Recently in April 2012

Interview: Be A Part Of Cook's Film Project!

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We all know that GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jason Cook (Matt) can act, but did you know that he's a writer and director as well? In fact, Cook has hopes of working with co-star Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) in a short film he's written called Genreful, and is looking for fans like you to help get it done! The actor has put the project up on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, in hopes of getting $50,000 pledged by Sunday, May 27, to film the movie. So if you want to go into business with Cook, this is your chance!

Genreful will star Anderson as Anton, who is determined to commit suicide, but is talked down off the proverbial ledge by his neighbor, Hannah. But when her Crazy Ex (played by Jason Mewes of Jay And Silent Bob fame) later sees the two out on a date, he brutally beats Anton and kidnaps Hannah! As an injured Anton tries to rescue Hannah, the movie will shift tones, embracing the devices of drama, romantic comedy, thriller, action, horror, animation and sci-fi all at the same time!

"The reason we brought it to Kickstarter is because the unique nature of the project merits a unique way of getting it funded and produced," shares Cook. "With short films, there's really not a revenue stream for them. If you can spread the cost out amongst a lot of different people, then it becomes less expensive. And if you can offer value to those people -- which, in this case, is Bradford in a light that GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have not seen him portray yet. I'm interested in that as a director, an actor, and his friend, so I'm hoping the fans see it the same way. And the same principle goes for Jason Mewes. His fan base is a lot different than Bradford's. And then there's Frank Collison. He's a character actor, and completely transforms himself in every single film. He's going to be playing a doctor in Genreful, which is less character-y than he's used to doing. So I'm trying to provide these opportunities to these really talented actors, and at the same time, provide an opportunity to fans to be a part of the process of what goes in to making a film."

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AMC Vets Reunite!

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Danielle Parker (Emma, ALL MY CHILDREN) landed the role of Jennifer in the Hallmark movie Common Law... but she's not the only one! "I am playing a younger version of Natalie Hall [Colby, AMC]!" she announced on Twitter. There's no word yet on when this mini Pine Valley reunion will air -- it's still in the shooting stage -- but as soon as we know, we'll be sure to tell you!

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Roche Returns To CRIMINAL MINDS!

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The two-hour season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS airs on CBS on Wednesday, May 16, and Sebastian Roche (ex-Jerry, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will be back as Interpol Agent Clyde Easter! The back-to-back episodes are titled "Hit" and "Run," and follow the BAU as they go up against a gang of serial-killing bank robbers in Washington, D.C. -- only to see one of their own become a hostage! "I make a surprise appearance for the last two episodes, for the finale," Roche tells Soaps In Depth of his character, Agent Easter. "He's a good guy actually. That's unusual for me. I worked mostly with Paget Brewster (Emily), as I did last time."

When In Depth caught up with the actor yesterday, he was in Italy promoting one of his other memorable guest-starring roles. "I'm actually in Rome right now doing a SUPERNATURAL convention," he shares. (Roche played Balthazar, a shady angel friend of Castiel's on The CW drama last fall.) "The fans have been crazy."

The two-hour seventh season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS kicks off at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 16, on CBS.

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Another Baby On The Way!

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ALL MY CHILDREN alum Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kendall) and her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., are expecting their second child! The couple -- who met on the set of the 1997 teen thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer -- have been married since 2002 and are the parents of Charlotte Grace, 2. Their new bundle of joy is due in the fall. Congratulations!

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Cast Your Vote #20

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

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 you think McBain will come between Sam and Jason?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 3. 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:

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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Life Is A Cabaret For Anderson!

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You've heard him sing with the GENERAL HOSPITAL cover band Port Chuck. And now, on Saturday, May 12, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) will be hitting the cabaret stage! The actor will be performing in The Anti Cabaret Cabaret at the M Bar in Los Angeles.

