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Kin Shriner Unplugged!

KinShrinerGal.jpg This week marks a big day for GH's Kin Shriner (Scotty). Four decades in daytime is a reason to celebrate, don't you think? For the current issue of Soaps In Depth, we sat down with the fan fave and talked about his rascally alter ego's past (and future) in Port Charles... and how he still keeps Scotty fun and fresh after all these years!

"Every time you leave, you do some other new stuff, because all actors shoot for the moon," Shriner admits. "Then, when they want you to come back and be that character again, you think, 'Sure, I can pump him back to life again.' When you get there, you gotta bring it. I come to the table with game. Those actors that I work with on GH, they all have game. They sometimes don't know what to make of my game, so they're on high alert," he jokes.

"They step up to bat and go, 'I don't know what Kin's gonna do, but I'm gonna have game, too!' There's nobody on GH that's not good. It's just how you rile them up at the time. If I stick my finger out at Maurice Benard (Sonny), believe me, he's going to bite it off! My game and his game. That makes the scene interesting."

In the 10-page special dedicated to Shriner, he shares his hilarious childhood connection to the legendary Lucille Ball, memories of those iconic early years on GH, and the person to whom he attributes the show's success. We also opened our files to find some old photos of Shriner that will surely put a smile on your face!

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Budig's Back On GH!

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

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

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

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Cast Your Vote #33

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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: Can Lulu and Dante salvage their troubled marriage?

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

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New Twist In Prospect Park Lawsuit!

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

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

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

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

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Baby Number Two For Stafford!

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

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

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

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Kristina Comes Home!

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

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

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

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Visit SOUTH BEACH Today!

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

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

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

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Did THE BACHELORETTE Make The Right Choice?

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After what's been dubbed the most controversial season yet of ABC's hit series, THE BACHELORETTE — aka Kaitlyn Bristowe — finally picked between her final two suitors, Nick Viall and Shawn Booth.

(Obviously don't read on if you haven't seen the episode yet because... spoilers!)

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Today Is Anthony Geary's Final Episode!

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In case you didn't know, today's episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL will be Anthony Geary's last as Luke Spencer. The iconic actor (who also happens to be the most-decorated Daytime Emmy Award winner) wrapped up his 37-year run last month, and his final scenes will air this afternoon. Be sure to pick up our Special Collector's Edition issue of ABC Soaps In Depth (on sale now) for an insider's look at Geary's farewell luncheon. Then, our tribute to the fan favorite will continue in the ABC issue on sale next week, where Geary's co-stars say good-bye to the beloved star.

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Watch The Extended WINTERTHONRE Trailer!

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A month from today — that would be Thursday, August 27 — the exciting new Web series, WINTERTHORNE, will debut. The delicious drama, centered around one family's candy dynasty, features plenty of faces familiar to daytime viewers, like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kirsten Storms (Maxie) and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Martha Madison (Belle), John-Paul Lavoisier (soon-to-be Philip; ex-Rex, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig) and DALLAS matriarch Linda Gray (Sue Ellen; ex-Priscilla, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL).

Check out the extended trailer at www.winterthorne.com!

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GH's Castillo Expecting Again!

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Some eagle-eyed GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers noticed that actress Teresa Castillo (Sabrina) spent most of an episode last week sitting on the back porch of the Quartermaine mansion holding a pillow in her lap. And when Sabrina and Michael went swimming in the lake, she was reluctant to take off her cover-up and go swimming. And their suspicions were confirmed today when Castillo posted on Instagram a photo of the entire happy family, including husband Shane Aaron carrying daughter Victoria, and her carrying her baby bump! "Someone's getting a little brother..." she wrote in the photo's caption.

There's no word yet whether this pregnancy will be written into Sabrina's storyline on GH as it was with her first child. Would you like to see Michael and Sabrina start a family? Sound off in the comments with your thoughts and your best wishes for the expectant mother!

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GH Friday Recap: Luke And Bobbie Share Goodbyes!

