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Cast Your Vote #35

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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: Should Laura tell everyone the truth about Jason?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 20. 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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GH Switches Sloanes Again!

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When Anna returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sloane will be back on the canvas as well... but Soaps In Depth has learned that Grayson McCouch is out and Robb Derringer will be reprising the role!

A spokesperson for the soap confirms that the actor -- who was ousted shortly after Anna and her former mentoree shared a kiss on New Year's Eve and replaced by daytime vet McCouch -- "is returning in the role of Kyle Sloane and will be back for a short story arc." Look for Derringer to appear in early September.

Tell us below, which actor did you like better as Kyle Sloan, Derringer or McCouch?

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On The Road To Recovery!

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After seriously injuring his hand in a motorcycle accident (just as GENERAL HOSPITAL's recent three-week hiatus had commenced), Ryan Paevey (Nathan) tells Soaps In Depth that he's well on his way to a full recovery. "My doc is impressed with how quickly my tissue has mended," the actor reports. "All the 'road rash' is gone. The bones have fused, and my body's not fighting the metal. The surgical side is fine."

However, there are still a few obstacles to overcome. "My range of motion is still really limited," he confides. "It'll probably be a while before I'm on the bike or in the gym again."

Paevey credits his pal Mike Viruet, a trainer/nutritionist, with helping him heal. "He came over and totally re-hauled my refrigerator and prepared all these meals for me. He designed a plan especially engineered to aid in the recovery process. So it's pretty cool — I had three microwavable meals from a buddy for a while!"

The GH hunk is right-handed — which is the one he injured — so his life has gotten a little more complicated. "Elastic and I have become good friends," quips the performer. "Buttons are a nightmare!" The good news is that because Paevey's injury occurred at the beginning of GH's hiatus and his recovery has been going so well, the accident didn't have to be written into Nathan's storyline. "[GH executive producer] Frank Valentini was really supportive when I called him both after the accident and surgery. I told him I can't pick anybody up or punch anybody. But that's it."

The actor hasn't had to call in sick a single day of taping because of his rough spill, either. "If I miss a day of work then something is terribly wrong," he quips. "It's because I either don't know that I'm working or I'm dead!"

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Easton's Fan-Conducted Exit Interview!

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Yesterday we posted a good-bye message from Michael Easton (ex-Silas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) to his fans, but that wasn't all he had to say. The actor also conducted an exit interview by answering questions posted to his Facebook page.

Because of the number of questions, Easton is promising that he'll answer as many as he can, and in the first part, responds to 25 questions about GH, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and PORT CHARLES (and one mentioning his popularity on the ABC Soaps In Depth Readers' Poll!) with wit, grace and charm.

You can read the first part of the interview here, and make sure to friend Easton on Facebook to see the follow-ups and stay up-to-date on what the actor gets up to next!

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Easton's Good-Bye Message To You!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans were reeling after Friday's cliffhanger, especially fans of Michael Easton's Silas! But the actor took to Facebook to thank fans for their love and support.

"It always hurts to say good-bye," he posted. "The sting is lessened because of the time I was able to spend with all of you. Not sure when our paths will cross again, but in the meantime, my family and I extend our heartfelt thanks and blessings for all the support and kindness you showed us over the past three years. You made us feel loved and we send our love back to you."

Share your own feelings about Easton and his shocking GH exit in the comments!

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Join Sonny & Sons!

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The day that Corinthos fans have been waiting for is almost here! Join GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny & Sons -- that would be Maurice Benard (Sonny), Chad Duell (Michael) and Bryan Craig (Morgan) -- at their event during the GH Fan Club Weekend this coming Saturday!

The trio will take the stage on Saturday, August 8, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA, at 4 p.m. PST (immediately following the main GHFC luncheon). Tickets are $105 and will be available during the GHFCW or at the door.

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GH Friday Recap: Silas Is Murdered!

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Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL was a doozy!

Denise was still shaking from her encounter with Silas when Morgan returned. She told her boy toy that Silas threatened to tell Kiki the truth about finding them in bed together, and she was certain he'd make good on that threat. Morgan flew into a rage. Before Denise could stop him, Morgan rushed out, intent on stopping him!

