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Geary Sings GH's Praises!

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

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

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

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LoCicero Laughed Her Way To An Emmy Nod!

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

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

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

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

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

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Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced!

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

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

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A. Martinez Goes Primetime!

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

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Kurth Leaves GH For DAYS!

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

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

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

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

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

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GH's Budig Tells All!

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

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Ian's Out!

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

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

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The Truth About Luke!

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

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Nefarious Nik Alert!

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

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Don't Miss GH's Anniversary Episode!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL will celebrate its 52nd anniversary on Wednesday, April 1 -- and the very special episode promises to be a jam-packed hour! The soap will take a trip down memory lane by recreating scenes from the original GH broadcast, which aired on April 1, 1963. In those special scenes, characters from the first episode will be played by current cast members as Jason Thompson (Patrick) takes on the role of Dr. Steve Hardy, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) portrays Nurse Jesse Brewer and Ryan Carnes (Lucas) appears as Dr. Phil Brewer.

"For all fans that love GH, this is an episode you will not want to miss," says executive producer Frank Valentini, who will live-tweet that day using the hashtag #GH. "We will revisit that night on April 1, 1963, and expand the story, shedding new light on the past and addressing questions that GH fans have been dying to have answered."

Chief among those questions is the truth about what it is that happened to Luke (played by GH icon Anthony Geary) all those years ago that caused his mental break. Look for guest star Dee Wallace's Patricia to provide Luke, Bobbie and the rest of the Spencer family with some long-awaited answers.

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Michelle Stafford Lands A Movie Gig!

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

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

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

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AMC's McCartney Is YOUNG & HUNGRY!

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ALL MY CHILDREN alum Jesse McCartney (J.R.) is making another guest appearance on the ABC Family series YOUNG & HUNGRY in tonight's episode, airing at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the episode titled "Young & Too Late," Gabi is freaking out about why Josh called off the wedding, and wonders if she should be with him or McCartney's character, Cooper. But it's another character entirely who makes a shocking discovery! Tune in for all the laughs tonight!

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Cast Your Vote #15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Emmy Nominations To Be Announced On THE TALK!

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

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

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Genzel's New Film Has Bite!

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

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

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

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Meet The Newest Spencer!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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

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

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FLASH Facts!

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In the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now, we have an interview with ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Brandon Routh (Seth), talking about his new role as the costumed super hero The Atom on the CW series ARROW this season. In the article, we report that he'll be crossing over with sister show THE FLASH, but the date we were given was incorrect. Routh will be guest-starring as Ray Palmer on THE FLASH in the episode airing Tuesday, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Mathison Builds Excitement!

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ALL MY CHILDREN fans remember Cameron Mathison as Ryan Lavery, the guy whose hero complex frequently led him to try to fix situations. Now, the actor/GOOD MORNING AMERICA correspondent is fixing things again as the host of two new home improvement shows: GAME OF HOMES and CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES, both of which debuted on Tuesday, March 17, from Canada's W Network (and hopefully to US viewers later).

"On GAME OF HOMES, we took four rundown houses, lifted them off their foundations, and transported them to downtown Vancouver, where we assigned a two-person team to renovate each one," Mathison relates. "As the host, I present [assignments] like the living room challenge where I say you've got this much time, this much money, and this is what you have to incorporate." However, there's also a reality show element in that the contestants will also be seen living in the houses during the work. "The ultimate prize," Mathison reveals, "is that they winning team gets their house and a piece of land for us to move it to."

For Mathison, who studied structural engineering in college and who flips houses as a personal hobby, hosting the show wasn't enough; he wanted to get his hands dirty too! So the W Network is also launching an online, companion program called CAMERON'S HOUSE RULES that you can watch at this link, where Mathison will be given a challenge of his own to complete at his Spanish style home in Southern California. "We ended up turning my detached garage into a media room/game room for the family — it's amazing!" Mathison reveals of the five-day project. "People that watch GAME OF HOMES may not know my connection to the design-build world, but they'll get to see me, the host, with my wife and kids and actually doing the work at my house."

For more about what Mathison's been up to, including details on his upcoming series of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries films opposite DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Alison Sweeney (ex-Sami), check out his Keeping Track feature in the issue of ABC Soaps In Depth that goes on sale Monday, April 27.

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OLTL's St. John Hits Primetime!

