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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Open Books Productions/Bella Productions

Open Books Productions/Bella Productions

Previously we reported that upcoming web series “Beacon Hill” would utilize a viewer subscription-based service, in lieu of generating revenue through advertisements. Now we have more information on how the subscription service will work for viewers wishing to watch the soap when it debuts in three weeks.

According to the official “Beacon Hill” Facebook page, all 12 ad-free episodes of the first season will be available on www.beaconhilltheseries.com for $9.99. The premiere episode will debut online on March 5, with one new episode being put online each Wednesday after that. Viewers can subscribe at any time, with all previous episodes made available to them after paying the subscription fee. All major credit cards and Paypal will be accepted.

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Open Books Productions/Bella Productions

Leslie Bohm

We’ve been hearing a lot about the talented cast that Open Book Productions and Bella Productions have assembled for “Beacon Hill” (see above), but this week we finally learned how viewers will be able to watch the show when it premieres Wednesday, March 5!

According to an official “Beacon Hill” press release, the show will be available to stream on BeaconHillTheSeries.com via a subscription-based service. For $9.99, viewers will have access to all 12 episodes from the upcoming first season.

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Bell Productions/Open Book Productions

Bell Productions/Open Book Productions

If you never imagined you’d get the opportunity of seeing the likes of Sarah Joy Brown, Alicia Minshew, Melissa Archer, Ron Raines, Scott Bryce, Crystal Chappell, Tina Sloan, Ricky Paull Goldin, John-Paul Lavoisier and Louise Sorel in the same series at the same time, your imagination needs some fine tuning. With actresses Jessica Morris and Rebecca Mozo rounding out its cast, “Beacon Hill: The Series” is ready to march itself to the top of the internet charts when it debuts in March 2014. To get viewers to salivate over what’s to come, Bella Productions in association with Open Book Productions has released the first teaser trailer that highlights Brown and Minshew as two out lesbians trying to survive the political world in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Donna Svennevik/ABC

Donna Svennevik/ABC

Last week, Soap Opera Network featured a CENTER STAGE interview with “One Life to Live’s” legendary veteran, Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord). She opened up about the future of “OLTL,” working with the fresh, young faces on the show, and what it’s been like to have show creator Agnes Nixon back at the helm. And this week, we’re revealing how she feels about Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord), what it’s like working with Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) versus working with Trevor St. John (Victor Lord), and who she’d like to see return to Llanview!

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Donna Svennevik/ABC

Donna Svennevik/ABC

In a follow up to our report on Farah Fath commenting to her followers, “you won’t get any Prospect Park answers out of me. I’ll believe it when I see it,” the actress has revealed that she won’t be appearing on “One Life to Live” when it moves to the web later this year.

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Talk about being two faced! After Stacy (Farah Fath) heads south of the Equator to Brazil this week to have her old plastic surgeon Dr. Fascinella make her look like her old self again, the doc himself finally gets a face of his own.

According to Soap Opera Weekly, Portuguese actor and theater director Pedro Carmo has been cast in the recurring role of the nip and tuck expert. Carmo has appeared in numerous foreign films, shorts, and television series.

He debuts as Dr. Fascinella on Friday, December 2, despite the fact that Stacy, Cutter (Josh Kelly), and then later Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) and Aubrey (Terri Conn) arrive in his Rio office this week.

And, while there, look for Cutter to encounter a very familiar face in Alex Olanov (Tonja Walker) on Thursday, November 17.

No word yet on the name of the actress cast as Dr. Fascinella’s receptionist, who first airs either late this week or early next week.



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Developing at Soap Opera Network… a number of actors are privately and publicly confirming they will not be joining “One Life to Live” when it goes online via Prospect Park’s Online Network.

Joining Terri Conn, who announced her decision via Soap Opera Digest, are John-Paul Lavoisier, Farah Fath, Nic Robuck, Bree Williamson, David A. Gregory, Kristen Alderson and Eddie Alderson.

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“One Life to Live” and “Dirty Soap” star John-Paul Lavoisier guest stars in tonight’s all new episode of CBS’ “The Mentalist.”

Sonja Flemming/CBS

THE CBI TEAM TRAVELS TO A RESORT TOWN TO INVESTIGATE THE MURDER OF A POLICE CHIEF, ON “THE MENTALIST,” THURSDAY, OCT. 27

Henry Thomas Guest Stars as Tommy,

Lisbon’s Younger Brother

“Where in the World is Carmine O’Brien” — When the CBI team travels to a resort town to find out who murdered a police chief, Lisbon crosses paths with her brother Tommy, now a bounty hunter, who’s tracking a bail jumper, on THE MENTALIST, Thursday, Oct. 27 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Henry Thomas (“ET: The Extra-Terrestrial”) guest stars as Tommy, Lisbon’s younger brother.

Lavoisier will portray the character Chad Carmichael



My View of Llanview: October 15 Edition

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” parodies “Look Who’s Talking,” but does it mean the end of Llanview as we know it?

In the October 7 episode of “One Life to Live” a dog and a baby were shown communicating with one another in adult voices. In the scenes, doggie David Vickers “told” little Liam that John McBain was really his father and not Brody Lovett, as nearly everyone in town currently believes.

And, while the scenes campy and somewhat amusing, some “One Life” fans have already taken to Internet message boards vilifying the show and claiming that it was finally the moment that the show “jumped the shark.” Various comments have ranged from embarrassment to disgust to threats of never watching the soap again are becoming increasingly common.

