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OLTL Stars Talk To Larry King!

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Larry King welcomed some cast members of ONE LIFE TO LIVE to his online talk show, LARRY KING NOW. He chats with Robin Strasser (Dorian) and Erika Slezak (Viki) about the cancelation and resurrection of the venerable soap, and laughs it up with Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey), Melissa Archer (Natalie) and Tuc Watkins (David).

LARRY KING NOW is available to watch on Hulu and Ora TV, or you can just watch it below!

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Help AMC's Kendall Support A Worthy Charity!

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This year's Tails N Tots event is being held on Saturday, October 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Prohibition in New York City. The event will let fans mix and mingle with their favorite soap stars, with the proceeds from tickets going to a worthy cause. This year's charity is The Kids Wish Network.

So far, the only confirmed star is Alicia Minshew (ex-Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), but there are many more to be announced as the event gets closer and closer. Previous events have featured tons of actors from both AMC and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, so no doubt some of your favorites will be in attendance. And there will only be 45 tickets sold, so it's going to be a very intimate party!

Visit the official Web site at this link for updated details as the time nears, and also to order your tickets! They cost just $65, and include a complimentary drink. But don't wait too long, because as mentioned above, there aren't a lot of tickets available, so they're going to sell out fast!

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Hello, Holly!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans were stunned when Emma Samms showed up at this past weekend's GH Fan Club Weekend, and wondered if this could mean Holly was on her way back to Port Charles. And although the actress herself was guarded, only telling us "I really can't say why I'm here," GH executive producer Frank Valentini later posted this photo of himself and Samms to Twitter, writing "Guess the secret's out!"

So there's the confirmation that Holly will be returning to GH — the only question is when, and for how long? The soap is keeping those details secret, but we'll keep you updated as we learn more. Just make sure you stay tuned to GH so you don't miss a thing!

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Bowl A Strike With The Stars!

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It's almost time once again for the annual Daytime Stars And Strikes Charity Event to benefit The American Cancer Society! Hosts Jerry verDorn (Clint, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Ross, GUIDING LIGHT) and Liz Keifer (Blake, GL) are gathering up all their famous friends from daytime and Web soaps to hit the lanes and bowl with fans!

The event will be held on Sunday, October 13, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Bowlmor Lanes in New York City's Times Square. There are two kinds of tickets — one for actually bowling with the stars, and one for just watching from the sidelines. But both include a T-shirt, unlimited food and soda, and participation in auctions, raffles, autographs and photo ops with the stars!

Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets!

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Bid On Benard!

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Would you and three of your friends like to have lunch with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny)? Well, CharityBuzz is auctioning off an afternoon with the Emmy winner with proceeds going to the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association. The package includes lunch for you and three friends with Benard in Los Angeles, but not travel or accommodations, so keep that in mind. Also, the auction ends Wednesday, July 31, so don't delay! Click here for the auction page for more information and to place your own bid!

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GH's Molly Has A New Book!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly Lansing-Davis has written a follow-up to Love In Maine, the romance novel Connie tried to pass off on her own! Maine Squeeze will be released as an E-book on Tuesday, August 13, and follows the courtship of Stephanie and Jimmy, the best pal and brother of Love In Maine's heroine, Maddie.

To pre-order the Kindle edition, visit Amazon.com here.

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Drop Anchor With Kin Shriner!

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If you are a GENERAL HOSPITAL fan who would love to take a humorous and very candid peek back in time and behind-the-scenes of your favorite soap, then have we got a party for you! Kin Shriner (Scotty) is having his very own fan event this Sunday during the GH Fan Club Weekend, and with over 36 years of stories to regale the fans with, it's certain to be a highlight of the weekend.

Shriner is excited to be hosting this special event. "I haven't done a fan event in over 15 years," he reveals. "Everybody seemed to be so excited about the 50th anniversary and all of us being back on the show. As it turned out, I'm still there! So, it it seems like a good time to get together again."

As most people know, when not working in Los Angeles, Shriner calls Fort Lauderdale, FL, home and boating is a past time that has been a part of his life since childhood. "I live on the ocean about a mile from where I grew up." At his fan event, every guest in attendance will receive a necklace that has a special significance to the actor -- an anchor charm! "Anchors away!" jokes Shriner, who is usually spotted wearing a similar necklace around his neck. "So this is a nice gift for the fans."

