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Genie Back On GH Next Week!

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Okay GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, Friday, June 5, is the date you're going to want to mark on your calendar, because that's when Genie Francis brings Laura back to Port Charles!

Entertainment Weekly broke the news of her first airdate, though at this time there's no details as to how long this stint will be. However, with Anthony Geary (Luke) exiting later this summer, it's more than likely Laura will usher him off the canvas when the time comes.

What would you like to see from Laura this time around? Sound off in the comments!

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Brown's Back On MAIDS!

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Lifetime's DEVIOUS MAIDS is about to get a lot more colorful with the return of Brianna Brown (ex-Lisa, GENERAL HOSPITAL) as Michael's prostitute-turned-bride, Taylor Stappord, to the cast this season. While she appeared briefly last season (to explain that she and Michael were moving to Washington, D.C.), Brown will be a major presence this summer. "I'm thrilled to be back — it's fun to be able to play in a dramedy, and the cast is phenomenal," Brown enthuses. "I'd missed a lot of my friends [there], especially Ana Ortiz (Marisol)."

Brown is also close with executive producer Sabrina Wind, who has big plans in mind for the Stappords' return to Beverly Hills. "When they mentioned bringing back my storyline, I was so excited," Brown confides. "I knew that it will be a lot of fun, and I knew that they were not going to be bringing me back for no reason!" Indeed, when the couple shows up in the Monday, June 1, premiere (airing at 9:00 p.m. ET), they'll have big news to share. "Taylor hasn't changed much," Brown insists. "But the dynamic between her and Michael has because of the stress of having a new child in the mix."

The duo will also add another new member to their household, maid Bianca (played by GLEE's Naya Rivera). "Naya is so sweet," Brown enthuses of her new castmate. "And she's pregnant, so it's been fun to talk about that between takes." For more from Brown, including details about her two upcoming films, check out her Soaps In Depth Keeping Track feature, on sale Monday, June 22.

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Dillon Comes Home!

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Tracy's younger son, Dillon, moves back to Port Charles next week on GENERAL HOSPITAL, with daytime newcomer Robert Palmer Watkins taking over the role! Lulu's high school sweetheart has been off the canvas since Scott Clifton (Liam, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) exited the soap back in 2007.

Tell us below, are you happy to see Dillon return to the show?

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Delia's Back On GH!

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With Ava's family questioning exactly who this Denise character is, it's the perfect time for her mama to return to GENERAL HOSPITAL for a visit! Ilene Kristen confirmed on Twitter that she would be reprising the role of Delia again, if only briefly.

"I will be on GH very briefly [Friday] and then again full show on Monday," she posted on Twitter.

Currently, Kristen is only scheduled to appear on the Friday, May 29, and Monday, June 1, shows, but we'll let you know if that changes. Might Delia be able to get to the truth about Denise? Tune in and find out!

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GH Friday Recap: Ava... Is That YOU?!

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The "death" of little preemie Jerome left Julian verklempt and unable to share that grief with his loved ones. Not wanting to leave him alone, Alexis had spent the night urged him to left his family show their love and support. Unaware of the events of the day before, Lucas showed up with a big smile and a bouquet of congratulatory mylar balloons, only for Alexis to break the unfortunate news. Lucas back out the door with his tail between his legs and the balloons over his head and swiftly filled in Sam and Kiki.

Sam took the news especially hard, considering she set off the confrontation between Julian and Olivia that resulted in the baby's premature birth. Patrick lent her a big, comfy shoulder. As she was heading out the door, he said those three little words for the first time: "I love you." And she said them back.

Shortly thereafter, Julian's family gathered and said they'd be there for him in any way he needed. In turn, he issued a promise that he was giving up the business for good. Yes, he had said it before, but the baby's death changed him. In the middle of his declaration, there was a knock at the door. Behind it, a gum-smacking, crass, brunette Brooklyn-ite... who looked an awful lot like Ava!

The day after Duke's funeral, Anna was not only haunted by the memory of shooting Carlos, but also by Carlos himself! She imagined him on a rampage following her around her hotel suite, screaming in her ear. Although still grieving Duke, Anna was a kind and polite to Sabrina when she came to visit, asking about Carlos' whereabouts. Anna attempted to dodge Sabrina's questions and then came up with a cover story: that Carlos attacked her and made a run for it.

Jake told Sloane that he wanted out of his undercover operation. As Jake erroneously saw it, Hayden was in coma because Shawn tried to shoot him and missed. He didn't want to risk anyone else being an innocent victim because of him, including Liz and Sam. Sloane threatened to ask the D.A. to press charges if Jake didn't cooperate. Jake knew what was at stake but walked away anyway.