After reading and following the rather bizarre uproar and flack over a couple of scenes from just one episode of “OLTL,” it confirms my hypothesis that soap operas are a lot like politics. Every election year many voters seem to develop selective amnesia when deciding which candidate or party deserves their vote, seemingly forgetting why they were voted off of office in the last election.

Much the same can be said for soap operas. If “OLTL” fans think that a baby and talk “talking” to one another is bad, then how would those same fans react to some of the show’s more outrageous storylines from the past 40 years? Did “One Life” not “jump the shark” with the secret underground city of Eterna, or Viki going to heaven not once, but twice? Or what about the time travel plot from the 1980′s when Clint went back in time to the Old West, or three years ago when Bo and Rex were transported back to 1968, but yet were still able to communicate with the present day by using a cell phone? And what about Viki conveniently forgetting about the births of two of her children, including a daughter whose twin was conceived by a different father?

If that’s not enough to convince you, then what about when Victor Lord returned from the dead nearly three decades after one of his daughter’s alternate personalities supposedly killed him, to claim his granddaughter’s heart? Don’t forget Margaret Cochran’s 12 month pregnancy. Or, more recently, with the Stacy “back from the dead with plastic surgery to make her look like her sister Gigi” storyline, or how Todd’s mother was able to fake her own death, control a government facility in Louisiana, brainwash one son into thinking he was someone else, and hold her other son prisoner for eight years while torturing him on a daily basis?

And let’s not forget how the writers made a point of reminding viewers that Téa and Todd had sex on the tropical island in 2002, when she returned to town in 2009 with a suddenly teenaged daughter which he was the father of? Or how Jack Manning aged at least six years in less than a month? And don’t forget how Marty and Patrick’s 16-year-old son Cole returned to Llanview in 2006, when he really should have been their 8-year-old daughter, based on Marty and Patrick’s exit storyline from 1997?

I realize that all soaps occasionally age characters to fit storyline purposes, however they, along with the other examples I listed above, showcase only a few of the times from over the years when the show actually did “jump the shark.” Many of those storylines were a lot more outrageous then a couple of scenes involving a dog and a baby communicating with one another. Heck, it isn’t even the first time an animal (either alive or dead) has “talked” on this show. Back in the 1990′s, Todd’s parrot Moose chatted with him on a regular basis. And in 2009, Morris the Stuffed Porcupine was heard talking to viewers. So why should doggie David Vickers and baby Liam conversing with one another cause such an uproar, be so difficult to deal with, and insult viewer intelligence any more so than any of the other storylines over the years have?

My point is that, while the scenes may have been a little embarrassing for some fans, it is by far not the worst thing “OLTL” has ever done. It was just some harmless fun on the show’s part and was largely just cute and amusing. No real harm done. It’s not the end of the world….’Life’ will go on….

Moving on, congratulations to “CBRVA83″ and “Mary,” both of whom correctly guessed the answers to the trivia questions from the previous column. In case you missed the clues, here there are again with the answers: 1. Kassie DePaiva (Blair) appeared on what game show before joining “OLTL” and who was the daytime celebrity (and future co-star) was she paired up with? Answer: “Body Language,” Catherine Hickland. 2. What two wars did the late Phil Carey (Asa) serve in? Answer: World War II and the Korean War. 3. What is John-Paul Lavoisier‘s (Rex) real last name? Answer: Seponski.

Now it’s time to shake things up a bit and do some more trivia. 1. What was the name of the episode of “Kate & Allie” that Frankie Faison (Richard Evans) appeared on, and what character did he play? 2. What legendary television star does Melissa Archer (Natalie) consider to be her role model? 3. What U.S. city does Florencia Lozano (Téa) say that she wouldn’t like to live in? I’ll have the answers in the October 30 edition of My View of Llanview.

Now, before I wrap up this column, I’m going to look into my crystal ball and give you a quick sneak peek at a few things coming up a few weeks down the road. A former couple remembers the good old days. A child makes a troubling discovery about their parent. Two old flames find themselves in a compromising position. And one family is ordered to appear in court.

Well that’s concludes yet another column. Have a great week everyone! Stay safe and warm wherever you are!

Take care, and until next time remember, we only have “One Life to Live”…



Tonja Walker Brings Alex Back to ‘Life’

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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — It’s official! Another fan favorite is on her way back to “One Life to Live.” In a message on her Facebook page, Tonja Walker not only confirms that she will be reprising her role of Alex Olanov, but also reveals a few of the characters she will be mingling with when she returns later this fall.

After first breaking the news of her return on the social networking site earlier this month, Walker posted on Tuesday of this week that she was “Getting ready for workout! Power 90…Love it AND then off to ‘One Life to Live.’ What a great day. This is my last day, I think on the show. I am enjoying it very much! Josh Kelly [Cutter] is so terrific, and Farah Fath [Gigi] is as well. Great Times.”

She soon followed up that message, adding “Hey wait! I hand a card to Cutter and say, call me if you need me! Maybe it’s not my last day here? Hey, you never know! BTW it is going to be a snap to watch this on the web. DON’T SWEAT IT! I’m going to suggest today that they start letting viewers know how, so they won’t miss a beat! LOVE YOU ALL!”

Alex was last seen in March when Bo (Robert S. Woods) and Rex (John-Paul Lavoisier) tracked her down on Asa’s tropical island paradise, St. Blaze’s, in their quest to locate David (Tuc Watkins). A first airdate has not been announced.









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