Recently in November 2011

AMC's deVry Goes Rogue!


ALL MY CHILDREN bad boy William deVry (ex-Michael) is literally back in action this week as his storyline kicks off on the CW's NIKITA. Speaking to Soaps In Depth from the set using his best Irish accent, deVry provided the deets about his new villainous character, Patrick Miller. "I'm playing a guardian. He's the keeper of secrets and a very important pawn in the game of espionage," the actor confides.

In the recurring role -- "It looks like I'm doing six episodes and counting," he shares -- deVry will have the opportunity to strut his stuff like never before. "I was introduced in the last episode, but the story really starts this Friday with a big reveal. And a lot of action right away," he says of the mid-season finale airing this Friday, December 2, at 8 p.m. EST "I'm doing all my own stunts, running, knife fights, gun shooting, and blowing 'em up!" NIKITA will return to the CW on Friday, January 6.

In the meantime, deVry is also currently starring as the head of an inept government spy agency in the Canadian sit-com INSECURITY. The primetime series is now in its second season, but fans can catch up with the 2-DVD set. When he wraps his current projects, the actor is headed to HBO's THE TRANSPORTER where he's been tapped for yet another intriguing role. "It's a corrupt CIA agent," deVry laughs. "I've been going from playing a smart ass to a bad ass."

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Rademacher Visits HAWAII Next Week!


Shortly after GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ingo Rademacher (Jax) moved his family to Hawaii, the actor landed a guest spot on the popular CBS police procedural drama HAWAII FIVE-0, which just so happens to tape in the tropical state! "We'd been planning to make this move for a while, and look how it worked out," Rademacher marvels. "The moment I come over here, I got on HAWAII FIVE-0 immediately."

Rademacher will guest star in the episode titled "Pahele," airing next Monday, December 5. When a school bus full of children is hijacked and a rather odd ransom demand is made, the Five-0 team heads off on a wild chase to rescue the students. But it may just turn out that Rademacher's character, Malcolm Schaefer, has more to do with the abduction than simply being a concerned father of one of the missing kids! "It was a nice welcome to Hawaii picking up the show just as we were moving there," he shares. "The cast a crew are super nice, like at GH. The whole experience was really fun. Hope I get to do it again!"

Tune in to HAWAII FIVE-0 at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

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See Parsons Dance!


This holiday season, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Nathan Parsons (Ethan) is going to be one busy elf! As a member of the Boom Kat Dance Theatre, the performer will be starring in STATIONS: A Modern Los Angeles Holiday Story, now playing through Friday, December 30, at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA.

Celebrating the shared humanity and redemption of people in crisis during the holidays, STATIONS interweaves the struggle of a new family facing foreclosure with stories of an overworked Santa, an unappreciated pastry chef, and other characters struggling to keep up with life on a bleak December night. Tickets range from $15-$25, and performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m on Sundays. You can purchase tickets here, and learn more about the Boom Kat Dance Theatre at

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It's Our Annual Year In Review Extravaganza!


As 2011 draws to a close, our editors have put together a special issue highlighting the best and worst of the year! Now on sale, the new ABC Soaps In Depth features our annual Year In Review recaps for ALL MY CHILDREN, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIVE TO LIVE, as well as our Top 5 picks for each soap. Plus, when we asked the stars of ABC Daytime to reveal their favorite moments from 2011, we received so many answers that they wouldn't all fit in the magazine! Luckily for you, we're posting their responses right here!

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Cast Your Vote #50



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 currently airing on a show.

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:

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Will Maggie cause trouble for Steve and Olivia?

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Can Jack be redeemed?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, December 1.

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.


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AFTRA Responds To Prospect Park Announcement


It seems that daytime television fans haven't been the only ones frustrated by the lack of news coming from the Prospect Park camp the past few weeks. AFTRA -- the actors union which the players from ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE belong to -- released a statement today following the media company's announcement that plans to relaunch the beloved soaps canceled by ABC have been shelved, admitting that they themselves began to grow concerned when Prospect Park began avoiding negotiations.

"AFTRA was deeply disappointed to read that the executives at Prospect Park have decided to suspend their efforts to produce the long-running and popular daytime serials OLTL and AMC via online distribution. Despite initial progress in our negotiations with Prospect Park toward resolving a fair agreement to cover the performers appearing on these programs, we were perplexed and disappointed that for the past month Prospect Park has not responded to our repeated inquiries to resume those discussions. We now conclude from the press reports that Prospect Park faced other challenges unrelated to our negotiations, which prevented continuation of those discussions.

"We remain hopeful that an opportunity to revive these two popular series will emerge in the future, and remain ready to resume discussions should that opportunity arise."

