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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GH Recap: Monday, July 11, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, July 11, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Angry with her near death in surgery, Siobhan turns protective over Lucky and accuses Elizabeth of more nefarious reasons for the accident. Elizabeth overhears as Lucky takes responsibility for what happened to Siobhan and avows he loves Siobhan.

Brenda reveals the recent attack on her and Alec during Carly and Jax’s custody hearing. Later, Sonny takes the stand just as Carly stops the proceedings – appealing to the judge for joint custody. The judge makes a decision, Sonny discovers Jax paid off the court appointed mediator, and he blackmails her.

Robin easily takes over the responsibilities of chief of staff, as Patrick adjusts to his wife bossing him around at work.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Javier takes a special interest in Lulu.
  • Maxie continues to meddle with Jason and Sam’s thoughts on marriage.
  • Michael gives Edward good business advice, to Asher’s jealousy.

 

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    GH Recap: Friday, July 8, 2011

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, July 8, 2011.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Steve resigns as chief of staff with a surprising decision of who will replace him.

    Siobhan levels Elizabeth with a hospital malpractice suit – claiming she purposefully tried to kill her so Lucky would be available. Meanwhile, Lucky returns from a camping trip with Cam and Aiden. Later, Elizabeth asks Lucky for help with Siobhan.

    In judge’s chambers, the mediator makes an important decision for Josslyn. Brenda testifies that she and Alec have experienced physical mob violence since she married Sonny.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sonny discovers Jax paid off the court appointed mediator, and he blackmails her.
    • Brenda reveals the recent attack on her and Alec during Carly and Jax’s custody hearing.
    • Robin and Patrick adjust with the new chief of staff at the hospital.

     

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      GH Recap: Thursday, July 7, 2011

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, July 7, 2011.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      Sam protests too much against marriage as both Jason and Sam try to figure out each other’s feelings on the topic.

      Sonny bursts in on Carly, Jax and Eileen (the mediator), only making Jax’s point clearer that Josslyn is in danger. Sonny threatens Jax. As ordered by Anthony, Brenda and Alec come under gunfire. Carly begs Jason not to escalate a mob war since it would threaten custody of Josslyn. Meanwhile, Sonny asks Brenda not to discuss what happened at the custody hearing. Alexis feels ambivalent about Jax’s case and her involvement and resigns.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Brenda testifies that she and Alec have experienced physical mob violence since she married Sonny.
      • Siobhan serves Elizabeth with a hospital malpractice suit.
      • Steve resigns as chief of staff and promotes one of the doctors.

       

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        GH Recap: Wednesday, July 6, 2011

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

        IT HAPPENED TODAY…

        Patrick, Robin, Matt and Steve prepare for questioning from the board on Elizabeth’s competence. Elizabeth confesses to Siobhan that her error almost resulted in Siobhan’s death.

        While Jax warns Shawn he will be eviscerated on the stand, Carly confides in Jason that she never wants to marry again now that Jax has shown his true colors in winning custody of Josslyn. Carly screws up big time when she loses her temper in front of the court-appointed mediator, to Jax’s delight.

        Anthony reveals his plan to kill Brenda to destroy Sonny and “make him bleed.”

        Jason and Sam continue dodging the topic of getting married as they discuss what is happening to Carly and Jax’s marriage and family.

        Blindsided by Abby and Ethan’s purposeful flirting, Kristina vents to Michael and remains ever more determined to win Ethan. Meanwhile, Ethan warns Johnny to keep his father away from Kristina and admits he cares for her.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Sonny threatens Jax.
        • Brenda and Alec come under gunfire.
        • Will Sam and Jason agree to get married?

         

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          GH Recap: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

          IT HAPPENED TODAY…

          Sonny and Brenda’s romantic evening is interrupted when Carly arrives with news that Jax plans to call Michael and Morgan to the stand at the custody trial. Sonny turns on Brenda when she tries to defend Jax.

          Working at the brothel gives Lulu a psychological window into Luke’s motivations, but Dante is concerned that she is just hurting herself. Lulu is about to leave the brothel when Luke calls Javier.

          Spinelli, believing he is the fictional Jackal, P.I., nearly goads Sonny into losing it, but Maxie diffuses the situation and assures Sonny that Spinelli will get Sonny back his frozen $20M. Later, Jackal, P.I. puts the moves on Maxie, then vows to settle the score after Anthony Zacchara roughs him up.

