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See GH Star's Documentary!

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

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

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Bid On A Makeover For The Fan Club Weekend!

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

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

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Sneak Peek: Lucci Goes To CLEVELAND!

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Are you ready for the return of Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) to HOT IN CLEVELAND? The daytime doyenne guest stars on tonight's episode of the TV Land hit comedy, playing herself... and rival of Wendie Malick's washed-up soap queen character, Victoria Chase.

Check out our sneak peek of Lucci's appearance in "The Undead," where she roasts her nemesis at Victoria's fake funeral. Then be sure to tune in tonight at 10 p.m. EST on TV Land to catch the whole show!

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Party With The Stars!

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

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

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

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Sabrina Being Recast?

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

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

Who do you think it could be?

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AMC Hunk Takes Over At DAYS!

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Just three months into playing DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Ben, Justin Gaston has been replaced by former ALL MY CHILDREN hottie Robert Scott Wilson (Pete) on the NBC soap. Due to the accelerated taping schedule on DAYS, Wilson was actually on-set doing scenes before Gaston had even made his late-February debut as Jordan's brother.

After Prospect Park shuttered the AMC reboot, Wilson returned to his gig as a male model on THE PRICE IS RIGHT, but today marked his final appearance on the CBS game show, as acknowledged by host Drew Carey. "Thank you ALL for your love and support! @PriceIsRight will always have a place in my heart and my journey," Wilson tweeted after the news broke. "Many new things on the horizon!"

Look for Wilson to make his DAYS debut --- opposite fellow AMC alumna Chrishell Stause (Amanda), who plays his alter ego's sister, Jordan -- in late May.

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First Look: Lucci Returns To CLEVELAND!

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Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN) returns to the TV Land hit comedy HOT IN CLEVELAND tomorrow night, Wednesday, April 15! Once again, La Lucci will be playing herself, making her fifth appearance as Victoria's soap opera rival.

In the episode titled "The Undead," Elka throws a fake funeral for Victoria so that she can join her fugitive husband in hiding... and naturally, Susan attends to get the last laugh in their rivalry! Come back right here tomorrow for an exclusive sneak peek of the episode, then tune in at 10 p.m. EST on TV Land to see the hysterical show!

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The "Other" Falconeri Baby?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gaskill Takes On The Bard!

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From the "Just when I thought I'd heard everything" files has come STRIPPING SHAKESPEARE, a provocative new Web series from the We Make Movies filmmakers collective in Los Angeles. In each episode, famous scenes from The Bard's works are set in a scintillating new context, replete with professional pole dancers and burlesque performers. Who knew Shakespeare could be so sexy? Daytime TV veteran Brian Gaskill (Bobby, ALL MY CHIlDREN; Rafe, PORT CHARLES; Dylan, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Ozzie, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), who is a member of the collective, appears in the episode airing this Sunday, April 13.

"My friend, Nicol Razon, produced it," Gaskill shares. "The series is about her taking her love of Shakespeare and putting it into a format that is maybe gonna raise some eyebrows, but it's also gonna promote conversation and get people to pay attention to what the filmmaker is doing to be creative."

This Sunday's episode is based on The Taming Of The Shrew with Gaskill reciting the lines of Petruchio opposite Razon as Kate. But don't look for the traditional, 16th century costuming and staging. Rather, it plays out in a much more imaginative way. "It's more like artistic music videos of Shakespeare," offers Gaskill, who first began performing the great poet's work back in high school. To experience it for yourself, visit Strippingshakespeare.com or the We Make Movies YouTube channel here.

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Watch GH's Carlypalooza All Over Again!

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

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

Here is Part 1:

Here is Part 2:

And here is Part 3:

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Cast Your Vote #17

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

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Which lovely lady would you pair with Nathan?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 17. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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

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

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

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GH Star Joins DAYS

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

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Madeline Caught Red-Handed!

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

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

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

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

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

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New Digital Soap Venture Ahead!

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Corday Productions -- the team behind NBC's DAYS OF OUR LIVES -- is teaming up with digital media firm All Screens Media to launch Net Soaps/Net Novelas, a project aimed at creating and distributing original "interactive" soap operas on-line, but with a twist: Fans, actors and advertisers will all be able to participate in the development of the shows.

