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  • Debuted on: April 1, 1963
  • Network: ABC
  • Created by: Frank & Doris Hursley
  • Takes place in: Port Charles, NY



  • Current Cast

    • Kristen Alderson as Katherine 'Kiki' Jerome
    • Nicolas Bechtel as Spencer Cassadine
    • Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos
    • Sean Blakemore as Shawn Butler
    • Ian Buchanan as Duke Lavery
    • Ryan Carnes as Lucas Jones
    • Teresa Castillo as Sabrina Santiago
    • Leslie Charleson as Monica Quartermaine
    • Derk Cheetwood as Max Giambetti
    • Drew Cheetwood as Milo Giambetti
    • Tyler Christopher as Nikolas Cassadine
    • Bryan Craig as Morgan Corinthos
    • Jimmy Deshler as Rafe Kovich
    • William deVry as Julian Jerome
    • Chad Duell as Michael Corinthos
    • Michael Easton as Silas Clay
    • Sonya Eddy as Epiphany Johnson
    • Jane Elliot as Tracy Quartermaine
    • Zachary Garred as Levi
    • Kathleen Gati as Liesl Obrecht
    • Anthony Geary as Luke Spencer
    • Nancy Lee Grahn as Alexis Davis
    • Rick Hearst as Ric Lansing
    • Carolyn Hennesey as Diane Miller
    • Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth Webber
    • Lynn Herring as Lucy Coe
    • Roger Howarth as Franco
    • Finola Hughes as Anna Devane
    • Sarah Johnson as Josslyn Jacks

    • Sean Kanan as A.J. Quartermaine
    • Jon Lindstrom as Kevin Collins
    • Lisa LoCicero as Olivia Falconeri
    • Robin Mattson as Heather Webber
    • Kelly Monaco as Sam Morgan
    • Kimberly McCullough as Robin Scorpio Drake
    • Ryan Paevey as Nathan West
    • Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Carlos Rivera
    • Thaao Penghlis as Victor Cassadine
    • Haley Alexis Pullos as Molly Lansing
    • Tequan Richmond as T.J. Ashford
    • Emme Rylan as Lulu Spencer Falconeri
    • Marc Anthony Samuel as Felix Dubois
    • Parry Shen as Brad Cooper
    • Kin Shriner as Scott Baldwin
    • Brooklyn Rae Silzer as Emma Drake
    • Pepi Sonuga as Taylor DuBois
    • Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones
    • Kelly Thiebaud as Britt Westbourne
    • Jason Thompson as Patrick Drake
    • Kristina Wagner as Felicia Jones
    • Braden Walkes as Cameron Webber
    • Maura West as Ava Jerome
    • Bergen Williams as Alice Gunderson
    • Laura Wright as Carly Corinthos Jacks
    • John J. York as Mac Scorpio
    • Dominic Zamprogna as Dante Falconeri
    • Jacklyn Zeman as Bobbie Spencer
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    Special Thanks to Leo Logan (Willimantic, CT) for helping us keep this up to date

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    This Week On General Hospital




    April 14
    Dante explains Obrecht's proposition to Lulu; Nicolas makes Elizabeth an offer; Madeline discloses news to Nathan; Michael demands answers from Anna.
    April 15
    Sonny's conscience haunts him; Carlos is afraid he'll be accused of shooting AJ; Jordan begins her new job; Ava and Julian confront each other; Ned makes his return to Port Charles.

    April 16
    Sonny's behavior overwhelms Olivia; Patrick and Sabrina find out the sex of their baby; Jordan proves her loyalty; Carlos is taken in for questioning.
    April 17
    Sonny confides in Ava; Nathan has problems at home; Spencer gets news about Cameron; Britt is questioned by Lulu about Obrecht's plan.
    April 18
    Spencer warns Sonny about Luke; Franco tells Carly about his new scheme; Ava tries to get to Carlos before he confesses.
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    General Hospital

    News, Cast Updates and Scoop

    (News section last updated April 15, 2014)


    GH Recasting Sabrina?

    GH has sent out a casting call for a role that sounds like a recast for Sabrina, whose portrayer, Teresa Castillo, is slated to begin her maternity leave soon. The actress would begin taping in May in a part described as "Hispanic. 27-33. Beautiful, passionate, dynamic. Originally from Mexico [Sabrina, it should be noted, is a native of Puerto Rico], she has come to Port Charles to pursue a career in medicine." While the show is seeking a recurring player to fill the role, the casting notice asks, "Please only submit actresses that are open to the possibility of a Contract Role as well."

    Party With The Stars!

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

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

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

    Greg Vaughan and Touriya Haoud Separate

    Greg Vaughan and his wife are splitting after nine years together, the soap opera actor announced on his Instagram.

    Vaughan, 40, and Dutch model Touriya Haoud, 36, wed in 2006. They have three sons together, Jathan James, 6½, Cavan Thomas, 4, and Landan Reid, 2.

    "As we open our hearts full of love & sadness, 9 years together and 3 beautiful children, we have decided to amicably separate," Vaughan wrote Monday, adding a photo of the couple cuddling.

    "With dear love for each other and our family, as parents first and foremost, we kindly ask our space and privacy be respected at this difficult time."

    Vaughan gained fame as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital. He also appeared in The Young and the Restless and has played Eric Brady on Days of Our Lives since 2012.

    SOAP ALUMS STAR IN LIFETIME MOVIE

    Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston, OLTL) and Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina, GH) star in Lifetime's DEATH CLIQUE airing Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Underwood and Ainsworth play best friends Jade and Sara, who befriend the new girl in school, Ashley, played by Tina Ivlev (ex-Kelly, DAYS). "[Ashley] kind of sets her eyes on me as someone she wants to be her best friend and she stirs up some trouble," Underwood tells Digest. "Things get pretty crazy, pretty quickly. It is very dramatic. It's one of those stories that make you think, 'That would never happen,' until you read in the description: Inspired by true events."

    Daytime Soaps Enjoy a New Surge in Popularity

    (variety.com) The soap bubble that was supposed to burst is still very much intact.

    A couple of years after “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” brought to five the number of daytime dramas axed by the networks over a five-year stretch, the genre is flourishing.

    Ratings are up at the four remaining soaps — “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” on CBS, “General Hospital” on ABC and “Days of Our Lives” on NBC — and, in this DVR era, any kind of gain is cause for celebration.

    One reason for the increases could be the simple fact that there are fewer shows to compete for the pool of fans. Today’s soaps live alongside game and talkshows such as CBS’ “Let’s Make a Deal” and ABC’s “The Chew,” and a bigger variety of programming for viewers to choose from seems to be helping all the networks.

    But if it were simply the same viewers moving from one show to another, the gains would be only among the core, older soap opera fan base — and that’s not the case. It’s clear that some new blood is being pumped into the genre.

    “General Hospital,” for example, has grown from last year by 9% in total viewership (to 3.32 million) but it’s also up by 19% in women 25-54 and by 11% among those 12-34, according to Nielsen. As a result, its median age of 55.5 for the current season is down from 56.1 a year ago.

    “Days of Our Lives” is up 10% (to about 3 million viewers), but its biggest gains are among females 12-34; its median age of 57.8 is nearly one full year lower than last year.

    It’s this expansion of the audience that most encourages Michael Maloney, a contributing editor for Soaps in Depth magazine and the author of “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.”

    “The grandmother used to pass it down to the mother and so on, so one of the reasons (that soaps) took a hit is because mom is out there working,” Maloney says. “But that seems to be coming back, and audiences are responding to a multiple-generation canvas of characters. Any soap that has just young people isn’t going to make it.”

    Maloney thinks the recent shuttering of some soaps created a surplus of good actors out of work. And this has resulted in some all-star rosters.

    Indeed, turn on a soap you remember watching years ago, and there’s a good chance you will see a lot of familiar faces.

    “Soap is the only genre with that kind of throughline, and the shows are taking good advantage of that,” Maloney says.

    The CBS soaps skew older, but they’re also the most popular overall. “Young and the Restless” averages 5.3 million viewers daily and “The Bold and the Beautiful” bags nearly 4 million.

    Maloney credits Angelica McDaniel, head of Daytime at CBS, who is active in social media and “a great cheerleader for the genre.”

    He also notes that Vicki Dummer, an exec VP of series and specials at ABC Media Group, has been supportive of the strong vision of “GH” exec producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati. And Sony Pictures Television, NBC and Corday Productions have kept “Days” vital even though it is on a daytime island at the Peacock.

    “What the soaps seem to have is terrific support from the network,” Maloney says. “The right people are running them, and each of the remaining shows are doing a great version of their show for their core audience.”

    Maloney thinks it’s unlikely we’ll see a new daytime soap anytime soon, but he doesn’t rule it out entirely.

    “There are Web soaps out there like ‘The Bay,’ and with ‘Beacon Hill,’ Crystal Chappell has a handle on a Web series that can make a profit,” he says. “People in broadcast are definitely keeping an eye on the Web.”

    Soap Week on OK! TV

    Videos:

    The Young and the Restless star Jessica Collins: Video.

    The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John: Video.

    General Hospital star Laura Wright: Video.

    General Hospital star Tyler Christopher: Video.

    MORE SOAP FAVES JOIN THE BAY

    B&B's Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge) and Sean Kanan (Deacon), and DAYS's Judi Evans (Adrienne) and Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy) have joined the cast of the online soap THE BAY. Chapter 12 of the series premieres May 1, and will also feature the return of MORE SOAP FAVES JOIN THE BAY: (ex-Shane, DAYS) as Capt. Elliot Sanders. For more, check out thebaytheseries.com.

    GH CASTING NEW ROLE

    GH is seeking to cast the role of an eight-year-old girl with blonde or light brown hair, described as "Rebellious kid, with good heart underneath." The "ongoing, recurring" part will require an actress capable of handling "a substantial of dialogue," according to the casting description.

    GH ALUM TO DAYS

    Alicia Leigh Willis, who played GH's Courtney from 2001-06, will begin a stint on DAYS on April 22. Look for her to tie into Liam's (Mark Collier) storyline. The actress has been on the show's radar for awhile: She was asked to fill in for Nadia Bjorlin's Chloe in 2010 when Bjorlin fell ill, but the scenes never aired.

    Soap Week on OK! TV with General Hospital

    Stephanie Sloane of Soap Opera Digest joins Jacklyn Zeman who plays Bobbie Spencer on the set of General Hospital: Video.

    Who Is Annie Logan?

    (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo, Photo2) GENERAL HOSPITAL gave a fun shout-out on its 51st anniversary episode — which aired on Tuesday, April 1 — to a fan-favorite character when Bobbie tearfully informed Scotty that Noah had dumped her for an old flame — Annie Logan. Just who is the third in Noah and Bobbie's off-screen triangle?

