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Geary's Final GH Air date Revealed!

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Prepare yourselves, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans! The Associated Press revealed today that Anthony Geary (Luke) will make his last appearance in his decades-spanning role on Monday, July 27.

The soap has been pulling out all the stops for Luke's final adventure, revisiting classic storylines and characters. For exclusive details on the storyline that will usher the Emmy-winning actor off the canvas, pick up the next ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale this Friday!

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Craig & Thiebaud Engaged!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt), who became engaged over the weekend! Craig took advantage of a three-week break from the soap to whisk longtime girlfriend Thiebaud to Bali for a romantic vacation celebrating their two year anniversary... and pop the question!

"I'm totally stoked," Craig told Soaps In Depth just after taping his final scenes and heading to Bali. "I'm sure she knows I'm going to ask sometime soon, but I hope she's not expecting it on this trip!"

The actor was so proud of selecting what he believes is "the perfect ring" that he couldn't resist showing it off in the GH make-up room before the break, swearing excited co-stars Haley Erin (Kiki), Brytni Sarpy (Valerie) and Emme Rylan (Lulu) to secrecy.

It was a 20-hour flight to their romantic getaway, but Craig was determined to refrain from proposing until just the right moment... or at least until they got off the plane! "I won't be able to wait past the first day," he admitted, "so I know that's when I'll ask her."

And sure enough, on Sunday, June 28, Craig posted a photo of Thiebaud proudly showing off her ring on Instagram with the caption "She said yes!" Best wishes to the happy couple!

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GH Friday Recap: Ric And Madeline Become Bed Buddies!

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Did you miss today's GENERAL HOSPITAL? We'll fill you in on all the excitement!

Looking for a guarantee that Ric was on her side, Madeline planted him with a big wet kiss...and he didn't fight back one bit! After a few seconds, he gained his composure and pulled away, reminding her that he's a married man. She got a good laugh out of that one, considering it was pretty clear his marriage to Nina was just the means to an end. Ric did his darndest to resist temptation, but, oh that Madeline proved she knew a thing or two about seduction. He picked her up and carried her into the bedroom!

As Carly and Kiki watched in amusement from the sidelines, Nina confronted Denise about Franco's claim that they were dating. To everybody's amazement, Denise played along and, in fact, after noticing that Morgan was watching, she grabbed Franco and pulled him into a kiss. Nina was, like, "Huh?" and then swiftly returned to her suite... where Ric and Madeline were doing the nasty in the other room! A rattled Ric emerged in a robe, saying he took a shower. Nina was as cold as ice, explaining that Franco said that her mother was out of jail thanks to her crack attorney. "You wouldn't happen to know anything about that, would you?" she asked.

Dante couldn't shake the realization that Lulu had been lying to him. When she called, his suspicion was confirmed that she wasn't visiting Lake Cuomo with her grandma Lesley. When he asked to speak with Lesley, Lulu gave that tired old excuse, "um, she's taking a nap." Like Dante would buy that. When they hung up, Valerie happened to arrive. He was fired up and ready to confront his wife face-to-face, but she got him to simmer down and have some dinner. Their eyes locked... and he kissed her.

Meanwhile, Lulu was with Dillon in Vancouver, looking for her parents. After hacking into their hotel database, Lulu found a room registered to Lloyd and Lucy Johnson, the aliases they used back in the 80's when they were on the run from Frank Smith's mob. When Lulu and Dillon got to that room, they found Luke and Laura hidden inside with guns drawn! They explained that Jennifer told them to wait it out there for further contact. After the kids left, Luke and Laura heard someone fidgeting with the doorknob. The door opened slowly. It was a pistol packin' Holly!

Sabrina offered a comforting shoulder to Michael, who was pained by his estrangement from his family. As she saw it, there was one certain way for him to have a relationship with his father and that would be for him to give Sonny back his baby daughter. "Returning A.J. might be the way to move past all the hurt and the anger on both sides and start rebuilding," she reasoned. Later that evening, Sonny was thrilled to have T. J. move in. He told Carly that, as it was, it felt like a big, empty house but, with T.J. there, it was brought back to life. Sonny's bodyguard announced that there was a visitor, and Michael walked in... and Sabrina strolled in behind him with Avery.