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A soft, wistful smile still lingered on Luke's face from his otherworldly chat with his dearly departed mother, Lena, when Bobbie walked in the old Spencer house on Elm Street. The gun on the table immediately concerned her, but Luke set her at ease. Although he had considered ending his life, he instead decided to leave Port Charles in search of his future. Bobbie agree that he needed to "find himself," but couldn't he do that without leaving town? The thought of not seeing him again brought her to tears. After they agreed to not say goodbye, but merely arrivederci, he kissed her on her cheek and she left. Luke turned back into the room and saw a young man. They sat and talk for a while, then Luke patted his teenage self on the shoulder and said, "Are you ready to hit the road? With that, together, they exited the Spencer house for the last time.

Laura ran into Scotty at the Metro Court and told him that she didn't run off on a romantic adventure with Luke, but rather they were rescuing Lucky, Ethan from Frank and Jennifer Smith. Scotty was thrilled that they also found Little Jake alive and well, but he was surprised to hear that Lucky left town, considering his son wasn't dead! Laura confessed that there was more to the story. And it was evident that she was itching to tell someone the secret. Scotty offered to let Laura unburden herself, and, boy, was she tempted to do just that! But before she could reveal what she knew, Bobbie interrupted and announced that Luke was leaving town.

Nathan and Maxie were just about to enjoy dinner when Madeline joined them at their table. Nathan introduced his "mother" to his girlfriend, which did not go well. Madeline felt the need to needle Maxie about tripping in front of the cameras on the Nurses Ball red carpet and how she must learn to make graceful entrances. Nathan was about to escort Maxie away when Madeline explained that she was worried about his sister. She detailed Nina's hallucinations and expressed her concern that Nina really did kidnap Avery. Madeline begged Nathan to keep an eye on her.

Meanwhile, Nina was in shock to find a crib in her hotel room. Upon closer inspection, there was a creepy doll covered with Avery's monogrammed blanket inside! Panicked, Nina ran into the bedroom just as Ric was in the hall, paying off a hotel employee to remove the crib. When Ric walked in the suite, music was blaring. Nina came out of the other room and was stunned to see the crib gone. Ric reached into his pocket, switched on the recorder with the baby crying and pretended he didn't hear it. Nina freaked and sank to her knees. After Ric calmed her, Nathan arrived to check on her. He didn't just see Nina; he also saw the blanket that Avery was supposedly found in when she was kidnapped!

Franco's arrival had Ava hopeful that he had found the taped of her confession in Scotty's office, but her partner in crime admitted that the D.A.'s office was surrounded by security. After prodding, he finally got her to admit that she had been hooking up with Morgan. A lot. "What kind of mother would sleep with her daughter's boyfriend?" Franco shouted. Yes, she hated lying to her daughter, but she and Morgan had an unbreakable connection. Franco had an easy solution: He would tell Kiki the truth!

Monday on GH, Luke says one final farewell, Franco makes a not-so idle threat, and Madeline tells Maxie exactly what she thinks of her! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Headwriter Out!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL headwriter Ron Carlivati has been let go from the ABC soap. The scribe had moved to GH, along with executive producer Frank Valentini, upon the cancelation of ONE LIFE TO LIVE in January 2012. During his tenure at OLTL, Carlivati's team won the 2008 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team.

Daytime veterans Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante have been named co-headwriters, effective August 10. "We are pleased to welcome back two esteemed writers to our GH family," said Vicki Dummer, executive vice president current series programming, in the announcement. "Shelly and Jean's combined talents and experiences promise to continue the show's legacy of compelling storytelling that will resonate with our impassioned viewers. We're delighted with what they have in store for the show as they continue honoring the rich, diverse environs of Port Charles."

Both scribes come to Port Charles with plenty of soap experience -- and Daytime Emmy Awards. Altman's writing credits include OLTL, ANOTHER WORLD and headwriter at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. She was previously co-headwriter for GH back in 2012. Passanante, who joined the GH writing staff a few months back, has held the headwriter or co-headwriter position at AS THE WORLD TURNS, Y&R, ALL MY CHILDREN and AW, and also served on the OLTL writing staff.

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Video: GH's Geary On NIGHTLINE

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In case you missed it, NIGHTLINE did a segment about Anthony Geary leaving the role of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Luke after nearly four decades. They talked to Geary and co-star Genie Francis (Laura) about the iconic Luke and Laura romance and then Jane Elliot (Tracy) about being the most recent woman in Luke's life. It's full of classic clips and photos that every GH fan will love! Watch it below!


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GH's Barash Moves To Melrose Place!