T.J. visited Shawn in jail and began to trash his mother. He never imagined that his mother would put Shawn behind bars but, on top of that, he couldn't believe that she lied to him for all those years when he thought she was in jail. Nope. She had chosen a career over raising her own son. Shawn told the boy to stop disrespecting his mother, but T.J.'s head was way too hot!

Jordan, meanwhile, was desperate to save Shawn's hide and cut a deal with Scotty. All she had to do was talk Shawn into it. When she arrived at his cell, she told him that the D.A.'s office was willing to put him on probation... if he testified against Sonny. Shawn refused. Jordan pleaded with him but he refused to stab Sonny in the back. In complete desperation, Jordan blurted that he couldn't do that to T.J.... because T.J. was his son!

Monday's GH will be a rebroadcast but a fresh episode will air Tuesday, when Shawn weighs his options, Sloane has news for Jake... and what up with the wig, Ava? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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View The WINTERTHORNE Trailer!

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Candy may be the Winterthorne family business, but it won't be the sugar that kills ya in this crazy clan! The highly-anticipated Web series -- starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), ONE LIFE TO LIVE fan fave John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex), DALLAS icon Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Martha Madison (ex-Belle) -- will debut on Saturday, August 27.

Can't wait until then? You can catch a sneak peek of the tasty new show below!

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Cast Your Vote #23

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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 Valerie could really come between Dante and Lulu?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 28. 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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Dante's A Dad Again!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) who became a father for the third time on Sunday, May 17, at 11:50 p.m.! Adeline Pauline joins four-year-old sister Anbilliene, two-year-old Eliana and mom Linda Leslie to make the Zamprogna Family complete. "Home now," the actor tells Soaps In Depth. "Everyone's doing really well."

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New GH Mama!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Claire Coffee (ex-Nadine)! The actress took to Instagram to reveal that she and husband Chris Thile welcomed a baby boy into the world on Friday, May 15! Coffee, who currently appears on NBC's primetime drama GRIMM, posted that it was her show's season finale that day and she just had a baby. "I don't know what's more intense!" she wrote. "Just kidding, it's definitely childbirth, but watch tonight anyway!" You can see the full message and the Instagram photo of her and the bundle of joy by clicking here! Best wishes to the whole happy family!

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Two Bad Boys Out At GH!

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The second day of GENERAL HOSPITAL Live was also the last day on the set for two actors who are a part of the Port Charles underworld. Jeffrey Vincent Parise made his final appearance as Julian's right-hand-man, Carlos -- who was shot and killed by Anna in an act of vengeance for Duke's death -- in an exit which seemed pretty predictable as far as storyline goes.

But the announcement that really took viewers by surprise came from executive producer Frank Valentini, who shared during the behind-the-scenes video broadcast on Periscope that today was also Sean Blakemore's last day as Sonny's pal, Shawn, and presented both actors with a farewell cake. However, because the GH cast has actually taped several weeks ahead of what aired during Friday and today's live episodes, look for Blakemore to continue to air for a bit longer.

Tell us below, are you sad to see these actor leave the GH canvas?

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The Secrets Behind Lilly Melgar's Return to GH!

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Yep, that was Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily), who played Sonny's late wife, holding the cards with the credits on them at the end of GENERAL HOSPITAL's live show on Friday! How'd her "return" to Port Charles come about? "It all started at the GH after party after the Emmys," Melgar tells Soaps In Depth. "There was a group conversation going on and Frank [Valentini, executive producer] had a lightbulb moment! He pulled me away and said, 'I have this idea that'll be a really fun surprise for the fans!' That's how it happened!"

Melgar says she had an early morning call time at the GH studios the day of the live show. She immediately reconnected with friends who were both on the show when she was and some who weren't! "I went to the makeup room and saw Maurice [Benard, Sonny]," she says. "We hung out the entire time and had so much fun!" The actress made a new friend in Finola Hughes (Anna) and also saw pal Michelle Stafford (Nina). "She and I have been friends for years and to see her at a place I once called home was so awesome!"

GH did its live show twice on Friday and on the first airing Bernard stepped in during Melgar's segment and pretended to save her from a bomb, a nod to that famous moment when Lily was blown to smithereens back in 1996. "We rehearsed it where we did a 'no, you take it!' with the bomb, but we did it where he threw that bomb away which I thought was a better choice."

However, the show opted to not replay that moment for its second live performance that day when news broke of the sentencing of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

"Frank said it'd be in poor taste to do it because of the timing, and we all agreed," Melgar notes somberly, before adding on a more positive note that her Twitter feed was non-stop for a full day following her appearance! Melgar's appearance at the end of the live show has only fueled speculation that Lily has been alive all these years, having escaped the car before it blew up, and that she's the mother of either Teresa Castillo's Sabrina or Elena Tovar's Rosalie.

