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Daytime Emmy Awards Presenters Announced!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the first round of presenters for the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Tyra Banks will host the ceremony, airing live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST.

Joining GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan) on the stage as presenters will be THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Daniel Goddard (Cane), Justin Hartley (Adam) and Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea); from THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Jacob Young (Rick), Karla Mosley (Maya) and Linsey Godfrey (Caroline); and DAYS OF OUR LIVES trio Christopher Sean (Paul), Freddie Smith (Sonny) and Guy Wilson (Will). Additionally, Deidre Hall (Marlena, DAYS), Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm, Y&R), Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, Craig Ferguson, Nancy O'Dell and Alex Trebek will present on stage during the broadcast.

Additional presenters will be announced prior to the awards show, so check back for updates!

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The Ryans Head To Florida!

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Pack your bags and head on South with GENERAL HOSPITAL hunks Ryan Carnes (Lucas) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan)! The guys are just some of the daytime stars scheduled to attend the Southwest Florida Soapfest Charity Weekend, taking place from Friday, May 22, through Monday, May 25, on beautiful Marco Island. The other celebrities appearing are THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Sean Carrigan (Stitch) and Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael); DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Melissa Archer (Serena), Molly Burnett (Melanie) and Christopher Sean (Paul); and daytime alums Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R; Shayne, GUIDING LIGHT; Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and John Driscoll (ex-Chance, Y&R; Coop, GL).

Some of the weekend events include a kick-off dinner, a karaoke sing-along at a local watering hole where the celebrities will be playing bartender, a cruise onboard the Marco Island Princess and much more! For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.theateronmarco.com.

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GH's Chambers Finds A New Role

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Siobhan ruffled feathers with Elizabeth when she found her way into Lucky's heart. Now her portrayer, Erin Chambers, is the other woman again, this time on MTV's hit drama, FINDING CARTER. "I'm playing Hillary, a young lady who works at the college as the teaching assistant of David Wilson (played by Alexis Denisof), the [married] dad on the show," Chambers reveals of her recurring role this season. "There's lots of flirting and a definite attraction between the two of them. I don't want to give it away, but they like each other a lot."

Perhaps it's her spunky personality or maybe it's her flaming red hair, but Chambers appears to be a good fit to play a mischief-maker like this one. "I'm a good girl with an edge in real life, so these edgy characters are always kind of fun for me," she maintains. "I don't really get to play them all that often." The actress, who has been commuting from Los Angeles to the FINDING CARTER set in Atlanta for shooting, says that she'll appear in at least four episodes.

"I hope that people will watch the show and be interested in her," Chambers offers. "I'm curious to see what the reaction's gonna be like." Tune in to catch her beginning with the episode airing Tuesday, April 14, at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more from the actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, May 11.

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Help Miller's Niece Achieve Her Dream!

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Billy Miller (Jason/Jake, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has started a GoFundMe donation page for his niece, Savannah Strain, in the hopes of helping her and her archery team afford to go to Nationals. "What makes this a unique and inspiring feat on Savannah's part," he writes, "is that she competes at this high-level despite being born without her left hand due to a congenital abnormality."

After seeing The Hunger Games and Disney's Brave, Savannah became interested in archery, and through her own flair and ingenuity, overcame her limitations and exceeded expectations. Savannah and her teammates on The Benton Louisiana Tigers Archery Team made the National Archery School Program National Competition, but need $15,000 to enter. Miller launched a GoFundMe campaign in the hopes of helping Savannah and her friends make their dream come true, and is asking for your help. They're already very close to their goal, but aren't quite there yet. Visit this link for more of the story and to donate yourself!

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Cheatham Is Making 'Em Laugh!

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Maree Cheatham (ex-Charlene, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES' ex-Marie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) was a hoot as Bettie Breeland, Zoe's snooty and oh-so-Southern grandmother on The CW's recently concluded drama, HART OF DIXIE. Now, she's landed a role on another primetime soap that not only took her to Atlanta for filming, but also promises to be every bit as much fun. "I've been cast in TYLER PERRY'S THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS," she tells Soaps In Depth. "Mr. Perry is wonderful to work for, and my role is pretty funny — I'm the comic relief!"

When the highly rated drama returns for its third season on OWN this June, look for Cheatham to debut in the second episode and then return for at least five more. "I play Pearl, the nosy parker neighbor who gets into everyone's bidness!" the actress laughs. "She lives across the street from Candace (played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Tika Sumpter (Layla) and hates her modern house and all the gentlemen callers she has... Pearl's family is on the police force, so she uses it as her private army!"

