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GH Fan Favorite Is Engaged!

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Congratulations to Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who has just announced her engagement! A few weeks after tweeting that she had some big personal news to share, the QUEENS OF DRAMA star has let the cat out of the bag!

"Ok!!! Here is my news. Finally!" she shared on Instagram. "I got a mani after exactly 1 year & we are planning our wedding." The actress wrote a follow-up on Twitter, revealing that her simple, yet elegant, gold band engagement ring once belonged to Audrey Hepburn, and that her fiancé (whom she's only called her "cowboy" on Twitter) got down on one knee to pop the question while dressed in his police uniform.

"Thank you for sharing in our excitement," gushed Marcil, adding that she and her beau plan to tie the knot next summer.

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UPDATE: More Emmy Announcements!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has already announced many of the actors who are slated to present at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and now they've revealed some more surprises!

Look for Eileen Davidson (Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Kristen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) will be joining the ranks of presenters, as will the cast of the new reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA (which premiers directly following the ceremony), Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT; Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).

As a special tribute to the fans of daytime drama, the ceremony will also feature some special fan awards, including Favorite Daytime Hottie, Most Romantic Duo and Favorite OMG! Moment. You can vote on those by clicking here.

Producers are also promising many surprises and star appearances, including teasing that the evening will reunite two soap star legends! So be sure not to miss this year's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!

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All Hail These Queens!

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Move over, housewives, there are some new ladies on the block... and they are here to show you how to bring the drama! In one of the smartest programming moves we've seen in ages, Pop (formerly the TV Guide Network) will air the pilot of their sudsy new reality show, QUEENS OF DRAMA, at 10 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 26th, directly after this year's live telecast of the Daytime Emmy Awards.

So is QUEENS worth sticking around for? Only if you want to see some of your favorite former daytimers butting heads as they attempt to create a whole new soap. Do parts feel wildly scripted? Without doubt. But where else are you going to see Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) give an epic eyeroll to Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING) before declaring she feels "completely insulted" and walking out of a meeting?

And that's before DYNASTY's Joan Collins (Alexis) has even made her first appearance.

In short, this is the reality show soap fans have been waiting for. Following Sunday's premiere, QUEENS — which also stars Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS — will air Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET beginning on April 29th.

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Ellsworth's Killer Role

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Kiko Ellsworth (Jamal) played a vampire on PORT CHARLES, and now he's taking a bite out of CRIMINAL MINDS via a plum guest role in the Wednesday, April 22, episode titled "Mr. Scratch."

"I'm playing a man named Daniel Karras who, through an unfortunate event, is accused of killing a female member of his family that he'd been very close to," Ellsworth relates. "Only he doesn't remember doing it, and he's deeply broken up over what has happened."

In the episode, Daniel will actually be one of three people (another is played by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Thad Luckinbill [ex-J.T.]) implicated in the crime, and all of them claim to have been attacked by a clawed shadow monster! Can the Behavioral Analysis Unit figure out who — or what — might be controlling their minds?

For Ellsworth, the opportunity to be a part of this storyline was meaningful to him personally. For the last several years, he's been committed to the empowerment of women and bringing awareness to domestic violence via the charity Safe Passage, as well through teaching self-defense classes. "If I can prevent one man from hitting, raping, murdering, kidnapping or sex-trafficking a female," Ellsworth suggests, "Then hopefully the pain that my character goes through can prevent [what happens in the episode] from happening to one woman." Tune it at 9:00 p.m. EST on CBS to catch it!

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GH Friday Recap: Nik Just Cannot Resist Hayden!

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That Hayden is a real go-getter. When it comes to men, she's as subtle as a flying brick. In need of a little human contact, as they say, she looked up Nikolas' phone number on the Internet (under "L" for "lonely dark prince") and gave him a call. "I'm ravenous. How about coming over here and buttering my muffin?" She was not talking about brunch! Nikolas not only rejected her, he discouraged any kind of further contact. But she still didn't get the hint. "Is this because we're blackmailing each other?" she asked. Now there's something you only hear said on soap operas! He hung up, but that didn't slow her down. She wanted him, and she him pronto!

Hayden hopped on a boat, made her way to Spoon Island and made it clear in no uncertain terms that she meant business... monkey business! "I'm open to any and all positions, by the way," she said nonchalantly. She threatened to leave, but he grabbed her and pulled her into a passionate kiss. They both fumbled to get undressed right there in the Wyndemere parlor, only to metaphorically be doused with cold water ala hurricane Alexis. While Hayden slipped out, Alexis scurried in in search of the truth about Helena.

After gobbling down a mouthful of blueberry muffins, Sam answered a knock on Patrick's front door. It was Jake, there to deliver Sam's car and a trunkful of her belongings. He apologized for that little, old "human shield" incident a few months back, but she was already over it. Patrick slipped in and looked rather displeased at their connection but was too much a gentleman to say so. After helping Sam unload her car, Jake tossed her the keys, missing her by a mile and landing on the floor. More specifically, they landed on floor, under the sofa next to Jason's wedding ring!

Ric's attempt to woo Liz with flowers was working like a charm... until Pete showed up at her door! While Liz was getting gussied up for dinner, a nervous Ric ushered Pete to Liz's front porch. There, Pete threatens to expose Ric's role in bringing Jake's so-called wife to town if he doesn't pay him an additional ten grand.

