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, July 11, 2009 1:06 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — After being asked to take a huge paycut, Robin Strasser delays making a “big announcement” on her hotline concerning her future with “One Life to Live,” in the role of Dr. Dorian Cramer Lord.

“Just in case my paranoia is correct and somebody might leak something [...] before I tell you on the hotline, which is what I promised, I was assured, ‘Please wait 24 hours,’ [before making any announcement],” Strasser’s recorded message told fans who called the actress’s telephone hotline Thursday afternoon.

“Of course it has to do with offers from ABC to continue playing Dorian. It’s not a negotiation. The first figure they gave me was exactly the same six weeks later after I spent a fortune having a lawyer talk for me,” she added.

Strasser’s message comes weeks after her bosses at ABC, refusing to negotiate, reportedly offered the star a “take it or leave it” contract, complete with an unusually large paycut. The actress, insulted by the low offer, claims she cannot be a “partner to devaluing her own self.” After contemplating the offer for several days, Strasser promised fans a decision on her status with the show around 5:00 pm et Friday afternoon.

However, as the time for her “big announcement” drew near, Strasser recorded the following message for her hotline. “What I am able to say right now is I have been asked to make no announcement, to say nothing. I’ve been asked to take a time out, to wait until Brian Frons [head of ABC Daytime] gets back from his vacation. That would be another eight days. Already I waited while the warrior came back from her vacation. I waited six weeks to see if the first offer they made me would get negotiated to something better, only to find out six weeks later, and a lot of money spent on a lawyer, nothing has changed. It’s the same offer. I know that it is a bigger paycut than other actors have been asked to take. And anybody who has been asked to take a larger paycut was making two or three times as much as I was. In 2002, when Frank Valentini ["One Life to Live" Executive Producer] broke the blacklist and got me back on the show, that necessitated me taking a 63% paycut. What I am seeing is something that feels disrespectful, something that feels inequitable, I know it to be inequitable, and makes me feel discriminated against.” The actress turned 64 on May 7th.

The ‘blacklist’ to which Strasser is referring dates back to 2000, when contract negotiations between the actress and then ABC Daytime President Angela Shapiro came to a standstill. “I had a great contract all the way through when Jill Farren Phelps was the executive producer and the negotiations went toxic… and I was sent away. I heard from one West Coast producer and one East Coast producer that they wanted to cast me but they were told, ‘No,’ not while Angela Shapiro was the head of [ABC] Daytime. I know this for a fact.” The exile was lifted three years later, when Strasser made her triumph return to “OLTL.”

Going to bat for Strasser and defending her to the network brass is a “a very heroic [but unidentified] figure on the horizon whom I love and respect,” who asked her to not make a decision until he evaluated her situation to ‘see what he could do’ to help her out. Proving that she is a team player, Strasser goes on to say that she likes her job and is willing and ready to negotiate should the network choose to do so, and that she would likely only leave “One Life to Live” again if she felt she was being treated very unfairly.

Strasser became the third actress to step into the role of Dorian back in 1979. After leaving Llanview in 1987, she would reprise the role from 1983-2000. She began her latest stint on the soap in 2003. In addition, the soap vet portrayed Iris Ocasek on”The Secret Storm” from 1964-66, Rachel Davis Matthews on “Another World” from 1967-72 (and the spin-off “Somerset” in 1970), Dr. Christina Karras Martin on “All My Children” from 1976-79, and the 300-year-old witch Hecuba on “Passions” from 2001-2002. Strasser returned to Pine Valley for a handful of episodes between 2003 and 2005 bringing Dorian Lord to Llanview’s sister city during the convoluted baby switch storyline that played out between the two sudsers. Primetime credits include guest appearances on such shows as “Coach,” “China Beach,” “Muder, She Wrote,” “Dear John…,” “Murphy Brown,” “MacGyver,” and “Dharma & Greg.”

In 1982, she won a Daytime Emmy Award in the ‘Outstanding Actress’ category for the role of Dorian, and was nominated in the same category in 1981, 1983, and 1985. Strasser also picked up Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in various categories in each of the following years: 1986, 1988, 1994, 1995, and 2005, winning in 1996 (“Outstanding Lead Actress”) and 2001 (“Outstanding Female Scene Stealer”).

