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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Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:04 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — CBS weighs its options on a possible replacement for “Guiding Light.”   

Since canceling daytime’s longest running drama series early last month, the Eye Network has explored several options in the search for a potential replacement.  Expanding “The Early Show,” creating a new talk show, and giving the time slot back to the local affiliates, have been among the ideas discussed by network executives.  Even a revival of the popular ’80s game show “Pyramid” has been mentioned as a possibility. 

However, despite the recent chatter concerning the classic game show once hosted by America’s oldest teenager Dick Clark, it now appears that plans for an updated “Pyramid” incarnation have fallen by the wayside.  Instead, the network could now be looking at creating a game show “power hour” consisting of new versions of two other legendary game shows, “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Dating Game.” 

According to Variety, CBS will film a pilot for “Let’s Make a Deal” later this month for viewing by the network brass.  If things go well, the search for a host will get underway and another pilot will be shot.  Original “Deal” emcee Monty Hall is said to have been consulting in the process by meeting with potential hosts, which is reported to include some big names.

“Let’s Make a Deal” debuted in 1963, and featured audience members dressed in costumes, vying for the chance to play games and win prizes.  After alternating between ABC and CBS, the original version ran off and on before coming to an end in 1991.  Updated versions ran on NBC Daytime from 1990-1991 (hosted by Hall), and Primetime in the summer of 2003 hosted by Billy Bush, “Access Hollywood” new correspondant and nephew and cousin of former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, respectively.

As for “The Dating Game,” plans are still in the inital stages and nothing has been confirmed thus far.  Featuring a bachelor or bachelorette asking questions to three members of the opposite sex without seeing their faces, the Chuck Barris created game show premiered on ABC in 1965 and ran until 1980.  Subsequent syndicated versions aired between 1986 and 1999.  Hosts have included Jim Lange, Elaine Joyce, Jeff McGregor, Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.   “The Dating Game” was rumored initally to have been paired with counterpart “The Newlywed Game,” when GSN (formerly Game Show Network) announced plans to remake the classic game first hosted by Bob Eubanks.  However, those plans soon fell through, and the latest version of  “The Newlywed Game”  debuted on GSN on April 6th of this year.

“Guiding Light” was canceled by CBS on April 1st, and is expected to end its iconic 72-year run on September 18th. Created by Irna Phillips in 1937, the soap has earned a spot in the record books as the longest running daytime serial in the history of the genre.  

SON will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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


Discussion: CBS Looks to the Past to Replace ‘Light’



Saturday, May 9, 2009 2:42 AM ET | Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Two years after Jason Tam first stepped into Llanview as Markko Rivera, “One Life to Live” finally casts the teen character’s parents. 

After weeks of speculation, stemming from “Ugly Betty” co-star Tony Plana’s comments that his wife (actress Ada Maris) had landed a role on “OLTL,” Soap Opera Network can finally confirm that Maris has been cast as Markko’s oft-mentioned mother Aurelia Rivera. 

Maris is perhaps best known for the role of Gena Cuevas on the 1990s NBC primetime spin-off “Nurses.”  She has also portrayed Captian Erika Hernandez on “Star Trek: Enterprise” and Sonia on “The Brothers Garcia.”   

Portraying Maris’ husband, and Markko’s father Ernesto, will be actor David Pinon.  The actor has appeared in episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Kings of Prosperity,” as well as the films “Street Revenge” and “Pride and Glory.”  Both Maris and Pinon will make their “OLTL” debuts on Friday, June 12th. 

In other news…

Final airdates have been announced for the two surviving members of the failed Montez clan.  Camila Banus last airs as troubled teen Lola on May 15th, while her on-screen father A. Martinez (Ray) hangs around Llanview a few weeks longer before finally bidding the town adios on June 10th.  Martinez joined the cast last September, followed by Banus the following month. The sudser is keeping mum on exactly how both characters will exit. 

Patrick Allen Cole recently resurfaced (on May 6th and 7th) as Rodi’s bartender/manager Jeff, and may be seen again in the near future.  The actor has noted on his official website that he recently “booked more work as Jeff on ‘One Life to Live.’”

TV Guide Canada is reporting that the cast and crew of “OLTL” spend this past week filming on location in New Jersey for an undisclosed storyline.  The show regularly tapes roughly four to six weeks ahead. 

