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Daytime Emmys Are In June

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The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, June 22, at the Beverly Hilton. However, a broadcast deal has yet to be struck, so while the ceremony has aired on HLN for the last two years, there's no word on which network might air this ceremony yet. Still, the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences are confident a deal will be reached.

The Creative Arts portion of the Daytime Emmys are scheduled to be handed out on Friday, June 20, at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Final nominees in all categories are set to be announced on Thursday, May 1. Based off the pre-nominations that have been revealed, who are you hoping gets a nod?

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Hove Haunts Dreams!

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American television fans know Anders Hove best from his role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's diabolical Cesar Faison. But back home in Denmark, the talented actor is quite an accomplished and renowned stage thespian!

Hove is currently starring as yet another creepy character in The Royal Danish Theatre's production of The Sandman, an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman's 200-year-old psychological thriller short story. (Although, since the performances are in the country's native tongue, the play title is actually The Sandmanden!)

While Hove himself is quite charismatic, just how creepy can he be as The Sandman? You can check him out in the play's promotional video here, and here is a behind-the-scenes look at the production!

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See GH Star's Documentary!

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Children Of Internment, the documentary on German families interned by the United States during World War II by GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristina Wagner (Felicia), is having a special screening at the Santa Fe Film Festival on Sunday, May 4. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion of the film with Wagner. Tickets are available by clicking here.

In addition, the doc will be screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Triangle Theater in Costa Mesa. Tickets for that showing are available at this link.

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Bid On A Makeover For The Fan Club Weekend!

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How would you like to look like one of the stars while attending the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend this August? Well, right now you can bid on this auction for a makeover by one of the Emmy-winning hair and makeup team at GH as well as tickets to the GH Fan Club Weekend events hosted by Your Number One Fan in Los Angeles!

You'll have your hair and makeup done, and then be able to attend up to six events during the Fan Club Weekend, including early entry and priority seating. The auction ends on Thursday, May 8, and you can check on the current bid and make your own by clicking here! Proceeds from the auction will go towards Hollywood For Habitat For Humanity. Good luck!

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Party With The Stars!

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If you don't yet have plans for Memorial Day weekend, we present you with this: The 15th Annual SoapFest Charity Weekend on Marco Island, FL! More than a dozen daytime actors are scheduled to attend the festival, taking place Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26. Stars scheduled to appear include GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (Britt); and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Melissa Archer (Natalie).

SoapFest events include the intimate A Night Of Stars dinner; Cruizin' Boozin' & Schmoozin' With The Stars on the Marco Island Princess yacht; Celebrity Karaoke Bar Bash and VIP Brunch With The Boys Of Daytime.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual SoapFest weekend, which will raise funds for Camp Able (a program for local special needs children), the Island Theater Company Kids Program and other local organizations. For a complete schedule and description of events, ticket packages, and additional updates, visit www.SoapFest.com.

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Sabrina Being Recast?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL has released a casting notice looking for a female character "originally from Mexico" who has "come to Port Charles to pursue a career in medicine." The character is labeled as a major recurring role with the possibility to become contract.

While this does immediately appear to be a dead ringer for Sabrina — and the character is said to begin shooting in late May around the time that Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) goes on maternity leave — a source tells Soaps In Depth that this casting notice is not for Sabrina, but for a new role.

Who do you think it could be?

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The "Other" Falconeri Baby?

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"By the time I'm through, I won't be the villain of this story; I'll be the hero." Oh, that Liesl Obrecht knows how to connive her way out of corners with style, doesn't she? The GENERAL HOSPITAL baddie had a master plan to evade prison and it was a whopper! Late, late into the night, Dante and Lulu were bringing baby Ben home for the first time to his new home. When they opened the door, Olivia jumped up with gigantic "welcome home" sign and more energy than the average person has at three in the morning. Rather than put the cutie patootie right to bed, they sat up with him, for a spell and grappled with the issue of whether or not to rename him. Finally, the verdict came in. "Rocco Falconeri," it is.

Just as they were calling it night, Dante's phone rang. It was Obrecht calling from behind bars, saying she had a statement for him and only him. Against his better judgment, he complied. When he arrived, she instructed him to drop the charges against her because she had something he and his wife desperately wanted. Dante and Lulu had their son back and, as he saw it, they didn't need anything else. Obrecht smiled confidently and said cryptically, "How about your OTHER child?"

