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Billy Miller Is GH's New Jason!

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It turns out that the rumor was true: Billy Miller is about to join GENERAL HOSPITAL in the role of Jason Morgan! The buzz has been building for a while now that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum (he played Billy) would be assuming the role vacated by Steve Burton (now Y&R's Dylan). The soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini revealed the news today on Twitter after a playful banter with headwriter Ron Carlivati about some "big" GH news.

"I am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy," Valentini said in a statement. "Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining the GH family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast."

With the presumed-dead Jason's wife, Sam, currently getting involved with Patrick (who wasn't crazy about his own wife, Robin, leaving her family behind to go bring Jason back to life) let's just say that the character's return is going to turn Port Charles upside-down!

Valentini hasn't released details of when we can expect to see Miller first air, but we'll definitely keep you up to date as more information is announced. How do you feel about this casting?

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Port Charles Hits Boston!

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East Coast GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, a bunch of fan favorite actors are coming "Back To Beantown!" The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 5, with Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) hosting "Dinner With Mutter" from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 6, you can spend the morning with Rick Hearst (Ric) from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Then, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., you'll be able to get up-close and personal with Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), and close out the evening with Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!

It'll be worth getting up early on Sunday, September 7, because Wally Kurth (Ned) is promising to serenade his fans with some new songs at his event from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. And closing out the weekend is Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky), hosting his own event from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

All the events will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Cambridge in Cambridge, MA, just minutes from downtown Boston. Tickets for each event are $85. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.YourNumberOneFan.com. You can E-mail debbyoconnor@aol.com or fax (949) 552-3365 if you have any questions about the events.

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Cast Your Vote #37

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Would you like to see Sam and Patrick pursue a relationship or stay friends?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 4. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Who Is GH's Peter Harrell?

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Even the most schooled GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers may have heard the name Peter Harrell on today's episode and thought, "Who?" If that was your reaction to the man from Felicia's past, we're here to fill you in!

Thirty years ago, Frisco came across a ring at a charity auction. Thinking it simply a piece of costume jewelry, he purchased it... only to have Felicia Jones (dressed as a boy, by the way!) try to steal it from beneath his mattress! Almost immediately, sparks flew between the pair. When she injured herself after attempting to flee with the purloined ring, he took her to General Hospital and, thanks to some lurking thugs, realized that the blonde beauty was in danger! Eventually, between bouts of bickering, Felicia revealed that she was an honest-to-gosh Princess, and that the ring was part of a collection. In fact, when paired with a scepter, the ring would reveal the location of the entire treasure trove!

So where, exactly, was the scepter? In the possession of Felicia's ex-fiance, Peter Harrell! It also happened that former WSB big wig Sean Donely and his mistress, Cruz, were hot on the trail of the treasure, too. Turned out that not only was Sean a former WSB leader, he just happened to have an extensive knowledge of Aztec culture! Having been framed (by Peter) for a murder he didn't commit, Luke was laying low at Sean's hacienda while his good pal Robert Scorpio helped clear his name. Cruz eventually left to "care for her ailing mom"... but in reality, she was teaming up with Peter!

Eventually, Peter tricked Felicia into handing over the ring. For those keeping track, this meant the sceptor-bearing baddie was now in possession of everything he needed to claim the treasure! Peter and Donely managed to open the vault and find the treasure. Sean was all set to double-cross Peter. But in the resulting chase through the jungle, Peter fell to his death over a waterfall. Ever the sly fox, Sean made sure the hiding place was secure and acted like he'd never found anything. "Treasure?" he basically asked. "What treasure?"

Except, of course, this being Port Charles... well, who really thinks Peter died from the tumble? I'm gonna guess you're new around these parts...

Before long, Peter showed up in Port Charles again, luring Felicia to an abandoned railroad car. Despite being in love with Frisco and having no interest in her ex, Felicia couldn't resist going to his side after he promised that the treasure could be hers! Felicia called Tony to treat Peter, who revealed to his doc that Sean had the treasure. Unfortunately, before Tony could share this bit of news, he was shot in the head! As for Peter, he managed to escape, fleeing to Brazil!

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Another OLTL Star To DAYS

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Another fan-favorite actress from ONE LIFE TO LIVE is about to join DAYS OF OUR LIVES! Melissa Archer (Natalie) has been cast on the NBC sudser, and is reportedly already filming and should air in the fall.

Her former OLTL castmate Kassie DePaiva (Blair; now DAYS' Eve) gushed about the news on Twitter, posting a photo of the two of them together and writing "Welcome to Salem! Good times coming!"

UPDATE: Our friends over at TV Line have learned that Archer will be making her first appearance in Salem on Friday, December 5, as Serena. The character may be new, but she reportedly has ties to someone in Salem. Who do you think she's connected to?

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Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes Daughter

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It's a girl! ABC Daytime alums Terrell Tilford (Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and wife Victoria Platt (Corinne, ALL MY CHILDREN) are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop, who currently plays THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Barton, shared in a Twitter announcement complete with an adorable photo.