It remains to be seen if Melgar will drop the "ex" from Lily but she's definitely added the term "Emmy-winning" before her name, having earned a golden statuette as a producer of web soap THE BAY. "That's been a huge morale booster," she says. "After the wave of having won comes the reality of knowing we have to up our game!"

For more on what Melgar's been up to, check out the current issue of CBS Soaps In Depth in which the actress reflects on her time as Claudia on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.

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GH Friday Recap: Bang! Bang!

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In the first of two shows live from the GENERAL HOSPITAL sound stage, executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati left viewers with not one, not two, but four Friday cliffhangers!

The walls at Wyndemere have ears! Liz was letting Nikolas know in no uncertain terms that she wasn't going to "let some bit-con [aka Hayden] ruin my happiness!" Right on cue, Hayden marched in with a smile of a piranha on her face and said, "Oh yea? What are you gonna do about it?" A verbal catfight ensued with Hayden threatening to tell Jake that he was really Jason Morgan. "Go ahead! Do it!" Nik urged her.

Meanwhile, Sam headed to the garage to give Jake a sizeable piece of her mind! "Tell me you didn't kill Duke!" she shouted over and over again. But he couldn't say it. Out of frustration, she slapped him. (Side note: without the quick edit and sound effects added, it was more like she was wiping mustard off his cheek.) Finally, Jake screamed back, "I didn't do it!" Minutes later, Hayden arrived, ready to spill the truth to Jake!

Twenty-four hours after promising Sonny he'd reveal the name of Duke's killer, Julian showed up to do just that. After a shoving match and some broken barware (no surprise there), Julian told Sonny that Jake was the shooter and he was alone in the garage! As Sonny was telling Shawn, "Jake dies tonight!" Julian stepped outside and called Sloane. It was all a set up so Sloane could catch Sonny in the act of murder!

Fresh from Duke's funeral, Anna paid Sabrina a visit. Sabrina admitted that she let Carlos hide in her apartment, but the minute she knew he shot Duke, she was horrified. "He told you, did he, that he had killed Duke?" Anna asked. "Yes," Sabrina confirmed. Anna had the proof she needed. She handed Sabrina her phone and told her she must find out where Carlos was. "It's the right thing to do," Anna said. Through tears, Sabrina spoke to a repentant Carlos and learned he was on Pier 54 waiting for a boat.

Shortly thereafter, Anna found Carlos on the dock. She pulled her gun and said he was under arrest for the murder of Duke Lavery. He toyed with her, saying he'd never go to jail because of reasonable doubt. She regretfully agreed... and pulled the trigger, shooting him in the chest!

Franco came knocking on Nina's hotel suite door, begging for forgiveness, but her ears were closed. Nina stepped out of the room for a few seconds and, when she returned, she was decked out in a wedding gown, veil and all! She announced that she couldn't sit around after he broker her heart so she moved on... and was getting married that day! Franco thought she was either delusional or trying to stick it to him. Then there was a knock on the door. Was it Nina's "fiancé"? From the look on her and Franco's faces, it wasn't housekeeping with fresh towels!

Live, Monday on GH, what does fate hold for Carlos, Jake, Hayden and Nina? Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Today's The Day! GH Goes Live!

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The GENERAL HOSPITAL cast and crew will put on the first of two live shows today, May 15, with a second one on Monday, May 18! (On the West Coast, a taped version of the live feed will be aired.) "Everyone's going to be tuning in to see if we screw up," chuckles Laura Wright (Carly).

In the two live episodes, one couple will wed, a character will be shot -- and so much more! Plus, on Periscope, you can see what's going on at the set during commercial breaks! You can download the social networking app here, then follow @generalhospital for the live video.

Read more after the jump!

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Is GH's Barash A Killer?

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If you miss seeing Brandon Barash as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Johnny, you can watch him guest-starring as Stephen Christos in tonight's episode of CSI: CYBER airing at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS! In the episode, titled "Bit By Bit," the cyber team investigates when a hacker uses a power outage to mask a robbery/homicide at a jewelry store where the gems weren't the target. Barash will be playing a man forced out of the family business who becomes a suspect in his brother's murder. But is he a killer or just another victim? Tune in and find out!

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Hang With GH's Grahn!

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Nancy Lee Gran (Alexis) would like to invite you to attend her 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Event! It will be held Friday, August 7, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Conrad's in Glendale, CA. The event will include a Q&A session, plenty of personal time to chat with Grahn and get autographs and pictures, raffles, silent auctions and more. The $80 ticket price includes appetizers and soft drinks, and there will be an additional cash bar. An $85 ticket also includes a 5x7 picture of the actress and a raffle ticket. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit her Web site by clicking here!

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Cast Your Vote #21

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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 Michael and Sabrina can make a relationship work?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, May 14. 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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Recap: The Beginning Of The End Of Duke?

