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

 

OLTL Recap: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:22 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

“Are You the Gatekeeper?”

 Bess unlocks the door, thinking she’s coming face to face with Jean Randolph.  Pretending to be Jean, Viki prevails for Bess to look at the situation logically and realize that Jessica needs to face the truth.  Viki’s love and compassion reaches Jessicea, who begins to face the realization that her baby died. 

Schuyler attacks Kyle, accusing him of having stolen Stacy’s blood sample from his room.  Fish comes upon the scene and orders Schuyler to back off Kyle.  Fish doesn’t hid his dislike of Kyle, who points out they used to be friends.  Kyle warns Stacy that Schuyler and Gigi are on to her but she’s not worried.  Thinking Rex and Gigi aren’t home, Gigi uses her key to let her and Schuyler into the loft to get a sample of Stacy’s DNA.  Gigi and Schuyler walk in just as Stacy has managed to get Rex into a very compromising position. 

Layla and Cristian’s search for a third roommate gets off to a rocky start. 

On the Next One Life to Live…

  • Jessica is overwhelmed with the memories of the night she gave birth to Chloe.
  • Gigi and Stacy have a chick fight.
  • Shaun has a proposition for Rachel. 

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



 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:02 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Jake explains to Liza how he’s going to hand Amanda’s baby over to her. Jake later tells Amanda the arrangements he’s made but doesn’t mention Liza.

Colby finds a packet of letters from Liza addressed to her while poking around in Liza’s room at the Yacht Club. Back at the mansion, Colby reads the letters Adam deliberately kept from her and is deeply affected by Liza’s outpourings of love. Pete and Colby notice blood on the most recent letter. Liza and Colby’s moment of closeness is quickly shattered when Colby realizes her mother had been at the mansion on the night of the murder and accuses her of having shot Stuart.

Scott and Krystal accuse David of being the killer, but Jesse won’t arrest him just yet. David tells Krystal the reason he didn’t pull the trigger that fateful night.

Zach and Kendall agree to get married to evoke spousal privilege. The pair are later married for the third time buy a justice of the peace at Pine Valley hospital.

Ryan confronts Annie after seeing a drawing Emma made of a woman holding a gun.

On the Next All My Children…

  • A mother makes a plea to her daughter.
  • Annie makes a deal with Ryan.
  • Krystal warns Marissa not to get too close to David.

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



 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:01 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Michael pushes himself too hard during his physical therapy as he’s determined to go home sooner rather than later. Carly realizes that Michael is trying to pit her and Sonny against each other and points out to Sonny that they need to present a united front. Claudia darkens when she witnesses Sonny sharing a tender moment with Carly. Jason arrives just as Michael flies into a rage after Robin tells him he needs to take things slowly.

Claudia lays into Olivia when she sees her kissing Johnny. Johnny shocks Claudia when he makes it clear he’d throw her to the wolves if she did anything to harm Olivia.

Claudia feels Michael is the key to protecting herself.

Elizabeth and Alexis grow more and more certain that Rebecca is up to no good. Nikolas and Rebecca can’t control themselves any longer and make love. Rayner tells Alexis that Rebecca didn’t grow up with her biological parents because she was adopted illegally on the black market but he isn’t sure whether or not she knows about it.

Ethan and Luke decide to have a DNA test done without Tracy’s knowledge.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Claudia wants to put distance between Sonny and Carly.
  • Rebecca comes face to face with Helena.
  • Patrick grows concerned about Robin.

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



 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Chrishell Stause has made her (final?) decision.

Chrishell Stause made quite a few “All My Children” fans very happy on Tuesday evening. That’s when the actress reported on her Twitter page that she’ll be staying with “All My Children” through the end of the year.

Stause joined the cast of “AMC” in May of 2005 as the sexy, grown-up version of Amanda Dillon. Since April, the actress has extended her contract twice; the previous extension was reportedly through September 2009. On Monday afternoon the actress left her fans a curious note saying that she was on the cusp of making an important decision – that decision clearly being to extend her stay on the show through 2009. Co-star Ricky Paull Goldin (Dr. Jake Martin) reports that he’s so “excited that [his] TV girl is staying on AMC for a little more love.”

The next seven months should be full of heavy baby drama for the character or Amanda.

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


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    ‘AMC’s’ June Casting Notes

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 AM ET | By Angela Rosa

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children’s” June 2009 casting news.

