Recently in May 2011

Chat With GH's Jackson!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) and his band, Enation, are hosting a live Ustream event tonight to preview new music from their yet-to-be-released album! In an hour-long Q&A session with the band, fans can post questions via Enation's Twitter and Facebook about anything they want: their new music, Jackson's Emmy nomination and more!

To participate, log on to Enation's Ustream channel here, and buy a ticket for $.99. Then return at 6 p.m. PT (8 p.m. Central/9 p.m. Eastern) to join in the fun! Everyone who attends the on-line event will be eligible to win a free iPod Shuffle with the complete Enation music catalog on it and an engraved message!

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Is Tognoni Leaving Llanview?

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It seems as if Robin Strasser (Dorian) isn't the only ONE LIFE TO LIVE star slated to leave Llanview before the show airs its last episode on January 20, 2012. The actress tweeted that on-screen niece Gina Tognoni (Kelly) will also be exiting early. In fact, the two women are slated to leave this summer, says Strasser! "Have no control over how they'll write Dorian/Kelly off by July 1," she tweeted. "I haven't had significant story in years -- hoping they'll do D. and K. good."

Strasser announced on Friday that she is set to tape her last episode on July 1. While Tognoni hasn't issued her own comment on the matter, a show insider tells Soaps In Depth that several key players will indeed be exiting the Llanview canvas in the coming weeks.

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Cast Your Vote #24

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It's time once again to express your opinions about your favorite ABC soaps! Once again, we ask you to cast your vote in the comments below to answer this issue's questions and name your favorite actor, actress and couple.

Also, if you'd like to expand upon your answers, feel free, but remember that any comments left here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Extra comments that have nothing to do with this week's poll questions should be directed to our Message Boards section!

Now, on to this issue's questions:

ALL MY CHILDREN: Will Amanda's desire for another baby hurt her marriage to Jake?

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think Josslyn is better off with Carly or Jax?

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Should Joey dump Aubrey and reunite with Kelly?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 2.

And don't forget: PLEASE -- vote only ONCE. That's once per ISSUE, meaning one vote for this article's comments. Not once per day or once per week. Just ONCE.

MULTIPLE VOTES FROM THE SAME USER WILL BE DELETED AND NOT COUNTED, SO DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND OURS. THANK YOU.

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Tune In For Turner!

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What do women really want? That's the question that VH-1's sexy new drama series, SINGLE LADIES, seeks to answer. If the viewers are soap fans? It's a good bet that they'll want to see more of hunky Brit Aiden Turner (ex-Aidan, ALL MY CHILDREN) in his recurring role on the show! The series, which stars Charity Shea, LisaRaye McCoy and Stacey Dash as three relationship-challenged best friends, premieres Monday, May 30.

"My character is Sebastian Caliente, a male model," Turner tells Soaps In Depth. "He attends this event at a clothing boutique, and has been looking at Val [played by Dash] the entire night and eventually bumps into her. He tells her he's been wanting to talk to her and asks for her number."

Turner adds that working with Clueless and THE GAME star Dash was a dream. "She has a fantastic sense of humor and really a pleasure to work with. And she's very easy on the eyes," he quips.

Although Turner only has a handful of SINGLE LADIES spots lined up, he says "I'd love to do more episodes and explore the character Sebastian more. I'd love for Sebastian to have the chance to make Val fall in love with him."

Tune in on Monday, June 20, and Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m. EST to see Turner in action!

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ABC Changes Planned AMC Encore

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ABC Daytime has decided to pull the previously scheduled encore of ALL MY CHILDREN's tornado episode on Monday, May 30, "due to sensitivity to recent actual events." In the past few weeks, tornadoes have ravaged cities in Oklahoma, Kansas and -- just this past Sunday -- Missouri.

In place of the October 2008 episode dealing with the aftermath of a tornado that rips through Pine Valley, the network's Memorial Day encore broadcast will now include the AMC episode of Cara and Tad's wedding from March 8, 2011. Tad's father, Joe, is skeptical of the union, but his mother, Ruth, is supportive. Meanwhile, Cara finds out that it was Amanda who called the INS, and Amanda refuses to attend the wedding. Across town, JR brings up the past to Marissa, but she is only focused on their future.

