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Throwback Thursday Time!

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Today we go back to a 2001 cover shoot, when Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was living in ALL MY CHILDREN's Pine Valley as Alexandra Devane Marick... or was she GH's presumed-dead Anna after all? As it turns out, the ladies were twin sisters, who'd be separated at birth!

Share your favorite memory of Hughes' double duty on AMC with us in the comments below!

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FLASH Facts!

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In the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now, we have an interview with ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Brandon Routh (Seth), talking about his new role as the costumed super hero The Atom on the CW series ARROW this season. In the article, we report that he'll be crossing over with sister show THE FLASH, but the date we were given was incorrect. Routh will be guest-starring as Ray Palmer on THE FLASH in the episode airing Tuesday, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Mathison Builds Excitement!

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ALL MY CHILDREN fans remember Cameron Mathison as Ryan Lavery, the guy whose hero complex frequently led him to try to fix situations. Now, the actor/GOOD MORNING AMERICA correspondent is fixing things again as the host of two new home improvement shows: GAME OF HOMES and CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES, both of which debuted on Tuesday, March 17, from Canada's W Network (and hopefully to US viewers later).

"On GAME OF HOMES, we took four rundown houses, lifted them off their foundations, and transported them to downtown Vancouver, where we assigned a two-person team to renovate each one," Mathison relates. "As the host, I present [assignments] like the living room challenge where I say you've got this much time, this much money, and this is what you have to incorporate." However, there's also a reality show element in that the contestants will also be seen living in the houses during the work. "The ultimate prize," Mathison reveals, "is that they winning team gets their house and a piece of land for us to move it to."

For Mathison, who studied structural engineering in college and who flips houses as a personal hobby, hosting the show wasn't enough; he wanted to get his hands dirty too! So the W Network is also launching an online, companion program called CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES that you can watch at this link, where Mathison will be given a challenge of his own to complete at his Spanish style home in Southern California. "We ended up turning my detached garage into a media room/game room for the family — it's amazing!" Mathison reveals of the five-day project. "People that watch GAME OF HOMES may not know my connection to the design-build world, but they'll get to see me, the host, with my wife and kids and actually doing the work at my house."

For more about what Mathison's been up to, including details on his upcoming series of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries films opposite DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami), check out his Keeping Track feature in the issue of ABC Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, April 27.

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OLTL's St. John Hits Primetime!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE fans will want to tune into the episode of CSI: CYBER, airing Wednesday, March 18, at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS, because Trevor St. John (Victor) will be guest starring as Derrick Wilson. In the episode titled "Killer En Route," the cyber team investigates when a car service company's dispatch software is hacked in order to target certain passengers. Is St. John a tragic victim or a suspect? Tune in and find out!

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GH Friday Recap: Carly, A Relationship Coach?

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Carly is the best friend an amnesiac hunk recovering from brain surgery can ask for! She invited Jake to move into a spare room in her house to keep the illusion alive that he wasn't welcome at the Metro Court. And, like the fabu bestie she'll always be, she became his confidante about everything from his secret deal with Sloan that had him infiltrating the Jerome organization to all matters of the heart involving Elizabeth.

Front and center to witness an exchange of words between Jake and Liz peaked Carly's interest, so much so that she pushed him to talk about what was (and was not) going on with him and pretty Nurse Webber. He admitted that until Liz figured out what was going on between her and Ric, he had to just sit back and wait. Carly, in true Carly fashion, told him how she owed Liz for donating her son's kidney to Josslyn when she was younger, but then proceeded to warn him that Liz was in the habit of playing two guys against each other!

Liz had her own little drama with Ric, who all but got on his knees and begged her to take him back. She finally confessed that, yes, she had feelings for Jake. Although the news stung, Ric took it like a man, saying he understood but that it didn't mean they were through. She, however, felt differently. She fed him that "I will always care about you" line and then turned and walked away. It was not a pretty moment. Ric was left both devastated and fired up. "I'm not giving up on you that easy," he said to himself!

The Mob world was heating up. In fact, it was raging! Shawn's suspicion of Jordan was off the charts, even though she denied time and time again that she was not working for Anna. Liar, liar, pants on fire! Anyway, Shawn shared this belief about Jordan with Duke and Sonny. They agreed that if Shawn's instincts proved to be accurate, Jordan needed to be taken out. And they weren't talking about an early supper. But before they could act, they needed proof. That required testing her with a mission that, if she was a cop, she would refuse. That task: kill Julian Jerome! Little did Duke know that Julian had the same plans for him!

Anna paid a surprise visit to Sloan, who, like every man in Port Charles with nice pecs, answered his door in nothing but a towel. She was there to search his room and yank his chain. Although they supposedly hated each other, they certainly cranked up the sexual innuendos and invasion of personal space. He dropped the towel (intentionally) to show her he had nothing to hide. She still believed he tampered with the ballot box that got the mayor her job. "And what, exactly, did you think you'd find here?" he asked, looking down at his naked glory. "A hanging chad?"

