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Anderson Is Future-Bound!


Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), you're in for a great surprise! If you're interested in seeing him in a role that he describes as "a character that people don't normally cast me in," set your DVRs for the Monday, September 28 episode of MINORITY REPORT airing on Fox at 9:00 p.m. ET

The sci-fi crime series first brought to life with the 2002 Tom Cruise film of the same name, is a look into a future where law enforcement has the ability to predict crimes (and, therefore, stop them) before they're committed. Anderson plays a man named Harlan, who is a bartender in a trendy pick-up club.

"I feel so lucky and thrilled to do have done it," Anderson says of the show set in 2065 Washington D.C. "It was such a fun show to work on. Not only does the futuristic world look so cool, but I think many folks might be surprised to see me as this kind of character. There may be a twist or two!"

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Ava's Next Move

MauraWestGal.jpg Audiences were thrilled when at long last, GH's Ava picked up that box of hair coloring and washed the remnants of Denise right out of her hair. And, if she's being honest, so was her portrayer, Maura West! "I love Ava with all my heart," she admits. "She's such an incredible character, and I feel lucky that I get to play her!

If there's one thing missing from Ava's life, it would be love. And while she thought she had it with Morgan, that proved to be an epic mistake with far-reaching consequences. "She desperately wants to love and be loved," muses West. "But is she even capable of allowing herself to let down her guard? She did that, to a certain extent, with Morgan. But whenever she thinks that she's being seen as vulnerable, the protective barriers go right back up."

What else does West love about her complicated alter ego? Well, you'll have to pick up the latest ABC issue of Soaps In Depth to find out!

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Parise Gets "Real"


GENERAL HOSPITAL fans remember Jeffrey Vincent Parise (ex-Carlos) as a deadly mobster; however, the man behind the mischief is much more light-hearted. In TV One's new original movie, Welcome To The Family, he'll get to show that side of himself while playing an outrageous Internet reality series producer.

"When the host of my best show goes out on early maternity leave, I'm convinced to give one of my producers, played by Kali Hawk, a chance to [replace her] and we have to find a story," he reveals. "Knowing that she's heading home soon [to announce her engagement] to her very lively and colorful family, she thinks it's a good idea to make the show about them."

But when the cameras get switched on, unexpected secrets get broadcast, leaving Hawk's character in quite the pickle. "As most reality TV producers probably do, my character sort of fudges [the truth] and tries to set the sails in the direction that he wants them set," Parise teases of the hilarity that ensues. "We get into a lot of slapstick, and Kali Hawk — whom most of my scenes are with — is incredible at improvisation. It's really funny."

Welcome To The Family, which also stars Valarie Pettiford (Sheila, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), premieres Saturday, September 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET. For more details about Parise's post-GH career, check out his Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Cheetwood Is Moving!


Magic Milo is about to add "disappearing act" to his repertoire. Drew Cheetwood, who plays Sonny's bodyguard/Epiphany's main squeeze, Milo Giambetti, is packing up his family and moving to Michigan.

"The game change was starting a family and having kids," says Cheetwood, who joined his real-life and reel-life brother, Derk Cheetwood (Max) on GH in 2006. "I'm in full support of how I was brought up — the values, the mentality. I thought somewhere in the Midwest would make sense one day. And all the things that I am, I can do there, too."

But all hope is not lost for Milo fans. Cheetwood is very happy to say that there is a good possibility that after his November move, you'll still see Milo around! "I gave [executive producer] Frank Valentini the rundown of where my heart was," Cheetwood says. "He said that he understood 100 percent because he has a ton of family on the East Coast that he misses every day. I said, 'I hope it doesn't mean that Milo can never be a part of the show again. If you guys can group some shows together, maybe I can fly out.'" Valentini let Cheetwood know there was a very good chance that could happen.

Meanwhile, let's all wish Cheetwood luck in his new home and his continued success in both the health/fitness world and with acting! "It's interesting that you can act anywhere, really," he points out. "They just shot Batman Vs. Superman in Detroit. You don't necessarily have to be in L.A. or New York to make this thing work. Sometimes getting out of that element, getting out of the belly of the beast can be more beneficial."

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Rylan Defends Dante's Dalliance!

MarcyRylan.jpg All good things must come to an end... except Lante! They're not "ending," are they? Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL lovebirds Dante and Lulu have reason to be concerned. There's still a gigantic secret (a one-night stand with Valerie) that is preventing them from having a fairy tale love. It doesn't help that Dillon is waiting patiently in the wings for the first signal to swoop in and sweep Lulu off her feet!

