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Nefarious Nik Alert!

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Does one become evil based on experiences, or is it something passed down via genetics? Perhaps a study of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nikolas Cassadine might provide that answer! We sat down with his portrayer, Tyler Christopher, to discuss the past, present and future of everyone's favorite dark prince! What he has to say might just surprise you, and it's only available in the new issue of Soaps In Depth!

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Don't Miss GH's Anniversary Episode!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL will celebrate its 52nd anniversary on Wednesday, April 1 -- and the very special episode promises to be a jam-packed hour! The soap will take a trip down memory lane by recreating scenes from the original GH broadcast, which aired on April 1, 1963. In those special scenes, characters from the first episode will be played by current cast members as Jason Thompson (Patrick) takes on the role of Dr. Steve Hardy, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) portrays Nurse Jesse Brewer and Ryan Carnes (Lucas) appears as Dr. Phil Brewer.

"For all fans that love GH, this is an episode you will not want to miss," says executive producer Frank Valentini, who will live-tweet that day using the hashtag #GH. "We will revisit that night on April 1, 1963, and expand the story, shedding new light on the past and addressing questions that GH fans have been dying to have answered."

Chief among those questions is the truth about what it is that happened to Luke (played by GH icon Anthony Geary) all those years ago that caused his mental break. Look for guest star Dee Wallace's Patricia to provide Luke, Bobbie and the rest of the Spencer family with some long-awaited answers.

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Michelle Stafford Lands A Movie Gig!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Michelle Stafford (Nina), who has landed a role in the Kickstarter-funded film Durant's Never Closes!

The indie movie stars Tom Sizemore as ladies' man Jack Durant, and tells his story over a single day at the mysterious restaurateur's steakhouse. Stafford is playing Suzie, the love of Jack's life. Pam Grier, Peter Bogdanovich and Michael Richards also appear in the film, which began production this week.

But don't worry that Stafford will be missing in action from Port Charles, because she's not going anywhere! For more information about the film, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Emmy Nominations To Be Announced On THE TALK!

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Nominations for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced next Tuesday, March 31, live on THE TALK! Tune in at 2 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST/CST) to see which of your favorite soap actors will be vying for the gold. (If you miss that broadcast, encores will air on Pop -- the cable network hosting the ceremony -- later that evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST/PST.)

The Daytime Emmy Awards airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST. The following day, Monday, April 27, THE TALK will continue the celebration with their fourth annual "After Party," honoring some of the biggest winners from the previous night. (Those guests will be announced early that morning.)

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Genzel's New Film Has Bite!

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We've seen ALL MY CHILDREN's Carrie Genzel (Skye) play lawyers, federal agents, love interests, mothers and femme fatales, but in the new horror flick, Dead Rising: Watchtower, fans will see her in a scenario much closer to her own personality: She's hilarious! "It's based on a really successful series of videogames about a zombie apocalypse," the actress relates. "I play Susan Collier, the newscaster whom you'll see a lot in the movie, and Rob Riggle [MODERN FAMILY, THE DAILY SHOW, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE] plays Frank West, the hero of the first videogame and one of my reporters."

While the fright fest continues in the outside world from which there are dire reports and updates about the flesh-eaters ("I have an exchange with Jesse Metcalf's [DALLAS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES] character, who's feeding me stories live from the quarantine zone," she reveals), in the newsroom, a totally different reality exists. "At the beginning of the film, when Frank comes in, she really thinks this is gonna be the interview that truly propels her career," Genzel previews. "But as they interact, he's a know-it-all, he's sarcastic, he's hitting on her... there's some really funny, candid moments where she just starts breaking down on camera."

Look for Genzel to begin reporting on all of the crazy zombie drama when the film begins streaming exclusively on Crackle beginning Friday, March 27, but you can watch a teaser trailer for it by clicking here. For information about the actress' other exciting projects, check out her upcoming Keeping Track feature in ABC Soaps In Depth on sale Monday, April 27.

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Meet The Newest Spencer!

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Daytime newcomer Brytni Sarpy made her debut on the March 20 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL playing Valerie, the daughter of Luke and Bobbie's long-lost sister, Patricia. "So happy to finally announce my role as Valerie Spencer," Sarpy posted on her Web site. "Excited to be a part of the GH family."

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GH Friday Recap: Introducing "Mrs. Jake Doe"!

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That was sure fast! In one 37-minute episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, Elizabeth and Jake confessed their feelings for each other, had their first kiss, their first date and were just about to head up to her bedroom for their first "other stuff" when there was a knock on the door and, well, that was the end of their happiness! Just like that. We jest not. It went that fast. And the unexpected visitor wasn't the Avon lady, UPS man or kid wanting to paint Liz's address on her curb. It was Jake's "wife." Or, at least, a woman saying she was Jake's wife because we Jake's wife was actually Sam... but let's not go there just yet.

Over an unexciting game of Battleship in the Shadybrook rec room, Nina reaffirmed her commitment to Franco, saying she would never leave his side. Alexis and Scotty arrived with news of Nina and Franco's court appearances the following day. While Alexis strongly advised Nina to forget about Franco and drop the crazy act before her hearing, Scotty pointed out to Franco that if his condition didn't improve, he'd be remanded to Shadybrook for the rest of his life! Both Franco and Nina admitted to their counsel that they were faking, which brought up all sorts of other questions in Franco's head. Like, did he really want to be the reason Nina spent the rest of her life in a sanitarium?

Sonny gave Spinelli a lesson or two in boxing to prepare for his duel with Nathan in the ring. Sonny's advice: dodge Nathan's punches and hope he exhausts himself. Then, at the right moment, POW! Knock Nathan's lights out! Meanwhile, Maxie managed to get out of Dante that Nathan and Spinelli were duking it out. "They're having a prize fight and I'm the prize?" she asked Dante. Oh, she was not happy. She rushed to the boxing gym and, just as she walked in, Nathan delivered a knockout blow to Spinelli's face!

