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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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Here is a comparison of the last four cancelled soap operas.

 

Total Viewers Households Women 18-49 Rating Women 18-49 Viewers Final Episode
All My Children

September 19-23, 2011

2,990,000 (+499,000) 2.3/7 (+.4) 1.1/7 (+.3) 689,000 (+157,000) 3,475,000
As The World Turns

September 13-17, 2010

 

2,593,000 (+18,000) 1.9/7 (same) 0.9/6 (same) 610,000 (-10,000) 2,846,000
Guiding Light

September 14-18, 2009

 

2,602,000 (+512,000) 1.9/6 (+.4) 1.0/6 (+.3) 637,000 (+152,000) 2,975,000
Passions

September 3-7, 2007

 

1,645,000 (-22,000) 1.3/4 (same) 1.0/6 (same) 629,000 (-29,000) 1,681,000

Note #1: Comparisons are to the shows penultimate week.

Note #2:  Passions’ numbers are for the final NBC broadcast, not DirectTV.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Even though viewers have yet to learn the identity of Kim’s (Amanda Setton) comatose friend, look for her doctor to make his first appearance at the Kentucky hospital next month as her conditions takes a sudden change. And it is a face that some soap fans may remember.

Kurt McKinney, best known for his roles as Matt on “Guiding Light,” Ellis on “As the World Turns,” and Ned on “General Hospital,” will make his “One Life to Live” debut in what is believed to be the recurring role of Dr. Fascinella on Friday, October 14. While the show is keeping mum on the details surrounding his debut, we can tell you that the show released an audition script for the role recently. That script, however, was a recycled version of the one released earlier this year for the role of Dr. Pryor, who told Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Nora (Hillary B. Smith) that Matthew (Eddie Alderson) had suffered severe brain trauma, as the show worked to keep the true identity of Kim’s friend a secret.

McKinney isn’t the first employee of the unnamed Anchorage, Kentucky hospital to be cast. Adriane Lenox first aired as Nurse Judy, whom Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) recently pumped for information, on Monday, September 19. The show also just released a casting call for a receptionist who will be tied to the storyline as well. And on Monday, October 17, Paul Hickert will play “Kentucky Cop #2.”

In a interesting twist, McKinney himself is a Kentucky native, as is Farah Fath (Gigi), who is rumored to be tied to the storyline as well.

In other news…

Want to get a sneak peek at which sets and clothing will be used will be used in some upcoming scenes and episodes? If so, then check out these behind-the-scenes pictures of Jerry verDorn (Clint) giving two lucky fans a tour of the studios back in August.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The 25th Annual Broadway Fleamarket sponsored by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took place today and several of daytime’s biggest stars were on hand as celebrity guests including stars from “One Life to Live” such as Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning), Andrew Trischitta (Jack Manning), Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer), Sean Ringgold (Shaun Evans), Ilene Kristen (Roxy Balsom) and even former cast member Judith Light (ex-Karen Wolek). Also in attendance was former “Guiding Light” actor Ron Raines (ex-Alan Spaulding), who is currently appearing in previews for the Broadway production of “Follies.” Raines’ former “Light” co-star Marj Dusay (ex-Alexandra Spaulding) was scheduled to appear but had to cancel due to illness. Also scheduled was “As The World Turns” actresses Eileen Fulton (ex-Lisa Grimaldi) and Ellen Dolan (Margo Hughes). Soap Opera Network spoke with a few of the stars and learned some interesting tidbits, one of which being that Ringgold received his offer from Prospect Park on Friday and he’s since decided to continue with the show when it moves to the web in January along with “All My Children.”

