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New EP for 'General Hospital'; Web Killed the TV Star

Jill• Jill Farren Phelps, Emmy Award-winning executive producer of "General Hospital," has been replaced with Frank Valentini, former showrunner of the cancelled soap "One Life to Live," reported Vulture. The soap opera business has not exactly been booming, especially given the recent cancellations of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." Still, ABC is apparently trying to give "General Hospital" a chance to stay on the air by hiring Valentini. He was able to boost the ratings of "One Life," albeit not enough, before its demise. Vulture also cites that Valentini has been known for keeping his shows under budget, which definitely appeals to ABC. Much of the reasoning behind replacing soaps with alternative daytime programming, such as the cooking and talk show "The Chew," is that the latter is cheaper to produce.

• For the first time in Nielsen's 41-year survey history, the number of households with a TV set will decline. The decrease is likely related to the struggling economy and more people using the Internet to view content. Entertainment Weekly and Yidio sound off on Nielsen's findings.

• Broadway's "The Mountaintop" will allow people 30 years old or younger to purchase $30 tickets to the December 7 show at 8 pm. The production, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Basset, is the third show to take part in 30 for $30, a special intitivative from NY1 and Playbill.

• Judy Lewis, former actress who penned a memoir about her life as the illegitimate daughter of Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Loretta Young, passed away. She was 76 years old. Read her obituary at The New York Times.

Pictured: Jill Farren Phelps (Photo: Getty Images)

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