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

 

‘C’est la vie’ for ‘One Life’ Hunk

Friday, December 19, 2008 12:53 AM EST | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Kamar de los Reyes confesses that “it is time to say good-bye” to “One Life to Live.”

After nearly a decade on “OLTL” portraying gang leader turned police detective Antonio Vega, actor Kamar de los Reyes has decided not to renew his contract with the long running daytime drama, claiming that “Antonio is longer the central figure I believe he deserves to be,” and that “over the years, he has become less and less valued.”

While admitting that Antonio’s time on the sidelines is likely not intentional on the soap’s part, de los Reyes does admit “I believe that there is a cut-off point for characters…and I think it may be time to say goodbye.”

De los Reyes originated the role of Antonio Vega in 1995. He would leave Llanview in 1997, only to return briefly the following year. In February 2000, he returned full-time to “OLTL.” Fellow actor Robert Montano briefly stepped in to the role of Antonio for seven episodes in May 2007 while de los Reyes recuperated following an injury he suffered while filming on the set of “OLTL.” Look for de los Reyes to last air in late January; he wraps up taping on January 5th.

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



 

OLTL PreVUE: Week of December 22 Edition

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 5:00 PM EST | By Scotty Gore


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — There’s no place like home for the holidays.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Bess and Tess battle for control; Brody makes progress; Starr rips in to her father on the witness stand; Todd’s life falls in around him; Roxy almost ruins a surprise; Viki and Clint decorate the Llanfair Christmas tree; Jared asks Clint for his blessing; Tea has a gift for Todd; Carlotta bites her tongue; Dorian has another spiritual visit; Rex confesses to Gigi; Dorian does a good deed, and David Vickers returns to Llanview.

Encore Presentation

On Christmas Eve, ABC will air a special re-broadcast of the September 29th, 2008 episode of “OLTL.” The episode will feature Brody reliving the trauma he endured in Iraq, while on top of Llantano Mountain with Shane; Addie visiting a jailed Dorian; Langston, Markko, and Starr formulating a plan to prevent Ray from returning to Columbia with Langston; Cole accusing Clint of being in cahoots with Ray; and Michael and Marcie struggling to set aside their differences as Marcie prepares for the birth of baby Hope. On Christmas Day, “OLTL” will be pre-empted. Merry Christmas!

The Inside Story: Love Is In The Air

Tess orders Bess to confess about the baby. Urging her to let it go, Bess insists Tess allow Jessica to re-emerge. Viki informs Clint that Jessica’s recovery has hit a roadblock. Worried about their daughter, Viki and Clint hang a special ornament for Chloe on the Llanfair Christmas tree. Natalie talks openly with Viki about her feelings for Jared. Meanwhile, Jared asks Clint for his daughter’s hand in marriage. After giving the young man his blessing, Clint offers Jared a job with Buchanan Enterprises. Viki is ecstatic to learn that Jared is planning to pop the question to Natalie. Roxy nearly upsets Jared’s surprise proposal to Natalie. However, after getting rid of Roxy, Jared asks Natalie to be his wife.

A Closer Look: You Can’t Lose What You Never Had

Tea takes on John and Marty on the witness stand. At the same time, Starr persuades Cole against the idea of buying a gun and murdering Todd. Later, following the judge’s ruling, Starr makes a shocking announcement. The judge allows Starr to take the witness stand, much to Tea’s dismay. Marty is destroyed by the court proceedings. Afterward, Tea pays Todd’s bail and drops him off at home. After leaving, Todd is left alone in Marty’s old bedroom. As he mourns his life with Marty, Todd breaks down. Meanwhile, a happy Marty exchanges Christmas gifts with Nora and Cole. Tea gives Todd a conch shell and advises him not to lose hope in the future. Later, Todd has an unexpected visitor.

What to Watch

  • Brody opens up to Dr. Levin in therapy.
  • Gigi learns of Rex’s financial troubles.
  • Bo reminds Rex of the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Angel Mel pays Dorian another visit.
  • Dorian surprises Rex with a ZBox for Shane.
  • Cristian and Vanessa have an awkward wedding reception.
  • Carlotta can hardly hold her displeasure.
  • Tea has plans of her own.
  • David Vickers returns to Llanview a new man.

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF December 29, 2008

  • Monday: Marty enacts her revenge against Todd; Beaver Calhoun has unsettling news for the Buchanan’s concerning Asa’s will; David reveals a secret about Dorian to Viki and Charlie.

  • Tuesday: Puddle of Mudd assists Llanview in rocking in the New Year; Todd prays for a second chance with Marty; John invests in a new business venture; Ray has an ally in Llanview.

