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Catch Ellsworth On Cinemax!

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Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Stan, GENERAL HOSPITAL/NIGHT SHIFT; Jamal, PORT CHARLES) is the latest former daytime star to turn up on FEMME FATALES -- the edgy, new late-night anthology series on CINEMAX. In the Friday, July 1, episode, titled "Angel & Demons," Ellsworth stars as Judson, a courageous detective on the hunt for a serial killer known as the Grim Reaper. Fellow GH alum Stephen Macht (ex-Trevor) returns to the series as a strip club owner/mob boss Leland Ryan, who provides a tip to Judson and his partner Det. Wright (played by Ellie Cornell, pictured above with Ellsworth). Will the team be able to stop the killer before another victim dies?

FEMME FATALES debuts on Fridays at 11 p.m., and repeat throughout the week. Check out the two exclusive preview clips below!

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Win A Visit To ONE LIFE!

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Are you a ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan who would just love to visit the iconic soap's set before it comes to an end? Then don't miss out on your chance to bid on a tour of the OLTL set -- the winner will get to bring three friends along for the visit, and a cast member will serve as your personal guide! The auction is currently open at www.charitybuzz.com, and will close on Thursday, July 7. Proceeds will benefit the True Colors Fund, co-founded by singer Cyndi Lauper to inspire and engage everyone to become active participants in the advancement and awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

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Enation Hits The Road!

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East Coasters, don't be jealous if you can't make it to the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend to see Enation -- the indie rock band fronted by Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) -- perform an acoustic concert on Saturday, July 23! The band will be heading to the New York Tri-State area in early August!

So far, dates have been scheduled for three acoustic shows in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Tickets for all three shows include the concert, meet-and-greet and autographs:

Friday, August 5
Treehouse Comedy Production At Marisa's
6540 Main Street, Trumbull, CT
Showtime: 10 p.m. Tickets: $75
(203) 268-5857

Saturday, August 6
Governor's Comedy Club
90 Division Avenue, Levittown, NY
Showtime: 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $84
(516) 731-3358

Sunday, August 7
Uncle Vinnie's
520 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant, NJ
Showtime: 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $75
(732) 899-3900

Be sure to visit www.enationmusic.com to see if more tour dates are added!

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Celebrate The Stars & Stripes With Lavoisier!

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If you're looking for something to do in Detroit on Friday, July 1, check out the WXYZ-ABC Stars & Stripes Festival, because ONE LIFE TO LIVE hunk John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) will be there! The actor will do a Q&A session, then sign autographs and pose for photos with fans, from 4-7 p.m. at 31 Walnut Street in Mount Clemens, MI.

The WXZY-ABC Stars & Stripes Festival will take place in downtown Mount Clemens from Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 4. The family-friendly activities include games, rides, meet-and-greets, musical performances, laser shows, stock-car racing, a petting zoo and fireworks -- all for free! For more information, visit www.starsandstripesfest.com.

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OLTL Real-Life Pair Are Engaged!

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Congratulations to ONE LIFE TO LIVE co-stars Terri Conn (Aubrey) and Austin Peck (Rick), who are planning to marry! A source tells Soaps In Depth that Peck recently proposed to his lady love. The couple -- who fell in love on the set of AS THE WORLD TURNS where they played husband and wife -- confirmed the news of their engagement in this red carpet interview at a pre-Emmy party at Nikki Beach. This will be the second marriage for both actors.

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Trevor St. John Exits Early!

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As ONE LIFE TO LIVE prepares to leave the airwaves, there will be many announcements of fan favorite actors returning to their roles as well as current cast members who are leaving before the soap comes to an end. On the heels of Farah Fath's (Gigi) shocking exit comes news from Trevor St. John (Todd) that he will be leaving the canvas later this summer.

"I want to let you know that my current contract on One Life to Live is coming to an end and my last shooting day on the show will likely come the week of July 18th," St. John wrote on his Web site. "Although I expressed an interest in continuing to perform on the show beyond the aforementioned date the producers have decided they'd rather press on without me. To be clear, I was not fired. But the producers feel it's in the show's best interest not to write any more story for my character. I don't think I can adequately express my gratitude to all of you who have supported me for the last eight years. It's been my great honor and pleasure to play the character of Todd. And I can only hope that I served you well and that I did you proud. I've also enjoyed the pleasure of meeting many of you in person through the years and I hope we have the opportunity to meet again as my career progresses. But to all of you who have been there for me in person or in spirit -- I thank you."

