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Ramirez Protects And Serves

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As GENERAL HOSPITAL's young Gia, Marisa Ramirez had a way of finding trouble. Now the current cast member of CBS' cop drama, BLUE BLOODS, is working to help others get out of trouble in the city where the show is produced.

"Trying to provide affordable and safe housing in New York City is not easy," she says. "So there are about 25 teams of 10 women each raising $250,000 to $500,00 to build homes for local single mothers [via a Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity]." Amongst those teams is a seven-member one from BLUE BLOODS, The Bricks & Sticks Chicks, which the actress is a part of.

"We have a make-up artist, someone from the wardrobe department, our script supervisor, and also myself and fellow castmembers Amy Carlson (Josie, ANOTHER WORLD), Vanessa Ray (Teri, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Abigail Hawk," Ramirez says proudly. "I've gotta get some steel-toed shoes! We have no idea what we'll actually be doing, but we are excited and looking forward to it." With just weeks left until the Saturday, September 26, build day, the actress is fundraising for the BLUE BLOODS team. Click here to pledge your support.

For more from Ramirez, whose TV series returns Friday, September 25, at 10:00 p.m. EST, keep an eye out for her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Details On Irizarry's New Role!

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NBC has confirmed that Vincent Irizarry is, in fact, headed to DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Our friends at TV Line got the scoop that the soap hopper will be creating a new character, Deimos, who has strong ties to the Kiriakis clan.

The actor himself took to Facebook to share his exciting news with his fans. "Finally!" he posted. "I'm able to share with all of you what I've been excitedly holding in for over a month now, that I've joined all the incredibly talented people in Salem over at DAYS! I honestly couldn't be happier to be working with such wonderfully gifted people, all of whom who have been so warm and welcoming. I'm equally thrilled to be playing a character I've already loved playing these past weeks, with scripts that have been so wonderful, I'm excited each time I open a new one to find out what the writers have in store for me next, and alongside actors I have so much respect for. What a true, absolute pleasure it's all been!

"Thank you so much, all of you, for your tireless support of me and my work throughout all these years together," he continued. "I'm truly, truly touched by the overwhelming expressions of kind thoughts and well wishes by so many of you throughout all the social media outlets. As it has been throughout so many times in my life working on shows such as this, because of you all, my cup truly runneth over... Can't wait to see you all in Salem!"

Iriziarry's previous soap roles include David Hayward on ALL MY CHILDREN, twins Nick and Lujack on GUIDING LIGHT, David Chow on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and Dr. Scott Clark on SANTA BARBARA. The actor's DAYS episodes will begin airing in mid-January. The actor's episodes will begin airing in mid-January.

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EXCLUSIVE: Spinelli's Return Confirmed!

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It's official: A GENERAL HOSPITAL rep confirms exclusively for Soaps In Depth that Bradford Anderson will be returning as Maxie's baby daddy and Sam's P.I. partner, Damian Spinelli! When, exactly, that's happen is currently being planned.

When last seen, Maxie clearly chose Nathan as her hunka burnin' love, while Spinelli had an epiphany that Ellie was the girl for him. They returned to Portland with baby Georgie, leaving Spixie fans wondering if their favorite couple was, indeed, over and done with. It's easy to assume that his return will confront that issue... or if the timing is more in sync with the reveal that Jake is Jason!

ABC is keeping a lid on what's coming up next!

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GH Friday Recap: A Heart-Wrenching Corinthos Moment!

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Ava was already down in the dumps when Morgan visited her in the PCPD jail. He didn't come bearing words of support, though. Nope. He told her it was over between them! She was, understandably, hurt but wasn't convinced he was following his heart. "Say it!" she demanded. "Say that never hearing my voice, never feeling my touch, turning your back on me forever is what you want!" He didn't say those words exactly but he meant them when he said he wanted a fresh life with Kiki. Ava's heart broke as she told him that she wanted them both to be happy, so she promised that her daughter would never know what happened about their fling. After Morgan left, Ava collapsed in tears on her bed. Julian showed up and broke the news to her that he couldn't get the flash drive with her recorded confession that she killed Connie. Hopeless and emotionally exhausted, Ava accepted her presumed fate.

Morgan's roller coaster ride of emotions looked far too familiar to Sonny and Carly. Their son was in crisis mode and on the brink of crashing. He was in need of help, not just from them, but also from a doctor. Sonny was concerned how Morgan was going to react to what they had to say but agreed that he needed talking to. They were going to call Morgan, but he unexpectedly stormed in, hyper, happy and hopeful now that he officially broke up with Ava. "I finally feel free!" he cheered. Morgan's manic state had his parents very worried.

