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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Amazon Studios

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In mid-April, Amazon Studios launched the 2013 “Watch the Shows. Call the Shots.” campaign in which viewers get to decide which pilot got picked up to series based on feedback and total views. This method differs from the traditional method in which executives at television networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The CW, etc., order a project, decide which gets a pilot order, and then from the available crop decide which of those pilots gets picked up to series.

It was recently announced that “Alpha House,” starring John Goodman (“Roseanne,” “Treme”) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo Santos, “All My Children”; “American Horror Story: Asylum”), had received a series order from Amazon. “Alpha House,” written by Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer-Prize winner Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury,” “Tanner ’88″) tells the story of four United States senators who live together in a rented house in Washington DC as re-election battles and looming indictments head their way. Clark Johnson (“The Wire”) and Matt Malloy (“Six Feet Under,” “Law & Order”) also star.

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YouTube channel WIGS announced last week that it has picked up Season Two of its web series, “Blue,” and “All My Children” alum, Mark Consuelos (Mateo Santos) will appear alongside the series’ star, Julia Stiles (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “10 Things I Hate About You”)!

Written and directed by WIGS co-creator, Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment”), “Blue” follows Stiles’ as the title character, a single mother trying to protect her son from the consequences of her secret life as an upscale escort. The show also features Holly Robinson Peete (“Mike & Molly,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper”), Uriah Shelton (“The Glades”) Kathleen Quinlan (“Apollo 13”), Carla Gallo (“Bones,” “Men of a Certain Age”), James Morrison (“Revenge,” “24”), as well as Karen Graci as co-writer of the series.

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Photo: David O’Keefe Studios

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “All My Children” ended its television run on Friday, September 23, 2011, but pop-culture artist David O’Keefe has captured the essence of what made the soap opera special to millions of viewers for more than 41-years courtesy of his new painting “A Tribute to ‘All My Children’ – Pine Valley,” which took two months from concept to fruition.

“‘All My Children’ has been a part of my family’s life for so many years, I feel a real connection to all these people. I want to capture those precious memories by creating this tribute piece to honor the impact the show has had on our culture,” said O’Keefe of the painting.

“This is a very historical and personal piece for David,” said Wayne Curtiss, Managing Director of O’Keefe Studios. “We look forward to viewer feedback on the painting.”

“David is one of the best kept secrets in the art world,” said Craig A. Fleming CEO/President of Tired Walls Inc., based in Orlando Florida. “His transformative style not only brings new life to the images he paints but also reminds you of the pure genius in his work.”

Ranging in price from $30 (plus $15 shipping) to $599 ($38 for shipping), “A Tribute to ‘All My Children’ – Pine Valley” details 41 elements for each of the soaps 41-years on television. Of course highlighted in the center of the painting is series star Susan Lucci, who portrayed icon Erica Kane for all 41-years of the ABC soap opera. Soap Opera Network has your exclusive breakdown of who’s in it and what each point means.

David O’Keefe Studios

41 ELEMENTS FOR 41 YEARS
1 Erica Kane
2 Agnes Nixon – the show’s creator
3 Adam Chandler
4 Stuart Chandler
5 Marian Colby Chandler
6 Billy Clyde Tuggle
7 Mateo Santos
8 Hayley Chandler Santos
9 Bianca Montgomery
10 Naomi the maid (cameo by Rosie O’Donnell)
11 JR Chandler (reaching for the bottle)
12 Susan Lucci’s illusive Daytime Emmy
13 Myrtle Fargate
14 Phoebe Tyler Wallingford
15 Mona Kane
16 gun (murders and shootings)
17 rope – symbolizing kidnapping
18 knife (stabbings)
19 AMC Photo Album
20 Kendall Hart
21 Brooke English
22 Liza Colby
23 Dr. Joe Martin
24 Ruth Martin
25 punch bowl and flask
26 wedding cake
27 Opal Gardner Cortlandt
28 Angie Baxter Hubbard
29 Greenlee Smythe
30 Jessie Hubbard
31 Palmer Cortland
32 poison pancakes that did Dixie in
33 Dixie Cooney Cortlandt Martin
34 1:00pm – Make sure the VCR is set
35 Ryan Lavery
36 Tad Martin
37Jack Montgomery
38 Dr. David Hayward
39 Cherubs- a staple of O’Keefe’s paintings (inspired by Peter Paul Rubens)
40 “Janice” -O’Keefe has been hiding his wife’s name in his works for 27 years. She also happens to be a longtime fan of AMC.
41 Queen’s Throne – for Susan Lucci as Queen of the daytime soaps

