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

AMC Recap: Friday, July 1, 2011

( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, July 1, 2011.


Randi is shocked by Madison’s new, fierce, look. Madison’s confident and has a new sense of self. She says she has found what is missing at Fusion. Madison presents a line called Fierce that will empower women. Both Greenlee and Randi compliment her but when they offer some constructive criticism Madison takes it personally and leaves. David is taken aback when the woman he tries to pick up at the bar is Madison.

As Tad’s making breakfast for Cara, Kendall shows up and Cara assumes she wants to know where Griffin is. She asks Kendall why she didn’t stop him from leaving and wonders why neither can admit their feelings for one another. Kendall admits to Greenlee that she misses Griffin.

After a fitfull sleep Dixie awakes. Offended by Cara’s comments, Kendall takes her own shots and points out Tad needs more than understanding in a relationship. Tad comforts an emotional Cara after it hits her that Griffin is gone. The two share a real kiss and wondering what to do next, the couple heads out for a walk.

Ryan asks Greenlee to let him go after David alone and she agrees, saying she has a lot of work to do at Fusion. After making love with David, Jane is a bit emotional since it’s her first time since everything that happened. She’s worried about Jackson finding out and David assures her he won’t tell. Off a call from Ben that Erica’s losing it, Jane heads over to do damage control. Erica tells Jane she is not trying to have her life, she is trying to destroy it. Erica tells her not to do anything that will compromise her relationship with Jackson. She warns Jane about getting into bed with David – although she means if figuratively Jane takes it literally – and Jane admits she slept with David. Erica pushes her and she is knocked unconscious when she hits the ground. After learning from Jackson that Erica spent the night at the hospital with David, Ryan talks to David, concerned about him wanting to spend time with Erica. He breaks into David’s room and finds Erica’s earrings. Ryan shares with Kendall and Greenlee some information he learned from the maid, Erica spent the night in David’s hotel room.

On the Next All My Children (Encore Presentation of 11/21/10 Episode)…

  • Ryan and Greenlee make a decision about their future.
  • Kendall and Zach take a walk down memory lane.
  • Natalia and Brot tell Jesse the truth about their relationship.


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    ( — It was June 8 when newly appointed “General Hospital” head writer Garin Wolf previewed to TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan that “sometimes they come back” in reference to what fans can expect from his tenure as the shows top scribe. Since then word broke that Leslie Charleson would be returning to the soap as Dr. Monica Quartermaine nearly a year after being placed on recurring status, but never seen or used since. Also expected to return in recurring capacities are Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and Ingo Rademacher (Jasper ‘Jax’ Jacks), who were both fired while under the Robert Guza Jr. dictated writing regime. Also showing their face for a lengthier stay than originally thought, and in a recurring capacity, is Constance Towers whose Helena Cassadine is finding herself a new boy toy after many years of lacking a 3 dimensional personality, the return of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and more Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliott).

    “I want to make this a nice, easy transition. I want to bring balance to the show. I’m very big on secrets and romance and triangles. I’m a child of [Charles] Dickens and Doug Marland. I love “Dexter” and “Desperate Housewives.” I’m very eclectic. I love to combine a lot of different things, which is what’s great about soap operas. I love multi-generational stories,” said Wolf of what viewers could expect from him directly as a longtime fan of the medium himself. Regarding “GH” specifically, Wolf made it clear that “this is an amazing cast and I want to use everybody. I want to mix it up and bring back the entertainment. I want to bring back the reality to the characters’ lives. If you’re a cop, what is your life really like? Even in the most outrageous storyline, there must be some kind of identifiable emotion. I don’t care if we’re talking about a mobster or a plumber — you have to watch and say, ‘I know how he feels. I’ve been there.’ And we really need romance. For me, that’s all about yearning and obstacles. You have to know who you are rooting for and rooting against. I want to bring back villainy — dishy villainy, fun villainy, dangerous villainy. This is going to date me. My earliest soap opera memory is having a crush on Ann Flood on ‘The Edge of Night’ when I was 7 years old. And I went from there to ‘Dark Shadows.’ Growing up, comic books were soap operas for me.”

    All the fun and excitement fans have been hearing about from stars of the drama series, including Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), who has been very vocal on Twitter, kicks off on Tuesday, July 26, when Wolf penned episodes begin airing on ABC. Almost immediately fans can expect love, romance, fights for survival, passion, courtship, reconciliations, introductions, jealousy and even a touch of “Cougar Town” (think early episodes from the shows first season) to hit their screens. In response to what she knows of Wolf’s material, Grahn shared on her Twitter page ” “It’s going to be all about women. This team loves them. That’s not to say we’ll all be saints, but it’ll be about us. The pace will be picking up. The actors have worked with him [Wolf] before and they are all happy.”

