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Next Month Is Fan February On GH!

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Do you remember Fan February? It's been years since GENERAL HOSPITAL celebrated its fans with a month's worth of treats, but they're bringing the tradition back in 2015!

"The popular Fan February campaign is back next month," reports a spokesperson for the soap, "and we're giving you, our loyal GH fans, something special every day all month long — stay tuned!"

What those surprises could be are anyone's guess, but we'll keep you up to date as we learn more!

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Blast Off!

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It's not often that you can see three of your favorite daytime stars in one film, so if you missed the theatrical release of 23 Blast last fall, now's your chance to make up for it! The inspirational picture, which stars DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Mark Hapka (ex-Nathan) and features ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Kim Zimmer (Echo) and Crystal Hunt (Stacy), will become available on DVD at Walmart beginning Tuesday, January 20.

"It's the true story of Travis Freeman, a high school football player from Kentucky who was at the height of his game when he was struck by bacterial meningitis and lost his sight," Hapka offers of his starring role. "He had to readjust to life afterwards and went through a bout of depression, but eventually his coach convinced him to come back to the team."

Look for Hunt to play the cheerleader who breaks Travis' heart, and for Zimmer to bring the heat as his emotional mom in this film produced by former OLTL director Gary Donatelli. For Hapka, who rose to the challenge of playing blind, the best part of the film was getting to do some of the football training he recalls from his own youth. "It was really nice to put the gear back on," he confirms, "and get back out there!"

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THE FOSTERS Returns!

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The critically-acclaimed series, THE FOSTERS, which stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum (Keri, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Vanessa, SUNSET BEACH), returns tonight, Monday, January 19, on ABC Family at 8 p.m. ET with its winter premiere. The show is executive produced by Joanna Johnson (Karen; ex-Caroline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who promises that the story points introduced in the premiere and in last December's Christmas special will continue to play out as the rest of the season unfolds.

"Callie's going to be spending a lot of time with her [birth father] Robert Quinn (played by AS THE WORLD TURNS' Kerr Smith, Ryder). She'll start to develop a relationship with him [which] could be confusing to her," Johnson says. "We're also going to [continue to] explore the friendship between Jude and Connor."

Later in the season, viewers will see guest stars including THE VIEW's Rosie O'Donnell (Naomi, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Patrick Duffy (ex-Stephen, B&B; Bobby, DALLAS). "Last season, Girls United [which Rosie's character, Rita, ran] burned down so she's without a home to bring girls to," Johnson notes. "We love having Rosie on our show. She's such a dynamic, warm person. Patrick's going to be playing Robert's father. We've alluded to the dynamic [with] Robert's father having something to do with him leaving Callie's mother. Callie's going to meet her biological grandfather and it'll be interesting."

Johnson says she grew to admire Duffy's talent when he was doing a scene on B&B as Katie's dad. "I was mesmerized," the actress/producer recalls. "He just nailed it one take. He was so good I forgot I was in the scene!" It'll take a while for Duffy to pop up on the show, but Johnson is hoping he returns for future episodes. "We definitely want to bring him back!"

For more, don't miss Johnson's Keeping Track feature in the new issue of CBS Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, January 26!

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See Benard On The Big Screen!

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If you're in the Los Angeles area, you have the chance to see the acclaimed new film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) on the big screen! The Ghost And The Whale is screening as part of the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

Benard's film, produced by his wife, Paula, will be screening on the opening night of the festival, Thursday, February 12, at 10:15 p.m. at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium 14 Cineplex on West Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles. It's also up for the People's Choice Award, the prize voted on by fans, so you could help it win!

The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival showcases the best in new cinema and classic filmmaking, and runs from Thursday, February 12, to Saturday, February 28. You can purchase tickets for The Ghost And The Whale and the other screenings and events in the festival by clicking here!

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GH Recap: Jake Is Poised To Kill Sam!

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Nothing can ruin a romantic night in the boudoir with a smoking hot doctor like a smoking hot assumed-to-be-dead hitman husband with amnesia under mine control, who has been ordered to kill you! That said, Sam Morgan is in for a memorable night one way or the other!

