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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Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

They say you can’t keep a good man down, and apparently, you can’t keep a bad one down, either: Victor Cassadine is reportedly heading back to the “General Hospital” canvas!

Portrayer Thaao Penghlis sent out a tweet to fans announcing that he’ll be returning to the sudser later this month. “I just was asked back on GH on the 31st,” he wrote. “So happy to announce. Oh what disturbances & romance will be taking place. Hullo Spencer.”

A rep for “GH” couldn’t be reached for confirmation or comment on the actor’s return.



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Robert Voets/CBS

Yesterday’s “General Hospital” episode sparked some fan excitement regarding Steve Burton, who used to play Jason Morgan on the sudser but now portrays Dylan McAvoy on “The Young and the Restless.” After the infamous Victor Cassadine (Thaao Penghlis) teased that Jason is very much alive and well (if only in a cryogenic state) and then showed a picture of Burton onscreen, viewers began wondering if the actor is leaving his Genoa City home and returning to Port Charles! But is it true?

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ABC

As previously reported, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey) will appear on the Wednesday, January 29 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital.” The actress will appear as a patient of Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), who goes to General Hospital for her regularly scheduled appointment. Since we first reported last month on Wilson’s appearance on her favorite soap, many have been wanting to learn more about the character she will portray and now we can share all you need to know!

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios (left); Howard Wise/JPI Studios (right)

While character and storyline details are not yet known, a rep for ABC’s “General Hospital” confirms that Shirley Jones, former star of “The Partridge Family” and “Shirley,” will appear on the daytime soap opera in an episode airing next month.

Word of Jones’s appearance on the show first came to light yesterday when “GH’s” William deVry (Julian Jerome) tweeted actor William Shatner (“Star Trek”) and said, “we have Shirley Jones coming to ‘General Hospital’ tomorrow. We r still hoping ur agent will let u join us for a few eps.’” Shatner responded to deVry’s tweet by saying, “You know the last time Shirley and I worked together she played my mother. Send her my love.” The show in which Shatner was referring was TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” An ecstatic deVry replied, “Oh that is amazing!! I will say [to Jones] u say hello.”

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Soap Opera Network

Soap Opera Network

If you’re looking to set some resolutions for 2014 and need some inspiration, look no further! Soap Opera Network asked “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital” stars to open up on how they hope to improve themselves and their lives in the year to come, and they were none too shy to shed some light on the ways they’re setting out to achieve greatness. Bonus: They also threw in some opinions on how their characters should approach 2014, as well! Read on for the fun, and happy New Year from Soap Opera Network

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Howard Wise/JPI Studios

Howard Wise/JPI Studios

As a result of the Friday, December 20 preemption, ABC’s “General Hospital’s” is currently behind in its airing schedule. What that means is that the previously scheduled “Home for the Holidays” themed episode set to air today, will instead air on Friday, December 27. Also shifted is the debut of “GH” newcomer Ryan Paevey in the contract role of Nathan West. The character, who was originally set to debut on tomorrow’s episode, will instead debut on the Monday, December 30 episode in scenes alongside Kirsten Storms‘ Maxie Jones, who seeks to get out of town just as Port Charles gets ready to celebrate the New Year as a result of the recent baby drama and the need to clear her head. In real-life, Storms is headed for maternity leave as she’s due to give birth in January to a little girl by husband and former “GH” co-star, Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny Zacchara).

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soapstarchristmas_daysgh_640x400 Whether it’s parties or church events or cooking (oh my!), shopping or wrapping or snow shoveling (oh why?), the stars of “General Hospital” and “Days of our Lives” will be quite busy this holiday season! But don’t worry: Before the casts took off for their fun-filled Christmas break, Soap Opera Network managed to catch a few actors and get the scoop on how they plan to spend their holiday vacays!

