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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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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Sean Smith/JPI Studios

As we previously reported, Johanna Johnson had teased that she may be returning to “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Karen Spencer — and it turns out, her mysterious comments were rooted in absolute fact!

Though her gig as writer and executive producer of ABC Family’s “The Fosters” has kept her quite busy, she managed to find time to film a couple of episodes for the sudser she previously called home: A rep for the show confirms that she’ll be headed back to the canvas for a short stint taking place on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17.

Johnson, who originated the roles of twins Karen and Caroline in 1991, recently tweeted: “Worked with [Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke)], and it was like a flashback to when we started on B&B 27 yrs ago!”



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Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

It’s been a whopping seven years since larger-than-life personality Rosie O’Donnell has been a part of “The View,” but executive producers Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie announced today that the actress/comedian is returning to the popular talk show!

Friday, February 7 marks O’Donnell’s appearance alongside current co-hosts Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. As fans may recall, the current “The Fosters” actress previously held the position as moderator for “The View” from 2005-2007 but left under less-than-friendly circumstances (both a contract dispute with ABC and her inability to get along with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck played out onscreen).

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The Bold and the Beautiful Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Fans of “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Karen Spencer may be in luck: The character’s portrayer, Joanna Johnson, has teased that she may soon be headed back to the soap opera!

During a Television Critics Association event this past week, the actress told reporters that not only has there been talk of having Karen back to the canvas, she’d be willing to give the sudser another go — despite the fact that she’s currently busy writing and producing the ABC Family series “The Fosters.” “This is more than a full-time job,” she said. “But I really do like going back.”

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SOAPnet, LLC

SOAPnet, LLC

After nearly 14 years on the air, SOAPnet ended its broadcast run at the stroke of midnight with the final 2013 episode of ABC’s “General Hospital” (originally aired on Monday, December 30) taking it out in style.

During its final hour of broadcasting, viewers were treated to endless commercials promoting ABC and ABC Family programming, including “General Hospital,” “Revenge,” “The Chew,” “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” “Pretty Little Liars,” and “Ravenswood.” For those veiwers looking to tune into the midnight broadcast of “Days of our Lives,” they were treated to a message from their cable and/or satellite provider that read, “Disney discontinued their SOAPnet broadcast. The SOAPnet channel is no longer available from any television provider.”

RELATED: THE FINAL DAYS OF SOAPnet: The Rise and Fall of A Cable Network

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Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

It’s a baby kind of day today: Not only are “The Young and the Restless’” Robert Adamson (Noah Newman) and “The Bold and the Beautiful’s’” Linsey Godfrey expecting their first child together (which you can read more about here), “One Life to Live” alums Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio Vega) and Sherri Saum (ex-Keri Reynolds; Lena, “The Fosters”) are reportedly expecting twins!

“[The pair] are so thrilled to welcome the little ones into the world in early summer,” says Saum’s rep in a statement shared with US Weekly.

“We are so excited,” Saum adds via Twitter, where she also posted a sonogram picture. “No plans to bring this into the show, they already have so many amazing stories to tell — we’ll work it out somehow!”

Congratulations Saum and de los Reyes!



Andrew Eccles/ABC Family

Andrew Eccles/ABC Family

Two weeks since canceling “The Lying Game,” and a week after canceling “Bunheads,” ABC Family has announced it has ordered a third season of “Switched at Birth” and has given both “Twisted” and “The Fosters” back-order pick-ups. The new episodes will all premiere alongside “Pretty Little Liars” in January 2014, it was announced today by Michael Riley, President, ABC Family.

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Andrew Eccles/ABC Family

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AFF/TA/Steven Bergman

Jennifer Lopez may just be Jenny from the Block, but there’s a whole lot she can do: acting, singing, judging “American Idol,” executive producing ABC Family’s new series, “The Fosters.” Oh, and personally answering everything you’ve always wanted to know about her, “The Fosters” or Sherri Saum (ex-Keri Reynolds, “One Life to Live”), who stars in the alphabet network’s new drama!

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Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Production on the new ABC Family drama series, “The Fosters” starts today, meaning Sherri Saum (ex-Keri Reynolds, “One Life to Live;” ex-Vanessa Hart, “Sunset Beach”) is back to work! But just what will the actress be doing under executive producer Jennifer Lopez’ command?

Turns out, the actress is playing opposite Teri Polo, and both women play gay mothers raising a mix of multi-ethnic foster and biological children. Since the show takes a hard look at gay marriage and parenting within a groundbreaking premise that addresses the foster care system, mixed racial families and teen issues, it’s sure to be a topic of discussion as the Supreme Court rules on the legalities of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage next month.

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via Press Release

ABC FAMILY CONTINUES ITS ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING MOMENTUM
WITH NEW PILOT PRODUCTION

Greenlit Pilots Include “The Fosters,” to Be Executive-Produced by Jennifer Lopez,
And “Socio,” to Be Executive-Produced by Gavin Polone

BURBANK, CA (August 23, 2012) – ABC Family, the millennial-skewing network, has greenlit two new drama pilots, “The Fosters” (working title), from executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and “Socio,” from executive producer Gavin Polone. Summer to date, ABC Family’s current crop of original series have made ABC Family cable TV’s #1 network in Prime in Women 18-34, and the #2 cable TV network in Females 12-34 and Female Teens.

“ABC Family continues to find and develop original programming that adds new dimension and depth to the storytelling we offer,” said Kate Juergens, executive vice president, Original Programming and Development, ABC Family. “Both these shows are headed by wonderful executive producers who know the millennial space well and know how to connect with audiences.”

From executive producer Jennifer Lopez (“American Idol,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “The Back-Up Plan”) and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will also serve as writers and executive producers, “The Fosters” is a one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Simon Fields and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.

“Socio” is a one-hour drama centered on a charismatic 16-year-old alleged sociopath who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood, and who becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is murdered. The series will be executive-produced by Gavin Polone (“Gilmore Girls,” “Zombieland,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “My Boys,” “Jane by Design). Adam Milch (Greek), who wrote the pilot, will also serve as co-executive producer. The series is produced by Prodco, Inc.

Part of the Disney/ABC Television Group, ABC Family is distributed in over 97 million homes. ABC Family features programming reflecting today’s families, entertaining and connecting with adults through relatable programming about today’s relationships – told with a mix of diversity, passion, humor and heart. ABC Family’s programming is a combination of network-defining original series and original movies, quality acquired series and blockbuster theatricals. Emmy® Award-winning ABCFamily.com provides a variety of interactive entertainment and community features, from rich, fan-centric programming – including blogs, viewing parties, webisodes, full episodes of the network’s hit programming, along with sneak peek exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes clips. ABC Family is also the destination for annual Holiday events with “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas.” ABC Family. A New Kind of Family.









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