In case you didn't know, today's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL will be Anthony Geary's last as Luke Spencer. The iconic actor (who also happens to be the most-decorated Daytime Emmy Award winner) wrapped up his 37-year run last month, and his final scenes will air this afternoon. Be sure to pick up our Special Collector's Edition issue of ABC Soaps In Depth (on sale now) for an insider's look at Geary's farewell luncheon. Then, our tribute to the fan favorite will continue in the ABC issue on sale next week, where Geary's co-stars say good-bye to the beloved star.
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A month from today that would be Thursday, August 27 the exciting new Web series, WINTERTHORNE, will debut. The delicious drama, centered around one family's candy dynasty, features plenty of faces familiar to daytime viewers, like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Martha Madison (Belle), John-Paul Lavoisier (soon-to-be Philip; ex-Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig) and DALLAS matriarch Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL).
Check out the extended trailer at www.winterthorne.com!
Some eagle-eyed GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers noticed that actress Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) spent most of an episode last week sitting on the back porch of the Quartermaine mansion holding a pillow in her lap. And when Sabrina and Michael went swimming in the lake, she was reluctant to take off her cover-up and go swimming. And their suspicions were confirmed today when Castillo posted on Instagram a photo of the entire happy family, including husband Shane Aaron carrying daughter Victoria, and her carrying her baby bump! "Someone's getting a little brother..." she wrote in the photo's caption.
There's no word yet whether this pregnancy will be written into Sabrina's storyline on GH as it was with her first child. Would you like to see Michael and Sabrina start a family? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts and your best wishes for the expectant mother!
GENERAL HOSPITAL headwriter Ron Carlivati has been let go from the ABC soap. The scribe had moved to GH, along with executive producer Frank Valentini, upon the cancelation of ONE LIFE TO LIVE in January 2012. During his tenure at OLTL, Carlivati's team won the 2008 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team.
Daytime veterans Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante have been named co-headwriters, effective August 10. "We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our GH family," said Vicki Dummer, executive vice president current series programming, in the announcement. "Shelly and Jean's combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show's legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers. We're delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles."
Both scribes come to Port Charles with plenty of soap experience -- and Daytime Emmy Awards. Altman's writing credits include OLTL, ANOTHER WORLD and headwriter at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. She was previously co-headwriter for GH back in 2012. Passanante, who joined the GH writing staff a few months back, has held the headwriter or co-headwriter position at AS THE WORLD TURNS, Y&R, ALL MY CHILDREN and AW, and also served on the OLTL writing staff.
Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has a new role: He's been cast in the upcoming Lifetime film, The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story! Barash will play actor Thomas Calabro and his MELROSE PLACE alter ego, Michael Mancini, in the tell-all movie, which is the latest installment in the cable network's Unauthorized series. Scheduled to air on Saturday, October 10, the film will take viewers behind the scenes of the popular 1990s primetime soap.
And just in case you'd like to get even more nostalgic, Lifetime will air The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story on Saturday, October 3. The Unauthorized Full House Story will debut on Saturday, August 22, starring Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) as John Stamos/Uncle Jesse. (Stamos, of course, once played Blackie on GH.)
Check out a cast photo from The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story below, and let us know in the comments if you think Barash will make a good Michael Mancini!
Soaps In Depth recently told you about a special collaboration that photographer Jim Warren did with GENERAL HOSPITAL icon Anthony Geary (Luke), a 25-minute travel documentary with a twist titled Amsterdam: On The Move With Anthony Geary. The limited-release movie was filmed several months ago in Geary's adopted city, Amsterdam, while Warren was visiting his friend -- and the first 50 people who mentioned Soaps In Depth while ordering the DVD received their copy autographed by the beloved Emmy winner. Since those first 50 copies went so quickly, Warren is now including a bonus photo of Geary for readers who mention In Depth in their order.
For details on how to order your copy of the film, check out the poster below!
Erin Torpey (Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is expecting her second child with husband Hamilton Von Watts! In several recent Instagram posts, the actress revealed that she is halfway through her second pregnancy with another boy. The couple's son, Izaiah, celebrated his fifth birthday last month. (He's pictured above at age 2.) Congratulations to the Von Watts family on the new addition!
ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars Terri Conn (Aubrey) and husband Austin Peck (Rick) welcomed their second child together over the weekend! The couple announced on Twitter that Conn had given birth to Morgan Theresa Peck on July 18. (You can see an adorable pic of the newborn here.)
The new addition joins the couple's daughter, Keira (2 1/2), as well as Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Congratulations!!
Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.
We don't usually pat ourselves on the back here at Soaps In Depth, but in this case, we might just have to. Being the eagle-eyed soap viewers that we are, we noticed a little something interesting while watching the trailer for the upcoming movie Joy, based on the life of housewife-turned-inventor Joy Mangano. During a shot in which Joy (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence) is scrubbing the floor, there is a man on her television who looks remarkably like GENERAL HOSPITAL superstar Maurice Benard (Sonny)!
The movie, directed by David O. Russell and starring Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, was shot in the Boston area, so that could tie into those tweets that Benard posted back in March about how he flew from Los Angeles to the East Coast for the first time in 10 years. We're thrilled to see the Emmy Award winner making his mark on the big screen, especially after his star turn in the critically-acclaimed The Ghost And The Whale.
You can see the trailer, which features Benard in two scenes, for yourself by clicking here. We'll share more information as we can dig it up before Joy's Christmas 2015 release date.
Soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is now being honored as a Disney Legend! The Disney Legend Awards is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the D23 Expo provides fans the opportunity to be part of the prestigious event. Lucci is being feted alongside fellow honorees like Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and others.
"The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."
Each honoree receives a bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company's Burbank headquarters. The D23 Expo 2015 will be held on Friday, August 14. For more information on the expo and how you can purchase tickets for the Disney Legend ceremony, visit D23EXPO.com!