Net Soaps/Net Novelas plans to launch in the last quarter of 2014 through its own Web sites and distribution partners. While Net Soaps is the English-language version targeted at American audiences, Net Novelas will provide in-language programming for Latin America and Brazil. Web soap pioneer and daytime veteran Crystal Chappell (Dani, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTUIFUL; ex-Carly, DAYS; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT; Maggie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) has joined the venture to produce, direct and mentor new talent.

For the full story, visit Variety.com here.

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Who Is Annie Logan?

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

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

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

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

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Branson's Baby!

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Congratulations are in order for Jeff Branson (Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) and longtime love Jaimie Foley on the birth of their first child, son Van James. The infant certainly took his time coming into the world, waiting until well past his due date, but now that he's here, the parents couldn't be happier. You can see a pic of the happy family on Twitter by clicking here!

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OLTL Alum Goes Through The Wringer!

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Meghann Fahy (Hanna, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is guest-starring in tonight's episode of LAW & ORDER: SVU, and the role should prove to be a powerful one!

"Meghann plays Jenny Asch, a mother and victim of domestic violence," previews show running Warren Leight, "who, when charged with reckless endangerment of her daughter, is forced to confront long-repressed memories of how she was sexually exploited as a young girl herself."

He also admits that the role of Jenny was one of the most challenging guest spots of the entire season, but Fahy stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park. "At first, her character seems to be acting out for reasons unknown," Leight explains. "As the story progresses, she becomes aware of the horrible exploitation she suffered as a child. It was emotionally as draining a part as any actress has been called upon to deliver.

"Meghan was fierce one moment, near breakdown the next and made every transition believable and moving," he adds. "Everyone on set was buzzing about her from day one."

You can see for yourself what all the fuss is about when the episode "Downloaded Child" airs tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC.

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Jackson's NASHVILLE Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Benard Dishes On Today's Carlypalooza!

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

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

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

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

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SCANDAL For GH's Roché!

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

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

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

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Get Sleepless With Zamprogna!

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

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

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

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First Look!

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

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Sonny And His Carlys!

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

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

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"Sonny Shot Me Because Of Ava"

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

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

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

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

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Springfield Drops In!

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

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

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

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GH's Wagner CALLS THE HEART

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

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

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

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AMC Star Gets Gone!

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While awaiting the birth of his first child this year, Jeff Branson (Jonathan, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been keeping himself plenty busy! This weekend, he'll turn up on Lifetime in the thriller, Zoe Gone. "It's about Jennifer, a 16-year-old girl who has a baby (Zoe) with the support of her boyfriend, but the pressure is too much for him and he runs away," Branson offers. "Her mother is a divorcée who's got a boyfriend, which is where I come in. He's the guy who wanted the woman, but not necessarily the child, but took on the role of helping to raise her anyway. But when his gal becomes a grandmother, that wasn't in his plan. There are some moments of him not understanding and lashing out a bit."

The teenager's struggle to acclimate to motherhood and the drama that entails is further complicated by an unexpected twist: Baby Zoe goes missing! "That kicks in the young lady's maternal instincts," Branson relates. "Then the storyline becomes about finding the baby and [Jennifer] proving to herself the mother that she can be."

While Branson is reluctant to give away much more, he did want to praise the film's young star, Sammi Hanratty. "She knew exactly what she wanted to do with the role, and she ran with it right from the beginning!" he enthuses. "I think [the problem of] high school girls having babies and not knowing what to do or not having the support that they thought they would is a relevant topic. The soap fans will relate to it."

Zoe Gone premieres on Saturday, March 29, at 8 p.m. EST on Lifetime. Then you can keep an eye out for Branson's upcoming guest appearances on TNT's PERCEPTION and CBS' NCIS.

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Watch The Trailer For Benard's New Movie!

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

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Cast Your Vote #15

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*** VOTING HAS CLOSED FOR THIS ROUND ***

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

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you approve of Molly and TJ taking their relationship to the next level?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, April 3. And please, only one vote per person!

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

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

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

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

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Victor's Back Again!

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

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

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Uh Oh! Liz Finds Britt's Confession!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bruno Goes Bad!

