(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Sam protests too much against marriage as both Jason and Sam try to figure out each other’s feelings on the topic.
Sonny bursts in on Carly, Jax and Eileen (the mediator), only making Jax’s point clearer that Josslyn is in danger. Sonny threatens Jax. As ordered by Anthony, Brenda and Alec come under gunfire. Carly begs Jason not to escalate a mob war since it would threaten custody of Josslyn. Meanwhile, Sonny asks Brenda not to discuss what happened at the custody hearing. Alexis feels ambivalent about Jax’s case and her involvement and resigns.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Brenda testifies that she and Alec have experienced physical mob violence since she married Sonny.
- Siobhan serves Elizabeth with a hospital malpractice suit.
- Steve resigns as chief of staff and promotes one of the doctors.
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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” may be ending their four decades’ long run on ABC in September and January respectively, however it won’t be the end of the road for either of the long-running, iconic daytime drama series. In a shocking development, upstart television, film, and music company Prospect Park Studios has purchased the rights from the network, who states that “the multi-year, multi-platform deal enables the soaps to continue beyond their finale dates on ABC.”
The news comes less that 24 hours after the New York Post first broke the news on their website reporting that ABC had sold the online rights to its recently cancelled shows “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” to the studios, and that “Prospect Park is said to be finalizing its current round of funding for its Hulu-style venture in the next month to 45 days. Other unnamed financial backers are involved.” The article was initally met with much skepticism from soap fans and well as from other media outlets who were claiming the Post article contained numerous factual inaccuracies.
In a joint press release this afternoon by ABC and Prospect Park, which was founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios chief Rich Frank, “We are privileged to continue the legacy of two of the greatest programs to air on daytime television, and are committed to delivering the storylines, characters and quality that audiences have come to love for over 40 years. ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are television icons, and we are looking forward to providing anytime, anywhere viewing to their loyal community of millions. Technology changes the way the public can and will view television shows. Now that there are so many devices available in addition to television sets, viewers are taking advantage of watching shows where ever they are and on any number of devices. The driving force in making the switch and attracting new audiences is to have outstanding programs that people want to watch,” the statement continued. “We believe that by continuing to produce the shows in their current hour format and with the same quality, viewers will follow the show to our new, online network.” Prospect Park is perhaps best known for producing “Royal Pains” for the USA Network and “Wilfred” for FX.
As part of the deal, which was brokered by the Disney/ABC Domestic Television Group, “Prospect Park will produce and deliver the two long-running programs to consumers via online formats and additional emerging platforms including internet enabled television sets. Under the terms of the arrangement, the programs will continue to be delivered with the same quality and in the same format and length. Additional details of the new productions and tune-in will be forthcoming from Prospect Park.” However, while the statement notes that both shows will continue to exist in their present hour-long formats, it is vague as to the frequency in which new episodes will air.
“From the time the shift in the daytime strategy was announced, our hope was to find a new home for these treasured shows. We are thrilled to license them to Prospect Park so the stories of life in Pine Valley and Llanview can continue to be told for the passionate and loyal fans that enjoy watching each day,” comments Janice Marinelli, President, Disney/ABC Domestic Television.
President of the Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group Brian Frons, who announced the cancellation of “Children” and “One Life” back on April 15 in favor of the less-expensive, unscripted programming such as “The Chew” and “The Revolution,” said in the statement that “‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ are iconic pieces of television history that captivated millions of fans since their beginning over 40 years ago. Each of the shows have made an indelible mark on our culture’s history and informed our consciousness in their own way. We are so glad Prospect Park has assumed the mantel for these shows and that they will continue for the fans.”
The sentiments were furthered echoed by “AMC” and “OLTL” creator Agnes Nixon, who has been tirelessly searching for new venues for both shows in recent months, saying “I’m just so happy that ABC found a home where the legacies of ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life To Live’ can continue. I’m excited for their future with Prospect Park. It takes a lot of living to make a soap opera a serial, and the wonderful teams on both shows have done just that. Together, we are a big family that keeps going, and I’m looking forward to working alongside these wonderful people as we ensure that the shows will continue with all the love and excitement we’ve always had. I also am so happy for our loyal fans, whom we love so much, and who have been so supportive over the last 40 plus years.”
“All My Children” will air its final episode on ABC on Friday, September 23, 2011 while “One Life to Live” will last air on the network on Friday, January 20, 2012.
Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they develop.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we first reported last month, Jason Tam (Markko Rivera) left fans wondering if he might be returning to “One Life to Live” before the show wraps production in the fall following a response he made to a fan recently on his Twitter page. Now, the latest issue of ABC Soaps in Depth is reporting that the actor is indeed on his way back to Llanview.
On June 1, Tam was asked by a fan if there “Is any chance that Markko and Langston will make a return to Llanview BEFORE ‘OLTL’ ends?!?,” to which the actor tweeted “You bet!” However, don’t expect Brittany Underwood (Langston Wilde) to be accompanying her former beau back to Llanview. According to Soap Opera Digest, Underwood was unable to return alongside Tam because of scheduling conflicts.
Markko’s return will coincide with the premiere of David’s movie “Vicker Man” later this month. However a first airdate for Tam, who played Markko from 2007-2010 (and again briefly in April of this year) has not been announced, nor is it known how many episodes he will be sticking around for.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 11, 2011.
ALL MY CHILDREN: DVR ALERTS
- Monday: Amanda shares her diagnosis with JR. Ryan fills Griffin in on his plan to stop David. Greenlee overhears Jane and David making plans.
- Tuesday: JR dreams of the perfect wedding night with Marissa but reality is not as kind. JR buys a bottle of alcohol. Will he relapse? Amanda has a nightmare.
- Wednesday: Marissa acts on an impulse. Bianca asks Kendall for some advice on love. Griffin lies to Ryan.
- Thursday: Ryan continues to gather clues. Kendall asks Griffin what his deep, dark secret is. Bianca, Kendall, Opal, Jackson and Greenlee stage an intervention.
- Friday: David tells Angie her stem cells are accepting the treatment. David makes an announcement. Erica spills her feelings to Ben.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 11, 2011.
ONE LIFE TO LIVE: DVR ALERTS
- Monday: Jessica bitch slaps Natalie as Viki watches. Dorian and David stumble upon Agent Kent’s dead body. Echo eavesdrops as Rex outlines his plan to settle the score with Todd and Jack.
- Tuesday: Someone unexpected attacks Jack. Bo probes Rex for his deciding to give Gigi’s heart to Clint. Blair arrives just as Dorian is throwing David out.
- Wednesday: James and Starr share a romantic moment poolside moment. Nora is determined to find out who caused Matthew’s injuries. Destiny goes into panic mode when Vivian notes she’s been mentoring a teen pregnancy group.
- Thursday: Sam’s family prepares to celebrate his birthday. Blair wants Sam to tell the police about his “friend.” Baz fills Starr in on a discussion he overheard between Todd and Tomas.
- Friday: Natalie gives John some test results from the murder scene. Sam goes missing. David makes Viki keep her promise to find out who has been trying to drive a wedge between him and Dorian.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” DVR Alerts for the Week of July 11, 2011.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: DVR ALERTS
- Monday: Brenda reveals the recent attack on her and Alec during Carly and Jax’s custody hearing. Sonny discovers Jax paid off the court appointed mediator, and he blackmails her. Robin and Patrick adjust with the new chief of staff at the hospital.
- Tuesday: Javier takes a special interest in Lulu. Maxie continues to meddle with Jason and Sam’s thoughts on marriage. Michael gives Edward good business advice, to Asher’s jealousy.
- Wednesday: Lulu and Dante strategize as a dangerous Javier listens in. Anthony can’t believe Spinelli’s behavior. Ethan continues to exaggerate his interest in Abby, but Kristina does not buy it.
- Thursday: Will Jax gain sole custody of Josslyn? Will Jax fall into Sonny’s trap? Someone dies during Lulu’s quest to find Luke.
- Friday: Brenda is horrified at what Sonny has done. Lulu finds herself in grave danger. Ethan’s plan backfires when Kristina makes big plans to join him in Las Vegas.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
In an effort to prove she’s still hot Liza kisses Tad. She explains that she was fired and basically lost her job because she couldn’t get Jesse fired. Liza thinks “Tad the Cad” is now “Tad the Dad”. Tad says he won’t have sex with Liza because he’s a married man. She goes off to prove she’s not dead yet. Caleb heard Liza got fired and offers her a job. At first Liza declines but later decides to accept.
