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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Thomas Montalto/Montalto Photos

From Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17, former “General Hospital” star Ronnie Marmo (ex- Ronnie Dimestico) will be MC’ing a weekend of comedy on Princess Cruises Lines Sapphire Princess cruise ship as it heads down to Mexico. Joining the actor as performers will be comedians French Stewart (“The Middle,” “3rd Rock From the Sun”) and Mo Collins (“MADtv,” “Parks & Recreation”), among many others.

“Hasta Linguine… I mean Luego… An Italian on a Mexican cruise. Go figure,” said Marmo in announcing the gig. For more information and to book your trip, go to www.CruiseGuysBH.com or call (310) 777-7474.



JPI

JPI

As if tackling daytime soap operas and the Academy Awards wasn’t challenge enough for James Franco (ex-Franco, “General Hospital”), the actor is gearing up to next take on broadway as he’s signed on to make his debut in “Of Mice and Men” next year. Franco will portray George in the production, which is based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name. The character is one half of two migrant workers looking for employment during the Great Depression. Actor Chris O’Dowd will portray Lennie, the other migrant worker.

Scheduled to begin with preview performances on Wednesday, March 19, the play will officially open on Wednesday, April 16 and will run through Sunday, July 27. Staged at the Longacre Theatere in New York City, tickets will go on sale beginning Saturday, January 11.

“Of Mice and Men” is being produced by David Binder with Anna D. Shapiro serving as director.



Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Ratings Report for the Week of November 11-15, 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 4,743,000 (-55,000/+400,000)
2. B&B 3,635,000 (-166,000/+311,000)
3. GH 2,979,000 (+179,000/+172,000)
4. DAYS 2,845,000 (+273,000/+426,000) * <—- 33 month high

* New high for Tomlin/Whitesell regime
* Highest since January 31-February 4, 2011 (3,030,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (same/+.1)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (-.1/+.1)
3. GH 2.3/7 (+.1/+.2) * <——– 4 year/10 month high
4. DAYS 2.1/7 (+.2/+.2)

* New high for Valentini/Carlivati regime
* Last time at 2.3: January 26-30, 2009

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Flip Creative Videos

Flip Creative Videos

It’s not uncommon for soap opera stars to appear in music videos (we’ve even done features about it in the past), but “General Hospital’s” Sean Kanan (A.J. Quartermaine; ex-Deacon Sharpe, “The Bold and the Beautiful”/“The Young and the Restless”) and his wife, Michele Kanan, have turned the tables: The duo actually made their own music video specifically about the genre!

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

In celebration of its “Home for the Holidays” campaign, ABC announced today plans to incorporate United States Veterans in upcoming episodes of its daytime and primetime programming, including “Modern Family,” “Last Man Standing” and “General Hospital.” Comedy “The Neighbors” will offer a veteran the opportunity to shadow one of their directors as they put an episode together. Meanwhile, “The View” and “The Chew” will support the vets with various themed episodes throughout the holiday season.

Storyline details and episode airdates, including air times, will be announced at a later date.



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John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

With word that Tristan Rogers would be departing ABC’s “General Hospital” and returning to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless,” it was only a matter of time before fans heard from the actor himself on the abrupt change in status from one soap to the next. Said Rogers on Twitter of his “GH” experience, “I’d like to thank Frank [Valentini, executive producer] and Ron [Carlivati, head writer] for great storyline that kept Scorpio true to himself.” On his “Y&R” return Rogers said, “I’m stoked on Colin’s return to #YR in 2014 and delighted to once again be a part of the CBS Daytime family.”

According to Carlivati, Rogers will exit the “GH” canvas in a big way sometime in February. “You will see a lot of Robert between now and February!” he tweeted.



Bell-Phillip Television Productions

Bell-Phillip Television Productions

Ratings Report for the Week of November 4-8, 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 4,798,000 (-77,000/+424,000)
2. B&B 3,801,000 (+194,000/+616,000) <—– 4.75 year high *
3. GH 2,800,000 (-107,000/-24,000)
4. DAYS 2,572,000 (+23,000/+19,000)

* Highest since January 26-30, 2009 (3,981,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.2/+.1)
2. B&B 2.7/9 (+.1/+.3)
3. GH 2.2/7 (same/+.1)
4. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/-.1)

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John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

With sudden word that Tristan Rogers would soon be departing ABC’s “General Hospital,” one could only imagine what may have been the catalyst behind the actor’s decision. Looks like a move [back] to “The Young and the Restless” may have persuaded the actor to say goodbye once more to Port Charles’ Robert Scorpio and hello again to Genoa City’s Colin Atkinson, Cane Ashby’s (Daniel Goddard) father. A spokesperson for the CBS drama series confirms to Soap Opera Network that the actor is returning to the soap in early 2014.

“We are excited that Tristan Rogers is returning to Y&R,” said the spokesperson. “The character of Colin Atkinson will be back in Genoa City in early 2014,” they added.

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John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

The return of Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) to “General Hospital” is short lived, it seems. According to head writer Ron Carlivati, the actor will be leaving the canvas in February. “I had no idea @tristanrogers was leaving. I found out last night. I now have 1 day to write him out of a big Feb Sweeps storyline,” Carlivati tweeted earlier today. He added, “Meanwhile, you will see a lot of Robert between now and February! And please respect @tristanrogers and his decision. Thanks.”

Rogers returned to “GH” in October in a storyline surrounding pappa Scorpio searching for his supposedly dead daughter, Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough). Robert worked closely with Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) in the the search for Robin (Kimberly McCullough), who is currently hiding out at the home of friend Nikolas Cassadine (Tyler Christopher). Robin was presumed dead as a result of her kidnapping by Jerry Jacks (Sebastian Roche).



Prospect Park

Prospect Park

Get ready for your jaws to drop, because the battle over “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” just got a hell of a lot uglier! In addition to the lawsuit that Prospect Park launched against ABC this April for the alleged sabotage of the company’s efforts to move the two sudsers online, the plaintiff filed a new amended complaint today with more details regarding the alphabet network’s alleged fraud and a claim that ABC schemed to create a “mega soap.” And guess what? It all comes with a demand for more than $95 million in damages!

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