          Anthony threatens Kristina – but Ethan comes to her rescue to her romantic delight. Later, Abby offers to pretend to be dating Ethan behind Michael’s back as a way to convince Kristina that she and Ethan are only friends. Edward loosely threatens Carly as he tries to reclaim Michael as the ELQ heir.

          On the Next General Hospital…

          • Carly screws up when she loses her temper in front of the court-appointed mediator.
          • Patrick, Robin, Matt and Steve prepare for questioning from the board on Elizabeth’s competence.
          • Ethan warns Johnny to keep his father away from Kristina.

           

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            GH Recap: Monday, July 4, 2011

            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, July 4, 2011.

            IT HAPPENED TODAY (Encore Presentation of 4/28/11 Episode)…

            The Spencers, Nikolas, Sonny, Carly and Steve encircle Luke in a surprise intervention for his alcohol addiction. Through individual letters, flashbacks and loving pleas, they ask Luke to choose rehab or else live with the consequence of losing everyone in his life. Luke makes his choice.

            On the Next General Hospital…

            • Sonny turns on Brenda when she tries to defend Jax.
            • Jackal, P.I. puts the moves on Maxie.
            • Anthony threatens Kristina.

             

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              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It was June 8 when newly appointed “General Hospital” head writer Garin Wolf previewed to TV Guide Magazine‘s Michael Logan that “sometimes they come back” in reference to what fans can expect from his tenure as the shows top scribe. Since then word broke that Leslie Charleson would be returning to the soap as Dr. Monica Quartermaine nearly a year after being placed on recurring status, but never seen or used since. Also expected to return in recurring capacities are Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) and Ingo Rademacher (Jasper ‘Jax’ Jacks), who were both fired while under the Robert Guza Jr. dictated writing regime. Also showing their face for a lengthier stay than originally thought, and in a recurring capacity, is Constance Towers whose Helena Cassadine is finding herself a new boy toy after many years of lacking a 3 dimensional personality, the return of Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) and more Tracy Quartermaine (Jane Elliott).

              “I want to make this a nice, easy transition. I want to bring balance to the show. I’m very big on secrets and romance and triangles. I’m a child of [Charles] Dickens and Doug Marland. I love “Dexter” and “Desperate Housewives.” I’m very eclectic. I love to combine a lot of different things, which is what’s great about soap operas. I love multi-generational stories,” said Wolf of what viewers could expect from him directly as a longtime fan of the medium himself. Regarding “GH” specifically, Wolf made it clear that “this is an amazing cast and I want to use everybody. I want to mix it up and bring back the entertainment. I want to bring back the reality to the characters’ lives. If you’re a cop, what is your life really like? Even in the most outrageous storyline, there must be some kind of identifiable emotion. I don’t care if we’re talking about a mobster or a plumber — you have to watch and say, ‘I know how he feels. I’ve been there.’ And we really need romance. For me, that’s all about yearning and obstacles. You have to know who you are rooting for and rooting against. I want to bring back villainy — dishy villainy, fun villainy, dangerous villainy. This is going to date me. My earliest soap opera memory is having a crush on Ann Flood on ‘The Edge of Night’ when I was 7 years old. And I went from there to ‘Dark Shadows.’ Growing up, comic books were soap operas for me.”

              All the fun and excitement fans have been hearing about from stars of the drama series, including Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), who has been very vocal on Twitter, kicks off on Tuesday, July 26, when Wolf penned episodes begin airing on ABC. Almost immediately fans can expect love, romance, fights for survival, passion, courtship, reconciliations, introductions, jealousy and even a touch of “Cougar Town” (think early episodes from the shows first season) to hit their screens. In response to what she knows of Wolf’s material, Grahn shared on her Twitter page ” “It’s going to be all about women. This team loves them. That’s not to say we’ll all be saints, but it’ll be about us. The pace will be picking up. The actors have worked with him [Wolf] before and they are all happy.”

