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


‘One Life’ Casting Carousel

Friday, December 19, 2008 5:23 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

( — Another week, another round of casting tidbits for “One Life to Live.”

Who’s Coming?

  • Crystal Hunt joins the cast of “One Life to Live” on February 6th in the contract role of a stripper named Stacey.

    The 23-year-old actress is best known for portraying Elizabeth “Lizzie” Spaulding on “Guiding Light” from 2003-2006. In 2005 Hunt was both Daytime Emmy and Soap Opera Digest Award nominations. In addition to her work on “GL,” Hunt has appeared in the films “Brooklyn to Manhattan,” “The Derby Stallion,” and “Problem Child 2.” Rumor has it that the new character is related to someone in Llanview. Could Stacey be Talia’s troublesome younger sister that “OLTL” recently issued a casting call for? Only time will tell.

  • Scott Clifton first airs as Schuyler Joplin, the drug abusing son of the late Dr. Joplin, on Friday, January 9th; Clifton began taping December 8th.
  • Brett Claywell, originally cast the role of Schuyler, premieres as a yet unnamed member of the Llanview Police Department sometime in January. It is unclear if the new role will be contract or recurring; a first airdate has yet to be announced.
  • Henry Yuk and Clem H. Cheung portray Yogi and Master, respectively, beginning the week of December 29th and will be tied to David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) return to Llanview as a Buddhist monk.

Who’s Returning?

  • Tonja Walker briefly returns to “One Life to Live” as Alex Olanov on January 2nd.
  • Phil Carey appears as Asa Buchanan via a video made before his death on December 29th.
  • Peter Brouwer portrays Asa’s lawyer Beaver Calhoun again on December 29th.
  • A. Martinez returns as Ray Montez on December 23rd. Montez was last seen on “OLTL” early last month.
  • Tia Hodge makes another appearance as Dorian’s angel “Mel” on December 26th.
  • Olga Merediz is expected to pop up again as Sister Mary Clare at St. Ann’s sometime near the Christmas holiday.
  • Tari Signor appeared as Margaret’s ghost on December 18th.

Who’s Going?

  • Kamar de lose Reyes exits “OLTL” at the end of January. The actor has portrayed Antonio Vega on and off since 1995.
  • Justis Bolding last airs as Sarah Roberts on January 7th. Bolding took over the role of Cord and Tina’s rebellious daughter in 2007.
  • Janet Zarish last aired as Janet Ketring (aka Lee Halpern) on November 11th, however, the actress was listed with other recurring cast members in the extended holiday closing credits of “OLTL” on December 17th.

Who’s Staying?

  • Tuc Watkins returns to Llanview for the millionth time on December 26th and, according to “OLTL” Head Writer Ron Carlivati, look for Watkins to stick around for awhile this time. The scribe promises plenty of screen time for David Vickers as he finally finds that he’s the long lost Buchanan heir.
  • Justin Paul Kahn will be sticking around Llanview awhile longer as Brody’s old Navy buddy Wes Granger. Kahn made his “OLTL” debut on September 25th.
  • “One Life to LIve” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

‘C’est la vie’ for ‘One Life’ Hunk

Friday, December 19, 2008 12:53 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

( — Kamar de los Reyes confesses that “it is time to say good-bye” to “One Life to Live.”

After nearly a decade on “OLTL” portraying gang leader turned police detective Antonio Vega, actor Kamar de los Reyes has decided not to renew his contract with the long running daytime drama, claiming that “Antonio is longer the central figure I believe he deserves to be,” and that “over the years, he has become less and less valued.”

While admitting that Antonio’s time on the sidelines is likely not intentional on the soap’s part, de los Reyes does admit “I believe that there is a cut-off point for characters…and I think it may be time to say goodbye.”

De los Reyes originated the role of Antonio Vega in 1995. He would leave Llanview in 1997, only to return briefly the following year. In February 2000, he returned full-time to “OLTL.” Fellow actor Robert Montano briefly stepped in to the role of Antonio for seven episodes in May 2007 while de los Reyes recuperated following an injury he suffered while filming on the set of “OLTL.” Look for de los Reyes to last air in late January; he wraps up taping on January 5th.

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:10 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — Senta Moses, 35, joins cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” as the mysterious computer hacker behind Spinelli’s (Bradford Anderson) woes.

Recently viewers have been noticing some interesting occurrences happening on Spinelli’s computer, including numerous file transfers. Until now, we never really knew the meaning of it all. Beginning Friday, January 2, look for Moses to make her “GH” debut as Winifred, who is described as Spinelli’s “female counterpart.” The question remains…is she just in it for the fun or is she working with some powerful people? One things for certain, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) will make it her mission to find out.