"A great night of entertainment for a great cause!" Anderson tells Soaps In Depth of the event, which is a fundraiser for DonorsChoose.org, an on-line charity that collects contributions for classroom projects in public schools across America. "Some incredibly talented friends of mine will be performing. Many of whom the audience will recognize -- including our old friend Seamus Dever [ex-Ian Devlin], now of course on CASTLE! On top of all that, I get to sing with my gorgeous and talented wife! It's going to be a fantastic night."

Tickets for The Anti Cabaret Cabaret are $25 at the door, along with a $10 food minimum at the bar. Seating is at 7 p.m. PT, and the show begins at 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling (323) 856-0036. All of the evening's proceeds will be given to DonorsChoose. For more about the organization and the classroom project requests they are helping to fulfill, click here.

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Wagner Returns This Week!

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Felicia Jones Scorpio is back and boy does she have some fences to mend! GENERAL HOSPITAL fan favorite Kristina Wagner returns on Friday, April 27, with Felicia's arrival coming just as her daughter, Maxie, is in need of her most. Not that Maxie wants much to do with her! "There are definitely some concerns with Maxie," Wagner tells Soaps In Depth. "The last time they saw each other, it ended badly and their relationship was eventually going to have to be cleared up. And Mac, too. She feels his resentment and wants to fix it."

Headwriter Ron Carlivati says that Felicia will be sticking around Port Charles for quite a while, supporting Maxie through her tribulation and trying to repair relationships that mean a lot to characters and viewers alike. Pick up the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth -- on sale Monday, April 30 -- for our feature interview with Wagner!

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Update: Barash Buzz Not True!

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UPDATE: Perhaps better late than never, GH executive producer Frank Valentini has taken to his Twitter page to set the record straight about Barash's future in Port Charles. "Hey, what's with all these rumors about @BrandonBarash leaving?" posted GH's boss this morning. "NOT HAPPENING."

Over the weekend, the rumor mill was turning like crazy with talk that Brandon Barash would be exiting GENERAL HOSPITAL when his character, Johnny, is killed off the canvas during May Sweeps. Almost immediately, his fans banned together to generate a Twitition -- aka a Twitter petition -- to save Barash's GH role.

When castmate Kelly Sullivan (Kate) retweeted the link, the actor himself spoke up and said that he has "no idea if I'm being written off. @KellySullivanNY is being a good friend and scene partner. That being said, I accept any hand I'm dealt."

So is Barash's Johnny going to join his mother/sister, Claudia, in the great big soap opera sky? Not necessarily, from what Soaps In Depth is hearing. And even headwriter Ron Carlivati is seemingly denying the news of Barash's exit, tweeting, "Goodnight, #GH fans. Sleep well. And don't believe everything you read."

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Tamblyn Helps Bring Down The HOUSE!

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Mark your calendars, Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) fans! The talented young actress will reprise the role of Martha Masters when FOX's medical drama, HOUSE, airs its series finale on Monday, May 21, at 9 p.m. ET. Olivia Wilde will also return as Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley for the episode, titled "Everybody Dies." TV Line first reported the news that Tamblyn -- who was a part of the HOUSE cast for most of Season 7, from 2010-'11 -- would be returning for the finale.

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The Avengers Inspire The Jackal!

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Tomorrow's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL combines good old soapy drama with a good dose of superheroes! In a tie-in to the upcoming release of The Avengers -- the film based on the Marvel Comics crimefighting team being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures -- Spinelli heads to the local Port Charles movie theater to catch a screening of the film. While there, he bumps into Matt, who's taken Cameron to see the Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor in action as well. As Spinelli contemplates his theory as to who killed Dr. Lisa Niles, expect some funny twists and turns, Jackal-style!

Tune in to GH tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25. The Avengers opens on Friday, May 4.

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Mingle With THE BAY Cast!

