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Sonny And His Carlys!

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This is no April Fool's joke! You are looking at a photo that Laura Wright (Carly) posted to Twitter of her and former Carlys Tamara Braun and Sarah Brown flanking Maurice Benard (Sonny) backstage at GENERAL HOSPITAL! On the episode airing Tuesday, April 1, GH will be celebrating its 51st Anniversary with cameo appearances by Braun and Brown.

We can't tell you exactly how they'll appear in the episode, but what do you think? New characters? Dream sequence? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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"Sonny Shot Me Because Of Ava"

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Gun shot to the chest and brain aneurism aside, GENERAL HOSPITAL's A.J. wasn't too wounded to drop a huge bombshell right in Carly's lap! He had been in a coma fighting for his life for days, but it wasn't until Carly walked into his room and began to confess how much she wanted to shoot him that he began to show signs of life. "I think Sonny might have had that honor, but I can't be sure because Sonny's not talking... and neither are you," she said. That's all his subconscious needed to hear for his eyes to start blinking the way Frankenstein's did when those neck bolts got zapped with electricity! "Sonny shot me because of Ava," he moaned... then his eyes rolled back into his head and he crashed!

Sonny, meanwhile, was getting chewed out by Monica. (You go, girl!) She said that if she didn't know better that she'd think he was the one that shot A.J. Oh, if only she had Olivia's talents. You know, the predictions thing and not the "other" stuff that we can't speak of in our family magazine. Any way, Monica's ire most definitely hit Sonny right where it hurt, like in his conscience, because her words cued the dramatic music and a close up of Sonny's dark, guilty eyes!

Obrecht returned Britt's call, which was on speakerphone in the PCPD interrogation room. The plan was to get Dr. O to reveal where she was so the police could get her and rescue Ben in the process. But thanks to Lulu, that plan was shot in the foot. For a little lady, she sure has a big mouth! She burst into the interrogation room while the call was live, signaling to Obrecht that they were trying to trap her in a confession. After Obrecht hung up, she pulled a gun on someone in the room with her -- Liz! Yes, the evil doc was holding Liz and Ben hostage in Liz's house! O might have thought that was a good idea... until Nikolas showed up!

MONDAY: Nikolas senses something is off with Elizabeth. Sam enlists an unlikely person for help. Julian concocts a new plan to bring down Sonny. Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Springfield Drops In!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rick Springfield (ex-Noah) will soon turn up on Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA playing — you guessed it! — a bad boy rocker with some big-time problems. In the episode, titled "First Date," front man Liam Summers has legal drama stemming from his habit of trashing hotel rooms and comes to the firm for help. Might Jane and new hire Belinda prevent his irresponsible behavior from putting the band's next big tour at risk? "There's all sorts of reasons why Liam thinks he's getting kicked out of the band," Springfield previews. "You'll find out later on why that actually is."

"Brooke Elliott (Jane) is a doll," Springfield says of working with the series' star. "She did some really funny takes." But for the performer, in addition to getting some "meaty scenes," the best part of doing the appearance was getting to work with fellow guest star Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, who plays the band's manager. When part of the shoot was postponed due to snow, the two had to make fast travel plans. "We both had to go to Nashville, and all the flights were canceled, so he gave me a ride back on his tour bus," the Grammy winner reveals, grinning. "We wrote a song — musicians don't like to waste time! I'm gonna see him next month... I want to write more with him."

Tune in to catch Springfield's episode on Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m. EST. For more on what the multi-talented man is up to — including details on his soon-to-be released novel — catch his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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GH's Wagner CALLS THE HEART

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There's new romance brewing on Hallmark Channel's period drama WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has joined the cast as Mountie Forensic Investigator Bill Avery, and he's bringing the heat! First introduced in last week's episode, Avery arrived on horseback to find out the truth about the deadly explosion in Coal Valley that killed many of the locals, including the husband and son of Abigail Stanton (played by EDGE OF NIGHT's Lori Loughlin, Jody). Might Wagner's character help the shaky widow find her footing? Behind the scenes, it was the other way around. "Lori's an old friend, and a terrific actress," Wagner confides of his scene partner and pal on the Vancouver set. "I play golf with her husband and we've run in the same circles for years."

In "Prelude To A Kiss," the season finale airing Saturday, March 29, at 9:00 p.m. EST, Wagner's character will be back to further pursue Abigail while at the same time, delving deeper into the dangerous mystery. "My character gets beat up while he's at the crime scene by some masked men," Wagner reveals. "So it unfolds to be a real good versus evil situation."

With the fate of the town, as well as Abigail's family name, on the line, the evidence that Avery has collected becomes all-important. Who will triumph? Abigail pins her hope on the visiting Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black (James Brolin), but will she be able to continue living in the small town — let alone find love again — in the aftermath? "They leave the show with cliffhangers," Wagner says of the possibility of his return. "So hopefully Hallmark will pick it up for a second season!"

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AMC Star Gets Gone!

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While awaiting the birth of his first child this year, Jeff Branson (Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been keeping himself plenty busy! This weekend, he'll turn up on Lifetime in the thriller, Zoe Gone. "It's about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away," Branson offers. "Her mother is a divorcée who's got a boyfriend, which is where I come in. He's the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn't in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit."