  • Wednesday: Encore of 10/01/08 episode — Rex plays “So You Think You Can Be Shane Morasco’s Father” while fighting for life; Rex’s loved ones gather at the hospital; Tess intends for Natalie to suffer.

  • Thursday: Pre-empted — Happy New Year!

  • Friday: Marty turns the tables on Todd; Cole and John are taken aback by Marty’s behavior; Dorian has a run-in with Alex Olanov; David apologizes to Addie.


 

GH PreVUE: Week of December 22 Edition

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Joy to the world.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL
Jason and Spinelli save Sam’s life. Jax’s plans disappoint Kate. Carly and Jax share a kiss under the mistletoe. Sonny and Morgan have a happy reunion. Carly and Sonny discuss Michael and guidelines for Sonny’s future involvement with Morgan. Claudia and Ric give into their primal urges. Claudia is desperate to find the incriminating DVD. Jason asks Sonny to end his alliance with the Zacchara’s. Lucky and Sam recommit to their relationship on Friday, December 26.

Santa’s Helpers
On Tuesday, December 23, with Maxie at his side, Spinelli conjures up miracles for the citizen of Port Charles at Santa’s bequest. Robin’s greatest wish comes true as she’s finally able to soothe Emma. Alan gives Monica hope. Luke, Lucky and Lulu find Laura’s Christmas angel and place it on the tree.

Love In the Afternoon
Feeling he hasn’t earned the honor, Robert turns down Robin’s request that he walk her down the aisle. Mac and Robert have a chat. Robert asks a thrilled Robin if her offer is still open. Robin asks Anna to be her Matron of Honor. Robin, Patrick, Emma, Robert, Anna and Mac all happily gather for Christmas dinner on Monday, December 22. Luke and Robert remember old times. Robert and Anna are hit by the reality that their little girl is getting married. Robin and Patrick’s wedding ceremony gets underway.

“GH” Headlines:

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF DECEMBER 29, 2008

  • Monday: Jason and Sonny remain at an impasse. Jax comforts Carly on Michael’s birthday. Sonny and Carly reach a new understanding.
  • Tuesday: A power outage draws Jax and Carly closer together. Spinelli’s timing couldn’t be worse. Luke wins Tracy over.
  • Wednesday: Encore Presentation of October 31, 2007 episode of “GH.”
  • Thursday: Pre-emption.
  • Friday: Claudia scrambles to cover her tracks. Johnny finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Nikolas and Nadine make a surprising discover.


 

AMC PreVUE: Week of December 22 Edition

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 5:00 PM | By Angela Rosa


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – So this is Christmas.

THIS WEEK ON: ALL MY CHILDREN

David gets an earful when Krystal realizes the doctor’s been drugging her on Monday, December 22. Krystal’s tirade comes to a fiery end. David rescues Krystal. Krystal accepts David’s comfort.

Little Adam and JR are happy to see Amanda who arrives at the Chandler Lodge at David’s bequest. JR reels after misplacing Babe’s “magic” shell. Amanda manipulates the situation and pushes JR right off the wagon. A guilt-ridden Amanda reports her progress to a delighted David.

Bianca surprises Reese with an engagement ring. Reese and Bianca’s love for one another is evident.

Taylor takes action after a troubling visit with Brot. Brot’s legal troubles immediately disappear after Taylor has a chat with Zach. Brot continues to turn away from Taylor.

Zach hopes for a miracle. Kendall’s spirit rises from her body and follows Zach as he leaves her hospital room. Kendall watches over Zach and their family on Tuesday, December 23.

A Closer Look: The Big Bang

Emma is delighted when Santa (Greenlee) arrives at the penthouse. Ryan and Greenlee can’t turn away from each other and finally make love. The lovers bliss is interrupted when Ryan receives an urgent call about Annie. Annie wakes up from her overdoes completely rational…or so it seems. Greenlee’s guilt overwhelms her as she watches a video of Ryan, Annie and Emma in happier times. Ryan implores Greenlee to not give up on their future. Greenlee has a nightmare after making love to Ryan. Aidan realizes Annie is as delusional as ever. On Friday, December 26, the trapped detective panics as he watches Annie walk out of the sanitarium. Annie, who believes she’s Emma, heads to Ryan’s penthouse.

  • “AMC” will air encore presentations on Wednesday, December 24 (10/20/08) and Thursday, December 25 (10/21/08).

SON ALERTS: WEEK OF DECEMBER 29, 2008

  • Monday: Annie confronts Ryan and Greenlee. Krystal finds comfort in David’s arms. JR defends Amanda from Adam’s accusations.

