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, 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • All My Children
  • Beth Ehlers
  • Colin Egglesfield
  • Chishelle Stause

    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.

    Premiered: June 20, 2008

    Synopsis: The Imaginary Bitches and Eden Riegel hold a press conference after finding out that the show is the most successful web series on youtube. They are DEMANDING more money and other special perks!!!

    “Imaginary Bitches” episodes are now on Soap Opera Network. Click for more.

    Friday, July 11, 2008 5:00 PM | By Errol Lewis

    ( — Beginning Tuesday, August 26, look for actress Genie Francis to reprise her iconic role of Laura Spencer on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital.”

    “This is a short visit,” Francis said in an interview with the The Associated Press on Friday. “It’s a mother-daughter story. Years ago when I started playing the character as a 14-year-old girl, it was a mother-daughter story, only I was the daughter. So it’s kinda cool this is full circle. It’s nice to come back for visits. ‘General Hospital’ is my home.”

    Francis is referring to her storyline with on-screen daughter Lulu Spencer, played by Julie Berman since 2005. After being cured by a supposed miracle drug of Robin (Kimberly McCullough) and Patrick’s (Jason Thompson) in 2006, Laura returned to the catatonic state she had been in for years since Laura couldn’t deal with the reality of killing her father.

    Lulu is expected to have a breakdown in the coming weeks due to the recent death of former love, Logan Hayes (Josh Duhon), who she killed on Monday’s episode of the soap. Lulu was defending herself against Logan after he attacked her enemy/co-worker, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) in the Crimson offices across the street. She will go on the run with Johnny (Brandon Barash) in order to avoid police the week of July 21.

    “I would stay on, but ‘General Hospital’ honestly doesn’t seem to want that relationship with this character at the moment,” said Francis. “They want little short doses during sweeps periods. It’s not entirely up to me. I’m thrilled and delighted my audience stands behind me. If they didn’t, you can be sure I wouldn’t get to come back for these visits.”

    Francis hit it big in the 1980′s with her on-screen romance with Luke Spencer, played by Anthony Geary. The couples marriage on the ABC soap in 1981 remains the most watched televised event in daytime history with 30 million viewers. Elizabeth Taylor guest-starred in the episode as villainess Helena Cassadine.

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

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    • Anthony Geary
    • Kirsten Storms
    • Jason Thompson
    • Genie Francis
    • Josh Duhon
    • Brandon Barash
    • Kimberly McCullough
    • Julie Berman

      Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:30 PM | By Errol Lewis

      ( — ABC’s “General Hospital” adds two new recurring roles to its roster.

      Beginning with the Wednesday, July 23 episode of the soap, look for actors Rolando Molina and Kristin Herrera to join the cast in the recurring roles of Sal and Lourdes, who will have a connection to Johnny (Brandon Barash) and Lulu (Julie Berman).

      While on the run from the police, Johnny and Lulu encounter Sal, a neighbor of Johnny’s former piano teacher. Sal agrees to let Johnny and Lulu stay in the piano teacher’s apartment only after Johnny proves he was indeed one of the professor’s students. Additionally, Johnny agrees to give piano lessons to Lourdes, Sal’s sister.

      What to Watch: Look for Lourdes to develop a crush on Johnny when the two meet.

      Molina, a film star with a number of television credits under his belt, can next be seen in the horror film “Skinned” playing Detective Soria, who investigates the grizzly murders of women vying for the title of “Miss Latina Beauty” in the “Miss Latina Beauty Pageant.” The film, set for release later this yea,r stars newcomer Britainie DeGarbott.

      Herrera is best known for her role as Dana Cruz on the Nickelodeon series “Zoey 101,” starring Jamie Lynn Spears. She has also guest-starred on such shows as “Without a Trace,” “ER” and “NYPD Blue.” Ironically, from 2000-2004, Herra had an uncredited role on “General Hospital.” This, however, marks the first time the actress has had a significant role on the soap.

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

      Monday, July 7, 2008 10:05 AM | By Errol Lewis

      ( — Rick Springfield is returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” as both Dr. Noah Drake and musician Eli Love.

      Beginning Tuesday, July 8, Rick Springfield will reprise his role of Dr. Drake, who learns his son Patrick (played by Jason Thompson) is going to be the father to Robin Scorpio’s (Kimberly McCullough) baby. Patrick and Robin are in a legal fight for the unborn baby due to Robin’s inability to commit to Patrick or allowing him access to their child when it is born. After learning of the impending birth, Noah makes it known that he sides with Robin.

      On Thursday, July 17, Eli Love returns to Port Charles hoping to rekindle his romance with Anna Devane (Finola Hughes), Robin’s mother. However, learning that Anna will be a grand-mother, Eli has a change of heart as he believes a baby will cramp his style. Patrick sticks up for Anna.

      Springfield is returning to the soap for the first time since 2007, when Eli ran off with Anna for a worldwide adventure after Noah stood in for Eli during an AIDS charity concert. The event was the first time the actor/musician performed on the soap opera.

      Springfield’s return to “GH” coincides with the release of his latest album, “Venus in Overdrive”, which is set for release on July 29. The album features lead single What’s Victoria’s Secret, which can be purchased on

      Thursday, July 3, 2008 1:20 AM | By Errol Lewis

      ( — The average age of a daytime viewer has increased tenfold on the ABC, CBS, and NBC Broadcast Networks.