“You know what’s funny, I was making up my mind cause I got the offer to come over on Friday [September 23] actually and I didn’t give them my response, but after speaking with a couple of hierarchies, I just said ‘you know what? I’ll give it a year!’ Why not? So I’m going to come over to Prospect Park.” As for what the new version of the soap may look like and what fans can expect, Ringgold emphasizes that “There’s going to be more of a free reign to do more things on the internet than you could normally do on network. It could get quite interesting. I’ll leave that open for the imagination.” As for the chance of new faces popping up and where they’ll find their new filming digs, the actor says “I’m sure there are going to be new characters who are going to be brought on and I hope the studio goes to Brooklyn because I live in Queens. Although coming into Manhattan wouldn’t be a bad thing – I’ll miss Manhattan – but to just be able to wake up out of the bed and drive 10 minutes over to the studio. I’ll be in heaven.”

What is Ringgold looking forward to most for his character as the soap transitions from ABC to Prospect Park? “As long as Shaun is there for Destiny, and being supportive of his sister with her decision, whichever way we’ll see how that turns out to be… just to be there for [my] sister and to make sure she’s good and also my mom. They’re going to bring my pops back and it’ll be great if Greg [Terrell Tilford] popped up as well.” Speaking of Destiny, particularly her portrayer Shennell Edmonds, can we expect to hear news of her continuing as well? While Ringgold couldn’t confirm it as fact, he does hope it turns out to be the case.

Lastly with “One Life to Live” being canceled in April by ABC only to be picked up in July by Prospect Park, what happens to the planned series finale that was scheduled to air in January? “I’m sure they are changing the story a little bit because we’re going to continue on with Prospect Park.”



‘One Life to Live’ Casting Updates

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The “One Life to Live” revolving door will stay busy during the month of September as several new and familiar faces make their presence known in Llanview.

As we previously reported, “Guiding Light” alum Wendy Moniz has been tapped to take over as Llanview’s new mayor following the resignation of Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser), who left town after being appointed a U.S. Senator. On Friday, September 16, look for the former deputy mayor to start exercising her newfound authority around town.

With visions of Gigi (Farah Fath) still fresh on Rex’s (John-Paul Lavoisier) mind, Lea DeLaria again reprises her role as Llanview’s favorite physic Madame Delphina beginning Wednesday, September 14, when she tries to help Rex make sense of what he has been seeing. However, Rex isn’t the only Balsom Delphina will come into contact with.

Apparently porn doesn’t pay the bills. As the calendar turns to September look for X-rated film producer Rick Powers (Austin Peck) to resurface following his attempt to make a name for himself by substituting the film “VickerMan” with his own creation “Hold the Diploma” in late July. Only this time it isn’t smut that he’s peddling. As Rick branches out career-wise, expect him to get tangled up in another storyline playing out on the canvas.

After going MIA since saving his Aunt Dorian while dressed as a pint-sized Spiderman, the youngest Manning child Sam (Patrick Gibbons, Jr.) returns again this month. But how will the recent developments in his family affect the little guy?

Barbara Rhoades will continue to air as Irene Manning through the month of September.

It appears as if Mandy Evans, who made her debut as “Uncanny Annie,” a pole dancer at the Spotted Pony strip club in Kentucky on August 19, may be making another appearance on the show. Evans, who taped her first scenes on July 11, posted the following on her website on August 8: “Recurring Under 5 as Uncanny Annie on One Life To Live.”

Paul Rolfes returns as Dr. Jay Gangemi on Wednesday, August 31, along with a few dayplayer nurses, EMTS, and cops. In the same episode, Helmar Augustus Cooper is back as homeless man Louie, who interacts with several Llanview residents. And on the same date, Frankie Faison also airs again as Destiny’s grandad Richard Evans.

Rumors continue to swirl that Terrell Tilford will be returning to Llanview as Destiny’s (Shenell Edmonds) dad and Shaun (Sean Ringgold) brother Greg Evans this fall. Tilford himself has added to the speculation with this video message to his former “OLTL” fans on his Facebook fan page, teasing about a possible return to the show. However, while it remains to be seen if the actor is actually returning or not, Greg’s name will be mentioned more than once by his loved ones in the coming weeks.

