ABC has confirmed that in the coming weeks, GENERAL HOSPITAL will be returning to a 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST timeslot in a few markets, back to where it aired for 25 years. Information on which markets and the dates the change goes into effect will be coming soon. But don't worry, Soaps In Depth readers: The show is on solid ground!
Congratulations are in order to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathin Butler (ex-Ewen) and wife Irina, who welcomed Jetson Kerry Butler into the world this past weekend. The proud papa has been posting photos of his newborn little boy on Instagram and Twitter and the whole family looks happy and healthy. Best wishes to them all!
Rafe's death may have been a bit of a shock for GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers, but it turns out that it was also a surprise for portrayer Jimmy Deshler, who learned of his character's tragic fate only a few days before they taped the episode! "I guess it was just confidential and they didn't want any of the story getting out," he tells Soaps In Depth, "so I found out the Monday of the week it was happening. I guess it was a surprise to all of us."
Though his time with the soap was brief, the young actor is grateful for the experience. "It's good to have something on your resumé like GH and I did a year and a half of it," he says. "I learned a lot from it. I've been on a set as a guest star, but I've never been a regular part of a show. It was a very good experience."
Deshler admits that he's next considering attending college, possibly at the University Of Southern California, but also auditioning with a focus on hitting the big screen. "I've done guest stars and little roles in films," he muses. "I've kind of set it as my goal to get a feature film and have that be my next project that I work on."
Give ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jamie Luner (Liza) a good piece of drama to work with, and she'll deliver! In the premiere episode of HEARTBREAKERS, Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series (airing Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. EST), she'll bring to life a real-life crime so outrageous it could have come from a soap opera! And fortunately for her, co-stars Jack Wager (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Rob Estes (both of whom she worked with on MELROSE PLACE) were also more than up to the task.
"It's about a woman [Teresa Stone] who was living in small, very faith-based town and unhappy in her marriage," Luner says of her character. "She got a lot of joy from listening to her pastor [David "Brother" Love, played by Wagner], and they sparked an interest in each other."
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When it comes to love, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan West is like a lava lamp -- he's pretty to look at but he moves kinda slow!
After just about everybody over the age of 12 had been telling him all along, Nathan finally admitted to himself (and to Mac) that he had feelings for Maxie. Wouldn't ya know, he came to this realization on her wedding day to another man! Nathan, being the gentleman that he is, believed it was too late, that Maxie had already made up her mind to marry Levi and that was that. What he didn't know was that the bride's feet were ice cold because her groom was not the man she was pining for!
With the nuptials on the Haunted Star just hours away, Maxie changed into her wedding gown and modeled for her proud mother. There was a knock on the door, and in walked Levi. Felicia quickly covered up Maxie because, you know, it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the ceremony. In this case, oh boy, is it ever! Anyway, Levi reached for Felicia's hand and kissed it, noting the Aztec heirloom on her finger. Felicia mentioned where the remaining treasure was, adding that she traded the necklace with a photographer at the Nurses Ball.
After Levi left, Felicia could tell Maxie wasn't happy and spoke up. When Mac showed up and said he wanted some alone time with Maxie, she made it clear she wasn't in the mood for yet another lecture about Levi. Mac promised there would be no lecture and that he'd give his blessing if that's what she really wanted, but only if she heard him out first. With that, Nathan's secret affection for her was no longer a secret!
Meanwhile, a man walked into the PCPD demanding to see the commissioner, but Nathan was the only one around. The man identified himself as a reporter and said someone broke into his house, hit him over his head and stole his Aztec necklace. Was it a coincidence that just that morning Mac pointed out that Levi kept pandering to Felicia's Aztec heritage? Nathan thought not!
Sonny had a very difficult time forgetting the kiss he planted on Carly the day before, as did Nina, who witnessed it from a distance. As Sonny and Franco argued about Franco keeping his mouth shut about Sonny's secret and Sonny keeping his distance from Carly, Nina rolled up behind them and not-so nonchalantly listened in. After Sonny stepped away, Nina passively but masterfully planted the seed in Franco's head that Sonny and Carly were still "involved." When Franco eventually finds out about that Sonny/Carly smooch, it will not be pretty!