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One little faux pas like trying to blow up a shipload of people and GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jake will forever be labeled a dangerous criminal, huh? You betcha! That's precisely why Nathan and Maxie jumped to the wrong conclusion when they came upon him in the Metro Court parking garage, holding a gun and standing beside a puddle of fresh blood. It was, however, innocent. The gun belonged to Carlos and the blood, unfortunately, was Duke's. Nathan promptly cuffed him, called for back up, and Jake was whisked off to the PCPD for questioning.

Excitement (not the happy, peppy kind) was brewing elsewhere. Duke's bodyguard, Bruce, snuck into Jordan's darkened apartment, pointed his gigantic gun at her bed and fired, killing... her hypoallergenic pillows. She, actually, was standing behind him with a gun pointed at him! Although surprised to see that her co-worker wanted her dead, she pulled the trigger, and he was a goner.

Meanwhile, Anna was eagerly packing, as she anticipated a life on the run with Duke. Sloane was happy with the news and tried to talk her out of it. That failed miserably. She pointed out to him that she was madly in love with Duke and wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. "Why do you care so much?!" Anna asked. Sloane answered sheepishly, "Maybe I'll miss you." Before they got along much further in their conversation, Jordan called with the news that she killed someone. When Sloane and Anna arrived at her apartment, the implication was clear: Duke sent his man, Bruce, to kill Jordan. Sloane pressed her for where she was supposed to meet Duke. Instead, she ran out.

Anna arrived at the pier and called out for Duke. He stumbled into sight and opened his tuxedo jacket to reveal he was covered in blood. He then slowly and lifelessly slid to the ground.

Michael managed to get another kiss from Sabrina, who was concerned about their growing closeness as well as the propriety of it. That flew out the window with the batting of a few lengthy eyelashes -- Michael's -- and they agreed on a second date. After Michael left, Sabrina was about to retire for the evening when there was a knock at her door. It was a breathless Carlos asking for help.

Back at the Metro Court, Olivia was too far into labor to transport her. Patrick broke the news that she'd have to have the baby right there on the spot. She shrieked and howled and shouted and screamed in pain, as Julian pretty much did the same. It was his baby being born and, by hook or by crook, he insisted to be there during the birth, to which Olivia all but said, "Like h-e-double hockey stick you will!" Alexis got him to put on his big boy pants for just a minute and, with that good talking to, he calmed down out of the room. Olivia gave birth to a boy. But was he a healthy boy?

Monday on GH, Sabrina has a decision to make, Tracy has questions for Michael, Olivia learns the condition of her new son... and Anna learns just how bad Duke's wound really is! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Boss Speaks Out On Geary's Exit

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The daytime world was rocked by the news earlier today that Anthony Geary would be exiting as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke later this summer. Now, the soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini, has released a statement on losing one of his top performers -- and the most-decorated actor in the industry.

"Tony recently made his intentions clear that he would vacate his role of Luke Spencer this year, and it was a decision he did not come to lightly," shares the GH boss. "After 37 years on the air, Tony felt this was the right time to bid adieu to Luke Spencer, Port Charles and GH. Anthony is our friend and a part of our television family, but, as difficult as this may be, we understand and respect that this is his choice.

"Rest assured," Valentini continues, "Tony has promised to be with us throughout the summer as we have some exciting things in store for Luke. The door will always remain open, so don't think this is the last you'll see of Anthony Geary or Luke Spencer."

Are you disappointed to see Geary and Luke leave Port Charles? Sound off in the comments below!

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Anthony Geary Is Leaving GH!

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It was a real shocker to the daytime industry: Anthony Geary -- the genre's historic eight-time Emmy Award winner -- is walking away from GENERAL HOSPITAL! After nearly 40 years of playing Luke Spencer, the highly-respected actor is exiting the role permanently later this summer.

The news of Geary's exit and plans to 'retire' have shocked his castmates, who, for several weeks, haven't been too successful in keeping the secret. While whispers about Geary leaving have been trickling out, with respect to the actor (as well as a big GH exit plan for him), Soaps In Depth did not report this shocking career news, holding it until he decided to address the decision himself. For many years, Geary has spent several months at his home in Amsterdam, where it is expected he'll move full time.

Look for an interview with the popular actor in a future issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, but for now, here is the riveting interview Geary gave to Michael Logan at TV Insider annoucing his departure: http://www.tvinsider.com/article/1691/exclusive-anthony-geary-quits-general-hospital/

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Strolling Through Memory Lane With Finola!

FinolaHughesGal.jpg How did the role of GH's Anna change the life of her portrayer, Finola Hughes? "It gave me some stability," she tells Soaps In Depth in the current issue. "Even though the stories took off and I worked incredibly hard over the next few years, at the beginning it wasn't like that. I had a chance to kind of sharpen my teeth and figure out what I was doing." Now, the beauty looks back on not only her decades as Anna, but also some of the other projects that made her a part of pop culture history!

