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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General Hospital

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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.



GH Recap: Monday, June 6, 2011

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

IT HAPPENED TODAY…

Having incited Shawn to hit him, Jax vows to use his volatile behavior against Carly. Shawn comes clean to Carly about his secret while serving in the military.

Brenda presses Sonny to turn the business over to Jason, but Sonny explains why that cannot happen. Brenda tries to accept, and they make love.

Jason worries he will cost Carly her custody of Josslyn and wonders if he is the one who should quit the mob for the sake of his loved ones.

Lulu erupts at Lucky, throwing all the 12-step jargon in his face – and she starts drinking. Realizing he can’t force his father, Lucky decides to track down Luke. Siobhan joins Lucky in his search as Dante comforts Lulu at the Haunted Star.

Reeling from Luke’s disappearance, Ethan confides in Kristina – to her delight. He decides to seek out Maya, but discovers her in bed with another man.

On the Next General Hospital…

  • Jason and Sam discuss whether he should leave the mob.
  • Jason gets called to investigate a shipment.
  • Dante and Lulu make love.

 

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    GH Recap: Friday, June 3, 2011

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, June 3, 2011.

    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

    Jax shows Carly proof that Shawn was involved in a “friendly fire” incident that killed one of Shawn’s own men. Carly has no choice but to fire Shawn regretfully. Shawn confronts Jax – and slugs him.

    Dante and Jason strategize over Anthony’s bold threat and the potential effect on Michael and his future.

    Sonny tries to reassure Brenda he will do everything in his power to keep her and Alec safe. Kristina and Michael both support Sonny as a father when Brenda questions them about growing up in the mob. Jason arrives as Brenda urges Sonny to quit the mob and let Jason take over.

    Lulu convinces Nikolas to invest in the Haunted Star, allowing her to revamp it for Luke’s return. Meanwhile, Tracy and Dante share their growing concerns about Lulu’s codependency.

    Kristina asks Michael to help convince Sonny she can date Ethan.

    On the Next General Hospital…

    • Shawn comes clean to Carly about his secret while serving in the military.
    • Lucky decides to track down Luke.
    • Ethan discovers Maya in bed with another man.

     

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      GH Recap: Thursday, June 2, 2011

      (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, June 2, 2011.

      IT HAPPENED TODAY…

      Carly witnesses Shawn in an uncharacteristic outburst with Patrick. Later, Jax arrives with incriminating evidence of Shawn’s dark past, and threatens to use it against Carly to prove her unfit for joint custody of Josslyn. Jax asks Robin then Olivia to help testify against Carly, but they refuse.

      Brenda and Alec walk into Sonny’s office, only to discover the dead body of the hit woman.

      Maxie sees through Lulu’s near-manic drive to redo the Haunted Star, reminding her that it won’t bring Luke back to Port Charles. Later, Tracy plans to sell the Haunted Star, in hopes it will keep Lulu from enabling Luke. Maxie confides in Matt her concern about Lulu’s codependency.

      On the Next General Hospital…

      • Sonny tries to reassure Brenda he will do everything in his power to keep her safe.
      • Lulu convinces Nikolas to invest in the Haunted Star, allowing her to revamp it for Luke’s return.
      • Shawn slugs Jax.

       

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        GH Recap: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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

        IT HAPPENED TODAY…

        Lulu makes plans to track down her dad.

        Jason pleads Michael to cut off contact with the Zaccharas. But Michael insists he will consider Johnny’s job offer. Abby calls Michael out on his behavior, and they break up.

        Jason and Elizabeth encounter one another, both still grief-stricken. Jason realizes his dilemma with Michael mirrors his experience with Jake. Sam is uneasy as Alexis, Kristina and Molly descend upon the penthouse to discuss the baby topic. Later, Jason confides in Sam his concern that he is a poor role model for children.

        Sonny and Brenda continue to lock horns. Their tension escalates, but they make concessions and they plan a fun outing for the family. Meanwhile, we see Anthony plotting – and he unleashes a ghoulish plan to mess with Sonny, Brenda and her son.

        Kristina asks Dante to convince Sonny she can date Ethan.

        On the Next General Hospital…

        • Brenda and Sonny discover a dead body.
        • Patrick and Robin learn that Lisa has escaped.
        • Maxie confides in Matt her concern about Lulu’s codependency.

         

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          GH Recap: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

          IT HAPPENED TODAY…

          Jason and Anthony face off. Meanwhile, Johnny offers Michael a job in the Zacchara business. Jason warns Michael he is being played by the Zaccharas. Johnny arrives home to see Anthony killing the hit woman – all according to his grand plan. Michael and Abby find comfort in one another.

