(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of September 19, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL
On Monday, September 19, Lulu tries to resist the pull to Dante. Olivia gives Dante some advice. Lulu turns to Ethan and Maxie for help. Dante confides in Lucky. Lulu is ready to make things right with Dante. Kate has a heart to heart with Kristina after talking to Sonny. Will Kristina forgive Sonny? Kristina shares some good news with Ethan on Wednesday, September 21. Luke watches Tracy and Anthony dining together. Luke and Skye cross again. Kristina and Molly surprise Alexis. Robin and Patrick bond. Sonny has a special invitation for Kate on Friday, September 23.
The Inside Story: I Do
Maxie once again finds herself ring-less as she prepares Jason and Sam’s wedding. Sam catches Jason off-guard on Tuesday, September 20. Franco learns Jason is getting married and didn’t invite him. Jason and Sam get visits from Edward, Monica, Elizabeth and Carly. Is an emotional Sam having second thoughts? Franco plots his return to Port Charles. Maxie tries to salvage the wedding preparations but things just go from bad to worst. Maxie loses her cool. Franco prepares for the wedding. Jason calms Sam and takes her on a ride on his motorcycle. The pair decide to get married on the spot at a Chinese restaurant. The next morning. Jason and Sam prepare to announce the news to their friends and family. Franco takes “aim” as everybody celebrates at the reception.
A Closer Look: Fire
Spinelli releases his inner Jackal, P.I. to ride to Maxie’s rescue but his rescue of Maxie is not completely unaided. Lucky, meanwhile, manages to rescue Elizabeth in time. Johnny takes care of Anthony’s mess. Lucky briefs Mac on the case while Dante worries Lucky will incriminate himself. Matt treats Elizabeth much to Maxie’s chagrin. Spinelli tries to come clean to Maxie about his cyber amnesia. Johnny makes big plans on Thursday, September 22. Dante and Lucky discuss the case. Someone is shot when Dante interrupts Johnny handling business in Sonny’s warehouse. Lucky fights the urge to give in to his addiction while trying to pack up Siobhan’s belongings.
GH ALERTS: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2011
- Dante tries to answer Lulu’s call.
- Ethan discovers Lucky in bad shape.
- Johnny and Anthony face off.
- Ethan comes face to face with evil.
- Carly and Shawn find themselves working together.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of September 19, 2011.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: TEASERS
- Monday (Episode #12393): Tracy doesn’t know that Luke is spying on her. Liz and Maxie are each in peril. Kate aggravates Sonny. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
- Tuesday (Episode #12394): Franco comes back to Port Charles. Sam keeps an eye on Jason. Johnny cleans up his father’s mess. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
- Wednesday (Episode #12395): Maxie takes care of some wedding issues. Dante gets some advice from his mom. Spinelli wants to make a confession. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
- Thursday (Episode #12396): Maxie stresses over the wedding. Dante and Lucy discuss what the future holds. Wyndermere is the site of a strange incident. (Rated: TVPG L)
- Friday (Episode #12397): Jason and Sam have some news for their family and friends. Anthony comes to a decision. Lucky finds old habits hard to break. (Rated: TVPG L, V)
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, September 16, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Dante and Sonny throw down.
As Elizabeth and Maxie brainstorm how to escape, Lucky and Spinelli follow separate leads. Kate and Olivia discuss Sonny again – just as Sam and her wedding gowns arrive. Sonny and Kate come face to face.
Luke overhears Lulu and Ethan discussing life since their father disappeared. Dante arrives as Lulu is in a compromising position.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Tracy is unaware that Luke is watching her.
- Elizabeth and Maxie are separately in danger.
- Kate eggs Sonny on.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After recently signing four of “One Life to Live’s” most prominent cast members, including long-time veteran Erika Slezak (Viki) to continue with the show when it moves to online-only distribution early next year, Prospect Park takes the next step in their commitment to make for a smooth transition for the show. According to Deadline Hollywood, the production company has hired “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini to remain in his current post with the show, along with becoming Vice President of Serial Dramas.