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Ellie And Spinelli Ride Into The Sunset!

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Spixie fans, 'tis true, your favorite GENERAL HOSPITAL couple is no more. Maxie and Nathan kissed and made up, while Spinelli shouted his unrelenting, absolute love and devotion to Ellie. SpEllie went their way (back to Portland) and Naxie went theirs (back to her place!).

Is there any glimmer of hope that they're suffering from temporary insanity or this is all a dream sequence that they'll wake from in a few days? Sorry, Spixians, no. But what's your loss is certainly the gain of SpEllie and Naxie shippers!

"When I got the phone call that I got to go back and fight for my man, I was excited because I do think Spinelli and Ellie make a good couple," says ginger-haired cutie, Emily Wilson. "The way he literally swept her off her feet at the end was a nice kind of 're-happy ending.' The last time we left, it was unclear whether Spinelli was really making that decision because he wanted to or because he felt like that's what he should do. This time it was done in a way where it can't leave a doubt in anybody's mind that he wants to be with Ellie because that's where his heart is."

That said, it most definitely does not mean you've seen the last of Wilson or Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). The Jackal is the father of Maxie's baby and Ellie did have a sweet friendship brewing with Nathan. Both actors are not only on board for future visits to Port Charles — they'd love it!

"I'm always happy to receive a phone call asking to come back. I would do that in a heartbeat!" Wilson cheers. Anderson seconds that motion and raises with an enthusiastic, "Sure! The time away from the character made me love him even more and made coming back to play him even more fun. I hope they'll call me when they have an idea they're excited about!"

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Watch The Emmys On-line!

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Did you miss watching the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards when they aired live on Pop because your cable carrier doesn't offer the channel? Then this is good news for you! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has uploaded the telecast to the Official Emmy YouTube channel! You can view it at your leisure here. (And if you did get to watch the ceremony on April 26, and just want to see it again, your secret is safe with us!)

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Alicia Talks Courtney's Return!

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Fan February kicked off with GENERAL HOSPITAL asking its loyal viewers which character from the past they'd like to see return for a special guest appearance and Spencer's mom, Sonny's sis and Nikolas' ex, Courtney, raked in the most votes!

"I was, obviously, so thrilled and moved that they voted for me!" smiles Alicia Leigh Willis, who played Courtney for five years before leaving to pursue other interests. "It was so overwhelming to go back, just the amount of love and excitement that I got because I hadn't seen anybody in so long. It was one of the most touching moments of my life. It was a beautiful reunion of kisses and hugs. It was really special."

The character of Courtney died nine years ago after giving birth to Spencer and then succumbing to a deadly virus. So this wasn't a reunion with her son but rather an introduction. "Although it's the first time Courtney has actually had a chance to meet her son, I feel like in some way she's always been there looking over him," Willis says. "This was a chance to finally tell him that, and it's at a time when he needs it the most."

Willis got a kick out of Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer), saying, "He's 10 going on 40!" Bechtel is a precocious ball of energy that not only charmed her, but also her young daughter, Simone. "Nicolas is incredible!" Willis says. "He has an amazing sense of humor, and he has such a good head on his shoulders. Simone was following him around like a little puppy dog. She followed him around the whole studio. When we had to leave, it was like the world was ending. She didn't want to go. It was very dramatic."

Courtney's visit was a quickie, but one thing's for certain, Willis wouldn't mind popping in and out again in the future. "Spencer needed her now, and I think it was important for him to know that she was there for him," Willis says. "I'm not sure what the future holds, whether or not Courtney will be coming back. I would love to work with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) again. He's a good friend and I adore him. I would always be open to that opportunity."

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Buy Patrick And Emma's Song!

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How sweet was the song that Patrick and Emma sang at the Nurses Ball on yesterday's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL? "Nothing I Can't Do" was written by the actor who plays Dr. Drake himself, Jason Thompson, and the duet performed with his TV daughter, Brooklyn Silzer, is now available on iTunes!

Check out the pair's adorable performance from the Nurses Ball below, then head on over to iTunes to buy the single!

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Is Liz Out At GH?!

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A rumor circulating on the Internet has Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL for a few weeks as a way to usher Rebecca Herbst's Elizabeth off the show. But before fans fly into a tizzy, the actress would like to nip this particular rumor in the bud!

"This is news to me!" Herbst tells Soaps In Depth. "I wasn't aware this rumor was circulating, nor have I heard anything about Lucky coming back to town for a few weeks." As for what's going on in Elizabeth's current storyline, Herbst shares with a smile, "All I can say is, it's gonna be interesting!"

With the reveal that Jake Doe is really the back-from-the-dead Jason, it's certainly not the time to be writing Liz off the canvas! So let's file this particular rumor under "F" for "False."