  • Tuesday: Ryan pops the question to Greenlee. Zach and Reese share a friendly kiss. Bianca gets an unexpected visitor.

  • Wednesday: Encore Presentation of October 22 episode of “AMC.”

  • Thursday: Pre-emption.

  • Friday: Opal takes a peek into Greenlee’s future. Zach and Reese want to put their kiss behind them. Aidan makes a surprising discovery.


 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 11:10 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Senta Moses, 35, joins cast of ABC’s “General Hospital” as the mysterious computer hacker behind Spinelli’s (Bradford Anderson) woes.

Recently viewers have been noticing some interesting occurrences happening on Spinelli’s computer, including numerous file transfers. Until now, we never really knew the meaning of it all. Beginning Friday, January 2, look for Moses to make her “GH” debut as Winifred, who is described as Spinelli’s “female counterpart.” The question remains…is she just in it for the fun or is she working with some powerful people? One things for certain, Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) will make it her mission to find out.

Moses is best known for her role as Tracy McCallister, sister to Macaulay Culkin’s Kevin McCallister in the 1992 blockbuster film “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”  She has also appeared in numerous television series including “Sister, Sister” and “My So-Called Life.” More recently she appeared in the hit ABC Family series “Greek” as Lizzi. The actress recently wrapped filming of the upcoming “Ten Years Later” motion picture. No release date has been set.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

Discussion:  ‘GH’ Casts a New Recurring Role


 

  • General Hospital
  • Bradford Anderson
  • Senta Moses
  • Kirsten Alderson
  • Macaulay Culkin
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  • Sister
  • Siter
  • My So-Called Life

     

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1:45 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Natalia Livingston may have left “General Hospital” in May as ghost Emily, but she’s ready to make her return to the ABC Daytime drama series as a new character.

    Livingston, last seen as the ghost of Emily Bowen-Quartermaine on the Wednesday, May 7 broadcast of “GH” is returning in the “forseeable future” as a new character by the name of Rebecca, confirms an ABC representative. Though, we’ve since learned that Natalia makes her on-air return during the week of January 12. The actress began filming this week. No official character description was made available, but we can expect to see a new, blonder, Livingston playing a role quite the opposite of Emily, confirm sources.

    The “FOX 11 Morning News” in Los Angeles, CA was given an exclusive first look at Livingston back in action while filming scenes with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos). Currently, Nikolas has been paired up with Nurse Nadine Crowell, a spunky character who seems to like toy ducks. No, seriously…she likes children’s toys because that is the type of personality she has. For those thinking more into it…

    Interestingly, a number of recent scenes aired during “GH” have emphasized Livingston’s  presence. It appears we just didn’t know why.

    “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.

    Discussion:  Natalia Livingston Returns to ‘GH’


     

    • General Hospital
    • Laura Wright
    • Natalia Livingston
    • Tyler Christopher

       

      Monday, December 15, 2008 11:24 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While he may have lost DeAnna Pappas’ heart in the second season finale of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” this past summer, single dad Jason Mesnick, 32, is hoping to find love once more in the 13th season of “The Bachelor.” “General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie) tag along for the ride.

      Launching January 5 on the ABC Television Network, season thirteen of “The Bachelor” promises to bring more surprises and emotional heartback than ever before as Mesnick narrows down his search for love from 25 women to the one that will capture his heart. 

      Mesnick’s search for love includes a whirlwind travel schedule where he brings one woman to the Walt Disney Hall for a private performance by R&B superstar Robin Thicke, while taking another for a ride over the Los Angeles area courtesy of the famous Goodyear blimp. Other rendezvous include shutting down Legoland California, as Jason treats one lady to a thrilling surprise. Another finds herself wearing a million dollars worth of jewelry, just as Mesnick takes her away on a private getaway to Las Vegas for a panoramic helicopter ride over Red Rock Canyon, with a cozy dinner and a performance by pop singer Kate Voegele.  

      Hoping to lend an additional helping hand, “General Hospital” stars Bradford Anderson and Kirsten Storms will treat Jason and six women to a behind-the-scenes look at “GH.” They will also coach the women the technique for on screen kissing, which provides the bachelorette’s with a chance to “act” out their secret fantasy with Jason.

      Hosted by Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor” is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, a division of Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Studios. The series launches its new season on Monday, January 5. It will air from 8:00-9:30 PM on the ABC Television Network.


      • General Hospital
      • Kirsten Storms
      • Bradford Anderson
      • The Bachelor
      • Jason Mesnick

         

        Monday, December 15, 2008 4:51 PM ET | By Errol Lewis

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson (Damien Spinelli) is a Top Person of 2008, according to USA Today via their Pop Candy Blog.