    Sources tell Soap Opera Network that with all returning cast members and the creative changes hitting “General Hospital,” you should expect to hear that those returning actors will be not be offered contracts. “All of these actors are being kept on recurring in an attempt to keep costs down in order to keep the show on the air,” said a source. The same also holds true for other daytime soaps as well. “This is a trend we can expect to see more of, not just on ‘GH,’ but in daytime in general,” our source continued. “It’s been headed this way for a long time,” a daytime star told Soap Opera Network requesting anonymity during Emmy weekend earlier this month. “We’re going to see less and less contracts and more people on recurring basis. Unfortunately this is the way its been headed and in order for daytime to survive, this is the way it has to be.”

    The cost cutting idea is one that makes the most sense when you think about it. You’re not guaranteed to have to pay people who aren’t being used, so the big gamble will be either risk losing key players to current storylines or lose millions of dollars on stars you don’t use, only to see your show canceled due to budget constraints. In order to avoid this all together, it is also likely we will see actors continuiously picked up for cycles as they are used and then being dropped before the next cycle kicks in.


    OLTL Recap: Friday, July 1, 2011

    OLTL Recap: Friday, July 1, 2011

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, July 1, 2011.


    John, perhaps on the verge of telling Natalie he wants to try again, is cut off by her news that she and Brody are getting together. Elsewhere, Brody is in for a shock when he listens to the full recording of Marty’s confession that Liam is John’s son. Brody seeks out Natalie and pulls back on telling her the truth when he spots her with John. Conflicted Brody pours his heart out to Liam.

    Meanwhile, Todd tells all about Liam’s paternity to Vimal. Todd realizes his mistake as Vimal arrives at Rodi’s, ready to tell John the truth.

    Ford kidnapped Jessica and has her tied up in a motel room. Ford makes a heartfelt appeal to Jessica but she tries to escape at her first chance, drawing the attention of neighbors Aubrey and Rama. Ford explains away the noise but at they’re suspicious and call the police. Ford, thinking he has failed, lets Jessica go – but she isn’t going anywhere.

    Rama blames Aubrey for Vimal walking out on her.

    Joey opens up to Kelly about his feelings for her, and what led him to choose Aubrey over her. Joey hopes he and Kelly can be friends. Joey’s hope is dashed when a close moment at leads to a kiss.

    On the Next One Life to Live (Encore Presentation of Erika Slezak’s 40th Anniversary Episode from 04/27/11)…

    • Niki pretends to be Viki in court.
    • Viki fights to regain control.
    • Jean tries to reason with Viki.
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      GH Recap: Friday, July 1, 2011

      ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, July 1, 2011.


      Helena tests Lucky’s patience, thrilled that Luke has spun out of control.

      Horrified that she is to blame for Siobhan’s near death surgery, Elizabeth worries others will think she purposely tried to kill Lucky’s wife.

      Dante tracks Lulu down in her motel room and urges her to give up her search for Luke. Later, he follows her to the bordello, where they pretend to be strangers.

      Jason talks marriage with Sam, and she wonders if he is proposing to her.

      Livid, Sonny threatens Jackal, P.I., who clumsily tries to shoot him. Jason and Maxie come to Spinelli’s rescue, but Sonny is adamant Spinelli release his $20M. Spinelli thinks Maxie and Sonny are kissing and does not like what he sees.

      On the Next General Hospital (Encore Presentation of 04/28/11 Episode)…

      • Luke’s friends and family plead with him to get help for his alcoholism.
      • Luke makes his decision.


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        ( — “What Are You Talking About?” has been a running joke with fans of “General Hospital,” who have noticed Brenda Barrett Corinthos saying this exact line to a character in nearly every episode, but now we’ll soon never have to hear it again (at least for now) as portrayer Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo‘s final airdate has been set after it was finally confirmed on Tuesday, June 7 that the actress would be departing the ABC daytime drama series after months of rumors. Marcil Giovinazzo filmed her last scenes on Thursday, June 9.

        While it was widely known that the actress would be leaving “GH” during the week of July 18, Soap Opera Network opted to wait to report on this tidbit as fans really wanted to know exactly when they’d get their final glimpse of the beautiful and talented actress in the fictional town called Port Charles. According to sources, Marcil Giovinazzo’s last airdate has been scheduled for Thursday, July 21, when Brenda says goodbye to her soon-to-be ex-Husband Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and all of Port Charles. But don’t feel bad for Brenda! She’ll depart Port Charles in a fashion similar to how she left back in 2003, but this time with some extra baggage and on a much happier note. Too bad the same can’t be said for Sonny and Carly (Laura Wright).

