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Lucci Returns To CLEVELAND!

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ALL MY CHILDREN grande dame Susan Lucci (Erica) makes another visit to TV Land's hit comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND tomorrow night, playing a more cartoonish version of herself and facing off once again with her daytime rival, washed-up soap star Victoria Chase (played by series regular Wendie Malick). This time around, Susan replaces Victoria in her own Lifetime movie!

Former PASSIONS hunk Ryan McPartlin (Hank) will also appear in the episode as a male escorted hired by Susan to woo Joy. HOT IN CLEVELAND airs at 10 p.m. ET on TV Land.

Check out a sneak peek below!

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Thompson Drops By CASTLE!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jason Thompson (Patrick) is a busy man today! Before checking in at the GH studio, he dropped by the set of CASTLE to tape a guest-starring role!

"Look who showed up to the 12th precinct," former GH co-star Seamus Dever (Ian), who stars on the ABC primetime drama, tweeted this morning, showing off a picture of himself with Thompson, who replied that he was taping his CASTLE guest spot this morning and be back at the GH set this afternoon. "I like it!" tweeted Thompson. "Great to see and work with you again man."

A spokesperson for CASTLE reports that Thompson will guest star in the episode titled "Once Upon A Crime" as Noah Curtis, whose wife, Kristina, is found dead in Riverside Park... dressed as Snow White! Tune in on Monday, February 27!

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Paging Dr. Noah Drake!

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Dr. Noah Drake is back in the building! Rick Springfield will soon be reprising his iconic GENERAL HOSPITAL role! EW.com broke the exclusive story that Springfield will report to the set in February to tape a handful of episodes to air in March.

Patrick and Matt's father last appeared in 2008, when he left Port Charles to get his drinking under control.

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Sabáto On WIFE SWAP

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GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger; ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and superstar pro wrestler Mick Foley will be featured on the season finale of CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP, airing tomorrow, January 31.

Sabáto and his fiancee, Cheryl, are self-admitted clean freaks who keep a spotless home, and drive their daughter, Mina, in a pursuit of perfection with gymnastics classes and piano lessons, while also raising 3-month-old Antonio III. Foley and his wife, Colette, meanwhile, have a much more laissez-faire parenting style for their brood of 4. Tune in tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC!

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Cole & Starr Together Again!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Sole fans will soon get to see their favorite pair -- if only for a few episodes -- on GENERAL HOSPITAL. Today is Kristen Alderson's first day on the GH set as Starr, and Van Hughes (Cole) will briefly be joining her. Soaps In Depth has learned that Broadway veteran Hughes -- who is currently starring in the touring production of American Idiot -- is also due on the GH set. Our theater spies report that Hughes will not actually miss any performances, since he is taping on a day off from the musical adapted from the Green Day album of the same name. A spokesperson for GH had no comment.

Meanwhile, Alderson announced last Friday that she's inked a multi-year deal with the soap. "Just signed my General Hospital contract! 3 years!" she tweeted. "Here we go... You guys ready!? YAY" Earlier this morning, the actress was up bright and early for her first day on her new soap set. "5:40 am! Time to get ready for work! Ahhh new beginnings!"

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GH Wins Director's Guild Award!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL director William Ludel and his team, who took home the Director's Guild Award on Saturday night for the April episode focusing on Luke's Intervention!

CASTLE star Stana Katic presented Ludel with the award. "I got real lucky on this episode," the three-time winner said in his acceptance speech. "I got lucky because of an amazing DGA team covering my back every step of the way. I got lucky because our executive producer Jill Farren Phelps never stopped pushing to make the show as good as it can be. And I got more luck than I deserved with a group of actors who were willing to open themselves up and take some huge leaps so we could have something special, something we could be proud of."

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AMC's Barr Gets Her Vogue On!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Julia Barr no longer gets the pleasure of jumping into Brooke's shoes and judging Erica, so she's doing the next best thing: Judging a fashion competition! Following her stint last year as part of the Born Free USA's fffashion contest, which helps up and coming designers get exposure via fur-free designs, Barr is once again jumping on board as a judge in the competition. "When I said yes, it made everyone happy, including myself!" says the Emmy-award winning actress, adding that animal welfare has always been something dear to her heart. "I've always loved everything having to do with animals. I've grown up with them and had them in my homes as companions for years. And I'm like the dog rescuer in our neighborhood -- it's so bizarre!"

