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The Pecks Have Added To Their Pack!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars Terri Conn (Aubrey) and husband Austin Peck (Rick) welcomed their second child together over the weekend! The couple announced on Twitter that Conn had given birth to Morgan Theresa Peck on July 18. (You can see an adorable pic of the newborn here.)

The new addition joins the couple's daughter, Keira (2 1/2), as well as Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Congratulations!!

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Baby On Board!

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Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.

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What's Next For Laura?

GenieFrancis.jpg Genie Francis is back as GH's Laura, and it looks like she just might be here to stay! In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, the much-loved actress candidly shares her hopes and desires for the character she originally brought to life 39 years ago, including her thoughts on sticking around past her currently-slated six-month gig!

With Luke off the canvas, the show has a unique and exciting challenge ahead as it crafts the next phase of Laura's story. Who is Laura without Luke? From her career path to her romantic future, the world is Laura's oyster... and Francis, for one, is excited to find out in which direction the winds of fate will blow the character! "It's an exciting time for her," says the superstar, "and for me, as well!"

To read more of Francis' thoughts about Laura's future, pick up the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth on sale now!

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Joy For GH's Benard?

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We don't usually pat ourselves on the back here at Soaps In Depth, but in this case, we might just have to. Being the eagle-eyed soap viewers that we are, we noticed a little something interesting while watching the trailer for the upcoming movie Joy, based on the life of housewife-turned-inventor Joy Mangano. During a shot in which Joy (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence) is scrubbing the floor, there is a man on her television who looks remarkably like GENERAL HOSPITAL superstar Maurice Benard (Sonny)!

The movie, directed by David O. Russell and starring Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, was shot in the Boston area, so that could tie into those tweets that Benard posted back in March about how he flew from Los Angeles to the East Coast for the first time in 10 years. We're thrilled to see the Emmy Award winner making his mark on the big screen, especially after his star turn in the critically-acclaimed The Ghost And The Whale.

You can see the trailer, which features Benard in two scenes, for yourself by clicking here. We'll share more information as we can dig it up before Joy's Christmas 2015 release date.

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Cast Your Vote #31

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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 want to see Ava with Franco, Silas or Morgan?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 23. 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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Susan Lucci Is A Legend!

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Soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is now being honored as a Disney Legend! The Disney Legend Awards is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the D23 Expo provides fans the opportunity to be part of the prestigious event. Lucci is being feted alongside fellow honorees like Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and others.

"The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."

Each honoree receives a bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company's Burbank headquarters. The D23 Expo 2015 will be held on Friday, August 14. For more information on the expo and how you can purchase tickets for the Disney Legend ceremony, visit D23EXPO.com!

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GH Friday Recap: Lucky's Reunited With His "Dead" Son!

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Finally, some good news on GENERAL HOSPITAL! Little Jake, the tow-headed, all-American nine-year-old boy that Lucky raised as his own with Elizabeth and was long believed to be dead was actually alive!

Luke wasn't sure what to make of Helena's story about Jake being snatched after he was supposedly run down in the middle of the street. All these years, Luke placed the blame square on his own shoulders as the man who killed his own "grandson" while driving intoxicated. But none of that was true. When Luke saw the boy playing in the main mansion on Cassadine Island, he wasn't sure what to believe. Was Helena just weaving a tale... or was it really Jake?

When Lucky arrived, all it took was one look to confirm the boy was who Helena said he was. Lucky was overcome with emotions and a little uncertain about what to do next. While Laura took Jake for a walk to tell him that they were heading back to Port Charles, where he was born, Luke and Lucky had a heart-to-heart. They shared their mutual admiration, respect and love for each other, as father and son who had been through it all. When Laura and Little Jake returned, they realized that the next step was to reunite Elizabeth with her son.

That day had already been a heartbreaking one for Elizabeth. Patrick gave Josslyn a clean bill of health, prompting a grateful Carly to embrace Liz and thank her for donating her son Jake's kidney that, ultimately, saved Joss' life years earlier. Although it was far from Carly's intention, Liz relived that horrible day when she had to turn off her son's life support.

When Liz got home, she was an emotional wreck. Big Jake (aka Jason) tried to easy her stress with a shoulder massage, but Liz's poignant cross with Carly at the hospital was something she just couldn't shake. Liz tried to camouflage her pain by telling [Big] Jake she loved him... and he responded in kind. Liz sat alone for a few minutes, allowing herself to cry. Then there was a knock at the door. It was Lucky... and she'd soon find out that their "dead" son was with him!

Carly stopped in to see Lulu and brought Rocco with her. Too many days had passed since Lulu had held her baby son in her arms, and she was thrilled that they were together again. Lulu set Carly straight about her non-affair with Dillon, the one that Dante erroneously told Sonny about. Lulu told Carly that she hadn't been screwing around with Dillon, she was off saving her brother's life! But in the midst of their conversation, Carly let slip that Dante kissed Valerie.