        Where will Marcil Giovinazzo land next? On May 26, the actress tweeted follower nygall33 with news that she is “working on an animated children’s show that I wrote with my sister and my son. GAGOO AND THE LAND OF CHOICES :)” Today, she followed up that tweet with “get ready guys….got a new job last night that I can’t wait to tell you about. GAGOO is coming………:-)” Could the two tweets tie in together? Follow the actress on Twitter to find out!


        AMC PreVUE: Week of July 4 Edition

        ( — A look at what’s happening on “All My Children” during the week of July 4, 2011.


        On Monday, July 4, “All My Children” airs an encore presentation. Madison gets advice on how to re-approach Greenlee. Liza turns to Tad with an indecent proposal after a particularly bad day. Caleb offers Liza a new beginning. Tad is honest with Cara and asks her to respond to him in kind. Tad makes a big decision on Thursday, July 7. Asher becomes defensive when Colby & Frankie question his irregular use of his pain medication. Maya is unnerved by Mookie’s move to keep a closer eye on her. Erica tries to trick Ben but Jane thwarts her plan. Kendall confronts “Erica” about Jack & David. Greenlee, meanwhile, confronts David. Jake, Ryan & Jesse discuss how to handle David. Erica begins to emotionally manipulate Ben. Angie agrees to help Ryan. On Friday, July 8, Jane threatens an aloof David who works fast to get back in to her good graces. Jack confronts David.

        The Inside Story: Heartache Club
        JR, Marissa & Jake take notice of Amanda’s symptoms. Jake ends up making the decision to take his sick wife to the hospital. Marissa is taken aback by JR’s desire to expand their family immediately. JR questions Marissa’s sudden desire to slow down after practically dragging him into bed. Marissa becomes distracted when Bianca arrives with her date, Sienna. Bianca gives JR some advice on how to handle Marissa. Sienna calls Marissa out on her attraction to Bianca on Wednesday, July 6. Sienna takes her leave sensing the attraction is mutual. Amanda is relieved to learn she isn’t pregnant. After Jake steps out of the exam room, Cara reveals to Amanda that her symptoms are typically derived from HPV or cervical cancer. She agrees to keep her mouth shut. JR admits to Marissa that Bianca has been helping him win her over. Kendall clues Ryan in to what’s behind Bianca’s foul mood. Marissa learns Bianca bought the music box for her. Bianca admits to Marissa she helped JR win her because she couldn’t. Marissa is profoundly affected when Bianca puts their relationship on break.

        A Closer Look: Bedside Manner
        Ryan realizes Kendall genuinely misses Griffin after dropping by to update her on his investigation. Tracking Griffin himself for different reasons, after making a call, Ryan reveals to a surprised Kendall that Griffin never boarded the plane to Chile. Kendall arrives at the hospital for her check-up. Her heart suddenly begins to palpitate as she thinks of Griffin. Griffin & Kendall spot each other in the hospital corridor. Griffin swoops Kendall into his arms and carries her to an exam room when he realizes she’s in a hospital gown. He holds back from revealing he returned for her when she asks him why he didn’t go to Chile. Cara calls Griffin out. Griffin arrives at Kendall’s door and finally manages to work up the courage to confess to the real reason he couldn’t leave Pine Valley behind.

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        AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 11, 2011

        • Amanda reveals to a disbelieving JR that she has an STD.
        • JR struggles with the temptation to turn back to alcohol in the face of his life falling apart.
        • Is the noble Dr. Griffin really on team Ryan or is he actually on team David?
        • Erica’s friends and family stage a different type of intervention.
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          OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 4 Edition

          OLTL PreVUE: Week of July 4 Edition

          ( — A look at what’s happening on “One Life to Live” during the week of July 4, 2011.


          On Monday, July 4, “One Life to Live” will air an encore presentation of Erika Slezak‘s 40th anniversary episode, from 04/27/11. Cutter and Aubrey bicker about Joey and Tess. Aubrey and Rama let Cutter stay in their motel room. Rama starts to miss Vimal. Viki takes her anger out on Dorian when she comes to visit Clint on Wednesday, July 6. At the same time, Ionia again throws herself at David, while Echo secretly takes pictures of the encounter. Afterward, he chooses not to tell Dorian, and is shocked by what he finds on the Internet. By Friday, July 8, the newlyweds continue to be at odds over Ionia. Dorian refuses to go with David to give Rex and Shane his condolences. Now home alone, Dorian signs for a mysterious package and wonders who it is from. Echo eavesdrops as David confides in Viki and seeks her help. Later, he returns to La Boulaie to find a Dorian pointing a gun on him.

