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, June 13, 2009 11:09 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Amanda Setton, best known as badgirl Penelope Shafai in the primetime drama “Gossip Girl,” lands the contract role of ‘Summer’ on “One Life to Live.”

Setton, has also guest starred in episodes of “Sex and the City” and “All the World’s a Stage,” as well as the film “What Happens in Vegas.  In addition, she has also appeared in advertisments for ‘,’ a moblie gourmet shoppe for the tasty treat in New York City.  Setton will make her Llanview debut as Summer,(appropriately enough) in August, and will be close buds with no one’s favorite badgirl Stacy Morasco (Crystal Hunt).   

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. Check local listings.

Discussion: ‘Gossip Girl’ Brings ‘Summer’ to Llanview

‘DAYS’ Snags a Major Return

Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:06 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

( — Crystal Chappell returns to “Days of Our Lives.”

On Thursday, June 11, TV Guide Magazine broke the news that Daytime Emmy Award winner Crystal Chappell has inked a deal to return to the daytime drama that put her on the map, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

On “DAYS,” Chappell played popular heroine Dr. Carly Manning from June 1990 to October 1993. Carly enjoyed a major romance with former-widower Bo Brady (played by both Peter Reckell and Robert Kelker-Kelly), a not so happy marriage to Bo’s father Victor Kiriakis (John Aniston) and an unusual relationship with Lawrence Alamain (played by real life husband Michael Sabatino), the father of her son Nicholas Alamain. In 1993, former “DAYS” Head Writer James E. Reilly penned a storyline that found Chappell’s character buried alive by Lawrence’s disapproving and not quite sane aunt, Vivian Alamain (Louise Sorel). The storyline was so popular and daring that “DAYS” ratings rose from a 4.6 to a phenomenol 6.4 in the matter of just several weeks. In a shocking move, just months after that story came into play, the NBC soap decided they no longer needed the actress and she was shown the door. Probably the most visually stunning actress on daytime television at the time, Chappell earned a 1993 Soap Opera Digest Award for Hottest Female Actress.

Chappell has enjoyed roles on ABC’s” All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and NBC’s “Santa Barbara,” but it was “DAYS” that made her a daytime superstar and CBS’ “Guiding Light” that gave the one-time underrated actress respect for her contribution to the craft of acting.

On “Guiding Light” Chappell has played anti-heroine Olivia Spencer Lewis since July 1999. The character has gone through a lot of the shows top men, but it’s the loss of her current romance with Natalia Rivera Aitoro (Jessica Leccia) that will break the hearts of a lot of “GL” fans. For her part, in her TV Guide Magazine interview with Michael Logan, Chappell reports that she was completely open to moving over to “GL’s” sister-soap “As the World Turns” to carry on the love-story but nobody who could have gotten it done showed any interest in getting it done.

The actress has earned four Emmy nominations for her work on “Guiding Light” – two for Lead Actress and two for Supporting Actress, Chappell took home the Supporting Actress trophy in 2002.

The 43-year old actress will bring Dr. Carly Manning back to Salem in October, one month after the current daytime drama she’s on, “GL,” goes off the air.

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. “Guiding Light” aires Weeksdays on CBS.Check local listings.

Discussion: ‘DAYS’ Snags a Major Return

  • Days of our Lives
  • Crystal Chappell
  • Guiding Light

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 2:44 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — SOAPnet launches a new feature called “More Life to Live,” giving fans of the soap “One Life to Live” the opportunity to view deleted scenes from recent episodes. 

    Sometimes the best scenes end up on the cutting room floor, never to be seen by again.  Fortunately for fans of “One Life to Live” that is no longer the case.  SOAPnet, the self-proclaimed network for soaps, has launched a new weekly online video clip highlighting selected scenes from previous week’s episodes which failed to make it to our television screens.  The videos are hosted by a member of the cast, include a snazzy new logo (at right), and a slightly revamped rendition of the “One Life to Live” theme music. 

    John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) hosts the premiere edition of “More Life to Live,” which features three bonus scenes from episodes aired earlier this month.  Included are Starr and Cole discussing why she hasn’t signed the adoption papers, Michael and Marcie proclaiming their love for one another and discussing what baby Hope’s arrival will mean for their lives, and Stacy attempting to teach Rex how to dance. 