Meanwhile, Nina was pleasantly surprised to see Franco in Shadybrook. He said he came because he never stopped loving her. She felt the same. Thrilled to be together again, they kissed. Franco was intent on getting her out of Shadybrook and was shocked to learn that Nina committed herself. She believed that Franco was right; that she kidnapped Avery. In fact, she was convinced that she had lost her mind because of her guilty conscience. Franco insisted that she was not the kidnapper because he knew who was -- Silas!

Franco told Nina the whole truth, everything from Silas kidnapping Avery to the fact that Ava has alive and trying to pull herself off as her long-lost look alike sister, Denise. Nina pretty much freaked out. She was furious that she continued to go to Silas for comfort, and he continued to lie to her so she'd go down for a crime that he committed! She tore out of the room in a furry.

Shortly thereafter, Franco arrived at Silas' apartment looking for Nina. The door was ajar. Franco slowly pushed it open. There, on the floor, he saw Silas in a pool of blood... and Nina kneeling above him with a giant knife in her hand!

Over at the Webber house, Elizabeth couldn't believe her ears. Laura revealed that she knew Jake was Jason and, after seeing how thrilled Monica was to realize her grandson was still alive, she deserved to know that her son was alive, too. And, as a mother, Laura was compelled to tell her! Liz begged her not to, at first just saying that Jake/Jason didn't remember anyone anyway; in the long-run it would just cause more confusion and pain for everyone.

Laura was unconvinced until Liz pulled out the heavy armor by saying that Nikolas could wind up in prison. Liz told her about Hayden and how all evidence pointed to Nikolas trying to kill her to keep her from revealing Jake's true identity. The news that her son would do that devastated Laura, but she wanted to hear it from Nikolas' lips that he had something to do with Hayden taking a bullet to the head. Again, Liz pleaded with her to not mention a word to Nik about their conversation. Moments later, Nikolas showed up at Liz's door. Laura took a deep breath and assured them both that she had decided to keep the information about Jason to herself.

Patrick told Sam the good news that Liz had decided to allow Danny and Jake to get together. Sam was, of course, thrilled. Just as she was leaving the hospital, she bumped into Jake. He told her Michael's theory that Hayden Barnes must have learned the truth about Jake from Nikolas. Sam was intrigued by the idea but wasn't sure how to prove it. Just then, Patrick stepped in with news: Hayden was awake!

Monday on GH, Morgan opens up to Sonny, Laura makes a surprising decision and Franco deals with Nina's latest conundrum! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Kin Shriner Unplugged!

KinShrinerGal.jpg This week marks a big day for GH's Kin Shriner (Scotty). Four decades in daytime is a reason to celebrate, don't you think? For the current issue of Soaps In Depth, we sat down with the fan fave and talked about his rascally alter ego's past (and future) in Port Charles... and how he still keeps Scotty fun and fresh after all these years!

"Every time you leave, you do some other new stuff, because all actors shoot for the moon," Shriner admits. "Then, when they want you to come back and be that character again, you think, 'Sure, I can pump him back to life again.' When you get there, you gotta bring it. I come to the table with game. Those actors that I work with on GH, they all have game. They sometimes don't know what to make of my game, so they're on high alert," he jokes.

"They step up to bat and go, 'I don't know what Kin's gonna do, but I'm gonna have game, too!' There's nobody on GH that's not good. It's just how you rile them up at the time. If I stick my finger out at Maurice Benard (Sonny), believe me, he's going to bite it off! My game and his game. That makes the scene interesting."

In the 10-page special dedicated to Shriner, he shares his hilarious childhood connection to the legendary Lucille Ball, memories of those iconic early years on GH, and the person to whom he attributes the show's success. We also opened our files to find some old photos of Shriner that will surely put a smile on your face!

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Budig's Back On GH!

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Ever since Hayden was shot and put in a coma before she could reveal that Jake was really Jason, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have been wondering when portrayer Rebecca Budig would be back on the soap so her alter ego could wake up and put things right. A while back, new co-headwriter of the soap Jean Passanante seemed to leak news of the actress' return, but now we've heard straight from the source!

"Finally!" Budig posted to Twitter. "I can now say I'm so excited to be at GH! Thank you all for your support!"

We'll let you know as soon as we have more details of her return, such as how long this stint will be, but for now, it looks like Liz and Nikolas might be in trouble! Hit the comments to share your thoughts on how you'd like to see the storyline go!

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Cast Your Vote #33

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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: Can Lulu and Dante salvage their troubled marriage?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 6. 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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