Since learning that Det. Sexypants was the son she gave birth to but gave to her sister, Madeline, when he was an infant, Obrecht was champing at the bit to tell Nathan that she was his mother. Madeline argued that nothing good could come from it, but Obrecht thought of a few practical reasons who he should know the truth. Like, what if Nathan and Britt met, hit it off and then slept together, not knowing they were siblings?

It was almost as if Obrecht had a hidden camera in Nathan's apartment because that's pretty much what was playing out at that exact moment! Oh, minus the slept together part. Not that it wasn't heading in that direction, because it was! They were both drunk and hurting and about to lock lips when Maxie appeared in her jammies. Britt caught her up on the events surrounding Dante and Lulu's biological son, which made her giddy with happiness. With "the mood" broken, they went to sleep, with Nathan in the bed and Britt on the sofa.

Although it was pushing three a.m., Luke was chatting it up with Sonny, weaving a white lie to cover his tush about a conversation with Ric. Little did he know that the doodie was about to hit the fan because Spencer was telling his father, Nikolas, that he heard his Uncle Luke telling some man (Julian) that "they had to get Uncle Sonny." How far would Luke go to insure Spencer keeps his mouth shut? We'll find out soon enough!

Next week on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Dante shares Obrecht's news with Lulu, Nikolas makes Liz an offer she can't refuse, and Ned returns to Port Charles. Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Watch GH's Carlypalooza All Over Again!

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They haven't been together for several years now, but there's no denying that GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny and Carly are one of the show's supercouples... and the April 1 episode gave viewers a special treat when the sassy gal's former portrayers, Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun, joined the actress currently playing the part, Laura Wright, for a special walk down memory lane with Maurice Benard's Mob kingpin.

Whether you missed it the first time, or just want to see it all over again (and again and again), Soaps In Depth has the montage right here!

Here is Part 1:

Here is Part 2:

And here is Part 3:

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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: Which lovely lady would you pair with Nathan?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 17. 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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GH Star Joins DAYS

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GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney) has landed herself a stint over on DAYS OF OUR LIVES. Look for the actress to first appear as Debra on Tuesday, April 22, tying into the storyline with the increasingly disturbed Liam. The casting information for the role described the character as "married to a man she thought was her perfect guy only to have the illusion shattered by his lies, manipulation, threats and dangerous actions." Sure sounds like Liam to us!

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Madeline Caught Red-Handed!

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Silas, Sam and Nathan had it all planned out on Friday's GENERAL HOSPITAL. The idea was to plant a story in the newspaper that would lure Ava to the Metro Court Hotel to "finish off" Nakamura, the man who was the only witness to what really happened to Nina. But their trap snared an all-together different rat they never expected to catch!

The scene at Metro Court was set with Sam hiding under the bed covers posing as Nakamura and Nathan waiting in the other room for Ava to sneak in and make the kill. When the hotel door opened into the darkened room, a manicured hand pulled out a gigantic syringe and tiptoed to the bed to slay "Nakamura." Nathan quickly flipped on the lights and, with gun drawn, shouted, "Freeze! PCPD!" His mouth dropped open when he realized the would-be assassin wasn't Ava at all, but rather his mother, Madeline!

Meanwhile at GH, a warn out Britt took a call at the nurses' desk and was shocked to hear her mother on the other end. Obrecht was mighty proud of herself for not only getting her daughter released from police custody, but also for absconding with baby Ben! She wanted Britt to be happy and she knew that running away with "her son" would do it. Obrecht had worked out all the details of Britt's future, including a new home in a new country with a new identity for both Britt and Ben. Finally, Britt folded, pulled out a pen and paper and asked her mother where she was. Although Britt knew that what Obrecht had suggested was wrong, there was something that sounded heavenly about running off with Ben and starting a new life. "God help me," she told Brad. "I want my son."

Dante and Lulu wanted him, too. While he was working diligently trying to get a warrant to put Britt under surveillance, Lulu told Nikolas how her talk with Liz really buoyed her spirits. Nik mentioned his own visit with Liz and how discouraged he was that Ric spent the night with her. Lulu put that myth to rest, assuring him otherwise. But then, who was it that he heard in Liz's house if it wasn't Ric? He showed up at Liz's door and asked the same question, but Liz didn't need to answer. Obrecht stepped in behind her with a gun in her hand and said, "That would be me."

Next week Britt has a surprise for Dante and Lulu, Nathan has some explaining to do and Sonny confronts Luke about his crazy behavior! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Who Is Annie Logan?

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GENERAL HOSPITAL gave a fun shout-out on its 51st anniversary episode — which aired on Tuesday, April 1 — to a fan-favorite character when Bobbie tearfully informed Scotty that Noah had dumped her for an old flame — Annie Logan. Just who is the third in Noah and Bobbie's off-screen triangle?

