Recently in June 2013

Franco Renders Carly Speechless!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Carly may think she's a modern, super cool mom but, when push comes to shove, she still pulls out the old standard lines that mothers have been using since the turn of the century: "I don't care HOW old you are, I'm still your mother and what I say goes!" For a minute, it worked when she was ordering Morgan to move out of the Q mansion. But Franco knew how to shut her up fast! "I'm only gonna say this once," he said, taking a step closer. "You either let Morgan stay here, or I will tell him that you tried to kill me." Yup. Carly was speechless. Alert the press!

Luke's been shot a couple of times, caught in an avalanche, hit by a car, had a heart attack and attacked by an encephalitis plague, but he's never been afraid of dying. But the news that Helena had been poisoning him with a radioactive toxin hit him unusually hard. That helpless, hopeless look on his face was unlike him. Maybe it was because of Lulu's sentimental words of love and anticipation of him being granddad to her baby... or maybe it's because he doesn't have the fight left in him. Even after Helena is [supposedly] dead and gone, she may end up getting the last laugh anyway.

Apparently Taylor is both left and right brained. She can spell AND has artistic talent. "T-J and M-E had S-E-X. Do you get it now or do I have to draw you a picture?" she asked Molly. Molly's reaction, O-M-G! Yes, her first boyfriend broke her heart. Surprise, surprise. Welcome to adolescence, Mol. So you thought Rafe was just a pal, huh? Right. D-E-N-I-A-L. We can spell, too.

This week on GH, will Olivia take Sonny up on his offer to go home with him? Is his and Carly's relationship beyond repair? Is knowing that she's having a baby girl weakening Maxie's resolve to give her up? All that and SO much more, including breakups and hookups under Fourth Of July fireworks!

Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Bring On The Fireworks!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Christian Campbell (ex-Bobby) returns to television on Saturday, June 29, at 9:00 pm EST, in the Hallmark Channel Original, Banner 4th Of July. In it, he plays opposite AMERICAN IDOL's Brooke White and Michael Barbuto as a trio of estranged siblings who are reunited when their hometown's mayor (who just happens to be their mother, played by Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl) has a heart attack. While they can't fix Mom's heart, the sibs learn that they can help her save the bankrupt town by reuniting their once successful family band for a holiday concert. But first, they'll have to overcome the pain in their past! As an added bonus, the musical movie also features two original songs written and recorded by White.

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GH Shocker: Sullivan Out!

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Although GENERAL HOSPITAL doesn't comment on contract statues, Kelly Sullivan (Connie) herself has confirmed her exit, saying that she will not be returning after August.

The actress joined the soap in September of 2011 as a Kate recast, and soon won over fans as she portrayed both that character and her alternate personality, Connie, in a dramatic storyline twist. While it would seem that GH is currently setting up a Connie/Sonny/Olivia triangle, this news coming on the heels of Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) signing a new contract would seem to indicate that Olivia won't have much competition for Sonny.

While there were reports that Sullivan and GH were unable to come to terms on a new contract, she insists that is not the case. "This is not a contract issue," she posted in a Facebook statement. "I have been written off the show.

"I have no ill feelings towards any of the staff or crew connected to the show or the network," she adds. "I will miss everyone dearly."

Look for more from Sullivan in an upcoming issue of ABC Soaps In Depth!

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Meet Lindstrom And See A Great Film!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) is proving to be quite a respected movie mogul!

The Manhattan Film Festival will be hosting one of the final U.S. film festival showings of Lindstrom's, multiple award-winning feature film, How We Got Away With It, prior to its general release later this year. The independent thriller marks his feature film directorial debut and has already received major honors at festivals across the country. He, of course, will be in attendance at its Saturday, June 29 screening in New York City's Hunter College.