Monday, Levi is caught red-handed, Silas tells Sam about a clue in regards to Patrick's accident and Maxie has an opportunity to admit that she shares Nathan's feelings! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
GENERAL HOSPITAL's tiniest stars, Jaxon and Jakob Kring -- the twins who play Sam's son, Danny -- have been recast. A show rep shares that Caden and Corben Rothweiler have taken over the role.
"We just want to say thanks to all the fans and GH cast/crew for an amazing two years," the twins' mom tweeted. "Unfortunately, the boys have been recasted. We are very thankful for the time we had and wish the new Danny much success and luck."
The show's casting call was for 3- or small 4-year-old twins; the Krings will celebrate their third birthday in January. As for the 3 1/2-year-old Rothweiler brothers, they appeared in a 2013 episode of DISNEY XD's KICKIN' IT.
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You may not be able to act opposite soap star Antonio Sabato, Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) in a steamy love scene, but you could have the actor and his crew renovate your home as part of his new syndicated series FIX IT & FINISH IT!
Sabato and his team have been traveling across America, from Memphis to Tuscon, helping families fix and finish their homes. If you happen to live in Louisville, KY, Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, Charleston SC or Savannah, GA, you can click here for more information and to fill out an entry form to submit your home as one of their projects!
FIX IT & FINISH IT premieres on Monday, September 8, so check your local listings to see which channel it will be airing on in your area. And follow the daytime show's Facebook page to track Sabato's adventures!
Congratulations to Stephen Kay (ex-Reginald, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who married fiancée Piper Perabo on Saturday, July 26. The pair, who work together on the USA series COVERT AFFAIRS (Perabo stars and Kay directs), tied the knot in New York City according to a report by People Magazine. Best wishes to the happy couple!
Ava is delusional. She somehow thought that being "rescued" from Sonny by Julian and Mickey would score her a martini and a quiet evening with Mr. Bubble. Oh boy, was she wrong! Mickey pulled a gun on her and threatened to pop her on the spot unless she told him what she had on Sonny. Julian played along with Mickey but then faster than you can say, "fuhgetaboutit," he got the upper hand and got control of the gun.
Mickey admitted that the cocaine they were dealing was laced with heroine to get the druggies hooked quicker. Julian wanted out and Mickey was, like, "yeah, right. Ha. As if." Mickey was shooed away, leaving the Jerome siblings toasting their success. Little did they know that Shawn had obtained security footage from GH's roof, which showed Julian and Mickey helping Ava escaped via a helicopter!
When Shawn left Sonny's office, Olivia walked in... and evicted him! "Good for her!" you say? Darn right! He fought her decision tooth and nail, until she finally admitted (rather loudly) that seeing his lying, cheating face every day was killing her. He said if he could take back that mistake, he would, only for Liv to come back with "you can't unscrew Ava!" Best response ever, right?
Jordan, meanwhile, snuck into Mickey's Metro Court room to search it at the same exact time Shawn had the same idea. They bickered. He pulled her into a toe-curling kiss. She slapped him. He went in for a second helping. And it was hot, folks. Meanwhile, Mickey was, of course, just steps away from the door, telling someone on the phone that he arranged to send Julian a message he wouldn't forget. Mickey then opened the door and... tune in Monday!
Patrick walked into a conversation between Sam and Silas and brought a polar vortex with him. Silas vehemently denied leaking private info to the reporter, which of course, Patrick didn't believe. Sam wondered if, maybe, Nina was behind that exposition. But how? Their private conversation was on the roof, which was only accessible by stairs. And Nina was confined to a wheelchair. There was only one way to find out -- security footage of the roof. After learning from a hospital employee that one of Sonny's associates had it, Sam knew it was time to ask Sonny for help.
Back in Silas' apartment, Nina was doing a happy dance (literally) now that her hubby and Sam split up. It was clear that her twisted mind was cooking up something nasty for Silas when she told Rosalie, "He owes me a baby." Later, Rosalie left and returned with a bottle of pills. Nina squished a tablet and mixed it in Silas' scotch and soda... and down his hatch it went!
Monday, Julian wants to collect from Ava, the effects of Silas' spiked drink hit and Olivia tells Carly in front of Franco that she will always have a thing for Sonny! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!