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ONE LIFE TO LIVE fans will want to tune into the episode of CSI: CYBER, airing Wednesday, March 18, at 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS, because Trevor St. John (Victor) will be guest starring as Derrick Wilson. In the episode titled "Killer En Route," the cyber team investigates when a car service company's dispatch software is hacked in order to target certain passengers. Is St. John a tragic victim or a suspect? Tune in and find out!

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GH Friday Recap: Carly, A Relationship Coach?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sean Blakemore Reopens The Fear Files!

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

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

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

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

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

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Big News For Maurice Benard's Fans!

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

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

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

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Throwback Thursday Time!

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

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

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GH Actress Takes A Bite Out Of Primetime!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL fans may have recognized Annie Wersching (ex-Amelia) at the end of the last episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and the actress will be back as Damon and Stefan's mother in the new episode of the bloodsucking drama airing tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW. And she's scheduled for a couple more episodes during the rest of the season, too!

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Inside EMPIRE's Finale!

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FOX's hit nighttime soap, EMPIRE, will air its season one finale in a special two-hour denouement titled "Die But Once/Who I Am" on Wednesday, March 18, at 8:00 p.m. ET. In the explosive last pair of episodes, Jamal and Lucious are on their way to forming a music-centered relationship, but once again, Lucious has a secret that's about to change everything! Meanwhile, Hakeem decides to flirt with the enemy while trying to figure out what the best move for his career is. Additionally, Cookie — not surprisingly &#!51; is "cooking" up a plan of her own!

"It's a very explosive finale," series executive producer/co-creator Danny Strong tells Soaps In Depth. "Not surprisingly, given the nature of our storytelling, many things will go down and be resolved. Alliances will shift and yet it may or may not be completely resolved by the time it's over."

Strong promises he won't "Laura Palmer" the fans of EMPIRE referring to the season one finale of TWIN PEAKS (in which viewers were still left wondering who offed Laura). In other words, Lucious will likely reveal to which son he'll be turning over his music business. "A lot will be resolved," Strong previews.

Was there much pressure to make the finale jam-packed so that folks will keep talking about the series until it returns for season two? "Some people [may have] felt pressure, but I didn't," Strong says. "I never think that coming up with story that will try to outdo something is the way to come up with a good story. It needs to come from characters, conflict and fundamentals of what makes a good story."

Strong adds that he and his team asked themselves: "How can we conclude the season in a way that we've set up and play in a way that's exciting, powerful and fun, but also keeps the door open for a place to go to in season two? It was tough! Ilene [Chaiken, executive producer] and I wrote the final episode together. But there were a lot of re-writes."

According to Strong, the network and studio "pounded" the EMPIRE writers with notes — in a good way! "The notes made it better," he allows. "They were really good. I think we really pulled it off." Of the finale, he predicts: "People are going to dig it!"

For more on what made EMPIRE the breakout hit of this television season, don't miss our feature in the new issue of ABC Soaps In Depth, on sale now!

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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: Can Olivia and Ned really make a relationship work?

Please note that the cut-off date for your votes to be counted will be Thursday, March 19. 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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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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Long Live The QUEENS OF DRAMA!

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Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is returning to soaps — sort of. The fan favorite is joining forces with a bevy of beauties from the soap world in the new original reality series QUEENS OF DRAMA, set to debut on Pop (formerly The TV Guide Network) on Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 p.m. EST before setting into its regular time slot on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

Joining Marcil in the 10-episode series are Donna Mills (ex-Madeline, GH; Abby, KNOTS LANDING), Hunter Tylo (ex-Taylor, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL; Robin, ALL MY CHILDREN), Crystal Hunt (Stacy, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Lindsay Hartley (ex-Cara, AMC; Theresa, PASSIONS) and Chrystee Pharris (Simone, PASSIONS).

The women band together on the show in order to take control of their careers and produce and star in a new serialized drama so there's a "show" within the show. How much "drama" will be found in QUEENS OF DRAMA? "Everyone addresses their opinions in different ways," Marcil tells Soaps In Depth. "All of us have a different style in how we agree, how we disagree. We have big personalities in one way or another. In that sense, there's a lot of conflict that there is when you put any kind of project together."

Catch a sneak preview of QUEENS OF DRAMA in the following clip and watch for a dramatic appearance at the end by none other than Joan Collins (Alexis, DYNASTY; Alexandra, GL)!

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Attend An Art Show!

