Recently in July 2012

Braun Gets ROUGH!

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Tamara Braun has played a wide range of characters in daytime, including GENERAL HOSPITAL's Carly, ALL MY CHILDREN's Reese and DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Taylor and Ava. But now she's tackling another role on the primetime series NECESSARY ROUGHNESS.

TV Guide.com is reporting that Braun has been cast as the younger sister of the series lead, Callie Thorne. Her character, Ronnie, is going to be sassy, sexy and unpredictable. NECESSARY ROUGHNESS airs on USA Wednesdays at 10 pm, and Braun will first appear in episode 14 of this season.

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OLTL Alum Heats Up Primetime

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Playing ONE LIFE TO LIVE's psycho Hannah, Meghann Fahy did a lot of crazy stuff, but never actually added arson to her list of crimes. However, the young actress is on fire herself, having just booked a multi-episode arc on the upcoming ABC drama series CHICAGO FIRE according to TVLine.

On the new fall series, Fahy will be playing Nicki Kahler, the sexy-but-taken assistant to the firehouse chief played by OZ's Eamonn Walker. CHICAGO FIRE premieres Wednesday, October 10 at 10 pm, and we'll keep you updated on when her episodes are set to air!

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Get Up-Close And Personal With GH's Sonny And Carly!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Laura Wright (Carly)are making some rare East Coast appearances, but unfortunately, they're not going to be at the same event.

Benard will be appearing on Thursday, August 9, at Hu Ke Lau in Chicopee, MA. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $99, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster either from their Web site, or at (800) 745-3000.

Wright will be at Magooby's Joke House in Timonium, MD on Saturday, August 11, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $60, and include a meet-and-greet, Q&A, autographs and a wine tasting. For tickets or more information, you can call (410) 252-2727.

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GH's New TJ!

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The rumors that GENERAL HOSPITAL is recasting the role of TJ, currently played by Krys Meyer, would appear to be true based on a tweet by former EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS actor Tequan Richmond. He tweeted: "My new role as the new face of GENERAL HOSPITAL starts tomorrow. Until my other show MR. BOX OFFICE begins production."

What's wild is that as the rumors of the TJ recast started making the rounds, Daytime Confidential's Jamey Giddens actually wrote a "Wishful Casting" blog post about how Richmond would be perfect for the role! And now a rep for GH has confirmed that Richmond will be taking over the role. We still don't have a first airdate for the new TJ, or any idea how Richmond's role in MR. BOX OFFICE could impact his time on GH. But we'll keep you up to date as we learn things!

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An AMC Star Wants To Visit You!

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Soap opera fan events are a great way to meet the actors... as long as you can afford a trip to wherever the gathering is being held! But now Soap Opera Socialite Productions is turning the tables on that whole idea with their newest project, Destination Daytime, which brings the actor to you!

"We have been listening to the fans via Twitter and Facebook, and the majority of them are upset that a lot of the fan events are costing too much money or that they're too far away" says Soap Opera Socialite Productions producer Jason Spitzer. "We came up with a lot of great ideas and thought that Destination Daytime could become a great series of events that would give a chance to the fans who don't have the access to get to all the big events."

The first Destination Daytime event will bring ALL MY CHILDREN's Terri Ivens (Simone) to your hometown for a visit. Lottery tickets are available now through PayPal at a cost of $10 for five tickets. There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase to increase your odds of winning. The lottery is open to fans throughout America and Canada, and the deadline for this one is Midnight PST on Sunday, August 5. To buy your lottery tickets, go to PayPal.com and send $10 to spitzer.jason@gmail.com.

More actors are waiting in the wings for future Daytime Destinations, so who knows — your favorite soap star may be paying you a personal visit in the very near future!

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Baby On The Way For Real-Life Couple

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE real-life couple Terri Conn (Aubrey) and Austin Peck (Rick) are expecting! Over the weekend, Peck posted on his Facebook page, "It's official! We [are] having a baby girl!!"

