ABC November Sweeps Programming Highlights: 'General Hospital,' 'Scandal,' 'How to Get Away with Murder,' 'Grey's Anatomy'

ABC's November sweeps programming features The 48th Annual CMA Awards, The 2014 American Music Awards, MARVEL: 75 Years, from Pulp To Pop!, a Castle wedding, and the explosive Fall Finales of all three #TGIT dramas: Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, and the new special Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music With Robin Roberts. And, of course, November always means Thanksgiving with the Quartermaines on General Hospital.

Check out the November programming highlights below (spoilers may be included):

“THE VIEW” -- Dark deception, creative companionship, capitol style and epic tragedy are all in store for the co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” as they celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 31. From frightening to fantastical, glamorous to ghoulish, the stage is set for a Halloween unlike any other. Guest who? An exciting list of guest co-hosts will join moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace throughout the month. Lisa Kudrow stops by and she isn’t the only one making a comeback, former co-host Joy Behar makes her first guest appearance along with a stellar lineup of comedians, actors and entertainers. There will be a birthday bash for Whoopi, election coverage with GMA’s George Stephanopoulos, and a “can’t miss” performance that will make the audience go gaga. We will delve into the genealogy of the co-hosts and you will not believe what we found. From food to style to shopping, we will search coast to coast to find the “Best Stuff in America.” “The View” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

“THE CHEW” -- During the week of November 3–7, It’s “Thanksgiving 101” when “The Chew” hosts a weeklong cooking school sharing all of the tips and essential tools needed to be a success in the kitchen this holiday season. November 10-14 is full of surprises with “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?,” a weeklong series featuring surprise guests who will join co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz in the kitchen. “The Chew” will also feature the additional Thanksgiving-themed series “Thanksgiving on a Dime” November 11–17 and on Friday, November 21, “The Chew” celebrates Turkey Day with a Five Dollar Feast showing viewers how to create a delicious Thanksgiving Day meal for only $5 per person. Throughout the month of November, “The Chew” welcomes guests Dr. Oz (“The Dr. Oz Show”), Wendy Williams (“The Wendy Williams Show”), Niecy Nash, Brooke Shields, Kristen Chenowith, Ina Garten and Kevin McKidd (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) as well as the stars of the laugh out loud sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.” “The Chew” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (1:00--2:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

“GENERAL HOSPITAL” -- Buckle up and get ready for addictive, can’t miss episodes of “General Hospital,” MONDAY-FRIDAY (3:00--4:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Dirty little lies always have a way of coming out and impacting the residents of Port Charles, and now multiple lives are at stake as everyone seems to want revenge. Franco and Carly plan to get married on October 31, but what tricks does Franco have up his sleeve? Nina begins to spiral out of control and sets her plan in motion to get Ava's baby. In the interim, someone gets shot. Anna and Duke's relationship is put to the test, while Elizabeth and Jake continue to grow closer. Seven time Daytime Emmy® winner Anthony Geary is back as Luke. Lastly, as another Thanksgiving approaches, could this be the year the Quartermaines finally get a normal Thanksgiving meal? Don't count on it!

Daytime Emmys 2015: Ceremony Moving to April, Guest Performer Category Added

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Nominations will be revealed on Thursday, March 26.

New Categories:
* Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series recognizes the work of an actor or actress who has made a limited number of appearances on a Daytime Drama during the 2014 Calendar year.

* Outstanding Performer in a New Approaches Drama Series recognizes the work of an actor or actress only appearing on a New Approaches Drama Series. The award will be for a lead or supporting role.

Guest Stars Update: 'As the World Turns' Alum Jake Weary on 'Stalker' Tonight

ATWT alum Jake Weary guest stars on CBS' Stalker tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
We Love Soaps is tracking where daytime, primetime and web series soap opera stars are appearing outside of their regular show. Below are some of the upcoming guest appearances in various television and web shows and movies.

OCTOBER
29 Stalker - Jake Weary (ex-Luke, As the World Turns)
While investigating a series of eerie threats, the TAU team discovers the victim’s house has a creepy history and is believed to be haunted. When the danger turns deadly, the team spends Halloween night searching a wild costume party looking for a perpetrator long believed to be dead. Weary plays Bobby.

Today in Soap Opera History (October 29)

1981: Abe first appeared on Days. 1993: Luke & Laura
returned on GH, with Lucky! 1996: GL's Annie vowed to get
clean. 2007: Jack Branning arrived in EastEnders' Albert Square.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1965: The Days of our Lives pilot was re-shot with Frances Reid replacing Mary Jackson as Alice Horton.