        Anderson was ranked 95th in their Top 100 listing, in which each December the  blog counts down to the year’s top 100 people ranging from musicians, actors, writers and other assorted entertainers. 

        Anderson is noted for playing the “gleefully awkward Spinelli,” who the site believes is the only “geek” on daytime TV (they forgot Petey on “All My Children”). Additionally, the site wrongfully believes that more Spinelli-like characters will help increase daytime’s floundering ratings. However, they neglected to count how many episodes Spinelli, as played by Anderson, has appeared in year-to-date vs more veteran actors and other popular stars (the actor has appeared in 174 out of 223 “GH” episodes aired through November 28, 2008).

        This is what happens when a non-soap publication doesn’t watch a soap, but wants to include it in some form or another to make it appear as though they care about the genre. Sorry, won’t work.

        Pop Candy Blog will reveal more of their Top 100 listing over the next few days. Check back there to see who got missed or who wishes they were missed.

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


        • General Hospital
        • Bradford Anderson

           

          Pine Valley’s Ins and Outs

          Monday, December 15, 2008 4:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa


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

          Alicia Minshew returns to the set of “All My Children” on Friday, January 9, according to her official fan club. Minshew’s character, Kendall Hart Slater, will finally return to the land of the living at the end of January 2009.

          Probably daytime’s most worked actress, one of the main sticking points in Minshew’s contract negotiations was vacation time particularly in relation to starting her married life; the actress married her long time beau, Richie Herschenfeld, on October 26. After re-signing earlier this fall the popular actress was allowed a well-earned, extended vacation period. Minshew begun that vacation at the end of the Friday, October 10 work-day but has since returned to pre-tape scenes on seven occasions.

          It would probably be advisable for Minshew to use the rest of her vacation time to rest up, the actress who was due to go on Cameron Mathison’s Soap Cruise event in January had to cancel due to a grueling return schedule.

          The recently re-signed Michael E. Knight has gotten in some vacation-time as well. Hopefully all the Knight fans caught a good glimpse of their main man, Tad Martin, on Wednesday, December 10. The character, sent on a wild goose-chase by the very bad Dr. David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry), will disappear for a cool month; will Martin’s main nemesis, David, have succeeded in turning Tad’s family upside down by then? You betcha!

          Colin Egglesfield returns to the air during the week of January 12. Egglesfield will reprise the role of Josh Madden for approximately two weeks before the actor and character exits the scene for good.

          Tonya Pinkins reprises the role of Livia Frye that same week. The legal eagle will tango with the Martin-Chandler-Carey-Hayward clan.

          Don’t make much of the spotting of faces from Reese William’s (Tamara Braun) past. Frank Runyeon last airs on Monday, December 15 as Forrest Williams, after just two episodes. The show does leave the door open for a future appearance. Fans can expect Reese’s former fiancé, Simon (played by Adam-Jon Fiorentino), to follow the same pattern after he first premieres on Tuesday, December 30.

          Elizabeth Rodriguez has moved up from recurring to contract status. The move up in status seems odd due to the fact the actress was last seen on October 14; Rodriguez’s character will make her next sporadic appearance during the week of January 5.

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


          • All My Children
          • Alicia Minshew
          • Michael E. Knight
          • Colin Egglesfield
          • Frank Runyeon
          • Tonya Pinkins

             

            Monday, December 15, 2008 2:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis


            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — While she portrayed the face of Carly Corinthos for five years (1996-2001) and won three Emmy Awards for her portrayal, Sarah Brown is ready to once again claim Port Charles and Prospect Studios her permanent home.

            Nearly a year after re-joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital,” but this time as mob princess Claudia Zacchara, Brown has re-upped with the drama series for an additional year, bringing her time with the show through January 2010. Her one year contract with “GH” was due to expire in the coming weeks. She made her much lauded return to the soap on January 31, 2008, wherein her new character immediately had sex with Sonny Corinthos (portrayed by Brown’s former on-screen love Maurice Benard).

            During her seven (7) year absence from the soap, Brown landed a contract role on CBS’ “As The World Turns” in 2004, where she played Julia Larrabee Jackson. The character was killed off in 2005. Soon afterward, she landed another contract role on the CBS crime drama “Cold Case” as Josie Sutton. Sadly, her character was written out after only a half-dozen episodes. Prior to her work on the “Case,” Brown made a number of appearances on CBS’ “Without a Trace.” Both series are executive produced by mega-producer/director Jerry Bruckheimer.

            Brown got her start in television portraying the role of Kaitlin Star in the widely popular kids program “V.R. Troopers” from 1994-1996.

            “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


            • General Hospital
            • Sarah Brown
            • Maurice Benard

               






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