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

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

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

    Jane Elliot Interview

    General Hospital's Jane Elliot on Loving Luke, Working With Elvis and More. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    ABC TELEVISION SERIES NASHVILLE KICK OFF THEIR FIRST-EVER CONCERT TOUR

    The first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour with series stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack, is scheduled to take place starting April 25, 2014. Will Chase joins his cast mates for the New York concert only.

    Tickets go on sale Friday, April 4, and information on dates, venues and how to purchase can be found below:

    4/25 – Joe’s Bar, Chicago, IL
    On sale: 4/4 at 10am CT www.joesbar.com

    5/4 – Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
    On sale: 4/4 at 10am ET www.ticketfly.com

    5/6 – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY
    On sale: 4/4 at 12pm ET www.axs.com

    GH ANNIVERSARY PREVIEW

    (Video) Tomorrow (April 1) marks the 51st anniversary of GH, and one of the gifts to the audience will be the returns of Sarah Brown (ex-Carly; ex-Claudia) and Tamara Braun (ex-Carly). "We like to try and take advantage of the history of the show, and in honoring the history of the show, we not only honor the characters, but the actors," explains Executive Producer Frank Valentini. "We have come up with a fun way for the audience to get a chance to see Sarah and Tamara again." Valentini has high praise for the Emmy-winning duo. "I had never worked with either one of them before. They are truly spectacular. They are unbelievably professional, and really fun. It was really exciting and interesting for me to see them come back to the set and be embraced by the cast and crew the way they were. They were so loved, and there were a lot of tears and laughter and hugging. It was a great day." As far as the episode itself, and how it compares to last year's 50th celebration, the exec days, "We’re trying to make sure we mine the entire field of rich history that is GENERAL HOSPITAL as opposed to repeating some of things we’ve done. Instead of competing with ourselves, we didn’t want to repeat ourselves. The anniversary episode is really, really special, and there are many, many fun surprises for the audience and many nostalgic moments for them to enjoy."

    Get Sleepless With Zamprogna!

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

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

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

    Sebastian Roche On 'Scandal' - 'The Originals' Actor Cast In Season 3

    Does Olivia Pope have what it takes to “handle” one of The Originals? Sebastian Roché, who plays Mikael on The CW’s Vampire Diaries spin-off, will appear in several episodes of ABC’s Scandal beginning April 3.

    Roché broke the news himself this weekend with a series of excited tweets, including this one, which implies his character might have dealings with Guillermo Diaz’s Huck:

    @sebroche: I repeat, I'll be on SCANDAL this coming Thursday 3rd April for a few eps, tell everyone :) with @guillermodiazyo

    GH STARS ON OKTV!

    Soap week on OKTV kicks off with your favorite stars of GENERAL HOSPITAL. Tonight, Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) is in the spotlight, followed by Lynn Herring (Lucy) Tuesday night and Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) on Wednesday night. Don't miss it! Go to www.oktvusa.com for local listings.

    CARLYS UNITED ON GH

    (Photo) Here's yet another reason to tune into GH on April 1 as it marks its 51st anniversary: two of the actresses who formerly played Carly - Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun - will be making cameo appearances alongside the show's current Carly, Laura Wright. Digest was on set the day they filmed this historic episode - and we can tell you what they'll be doing, but we can promise that you won't want to miss it! Daytime Confidential broke the news earlier today.

    Watch The Trailer For Benard's New Movie!

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

    Wagner CALLS THE HEART

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

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

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

    Springfield Drops In!

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

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

    Tune in to catch Springfield's episode on Sunday, March 30, at 9 p.m. EST.

    General Hospital Stars Hit the East Coast April 5-6: GH Fantasy Weekend

    Fans of ABC's General Hospital are invited to attend the largest soap opera event in the Northeast on April 5 and April 6, 2014, when the GH Fantasy Weekend kicks off.

    Linda Rohe of Coastal Entertainment Productions, Astoria, N.Y., and Dino Ibelli of Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 518 Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., are producing the event, featuring 10 of General Hospital's most popular stars.

    Laura Wright, who plays "Carly," and Tyler Christopher, who is "Nikolas," will host the weekend of events, featuring Maura West "Ava," Michael Easton "Silas," Lisa LoCicero "Olivia," Dom Zamprogna "Dante," Kristen Alderson "Kiki," Chad Duell "Michael," Kelly Thiebaud "Britt," and Bryan Craig "Morgan."

    On Saturday, April 5, fans will have a chance to mingle with their favorite stars, watch an amazing two hour show, and even get into a group photo with the actors at the Montclair State University Conference Center, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, N.J. On Sunday, April 6, all stars will travel to Boston to appear at the Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, Mass.

    Tickets for the Montclair show are available through www.ghfantasyweekend.eventbrite.com and cost $310 for a Platinum ticket, which includes a 90-minute meet and greet with the stars, an opportunity for autographs and photos, and the two-hour show; $183 for a VIP ticket, which includes the two-hour show followed by a photo opportunity with the cast and one photo per person; and $107 for General Admission, which includes the two-hour show, a question and answer session, and fan fun. The event runs 3:30 to 10:00 p.m., depending on the ticket type.

    On Sunday, April 6, all stars will travel to Boston to appear at the Wilbur Theatre for the second half of GH Fantasy Weekend. Tickets for the event are available through http://thewilbur.com/artist/general-hospital-fantasy-weekend/ and cost $302 for Platinum tickets, $177 for VIP, and $82 for General Admission. The event runs 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    To schedule a press interview with talent or for any questions, please call (718) 728-8581. For more information, contact Dino at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club (732-899-3900.

    About General Hospital: It is an American daytime television medical drama filled with passion, intrigue and adventure that is set in the fictional seaport town of Port Charles in upstate New York.

    It premiered on ABC television network on April 1, 1963, and is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the third longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

    It is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 11 wins.

    THAAO PENGHLIS BACK TO GH

    Looks like Victor Cassadine still has plenty of business to take care of in Port Charles. Thaao Penghlis (Victor; ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS) announced on Twitter that he'll be back on the soap. "I just was asked back on GH on the 31st. So happy to announce.Oh what disturbances & romance will be taking place. Hullo Spencer," he wrote.

    DIGEST WEDDING SPECIAL ON SALE NOW!

    (Cover) Be sure to grab a copy of Best Soap Weddings, a new, full-size issue from the editors of Soap Opera Digest focusing on daytime's most memorable nups. This collector's edition is a must-have for any soap fan and includes interviews with fan-favorite soap brides, weddings through the decades, couples who married on screen and off, stars' real-life wedding photos, expert tips on how to look like a soap bride, unforgettable ceremonies, celebrity wedding guests, most disastrous weddings, memorable photos and so much more. Head to the newsstand today (March 21)!

    GH CASTS NEW ROLE

    (Photo) Australian actor Zachary Garred has been cast as free spirit Levi, GH confirms. The actor tweeted that he'll debut on April 3. In the original casting call, the role was described as recurring for a story arc of several months. Look for the character to cross paths with Kirsten Storms's Maxie; the new mom, who is back at work following her maternity leave, tweeted, "Follow our new #GH homie @ZJGarred ! (He's pretty funny)"

    Sean Kanan Out at General Hospital, In at The Bold and the Beautiful

    (tvguide.com) Another Q bites the dust! Suds vet Sean Kanan is wrapping up his role as A.J. Quartermaine on ABC's General Hospital — the character is currently in critical condition after being shot in the chest — and will head back to CBS's The Bold and the Beautiful to once again play badass Deacon Sharpe. The actor will continue working at GH through March 28, and be seen on the show for few weeks after that. He reports to B&B mid-April, with his return episode scheduled to air June 13. Kanan tells TV Guide Magazine his exit from GH was by mutual decision.

    "I was utterly thrilled to be brought back to GH for the 50th anniversary and really enjoyed working with [executive producer] Frank Valentini, but I was not over the moon about the writing," Kanan says. "Doing stories about panic attacks and relish was not what I thought I'd signed up for. I feel I brought everything I could to the character yet it was obvious they weren't going to give me a great love story, which I found very disappointing."

    Romantic relationships, he says, are "the bread and butter of daytime, and you can only survive on a show for so long without one. I could see the writing on the wall. I spoke with Frank and we mutually agreed that if I wasn't happy, and they could find a good way to write me out, that it was best to wrap it up."

    Kanan says he contacted B&B executive producer-head writer Bradley Bell to let him know of his upcoming availability and was quickly offered a contract to return as Deacon, the slimy, opportunistic daddy of Hope Logan (Kim Matula). The soap-hopping Deacon is also hugely popular with fans of B&B's sister soap, The Young and the Restless, where he married and boozed it up big time with Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott).

    "Deacon is my favorite of all the characters I've played," Kanan notes. "I started my career in daytime on GH but returning to B&B feels like I'm going home."

    BILLY WARLOCK SPEAKS OUT ON KANAN EXIT

    Billy Warlock, who played GH's A.J. from 1997-2003 and again in 2005, reacted to the news that Sean Kanan is leaving the role to reprise the part of Deacon on B&B, in a series of tweets. He wrote, "I must say if it's true about SK I am truly bummed. Not just for him but for AJ as well. SK was a great AJ! Go B&B." Next he added, "Believe when I say I'm not lobbying. It's just how I feel. That character has never been given a fair shake."

    RON CARLIVATI ON KANAN EXIT

    Responding to Sean Kanan's criticisms in TV Guide about the way A.J. was written after he reprised the role in 2012, in which Kanan said, "I was utterly thrilled to be brought back to GH for the 50th anniversary and really enjoyed working with [executive producer] Frank Valentini, but I was not over the moon about the writing. Doing stories about panic attacks and relish was not what I thought I'd signed up for," the show's Head Writer Ron Carlivati tweeted, "His comments are like school in the summertime. No class."

    Homeland Promotes Nazanin Boniadi to Series Regular

    Homeland has promoted Nazanin Boniadi (ex-Leyla, GH/GHNS) to series regular for Season 4, Showtime announced Friday.

    In Season 3, Boniadi guest-starred as Fara Sherazi, a Muslim CIA analyst who enlisted her relatives in Tehran to help Carrie (Claire Danes). When Homeland returns in the fall, Fara will work under Carrie in a key role at the CIA.

    Boniadi is currently guest-starring on Scandal as Adnan Salif for an eight-episode arc. She has previously appeared on How I Met Your Mother, Grey's Anatomy and 24.

    Andrea Bogart To Recur On ‘Ray Donovan’

    Andrea Bogart (General Hospital) has booked a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. She’ll play Megan Volcheck, wife of FBI agent Volcheck (Kip Pardue), who also will return as recurring on the Mark Gordon Co-produced series. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as LA’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Bogart is with Bohemia Group and Intelligence Artists Agency.