The couple met on the set of GUIDING LIGHT -- he played David and she played Vicky -- and married on September 29, 2001, in New Orleans in a ceremony that was documented for the TLC series A WEDDING STORY. Congratulations to the new parents!

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Mum's The Word For Penny

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On ALL MY CHILDREN, Sydney Penny's Julia had her fair share of trouble and angst as a young woman. Perhaps that experience will help the actress relate to her new role as Leona, the mother of tormented teen Mona Vanderwaal on ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. But how much does Leona really know about Mona's disturbing activities? "Leona is aware to the degree that mothers are aware of things," Penny chuckles. "I think that she sees her daughter in the way that parents see their children: in the very best light and in a protective way."

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Maybe Just One More Time!

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Oh, that Carly. She's one smart cookie... unless it has to do with Sonny, and then she's deaf, dumb and just about as blind as one woman can be.

That passion-filled night Carly and Sonny spent together doing "you know what" felt all too comfortable for both of them. While Sonny was clear about their special connection, Carly was sailing down that long, wide river known as "De-Nile." She showed up at his office the next day to nip their affair in the bud. In that nonchalant, charmingly cocky way of his he said, "I figured you'd come by eventually." In other words, "You want a second helping of Sonny love? Not a problem, baby."

Carly threw a notepad at him at the mere suggestion that she (*gasp*) liked making love with him. In the bright light of day, she wanted to tell him that she is in love with Franco and she will never sleep with Sonny again. Uh huh. It didn't take much but for Sonny to get up from behind his desk, lock the door, stroll over to her and gaze longingly at her lips for the clothes to start coming off again! Yes, in his office, they got "down to business"!

Nina was wired in that crazy-eyed kind of way. She had been shooed out of the apartment she shares with Silas so he could have a private conversation with Sam and she was fighting mad! Plus, news that Ava was expecting baby number two when Nina had zero young'uns was unthinkable! "Ava has a daughter, and now she has another baby! Me, I don't have any! No babies! Do you get it?!" she asked her bewildered nurse. Nina's baby obsession was off the charts. "If Silas won't give me a baby, I'm gonna find somebody else who will," Nina said confidently. "I don't have to cheat on Silas. There are other ways to get a baby." Someone needs to be very afraid!

While Patrick filled in Sabrina on the truth behind Robin's absence and their split, Sam (who must have gotten the same memo Sabrina did about it being royal blue day in Port Charles) uncovered some important info about the car accident from Rafe's things. She and Silas found amongst the teen's belongings $500 cash and his cell phone. Going through his call long, they spotted a mysterious entry labeled as "D." Conversation led to her growing friendship with Patrick and Silas' commitment to Nina. The chat did not end well, and she left with both of them feeling not so good. When she was gone, Silas found one more item in Rafe's things: a Crichton-Clark business card.

Meanwhile, Ava told Julian that Luke wants her to kill Michael because he ruined Luke's plan to take over ELQ. She couldn't do that because it would devastate Kiki! She didn't understand how Luke could have become such a ruthless criminal. Julian explained it succinctly, "He isn't Luke Spencer."

Monday, Ava vows to keep Kiki safe and word spreads about Maxie and Lulu's kidnapping! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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OLTL's Kelly Returns To War!

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In the new Universal Studios Home Entertainment release, Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire, Josh Kelly (Cutter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars in a role he was made for. The son of a Naval officer and himself a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq prior to becoming an actor, Kelly plays the team leader for a group of supply Marines that get put into a challenging combat situation.

"The movie is about Marines banding together, relying on their training, and discovering purpose behind war," he says of the sequel to the popular 2005 film based on Anthony Swofford's similarly titled book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in the Persian Gulf. "This one takes place in Afghanistan in modern time. It has a lot to do with the Taliban and restricting women's rights... it's pretty topical."

Although it's been a decade since Kelly was a man in uniform himself, he says that his own experience doing combat operations proved useful. "It was interesting — I found my brain reverting back into team leader mode. I was becoming a lot more tactical as we were pretending to be tactical," he reveals of playing Corporal Chris Merrimette in the action-adventure film. "I pretty much became the tech advisor [on set] and made sure that everyone maintained tactical awareness."

Still being "in theater" is tough on everyone, even those who initially thought that they wanted to be in the thick of it. "Merrimette is a middle American, good guy who's got a pregnant wife at home. He's questioning whether or not he should be in the war and whether or not he's going to stay," Kelly previews. " So he is, I guess, kind of what I would've been like had I not wanted to become an actor and stayed in the military."

Look for the ensemble film, which also stars Stephen Lang (SALEM), Cole Hauser (ROGUE) and Esai Morales (CRIMINAL MINDS), to release direct to Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on Tuesday, August 19, and watch a trailer by clicking here.

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Details On GH's Time Change!

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Last week, ABC confirmed that GENERAL HOSPITAL would be returning to a 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST timeslot in a few markets, back to where it aired for 25 years. And today, we can tell you that the change will go into effect on Monday, September 8, in the following eight markets: San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and Raleigh-Durham.

Be sure to update your DVRs in the next few weeks so you don't miss a minute of GH!

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