“I took a huge pay cut six years ago, so I don’t think anyone should whine,” Strasser told TVGuide Canada in an interview earlier this year. “I took a healthy pay cut, and I was happy to be taking one for the team. Listen, I get it -— times have changed. It’s survival time. Let’s not have a pity party. I would hate to see the cameramen, the teamsters, and our security guards out of work because the headliners didn’t want to do the right thing. We all need to display some judgment and think about the big picture.”

To listen to Robin Strasser’s hotline messages, fans may call (212)-414-5300.

SON will continue to follow this story and bring you additional developments as they happen.

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

Discussion: Robin Strasser Ponders if Her ‘Life’ is Worth Living

Monday, July 6, 2009 10:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

Michael Jackson ( — The celebration of Michael Jackson’s life and death will interrupt programming on several broadcast and cable networks on Tuesday, July 7 as friends, family and fans pay their respects to the pop icon whose death on Thursday, June 25, shocked the world and has launched an investigation into how he died. The memorial service of Michael Jackson will begin at 1:00 PM ET, 10:00 AM PT, 11:00 AM MT, and 12:00 PM CT.

On Monday, ABC, CBS and NBC confirmed that they have altered their daytime lineups in order to pay tribute to the legendary entertainer.

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” will not be airing in its regularly scheduled timeslot. The soap, along with “The Bold and the Beautiful” will instead air earlier than usual. ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” are pre-empted along with CBS’ “As The World Turns” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” CBS’ “Guiding Light” will also move up just a bit and will be joined in progress after the 90-minute special goes off the air and news coverage concludes on CBS. At this time it remains unclear as to whether ABC’s “General Hospital” will air or be pre-empted.

The soaps experiencing pre-emptions on Tuesday will air their previously scheduled Tuesday episode on Wednesday, July 8, which means the shows will be behind by a day for several weeks as the soaps on average film a month in advance of airdate.

ABC News’ Charles Gibson will anchor “Remembering Michael Jackson” from New York and will be joined by “Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir. “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden and Senior Law and Justice Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the Staples Center. Brian Rooney, Lisa Fletcher, Mike von Fremd and Ryan Owens will also contribute to the special coverage.

CNN, MSNBC, FOX News Channel and HLN will have wall-to-wall coverage of the memorial service.

The following is the official CBS schedule for Tuesday, July 7:

Eastern Stations
11:00am-12:00n THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
12:00n-12:30pm Local News
1:00-2:30pm Michael Jackson Memorial
Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
3:00-4:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Central Stations
10:00-11:00am THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
11:00-11:30am THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL
11:30am-12:00n Local Programming
12:00n-1:30pm Michael Jackson Memorial
Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
2:00-3:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Mountain Stations
10:00-10:30am THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL
10:30-11:00am Local Programming
11:00am-12:30pm Michael Jackson Memorial
Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
1:00-2:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

West Coast Stations
10:00-11:30am Michael Jackson Memorial
Following News Coverage GUIDING LIGHT will be joined in progress
12:00n-12:30pm Local News
2:00-3:00pm THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Discussion: Michael Jackson Memorial Service Schedule

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • AMC
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • OLTL
  • General Hospital
  • Y&R
  • As The World Turns
  • ATWT
  • B&B
  • GH
  • Guiding Light
  • DAYS
  • GL
  • Michael Jackson
  • Soaps
  • Soap Operas
  • Charles Gibson
  • Katie Couric
  • Brian Williams

    Monday, July 6, 2009 7:05 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel ( — As we entered the 2nd half of 2009 last week and we gear up for a new television season in September on the broadcast networks, you’d think no network would be thinking ahead of the pack and setting its sights on what’s ahead in 2010. You’d be wrong.

    SOAPnet, the new way to watch soaps, is moving in a new direction according to sources within the network. SOAPnet is making it known that they plan to break out as a full-fledged ad-supported cable network next year with its recently introduced programming. The network is said to be emphasing less daytime soap and more original “soapy” dramas.

    “SOAPnet is moving in a new direction with original programming that tells stories from an insider’s point of view – featuring strong, aspirational and relatable women,” the network says in promotions geared towards potential advertisers.

    New Look. New Attitude. New Style. New Shows.