          Sonny and Brenda fight over how they handled parenting Kristina.

          After making grand plans to revamp the Haunted Star for Luke’s return from rehab, Lulu is leveled when she discovers her father left the day he checked in.

          Elizabeth appeals to Robin, asking her to cover for her emotional breakdown at the hospital.

          On the Next General Hospital…

          • Anthony unleashes a ghoulish plan to mess with Sonny, Brenda and her son.
          • Kristina asks Dante to convince Sonny she can date Ethan.
          • Jason confides in Sam his concern that he is a poor role model for children.

           

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            GH Recap: Monday, May 30, 2011

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

            IT HAPPENED TODAY (Encore Presentation; OAD 02/25/11)…

            In the aftermath of the explosion following Sonny and Brenda’s wedding, everyone is reeling from what just happened. Sonny, Robin, Edward and Jax are beside themselves with grief, anger and hock believing Brenda has been killed. Ethan ushers Kristina, Molly and Morgan home away from danger. Michael is the only one who can calm his father down. Lulu arrives outside of the Archer Pavilion to comfort Dante after the tragedy, despite her feelings of betrayal. Jason worries that the Balkan’s intentions don’t add up. Jason gets a call from Franco and Sonny discovers that the body is not who they think it is. It’s Sam.

            On the Next General Hospital…

            • Johnny offers Michael a job in the Zacchara business.
            • Lisa puts a curse on Patrick.
            • Sonny and Brenda fight over how they handled parenting Kristina.

             

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              GH Recap: Friday, May 27, 2011

              (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Friday, May 27, 2011.

              IT HAPPENED TODAY…

              Anthony encourages Abby to work for him as Michael and Johnny successfully disarm the hit woman and call her into PCPD. Michael tells Johnny he owes him and will repay the favor. Jason and a still plotting Anthony face off.

              Lulu is thrilled with her newfound direction in life. But Dante reminds her that no matter how much she loves her father, Luke needs to find his own way.

              Elizabeth counsels a mother whose son was hit by a car and brought into General Hospital. Elizabeth breaks down from another vision of Jake, and Robin discovers her.

              Alexis admits there is no court order – she hoped Jax and Carly would come to a compromise with shared custody.

              Robin and Patrick work together at the hospital, finally free of Lisa.

              On the Next General Hospital (Encore Presentation; OAD 02/25/11)…

              • Jason worries that the Balkan’s intentions don’t add up.
              • Jason gets a call from Franco.
              • Sonny discovers that the body is not who they think it is.

               

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                GH Recap: Thursday, May 26, 2011

                (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Thursday, May 26, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                Sam gets the results post her operation and learns the procedure was a success. She can carry a baby to term.

                Lulu worries that when her dad returns from rehab, he will no longer be the Luke Spencer she knew. Dante admits he thinks that Jake would still be alive if Luke was not drinking. Lulu quits Crimson and decides to run the Haunted Star.

                In a double-cross, Jax orders Alexis to file for sole custody. Carly gets the heads-up, and Jax arrives with his court order to find Josslyn happily in Jason’s arms.

                Michael plans to get him and Abby out of the country. Meanwhile, Johnny overhears Anthony on a phone call with the hired hit woman and ties him up. Johnny and Michael work together to apprehend the hit woman as Abby faces Anthony.

                On the Next General Hospital…

                • Anthony encourages Abby to work for him.
                • Elizabeth counsels a mother whose son was hit by a car and brought into General Hospital.
                • Elizabeth breaks down from another vision of Jake.

                 

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                  GH Recap: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

                  (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  Luke fights Lucky’s request to go to rehab that night, but Lucky takes drastic action. Tracy leave Luke at Shadybrook to begin his new journey.

                  Siobhan and Maxie admit to each other that they know Aiden’s paternity.

                  Elizabeth is rattled when she discovers that her grieving state distracted her into making a serious mistake at work. Later, she has a mini-meltdown in front of Siobhan.

                  Sonny flips out about Kristina’s crush on Ethan, forbidding her to see him again. Later, Sonny warns Ethan to stay away from his daughter, but Ethan is defiant. Meanwhile, Kristina goes to Maxie for wardrobe help. Sonny and Brenda’s friction increases as Brenda tries to rationalize Kristina’s behavior.

                  Maxie treats Matt to a night out.

                  On the Next General Hospital…

                  • Lulu quits Crimson and decides to run the Haunted Star.
                  • Lulu worries that when her dad returns from rehab, he will no longer be the Luke Spencer she knew.
                  • Sam learns whether she can carry a baby to term.

                   

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