AMC PreVUE: Week of December 22 Edition

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

( – So this is Christmas.


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).


  • 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

( — 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

    ( — 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

      ( — 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

        ( — “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

          ( — “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

            Brown Renews Her Contract

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

            ( — 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

              ‘One Life’s’ About Face

              Monday, December 15, 2008 1:13 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

              ( — You know how a daytime newcomer by the name of Brett Claywell was supposed to join ABC’s “One Life to Live” in the contract role of Schuyler? Yeah, he isn’t. Scott Clifton apparently can act better.

              Clifton, best known for his role as Dillon Quartermaine on ABC’s “General Hospital” from 2003-2007, is joining the show in the now re-contracted role of Schuyler (pronounced “sky-lar”) beginning January 9. Schuyler is a Llanview High School Teacher, who mixes it up with the resident teen set and their parents in the upcoming months. He is also the son of recently deceased Dr. Joplin, who had a severe drug problem.

              “One Life to Live” reconceived the character of Schuyler shortly after casting Mr. Claywell, who will instead join the show as a member of the Llanview PD. A first airdate has not been announced.

              Claywell, 30, is best known for his portrayal of Tim Smith on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.” He appeared in the drama series off-and-on for the shows first three seasons as the best friend of Nathan Scott (portrayed by James Lafferty). The character re-appeared in the shows fifth season as a pizza delivery boy. He will next appear in the horror film “Babysitter Wanted” along-side “Kyle XY’s” Matt Dallas. The film is set for release in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2009.

              On the Web: Scott Clifton Official Website

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

              OLTL PreVUE: Week of December 15 Edition

              Sunday, December 14, 2008 11:48 PM EST | By Scotty Gore

              ( — Llanview kicks off the holiday season.


              Santa Bo brings some Christmas spirit to Llanview; Todd is taunted by Margaret; Cristian takes a bride; Nora has a bad day in court; Brody finds himself on Tess’ bad side; Marcie unknowingly holds her baby; Blair and Marty have something in common; Tea displays her legal skills; Sarah dishes with friends about her man troubles; and Rex tries to give Shane the perfect Christmas.

              The Inside Story: Here Comes The Bride…

              Cristian explains that his love of Sarah is preventing him from marrying Vanessa. Meanwhile, Lola begs Cristian to reconsider, prompting Sarah to ask Cristian if he really wants to marry Vanessa. Later, a judge orders that Vanessa and Lola be deported to Columbia immediately. Across town, Sarah and Cristian discover a death threat against Vanessa at Cristian’s loft, and race back to the courthouse to inform the judge. Out of options, Cristian pops the question to Vanessa. Tea intercedes on their behalf, but later makes a secret phone call. Sarah is hurt and angry over the recent turn of events. Antonio and Carlotta are surprised by Cristian’s announcement, however Antonio quickly figures out what his little brother is really up to. Talia and Layla listen to Sarah’s problems. At week’s end, Sarah goes toe-to-toe with Vanessa, ready to fight for her man.

              A Closer Look: A Changed Man?

              Tea creates chaos at Todd’s arraignment, convincing him to prove he’s a reformed man. Nora fumes when the judge allows Todd to change his plea. Nora, Marty, and John are warned by Blair that Tea is a threat. Fortunately for Nora, she successfully persuades the judge to keep Todd incarcerated until his trial. However, Tea manages to get the judge to set an immediate trial date. Alone in his cell, Todd is tormented by visions of Margaret, reminding him that he is really no better than she was. Marty angrily confronts Tea. Demanding all charges against her client be dropped, Tea makes Marty squirm on the witness stand. Blair notes that John is overly concerned about Marty. The events in the courtroom take their toll on Cole, leaving him rather emotional. Blair and Marty find something in common–their understanding of how Todd operates. John is summoned to the witness stand by Tea.

              What to Watch

              • Brody accidentally upsets Jessica with his war story.
              • Jessica tells Brody that she needs to see her daughter.
              • Shane wants a Wii for Christmas.
              • Rex hides his money woes from Gigi.
              • Tess pretends to be Jess and asks Brody to bust her out of St. Ann’s.
              • Brody will help Tess if she will sleep with him, and informs Dr. Levin about Tess.
              • Llanview gathers in Angel Square as Santa Bo lights the Christmas tree.
              • Marcie holds Chloe.
              • Natalie is curious as to what Jared is getting her for Christmas.
              • Rex refuses Bo’s offer of financial assistance.
              • Llanview faces a Wii shortage.
              • Dorian buys two of the toys from a private vendor, but refuses to help Rex.
              • Rex is desperate.

              SON ALERTS: WEEK OF December 22, 2008

              • Monday: Starr testifies against her father; Rex is honest with Gigi; Tess overpowers Bess.

              • Tuesday: Starr presents a problem for Tea; Jared asks Clint an important question; Tea has her own agenda.

              • Wednesday: Encore of 9/29/08 episode–Brody snaps; Cole is suspicious of Clint; Michael and Marcie hate the distance between them.

              • Thursday: Pre-empted — Merry Christmas!

              • Friday: Todd is depressed having lost Marty; Dorian decides to help Rex after all; David Vickers returns to Llanview a reformed man, or so he says.

              Monday, December 15, 2008 12:11 AM ET | By Errol Lewis

               ( — The economy is a bust and we’re in a recession. Advertisers are pulling ad dollars from network television and have instead decided to spend less and fire thousands. With daytime’s audience trending down for more than a decade, 2008 will forever be remembered as the year the daypart finally received its reality check.

              So, instead of bringing you a what’s up and what’s down ratings report, we at Soap Opera Network have decided to launch a new feature where we pit soap against soap in the Nielsen Ratings. No, not who is doing better on a week to week basis, but who is the best-of-the-best, only day-by-day.

