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

Tuesday, December 30, 2008 2:17 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — While we ring in a new year and anticipate more drama filled soap opera on daytime’s remaining eight soap operas, we won’t soon forget how much has happened in the year gone by.

With 2008 almost but a memory, each of daytime’s broadcast networks have filled up on what you can expect to see on their schedules between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

 What you won’t see on New Year’s Day on ABC, CBS or NBC is a soap in sight. The day before, ABC makes us relive Tornado’s (“All My Children”) and Game Shows (“One Life to Live”), while 2007 comes to life again courtesy of “General Hospital” and its look back at the Nikolas and Emily engagement party that ended in tragedy. Of course, it would appear that ABC is gearing fans up for the return of Natalia Livingston to the soap (she first airs as a new character named Rebecca on Thursday, January 15). CBS and NBC bring us fresh episodes of “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless.” “As The World Turns” and “Guiding Light” are pre-empted. 

Wednesday, December 31: New Year’s Eve

  • AMC: Repeat – Another tornado hits as Jake is operating on Kendall and he pushes her gurney out of the way of falling debris. Greenlee is surprised to see Bianca with a baby. Bianca tells Zach she will keep the baby’s paternity a secret until Zach can tell Kendall that he is the father. Angie operates on Natalia and it is revealed to Tad and Frankie that Natalia is Jesse’s daughter. JR agrees to marry Babe. Babe admits to Krystal that she knows she is dying but doesn’t want JR to know that she knows and she says goodbye to Little A. Annie searches for Emma at the Chandler home and runs into Ryan. Pete and Colby search the tunnels for Adam and Erica (episode #9985; original air date 10/22/08).
  • ATWT: Pre-empted.
  • B&B: Fresh Episode – While airing a fresh episode to the east coast in its regular timeslot, the soap will air latenight on CBS’ West Coast (Pacific time) affiliates. Otherwise, the days episode will be made available on
  • DAYS: Fresh Episode.
  • GH: Repeat – Episode begins with a flash forward of Nikolas waking up and discovering a body and this is followed by a flash back to the beginning of the ball where Nikolas proposes to Emily. Nikolas announces their engagement to the guests and the couple shares a waltz. Sam and Liz have a catfight over Jason. Johnny sneaks into the ball to track down Anthony. Spinelli accidentally reveals to Lulu that he has feelings for her while Lulu tries to enjoy her time with Logan. Jason goes into action mode when he finds out that Anthony has escaped his home and is on the loose (episode #11420; original air date 10/31/07).
  • GL: Pre-empted.
  • OLTL: Repeat – Rex fights for his life in surgery and dreams of being on a game show where he competes against Brody for his life and for Shane. Rex flat lines. Gigi tells Shane the truth about who his father is and he reacts badly. Gigi fights for Shane’s forgiveness and asks him to wait with her for Rex to come out of surgery. Roxy gathers everyone in a group prayer for Rex. Natalie offers Tess a deal; if she is allowed out of the Secret Room to see Rex she will agree to give up Jared (episode #10281; original air date 10/1/08).
  • Y&R: Fresh Episode.

Thursday, January 1: New Year’s Day (Welcome to 2009)

  • ALL: Pre-empted due to parades and sports activities on the broadcast networks.

Friday, January 2

  • ALL: Fresh Episodes of all daytime soaps.

Discussion: New Year, Old Memories: Welcome to 2009

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • All My Children
  • One Life to Live
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • As The World Turns
  • Guiding Light

    Lawson Named Number One Soap Hunk

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008 1:55 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live’s” Mark Lawson declared the hunkiest daytime soap star., the popular soap opera website dedicated to daytime’s hottest past and present male stars, has named “One Life To Live” newcomer Mark Lawson as Daytime’s “Best Hunk” for 2008. Lawson portrays Brody Lovett on the ABC Daytime drama series.

    The actor narrowly edged out “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Brandon Beemer (Owen) for the honor. Also nominated were Shawn Christian (Daniel, “Days of Our Lives”), Eric Martsolf (Ethan, “Passions”), and One Life” co-star John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex). Lawson joined “One Life to Live” on April 24th, 2008.

    While earning the title of “Best Hunk,” Lawson was also honored with “Best Chest” and “Hunkiest Newcomer.” John-Paul Lavoisier won “Best Hair” and “One Life to Live” was named “Hunkiest Soap,” beating out “As the World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “The Young and the Restless.”

    Several “One Life” male cast members received nominations in other categories, but lost out to other soap stars.

    For the complete list of all this year’s nominees and winners, check out the Soap Hunk website.