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Tyler's Baby News!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and his wife, Brienne, who welcomed a baby daughter into the world today! "7lb 11oz! Finally here!" he told his Twitter followers. The couple's son, Greysun James, is five.

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GH Friday Recap: 'Jake IS Jason!'

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What would GENERAL HOSPITAL's Nurses Ball be without 1) getting a glimpse of Lucy in her undies and 2) a relationship catastrophe? This year's gala to benefit the treatment, prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS was on its way to history repeating itself yet again!

Brad's evening began with a jumping-for-joy reunion with his BFF, Britt, who came out of hiding for one reason and one reason only -- to watch red carpet arrivals with him. With a half-gallon of ice cream and two spoons in hand, the besties poked fun at the dazzlingly dressed folks of PC, waiting -- hoping -- for a blooper, fall or a wardrobe malfunction. Maxie did just fine filling that order! Upon hearing of Spencer's accident, Britt ran to Wyndemere, gave the tyke a pep talk and told him to stop sulking and get his little behind to the ball!

After guests filed into the Metro Court ballroom, the show began. Lucy, looking as lovely as usual, kicked off the evening by introducing the nurses of GH, who welcomed the crowd with song and dance. Then, with a clap of thunder, the stage darkened and Obrecht appeared. Dressed in head-to-toe red, she strutted around the stage, bursting balloons as she sang "99 Red Balloons."

Lucy took the stage and shut her down faster than lanes on the George Washington Bridge and moved right on to the next act. Ric. He looked at Liz and told her to open the box Molly had given her moments earlier. In it, a diamond engagement ring. As a montage of his and Liz's beautiful times together flashed on a giant screen, he looked at her and sang, "[I Wanna] Marry You."

Suddenly, guests gasped as Hayden and Pete's wedding photo was projected behind Ric. Carly and Pete waltzed onto stage and, well, to sum it up, "outted" Ric's scheme. Both furious and humiliated, Liz ran out, and Ric quickly followed. He, of course, used his standard, "I did it because I love you" speech." This time, there was no way she was going to fall for his lies. That was it; they were finished, done, through, kaput.

Meanwhile, Lucy asked Brad up to the stage and save the party like he did last year. With the tempo jacked up a little, he finished Ric's song. The lyrics got the best of him because when he was done, he walked up to Lucas and proposed!

After her part in Ric's plan had been revealed, Hayden ran out with Jake close behind. She confessed everything to him and was even somewhat apologetic. Carly ordered both her and Ric to leave the premises or she'd have security throw them out! At the same time, a frantic Liz ran into a dressing room. She felt like a fool for trusting Ric again. But, more importantly, she realized that Jake's marriage to Hayden was a lie. That meant Liz could be with him. Nikolas did his best to calm Liz, but to no avail. Until, that is, he said those shocking words: "Jake... is Jason!" Liz froze.

Monday on GH, Spencer takes his pursuit of Emma too far, Anna and Duke don't see Lucy coming, and Magic Milo and the Magic Wands! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Jack Wagner Visits HOME & FAMILY

Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) appeared on the Hallmark talk show HOME & FAMILY on Friday, May 1, to talk about his primetime series WHEN CALLS THE HEART which just premiered its second season last weekend. You can catch WHEN CALLS THE HEART Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel, and you can watch HOME & FAMILY weekdays at 10:00 a.m. ET on the same network!

And if you missed Wagner's appearance, you can watch his segment above!

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Thiebaud Talks Britt's Return!

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Some things are worth risking jail time for, and one of them is to watch Nurses Ball red carpet arrivals with your bestie! GENERAL HOSPITAL's Britt, who has been in hiding since late last year to avoid child endangerment charges, shocked the socks off of Brad when she showed up at his door. It was the perfect return at the perfect time!

"It was good being back," portrayer Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) grins. "It was just a case of getting used to that [taping] speed again. I didn't have a lot of time to work on the material, so it was [a little] like the first time I set foot in there just trying to find my feet again."

For Thiebaud's beau, Bryan Craig (Morgan), a Britt/Brad reunion was the way to go! "People like seeing Kelly and Parry [Shen, Brad] together," Craig says. "People really like them as a fun pairing. It was a good idea that they thought of bringing her back for that and that she decided to go back for a day."

And it could be just the beginning! "It's like my family away from my family," she says, and one that she wouldn't mind visiting — and working with — again in the future! "I would love that. And I told them when I decided not to re-sign that I'd love to recur. But I don't know if they would do that."

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Genie Francis Returns To GH!

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Looks like reuniting GENERAL HOSPITAL legends Anthony Geary (Luke) and Genie Francis (Laura) at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards wasn't just a tease, because it has just been revealed that it's going to be happening in Port Charles!

"Hey GH fans: I have awesome news..." tweeted GH executive producer Frank Valentini, "Genie Francis is coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL!"

