(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Americans across the United States celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November each and every year – and then shop until they drop on the day after, Black Friday. Thanksgiving is the one holiday on the calender that can cause us to replicate a scene right out of a soap opera due to the potential conflict that is stored up in large family gatherings. Daytime viewers also know to expect some changes in the daytime schedule on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Soap Opera Network has gathered all the information fans of the five remaining dramas need to know about how their programs will be affected on Thanksgiving, November 24, and the day after, November 25, of 2011.
On Thursday, November 24, ABC Daytime, as usual, will show encore presentations of “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital.” The latter will re-air a rather feel good occasion, while the former went for drama. As always, ABC’s repeat airings are said to help define important moments in each soaps current storylines.
One Life to Live (Episode # 11,006; OAD: 9/2/11)
In this episode Viki tells Todd that Victor is dead and that the police are looking for him but Todd already knows. John tells Brody that Todd is not the only suspect in Victor’s murder. Natalie confronts Rex about having Gigi’s grave dug up but Rex assures her he knows that Gigi is really dead. In Kentucky, Kim tells the mystery person about Rex digging up Gigi’s grave. Jessica tells Clint that Natalie can’t try to keep Kim away from him anymore. Jessica insists nothing is going on between her and Ford but does say Ford kissed her. Cutter tells Aubrey that he has a legit job at the Minute Man Motel so he can prove to her that he can change. Cutter and Aubrey make love. Kim appears on Cutter’s doorstep. Rama tries to play matchmaker for Cristian and suggests that he and Jessica could get back together. Cristian arrives to see Jessica at Llanfair.
General Hospital (Episode # TBD; OAD: 9/22/11)
Jason and Sam go on a motorcycle ride and decide rather spontaneously to marry at a Chinese restaurant. They are pronounced husband and wife. Meanwhile, Franco sets malicious plans in motion. Unaware of the developments, Maxie and Spinelli troubleshoot wedding preparations. Dante proposes to Lulu.
ABC will not air “OLTL” and “GH” on Friday, November 25. Like in years past, college football will air in its place. This is a scheduled pre-emption, therefore viewers will not miss a single original airing of their favorite daytime drama. “OLTL” and”GH” will pick up from their Wednesday, November 23 episodes on Monday, November 28.
If you’re in need of a ABC Daytime drama fix by this time, check out SOAPnet at 7:00 PM EST for the “Lucky Friday” marathon that centers around “GH’s” Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson) on Friday, November 25. In the five encore presentations chosen, we’ll watch a very young Lucky flee Port Charles after his parents are sent a lethal message (OAD: 11/1/93), discover Nikolas is his brother (OAD: 7/17/96), be held hostage by his father in the wake of a shocking revelation (OAD: 11/11/98), share a special moment with his mother, and later his entire family (4/15/99), and reveal to Elizabeth that their son is dead (3/21/11).
NBC will not air “Days of Our Lives” on Thursday, November 24 or Friday, November 25. Traditionally, “The National Dog Show” will air in its place on Thursday, November 24. “DAYS” has typically aired an original episode on the day following Thanksgiving, but that will no longer be the case. NBC recently inked a ten year deal (2011-2021) with the National Hockey League (NHL) in which the network has agreed to air a hockey game on the last Friday of each November. This year we’ll see the Boston Bruins take on the Detrot Red Wings in place of “DAYS” on Friday, November 25. These are scheduled pre-emptions, therefore viewers will not miss a single original airing of their favorite daytime drama. “DAYS” will pick up from its Wednesday, November 23 episode on Monday, November 28.
