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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Toky Photography

Fans had inquired with us whether the Twitter handle @Ryan_Paevey was in fact “General Hospital’s” newest stars’ social media address. Sadly, as we always suspected, the account is in fact not real. A rep for the soap confirms that the account is not the actor’s and subsequently, the handle has been deleted. Additionally, Justice & Ponder, a management firm based in Los Angeles, which represents Paevey, confirmed the fake account when it said, “SOOOO, it turns out @Ryan_Paevey is not our client RYAN PAEVEY and we are alerting Twitter now that this is an impostor using his name.” The company notes that the actor will begin using the social media platform for the first time sometime next week when he begins tweeting via his (real) account.

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WABC-TV

On Tuesday, December 31, 2013, Disney/ABC touted its reigning champ WABC-TV as New York’s most watched station in 2013 and the number one station in the country. While highlighting the success of “Live with Kelly and Michael,” November’s “The ING New York City Marathon,” “The View,” “The Chew,” its Eyewitness News broadcasts, and ABC’s strong primetime schedule, the company neglected to note the success of its sole remaining daytime soap opera, “General Hospital,” on the station.

According to a representative for WABC-TV, however, “GH” is New York’s most watched series during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM in the key Women 25-54 sales demo, and ranked a dominant #1 in its time period in households and Women 25-54 during calendar year 2013, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings data. The rep also notes to Soap Opera Network exclusively that the series is one of the strongest programs in the number one television market overall.

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Soap Opera Network

Soap Opera Network

If you’re looking to set some resolutions for 2014 and need some inspiration, look no further! Soap Opera Network asked “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital” stars to open up on how they hope to improve themselves and their lives in the year to come, and they were none too shy to shed some light on the ways they’re setting out to achieve greatness. Bonus: They also threw in some opinions on how their characters should approach 2014, as well! Read on for the fun, and happy New Year from Soap Opera Network

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SOAPnet, LLC

SOAPnet, LLC

After nearly 14 years on the air, SOAPnet ended its broadcast run at the stroke of midnight with the final 2013 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” (originally aired on Monday, December 30) taking it out in style.

During its final hour of broadcasting, viewers were treated to endless commercials promoting ABC and ABC Family programming, including “General Hospital,” “Revenge,” “The Chew,” “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “Ravenswood.” For those veiwers looking to tune into the midnight broadcast of “Days of our Lives,” they were treated to a message from their cable and/or satellite provider that read, “Disney discontinued their SOAPnet broadcast. The SOAPnet channel is no longer available from any television provider.”

RELATED: THE FINAL DAYS OF SOAPnet: The Rise and Fall of A Cable Network

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Just as Sabrina Santiago learns that she is pregnant on ABC’s “General Hospital,” her portrayer reveals she is also pregnant in real-life, reports People magazine. “It feels wonderful. This is the most joyous time of my life,” said actress Teresa Castillo to the publication, where she announced she was expecting her first child – a girl – with husband Shane Aaron. “It feels great to finally be able to share it with the world,” she added.

Wed in 2008, the couple are expecting their bundle of joy in May, while in reel-life Sabrina will be experiencing a headache full of drama in the coming months as she debates on how to inform Patrick (Jason Thompson), who just left her in order to return to the arms and bed of his recently revealed to be alive wife, Robin (Kimberly McCullough), about their surprise post-wedding gift. Castillo tells ABC Soaps In Depth, “I feel like it was appropriate for the story. It just adds to the drama, and I love it.”



General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

“General Hospital’s” Drew Cheetwood (Milo Giambetti) and Derk Cheetwood (Max Giambetti) might jokingly want fans to view them as super ninjas ready to dropkick anyone and anything at the drop of a hat, but when Soap Opera Network “mob”nobbed with the brothers for a feature interview, they proved that they’re much cooler than dropkicking ninjas — and then some!

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NYC Brand Productions

NYC Brand Productions

The wait is finally over for the launch of Sonia Blangiardo‘s “Tainted Dreams: The Series,” which features Alicia Minshew (“All My Children”), Terri Ivens (“AMC”), Grant Aleksander (“Guiding Light”), Kelley Menighan Hensley (“As the World Turns“), Walt Willey (“AMC”), Natalia Livingston (“GH“), Marnie Schulenburg (“ATWT”), Michael Lowry (“AMC,” “One Life to Live“), Nathan Purdee (“OLTL”), Austin Peck (“ATWT,” “Days of our Lives“, “OLTL”), Colleen Zenk (“ATWT”), Larkin Malloy (“The Edge of Knight,” “AMC”) Dina Manzo (“Dina’s Party” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Anthony Wilkinson (“My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and the new “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”), Lisa Marie Varon (“IMPACT WRESTLING”) and “Mr. PEC-Tacular” Jessie Godderz (“IMPACT WRESTLING” and “Big Brother”), Bobbie Eakes (“AMC,” “The Bold and the Beautiful“), Ilene Kristen (“OLTL,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”), along with a host of newcomers, as viewers are treated to a behind the scenes look at the daytime soap, “Painted Dreams.”

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ABC

ABC

One thing we’ll soon find out is how much of an effect SOAPnet’s demise will have on “General Hospital,” if any at all. In a new promo touting the multi-platform availability of ABC’s sole remaining daytime soap opera, the network wants to make sure its viewers have every opportunity of catching up with the latest happenings in Port Charles.

In the promo, viewers are treated to the phrases “More Sizzle, More Secrets, More Twists, More Heart Stopping Action,” as they are subsequently informed that they can view “GH” weekdays at 2e/1c/p on ABC and anytime on ABC On Demand, which includes Watch ABC on ABC.com and mobile app on iOS and Android enabled devices.

In addition to the aforementioned platforms, you can also watch “GH” on Hulu.com, which proves that SOAPnet was no longer necessary in today’s world. The series is currently unavailable on Hulu Plus.

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It’s been quite some time since Soap Opera Network last brought its readers a weekly breakdown of what’s going to happen during the upcoming week of soaps. With our new sense of direction and focus as we get ready to enter a new year, and a new phase for the site, we thought it would be a great opportunity to get back into the previews game.

First things first, Soap Opera Network preview posts include the word “PreVUE” in their titles, which is our unique term for spoilers, previews, teasers, etc. This means that when you look for upcoming story for your favorite shows, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless,” and even some primetime shows, you should always expect the word “PreVUE” in the title. This helps clearly identity what the post is about and informs those not wishing to be spoiled to turn around and stop reading from that point forward. So, without further adieu, here’s a look at what’s going to happen this week (week of December 30, 2013 – January 2, 2014) in Los Angeles, Salem, Port Charles and Genoa City.

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From re-runs of soap classics “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” “Another World,” “Port Charles,” and “Falcon Crest,” to the launches of original series “SoapCenter,” “Soap Talk” and “General Hospital: Night Shift,” SOAPnet was defined as the “new way to watch soaps” for much of its near 14-year run. With just 2 days left before SOAPnet is no more, we thought it would be a great opportunity to look back at the inaugural year of a network that gave diehard soap fans their own platform to shout with glee through the death of a network that outlived its purpose.

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