"We've been filling up the theaters everywhere we go," he smiles. It doesn't hurt that the accolades keep rolling in! Thus far, it has received the Stolman Audience Award for Best Independent American Feature at the Sonoma International Film Festival and the Best Thriller Feature Film at Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival. "Not to brag but we also got nominated for Best Showcase Feature Film at SOHO International Film Festival and Best Actor/Filmmaker in a Feature Film (yours truly!) at Bare Bones. Not bad," he laughs. "To have something that's so important to you go out there and come back with so many kudos in so many different ways is really a great honor and it is a big affirmation. I didn't expect it." And it's just the beginning of his directing career!

"I recently made an agreement with a publishing company for a books-to-film deal — I give them certain guidelines and they look for works that aren't already attached," Lindstrom says. "My manager and I are also discussing a couple of projects because he'd like to get me back into the director's chair with the sideline of acting as soon as possible. It's very exciting. That seems to be the road that I'm walking down... and I'll take it!"

But GH fans, do not fret. Lindstrom is also returning to GH. "I'm doing some days on GH in July!" While waiting for those episodes to air sometime in August, show your support by checking out How We Got Away With It at the Manhattan Film Festival. Tickets are available at this link and more info can be found at www.HowWeGotAwayWithIt.com!

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Breaking News: Oprah Picks Up AMC & OLTL!

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We are starting to get whiplash from all of these Prospect Park announcements, but this latest development is huge: The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has acquired the first 40 episodes each of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE and will be hosting an exclusive 10-week run of the revived dramas beginning Monday, July 15! Calling it a "summer fling," OWN will air the shows Monday through Thursday, with AMC at 1 p.m. EST/PST, and OLTL at 3 p.m. EST/PST.

"These shows have proven to be very popular with a significant, loyal fan base, not to mention Oprah herself is a big fan," says OWN president Erik Logan. "Many of our viewers across numerous platforms have expressed their passion for the soaps so we are especially excited to air this limited engagement on OWN."

Adds Prospect Park Networks CEO Jeff Kwatinetz, "We are really excited to bring OWN viewers and our audience at large an opportunity to catch up on All My Children and One Life To Live on traditional television. We look forward to our millions of fans enjoying the first 40 episodes of the shows."

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AMC & OLTL Schedule Tweaked Again!

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When watching TV shows online, the trend appears to be binge viewing, and now The OnLine Network has announced that you'll be able to binge on all the weekly episodes of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE at the beginning of the week!

Beginning on Monday, July 1, instead of releasing one episode a day, both episodes of AMC and OLTL as well as the special MORE AMC/OLTL show will be released on Monday via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. So now it's up to you whether you want to watch one episode a day or watch both AMCs one day and both OLTLs another... or watch all four and the MORE episode in one sitting!

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Sumpter's Series Gets Double The Episodes!

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Have you checked out Tyler Perry's new primetime sudser THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS starring ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla) and featuring AS THE WORLD TURNS' Peter Parros (Ben)? Well, a lot of people have! So many so that OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that it has doubled the series order, adding 16 more episodes to the season for a grand total of 32!

"Naturally, it is wonderful to have the network's first scripted series score so resoundingly," said Sheri Salata, president, OWN. "Tyler's fans and OWN viewers have responded to this guilty pleasure in record numbers, and we are happy to give them more of a good thing."

THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS airs Tuesdays at 9:00 pm EST on OWN, and since its Tuesday, May 28 debut, has become that night's number one original cable series for women 25-54 and averages over 1.5 million viewers. The show's current cycle will air through Tuesday, September 3, with the new episodes airing in early 2014.

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GH Offspring Heading To DAYS?

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We're going to see how much talent GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) has passed on to his kids, as the actor's wife, Paula, tweeted that their nine-year-old son, Joshua, has landed a gig on DAYS OF OUR LIVES! "Going to get work permit for Joshua to do DOOL," she posted online. "Haven't done this since Cailey played your son in a nightmare of the death of Lilly!" (The couple's daughter appeared as little Michael in a dream sequence 18 years ago.) We're working on getting confirmation and more information from DAYS regarding the character, and we'll let you know as soon as we know more!

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GH's Michael And Kiki Kiss But DON'T Tell!

