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, February 21, 2009 1:39 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — “Days of our Lives” has found its new Will Roberts and he’s ready to give parents Samantha Brady (Alison Sweeney) and Lucas Roberts (Bryan Datillo) a wake-up call.

Starting Friday, February 27, look for Dylan Patton to step into the role of Will when he returns from spending an extended trip away from home with his Aunt Carrie and Uncle Austin, who ironically the character once called “Dad.”

“Dylan’s playing the same age Lucas was when I first came on the show. I like him. He’s a very good actor and an earthy, rugged dude,” said Bryan Datillo in a statement released via Soap Opera Weekly

Will was last seen in November 2007, when he was played by actor Christopher Gerse. Christopher began playing Will in September 2003, but was let go in 2007 due to storyline purposes. Upon his return, he’ll be welcomed by his three younger siblings who are in desperate need of some older brother guidance.

Patton’s previous credits include guest-roles on CBS’ “Cold Case” and Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven.” In 2008, he starred in the films “First Strike” and “So Others May Live.”

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: for Dylan Patton and ‘DAYS’

  • Days of our Lives
  • Dylan Patton
  • Bryan Datillo

    Friday, February 20, 2009 8:38 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — You know you made it when…Perez Hilton talks about you!

    That’s right, “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) was spotted by the paparazzi wearing a bikini while taking a stroll on the beaches of St. Bart’s with husband Helmut Huber. One not to pass up the chance to dog a celeb, Hilton surprisingly had nothing but praise for the actress:

    On Friday, 62-year old soap diva Susan Lucci hit the beaches of St. Barth’s with her husband.

    Can you believe she is in her SIXTIES?!

    Girl, you looking fine!

    We know twenty year olds would kill to have a butt like Miz Lucci’s.

    What is your secret, S?

    Tell us stat!

    Lucci and Huber will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary later this year. They have two children, Liza (ex-Gwen Hotchkiss, “Passions”) and Andreas.

    The actress has been playing the dynamic diva Erica Kane on ABC’s “All My Children” since the series debut of the soap on January 5, 1970. Recently it was announced Lucci, and some of her other cast members, took a pay cut in order to continue her role on the drama series. The series was rumored to be facing cancellation due to low ratings and a poor advertising market.

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

    Discussion: Susan Lucci Gets Perez Hilton Treatment


    ( — How one November day turned “Days of our Lives” into a place for the sinking job market.

    After NBC made it clear to Executive Producer Ken Corday, and his Corday Productions banner along with Sony Pictures Television, that they would only renew “Days of our Lives” beyond its March 2009 contract expiration if the show found ways to cut costs. It did, and now some of daytime’s biggest stars are now without jobs and the faces of daytime continue to get unfamiliar.

    Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans) and Drake Hogestyn (ex-John Black) were the first “DAYS” stars to receive their walking papers just weeks after NBC made their demands. They last aired on January 23.

    Recently, it was announced that Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans and Thaao Penghlis were each given their walking papers as well. Nichols and Evans, who portrayed super-couple Patch and Kayla on the drama series, last aired on Tuesday, February 17.

    “They’re not leaving Salem. They’re not dying. They’re just not going to be on the air. You might see one or both of them pop up on other episodes, but it’s not going to be a significant exit,” said Corday.

    A last airdate for Penghlis and his Tony DiMera character was not made available at press time, but he last tapes on Wednesday, March 4, according to the February 24 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

    “I’ve spent over 20 years on that show, and a producer from ‘Passions’ came in with a vision, and all I can say is I’m in good company,” he says.

    While she wasn’t fired, actress Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady) has opted to not renew her contract with the soap, which was set to expire this Spring.

    “I have been with ‘Days of our Lives’ for the past four years of my life. I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity Ken Corday has given me, and for the growth and education I have obtained from such a hard working group of people,” said Melvin in a statement via her online blog. “At this juncture in my life however, I feel I’ve accomplished and learned all I could have from ‘DAYS,’ and it’s just time to experience new things.”

    A last airdate for the actress has not been announced.

    Can we expect more cast cuts and changes for “Days of our Lives?” According to Corday, “We’re done.”

    Screen Door

    Screen Door

    Sex sells, but how much sex can bring “MVP” back to SOAPnet?

    You’ve asked, and boy have you asked, and now we have an answer as to what’s happening with “MVP: The Secret Lives of Hockey Wives,” the Canadian soap opera that delves into the lives of hockey’s hottest men and their better half’s. Nothing.

