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

Katie Couric Bumps 'General Hospital' While ABC 'Chews' Its 'Revolution'

( — While "The Chew" and "The Revolution" have yet to debut nor have "All My Children" or "One Life to Live" even taped their last episodes, the ABC Television Network is already making moves with its fall 2012 daytime schedule. The network announced today plans to launch a Katie Couric hosted syndicated daytime talk show which provides the failed evening news host with a hefty $20 million a year salary plus ownership of her program and reunites her with failed network executive and CEO Jeff Zucker, who will be an executive producer with Couric on the yet-to-be-named series that will be based in New York and produced in conjunction with Disney/ABC. The show will take over the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot from the networks "General Hospital" beginning in September 2012 after the network returns the hour to its ABC affiliates no earlier than that time. Of course that doesn't mean that "General Hospital" is safe in any way.

According to the network, in addition to hosting the new syndicated program in 2012, Couric will join the ABC News team, contributing to all programs and platforms, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," Couric's former timeslot competitor. Couric's employment with ABC begins this summer and her responsibilities will include anchoring news specials, contribute interviews, participate in special events coverage and discuss interesting stories of the day.

"Katie Couric is one of television's iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her. We look forward to having Katie join the best News team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talk show franchise," said Anne Sweeney, president, Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks in announcing the news.

Couric is excited to be returning to ABC for which she began her career. "I'm very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979. It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff, and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can't wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team."

"It was a blast working with Katie at 'Today' and I'm excited to do it again," said Zucker. "And besides, it should be more fun spending time with Katie at 3 or 4 in the afternoon than at 3 or 4 in the morning."

In the press release, the Disney/ABC Television Group revealed that its eight Owned & Operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno, which represent nearly 23% of the nation's TV households, have already cleared the new Couric hosted daily talker.

Buried within the press release was where it was stated that "as part of the announcement, the network is set to return the last hour of its Daytime network block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012, but continues to support 'General Hospital,' and the plans to launch 'The Chew' in September of this year and 'The Revolution' in January 2012."

With three programs vying for two hours of daytime real estate, look for "General Hospital" to be the odd man out as it costs more to produce a soap than it does a daily talk show as we've seen earlier this year after the network opted to cancel "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" citing poor profit returns on a slowing advertising economy as soaps continue to lose viewers and it making more financial sense to produce for cheap than to produce scripted television.

For the network this is a win, for fans of scripted television and soaps in particular…it is a sign of the times. Let's hope NBC's "Days of our Lives" and CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless" bring it as 2012 will be the year in which only three soaps may be left for daily scripted entertainment.

  • General Hospital
  • ABC News
  • Katie Couric
  • Anne Sweeney
  • The Chew
  • The Revolution
  • Jeff Zucker
  • Disney/ABC Television Group


    Freddie Smith's First 'DAYS' Set Plus Details Surrounding Possible Gay Storyline

    ( — While "Days of our Lives" has still not officially confirmed that actor Freddie Smith has joined the cast of the NBC daytime drama series, Soap Opera Network confirmed two weeks ago that Smith had signed on with the show and will be portraying the role of Sonny and we can now confirm his first airdate will be Thursday, June 23. If that was't all, we can also confirm that Sonny is in fact one of Adrienne and Justin Kiriakis' (Judi Evans and Wally Kurth) son's. To be precise, presumably the name "Sonny" is a take-off from their biological son Jackson (the two have three other children either adopted or birthed from other relationships). Look for Sonny's return to Salem to be a welcome surprise for his parents when he reunites with the two at the Cheatin' heart.

    According to sources Smith will share his first scenes with Kate Mansi's Abigail Deveraux, Chandler Massey's Will Horton and Camila Banus' Gabi Hernandez. As for those gay rumors surrounding the character of Will, it is understood that Sonny will play a heavy role in that yet-to-be-confirmed upcoming storyline. From what we know of their first meeting, Will and Sonny share an interesting moment where Will wonders what Abigail is doing with the new stranger in town at the pier. Is Will wanting to protect his best friend Chad DiMera (Casey Deidrick) from a possibly cheating heart or does Will just have an instant disliking of Sonny? Either way, graduating from Salem High School will keep Will busy during the summer months as he prepares for his journey to Salem University in the fall.

    Speaking of Salem University, "Days of our Lives" is casting for an 18-20 year old gorgeous girl. All ethnicities. Must be under 5'6". Girl is a gorgeous college student who is bright savvy, confident and is not afraid to speak her mind. The role is scheduled to appear for one episode.

    • Casey Deidrick
    • Wally Kurth
    • Chandler Massey
    • Camila Banus
    • Days of our Lives
    • Comings & Goings
    • Kate Mansi
    • Freddie Smith
    • Judi Evans Luciano


      AMC Recap: Monday, June 6, 2011

      ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Monday, June 6, 2011.