Obviously, we don't have a final airdate for St. John at this time, but we'll keep you in the loop as new information surfaces. But it seems obvious now which Todd is the real one!

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Erin Torpey Returns To OLTL!

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A rep for ONE LIFE TO LIVE has confirmed that Erin Torpey will be returning to the canceled sudser before it leaves the airwaves. The actress, who played Jessica Buchanan from 1990 to 2003, obviously won't be returning as that character, now that Bree Williamson is playing the role. But the soap remains mum on exactly who Torpey will be appearing as when her episode airs in September. Stay tuned for more!

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Interview: Christopher Checks Out Of GH

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The old Hollywood catch phrase "quiet on the set" took on whole new meaning on Friday, May 20. That was the day awkward silence shrouded Stage 4 at the Prospect Studios, marking Tyler Christopher's last day on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Nikolas Cassadine. After completion of his final scene, no one moved. "Everybody was kind of, 'Okay... so... I guess... okay,'" Christopher laughs. "I had been there so long, nobody really knew what to say to me."

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Comedienne Carol Burnett Returns To AMC

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She's a mega-star in her own right, but award-winning actress Carol Burnett is an ALL MY CHILDREN fan who has been able to guest star on her favorite soap several times. And now, Burnett will bring Verla Grubbs back to Pine Valley once more before the show airs its finale in September. "It is our honor and pleasure to welcome back Carol Burnett to Pine Valley. Verla Grubbs is a beloved member of the All My Children family and we look forward to reprising her character," says executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers.

Burnett made her first appearance as Verla in 1983 as the long-lost daughter of Langley Wallingford. She returned in 1984 to appear in an AMC scene with the late Ruth Warrick (Phoebe) and guest star Elizabeth Taylor. In celebration of the soap's 25th Anniversary in 1995, Burnett appeared on the soap once again, also hosting a primetime special. She last reprised Verla Grubbs in 2005 for the soap's 35th Anniversary episode.

Burnett's episodes are scheduled to air in September. Look for Verla to cross paths with Susan Lucci's Erica and Jill Larson's Opal.

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Cast Your Vote #28

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*** VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND ***

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:Should Madison give Scott another chance?

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Will Aiden bring Lucky and Liz back together?

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Would you rather see Tess with Ford or Jessica with Brody?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 30.

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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Vet Returns To His Cult TV Series Roots

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Although soap fans know Thom Christopher as a Daytime Emmy winner who's played the roles of ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Carlo/Mortimer, LOVING's Joe/Dante and GUIDING LIGHT's Dax, the actor is probably most recognized for his 1981 role as The Hawk on the cult television series BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY. This weekend, Christopher will reunite with series stars Gil Gerard and Erin Gray (Nicole, PORT CHARLES) at the Trek Expo at the John Q. Hammons UMAC Arena in Tulsa, OK. "Even during my soap opera fan encounters, fans always asked me about Hawk," he recalls. "BUCK ROGERS was my first TV series, and playing The Hawk was an exotic, creative, challenging role that caught on with the audience in such a short time -- beyond my belief!"

The series only lasted two seasons, but was a smash hit with science-fiction fans. "Everyone thinks that the character I played was on for the entire 37 or 38 episodes. It was only the last 13," says Christopher. "Nobody expected that kind of reaction in just 13 weeks. I attribute it to what the writers did in making him the outsider looking for some place to call home emotionally, physically, as this kind of isolated person. So I think that's what really caught on, and characters like that invariably do."

This weekend will mark the first time in years that Christopher, Gray and Gerard are together again. "The last time was about five years ago in Orlando at The Mega Con Festival," he notes. "It's going to be a nice reunion for us being together again."

Trek Expo, happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, is a science fiction convention held annually in Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.trekexpo.net. For more about Christopher, visit www.thomchristopher.info.

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Cook & Zucker Give Back

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jason Cook (Matt) has partnered with his friend -- and former DAYS OF OUR LIVES co-star -- Arianne Zucker (Nicole) for an exciting new project that will allow the actors to give back and make a positive and lasting impact on the world. Together with Zucker's brother, Todd, they've created a philanthropic Web site and documentary series called LifeCHANGE.