Look for another dayplayer role coming up on Wednesday, May 27th.

On Wednesday, “OLTL” issued the latest in a string of recent casting calls, this time for the role of ‘Chad’ (bear in mind that the soap often switches character names in audition scripts in an attempt to confuse the viewer).  The scene opens with ‘Chad Driscoll’ being introduced to ‘Aaron’ by ‘Emily.’  Chad appears to be a professional athlete, and has competed in the 400 meter butterfly.  An indifferent Aaron asks the swimmer why he is here.  Emily chimes in that Chad has a summer job as a swimming instructor at the Llanview Country Club, and that ‘Timmy’ deserves the best. Later, Chad is holding Timmy in the water as he learns the swims, and Emily urges the little guy not to be afraid.  Immediately, Chad asks her if the man staring holes through him is her husband, to which Emily repsonds that he won’t be for much longer.  She goes on to say that he is only there because the judge ordered him to spend more time with his children.  Chad reassures her that her husband doesn’t bother him, but Emily says that he is annoying her and that they need a little more privacy.  As the scene ends, Aaron is asking Chad if he charges extra for that and then telling him where to go.  Chad quickly responds, however, that he isn’t going anywhere unless otherwise instructed by Mrs. Cameron. 

And did “One Life to Live” decide to scrap footage of Gigi Morasco and Rex Balsom’s fantasy wedding earlier this week?  It’s looking more and more likely, given that several news outlets (including ABC MediaNet, which regularly uploads spoiler pictures from upcoming episodes) had recently posted snapshots of the dream wedding, complete with “Another World” alum David Forshythe as the chaplain marrying the wayward lovebirds (this is the same priest that baptised baby Chloe/Hope last month).  No reason has been given for the scenes ending up on the cutting room floor, however, they may still surface in upcoming episodes. 

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


Discussion: ‘One Life’ Teen’s Parents Finally Cast

  • One Life to Live
  • Another World
  • A. Martinez
  • Camila Banus
  • Jason Tam
  • Ada Maris
  • David Pinon
  • Patrick Allen Cole
  • David Forshythe
  • Nurses
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • The Brothers Garcia
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • The Kings of Prosperity
  • Street Revenge
  • Pride and Glory


    Friday, May 8, 2009 2:07 PM ET | Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ABC films a new talk show pilot featuring comedic actress Aisha Tyler, while denying that it will take the place of an exsisting program on the network’s daytime schedule. 

    Reuters News Service  is reporting that the 38-year-old Tyler, best known for her numerous television and film roles (including “Ghost Whisperer,” “Friends” and “24″), has taped the pilot for a new talk show, which will be geared toward a younger audience and will showcase the actress’s talents as a stand-up comedian.

    The new program, titled simply “The Aisha Tyler Show,” “will incorporate aspects of a traditional talk show with comedic political commentary, comedy segments and other elements usually associated with late-night shows,” according to Reuters. It will also be a fully ‘wired’ show, allowing fans to communicate directly with Tyler through online social networking sites such as “Facebook” and “Twitter.” 

    Given the recent cancellation of the long-running “Guiding Light” last month by CBS and replace it with either a talk or game show, rumors have begun to swirl that ABC might be contemplating a similar move with one of the three daytime dramas (“All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital”) that presently air on the alphabet network’s daytime line-up.  However, an ABC spokesperson assures Reuters that “‘Tyler’ is being targeted for syndication or cable,” and not for the network itself.  It should be noted that ABC’s present three hour soap programming block has remained unchanged for more than thirty years.   

    SON will continue to follow this story and bring you more as it develops.


    Discussion: ABC Rebuffs Rumors of Shuffling Daytime Schedule



    ABC Previews Memorial Day

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 4:06 AM ET | Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Yes, it was created as a day off to remember deceased friends and loved ones, or the official start of summer according to many, but Memorial Day is also a day where ABC Daytime gets to remember the good stuff they’ve aired in the recent past.

    On Monday, May 25, instead of showing first-run episodes of your favorite ABC Daytime dramas like “All My Children,” “General Hospital” or “One Life to Live,” the network has opted to air repeat episodes of the soaps. These episodes are said to be defining moments in each soaps current storylines.

