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

Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:41 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

( — After portraying the role of Ric Lansing on ABC’s “General Hospital” since November 2002, actor Rick Hearst is ready to say goodbye to the role that awarded him two Daytime Emmy Awards and the soap that brought him full circle.

In April, Soap Opera Network reported that Rick had been dropped to recurring status along with co-star Megan Ward (Kate Howard). Now a month later, Hearst has decided to move on from the daytime drama series and seek new endeavors.

While it is unclear at this time why the actor opted to leave the show, the network has confirmed that his character will leave with a bang.

“We’re saddened for ‘GH’ fans but personally thrilled for Rick. We wish him nothing but success. Rest assured that the character of Ric Lansing will have an exit you won’t want to miss,” ABC said in a statement released via

Prior to his work on “GH”, Hearst starred in a number of daytime drama’s including NBC’s “Days of our Lives”, “CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless” He won his first Daytime Emmy Award in 1991 for his role on “GL” portraying Alan-Michael Spaulding.

His last airdate is set for June.

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

Discussion:  Rick Hearst Bids ‘GH’ Adieu

  • The Bold and the Beautiful
  • The Young and the Restless
  • Days of our Lives
  • General Hospital
  • Rick Hearst
  • Guiding Light
  • Megan Ward


    Happy Mother’s Day from SON

    Sunday, May 10, 2009 12:00 AM ET| By Soap Opera Network

    ( – Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.

    On behalf on the staff and management of Soap Opera Network, we hope that mothers everywhere will enjoy their special day of pampering, praise, and love.  Celebrate the day with friends and loved ones, and bless you for the sacrifices you have made and for the tough love you have given your children over the years. 

    Thank you for giving us safety, encouragment, comfort, and love in all that you do.  May you have a safe and wonderful Mother’s Day, and the understanding that your job is deeply appreciated and respected.  Happy Mother’s Day!


    Saturday, May 9, 2009 11:04 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — CBS weighs its options on a possible replacement for “Guiding Light.”   

    Since canceling daytime’s longest running drama series early last month, the Eye Network has explored several options in the search for a potential replacement.  Expanding “The Early Show,” creating a new talk show, and giving the time slot back to the local affiliates, have been among the ideas discussed by network executives.  Even a revival of the popular ’80s game show “Pyramid” has been mentioned as a possibility. 

    However, despite the recent chatter concerning the classic game show once hosted by America’s oldest teenager Dick Clark, it now appears that plans for an updated “Pyramid” incarnation have fallen by the wayside.  Instead, the network could now be looking at creating a game show “power hour” consisting of new versions of two other legendary game shows, “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Dating Game.” 

    According to Variety, CBS will film a pilot for “Let’s Make a Deal” later this month for viewing by the network brass.  If things go well, the search for a host will get underway and another pilot will be shot.  Original “Deal” emcee Monty Hall is said to have been consulting in the process by meeting with potential hosts, which is reported to include some big names.

    “Let’s Make a Deal” debuted in 1963, and featured audience members dressed in costumes, vying for the chance to play games and win prizes.  After alternating between ABC and CBS, the original version ran off and on before coming to an end in 1991.  Updated versions ran on NBC Daytime from 1990-1991 (hosted by Hall), and Primetime in the summer of 2003 hosted by Billy Bush, “Access Hollywood” new correspondant and nephew and cousin of former U.S. Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, respectively.

    As for “The Dating Game,” plans are still in the inital stages and nothing has been confirmed thus far.  Featuring a bachelor or bachelorette asking questions to three members of the opposite sex without seeing their faces, the Chuck Barris created game show premiered on ABC in 1965 and ran until 1980.  Subsequent syndicated versions aired between 1986 and 1999.  Hosts have included Jim Lange, Elaine Joyce, Jeff McGregor, Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.   “The Dating Game” was rumored initally to have been paired with counterpart “The Newlywed Game,” when GSN (formerly Game Show Network) announced plans to remake the classic game first hosted by Bob Eubanks.  However, those plans soon fell through, and the latest version of  “The Newlywed Game”  debuted on GSN on April 6th of this year.

    “Guiding Light” was canceled by CBS on April 1st, and is expected to end its iconic 72-year run on September 18th. Created by Irna Phillips in 1937, the soap has earned a spot in the record books as the longest running daytime serial in the history of the genre.  

    SON will continue to follow this story as it develops.

    “Guiding Light” airs weekdays on CBS.  Anytime on  Check local listings.

    Discussion: CBS Looks to the Past to Replace ‘Light’


    Daytime Divas to Rock CMA Music Fest

    Saturday, May 9, 2009 9:35 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

    ( — The ‘Divas of Daytime TV’ are set to perform and chat with fans at this summer’s CMA Music Fest in Nashville. 