    To view the bonus scenes, click here.

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

    Discussion: SOAPnet Offers Fans ‘More Life to Live’

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:23 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans, “Days of our Lives”) to once again co-host online radio show “Hollywood CLOUT.”

    Fans of Deidre Hall take note, your favorite actress will be co-hosting Air America Radio’s “Hollywood CLOUT” on Friday, June 12 with show host Richard Greene, when the two appear live from Chicago, Illinois.

    “Hollywood CLOUT” is a national radio talk-show dedicated to “Pollywood,” a combination of Hollywood celebrities, politics, social issues and activism. The show is regularly hosted by personality Richard Greene.

    Hall has stood in for Greene several times over the past year, including her recent stint in April. In fact, Deidre started her career as a DJ in Florida.

    “Hollywood CLOUT” airs Weeknights at 9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM PT on Air America Radio or in select cities including New York, Los Angelas, Chicago and Detroi and streams live at Check local listings.

    Discussion: Deidre Hall Back on ‘Hollywood CLOUT’

    • Deidre Hall
    • Hollywood CLOUT

      Lionel Richie Serenades Llanview

      Thursday, June 11, 2009 8:33 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — Legendary Motown crooner Lionel Richie becomes the latest in a long list of talented musicians to appear on “One Life to Live.”

      With a career spanning four decades, the Grammy award-winning Richie has experienced widespread success not only in the United States, but also in Europe and the Middle East. 

      The twice-married, 59-year-old singer has three children, including adopted daughter Nicole Richie, who co-starred with hotel heiress Paris Hilton in the Fox (and later E!) reality series “The Simple Life” from 2003-2007.

      Richie embarked on his musical endeavor in 1968, as lead singer and saxophonist for the rock-and-roll band The Commordores.  As part of the group, Richie penned a number of their hit songs, including “Brick House,” “Truly,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Still.”  By the late 1970s, he had gone on to writing songs for other musical talents as well, most notably the Kenny Rodgers signature tune “Lady.” 

      In 1981, Richie topped both the U.S. and U.K. charts with “Endless Love,” as part of duet with fellow Motown performer Diana Ross.  Leaving the Commordores in 1982, Ritchie began his solo career.  Releasing his first (self-titled) album later that same year, the song master found newfound fame.  Three singles from the album (“Truly,” “You Are,” and “My Love”) raced to the top of the charts, and sound more than four millions copies.  It was followed up by his second album, “Can’t Slow Down” the following year.  Sales from this album more than doubled, and earned Ritchie a pair of Grammy Awards, one of which was for Album of the Year.  Included on the record was the #1 song “All Night Long,” which was later turned into a music video. 

      On the heels of the success of his first two albums, Richie recorded a string of Top 10 hits throughout the mid ’80s, quickly earning the nickname of ‘the black Barry Manilow.’ In 1985, he won an Oscar for his rendition of “Say You, Say Me,” for the hit film “White Nights.”  The song also reached #1 on the U.S. charts, where it stayed for a month, thus becoming the top song of 1985 on Billboard’s end-of-year Hot 100 chart. 

      After teaming up with fellow artist Michael Jackson and a host of other musicians for USA for Africa’s charity #1 single “We Are the World,” Ritchie released his third album, entitled “Dancing on the Ceiling,” in 1986.  After collaborating with the country group Alabama on “Deep River Woman,” Richie took a hiatus from his musical career in 1987.

      Returning to his passion in the early ’90s, Ritchie released a collection of his greatest hits in 1992.  Deciding to stay true to his roots, Richie decided not to change his musical style.  Instead he continued to perform same balance of soul and R&B music that had launched his career.  However, two albums released later in the decade failed to breath new life into his career. 

      In recent years, Richie made numerous public and private appearances in both the U.S. and abroad. In 2002, Richie’s song “Running with thel Night,” was featured in the video game “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,” although it was edited out of subsequent versions of the game.  In 2004, he appeared in an episode of “Canadian Idol.”  Later that year, the crooner guest starred on the British program “Top Gear,” where the car he was driving lost a wheel after rounding a curve.  In November 2005, Richie teamed up with his old buddy Kenny Rodgers on the show “CMT Crossroads.”  Richie also performed in Times Square as the ball dropped to welcome in 2009.  And on May 20th of this year, Richie dropped by “American Idol,” and appeared on-air with contestant Danny Gokey on the reality show’s season finale. 