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It's Official: Prospect Park Gives Up On AMC & OLTL


Five months after stepping in as a soap opera savior, Prospect Park has officially pulled the plug on their project to relaunch ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE with The Online Network. The company released a statement today -- three business days after OLTL taped their final episode -- from heads Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz.

"After five months of negotiations with various guilds, hundreds of presentations to potential financial and technology partners, and a hope that we could pioneer a new network for the future, it is with great disappointment that we are suspending our aspirations to revive OLTL and AMC via online distribution. It is now becoming clear that mounting issues make our ability to meet our deadlines to get OLTL on the air in a reasonable time period following its January 13, 2012, ABC finale impossible.

"We believed the timing was right to launch an Online TV Network anchored by these two iconic soap operas, but we always knew it would be an uphill battle to create something historical, and unfortunately we couldn't ultimately secure the backing and clear all the hurdles in time. We believe we exhausted all reasonable options apparent to us, but despite enormous personal, as well as financial cost to ourselves, we failed to find a solution.

"While we narrowed in on a financial infrastructure, the contractual demands of the guilds, which regulate our industry, coupled with the program's inherent economic challenges ultimately led to this final decision. In the end, the constraints of the current marketplace, including the evolution and impact of new media on our industry simply proved too great a match for even our passion.

"In our opinion, new models like this can only work with the cooperation of many people striving to make them happen, and we would like to thank and praise the numerous people who tried to help and showed us incredible support. We are extremely grateful to the fans and media who showed great support to us through this process, to ABC who did everything in their control to help, and we are especially grateful for the support and encouragement from many of the soaps' cast and crew themselves.

"We hope that our efforts are not lost, and that we somehow created a dialogue and movement on the feasibility of first run, network quality content online. Of special note, we would like to thank Frank Valentini (OLTL Executive Producer), Ron Carlivati (OLTL headwriter), Agnes Nixon, many of the cast of OLTL including Michael Easton, Ted King, Kelley Missal, Melissa Archer, and of course Erika Slezak, all of whom signed on quickly and did all they could to help, as well as our own Christine Sacani. Cameron Mathison and Lindsay Hartley also get our sincerest thanks for their support. We feel terrible we couldn't come through for them and we were very much looking forward to working together."

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We bet that when injured Iraq war vet J.R. Martinez signed on to play the role of Brot on ALL MY CHILDREN in 2008, he never imagined that it would lead him to taking home the mirrorball trophy on DANCING WITH THE STARS three years later! Last night, Martinez and his pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, were crowned the Season 13 victors in the ABC dancing competition. "You have to step up to the challenge and believe in yourself," Martinez told reporters last night after his big win. "Even if you fall, failure is not falling down, but it's the reason to get up."

While the soldier's inspirational story and bravery was already known to his fans from the soap world, competing on DANCING gave Martinez the opportunity to share his history with the rest of America, even landing on the cover of People magazine a few weeks ago. "I'm going to write a book and continue acting and continue motivational speaking," he shared of his future plans. "I want to write a book and tell people the story outside of what they already know. That's the biggest thing for me; I want to continue to share as much of this experience [and] every experience I have been through in my life with all the people that I can. And from time to time, call up Karina and ask her to meet me around the corner to do a little dance!"

While he was thrilled to hold the trophy in his own hands, Martinez was even happier that his partner won her first DANCING competition. "She's an amazing person and I'm so grateful for the fact that I was able to be a part of the journey and her winning her first memorable trophy," he said of Smirnoff. "She deserves it, she needs to be put in an elite category when it comes to people that have won on the show. The fact that I was able to be a part of that is an amazing honor for me."

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AMC Alum Welcomes A Son


Former daytime darling Lindsay Price (ex-An Li, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Michael, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! The actress and her beau, celebrity chef Curtis Stone, are new parents! According to Us Weekly, Price gave birth to a baby boy named Hudson on November 6. "Lindsay and I are so excited to welcome our sweet little baby boy into the world," tweeted Stone. "It feels so great to be a dad!"

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Interview: Lilley Paints A Portrait Of The Artist


If you want to check out a movie this weekend and a teenaged vampire bride or The Muppets aren't your cup of tea, then consider something a bit different by today's big-screen standards: The Artist, a black and white silent film set in the late 1920s towards the end of Hollywood's silent era. You'll even see a familiar face -- GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jen Lilley (Maxie)!

The film, written and directed by Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, even winning star Jean Dujardin the Best Actor Award at the prestigious competition. "It's a tribute to Hollywood's Golden Era, and I feel incredibly blessed to have been a part of it," Lilley tells Soaps In Depth. "I have such a soft spot for Charlie Chaplin and Clara Bow, so when I got the opportunity to celebrate their art, it was touching. Michel Hazanavicius did an amazing job striving for 1920's authenticity, and it shows!

