GH Recap: Thursday, September 1, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 1, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Sonny and Anthony cross when Anthony tries to visit Jason – but Patrick gets in the way and messes up big time. Later, Sonny pays Anthony a private visit.

Tracy gets suspicious when Johnny comes looking for Skye.

Anthony has more on Tracy than she is prepared for.

After hearing Ethan and Skye flirt and downplay her, Kristina runs out crying but it’s clear she is not well for other reasons.

Michael tells Abby he has a decision regarding ELQ.

Shawn shares news of Jax to Carly.

Robin and Patrick fight over his attitude since she became chief of staff.

On the Next General Hospital

  • An important moment for Jason.
  • Johnny puts Ethan on the job to find out more about Skye.
  • Two important medical issues are the order of the day in Port Charles.

AMC Recap: Thursday, September 1, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 1, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Erica shows Opal the copy of the file she made from David’s office and wonders if Mike Roy is alive. Erica meets Agnes and she gives her a message from Mona.

Marissa refuses to give into JR’s blackmail.

Jesse tells Brot he has told Angie the truth but doesn’t want him to risk his badge or relationship with Natalia so he’s keeping his name out of it.

On the Next All My Children

  • Cara confides in David that she is worried her cancer has come back.
  • Erica wants to know whatever Zach is hiding about David.
  • Angie questions Jesse on why he cancelled her surgery without discussing it with her first.

OLTL Recap: Thursday, September 1, 2011

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 1, 2011.

Brody appears increasingly guilty. He discovers Blanca trying to get answers re: the shooting and angrily tosses her off the property. Brody crosses with John at the station and then privately expresses his relief that the truth of Liam’s paternity remains a secret.

Rex is startled when he returns home to find Shane awake. Shane’s startled by the wet, bedraggled appearance of his dad. Rex claims to have been at Gigi’s grave. Shane claims he can’t sleep. The guys decide to watch TV and discover Blanca announcing news of the shooting. They both have muted reactions, both appearing somewhat guilty. Shane goes to bed. Rex is enigmatic as he watches him go, closing the living room doors, making us wonder if he’s putting the gun back into the safe.

Tomas is also muddy and wet when Baz discovers him at the café. Baz is upset; his father was supposed to meet him hours ago at Capricorn. Tomas claims that he had a flat in the storm and had to change it.

On the Next One Life to Live

  • Viki has a few questions for Todd.
  • Cutter has a surprise visitor.
  • Rama gives Cristian some love advice.

PBS

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If you are a fan of “All My Children” you have probably given up on both keeping count and keeping track of all the returns racking up to help guide the 41-year old daytime drama’s exit off ABC Daytime. Don’t fret, Soap Opera Network is here to help guide you.

Carol Burnett return as Verla Grubbs beginning on Tuesday, September 6. For two episodes, Burnett brings the eccentric daughter of Langley Wallingford (Louis Edmonds) back to Pine Valley to stir up trouble for Opal Cortlandt (Jill Larson).

Thanks to the reach of Facebook, the hard-to-find Jason Kincaid returns as Sam Brady next week, as well . Kincaid played the object of both Opal (then played by Dorothy Lyman) and Verla’s affections in the 1980s. Verla won Round One in the battle for Sam’s heart. If Opal and her closest friends have anything to say about it, Opal will knock Verla out of the ring in Round Two.

“Seinfeld” and “Dancing with the Stars” alumni John O’Hurley shows up as film producer Kit Sterling on Monday, September 12. He presents Erica Kane with an offer he hopes she can’t refuse.

Julia Barr returns as Brooke English on Friday, September 16. Look for Brooke’s return to Pine Valley to tie into JR Chandler’s (Jacob Young) story. David Canary will follow on the heels of the love of Adam Chandler’s life. Along with a multitude of unforgettable connections, Adam is, of course, the father of JR and Colby Chandler (Natalie Hall). Will David Canary also dust off Stuart Chandler for one more appearance? Stay Tuned.

Alexa Havins will return as Babe Carey on Tuesday, September 20. Babe is the daughter of David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) and Krystal Carey (Bobbie Eakes). She is also the ex-wife of JR and the mother of his son AJ (Tate Berney). Is Babe alive? Stay Tuned.

Justin Bruening returns as Jamie Martin on Wednesday, September 21. Jamie is the son of Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Brooke. He is also JR’s brother-in-heart and Babe’s former lover.