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GH Friday Recap: Baby Drama!

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If the rest of Avery's life goes anything like the first six months, she'll be airing her family's dirty laundry on a cable access talk show by the time she hits high school! On Friday's episode, it only got worse! Morgan and Kiki won the latest round in the fight to gain custody of their baby sister.

When they arrived at the Quartermaine mansion with the woman from Child Protective Services, Kiki rubbed it in Michael's face that she was getting Avery back, just as her mother would have wished. Yes, "cocky Kiki" was all smiles... until she learned that she couldn't take her home. First Avery had to be examined at GH to make sure was okay.

Meanwhile, Nina arrived at GH looking mighty suspicious. She told a nurse on duty that she was looking for Silas but it appeared that what she was really looking for was trouble! Although she was told that Silas was on leave, he happened to be at the hospital to retrieve the needed meds to help Ava "die with dignity" as he promised. Nina approached him and said that the report about Ava's baby hit her hard and she wanted to apologize.

The elevator doors opened, and it was Morgan, Kiki and the CPS lady with Avery. Nina attempted to give Kiki her condolences about Ava but Kiki went cuckoo crazy and flew off the handle. Nina leaned in and whispered to her, "I'm very sorry about your mother, but the truth is she was really a home-wrecking whore who had a baby that should have been mine." Kiki went into attack mode and jumped her!

When Lucas, who was supposed to exam Avery, was called away, Silas volunteered. He knelt beside her stroller and as he told her about her mother, she stared at him and listened attentively. Shortly thereafter, Avery was alone in the exam room when someone snuck in and... tune in Monday!

Maxie, Spinelli and baby Georgie (who was rocking a teeny tiny ponytail) were doing the whole "happy little family" thing, but it was clear that, as Spinelli put it, there was "an elephant in the room" that needed to be addressed. Plain and simple, he wanted to know if the fact that Maxie was spending time with him was because she was interested in reconciling or if it was simply because of Georgie. Maxie continued to evade. Then, after some deliberation, she agreed -- she wanted to get back together, too. Spinelli could not be happier, and they sealed it with a celebratory kiss. While Spinelli checked in on their daughter, Maxie answered a knock at the door. It was Nathan, who declares that he made a mistake... and he wanted her back!

Franco needed a stern talking to and Ned was the man to do it! "I'm a friend of Olivia Falconeri, which now makes you my enemy," Ned said making himself at home in Franco's suite. Ned demanded that Franco stop blackmailing Olivia, and Franco agreed. But for a price! Franco didn't want money; he wanted all of Ned's ELQ shares!

Monday on GH, Sabrina has a "light bulb" moment, Spinelli and Maxie are surprised by who comes calling, and what happened to Avery? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Cast Your Vote #17

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Would you like to see Anna and Sloane explore their chemistry?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 16. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

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Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

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Maura Peeks Into Ava's Head!

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Craig Changes His Emmy Strategy!

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Bryan Craig (Morgan) was at a speed shop with his father waiting for an engine when he learned via Twitter that he'd been nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in this year's Daytime Emmy Awards. And while he was also nominated in the same category last year, the actor went a different route with his submission this time around.

"I turned in the episode where I got to [Sonny] and confess to him that I've been working for Julian but I've quite for good and that Julian was forcing me to work for him," Craig explains. "I thought it was a different tone from last year's [submission]. Last year's was a big blowout. I thought this was a little more sincere and emotional and quieter.

"A lot of people wanted me to submit the crypt stuff," he adds. "That stuff was cool, but I felt like it was the same stuff that I submitted last year. A big blowout. I just wanted something different this year."

And while the stars always get dressed to the nines for the Emmy ceremony, Craig is one who wouldn't mind a more casual approach. "If I could wear a T-shirt and jeans to the Emmys, I would!" he declares. "I'm just a normal dude."

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Tyra Banks Hosts The Daytime Emmys

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The Daytime Emmy Awards has a host! Today it was announced that model-turned-mogul Tyra Banks will be emceeing the ceremony when it airs live on Pop on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

"As a network that celebrates talent and personalities who 'pop' in fan culture, we couldn't be more excited to have the multi-talented Tyra Banks as the host of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards," says Paul Adler, senior vice president, original programming and development, Pop. "We know she will bring her fun, charismatic energy to the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, which promises to be an entertaining show honoring the most notable achievements in daytime television."