          The Inside Story: Change of Heart
          Jessica agrees to let Ford be in Ryder’s life, and refuses to press charges against him. Natalie interrupts Brody before he can her the truth about Liam on Tuesday, July 5. Meanwhile, Vimal prepares to make a confession to John. Todd puts the screws to Vimal and offers him a job. Later, John returns to find Vimal has changed his tune. Shane unleashes his anger at Clint on Wednesday, July 6. Rex lets Shane in on his plan. Jack begins to suffer pangs of guilt. Blair blasts Todd’s actions regarding their son. Jack pays Shane a visit. Todd does damage control in front of Rex and Shane. Rex pretends to forgive Todd and Jack. Blair confronts Tomas over the secrets he is keeping, which leads to a kiss. By Friday, July 8, Viki nearly encounters the man with the scar at Llanfair. Vimal is less than forthcoming with John. Brody continues to keep Liam’s true paternity a secret, and is asked by John to help bring down Todd. John realizes the tape recorder is missing. Jack begins working at The Sun. Todd discovers a rival company has hijacked one of his business dealings. Todd and Vimal discuss John, which Jack partially overhears. Blair confronts Téa over her handling of Jack. Afterward, Rex and Shane give the women a chilly reception at Asa’s mansion, as part of Rex’s plan to deprive Todd and Jack of Blair and Téa. Roxy is displeased with Rex’s new attitude and the fact he fired Nigel. Meanwhile, Echo chooses to overlook Rex’s behavior. David, Viki, Jessica and Natalie arrive to visit the Balsoms. And Natalie lets Jessica know she and Brody are officially a couple.

          A Closer Look: New Lease on Life
          Clint thinks Bo has come to arrest him on Tuesday, July 5. As the brothers dance around the truth, Viki becomes suspicious. Afterward, Viki urges Clint not throw his life away, now that he has been given a second chance. Meanwhile, Matthew suffers a seizure while trying to tell Nora that Nate attacked him. Dr. Pryor informs Bo and Nora that needs to be moved to a specialty clinic out of town. Thinking Matthew is on the road to recovery, Nate believes he has gained the upper hand on Rick, who soon learns otherwise. Dani walks in on Nate and Deanna hugging on Wednesday, July 6. The two soon argue, leading Nate to ask her why she kept the truth from him. Rick again threatens Deanna. Meanwhile, Baz and Hope hit it off, which leads James to unburden himself to Deanna. Dani confronts Destiny over the pregnancy test, which she later takes. Dani and Nate make up. Bo and Nora agree to do what his best for their son. Destiny gets the results of her pregnancy test, and shares them with an unconscious Matthew on Thursday, July 7. Later, Destiny lies to Dani about the results.

          One Life to Live News and Headlines:

          OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 11, 2011

          • Jack is assaulted from behind.
          • Destiny panics while talking to Vivian.
          • Nora is determined to uncover the truth.
          • Sam gets a special birthday surprise.
          • David wants Viki to make good on her promise.
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            GH PreVUE: Week of July 4 Edition

            ( — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of July 4, 2011.


            On Monday, July 4, “General Hospital” airs an encore presentation. Maxie has her hands full when Jackal, P.I. ends up getting on the wrong side of two mob bosses on Tuesday, July 5. Fate impedes just at the moment Lulu appears ready to give up her mission. Kristina is over the moon when Ethan comes to her rescue. Abby offers to help Ethan handle Kristina. On Wednesday, July 6, Kristina turns to Michael after seeing Abby & Ethan together. Ethan admits he cares for Kristina. Edward & Carly face off. Jason & Sam get their signals crossed on the topic of marriage. Elizabeth comes clean to a less than understanding Siobhan. Will Aiden’s father intervene when the situation turns messy? Steve makes a surprising announcement upon resigning his position at the hospital.

            The Inside Story: The Ties that Bind
            Carly barges in on Sonny & Brenda. Sonny’s temper flares when Carly reveals that Jax wants Michael & Morgan to testify at the custody hearing. Brenda finds herself on the receiving end of Sonny’s ire when she attempts to defend Jax’s position. Jax issues a warning to Shawn. Carly confides in Jason that Jax has turned her off the institution of marriage. Much to Jax’s delight, Carly loses her cool in front of the court-appointed mediator, Eileen. Jax’s day gets even better when a hostile Sonny then barges in on the scene on Thursday, July 7. Sonny threatens Jax. Brenda & Alec come under fire from Anthony’s henchmen. Carly begs Jason not to participate in making a bad situation even worst while shes fighting for Josslyn. Sonny, meanwhile, asks Brenda not to mention what happened in court. On Friday, July 8, the mediator prepares to hand down her decision but first Brenda takes the stand … and tells the truth!

