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

GH Recap: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, June 21, 2011.


Patrick manages to push Robin from Lisa’s deadly grip.

Spinelli awakens from surgery … not like himself.

Jason is relieved to find Sam safe and unharmed in General Hospital. Robin arrives with the test results.

Lucky and Elizabeth discuss the truth about Aiden, Jake’s death, Luke and how they will approach Nikolas with the news. Leaving the alcohol behind, they go see Siobhan.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Dante tries to soothe Lulu over her family’s self-destruction.
  • Lucky and Elizabeth confront Nikolas.
  • Sonny and Diane discuss whether or not he should officially adopt Alec.


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    ‘One Life’ July Comings and Goings

    'One Life' July Comings and Goings

    ( — “One Life to Live” issues a new casting call, and other casting changes for the month of July.

    “One Life to Live” has released a new audition script for the small role of “Colleen.” The scene opens with “Lisa” saying that she is “Billy’s” sister. Colleen tells her that is she is really is sister, then she wouldn’t have a problem with her giving Billy a private lap dance in the Champagne Room. Billy asks what her name is, to which she responds that it is Colleen with two e’s. Lisa states that she is confident that he isn’t supposed to be getting a lap dance from her. Offended, Colleen fires back and tells Billy that the two of them can still have a little fun right after she is finished with her act. Peeking out on stage, she notices that very few people are in the audience. Turning back to Billy, she tells him that they can go ahead and have some fun now after all. As the scene ends, Billy declines her offer, saying that his heart belongs to someone else. Colleen says that hers does too, but that he doesn’t ask her about her work. She goes on to say that it’s only a lap dance, not a wedding.

    Remember that the show often changes character names in these audition scripts to try and throw off viewers.

    In other news…

    As we previously reported, a picture posted on the Facebook page of CP Talent of Shenell Edmonds (Destiny) “on the set of ‘OLTL’” with Saoirse Scott (ex-Jamie Vega), has helped fuel speculation that the pint-sized actress and her onscreen father Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio) were returning to the show in the near future before it stops taping in November. CP Talent represents Saoirse Scott. We noted that the photo didn’t look recent, considering that both Edmonds and Scott were wearing coats in the picture.

    Now, Soap Opera Network can confirm our earlier suspicions. When asked about the picture by a fan on their Twitter page, CP Talent commented “That was a while ago when Shenell first came to the show. Kamar returning is nay a rumor right now. But we can hope!!!!” Edmonds joined “OLTL” in 2009. Further debunking the news, the same fan asked “do you know how many episodes Saoirse Scott is back on ‘OLTL’ for? thanks!,” to which the agency responded that “She’s not.”

    If you thought the scenes of Brody (Mark Lawson) last week with Natalie (Melissa Archer) and Jessica (Bree Williamson) were rather intense and emotional, there is a reason for that. Lawson expresses his appreciation to the fans for compliments he received on the scenes, saying “Thank you all so much for the kind words. The scenes this week were really important to me, as I know they were for the ladies as well. We poured a lot of soul into them. Those scenes were taped the day of the ‘announcement,’ for the record.” The “announcement,” of course occurred on April 14, when “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” were cancelled by ABC.

    A few upcoming airdates for Andrew Trischitta (Jack) include June 21, 22, 23, and 30.

    Barrett Helms (Baz) tells Soap Opera Digest that he got the job on “OLTL” the same day the show was cancelled.

    Stephanie Schmahl returned as Bree Brennan last week.

    Madeline, Molly & Tess Sullivan next appear as Hope Thornhart on Wednesday, July 6, when she meets someone new.

    On Friday, July 8, Roxy (Ilene Kristen) is shocked to learn of Rex’s (John-Paul Lavoisier) latest actions.

    Fans can also expect to see more of Nigel (Peter Bartlett), Rick (Austin Peck), Vimal (Nick Choksi), and Echo (Kim Zimmer) as the calendar changes from June to July.

    Patrick Allen Cole, who plays Rodi’s Manager/Bartender Jeff, says that “I should be coming back before the wrap of the show.”

