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A GH Smackdown!

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In Port Charles, all's far in love and war!

Everyone on GENERAL HOSPITAL either goes crazy, goes ballistic or goes to court at one time or another. And then there are those who've done all three. Kate's one of the lucky ones who, after going crazy... and then ballistic... and then to court... went free! Yep. Thanks to Starr's heartfelt plea, Kate was cleared of charges that lead to the death of Cole and Hope. Her "sentence"? Spend some time with eye candy Ewen. Yeah, he may be a shrink but, heck, he's still a dreamboat. That's the kind of punishment that should have more women in Port Charles committing crime!

For those Liason and JaSam fan bases, you must have loved the sparring match between Liz and Sam, as the sound of billiard balls clanked together in the background at The Floating Rib. Whether you're Team Liz or Team Sam, you can walk away thinking your lady won the verbal standoff, with one side thinking, "Liz is a husband stealer who's using quote/unquote friendship with Jason to seduce him, " and the other side going, "Sam is pushing Jason away and she deserves to lose him." Sounds like a draw, don't ya think?

A smack down of a different kind was needed over at the newly refurbished Haunted Star, which may read really cool in person but, on camera, it's just a big black room with white chairs. Trey is pushing his luck, getting in the face of the town mobsters like he is. He's just one snark away from a bag over his head and a couple of broken kneecaps. What Kristina sees in him is beyond us. He has not one ounce of charm. If she wants a little romance, maybe she should shift her attention to Johnny. Did you see that spark between them?

There's lots to look forward to this week on GH. Will guilt finally make Todd explode and confess he's a baby switcher? Will Luke survive Heather's mating dance? Will Spinelli survive knowing that Heather called him a Hobbit? Will the new opening credits evolve into something that reveal GENERAL HOSPITAL is about... um... a hospital?

Stay tuned!

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DALLAS Renewed For Season 2!

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If you have been as captivated by TNT's reboot of DALLAS as we are, you must be thrilled by the news that the cable network has renewed the primetime soap for a second season. Starring daytime alums Jordana Brewster (Nikki, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Jesse Metcalfe (Miguel, PASSIONS) alongside DALLAS original cast members Patrick Duffy (Stephen, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Linda Gray (ex-Priscilla, B&B) and Larry Hagman, the revival has been full of soapy drama and proven to be a ratings hit.

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OLTL's Kelly Returns To The ARMY This Weekend!

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This Sunday, July 1, ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Josh Kelly (Cutter) will make his first appearance in a two-episode arc on Lifetime's hit drama ARMY WIVES! The actor -- who was a real-life Army Ranger before becoming an actor -- will also appear on next week's episode, airing Sunday, July 8, as Cody Anderson, a lieutenant in the Army whom Trevor and Roxy got to know while in Officer Candidate School.

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AMC's Willey & Irizarry Reunite!

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It would be tough to imagine ALL MY CHILDREN's Jack and David cavorting around Pine Valley as best friends, but their portrayers, Walt Willey and Vincent Irizarry, are delivering the next best thing: They're joining forces in Mary Chase's popular play, Harvey! In WilleyWorld Community Productions' fourth annual summer play, Irizarry has taken on the part of Dr. Lyman Sanderson, and Willey will be dancing around the stage as -- get this -- the affable Elwood P. Dowd, who has an imaginary friend/rabbit named Harvey!

"It is a kind, gentle and very funny play," Willey says of the show, which runs Friday, July 27, Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, at the Ottawa High School auditorium in Ottawa, IL. "Once WWCP decided on doing Harvey, Vincent as Dr. Lyman Sanderson seemed perfect. [We've] known each other since I played his probation officer on GUIDING LIGHT back in the early '80s. When he joined AMC, we always had a great time working together."

Adds Irizarry, who follows in the footsteps of Julia Barr (Brooke), Jill Larson (Opal) and Taylor Miller (Nina) as the fourth AMC staple to star in one of Willey's summer plays: "I'm very excited to have been asked by Walt to be a part of this production. I confess, I've never seen the movie, even though it's considered a classic, (it's now on the top of my 'to see' list), but once I read the play, I was truly charmed by the story and its characters. I'm so looking forward to working on it with my longtime friend and fellow actor from our Pine Valley days while spending a couple weeks this summer in Ottawa, which doesn't sound too bad either!"

