Friday, May 1, 2009 8:00 AM EST | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Heat wave.

THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL

Olivia holds her ground with Sonny on Monday, May 4. Sonny’s interest in personally returning Olivia’s property perturbs Claudia. Ric rushes Claudia to the hospital after she’s stricken with abdominal pains. Sonny opens up to Olivia about his relationship with Claudia. Sonny and Claudia share a close moment after learning the baby is fine on Tuesday, May 5. Luke hopes Ethan turns out to be his son but Ethan doesn’t feel the same way. Patrick and Jax disagree over whether or not Michael’s surgery can wait. On Wednesday, May 6, Lucky becomes upset over the possibility that Luke could be Ethan’s father. Sonny and Jax support Carly’s decision to have Michael operated on immediately. Sonny, Carly, Claudia, Jax and Jason sit vigil as Patrick and his team begins Michael’s surgery. Luke and Ethan get the results of the DNA test. Michael suffers a crisis on the operating table. Sonny and Carly’s anxiety grows. A suspicious Luke asks Lulu to cozy up to Ethan in front of Tracy.

The Inside Story: Love & Lust
Rebecca tells Nikolas the truth about her and Lucky’s encounter. Nikolas pulls Rebecca into a passionate kiss after she admits that she’s attracted to him. Lucky and Elizabeth confess that they still have feelings for each other. The ex’s both take responsibility for their past problems and decide to make another try at their relationship. Rebecca pulls back from sleeping with Nikolas, leaving the prince extremely frustrated. Nikolas is thrown by the site of a stranded Rebecca in Emily’s nightgown. Rebecca comforts Nikolas after he’s shaken awake by a dream of Emily. Rebecca enlists Nikolas help in painting her room at Kelly’s. Thing once again reach a simmer between the pair after Nikolas strains his back helping Rebecca move furniture on Thursday, May 7. Mike interrupts Nikolas and Rebecca just as they’re about to have sex. Alexis warns Nikolas not to trust Rebecca. Nikolas finds Alexis offering Rebecca a bribe.

A Closer Look: Forgive & Forget?
Johnny comes to Maxie’s rescue when she’s attacked for real. Maxie explains to Spinelli that despite her attraction to Johnny he is the one she really wants. Spinelli learns the truth about Maxie’s ruse. Maxie pours her heart out to Spinelli who rejects her. Spinelli accuses Maxie and Lulu of lying when they claim they need his help to solve a crime at Crimson. Maxie is crushed when Spinelli ends up taking the case only for Lulu’s sake. Spinelli insists that he can locate the mole who’s been leaking confidential information at the magazine. Maxie puts her career on the line in support of Spinelli’s claim. Spinelli and Maxie’s stakeout takes a wrong turn when the pair ends up so hot and heavy that they don’t see their suspect on Friday, May 8.

General Hospital News and Headlines:

GH ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 11, 2009

  • Ric reminds Claudia that her fate is dependant on whether a struggling Michael lives or dies. (Soap Opera Digest)
  • Carly collapses in Jax’s arms. (National Enquirer)

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



OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 4 Edition

Friday, May 1, 2009 8:00 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Love sucks.

THIS WEEK ON: ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Cristian and Layla each find themselves unable to pay their rent. While still in mourning over Talia, they decide to let out their emotions by painting. Lola is bent on ruining Markko and Langston’s upcoming night of intimacy and, on Friday, May 8, goes straight to Dorian with the information. Cole and Bo bump into one another for the first time since Matthew’s accident. Destiny pretends to have a date for the prom when Matthew apologizes for being so rude to her.

The Inside Story: Altered States of Reality
Left to himself in Starr’s room, Cole images Matthew taunting him to jump out the window. Across town, Starr manages to stand her ground with Todd, who allows her to return to La Boulaie. Still physically weak, Blair prepares to have it over with Todd over their children. However, when Todd refuses to budge on the issue, Blair makes herself comfortable and informs Todd that, as long as the kids are living there, so will she. John and Marty reminisce about old times as they lay in bed together. Although the night is uneventful, their feelings for one another are clearly visible. On Tuesday, May 5, Cole informs Rachel that Starr has been his rock. Later, they head for the hospital to talk to Kyle about the DNA results, but not before Starr makes amends with Schuyler. Kyle delivers heartbreaking, yet confusing news to Starr and Cole about their baby, leaving a devastated Starr pondering whose hair is in her locket. Putting two and two together, Kyle soon blackmails Natalie and Jared. Blair and Jack see a different side of
Téa on Thursday, May 7, when the ruthless lawyer inadvertently flashes them. As Powell and Rebecca are planning their next move, John decides to pay the convicted rapist another visit. Todd, Téa, and Blair are all shocked to receive invitations to the KAD’s Spring Fling. John meets his match when he bumps into Rebecca at the asylum on Friday, May 8. While Todd, Téa, and Blair fall victim to the chemically tainted invitations they receive, an unexpected visitor takes Marty by surprise. Starr and Cole seek Marcie’s blessing in exhuming the body of baby Hope.