    And Kearran Giovanni appears next as Dr. Vivian Wright on Wednesday, July 13, when her words hit too close to home for someone.

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    • Kearran Giovanni
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      'The Bold and the Beautiful' Dominates at 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards

      ( — On Sunday, June 19, the Daytime community celebrated the work of many of the men and women who work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes writing and directing the various programming on daytime television. The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Gala was held at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada and was hosted by Wayne Brady, host of the game show “Let’s Make a Deal.” It was broadcast live on CBS from 8:00-10:01 pm ET, except on the West Coast, where it was recorded.

      CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” won 4 of the 7 nominations they earned at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards. “The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital” came in second, each winning 2 of the 9 nominations they had earned (“Y&R” and “B&B” each won the Drama Series Directing Category, the result of a tie). The recently cancelled “All My Children” and the already defunct “As the World Turns” each took home 1 Daytime Emmy Award out of the 6 and 3 they had been nominated for. And “Days of our Lives” and the cancelled “One Life to Live” were both shut out of the awards, despite having earned 2 and 3 nominations, respectively. In terms of the networks as a whole, CBS won 7 (nominated for 19), ABC won 3 (nominated for 18), and NBC won 0 (nominated for 3), with regards to the daytime serial related categories. In addition, this year’s telecast also featured a special tribute to Susan Lucci (Erica Kane, “AMC”).

      The following is a list of the winners in the drama series categories at the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards:

      Outstanding Drama Series: The Bold and the Beautiful

      Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team: The Bold and the Beautiful & The Young and the Restless

      Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team: The Young and the Restless

      Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Park from As the World Turns

      Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Laura Wright from General Hospital

      Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jonathan Jackson from General Hospital

      Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Heather Tom from The Bold and the Beautiful

      Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series: Scott Clifton from The Bold and the Beautiful

      Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series: Brittany Allen from All My Children

      To view a listing of winners in the non-daytime serial related categories, such as game and talk shows, click here.

      Click here to see the winners of the 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 17, in an separate, untelevised ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles, hosted by Steve Wilkos of “The Steve Wilkos Show.”

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        Daytime Emmy Awards Sees Decline in Ratings

        ( — On a night that found CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" nearly sweeping every category it was nominated for including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Heather Tom) and Younger Actor (Scott Clifton) in a Drama Series, the "38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" found itself lacking in viewers when compared to its year-ago telecast. The awards show, which took place Sunday, June 19 from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and aired on CBS for the second consecutive year, averaged a mere 0.8/3 in Adults 18-49 and just 5.4 million viewers throughout its two-hour broadcast. The program was down 37% in Adults 18-49, while shedding 4% of its viewership compared to its year-ago telecast on June 27, 2010 (0.8/3 vs 1.1/3 in Adults 18-49; 5.4 million vs 5.6 million in total viewers).

        Wayne Brady of CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" hosted the awards show and opened the night with talk of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" being placed into forced retirement after noting the evolution of daytime with stars choosing to leave their programs including Oprah Winfrey and Regis Philbin, among others. Brady was immediately booed by audience members, which included stars and producers from the two canceled soaps in attendance. "Don't boo me, I didn't write this crap," the usually comical host quickly stated to calm the audience. In a posting the day after the telecast, Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Flint stated that "Daytime television deserves better than the 'Daytime Emmys,'" in reference to the award show being used as a blatant promotional platform for the Hilton Hotel and numerous Las Vegas shows and responded to Brady's comments with "whoever did does deserve to be booed for this crap."

        A big factor in the decline of the annual awards "Emmy" broadcast was NBC's competing "Miss USA Pageant," which was moved from the 7:00 to 9:00 PM timeslot last year to 9:00 to 11:00 PM this year. The Donald Trump owned pageant was up 57% in Adults 18-49 year-over-year and averaged 7.2 million viewers, according to website TVbytheNumbers. "Miss USA" averaged a 2.2/6 in Adults 18-49 throughout its two-hour live telecast from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. This was the programs most watched since 2007.

        Note: "The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" aired from 8:00 to 10:00 PM this year, while the "37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" aired from 9:00 to 11:00 PM the year before.