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Nikolas, Michael and Morgan all paraded their pectorals in the name of warm weather. Even Kiki joined the topless brigade. Not by choice, though. By "oopsie daisy, my bikini top slipped just in time for Michael to see my..." Uh huh. What will they come up with to show some skin during blizzard season? Will they join the Polar Bear Club? Duke summed up the Michael/Kiki/Morgan triangle perfectly when he said, "Michael kissed his brother's girlfriend, who turned out to be his cousin." It sounds kind of silly when he puts it that way.

Nikolas won this week's Wet T-shirt Contest. He also won this week's No T-shirt Contest. Liz got quite an eyeful, which meant viewers got one, too. Ya think Nikolas noticed how much she was looking at the ground? It was a win-win day for him. Liz not only ogled him, but she also heard A.J.'s phone message admitting he slept with Carly! He should have bought a lottery ticket.

Although it would have been nice for Carly to get in trouble with the law just for kicks, she and Shawn both lucked out when the ballistics report came in and revealed that the Shawn's gun was NOT the one that fired the bullet that hit Olivia! Then whose gun DID it come from? That's the big question that WILL be answered this week! Plus, Luke's diagnosis has him facing mortality, Connie reveals how she really feels about Sonny... and there's that little issue about an unborn baby's paternity!

Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #27

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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: Should Alexis forgive Shawn for the shooting?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, June 27. 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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Ron Raines Takes The Stage

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Ron Raines, best known as GUIDING LIGHT's Alan, may have just joined the cast of ONE LIFE TO LIVE as the mysterious Carl, but that hasn't stopped him from continuing to take to the stage occasionally!

First up, Raines will be hosting Oklahoma Rising, a benefit cabaret for the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Featuring special Broadway guests, the show will be held on Sunday, June 23 at 7:30 pm at the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York City. For tickets, click here.

Then, on Monday, July 8, he'll be performing his one-man show, The Great Love Of Broadway at Cape May Stage in New Jersey. Raines will celebrate the American Spirit with a series of popular Broadway tunes. Click here for tickets!

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Prospect Park & Unions Settle Dispute

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That noise you might have heard last night was fans of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE breathing a sigh of relief. The labor dispute between Prospect Park and The I.A.T.S.E New York Production Locals have been resolved.

"We thank the entire I.A.T.S.E. organization for their continued support in bringing these shows to fans, and we especially appreciate the efforts of Chaim Kantor and John Ford and our entire crew for helping us to move forward as a unified team," said Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz.

The casts and crews of both AMC and OLTL are currently on a planned hiatus, and will return to production on schedule on Monday, August 12, as originally planned. There will be no interruption of new episodes debuting on Hulu.com and iTunes.

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AMC & OLTL Clean Up Their Acts

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Prospect Park and The OnLine Network announced today that beginning with the Monday, June 24, broadcast of ALL MY CHILDREN, both that soap and ONE LIFE TO LIVE will no longer feature swearing.

When the two soaps made the transition from network television to the internet, they were able to explore subject matter that network censors might object to or limit their ability to tell fully (sex trafficking, open marriages). This also meant that the scripts for both soaps were peppered with various four-letter expletives that would never have been allowed on ABC. But it seems that Prospect Park is continuing to listen to feedback from the fans, and have determined that the cursing was off-putting for enough of the viewers that they're eliminating the strong language for the episodes from now on.

Of course, if you're one of those who didn't mind a little adult language, you can click here and watch a rather hilarious compilation of all the cursing in OLTL to date! Oh my!

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Is Kamar de los Reyes A LIAR?

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ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS knows just how talented daytime soap actors are, with the likes of Ashley Benson (ex-Abby, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) among its stars. And now they're dipping into the daytime well again with The Hollywood Reporter reporting that ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio) will be appearing on the show!

De los Reyes will be playing Dominic, a swimming coach known for sending his athletes straight to the Olympics. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS airs at 8:00 pm EST on Tuesdays, but de los Reyes' guest appearance won't be until August.

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Goldsberry's Getting Her Act Together!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Renée Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline) is back on stage again! Broadway World is reporting that the actress will be starring in I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road as the final show in the Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2013 season in New York City.

