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

 
Friday, July 17, 2009 1:07 AM PT | By Errol Lewis

Megan Ward (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After the Thursday, July 16 airing of ABC’s “General Hospital,” rumors began flying that Megan Ward, who portrays Kate Howard on the soap, is done filming. Not true says a “General Hospital” spokesman.

“It was not Megan’s last day. You will see her again.”

Nearly two years since joining the cast of “GH,” Ward was bumped to recurring status in April 2009 along with Rick Hearst (ex-Ric Lansing), who recently jumped ship to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” when the soap offered him a contract in order to retun to the soap as Whipple ‘Whip’ Jones III.

Ward is best known for her roles in such primetime series as FOX’s “Party of Five” and “Melrose Place” and the series “Dark Skies.” She can next be seen in the film “The Invited” due out this year. The film also stars Victor Browne (ex-Drew Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) and Lou Diamond Phillips.

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


Discussion:


  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • General Hospital
  • B&B
  • Rick Hearst
  • GH
  • Megan Ward
  • Party of Five
  • Melrose Place
  • Dark Skies
  • Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Victor Browne.

     

    Wednesday, July 16, 2009 7:11 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – “One Life to Live’s” resident physic returns when a certain widow asks the clairvoyant to contact the spirit of her dead husband.

    As the Buchanan family gathers round at Asa’s lodge on Monday, July 27th in celebration of the upcoming nuptials of two of the town’s leading couples Renee, sensing the presence of her late husband and ruthless family patriarch Asa Buchanan, turns to Madame Delphina (Lea DeLaria) for help in contacting his restless spirit. However, things don’t go quite as planned, when the physic receives some strange vibes while trying to reach the old coot from the other side.

    Fans may recall that DeLaria first appeared as Delphina back in 1999, when she was hired by Dorian Lord to communicate with the spirit of her presumed dead husband Mel Hayes, following the crash of an airplane which he was aboard. There meetings cumulated in an onscreen kiss between Dorian and Delphina, who was possessed with Mel’s spirit at the time. The character was resurrected last year when Delphina was brought in to help locate Rex Balsom and Bo Buchanan after the pair were struck by lightning and transported back in time 40 years to 1968, where she performed double duty by also portraying Delphina’s male equivalent, Dr. Del Fina, who worked to help Bo and Rex return to the year 2008. In addition, Madame Delphina also attempted to help Dorian find David earlier this year before he learned of his true paternity, sensed danger for Starr’s unborn baby, and provided Langston Wilde with a cryptic message concerning her family, among other things.

    Further spooking the clan is the fact that it appears that someone is lurking about just outside the lodge. While the mystery man has yet to be identified, Jessica is sure that it is the ghost of her deceased husband Nash Brennan, following a series of bizarre coincidences, one of which even involves her daughter Bree. But is she right, or is her mind simply playing tricks on her as her heart continues to grieve for the husband and child she lost? And, if the man is more than just a figment of her imagination, is he from the world of the living, or from the realm of the dead?

    As his brother’s wedding to his ex-wife draws nearer, Bo Buchanan begins to wonder if he’s crazy for harboring lingering feelings for Nora. As he ponders his dilemma, he decides to pay a visit to the one person who despises her more than life itself. But upon arriving at Statesville Prison on Friday, July 31st, will Lindsay (Catherine Hickland) be able to give Bo the reassurance he needs, or will his feelings for his ex become clear as mud?

    And finally, Evan Joiner is back as Asher, the teenage pill pusher, beginning Wednesday, July 29th, as Cole and John’s undercover sting to bring down Llanview’s drug dealers gets underway.

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


    Discussion: Lea DeLaria Takes Llanview to the After ‘Life’



     

    Thursday, July 16, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 16, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Emma insists to Ryan that she saw Kendall shoot Stuart. Zach doesn’t believe Emma’s claim but Ryan thinks his daughter is telling the truth. Ryan walks in as Emma’s talking to Annie on the phone. Kendall asks Zach if he’s starting to have doubts about her innocence.

    Erica confronts Liza after learning she’s taken over Kendall’s case and accuses her of wanting to get Zach for herself.

    Assistant District Attorney Andrew Willis questions Erica, who points the finger at Annie. JR clashes with Annie. Annie maintains her innocence when questioned by Willis and voices her love for Adam, who declares his love for her in return.

    Jake tells Amanda the truth about her baby, explaining how Liza blackmailed him. Jake reveals to Amanda that Liza only thinks she has Amanda’s baby because he switched babies and gave her a different child. Amanda peers in at her son when Jake takes her to the country cottage.

    On the Next All My Children…

    • The evidence against Kendall continues to mount.
    • Amanda has an emotional reunion with her baby.
    • Annie sneaks out of the mansion.

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



     

    OLTL Recap: Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Thursday, July 16, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 16, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    “Read-Handed”

    Stacy panics when Michael wants to start harvesting her stem cells immediately. Rex sees Stacy’s vulnerability when she questions his feelings for her. Gigi and Shane look forward to getting the goods on Stacy. Stacy gets her hands on the supply of stem cells she stashed at a cold storage facility but gets caught red-handed by Rex. 