While the daughter, due the end of this year, will be the first child for the couple, Peck is already father to sons Aiden and Roman from his first marriage, while Conn is mom to daughter Julia. The Pecks celebrated their first wedding anniversary on July 1. Congratulations to the expanding family!

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Monaco's DANCING Again!

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As Soaps In Depth hinted last week, Kelly Monaco (Sam, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will be among the contestants vying for the mirrorball trophy in the DANCING WITH THE STARS: All-Stars cast. Other celebs returning to the floor include Kristie Alley, Pamela Anderson, Joey Fatone, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, Bristol Palin, Apolo Anton Ohno, BACHELORETTE Melissa Rycroft, NFL Pro Emmitt Smith and race car driver Helio Castroneves.

Viewers will be able to vote in the coming weeks to decide on Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan or Kyle Massey as the thirteenth "Viewers 'Choice" contestant. Click here until Friday, August 24, to place your vote!

The All-Stars season will kick off on Monday, September 24.

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Hang Out With Marcil-Giovinazzo!

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Vanessa Marcil-Giovinazzo (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is celebrating the East Coast launch of her children's clothing line, Baby Gagoo, with a star-studded event in Staten Island, NY, on Saturday, August 4!

The actress will be joined by her husband, CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo, at Jimmy's Fine Jewelry Too on Victory Blvd., for a cocktail party and fashion show featuring the original designs of the Baby Gagoo 4 Kids and Baby Gagoo 4 Newborns lines. Other TV stars scheduled to appear are Staten Island's own MOB WIVES Drita DaVanzo and Carla Facciolo... and Marcil-Giovinazzo's GH better half, Maurice Benard (Sonny)!

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, and tickets are $100. To order, click here.

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Van Dien Dons A Black Hat!

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On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Casper Van Dien played Ty Moody, Luna's brother with the high moral standards. However, when he appears in Cinemax's scintillating anthology series, FEMME FATALES, he'll be showing a whole new side of himself. In the episode, titled "One Man's Death," an assistant district attorney is involved in a mysterious fatal accident, prompting his widow and his mistress to join forces to uncover the truth about what happened. Look for Van Dien to play a private detective of questionable ethics who becomes entangled in the investigation. For a sneak peek, check out the video below. Then tune in to Cinemax on Friday, July 27, at 11 p.m. EST.

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Catch Christian On Primetime!

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES hunk Shawn Christian (Daniel; Ross, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) will guest-star on tomorrow night's episode of MELISSA & JOEY, airing on ABC Family! In "Pretty Big Liars," Christian will play Sam, who begins to romance Melissa Joan Hart's Mel. But because Sam just so happens to be the father of Lennox's boyfriend, Haskell, Mel must hide her happiness from her niece when the teens break up. Former DAYS star Taylor Spreitler (ex-Mia) co-stars in the sitcom as Lennox.

Tune in to MELISSA & JOEY on Wednesday, July 25, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

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Storms Is Back As Maxie!

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It's official. At the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, Jen Lilley revealed that her stint as Maxie was up, and Kirsten Storms would be returning to the role.

First and foremost, Lilley was grateful to the fans for accepting her during her time on the show. "They've been so gracious," she says. "I just can't thank them enough. I hope that they'll follow me and my career, and keep tweeting with me. Just, thank you. That's all I can say."

Storms, who had to leave GH last fall for medical reasons, is reportedly due back on set on Monday, August 20, and her castmates are thrilled to have their friend back. "I'm so excited that she's coming back," says Kelly Monaco (Sam). "Jen Lilley did an amazing job. It was a very tough role to step into and a crowd to win over. I think she did both wonderfully."

Lilley's final episode is scheduled for Friday, August 10.

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Zamprogna's Going To Be A Daddy Again!

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Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) announced some very good news at the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend: He and wife Linda Leslie are expecting their second child!

"She's due on December 27," the actor reports. "It's different the second time around. You're so into the kid that you already have that you almost forget that there's this other one cooking! We're really focusing on names right now. We don't know what [sex] it is yet. Everything is good. Linda is happy and healthy and the baby is doing well."