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If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can check out some original artwork from GENERAL HOSPITAL's Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos) at a special art and photography show. On Saturday, March 14, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight, Pi Gallery will be hosting Art Speakeasy featuring art, photography and live performances. Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at this link, or tickets can be purchased at the door for $20. A portion of the proceeds will go to the non-profit organization Awaken Arts.

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OLTL's Zimmer Is Still Wicked!

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Los Angeles area fans of Kim Zimmer (Echo, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) have until this Sunday, March 15, to see the actress in the musical Wicked, playing at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood! The four-time Emmy winner plays Madame Morrible in the popular, long-running musical that looks at life in the Land of Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival.

"Each performance is naturally fresh," Zimmer tells Soaps In Depth, "because we have other actors come in and take over when someone has a day off. Things happen all the time that keeps each show different." And what happens if she ever temporarily forgets a line? "I'll ad lib until something sounds familiar," she chuckles. "The kids in the show will look me and say, 'How did you do that?' There are only two spots I'm notorious about forgetting, but I've gotten to the point where I get through them."

Dorothy's journey to Oz was a surreal fantasy, part dream/part nightmare — and believe her, Zimmer can relate! "I had the actor's ultimate nightmare — being lost in the bowels of the theater and not being able to find my costume," Zimmer recounts of what happened one night when the show was playing in San Diego. "My dressing room was quite a walk from where I made my entrance." The actress, who was already fitted with a microphone, kept yelling out "Coming! I'm coming!" as she made her way to the stage while simultaneously getting (mostly) dressed. "I made it on stage, but my dress was wide open in the back. Another character was trying to help zip me up!"

The good news, Zimmer adds, is that ever since she went through that mini-ordeal, "I haven't had that nightmare since!"

For tickets to Wicked click here!

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Dante & Lulu's New Kid!

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They grow up so fast in Port Charles! Starting with the Tuesday, March 10, episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, you might notice that Dante and Lulu's son Rocco looks a little bit different. Well, that's because he does! The soap has revealed that twin boys Charles and Ethan Losie will now be playing the little tyke. Hey, at least he's not a teenager, yet!

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GH Friday Recap: Guess Who's Dying?!

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Poor little Avery Corinthos was being yanked and tugged in every direction like a Stretch Armstrong doll. The good news for the cutie was that everyone wanted her -- Sonny, Ava and Michael. Forget that we're talking about a gangster, an assumed dead woman and a man using her for revenge.

After witnessing her own memorial service, Ava defied all logic by insisting on going on the run in the frigid New York weather with her bare-armed baby. Delia and Silas finally talked some sense into her, pointing out that a) there'd be a manhunt out for the baby's kidnapper and b) when she was caught, it'd be back to a prison cell!

All that said, Ava and Silas returned empty-handed to her NYC hospital room, where she insisted on hiding out in Port Charles, close to her daughters. "Why can't I think of a way out?" she wondered. "It wouldn't matter even if you did think of something," Silas answered. Ava turned and looked at him curiously. He continued, "You're dying." Say whaaaaaat?

Carly sensed something was off when they returned to Sonny's house after the custody hearing. He made it clear that no way, no how was he going to let Michael raise his child. With that, he called Morgan and told him that a private plane was waiting for him, Kiki and Avery at the airport. It would take them to his island, where Michael couldn't get his hands on Sonny's daughter. Carly pointed out that he was making himself, as well as Morgan and Kiki, kidnappers! It didn't matter to Sonny. He refused to surrender to Michael!

Meanwhile, Tracy told Michael how proud she was of him for pulling a few strings to get custody of Avery. Although he denied that he had anything to do with the judge swap, Tracy summed it up as "poetic justice." While Alice prepped the mansion for the new baby, Michael went to Sonny's with two U.S. marshals as backup. Once there, they realized Avery wasn't! Michael cut right to the chase and ordered they arrest Sonny!

In Shadybrook, it was a battle of lethal cuckoo birds when a tightly wound Franco approached Luke, who was strapped in a bed and saying all sorts of nasty stuff about Franco's dad, Scotty. Franco shut him up in true Franco fashion... by trying to smother him with a pillow! Nina barged in just to in time to prevent a fatality. Luke suggested they work together to bust out of the joint. Surprisingly, Franco loved the idea. Nina, not so much. But, we might add, he talked her into it!

Nathan walked in on Spinelli kissing Maxie but -- according to Maxie -- Maxie was not kissing him back. Spinelli begged to differ. Nathan was ready to pummel the Jackal but was interrupted by an alert on Spinelli's computer that he got a hit on the whereabouts of Patricia Spencer! He ran out in a flash to tell Tracy, leaving a disappointed Nathan questioning Maxie if it was time to end their relationship!