Jake and Cara talk about her growing relationship with Tad but when Cara watches Jake with Amanda she starts to cry. Tad offers her a handkerchief and she notices lipstick on it. Tad explains what happened with Liza. Cara explains she was crying because she wants Jake and Amanda to be as happy as they are. She’s grateful for all he’s done for her. The two kiss and then Tad asks Cara for a divorce.
JR asks Marissa what’s going on. She was into being a couple, came back into his bed but now wants to take it slow. He’s confused while Marissa asks why he’s pushing her. JR wants to know why she doesn’t want to take their relationship to the next level. Before she can answer Bianca shows up and Marissa realizes she’s on a date. JR talks to Bianca who says that Marissa needs to feel wanted and appreciated. He takes her advice and tells Marissa that they should be together but not smother one another. JR admits he had some help in figuring out what she wants. Sienna, Bianca’s date, picks up on the vibe between the two girls and asks how long Marissa’s had a thing for her. She can tell Bianca feels the same and ends their date. Jake brings Amanda to the hospital and Cara’s the doctor treating her. She wants Amanda to confide in her. Amanda and Jake learn she’s not pregnant, but after Jake leaves, Cara tells her the symptoms she’s having may be from HPV or cervical cancer. Amanda says Cara owes it to her to keep this news from Jake. JR texts Amanda to find out if she took the pregnancy test and Amanda says the test was negative.
On the Next All My Children…
- JR reveals to Marissa that Bianca is the one who’s been helping him rebuild their relationship.
- Scott tells JR that he’s restoring the guest house so he can move in.
- Asher pops some pills.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Shane bursts in on Clint and Viki, blasting him for living while his mother has died. Rex takes him out, after agreeing with his son. Rex explains to Shane his purpose in trading Gigi’s heart for Clint’s money – he wants to get even with Jack and Todd. They prepare to move out of the carriage house and into Asa’s mansion.
Meanwhile Jack balks at going to work for Todd, as he starts to feel geniune remorse over Gigi’s death. Blair confronts Todd about getting Jack off the hook and tells Jack he’ll never feel okay about this unless he admits the truth. Jack takes off in Todd’s car. Jack comes to talk to Shane, and they’re face to face.
Bo visits Clint and Clint assumes Bo is there about his arrest for the crimes he confessed to. The men make significant eye contact about how Clint stands by his confession of killing Eddie, and Viki realizes Clint is covering for someone. She guesses that it’s Matthew (after Bo is gone) and warns him not to waste his new chance at life by going to jail for a crime he didn’t commit.
Matthew struggles to tell Nora that it was Nate who hit him, but instead he has a seizure. The doctor tells Bo and Nora that there’s nothing he can do for him here. Nate tells Rick he may as well not bother blackmailing him and Deanna because Matthew is better and will eventually talk. Rick goes to the hospital and finds out that, in fact, Matthew is having a seizure and is not better. Dani comes upon Nate sharing this news with Deanna and hugging. They argue, leading to Nate blurting: why didn’t you tell me Matthew killed my father? Meanwhile Deanna runs into Rick and he tells her Matthew took a turn for the worst and she better do his porn film.
James shares with Deanna his dislike of Baz, as Baz and Starr make music together. Baz is surprisingly good with Hope. James returns to Deanna, bummed that Baz has a way with Hope and he doesn’t, among other things. Dani confronts Destiny about the pregnancy test in her purse. Destiny makes light of it but Dani makes her promise to call if she decides to take it. Destiny takes the test.
On the Next One Life to Live…
- Rex pretends to accept Todd’s apology.
- Viki confronts Dorian over her actions.
- Echo continues her plot to settle the score.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 6, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Patrick, Robin, Matt and Steve prepare for questioning from the board on Elizabeth’s competence. Elizabeth confesses to Siobhan that her error almost resulted in Siobhan’s death.
While Jax warns Shawn he will be eviscerated on the stand, Carly confides in Jason that she never wants to marry again now that Jax has shown his true colors in winning custody of Josslyn. Carly screws up big time when she loses her temper in front of the court-appointed mediator, to Jax’s delight.
Anthony reveals his plan to kill Brenda to destroy Sonny and “make him bleed.”
Jason and Sam continue dodging the topic of getting married as they discuss what is happening to Carly and Jax’s marriage and family.
Blindsided by Abby and Ethan’s purposeful flirting, Kristina vents to Michael and remains ever more determined to win Ethan. Meanwhile, Ethan warns Johnny to keep his father away from Kristina and admits he cares for her.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Sonny threatens Jax.