Zamprogna's daughter, Anbilliene, will have just turned two when her baby sibling arrives later this year, but already seems ready to meet him or her. "She's in love with babies," he says of his baby girl. "She's awesome."

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Will Monaco Be A DANCING All-Star?

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Kelly Monaco (Sam, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was the winner of the very first season of DANCING WITH THE STARS back in 2005, and is rumored to be returning for the next season of the reality competition series, which is set to feature an "All-Star" cast of returning celebs. But with an official announcement of the cast yet to be made, there wasn't much the actress could tell us about it!

"I'm not confirming or denying," she teases, "but if I happen to do it, and I happened to have Derek [Hough as a dance partner], that would be amazing. It would be a lot of work, I have to tell you."

Competing in DANCING while working five days a week on GH was a grueling routine for Monaco the first time around, but now she knows how to approach it. "If I were to do it this time," she explains, "I would make sure I had Mondays and Tuesdays off from GH because I can't be in two places at the same time. I think that's the only way I could do it.

"If I were to do it," Monaco adds with a smile, "I'd talk to my executive producer and ask them not to have me talk so much. I don't mind showing up, but having to memorize everything at night is the problem. If they just had me shut up for a little bit, it would be okay!"

ABC is set to announce the final cast for the All-Star season of DANCING WITH THE STARS this Friday, July 27, so stay tuned!

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Big Changes for THE BAY!

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Hot on the heels of its first Emmy nomination, popular Web soap opera, THE BAY , has just added this year's Daytime Emmy's show runner, Gabriel Gornell, to its staff. "With his success in this years Daytime Emmys, we're excited to have Gabriel join THE BAY as an executive producer," announced the drama's creator, Gregori J. Martin. "We are certain Gabriel is going to be a wonderful asset to our family!" In addition to serving as the chief creative officer for LocoDistro (Locomotive Distribution, Inc.), Gornell's other recent accomplishments include You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You (Lionsgate's upcoming, hip hop horror flick for which they partnered with Spike Lee), and developing, producing and distributing numerous other TV and film projects. Gornell's slated to begin working on the show's third season, which airs in October, but you can catch THE BAY's summer special, DARKSIDE OF THE BAY, starting Thursday, August 9.

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Mark Your Calendar For Lucci's New Show!

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Upon wrapping her 41-year run on ALL MY CHILDREN less than a year ago, Susan Lucci (Erica) hit the ground running, and she hasn't stopped yet! Hot off the heels of her recurring gigs on HOT IN CLEVELAND and ARMY WIVES, her new role as the host of Investigation Discovery's DEADLY AFFAIRS will give fans reason to stay home on Saturday nights.

Scintillating love triangles, illicit romances, and true crimes of passion -- not unlike those that play out on the soaps -- will be trotted out for review on the new series. "It's the kind of investigative show that my husband and I and many of our friends find addicting!" Lucci enthuses. "It deals with real-life headlines: stories that we have seen and heard and said 'oh my goodness!' about... and we'll get a chance to explore further and see what happened after the news media stopped covering them."

Who better than the woman who played Erica (a hot-headed lady who was not unfamiliar with life in an orange prison jumpsuit), to help make sense of it all? Tune in to Investigation Discovery for the 10-part series premiere on Saturday, September 8, at 10 p.m. ET. For more information, visit investigation.discovery.com.

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The Divas Take On New York & New Jersey!

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Kathy Brier (Marcie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kassie DePaiva (Blair, GENERAL HOSPITAL/OLTL) and Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN) are back in action as The Divas of Daytime! The musical trio will perform a show and do a meet & greet with fans at the Brokerage in Bellmore, NY, on Saturday, August 11. Doors open at 12:30 for a 2 p.m.; tickets are $67 and $89. To order, or for more information, visit www.brokeragecomedy.com.

Then, on Sunday, August 12, the ladies will be at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Showtime is 11 a.m., and tickets are $75. For more information, or to purchase, visit www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com.

