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Brandon & Kirsten: The Whole Story!

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The issue of Soaps In Depth that you've been waiting for is finally here! This week, we'll bring you all the details about the story that soap fans are buzzing about: the marriage of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), who are expecting their first child — a girl — in late January.

You may have seen bits and pieces of the story popping up around the Internet, but only the new issue of In Depth will take you on every step of their journey, from Storms' painful — and public — battle with endometriosis to the resulting fear that she'd never be able to have a baby... and the miraculous twist worthy of any soap opera which has made her one of the happiest young women on the planet! Plus, find out how and why they kept their marriage a secret, as well as why the lucky bride wound up getting two rings! It's the off-screen story that everyone's talking about, and only In Depth can give you the whole story! Look for the September 16 issue, on sale now!

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OLTL's Kristen Is UNFORGETTABLE

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Watch for ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy) in the episode of UNFORGETTABLE called "Line Up Or Shut Up." "I play this mother, and I completely spoil my son," the actress reports. "He's been drag racing and the police show up at the door. They've got a lot of questions for him. And he's acting very guilty about something."

But of course, the fact that she's spoiled her son rotten means he's an unlikely murder suspect... at least to his mom! "They come to question me and, of course, I can hardly believe that my son is drag racing. It was very nice acting with [series star] Poppy Montgomery. We shot on Bayville, Long Island, a very sweet little neighborhood."

Look for Kristen's appearance in the episode airing Sunday, September 1, at 9:00 pm EST!

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The Weirdest Soap "Crossover" Ever!

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This is most definitely one for the books, kids. So you know the rumor about notorious TEEN MOM star Farrah Abraham landing a role on DAYS OF OUR LIVES as a hooker? Well, it's not true, a spokesperson for the soap tells us. But there's so much more to this bizarre story than meets the eye... and it all weirdly ties in to ONE LIFE TO LIVE!

Apparently, when Abraham decided to submit herself to the NBC soap's casting department, she used a script from the ABC sudser featuring that show's own teen mom, Destiny... which she can be seen reading off her phone. (Note to future self-submitters: At least turn off the TV in the other room so that it can't be heard!)

Want to check out her audition reel? Click below... but be warned that much like the much-discussed early days of OLTL's reboot, it contains more than a few naughty words.

Does Abraham have a future in acting? Or should she stick to reality shows and asking fans to buy her presents off her Amazon wish list? Sound off in the comments!

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Cast Your Vote #37

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

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think Franco can be redeemed?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 5. 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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Duhamel's A Daddy!

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ALL MY CHILDREN star Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo) and wife Fergie are now the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy! Little Axl Jack was born on Thursday, August 29, weighing in at seven pounds, 10 ounces. It's the first child for the couple, and the entire family is doing well. Congratulations!

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This GH Newcomer Is Going To Be Trouble!

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And you thought Robin was going to cause trouble for Patrick and Sabrina!

GENERAL HOSPITAL has confirmed the addition of Jeffrey Vincent Parise to its cast as Carlos, a man from Sabrina's past. But we're also hearing that he'll also have ties to Port Charles' criminal element.

The actor has appeared in various primetime series like CASTLE and BURN NOTICE, but daytime fans might recognize him from his recurring role as a detective on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Parise has just started filming, and should be debuting towards the end of September.

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GH's Cheatham Is Singing DIXIE!

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Maree Cheatham (ex-Charlene, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has been cast as the grandmother of Jaime King's Lemon Breeland in an upcoming episode of HART OF DIXIE. Grandma Bettie Breeland should prove just as feisty as Lemon, at least from what we've heard!

"I'm playing a controlling southern matriarch," Cheatham told Soaps In Depth from the set today. "I've modeled the character on my ex-mother in law!"

We'll have more information from the soap vet about her role and when you should tune in to see her later on as it gets closer to air!

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Watch Brad Maule's Music Video!

Remember when we told you that Brad Maule (ex-Tony, GENERAL HOSPITAL) had released a new album? Well, now you can watch the music video for the title track, "Miles And Miles Of Texas!" (Naturally, the video was shot in the Lone Star State) Enjoy!

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AMC Alum Lands Jolie Flick!

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ALL MY CHILDREN graduate Finn Wittrock -- who played Tad's son, Damon -- will be calling Angelina Jolie "boss" on the set of his new project! The actor has been cast in the upcoming film Unbroken, being directed and produced by Brad Pitt's lady love and based on the true story of American Olympic track star Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane crash only to become an Air Force POW who was tortured in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Wittrock will play Mac, and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson (aka Bill Weasley from Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) has been cast as Phil, fellow Airmen who are stranded at sea with Zamperini on a life raft after their plane is gunned down.

Production on Unbroken is set to begin this fall, with an anticipated release date of Christmas 2014.