The Artist focuses on a declining male star and a rising actress as silent cinema begins to be replaced by "the talkies." Considering her love for the genre, being a part of The Artist was huge for Lilley. "I remember calling up my agent and telling her she had to pitch me for this project," she recalls. "When I went in to audition, I told Michel that I knew so much about this era and I was simply delighted to hear he was making this movie. I asked him if he wanted it to really simulate a 1920s silent film, and when he said yes, I did what I knew -- Clara Bow. Michel had the writers add a part for me! He was a delight to work with, as was Jean Dujardin.

"I'm actually one of the few characters that has a line in the film!" Lilley continues. "I am near the end of the film, one of the neighbors who helps rescue George Valentin [played by Dujardin]. I say, 'Oh my God, it's George Valentin!' after a policeman rescues him from a burning building."

After filming was over, Lilley walked away with an experience she'll never forget. "There are great actors who also have small roles. I'm sure they feel just like me -- thrilled to be in such an amazing film."

The Artist also stars French actress Bérénice Bejo (A Knight's Tale) and Americans John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penepole Ann Miller and Missi Pyle. The film opens on Friday, November 25. To see the trailer, click here.

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Thompson "Sad" To See McCullough Leave GH


There isn't anyone more disappointed by the news that Kimberly McCullough (Robin) has decided to exit GENERAL HOSPITAL than her on-screen husband, Jason Thompson (Patrick). "We've had five, six years with a great couple. Kimberly and I have had a blast," Thompson tells Soaps In Depth. "Is it going to be sad? Absolutely. No doubt about it. I'm going to be sadder than anybody."

In order to allow GH to give a proper send-off to her character -- which she began playing in 1985 when she was just 7 years old -- In Depth has learned that when McCullough's contract ended several months ago, she had agreed to stick around Port Charles for a bit longer. "Kimberly McCullough has decided to pursue her dream of directing full-time so she has decided to leave GENERAL HOSPITAL as storyline dictates," says a show spokesperson. "Expect a poignant and must-watch storyline for Robin and Patrick."

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Will Martinez Win DANCING Tonight?


During tonight's DANCING WITH THE STARS two-hour finale -- which starts at 9 p.m. EST on ABC -- the coveted mirror ball trophy is going to be awarded to Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake or ALL MY CHILDREN's J.R. Martinez (Brot). While the fan favorite got off to a slow start in last night's competition, Martinez and pro partner Karina Smirnoff rebounded brilliantly in the all-important freestyle dance, earning a perfect score of 30.

"It was a real testament to J.R.'s character when [host Brooke Burke Charvet] asked him after the first dance how he did and he said the judges were right [in their critique]," co-star Vincent Irizarry (David), who was in the audience to cheer on his buddy, told Soaps In Depth at the show. "Most people would say they did well even if they didn't. J.R.'s a warrior."

"He didn't let it get him down," concurs Michael E. Knight (Tad), who was also in the crowd rooting for Martinez, along with Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Darnell Williams (Jesse), Jacob Young (JR; now Rick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Shannon Kane (Natalia) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal). "JR nailed the freestyle," Mathison says. "I think it's a slam dunk!" Adds an enthusiastic Eakes, "I'm just his biggest fan. J.R.'s fantastic. He's going to win!"

The war vet-turned-actor was thrilled to have the support of his Pine Valley comrades last night. "It was an amazing feeling to see all the AMC-ers out there in the audience," Martinez says. "It shows that, despite the show being canceled, we all support each other."

But there's still more dancing to be done. Smirnoff explains that on tonight's finale, "each pair has one more dance. Then, the top two couples will learn an 'instant salsa.'"

The other two dance pros who are in the running -- Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke -- have each won the competition before, so Martinez is hoping that he'll win not just for himself but Smirnoff, too. "I'm so grateful for this second chance at life, to be on this show and meet an amazing friend," Martinez says of his dance partner "Whatever happens tonight this has been an amazing journey."

Turning to Martinez, Smirnoff adds with a smile, "You're my mirror ball trophy!"

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Meet GH's Lady In White!


She's been skulking around Wyndemere for weeks. Now, GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers will finally meet the mysterious lady in white! Actress Alyshia Ochse has been cast in the role of the object of Ethan's obsession!

On DAYS OF OUR LIVES in 2009, Ochse played a nurse at the clinic where Nicole and Dr. Baker had switched Sami's baby Syndey with Mia's baby Grace. The actress has a long list of credits on her resumé, including a guest spot last season on MELISSA & JOEY, a short film with DAYS star James Scott (E.J.) which she also directed and wrote called The Way We Weren't, and the upcoming feature films Lost On Purpose and Parker (starring Jennifer Lopez). And in 2008, Ochse and fellow GH newcomer Kodi Kitchen (Maggie) co-starred in the Web series HOT HOT LOS ANGELES.

Look for Ethan and the mystery woman to come face-to-face next week!

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Is McCullough Leaving GH?


