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With ABC becoming full owner of "The View," after buying out Barbara Walters' stake over the summer, the network announced today that the daytime talker will now fall under the purview of ABC News after more than 17 years under the entertainment division, this despite a drastic makeover this fall with the inclusion of three new hosts joining Whoopi Goldberg on the panel. With the talk show now falling under the umbrella of the news division, “General Hospital" and "The Chew" remain the only entertainment programming airing during the daytime on the network.

With the launch of its 18th season during the week of September 15-19, 2014, and the debut of new co-hosts Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace, and the return of Rosie O'Donnell to the table, ABC's "The View" attracted its largest premiere week ratings in three years (3.4 million), to qualify as the week's most watched broadcast talk show, while also posting year-to-year growth of 13% in viewers compared to the 17th season premiere last season (3.0 million).

The wait is over: ABC’s daytime talk show, “The View,” has completed its much-buzzed-about panel with the addition of actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace!

As previously reported, ABC's "The View" is currently in reinvention mode. While it gets ready to launch its new season on Monday, September 15, the show will not only have a new studio, new color scheme and logo, it'll also have a new behind the scenes executive team who will spearhead the production of the talk show with c0-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell leading the way in front of the camera. The network officially announced that Bill Wolff, previously of "The Rachel Maddow Show," will take over as executive producer. He succeeds Bill Geddie, who helmed the show from its beginnings in 1997 until this past season. Brian Balthazar, who helped launch the fourth hour of "The Today Show" has been appointed co-executive producer.

"ABC’s commitment to reinventing their popular franchise, 'The View,' and evolving the talk show creatively is underway and it’s all building to the much-anticipated season premiere on Monday, September 15," was the beginning of a bold statement this morning from ABC that highlights several major changes in store for the original forum for lively conversations generated from entertainment, social media, politics, family, sex and relationships as well as beauty and fashion. Such changes include the show moving from its longtime West 66th Street studio to the ABC Broadcast Center on 67th Street near Central Park along with a new color scheme and logo, marking the first time in the show’s history that it has changed significantly.. Per the network, the new studio will now house a visually stunning, contemporary state-of-the-art set designed in the round and offering the addition of an on-camera social media station allowing the hosts to interact in real time with viewers.

Former “General Hospital” star Minae Noji (ex-Kelly Lee) hit the big screen this month in the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film opposite Megan Fox and Whoopi Goldberg, but that’s not all the star has up her sleeves these days! Soap Opera Network caught up with the busy actress just before TMNT was released, and while she spilled the deets regarding the film in Part One of our interview, here, she shares information about her latest project that involves “GH” stars Kent King (ex-Lainey Winters), Ron Melendez (ex-Andy Archer), Dominic Rains (ex-Leo Julian) and Graham Sheils (ex-Cody Paul)!

It wasn’t that long ago that Minae Noji was starring as “General Hospital’s” Dr. Kelly Lee, and now — BAM! — she’s portraying the fierce ninja warrior Karai in the newest installment of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise. Soap Opera Network caught up with the busy actress, who spilled details regarding the film, what Megan Fox is really like in the role of April O’Neil, and how her “GH” experience ultimately led her to sharing the screen and red carpet with the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, William Fichtner and Will Arnett.

Scheduled guests for the week of DECEMBER 9-13 are as follows (subject to change):

On Wednesday, October 23, "General Hospital's" Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) will be giving ABC's "The View" a male perspective on the day's hot topics as the daytime star is scheduled to co-host the chatfest alongside Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Whoopi Goldberg. The Canadian born actor will also be chatting it up with the stars of ABC's "The Middle" as the cast celebrates the show's 100th episode airing that night.

Soap Opera Network has learned that "General Hospital" and "General Hospital: Night Shift" alum, Minae Noji, has landed a top secret role in the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" film set for release in 2014. Starring Megan Fox as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson as Raphael, Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, Jeremy Howard as Donatello and Pete Ploszek as Leonardo, rumor has it that Noji will be portraying the role of Karai, a character first introduced in the 1992 comic book series, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
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