In a press release issued shortly after his Twitter announcement, Valentini said that "Genie is a part of our GH family and the door has always been open for her to return when the timing and story are right. Lucky for us, the stars have aligned and we are thrilled to welcome Genie back home."

At this point, that's all we know, though, so stay tuned as we get more information from everyone involved about when we can expect to see Laura back on our TV screens, and how long her visit in Port Charles will be!

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Monaco Dances Again!

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Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kelly Monaco (Sam) know that she was the first celebrity winner of DANCING WITH THE STARS back in 2005. Tonight, Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC, the Emmy-nominated actress returns to the ballroom and reunites with pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy on DANCING WITH THE STARS: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL for a routine that is not to be missed!

"It gives 'taking it all off' a new meaning," Monaco previews to Soaps In Depth about her dance with Chmerkovskiy, her pro partner in DWTS' All-Stars season. For viewers, the dance — which is one that the couple has done before — will be highly entertaining. For Monaco, it means getting to have a creative do-over.

"When we did our 'surfer' dance in the All-Stars season, I was wired not to take it all off," she recalls. "Val took one for the team. I felt that hindered our experience. I felt that there was one thing that I did wrong during the All-Star season, and now I got to do it again the way I wanted to do it. Life doesn't often let you do that and I got to do it again."

Monaco says she knows how lucky she is to have been part of the dance competition reality series. "I feel like I've been struck by lightning a few times," she acknowledges. "I don't know why. This time, I felt like I did the dance justice, and that we even did it better. Don't miss this show!"

Does the former mirror ball trophy winner think that this will be the season that Chmerkovskiy, partnered with Rumer Willis (daughter of Demi Moore, ex-Jackie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), will win? "For sure!" Monaco exclaims. "If he doesn't win, there's something seriously wrong with the world. No one else can win this season, in my eyes."

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GH Emmy Winners Enjoy THE VIEW!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Daytime Emmy Award winners are going to be appearing on THE VIEW today, Monday, April 27. GH executive producer Frank Valentini will be joined by actors Anthony Geary (Luke), Maura West (Ava), Chad Duell (Michael) and Donna Mills (ex-Madeline) live from the soap's set in Los Angeles.

So don't forget to set your DVRs (or tune in live!) to ABC from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon today!

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Daytime Emmy Winners!

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The Daytime Emmys have chosen the best of the best, and in a rare upset, DAYS OF OUR LIVES and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS shared the honor of Outstanding Daytime Drama this year! Read on for all the winners and share your thoughts on this year's Daytime Emmys ceremony in the comments!

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Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners!

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The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held last night, and THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL was the big winner, taking home eight trophies. GENERAL HOSPITAL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS nabbed three each, and DAYS OF OUR LIVES got two. And for the first-ever Guest Performer In A Daytime Drama, it was a three-way tie!

Read on for the full list of winners, then be sure to tune in to the Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!

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GH Friday Recap: Ready... Aim... Oopsie Daisy!

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They don't make hitmen the way they used to. GENERAL HOSPITAL had not one, but two botched assassination attempts.

Flub number one came in the form of Duke's dude, Bruce. Anna and Jordan were having another clandestine meetings in one of the busiest places in town when Anna saw a gunman through the corner of her eye. She pushed Jordan out of the way and bullets began to fly. Bruce, missed his target, Jordan, who walked away from the scene with a twisted ankle and a few hairs out of place.

Botch number two came in the form of Carlos, who positioned himself in Hayden and Jake's Metro Court room, where he had a clear shot at Duke in the hotel's terrace restaurant below. Why, oh, why these mobsters keep dining on that terrace is unexplainable. It's where Manny Ruiz aimed at Jason but hit Sam and Ava Jerome had her gun pointed at Sonny but got Olivia square in the chest instead.

Anyway, Carlos was just about ready to pull the trigger and take out Duke when Hayden returned and inadvertently thwarted the hit. Carlos said he was a friend of Jake's, which didn't explain the massive firearm in his possession. He claimed he was a "friend" of her husband's. Not surprisingly, she didn't buy it. Feisty Hayden all but grabbed him by the ear and tossed him into the hall.

Duke was shocked when Jordan strolled into the Metro Court unscathed. The whole point of ordering someone dead is to, you know, kill them! Bruce failed. After Jordan and Shawn left, Duke chewed out Bruce for his incompetency. Bruce explained that Jordan wasn't alone; Anna was with her. Duke was horrified. Anna could have been an unexpected casualty of Bruce's ineptitude.

After having a pushy and annoying phone chat with Sloane (or it could have been a telemarketer), Jake was in a bit of a frustrated rampage when Carly showed up at the garage. She was just about to reveal the Hayden/Pete scheme when Anna showed up looking for answers about the failed hit. Shortly thereafter, Hayden summoned Jake back to the hotel, where she had a few questions of her own!