    • “All My Children” Episode #10086 (original air date 2/16/09) — Kendell loses control of the car while arguing with Zach, ending up on the wrong side of the road with Greenlee’s motorcycle coming right at them. Kendall and Zach are unhurt but Greenlee’s motorcycle has careened down into the ravine by the riverbank. Zach goes off to search for Greenlee but only finds her wedding veil and what’s left of her mangled bike. Zach tells Kendall he’s going to take the blame for the accident and claims that he was the one driving. Ryan soon arrives on the scene and begins a desperate search for Greenlee, diving into freezing waters. The rescue team soon arrives on the scene and begins their search but the situation is bleak. Kendall admits to Ryan that she and Zach were arguing in the car. Ryan stuns Kendall when he accuses Zach of having slept with Reese. Ryan attacks Zach, blaming him for running Greenlee off the road. Meanwhile, Bianca and Reese are married in a heartfelt ceremony. The festivities back at the end come to a halt when Zach and Kendall return and inform everyone of the accident. Kendall seethes as she glares at Reese and then collapses after clutching her chest. A lucid Annie tells Aidan she realizes she’s lost Ryan but says that he was never hers to begin with. Aidan convinces Annie that she needs to go back to Oak Haven to get well. Annie is grateful to have Aidan on her side. Annie looks in on Emma, vowing to get well for her little girl. JR notices that Amanda seems jumpy in front of Frankie, Jake and Randi whenever he’s around.
    • “One Life to Live” Episode #10387 ‘Mother Courage’ (original air date 3/9/09) — Cole, driving under the influence with Matthew, causes a horrific crash with Gigi and Shane’s car. After hearing the sound of the crash, John and Marty go to investigate and immediately jump into action when they arrive on the scene. While John frees Gigi and Shane, Marty summons near superhuman strength to rescue Cole, who’s been trapped under the overturned car. No one, however, is aware that Matthew had been thrown from the car. At the hospital, Cole nearly overdoses from the pills he took. Bo is alarmed when he finds Matthew’s hat at the crash site. Meanwhile, Blair is in critical condition at the hospital and is taken in for surgery. Dorian points a guilty finger at Todd, who swears to Talia that he didn’t attack Blair. Starr tries to make Schuyler see her as more than just a student but he explains that he can never do that. Schuyler tells Starr that he’s been suspended from teaching indefinitely and that they can no longer spend time together. After drugging his drink, Stacy puts the moves on a disoriented Rex. Gigi tries to call Rex to tell him about the accident but Stacy makes sure he doesn’t get the calls.
    • “General Hospital” Episode #11529 (original air date 4/7/08) — News of Michael’s shooting quickly spreads as he’s rushed to the hospital. At the hospital, Jason urges Carly to pull herself together and stay strong for Michael. Patrick informs Carly and Sonny that Michael is in critical condition with a bullet lodged in his head and will need surgery. Patrick refuses to allow Robin to assist him in the operating room as she’s too emotionally tied to Michael. Sonny takes his misplaced anger out on Jason. Carly accuses Sonny of being the one who didn’t protect their son. Lulu and Johnny make love but then head to the hospital after Spinelli informs them about Michael. Lucky tells Alexis that it appears as though Michael was hit by a ricochet bullet that was probably meant for Sonny. Jerry confronts Ian and threatens to kill him. Johnny and Claudia are horrified by what they’ve done.

    Original episodes of your favorite ABC soaps return Tuesday, May 26.

    “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: ABC Previews Memorial Day

    • All My Children
    • One Life to Live
    • General Hospital


      Tuesday, May 5, 2009 12:50 AM ET | Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The Walt Disney Corporation, the parent company of the ABC Television Network, has joined forces with NBC Universal, News Corporation, and Providence Equity Partners to become joint owners of the popular video content website ‘Hulu.’ The deal, which is currently in the process of being finalized, will add significantly to the programming schedule of the Internet’s third largest video streaming website.

      The venture opens up the vast Disney vault of primetime series and feature films. Included in the list are full episodes of “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Private Practice,” “Ugly Betty,” “Scrubs,” “Greek,” “Hope and Faith,” “Less Than Perfect,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” “Samantha Who?,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Commander in Chief,” “General Hospital,” “The View” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” which are all expected to soon be streamed on Hulu on an ad-supported basis. Additionally, selected full length Disney Studios feature films will also be streamed through Hulu, as well short form content including webisodes, sneak peaks, and episode recaps from the ABC Network, ABC Family, and SOAPnet. The Disney Channel programming is expected to from a new DISNEY location in the channel section of the Hulu webiste.

