(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If you’re local ABC affiliate broke into “One Life to Live” and/or “General Hospital” today, you might have missed all or part of today’s episodes due to a 5.9 magnitude Earthquake that hit the east coast just before 2:00 PM. Thankfully, SOAPnet and ABC.com are here to save the day for those markets affected by the quake.
According to an ABC representative, if either show was interrupted by your local station due to Earthquake coverage it will be up to the local station to make up for it by airing the shows in a later hour or in the “overnights.” Otherwise, the episodes will be available in their entirety on SOAPnet and ABC.com’s Full Episode Player as scheduled.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — As reported back in June, the Disney/ABC Television Group has hired Katie Couric to host a new daily syndicated talk show that is expected to air on virtually all ABC affiliated stations, including the eight owned and operated stations that have already signed off on the deal. The show currently titled “Katie” will debut in September 2012 during the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT time slot currently occupied by ABC’s “General Hospital,” which will be forced to relocate to an as yet to be determined timeslot on the network.
According to TVNewser, Disney/ABC has begun sending marketing materials to station owners and advertisers in hopes of driving up support of the new show, which includes the first promotional poster for the talk show (seen at right).
“I think Katie is a unique brand in television,” said Jeff Zucker, “Katie” Executive Producer and former NBC Universal chief executive shortly after the announcement of the talker was announced in June. “The mere fact that you can just say Katie and know who we are talking about is evidence of that.”
Remembering the statements made to calm down “GH” fans, who are worried the 48-year-old soap will be the next canceled by ABC, the Disney/ABC publicity team stated back in the June the following:
“As you’ll note, we went out of our way to state that we continue to support the show,” Disney-ABC Television spokesman Kevin Brockman told CNN. “We have a long time between now and fall of 2012, so fans should be encouraged to continue watching and supporting.”
Brockman’s statement was echoed by Jori Petersen, Vice President, Publicity, ABC Daytime “The announcement does not mean the inevitable cancellation of ‘General Hospital,’” said Petersen. “Rather it means that in September 2012, we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows. We’ll have options for the daytime daypart just like with do each year with prime-time. We believe in all of our shows and the ones that our viewers want will be the ones that continue. There are many options that could happen … only time will tell. We are simply giving ourselves options for the future, which is a smart way to do business. The best way to ensure a favorite show stays on the air is to watch it.”
According to TVNewser, “Social media and interactivity will play a big role in the show, which is still in the early stages of development. Disney-ABC is currently building out a few websites for the program, including www.TalkToKatie.com, which is expected to serve as a hub at which viewers and Couric can interact.”
You’ve known her as Lulu Spencer on ABC’s “General Hospital” since October 2005, but you may not have known that Julie Marie Berman is also a big pet lover. The two time Emmy Award winning actress has joined together with husband Michael Grady and business partner William Busch in launching Better Buddies, Inc., which was designed to help pet owners find the best quality products with an eco-conscious mind. The company’s mission is to help with the adoption of pets by pet lovers.
In addition to her duties as co-founder and Director of Design for Better Buddies, Berman is an ambassador for the Best Friends Animal Society, which is a major non-profit animal rescue and adoption agency. Better Buddies donates 10% of its profits from each purchase to the Best Friends Animal Society, which directly supports the Guardian Angel program for the highest-needs pets and getting closer to where there’s a world with “No more homeless pets.”
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, August 22, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Before Lucky can visit Siobhan, Anthony visits her in her hospital bed. Siobhan leaves a message.
Skye harbors Jax safely and in secret. Carly faces off with Sonny for being a murderer.
Jackal, P.I., pauses over the bakery name “Luzetta’s.” What is the gumshoe onto?
On the Next General Hospital…
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Thursday, July 21, ABC Soaps in Depth reported that Kelly Sullivan had been hired as a recast Kate Howard after more than a year since we last saw the character (last played by Megan Ward). Now Soap Opera Network has learned when you can catch your first glimpse of the actress.
In In Depth‘s posting they indicated that Kate “will be looking a bit different after all that time recently spent in Paris and Milan,” but that’s only half the story! Just wait until Kate comes face-to-face with Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard), her high school boyfriend and supposedly the loves of each other’s lives, or she was until Sonny remembered Brenda Barrett (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo) at this point last year.
In addition to “GH,” Sullivan has appeared in episodes of “As The World Turns” and “One Life to Live” along with a guest-stint in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” She’ll appear in the film “333″ co-starring with “The Young and the Restless’” Camryn Grimes (ex-Cassie Newman) which is set for release in 2012.
Sullivan’s first airdate is scheduled for Monday, September 12.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – Rebeka Montoya, best known for her role as Gina in the online series “Heroes: Going Postal” alongside former “GH” and “Port Charles” actor Kiko Ellsworth, is joining the cast of “General Hospital” in the recurring role of Delores Padilla.