“Frank’s successful track record both creatively and producorially with ‘One Life to Live’ has been stellar and we are honored that he has also agreed to take on more responsibilities at our new network,” states Prospect Park executives Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, whom Valentini will work closely with in his VP capacity to help relauch “OLTL” and sister soap “All My Children” with the company after each leaves ABC.
Serving as “One Life” Executive Producer since 2006, Valentini is known for running a tight ship and helping keep the show regularly under budget. He has also served as producer, director, stage manager, and music composer for the soap. And in 2010 he directed ABC.com’s “What If…” series, where characters from “All My Children,” “One Life to Live,” and “General Hospital” met one another in a series of short webisodes.
Valentini expressed his excitement in remaining with the show, saying “I am thrilled to join the Prospect Park team continuing my role as the Executive Producer of ‘One Life to Live.’ As we enter this new chapter, I must extend a very big, heartfelt thank you to the show’s creator Agnes Nixon who has always been generous with her support of our vision of her creation, ABC for affording me an incomparable experience for the past 26 years at ‘One Life to Live’ and the fans with their unwavering passion determined not to let their shows go away. The cast and crew is my family and I am very proud to have this opportunity to continue working with this talented and dedicated team. And finally, I must extend a huge thanks to Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park whose pioneering innovation is giving us more life to live.”
With Valentini staying on with “OLTL,” fans may be wondering where this leaves the show’s current Head Writer Ron Carlvati. After it was announced earlier this year that he would be joining the writing staff of “General Hospital” after “OLTL” finishes its network run, and ABC spokesperson would only tell Soap Opera Network last month that plans for Carlivati’s move to “GH” are still in place “as far as [they] know.” You may recall it was announced in September 2010 that both Valentini and Carlivati had been signed to new long-term contracts with ABC for two and three years, respectively.
After wrapping production on its television run in November, “One Life to Live” is scheduled to broadcast its final episode on ABC on Friday, January 13, 2012.
Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings
(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)
NOTE: Please do not copy and paste the entire ratings. Thank you.
NOTE: B&B and Y&R did not air on Monday and Friday due to US Open Tennis. All soaps did not air on Monday.
1. Y&R 4,631,000 (+206,000/-486,000)
2. B&B 2,991,000 (+264,000/-260,000)
3. OLTL 2,816,000 (+92,000/+359,000)
4. AMC 2,703,000 (+223,000/+235,000)
5. GH 2,495,000 (+9,000/-247,000)
6. DAYS 2,357,000 (-6,000/-137,000)
1. Y&R 3.4/11 (+.1/-.1)
2. B&B 2.2/7 (+.1/-.1)
3. OLTL 2.1/7 (+.1/+.3)
4. AMC 2.0/7 (+.2/+.1)
5. GH 1.9/6 (+.1/-.1)
6. DAYS 1.8/6 (same/same)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 916,000 (+85,000/-192,000)
2. GH 729,000 (+1,000/-237,000)
3. OLTL 690,000 (-32,000/-24,000)
4. DAYS 571,000 (-73,000/-135,000)
5. AMC 557,000 (-36,000/-42,000)
6. B&B 552,000 (+20,000/-159,000)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.4/10 (+.1/-.3)
2. GH 1.1/7 (same/-.4)
2. OLTL 1.1/7 (same/same)
4. B&B 0.9/6 (+.1/-.2)
4. AMC 0.9/6 (same/same)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low rating
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 58,000 (-12,000/+10,000)
2. OLTL 37,000 (-33,000/-9,000)
3. DAYS 20,000 (+1,000/+3,000)
4. B&B 19,000 (-17,000/-5,000)
5. GH 15,000 (-22,000/-35,000)
6. AMC 13,000 (-15,000/-14,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. Y&R 0.7/5 (+.1/-.3)
1. OLTL 0.7/4 (same/same)
3. AMC 0.6/4 (same/+.1)
3. GH 0.6/4 (same/-.4)
3. DAYS 0.6/4 (same/-.2)
6. B&B 0.4/3 (+.1/-.3)
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,011,000 (-34,000/-174,000)
2. B&B 651,000 (+74,000/-68,000)
3. OLTL 589,000 (+91,000/+145,000)
4. AMC 583,000 (+111,000/+84,000)
5. DAYS 531,000 (+19,000/-18,000)
6. GH 462,000 (+46,000/-33,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through September 11, 2011
1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.2
3. GH 2.1
4. DAYS 2.0
4. OLTL 2.0
6. AMC 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.6
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 0.9
5. AMC 0.9
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, September 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Johnny pays Kristina a visit, and Sonny loses it when Kristina sends her father away.