Moses is best known for her role as Tracy McCallister, sister to Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin McCallister in the 1992 blockbuster film “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”  She has also appeared in numerous television series including “Sister, Sister” and “My So-Called Life.” More recently she appeared in the hit ABC Family series “Greek” as Lizzi. The actress recently wrapped filming of the upcoming “Ten Years Later” motion picture. No release date has been set.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

Discussion:  ‘GH’ Casts a New Recurring Role


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  • Bradford Anderson
  • Senta Moses
  • Kirsten Alderson
  • Macaulay Culkin
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  • My So-Called Life

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Natalia Livingston may have left “General Hospital” in May as ghost Emily, but she’s ready to make her return to the ABC Daytime drama series as a new character.

    Livingston, last seen as the ghost of Emily Bowen-Quartermaine on the Wednesday, May 7 broadcast of “GH” is returning in the “forseeable future” as a new character by the name of Rebecca, confirms an ABC representative. Though, we’ve since learned that Natalia makes her on-air return during the week of January 12. The actress began filming this week. No official character description was made available, but we can expect to see a new, blonder, Livingston playing a role quite the opposite of Emily, confirm sources.

    The “FOX 11 Morning News” in Los Angeles, CA was given an exclusive first look at Livingston back in action while filming scenes with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos). Currently, Nikolas has been paired up with Nurse Nadine Crowell, a spunky character who seems to like toy ducks. No, seriously…she likes children’s toys because that is the type of personality she has. For those thinking more into it…

    Interestingly, a number of recent scenes aired during “GH” have emphasized Livingston’s  presence. It appears we just didn’t know why.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

    Discussion:  Natalia Livingston Returns to ‘GH’


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      Monday, December 15, 2008 11:24 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      ( — While he may have lost DeAnna Pappas’ heart in the second season finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” this past summer, single dad Jason Mesnick, 32, is hoping to find love once more in the 13th season of “The Bachelor.” “General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie) tag along for the ride.

      Launching January 5 on the ABC Television Network, season thirteen of “The Bachelor” promises to bring more surprises and emotional heartback than ever before as Mesnick narrows down his search for love from 25 women to the one that will capture his heart. 

      Mesnick’s search for love includes a whirlwind travel schedule where he brings one woman to the Walt Disney Hall for a private performance by R&B superstar Robin Thicke, while taking another for a ride over the Los Angeles area courtesy of the famous Goodyear blimp. Other rendezvous include shutting down Legoland California, as Jason treats one lady to a thrilling surprise. Another finds herself wearing a million dollars worth of jewelry, just as Mesnick takes her away on a private getaway to Las Vegas for a panoramic helicopter ride over Red Rock Canyon, with a cozy dinner and a performance by pop singer Kate Voegele.  

      Hoping to lend an additional helping hand, “General Hospital” stars Bradford Anderson and Kirsten Storms will treat Jason and six women to a behind-the-scenes look at “GH.” They will also coach the women the technique for on screen kissing, which provides the bachelorette’s with a chance to “act” out their secret fantasy with Jason.

      Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, a division of Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Studios. The series launches its new season on Monday, January 5. It will air from 8:00-9:30 PM on the ABC Television Network.

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      • Bradford Anderson
      • The Bachelor
      • Jason Mesnick

        Monday, December 15, 2008 4:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        ( — “General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson (Damien Spinelli) is a Top Person of 2008, according to USA Today via their Pop Candy Blog.

        Anderson was ranked 95th in their Top 100 listing, in which each December the  blog counts down to the year’s top 100 people ranging from musicians, actors, writers and other assorted entertainers. 

        Anderson is noted for playing the “gleefully awkward Spinelli,” who the site believes is the only “geek” on daytime TV (they forgot Petey on “All My Children”). Additionally, the site wrongfully believes that more Spinelli-like characters will help increase daytime’s floundering ratings. However, they neglected to count how many episodes Spinelli, as played by Anderson, has appeared in year-to-date vs more veteran actors and other popular stars (the actor has appeared in 174 out of 223 “GH” episodes aired through November 28, 2008).

        This is what happens when a non-soap publication doesn’t watch a soap, but wants to include it in some form or another to make it appear as though they care about the genre. Sorry, won’t work.

        Pop Candy Blog will reveal more of their Top 100 listing over the next few days. Check back there to see who got missed or who wishes they were missed.

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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          Pine Valley’s Ins and Outs

          Monday, December 15, 2008 4:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

          ( — “All My Children’s” latest casting news.

          Alicia Minshew returns to the set of “All My Children” on Friday, January 9, according to her official fan club. Minshew’s character, Kendall Hart Slater, will finally return to the land of the living at the end of January 2009.

          Probably daytime’s most worked actress, one of the main sticking points in Minshew’s contract negotiations was vacation time particularly in relation to starting her married life; the actress married her long time beau, Richie Herschenfeld, on October 26. After re-signing earlier this fall the popular actress was allowed a well-earned, extended vacation period. Minshew begun that vacation at the end of the Friday, October 10 work-day but has since returned to pre-tape scenes on seven occasions.

          It would probably be advisable for Minshew to use the rest of her vacation time to rest up, the actress who was due to go on Cameron Mathison’s Soap Cruise event in January had to cancel due to a grueling return schedule.