And Barr isn't alone in her support of all things animal related: Joining her as judges in the competition are actress Victoria Principal (Pamela, DALLAS), red-carpet host Melissa Rivers, designer Elizabeth Emanuel and Tony Award-winning costume designer Marina Draghici. "I'm excited to be a part of this with them," the actress raves of her Born Free counterparts. "It's all about compassion and awareness in fashion more than anything, and I think people will think twice about what they wear and what they put on their face, and what happens to the animals."

For further details, rules and how you can enter the competition, visit www.bornfreeusa.org/fffashion.

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Tilford Likes The SINGLE LADIES!

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Fans of ABC Daytime now have two reasons to watch the VH1 comedy SINGLE LADIES! ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Terrell Tilford (Greg) will join ALL MY CHILDREN's Denise Vasi (Randi) for the show's second season!

Tilford announced the news on his Facebook fan page. "Single Ladies get ready ... Terrell Tilford joins the upcoming second season of VH1's "Single Ladies". Currently in production, season two will debut sometime in late May 2012."

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Conn Laughs It Up On 30 ROCK

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It was hard for Terri Conn to do guest-starring roles while appearing as Aubrey on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, but now there's nothing to stop her from spreading her wings, and you can see her do just that on tonight's episode of 30 ROCK on NBC airing at 9:00 PM EST!

"I'm really excited," she declares. "It's like, my favorite show. There's a lot of good shows [that shoot] in New York."

Which is why Conn has decided to maintain her home base on the East Coast instead of moving to Hollywood. "I'm sticking it out in New York," she says. "It's better to be in the room for auditions, but my agents are really fantastic, so I get to go on tape. And I'm available to fly out at a minute's notice. So I'll hopefully get the best of both worlds!"

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Update On GH's Jolie Reunion!

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Ever since it was announced that ONE LIFE TO LIVE star Michael Easton would be moving John McBain to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Port Charles, fans have been praying for Melissa Archer's Natalie to join him. Alas, it appears that when Easton told fans at a "Loving Llanview" event last weekend that Jolie would be reunited during May Sweeps, he was just being a jokester. A spokesperson for GH tells Soaps In Depth that at this time, Archer will not be joining the cast. "Despite us loving them, there are no immediate plans to bring her to Port Charles," says the rep.

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DIRTY SOAP Is Done!

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Sorry, soap fans, but there won't be a second season of the E! reality show DIRTY SOAP. "So the word is that Dirty Soap is NOT being picked up for another season," tweeted castmate Jenna Gering, who is married to DAYS OF OUR LIVES hunk Galen Gering (Rafe). "Thanks to all of u who watched. You all have been so supportive!!!"

The reality show -- produced by ALL MY CHILDREN vets Kelly Ripa (Hayley) and Mark Consuelos (Mateo) -- followed the lives of the THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Brandon Beemer (Owen) and live-in girlfriend Nadia Bjorlin (ex-Chloe, DAYS), the Gerings, ONE LIFE TO LIVE's John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi), and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie).

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Will GH Get More OLTLers?

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Might there be more ONE LIFE TO LIVE characters moving to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Port Charles? The latest buzz is that Van Hughes (Cole) will make a GH appearance when his alter ego helps to bring Kristen Alderson's Starr onto the canvas. A spokesperson for GH had no comment in regard to Hughes' casting.

And while fans of John and Natalie have been clamoring for their favorite pair to move to Port Charles together, the detective's portrayer, Michael Easton, teased at one of the "Loving Llanview" farewell events over the weekend that co-star Melissa Archer may be joining GH after all! "Two words: May Sweeps," he told the excited crowd.

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Ochse Is Out!

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Soaps In Depth has learned that GENERAL HOSPITAL newcomer Alyshia Ochse (Cassandra) is wrapping up her time at the soap! The actress made her official GH debut as the "Woman In White" in early December, after weeks of skulking around the shadows of Wyndemere. A spokesperson for GH had no comment.