Edmonds tweeted on August 24 that it was a “Good day at #OLTL, one day break and back again to close out the week.” Also be sure to check out her Twitter page to read her earlier tweets from some of Destiny’s scenes from the August 5 episode.

Check out this tweet from Hillary B. Smith from earlier this month: “I would love to do ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ But ABC doesn’t promote us on ‘OLTL.’” She also responds to a fan who asked her on August 22, “Yet, you all are the number one rated soap on their schedule! Word!,” with “we sure are!!! Not their plan! But aren’t we grand!!!” Earlier in the month she commented on slap Phylicia gave Nora recently, saying “The slap was acted. I don’t think my head would have stayed attached if Tonye [Phylicia Evans] connected. She was awesome!”

Robin Strasser  tweeted on August 30 that “GROUND TURKEY E COLI RECALL? didn’t know- ate turkey burgers with gusto. SICK unto death-gotta get better help.Thank you for prayers.” On August 26 she tweeted that “Yes, I was able to watch the ‘last show”. I LUV Erika Slezak, Kassie DePaiva, Kristen Alderson, Gina Tognoni. I’ll miss working with them. Soap Central really cheered me UP. I’m in hospital- 2nd time in 2 weeks for a blood infection (wuh?) Hoping for meds I’m not allergic to.”

A fan commented to Kristen Alderson on Twitter on August 30, saying “LOVED when Starr said Brown Chicken Brown Cow today!tweeting”I added that in cause Kassie always says it hahah.”

And speaking of Shaun, fans can expect to see more of him in September, along with a few of Llanview’s other infrequently used supporting characters like Nigel (Peter Bartlett), Shane (Austin Williams), Echo (Kim Zimmer), Phylicia (Tonye Patano), Roxy (Ilene Kristen), and a certain prized possession of the eccentric hairdresser.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daytime vet Kim Zimmer takes time off her book tour for her new memoir “I’m Just Sayin’: Three Deaths, Seven Husbands and a Clone! My Life as a Daytime Diva” to mention what the future holds for her on “One Life to Live.”

In a newspaper interview, which took place earlier this week Zimmer, who returned to “One Life to Live” as Echo DiSavoy last October, reveals what it is like to work on “Guiding Light” for nearly thirty years, her feelings on how the show ended, and why she feels the soap genre is dying.

With regards to “One Life,” the actress previews what lies ahead for her and her character. “I start rehearsals as Norma Desmond in [a Michigan stage production of] ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ I’ll do that for a month and then go back to New York, where I’ll hopefully continue to work on ‘One Life To Live’ for as long as they need me.”

With the show wrapping production on its ABC run in November before switching to an online distribution, Zimmer remains optimistic about the future, commenting that when “OLTL” leaves TV “Then I’m an unemployed actor again, unless something else comes along. I’ve worked a lot in my life and I don’t have any fear that I’ll never work again. I’m in a really good place right now and I’m taking it day by day.”

You can read the full article here.

 



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — With Dorian Lord (Robin Strasser) about to exit the Office of Mayor to reportedly move on to become a Senator, Llanview gets a new commander-in-chief this fall when Wendy Moniz debuts in the recurring role of Mayor Finn, according to Soap Opera Digest.

Moniz is best known for her portrayal of Dinah Marler on “Guiding Light” from 1995-99, and again briefly in 2000 and 2002, for which she picked up two Soap Opera Digest Award nominations. The role was later taken over by fellow “One Life” co-star Gina Tognoni (Kelly) from 2004-09. In addition to “GL,” Moniz also had recurring roles in “Nash Bridges,” “The Guardian,” “Damages,” and “Battery Park.”

While a first airdate has not been announced, Moniz has also begun taping scenes and is expected to first air sometime in September. Meanwhile, the Mayor’s office will become vacant Dorian resigns from her post in late August (Strasser’s final airdate is August 25).



