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' Busts 3 Fan Favorite Villainesses Out of Lock Up

( — On the week of July 25, look for Jennifer Bassey, Kate Collins and Melissa Claire Egan to reprise their naughty chick roles on “All My Children.” According to TV Guide’s Michael Logan, the sanity-challenged Marian, Janet and Annie will help break Dixie (Cady McClain) out of Oak Haven – Pine Valley’s long-standing psychiatric facility. Great humor will give way to great warmth when all of the aforementioned escapees are reunited with their loved ones.

Bassey played Marian Colby on “All My Children” from 1983 to 1985. In 1995, she returned to the soap for a long-running recurring stint in the role of one of Pine Valley’s best troublemakers. She was upped to contract in 1998. In 2003, Bassey was taken off contract but remained on the show on recurring status until she last aired in August 2009. The talented actress earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Supporting Actress category in 1999. Following her husband Stuart Chandler’s (David Canary) murder in 2009, Marian flipped her lid in a packed courtroom corridor and ended up shooting Marissa Chandler (then played by Brittany Allen) while targeting Kendall Hart Slater (Alicia Minshew). Marian is the mother of Liza Colby (Jamie Luner), in the 1980s Marian infamously took her daughter’s boyfriend Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) to bed, and the step-mother of Scott Chandler (Daniel Cosgrove).

Collins played anti-heroine Natalie Marlowe on “All My Children” from 1985 to 1992. In 1991, Collins debuted in the role of Janet Green, Natalie’s bitter sister. Natalie was killed off in the summer of 1993 after an unsuccessful run by actress Melody Anderson. Soap veteran Robin Mattson took Natalie’s mentally ill sister on the road to sanity when she took over the role of Janet in 1994 to much acclaim. Mattson remained in the role until 2000. Collins returned to the ABC soap for stints as Janet from November 2005 to March 2006, from February 2007 to December 2007 and for a short run in early 2010. In the hands of Collins, Janet has always been “from another Planet.” Amanda Dillon Martin (Chrishell Stause) is the product of Trevor Dillon (James Kiberd) and Janet’s bedroom romp while Ms. Green was impersonating her otherwise holed-up sister, Natalie. Janet’s murder victims include Dixie’s brother, Will Cortlandt, and Amanda’s father. During one of Janet’s returns following the death of Dixie in early 2007, Pine Valley’s favorite loon hinted that Dixie was alive. Will the dots be connected this July? Stay Tuned.

Two-time Daytime Emmy nominee Egan debuted in the role of Annie Novak in July 2006. Annie started out as a good girl but took a dark turn with the arrival of her sociopath brother Richie Novak (Billy Miller) and the return of “the real” Greenlee (Rebecca Budig). Both arrivals threatened her marriage to white-knight Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison). In 2008, Head-Writer Charles Pratt Jr. saved Egan from what appeared to be building to an immediate early exit by embracing Annie’s brewing insanity. Annie’s lukewarm reception turned hot as Egan, too, embraced her now sanity-challenged character. Annie went on to marry Adam Chandler (David Canary) and Scott Chandler (then played by Adam Mayfield). Both marriages were destroyed due to Annie’s inability to stay away from Dixie’s son, JR Chandler (Jacob Young). Never far from mentally unstable, Annie completely lost her mind again in March 2011 in part due to JR’s shenanigans. Emma Lavery is Annie’s daughter with Ryan. Annie’s murder victims include her own brother Richie and Dixie’s half-sister, Di Henry.

Speaking of the woman that sends these three lovely ladies out on the lamb, Dixie Cooney Martin – look for the next substantial development in her return story to take place on July 1. It has not been revealed whether Bassey, Collins and Egan are slated to return for a limited amount of episodes, like Josh Duhamel and Eva LaRue, or for an extended run, like McClain and Thorsten Kaye. “All My Children” concludes taping on Friday, September 2 and last airs on the first day of Fall 2011, Friday, September 23.

Update (6/15/11 at 4: 15 PM EST): Earlier today, the Administrator of Melissa Claire Egan’s official website clarified the length of her return trip to Pine Valley. Egan is slated to return for three episodes.

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    My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

    My View of Llanview: June 15 Edition

    ( — Must see TV? More like must miss TV.

    The more I watch “One Life to Live” these days, the more I am convinced that the show itself is bi-polar. From week to week and even day to day this show goes from entertaining to choppy and idiotic. It seems to have more ups and downs than a roller coaster. And lately, it has been on a serious downturn.