"We'll take six young adults and we're going to change the trajectory of their lives," Cook tells Soaps In Depth. Not only will the young adults be working toward changing their lives, but also the lives of the complete strangers they meet through volunteer work. "They're going to go on a whirlwind trip for a month, doing different events like Habitat For Humanity. It's like THE AMAZING RACE with a good point."

Casting for LifeCHANGE is currently underway. "We want fans to send in a video, saying why they want a life-changing experience for a month, to www.lifechangetheshow.com," says Cook. Video submissions should be kept to two minutes, and applicants will also be required to fill out a questionnaire telling the LifeCHANGE team why they would like to take this chance. Shooting will begin in a few months, with the documentary set to air next summer on the LifeCHANGE Web site.

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Details Emerge On Duhamel's AMC Stay!

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A setsider tells Soaps In Depth that when Josh Duhamel (Leo) returned to the ALL MY CHILDREN set last week, on June 15, he taped enough scenes to span three episodes! The Transformers star should hit the small screen in August, but he can be seen on the big screen as Lt. Lennox starting Wednesday, June 29, in the third installment of the action film series, Dark Of The Moon, based on the 1980s toy line.

A few days after taping his AMC scenes, Duhamel visited THE TONIGHT SHOW to chat with Jay Leno about his Pine Valley return and the latest Transformers flick. Check out a hysterical clip of the two arguing about AMC below!

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Penny Turns Up On DAYS!

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Daytime vet Sydney Penny (ex-Julia, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Sam, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Meg, SUNSET BEACH; B.J., SANTA BARBARA) is headed to DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Salem for a seven-episode stint, reports TV Guide. The Emmy-nominated actress will debut on Monday, August 30, as Dr. Norman, a rehab center physician treating Crystal Chappell's Carly.

In other DAYS casting, TV Guide is also reporting that former MAKE IT OR BREAK IT teen heartthrob Cody Longo will join the soap as Carly's son, Nicholas. Like Penny, Long's visit will be short-lived, since Nicholas' reunion with his mom will serve to usher Chappell off the canvas in the fall. A DAYS spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth that Longo will debut on August 19.

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Amanda's Returning... For Clint?

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A spokesperson for ONE LIFE TO LIVE confirms that Amanda Setton will be reprising the role of Kim in August. The GOSSIP GIRL joined the soap in 2009 as a stripper friend of Stacy Morasco's before becoming Clint's trophy wife. Setton last aired in April 2010 when David blackmailed Kim into leaving town... and Clint. Is the latest ex-Mrs. Clint Buchanan returning for revenge or to rekindle her relationship now that Clint is getting a second chance at life?

"I am thrilled to be returning to OLTL," said Setton. "I had such a great time working with everyone and I am looking forward to the trouble that Kim will get into once she is back in town."

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Fath's Farewell

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Llanview is preparing to say goodbye to Farah Fath as Rex debates whether to give his beloved would-be wife's heart to a dying Clint. "I'm just really trying to look forward and not dwell on losing a job," Fath tells Soaps In Depth. "I've learned so much on OLTL, and I'm taking all of the things that I've learned with me."

Fath adds that the storyline twist that results from Gigi's demise may close the door for her alter ego, but it opens up many others for the characters still on the canvas. "It's going to be a great umbrella story. It's going to be a good thing."

And even after Gigi is taken off life support, OLTL viewers may not have seen the end of Fath just yet. "I can't say I'm 100-percent done," she teases.

For more from our exit interview with Fath, check out the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, July 11!

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GH's Brown Says 'Bye

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Let's get right to the point... is GENERAL HOSPITAL's "certifiable" surgeon, Dr. Lisa Niles, dead or not? Truthfully, it looks like "not." Now, before Scrubs fans get their panties in a bunch knowing that the woman who attempted to both destroy and end Robin's life isn't roasting marshmallows in hell, there is a lot of storyline still playing out from the Robert Guza Jr. arcs. That said, with new headwriter Garin Wolf steering the ship, whether Lisa's coma is permanent or not remains to be seen. Will she wake up? If she does, will she still be "bad" or will she be redeemed? So many questions and, unfortunately, not many answers just yet.

What Could Have Been
"There's definitely a part of me that thinks there could have been some really fun stuff had they kept her with Johnny," says Lisa's uber-talented alter ego, Brianna Brown.