Annie, played by Susan Pratt, is Audrey Hardy's niece, an R.N. who made the Port Charles scene in 1978 and quickly became a fixture at the 7th floor nurses station. It was Annie who deduced that orphan Jeremy Hewitt (who she later adopted) was the carrier of the Lassa fever outbreak, which temporarily quarantined the hospital. During her five-year stay, she was paired with hunks Jeff, Joe, and Noah, but despite these romances, Annie left town with her much-discussed virginity still intact!

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"I got a call from a girlfriend who told me, 'Susie, you were mentioned on the show today,'" Pratt tells Soaps In Depth. "I watched it on-line and thought it was great! It was exciting to hear 'Annie Logan' talked about on GH after all these years. It was funny to hear Scotty say, 'the virgin?' It was like an inside joke. I think it is just great that GH gives shout-outs to their fans like this. It was an honor to have Annie be referred to, especially on the 51st anniversary show."

Is Pratt, now a realtor in New York, open to reprising Annie if the show were to extend an invitation? "Absolutely," she says. "I still get out on auditions and I'm thinking about taking a trip to L.A. I have some wonderful friends out there including Carmen Thomas (Hillary, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Jamie Lee Curtis. You never know!"

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Jackson's NASHVILLE Tour

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The fictional TV series NASHVILLE is about to get very real as some of the show's stars hit the road to support the primetime sudser's fourth soundtrack, set to be released on Tuesday, May 6.

GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) will join castmates Charles Esten, Chris Carmack, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio for an East Coast mini-tour this spring!

Friday, April 25
Joe's Bar, Chicago
Click here for details and tickets.

Sunday, May 4
Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
Click here for details and tickets.

Tuesday, May 6
Best Buy Theater, New York City
Click here for details and tickets.

Tickets for the three dates go on sale Friday, April 4.

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Benard Dishes On Today's Carlypalooza!

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Today is a do-not-miss-it day for GENERAL HOSPITAL fans! Are you ready for the craziest treat ever, as served up by executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati? In honor of the show's 51st anniversary, they have gathered the "three Carlys" for one-off-the-charts surprising scene with superstar Maurice Benard (Sonny)!

"It was like Disneyland to have all three of them on one show!" Benard says of the original Carly, Sarah Joy Brown, her super-popular recast, Tamara Braun, and the current blonde spitfire, Laura Wright. "I got to work with three actresses that I respect. Each one brought something different to the character. I had to be cautious of the fact that it was still Carly. I had to play three different energies but be aware that it was still Carly. It was very tricky. Each woman has a different energy, so if I just played the reality of what the circumstance was, it wouldn't work. It's a fine line, but it felt right. I felt really good about it."

If the cast and crew's reaction to what they shot is any indication, the fans are in for a treat! "I heard that people really loved it," Benard says. "It felt really honest but you also have to wink a tiny bit. This kind of thing has never been done. I haven't seen it yet but, as a fan myself, I can't wait!"

So don't forget to tune in today, Tuesday, April 1, at 2 p.m. EST and 1 p.m. PST/CST on ABC!

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SCANDAL For GH's Roché!

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Sebastian Roché, who was most recently seen in primetime as THE ORIGINALS' evil bloodsucker Mikael, is getting ready to sink his teeth into another role, this time on ABC's SCANDAL!

"I'll be on SCANDAL this coming Thursday, April 3, for a few episodes," the actor tweeted. "Tell everyone!" He also posted photos of himself on set and with series star Kerry Washington. "Wonderful cast!" he enthused.

Who will Roché be playing? You'll have to tune in this Thursday to find out!

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Get Sleepless With Zamprogna!

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Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is holding a private meet-and-greet on Saturday, May 17, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Seattle, WA, that he's calling Sleepless In Seattle W/Dom!

Regular tickets are $100 and include meet-and-greet time with Zamprogna, a Q&A session, autographs and photos. Then there's the $185 VIP ticket which includes private lunch with the actor, priority seating and a swag bag! But the VIP tickets are limited to only 20, so don't miss out!

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Seattle Food Bank charity, and you can purchase tickets by clicking here.

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First Look!

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The official trailer for the upcoming independent film The Ghost And The Whale, starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's own Maurice Benard (Sonny), has been released! You can see it here -- and Soaps In Depth has the very first T-shirt from the movie, autographed by Benard himself! We'll have all the details about how you can win the shirt in an upcoming issue!

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Sonny And His Carlys!

