UPDATE 2:00 PM ET: According to a rep for Disney/ABC, as “General Hospital,” “The View” and “The Chew” weren’t already in the Hulu Plus system prior to the WATCH ABC rule changes, their launch on the service was delayed as a result. It was not fan complaints that prompted their availability as originally reported.
PREVIOUS: When Soap Opera Network first reported that ABC’s “General Hospital,” “The View” and “The Chew” would be made available on Hulu Plus after the network and its parent company decided to change the way in which audiences could catch their favorite ABC programming outside of the traditional method of viewing live, fans were outraged to learn that neither series was available on the subscription based service as originally thought. That has since changed!
As previously reported, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will be appearing on ABC’s “General Hospital” in scenes alongside Jon Lindstrom‘s Kevin Collins on Wednesday, January 29 (previously scheduled for Tuesday, January 28 before a national preemption occurred on Friday, December 20, 2013). In honor of her upcoming appearance, the show released an image of the actress on set posing with “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini and actor Roger Howarth (Franco).
While character and storyline details are not yet known, a rep for ABC’s “General Hospital” confirms that Shirley Jones, former star of “The Partridge Family” and “Shirley,” will appear on the daytime soap opera in an episode airing next month.
Word of Jones’s appearance on the show first came to light yesterday when “GH’s” William deVry (Julian Jerome) tweeted actor William Shatner (“Star Trek”) and said, “we have Shirley Jones coming to ‘General Hospital’ tomorrow. We r still hoping ur agent will let u join us for a few eps.’” Shatner responded to deVry’s tweet by saying, “You know the last time Shirley and I worked together she played my mother. Send her my love.” The show in which Shatner was referring was TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” An ecstatic deVry replied, “Oh that is amazing!! I will say [to Jones] u say hello.”
“General Hospital’s” real-life couple Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny Zacchara) officially have a perfect start to their new year: Storms has given birth to their baby girl!
Barash took to Twitter late in the evening of Tuesday, January 7 to announce the exciting arrival of their first child. “Our passenger has touched down and arrived,” he wrote. “Welcome to our world. There has not been a more fulfilling day.”
Congratulations to the proud parents!
There must be something in the water over at “General Hospital,” because not only are Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) and Teresa Castillo (Sabrina Santiago) pregnant, Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli) took to Twitter to announce that he and his wife are expecting a baby, as well!
During the BCS National College Football Championship between Florida State and Auburn last night, Anderson commented on the game — and slyly slipped in the news that his wife, Kiera, is pregnant with their second child. “Auburn looks great so far. In other news, we’re having another baby,” he tweeted. “Another girl, in May. So that’s cool. Hope the game isn’t a blowout.”
Congratulations to the parents and their first child, Juna Meredith (2), who’ll now have a little sister to play with!
As we previously reported, season two of “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots” starring former “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williamson) premieres tonight — and it looks like it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!
According to a teaser trailer, it looks like the complicated lives of the rich and powerful Cryer family and their hired help in Savannah, Georgia are going to be just as juicy and entertaining as ever!
Be sure to tune into OWN tonight at 9PM ET/CT to catch the primetime sudser, which also stars John Schneider, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox, Eva Tamargo (ex-Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald, “Passions”), Angela Robinson, Peter Parros (ex-Ben Harris, “As The World Turns”; ex-Ben Price, “One Life to Live”), Gavin Houston (ex-Remy Boudreau, “Guiding Light”; ex-Sly Thomas, “General Hospital”), Aaron O’Connell, Tyler Lepley and Jaclyn Betham.
Ratings Report for the Week of December 16-20, 2013
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
NOTE: There were some pre-emptions on Friday due to President Obama’s news conference
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
1. Y&R 4,729,000 (-207,000/+388,000)
2. B&B 3,659,000 (-190,000/+455,000)
3. GH 2,887,000 (-170,000/+87,000)
4. DAYS 2,435,000 (-234,000/+140,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.1/+.2)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (-.1/+.2)
3. GH 2.1/7 (-.2/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.8/6 (-.1/same)
Fans love it when their show goes on location, but whatever happened to exterior shots – images of outdoor locations inserted before a scene takes place between characters – which were heavily utilized on “Passions,” the now defunct NBC and DirecTV daytime soap opera?
While SOAPnet’s “General Hospital: Night Shift” may have brought a modern exterior of the famed General Hospital in Port Charles to life via its opening credits, a variation of which was subsequently used by its parent series, “General Hospital,” CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” has remained the only current soap opera consistently utilizing the exterior concept in between scenes, at least until now. The network recently began bringing life to the homes of Genoa City’s most prominent citizens in episodes of “The Young and the Restless.”
After someone pulled a social media fast one on fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” last week by claiming to be the soap’s newest star, Ryan Paevey (Nathan West), the actor’s management team confirmed today that the actor is now officially on Twitter.
The company, Justice & Ponder (@JusticePonder), tweeted earlier today, “Todd & Ryan Paevey in our office and as of today his REAL Twitter user name is @RyanPaevey.” The tweet was accompanied by a picture of Paevey and his co-manager, Todd Justice.
Earlier today, we reported on changes affecting those viewers who use WATCH ABC to view their favorite ABC programming. In our report, we noted that in order to view the network’s shows online or On Demand, viewers would only be able access programming within one week of air if they are a current subscriber to participating TV service providers. This change goes into effect on Monday, January 6. Not in our report was how this change would directly effect ABC Daytime’s “The View,” “The Chew” and “General Hospital.”
A representative for the Disney/ABC Television Group confirms to Soap Opera Network that daytime is slightly different from ABC’s primetime shows, such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Revenge,” and “Scandal,” when it comes to WATCH ABC’s new restrictions. According to the rep, the window for “View,” “Chew” and “GH” will expand from 7 days to 10 days per episode in the case of “The View” (1 week of authenticated; three days free) and 14 days per episode (1 week of authenticated; 1 week free) for “The Chew” and “General Hospital.”