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

 
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Friday, February 12, 2010 2:22 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Ward family is returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” and it’s about time! It was announced yesterday that actress Annie Ilonzeh has been cast in the contract role of Maya Ward, the daughter of Faith Ward and niece of Justus Ward (last played by M’fundo Morrison). She is also the great grand-daughter of Edward Quartermaine (John Ingle).

According to ABC, Maya will play heavily in the upcoming Quartermaine family story-arc and will find herself involved with a certain Spencer, who will surely be a Lucky (Jonathan Jackson) man despite the woes he’s going through right now or will it be his younger bro Ethan (Nathan Parsons)? Maya will also be joining the General Hospital staff as an intern, who has no patience for bad boys due to a previous experience. Could we have another anti-Jason/Sonny character on our hands? Or is there another bad boy we’re not aware of? Hmm…Ethan sure sounds like a winner!

Ilonzeh previously appeared in such shows as “Melrose Place” and “How I Met Your Mother.” She can be seen in the film “Percy Jackson and The Olympians,” which is out today. Her first airdate on “General Hospital” is set for Wednesday, March 31.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


  • General Hospital
  • GH
  • Melrose Place
  • Annie Ilonzeh
  • M’fundo Morrison
  • John Ingle
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Percy Jackson and The Olympians


    Friday, February 12, 2010 1:39 PM ET | By Errol Lewis
    UPDATED: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:47 PM ET

    Photo: Sean Smith/JPI

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If getting a father wasn’t enough, try getting a mother as well. ABC’s “General Hospital” has cast actress Lisa Waltz to portray the role of Melissa Bauer, Kiefer’s (Christian Alexander) mother starting next month on the drama series. Waltz joins Bradley Cole (ex-Jeffrey O’Neill), who we learned on Tuesday was joining the cast in the role of Carlton Bauer, Kiefer’s father. Both actors will be on recurring status with the soap. UPDATE: The soap has renamed Cole’s character to Warren Bauer according to ABC sources.

    Soap Opera Network first broke the news on our Twitter page on Thursday, and we’ve since learned that the presence of the two Bauer parents is due to a major turning point in the teen abuse storyline currently playing out on the soap between Kristina Corinthos (Lexi Ainsworth) and Kiefer. According to sources, we’ll soon learn the source of Kiefer’s violent behavior with the presence of both parents on the canvas.

    Prior to joining “General Hospital,” Waltz had appearances on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in the role of Dr. Mason, who most recently had been counseling Sharon Newman (Sharon Case) during the characters addiction phase. The actress has also appeared in numerous television series including “My So-Called Life” and “Ask Harriet.” She most recently appeared in the primetime dramas “Castle” and “Lie to Me.” She can next be seen in the film “Head Over Spurs in Love” set for release this year.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


    • General Hospital
    • GH
    • My So-Called Life
    • Lexi Ainsworth
    • Christian Alexander
    • Bradley Cole
    • Lisa Waltz
    • Lie to Me
    • Castle
    • Ask Harriet
    • Head Over Spurs in Love


      Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

      Thursday, February 11, 2010 5:05 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” suffers it’s biggest loss yet due in part due to their production move west.

      Julia Barr and Cady McClain will be returning to “All My Children” in the next several weeks. In news that will invoke feelings that directly oppose the ones the aforementioned news stories invoked with many fans, “AMC” and “One Life to Live” creator Agnes Nixon has confirmed the bad news that Daytime Confidential first reported several months ago: David Canary is leaving “AMC” later this year.

      In an October 2009 interview with http://www.ustownhall.com, a clearly disappointed Nixon let it prematurely slip that the acclaimed actor would be exiting the soap. The site waited until this week to release the top-tier confirmation of the news that ABC Daytime has yet to confirm for obvious reasons. You can watch Nixon’s interview here! The confirmation followed months of fans hoping against all odds that fairly decent sources were being led astray. Prior to the Daytime Confidential drop last fall, Canary’s daughter went to Twitter to tell her followers that her father would be moving out to Los Angeles for only the duration of his current contract. Last month, Soap Opera Digest featured columnist, Carolyn Hinsey, told her Facebook followers that Canary is expected to cease taping at “AMC” in March of this year (and that Adam will leave Pine Valley alive).

