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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: Which lovely lady would you pair with Nathan?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 17. 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 Star Joins DAYS

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GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney) has landed herself a stint over on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Look for the actress to first appear as Debra on Tuesday, April 22, tying into the storyline with the increasingly disturbed Liam. The casting information for the role described the character as "married to a man she thought was her perfect guy only to have the illusion shattered by his lies, manipulation, threats and dangerous actions." Sure sounds like Liam to us!

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Madeline Caught Red-Handed!

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Silas, Sam and Nathan had it all planned out on Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL. The idea was to plant a story in the newspaper that would lure Ava to the Metro Court Hotel to "finish off" Nakamura, the man who was the only witness to what really happened to Nina. But their trap snared an all-together different rat they never expected to catch!

The scene at Metro Court was set with Sam hiding under the bed covers posing as Nakamura and Nathan waiting in the other room for Ava to sneak in and make the kill. When the hotel door opened into the darkened room, a manicured hand pulled out a gigantic syringe and tiptoed to the bed to slay "Nakamura." Nathan quickly flipped on the lights and, with gun drawn, shouted, "Freeze! PCPD!" His mouth dropped open when he realized the would-be assassin wasn't Ava at all, but rather his mother, Madeline!

Meanwhile at GH, a warn out Britt took a call at the nurses' desk and was shocked to hear her mother on the other end. Obrecht was mighty proud of herself for not only getting her daughter released from police custody, but also for absconding with baby Ben! She wanted Britt to be happy and she knew that running away with "her son" would do it. Obrecht had worked out all the details of Britt's future, including a new home in a new country with a new identity for both Britt and Ben. Finally, Britt folded, pulled out a pen and paper and asked her mother where she was. Although Britt knew that what Obrecht had suggested was wrong, there was something that sounded heavenly about running off with Ben and starting a new life. "God help me," she told Brad. "I want my son."

Dante and Lulu wanted him, too. While he was working diligently trying to get a warrant to put Britt under surveillance, Lulu told Nikolas how her talk with Liz really buoyed her spirits. Nik mentioned his own visit with Liz and how discouraged he was that Ric spent the night with her. Lulu put that myth to rest, assuring him otherwise. But then, who was it that he heard in Liz's house if it wasn't Ric? He showed up at Liz's door and asked the same question, but Liz didn't need to answer. Obrecht stepped in behind her with a gun in her hand and said, "That would be me."

Next week Britt has a surprise for Dante and Lulu, Nathan has some explaining to do and Sonny confronts Luke about his crazy behavior! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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New Digital Soap Venture Ahead!

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Corday Productions -- the team behind NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- is teaming up with digital media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas, a project aimed at creating and distributing original "interactive" soap operas on-line, but with a twist: Fans, actors and advertisers will all be able to participate in the development of the shows.

Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch in the last quarter of 2014 through its own Web sites and distribution partners. While Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American audiences, Net Novelas will provide in-language programming for Latin America and Brazil. Web soap pioneer and daytime veteran Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTUIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has joined the venture to produce, direct and mentor new talent.

For the full story, visit Variety.com here.

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Who Is Annie Logan?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL gave a fun shout-out on its 51st anniversary episode — which aired on Tuesday, April 1 — to a fan-favorite character when Bobbie tearfully informed Scotty that Noah had dumped her for an old flame — Annie Logan. Just who is the third in Noah and Bobbie's off-screen triangle?

Annie, played by Susan Pratt, is Audrey Hardy's niece, an R.N. who made the Port Charles scene in 1978 and quickly became a fixture at the 7th floor nurses station. It was Annie who deduced that orphan Jeremy Hewitt (who she later adopted) was the carrier of the Lassa fever outbreak, which temporarily quarantined the hospital. During her five-year stay, she was paired with hunks Jeff, Joe, and Noah, but despite these romances, Annie left town with her much-discussed virginity still intact!

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"I got a call from a girlfriend who told me, 'Susie, you were mentioned on the show today,'" Pratt tells Soaps In Depth. "I watched it on-line and thought it was great! It was exciting to hear 'Annie Logan' talked about on GH after all these years. It was funny to hear Scotty say, 'the virgin?' It was like an inside joke. I think it is just great that GH gives shout-outs to their fans like this. It was an honor to have Annie be referred to, especially on the 51st anniversary show."

