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, August 7, 2009 11:28 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Steve Burton
Photo: Bob D’Amico/ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Despite a “no comment” from ABC Daytime, “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) is speaking out on Kelly Monaco’s status on the soap and breaks news that he’s renewed his contract with the drama series for an unspecified duration.

When news broke earlier today that Kelly Monaco was possibly being replaced in her role as Sam McCall on the drama series, fans began wondering what happened. According to sources, putting out a casting call for a current cast member’s role is generally code for contract negotiations hitting a stand-still with the actor or actress involved. As a precaution, networks tend to seek replacements in order to not interrupt storyline progression. It is speculated that this is what is going on with Monaco.

On Burton’s Twitter, the actor bluntly stated the actress was not leaving “General Hospital:”

Kelly Monaco is not leaving. – Steve Burton

Actress Nancy Lee Grahn, who portrays Monaco’s on-screen mother Alexis Davis, also hit Twitter with updates:

4 the love of God, she is not going anywhere. Don’t believe everything u read…. suckers..and I say that with so much love!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – Nancy Lee Grahn

As for his signing a new contract, Burton announced on August 2 that he signed a new deal with “Genera Hospital” to continue his portrayal of Jason Morgan on the soap.

Confirming that I am staying at GH. Excited. Thank you for all for your support. – Steve Burton

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


  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
  • ABC.com
  • SOAPnet.com
  • General Hospital
  • GH
  • Steve Burton
  • Kelly Monaco
  • Sam McCall
  • Jason Morgan
  • Nancy Lee Grahn


    Friday, August 7, 2009 10:14 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Jessica Rey
    Photo: Jill Johnson/JPI

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jessica Rey, the former White Ranger of “Power Rangers: Wild Force,” will be appearing on ABC’s “General Hospital” on the Monday, August 17 episode as Marita, a French tourist vacationing at the resort Michael (Drew Garrett) and Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth) are staying at in Cancun, Mexico. Michael will become instantly smitten with Marita when he spots her upon her arrival at the resort. Marita was originally named Marie Claire, but the characters name was changed just before shooting began in mid-July.

    In addition to her “Power Rangers” work, Rey has appeared in such shows as “The Stones,” “Las Vegas,” “Rules of Engagement” and “The Young and the Restless.”

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


    • The Young and the Restless
    • SOAPnet
    • ABC
    • ABC.com
    • SOAPnet.com
    • General Hospital
    • Y&R
    • CBS
    • CBS.com
    • GH
    • Las Vegas
    • Drew Garrett
    • Lexi Ainsworth
    • Jessica Rey
    • Power Rangers: Wild Force
    • The Stones
    • Rules of Engagement


      Friday, August 7, 2009 3:00 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Kelly Monaco
      Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Just when you thought it was safe for Jason (Steve Burton) and Sam fans, Soap Opera Digest is reporting that ABC’s “General Hospital” has put out a casting call for Sam McCall, a role currently portrayed by popular actress Kelly Monaco. An ABC spokesman issued a “no comment” to both Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Network when pressed for answers. This can only mean bad news for Monaco fans.

      The casting call is as follows: Early 30s, female, Caucasian, brunette, sexy, dynamic and fiery…SERIES REGULAR. This is a character who has been established on the show.

      Prior to joining the cast of “General Hospital” in October 2003, Monaco had a contract role on ABC’s “Port Charles” from 1999-2003.

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


      • SOAPnet
      • ABC
      • ABC.com
      • SOAPnet.com
      • General Hospital
      • GH
      • Steve Burton
      • Kelly Monaco
      • Sam McCall
      • Jason Morgan


        Friday, August 7, 2009 12:33 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Alexa Havins
        Photo: Yolanda Perez/ABC

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Yeah, Babe Chandler may have died after last years devastating tornado hit Pine Valley, but that was Amanda Baker’s Babe. Alexa Havins’ Babe went to California after the actress opted not to renew her contract in 2007 shortly after real-life husband Justin Bruening (ex-Jamie Martin) left the soap with hopes of making it big in Hollywood. He starred in the NBC series “Knight Rider,” which lasted for one season during the 2007-2008 TV season. The series was canceled due to low ratings.

        With “All My Children” heading to the West Coast in January, it has been speculated that Havins and a number of former “AMC” stars, who are now L.A. based, are being courted to come back to the drama series when filming begins in Los Angeles. Soap Opera Network has learned, however, that Havins will not be returning to the show as Babe nor as a look-alike or even a recast of Marissa Tasker (played by Brittany Allen), who is Babe’s fraternal twin sister. According to sources, Havins has made it known that she has no desire to work on a soap ever again. “She is happy where she is and what she is doing. She has no intention of returning to ‘All My Children.’”

        “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings


        • Justin Bruening
        • All My Children
        • AMC
        • SOAPnet
        • ABC
        • ABC.com
        • SOAPnet.com
        • Alexa Havins
        • Brittany Allen
        • Babe Chandler


          Friday, August 7, 2009 10:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

          Thorsten Kaye
          Photo: ABC

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC Daytime has given the cast and crew of the network’s daytime drama series “All My Children” one week to decide whether they will uproot their lives and families to Los Angeles, CA when the show moves production in January, says Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) in an exclusive interview with New York Daily News reporter Carolyn Hinsey.

