'The Chew' Launches 'Behind the Soap Screen' Series with Four Stars of 'General Hospital'

Categories: Daytime and Soap Opera TV Ratings,Network TV Press Releases

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September 20th, 2012

via press release:




Julie Berman, Finola Hughes, Ingo Rademacher and Eric Valdez are Featured,

With Special Guest Appearances from Lindsey Morgan and Sebastian Roché

Beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 fans of “General Hospital” have another reason to celebrate as “The Chew” pays house calls to some of the popular drama’s most celebrated stars. “General Hospital” airs at 2:00 p.m., ET/1:00 p.m., PT, immediately following “The Chew” on ABC.

Gordon Elliott, executive producer of “The Chew,” announced today that the talk & lifestyle show will launch a four-part series next week entitled “Behind the Soap Screen,” featuring an in-depth look into the lives of Julie Berman (“Lulu Spencer”), Finola Hughes (“Anna Devane”), Ingo Rademacher (“Jasper ‘Jax’ Jacks”) and Erik Valdez (“Trey Mitchell”). The stars will open their homes to “The Chew” for a glance into their private, off-screen lives, sharing recipes and hobbies.


“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our neighbors from Port Charles,” said Elliott. “Daytime television is all about showcasing personalities, building relationships and storytelling, and many of the ‘General Hospital’ actors are closet gourmets. We are looking forward to having them on the show.”


An outing to Julie Berman’s home includes a peek at her kitchen, where she and husband, Michael Grady, prepare one of their favorite dishes, a grilled chicken and basil pizza.


Finola Hughes proudly displays her green thumb as she tends her impressive vegetable garden in Malibu. The actress, who grows apples, plums, peaches and avocados, prepares a mouth-watering feta, cherry tomato, kalamata olive creation with flatbread, all with ingredients from her garden.


Ingo Rademacher unveils his breathtaking Hawaiian home, where he resides with his wife and two children. Rademacher’s trip includes his backyard, where he grows avocados and raises livestock. He shares his recipe for the perfect avocado and scallion omelet, and takes fellow “General Hospital” co-star Sebastian Roché (“Jerry Jacks”) for a paddleboard lesson.


Texas born and raised Erik Valdez cooks a dish he learned from his grandmother. He puts his own spin on her classic ground turkey taco recipe with guacamole, Pico de Gallo, rice and beans, and cooks for his “General Hospital” co-star, Lindsey Morgan (“Kristina Davis”).


“General Hospital,” the most honored show of the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards, celebrates its golden anniversary on April 1, 2013. Approaching 50 historic years on ABC, it is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and third longest-running drama in American television history. “General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is executive producer. Ron Carlivati is head writer. Full episodes of “General Hospital” are available on ABC.com. Follow us at: www.facebook.com/GeneralHospital, Twitter  @generalhospital (#generahospital).

  • RJ

    God soap fans are the worst. Right up there with Fringe and Chuck fans.

  • Cass rowlwland

    Nobody is forcing u to watch the show don’t like don’t watch it it’s obvious people are watching it if it’s been onfor the past year the chew didnnt cancel your soaps

  • Cass rowlwland

    It’s just tv

  • Lilred4

    Will not watch the show either.. I only watch shows on cable now.. I still watch General Hospital but miss my other two soaps!! It’s sad when there is not much but garbage on tv now.. Reality shows showing how people get paid for acting like fools..

  • MBmomof3

    God, Yankees fans are the worst. Right up there with the Dodgers and the Giants fans.

  • SpinsVixenella

    No way in hell will I EVER watch The Chew. I don’t care who they have on. How tasteless & disgusting can ABC be having GH stars on The Chew during the very week of the anniversary of AMC’s cancellation. Anyone who follows ratings knows The Chew’s 18-49 demo is only slightly above the level where Revolution’s were when they were canceled. And, the argument about how much money is saved by talk shows is completely out the window when ABC spent $80 Million to launch Katie. That $ could have kept AMC & OLTL on the air another year. ABCD needs soap fans now that the only thing bringing ratings in the key demo is GH. Too bad. If ABC wants its Daytime line-up to rebound to the 1st place it enjoyed for more than a decade, they can bring back the line-up that worked for them, i.e. AMC, OLTL, & GH. Til then ABC can tell it to the hand, ‘cuz the eyes are not watching.