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Today “Young and the Restless” co-executive producer Paul Rauch announced that he will be stepping down from the drama series as of Friday, April 1, which ironically enough is April Fool’s Day. This of course is no joke.

“My collaboration with Steve Kent, and Maria [Arena Bell] and Bill Bell [Jr.] has been very rewarding,” said Rauch in a statement. “I had great pleasure working with ‘Y&R’s’ magnificent cast and crew. I feel that I’ve accomplished everything that I set out to achieve, and it’s now time for me to return to New York.”

Rauch was named co-executive producer in October 2008 alongside executive producer/head writer Arena Bell. Prior to joining “Y&R,” he served time as executive producer at “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” and “Santa Barbara.”



Monday, September 6, 2010 at 8:07 PM ET by Errol Lewis


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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — What did you do today? I'm sure since your favorite soap didn't air today due to pre-emptions or you were stuck with repeats of episodes you probably didn't want to watch again, you had a very productive day. Well, rest assured that you're favorite soaps return to the airwaves beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 7 with original episodes.

ALL MY CHILDREN
Things unfold as a dead body is discovered and suspects begin to pile up. Liza Colby makes it her mission to prosecute the culprit to the fullest extent of the law as Pine Valley's interim acting district attorney. JR is suspicious of Asher and someone gets arrested on Friday, September 10.

For More: AMC PreVUE / AMC Alerts

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AS THE WORLD TURNS
After heading to Bay City to try and help out his friend, Chris, who is in dire need of a new heart, Reid gets into an accident and is brought to Memorial Hospital, where his wounds are too severe for him to survive. Hoping to make a last sacrifice, Reid signs power of attorney over to Luke with the understanding that his heart is to go to Chris. Reid and Luke share a final kiss before Reid is declared brain dead. Soon afterward, word comes that Reid's heart is a match for Chris. Luke and Katie console each other.

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
After giving birth to a newborn baby boy, Owen and Bridget return to share the happy news with family and friends. Liam and Hope get cozy on the beach. Meanwhile, Rick and Jackie start plotting together.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Not much time has gone by since Sami was to wed EJ, but Sami is already engaged to wed Rafe. Thankfully, good old Kate is waiting in the wings to warn Sami. Chloe and Carly agree to make amends for Daniel's sake.

For More: DAYS PreVUE / DAYS Teasers

GENERAL HOSPITAL
Sonny and Brenda finally come face to face after seven years, but Brenda's life is in danger. Can Sonny save his one and only this time around? Nikolas and Brook Lynn learn more about each other, despite Lulu's wishes for him to stay away from the girl. Jason suspects that Ronnie set up Sonny. Steve suspends Robin after she reaches her boiling point where Lisa is concerned.

For More: GH PreVUE / GH Alerts

ONE LIFE TO LIVE
Babies and their daddies. As neither Jessica or Natalie knows exactly who fathered their unborn children, the two see to it that they admit the truth to the men in their lives. Of course one never takes news such as this lightly. Ford has a change of heart regarding his career asperations. Todd and Marty have a heart to heart.

For More: OLTL PreVUE / OLTL Alerts

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
Billy and Victoria are getting married, but you know what they say about a wedding, right? A funeral of course! Chance is shot by brother Ronan while the two are about to make a bust. Meanwhile, Victor isn't too pleased that Victoria is marrying Billy Abbott, brother to his arch rival, Jack Abbott. 

For More: Y&R PreVUE / You Don't Always Get Another Chance on 'Young and the Restless'

Special Note: "The Young and the Restless," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "As The World Turns" will not air on Friday, September 10 due to CBS coverage of the U.S. Open.

Until next week…

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"Days of our Lives" airs Weekdays on NBC. Anytime on NBC.com.
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    As the daytime drama continues its climb up the endangered species list, frustrated soap fans aren’t the only ones starting to panic. A recent report by TheWrap states that advertisers are beginning to grow concerned as well, preferring soap operas to the talk and game shows that are replacing them.

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