    Discussion: Lawson Named Number One Soap Hunk

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

    • The Bold and the Beautiful
    • One Life to Live
    • The Young and the Restless
    • Days of our Lives
    • As The World Turns
    • Mark Lawson
    • John-Paul Lavosier
    • Soap Hunks

      ‘OLTL’ Named Best Soap of 2008

      Tuesday, December 30, 2008 12:43 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

      ( — Soap Opera Digest releases their annual “Best and Worst” list for 2008, with “One Life to Live” leading all soaps by receiving top honors in nine categories.

      It was a year filled with time travel, multiple personalities, a visit to heaven, trips to foreign lands, musical guests, shocking returns, and a 40th anniversary on “One Life to Live.” But through it all, fans of the long running daytime drama were gripped by touching and provocative storylines including Todd Manning having sex and falling in love with an amnesiac Marty Saybrooke, Dorian Cramer Lord’s surprise takeover of Buchanan Enterprises, and Jessica Brenan’s altar Tess holding her sister Natalie Buchanan and boyfriend Jared Banks hostage for months in a secret room beneath Llanfair vowing to make them pay for the accidental death of her late husband Nash. With such an exciting year in Llanview, it’s no wonder that “OLTL” earned the distinction of being named “Best Show for 2008″ in SOD‘s December 16th edition.

      However, “OLTL” also garnered mentions in other categories including: ‘Best Musical Appearance’ (Snoop Dogg), ‘Most Entertaining Male’ (David Vickers), ‘Biggest Tearjerker’ (Nash’s death), ‘Most Daring Story’ (Marty and Todd’s romance), and ‘Best New Couple’ (Rex and Gigi). But with the good comes the bad, with “OLTL” winning ‘Worst Story’ with the soap’s return to the fictional land of make believe known as Mendorra, ‘Worst Recast’ with Justis Bolding as Tina and Cord’s daughter Sarah Roberts, and ‘Worst Special Episodes’ for the “Go Red” episodes (tied with “All My Children” and “General Hospital). In case you missed it, the “Go Red” references and episodes were the result of a cross-promotion between ABC Daytime and Campbell’s Soup last February, urging viewers to adopt a heart-healthy lifestyle.

      For the complete “Best and Worst of 2008″ list, check out the December 16 Edition of Soap Opera Digest, or by visiting their website.

      Discussion: OLTL’ Named Best Soap of 2008

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

      Sunday, December 28, 2008 4:55 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

      ( — While Bart Bass (played by Robert John Burke) may have perished in an accident while looking to settle things with his wife, Lily (Kelly Rutherford), his younger brother may be the reality check Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) needs to move on.

      Desmond Harrington (Joey Quinn, “Dexter”) is joining the cast of The CW’s “Gossip Girl” in the recurring role of Uncle Jack Bass beginning Monday, January 5. Jack comes to town after learning of Chuck’s spiraling antics. 

      After he recently reconciled with his his father, who he thought blamed him for his mother’s death, Chuck didn’t take the news of his fathers passing very well and has taken to drinking and causing scenes with his friends and extended family (in particular Lily).

      Harrington’s appearance will not interfere with his “Dexter” work as the series is currently not in production. He will return to the “Dexter” set next year when filming begins for the Showtime series’ fourth season.

      The actors other credits include starring roles in such series as “Sons and Daughters,” “Rescue Me” and “L.A. Dragnet.” He also starred in the Steven Spielberg miniseries “Taken.” First aired in 2002 on the Sci Fi Channel, “Taken” also starred “General Hospital’s” Steve Burton (Jason Morgan). Harrington played the adult version of Jesse Keys, son of Burton’s Captain Russell Keys. 

      Discussion: Uncle Jack Wants to ‘Gossip’

      “Gossip Girl” airs Mondays at 8/7c on The CW.

      • Steve Burton
      • Gossip Girl
      • Dexter
      • Ed Westwick
      • Desmond Harrington
      • Robert John Burke
      • Kelly Rutherford
      • Taken
      • Rescue Me
      • Sons and Daughters
      • L.A. Dragnet

        Saturday, December 27, 2008 2:50 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — “As The World Turns” is getting its resident bad boy back as Paolo Seganti returns to Oakdale in 2009 as Damian Grimaldi.

        Last seen in 2006, after heated battles with Lily (then played by Martha Byrne) and Holden (Jon Hensley) over their abilities as parents when it came to raising their son Luke (played by Van Hansis, pictured), Damian left town after it was revealed he was out for his own and would do anything to get his hands on Luke’s inheritance. Subsequently, Luke disowned his father.

        A first airdate has not been set.

        Seganti originated the role of Damian Grimaldi in 1993. His television credits include guest-roles in such series as TNT’s “The Closer” and CBS’ “CSI: Miami.” He recently appeared in the short film “Bye Bye Sally,” which was written by former “World Turns” co-star Paul Leyden.