    Cornelius Smith Jr. returns to the role of Frankie Hubbard on Friday, June 5. The character was last seen on April 24. According to “All My Children” head writer Charles Pratt Jr. the Emmy nominated actor, who joined the show in the fall of 2007, has supposedly been in contract talks that left him with no other choice but to make the good doctor disappear for a while. Frankie won’t just have a life altering injury to deal with when his wife’s (Denise Vasi) past becomes very present later this summer.

    Kieran Campion premiered in the recurring role of D.A. Henry North on Friday, May 22. Randi’s aforementioned dirty little secret is directly tied to the new District Attorney. North’s wife, Madison (played by GL alum Stephanie Gatschet), will premiere on Friday, June 19. Madison’s considerable issues could prove to be advantageous to the Slater’s as the young ladies ambitious husband refuses to even phantom looking at any other suspect after getting the daughter of Pine Valley’s most high-profile resident, Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), on his hook. Both roles are recurring and should last throughout the summer.

    Amanda Baker, as previously reported, will be back on “AMC” as the ghost of Babe Carey on Thursday, June 4 and then again on Monday, June 29. Her first appearance will be opposite her shattered father, David (Vincent Irizarry); her next appearance will be opposite Babe’s baby’s father, JR (Jacob Young).

    Beth Ehlers, who plays Taylor, and JR Martinez, who plays Brot, will be seen more in June. Unfortunately, it will just be for a little bit more than the three episodes each appeared on in May. Brot will be involved in Frankie’s story, and look for Taylor to have a few more interactions with Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight). Watch for Brot and Taylor’s romance to hit a major snag. Walt Willey’s rotation will increase in June, when Jackson takes on the new D.A. as Kendall’s (Alicia Minshew) attorney.

    In day-player news, Anna Koonin’s love-sick Nurse Gayle will make at least one more appearance on “AMC” in June. Meredith Patterson will begin to reappear in the role of casino assistant Francesca starting in mid-June.

    Various reliable sources have reported that the rumors of Spike Hart Lavery, the biological son of Kendall Hart and Ryan Lavery (Cameron Mathison), being recast and aged are false. Alexander, Benjamin and Caleb Eckstein began playing Spike in July 2007. Spike, who has been absent recently, will be seen more regularly in June.

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


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      Wednesday, June 3, 2009 11:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Last month Soap Opera Network asked readers like you to send us your questions for Tyler Christopher. He responded and now he has his first sit down interview with Soap Opera Network, and delves deeper into the role that helped define him into the man that he is today.

      Tyler Christopher has been portraying the role of Nikolas Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” off-and-on since joining the cast in July 1996. He has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. He married the love of his life, Brienne Pedigo, in 2008 and is expecting his first child in 2009. Christopher and Pedigo were married on September 27, 2008 and their son (yes, it’s a boy!) is due on October 1, 2009. So what’s real-life been like for the expecting family man?

      “Life is great in our home. We’re both very excited [and anxious] to begin the next chapter in our lives.”

      Outside of his work on “General Hospital,” Tyler is actively involved with the 68 Cent Crew Theatre, which he co-founded with close friend Ronnie Marmo in 2002. The theatre, now in its seventh year, holds an annual Fundraiser during the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend in which fans can enjoy an “evening of fun, laughter, drinks and great food,” while in the company of their favorite “GH” star and his cohorts from the theatre company. This year the event moves to the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, California. The event takes place on Friday, July 17 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Last year, fans got the chance to attend a special screening of “Stage 4,” a scripted “reality” show in which a group of people from a Hollywood theater company come together to hone their craft. “Stage 4″ also starred Christopher’s “GH” co-star Kimberly McCullough (Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake), the aforementioned Marmo and “Beverly Hills, 90210″ icon Brian Austin Green (ex-David Silver). There were hopes that the idea could launch into a series of episodes either on TV or via the internet, but “times are tough to sell a show right now,” says Christopher. “I thought it was very clever and funny and hope it finds a home somewhere.”

      Nikolas Cassadine was engaged to be married to reel-life love Emily Bowen-Quartermaine (Natalia Livingston). Unfortunately for Nikolas, in November 2007, Emily was savagely murdered by Diego Alcazar (Ignacio Serrichio), but now Nikolas is seeing “Emily” at every turn. Could it be? Is Emily really alive? Sadly, no. Nikolas is seeing Emily’s twin sister, Rebecca, who raised eyebrows in January 2009 when portrayer Natalia Livingston made her much anticipated return to the drama series as the newly created character. Since then the two have toyed around with a possible romance, but family matters are getting in their way – namely Nikolas’ Aunt Alexis Davis (Nancy Lee Grahn), who is suspicious of Rebecca and her intentions, and his Grandmother Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers), who shares words with Rebecca on the Thursday, June 4 episode of “GH. The question is, will we be treated to more Helena or is her time about up in Port Charles? ”Every show needs a Helena,” says Tyler. “I think she will always be around.”