Carly carefully suggested he see a doctor because of everything he'd been through lately. "You think I'm crazy?" he asked. Sonny answered, "Bi-polar." Morgan fought their every word, insisting that now that Ava was out of his life, he didn't need a doctor; he only needed Kiki. Sonny laid out the hard and painful truth as a man who had been through every emotional swing Morgan was going through. Still, Morgan wouldn't hear it. "Everything is fine. I'm good," he smiled and left in a hurry.

Meanwhile, Franco gently told Kiki what Silas was going to tell her the day he was murdered. As Franco put it, "Morgan and Denise/Ava, they were doin' the deed behind your back." Kiki refused to believe it, that is, until Franco said that Ava admitted it to him. Kiki blamed Franco for not telling her, and then she had a light bulb moment: "Morgan slept with my mother and killed my father to cover it up." She stormed out and went back to Silas' apartment for the first time. There was a cheerful knock on the door. It was Morgan... and Kiki was not happy to see him!

Arraignment or not, Nina was still on a high after exchanging "I love you's" with Franco. Alexis told her that all she had to do was say two words to the judge: not guilty. Nina did do as Alexis asked, but then added enthusiastically, "Franco's not guilty either!" Alexis, the judge and even Madeline tried to get her to shut up and sit down. But Nina insisted, "You're prosecuting the wrong man!" And Ric entered as if on cue!

Nina's bail was denied and her case not dismissed. After she was taken to lockup, Ric told Madeline that he was arrested and that he had the document she wanted so desperately. But he had one question. He wanted her to explain, how did she get Silas' signature on it? Gotcha, Madeline!

Monday on GH, Kiki has a few choice words for Morgan, Maxie considers Dillon's interesting career offer, and Madeline's got some explaining to do! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Watch WINTERTHORNE Now!

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Today is the day that the exciting new Web series, WINTERTHORNE, debuts! 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 it out at www.winterthorne.com, then let us know what you think about the series in the comments below!

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GH's Delia Sings!

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"Singing" on GENERAL HOSPITAL can sometimes mean ratting out the mob, but that's not the kind of tunes that Ilene Kristen (Delia) has been working on. The Emmy-nominated actress has completed her first CD titled I'm Not Done With U, now available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

"It's a collection of my own original songs, and I'm really excited to share this more personal side of myself with my friends and fans who've been with me through my career," Kristen says. "Of course, I love acting and soaps and stage, but music is where it all began for me, dancing backup starting at the age of 9 at the beach clubs in Long Beach."

Kristen adds that it was in Southern California where she was "bitten by the Latin groove, and over the years, jazz, rock and blues melded in, and the result is a sound and style that I feel truly represents me.

"I hope you'll listen to some of the tunes and decide to buy the album," she adds. "I'm really proud of it, and so delighted to give you the opportunity to share in my perhaps lesser-known but equally fervent passion for music."

You can check out Kristen's music on iTunes and Amazon.com!

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GH Friday Recap: Brad and Rosalie Cooper? Huh?

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Lucas was clearly furious with Brad after learning he was already married. Brad wanted to work through it, but that wasn't going to happen if Lucas wouldn't even talk to him. A little later, Rosalie met Lucas and thought he was quite the looker. Who doesn't think that? Any way, she hit on him and his was response was, "Uh. Um." She asked, "What? Engaged? Gay?" Actually, all of the above, Rosalie. She was a wee bit surprised and made a hasty retreat. After she stepped out of the room, Brad stepped in. Then Rosalie returned. She looked at Brad; Brad looked at her. "Brad?" "Rosalie?" Yes, Brad was married to, of all people, Rosalie!

Hayden's condition improved enough that Patrick released her from GH. He asked her if someone would be taking care of her. Cue Nikolas and the ominous, foreboding music! Nik invited her to recoup at Wyndemere, which was an offer she couldn't refuse for many reasons. "If you can't trust a prince, who can you trust, right?" she asked. Oh Hayden, you can't trust a prince either, my dear. She smiled at Nik and thanked him, saying, "As soon as I get my memory back, I will not be your problem anymore." That might be true because, at that point, Nikolas will probably have her killed!