For tickets and more information, please call 815-434-2737. Or you can visit experienceottawa.com.

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Hallmark Movie To Star Two Soapers!

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Soap opera fans will get to see two familiar faces in the upcoming Hallmark movie Two In! Yesterday, Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) tweeted that he will be starring opposite Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) in the made-for-television drama. "Finally signed, sealed & delivered! Starring in a new Hallmark Movie starting Wednesday opposite my girl @Ali_Sweeney!! Gonna be great fun!"

Now, Soaps In Depth has uncovered some details about the film. Vaughan will star as firefighter Jeff Sinclair, while Sweeney plays single mom Jenny McLean, a 911 operator. While their voices are familiar to each other, Jeff has never met Dispatcher No. 23 -- that is, until he suffers a fractured leg and smoke inhalation on the job and Jenny comes to visit him in the hospital! When Jenny, suffering financially from a cutback in her hours, needs to rent out her spare bedroom for extra cash, and an injured Jeff realizes he can't handle the stairs in his condo and needs a more level place to convalesce, Jenny agrees to let Jeff move in with her and her two young children, Elsie and Luke. Despite their mutual attraction, Jeff and Jenny are both wary about making a commitment to each other... but not if Elsie and Luke have anything to say about it!

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GH Announces Time Change!

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DVR alert! GENERAL HOSPITAL will indeed be airing one hour earlier in most markets starting this fall, making room for Katie Couric's new talkshow, which was promised the 3 p.m. timeslot in most ABC stations around the country. (The show itself, KATIE, is syndicated.)

"Hey GHers! We're letting you know first -- beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, we're moving into our new time slot at 2ET /1PT |CT," the soap announced via its official Twitter account, putting an end to months of speculation over which slot GH would call home in the ABC Daytime line-up this fall. KATIE will debut the same day.

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Vote For Your Favorite GH Moments!

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SOAPnet wants GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers to get into the Olympic spirit! Starting today, and running through Friday, July 6, fans can vote on the network's Facebook page for their favorite GH moments. In a different poll each weekday, viewers can vote on iconic episodes throughout the years in categories such as Best Wedding, Best Tearjerker, Best Dramatic Moment, Steamiest Seduction and more! Will Luke and Laura's wedding win Most Memorable Moment? Will Sonny shooting his own son be the Best OMG Moment? What about Stone's death as the Best Tearjerker? Log on to www.facebook.com/SoapNet and cast your vote! Then tune in to see the General Hospital Gold Medal Moments on weeknights at 8 p.m. ET from Monday, July 30, through Friday, August 10, to see if your choices won!

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THE TALK Salutes Emmy Winners Today!

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CBS' Daytime talk show, THE TALK, will salute the winners of the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards with a special live show today at 2 p.m. ET. (The show will air at 1 p.m. PT.)

Former GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jonathan Jackson (Lucky) will sit down with the hosts to chat about winning Supporting Actor for the second year in a row, while Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Sean Blakemore (Shawn) and Jason Thompson (Patrick) will make their first appearances on THE TALK in celebration of the soap's Outstanding Drama Series win.

THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS star Christel Khalil (Lily) will visit the show to discuss her win in the Outstanding Younger Actress category, as will THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Lead Actress winner Heather Tom (Katie), who made history at the awards this year, becoming the only actress to win in the Younger, Supporting and Lead categories.

Additionally, HLN personality A.J. Hammer, host of the cable network's SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, will be chatting about highlights from the show and his own backstage perspective.

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Is Storms On Her Way Back To GH?

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Might Kirsten Storms soon be back on the GENERAL HOSPITAL set to reclaim the role of Maxie Jones? That what her mother, Karen, tells their hometown paper, The Orlando Sentinel. "She is returning to 'GH' the end of this month actually in her role of Maxie," Karen Storms said in an E-mail on Friday afternoon. "She's happy and excited to be back."

A spokesperson for ABC says that they have no comment at this time regarding Storms' return. The actress took a medical leave of absence in September, even dropping out of production on the E! reality show DIRTY SOAP. While ABC has never officially announced what Storms' illness was, it was said on DIRTY SOAP that she suffered from endometriosis.) Daytime newcomer Jen Lilley was tapped to temporarily fill in as Maxie, and has made the most out of a difficult situation in taking over a role played by a fan favorite.

