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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JPI Studios

Tuesday, April 1 marks the 51st anniversary of ABC’s “General Hospital.” To honor its special day, the series is promising viewers plenty of love, life and nostalgia, which includes the re-appearance of two of its most popular and celebrated actresses per a report by Daytime Confidential.

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

According to the website, Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun, both of whom portrayed Carly Corinthos on the daytime soap prior to her current portrayer, Laura Wright, joining in 2005, will make cameo appearances alongside Wright in the special episode of the series. This marks Brown’s third non-consecutive stint (brief or otherwise) on “GH” since originating the role of Carly in 1996. After departing the soap in 2001, Brown returned in January 2008 to portray the newly created role of mob princess Claudia Zacchara. She departed the series in 2009. Braun portrayed Carly almost immediately following Brown’s departure in 2001 until her contract expired in 2005.

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The Ghost and The Whale

The Ghost and The Whale

Sonny Corinthos may have his hands full on “General Hospital” lately, but his portrayer, Maurice Benard, managed to find the time to film a movie last year! It’s called “The Ghost and The Whale” and it features Benard as a bipolar man who is shrouded in mystery surrounding the death of his wife at sea. When an acclaimed journalist comes to town, they must together try to uncover the truth of what happened, while trying to survive the wrath of the wife’s diabolical brother.

Yesterday the first trailer for the film was released and there’s enough drama and action in this sneak peek to make Sonny himself proud!

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Twitter

After “General Hospital’s” A.J. Quartermaine was shot and put into critical condition by Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) a few weeks ago, fans began speculating if this could be the end of the line for the long-time Port Charles resident. Even so, it comes as a shock today that A.J.’s portrayer, Sean Kanan, has confirmed that he will be leaving “GH” at the end of this month to return to his role on “The Bold and the Beautiful!”

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine, Kanan explains that his “GH” exit was a mutual decision by him and the producers. Although, according to him, his exit has a lot to do with his unhappiness over the writing for his character.

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odd Warywchuck

Viewers may have been stunned with the reveal that “General Hospital’s” new Chief of Staff was going to be none other than villainess Dr. Liesl Obrecht, but the devilish doc’s portrayer, Kathleen Gati, was equally surprised upon hearing the unexpected news!

“I was in the parking lot heading home after [my later ego was] being sad, singing [her] poor little song in the prison, and [executive producer] Frank [Valentini] came up to me, and I’m heading home, and he goes, ‘Do you want to know what’s happening next?’ And every time I get script, I go, ‘Oh, am I going left? Am I going right? Am I funny? Am I sad? Am I tragic? Am I campy?’ So I’m like, ‘Sure. He never tells me, and I never know, and I’m like, he wants to tell me? Ok.’ He said, ‘Well, are you ready for this?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘You’re going to be the Chief of Staff of General Hospital.”

The unexpected news nearly made the actress double over in surprise. “I was just dumbfounded,” she recalls. “It was just incredible. I was like, seriously? And I thought, how fabulous. What a great concept. The impossible, worst, most awful, evilest, meanest person being the Chief of Staff of General Hospital, which is the name of the show, which is the show, and I’m going, ‘Oh, that’s brilliant!’”

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National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Earlier today the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, announced the Drama Performer Pre-Nominations for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards.

All entrants that submitted this year were judged by their peers via an online ballot. Eligible judges viewed clips containing work of each performer and were required to select their top 10 performer choices. In the case of the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor categories, there were ties this year that resulted in more than 10 pre-nominees.

The candidates below will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round, which will determine both nominees and recipients. The final nominations will be announced May 1.

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 Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Long gone but never forgotten characters are popping up left and right on ABC’s “General Hospital,” leaving many fans wondering which fan favorite could be next. The recent reveal that Julian’s (William DeVry) henchmen, Carlos Rivera (Jeffrey Vincent Parise), is from Puerto Rico had many under the impression that he was related to Sonny’s (Maurice Benard) late wife, Lily Rivera (Lilly Melgar), which then lead fans to wonder if Melgar could be headed back to Port Charles!

Alas, the actress has gone on record saying the show has not contacted her to reprise the role — at least, not yet! But she’s very open to the possibility. “Never say never!” she tells Soap Opera Network with a sly smile about whether or not it would be feasible for Lily to have survived the infamous fiery car explosion of 1996.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

ABC

ABC

In a promo for this week’s “General Hospital” ABC highlights the mob war between the Corinthos family and the Jeromes. “In the mob world, where there’s betrayal, there will be blood!” states the announcer as guns are drawn by Sonny (Maurice Benard), Julian (William deVry), Morgan (Bryan Craig) and even Ava (Maura West).

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ABC

ABC

In 2014, the stakes will be raised on ABC’s “General Hospital,” or at least that’s what a newly released promo from the network tells you to expect in regards to the ongoing drama surrounding the return of Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough), the rivalry between Carly Corinthos Jacks (Laura Wright) and Ava Jerome (Maura West), and the Mob War that now involves Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Carly’s son, Morgan (Bryan Craig).

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Shortly after it was announced that Kelly Sullivan would be departing ABC’s “General Hospital,” as a result of the soap opting to write her characters (Kate Howard/Connie Falconeri) off the canvas, the actress stated on her Facebook page, “I am not returning to ‘GH’ after August. This is not a contract issue, I have been written off the show.”

It was unclear at the time whether August meant airdate or tape date. Things have since become clear as the actress has revealed on her Twitter page that she will be taping her last episode of the daytime drama series today, which means her last airdate will be sometime in August.

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ABC

ABC

What would a summer on “General Hospital” be like if not for a triangle involving two women wanting a piece of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard)? Have no fear, SOAPnet has released a promo covering the upcoming summer adventures of the mafioso, his two women (Olivia and Connie), his family (Michael and Morgan) and his business.

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