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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Mark Davis/Getty Images

Get ready for a tea party, because “The Young and the Restless’” Kate Linder (Esther Valentine) is at it again: She’ll be hosting yet another tea-centric event for fans next month!

The actress will be joining Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell), Tristan Rogers (Colin Atkinson) and Jess Walton (Jill Abbott), along with “Y&R’s” hair and makeup experts, Patti Denney and George Guzman, and Linda Olsen, “The News Hour Calgary” host, on Sunday, April 27 at The Westin Calgary in Calgary, Canada for the special event, officially titled “Alaska Airlines Presents ‘Opportunities for Independence’ High Tea.”

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Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC

If you’re ready for more secrets, scandals, passion and romance than ever before, you’re in luck: The Emmy-nominated online soap opera “The Bay” — produced by the Gregori J Martin founded company LANYfilms Productions — is returning with an all-new Chapter 12 that promises to deliver sudser standards with a serious bang! What’s more, the cast has already begun new installments of the ever-popular pre-launch “Confessions of Bay City” videos in which Bay City’s biggest and baddest take the hot seat for jaw-dropping confessions!

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

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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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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

CBS

CBS

This week on “The Young and the Restless” marks the first full week following the dramatic exits of popular actors Billy Miller and Michael Muhney as their characters, Billy Abbott and Adam Newman, respectively, seemingly perished after the vehicle they were in flipped over and exploded. This immediately followed Billy’s battle to get Adam to reveal the truth of his supposed involvement in the tragic death of Billy’s daughter, Delia. While Adam appears to have disappeared following the accident, Billy eventually survives and is now being portrayed once again by David Tom beginning with today’s episode. Also, on Wednesday, February 5, Tristan Rogers returns as he brings his character Colin Atkinson back into the orbit of Jill Fenmore Abbott (Jess Walton).

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

 Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

Jill Johnson/JPI Studios

There’s so much excitement happening over at “General Hospital,” it’s tough to keep up! And when Soap Opera Network recently spoke with actress Finola Hughes (Anna Devane), she teased that the strong, layered storylines most fans have been enjoying as of late will continue to pack a punch throughout 2014. But just what will this year have in store for the lovely lady? Read on to find out!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

Sean Smith/JPI Studios

With many casting changes in place and new faces set to arrive in Genoa City, the next few weeks on “The Young and the Restless” may be a bit of a flurry. But no worries, because Soap Opera Network has got all the upcoming casting deets right here in one handy-dandy reference place!

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The Young and the Restless Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

Just as we report Tristan Rogers‘ last airdate on “General Hospital,” we can now report on his first airdate on “The Young and the Restless.”

A rep for the CBS daytime soap tells Soap Opera Network that the actor will mark his return as Colin Atkinson beginning with the Wednesday, February 5 episode of the drama series.

As previously reported, the actor began filming last week for the first time since his character left the canvas in May 2012, and following a brief return stint at “GH,” which concludes on Thursday, January 30.

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General Hospital Mast Head by Soap Opera Network

ABC

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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TVGN

TVGN

TVGN is proving why it’s now the “the new way to watch soaps.” With the network already picking up encore airing rights to “The Young and the Restless” this past summer, and “The Bold and the Beautiful” earlier this month, the network plans to provide soap fans with even more “soap” for their viewing pleasure courtesy of the new documentary, “Who Shot the Daytime Soap?” Airing Monday, December 16 at 8:00 PM ET/PT, preceded by airings of “B&B” at 6:30 PM ET/PT and “Y&R” at 7:00 PM ET/PT, the documentary tackles the history of daytime soap operas as told by those who were there during the good times, the bad times and the new times.

ABC

ABC

“The past five years have seen a collapse of epic proportion within the soap opera industry. What was once a formidable lineup of no less than 14 network soap operas in the 1980′s has collapsed to just four – ‘General Hospital’ on ABC, ‘Days of our Lives’ on NBC and ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ on CBS and now TVGN,” is the opening statement from the documentary that features interviews with several daytime legends, veteran stars, and a host of talents from behind the scenes that have helped make the soap opera genre the longest running form of television entertainment.

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John Paschal/JPI Studios

John Paschal/JPI Studios

As previously reported, Tristan Rogers will soon be departing ABC’s “General Hospital” after his most recent stint as Robert Scorpio comes to an end. With his pending return to CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” in the new year, Rogers recently announced on Twitter his final film date at “GH” and his first film date back at “Y&R.”

While announcing his plans to vacation in Australia during the Christmas holiday break, Rogers revealed that he films his last scenes at “GH” on Thursday, December 19 and will begin filming scenes as his “Y&R” character, Colin Atkinson, beginning Wednesday, January 8. Viewers should expect to see the actor continue airing on “GH” through at least February, as noted by head writer Ron Carlivati. A first airdate on “Y&R” is not yet known. “I am passionate about daytime drama. Where ever I work. I want to do the best I can. So lets be bipartisan and support the genre,” said Rogers on moving from one soap to another.

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