But Ochse isn't the only cast member who will be leaving GH in the coming weeks. We're told that there are other newcomers who will soon see their characters leaving Port Charles! Stay tuned!

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Ousted Exec Creating New Soap!

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Former GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has teamed up with veteran soap scribe and producer Josh Griffith (ONE LIFE TO LIVE, AS THE WORLD TURNS, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) to create a new soap opera! Nickelodeon has ordered 80 episodes of REACH FOR A STAR, an adaptation of the popular Mexican telenovela ALCANZAR UNA ESTRELLA, to debut on their Nick At Nite block this summer.

REACH FOR A STAR is a single-camera, daily series that will follow Loren, an average high school senior whose life changes completely upon becoming a star and winning the love of her celebrity crush. Casting is currently underway, with production due to start in March.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day With Scrubs!

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Get into the Valentine's Day spirit beginning on Sunday, February 12, with SOAPnet's Scrubs marathon! Featuring GENERAL HOSPITAL's beloved couple Patrick and Robin, the four-hour block will begin at 3 p.m. ET/PT and include the following episodes:

3 p.m. -- From November 7, 2006: Patrick shows up outside of Robin's window and declares his love. Finally giving in to her feelings, Robin confesses that she loves him, too.

4 p.m. -- From November 4, 2008: Robin and Patrick's daughter, Emma, is born.

5 p.m. - From December 29, 2008: In front of their family and friends, Robin and Patrick are married.

6 p.m. -- From December 29, 2009: The couple celebrates their first wedding anniversary.

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AMC Kids Lend A Hand For Lung Cancer Awareness!

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They may be pint-sized, but ALL MY CHILDREN tots Tate Berney (AJ) and Danielle Parker (Emma) are tackling something big! On Sunday, March 25, the two youngsters will be participating in the Los Angeles Free To Breathe event, a fundraiser for lung cancer research and awareness. If you'd like to support Berney and Parker and their team, Kids Of AMC, you can visit their donation page here.

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Storms Not Returning! Lilley To Stay At GH!

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A GENERAL HOSPITAL spokesperson tells Soaps In Depth that Kirsten Storms will not be resuming the role of Maxie Jones next month after all. "Kirsten Storms will not be able to return as soon as originally hoped and announced," says the rep. "Jen Lilley will continue to play Maxie Jones for the foreseeable future."

Lilley has been playing the role since September, when Storms took a medical leave from the soap. "I'm sad [Storms] is still sick," Lilley tweeted. "Rest up love! I'll keep Maxie kickin :) xo Here's to a bit more time on my favorite soap!"

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AMC Gets GLAAD Nomination!

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Nominations for the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced today, with ALL MY CHILDREN and DAYS OF OUR LIVES receiving nods in the Outstanding Daily Drama category. AMC was recognized for their ongoing storyline involving Bianca, and DAYS for their more recent tale about sexually conflicted teenager Will.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in news and entertainment. This year's ceremonies will be held in New York City on March 24, Los Angeles on April 21 and in San Francisco on June 2.

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Cast Your Vote #06

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

Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do Kate and Sonny have a future together?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 26. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

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

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Interview: OLTL's Walton Stars On Stage!

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As ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Eli, Matt Walton played the ultimate bad boy. But in his latest role, he's the ultimate playboy! The actor is currently starring in a production of Boeing-Boeing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey as Bernard, and American cad living in Paris during the swinging '60s, juggling three flight-attendant fiancées. With a little help from his phenomenal housekeeper and the luck of differing airline timetables, Bernard is able to convince each lady that she is his one and only. That is, until the fast, new Boeing jet and weather delays place the women on a collision course!

"It's a farce, so I'm getting to do more comedy," an excited Walton tells Soaps In Depth. "My character is filling up his days doing a balancing act with these three flight attendants: one German, one American and one Italian. The play comments on the socioeconomic statuses of the different governments of this triangle through the lens of this ridiculous, over-the-top French farce. He's very calculating, and depends on the precision of the airline schedule [to keep his fiancées apart]." But then all hell breaks loose when, thanks to the faster new airplane engines and bad weather, all three ladies are in Paris at the same time! "Doors slam, identities are mistaken, everyone's kissing everyone and women are flying all over the stage. It's quite a romp!" he says with a chuckle.

