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

Monday, August 11, 2008 4:02 PM EST | By Angela Rosa

( — Has “The Young and the Restless” found the perfect Billy?

Billy Miller, 28, has been cast in the role of Billy Abbott, son of Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton) and the late John Abbott (Jerry Douglas), on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.”

The role of Mr. Abbott was most notably played by David Tom, 30, sister of soap legend Heather Tom (ex-Victoria Newman, Y&R; ex-Kelly Buchanan, OLTL; and current Katie Logan, B&B), from 1999 to 2002. Tom won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Lead Actor for his work in the role in 2000. Ryan Brown and Scott Seymour would play future incarnations of Billy Abbott but neither actor caught on with the audience. A “Y&R” star thinks the soap has finally found the right actor to successfully take over the role, the cast member tells Soap Opera Digest that Miller “is a winner.”

There is no word out on Miller’s first airdate on the west coast based soap. As of today, Miller is still taping at the east coast based soap where he started his daytime career on in the summer of 2007, “All My Children;” “AMC” audiences will continue to see Richie Novak haunt his sister, as well as the woman who murdered him, Annie Lavery (Melissa Claire Egan), at least through mid-September.

“All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. “The Young and the Restless” airs Weekdays on CBS. Both programs air Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

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    Monday, August 11, 2008 11:28 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

    ( — New York Magazine profiles five young soap stars to watch on website.

    “Five Young Soap Stars to Watch” is an online feature currently on the website of New York Magazine, in which the mag profiles young stars from New York based soaps that they believe are ready for super-stardom. The magazine enlisted the aide of well-known soap journalists Connie Passalacqua Hayman, a longtime soap journalist and professor of journalism at Marymount Manhattan; Carolyn Hinsey, former editor of Soap Opera Weekly according to reports; Michael Logan, columnist TV Guide; Terry Morrow, TV critic for Knoxville News Sentinel; and Ed Martin, TV editor for as judges.

    Included in the feature are Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”), 27, Caitlin Van Zandt (Ashlee Wolfe, “Guiding Light”), 23, John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom, “One Life to Live”), 28, Van Hansis (Luke Snyder, “As The World Turns”), 26, and Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning, “One Life to Live”), 17.

    On the Web: Five Young Soap Stars to Watch

    While there, check out the magazines interview with “Guiding Light” Executive Producer, Ellen Wheeler (see story).

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    • Kristen Alderson
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      Monday, August 11, 2008 9:30 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

      ( — After shooting a set of new promos for ABC Daytime last month, “Sopranos” star Vincent Pastore has agreed to mentor the people of Port Charles on what mob life is truly like.

      According to‘s Abby West, Pastore will join the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” in the guest-role of Maximus Giambetti, a well-known mobster who comes to Port Charles in order to reunite with sons Max (Derk Cheetwood) and Milo (Drew Cheetwood). Maximus comes to town thinking that his eldest son Max is the local crime lord, but soon learns that that is further from the truth.

      The actor is most famous for his his long-running stint in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” where he played “Sal ‘Big Pussy’ Bonpensiero” from 1999-2007. He was also the voice of under-water creature “Luca” in the 2004 box-office smash “Shark Tale,” starring Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Renée Zellweger. The film grossed over $160 million. He can next be seen in the film “Tricks of a Woman,” which is set for limited release on September 8.

      Prior to joining “GH,” Pastore had a guest-role on ABC’s “One Life to Live” in 2003 as “Rack ‘em up Ross,” a character that interacted with Melissa Archer’s Natalie Buchanan.

      Pastore first arrives in Port Charles this October.

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

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        ( — Get ready “Days of our Lives” fans, the NBC soap opera is gearing up for the networks coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and they don’t want you to miss out on all the action, intrigue and romance that daytime’s sexiest soap has to offer.

        Beginning the week of August 11, “DAYS” will change gears and center itself on two simultaneous storylines for two weeks that are expected to be shear fun for the everyday soap fan.

        “There will be a very exciting film noir piece. It’s Nicole’s drunken fantasy, and the hospital stuff will be enticing as well,” says a “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman.

        From what we know, after witnessing a shocking event in the hospital, a drunken Nicole (Arianne Zucker) goes into a fantasy world where the people in her life are transformed into 1940′s characters. Included in this storyline are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), James Scott (EJ), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) and Kristen Renton (Morgan). Soap Opera Network has also learned that Dattilo’s role will be as Lucas Horton, Private Investigator.