    Téa rips into Todd when she catches him having sex with Blair. Todd tries to downplay his indiscretion but Téa won’t be mollified. Enjoying his discomfort, Blair does nothing to help Todd’s case. Todd refuses to let Téa walk out of his life without a fight.

    Matthew remains angry with Bo and Nora over their refusal to allow Greg to operate on him. Clint and Bo end up getting into a major argument ostensibly about Matthew but Clint they’re really fighting about his relationship with Nora. Destiny is hurt and disappointed when Greg tells her he’s leaving town. Destiny reaches out to Matthew.

    On the Next One Life to Live…

    • Rex breaks Stacy’s heart.
    • Destiny thinks she knows how to help Matthew.
    • Dorian is sickened by Blair’s revelation.

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



     

    Thursday, July 16, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 16, 2009.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Sonny tells Johnny that Olivia wants to be with him now. Olivia, however, arrives and refutes Sonny’s claim. Olivia continues to insist to Sonny that she’ll never be with him.

    Claudia and Sonny share a warm moment during her ultrasound.

    Maxie frets over Spinelli’s marriage proposal. Kate surprises Maxie with a promotion, making her even more relieved she didn’t accept Spinelli’s proposal. After seeking advice from Max and Diane about to proceed with Maxie, Spinelli commandeers the public address system at the Metro Court.

    Keifer continues to push Michael’s buttons.

    Rebecca has no choice but to accept Edward’s terms and agree to move into the mansion. Ethan goes to see Nikolas behind Rebecca’s back.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • The warmth between Sonny and Claudia quickly deteriorates.
    • Spinelli plans a romantic rendezvous.
    • Kristina’s boyfriend is nothing but trouble.

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



     

    Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:30 AM PT | By Errol Lewis

    Airtel Plaza Hotel (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — So you’ve been coming to “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend at the Sportsmen’s Lodge for years and are leery of change. You’re not sure what a new venue will be like and feel this may be your last year attending the biggest soap fan weekend in the world. I have a question to ask? What’s to worry about?

    Like many of you, I’ve been coming to the “GH” Fan Club Weekend for years. This will be my fourth year. When it was announced during the 2008 Fan gathering that it would be our last at the Sportsmen’s due to the lodge’s then impending closure, many of us thought the event itself was over. With the hard work and dedication of Debbie Morris, President, General Hospital Fan Club, and all the important individual’s that work closely with her in planning these fan events, we got word in late 2008 that not only would the events continue, but they’d be taking place at a new location. Enter Airtel Plaza Hotel.

    Airtel Plaza Hotel

    The Airtel Plaza Hotel is located in Van Nuys, CA. It is about 20 minutes away from the Sportsmen’s Lodge. At face value, there is nothing special about the hotel. But it is what’s on the inside that counts. Interestingly, the Airtel Plaza Hotel is located right next door to the Van Nuys Airport, hence “Air”tel. The hotel is for private planes only, so don’t go kicking yourself for booking your arrival at LAX or Burbank.

    Front Desk Check-in
    Checking into the Airtel is simple. Like many hotels you enter the lobby and head straight to the front desk to confirm your reservation. Unlike many hotels, the Airtel’s staff doesn’t pretend to care about your needs, they just do. They answer all of your questions, no matter how tedious they might seem. They give you straight answers, not the run around. When do they stop serving dinner? What time does the bar close? The pool? The gym? What’s the nightly parking rates? Just some of the questions I asked when I checked into the hotel after 7:00 PM on Wednesday. For reference, the dinning room closes at 10:00 PM, the bar closes at about 1:00 AM (depending on the day of the week), the pool closes at 8:00 PM, the gym is open 24/7 and parking is $10 a night. One neat feature upon checking into the Airtel, at least during Fan Club Weekend, is the hotel has specially designed guest room keys to promote their appreciation that the events are being held at their hotel. The keys read “Airtel Plaza Hotel Welcomes 2009 ‘General Hospital’ Fan Club Weekend July 16th – 20th.”

    Dining
    Dining at the Airtel is expensive if you are used to the prices at Jerry’s (there is no late night diner that I’m aware of at this time that you can go to as a hangout place). I had a meal with light portions for $17. While good, proportionally the cost does not compare to what you can get for the same price at an Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s or Dallas BBQ’s, but this is a hotel after all. Nothing comes cheap. My waiter answered all my questions and provided me with a second helping of their tasty bread. Not sure what’s in it, but something about it gives it a unique taste.The restaurant itself feels like you are in another world (pardon the pun). The setting is almost the equivalent of a private club if they dimmed the lights a little more. Though, it is better off the way it is as you can take in the scenery.

    Pool
    While I have yet to actually get in the pool, from what I have seen there isn’t much to see. The pool is really tiny. If you are looking to swim laps, the pool is angled in such a way that it makes things difficult. Unless you want a cool down, I wouldn’t recommend this as part of your To-Do List.