    “Nothing has been decided yet,” says a SOAPnet spokeswoman. “We will let you know if and when.”

    You know the old fashioned saying, “no news is better than bad news?” Pick your poison.


    Llanview’s Revolving Door

    Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:18 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

    ( — Here today, gone tomorrow.

    Llanview’s newest Buchanan prepares to leave town just as he learns of his true identity. Are Tuc Watkins and “One Life to Live” attempting to set a record for most departures of a single actor on a soap? It appears as such, given that ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that Watkins recently taped his final scenes with the show, less than a week after his character learned of his new family. This will be Watkins’ eighth departure from the show since originating the role of lovable conman David Vickers in 1994, and the fourth since May 2007. While his latest stint in Llanview was always reported to be short-term, it still comes as a shock to fans to were just beginning to warm up to the fact their favorite con artist has Buchanan blood pulsing through his veins. Look for David to exit Llanview in the coming weeks, but not before he learns that Asa is really his grandfather, and not his father. Given “One Life’s” unusual taping schedule, Watkins’ final airdate will likely be sometime in late March or early April.

    Hank Gannon may be returning to Llanview, but that doesn’t mean he’ll stay there. Nathan Purdee returns as the former District Attorney and Nora Hanen’s ex-husband on Wednesday, April 1. However, don’t look Hank to put down roots again
    in his old stomping ground. Instead, the actor’s return to “One Life,” is for a ‘limited engagement’ to help reintroduce his daughter Rachel to Llanview. Daphnée Duplaix Samuel first airs as Hank and Nora’s bi-racial daughter on Tuesday, April 7th.

    Is Renee Elise Goldsberry reuniting with the cast of “One Life to Live?” No, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that her character Evangeline Williamson won’t be returning to Llanview. The suder is looking for someone who play her body double when the comatose attorney is visited by a familiar face. Rumor has it that “One Life” may be looking to recast the role later this spring, according to ABC Soaps in Depth. Goldsberry is six months pregnant with her first child.

    It’s all about me, isn’t it? Kamar de los Reyes, who late last year complained that “OLTL” wasn’t treating his character with any respect, is nearing the end of his run with the show. The actor, who has portrayed gang leader turned cop Antonio Vega on and off since 1995, taped his final scenes on January 27th. As for a final airdate, don’t expect to hear one anytime soon given that a “OLTL” spokesperson claims that the show “doesn’t want to ruin the actor’s upcoming exciting storyline.” Speculation persists that de los Reyes’ co-star and onscreen girlfriend BethAnn Bonner (Talia Sahid Hesser) may not be far behind.

    Looks like Llanview won’t get ‘Born’ again after all. SON was first to tell you last week that, despite reports to the contrary, Roscoe Born will not be reprising the role of presumed dead cult leader Mitch Laurence this spring. The same goes for Andrea Evans, who has made no indication thus far that she is bringing Tina Lord Roberts back to Llanview in 2009. Instead, viewers can expect at least one familiar face from Marty Saybrooke’s past to return to Llanview in the coming months./p>

    Is a Llanview leading lady being shown the door? Rumors persist that one of “OLTL’s” longtime female veteran cast members may soon be on her way out due to a budget crunch at the long running daytime drama; a spokesperson for the show had no comment.

    Former “One Tree Hill” star Brett Claywell finally makes his “One Life” debut on Monday, February 23. Fans may recall that Claywell was originally tapped to play the role of Schuyler Joplin, only to have the show to do an about face and cast “General Hospital” alum Scott Clifton in the role instead. Claywell will now portray Kyle, a lab technician with the Llanview Police Department. The role is recurring.

    Florencia Lozano will soon be wrapping up her latest stint as Téa Delgado. Lozano, who signed a short-term contract with “OLTL” last September, is expected to last air sometime in April.

    Look for more dayplayer roles in upcoming episodes on March 12th, 24th, and 27th.

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

    No More ‘Life’ for Hendy

    Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:22 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” releases Jacqueline Hendy from her contract after only five months with the show.

    The storyline started out promising with news that a new Latin American family would soon be calling Llanview home, leaving many fans thrilled about the “OLTL” cast becoming more diverse. Unfortunately, the premise usually sounds more appealing then what ends up on the television screen. Not long after Hendy made her “OLTL” premiere last September as Vanessa Montez, the protective ex-wife of Ray Montez, both the actress and the character failed to make a connection with many fans of the soap. This despite Vanessa being romantically paired with Cristian Vega (David Fumero), one of “One Life’s” biggest heart throbs.