      According to data released last week by Steve Sternberg, executive vice president, audience analysis at Magna Global, one of the world’s largest media services firms, the average age of an individual watching daytime programming on the broadcast networks has increased season-to-season to 54 years-old from 50 years-old. ABC jumped four years to 53 from 49 last year; NBC went up to 49 from 43, while CBS aged up to 59 years-old from 56.

      The oldest skewing daytime series was CBS’ “The Price is Right” with an average audience of 64, while NBC’s “Days of our Lives” had the youngest audience at 49.

      Overall CBS is the oldest skewing network with an average viewer aged 55 between all day parts (morning news, daytime, evening news, primetime and latenight). NBC is the youngest at 52.

      Monday, June 30, 2008 7:20 PM | By Errol Lewis

      ( — ABC’s “General Hospital” is bringing in a new mafia lord to Port Charles in an effort to up the ante in the drama surrounding the Corinthos and Zacchara family organizations.

      Ilia Volok, 42, is joining the cast of “GH” in the recurring role of Karpov beginning with the Friday, July 18 episode of the soap, confirms a show spokesperson.

      Karpov is a Russian mob kingpin who tries to tempt Sonny into conducting business with him, essentially bringing Sonny Corinthos back into play within organized crime once more – Sonny gave up his half of the Corinthos organization after his son, Michael Corinthos, was shot in the head earlier this year and sent into a coma. Michael is currently being cared for in an around-the-clock state medical facility.

      Volok, born in the USSR, is best known for roles in such shows as CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” “ER,” and “Power Rangers: Wildforce.”

      The actors film credits include “Air Force One” and summer blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” starring Harrison Ford and 2007′s “Charlie Wilson’s War” with Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tom Hanks. He can next be seen in the Robert Downey Jr. film “The Soloist,” which is set for release on November 21 of this year.

      He is repped by Gold Talent Group.

      • General Hospital
      • Ilia Volok

        Easton Tackles New Career

        Monday, June 30, 2008 12:15 AM | By Scotty Gore

        ( — Michael Easton discusses his latest graphic novel, and his future in Llanview.

        Michael Easton, who has portrayed Llanview’s dark, brooding Police Lieutenant since 2003, has written his first graphic novel, which is entitled Soul Stealer. In addition, Easton is already in negotiations with producers to turn the book into a feature film.

        In a recent interview with TV Guide’s Michael Logan, Easton discusses his new career move. “Comics fans are just like soap fans—very loyal but easy to alienate if they don’t find you honest and genuine. Soul Stealer is pretty dark. I hope people like it, and that they don’t go, ‘Wow, that writer’s really twisted and messed up.’”

        The 148-page novel tells the story of a 3,000-year-old love starved superhero that receives the authority to retrieve souls from both heaven and hell. Artwork on the book was completed by Christopher Shy, and contains an introduction by Easton’s good friend, author Peter Straub. Easton and Straub have also teamed up on another upcoming graphic novel, DC/Vertigo’s the Green Woman.

        When asked about his future on the daytime sudser “One Life to Live,” Easton commented, “I’ve been thinking strongly about moving to the other side of the business,” and that “It’s getting to the point where, as a grown man, I’m finding it strange to put on a costume and makeup every day.”

        Prior to his stint on “OLTL,” Easton portrayed Tanner Scofield on “Days of Our Lives” from 1991-1992 and Caleb and Michael Morley on “Port Charles” from 2001-2003. In 2004 Easton appeared as his “OLTL” character John McBain in a handful of episodes of “All My Children.” He has also appeared in episodes of “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Mutant X,” and “413 Hope Street.” Easton is an accomplished poet, having released a volume of poetry entitled Eighteen Straight Whiskeys. Photography is also among Easton’s talents, having taken pictures of the various “OLTL” cast members who lent their musical talents to the “One Life, Many Voices” CD designed to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

        In 2005, Easton, along with “OLTL” co-stars Melissa Archer and Renee Elise Goldsberry, won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite Triangle. He was also nominated in 2002 for a Special Daytime Emmy Fan Award for America’s Favorite Villain for the role of Caleb Morley on “Port Charles.” Easton received a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for David Hume on “Total Recall 2070″ in 1999. And in 2003 he was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Younger Actor for his work on “Port Charles.”

        Diversity Comes to Llanview

        Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:27 PM| By Scotty Gore

        ( — “One Life to Live,” a soap built upon diversity, prepares to welcome a new minority family to Llanview.

        A new Latino family is making their way to Llanview this fall, according to ABC Soaps in Depth. While no last name has been announced, casting calls describe the family as being wealthy, affluent, and powerful.

        The roles include Hector, a powerful CEO and businessman from Columbia, his sexy thirty something wife Maria, and their daughter Elena, who becomes the new kid at Llanview High. It is speculated that the new family may have ties to Langston Wilde, whose deceased parents were also natives of Columbia.

        All three contract roles, while yet to be cast, are expected to begin taping in August, and will first air sometime in September or October.

        In other casting news…

        Dewanda Wise has been cast in the role of Julianna, an aspiring young African-American actress who is reportedly connected to Vincent Jones. The role is likely recurring. No first airdate has been set.

        Rumors continue to circulate that Tika Sumpter (Layla Williamson), David Chisum (Miles Laurence), and Justis Bolding (Sarah Roberts) may soon be out of a job. While the first two roles may be written out, the third is rumored to be recast, possibly with former “General Hospital” star Adrianne Leon. A spokesperson for “OLTL” had no comment on the rumors.

        Look for several dayplayer roles and extras in appear within the next couple months.

        Two “OLTL” cast members have become a couple. It is reported that John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex Balsom) and Farah Fath (Gigi Morasco) have recently started dating.

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