Spinelli visits a recovering Jason with news of Luzetta’s and the engagement ring! Later, Jason asks Spinelli an important question.
Patrick and Matt discuss surgery and have a negative run-in with Anthony.
Carly stumbles in on Shawn, just out of the shower.
Kate and Olivia discuss their Falconeri past and Sonny Corinthos. Will Sonny and Kate cross paths again?
On the Next General Hospital…
- Sam’s wedding gown arrives.
- Sonny and Kate come face to face.
- Lulu and Ethan discuss their missing father.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: DVR ALERTS
- Monday: Elizabeth and Maxie are separately in danger. Kate eggs Sonny on. Tracy is unaware that Luke is watching her.
- Tuesday: Franco makes a decision to return to Port Charles. Sam catches Jason as he practices walking down the aisle, Johnny takes care of his father’s mess.
- Wednesday: Maxie has her hands full with wedding disasters. Spinelli tries but fails to come clean. Dante gets some advice from his mother.
- Thursday: Sam and Maxie both begin to freak out at the obstacles before them. Dante and Lucky discuss next moves. Something strange happens at Wyndemere.
- Friday: Jason and Sam share some big news with their family and friends. Anthony makes a dangerous decision. Lucky’s addiction continues to haunt him.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With the Prospect Park era about to begin for “One Life to Live,” the show appears to be in better shape than its sister soap “All My Children.”
“OLTL” fans have reason to be optimistic about the show’s future after it leaves the ABC Daytime line-up in January. Ratings for the show continue to be solid and holding steady above “AMC” and “General Hospital.” Casting wise, the soap is an upswing. Hot on the heels of Roger Howarth‘s return to Llanview, comes word that several others, including Andrea Evans (Tina), John Loprieno (Cord), Kathy Brier (Marcie), Chris Stack (Michael), and possibly Tonja Walker (Alex) are on their way back as well. Rumors are flying that Prospect Park may be focusing more on “OLTL” than “AMC,” something which “One Life” never really experienced under ABC. And four of the show’s leading stars, including grand dame Erika Slezak (Viki), have already agreed to remain with the show when it transitions to the online distribution company in a few months (the others being Kassie DePaiva [Blair], Ted King [Tomas], and Michael Easton [John]).
Meanwhile, “All My Children’s” future seems less certain. Aside from strained negotiations between Prospect Park and “AMC” leading lady Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), there have thus far been no confirmed reports of any members of the show’s cast either being in serious talks with the company or signing on the dotted line to continue with the show. Furthermore, it appears increasingly more apparent that “AMC” may get the same treatment from Prospect Park that “OLTL” has gotten for years now from ABC.
Speculation on the matter was fueled last week by two separate incidents. First, Deadline Hollywood‘s Nellie Andreeva reported that “I hear that Prospect Park may reevaluate its short-term strategy for the two soaps and put its muscle behind the higher-rated ‘OLTL,’ while moving ‘AMC’ to the back burner.” That was followed up by a Soaps.com interview with “All My Children’s” Vincent Irizarry (David) who commented that “As far as I know, no, there hasn’t been. I’ve spoken to numerous actors from the show over the last few days and nobody from our show has been in contact with them. Except for Susan [Lucci, Erica], which we all assumed that awhile ago. So, that’s basically it. They’re moving [forward] with ‘One Life to Live’ right now and that’s certainly their right. That’s what they’re doing and for whatever reason that’s how it happened.”
Furthermore, unlike “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” will have a nearly four month gap between the airing of its last episode on ABC and its first episode of Prospect Park. “One Life” on the other hand, is said to be debuting on Prospect Park the Monday after its airs its final ABC episode on Friday, January 13, therefore maintaining the status quo for “OLTL,” while leaving “All My Children” fans in suspense and impatiently waiting for weeks for their show to return.