Is Kimberly McCullough (Robin) leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL at the end of her existing contract? That's what Soaps In Depth has been hearing for weeks, and co-star Steve Burton (Jason) may have let the proverbial cat out of the bag at a fan event in Long Island, NY, this weekend! While discussing the impending exit of Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) during a Q&A with the crowd, Burton reportedly mentioned that he'd "heard" McCullough would be leaving the soap as well.

One unnamed actor reports that McCullough's fans won't be left without a proper ending for her character -- she'll be sticking around Port Charles to finish out this latest chapter in Robin and Patrick's life.

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GH's Hennesy Visits ONCE UPON A TIME


GENERAL HOSPITAL star Carolyn Hennesy (Diane) gets to visit the land of make-believe when she guests on the Sunday, November 27, episode of ONCE UPON A TIME. In "That Still Small Voice," a giant sinkhole mysteriously appears at the edge of town, and young Henry is sure that it links the residents of Storybrooke to the fairytale world. But when he decides to explore the innards, he becomes trapped! Meanwhile, in the fairytale world, as Jiminy Cricket yearns to leave the family business and follow his own dreams, look for Hennesy to appear as his mother, Myrna.

"There isn't any better role to play than smart and sassy Diane Miller," Hennesy tells Soaps In Depth. "Well... okay... I might have to amend that only slightly. Truth be told, playing Jiminy Cricket's mother was an absolute delight. I really can't wait for fans to get a look at Myrna. She, along with her husband Martin, is a master grifter and wonderfully twisted."

Hennesy adds that ONCE UPON A TIME's talented costume department was extremely helpful in making her feel comfortable in the role. "It was really a case where the wardrobe and make-up played a crucial part in getting the feel of the character. I can't go into great detail -- plus, I want the viewers to be surprised -- but let's just say it's my least glamorous role to date. I have a candid photo as my cell phone screen saver and when I show it, I get a lot of 'That's not you?!" No one recognizes me. Not even my hubby!"

Tune in to ONCE UPON A TIME on Sunday, November 27, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Lucci Speaks Out About Prospect Park


Long before Soaps In Depth reported last week that Prospect Park has placed on hold their plans to relaunch ALL MY CHILDREN on The Online Network, media outlets have been speculating that Susan Lucci (Erica) and the company were having problems reaching an agreement. (As long ago as September, Deadline reported that Lucci had turned down an offer to continue on with Prospect Park.)

For the first time, the Emmy winner is speaking out about her talks with the media company, denying that her failing to reach an agreement with Prospect Park had anything to do with the plans to place AMC on hold. "I want my fans to know the truth. There has been miscommunications as a result of statements in the press that I am one of the reasons that All My Children is not moving forward," she says in an emotional statement posted on her Facebook page. "This is simply untrue and not the case. We have been in discussions since Prospect Park first expressed interest in moving the series online, and in correspondence dated September 8th, I made it clear that I would be ecstatic to be a part of All My Children in a prominent way if they committed to producing the series for another year. I have not heard back from Prospect Park since then, in fact, I learned of their decision not to proceed with All My Children at the same time you did, through the media.

"It's been a privilege and honor to be involved with the All My Children family for so many years," she continues, "from working closely with Agnes Nixon to getting to know millions of devoted and wonderful fans."

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Is GH Losing Another Spencer?


Hot on the heels of the news that Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) will leave GENERAL HOSPITAL the week of December 19, comes word that another Spencer could be flying the coop! Nathan Parsons, who debuted as Ethan in January 2009, is finally involved in a major story after years on the backburner... but his contract is up early in 2012, and he's not sure what his plans are! "The timing's not the best," he says in the latest issue of TV Guide. "I guess we'll have to sit down and talk." Will Ethan's mysterious, new romance with Wyndemere's woman in white be enough to convince his portrayer to stay? While a rep for the show had no comment, co-stars whisper that the actor hasn't had a story since day one, and this could be a case of too little, too late.

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Exclusive: Rademacher Talks GH Return


As Ingo Rademacher (Jax) tweeted yesterday, GENERAL HOSPITAL has a story arc that will bring his presumed-dead character back to the canvas for about 3 weeks early in the new year, and the actor exclusively tells Soaps In Depth that his return has actually been in the works for some time!

"We've been talking about it for a while," Rademacher reveals. "When I came back the first time -- which was almost an extension of the contract in a way -- you couldn't really call that a "comeback" because there was no real time in between.

The actor remains hopeful that the storyline will leave the door open for Jax to pop back into Port Charles in the future. "[Executive producer] Jill [Farren Phelps] has always been very much upfront with me with this whole thing," he says. "She's always had the thought that Jax was going to keep returning."

For more on our interview with Rademacher, pick up the next ABC issue of Soaps In Depth!

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She's Back!