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Irizarry Has A New Role To "Die" For!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Vincent Irizarry (David) has joined the cast of an upcoming film for cable network Lifetime. "Excitd 2 begin filming Lifetime Movie "Left to Die" this Aug in Bogota, Columbia opposite Barbara Hershey/Rachel Leigh Cook!" he announced on Twitter. "Amazing true story!"

Oscar-winner Barbara Hershey will star as Sandra Chase in Left To Die, the true story of a woman whose vacation to Ecuador turns into a nightmare when she is wrongly imprisoned for drug trafficking. Rachael Leigh Cook will play her daughter, Tammi, who relentlessly fights for her mother's release. No word yet as to Irizarry's role in the film, which will air on Lifetime sometime next year.

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Cast Your Vote #32

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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: Would you like to see Todd and Carly pursue a relationship?

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

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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Maurice Is Coming East!

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Maurice Benard (Sonny) has a date with New York, New Jersey and Connecticut next month! The actor has scheduled three public appearances in the Tri-State area, so make your date with the popular guy! Benard will be hosting fan events at the following locations:

Friday, August 10
Treehouse At Marissa's in Trumball, CT. Showtime is 9 p.m.
Tickets are $99 plus $15 food minimum for non-dinner guests.
For information, call (203) 268-5857.

Saturday, August 11
Uncle Vinnie's in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Showtime is 10 a.m.
Tickets are $99 plus tax, and include a Q&A, meet & greet and photo opportunities.
For information, visit www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com.

Sunday, August 12
Brokerage Entertainment Club, Bellmore, NY. Showtime is 2 p.m.
Tickets are $99, and include a Q&A, meet & greet and photo opportunities.
For information, call (516) 781-5233.

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Tweet With Alderson!

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Join Kristen Alderson (Starr) for a live Twitter chat during the East Coast broadcast of today's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL!

Today's show is the grand reopening of the Haunted Star... and a very big night for Starr herself. With her proud parents, Todd and Blair, in the audience, Starr will take the stage to perform "Just Like That," penned by GH songwriter Rie Sinclair. And, Starr and Michael will announce to their friends and family that they are a couple!

Fans can submit questions using the hashtag #askgh to Alderson (@krisalderson) and receive real-time responses from the actress! So log on at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT and ask away!

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Interview: Look Who's Cooking!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dr. Matt Hunter might be spending his days behind bars, but his former portrayer, Jason Cook, has been globetrotting as part of his efforts to create a meaningful, unscripted program called LifeCHANGE. Together with his partners, Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), her brother, Todd Zucker, and Steve Fenske, he traveled to Middleburg, South Africa, recently to collaborate with Africa Rising (which was founded by two grandsons of former President Nelson Mandela) and The Thirst Project. While there, the group put two young people from America and two from South Africa through their LifeCHANGE Leadership Program. Then they took the participants to Swaziland where they had an opportunity to help improve local access to clean drinking water. "I had always done charity work before and outreach projects with my church while growing up," offers Cook, who is serving as both director and executive producer of the show. "I'm incredibly proud to be a part of this project."

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Is Molly Getting A New Beau?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL has issued a casting call for a 16-year-old African American male to play the part of a charming, charismatic youngster who is a tad cocky and prone to getting into trouble, but has a soft and sensitive side. The start date for the major, ongoing recurring role is next Tuesday, which means that the soap is looking to fill the part immediately.

Sounds a lot like Molly's boyfriend, T.J., doesn't it? His current portrayer, Krys Meyer, made his debut earlier this year as the son of the man Shawn killed during his Marine days. Stay tuned.

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Meet Melissa!

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If you are a ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan near the Long Island, NY, area tomorrow night, then head over to the Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) and you can spend some time with Melissa Archer (Natalie)! The actress will be signing autographs at the premiere of the trailer for her upcoming film, Excuse Me For Living, on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The movie's leading lady will also be giving away free Excuse Me For Living T-shirts to her first 25 fans, and postcard-sized posters to everyone!

