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GH's Tovar Guests Her Way Into An Emmy Nod!

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This is the first year that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences introduced the new category of Outstanding Guest Star In A Drama Series to honor an actor who has appeared in a limited number of episodes during the eligibility period. And GENERAL HOSPITAL's Elena Tovar (Rosalie) fit the bill!

"The ladies over at GH reached out and asked if I did want to submit something, what would I want to put in?" she recalls. "I had just done a scene with Chad Duell (Michael) where we're sitting together in a bar and basically getting smashed and having a conversation about life. I had a lot of fun shooting it, and I think that comes through. So I submitted that scene."

But the actress had forgotten all about it until her Twitter feed exploded with congratulations while she was at the gym when the nominations were announced! "The fans have been so sweet," Tovar enthuses. "It is really nice how excited they are and how much they love that character."

And Tovar knows she's in some pretty elite company in her category with veteran actors like Donna Mills (ex-Madeline) and Meredith Baxter (ex-Maureen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). "It's crazy!" she says. "It's mind blowing!"

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A New Web Series For Michelle Stafford!

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Last week, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michelle Stafford (Nina) filmed a role in the independent movie Durant's Never Closes. This week, the Emmy winner taped a new Web series, SECRET MIND OF A SINGLE MOM, in which she'll co-star with her 5-year-old daughter, Natalia!

According to an interview Stafford gave to TV Insider's Michael Logan, Nickelodeon was so impressed with her last Web series venture, THE STAFFORD PROJECT, that they approached her to create content exclusively for their NickMom.com site. Read more about the awesome "secret" project she's been tweeting about here.

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Live From Port Charles, It's GENERAL HOSPITAL!

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People.com broke the news this morning that the GENERAL HOSPITAL cast and crew are readying themselves to perform two live broadcasts next month, on Friday, May 15, and Monday, May 18! The special episodes will be a continuation of the soap's 52nd anniversary celebration.

"Taking such an iconic show as GH live for two days is both exhilarating and risky," shares executive producer Frank Valentini. "I am enormously proud of our cast, crew and staff for all their tireless dedication and hard work that will be leading up to this daytime television event. It's live television and absolutely anything can happen, but that is what's fun about this and we're absolutely up to the challenge."

Once upon a time, all soap operas were performed live in a studio, but by 1975, the serials were all filmed in advance. However, GH's venture marks the third time a daily drama has done a live telecast since those early days. SEARCH FOR TOMORROW performed live in August 1983 because the taped episode had reportedly been stolen, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE broadcast a full week of live shows during May Sweeps in 2002.

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Wright's Difficult Emmy Decision!

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Carly had quite a year on GENERAL HOSPITAL, leaving portrayer Laura Wright with a difficult choice in picking the episode that led to her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy nomination! "I submitted the show after Michael finds out about Sonny and Carly where I lay into Franco," she reveals. "It was almost a whole entire show with Roger Howarth (Franco)."

She very nearly went with the previous episode with the strong scenes between her and Chad Duell (Michael), but went with the Franco episode after seeking the advice of her family and co-star Michelle Stafford (Nina). "I had a different opinion of everything," Wright says. "I had Michelle look at them. I knew it was between the two. I just wasn't sure which one to go with. My daughter, Lauren, and my husband were both, 'It's all you in the [Franco] show and the other show is all Chad.'"

Wright knows she's in good company with the other Lead Actress nominees, but feels there was one major omission: Stafford. "She's an incredible actress," she declares. "I know how hard she works. She goes to a place that a lot of people are afraid to go. Michelle goes in with both feet and kills it. She could've easily walked away with the statue."

But she's excited to support all the other GH nominees on Emmy night, and doesn't even have the pressure of having to find a gown for the evening! "I already have the dress because I bought it last year," Wright confides. "I bought two dresses last year. This year, I'm just going to wear the other one, because I love it. It's been sitting in my closet with tags on it for a year!"

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Watch The Final Scene Of Yesterday's GH!