      According to Disney President and CEO Robert Iger, “From our landmark iTunes deal to our pioneering decision to stream ad supported shows on our ABC.com player, Disney has sought to meet the constantly evolving viewing habits of our consumers, and today’s Hulu announcement is the next important step in that ongoing journey. Disney and Hulu share a focus on delivering the highest-quality entertainment experience and we look forward to working with Hulu to build value for our consumers, our brands and our shareholders.”

      “We’re honored to welcome the Disney team in our mission to help people find and enjoy the world’s premium content, when, where and how they want it,” said Jason Kilar, CEO of Hulu, in a press release. “With the addition of shows like ‘Lost,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and many more to Hulu, we continue to aspire to deliver a service that users, advertisers and content owners unabashedly love.”

      “Hulu, quite simply, now has the best premium content on the web,” said Peter Chernin, president and COO, News Corporation. “With three major networks and over 150 leading content providers providing content, combined with the best video user interface anywhere on the web, Hulu offers consumers the finest premium online video experience available today.”

      Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of NBC Universal states that “Hulu has shown that if you make quality content available on the web and combine it with an unbeatable user experience, viewers will come, and so will advertisers. The addition of some of the best content Disney/ABC has to offer will only enhance Hulu’s standing as a top site for high quality video entertainment.”

      And Jonathan M. Nelson, CEO of Providence, said “Hulu is creating significant value for users, advertisers and content owners. This balance, together with aggregated professional content and an expanding base of over 200 brand advertisers, is establishing Hulu as a compelling online video monetization platform. Hulu is a bright spot in the new media landscape.”

      The announcement came has a serious blow to widely popular video sharing website YouTube, which had hoped to forge an alliance with Disney and ABC to bring their vast video library to its site. The deal breaker appears to be YouTube’s difficulty is attracting advertisers, although they have experienced limited success through deals with Sony and even Disney-ABC (to run short-form programming such as webisodes).

      “This is a major win for Hulu, because the YouTube deal happened a few weeks ago and this brings Hulu to parity if not better,” said Will Richmond, analyst with VideoNuze.com in an interview with TV Week. “This continues to suggest there is a real battle for aggregator supremacy between Hulu and YouTube, and even though YouTube is many times the size in terms of traffic, Hulu has made a lot of progress in a short amount of time.”

      The Disney-Hulu tie-up also leaves CBS in the dark. Earlier this year, Hulu pulled its programming from CBS-owned TV.com, which also carries full-length episodes of TV shows. CBS issued this statement on the Disney-Hulu deal: “CBS has long employed open, non-exclusive content partnerships that allow fans across the Internet to engage with our programming in such a way that we control our distribution, sales and profit. We continue to discuss similar arrangements with additional partners as we grow our online audience based on the strength of our content and the passion of the communities it creates. The company also believes that controlling our own rights for that content—in all media—preserves its value in a multiplatform business system.”

      The Hulu deal, which is undergoing standard government review, will provide Disney with three seats on the site’s board of directors that will be held by Mr. Iger; Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group; and Kevin Mayer, executive vice president, Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Technology. All other current directors from News Corp, NBC Universal and Providence will remain on the Hulu board. The Walt Disney Corporation is an equity partner in the deal.

      Hulu.com was founded in March 2007 and is operated independently by a dedicated management team with offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago and Beijing. Hulu’s selection of premium programming is provided by nearly 150 leading content companies, including FOX, NBC Universal, Comedy Central, Lionsgate, MGM, MTV Networks, National Geographic, Paramount, PBS, Sony Pictures Television, and Warner Bros. Television Group.


      Discussion: Disney-ABC Partners with Hulu to Stream Programming



      Monday, May 4, 2009 11:33 PM ET | Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – “One Life to Live” has just released a casting call for the role of ‘Dr. Wright.’ 

      As is common policy for the sudser concerning auditon scripts, character names and other easily identifiable information have been changed in an attempt to confuse viewers.  In addition, ‘Dr. Wright’ could potentially only be a codename for the another role being cast. 

