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

 
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CBS Braodcasting

CBS Braodcasting

Any fans of “The Young and the Restless” hoping for a miraculous return by Victoria Rowell (Drucilla Winters) would be wise not to hold their breath: The actress just publicly tore the 41-year-old sudser to shreds.

In a Twitter rant that coincided with the CBS series’ anniversary yesterday, Rowell broached the topic of racism in the soap opera industry, paying special attention to the show she called home for the better part of 1990 to 2007. “AfricanAmerican multi-million$ (P&G) audience substantially keeps Young & Restless at #1,” she wrote, followed by: “Young & Restless on for 40 years, loyally watched by their absolute competitive-edge audience (blacks) & not ONE black Exec PRODUCER?”

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

“The Young and the Restless” officially turns 41 years old today, Wednesday, March 26, and the sudser is celebrating its birthday in style!

Yesterday, the cast and crew gathered for lunch, photos and a cake cutting ceremony to honor the show’s history and celebrate its recent three-year renewal, and today, the on-air show featured a crossover storyline involving “The Price Is Right” and its host, Drew Carey!

What did you think of today’s crossover episode? And what would you like to see happen in the year ahead, as “Y&R” moves toward its 42nd birthday? Leave your comments below and be sure to check back soon, as Soap Opera Network attended yesterday’s on-set anniversary celebration, and we’ll be posting some special “Y&R” features in the weeks ahead!



Nikki Nelson / WENN

Nikki Nelson / WENN

Though “Days of our Lives’” Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker) and Kyle Lowder (ex-Brady Black, “DAYS;” ex-Rick Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) managed to keep recent details regarding their marriage mostly under wraps, the cat is finally out of the bag: The couple is no longer together.

Soap Opera Digest reports that the pair, who met while filming “DAYS” and later tied the knot in 2002, have officially divorced. “In response to our ongoing inquiries, we would like to announce that with respect to our privacy, we quietly separated awhile ago and are officially divorced,” the couple said in a joint statement. “We continue to remain great friends and loving parents to our daughter [Isabella, 4].”

 



Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

They say you can’t keep a good man down, and apparently, you can’t keep a bad one down, either: Victor Cassadine is reportedly heading back to the “General Hospital” canvas!

Portrayer Thaao Penghlis sent out a tweet to fans announcing that he’ll be returning to the sudser later this month. “I just was asked back on GH on the 31st,” he wrote. “So happy to announce. Oh what disturbances & romance will be taking place. Hullo Spencer.”

A rep for “GH” couldn’t be reached for confirmation or comment on the actor’s return.



Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

There’s been a lot of onscreen talk about the possibility of “The Young and the Restless’” Adam Newman having survived the car crash that presumably killed him, meaning there’s a chance the show will in fact be recasting the character. And according to a recent casting call put out by the sudser, they’re on the hunt for a dashing leading man. But will it be a replacement for Michael Muhney, who departed the role in January?

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Michael Desmond/Lifetime

Michael Desmond/Lifetime

Former daytime actor Trevor St. John (ex-Victor Lord Jr./Todd Manning, “One Life to Live”) has been popping up on various television shows since his soap gig ended in 2013, and fans of the Washington native have yet another small screen appearance to look forward to: He’ll be appearing in the Sunday, March 30 episode of CBS’ popular drama, “The Mentalist!”

St. John will play John Hennigen in the episode, which follows Jane (Simon Baker) and his colleagues in a dangerous sting operation to catch a deadly team of art thieves. Samantha Smith, Seth McGowan, Pedro Pascal and Charles Mesure (“Desperate Housewives,” “Crossing Jordan”) also guest star.

“The Mentalist” airs Sundays on CBS at 10PM ET/PT.



ABC/Ida Mae Astute

ABC/Ida Mae Astute

Hot on the heels of co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney announced her decision to leave the network to pursue a career in directing comes news that Ben Sherwood, ABC News President, will be her successor.

Effective immediately, Sherwood — who was responsible for driving “Good Morning America” into a #1 spot, brokering a landmark partnership with Yahoo! to create a #1 news and information online network, and launching Fusion (a joint venture news and lifestyle network with Univision) — will begin the transition into the co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group position while simultaneously continuing to oversee ABC News until a successor is named. He will officially take over the role on February 1, 2015, with Sweeney remaining in the position through January 2015.

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Courtney Lindberg

Courtney Lindberg

If you’re one of the fans impatiently waiting for Cady McClain (ex-Dixie Cooney, “All My Children”) to make her debut as “The Young and the Restless’” Kelly Andrews on Wednesday, April 16, then you’ll be happy to know that the actress has shared some fun behind-the-scenes info on her new gig!

The California native took to her popular blog last week and opened up on a variety of details from her very first day in Genoa City, including: reuniting with Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott, “Y&R;” ex-Cliff Warner, “AMC”) and Amelia Heinle (Victoria Newman, “Y&R;” ex-Mia Saunders, “AMC”), getting spoiled by the wardrobe department, first-take surprises and more!

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Gilles Toucas

Gilles Toucas

The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) will soon be presenting its annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, and Lee Phillip Bell — co-creator of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” and wife of the late William J. Bell — is one of this year’s honorees!

The fashion show, which takes place on Friday, April 11 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles and will be helping to fund the BBBSLA, will feature designs from Kyle by Alene Too and will honor Bell, Sandra Stern (COO of Lionsgate Television) and Brindell Roberts Gottlieb (a community arts activist and humanitarian). Emmy winning actress Heather Tom (Katie Logan, “B&B”) will emcee the event, and Doug Davidson (Paul Williams, “Y&R”) and John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”) will be presenting Lee with this year’s Innovative Award, which she is receiving due to her efforts in bringing important social plights to the forefront of her television programming over the years.

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Philip Caruso/Dreamworks LLC

Philip Caruso/Dreamworks LLC

Actor James Rebhorn, perhaps best known to soap fans as the abusive stepfather of Beth Raines on “Guiding Light,” passed away in his home this past Friday afternoon at the age of 65.

Rebhorn was a celebrated character actor who appeared in over 100 television, film, and theater roles. In addition to being featured on “GL” in the eighties, he also made appearances on soaps “The Doctors,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and “As The World Turns.”

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