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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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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Twitter

Sometimes when one comments about a specific topic or thing on social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter, things they say can get misconstrued by others. This was the case last night when “General Hospital’s” Sean Kanan (AJ Quartermaine) tweeted, “Such an honor to be a part of this iconic piece of American television history. Thanks @valentinifrank for everything,” following yesterday’s 13,000th episode cake cutting party, which Kanan took part.

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Todd Wawrychuk/ABC

As previously reported, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will appear on the Wednesday, January 29 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” as Tina Estrada, a patient of Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), who goes to General Hospital for her regularly scheduled appointment. According to the network, Tina comes face to face with an unfamiliar nurse in the episode and demands to know why HE is in her doctor’s office. The “nurse” is actually reformed serial killer Franco (Roger Howarth), as noted in the picture above, who is hiding out from the police after a warrant is issued for his arrest in the disappearance and possible murder of Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright).

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan on newsstands now, Wilson reveals that her “GH” character is not that much different from her role on “Grey’s” and that if asked, she’d return to the daytime soap opera in a heartbeat!

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Adam Larkey/ABC

Yesterday, it was announced that veteran soap actor Rick Hearst would be returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” for the first time since 2009 as his character Ric Lansing. Hearst is scheduled to first air on Monday February 24, but isn’t expected to speak until Tuesday, February 25, according to ABC Soaps In Depth. In honor of his grand return, the actor took to Twitter to thank the fans, “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati for making it all happen.

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

There’s so much excitement happening over at “General Hospital,” it’s tough to keep up! And when Soap Opera Network recently spoke with actress Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), she teased that the strong, layered storylines most fans have been enjoying as of late will continue to pack a punch throughout 2014. But just what will this year have in store for the lovely lady? Read on to find out!

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

There have been a slew of stories celebrating soap operas’ recent turnaround in the ratings game as of late, but it’s an unexpected trend worth repeating: Soaps are back, baby! And “General Hospital,” which was marching toward an ABC death similar to “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” is doing particularly well. Soap Opera Network sat down with the sudser’s very own William deVry (Julian Jerome), who discussed some particulars of why “GH” is on such an upswing. And while he was at it, he revealed some details on what’s to come in Julian’s life, as well!

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

As “General Hospital’s” executive producer, Frank Valentini, recently revealed to Soap Opera Network, the next few months of the iconic soap opera are going to be filled with can’t-miss-television. And Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri) says that part of the excitement to come will definitely include some twists and turns in the complicated baby situation his alter ego is caught in with Britt Westbourne (Kelly Thiebaud) and Lulu Spencer (Emme Rylan).

“As far as I know, there’s going to be a lot more baby drama, which I love,” he tells Soap Opera Network. “Just when you think it’s going to be concluded, it won’t be! The conclusion that you guys think is happening, which I think is in the works, is not as simple as what you think it might be. Don’t underestimate Britt Westbourne, that’s all I can say! She’s a nut bag. She’s smart and conniving.”

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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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John Paschal/JPI Studios

As first reported by Soap Opera Digest, Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy Balsom, “One Life to Live”) will again be reprising her “Ryan’s Hope” role of Delia Ryan on ABC’s “General Hospital.”

Kristen first re-appeared as the character on two episodes of “GH” back in October 2013. In those episodes, viewers learned that Delia is the mother of Ava Jerome (Maura West) and grandmother of Kiki Jerome (Kristen Alderson).

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