'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

    The Spew? Clever name. Said no one.

  • kasey

    My, the vitriol in comments is harsh. Yes, ABC sucks for giving up on AMC & OLTL. I’m just thankful GH is still around & I only watch it sporadically. I got tired of all mob all the time a long time ago after decades of faithful watching.
    Is this shameless pandering on the part of ABC execs, in tandem with exec producers of The Chew, yes. I don’t blame The Chew for losing our beloved old soaps, I blame ABC and their failure to think outside the box in keeping an institution & beloved characters alive. All the networks could have tried a different schedule model for the soaps. Maybe fewer episodes in a year? Four episodes a week instead of 5? Or even going to a 1/2 hour format.
    You may loathe The Chew but if it means supporting GH promotional appearances, and thus the actors & the show, then you should watch those episodes. Watching on YouTube does no good for GH.

  • MBmomof3

    Gee, why is this press release aimed at attracting General Hospital viewers attracting so many comments from soap fans? Duuuuuh :-P

    I believe the point of this forum is to freely express your opinions.

  • ghfan4evr

    I am so uninterested in this, I didn’t even feel like reading the article. There is no way I will ever do anything to help boost ratings for any show on ABC daytime other than my soaps. I love all the actors and I am thrilled that they are getting exposure for the genre but I won’t be watching.

  • Ann Izzo

    I never have and never will watch the Chew. It took over the one and only soap I ever loved watching. The ratings are so poor that It makes me laugh. All My Children did better the the crap that took it’s place. The people who took over wouldn’t spit from shinola if it came and hit them in the face.

  • Fred

    ABC should admit they’ve made a mistake and lost millions of viewers by canceling AMC and OLTL.

  • Anne

    No wonder SR could deflect the crazies from the rest of the Supernatural cast at Jus in Bello when they were ambushed outside their hotel – you lot prepared him.

  • Chrisann

    Ugghhhhh any show but not The Chew.

  • Chrisann

    What are you talking about Ann ??/?

  • CTwildheart

    WOW. Do the powers that be REALLY think they are fooling us? This is OBVIOUSLY a blatant attempt to appease and win over disgruntled soap fans. Not only is it ridiculous to think we could be bought this way – it is also insulting to our intelligence. I do not care WHO is on The Spew – I will not watch. I do NOT want this type of programming, I want scripted drama. I want my love in the afternoon. I feel sorry for the actors who are contractually obligated to do these type of promotions. Usually they don’t mind – but I believe they are not thrilled with this one.

  • CTwildheart

    @Kasey – watching the spew will not help General Hospital. I am glad for any and all exposure they get, but I will not give them my ratings.

  • CTwildheart

    @Cass you are correct that the spew did not cancel AMC, ABC/D did that. BUT you see, the hosts of that show said some very insulting and condescending things about the fans when they took over that time slot. They were very belittling of soaps in general. SO, when they try to use the very people they insulted – we tend to not like it. And we’re not going to watch, but we are going to state our opinions. You choose to see this as ‘chaos’ over two shows, we don’t. We all have lives outside of TV, but we are passionate and chose to ‘fight’ for our show/genre. As for the ‘profit’ – ABC/D decided they wanted out of the soap business years ago and made decisions based on that. THEY tried nothing to help keep them profitable and even worked at making them unwatchable. They lied to the fans and their own employees. ABC/D is reaping what they have sown.

  • Lauren

    It’s ridiculous how immature you guys are. AMC and OLTL were going to get cancelled no matter what.

    The Chew is a fantastic show and I’m excited to see these episodes.

  • cass rowland

    actually abc was trying to save these shows because they were becoming less prfitable that is why they moved the soaps from new york to los angeles.

  • cass rowland

    and it would be better if you would just boycott the chew then not the entire abc network because it is not the people at the abc primetime shows that gotten your soaps cancelled. when you say your boycotting you could be hurting inesent people

  • Stephen Judson

    @Cass Rowland

    I’m assuming you mean “innocent” when you say inesent. Then what about the cast on The Chew? They did get AMC/OLTL canceled. How about those Cameramen who probably work on the soaps. They need jobs too. Honestly, it has been six months and people still can’t manage to get over the fact that it is over. I will admit, I was mad. But it only lasted a month and then I moved on. No one on The Chew is forcing you to watch their show. Don’t watch it if you don’t want to and leave it be.

  • MBmomof3

    Anne, while I don’t know about the incident you are referring to, I can assure you that Sebastian Roche isn’t the only Supernatural cast member that has soap experience. Jensen Ackels, his wife (Danneel Harris Ackels), Rachel Miner, all have soap experience, and those are just the ones off the top of my head.

    I have been a Supernatural fan since day one and a soap fan longer than I care to say, and I’ve never sought out any celebrity. Yet I am sure that there are many celebrities and TV shows that would love to have the level of fan support that Fringe, Chuck, Supernatural and the soaps enjoy. I’m sure there are also many celebrities who don’t enjoy the overt attention and would agree with my first post, “Be careful what you wish for”. Just because soap fans are loyal doesn’t make them “crazy”. And yes, I boycott ABC (except for GH) because I want to. Will it change their programming? Doubtful. But I also doubt The Chew will enjoy a 50th Anniversary like GH will in April.

  • ShannonB

    I wouldn’t watch The Chew under any circumstances and as a fan still missing OLTL & AMC, I find it insulting that the producers would have soap stars on a year to the day of AMC’s cancellation. This is a tacit admission by ABC that it NEEDS soaps to thrive. Unfortunately for them, I have not forgotten the demeaning things said about soap viewers and will not be “bribed” into watching this mess of a show simply because soap stars are on it. I do not in any way blame the GH stars and will continue to watch & cheer them on while I watch GH. But my ABC viewing ends there.

  • Amanda

    @ cass rowland

    Exactly. ABC moved AMC to LA to save money on their budget and even with the budget cuts they weren’t making a profit. That proves they weren’t getting the ratings in the demo they needed to stay on the air.

  • kevin

    lisa, amanda, and cass, people are free to voice their opinions, on here, and feel how they want to feel. you don’t control people. try stifling me. you’re wasting your time. who put you in charge of opinions, and feelings?

    there may come a day when abc announces that the two shows are coming back. who knows? expect the unexpected, sometimes. saying one thing, and changing your mind later is a part of life. they may admit their mistake, one day. we will continue to feel how we feel, post our opinions, and refuse to watch replacement junk. if you don’t like it, oh well.

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