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Exclusive: Rademacher Speaks Out!

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In an exclusive interview with Soaps In Depth, Ingo Rademacher is speaking out about his release from GENERAL HOSPITAL, where he's played the role of debonair businessman Jasper Jacks for the better part of the past 15 years. "The writing has kind of been on the wall for the character since last August, when I stopped working my usual amount of shows," he shares. "Sometimes there's a lull in between storyline, but it never picked up again for me. So I kind of knew."

Even though executive producer Jill Farren Phelps had told Rademacher earlier this year that there was a chance his character would be written off of the canvas, the actor was still surprised to be let go from the soap. "I think the character is worth a lot to the show," he says with a shrug. "I don't know the exact reason for it, and I don't want to speculate because there's too many different things that you hear. A decision has been made, and I am not going to fight it. You move on. I had a long run there. They've got their reasons for doing it, and I've got to respect that."

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Former GH Scribe Pens DAYS Novels

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Sheri Anderson -- who wrote for GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke and Laura back in their glory days of the early 1980s -- has written two novels based on beloved DAYS OF OUR LIVES characters like John, Marlena, Patch and Kayla. A Secret In Salem and A Stirring From Salem are both available now at sites like www.Amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.

"I want to satisfy the desires of the fans who want to see the characters that they love," Anderson says of her novels. While the book covers don't feature DAYS characters, they do carry the soap's signature hourglass. "We're hoping to appeal to an audience beyond the DAYS fans," she explains.

The author's third volume in the series, A Scandal in Salem, will be available in November.

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Soap's Rock Gods Team Up!

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Call it a match made in 80's pop music heaven! Jack Wagner (Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is joining Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GH) on his 4th annual "Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise" from November 5, through November 10!

Wagner cracked the Top 40 in 1985 with his ballad "All I Need," just four years after Springfield's "Jesse's Girl" became a No. 1 single. Ironically, although both actors were fan favorites on GH in the early 1980s, Wagner and Springfield have never officially crossed paths before! "Never met him," confirms Wagner. "But this offer [to join the cruise] came in, and it sounded interesting. I've never done anything like it in my life, so it should be something different."

Also joining Springfield and Wagner will be THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Doug Davidson (Paul), who will be participating in question-and-answer sessions and other various fan events, and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman.

If you're interested in booking tickets for the cruise, go to www.rickspringfieldcruise.com for more information.

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Tune In For Turner!

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Janine Turner -- the actress who made her mark on GENERAL HOSPTIAL in the early 80s as Laura Templeton -- is following an exciting career path. In addition to acting, she's also an author, an expert on the U.S. Constitution, and a conservative political commentator. Now, the Texan has launched her own program on Talk Radio 570 KLIF-AM in Dallas! (Listeners outside the area can tune in on-line at www.klif.com or www.janineturner.com).

Turner, a regular guest and contributor on such popular networks and shows as CNN and Fox's GLENN BECK, HUCKABEE, HANNITY and THE O'REILLY FACTOR, says THE JANINE TURNER SHOW will mix "Hollywood flair with Washington savvy and American true grit, whether we're talking about the national debt, AMERICAN IDOL or the Constitution... THE JANINE TURNER SHOW will be informative and intriguing with a pinch of show-biz panache."

Tune in Saturday nights at 10 p.m. CDT, or to chat live with Turner, call 1-800-583-1570.

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ABC Plans Encore Episodes For Memorial Day

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If you have plans for a Memorial Day Barbecue on Monday, May 30, there's no need to worry that you'll be missing ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL, because ABC Daytime has planned a full-network encore broadcast that day.

The episodes to air are:

AMC: From October 17, 2008 -- A tornado strikes Pine Valley, leaving Zach trapped in a car, and Adam and Erica stranded together. Aidan spies Ryan and Greenlee in each other's arms, Babe is mortally wounded, and Zach finds a pregnant Bianca in the rubble.

OLTL: From April 15, 2011 -- Learning that Shane is being bullied in school, Clint visits his grandson, but Rex won't let him speak to the boy. Bo and Nora debate whether or not Matthew should turn himself in for murdering Eddie, while Phyllis Rose announces that she knows who the killer is. Marty asks John if he would take Natalie back if he were to find out that Liam was his son.