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ABC Plans Encores For July 4th

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Don't worry about missing your favorite soap on Independence Day, because ABC Daytime is planning a full network encore broadcast for Monday, July 4. The episodes of ALL MY CHILDREN, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and GENERAL HOSPITAL scheduled to air are as follows:

AMC: From November 11, 2010: Kendall and Zach go down memory lane and revisit the history of their relationship. Meanwhile, Jesse learns that Natalia and Brot have been dating, and Ryan and Greenlee grow closer while on a mission to find evidence to clear her name in David's murder.

OLTL: From April 27, 2011: A special episode celebrating Erika Slezak's 40th Anniversary on the soap finds Viki trapped in her subconscious mind on the day of Ryder's custody hearing, fighting Niki and Jean for control.

GH: From April 28, 2011: The Spencer family and friends gather together to stage an intervention for Luke's alcoholism.

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UPDATE: Braun Not Headed Back To GH

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UPDATE: According to a GH spokesperson, this is a false rumor and Braun is not headed back to GENERAL HOSPITAL.

Tamara Braun (ex-Reese, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will be exiting DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Taylor in the coming months, and the Emmy winner already has her next gig lined up: multiple sources confirm to Soaps In Depth that she's returning to GH!

Rest assured, Laura Wright fans. We hear that Carly's current portrayer is in no danger of being replaced by her predecessor. Rather, Braun will be playing a new character when she returns to Port Charles this fall!

Of course, this won't be the first past Carly to come back in the form of a new character. Sarah Joy Brown, who originated the role in 1996 before Braun took over in 2001, stepped into the stilettos of Claudia Zacchara in 2008. And Braun already has experience in playing a different character on a soap she's already called home: Prior to her current DAYS gig, the actress played Ava for 6 months in 2008, even winning a Supporting Actress Emmy for her performance!

A spokesperson for GH had no comment.

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Another GH Star Heads To Nickelodeon!

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Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) isn't the only GENERAL HOSPITAL star taking a break from Port Charles to tape a guest spot on the upcoming Nickelodeon sitcom BUCKET & SKINNER'S EPIC ADVENTURES! Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) tweeted yesterday that she was "off for another day of filming on Bucket & Skinner!"

A spokesperson for the new teen comedy tells Soaps In Depth that Hennesy is indeed taping a guest-starring role this week. "She plays a successful businesswoman who visits the school to evaluate products in Piper's business club," says the rep. "Piper has teamed with Aloe and Sven to create the 'Aloe Doll.'" But will Hennesy's billionaire mogul alter ego like what she sees?

BUCKET & SKINNER will debut on Friday, July 1. Air dates for both Berman's and Hennesy's episodes have yet to be determined, but we'll keep you posted!

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Stars Show Support For Wildlife Week

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Born Free USA -- a national animal advocacy organization -- has declared June 20 through 24 their third annual Keep Wildlife In The Wild Week, designed to encourage people to protect and stop the exploitation of wild animals in their own backyards and around the globe. Among the celebrities supporting the third annual event are soap veterans Linda Dano (ex-Rae, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, GENERAL HOSPITAL, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Julia Barr (ex-Brooke, AMC), THE BRADY BUNCH mom Florence Henderson and Ricky Gervais.

During Keep Wildlife In The Wild week, a variety of family-friendly education materials, actions and more will be available at www.bornfreeusa.org, including a wildlife photo contest, celebrity thoughts about why this issue is important to them, and an online auction.

For more information -- and a list of ten simple steps your family can take to help preserve these animals -- visit www.bornfreeusa.org.

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Serricchio Takes On The Godfather!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL bad boy Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego) recently stretched himself with a comedy tour. Now he's taking to the Los Angeles stage with a starring role in the world premiere of Kowalski, a new play by Gregg Ostrin. "I'm very excited and [also] very nervous since I'm portraying Marlon Brando, one the greatest actors in history," the actor tells Soaps In Depth. "The play is about the first encounter between Brando, a 23-year old actor, and Tennessee Williams, one of America's biggest playwrights. It's the night that changed both their lives forever."

Set in 1947, the play is the untold story of Brando's audition for the role of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. The production opens Thursday, June 30, and runs weekends through Sunday, September 4, at the Two Roads Theater in Studio City, CA. For reservations, call (818) 762-282 or visit www.tworoadstheatre.com.

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Paging Dr. Monica Quartermaine!