      David helps Jane administer the epi-pen but makes her sign papers reinstating him to the hospital first. He asks who Jane Campbell is and she tries to cover. When David sees a photo of an unfamiliar little girl Jane screams at him to leave it alone. David concludes from the scars on her hairline – as well as all the peculiar recent happenings – that Jane’s an imposter. Jane confirms but says she loves Erica. She pleads with him not to say anything to anyone and points out how she can help him by being Erica. Meanwhile, Erica appears to be getting closer to the henchman and he seems to have taken a liking to her. He tells her his name is Ben and Erica’s hopeful about the connection they’ve made.

      Cara deals with the consequences of what happened between her and Jake. Tad notices something’s off with his wife but Cara doesn’t want to talk about it right now. Griffin figures out what happened with Cara and Jake after she tells her brother that her marriage can never be real because of her. Jake is hit with memories of his past with Cara and the time she left him when they were overseas.

      Kendall wants to work with Griffin on the Miranda Center. Griffin agrees to help Kendall with her idea for a new center.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • Griffin lays into Cara for almost sleeping with Jake.
      • Tad convinces Cara to go back to work at the hospital.
      • Greenlee struggles to keep her relationship with Ryan alive.


      • All My Children
      • Recaps


        GH Recap: Monday, June 6, 2011

        ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, June 6, 2011.


        Having incited Shawn to hit him, Jax vows to use his volatile behavior against Carly. Shawn comes clean to Carly about his secret while serving in the military.

        Brenda presses Sonny to turn the business over to Jason, but Sonny explains why that cannot happen. Brenda tries to accept, and they make love.

        Jason worries he will cost Carly her custody of Josslyn and wonders if he is the one who should quit the mob for the sake of his loved ones.

        Lulu erupts at Lucky, throwing all the 12-step jargon in his face – and she starts drinking. Realizing he can’t force his father, Lucky decides to track down Luke. Siobhan joins Lucky in his search as Dante comforts Lulu at the Haunted Star.

        Reeling from Luke’s disappearance, Ethan confides in Kristina – to her delight. He decides to seek out Maya, but discovers her in bed with another man.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Jason and Sam discuss whether he should leave the mob.
        • Jason gets called to investigate a shipment.
        • Dante and Lulu make love.


        • General Hospital
        • Recaps


          AMC Teasers: Week of June 6 Edition

          AMC Teasers: Week of June 6 Edition

          ( — “All My Children” Teasers for the Week of June 6, 2011.

          ALL MY CHILDREN: Teasers

          • Monday: (Episode #10636) — David continues to be suspicious of Jane. Jake remembers his past with Cara. Erica plots her escape. (Rated: TVPG)
          • Tuesday: (Episode #10637) — Greenlee tries to maintain her relationship with Ryan. Griffin confronts Cara. Tad persuades Cara to return to work at the hospital. (Rated: TVPG)
          • Wednesday: (Episode #10638) — Jane makes a pact with David. Madison and Scott break-up. Scott punches J.R. (Rated: TVPG V)
          • Thursday: (Episode #10639) — Bianca tells Kendall that she is falling for Marissa. Cara plays matchmaker with Griffin and Kendall. Liza tries to get the charges against Griffin dropped. (Rated: TVPG V)
          • Friday: (Episode #10640) — Marissa wants Scott to be closer to his family. Griffin has good news for Kendall. Jackson becomes even more worried about Erica. (Rated: TVPG)
          • All My Children
          • Teasers


            OLTL Teasers: Week of June 6 Edition

            OLTL Teasers: Week of June 6 Edition

            ( — “One Life to Live” Teasers for the Week of June 6, 2011.

            ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Teasers

            • Monday: (Episode #10947) — Shane drops a barbell on Jack’s foot. Rama and Cristian share a steamy kiss. Blair and Gigi have a confrontation. (Rated: TVPG)
            • Tuesday: (Episode #10948) — John asks Todd about Marty’s disappearance. Cutter gets comfortable in his new home. Vimal learns Rama has been lying to him. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
            • Wednesday: (Episode #10949) — Things heat up between Starr and James. Shane is one step ahead of Jack. Todd contemplates telling John the truth. (Rated: TVPG)
            • Thursday: (Episode #10950) — Viki agrees to extraordinary measures to get Jessica back. Bo and Nora have a horrible decision to make. Matthew may save Clint’s life. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
            • Friday: (Episode #10951) — Clint tells Natalie and Joey that he’s dying. Gigi decides to take matters into her own hands. Destiny may be in for a surprise. (Rated: TVPG)
            • One Life to Live
            • Teasers


              GH Teasers: Week of June 6 Edition

              GH Teasers: Week of June 6 Edition

              ( — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of June 6, 2011.

