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Chat With Craig And Thiebaud!

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Real-life GENERAL HOSPITAL couple Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt) will be spilling all kinds of secrets on the Internet! The actors will be hosting a special webcam chat session on Stageit.com on Friday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. ET. During the half-hour program, Craig and Thiebaud will chat with fans about GH and whatever else comes up in conversation!

Click here to visit the show's dedicated Stageit page, and to purchase a ticket to participate in the chat. Then get your questions ready for Friday!

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GH Wins The Writers Guild Award!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL headwriter Ron Carlivati and his entire team for their win this weekend in the Daytime Drama category of the Writers Guild Awards! (GH beat out DAYS OF OUR LIVES for the trophy.)

"It's hard to pick three shows that represent the whole year of what you've done," Carlivati confided to Soaps In Depth immediately following his win. "I like to find something thematic. So we used the death of Patrick and Sabrina's baby. The first one was a Nurses Ball episode where the baby was sick in the hospital. The second one was the baby actually died. The third one was when Sabrina had not accepted that the baby had died.

"There was some other wonderful stuff in those shows," he added. "There were some great Anna/Duke scenes. There were just some other stuff that made them shine, for me, which is why we chose them."

This is Carlivati's first Writers Guild Award, and he tells us he plans to keep it in his study where he works and writes.

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GH Friday Recap: Olivia Learns She's Pregnant!

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Although love was most definitely in the air this Valentine's Day in Port Charles, no one's evening panned out exactly how they planned it. Old friends, new problems, big declarations of love and, oh, yeah, news of a baby on the way made Cupid's job more difficult than ever!

The fun began with the arrival of Olivia's chum from her Bensonhurst days. When "Mel" showed up out of nowhere to see "Liv," they greeted each other with a jubilant, loud screech and some ceremonial jumping on and down with joy. Did we mention it was loud? Anyway, the two old friends caught up, talking about everything from "under the bleachers" reputations to, of course, the state of Olivia's love life. She mentioned she was carrying a torch for Ned Ashton, to which Melissa shouted, "Oh my God! Eddie Maine?! Lois' ex?"

Unbeknownst to both women, Melissa's celebrity chef son was preparing a romantic dinner for Ned and Alexis at the Q mansion. Alexis' tardiness had him flashing back to seeing her in Julian's GH room. When she finally showed up, the tension could be cut with a knife. His admission that he saw her holding hands with Julian set her off on a "you're spying on me?" tirade which gave her reason to leave and return to, you guessed it, Julian. She sat at his bedside and admitted that she wasn't over him just yet.

Back at the mansion, Melissa rushed in to check on her son the chef and realized she was in the company of the man who was too blind to see that he and Liv were perfect for each other. What Mel said must've sunk in because he showed up at the Metro Court looking for Liv. His timing couldn't have been more awkward, as he walked in just as she was learning she was pregnant!

Spinelli and Georgie's arrival brought a gigantic smile to Maxie's face. She tearfully admitted they had an argument that she feared they'd never recover from. Prompted by that news, Spinelli dropped a bomb of his own, saying that Ellie broke up with him... because she believed he was still in love with Maxie! The thing was, Ellie was right! Opposite that, Nathan was grilled by an ADA about Johnny's escape and he admitted his girlfriend was partially to blame for that. Although it was obviously difficult for him to do, he played it down, lying that Johnny broke into Maxie's apartment and stole the cash and car keys.

Patrick was going to be late for his dinner date with Sam, but his colleague Derek stepped in. Sam and Derek chatted up a storm, with her, ultimately, urging him to make up with his girlfriend. When Patrick arrived, Sam greeted him with a kiss and all was well. Meanwhile, Lucas felt so badly for not responding to Brad's "I love you" with "I love you, too!" that he stood on the nurse's station counter and announced it to all who could hear!

Monday on GH, Olivia shares her news with Ned, Alexis has a confession to make, and Sonny receives a surprising document! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Maxie's New Daughter!

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Maxie is going to see her daughter again on Friday, February 13, but Georgie will be played by a new little girl. And if the tot looks particularly comfortable in the arms of Kirsten Storms (Maxie), it's because it's the child is Harper Barash, Storms' daughter with husband Brandon Barash (Johnny)!