    WALLY KURTH RETURNS TO GH

    Looks like GH fans are about to be treated by another appearance from Ned Ashton! Wally Kurth, who more regularly appears on DAYS as Justin, tweeted, "well, I had nice day in Port Charles yesterday. Yes, Ned will be arriving in town soon. Stay tuned. Thanks for waiting!"

    What It's Like to Work on General Hospital, ABC's Longest-Running Soap Opera

    I Joined the Cast of General Hospital for a Day! Come Check Out My Behind-the-Scenes Photos by Jessica Radloff. Read the blog here.

    Watch Soap Life

    Soap Life, the documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the American soap opera is being released worldwide today on a host of platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu. The feature features interviews from fans, directors, producers and actors like Rick Hearst (Ric, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Whip, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) and more! (See the full cast list here.)

    For a preview, you can watch the trailer here.

    Full Documentry: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video.

    General Hospital Donna Mills Promo

    Are you ready for Donna Mills to make her debut on GENERAL HOSPITAL this Friday, March 14? Watch this promo and it'll make the waiting that much worse! Watch the video here.

    Ron Carlivati Interview

    General Hospital Shockers: Writer Ron Carlivati on Sonny, Ava and Robin. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    'Honeymooners' Star Sheila MacRae Dies

    (hollywoodreporter.com) The actress starred as Alice in a later version of the Jackie Gleason comedy. She had a popular nightclub act with her husband, "Oklahoma!" star Gordon MacRae, before their divorce.

    Sheila MacRae, the English actress and comedienne who starred as Alice Kramden in a 1960s re-creation of the hit TV series The Honeymooners, has died. She was believed to be 93.

    MacRae, who played Ralph Kramden's wife from 1966-70 on CBS' The Jackie Gleason Show, died Friday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., a spokesman for the nursing care facility confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

    MacRae revived the role made famous by Audrey Meadows, who starred in the 1950s version of The Honeymooners. MacRae made a final appearance as Alice in a 1973 Gleason special.

    An accomplished singer, dancer and impressionist, MacRae was married to Oklahoma! singer-actor Gordon MacRae and was the mother of Petticoat Junction actress Meredith MacRae, who died of brain cancer in 2000 at age 56. In the wake of her daughter's death, she did not perform for years.

    Born Sheila Margaret Stephens in London, she was sent by family to live on New York's Long Island just before the outbreak of World War II.

    In 1941, she married Gordon MacRae, who recorded such hits as "Rambling Rose," "So in Love" and "It's Magic" and hosted his own TV show in the mid-1950s. They often performed together and were on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 when The Beatles also appeared.

    That exposure boosted their careers, and they performed in nightclubs all over the world --including a show in front of Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium -- until they separated in 1965.

    The pair finalized their divorce in 1967, and she married TV producer Ronald Wayne that same year. (They divorced in 1970.) She wrote a 1992 autobiography, Hollywood Mother of the Year, that told of her years on the road and her turmoil with her first husband.

    MacRae appeared as herself in a 1955 episode of I Love Lucy, titled "The Fashion Show," in which Lucille Ball modeled fashions with other celebrities' wives, and was in such films as Backfire (1950), Caged (1950), Pretty Baby (1950) and Bikini Beach (1964).

    In a recurring role on daytime TV, she played Madelyn Richmond on General Hospital and later appeared as a pushy publicist on Search for Tomorrow. She was a popular quiz show performer, appearing often on What's My Line?

    She starred on Broadway in Absurd Person Singular, which debuted in 1974, starred Off-Broadway in O.K. and toured in national productions of Luv, Plaza Suite, Twigs, Redhead and The Typist and the Tiger.

    On the Los Angeles stage, McRae was a Drama Logue Award winner in 1983 for An American Farce and received critical acclaim for L'Acheteuse. More recently, she performed in a show titled An Evening With Sheila MacRae, a recounting of her life.

    She and Gordon MacRae had four children.

    Soap Stars Sing!

    You already know that many of your favorite stars have talents that go far beyond their acting abilities, and a half dozen of them are preparing to wow you with their vocal stylings with Soap Stars Sing!

    The event will showcase the talent of Anthony Geary (Luke, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Bobbie Eakes (Krystal, ALL MY CHILDREN; ex-Macy, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL), Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, B&B), Eden Riegel (Bianca, AMC), Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH) and Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC), with more talent to be announced as the show grows closer.

    Soap Stars Sing will be held on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fred Kavli Theater in Thousand Oaks, CA. Tickets are currently available on-line at varying price points, including a VIP Package that includes a post-show meet-and-greet and photo op with the actors. For more information and to order tickets, visit the show's Web site by clicking here!

    Dano's Got Heart!

    For decades, Linda Dano had been beloved by fans for her portrayal of strong women like ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Rae Cummings and ANOTHER WORLDS' Felicia Gallant. However in her personal life, she's long been appreciated for her tender dedication to the work of HeartShare Human Services Of New York, a non-profit organization that serves the needs of children and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. "The centers that we maintain are filled with dedicated teachers, volunteers and people who've become passionate about helping those children," offers Dano, who serves on the board of directors.

    In honor of HeartShare's 100 years of service to the community, a spring gala and auction will be held on Thursday, March 27, at the New York Marriott Marquis. At the event, past recipients will gather to be honored as a group as part of the centennial celebration. Among them will be familiar faces from daytime TV like Rosie O'Donnell, John Edward, THE VIEW's Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie, ALL MY CHILDREN's Susan Lucci (Erica) and Cameron Mathison (Ryan), GENERAL HOSPITAL's executive producer, Frank Valentini, AS THE WORLD TURNS' Tamara Tunie (Jessica), and ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Robert S. Woods (Bo).

    "It's a very exciting night," Dano enthuses. "I'm so looking forward to it!" For information about attending the event, click this link to visit the Web site or call (718) 422-3210.

    Brianna Brown Joins 'Visitors'

    (deadline.com) Brianna Brown (General Hospital) has been added to in ABC drama pilot The Visitors, from Amblin TV. Penned by Soo Hugh, it chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world. Brown will play Lena, who discovers that her daughter is being turned against her by a covert alien operation. She refuses to play victim and joins forces with her husband Wes (Barry Sloane) and Claire (Lily Rabe), revealing herself as the most ruthless fighter of all in order to get her daughter back. Brown, repped by Pakula/King & Assoc., manager Gladys Gonzalez and attorney Marcy Morris, recurs on USA’s Graceland.

    Annie Ilonzeh Joins NBC Pilot 'Coercion'

    (deadline.com) Charlie’s Angels alumna Annie Ilonzeh is set as a regular in the NBC drama pilot Coercion, based on an Israeli format. The high-octane thriller revolves around the O’Connor family and their son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Ilonzeh, repped by APA and Vincent Cirrincione Associates, plays Julia, a no-nonsense Special Agent with the FBI assigned to work closely with Alex. She has recurred on Arrow and Drop Dead Diva.

    Jon Lindstrom Interview

    General Hospital's Jon Lindstrom on His Marriage to Cady McClain. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    Soap-opera pen-pal network may have led accused killer to L.A.

    (latimes.com) A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera "General Hospital."

    Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major.

    The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian's pen pals.

    Kratlian was part of a "General Hospital" fan club whose enthusiasts wrote to one another, Jason Ward said in an interview.

    "I don't know why I started writing him; it was a really dumb decision," said Ward, who connected with Kratlian through a mutual friend who received a "General Hospital" newsletter that went out to fans.

    "I only wrote to him a handful of times because he got really weird," Ward said.

    Authorities said Kratlian was released from prison two days before Thanksgiving, less than a year after a state parole board determined that his crime had been so horrific that releasing him would be to "undermine respect for the law."

    In 1992 Kratlian used a belt to kill a man, tying the victim's hands and feet together and beating and burning him, parole board records show.

    In prison, Kratlian had a "horrendous" disciplinary record, and his conditional early release was delayed more than four years because of infractions, according to the records. He was eventually released under the state's conditional release program — a separate avenue that doesn't require parole board approval.

    A free man after two decades behind bars, Kratlian was in Los Angeles by Feb. 1, authorities say.

    After months and possibly years of exchanging letters, detectives say, Kratlian went to Major's Hollywood apartment Feb. 10 and strangled him.

    When Major failed to show up for a brunch the next morning, concerned friends called police, who discovered his body Feb. 12.

    "He was a man of kindness and brilliance. To see one's kindness repaid by one's life is beyond unfair," said Norman Goldstein, one of Major's former students who was part of the class of 1972.

    "I received a yearly call on my birthday and missed this year," said Goldstein, whose birthday was Feb. 12.

    "It's a tragic case," agreed homicide Det. Steven Katz.

    Kratlian may have been looking for other former pen pals as well when he arrived in Los Angeles, said Ward.

    Ward was living in Los Angeles in 2010, he said, working as a caretaker for a woman who told him about her pen pal. It was Kratlian, who also went by the name Scott Porter, Ward said.

    The two also had connected through a "General Hospital" newsletter and had been corresponding for years, Ward said. Kratlian had even told the woman about his relationship with Major, Ward said.

    Though Ward eventually moved to Connecticut, he kept in contact with his former client and for a time with Kratlian.

    "I was assuming he was writing to a whole network of people," Ward said. "I didn't think he was ever going to get out."

    But Ward said that he one day got a letter from Kratlian asking for money and that his former client did too and she sent him cash.

    In early February, Ward said, Kratlian showed up on the woman's doorstep with a book of addresses of his other pen pals and said he was looking for places to stay.

    Ward said the encounter frightened the woman and she asked him to leave. The next day she heard about Major's violent death on the news and called police.

    Major's friendship with Kratlian was known among his friends, who told police about the ex-convict after Major's body was found. Police said that the two had been seen together shortly before Major's death and that Kratlian apparently used Major's credit cards after the slaying.

    New York officially listed Kratlian as a fugitive Feb. 14 after police identified him as their suspect. He was arrested by an LAPD and FBI fugitive task force at a Pasadena mental health and substance abuse treatment center Feb. 18, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department records show.

    He has pleaded not guilty to murder and is being held without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 56 years to life in prison.

    41st ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY PRENOMS REVEALED

    The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy nominations will officially be revealed on May 1, but NATAS and ATAS has released the talent who have received prenominations in the acting categories:

    Sharon Case (Sharon, Y&R), Jessica Collins (Avery, Y&R), Eileen Davidson (Kristen, DAYS), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke, B&B), Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH), Alison Sweeney (Sami, DAYS), Heather Tom (Katie, B&B), Jess Walton (Jill, Y&R), Maura West (Ava, GH), Laura Wright (Carly GH) and Arianne Zucker (Nicole, DAYS) landed prenoms in the Lead Actress division.