Like a bad penny that won't go away, Alex Olanov once again shows up on ONE LIFE TO LIVE this week! Tonja Walker will be back on-screen as the character fans love to hate starting Thursday, November 17. "For years, I have been asked to bring the notorious Alex back to OLTL, where she usually finds herself in the middle of a sinister plot," Walker says. "I relish the opportunity to bring Alex back to OLTL with surprises that shocked even me."

Walker originated the role of Asa's ex in 1990, and played her until 1997. She's returned sporadically ever since, most recently this past March.

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Shipp & Others Return For OLTL's Final Episodes


ONE LIFE TO LIVE tapes its final episodes to air on ABC this week -- to air in January -- and John Wesley Shipp revealed on his Facebook page that he's bringing Evil Eddie back to the canvas one more time. "The ideas for this last week of OLTL on ABC truly approach brilliance," he writes in a note. "When I was told, roughly, what I would be asked to do, it was not what I had thought, and man was I psyched. I tripped on the idea for a week before I ever got the script lol." (Click here to read the rest of Shipp's message.)

But Shipp isn't the only Llanview villain who will be back for one final swan song. As our friends at Daytime Confidential reported, Trevor St. John is due to return as Victor, and a setsider tells Soaps In Depth that Roscoe Born will be taping scenes this week that bring Mitch back into the fold.

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Rademacher Returns!


GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers know that Carly's suspicions that Jax didn't really die are correct, and it appears that he'll soon turn up alive and well in Port Charles! Ingo Rademacher has announced that he's returning to the soap! "Looking forward to flying back to LA for a little GH!!!!," the Hawaii-based actor tweeted this morning. "This December."

A return to GH isn't the only news Rademacher has shared on Twitter lately. Yesterday, he revealed that he and wife Ehiku are expecting another baby! "We have number 2 kid on the way. Pretty fun."

There's no official word yet from GH regarding the length of Rademacher's return.

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Williamson's Big Day!


She may have been born in Canada, but Bree Williamson (Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is now officially a United States citizen! "I was sworn in as an American citizen today!!" she tweeted yesterday, November 10. "See you at the polls!!!" The actress took the oath of U.S. citizenship at a Veteran's Day Naturalization Ceremony held at the New York Historical Society. Congratulations, Bree!

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AMC's Martinez Honored By AFTRA


Former ALL MY CHILDREN star and current DANCING WITH THE STARS fan fave J.R. Martinez (Brot) received a special honor earlier this week with the AFTRA Diversity Award at the 9th Annual Ivy Bethune Tri-Union Diversity Awards (The Ivys). Presented as a joint ceremony by the three actor unions, The Ivys celebrate individuals and organizations in the performing arts that have made strides in helping to build a more diverse entertainment industry. Martinez -- an Iraq war vet-turned-actor -- was selected by AFTRA for his focusing attention on and dedicating himself to supporting and empowering disabled veterans and burn victims.

Following the presentation of his Diversity Award, Martinez was surprised with an additional honor from the U.S. Army. Special guest Major General Joseph Anderson -- who was the actor's commander of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the unit which Martinez was in when he was injured -- presented him with the first-ever "Army Star Award" for his service in and out of uniform.

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Cast Your Vote #48



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 currently airing on a show.

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:

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think Dante and Lulu will make it down the aisle?

ONE LIFE TO LIVE: Do you like Rex and Aubrey together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, November 17.

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.


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OLTL Staying At ABC Studio


Those actors continuing on with Prospect Park's reboot of ONE LIFE TO LIVE won't have to worry about adjusting to a new commute just yet. Sources report that Prospect Park will be renting OLTL's current studio space at the ABC Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side for a short period of time.

Sources close to the set report that the actors who have signed deals to be a part of OLTL with The Online Network are relieved that they won't have to clear out their dressing rooms following next Friday's final taping of the soap for its ABC network run. Another source shares with Soaps In Depth that the soap will be staying at the current ABC studio most likely until February.

OLTL is scheduled to air its final ABC episode in January, and Prospect Park is planning to debut their production of the soap that same month.

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LIFE Ends For Gregory & The Aldersons


When the final episode of ONE LIFE TO LIVE for ABC is taped next Friday, it will also be the last show for David Gregory (Ford). The actor announced on his Facebook page today that he's decided to decline an offer to continue on with the soap as Prospect Park prepares to relaunch it on The Online Network in January.

"Hey everyone, just note to say that I will not be joining Prospect Park," he posted. "It was a very hard decision to make. But I am very excited to shoot the final episodes this next week. Thank you all for all your support. It means the world. I'll never forget this experience. All my love to all you wonderful fans."

