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

 
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Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Former “One Life to Live” and “Who’s the Boss?” star Judith Light has played the love interest of some pretty famous actors before, but it looks like she’s about to share the screen with her biggest co-star yet. Light has just signed on to play Henry Winkler’s wife in the ABC comedy pilot “The Winklers,” based on Winkler’s real-life relationship with his son-in-law.

According to Deadline.com, Light will play Tita Winkler, the “fabulous, fierce momma bear of the [Winkler] family.” Henry Winkler will, of course, be starring as himself and former “The Wire” actor Domenick Lombardozzi will play his son-in-law. Josh Sussman (“Glee”) will also star as Henry and Tita’s son Jonah.

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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

If you’re ready for more secrets, scandals, passion and romance than ever before, you’re in luck: The Emmy-nominated online soap opera “The Bay” — produced by the Gregori J Martin founded company LANYfilms Productions — is returning with an all-new Chapter 12 that promises to deliver sudser standards with a serious bang! What’s more, the cast has already begun new installments of the ever-popular pre-launch “Confessions of Bay City” videos in which Bay City’s biggest and baddest take the hot seat for jaw-dropping confessions!

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After “General Hospital’s” A.J. Quartermaine was shot and put into critical condition by Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) a few weeks ago, fans began speculating if this could be the end of the line for the long-time Port Charles resident. Even so, it comes as a shock today that A.J.’s portrayer, Sean Kanan, has confirmed that he will be leaving “GH” at the end of this month to return to his role on “The Bold and the Beautiful!”

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Kanan explains that his “GH” exit was a mutual decision by him and the producers. Although, according to him, his exit has a lot to do with his unhappiness over the writing for his character.

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Viewers may have been stunned with the reveal that “General Hospital’s” new Chief of Staff was going to be none other than villainess Dr. Liesl Obrecht, but the devilish doc’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati, was equally surprised upon hearing the unexpected news!

“I was in the parking lot heading home after [my later ego was] being sad, singing [her] poor little song in the prison, and [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] came up to me, and I’m heading home, and he goes, ‘Do you want to know what’s happening next?’ And every time I get script, I go, ‘Oh, am I going left? Am I going right? Am I funny? Am I sad? Am I tragic? Am I campy?’ So I’m like, ‘Sure. He never tells me, and I never know, and I’m like, he wants to tell me? Ok.’ He said, ‘Well, are you ready for this?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘You’re going to be the Chief of Staff of General Hospital.”

The unexpected news nearly made the actress double over in surprise. “I was just dumbfounded,” she recalls. “It was just incredible. I was like, seriously? And I thought, how fabulous. What a great concept. The impossible, worst, most awful, evilest, meanest person being the Chief of Staff of General Hospital, which is the name of the show, which is the show, and I’m going, ‘Oh, that’s brilliant!’”

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions (Top); Disney/ABC Television Group (Bottom)

Ratings Report for the Week of March 3-7, 2014

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 5,027,000 (+188,000/+478,000)
2. B&B 3,679,000 (+94,000/+147,000)
3. GH 2,972,000 (+95,000/+264,000)
4. DAYS 2,717,000 (+31,000/+154,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.6/11 (same/+.2)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (-.1/-.1)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.0/6 (same/+.1)

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David Livingston/Getty Images

Daytime fans might be used to presently seeing actor Wally Kurth as Justin Kiriakis on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” but it wasn’t so long ago that the actor played “General Hospital’s” Ned Ashton. And guess what? It looks like he’ll be headed back to Port Charles in the near future!

“I had a nice day in Port Charles yesterday,” the actor tweeted on Wednesday, March 12. “Yes, Ned will be arriving in town soon. Stay tuned. Thanks for waiting!”

At press time, a rep for “GH” had no comment regarding Kurth’s return and first airdate.


 

John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

What started as just a rumor has officially transformed into a hard truth for “The Young and the Restless” fans: Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Abbott) has officially confirmed that she is indeed leaving the soap she joined in 2008.

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Prospect Park Networks may have just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, but that isn’t stopping ABC from seeking unpaid licensing fees that they claim Prospect Park Networks has yet to pay them.

In a cross-complaint suit made available by Deadline.com, ABC is now suing PPN for “all unpaid series fees owned up to and through the date of the trial of this action as a result of Prospect Park’s failure to pay in breach of the License Agreement.” According to them, PPN had agreed to an approximate $145 million multi-season licensing agreement, yet only paid for a few months on the first seasons of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”

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Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Alan Thicke, one of America’s most popular TV dads, has landed his very own reality show for TVGN! And it looks like several stars — including former “General Hospital” actor John Stamos (ex-Blackie) — will be dropping by to add to the zany fun!

Titled “Unusually Thicke,” the 14-episode original reality series follows the former “Growing Pains’” star and his spicy and much-younger wife, Tanya, as well as his dry-witted and opinionated 16-year-old son, Carter, as the family navigates the humorous situations that often happen in their everyday lives.

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Television Academy

Television Academy

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) is getting quite an impressive makeover that will not only simplify its name, but also spiff up the Emmy statuette logo! But just what other changes will this major overhaul create? Read on to find out!

With its 70th anniversary fast approaching, ATAS has decided to implement a few modernizing changes. The first is revamping its previous name to the now very simple “Television Academy.” In addition, the organization enlisted the help of brand-strategy firm Siegel + Gale to update its logo (though the Emmy trophy itself will not undergo changes).

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