"Ever since Kirsten left, we heard whisperings of her coming back," says the ladies' co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). "All we can do is hope she's in great shape to come back. Whenever that happens, we'll welcome her back with open arms."

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DEVIOUS MAIDS Gets A Second Chance!

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ABC passed on the Marc Cherry-produced pilot DEVIOUS MAIDS -- starring soap alumnas Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Brianna Brown (ex-Lisa, GENERAL HOSPITAL) as two of the wealthy Beverly Hills employers -- but Lifetime has given the series a second chance! The series will launch on the cable network in 2013, and La Lucci couldn't be happier!

"[On Friday], I got off the plane in L.A. from New York, got in the car, checked my phone on the way to the hotel, and there was a message from my agent telling me that DEVIOUS MAIDS has been picked up by Lifetime and they plan to air starting in March," Lucci told reporters in the press room at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Saturday night. "I'm so thrilled to get to play that wonderful part that I already loved so much from the pilot, even from the table reads."

According to Deadline, Lifetime will produce the show in Atlanta, even though the pilot was filmed in Los Angeles.

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Who's Ready For The Emmys?

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"I'm super excited to celebrate with the cast and crew of GENERAL HOSPITAL," Laura Wright (Carly) enthuses. And the Lead Actress nominee isn't the only one. Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), who's up for the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, can't wait to take his wife Kiera out for a fabulous night. "As glamorous as our home life is with our one year-old daughter [Juna], dressing up for an occasion like this is pretty neat."

According to one of our insiders, soap stars aren't just happy to dress up and have fun. Not only are they excited that the show will take place in L.A. this year, but it's shaping up to be a much more professional event than in years past. Something else to look forward to? Word on the street is that Anthony Geary (Luke) will be featured in the show's opener!

Another source also tells us that the four talented Outstanding Younger Actor nominees -- Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan, GH), Eddie Alderson (Matthew, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) -- will be presenting a very important category, which more than makes up for the almost-slight they suffered earlier this month. (Their award, along with the prize for Outstanding Younger Actress, was going to be announced at the untelevised Creative Arts Emmys, but that decision was reversed.) "It should be a lot of fun," says Duell of tomorrow's ceremony. "I'm mainly excited to just be around my castmates. Hope GH does well!"

Be sure to tune in to HLN tomorrow, June 23, at 5 p.m. PST and 8 p.m. EST.

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Will Benard Make It To The Emmys?

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Have no fear soap fans, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be there, but he'll be late. Though he's nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actor category, Benard won't even be thinking of another possible win tomorrow (he previously brought home the statue in 2003), since he'll be celebrating his daughter Cailey's graduation!

"It will be a great day," Benard tells Soaps In Depth. Of course, since the family affair will be a late afternoon event, Benard and his wife, Paula, will be cutting it close to make it to the Emmys before the doors of the Beverly Hills Hilton slam shut! (The ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. PST.) "I hope they still let me in," smiles the actor. (Something tells us they'll let the nominee in as easily as they would open the doors for Sonny... without him having to make an offer they can't refuse.)

"I'm sure it is going to be a fun night," Benard adds. And while he's well aware that Anthony Geary (Luke), one of his favorite co-stars and a six-time Emmy winner, is favored to take home the prize, he's okay with that! "I am always quite happy for him," Benard offers. The actor is also very fond of his former ALL MY CHILDREN co-star, Darnell Williams (he played Jesse to Benard's Nico, and now portrays THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sarge), his ONE LIFE TO LIVE pal Robert S. Woods (Bo), and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's John McCook (Eric), who are also up for the award. "It's a great category and I will be happy no matter who goes up on that stage!"

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Another GH Vet Joins BUNHEADS

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The ABC Family series BUNHEADS has just cast another GENERAL HOSPITAL alum. In addition to Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan), now Richard Gant (ex-Dr. Ford) has been cast on the drama. In the episode airing Monday, August 6, at 9pm EST, Gant will play Michael, the longtime long-distance boyfriend to Kelly Bishop's Fanny Flowers.

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Benard Dishes On The Emmys!

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Wondering how GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) feels about his Emmy nomination? HLN -- the network broadcasting the Daytime Emmys tomorrow, June 23, at 8 p.m. EST -- got these deets and more from the leading man! You can watch the interview (in which Benard also gives his thoughts on Brenda, amongst other things) here.

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Don't Miss THE BAY's Second Season Cliffhanger!

