How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

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Former “All My Children” star Josh Duhamel (Leo DuPres) is making a triumphant return to television as a lead in CBS’ new drama series, “Battle Creek!”

According to Deadline Hollywood, the soap alum has landed the role of FBI agent Milton Chamberlain in the series, which centers on the clean-cut, humble and sincere Chamberlain, who teams up with Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, MI.

The highly-anticipated series was created by “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and will be written and executive produced by Gilligan and “House” creator David Shore.

Following “All My Children,” Duhamel starred in a variety of feature films, including “Transformers” and “The Romantics,” as well as the primetime TV series “Crossing Jordan” and “Las Vegas.”

Look for “Battle Creek” to debut on CBS this fall.



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NBC

NBC

The 2014 Winter Olympics are now underway, so it’s time for an Olympics edition of Tweet This, Tweet That! Each week we compile some of the most hilarious, thought-provoking, controversial, or interesting tweets from some of daytime’s most popular stars.

This week some of the world’s best athletes have traveled to Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia to compete in the Winter Olympics. However, due to Russia’s questionable ethics on homosexuality and Sochi’s less-than-stellar accomodations, this year’s Winter Olympics has become one of the most controversial in recent years. Which of your favorite soap actors are being Olympics fans? And which have flat out refused to watch the Olympics due to these controversies? Check it out in this week’s Tweet This, Tweet That!

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Better Video Network

Better Video Network

If you’ve loved seeing “All My Children’s” Rebecca Budig (ex-Greenlee Smythe) serve as the co-host of “The Better Show,” a syndicated talk show that just begun its seventh season, you’re in for a treat: Her debut was just the start of a very exciting week ahead that will feature not only one but two popular daytime stars!

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Disney/ABC Domestic Television

In February, it was announced that former “All My Children” star Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres) and wife Fergie (real name Stacy Ferguson) were expecting their first child. On “Live with Kelly and Michael,” Duhamel revealed the sex of the baby!

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Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Hot off the heels of finishing the thriller “Scenic Route,” Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres, “All My Children”) has already landed a role in yet another indie drama. According to Deadline Hollywood, the former soap star has been cast opposite Maria Bello (“Touch”), Lucas Till (“X-Men First Class”) and Tom Everett Scott (“That Thing You Do!,” “An American Werewolf in Paris”) in “Strings,” directed by rookie Daniel Duran.

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Anonymous Content & Best Medicine Productions

Anonymous Content & Best Medicine Productions

Though we’ve tried hard to see Josh Duhamel as any other character besides “All My Children’s” Leo du Pres, it’s been impossible. The unique and loveable charm of David Hayward’s endearing brother always seems to sneak out. That is, until now.

In “Scenic Route,” which is one of Duhamel’s darkest projects yet, the North Dakota native tackles the role of Mitchell, a man who has it all — until an unsuccessful road trip leaves him stranded in the desert with a friend. Emotions run high while Mitchell and Carter (Dan Fogler) try to survive the elements, and then…

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JPI

JPI

“All My Children” makes its online debut this spring, and Prospect Park is pulling out all the stops to make sure it’s a success. Several actors have already tweeted that the new writing for the show is outstanding, and fans were happy to hear that some of their favorites — Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery), Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) and Cady McClain (Dixie Cooney) — were headed back to the show. But could Josh Duhamel (Leo DuPres) be another familiar face headed back to Pine Valley this spring?

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WireImage

Just a short time ago, singer Fergie (real name Stacy Ferguson) announced on Twitter that she and husband Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres, “All My Children”) are expecting their first child. The multi Grammy Award winner tweeted an instagram photo of herself and Duhamel with the caption “Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!! #mylovelybabybump”

The couple were wed in Malibu in January 2009. In May 2011, Fergie told HollyScoop “Not right this second,” when asked if she’d be starting a family shortly after announcing her decision to take a break from the Black Eyed Peas. Duhamel previously told People Magazine, “We’ll go there at some point.”

Congrats to them both!



CBS

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Daytime Confidential reports that long-time “All My Children” casting director Judy Blye Wilson has decided to move on to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” The report indicates that Wilson had hoped to remain on the soap she has spent twenty years casting but the production company that licensed “AMC,” Prospect Park, failed to reach out to her.

