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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: Would you like to see Sam and Patrick pursue a relationship or stay friends?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 4. 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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Who Is GH's Peter Harrell?

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Even the most schooled GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers may have heard the name Peter Harrell on today's episode and thought, "Who?" If that was your reaction to the man from Felicia's past, we're here to fill you in!

Thirty years ago, Frisco came across a ring at a charity auction. Thinking it simply a piece of costume jewelry, he purchased it... only to have Felicia Jones (dressed as a boy, by the way!) try to steal it from beneath his mattress! Almost immediately, sparks flew between the pair. When she injured herself after attempting to flee with the purloined ring, he took her to General Hospital and, thanks to some lurking thugs, realized that the blonde beauty was in danger! Eventually, between bouts of bickering, Felicia revealed that she was an honest-to-gosh Princess, and that the ring was part of a collection. In fact, when paired with a scepter, the ring would reveal the location of the entire treasure trove!

So where, exactly, was the scepter? In the possession of Felicia's ex-fiance, Peter Harrell! It also happened that former WSB big wig Sean Donely and his mistress, Cruz, were hot on the trail of the treasure, too. Turned out that not only was Sean a former WSB leader, he just happened to have an extensive knowledge of Aztec culture! Having been framed (by Peter) for a murder he didn't commit, Luke was laying low at Sean's hacienda while his good pal Robert Scorpio helped clear his name. Cruz eventually left to "care for her ailing mom"... but in reality, she was teaming up with Peter!

Eventually, Peter tricked Felicia into handing over the ring. For those keeping track, this meant the sceptor-bearing baddie was now in possession of everything he needed to claim the treasure! Peter and Donely managed to open the vault and find the treasure. Sean was all set to double-cross Peter. But in the resulting chase through the jungle, Peter fell to his death over a waterfall. Ever the sly fox, Sean made sure the hiding place was secure and acted like he'd never found anything. "Treasure?" he basically asked. "What treasure?"

Except, of course, this being Port Charles... well, who really thinks Peter died from the tumble? I'm gonna guess you're new around these parts...

Before long, Peter showed up in Port Charles again, luring Felicia to an abandoned railroad car. Despite being in love with Frisco and having no interest in her ex, Felicia couldn't resist going to his side after he promised that the treasure could be hers! Felicia called Tony to treat Peter, who revealed to his doc that Sean had the treasure. Unfortunately, before Tony could share this bit of news, he was shot in the head! As for Peter, he managed to escape, fleeing to Brazil!

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Another OLTL Star To DAYS

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Another fan-favorite actress from ONE LIFE TO LIVE is about to join DAYS OF OUR LIVES! Melissa Archer (Natalie) has been cast on the NBC sudser, and is reportedly already filming and should air in the fall.

Her former OLTL castmate Kassie DePaiva (Blair; now DAYS' Eve) gushed about the news on Twitter, posting a photo of the two of them together and writing "Welcome to Salem! Good times coming!"

UPDATE: Our friends over at TV Line have learned that Archer will be making her first appearance in Salem on Friday, December 5, as Serena. The character may be new, but she reportedly has ties to someone in Salem. Who do you think she's connected to?

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Real-Life Soap Couple Welcomes Daughter

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It's a girl! ABC Daytime alums Terrell Tilford (Greg, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and wife Victoria Platt (Corinne, ALL MY CHILDREN) are parents! "She arrived... Our baby girl, Marley, was born Sunday eve, 24 August," the proud pop, who currently plays THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Barton, shared in a Twitter announcement complete with an adorable photo.

The couple met on the set of GUIDING LIGHT -- he played David and she played Vicky -- and married on September 29, 2001, in New Orleans in a ceremony that was documented for the TLC series A WEDDING STORY. Congratulations to the new parents!

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Mum's The Word For Penny

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On ALL MY CHILDREN, Sydney Penny's Julia had her fair share of trouble and angst as a young woman. Perhaps that experience will help the actress relate to her new role as Leona, the mother of tormented teen Mona Vanderwaal on ABC Family's PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. But how much does Leona really know about Mona's disturbing activities? "Leona is aware to the degree that mothers are aware of things," Penny chuckles. "I think that she sees her daughter in the way that parents see their children: in the very best light and in a protective way."

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Maybe Just One More Time!