Can't travel to Los Angeles to be a part of the event? No worries! Shriner has given Soaps In Depth ten necklaces to give away to our readers! To enter the giveaway, click here.

If you are in the Los Angeles area, there are still tickets left for Shriner's event at the GH Fan Club Weekend, being held at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City. The party is on Sunday, July 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. PST, and tickets are $60 and can be purchased during the GH fan club luncheon or at the door.

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Mathison & Wagner Team Together!

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The Hallmark Channel has cast daytime fan favorites Cameron Mathison (ex-Ryan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) in My Gal Sunday, a two-hour backdoor pilot and potential primetime series. Production begins today in Vancouver on the film, which is based on the book of short stories of the same name by bestseller Mary Higgins Clark.

The show will also feature CLUELESS star Rachel Blanchard as renowned attorney and private investigator Sandra "Sunday" O'Brien-Parker; Mathison plays her new husband and sleuthing partner, retired White House Secretary of State and former California governor Henry Parker. Wagner is Sunday's Secret Service Agent father, Danny, who is kidnapped along with her mother en route to a high-profile event. Believing they are the true targets of the crime, Sunday and Henry team together in their most personal case yet.

My Gal Sunday is scheduled to premiere on The Hallmark Channel next year.

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GH Fan Club Weekend Event Changes

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Due to a change in the shooting schedule at GENERAL HOSPITAL, there are a couple of scheduling changes to the fan events at next weekend's GH Fan Club Weekend.

The Chad Duell (Michael) and Kristen Alderson (Kiki) event is now being moved to a later slot, taking place between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. And Bryan Craig (Morgan), Jimmy Deshler (Rafe) and Tequan Richmond (T.J.) have moved their fan event up to the now-opened earlier slot, hosting from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

So if you were planning on attending either of these events, please make note of the new schedules. And if you weren't, there are still tickets that will be available at the door!

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Cast Your Vote #31

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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 Kiki with Morgan or Michael?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 25. 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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Letherman Talks About GH Return!

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Go ahead. Admit it. When a buzzer summoned GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maxie into Connie's Crimson office and the chair behind her desk swung around to reveal a smiling Georgie, you reacted the same way Maxie did. You gasped and then went, "Awwww."

December is the six-year mark of when Georgie was killed off by the Text Message Killer, a plot device that had many a GH fan crying foul. She was always a beloved character and her untimely (and unnecessary) death only firmed up that consensus. As it turned out, the relationship between sisters Maxie and Georgie didn't die when Georgie did. Instead, it continued and strengthened on a whole other level.

"Georgie and Maxie have always had such a strong bond and Georgie was always a conscience for Maxie when she wasn't one for herself," says her portrayer, Lindze Letherman. "She was always the person who could get through to Maxie and be that voice of reason and that kind of compass. Nobody else could do that for her. But Maxie put the strength in Georgie, too, to take the risks that she would never take. So they really were counterbalances for each other. That's why their relationship was so wonderful."

The acting bug has stopped biting Letherman, who is on a completely different career path now. She runs TOP CHEF alumni Fabio Viviani's restaurant Café Firenze in Moorpark, CA. On the other hand, you'll be happy to know that if GH came calling, she wouldn't mind making an occasional appearance.

"Oh, I would ALWAYS be down for that," she cheers. "I've always loved GH and it has always been a large part of my life. For me, going back there and seeing all the people that I loved so dearly and seeing the changes in their lives, it was such a treat. To catch up with people was amazingly wonderful. I'd always go back."

In an upcoming issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, read about the moment Letherman and her TV sis, Kirsten Storms (Maxie), came face-to-face on the set of GH for the first time in almost six years. It'll make you go "awww" all over again!

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Parsons Returns To TV!

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Are you missing GENERAL HOSPITAL's sexy Spencer spawn, Ethan? As luck would have it, his equally sexy portrayer, Nathan Parsons, is starring in a Lifetime movie premiering Saturday, July 13 at 8 PST/7 CT. It's title, The Nightmare Nanny, pretty much says it all!

"It's about a mom, Annie, who, because her and her husband hit hard times, has to get a job and a nanny," Parsons previews. "The mother finds this woman, Julie, who seems to be perfect. As the mother starts working more and more and Julie gets closer and closer to the baby, Annie starts feeling pushed out of her baby's life. It turns out that Julie is actually not who she says she is. I play Julie's boyfriend. There are a couple of little twists in there and something tragic happens. It's a good movie!" Sounds like a soap opera!