Lulu and Tracy arrived at Patricia's apartment but were surprised to see a young woman of color living there. She was Valerie, Pat's daughter. She regretfully announced that her mother, who, unfortunately, had passed away, never gave any indication that she had siblings. Tracy wanted to discuss the situation in further detail, but Valerie was not going to let that happen... because Fluke was inside the door, pointing a gun at her!

Silas checked in on Ava, who was growing weaker by the day. She was hoping for a positive progress report, but he was forced to admit that the chemotherapy wasn't fighting her aggressive form of cancer and her condition was worsening. To put it succinctly, the odds for survival were not in her favor. Hopeless and in agony, Ava cried out, "You wanna help me, fine. I'll tell you how you can help me -- you can kill me!"

Monday on GH: Jake and Liz don't know what to make of Hayden's claim, Maxie is horrified by Nathan's actions, and Ava tries to convince Silas that the right thing to do is to help her die with dignity! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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Today we go back to a 2001 cover shoot, when Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was living in ALL MY CHILDREN's Pine Valley as Alexandra Devane Marick... or was she GH's presumed-dead Anna after all? As it turns out, the ladies were twin sisters, who'd be separated at birth!

Share your favorite memory of Hughes' double duty on AMC with us in the comments below!

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Mathison Builds Excitement!

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ALL MY CHILDREN fans remember Cameron Mathison as Ryan Lavery, the guy whose hero complex frequently led him to try to fix situations. Now, the actor/GOOD MORNING AMERICA correspondent is fixing things again as the host of two new home improvement shows: GAME OF HOMES and CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES, both of which debuted on Tuesday, March 17, from Canada's W Network (and hopefully to US viewers later).

"On GAME OF HOMES, we took four rundown houses, lifted them off their foundations, and transported them to downtown Vancouver, where we assigned a two-person team to renovate each one," Mathison relates. "As the host, I present [assignments] like the living room challenge where I say you've got this much time, this much money, and this is what you have to incorporate." However, there's also a reality show element in that the contestants will also be seen living in the houses during the work. "The ultimate prize," Mathison reveals, "is that they winning team gets their house and a piece of land for us to move it to."

For Mathison, who studied structural engineering in college and who flips houses as a personal hobby, hosting the show wasn't enough; he wanted to get his hands dirty too! So the W Network is also launching an online, companion program called CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES that you can watch at this link, where Mathison will be given a challenge of his own to complete at his Spanish style home in Southern California. "We ended up turning my detached garage into a media room/game room for the family — it's amazing!" Mathison reveals of the five-day project. "People that watch GAME OF HOMES may not know my connection to the design-build world, but they'll get to see me, the host, with my wife and kids and actually doing the work at my house."

For more about what Mathison's been up to, including details on his upcoming series of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries films opposite DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami), check out his Keeping Track feature in the issue of ABC Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, April 27.

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GH Friday Recap: Carly, A Relationship Coach?

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Carly is the best friend an amnesiac hunk recovering from brain surgery can ask for! She invited Jake to move into a spare room in her house to keep the illusion alive that he wasn't welcome at the Metro Court. And, like the fabu bestie she'll always be, she became his confidante about everything from his secret deal with Sloan that had him infiltrating the Jerome organization to all matters of the heart involving Elizabeth.

Front and center to witness an exchange of words between Jake and Liz peaked Carly's interest, so much so that she pushed him to talk about what was (and was not) going on with him and pretty Nurse Webber. He admitted that until Liz figured out what was going on between her and Ric, he had to just sit back and wait. Carly, in true Carly fashion, told him how she owed Liz for donating her son's kidney to Josslyn when she was younger, but then proceeded to warn him that Liz was in the habit of playing two guys against each other!

Liz had her own little drama with Ric, who all but got on his knees and begged her to take him back. She finally confessed that, yes, she had feelings for Jake. Although the news stung, Ric took it like a man, saying he understood but that it didn't mean they were through. She, however, felt differently. She fed him that "I will always care about you" line and then turned and walked away. It was not a pretty moment. Ric was left both devastated and fired up. "I'm not giving up on you that easy," he said to himself!

The Mob world was heating up. In fact, it was raging! Shawn's suspicion of Jordan was off the charts, even though she denied time and time again that she was not working for Anna. Liar, liar, pants on fire! Anyway, Shawn shared this belief about Jordan with Duke and Sonny. They agreed that if Shawn's instincts proved to be accurate, Jordan needed to be taken out. And they weren't talking about an early supper. But before they could act, they needed proof. That required testing her with a mission that, if she was a cop, she would refuse. That task: kill Julian Jerome! Little did Duke know that Julian had the same plans for him!

Anna paid a surprise visit to Sloan, who, like every man in Port Charles with nice pecs, answered his door in nothing but a towel. She was there to search his room and yank his chain. Although they supposedly hated each other, they certainly cranked up the sexual innuendos and invasion of personal space. He dropped the towel (intentionally) to show her he had nothing to hide. She still believed he tampered with the ballot box that got the mayor her job. "And what, exactly, did you think you'd find here?" he asked, looking down at his naked glory. "A hanging chad?"

Monday on GH, Anna grows increasingly concerned about Jordan, Carly encounters a riled Ric, and Sonny and Jake have words! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Big News For Maurice Benard's Fans!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL icon Maurice Benard (Sonny) marked a major milestone yesterday -- he flew for the first time in years! "It's been 10 years since I've flown and I just landed in New York," the star tweeted. "WOW, it feels good to get that gorilla off my back!" As fans of the star know, Benard suffers from bipolar disorder (and is actually a spokesperson for the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) and claustrophobia and has long had a fear of flying.

After having not flown for several years, he got on an airplane back in January 2011 to head East for a family vacation to Florida's Disney World and several fan events -- but began to have a panic attack shortly before take-off. As Soaps In Depth told our readers at the time, Benard had been working himself up for several months leading to that particular trip because it had been years since he'd last been on a plane. Unfortunately, that day, he told his wife, Paula, he needed to get off and departed the aircraft with his family.