Facts: Bianca Montgomery as portrayed in element #9 is Eden Riegel‘s version of the character. More element facts to come.

To purchase your very own copy of the painting, head on over to O’Keefe’s website. If you have any questions or concerns about your order, you can call (813) 254-5056 Monday through Friday.

David O’Keffe Retrospect and Inspiration
David O’Keefe discusses his Tribute to Pine Valley and what it means to him.

 

A Tribute to Pine Valley: A Step by Step Detailing
David O’Keefe’s creation, A Tribute to Pine Valley. This video not only takes you through David’s inspiration, but also lets see the behind the scenes looks at the creation of this masterpiece. A must see for any fan of All My Children.

About David O’Keefe and David O’Keefe Studios
David O’Keefe was raised on Hollywood, sports and rock and roll music. David has an acute awareness for the images and personalities that have colored the lives of his generation. He just sees things differently – more intensely, edgier, somewhat more perspicuous than the average spectator. The pop culture icons that we idolize, glamorize and glorify, O’Keefe visualizes for us in all their humanness as well as their stardom.

His sardonic caricatures and humorous illustrations have appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, Mad Magazine, The Village Voice and within the pages of TIME. His advertising clients include Coca-Cola, Waffle House, Fuji and SunCom Communications.

O’Keefe has won numerous awards from such organizations as The Society of Illustrators (NY and LA), American Illustration, Communication Arts, National Headliner Awards, Dimensional Illustrators and the Society of News Design.

Recent image releases include tribute to: Godfather I & II, Caddyshack, Animal House, Seinfeld, I Love Lucy and the Beatles.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Because we were working overtime trying to get the re-designed website up while also transferring servers, we didn’t get a chance to report on this. For those who may have missed out on it all, E! is debuting a new reality series that actually covers the behind the scenes lives of some of your favorite soap stars for a change and not those “Real Housewives” we’ve gotten bored with from network sibling Bravo.

“Dirty Soap,” debuting on Sunday, September 25 at 10:00 PM on E! stars Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital”), Nadia Bjorlin (“Days of Our Lives”), Kirsten Storms (“General Hospital”), Farah Fath (“One Life To Live”), John-Paul Lavoisier (referred to as “JP” in the reality series; “One Life To Live”), and Galen Gering (“Days of Our Lives”).

The series is being executive produced by former “All My Children” supercouple and real-life husband and wife duo Kelly Ripa (ex-Hayley Vaughan Santos; co-host “Live with Regis and Kelly”) and Mark Consuelos (ex-Mateo Santos).

 via Press Release

E! LATHERS UP WITH NEW FALL DOCU-SERIES “DIRTY SOAP” TAKING VIEWERS INSIDE THE REAL LIVES OF TODAY’S HOTTEST SOAP STARS

Executive Produced By Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Amber Mazzola and Albert Bianchini, the Eight-Episode, Hour-Long Series Debuts September 25 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on E!