Finally, some good news on GENERAL HOSPITAL! Little Jake, the tow-headed, all-American nine-year-old boy that Lucky raised as his own with Elizabeth and was long believed to be dead was actually alive!
Luke wasn't sure what to make of Helena's story about Jake being snatched after he was supposedly run down in the middle of the street. All these years, Luke placed the blame square on his own shoulders as the man who killed his own "grandson" while driving intoxicated. But none of that was true. When Luke saw the boy playing in the main mansion on Cassadine Island, he wasn't sure what to believe. Was Helena just weaving a tale... or was it really Jake?
When Lucky arrived, all it took was one look to confirm the boy was who Helena said he was. Lucky was overcome with emotions and a little uncertain about what to do next. While Laura took Jake for a walk to tell him that they were heading back to Port Charles, where he was born, Luke and Lucky had a heart-to-heart. They shared their mutual admiration, respect and love for each other, as father and son who had been through it all. When Laura and Little Jake returned, they realized that the next step was to reunite Elizabeth with her son.
That day had already been a heartbreaking one for Elizabeth. Patrick gave Josslyn a clean bill of health, prompting a grateful Carly to embrace Liz and thank her for donating her son Jake's kidney that, ultimately, saved Joss' life years earlier. Although it was far from Carly's intention, Liz relived that horrible day when she had to turn off her son's life support.
When Liz got home, she was an emotional wreck. Big Jake (aka Jason) tried to easy her stress with a shoulder massage, but Liz's poignant cross with Carly at the hospital was something she just couldn't shake. Liz tried to camouflage her pain by telling [Big] Jake she loved him... and he responded in kind. Liz sat alone for a few minutes, allowing herself to cry. Then there was a knock at the door. It was Lucky... and she'd soon find out that their "dead" son was with him!
Carly stopped in to see Lulu and brought Rocco with her. Too many days had passed since Lulu had held her baby son in her arms, and she was thrilled that they were together again. Lulu set Carly straight about her non-affair with Dillon, the one that Dante erroneously told Sonny about. Lulu told Carly that she hadn't been screwing around with Dillon, she was off saving her brother's life! But in the midst of their conversation, Carly let slip that Dante kissed Valerie.
At the same time, Dante was filling Valerie in on the truth about Lulu's trip with Dillon and that her "affair" with her old flame was nothing of the sort. It was all a big, unfortunate misunderstanding. Dante wanted to make things work with his wife... and never let her know that he slept with her cousin. Valerie covered her pain and acceded to his request to keep their night together to herself, but it was more than obvious that she had fallen in love with him. When Dante returned home, he was completely unaware that he was walking right into a confrontation with his wife!
Monday on GH, Elizabeth receives some mindboggling news, Lulu has a few choice words for Dante and Monica has a reunion... with "Jason"! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
Even as fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL have been reeling from the news that Elizabeth's son, Jake, is alive, newer viewers have been left scratching their heads. Need the 411 on what the fuss is all about? Read on!
Elizabeth was in one of those places in her life where nothing was going right. She and Nikolas had been seeing each other, and the idea of exploring where that would go appealed to her. However, her wishy-washy ways caught up with her, and Nikolas decided that enough was enough. Ignoring his romantic feelings for Liz, Nik instead chose to pursue Brook Lynn.
With Nikolas out of the picture, Liz turned her attention to Lucky. But he, too, had moved on, with Siobhan. Liz was left facing the prospect of being alone... at least until she saw an opportunity to make her own happiness. After learning that Lucky was planning to marry Siobhan, Liz ordered up a paternity test which she hoped would prove that Lucky -- and not Nikolas -- was the father of her son, Aiden. She assumed that finding out the boy was his would bring Lucky running back to her.
The evening Liz received the paternity test results, it seemed as if everyone who was anyone in Port Charles was on the same road. Brenda and Sonny were leaving for their honeymoon; a buzzed Luke was rushing to Lucky and Siobhan's wedding; Carly was desperate to get an ailing Josslyn at the hospital; Sam briefly lost control of her car when she was hit with the after-effects of a concussion; and Lisa was in hot pursuit of Robin, who had found incriminating evidence against her.
Back at the Webber house, Liz opened the envelope to process the test results and what they would mean to her future. What she didn't realize was that the front door to the house was open and Jake was nowhere in sight. As she ran to the porch, she called out to him. But it was too late. He had run into the street and was hit by a passing car.
At the hospital, Liz and Lucky found it impossible to say farewell to Jake, and postponed turning off the machines. Liz angrily rejected Jason's request that they donate Jake's kidney to save Josslyn's life, but by end of day, the grieving mother had changed her mind. After talking with Lucky, Liz realized that saving a child's life was what was most important. As the shock of Jake's death set in, the news got even worse for Lucky. A police investigation showed that Luke had been the person responsible for running the boy down. Lucky confronted his father, asking if he was drunk that night. Luke insisted that although he'd had a little something to drink that night, he was in control, like always. Luke was in severe denial of the part alcohol played in the boy's death. Because there was no proof that Luke was impaired, no charges were filed.
In the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, photographer Jim Warren gives us all the exclusive details on a new collaboration with his friend, Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL), a 25-minute travel documentary with a twist titled Amsterdam: On The Move With Anthony Geary. The limited-release movie was filmed several months ago in Geary's adopted city, Amsterdam, while Warren was visiting his friend. Join the eight-time Daytime Emmy winner on his boat as he navigates the Dutch capital's historic canals, and tag along as Geary shows off some of the city's famed tourist attractions... and off-the-beaten-path local favorites! "It was great just hanging out with Tony, and the filming was secondary," Warren tells In Depth. "No retakes, just capturing what he was seeing and what I was seeing him observe.
For more, pick up the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth. To order the DVD, check out the poster below!
Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will reprise her role of DAYS OF OUR LIVES Mob princess Ava Vitali later this year. TV Insider's Michael Logan broke the news that the actress, who won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal in 2009, has already begun taping and will return to the screen on December 9. Braun also briefly appeared on DAYS as Nicole's sister, Taylor, in 2011 when she assumed the role from fellow GH alum Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily), and was ALL MY CHILDREN's Reese.
GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) revealed on Instagram over the weekend that during a late June camping trip with some friends, he took a spill off his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle (which he's named Lilith) and was injured.
"So the good news is.... I got to adventure here last weekend with some really cool people," the avid outdoorsman captioned a beautiful scenic photo. "The bad news is.... Lilith and I took a spill and I shattered my right wrist."
There's no word yet if Paevey's injury will be written into his GH storyline. We are sending him good vibes for a speedy recover!
GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Erik Valdez (ex-Trey) has gotten engaged to Candice Lopez. The actor (currently starring on GRACELAND) revealed on Instagram yesterday that he popped the question during a trip to Napa Valley.
"'Yes' has always been one of my favorite words... sounded extra special this time around!" he captioned an adorable photo.
Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Valdez!
This year's GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club weekend -- the World Series of fan events for the soap's viewers -- just got even better! Maurice Benard (Sonny), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Chad Duell (Michael) have put their heads together and decided that rather than each hosting a separate fan gathering, they would join forces and make it one big happy family event -- all three on one stage!
"We were all talking and realized, 'What are we doing?'" Benard tells Soaps In Depth with a laugh. "If we have fun doing a show together, it'll be fun for the fans, too."
So on Saturday, August 8, it's Sonny & Sons -- the trio taking the stage at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA, at 4 p.m. PST (immediately following the main GHFC luncheon). "This is going to be awesome," says Craig, who confirmed the news to In Depth while vacationing in Bali. "I'm thrilled to be doing an event with Big Papi and my uptight TV brother!"
The three close friends plan on making this the best event their fans have ever attended. "It's a freakin' fantastic idea," says Duell, "and it's going to be so much fun."
Tickets are $105 each and available at the door. You can also reserve tickets by sending a $25 deposit (per person, money order only) to: Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.
For more information, go to FansOfGH.Tumblr.com, or E-mail FansGH@aol.com. (If you've already purchased tickets or sent a deposit for any of their individual events, you will be credited that amount and receive an 8x10 photo.)
BethAnn Bonner (Talia, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and her wife, Maria Fuenmayor, will soon be a family of four! The actress shared the happy news during Gay Pride weekend, which came just days after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all states.
"On this magical, emotional weekend -- it is my joyous privilege to tell ya'll: My wife & I are expecting TWINS!" she announced on Twitter, adding that the babies are due in October. Bonner and Fuenmayor were married in October 2012, and the mother-to-be also shared an adorable collage of her growing baby bump over the past 25 weeks, which you can see here on Instagram.
Sal Stowers -- who played Angie and Jesse's daughter, Cassandra, on The OnLine Network reboot of ALL MY CHILDREN -- has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES in a contract role.
"So beyond excited and honored to announce that I have joined the Emmy-winning cast of Days Of Our Lives!" the actress, who won the ninth cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, shared on social media. "My episodes will start airing this September."
Who do you think Stowers will be paired with in Salem? Share your theories in the comments below!
Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GENERAL HOSPITAL is returning to television in HBO's critically acclaimed drama, TRUE DETECTIVE. However, you might not recognize the seemingly ageless rocker-turned-actor he's done something radical. "Talk about changing your look!" he laughs. "I did something very brave." While details on the role remain under tight wraps, we do know that Springfield will be playing a man named Dr. Pitlor in two episodes, the first of which is titled "Night Finds You" and aired Sunday, June 28, at 9:00 p.m. EST. Might he sport a lab coat, much like he did as Dr. Drake? "Eh... It's not that kind of doctor!" Springfield laughs. "The show's great. It's very hard-edged."
The performer also reveals that he was thrilled by the experience working with his scene partners, especially one of this season's stars, Colin Farrell. "He was awesome. Fricken awesome!" Springfield enthuses. "All of my scenes are with him and Rachel McAdams. He's just a real nice guy and very giving, which is a sign of a great actor." How might Springfield's character play into the mystery? And might he cross paths on screen with fellow GH alumni Jon Lindstrom (ex-Kevin/Ryan), who plays Jacob McCandless all season? Tune in to find out!
For more from Springfield, including details on what it was like to play Meryl Streep's boyfriend in the upcoming film, Ricki And The Flash, check out his Soaps In Depth Keeping Track feature, on sale Monday, July 20.
Rebecca Budig's Hayden has been in a coma on GENERAL HOSPITAL since May, but could the actress be waking up soon? On Friday, June 26, in the middle of a Twitter exchange with Budig and Parry Shen (Brad) about all sharing the same birthday, GH writer Jean Passanante declared "Thanks, Rebecca! It's so fabulous to write for you again!"
While the soap had no comment at this time, seeing as how Hayden is in possession of the knowledge that Jake is really Jason and Nikolas and Elizabeth know, bringing her out of her coma would certainly make for some juicy storyline! (Just so long as she doesn't wake up with amnesia after being shot in the head!) Stay tuned for updates!
Prepare yourselves, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans! The Associated Press revealed today that Anthony Geary (Luke) will make his last appearance in his decades-spanning role on Monday, July 27.
The soap has been pulling out all the stops for Luke's final adventure, revisiting classic storylines and characters. For exclusive details on the storyline that will usher the Emmy-winning actor off the canvas, pick up the next ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale this Friday!
Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt), who became engaged over the weekend! Craig took advantage of a three-week break from the soap to whisk longtime girlfriend Thiebaud to Bali for a romantic vacation celebrating their two year anniversary... and pop the question!