For directions and more events, visit the LIIFE Web site here. For more information about Excuse Me For Living, visit www.excusemeforliving.net.

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Robin Returns To GH!

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Kimberly McCullough brings Robin back to GENERAL HOSPITAL this week... but how long will it be before Patrick discovers that his beloved wife had survived the lab explosion after all and is being held against her will?

McCullough has a few theories as to who took Robin out of the lab and has been keeping her alive all these months. "I hope they figure out who's keeping me captive," McCullough recently shared. "Obviously, [Faison] would make sense because they brought Finola [Hughes, Anna] back on the show. Actually, Casey could have come through a wormhole in time and saved me before the explosion happened. That would be hilarious."

Stay tuned to find out!

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Wittrock Heads To The Chicago Stage

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Hot off the heels of his run in Death Of A Salesman on Broadway, ALL MY CHILDREN alum Finn Wittrock (Damon) will be hitting the stage in Chicago this fall. Taking part in another classic theater masterpiece, Wittrock will co-star opposite Diane Lane in Tennesse Williams' Sweet Bird Of Youth at the Goodman Theatre in the Windy City.

In Sweet Bird, Wittrock plays actor-turned-gigolo Chance Wayne, who takes Lane's Alexandra, a fading Hollywood actress, back to his hometown with hopes of reclaiming his former glory. But when a mistake from his past threatens Chance's plans, he and Alexandra are forced to confront their crumbling dreams.

The play will run from September 15 through October 21. Tickets are now available to Goodman Theatre subscribers, and will be on sale to the public beginning Friday, August 3. For tickets and additional information, visit www.goodmantheatre.org.

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Consuelos Has A HORROR STORY!

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ALL MY CHILDREN alum Mark Consuelos (Mateo) is heading to the insane asylum! Well, for the second season of FX's AMERICAN HORROR STORY, that is. According to EW.com, Consuelos has been cast as a patient named Spivey in the popular cable drama. Beginning production this week, AMERICAN HORROR STORY's sophomore season will center around an institution for the criminally insane.

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Tune In For GH Gold Medal Moments!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans made their votes, and now it's almost time to find out the winners for SOAPnet's "General Hospital Gold Medal Moments" special! Fans voted over 37,000 times on SOAPnet's Facebook page for their favorite iconic episodes, and the winning shows will be broadcast each weeknight from Monday, July 30, through Friday, August 10!

The schedule of categories includes:

Monday, July 30: Best OMG Moment
Tuesday, July 31: Best Take Your Breath Away Moment
Wednesday, August 1: Best Back From The Beyond Moment
Thursday, August 2: Best Wedding
Friday, August 3: Best Dramatic Moment

Monday, August 6: Steamiest Seduction
Tuesday, August 7: Best Soap-tastrophe
Wednesday, August 8: Best Tearjerker
Thursday, August 9: Hottest Supercouple
Friday, August 10: Most Memorable Moment

The episodes will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT Monday-Friday, with encore airings of each week's categories on Sunday, August 5, and Sunday, August 12, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET/PT. Which episodes are you hoping made the final cut? Tell us in the comments below!

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Setton Joins New Sitcom Cast

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When THE MINDY PROJECT makes its debut on FOX this September, one of the supporting players will be a face familiar to ONE LIFE TO LIVE viewers. Amanda Setton (Kim) has joined the cast of the sitcom starring THE OFFICE alum Mindy Kaling as an successful OB/GYN trying to navigate a less-than-successful love life. According to TV Line, Setton will play Shauna Dicanio, the Jersey girl who works the front desk at the medical practice, Shulman And Associates. Look for the series to debut on September 25.