Banks has two Daytime Emmys of her own for her talk show THE TYRA BANKS SHOW, and is returning to daytime in the fall of 2015 with a new lifestyle chat show THE FAB LIFE.

"Are you ready to get your Smize on?!!" Banks asks. "I'm honored to be hosting the Daytime Emmy Awards and can't wait to bring a fresh edge and lots of surprises to the show. It's a big year! I'm shaking things up, starting with a new look and a brand-new daytime talk show launching in the fall. I'm pumped to be partnering with a fun, new network like Pop to celebrate daytime TV and the diehard fans that watch every day. Let's do this!"

Visit PopTV.com to see where to find the cable network on your provider!

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Maurice's Music Vid!

You probably knew that Maurice Benard played ALL MY CHILDREN's Nico before becoming GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny, but did you know his first ever job was in a music video? Benard's wife, Paula, shared this lost treasure with the world, and now we're sharing it with you! Enjoy a baby-faced Benard as a member of a street gang in this mid-80s gem!

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Hughes Goes Supporting

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Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was actually on the East Coast, walking around Manhattan's Canal St. when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, and it was co-star Jason Thompson (Patrick) who was the one who let her know she was up for Outstanding Supporting Actress!

"I got this weird text from him about how he admires me and what he thinks of me as an actor," she recalls. "I thought, 'What's got into him?' Why is he talking to me like this?' I texted him back something like, 'Wait... What?' Then he said, 'You got nominated.' He was the first to tell me. It was a nice way to find out."

Although Hughes has previously been nominated four times in the Lead Actress category (taking home the trophy in 1991) for her work on both GH and ALL MY CHILDREN, this time she submitted for the supporting category. "I didn't really have the material to submit for leading," she confesses.

"I chose a scene that was Ian Buchanan's scene when Duke tells Anna that he wants her to stop rescuing him and that he wants to be the man," Hughes continues. "I really liked it. It was extremely well-written. It was nicely shot and edited. I felt that it stood on its own. It was very simple, to-the-point and connected. I felt good about it. I'm hopeless at choosing scenes, so I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to push me in the right direction!"

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Alderson Is Prepping For Emmy Night!

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Kristen Alderson may have left GENERAL HOSPITAL, but her work as Kiki earned her another Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. She learned the news when boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael) checked Twitter and reported that they'd both earned Emmy nods! It's pretty crazy that we can share in that, too," Alderson marvels. "I think we'll look back at this time and be, 'Wow ,how cool is this?"

And while Alderson is still eligible for Younger Actress, Duell graduated out of the Younger category this year. "I'm so proud of Chad," she beams. "This is the big league, now. Supporting Actor is a whole other ballgame. It's really tough to get into. It's a really big deal."

To earn the nomination, Alderson submitted the dramatic dissolution of Michael and Kiki's relationship. "When Kiki walked in on Michael sleeping with Rosalie and then he, basically, breaks up with her," she explains. "I just found a dress today, too, which I'm really excited about.

"I found it, but I still want to call and see if they'll lend it to me," Alderson continues. "It's $1100, and that's a lot of money to spend for one night Usually designers are willing to lend it out to you. So I have to call and make sure. It's floral and looks very spring."

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Mills Stunned By Emmy Nod!

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Donna Mills was quite surprised to learn that she'd received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Star category for her stints as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Madeline... mostly because she hadn't submitted herself, the show did!

"My daughter texted me," Mills reveals. "She saw a tweet from THE TALK. She said, 'Mom, what is this?' I went, 'Oh my God, I think it's a nomination!' That's how I found out. I couldn't believe it!"

The show biz vet found herself inundated with congratulations from everyone at GH and ABC, particularly from Laura Wright (Carly), herself nominated in the Lead Actress category. "I'm so happy for her," Mills declares. "It's funny. She and I have only had one scene together in the time that I've been on, and it was kind of a simple scene. It wasn't highly dramatic or anything. She is one of the best actresses that I've ever worked with. There's just something about her. She's amazing."

And Mills is just as happy to turn around and congratulate everyone else at the soap on their own nominations. "They work so hard and turn out in record time such good product," she marvels. "They deserve every nomination that they've gotten."

As for the episode that earned her the Emmy nod? "I have no idea," she admits. "I suppose I should find out!"

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GH's Thompson Ties The Knot!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Jason Thompson (Patrick) is a married man! On April 5, the actor and his fianceé, Valentine NYC lingerie founder and designer Paloma Jonas, exchanged vows on the beach in San Pancho, Mexico.