      That being said, the script begins with Dr. Wright (no specific mention is made of gender, although the character appears to lean toward being female) being introduced to ‘Sam’ by ‘Greg.’  Sam quips that the doctor has a suitable last name, considering the job profession. Next Greg introduces ‘Eve,’ who is the neurologist that will be consulting on ‘Albert’s’ case.  

      Dr. Wright tells Sam that he has a good kid and should be very proud of him.  Greg states that Sam is the very reason why all these health care professionals are assisting him, and that Sam managed to talk Dr. Wright into taking a look at Albert’s prognosis.  After taking an important phone call, Greg soon returns to the others. Dr. Wright suggests that they pick their discussion up again tomorrow, and tells Greg about a place that has some really good music.  Everyone thanks the doctor for agreeing to come to Llanview. Dr. Wright then informs Greg that he/she has poured over all his articles and found them to be rather impressive. As the scene ends Dr. Wright tells Greg what an honor is to be working together, to which he responds that perhaps they can be more then co-workers. 

      From the tone of the script, it appears that that ‘Sam’ may be Bo, ‘Albert’ Matthew, and ‘Greg’ the new doctor (Greg Evans) that was recently cast with Terrell Tilford, who first airs on June 23rd.  And with Réal Andrews reportedly on hold for a role on the soap and Ada Maris recently joining the cast (could she be portraying ‘Eve’?), perhaps one or both actors may factor into this script.  Too many questions.  Too few answers.  Only time will tell as this particular scene will not appear onscreen for several months.     

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


      Discussion: ‘One Life’ for the ‘Wright’ Person for New Role



      ‘OLTL’ May Casting News

      Monday, May 4, 2009 9:57 PM ET | Scotty Gore

      SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Jessica Brennan’s state of mind is about to become even more fragile when the news concerning baby Chloe sees the light of day.  This and other casting news concerning “One Life to Live” for the month of May. 

      First gatekeeper Bess, the overprotective gatekeeper of Jess’ mind reappears first in flashback form on May 19th, when details are recalled about the night of Chloe’s birth.  A few days later Bess returns ‘in the flesh’ to take control of the situation. 

      As she struggles to maintain order, Bess soon faces another challenge on May 26th as Bree Williamson does triple duty when Tess, Jessica’s free spirit alter, demands to know how Bess plans to pull off her complicated plan. 

      In other news…

       Jackie Hoffman returns to Llanview on May 11th as Eunice Burns, who was last seen in February as the irritable ticket taker at the Go Red Ball.  Eunice is likely to have some scenes involving the Llanview High School prom, which is set to begin on that day.  Hoffman is a stand-up comedian best known for her one woman stage shows.  She has also appeared in the  Broadway productions “Hairspray” and “Xanadu,” as well films such as “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “Garden State,” and “Legally Blond 2: Red, White, and Blonde.”  

      Rumor mill, for what it’s worth…

      Sean Monynihan is said to be back at the “OLTL” studios recently, despite the fact that the KAD serial killer storyline will be resolved later this month.

      Saoirse Scott may be out as Jamie Vega, given that her onscreen father Kamar de los Reyes has left the soap, and his character Antonio recently mentioned that Llanview was no longer safe for his daughter, and that she was coming with him.

      And apparently Jerry verDorn is not a favorite of the higher-ups at ABC Daytime.  At least one site is reporting that, while the actor remains on contract with “OLTL,” his episode guarantee has been reduced and that ABC Daytime head Brian Frons is said to have commented that he does not want to see verDorn receiving too much airtime on the show. 

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


      Discussion: ‘OLTL’ May Casting News



      Sunday, May 3, 2009 10:08 PM EST | By Venus Stone

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — ‘Young and the Restless’ A Las Vegas Wedding of a Lifetime moves into the semi-finals with twenty-five lucky hopefuls.

      The #1 daytime drama partnered up with Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Autority and MGM Grand Las Vegas to offer one lucky couple a wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony that will be witnessed by “Y&R’s” Christian Jules LeBlanc (‘Michael Baldwin’) and Tracey E. Bregman (‘Lauren Fenmore Baldwin’).

      The contest, which ran from March 9th through April 13th, offered those who were interested in participating an opportunity to log on to Wedding of a Lifetime and submit a photograph and answer a question about their relationship. Twenty-five semi-finalists have now been selected by a third party judge, and contacted on April 17th and announced on the Wedding of a Lifetime website on April 20th.