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Ever since Elizabeth and Jason's son, Jake, died on GENERAL HOSPITAL and his kidney was given to Carly's daughter, fans have been wondering where the heck grandmothers Monica (played by Leslie Charleson) and Bobbie (Jacklyn Zeman) have been hiding out... especially since both ladies work at the hospital! Half of that mystery will be solved next month when Charleson returns to the GH canvas next month. "Monica's back! Look for her to stir things up in July!" the actress tweeted. "AND she is MAD! Once again secrets have been kept from her. Remember all those things you all have been mad about her not knowing?? Well, NOW she KNOWS!"

Charleson tells Soaps In Depth that within days of Garin Wolf being named headwriter of the show, she received a phone call asking her to return. "To get that call to be asked to come back happened really quickly. Really quickly. In a heartbeat," she reveals. Charleson adds that she reports to the set today to tape her first scenes, and some questions that fans have had about her absence will be answered. "I am pleased because there is an explanation of why she has been away... and now she's cranky," Charleson laughs. And at last, Monica will learn that Liz's middle son had Quartermaine blood. "She discovers about Jake [being Jason's son] and she confronts Jason and Elizabeth."

For more of our interview with Charleson, check out the next ABC issue of Soaps In Depth.

UPDATE: A GH rep confirms that Charleson will return the week of July 25, which is the same week that Wolf's episodes begin to air.

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Is Jackson's Daughter Coming Home Next?

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It seems like a family reunion is ahead for ALL MY CHILDREN's Jackson! Leven Rambin hinted on Twitter that she is joining the list of Pine Valley alums scheduled to return to the soap before its Friday, September 23, finale. "I might have some good news for All My Children & Lily Montgomery fans!" the actress tweeted last night.

As previously reported, Thorsten Kaye (Zach), Josh Duhamel (Leo), Eva LaRue (Maria), Kate Collins (Janet), Jennifer Bassey (Marian) and Melissa Claire Egan (Annie) have all signed on to make appearances before the show tapes its final episode at the end of the summer. In fact, Duhamel will be on the AMC set today to tape his scenes! The actor tweeted last night that he was "gearing up for Leo's return. Shooting tomorrow!"

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Star's Real-Life Tot Cast On Soap!

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Talk about Take Your Child To Work Day! GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) tells Soaps In Depth that he and his wife, Lisa Jackson (neé Vultaggio, ex-Hannah), have agreed to let the soap use their youngest son, 8-month-old Titus Gabriel, play baby Aiden! "It could be really fun," says the proud pop. Look for the youngest Jackson to make his television debut next month!

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Three More AMC Returns!

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All aboard the crazy train! According to TV Guide, ALL MY CHILDREN will be bringing back three actresses who have played Pine Valley's most beloved nutjobs: Kate Collins (Janet), Jennifer Bassey (Marian) and Melissa Claire Egan (Annie)!

The three ladies will air the week of Monday, July 25, in scenes with Cady McClain's Dixie! Marian, Janet and Annie are all patients at Oak Haven psychiatric hospital -- which also happens to be the same facility where a presumed-dead Dixie is being held for observation! Hilarity is sure to ensue when the women join forces to escape from the nuthouse and find their way back to Pine Valley!

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Is Destiny Pregnant?

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE once again launched a teen pregnancy storyline today, June 10, centering around Shennell Edmonds' Destiny and Eddie Alderson's Matthew. The tale will also involve Kristen Alderson's Starr, who was the focus of the soap's popular teen pregnancy story in 2008. But this time around, Starr is the support system for Destiny, who recently had sex for the first time with Matthew, leaving Hope's mom to wonder if the young woman might be pregnant.

As this story unfolds, OLTL is offering viewers the chance to go behind the scenes with Shenell and Kristen in a video blog as the young actresses discuss their experiences on the soap's dealing with the topic of teen pregnancy. Check it out at www.abc.com/onelivetolive.

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UPDATE: OLTL Scribe Heads To GH!

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Earlier today, ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Robin Strasser (Dorian) revealed a whopper of a secret when she tweeted that the soap's headwriter, Ron Carlivati, was headed to GENERAL HOSPITAL to take on a position as a script writer, in hopes of eventually becoming co-headwriter. "Yo, I'm taking heat for leaving early?" the actress asked.

Insiders tell Soaps In Depth that the rumor about OLTL's enormously talented headwriter joining the GH writing team is indeed true. But OLTL fans do not have to worry about him leaving them high and dry: our well-placed sources report that Carlivati will be writing OLTL 'til the last episode in January 2012. So keep watching!