          The recently re-signed Michael E. Knight has gotten in some vacation-time as well. Hopefully all the Knight fans caught a good glimpse of their main man, Tad Martin, on Wednesday, December 10. The character, sent on a wild goose-chase by the very bad Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), will disappear for a cool month; will Martin’s main nemesis, David, have succeeded in turning Tad’s family upside down by then? You betcha!

          Colin Egglesfield returns to the air during the week of January 12. Egglesfield will reprise the role of Josh Madden for approximately two weeks before the actor and character exits the scene for good.

          Tonya Pinkins reprises the role of Livia Frye that same week. The legal eagle will tango with the Martin-Chandler-Carey-Hayward clan.

          Don’t make much of the spotting of faces from Reese William’s (Tamara Braun) past. Frank Runyeon last airs on Monday, December 15 as Forrest Williams, after just two episodes. The show does leave the door open for a future appearance. Fans can expect Reese’s former fiancé, Simon (played by Adam-Jon Fiorentino), to follow the same pattern after he first premieres on Tuesday, December 30.

          Elizabeth Rodriguez has moved up from recurring to contract status. The move up in status seems odd due to the fact the actress was last seen on October 14; Rodriguez’s character will make her next sporadic appearance during the week of January 5.

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

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            Monday, December 15, 2008 2:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

            ( — While she portrayed the face of Carly Corinthos for five years (1996-2001) and won three Emmy Awards for her portrayal, Sarah Brown is ready to once again claim Port Charles and Prospect Studios her permanent home.

            Nearly a year after re-joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital,” but this time as mob princess Claudia Zacchara, Brown has re-upped with the drama series for an additional year, bringing her time with the show through January 2010. Her one year contract with “GH” was due to expire in the coming weeks. She made her much lauded return to the soap on January 31, 2008, wherein her new character immediately had sex with Sonny Corinthos (portrayed by Brown’s former on-screen love Maurice Benard).

            During her seven (7) year absence from the soap, Brown landed a contract role on CBS’ “As The World Turns” in 2004, where she played Julia Larrabee Jackson. The character was killed off in 2005. Soon afterward, she landed another contract role on the CBS crime drama “Cold Case” as Josie Sutton. Sadly, her character was written out after only a half-dozen episodes. Prior to her work on the “Case,” Brown made a number of appearances on CBS’ “Without a Trace.” Both series are executive produced by mega-producer/director Jerry Bruckheimer.

            Brown got her start in television portraying the role of Kaitlin Star in the widely popular kids program “V.R. Troopers” from 1994-1996.

            “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

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            • Maurice Benard

              Monday, December 15, 2008 1:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              ( — You know how a daytime newcomer by the name of Brett Claywell was supposed to join ABC’s “One Life to Live” in the contract role of Schuyler? Yeah, he isn’t. Scott Clifton apparently can act better.

              Clifton, best known for his role as Dillon Quartermaine on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 2003-2007, is joining the show in the now re-contracted role of Schuyler (pronounced “sky-lar”) beginning January 9. Schuyler is a Llanview High School Teacher, who mixes it up with the resident teen set and their parents in the upcoming months. He is also the son of recently deceased Dr. Joplin, who had a severe drug problem.

              “One Life to Live” reconceived the character of Schuyler shortly after casting Mr. Claywell, who will instead join the show as a member of the Llanview PD. A first airdate has not been announced.

              Claywell, 30, is best known for his portrayal of Tim Smith on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” He appeared in the drama series off-and-on for the shows first three seasons as the best friend of Nathan Scott (portrayed by James Lafferty). The character re-appeared in the shows fifth season as a pizza delivery boy. He will next appear in the horror film “Babysitter Wanted” along-side “Kyle XY’s” Matt Dallas. The film is set for release in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2009.

              On the Web: Scott Clifton Official Website

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

              ‘AMC’s’ Egglesfield Is History

              Wednesday, December 10, 2008 3:18 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

              ( — “All My Children” aborts Josh Madden.

              Colin Egglesfield has been let go from “All My Children.”

              Always hopeful about a return to the soap, a now clearly disappointed Egglesfield tells ABC Soaps In Depth that the decision “doesn’t add up to [him].” Egglesfield joined “AMC” in September 2005, replacing Scott Kinworthy in the role of Josh Madden. Egglesfield was dropped to recurring status in the early fall of 2008. Sources close to “AMC” tell the magazine that following a brief return in January the character “is definitely gone for good.” Speculation is that Josh will be killed off allowing his heart to be given to his sister, Kendall Hart (Alicia Minshew), who is currently in a coma and battling a failing heart.

              The role of Josh Madden has long been covered in a cloud of controversy due to the fact that the character, thanks to the wackiness of daytime, is the one-time fetus that Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) aborted in 1973; daytime’s first legal abortion.

              As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, Egglesfield will appear in at least several episodes starting in January.

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

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