"I'm totally stoked," Craig told Soaps In Depth just after taping his final scenes and heading to Bali. "I'm sure she knows I'm going to ask sometime soon, but I hope she's not expecting it on this trip!"
The actor was so proud of selecting what he believes is "the perfect ring" that he couldn't resist showing it off in the GH make-up room before the break, swearing excited co-stars Haley Erin (Kiki), Brytni Sarpy (Valerie) and Emme Rylan (Lulu) to secrecy.
It was a 20-hour flight to their romantic getaway, but Craig was determined to refrain from proposing until just the right moment... or at least until they got off the plane! "I won't be able to wait past the first day," he admitted, "so I know that's when I'll ask her."
And sure enough, on Sunday, June 28, Craig posted a photo of Thiebaud proudly showing off her ring on Instagram with the caption "She said yes!" Best wishes to the happy couple!
Did you miss today's GENERAL HOSPITAL? We'll fill you in on all the excitement! Looking for a guarantee that Ric was on her side, Madeline planted him with a big wet kiss...and he didn't fight back one bit! After a few seconds, he gained his composure and pulled away, reminding her that he's a married man. She got a good laugh out of that one, considering it was pretty clear his marriage to Nina was just the means to an end. Ric did his darndest to resist temptation, but, oh that Madeline proved she knew a thing or two about seduction. He picked her up and carried her into the bedroom!
As Carly and Kiki watched in amusement from the sidelines, Nina confronted Denise about Franco's claim that they were dating. To everybody's amazement, Denise played along and, in fact, after noticing that Morgan was watching, she grabbed Franco and pulled him into a kiss. Nina was, like, "Huh?" and then swiftly returned to her suite... where Ric and Madeline were doing the nasty in the other room! A rattled Ric emerged in a robe, saying he took a shower. Nina was as cold as ice, explaining that Franco said that her mother was out of jail thanks to her crack attorney. "You wouldn't happen to know anything about that, would you?" she asked.
Dante couldn't shake the realization that Lulu had been lying to him. When she called, his suspicion was confirmed that she wasn't visiting Lake Cuomo with her grandma Lesley. When he asked to speak with Lesley, Lulu gave that tired old excuse, "um, she's taking a nap." Like Dante would buy that. When they hung up, Valerie happened to arrive. He was fired up and ready to confront his wife face-to-face, but she got him to simmer down and have some dinner. Their eyes locked... and he kissed her.
Meanwhile, Lulu was with Dillon in Vancouver, looking for her parents. After hacking into their hotel database, Lulu found a room registered to Lloyd and Lucy Johnson, the aliases they used back in the 80's when they were on the run from Frank Smith's mob. When Lulu and Dillon got to that room, they found Luke and Laura hidden inside with guns drawn! They explained that Jennifer told them to wait it out there for further contact. After the kids left, Luke and Laura heard someone fidgeting with the doorknob. The door opened slowly. It was a pistol packin' Holly!
Sabrina offered a comforting shoulder to Michael, who was pained by his estrangement from his family. As she saw it, there was one certain way for him to have a relationship with his father and that would be for him to give Sonny back his baby daughter. "Returning A.J. might be the way to move past all the hurt and the anger on both sides and start rebuilding," she reasoned. Later that evening, Sonny was thrilled to have T. J. move in. He told Carly that, as it was, it felt like a big, empty house but, with T.J. there, it was brought back to life. Sonny's bodyguard announced that there was a visitor, and Michael walked in... and Sabrina strolled in behind him with Avery.
Monday on GH, Michael returns Avery to Sonny, Dante and Valerie grow closer, Nina is suspicious of Ric, Morgan questions Denise about Franco, and Holly reveals what she knows about Lucky's disappearance! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
Where trouble goes, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Holly Sutton (played by the lovely Emma Samms) often follows. Need a little refresher on what went down the last time we saw the Brit beauty now that she's back on the scene? Read on!
Life was very different for Luke a couple of years back. Suffering from Polonium poisoning courtesy of Helena Cassadine, Luke set off on a desperate quest to find the antidote. Aware that Jerry Jacks had survived a similar poisoning, a weakening Luke hit the road to find the elusive Mr. Jacks and, hopefully, a cure.
Luke began his search at a Swiss bank with ties to the elusive Jerry. While there, a veiled gunman whipped off their mask to reveal Holly underneath! It turned out she had been sitting vigib by the bedside of an unconscious Robert in a nearby clinic. Needing help in hacking the bank's security systems for a lead on Jerry's latest whereabouts, Luke had turned to Holly, who'd been more than happy to offer a hand..
Holly and Luke's search first lead them to Sean Donely and then to a home in Corinth, Pennsylvania. There they encountered Obrecht, who admitted she had created the Polonium cure. During an alone moment, Obrecht suggested that she would bring Robert out of his coma if Holly let her go. When Luke returned, he found Holly knocked out cold and Obrecht missing! Although Holly went off in search of Jerry and Obrecht, that was the last she'd been seen... until now!
Yesterday, Anthony Geary taped his final scenes as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke Spencer, a role he's played for 37 years. After the iconic star walked out of the ABC studio for the last time (following a farewell party on the set), his colleagues took to social media to share their praise and adoration for the Emmy winner. (His final episode will air in late July.)
"To the legend Tony Geary," Maurice Benard (Sonny) shared on Twitter. "Not just a great actor, but a great guy and I'm proud to call him my friend." Michelle Stafford (Phyllis) simply stated, "Tony Geary = MAGIC. That is all."
Sharing a photo on Instagram, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan) wrote that "Some of my very first scenes were with Tony Geary. He was so beautiful. Artist. Gentleman. Will miss him." TV nephew Ryan Carnes (Lucas) called him a "living legend," while Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) shared that "It was a very moving farewell to a soap opera legend! I'll always remember my start on GH with Tony Geary fondly!"