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This is no April Fool's joke! You are looking at a photo that Laura Wright (Carly) posted to Twitter of her and former Carlys Tamara Braun and Sarah Brown flanking Maurice Benard (Sonny) backstage at GENERAL HOSPITAL! On the episode airing Tuesday, April 1, GH will be celebrating its 51st Anniversary with cameo appearances by Braun and Brown.

We can't tell you exactly how they'll appear in the episode, but what do you think? New characters? Dream sequence? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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"Sonny Shot Me Because Of Ava"

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Gun shot to the chest and brain aneurism aside, GENERAL HOSPITAL's A.J. wasn't too wounded to drop a huge bombshell right in Carly's lap! He had been in a coma fighting for his life for days, but it wasn't until Carly walked into his room and began to confess how much she wanted to shoot him that he began to show signs of life. "I think Sonny might have had that honor, but I can't be sure because Sonny's not talking... and neither are you," she said. That's all his subconscious needed to hear for his eyes to start blinking the way Frankenstein's did when those neck bolts got zapped with electricity! "Sonny shot me because of Ava," he moaned... then his eyes rolled back into his head and he crashed!

Sonny, meanwhile, was getting chewed out by Monica. (You go, girl!) She said that if she didn't know better that she'd think he was the one that shot A.J. Oh, if only she had Olivia's talents. You know, the predictions thing and not the "other" stuff that we can't speak of in our family magazine. Any way, Monica's ire most definitely hit Sonny right where it hurt, like in his conscience, because her words cued the dramatic music and a close up of Sonny's dark, guilty eyes!

Obrecht returned Britt's call, which was on speakerphone in the PCPD interrogation room. The plan was to get Dr. O to reveal where she was so the police could get her and rescue Ben in the process. But thanks to Lulu, that plan was shot in the foot. For a little lady, she sure has a big mouth! She burst into the interrogation room while the call was live, signaling to Obrecht that they were trying to trap her in a confession. After Obrecht hung up, she pulled a gun on someone in the room with her -- Liz! Yes, the evil doc was holding Liz and Ben hostage in Liz's house! O might have thought that was a good idea... until Nikolas showed up!

MONDAY: Nikolas senses something is off with Elizabeth. Sam enlists an unlikely person for help. Julian concocts a new plan to bring down Sonny. Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Springfield Drops In!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rick Springfield (ex-Noah) will soon turn up on Lifetime's DROP DEAD DIVA playing — you guessed it! — a bad boy rocker with some big-time problems. In the episode, titled "First Date," front man Liam Summers has legal drama stemming from his habit of trashing hotel rooms and comes to the firm for help. Might Jane and new hire Belinda prevent his irresponsible behavior from putting the band's next big tour at risk? "There's all sorts of reasons why Liam thinks he's getting kicked out of the band," Springfield previews. "You'll find out later on why that actually is."

"Brooke Elliott (Jane) is a doll," Springfield says of working with the series' star. "She did some really funny takes." But for the performer, in addition to getting some "meaty scenes," the best part of doing the appearance was getting to work with fellow guest star Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, who plays the band's manager. When part of the shoot was postponed due to snow, the two had to make fast travel plans. "We both had to go to Nashville, and all the flights were canceled, so he gave me a ride back on his tour bus," the Grammy winner reveals, grinning. "We wrote a song — musicians don't like to waste time! I'm gonna see him next month... I want to write more with him."

Tune in to catch Springfield's episode on Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m. EST. For more on what the multi-talented man is up to — including details on his soon-to-be released novel — catch his upcoming Keeping Track feature in Soaps In Depth.

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GH's Wagner CALLS THE HEART

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There's new romance brewing on Hallmark Channel's period drama WHEN CALLS THE HEART: Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has joined the cast as Mountie Forensic Investigator Bill Avery, and he's bringing the heat! First introduced in last week's episode, Avery arrived on horseback to find out the truth about the deadly explosion in Coal Valley that killed many of the locals, including the husband and son of Abigail Stanton (played by EDGE OF NIGHT's Lori Loughlin, Jody). Might Wagner's character help the shaky widow find her footing? Behind the scenes, it was the other way around. "Lori's an old friend, and a terrific actress," Wagner confides of his scene partner and pal on the Vancouver set. "I play golf with her husband and we've run in the same circles for years."

In "Prelude To A Kiss," the season finale airing Saturday, March 29, at 9:00 p.m. EST, Wagner's character will be back to further pursue Abigail while at the same time, delving deeper into the dangerous mystery. "My character gets beat up while he's at the crime scene by some masked men," Wagner reveals. "So it unfolds to be a real good versus evil situation."