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Cast members from THE BAY will be mixing and mingling with fans at the series' Season 2 mixer on Wednesday, April 25! The event will kick off at 8 p.m. PT at Busby's East on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will host the evening, and perform his stand-up comedy routine. Other stars from THE BAY scheduled to appear are Sandra Dee Robinson (Amanda, ANOTHER WORLD), Nicolas Coster (Eduardo, AS THE WORLD TURNS), Matthew Ashford (Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Tom, GH; Stephen Haver, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Jade Harlow (Jessica, PASSIONS), Taylor Stanley (Remy, AW), Mary Beth Evans (Katherine, GH; Sierra, ATWT; Kayla, DAYS), Michael Swan (Adam, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Duncan, ATWT) and Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GH).

The night will also include a sneak peek of Chapter 8 of THE BAY, and exclusive items will be up for raffle and auction. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.thebaytheseries.com.

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GH Star Wants Your Help!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jason Cook (Matt) is hoping to direct co-star Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) in the independent short film, Genreful, and he's looking for your help! The guys have put their movie up on Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects, and are hoping to get $50,000 pledged by Sunday, May 27, in order to help their dream become a short film reality.

Genreful will star Anderson as Anton, who is determined to commit suicide, but is talked down off the proverbial ledge by his neighbor, Hannah. But when her Crazy Ex (played by Jason Mewes, aka Jay from Clerks and Mallrats) later sees the two out on a date, he brutally beats Anton and kidnaps Hannah! As an injured Anton tries to rescue Hannah, the movie will shift tones, embracing the devices of drama, romantic comedy, thriller, action, horror, animation and sci-fi all at the same time!

For more information on the original movie, or to be involved in Genreful's production from the ground up, visit the project's Kickstarter page.

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AMC's Luner Makes A Ghostly Appearance!

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If you've been missing the fun of ALL MY CHILDREN's Jamie Luner (Liza) mixing it up in Pine Valley, now's your chance to see what other trouble she can get into on The CW's SUPERNATURAL! "I'm playing a ghost hunter... oh yeah, and a ghost!" she'd tweeted of her guest appearance. The episode, aptly titled "Of Grave Importance," will feature Luner as Annie Hawkins, an old hunter friend who calls Sam and Dean for help with a case. But when they arrive in town, Annie has disappeared! The brothers trace her last whereabouts to an old, abandoned house that is haunted by a powerful ghost. Will Sam and Dean be able to find their friend?

Tune in to SUPERNATURAL Friday, April 20, at 9 p.m. ET on The CW to find out!

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Ainsworth Responds

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During her time as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina, Lexi Ainsworth garnered quite a following, so those fans were understandably upset to learn that the role had been recast with daytime newcomer Lindsey Morgan. Social networks exploded with outraged viewers voicing their sentiments, so Ainsworth herself took to the Internet to try and clear things up.

"Thank you guys for all your support, but I won't be reprising the role of Kristina," Ainsworth tweeted. "I loved her, but I've also loved being free to do film. I enjoyed meeting Frank [Valentini, GH's executive producer] and I know you will love the new Kristina that he has found. I learned so much from my GH home and want to grow further."

Ainsworth's former on-screen mom Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) supported the young actress. "I'll comment on 'new' Kristina after Lexi has commented," she posted to her Twitter stream. "I can tell you that Lexi is cool with it. Lexi's already got offers for many primetime projects. My sweet and brilliant Lexi has commented with class and dignity. Enough said. In a few years, I will be begging Lexi for a job in a movie as her grandmother."

When reached for comment about Ainsworth turning down the opportunity to return as Kristina, a rep for GH stated only that they "don't comment on actor posting on social media."

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St. John Returns!

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If you've been missing ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Trevor St. John (Todd, aka Victor) on your screen, here's some news to make you smile! Not only will the actor soon be guest-starring on Lifetime TV's THE CLIENT LIST, but he's also doing it with his clothes off! In the episode, titled "The Cold Hard Truth," look for St. John to appear as Nathan, a new customer of masseuse Riley (played by series star Jennifer Love Hewitt), who is hoping to receive "more" from her services.

