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

Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:20 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

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( — Dante Falconeri (Dominic Zamprogna) is having a little nightmare next month on “General Hospital” thanks to his mobster daddy, Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), who shoots his son during the all important February Sweeps period.

On Tuesday, February 2, fans will get a glimpse into a comatose Dante’s childhood when the character has a nightmare. Youngster Matthew Johnson will play the “Kid,” who plays with a young Dante in the episode. It is unclear at this time who will be playing young Dante, however.

Child star Adam Wylie (now 25) will play “Officer Church” on Wednesday, February 3. Sam (Kelly Monaco) tries to distract Church in order to get back incriminating evidence on Sonny. Wylie is best known for his appearances in such series as “Picket Fences,” “American Dragon: Jake Long” and “Legion of Super Heroes.”

Claire Mills appears on the Friday, February 5 episode as “Gloria,” who brings her son “Jimmy” (Declan Beaty) to General Hospital due to minor burns.

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

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    ( — Sherri Saum is getting the last laugh after being let go from ABC’s new dramedy “The Deep End” last fall.

    Created by “How I Met Your Mother” Co-Executive Producer David Hemingson, “Deep End” premiered to low ratings on Thursday, January 21 drawing just 7.07 million viewers and a 1.8/5 in Adults 18-49, placing the series 3rd in viewers and 4th in the all important demo. By comparison, the series only beat The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” by  a mere 12.5% (1.8 vs 1.6) in Adults 18-49. “Deep End” was down 25% from what “FlashForward” had averaged in the same time period this season.

    In September, it was announced that Saum would be replaced by “Soul Food” actress Nicole Ari Parker in the role of Susan, the “sexy, smart, steely lioness of the firm’s litigation department whose husband, Clifford Huddle (Billy Zane), is the firm’s new managing partner.”

    The series stars Matt Long (”Jack & Bobby”) as Dylan Hewitt, a young attorney who starts working for the prestigious Los Angeles law firm Sterling, Huddle, Oppenheim & Craft. Former “Desperate Housewives” heart-throb Mehcad Brooks also stars.

    Despite its poor debut numbers, “Deep End is still scheduled to air on Thursday, January 28 at 8/7c on ABC.

    From 2001-2003, Saum portrayed Keri Reynolds on ABC’s “One Life to Live” and Vanessa Hart from 1997-1999 on NBC’s “Sunset Beach.” The actress has had numerous starring roles in such series as Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” HBO’s “In Treatment” and the FX drama “Rescue Me.”

    Photo: Aaron Montgomery/JPI

    Saturday, January 23, 2010 1:15 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — It now appears that Barbara Garrick is back as Llanview’s favorite wackjob Allison Perkins.

    SON first told you last week that Garrick, who portrayed Perkins from from 1986-87 (and again from 2001-03, as well as in 2008), was photographed hanging around with the”One Life to Live” cast outside the soap’s studios by shutterbug Steven Bergman.

    Now, The Suds Report confirms that the actress will first air sometime “at the end of February….[and] will continue to air long after Roscoe Born’s Mitch leaves the canvas.”  Born is rumored to be departing from “OLTL” sometime after the upcoming February sweeps.

    When viewers last saw Allison, she lapsed into a coma following a serious fall from a high-rise balcony, all-the-while insisting she knew a shocking secret about Jessica Brennan. 

    SON will continue to follow this story.

    In other news…

    The Suds Report also states that, according to Robin Strasser‘s (Dorian Cramer Lord) hotline, the scribes at “OLTL” are currently working on a juicy long-term storyline for David Vickers, since portrayer Tuc Watkins is currently on hiatus from his prime-time gig “Desperate Housewives.”  Watkins has portrayed the comedic conman off and on since 1994. 

    Alfred Cerullo will portray a pilot on February 26th.

    And “OLTL” Music Director Paul Glass tweets that the soap will “Definitely have a few cool montages coming up hitting on big story. Working on Snoop Dogg today..his scenes and performance total blast!”

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

    ‘AMC’ Loses Another Legend

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    Saturday, January 23, 2010 12:05 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — Accomplished actor and dancer, James Mitchell has died at the age of 89.

    “All My Children” star James Mitchell passed away on Friday, January 22, 2010. According to Soap Opera Digest complications from pneumonia aggravated a pre-existing condition (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and proved to be too much for the elderly actor to fight.

    Mitchell was born in Sacramento, California on February 29, 1920. Prior to joining the ABC soap, Mitchell was best known for his work in musical theatre. The accomplished dancer appeared in Broadway productions of “Billion Dollar Baby,” “Bloomer Girl,” “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” and “Carnival!” to name a few and worked closely with theatre and dance legend Agnes de Mille. Mitchell’s career as a film star never really took off, but he did notably appear as Dream Curly in de Mille’s 1955 film-musical “Oklahoma!” His last appearance on the big-screen was in 1977′s “The Turning Point.” Mitchell’s career in television proved to be more fruitful, the actor burst into the television scene in 1964 as Captain Lloyd Griffin on the CBS daytime drama “The Edge of Night.” In 1969, the actor moved on to the CBS soap opera “Where the Heart Is” where he played the lead character, Julian Hathaway, for the sudsers entire run.