The show, which debuted in the late '70s, is the tale of a former pop star (Goldsberry) who ditches the fluffy tunes she used to sing for a serious comeback supporting the burgeoning feminist movement. Goldsberry should be a knockout in the role, based on her performances in shows like The Color Purple, Rent and The Lion King.

In keeping with City Center's mission to make the arts accessible to all, the majority of tickets to the show will be just $25. However, it will only run for five performances, from Wednesday, July 24, through Saturday, July 27. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here!

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OLTL Star's Guest Gig!

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There's one last treat in store for fans of ABC's FAMILY TOOLS. Prior to the series' conclusion, ONE LIFE TO LIVE alumnus John Brotherton (ex-Jared), will appear! "I play the nemesis of the lead; he's a 'Mr. Fix It' and I'm the inspector on his job site," the actor reveals. "I'm also dating the girl that he's in love with, so it's a comedy of errors because I'm nice in front of the girl, but I don't pass any of his work!" The episode, titled "Jack Steps Up," airs Wednesday, June 26 at 8:30 pm EST. For more about what the actor has in store — including the scoop on his exciting summer blockbuster! — pick up the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth.

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The Daytime Emmy Tribute You Didn't See!

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Daytime television Monty Hall was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards, but due to presenter Wayne Brady going off-script, there was an entire biographical video package that ended up being skipped over! But we have the exclusive first look at the tribute right here! Hall's daughter, Joanna Gleason, is the voice you'll hear talking about his life and career rise to fame as the host of LET'S MAKE A DEAL.

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Eden's Expecting (Again)!

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ALL MY CHILDREN's Eden Riegel (Bianca) announced this past Father's Day that she's about to become a mother for a second time! "I'm thrilled to announce today, on Father's Day, that I'm going to make Andrew Miller, the greatest dad I know, a father all over again!" she posted on Twitter.

The actress' former on-screen sister, Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall) wished them well, tweeting in response: "Congrats my friends! So happy for you both! A new Miller to squeeze!" And Riegel's on-screen daughter, Denyse Tontz (Miranda) tweeted, "Congratulations to you both!"

Riegel and her husband have one son, Jack Oscar Miller, who is two. Best wishes to the parents-to-be!

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Stause Settles In Salem

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The character that Chrishell Stause is going to be playing over on DAYS OF OUR LIVES is still being kept very hush-hush, but the actress assures us that she's going to be very different than ALL MY CHILDREN's Amanda! "I'm really excited about the character," she tells In Depth, before adding, "which I can't talk about yet."

But even though DAYS is a whole new show, there are still some familiar faces that made her feel right at home. "I've known a lot of people through daytime events like Greg Vaughan (Eric) and Eric Martsolf (Brady)," Stause reveals. "I've known some of these people just from being in the same business."

Unfortunately, her role on DAYS means that she'll be unavailable to join the new AMC. "I knew this was something I was going to pursue," she admits. "But I love AMC. It will always have a place in my heart. I would never say no in the future, but for now it doesn't contractually work out for me."

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AMC Uncensored!

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Since moving to the internet where there are no network censors, ALL MY CHILDREN has been pushing boundaries, and you may have heard a little something about a rather racy scene between a couple of characters in the episode that went online on Wednesday, June 12. While nothing graphic was actually shown, some viewers were still shocked by the sexually suggestive scene. But what did Brooke Newton (Colby) and Robert Scott Wilson (Pete) think about shooting it?

"I'd never done an on-screen kiss in my entire life before coming to this show," confesses Newton. "I knew it was going to be a big challenge for me as an actress, so accept it and embrace it."

She also admits that she didn't speak with her co-star before shooting the scene. "Other actors talk about what they're comfortable doing and what they're not," Newton says. "I feel, as an actress, I just need to be the character. I can't put any limitations on myself."

"We had a very long day, both Brooke and I," Wilson adds. "It was about 9:30 at night. We started working at 8 am. We had a new director that day, who was great. We actually nailed that scene in one take!"