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Oscar Winner Holm Dies

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Actress Celeste Holm -- who won an Academy Award in 1948 for her work in Gentlemen's Agreement and nominations for All About Eve and Come To The Stable -- passed away on July 15 at the age of 95. The actress was well known for her turn as Annie in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma!, but Holm also had ties to the soap world. She played AS THE WORLD TURNS' Lauren Roberts in the early 80s, and Anna on FALCON CREST, and later played LOVING's Isabella Alden from 1991-'92. During her LOVING days, Holm was married to co-star Wesley Addy (Cabot), until his death in 1996.

While Holm's heath had been failing in recent years, her family told NY1 that the lifelong New Yorker had been hospitalized for dehydration two weeks ago, following a fire in the apartment of actor Robert De Niro in the same Upper West Side building. Holm is survived by her husband, Frank Basile, and her sons. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

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Vasi Is A Bride-To-Be!

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She may be one of the stars of VH1's hit show SINGLE LADIES, but Denise Vasi (Randi, ALL MY CHILDREN) is off the market! The actress recently got engaged to her music video director beau, Anthony Mandler, while the couple was vacationing in Greece.

On Friday, the actress tweeted a collage of photos via Instagram where she's showing off quite a sparkler. "What an amazing moment for us! Loving all the beautiful words. NOW the fun part... #weddingplanning."

Mandler has directed videos for artists such as Rihanna, Usher and Jay Z. Vasi can currently be seen on SINGLE LADIES, which airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Zimmer Has A Wicked New Role!

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West Coasters, look for Kim Zimmer (Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) to soon come to a city near you! The actress has signed on to the touring company of the hit Broadway musical Wicked, which tells the story of the witches of Oz long before Dorothy blew in on a tornado! Zimmer will soon embark on an 8-month road trip playing Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Shiz University's Cage Hall, where a young Glinda and Elphaba (who will one day become the Wicked Witch of the West) are roommates.

"My costumes for Wicked are soo incredible!" tweeted Zimmer. "Can't wait to put Morrible together!"

Some of Zimmer's show dates include Las Vegas from August 29 through October 7, then San Francisco in January-February 2013, and Costa Mesa, CA, in March. Tickets are currently on sale for the Vegas shows. To purchase, and for more information about the touring company dates and cities, visit www.wickedthemusical.com.

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OLTL Alum Is RETIRED

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Danneel Ackles -- née Harris, who played the McBain brothers' cousin, Shannon, on ONE LIFE TO LIVE from 2003-'04 before moving on to play ONE TREE HILL bad girl Rachel -- has landed a recurring role on TV Land's sophomore comedy RETIRED AT 35. Ackles will first appear in the episode airing Tuesday, July 17, titled "The Grifters," playing Jenn, who starts dating Johnathan McClain's David. After Elaine and Alan question Jenn's strange behavior and motives for dating David, he starts to believe his parents... until Jenn reveals that she's a single mom. The actress -- now married to DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Jensen Ackles (ex-Eric) -- will also appear in the Tuesday, August 4, episode. RETIRED AT 35 airs Tuesdays at10 p.m. ET. But first, check out our preview clip of Ackles and McClain below!

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GH Casting News

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Is Carly's daughter, Josslyn, about to get hit with a mild case of SORAS? GENERAL HOSPITAL has issued a casting call for a blonde haired, blue eyed little girl, age 3-4, or a small 5-year-old. While the character isn't specifically named, the notice does say that she has a lot of interaction with other characters on the show.

Miss Jacks is currently played by twins McKenna and Karleigh Larson, who will turn 3 in August. The girls have been the only babies to play Jax and Carly's daughter, starting in 2009 when they were just a few months old.

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Wedding Bells For AMC Alum!

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Congratulations to actress Lindsay Price (An Li, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Michael, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and celebrity chef Curtis Stone! The couple have gotten engaged after three years of dating, Stone, co-host of Bravo's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLATES, announced yesterday during an appearance on WNBC's NEW YORK LIVE. During an appearance today on CBS THIS MORNING, Stone shared that he proposed while they were recently vacationing in Italy. "We were on the Alalfi Coast. It was really special. She said yes, so I'm a happy man." Price and Stone share a son, Hudson, who was born in November.