LOS ANGELES – July 28, 2011 – They’ve been killers, ghosts, homeless, prostitutes, prisoners and even murder victims – but it’s off the set of their famous soaps where the real drama begins. Featuring a drop-dead gorgeous ‘who’s who’ of daytime television – Kelly Monaco (General Hospital), Nadia Bjorlin (Days of Our Lives), Kirsten Storms (General Hospital), Farah Fath (One Life To Live), JP Lavoisier (One Life To Live), and Galen Gering (Days of Our Lives) – “Dirty Soap” is a titillating look at these stunning thespians as they navigate high-profile careers during pivotal moments in the industry and deal with their own real-life drama, which often rivals that of their daytime counterparts. Executive produced by Amber Mazzola of Machete Productions and Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini of Milojo Productions, the eight-episode, hour-long series, “Dirty Soap,” premieres September 25 at 10:00 PM ET/PT only on E!

The “soap bubble” is a small and intimate world and this cast of characters has played extremely significant roles in each others lives for years. They’ve been co-stars, best friends, worst enemies, boyfriends, girlfriends, and everything in between. Working together on set and spending time with each other in their down-time, they have formed substantial bonds and created a pseudo “soap family.” In the series we see them all begin a new chapter in their lives – some have left the soap world, some are doing film, some are focusing on family, and others are simply trying to determine what would be the best next move. Romantic relationships are tested when one person’s career rockets forward and the others is stuck at “go.” Jealousies arise as actors attempt to jump from one soap to another, and arch rivals must find a way to coexist in this sudsy microcosm without ripping each other to shreds. The softer side of these heartthrobs is also exposed as they interact with their families – one beauty meets her biological father for the very first time and another tearfully sends her brother off to the United States Army flight school. All the while their goals are clear – to grow their careers and to keep their hearts and heads above water in Tinseltown – where it’s so very easy to drown.

“The soap industry is at a defining moment and the time is ripe for a series that goes inside this iconic world and explores the unique bond that these actors share,” said Lisa Berger, President, Entertainment Programming, E! “No one knows the inner-workings of the soap community better than Kelly and Mark, and it is exciting for us to work with them, in addition to some of the reigning kings and queens of soap featured in the series.”

“We’re very excited to be behind this show for E!, and having met on the soaps we know all too well how much work and dedication it takes,” adds Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos.

Meet the Cast:

Kelly Monaco, a dazzling brunette beauty, is most famous for her starring role on the daytime drama “General Hospital” and being the first champion on “Dancing With The Stars.” In the mid-90’s, Kelly landed a recurring role on “Baywatch” and after numerous roles in film she eventually was cast as ‘Sam’ on “GH.” Kelly recently ended an eighteen year relationship with her high-school sweetheart and is cautiously getting ready to jump back into the dating pool in LA…but is she really ready to let go of her troubled past? One of Kelly’s best friends is Kirsten, who she met when Kirsten joined “General Hospital.”

Kirsten Storms has been acting since she was a young girl. A star on the Disney Channel, appearing in the hit movie franchise “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century,” the bubbly blonde has been on set most of her life. Things really took off for Kirsten when in 1999 she landed the role of ‘Belle’ on “Days of Our Lives.” Kirsten is currently enjoying a successful run on “General Hospital.” Happy in her career, she is trying to figure out what happened between her and her former best friend and co-star Farah Fath – the duo hasn’t spoken in over three years. Will they be able to repair their old friendship? Kirsten is also working through some family issues; she has been on the outs with her immediate family for quite some time and just as she begins to make amends, her brother must leave to go to the United States Army flight school.

Farah Fath is a southern gal from Lexington, Kentucky, who was crowned “Miss Kentucky Preteen” in 1995. In 1999, Farah went to LA for her first audition and in less than a month she landed the role of ‘Mimi Lockhart’ (whose character was best friends with Storms’ ‘Belle’) on “Days of our Lives.” After 8 years on “Days” Farah moved to NYC and joined the cast of “One Life To Live.” Now, she is now bi-coastal and back in LA for a few months, looking for her next gig and preparing to live with her actor boyfriend, JP. Though she loves him, Farah needs some answers from JP – is this relationship serious or not? Once back in the sunshine state, the blonde beauty must face her “frienemy” Kirsten Storms, but luckily she has the help of her friend and former colleague, Nadia Bjorlin.