    While the daytime drama is keeping mum concerning the details of Hendy’s impending departure, it is speculated that her character Vanessa may leave Llanview with blood on her hands. However, a spokesperson for “OLTL” declined comment. No final airdate has been yet been set. Despite Hendy’s exit from “One Life,” it appears that at least one member of her onscreen family may continue to call Llanview home. Camila Banus, who portrays Vanessa’s stepdaughter Lola Montez, is reportedly staying with the show. No word on how Hendy’s departure will effect Vanessa’s ex-husband Ray, portrayed by A. Martinez, who joined the sudser last fall on a recurring basis.

    Prior to joining “OLTL,” Hendy made appearances in such shows as “Fringe,” “Law & Order,” “The Black Donnelly’s,” and “Chappelle’s Show.” She will also appear as Veronica in the upcoming Irving Schwartz directed film “Normal.”

    Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story as it develops. Remember to check back for more details on Hendy’s departure from “One Life” as they become available.

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

    Discussion: No More ‘Life’ for Hendy


    • One Life to Live
    • Jacqueline Hendy
    • David Fumero

      Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:49 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — NASCAR driver Jeff Burton (aka: JB) is set to appear on next months “General Hospital” during a cross-over promotional opportunity between the soap and NASCAR racing.

      Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet Impala SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a 21-time winner in NASCAR’s premier division, will trade in his driving experience for acting experience today while filming scenes with Jason Thompson, who portrays Dr. Patrick Drake on the ABC Daytime drama series. He will be playing himself, while Thompson’s character is said to be an avid fan of NASCAR racing.

      “I’m excited about going to the set of General Hospital and taking on a role with Jason,” Burton said in a statement. “I’ve been in commercials and was a guest star on a sitcom a couple of years ago so I’m hoping those appearances prepped me for my soap opera debut. Luckily, I get to play myself and talk racing, which will help take some of the pressure off.”

      On Sunday, February 22, Thompson will join Burton at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California for the Auto Club 500 airing on FOX. The actor will enjoy a pace car ride before heading to a hospitality tent where both stars will participate in Q&A and autograph sessions with fans. Thompson will also participate in pre-race festivities by attending the driver’s meeting and driver introductions.

      Burton’s “GH” appearance is scheduled to air in mid-March on ABC and SOAPnet.

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

      Discussion: NASCAR Driver Jeff Burton Hits ‘GH’

      • General Hospital
      • Jason Thompson
      • Jeff Burton
      • Nascar

        Diary of a ‘One Life’ Extra

        Sunday, February 15, 2009 12:55 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

        ( — An aspiring actor describes his day in Llanview, and offers a glimpse into an upcoming storyline.


        Wayne Chang, an acting major who is awaiting his big break into show business, recently (February 11th) paid a visit to the “One Life to Live” studios, where he made his soap debut as a Llanview Hospital orderly. In the February 12th entry in his blog, Chang takes fans through a hectic day on the set of the long-running daytime drama.


        Arriving shortly before his 1:00 pm call time, Chang spent the afternoon on the set taking in the soap experience and chatting with a fellow extra named Steven. After introducing himself to Chang, Steven tells him that he played a butler in a episode of “OLTL” before. This go around, Steven is taping at least two episodes as a doctor at Llanview Hospital, the first of which coincides with Chang’s day on the set.


        While waiting for his name to be called, Chang describes the drama playing out in the episode being filmed that particular day. Featured in the episode are the characters of Rex, Gigi, Stacy, Schuyler, and Roxy, in scenes at Llanview Hospital. First, Schuyler and Stacy share a couple of scenes, with Roxy making an appearance toward the end. Then Stacy and Gigi have a small confrontation. Lastly Rex attempts to comfort an emotional Gigi whose mind is elsewhere. It appears that Gigi has become disconnected from Rex. Following their emotional scenes, Stacy comes barging in with some sort of news.


        It also appears from Chang’s blog entry that viewers will soon be getting a glimpse of inside of Schuyler Joplin’s home. Chang states that “We [he and Steven] walked through a small double door…[on their way to the hospital set] Then as if I walked into a giant Cubical office space. Each giant Cubical is a set. I see a Ktichen… Skyler’s Room… A beautiful Victorian style living room… Then the Llanview Hospital Lobby. It was a very tiny set… Smaller than the usual Starbucks Coffee Shop.”