      Richie’s latest album, “Just Go,” was released this spring.  On June 12th, he will stop by the “OLTL” studios to record a version of the hit single of the same name from the album.  Look for his scenes to air sometime in late July. 

      As noted, Richie becomes the latest in a long-list of big name musicians that have appeared on “One Life to Live” in recent years, joining the likes of Mary J. Blige, Nelly Furtado, Puddle of Mudd, Rachel Yamataga, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland with One Republic, the Pussycat Dolls, and the Plain White T’s.  According to “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini, “I don’t want to have somebody on just because, ‘Oh, aren’t they fun?’ I want people with a record to promote. It helps the record label, and it helps us with increased ratings and as milestones in the history of the show that people still talk about.”

      To learn more about Lionel Richie, clich here to visit his official website.   

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

      Discussion: Lionel Richie Serenades Llanview

      • One Life to Live
      • Lionel Ritchie

        Wednesday, June 10, 2009 10:35 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

        ( — A dashing new lawyer arrives in Llanview to match wits with legal ace Téa Delgado.  is reporting that Matt Walton, best known for the role of Terry ‘T’ McDermott on “All My Children,” has been cast by “One Life to Live” in the role of Elijah Clarke.  The actor has also appeared on “Guiding Light” as Dalton Reed, and even in a 2007 episode of “OLTL” as Detective Price.  Primetime credits include guest shots on “Law & Order: SVU” and “Rescue Me.”

        The new lawyer, originally named Elijah Kent in an audition script, will waltz into Llanview on Thursday, August 6th, after being hired by Todd Manning.  As a result, the gutsy attorney will square off in court against Llanview’s seasoned prosecutor Téa Delgado.  However, the newcomer has a few tricks up his sleeve, as well as couple well kept secrets, including the one Téa failed to devulge to Blair Cramer recently as the pair faced certain death in the gas-filled basement of the KAD Fraternity House at Llanview U. 

        And, as if representing Todd and doing battle with Téa wasn’t stressful enough, look for Mr. Clarke to also take the case of one of Llanview’s leading couples as they tackle with an unexpected adversary.  No word yet as to whether the role is contract or recurring.

        SON will continue to follow this story and keep you posted on any further updates.

        In other news…

        “OLTL” has released yet another audition script, this time for the role of Ross.   

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

        Discussion: Walton Becomes ‘One Life’s’ Newest Leading Man

        Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:58 PM ET | The Hollywood Reporter

        ( — Actor Johnny Palermo, who appeared in more than 30 television shows in his brief career, died June 8 in an early morning car accident in North Hollywood. He was 27.

        His girlfriend, Alessandra Giangrande, who was driving at the time, was also killed, and her brother suffered serious injuries. Palermo and Giangrande were pronounced dead at the scene.

        Palermo was a regular on the Nickelodeon series “Just for Kicks” and appeared in three episodes of the CW’s “Everybody Hates Chris” as Frank DiPaolo, Chris’ recurring, overgrown classmate.

        Palermo also appeared in “Cold Case,” “General Hospital,” “CSI: Miami,” “Rules of Engagement,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “CSI: NY.” This fall, the native of Rochester, N.Y., can be seen in the indie film “Pizza With Bullets.”

        Tuesday, June 9, 2009 8:37 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy Coe, “General Hospital”; “Port Charles”) is making her highly anticipated return to daytime television next month when she joins the cast of CBS’ “As The World Turns” in the recurring role of Audrey, reports TV Guide Magazine. Audrey is the mother of Henry Coleman (Trent Dawson).

        Fans can expect to see Herring on “World Turns” for up to eight weeks according to comments from Executive Producer Chris Goutman. “Chris Goutman said the main story is six-to-eight weeks long and then we’ll see what happens after that. If it ends there, I will love it and be appreciative. If it goes on, I can’t lose.”

