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2014 Daytime Emmy Award Winners!

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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS was the big winner at last night's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, but the on-line reboot of ONE LIFE TO LIVE pulled off a victory for Outstanding Directing! And VENICE THE SERIES, from OLTL alums Crystal Chappell (Maggie) and Hillary B. Smith (OLTL) won the first-ever Emmy for New Approaches - Drama! Make the jump for a full list of winners, including the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which were handed out on Friday, June 20!

Did your favorites take home the gold? Sound off in the comments!

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Maxie's Custody Heartbreak Continues!

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That Eat/Pray/Love voyage of self-discovery GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maxie went on obviously didn't include a single seminar called "How To Spot A Manipulator In The Crowd." Levi pulled the wool right down over her eyes to get Nathan in trouble with the court, and she was none the wiser. "How did Judge Walters even find out you lied to him?" she asked Nathan. Well, DUH! Levi's the only other person living in the apartment, Maxie! Was that a blonde moment or what?

Anyway, after reviewing the documents and considering Maxie's heartfelt plea to be a part of her daughter's life, the judge came back and said that her character had not fundamentally improved, therefore, he was returning to his original ruling of not allowing her to see baby Georgie. "She's not ready to be a mother," he said coldly, adding that they'd revisit the matter again in six months.

"I lost Georgie again," Maxie moaned. Levi said the first thing that came to his mind, which was, of course, something stupid: "You need to center yourself and breathe. Breathe." Maxie pulled away and shouted, "I don't want to breathe! I want to scream!" and she ran out. Levi was going to follow her, but Nathan stopped him. "Not so fast, Dunkleman," Nathan McMuscles said. "You're the one responsible for what happened here today."

Sam confessed to Molly that she was kind of ashamed to admit that she was suspicious of Nina. "It was almost like she was too understanding," Sam was embarrassed to note. She didn't want to sound like a monster. Criticizing a wheelchair-bound woman who just woke from a 20-year-coma can leave one with that impression, but Sam's intuition was right on the mark.

At that very moment, Nina was skillfully planting the seed in Silas' head that maybe the fact that Sam was still wearing her wedding ring was a sign that she wasn't over her dead husband. After Nina gave him her blessing to enjoy an evening on the town with his girlfriend, the sadness in Nina's eyes turned to outright evil! She raised herself out of her wheelchair and kicked it across the room! She flashed back to a few months earlier, sneaking into Silas' pitch-black apartment and smashing it to smithereens!

Jordan, meanwhile, demanded to talk to Julian's boss, like, now! "Give me the goods on our boss and we'll protect each other," she said convincingly. Julian was just about to do that when they were interrupted by a rather shady dude named Mickey Diamond, who said, "Our boss sent me." His job was to "make sure the business was running smoothly." And then he sent Julian out of town for a few days. At least he didn't give him a one-way ticket to the Pine Barrens!

Monday, Carly confronts Ava about moving in with Sonny, Maxie turns to her BFF for comfort, Nathan call Levi on his lies and Nina's plotting continues! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH's New Baddie!

The Port Charles mob war got a new player this week! That's Nick Chinlund who debuted on GENERAL HOSPITAL Friday, June 20, as Mickey Diamond. While this is the actor's daytime debut, he has a long list of credits on his resume, including playing Victor on 666 PARK AVENUE and lending his raspy, menacing voice to several characters on the animated superhero series YOUNG JUSTICE.

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Cast Your Vote #27

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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 Maxie and Nathan pursue a relationship?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Wednesday, June 25. 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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Daytime Emmy Awards Preview!

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Fans have lots of questions now that it's been announced that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards are going to be broadcast not on a network or cable outlet, but rather streamed via the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5:00 p.m. PST on Sunday, June 22. Soaps In Depth spoke to David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards for The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences, about what viewers can expect on the big day!

Soaps In Depth: Will the format be different? Will the show have a time limit?
David Michaels: As I understand it, the plan is for the show to go straight through — there will be no commercial breaks. We're treating it like a live show. It'll run for two hours.

In Depth: There tend to be fewer rules on the Internet about what people can do. Might we see more of a party atmosphere for this show?
Michaels: I'm not sure. It's the same setting room and people, the same party. I don't know if people will feel that they can take advantage of the "no-holds-barred" rules of the Internet or not.

Continued after the jump

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Is Donna Mills Back On GH?