With the fate of the town, as well as Abigail's family name, on the line, the evidence that Avery has collected becomes all-important. Who will triumph? Abigail pins her hope on the visiting Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black (James Brolin), but will she be able to continue living in the small town — let alone find love again — in the aftermath? "They leave the show with cliffhangers," Wagner says of the possibility of his return. "So hopefully Hallmark will pick it up for a second season!"

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Watch The Trailer For Benard's New Movie!

The official trailer for the upcoming film starring Maurice Benard (Sonny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has finally been released! Watch this teaser of The Ghost And The Whale to whet your appetite for the movie, and we'll let you know as soon as we have information on its full release!

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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 approve of Molly and TJ taking their relationship to the next level?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 3. 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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Victor's Back Again!

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If you didn't get enough of Victor Cassadine during Thaao Penghlis' recent brief stint on GENERAL HOSPITAL, there's more to come in the very near future! The actor just tweeted: "So happy to announce I was just asked back on GH on the 31st. Oh, what disturbances and romance will be taking place? Hullo, Spencer!"

When we have more details regarding Penghlis' first air date and the length of his stay, we'll let you know! Will Victor have news of Robin's efforts to bring Jason back to life? What do you think brings him back to Port Charles?

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Uh Oh! Liz Finds Britt's Confession!

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When will those Cassadines on GENERAL HOSPITAL learn that their dark, dank, gothic Wyndemere mansion and cheery celebrations just do not mix? Everyone who is anyone in Port Charles showed up at the island estate to pay homage to the bride and groom to-be, Britt and Nikolas. But just as the ghost of wives past (aka Emily) predicted, it ended in tragedy!

The evening began on a very strange note, with Luke gawking at Britt's fine form and complimenting Nik on his fiancé's "hot piece of ass." Nik was just a mouthful of martini away from a spit take after hearing that one and promptly kicked Luke out! Unaware that her future hubby was put out with the trash, Tracy went looking for him but instead found Lulu fussing over baby Ben. The resemblance between Lulu and the little tyke had not gone unnoticed, which was making it even harder for her to detach. Lulu was starting to wonder if her inability to have a child of her own was karmic payback for having an abortion when she was a teenager.

Brad, meanwhile, was being consumed by guilt for his part in Britt's "stolen embryo" saga. He so wanted to confess to Lucas but Obrecht was hovering like a vulture ready for the kill if he made that unwise choice. "One word out of you and you're finished," she warned. She meant it and he knew it! But Brad was the least of Obrecht and Britt's worries. Little did they know that an innocent expression of prepubescent love would be their downfall!

Earlier in the week, Britt had taken Brad's advice and wrote a letter of apology to Lulu, confessing the entire scheme that lead to Britt giving birth to Lulu and Dante's child! Although it was a good idea to get it off her chest, leaving the confession unattended in her office so Cameron could pick it up and make it into an origami heart for Emma wasn't the brightest move she's ever made!

Cameron gave Emma the heart at the party and Spencer, in a jealous rage, threw it on the floor and smashed it to smithereens. Then, of course, Elizabeth found it and realized it was Britt's handwritten confession that Ben was Lulu's son! She was just about to rush out and blab to Nikolas when Ric stopped her. He told her to tell Lulu and let her decide what she wanted to do about it! Whoever finds out first was beside the point. Any way you slice it, Britt's life is about to make an about-face!

And that's not ALL that happened Friday! Julian got a text from his financier, saying to meet him in the stables. Both Sonny and Alexis naturally assumed it was Ric. Well, they were wrong. It was Luke!

Next week, Alexis confronts Ric about his connection to Julian, Lulu stuns party guests with a wild assertion and Nikolas has some choice words for Britt! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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THE BAY Characters Confess!

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Chapter 12 of THE BAY doesn't start until Thursday, May 1. However, in the meantime, fans of the Web soap that stars Mary Beth Evans (Sara; Kayla, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Tristan Rogers (Rex; Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Lilly Melgar (Janice; ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and many more daytime favorites can check out THE BAY: CONFESSIONS OF BAY CITY, a "pre-show" for the Internet drama series.

To kick off this new round of CONFESSIONS, the town's notorious villain Steve Jensen — played by Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS) — returns to the hot seat and shows us that he is as wicked as ever! Watch Ashford's episode by clicking here, then check out newer ones by Derrell Whitt (Will) and Jade Harlow (Lianna; Sheryl, DAYS) and get ready to tune in for chapter 12 of THE BAY in May!