      Character Traits

      Can a guy truly have his world literally crumble before him and still manage to keep himself grounded without changing his demeanor just a little? Reader PocketofRosies wanted to know if we’ll be seeing a darker side to Nikolas now, as per rumors, as she is partial to the “bad guys.”

      “On a soap you can’t be one way all the time or the character becomes boring. When you’re on five days a week, I believe you have to show different sides of a characters personality. He was dark for so long that I and the writers felt we needed to add a little color into Nikolas.” That color included adding a son with former flame Courtney Matthews (portrayed by Alicia Leigh Willis), who died in 2006. Speaking of his son, how would the dynamics change if the show aged Spencer a year from now and Nikolas had to now deal with a pre-teen Cassadine? “We had difficulty casting Spencer, so I believe that’s why you haven’t seen him as of late. As for the future for him, I just don’t have the answer for that.”

      In October 2005, Julie Berman joined the cast as an older Lulu Spencer, Nikolas’ younger sister, and Golnaz Vayghan wanted to know what it is like working with Berman, who is considered one of daytime’s finest young actresses.

      “You’re only as good as your partner in a scene. And with Julie you get nothing less than a display of fine acting. I tend to put little ad-libs in occasionally and she picks right up on them, the result is a scene that is natural and organic.”

      Genie Francis portrayed Laura Spencer, Nikolas and Lulu’s mother, off-and-on for over thirty years, but it seems like Laura is more off than on. Any chance she’ll finally make Port Charles her TV home once more? “I would always welcome a Genie Francis return. I’ve always said that she was someone I looked up to when I first started my career on ‘General Hospital.’ It’s always disappointing when she leaves,” said Christopher.

      Since last appearing on screen together in May 2008, when Emily’s “ghost” finally said goodbye to her prince, fans can’t help but wonder what exactly sets Rebecca/Nikolas apart from Emily/Nikolas. “I think Rebecca/Nikolas have a more sexually explosive relationship vs. a more sensual one between Emily/Nikolas,” says Christopher. “At least at this point in the story.”

      Where might the two be heading storyline wise? Christopher answers the question sent in by Soap Opera Network reader Sophia Malone: “As long as the dynamic between the two characters are different than that of Emily and Nikolas’, I’m okay with whatever they give me.”

      In April – April Fool’s day at that – the daytime industry woke up to the news that CBS had cancelled “Guiding Light” after 72 years of broadcasting on radio and television. Does the cast of “General Hospital” feel pressured when the ratings reports come out each week?

      “Times are tough. A lot of people are worried as to the fate of daytime. My hope is that ‘GH’ has solidified its mark on daytime immortality, but these days anything can happen,” Christopher responded.

      For more information on the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company Fundrasier or to buy tickets to the event, head on over to TylerChristopher.com. Tickets are priced at $65 per person.

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


      Discussion: InSession with Tyler Christopher


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      • Natalia Livingston
      • Tyler Christopher
      • Genie Francis
      • Julie Berman
      • Nancy Lee Grahn
      • Constance Towers

         

        Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:25 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Conor Jackson will portray Michael’s physical therapist on the Wednesday, June 3 episode of the soap. More on Conor’s appearance on the show will appear in the June 29 issue of ESPN Magazine, on newsstands June 19.

         

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


        Discussion: Baller Conor Jackson on ‘General Hospital’


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        • Drew Garrett
        • Conor Jackson
        • Arizona Diamondbacks

           

          ‘One Life’ Summer Casting Notes

          Wednesday, June 3, 2009 1:35 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As we prepare to head into the lazy days of summer, here are a few casting tidbits for “One Life to Live.”

          Is Tuc Watkins headed back to Llanview for another of his signature brief stints as David Vickers Buchanan on the ABC soap?  While not yet confirmed by either the soap or the network, several media outlets are reporting that the popular daytime actor will show up in Llanview at some point this summer and will interact with several familiar Llanview residents.  Among them are paw Bo (Robert S. Woods), little brother Matthew (Eddie Alderson), former stepmother Nora (Hillary B. Smith), best friend Viki (Erika Slezak), and estranged wife Dorian (Robin Strasser), each in their respective storylines.  Hmmm…wonder if that means he will also interact with uncle Clint (Jerry VerDorn), step-grandmother Renee (Patricia Elliott), and trusted family servant Nigel (Peter Bartlett)?  SON will keep you posted on the details. 