    Take Tuesday’s (June 14) episode for example. As much as the thought of Tess and Ford dressed in nun habits making out in a padded cell at a mental hospital excites me (only it really doesn’t), it is exactly what is wrong with this show right now. The Ford invasion of Llanview continues, even with the show winding down in mere months. Time would be much better spent focusing on the core characters and long-time veterans that have basically carried the show for decades. This mushy, nauseating love story of a man-whore and a bitchy, one-note alternate personality was a disaster even before it began, not to mention the fact that it will likely end the same way Tess’ last relationship with. Remember that one? When Tess fell in love with Nash, only to have Jessica regain control and fall for him as well? It’s sad when writers steal ideas from others shows, but it is even worse when they start repeating themselves with nearly identical storylines over and over again. Yeah, I know that this time there is a baby involved….well last time there was a kid mixed up in it too, when Jessica was going to adopt Antonio’s little girl Jamie. Concept-wise, it’s pretty much the same thing.

    As bad as they are, however, Ford and Tess are not the only reason why this show is stagnant at the moment. This Jack bullying Shane storyline is boring me to tears right now. And no, I’m not upset that Gigi is locked in a basement room where she is slowly succumbing to carbon monoxide poisoning. I just flat out do not care for the character, or for that idiot Rex. John-Paul Lavoisier really needs to work on fighting the urge to make stupid faces while on camera. Just sayin’. Getting back to Jack, I might be more invested in this storyline if Andrew Trischitta would project his character’s emotions and motivations more. He’s playing Jack like a one-note thug, who appears to have no real reason for picking on Shane. Yeah, I know that he makes fun of him because he has asthma, but what made him decide to target Shane in the first place, out of all of his classmates? That’s what they should be focusing on. Andrew’s delivery just comes across to flat in his scenes with Shane, as well as his cohort Brad, to make things even remotely interesting for me…although I do like it that Shane is fighting back now and standing up for himself.

    Speaking of interesting, what the hell was the point of bringing Patrick back to life only to show the back of his head in a couple of scenes as part of Marty’s seemingly hastily written exit from Llanview? And placing him in the same “facility” as the man with Todd’s old face? What was up with that? Even by “One Life” standards, none of that makes any sense…imagine that. As I have mentioned before, Ron Carlivati apparently loves these little plot twists that go nowhere. And yes, I realize that the show was aggressively trying to lure Thorsten Kaye back as Patrick to usher his reel and real-life wife off the show, and had to make alternate arrangements when negotiations fell through, but come on, they could have easily done a much better job than this. It’s just the latest in a seemingly endless series of plotholes.

    But it’s not all bad. There are bright spots in the dark pit that is Llanview. Matthew’s storyline is heartbreaking, especially with regards to Bo and Nora. They are consumed by grief and each handling the situation a little differently. Bo, knowing how it feels to lose a child, is trying to be somewhat realistic, realizing that his son could save someone else’s life. And Nora is in denial that her son’s condition is as bad as the doctors say that it is, refusing to give up and holding on whatever little glimmer of hope she can find. Grief can be a very powerful emotion, especially with regards to the loss of a child. Although I have never experienced that level of trauma first hand, I can only imagine how very, very difficult it must be for parents to let go of a child, especially when that child was perfectly healthy throughout their life before being sudden stricken with a potentially fatal medical issue. Along the same lines, I also like the idea of Destiny being possibly being pregnant with Matthew’s baby. I think it adds a nice twist to the storyline, but it gives Destiny an actual storyline, instead of just dispensing advice. And I also am enjoying Viki’s conversations with Bo and Nora over the pain of losing a child. After all, Viki had one to die (Megan) and another (Jessica) who is, in a way, gone as well, with Tess in control for months now. Although I would love to see the writers just throw in a random Viki/Bo kiss just as a nod to long-time fans who have always wondered why the two were never linked romantically over the years.

    Moving on, congratulations to “oltlfan83,” who correctly identified last time’s mystery “OLTL” celebrity guest star, which was former former “Blue’s Clues” star Donovan Patton, who was one of the thugs that roughed up Nick Chavez, who then used the situation to his advantage, by trying to break up Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish.

    In case you missed the clues, here they are:

    Here’s your clue….this aspiring actor found a more mature audience when he appeared in Llanview in 2009 as a thug.

    Now it’s time to play another round of “Llanview, Who Am I?,” a new feature where you have to use the clues to figure out the identity of some mystery celebrity from “OLTL’s” past. See if you can figure it out. Good luck!!!