Meanwhile, Spinelli told a thrilled Carly that he found some dirt on Hayden. Apparently, right before showing up in Port Charles, she came into a very large sum of money. Itching for more info on Jake's supposed wife, Carly handed Spinelli a skeleton key and told him to sneak into Hayden room and see what else he could find. Just as Spinelli approached, Pete and Hayden stepped out of her room. Spinelli hid around the corner, but he was close enough to hear them conspiring.

At the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia was both grateful and upset that Ned gave up his ELQ stock in exchange for Franco's silence about her baby daddy. After and in-and-out visit from Alexis, Ned admitted that the reason he went to such an extent to protect her was because he had feelings for her. "It's you. It's always been you," he told her as she wept. Promising that Franco would never get away with blackmailing them.

Monday on GH, Nikolas is in panic mode, Carly has suspicions about Ric and Valerie is quickly wearing out her welcome at the Falconeri abode! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Daytime Emmy Awards Presenters Announced!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the first round of presenters for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Tyra Banks will host the ceremony, airing live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST.

Joining GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan) on the stage as presenters will be THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Goddard (Cane), Justin Hartley (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea); from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Jacob Young (Rick), Karla Mosley (Maya) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline); and DAYS OF OUR LIVES trio Christopher Sean (Paul), Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Guy Wilson (Will). Additionally, Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS), Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, Y&R), Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, Craig Ferguson, Nancy O'Dell and Alex Trebek will present on stage during the broadcast.

Additional presenters will be announced prior to the awards show, so check back for updates!

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The Ryans Head To Florida!

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Pack your bags and head on South with GENERAL HOSPITAL hunks Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan)! The guys are just some of the daytime stars scheduled to attend the Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, taking place from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, on beautiful Marco Island. The other celebrities appearing are THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Carrigan (Stitch) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael); DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Melissa Archer (Serena), Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Christopher Sean (Paul); and daytime alums Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance, Y&R; Coop, GL).

Some of the weekend events include a kick-off dinner, a karaoke sing-along at a local watering hole where the celebrities will be playing bartender, a cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess and much more! For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.theateronmarco.com.

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Lowry Stops The Ride

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Michael Lowry is slipping back into the kind of doctor duds he wore as Jake on ALL MY CHILDREN for his brief role in The Longest Ride. "It was quite the déjà vu experience," he tells In Depth. Based on the best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks, the romantic drama is about a former champion bull-rider (Scott Eastwood, Fury) whose attempt to re-ignite his career hits a serious snag in the form of some ominous news. "I worked with Eastwood and the female lead, Britt Robertson (UNDER THE DOME)," Lowry reveals. "I basically delivered the 'heed-my-words-or-else' good doctor advice." The movie, which also features Alan Alda, is now in theaters.

For more from the actor, including details about his intriguing role on the new Sony PlayStation drama, POWERS, check out his Soaps In Depth Old Friends feature in the issue that goes on sale Monday, May 18.

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GH's Chambers Finds A New Role

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Siobhan ruffled feathers with Elizabeth when she found her way into Lucky's heart. Now her portrayer, Erin Chambers, is the other woman again, this time on MTV's hit drama, FINDING CARTER. "I'm playing Hillary, a young lady who works at the college as the teaching assistant of David Wilson (played by Alexis Denisof), the [married] dad on the show," Chambers reveals of her recurring role this season. "There's lots of flirting and a definite attraction between the two of them. I don't want to give it away, but they like each other a lot."

Perhaps it's her spunky personality or maybe it's her flaming red hair, but Chambers appears to be a good fit to play a mischief-maker like this one. "I'm a good girl with an edge in real life, so these edgy characters are always kind of fun for me," she maintains. "I don't really get to play them all that often." The actress, who has been commuting from Los Angeles to the FINDING CARTER set in Atlanta for shooting, says that she'll appear in at least four episodes.

"I hope that people will watch the show and be interested in her," Chambers offers. "I'm curious to see what the reaction's gonna be like." Tune in to catch her beginning with the episode airing Tuesday, April 14, at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more from the actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, May 11.

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OLTL Alum's Super-Powered Crossover!

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Brandon Routh (Seth, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is bringing his Ray Palmer character from ARROW to THE FLASH tonight in an episode titled "All-Star Team Up," which will air Tuesday, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW .

In tonight's episode, Barry (aka The Flash, played by Grant Gustin) is surprised when Felicity arrives from Starling City along with Ray. The pair is visiting Central City (The Flash's home base) because Ray needs assistance with his super-powered suit he wears as The Atom. The heroes will need to leap into action after a villain unleashes scores of robotic bees on some unsuspecting folks!

This is, of course, Routh's second super-hero part having played the title role in 2006's Superman Returns. But how does Ray/The Atom differ from Superman/Clark Kent? "In their humanity, they're drastically different," Routh tells Soaps In Depth. "There are some similarities between Clark and Ray in that they're both 'geeked out' a little bit in their enthusiasm for life. They have similar moral standings, I think. Ray can live the life he wants to live but Superman can't — only vicariously through Clark."

The Atom suit is also far different from the tights worn by The Man Of Steel, which Routh says will help audiences accept him as another super-powered hero. "They told me [this costume] wasn't going to be like anything I've worn before."

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