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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General Hospital
Craig Sjodin/ABC

Craig Sjodin/ABC

EXCLUSIVE: Despite an earlier report stating otherwise, based on information from Robin Strasser’s (Dorian Lord) telephone hotline, a senior level Prospect Park insider tells Soap Opera Network, “production has NOT been pushed back. This has been long planned to make way for a piece of the storyline that involves new sets and use of certain characters and not others.”

It is understood that the new sets “and certain characters” revolves around the storyline surrounding Roger Howarth‘s return as Todd Manning. Howarth will begin filming at the “OLTL” studio in Stamford, CT beginning Monday, March 18, for four weeks before returning to “General Hospital.”

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Michael Easton (John McBain) posted an update for fans wanting to know where he currently stands in the dispute between ABC’s “General Hospital” and TOLN’s “One Life to Live.” In a Facebook message, the actor said, “THANK YOU…your kind words of support mean the world to me. No word yet on when we might return to work but the fridge is stocked, the bills are paid, and I get to spend lots of precious time with my little girl.”

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Robert Milazzo/ABC

Robert Milazzo/ABC

SEE UPDATE: EXCLUSIVE! ‘One Life to Live’ Production NOT Delayed; New Sets Being Built for Soap

According to Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord) via her fan hotline (212-414-5300), “One Life to Live” will now begin filming new episodes for Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes on Monday, March 18. Previously, the series was scheduled to commence filming on Monday, March 11. The actress brought the news to light despite being unwell at the time. Early this morning Strasser tweeted, “What a difference a week makes when you’re feeling weak (lol) not sick of word play-just saying.”

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American Media, Inc.

American Media, Inc.

As People Magazine gets ready to release its special collector’s edition honoring 50 years of  “General Hospital” on Tuesday, March 12, the editors of Soap Opera Digest have collaborated on their own special tribute issue for the ABC Daytime drama series. Going on sale on Monday, March 25, the full sized Digest issue will include “revealing interviews, backstage gossip, photos, memories and more!”

“General Hospital” premiered on April 1, 1963. The series has been placed on various all-time best soap opera lists including those by such publications as Time Magazine and TV Guide Magazine.

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Disney/ABC Television Group

Disney/ABC Television Group

Ratings Report for the Week of February 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 4,726,000 (+126,000/+142,000)
2. B&B 3,625,000 (+105,000/+541,000)
3. GH 2,885,000 (+243,000/+531,000)
4. DAYS 2,734,000 (+288,000/+245,000)

Households
1. Y&R 3.4/10 (same/same)
2. B&B 2.6/8 (same/+.3)
3. GH 2.1/6 (+.1/+.3)
4. DAYS 2.0/6 (+.1/+.2)

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ABC

ABC

On Friday, March 1, during the east coast broadcast of ABC’s “General Hospital”” (2:00 – 3:00 PM ET/11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT), fans of Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones) will be able to chat  live with the soap star as he discusses his characters quest to win the heart of ex-wife Felicia (Kristina Wagner). In the episode, Frisco reiterates  his intention to win Felicia back, and later Felicia confides her quandary to Duke (Ian Buchanan), who urges her to face the problem head on.

Fans of the soap will be able to submit questions to Wagner via the #AskGH hashtag. The actor will respond using his Twitter account @JackWagnerHPK.



ABC

ABC

In the newest issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, “General Hospital” star Julie Marie Berman has announced in an exclusive interview that she is leaving the series after seven and a half years portraying Lulu Spencer. “I always have a desire to grow and challenge myself in other mediums. And there are enough reasons now that my gut is telling me this is the right time to finally let go of ‘GH.’” Berman says she informed her bosses back in July of last year that she had plans to leave the series. “I gave my notice in July to leave when my contract was up in November last year,” said Berman, who also explained that she decided to stay a little while longer after subsequent discussions between her management team and “GH” executive producer Frank Valentini.

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Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

As had been widely expected, Rick Springfield is returning to ABC’s “General Hospital” just as the soap gets ready to hit the half century mark. According to People Magazine, Springfield, who debuted as Dr. Noah Drake on “GH” in 1981 before launching himself into superstardom starting with the debut of hit single “Jessie’s Girl,” will reprise his role over the course of several episodes in April.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

He wooed the ladies on “General Hospital,” and now Ingo Rademacher is set to woo America as a contestant on the 16th season of “Dancing With The Stars.” Paired with dancer Kym Johnson, Rademacher will be competing against a very diverse cast, including country star Wynonna Judd“American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler, actress Zendayz Coleman, comedian Andy Dick, Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill, comedian D.L. Hughley, football player Jacoby Jones, boxer Victor Ortiz, Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman, and reality star Lisa Vanderpump.

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Corday Productions/Sony Pictures Television

Corday Productions/Sony Pictures Television

Ratings Report for the Week of February 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 4,600,000 (-164,000/-144,000)

2. B&B 3,520,000 (-68,000/+235,000)

3. GH 2,642,000 (-176,000/+480,000)

4. DAYS 2,446,000 (-126,000/-22,000)

 

 

Households

1. Y&R 3.4/11 (-.1/-.1)

2. B&B 2.6/8 (same/+.2)

3. GH 2.0/6 (-.1/+.4)

4. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/+.1)

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