GH: From February 25, 2011 - History repeats itself in this "clink-boom" episode as Sonny and Brenda depart for their honeymoon, only for their limo to go up in flames. But their wedding guests are all shocked to discover who was really inside the car when it exploded.

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Ingo Fired From GH!

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After a decade and a half in Port Charles, Ingo Rademacher (Jax) is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL. "It is with mixed emotions and regret that I write this note to you, my fans and colleagues," Rademacher says in a statement. "After 15 years on GH portraying Jax I must say goodbye. I'm fired.

"Yes, I know that's sounds bad but sometimes little birds need a shove out of the nest to find their wings... better late then never? I'm trying to find some humor in all this. Even though this was not my call, I think my GH days were almost up anyway."

Rademacher made his GH debut in 1996, taking a short break in 2000 during which time he starred in the primetime soap TITANS before returning to Port Charles the following year. "I would like to thank everyone at GH, the producers, directors, crew, my fellow actors and ABC/Disney for making my 15 years enjoyable and fun. It was always a great place for me to work and I will have fantastic memories. I would again like to thank my fans and especially my "Jax Angels" who have been there for me, supporting me in every way, from Day One. Thank you!"

A spokesperson for GH confirms that Rademacher will indeed be exiting the canvas. Check back with Soaps In Depth for an exclusive exit interview with Rademacher. And as soon as we gets more details on his final appearance, we'll let you know.

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Hunks Head To Arkansas!

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ABC Daytime and SOAPnet's Soap Nation Tour is making a stop at the Fort Smith Women's Spring Fling this weekend in Fort Smith, AR -- along with special guests Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GENERAL HOSPITAL)!

The soap studs will do a Q&A and sign autographs for fans at the Spring Fling, being held at the Fort Smith Phoenix Expo & Trade Center. Goldin will appear on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., and Anderson is scheduled on Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m. For more information, click here.

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Parsons Visits GEORGIA!

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If you can't get enough of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan Parsons during the day, then tune in to the new ABC Family series STATE OF GEORGIA to see the Aussie hunk in primetime!

A rep for the new comedy -- starring Raven-Symone as the title character -- tells Soaps In Depth that Parsons will play Doug, a co-worker of Georgia and her pal Jo, who develops a strong crush on his caveman-like qualities. According to a new fansite dedicated to the actor, NathanParsonsFan.com, the taping did not affect his GH schedule.

Parson's episode of STATE OF GEORGIA is tentatively set to air on Tuesday, July 6, at 8:30 p.m. EST.

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Join The Lante Love!

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Make a date with GENERAL HOSPITAL's cutest couple, Dante and Lulu! Portrayers Dominic Zamprogna and Julie Marie Berman will be together onstage Saturday, July 23, at 9 p.m. during the soap's Fan Club Weekend! It's all happening at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA, and tickets are on sale now for $90 a person! To order, send a money order (along with two self-addressed stamped envelopes) to Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.

See you there!

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Duell To Host His First Fan Event!

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Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Chad Duell (Michael) won't want to miss this: The Emmy nominee is hosting his first ever fan event at the show's Fan Club Weekend! The party will take place on Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m. at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. Tickets are $65 each, and are on sale now! To get yours, send a money order (plus two self-addressed stamped envelopes) to Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.

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Is Ilonzeh Gone For Good?

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From Port Charles to CHARLIE'S ANGELS! Although Annie Ilonzeh (Maya) will be resurfacing on GENERAL HOSPITAL on Monday, June 6, it looks like it will be her swan song... at least for the time being since her CHARLIE'S ANGELS pilot has been picked up by ABC. "The character of Maya Ward is still on our GH canvas," says a show spokesperson. "Although she is being written off for the time being, the door is open for her -- and Annie -- to return."

CHARLIE'S ANGELS -- starring Ilonzeh as Kate, Minka Kelly as Eve and Rachael Taylor as Abby in a modern-day, Miami-set reboot of the iconic 1970s smash hit series -- will air on ABC Thursday nights this fall.

