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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 like Kiki better with Michael or Morgan?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Monday, December 8. 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:

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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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GH's Benard Boogies!

Did you know that GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) has got moves? Well, his wife Paula really wanted everyone to know he does, recording this fun video of the actor goofing off to some classic James Brown with on-screen sons Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Chad Duell (Michael). Enjoy!

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Mathison Returns to TVLAND!

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Earlier this year, ALL MY CHILDREN's Cameron Mathison (Ryan) got the laughs as Joy's boyfriend on TV Land's HOT IN CLEVELAND. But when he returns to the network for a guest appearance in the Wednesday, December 3 episode of THE EXES, he won't be making friends. Rather, he's there to make a deal! "I'm definitely the straight guy [in this comedy]," Mathison acknowledges of his role as Haskell's lousy, long-lost brother. "He comes back seemingly to get close again, but ultimately needing a kidney!"

The former soap star says that working with the talented cast of comics, including SEINFELD icon Wayne Knight as Haskell, was the best part of the experience. "It was a whole week! We rehearsed for four days and then shot [live] it in a day," he relates. "It was so fun to watch these incredibly funny guys go through their own processes, and it was a very cool schedule. I loved it." Might Mathison turn up on the show again? "Yeah, anytime you're playing family of the regular cast there's always a possibility," he says. "Working for TV Land has been pretty good!"

The episode airs at 10:30 on Wednesday, December 3, on TV Land, but you can watch a sneak peek right here!

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Grahn Gets An Extra Job!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) has been teasing us for months about the upcoming abc.com project she's been working on, and "now" the news is out! Set to launch in January, Grahn will host GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW. Part talk show and part sketch comedy, the webisodes are bound to be a hoot! You can catch a sneak peek at abc.com, and then let us know what you think about the upcoming companion series in the comments below!

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Spend Christmas With The Bay!

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Throughout December, the award-winning Web drama THE BAY will return with two more exciting chapters of story which will be told weekly over the course of eight 20-minute episodes. The chapters will feature another tragic death, as well as address last summer's cliffhangers. Will Lianna (Jade Harlow, ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) find out about Janice's (Lilly Melgar, ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPTIAL) scintillating affair with young Peter? Will Lex (Tristan Rogers, Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) reveal the identity of the person that he thinks Peter's socialite mom, Sara (Mary Beth Evans, Kayla, DAYS) killed? And how might the return of Liza (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen, Roxy) affect his recent efforts to revive his relationship with Sara?

To help play out all of these storylines and more, a host of new faces will be joining the cast. "Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH) and Eric Nelsen (A.J., ALL MY CHILDREN) will play Sara's niece and nephew, Avery and Daniel, respectively," series creator Gregori J. Martin reveals. "Lindsay Hartley (Cara, AMC; ex-Arianna, DAYS) is coming in as a woman from Marly's (Martha Madison, ex-Belle, DAYS) past, Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) will appear in flashback as a younger Lee Nelson, and Judith McConnell (Sophia, SANTA BARBARA) will bring to life a role that fans have been anticipating for years!"

However, the news that has the Internet buzzing is that soap opera veteran A Martinez (best known as SB's Cruz) reunited with former castmates Lane Davies (Mackenzie; Mason, SB) and Nicolas Coster (Jack; Lionel, SB) on set when he taped his December 16 appearance on the show. "I'm playing Janice's father, Nardo. I'm trying to get information out of Lane's [police detective] character, whom the family thinks is not being forthcoming," Martinez offers. "And I got to be the voice of reason with Janice, as is a father's wont to do." Tune in to catch the first two new episodes, which will be released back to back, on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. EST.

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Video: GH's Bechtel Reads Soaps In Depth

Photographer Jim Warren caught pint-size GENERAL HOSPITAL star Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) checking out the latest issue of ABC Soaps In Depth and discovering a couple familiar faces inside!

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GH Recap: What's Helena Got Up Her Sleeve NOW?