"It was a nice experience. Jennifer Love Hewitt is a real pro and has a generous and open spirit," St. John offers, adding, "[and] she was actually not a bad masseuse!" However, things go wonky when their hands-on encounter gets interrupted, and Nathan's secret gets exposed. "I can't tell you [more] -- my identity is part of the reveal of the [story]," St. John teases. "[but] soap fans would like it because it's a really sexy show!" St. John will guest on the episode of THE CLIENT LIST airing on Sunday, May 13, at 10 p.m. ET.

Can't wait that long for a glimpse of this favorite actor? Check out his stellar performance in the film festival favorite, In The Family (http://www.inthefamilythemovie.com/). In it, St. John plays a gay math teacher whose death sends his Asian partner, as well as the whole family, into a tailspin as they fight for custody of their young son. The movie, which also features Gina Tognoni (Kelly, OLTL), has been winning both raves and awards. "The reviews have been stellar," St. John confides. "It's playing in several cities now and will be in more over the next month." For more on the actor's career plans, catch his Old Friends, New Lives feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps in Depth.

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GH Recasts Kristina!

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In a few weeks, Kristina Davis will be coming home to Port Charles while on her summer break from Yale -- and Alexis and Sonny's daughter will have a new face! TV Line broke the news that GENERAL HOSPITAL has cast daytime newcomer Lindsey Morgan in the role previously played by Lexi Ainsworth. According to a show rep, the character will be taken in a new direction.

Morgan was born in Georgia and raised in Texas. Her television credits include guest spots on HAPPY ENDINGS and HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER. "Last two days have been crazy! Chemistry read for a recurring role on Jane By Design. And just finished a screen test for a new contract role on General Hospital! Who. Knows. What. Will. Happen. Next. Regardless, thankful for the experiences!!" the actress posted on her Facebook page on April 12. Look for Morgan to make her GH debut the week of May 21.

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Meet Maurice!

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Obviously Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be part of the main cast event at the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, but on Saturday, July 21, you can see him on stage and in person at his own personal event!

Benard's event will be held at the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel from 6:30-8:30 pm PST, so save the date (and time!) because the tickets are scheduled to go on sale Tuesday, May 15. We'll have more information about the event and how to order tickets when we get closer to that date!

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It's A Pirate's Life For Duhamel!

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ALL MY CHILDREN alum Josh Duhamel (Leo) will be getting very animated on Friday, April 13, when he guest stars on JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES on the Disney Channel. Duhamel will be playing the new recurring role of Captain Flynn, who in this episode gets stranded in the Never Land Desert and needs help from Jake and his kid pirates to get back to his ship.

JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES airs on the Disney Channel, and Duhamel's episode will air Friday, April 13, at 8:30 am EST. The episode will also be presented later that day at 5:30 pm EST on the new Disney Junior channel (you remember, the station that is currently replacing SOAPnet in some markets).

Duhamel's Captain Flynn will appear throughout the second season of the hit animated series, and he'll even be singing a pirate ditty with The Never Land Pirate Band in an upcoming episode!

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Cast Your Vote #18

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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: Can Carly and Johnny make a relationship work?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 19. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Tuck Is A Witchy Woman!

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Jessica Tuck (Megan, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Madeline, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) drops by NBC's GRIMM tomorrow night, Friday, April 13! She'll play Catherine, the fellow Hexenbiest mother of Claire Coffee's Adalind. (GENERAL HOSPITAL fans may remember Coffee as crazy nurse Nadine.) The episode, titled "Love Sick," will air at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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AMC's Mathison & Penny Tie The Knot!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Cameron Mathison (Ryan) takes a bride in a new Lifetime movie next weekend -- and it's none other than former co-star Sydney Penny (Julia)! The two star together in the Lifetime film The Wife He Met Online.

Mathison plays Bryant, a single dad who has been having trouble meeting woman since his divorce. But when a neighbor convinces the executive to give on-line dating a try, Bryant doesn't think it will go anywhere... until the profile of Penny's Georgia catches his eye. He's quickly captivated by the beautiful and quirky woman from Los Angeles, and the new couple strikes up a long-distance relationship. Deciding that Georgia is the perfect woman for him, Bryant proposes and moves his new bride across the country. But as they settle into marital bliss, Georgia becomes increasingly more possessive and jealous, and will let no woman get in the way of her happiness... even if it means murder!