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Meet GH's Jason!

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If you are planning to attend the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, don't miss out on Steve Burton's solo event! Jason's portrayer will be holding court on Saturday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. Tickets cost $80 and are on sale now, and will also be available at the door.

To purchase advanced tickets, send a money order only, along with two self-addressed stamped envelopes and your name, to Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078. If purchasing tickets for a group, please list the names of all members of your party, and submit one money order for the total.

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Strasser Announces OLTL Exit!

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When ONE LIFE TO LIVES comes to a close in January, at least one major Llanview player won't be a part of the iconic soap's end: Robin Strasser (Dorian). "I'll have to leave OLTL sooner than the cancellation date, for compelling health reasons," the actress tweeted. "Unable to meet high standards I owe our great show."

The actress explained that she underwent back surgery several years ago, and now requires a subsequent operation. "Facing another surgery now. I do not want ever to go backwards. Painful this early withdraw, but wise," she posts. No word yet on when Strasser will exit the screen, but we'll keep you posted as this story develops.

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Hang Out With Maurice!

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If you want to hang out with Maurice Benard (Sonny) during the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, tickets are now available! The event will be held on Saturday, July 23, at 6 p.m. PST at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA. To purchase tickets, send a money order only for $80 per person, plus two self-addressed stamped envelopes, to Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078. If ordering tickets for a group, please include the names of all those attending.

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Guza Out, Garin In At GH!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL headwriter Robert Guza, Jr. has been replaced by Garin Wolf -- a long-time veteran of the soap's writing team -- effective immediately. "Garin is a talented writer and storyteller who has peen a part of the GH family for nearly 15 years," says ABC Daytime president Brian Frons in a statement. "His in-depth knowledge and adoration for the show's legacy will help make a smooth transition and an immediate impact on story. I'm sure he will succeed in taking GH to new heights as he develops characters and storylines that will engage and thrill our viewers."

Wolf is a two-time Emmy winner who began his GH career in 1997, holding the roles of associate headwriter, breakdown writer and script writer. In addition to GH, Wolf has penned tales for NIGHT SHIFT and AS THE WORLD TURNS, as well as the animated series BATMAN and TINY TOON ADVENTURES. During the 2008 writer's strike, Wolf made the decision to go financial core and wrote much of what aired on GH.

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GH Villain Arises!

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Don't miss GENERAL HOSPITAL bad boy Robert LaSardo (ex-Manny/Mateo)in his plum role on Cinemax's new late-night anthology series, FEMME FATALES. In the episode, titled "Bad Medicine," he plays a psychopath who takes over the hospital on a night when a nurse (Christine Donlon) is already coping with a bad boyfriend, played by GUIDING LIGHT's Scott Bailey (Sandy). "Eventually he takes her hostage and tries to use her as a way to escape from the hospital and he kills a bunch of people in the process," LaSardo previews. "So it's an edgier version of [what Manny did] on GH; some of the stuff that you can't do on daytime television we were able to do with FEMME FATALE."

The episode debuts Friday, May 20, at 11 p.m. EST, but you can get a little taste in the clip below!

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OLTL Star Up For An Award!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Shenell Edmonds has won the hearts of soap fans with her portrayal of the spunky Destiny Evans, and now the young actress has been nominated for the YoungStars Award in the BET Awards for 2011! Edmonds is nominated in a category that also includes Diggy Simmons, Keke Palmer, and Jaden and Willow Smith -- and the ingénue is in fact the only soap actor up for one of the trophies! The BET Awards, hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, will air live on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. PST, so don't forget to tune in and wish her luck!

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Dixie Returns Today!

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It's surprising, but true: ALL MY CHILDREN was already in negotiations to bring Cady McClain back as Dixie before word of the show's cancellation was brought down. "I waited a couple days and contacted them and asked, 'Sooo... do you still want me to come out? I could completely understand if you guys wanted to [go another direction] with the short amount of time left to wrap everything up,'" McClain tells Soaps In Depth. Because of the special place the soap has had in both the actress' career and in her heart, she also offered to return just for the ending. "They said, 'No, no, we want you to come out for as much as we can do, and we have this story idea...'"