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UPDATE: Robuck Books RINGER!

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And another ONE LIFE TO LIVE actor has landed their next job! Soaps In Depth has learned that Nic Robuck (James) will guest star on an episode of the hit CW primetime drama RINGER later this season! Even better news for the hunk? We're told there's a possibility that the role may become a recurring one! Congratulations, Nic!

UPDATE: A spokesperson for RINGER tells Soaps In Depth that Robuck will be playing Cash, an extremely handsome and physically fit young man. But his lazy grin and casual slouch is an indication that he has the confidence of someone who always gets his way with the ladies! Look for Robuck in the episode airing Tuesday, March 13!

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New Readers' Poll Rules

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We wanted to let you know of some big changes that we're going to be instituting regarding our Readers' Poll, effective with the very next round of voting!

The most important change is that we will now be only accepting votes on the questions (with your comments) on the Web site. To vote for your favorite actor, actress and couple, we ask that you now physically mail in your votes to:

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

However, our policy on duplicate votes remains the same. Multiple votes from the same reader will be discarded and not counted, so please save yourself the effort and postage by only voting once during each two-week voting period.

In addition, while the CBS issues of Soaps In Depth will continue to give the results for THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, the ABC editions of our magazine will now also include favorites from the CBS soaps and NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the actors, actresses and couples. So please feel free to vote for your overall favorites and don't feel restricted by network anymore!

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Is GH Recasting Michael?

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Might GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michael Corinthos soon be getting a different look? The latest rumor making the rounds is that the soap may be recasting Chad Duell, who has been playing Carly and Sonny's son since 2010... but that may not necessarily be the case!

Late last week, ABC put out a casting notice for an unnamed 18-24 year old male of any ethnicity for a contract role, due to start taping in March or April. At the time, there was no available audition script. Earlier this week, the network posted sides for a character named "Erik" -- a character who wants to join the Mob and is covering self-doubt about the time he broke, the time he was a victim. Even more, the scene takes place with Jason -- who is trying to mentor "Erik" -- in the office of a Mob restaurant!

While the character of "Erik" does bear a strong resemblance to that of Michael, fans of Duell's shouldn't jump to any conclusions that their boy is not long for the show, because soaps often use past scenes to audition actors for unrelated roles! And while at some point in time, Duell may or may not be replaced, that time is not now! "I'm not," Duell responded to a fan on Twitter who asked if the rumors of his leaving were true.

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Would You Watch GH In Primetime?

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Should GENERAL HOSPITAL be taken off the ABC Daytime roster in September to make room for Katie Couric's syndicated new chatfest, there just may be a Plan B for the network's sole remaining soap opera: Moving it to primetime!

In its new print issue as well as on its Web site, TV Guide reports that one scenario being bandied about by ABC is moving GH to primetime programming as a short-run summer series, similar to a Spanish telenovela. According to TV Guide's insider, even if the cost of production doubled over the typical budget of approximately $200,000 an episode, an after-dark version of GH would still be inexpensive for an original scripted show. A spokesperson for GH had no comment.

Tell us below, would you watch a primetime version of GENERAL HOSPITAL?

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Lind Takes On Craigslist!

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What are some of the things that you've found on Craigslist? ALL MY CHILDREN star Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca) ticks off her list in a new play titled i wonder if its possible to have a love affair that lasts forever or things i found on craigslist.

Currently playing as part of the Sons Of Semele Theater's Company Creation Festival, things i found on craigslist is the story of a group of twentysomethings still caught up in yesterday who, in the face of their 10-year high school reunion, wake up to find themselves searching for a sense of purpose. As a result, the group is forced to confront their crippling insecurities and emotional baggage, and the personal becomes public in this witty insight into making it all work in the Internet age.

craigslist runs through Friday, February 24, at the Sons Of Semele Theater, 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. For the performance schedule and tickets, visit www.sonsofsemele.org.