              Without further adieu…

              What remains the strory of the year is how low CBS’ “Guiding Light” can fall as it fights to survive and retain its title as broadcasting’s longest running program. With numbers so low (a 1.4 HH rating on Thursday), it would make “Port Charles” look like a ratings winner. Sadly, “Port Charles” was cancelled in 2003 with higher ratings than this despite airing in the wee-hours of the night. While NBC’s “Days of our Lives” loses 40% of its budget in the upcoming year and a loss of its two stars (Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn), three out of its five weekly episodes (Friday, Tuesday, and Monday) outranked every episode of ABC’s “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” The highest episode was its Friday broadcast with 2.9 million viewers. For the week, “DAYS” averaged 2.7 million viewers. “DAYS” is also the only soap to increase viewers year-over-year, gaining 120,000 viewers from the same point last year. “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” remain daytime’s most watched programs as they hold the 1-5 and 6-10 positions. “Restless,” however has lost the most audience year-over-year with a decline of 630,000 viewers. It’s Women 18-49 ranking, however, remains on par with its year-ago and up a point week-to-week.

              After losing the most viewers collectively year-over-year in the early months of ’08, ABC has handed the title off to CBS (207,000 viewers vs 2.1 million  viewers). While the minor loss might not be so bad to one just seeing the numbers, it should  be noted that the network had already lost millions of viewers by mid-2007. More severe losses would have cost a show its cast and crew.

               Daytime Ratings:
              Week of December 1, 2008
              (in order of Households)

               Rank  Network Show
              change vs last week/last year)
               Total Viewers
              (in millions;
              change vs last
              week/last year)
              Women 18-49
              change vs last week/last year)
               1  CBS Y&R  3.6/13
               5,016,000 (-93,000/-630,000)  1.7/11
               2  CBS B&B  2.7/9
               3  ABC GH  2.2/7
               4  CBS ATWT  2.0/7
               2,694,000 (-121,000/-434,000)  1.1/7
               5  NBC DAYS 2.0/7
               2,736,000 (+5,000/+120,000)  (+.1/same)
               6  ABC OLTL  2.0/7
               7  ABC AMC  1.9/7
              2,541,000 (-217,000/-49,000)  1.2/7
               8  CBS  GL  1.5/5
               2,011,000 (-181,000/-569,000)  0.9/5

              Source: NTI Live+SD

               Soap Opera Episode Rankings:
              Week of December 1, 2008
              (in order of Total Viewers)

               Rank Network


               Total Viewers
              (in millions/rounded)
               1  CBS  The Young and the Restless
               3.8  5,227 (5.2)  Tuesday
               2  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.6  5,080 (5.1)  Thursday
              3  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.7 5,010 (5.0)  Friday
               4  CBS  The Young and the Restless  3.5  4,889 (4.9)  Monday
               5  CBS  The Young and the Restless 3.5  4,874 (4.9)  Wednesday
               6  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful
              3,704 (3.7) Friday
               7  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,602 (3.6) Thursday
               8  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,593 (3.6)  Monday
               9  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6  3,563 (3.6) Tuesday
               10  CBS  The Bold and the Beautiful  2.6 3.523 (3.5) Wednesday
              11  ABC  General Hospital
               2.3 3,124 (3.1)
               12  ABC  General Hospital  2.3  3,035 (3.0) Monday
               13  NBC  Days of our Lives
              2,880 (2.9)
               14  NBC  Days of our Lives 2.1  2,806 (2.8) Tuesday
               15 CBS
               As The World Turns  2.1 2,787 (2.8)
               16 ABC General Hospital 2.2 2,768 (2.8)   Friday
               17  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0 2,756 (2.8)  Monday
               17  ABC  General Hospital  2.2  2,756 (2.8)  Wednesday
               19  NBC  Days of our Lives 2.0 2,730 (2.7) Monday
               ABC  One Life to Live
               2.0 2,719 (2.7)
               21  ABC  All My Children
               2.1  2,714 (2.7)  Monday
               22  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0 2,711 (2.7) Tuesday
               23  ABC  All My Children  2.0  2,696 (2.7) Tuesday
               24  ABC  One Life to Live 2.0  2,687 (2.7) Friday
               25  CBS  As The World Turns  2.0 2,684 (2.7)  Thursday
               26  NBC  Days of our Lives  1.9  2,633 (2.6) Thursday
               27  NBC  Days of our Lives  1.9  2,630 (2.6) Wednesday
               28  ABC  One Life to Live  2.0 2,620 (2.6) Wednesday
               29  ABC  One Life to Live  2.0 2,602 (2.6)  Monday
               30  ABC  General Hospital  2.0 2,584 (2.6)  Thursday
               31  CBS  As The World Turns 2.0  2,533 (2.5) Thursday
               32  ABC  All My Children  1.9 2,494 (2.5) Wednesday
               33  ABC  One Life to Live  1.9 2,463 (2.5) Thursday
               34  ABC  All My Children  1.8 2,409 (2.4) Friday
               35  ABC  All My Children 1.9 2,393 (2.4) Thursday
               36  CBS  Guiding Light 1.5
              2,147(2.1) Monday
               37  CBS  Guiding Light 1.5 2,091 (2.1)  Tuesday
               38  CBS  Guiding Light  1.5 2,024 (2.0)  Friday
               39  CBS  Guiding Light  1.4 1,997 (2.0) Wednesday
              40  CBS  Guiding Light  1.4  1,839 (1.8)  Thursday
                 Legend:  Most Watched Episode
                 Least Watched Episode

              Source: NTI Live+SD

              For more ratings data:  Ratings for the week December 1-5, 2008