In addition to appearing in such shows as UPN’s “Eve” and NBC’s “Las Vegas,” Montoya appeared in the 2009 NBC mini-series “The Storm” along with “GH” actress Erin Chambers (Siobhan McKenna), James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Apartment 23″), Treat Williams (“Everwood”), Marisol Nichols (“GCB: Good Christian Bitches”) and Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210″).
Montoya’s first episode is set to air on Tuesday, September 27. She began filming on Thursday, August 18.
Update 8/22/11 – 4:44 PM
Montoya’s character will be working heavily with PCPD’s finest in solving the crimes of Port Charles.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Monday, September 5, 2011 will mark the final Labor Day repeat airing of ABC’s canceled daytime dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” and likely the second to last time “General Hospital” will air one during its current 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot as Katie Couric takes over “GH’s” slot beginning in September 2012.
Since debuting re-runs several years ago, the network has been able to utilize the “AMC,” “GH” and “OLTL” repeats to help define important moments in each soaps current storylines. For “All My Children” in particular, the episode set to air is expected to set the course towards the soaps ABC series finale on Friday, September 23. Only “One Life to Live” will air an episode older than a few weeks as both “General Hospital” and “AMC” will air episodes that aired two weeks ago.
“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will debut online in January 2012 on the as-yet-to-be named entertainment hub by production company Prospect Park.
What follows are the final labor day re-runs scheduled to air on ABC on Monday, September 5, 2011:
All My Children (Episode # 10,678; OAD: 8/5/11)
Bianca and Kendall are surprised to find an unharmed Erica on their doorstep. Appears Erica and Janet were not the only ones to escape and Janet brings in Marian and Dixie. Dixie runs out when she hears sirens but no one is able to catch her and Erica hopes she finds Tad and JR on her own. Emma tells Ryan about the fire and asks if Annie is alright. Both are surprised to see Annie at the door and Ryan makes it clear he won’t allow her to hide out there, but she just wants to see Emma. Thorsten Kaye returns as Zach Slater.
Special Note: This episode features Leo’s (Josh Duhamel) return plus the fire at Oak Haven which brings all the crazies into town. Tad talks to Kathy and then Dixie, Griffin pressures David regarding Orpheus info and Zach appears at the end.
General Hospital (Episode # 12,364; OAD: 8/8/11)
Liz wakes up from the car accident and discovers Siobhan unconscious. She finds Jason unresponsive in the other car and Carly injured. Meanwhile Sam starts to get excited about her wedding date! Sam gets a call from Monica. Shawn and Jax, with Josslyn in his arms, face off, but Shawn suffers a PTSD attack. Jackal, P.I., takes interest in Lulu, to Maxie’s chagrin. Robin’s regime as Chief of Staff continues to wreak havoc for Patrick, Matt and Steve. Later, Patrick and Robin get romantic but are interrupted when Patrick is called back to the hospital for an emergency.
One Life to Live (Episode # 10,903; OAD: 4/6/11)
Natalie visits with Clint and admits she’s not over John. Blair and Starr take Jack home and make him take the Shane video off his computer. Blair admits to Starr that she hit Jack. In the aftermath of Shane’s suicide attempt, Rex and Gigi argue over what’s the right thing to do, but ultimately decide to take him to the hospital. Viki visits Todd, but instead finds Téa. Viki tells Téa that she found Charlie in bed with Echo. Téa realizes that Viki is going to give Echo a piece of her mind. Destiny tells Shaun about Shane, says she’s going to tell Matthew what happened. Shaun and Téa bond over Destiny and Danielle.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” continues to make changes on the writing staff.
Script writer Mary Sue Price, who began writing for “GH” in 1999, is leaving the show. Joining “GH” is former “All My Children” script writer Kate Hall. Hall wrote scripts for “AMC” from 2007-2011. She is the daughter of soap writer Courtney Simon and Peter Simon (ex-Ed Bauer, “Guiding Light”).
Script writer Aida Croal, who’s been with “One Life To Live” since 2006, has left the show. She joins the writing staff of “Sanctuary” which airs on Syfy.
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Teasers for the Week of August 22, 2011.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: TEASERS
(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, August 19, 2011.
IT HAPPENED TODAY…
Siobhan and Elizabeth discuss their relationship to Lucky and his drug addiction. Anthony arrives at General Hospital, only to be put in his place by Epiphany. But Anthony has deadly plans. Matt helps Lucky in a tight spot with Anthony’s drug dealer.
Sam worries Jason may have another seizure, despite Jason’s protests. Robin reveals a theory about Jason’s brain.
Lulu and Dante make love. Dante gives Lulu her birthday gift – an official key to the apartment. He wants her to move-in!
On the Next General Hospital…