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Jackson's NASHVILLE Tour

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The fictional TV series NASHVILLE is about to get very real as some of the show's stars hit the road to support the primetime sudser's fourth soundtrack, set to be released on Tuesday, May 6.

GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) will join castmates Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio for an East Coast mini-tour this spring!

Friday, April 25
Joe's Bar, Chicago
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Sunday, May 4
Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
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Tuesday, May 6
Best Buy Theater, New York City
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Tickets for the three dates go on sale Friday, April 4.

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Benard Dishes On Today's Carlypalooza!

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Today is a do-not-miss-it day for GENERAL HOSPITAL fans! Are you ready for the craziest treat ever, as served up by executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati? In honor of the show's 51st anniversary, they have gathered the "three Carlys" for one-off-the-charts surprising scene with superstar Maurice Benard (Sonny)!

"It was like Disneyland to have all three of them on one show!" Benard says of the original Carly, Sarah Joy Brown, her super-popular recast, Tamara Braun, and the current blonde spitfire, Laura Wright. "I got to work with three actresses that I respect. Each one brought something different to the character. I had to be cautious of the fact that it was still Carly. I had to play three different energies but be aware that it was still Carly. It was very tricky. Each woman has a different energy, so if I just played the reality of what the circumstance was, it wouldn't work. It's a fine line, but it felt right. I felt really good about it."

If the cast and crew's reaction to what they shot is any indication, the fans are in for a treat! "I heard that people really loved it," Benard says. "It felt really honest but you also have to wink a tiny bit. This kind of thing has never been done. I haven't seen it yet but, as a fan myself, I can't wait!"

So don't forget to tune in today, Tuesday, April 1, at 2 p.m. EST and 1 p.m. PST/CST on ABC!

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SCANDAL For GH's Roché!

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Sebastian Roché, who was most recently seen in primetime as THE ORIGINALS' evil bloodsucker Mikael, is getting ready to sink his teeth into another role, this time on ABC's SCANDAL!

"I'll be on SCANDAL this coming Thursday, April 3, for a few episodes," the actor tweeted. "Tell everyone!" He also posted photos of himself on set and with series star Kerry Washington. "Wonderful cast!" he enthused.

Who will Roché be playing? You'll have to tune in this Thursday to find out!

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Get Sleepless With Zamprogna!

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Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is holding a private meet-and-greet on Saturday, May 17, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, WA, that he's calling Sleepless In Seattle W/Dom!

Regular tickets are $100 and include meet-and-greet time with Zamprogna, a Q&A session, autographs and photos. Then there's the $185 VIP ticket which includes private lunch with the actor, priority seating and a swag bag! But the VIP tickets are limited to only 20, so don't miss out!

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Seattle Food Bank charity, and you can purchase tickets by clicking here.

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First Look!

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The official trailer for the upcoming independent film The Ghost And The Whale, starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's own Maurice Benard (Sonny), has been released! You can see it here -- and Soaps In Depth has the very first T-shirt from the movie, autographed by Benard himself! We'll have all the details about how you can win the shirt in an upcoming issue!

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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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