Monday on GH, Michael returns Avery to Sonny, Dante and Valerie grow closer, Nina is suspicious of Ric, Morgan questions Denise about Franco, and Holly reveals what she knows about Lucky's disappearance! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Where Has Holly Been?

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Where trouble goes, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Holly Sutton (played by the lovely Emma Samms) often follows. Need a little refresher on what went down the last time we saw the Brit beauty now that she's back on the scene? Read on!

Life was very different for Luke a couple of years back. Suffering from Polonium poisoning courtesy of Helena Cassadine, Luke set off on a desperate quest to find the antidote. Aware that Jerry Jacks had survived a similar poisoning, a weakening Luke hit the road to find the elusive Mr. Jacks and, hopefully, a cure.

Luke began his search at a Swiss bank with ties to the elusive Jerry. While there, a veiled gunman whipped off their mask to reveal Holly underneath! It turned out she had been sitting vigib by the bedside of an unconscious Robert in a nearby clinic. Needing help in hacking the bank's security systems for a lead on Jerry's latest whereabouts, Luke had turned to Holly, who'd been more than happy to offer a hand..

Holly and Luke's search first lead them to Sean Donely and then to a home in Corinth, Pennsylvania. There they encountered Obrecht, who admitted she had created the Polonium cure. During an alone moment, Obrecht suggested that she would bring Robert out of his coma if Holly let her go. When Luke returned, he found Holly knocked out cold and Obrecht missing! Although Holly went off in search of Jerry and Obrecht, that was the last she'd been seen... until now!

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Co-Stars Say Good-bye To Anthony Geary

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Yesterday, Anthony Geary taped his final scenes as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke Spencer, a role he's played for 37 years. After the iconic star walked out of the ABC studio for the last time (following a farewell party on the set), his colleagues took to social media to share their praise and adoration for the Emmy winner. (His final episode will air in late July.)

"To the legend Tony Geary," Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared on Twitter. "Not just a great actor, but a great guy and I'm proud to call him my friend." Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) simply stated, "Tony Geary = MAGIC. That is all."

Sharing a photo on Instagram, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) wrote that "Some of my very first scenes were with Tony Geary. He was so beautiful. Artist. Gentleman. Will miss him." TV nephew Ryan Carnes (Lucas) called him a "living legend," while Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) shared that "It was a very moving farewell to a soap opera legend! I'll always remember my start on GH with Tony Geary fondly!"

Be sure to check out the next few ABC issues of Soaps In Depth as we continue our tribute to the beloved star.

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Meet Luke's Ex!

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Need a refresher course on Jennifer Smith, the woman who showed up on GENERAL HOSPITAL to make life complicated for Luke and Laura? Well, read on...

It all began back in 1980, when Luke was working for the Port Charles godfather at the time, Frank Smith. Having set his sights on taking control of Smith's legit businesses in town, Luke correctly assumed that the man's young, beautiful and pampered daughter, Jennifer, held the key. Although Luke's heart belonged to Laura, he and Jennifer decided to get married... aboard Smith's yacht, no less.

As the ceremony got underway, Scott boarded the boat and, having just learned that Luke raped Laura a year previous, punched the groom in the face! Luke fell into the water and was presumed dead. But in reality, he and Laura had fled Port Charles in an effort to not only stay alive, but find evidence which could bring down Frank Smith's criminal empire!

Fast forward to 1994. Luke and Laura went in search of Jennifer and eventually caught up with her in Atlantic City with her then husband, Billy "Baggs" Boggs (played by Rosanne and Tom Arnold). Jennifer still had the hots for Luke and, to make things even more uncomfortable, Baggs was itching for a wild time with Laura, too! Luke and Laura were finally able to escape the couple's attempt at "swinging" by threatening to expose them as crooks.