            General Hospital News and Headlines:

            GH ALERTS: WEEK OF JULY 11, 2011

            • Javier takes a special interest in Lulu.
            • Michael becomes a bigger target after giving Edward good business advice.
            • Sonny takes action after discovering Jax paid off Eileen.
            • Brenda is horrified at what Sonny has done.
            • Anthony is stunned by Jackal, P.I.’s actions.
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              AMC Recap: Thursday, June 30, 2011

              ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 30, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Jesse asks “Erica” about the kidnapping. Jane says she hasn’t thought about it since returning to her family. When Jesse asks why she’s working with David all she’ll say is she can handle it, she’s Erica Kane. After her chat with Jesse, Jane worries that now David’s gotten what he wanted from her he will turn her over to everyone else. She’s fearful she made a mistake and could wind up going to jail. David finds Jane after her chat with Jesse and having dropped her “Erica” persona is nervous again. David pulls her into a kiss and tells Jane he wants her.

              JR tells Tad his mom would be disappointed with some of the things he’s done lately but reveals he and Marissa seem to be back on track. Tad offers to take JR to lunch for his birthday but JR passes. At lunch Tad confides in Krystal that like JR he’s afraid that now he has something good he’s going to screw it up. Jake asks Amanda if they should start trying for another baby. Worried about her cramping, Amanda pulls back and says she must get some important documents to JR. Amanda goes over to see JR and expresses her concern that they didn’t use protection. She says her and Jake are trying to have a baby and JR insists that what they did will not affect either of their relationships and despite his reassurance Amanda is still worried. Back home with Jake, Amanda experiences more stomach cramping and hopes to herself that she isn’t pregnant.

              Asher unexpectedly kisses Colby and wants to make love. She tells him she wants to wait until he’s all healed but does declare they are officially boyfriend and girlfriend.

              Maya shows up with a black eye and insists no one did this to her. Colby and Asher follow Maya and find her in the park with Mookie. Asher springs into action and punches Mookie when he sees him grabbing Maya’s wrist. Maya says he has the wrong guy and that Mookie’s just a friend trying to stop her from seeing an abusive ex-boyfriend. Once alone, Mookie asks who her friends are and apologizes for hitting her. He swears he won’t do it again and thinks that by her lying to her friends proves she really loves him.

              On the Next All My Children…

              • Will Dixie wake up?
              • Kendall admits to Greenlee that she misses Griffin.
              • Erica is knocked unconscious.


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                OLTL Recap: Thursday, June 30, 2011

                OLTL Recap: Thursday, June 30, 2011

                ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 30, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY

                Natalie and Brody make the decision to pursue a relationship and provide a real family for their son, though they know they’ll be jeopardizing their relationships with a lot of people, especially Jessica. Natalie wants no more secrets from John and leaves to tell him how things stand with Brody. Left alone, Brody listens to the tape and hears Marty confessing that John is really Liam’s father.

                John gives Blair the details of Jack’s arrest and subsequent release. Blair is upset about her son’s behavior and Todd’s interference on his behalf. John and Blair’s conversation turns to the subject of other personal relationships and Blair advises John to try to move forward with Natalie. John prepares to tell Natalie he thinks he can get past what happened, just as Natalie prepares to tell him she’s moved on with Brody. Upset off his fight with Téa, Todd gets drunk and ends up telling Marty’s secret, that Liam is John’s son, to a fellow drinker, Vimal.

                Téa sees Tomas for the first time in days and admits she and Todd had a fight. Tomas reveals he has a son who will be living with them. Meanwhile, Baz is in no hurry to embrace Tomas as his father, but Dani talks him up and suggests he give him a chance. Baz seems more interested in getting to know Starr better. Starr finds Jack upset and learns about the trouble he was in and gleans his real responsibility for what happened. Starr gives sisterly advice and suggests this is an opportunity for Jack to turn his life around and not turn into a carbon copy of their father.

                Rama seeks out Cristian and finds him in the steam room where she tries to explain why she wasn’t honest with him about her part in Vimal’s incarceration. Rama hints at something in her background that has made her desperately afraid of poverty but stops short of explaining more. Though Cristian refuses to forgive her, he is left affected by her visit and wondering about her life before Llanview.

                On the Next One Life to Live…

                • John takes Natalie by surprise.
                • Ford tries to reason with Jessica.
                • Joey opens up to Kelly.
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