Monday on GH, Silas has devastating news for Ava, Michael takes his vendetta one step further, and Nina and Franco find themselves in a very bad situation! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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GH Casts Pat Spencer!

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Patricia Spencer is coming home to Port Charles! Soaps In Depth has confirmed that GENERAL HOSPITAL has tapped E.T. mom Dee Wallace to play Luke and Bobbie's never-before-seen, long-lost older sister, Pat. There's no official word on when Wallace will make her first appearance.

"I have never had a greater challenge, never had more fun and never felt so much a part of a family on a set," Wallace shares in a statement. "You do more in one day on daytime than you do in a week on an episodic. I couldn't have more respect for colleagues than I do now."

Tell us below, what do you think about this casting?

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GH's Miller SUITS Primetime!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL has been keeping Billy Miller pretty busy playing Jake/Jason, but before he started his current gig, he was able to squeeze in a guest appearance on the season finale of SUITS, set to air Wednesday, March 4, at 10:00 p.m. ET on USA!

"I play Harvey Specter's brother," Miller says... although that's about all he can reveal! "I can't really tell you a lot about him. But I'm allowed to tell you that!"

Although, he was able to hint that his character could potentially return for the fifth season when SUITS returns this summer. "We did a good job, so everybody seems to be happy," Miller confides. "I love that show, so I'd love to go back."

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The GH Fan Club Weekend Is Coming!

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The 2015 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend is being held from Thursday, August 6, through Monday, August 10, at the Embassy Suites in Glendale, CA. Some events will also be held at the Glendale Hilton, so you'll want to book a room at one of those fine establishments!

The festivities get underway on Thursday evening with the GH Fan Club Weekend Kick Off Cocktail Event, and there are so many events scheduled (everything from huge group events to smaller intimate ones) over the course of the long weekend that we can't possibly list them all!

So click here for a constantly updated list of the scheduled events complete with links to more information and ticket pricing and ordering information. Then prepare to get up-close and personal with your favorite stars!

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Emmy Brunch With Obrecht!

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If you're going to be in the area for the Daytime Emmys, you could add brunch with GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) to your itinerary! The actress will be hosting a private brunch on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The event will include a three-course lunch, beverage, photo and autograph opportunities, as well as as a gift bag! Oh, and Gati is promising that some of her co-stars will be stopping by to join in the fun. Could her on-screen son, Ryan Paevey (Nathan) be one of them? You'll have to attend and find out for yourself!

Although the location has not been finalized, it will be near the location of the Daytime Emmys, which are being held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA. Tickets for this brunch are $115, and to purchase tickets or to find more information about the event, click here!

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The Daytime Emmys Are Back On TV!

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After only streaming on the Internet last year, the Daytime Emmys are back on broadcast television! The National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences has announced that the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will air live on Sunday, April 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Pop. They also revealed that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held Friday, April 24, at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles. This year, the Daytime Emmys will be held at the historic Warner Bros. Studio lot on Stage 16, the home to iconic films like Casablanca, Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters.

"Our new partnership with the Pop network is an ideal platform to present our signature gala," said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. "With the Warner Bros Studios as our venue, where so many great films and television shows have been made, coupled together with Michael Levitt, our executive producer, who created the 'TV Land Awards,' and has produced numerous live event specials including 'The Producers Guild Awards,' 'The Billboard Music Awards,' and 'E! Live from the Red Carpet' shows for the Golden Globes and Oscars®, this promises to be a very special telecast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards."

"As a network that celebrates talent, we are thrilled to bring the Daytime Emmy Awards back to television for the fans," said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. "Daytime audiences are some of the most amazing and passionate in all of television, and we are proud to honor the greatest works and achievements of daytime. Adding premium live events to our schedule is just another exciting way we are building Pop. We're going to have a lot of fun with this."

Pop, the rebranded TV Guide Network, is also home to the re-airings of episodes of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, so it's a great place to host the Daytime Emmys. Check your local listings for Pop, and mark your calendars! Are you excited to see the Daytime Emmys back on TV?

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GH Friday Recap: Ava Is Alive!