        Discussion: Welcome Back to Oakdale, Damian!

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

        • As The World Turns
        • Van Hansis
        • Paolo Seganti
        • Paul Leyden
        • The Closer
        • CSI: Miami

          Behind the Scenes of "The Art of Getting Over It"

          ( — “One Life to Live’s” Trevor St. John (Todd Manning) to screen film short directed by former co-star Dan Gauthier(ex-Kevin Buchanan) at two upcoming film festivals.”The Art of Getting Over It,” tells the story of an angry and frustrated Cameron Clothier (St. John), who unleashes his rage on those who hurt him, all the while surreptitiously courting an angelic barista in his neighborhood coffee shop and, almost against his will, finding redemption in love. The 23 minute short was filmed in Trevor’s home town – Spokane, Washington. St. John served as writer, producer and actor in the film.

          “I am proud of this film and even prouder that I could make it with my family and a dear friend,” says St. John. “The experience was one of the thrills of my life.”

          The film came to be “after many hours of dressing-room conversation when Trevor and I co-starred in a project produced in New York,” said Gauthier.” We talked about working together on a film as creators and collaborators, bringing our very similar perspectives to the process. This is exactly the kind of film we talked about making.”

          “Getting Over It” will be screened in Los Angeles on Monday, December 29 during the Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Fest at the Fine Arts Theatre starting at 10:00 PM. In will debut in New York City on Sunday, January 4 during the New Filmmakers Festival at the Courthouse Theater starting at 7:15 PM.

          “We are proud of our creation and I would absolutely love it if you have a chance to see if yourself.” – Trevor St. John.

          For Los Angeles Tickets and Information: Beverly Hills Hi-Def Film Festival
          For New York Tickets and Information: New Filmmakers Festival

          Friday, December 26, 2008 5:30 PM ET by Errol Lewis

          Photo: Lisa Rose/JPI Studios

          ( — While he left “All My Children” in 2003 to pursue primetime and film roles, Josh Duhamel, 36, will never be forgotten for playing the role of Leo du Pres on the ABC Daytime drama series. Now, the actor is ready to wed his long-time lady love, Stacy Ann Ferguson.

          On Saturday, January 10, 2009,  family and friends will gather together for the wedding of music sensation Stacy Ann Ferguson (aka: Fergie), 33, and film star Josh Duhamel. The two will be wed in Los Angeles, CA. Josh popped the question last year after three years of dating. This is Duhamel’s second engagement (previously engaged to a Kristy Pierce in 2004).

          The couple met on the set of NBC’s “Las Vegas,” when Fergie made a special guest-appearance. Duhamel admitted to crushing on the singer, and later asked her out on a date.

          Shortly before their engagement, Fergie admitted that she was “madly in love with him [Duhamel],” and that he understood “how to treat a woman and give me respect.”

          According to Access Hollywood, confirmed guests include actresses Kate Hudson, Marion Cotillard and Dame Judi Dench.

          • All My Children
          • Las Vegas
          • Josh Duhamel
          • Stacy Ann Ferguson
          • Kate Hudson
          • Marion Cotillard
          • Dame Judi Dench

            Wednesday, December 24, 2008 4:00 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

            ( — While the holiday travel season is in full swing and families are gearing up for a long vacation and the beginning of a new year, one “Young and the Restless” star is welcoming home a new baby boy to his ever growing family.

            Daniel Goddard, who portrays Cane Ashby on the CBS Daytime drama, “The Young and the Restless,” welcomed Sebastian William Goddard to the world on Friday, December 19 at 8:15 AM. The actor announced the birth to the public and his fans via a posting on his MySpace Blog. Sebastian weighed in at 9lbs 11oz and 21in. This is Goddard’s second child with wife Rachel. Ford Martin Goddard was born on February 6, 2006.

            Goddard’s Cane Ashby on “Y&R” is currently in a battle for love and family as the love of his life (Lily,  Christel Khalil) fights for him and his worst enemy (Chloe, Elizabeth Hendrickson) has entrapped him.

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

            Discussion: Daniel Goddard Welcomes Baby Boy

            ‘One Life’ Teen Now On Contract

            Wednesday, December 24, 2008 12:54 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

            ( — With a huge new storyline for his character in the offing, Eddie Alderson has been placed on contract with “One Life to Live.”

            Since 2001, Eddie Alderson has played the squeaky clean Matthew Buchanan, son of Police Commissioner Bo Buchanan and District Attorney Nora Hanen. Seldom seen outside of family gatherings and holidays, Matthew wasn’t much more than a background character. But all that is about to change as Matthew enters the realm of Llanview High School. Facing puberty and peer pressure, the young Buchanan teen looks to have a rather stressful freshman year of high school.