Sam had set quite the atmosphere. Lit candles and a spattering of white roses (did she get leftovers from Nathan's bedroom or was there a sale at the flower mart?) gave the impression she was in the mood to play doctor with Drake Sr. But then she spotted a picture of her and Jason on the mantle. Feeling sentimental, she picked it up and pondered the evening ahead of her.

Then the door opened. "Mom!" she said, as Alexis struggled to wheel in her luggage. "What are you doing here?" Not blind to mood lighting and table set for two, Alexis realized what was in the making and promised to skedaddle. When Patrick arrived with a bottle of wine and a smile, Alexis did make a hasty retreat but was anything but nonchalant about it. Meanwhile...

Jake was making his way to Sam's penthouse to put a bullet in her head as Helena ordered when Liz spotted him on the docks. She invited him to join her and the kids for Kelly's takeout, but he turned her down. "If we spend time together, I don't think I'm going to be able to stop myself from wanting more," he admitted. And with that, he walked away, leaving Liz speechless. Back at the penthouse...

After a dinner prepared by Sam herself -- no Little Buddha delivery or inferno in the kitchen -- they were ready for dessert, if you know what we mean. Sam took Patrick's hand and led him upstairs. Seconds later, the front door cracked open. It was Jake, in a ski mask, holding a gun!

Julian wasn't thrilled to hear that Sonny told Shawn to tail Fluke. He worried about Shawn getting caught, which would put targets on the backs of their kids, just as Fluke had done in the past. Shawn was on the case and followed Fluke to the Spencer house and watched him retreat to the basement. There was a knock at the door, prompting Shawn to hide in the kitchen. Helena entered and Fluke greeted her with a not-so friendly, "What are you doing here?" When he realized she got in through a door that was supposed to be locked but was not, he frantically wanted to search for intruders. She talked him down and they left. Once the coast was clear, Shawn picked up a crow bar, intent on getting into the basement any way he could!

Trouble was brewing for the Falconeri family. Lulu was fighting mad when Johnny told her that Dante was acting like a caveman with a "stay away from my woman" grunt. She flew into a tirade when Dante showed up in mid-conversation to defend himself. He was just trying to protect her, he said. She told her husband that she and Johnny were back in business together because he bought back his portion of the Haunted Star. Dante had a workable solution to keep them separate -- she should sell Johnny the other half. That flew like a lead balloon!

Monday on GH, Patrick and Sam's clothes come off, Michael catches Shawn in the act, and Jake's mission comes to a halt by an unexpected visitor! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #05

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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: Do you think Jake/Jason and Carly make a good couple?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, January 22. 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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Watch Parsons' New Amazon Pilot Now!

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Starting today, you can watch the new pilot POINT OF HONOR starring GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathan Parsons (ex-Ethan). The Civil War-set drama is co-written by LOST's Carlton Cuse and Braveheart's Randall Wallace. The pilot is available at Amazon.com/pilotseason, and is one of many vying for a slot as one of Amazon's next original series. You can watch the show at that link and then take the survey to help get it produced.

And you can whet your appetite for POINT OF HONOR by watching the trailer below!

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Alderson Explains Her GH Exit

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Fans were surprised when Kristen Alderson (Kiki) revealed that she would not be renewing her contract with GENERAL HOSPITAL, and now the actress has finally revealed her reasons for leaving the soap. Instead of trying to express her thoughts in 140 characters at a time on Twitter, Alderson instead recorded a video and posted it to YouTube where she can personally explain herself.

"This decision is purely spur of the moment,"she says. "Kind of an epiphany that I had that I've been in this amazing little soap bubble since I was 6 years old. And now I'm 23. I've never done anything else. I've never pushed myself. I've never challenged myself to do other things."

The daytime vet isn't just talking about acting, either. She's talking about taking classes, getting back into singing, and anything else that might come her way. You can watch her entire video below, and then share your thoughts in the comments!

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ABC Confirms Alderson's Exit!

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A GENERAL HOSPITAL spokesperson has confirmed that Kristen Alderson(Kiki) is, indeed, leaving the show. Although a reason for her exit was not provided by the show, Alderson's real-life beau, Chad Duell (Michael), tweeted that "it was her decision."