Valerie had Dillon helped her move out of Wyndemere so Hayden could move in. Dillon wasn't much of a Nik fan. He didn't understand how the man that once loved Emily so deeply could spit on her grave by seizing her family's company. It's okay, Dillon. GH viewers don't understand that either. Meanwhile, Lulu gave Dante the good news and the bad news. The good news was that she was going to be bringing in some extra income. The bad news was that she was going to be working with Dillon. After exchanging "I trust you" with each other, there was a knock at the door. Behind it: Olivia. She was back!

Jake stopped by Sonny's place and told Carly how he and Sam were working for Michael to find leverage to blackmail Nik into returning ELQ. "Excellent!" Carly said, flashing her pearly whites. But what really made her day was when Jake said that she was his best friend. That elicited a giant hug, at which time, of course, Sonny walked in. He warned her that Jake's mysterious past would inevitably spell danger down the road, and he didn't want her to get caught in the blowback.

Sam interrupted Liz's pensive state by bringing Danny over to meet Little Jake, a visit that gave Liz that "just sucked on a lemon" look. Sam and Liz introduced the tykes to each other, saying they were brothers because they had the same Daddy. Liz mentioned to Sam that she accepted Jake's marriage proposal, prompting a forced smile from Sam and a turn away while biting her lip. Definitely not a "woo HOO!" When Jake returned and after Sam left, Jake got down on bended knee and presented Liz with an engagement ring. She was thrilled, and he happily slipped it on her finger. Little did she know, their happiness was being threatened back at Wyndemere, where Hayden's memory was beginning to return!

Monday on GH, Brad explains his past to Lucas, Olivia updates Dante and Lulu about her baby, and Jordan interrogates Sonny about the increasing Mob violence! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Lisa LoCicero Returns To GH!

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Nine weeks and a beautiful baby daughter (Verity) later, Lisa LoCicero is back on the screen as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Olivia. Will Julian finally learn that he has a son? "What Olivia is dealing with is wanting know whether or not Julian is, in fact, out of the Mob," LoCicero teases. "That's the big dilemma right now." Tune in to find out — and be sure to get the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, where we pick LoCicero's brain about her character's baby dilemma!

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GH Switches Sloanes Again!

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When Anna returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL, Sloane will be back on the canvas as well... but Soaps In Depth has learned that Grayson McCouch is out and Robb Derringer will be reprising the role!

A spokesperson for the soap confirms that the actor -- who was ousted shortly after Anna and her former mentoree shared a kiss on New Year's Eve and replaced by daytime vet McCouch -- "is returning in the role of Kyle Sloane and will be back for a short story arc." Look for Derringer to appear in early September.

Tell us below, which actor did you like better as Kyle Sloan, Derringer or McCouch?

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On The Road To Recovery!

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After seriously injuring his hand in a motorcycle accident (just as GENERAL HOSPITAL's recent three-week hiatus had commenced), Ryan Paevey (Nathan) tells Soaps In Depth that he's well on his way to a full recovery. "My doc is impressed with how quickly my tissue has mended," the actor reports. "All the 'road rash' is gone. The bones have fused, and my body's not fighting the metal. The surgical side is fine."

However, there are still a few obstacles to overcome. "My range of motion is still really limited," he confides. "It'll probably be a while before I'm on the bike or in the gym again."

Paevey credits his pal Mike Viruet, a trainer/nutritionist, with helping him heal. "He came over and totally re-hauled my refrigerator and prepared all these meals for me. He designed a plan especially engineered to aid in the recovery process. So it's pretty cool — I had three microwavable meals from a buddy for a while!"

The GH hunk is right-handed — which is the one he injured — so his life has gotten a little more complicated. "Elastic and I have become good friends," quips the performer. "Buttons are a nightmare!" The good news is that because Paevey's injury occurred at the beginning of GH's hiatus and his recovery has been going so well, the accident didn't have to be written into Nathan's storyline. "[GH executive producer] Frank Valentini was really supportive when I called him both after the accident and surgery. I told him I can't pick anybody up or punch anybody. But that's it."

The actor hasn't had to call in sick a single day of taping because of his rough spill, either. "If I miss a day of work then something is terribly wrong," he quips. "It's because I either don't know that I'm working or I'm dead!"

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Easton's Fan-Conducted Exit Interview!

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Yesterday we posted a good-bye message from Michael Easton (ex-Silas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) to his fans, but that wasn't all he had to say. The actor also conducted an exit interview by answering questions posted to his Facebook page.