    “One Life to Live’s” Kathy Brier (Marcie McBain) and Kassie DePaiva (Blair Cramer), and “All My Children’s” Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey), the ‘Divas of Daytime TV,’ will be appearing at this year’s Country Music Association Music Fest on Saturday, June 13th.

    The event includes a Breakfast Meet and Greet from 8:00 until 11:00 am ct (9:00 through noon et), at BB King’s on 152 Second Street North in Nashville.  Tickets are $65 a person, and requires an additional $4.99 if paying with Paypal.  Checks and money orders can be mailed to Tonya Wiesen (Attn: Divas Breakfast), P.O. Box 346, Foxsworth, Mississippi 39483.  You can also register to attend online by clicking here.  Included is a full concert by the ‘Divas,’ a continental breakfast, and a special meet and greet session.  Call (615)-256-2727 for more information.

    Also on the agenda is a mini-concert at the Acoustic Center inside the Nashville Convention Center later that afternoon from 1:15-1:45 pm ct.  It will be followed by a autograph sessions with Brier, DePaiva, and Eakes in booth 229.  Times will be announced at a later date.  Contact Tonya Wiesen by phone at (601)-818-2531, or click here to e-mail for additional details.

    To learn more about the ‘Divas of Daytime TV,’ and for information on other upcoming appearances, visit the trio’s official website.

    “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” air weekdays on ABC.  Weeknights on SOAPnet.  Check local listings.

    Discussion: Daytime Divas to Rock CMA Music Fest


    Saturday, May 9, 2009 2:42 AM ET | Scotty Gore

    ( — Two years after Jason Tam first stepped into Llanview as Markko Rivera, “One Life to Live” finally casts the teen character’s parents. 

    After weeks of speculation, stemming from “Ugly Betty” co-star Tony Plana’s comments that his wife (actress Ada Maris) had landed a role on “OLTL,” Soap Opera Network can finally confirm that Maris has been cast as Markko’s oft-mentioned mother Aurelia Rivera. 

    Maris is perhaps best known for the role of Gena Cuevas on the 1990s NBC primetime spin-off “Nurses.”  She has also portrayed Captian Erika Hernandez on “Star Trek: Enterprise” and Sonia on “The Brothers Garcia.”   

    Portraying Maris’ husband, and Markko’s father Ernesto, will be actor David Pinon.  The actor has appeared in episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “The Kings of Prosperity,” as well as the films “Street Revenge” and “Pride and Glory.”  Both Maris and Pinon will make their “OLTL” debuts on Friday, June 12th. 

    In other news…

    Final airdates have been announced for the two surviving members of the failed Montez clan.  Camila Banus last airs as troubled teen Lola on May 15th, while her on-screen father A. Martinez (Ray) hangs around Llanview a few weeks longer before finally bidding the town adios on June 10th.  Martinez joined the cast last September, followed by Banus the following month. The sudser is keeping mum on exactly how both characters will exit. 

    Patrick Allen Cole recently resurfaced (on May 6th and 7th) as Rodi’s bartender/manager Jeff, and may be seen again in the near future.  The actor has noted on his official website that he recently “booked more work as Jeff on ‘One Life to Live.’”

    TV Guide Canada is reporting that the cast and crew of “OLTL” spend this past week filming on location in New Jersey for an undisclosed storyline.  The show regularly tapes roughly four to six weeks ahead. 

    Look for another dayplayer role coming up on Wednesday, May 27th.

    On Wednesday, “OLTL” issued the latest in a string of recent casting calls, this time for the role of ‘Chad’ (bear in mind that the soap often switches character names in audition scripts in an attempt to confuse the viewer).  The scene opens with ‘Chad Driscoll’ being introduced to ‘Aaron’ by ‘Emily.’  Chad appears to be a professional athlete, and has competed in the 400 meter butterfly.  An indifferent Aaron asks the swimmer why he is here.  Emily chimes in that Chad has a summer job as a swimming instructor at the Llanview Country Club, and that ‘Timmy’ deserves the best. Later, Chad is holding Timmy in the water as he learns the swims, and Emily urges the little guy not to be afraid.  Immediately, Chad asks her if the man staring holes through him is her husband, to which Emily repsonds that he won’t be for much longer.  She goes on to say that he is only there because the judge ordered him to spend more time with his children.  Chad reassures her that her husband doesn’t bother him, but Emily says that he is annoying her and that they need a little more privacy.  As the scene ends, Aaron is asking Chad if he charges extra for that and then telling him where to go.  Chad quickly responds, however, that he isn’t going anywhere unless otherwise instructed by Mrs. Cameron. 

