the truth straight from my me,” said Kanan. “I was always on reoccurring status. I was not fired and am sick of hearing that I was. I spoke the words that were given to me. The last script I received sent me off to jail. I am thankful for my time on the show and am actively working outside of daytime. I have not been contacted by Y/R regarding my return. It seems that I will also not be returning to B&B any time in the near future,” he continued. “Now you know as much as I do. I hope that we can put an end to the rumor factory. I profoundly appreciate your support.”

      “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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        Duplaix Exits ‘One Life to Live’

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        Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — It now appears the Dapnee Duplaix’s exit from “One Life to Live” is already a done deal.

        In an update to a story SON first brought you yesterday, ABC Soaps in Depth is confirming that the actress has indeed been released from her contract by the soap.  And Duplaix herself posted the following message Tuesday on her Twitter page: “packing up and headed to Hollywood!!!!!!!!!! Woohoooooo”  A “OLTL” spokesperson had no comment, and no final airdate has yet been announced.

        Rumors of Duplaix’s departure from Llanview first broke Monday, when Daytime Confidential reported that a a source close to the actress, who portrays Rachel Gannon, was claiming that she has been fired from “One Life to Live.”

        Duplaix joined the “One Life” cast on April 7th, 2009, becoming the fourth actress to take on the role of Rachel, the only daughter of Nora Hanen and Hank Gannon.

        Prior to joining “OLTL,” she portrayed Valerie Davis on “Passions” from 2004-08, and was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for July 1997. She has also appeared in other of television shows and minor films.

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

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