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        • Less Than Perfect
        • Las Vegas
        • Miss USA
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        • The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
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          Mark Derwin Gets ‘Hot in Cleveland’

          Mark Derwin Gets 'Hot in Cleveland'

          ( — Veteran actor and soap star Mark Derwin will guest star on this week’s episode of the popular TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” entitled “How I Met My Mother.”

          Derwin, who most recently appeared on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” will play Victoria’s (Wendy Malick) pen pal, who was just released from prison and is looking to met up with her. The episode also features Matthew McMillian, who will appear as Joy’s (Jane Leeves) long-lost son.

          From 1999-2002, and again briefly in 2004 and 2008, Derwin portrayed Ben Davidson on “One Life to Live.” He also played Jeremiah Brown on “Day of our Lives” in 1988, Adrian Hunter on “The Young and the Restless from 1989-1990, and A.C. Mallet on “Guiding Light” from 1990-1993.

          In primetime, he appeared opposite Bonnie Hunt in “Life with Bonnie” from 2002-2004, and in “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” from 2009-present. Other television credits include appearances in (among others) “Hardball,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “24,” as well as in commercials and the film “Accepted.”

          Derwin’s episode of “Hot in Cleveland” airs this Wednesday night at 10:00 PM ET on TV Land.

          “Hot in Cleveland” co-stars Valerie Bertinelli, Wendy Malick, Jane Leeves, and Betty White.

          You can watch a sneak peek of the episode below:

          • One Life to Live
          • The Young and the Restless
          • Days of our Lives
          • Guiding Light
          • 24
          • How I Met Your Mother
          • ABC Family
          • Mark Derwin
          • Betty White
          • Valerie Bertinelli
          • Hot in Cleveland
          • The Secret Life of the American Teenager
          • TV Land
          • Bonnie Hunt
          • Matthew McMillian
          • Life with Bonnie
          • Hardball
          • Accepted
          • Wendy Malick
          • Jane Leeves


            Erika Slezak Talks About Life After 'Life'

            ( — Columnist Liz Smith of the website wowOwow (The Women on the Web) sets down with “One Life to Live” matriarch and six-time Dayime Emmy Winner Erika Slezak to find out what the future holds for both her and the legendary Victoria Lord.

            Slezak, who recently celebrated her 40th anniversary on the show, which had not quite been on the air three years when she joined the cast on St. Patrick’s Day, 1971, becoming the third actress to take on the role of Viki.

            When asked what it has been like playing the same character for four decades, Slezak tells Smith that “You know, nobody has ever asked me that before! I know Viki very well. She is so familiar to me. The minute I get to the soundstage, I go into Viki mode. She’s not like me at all, but I love her. She’s a wonderful, flawed woman, who always makes a huge effort to do and be better, and sometimes to the pain of friends and family. To do this sort of work — soap work — requires extreme focus and concentration.”

            She always recalls the time in 1974 when her father and fellow actor Walter Slezak appeared on “OLTL” as Viki’s godfather. “My father played a role on the show for three days. After the first day was over he said, ‘This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life!’ I said ‘Really? Why?’ He said ‘There are no rehearsals! They just throw you out there!’”

            She also remembers her father’s exact words when she first told him she wanted to be an actress. “Erika, this is terrible business. Unstable, full of rejections, over and over — you are too tall, too short, not pretty enough, too pretty. Too old, too young. I’m warning you.” Reflecting on those words, Slezak tells Smith that “Well, I appreciated my father’s warning, but look how it ended up for me. In my entire life I’ve been unemployed six weeks. And for the last 40-something years I’ve had one job, and made a nice bundle of money. It’s over now, but I’d be a fool to complain.” Slezak will turn 65 in August.

            In reference to Robin Strasser, who is exiting the role of Viki’s long-time nemesis Dorian Lord this summer, Slezak reveals that “We just did our goodbye scenes and I sobbed like a baby. I can’t believe I won’t have the joy of that magnificent talent to play against every day.” She also admits that she isn’t sure how the show’s various storylines will be wrapped up by the time the show ends production in November, but tells Smith that “I hope it ends cleanly, I hope it’s all neatly wrapped.”