Earlier today, Eddie Alderson (Matthew) confirmed on Twitter that he and his sister, Kristen Alderson (Starr), are planning to move to Los Angeles, and will not be joining Prospect Park's production, either. As Kristen tells Soaps In Depth in our new issue (on sale tomorrow!) about spreading her wings and moving on, "It's a good time for me. I haven't had much change in my life, so that would be nice."

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Interview: Roché Does Double Duty!


Can't get enough of sexy, former GENERAL HOSPITAL bad boy Sebastian Roché (ex-Jerry)? Then you're in luck! In addition to his current recurring role as the mysterious Mikael on the CW's THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, the French actor also plays prominently in the upcoming holiday blockbuster, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn!

The first in a series of 3D motion capture animation films based on the iconic character, the movie explores the experiences of Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy. "It's an extremely popular comic book in the whole of the world, except America," Roché tells Soaps In Depth of the Stephen Spielberg/Peter Jackson-directed picture that's currently screening in Europe. "My character's name is Pedro, who's a bad guy, of course. But I also play Mr. Eccles [the first mate of the unicorn]."

Filmed in early 2009, this visually mesmerizing production is one project that Roché -- who waited six months following his audition to be cast! -- was exceptionally excited to land. "I did all my scenes with Daniel Craig [Casino Royale], and Andy Serkis, who plays Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings series," Roche teases. "It's a wonderful, wonderful group of actors."

The family film hits theaters on Wednesday, December 21. In the meantime, the mid-season finale of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight at 8 p.m. on the CW.

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OLTL's Buddy Speaks Out!


The joy of many Sole fans was quickly crushed when news broke that plans for Brandon Buddy to return to ONE LIFE TO LIVE as Cole had to be scrapped, and he was ultimately replaced by Broadway actor Van Hughes. Now, for the first time, Buddy is speaking out.

"I wanted to say that I am so sorry that I was unable to make a return to OLTL as I intended due to personal family issues," the actor tweeted. "I cherish the time that I had on the show and always will. The fans mean more to me then words can express. I'm devastated about this! Again I am so sorry! Thank you all for your love and support! It really helps me in times like this. Thank you and God bless!"

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Prospect Park Puts AMC On Hold!


This should free up Cameron Mathison (Ryan) for more correspondent gigs on GOOD MORNING AMERICA: Soaps In Depth has learned that Prospect Park has put on hold their plans to relaunch ALL MY CHILDREN on the Web!

According to our insiders, the company -- which, over the summer, acquired the licensing rights for both AMC and ONE LIFE TO LIVE from ABC -- has decided that they only need one soap opera for their new Internet channel, The Online Network. And since TOLN had gotten further along in the process with their plans for OLTL, word is that they are not moving forward with the AMC reboot. So far, Mathison and Lindsay Hartley (Cara) were the only two actors to officially sign on with Prospect Park, and we're told that while other actors were in negotiations, all discussion has been placed on hold.

Keep checking back for more updates as this story develops!

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More OLTL Returns!


Soaps In Depth hears that there are more Llanview returns ahead! According to sources, Ty Treadway (ex-Colin/Troy) was on the ONE LIFE TO LIVE set today taping scenes, and Meghann Fahy has also been spotted on the set as Hannah, the crazy teenager who forced Starr to bury James alive. Although it is not clear which twin Treadway will be playing, both Troy and Hannah are locked up behind bars... as are Catherine Hickland's Lindsay and Van Hughes' Cole. Might there be a visit to Statesville ahead?

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OLTL Prospect Park Update

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At the ONE LIFE TO LIVE press junket yesterday, all of the actors were emotional about the soap's run coming to an end on ABC. And while some were excited about being part of the show's transition to The Online Network, we unfortunately didn't learn about any new additions to the Prospect Park family.

While expanding Vimal and Rama's family with Neela would seem to indicate setting them up to continue on-line, Shenaz Treasury (Rama) is actually planning to continue her career in both Bollywood and Hollywood. "I want to do both," she says, "but it's really hard."

Terri Conn (Aubrey) also has not signed on the dotted line, and plans to go to Los Angeles for pilot season, but would never say never. "I've left the door open," she reveals.

Ilene Kristen (Roxy) is excited for the prospect of OLTL and other programming flourishing on-line, and still hopes to be a part of it. "I certainly hope so," she enthuses. "Who's gonna get rid of Roxy? Come on!"

Mark Lawson (Brody) is also one of the actors who is intrigued, but not yet signed on. "I am open to discussion," he admits. "And I hope the best for the show, whatever happens."

Vets Hillary B. Smith (Nora) and Robert S. Woods (Bo) remained mum on their own personal plans for their future with OLTL, saying only: "I think we've considered it," confides Smith. "Shall we just leave it at that? We can't really discuss it."

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Eakes Sparkles This Holiday Season!


Palm Springs, CA, will kick off the holiday season with SPARKLE! An All-Star Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 7, and ALL MY CHILDREN songbird Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) is one of the celebrities who will be performing!