UPDATE: ABC Daytime has released a statement from Carlivati regarding his move to GH after OLTL wraps production. "I remain fully committed to Frank Valentini and OLTL as the show's headwriter until the series concludes in January of 2012," he says. "It has been my distinct honor to write for Agnes Nixon's groundbreaking soap opera for the past fifteen years, and it will be with a heavy heart that I, along with my incredibly talented team, pen its finale. At that time, I am happy to announce that I will then be joining the writing team of GH, and am thrilled to be working once again with executive producer Jill Phelps as well as new headwriter Garin Wolf."

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Cast Your Vote #26

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*** VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND ***

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: Would Bianca and Marissa make a good couple?

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think Jason should leave the Mob?

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Do you believe Roger Howarth or Trevor St. John is playing the real Todd?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 16.

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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La Rue Signs On For A Pine Valley Visit!

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Before there was Kendall and Zach, Maria Santos was the lady in the casino owner's life. And now, a reunion may be ahead for the former flames since the lovely doctor's portrayer, Eva La Rue, will be bringing her back to ALL MY CHILDREN!

ABC has announced that the CSI: MIAMI star is the latest alum of the soap to return to Pine Valley before AMC signs off in September, and will air in July. Just earlier this week, the network revealed that Josh Duhamel (Leo) would be making a brief appearance, and the soap had already secured fan favorites Cady McClain (Dixie) and Thorsten Kaye (Zach) to reprise their roles. While Transformers star Duhamel is scheduled to only appear in an episode or two -- most likely as a ghost from what sources tell Soaps In Depth -- a spokesperson for the show confirms that LaRue's stint will be spread out over several episodes next month. She first joined the AMC cast in 1993, and left in 1997. La Rue returned in 2002, but the character moved to California in 2005 after spinning out of control following the death of her husband, Edmund (played by John Callahan). Even though she was already starring on hit CBS crime drama, La Rue made a brief AMC appearance as Maria last year during the soap's 40th anniversary celebration in the documentary shot by Kelly Ripa's Hayley.

What other characters from AMC's past would you like to see return to Pine Valley before the last episode airs?

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From Mob Laywer To Mob Boss!

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FEMME FATALES -- CINEMAX's new late-night anthology series about powerful, sexy, and dangerous women -- is playing host to a roster of former soap stars this summer. Soaps In Depth already provided the scoop about the episodes starring Robert LaSardo (ex-Manny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Daphnee Duplaix (ex-Rachel, ONE LIFE TO LIVE). If that wasn't enough reason to set your DVR, now we've learned that Stephen Macht (ex-Trevor, GH) will play a mob boss (pictured on the left!) in the Friday, June 10, episode, titled "The White Flower."

Macht will reprise the role on the Friday, July 1, FEMME FATALES episode, "Angels & Demons," in which Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Stan, GH; Jamal, PORT CHARLES) stars as a detective on the hunt for a serial killer! New episodes debut on Fridays at 11 p.m. and repeat throughout the week, so tune in!

Check out our exclusive sneak peak of Macht in FEMME FATALES below!

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GH Casts Two Soap Vets

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As GENERAL HOSPITAL moves into a storyline centered around Luke's disappearance, the soap has cast two former daytimers in recurring roles. A show rep confirms that Priscilla Garita -- who played SUNSET BEACH's Gabi before moving to PASSIONS to replace Lindsay Korman (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN) as Theresa -- will debut as Lupe, a woman with a long-standing history with Luke, on Friday, June 10.

Meanwhile, former PRISON BREAK and GHOST WHISPERER regular Kurt Cacares -- who filled in for Mark Consuelos on AMC for several months in 2002 while Mateo's portrayer filmed The Great Raid -- enters the scene on Friday, June 24, as Javier, a shady and dangerous (yet quite charming!) guy.

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Marcil Giovinazzo Hosting Fan Weekend Event!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda) has put together a very special event taking place during the show's Fan Club Weekend next month... and she wants you to be there!

Join the actress at GaGoo's Bash on Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. in the Empire Ballroom at the Sportsmen's Lodge. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds will benefit a cause near and dear to the actress' heart, Sojourn Services For Battered Women & Their Children. Send a money order to Kathy Fisher, 13351-D Riverside Drive #643, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, or via PayPal at KJFMAVI1@yahoo.com.

For event questions, E-mail info@vanessaconnection.com.

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Hang Out With Hearst!