Sarah Michelle Geller and Eva La Rue also return to the scene on September 21 for a quick sighting. In tribute to her “Buffy the Vampire” success, Gellar (who played Kendall Hart from 1993 to 1995) plays a psychiatric patient that is convinced she’s surrounded by vampires. La Rue’s Dr. Maria Santos will see to her care.

Look for Ray MacDonnell and Lee Meriwether to also return as Dr. Joe and Ruth Martin during the week of September 19. Leven Rambin had to cancel her return to “AMC” due to a scheduling conflict. Rambin, who played Lily Montgomery on the ABC soap, is currently filming the much-anticipated film “The Hunger Games.” “AMC” last airs on ABC Daytime on Friday, September 23, 2011.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Susan Lucci’s memoir “All My Life,” a New York Times Bestseller, hit book stores on March 29, 2011. On September 13, 2011, the paperback edition of the book will be released with a new chapter where the actress, who is regarded as one of the biggest names on daytime television, tells fans what she really thinks about a multitude of events surrounding the ABC Daytime cancellation of “All My Children.”

In the new thought-provoking chapter, written before “AMC” was given a new lease on life upon being licensed by production company Prospect Park, Lucci takes on ABC Daytime President Brian Frons and the detrimental influence she believes his decisions had on “AMC.”  High-up on her list of management criticisms includes the 2008 hiring of former “AMC” head-writer Charles Pratt, Jr. who had fans and actors alike running for cover with his quick-shot character assassinations. The Emmy winner also gives a detailed description of the days surrounding the announcement that the soap she helped launch in 1970 had been given the axe.


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Moments before the announcement that production company Prospect Part had licensed “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” from ABC and saved it from imminent cancellation, it was announced that Debbi Morgan (Angie) had already signed on to “The Young and the Restless.” She will debut on the popular CBS soap this fall. Not too long after that, Jacob Young (JR) announced that he was unable to ignore the call back to “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He returns as Rick Forrester on Monday, September 26. At this moment, Prospect Park is still trying to work out a deal with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) that will allow them to begin negotiating with actors for a hopeful January 2012 relaunch of both ABC soaps. This leaves the actors of “AMC” with free time and a contract with ABC that dissolved earlier this week. In the September 13, 2011 issues of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, it is revealed that Alicia Minshew and Chrishell Stause have also both been contacted to join another soap.

Both actresses declined. Minshew, who joined the cast of “AMC” in 2002 as Kendall Hart, apparently would like to remain with the show if it’s feasible. The Emmy nominated actress does not want to make a commitment to another daytime drama without giving Prospect Park a fair chance to iron things out behind the scenes. Stause, who joined the cast of “AMC” in 2005 as Amanda Dillon, is planning to take advantage of being in the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles. The stunning young actress who was scheduled to split ways with the soap in 2010 to go to Los Angeles changed her mind when it was announced “AMC” would be joining her on the West Coast. Stause does not rule out a return to daytime television in the future, but wants to try out different formats of entertainment for the foreseeable future.

Various actor interviews also indicate that red-hot commodity Susan Lucci (Erica), as well as long-time “AMC” stars Walt Willey (Jack), Michael E. Knight (Tad), Vincent Irizarry (David) and expert schmoozer Cameron Mathison (Ryan) share Minshew’s willingness to wait a while longer for Prospect Park to get everything aligned before making any major commitments that could impede the potential to join a relaunch of the soap. Mathison, in the meantime, has taken up one more part-time hosting job. Beginning on October 3, fans can see the “Good Morning America” correspondent hosting a new reality-series, “Ultimate Proposal,” a web-series that will be produced by Yahoo! The star who joined “AMC” in 1997 is also slated to begin filming a Lifetime made-for-television movie, “The Wife He Met Online,” opposite former “AMC” star Sydney Penny (ex-Julia). Lucci, meanwhile, has denounced rumors that she’s going to ABC’s prime-time series “Desperate Housewives” but has admitted to having had a good talk with its executive producer Marc Cherry. While waiting for things to take shape, the stunning 64-year old does plan on taking advantage of the time that has opened up and is pondering a return to the stage.

Production of “AMC” for ABC network airings ended earlier this week. The last episode of “AMC” on the ABC network is scheduled to air on Friday, September 23.


