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


Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:58 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

( — Creating the now-defunct ABC daytime drama “Ryan’s Hope” with Claire Labine in 1975, Mayer also served as the show’s co-head writer and executive producer (1975-81) for much of the soap’s nearly 14-year run.

Paul Avila Mayer passed away on July 10th, as the result of a brain tumor.

In addition to overseeing “Ryan’s Hope,” Mayer was also active elsewhere in the soap world. From 1970-71 he served as writer for “Where the Heart Is,” and as co-head writer from 1971-73; from 1973-75 he held the same position at “Love of Life.” After leaving “Ryan’s Hope,” Mayer served as a writer for “Search for Tomorrow” in 1985. In addition, he also wrote an adaptation of the popular play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” in 1976.

Mayer was nominated a total of ten times for Daytime Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Writing and Daytime Drama for his work on “Ryan’s Hope,” winning eight times. Nominated every year between 1977 and 1984 (with the sole exception of 1982), Mayer’s wins came in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, and 1984. He shared his first Emmy win Claire Labine and Mary Ryan Munisteri, and his first nomination with Labine and Robert Costello (who got his start in daytime as a producer for the cult soap “Dark Shadows”). Mayer’s 1977 and 1979 Emmy wins for his work as both producer and writer.

Premiering in 1975, “Ryan’s Hope” last aired in January 1989, after being cancelled by ABC due to low ratings. 
Funeral services will be held on July 30th.

“Ryan’s Hope” airs weekdays on SOAPnet.  Check local listings.

Discussion: ‘Ryan’s Hope’ Co-Creator Paul Avila Mayer Dies


Wednesday, July 22, 2009 4:47 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

Lindsay Hartley ( — Can chemistry strike twice for Lindsay Hartley (ex-Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald, “Passions”) and Eric Martsolf (ex-Ethan Crane, “Passions”)? “Days of our Lives” seems to think so as the soap has hired Hartley to replace Felisha Terrell in the contract role of Arianna Hernandez, Brady Black’s (Martsolf) love interest on the soap.

According to Soap Opera Digest, Hartley begins filming on Thursday, July 23.

No word on what caused the soap to make the drastic change, but it is clear that the show is looking to recapture the magic of the “Passions” supercouple portrayed by Hartley and Martsolf for six years (Martsolf joined the cast as Ethan in 2002).

Hartley has a five-year-old daughter, Isabella Justice Hartley, with husband and former “Passions” co-star Justin Hartley (ex-Fox Crane). The actress recently appeared in an episode of the CBS primetime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Terrell joined the “DAYS” cast earlier this year, but got her break in the 2008 film “Get Smart” starring “The Office’s” Steve Carell.” She also appeared in an episode of HBO’s “Entourage.”

“Days of our Lives” airs Weekdays on NBC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

Discussion: Lindsay Hartley’s ‘Passion’ is with ‘Days’

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    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 22, 2009.


    Kendall scares Emma when she confronts her demanding the truth. Ryan puts a stop to Kendall’s tactics, making it clear he won’t have his daughter further traumatized. Kendall fears her time is running out and becomes angry everyone isn’t putting more pressure on Emma. Zach is incredulous when Liza suggests they should try to manipulate Emma just as Annie has to create reasonable doubt. Emma swipes Erica’s cell phone and hides it in her room. Jesse tells Zach that he’ll try to stall Willis, who is hell bent on finding Emma.

    Tad has his work cut out for him while he distracts Liza to give Jake, Amanda and Taylor the chance to sneak away with Trevor without being seen. Taylor promises Amanda she’ll take good care of Trevor. The connection between Tad and Taylor grows when he stays to help her with the baby.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • Kendall sees all hope slipping away.
    • Ryan tries to convince Annie that they share a common goal.
    • Madison pushes Randi to her breaking point.

    “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    OLTL Recap: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 22, 2009.


    “Stairway to Heaven”

    Gigi races to get help for Stacy, interrupting Roxy as she’s on the verge of telling Rex the truth about his father. Gigi’s relieved to learn that Stacy is going to be okay. Rex pushes aside his guilt as he continues to lead Gigi to believe he never slept with Stacy. The doctor gives a delighted Stacy the unexpected news that she’s pregnant.

    Kyle catches Cristian with the letter Fish left for him. Kyle isn’t forthcoming when Cristian questions him about Fish. Fish overreacts when Layla asks him if he’s gay. Kyle is clearly miserable as he thinks about Fish.

    Starr and Cole make love for the first time since the night Hope was conceived.

    Langston tries to bolster a heartbroken Markko after his father disowns him, saying he’s no longer welcome at home.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Starr and Cole are happy.
    • Dorian has a few choice words to Todd.
    • Bo and Nora are in for a surprise.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    GH Recap: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

    ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 22, 2009.