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Thanksgiving brings with it family reunions, lurking villains and, of course, pizza with the Quartermaines!

Julian made good on his promise to Alexis and brought her to Miscavige to see Luke. When the door was opened to his padded room, she was shocked to see her old friend drugged and constrained in a straightjacket. She took a good chunk of the hour-long show to unbuckle and free him while he told her of his doppelganger. Seeing Julian in the doorway, Luke chewed him out for being in on the plot and shouted, "Run, Jerome. Run like a rat!"

Helena showed up at Liz's but it was Jake who greeted her. Her face was familiar but he didn't know why. He stepped into the kitchen to retrieve Liz and tell her about the visitor who remained nameless to him. But when they returned to the living room, Helena had disappeared. Shortly thereafter, Sam and Emma arrived with Patrick and Danny following closely behind. Danny and Jake seemed to instantly connect, much to Liz's delight. Sam, on the other hand, looked a little uncomfortable. Or maybe she was just afraid of Liz's cooking.

Obrecht showed up at Wyndemere with "a noodle dish" and a chip on her shoulder about Anna. Little did she know that Faison was spying on her and Britt from a nearby window. As Nathan arrived to join the holiday celebration, Helena caught Faison lurking outside. She bossed him around, he bit her head off, and she went off on her merry way. Moments later, Obrecht was alone in the room when she turned and saw her beloved Faison in the flesh!

The whole Agent Sloane/Faison/hole in the ground thing had given Anna quite a nasty headache, which only got worse when Duke walked in her office. His release from prison didn't change anything between them. He had found out via a rambling message from Obrecht what Anna and Robert had done to Faison. Duke likened his lying about Sonny to her lying to him about Faison. Although the word "poppycock" didn't come out of Anna's mouth, that's what her response summed up to be. For the sake of their relationship, Duke could forgive her, but she still couldn't forgive him. They were over.

Carly didn't want Sonny to spend Thanksgiving alone so she paid him a visit at Pentonville. He assured her that the guards and the prisoners hadn't messed with him so his name must still hold weight. Even though she was conflicted about giving him bad news, she broke it to him that Michael moved into the Quartermaine mansion and legally changed his last name. Emotionally hitting bottom, Sonny told her to go be with her family and then, after sharing one last glance, he left.

Thanksgiving at the Quartermaine's was kicked off with Olivia cheerfully arriving with a humongous box of cannoli. Monica joined the party with the announcement that Cook 2 was hit with food poisoning so the entire dinner had to be thrown out. That meant one thing: pizza! After everyone began to chow down, Alexis showed up and announced that there was someone they'd all want to see... and Luke walked in behind her!

Monday on GH, Luke's family reunion kicks off, Obrecht reacts to seeing Faison and Julian tells Jordan who's in charge! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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It's A Girl For GH's LoCicero!

Lisa_LoCicero70971.jpg If GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) wasn't already elated enough about expecting her second child next May, learning the baby's sex has her over the moon! "I've just gotten my head around the fact that I'm having a girl!" she beams.

"I was 100 percent certain it was a boy based on a wonderful psychic that Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) sent me to two years ago," the expectant mom says. "[The seer] said, 'There is a baby here that's trying to be born.' She had no idea that at the time I was thinking about having another one. She referred to it as 'him' and then explained his personality. She said I would get pregnant shortly before I turned 45... and she was exactly right! I mean, except for the boy part," LoCicero laughs.

LoCicero and her husband, Michael, have been trying to give their 13-year-old son, Lukas, a sibling for quite some time now, so the news was especially surprising. "Without going too much into it, it was sort of like the story that so many people have," she says. "Almost immediately after kind of giving up and saying, 'All right, one kid is plenty,' I literally got pregnant the next day. So we were pretty psyched."

Will LoCicero's pregnancy mean that Olivia will also be expecting a little bundle of joy? For the time being, GH is remaining tight-lipped.
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GH Recap: Luke Faces Off With Fluke!