    The role that most daytime fans will remember Mitchell for is that of the villainous Palmer Cortlandt on “AMC,” a role that the actor played from 1979 to 2010. Mitchell earned seven Daytime Emmy nominations for the popular role. The popular actor also earned legions of fans as Adam Chandler’s match and daughter Nina and niece Dixie’s overbearing father/uncle (therefore Cliff Warner and Tad Martin’s worst nightmare). The filthy rich character, owner of Cortlandt Electronics, had a memorable romance with the lovely Daisy Murdoch, Nina’s mother, and then later with partner in crime, Opal Cortlandt, that produced son Peter Cortlandt. When not being manipulated by the likes of his last nutty wife, Vanessa, a softer Palmer came to the surface in the last decade – spending much of his time trying to reel in his bratty son Pete, straighten up his reckless grandson Bobby, and being a surrogate father and grandfather of sorts to the troubled Kane women. Mitchell’s schedule at “AMC” decreased in the last several years due to health issues and he officially retired from “AMC” in 2008. The show and Mitchell, who had relocated to the warmer climate of California, worked together to tape an appearance for the soaps 40th Anniversary episode (“AMC” was still being produced in New York at the time). That episode, which aired on January 5, 2010, marks the actor’s last appearance on the soap he spent more than 30 years on. There is no word out on how “AMC” will address the loss, but it’s a good bet that the show will honor James Mitchell and Palmer Cortlandt on-screen sometime in the spring.

    Soap Opera Network sends our condolences to Mitchell’s family, friends, and fans. Rest in Peace, James Mitchell (and Palmer Cortlandt).

    “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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      Roscoe Born Sings the ‘Pepsi Blues’

      Photo: Brian Lowe/JPI

      Friday, January 22, 2010 10:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — The “One Life to Live” star posts a music video of himself performing the Bob Dylan parody on Youtube.

      Born’s video is in response to 2009 Super Bowl commercial for Pepsi featuring the Black Eyed Pea’s  “I had already written this song about how there’s nothing he won’t steal, there’s nothing he won’t sell, because I knew he had done this Victoria’s Secret [commercial] a few years ago,” the actor tells Soap Opera Digest

      After revising the song to make it apply more to Dylan himself, Born teamed up with friend and fellow New York City musician Hugh Pool to record the video.  The two men have been pals since Pool’s days as a guitar player in Nick River’s (a character Born portrayed on “The City”) band back in the ’90s.

      Born admits that “It [the Dylan ad] sounds really good, but the whole thing just goes against my ’60s ethos.”  The video was filmed at Excello Recording Studios, with the aid of engineer Nathan Rosborough.

      You can watch Born perform Bob Dylan’s “Pepsi Blues” here:

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

      ‘OLTL’ January Casting Updates

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      Friday, January 22, 2010 1:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — According to reports, “One Life to Live” has tapped musician and Broadway star Meghann Fahy as Hannah.

      SON is working to confirm that Fahy has landed the new role, which is supposed to cause some friction between Starr and Cole, and is described as an honor student and cheerleader at Llanview University. For more details on the Hannah audition script, click here.

      The 19-year-old Fahy made her Broadway debut last spring as an understudy for the character of Natalie in the play “Next to Normal.” She has also appeared on “Gossip Girl,” and has released two albums. In addition, she has sung the National Anthem numerous times before basketball and hockey games in Springfield and Harford, Connecticut.

      SON will continue to update this story.

      In other news…

      Terrell Tilford (Greg Evans) tweeted on January 9th that he was shooting scenes with Erika Slezak [Viki] & Jerry VerDorn [Clint] this AM! they inspire me!” Three days later he wrote that was “Shooting with Frankie Faison (as my dad) and Tonye Pitano (as my mother) tomorrow…how awesome is that!? Then with Erika & Jerry again!” Tilford also comments that he had “2 scenes down…8 more to go,” and that he “had a really looooonnnngggg day shooting today [January 12th]… yeah I know, ‘get over it!’ hmmm, okay I have. time for a glass of malbec.” And the actor was apparently on set when Snoop Dogg recently taped his upcoming February 24th appearance tweeting, “Good hangin’ with Snoop and FOI at ‘OLTL’… keepin’ it real!”

      And Tika Sumpter (Layla) tweets that she was on vacation in Costa Rica from December 14th until January 6th before returning to the set.

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

      Gildersleeve’s ‘OLTL’ Role Revealed

      Photo: ABC

      Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — “One Life to Live” announces the name of the character Taylor Gildersleeve will portray in Llanview.

      Two days after the actress tweeted that she had “just booked a role on ‘One Life to Live,’” a show spokesperson has confirmed the news to ABC Soaps in Depth

      There had been some question as to exactly which role the ex-”AMC” starlet had auditioned for, considering that there are currently three female characters being cast by “OLTL.”  However, SON can now report that Gildersleeve will portray the recurring character Leah, a stripper friend of Stacy and Kim from their days in Las Vegas.  To learn more about the recently released audition script for the role, click here

      No first airdate has been announced for Gildersleeve, who portrayed Sydney Harris on “All My Children” in 2007.  SON will continue to follow the story.