    Sonny feels guilty for the way he treated Claudia and stays by her side at the hospital. Robin and Patrick inform Claudia and Sonny that Claudia’s suffering from a brain injury. Robin and Patrick explain that medication would be the best course of action to treat Claudia’s injuries but it would most likely result in a miscarriage.

    Patrick injures his finger catching Robin when she nearly falls down the stairs.

    Carly suddenly collapses after returning home.

    Alexis admits to Sam that she had been at the Mayor’s house and got into an ugly fight with his wife which was caught on security cameras. Alexis asks Sam if she and Spinelli could find a way to erase the footage of her at the Mayor’s house. Sam realizes Alexis would have been on the road at the time of Claudia’s accident.

    Michael confesses to Kristina he thinks he caused Claudia’s accident.

    Sonny sends Jason to apologize to Olivia for him. Both Dominic and Olivia are startled when Jason knocks on the door.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Claudia would rather wisk her own life than that of her baby’s.
    • Jax and Carly receive bad news.
    • Things don’t look good for Alexis.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Wednesday, July 20, 2009 2:50 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

    Greg Vaughan ( — The talk of the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend wasn’t what is going to happen next on the ABC soap, but news that Greg Vaughan, who portrays Lucky Spencer, is expecting his second child with wife Touriya Haoud. The couples first child, Jathan James Vaughan, was born in May 2007. The actor tweeted the happy news on Monday, July 20.

    “As I lay in bed, adoring my beautiful family! My son slowly closes his eyes, & my beautiful wife caresses her belly as new life is blooming,” said Vaughan.

    Reportedly, Haoud is three months pregnant, which marks her delivery date at or about January 2010.

    Prior to joining the cast of “General Hospital” in 2003, Vaughan portrayed the contract role of Diego Guttierez on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” He has also appeared in a number of primetime dramas including The WB’s “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed,” and FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210.” He has also tried his hand at comedy with his appearances in “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Still Standing.”

    In related baby news, “GH’s” Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) is expecting his first child, a boy, with wife Brienne Pedigo in October. Pedigo is a reporter for ESPN.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

    Discussion: Another Baby For Greg Vaughan

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      Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 21, 2009.


      Marian lays into Liza, saying she’ll have nothing more to do with her if she continues to represent Kendall.

      Zach and Kendall pledge their love to one another.

      Kendall goes to Willis’ office with Zach and Liza, prepared to accept the plea deal. Willis pulls the rug out from under Kendall when he announces the deal is off the table now that he has Emma as an eyewitness. Willis infuriates Zach when he announces he’s going after a murder one conviction. Erica assures Kendall that she and Ryan will handle the Emma problem. Ryan and Erica hide Emma at a safe house to prevent Willis from questioning her.

      While helping Scott clean out Stuart’s things from the attic, Annie has a flashback of being up there with Adam and Emma on the night of the murder. Adam is unsettled after reading Annie’s file, including her journal from Oak Haven that Willis gave him.

      Jake and Amanda bring baby Trevor home to Tad’s with them. Tad is surprised by the turn of events but is glad to see Amanda happy again. Taylor finds out what’s going on and volunteers to hide Trevor from David at her place until the time is right for Jake and Amanda to leave town. Jake, Amanda, and Taylor hide with Trevor when Liza shows up unexpectedly.

      On the Next All My Children…

      • Kendall fails to get Emma to change her story.
      • Zach and Jesse are determined to prove Annie’s guilt.
      • Tad and Taylor grow closer.

      “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


      OLTL Recap: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

      Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 21, 2009.


      “Head Over Heels”

      Rex and Gigi rejoice over the fact that they were finally able to turn the tables on Stacy. In the parking garage, Gigi encounters a menacing Stacy, who’s vandalized Gigi’s car with a crowbar. Stacy warns Gigi that the competition for Rex is just beginning. Gigi, having been pushed too far, attacks Stacy. Stacy ends up falling down the stairs after lunging at Gigi. Rex angrily demands answers from Roxy.

      A tearful Roxy admits that the mystery donor whose stem cells saved Shane’s life was actually Rex’s father.

      Cristian reads the cryptic letter that Fish left for Kyle. Layla takes Fish to task for going back on their agreement not to tell anyone at work that they’re dating. Fish explains that it’s important to keep up a macho image in front of the other cops. Fish pulls away from Layla’s amorous advances.

      Markko’s father catches him kissing Langston.

      Starr asks Cole to spend the night with her before he starts his undercover work.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Roxy’s confession is interrupted by Gigi.
      • Kyle dodges Cristian’s questions about Fish.
      • Langston attempts to put a smile on Markko’s face.

      “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


      Tuesday, July 21, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 21, 2009.


