'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).

  • Cass rowlwland

    abc might have made a mistake nobodys perfect and I strongly doubt that the chew will be on as long as the soaps abc is a busineses and they have to do what they have to do for the company the actors of the soaps have moved on even Susan lucci has done a couple tv pilots they are actors do you know how many people offered acting roles in movies they a lot of actors gotten their start off of soap operas Kelly rippa and now Steve Burton is leaving and a great actor like him you will be seeing him on movies and tv in no time we have to move on don’t hold back don’t hold grudges relax be happy be forgiving and be open minded to other things in life because that is the only way we can move forward because we all have one life to live

  • Cass rowlwland

    even if abc made a mistake

  • Cass rowlwland

    and Kevin I am not controlling anyone I am just talking plain truth if the soaps had good ratings they would not have gotten cancelled lower ratings means lower profits

  • Yother

    Why do they keep trying to make us watch their other boring stuff. If this was on The View I might watch it but get out of here trying to fool GH fans into watching The Chew.

    It’s just like when CBS fooled their soap fans into watching The Talk last week for the season premiere with the makeover episode.

  • kevin

    @ cassie. you’re right. you’re not controlling other people. that’s my point. stop trying to make people feel how you want them to feel. your posts have a nasty tone. as far as ratings, all of the soaps should be gone, if that’s the case. none of them have good ratings, compared to what used to be. we would appreciate your stopping trying to tell people how to feel. and anyone else, on here, who does that, and tries to make people seem stupid.

  • Maura

    Never watch the Chew…..

  • Christina

    You’ve got no shame. Just keep dissing your viewers. You can’t control what we watch. And it certainly isn’t going to be Katie!

  • Kollene

    Nice try ABC, fat chance I would ever watch that show.

  • Kollene

    Cass rowlwland—that’s the longest sentence I’ve ever seen.

  • Peyton

    I don’t know what ABC would do without GH, its basically the only reason why people even have their TVs still tuned in during the afternoons on their network.

  • Bawoman

    Ha!No interest in The Chew,I will support GH by watching GH, not some lame reality show that has never held my interest.Dissapointed in all the GH actors involved.

  • Kathy

    Won’t be watching – nice try ABC! Put our soaps back on!

  • diana

    I may have to watch on Ingo’s day .. Jax, Hawaii, AND Sebastian Roche all on one epi .. that will be my first (and probably last) viewing of “The Spew”

  • Irene

    I saw Ingo’s house years ago on some other show. The actors have gotten rich from being on this show. When an actor is asked to take paycut, I see people realizing that it is not an unfair request. The actors that have had lifelong careers in soaps are rich rich. The actors who have had several years and portray a popular character are rich. It is just degree. It is what it is. Never know when these things can backfire, especially in this economy.

  • cass rowland

    did you know that just a year before one life to live gotten cancelled during the 2009 2010 tv season that as the world turns had higher ratings then one life to live and that was around the same time as the world turns gotten cancelled and the reason that gh did not get cancelled is because it dominated both oltl and amc in the ratings the only time oltl ratings went up was after it was cancelled. don’t believe me just look it up

  • Johanna

    ABC/D would’ve had 3 of the longest running shows if they weren’t so stupid cacelling OLTL/AMC! now w/xception of GH they have to worst daytime line-up!

  • Canuck Man

    Are you soap fans assuming what I’m assuming? If it wasn’t for Brian Frons and perhaps including Anne Sweeney (if I got her first name correct) that most likely AMC & OLTL could still be on the air. God forbid if GH were cancelled than ABC would be full of “tedious crap” (if you will.) My advice to soap opera fans is to keep up with “standing you ground” and also I believe you if you were to comment that t.v. appears to be getting boring over the years which is why it seems imperative for you to “stand your ground.”

  • Lori

    Sorry ABC this will not get me to watch. I want AMC and OLTL back! You’ll get my viewership back when you give new life to my shows. Till then I only watch one show on your network and that’s GH. You’ve made a huge mistake ABC/D, time to fix it and make it right, to keep your promise for New Life and back into production of AMC and OLTL.

  • connie


  • GH_Facts

    ratings & money is why OLTL / AMC were cancelled, that will be the ultimate downfall of the cooking show. i’ve caught end of that show numerous times, just before GH & gag looking at all the nobodies on that show. i wont watch no matter who you have on there. if you got God himself, i wouldn’t watch. i cook better than any of them, how bout give me a show. did you people even offer to keep OLTL / AMC on air by offering a cut in pay like many of the big corporate businesses did to keep from going under.. i’m sure not. have a good day. bad form trying to get us to watch your crap food show.

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