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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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Prospect Park and ABC battled it out in court this morning over the $100+ million lawsuit the former launched against the latter over the soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” And it looks like Prospect Park has won the first round!

According to Deadline Hollywood, ABC was denied its motion to strike the part of Prospect Park’s amended complaint in which the production company asked to have the license agreement for both online shows extended and licensing payments to ABC halted while the breach of contract suit moves forward.

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

As we previously reported, former “All My Children” actress Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) appeared on OWN’s “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”last week to discuss her initial shock regarding “AMC’s” cancellation, her fears of never working again and some fun details regarding her new role on Lifetime’s “Devious Maids.” And now, the network has released a video clip of the daytime icon’s spot on the show!

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Jennifer Graylock/JPI Studios

Hot on the heels of “All My Children’s” Susan Lucci (Erica Kane) appearing on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” comes an appearance by former “General Hospital” actor/musician Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake)!

The “Jessie’s Girl” singer will be appearing on the Friday, February 7 episode of the show, where he’s set to give an “eye-opening interview” that touches on the subject of suicide. Other guests scheduled to appear include The Village People, “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Jill Zaren, and former Vogue editor André Leon Talley.

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Deborah Blackwell, the former general manager of Disney/ABC Cable Network Group’s SOAPnet from 2001-2007, has died at the age of 63, reports Deadline Hollywood. She died yesterday, January 31, after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. Blackwell was surrounded by family in Virginia at the time of her passing.

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Richard McLaren/Lifetime

Richard McLaren/Lifetime

Former “All My Children” actress Susan Lucci (ex-Erica Kane) has been filming Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” and Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Affairs” since the ABC sudser went off the air back in 2011, but just what else has the busy actress been up to?

Fans who are curious can tune into OWN this Friday, January 31, to catch the New York native in a special episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now,” where she’ll be discussing what’s been going on in her life since “AMC” ended after 41 years on the air — including her fear of never being able to work again!

Click the jump to watch a special preview clip, and don’t forget to tune in for the episode — which will also feature Marie Osmond, TV food star Brian Boitano and supermodel Emme — at 9PM ET/PT on OWN.

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JPI Studios

JPI Studios

It looks like former soap actor Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan Lavery, “All My Children,” ex-Shayne Lewis, “Guiding Light,” ex-Ronan Malloy, “The Young and the Restless”) is the next on the list of stars celebrating baby news!

The Missouri native took to Twitter to announce the big news to fans. “Thank you all for the congrats and warm wishes!” he wrote. “My little mans due March 17, HAPPY ST. Pattys!”

Congratulations, Branson!



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Carin Baer/Crown Media

It looks like 2014 is getting off to a rocky start for former “CSI: Miami” star Eva LaRue (ex-Maria Santos, “All My Children”), whose current husband, Joseph Cappuccio, has filed for divorce.

TMZ obtained divorce documents for the couple, which Cappuccio filed citing irreconcilable differences. The seafood businessman has also asked the court to reject any requests LaRue might make for spousal support.

As soap fans may recall, this marks LaRue’s third divorce; she was previously married to “Seinfeld” actor John O’Hurley and former “AMC” star John Callahan (ex-Edmund Grey), with whom she shares 12-year-old daughter, Kayla.



Directors Guild of America

Directors Guild of America

AMC; Netflix

AMC; Netflix

Last night marked the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, but none of today’s daytime drama directors received a nomination. Why? Because the “Daytime Serials” category was integrated into the “Dramatic Series” category following a June 22, 2013 DGA National Board meeting that voted on rule changes, which forces daytime and primetime dramas to compete against internet distributed dramas such as “House of Cards,” which essentially leaves daytime itself shut out from ever receiving a nomination as the dynamics of daytime is no where near the likes of 2013 nominees “Breaking Bad” (AMC), “Game of Thrones” (HBO), “Homeland” (Showtime), or even the aforementioned “House of Cards” (Netflix). “Bad” won the award for those wondering.

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Crown Media

Crown Media

As previously reported, soap stars Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan Lavery, “All My Children”) and Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco Jones, “General Hospital;” ex-Dominick Marone, “The Bold and the Beautiful”) are set to star in the Hallmark Movie Channel Original movie, “My Gal Sunday,” which premieres tonight at 9:00 PM ET on the cable network.

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It seems like just yesterday that the world was ready to nail the lid on the coffin of daytime soap operas. Ratings were low across the board, and a slew of sudsers — “Guiding Light,” “As the World Turns,” “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — were cancelled, leaving only “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless” on the air. But to the surprise of critics and many soap fans, 2013 saw a drastic turnaround: All four remaining soap operas saw a significant increase in ratings, and “The Young and the Restless” once again made a list of the top 10 most-searched television programs of the year, among popular series like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” So why the complete 180 in daytime soap popularity?

Soap Opera Network recently attended an event at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, where soap opera insiders like John McCook (Eric Forrester, “B&B”), Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer, “GH”), Marnie Saaita (casting director for “DAYS”) and Michael Maloney (author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful”) discussed the recent resurgence and more. Read on to find out what these soap opera experts had to say about the genre’s past, present and future!

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