1965: On Another World, Tony Douglas (Alex Canaan) was unhappy with Alice's (Jacqueline Courtney) timid attitude about intimacy.

1969: NBC aired the 1,000th episode of Days of our Lives.

1979: On As the World Turns, the mystery at The Willows deepened the closer Lisa (Eileen Fulton) got to marrying Bennett.

Colleen Zenk & Corbin Bleu To Star in "Family Shots" World Premiere

One Life to Live alum Corbin Bleu and longtime As the World Turns star Colleen Zenk will headline the cast of Michael Slade's new play, "Family Shots," making its world premiere with The Human Race Theatre Company in January 2015 at The Loft Theatre in downtown Dayton.

Charming family patriarch Sam Baker lies in a hospital bed, recovering from an apparent heart attack, but his wife, Marsha (Zenk), won’t stop making the crisis all about her—much to the dismay of their son, Aaron (Bleu). The young photographer wonders why his parents even stay together while he and his husband, Malcolm, deal with their own issues as newlyweds. Intimate, yet universal, "Family Shots" is a wildly funny and touching comedy about marriage—its joys, challenges and responsibilities—and what's worth fighting for. The production runs January 22 – February 8, 2015 and will be directed by The Human Race's producing artistic director, Kevin Moore.

Joan Collins to Guest Star in 'Queens of Drama'

Joan Collins (Alexis, Dynasty; Alexandra, Guiding Light) will guest star on an upcoming episode of Pop's new series Queens of Drama, according to The Wrap.

Queens of Drama is a docu-series featuring daytime and primetime soaps stars as they attempt to produce a new primetime serial drama to star in. The cast will need to work in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce this new steamy series hoping to land a pilot deal by the end of the season.

The all-star cast includes Lindsay Hartley (All My Children, Days Of Our Lives), Crystal Hunt (Guiding Light, One Life To Live), Vanessa Marcil (Beverly Hills, 90210, General Hospital), Chrystee Pharris (Passions, General Hospital) and Hunter Tylo (The Bold and The Beautiful). Mills, an alum of Knots Landing and Melrose Place currently starring in General Hospital, will make special appearances on the program.

Queens of Drama will premiere when TV Guide Network rebrands to its new name and programming lineup in early 2015.

"Christmas with Nashville" Digital Release Scheduled for November 4

The drama on ABC’s Nashville may be blazing hot but Big Machine Records is predicting a change in the temperature on November 4 with the digital release of "Christmas with Nashville." No strangers to the recording studio, the all-star cast who sings on the TV show each week, lent their voices to this special collection of their favorite holiday carols and a few original tunes.

Following a cameo on Nashville last season, Jay DeMarcus was tapped as producer for the project, again joining forces with the talented actors. The Rascal Flatts’ bassist, who also produced much of the supergroup's "Rewind" album, told Rolling Stone Country, “it's refreshing to know that [the actors] representing us on the show are authentic.” The outlet also exclusively revealed the track listing.

TRACK LISTING
1. “Santa Baby”
Clare Bowen | Written by Joan Javits, Tony Springer, Phil Springer
2. “Blue Christmas”
Charles Esten featuring Vince Gill | Written by Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson
3. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
Jonathan Jackson | Written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector

Today in Soap Opera History (October 28)

1968: OLTL's Jim asked Price to assist with Carla's case.
1980: EON's Geraldine interrupted Raven's plans. 1985: Days'
Patch attacked Hope. 2010: GH's Mike appeared for the
final time.
"History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future."
― Robert Penn Warren

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1968: Joan Crawford made the second of four appearances on The Secret Storm as Joan Borman Kane, substituting for her sick daughter Christina Crawford.

1968: On One Life to Live, Joe (Lee Patterson) told Anna (Doris Belack) about his feelings for her, which went beyond the boundaries of friendship. Meredith (Trish Van Devere) had left the hospital but nobody knew where she went. Karen (Niki Flacks) was the only person who saw Meredith leave, and Larry (Paul Tulley) was concerned since he and Meredith were supposed to be getting married tomorrow. Dr. Jim Craig (Robert Milli) told Dr. Price Trainor (Thurman Scott) about a patient, Carla (Ellen Holly), who had been receiving outside treatment. Jim wanted Price to assist him with Carla but he was unaware that Price was attracted to her as well.

1975: On Ryan's Hope, Delia (Ilene Kristen) intensified her efforts to make trouble for Frank. After Mary (Kate Mulgrew) found out that Delia destroyed the campaign headquarters, Delia convinced Mary that she wanted only good to come out of the campaign for Frank.