Because of the number of questions, Easton is promising that he'll answer as many as he can, and in the first part, responds to 25 questions about GH, ONE LIFE TO LIVE and PORT CHARLES (and one mentioning his popularity on the ABC Soaps In Depth Readers' Poll!) with wit, grace and charm.

You can read the first part of the interview here, and make sure to friend Easton on Facebook to see the follow-ups and stay up-to-date on what the actor gets up to next!

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GH Friday Recap: Silas Is Murdered!

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Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL was a doozy!

Denise was still shaking from her encounter with Silas when Morgan returned. She told her boy toy that Silas threatened to tell Kiki the truth about finding them in bed together, and she was certain he'd make good on that threat. Morgan flew into a rage. Before Denise could stop him, Morgan rushed out, intent on stopping him!

Meanwhile, Nina was pleasantly surprised to see Franco in Shadybrook. He said he came because he never stopped loving her. She felt the same. Thrilled to be together again, they kissed. Franco was intent on getting her out of Shadybrook and was shocked to learn that Nina committed herself. She believed that Franco was right; that she kidnapped Avery. In fact, she was convinced that she had lost her mind because of her guilty conscience. Franco insisted that she was not the kidnapper because he knew who was -- Silas!

Franco told Nina the whole truth, everything from Silas kidnapping Avery to the fact that Ava has alive and trying to pull herself off as her long-lost look alike sister, Denise. Nina pretty much freaked out. She was furious that she continued to go to Silas for comfort, and he continued to lie to her so she'd go down for a crime that he committed! She tore out of the room in a furry.

Shortly thereafter, Franco arrived at Silas' apartment looking for Nina. The door was ajar. Franco slowly pushed it open. There, on the floor, he saw Silas in a pool of blood... and Nina kneeling above him with a giant knife in her hand!

Over at the Webber house, Elizabeth couldn't believe her ears. Laura revealed that she knew Jake was Jason and, after seeing how thrilled Monica was to realize her grandson was still alive, she deserved to know that her son was alive, too. And, as a mother, Laura was compelled to tell her! Liz begged her not to, at first just saying that Jake/Jason didn't remember anyone anyway; in the long-run it would just cause more confusion and pain for everyone.

Laura was unconvinced until Liz pulled out the heavy armor by saying that Nikolas could wind up in prison. Liz told her about Hayden and how all evidence pointed to Nikolas trying to kill her to keep her from revealing Jake's true identity. The news that her son would do that devastated Laura, but she wanted to hear it from Nikolas' lips that he had something to do with Hayden taking a bullet to the head. Again, Liz pleaded with her to not mention a word to Nik about their conversation. Moments later, Nikolas showed up at Liz's door. Laura took a deep breath and assured them both that she had decided to keep the information about Jason to herself.

Patrick told Sam the good news that Liz had decided to allow Danny and Jake to get together. Sam was, of course, thrilled. Just as she was leaving the hospital, she bumped into Jake. He told her Michael's theory that Hayden Barnes must have learned the truth about Jake from Nikolas. Sam was intrigued by the idea but wasn't sure how to prove it. Just then, Patrick stepped in with news: Hayden was awake!

Monday on GH, Morgan opens up to Sonny, Laura makes a surprising decision and Franco deals with Nina's latest conundrum! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Budig's Back On GH!

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Ever since Hayden was shot and put in a coma before she could reveal that Jake was really Jason, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans have been wondering when portrayer Rebecca Budig would be back on the soap so her alter ego could wake up and put things right. A while back, new co-headwriter of the soap Jean Passanante seemed to leak news of the actress' return, but now we've heard straight from the source!

"Finally!" Budig posted to Twitter. "I can now say I'm so excited to be at GH! Thank you all for your support!"

We'll let you know as soon as we have more details of her return, such as how long this stint will be, but for now, it looks like Liz and Nikolas might be in trouble! Hit the comments to share your thoughts on how you'd like to see the storyline go!

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New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!

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In a new court motion, Prospect Park Networks has asked to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan to a Chapter 7 because they have been unable to pay the fees owed to their legal counsel, Jones Day, in the breach of contract suit against Disney/ABC over ONE LIFE TO LIVE. PPN had hoped that selling $6 million in tax credits it had received for filming the OLTL and ALL MY CHILDREN reboots in Connecticut would pay for the law firm to represent them in the $95 million lawsuit, but the proceeds weren't enough to keep Jones Day as their counsel or find a suitable replacement once PPN had paid off their largest claim holder.