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Robin's Coming Back!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL has confirmed that Kimberly McCullough (Robin) will be returning to the soap! "I've missed my GH family something fierce," the actress posted on Twitter. Of course at this point, we still don't know details like when she'll be back, how long she'll be back for, or exactly how Robin will be written back. Will Robert awaken and reveal the truth that Robin is being held captive? Will someone else discover her? Will Obrecht crack and confess to her mad schemes? All we can say is stay tuned!

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Martinez Gets SAF3

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J.R. Martinez (ex-Brot, ALL MY CHILDREN) has landed a role on the new syndicated TV series SAF3 (pronounced "safe") set to debut in September. He'll be playing Alfonso Rivera, a Los Angeles paramedic firefighter and member of the US Air Force Pararescue team. From the production team that brought us BAYWATCH, SAF3 chronicles the adventures of an elite division of the Malibu Fire Department and co-stars Dolph Lundgren and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL's Texas Battle (Marcus).

Martinez will also be making an appearance with Elmo on the Thursday, October 17 episode of SESAME STREET, so check your PBS station for that, too!

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We Talked To GH's Newlyweds!

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The cat is out of the bag regarding the secret wedding of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), as well as the fact that they are expecting their first child together. But for all the details, you're going to want to make sure to pick up the issue of ABC Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, September 2. We've got exclusive pictures of the happy couple as well as a sit-down interview with the parents-to-be regarding how they pulled off their secret nuptials and their joy over Storms' miraculous pregnancy. Don't miss it!

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Is Michael's One-Night Stand Resurfacing?

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Michael's love live is in a bit of turmoil right now on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but it looks like things might get even more complicated in the very near future! Remember that nurse, Penny, that Michael had a one-night stand with back in July? Well, portrayer Peyton McCormick posted on Facebook: "Penny is coming back to GH! Can't wait to go back to work!"

GH's policy is that they never comment on social media posts, so we'll still have to technically file this as a rumor for now. But as soon as we have confirmation, we'll let you know! (Now, if only Michael could get a heads-up, too!)

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Morgan Joins THE 100

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THE 100 is a new sci-fi drama set to premiere mid-season on The CW, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, GENERAL HOSPITAL's ex-Kristina, Lindsey Morgan, has landed the recurring role of Raven in the series. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the human survivors living on a spaceship called The Ark send 100 juvenile delinquents down to Earth to see if it's ready to be re-colonized again. Morgan's character, Raven, is "smart, skilled and fiercely determined," according to the official character description. "Upon learning about the 100, she is desperate to be reunited with her friends on the ground." We'll let you know as soon as an official premiere date for THE 100 is announced!

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Soaps Up For Casting Award

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Three soaps were nominated for Artios Awards by the Casting Society Of America. Competing in the Daytime Drama Series category are DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.

The awards for casting in television and film will be distributed simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton and New York's XL Nightclub on Monday, November 18. When the same three shows were nominated for the Daytime Emmy this year, Y&R took home the trophy. Which soap will take home the Artios Award this fall?

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Obrecht Strikes Again!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Holly Sutton and Liesl Obrecht are like two peas in a pod when it comes to their men -- you mess with their guys, and they'll go for your throat! When Holly and Luke arrived at the abandoned Pennsylvania mansion looking for Jerry, the last person they expected to find was Obrecht. And Holly was not happy about it! "You evil bitch! You're the one that put Robert in a coma," English said, charging at her.

Obrecht was her usual charming self when she told them Jerry had died, and Luke asked where the body was. "I burned it. The man was radioactive. What was I supposed to do?" she said coldly. She should consider giving eulogies. While Holly held Dr. O at gunpoint, Luke snuck into the basement and found something (or someone) that left him with a "What the...?" look on his face!

Anna and Dante got a tad aggressive letting themselves into Britt's apartment, where they expected to find Obrecht. "The police busted down my door and scared a pregnant woman half to death over a little old lady?" Britt shouted. Phew! Good thing her mother wasn't there to hear that! After finding an empty vial of the drug that downed Duke, they slapped on the handcuffs and carted the visibly shaken momma-to-be away to the slammer!

Meanwhile, Mac and Felicia were about to exchange wedding vows (at the Floating Rib with Lucy officiating) when all hell broke loose! Richard Simmons crashed and created quite a drama. After Lucy threatened to have him carted away to Ferncliff, where they'd "strap you into an un-sequined straightjacket in a white-on-white padded cell, and there will be no glitter, no little starry things, no sequins, and no disco!" the fitness guru pleaded for Lucy's forgiveness. The happy couple was pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Mac Scorpio and became the center of attention, as they should have. That is, until Maxie's water broke!

This week on GH, a baby is born, a truth is revealed and a gun is fired! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Don't Miss The OLTL Season Finale!