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Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has a new role: He's been cast in the upcoming Lifetime film, The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story! Barash will play actor Thomas Calabro and his MELROSE PLACE alter ego, Michael Mancini, in the tell-all movie, which is the latest installment in the cable network's Unauthorized series. Scheduled to air on Saturday, October 10, the film will take viewers behind the scenes of the popular 1990s primetime soap.

And just in case you'd like to get even more nostalgic, Lifetime will air The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story on Saturday, October 3. The Unauthorized Full House Story will debut on Saturday, August 22, starring Justin Gaston (ex-Ben, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) as John Stamos/Uncle Jesse. (Stamos, of course, once played Blackie on GH.)

Check out a cast photo from The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story below, and let us know in the comments if you think Barash will make a good Michael Mancini!

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Did You Order Your DVD Yet?

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Soaps In Depth recently told you about a special collaboration that photographer Jim Warren did with GENERAL HOSPITAL icon Anthony Geary (Luke), a 25-minute travel documentary with a twist titled Amsterdam: On The Move With Anthony Geary. The limited-release movie was filmed several months ago in Geary's adopted city, Amsterdam, while Warren was visiting his friend -- and the first 50 people who mentioned Soaps In Depth while ordering the DVD received their copy autographed by the beloved Emmy winner. Since those first 50 copies went so quickly, Warren is now including a bonus photo of Geary for readers who mention In Depth in their order.

For details on how to order your copy of the film, check out the poster below!

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OLTL Fan Fave Is Pregnant Again!

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Erin Torpey (Jessica, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is expecting her second child with husband Hamilton Von Watts! In several recent Instagram posts, the actress revealed that she is halfway through her second pregnancy with another boy. The couple's son, Izaiah, celebrated his fifth birthday last month. (He's pictured above at age 2.) Congratulations to the Von Watts family on the new addition!

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The Pecks Have Added To Their Pack!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE stars Terri Conn (Aubrey) and husband Austin Peck (Rick) welcomed their second child together over the weekend! The couple announced on Twitter that Conn had given birth to Morgan Theresa Peck on July 18. (You can see an adorable pic of the newborn here.)

The new addition joins the couple's daughter, Keira (2 1/2), as well as Conn's daughter, Julia, and Peck's sons, Aidan and Roman. Congratulations!!

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Baby On Board!

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Matthew Ashford (ex-Tom, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Stephen, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Jack, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and actress/teacher Lana Buss are expecting their second child in November. "It's gonna be a girl," he reveals to Soaps In Depth. The new addition will join big brother Henry (2) and Ashford's daughters, Grace and Emma, with his former wife, Christina Saffran.

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What's Next For Laura?

GenieFrancis.jpg Genie Francis is back as GH's Laura, and it looks like she just might be here to stay! In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, the much-loved actress candidly shares her hopes and desires for the character she originally brought to life 39 years ago, including her thoughts on sticking around past her currently-slated six-month gig!

With Luke off the canvas, the show has a unique and exciting challenge ahead as it crafts the next phase of Laura's story. Who is Laura without Luke? From her career path to her romantic future, the world is Laura's oyster... and Francis, for one, is excited to find out in which direction the winds of fate will blow the character! "It's an exciting time for her," says the superstar, "and for me, as well!"

To read more of Francis' thoughts about Laura's future, pick up the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth on sale now!

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Joy For GH's Benard?

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We don't usually pat ourselves on the back here at Soaps In Depth, but in this case, we might just have to. Being the eagle-eyed soap viewers that we are, we noticed a little something interesting while watching the trailer for the upcoming movie Joy, based on the life of housewife-turned-inventor Joy Mangano. During a shot in which Joy (played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence) is scrubbing the floor, there is a man on her television who looks remarkably like GENERAL HOSPITAL superstar Maurice Benard (Sonny)!

The movie, directed by David O. Russell and starring Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, was shot in the Boston area, so that could tie into those tweets that Benard posted back in March about how he flew from Los Angeles to the East Coast for the first time in 10 years. We're thrilled to see the Emmy Award winner making his mark on the big screen, especially after his star turn in the critically-acclaimed The Ghost And The Whale.

You can see the trailer, which features Benard in two scenes, for yourself by clicking here. We'll share more information as we can dig it up before Joy's Christmas 2015 release date.