    Now available in 71.4 million homes according to Nielsen Universe Estimates for June ’09, the cable network has green lit a series of original scripted programs and reality shows in lights of its new identity as the “home of character-driven soapy drama.” These shows include the recently introduced “Being Erica,” a Canadian import, which has turned out to be one of SOAPnet’s highest rated original series after bringing in over half-a-million new viewers to the network during its inaugural first season. The series about 32-year-old Erica Strange (Erin Karpluk), who can go back in time to relive a past regret each week, returns for a second season with twelve all-new episodes in early 2010. The network is also ready to launch “Holidate,” which was originally ordered as a one-off reality special. “Holidate,” which follows two women, per episode, who are looking for love with no luck, who switch places and try their hat in each others cities, will now be featured as a ten episode series set to debut on Wednesday, July 29 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. SOAPnet is currently running the hit reality series “Southern Belles: Louisville” Thursday’s at 10:00 PM. The season finale is set to air Thursday, July 23.

    In addition to “Holidate” and “Belles,” SOAPnet will premiere new reality series “Bank of Mom and Dad” on Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. “Bank” is an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, which follows women in their 20′s and 30′s who have to face their Mom’s and Dad’s moving in with them for one week in order to help their daughter’s get their personal and financial lives back on track. CNBC and MSNBC financial expert Farnoosh Torabi will guide viewers into the lives of these women during the10-episode run of the series from BBC WorldWide Productions. Reportedly the network is working on a new docu-drama going by the name of “Mommie Dearest,” but no details have come to light about the project. Ironically, last year SOAPnet acquired the movie rights to the film “Mommie Dearest” starring Meryl Streep, though it is unclear if the reality series is a take-off of the horror movie.

    Recently, the network launched its 6th incarnation of its web portal since the networks launch in January 2000. The site houses news, sneak peeks, streaming video and promos, daily recaps, message boards, games and information on its national tour sponsorship “Soap Nation.”

    Original Scripted Dramas

    In addition to “Being Erica,” SOAPnet is also working on two new original scripted dramas – “Julia’s Tango” and “Santa Monica.”

    “Julia’s Tango,” a one hour scripted drama series, follows Julia, a woman who takes an impromptu trip to her hometown of Buenos Aires and finds there has been something missing in her life all this time. The series is produced by SOAPnet in conjunction with Endemol. “Santa Monica,” a one hour scripted dramedy, is about four twenty-something best friends who live together in Santa Monica, California and try to reach life’s ambitions and aspirations.

    New Acquired Series. More Movies.

    The former CW/WB hit series “Gilmore Girls” starring Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham joins SOAPnet’s re-run heavy lineup of teen oriented dramas, which includes FOX’s “The O.C.” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and The CW/WB’s “One Tree Hill.” During its seven season run on TV, “Gilmore Girls” consistently ranked as one of television’s highest rated series in numerous female demographics, including Women 18-34 and Women 18-49. In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” SOAPnet has acquired the movie rights to numerous Hollywood films as part of its “Sunday Night Movie” franchise including the Bledel starrer “Tuck Everlasting.” The 2002 film also starred Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky Spencer, “General Hospital”). “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” starring Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg (Co-Host, “The View”), and the films “Brokedown Palace,” “The Truth About Cats & Dogs,” “The Object of My Affection,” “Illegally Yours,” “Loverboy,” and “Uptown Girls” were also recently acquired.

    More Days. Less Hospital.

    After signing a deal in 2003 to exclusive same-day airing rights to NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” which began on the network in March 2004, SOAPnet has extended its original five-year deal with Sony Pictures Television, producers of the soap for an unspecified duration. The new deal includes digital streaming rights of the soap.

    While “DAYS’” future on the cabler seems secure for now, the same can not be said for ABC’s “General Hospital.” Soap Opera Network has learned that the network’s reliability on debuting its shows in the 10:00 PM ET/PT timeslot Monday-Friday, which routinely displaces the soap, is being eyed as a potential launching pad for a block of programming set to debut next year. It is understood that the soap might be pushed back an hour to 11:00 PM, which would then push “DAYS” to 12 midnight. The idea behind the timeslot switcheroo stems from success stories from other cable networks finding audiences available at the later hour. Should “GH” be moved, it will be the first time an ABC soap has permanently lost its timeslot since helping launch the network in January 2000.

    A spokesperson for SOAPnet was not readily available for comment on our story as the offices of ABC Daytime and SOAPnet remained closed Monday in honor of the long Independence Day weekend.