Since it's been more than a decade since Benard flew the friendly skies, whatever it is that motivated the daytime legend to get back on an airplane, it has to be huge, amazing news! And we promise you that as soon as we are able to share the details, we will let our readers know!

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Inside EMPIRE's Finale!

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FOX's hit nighttime soap, EMPIRE, will air its season one finale in a special two-hour denouement titled "Die But Once/Who I Am" on Wednesday, March 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the explosive last pair of episodes, Jamal and Lucious are on their way to forming a music-centered relationship, but once again, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything! Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy while trying to figure out what the best move for his career is. Additionally, Cookie — not surprisingly &#!51; is "cooking" up a plan of her own!

"It's a very explosive finale," series executive producer/co-creator Danny Strong tells Soaps In Depth. "Not surprisingly, given the nature of our storytelling, many things will go down and be resolved. Alliances will shift and yet it may or may not be completely resolved by the time it's over."

Strong promises he won't "Laura Palmer" the fans of EMPIRE referring to the season one finale of TWIN PEAKS (in which viewers were still left wondering who offed Laura). In other words, Lucious will likely reveal to which son he'll be turning over his music business. "A lot will be resolved," Strong previews.

Was there much pressure to make the finale jam-packed so that folks will keep talking about the series until it returns for season two? "Some people [may have] felt pressure, but I didn't," Strong says. "I never think that coming up with story that will try to outdo something is the way to come up with a good story. It needs to come from characters, conflict and fundamentals of what makes a good story."

Strong adds that he and his team asked themselves: "How can we conclude the season in a way that we've set up and play in a way that's exciting, powerful and fun, but also keeps the door open for a place to go to in season two? It was tough! Ilene [Chaiken, executive producer] and I wrote the final episode together. But there were a lot of re-writes."

According to Strong, the network and studio "pounded" the EMPIRE writers with notes — in a good way! "The notes made it better," he allows. "They were really good. I think we really pulled it off." Of the finale, he predicts: "People are going to dig it!"

For more on what made EMPIRE the breakout hit of this television season, don't miss our feature in the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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Long Live The QUEENS OF DRAMA!

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Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is returning to soaps — sort of. The fan favorite is joining forces with a bevy of beauties from the soap world in the new original reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA, set to debut on Pop (formerly The TV Guide Network) on Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 p.m. EST before setting into its regular time slot on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Joining Marcil in the 10-episode series are Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Robin, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lindsay Hartley (ex-Cara, AMC; Theresa, PASSIONS) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).

The women band together on the show in order to take control of their careers and produce and star in a new serialized drama so there's a "show" within the show. How much "drama" will be found in QUEENS OF DRAMA? "Everyone addresses their opinions in different ways," Marcil tells Soaps In Depth. "All of us have a different style in how we agree, how we disagree. We have big personalities in one way or another. In that sense, there's a lot of conflict that there is when you put any kind of project together."

Catch a sneak preview of QUEENS OF DRAMA in the following clip and watch for a dramatic appearance at the end by none other than Joan Collins (Alexis, DYNASTY; Alexandra, GL)!

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OLTL's Zimmer Is Still Wicked!

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Los Angeles area fans of Kim Zimmer (Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) have until this Sunday, March 15, to see the actress in the musical Wicked, playing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! The four-time Emmy winner plays Madame Morrible in the popular, long-running musical that looks at life in the Land of Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival.

"Each performance is naturally fresh," Zimmer tells Soaps In Depth, "because we have other actors come in and take over when someone has a day off. Things happen all the time that keeps each show different." And what happens if she ever temporarily forgets a line? "I'll ad lib until something sounds familiar," she chuckles. "The kids in the show will look me and say, 'How did you do that?' There are only two spots I'm notorious about forgetting, but I've gotten to the point where I get through them."

Dorothy's journey to Oz was a surreal fantasy, part dream/part nightmare — and believe her, Zimmer can relate! "I had the actor's ultimate nightmare — being lost in the bowels of the theater and not being able to find my costume," Zimmer recounts of what happened one night when the show was playing in San Diego. "My dressing room was quite a walk from where I made my entrance." The actress, who was already fitted with a microphone, kept yelling out "Coming! I'm coming!" as she made her way to the stage while simultaneously getting (mostly) dressed. "I made it on stage, but my dress was wide open in the back. Another character was trying to help zip me up!"

The good news, Zimmer adds, is that ever since she went through that mini-ordeal, "I haven't had that nightmare since!"

For tickets to Wicked click here!

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GH Friday Recap: Guess Who's Dying?!

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Poor little Avery Corinthos was being yanked and tugged in every direction like a Stretch Armstrong doll. The good news for the cutie was that everyone wanted her -- Sonny, Ava and Michael. Forget that we're talking about a gangster, an assumed dead woman and a man using her for revenge.

After witnessing her own memorial service, Ava defied all logic by insisting on going on the run in the frigid New York weather with her bare-armed baby. Delia and Silas finally talked some sense into her, pointing out that a) there'd be a manhunt out for the baby's kidnapper and b) when she was caught, it'd be back to a prison cell!

All that said, Ava and Silas returned empty-handed to her NYC hospital room, where she insisted on hiding out in Port Charles, close to her daughters. "Why can't I think of a way out?" she wondered. "It wouldn't matter even if you did think of something," Silas answered. Ava turned and looked at him curiously. He continued, "You're dying." Say whaaaaaat?

Carly sensed something was off when they returned to Sonny's house after the custody hearing. He made it clear that no way, no how was he going to let Michael raise his child. With that, he called Morgan and told him that a private plane was waiting for him, Kiki and Avery at the airport. It would take them to his island, where Michael couldn't get his hands on Sonny's daughter. Carly pointed out that he was making himself, as well as Morgan and Kiki, kidnappers! It didn't matter to Sonny. He refused to surrender to Michael!