Is Pratt, now a realtor in New York, open to reprising Annie if the show were to extend an invitation? "Absolutely," she says. "I still get out on auditions and I'm thinking about taking a trip to L.A. I have some wonderful friends out there including Carmen Thomas (Hillary, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Jamie Lee Curtis. You never know!"

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Branson's Baby!

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Congratulations are in order for Jeff Branson (Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and longtime love Jaimie Foley on the birth of their first child, son Van James. The infant certainly took his time coming into the world, waiting until well past his due date, but now that he's here, the parents couldn't be happier. You can see a pic of the happy family on Twitter by clicking here!

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OLTL Alum Goes Through The Wringer!

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Meghann Fahy (Hanna, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is guest-starring in tonight's episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU, and the role should prove to be a powerful one!

"Meghann plays Jenny Asch, a mother and victim of domestic violence," previews show running Warren Leight, "who, when charged with reckless endangerment of her daughter, is forced to confront long-repressed memories of how she was sexually exploited as a young girl herself."

He also admits that the role of Jenny was one of the most challenging guest spots of the entire season, but Fahy stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. "At first, her character seems to be acting out for reasons unknown," Leight explains. "As the story progresses, she becomes aware of the horrible exploitation she suffered as a child. It was emotionally as draining a part as any actress has been called upon to deliver.

"Meghan was fierce one moment, near breakdown the next and made every transition believable and moving," he adds. "Everyone on set was buzzing about her from day one."

You can see for yourself what all the fuss is about when the episode "Downloaded Child" airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC.

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Jackson's NASHVILLE Tour

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The fictional TV series NASHVILLE is about to get very real as some of the show's stars hit the road to support the primetime sudser's fourth soundtrack, set to be released on Tuesday, May 6.

GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) will join castmates Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio for an East Coast mini-tour this spring!

Friday, April 25
Joe's Bar, Chicago
Click here for details and tickets.

Sunday, May 4
Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
Click here for details and tickets.

Tuesday, May 6
Best Buy Theater, New York City
Click here for details and tickets.

Tickets for the three dates go on sale Friday, April 4.

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Benard Dishes On Today's Carlypalooza!

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Today is a do-not-miss-it day for GENERAL HOSPITAL fans! Are you ready for the craziest treat ever, as served up by executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati? In honor of the show's 51st anniversary, they have gathered the "three Carlys" for one-off-the-charts surprising scene with superstar Maurice Benard (Sonny)!

"It was like Disneyland to have all three of them on one show!" Benard says of the original Carly, Sarah Joy Brown, her super-popular recast, Tamara Braun, and the current blonde spitfire, Laura Wright. "I got to work with three actresses that I respect. Each one brought something different to the character. I had to be cautious of the fact that it was still Carly. I had to play three different energies but be aware that it was still Carly. It was very tricky. Each woman has a different energy, so if I just played the reality of what the circumstance was, it wouldn't work. It's a fine line, but it felt right. I felt really good about it."

If the cast and crew's reaction to what they shot is any indication, the fans are in for a treat! "I heard that people really loved it," Benard says. "It felt really honest but you also have to wink a tiny bit. This kind of thing has never been done. I haven't seen it yet but, as a fan myself, I can't wait!"

So don't forget to tune in today, Tuesday, April 1, at 2 p.m. EST and 1 p.m. PST/CST on ABC!

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SCANDAL For GH's Roché!

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Sebastian Roché, who was most recently seen in primetime as THE ORIGINALS' evil bloodsucker Mikael, is getting ready to sink his teeth into another role, this time on ABC's SCANDAL!

"I'll be on SCANDAL this coming Thursday, April 3, for a few episodes," the actor tweeted. "Tell everyone!" He also posted photos of himself on set and with series star Kerry Washington. "Wonderful cast!" he enthused.

Who will Roché be playing? You'll have to tune in this Thursday to find out!

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