    Discussion: SOAPnet Ready to Break Out

    • Days of our Lives
    • SOAPnet
    • General Hospital
    • Beverly Hills
    • 90210
    • Jonathan Jackson
    • The O.C.
    • Gilmore Girls
    • One Tree Hill
    • Erin Karpluk
    • Alexis Bledel
    • Lauren Graham
    • Whoopi Goldberg
    • Angela Bassett
    • Farnoosh Torabi
    • Being Erica
    • Holidate
    • Southern Belles: Louisville
    • Bank of Mom and Dad
    • Julia’s Tango
    • Santa Monica
    • How Stella Got Her Groove Back
    • Brokedown Palace
    • The Truth About Cats & Dogs
    • The Object of My Affection
    • Illegally Yours
    • Loverboy
    • Uptown Girls

      Sunday, July 5, 2009 4:20 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

      Lisa LoCicero ( – Just three months after bumping Megan Ward (Kate Howard) to recurring status, ABC’s “General Hospital” has upgraded Ward’s onscreen sister cousin, Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri), to contract status.

      Since joining the cast of “General Hospital” in 2008, LoCicero’s Olivia has enjoyed a taudry affair with Johnny Zacchara (Brandon Barash) and a flirtation with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard). Recently, it was revealed that Olivia’s son with Sonny, Dante, has come to Port Charles in the form of hired hitman Dominic (Dominic Zamprogna).

      LoCicero got her start in the 1994 short-film “Murder Too Sweet.” She would later join the cast of ABC Daytime’s “Loving” as Jocelyn Roberts Brown, a character which she took to “Loving” spin-off “The City” in 1995. Upon that soaps cancellation in 1997, the actress began appearing in a number of high profile primetime dramas including NBC’s “Law & Order” and ABC’s “NYPD Blue.” From 2004 to 2007, she appeared as Maria Storm in the Comedy Central series “Reno 911.”

      Fans of Megan Ward don’t fret, you can next see the actress on the soap on Wednesday, July 15, when Kate gives Maxie some financial assurance.

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

      Discussion: Who Needs Kate? Lisa LoCicero Placed on Contract

      • General Hospital
      • GH
      • Megan Ward
      • Lisa LoCicero
      • Loving
      • The City
      • NYPD Blue
      • Law & Order
      • Reno 911

        Sunday, July 5, 2009 3:30 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

        Christian Alexander ( — If you thought you saw the last of Christian Alexander and his character Keifer Tate on ABC’s “General Hospital,” think again!

        Soap Opera Network has learned that Alexander has been bumped to recurring status and will return for a series of episodes in July beginning with the Tuesday, July 14 episode of the soap. In the episode, Michael (Drew Garrett) senses something is off with Keifer and tries to protect his sister, Kristina (Lexi Ainsworth), from harms way. Will he be too late? Tune in to find out!

        Christian Alexander has been making a name for himself since marking his television debut on the Nickelodean series “Zoey 101″ in 2006. Since then he has appeared in such programs as NBC’s “Medium” (2007), ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (2008), ABC Family’s “Lincoln Height’s”(2008) and Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008). Come fall, look for Alexander to appear in the new ABC Primetime series “Eastwick,” which stars former “General Hospital” starlet Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina Cassadine). He will portray a character by the name of Gus.

        Recently, Alexander starred in the film “Half Truth” along-side “GH’s” Carolyn Hennesy (Diane Miller). The film is a quirky coming-of-age indie film set in the rural south and centered around an insecure, teenaged outcast, Donell (James Earl), an enigmatic wonder-boy, Johnny (Alexander), and the intimate relationship they forge while on a madcap escape from their oppressive lives. The film was written and directed by Wade Gasque.

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

        Discussion: Who’s That Boy? ‘GH’s’ Christian Alexander

        • General Hospital
        • GH
        • Drew Garrett
        • Lexi Ainsworth
        • Christian Alexander
        • Carolyn Hennesy
        • Jaime Ray Newman
        • Zoey 101
        • Grey’s Anatomy
        • Medium
        • The Suite Life on Deck
        • Eastwick
        • Half Truth



          • As The World Turns
          • ATWT
          • Forbes March

            Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:52 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

            ( — According to, Dina Manzo, from the popular Bravo series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” was seen visiting the “One Life to Live” set late last week.