Personally, I find all of this extremely interesting, especially since there seems to have been a complete role reversal between the two shows. “One Life to Live” has always reminded me of “The Little Engine That Could,” endlessly trying to make its way up the hill to the top of the mountain (i.e. ratings), while all the more powerful engines (or in this case, the better known soap operas) just keep passing them by until one day when the little engine finally made it to the top after years of chanting “I think I can.” In a sense, it is uncharted waters for many “One Life” fans who aren’t used to their show doing so well. It makes me proud of the soap I have grown up watching for more than two decades now.
However, its one thing to get to the top, but it is quite another thing to stay there. And with the show’s writing, production, and directing crews under Prospect Park still up in the air, it leaves me feeling somewhat concerned, especially given the fact that current head writer Ron Carlivati still seems on track to join the writing staff of “General Hospital” once “OLTL” up production of its TV run in November. Granted, Carlivati isn’t exactly daytime’s best scribe considering “OLTL’s” overabundance of useless characters in idiotic storylines (e.g. the Nate/Deanna/Rick porn plot), and treatment of women characters, but he must be doing something right for the show to be climbing in the ratings as it has been. But like him or not, he does bring stability to the show and often draws upon the soap’s rather rich history (even if he usually twists it to fit his own agenda) when penning tales. Throwing in someone new, especially if they are not very familiar with the show could cause problems. The same can be said for Executive Producer Frank Valentini. For several years now, he has managed to keep “OLTL” under budget while running a tight ship. Finding a suitable replacement may prove difficult.
That being said, I think the show is in good hands with Prospect Park, and believe that it will continue to do rather well. Even so, I am well aware of the potential risks involved in moving an established 43-year-old soap opera from a television slot it has held for more than 30 years to the uncharted waters of online-only distribution. If it works, then wonderful, soaps will have found a new way to live on. If it fails, then at least soap fans can say they tried, and “OLTL” and “AMC” will be remembered for going where no other soaps have gone. Either way, it gives new hope for the daytime serial genre, proving that there may still be some life in the old “stories” yet.
Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly guessed the answers to my trivia questions from last time. In case you missed the clues, here they are, along with the answers: 1. What current “OLTL” cast member was the youngest soap star ever placed on contract with a daytime drama back in 2001? Answer: Kristen Alderson. 2. In college, what subject did Ted King get his undergraduate degree in and from what school? Answer: Business from UC-Santa Barbara. 3. What foreign language did Erika Slezak grow up speaking before learning English at five-years-old? Answer: German.
Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. See if you know the answers to these questions about some of the current and former cast members of “One Life to Live.” 1. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) appeared on what game show before joining “OLTL” and who was the daytime celebrity (and future co-star) was she paired up with? 2. What two wars did the late Phil Carey (Asa) serve in? 3. What is John-Paul Lavoisier‘s (Rex) real last name? I’ll have the answers in the September 30 edition of My View of Llanview.
Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. Someone turns up dead. One man risks his life to save others. An unlikely person is put in jail. And one sister makes a shocking discovery about her sibling.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Stay safe!
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Dante questions Anthony and Johnny about Luzetta’s, only to discover that Sonny is dismantling the peace. Anthony sees a new side to his son while Michael won’t give up on Sonny.
Kristina takes a turn for the worse, and Shawn comforts a distraught Molly outside Kristina’s hospital room.
Luke Spencer returns to Port Charles, only to be met with Skye’s emotional challenge. Meanwhile Lulu and Lucky discuss Luke’s addiction and her relationship with Dante.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Sonny gets angry when Kristina sends him away.
- An important decision for Jason regarding the wedding.
- Patrick has a heated conversation with Anthony.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
How can Olivia stop Sonny from killing Johnny?
Maxie ends up in jeopardy outside of Luzetta’s. Meanwhile, Lucky figures out Siobhan’s “LUZ” clue and goes searching for Elizabeth and Maxie with Dante and Spinelli.
Patrick and Robin get interrupted but later, they have make-up sex.
As Tracy gives Lulu sound advice, Lucky begs Dante not to give up on Lulu.
On the Next General Hospital…
- Shawn comforts a distraught Molly.
- Jason makes an important decision.
- Dante questions Anthony and Johnny about Luzetta’s.