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Today, the second season of THE BAY comes to a close, and with a classic cliffhanger, naturally! Mary Beth Evans' Sarah is frantically looking for her lost love, and Lane Davies' Detective Mackenzie gets an earful from the insane Igor. Charles Shaughnessy's Captain Elliot gets a shock, and John Reilly's Mortimer has a surprise for Nicolas Coster's Mayor Jack!

You can watch the exciting season two cliffhanger of the Emmy-nominated Web series by clicking this link or catch up on previous episodes by clicking this one!

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A DIVA Role For Mathison!

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Lifetime has cast two soap alums in an upcoming episode of DROP DEAD DIVA! Ashley Jones (ex-Bridget, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) will both guest star in Episode 12 of the series' fourth season, set to air in August. (The penultimate episode will also see the returns of Kim Kardashian as relationship guru Nikki LePree and Nancy Grace as herself.)

Mathison will play charmer Jonah Pierce, who begins hanging around Stacy's Pakery. Stacy (played by April Bowlby) accepts Jonah's invitation to lunch, but after the worst date ever, he demands half of her profits, claiming that he invented the pake (aka pie-and-cake in one) and even has the patent to prove it!

DROP DEAD DIVA airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

UPDATE: This episode airs on Sunday, August 26!

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Cast Your Vote #28

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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 Johnny can be redeemed?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 28. 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!

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

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Chat With Anderson Today!

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During today's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, viewers will be able to take part in a live twitter chat with Bradford Anderson (Spinelli)! Using the hashtag #askgh, fans will be able to submit questions to the actor via his Twitter handle @BfordAnderson during the East Coast broadcast of today's GH (3 p.m. ET) and receive real-time responses. Have fun!

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Creative Arts Winners Announced

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The Daytime Emmy Awards for the Creative Arts categories were handed out last night, June 17, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

The biggest winner of the evening in the daytime categories was GENERAL HOSPITAL. ABC's sole remaining soap took home statuettes for Outstanding Promotional Announcement (for "Brenda's Wedding" and "Kidnapping"), Casting Director, Costume Design, Original Song ("Dust") and Technical Direction/Electronic Camera/Video Control.

ONE LIVE TO LIVE was awarded for their Lighting Direction, and ALL MY CHILDREN took home Multiple Camera Editing. AMC also tied with THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for Live and Direct To Tape Sound Mixing. Y&R tied with sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL for Hairstyling, and B&B also took home the Emmy for Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design. DAYS OF OUR LIVES won for Makeup and Stunt Coordination.

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Willey's Gunning For Gold!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Walt Willey (Jack) knows a thing or two about the law: He played Pine Valley's most stand-up attorney for nearly a quarter of a century! And now the talented actor -- who balanced his 24 years of daytime drama with a popular comedy act -- is back on stage as another lawmaker. Only this time, he's playing the famed 1800's gunfighter/scout James Butler Hickok (aka Wild Bill) in a one-man show he wrote himself! "It's been so much fun!" the actor raves of the project that came to fruition after he passed a road sign in his home state of Illinois that indicated the well-known Western lawmaker was born there. "I find him to be the most fascinating person. And [we're both] six foot two, blond with blue eyes, both from Illinois, both having received a modicum of fame. It's just very interesting."

Inspired by the similarities, Willey spent a year researching and then a year writing the one-man show, which takes audiences on a fierce, no-holds-barred trip back to the Wild West. "It's just me and the many voices in my head," he jokes of the fun, adding that surprisingly, the Q and A session he holds after each performance tends to focus more on his piece rather than AMC. "Not that I would mind answering [AMC] questions at all, but I really take it as a compliment that people have embraced me doing this after all of those years of doing that and coming out and supporting me. It's just really great."

Willey has taken the wild western on the road, and his next stop: the Acme Comedy theater in Los Angeles, where on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17, some of his former AMC castmates could be joining the fun! You won't want to miss it, so be sure to visit www.acmecomedy.com for tickets and more information. But don't fret if you don't live near L.A.: Willey will continue to take the show on the road and could stop at a town near you! Follow www.facebook.com/WildBillAnEveningWithJamesButlerHickok for upcoming tour dates and information. Yee-haw!

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Hillis Turns Killer!