Meanwhile, Parsons is waiting to hear if his ABC Family show, BUNHEADS, is coming back in the fall. "I've heard conflicting reports," he says. "Some people say, yeah, it got picked up and others say it didn't. I really hope that it does because I'd love to go back. It's a fun show to work on."

And what about GH? There's always that possibility. It does, however, depend on his availability. "There's a whole lot of unfinished business," he says of Ethan's story. "I'd love to come back and wrap it up a little bit, do some things that Ethan hasn't done."

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Happy Anniversary OLTL!

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On Monday, July 15, ONE LIFE TO LIVE celebrates its 45th anniversary, one that many of the cast, crew and fans probably never thought they'd actually celebrate! "It's interesting," says Kassie DePaiva (Blair). "This week two years ago we found out that Prospect Park was going to pick up these shows for the Internet. Now, granted, it didn't come through the first time, but this anniversary it almost feels like it never ended even though it did, because we're back and we're doing this."

The actress adds that like the fans, she too never gave up hoping that OLTL would have one more life to live one day. "Every day on the street people kept it alive through tweets and Facebook and comments," DePaiva marvels. "So it just feels right that we certainly should have a bigger celebration when we all get together back in production because we do have a lot to celebrate!"

The venerable soap's 45th anniversary also brings the first day of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network's "Summer Fling" with OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN, with the cable network running the first 40 episodes of each series and bringing them from the Internet back to television.

"It's wonderful for Prospect Park," DePaiva says, "because they put in a lot to make this happen and it's just going to be nice for them hopefully to recover some revenue so we can continue to do this and for all the people that cannot or don't have access to computers, hopefully they'll have access to cable and they'll be able to watch on OWN."

She's also thrilled that Winfrey changed her mind about airing soaps on her network and is thrilled at the recent resurgence the genre has enjoyed. "Soaps are still going strong," DePaiva declares, "and I'm glad that people are continuing to watch."

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Catch Francophenia!

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Comedy Central is planning on roasting James Franco in August, but of more interest to soap fans is that they have also acquired the digital rights to his documentary Francophenia, about his stint as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Franco!

After THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF JAMES FRANCO airs on Labor Day, the network will release the 90-minute peek into Franco's GH experience on their digital and VOD platforms. So if you've ever been curious, now you can watch it for yourself!

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Catch Kristen On Stage!

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If you're in the New York City area, you can see ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxie) performing live at Stage 72 At The Triad on Wednesday, July 17, at 8:00 pm.

Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 800-838-3006. Tickets are $20, with a two-drink minimum. The venue is located at 158 West 72nd St. If you've never heard Kristen sing, you're in for a treat!

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deVry Joins GH!

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Daytime vet William deVry has revealed that he is joining the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as Derek Wells, and will first air on Tuesday, July 30. We also understand that Derek is Connie's boss, although Kelly Sullivan (Connie) is set to exit the soap soon, so the character will likely have his fingers in a few other pies as well.

"Finally! I just got word I can tell you I just finished my first day of work on GENERAL HOSPITAL," deVry posted to Facebook. "It is a contract role. Very rare these days indeed. And I come to town as the character of Derek Wells. Derek has an agenda, let me tell ya!"

Given how much success deVry had enjoyed since leaving daytime in 2008, how did GH lure him back to the medium? While the actor admits that he'd let go of his attachment to it in order to move on, he says his affection for it never waned. "I love the challenge of it," he explains. "And I had been sad that it was slowly dying, because I just enjoyed it so damn much." However, being a part of the tight ship that GH has become was a temptation too good to pass up. "What I've learned since coming back is that daytime is actually gaining traction again," he enthuses. "There couldn't be a better time to get back into it!" However, for deVry, the biggest lure was the opportunity to share scenes with two-time Emmy winner Maura West (Ava). "She's fantastic!" he grins. "As soon as I heard I'd be working with her -- and I won't tell you in what capacity -- I became very excited."

The actor is best known to daytime fans for his roles as ALL MY CHILDREN's devious Michael and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's troubled Storm. So deVry should fit right in in Port Charles! For more from the actor, including details on his intriguing new character, pick up the next issue of Soaps in Depth.

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Cast Your Vote #29

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*** VOTING FOR THIS ROUND IS 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: Would you rather see Sonny with Connie or Olivia?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 11. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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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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Turner Is The Perfect Boyfriend!