"The best hope for a meaningful recovery to creditors is successful prosecution or settlement of the ABC litigation," reads the motion. "The debtor and the debtor's counsel have done everything to keep the ABC litigation alive for the benefits of creditors."

Under the Chapter 11 filing, PPN would have liquidated the estate, but the company's creditors bashed that plan, claiming that the disclosure statement failed to provide information about how the production company valued the contract suit with ABC (its primary asset) or how that litigation would be handled under the plan. Switching to Chapter 7 bankruptcy would effectively allow PPN to have their debts canceled. (However, PPN is requesting that a trustee be appointed as quickly as possible to oversee the ongoing ABC litigation.) Explaining in the motion that their revenue stream from Hulu is set to expire on July 31, rendering the estate "administratively insolvent because the outstanding and unpaid fees awarded to estate professional exceeds the amount of cash the Debtor has on hand."

What do you think about this latest development? Sound off in the comments below!

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Baby Number Two For Stafford!

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Michelle Stafford (Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has just revealed on Instagram that she's going to be expanding her family! The single mom posted a photo of five-year-old daughter Natalia pouting over a stack of stuffed animals with the caption "Okay, so let me get this straight... What you're telling me is that I have to share my toys?" with the hashtag #babynumber2

"I may not be certain of many things in my life," Stafford also writes, "but the one thing I am certain of is that I'm a good mother... I am so grateful to have more love in my life."

Best wishes to the happy (and expanding) family! (We're sure Natalia will be happy to share some of her toys with her new sibling!)

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Kristina Comes Home!

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Kristina is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL, and will played again by Lexi Ainsworth! The role was last played by Lindsey Morgan in 2013, but Ainsworth portrayed Sonny and Alexis' teenage daughter from 2009 to 2011.

A very excited Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) took to Twitter to express her delight that the Davis girls were all together again. "My baby's coming home!" she posted. "Mama's happy!"

While ABC has confirmed Ainsworth's return, at this time we don't have any additional details as to a first air date. But we will keep you updated as more information is released! Are you happy to see Kristina back? Sound off in the comments!

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Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!

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The sexy new digital drama SOUTH BEACH is now available for streaming on Hulu, featuring THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy), and daytime vets Jordi Vilasuso (Griffin, ALL MY CHILDREN; Tony, GUIDING LIGHT) and Marc Menard (Boyd, AMC). The six-episode series is set in the trendy Miami neighborhood — where some secrets refuse to stay buried in the sand.

Wood plays nightclub owner Samantha Lear, Vilasuso is drug lord Isaac Santero and Menard is Vincent York. "It's about two record labels, one of which owns a nightclub. And they're competing for the top acts in Miami," explains Vilasuso. "In the midst of all this, there's a murder — which may or may not be a serial killer who disappeared 20 years ago. My character comes from the other side of the tracks. He's very Machiavellian and he's profiled you before you've met him."

For more with our Keeping Track interview with Vilasuso, pick up the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth on sale now. To watch SOUTH BEACH, head over to Hulu.com — and then come back to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Today Is Anthony Geary's Final Episode!

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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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Watch The Extended WINTERTHONRE Trailer!

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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!

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GH's Castillo Expecting Again!

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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!

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GH Headwriter Out!

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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.

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GH's Barash Moves To Melrose Place!

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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!

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Did You Order Your DVD Yet?

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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!

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OLTL Fan Fave Is Pregnant Again!

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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!

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The Pecks Have Added To Their Pack!

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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!!

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Baby On Board!

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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.

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Joy For GH's Benard?

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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.

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Susan Lucci Is A Legend!

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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!

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GH Friday Recap: Lucky's Reunited With His "Dead" Son!

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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!

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The Truth About Little Jake's Death!

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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.

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Take A Tour Of Amsterdam With Mr. Geary!

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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!

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Braun Heads Back To DAYS!

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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.

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Paevey Takes A Spill!

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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!

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GH Grad Pops The Question!

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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!

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Hang Out With Sonny & Sons!

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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.)

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Two Babies On The Way!

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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.

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AMC Alum Joins DAYS!

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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!

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The Doctor Is In — Again!

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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.

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Budig Back On GH?

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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!

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Geary's Final GH Air date Revealed!

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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!

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Craig & Thiebaud Engaged!

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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!

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GH Friday Recap: Ric And Madeline Become Bed Buddies!

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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!

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