Alderson, now 23, has been a fan favorite since she debuted as Starr Manning on ONE LIFE TO LIVE when she was just seven years old. Her exit will be felt by fans who watched the Emmy winner grow up before their eyes for the next 16 years on ABC Daytime. How Alderson will be written off remains to be seen. Will Kiki be killed off? After all, her mother is on the Mob hit list and her boyfriend is the son of a Mob kingpin. Although killing Kiki would benefit Port Charles' bad guys, ABC could actually be pulling "a Robin" -- you know, saying she's leaving for dramatic effect, only to have her somehow resurrected when viewers least expect it.

Another possibility that has some fire behind it is that the role of Kiki will be recast. In mid-December, a casting breakdown was put out for a woman in her early 20s said to be "beautiful, dynamic, charismatic." At the time, the contract role caused some to speculate that it was a casting call for Scott Baldwin's daughter, Serena, or a newly-created daughter for Nina and Silas. But could it actually have been for Kiki?

The "new" character is set to begin taping in early February.

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GH Recap: Is Fluke About To Be Unmasked?

FlukeLukeBat.jpg Fluke's ears must be ringing these days because just about everyone in Port Charles is talking about him!

While meandering around the abandoned yet fully furnished (laundry basket and all) Elm Street house where Luke and Bobbie grew up, Fluke chatted it up with Helena, who was calling from the comforts of Wyndemere. Fluke was set on getting the Julian situation "handled" out of concern that he'd spill what he knew, which was everything! Helena, however, had bigger fish to fry, like putting a cork in Sam, who was hot on the train of uncovering the identity of "our soldier boy."

Forgetting she was in Nikolas' home, Helena was surprised to turn around and see him staring at her. He overheard her threat to Sam and didn't like it one bit. Realizing his granny didn't want Sam asking questions about the gunman that helped Faison escape. Nik pushed her for answers, asking if Faison was impersonating Luke on her request and threatened to bring her down if he didn't like what she had to say. She shoved him right back. "If you do, you and Spencer will lose everything," she warned. "Just play ball, and your son will survive. He won't suffer. In fact, he will be far, far richer." With that, she handed Nik a folder containing ELQ stock certificates!

Meanwhile, Bobbie and Michael headed to the Elm Street house to scope it out as the possible new sight of the A.J. Quartermaine Clinic. The minute Bobbie stepped on the porch, it was like she was surrounded by ghosts of a troubled past. She shook it off, and they went inside. They weren't aware that Luke was bound and gagged in the basement, and Fluke was on a hostile rampage about her! Upstairs, one by one, Bobbie pulled the sheets off the protected furniture and she was flooded with memories, some which brought her to near tears, none of which brought a smile to her face.

And then the name Patricia came up again. Her and Luke's rarely mentioned sister. Michael asked what happened to her but before he could answer, they heard a crash in the basement. Was it a raccoon, a squatter, a poltergeist? No, it was Fluke taking a bat to a ceramic jug. "That felt so good," Fluke said, toying with Luke. "It's gonna feel even better when I use this to crack Barbara Jean's head open." Michael told Bobbie to be ready to call the police as he casually walked to the basement door to check it out. On the other side, a tied up Luke and a bat wielding Fluke!

At Pentonville, Sonny ragged on Julian, for confessing to killing Anthony Zacchara when everybody knew it was of Johnny's doing. Julian wasn't going to tell Sonny who was after him out of fear they'd go after his family. But prison wasn't the safest place for him either. Two of Johnny's goons approached to finish the job Carlos started. Sonny came up behind one of them, stabbed him. Then more surrounded them. Julian and Sonny took them all out, kicking and punching them till the collapsed on the cold ground. Sonny set the tone, telling a grateful Julian, "Zacchara is after us both now. So that makes us an ally... for now." But Johnny wasn't the problem. "I don't know his name," Julian told Sonny. "All I can tell you is that he has Luke Spencer's face."

Monday on GH, Helena has a shocking new task for Jake, Julian explains the terrorizing by Luke's doppelganger and Michael meets Fluke head on! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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