A Closer Look: Poison Ivy
Rex moves out of the cottage, much to Gigi’s dismay. A diaboligical Stacy talks Rex into letting her move in with him. Jessica and Brody convince Viki that their relationship must stay hush-hush. Stacy shrugs off the guilt she is beginning to feel. Meanwhile, Viki realizes what is going on, and insists to Gigi that she fight for her man. On Tuesday, May 5, Gigi is horrified to discover that Rex and Gigi now bunk together. Later, Rex confesses to Gigi that he had a dream about her, as they are in the process of scheduling his visits with Shane. After sharing that she had an identical dream, they come together in an impulsive kiss. Proving just how evil she really is, Stacy informs Shane that Gigi cheated on Rex. Meanwhile, Schuyler tiptoes into the hospital to have Stacy’s blood tested, in an attempt to figure out what is really going on with her. Kyle demands Roxy give him a room at the Angel Square Hotel in exchange for his continued silence. Following their kiss, Rex assures Gigi that it will never happen again. Jessica and Brody sneak around and have sex. After being fired up by Natalie, Rex stops by Brody’s room and is certain he and Gigi just had ‘marital relations.’ Fuming with anger, he punches Brody and storms off. At the same time Stan, Stacy’s boss from Vegas, arrives in Llanview demanding money from his former stripper. On Wednesday, May 6, after returning from his run-in with Brody, Rex kisses Stacy on the spur of the moment. Later, Stacy becomes irritated when Shane asks his father if he can move in with them.

One Life to Live News and Headlines

OLTL ALERTS: WEEK OF MAY 11, 2009

  • Powell prevents Jack from helping his captors. (Canadian Cable Guide)
  • Markko purchases some protection but is caught by his mother’s best friend. (Soap Opera Weekly)
  • Nora receives an impomptu marriage proposal. (New York Daily News)

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


Discussion: OLTL PreVUE: Week of May 4 Edition

 


Thursday, April 30, 2009 9:29 PM ET | By Jermetria Lacey

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “Days of our Lives” Episode Recap – Thursday, April 30, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Rafe wants Sami to tell him if she still has feelings for EJ. It’s clear she made him think that at the church. Sami denies this and says she has feelings for Rafe – no one else. She kisses him, but Rafe is not convinced. He tells Sami she needs to sort out her feelings before there can be anything between the two of them. Will arrives and he asks his mom if Rafe is back in her life. Sami isn’t sure. Meanwhile, Rafe reunites with…Arianna.

EJ’s had a flash of Sami in his head before he was about to make love to Nicole. Nicole calls him on this, but he won’t share what it is he saw. Nicole is not happy, but EJ manages to put Sami out of his head and make love to Nicole. Later, he tells Nicole that he doesn’t intend to share everything with his wife – that in his line of work it’s okay to have secrets. Nicole has no choice but to accept this and EJ explains she can have a few of her own secrets too. During all of this, EJ receives a call from an associate re: a file that is being e-mailed. It’s something Stefano was sending on his way out of town. EJ goes to get some champagne and Nicole realizes it wasn’t business on EJ’s mind but more than likely – Sami! She calls Baker and frets that if Sami starts pulling EJ back in, they’re liable to talk and if they realize Baker, now a doctor at the hospital, supposedly helped each woman give birth on the same day – they could be sunk. So, Nicole needs him to leave town. Meanwhile, EJ is downstairs and sees the file Stefano has forwarded. It’s on Baker! Earlier, EJ receives a call from the hit man, Masi, who informs him he intends to finish his job by killing Philip Kiriakis. EJ tries to neutralize the hit for now, but Masi doesn’t hear him and puts the wheels in motion.