          “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m not the kind of dad who wants to be 3,000 miles away from my kids. And it’s not exactly the best time to sell real estate,” he says. Kaye is married to “One Life to Live’s” Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke). They have two daughters, McKenna and Marlowe.

          “I think the move shows that ABC has a lot of belief in ‘AMC’ and wants to keep it going,” Kaye says.

          “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


          • All My Children
          • One Life to Live
          • AMC
          • SOAPnet
          • ABC
          • ABC.com
          • SOAPnet.com
          • Thorsten Kaye
          • Susan Haskell
          • OLTL


            Friday, August 7, 2009 10:35 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


            Susan Lucci (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Susan Lucci’s future with “All My Children” is up in the air.

            On today’s “Regis & Kelly,” Susan Lucci shocked former “All My Children” co-star Kelly Ripa by announcing that she’s not sure if she’ll make the decision to move to Los Angeles with the production of the soap she helped make. Lucci, who has been with “AMC” since it’s first air-date in January 1970, told Ripa, “I don’t know what I’m going to do” in reference to leaving New York to remain with the show. Still in a state of shock from the news that dropped this past Tuesday, Lucci emphasized that while she appreciates being given a choice unlike some other co-workers and crew that uprooting 3,000 miles is a big decision to make for her and for the entire cast. It’s also a decision they have just one week to make according to co-star Thorsten Kaye who plays Erica Kane’s son-in-law, Zach Slater. The actress who has New York in her heart and blood reports that she’ll likely make her final decision during a vacation she’ll leave for this weekend.

            The interview was originally scheduled to discuss Lucci and her character Erica Kane’s enlightening trip to Kenya, Africa; ‘AMC’s’ just announced move to L.A. of course pushed that discussion back a segment.

            Like Lucci, co-star Thorsten Kaye points out that while the decision shows ABC has a lot of belief in ‘AMC’ he doesn’t know if he’ll make the move. In today’s New York Daily New, Kaye reports, “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m not the kind of dad who wants to be 3,000 miles away from my kids.” Kaye’s wife, Susan Haskell, currently works on “One Life to Live” which will continue to be produced in New York.

            “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


            • All My Children
            • Susan Lucci
            • Erica Kane
            • Thorsten Kaye
            • moving to L.A.


              Friday, August 7, 2009 8:08 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              Susan Lucci Photo: ABC

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Susan Lucci, who portrays the iconic character, Erica Kane, on ABC’s “All My Children” will be appearing today on “Live with Regis & Kelly.” The actress is expected to discuss “AMC’s” move to Los Angeles, CA in January and might give light on whether she’ll still be part of the soap on moving day.


              • All My Children
              • Susan Lucci
              • AMC
              • SOAPnet
              • ABC
              • ABC.com
              • SOAPnet.com
              • Live with Regis & Kelly


                Friday, August 7, 2009 6:52 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

                Kevin Schmidt
                Photo: Howard Wise/JPI

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “The Young and the Restless” star Kevin Schmidt (Noah Newman) has booked the lead role in the Cartoon Network pilot “Unnatural History.”

                “History” tells the story of Henry Griffin (Schmidt), a teenager who has acquired exceptional skills during his travels around the world with his anthropologist parents. He faces his greatest challenge when he returns to the United States to attend High School. Rounding out the cast will be Jordan Gavaris (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Italia Ricci (“Greek”). According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gavaris will play Jasper, Henry’s cousin, and Ricci will play Maggie, a classmate of Henry’s. Production will begin later this month in Toronto. The script was penned by Mike Werb (“The Mask”). Warner Horizon TV will produce the project.

                At this time it is unclear if Schmidt will depart “Y&R” if the show receives a series order from Cartoon Network. Most recently the actor appeared in the Disney Channel original movie “Princess Protection Program” along-side tween superstar Selena Gomez.


                • The Young and the Restless
                • SOAPnet
                • SOAPnet.com
                • Y&R
                • CBS
                • CBS.com
                • Kevin Schmidt
                • Jordan Gavaris
                • Italia Ricci
                • Selena Gomez
                • Greek
                • Degrassi: The Next Generation


                  Friday, August 7, 2009 6:34 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

                  Lara Spencer
                  Photo: Craig Barritt/JPI

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Insider‘s Lara Spencer and Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier will host The CW’s presentation of “Live from the Red Carpet” Daytime Emmy Award’s Pre-Show. The show will air live on Sunday, August 30 from 7:00-8:00 PM ET from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA.


                  • The CW
                  • Entertainment Tonight
                  • Lara Spencer
                  • Kevin Frazier
                  • The Insider
                  • The Daytime Emmy Awards


                    Friday, August 7, 2009 6:19 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

                    Guiding Light
                    Photo: John Paschal/JPI

                    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While “Guiding Light’s” last episode doesn’t air until Friday, September 18, 2009, Soap Opera Network has your last look at the cast as a group before the final curtain call.

                    “Guiding Light” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on CBS.com. Check local listings.


                    • CBS
                    • CBS.com
                    • Guiding Light
                    • GL
                    • Hulu.com








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