      Congratulations goes out to the following semi-finalists:

      • Sarah M. and Justin S. from Tempe, AZ
      • Richard A. and Nicolette A. from Chino, CA
      • Lily C. and Hans I. from Redondo Beach, CA
      • Gina R. and Matt M. from St. Petersburg, FL
      • Heidi T. and James T. from Winter Garden, FL
      • Stacey H. and William H. from Hapeville, GA
      • Debra D. and Stephen L. from Hanalei, HI
      • Jennifer K. and Salvatore A. from Romeoville, IL
      • Tamera J. and Ted W. from Sharpsville, IN
      • Mary R. and Mark H. from Bellingham, MA
      • Julie R. and Brian S. from Billerica, MA
      • Belinda E. and Lee D. from Owing Mills, MD
      • Melissa B. and Dru B. from Salisbury, MD
      • Kendall C. and Ryan S. from Farmington, MI
      • Patricia M. and David M. from Concord, NC
      • Margaret C. and Bill C. from Lincolnton, NC
      • Christina M. and John W. from Old Bridge, NJ
      • Cortnie G. and Chris V. from Corona, NY
      • Charlene L. and Willie W. from Bronx, NY
      • Emily M. and Benjamen M. from Eugene, OR
      • Gretchen S. and Everett S. from Central Point, OR
      • Rhonda S. and Laurie H. from Bellefonte, PA
      • Tammy S. and Kyle A. from East Stroudsburg, PA
      • Denise V. and John S. from Gibsonia, PA
      • Joe O. and Tracy B. from Kent, WA.

      The listed semi-finalists, who submitted a photograph and answered a question about their relationship, will now enter Phase II of the contest, in which they will be asked to film a video response about their most romantic moment together. Their videos will be reviewed by “The Young and the Restless’s” Daniel Goddard (“Cane Ashby”) and Christel Khalil (“Lily Winters”) who will then select the four final couples to be announced on May 6th. Finalists, who proceed to Phase III of the contest, will have their videos posted on The Young and the Restless wedding website where viewers will help determine the winner by voting for their favorite couple. The Grand Prize winners will be contacted on May 31st and announced on Wedding of a Lifetime on June 1st.

      The Grand Prize winners will receive the following:

      Travel and Accommodations for Four

      • Roundtrip coach airfare to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations in the luxurious and romantic suites of The Signature at MGM Grand, transportation to/from the Las Vegas airport in MGM Grand limousines and $1,000.00 spending money.

      A Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal or Commitment Ceremony and Celebration that includes

      • A unique and romantic ceremony poolside at The Signature at MGM Grand.
      • Exquisite floral arrangements from the Forever Grand Wedding chapel at MGM Grand.
      • Ceremony music performed by the musicians of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
      • Photography package.
      • Dinner for six at Joël Robuchon, the only Michelin three star, Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant- the top accolades for each organization.
      • A beautiful and delicious hand-made wedding cake from MGM Grand’s award-winning pastry team.
      • Wedding attire including a wedding dress, bridesmaid dress and two tuxedo rentals.
      • Wedding bands for the couple.

      Pampering and Extras

      • Couple’s Dreaming Ritual signature spa treatment in an MGM Grand private spa suite.
      • Custom hair and make-up from Christophe Salon at MGM Grand- For more than 20 years, Christophe has tended to the tresses of rock and celebrity royalty from Beverly Hills to New York City.
      • VIP tickets for four to Cirque du Soleil’s “O” at Bellagio- an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance in a timeless production.

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

      Discussion: ‘Y&R Wedding of Lifetime Reaches Semi-finals




      Sunday, May 3, 2009 1:21 AM ET | Scotty Gore

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With a recent spike in the teen birth rate across the United States, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is sponsoring a forum in the nation’s capitol to discuss ways to reverse the trend.  Among those featured to speak at the forum are Seventeen Magazine Editor-in-Chief Ann Shoket, talk show host Maury Povich, and “One Life to Live’s” Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning).