"It was so great to work with her again," Mathison tells Soaps In Depth of reuniting with Penny. ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Barbara Niven (Liz) and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Cynthia Preston (ex-Faith) also appear in the movie. The Wife He Met Online premieres on Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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Wuhrer Saves The World!

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This weekend, former GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kari Wuhrer (ex-Reese) is taking on extraterrestrials! The actress stars opposite LOST's Jeff Fahey (Gary Corelli, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) in the Syfy original movie Alien Tornado, premiering this Saturday, April 14!

In the movie, aliens attach Earth, using deadly electrical tornadoes as weapons. Wuhrer plays tornado blogger Gail Curtis, who joins forces with Fahey's Judd Walker, a farmer, and his daughter in a race against the clock to stop the horrific invasion. Tune in at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy!

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GH Stars React To Renewal News!

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Soap fans weren't the only ones delighted by yesterday's news that GENERAL HOSPITAL has been saved from cancellation by ABC, with the network axing the poorly-performing THE REVOLUTION instead. The soap's stars were equally excited!

"I am so damn proud to be on General Hospital. Frank has worked his ass off to make this happen," praises Mauice Bernard (Sonny) exclusively to Soaps In Depth of the soap's new executive producer. "And if he can do this in three months, imagine where we'll be a year from now! I'm thrilled for the cast, crew, directors, producers, writers, everyone in production -- and grateful for the hard work they've all done to make General Hospital successful."

Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) echoed his on-screen father's sentiments. "Congrats to everyone who has worked so hard in front of and behind the camera to extend our GH life," he tells In Depth. "But especially to the fans. This is a big victory for you and because of you."

THE REVOLUTION will air its final episode on Friday, July 6. For the following nine weeks, until Katie Couric's syndicated new show debuts on Monday, September 10, ABC will be expanding the GOOD MORNING AMERICA franchise with the tentatively titled GMA IN THE AFTERNOON. Although the network hasn't locked in the times yet, multiple sources have been confirming to In Depth that Couric knows she can't bring in the ratings on her own and wants GH as her lead-in for the ABC owned stations that will be broadcasting her new talkshow.

"I can't tell you how excited I am for our GH family and our fans," Steve Burton (Jason) tells In Depth exclusively. "Congrats!! No flatline for this Hospital. Much luv."

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Saved!

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Like a last minute call from the governor, word came through today that ABC would be keeping GENERAL HOSPITAL in its daytime lineup, instead axing the consistently lower-rated reality series THE REVOLUTION. Deadline.com first reported the news.

With Katie Couric's new series set to debut September 10 in GH's current 3:00 PM EST time slot, this means that the 49-year-old sudser will likely be moving into THE REVOLUTION's 2:00 spot. And although the network didn't confirm exactly how long GH's extension will keep it on the air, we're hoping it will at least let the soap reach its 50th anniversary next year!

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Meet AMC's Kendall & Griffin!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Alicia Minshew (Kendall) and Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin) are headed to New York this weekend!

On Saturday, April 14, the duo will be at the Brokerage Entertainment Club in Bellmore, NY, at 2 p.m. for a Q&A, followed by autographs and photo ops. Tickets are $62 and can be purchased at www.brokeragecomedy.com or by calling (516) 781-5233.

The following morning, Sunday, April 15, Minshew and Vilasuso will be appearing at Uncle Vinnie's in Point Pleasant, NJ, at 11:30 a.m. for a Q&A, autographs and photo ops. Tickets for that show are $60 plus tax, and can be purchased at www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com or by calling (877) 862-5384.

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Join Wright For Happy Hour!

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Looking for something fun to do on Saturday, April 28? Then join GENERAL HOSPITAL's Laura Wright (Carly) and her husband, John, for a wine tasting! The event will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at their Standing Sun Winery, located at 92 Second Street, Unit D, Buellton, CA, and will feature special musical guest Eddie Elliott (eddieelliottmusic.com).