Since 1991, Wilson has acted as the casting director for “AMC.” Along with other high-level executives at the soap, that means she has had an influential hand in the hiring of cast members ranging from current A-listers Sarah Michelle Gellar and Josh Duhamel to rising prime-time television and movie stars Micheal B. Jordan, Eva la Rue, Shannon Kane, Kelli Giddish and Leven Rambin. She also played a hand in discovering most of “Y&R’s” current cast – including Billy Miller, Jeff Branson and Eden Riegel (“Y&R” also recently acquired Debbi Morgan who is not a Wilson find) – and that may be part of the reason the number one soap in the U.S.A. extended the award-winning casting director an offer.

Before joining “AMC,” Wilson acted as the casting director of “Ryan’s Hope” from 1981 to 1987 and held the same position at “One Life to Live” from 1988 to 1991. She won three consecutive Daytime Emmy’s for her casting on “AMC” extending from 2001 thru 2004. She has been awarded ten Artios Awards from the Casting Society of America for her casting work on “AMC” (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). She may add another Artios Award to her shelf this November.



ABC

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Monday, September 5, 2011 will mark the final Labor Day repeat airing of ABC’s canceled daytime dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” and likely the second to last time “General Hospital” will air one during its current 3:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT timeslot as Katie Couric takes over “GH’s” slot beginning in September 2012.

Since debuting re-runs several years ago, the network has been able to utilize the “AMC,” “GH” and “OLTL” repeats to help define important moments in each soaps current storylines. For “All My Children” in particular, the episode set to air is expected to set the course towards the soaps ABC series finale on Friday, September 23. Only “One Life to Live” will air an episode older than a few weeks as both “General Hospital” and “AMC” will air episodes that aired two weeks ago.

“All My Children” and “One Life to Live” will debut online in January 2012 on the as-yet-to-be named entertainment hub by production company Prospect Park.

What follows are the final labor day re-runs scheduled to air on ABC on Monday, September 5, 2011:

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All My Children (Episode # 10,678; OAD: 8/5/11)
Bianca and Kendall are surprised to find an unharmed Erica on their doorstep. Appears Erica and Janet were not the only ones to escape and Janet brings in Marian and Dixie. Dixie runs out when she hears sirens but no one is able to catch her and Erica hopes she finds Tad and JR on her own. Emma tells Ryan about the fire and asks if Annie is alright. Both are surprised to see Annie at the door and Ryan makes it clear he won’t allow her to hide out there, but she just wants to see Emma. Thorsten Kaye returns as Zach Slater.

Special Note: This episode features Leo’s (Josh Duhamel) return plus the fire at Oak Haven which brings all the crazies into town.  Tad talks to Kathy and then Dixie, Griffin pressures David regarding Orpheus info and Zach appears at the end.

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General Hospital (Episode # 12,364; OAD: 8/8/11)
Liz wakes up from the car accident and discovers Siobhan unconscious.  She finds Jason unresponsive in the other car and Carly injured.  Meanwhile Sam starts to get excited about her wedding date!  Sam gets a call from Monica.  Shawn and Jax, with Josslyn in his arms, face off, but Shawn suffers a PTSD attack.  Jackal, P.I., takes interest in Lulu, to Maxie’s chagrin.  Robin’s regime as Chief of Staff continues to wreak havoc for Patrick, Matt and Steve.  Later, Patrick and Robin get romantic but are interrupted when Patrick is called back to the hospital for an emergency.

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One Life to Live (Episode # 10,903; OAD: 4/6/11)
Natalie visits with Clint and admits she’s not over John. Blair and Starr take Jack home and make him take the Shane video off his computer. Blair admits to Starr that she hit Jack. In the aftermath of Shane’s suicide attempt, Rex and Gigi argue over what’s the right thing to do, but ultimately decide to take him to the hospital. Viki visits Todd, but instead finds Téa. Viki tells Téa that she found Charlie in bed with Echo. Téa realizes that Viki is going to give Echo a piece of her mind. Destiny tells Shaun about Shane, says she’s going to tell Matthew what happened. Shaun and Téa bond over Destiny and Danielle.










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