Meanwhile, Tracy told Michael how proud she was of him for pulling a few strings to get custody of Avery. Although he denied that he had anything to do with the judge swap, Tracy summed it up as "poetic justice." While Alice prepped the mansion for the new baby, Michael went to Sonny's with two U.S. marshals as backup. Once there, they realized Avery wasn't! Michael cut right to the chase and ordered they arrest Sonny!

In Shadybrook, it was a battle of lethal cuckoo birds when a tightly wound Franco approached Luke, who was strapped in a bed and saying all sorts of nasty stuff about Franco's dad, Scotty. Franco shut him up in true Franco fashion... by trying to smother him with a pillow! Nina barged in just to in time to prevent a fatality. Luke suggested they work together to bust out of the joint. Surprisingly, Franco loved the idea. Nina, not so much. But, we might add, he talked her into it!

Nathan walked in on Spinelli kissing Maxie but -- according to Maxie -- Maxie was not kissing him back. Spinelli begged to differ. Nathan was ready to pummel the Jackal but was interrupted by an alert on Spinelli's computer that he got a hit on the whereabouts of Patricia Spencer! He ran out in a flash to tell Tracy, leaving a disappointed Nathan questioning Maxie if it was time to end their relationship!

Monday on GH, Silas has devastating news for Ava, Michael takes his vendetta one step further, and Nina and Franco find themselves in a very bad situation! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Casts Pat Spencer!

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Patricia Spencer is coming home to Port Charles! Soaps In Depth has confirmed that GENERAL HOSPITAL has tapped E.T. mom Dee Wallace to play Luke and Bobbie's never-before-seen, long-lost older sister, Pat. There's no official word on when Wallace will make her first appearance.

"I have never had a greater challenge, never had more fun and never felt so much a part of a family on a set," Wallace shares in a statement. "You do more in one day on daytime than you do in a week on an episodic. I couldn't have more respect for colleagues than I do now."

Tell us below, what do you think about this casting?

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GH's Miller SUITS Primetime!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL has been keeping Billy Miller pretty busy playing Jake/Jason, but before he started his current gig, he was able to squeeze in a guest appearance on the season finale of SUITS, set to air Wednesday, March 4, at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA!

"I play Harvey Specter's brother," Miller says... although that's about all he can reveal! "I can't really tell you a lot about him. But I'm allowed to tell you that!"

Although, he was able to hint that his character could potentially return for the fifth season when SUITS returns this summer. "We did a good job, so everybody seems to be happy," Miller confides. "I love that show, so I'd love to go back."

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The GH Fan Club Weekend Is Coming!

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The 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend is being held from Thursday, August 6, through Monday, August 10, at the Embassy Suites in Glendale, CA. Some events will also be held at the Glendale Hilton, so you'll want to book a room at one of those fine establishments!

The festivities get underway on Thursday evening with the GH Fan Club Weekend Kick Off Cocktail Event, and there are so many events scheduled (everything from huge group events to smaller intimate ones) over the course of the long weekend that we can't possibly list them all!

So click here for a constantly updated list of the scheduled events complete with links to more information and ticket pricing and ordering information. Then prepare to get up-close and personal with your favorite stars!

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The Daytime Emmys Are Back On TV!

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After only streaming on the Internet last year, the Daytime Emmys are back on broadcast television! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop. They also revealed that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held Friday, April 24, at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles. This year, the Daytime Emmys will be held at the historic Warner Bros. Studio lot on Stage 16, the home to iconic films like Casablanca, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters.

"Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "With the Warner Bros Studios as our venue, where so many great films and television shows have been made, coupled together with Michael Levitt, our executive producer, who created the 'TV Land Awards,' and has produced numerous live event specials including 'The Producers Guild Awards,' 'The Billboard Music Awards,' and 'E! Live from the Red Carpet' shows for the Golden Globes and Oscars®, this promises to be a very special telecast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards."

"As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans," said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. "Daytime audiences are some of the most amazing and passionate in all of television, and we are proud to honor the greatest works and achievements of daytime. Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We're going to have a lot of fun with this."

Pop, the rebranded TV Guide Network, is also home to the re-airings of episodes of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, so it's a great place to host the Daytime Emmys. Check your local listings for Pop, and mark your calendars! Are you excited to see the Daytime Emmys back on TV?

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GH Friday Recap: Ava Is Alive!

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"For someone who's been shot, dropped off a bridge and nearly drowned, you're making a remarkable recovery." It was as if Silas was channeling the millions of TV viewers when he told that to Ava, as she lie nestled comfortably in a bed in New York Methodist Hospital. That action-packed day a few weeks back was both unlucky and lucky for her. Yes, that string of events did happen to her. On the other hand, she mustered up the strength to swim to shore, wobble her way to a phone and call Silas, who had been nursing her back to health ever since.

Ava was stunned to learn from Silas that Sonny was pardoned and, as a result of his freedom, had obtained custody of Avery from Kiki. If that wasn't bad enough, now Michael was in on the tug o' war for the baby! Ava wouldn't have it. She'd never allow little Avery to be a pawn in Michael and Sonny's battle. But there was a teensy problem. If she were to return to Port Charles to fight for her daughter, she'd be sent right back to prison!

While Kiki, Julian and Morgan attempted to peacefully co-exist so they could plan a memorial service for Ava, Avery's custody proceeding got underway. Michael took to the stand to tell the court why he believed he'd make a better guardian than Sonny. That was a pretty easy task, considering that under Sonny's watch, his children had been kidnapped and shot. "I will dedicate my life to my sister's upbringing," Michael told the judge, to which GH viewers around the country shouted at their televisions, "She's not your sister, Bozo!"