      Prior to joining “AMC,” Canary was best known for the role of Candy Canaday on the series “Bonanza,” a role he played from 1967 to 1973. In 1983, Canary landed the role of devious Adam Chandler on “AMC,” and a year later began playing Adam’s popular twin brother, Stuart (the good twin). In the more than a quarter of a century that Canary has played the roles of Adam and Stuart, to say that Canary has been acclaimed would be an understatement. Canary earned five wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Daytime Series and has chalked up nearly twenty nominations. The actor is as popular with fans. Critics and fans alike would all agree that “AMC” will not be the same without both this actor and his characters.

      Soap Opera Network will keep you up to date as more details develop with this story.

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


      • All My Children
      • AMC
      • Agnes Nixon
      • David Canary


        Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:28 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Photo: ABC

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Georgie Jones may be dead, but that won’t stop ABC’s “General Hospital” from bringing the character back for a little nostalgia with an appearance by Lindze Letherman, who last played the role in December 2007.

        According to show sources, Letherman will return as ghost Georgie, who will try and help big-sis Maxie (Kirsten Storms) during a “special moment” for a number of episodes starting Friday,  March 26. With Maxie and Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) soon to make a full commitment to each other, it’s anyone’s guess as to what this “moment” could possibly be about.

        Since departing “General Hospital,” Letherman has appeared in the film “Stamped!” and the online series “Life in General” created by “GH” writer Karen Harris.

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


        • General Hospital
        • Kirsten Storms
        • Lindze Letherman
        • Stamped!
        • Life in General


          Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Photo: ABC

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On today’s episode of “General Hospital” look for the returns of Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) and Anthony Zacchara (Bruce Weitz), the two most powerful and evil members of their respective family empires.

          First up, Johnny (Brandon Barash) pays his father a visit with the intention of taking back the reins of the Zacchara family. What makes that confusing, at least to me, is that once Claudia (Sarah Joy Brown) married Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), Sonny was placed in charge of the Zacchara family business. Without that, what does Johnny think he’ll get out of daddy?

          Meanwhile, Helena returns to Port Charles to see her grandson Nikolas (Tyler Christopher), who just might be the father of Elizabeth’s (Rebecca Herbst) baby care of their affair. As previously reported, Elizabeth will learn the identity of “Who’s the Daddy?” during the week of February 22.

          Helena is expected to remain on the show for a number of episodes, while Anthony is not.

          “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


          • General Hospital
          • Sarah Joy Brown
          • Tyler Christopher
          • Maurice Benard
          • Brandon Barash
          • Bruce Weitz
          • Constance Towers
          • Rebecca Herbst


            Photo: Heidi Gutman/ABC

            Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:30 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC offers fans a special treat next week with a special online version of the February 15th episode of “One Life to Live.”

            With a blizzard blowing through Llantano Mountain and several characters on thin ice (both literally and figuratively), Monday’s episode of the popular ABC sudser will offer up much drama for several Llanview residents, including Rex, Stacy, and Gigi.

            In conjunction with the special episode, ABC.com will provide interested viewers with two options on the website’s Full Episode Player. Starting on the morning of Tuesday, February 16th, you can watch the episode as it aired the day before on ABC. However, you can also view the same episode, but with special added commentary throughout the show from John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi), who will share their thoughts and insights into the writing and filming of that particular episode. Lavoisier and Fath will also provide a sneak peek into some of the special effects used to turn Llantano Mountain into a dangerous winter wonderland.

            For those who cannot wait until next week, here is a little preview into Monday’s episode…

            With Stacy’s baby in her arms, Gigi falls through the ice. As she manages to keep the baby out of the freezing water, Rex and Schuyler work to save the aunt and niece. After being pulled to safety, Schuyler breathes life back into the woman he loves, as Rex looks on. At the cabin, Kim locates Stacy, who promptly vanishes. Dorian is worried when Mitch offers up a new threat against her family. Kelly and Adriana accept champagne from a stranger named Emile in Paris, and later Adriana leaves with the guy. Kelly gets a call from Cassie informing her that Dorian’s claims could actually be true. Charlie confesses to Viki that he was the one who shot Jessica, but explains that he was aiming for Mitch. Meanwhile, Mitch delights in telling Viki that Charlie and Dorian were in cahoots together. Viki later has a run-in with Dorian. And Marty isn’t able to keep her emotions in check after seeing John and Natalie kissing one another.

            This is not the first time ABC has offered special episode commentary with regards to their daytime dramas. On January 29th, “General Hospital” stars Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) talked viewers through the episode where Sonny shot Dante after learning he was an undercover cop, and then discovering that he was his son.