Despite the awkwardness, he says that the crew was very respectful, and he never felt uncomfortable at all while taping the sex scene. "We were both a little nervous," Wilson confides. "Once the scene started, we were completely out of our heads and had fun with it. I think it came across how we wanted it to."

If you're curious what all the fuss is about, you can watch that episode of AMC at this link... and then catch up on all the episodes you've missed since it debuted online!

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Daytime Emmy Winners!

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At last night's 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, there were quite a few repeat winners, and some big surprises. DAYS OF OUR LIVES went home with the night's biggest trophy, its first win in the Outstanding Drama Series category since 1978! "It's a well-deserved tribute to a great bunch of wonderful actors, writers... everyone gives it their best," said Peggy McCay (Caroline) of the sudser's triumph. "I couldn't be happier. It's for all of us."

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Those Are The Breaks!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL newbie Bryan Craig (Morgan) is an active, athletic guy, but sometimes that comes at a price! "I was playing football and was running really fast and tripped," he confides. "I landed on it and broke my hand and wrist." And unfortunately, because broken bones can take a month or two to heal, the actor will be in a cast for that time... and so will his Port Charles alter ego! "They did write it into the show," Craig reveals. But what accident could befall poor Morgan? Is there still someone out there he owes money too? Tune in and find out!

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Exclusive: GH's Anderson Speaks!

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The rumors can now be laid to rest. Soaps In Depth caught up with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) at a pre-Emmy party in Beverly Hills and learned the real reason behind his new status as a recurring player.

"I've been on the show for seven years, and I'm still sticking around," he tells In Depth exclusively. "I'd just like to flex my creative muscles and dip my toe in the creative waters but still keep the fires burning at GH. I feel so incredibly lucky to be playing this character, to have created him and to see where the twists and turns of his development take him. Spinelli has plenty of adventures ahead. I'm here, and I hope you will be, too."

As central a character as Spinelli has become over the years, it's easy to forget that when Anderson first came aboard in November of 2006, it was on a recurring basis. It wasn't until six months later that the soap signed him to a long-term deal.

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Hughes Wins With The Bet

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Finola Hughes (Anna) already made the transition from dancer to actor to fashion guru. Now she's reinvented herself again by directing The Bet, a romantic comedy from screenwriters Annie J. Dahlgren and Christina Eliason and the all-volunteer cast and crew of Community Film Studio Santa Barbara (CFSSB). "This script was chosen because it was easy to shoot: There were a ton of locations, but they were all local," offers Hughes, a Santa Barbara resident who screened the picture last weekend at Hollywood's Dances With Films festival. "And we were able to do it for $35,000!"

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Howarth Heads To CALIFORNICATION

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Deadline broke the news that Roger Howarth (Franco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Todd, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) would be appearing in a multiple-episode arc of the Showtime comedy series CALIFORNICATION. And Soaps In Depth has now learned that he will be appearing in at least two episodes as Chris, the yoga teacher of Karen, played by Natascha McElhone. The new season of CALIFORNICATION doesn't premiere until 2014, so it'll be a while before we can pass along a firm airdate for his debut. But when we have the information, we'll be sure to let you know!

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Tickets Still Available For GH Fan Events!

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If you're planning to attend the annual General Hospital Fan Weekend at the Sportsman's Lodge Hotel in Studio City this summer and haven't yet booked all your events, you're in luck. There are still seats available at gatherings for three of the most popular stars!

Join Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) for her fourth annual breakfast on Friday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to noon where the tradition of greeting her guests mimosas and her gift of girlfriend gab will continue. Then, get ready to scream for Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), who will have lots to say about his return to GH, his exciting run on ABC Family's THE LYING GAME, and the story behind his jaw-dropping new physique. Christopher's event will be held on Sunday, July 28 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Finally, join funny lady Carolyn Hennesy who in addition to dishing the deets on sassy Diane, her children's books, and her work on COUGAR TOWN, will also be talking about her passion for elephants and even giving away a one-year membership to the Los Angeles Zoo! Hennesy's gathering is on Monday, July 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Don't miss out on the fun. Visit http://soapstarevents.com to purchase your tickets soon!

