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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American Media, Inc.

In an interview published in the newest issue of Soap Opera Digest, on sale now, “The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford reveals the real reason behind her decision to exit the top rated daytime drama series after 15 years portraying the role of Phyllis Summers, whether the powers that be (TPTB) ever tried to change her mind and her thoughts on the soap possibly recasting the character.

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The newest issue of CBS Soaps In Depth, citing multiple sources, is reporting that there may be truth to reported rumors that Michelle Stafford is leaving Phyllis Summers and “The Young and the Restless” to head to ABC’s “General Hospital.” According to one of the mags sources, “It would be a big coup to get Michelle, and ‘GH’ knows it.” This is of course in response to “Y&R” and “GH” swapping cast members. In January, Steve Burton (ex-Jason Morgan, “GH”) joined “Y&R” as Dylan McAvoy, and in April, Emme Rylan (ex-Abbie Newman) joined “GH” as Lulu Spencer.

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TVGN

As previously reported, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is moving to TVGN (née TV Guide Network) beginning Monday, July 1, after spending just over 7 years on SOAPnet. The soap will continue airing same-day episodes Monday through Friday at 7:00 PM ET/PT. In the just released new promo, “Y&R” fans will see Kristoff St. John‘s Neil Winters and Angell Conwell‘s Leslie Michaelson having a heated convo that turns to passion. In addition to the promo, TVGN has also released the full episode of “The Young and the Restless On Set: InFanity,” the special hosted by St. John that provided viewers with a behind the scenes look at the creation of Genoa City, on YouTube.

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

The summer is looking good for “The Young and the Restless,” especially with this latest news: Fan favorite Michael Graziadei (Daniel Romalotti) is returning to the sudser for four episodes!

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

It’s been weeks since the news broke that Michelle Stafford had decided to walk away from her role as “The Young and the Restless’” Phyllis Summers, and the actress’ final day of taping in Genoa City has finally come!

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Tony Esparza/CBS

Tony Esparza/CBS

It’s been 31 years since “The Young and the Restless’” Kate Linder first donned a black and white outfit and debuted as Esther Valentine, the maid of Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper). And even though the character has had a few of her own storylines, she will forever and always be tied to the great dame who first brought her to the screen. Soap Opera Network recently spoke with Linder to discuss Esther’s future sans Katherine and sans Cooper.

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Steven Bergman Photography

Steven Bergman Photography

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be a star-studded night with appearances from some of televisions brightest stars — some of which will also be presenting awards on stage during the big night. But just who are the lucky personalities who will be handing the Outstanding Lead Actor winner and the Outstanding Lead Actress winner their coveted awards? Read on to find out!

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In addition to the previously noted on air promo touting the launch of “The Young and the Restless’” same day airings on TVGN beginning Monday, July 1 at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the network has also announced special programming that will surely help provide ample tune in.

On Monday, June 17 at 9:00 PM ET/PT, Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) will host a one-hour special entitled “The Young and the Restless On-Set: inFANity,” which will provide viewers with a behind the scenes look at the creation of Genoa City. The special will also include interviews with cast members Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas Newman), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman), Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), Tracey Bregman (Lauren Fenmore), Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), Christel Khalil (Lily Winters), Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Newman). In addition to hosting duties, TVGN indicates that St. John will also be part of the featured interviews.

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Marina Chavez/SOAPnet (left); Cliff Lipson/CBS (right)

“The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Newman) hasn’t even left Genoa City yet, but there are already fans crossing their fingers in anticipation of a future return. But is it possible? Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President of CBS Daytime, thinks so! “She is an icon,” the exec tells Soap Opera Network of Stafford, who began playing George and Lydia Summers’ daughter back in 1994. “She’s an amazingly talented woman… and she brings so much as Phyllis to the show. But we have to respect her decision, and [leaving] was her choice.”

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Allison Janney has acted in a slew of projects since leaving the role of “Guiding Light’s” Ginger in 1995, including “The West Wing,” “Mr. Sunshine,” and “American Beauty,” and she just filmed a new spot as a guest on “Bitter Party of 5,” which “The Young and the Restless’” Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) wants you to see!

“Tweeps! [Please] watch my friends hilarious show!” writes the actress of the web comedy that was created by Jason Antoon (“Minority Report”), Mary Birdsong (“The Descendants”), Greg Cromer, Romy Resemont (“Glee”) and Tricia O’Kelley — all actors who were slated to star alongside “Roseanne’s” Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in NBC’s pilot “Downwardly Mobile,” which was ultimately not picked up by the network.

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