At the same time, Dante was filling Valerie in on the truth about Lulu's trip with Dillon and that her "affair" with her old flame was nothing of the sort. It was all a big, unfortunate misunderstanding. Dante wanted to make things work with his wife... and never let her know that he slept with her cousin. Valerie covered her pain and acceded to his request to keep their night together to herself, but it was more than obvious that she had fallen in love with him. When Dante returned home, he was completely unaware that he was walking right into a confrontation with his wife!

Monday on GH, Elizabeth receives some mindboggling news, Lulu has a few choice words for Dante and Monica has a reunion... with "Jason"! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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The Truth About Little Jake's Death!

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Even as fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL have been reeling from the news that Elizabeth's son, Jake, is alive, newer viewers have been left scratching their heads. Need the 411 on what the fuss is all about? Read on!

Elizabeth was in one of those places in her life where nothing was going right. She and Nikolas had been seeing each other, and the idea of exploring where that would go appealed to her. However, her wishy-washy ways caught up with her, and Nikolas decided that enough was enough. Ignoring his romantic feelings for Liz, Nik instead chose to pursue Brook Lynn.

With Nikolas out of the picture, Liz turned her attention to Lucky. But he, too, had moved on, with Siobhan. Liz was left facing the prospect of being alone... at least until she saw an opportunity to make her own happiness. After learning that Lucky was planning to marry Siobhan, Liz ordered up a paternity test which she hoped would prove that Lucky -- and not Nikolas -- was the father of her son, Aiden. She assumed that finding out the boy was his would bring Lucky running back to her.

The evening Liz received the paternity test results, it seemed as if everyone who was anyone in Port Charles was on the same road. Brenda and Sonny were leaving for their honeymoon; a buzzed Luke was rushing to Lucky and Siobhan's wedding; Carly was desperate to get an ailing Josslyn at the hospital; Sam briefly lost control of her car when she was hit with the after-effects of a concussion; and Lisa was in hot pursuit of Robin, who had found incriminating evidence against her.

Back at the Webber house, Liz opened the envelope to process the test results and what they would mean to her future. What she didn't realize was that the front door to the house was open and Jake was nowhere in sight. As she ran to the porch, she called out to him. But it was too late. He had run into the street and was hit by a passing car.

At the hospital, Liz and Lucky found it impossible to say farewell to Jake, and postponed turning off the machines. Liz angrily rejected Jason's request that they donate Jake's kidney to save Josslyn's life, but by end of day, the grieving mother had changed her mind. After talking with Lucky, Liz realized that saving a child's life was what was most important. As the shock of Jake's death set in, the news got even worse for Lucky. A police investigation showed that Luke had been the person responsible for running the boy down. Lucky confronted his father, asking if he was drunk that night. Luke insisted that although he'd had a little something to drink that night, he was in control, like always. Luke was in severe denial of the part alcohol played in the boy's death. Because there was no proof that Luke was impaired, no charges were filed.

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AMC's Chabert Gets A Family For Christmas!

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Feel like a little Christmas in July? Well, Hallmark Channel is airing the original movie Family For Christmas starring Lacey Chabert (Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN).

In the film, Chabert plays Hannah Dunbar, an investigative journalist who wonders what could have been if she had stayed with Ben, the love of her life 10 years earlier. When Santa Claus hears her "what ifs" as a Christmas wish, he grants it, transporting Hannah to a reality where she and Ben have two daughters! As she navigates the drama and comedy that comes with overnight motherhood, Hannah discovers what true happiness is.

Family For Christmas premieres on Saturday, July 11, at 9:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. But you can watch a trailer by clicking here right now!

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GH's Paul And Little Jake Are Back!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL returned two characters to the canvas this week: Paul Hornsby and Jake Spencer. Veteran actor Richard Burgi (Chad, ANOTHER WORLD; Glenn, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Randy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Phillip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) made his debut on July 8 as Dillon's father -- and Tracy's ex-husband. The role was last played by Paul Satterfield from 1991-'94. Check out an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth for our interview with Burgi -- and to find out what Satterfield had to say about the recast!

Then, in the July 9 episode, James Nigbor reprised his role of Elizabeth and Lucky's son, Jake. (The young actor had shared the part with his twin brother, Edward, back when they were tots.) As it turns out, he wasn't killed by grandpa Luke in that hit-and-run accident after all! While Lucky is Little Jake's legal father, the truck- and motorcycle-loving kid is the result of a one night stand between Liz and Jason. So expect the lad's return to further complicate matters for his mom as she struggles to keep Big Jake's true identity a secret!

What do you think about these GH returns? Let us know in the comments below!

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