Meanwhile at Shadybrook, Franco got a surprise visitor -- Olivia. Franco, however, seemed clueless to her identity. "You're Mama Celeste from the freezer aisle," he smiled warmly. Nope. Actually, she was there to lend her support, as they had something in common -- she also endured an overdose of LSD courtesy of Heather Webber. She told him about her hallucinations, including that she saw the devil. "He was Australian," she said. Franco replied, "Satan should be from 'down under.' Get it?" As Franco babbled off in his own direction, Olivia babbled off in hers. In the midst, she mentioned that Julian was the father of her baby, thinking it was falling on deaf ears. But was it?

After Olivia left, Franco got one more visitor -- Nina. Earlier at her court hearing, she went bonkers when she saw Avery, insisting that the adorable tot was her and Silas' daughter. It was pretty clear that she was nowhere near sane, and she needed more time back in Shadybrook. Shortly thereafter, when she returned to the mental hospital, she wanted to see Franco. She crawled up on his bed and quietly revealed that she faked being crazy so she could be with him. He leaned close to her and said, "You want to hear something even more super awesome? I'm faking, too."

Monday on GH, Sloan wants to cut a deal with Jake, Julian is not happy with Carlos, Ric resorts to name-calling in court, and Nina gives Franco what he's got comin'! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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AMC Alum In The HOUSE!

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The third season of the hot Netflix original series HOUSE OF CARDS released today, featuring a daytime alum as one of its newest castmembers: Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN)!

"Finally," the actress tweeted this morning, along with a photo of her name in the opening credits. "[I] haven't kept a secret this long since ever."

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Kirsten Storms Joins WINTERTHORNE!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) has joined the cast of the new Web soap WINTERTHORNE! She'll be playing Selene, the younger sister of Martha Madison's Miranda. (Interestingly, both actresses have played the part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Belle). The stylish, sexy, wicked and witty Selene has been away from her family for a long time, but is coming home to take back what she feels is hers!

"Kirsten has been so lovely and excited to join the project," series creator Michael Caruso, who is also behind the Web soap DEVANITY, tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "She's going to bring a really fun and sassy quality to the character of Selene. It's wonderful to see how excited the team is to work with her."

WINTERTHORNE is set to begin three weeks of production next month, both in and outside the Los Angeles area. Other cast members include Linda Grey as matriarch Joanna Winterthorne, and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH) as Joanna's sister, Valentina.

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Meet GH's New Kiki!

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Let's all give a warm welcome to Hayley Erin, who jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running today as GENERAL HOSPITAL's new Kiki.

Erin steps in at a time when Kiki's life couldn't be more complicated. Dealing with the presumed death of her mother, Ava, and the threat of losing her baby sister, Avery, to the angry and bitter man she was madly in love with not so very long ago (we're talking about you, Michael!) is a lot to process for such a young girl. But all that is okay by Erin! "Kiki is such a relatable character and there's so much going on for her that it's hard not to feel for her!" the actress tells Soaps In Depth. "I'm excited to see how it all turns out!"

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Josh Duhamel Has Lots To TALK About!

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ALL MY CHILDREN alum Josh Duhamel (Leo) will visit THE TALK tomorrow, airing at 2 p.m. EST on CBS! The actor will be joined by his BATTLE CREEK co-star Dean Winters to chat with the hostesses about their upcoming CBS drama, set to debut this Sunday, March 1, at 10 p.m. EST. For a preview of BATTLE CREEK, visit www.cbs.com.

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GH Friday Recap: Nik Banishes Helena!

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Helena hoped and dreamed that one day Nikolas would embrace his Cassadine instincts. Well, Helena, as they say, be careful what you wish for!

Liz must have torn off her surgical mask and latex gloves covered with Jake's blood, slapped on a coat, ran to the docks, and hopped on a boat for Spoon Island... just to tell Nikolas that Patrick successfully removed a chip from Jake's brain. Why she didn't just send him a text, who knows? Anyway, Helena looked more than a little worried to hear that Jake had not only survived the risky surgery but that as he lay on the operating table, he mentioned he knew who he was. Luckily for Helena, Jake went under the anesthetics before the big reveal!

After Liz left, Helena praised her grandson for not telling Liz that Jake was actually Jason. But Nik didn't lie to Liz to protect his grandmother. Quite the opposite. In fact, he made it clear that she had no leverage against him and no access to Cassadine money. With that, he had his minions cart her off to Cassadine Island forever more. Or, at least, for however "forever" means in soap lingo.

Over at GH, Alexis and Julian were staggered to learn that Olivia was pregnant. Julian, naturally, thought he was the father (and he was) but Ned jumped in and said that he was the dad-to-be. Alexis had her doubts. After all, Ned had done that same favor for her when Kristina was a baby and she didn't want Sonny to know that the baby was his. Ned and Olivia wove quite a tale of when "it" all happened and that they'd been sleeping together since Thanksgiving!

For the first time since being behind bars, "Good Luke" made an appearance and, the poor guy, panicked! By the time Tracy arrived to visit, he was totally freaking out. He had no idea why he was locked up but feared that something was very, very wrong. This time, Tracy believed him. She carefully told him that something that happened in his childhood triggered Bad Luke to emerge. The minute she inquired about what happened in that old house, Luke flipped and became angry and abusive. "I'm not afraid of you," Tracy said confidently. She was going to track down Luke's older sister, Patricia, and learn the secret of his tragic past!

If there's one thing better than seeing Nathan shirtless, it's seeing Nathan shirtless with whipped cream on his chest! A collision with Spinelli and a cup of hot cocoa outside Kelly's resulted in Nathan whipping off his shirt, showing Spinelli exactly what his competition looked like. When Nathan returned cleaned up, Spinelli laid it out on the table, telling Nathan what he felt for his baby mama.

At the same time, Maxie stopped by Lulu's with Georgie to discuss Spinelli's confession of love. When Maxie set Georgie on the floor to play with Rocco, the mommies said exactly what the audience was thinking: "Oh, my god. This is the cutest thing ever. Like, by far. They are epically adorable." Yup. That summed it up!

Monday on GH, Spinelli's confession becomes a topic of conversation, Nikolas' guilty conscience is talking to him, and Jake shares what he remembers! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!