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From Pine Valley To Beverly Hills!

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When The CW drama 90210 kicks off its fifth season in October, ALL MY CHILDREN fans will recognize a familiar face amongst the new characters in town. Trai Beyers -- who played Maya's abusive boyfriend, Mookie, on the ABC soap -- has been cast in the recurring role of techie Alec, a co-worker of Max's who is all business and has no qualms about protecting what is his.

The new season of 90210 debuts on Monday, October 8.

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See Barash On Stage!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Brandon Barash (Johnny) is going to be one busy man for a few weeks! For two different weeks, the actor will be part of a rotating cast in Grace Notes & Anvils at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles; he made his debut last night and will appear in the play on dates through Sunday, July 29.

Adapted from the book About Grief: Insights, Setback, Grace Notes, Taboos, the play explores the experience of loss with a touch of humor and wisdom. Jonelle Allen (DR. QUINN MEDICINE WOMAN) will be co-starring with Barash in performances now through Sunday, July 15, and Brenda Strong (DALLAS; DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) will be his co-star from Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.odysseytheatre.com/gracenotes/. By using the discount code "BARASH," you can get $10 off the ticket price for the shows starring the GH actor.

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Why GOOD News Could Be Bad For GH!

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Ratings for the debut of ABC's summer series GOOD AFTERNOON AMERICA -- an additional hour of their long-running GOOD DAY AMERICA franchise -- were reportedly about 40 percent higher than those of the show it replaced... which is why we're sounding the battle cry and urging soap fans not to tune in to the net's new series.

"If fans want to keep GENERAL HOSPITAL on the air, they need to make sure a clear message is sent to ABC," says Soaps In Depth executive editor Richard M. Simms. "Although GAA is being talked-up as a limited-run series to bridge the gap between THE REVOLUTION's demise and the premiere of Katie Couric's new program, ABC has proven that they'll happily pull the plug on a soap if they can replace it with something that's cheaper to produce."

Last year, both ONE LIFE TO LIVE and ALL MY CHILDREN were given the axe in favor of reality offerings which got lower ratings but were also cheaper to produce. "Fans need to realize that it's never been more important to support their soaps," says Simms. "We're down to four shows. Do we really want to lose another one?" Join us in live-tweeting the East Coast airing of GH weekdays at 3 p.m. EST on @soapsindepthabc!

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Herring & Friends Get Wicked!

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Back in the days when soaps were pre-empted for coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, daytime TV fans discovered that the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Now, the Investigation Discovery channel is banking on that appetite for true crime-themed programming to continue. Recently, they brought in a host of veteran soap stars, amongst them Lynn Herring (ex-Lucy, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES) to tape a series of promotional bumper segments. (A broadcasting "bumper" fills up the space between the end of a program and the start of a commercial break, or vice versa.)

"Jackie Zeman (ex-Bobbie, GH), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Kin Shriner (Scott, GH/PC), Matt Ashford (Jack, DAYS), and I were in one group playing wicked women and bad boys, and then we also got to see DAYS' Kristian Alfonso (Hope) and Drake Hogestyn (John)," Herring tells Soaps In Depth. "It was so much fun because we had separate parts, but we were all on the set at the same time and in makeup and chatting away. It felt like we were all back on some soap opera somewhere!"

In actuality, it's been five years since PORT CHARLES concluded and Herring hung up her exasperating-yet-sexy alter ego, and nearly three since she played trouble-maker Audrey on AS THE WORLD TURNS. "I'd forgotten how much I missed that energy of being on a set where everybody has one purpose to make a cool product," confesses the actress who's been off raising a family on her Northern California ranch. But with her sons now gone to college, might she be enticed back to daytime again? Check out her upcoming Keeping Track interview in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, July 23, to find out.

For more information on Investigation Discovery Channel, visit www.investigation.discovery.com.

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Parsons Makes BUNHEADS Debut!