            An interior decorator, Manzo is one of the stars of the hit cable reality show, and was reportedly visiting “OLTL” because “she’s friendly with someone who works there,” according to SOAPnet. It appears however, that the actress was not auditioning for a role with the soap nor was she filming a cameo. Although SON will keep you posted should anything develop.

            In other news…

            Kassie DePaiva (Blair Manning) reminds fans via Twitter that her character will be singing on Wednesday, July 1st. “Tune in July 1st as Blair takes the stage again at Capricorn to sing ‘Untangled.’ The song was written by my Good friend Jaime Klye. And if you like what you hear….. Let ABC know. Thanks, Kassie” And just today, she posted this reminder: Remember Blair and I will be singing tomorrow on ‘One Life To Live.’ Make sure you watch.”

            Chris Stack, who recently departed Llanview with his loving on-screen wife Kathy Brier (Marcie McBain) briefly returns to “OLTL” as Dr. Michael McBain for a handful of episodes beginning Monday, July 13th. Fans may recall that upon his departure from the show earlier this month, the actor gave an interview to Soap Opera Digest, stating that he had fimed some additional scenes involving Shane’s bone marrow transplant, and Stacy, Rex, and Gigi’s storyline. However, the true nature of Michael’s involvement this go around may not be what you think.

            Has “One Life to Live” offered longtime vet Robin Strasser (Dorian Cramer Lord) a lump sum of money instead of a new contract with the long-running daytime drama? While no official announcement has been made, some sources have picked up on it. So, you can take that for what it’s worth.

            In keeping up with audition script news, viewers may recall that some time back (May 9th to be exact) the show released a casting call for the role of ‘Chad,’ who appeared to be a professional athlete hired by a Llanview mother to teach her little boy how to swim. Well, we can now give you more details about the role. While “One Life” is keeping mum on the identity of the actor hired to portray the dayplayer role, the well-built swim teacher will be hired by Blair to teach little Sam how to swim. However, Ms. Cramer has another agenda in mind when she flirts with the swim god to make Todd jealous and get back at her ex-husband for for flaunting his realationship with Téa in her face. Look for these scenes to air on Monday, July 13th.

            Staying on topic, “One Life to Live” released a new audition script today, for the roerole of Phylicia Evans (mother to Shaun, Destiny, and Greg). Remember that the show attempts to throw off fans by changing character names and details in these scripts. The scene opens with Phylicia asking ‘Lisa’ (really Rachel) if she was with ‘Chris’ (really Shaun) when the incident happened. Lisa says no, but her mother, the DA, told her what happened, and that her mother’s ex-husband is the police commissioner. Mrs. Evans says that, according to the newspaper report, Chris was trying to prevent someone from kidnapping the Davis girl and her baby (possibly Starr and Hope). Lisa replies that even after Chris was shot, he still refused to give up trying to help them. Phylicia responds that people have always told her and her husband that they must be so proud of Bobby (Greg) for all his accomplishments, and how Chris always stayed out of the limelight and never tried to draw any attention to himself. She goes on to say Chris risks his life everyday doing what he does, and that no one (including herself) truly appreciates that until something terrible happens. Lisa asks Mrs. Evans if she needs anything, to which the elder lady replies that they are fine. Furthermore, she tells Lisa that she is even nicer and more beautiful then her son said she was. As the scene draws to a close Lisa, surprised says “Chris — he talked about me?” Prompting Mrs. Evans to say yes, and that she is the first girl that he has been serious about in quite some time.

            And finally, according to TVGuide Canada’s ‘The Suds Report,’ the “OLTL” studios have gone dark this week because the show is far ahead of schedule in terms of taping episodes, that they are taking a little break.

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

            Discussion: ‘Real Housewives’ Dina Manzo Visits ‘One Life’ Set

            Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:18 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

            Rick Hearst ( — After some tricky editing, Rick Hearst’s return to CBS’ "The Bold and the Beautiful" as Whipple ‘Whip’ Jones III could be sooner than you think.

            According to sources, Rick Hearst’s first airdate has been modified and he will now first air on Thursday, July 16. He was previously scheduled to return to the soap on Friday, July 17. His return date just so happens to coincide with the return of Victor Alfieri as Giovanni Lorenzano.

            After being dropped to recurring status by ABC’s "General Hospital" in April, after portraying Ric Lansing for five six-and-a-half years on the soap, Hearst signed a contract with "B&B" in May and began taping right away. His first tape date was Wednesday, May 20. Hearst last aired on "GH" on Friday, June 26.