    And did “One Life to Live” decide to scrap footage of Gigi Morasco and Rex Balsom’s fantasy wedding earlier this week?  It’s looking more and more likely, given that several news outlets (including ABC MediaNet, which regularly uploads spoiler pictures from upcoming episodes) had recently posted snapshots of the dream wedding, complete with “Another World” alum David Forshythe as the chaplain marrying the wayward lovebirds (this is the same priest that baptised baby Chloe/Hope last month).  No reason has been given for the scenes ending up on the cutting room floor, however, they may still surface in upcoming episodes. 

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

    Discussion: ‘One Life’ Teen’s Parents Finally Cast

    • One Life to Live
    • Another World
    • A. Martinez
    • Camila Banus
    • Jason Tam
    • Ada Maris
    • David Pinon
    • Patrick Allen Cole
    • David Forshythe
    • Nurses
    • Star Trek: Enterprise
    • The Brothers Garcia
    • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
    • The Kings of Prosperity
    • Street Revenge
    • Pride and Glory


      Friday, May 8, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Friday, May 8, 2009.


      Adam basks in the success of Chandler Enterprises being on the upswing after Ian’s operation. Adam dispatches Scott to give Dr. Chappell a huge check in order to buy his silence but the doctor won’t be bribed. David informs Scott that he discovered a problem with the heart valve’s design but was able to correct it during surgery. Scott is taken aback by Adam’s ruthlessness where Dr. Chappell is concerned. Scott heads out to see Dr. Chappell and makes a gruesome discovery.

      Zach grows suspicious of David. David and Nurse Gayle conspire against Adam.

      Aidan gets word that his operative lost track of Annie. Both Opal and Aidan are in for a shock when she catches him snooping at Ryan’s penthouse.

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


      Friday, May 8, 2009 6:00 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

      ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, May 8, 2009.



      Jax doesn’t want Claudia anywhere near Carly. Sonny and Carly are on pins and needles during Michael’s surgery. Michael suffers a crisis while on the operating table.

      Mike interrupts Nikolas and Rebecca as they’re about to have sex. Alexis gives Nikolas another warning why he shouldn’t trust Rebecca. Nikolas finds Alexis offering to pay Rebecca to leave town.

      Luke asks Lulu to cozy up to Ethan in his effort to confirm his suspicions about Tracy. While on their stakeout, things get so hot and heavy between Maxie and Spinelli that they don’t notice their suspect.

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


      Friday, May 8, 2009 2:07 PM ET | Scotty Gore

      ( — ABC films a new talk show pilot featuring comedic actress Aisha Tyler, while denying that it will take the place of an exsisting program on the network’s daytime schedule. 

      Reuters News Service  is reporting that the 38-year-old Tyler, best known for her numerous television and film roles (including “Ghost Whisperer,” “Friends” and “24″), has taped the pilot for a new talk show, which will be geared toward a younger audience and will showcase the actress’s talents as a stand-up comedian.

      The new program, titled simply “The Aisha Tyler Show,” “will incorporate aspects of a traditional talk show with comedic political commentary, comedy segments and other elements usually associated with late-night shows,” according to Reuters. It will also be a fully ‘wired’ show, allowing fans to communicate directly with Tyler through online social networking sites such as “Facebook” and “Twitter.” 

      Given the recent cancellation of the long-running “Guiding Light” last month by CBS and replace it with either a talk or game show, rumors have begun to swirl that ABC might be contemplating a similar move with one of the three daytime dramas (“All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital”) that presently air on the alphabet network’s daytime line-up.  However, an ABC spokesperson assures Reuters that “‘Tyler’ is being targeted for syndication or cable,” and not for the network itself.  It should be noted that ABC’s present three hour soap programming block has remained unchanged for more than thirty years.   

      SON will continue to follow this story and bring you more as it develops.

      Discussion: ABC Rebuffs Rumors of Shuffling Daytime Schedule


      Friday, May 8, 2009 8:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

      ( — Adam’s enemies arrive at the Chandler mansion looking for blood on Friday, May 15.


      Aidan has second thoughts about playing doctor with mental patients after Annie takes advantage of his fall to get him out of her way on Monday, May 11. Erica’s red flags go up when she realizes just how taken Gayle is with David. Annie heads to the mansion to see Emma. Ryan’s arrival puts Annie in a precarious situation. Despite her anger at him, Erica intervenes when Gayle starts to give Adam his medication. Gayle refuses to admit to any wrongdoing on Wednesday, May 13. Annie turns lethal after Aidan attempts to play her into freeing him. Annie tells Aidan that she’s leaving town…with Emma. Aidan frees himself and races to the mansion. JR runs into a gun wielding Annie.