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Anna's former protégée and current agent at the justice department, Kyle Sloane, was gung ho about prosecuting her for Faison's murder, and Obrecht was eager to help. There was, however, a crimp in their plan. "Faison is alive and I can prove it," the commish said. Although O wanted desperately to believe it, she couldn't and wouldn't get her hopes up, only for them to be dashed.

Anna told them the whole story, how she and Robert confronted Faison the night of Nikolas' engagement party. Aching to put an end to Faison's reign of terror, Anna was prepared to kill him. "I wanted to put my hands around his throat and squeeze," she said, adding, "I was this close... but I didn't do it." Anna would prove that she was telling the truth by taking Sloane and Obrecht to the place where she and Robert had held Faison captive all this time -- in a cell on Spoon Island that could be accessed through the Wyndemere stables. When they got there, Anna lifted a mat off the floor and revealed a trap door. When they opened the entrance to the underground dungeon, it was empty!

While Lulu distracted Larry at the Quartermaine mansion, Patrick and Sam posed as husband and wife to get into Larry's safe deposit box at the bank. With a lock pick and a duplicate key, she opened the box, only to find another locked box inside! Their investigation was cut short when Larry showed up to get into the same container. When he opened the inner box, he smiled, as if his mission had been accomplished. After he left, Patrick and Sam went back in to finish their task. She opened the inner box and couldn't believe her eyes. Inside was a photo of, you guessed it, Cesar Faison!

Alexis' arrival to see Julian in a PCPD cell put a smile on his face. She, however, was as cold as ice. Her only reason for being there was because Lucas made a good case to do so. Julian confessed his undying love and said, "I'm ready to name names." He went on to say that he worked for Luke, but also that Luke was not really Luke!

In a padded room at Miscavige, a straightjacket Luke laid dozing on a cot. An orderly came in and popped a pill in his mouth. After the orderly left, Luke spit it out and sat up. He flashed back to his encounter with Fluke calling him helpless. Completely lucid, Luke said out loud to himself, "Not anymore." This was the day he was determined to break out of this joint and find the snake that put him there! Thinking of Fluke's assertion that he bedded Tracy, Luke went crazy, tugging and pulling at the jacket. Then, like King Kong breaking free from the chains that bound him, with one last guttural scream, the jacket flew off! Using the buckle from the jacket as a lock pick, Luke opened the door, only to find an angry Fluke staring back at him!

On Monday's GH, Anna is puzzled by Faison's disappearance, Jordan is confronted by a familiar face, and Julian has even more shocking news for Alexis! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Recap: Anna Shocks Obrecht!

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Franco did his darndedst to talk Nina into accepting that the baby wasn't hers (and Silas never would be again), but she wasn't particularly interested in that. Instead, she insisted that Ava owed her the baby, which she had every intention of keeping. Franco managed to make her accept the truth, which left her a broken woman. "I'm not in pain," she uttered tearfully. "I wish I were. I'm not in any pain. I'm empty. I'm like a shell. If I don't have Silas and I don't have the baby, I have nothing." Proving himself the best darn friend a lunatic could ever have, Franco replied that she had him. But once they agreed to move forward, it left a big question hanging in the air: What to do with the baby?

Patrick and Sam convinced Lulu to keep Larry busy while they snuck into Larry's safe deposit box to find out what he was hiding. With the story of her being on the run being splashed all over the media, Ava tried to keep Silas from finding out she was a wanted woman. (And who wouldn't want the minx, given how gorgeous she looked! How is it that Ava is better dressed and coifed on the run than most of us are after a spa-and-shopping day?) Ava suggested she and Silas work together to find Nina and the baby. Lucas visited his jailed dad and Alexis later swung by, too. Britt told Nikolas that she was going to try and find out what happened to her father. Agent Sloane scored big points with Obrecht by telling Anna he intended to prove she killed Faison. But Anna shocked the agent — not to mention Obrecht — by declaring "Faison is alive!"

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