Stephanie has plane tickets and wants Philip to go away with her, possibly forever. Unfortunately for Stephanie, Philip feels otherwise. He intends to stay in Salem and help his father in dealing with the DiMeras. Stephanie doesn’t like the sound of this and tries to argue against Philip’s choice. Melanie delivers food and senses some tension between Stephanie and Philip. Stephanie leaves the room for a moment and Melanie tells Philip she’s sorry what happened to him, showing her softer side. Philip appreciates her concern. Alone and distressed, Stephanie tears the tickets up, and after she throws them away, Melanie finds the torn tickets, realizing there’s trouble in paradise.

While going over some hospital computer files, Chelsea nearly screws up Max’s chances at Salem University when Melanie tattles on her to Dr. Baker. After he finds out, Max forgives Chelsea and promises he’s staying in Salem. However, Chelsea receives a serious phone call and she may be the one leaving.

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



Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:48 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Thursday, April 30, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

John and Marty’s plan works and Marty is allowed to visit Powell, who seems to have no recognition of her.  John makes a surprising discovery while snooping through Powell’s file at the institution. 

Starr panics when Todd demands that she move back home with him, Jack and Sam.  Starr is forced to leave Cole in his time of need but promises she’ll be back.

Bo and Nora hide out in Bo’s car outside Matthew’s school, concerned about their son’s welfare.  The bond between Bo and Nora grows stronger over their shared emotions about Matthew and they end up close to a kiss. Will they kiss?

Matthew treats Destiny badly when she tells him the real reason Becca said she was his friend.  Matthew, however, soon sees Becca for what she really is.

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



Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:36 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, April 30, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Lucky accuses Nikolas of only kissing Elizabeth in an immature effort to try to pay him back for going out with Rebecca.  Nikolas and Elizabeth get slightly tipsy over drinks at Jake’s and end up kissing for real, which Lucky and Rebecca arrive in time to witness.  Rebecca makes a cryptic phone call. 

Luke convinces Ethan to find out once and for all whether or not they’re father and son. 

Jax implores Jason not to tell Carly about Jerry’s role in Michael’s shooting as he’s afraid the added stress could kill her. 

Patrick and Ingrid find themselves well matched when Jax asks Patrick to consult on Michael’s case.  Maxie comes up with a plan to try and get Spinelli back.

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



Thursday, April 30, 2009 8:07 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” Episode Recap – Thursday, April 30, 2009.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Jake tells Amanda that the details about giving her baby up for adoption have been worked out and she’ll never have to see the child as she requested.  Amanda admits to Jake that she’s fallen in love with her unborn baby boy and can’t give him up. 

Zach is affected when he remembers the deep love he and Kendall shared.  Ryan and Kendall go public with their relationship, refusing to hide their love for one another any longer. Stuart remembers seeing Adam with a satin ribbon when Tad and Jesse question him about Dixie’s murder. 

JR asks Adam point blank if he killed Dixie.  Scott moves forward with his plans to test the heart valve as soon as possible and gets Jake onboard as well.  JR clashes with Scott when he tries to put a stop to his plans. Randi gets an upsetting phone call while waiting to connect with Frankie on the webcam.

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



‘Nightline’ Talks Soaps and the Economy

Thursday, April 30, 2009 10:55 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In an era of economic dowturn, declining viewership, and a dying genre, daytime dramas are being forced to find innovative ways to stay afloat. Tonight, “Nightline” talks to two of ABC Daytime’s biggest stars on what the news means for your favorite soaps.

While the struggles of the daytime soaps are nothing new to the genre’s casts, crew and fans, it has largely been ignored by the mainstream media. Only recently has the tide begun to change. ABC, producer of longstanding daytime serials “All My Children,” “General Hospital,” and “One Life to Live,” is shedding light on the issue with a candid discussion on its overnight news show “Nightline,” along with an in-depth ABC News article describing the daytime dilema, along with highlighting the precarious predicament soaps have found themselves in.

Veteran soap characters such as Erica Kane, Victoira Lord Davidson, and Luke Spencer have been subjected to numerous plot twists and turns over the years, ranging from abortion, multiple personalities, and rape. But even those storylines are no match for factors outside of Pine Valley, Llanview, and Port Charles that are slowly influencing the behind-the-scenes operations of today’s daytime dramas.