    Up for Lead Actor are Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH), Peter Bergman (Jack, Y&R), Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R), Roger Howarth (Franco, GH), Christian LeBlanc (Michael, Y&R), John McCook (Eric, B&B), Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R), James Scott (EJ, DAYS) and Shawn Christian (Daniel, DAYS).

    The Supporting Actress prenoms went to Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren, Y&R), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea, Y&R), Jane Elliot (Tracy, GH), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GH), Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R), Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, Y&R), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GH), Kimberly McCullough (Robin, GH), Kelly Sullivan (Connie, GH) and Cynthia Watros (Kelly, Y&R).

    Robert Adamson (Noah, Y&R), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli, GH), Blake Berris (Nick, DAYS), Sean Blakemore (Shawn, GH), Darin Brooks (Wyatt, B&B), Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R), Scott Clifton (Liam, B&B), William deVry (Julian, GH), Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS), Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R), Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GH) made the Supporting Actor cut.

    In the Younger Actress category, prenoms went to Kirsten Alderson (Kiki, GH), Camila Banus (Gabi, DAYS), Linsey Godfrey (Caroline, B&B), Christel Khalil (Lily, Y&R), Hunter King (Summer, Y&R), Kate Mansi (Abigail, DAYS), Kim Matula (Hope, B&B), Kelley Missal (Dani, OLTL), Ashlyn Pearce (Aly, B&B) and Denyse Tontz (Miranda, AMC).

    Younger Actor prenoms went to Corbin Bleu (Jeffrey, OLTL), Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH), Chad Duell (Michael, GH), Max Ehrich (Fenmore, Y&R), Adam Gregory (Thomas, B&B), Chandler Massey (Will, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Eric Nelsen (AJ, AMC), Daniel Polo (Jamie, Y&R) and Freddie Smith (Sonny, DAYS).

    Stephen Martines Set For Lead Role In 'Supernatural' Spinoff

    (deadline.com) Danielle Savre (Heroes) is set as one of the female leads in Supernatural: Tribes, the CW’s planted Supernatural spinoff, which will air as an episode of the veteran sci-fi series on April 29. Also set for a lead role in the project is former Vampire Diaries recurring player Stephen Martines (ex-Nikolas, General Hospital/ex-Tony, Guiding Light), who will be joining fellow TVD alums Nathaniel Buzolic and Sean Faris as well as Lucien Laviscount. Written by Andrew Dabb and directed by Robert Singer, the sweeping drama revolves around the various mafia-esque monster families that unknowingly to humans “run” the underbelly of Chicago and are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural. Savre, repped by TalentWorks and Zero Gravity, plays Margo, the acting head of the leading shapeshifter family, an ex-punk rocker-turned-corporate professional who feels threatened only by the return of her prodigal brother David (Buzolic) into the family. Martines, repped by Global Artists Agency, Luber Roklin and Chad Christopher, plays Detective Freddie Costa, a world-weary Chicago cop who serves as a mentor to Ennis (Laviscount) but also is secretly on the payroll of one of the powerful monster families.

    Stafford To GH?

    Rumors are abound that Michelle Stafford is set to play Nina Clay on General Hospital and a tweet on Feb. 24 from Michelle teased fans about a possible new project. So is the actress headed to GH?

    Michelle Stafford tweeted: “Today is an awesome day to start something new!! That's what I'm doing y'all... I'll tell u about it very soon! ?”

    Storms Heading Back To Work At GH!

    Have you been wondering what GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maxie has been doing during her time away from Port Charles? Well, we're about to find out! Portrayer Kirsten Storms has been enjoying her maternity leave bonding with newborn daughter Harper Rose, but now it's time for the actress to get back to work. Storms recently posted to Twitter: "Just spoke with [executive producer] Frank Valentini. Very exited to return to work next week. I wonder what Maxie has been up to on her vacation... "

    If Storms is reporting back to set next week, she should probably begin airing again in April. But as soon as we have a firm air date, we'll be sure to let you know!

    DONNA MILLS'S FIRST GH AIRDATE REVEALED

    Donna Mills (ex-Abby, KNOTS LANDING) tweeted that she will make her GH debut on March 14. "Let the countdown begin! My first apperance on @GeneralHospital is fast approching! Tune in March 14 at 2pm," she wrote. The identity of her character is being kept under wraps for now.

    Who Is Ric Lansing?

    If Tuesday's GENERAL HOSPITAL gave you the impression that Ric Lansing is capable of doing a whole lot o' "no good," you'd be correct. Here's a refresher course in the man who will undoubtedly be stirring up some major trouble while in town.

    From the moment Ric arrived in Port Charles, he had a strange obsession with Sonny. Although he offered Sonny his legal services time and time again, he was continually turned down. That rejection only served as fuel for the fire. One night, Ric found Carly drowning her sorrows at Jake's and saved her from downing a drink drugged by one of Faith Rosco's goons. Ric took Carly to a hotel that night and the following morning she woke up naked in bed with him! He used the moment to his advantage by blackmailing her into talking him up to Sonny.

    A couple of months later, Carly discovered she was pregnant and, much to her relief, Ric was not the father. She told Sonny about being drugged and presumably raped by Ric. Sonny was furious and wanted to kill him. After being kidnapped and escaping, Ric told Sonny to meet him at Sonny's childhood vacation home in Martha's Vineyard. There, Ric revealed he was Sonny's half-brother and he blamed him for their mother choosing a life with Sonny over a life with Ric. Oh, and he did NOT have sex with Carly.

    Determined to destroy Sonny one way or the other, Ric then plotted to blackmail Sonny's sister, Courtney, into marrying him even though he and Elizabeth had fallen in love. Jason got Courtney out of that mess but Ric's feelings for Liz had Faith seeing the green-eyed monster. Jealous that Liz was pregnant with Ric's baby, Faith pushed her down a flight of stairs, causing her to miscarry.

    Ric erroneously blamed Sonny for the fall and plotted to take his and a pregnant Carly's baby to replace the one that Liz lost. To that end, he kidnapped Carly and chained her to a wall in a secret panic room in his and Liz's new house. To insure that Liz wouldn't get pregnant in the meantime, he put crushed birth control in Liz's food. One day Liz found that panic room but passed out before she could do anything about it. When she woke up, she alerted the police.

    Alcazar's men kidnapped Carly and, to redeem himself in Liz's eyes, he helped find her. However, Liz served him with divorce papers anyway. Hoping to win her back, he convinced Scotty to make him the assistant D.A. She slowly warmed up to him again, and they remarried. Pregnant with Zander's child, they got Zander to sign away the rights. After Zander's death, Ric admitted to Liz that he could never give up on his vendetta against Sonny and they split.

    Emmy-award winning TCU prof looks forward to world premiere

    (dallasnews.com) Back in his days as an Emmy Award-winning soap opera writer, Richard J. Allen brainstormed inventive plot turns that led to climactic cliffhanging endings in As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and One Life to Live.

    He let that go for Starbright & Vine, his comedy about an aging writer who teams up with a disillusioned actress to write a sketch for an awards show on national television. It makes its world premiere at Stage West, with previews starting Thursday. It opens Saturday.

    “For years and years I was very story-oriented,” Allen, 54, says from his office at Texas Christian University, where he’s a professor of film, television and digital media. “What surprised me most was that I could focus on the characters being together instead of having a contrived crisis, conflict and ending. It was a pleasure. The play wrote itself.”

    Another thing that surprised him was how his meditations on aging and mortality would find poignant parallels in real life. He modeled the part of the older comic on Sid Caesar. Caesar died Feb. 12 at 91.

    He envisioned Jerry Russell, founder of Stage West, and father of Texas state senator and governor hopeful Wendy Davis, in the role. Russell read the part in a staged reading Allen directed in March 2013, but he passed away in September at 77.

    “I knew it worked because of his performance,” Allen says. “He had so much to offer.”

    Allen is appreciative that the show will go on, with stage and screen veteran Cliff Stephens in the role of the older writer and Lee Jamison as the actress, whose part was inspired by Star Wars’ star Carrie Fisher.

    Allen wrote the play during his sabbatical in 2012. His experience with letting the characters drive the plot led him to create a new class in character development to share what he learned with his students.

    He’s looking forward to discussing the play with his students, no matter what they think, he says.

    “If it’s flawed, they can feel much better about their writing. It’s good for them to know their teacher is human and needs to work as they do.”

    Humility is part of the writing process, he says. Even though he won daytime Emmys for As the World Turns in 2001 and 2002, he has many memories he finds funny only in retrospect.

    Once he cast his 1-year-old, Jeremy, as a baby coming home to a surprise birthday party. Unfortunately Jeremy wouldn’t stop screaming, and the actors grew increasingly restless and annoyed. Allen ran from the writers’ room to the set to calm his son down. Nothing helped. One actor who didn’t know he’d written the scene said, ‘What idiot would write a surprise party for a baby?’ he recalls.

    “I said, ‘I have no idea.’ We ended up having to use a puppet in the scene. That was the end of Jeremy’s acting career.”

    Plan your life

    Thursday through March 23 at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $26 to $32, discounts available. 817-784-9378 www.stagewest.org.

    Spend The Afternoon With GH's deVry!

    Spend some quality time with one of GENERAL HOSPITAL's hottest villains at two upcoming fan events being held by William deVry (Julian, GH/ex-Storm, B&B/ex-Michael, AMC)! The first of the two intimate VIP events will be held on Saturday, March 22, from 12:00 to 3:00 at Sarah's Cafe and Bar in Toronto, Ontario. There will only be 30 tickets sold at $140, so you will be assured of plenty of quality time with the actor!

    The second event will be held on Friday, August 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 at California Canteen in Los Angeles, CA. Only 25 tickets will be available at $135. Both events will include champagne and hors d'oeuvres as well as an autographed picture, photo ops and personal time with deVry.

    Click here for tickets to the Toronto event!

    Click here for tickets to the Los Angeles event!

    GH CASTING NEW FEMALE ROLE

    GH has sent out a casting notice seeking a new female contract player. The description reads, "Early - mid 20s, Caucasian, sexy, dynamic, ''bad girl''. Prefer blonde but will consider other."

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Best Moments Montage!

    (Video) In preparation for the 13,000th episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL airing Monday, February 24, ABC has produced this video of the long-running soap's "best moments." There are a lot of them, and they go by pretty quickly, so you may need to watch it more than once! Which ones are your personal favorites? And are there any you think they forgot to include?

    Soap Star Dance-Off!