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The season finale of ONE LIFE TO LIVE is debuting on Hulu and iTunes on Monday, August 19, and you're not going to want to miss it! The Man Of The Year gala promises to be full of fireworks, and will climax with the shocking return of a fan favorite character! Who will it be? Tune in and find out! But for now, you can check out this teaser clip of the finale courtesy of The OnLine Network!

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Cast Your Vote #35

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

GENERAL HOSPITAL: With whom would you like to see Ava paired?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 22. 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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GH Star's Strange Investment

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Bankrupt By Beanies is a short documentary film made by Chris Robinson Jr. for his Documentary Production class at The University Of Arizona about his father's unusual scheme. Chris Robinson (ex-Rick, GENERAL HOSPITAL) had the idea to invest in Beanie Babies as a potential way to put his kids through college. Unfortunately, he spent around $100,000 on the little stuffed animals, but never sold any to recoup his investment. You can watch the entire eight minute documentary below as the actor explains exactly what happened and the rest of the family weighs in with their own perspectives.

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GH's Maule Has A New Album!

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Did you know that GENERAL HOSPITAL's Brad Maule (ex-Tony) is also a singer? Well, did you know that his new album Miles And Miles Of Texas was released today?

"It's the best I've ever done," Maule says of the CD. "I love western swing music. It's what aI grew up on. Think of big band music of the 1930s, but they turned it on its ear and made country music out of it."

The performer is proud that his sound can't be easily categorized. "It has nothing to do with the radio market today or Nashville," he declares. "It's big band music for country. It's been a real happy experience. There's a great church here in town; I talked their interdenominational youth choir into backing me up on one song. It's so beautiful. They sing just like angels."

If you'd like to check out Maule's album for yourself, you can find it on CD Baby or iTunes (Just search for Brad Maule)!

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A.J.: You'll Pay For This, Connie!"

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While some believe that "the truth will make you free," GENERAL HOSPITAL's Connie is coming to learn that the truth can also result in a target on your chest! Not that Freedom Of The Press means anything if you live in Port Charles, but she did print the truth about Kiki's paternity. With his ELQ career most certainly dead in the water, A.J. blew a gasket, grabbed Connie by the throat and squeezed. Then he proceeded to threaten her life in front of Sonny, Michael and later Liz. We can see where this is going and it's not to Disney World.

Sibling rivalry was in overdrive, with Ava telling her big brother Julian to go to H-E-double hockey stick when he asked what she was hiding from him and when Kiki said she and Morgan shouldn't get married because of Michael. She clarified by adding, "He's your Best Man, don't you want him at your wedding?" when she really meant, "He's my Best Man in every possible way that you are NOT."

Although A.J. is the recovering alcoholic, maybe it's time for Tracy and Ava to join him at an AA meeting. Neither of them could get enough of whatever that brown stuff in the crystal decanter was, probably to number the pain of all the screaming. Liz screamed at Tracy for being so darn mean to A.J.; Tracy screamed at Ava and then fired her; Ava screamed back and blackmailed Tracy. And then, thinking the day couldn't possibly get worse for Ava, it did. Silas confronted her about the daughter she kept from him for 21 years!

On a cheerier note, Luke and Holly found Sean Donely and what appeared to be a vial holding the cure for what ails the Spencer patriarch, Mac and Felicia's wedding day is approaching, as is a possible donor match for little Danny, thanks to Sam's father coming out of the woodwork exactly when she needed him most.

LOTS of good stuff this week on GH! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH's Emily Back In Primetime!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily) will be back on your TV screens this fall when she joins the hit CBS comedy TWO AND A HALF MEN in a recurring guest role. She'll be playing Jenny, the illegitimate daughter of Charlie Harper who moves to Los Angeles to pursue acting and reconnect with what's left of her family. She takes after her father in many ways, including his womanizing!

Currently, Tamblyn's character is set to appear in five episodes, but that could be expanded. The eleventh season of TWO AND A HALF MEN premieres Thursday, September 26, at 9:30 pm EST on CBS.

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AMC's Kane Gets Witchy!

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ALL MY CHILDREN alum Shannon Kane (ex-Natalia) is joining the cast of the VAMPIRE DIARIES spin-off THE ORIGINALS! According to E! Online, Kane's recurring character is a New Orleans tour guide who is secretly a sexy witch!

THE ORIGINALS debuts Thursday, October 3, at 9:00 pm EST on the CW following the season premiere of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, after which it will move to its regular night of Tuesdays airing at 8:00 pm EST.

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An Afternoon With Brandon Buddy!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Cole may be dead and gone (having perished while crossing over to GENERAL HOSPITAL), but portrayer Brandon Buddy is alive and well and preparing to host a very special fan event in New York City!