Several wedding guests have been tweeting and Instagramming photos of the beautiful couple (who got engaged last July), like this one. Congratulations to the newlyweds!

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GH Friday Recap: Fate Brings Jake And Sam Together!

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Patrick was aglow with the notion that Sam agreed to move in with him. He sat little Emma down on his lap and explained "big people" relationships and how Sam and Danny were going to living with them. Emma, being the smart cookie that she is, asked where Sam was going to sleep. Patrick's revelation that Sam would share a bed with him had Emma making the cutest boo-boo face you've ever seen and saying, "But that's Mommy's bed."

Meanwhile, Julian was set to meet Jake at the garage for his first day at work but was instead confronted by Shawn. He and Julian went head-to-head about their business setback, which Shawn blamed on him. Julian pulled a gun, only for Shawn to call that and raise it with two of his thugs stepping in with their guns drawn. Jake arrived and without blinking, knocked out the guys and pointed a gun at Shawn. Mission accomplished -- Jake won that round and Julian was mighty impressed.

Once alone, Jake found a fine-looking motorcycle and flashed back to seeing him and Sam hopping on the bike and riding off. Wouldn't ya know, seconds later Sam arrived at the garage to report that her car broke down on the way to Patrick's. How's that for a coinkydink?

Hayden woke up in a cranky mood. Jake was not performing his husbandly duties, and she was not pleased. As she put it to Ric, "Not getting laid and not getting paid makes for a very unhappy me." Yes, she said that. Anyway, Ric enlisted her to seal the deal with Liz by giving her a little nudge in his direction. And that's exactly what Hayden did. She paid a visit to Liz at GH and lied through her teeth, saying that she and Jake were having sex and boy, oh, boy, was it spectacular! She then told Liz to stay away from Jake and suggested she get back together with Ric. After Hayden left, Ric swooped right in to affirm his commitment to Liz... and to seal it with a kiss!

Nikolas and Spencer returned from Boston and settled back in at Wyndemere. To hide and protect the healing burns on his face, Spencer wore a Phantom Of The Opera-esque. Thinking he looked like a monster, Spencer didn't want to be seen. Sonny later gave his nephew a boxer's robe to replace the one lost in the fire. But more valuable than that, Sonny also gave him some sage advice, telling the boy that Emma likes who he is in his heart. "Be myself," Spencer said. "That's exactly how I'm going to hang onto Emma." Spencer then remembered the ring his father put in his safe. That would surely signal his love for Emma!

Nikolas later showed up at the hospital to meet with Spencer's plastic surgeon. He ran into Liz, who said that things got complicated when he was in Boston. She said how she nearly got together with Jake... until his wife showed up!

Monday on GH, Nikolas wants details from Liz about Jake's claim, a proposition from left field gets tossed at Ric, and Emma breaks Spencer's heart! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Dee Wallace On Her GH Experience!

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Nabbing film star Dee Wallace to play Luke's big sister, Patricia, on GENERAL HOSPITAL was casting gold. But just when we had warmed up to her as a loving member of the Spencer family, the soap opera gods snatched her away. Three days was just not enough!

"Gosh, I didn't think about staying longer because it wasn't an option, and now I'm dead, so..." Wallace laughs, realizing that daytime television can be flexible where mortality is concerned. "Somebody laughingly said to me that death doesn't mean anything in soaps." She got that right! "I would have definitely entertained going back and forth periodically but I'm juggling so many things."

Although her stay was only a few days, Wallace went all out to get the part down just right. When she got the script that noted that Patricia had Multiple Sclerosis, she did her homework to make sure she conveyed the condition with the utmost accuracy.

"I was researching on YouTube and the Internet, and I called some of my doctor friends," Wallace notes. "There were so many ways you could have gone with this particular disease. I finally called and they put me on with [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini. I said to him, 'Frank, I've read and have been told that one of the big detriments of this disease is that your words slur... and I can't say all of these lines if I don't speak clearly!'" Wallace laughs. "So we focused very much on the physical things."

And that work paid off in a very dramatic way. "At the end of the shoot," Wallace confides, "a beautiful young lady on the crew came up and talked to me about the fact that her mother had MS and the physicality I had chosen was very representative of it. We both kind of broke down and cried. I gave her a big hug.