      Johnny walks in to see Sonny and Olivia kissing. Johnny informs Sonny that tests confirm that Sonny is the father of Claudia’s baby. Sonny doesn’t believe Johnny but later learns he was telling the truth.

      Claudia gets in a horrific car accident trying to avoid a reckless driver. Carly, who happens to be close by, pulls Claudia from the wreckage. Claudia is rushed into the emergency room as Sonny watches on. Patrick and Kelly tell Claudia that both her and her unborn baby’s lives are at risk.

      Jason helps Michael cover his tracks when he admits he thinks he caused a car accident. Kristina fears she could have caused Claudia’s accident. Sam picks up on Kristina’s unease when she returns home. Sam and Jason suspect that either Michael or Kristina could have caused Claudia’s accident.

      Maxie is tempted to accept Spinelli’s marriage proposal after seeing the beautiful ring he got for her. Maxie asks Spinelli for more time to decide about his proposal.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Sonny and Claudia get news at the hospital.
      • Jason wonders if Michael’s responsible for Claudia’s accident.
      • Carly suddely collapses.

      “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


      Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:26 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

      ( — Is “Guiding Light” hunk Daniel Cosgrove headed to “One Life to Live” as the next Joey Buchanan? The answer is yes, according to two popular soap news magazines.

      Both Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest have gone on record as stating that Cosgrove and “OLTL” are thisclose to finalizing a deal to bring him to Llanview as Viki and Clint’s youngest son Joey, which SON recently reported on.

      The character was last portrayed by “Castle” star Nathan Fillion during “One Life’s” 10,000th episode celebration in 2007 (and originally from 1994-97). Should Cosgrove step into the role, he would become the seventh actor to tackle the long-time character. Other actors in the role have included Ryan Morris (1982-83), John Paul Learn (1983-90), Chris McKenna (1990-93), Don Jeffcoat (1997-2001), and Bruce Michael Hall (2003 and again in 2004).

      If “One Life” manages to land Cosgrove, it would most likely be fall before he would arrive in Llanview, given the fact that “Guiding Light” is expected to air until September 18th. It also remains to be seen is his “GL” co-star and “OLTL” vet Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer) would be returning as well.

      As for Joey’s big brother Kevin Buchanan, a “OLTL” spokesperson tells Soap Opera Digest that “there are no plans to bring back the character of Kevin at this time.”

      SON will keep you posted.

      In other news…

      Due to the July 7th pre-emption of “One Life to Live,” scenes involving Todd, Téa, and salsa musician Frankie Negrón are now scheduled to air on Wednesday, August 5th, instead of the August 4th date SON previously reported.

      A recent online rumor suggests that “OLTL” is looking to cast a Latino actress of around 10 years of age, for a role that could be either Markko Rivera’s younger sister or Todd and Téa’s as yet unmentioned love child. However, this should taken with a grain of salt, as there is currently NO evidence whatsoever to support the claim at this time.

      As first reported by SON in late May, “OLTL” has issued a casting call for the minor role of ‘Serge’ who, from the tone of the audition script, appeared to be involved in a drug related storyline. While unable to confirm the identity of the actor cast in the role, we can tell you that the character will debut on Thursday, August 6th, as the employer of the drug dealing teen Asher, when the pair pay Cole a visit. Also on that date, the character of Mannetti also first airs, as a cop assisting John and Cole in their undercover operation to lower the boom on Llanview’s drug ring.

      For those wondering, yes that was “OLTL’s” own Kassie DePaiva singing “If You Knew My Heart” during the Blair/John montage during the soap’s July 20th episode. According to DePaiva’s Twitter page, that song, along with “Untangled” (which she performed on July 1st), will be available “within the month” on iTunes.

      The mystery of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo’s recent visit to the “OLTL” set appears to have been solved. The Suds Report states that Manzo “will host a luau-themed party to honor the premiere of ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding.’ Playwright Anthony Wilkinson, who works on the ‘One Life’ crew, wrote the play and stars alongside Scott Evans (Oliver Fish). The play is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. et at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, New York. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic research.”

      The Suds Report also claims that Michael Lowry (who will soon join the soap in the recasted role of Ross Rayburn) will be “sticking around for awhile,” per a set side source.

      Lastly, Bo, Nora, and Clint, think they have found a way to knock Téa down a peg and deflate Matthew’s hopes of winning his lawsuit on Friday, August 7th when they hire a new hotshot lawyer named Elijah Kent (Matt Walton), who looks to be just as much of a legal ace as Téa herself. And David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) surprises ex-wife Dorian on Monday, July 10th and soon pays a visit to best friend Viki, who wants no part of his latest scheme.

      “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.

      Discussion: In or Out? Is Llanview in Daniel Cosgrove’s Future?


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