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Cast Your Vote #31

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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 want to see Ava with Franco, Silas or Morgan?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 23. 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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Susan Lucci Is A Legend!

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Soap legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) is now being honored as a Disney Legend! The Disney Legend Awards is a 28-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the D23 Expo provides fans the opportunity to be part of the prestigious event. Lucci is being feted alongside fellow honorees like Star Wars creator George Lucas, composer Danny Elfman, Disney animator Andreas Deja and others.

"The Disney Legend Award is our highest honor, and we are incredibly proud to recognize these eight talented individuals who have contributed so much to the world of entertainment and the Disney legacy," said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. "Their vision and dedication to their work have brought joy to audiences around the globe and earned them a place in Disney history."

Each honoree receives a bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity and magic they have brought to the company. They will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the company's Burbank headquarters. The D23 Expo 2015 will be held on Friday, August 14. For more information on the expo and how you can purchase tickets for the Disney Legend ceremony, visit D23EXPO.com!

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

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Finally, some good news on GENERAL HOSPITAL! Little Jake, the tow-headed, all-American nine-year-old boy that Lucky raised as his own with Elizabeth and was long believed to be dead was actually alive!

Luke wasn't sure what to make of Helena's story about Jake being snatched after he was supposedly run down in the middle of the street. All these years, Luke placed the blame square on his own shoulders as the man who killed his own "grandson" while driving intoxicated. But none of that was true. When Luke saw the boy playing in the main mansion on Cassadine Island, he wasn't sure what to believe. Was Helena just weaving a tale... or was it really Jake?

When Lucky arrived, all it took was one look to confirm the boy was who Helena said he was. Lucky was overcome with emotions and a little uncertain about what to do next. While Laura took Jake for a walk to tell him that they were heading back to Port Charles, where he was born, Luke and Lucky had a heart-to-heart. They shared their mutual admiration, respect and love for each other, as father and son who had been through it all. When Laura and Little Jake returned, they realized that the next step was to reunite Elizabeth with her son.

That day had already been a heartbreaking one for Elizabeth. Patrick gave Josslyn a clean bill of health, prompting a grateful Carly to embrace Liz and thank her for donating her son Jake's kidney that, ultimately, saved Joss' life years earlier. Although it was far from Carly's intention, Liz relived that horrible day when she had to turn off her son's life support.

When Liz got home, she was an emotional wreck. Big Jake (aka Jason) tried to easy her stress with a shoulder massage, but Liz's poignant cross with Carly at the hospital was something she just couldn't shake. Liz tried to camouflage her pain by telling [Big] Jake she loved him... and he responded in kind. Liz sat alone for a few minutes, allowing herself to cry. Then there was a knock at the door. It was Lucky... and she'd soon find out that their "dead" son was with him!

Carly stopped in to see Lulu and brought Rocco with her. Too many days had passed since Lulu had held her baby son in her arms, and she was thrilled that they were together again. Lulu set Carly straight about her non-affair with Dillon, the one that Dante erroneously told Sonny about. Lulu told Carly that she hadn't been screwing around with Dillon, she was off saving her brother's life! But in the midst of their conversation, Carly let slip that Dante kissed Valerie.

At the same time, Dante was filling Valerie in on the truth about Lulu's trip with Dillon and that her "affair" with her old flame was nothing of the sort. It was all a big, unfortunate misunderstanding. Dante wanted to make things work with his wife... and never let her know that he slept with her cousin. Valerie covered her pain and acceded to his request to keep their night together to herself, but it was more than obvious that she had fallen in love with him. When Dante returned home, he was completely unaware that he was walking right into a confrontation with his wife!

Monday on GH, Elizabeth receives some mindboggling news, Lulu has a few choice words for Dante and Monica has a reunion... with "Jason"! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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The Truth About Little Jake's Death!

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Even as fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL have been reeling from the news that Elizabeth's son, Jake, is alive, newer viewers have been left scratching their heads. Need the 411 on what the fuss is all about? Read on!

Elizabeth was in one of those places in her life where nothing was going right. She and Nikolas had been seeing each other, and the idea of exploring where that would go appealed to her. However, her wishy-washy ways caught up with her, and Nikolas decided that enough was enough. Ignoring his romantic feelings for Liz, Nik instead chose to pursue Brook Lynn.