      The Inside Story: Criminal Minds
      Marissa finds an upset Krystal at Babe’s grave. On Tuesday, May 12, Marissa puts the pieces together after noticing that she and Babe share the same date of birth. Krystal claims to have always loved Marissa despite her admission that she sold her at birth. Meanwhile, sure the not so good doctor is about to kill him, Adam drops Krystal’s bombshell secret on David. Marissa arrives on the scene just as Krystal and David’s argument turns volatile. David tries to get Marissa to see that he too was a victim of Krystal’s deception. Marissa listens in as Krystal tries to explain why she had to do what she did to David. JR is unsettled when Marissa reveals to him that she’s Babe’s twin sister. Marissa explains to Krystal that while she doesn’t hate her she doesn’t want anything to do with either her or David. Marissa is overcome with emotion as she prepares to leave town. Krystal pops some pills and heads off to confront Adam for destroying her life. Convinced Adam has turned Little Adam against him, David heads out to draw blood from Adam as well. At the mansion, Krystal runs into Tad after an intense confrontation with Adam.

      Zach presses David to tell him the truth after learning that Dr. Chappell committed suicide. Ian takes a turn for the worse and is placed on a machine to keep him alive until he’s strong enough to withstand another surgery. Kendall fears what Zach might do as he races out to confront Adam and JR. Zach attacks Adam and lets him know that he is a dead man if Ian doesn’t make it. Despite Erica’s refusal to back up Adam’s allegations, Jesse puts Zach under his close scrutiny. Kendall promises Zach that she’ll take care of the situation if Ian doesn’t survive. Kendall and Zach get the devastating news that Ian won’t make it through the night. Zach and Kendall share a tacit look of understanding as Ian flat lines on Thursday, May 14. Jake and Angie put up a valiant effort and manage to get Ian’s heart beating again but both Zach and Kendall are nowhere to be found. Knowing something is about to go down, Ryan and Jesse both race to get to the mansion. Tad spots Zach inside the mansion. Kendall seeks vengeance for the child she thinks she’s lost.

      JR gives in to the temptation to drink after Adam coldly informs him that he’s leaving control of Chandler Enterprises to Scott in the event of his death. Tad is certain Adam had a hand in Dixie’s death. JR plans on getting vengeance for his mother’s death. Tad manages to stop a spiraling JR before he makes a terrible mistake.

      All My Children News and Headlines:

      AMC ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 18, 2009

      • Liza reveals her true identity and some interesting baby news. (TV Guide Canada)

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


      Friday, May 8, 2009 8:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

      ( — Heartache.


      Jason unburdens himself to a supportive Sam on Monday, May 11. Maxie and Spinelli are baffled when their lead on the culprit leads them back to the Crimson office. Alexis realizes just how smitten Nikolas is with Rebecca. Maxie tries to hide her lack of faith in Spinelli on Tuesday, May 12. Spinelli makes a shocking discovery about Kate. On Wednesday, May 13, Alexis accidentally walks in on a nearly naked Nikolas and Rebecca. Alexis remains convinced Rebecca is hiding something. Ric warns Claudia that he is going to stake claim on her child if he’s the father.

      The Inside Story: Hope
      Patrick valiantly works to get Michael’s heart beating again. Michael’s loves ones must decide whether or not they should ask Patrick to stop the operation. Carly gives Patrick the go ahead to finish the operation. Patrick gives everyone the news that Michael made it through surgery. Carly holds on to the hope that Michael will wake up. Patrick explains to Carly that if Michael doesn’t wake up soon, he probably never will. Sonny asks Claudia point blank if she had role whatsoever in Michael’s shooting. Jason chooses not to tell Sonny what he knows. Jax worries that Carly is in denial about Michael. Carly finally accepts Michael will never wake up. On Friday, May 15, Michael’s heartbroken mother flies into a rage and ends up collapsing in Jax’s arms. Meanwhile back in Michael’s hospital room, Lulu is stunned to find the coma patient awake. Jason informs Claudia that he knows what she did just as Sonny arrives on the scene.

      A Closer Look: Puzzles
      Luke takes notice of Tracy’s not so subtle reaction when Lulu cozies up to Ethan. Tracy lies and explains that she just doesn’t want Lulu to end up with a broken heart again. Lulu wonders if Ethan has any idea why Luke put her up to flirting with him. Luke, Tracy, and Ethan continue to keep Lulu in the dark. Luke discusses his suspicions with Ethan and decides to place a call to Holly. Tracy is convinced Luke is playing into Holly’s hands. Luke and Ethan come to believe Holly is in trouble after Luke’s call to her is abruptly cut off. The pair head off to rescue Holly with Tracy on their heels. Luke, Ethan and Tracy find themselves in danger in a deserted bar in Singapore. Back home, Lucky pours out his heart to Elizabeth about the situation with Luke and Ethan on Thursday, May 14. Tracy denies Luke’s accusation that she tampered with his and Ethan’s DNA test. Holly pays Luke an unexpected visit.

      General Hospital News and Headlines:

      GH ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 18, 2009

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


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