According to a CBS spokesperson, on both Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25, most markets will show encore presentations of “The Young and the Restless.” On Thursday, November 24, “Y&R” will re-air a New Year’s episode focusing on Billy (Billy Miller) from December 31, 2009. The West Coast – or rather those living in the Pacific Time Zone – will be treated to an NFL game featuring the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Miami Dolphins instead of this encore presentation. On Friday, November 25, “Y&R” will re-air the December 23, 2010 Christmas episode which features Victor (Eric Braeden). This episode is expected to air nation wide but will air a littler later than usual at 3 PM in the Pacific states due to NCAA Football. “The Bold and the Beautiful” will reportedly not air on both days. These are scheduled pre-emptions, therefore viewers will not miss a single original airing of their favorite daytime drama. “Y&R” and”B&B” will pick up from their Wednesday, November 23 episodes on Monday, November 28.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, November 16, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Frantic, Lulu and Tracy try to find Luke and Aiden. Lucky boards a plane back to America. Meanwhile, Luke – and his own conscious – discuss his psychological scars and responsibility. Is Luke in another car accident?
Ethan addresses Laura’s portrait and discovers a ghostly glow.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
We almost get a full glimpse of Elizabeth’s mystery man.
Ethan sees wet footprints when he enters Wyndemere.
Luke pays a visit to his grandson. Meanwhile, Lucky awakes from a dream and gets a message. Lucky calls home with an emergency – and Luke picks up the phone.
Sam tries to avoid telling Spinelli what haunts her. Meanwhile, Jason comes unhinged with Sonny about Franco, and we see Jason is haunted, too.
Steve and Matt exchange quixotic words about Lisa Niles’ murder.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Prospect Park decides to move forward with plans for “One Life to Live,” while delaying the launch of “All My Children” for the time being. But why the sudden change of plans?
As Soap Opera Network Editor-in-Chief Errol Lewis expressed over the weekend, recent actions by the upstart online production company have made their decision obvious. To date, pending final agreements with the various unions, 13 cast members have agreed to make the transition with the show from ABC to Prospect Park, compared with only three for “All My Children.” Furthermore, “One Life” will keep its current head writer and executive producer and, at least for the short term, still tape episodes in the same New York City studio.
But what are the reasons for that? Some have argued that Prospect Park is giving “All My Children” some additional time off as a way to preserve it. In this argument, “One Life to Live” is turned into somewhat of a guinea pig, with its failure or success determining if and when Prospect Park would decide to debut a rebooted “AMC.”
Despite being the biased “OLTL” fan that I am, I cannot accept that assumption as a valid argument. First, “OLTL” has been the stronger of the two shows in the months leading up to “AMC’s” final episode on ABC in September. “One Life to Live” moved up in the ratings, routinely breaking even with or outperforming both “All My Children” and “General Hospital.” Creatively, the show was on an upswing as well, luring back fan favorite Roger Howarth to step back into his signature role as Todd Manning.
Also, if “AMC” was supposedly the stronger of the two, why was it’s final ABC airdate scheduled nearly four months ahead of “OLTL,” therefore giving it a momentum-killing hiatus when only a weekend will separate “One Life to Live” from the ABC and Prospect Park eras? The days of “All My Children” being more of a household or brand name are long since gone. Outside of Susan Lucci, who has become somewhat of a caricature in recent years, the show is about recognizable as “OLTL.” And speaking of Lucci, it worth noting that, while she was/is allegedly holding out for more money and fewer hours, “One Life” grand dame Erika Slezak was among the first four cast members to sign up with Prospect Park.
I sometimes wonder if maybe “One Life to Live” was the only soap that Prospect Park really wanted to license from ABC, and the network played hardball with them by forcing them into taking “All My Children” as well. Yeah, I know, probably just some wishful thinking on my part, but stranger things have happened. However, regardless of whatever went into Prospect Park’s decision, as a “OLTL” fan I am excited and optimistic about what lies ahead for the fictional town of Llanview.
From the flood of returning cast members and familiar faces in the coming months, to the show’s upcoming storyline involving the cancellation and fan campaign to ‘save’ “Fraternity Row,” to awaiting the start of the Prospect Park era, I am anxious to see what the future may hold. “One Life to Live” is back in its groove again, and now is beginning to show some (keyword ‘some’) resemblances to the “OLTL” I grew up with back in the 80′s and 90′s.
Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83,” who correctly guessed the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. In case you missed the clues, here there are again with the answers: 1. What small role did Peter Bartlett (Nigel) play in the film “Meet the Parents?” Answer: An employee at an animal shelter. 2. To which magazine has Andrea Evans (Tina) served as a contributor? Answer: Healthy Cooking. 3. What former “Andy Griffith Show” actor did Barbara Rhoades (Irene) co-star with in a 1968 Western, and what was the name of the movie? Answer: Don Knotts, “The Shakiest Gun in the West.”
Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. 1. What role on “OLTL” did Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, “AMC”) once audition for? Before taking over the character of Cristian Vega, what small role did David Fumero play? 3. What did Jerry verDorn wear to his audition for the role of Clint Buchanan that disappeared before his first episode aired? I’ll have the answers in the November 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. Unexpected couples lock lips. One family member probes into another’s mindset. Someone learns that things aren’t always what they seem. And an old flame has a few tricks up their sleeves while cozying up to the object of their affections.
Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and don’t eat too much turkey!
Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, November 14, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Lucky gets a churchyard message and a visitor.
Delirious, Elizabeth clings to Jason from her hospital bed swearing Jake is alive, as Matt and Monica look on.
Mac questions Patrick and Robin about Lisa Niles murder.
Maggie gets acclimated to General Hospital – and Olivia.
Dante interrupts Delores from interrogating Olivia as a suspect. Sonny and Luke have a deep heart to heart about Dante & Lulu. Meanwhile, Lulu has her hands full with Cameron and Aiden, only for Dante to level her with news that he is on the Lisa Niles murder case.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of November 14, 2011.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: TEASERS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On tonight’s episode of CBS’ “CSI: Miami,” former “General Hospital” and “General Hospital: Night Shift” star Graham Shiels will appear as Michael Galliver, an out-of-work construction worker with no criminal history who, to feed his young family and pay his mortgage, turns to crime.
In the episode entitled “Dead Ringer,” Horatio (David Caruso) finds another corpse with missing eyes. While everything points to his nemesis, “The Taunter” – he has an airtight alibi.
“I got to work with the incredibly generous, classy, and talented Emily Proctor for my biggest scene,” said Shiels when asked about his appearance on the veteran crime procedural.
In addition to his role on “GH” and “GH:NS,” Shiels appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood,” NBC’s “The Event” and ABC’s “The Whole Truth.” Earlier this year Shiels appeared on CBS’ “The Mentalist” as Officer Tom Rowley, who pulls over Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) as Jane’s day goes from “bad” to “worse.”
“CSI: Miami” airs Sundays at 10/9c on CBS.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, November 11, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Jason and Sam arrive home in Port Charles.
Olivia gets introduced to Maggie, a woman from Steve’s past in Memphis.
Carly draws out more stories from Shawn’s past on Veteran’s Day.
Confused and dejected, Lucky believes he made it all up himself. But while Lucky sleeps, he gets another visitor.
Elizabeth continues on a downward spiral as Matt tries hard to save her. Elizabeth gets an unplanned visit from Jason just as Matt arrives.
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — A look at what’s happening on “General Hospital” during the week of November 14, 2011.
THIS WEEK ON: GENERAL HOSPITAL
On Monday, November 14, Maggie gets comfortable with her surroundings. Spinelli senses something is off with Sam on Tuesday, November 15. Jason snaps when Sonny questions him about Franco. Sam and Jason continue struggle as the hitman makes it his mission to track down Franco. Maxie receives a familiar gift. Maxie has a proposition for Matt. Ethan questions Alexis after several more odd occurrences at Wyndemere. Multiple people lurk the halls of the dark castle on Friday, November 18. Michael tells Carly what his condition is for attending her Thanksgiving feast. Sonny tells Alexis what he wants from her. Sonny makes a big decision after another argument with Carly.