With Nikolas out of the picture, Liz turned her attention to Lucky. But he, too, had moved on, with Siobhan. Liz was left facing the prospect of being alone... at least until she saw an opportunity to make her own happiness. After learning that Lucky was planning to marry Siobhan, Liz ordered up a paternity test which she hoped would prove that Lucky -- and not Nikolas -- was the father of her son, Aiden. She assumed that finding out the boy was his would bring Lucky running back to her.

The evening Liz received the paternity test results, it seemed as if everyone who was anyone in Port Charles was on the same road. Brenda and Sonny were leaving for their honeymoon; a buzzed Luke was rushing to Lucky and Siobhan's wedding; Carly was desperate to get an ailing Josslyn at the hospital; Sam briefly lost control of her car when she was hit with the after-effects of a concussion; and Lisa was in hot pursuit of Robin, who had found incriminating evidence against her.

Back at the Webber house, Liz opened the envelope to process the test results and what they would mean to her future. What she didn't realize was that the front door to the house was open and Jake was nowhere in sight. As she ran to the porch, she called out to him. But it was too late. He had run into the street and was hit by a passing car.

At the hospital, Liz and Lucky found it impossible to say farewell to Jake, and postponed turning off the machines. Liz angrily rejected Jason's request that they donate Jake's kidney to save Josslyn's life, but by end of day, the grieving mother had changed her mind. After talking with Lucky, Liz realized that saving a child's life was what was most important. As the shock of Jake's death set in, the news got even worse for Lucky. A police investigation showed that Luke had been the person responsible for running the boy down. Lucky confronted his father, asking if he was drunk that night. Luke insisted that although he'd had a little something to drink that night, he was in control, like always. Luke was in severe denial of the part alcohol played in the boy's death. Because there was no proof that Luke was impaired, no charges were filed.

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AMC's Chabert Gets A Family For Christmas!

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Feel like a little Christmas in July? Well, Hallmark Channel is airing the original movie Family For Christmas starring Lacey Chabert (Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN).

In the film, Chabert plays Hannah Dunbar, an investigative journalist who wonders what could have been if she had stayed with Ben, the love of her life 10 years earlier. When Santa Claus hears her "what ifs" as a Christmas wish, he grants it, transporting Hannah to a reality where she and Ben have two daughters! As she navigates the drama and comedy that comes with overnight motherhood, Hannah discovers what true happiness is.

Family For Christmas premieres on Saturday, July 11, at 9:00 p.m. ET on Hallmark Channel. But you can watch a trailer by clicking here right now!

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GH's Paul And Little Jake Are Back!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL returned two characters to the canvas this week: Paul Hornsby and Jake Spencer. Veteran actor Richard Burgi (Chad, ANOTHER WORLD; Glenn, AS THE WORLD TURNS; Randy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE; ex-Phillip, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) made his debut on July 8 as Dillon's father -- and Tracy's ex-husband. The role was last played by Paul Satterfield from 1991-'94. Check out an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth for our interview with Burgi -- and to find out what Satterfield had to say about the recast!

Then, in the July 9 episode, James Nigbor reprised his role of Elizabeth and Lucky's son, Jake. (The young actor had shared the part with his twin brother, Edward, back when they were tots.) As it turns out, he wasn't killed by grandpa Luke in that hit-and-run accident after all! While Lucky is Little Jake's legal father, the truck- and motorcycle-loving kid is the result of a one night stand between Liz and Jason. So expect the lad's return to further complicate matters for his mom as she struggles to keep Big Jake's true identity a secret!

What do you think about these GH returns? Let us know in the comments below!

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Take A Tour Of Amsterdam With Mr. Geary!

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In the new ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, photographer Jim Warren gives us all the exclusive details on a new collaboration with his friend, Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL), a 25-minute travel documentary with a twist titled Amsterdam: On The Move With Anthony Geary. The limited-release movie was filmed several months ago in Geary's adopted city, Amsterdam, while Warren was visiting his friend. Join the eight-time Daytime Emmy winner on his boat as he navigates the Dutch capital's historic canals, and tag along as Geary shows off some of the city's famed tourist attractions... and off-the-beaten-path local favorites! "It was great just hanging out with Tony, and the filming was secondary," Warren tells In Depth. "No retakes, just capturing what he was seeing and what I was seeing him observe.