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Rib Hillis (Jake, PORT CHARLES) is a model, a reality show star, a talk show host, an actor, and a producer, but in this weekend's SyFy's creature feature, Piranhaconda, he's a killer! Together with fellow soap alums Terri Ivens (Simone, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Michael Swan (Bishop Carpenter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Adam, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Duncan, AS THE WORLD TURNS), they'll fight for their lives in the Amazon jungle.

"I play another Jake!" he laughs. "He's an actor/stuntman in a low-budget movie that's being shot when some of the cast gets kidnapped and held for ransom. Coincidentally, the piranhaconda [a monstrous anaconda/piranha hybrid] wakes from its 50-year slumber and starts killing people -- everything hits the fan!"

Left behind, Hillis and Ivens will join forces in a fight to save the day. "I absolutely love Terri," Hillis confides. "We got along so well, we have kids the same age... it was magical. We are still super-close." Piranhaconda, which also features Michael Madsen and Rachel Hunter, premieres Saturday, June 16, at 9 p.m. EST on SyFy. For more from Hillis, including his upcoming nuptials to world champion ballroom dancer Elena Grinenko (DANCING WITH THE STARS), keep an eye out in Soaps In Depth for his upcoming Keeping Track feature!

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Join Wright For A Twitter Chat!

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Laura Wright (Carly) will be hosting a live Twitter chat during today's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL! During the East Coast broadcast at 3 p.m. (noon PT), fans can submit questions to the Emmy winner (#askgh) and receive real-time responses at @lldubs.

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Stamos Has Two New Gigs!

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It doesn't appear that GENERAL HOSPITAL alum John Stamos (ex-Blackie) has any plans for taking things nice and easy this summer! FULL HOUSE's Uncle Jesse has booked himself not one, but two gigs in The Big Apple!

Starting Tuesday, July 10, Stamos will be returning to Broadway when he takes over Eric McCormack's role as heartless presidential candidate Joe Cantwell in the revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Cybill Shepherd and Kristin Davis will also join the cast that day in the star-packed political drama set in the 1960s. James Earl Jones headlines the show, which will run until Sunday, September 9, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. For tickets and additional information, visit www.thebestmanonbroadway.com.

In addition to The Best Man, Stamos has been cast in the independent film My Man Is A Loser as the playboy pal of two men trying to be better husbands. Filming is set to begin in New York City this month.

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AMC's Willey Gets Wild!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Walt Willey (Jackson) has created a one-man show called Wild Bill! An Evening With James Butler Hickok, and is now taking it on the road!

This weekend, Willey will be performing at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The Saturday, June 16, show will be at 7:30 pm, and the Sunday, June 17, show will be at 2:30 pm. The performances will be filmed, and Willey will be participating in a discussion and reception after each show!

Tickets are $21 online, and $25 at the door. So if you're in the Los Angeles area, you can check out the ACME Comedy Theatre Web site to get your tickets!

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OLTL's Christopher Gets Dressed Up

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Thom Christopher (Carlo) will help kick off the Adirondack Theatre Festival's 18th summer season with a starring role in the comedic play Black Tie.

A recent Off-Broadway hit, Black Tie is set in a Lake George hotel where Christopher plays the father of the groom, preparing to make a memorable toast at his son's nuptials. But as cultures and generations clash and a surprise guest is announced, things naturally go completely haywire, making this one black tie affair that's likely to get a bit messy!

Black Tie will play at the Charles R. Wood Theater in downtown Glens Falls, NY, from Tuesday, June 26, through Saturday, June 30. Showtime is 7:30 pm, except for the 2:00 pm matinee on Wednesday, June 27. Tickets range from $25-$40, and are available at the Adirondack Theater Festival Web site.

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GH Shocker, Plus...

Will Anna be the one to take down the Mob?

finola5.jpg You wanna talk about classic soap cliffhangers? GENERAL HOSPITAL had a doozy this past Friday that had everything but a cliff and someone hanging off it! Just as Sam was about to tear Jason a new one for inadvertently causing the death of "her baby," Heather snuck a reveal to the audience that Sam's child was not a product of being raped by Franco, but was actually Jason's! Oh happy day! Sure, we had an inkling that it was going in that direction, but just seeing the glee on that rapscallion's face and knowing that there is a teeny tiny slight chance Jason and Sam could live happily ever after was enough for us!