          A first airdate has been announced for Catherine Hickland‘s return to “One Life to Live.”  Look for Hickland’s on-air persona Lindsay Rappaport to potentially throw a monkey wrench into Clint and Nora’s engagment beginning Friday, June 9th, according to Toby Goldstein of Tribune Media Sevice’s The Soap Scene. On her Twitter page, Hickland alerted fans last Friday that she was “Back in New York City! Just read the scripts for ONE LIFE TO LIVE for next week. My scripts are GOOD! Hallelujah!” The actress also commented that it will be difficult for Lindasy to cause too much trouble considering that she was still incarcerated in Statesville Prison, and that she would be posting her upcoming “OLTL” airdates as soon as they were available. 

          With the baby Chloe/Hope storyline beginning to draw to a close, viewers may be left wondering what the future holds for Tess, Maddie, and Molly Sullivan, the triplets who portray Starr Manning’s (Kristen Alderson) adorable baby girl.  Well wonder no more.  Alderson posted a picture Tuesday on her Twitter page of her holding one of the three infants who portray her alter ego’s daughter.  Since “OLTL” regularly tapes approximately 4-6 weeks in advance, look for these scenes sometime in July.  In addition, Alderson also used her Twitter page to dispel rumors that she may soon be leaving Llanview by commenting that she was “def. not leaving one life. they would have to throw me out haha”

          TVGuide Canada is reporting that “a major star from the past will be returning to the soap ['OLTL'] this fall.”

          Dayplayer soap actor Matt Drago will be popping up again soon in Llanview.  The actor, whose previous appearance in the fictional soap town was as a Rodi’s parton, proves that he likes variety by taping scenes as a Buenos Dias Cafe Patron for episode #10,469, which should air around July 1st.  Earlier this year Drago portrayed a Company Patron in two episodes of “Guiding Light,” and a Boyfriend in a 2005 episode of “As the World Turns.” 

          Erin Torpey (ex-Jessica Buchanan) married finance Hamilton von Watts (of the TBS comedy “10 Items of Less”) on April 18th on a California beach in front of the Malibu Beach Inn.  To see exclusive photos from before, during, and after the ceremony, click here.  

          And Renee Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline Williamson) gave birth to her first child, a son named Benjamin, on May 19th. According to a family spokesperson, “Both mom and baby are doing great. Their family is overjoyed, and they are praising God for this perfect miracle. Renee thanks all of you for your support and constant encouragement. In lieu of cards or gifts, she asks for your continued prayers and well wishes. They truly work wonders because Benjamin is a dream come true!”

          In other news…

          Several new casting calls have been released in recent days for “One Life to Live.”  Among them is one for the role of “Ford.”  Remember that the soap frequently switches character names in these scripts to confuse viewers.  As the scene opens, “Ford apparently plants herself on “Nancy’s” doorstep with a camera crew, prompting Nancy to ask if ther are on the air at that very moment. Ford informs Nancy that she hopes that they can do a reality show together called “The Real Ladies of Llanview,” which does not appear to be greenlighted as of yet by the network.  Nancy, however, has no idea what exactly Ford is talking about.  After confronting her, Ford tells her that a pilot for the show is being filmed, and that the network has decided to go live for the season finale.  Ford goes on to tell Nancy that she wants to make her the star of the show.  Having her doubts however, Nancy accuses Ford of only wanting to exploit her and her family for her own benefit.  Ford assures her that it will be nothing more than a camera crew following Nancy and her family around and recording their everyday activities.  Nancy fires back that she will not allow her family to become a laughingstock and that the concept has the network’s fingerprints all over it.  Afterward, she abruptly kicks Ford to the curb as the scene draws to a close. 

          Other recently released audition scripts include a “Rabbi,” who may or may not be marrying Nora and Clint; “Elijah Kent,” who is a new Llanview lawyer, and for the role of “Summer.”  SON will bring you more details of these casting calls as they become available. 

