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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David M. Russell/Prospect Park

David M. Russell/Prospect Park

‘One Life’ On Set

The Story
Ok, all you Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) fans: There may be a lot of brouhaha surrounding the beloved soap star’s status with “General Hospital” at the moment, but you can breath a sigh of relief when it comes to “One Life to Live”: He’s definitely making an appearance in Llanview, and here are the new photos to prove it!

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

50 Years, 51 Episodes, 50 Hours

As previously reported, beginning Friday, March 29 at 10:00 PM ET/PT and running through Monday, April 1 at 12:00 AM ET/PT (Sunday night/Monday morning), SOAPnet will be airing a 50-hour marathon of 51 classic episodes from the 50 years of ABC’s “General Hospital.”

The marathon is kicked off with the very first episode of the drama series, which aired on April 1, 1963. Episodes from every decade the show has been on the air will be featured.

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People Magazine

People Magazine

It’s only been a few weeks since Brandon Barash announced that he was ending his six-year stint on ABC’s “General Hospital” as Johnny Zacchara and the actor already has a primetime role in the works: He’ll be playing a stripper on FOX’s crime comedy-drama, “Bones”!

A rep confirms to Soap Opera Network that in the episode (appropriately titled “The Party in the Pants”), Barash portrays a good-looking yet aging exotic dancer who previously helped the episode’s victim get into stripping. Read More >>



Marina Chavez/ABC

Marina Chavez/ABC

Nobody does shockers better than daytime dramas, and today’s episode of “General Hospital” is going to prove it! In light of the soap’s 50th Anniversary celebration, headwriter Ron Carlivati teases that fans better hold onto their seats, because four huge surprises are on the way!

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Corday Productions/Sony Pictures Television

Corday Productions/Sony Pictures Television

Ratings Report for the Week of March 11-15, 2013

NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings.  Thank you.

NOTE: There were Papal election interruptions/pre-emptions on Tuesday and Wednesday

Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,366,000 (-183,000/+29,000)
2. B&B 3,380,000 (-152,000/+264,000)
3. GH 2,538,000 (-170,000/+290,000)
4. DAYS 2,177,000 (-386,000/-243,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.2/10 (-.2/same)
2. B&B 2.5/8 (-.2/+.1)
3. GH 1.9/6 (-.1/+.2)
4. DAYS 1.7/6 (-.2/-.1)

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(Left) Mike Coppola/Getty Images; (Right) Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

(Left) Mike Coppola/Getty Images; (Right) Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

“General Hospital’s” Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily Quartermaine) and Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina Corinthos) won the hearts of soap fans during their time in Port Charles, and now the two actresses are set to win over more as characters in new pilots!

Tamblyn, who left her “GH” role back in 2001 and recently wrapped up a season-long arc on “House,” has reportedly signed on as a female lead in CBS’ drama pilot, “Anatomy of Violence,” which also stars Skeet Ulrich (“Scream”). Written and executive produced by “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary, the drama follows an FBI criminal psychiatrist (Ulrich) who partners with an FBI agent (Tamblyn) with whom he shares a troubled past.

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File Photo

File Photo

A soap is a soap is a soap. Or is it? That’s the question the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences committee is rumored to be discussing at their next meeting, where the fate of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will be determined.

“OLTL” is eligible to compete in this year’s Emmy competition because the show aired episodes during calendar year 2012 (the soap aired its ABC finale in January of that year). But what about next year? Now that both soaps will be airing exclusively online, will they be permitted to compete against “General Hospital,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of our Lives,” and “The Young and the Restless”?

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Photo Credit Disney/ABC Domestic Television

Disney/ABC Domestic Television

As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, ABC News’ “20/20″ will be honoring the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital” on Saturday, April 6. Dubbed “‘General Hospital’ – The Real Soap Dish,” Katie Couric will take viewers behind the scenes of the fictional town of Port Charles, NY. The hour-long special will include interviews with such “GH” stars as Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones), Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) and many more. Fans will also get to hear from Frank Valentini, who has spearheaded the soap into increased ratings since taking over as executive producer in January 2012.

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Craig Sjodin/ABC

Craig Sjodin/ABC

Always wanted to have a chat with “General Hospital’s” Finola Hughes (Anna Devane)? Now’s your chance! On Thursday, March 21, during the East coast broadcast of the show (2:00 – 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT), the actress will be joining fans for a live Twitter chat!

As you chitter chatter with Hughes, Duke (Ian Buchanan) and Mac (John J. York) will be discussing their relationship woes onscreen — and you can bet Anna and Felicia (Kristina Wagner) will be doing the same! Both ladies believe they should move on from their former flames, but… True love holds strong! Or does it?

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TeleNext Media, Inc.

TeleNext Media, Inc.

Emme Rylan may be between soaps at the moment (having recently left her role as “The Young and the Restless’” Abby Newman in order to play “General Hospital’s” Lulu Spencer), but you can still catch her onscreen — if you’re quick!

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