Meanwhile, a different kind of war was erupting at ELQ. Michael had just told Sonny that someone switched his allergy meds for roofies, which is why he'd been acting crazy. Cue Morgan and Kiki, who stepped off the elevator and into the center of the hysteria. They pretended to have no clue what Michael was talking about... until Michael gave his little brother a shove and a zip-lochk bags of pills fell out of him like he was a piñata.

Michael realized Morgan and Kiki returned to replace the bad pills with the right ones. Morgan was forced to come clean and begged Sonny to understand. He didn't. In fact, Sonny joined in on the screaming match. Michael accused them of kidnapping A.J. (Avery), too, but they adamantly denied. But wait. It then got weird. Morgan and Kiki returned to Silas' apartment... and baby Avery was there!

Monday on GH, Carly has it out with Kiki and Morgan, Michael and Sabrina grow closer, and Nathan tells Nina she's a kidnapping suspect! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH's Luke & Laura Reunited Again!

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It's been nearly two years since Luke and Laura said farewell on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but the daytime supercouple's iconic portrayers, Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, will be together again on-screen at this weekend's Daytime Emmy Awards! NATAS has announced that soap legends will reunite as presenters during the live awards broadcast, airing Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. EST on Pop.

Tell us below, are you excited about this reunion?

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GH's Duell Fell For It!

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Timing is everything, as they say. The fact that April Fools' Day followed the announcement of the Daytime Emmy Award nominations had poor Chad Duell (Michael, GENERAL HOSPITAL) falling hook, line and sinker for a well-planned and executed prank!

"My brother is a producer on a radio station in Los Angeles," Duell sets up. "The main DJ called me and acted like he was the head of the Television Academy. He said there was an accounting error and I wasn't really nominated."

Apparently Duell didn't check his calendar to see that the date was April 1 because he bought it! "I was shocked," he says. "I said, 'Come on. Really? Alright. Wow, this is really going to be embarrassing to take me off the ballot.' Then they told me it was a joke. They did it really, really well." Duell laughed it off, but another family member took the prank much more seriously. "My mom got pretty angry at my brother," Duell grins. "The plan is to get them back!"

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Live Tweet With The Wagners!

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The second season of WHEN CALLS THE HEART, starring Jack Wagner (ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Lori Loughlin, premieres on Hallmark Channel Saturday, April 25, at 8:00 p.m. ET. And while Kristina Wagner (Felicia, GH) doesn't make her first appearance until early May, she'll be joining the cast in live tweeting the season premiere!

So use the hashtag #Hearties and follow @LoriLoughlin, @JackWagnerhpk, @ErinKrakow, @DLissing, @1KristinaWagner, @HallmarkChannel and @WCTH_TV to join in the fun!

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Vinessa's Advice For Single Moms

VinessaAntoineGal.jpg That annual holiday is upon us when we pay tribute to those wonderful women who brought us into this wacky world — our moms. In celebration of Mother's Day, the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth shines the spotlight on some of GH's most famous moms, including Vinessa Antoine. She and her character, Jordan, have one very big thing in common — they're both single parents raising teenage boys. "We're in a very specific bubble that we feel like a lot of people don't understand," she explains. Pick up the ABC issue for more from her and your other favorite daytimers!

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Cast Your Vote #19

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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 believe that Ava will actually wind up dying?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 30. 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.
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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!

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

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GH Fan Favorite Is Engaged!

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Congratulations to Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL), who has just announced her engagement! A few weeks after tweeting that she had some big personal news to share, the QUEENS OF DRAMA star has let the cat out of the bag!

"Ok!!! Here is my news. Finally!" she shared on Instagram. "I got a mani after exactly 1 year & we are planning our wedding." The actress wrote a follow-up on Twitter, revealing that her simple, yet elegant, gold band engagement ring once belonged to Audrey Hepburn, and that her fiancé (whom she's only called her "cowboy" on Twitter) got down on one knee to pop the question while dressed in his police uniform.

"Thank you for sharing in our excitement," gushed Marcil, adding that she and her beau plan to tie the knot next summer.

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UPDATE: More Emmy Announcements!

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The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has already announced many of the actors who are slated to present at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, and now they've revealed some more surprises!

Look for Eileen Davidson (Ashley, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Kristen, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) will be joining the ranks of presenters, as will the cast of the new reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA (which premiers directly following the ceremony), Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Lindsay Hartley (Cara, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Lizzie, GUIDING LIGHT; Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).

As a special tribute to the fans of daytime drama, the ceremony will also feature some special fan awards, including Favorite Daytime Hottie, Most Romantic Duo and Favorite OMG! Moment. You can vote on those by clicking here.

Producers are also promising many surprises and star appearances, including teasing that the evening will reunite two soap star legends! So be sure not to miss this year's Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop!

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