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For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"

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GH Wins The Writers Guild Award!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL headwriter Ron Carlivati and his entire team for their win this weekend in the Daytime Drama category of the Writers Guild Awards! (GH beat out DAYS OF OUR LIVES for the trophy.)

"It's hard to pick three shows that represent the whole year of what you've done," Carlivati confided to Soaps In Depth immediately following his win. "I like to find something thematic. So we used the death of Patrick and Sabrina's baby. The first one was a Nurses Ball episode where the baby was sick in the hospital. The second one was the baby actually died. The third one was when Sabrina had not accepted that the baby had died.

"There was some other wonderful stuff in those shows," he added. "There were some great Anna/Duke scenes. There were just some other stuff that made them shine, for me, which is why we chose them."

This is Carlivati's first Writers Guild Award, and he tells us he plans to keep it in his study where he works and writes.

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GH Friday Recap: Olivia Learns She's Pregnant!

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Although love was most definitely in the air this Valentine's Day in Port Charles, no one's evening panned out exactly how they planned it. Old friends, new problems, big declarations of love and, oh, yeah, news of a baby on the way made Cupid's job more difficult than ever!

The fun began with the arrival of Olivia's chum from her Bensonhurst days. When "Mel" showed up out of nowhere to see "Liv," they greeted each other with a jubilant, loud screech and some ceremonial jumping on and down with joy. Did we mention it was loud? Anyway, the two old friends caught up, talking about everything from "under the bleachers" reputations to, of course, the state of Olivia's love life. She mentioned she was carrying a torch for Ned Ashton, to which Melissa shouted, "Oh my God! Eddie Maine?! Lois' ex?"

Unbeknownst to both women, Melissa's celebrity chef son was preparing a romantic dinner for Ned and Alexis at the Q mansion. Alexis' tardiness had him flashing back to seeing her in Julian's GH room. When she finally showed up, the tension could be cut with a knife. His admission that he saw her holding hands with Julian set her off on a "you're spying on me?" tirade which gave her reason to leave and return to, you guessed it, Julian. She sat at his bedside and admitted that she wasn't over him just yet.

Back at the mansion, Melissa rushed in to check on her son the chef and realized she was in the company of the man who was too blind to see that he and Liv were perfect for each other. What Mel said must've sunk in because he showed up at the Metro Court looking for Liv. His timing couldn't have been more awkward, as he walked in just as she was learning she was pregnant!

Spinelli and Georgie's arrival brought a gigantic smile to Maxie's face. She tearfully admitted they had an argument that she feared they'd never recover from. Prompted by that news, Spinelli dropped a bomb of his own, saying that Ellie broke up with him... because she believed he was still in love with Maxie! The thing was, Ellie was right! Opposite that, Nathan was grilled by an ADA about Johnny's escape and he admitted his girlfriend was partially to blame for that. Although it was obviously difficult for him to do, he played it down, lying that Johnny broke into Maxie's apartment and stole the cash and car keys.

Patrick was going to be late for his dinner date with Sam, but his colleague Derek stepped in. Sam and Derek chatted up a storm, with her, ultimately, urging him to make up with his girlfriend. When Patrick arrived, Sam greeted him with a kiss and all was well. Meanwhile, Lucas felt so badly for not responding to Brad's "I love you" with "I love you, too!" that he stood on the nurse's station counter and announced it to all who could hear!

Monday on GH, Olivia shares her news with Ned, Alexis has a confession to make, and Sonny receives a surprising document! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Maxie's New Daughter!

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Maxie is going to see her daughter again on Friday, February 13, but Georgie will be played by a new little girl. And if the tot looks particularly comfortable in the arms of Kirsten Storms (Maxie), it's because it's the child is Harper Barash, Storms' daughter with husband Brandon Barash (Johnny)!

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Rebecca Budig Joins GH!

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As part of Fan February, GENERAL HOSPITAL is going to be full of surprises, and executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati kicked things off by taking to Twitter to announce (with no small amount of teasing for the eager fans) that Rebecca Budig would be joining the show!

No stranger to daytime, after failing to land the role of Kelsey Jefferson on ALL MY CHILDREN, Budig went on to nab a three-year gig on GUIDING LIGHT as the second of four Michelle Bauers. But it was her 1999 debut as Greenlee Smythe that catapulted her to stardom. Teamed with Josh Duhamel as Leo, they soon became one of the soap's biggest supercouples. When she left AMC six years later to relocate from New York to Los Angeles, she had two Daytime Emmy nominations on her resume. After returning to the show for a year in 2008, she later signed on when production was moved to L.A. and remained until the series went off the air in September of 2011.

Budig is set to play a new character who Carlivati describes as "a real spitfire" and Valentini as a "Killer role." (Whether she'll turn out to be an actual killer isn't clear, but hey, this is GH after all!) "I can't wait to be a part of GH and to work with a group of very talented people!" Budig tweeted. We'll update you with more details on the character, when she's set to debut, and how long she'll be in Port Charles as soon as we get them!

What are your reactions to this surprise casting announcement? Who do you think she should play? Sound off in the comments!

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OLTL's Williamson Lights A FIRE!

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Things are about to get even hotter on NBC's CHICAGO FIRE thanks to ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica), who will begin a two-episode guest arc Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00 p.m. EST. Look for her to play Beth, a potential new love interest for Lieutenant Matt Casey (played by Jesse Spencer).

Much like OLTL's Jessica, Beth is said to be a beautiful, easygoing woman who's got some hidden baggage that could cause trouble for the hunky firefighter. "Everybody there — the cast and the crew — was so much fun. I loved it. What a great place to work!" enthuses the actress, who shot her scenes just weeks ago. "And I loved being in Chicago because BethAnn Bonner (Talia, OLTL) lives there, so I got to go and see her."

Next, Williamson will star opposite Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS, RINGER) and Corbin Bernsen (ex-Durant, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in the Hallmark Channel Original, Portrait Of Love when it airs on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 p.m. EST. For details about the romantic drama and everything else that's happening for the talented actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 2!