On Saturday, October 12, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at Amber Restaurant in Manhattan's Upper West Side, Buddy will be holding an event full of food, fun and surprises! Tickets are $65 and include food, drink (cash bar will be available), meet-and-greet and photo time, and more. visit www.branfanevent.com for more information and to purchase tickets!

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Who IS Sean Donely?

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Why the surprised looks from Luke and Holly when Sean Donely's face popped up on the bank's computer? GENERAL HOSPITAL fans who weren't around in the '80s and '90s might not know that Luke and Sean have quite a history together, so let us fill you in! (Or for the rest of you, perhaps refresh your memory?)

Sean had been Robert Scorpio's boss at the World Security Bureau way back when, only to become so bored in retirement that he went after the Aztec treasure to put a little excitement back in his life. He and Robert were BFFs — In fact, he's Robin's godfather!

It's also safe to say that Sean, as the head of the WSB, and Cesar Faison were mortal enemies, so much so that Faison poisoned Sean's wife Tiffany, leaving her comatose! Faison held the cure and for Sean to get it from him, he had to do Faison's bidding! But naturally, he instead joined forces with Robert and Anna to bring Faison down!

A handful of years later, Sean became the Port Charles police commissioner and Luke was the bane of his existence! The two were in caught in a showdown with the town's most notorious crime lord, Frank Smith, when Sean took a bullet... accidentally fired from Luke's gun! Sean was sent to Boston to recuperate, and his pregnant wife went with him. And that was the last we've seen of either of them... until now!

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GH's Todd Davis Passes Away

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The Black Spectrum Theater Company posted on its Facebook page on July 27 that actor Todd Davis, 61, had passed away. Davis played Bryan Phillips, a social worker, who was Scotty's best pal and former roommate on GENERAL HOSPITAL from 1978-87. "One time, Laura was kidnapped by Robert Davi (Fish), and Scotty and Bryan were running around like Pete and Linc from THE MOD SQUAD trying to find her," recollects Kin Shriner (Scotty). "Todd and I shared a dressing room back then and we were pretty close. I ran into him in New York about ten years ago. Bryan and Claudia [played by Bianca Ferguson] were a supercouple! I wish the show had had them back on for the 50th anniversary. Todd was a great guy, always very professional." Davis' other credits include BOARDWALK EMPIRE, L.A. LAW, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, on which he succeeded Laurence Fishburne in the role of Josh.

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Celebrate Kanan's Birthday With Him!

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Sean Kanan (A.J., GENERAL HOSPITAL) is making a trip to the East Coast for a few fan appearances in New York and New Jersey for his Birthday Bash Weekend!

On Saturday, November 2, at 2:00 pm, he'll be at the Brokerage Entertainment Club in Bellmore, NY. Tickets are $50. Then, later that day at 7:00 pm, he'll be having a private dinner in Astoria, NY. You can call (718) 728-8581 for more information. Tickets are $150.

Then, on Sunday, November 3, Kanan will be appearing at Uncle Vinnie's in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Showtime is at 11:00 am, and tickets are $45. You can click here to visit the Web site, or call (732) 899-3900.

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Cast Your Vote #33

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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 a Nikolas/Britt pairing?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 8. 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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Get Ready For AMC & OLTL's Season Finales!

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Brace yourselves for a slew of explosive cliffhangers as ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE prepare for their season finales! OLTL's will be first, on Monday August, 19, and AMC's on Monday, September 2.

"We could not be more proud to have delivered a stunning season of 'All My Children' and One Life to Live,' and really thank the creative teams and cast for being true partners in this journey. Together we have tackled more business, creative, and logistical challenges than most shows experience in a lifetime of production, yet we continue to prevail with these top rated, critically acclaimed shows," said Prospect Park co-founder Jeffrey Kwatinetz. "We are prepping now for next season and have more surprises and twists and turns to deliver audiences — I am just hoping the twists stay on the soaps and not in our way."

At this time, there is no set date for the season premieres of both soaps. But when they do return, The OnLine Network's new digital destination for them at www.toln.com will feature dedicated series pages, enhanced video content, cast and character pages, photo galleries, shopping and links to their social media communities. And as a bonus, they're also developing a free app for iOS and Android that will let you watch full-length episodes of AMC and OLTL directly on your mobile devices! No more Hulu Plus required!

The AMC finale will see couples in turmoil: Will Colby let Celia have Pete? (Not likely) Can Jesse and Angie finally start healing after all their agony? (Or is he still harboring yet another secret?) And will David discover the truth about his child with Cara? (She'd better hope not!)

Over on OLTL, as Llanview gathers for the Man Of The Year Gala, conflicts explode and it all comes to a head with the shocking return of a fan-favorite!

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