Cellar Club members can enjoy a private gathering with the Wrights and Eddie before the event. The special meet & greet will include a free glass of wine and a logo glass to keep. Tickets for the main event are $15 and will include music and food. Cellar Club members will receive two complimentary drink tickets; additional glasses of wine will be $5.

For more information, call (805) 904-8072. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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REAL HOUSEWIVES Star Visits GH!

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Alexis Bellino, one of the stars of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY, will be making her daytime debut on GENERAL HOSPITAL! "I've been keeping a secret but SO excited cuz I'm in LA for an acting role on a popular soap & I get to share it w/ all of you today!" she tweeted earlier today, following up a few hours later with the announcement that the soap was GH. "Guess what?! I just arrived on set of General Hospital for my 1st cameo appearance! EXCITING! I can't tell details yet but I will soon!"

A show rep confirms that Bellino will air on Wednesday, May 9, but no other details are available at this time. Keep checking back for more information about Bellino's visit to Port Charles!

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Wilson To Guest On CRIMINAL MINDS

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Marie Wilson (Karen, PORT CHARLES; Meg, AS THE WORLD TURNS) is currently filming a guest appearance on the CBS procedural CRIMINAL MINDS! A spokesperson for the show tells Soaps In Depth that Wilson will appear in episode 23, which is the first installment in the two-part season finale. The actress will play Lynne Nolan, the manager of a bank that is being held up, who helps the hostages and tries to keep everyone calm -- and alive! -- during the crisis.

The two-hour episode will air on Wednesday, May 16.

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Is GH Planning A Frisco & Felicia Reunion?

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With GENERAL HOSPITAL fan favorite Kristina Wagner due back in Port Charles at the end of this month, might the other half of the former supercouple Felicia and Frisco Jones -- aka Jack Wagner -- be far behind? A source tells Soaps In Depth that the recent DANCING WITH THE STARS cast-off has worked out a deal to return to GH for at least one day, but a show spokesperson says that the rumor about Jack's return at this point in time is not true. However, adds the rep, the soap would gladly welcome him back whenever storyline dictates.

So while Jack's return may not be on the immediate horizon, a well-placed insider confirms that Kristina will be back on the canvas again in May! Although the actress was initially hired to reprise the role of Maxie's mother for just a short stint (which is what will begin airing the week of April 30), our source reports that GH execs asked Wagner to come back for an additional round of episodes. She is due on the set to tape next week.

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UPDATE: Téa Is Coming To Town!

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Florencia Lozano is bringing ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Téa from Llanview to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Port Charles! The actress reportedly shared the news at a staged reading of the play Busted in New York City over the weekend. Lozano is due to report to the GH set this week, and her character will again be involved with Roger Howarth's Todd, says our source.

Look for Lozano to hit the screen in May, the same time that Howarth is due to return to GH.

UPDATE: A GH spokesperson says, "I can confirm Florencia Lozano is joining GENERAL HOSPITAL as her ONE LIFE TO LIVE character Tea. Her first air date is the week of May 7."

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Kerwin Is On THE CLIENT LIST!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE fans, do you miss Brian Kerwin (Charlie)? Then tune in to THE CLIENT LIST on Lifetime this Sunday night, because he'll be a guest starring on the racy new drama which stars Jennifer Love Hewitt and Cybill Shepherd!

In "Turn The Page," Hewitt's character, Riley, stumbles across the phone number of a mysterious woman from her husband's past, and wonders if he was having an affair before he deserted her. Meanwhile, Kerwin appears as Garrett, a fellow churchgoer with whom Riley's mom, Linette (played by Shepherd), starts a new relationship.

Kerwin's episode of THE CLIENT LIST will air Sunday, April 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime. And if you missed the premiere of the series -- which also stars ALL MY CHILDREN alum Colin Egglesfield (Josh) -- encore showings will be broadcast on Wednesday, April 11, at 10 p.m., and Thursday, April 12, at 10:30 p.m.