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Listen up, Rick Hearst (ex-Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) fans! The actor will be hosting "Coffee Break With Rick Hearst" on Saturday, July 23, at 6 p.m. PST at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, CA, during the GH Fan Club Weekend!

Hearst's mother, Ann, will be cooking up some special Italian delicacies for the bash, and there's going to be lots of yummy desserts, so make sure you arrive hungry! Tickets are $75 per person for GH Fan Club members, and $80 for non-members. To order, please send two self-addressed, stamped envelopes along with your money order made payable to Debby O'Connor to Debby O'Connor, P.O. Box 16212, Irvine, CA 92623. Or you can visit www.YourNumberOneFan.com to buy tickets using PayPal. (Add an additional $5 charge per ticket for use of PayPal to cover shipping and handling.) All tickets are non-refundable. Please be sure to include the names of all members in your party to ensure you are seated together.

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A Happy Ending For OLTL's Joey & Kelly!

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And another ONE LIFE TO LIFE star has been added to the list of early exits: Soaps In Depth has learned that Tom Degnan will be exiting the role of Joey Buchanan this summer. But there is a silver lining in this cloud for Joey and Kelly fans: sources report that Degnan and Gina Tognoni's character will exit the canvas together!

Tognoni returned to Llanview in February of 2010, and Degnan made his debut as the latest in a long line of Joey recasts that November. A spokesperson for OLTL had no comment.

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Berman Lands New Role! But Is She Leaving GH?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Julie Marie Berman (Lulu) will be moonlighting this week: the Emmy winner has landed a guest-starring role in the new Nickelodeon show BUCKET & SKINNER'S EPIC ADVENTURES! According to Berman's Official Facebook Fan Page, she began rehearsals on Friday and tapes her appearance on the live show this week.

The teen sitcom -- debuting on Friday, July 1 -- is a comedy about two surf buddies navigating the trials and tribulations of high school. "I'm playing Vera, the older sister of Aloe. Har, har," Berman tells Soaps In Depth with a smile. Vera is a world-class surfer and international celebrity, who returns to town to be honored by the mayor. But Aloe's jealousy of her turns everything into a competition, as he tries to upstage Vera's big day and focus the attention back on himself!

A Nickelodeon rep says that at this time, Berman is only scheduled for a one-time appearance, but that is subject to change in the future. And as for the rumors that Berman is exiting Port Charles, the actress assures In Depth that "I have no plans on leaving in the near future."

As soon as we know when Berman's episode of BUCKET & SKINNER'S EPIC ADVENTURES will air, we'll pass it on!

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Is Leo Returning For Greenlee?

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The news that Josh Duhamel will make an appearance on ALL MY CHILDREN as Leo before the soap signs off on September 23 is a bittersweet announcement for many of the show's fans... including those on the Soaps In Depth staff! The character allegedly died when Leo went over a waterfall in October 2002 trying to save his wife, Rebecca Budig's Greenlee, from his mother, Vanessa. But since his body was never found, die-hard Leo and Greenlee fans have been hopeful that one day their favorite couple would be reunited.

During his AMC stint, the Transformers star was nominated for a Daytime Emmy four times, taking home the Outstanding Supporting Actor award in 2002. Even after he left Pine Valley, Duhamel was vocal about his daytime roots, crediting AMC for his big break. "Everyone at AMC is thrilled and excited to welcome Josh back to Pine Valley," says executive producer Julie Hanan Carruthers. "The appearance of Leo is sure to be one of the highlights of the season."

But how, exactly, will Leo tie into storyline when Duhamel makes his brief appearance -- likely to be only an episode or two -- in August? One theory is that after all these years, a very alive Leo will return to Pine Valley to take his soulmate back to Paris, where they were planning to move before Greens was kidnapped by her evil mother-in-law. (Sorry, Rylee fans!) While that is the plot twist that most fans (ourselves included!) are hoping for, In Depth hears that Duhamel's appearance may be as a ghost or in a dream sequence.

Tell us below how you want to see Duhamel's return play out!

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What Does Couric's Deal Mean For GH?

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ABC Daytime announced today that television journalist Katie Couric has signed a multi-year, multi-platform deal with the network to host and produce her own nationally syndicated talk show and to join the ABC News team. The former TODAY SHOW co-anchor will launch her new program in September 2012.