For more, pick up the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth. To order the DVD, check out the poster below!

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Braun Heads Back To DAYS!

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Tamara Braun (ex-Carly, GENERAL HOSPITAL) will reprise her role of DAYS OF OUR LIVES Mob princess Ava Vitali later this year. TV Insider's Michael Logan broke the news that the actress, who won a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal in 2009, has already begun taping and will return to the screen on December 9. Braun also briefly appeared on DAYS as Nicole's sister, Taylor, in 2011 when she assumed the role from fellow GH alum Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily), and was ALL MY CHILDREN's Reese.

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Paevey Takes A Spill!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) revealed on Instagram over the weekend that during a late June camping trip with some friends, he took a spill off his beloved Harley Davidson motorcycle (which he's named Lilith) and was injured.

"So the good news is.... I got to adventure here last weekend with some really cool people," the avid outdoorsman captioned a beautiful scenic photo. "The bad news is.... Lilith and I took a spill and I shattered my right wrist."

There's no word yet if Paevey's injury will be written into his GH storyline. We are sending him good vibes for a speedy recover!

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GH Grad Pops The Question!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Erik Valdez (ex-Trey) has gotten engaged to Candice Lopez. The actor (currently starring on GRACELAND) revealed on Instagram yesterday that he popped the question during a trip to Napa Valley.

"'Yes' has always been one of my favorite words... sounded extra special this time around!" he captioned an adorable photo.

Congratulations to the future Mr. and Mrs. Valdez!

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Why Nathan Came Back!

NathanParsons1.jpg Since Nathan Parsons' (Ethan) exit from the GH canvas in 2013 to pursue other projects, the talented actor has remained loyal to not only GH fans, but also to the man he calls a mentor and role model, Anthony Geary (Luke). It was a respect for Geary that brought Parsons back to play Ethan once more as part of Luke's exit story.

"I was there for three years and I loved it," Parsons says in the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth. "I learned so much. Tony was sort of my guide. He's given me some of the greatest advice I've ever gotten. I'm still very close with him."

Parsons goes on to share his deepest thoughts about his return to the show where he got his start and reuniting with not only Geary, but his TV brother, Jonathan Jackson (Lucky). "When you're forced into a TV family," Parsons smiles, "you're lucky when it translate off camera, as well." For more from the fan fave, pick up the new issue, on sale now!

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Cast Your Vote #29

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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!

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Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, July 9. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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

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Hang Out With Sonny & Sons!

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This year's GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club weekend -- the World Series of fan events for the soap's viewers -- just got even better! Maurice Benard (Sonny), Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Chad Duell (Michael) have put their heads together and decided that rather than each hosting a separate fan gathering, they would join forces and make it one big happy family event -- all three on one stage!

"We were all talking and realized, 'What are we doing?'" Benard tells Soaps In Depth with a laugh. "If we have fun doing a show together, it'll be fun for the fans, too."

So on Saturday, August 8, it's Sonny & Sons -- the trio taking the stage at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Glendale, CA, at 4 p.m. PST (immediately following the main GHFC luncheon). "This is going to be awesome," says Craig, who confirmed the news to In Depth while vacationing in Bali. "I'm thrilled to be doing an event with Big Papi and my uptight TV brother!"

The three close friends plan on making this the best event their fans have ever attended. "It's a freakin' fantastic idea," says Duell, "and it's going to be so much fun."

Tickets are $105 each and available at the door. You can also reserve tickets by sending a $25 deposit (per person, money order only) to: Jim Warren, P.O. Box 3555, Hollywood, CA 90078.

For more information, go to FansOfGH.Tumblr.com, or E-mail FansGH@aol.com. (If you've already purchased tickets or sent a deposit for any of their individual events, you will be credited that amount and receive an 8x10 photo.)

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Two Babies On The Way!

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BethAnn Bonner (Talia, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) and her wife, Maria Fuenmayor, will soon be a family of four! The actress shared the happy news during Gay Pride weekend, which came just days after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all states.

"On this magical, emotional weekend -- it is my joyous privilege to tell ya'll: My wife & I are expecting TWINS!" she announced on Twitter, adding that the babies are due in October. Bonner and Fuenmayor were married in October 2012, and the mother-to-be also shared an adorable collage of her growing baby bump over the past 25 weeks, which you can see here on Instagram.