      Llanview teen Starr Manning is no different than a lot of other teenage girls across the United States. Pregnant at the age of 16, and in no way prepared to become a mother.  Last year, after having unprotected sex with her boyfriend Cole Thornhart, Starr learned she was pregnant.  After considering abortion, she ultimately chose to keep the baby, allowing an older friend (Marcie McBain) to adopt it once born. Sadly however, the baby supposedly died at birth.  In the last two years, an increasing number of young ladies in this country are finding that their situations errily mirror that of the fictional soap character.  After 14 years on the decline, the nation’s teen birth rate soared 5% between 2005 and 2007.

      In an effort to alert teens of the issues surrounding teen pregnancy, Alderson will team up with Maury Povich and a host of state and local leaders from around the country, experts in digital media, and representatives from the entertainment industry to host a forum in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (529 14th Street NW) on Tuesday, May 5th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm et. 

      Major items on the agenda include theories as to why the teen birth rate is rising and how the trend may be reversed, innovative and creative ways to talk to teen about pregnancy on the state and local level, how best digital media can be used to educate teens, and what popluar media can and should do to help combat teen pregnancy. 

      The forum takes place on the eve of the 8th annual commeration of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy credits the media with highlighting the issue of teen pregnancy, such as “ABC daytime’s ‘One Life to Live’ and ABC Family’s ‘Secret Life of the American Teenager,’ which have both developed compelling story lines about teen pregnancy as well as extensive, thought-provoking online content.”  In addition, Povich plans to focus on prevtending teen pregnancy on his website, as well as upcoming episodes of his nationally syndicated talk show. 

      “Given the recent increase in the teen birth rate, a renewed focus on preventing teen pregnancy is urgently needed,” said Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign. “We hope our forum will help policymakers, practitioners, and parents realize that complacency is not an option just as we hope the National Day Quiz will help teens think carefully about sex and contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent.”

      For more information on the teen pregnancy forum, click here.

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


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      Sunday, May 3, 2009 12:31 AM ET | Scotty Gore

      SoapOperaNetwork.com) — John-Paul Lavoisier and Farah Fath, “One Life to Live’s” super couple Rex Balsom and Gigi Morasco, play host to this year’s Gabriel Project charity fundraiser.

      Since 1990, the Gabriel Project has helped provide life-saving heart surgery to children around the world who are in need.  The non-project organization was founded by Mark J. Melamed, a six-grade teacher who persuaded his students to become involved after the class researched the number of children who die everyday in developing countries, and identified the east African nation of Tanzania as one of the five poorest countries; so poor in fact, that no one living there has access to heart surgery.  As a result, the students chose to sponsor a child from Tanzania, eight-year-old Gabriel Inyunye, from which the group takes its name. Unfortunately, the child died of intractable heart failure before necessary funds could be secured to fly him to the United States for needed surgery to repair the damage to his heart. 

      This year’s fundraiser was originally scheduled for May 2nd, but has been moved to Saturday, May 16th due to a scheduling conflict.  The event begins at 6:00 pm et with a pasta dinner followed by a celebrity auction.  An autograph and photo session with Lavoisier and Fath is also scheduled.  The venue is Veteran’s Memorial School, located at 424 South Main Road, in Vineland, New Jersey.  Tickets are $10 per person, and reservations can be made by calling (856)-794-6918.

      More than 300 items will be auctioned off, including several several personally autographed pieces from celebrites.  Those items include guitars signed by Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20, Roger Water of Pink Floyd, and Kenny Chesney; photos of Paul Newman, Johnny Cash, and the Jonas Brothers, a collectable “Jetsons” cereal box signed by the voice of Jane Jetson, Ms. Penny Singleton; and the “One Life to Live” trophy from “Family Feud” signed by Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan). 

      For those unable to attend the fundraiser, but who would still like to bid on any of the items, click here to e-mail the event organizer.  There will be Chinese, Live, Silent auctions all happening at the event.

      In addition, the Gabriel Project will again be sponsoring the annual All Star Soap Baseball Game and Bartending Event on Saturday, June 6th.  This event will be held at the Prohibition Bar at 503 Columbus Avenue.  Tickets are $20 per person, and reservations can be made by clicking here. Join your favorite soap stars for a celebrtiy ball game, and then set back as they bartend, mix drinks, and mingle with fans.  A list of those soap stars attending this year’s event will be announced at a later date.  

      For more information on The Gabriel Project, you can visit their official website by clicking here.

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


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