Be sure to check out the next few ABC issues of Soaps In Depth as we continue our tribute to the beloved star.
Need a refresher course on Jennifer Smith, the woman who showed up on GENERAL HOSPITAL to make life complicated for Luke and Laura? Well, read on...
It all began back in 1980, when Luke was working for the Port Charles godfather at the time, Frank Smith. Having set his sights on taking control of Smith's legit businesses in town, Luke correctly assumed that the man's young, beautiful and pampered daughter, Jennifer, held the key. Although Luke's heart belonged to Laura, he and Jennifer decided to get married... aboard Smith's yacht, no less.
As the ceremony got underway, Scott boarded the boat and, having just learned that Luke raped Laura a year previous, punched the groom in the face! Luke fell into the water and was presumed dead. But in reality, he and Laura had fled Port Charles in an effort to not only stay alive, but find evidence which could bring down Frank Smith's criminal empire!
Fast forward to 1994. Luke and Laura went in search of Jennifer and eventually caught up with her in Atlantic City with her then husband, Billy "Baggs" Boggs (played by Rosanne and Tom Arnold). Jennifer still had the hots for Luke and, to make things even more uncomfortable, Baggs was itching for a wild time with Laura, too! Luke and Laura were finally able to escape the couple's attempt at "swinging" by threatening to expose them as crooks.
Eight years later, Jennifer (this time played by Sally Struthers) kidnapped Luke and Laura. Jennifer wanted to finally make Luke her lawfully wedded husband, and warned that if he refused, Laura was as good as dead! Seeing no way out of the literal shotgun marriage, Luke agreed... but arranged for his pay Roy Di Lucca to pose as the minister, thus invalidating the union. Once again defeated in her attempts to claim Luke's heart, Jennifer exited and hasn't been heard from since... until now (and this time portrayed by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Cassie, Holly Gagnier)!
SudsvilleTV is set to launch in October (at www.SudsvilleTV.com) and they have given Soaps In Depth a first look at the new network's line-up of programming! (All times listed are EST, and with the exception of the drama YEAR ROUNDERS, which will clock in at just under an hour, each show is 30 minutes.)
Check out the programming slate below as described by the folks at Sudsville, and then let us know in the comments which show you are most excited to see!
AM SUDSVILLE: At 11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, join the show's three hosts for celebrity interviews, questions from viewers and recaps of your favorite programs.
8:00 p.m. Hosted by Michael O'Leary (Rick, GUIDING LIGHT), MICHAEL'S AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE will debut in December. In each of the 10 episodes, three lucky contestants will face off to win a $1,000 prize -- and dinner with Michael and his co-host. The winners from each of the 10 episodes will advance to the Tournament Of Champions round and compete for a grand prize of $10,000. (The show will also have a campy fictional storyline featuring Michael's new bride, optimistic mom and cantankerous dad!)
8:30 p.m. In a reality/game show hybrid, handsome host Cody Blymire takes three grannies on wacky and wild adventures around New York City in GRANDMAS UNLEASHED!
8:00 p.m. Learn how to look like your favorite soap star (without spending a million bucks!) on THE FASHION REPORT.
8:30 p.m. In BELLA, BELLA, follow some of Manhattan's best hair and make-up artists and stylists around to the high-fashion events that are quintessentially New York City.
8:00 p.m. WASH OUT contestants get a choice between answering a question or doing a stunt as they vie to win a cash prize. (As long as they don't get washed out first!)
8:30 p.m. REENACT! Follows fictional former soap star Brad Cain and his brother, Benny, as they launch a company to supply low-cost reenactments to cable television's true crime shows.
8:00 p.m. SudsvilleTV's original drama, YEAR ROUNDERS, is set in a New England fishing village that has become a summer playground for the wealthy. Look for some familiar faces from daytime to lead the cast when the drama debuts in December.
8:00 p.m. Four aspiring performers try to break into show biz in ACTOR/WAITER.
8:30 p.m. Follow the journey of 10 empty nesters/divorceés as they return to the workforce late in life on SECOND LOOK AT MY LIFE.
The new web series from Michelle Stafford (Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has launched today on NickMom.com! Titled The Secret Mind Of A Single Mom, the short vignettes are written and directed by Stafford and star herself and five-year-old daughter Natalia as they bring to life some of the hilariously awkward moments every mother with a little girl can relate to!
So far, Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 and Episode 4 are available online, with each running a couple minutes apiece. They're short, they're cute, and if you're a mom, you'll totally get it! Click the links to watch and keep an eye out for more episodes on NickMom.com!
A whole lot of secrets and lies are stressing people out on GENERAL HOSPITAL!
Tracy wasted no time at all removing any sign of Luke from the Quartermaine mansion. As she tossed everything from a toy roulette wheel to a human skull into a big cardboard box, she ranted and raved to an understanding Dillon. Yes, she was furious with Luke and Laura, but Tracy was even angrier with herself for, once again, letting a man walk all over her.
While Laura was having a warm visit with Nikolas, Lulu was having a chilly one with Luke. He poured himself a drink from the stash on the Haunted Star, and proceeded to let Lulu give him a piece of her mind. Although she was happy for her parents if they truly did find their way back to each other, the way Luke broke Tracy's heart after she stood by him was inexcusable.
The louder Lulu screamed, the more agitated Luke grew. He was about to crack and confess the truth when Dillon raced in wanting answers as to why Luke abandoned Tracy in such a heartless manner. Dillon was winding up to take a swing at him when Laura rushed in. Luke shut Dillon down by giving him a hardy shove and shouting, "Everything Laura and I did last night, everything we said to Tracy was a lie!"