    This accomplished jazz singer and pianist stopped by Llanview back in the ’70s, when she sang at someone’s wedding.

    So who is this mystery group from the past? I’ll have the answers in the June 30th edition of My View of Llanview. Bonus points if you can tell me the names of the characters getting married, and which half of the happy couple she was related to on onscreen. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter page for all the latest “OLTL” news and information at SON.

    Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. These are for the week of July 4th. Secrets place one relationship in turmoil. Someone is out for revenge. An unlikely pair reach an understanding. And a life or death choice is made.

    Well that’s concludes yet another column. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  Take care and stay safe. And until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…

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      After weeks of reported firings, hirings and rumors, NBC’s “Days of our Lives” is breaking its silence. In a press release issued to Soap Opera Network, the program has outlined a series of changes that will be reflected on screen beginning in September that includes highlighting romance and the faces of beloved characters once more. Behind the scenes changes include the hiring of “Passions” scribes Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas and naming Noel Maxam and Greg Meng as Co-Executive Producers. The duo replace Gary Tomlin, who was fired last week. The behind the scenes changes are effective immediately.

      “It’s time to make a more positive, romantic, and intriguing show driven by the power of heroic love. I’m very excited about the new adventure we are about to take which is based on the show that my parents created 45 years ago,” said Ken Corday, Executive Producer and owner of the daytime drama series.

      “‘Days of our Lives’” initiated a strong direction of change by appointing a new head writing team consisting of Marlene McPherson and Darrell Ray Thomas. The successful writing duo plan to change the direction of the show as they tell contemporary stories based on the solid foundation of the ‘DAYS’ history of family, romance, and intrigue,” the press release stated. According to McPherson and Thomas, “New fans will find many reasons to stay, and longtime fans will find many reasons to return.”

      The big changes taking place this fall begins with a grand event, which was expected as McPherson recently tweeted “The excitement is building! Huge party with many surprises the week of 9/26! You are all invited! We promise you won’t be disappointed!”

      “The new writing team has already generated much excitement with the compelling stories they have written, and we plan to translate those stories to the screen with a refreshed look,” said Meng, who for over ten years has served as Executive in Charge of Production for the drama series. Before joining “DAYS,” Maxam for his part had a long and successful run at CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” He began his daytime career with the drama series in 1997 as an Associate Director. He served in this position until 2002, but directed a number of episodes since 1999 until his departure in September 2007 to join “DAYS.” He was named Supervising Producer in late 2008. Both “Y&R” and “DAYS” are co-produced by Sony Pictures Television.

      “I am confident these changes will bring back excitement and anticipation to our family of fans as they tune in each day to see what happens,” Corday promised. “You won’t want to miss a single episode of the new ‘DAYS’ ahead!

      As previously reported, actors Crystal Chappell (Carly Manning), Louise Sorel (Vivian Alamain), Bren Foster (Quinn Hudson), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe Lane), Tamara Braun (Taylor Walker), and Francisco San Martin (Dario Hernandez), head writer Dena Higley and co-executive producer Gary Tomlin are OUT!  It has been reported that Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans), Drake Hogestyn (John Black) and Matthew Ashford (Jack Deveraux) are IN! Rumored to be joining them in the coming months are Mark Hapka (Nathan Horton), Bryan Datillo (Lucas Horton), Christie Clark (Carrie Brady Reed) and Patrick Muldoon (Austin Reed). Reps for Datillo and Muldoon issued a “no comment.”


      AMC Recap: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

      ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, June 14, 2011.


      Frankie realizes Maya’s never met Angie and introduces the two and they immediately hit it off. Frankie suggests to Angie that Maya would make a great babysitter.

      Jesse runs into a grieving Ryan who thanks Jesse for reminding him how lucky he is to have his children. Madison gets upset with Greenlee when she suggests Madison take some time off to grieve. She thinks Greenlee’s trying to get rid of her and keep her away from Ryan. Ryan walks in just in time to hear Greenlee say Madison is not having his child. Ryan comforts Madison. Greenlee lashes out at Jake who sees right through her antics. Ryan finds Greenlee and apologizes. Greenlee wants to be there for Ryan and mentions that Jake told her about the christening. Ryan says it’s ok, Madison helped him through today. Upset, Greenlee asks Ryan not to forget about the connection she shares with him.