The teenager's struggle to acclimate to motherhood and the drama that entails is further complicated by an unexpected twist: Baby Zoe goes missing! "That kicks in the young lady's maternal instincts," Branson relates. "Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and [Jennifer] proving to herself the mother that she can be."

While Branson is reluctant to give away much more, he did want to praise the film's young star, Sammi Hanratty. "She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the role, and she ran with it right from the beginning!" he enthuses. "I think [the problem of] high school girls having babies and not knowing what to do or not having the support that they thought they would is a relevant topic. The soap fans will relate to it."

Zoe Gone premieres on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Then you can keep an eye out for Branson's upcoming guest appearances on TNT's PERCEPTION and CBS' NCIS.

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Watch The Trailer For Benard's New Movie!

The official trailer for the upcoming film starring Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has finally been released! Watch this teaser of The Ghost And The Whale to whet your appetite for the movie, and we'll let you know as soon as we have information on its full release!

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Cast Your Vote #15

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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 approve of Molly and TJ taking their relationship to the next level?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 3. 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
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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Victor's Back Again!

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If you didn't get enough of Victor Cassadine during Thaao Penghlis' recent brief stint on GENERAL HOSPITAL, there's more to come in the very near future! The actor just tweeted: "So happy to announce I was just asked back on GH on the 31st. Oh, what disturbances and romance will be taking place? Hullo, Spencer!"

When we have more details regarding Penghlis' first air date and the length of his stay, we'll let you know! Will Victor have news of Robin's efforts to bring Jason back to life? What do you think brings him back to Port Charles?

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Uh Oh! Liz Finds Britt's Confession!

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When will those Cassadines on GENERAL HOSPITAL learn that their dark, dank, gothic Wyndemere mansion and cheery celebrations just do not mix? Everyone who is anyone in Port Charles showed up at the island estate to pay homage to the bride and groom to-be, Britt and Nikolas. But just as the ghost of wives past (aka Emily) predicted, it ended in tragedy!

The evening began on a very strange note, with Luke gawking at Britt's fine form and complimenting Nik on his fiancé's "hot piece of ass." Nik was just a mouthful of martini away from a spit take after hearing that one and promptly kicked Luke out! Unaware that her future hubby was put out with the trash, Tracy went looking for him but instead found Lulu fussing over baby Ben. The resemblance between Lulu and the little tyke had not gone unnoticed, which was making it even harder for her to detach. Lulu was starting to wonder if her inability to have a child of her own was karmic payback for having an abortion when she was a teenager.

Brad, meanwhile, was being consumed by guilt for his part in Britt's "stolen embryo" saga. He so wanted to confess to Lucas but Obrecht was hovering like a vulture ready for the kill if he made that unwise choice. "One word out of you and you're finished," she warned. She meant it and he knew it! But Brad was the least of Obrecht and Britt's worries. Little did they know that an innocent expression of prepubescent love would be their downfall!

Earlier in the week, Britt had taken Brad's advice and wrote a letter of apology to Lulu, confessing the entire scheme that lead to Britt giving birth to Lulu and Dante's child! Although it was a good idea to get it off her chest, leaving the confession unattended in her office so Cameron could pick it up and make it into an origami heart for Emma wasn't the brightest move she's ever made!

Cameron gave Emma the heart at the party and Spencer, in a jealous rage, threw it on the floor and smashed it to smithereens. Then, of course, Elizabeth found it and realized it was Britt's handwritten confession that Ben was Lulu's son! She was just about to rush out and blab to Nikolas when Ric stopped her. He told her to tell Lulu and let her decide what she wanted to do about it! Whoever finds out first was beside the point. Any way you slice it, Britt's life is about to make an about-face!

And that's not ALL that happened Friday! Julian got a text from his financier, saying to meet him in the stables. Both Sonny and Alexis naturally assumed it was Ric. Well, they were wrong. It was Luke!

Next week, Alexis confronts Ric about his connection to Julian, Lulu stuns party guests with a wild assertion and Nikolas has some choice words for Britt! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Bruno Goes Bad!

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Chris Bruno, who played gay teacher Michael Delaney on ALL MY CHILDREN and the grown-up, arrogant version of Dennis Carrington Wheeler on ANOTHER WORLD, is returning to television this weekend in the world premiere of Lifetime's Sorority Surrogate. In the soapy tale, a broke college co-ed (THE L.A. COMPLEX's Cassie Steele) agrees to carry a couple's baby for money. But when the parents-to-be are in a fatal accent prior to the birth, a battle for the unborn child ensues between the surviving family members, including the would-be grandparents: A congresswoman (Mimi Kuzyk) and her dangerous second husband (Bruno).

"It was super fun torturing Cassie since she's pretty tough and has a good sense of humor about it," Bruno recalls, adding, "[And it's] really fun playing a bad guy because you have to apply psychology to justify actions, and I was a psych major in college."

Bruno's character will to stop at nothing to get what he wants, including getting physical. "I got to do a number of stunts," Bruno reveals, grinning. "Matthew Bennett (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and I had fun fighting each other and hanging out after work."

Will the pregnant sorority girl be ale to protect herself and the child that she's carrying? Tune in to the premiere of Sorority Surrogate on Saturday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. EST on Lifetime to find out!

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