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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Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Alan Thicke, one of America’s most popular TV dads, has landed his very own reality show for TVGN! And it looks like several stars — including former “General Hospital” actor John Stamos (ex-Blackie) — will be dropping by to add to the zany fun!

Titled “Unusually Thicke,” the 14-episode original reality series follows the former “Growing Pains’” star and his spicy and much-younger wife, Tanya, as well as his dry-witted and opinionated 16-year-old son, Carter, as the family navigates the humorous situations that often happen in their everyday lives.

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ABC

UPDATE: Tweets asking Stamos if he would ever return to “GH” apparently began even earlier today, which looks to be where the previous story began. When asked about a return to “GH,” Stamos said, “Never! I tried,they wanted me 2 play J.G. on drums with R.S. Legacy too important to me. In response, Carlivati said, “I’m sure I will be shouted down by 1.3M people, but this is a total mischaracterization of what occurred.”

J.G. in the tweet refers to “Jessie’s Girl,” the song Rick Springfield (the R.S. in the tweet) sang at the Nurses Ball in celebration of “GH’s” 50th anniversary. Springfield returned as his character Noah Drake for the episode.

PREVIOUS: Earlier today a fan tweeted, “@JohnStamos @carlivatiron @valentinifrank #BringBlackieBack #GH,” which attracted the attention of the intended parties, but the responses themselves were the least expected of all.

Stamos, who portrayed Blackie Parrish on ABC’s “General Hospital” in the 1980′s replied to the tweet and said, “Sociopathic! You don’t remember [the] phone call in @valentinifrank office?” As confusing as the tweet appeared, it became less confusing when “GH” head writer Ron Carlivati responded to Stamos’ tweet with, “Yes, I remember it well. But for some reason you seem determined to rewrite the narrative.”

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Photo Credit Disney/ABC Domestic Television

Disney/ABC Domestic Television

As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, ABC News’ “20/20″ will be honoring the 50th anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital” on Saturday, April 6. Dubbed “‘General Hospital’ – The Real Soap Dish,” Katie Couric will take viewers behind the scenes of the fictional town of Port Charles, NY. The hour-long special will include interviews with such “GH” stars as Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones), Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) and many more. Fans will also get to hear from Frank Valentini, who has spearheaded the soap into increased ratings since taking over as executive producer in January 2012.

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ABC

On the Monday, February 18 edition of “The Jeff Probst Show,” John Stamos will appear as a guest and in an exclusive clip posted by TV Guide, the actor revealed that “General Hospital” had contacted him about reprising his 1980′s character Blackie Parrish, but he nixed the idea when the series asked him to play the drums while Rick Springfield‘s Noah Drake sang “Jessie’s Girl.”

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Bob D'Amico/ABC

Bob D’Amico/ABC

As Soap Opera Network first noted last week, actor Jack Wagner has quietly returned to the set of ABC’s “General Hospital” as he reprises the role of Frisco Jones on the daytime soap. According to set side sources and a recent report by TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, Wagner’s return will coincide with “GH’s” 50th Anniversary celebration. While details are scarce, sources tell Soap Opera Network that the network will kick off a week long celebration beginning with the Monday, April 1 broadcast that also happens to be the same day “General Hospital” aired its first episode 50 years prior.

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