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Gaskill Wants To Make You Laugh!

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Just how funny is Brian Gaskill (Bobby, ALL MY CHILDREN; Rafe, PORT CHARLES; Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Oscar, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; BJ, AS THE WORLD TURNS)? Find out on Saturday, April 14, when he joins the improvisers at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood as the special guest star for the "(Unscripted) Hollywood Dream Role" improv show!

In the weekly on-line TV show, celebrity guests and the troupe of comedians create an improvised movie on the stage, based on the guest star's choice of the role they'd most love to play. Except that there is no set, no script, and the actors have to make it up as they go along! Show time is 10 p.m. PT. Tickets to be in the studio audience at the ACME Comedy Theatre are available here. Or you can watch it all happen via a live video stream at www.acmecomedy.com!

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Is Kristina Coming Home?

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Summer is rolling around and you know what that means for soaps, right? Beefing up those storylines of the younger set in order to attract a younger audience while school is out. Does that mean GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny will be welcoming back one (if not both) of his kids who are miles from Port Charles and out of the mob firing zone? Could be. An insider tells Soaps In Depth that the possibility of Kristina heading home from Yale for the summer break has come up in conversation with the powers that be. Good news for Kristina fans, but possibly not good news for Lexi Ainsworth fans. Although she was pre-nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her performance as Kristina, Ainsworth's returning in the role is not a given. In fact, the insider tells us that even though it was the previous regime's decision that Kristina be "matured" and there are new captains now steering the GH ship, their vision of where to take the character may be on the same course. So, Kristina's return to GH is likely. Ainsworth's return, however, is still up in the air.

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Jackson Is A Published Poet!

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Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has released his first collection of poetry, Book of Solace and Madness. The Enation frontman has published the book of mythical poems as J. S. Jackson, and it can be ordered for $15 at www.enationmusic.com. Check it out!

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Braun Is Playing In Tennessee!

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If you live in the Burbank, CA, area, you won't want to miss Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Reese, ALL MY CHILDREN; Taylor/Ava, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) in the Sidewalk Studio Theatre's production of Tennessee In The Summer! Written by Joe Besecker, the award winning play is based on the life of playwright Tennessee Williams. The show opens this Friday, April 13, and will run for six weeks, ending on Sunday, May 20. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The opening night performance is sold out, but tickets can be purchased for $20 here, or by calling (800) 838-3006. (Braun is not scheduled to appear in every performance, so please check the posted dates of her shows before ordering!) The Sidewalk Studio Theatre is an intimate, 33-seat venue located on Riverside Drive in the Toluca Lake neighborhood. For more information, visit www.sidewalkstudiotheatre.info.

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Hughes Is Sticking Around!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Patrick won't have to worry about parenting little Emma alone, because his mother-in-law, Anna, will be staying in Port Charles for a while: Her portrayer, Finola Hughes, has inked a deal with the soap. "I am so excited to announce the lovely @finolahughes is now on contract!" tweeted GH executive producer Frank Valentini. Hughes returned to the canvas in February, just before Robin's supposed death in the lab explosion.

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GH's Reeves Visits GCB!

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We're used to seeing Scott Reeves (Steve) dressed in his GENERAL HOSPITAL scrubs, but this Sunday, we'll get to see him in a whole other kind of uniform when he appears on GCB! He'll play Captain McPhee in the episode titled "Turn The Other Cheek," which centers around Carlene and Ripp's Gone With The Wind-themed wedding vow renewal ceremony. Tune in at a special time, 9 p.m. ET on ABC!

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AMC Hunk Starring In New Show!

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Hunky Colin Egglesfield (Josh, ALL MY CHILDREN) will be turning on the charm opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt (THE GHOST WHISPERER) in the sexy new Lifetime TV series, THE CLIENT LIST, which debuts this Sunday! "The great thing about the show is that it deals with a lot of taboo stuff," Egglesfield offers. "Jennifer's character, Riley, lives this double life: In one, she's an [abandoned] housewife and mother who lives in a small town where people gossip, and in the other she's working in a spa, which she [discovers] is actually a place where men go to get 'happy endings.'"