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On Monday, July 16, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan) makes his television return when he joins the cast of ABC Family's BUNHEADS in a recurring role. "It's a fun show," he tells Soaps In Depth of the hit summer drama, which centers around a Las Vegas showgirl who, having gotten married on a whim, leaves the big city behind to move to her new husband's tiny coastal town and now works at her mother-in-law's dance studio. "I come from theater and I was a dancer, so I have a lot of love for young people trying to dance."

Parsons first appears in the episode titled "Money For Nothing" as Godot, the hot bartender son of The Oyster Bar's owners. It doesn't take long before Boo's relationship with the hunky surfer at her new job makes the other girls jealous. But besides working with the younger castmembers, Parsons also crossed paths with series star Sutton Foster, who has a slew of Broadway musical credits to her name. "To work with Sutton, who is a Tony Award winner and incredible, was really a privilege," he shares.

For now, Parsons is scheduled to appear in the Monday, August 13, and Monday, August 20, episodes as well. "Hopefully there will be more to come!" he says.

Tune in to BUNHEADS on ABC Family on Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET. But first, check out this preview clip of Parsons below!

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Former GH Scribe Norma Monty Has Died

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One-time GENERAL HOSPITAL headwriter Norma Monty -- sister of the soap's late, legendary executive producer Gloria Monty -- has passed away. According to her obituary from the New Jersey funeral home handling her burial services, Monty died on July 3 at the age of 86 in Reno, NV.

A New Jersey native, Monty spent over two decades as an English teacher before switching careers and moving to California where she worked as an associate producer under her sister on GH. Soon becoming headwriter of the soap, Monty went on to receive three Daytime Emmy Award nominations during her tenure. Together, the sisters created one of daytime's most legendary supercouples in a plot twist that paired good girl Laura Webber with bad boy Luke Spencer... and had them fall in love after he raped her. Among the other characters the Monty sisters created were John Stamos' Blackie Parrish and Jack Wagner's Frisco Jones.

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When Soaps In Depth contacted Stamos to share his memories of the woman who created his legendary character, the actor had nothing but kind words to say. "Norma Monty created Blackie Parrish -- and in a sense created John Stamos," the actor tells In Depth exclusively. "I will always credit GH as the reason I have a career. I learned a tremendous amount from Gloria Monty, but it was Norma who hired me. As the story goes, Norma was a teacher and had a troubled kid in her class named Blackie "Clarish." She modeled my character after him. God bless Norma. And the real Blackie, where ever you are."

Upon her retirement, Monty split her time between Rumson, NJ, and Rancho Mirage, CA, and was actively involved in numerous charities and country clubs in both locations. Her sister Gloria passed away in 2006. Monty is survived by an aunt and a cousin.

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Live From The Red Carpet!

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If you ever wanted to walk the red carpet at the Daytime Emmys alongside your favorite soaps opera stars, then Soaps In Depth is about to get you as close as anyone, as we have an exclusive video of just what the press photographers see!

We attached our exclusive InDepthCam to photographer Jim Warren's own camera as he covered the arrivals and press room at this year's ceremony to get a fun, insider's take at the awards for our readers! It's a great behind-the-scenes look from the photographer's podium some of daytime's biggest stars stop and pose for pictures: GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anthony Geary (Luke) and Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky), ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Erika Slezak (Viki), ALL MY CHILDREN's Cameron Mathison (Ryan) and Susan Lucci (Erica) and many, many more!

What are you waiting for? Check out our exclusive video below! And be sure to pick up the issue of Soaps In Depth, now on sale, for 10 pages of behind-the-scenes coverage of the 2012 Daytime Emmy Awards!

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See Jackson Sing!

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In the past two weeks, Jonathan Jackson won an Emmy for having played GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lucky, and moved his family across the country to Tennessee, where he is about to start filming the upcoming ABC primetime drama NASHVILLE. But he'll be back home in Los Angeles this weekend, playing a gig with his indie rock band, Enation. The group will be performing on Sunday, July 8, at 7 p.m. PT at the Roxy. For tickets and additional information, visit www.EnationMusic.com.

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