    Hotel Room
    Some of you may have a different room setting to go by, but my room compromises of a King Size bed with a couch, cable TV (including HBO), a complimentary fridge with a sink to wash dishes, room for a cot (if desired) that doesn’t force your roomate to walk around your sleeping form, and a bathroom that is broken into two sections. All together, the hotel room is grander than a studio apartment that could run you thousands a month, not including assorted building and maintenence fees. The bed is very comfortable. In fact, if I were not writing this piece, I’d probably still be enjoying said comfort.

    Expectations
    All in all, the Airtel has so far exceeded my expectations. There are still a few days left of my stay here, but I forsee nothing of note that could change my view on this hotel. For those of you coming for the weekend’s events and are staying outside of the Airtel, you do not know what you are missing.

    Kickoff Party

    Tonight is the kickoff party for the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend, but while I won’t be attending the event, i’m sure those of you who will, will have lots of stories to tell. Have fun, drink up, but keep the hangover elsewhere. We want you returning to your home’s safe and sound and again next year.


    Discussion: Kicking off a ‘GH’ Fan Club Weekend


    • General Hospital
    • GH
    • Airtel Plaza Hotel
    • Airtel
    • General Hospital Fan Club Weekend
    • GHFCW

       

      Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of July 20, 2009.

      ALL MY CHILDREN: VCR ALERTS

      • Monday: Annie forms a new plan. Kendall finds comfort in Zach’s arms. David tells Marissa his marriage is over.
      • Tuesday: Zach and Kendall reaffirm their love for one another. Annie remembers more about the night of the murder. Jake and Amanda form a new plan.
      • Wednesday: Kendall fails to get Emma to change her story. Zach and Jesse are determined to prove Annie’s guilt. Tad and Taylor grow closer.
      • Thursday: Kendall sees all hope slipping away. Ryan tries to convince Annie that they share a common goal. Madison pushes Randi to her breaking point.
      • Friday: Zach and Liza push Ryan too far. Kendall makes a confession. Jesse confronts Madison for harassing Randi.

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



       

      OLTL Alerts: Week of July 20 Edition

      Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of July 20, 2009.

      ONE LIFE TO LIVE: VCR ALERTS

      • Monday: Rex and Gigi are finally free of Stacy’s web. John and Blair end their marriage on a bittersweet note.  Word of Matthew’s actions interrupt Bo and Nora’s close encounter.
      • Tuesday: Stacy vows to Rex that she’s not giving up without a fight.  Rex backs Roxy into a corner.  Cristian gets his hands on Kyle’s letter to Fish. 
      • Wednesday: Stacy receieves the shock of her life.  Rex probes Roxy for the truth about his father.  Starr and Cole emjoy a night of romance. 
      • Thursday: Blair and Téa have a catfight.  Matthew is confronted by his parents.  Shaun has the wrong idea about Greg and Rachel.   
      • Friday: Stacy dreams of having Rex all to herself.  Téa thinks Todd’s newest scheme is insane.  Rex plans to take his secret about sleeping with the enemy to his grave. 

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



       

      Thursday, July 16, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of July 20, 2009.

      GENERAL HOSPITAL: VCR ALERTS

      • Monday: Claudia gets the news she’s been praying for. Sonny makes another play for Olivia. A potential tragedy is in the making.
      • Tuesday: Claudia and her unborn baby are in jeopardy. Sam becomes suspicious of Kristina. Maxie can’t give Spinelli an answer to his proposal.
      • Wednesday: Sonny and Claudia get news at the hospital. Jason wonders if Michael’s responsible for Claudia’s accident. Carly suddely collapses.
      • Thursday: Claudia would rather wisk her own life than that of her baby’s. Kelly has alarming news for Carly and Jax. Things don’t look good for Alexis.
      • Friday: Jason is determined to help Michael. Sam realizes Kristina could be guilty of causing the car accident. Claudia’s dreams are shattered.

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



       

      OLTL Recap: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

      Wednesday, July 15, 2009 9:31 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      “Heating Up Fast”

      Rex, Gigi, Shane and a visiting Michael put on a good show for Stacy. When Michael announces that Shane has suffered a relapse, Rex lures Stacy into the trap by imploring her to save Shane’s life again.

      Troubling memories of her time with Todd prevent Marty from making love with John. John pulls Marty into a comforting hug, assuring her he can wait until she’s ready to be intimate with him.

      Todd and Blair each accuse the other of being jealous. Todd and Blair make love impetuously, which Téa walks in on. 

      Téa advises Cristian to tell Layla what Kyle said about Fish after he voices his concerns. Meanwhile, Fish helps Layla get settled at the police station on her first day as John’s assistant. Fish and Layla agree to keep their relationship under wraps in the workplace. Cristian walks away without saying to Layla after seeing her kissing Fish.

      Jessica apologizes to an understanding Starr and Cole for all the anguish she caused them. Jessica can’t bring herself to hold Hope when Starr offers to let her do so.

      On the Next One Life to Live…

      • Stacy goes into panic mode when backed into a corner.
      • Téa unleashes her fury on Todd.
      • Bo and Clint have it out.

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



       






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