- Brenda and Alec come under gunfire.
- Will Sam and Jason agree to get married?
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — "The Young and the Restless" Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Ripping up the letter she had written, Sharon decided that she should just leave the farm for good. While walking out of the room, Sam woke up and moments later, was at the barn. He watched her pack and questioned where she was going. Sharon disappointed him when she told him that their having sex was a big mistake. He had promised to take things slow, just as long as she didn't leave. Sharon told Sam that people that became close to her only got hurt because of her and she couldn't let that happen with him.
Noah was going through some of the memory cards when Abby approached him. She questioned what he was up to and he said he wanted to do what he could to clear his mother's name but questioned if it would be for nothing. Noah declined Abby's offer to help and he turned the conversation to that of her leaving rehab: had she seen her parents. She admitted she was dodging them but he pointed out they would find out sooner or later. The two started to listen to one of his songs on his iPod and she liked what heard. She mused if Eden was the insipration. She soon revealed that while in rehab, she saw Eden there. Noah questioned if the two talked.
At Newman Enterprises, Victor welcomed both Victoria and Lauren to the board. Lauren voiced concern about her being there since she was the recent face of Jabot but Victor shooed them all away, telling her he wanted her there. Adam sauntered into the room and he and Victor stared icily at each other. When Michael brought the meeting to order, both Victoria and Adam agreed to nominate Victor as chairman of the board. It was the only agreement, however, between father and son. Victor proposed a deal with a Chinese petroleum company but Adam quickly shot it down getting some of the board on his side to look for a less risky option. Victor was displeased and during a recess in the meeting, he asked Michael about their case against Adam, but Michael said they didn't have a strong enough case.
Billy headed to Restless Style to give Nick the keys. The discussed payment arrangements when Phyllis walked in. Billy was furious to learn that Nick hired Phyllis back, despite what she did to his sister. Nick snapped that what he did with Restless Style and who he hires was no business of his anymore. After Billy left, Phyllis took her normal pleasure in badmouthing Billy but Nick stuck up for him that Billy was having a tough time since having Lucy taken from him and Victoria. Phyllis offered to leave if working together was going to be difficult.
After the meeting had ended Lauren and Michael headed out, leaving Victoria, Victor and Adam there. Victoria and Adam had a few snarky words, where she learned on Billy selling Restless Style back to Nick. She headed out to go talk to Billy, leaving Adamd Victor alone. Adam told Victor that he was losing his touch, but Victor said he was messing with the wrong man and it would cost him.
Eden found herself at Crimson Lights and was disappointed that Kevin wasn't there. As she looked around, she spotted Noah and Abby talking to one another. As she was staring at them, Lauren arrived and was shocked to see her. Lauren said that Michael and Kevin would be surprised to see her. She stepped out to retrieve her cell phone. While she was gone, Eden stepped out onto the patio and picked up Noah's earbuds and listened to his song, unaware that he stepped back inside to get his things. The two came face-to-face and soon were met by Abby, who was surprised Eden came to Genoa City after all.
Victoria headed over to Restless Style and ripped into Nick for taking the only company Billy cared about away from him, let alone hiring Phyllis back. Nick said that Billy was well aware of what he was doing when he sold the company back to him. He soon pointed out that Victoria disappointed him by going back to Newman Enterprises even after all that Victor had done to the two of them. When she left, Phyllis pointed out that Victoria would be a great person to use to get the dirt on Adam; Nick agreed.
A frustrated Billy continued to go down the drunken path by having a drink. He slowly removed his ring and tossed it into his glass of scotch. Picking up the phone he called his bookie to make another horse bet, but was interrupted by a visit from someone there to collect on his lost bets. The man refused to take a check, wanting cash instead. As they were talking, Victoria arrived. Quickly getting rid of the guy, he slipped him his watch. Victoria rrequested that they talk to one another after he was showered and clean. When he came back out, clean, she wanted to know why he sold his company, telling him that was the one thing he loved. Billy shot back that she no longer need to worry about what he does. She agreed but let him know that he has an impending custody case to keep Delia and in order to keep custody of her, he needed employment.
On the Next The Young and the Restless…
Sam offers Sharon a new life
Adam and Nick clash over Sharon once again
Diane snoops to get the scoop on Adam