Does one become evil based on experiences, or is it something passed down via genetics? Perhaps a study of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nikolas Cassadine might provide that answer! We sat down with his portrayer, Tyler Christopher, to discuss the past, present and future of everyone's favorite dark prince! What he has to say might just surprise you, and it's only available in the new issue of Soaps In Depth!
GENERAL HOSPITAL will celebrate its 52nd anniversary on Wednesday, April 1 -- and the very special episode promises to be a jam-packed hour! The soap will take a trip down memory lane by recreating scenes from the original GH broadcast, which aired on April 1, 1963. In those special scenes, characters from the first episode will be played by current cast members as Jason Thompson (Patrick) takes on the role of Dr. Steve Hardy, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) portrays Nurse Jesse Brewer and Ryan Carnes (Lucas) appears as Dr. Phil Brewer.
"For all fans that love GH, this is an episode you will not want to miss," says executive producer Frank Valentini, who will live-tweet that day using the hashtag #GH. "We will revisit that night on April 1, 1963, and expand the story, shedding new light on the past and addressing questions that GH fans have been dying to have answered."
Chief among those questions is the truth about what it is that happened to Luke (played by GH icon Anthony Geary) all those years ago that caused his mental break. Look for guest star Dee Wallace's Patricia to provide Luke, Bobbie and the rest of the Spencer family with some long-awaited answers.
Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michelle Stafford (Nina), who has landed a role in the Kickstarter-funded film Durant's Never Closes!
The indie movie stars Tom Sizemore as ladies' man Jack Durant, and tells his story over a single day at the mysterious restaurateur's steakhouse. Stafford is playing Suzie, the love of Jack's life. Pam Grier, Peter Bogdanovich and Michael Richards also appear in the film, which began production this week.
ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jesse McCartney (J.R.) is making another guest appearance on the ABC Family series YOUNG & HUNGRY in tonight's episode, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the episode titled "Young & Too Late," Gabi is freaking out about why Josh called off the wedding, and wonders if she should be with him or McCartney's character, Cooper. But it's another character entirely who makes a shocking discovery! Tune in for all the laughs tonight!
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Nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced next Tuesday, March 31, live on THE TALK! Tune in at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST/CST) to see which of your favorite soap actors will be vying for the gold. (If you miss that broadcast, encores will air on Pop -- the cable network hosting the ceremony -- later that evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST/PST.)
The Daytime Emmy Awards airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST. The following day, Monday, April 27, THE TALK will continue the celebration with their fourth annual "After Party," honoring some of the biggest winners from the previous night. (Those guests will be announced early that morning.)
We've seen ALL MY CHILDREN's Carrie Genzel (Skye) play lawyers, federal agents, love interests, mothers and femme fatales, but in the new horror flick, Dead Rising: Watchtower, fans will see her in a scenario much closer to her own personality: She's hilarious! "It's based on a really successful series of videogames about a zombie apocalypse," the actress relates. "I play Susan Collier, the newscaster whom you'll see a lot in the movie, and Rob Riggle [MODERN FAMILY, THE DAILY SHOW, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE] plays Frank West, the hero of the first videogame and one of my reporters."
While the fright fest continues in the outside world from which there are dire reports and updates about the flesh-eaters ("I have an exchange with Jesse Metcalf's [DALLAS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES] character, who's feeding me stories live from the quarantine zone," she reveals), in the newsroom, a totally different reality exists. "At the beginning of the film, when Frank comes in, she really thinks this is gonna be the interview that truly propels her career," Genzel previews. "But as they interact, he's a know-it-all, he's sarcastic, he's hitting on her... there's some really funny, candid moments where she just starts breaking down on camera."
Look for Genzel to begin reporting on all of the crazy zombie drama when the film begins streaming exclusively on Crackle beginning Friday, March 27, but you can watch a teaser trailer for it by clicking here. For information about the actress' other exciting projects, check out her upcoming Keeping Track feature in ABC Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, April 27.
Daytime newcomer Brytni Sarpy made her debut on the March 20 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL playing Valerie, the daughter of Luke and Bobbie's long-lost sister, Patricia. "So happy to finally announce my role as Valerie Spencer," Sarpy posted on her Web site. "Excited to be a part of the GH family."
That was sure fast! In one 37-minute episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, Elizabeth and Jake confessed their feelings for each other, had their first kiss, their first date and were just about to head up to her bedroom for their first "other stuff" when there was a knock on the door and, well, that was the end of their happiness! Just like that. We jest not. It went that fast. And the unexpected visitor wasn't the Avon lady, UPS man or kid wanting to paint Liz's address on her curb. It was Jake's "wife." Or, at least, a woman saying she was Jake's wife because we Jake's wife was actually Sam... but let's not go there just yet.
Over an unexciting game of Battleship in the Shadybrook rec room, Nina reaffirmed her commitment to Franco, saying she would never leave his side. Alexis and Scotty arrived with news of Nina and Franco's court appearances the following day. While Alexis strongly advised Nina to forget about Franco and drop the crazy act before her hearing, Scotty pointed out to Franco that if his condition didn't improve, he'd be remanded to Shadybrook for the rest of his life! Both Franco and Nina admitted to their counsel that they were faking, which brought up all sorts of other questions in Franco's head. Like, did he really want to be the reason Nina spent the rest of her life in a sanitarium?
Sonny gave Spinelli a lesson or two in boxing to prepare for his duel with Nathan in the ring. Sonny's advice: dodge Nathan's punches and hope he exhausts himself. Then, at the right moment, POW! Knock Nathan's lights out! Meanwhile, Maxie managed to get out of Dante that Nathan and Spinelli were duking it out. "They're having a prize fight and I'm the prize?" she asked Dante. Oh, she was not happy. She rushed to the boxing gym and, just as she walked in, Nathan delivered a knockout blow to Spinelli's face!
Lulu and Tracy arrived at Patricia's apartment but were surprised to see a young woman of color living there. She was Valerie, Pat's daughter. She regretfully announced that her mother, who, unfortunately, had passed away, never gave any indication that she had siblings. Tracy wanted to discuss the situation in further detail, but Valerie was not going to let that happen... because Fluke was inside the door, pointing a gun at her!
Silas checked in on Ava, who was growing weaker by the day. She was hoping for a positive progress report, but he was forced to admit that the chemotherapy wasn't fighting her aggressive form of cancer and her condition was worsening. To put it succinctly, the odds for survival were not in her favor. Hopeless and in agony, Ava cried out, "You wanna help me, fine. I'll tell you how you can help me -- you can kill me!"
Monday on GH: Jake and Liz don't know what to make of Hayden's claim, Maxie is horrified by Nathan's actions, and Ava tries to convince Silas that the right thing to do is to help her die with dignity! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!