    Can't wait till the next season of DANCING WITH THE STARS? Then check out this episode of SOAPBOX where hosts Lilly Melgar (ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Martha Madison (ex-Belle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) share the results of a dance-off they had to see which actress is the better hoofer!

    "Lilly and I started to talk about dancing on our show, and, after I said, 'Oh, I've danced all my life...' Lilly challenged me," explains Madison. "But the second part of my sentence was going to be 'but I haven't danced in over a decade!' Before I could say that the challenge came up!"

    "I've never danced before," says Melgar. "The closest thing I've ever gotten to this is cheerleading. I've dreamt of [dancing] my whole life, but have never had the opportunity or made the time — until now."

    The two actresses shared a video of their dance-off on a recent episode of SOAPBOX, which featured guests Matthew Ashford (ex-Jack, DAYS; ex-Tom, GH) and Soaps In Depth's own Michael Maloney. To check out the episode — and see who won the dance competition — click here!

    BURTON TICKLED PINK

    Steve Burton (ex-Jason, GH) revealed via Twitter that he and his wife, Sheree are expecting a girl, due in July. The couple are already parents to Makena, 10 and Jack, 7. To see how the actor made his announcement, check out pic.twitter.com/9DN0tdFMcJ.

    Kin Shriner and Robin Mattson Interview

    General Hospital's Kin Shriner and Robin Mattson Talk Sex, Crime and The Good Old Days. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    Sneak Peek at General Hospital's 13,000th Episode

    Grab a hanky. Still in its 50th anniversary year, ABC's General Hospital will celebrate yet another milestone on Monday, Feb. 24 when it airs its 13,000th episode. The occasion is joyous, to be sure, but it will also mark a heart-wrenching turn in the star-crossed marriage of Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) and Dr. Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Is this the end for GH's most popular couple? Check out this exclusive TV Guide Magazine preview: Video.

    Green Acres Actress Mary Grace Canfield Dies at 89

    (tvguide.com) Mary Grace Canfield (ex-Lucille, General Hospital), who played carpenter Ralph Monroe on Green Acres, died Saturday of lung cancer at a hospice in Santa Barbara, Calif., her daughter told the Los Angeles Times.

    Born in Rochester, N.Y., Canfield opted to attend an acting school rather than a traditional college and got her start on Broadway. She later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a screen career.

    Besides Green Acres, Canfield's other TV credits include Bewitched, The Love Boat and General Hospital. In 1963, she appeared on The Andy Griffith Show, going on a blind date with Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors). She also had small film roles in Pollyanna and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

    In the mid-1980s, Canfield moved to Sedgwick, Maine and lived there until 2011 when she returned to California.

    Canfield is survived by her husband, John Bischof; two daughters and three grandsons, according to the Times.

    First Look: Behind-the-Scenes at General Hospital's 13,000th Episode

    (parade.condenast.com) (Photo) Previously on General Hospital: 12,999 gripping stories across 50 years of being on the air. Up next: the 13,000th episode milestone—and a lot of celebrating.

    The landmark episode will air on Feb. 24—but the cast has already partied and shared their thoughts on being part of the historic soap opera.

    “It’s overwhelming to think that we’ve done 13,000 episodes,” executive producer Frank Valentini says. “It’s great to look out at everyone in the cast and crew, and some people have been there for 20, 25 years.”

    Even after all this time, the show’s story lines are still “exciting,” Emme Rylan, who plays Lulu Spencer Falconeri, says. “They have surprises. How do you still have surprises after you’ve written 13,000 episodes?”

    Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos), a 21-year veteran of the show, marveled at General Hospital‘s longevity. “We’ve grown up here, and our families have grown up together,” he says. “We’ve watched people come, we’ve watched people go, and it’s still a success.”

    Say "See You Later" To McCullough!

    Kimberly McCullough (Robin) is preparing to leave GENERAL HOSPITAL again, and has announced her "Not Good-Bye But See You Later Tour" which will comprise nearly a month of events allowing the actress to say farewell to her fans in person... and vice versa!

    "Because I don't like good-byes, I'm saying 'See you later,'" McCullough explains. "Come have a blast with me, chatting about all things GH! There will be cool merchandise, new photos and an exclusive GH diary written by yours truly. Hope to see you there!"

    The tour kicks off on Friday, February 21, in the actress' hometown of Fresno, CA, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. A location will be announced closer to the date of the event, but seating is limited. Tickets will run you $100, and you can find a link to purchase them as well as more information about the event and future tour dates on McCullough's Web site at this link.

    Emily's Coming Back!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL has confirmed that Natalia Livingston is returning to the soap as Emily! Unfortunately for fans, it will just be in spirit form for a brief stint, as the character was killed off in 2007. Livingston last brought Emily's ghost to Port Charles for a visit in April of 2013 for the soap's 50th anniversary when Tracy and Monica were visited by the spirits of Emily, Alan and Rick. Who will Emily appear to this time around? At this time, no further details are available, but we'll let you know as soon as we have any!

    Spend Private Time With Two GH Stars!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL stars Kin Shriner (Scotty) and Lynn Herring (Lucy) are going to be holding some special fan events on the East Coast on Saturday, March 8!

    First, at 2:00 p.m., the duo will be at Sutton Place in Long Beach, NY. Tickets are $65, and include a meet-and-greet, a Q&A session, photo ops and autographs. Then later that day, at 7:00 p.m., the daytime vets will be holding a private dinner in Astoria, NY. Tickets for that very special evening are $150.

    For more information and to order tickets for these events or many others, call (718) 728-8581 or visit the Coastal Entertainment Web site.

    GH Star Is Unidentified!

    (Poster) What starts out as a guys' weekend turns into something far worse for a group of adventure-seeking friends in the new independent film Unidentified starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Parry Shen (Brad)!

    The sci-fi comedy follows four friends who must skip town in a hurry after getting into a heap of trouble with a loan shark during a wild weekend in Las Vegas. Yet as they try to escape their gambling debts, the pals discover that something unearthly is stalking them in the Nevada desert. (Think: The Hangover meets Paranormal Activity!)

    "It's the first movie I ever produced, and I also co-wrote and star in it. I had my hands all over it, so it was very gratifying," Shen shares with Soaps In Depth.

    Unidentified is available now on DVD or digital download through Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, XBOX, and PlayStation. The links for any of those platforms are readily available at www.unidentifed-movie.com. You can view the official trailer here, and Shen and his partners have also posted a 3-minute clip of how they really sent a camera up into space for the film, which you can view here!

    Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi Joins Scandal

    Homeland star Nazanin Boniadi has joined the cast of Scandal in a recurring role, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

    Boniadi's character is being kept under wraps, but she will debut on the show's Feb. 27 midseason return and recur through the end of the season, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news.

    Boniadi most recently played analyst Fara Sherazi during Homeland's third season. Her other TV credits also include How I Met Your Mother, 24, Grey's Anatomy and General Hospital.

    Scandal returns on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 10/9c on ABC. Who do you think Boniadi is playing?

    Graceland: General Hospital Alum to Recur as Season 2 Crime Boss

    (tvline.com) USA Network’s Graceland is bringing on some new bad guys for the housemates to get the goods on in Season 2.

    For one, Erik Valdez (aka General Hospital‘s former “Trey” Mitchell aka Joe Scully III) has landed the recurring role of crime lord Carlito Solano, TVLine has learned.

    The privileged (read: spoiled) son of a powerful cartel leader, Carlito is a regular on the night club scene, where he’s always surrounded by an intimidating posse and a bevy of beautiful women. Just be wary of what this playboy considers a good time. Volatile and unpredictable, Carlito is described as a “Grade A psychopath” who is as likely to kill a friend as a stranger.

    G-man Johnny Tuturro (played by Manny Montana), working undercover, will be the Graceland resident tasked with reeling Solano in, when Season 2 opens this summer.

    Valdez’s TV credits also include episodes of Breaking In and 90210.

    Bradford Anderson on ABC's Castle

    “Room 147” – When a guilt-ridden young woman confesses to the murder of a struggling actor -- knowing details only the killer could know -- Beckett and Castle seem to have an open-and-shut case, until they uncover proof that their suspect couldn’t possibly be the killer. When a second person confesses, equally convinced they committed the murder, the team realizes the case is far more mysterious than they thought, on “Castle,” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

    “Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.

    Guest Cast: Phil LaMarr as Dr. Holloway, John Getz as Dr. Gustavo Bauer, Bradford Anderson as Dwight Carruthers, Julia Cho as Gwen, Kelly Hawthorne as Ella.

    “Room 147” was written by Adam Frost and directed by Bill Roe.

    Mistresses: GH Alum Joins Cast, Will Develop 'Unique Connection' to [Spoiler]

    (tvline.com) Just when you thought a certain Mistresses character’s love life couldn’t get any more complicated, temptation comes and literally knocks on her door.

    General Hospital grad Jason Gerhardt is joining the ABC sudser in Season 2 as a potential romantic interest for Alyssa Milano’s Savi, TVLine has learned exclusively. (Oh, yeah, spoiler alert: The love triangle-addled leading lady obviously survives her cliffhanger coma.)

    Gerhardt’s Stanley Kowalski-esque recurring character, Zack, is a lost soul who shows up at Savi’s home in Season 2's third episode. He turns out to be someone with whom she has a very unique connection — a connection that threatens her relationship with [spoiler].

    In addition to his two-year gig on GH, Gerhardt has guest-starred on Perception, Vegas, Bones and CSI.

    Mistresses‘ second season launches this summer.

    Scott Clifton Meet and Greet

    Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer, B&B/ex-Schuyler, OLTL/ex-Dillon, GH) will be meeting fans and signing autographs at “Diva’s Day Out” at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino Silver State Pavilion in Reno, Nevada on Saturday, February 8. The event is from 10-5 and Scott will be signing from 1 – 4. Visit http://www.alice965.com/DivasDayOut.aspx to learn more information.

    Jacob Young Meet and Greets

    Meet Jacob Young (Rick Forrester, B&B/ex-J.R., AMC/ex-Lucky, GH) on Saturday and Sunday February 22 and 23 in Tampa Bay, FL. Jacob will be joining other daytime stars at “Love in the Air,” a VIP Luncheon, Meet and Greet and Breakfast hosted bySoap This. “Love in the Air” will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, located at 401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 33785. Prices start at $50 and up. For reservations and more information call Patti at (727) 210-5143 or email soapthis@outlook.com.

    Meet Jacob Young (Rick Forrester/ex-J.R., AMC/ex-Lucky, GH) at “Lucky Days” in Las Vegas, March 14 – 16 at the Downtown Grand Hotel. Friday 7 – 9 pm VIP reception, Saturday Noon – 4 lunch, autograph session and auction items. For questions, prices and more information email the organizers at ericmartsolffans@aol.com.