Jake, dressed like a pallbearer, was introduced to Rosalie as ELQ's new head of security and the man who was going to uncover the party behind the attempt at a corporate takeover. After Jake left, Rosalie tried to convince Michael that he should "unhire" Jake! She pointed out that the company wasn't safe with its new employee, even suggesting that he might be a mole for the Cassadines. While Rosalie was in with Michael, Sam quietly planted a bug on her phone, only for a suspicious Jake to catch her! Sam tried to play it nonchalant, but it was clear he was onto her!
Across town, Dante was dealing with a tremendous amount of guilt for having arrested T.J. and Valerie helped ease his mind. At the same time, Jordan was talking with her son in the PCPD interrogation room. Security video footage from Wyndham's was all over the news and it made T.J. look like some punk kid who physically attacked the guard. T.J. couldn't believe that his Mom wasn't getting him off the hook. She tried to reason with him, saying that she's going to figure out how to get him cleared but, meanwhile, she had to treat him just like everyone else.
Bothered by what he saw as his mother's lack of loyalty, T.J. noted that while there were a lot of guilty people walking around Port Charles like Luke and Julian, people like him and Shawn ended up in jail. "Are you implying this is a racial thing?" she asked. That's exactly what he was implying!
Monday on GH, Carly tells Morgan to stay away from Denise, Jake is suspicious of Sam, and Luke and Laura tell Dillon and Lulu the truth! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
Denise DeMuccio? As if! No, Silas knew better that the woman underneath that thick accent and dark dye job was Ava. After his persistent pressuring, she finally stood up and shouted, "Of course I'm Ava!" Then she added confidently, "And there's not a damn thing you can do about it." She instructed him to keep his mouth shut unless, that is, he wanted the rest of the world to know that he kidnapped her baby daughter.
But what she didn't know (until Silas told her) was that there was a rather large kink in her master plan. She was under the assumption that she was free and clear because a DNA test proved she wasn't Ava. Silas, however, begged to differ. "If they decided to swab the inside of your cheek for your DNA, you'd be royally screwed," he pointed out. "You have Avery's bone marrow. That's true," he said. "So your blood carries a different DNA. But the rest of you -- your skin, your saliva -- that's all Ava Jerome."
At the end of the day, Michael was just about to put Avery (A.J.) to bed when there was a knock at the door. It was Denise -- make that Ava -- staring adoringly at the baby in his arms.
Ava's scheme worked; Franco's did not. He had enlisted Nathan into his ruse by saying that Nina confessed to kidnapping Avery and if she didn't sign papers to annul her marriage to Ric, she'd be tossed in jail. She appealed to her brother's integrity and then called their bluff. "Want to arrest me?" she asked. "Put on the cuffs. Shut up and do it." Nathan realized that what they were doing was a huge mistake. He wasn't going to stoop to Franco's level on this one, and he let her go.
Everything was underway for Luke and Tracy's engagement party on the Haunted Star. Lucy showed up thinking she was officiating a wedding, but was pleasantly surprised that she was a guest. She lent Lulu a hand calling guests to the last minute gathering. Carly, Sonny, Bobbie, Scotty, Dante and Valerie were all at the Floating Rib celebrating Lucas and Brad's engagement with them. Scotty was not pleased to see Sonny a free man, furious that the mobster would never be brought to justice. After bringing up his daughter, Karen's, addiction to drugs while working in Sonny's strip joint 20 years earlier, Scotty took a swing at him (and missed badly).
The entire gang later showed up to the celebration on the Haunted Star. As the engagement party was about to begin, Dante and Lulu were clearly intimidated by the presences of Dillon and Valerie, respectively, and Luke and Sonny's mended relationship was reaffirmed. Considering everything that had happened over the last year, he was surprised anyone would want to be with him, let alone on that boat! He turned to Tracy and said she stared down his darkness and dragged him kicking and screaming into the light. He asked everyone to raise their glasses to toast her. "The woman who saved my life," he said. "My best friend, my strongest ally, and my life's partner. The woman I love." Then, as if on cue, Laura walked in!
Monday on GH, Ava wants to see "A.J.," Silas tells Nina that he thinks she's innocent, and Laura announces she's in town for Luke! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
Genie Francis made her long-awaited return to GENERAL HOSPITAL today when her alter ego, Laura, crashed Luke and Tracy's engagement party. Laura's return to Port Charles is a big deal, not only forGH fans, but also for those in the former Mrs. Spencer's life. We'll help you catch up on what led to her exit two years ago and where she has been since!
Back in 2013, Laura and Scotty were newlyweds of only a month when a hospitalized Luke received a mysterious package containing a DVD. It featured a frightening message from the grave: Helena Cassadine had been poisoning him with a deadly toxin (discovered later to be Polonium 210), and there was a shrinking window of time to save his life! The year before, Jerry Jacks had poisoned the Port Charles water supply with the toxin and was in possession of the counteragent at the time of his presumed death in an explosion on the docks. Luke was convinced that Jerry was still alive and vowed to track him down.
Scott begged Laura to drop her concerns for Luke, which led to a major a blow-out between the couple. Tracy finally caved and admitted everything to Laura, and the women discussed how they would find Luke... and how Scotty would feel about it! Scotty, ultimately, gave Laura his blessing to go search for Luke. Laura's plan to revive Deception Cosmetics with Lucy was put on the back burner while Laura ran off to find her ex.
But upon Luke and Laura's return to Port Charles, her short marriage to Scotty was beyond repair. Although she promised that she was 100 percent in their marriage, he begged to differ, and wanted a divorce. As he saw it, Luke would always come first with her. "I can't be that guy going 15 rounds to get you to love me the way I love you, and I think that you are also tired of me being that guy," he told her.
Moments later, Laura got a call from her doctors in Paris, who wanted her to return for her yearly wellness evaluation. Laura wanted to stay with Lulu to help with her newborn baby, but Lulu insisted her mother take care of herself first. With that, Laura kissed her family good-bye and left.