              GENERAL HOSPITAL: Teasers

              • Monday: (Episode #12320) — Ethan is shocked to find Maya with another man. Shawn makes a confession to Carly. Lucky searches for Luke. (Rated: TVPG L, S)
              • Tuesday: (Episode #12321) — Jason talks with Sam about his leaving the mob. Dante and Lulu have sex. Jason goes to investigate a new shipment. (Rated: TVPG L, S)
              • Wednesday: (Episode #12322) — Johnny helps someone unexpected. Matt helps Maxie out at Crimson. Spinelli fantasies about being a detective. (Rated: TVPG)
              • Thursday: (Episode #12323) — Michael finds out he’s been accepted to college. Liz might be starting to lose her mind. Sam and Jason discuss his future in the mob. (Rated: TVPG)
              • Friday: (Episode #12324) — Dante doesn’t think Jason is setting a good example for Michael. Maxie tries to reason with Lulu. Alexis and Sonny try to stop Kristina and Ethan’s wedding. (Rated: TVPG)
              • General Hospital
              • Teasers


                Y&R PreVUE: Week of June 6 Edition

                ( — A look at what's happening on "The Young and the Restless" during the week of June 6, 2011.


                Abby decides it's time to tell the truth, but comes up short in the eyes of the D.A. on Monday, June 6. Diane believes Adam has some feelings for her but Adam blows off her notions. Katherine stoops low in trying to get Sofia to step down in her job, Tuesday, June 7. Sharon and Sam's continuous bond with one another is tested when someone unexpected shows up at the farm. On Wednesday, June 8 Victoria crushes Katherine's dream, while Katherine, in turn, crushes Jack's.

                The Inside Story: Phyllis's Unholy Alliance
                Daniel, who wants Billy and Victoria to have Lucy as their own, decides to go to court to testify that he's willing to let the Abbott's adopt the baby. The judge soon asks Rafe if he knows of anyone that has any objections to Daniel's decision, and all are stunned when Kevin shows up, wanting to talk. They are greatly at ease when he backs Daniel's decision in letting Lucy stay with Billy and Victoria. They are then informed by the judge that a recess will take place before any decision is made. While the court proceedings have ceased, Phyllis, who has lured Daisy back to Genoa City, works to manipulate the young woman into wanting her parental rights with Lucy. Phyllis's plan works and the two of them, along with Leslie, make their way to the courthouse. Back at the courthouse, the judge has made a decision: Billy and Victoria can adopt Lucy. Everyone in attendance of the proceedings are happy for the two of them, but that happiness is destroyed courtesy of Phyllis, who has arrived with Daisy in tow. The judge wants an explanation and Phyllis gives one: she says Daisy wants her rights as a mother back and has agreed that Phyllis should be able to have visitations to Lucy. Daniel and Lauren are outraged by Phyllis's callous actions. Daniel warns Daisy that his mother is only using her to get Lucy and once Lucy is in her hands, she's history. Lauren confronts Phyllis about her betraying her, then goes after Daisy, but is pulled away by Michael before she can get her hands on the troublemaker. Daisy attempts to right many wrongs but her attempts and explanations fall on deaf ears. Meanwhile, the judge informs all that the ruling that was decided will still remain in affect, however, there will be another court case in the near future.

                A Closer Look: Revelations Turn into Deceit
                Jill decides to make plans to take Colin back to Australia for romance. Colin, however, decides that it is time for him to put his plan in effect to get the twins. Unfortunately, Genevieve, who shared devestating memories of her past with Colin, with Cane, decides to tamper into Colin's cell phone. A past letter that Cane had written before his 'death' surfaces, containing very disturbing information. It finds it's way into an already fragile Lily's hands. Meanwhile, Cane feels helpless to comfort Lily, but does whatever he can for the sake of his children. Colin decides to go to the cemetery, unaware that Cane and Jill are following. While at the cemetery, Colin gets the shock of his life when Genevieve appears to him. As they are talking, Jill slowly learns the truth about why Colin truly came to Genoa City, as well as why he wanted to marry her. Confrontations lead to rage as Colin vows to get what he's after, regardless of anyone else. In the meantime, the past of Genevieve slowly comes together. When Colin and Genevieve face-off with one another, an argument ensues. Before the eyes of Lily, Daniel, Neil and Jill, they watch as Genevieve shoves Colin off of a balcony. Unable to stay in hiding for long, Cane decides to be there for Lily.