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Sears Gets A Badge!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Teddy Sears (ex-Chad) returns to television this weekend in Lifetime TV's much-anticipated, controversial new original film, Untouchable: The Drew Peterson Story. Rob Lowe stars in the title role as the Chicago-area cop who comes under suspicion in not only the disappearance of his decades-younger wife (played by THE BIG BANG THEORY's Kaley Cuoco), but the death of his third wife as well! "I play Mike Adler, Drew's partner on the police force and close friend," Sears tells Soaps In Depth of his part in the ripped-from-the-headlines tale.

As the 2007 investigation ensues, the accused's subsequent odd behavior raises eyebrows and sparks a media storm. "Their friendship, as well as partnership, becomes strained and eventually damaged once Peterson begins his bizarre behavior and antics for the media, fueling the circus-like atmosphere," Sears says. "I was just trying to keep pace with Lowe during filming. He's incredibly good."

Untouchable: The Drew Peterson Story premieres Saturday, January 21, at 8 p.m. EST.

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Take A Walk With Barash!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Brandon Barash (Johnny) is flexing his muscles for the 2012 Los Angeles Muscles Walk -- and he wants you to, too!

The MDA Muscle Walk is a series of local walks around the country held to pay tribute and raise funds for those served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Join Barash and his team for the Los Angeles event on Saturday, February 4, at the CBS Studio Center, and stick around afterwards for a Q&A with the GH hunk! To join his team or make a donation, visit www2.mda.org/goto/BrandonBarash. Or, to find a walk in your area, visit www.mda.org/walk.

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Soap Vet Joins THE SECRET CIRCLE

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The hit CW occult drama THE SECRET CIRCLE has finally cast Cassie's mysterious father -- and he's a familiar face to soap viewers! TV Guide reports that Joe Lando (Jake, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Macauley, GUIDING LIGHT) has nabbed the coveted role of John Blackwell, a former member of the Circle who was killed by his own coven centuries ago after he began to dabble in dark magic. Look for the powerful witch to make his first appearance in Episode 15, titled "Return," scheduled to air in early February.

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New Details On OLTL Stars Headed To GH!

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Less than a week after ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired its final episode, Kristen Alderson (Starr), Kassie DePaiva (Blair), Roger Howarth (Todd) and Michael Easton (John) are preparing to bring their alter egos to GENERAL HOSPITAL. The Llanview residents are due to appear in Port Charles next month -- just in time for February Sweeps -- which means that the actors are due on the GH set by the end of this month. "Just heard a tiny bit about my first storyline on General Hospital!" Alderson tweeted last night. "Can't WAIT to start filming...not this Friday but next! SO SOON!"

But is the move to GH a permanent one for the foursome? Not necessarily, says DePaiva, who took to her blog at www.KassieDePaiva.com to clear the air about Blair's future in Port Charles. "I must say, the ads and the press release by ABC is a little misleading," she writes. "Frank Valentini, [OLTL's former executive producer and now] GH's EP, asked me to come out for a couple of shows in February and I'm thrilled. Not only will I get to work with a fantastic cast... but a little piece of OLTL lives on. That makes me very happy. And who knows where it will lead."

For DePaiva's full blog, click here.

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See Butler In Concert!

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He plays therapist Dr. Ewen Keenan by day, but by night, Nathin Butler likes to let loose and rock out! On Saturday, January 28, Butler and his band, The Sugar, will be playing at the famed West Hollywood nightclub, The Viper Room! Showtime is 10 p.m., and there will be a fan signing following the show. Tickets are $15, and patrons must be 21 or older.

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Salem Joins PRIVATE PRACTICE!

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Port Charles attorney Claire Walsh seemingly disappeared from GENERAL HOSPITAL -- and Sonny's life -- but we now know where her portrayer, Dahlia Salem, has resurfaced! "Out the door to join the cast of ABC's Private Practice this week!" she tweeted. "Good morning!!"

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Smith Lands At B&B!

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Hours after ONE LIFE TO LIVE aired its final episode, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL announced it had snatched up one of the defunct soap's veteran castmembers. Hillary B. Smith (Nora) has been hired to play a sex therapist by the name of Dr. Stacy (no word on which couple will need her counseling). "Hillary is a formidable actress with a powerful screen presence," said executive producer/headwriter Bradley Bell. "I look forward to collaborating on this new and dynamic character with her on B&B."