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GH Recap: Sonny Gets Away With Murder!

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Bombs blew up all over Port Charles, and not only was Sonny in no way responsible for them, he risked his life to save the lives of others. He was a hero, a label Michael was conflicted to acknowledge. Dante encouraged him to do what any other decent human being would do: tell Sonny "thank you"!

Sonny was recovering from the blast in a hospital bed, as Carly, Morgan and Shawn stood vigil. Morgan couldn't hide his anger that his father almost died and Michael was nowhere to be seen. Still weak from the happenings of the night before, Sonny tried to get Morgan to cool his jets and not judge his brother.

Across the bay on Spoon Island, Ivy walked in on Nikolas, and she was ready for a fight. Not only did he stand her up at the Haunted Star party, it was his grandmother who was to blame for the whole nightmare. As she stormed out, Lulu stormed in with a similar rant. Thanks to some poorly chosen words on Nikolas' part, her voice raised even louder when he let it slip that he knew of the bomb before it blew. "You're not the brother I thought you were!" she shouted.

Meanwhile, Helena and Fluke were in adjacent jail cells, looking to blame someone for their fate. Helena, however, had a "get out of jail free card" in the form of Sloane, who, along with Mayor Lomax , was in her back pocket. Sloane drove home the point that if he released them, suspicion would fall on him, which would cause a domino affect that would obliterate their plans. Fluke agreed. The only way for Sloane not to blow his cover was to let the investigation play out as it normally would... with the discovery of who Fluke really was!

Back at GH, Obrecht told Nathan she'd gladly assist in the investigation. "All the answers you seek about Luke Spencer will be found here," she said, whipping back a sheet to reveal charred bones. "Among his remains." After getting the okay from Sloane to continue with the investigation, she tested the bones to determine their age and Nathan ran Fluke's fingerprints through the police database. Shortly afterwards, she informed Tracy and Lulu that the bones had been decaying at least 20 years, so the corpse couldn't be Luke's. Nathan rushed in with news of his own. "The fingerprints of the man we have in custody are a match..." he said. "... for Luke Spencer."

While Kiki was getting word from Sloane that they called off the search for Ava and she was presumed dead, Dante paid Sonny a visit. "What you did, took that bomb from Michael and jumped in the water with it. Pretty impressive there, old man," Dante said. "I'm glad you're alive." He gave his father a long, tight hug, bringing tears to Sonny's eyes. Cops interrupted the moment to escort Sonny back to Pentonville. As he was being wheeled out, Michael arrived to see him, as did Ivy. She towed along with her her father, the governor of New York. "You acted selflessly and with great heroism," the governor said. "And because of your courage, I don't think you should spend another day behind bars."

Monday on GH, Sam loses sleep over Jake, Helena tries to swing a deal with Tracy and Michael reacts to the news that A.J.'s killer is going free! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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At Long Last, We Know Who Fluke Is!

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Over the past year, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have been trying to figure out the identity of the man we dubbed "Fluke." Who has been impersonating Luke and terrorizing the people of Port Charles? Theories ran the gamut from the believable ("Bill Eckert never really died!") to the outlandish ("Brenda is wearing a Luke mask... and, um, lifts!"). But as of today, we know the truth: Fluke is really... Luke?

Warning: Stop reading now if you don't want to know the answer!

Last week, the pieces began falling in place when Dante was trapped in the Elm Street basement with what viewers believed to be a captive Luke. Yet when the cop woke up with the prisoner, what he actually saw was a rotting corpse! Today, it was determined that the body in question most likely belonged to the long-dead Bill.

But the truth came in the final moments. As "Fluke" languished in his cell, he admitted, "The answer's been staring them in the face the whole time. And not one of them cared to see it." Meanwhile, Nathan -- aka Detective Sexypants -- got the results of a finger print test which proved that the man in custody, the one who'd been dubbed Fluke, was in fact Luke!

What the... ?!? Next week, the show will begin to examine exactly how Luke became Fluke... and why! But in the meantime, we want your thoughts on the shocking twist! Hit the comments and let us know if you were blown away, disappointed, more confused than ever... or a combination of all three!

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Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The pre-nominations have been announced for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards! Judges viewed clips of the performances and submitted their top 10 choices in each category, with the top 10 vote-getters earning a spot on the list. (Due to ties, Lead Actor and Supporting Actress feature 11 pre-nominated performers). The blue ribbon screening round is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, February 24, and will determine the final nominees in each category to be announced on Thursday, March 26. (The entrants for Younger Actor and Actress advance automatically to the blue ribbon round.)

Did your favorites make the list? Who do you think will take home the gold this year?

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GH Recap: Dante Finds "Luke"!

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If you didn't see Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL, go to ABC.com and watch it! It's "must see TV"!

GENERAL HOSPITAL's Fluke has graduated from swinging wooden bats to strategically placing time bombs, all with the intent of taking out... well, you name them, and they're in danger!

Fluke and Helena -- dressed like she was in a revival of Doctor Zhivago -- were all but giddy with their plan to blow up the Haunted Star and the party guests on board. "Once the Haunted Star goes up in flames and my muscle at Pentonville make their moves, there will be no stopping me," Fluke said with an ominous grin. But things weren't going as smoothly as they hoped!

As the bomb ticked away behind the champagne bottles under the HS bar, Patrick and Sam arrived at the PCPD, to file a report about Jake breaking into her penthouse and stealing the phoenix figurine. Carly, however, was already there, turning in the evidence that proved Jake was the masked man who used Sam as a human shield to help Faison escape. Shortly thereafter, Nathan arrived at the Haunted Star, handcuffed Nathan and arrested him for a laundry list of charges, none of which Jake had a memory of committing.