Is it going to take a woman to clean up the streets of Port Charles? If there's anyone who can do it, it's Anna Devane. With her power glasses propped on the edge of her nose and hands on hips in an "I'm in charge now!" stance, she told law enforcers "we are going to build a department that this city can trust." Uh huh, right. Tall order there, Commish. Although she made it clear she's not going to turn a blind's eye when it comes to Mob business, Anna did get Luke and Tracy cleared of charged regarding Anthony's disappearance. Luke was all smiley-faced. And Anna was smiley-faced that he was smiley-faced. Good thing Tracy didn't see all the smiley faces.

Between Todd not telling Tea what he ached to tell her, Mac telling Felicia what was in his heart, and Matt telling the PCPD what Maxie feared he would, add to that some very ugly fallout in JaSam-land and Anna's "realization," this coming week on GH should pack a wallop! Don't forget to tune in!

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Meet Kristina's New Man!

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On Monday, June 11, you'll get your first glimpse of Kristina's reality show producer on GENERAL HOSPITAL! You may have seen the hottie's portrayer, Erik Valdez, on recent episodes of 90210 and NEW GIRL, but expect to see a bit more of him on GH -- a rep for the show says, "He's one to watch!"

Which Port Chuck lady would you like to see him paired with? Will he develop more than a working relationship with Lindsey Morgan's Kristina? Or could Kristen Alderson's Starr catch his eye? Tune in to find out, but both actresses are already singing Valdez's praises! "#GH fans show my good pal @erikvaldez some twitter love!! You will want to get to know him," Morgan tweeted, while Alderson posted: "Y'all are gonna love him..."

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Get A Sneek Peak Of HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS!

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HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS, starring Brittany Underwood (Langston, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and featuring James Franco (ex-Franco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Grayson McCouch (Dusty, AS THE WORLD TURNS), doesn't actually premiere until Monday, June 18, but Nick at Nite doesn't want to make you wait that long for a taste of the new nighttime drama!

Beginning on Monday, June 11, you can get a sneak peek of the debut episode at 9:00 pm EST every night of the week leading up to the following Monday's premiere. That's right, the first episode is going to be on every single weeknight, so there's really no excuse for missing it!

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You Could Help Change A Life

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Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) teamed with Jason Cook (Matt, GENERAL HOSPITAL) to create the LifeCHANGE Leadership program to help change the lives of teenaged boys and girls. And in order to help fund their dream, they're holding a LifeCHANGE donation event on Monday, June 11. Zucker has promised that every fan that donates $25 to LifeCHANGE on that day between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm will receive an autographed DAYS script! And the first five donors of $100 or more will receive the script plus a personal phone call from the actress!

You can visit the LifeCHANGE Web site for more details on the organization, and follow @lifechangetv or @Ari_Zucker on Twitter for more details on the donation event!

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Cast Your Vote #26

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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 want to see Maxie and Spinelli together again?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 14. 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!

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

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AMC's Scalia Could Be Eaten Alive!

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This isn't a joke — we promise! ALL MY CHILDREN's Jack Scalia (Chris) is going to be appearing in a Syfy Channel original movie called Jersey Shore Shark Attack!

Premiering on Syfy on Saturday, June 9, at 9PM EST, Scalia joins a cast that includes Paul Sorvino, Joey Fatone, and JERSEY SHORE's Vinny Guadagnino as angry sharks terrorize the Jersey Shore during spring break weekend. Can guidos The Complication, Nookie, Donnie, Balzac and J-Moni manage to save everyone from being eaten alive while not ruining their hair?

Tune in and find out!

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Interview: The Spencer Men

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When GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anthony Geary (Luke), Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) and Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) recently got together for the first time since the latter two departed several months ago, they had quite a lot to say to one another! Soaps In Depth sat down with the Daytime Emmy nominees at the family reunion for a little chat... that actually turned into quite a long conversation! In fact, they had so much to talk about, we couldn't fit it all into the magazine! Luckily for you, , we're posting the rest of our Q&A with the father/sons trio right here on abc.soapsindepth.com! So get your fill now, and then be sure to pick up the June 11 issue of Soaps In Depth for more of our exclusive interview with the guys!