The main culprit is a faltering U.S. economy that has recently found itself in a free-for-all. With unemployment rates skyrocketing, increasing numbers of businesses filing for bankruptcy, and both corporate and household budgets slashed repeatedly, daytime dramas are by no means immune to the increasingly volatile financial market. And, while recession-type storylines have yet to find their way into the plots of many soap plots, the pinch has been felt behind-the-scenes, resulting in severe budget cuts, dwindling ad revenues, and competition from new sources of technology.

According to Julie Hanan Carruthers, Executive Producer for “All My Children” in a recent interview with ABC News, “It is hitting Pine Valley, we are not unique. The recession has affected everything and obliviously, you know, my big challenge is, how do you tighten a budget and not see it on the air.” Frank Valentini, Hanan Carruthers “One Life to Live” counterpart, states that “I think the biggest for the media is it is so fragmented right now that people are either multi-tasking, surfing the Net, texting, talking on the phone all at once. So, I think to truly capture their attention for the 45 minutes a day, and not just those 45 minutes that day, but for the five days and the following weeks … once a story starts, it has to start with a bang and then go from there.”

One thing is certain, the world of 2009 is more technologically advanced and offers viewers far more options that those available in 1981, when more than 30 million Americans tuned in to witness the wedding of “General Hospital’s” Luke and Laura Spencer. Nearly thirty years later, that audience has shrunk considerably. In fact, “GH” reached a new low for the week of April 20th-24th, averaging less than 2.5 million viewers….however the sudser is far from being the exception to the rule. These days, soaps are extremely lucky to even surpass the 3 million mark in terms of viewers on any given week, even during the so-called sweeps periods when the daytime dramas pull out all the stops in an attempt to prop up already sagging ratings.

When asked about the large viewership soaps once had, Hanan Carruthers laments that “I don’t know that we will see that in daytime anymore, those kinds of numbers. There is certainly that kind of committment. There is certainly the interest. But people are recording, or they are reading about it, or they are looking at it streaming online.”

One way that soaps have attempted to lure viewers to their shows is through creative and innovative approaches. “One Life to Live” routinely books big-name musical guests (such as The Pussycat Dolls, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Nelly Furtado), and by occasionally putting together entire musical themed episodes such as “Prom Night: The Musica,” “Babes Behind Bars,” or the comical “Trading Places” episode. In addition, “OLTL,” along with “All My Children” and “General Hospital,” team up annually with Campbell’s Soup for a partnership that promotes living a healthy lifestyle, while at the same time conveniently slipping product placements into each of the three soaps. Integrating cutting edge technology and special effects is yet another way soaps have used to entice viewers, as evident recently when “AMC” used CGI computer software to create a tornado and aftermath that rivaled the large Hollywood movie studios.  Futhermore, “General Hospital” and “The Young & The Restless” also hope to gain viewers by broadcasting episodes in high-definition. 

But that is not always a bad thing, according to Hanan Carruthers, who admits that “One of the things I love is actually using real products, because it validates and authenticates our fictitious Pine Valley. Our challenge, and my goal, is that when we do it, it happens in a very natural and organic way, so that we aren’t going back to the days of holding up the soap box, actually doing a commercial in the middle of the show.”

Even in these tough economic times, many veteran soap actors, such as “AMC’s” Susan Lucci, have done their part to ensure that their livelihood continues to exist. Lucci, like most of her co-stars recently agreed to a pay cut in order to help her show live on. “Everyone has pitched in,” Lucci recounts. “I’ve felt it in a couple of ways, there’s some missing faces on the studio floor, and that’s sad because we really are an ensemble here, from top to bottom, not just the company of actors but the crew, very much so.” However, the news isn’t all gloom. According to Hanan Carruthers, “It’s actually, in an odd way, getting easier. The economic state of the world kind of made everyone here pull together.”

“AMC” star Cameron Mathison exhibited the sense of company spirit and teamwork recently to ABC News reporters who toured the set. “This is a typical day here at ‘AMC.’ There are 47 scenes today. Anxiety!” The sentiment is echoed by Valentini who reminds us that “It helps reminds the audience that something is going on. We never have reruns, so you are never going to hear that there is the season premiere of ‘One Life to Live,’ we just continue going on. So it’s good to have something fresh going on.”

Storylines that stretch the boundaries of reality and logical thinking are commonplace, as soaps have long since encouraged viewers to check their common sense at the door and instead bring along their imaginations. Llanview’s Asa Buchanan was married 14 times to 10 different women (although three of the marriages were later proven to be invalid), while town matriarch Victoria “Viki” Lord Davidson has been married seven times, has six other alternate personalities, and given birth to five children, two of whom she had didn’t remember until they were adults. Over in Pine Valley, Erica Kane has been married ten times.