In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Emme Rylan (Lulu) explains Dante's uncharacteristic night of infidelity, sheds light on what Lulu is not saying and defines her character's blossoming connection with Dillon!

"People grow apart, but they can also grow together," Rylan tells readers. "Lulu loves Dante and Rocco more than anything in the world. But there is that familiarity of things she and Dillon went through when they were younger. They have a bond."

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Ramirez Protects And Serves


As GENERAL HOSPITAL's young Gia, Marisa Ramirez had a way of finding trouble. Now the current cast member of CBS' cop drama, BLUE BLOODS, is working to help others get out of trouble in the city where the show is produced.

"Trying to provide affordable and safe housing in New York City is not easy," she says. "So there are about 25 teams of 10 women each raising $250,000 to $500,00 to build homes for local single mothers [via a Women Build project for Habitat for Humanity]." Amongst those teams is a seven-member one from BLUE BLOODS, The Bricks & Sticks Chicks, which the actress is a part of.

"We have a make-up artist, someone from the wardrobe department, our script supervisor, and also myself and fellow castmembers Amy Carlson (Josie, ANOTHER WORLD), Vanessa Ray (Teri, AS THE WORLD TURNS) and Abigail Hawk," Ramirez says proudly. "I've gotta get some steel-toed shoes! We have no idea what we'll actually be doing, but we are excited and looking forward to it." With just weeks left until the Saturday, September 26, build day, the actress is fundraising for the BLUE BLOODS team. Click here to pledge your support.

For more from Ramirez, whose TV series returns Friday, September 25, at 10:00 p.m. EST, keep an eye out for her Keeping Track feature in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth.

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Michael Easton Talks About Silas' Murder

MichaelEaston.jpg Michael Easton's exit as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dr. Silas Clay didn't just take fans by surprise; it also caught the actor off guard! But being the classy guy he is, Easton is taking his dismissal in stride.

In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Easton opens up his reaction to finding out that Silas was being killed off, the petition fans have started in an effort to save the character and the talk of him joining another soap. "You do this over time and you get used to saying good-bye to people," he admits with a sad smile. "I'm not rushing into anything. I'm going to look to see what's out there, be patient and enjoy time with the family. And do a little writing to clear my head."

For more of our exclusive exit interview with the humble star, pick up the current ABC issue!

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Jason Talks Sam... And Robin!

thompson.jpg Fans of GH's Patrick Drake are wondering if he's going to be the odd man out when Sam finds out that Jake Doe is actually her beloved Jason. Soaps In Depth sat down with the Emmy nominated Jason Thompson to talk about Patrick's loves, his losses and fan uproar over the Robin situation. The good doctor's life is in flux, indeed. But Thompson is taking his character's fate one day at a time!

"Patrick's life has been all over the place for the last two years," Thompson says in the current ABC issue. "So I feel like, within that, I'm able as an actor to make more rash decisions, in a way. 'Nothing's going right. I may as well go down a 'wrong' path and see what happens!' It might be interesting see where he comes out on the other end."

For more with the sexy doc's portrayer, pick up the current ABC issue, on sale now!

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On The Road To Recovery!


After seriously injuring his hand in a motorcycle accident (just as GENERAL HOSPITAL's recent three-week hiatus had commenced), Ryan Paevey (Nathan) tells Soaps In Depth that he's well on his way to a full recovery. "My doc is impressed with how quickly my tissue has mended," the actor reports. "All the 'road rash' is gone. The bones have fused, and my body's not fighting the metal. The surgical side is fine."

However, there are still a few obstacles to overcome. "My range of motion is still really limited," he confides. "It'll probably be a while before I'm on the bike or in the gym again."

Paevey credits his pal Mike Viruet, a trainer/nutritionist, with helping him heal. "He came over and totally re-hauled my refrigerator and prepared all these meals for me. He designed a plan especially engineered to aid in the recovery process. So it's pretty cool — I had three microwavable meals from a buddy for a while!"

The GH hunk is right-handed — which is the one he injured — so his life has gotten a little more complicated. "Elastic and I have become good friends," quips the performer. "Buttons are a nightmare!" The good news is that because Paevey's injury occurred at the beginning of GH's hiatus and his recovery has been going so well, the accident didn't have to be written into Nathan's storyline. "[GH executive producer] Frank Valentini was really supportive when I called him both after the accident and surgery. I told him I can't pick anybody up or punch anybody. But that's it."

