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Budig's Baby News!

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Congratulations are in order for soap alum Rebecca Budig (Greenlee, ALL MY CHILDREN; Michelle, GUIDING LIGHT), who just welcomed a baby girl into the world! The actress' husband, Michael Benson, revealed the news on Twitter, posting: "Welcome to the world, Charlotte Jo Benson. Mom and daughter are doing great!" And with that tweet came an Instagram photo of Budig and her first child proving him right that you can see by clicking here! All the best to the happy family!

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GH's Monaco Meets BABY DADDY!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL is going to get a little silly! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the ABC Daytime soap will be crossing over with ABC Family comedy BABY DADDY, with Kelly Monaco (Sam) playing an exaggerated version of herself.

In the episode currently slated to air at the beginning of season four in 2015, BABY DADDY character Danny lands a role on GH and enlists best friend (and crush) Riley to help him prepare. But when they get on set, GH superfan Riley loses it and starts to drive Monaco (as herself) up the wall!

We'll let you know when Monaco's episode of BABY DADDY is set to air!

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Will Antonio Sabato Jr. "DANCE" His Way Back On To GH?

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Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has taken on two highly demanding jobs — he's the host and active participant of the makeover show FIX IT & FINISH IT and he's learning to dance as a member of the celebrity cast of the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Soaps In Depth couldn't resist asking the fan favorite hunk if, schedules permitting, he'd make time on his dance card (pun intended) for a return visit to Port Charles?

Continued after the jump

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GH's Christopher Explores His Heritage

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Shouting Secrets, a film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) as a former football player who finds himself trapped in his Native American community while his estranged brother (The Twilight Saga's Chaske Spencer) finds success outside, is debuting Friday, September 5, at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

The screening will also mark the picture's official DVD and VOD release. The slice-of-life drama is centered on the failing health of the brothers' mother, which forces them to reconnect. "Tyler's character resented his brother for writing a supposedly fictional book about them," explains director Korinna Sehringer. "He also deals with some marriage troubles because he's having an affair with a minor."

For a soap star like Christopher, playing that kind of intense family drama in the film festival winner came easily. "[My character] struggles with [the affair] and the legal implications it comes with, as well as the embarrassment and shame to his wife and to his child," the actor offers. "He's trying to find ways to forgive himself and to get the relationship back with his wife he once had."

The film also features Christopher's former GH castmate, Ted King (ex-Alcazar). "Ted plays Dr. Matthews [the physician treating the brothers' mother]," Sehringer reveals. "He's in love with Caitlyn (Tonantzin Carmelo), the Native American doctor at the hospital." Visit the film's official site for more information or to order your copy.

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GH And AMC Alums Hit The DANCE Floor!

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The new celebrity contestants of DANCING WITH THE STARS were announced this morning, and there are two ABC Daytime alums competing for the Mirrorball trophy this season!

Antonio Sabáto Jr., best known to soap fans as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jagger, will be performing with professional partner Cheryl Burke. She helped her partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith come in first place in two consecutive seasons, so will she do the same for Sabáto?

ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jonathan Bennett (JR) is also one of the 13 celebrities hitting the dance floor, and he's partnered with professional hoofer Allison Holker. This is the first season of DWTS for Holker, but she's been an All-Star on FOX's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for years.

Sabáto and Bennett will be joined by fellow contestants Tommy Chong, Randy Couture, Betsey Johnson, Lolo Jones, Bethany Mota, Janel Parrish, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sadie Robertson, Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson and Michael Waltrip. Watch and see how they do when the 19th season of DANCING WITH THE STARS premieres on Monday, September 15, at 8:00 p.m. EST. (And be sure to tune in on the following Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. EST to see who goes home!)

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Billy Miller Is GH's New Jason!

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It turns out that the rumor was true: Billy Miller is about to join GENERAL HOSPITAL in the role of Jason Morgan! The buzz has been building for a while now that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum (he played Billy) would be assuming the role vacated by Steve Burton (now Y&R's Dylan). The soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini revealed the news today on Twitter after a playful banter with headwriter Ron Carlivati about some "big" GH news.

"I am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy," Valentini said in a statement. "Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining the GH family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast."