            "When ‘B&B’ called, it was for a contract role, so I had to decide if this was something I wanted to do that wouldn’t leave ‘GH’ in a lurch," Hearst said in a recent interview with Soap Opera Digest. "If this had not worked out with ‘B&B,’ I would’ve continued to be on recurring with ‘GH,’ but still invest in other opportunities."

            Hearst’s first scenes are said to be with Susan Flannery’s Stephanie Forrester and Jack Wagner’s Nick Marone as they discuss Whip’s future employment at Jackie M.

            For Victor Alfieri, who last appeared on "B&B" in 2004, this is a return to daytime and the role that made him an international star ("B&B" is the world’s most watched soap afterall). Giovanni has been recruited to photograph Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) for an upcoming fashion shoot as her friends and family look on.

            Since leaving the soap, the actor has appeared in a number of television series and films. In 2005 he appeared in an episode of ABC’s "Alias," while in 2006 he guest-starred on CBS’ "CSI: Miami" and had a story arc on NBC’s "Passions" as Gianni Valentino. Recently, he starred in the international blockbuster "Angels & Demons" as Lt. Valenti. The film starred Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.

            "The Bold and the Beautiful" airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.


            Discussion: Hearst Changes Dates, Alfieri’s Photography Hot


            • The Bold and the Beautiful
            • Victor Alfieri
            • General Hospital
            • CSI: Miami
            • B&B
            • Rick Hearst
            • Susan Flannery
            • Jack Wagner
            • Jacqueline MacInnes Wood
            • Whipple Whip Jones
            • Giovanni Lorenzano
            • Stephanie Forrester
            • Nick Marone
            • Steffy Forrester
            • GH
            • Passions
            • PSNS
            • Angels & Demons
            • Alias

              Monday, June 29, 2009 1:45 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              Steve Richard Harris ( — After two short-term gigs on ABC and NBC soaps, will CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” give Steve Richard Harris the chance to break into daytime once and for all?

              Steve Richard Harris made his debut on the soap earlier this year as a bartender at the Genoa City Athletic Club when his then unknown character bed Cougar Jill Abbott (Jess Walton). Now the actor speaks out on how life’s changed since his days on “Another World” and “One Life to Live.”

              In a recent interview with, Harris reveals that his character now has a name – Aidan – and will pop back into Genoa City in scenes with Judith Chapmen (Gloria) and Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey).

              Prior to landing a gig on “Y&R,” Harris had a contract role on NBC’s “Another World” (1998-1999) as Zak Wilder and ABC’s “One Life to Live” (2002-2003) as Seth Anderson. He has also appeared in such shows as HBO’s “Sex and the City” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds.” He also wrote, directed and acted in the 18-minute short film “Signal Lost.” The film was recently entered into the L.A. Short Film Festival.

              Look for Harris on “The Young and the Restless” on Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15. With any luck, the actor will make more appearances on the soap. Stay tuned!

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


              • One Life to Live
              • The Young and the Restless
              • OLTL
              • Y&R
              • Another World
              • Jess Walton
              • Steve Richard Harris
              • Judith Chapmen
              • Ted Shackelford
              • AW

                Monday, June 29, 2009 12:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

                Sebastian Roche ( — Sebastian Roche is bringing Jerry Jacks back to Port Charles for another go around of violence and mayhem on ABC’s “General Hospital.”

                Roche, who took over the role of Jerry in 2007 after originator Julian Stone was not asked back, is said to be returning for a “short-term” gig according to Soap Opera Digest‘s website. According to sources, Roche’s first airdate is tentatively set for Friday, July 17.

                Also according to Soap Opera Digest, daytime newcomer Lexi Ainsworth, who portrays Kristina Corinthos has been bumped to contract status with the soap. The actress is currently the youngest contract actor on the soap. Don’t look for her to appear in the opening credits, however, as the show hasn’t updated it’s opening in well over two years. Of course, things can change.

                Rick Hearst last aired as Ric Lansing on Friday, June 26. Good thing Hearst is heading to “The Bold and the Beautiful” next month or else daytime would have lost one of it’s finest talents to movies and primetime television.

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

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                • The Bold and the Beautiful
                • General Hospital
                • B&B
                • Rick Hearst
                • GH
                • Sebastian Roche
                • Lexi Ainsworth

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