Nadia Bjorlin is a woman of many talents. Besides being breathtakingly beautiful, she is an accomplished opera singer with many accolades under her belt. Nadia didn’t have to wait long for her big break in acting when, just weeks after she secured an agent, she auditioned for the role of mysterious young opera singer ‘Chloe’ on “Days of Our Lives.” She nailed the audition, landed the role and moved out to Los Angeles. She has played ‘Chloe’ on and off since 1999 and has also had guest starring roles on “Two and a Half Men,” “CSI,” and many more. Now, Nadia is leaving “Days” to begin her career in film. Nadia has been living with her boyfriend, Brandon, for the past few years. They are both actors in transition mode – the big question is: what will happen if one of their careers takes off, and the other goes nowhere?

Galen Gering is currently a major character on “Days of Our Lives” playing Alison Sweeney’s love interest. He was raised by hippie parents in sunny southern California and in his late teens he moved to NYC and enjoyed a successful modeling career. Galen landed a role on “Passions” in 1999 and has been melting women’s hearts ever since. The soap star has been married for the past 11 years to his actress wife, Jenna, and the couple has two sons.

JP Lavoisier grew up in small town Pennsylvania and studied at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His rugged good looks helped land him a role on “One Life To Live” in 2002 and he has been a soap stud ever since. For the last four years he has been dating Farah Fath, though he seems to have no plans to “put a ring on it” any time soon. In fact, he left his last girlfriend because she wanted more than he was able to give. What is going to happen with Farah when she clearly has marriage on the brain?

“Dirty Soap” premieres on September 25th at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on E!.



Real-Life Husband and Wife Duo Returning to 'All My Children'

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) – On Tuesday, ABC Daytime announced that Justin Bruening and Alexa Havins will be making a return to “All My Children” before shop closes on ABC Daytime. The duo who played Jamie Martin and Babe Carey on the ABC soap from the Fall of 2003 to the Fall of 2007 will return for a handful of episodes scheduled to air in September. Bruening and Havins met on the cast of the ABC soap in 2003 and were officially married on June 5, 2005. The couple welcomed daughter Lexington Grace into the fold on August 9, 2010.

Bruening first aired on “AMC” in the role of the son of Tad Martin (Michael E. Knight) and Brooke English (Julia Barr), Jamie, in September of 2003. He remained with the show until August 2007. The former model has jumped into the prime-time television pool somewhat successfully since his departure from daytime television. The hunk landed the leading role on the NBC reboot of the “Knight Rider” series after a television movie reboot, also starring Bruening, of the series landed good ratings. The series aired in the 2008-2009 season before being cancelled. Recently, Bruening was set to star as the male lead in a “Wonder Woman” television series reboot for the same network. The series was dropped from contention for a time-slot in the 2011-2012 fall line-up due to excessively high production cost. The actor has guest starred on multiple prime-time series’ including ABC’s “Castle” and and CBS’ “CSI: Miami.”

Havins, of course, played the controversial but popular Babe Carey Chandler on “AMC” from October 13, 2003 to October 8, 2007. The role of David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) and Krystal Carey’s (Bobbie Eakes) daughter and the love of JR Chandler’s (Jacob Young) life was immediately recast. Havins was replaced by Amanda Baker no later than on October 8, 2007. Babe died after being crushed in the wreckage of a tornado protecting her son, AJ Chandler, the following year. Or did she? With her father’s project encompassing the entire canvas at the moment, one can’t rule out Babe miraculously returning in the flesh due to his machinations quite yet. Havins earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her work on “AMC” in 2005. The 30-year-old actress recently landed a series regular role on STARZ series “Torchwood: Miracle Day.” Before landing the role, she had guest-starred on several prime-time series including FX’s “Rescue Me” and ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Soap Opera Network will continue to keep viewers and readers updated as we get more information on both the specific dates and length of returns for all of the returning actors. Bruening and Havins comebacks brings the total amount of actors confirmed to return to “AMC” since the news of cancellation this past April to fifteen. Only Cady McClain and Thorsten Kaye are scheduled for returns that extend to more than a handful or two of episodes.