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GH's Newest Hunk!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL has confirmed the casting of Australian actor Zachary Garred as Levi, and the actor himself has tweeted that he will first air on Thursday, April 3. Garred has soap experience, having appeared in the Aussie sudser HOME AND AWAY. GH is keeping mum on details regarding the character, but seeing as how the casting description for Levi described him as a New Age hippie type, and Maxie has been away on a spiritual retreat, it seems likely she picked herself up a guru of some sort!

The role of Levi is recurring, but Garred has tweeted that "so long as Port Charles will have me I will be happy to hang around!"

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Nikolas and Emily's Unforgettable Romance!

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Nikolas and Emily's fairy tale love has long been labeled as one of GENERAL HOSPITAL's most romantic couples ever... and we're here to explain why!

As teenagers, they along with Lucky and Elizabeth called themselves the Four Musketeers. They were an inseparable foursome, coming to each other's rescue in times of need and diving head first into adventure when it arose. Through the years, those bonds only grew. Although Lucky and Liz became a couple when they were still kids, it wasn't until Emily learned that she had cancer that her relationship with Nikolas made a shift. At the time, she was with Zander. But wanting to spare him the heartbreak if she died, Emily asked Nikolas to pretend to be in a relationship with her. Nikolas agreed to the ruse. As he pushed her to fight more aggressively for her life, they began to fall for each other. Afraid of her feelings for him, she pushed him away, devastating him in the process.

The Cassadine empire was in trouble and the only way to restore the family fortune was for Nikolas marry a woman named Lydia. At the same time, Emily's health was on a rapid decline, and she decided to marry Zander from her hospital bed. Nik and Em's feelings continued to grow even though they were betrothed to others. One Halloween night, she finally confessed her love to Nik. Zander was devastated and tried to break them up a number of times, but his efforts failed. Fate wanted Emily with Nikolas.

When a fire broke out at the Port Charles Hotel, Zander was assumed dead. He later turned up alive, and Emily rushed into his arms. He begged her to run away with him. When she refused, he took her hostage. Nikolas rushed to her rescue, but his car swerved off the road and he was presumed dead. In reality, he had amnesia and was living with a woman named Mary who made him believe he was her husband. When a chance meeting brought Nikolas and Emily face to face, she vowed to help him recover his memory of the love they shared.

Furious that everyone kept the truth of his identity from him for so long, Nikolas turned his back on Emily and Lucky. Helena shipped him off to Shadybrook, where he was being heavily drugged. To be at his side, Emily had herself committed! Nikolas' memories came flooding back and they escaped

Emily's health took a turn for the worse and Nikolas looked desperately for a cure. After Nikolas was arrested for Helena's "murder," he and Emily married. But Emily knew deep down inside that Helena was still alive. To lure her out of hiding, she enlisted Mary's husband, Connor, to impersonate Nikolas. But in the process, Connor became obsessed with Emily and raped her. Afterwards, she found it impossible to get close to Nik, who was a dead ringer for her rapist. She found comfort with Sonny, while Nikolas turned to Courtney.

Nikolas and Emily eventually found their way back together, only for her life to end tragically at the hands of the Text Message Killer.

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Kanan Out At GH!

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Port Charles won't have A.J. Quartermaine to kick around anymore! TV Guide is reporting that Sean Kanan has reached a mutual agreement with GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Frank Valentini to step down as A.J., and should last air in April. The actor admits that the lack of a romantic storyline for his character made him feel like A.J. didn't have much of a future on the soap.

Instead, Kanan is going to be returning to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL to reprise the role of Deacon, the schemer he also brought to sister soap THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for a time. He will reportedly first air on the CBS sudser on Friday, June 13.

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Hello There, Ned!

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Look for GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tracy to get a visit from her son very soon! Wally Kurth (Ned) revealed on Twitter yesterday that he'd been at the GH set earlier this week. "Well, I had nice day in Port Charles yesterday. Yes, Ned will be arriving in town soon. Stay tuned. Thanks for waiting!" There's no official word on when Kurth -- who regularly appears as DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Justin -- will air on GH.

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Cast Your Vote #13

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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 Britt and Nikolas will make it down the aisle?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, March 20. 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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Watch Soap Life

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Daytime dramas have seen an uptick in ratings, but in recent years have gone through quite a bit of turmoil. And over those years, the documentary Soap Life examined the plight of the American soap opera. Now, Soap Life is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN) and more!

For a preview, you can watch the trailer below!

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Donna Mills On GH Teaser!

Are you ready for Donna Mills to make her debut on GENERAL HOSPITAL this Friday, March 14? Watch this promo and it'll make the waiting that much worse!