The actor hasn't had to call in sick a single day of taping because of his rough spill, either. "If I miss a day of work then something is terribly wrong," he quips. "It's because I either don't know that I'm working or I'm dead!"

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Kin Shriner Unplugged!

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

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

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

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

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What's Next For Laura?

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

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

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

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Why Nathan Came Back!

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

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

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

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The Doctor Is In — Again!


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

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

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

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Craig & Thiebaud Engaged!


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

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

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

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

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

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Paevey Unplugged!

RyanPaevey.jpg GH's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) went from total obscurity to being one of the most talked about new faces on daytime, all in a year and a half. Although the kind of instant popularity and recognizability he has experienced might shake most people, Paevey refuses to let fame change him. In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, he talks about how he's balanced living in a goldfish bowl with his desire to remain a "normal guy."

Paevey also talks about his moonlighting job as a correspondent for the show EXTRA, shares which superstar made him speechless and reveals which hot young actress admitted to having a crush on!

For more with the heartthrob, pick up the new issue... on sale now!

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Erin Opens Up About Her Crazy Past!

HayleyErin.jpg GENERAL HOSPITAL is just what the doctor ordered for Hayley Erin! She was at a time and place in her life when she was questioning her future, wondering what path she should take. Then, like a gift from above, she got the answer she was looking for when she booked the role of Kiki Jerome on the ABC soap.

Erin sat down with Soaps In Depth and opened up about her string of bad luck before getting her GH gig. Thankfully, her luck turned around with GH, and she's as happy as a clam, not just with Kiki but also with the direction the character's love life is taking!

"Kiki has rediscovered her feelings for Morgan, for sure," she tells In Depth. "When she was with Michael, I don't think she was thinking about Michael. My personal take on it was she was fully invested in her relationship with Michael at that point because there were still feelings there for Morgan. Now that she's been able to clear her mind and things have settled down, she's where she belongs. Michael wouldn't be good for her now. He's not good for himself. Morgan has stepped up to the plate." Read more from Erin in the ABC issue, on sale now!

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GH's Ainsworth Goes Back To School!


GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina) is headed back to high school for her appearance in The CW's drama, iZOMBIE. "I play this girl named Tate," Ainsworth says of the Tuesday, June 2, episode titled "Dead Rat Live Rat Brown Rat White Rat." "My friend gets eaten by a zombie, but I don't really know what happened."

Look for the actress to share scenes with the lead character, Liv Moore (Rose McIver), a medical resident who's hiding that she's become a zombie by working in the coroner's office and solving murders. "I'm this ditzy cheerleader, and she interviews me and asks questions about my friend," Ainsworth reveals. "It's supposed to be that I'm serious, but it comes across as being funny."

The actress had such a great time on the set that she's eager to find out whether her character can return. "That's what they are discussing," Ainsworth confides. "The show definitely wants to bring me back, so they just have to figure out how and when."

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Brown's Back On MAIDS!


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

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

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

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The Secrets Behind Lilly Melgar's Return to GH!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Strolling Through Memory Lane With Finola!

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

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Is Liz Out At GH?!


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

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

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

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Thiebaud Talks Britt's Return!


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

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

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

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

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GH's Duell Fell For It!


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

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

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

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Vinessa's Advice For Single Moms

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

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Ellsworth's Killer Role


Kiko Ellsworth (Jamal) played a vampire on PORT CHARLES, and now he's taking a bite out of CRIMINAL MINDS via a plum guest role in the Wednesday, April 22, episode titled "Mr. Scratch."

"I'm playing a man named Daniel Karras who, through an unfortunate event, is accused of killing a female member of his family that he'd been very close to," Ellsworth relates. "Only he doesn't remember doing it, and he's deeply broken up over what has happened."

In the episode, Daniel will actually be one of three people (another is played by THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Thad Luckinbill [ex-J.T.]) implicated in the crime, and all of them claim to have been attacked by a clawed shadow monster! Can the Behavioral Analysis Unit figure out who — or what — might be controlling their minds?

For Ellsworth, the opportunity to be a part of this storyline was meaningful to him personally. For the last several years, he's been committed to the empowerment of women and bringing awareness to domestic violence via the charity Safe Passage, as well through teaching self-defense classes. "If I can prevent one man from hitting, raping, murdering, kidnapping or sex-trafficking a female," Ellsworth suggests, "Then hopefully the pain that my character goes through can prevent [what happens in the episode] from happening to one woman." Tune it at 9:00 p.m. EST on CBS to catch it!