As Good As It Gets
Aside from the episodes that were submitted for Emmy consideration, were there other scenes that you all saw of each other throughout the year that weren't submitted?
Jonathan: That's an interesting question. The show I submitted had the scenes after Lucky found out that Luke hit Jake, so it was basically six or seven scenes locked in a room with Tony. They felt the strongest for a number of different reason, but it was tough because there were a lot of dynamic storylines that they gave us last year.
Nathan: The intervention story was the first thing that came to mind, of course. All my meatiest work was actually from this year, but I picked a couple shows that I thought would work. I looked at them and wasn't really happy, but when I showed them to Tony, he said, "You know, I was looking at another show and I thought you were really good in it." So I watched it, and that's the show I submitted.
Jonathan: For Tony, the intervention was obviously a great show, for many reasons. But one of the shows that stuck out to me was the scenes at the bordello. There was something so tragic and grandiose -- what Tony was doing in the episode was so incredible. It was heart-wrenching and disturbing and honest. It reminded me of Amadeus in a way. Tony was on another planet.
Tony: Every time I work with these guys, there are standout scenes. They've each surprised and amazed me with alarming consistency.

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GH's Cook Makes THE CHOICE!

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Maybe you've seen the ads for FOX's new celebrity dating show, THE CHOICE? In each episode, four celebrities sit in spinning chairs and listen to non-celebrities pitch themselves for dates, spinning around if they like what they hear. And after three rounds, each celebrity will have chosen a date for the evening! Well, on the episode airing Thursday, June 7, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jason Cook (Matt) is going to be one of the celebrity bachelors!

"These poor girls have to come out and in 30 seconds pitch themselves to the back of a bunch of chairs," he laughs. "Either you turn around or you don't. It was good fun." Not only did Cook get a date for the evening, he also made friends with fellow celebrity bachelors Jeremy Bloom, Paulie D and Romeo. "We all got to go on a little date!"

Tune in to see which lucky girl he picks!

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What's Ahead This Week On GH?

Two newborn babies, one guilt-ridden husband and a wacko with a shovel!

Thumbnail image for TracyLuke.jpg (176x176Preview) Once upon a stormy night, there was a crazy lady chauffeuring around a smiley-faced corpse, while two mothers gave birth to beautiful but gravely ill baby boys, both in need of medical care and neither likely to get it. How's that for a Friday cliffhanger?

GENERAL HOSPITAL kicked up the suspense a notch or two Friday, as it asked the questions, 1) Will Jason's need to have McBain beaten to a pulp cost the life of Sam's newborn? 2) Can Todd actually do something decent and save Tea's baby without messing it up? And 3) Will Heather put Anthony in a Hefty bag and at the curb or plant him like a begonia bulb?

Coming across Heather dressed like Paddington Bear and acting nonchalant with a dead body in a wheelbarrow maybe, possibly should have been a teensy tiny signal to Todd that trusting her with a baby was by no means a wise decision. Nah. He'll risk it. Meanwhile, Sam was left alone with her difficult-breathing baby and an amniotic fluid soaked rug in McBain's motel room while he was coughing up blood on the side of a road, courtesy of Jason. Can any of this turn out okay? Yeah, right!

Not to overlook the craziness back in Port Charles, Tracy and Luke were in quite a pickle, as circumstantial evidence pointed to them having off'd Anthony and disposed of his body. Having a son-in-law on the police force might help divert the attention off them, but there's only so much a shaggy-haired detective can do. Plus, it's summer and you know what that means. Will Luke be hitting the road for a couple of months to dodge the cops? Keep your eyes peeled on GH this week, as all these stories roll out, plus Carly gives Johnny an ultimatum, Jason asks for forgiveness, and sparks fly between Mac and Felicia!

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DePaiva Returning To GH!

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Kassie DePaiva and Blair Cramer will both soon be back in Port Charles! GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Frank Valentini announced the news on his Twitter page today. "You're hearing it here first... @KassieDePaiva's BLAIR will visit #GH this summer!"

The actress made a brief visit to GH earlier this year to help establish former ONE LIFE TO LIVE on-screen daughter Kristen Alderson (Starr) in her Port Charles storyline, before Blair returned home to Llanview. "If they ask, then I'll come back!" DePaiva told Soaps In Depth shortly after.

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Do You Want To Go To The Daytime Emmys?

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The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast on HLN, but the network has now revealed that they also want to send you and a friend to Los Angeles to attend the big night on June 23 — complete with a spectacular red-carpet makeover!

Click here for your chance to enter the sweepstakes and possibly have the night of your life rubbing elbows with daytime's biggest stars!

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