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Is Franco In Shawn's Crosshairs?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Morgan may have zippo luck when it comes to poker but it's Shawn who's not dealing with a full deck! For some unknown reason, he thought the best place to assassinate Franco was inside the courthouse, a place dripping with security. If he's going to be Sonny's new enforcer, he better start using his noggin or he'll be in jail faster then you can say, "You have the right to remain silent." Like Shawn, Carly is also staring trouble in the face. Although Sonny put the kibosh on the hit until the "perfect moment," Carly had that "you don't really think I'm going to listen to you" look on her face. A fired up Carly is an unpredictable Carly, and an unpredictable Carly is a trip to the E.R. for SOMEBODY!

While Franco's decimation was being discussed between Sonny and Carly, he was making himself right at home at the Quartermaine mansion, where Ava and Kiki tore him a new one, as they say. Ava threatened Franco; Franco threatened Ava. It was a love fest. Not. He was adamant about having a relationship with his daughter, whether Ava liked it or not. And she didn't. It got ugly... and loud.

Say what you will about Britt, but she's got beauty AND brains. Just when Ellie, Spinelli, Sabrina and Felix thought they had her painted into a corner, she threw the bucket of paint in their faces and made her way to the exit. But before she headed out the door, she was, "Oh, Patrick, the baby kicked!" Puh-lease. It's not like you can get mad at that baby... or that pillow... whatever it is under her shirt.

Lots of good stuff ahead this week on GH. Someone is on the receiving end of a bullet with Franco's name on it, romance is the hot topic between Patrick and Sabrina, and Felix puts Britt in her place! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Who Are The Jeromes?

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What's all this talk about the deadly Jerome family Mob? Here's a little recap of the terror they brought to town!

The Jeromes' place in Port Charles history dates back to the mid-late 80s. Reporters interrupted Duke and Anna's wedding with allegations that he helped cover up the murder of Edge Jerome of the notable Jerome crime family several years earlier. Although Anna left Duke, she couldn't stay away for long and they married.

The Jerome family name popped up again a couple of years later when Anna was kidnapped and Duke joined the "family" to utilize their contacts to find her. The family patriarch, Victor, helped Duke locate Anna, but at a price: Victor insisted Duke fill the role within the organization once occupied by his son, who took a bullet for Duke and died. Duke wanted out, but he was trapped in the Jerome family Mob.

Victor's daughter, Olivia, had the hots for Duke and tried to seduce him, but he was faithful to Anna, who was pregnant with his child. Rejected by Duke romantically and certain she would never fill the role in her family that Duke held, Olivia plotted to kill him. Her scheme, however, ended up injuring Anna and killing their unborn baby. She also set up an attack to kill her brother Julian, who faked his death. Olivia was confined to a mental hospital, was later released and then, thanks to a confession Anna got out of her, she was sent back again.

Victor, meanwhile, was sent to prison after Duke testified against him. He, of course, escaped and headed right off to see Lucy Coe, with whom he was obsessed. When she spurned his affection, he swallowed a pendant he engraved for her and choked to death on it. Julian took over the organization and was determined to neutralize Olivia by killing Duke and framing her for it. He set his scheme in motion by kidnapping her. When she heard that he was going to kill Duke, Olivia hoped to warn Anna. Julian, however, shot and killed her before she could do so. Later, Julian and Duke got into a fight and both were shot and killed. Or so everyone assumed. As it turned out, Duke was alive.

Could Julian have also survived? And what could Ava's true motives be? Stay tuned!

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OLTL Theme Song Music Video

You already know that Snoop Lion created the new theme song for ONE LIFE TO LIVE, utilizing the talents of his protégé IZA. But now they've released a music video for the full-length version of the song, "Brand New Start," featuring the Polish singer wandering around on the soap's sets intercut with footage from the show featuring your favorite Llanview residents!