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Lowry Stops The Ride


Michael Lowry is slipping back into the kind of doctor duds he wore as Jake on ALL MY CHILDREN for his brief role in The Longest Ride. "It was quite the déjà vu experience," he tells In Depth. Based on the best-selling novel from Nicholas Sparks, the romantic drama is about a former champion bull-rider (Scott Eastwood, Fury) whose attempt to re-ignite his career hits a serious snag in the form of some ominous news. "I worked with Eastwood and the female lead, Britt Robertson (UNDER THE DOME)," Lowry reveals. "I basically delivered the 'heed-my-words-or-else' good doctor advice." The movie, which also features Alan Alda, is now in theaters.

For more from the actor, including details about his intriguing role on the new Sony PlayStation drama, POWERS, check out his Soaps In Depth Old Friends feature in the issue that goes on sale Monday, May 18.

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GH's Chambers Finds A New Role


GENERAL HOSPITAL's Siobhan ruffled feathers with Elizabeth when she found her way into Lucky's heart. Now her portrayer, Erin Chambers, is the other woman again, this time on MTV's hit drama, FINDING CARTER. "I'm playing Hillary, a young lady who works at the college as the teaching assistant of David Wilson (played by Alexis Denisof), the [married] dad on the show," Chambers reveals of her recurring role this season. "There's lots of flirting and a definite attraction between the two of them. I don't want to give it away, but they like each other a lot."

Perhaps it's her spunky personality or maybe it's her flaming red hair, but Chambers appears to be a good fit to play a mischief-maker like this one. "I'm a good girl with an edge in real life, so these edgy characters are always kind of fun for me," she maintains. "I don't really get to play them all that often." The actress, who has been commuting from Los Angeles to the FINDING CARTER set in Atlanta for shooting, says that she'll appear in at least four episodes.

"I hope that people will watch the show and be interested in her," Chambers offers. "I'm curious to see what the reaction's gonna be like." Tune in to catch her beginning with the episode airing Tuesday, April 14, at 10:00 p.m. EST. For more from the actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, May 11.

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OLTL Alum's Super-Powered Crossover!


Brandon Routh (Seth, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is bringing his Ray Palmer character from ARROW to THE FLASH tonight in an episode titled "All-Star Team Up," which will air Tuesday, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET on The CW .

In tonight's episode, Barry (aka The Flash, played by Grant Gustin) is surprised when Felicity arrives from Starling City along with Ray. The pair is visiting Central City (The Flash's home base) because Ray needs assistance with his super-powered suit he wears as The Atom. The heroes will need to leap into action after a villain unleashes scores of robotic bees on some unsuspecting folks!

This is, of course, Routh's second super-hero part having played the title role in 2006's Superman Returns. But how does Ray/The Atom differ from Superman/Clark Kent? "In their humanity, they're drastically different," Routh tells Soaps In Depth. "There are some similarities between Clark and Ray in that they're both 'geeked out' a little bit in their enthusiasm for life. They have similar moral standings, I think. Ray can live the life he wants to live but Superman can't — only vicariously through Clark."

The Atom suit is also far different from the tights worn by The Man Of Steel, which Routh says will help audiences accept him as another super-powered hero. "They told me [this costume] wasn't going to be like anything I've worn before."

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Cheatham Is Making 'Em Laugh!


Maree Cheatham (ex-Charlene, GENERAL HOSPITAL/PORT CHARLES' ex-Marie, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) was a hoot as Bettie Breeland, Zoe's snooty and oh-so-Southern grandmother on The CW's recently concluded drama, HART OF DIXIE. Now, she's landed a role on another primetime soap that not only took her to Atlanta for filming, but also promises to be every bit as much fun. "I've been cast in TYLER PERRY'S THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS," she tells Soaps In Depth. "Mr. Perry is wonderful to work for, and my role is pretty funny — I'm the comic relief!"

When the highly rated drama returns for its third season on OWN this June, look for Cheatham to debut in the second episode and then return for at least five more. "I play Pearl, the nosy parker neighbor who gets into everyone's bidness!" the actress laughs. "She lives across the street from Candace (played by ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Tika Sumpter (Layla) and hates her modern house and all the gentlemen callers she has... Pearl's family is on the police force, so she uses it as her private army!"

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Maura Peeks Into Ava's Head!