    GH CASTING NEW ROLE

    GH is casting a new, recurring role, slated for a 2-3 month arc. The character, Levi, is described as "27-35, cute, appealing. New Age vibe. Soulful, zen, chill. More concerned with saving the planet than how he looks. Maybe long hair, shaggy presence. This is a great, fun role."

    Y&R'S BURTON STAYING PUT

    Sorry, GH fans! Despite the ABC soap showing Jason's photo, Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R) will be sticking around his current working place. The actor announced via Twitter, "just re signed." Burton first started airing as Dylan in January, 2013.

    General Hospital: Head Writer Wants James Franco Back to Play Himself

    (showbiz411.com) General Hospital fans: head writer Ron Carlivati tells me he wants James Franco to return to the show one more time. Try and follow this, because I had to. Franco made several appearances over the last three years as a crazy artist named Franco. He raped, pillaged, and terrorized the already put upon populace of Port Charles.

    Then last year Carlivati brought the Franco character back played by someone else, Roger Howarth. He was absolved of his many crimes after it was discovered he had a brain tumor. (This is always a good out for soap characters. If only it worked in real life!)

    At this past weekend’s Writers Guild Awards, Carlivati– who helped save “General Hospital” from cancellation– told me he wants the real Franco to make one more return. I think the idea is that the multi-tasking actor would play himself, and I guess confront the fictitious Franco. Anyway, the soap is now the hip show that Franco wanted it to be when he was on it. He’d do well to get closure. And also, now “GH” has great ratings.

    R.I.P. Deborah Blackwell

    Deborah Blackwell, former general manager of SOAPnet, died yesterday after a seven-year battle with Pick’s disease, a rare neurodegenerative disorder. She passed away at the age of 63 in Virginia, surrounded by family. Blackwell built Disney ABC Cable Networks Group’ SOAPnet, which she ran from 2001 to 2007 as EVP and General Manager. During her tenure, SOAPnet grew its programming slate via a slew of acquisitions of primetime and daytime soaps as well as its distribution as the genre enjoyed popularity. It was after Blackwell left that daytime soaps began to lose traction, leading to Disney’s recent decision to rebrand SOAPnet as Disney Jr. Before joining SOAPnet, Blackwell served as president of Idealab’s MyHome.com, an internet start-up. From 1993-99, Blackwell headed the TV movie and miniseries department of the William Morris Agency, packaging projects with such clients as Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Drew Barrymore. Before becoming an agent, Blackwell was a development executive at Hearst Entertainment, rising from director to SVP.

    How the Daytime Soap Came Back From the Dead

    How the Daytime Soap Came Back From the Dead. Read the article here.

    It's A Fan-Tastic GH Weekend!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL fans in New Jersey and Boston, get ready to party! Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Laura Wright (Carly) will be hosting the GH Fantasy Weekend, two off-the-chart spectacular events, and many of their co-stars will be joining them! Are you ready for the time of your life?

    Christopher and Wright will be joined by Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Chad Duell (Michael), Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), Bryan Craig (Morgan), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Maura West (Ava) and Michael Easton (Silas) as they mix and mingle with fans in Montclair, NJ, on Saturday, April 5, and in Boston, MA, on Sunday, April 6.

    "It's an opportunity for East Coast fans to celebrate their love for GH," Christopher tells Soaps In Depth. "If it's the casual fan, a long-time fan or a new fan, we're giving unprecedented access to ourselves that is unlike any other fan event. It's longer, more intimate and there's more variety."

    Adds an excited Wright, "It's a GH extravaganza! It's going to be a huge event. It's going to be super-fun, it's going to be exciting... and you're going to get to hear all the dirty secrets!"

    For more information about the New Jersey event, click here.

    For more info about the Boston event, click here.

    Catch Kristen Live On Stage!

    Ilene Kristen (Delia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Roxie, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) is going to be taking the stage at The Oyster House on Friday, January 31! She'll be performing as a special guest of the Mike Hoffmann Band, singing a few numbers alongside her brother-in-law at his gig.

    The Oyster House is located at 12446 Moorpark St. in Studio City, CA, and the first of two sets by the band starts at 10:00 p.m. If you go to cheer Kristen on, make sure to tell her we said hi!

    Chandra Wilson Interview

    Chandra Wilson Checks In To General Hospital. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    'The Originals': See Nathan Parsons as New Orleans' newest werewolf

    (Photo) Nathan Parsons will make his debut on "The Originals" during the Feb. 4 episode, "Crescent City," and Zap2it has the exclusive first look at the new werewolf in action.

    As Zap2it exclusively revealed, Parsons is recurring as Jackson, a new werewolf acquaintance of Hayley's (Phoebe Tonkin). Jackson has the underlying ruggedness of a werewolf raised in the Bayou, but he's magnetic, smart and strong-willed -- the natural trusted leader of his pack.

    "Crescent City" will feature the re-opening of St. Anne's church, where Father Kieran will have a run-in with a witch from his past and Cami will make a difficult decision involving her uncle's safety. Marcel and Rebekah will try to keep a secret buried, where Sophie discovers something shocking at the cemetery.

    Meanwhile, Hayley throws a party for her werewolf clan, but things get dangerous when uninvited guests arrive. Elijah will be torn between Hayley and his siblings. Oh, also, Klaus will do something that has "dangerous repercussions that affect everyone involved," but that shouldn't be surprising since this is "The Originals" and that's kind of what Klaus does.

    "The Originals" airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

    RICK HEARST BACK TO GH!

    Fan favorite Rick Hearst (ex-Whip, B&B; ex-Matt, Y&R; ex-Alan-Michael, GL; ex-Scotty, Days) is back filming at GH as Ric Lansing. Sonny's brother was last seen in Port Charles in June, 2009, when his alter ego left for Los Angeles and uttered the prophetic words, "Don't worry about me. I'll be back." Look for him to first air on February 24.

    Amber Tamblyn 'fascinated with Brittany Murphy's death'

    As Jenny on "Two and a Half Men," Amber Tamblyn is brash and rash. She's the daughter no one knew Charlie had.

    Coming into the CBS Thursday comedy in its 11th season was easier than one might imagine.

    "What if I just realized for the first time that Jon Cryer was physically abusive and Ashton Kutcher refused to speak to me and had his entire trailer moved?" Tamblyn asks Zap2it. "They are the two sweetest guys in the whole world. They are so kind and supportive, and so is Conchata Ferrell. She is so funny. I feel like Jenny will become Berta when she grows up.

    "I'll help anyone drink," she says of her character. "I will support anyone's alcoholism or drug addiction, I don't care. Holland Taylor is so extraordinary."

    She likens this to joining "House" during its long run, but working on a comedy is easier.

    In her spare time, Tamblyn writes poetry and recently sold her third volume of poems.

    "It is about the lives of child star actresses who were very famous in their teens and younger, and then grew up to be unknown and died," Tamblyn says. "It's about women like Brittany Murphy, Dana Plato and Bridgette Andersen."

    "I was really fascinated with Brittany Murphy's death and the subsequent treatment of that post-mortem, and how we, as a culture, mourn people, and the everyday struggle of women in any industry. Not all of them are super sad. Some are those who choose to party their way on out. Those are fun, playful poems to write."

    Tamblyn, a newlywed, has films booked and goals that reach well beyond show business.

    "I eventually hope to make it to the moon," she says. "Why not? Let's put it on the bucket list. I think everyone should metaphorically and literally reach that high."

    Birth date: May 14, 1983

    Parents: Dad is actor Russ Tamblyn; mom is singer and artist Bonnie Tamblyn.

    Husband: Actor David Cross

    Credits: "General Hospital," "Joan of Arcadia," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," "The Ring," "The Unusuals," "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" "Portlandia," "House"

    Pet: Ollie, a rescue dog

    Learning from the folks: "When I was a kid and he would do back flips and we would go down to the beach together," she says of her dad. "My mom is a guitar player and has a band, and she is phenomenal, and my dad and I will dance together."

    Favorite movies: "I am a big fan of Guy Maddin. Guy Maddin is my husband's favorite director. 'Careful' is pretty mind-blowing, and (I'm) a fan of the French film 'Betty Blue.' I am a big 'The Big Lebowski' fan. I am all across the board. I love old Buster Keaton films."

    Favorite books: " 'Smilla's Sense of Snow' (by Peter Hoeg), a thriller about a young girl who investigates a murder, comes home to a murder and it sort of unfolds, and she gets sucked into this crazy experience. Anything by Charles Portis. Janet Fitch wrote 'Paint It Black' after 'White Oleander.' I developed ['Paint It Black'] into a screenplay and have been working on it for six years."

    Favorite music: "Blood Orange, (Dev Hynes), a producer who worked with Solange. Yo La Tengo. I am a huge fan of Kurt Vile, Kendrick Lamar."

    'General Hospital' To Continue Next Season, Keeping Daytime's Soap Quartet Intact

    (deadline.com) Just a short two years ago, General Hospital was staring down the barrel of cancellation as ABC took away its long-time 3 PM slot for the pricey new Katie Couric talk show. Now Katie is facing a demise, set to end its rocky two-season run in May, while General Hospital has been thriving. ABC does not officially renew its soaps but I have learned that, not surprisingly, General Hospital will continue next season. That follows the announcements by CBS and NBC over the past week that they have renewed The Young And The Restless and The Bold & The Beautiful (CBS) and Days Of Our Lives (NBC). This means that the entire lineup of daytime dramas will remain intact as the genre experiences a resurgence. Consider this. All four soaps are in positive territory year-to-year. Leader The Young & The Restless (5.2 million viewers season to date, 1.5 in Women 18-49) is up 9% in total viewers and 7% in the female demo as it marks its 25th season as the most watched daytime drama. The Bold & The Beautiful (3.9 million, 1.1) is up 14% in viewers and even in W19-49. General Hospital (3.3 million, 1.4) is up 8% and 17%, respectively, as it closes in on Y&Y in the demo, and Days Of Our Lives (2.4, 1.1) is up 10% in both categories. Days is delivering its best season in W18-49 in 3 years and biggest season in total viewers in 4 years. General Hospital is pacing for its best season in 7 years in total viewers and is on track to post a 3-year high in W18-49. During the most recent week of available data, the Jan. 7 episode of GH ranked as the series’ most-watched telecast in over 6 years.