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        In addition to Zucker, the hospital storyline which kicks everything off includes the likes of Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Patch), Drake Hogestyn (John), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Joseph Mascolo (Stefano), Thaao Penghlis (Tony), and Leann Hunley (Anna).

        According to Soap Opera Digest, after all the fun is over “Days of our Lives” will kick off a set of new and bigger ongoing storylines as the soap gets ready for the fall season.

        In case anyone misses out on the fun and the excitement, will feature daily episode recaps on its website.

        Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:00 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — “Guiding Light’s” Robert Newman (Joshua Lewis) is returning to the Michigan stage courtesy of a new musical production from the Barn Theatre.

        Newman has signed on to star in the musical production of “Shenandoah,” a story about Virginian farmer Charlie Anderson (Newman) and how his family struggles to stay together throughout the civil war. The production is based on the original 1965 screenplay by James Lee Barrett, which debuted in 1974 at the Goodspeed Opera House. Music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell and a book by Udell, Philip Rose and James Lee Barrett.

        Also starring in the musical are Joe Dely, J.P. Makowski, Isaac Bush, Alex Kip, Emily May Smith, Kevin White, Vaughn Schmidt, and Alyssa Schlageter.

        “Shenandoah” opens at the Barn Theatre on Tuesday, August 5 at 8:30 PM and will play through August 17.

        The Barn Theatre is located on M-96, west of Augusta . Tickets are $29.00 for all performances and Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Group prices available. The box office is open daily 10:00 am-10:00 pm . For tickets or more information call (269) 731-4121. On the web:

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

        Wednesday, July 30, 2008 12:28 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — Just six months after joining “As The World Turns” in the contract role of Mike Kasnoff, Soap Opera Network has learned that Jon Prescott has been let go from the CBS soap.

        According to a posting on his website, Prescott confirms his ouster citing budget constraints as the reason for his termination.

        “I’d like to express my gratitude to the entire cast, crew, and production team who have made this an irreplaceable experience,” said Prescott. “I have been privileged to be a part of ‘As The World Turns’ and this concludes an invaluable education. Most importantly, thank you to the fans who have been energetic supporters of both Mike Kasnoff and the show as a whole. Stay tuned as I share my next creative challenge with you shortly.”

        His last airdate is unknown at this time, but the actor is said to be appearing well into the fall.

        Prior to joining “As The World Turns,” Prescott had a starring role in the MyNetwork TV series “Watch Over Me.” His other credits include guest-stints in “Las Vegas,” “CSI: NY,” and “Hot Properties.” He also hosted “Outdoor Investigations” in 2006 for the Outdoor Life Network. His film credits includes the 2006 film, “The Holiday,” starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jude Law and the 2007 film, “Careless,” co-starring Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”).

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

        Friday, July 25, 2008 11:20 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — When characters return from the great beyond, or prison, people get to wondering what their purpose is in life and how long they can expect to be seen.

        Beginning with the Monday, July 21 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital,” viewers were shocked to learn that Cody Paul as played by actor Graham Shiels, had returned to the canvas with a major storyline involving the mob and Jason Morgan. With the consistent violence on the soap, it was only a matter of time that viewers questioned when Cody would be killed off!

        According to a show rep, “Graham will be on the canvas for the foreseeable future on a recurring basis.”


        Rumors around the net that “GH” was looking to recast the role of Lucas Jones (last played by Ben Hogestyn in 2006) have proven to be false. There are “no immediate plans to bring back Lucas,” confirms ABC.

        Florian Klein joins the cast of “GH” on August 6 as a mystery character involved with the Russian Mafia and its dealings in Port Charles.

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

        Friday, July 25, 2008 10:50 AM EST | By Errol Lewis

        ( — In January, Soap Opera Network first reported that ABC’s “General Hospital” would not be getting a new opening sequence (see story), but now comes word that things have changed.

        According to a “General Hospital” representative, “a new opening sequence is in the works.”

        It was not clear as to whether or not this opening will be an updated version of the current opening or a completely new opening that will include new graphics and images of the actors. However, we have been told that whatever opening it may be it will definitely include new contract players such as Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla Mir), Sarah Joy Brown (Claudia Zacchara), Claire Coffee (Nurse Nadine Crowell), Jason Cook (Dr. Matt Hunter) and Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson), among others.