MauraWestGal.jpg GH's Ava is an assumed dead, terminally ill fugitive from justice. Could things get any worse for her? In the current ABC issue of Soaps In Depth, Maura West shares insight into her character's mindset during these most traumatic of times and how she tackles not one, but two "issue" stories -- cancer and euthanasia. And, of course, there's that little thing about the father of her baby being a Mob kingpin, who once had an order out to kill her! "Who knows? Ava and Sonny could be in love in a month!" West jokes.

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Craig Changes His Emmy Strategy!


Bryan Craig (Morgan) was at a speed shop with his father waiting for an engine when he learned via Twitter that he'd been nominated for Outstanding Younger Actor in this year's Daytime Emmy Awards. And while he was also nominated in the same category last year, the actor went a different route with his submission this time around.

"I turned in the episode where I got to [Sonny] and confess to him that I've been working for Julian but I've quite for good and that Julian was forcing me to work for him," Craig explains. "I thought it was a different tone from last year's [submission]. Last year's was a big blowout. I thought this was a little more sincere and emotional and quieter.

"A lot of people wanted me to submit the crypt stuff," he adds. "That stuff was cool, but I felt like it was the same stuff that I submitted last year. A big blowout. I just wanted something different this year."

And while the stars always get dressed to the nines for the Emmy ceremony, Craig is one who wouldn't mind a more casual approach. "If I could wear a T-shirt and jeans to the Emmys, I would!" he declares. "I'm just a normal dude."

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Hughes Goes Supporting


Finola Hughes (Anna, GENERAL HOSPITAL) was actually on the East Coast, walking around Manhattan's Canal St. when the Daytime Emmy nominations were announced, and it was co-star Jason Thompson (Patrick) who was the one who let her know she was up for Outstanding Supporting Actress!

"I got this weird text from him about how he admires me and what he thinks of me as an actor," she recalls. "I thought, 'What's got into him?' Why is he talking to me like this?' I texted him back something like, 'Wait... What?' Then he said, 'You got nominated.' He was the first to tell me. It was a nice way to find out."

Although Hughes has previously been nominated four times in the Lead Actress category (taking home the trophy in 1991) for her work on both GH and ALL MY CHILDREN, this time she submitted for the supporting category. "I didn't really have the material to submit for leading," she confesses.

"I chose a scene that was Ian Buchanan's scene when Duke tells Anna that he wants her to stop rescuing him and that he wants to be the man," Hughes continues. "I really liked it. It was extremely well-written. It was nicely shot and edited. I felt that it stood on its own. It was very simple, to-the-point and connected. I felt good about it. I'm hopeless at choosing scenes, so I had to rely on the kindness of strangers to push me in the right direction!"

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Alderson Is Prepping For Emmy Night!


Kristen Alderson may have left GENERAL HOSPITAL, but her work as Kiki earned her another Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress. She learned the news when boyfriend Chad Duell (Michael) checked Twitter and reported that they'd both earned Emmy nods! It's pretty crazy that we can share in that, too," Alderson marvels. "I think we'll look back at this time and be, 'Wow ,how cool is this?"

And while Alderson is still eligible for Younger Actress, Duell graduated out of the Younger category this year. "I'm so proud of Chad," she beams. "This is the big league, now. Supporting Actor is a whole other ballgame. It's really tough to get into. It's a really big deal."

To earn the nomination, Alderson submitted the dramatic dissolution of Michael and Kiki's relationship. "When Kiki walked in on Michael sleeping with Rosalie and then he, basically, breaks up with her," she explains. "I just found a dress today, too, which I'm really excited about.

"I found it, but I still want to call and see if they'll lend it to me," Alderson continues. "It's $1100, and that's a lot of money to spend for one night Usually designers are willing to lend it out to you. So I have to call and make sure. It's floral and looks very spring."

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Mills Stunned By Emmy Nod!


Donna Mills was quite surprised to learn that she'd received a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Guest Star category for her stints as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Madeline... mostly because she hadn't submitted herself, the show did!

"My daughter texted me," Mills reveals. "She saw a tweet from THE TALK. She said, 'Mom, what is this?' I went, 'Oh my God, I think it's a nomination!' That's how I found out. I couldn't believe it!"

The show biz vet found herself inundated with congratulations from everyone at GH and ABC, particularly from Laura Wright (Carly), herself nominated in the Lead Actress category. "I'm so happy for her," Mills declares. "It's funny. She and I have only had one scene together in the time that I've been on, and it was kind of a simple scene. It wasn't highly dramatic or anything. She is one of the best actresses that I've ever worked with. There's just something about her. She's amazing."