    The reasons for the resurgence are hard to pin down. Most observers attribute the ratings growth to the fact that, after so many daytime dramas went away, soap fans are migrating to the remaining series. However, the last daytime drama to end its run on broadcast, ABC’s One Life To Live, did so in January 2012. And last year, Prospect Park offered new seasons of both All My Children and One Life To Live, so last fall, there was actually more competition, with 6 daytime dramas, the incumbents plus resurrected AMC and OLTL, than fall 2012, making the year-to-year ratings increases even more impressive. All broadcast soaps are readily available online (Watch ABC for GH, Hulu for Days) or daily on CBS sibling TVGN (Y&Y, B&B), making it easier for fans to keep up with the storylines. The series’ storylines themselves also have been getting positive reaction from fans, possibly helping bring in new viewers. But while the broadcast soaps are basking in ratings glory and celebrating renewals, the prospects for their online brethren, AMC and OLTL, continue to be grim. Both stopped production a while ago as producer Prospect Park has been embroiled in a legal battle with ABC and chances for any of them coming back appear infinitely small.

    Daytime Emmys Update: It's Going to Be a Real Race!

    For a while there it looked like the Daytime Emmy soap categories would be split among just four shows — The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. But a ruling from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has allowed the Prospect Park internet reboots of All My Children and One Life to Live to compete in all the soap categories — and those web kids are serious about taking home some gold!

    "Our entry deadline was last Friday, Jan. 17, and we've had a lot of great submissions from AMC and OLTL — in fact, we've set an extreme record for the number of entries this year," NATAS senior executive director David Michaels tells TV Guide Magazine. "From the look of Prospect Park's submissions, I think they'll give the four network soaps a real run for their money when it comes to production values and the quality of the writing, directing and acting."

    Michaels also notes that "several stars who chose not to submit themselves in recent years have decided to get back into the game — so the more the merrier! Between that, and the enthusiasm from AMC and OLTL, this has the makings of a real horserace. There's a lot of buzz and a real seriousness about the awards this year, especially coming from the younger actors. They've been calling, asking questions, they really want to be involved. And that's sure to make for a much more exciting ceremony."

    No word yet on when or where the 41st annual Daytime Emmys will air — talks are ongoing — but look for the acting prenom lists, with ten names per category, to be released March 3. Nominations are announced May 1.

    McCullough Out Again!

    When Kimberly McCullough brought Robin back to GENERAL HOSPITAL, fans wondered how long she would be staying this time around. And having spoken to the actress at the ABC Television Critics Association party, Soaps In Depth learned that this particular stint is about to come to an end very soon! "I only have two more weeks left," she told us. "Next week and the week after."

    McCullough has always tried to balance her GH appearances with her career as a director, and with getting ready to shoot her feature film coming up, she simply couldn't do both. However, she's quick to profess her love for GH and assure fans that she will be more than happy to return to Port Charles again as soon as her schedule allows.

    As for how Robin's departure will affect the storyline with Patrick and Sabrina... well, let's just say there's probably going to be some pretty upset "Scrubs" fans! How do you feel about it?

    ILENE KRISTEN RETURNS TO GH

    Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL) is coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Delia, the character she played on RYAN’S HOPE from 1975–78, 1982–83 and 1986–89. Kristen reprised the role in October of 2013 when viewers learned that Delia was Ava’s (Maura West) mother. “She’s back very soon,” GH Executive Producer Frank Valentini shares exclusively with Digest. “Ilene did a fantastic job and Delia is an important character. I think her return will show viewers another side to Ava.” Enthuses West, “Ilene is fantastic and I look forward to having scenes with her. That mother/daughter relationship is one I would love to see fleshed out.”

    Work Alongside GH Stars!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers once again have the opportunity to do a good deed while rubbing elbows with their favorite cast members at Habitat For Humanity's Annual Fan Build Day.

    If you're in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, March 8, join Jimmy Deshler (Rafe), William deVry (Julian), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Maura West (Ava), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), Robin Mattson (Heather), Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) for a day of up-close and personal time while building a home for a deserving family.

    "We love to do this every single year," says LoCicero, who along with Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) created the event as a way to reward loyal fans of the show while becoming more involved with Habitat for Humanity. "The highlight is always when the family who has just received the keys to their new house stands up and talks about how it really very directly and specifically changed their life. When you see the person that this work is affecting and how it affects their life, you can't help but be really, really moved."

    For more information, to register for the event or to donate, visit their website at www.habitatla.org.

    Who Is Lucas Jones?

    He's finally here! The name Lucas Jones has been bandied about on GENERAL HOSPITAL for months on end. Now that he has made his way to Port Charles, how about a refresher course on the young man, who could, should he choose to, carry on the Jerome family name?

    Lucas' life was complicated because of the criminal underworld, literally, from day one. Cheryl Stansbury learned she was pregnant and everyone assumed the baby daddy was Robert Scorpio, whom she was seeing at the time. The fact of the matter was that the biological father was mobster Julian Jerome.

    When the baby was born, granddad Victor sold him on the black market and momma Cheryl was told her baby died at birth. Unable to have children of her own and with a legal adoption having fallen through, Bobbie Jones bought the baby and named him Lucas, after her big brother Luke.

    After Lucas was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, evidence turned up that proved Lucas was Cheryl's son. Bobbie's deceit cost her her husband, Tony, and two of her closest friends, Robert and Tiffany (Cheryl's sister). Lucas was eventually returned to Cheryl. The following year, Cheryl died in a car accident and left Lucas in Bobbie and Tony's care because she thought her sister Tiffany didn't want children. But she did. A bitter court battled ensued with both Tiffany and Bobbie vying for custody. Bobbie and Tony won and filed for adoption.

    Years later, Helena Cassadine poisoned Lucas to force Tony into "defrosting" her son, Stavros, from his cryogenic freeze. Although Lucas had crushes on Georgie, Maxie and Brook Lynn, he came out to his friends and family. Bobbie's first reaction was to get him into counseling, but eventually accepted his life choice. After Tony died, Lucas moved to Seattle, where he has been for several years. All this time, he has believed that Julian was dead... as did all of Port Charles!

    BABY NO. 3 ON THE WAY FOR STEVE BURTON

    Y&R's Steve Burton (Dylan) announced on Twitter that he and wife Sheree are expecting their third child. Already father to Makena, born in 2003, and Jack, 2006, Burton tweeted, "I'm having another kid," and revealed that the new arrival is due in July. "It is an awesome 'surprise'," he added. "We are looking forward to another little one!" As for the sex, he wrote, "We will soon find out :)"

    'General Hospital' casts 'Knot's Landing' star

    (insidetv.ew.com) A Ewing is coming to Port Charles!

    Donna Mills — best known for playing villainess Abby Ewing on Knot’s Landing — is joining the cast of General Hospital. EW has learned that Mills was the only choice to play a new (see: big) character — particularly because the writers are major fans of her old primetime soap.

    Sadly, insiders won’t spill details about her character. She is expected to start appearing on the sudser in late February.

    The addition of Mills caps off a big year for casting on GH, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last April. Executive Producer Frank Valentini lured back former stars like Genie Francis, Rick Springfield, Kelly Monaco and even Richard Simmons to help celebrate the milestone.

    Mills other, more recent credits include GCB and Nip/Tuck.

    GH Star Injured Again!

    (Photo) Last year around this time, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) was limping around on crutches after having cracked her femur bone. Twelve months later, she's wearing another cast — this time on her wrist, which broke after a fall off a skateboard! "January is my month to break my bones," she jokes. "I need to be handcuffed so I have to stay in one place."

    While her broken leg was written into the show with the insinuation that Frisco had made her slip on ice, it hasn't been decided if her injured arm will be explained on camera. "Hopefully Frisco's not going to come back and taunt me anymore," Thiebaud laughs. "When something like this happens, you freak out worrying that they're going to just stop writing for your character. But they were awesome and said they'd work around it."

    True Blood Recast: Bunheads Hunk Is the New James, Replacing Luke Grimes

    (tvline.com) True Blood has found its new James.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that Bunheads barkeep Nathan Parsons will step into the series-regular role previously played by Luke Grimes when the HBO hit returns with its seventh and final season this summer.

    As we reported last month, Grimes asked to be released from his True Blood contract due to the creative direction of his brooding, soulful, vampire character.

    “He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” explained a source close to the actor. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”

    According to a True Blood insider, James will find himself at the center of a surprising love triangle in Season 7.

    In addition to Bunheads, Parsons spent four years on General Hospital as Luke’s love child, Ethan Lovett.

    Who Will Air The Daytime Emmys?

    Cable outlet HLN has broadcast the Daytime Emmy Awards for the past two years, but there won't be a third. "It's fairly definite," Albie Hecht, the network's vice president and general manager, tells Soaps In Depth. "I just want to put a pause on everything and figure out what we're doing before we make any commitments. Shows like [the Daytime Emmys] need commitments in advance to plan and I don't think we can make that commitment."

    Hecht, who joined HLN a little over three months ago, says that the decision has been made early so that the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) can make other plans. "It's only fair to let them look around and let them do what they need to do," the HNL chief adds.

    This doesn't mean that the Daytime Emmys won't be on television, however. "Having the show on HLN was a wonderful experience for us," says David Michaels, senior executive director of the Daytime Emmy Awards. "We are currently exploring other avenues so that the Daytime Emmys will have a broadcast home."

    For her part, THE TALK's Aisha Tyler would love to see the ceremony return to one of the big three networks. "I think it would be great," she says. "CBS is the number one daytime network. It'd be great to have the Daytime Emmys on the number one daytime network. I think that would make perfect sense!"

    Are You Ready For The GH Fan Club Weekend?

    The GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend is scheduled to run from Thursday, July 31 through Monday, August 4 at the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel & Event Center in Studio City, CA.

    If you would like to book a room at the Sportsman's Lodge Hotel, you need to call 1-800-821-8511 or 818-769-4700 and ask for the GH Fan Club Block. No on-line bookings are available for the GH Fan Club Weekend. Please keep in mind that these rooms go fast, so don't delay!

    Currently, tickets are on sale for the Kick-Off Cocktail Reception, the Main Cast Event and Blast From The Past Part II, and they can be purchased by following this link and printing out the order forms. Tickets for the rest of the events will go on sale once the schedules have been arranged with the individual actors. But we'll be sure to let you know when that happens, so keep checking back!

    Storms and Barash Reveal Daughter's Name, Photo

    (Photo, Photo 2, Photo3) Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GH) and wife Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH) have named their daughter Harper Rose, dad revealed on Twitter. Mom shared the first pic of the newborn on Instagram with the caption, "Daddy's lil Princess."

    Soap Stars Move To BEACON HILL

    A slew of familiar faces are starring in the new Web series BEACON HILL, including Sarah Brown (ex-Claudia, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Agnes, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), and Crystal Chappell (Dani, B&B; Olivia, GUIDING LIGHT) The serial, filmed on location in Boston, was co-created by Jessica Hill and her wife Linda, who is the chief executive officer of Bella Books, a publisher of lesbian fiction.