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AMC Alum Joins DAYS!

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Sal Stowers -- who played Angie and Jesse's daughter, Cassandra, on The OnLine Network reboot of ALL MY CHILDREN -- has joined the cast of DAYS OF OUR LIVES in a contract role.

"So beyond excited and honored to announce that I have joined the Emmy-winning cast of Days Of Our Lives!" the actress, who won the ninth cycle of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, shared on social media. "My episodes will start airing this September."

Who do you think Stowers will be paired with in Salem? Share your theories in the comments below!

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The Doctor Is In — Again!

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Rick Springfield (ex-Noah, GENERAL HOSPITAL is returning to television in HBO's critically acclaimed drama, TRUE DETECTIVE. However, you might not recognize the seemingly ageless rocker-turned-actor — he's done something radical. "Talk about changing your look!" he laughs. "I did something very brave." While details on the role remain under tight wraps, we do know that Springfield will be playing a man named Dr. Pitlor in two episodes, the first of which is titled "Night Finds You" and aired Sunday, June 28, at 9:00 p.m. EST. Might he sport a lab coat, much like he did as Dr. Drake? "Eh... It's not that kind of doctor!" Springfield laughs. "The show's great. It's very hard-edged."

The performer also reveals that he was thrilled by the experience working with his scene partners, especially one of this season's stars, Colin Farrell. "He was awesome. Fricken awesome!" Springfield enthuses. "All of my scenes are with him and Rachel McAdams. He's just a real nice guy and very giving, which is a sign of a great actor." How might Springfield's character play into the mystery? And might he cross paths on screen with fellow GH alumni Jon Lindstrom (ex-Kevin/Ryan), who plays Jacob McCandless all season? Tune in to find out!

For more from Springfield, including details on what it was like to play Meryl Streep's boyfriend in the upcoming film, Ricki And The Flash, check out his Soaps In Depth Keeping Track feature, on sale Monday, July 20.

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Budig Back On GH?

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Rebecca Budig's Hayden has been in a coma on GENERAL HOSPITAL since May, but could the actress be waking up soon? On Friday, June 26, in the middle of a Twitter exchange with Budig and Parry Shen (Brad) about all sharing the same birthday, GH writer Jean Passanante declared "Thanks, Rebecca! It's so fabulous to write for you again!"

While the soap had no comment at this time, seeing as how Hayden is in possession of the knowledge that Jake is really Jason and Nikolas and Elizabeth know, bringing her out of her coma would certainly make for some juicy storyline! (Just so long as she doesn't wake up with amnesia after being shot in the head!) Stay tuned for updates!

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Geary's Final GH Air date Revealed!

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Prepare yourselves, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans! The Associated Press revealed today that Anthony Geary (Luke) will make his last appearance in his decades-spanning role on Monday, July 27.

The soap has been pulling out all the stops for Luke's final adventure, revisiting classic storylines and characters. For exclusive details on the storyline that will usher the Emmy-winning actor off the canvas, pick up the next ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, on sale this Friday!

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Craig & Thiebaud Engaged!

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Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bryan Craig (Morgan) and Kelly Thiebaud (ex-Britt), who became engaged over the weekend! Craig took advantage of a three-week break from the soap to whisk longtime girlfriend Thiebaud to Bali for a romantic vacation celebrating their two year anniversary... and pop the question!

"I'm totally stoked," Craig told Soaps In Depth just after taping his final scenes and heading to Bali. "I'm sure she knows I'm going to ask sometime soon, but I hope she's not expecting it on this trip!"

The actor was so proud of selecting what he believes is "the perfect ring" that he couldn't resist showing it off in the GH make-up room before the break, swearing excited co-stars Haley Erin (Kiki), Brytni Sarpy (Valerie) and Emme Rylan (Lulu) to secrecy.

It was a 20-hour flight to their romantic getaway, but Craig was determined to refrain from proposing until just the right moment... or at least until they got off the plane! "I won't be able to wait past the first day," he admitted, "so I know that's when I'll ask her."

And sure enough, on Sunday, June 28, Craig posted a photo of Thiebaud proudly showing off her ring on Instagram with the caption "She said yes!" Best wishes to the happy couple!