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Paul Skipper/JPI Studios

Thaao Penghlis (ex-Tony DiMera, “Days of our Lives”) is set to reprise his role as Victor Cassadine on ABC’s “General Hospital” in the new year, confirms a show representative to Soap Opera Network. The actor last played the role more than 30 years ago, when the character met his supposed death, but with the actor returning does that mean that the brother of Anthony and Mikkos Cassadine is in fact alive? You’ll just have to tune in to find out during the all important February sweeps ratings period!

Soap Opera Digest, which first reported the news, states that Penghlis is tentatively scheduled to first air on Thursday, January 30, 2014 – the first day of February sweeps.



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — How one November day turned “Days of our Lives” into a place for the sinking job market.

After NBC made it clear to Executive Producer Ken Corday, and his Corday Productions banner along with Sony Pictures Television, that they would only renew “Days of our Lives” beyond its March 2009 contract expiration if the show found ways to cut costs. It did, and now some of daytime’s biggest stars are now without jobs and the faces of daytime continue to get unfamiliar.

Deidre Hall (ex-Marlena Evans) and Drake Hogestyn (ex-John Black) were the first “DAYS” stars to receive their walking papers just weeks after NBC made their demands. They last aired on January 23.

Recently, it was announced that Stephen Nichols, Mary Beth Evans and Thaao Penghlis were each given their walking papers as well. Nichols and Evans, who portrayed super-couple Patch and Kayla on the drama series, last aired on Tuesday, February 17.

“They’re not leaving Salem. They’re not dying. They’re just not going to be on the air. You might see one or both of them pop up on other episodes, but it’s not going to be a significant exit,” said Corday.

A last airdate for Penghlis and his Tony DiMera character was not made available at press time, but he last tapes on Wednesday, March 4, according to the February 24 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

“I’ve spent over 20 years on that show, and a producer from ‘Passions’ came in with a vision, and all I can say is I’m in good company,” he says.

While she wasn’t fired, actress Rachel Melvin (Chelsea Brady) has opted to not renew her contract with the soap, which was set to expire this Spring.

“I have been with ‘Days of our Lives’ for the past four years of my life. I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity Ken Corday has given me, and for the growth and education I have obtained from such a hard working group of people,” said Melvin in a statement via her online blog. “At this juncture in my life however, I feel I’ve accomplished and learned all I could have from ‘DAYS,’ and it’s just time to experience new things.”

A last airdate for the actress has not been announced.

Can we expect more cast cuts and changes for “Days of our Lives?” According to Corday, “We’re done.”



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(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Get ready “Days of our Lives” fans, the NBC soap opera is gearing up for the networks coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and they don’t want you to miss out on all the action, intrigue and romance that daytime’s sexiest soap has to offer.

Beginning the week of August 11, “DAYS” will change gears and center itself on two simultaneous storylines for two weeks that are expected to be shear fun for the everyday soap fan.

“There will be a very exciting film noir piece. It’s Nicole’s drunken fantasy, and the hospital stuff will be enticing as well,” says a “Days of our Lives” spokeswoman.

From what we know, after witnessing a shocking event in the hospital, a drunken Nicole (Arianne Zucker) goes into a fantasy world where the people in her life are transformed into 1940′s characters. Included in this storyline are Alison Sweeney (Sami), Bryan Dattilo (Lucas), James Scott (EJ), Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe), Jay Kenneth Johnson (Philip) and Kristen Renton (Morgan). Soap Opera Network has also learned that Dattilo’s role will be as Lucas Horton, Private Investigator.

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In addition to Zucker, the hospital storyline which kicks everything off includes the likes of Mary Beth Evans (Kayla), Stephen Nichols (Patch), Drake Hogestyn (John), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Joseph Mascolo (Stefano), Thaao Penghlis (Tony), and Leann Hunley (Anna).

According to Soap Opera Digest, after all the fun is over “Days of our Lives” will kick off a set of new and bigger ongoing storylines as the soap gets ready for the fall season.

In case anyone misses out on the fun and the excitement, NBC.com will feature daily episode recaps on its website.









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