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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Doverwood Communications, Inc.

See “General Hospital’s” Rick Springfield (Dr. Noah Drake) as you’ve never seen him perform. From personal stories to stories from concert fields, the documentary film, “An Affair of the Heart,” follows the life of the multi-talented actor/musician from the perspective of his fans who share details on when they first discovered him and what makes him such an icon in their lives. The film was recently released on DVD/blu-ray and hails from an idea by producer Melanie Lentz-Janney, who has been a loyal fan of Rick’s for thirty years. “The Young and the Restless’” Doug Davidson along with “GH’s’” Jacklyn Zeman, Kimberly McCullough, Jason Thompson and Brandon Barash also appear in the film.

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Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

Thaao Penghlis (ex-Tony DiMera, “Days of our Lives”) is set to reprise his role as Victor Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” in the new year, confirms a show representative to Soap Opera Network. The actor last played the role more than 30 years ago, when the character met his supposed death, but with the actor returning does that mean that the brother of Anthony and Mikkos Cassadine is in fact alive? You’ll just have to tune in to find out during the all important February sweeps ratings period!

Soap Opera Digest, which first reported the news, states that Penghlis is tentatively scheduled to first air on Thursday, January 30, 2014 – the first day of February sweeps.



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John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

As previously reported, Tristan Rogers will soon be departing ABC’s “General Hospital” after his most recent stint as Robert Scorpio comes to an end. With his pending return to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in the new year, Rogers recently announced on Twitter his final film date at “GH” and his first film date back at “Y&R.”

While announcing his plans to vacation in Australia during the Christmas holiday break, Rogers revealed that he films his last scenes at “GH” on Thursday, December 19 and will begin filming scenes as his “Y&R” character, Colin Atkinson, beginning Wednesday, January 8. Viewers should expect to see the actor continue airing on “GH” through at least February, as noted by head writer Ron Carlivati. A first airdate on “Y&R” is not yet known. “I am passionate about daytime drama. Where ever I work. I want to do the best I can. So lets be bipartisan and support the genre,” said Rogers on moving from one soap to another.

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

As previously reported, ABC’s “Home for the Holidays” special event will be hitting “General Hospital.” Soap Opera Network has learned that Christopher Allen, a real life United States military veteran who served four years in the U.S. Air Force, will be appearing on the Thursday, December 26 episode as military veteran CPO Hicks.

In the storyline, CPO Hicks confides to Dr. Silas Clay (Michael Easton) that he thinks he might have cancer and he’s had to keep this potentially painful secret from his loving wife and doesn’t like lying to her — a message that leaves Dr. Clay pondering if he should tell Sam McCall (Kelly Monaco) the truth about his own dark past.



Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

With an estimated value of $5,500, a lucky individual and their partner could win a dinner date with “General Hospital’s” William deVry (Julian Jerome) and former “Port Charles” and “The Young and the Restless” actress, Rebecca Staab. Now through Thursday, December 12, the married couple is auctioning off a meal that includes Sea Save founder, Georgienne Bradley, which will take place at the elegant Geoffrey’s Malibu, “a unique place, rich in its own history, it embodies the natural beauty from which it sprang, while offering an invitation to everyone who cares to celebrate life.” The highest bidder will be provided with insight into the entertainment industry, according the description on the CharityBuzz website as listed by the two soapers.

To bid and to learn more, click here.

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LANYfilms

LANYfilms

LANYfilms Productions

LANYfilms Productions

With nearly 24 minutes in total airtime between them, LANYentertainment released the first two installments of “The Bay: The Series” chapter 11 on the official “Bay” website yesterday. Fans of the series will not only get caught up in the happenings in Bay City, but they’ll also get their fill of drama, sex, drugs, romance, deception, murder, and much more.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

During the week of November 25 through 29, 2013, ABC’s “General Hospital” reached its largest audience in nearly six years (since week of January 21, 2008), when 3.3 million viewers tuned into the happenings of Port Charles. The soap is currently pacing for its best season in seven years in total viewers (since the 2006-2007 television season). In addition to an increase in viewers, the daytime sap reached an over 2-and-a-half-year high in Women 25-54 (1.04 million/1.7 rating) and an over 2-year high in Women 18-49 (774,000/1.2 rating) – since weeks of 3/21/11 and 8/15/11, respectively – to rank a strong #2 for the week in the key female sales demos.

Per ABC,  “GH” posted the largest year-to-year increases of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+20% – 3.30 million vs. 2.75 million), Women 18-49 (+21% – 774,000 vs. 641,000) and Women 25-54 (+25% – 1.04 million vs. 833,000).

“GH” aired original episodes on Monday, November 25 through Wednesday, November 27. An encore aired on Thursday, November 28, while the soap was preempted on Friday, November 29. The encore airing did not count in the weekly average.

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

NATAS/CBS

NATAS/CBS

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced yesterday that it’s going to be easier than ever for 41st Annual Daytime Emmy race entrants to submit material and for voters to get their voices heard, as the entire process has shifted to an online space! In addition, entries for this year’s awards ceremony are now being accepted, and submission are open in all 81 Daytime categories.

“With six Daytime Dramas [“The Bold and the Beautiful,” The Young and the Restless,” “General Hospital,” “Days of our Lives,” “All My Children,” and “One Life to Live”] in contention this year, we are thrilled to open the gates for what we expect to be a record year in all Daytime Emmy Award genres,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS, in an official press release.  “In addition to adding three new Spanish-language categories, we are implementing a brand new entry/judging system that will allow entrants quick and easy submissions and judges the ability to evaluate nominees at work, at home and just about everywhere else!”

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions

Bell-Phillip Television Productions

Ratings Report for the Week of November 18-22, 2013

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 4,618,000 (-125,000/+240,000)
2. B&B 3,704,000 (+69,000/+498,000)
3. GH 2,777,000 (-202,000/+18,000)
4. DAYS 2,622,000 (-223,000/+275,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.3/11 (-.1/+.1)
2. B&B 2.6/9 (same/+.2)
3. GH 2.2/7 (-.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 2.0/7 (-.1/+.2)

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LANYfilms Productions

LANYfilms Productions

The Emmy-nominated online soap opera “The Bay” is back for its 11th chapter, and the sudser’s return is expected to be edgier, bigger and better than ever!

All of the fun begins Thursday, December 5, when two brand new installments of the series will stream back to back at 3:15PM ET / 12:15PM PT. Afterward, fans can look forward to new episodes on Thursday, December 12 and Thursday, December 19. And, as a special holiday gift for loyal viewers, a one hour uninterrupted TV pilot will stream on Thursday, December 26!

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