            In other news…

            Nicholas E. Calhoun will appear as an FBI Agent on Feb. 11th, 12th, 16th, and 17th. 

            Danny Aiello III is listed as the Stunt Coordinator for the February 12th, 16th, 17th, and 18th episodes. 

            Bree Williamson (Jessica) tweets that “Queen Bea performance is tomorrow night [February 10th]! If you wanta come call the Laurie Beechman and make your reservation.”

            And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that “Back to work…mixing today in new studio!  Everything seems to be going well and the vibe is good! Things will really start picking up next week. “

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



            Tuesday, February 9, 2010 8:44 PM ET | By Errol Lewis
            UPDATED: Friday, February 12, 2010 3:47 PM ET

            Photo: TeleNext Media

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Bradley Cole, best known for his role as Jeffrey O’Neill on the CBS daytime drama series “Guiding Light” is joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the role of Carlton Bauer, Kiefer’s (Christian Alexander) father. UPDATE: The soap has renamed Cole’s character to Warren Bauer according to ABC sources.

            According to ABC, the actor will make his debut sometime in March. His character is expected to go toe to toe with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) whose daughter Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) is dating his son. Kristina and Kiefer are currently involved in a teen abuse storyline in which Kiefer has been abusing Kristina on numerous occasions.

            Cole’s appearance on “General Hospital” marks a reunion of sorts for Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos Jacks), who portrayed the other half of “Guiding Light” super-couple Cassie Winslow and Richard Winslow (also played by Cole). The duo dominated soap magazines and polls during the height of the couple-dom from 2000-2002. The character of Richard was killed off following serious injuries sustained from a car accident and the hands of Cassie’s sister Reva Shayne (Kim Zimmer), who pulled the plug on his life support after he had asked her to.

            It would appear that Cole’s appearance on “General Hospital” is scheduled for a couple of episodes, but it is possible it may lead to something more down the road.

            The Los Angeles, California native appeared in a couple of episodes of “All My Children” in 2003 as Jordan Roberts.

            “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


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            • Laura Wright
            • Maurice Benard
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            • Christian Alexander
            • Bradley Cole
            • Kim Zimmer


              Tuesday, February 9, 2010 7:58 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

              Photo: ABC

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As first reported on Soap Opera Network‘s Twitter page on Monday afternoon, ABC’s “General Hospital” will debut its all-new opening sequence on Tuesday, February 23, the same day the soap celebrates its 12,000th episode.

              Initially, ABC insiders were unclear as to when the new opening would debut and could only tell us that it would be “soon,” however, we have since learned that with the upcoming celebration, production on the opening was fast-tracked in order to meet the special deadline.

              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, in the universally panned all-male final shot.

              It is unclear at this time if the soap will debut a new theme song when the opening debuts or if it will keep its current theme, which is a variation of the classic 1990′s “Faces of the Heart” theme by musician Dave Koz.

              “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


              • General Hospital
              • GH
              • Dave Koz


                WME Entertainment

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital’s” Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily Quartermaine) has signed on to star along-side James Franco (Franco) in the upcoming film “127 Hours” by “Slumdog Millionaire” Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle.

                The film is about Aron Ralston (Franco), a mountain climber who is forced to cut off his arm with a dull knife in order to save his life after being unable to free the lim from under a boulder. According to Deadline.com‘s Nikki Finke, Tamblyn will portray his girlfriend, whose relationship with Aron will be played out in flashbacks which helps him keep going.

                Production on the film is scheduled to begin in March in the state of Utah. The film will be distributed by FOX Searchlight Pictures, a division of News Corporation. In addition to directing, Boyle also co-wrote the screenplay along-side “Slumdog” writing partner Simon Beaufoy.

                Since leaving “General Hospital” in 2001, Tamblyn has had starring roles in such series as CBS’ “Joan of Arcadia” and ABC’s “The Unusuals.” She’s appeared in such films as “The Sisters of the Traveling Pants” and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” with co-stars America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”) and Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”). She’s also starred in the horror films “The Ring” and “The Grudge 2,” which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall Hart, “All My Children”).

                James Franco is best known for playing the role of Harry Osborn in the “Spiderman” series of films. Before hitting it big he co-starred in the short-lived NBC comedy series “Freaks and Geeks.” Since then he has starred in a number of high profile films including “Pineapple Express” and Oscar nominated “Milk” with Sean Penn. He joined the cast of “General Hospital” in role of serial killer Franco in November 2009 for a big story arc that is nearing its completion. His character last appeared in early January, but will return in the next few weeks to close out the storyline.