Mathison continues to be impressed by the number of hard core soap fans, who stay devoted to their favorite daytime dramas. “We are in their living rooms every single day, it’s an ongoing story. It’s not something you have to tune in every week to find out, it’s right there for an hour every day in your living room, and if you’re home that’s a lot of your life, that’s a lot of consistency.” Along those same lines, Lucci points out that “In a bad economy, that’s when the audience really wants to watch something that really helps. The escape is in some ways instructive, and is also really hopeful, exciting, and fun.”

Even so, the daytime genre is a dying breed. Earlier this month, CBS canceled “Guiding Light” after an iconic 72-year run. Last November, veteran co-star Deidre Hall was among the casualties when NBC made the move to renew “Days of Our Lives” for a couple of more years, but only at a significantly smaller cost than in years past, resulting in severe budget cuts for the show. And even ABC has announced that it is discontinuing it’s widely successful Super Soap Weekend fan event, in a cost cutting move.

Tonight, the ABC late night news program “Nightline” examines the current state of daytime television and looks at what the future may hold for the seven remaining soaps, including interviews with “All My Children” stars Susan Lucci and Cameron Mathison. “Nightline” airs weeknights on ABC from 11:35 pm – 12:06 am et.

To read the full ABC News article Tears in Soap City Starting to Look Real, click here.

“All My Children,” “General Hospital, and “One Life to Live” air Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: ‘Nightline’ Talks Soaps and the Economy



Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:0 PM ET | By Scotty Gore

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” VCR Alerts for the Week of May 4, 2009.

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: VCR ALERTS

    • Monday: Blair is released from the hospital and ready to face off against Todd. Starr finds Cole in a rough state. John and Marty are affected by their close quarters.

    • Tuesday: Cole makes a confession to Rachel. Cristian and Layla paint. Schuyler vows to uncover Stacy’s evil plot. Starr and Schuyler make amends.

    • Wednesday: Gigi is shattered when Rex brushes her off. Starr and Cole receive interesting news about their baby. Lola is up to no good. Stan and Stacy have a debt to settle.

    • Thursday: John bites off more than he can chew when he visits Powell, who plots his next move with his accomplice. Téa has Todd on her brain. Kyle blackmails Jared and Natalie after learning the truth about baby Chloe. Blair and Jack see more of Téa than they bargained for.

    • Friday: Marty is in grave danger. Todd, Téa, and Blair are at the mercy of the KAD killer. Lola rats out Langston and Markko to Dorian.

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



Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:13 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” VCR Alerts for the Week of May 4, 2009.

GENERAL HOSPITAL: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Jason confides his dilemma to Sam. Lucky and Elizabeth reach a new understanding. Rebecca wants to set the record straight with Nikolas.
  • Tuesday: Claudia fears she’s losing the baby. Tracy remains convinced that Ethan is pulling a con on Luke. Rebecca finds herself at Wyndemere.
  • Wednesday: Jason has alrming news for Carly. Rebecca and Nikolas grow closer. Spinelli is reluctant to come to Maxie’s rescue.
  • Thursday: Sonny and Carly make a decision about Michael. Things heat up between Nikolas and Rebecca. Luke and Ethan learn whether or not they’re father and son.
  • Friday: Sonny and Carly are on pins and needles during Michael’s surgery. Alexis grows more suspicious of Rebecca. Maxie gets hot and heavy with Spinelli.

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



Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:08 PM ET | By Angela Rosa

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” VCR Alerts for the Week of May 4, 2009.

ALL MY CHILDREN: VCR ALERTS

  • Monday: Krystal is desperate to keep her secret from Tad. David sees red when Marissa sides with JR. Zach and Kendall face another crisis with Ian.
  • Tuesday: Erica wants Ryan to back off of Kendall. Adam tortures Krystal when he threatens to expose her secret. Angie, Jesse and Randi get news about Frankie.
  • Wednesday: David wonders what Adam is holding over Krystal. Jake declares his love for Amanda. Adam wants to make a deal with David.
  • Thursday: JR is furious with Adam for using Little Adam as a bargaining chip. Zach tries to ease Kendall’s fears. Krystal reveals her secret to Tad.
  • Friday: Scott makes a disturbing discovery. David is up to no good. Annie is closer than Aidan realizes.

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