And Mills is just as happy to turn around and congratulate everyone else at the soap on their own nominations. "They work so hard and turn out in record time such good product," she marvels. "They deserve every nomination that they've gotten."

As for the episode that earned her the Emmy nod? "I have no idea," she admits. "I suppose I should find out!"

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GH's Tovar Guests Her Way Into An Emmy Nod!


This is the first year that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences introduced the new category of Outstanding Guest Star In A Drama Series to honor an actor who has appeared in a limited number of episodes during the eligibility period. And GENERAL HOSPITAL's Elena Tovar (Rosalie) fit the bill!

"The ladies over at GH reached out and asked if I did want to submit something, what would I want to put in?" she recalls. "I had just done a scene with Chad Duell (Michael) where we're sitting together in a bar and basically getting smashed and having a conversation about life. I had a lot of fun shooting it, and I think that comes through. So I submitted that scene."

But the actress had forgotten all about it until her Twitter feed exploded with congratulations while she was at the gym when the nominations were announced! "The fans have been so sweet," Tovar enthuses. "It is really nice how excited they are and how much they love that character."

And Tovar knows she's in some pretty elite company in her category with veteran actors like Donna Mills (ex-Madeline) and Meredith Baxter (ex-Maureen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS). "It's crazy!" she says. "It's mind blowing!"

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Wright's Difficult Emmy Decision!


Carly had quite a year on GENERAL HOSPITAL, leaving portrayer Laura Wright with a difficult choice in picking the episode that led to her Lead Actress Daytime Emmy nomination! "I submitted the show after Michael finds out about Sonny and Carly where I lay into Franco," she reveals. "It was almost a whole entire show with Roger Howarth (Franco)."

She very nearly went with the previous episode with the strong scenes between her and Chad Duell (Michael), but went with the Franco episode after seeking the advice of her family and co-star Michelle Stafford (Nina). "I had a different opinion of everything," Wright says. "I had Michelle look at them. I knew it was between the two. I just wasn't sure which one to go with. My daughter, Lauren, and my husband were both, 'It's all you in the [Franco] show and the other show is all Chad.'"

Wright knows she's in good company with the other Lead Actress nominees, but feels there was one major omission: Stafford. "She's an incredible actress," she declares. "I know how hard she works. She goes to a place that a lot of people are afraid to go. Michelle goes in with both feet and kills it. She could've easily walked away with the statue."

But she's excited to support all the other GH nominees on Emmy night, and doesn't even have the pressure of having to find a gown for the evening! "I already have the dress because I bought it last year," Wright confides. "I bought two dresses last year. This year, I'm just going to wear the other one, because I love it. It's been sitting in my closet with tags on it for a year!"

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Geary Sings GH's Praises!


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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Genzel's New Film Has Bite!


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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Mathison Builds Excitement!


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 Zimmer Is Still Wicked!


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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Interview: Keith Hamilton Cobb's Performance Of A Lifetime!


For the past two years, Keith Hamilton Cobb (ex-Damon, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; Noah, ALL MY CHILDREN) has been fine-tuning a one-man play, American Moor, which he wrote and stars in. After performing the piece in smaller theaters and workshops, the actor will soon be taking his show back to where he began his career: the New York stage! "That's a big deal," he shares with Soaps In Depth. "It will be the show's Manhattan debut. That's exciting to me, to be doing some of my own work on a stage in the big city where I started to do this theater stuff!"

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OLTL's Williamson Lights A FIRE!


Things are about to get even hotter on NBC's CHICAGO FIRE thanks to ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica), who will begin a two-episode guest arc Tuesday, February 10, at 10:00 p.m. EST. Look for her to play Beth, a potential new love interest for Lieutenant Matt Casey (played by Jesse Spencer).

Much like OLTL's Jessica, Beth is said to be a beautiful, easygoing woman who's got some hidden baggage that could cause trouble for the hunky firefighter. "Everybody there — the cast and the crew — was so much fun. I loved it. What a great place to work!" enthuses the actress, who shot her scenes just weeks ago. "And I loved being in Chicago because BethAnn Bonner (Talia, OLTL) lives there, so I got to go and see her."

Next, Williamson will star opposite Jason Dohring (VERONICA MARS, RINGER) and Corbin Bernsen (ex-Durant, GENERAL HOSPITAL) in the Hallmark Channel Original, Portrait Of Love when it airs on Saturday, March 14, at 9:00 p.m. EST. For details about the romantic drama and everything else that's happening for the talented actress, check out her Keeping Track feature in the Soaps In Depth issue on sale Monday, March 2!

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