                One Life to Live Bids Adieu to Studio 17

                Photo: ABC

                Tuesday, February 9, 2010 4:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After 32 years and roughly 8,000 episodes, “One Life to Live” tapes at their current Manhattan studios for the last time.

                ABC Television’s Studio 17, located in the Big Apple, is empty for the first time since the ABC soap moved in more than three decades ago. During “One Life’s” time at the studio, nearly three-fourths of the show’s 10,617 episodes (which have aired as of February 8th, 2010) were filmed.

                From the show’s debut in 1968 until it expanded from 45 to 60 minutes a decade later, “One Life to Live” was taped at the old TV18 at 101 West 67th Street in New York City. For much of that time (1970-78), “OLTL” taped alongside their sister soap, and fellow Agnes Nixon creation, “All My Children” (which would continue to call the studio home until 1990). TV18 has since been torn down and replaced with a 50-story apartment building.

                Since moving in to TV17 (56 West 66th Street), a renovated National Guard Armory building constructed in 1901, “One Life to Live” has produced countless memorable storylines, including the now infamous Spring Fling gang rape, Victoria Lord’s ultimate battle with DID, Llanview’s mass gay nuptials, the underground city of Eterna, Buchanan City and the Old West, Viki goes to heaven, Karen Wolek admitting she was a hooker while on the witness stand, and the Llanview High School Musical, just to name a few. In addition, the soap also produced the special “Trading Places” (2002), “Babes Behind Bars” (2003), and fantasy (2007) episodes, along with airing a week of live episodes in 2002. And, during “OLTL’s” time in the converted Armory building, the show celebrated two important milestones, broadcasting their 10,000th episode in 2007 and recognizing their 40th anniversary in 2008.

                Former “One Life” cast members during this time that have gone on to greater fame include Judith Light, Roma Downey, Blair Underwood, Joe Lando, Audrey Landers, Richard Grieco, Phylicia Rashad, Jameson Parker, Marcia Cross, Yasmine Bleeth, and Nathan Fillion.

                Major guest stars who visited Llanview during “OLTL’s” time at TV17 include Sammy Davis, Jr., Ivana Trump, Kurtis Blow, Dr. Ruth, Reba McEntire, Bill Anderson, Arlene Dahl, Bill Medley, Darlene Love,The Beach Boys, Marsha Mason, Little Richard, Erykah Badu, Frank McCourt, Lionel Richie, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, The Pussycat Dolls, and Snoop Dogg.

                Pictured: ABC Television Studio 17, the now former home of “One Life to Live” courtesy Google Earth

                Since the final scenes at TV17 were taped last week, several “One Life to Live” cast and crew members have Tweeted their thoughts on the end of an era. Kristen Alderson (Starr) posted a picture of the current studio with a sign that read “That’s a good night to Studio17.” Scott Clifton (Schuyler) commented that “Today [January 29th] was my last day of work before ‘OLTL’ makes it’s move. It’s been a pleasure, Studio 17! Wish I knew you longer.” And Music Director Paul Glass writes that “ Saying goodbye to TV-17 today [February 4th]….thousands of shows and unbelievable memories! Looking forward to big things in the new studio… I’m gonna miss the studio also. Lots of great years and amazing people!”

                This week the show begins the process of moving sets, equipment, props, and accessories several blocks to the studio recently vacated by “All My Children,” which moved to Los Angeles back in December. That studio is approximately 30% larger, has been refurbished, has upgraded cameras and technical equipment, and contains separate dressing rooms for each member of the cast. “One Life” will tape their first episode in their home on February 16th, which is expected to air sometime in late March or early April, given the soap’s fast paced production schedule.

                Pictured: ABC Television Studio 23, the former home of “All My Children,” and current home to “One Life to Live” and “The View” courtesy NewYorkShow.com

                “The View,” which films in the same building as “One Life to Live” at TV23 (320 West 66th Street), has already extended the hand of friendship to their new neighbors. According to Brittany Underwood (Langston), “Whoopi [Goldberg] got us ‘welcome cookies’ how sweet! But I still miss our old studio :( it was home away from home!”

                As for Susan Lucci’s old dressing room, despite speculation that it would go to “OLTL” matriarch Erika Slezak), the show apparently had other ideas. “Went through our orientation at the new studio today. They put me in Susan Lucci’s old dressing room. Moving up in the world!,” tweets Scott Clifton (Schuyler).

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









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