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Kin Shriner Unplugged!

KinShrinerGal.jpg This week marks a big day for GH's Kin Shriner (Scotty). Four decades in daytime is a reason to celebrate, don't you think? For the current issue of Soaps In Depth, we sat down with the fan fave and talked about his rascally alter ego's past (and future) in Port Charles... and how he still keeps Scotty fun and fresh after all these years!

"Every time you leave, you do some other new stuff, because all actors shoot for the moon," Shriner admits. "Then, when they want you to come back and be that character again, you think, 'Sure, I can pump him back to life again.' When you get there, you gotta bring it. I come to the table with game. Those actors that I work with on GH, they all have game. They sometimes don't know what to make of my game, so they're on high alert," he jokes.

"They step up to bat and go, 'I don't know what Kin's gonna do, but I'm gonna have game, too!' There's nobody on GH that's not good. It's just how you rile them up at the time. If I stick my finger out at Maurice Benard (Sonny), believe me, he's going to bite it off! My game and his game. That makes the scene interesting."

In the 10-page special dedicated to Shriner, he shares his hilarious childhood connection to the legendary Lucille Ball, memories of those iconic early years on GH, and the person to whom he attributes the show's success. We also opened our files to find some old photos of Shriner that will surely put a smile on your face!

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Budig's Back On GH!

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Ever since Hayden was shot and put in a coma before she could reveal that Jake was really Jason, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have been wondering when portrayer Rebecca Budig would be back on the soap so her alter ego could wake up and put things right. A while back, new co-headwriter of the soap Jean Passanante seemed to leak news of the actress' return, but now we've heard straight from the source!

"Finally!" Budig posted to Twitter. "I can now say I'm so excited to be at GH! Thank you all for your support!"

We'll let you know as soon as we have more details of her return, such as how long this stint will be, but for now, it looks like Liz and Nikolas might be in trouble! Hit the comments to share your thoughts on how you'd like to see the storyline go!

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Cast Your Vote #33

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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: Can Lulu and Dante salvage their troubled marriage?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, August 6. 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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New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!

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In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.

"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."

Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."

What do you think about this latest development? Sound off in the comments below!

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Baby Number Two For Stafford!

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Michelle Stafford (Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has just revealed on Instagram that she's going to be expanding her family! The single mom posted a photo of five-year-old daughter Natalia pouting over a stack of stuffed animals with the caption "Okay, so let me get this straight... What you're telling me is that I have to share my toys?" with the hashtag #babynumber2

"I may not be certain of many things in my life," Stafford also writes, "but the one thing I am certain of is that I'm a good mother... I am so grateful to have more love in my life."

Best wishes to the happy (and expanding) family! (We're sure Natalia will be happy to share some of her toys with her new sibling!)

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Kristina Comes Home!

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Kristina is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL, and will played again by Lexi Ainsworth! The role was last played by Lindsey Morgan in 2013, but Ainsworth portrayed Sonny and Alexis' teenage daughter from 2009 to 2011.

A very excited Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) took to Twitter to express her delight that the Davis girls were all together again. "My baby's coming home!" she posted. "Mama's happy!"

While ABC has confirmed Ainsworth's return, at this time we don't have any additional details as to a first air date. But we will keep you updated as more information is released! Are you happy to see Kristina back? Sound off in the comments!

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Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!

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The sexy new digital drama SOUTH BEACH is now available for streaming on Hulu, featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), and daytime vets Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Marc Menard (Boyd, AMC). The six-episode series is set in the trendy Miami neighborhood — where some secrets refuse to stay buried in the sand.

Wood plays nightclub owner Samantha Lear, Vilasuso is drug lord Isaac Santero and Menard is Vincent York. "It's about two record labels, one of which owns a nightclub. And they're competing for the top acts in Miami," explains Vilasuso. "In the midst of all this, there's a murder — which may or may not be a serial killer who disappeared 20 years ago. My character comes from the other side of the tracks. He's very Machiavellian and he's profiled you before you've met him."

For more with our Keeping Track interview with Vilasuso, pick up the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth on sale now. To watch SOUTH BEACH, head over to Hulu.com — and then come back to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Did THE BACHELORETTE Make The Right Choice?

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After what's been dubbed the most controversial season yet of ABC's hit series, THE BACHELORETTE — aka Kaitlyn Bristowe — finally picked between her final two suitors, Nick Viall and Shawn Booth.

(Obviously don't read on if you haven't seen the episode yet because... spoilers!)

Continued after the jump

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Today Is Anthony Geary's Final Episode!

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In case you didn't know, today's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL will be Anthony Geary's last as Luke Spencer. The iconic actor (who also happens to be the most-decorated Daytime Emmy Award winner) wrapped up his 37-year run last month, and his final scenes will air this afternoon. Be sure to pick up our Special Collector's Edition issue of ABC Soaps In Depth (on sale now) for an insider's look at Geary's farewell luncheon. Then, our tribute to the fan favorite will continue in the ABC issue on sale next week, where Geary's co-stars say good-bye to the beloved star.

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Watch The Extended WINTERTHONRE Trailer!

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A month from today — that would be Thursday, August 27 — the exciting new Web series, WINTERTHORNE, will debut. The delicious drama, centered around one family's candy dynasty, features plenty of faces familiar to daytime viewers, like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Martha Madison (Belle), John-Paul Lavoisier (soon-to-be Philip; ex-Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig) and DALLAS matriarch Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL).

Check out the extended trailer at www.winterthorne.com!

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