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Chris Bruno, who played gay teacher Michael Delaney on ALL MY CHILDREN and the grown-up, arrogant version of Dennis Carrington Wheeler on ANOTHER WORLD, is returning to television this weekend in the world premiere of Lifetime's Sorority Surrogate. In the soapy tale, a broke college co-ed (THE L.A. COMPLEX's Cassie Steele) agrees to carry a couple's baby for money. But when the parents-to-be are in a fatal accent prior to the birth, a battle for the unborn child ensues between the surviving family members, including the would-be grandparents: A congresswoman (Mimi Kuzyk) and her dangerous second husband (Bruno).

"It was super fun torturing Cassie since she's pretty tough and has a good sense of humor about it," Bruno recalls, adding, "[And it's] really fun playing a bad guy because you have to apply psychology to justify actions, and I was a psych major in college."

Bruno's character will to stop at nothing to get what he wants, including getting physical. "I got to do a number of stunts," Bruno reveals, grinning. "Matthew Bennett (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and I had fun fighting each other and hanging out after work."

Will the pregnant sorority girl be ale to protect herself and the child that she's carrying? Tune in to the premiere of Sorority Surrogate on Saturday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. EST on Lifetime to find out!

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Larson Talks Y&R And First Kiss!

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Jill Larson (Opal, ALL MY CHILDREN) is returning to soaps for a two-day stint on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS beginning Monday, April 14. The actress will play Connie, a stage manager who'll try to keep things running smoothly during Chelsea's fashion show. The gig reunites her with Pine Valley pals Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R; Annie, AMC) and Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R; Frankie, AMC).

"Connie's in the middle of all the action," Larson tells Soaps In Depth. "It's a real fun role and when it came along, I said, 'Oh, yeah!' I'm in touch with [Y&R headwriter] Jean Passanante via E-mail, so maybe that's what triggered the idea."

Larson's getting buzz not only for her upcoming Y&R gig, but also for her appearance in the short film First Kiss, which was directed by Tatia Pilieva. Larson was one of 20 artists cast in the indie project, which captures a series of first kisses among strangers.

"I met a man who was working for the clothing company [providing outfits for the film]," Larson recalls. "We got to talking, and I kept looking around wondering who did they call in for me to kiss? Then, I realized it was him! It was very sweet."

First Kiss has gone viral on the Web. Why? Larson believes it's because the film touches on the universal themes, fears and joys that are related to locking lips. "Sometimes when you kiss someone for the first time, you think, 'Do I like this person?' 'Should I get out now?' 'Are we going upstairs?''Do I like him?' 'Does he like me?' 'What are our children going to look like?'" she muses. "The film resonates with people because of its tenderness. It expresses things that we all feel, but don't have the courage to say anymore."

Watch First Kiss by clicking here!

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THE BAY Characters Confess!

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

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

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GH's Newest Hunk!

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

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

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Nikolas and Emily's Unforgettable Romance!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kanan Out At GH!

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

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

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ABC Files Suit Against Prospect Park

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And the ABC/Prospect Park drama continues! Deadline reports that on March 7, ABC filed a countersuit against Prospect Park Networks (PPN) for failure to pay the licensing fees owed for the rights to ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. "ABC sues to recover all unpaid Series Fees owned up to and through the date of the trial of this action as a result of Prospect Park's failure to pay in breach of the License Agreement," reads the filing.

In their Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing earlier this week, PPN claimed that they owed ABC $1.7 million, but the network says that the fees arrangement for multi-seasons series entitles them to more than $145 million, and that they were only paid a portion of the $4.5 million Season 1 fee owed for AMC, and the $4 million owed for OLTL.

For the full story from Deadline, click here.

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Hello There, Ned!

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

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Cast Your Vote #13

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

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Do you think Britt and Nikolas will make it down the aisle?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, March 20. And please, only one vote per person!

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

ABC Readers' Poll
c/o Soaps In Depth
270 Sylvan Ave.
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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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Watch Soap Life

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

For a preview, you can watch the trailer below!

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Prospect Park Files For Bankruptcy

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In a move that should come as no surprise, Prospect Park Networks has announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. After ceasing production on the on-line versions of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE last summer, PPN entered into a lawsuit with ABC regarding the rights to the soaps, but in a statement they declared "The Chapter 11 filing in no way impacts PPN's litigation against the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc." So it would seem this continuing drama isn't quite over yet.

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