Smith starts taping in late January, which means she'll likely turn up on screen in early March. The actress called OLTL home for the past two decades, but CBS soaps fans will also remember her five-year stint as Margo Hughes on AS THE WORLD TURNS in the 1980s.

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Weigh In On OLTL's Finale!

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For possible publication in an upcoming issue, Soaps In Depth wants to know what you ONE LIFE TO LIVE fans thought of the finale. Did you like the ending? Were you happy with the loose ends that were tied up in a pretty bow? Were there characters that you wish could have gotten a happy ending? Will you tune in to GENERAL HOSPITAL to see the characters that move to Port Charles? Any comments left here may be considered for publication in the magazine, so let us know what you thought! If you'd like your real name and town included, please indicate that as well.

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A New Gig For Lucci!

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Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is taking her decades of experience in acting on daytime soap operas and applying them to some real-life dramas as the host and narrator of the new primetime series DEADLY AFFAIRS!

Airing on the cable network Investigation Discovery, the show will explore romances-gone-wrong, and the resulting crimes of passion. "They are deceptive love relationships, love triangles and betrayal that have deadly consequences," Lucci says. "And they end in tragedy. Every day you hear these stories and you think, 'Oh, my goodness!' Then they disappear. You don't know what happened next, and you don't know why they happened. I'm hoping that, in exploring them, we'll shed some light on human nature."

Production begins on the 10-episode series in March, and it is set to debut in the fall. Lucci describes the show as a "real-life soap," and says that she couldn't help but smile when she was offered the hosting role. "As Erica, I got punished for my wrong deeds," Lucci noted. "I wound up in jail several times, even in a blood-stained ball gown. But with DEADLY AFFAIRS, these are not characters on a soap opera. This is real life."

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GH Alum Has A Witchy Primetime Role!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Emma Caulfield (ex-Lorraine) visits the fairytale land that was on this Sunday's episode of ONCE UPON A TIME! In "True North," Caulfield guest stars as the Blind Witch, from whom the Evil Queen coerces orphans Hansel and Gretel into stealing an important artifact.

"I walked into my trailer and looked in the full-length mirror and I was like 'Damn! This is something!'" she tells Soaps In Depth of her wardrobe and makeup transformation. "It's visually stunning, it's a very high concept show. I got to be reunited with two of the writers I've had the pleasure of working with extensively: Jane Stenson who has written for absolutely everything, including BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and then Liz Tigler, who was my boss for a huge chunk of last year withLIFE UNEXPECTED. So having both of their words to have the potential of working around was really cool.

Caulfield teases that her torment of little Hansel and Gretel on Sunday may not be her only appearance. "It depends on certain things," she says coyly. "If I do end up coming back, then great. If I don't, then I had a great experience."

Tune in to ONCE UPON A TIME at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, at 8 p.m. ET!

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Samms Is Back!

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And the returns of GENERAL HOSPITAL fan favorites just keep on coming! Hot on the heels of the news that Tristan Rogers (Robert) will be joining Finola Hughes (Anna) in Port Charles just in time for the exit of the television daughter, Kimberly McCullough (Robin), comes word that Emma Samms will be bringing Holly Sutton back to Port Charles as well!

Our pals at TV Line broke the news that Samms' Holly will be back on the screen in late February to help the Spencers -- including Luke and their son, Ethan -- deal with the vengeful Helena Cassadine. Samms created the role of the British beauty in 1982, and last appeared in 2009 when Holly came to town to solve the question of Ethan's paternity.

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Strasser Heads To Off-Broadway!

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Do you need a Robin Strasser (Dorian, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) fix? The actress and Dawn Wells -- aka Mary Ann from GILLIGAN'S ISLAND -- are joining the rotating cast of the Off-Broadway comedy Love, Loss, and What I Wore next month!

Based on a book by the same name, Love, Loss, and What I Wore uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell poignant stories that all women can relate to. Strasser and Wells, both of whom recently took part in the play's Chicago production, will appear from Wednesday, February 29, through Sunday, April 1, at The Westside Theatre in Manhattan. For more information, visit www.lovelossonstage.com.

