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: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

GH Recap: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Despite events, everyone wants to celebrate after graduation, but Michael is nowhere to be found. Alexis tries to make a lesson out of Michael’s behavior, but Carly defends her son. Sonny threatens Mayor Floyd for Michael’s diploma. Michael and Jason have a heart to heart, and he agrees to work legitimately over the summer as a longshoreman at the coffee warehouse. Kristina hopes for a kiss, Michael and Jason join the party, and Dante breaks the news that his parole is over.

Brenda and Diane argue over the idea of Sonny legally adopting Alec.

Jason and Sam discuss if they would ever be able to let their children go.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Siobhan and Maxie discuss Aiden’s paternity secret.
  • Lucky sets fire to the Spencer home, only to realize Siobhan is inside.

 

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    GH Recap: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Lulu asks for an update as Lucky looks on the old Spencer home. Both children are devastated by their father’s behavior. Later, Ethan hears about Luke’s desire to be irredeemable.

    Carly and Jax agree to a temporary truce to celebrate Michael’s graduation. Michael and Abby discuss his future and the question of his college acceptance. At graduation, Kristina admits that she applied to PCU for Michael. Bryce taunts Kristina only for Michael to attack him in defense. Ethan finds himself strong-armed by Max and Milo.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Sonny threatens Mayor Floyd for Michael’s diploma.
    • Alexis tries to make a lesson out of Michael’s behavior, but Carly defends her son.
    • Brenda and Diane argue over the idea of Sonny legally adopting Alec.

     

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      GH Recap: Monday, June 13, 2011

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, June 13, 2011.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      In Robin’s company, Brenda betrays how nervous she is about Sonny’s mob life and motherhood. Anthony finds Brenda alone and threatens her.

      Luke, cruel to be kind, pushes Lucky away hoping the gift of hating him will free Lucky to better his life. But Lucky is heartbroken, believing his father should have never been “domesticated.”

      Ethan and Sonny throw down over the false accusations. Ethan maintains he will see Kristina with or without Sonny’s permission.

      Patrick discusses fidelity with Coleman.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Kristina admits that she applied to PCU for Michael.
      • Ethan finds himself strong-armed by Max and Milo.

       

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        GH Recap: Friday, June 10, 2011

        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, June 10, 2011.

        IT HAPPENED TODAY…

        As Ethan and Kristina enjoy downtime in the Dominican Republic, Alexis and Sonny fly to find them. When they get there they rush into the judge’s chambers, ready to object to their “wedding.”

        Dante challenges Jason about the example he is setting for Michael.

        Lulu gets testy with Jason over Luke, and Maxie sympathizes with Jason. Lucky confronts Luke, ensconced in the old family Bordello. Meanwhile, Maxie tries to help Lulu see reason.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Ethan maintains he will see Kristina with or without Sonny’s permission.
        • Anthony threatens Brenda.

         

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          ABC

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After fifteen years of working in various positions on the “One Life to Live” writing staff, including serving as the show’s head scribe for the last three years, ABC has announced that Ron Carlivati will be joining “General Hospital” as a script writer. The move will fulfill the remainder of the three-year contract Carlivati signed with the network last September. A similar two-year deal was hammered out at the time with “One Life” Executive Producer Frank Valentini.

          Despite the timing of the news, “OLTL” fans breath a sigh of relief, however, since Carlivati is not expected to begin his new duties until after the show wraps production sometime in mid-November. “One Life to Live” will air its final episode on January 20, 2012.

          Carlivati echoed the sentiment in a press release, saying that “I remain fully committed to Frank Valentini and ‘One Life to Live’ as the show’s Headwriter until the series concludes in January of 2012.  It has been my distinct honor to write for Agnes Nixon’s groundbreaking soap opera for the past fifteen years, and it will be with a heavy heart that I, along with my incredibly talented team, pen its finale.  At that time, I am happy to announce that I will then be joining the writing team of ‘General Hospital,’ and am thrilled to be working once again with Executive Producer Jill Phelps as well as new Headwriter Garin Wolf.”