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Cast Your Vote #25

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

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

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you prefer Liz with A.J. or Nikolas?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, JUne 13. 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 & OLTL Going On Hiatus Early

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The reported labor dispute between Prospect Park and the I.A.T.S.E. has led to The OnLine Network putting ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE on hiatus a little bit sooner than they'd earlier planned. Here is their statement in full:

As a result of a dispute with the I.A.T.S.E., The OnLine Network is beginning a long-planned hiatus for both 'All My Children' and 'One Life To Live' tomorrow instead of June 17. The hiatus is scheduled to end on August 12 pending resolution of this labor issue. Right now we have 40 episodes of each show ready to post through September, and if we can resolve this issue by August, we can get back into the studio on time so audiences will enjoy uninterrupted postings of their favorite shows.

We believe we have met all contract requirements with I.A.T.S.E, and as an internet start-up, and per our contract with the I.A., we cannot afford, and our business model cannot sustain, traditional broadcast rates.

The writers, directors, actors and rest of crew have been supportive of the shows and our success. Both 'One Life To Live' and 'All My Children' consistently earn top rankings on both Hulu and iTunes since launch just over a month ago. The popularity of the shows is matched by the continued passion and excitement from the fans. We are committed to these shows, and to the nearly 300 jobs they produce, thus we are exploring every legal and logistical option to maintain our production schedule.

You will note that they have already filmed enough episodes to continue airing AMC and OLTL uninterrupted through September on their current schedule. And this hiatus was already planned from the start, it's just beginning earlier due to the labor dispute. Hopefully they will be able to resolve these issues and resume production so fans aren't left in the lurch. We'll keep you up to date with any new information as it is released.

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Thompson Hits Nashville!

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If you're a GENERAL HOSPITAL fan who's going to be around downtown Nashville this weekend, you might be interested to know that Jason Thompson (Patrick) is going to be making an appearance at the CMA Music Festival Summer Block Party!

The event, which will be held from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, will feature musical performances, food, giveaways and fun. Thompson will be participating in a Q&A session and autograph signing, but it sounds like there will be plenty to do once you've seen Dr. Drake!

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Preview: Tragedy On GH!

According to this new preview, this week on GENERAL HOSPITAL starts out very bad for Franco, but a tragic twist means it could end even worse for someone else! But who?

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Get A Piece Of AMC's Hendrickson

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Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Maggie, ALL MY CHILDREN) will be participating in the show Pieces (Of Ass) at the Hollywood Roosevelt on Friday, June 21. The show features a set of "pieces" delivered by a cast of actresses exploring what it is that defines an attractive woman. The show is at 9:00 pm at Beacher's Madhouse in the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA. For tickets, click here, and if you use the code SOAP 20 you'll get 20% off!

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Just How Sick IS Luke?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke Spencer, afraid? Who'd a thunk it? He was on death's doorstep during that nasty plague that hit PC a few years ago, had a broken back and was paralyzed in an avalanche, and suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple bypass, but his mortality has never been more in his face than right now. Learning he could have liver damage is more about avoiding the truth than denying it. Come hell or high water, Tracy will make sure he gets the tests and treatment needed because if it turns out his health is in bad condition and he didn't do something to fix it, she'll kill him!

So, how long do you think it'll be before Carly ends up in bed with Franco? Come on now. You KNOW she has a thing for bad boys. There was some sizzling hot sparks flying between them when she paid him a visit behind bars. He made it clear that he wanted to make amends. That could only mean one thing -- it'll be no time at all before they're playing footsy underneath a table at the Metro Court.

Apparently hysterical amnesia is an aphrodisiac because Lulu sure is frisky these days! Now that her memory is back, so is her "appetite." And we're not talkin' Olivia's sausage and peppers. If Lulu could carry a baby to term, she'd be making one right about now. That's good news for her, good news for Dante, but Milo, not so much. He ended his fantasy few weeks with his dream girl having scored only a single kiss... and a whole lot of screen time.

More good stuff coming up this week. Sonny and Carly make plans "to die for," Rafe becomes the most sought after teen in town, and Ellie makes a shocking discovery! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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