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Director's Guild Nominations Announced!

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The Director's Guild Of America has named seven nominees in the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Daytime Serials for the 2012 DGA Awards, to take place on Saturday, January 28.

ALL MY CHILDREN has received two nominations for their final episodes: Angela Tessinari for the September 14 show in which Jesse confesses to Angie about the baby switch, and Casey Childs for the "Who did J.R. shoot" finale. GENERAL HOSPITAL also got two nods, one for William Ludell for his direction of Luke's intervention, and the other for Scott McKinsey for Liz and Siobhan's car accident. And ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Larry Carpenter is being recognized for April 27 episode where Viki confronts her alters.

Rounding out the nominations in the Daytime Serial category are THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Cynthia J. Popp and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Mike Denney.

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The Mannings & McBain Move To Port Charles!

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Former ONE LIFE TO LIVE headwriter Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini started their new posts at GENERAL HOSPITAL this week -- and their first order of business? Making deals with Roger Howarth (Todd), Kassie DePaiva (Blair) and Kristen Alderson (Starr) to bring their OLTL alter egos to GH! Yep, the Manning family is relocating from Llanview, PA, to Port Charles, NY!

But the Mannings aren't the only OLTL characters who will be putting down roots in a new town: as Soaps In Depth reported last month, Michael Easton will be bringing Det. John McBain to the Port Charles Police Department!

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"We have a very exciting story planned for the citizens of Port Charles, with Sonny Corinthos at the center of it! I am confident viewers and fans alike will be excited for the arrival of John, Starr, Blair and Todd," says Valentini in a statement. "Incorporating characters from One Life to Live continue the legacy of the show as we weave them into General Hospital."

The actors are all due on the GH set in late January, to air in February.

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The Scorpio Family Reunited!

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This may be the only good thing to come out of the impeding exit of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough (Robin): the Scorpio family will be back together once more! Our pals at TV Line broke the exclusive news that Tristan Rogers (Robert) will be joining Finola Hughes (Anna) when she returns to the soap for February Sweeps to usher out their television daughter.

As previously reported, Hughes is due back on the screen early next month, and Rogers will follow mid-February. Both actors are due to stick around for "the foreseeable future" and not just to facilitate Robin's exit... whatever that may be.

While the storyline is bound to be a tear-jerker, McCullough couldn't be happier to have her TV parents back in the fold. "I think that it's really important that I'm leaving the show with my parents there," she tells Soaps In Depth. "It's important to the legacy of the character, and the show, too."

Rogers made his last Port Charles appearance as the superspy back in 2008 when his little girl got married. He wrapped up a stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Colin late last year, and is currently on the Web series THE BAY.

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Tune In For Nixon's Final Appearance!

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As ONE LIFE TO LIVE prepares for its swan song this Friday, creator Agnes Nixon will appear on the next-to-last episode, airing Thursday, January 12. "I just have a small part in one show," Nixon humbly shares with Soaps In Depth.

As previously reported, Nixon will play Agnes Dixon -- the creator of the show's soap within a soap, FRATERNITY ROW -- and will be interviewed by gossipy newshound Blanca Morales (played by NYC radio personality Carolina Bermudez). OLTL writer Lorraine Broderick, Nixon's longtime collaborator on ALL MY CHILDREN, teases, "[The show] has several cliffhangers coming, which we probably shouldn't give away, but Agnes is a big part of one of them."

This will be Nixon's second appearance on OLTL: she made a cameo in 2008, playing a Heavenly observer named Agnes when Viki "died" during the soap's 40th anniversary celebration.

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Eakes Gets Herself Some Hairspray!

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The hit Broadway musical Hairspray is coming to the Palm Canyon Theatre in Palm Springs, CA -- and ALL MY CHILDREN's Bobbie Eakes (Krystal) is going to be in the middle of it all! Eakes will star as Velma, mom of Tracy Turnblad's snotty rival, Amber, in the production, which will run from Friday, January 27, through Sunday, February 12. For tickets and performance times, visit www.PalmCanyonTheatre.org.

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