McClain adds that she flew to Los Angeles on Mother's Day, and began taping early last week -- and makes her first appearance today, May 17! While the actress was unable to reveal whether Dixie would be again returning in spirit form, she did say that she expects the fans to be happy. "The powers that be are doing everything they can to make this as pleasing as possible," she hints. For more about McClain's return, check out her feature interview in the next ABC issue of Soaps in Depth, on sale May 30!

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Broadway Star Joins Soap!

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LaChanze -- a Broadway stage veteran who originated the role of Celie in The Color Purple opposite Renee Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline) and won a Tony Award for her performance -- has been cast on ONE LIFE TO LIVE in the recurring role of Yvette. A show rep says that Yvette will have a "surprising connection to someone in Llanview." Look for LaChanze to first air in June.

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In other OLTL casting news, Soaps In Depth has learned that daytime newcomer Barret Helms will debut as Baz on Monday, June 20.

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Ashford Returning To DAYS!

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Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen Haver, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) posted on his Facebook page that he'll bringing the character of Jack Devereaux back to DAYS OF OUR LIVES later this month. Stay tuned for our interview with the ABC Daytime alum!

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Are Zach & Dixie Alive?

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At last, ABC is confirming what Soaps In Depth has already told you: on the heels of ALL MY CHILDREN welcoming Cady McClain (Dixie) back for the soap's final months, Thorsten Kaye (Zach) will be returning as well. But will the two fan favorites be alive and in the flesh, or just a ghostly figment of a loved one's imagination?

In confirming the news today about the comeback of Kendall's presumed-dead hubby, ABC promises that "this summer, fans will be riveted as Kaye returns to Pine Valley." And as for JR's mom, ABC's announcement points out that Dixie was "seemingly murdered" in 2007 before she could be reunited with the daughter she gave away at birth. Could both of these beloved characters still be alive? The mystery will begin to unravel when McClain first appears on Tuesday, May 17. A first air date for Kaye has not yet been announced, but the network promises that "both Zach and Dixie's returns will coincide with a summer filled with 'fan favorite' character appearances and heartfelt surprises."

So what do you think, Soaps In Depth readers? Are Dixie and Zach alive? Weigh in below!

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Stars React To Emmy Nominations

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After the nominees for the Daytime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday, the Soaps In Depth staff spent the rest of the day hard at work, trying to talk to as many of the lucky actors and actresses as possible! While some of their reactions will appear in a story in our next ABC issue, we just couldn't let our chats with the stars go to waste, so we're posting the rest of their responses here for you to read!

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Cast Your Vote #22

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*** VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND *** It's time once again to express your opinions about your favorite ABC soaps! Since the official magazine polls still aren't quite ready yet, we once again ask you to cast your vote in the comments below to answer this issue's questions and name your favorite actor, actress and couple.

Also, if you'd like to expand upon your answers, feel free, but remember that any comments left here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Extra comments that have nothing to do with this week's poll questions should be directed to our Message Boards section!

Now, on to this issue's questions:

ALL MY CHILDREN: Would you like to see David and Greenlee back together?

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Can Michael and Abby make a relationship work?

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: How would you feel if Clint and Viki decided to give it another go?

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

And don't forget: PLEASE -- vote only ONCE. That's once per ISSUE, meaning one vote for this article's comments. Not once per day or once per week. Just ONCE.

MULTIPLE VOTES FROM THE SAME USER WILL BE DELETED AND NOT COUNTED, SO DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND OURS. THANK YOU.

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See Two Stars For The Price Of One!

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As GENERAL HOSPITAL fans know, Maurice Benard (Sonny) is preparing for his multi-city personal appearance tour next month. And a new website dedicated to the GH hottie Nathan Parsons just announced it's first scoop -- yep, Benard is bringing along Parsons for two shows! Consider it a special gift for GH fans: Thanks, Maurice!

For more information on the appearances with Parsons, visit www.NathanParsonsFan.com. For a complete list of Benard's dates and cities, go to www.MauriceBenard.tv.

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Monaco Takes Hallmark By Storm!