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Aiden Turner has made a career out of playing good guys and heroes like ALL MY CHILDREN's Aidan Devane. For the first time, now he's taking on the role of the villain in the Lifetime Movie Network Original, The Perfect Boyfriend. Premiering Friday, July 5, at 8 p.m. EST, the film stars Turner as an undeniably charming man who, together with his greedy wife (Jennifer Taylor), has a truly sinister agenda!

"The plan is for him to meet up with his high school crush, April (Ashley Scott), at their reunion," Turner explains. "Then seduce her, murder her mother, and [eventually] inherit the millions himself [to share with his wife]." However, agreeing to the plan and watching her husband become romantically involved with another woman proves easier said than done for the wife who takes stalking to new levels. Will her fears be founded?

"My character realizes that April has all these qualities that he wishes his wife had," Turner previews. "So he really wants to get rid of her and scrap the plan!" While playing all the twists and turns, Turner had a blast wearing the proverbial black hat. "It's a role that's painfully different from myself," he admits. "I just enjoyed the subtleties of being a deceitful, crafty, dishonest scumbag!" Are there lessons to be learned for the not-so-perfect man? The ending will leave viewers gasping. "It's a bit of a surprise!" Turner teases with a grin.

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Take A Tour Of Herring's Museum!

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In the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale right now, we have a special photo feature with Lynn Herring (Lucy, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who is the owner and curator of the Raymond Museum. And now we've got a very special exclusive video of the historical homestead hosted by the actress herself! So if you enjoyed the photo feature, you'll love this video. And if you love this video, you should definitely check out the photo spreads in the magazine!

Watch as she takes you around and shows you some of the sites while offering up some educational historical facts, with some asides from her hubby, Wayne Northrop (ex-Rex, PORT CHARLES). And you won't believe who the special musical guest is!

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Oprah Seems Excited To Air The Soaps

In this OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network promo about the network's plan to air the first 20 episodes each of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Oprah Winfrey seems very enthusiastic about running the soaps on her network. "You get a soap! And you get a soap! And you get a soap!" Now hopefully the ratings are good enough that OWN will turn this "summer fling" into a long-term relationship!

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OWN Kicks Off AMC & OLTL Run With Mini-Marathons!

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will be starting its "summer fling for soap fans" with the debuts of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE beginning on Monday, July 15. The first 20 episodes of each soap will air over the course of four weeks, with the first day offering up a marathon of the first three episodes.

So on Monday, July 15, the first three of the online AMC episodes will air from 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST, with the third episode repeating immediately at 1:30, and the first three OLTLs will run from 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST with the third episode repeating at 3:30.

Then from Tuesday on, new episodes of AMC will air at 1:30 pm EST and OLTL will air at 3:00 pm EST. (This lets you watch AMC, then switch over to GENERAL HOSPITAL at 2:00, then back over for OLTL at 3:00 if you want that classic ABC Daytime lineup in a slightly different order!) The previous two episodes of each show will air in the hour before each new one, in case you missed one.

New episodes of AMC and OLTL will continue to debut every single week on Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes. The episodes airing during this stint on OWN are the ones that Prospect Park and The OnLine Network have already released online. But for anyone who was unable to watch them on their computers or mobile devices or simply want to see them the old fashioned way, now you can see AMC and OLTL on TV!

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What Do You Think Should Be Included In The Smithsonian Daytime TV Collection?

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The Smithsonian has begun gathering items for its collection of iconic items from daytime television for the National Museum Of American History, starting with the gown and shoes worn by Susan Lucci (ex-Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) after her memorable Emmy win, as well as items from JEOPARDY and BARNEY. You can watch a video of the presentation below including Lucci's emotional speech. The next soap item donated was announced by Melody Thomas Scott (Nikki, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) during the most recent Daytime Emmys: The wedding worn by Nikki during her wedding to Victor.

The Smithsonian is creating a wish list of items that currently include the DAYS OF OUR LIVES hourglass, the AMC opening book, Barnabas' cape, ring and cane from DARK SHADOWS as well as memorabilia from daytime talk shows, children's shows and more. But they are aware that nobody knows daytime better than its fans, so they're looking for your input on what their collection should include. Put your ideas in the comments, or send NATAS a message via the Daytime Emmy Awards' official Facebook page!

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