          And, in things that make you go hmmm…, here are a few Twitter Tweets from the “OLTL” cast.  On May 29th, Kassie DePaiva reported that she was “Working at Oltl… Doing fun Manning mania.” Also, she announced that ABC Daytime will be in Nashville later this month at the hosting a Block Party on the same day that the “Divas of Daytime TV” (DePaiva, along with Bobbie Eakes and Kathy Brier) will performing at the CMA MusicFest.  And that she shot new SOAPnet promos on May 20th, and filmed on May 15th and 20th. 

          Scott Clifton tweeted that he filmed some shirtless scenes on May 21st, and on May 14th that “I’m being taken downtown in a fancy Lincoln for a “music video” promo for ABC. I have to sing a Grease song. I WILL suck at this.”

          And Daphnée Duplaix revealed in a message to a fan on her Facebook page that “OLTL” had recently shot footage of her (and presumably other recently added contract cast members) for an updated opening sequence that she stated should air sometime later this month. 

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


          Discussion: ‘One Life’ Summer Casting Notes


           

          OLTL Recap: Tuesday, June 2, 2009

          Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:58 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Tuesday, June 2, 2009.

          IT HAPPENED TODAY…

          “Mother Knows Bess”

          Bess feels the walls closing in on her when a fleet of cops, along with Bo, Viki and Clint arrive at the Brennan’s. After fleeing up the stairs and locking herself in a bedroom with Hope, Bess is confronted by Tess. Wanting to try and protect a fragile Jessica as much as possible, Viki formulates a radical plan in the hopes she’ll be able to get through to Bess. Natalie and Jared explain what’s going on to a confused Phil and Cindy, who are bolstered by the fact they really do have a grandchild when Natalie tells them about Bree.

          Starr tries to tell Langston how she feels about the baby. Meanwhile, Cole admits to Markko he wants to keep the baby but won’t ask Starr to go back on her promise to Marcie. Starr wonders to Langston what the future holds for her and Cole. Cole tells Markko he wants to be with Starr no matter what she decides about the baby. Starr is relieved when Cole shows up.

          Rachel questions Nora’s motives for accepting Clint’s proposal.

          On the Next One Life to Live…

          • Jessica returns. 
          • Schuyler and Kyle square off.
          • Layla and Cristian look for another roommate.

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



           

          Tuesday, June 2, 2009 10:35 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — This fall, as American soap fans continue to get their daily dose of Llanview happenings, our neighbors to the north won’t be so lucky, as Canada’s CTVglobemedia network announces plans to stop airing “One Life to Live.” 

          The formal announcement came earlier this afternoon by CTVglobemedia as the network unveiled its upcoming daytime fall schedules for its CTV and ‘A ‘ channels.  Taking the place of “One Life to Live” on the ‘A’ Network at 2:00 pm will be reruns of the popular American primetime hospital drama “ER,” which wrapped up its fifteen year run last month.   The medical sudser will be sandwhiched between “All My Children,” which will remain in it’s current spot at 1:00 pm, and “General Hospital,”  which will move from CTV to ‘A’ and air at 3:00 pm.   CTV, meanwhile, will become a one soap network, with only “The Bold and the Beautiful” airing on its daytime line-up. 

          The release goes on to remind viewers that all scheduling times announced are for the Toronto market, and that other markets will be released at a later date.  And “One Life to Live’s” Canadian fans are reminded that they can still catch their favorite soap on the ABC Network feed. 

          The move comes in a time of economic recession when many television networks and sitcoms are being forced to slash budgets and find new sources of revenue in order to continue to exist.  CTV, like its American counterparts, is no exception.  The decision to cancel “One Life to Live” appears strictly financial, as viewership for the soap has apparently dropped below what the Canadian broadcaster considers an acceptable level, causing the network to lose money on the show, and leading to its removal from the schedule.  While many pundits claim that the move is “not a big deal” since many Canadians are able to receive signals from most American broadcast networks (ABC included), the move does have some long-ranging ramafications.  ABC and parent company Disney, for example, are set to lose some international licensing revenue as a result of the cancellation.  Regardless, “One Life to Live” will continue to air on the ABC Daytime line-up in the same time slot it has held for more than thirty years.  Even so, the announcement comes as little comfort to American soap fans whose memories are still fresh from the fallout surrounding the cancellation of the long-running daytime drama “Guiding Light” by CBS back in April, and how easily their favorite soap could be the next to go in a rapidly decaying daytime genre.     

          Soap Opera Network will continue to follow this story and bring you more details as they develop. 

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


          Discussion: Breaking News: Canadian Network CTV Cancels ‘OLTL’


           






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