Eight years later, Jennifer (this time played by Sally Struthers) kidnapped Luke and Laura. Jennifer wanted to finally make Luke her lawfully wedded husband, and warned that if he refused, Laura was as good as dead! Seeing no way out of the literal shotgun marriage, Luke agreed... but arranged for his pay Roy Di Lucca to pose as the minister, thus invalidating the union. Once again defeated in her attempts to claim Luke's heart, Jennifer exited and hasn't been heard from since... until now (and this time portrayed by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Cassie, Holly Gagnier)!

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Paevey Unplugged!

RyanPaevey.jpg GH's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) went from total obscurity to being one of the most talked about new faces on daytime, all in a year and a half. Although the kind of instant popularity and recognizability he has experienced might shake most people, Paevey refuses to let fame change him. In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, he talks about how he's balanced living in a goldfish bowl with his desire to remain a "normal guy."

Paevey also talks about his moonlighting job as a correspondent for the show EXTRA, shares which superstar made him speechless and reveals which hot young actress admitted to having a crush on!

For more with the heartthrob, pick up the new issue... on sale now!

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Exclusive: First Look At Sudsville's Shows!

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SudsvilleTV is set to launch in October (at www.SudsvilleTV.com) and they have given Soaps In Depth a first look at the new network's line-up of programming! (All times listed are EST, and with the exception of the drama YEAR ROUNDERS, which will clock in at just under an hour, each show is 30 minutes.)

Check out the programming slate below as described by the folks at Sudsville, and then let us know in the comments which show you are most excited to see!

AM SUDSVILLE: At 11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, join the show's three hosts for celebrity interviews, questions from viewers and recaps of your favorite programs.

MONDAYS

8:00 p.m. Hosted by Michael O'Leary (Rick, GUIDING LIGHT), MICHAEL'S AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE will debut in December. In each of the 10 episodes, three lucky contestants will face off to win a $1,000 prize -- and dinner with Michael and his co-host. The winners from each of the 10 episodes will advance to the Tournament Of Champions round and compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (The show will also have a campy fictional storyline featuring Michael's new bride, optimistic mom and cantankerous dad!)

8:30 p.m. In a reality/game show hybrid, handsome host Cody Blymire takes three grannies on wacky and wild adventures around New York City in GRANDMAS UNLEASHED!

TUESDAYS

8:00 p.m. Learn how to look like your favorite soap star (without spending a million bucks!) on THE FASHION REPORT.

8:30 p.m. In BELLA, BELLA, follow some of Manhattan's best hair and make-up artists and stylists around to the high-fashion events that are quintessentially New York City.

WEDNESDAYS

8:00 p.m. WASH OUT contestants get a choice between answering a question or doing a stunt as they vie to win a cash prize. (As long as they don't get washed out first!)

8:30 p.m. REENACT! Follows fictional former soap star Brad Cain and his brother, Benny, as they launch a company to supply low-cost reenactments to cable television's true crime shows.

THURSDAYS

8:00 p.m. SudsvilleTV's original drama, YEAR ROUNDERS, is set in a New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy. Look for some familiar faces from daytime to lead the cast when the drama debuts in December.

FRIDAYS

8:00 p.m. Four aspiring performers try to break into show biz in ACTOR/WAITER.

8:30 p.m. Follow the journey of 10 empty nesters/divorceés as they return to the workforce late in life on SECOND LOOK AT MY LIFE.

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Cast Your Vote #27

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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: Do you believe Julian has a right to know his son is alive?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 25. 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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Watch Stafford's New Web Series!

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The new web series from Michelle Stafford (Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has launched today on NickMom.com! Titled The Secret Mind Of A Single Mom, the short vignettes are written and directed by Stafford and star herself and five-year-old daughter Natalia as they bring to life some of the hilariously awkward moments every mother with a little girl can relate to!

So far, Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 and Episode 4 are available online, with each running a couple minutes apiece. They're short, they're cute, and if you're a mom, you'll totally get it! Click the links to watch and keep an eye out for more episodes on NickMom.com!

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