A benefit for the Desert AIDS Project, Sparkle! will be held at the Annenberg Theater inside the Palm Springs Art Museum as performers from the worlds of television, Broadway and the music industry gather together to sing holiday songs at this extravaganza. Some of the celebrities scheduled to join Eakes include Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert (ex-Sam, AMC), CSI's Ginifer King, AMERICAN IDOL's Von Smith and High School Musical: Get In The Picture's Jen Malenke.

General admission tickets are $48, and VIP tickets (which include premium reserved seats and the VIP after-party with hosted bar) are $125. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show scheduled to begin at 7:00. For more information on the concert, visit

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Jackson Is Leaving GH. But Could That Change?


ABC will "neither confirm or deny" that Jonathan Jackson is exiting as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lucky, but expect the popular actor to indeed exit the canvas possibly as soon as late December.

A fan favorite from the time he was a tween on the soap in the '90s, Jackson is scheduled to complete taping at GH soon. His co-stars -- still stunned by the news that he's decided to leave -- are saying that they hope for a last-minute change of plans. Might GH make it worth Jackson's while to stay in Port Charles before he clears out his dressing room? Let's hope so!

Jackson returned to the soap in the latter part of 2009, 12 years after he'd first left Port Charles. The multiple Emmy winner even added another gold statuette to his collection this past June when he received his first win as Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work in scenes when Lucky confronts Elizabeth and Nikolas over their affair.

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Wilson Makes A Run For It!


As a proud parent of a 10-year-old daughter, Marie Wilson (Karen, PORT CHARLES/GENERAL HOSPITAL) isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves and do her part for education. This Sunday, November 13, she's inviting the local community to come out to the 8th Annual Calabasas Classic and join her team to raise money for the Las Virgines Unified School District. The event starts at 8 a.m. at City Hall. "There is a 1 mile family run, a 5k, and a 10k," she reveals. "The bigger the turnout the better -- 100 percent the donations go to the schools."

For more information, on the event, visit To make a donation to Wilson's team's cause, click here.

Can't make it out that day to see Wilson? Check her out on THE BAY (, where she plays opposite Kimberlin Brown (ex-Sheila, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS/THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) as catatonic patient Claire Andrews.

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TOLN Announces More OLTL Casting


Four more ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars have signed on to join The Online Network's reboot of the soap. Pending final agreements with the actors' union, Prospect Park and TOLN have announced that Tuc Watkins (David), Shenell Edmonds (Destiny), Josh Kelly (Cutter) and Florencia Lozano (Tea) have all signed deals to join the network's production when it moves on-line.

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Nixon To Appear On OLTL!


The legendary Agnes Nixon -- creator of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE -- made a Pine Valley appearance before AMC ended its run on ABC in September, so it's only fitting that she stops by Llanview as well! According to TV Guide, Nixon will tape scenes on November 17 to air the week of January 9 that will bring OLTL's soap-within-a-soap, FRATERNITY ROW, back to the forefront during the final weeks on the air. Look for OLTL creator Agnes Nixon to play Agnes Dixon, the FRATERNITY ROW creator. She'll even be interviewed by ACCESS LLANVIEW busybody Blanca Morales, played by New York radio personality Carolina Bermudez!

Nixon made her OLTL debut in 2008 during the soap's 40th Anniversary celebration, playing a Heavenly observer named Agnes when Viki "died." A spokesperson for OLTL had no further details regarding Nixon's appearance.


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Rademacher Heads To HAWAII!


Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has landed a primetime role! The actor reports on his Twitter page that he'll be on the set of the CBS drama HAWAII FIVE-0 today, taping scenes for an upcoming episode. "Gonna go to work tomorrow morning," he tweeted last night. "A little guest role on that awesome show Hawaii50. Looking forward to it."

Fans of Rademacher's know that the actor won't have to travel very far to report to the set. Upon leaving GH this summer, he shared with Soaps In Depth that he and his family were headed to island state, where they own a home. Rademacher won't be the first GH alum to appear on the cop drama, either. Last year, fellow Aussie Rick Springfield (ex-Noah) guest-starred as a famous, womanizing photographer who turned up dead following a bikini cover shoot for a sports magazine.

UPDATE: According to our friends at TV Line, Rademacher's episode will air in early 2012, and he'll be playing the father of a kid being held prisoner on a hijacked school bus... but this distraught dad just may be a bit more involved in the crisis than he initially led McGarrett to believe!

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Get "Lucky" This Thanksgiving Weekend!


Instead of hitting the mall on Black Friday, spend the day after Thanksgiving in the comfort of your own home catching up on the life of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lucky Spencer! SOAPnet will run a five-hour "Lucky Friday" marathon on Friday, November 25, from 7 p.m. EST through midnight, focusing on Luke and Laura's son. Check out the lineup below:

7 p.m. -- from November 1, 1993: When there's an explosion at the Triple L Diner, Luke and Laura realize they've been discovered and activate their emergency plan, which sends young Lucky out of town on his own.