              Sources tell Soap Opera Network that with all returning cast members and the creative changes hitting “General Hospital,” you should expect to hear that those returning actors will be not be offered contracts. “All of these actors are being kept on recurring in an attempt to keep costs down in order to keep the show on the air,” said a source. The same also holds true for other daytime soaps as well. “This is a trend we can expect to see more of, not just on ‘GH,’ but in daytime in general,” our source continued. “It’s been headed this way for a long time,” a daytime star told Soap Opera Network requesting anonymity during Emmy weekend earlier this month. “We’re going to see less and less contracts and more people on recurring basis. Unfortunately this is the way its been headed and in order for daytime to survive, this is the way it has to be.”

              The cost cutting idea is one that makes the most sense when you think about it. You’re not guaranteed to have to pay people who aren’t being used, so the big gamble will be either risk losing key players to current storylines or lose millions of dollars on stars you don’t use, only to see your show canceled due to budget constraints. In order to avoid this all together, it is also likely we will see actors continuiously picked up for cycles as they are used and then being dropped before the next cycle kicks in.



              GH Recap: Friday, July 1, 2011

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, July 1, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Helena tests Lucky’s patience, thrilled that Luke has spun out of control.

              Horrified that she is to blame for Siobhan’s near death surgery, Elizabeth worries others will think she purposely tried to kill Lucky’s wife.

              Dante tracks Lulu down in her motel room and urges her to give up her search for Luke. Later, he follows her to the bordello, where they pretend to be strangers.

              Jason talks marriage with Sam, and she wonders if he is proposing to her.

              Livid, Sonny threatens Jackal, P.I., who clumsily tries to shoot him. Jason and Maxie come to Spinelli’s rescue, but Sonny is adamant Spinelli release his $20M. Spinelli thinks Maxie and Sonny are kissing and does not like what he sees.

              On the Next General Hospital (Encore Presentation of 04/28/11 Episode)…

              • Luke’s friends and family plead with him to get help for his alcoholism.
              • Luke makes his decision.

               

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                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “What Are You Talking About?” has been a running joke with fans of “General Hospital,” who have noticed Brenda Barrett Corinthos saying this exact line to a character in nearly every episode, but now we’ll soon never have to hear it again (at least for now) as portrayer Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo‘s final airdate has been set after it was finally confirmed on Tuesday, June 7 that the actress would be departing the ABC daytime drama series after months of rumors. Marcil Giovinazzo filmed her last scenes on Thursday, June 9.

                While it was widely known that the actress would be leaving “GH” during the week of July 18, Soap Opera Network opted to wait to report on this tidbit as fans really wanted to know exactly when they’d get their final glimpse of the beautiful and talented actress in the fictional town called Port Charles. According to sources, Marcil Giovinazzo’s last airdate has been scheduled for Thursday, July 21, when Brenda says goodbye to her soon-to-be ex-Husband Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and all of Port Charles. But don’t feel bad for Brenda! She’ll depart Port Charles in a fashion similar to how she left back in 2003, but this time with some extra baggage and on a much happier note. Too bad the same can’t be said for Sonny and Carly (Laura Wright).

                Where will Marcil Giovinazzo land next? On May 26, the actress tweeted follower nygall33 with news that she is “working on an animated children’s show that I wrote with my sister and my son. GAGOO AND THE LAND OF CHOICES :)” Today, she followed up that tweet with “get ready guys….got a new job last night that I can’t wait to tell you about. GAGOO is coming………:-)” Could the two tweets tie in together? Follow the actress on Twitter to find out!



                GH Recap: Thursday, June 30, 2011

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 30, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                Spinelli goes back to work – but not in the way we are all used to. Maxie is very concerned, but Matt thinks she should let Spinelli live out life in his fantasy.

                Nikolas gives Aiden to Lucky and Elizabeth, believing they would be the best parents for Aiden even though he still thinks Elizabeth is lying about the paternity results. After Nikolas leaves Port Charles with Spencer, Lucky gets a surprise visit from Helena Cassadine, ensconced on the Webber couch with his son.

                Robin and Patrick narrow down the list of people who almost killed Siobhan during her operation to Elizabeth.

                The bitterness of Carly and Jax’s custody battle extends into Sonny and Brenda’s relationship.

                On the Next General Hospital…

                • Dante tracks Lulu down in her motel room and urges her to give up the search for Luke.
                • Sonny threatens Spinelli who clumsily tries to shoot him.
                • Jason talks about his future with Sam.

                 

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