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


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

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( — 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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    ( — “Days of our Lives” may be a sinking ship, but that won’t stop Darin Brooks (Max Brady) from expanding his horizons.

    Brooks has signed on to star alongside former NFL running back-turned-actor Ed Marinaro (“Sisters,” “Hill Street Blues”) in the SpikeTV comedy pilot “Blue Mountain State” from Lionsgate Television and Varsity Pictures, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

    While still in the pilot stage, “Mountain” is a scripted series surrounding three college freshman who join the Midwestern college football team of Blue Mountain State University, and must adapt to college life while juggling football, girls, classes and hazing rituals. Brooks will play Alex, a talented quarterback content with riding on the bench, while enjoying college parties. The pilot was written by Chris Romano and Eric Falconer (“The Sarah Silverman Program”). Romano will play Sammy, Alex’s best friend,  who aspires to be the school’s mascot.

    The potential series will also stars Sam Jones III (“ER”) as Craig, a top recruit and future pro footballer, whose life is already mapped out by his controlling girlfriend, Denise (played by Gabrielle Dennis, “The Game”). Alan Ritchson (“Smallville”) will portray Thad, a senior on the football team who loves hazing incoming freshman.

    Brian Robbins serves as the potential series’ executive producer.

    At this time, it is still unclear as to whether “Blue Mountain State” will interfere with Brooks’ “DAYS” obligations if it receives a full series commitment from SpikeTV.

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

    Monday, December 22, 2008 3:00 PM EST | By Errol Lewis

    ( — The holidays are a time when family and friends gather together and feel the joy and love in the room. For daytime’s remaining eight soap operas, it is a time to remember the murders and mayhem, the evil brothers and sisters or the back from the dead aunts and uncles that took up time and space over the past year of years.

    During the week of December 22, the daytime lineups of ABC, CBS and NBC will be littered with re-broadcast episodes or pre-emptions of their top soaps.

    ABC Daytime will air repeats of “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” on Christmas Eve (December 24), while “General Hospital” and “One Life to Live” will be pre-empted on Christmas Day (December 25). “All My Children” will air a repeat episode from October.  CBS Daytime will also air repeats or pre-empt part of its soap lineup consisting of “As The World Turns,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” on Christmas Day, but will be in all originals on December 24. NBC Daytime and its lone “Days of our Lives” will be in originals on both December 24 and 25. All soaps return with originals on Friday, December 26.

    Wednesday, December 24

    • AMC: In the aftermath of the tornado Zach finds a pregnant Bianca and an unconscious Kendall in the beach house wreckage. It is revealed that Zach is the father of Bianca’s child. Bianca talks about her partner, Reese, while Kendall fights for her life. Bianca goes into labor. Aidan digs through the rubble to try to rescue Greenlee and Ryan and another tornado hits. JR is forced to choose between Babe and Little A. While trapped in the rubble Adam and Erica resign themselves to dying. (episode #9983; original air date 10/20/08).
    • GH: Sonny and Kate long for each other after she returns to New York. Jason watches from afar as Liz and the boys celebrate Christmas together. Carly fights the flu while spending the holiday with Sonny and their children and Jax. Maxie and Felicia continue to have conflicts over Georgie’s death. Luke undergoes open heart surgery while visiting his idea of heaven (episode ##11456; original air date 12/2407).

    • OLTL: Brody shoots Rex. Bo and Gigi rally around Rex at the hospital as Shane worries about Brody who has been arrested. Langston, Markko, and Starr try to formulate a plan to prevent Ray from taking custody of Langston. Cole discovers Clint’s plan and confronts Clint but Clint threatens Cole. Michael and Marcie yearn for each other and Marcie sings a song for her unborn child. (episode #10279; original air date 9/29/08).

    Thursday, December 25

    • AMC: After suffering a head injury during the tornado Kendall flat lines, is revived but still unconscious and remembers happy times. Zach helps Bianca through labor and delivers a baby girl. Erica starts digging through the wreckage; a hand breaks through and grabs her as more rubble falls on Erica and Adam. Krystal and JR sit vigil while Angie operates on Babe but the prognosis is not good. Babe asks JR to marry her that night. Annie tells Ryan that Emma has been kidnapped. Jesse agrees to sign consent forms for Natalia’s surgery admitting that she is his daughter. Angie is shocked (episode #9984; original air date 10/21/08).
    • ATWT: Pre-empted.
    • B&B: Pre-empted.
    • GH: Pre-empted.
    • GL: A repeat of this summer’s interrupted wedding between Reva and Josh.
    • OLTL: Pre-empted.
    • Y&R: A repeat of a classic episode from Christmas 1989.

    Friday, December 26

    • Y&R: Michael has an extraordinary experience that teaches him how important he is to the people he loves and how different their lives would be without him (special stand-alone episode).

    The 2008 Holiday Celebrations will be the first time that only eight daytime soap operas remain on the airwaves (cable or English language broadcast).

    Check local listings for times and stations.

    Discussion: Rinse and Repeat: Happy Holidays

    • 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

      ‘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


      • General Hospital
      • Bradford Anderson
      • Senta Moses
      • Kirsten Alderson
      • Macaulay Culkin
      • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
      • Sister
      • Siter
      • 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’


        • General Hospital
        • Laura Wright
        • Natalia Livingston
        • Tyler Christopher

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