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Oh, that Carly. She's one smart cookie... unless it has to do with Sonny, and then she's deaf, dumb and just about as blind as one woman can be.

That passion-filled night Carly and Sonny spent together doing "you know what" felt all too comfortable for both of them. While Sonny was clear about their special connection, Carly was sailing down that long, wide river known as "De-Nile." She showed up at his office the next day to nip their affair in the bud. In that nonchalant, charmingly cocky way of his he said, "I figured you'd come by eventually." In other words, "You want a second helping of Sonny love? Not a problem, baby."

Carly threw a notepad at him at the mere suggestion that she (*gasp*) liked making love with him. In the bright light of day, she wanted to tell him that she is in love with Franco and she will never sleep with Sonny again. Uh huh. It didn't take much but for Sonny to get up from behind his desk, lock the door, stroll over to her and gaze longingly at her lips for the clothes to start coming off again! Yes, in his office, they got "down to business"!

Nina was wired in that crazy-eyed kind of way. She had been shooed out of the apartment she shares with Silas so he could have a private conversation with Sam and she was fighting mad! Plus, news that Ava was expecting baby number two when Nina had zero young'uns was unthinkable! "Ava has a daughter, and now she has another baby! Me, I don't have any! No babies! Do you get it?!" she asked her bewildered nurse. Nina's baby obsession was off the charts. "If Silas won't give me a baby, I'm gonna find somebody else who will," Nina said confidently. "I don't have to cheat on Silas. There are other ways to get a baby." Someone needs to be very afraid!

While Patrick filled in Sabrina on the truth behind Robin's absence and their split, Sam (who must have gotten the same memo Sabrina did about it being royal blue day in Port Charles) uncovered some important info about the car accident from Rafe's things. She and Silas found amongst the teen's belongings $500 cash and his cell phone. Going through his call long, they spotted a mysterious entry labeled as "D." Conversation led to her growing friendship with Patrick and Silas' commitment to Nina. The chat did not end well, and she left with both of them feeling not so good. When she was gone, Silas found one more item in Rafe's things: a Crichton-Clark business card.

Meanwhile, Ava told Julian that Luke wants her to kill Michael because he ruined Luke's plan to take over ELQ. She couldn't do that because it would devastate Kiki! She didn't understand how Luke could have become such a ruthless criminal. Julian explained it succinctly, "He isn't Luke Spencer."

Monday, Ava vows to keep Kiki safe and word spreads about Maxie and Lulu's kidnapping! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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OLTL's Kelly Returns To War!

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In the new Universal Studios Home Entertainment release, Jarhead 2: Field Of Fire, Josh Kelly (Cutter, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) stars in a role he was made for. The son of a Naval officer and himself a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq prior to becoming an actor, Kelly plays the team leader for a group of supply Marines that get put into a challenging combat situation.

"The movie is about Marines banding together, relying on their training, and discovering purpose behind war," he says of the sequel to the popular 2005 film based on Anthony Swofford's similarly titled book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in the Persian Gulf. "This one takes place in Afghanistan in modern time. It has a lot to do with the Taliban and restricting women's rights... it's pretty topical."

Although it's been a decade since Kelly was a man in uniform himself, he says that his own experience doing combat operations proved useful. "It was interesting — I found my brain reverting back into team leader mode. I was becoming a lot more tactical as we were pretending to be tactical," he reveals of playing Corporal Chris Merrimette in the action-adventure film. "I pretty much became the tech advisor [on set] and made sure that everyone maintained tactical awareness."

Still being "in theater" is tough on everyone, even those who initially thought that they wanted to be in the thick of it. "Merrimette is a middle American, good guy who's got a pregnant wife at home. He's questioning whether or not he should be in the war and whether or not he's going to stay," Kelly previews. " So he is, I guess, kind of what I would've been like had I not wanted to become an actor and stayed in the military."

Look for the ensemble film, which also stars Stephen Lang (SALEM), Cole Hauser (ROGUE) and Esai Morales (CRIMINAL MINDS), to release direct to Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on Tuesday, August 19, and watch a trailer by clicking here.

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Details On GH's Time Change!

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Last week, ABC confirmed that GENERAL HOSPITAL would be returning to a 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST timeslot in a few markets, back to where it aired for 25 years. And today, we can tell you that the change will go into effect on Monday, September 8, in the following eight markets: San Antonio, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and Raleigh-Durham.