        Her appearance on the soap reunites her with former “Port Charles” co-stars Jon Lindstrom (ex-Kevin Collins, now Craig Montgomery) and Julie Pinson (ex-Eve Lambert, now Janet Ciccone Snyder).

        Since the cancellation of “Port Charles” in 2003, Herring left the industry for small town America and hasn’t looked back. “It sounds hokey but people are so nice here. We’ve been ranching up in this area for 20 years. The kids knew it from living here in the summers, but it was still a huge culture shock to leave L.A. after ‘Port Charles’ ended and make a permanent move to such a remote area.”

        In 2004, after the death of actress Anna Lee, “General Hospital” paid their respects to the actress and rested Lila Quartermaine, a character she portrayed for 26 years. Herring returned for that special episode as Lucy, but wasn’t been asked back by show producers. Why you ask? “The show had gone in a whole new direction with Sonny and the Mafia and they’ve done very well by that. I knew Lucy wouldn’t fit into that. Her high jinks and her comedic vixeny thing didn’t seem to match with that serious tone, so it didn’t bother me not to be asked back. I understood.”

        Herring is married to former “Days of our Lives” star Wayne Northrop (ex-Roman Brady; ex-Alex North). Her first airdate on “As The World Turns” is scheduled for Friday, July 24. In case you were wondering, the soap tapes nearly two months before airdate, which means the actress started taping last week.

        To read the full interview, head on over to the TV Guide Magazine website.

        “As The World Turns” airs Weekdays on CBS. Anytime on Check local listings.

        Discussion: Lynn Herring Heads to Oakdale

        • General Hospital
        • As The World Turns
        • Lynn Herring
        • Wayne Northrop
        • Chris Goutman
        • Port Charles

          Tuesday, June 9, 2009 7:44 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

          ( — The entertaining Ronnie Marmo is heading to Port Charles next month as the actor joins the cast of “General Hospital” in the recurring role of “Ronnie” on the ABC Daytime Drama series. Marmo first airs on Thursday, July 9.

          While character details are scarce at this time, it is understood that the actor started taping today.

          Prior to joining “GH,” Marmo was best known for his appearances in such films as “A Bronx Tale,” “The Peacemaker” with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman,” and “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.” In 2002, he starred as Moof in “Deuces Wild” with Frankie Muniz, Stephen Dorf and the late Brad Renfro. The film also starred James Franco, Vincent Pastore, Matt Dillon, and Balthazar Getty (“Brothers & Sisters”). In television, he’s guest-starred on CBS’ “Jag” and “The Young and the Restless.”

          In 2002, Marmo co-founded the 68 Cent Crew Theatre. The theatre, currently in its seventh year, is running a Fundraiser during the annual “General Hospital” fanclub weekend on Friday, July 17. The fundrasier also serves as a fan event for “GH” star Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine), who is a close friend of Marmo’s. If interested in attending, you can purchase tickets at

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

          Discussion: Ronnie Marmo Brings Fun to ‘GH’

          • The Young and the Restless
          • General Hospital
          • Vincent Pastore
          • Ronnie Marmo
          • George Clooney
          • Nicole Kidman
          • Frankie Muniz
          • Stephen Dorf
          • Brad Renfro
          • James Franco
          • Matt Dillon
          • Balthazar Getty
          • Brothers & Sisters
          • Jag

            Saturday, June 6, 2009 12:10 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

            ( — Daytime Emmy-Award winning actress Gina Tognoni is ‘thisclose’ to signing a contract to return to “One Life to Live” when “Guiding Light” bites the dust this fall, according to TVGuide Canada’s The Suds Report.  

            Tognoni, a former Miss Rhode Island Teen USA and Miss Rhode Island Teen All-American, made her soap debut on “One Life to Live” as the fiesty, rebellious teen Kelly Cramer (neice of Dorian, cousin to Cassie and Blair) in 1995.  After a successful run in Llanview, the actress left the soap in 2001; only to reprise the role briefly in 2002.  Two years later she returned to her daytime roots as Dinah Marler on “Guiding Light.”  Tognoni was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2006 (which she won) and 2007.   In Tognoni’s absence from “OLTL,” the role of Kelly was recasted twice — first with Tracy Melchior (2003), then with Heather Tom (2003-2006).  It was while Tom portrayed Kelly that the character also made appearances on “All My Children” (2004-2005), as part of a complicated baby-switch storyline which played out on both soaps. 