                What To Watch

                • Ashley and Sofia bond over a common interest
                • Adam has another talk with the carjacker
                • Jack's obession with Jabot angers Ashley

                The Young and the Restless News and Headlines

                • Jeff Branson will return as Ronan Malloy some time soon
                • Yvonne Zima comes back to the show as Daisy Carter, Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7, Wednesday, June 15 through Friday, June 17
                • Kevin Schmidt returns as Noah Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8
                • Natalie Floyd plays Hunter Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8
                • Kim Hawthorne plays Judge Welchert Monday, June 6 and Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17
                • Daryl Crittenden returns as the carjacker on Wednesday, June 8
                • Max Page returns ad Reed Hellstrom Wedneday, June 8 and Friday, June 10
                • Tonya Lee Williams returns and Olivia Winters on Tuesday, June 14
                • Jerry Douglas returns as the ghost of John Abbott on Wednesday, June 15

                Y&R ALERTS: WEEK OF JUNE 13, 2011

                • Cane wants Lily's forgiveness
                • Olivia comes to support her family
                • Diane sets up a plan to get one over on Victor

                Y&R ALERTS BONUS: SPRING 2011

                • Colin's actions could prove too late in preventing when they take a terrible turn
                • Genevieve develops deep jealousy toward Jill due to her connections to Cane and Colin
                • Colin has difficulty when it comes to his past with Genevieve and his present with Jill
                • There's another twist that comes out for the Ashby family
                • Billy and Victoria may have Lucy, however, Daisy and Phyllis continue to pose a serious threat
                • Ronan heads back to Genoa City
                • With Daisy's return, things may not go the way as some may want
                • Phyllis's obsession rips her relationship with Daniel apart
                • The marriage of Billy and Victoria continues to crumble
                • Billy turns to the bottle for solace
                • Adam and Diane could wind up being more than just scheming partners when things get closer between them
                • Diane's exit from Genoa City is a dramatic one
                • The truth about Sofia's baby could come out when health issues strike
                • The Winters family face turmoil during a time when they need to stick together
                • The Young and the Restless
                • Daniel Goddard
                • PreVUE
                • Genie Francis


                  Comic Strip Acknowledges Loss of ABC Soaps

                  ( — Soap cancellations giving you the blues? If so, maybe this will help brighten your day. The Wednesday, June 1 edition of the popular comic “Marvin,” created by Tom Armstrong, paid homage to the recently canned ABC sudsers “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” by capturing the mood prevalent among most soap fans about to lose two of their favorite daytime dramas.

                  “Marvin” focuses on the lives of a little boy named Marvin, his parents Jeff and Jenny Miller, their dog Bitsy, and several other family members (including Jenny’s parents Bea and Roy) and friends. It first debuted in 1982. Click here for more information.


                  Take a look:






                  Courtesy of King Features Syndicate



                  On Monday, May 2, 2011 another comic strip, “Jump Start” (created by Robb Armstrong, and focusing on the African-American Cobb family), also presented it’s take on the recent soap cancellations.

                  Take a look:


                  Courtesy of King Features Syndicate

                  • All My Children
                  • One Life to Live
                  • ABC
                  • Marvin
                  • Tom Armstrong
                  • comic strip
                  • King Features Syndicate
                  • comic
                  • Jump Start
                  • Robb Armstrong


                    OLTL Recap: Friday, June 3, 2011

                    OLTL Recap: Friday, June 3, 2011

                    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Friday, June 3, 2011.

                    IT HAPPENED TODAY

                    After vowing to kill Natalie, Marty discovers her right outside the door. She’s about to get rid of her once and for all when she hears Brody calling for her. She hides, and Brody swoops in to rescue Natalie. Marty goes with Todd, asking him to tell John that Liam isn’t Brody’s son, but is John’s.

                    John gets a warrant to search Todd’s house. He and Brody arrive there and discover the house is empty. But John goes to the pool house where he finds Tomas holding Liam.

                    Blair and Starr reveal to one another that neither had the night they thought they’d have last night. Blair’s relieved because she wants to get to know Tomas better. Starr realizes that with Marty’s psychotic break, Cole has no one and she feels guilty. Blair and Starr leave to visit him.

                    Ford takes Ryder home. James is delighted to see his nephew again. He questions his brother and forces him to admit he’s falling for Tess. Bess points out to Tess her lack of options now that she’s in St. Ann’s. She forces Tess to admit she’s falling for Ford. Joey’s upset with Aubrey because she let Ford have the baby. Aubrey claims she did it out of compassion for Ford, but Joey calls her on it. He vows that as soon as Jessica is able to take care of her child, he’ll divorce Aubrey so he can be with Kelly.

                    On the Next One Life to Live…

                    • Shane takes aim at Jack.
                    • Rama and Cristian lock lips.
                    • Blair and Gigi butt heads.
                    • One Life to Live
                    • Recaps


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