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Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kelly Monaco (Sam) may want to circle Saturday, May 14, on their calendars! That's the day she sheds Sam's black wardrobe and sexy image to play Rob Estes' dumped girlfriend in the Hallmark Channel's original movie, Edge Of The Garden. "Rob plays my fiancé. He meets another girl and he leaves me!" Monaco says. "She gets really mad and goes to his house. She finds this locket and gets all pissed off. But," Monaco interjects with a hardy laugh, "I don't take my clothes off, so I was really excited for that! I was, 'Mom! I booked a movie and I don't even have to get naked!'"

On a more serious note, Monaco notes the high quality of the Hallmark brand. "Hallmark makes good movies. I had so much fun. I wish I were in it more than I was, but they couldn't because of my [GH] schedule," she laments. "I could only commit to seven shooting days. But it's fun, it's cute, and we had a good time shooting it." And the bonus? "It was cool to do something different and actually get to wear my hair in a ponytail and wear clothes in color. I had a red dress on! It was awesome!"

Edge Of The Garden, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, will debut this Saturday, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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Emmy Nominations Announced!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the nominations for the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards! The winners will be named at the ceremony on Sunday, June 19, in Las Vegas, to be broadcast live on CBS. Did your favorite actor make the cut?

Outstanding Daytime Drama Series
THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL
THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
ALL MY CHILDREN
GENERAL HOSPITAL

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Game Show Host To Emcee Emmys!

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Comedian/television personality Wayne Brady has been tapped by CBS to host The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Brady -- the host of CBS' daytime game show LET'S MAKE A DEAL -- will share the stage with the best in daytime television when the ceremony airs live on Sunday, June 19, at 8 p.m. EST from Las Vegas.

Brady, who's won four Emmys for his self-titled ABC daytime talk show, is a self-professed soap fan, and appeared with his grandmother on a special Mother's Day episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS in 2004. He previously hosted the 30th Daytime Emmy Awards in 2003.

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Towers Returning To GH!

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For those wondering when GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lucky and Nikolas will learn the truth about Aiden's paternity, this should give you a clue: A spokesperson for the show tells TV Guide that Constance Towers will bring Helena back to Port Charles the week of June 27.

Last year, the wicked granny switched the results of the tot's paternity test, making it appear that Nikolas, not Lucky, had fathered Elizabeth's newest addition, before leaving town with her secret that a Spencer child was being raised as a Cassadine. With Tyler Christopher's exit as Nikolas on the immediate horizon -- he tapes his last episode next week -- it seems as if her return will play into the actor's final storyline.

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Erica's Captor Revealed!

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ABC has revealed the identity of the person holding ALL MY CHILDREN's Erica Kane captive: her doppelganger, Jane Campbell! Yep, daytime icon Susan Lucci will take on the dual role beginning Thursday, May 12, when crazed fan Jane assumes Erica's identity, and wreak havoc on the cosmetics mogul's life in every possible way!

Appearing as both Erica and Jane will mark the first time in Lucci's 41 years on AMC that she'll be playing dual roles. Will Erica be able to break free and return to Pine Valley to prove her true identity before the show airs its last episode in September? Stay tuned!

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Herbst Has A Special Message For Her Fans!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) is recovering from viral meningitis, but she got in touch with Soaps In Depth over the weekend with a special message for her fans!

"Thank you so much for all of the well wishes and prayers," says the actress. "The last week or so has been an eye-opening experience, to say the least. I am so grateful for my overall good health. My heart goes out to those living with chronic pain. I do, however, have to admit being disappointed with my alter ego's failure to correctly diagnose my illness... back to nursing school for Nurse Webber!"

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Picture This!

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Listen up, Maurice Benard fans! Hot off the presses comes a new photo book from photographer Jim Warren, featuring over two dozen photos of the man who plays GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny! "Maurice and I picked the photos out ourselves, so the photo selections are many of his very favorites and a lot of mine," says Warren. Did the two men have any disagreements in selecting which photos would make the final cut? "Well, Maurice didn't see the point in having too many smiling shots - I did," says Warren. (Fans do love to see Benard's dimples when he smiles!) "I won that argument!"