Monday on GH, Anna grows increasingly concerned about Jordan, Carly encounters a riled Ric, and Sonny and Jake have words! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Sean Blakemore Reopens The Fear Files!

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No stranger to on-screen deception, Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GENERAL HOSPITAL) stars alongside Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) tonight, Friday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET, in the latest installment of Fear Files, a trio of thrilling tales on TV One. Sonny's right hand man reprises his role as Lockwood Masters, who, due to an accidental love potion overdose, cannot fight the urge to consume the one he loves!

While Marcille plays Blakemore's ex in this story, the actor says this was the first time the two performers ever met. "The chemistry was automatic," he happily shares. "When you're playing love interests, chemistry is so important."

Blakemore says that Lockwood differs greatly from his GH role in many ways. "Sean's like a Jason Bourne type, a mercenary," the actor says. "He does bad things for the right reasons. Whereas Lockwood is an everyday guy who just wants a normal life and a happy, healthy relationship."

The potion, however, changes everything. "He goes from 0 to 100 pretty quickly," Blakemore previews. "It gets to a point where Lockwood becomes a man with an extreme dark side."

Blakemore and Marcille's portion of the trilogy is titled "For The Love Of Lockwood Too;" the other two chapters are titled "Fire" and "Mama's Boy." So tune in tonight and enjoy some frights on Friday the 13th!

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Big News For Maurice Benard's Fans!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL icon Maurice Benard (Sonny) marked a major milestone yesterday -- he flew for the first time in years! "It's been 10 years since I've flown and I just landed in New York," the star tweeted. "WOW, it feels good to get that gorilla off my back!" As fans of the star know, Benard suffers from bipolar disorder (and is actually a spokesperson for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) and claustrophobia and has long had a fear of flying.

After having not flown for several years, he got on an airplane back in January 2011 to head East for a family vacation to Florida's Disney World and several fan events -- but began to have a panic attack shortly before take-off. As Soaps In Depth told our readers at the time, Benard had been working himself up for several months leading to that particular trip because it had been years since he'd last been on a plane. Unfortunately, that day, he told his wife, Paula, he needed to get off and departed the aircraft with his family.

Since it's been more than a decade since Benard flew the friendly skies, whatever it is that motivated the daytime legend to get back on an airplane, it has to be huge, amazing news! And we promise you that as soon as we are able to share the details, we will let our readers know!

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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It's been a dozen years since we took this picture of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Rick Hearst (Ric) for a 2003 cover, but the TV brothers still look as handsome as ever! (Albeit both a bit more scruffy!)

What has been your favorite storyline involving the brothers? Tell us in the comments below!

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GH Actress Takes A Bite Out Of Primetime!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans may have recognized Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia) at the end of the last episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and the actress will be back as Damon and Stefan's mother in the new episode of the bloodsucking drama airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW. And she's scheduled for a couple more episodes during the rest of the season, too!

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Inside EMPIRE's Finale!

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FOX's hit nighttime soap, EMPIRE, will air its season one finale in a special two-hour denouement titled "Die But Once/Who I Am" on Wednesday, March 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the explosive last pair of episodes, Jamal and Lucious are on their way to forming a music-centered relationship, but once again, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything! Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy while trying to figure out what the best move for his career is. Additionally, Cookie — not surprisingly &#!51; is "cooking" up a plan of her own!

"It's a very explosive finale," series executive producer/co-creator Danny Strong tells Soaps In Depth. "Not surprisingly, given the nature of our storytelling, many things will go down and be resolved. Alliances will shift and yet it may or may not be completely resolved by the time it's over."

Strong promises he won't "Laura Palmer" the fans of EMPIRE referring to the season one finale of TWIN PEAKS (in which viewers were still left wondering who offed Laura). In other words, Lucious will likely reveal to which son he'll be turning over his music business. "A lot will be resolved," Strong previews.

Was there much pressure to make the finale jam-packed so that folks will keep talking about the series until it returns for season two? "Some people [may have] felt pressure, but I didn't," Strong says. "I never think that coming up with story that will try to outdo something is the way to come up with a good story. It needs to come from characters, conflict and fundamentals of what makes a good story."

Strong adds that he and his team asked themselves: "How can we conclude the season in a way that we've set up and play in a way that's exciting, powerful and fun, but also keeps the door open for a place to go to in season two? It was tough! Ilene [Chaiken, executive producer] and I wrote the final episode together. But there were a lot of re-writes."

According to Strong, the network and studio "pounded" the EMPIRE writers with notes — in a good way! "The notes made it better," he allows. "They were really good. I think we really pulled it off." Of the finale, he predicts: "People are going to dig it!"

For more on what made EMPIRE the breakout hit of this television season, don't miss our feature in the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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