With the presumed-dead Jason's wife, Sam, currently getting involved with Patrick (who wasn't crazy about his own wife, Robin, leaving her family behind to go bring Jason back to life) let's just say that the character's return is going to turn Port Charles upside-down!

Valentini hasn't released details of when we can expect to see Miller first air, but we'll definitely keep you up to date as more information is announced. How do you feel about this casting?

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Port Charles Hits Boston!

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East Coast GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, a bunch of fan favorite actors are coming "Back To Beantown!" The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 5, with Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) hosting "Dinner With Mutter" from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

On Saturday, September 6, you can spend the morning with Rick Hearst (Ric) from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Then, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., you'll be able to get up-close and personal with Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), and close out the evening with Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!

It'll be worth getting up early on Sunday, September 7, because Wally Kurth (Ned) is promising to serenade his fans with some new songs at his event from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. And closing out the weekend is Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky), hosting his own event from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

All the events will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Cambridge in Cambridge, MA, just minutes from downtown Boston. Tickets for each event are $85. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.YourNumberOneFan.com. You can E-mail debbyoconnor@aol.com or fax (949) 552-3365 if you have any questions about the events.

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Cast Your Vote #37

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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 Sam and Patrick pursue a relationship or stay friends?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, September 4. 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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Who Is GH's Peter Harrell?

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Even the most schooled GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers may have heard the name Peter Harrell on today's episode and thought, "Who?" If that was your reaction to the man from Felicia's past, we're here to fill you in!

Thirty years ago, Frisco came across a ring at a charity auction. Thinking it simply a piece of costume jewelry, he purchased it... only to have Felicia Jones (dressed as a boy, by the way!) try to steal it from beneath his mattress! Almost immediately, sparks flew between the pair. When she injured herself after attempting to flee with the purloined ring, he took her to General Hospital and, thanks to some lurking thugs, realized that the blonde beauty was in danger! Eventually, between bouts of bickering, Felicia revealed that she was an honest-to-gosh Princess, and that the ring was part of a collection. In fact, when paired with a scepter, the ring would reveal the location of the entire treasure trove!

So where, exactly, was the scepter? In the possession of Felicia's ex-fiance, Peter Harrell! It also happened that former WSB big wig Sean Donely and his mistress, Cruz, were hot on the trail of the treasure, too. Turned out that not only was Sean a former WSB leader, he just happened to have an extensive knowledge of Aztec culture! Having been framed (by Peter) for a murder he didn't commit, Luke was laying low at Sean's hacienda while his good pal Robert Scorpio helped clear his name. Cruz eventually left to "care for her ailing mom"... but in reality, she was teaming up with Peter!

Eventually, Peter tricked Felicia into handing over the ring. For those keeping track, this meant the sceptor-bearing baddie was now in possession of everything he needed to claim the treasure! Peter and Donely managed to open the vault and find the treasure. Sean was all set to double-cross Peter. But in the resulting chase through the jungle, Peter fell to his death over a waterfall. Ever the sly fox, Sean made sure the hiding place was secure and acted like he'd never found anything. "Treasure?" he basically asked. "What treasure?"

Except, of course, this being Port Charles... well, who really thinks Peter died from the tumble? I'm gonna guess you're new around these parts...

Before long, Peter showed up in Port Charles again, luring Felicia to an abandoned railroad car. Despite being in love with Frisco and having no interest in her ex, Felicia couldn't resist going to his side after he promised that the treasure could be hers! Felicia called Tony to treat Peter, who revealed to his doc that Sean had the treasure. Unfortunately, before Tony could share this bit of news, he was shot in the head! As for Peter, he managed to escape, fleeing to Brazil!

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Another OLTL Star To DAYS

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Another fan-favorite actress from ONE LIFE TO LIVE is about to join DAYS OF OUR LIVES! Melissa Archer (Natalie) has been cast on the NBC sudser, and is reportedly already filming and should air in the fall.

Her former OLTL castmate Kassie DePaiva (Blair; now DAYS' Eve) gushed about the news on Twitter, posting a photo of the two of them together and writing "Welcome to Salem! Good times coming!"

UPDATE: Our friends over at TV Line have learned that Archer will be making her first appearance in Salem on Friday, December 5, as Serena. The character may be new, but she reportedly has ties to someone in Salem. Who do you think she's connected to?

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