"It's important to me because I think actors have a responsibility to those who are challenged with these things to represent them as accurately as possible," she adds. "People can become very bitter and negative or they can rise to the occasion and choose to look at it as a learning lesson and what they can still offer to the world. It was a really, really interesting exploration, and I left unbelievably empowered, as an actor and as a person."

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

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

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

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

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

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A New Web Series For Michelle Stafford!

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

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

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Live From Port Charles, It's GENERAL HOSPITAL!

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

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

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

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Wright's Difficult Emmy Decision!

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

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

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

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

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Watch The Final Scene Of Yesterday's GH!

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

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Geary Sings GH's Praises!

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

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

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

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LoCicero Laughed Her Way To An Emmy Nod!

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

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

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

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

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

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Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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

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

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A. Martinez Goes Primetime!

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

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Kurth Leaves GH For DAYS!

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

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

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

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

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

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GH's Budig Tells All!

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Rebecca Budig is making an appearance on HOME & FAMILY to talk about her return to soaps as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Hayden. Tune in to the chat show Tuesday, March 31, at 10:00 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel to see if she spills any scoop on what's coming up in Port Charles!

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Ian's Out!

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Although a rep for GENERAL HOSPITAL had no comment, sources tell Soaps In Depth that Ian Buchanan (Duke) is on his way out of Port Charles. While we have no storyline information yet, Duke being wrapped up in the mob would make it unlikely that he and Anna will reunite and go somewhere else to live happily ever after...

Look for Buchanan's exit sometime in the coming weeks (May Sweeps is looming large in the near future!), and look to us for updates as more information becomes available!

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The Truth About Luke!

Ahead of the special show set to air next Wednesday, April 1, commemorating GENERAL HOSPITAL's 52nd anniversary, ABC has just released a thrilling promo for the episode, which promises to answer the question on every viewer's mind: What the heck happened to Luke? Check it out the video below, and then share your theories in the comments!

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Nefarious Nik Alert!

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

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Michelle Stafford Lands A Movie Gig!

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

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

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

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Cast Your Vote #15

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Once again, it's time to express your opinions for our Readers' Poll. In the comments section for this article, please respond to the question, and feel free to explain your answer, but remember that any comments here may be considered for publication in the magazine. Any extra comments you have that have nothing to do with this week's poll question should be directed to the Message Boards section of our Web site!

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think that Maxie should be with Nathan or Spinelli?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 2. And please, only one vote per person!

To vote on your favorite actor, actress and couple currently appearing on an ABC, CBS or NBC soap, please mail your choices to:

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Multiple mail-in votes during the same voting period will not be counted, so don't waste our time, your time, or the postage!

VOTES FOR ACTORS, ACTRESSES AND COUPLES CAST IN THE COMMENTS TO THIS ARTICLE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

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Emmy Nominations To Be Announced On THE TALK!

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

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

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Genzel's New Film Has Bite!

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

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

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

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Meet The Newest Spencer!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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

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

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GH Friday Recap: Carly, A Relationship Coach?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sean Blakemore Reopens The Fear Files!

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No stranger to on-screen deception, Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GENERAL HOSPITAL) stars alongside Eva Marcille (ex-Tyra, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) tonight, Friday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET, in the latest installment of Fear Files, a trio of thrilling tales on TV One. Sonny's right hand man reprises his role as Lockwood Masters, who, due to an accidental love potion overdose, cannot fight the urge to consume the one he loves!

While Marcille plays Blakemore's ex in this story, the actor says this was the first time the two performers ever met. "The chemistry was automatic," he happily shares. "When you're playing love interests, chemistry is so important."

Blakemore says that Lockwood differs greatly from his GH role in many ways. "Sean's like a Jason Bourne type, a mercenary," the actor says. "He does bad things for the right reasons. Whereas Lockwood is an everyday guy who just wants a normal life and a happy, healthy relationship."

The potion, however, changes everything. "He goes from 0 to 100 pretty quickly," Blakemore previews. "It gets to a point where Lockwood becomes a man with an extreme dark side."

Blakemore and Marcille's portion of the trilogy is titled "For The Love Of Lockwood Too;" the other two chapters are titled "Fire" and "Mama's Boy." So tune in tonight and enjoy some frights on Friday the 13th!

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Big News For Maurice Benard's Fans!

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

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

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

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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It's been a dozen years since we took this picture of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Rick Hearst (Ric) for a 2003 cover, but the TV brothers still look as handsome as ever! (Albeit both a bit more scruffy!)

What has been your favorite storyline involving the brothers? Tell us in the comments below!

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