      Amanda’s surprised to find out that Cara’s been reinstated. Cara asks Jake why he didn’t tell Amanda. When the two save an emergency patient they’re reminded of their time in Africa. At the christening Amanda tells Jake she is fighting for their relationship and pulls him into a kiss. Cara is glad she’s told Tad the truth about what happened between her and Jake. Opal is happy that Tad and Cara’s marriage seems to be turning into a real one. Tad admits he doesn’t think his wife is completely over Jake. Opal reminds him that both he and Cara came into the marriage with baggage but it’s up to him to stop being a prisoner of the past and to fight for the future. Tad notices Cara was emotionally touched at baby Lucy’s christening.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • Amanda is determined to find out what Cara is hiding.
      • Liza asks Colby for a fresh start to their relationship.
      • Colby notices a bruise on Maya’s arm.


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        OLTL Recap: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

        OLTL Recap: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

        ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, June 14, 2011.


        Ford confesses his love for Tess who reveals that she feels the same way about him. Despite the almost insurmountable odds against their love everlasting, they kiss. Ford helps her escape. Brody feels he’s lost Jessica forever.

        Natalie now knows that she and John are definitely over. Brody doesn’t feel comfortable living in Llanfair anymore. Natalie understands but wishes he wouldn’t go – for Liam’s sake. Brody promises that he’ll always be a big part of his son’s life. As he’s leaving, Natalie kisses him on the cheek – and before they know it, they’re kissing passionately.

        Téa tries to reason with John to let Todd go. Todd toys with telling John about Liam but wants John to agree to drop any charges against him. Todd taunts him about Natalie and the son he never had. John, enraged, holds Todd at gunpoint.

        When Nora vows that Clint won’t ever get Matthew’s heart, Clint claims to have no knowledge of Matthew’s condition. He swears he’d never sacrifice Matthew’s life for his own. Later, when Viki tells him that Bo feels there’s no hope that Matthew will improve, Clint doesn’t back off his conviction that he’d rather die than take Matthew’s heart.

        On the Next One Life to Live…

        • Ford and Tess make love.
        • Natalie and Brody are intimate.
        • Starr and Dani think Destiny is pregnant.
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          GH Recap: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

          ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, June 14, 2011.


          Lulu asks for an update as Lucky looks on the old Spencer home. Both children are devastated by their father’s behavior. Later, Ethan hears about Luke’s desire to be irredeemable.

          Carly and Jax agree to a temporary truce to celebrate Michael’s graduation. Michael and Abby discuss his future and the question of his college acceptance. At graduation, Kristina admits that she applied to PCU for Michael. Bryce taunts Kristina only for Michael to attack him in defense. Ethan finds himself strong-armed by Max and Milo.

          On the Next General Hospital…

          • Sonny threatens Mayor Floyd for Michael’s diploma.
          • Alexis tries to make a lesson out of Michael’s behavior, but Carly defends her son.
          • Brenda and Diane argue over the idea of Sonny legally adopting Alec.


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            ABC Daytime Sets its 'Revolution' in Motion

            ( — And so it begins. With only seven months until the long-running ABC serial “One Life to Live” gives way to “The Revolution,” a weight-loss show co-hosted by “Project Runway” emcee Tim Gunn, the network launches a series of auditions across the nation in search of women in need of shedding more than a few extra pounds and having their trials and tribulations play out on national television.

            Producers for the show are “looking for inspirational and relatable women who are ready to lose 50-100 pounds and regain control of their lives.” According to an audition flyer released by ABC, the show will provide each woman chosen to appear on the show with a “trainer and nutrition plan to help you lose the weight within your own environment.”

            Auditions will begin this Saturday, June 18 in Troy, Michigan, and will continue on Friday, June 24 in New York City and Saturday, June 25, in Los Angeles. Click here for more information, including times and locations in each city.

            And, as if this wasn’t enough to curb your enthusiasm, 3 Ball Productions, the agency in charge of handling the audition for “The Revolution,” took out an ad earlier this month on Craigslist, targeting plus-sized women in America, who are suffering from low self-esteem.

            The ad reads in part:

            “Are you engaged and want to lose weight before your wedding? Do you want to lose weight before your husband returns from a deployment? Are you a mom with weight to lose who also happens to be a cook, chef or works in the school kitchen or restaurant, or own a restaurant of your own? Are you someone whose made a difference in your community and needs help losing weight? Are you a mother of twin, triplets, quadruplets or multiple kids and have your hands full…need someone to help you lose the weight and make time for you? Are you a nurse who group of nurses who want to lose weight? Are you a teacher or principal or school counselor with weight to lose? Are you a stay at home mom with weight to lose? If you answered yes to any of these, then this is your chance to turn it all around! Since you’ve been focusing on others, finally, here’s a show that is focusing on you!”