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Cast Your Vote #9

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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 seeing Nikolas embracing his dark side?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, February 19. 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:

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

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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Another Cheetwood Baby!

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Congratulations to Derk Cheetwood (Max, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who along with wife, Cari Costner, welcomed their third child (and first son!) into the world! Little Cody Maclean Cheetwood was born Monday, February 9, at 8:53 a.m. He weighted 8 lbs, 7 oz. and was 21 inches long. Cody joins big sisters seven-year-old Kylie and four-year old Audrey in the Cheetwood family unit.

"We're super in love with this little booger," Cheetwood laughs. The proud papa even posted a photo to Facebook to show how well mother and child are doing and Kylie and Audrey welcoming Cody into the family! Our best wishes to the entire happy family!

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McCullough Directs Some LIARS!

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It may have been a while since GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have seen Kimberly McCullough's Robin on screen, but the actress has been keeping busy pursuing her fledgling career as a director, and today it was announced that she will be directing an upcoming episode of ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS!

As part of the Disney ABC Creative Talent Development's Directing Program, McCullough has directed an episodes of SHAKE IT UP and KC UNDERCOVER for the Disney Channel. She took to Twitter to share the news and share her appreciation to the fans. "Thank you for all your support," she wrote. "I know sometimes you wonder, 'What the heck is Robin doing out there anyway?'"

Apparently, directing an episode of a cult hit TV series! We'll let you know when the episode is slated to air!

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Rebecca Budig Joins GH!

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As part of Fan February, GENERAL HOSPITAL is going to be full of surprises, and executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati kicked things off by taking to Twitter to announce (with no small amount of teasing for the eager fans) that Rebecca Budig would be joining the show!

No stranger to daytime, after failing to land the role of Kelsey Jefferson on ALL MY CHILDREN, Budig went on to nab a three-year gig on GUIDING LIGHT as the second of four Michelle Bauers. But it was her 1999 debut as Greenlee Smythe that catapulted her to stardom. Teamed with Josh Duhamel as Leo, they soon became one of the soap's biggest supercouples. When she left AMC six years later to relocate from New York to Los Angeles, she had two Daytime Emmy nominations on her resume. After returning to the show for a year in 2008, she later signed on when production was moved to L.A. and remained until the series went off the air in September of 2011.

Budig is set to play a new character who Carlivati describes as "a real spitfire" and Valentini as a "Killer role." (Whether she'll turn out to be an actual killer isn't clear, but hey, this is GH after all!) "I can't wait to be a part of GH and to work with a group of very talented people!" Budig tweeted. We'll update you with more details on the character, when she's set to debut, and how long she'll be in Port Charles as soon as we get them!

What are your reactions to this surprise casting announcement? Who do you think she should play? Sound off in the comments!

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OLTL's Williamson Lights A FIRE!

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Things are about to get even hotter on NBC's CHICAGO FIRE thanks to ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica), who will begin a two-episode guest arc Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00 p.m. EST. Look for her to play Beth, a potential new love interest for Lieutenant Matt Casey (played by Jesse Spencer).

Much like OLTL's Jessica, Beth is said to be a beautiful, easygoing woman who's got some hidden baggage that could cause trouble for the hunky firefighter. "Everybody there — the cast and the crew — was so much fun. I loved it. What a great place to work!" enthuses the actress, who shot her scenes just weeks ago. "And I loved being in Chicago because BethAnn Bonner (Talia, OLTL) lives there, so I got to go and see her."

Next, Williamson will star opposite Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS, RINGER) and Corbin Bernsen (ex-Durant, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in the Hallmark Channel Original, Portrait Of Love when it airs on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 p.m. EST. For details about the romantic drama and everything else that's happening for the talented actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 2!

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See Scotty & Lucy Together Again!

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There is bound to be lots of laughs when good pals Kin Shriner (Scotty) and Lynn Herring (Lucy) hit the stage together at the 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend! The talented vets will host an event on Sunday, August 9, at 10 a.m. PST as part of the soap's annual fan club gathering, being held this year at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA. For the complete line-up of events -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.ghfanclub.com!

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