            And what about her life after “One Life to Live?” Slezak confesses that “The first thing I did when I knew the show was ending was call my agent. I said, ‘Okay, get going!’ I’d love to go back to the theater. TV movies. Feature films. My kids are grown, and my husband is very supportive. He said, ‘We can go to Hollywood for awhile if you think you need that.’ Anyway, I’d go mad staying home.”

            Lastly, Smith asks Slezak if she was planning on taking any souvenirs from some of the sets when the show comes to an end, to which she responds jokingly that “Actually, when I walked into the Lord Library set the other day, I thought ‘Oh, this is where I did my very first scene. And I saw the big overstuffed chairs and thought, ‘I like those!’ But I don’t know if ABC would let me have them. Of course, I could go into my alter personality, Niki Smith, and just take what I want, as she would!”

            Click here to read Liz Smith’s full interview with Erika Slezak.

            wowOwow is a free daily Internet website created, run and written by Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith, Joni Evans, Mary Wells, Sheila Nevins, Joan Juliet Buck, Whoopi Goldberg, Julia Reed, Joan Ganz Cooney, Judith Martin, Candice Bergen, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, Jean Chatzky, Cynthia McFadden and Marlo Thomas, reads a statement on their website.

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              AMC Recap: Monday, June 20, 2011

              ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, June 20, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Jane seeks advice from Erica on how to be her. She wants to know how to cope with the pressure and demands put on her by everyone. Erica warns Jane that she is no match for David. She tells Jane she knows about the accident and points out that being her will not take away her pain.Jackson asks “Erica” what David wants from her. “Erica” says she just got information from him, nothing more. Jane signs the papers for the purchase of the hospital and Greenlee’s glad she sold it to “Erica.” David tells Jane now that she’s bought the hospital she must find a way to sell it to him. Jackson is shocked when “Erica” makes an announcement; she and David are now co-owners of the hospital.

              Believing Jake and Cara had a one night stand Amanda tells JR she doesn’t think she can get past it. She’s struggling with the fact she isn’t Jake’s first love. JR relates to how she feels and tells her about his problems with Marissa. Krystal tells Marissa she thinks JR has changed. Marissa confides in Bianca about JR and Bianca tells her friend to follow her heart. Marissa apologizes to JR and says that was happened today was not his fault. Jake decides he’s going to tell Amanda what happened between him and Cara. When Amanda returns home he questions where she’s been.

              On the Next All My Children…

              • Amanda is stunned to find out that Jake didn’t sleep with Cara.
              • Jane announces that David will be her partner in charge of Pine Valley Hospital.
              • Krystal gives Jackson her resignation.


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                OLTL Recap: Monday, June 20, 2011

                OLTL Recap: Monday, June 20, 2011

                ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, June 20, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY

                Jessica’s horrified to learn that she doesn’t have custody of her own son. She’s forced to leave Ryder in Aubrey’s care a little longer when Brody informs her of the situation with Clint and she goes to the hospital.

                Aubrey learns that Jess came home to find Brody in bed with Natalie and commiserates with Brody since she, too, may be the victim of the bad timing of Jessica’s return. Indeed, Joey comes home and tells Aubrey they’re over for good now that Jessica has come home to take care of her son.Ford enlists James’ help to track down Tess. James suggests Tess was only using Ford to break her out of St. Ann’s, but Ford insists he and Tess are in love. Having checked everywhere else, Ford shows up at Llanfair where he comes face to face with Jessica.

                Blair follows Tomas to a New York hotel where he is supposedly meeting a man from an art gallery. Calmar catches Blair and warns her to go home or he’ll tell Tomas she was tailing him. Blair agrees, but doesn’t honor the agreement, sneaking back in time to hear Tomas’ raised voice and smashing glass from inside the room. Seeing Tomas storm off, Blair sneaks into the room and noses around but is caught a beautiful woman who tells Blair she’s Tomas’ wife.

                Starr and James meet at LU to register for a summer class they’ll be taking together. When James is called away by Ford, Starr has a phone conversation with Langston. Starr moves off to a hallway for privacy, leaving behind some items. When she returns, she finds an enigmatic young man listening to her iPod.