      Winning the Miss New York Teen USA 2009 title, Gildersleeve competed in Miss Teen USA Pageant, but failed to make the finals. A student at New York University, she has also appeared in an episode of “30 Rock.” 


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

      SOAPnet Joins ‘Hope for Haiti’ Telethon

      Photo: SOAPnet

      Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:30 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — The Network for Soaps joins more than three dozen other broadcasters scheduled for air the “Hope for Haiti: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief” fund-raising telethon on January 22nd.

      The event, organized by MTV and actor George Clooney, will air on January 22nd beginning at 8:00 PM ET/PT.  All proceeds will be evenly distributed between The Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, United Nations World Food Programme, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, The Red Cross, UNICEF and the Yele Haiti Foundation.

      The two-hour, commercial-free telethon will be co-hosted by Clooney in Los Angeles, Hatiti-native Wyclef Jean in New York City, and Anderson Cooper, who will be broadcasting live from Haiti.   Musical performers scheduled to perform include Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Coldplay, Keith Urban, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and more. Dozens of stars will be answering phones and taking donations to help Haiti’s earthquake victims.

      Other broadcasters that have signed on to air the event include MTV, VH1, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, Centric, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, Epix, Palladia,Style, Discovery Health and Planet Green. Canada’s CTV, CBC Television, Global Television, MuchMusic, BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV Networks International, making the event available in 640 million homes worldwide.   In addition, Facebook and Twitter are the official social-media partners for the telethon.

      To learn more about the telethon, and how you can help the relief effort, click here.

      In related news, Lady Gaga has pledged that all proceeds from her January 24th concert at Radio City Music Hall will also go to Haiti relief efforts. 

      The telethon will pre-empt Friday evening’s re-broadcasts of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on SOAPnet.  Instead, they will be shown at 1:00 and 2:00 AM ET, respectively.  Viewers can also view the episodes at and  SOAPnet’s re-broadcast of “General Hospital” will air in its regular timeslot.   

      Photo: ABC

      Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — Miss New York Teen USA 2009 and former “All My Children” cast member Taylor Gildersleeve, joins the cast of “One Life to Live.”

      The 18-year-old actress, who portrayed Sydney Harris on “AMC” in 2006, tweeted yesterday afternoon (January 19th) that she had just “just booked a role on ‘One Life to Live!!!’ :D

      The exact role in which Gildersleeve was cast cannot be confirmed at this time, however, one possibility is “Hannah,” who is expected to interact with Starr and Cole.  A casting call for that role was issued back in mid-December.  Other possibilities could be “Leah,” a stripper friend of Stacy and Kim’s, or “Teen Jessica,” who will be appearing in flashback scenes.  Gildersleeve appears to have beaten out fellow actress Samii Ryan, who revealed earlier this month that she recently auditioned for an unidentified role on “One Life” as well, and was awaiting a callback from the soap.

      In addition to winning the Miss New York Teen USA 2009 title, Gildersleeve competed in Miss Teen USA Pageant, but failed to make the finals.  A student at New York University, she has also appeared in an episode of “30 Rock.” 

      SON will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they develop.

      In other news…

      Erin Cronican also tweeted yesterday that she had “Just booked another principal role on ‘One Life to Live’-this time as a social worker.” Cronican last appeared in Llanview on October 28th of last year as a stylist to then Mayoral candidate Dorian Cramer Lord. 

      Look for more dayplayer roles on February 12th, 17th, and 18th.

      And the Hawaii’s Big Island Weekly reports that “It was a night of epic talent. Over 80 young people from West Hawai’i took to the Aloha Theater stage in Kainaliu on Saturday night to showoff their ability and flair for entertainment in the first Kona Youth Talent Show.

      Sponsored by the West Hawai’i Community Health Center the performance was an effort to showcase the talent of Hawaii’s youth as well as act as an outreach event to raise awareness and education about the prevention of teen pregnancy….Following the intermission WHCHC showed a 10-minute film titled “Jessica’s Story,” from the soap opera series “‘One Life to Live.’ The movie depicted the cause and effect of unplanned teenage pregnancy.”  The event was held on January 17th.

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

      Photo: Heidi Gutman/ABC

      Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:05 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — Barbara Garrick spotted outside the “One Life” studios in New York.

      Garrick, who is best known for her realistic portrayal of nutjob Allison Perkins, was photographed on Monday (January 18th) with co-star Melissa Archer (Natalie Banks) by Steven Bergman, who routinely snaps images of the “OLTL” cast and crew as they enter and exit the show’s studios.

      Rumors have persisted in recent months that the actress was reprising her signature role, despite the fact that representatives for “One Life” have had no comment on the speculation.

      When viewers last saw Allison, she had lapsed into a coma after suffering a fall, but not before teasing that she knew a huge secret involving Jessica Brennan (Bree Williamson).

      SON will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they develop.

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

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