  • lowey123

    The following statement is from the above article:
    “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our neighbors from Port Charles,”

    I should have read:
    “We are thrilled to EXPLOIT our neighbors from Port Charles,”

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • Pebby16

    I do enjoy watching those actors and wish them well but I will not ever watch the Chew. Still not interested, even after a year. Can’t believe that ridiculous show has lasted this long. I think that it is sad that this show is riding on the coat tails of a historic show such as GH. I also think it is sad that ABC cannot admit their mistake and bring back AMC and OLTL.

  • carol

    ABC will do anything to try and boost the Chew’s rating. The show was on Soapnet awhile back (A Network devoted to soap operas, not cooking shows). They tried a Primetime special to introduce the new fall lineup and neither tactic worked to help the ratings. They have had soap stars on a few times and they don’t seem to understand that soap viewers are not interested in this show. It’s very plain to me that all ABC has to do is sell the rights to All My Children and One Life To Live and some of its former viewers may return.

  • rob60990

    Isn’t this the same Gordon Elliot who insulted soap fans and told them more people would be watching The Chew than AMC? How’s that working out for you?

  • Justine

    Sorry ABC but if that is your tacky way of trying to lure in soap fans, guess what? You’re wrong again!!!!!!!! There’s not a chance in hell I would watch the chew!!!!!

  • Amanda

    Wow… Some people are seriously delusional. ABC is not going to bring back AMC or OLTL. Get over it already. They weren’t getting high enough ratings to keep them on.


    This seems like a desperate attempt to boost ratings. There are too many cooking shows on television to choose from. Do not care if they have the entire cast of GH on the Chew. Will never, ever watch. The only thing I watch on ABC is GH. Once it is cancelled, goodbye ABC/D.

  • Lisa

    Know why this article is bringing in so many trolls? Because it’s been linked to from at least one soap board. Pretty desperate, really.

  • susan

    Screw the chew! I wouldn’t watch if ABC PAID ME

  • Soap Fan Red 5

    It is pathetically obvious that ABC is stinking of desperation if they are trying to think that using our soap actors and actresses on The Spew will make us, the American soap fans, break our boycott and tune in out of love and loyalty to the soap stars. I don’t begrudge the actors and actresses for doing their jobs. A worker’s gotta do whatever a worker has got to do. But there is no way, after atleast a year of campaigning, that I am going to tune in to ABC/Disney at a Neilsen or non-Neilsen household and make any effort for the soon-to-be sorry executives to lineup their pockets with anymore chump change they’ve been getting since All My Children and One Life To Live went off the air. I am a soap fan and I am saying to you, ABC/Disney, ‘I AM NOT TUNING IN TO WATCH ANYTHING BUT GENERAL HOSPITAL!!!! YOU CAN TAKE YOUR ONCE UPON A TIMES, YOUR “HATIE” COURICS, THE RIVER, THE CHEW, AND ALL THE REPLACEMENT SHOWS, PUT THEM INTO A FILE CABINET, AND FILE THEM UNDER “D” for DEAD WEIGHT.

  • Cass rowlwland

    The priorites of America is terriable chaos over soap operas

  • Cass rowlwland

    If the shows were making the profit they stil. be on

  • krogers

    I love GH support the actors and actresses but won’t fall for ABC’s dirty little trick to get me to watch The Chew. I won’t watch The Chew eva but will be tuning in to ABC to watch GH.

  • Mary Fergen

    Like all the other soap fans posting here, I am disgusted with ABC/D’s pathetic attempts to try to lure us back to watching their network. The Spew is a horrible show that even many non soap viewers refuse to watch. The ONLY way that I will watch more than General Hospital on this network is, yes, if they bring back AMC and OLTL or sell the rights to someone who will! The whole idea of having GH stars on the Spew reeks of desperation!

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