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If you live in the New York City metropolitan area and missed the last few minutes of yesterday's anniversary episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL due to the breaking news interruption, ABC.com has posted that critical last scene! (Or if you want to just watch it over and over again, we wouldn't blame you one bit!) Check it out below.

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Geary Sings GH's Praises!

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It's no surprise that the talented Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was nominated again for Outstanding Lead Actor in the Daytime Emmys race, and it's no surprise that he's quick to give credit exactly where it's due.

Soaps In Depth caught up with the actor during his month-long vacation in Amsterdam. While the seven-time Emmy winner didn't expect his name to appear on the nominee list this year, he was happy that GH did rack up 26 nominations. "Congratulations to our entire production team," he declares, "and the hardest working cast and crew in show business!"

So while they might be pulling for Geary to bring home another Emmy, he's going to be rooting just as hard for all the other GH nominees!

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LoCicero Laughed Her Way To An Emmy Nod!

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Actors traditionally earn themselves a Daytime Emmy nomination by submitting examples of their best dramatic work full of tears and high emotions, but Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GENERAL HOSPITAL) reveals that she garnered her Supporting Actress nod for the episode where a very drunk Olivia was watching TV!

"I am particularly thrilled that it was this year's material that got noticed because it was so much fun to play that day," she says. "On my way into work [the day that we taped it], I could not have been more nervous. They sort of let me play with it. I'm really grateful that that day, [director] Larry [Carpenter] let me have some fun. It was very character-driven and relatable material, which writers love to write and actors love to play."

LoCicero was also happy with the way she was notified of the honor. "I got a phone call from [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini," she reveals. "He called to give me the nicest congratulations and say how exited he was and that it was well-deserved. It was really, really the most delightful way I could have found out."

The evening of the ceremony, though, LoCicero will be eight months along with her pregnancy, so gown shopping will be a little bit different this year. "It's certainly going to be whatever I can fit into!" she laughs. "When the pre-noms came out, all of us actresses were texting. I sent them all a picture of myself about six months pregnant in the dress I wore two years ago with the whole side cut out of it. I was like, 'What do you think?' It was really quite funny to everybody.

"But I think I'll probably go to my vintage dealer," she adds. "I've got a great vintage dealer where I got a Halston dress and an Oscar de la Renta. I'll just size it up a few sizes and see if I can tailor it or something!"

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Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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The nominations have been revealed for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, so it's time to start rooting for your favorites!

Be sure to tune in to the ceremony live on the cable channel Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET. (Click here to find out if your cable company carries Pop) And don't forget to stay tuned directly after the awards for the premiere of QUEENS OF DRAMA, a new reality series starring some of daytime's brightest stars!

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A. Martinez Goes Primetime!

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Daytime favorite A. Martinez (ex-Roy, GH; Cruz, SANTA BARBARA) appears in primetime tonight with a guest appearance as Tomas Orlando in NCIS, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS. In the episode, titled "Patience," a petty officer's murder produces a lead in a 40-year-old airport bombing cold case.

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Kurth Leaves GH For DAYS!

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For a while now, Wally Kurth has been recurring on both GENERAL HOSPITAL as Ned and DAYS OF OUR LIVES as Justin, but it looks like that time has come to an end. The actor confirmed on Twitter last night that he's leaving one to do the other full time.

"I did sign a contract with DAYS," he posted. "Which will require me to leave GH. It's bittersweet I can't do both."

While GH has had Kurth front and center pretending to have fathered Olivia's baby to keep Julian in the dark about his child, the other soap hasn't really used him as much. But now that DAYS has Adrienne getting closer to Lucas, it's the perfect time for Justin to return full time and make it a real triangle.

"There's great stuff coming up on GH for Ned and Olivia in the coming weeks," Kurth promises. "I start back airing on DAYS in May and continue on."

We'll let you know as soon as we have more details about when Kurth will actually be exiting GH. How do you feel about this switch? Which show would you rather see the actor on? GH? DAYS? Both? Sound off in the comments!

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