As the cops walked Nathan across the pier and to their vehicles, Fluke and Helena hid. "It looks like your soldier toy is as incompetent as the rest of these dimwits," Fluke scoffed. Helena assured Luke, "But the police don't know about the bomb." She was right! And another person who didn't know about the bomb was Nikolas. When Helena learned that her beloved grandson was off to the party, she literally shook him by the collar and told him, "You cannot go to that party!" And when that didn't convince him, she had her goons take over!

Our Pentonville escapees, Julian, Sonny, Ava and Franco made a getaway in the stolen police transport van. Franco and Ava bickered the whole time about his adoration for Nina, which gave Ava the giggles. "You piggybacked on my escape for that horror show?" she laughed. Franco was not amused. Meanwhile in Shadybrook, Heather showered Nina with attention, giving her a manicure and adding a touch of blood red polish. Then she hit Nina with the truth: she was Franco's mother! Nina's smile dropped and fear slow set in.

Sam, Patrick and Carly watched as Jake was brought into the police station in handcuffs. He assured them that he had no recollection of committing any of those crimes. Then suddenly, he was hit with a flashback of seeing a woman in Dr. Collins' chair. He was about to tell them it was Helena when a cop interrupted them and announced that there was a jailbreak at Pentonville

At the same time, Julian called Lucas (who was at the party) and tried to warn him about Fluke but was cut off when the phone battery went dead. Fluke, who made an appearance back on the Haunted Star and planned to make a hasty retreat before it blew to smithereens, told Johnny about the escape. Remembering that the phone Julian used was actually Johnny's, he was easily about to track their exact location! Moments later, the van carrying the foursome found themselves being tailed closely by another vehicle. Was it Johnny? Whatever the case, Julian lost control of the van and it crashed!

Meanwhile, Dante lay unconscious on the basement floor of the Spencer house, with blood oozing from the bash on his head. As he slowly came to, he tried to make it over to a chair, assuming it was Luke. Blurry-eyed, he saw a bomb resting on the legs of the person sitting. When Dante's eyes made their way up to the face, he was horrified by what he saw... a decaying body!

Monday on GH, Sam wants answers from Jake, Heather wishes Franco were dead, and two bombs are set to cause massive destruction! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Recap: "We're Breaking Out Tomorrow!"

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Mother's Day came early in Port Charles in the form of two convicts and a psychopath. If you missed Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL, this is how it played out...

It all started in Pentonville prison. Sonny was telling Julian that the only way to truly protect their kids was to breakout out of prison, do what they needed to do and then disappear. Just as it was back in town when they were free birds, someone was eavesdropping and, unfortunately, that someone was Franco. He made them an offer they couldn't refuse: Let him use their contraband phone or he'd tell the guard everything he heard.

Meanwhile in Shadybrook, Heather was clobbering Nina in a game of Battleship. Distant and distracted, Nina wanted to talk, and talk they did! Nina opened up about the man who hurt her (Silas). Then she calmed and smiled, "I should've known from the beginning that Franco was the only one I could trust." Heather jumped, "Did you say Franco?!" Now Heather was listening!

Nina went on to talk about Ava, the coma and the baby she lost. Heather's attentive ear continued to draw Nina in. "Why couldn't I have had a mother like you?" Nina said softly. Light bulb moment! Heather gently put Nina's head on her shoulder, saying sweetly, "In here, I can be your mother. Come to momma." After Heather introduced herself as Diana Taylor, a guard came in and told Nina she had a call. It was Franco. Warm, caring and concerned, he apologized for the way things turned out. Nina told him that Shadybrook was scary but then added, "Believe it or not, I think I made a friend today." Uh oh.

Back in Pentonville, Ava woke from a bad dream to see Madeline in her cell. She was the last person Ava wanted to see. "I can't be with my baby and it's your fault!" Ava barked. Madeline turned and got all teary-eyed. "I remember that my... violently disturbed daughter... forced me against my will to do horrible... unspeakable things," Madeline sniffled.

Then she turned to face Ava again and smiled broadly. "Did you like that?" Madeline asked. "That's the exact performance I'll give tomorrow when i testify in my own defense." After Madeline was escorted back to her cell, a guard pulled out a knife and approached Ava slowly. "Lady, you got so many enemies," he said cryptically. "What does it say that you don't even know which one of them wants you dead?"

Across town at the Haunted Star, Luke apologized to Michael and Lucas for giving them a hard time about the abandoned Spencer house and gave them his blessing to level it and build a clinic in its place. In addition, he wanted to throw a benefit for the clinic right there on the Haunted Star.

Over at Kelly's, Kiki and Morgan were trying their best to parent little Avery when Dante and Lulu came in and joined them. Morgan mentioned that he still hadn't found a job, prompting Lulu to offer him one on the Haunted Star. Gratefully, he accepted, and they went to the docked boat so she could show him around. Once there, when Michael learned Morgan would now be at the party because he'd be working it, Michael had a hissy fit and turned down the venue.

Monday on GH, Shawn and Jordan open Bill Eckert's gave and are shocked by what they find, Franco is rocked when he learns who Nina's friend really is, and Ava joins Julian in a wild new scheme! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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UPDATE: GH Recasts Kiki!

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Kristen Alderson may be leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, but the soap isn't losing the character of Kiki Jerome. Daytime Confidential is reporting that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS alum Hayley Erin (ex-Abby) will be taking over the role. Coincidentally, Erin was replaced as Y&R's Abby by Emme Rylan, who is now GH's Lulu!

"As many of you know, Kristen Alderson has decided to leave GENERAL HOSPITAL and start a new professional journey," a show spokesperson says. "As a member of our ABC family since she was six years old, we will miss Kristen and wish her only the best in her new ventures. As a result, the role of Kiki Jerome will be recast with Hayley Erin. Hayley will start appearing as Kiki in late February. Please join us in welcoming Hayley to our cast."

Seeing as how Kiki is currently embroiled in raising her baby sister while her mother is in prison and possibly rekindling feelings with her ex-husband, it's no wonder that GH has chosen to recast the role. Where the character will be taken next remains top secret! Stay tuned!

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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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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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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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