8 p.m. -- from July 17, 1996: Lucky is furious at Laura when she confesses that the stranger who saved the life of baby Lulu is actually his brother, Nikolas.

9 p.m. -- from November 11, 1998: Luke holds Lucky hostage in a cabin while trying to work out their differences.

10 p.m. -- from May 15, 1999: Laura tells Lucky how proud she is of him. Later, Lucky, Elizabeth, Emily and Nikolas share a special dinner at Kelly's.

11 p.m. -- from March 21, 2011: Lucky has to break the news to Elizabeth that Jake is dead.

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Hall Finds "Love" This Weekend!


Even before filming wrapped on ALL MY CHILDREN, Natalie Hall (Colby) was already hard at work filming the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Love's Christmas Journey... and you can catch the film this weekend!

The latest installment in Hallmark's films based on Janette Oke's book series Love Comes Softly, Love's Christmas Journey finds Hall playing widow Ellie, who is still mourning the deaths of both her husband and daughter when she visits her brother Aaron -- played by GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky) -- and his children for Christmas. "I met with my acting coach, and we talked about my life and how I can relate to this character," Hall tells Soaps In Depth about preparing to play the mother of a 6-year-old. "I created my own daughter. My acting teacher gave me a little trick: I have this locket which I would give to my own daughter at some point, so that helped because I always had some sort of sense that I have a child because the locket symbolizes the child I will have one day."

Making its world premiere on Saturday, November 5, at 8 p.m. EST, Love's Christmas Journey not only stars Hall, but fellow soap vets Vaughan, Danielle Parker (Emma, AMC), Charles Shaughnessy (Shane, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Dylan Bruce (Chris, AS THE WORLD TURNS) alongside Academy Award nominees JoBeth Williams (Brandy, GUIDING LIGHT), Sean Astin and Ernest Borgnine in the four-hour movie event.

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Soap Vet Buchanan Joins DAYS!


Daytime fan favorite Ian Buchanan (Greg, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Duke, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Joshua, PORT CHARLES; ex-James, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) has landed another soap gig. According to TV Guide, the Emmy winner is joining the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Ian McAllister, a mega-rich businessman with a powerful hold over Sarah Joy Brown's Madison.

Back in 2001, Buchanan appeared on DAYS as Lord Sheraton, an English royal attending Princess Greta's coronation. The actor reportedly begins taping on November 14, and will first air on February 9, 2012.

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Larson Dishes On THE BAY!


As previously reported, ALL MY CHILDREN's Jill Larson (Opal) recently reported to the set of THE BAY to tape a guest role as lawyer Helen Kruegar on the Web series, and now she's telling Soaps In Depth all about her new gig! "In the words of my father, a good time was had by all!" she shares of reuniting with director/creator Gregori J. Martin, with whom she worked on his independent film Manhattanites. "I did a day on Gregori's show, first to support him, a man of indefatigable energy and perseverance, a true self-starter who never stops starting! Also, to have the experience of playing one of those TV lawyer/cop types!"

The opportunity to play a more straight-laced character than her wacky Pine Valley alter ego was a bonus! "It was fun to try something new, something less, enthusiastic, shall we say, than Opal!" Larson reveals. The actress worked with Lane Davies (Cameron, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Mason, SANTA BARBARA), who plays THE BAY's Det. Mackenzie Johnson. "An adorable guy. So funny and kind and smart. He was a great help, because doing something like that is a bit like being shot out of a cannon, especially after so many years playing the same character!"

Season Two of THE BAY kicked off last week at Larson will make her debut in early 2012.

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AMC's Genzel Goes To Court!


In 2006, Mary Winkler made national headlines when she shot and killed her emotionally abusive, clergyman husband while he slept in their Tennessee home. Now, the tale has been made into a Lifetime Original movie, The Pastor's Wife, starring Rose McGowan (CHARMED), Michael Shanks (SMALLVILLE), and ALL MY CHILDREN's Carrie Genzel (Skye). "I play the D.A., Elizabeth Rice, who prosecutes the case," Genzel tells Soaps In Depth. "I got to brush off my Southern accent, which was a lot of fun."

In the film, the actress puts McGowan's Mary on hot seat in the courtroom, resulting in a controversial verdict. "Rose does a wonderful job bringing Mary Winkler to life. I really enjoyed working with her and making her squirm on the stand," Genzel says with a smile. "In between the drama of the material we all had a lot of laughs and joked around a lot to ease the tension of what we were playing out."

The Pastor's Wife premieres Saturday, November 5, at 8 p.m. EST, and encores Sunday November 6, at 12 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST.

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