“AMC” concludes airing on ABC on Friday, September 23. Prospect Park has licensed both “AMC” and “One Life to Live” from ABC and is rumored to be prepared to have new episodes of “AMC” set to go by Monday, September 26. Fans are skeptical of that as numerous actors from the 41-year-old daytime drama have confirmed that they have yet to be contacted by the production company to discuss any potential negotiations. All “AMC” actors will be released from their contracts with ABC on August 31, 2011, the last day of filming.

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    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — On Friday, ABC Daytime finally announced the return to the canvas that “All My Children” viewers were most anticipating since the news of the 41-year old daytime drama’s cancellation on ABC back in April. David Canary is returning to the 41-year old daytime drama as the one and only Adam Chandler. His return will coincide with the returns of long-time veterans Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell and Lee Meriwether. The foursome will return to the Los Angeles studio to tape their scenes next month and are slated to air in approximately a handful of episodes this September.

    Five-time Daytime Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Lead Actor, Canary joined the cast of “AMC” in 1983 as tycoon Adam Chandler. The male equal to Erica Kane (Susan Lucci), Adam would quickly become one of “AMC’s” most iconic characters. In 1984, Canary ushered in Adam’s better half Stuart Chandler. The 72-year old actor remained on the show until his retirement. He last aired in April 2010. Prior to his more than a quarter of a century of delighting ABC Daytime fans, Canary was best known for the role of Candy Canady in the Western series “Bonanza.” The thirteen-time Daytime Emmy nominee started his daytime career on NBC’s “Another World” as the second edition of Steve Frame.

    Ten-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee, Barr joined the cast of “AMC” in 1976 as the troubled niece of delightful socialite Phoebe Wallingford (Ruth Warrick). For thirty years, fans were spellbound as Barr took us on a journey through Brooke’s many personal and professional trials and tribulations. Barr’s most memorable work as Brooke included her numerous verbal sparring matches with Erica, her romance with Adam, and the heart-breaking death of Brooke’s baby daughter Laura. In 2006, Barr was told she could only remain on cast if she agreed to a downgrade to recurring status. She decided to exit. In 2010, the 62-year old Barr returned as the love of Adam Chandler’s life to usher Canary off the canvas in top form.

    MacDonnell and Meriwether portray the husband and wife duo of Dr. Joe Martin and Ruth Martin on “AMC”. MacDonnell, who turned 83-years old this March, is one of “AMC’s” original cast members. He debuted on the ABC soap on January 5, 1970 alongside Lucci. The actor who received a Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy award in 2004 last appeared on “AMC” in January 2010. MacDonnell officially retired from the contract role in the wake of “AMC” moving production from New York to California in late 2009. Lovely as ever at 76-years-old, Meriwether, also known as Miss America 1955, debuted in the role of the Martin matriarch Ruth in 1996 taking over the role from the popular Mary Fickett. MaDonnell and Meriwether last returned to the show last March for their son Tad’s (Michael E. Knight) wedding.

    Canary, Barr, MacDonnell and Merriwether join a long list of returning actors who have been asked to or requested to return to say goodbye to “AMC” before it ends its run on ABC on September 23. That list includes Cady McClain who returned as Dixie Martin on May 17. Joining her this month are Eva La Rue, Kate Collins, Melissa Claire Egan and Jennifer Bassey as, respectively, Maria Santos, Janet Green, Annie Chandler and Marian Colby. In August, look for Josh Duhamel and Thorsten Kaye to make their returns as Leo du Pres and Zach Slater, respectively. Carol Burnett and Leven Rambin will join the gang as Verla Grubbs and Lily Montgomery, respectively, in September. While fans can expect a couple of more surprise returns to be announced before all is said and done, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos will not be among the returning actors. The East-coast based duo have officially announced they will not be reprising the roles of Hayley Santos and Mateo Santos due to scheduling conflicts that could not be resolved.









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