                The man with Todd’s original face shows Kent the wedding photo of him and Blair, says it’s what they’re looking for. Sam drops a tray of food, surprised by the situation. The man with the scar kills Kent. Sam asks if he is a bad man too and he replies that he’s not sure.

                On the Next One Life to Live…

                • Natalie is caught in the middle of Clint and Rex’s fight.
                • Blair meets Yvette, and learns of her connection to Tomas.
                • Starr confronts the stranger who took her iPod.
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                  GH Recap: Monday, June 20, 2011

                  ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, June 20, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  Lisa holds a “kangaroo court” against Robin, Patrick, Maxie and Steve. Meanwhile, Lucky, Jason, Dante and Mac work together to lift the lock down. Maxie begs Matt to save Spinelli’s life after he’s shot by Lisa.

                  Elizabeth accidentally injects Siobhan with the wrong medication – sending Siobhan into shock that could put her in a permanent coma. Lucky spins out of control from what happened to Siobhan. Elizabeth stops Lucky from taking a drink – and tells him that Aiden is his son.

                  On the Next General Hospital…

                  • Lucky and Elizabeth discuss the truth.
                  • Robin arrives with Sam’s test results.
                  • Spinelli awakens from surgery not like himself.


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                    ABC Daytime Sets Fourth of July Schedule

                    ( — On July 4th, 2011, the United State of America will celebrate the 235th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in which the United States officially declared its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Like on Memorial Day, to deflect bad ratings due to the thousands of people out enjoying the federal holiday, ABC Daytime has chosen to air encore presentations. This is despite the fact “All My Children” is going off the air on ABC in September, and “One Life to Live” is going off the air on ABC in January 2012. Fittingly, ABC Daytime will use this particular day of celebration better known as “Independence Day” to reflect back on some major ABC Daytime characters declaring themselves free from certain constraints.

                    The following is a list of the encore presentations chosen to air for “All My Children,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital” on Monday, July 4, 2011:

                    • All My Childrenwill air an episode originally aired on November 11 2010. Passion builds between Ryan and Greenlee while on the run. Ryan and Greenlee admit their love for each other and share a passionate kiss. Ryan is able to con a guard into believing he is with the FBI, searching for a fugitive, Nick Pearson. In an effort to get over Ryan, Madison accepts a lunch date with Logan. Zach and Kendall deny knowing where Greenlee and Ryan are when Jesse questions them. Zach and Kendall go down memory lane and remember moments in the history of their relationship. Zach’s lawyer informs him that the deal is done and he’s out of the casino situation. Jesse walks in on Natalia and Brot arguing and they admit to him they’ve been on a few dates but agree it won’t be a problem when Jesse says he’ll have to transfer one of them. Natalia surprises Brot when she kisses him.


                    • One Life to Livewill air an episode that originally aired on April 27, 2011. This special episode celebrated Erika Slezak’s 40th Anniversary on the soap. Joey and Natalie want to know if Viki is Niki as the fight for Ryder’s custody is decided. Ford and Tess don’t want Niki revealed. Niki takes the stand and says she’s giving up the fight for custody. Meanwhile, inside Viki’s mind, the struggle for dominance plays out between Jean and Viki. Viki wants Jean to release her but Jean tells her she’s only as strong as Viki herself. At one point Jean takes over in the courtroom and seems to advocate for Viki to take custody, but her effort fails. Viki passes out, overwhelmed and exhausted. Natalie and Joey panic and an ambulance is called. They summon Viki back, reminding her of her strength and importance. Jean convinces Niki that if Viki dies, so do they. Even Niki urges Viki not to give up without a fight. Ultimately Viki wakes up and she is Viki.


                    • General Hospitalwill air an episode that originally aired on April 28 2011. The Spencers, Nikolas, Sonny, Carly and Steve encircle Luke in a surprise intervention for his alcohol addiction. Through individual letters, flashbacks and loving pleas, they ask Luke to choose rehab or else live with the consequence of losing everyone in his life. Luke walks away from his friends and family, choosing the bottle.


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