          Wolf was just named “GH” headwriter last month by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, upon the firing of the show’s former head scribe Robert Guza, Jr.

          The news of Carlivati’s move to the L.A.-based “Hospital,” was broken Thursday by “One Life’s” soon-to-be-departing leading lady Robin Strasser, who tweeted that ” JUST TOLD but NOT told it wuz SECRET: Ron CARLIVATI to #GH as script writer-hopes 2 b co-head writer? Yo,I’m taking heat for leaving early?” Strasser, as we previously reported, is leaving “OLTL” this summer to have back surgery. Her final tape date is Friday, July 1.

          Carlivati, along with his writing staff, won a Daytime Emmy in 2008 for their work on “One Life to Live.” He began his daytime career on the soap as a Writer’s Assistant from 1996-1998, before being promoted the the position of Script Writer. In 2001 he was again promoted, this time to the job of Breakdown Writer. In May 2007, he was appointed Co-Head Writer (along with Dena Higley). In September of that year, he was named the show’s sole Head Writer following the network’s dismissal of Higley, where he has continued to serve (minus a brief hiatus during the 2008 Writer’s Strike) in the same capacity.

          Click here to read an interview Soap Opera Network did with Carlivati in March of this year, one month before ABC announced the cancellation of “One Life to Live” and sister soap “All My Children.”



          GH Recap: Thursday, June 9, 2011

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 9, 2011.

          IT HAPPENED TODAY…

          Steve takes on the difficult task of packing up Jake’s things with Olivia’s help. Elizabeth arrives home and flips out. Later, Elizabeth crumbles when she realizes she is acting irrationally.

          Sonny, Carly and Alexis make plans to celebrate Michael and Kristina’s high school graduation. Meanwhile, Michael is taken aback about his own career decisions when Abby admits she is considering Anthony’s job offer. Later, Michael discovers he was accepted to PCU, but he never applied.

          Hung-over Ethan’s day goes from bad to worse when Kristina settles in next to him on the plane, announcing she is going to the DR with him as a witness to his divorce. Later, they are forced to share a room as Alexis and Sonny jump to conclusions when Molly tells them of Kristina’s trip.

          Johnny lies to Patrick and Robin. Meanwhile, Anthony subtly goads Lisa into vowing vengeance.

          On the Next General Hospital…

          • Dante challenges Jason about the example he is setting for Michael.
          • Maxie tries to help Lulu see reason.
          • Alexis and Sonny rush to stop Ethan and Kristina’s wedding.

           

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            GH Recap: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

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

            IT HAPPENED TODAY…

            While Jason convinces Michael it is a bad time to join the mob, Anthony sets his sight on getting Abby to work for him. He wants war with Sonny.

            Elizabeth’s grief is triggered when she sees Robin and Patrick with Emma.

            Robin and Patrick make efforts to safeguard their lives.

            Matt helps out at Crimson, to Maxie’s delight. Spinelli daydreams of being a gumshoe.

            On the Next General Hospital…

            • Sam talks with Jason about his future in the mob.
            • Michael discovers he was accepted to PCU, but there’s a bigger question at hand.
            • Is Elizabeth losing her mind?

             

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              Rick Rowell/ABC

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Monday, May 23, three days after news broke that Ingo Rademacher (Jasper ‘Jax’ Jacks) had been fired by ABC’s “General Hospital,” Soap Opera Network tweeted that we had exclusively learned that Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda Barrett Corinthos) would be the next actor leaving the daytime drama series. On Thursday, May 26, just before the long Memorial Day Weekend, the actress confirmed our report when she revealed that her days with the soap were numbered via her Twitter page. Interestingly, the actress has been tweeting up a storm since revealing the news while keeping mum for nearly 3 months on her twitter account (it had previously been crickets since February of this year). Marcil Giovinazzo’s confirmation follows months of rumors since she revealed in an interview with Access Hollywood Live back in March that she was on her way out.