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

        Saturday, July 26, 2008 1:41 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

        ( — What’s happening inside and outside of Pine Valley.


        • Lieutenant Taylor Thompson, formerly named Taylor McBride (the name of Lisa Rinna’s character on “Melrose Place,” where Pratt served as a writer and executive producer), played by the Emmy nominated Beth Ehlers premiered on “All My Children” on Thursday, July 24. Ehlers first scenes had her literally running into Dr. Jake Martin played by Ricky Paull Goldin. Pratt along with other ABC Daytime executives are not being subtle about their desire to see lightning strike twice between the actors who played the very popular Gus and Harley on CBS’s “Guiding Light.” Foretelling the future direction of the story, Pratt tells TV Guide, that “like many great romances, this one will be born of conflict.” Having seen the disastrous results of war in Darfur, Jake is a liberal adamantly against the war, conservative Taylor, on the other hand, has just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq and in gung-ho on the merits of serving your country.

        A DOWNGRADE…

        • Colin Egglesfield, who first aired on “All My Children” on September 20, 2005, has been dropped from contract status to recurring status. The 35 year old actor, named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2005, was hired as a recast of the unaborted fetus of Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and Jeff Martin, Josh Madden (originally played by Scott Kinworthy). Egglesfield has seen a dramatic decrease in his airtime since his relationship with the character of Babe Carey (then played by Alexa Havins) ended in early 2007; so far in 2008 the actor has only appeared in 22 of 146 episodes.

        …AND AN UPGRADE?

        • Expect to see more of Chrishelle Stause on “AMC” in August. With a developing storyline taking shape at Fusion and developing relationships with both Randi (Denise Vasi) and Jake, Stause’s Amanda Dillon will see an upgrade from her current 2008 average of airing on only four episodes a month.


        • A show representative tells Soap Opera Digest that rumors that Mario Van Peebles is out as Senator Samuel Woods are false. States the show rep, Van Peebles “continues to appear on recurring status and will continue to appear on recurring status.”
        • Melvin Van Peebles, real life father of Mario Van Peebles, will make at least one more appearance as Samuel’s dad, Melvin Woods, on the ABC sudser. The 75 year old actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, novelist and composer first appeared on “AMC” on July 10.
        • James Mitchell’s Palmer comes out to play again in August. During the week of August 11, the seldomn seen Palmer will share an outing with his son Pete (Daniel Kennedy), his frenemy Adam (David Canary) and Adam’s daughter Colby (Brianne Moncrief).
        • Billy Miller continues to visit the “AMC” studios to tape scenes as the deceased Richie Novak. Richie will continue to be both seen and heard haunting his increasingly unhinged sister at least through the month of August.


        • Jacob Young (J.R. Chandler) is expecting his first child on November 19. Young and his wife, Christen, are expecting a son. The couple has already picked out a name: Luke Wayne Young.
        • Susan Lucci is due to be a grandmother again and couldn’t be happier about it. Lucci confirmed to SOD that her daughter, Liza Huber, is expecting her second child with husband Alex Hersterberg.
        • Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) has set an October 2008 date for her wedding to fiance Richie Herschenfeld. Minshew tells ABC Soaps In Depth that they’re planning a really simple wedding in New York’s Greenwich Village, with the attendee list scheduled for “like 30 people, tops.”

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

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          Saturday, July 19, 2008 1:57 PM PST | By Errol Lewis

          ( — While Rick Springfield is back in Port Charles as both Dr. Noah Drake and Eli Love on “General Hospital” for a short stint, it comes as no surprise that the actor would bring his real-life musical persona back to the screen.

          On the Tuesday, July 29 episode of “GH,” look for Springfield to perform his new single — as rocker Eli Love — “What’s Victoria’s Secret?” during a concert event. Also in the episode, Eli will get a closer look at the true Anna Devane (played by Finola Hughes), a super-spy, not the “grand-mother” he feels will ruin his image.

          “What’s Victoria’s Secret” is the lead single off of Rick’s new album, Venus in Overdrive, which is “ironically” set for release the same day Eli performs on “GH” (July 29).

          Prior to his return to the ABC soap this month, Springfield was last seen in Port Charles in 2007, when Noah pretended to be Eli during a charity concert benefiting Aids research.

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

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