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Sonny's On The Hot Seat!

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Have you ever seen GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny nervous to the point of getting "the shakes"? Well, he was!

Sonny wasn't nervous about shooting and potentially killing A.J., a man he had been known publically to despise. And he wasn't nervous about there being a witness to the crime who also happened to be one of his greatest enemies. No. The only thing he was nervous about was losing Michael once he found out that he put a bullet in his bio dad's chest!

Means, motive and opportunity. Sonny had them all. Shawn worked diligently to secure him an alibi so, at least, "opportunity" could be taken off the table. There was always Duke to fall back on for that. Or maybe not! That would mean lying to Anna yet again. But there was also that not-so small problem that A.J. could ID Sonny as the shooter and A.J. was hanging on. Therefore, Shawn would have to "take care" of A.J. if he recovered. At least they had a little time to pull together a plan, what with Julian being in police custody, a factoid that made Sonny a tad giddy.

Meanwhile, there wasn't much anyone could do for an unconscious A.J. other than talk to him and hope that he could somehow hear them. Michael, Carly and Elizabeth all gave that a try but with no luck. When Sonny later showed up to check on Michael, Carly didn't mix words. She cut right to the chase, asking him, "You shot A.J., didn't you?"

Julian was locked up behind bars, just as Ava predicted he would be. But at least he had Carlos on "the outside" acting as his eyes and ears. He knew she was somehow behind the shooting and ordered Carlos to dig for the truth. Julian pled with Alexis to take on his case but, because she was also Sonny's attorney, there was the question of conflict of interest. That said, she assured him she'd get him another attorney. A good one. Namely, Ric!

Over at the Q mansion, Monica had called every dive and strip club in Port Charles looking for A.J., who had been missing since the break-in that left him certain someone was trying to kill him. Luke tried to divert the subject, callously saying he wanted to lighten the mood and announced he and Tracy were engaged. Monica's reaction was bewilderment, prompting her to ask Tracy, "Why? He's still after your money!" Luke went ballistic, calling her a serial cheater with a revolving bedroom door. "You may be Tracy's sister-in-law but you're a legendary slut!" he shouted. Tracy told him to back off, that he was being mean. "What on earth did they do to you at Miscavige?" she asked. That, Tracy, most certainly is the question!

Next week, Obrecht learns that Britt and Nikolas are getting married, Ric has something major to share with Liz, hand danger hovers in A.J.'s hospital room! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Soap Stars Sing!

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You already know that many of your favorite stars have talents that go far beyond their acting abilities, and a half dozen of them are preparing to wow you with their vocal stylings with Soap Stars Sing!

The event will showcase the talent of Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, B&B), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC), Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH) and Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC), with more talent to be announced as the show grows closer.

Soap Stars Sing will be held on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theater in Thousand Oaks, CA. Tickets are currently available on-line at varying price points, including a VIP Package that includes a post-show meet-and-greet and photo op with the actors. For more information and to order tickets, visit the show's Web site by clicking here!

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McClain & Lindstrom Wed!

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As Soaps In Depth first reported in our issue that went on sale this week, Cady McClain (Kelly, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Dixie, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin, GENERAL HOSPITAL) have come forward to publicly announce that they've tied the knot!

The couple became man and wife on Friday, February 14, meaning that Valentine's Day is going to be extra-special from now on! McClain and Lindstrom had a small, intimate ceremony, and in keeping with their low-key attitude, hadn't made a big announcement until now.

Congratulations to the happy couple, and best wishes for the future!

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GH's Herbst Wants To Help You!

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We're gearing up to launch a brand-new recurring advice column in ABC Soaps In Depth, but we need your help to make it a success! We'd like you to ask us for any general tips or advice you need regarding makeup, skin care or hair care. But we won't be the ones advising you on your beauty dilemmas — It's going to be GENERAL HOSPITAL star Rebecca Herbst (Liz)!

So just post your questions (which don't need to be about the actress or her co-stars on GH) in the comments here on our Web site, on our Facebook page or Twitter, and then keep an eye out for upcoming issues to see what advice Herbst has to give!

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New DANCING Contestants Revealed!

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The contestants for the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS has been announced, and sadly, there isn't a soap star from ABC Daytime in the lineup. However, one of the celebrity hoofers does have a connection — Billy Dee Williams may be best known as Lando Calrissian from the Star Wars movies, but he also appeared as Toussaint in GENERAL HOSPITAL's spin-off NIGHT SHIFT as well as in a few episodes of the parent soap itself!