The familiar faces continue to roll on in, as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Anthony Geary prepares to exit his iconic role of Luke Spencer! Following the announcements that two of Luke's past loves, Laura (Genie Francis) and Holly (Emma Samms), will be returning to help Geary wrap up his 37-year run comes confirmation from ABC that Luke's sons will also be stopping by! Jonathan Jackson's Lucky and Nathan Parsons' Ethan are set to be a part of the story that will, undoubtedly, go down in soap history!
"When I left the first time in 1999, I was always completely open to coming back because it's like a family," Jackson recently told Soaps In Depth while on hiatus from his hot primetime show, NASHVILLE, and as he prepares for a concert tour. "Even when I left a few years ago, it was never something that I felt I was closing the door on. It's never been a negative thing, either. Both times I left was just to do some other things."
Parsons, meanwhile, told In Depth a few months ago about a promise he had made to fans that if Luke were to leave, he'd love to return as Ethan to send Geary off. "I've talked to Tony about that," Parsons shared at the time. "I think that would be an almost perfect ending. There's no perfect way to end such a legacy, but I think it would be nice to sort of symbolically kind of welcome him on and usher him onto the next thing."
Keep an eye open in an upcoming ABC issue of In Depth for further details!
Later this fall, there will be a new Web site completely dedicated to daytime fans! Veteran soap scribe Meg Kelly (who has written for AS THE WORLD TURNS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and entertainment marketing pro Joseph Craig have partnered with Conklin-Intracom to create SudsvilleTV.com.
Kelly tells Soaps In Depth that both she and Craig believe "that you can deliver a strong production for not a ton of money. If it's well-written, well-acted and smartly produced, you can deliver high-end entertainment."
To that end, SudsvilleTV plans to offer more than a dozen shows when the channel launches in late October. "I've created 16 shows for our new network, all 10 episodes each and a lot of fun," shares Craig, who has experience as both a movie and Broadway producer. "We have two game shows, a talk show called A.M. SUDSVILLE that will be three times a week, and then a mix of reality and improv shows. They are all themed around things that our soap audience really loves."
Craig adds that they are in the midst of casting all of the shows now, including a 40-episode series that Kelly is penning. Starting today, fans can sign up at www.sudsvilletv.com to get alerts about the upcoming programs -- including exclusive casting news and previews! "We're very excited about it," says Kelly, promising that there will be some familiar faces from the world of daytime attached to the SudsvilleTV shows, like GUIDING LIGHT fan favorite Michael O'Leary (Rick), who will be hosting THE AMAZING SOAP TRIVIA CHALLENGE game show! "We want to take soap operas to the next place."
Once fans have signed up, they will get alerts to all new Sudsville developments, as they happen: casting, special previews, interviews from the sets, behind the scenes footage. And fans will also be able to enter contests to win great prizes! You can also follow SudsvilleTV on Facebook and Twitter.
There is a new member of the GENERAL HOSPITAL family! Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) announced on Twitter that she and her husband, Michael Jann, have welcomed their baby girl, Verity Marion!
"Too happy to look at phone screen these days," the actress tweeted today. "She's absolutely perfect.
The couple's bundle of joy was born on Saturday, May 30, and weighed in at 8 lbs., 11 oz., and measured 21 inches long. Verity joins big brother Lukas. "XO to all!" shared the second-time mother.
Tracy's son, Dillon, returned to GENERAL HOSPITAL today! Need a refresher course on the character's history? Read on.
Dillon's childhood was anything but ordinary. He spent a large chunk of those early years gallivanting the globe with his mom. Tracy's relationship with her wealthy family was never warm and fuzzy, so Dillon became her mischievous travelling companion. Many years later, when he was a teenager, she dropped him off at the Quartermaine's door and let him fend for himself!
Dillon's devil-may-care attitude and zany sense of humor was endearing to some (like Georgie) and annoying to others, like his grandfather Edward, who threatened to ship him off to military school if he didn't shape up! Dillon and Georgie quickly became a couple, a notion that his mother Tracy and her Uncle Mac abhorred. It didn't help much when the teen started doing odd jobs for one of PC's known mobsters, Lorenzo Alcazar. Tracy found a way to kill two birds with one stone -- she'd see to it that Dillon quit his job if (and only if) Georgie broke up with him.
Heartbroken by Georgie's rejection, Dillon lost his virginity to Alcazar's niece, Sage... which Georgie, naturally, walked in on! Eventually, the young lovers reunited and, after a series of humorous mishaps, Dillon and Georgie finally consummated their relationship.
Together, they survived Georgie's near-fatal fall, a campus stalker and a deadly virus that came very close to taking Dillon's life. As he lay weak and presumably dying in a hospital bed, he and Georgie were married. Their love led to his recovery. But there was still the threat of Tracy. She was not thrilled with her son's choice of brides, so she cut him off financially. The newlyweds were forced to move into a cheap room above Kelly's... next door to the town thug, Diego Alcazar.
Meanwhile, Lulu had developed feelings for her stepbrother and made it her mission to break up his marriage. She told Dillon that she had seen Georgie and Diego having sex in the Quartermaine boathouse. (Shocker: Lulu lied!) Acting out, Dillon impulsively slept with Lulu. Although Dillon and Georgie were still madly in love and married, they were both so badly hurt and angry that they divorced. Just as they began to find their way back to each other, Lulu found out she was pregnant with Dillon's child. Lulu was ecstatic; Dillon, not so much. She ended up having an abortion.
Dillon confessed his feelings for Lulu, but he wasn't the only young gentleman after her affection. Among her suitors were Spinelli, Milo, and Scotty's son, Logan. Around that time, Ned told his kid brother that he had arranged for him to assist his favorite director on a movie shooting in Hollywood. It was Dillon's dream job, but he didn't want to leave behind his mother or Lulu. Dillon's heart was again left broke when Lulu said that she and Logan were dating. With that, Dillon packed up and headed for Tinseltown. When he later returned, he learned that Georgie had been murdered at the hands of the Text Message Killer, the man both he and Georgie knew as Diego.