Be sure to update your DVRs in the next few weeks so you don't miss a minute of GH!

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GH's Benard Gets Icy!

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If you've been online recently (like you are right now!), you might have seen some of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenges that people have been posting, and now GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) has joined them!

The viral videos are meant to raise awareness of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) while also raising money to research a cure, and plenty of famous faces have had a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads for a good cause.

Below you can watch Benard take one for the team with the help of his kids... who chide their pop for halfway chickening out!

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Nina Tells Franco About Sonny And Carly's Kiss!

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A reformed serial killer turned art therapist and a revived coma victim pretending to be wheelchair confined get stuck in an elevator and...

Although that intro sounds like a scene from a Coen Brothers film, it was Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL. Franco and Nina, two of the most unstable people in Port Charles -- and that's saying a lot -- happened to get in the elevator at the same time. And it happened to break down. If you're familiar with GH, you know that it's best to avoid elevators and moving vehicles at all costs.

Anyway, Nina was sugar and spice and everything nice when talking with Silas on her cell phone, but the minute she hung up, she got all Naomi Campbell on Franco and hurled it into the wall. "You don't understand. I was supposed to get pregnant tonight!" she screamed. Ostensibly every day since she woke up from her 20-year coma she thinks, "I should have a baby."

Conversation with Franco led to them talking about Kiki, which led to them talking about Ava, which led to Nina saying, "She's going to get what's coming to her," which led to Franco insinuating that Sonny would "take care of Ava," which (breath) led to Franco mentioning that Ava was pregnant by either Morgan or Sonny! Nina laughed, "Ava sure gets around, doesn't she? So does Sonny, apparently." Franco didn't know what that meant but he sure wanted to find out! He pushed and she finally confessed that she saw Sonny and Carly kissing. Uh... oh...

Meanwhile, Carly answered her front door and there stood Sonny. Smiling. Holding a pizza. What woman could resist that, right? Carly paid for the pizza and gave Sonny what she deemed a very respectable tip. But that's not how he was looking to get paid! He tried to convince her to let him stay, but she dragged him to the door. It was raining and he was going to get all wet and drippy and, well, he talked his way in. No surprise there.

Carly grabbed a bottle of wine and mentioned Olivia. He countered with, "She decided to move on... and that I should, too." Then he shot her one of those, "Hey baby, how you doin'?" looks. She responded with a "Don't even think about going there" look. He smiled. Although she melted a tiny bit, she read his mind like Madame Cleo on the PSYCHIC HOTLINE and said, "Don't even start with the dimples!" Not only did he start, he wanted to finish, too!

Sonny's confidence with women was a complete antithesis of what was going on in Milo's world. He had a heart-to-heart with Felix about someone he was crazy about. An African-American nurse. Poor Felix erroneously thought he was the object of Milo's desire. Not so. It was Epiphany! Little did Milo know, she was crushin' on him, too! Milo got up the guts, went up to Epiph and asked her out. She, of course, said yes. They could not have been cuter!

On Monday's GH, Franco's jealousy reaches an epic level, Nikolas is more confused than ever about his feelings for Britt and Liz, and can/will Carly resist her feelings for Sonny? Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #35

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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 rather see Nikolas with Elizabeth or Britt?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 21. 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 Switches Timeslots!

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ABC has confirmed that in the coming weeks, GENERAL HOSPITAL will be returning to a 3 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST timeslot in a few markets, back to where it aired for 25 years. Information on which markets and the dates the change goes into effect will be coming soon. But don't worry, Soaps In Depth readers: The show is on solid ground!

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GH's Butler Is A Dad!

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Congratulations are in order to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathin Butler (ex-Ewen) and wife Irina, who welcomed Jetson Kerry Butler into the world this past weekend. The proud papa has been posting photos of his newborn little boy on Instagram and Twitter and the whole family looks happy and healthy. Best wishes to them all!

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Deshler Opens Up About Shocking GH Exit!

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Rafe's death may have been a bit of a shock for GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers, but it turns out that it was also a surprise for portrayer Jimmy Deshler, who learned of his character's tragic fate only a few days before they taped the episode! "I guess it was just confidential and they didn't want any of the story getting out," he tells Soaps In Depth, "so I found out the Monday of the week it was happening. I guess it was a surprise to all of us."