You can read up on all the stars featured in this new season at the official Web site, as well as learn more about the new twist called "The Switch Up" that will allow viewers to mix and match celebrities and dance partners halfway through the season! So while Williams will initially be partnered with professional dancer Emma Slater, if he lasts to the time of the twist, that will definitely change!

Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH) and J.R. Martinez (Brot, ALL MY CHILDREN) both took home the mirror ball trophy in earlier seasons of DANCING, and Lisa Rinna (Billie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES), Cameron Mathison (Ryan, AMC), Susan Lucci (Erica, AMC), Aiden Turner (Aidan, AMC), Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax, GH) and Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GH; ex-Nick, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) all acquitted themselves well. Are there any soap stars you think would be a fierce competitor in a future season?

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Cast Your Vote #11

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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 Alexis rekindle things with Ric or Julian?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, March 6. 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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Daytime Emmy Pre-Noms Announced!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in cooperation with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, have announced the pre-nominees in the acting categories for the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Due to a rule change, the on-line versions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were able to join GENERAL HOSPITAL, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS and DAYS OF OUR LIVES in the broadcast categories; However, they only scored pre-nominations in the younger performer slots.

An on-line ballot featuring all entrants in each of the six categories were sent to judges who viewed clips of their work before selecting their top ten performers in each category. However, due to ties, Outstanding Lead Actress contains 12 performers and Supporting Actor has 13. The candidates who received the highest number of votes will now advance to the blue ribbon screening round set to begin on Wednesday, March 26. This will determine the final nominees and ultimate winner.

The final list on nominees will be announced on Thursday, May 1, but you can find the full list of all the pre-nominations after the break. Did your favorites make the cut? Who would you vote for?

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A.J. Realizes "Ava Killed Connie!"

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If Ava and A.J. would just take a time-out, they'd realize they have more in common than their initials. We're talking, of course, about their love of vodka. When he's stressed, he downs it straight; she likes it shaken with an olive or two. Friday they were both swimming in it! Hearing from Carlos that he botched the "hit" on A.J. rattled her chain and, let's just say, she wasn't doing a happy dance. And when he said he accidentally left his gun behind at the Quartermaine mansion, she freaked. "Tell me again how you can yourself a professional!" she barked. He apologized, like that would calm her down. Although she put the operation on hold until she figured out what to do next, there was one thing she knew for sure... A.J. had to go!

Meanwhile, A.J. was filing a statement with Anna and Dante about the masked intruder who tried to kill him. He didn't know who it was but he was "damn sure Sonny sent him!" He was wrong. After taking another guzzle or two of vodka, he flashed back to the night Connie was killed and realized that she was alive when he left... and when Ava arrived. "It was her! Ava killed Connie!" he concluded. At least he was right about that!

Robin broke the news to Liz and Anna that she was leaving Port Charles. Neither of them understood how she could just up and leave her family again. "If you knew why I was going, not only would you support me, but you would be thrilled," she told Liz. Anna was a little harder to convince. Actually, she was rather miffed. Robin appealed to her maternal instinct, saying she was raised to do the right thing, even when it was something difficult. Anna was a puddle. And when Anna cries, we cry.

Next week, A.J. lets Ava know he's on to her, Robin says her goodbyes to Patrick and Emma, and Ric has a rather surprising disclosure for Liz! Don't forget: 2:00 ET and 1:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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A Who's Who Guide For BEACON HILL!

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Next Wednesday, March 5, marks the launch of an exciting new Web soap, BEACON HILL! New media pioneer Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT, etc.) is part of the team behind the drama, which centers on two Boston families at opposite ends of the political spectrum.

With political rivalries, romances gone bad, blackmail and family dysfunction, BEACON HILL has all the makings of a must-see series! In anticipation of the show's premiere, Soaps In Depth chatted up some of the top players in the drama for the scoop!

Alicia Minshew (Sara Preston)
"Sara left the love of her life, Kate, for this reporting job, and the break-up was painful. She's now come back to Beacon Hill for a job and bumps into Kate, so it's reigniting feelings. There are issues with Sara and her grandfather, whom Kate is now working with, and she has a tumultuous relationship with her mother, who is a drinker. She's trying to be a good reporter but stay true to her family. Everything kind of gets mixed up and muddled!"

Sarah Brown (Katherine "Kate" Wesley)
"When Crystal sent me the script, I read all 12 episodes and called her immediately. I originally wanted to play the character of Sara -- I understood where she's coming from. But Katherine ended up being much more of a challenge. I love every bit of this."

Read more after the jump!

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