            “The Revolution” debuts on January 23, 2012. “One Life to Live” airs its final episode the preceding Friday.

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              AMC Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011

              ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, June 13, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Madison tries hard to keep her mind off of the baby but when she finds something from the shower she’s hit hard. Scott shows up and bears the brunt of Madison’s wrath as she goes off on him. Greenlee and Ryan realize they haven’t been out in a while. She knows he’s been struggling with the loss of his baby but Ryan says he’s fine. Kendall and Griffin join Ryan and Greenlee’s celebration. Ryan abruptly leaves to go and help Madison after Scott fills him in on what’s going on. Ryan comforts Madison.

              Griffin shows up at Kendall’s house with lunch from the earlier gathering that was cut short. Kendall shares with Griffin a personal story about the dress she’s wearing.

              On the verge of giving Marissa the music box Bianca changes her mind when Marissa says she is thinking of giving JR another chance. Despite her feelings, Bianca’s supportive if that’s what her friend wants. On her way out Bianca gives JR the music box and Marissa is thrilled when he gives it to her.

              Being caught with a drink, Jane throws her arms around Jackson and says he saved her. Jackson asks Kendall for help with Erica and tells her that he found “Erica” about to take a drink. Jane tells Greenlee she thinks she’s found a buyer for the hospital, her. The two shake on it while a photographer snaps their photo. Jackson calls Kendall and Bianca and tells them about what’s been going on. He demands that Erica join him at Kendall’s house. There, Kendall and Bianca confront Erica about her drinking and her odd behavior. Jane says her behavior is due to her fear that the kidnappers may still be out there and makes her exit at the first opportunity she gets. Jackson tells a concerned Opal about Erica. Erica is excited when Ben enters the room and tries to get him to talk to her. He blurts out that he’s the reason Jane did this and he’s trying to repay what he cost her. Before he can continue Jane shows up.

              On the Next All My Children…

              • Amanda’s surprised to find out that Cara’s been reinstated at the hospital.
              • Opal reminds Tad to stop being a prisoner of the past and fight for his future.
              • Greenlee asks Ryan not to forget about the connection they share.


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                OLTL Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011

                OLTL Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011

                ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, June 13, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY

                John comforts Natalie about her dying father. The tenderness leads to a kiss and John’s admission that he still cares about Natalie and wishes they could be together, but he can’t get past the betrayal over Liam. They part, if not friends at least not enemies, but Natalie is left having to accept that it’s over with John for good.

                Brody and Viki are at St. Ann’s when Tess returns from electroshock and learns that the treatment wasn’t successful. Tess is still Tess, much to the delight of a listening nun, who is really Ford in disguise. Desperate to get Jessica back, Brody welcomes the doctor’s suggestion that they continue shock treatments, but Viki nixes the idea, leaving Brody having to accept that Jessica may never be back. Meanwhile, Ford reveals himself to Tess and admits he’s fallen in love with her.

                Roxy visits Gigi and learns about her wedding to Rex. Determined to be her maid of honor, Roxy gives her a gift – the tape recorder with Marty’s confession tape.

                Rex apologizes to Clint for his previous verbal assault and tells him he’s getting married. Clint accuses him of changing his tune because he knows Clint is dying and wants to be in his will. The animosity between the men grows worse than ever.

                Nora refuses to entertain the possibility that Matthew’s heart could save Clint. Bo fears that they are soon going to have to make a decision about Matthew’s future one way or another.

                The man with Todd Manning’s original face gazes at arriving Starr. Starr moves closer to Sam, asks who he’s talking to. Sam says he was talking to a homeless man.

                On the Next One Life to Live…

                • Ford and Tess proclaim their true feelings.
                • Brody decides to move out of Llanfair.
                • John unleashes his rage on Todd.
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                  GH Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011

                  ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, June 13, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  In Robin’s company, Brenda betrays how nervous she is about Sonny’s mob life and motherhood. Anthony finds Brenda alone and threatens her.

                  Luke, cruel to be kind, pushes Lucky away hoping the gift of hating him will free Lucky to better his life. But Lucky is heartbroken, believing his father should have never been “domesticated.”

                  Ethan and Sonny throw down over the false accusations. Ethan maintains he will see Kristina with or without Sonny’s permission.

                  Patrick discusses fidelity with Coleman.

                  On the Next General Hospital…

                  • Kristina admits that she applied to PCU for Michael.
                  • Ethan finds himself strong-armed by Max and Milo.


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