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"For someone who's been shot, dropped off a bridge and nearly drowned, you're making a remarkable recovery." It was as if Silas was channeling the millions of TV viewers when he told that to Ava, as she lie nestled comfortably in a bed in New York Methodist Hospital. That action-packed day a few weeks back was both unlucky and lucky for her. Yes, that string of events did happen to her. On the other hand, she mustered up the strength to swim to shore, wobble her way to a phone and call Silas, who had been nursing her back to health ever since.

Ava was stunned to learn from Silas that Sonny was pardoned and, as a result of his freedom, had obtained custody of Avery from Kiki. If that wasn't bad enough, now Michael was in on the tug o' war for the baby! Ava wouldn't have it. She'd never allow little Avery to be a pawn in Michael and Sonny's battle. But there was a teensy problem. If she were to return to Port Charles to fight for her daughter, she'd be sent right back to prison!

While Kiki, Julian and Morgan attempted to peacefully co-exist so they could plan a memorial service for Ava, Avery's custody proceeding got underway. Michael took to the stand to tell the court why he believed he'd make a better guardian than Sonny. That was a pretty easy task, considering that under Sonny's watch, his children had been kidnapped and shot. "I will dedicate my life to my sister's upbringing," Michael told the judge, to which GH viewers around the country shouted at their televisions, "She's not your sister, Bozo!"

Meanwhile at Shadybrook, Franco got a surprise visitor -- Olivia. Franco, however, seemed clueless to her identity. "You're Mama Celeste from the freezer aisle," he smiled warmly. Nope. Actually, she was there to lend her support, as they had something in common -- she also endured an overdose of LSD courtesy of Heather Webber. She told him about her hallucinations, including that she saw the devil. "He was Australian," she said. Franco replied, "Satan should be from 'down under.' Get it?" As Franco babbled off in his own direction, Olivia babbled off in hers. In the midst, she mentioned that Julian was the father of her baby, thinking it was falling on deaf ears. But was it?

After Olivia left, Franco got one more visitor -- Nina. Earlier at her court hearing, she went bonkers when she saw Avery, insisting that the adorable tot was her and Silas' daughter. It was pretty clear that she was nowhere near sane, and she needed more time back in Shadybrook. Shortly thereafter, when she returned to the mental hospital, she wanted to see Franco. She crawled up on his bed and quietly revealed that she faked being crazy so she could be with him. He leaned close to her and said, "You want to hear something even more super awesome? I'm faking, too."

Monday on GH, Sloan wants to cut a deal with Jake, Julian is not happy with Carlos, Ric resorts to name-calling in court, and Nina gives Franco what he's got comin'! Don't forget: 3:00 ET and 2:00 PST/CT on ABC. Be there!

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AMC Alum In The HOUSE!

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The third season of the hot Netflix original series HOUSE OF CARDS released today, featuring a daytime alum as one of its newest castmembers: Christina Bennett Lind (Bianca, ALL MY CHILDREN)!

"Finally," the actress tweeted this morning, along with a photo of her name in the opening credits. "[I] haven't kept a secret this long since ever."

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Kirsten Storms Joins WINTERTHORNE!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL star Kirsten Storms (Maxie) has joined the cast of the new Web soap WINTERTHORNE! She'll be playing Selene, the younger sister of Martha Madison's Miranda. (Interestingly, both actresses have played the part of DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Belle). The stylish, sexy, wicked and witty Selene has been away from her family for a long time, but is coming home to take back what she feels is hers!

"Kirsten has been so lovely and excited to join the project," series creator Michael Caruso, who is also behind the Web soap DEVANITY, tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "She's going to bring a really fun and sassy quality to the character of Selene. It's wonderful to see how excited the team is to work with her."

WINTERTHORNE is set to begin three weeks of production next month, both in and outside the Los Angeles area. Other cast members include Linda Grey as matriarch Joanna Winterthorne, and Kathleen Gati (Obrecht, GH) as Joanna's sister, Valentina.

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Meet GH's New Kiki!

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Let's all give a warm welcome to Hayley Erin, who jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running today as GENERAL HOSPITAL's new Kiki.

Erin steps in at a time when Kiki's life couldn't be more complicated. Dealing with the presumed death of her mother, Ava, and the threat of losing her baby sister, Avery, to the angry and bitter man she was madly in love with not so very long ago (we're talking about you, Michael!) is a lot to process for such a young girl. But all that is okay by Erin! "Kiki is such a relatable character and there's so much going on for her that it's hard not to feel for her!" the actress tells Soaps In Depth. "I'm excited to see how it all turns out!"

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