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GH Friday Recap: Ric And Madeline Become Bed Buddies!

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Did you miss today's GENERAL HOSPITAL? We'll fill you in on all the excitement!

Looking for a guarantee that Ric was on her side, Madeline planted him with a big wet kiss...and he didn't fight back one bit! After a few seconds, he gained his composure and pulled away, reminding her that he's a married man. She got a good laugh out of that one, considering it was pretty clear his marriage to Nina was just the means to an end. Ric did his darndest to resist temptation, but, oh that Madeline proved she knew a thing or two about seduction. He picked her up and carried her into the bedroom!

As Carly and Kiki watched in amusement from the sidelines, Nina confronted Denise about Franco's claim that they were dating. To everybody's amazement, Denise played along and, in fact, after noticing that Morgan was watching, she grabbed Franco and pulled him into a kiss. Nina was, like, "Huh?" and then swiftly returned to her suite... where Ric and Madeline were doing the nasty in the other room! A rattled Ric emerged in a robe, saying he took a shower. Nina was as cold as ice, explaining that Franco said that her mother was out of jail thanks to her crack attorney. "You wouldn't happen to know anything about that, would you?" she asked.

Dante couldn't shake the realization that Lulu had been lying to him. When she called, his suspicion was confirmed that she wasn't visiting Lake Cuomo with her grandma Lesley. When he asked to speak with Lesley, Lulu gave that tired old excuse, "um, she's taking a nap." Like Dante would buy that. When they hung up, Valerie happened to arrive. He was fired up and ready to confront his wife face-to-face, but she got him to simmer down and have some dinner. Their eyes locked... and he kissed her.

Meanwhile, Lulu was with Dillon in Vancouver, looking for her parents. After hacking into their hotel database, Lulu found a room registered to Lloyd and Lucy Johnson, the aliases they used back in the 80's when they were on the run from Frank Smith's mob. When Lulu and Dillon got to that room, they found Luke and Laura hidden inside with guns drawn! They explained that Jennifer told them to wait it out there for further contact. After the kids left, Luke and Laura heard someone fidgeting with the doorknob. The door opened slowly. It was a pistol packin' Holly!

Sabrina offered a comforting shoulder to Michael, who was pained by his estrangement from his family. As she saw it, there was one certain way for him to have a relationship with his father and that would be for him to give Sonny back his baby daughter. "Returning A.J. might be the way to move past all the hurt and the anger on both sides and start rebuilding," she reasoned. Later that evening, Sonny was thrilled to have T. J. move in. He told Carly that, as it was, it felt like a big, empty house but, with T.J. there, it was brought back to life. Sonny's bodyguard announced that there was a visitor, and Michael walked in... and Sabrina strolled in behind him with Avery.

Monday on GH, Michael returns Avery to Sonny, Dante and Valerie grow closer, Nina is suspicious of Ric, Morgan questions Denise about Franco, and Holly reveals what she knows about Lucky's disappearance! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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Where Has Holly Been?

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Where trouble goes, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Holly Sutton (played by the lovely Emma Samms) often follows. Need a little refresher on what went down the last time we saw the Brit beauty now that she's back on the scene? Read on!

Life was very different for Luke a couple of years back. Suffering from Polonium poisoning courtesy of Helena Cassadine, Luke set off on a desperate quest to find the antidote. Aware that Jerry Jacks had survived a similar poisoning, a weakening Luke hit the road to find the elusive Mr. Jacks and, hopefully, a cure.

Luke began his search at a Swiss bank with ties to the elusive Jerry. While there, a veiled gunman whipped off their mask to reveal Holly underneath! It turned out she had been sitting vigib by the bedside of an unconscious Robert in a nearby clinic. Needing help in hacking the bank's security systems for a lead on Jerry's latest whereabouts, Luke had turned to Holly, who'd been more than happy to offer a hand..

Holly and Luke's search first lead them to Sean Donely and then to a home in Corinth, Pennsylvania. There they encountered Obrecht, who admitted she had created the Polonium cure. During an alone moment, Obrecht suggested that she would bring Robert out of his coma if Holly let her go. When Luke returned, he found Holly knocked out cold and Obrecht missing! Although Holly went off in search of Jerry and Obrecht, that was the last she'd been seen... until now!

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