The Inside Story: Tortured Souls
Delirious with fever, Elizabeth insists to a visiting Jason that their son is still alive as Matt and Monica look on. Meanwhile, one of Elizabeth’s other children, Aiden, gets a visit from his grandfather. Luke receives an urgent call from Lucky. Lulu and Tracy fear the worst when they realize Luke and Aiden are missing. Luke has a thought provoking conversation … with himself on Wednesday, November 16. Will it distract him from the figurative and literal road ahead? Lucky boards a plane back to the states. Tracy and Lulu are shocked when they learn what Lucky requested of Luke. On Thursday, November 17, Steve, Monica, Robin and Maggie grow concerned after examining Aiden. Maggie has Aiden’s diagnosis. Tracy confronts Luke after he suffers a setback.
A Closer Look: True Crimes
Mac questions Robin and Patrick about the last time they saw Lisa. Dante steps in after finding Delores questioning his mother about Lisa. Sonny and Luke discuss the relationship between Dante and Lulu. Meanwhile, Dante returns home where he ends up leveling his frustrated and wary fiance with his announcement about the murder investigation. Steve and Matt discuss Lisa. Patrick confronts Anthony and Johnny about the part they played in the whole Lisa debacle. Dante arrives and observes the dynamic between the Zacchara men. On Friday, November 18, incriminating evidence is found against a suspect in the Lisa Niles murder investigation.
GH ALERTS: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 21, 2011
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Ratings Report for the Week of October 31 – November 4, 2011
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)
1. Y&R 4,252,000 (-215,000/-538,000)
2. B&B 2,966,000 (-214,000/-77,000)
3. OLTL 2,619,000 (+57,000/+251,000)
4. GH 2,393,000 (+20,000/-14,000)
5. DAYS 2,290,000 (-61,000/-136,000)
1. Y&R 3.2/11 (-.2/-.2)
2. B&B 2.3/8 (-.1/+.1)
3. OLTL 1.9/6 (same/+.2)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/+.1)
5. DAYS 1.7/6 (same/-.1)
Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 827,000 (-116,000/-176,000)
2. OLTL 645,000 (-39,000/+22,000)
3. GH 628,000 (-51,000/-154,000)
4. DAYS 566,000 (-45,000/-94,000) <—– new low *
5. B&B 546,000 (-90,000/-72,000)
* Previous low: 567,000 (August 1-5, 2011)
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.3/8 (-.2/-.2) <—– ties low
2. GH 1.0/6 (-.1/-.2)
2. OLTL 1.0/6 (-.1/+.1)
4. DAYS 0.9/6 (-.1/-.1) <—– ties low
4. B&B 0.9/5 (-.1/same)
Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. OLTL 61,000 (+3,000/+41,000)
2. Y&R 33,000 (-10,000/-15,000)
3. GH 22,000 (-11,000/-10,000)
4. B&B 20,000 (-15,000/-18,000)
5. DAYS 14,000 (-4,000/-18,000)
Women 18-34 Rating
1. OLTL 0.6/4 (-.1/same)
2. Y&R 0.5/4 (-.2/-.3) <—– ties low
2. DAYS 0.5/3 (-.1/-.2)
4. GH 0.4/3 (-.1/-.4) <—– ties low
5. B&B 0.3/2 (-.1/-.2) <—– ties low
Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 954,000 (-55,000/-210,000)
2. B&B 644,000 (-21,000/-11,000)
3. DAYS 525,000 (-8,000/-17,000)
4. OLTL 520,000 (+52,000/+70,000)
5. GH 455,000 (+53,000/+9,000)
Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers
For the SEASON September 19, 2011 through November 6, 2011
1. Y&R 3.4
2. B&B 2.3
3. OLTL 2.0
4. GH 1.9
4. DAYS 1.9
Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.5
2. DAYS 1.1
2. GH 1.1
2. OLTL 1.1
5. B&B 1.0