GENERAL HOSPITAL is pulling out all the stops for Anthony Geary's (Luke) exit storyline! In addition to Genie Francis returning as Laura this coming Friday, June 5 -- and a couple of other rumored comebacks -- executive producer Frank Valentini today revealed that Emma Samms would be reprising Holly!
Holly was part of one of GH's biggest love triangles of the '80s as she found herself caught between Luke and Robert. Samms returned to GH in 2009 to settle the matter of Ethan's paternity, wading through a sea of lies to ultimately confess that the young man is in fact Luke's son.
The last time Holly was seen was in 2013, wrapped up in the search for Jerry Jax and his cure for Polonium poisoning. What will bring her back to Port Charles this time around? And might she have son Ethan in tow? Share your predictions in the comments and stay tuned to see if you were right!
The clock was ticking and it looked as if Ava's ruse was about to be found out. That is, IF Denise was, indeed, Ava!
Sonny, Dante, Morgan, Kiki, Alexis and Julian were gathered around Denise in the PCPD, anxiously awaiting the DNA results that they were certain would prove she was just Ava in disguise. Lucas opened the envelope and looked over its contents. "According to this test, this woman is not Ava Jerome," he announced. There were marker similarities, but it wasn't a perfect match, meaning, she was within Ava's immediate family. Everyone was stunned, and Julian wondered how that was even possible. With that, a gravely voice said, "I think I can clear all of this up." They all turned as Delia stepped into their circle!
Maxie and Nathan were asleep in bed when they were awoken by a whistle. They both jumped and saw that Franco was sitting nearby, staring at them, filing his nails! Nathan muscled him against the wall and demanded to know why he broke into his room. Franco was sure to get in the little tidbit that he and Maxie had once slept together, which she was quick to explain. Franco finally told them of Nina's marriage to Ric and his certainty that he was after her money. He told Ric wanted to be custodian of Nina's finances now that they were married and begged Nathan to help enlighten his sister. Nathan agreed to look into it.
Meanwhile, Nina thought long and hard about Franco telling her of Ric's motive for marrying her that had absolutely nothing to do with love. Olivia interrupted Nina's train of thought and said that her and Franco were done extorting her. Without missing a beat, Olivia booted her out of the hotel! Ric's timing couldn't have been more perfect. He saved Nina's skin by telling Olivia that he and Nina were married and her outstanding bill could be transferred to him. That opened a dialogue between the new mister and missus about money, which raised Nina's suspicions about him even further. Shortly thereafter, Ric paid a visit to his partner in crime at Pentonville... Madeline!
Michael filled in Rosalie about how the Quartermaines were dangerously close to losing the majority of ELQ stockholdings, and the only way to stop the speeding train was to convince Franco to sell the shares back to the company. That's where he wanted Rosalie to step in. He thought that maybe her history with Nina could help the process along. What Michael didn't know was that Rosalie was also working for Nikolas, the man who was determined to take over ELQ!
Sloane told Anna that Mayor Lomax fired him, but he wasn't going to take it lying down! He had evidence that the mayoral election was rigged and that Felicia was rightfully voted into office. Anna pointed out that Sloane couldn't bring down Lomax without incriminating himself. Besides, it was his word against Lomax's. Not so, Sloane corrected her. Nikolas Cassadine was also involved!
Monday on GH, Ric and Madeline conspire against Nina, Delia shares surprising news, and Luke returns! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!
Okay GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, Friday, June 5, is the date you're going to want to mark on your calendar, because that's when Genie Francis brings Laura back to Port Charles!
Entertainment Weekly broke the news of her first airdate, though at this time there's no details as to how long this stint will be. However, with Anthony Geary (Luke) exiting later this summer, it's more than likely Laura will usher him off the canvas when the time comes.
What would you like to see from Laura this time around? Sound off in the comments!
Lifetime's DEVIOUS MAIDS is about to get a lot more colorful with the return of Brianna Brown (ex-Lisa, GENERAL HOSPITAL) as Michael's prostitute-turned-bride, Taylor Stappord, to the cast this season. While she appeared briefly last season (to explain that she and Michael were moving to Washington, D.C.), Brown will be a major presence this summer. "I'm thrilled to be back it's fun to be able to play in a dramedy, and the cast is phenomenal," Brown enthuses. "I'd missed a lot of my friends [there], especially Ana Ortiz (Marisol)."
Brown is also close with executive producer Sabrina Wind, who has big plans in mind for the Stappords' return to Beverly Hills. "When they mentioned bringing back my storyline, I was so excited," Brown confides. "I knew that it will be a lot of fun, and I knew that they were not going to be bringing me back for no reason!" Indeed, when the couple shows up in the Monday, June 1, premiere (airing at 9:00 p.m. ET), they'll have big news to share. "Taylor hasn't changed much," Brown insists. "But the dynamic between her and Michael has because of the stress of having a new child in the mix."
The duo will also add another new member to their household, maid Bianca (played by GLEE's Naya Rivera). "Naya is so sweet," Brown enthuses of her new castmate. "And she's pregnant, so it's been fun to talk about that between takes." For more from Brown, including details about her two upcoming films, check out her Soaps In Depth Keeping Track feature, on sale Monday, June 22.
Tracy's younger son, Dillon, moves back to Port Charles next week on GENERAL HOSPITAL, with daytime newcomer Robert Palmer Watkins taking over the role! Lulu's high school sweetheart has been off the canvas since Scott Clifton (Liam, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) exited the soap back in 2007.
Tell us below, are you happy to see Dillon return to the show?