              “I came back to honor my roots. These are the people that I grew up with. I haven’t been a regular on the show in 13 years. It was like going to an incredible high school reunion,” said Marcil Giovinazzo of her time back at the Prospect Studios where “GH” is filmed in her AHL interview. “We had so much fun. I have so much respect for these people. They work so hard. I loved being there. We shot the wedding for seven days. We just had the best time. There were all these insane things that happened and now after the wedding, there’s a lot of drama because now my time [on 'General Hospital'] is almost done.”

              In a tweet posted on Tuesday, June 7, the actress revealed her last tape date will be this Thursday, June 9. “Thank you ‘GH’ for a great year. Best cast and crew in the world and in my heart forever,” she commented after revealing the date.

              In the days leading up to her exit, the actress showed her appreciation for her co-stars, fans and crew including “General Hospital” executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. “My final days are near… will miss Maurice [Benard] and cast with every cell of my being. Should I keep Brenda’s thigh high stilettos?” was just the beginning of numerous tweets made by the actress back on May 26. It was followed up by the revelation that she’d be working on a cartoon series post “GH.” In her tweet to follower nygall33, Marcil Giovinazzo stated she was “working on an animated children’s show that I wrote with my sister and my son. GAGOO AND THE LAND OF CHOICES :)” On Farren Phelps, the actress said “My boss Jill says door is open. :) She”s lovely.” On Friday, May 27, Marcil Giovinazzo revealed that Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) “got me through first 3 months here. He’s breathtakingly talented. Wish we had gotten more together.”

              While a “GH” representative was unable for comment at press time nor do we expect to receive one on this matter as it is ABC policy not to respond to actor tweets, look for Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo to last air in mid-to-late-July as the soap currently films 5 weeks ahead of airdate.



              GH Recap: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Jason and Sam discuss whether he should leave the mob – especially if they plan on having children together. Sam maintains that quitting the mob will not bring Jake back. Jason gets called to investigate a shipment that has been blown up by Anthony.

              Devastated by Maya’s “affair,” Ethan returns home determined to get a divorce in the Dominican Republic.

              Dante and Lulu make love, and we see Lulu get some perspective on her father’s addiction despite struggling with codependency. Lucky realizes where Luke has gone – the Bordello he grew up in. Lucky and Siobhan take off to find him.

              Spinelli and Maxie share a sentimental cross at Jake’s with Patrick and Robin, but Matt ends up saving the day when Maxie starts to choke on her drink.

              On the Next General Hospital…

              • Johnny help an unlikely ally.
              • Matt helps out at Crimson, to Maxie’s delight.
              • Spinelli daydreams of being a gumshoe.

               

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                Disney/ABC Television Group

                After news broke today that ABC would be bumping “General Hospital” from its long time 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot beginning in September 2012 in favor of a new Katie Couric talk show, the network was forced to calm the nerves of fans who are still reeling from the cancellations of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” Unfortunately, the network is just delaying the inevitable to placate fans from believing that their favorite soap could be next.

                “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/SOAPnet. “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.”

                If you read the statements clearly, no where does it state that “General Hospital” is indeed safe. Petersen’s “we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows” means that if “The Revolution” and “The Chew” are successful and “General Hospital” is canceled, they will join “The View” as the “three strongest shows” on ABC Daytime. Let’s reminds ourselves that ABC is giving back the fourth hour of its daytime schedule to affiliates beginning in September 2012 with the understanding that while Couric’s show will air in syndication (ie. not just ABC affiliated stations), it will air solely in the 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot as Oprah Winfrey did in the 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT over the course of her 25-years hosting “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” This will be the deal breaker the Disney/ABC Television Group will make with affiliates looking for programming to air beginning in fall 2012.

                Will “General Hospital” indeed be canceled? No one is saying that either, but unless “The Chew” or “The Revolution” flat out bomb and the network loses money, odds are “GH” will end in September 2012 to make room for Katie Couric.

                Side Note: While we understand that Oprah’s show did not air at 4:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT in all parts of the country, the majority of stations airing her show were contracted to air the program during those hours.









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