GH Alerts: Week of September 5 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 5, 2011.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: DVR ALERTS

  • Monday: (Encore Presentation; OAD 8/8/11) Shawn tries to prevent Jax from taking Josslyn. The aftermath of Jason, Carly, Elizabeth & Siobhan’s car accident. Robin and Patrick get romantic.
  • Tuesday: A pivotal moment for Jason and Sam. Lucky hits an emotional wall. Michael takes on Anthony.
  • Wednesday: Patrick has important medical news. Maxie has bad news … again. An important decision for Michael’s future.
  • Thursday: Matt and Elizabeth have a picnic together. Carly and Shawn bump into one another at Kelly’s. Michael and Abby make love.
  • Friday: A decision puts Patrick and Matt at odds … again. Another Sonny and Carly faceoff. Important moment for Kristina.

OLTL Alerts: Week of September 5 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 5, 2011.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS

  • Monday: (Encore Presentation; OAD 4/6/11) Gigi and Rex try to convince Shane not to jump off a roof. Matthew tells Bo and Nora he killed Eddie Ford, while Clint is released from jail. Viki confides in Téa regarding Charlie’s affair with Echo.
  • Tuesday: John interrogates a murder suspect. Cutter’s past is finally revealed. Cristian and Jessica remember old times.
  • Wednesday: Echo is worried Rex may have shot Victor. Cristian and Jessica share a kiss. Ford thinks about Tess.
  • Thursday: Erin Torpey returns to change someone’s life. Natalie learns Brody threatened Victor. Jessica and Ford reach an understanding.
  • Friday: Clint offers to help Kim. Shaun has an important clue for John. Roxy falls on hard times.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of September 5, 2011.

ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTS

  • Monday: (Encore Presentation; OAD 8/5/11) Bianca and Kendall are surprised to find Erica on their doorstep with Dixie, Janet and Marian. Leo and Greenlee talk about the past and the present. Greenlee wakes up and finds an unconscious Zach in the locked room with her.
  • Tuesday: Ryan thinks David is banking on people forgiving him for all he’s done by bringing back their loved ones. Erica remembers working with Mike Roy on her first book. Carol Burnet reprises her role as Verla Grubbs.
  • Wednesday: Bloodied and bruised, Ryan and Zach are hauled down to the police station. David says two of his patients are well enough to be revealed soon. Opal plans on meeting her old flame Sam with Dixie and Krystal by her side.
  • Thursday: JR faces a foreclosure on his home. Marissa offers JR legal help. Madison apologizes to Scott for shutting him out.
  • Friday: Jesse wants Ryan to drop his vendetta against David. Zach warns Ryan not to mess with something he doesn’t understand. Cara is shocked by the results of her test.

ABC

Friday, September 23, 2011 may be the final airdate for “All My Children” on ABC, but Wednesday, August 31, 2011 marked the last date an actor was under contract with the drama series since the filming of the soaps pilot episode in late 1969.

Although “One Life to Live” debuted nearly two years before it, “All My Children” was actually the first soap opera created by Agnes Nixon that was geared towards the ABC Television Network’s daytime audience. Initially, ABC thought the idea of “AMC” was too much for daytime television, especially with an untested series creator (Nixon), so the network asked the scribe to conceive a totally different soap opera (“OLTL”). With the success of “One Life,” Nixon was given the go ahead to move forward with “All My Children,” which takes place in the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania. The series debuted as a half-hour program and was owned by Nixon’s Creative Horizons, Inc. before being sold to ABC outright in 1975. “AMC” was expanded to an hour long serial beginning in 1977.

After more than 10,700 episodes and 41-years on television, “All My Children” will end its broadcast run on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011. In its final week and leading to its final moments, “All My Children” will celebrate the rich history and legacy of Pine Valley’s favorite families including the Kane family, the Hubbard family, the Martin family and the Chandlers. Nixon has promised a cliffhanger ending that will have the audience excited for the next chapter of her 41-year old sudser. Susan Lucci, who portrays matriarch Erica Kane, will have been the only original cast member from the first season of “AMC” that has remained with the show without interruption since its debut on January 5, 1970.

At this time it is unclear as to who will be returning to the soap when “All My Children” resumes production later this fall/early winter in order to make its grand return when it moves to an online format beginning in January 2012 when Prospect Park takes over production from the Disney/ABC Television Group.