The 26-page book boasts 29 photos, including a centerfold picture that will make many of Benard's fans -- well, those who like looking at his tattoo, anyway! -- very happy! To get your copy, send a money order only, along with a $4.95 priority mail stamp and mailing label for quick delivery, to Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Los Angeles, CA 90078.

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Contract News!

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Good news for fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jason Morgan: his portrayer, Steve Burton, has signed a new contract with the ABC soap! "Hey all, just want to announce that you are stuck with me another year," the actor tweeted. "Can't wait to see what happens next. Appreciate you guys."

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Emergency GH Recast!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) was recently diagnosed with a case of viral meningitis, leading the soap to tap DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Martha Madison (ex-Belle) to temporarily fill in for her. Thankfully, our sources report, the illness usually only lasts about two weeks, so Herbst should be feeling better and be back at work in no time!

A spokesperson for GH confirms that Madison will make her debut on Wednesday, June 8. "The cast and crew of GH wish Becky a speedy recovery and expect her to be back at work soon," adds the rep.

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Bring The Funny!

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Here at Soaps In Depth, we take our jobs very seriously... especially when it comes to occasionally making readers laugh! Flip through any issue, and you're sure to find at least a few captions that (we hope!) will put a smile on your face. Well, now's your chance to show us what you've got! Above is a classic photo from our GENERAL HOSPITAL files. Write a funny caption in the comment section any time between now and Tuesday, May 10th. Then, be sure to pick up the issue on sale Monday, May 30th, because we'll be printing our favorite response and some of the runners-up! The prize? Bragging rights and glory. So come on... show us what you've got!

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Catch Serricchio's Comedy Stylings

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Stumped for what to do for your well-deserving mother this weekend? Give her the gift of laughter! GENERAL HOSPITAL's own funnyman, Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego), will be headlining a show at the HaHa Comedy Club in Los Angeles. "I talk about some personal stories of when I first came to the country, [like] how I had a very thick accent and what I went through to get rid of it," Serricchio tells Soaps In Depth about his comedy style. "And then if I'm in L.A., I'll get specific about how great it is to be here and I talk about how we still complain even when it's beautiful outside."

The HaHa is located at 5010 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601. For reservations and ticketing information, call (818) 508-4995, or visit www.hahacafe.com.

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Ratings Shocker!

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As fans rally in an attempt to save their soaps, one thing that comes up time and again are questions regarding ratings. In an attempt to answer questions regarding how audience size is measured and what is -- and, perhaps more importantly, isn't -- counted when it comes to figuring out how many eyeballs a show is attracting, we went straight to the source. Here, Scott Brown, Senior Vice President of Strategies and Digital Platforms for the Nielsen company answers your most pressing questions!

While the entire conversation can be read below, two pieces of information -- answering topics most often asked of us about ratings -- are worth commenting on. The good news: According to Brown, shows viewed via TiVo or DVR within three days of their original broadcast are included in the overall Nielsen numbers. (It should be noted that as with all Nielsen information, this only applies to shows that are DVR'd or TiVo'd by those in the Nielsen pool, as detailed below.) The bad news: When it comes to shows viewed on-line -- whether via Hulu or a specific network's site -- only count if the on-line version contains the exact same commercials as the network broadcast. Why is this bad news? Because anyone who has ever watched their favorite show via an on-line site knows that in general, there are far fewer ads featured during on-line airings. Currently, none of the soaps which can be viewed on-line feature the same ads as the network broadcast, meaning that those viewing their shows in non-traditional formats are not being counted in the all-important Nielsen ratings.

For the full details on our chat with the folks at Nielsen, read more after the jump!

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Sabáto Welcomes A Son!

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Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL/NIGHT SHIFT; ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) is a father for the third time! A spokesperson for Sabato and his fianceé, Cheryl Mona Marie, tells People.com that the couple welcomed their first child last night. Antonio Kamakanaalohamaikalani Harvey Sabáto III was born at 10:30 p.m. on May 1. The tyke's Hawaiian middle name means "a beloved gift from the heavens."

Aside from his elated parents, Antonio III, joins by big brother Jack, 16, the actor's son with Virginia Madsen, and big sister Mina, 7, whose mother is Kristin Rosetti.

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