            With the start of Matthew’s big storyline getting underway in early 2009, fans can expect to see more of the 14-year-old Alderson. So much more in fact that a spokesperson for “OLTL” has announced that the younger Alderson, who is the kid brother of co-star Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), has been signed to a contract with the daytime sudser.

            While we can’t give specifics of Alderson’s upcoming storyline, SON can tell you that Matthew will be dealing with some typical teenage problems, including being offered drugs. In addition, “OLTL” is in the process of casting other teens that will interact with Matthew in the coming months. Among them are an adversary named Justis and an admirer named Becca. Also, Michelle Robinson makes another appearance as the Llanview High Principal on January 13th.

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

            More ‘Life’ For Familiar Faces

            Tuesday, December 23, 2008 2:15 AM EST | By Scotty Gore

            ( — Some familiar faces return to Llanview in 2009.

            As the new year gets under way, two actresses find they still have “One Life to Live.” Janet Zarish and Lea DeLaria both reprise their recurring roles in January, and will play key parts in some very big storylines.

            Soap Opera Network first commented on Janet Zarish’s possible return to the canvas stating that, while the actress had not appeared on screen since early November, her name has continued to be listed with other recurring cast members in the closing credits. Well now SON can confirm that Janet Zarish will reprise her role of Janet Ketring (aka Lee Halpern) beginning January 12th. Without getting into the specifics of her return, look for Janet/Lee to make herself known to more of the citizens of Llanview, including one particular old acquaintance.

            For those younger “OLTL” fans out there, Lee Halpern is a former prostitute turned registered nurse who made quite a splash in Llanview from 1987-88. Not only did she fake her own death leaving her daughter to be tried for her murder, but she also drugged her daughter’s boyfriend so that he would fail in his quest to participate in the Olympics. After taking a stab at the world’s oldest profession under the wing of brothel owner Renee Divine, she hooked up with Max Holden and befriended the daughter of Joe Riley’s twin brother. After discovering that the poor girl was really her own daughter, Lee shacked up with several other men in Llanview. There’s more to the story, but you get the picture. In addition, Janet/Lee was also known as Carol Harper Dennison. Confused? Just think of how Llanview will react.

            Next up is the return of Dorian Cramer Lord’s favorite physic Madam Delphina who offers vague visions of the future with a hefty price tag. “One Life” fans may remember that Madam Delphina played a pivotal role in the summer of 2008 as Bo and Rex traveled back to 1968 as part of “OLTL’s” 40th anniversary. In that storyline, the eccentric fortuneteller helped reunite Rex with his one true love Gigi Morasco and proved that love can withstand anything, including a four-decade time difference. Look for DeLaria to return as Madam Delphina on January 15th.

            In news from the grapevine…

            When Scott Clifton premieres as Schuyler Joplin on January 5th, a whole new storyline will begin dealing with drug use at Llanview High. Involved in that storyline will be a new teen named ‘Asher.’ While little information about this new recently cast recurring character has been announced, he will cause problems for the Llanview teen scene in 2009.

            Dorian Cramer Lord hears and sees reincarnations of dead people again on January 7th when ‘Angel Mel’ urges her to take the high road. And, as if “OLTL” didn’t have enough colorful characters already, Peter Brouwer extends his stay as Asa’s lawyer Beaver Calhoun into early January. Mr. Calhoun resurfaces on December 26th with a message from the old codger, taped before his death.

            Word on the street is that Michael Easton has inked out a new contract with “OLTL” to keep Llanview’s favorite good guy John McBain on the canvas for the foreseeable future. Just long that is remains a mystery, however. Also, Tuc Watkins’ one-millionth return to Llanview will last a minimum of two months, according to head scribe Ron Carlivati.

            Justin Paul Kahn will begin to mingle with the citizens of Llanview in early 2009 as Brody’s former Navy buddy Wes Granger opts to call the town home for the time being.

            In addition, it appears that “OLTL” has given Brett Claywell’s new character a name already. In case you haven’t heard, Claywell was cast in the role of Schuyler last month, only to have the role pulled out from under by former “GH” heartthrob Scott Clifton. But that’s water under the bridge for Claywell who has been handed the coveted role of Kyle the Cop.

            And last but not least, don’t look for “OLTL” to air on Barack Obama’s special day. ABC has announced the pre-emption of it’s entire daytime line-up on Tuesday, January 20th as Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th President. While the actual inauguration ceremony won’t take place until just after noon est, it will be a day filled with pomp and circumstance in Washington, D.C. and across the country.

            For the latest on Llanview’s comings and goings, be sure to click here for additional information.

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

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