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Could Donna Mills already be back at GENERAL HOSPITAL taping as Madeline? Yesterday, television personality Sandie Newton, who contributes to Hallmark's HOME & FAMILY, tweeted a photo of herself with good friend Ilene Kristen (Delia) and Mills. Since we already know that Kristen has been taping some GH appearances, Mills' Madeline might be back in town, too! And with daughter Nina out of her coma, it's the perfect time for Madeline to return to the canvas... we're sure Nina has some choice words for the woman who killed her baby and put her in a coma!

We're investigating and will let you know as soon as we uncover any details!

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"Dead" Ric Is Alive!

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It was a ten-tissue day on Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL, with more tears falling in Port Charles than on Wall Street circa 2008!

Elizabeth and Molly were hit hard by the news of Ric's death. Or, should we say, the kind of death that people on soaps succumb to, which is more like a playing possum, "just kidding!" kind of death. Understandably, Molly was a wreck. "My Dad is dead!" she screamed, throwing herself into Momma Alexis, who matched her daughter tear for tear.

Truth be told, Anna's idea for Ric to fake his death and go into witness protection until they found Julian's boss was really the only thing they could do to protect the people Ric loved. Not that Ric was happy with the plan. In fact, he was fighting mad that it was their only option. When Anna unzipped the body bag and he jumped out, he was one mad hombre. It was torture for him to lay there motionless while his daughter and the woman he loved wept in agony over losing him.

Part of Molly's grief was that she didn't get to say goodbye to him, so Alexis reluctantly brought her to the morgue to say a final farewell. Anna used the old "she shouldn't see her father in that condition" speech on Alexis to keep the teen from seeing that he wasn't dead at all. But, just like any/every wily teenager, Molly snuck in. Hidden behind a door, the very much alive Ric had to listen once again to his little girl fall to pieces. This time, it was he who couldn't stop crying! After everyone turned off the waterworks, he slipped on some scrubs, put on a surgical cap and mask and left, not to be seen or heard from again until... well, until storyline dictates!

Meanwhile, Liz was in her own fog, unable to shake her grief. She had vanished from her shift at the hospital, which threw Obrecht into a tizzy. Obrecht chewed Liz a new one, Liz sassed Dr. O back and when all was said and done, Liz got fired. Nikolas having seen on the TV at The Floating Rib that Ric was shot and killed, raced to GH to comfort and support Liz. Their warm, fuzzy interaction was spotted from afar by Britt, who got "that" look on her face with "that" wicked eyebrow. When Obrecht saw her daughter looking troubled, she asked if she could do something to help. Britt thought a moment and said, "Help me get Nikolas back." Uh oh.

Felix was drippy-eyed, too. Not because of Ric, but because of Sabrina, whose pain over her newborn son's death caused her to go a little bonkers the day before. What a good friend that Felix is. He cried for his BFF's heartache and was rewarded for his sympathetic soul with a bear hug from Lucas in a hospital gown.

Monday, Sonny learns of Ric's death and confronts Anna, Duke has it out with Julian, Rafe is caught in the act, and Patrick -- hold onto your seats Scrubs fans -- admits he thinks his marriage is over! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Oprah Checks In With Benard!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Network series, OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, later this summer!

Back in 2007, Benard and his wife, Paula, were guests on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in an episode featuring the topic of bipolar disorder. Although the Emmy winner has been outspoken about the mental illness that both he and his character share, Benard rarely appears on talk shows... but who could say no to Oprah?

Now, Soaps In Depth has learned, OWN caught up with the Benards for a segment on WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, the popular series that tracks down the most memorable OPRAH SHOW guests for updates on their lives today.

We will let you know as soon as we get a date confirmed for the Benard family, but in the meantime, all new episodes of OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? air every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

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Is Miller GH's New Jason?

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Ever since Billy Miller left the role of Billy at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, there has been speculation that the fan favorite would be snatched up by GENERAL HOSPITAL to take over the part of Jason (previously played by Steve Burton, who is now Y&R's Dylan!). And last night, TV Guide's Michael Logan added some fuel to that particular fire by posting to Twitter: "Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I'm hearing."

When contacted for comment on the possible casting coup, a rep for GH replied simply, "We don't have any info on that." Could the rumor be true? Is Robin going to succeed in saving Jason and bring him back to Port Charles with a slightly different face? Or could Miller be playing someone else? What do you think?

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Kathy Griffin To Host Daytime Emmys

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The Daytime Emmys have a host! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin.

"I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I'm told is the most important television event of the year," Griffin says. "Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show. I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man's first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup. I apologize to FIFA."

The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. PST, and the ceremony will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.daytimeemmys.net.

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