        Look for Chang and Steven’s scenes to air around mid-March. But be sure to look close; Chang points out that he “speed-walked” through his scenes. To read Chang’s entire blog entry about his day ‘On the Set of “OLTL,”‘ click here. Also, be sure to visit his offical website, with a complete listing of his other acting credits, by clicking here.


        In other minor casting news….


        Mellini Kantayya portrays a nurse on March 17th. The actresses has appeared in a handful of episodes of “OLTL” between 2006-2008, and has had various dayplayer roles on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns” in recent years.


        Michael Shimkin plays a process server on March 20th. Shimkin has portrayed the same role in two episodes in 2008, and appeared as ‘Rex’s contact’ in a 2006 episode of “OLTL.”


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

        Samuel Leaves Harmony For Llanview

        Thursday, February 12, 2009 2:41 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

        ( — “One Life to Live” hires former Playboy centerfold Daphnée Duplaix Samuel as the next Rachel Gannon.

        Less than a month after “OLTL” releashed a casting call for Hank and Nora’s bi-racial daughter Rachel, the long-running ABC daytime drama has found their woman.
        Daphnée Duplaix Samuel, ex-Hugh Heffner model and July 1997 Playboy Playmate, has become the fourth actress to tackle the reformed character, whose teenage years
        were consumed with sex, drugs, and murder. Ellen Bethea portrayed Rachel when she was last seen in Llanview in 2006, checking in on her comatose mother Nora Hanen.

        The 32-year-old Samuel is no stranger to Daytime, having spent nearly four years (2004-2008) portraying the hermaphrodite Valerie Davis on “Passions.” The actress has also guest starred on such series as “Dharma & Greg,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Felicity,” and “The District.” And in 2001, she entered the game show world as the card dealer in the pilot for “Card Sharks;” however she was replaced with Tami Anderson in subsequent episodes.

        Look for Samuel to first air as Rachel on April 2nd, one day after her father Hank returns to Llanview.

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

        Will ‘One Life’ Be ‘Born’ Again?

        Tuesday, February 10, 2009 11:22 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

        ( — Will Roscoe Born be bringing former cult leader Mitch Laurence back to Llanview?

        Is he, or isn’t he? That is the question countless “One Life to Live” fans have been asking themselves in recent weeks. The answer depends on which source you choose to believe.

        According to ABC Soaps in Depth, Born will return to “OLTL” for a short stint in the coming months to tie up loose ends to a storyline sidetracked by last year’s writers strike. That storyline involved Allison Perkins stalking Jessica Brennan, all the while claiming that she had possession of a DVD that contained a secret to her past. However, during a struggle at last year’s Go Red Ball, the DVD was destroyed and Allison fell into a coma, and has yet to regain conciseness. The storyline proved bittersweet for “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati, who was forced to watch the tale he penned play out as envisioned by Gary Tomlin when the sudser fell victim to the industry mandated strike. There has also been lingering speculation that Mitch Laurence may also be Rex Balsom’s long lost father.

        However, just when it seemed as if Born’s return to Llanview was a done deal, a “OLTL” spokesperson told TV Guide that, with regards to Born’s rumored comeback, “it’s not happening, but various faces from the past may show up in Llanview this spring. You’ll have to watch to find out.” Hmmm…. Could one of those ‘various faces from the past’ be Andrea Evans? The soap diva returned to “One Life to Live” last June after an 18-year absence to reprise her signature role of Tina Lord Roberts, only to leave again before year’s end. Well, that remains to be seen. Although the actress is rumored to be returning to Llanview again this spring, and her bio. is still up with the rest of the “OLTL” cast at the ABC Medianet website, however talk of Evans returning is not much more than speculation at this point.

        As for Born, he placed Llanview under his spell when he premiered as charismatic cult leader Mitch Laurence in 1985. After leaving the show the following year, he returned briefly in 1987, and again from 2002-2003. Could “OLTL” be contemplating a second return from the dead storyline involving Mitch Laurence, or could the villain reach out from the grave to reveal his daughter Jessica’s supposed secret? And what would Mitch’s return mean for his brother Miles who, along with his portrayer David Chisum, seems to have dropped off the face of the earth? So many questions…so few answers. Stay tuned to Soap Opera Network as we continue to follow this developing story.

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

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