Though his time with the soap was brief, the young actor is grateful for the experience. "It's good to have something on your resumé like GH and I did a year and a half of it," he says. "I learned a lot from it. I've been on a set as a guest star, but I've never been a regular part of a show. It was a very good experience."

Deshler admits that he's next considering attending college, possibly at the University Of Southern California, but also auditioning with a focus on hitting the big screen. "I've done guest stars and little roles in films," he muses. "I've kind of set it as my goal to get a feature film and have that be my next project that I work on."

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AMC's Luner Is A HEARTBREAKER

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Give ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jamie Luner (Liza) a good piece of drama to work with, and she'll deliver! In the premiere episode of HEARTBREAKERS, Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series (airing Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. EST), she'll bring to life a real-life crime so outrageous it could have come from a soap opera! And fortunately for her, co-stars Jack Wager (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and Rob Estes (both of whom she worked with on MELROSE PLACE) were also more than up to the task.

"It's about a woman [Teresa Stone] who was living in small, very faith-based town and unhappy in her marriage," Luner says of her character. "She got a lot of joy from listening to her pastor [David "Brother" Love, played by Wagner], and they sparked an interest in each other."

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Maxie's Wedding Day Is Here: Will She Or Won't She?

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When it comes to love, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nathan West is like a lava lamp -- he's pretty to look at but he moves kinda slow!

After just about everybody over the age of 12 had been telling him all along, Nathan finally admitted to himself (and to Mac) that he had feelings for Maxie. Wouldn't ya know, he came to this realization on her wedding day to another man! Nathan, being the gentleman that he is, believed it was too late, that Maxie had already made up her mind to marry Levi and that was that. What he didn't know was that the bride's feet were ice cold because her groom was not the man she was pining for!

With the nuptials on the Haunted Star just hours away, Maxie changed into her wedding gown and modeled for her proud mother. There was a knock on the door, and in walked Levi. Felicia quickly covered up Maxie because, you know, it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her dress before the ceremony. In this case, oh boy, is it ever! Anyway, Levi reached for Felicia's hand and kissed it, noting the Aztec heirloom on her finger. Felicia mentioned where the remaining treasure was, adding that she traded the necklace with a photographer at the Nurses Ball.

After Levi left, Felicia could tell Maxie wasn't happy and spoke up. When Mac showed up and said he wanted some alone time with Maxie, she made it clear she wasn't in the mood for yet another lecture about Levi. Mac promised there would be no lecture and that he'd give his blessing if that's what she really wanted, but only if she heard him out first. With that, Nathan's secret affection for her was no longer a secret!

Meanwhile, a man walked into the PCPD demanding to see the commissioner, but Nathan was the only one around. The man identified himself as a reporter and said someone broke into his house, hit him over his head and stole his Aztec necklace. Was it a coincidence that just that morning Mac pointed out that Levi kept pandering to Felicia's Aztec heritage? Nathan thought not!

Sonny had a very difficult time forgetting the kiss he planted on Carly the day before, as did Nina, who witnessed it from a distance. As Sonny and Franco argued about Franco keeping his mouth shut about Sonny's secret and Sonny keeping his distance from Carly, Nina rolled up behind them and not-so nonchalantly listened in. After Sonny stepped away, Nina passively but masterfully planted the seed in Franco's head that Sonny and Carly were still "involved." When Franco eventually finds out about that Sonny/Carly smooch, it will not be pretty!

Monday, Levi is caught red-handed, Silas tells Sam about a clue in regards to Patrick's accident and Maxie has an opportunity to admit that she shares Nathan's feelings! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Tot Recast!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's tiniest stars, Jaxon and Jakob Kring -- the twins who play Sam's son, Danny -- have been recast. A show rep shares that Caden and Corben Rothweiler have taken over the role.

"We just want to say thanks to all the fans and GH cast/crew for an amazing two years," the twins' mom tweeted. "Unfortunately, the boys have been recasted. We are very thankful for the time we had and wish the new Danny much success and luck."

The show's casting call was for 3- or small 4-year-old twins; the Krings will celebrate their third birthday in January. As for the 3 1/2-year-old Rothweiler brothers, they appeared in a 2013 episode of DISNEY XD's KICKIN' IT.

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