In the drama, Egglesfield plays Evan, Riley's long-enamored brother-in-law who will step up in her life where her husband had stepped out. But can he handle the truth about all the other men in her life? "I think daytime TV fans will enjoy this show because it deals with a lot of risqué material that they are used to and love about soap operas in terms of things not always being what they seem and the mystery involved regarding where Riley's heart has been and why her husband really left," Egglesfield previews.

To learn the answers, tune in beginning Sunday, April 8, at 10 p.m. EST.

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Interview: Melgar Is In The Director's Chair!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny Corinthos remembers his late first wife, Lily, as the woman who made him a better man. Likewise, fans can't think back on those days without a wistful sigh of longing. While the "saint's" portrayer, Lilly Melgar, has fond memories of Port Charles, she's plenty content with the life she's created for herself now.

In addition to raising her six-year-old daughter, Sofia -- "She's my world," the actress says -- Melgar has been bringing her creative vision to fruition by working behind the camera. "I have such a thirst and hunger for growth -- I'm always wanting to try new things and challenge myself," she explains of the reason she ventured into directing. "I produced and co-directed Black Cobra, [being released on May 22 through Lionsgate Home Entertainment], which is about a man who comes to Los Angeles to sell the family diamonds in order to get his father out of prison in South Africa."

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Wagner Takes His DANCING Bow

JackDANCING2.jpg After just three weeks of competition, Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and his pro partner, Anna Trebunskaya, were eliminated from DANCING WITH THE STARS last night. "It was a great ride... it is what it is. I'm going to miss Anna and strapping it on every day," Wagner said during a press Q&A backstage after the show, adding that he did not see his dismissal coming. "I surely would have liked to have gone on farther, but this is a competition. This is how it landed, and that's life."

Now that his schedule has freed up, could a return to his soap roots be in the cards, such as a return to playing GENERAL HOSPITAL's Frisco Jones? "Wow, Frisco Jones," Wagner mused when asked by Soaps In Depth. "I have no idea. I'm just going to try to shed these clothes tonight and find Jack again. You just start over again tomorrow."

Wagner does have a plan in mind for the future, however. "I think I'm going to create my own dance show," he quipped.

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OLTL Ladies Co-Star In New Film

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars Kim Zimmer (Echo; Reva, GUIDING LIGHT) and Crystal Hunt (Stacy; Lizzie, GL) are in Corbin, KY, this week filming the upcoming family movie 23 Blast. "Very excited! Great Cast! Great Role!!!" tweeted Zimmer, while Florida native Hunt posted that she "can't wait to be back in the south."

Based on the true story of Corbin teenager Travis Freeman, who, despite losing his eyesight at the age of 13 due to bacterial meningitis, refused to let his blindness hold him back and played the position of center for the Corbin High School Redhounds. For the purposes of the movie, Travis -- who will be played by fellow soap alum Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) -- goes blind as he's about to enter his senior year and must make a choice about returning to the field. OLTL director Gary Donatelli is one of the producers. Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 star Dylan Baker plays Travis' father, Larry, and is also directing the inspirational story, which takes its title from one of the plays called by the Redhounds' football coach. Zimmer will play as Travis' mom, Mary, but it's not yet known what Hunt's role is in the independent film.

You can follow the experiences of the cast and crew on the 23 Blast blog here.

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OLTL Vet Returns To The ARMY!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE hunk Josh Kelly (Cutter) has booked a primetime gig, and something tells us that his real-life experience as an Army Ranger just may come in handy: The actor has been cast in a two episode arc on ARMY WIVES! A rep for the Lifetime drama confirms that Kelly will play Cody Anderson, a lieutenant in the Army that Trevor and Roxy got to know while in Officer Candidate School. Air dates for Kelly's episodes have yet to be determined, but we will keep you posted!

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