            Now, with”GL” expected to end its historic 72-year run in September, speculation that Tognoni may be heading back to Llanview has started to increase.  The Suds Report has revealed that, according to an set-side source, the 35-year-old star has recently turned down offers from two west coast soaps (“The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless”), because she “wants to stay in New York with her new husband.” However, it appears that “OLTL” would be a perfect fit for actress, given that Tognoni is a an alum and that the soap is taped in the Big Apple. 

            And, if everything falls into place, Tognoni could be back in Llanview as early as late fall.  However, it remains to be seen if Kelly Cramer would return to town alone, on the arm of beau Kevin Buchanan (last portrayed by Dan Gauthier, 2003-2006; 2007), or with son Zane. 

            SON will continue to follow this story and keep you posted on any further updates.    

            In other news… 

            Scott Henderson, director of publicity for Canada’s CTV Network, tells TVGuide Canada that “With respect to ‘One Life to Live,’ unfortuantely we were unable to find a spot for it on on our schedule, and did not renew [our licencing contract with ABC]. With ‘Dr. Oz’ joining CTV, ‘General Hospital’ moves to ‘A,’ partnered with ‘Ellen,’ to reinforce a strong afternoon lineup.”  The network announced earlier this week that it was dropping “OLTL” from its daytime line-up this fall, and replacing it with reruns of the recently ended primetime medical drama “ER.” 

            The mother of Sullivan triplets Maddie, Tess, and Molly (the adorable babies who portray Hope Manning McBain) has posted new upcoming airdates for the tiny tots.  Viewers can watch “OLTL” on June 5th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 29th, along with July 20th and 22nd, to try and determine which triplet is which. 

            “Soaps Up!,” a daily soap news recap report, which airs between “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on CTV in Canada, is linking the recently released “OLTL” audtion script for the role of “Ford” with the summer return of Tuc Watkins to Llanview as David Vickers Buchanan.  It appears the sudser is looking to create a reality series within a soap, called “The Real Ladies of Llanview,”  and that it will someone involve the newest Buchanan heir.  And people say “OLTL” Head Writer [Re-]Ron Carlivati can’t pen an original storyline to save his career. 

            Also, for those who don’t think that “OLTL” has issued enough casting calls in recently, here is a yet another one.  Seems the show is now looking to cast the character of “Griffin.”  Keep in mind that “OLTL” switches character names in audition scripts.  Nonetheless, it appears that Llanview is about to get some gay characters.  The scene opens with “Griffin” and “Daniel” in a bar on their first date.  He tells Daniel that his friends are welcome to join them, to which he replies that they are not his buds.  Daniel goes on to say that where they are is fine, even though the jukebox has only old songs on it.  He then apologizes for so uptight and tells Griffin that he’s not usually like that, but that he hasn’t been out on a date in forever.  This catches Griffin by suprise, and he tells Daniel that he seems like the kind of guy that really has it going on.  Daniel says that he used to, but that his social life has been non-exsistant lately. Griffin starts to ask him about his last boyfriend, and Daniel responds that the break-up has left him suspicious of other guys.  He then tells Griffin that his ex is a great guy, but that he keeps things bottled up, and is still in the closet.  Afterward he says that he is not usually this bitter and that he can take care of himself.  When Griffin replies that he knows, Daniel asks where he heard that since they only met earlier that day.  Griffin says that after Daniel left the gym, a male cop approaches him and urges him to watch his back.  Daniel asks him if the cop was cute and had short blond hair.  When Griffin responds in the affirmative, Daniel confesses that he and the cop have a long history together.  End of scene.  Hmmm….who could this script involve?  Kyle and Fish perhaps?  Only time will tell.  Remember that this role has yet to be cast, and that “OLTL” regularly tapes about four to six weeks in advance.  So it will be a few months before we will see this play out on screen. 

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

            Discussion: Will Gina Tognoni Find New ‘Life’ in Llanview? 

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