The eight ABC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham (N.C.) and Fresno (CA) -- which make up 23% of the nation's TV households -- have already cleared the new show in the 3:00 p.m. time slot. What does that mean for GENERAL HOSPITAL, which airs at that time in many markets? Most likely, GH will air in an earlier timeslot. For now, the network will return the last hour of its Daytime network block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012. The network's press release states that ABC continues to support GH and the plans to launch THE CHEW this September (replacing ALL MY CHILDREN) and THE REVOLUTION in January 2012 (after ONE LIFE TO LIVE ends).

ABC insiders tell Soaps In Depth that no decision about GH will officially be made by ABC until sometime next year. As the network heads into the launch of Couric's new show in September 2012, they will take a look at how all the shows -- GH, The Revolution and The Chew -- are doing in the ratings. At that point, any of them could be canned, cut down to 30 minutes, etc. As with any business, it will come down to ratings and profits.

What can GH fans do to save their soap? Not only tune in and watch themselves, but get other people to watch. Ratings will be what makes the final call next year about GH's fate.

UPDATE: ABC spokesperson Jori Petersen says "the announcement does not mean the inevitable cancellation of General Hospital. Rather it means that in September 2012 we will program our daytime block with our three strongest shows. We'll have options for the Daytime daypart just like with do each year with Primetime. We believe in all of our shows and the ones that our viewers want, will be the ones that continue. There are many options that could happen... only time will tell... we are simply giving ourselves options for the future, which is a smart way to do business. The best way to ensure a favorite show stays on the air is to watch it."

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See Two GH Stars For The Price Of One!

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UPDATE: If you are a GENERAL HOSPITAL fan planning to see Maurice Benard (Sonny) at one of his personal appearances tour later this month, you may be in for a surprise: co-star Nathan Parsons (Ethan) will be dropping in for a visit at two shows! Parsons will be Benard's special guest at the Saturday, June 25, show in Levittown, NY, and at the Sunday, June 26, show in Rutherford, New Jersey. For tickets, call (516) 731-3358 for the NY show and (732) 899-3900 for NJ.

For the full list of Benard's appearances -- and to see if any additional shows have been added! -- visit www.mauricebenard.tv.

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Marcil Giovinazzo Opens Up About Her GH Exit!

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It's official: Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda) is nearing the end of her latest GENERAL HOSPITAL run, and will soon tape her final scenes. Yesterday, the actress posted an on-set photo with co-star Maurice Benard (Sonny) on her Official Facebook Fan Page labeled "last weeks with Maurice," and last night, Marcil Giovinazzo tweeted that her exit story has "a twist!"

While many fans were hoping that the actress would stick around Port Charles, the plan was always for Marcil Giovinazzo to be on the canvas for approximately a year. "I was always 'coming for a visit,'" she tells Soaps In Depth. "I never described it as anything other than a visit. And that's what it is. I always hate leaving. It's always devastating to me. I love it there so much, but I've never, ever made it sound like it wasn't going to have an end. I came for a very specific amount of episodes and a very specific amount of time. Nothing has changed."

Prior to her return last summer, it was rumors of a different sort that Sorenda fans bandied about. "It was always that I was coming back when I was under contract with NBC [for LAS VEGAS] and clearly couldn't come back," she says. "All of that stuff I understand is kind of fun to kind of guess about. But they are untruths."

In an attempt to manage the rumor mill herself, the normally private actress has taken to social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in recent months. "The problem is when other people say things are factual when they're not," she explains of her motivation to join the sites. "It'll be fun to clear up simple things like that."

< You can follow Marcil Giovinazzo at www.facebook.com/vanessamarcilg or on Twitter @VanessaMarcilG. And be sure to check back with Soaps In Depth for our exit interview with the fan favorite!

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Duplaix Turns Deadly!

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Get ready to see a whole new side of Daphnee Duplaix (ex-Rachel, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Valerie, PASSIONS)! The actress is about to get down and dirty on the Friday, June 3, episode of CINEMAX's seductive new anthology series, FEMME FATALES.

In the episode, titled "Speed Date," a geeky videogame designer lies on his on-line matchmaking profile to make himself sound hot -- only to find that his date, played by Duplaix, is not only a catch but also has a few secrets of her own. (Turns out, she knows her way around a gun!) The duo embarks on a deadly rampage, but on this drama, it's always a good bet that the lady (and we use the term loosely) will get the upper hand.

Tune in at 11 p.m. this Friday. For a preview of the series, visit www.cinemax.com/femmefatales.

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