    "BEACON HILL is a political drama set in Boston," Jessica tells Soaps In Depth. "Alicia and Sarah are our two leads, and they play the daughters of two political families in Boston. One's Republican and the other is Democrat. Alicia's character, Sara, and Sarah's character, Katherine, were together [romantically] and they broke up. Our story starts six years later when Sara's grandfather, played by Ron Raines [Carl, OLTL; Alan, GL], has a stroke. Sara, who's living in New York, comes back to Boston and you see dynamics between her family and Katherine start to develop."

    The rest of the cast — which reads like a Who's Who of daytime — includes Scott Bryce (Craig, ATWT), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jesse, B&B; Gus, GL), Louise Sorel (ex-Vivian, DAYS), Tina Sloan (Lillian, GL), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex, OLTL), Jessica Morris (Jen, OLTL), and Melissa Archer (Natalie, OLTL). Also in the cast is newcomer Rebecca Mozo.

    BEACON HILL is produced by Bella Productions, the sister company of Bella Books, in association with Chappell's production company, Open Book Productions. Goldin and Emmy-winning actress Hillary B. Smith (Nora, OLTL; Margo, ATWT) serve as producers on the show.

    Chappell, who has helmed Web series VENICE and THE GROVE, plays Claire, Sara's mother. How did that work, since there's less than a decade between the two actresses? "I age myself," Chappell confides. "I went without makeup and I wear my hair severely — it's in a twist and high up on top. It's a fun character to play. Claire's husband is gone. My feeling is he couldn't tolerate her family.

    "BEACON HILL is a very different show," Chappell adds. "It's a political drama with intrigue and romance revolving around two political families. Jessica and Linda are terrific people and writers. I love working with them!"

    BEACON HILL begins streaming on Wednesday, March 5. For more info, check out www.beaconhilltheseries.com

    NAACP Image Awards Noms Announced

    The NAACP’s 45th annual Image Awards are set for February 22 and will air live on the East Coast On TVOne and tape-delayed in the West from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

    Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
    • Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
    • Kristoff St. John – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
    • Lawrence Saint Victor – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
    • Redaric Williams – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
    • Tequan Richmond – “General Hospital” (ABC)

    Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
    • Angell Conwell – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
    • Christel Khalil – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)
    • Karla Mosley – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
    • Kristolyn Lloyd – “The Bold and the Beautiful” (CBS)
    • Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

    GH Duo Welcomes Baby Girl

    Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GH) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) welcomed their baby girl on January 7. Barash announced the news on Twitter: "Our passenger has touched down and arrived. Welcome to our world. There has not been a more fulfilling day. @teenystweeting #babygirlbarash." Congratulations!

    Winter Fun With GH Stars!

    With much of the US blanketed in snow and ice, photographer Jim Warren created a couple of humorous JibJab videos to show how some GENERAL HOSPITAL stars might enjoy the winter weather. (Even if they don't necessarily have snow in Los Angeles!)

    So watch Anthony Geary (Luke), Robin Mattson (Heather), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Anders Hove (ex-Faison) have a raucous snowball fight and Maurice Benard (Sonny) have a sled race with on-screen sons Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), Chad Duell (Michael) and Bryan Craig (Morgan), and maybe they'll put a smile on your face so you don't think about the awful weather outside your own door!

    Videos: One, Two.

    Baby No. 2 On The Way For GH Alum

    Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli, GH) and his wife, Keira, are expecting their second child, a girl, he revealed on Twitter, writing, "we're having another baby. Another girl, in May. So that's cool." Their daughter, Juna, was born on July 18, 2011.

    ABC Limits Next-Day Availability of Full Episodes

    ABC — which to date among broadcast networks has offered perhaps the most regular and wide availability of full episodes via streaming — is set to enact some limitations.

    The network announced on its Watch ABC portal that starting Monday, Jan. 6, only those who can verify their cable subscription* — or those who use the Hulu Plus premium service — will be able to access full episodes the following day.

    Those aiming to play morning-after catch-up without a valid cable service log-in or via Hulu’s free service will need to wait eight days after broadcast before new episodes become available for streaming.

    Next-day downloads as always will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. On-demand viewings are also still an option, but again — cable.

    * Providers include AT&T U-verse, Cablevision Optimum, Charter, Comcast XFINITY, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Midcontinent and Verizon FiOS — but not DISH, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable

    Baby Girl on the Way for Teresa Castillo

    (people.com) Teresa Castillo is closing out the year on a high note: she’s pregnant!

    The General Hospital star and her husband Shane Aaron are expecting their first child — a girl! — on May 24, Castillo confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

    “It feels wonderful. This is the most joyous time of my life,” the mom-to-be tells PEOPLE. “It feels great to finally be able to share it with the world.”

    Castillo, 30, admits she didn’t need words to share the special news with her husband — she just let her squeals do all the talking.

    “He knew I was taking a test and realized the outcome when he heard my screams from the bathroom,” she jokes.

    Despite finding out the sex of their baby on the way so they could “get to know it already,” Castillo and Aaron — who wed in 2008 — have yet to decide on a name.

    “[We're] just going to let the right name come to us,” the expectant actress, whose pregnancy will be written into the show, says.

    First Look: An All-Star Soap Cast Shines in Tainted Dreams

    The wait is over! TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the first three episodes of Tainted Dreams, the much-anticipated, soap-within-a-soap webseries from Emmy-winning producer/director Sonia Blangiardo (All My Children, One Life to Live) that boasts more stars than there are in the heavens.

    Set to premiere in early 2014, Tainted Dreams features a cast that includes All My Children vets Alicia Minshew, Walt Willey, Michael Lowry, Bobbie Eakes, Larkin Malloy and Terri Ivens, as well as General Hospital's Natalia Livingston, As the World Turns' Colleen Zenk, Austin Peck, Marnie Schulenburg and Kelley Hensley, Guiding Light's Grant Aleksander, One Life to Live's Ilene Kristen, Tonja Walker, Nathan Purdee and James DePaiva, plus famed Soap Opera Digest columnist Carolyn Hinsey playing (who else?) Carolyn Hinsey!

    Also on board are two reality-TV greats, Big Brother's Jessie Godderz and The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Dina Manzo and, just to make things even wilder, WWE sensation Lisa Marie Varon.

    Tainted Dreams is set behind the scenes at a New York soap opera where the cast and crew live lives even more insane and trashtastic than what they put on screen each day. The series is created by Blangiardo and written by Lindsay Harrison (The Young and the Restless, Venice). Enjoy the sneak preview and let us know what you think!

    Episode 101: Video, Episode 102: Video, Episode 103: Video.

    GH's Saucedo Turns Author!

    Thanks to the latest creative venture from her real-life husband, the flawless face of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) now graces the cover of a serialized e-book, Liberty Strong, the first installment of which, Dead Extra, was just released. Inspired by his soap star wife, Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan) has co-written a series of episodes revolving around Liberty, a fictional daytime darling who remains unshakable even as chaos closes in on her daily life.

    "The idea came about as a combination of batting ideas around with my co-writer, Nik Price, and a running joke with Becky," Saucedo explains. "She's always blaming things on her alter-ego, Liberty, which also happens to be her middle name. When someone finishes the last cup of coffee, Liberty drank it. Or if there's an In-N-Out Burger wrapper hidden in the side pocket of the truck, Liberty left it there. Actually, now that I think about it, Liberty gets my truck dirty and eats a lot of my food!

    "Nik and I wanted to take what we knew about daytime television," he continues, "and write a kick-[butt] female lead. We wanted her to be strong. And Liberty Strong was born!"

    Saucedo and Price opted to write episodes rather than a book, because they wanted to write the way people read! "Right before bed, on a quick break, when they can fit in a good story," Saucedo points out. "People watch daytime because they like the urgency and the drama and the quickness of it all. You can create that in episodes."

    For details about Dead Extra and how to order the episodes for Kindle, Nook and Kobo, check out the Web site, Liberty Strong The Series.

    Dead Extra (Episode 1) (A Liberty Strong Series) [Kindle Edition].

    GH's West, Y&R's Braeden, Deny Online Rumors

    After rumors flared up online in the wake of Michael Muhney's Y&R ouster as Adam that his TV father, Eric Braeden (Victor), was responsible for Maura West's (Ava, GH) 2010 firing from the role of Diane, both Braeden and West weighed in on Twitter. "implying I had to do with MWest's departure is libelous!!" huffed Braeden. Echoed West, "Absolutely NOT. Not in any way, shape or form. Have no idea why my name is involved in ANY of it."

    Go Behind The Scenes Of GH

    GENERAL HOSPITAL has released a rare behind-the-scenes footage of the show's warehouse location shoot, which began airing today. Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos) are among the actors featured. Check it out here (Warning some spoilers).

    GH Scribe Denies Irizarry Hiring

    Back in 2009, Matt Borlenghi (ex-Brian, AMC) was tapped to play a heretofore unknown Cassadine, Valentin, but plans to bring the character to GH were scrapped. Most recently, online whispers indicated that Valentin had been recast with soap vet Vincent Irizarry (ex-David, AMC), prompting Borlenghi to tweet GH's creative honchos, Executive Producer Frank Valentini and Head Writer Ron Carlivati. "Anyone care to comment on recasting me as Valentin Cassadine? Wasn't enough that I got Franco'd before? Hurts," wrote Borlenghi. Carlivati responded, insisting, "It's a false rumor, Matt. No reason to be hurt or upset."

    Patrick's Dilemma Debated On ARSENIO

    Even sports journalist Stephen A. Smith has an opinion on which woman Patrick should choose on GH. Is he Team Robin or Team Sabrina? Find out at the 3:00 mark on the clip. To watch the segment, click here.

    Rick Springfield Documentary On DVD

    Soap alum Rick Springfield's (ex-Noah/Eli, GH) latest project, An Affair of the Heart, is now available on DVD and Blu-ray at all major retailers. The award-winning documentary also features daytime stars Doug Davidson (Paul, Y&R) and Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), with other famous daytime faces featured in the bonus footage. For more information, visit www.rickspringfielddoc.com.

    Order now at Amazon: An Affair of the Heart: Rick Springfield [2-disc Blu-ray] or An Affair of the Heart: Rick Springfield [DVD].

    Who Is Victor Cassadine?

    GENERAL HOSPITAL fans are going gaga since hearing that once again, the show is reaching into its treasure trove of rich characters and pulling out a doozy — Victor Cassadine! Here's the skinny on the Cassadine that time almost forgot!

    Thaao Penghlis, who will be returning to the role in late January, originated the character back in 1981. Victor's bloodline is a rather nefarious one, with the infamous Mikkos for an older brother and Stavros and Stefan for nephews. Victor was one of Robert Scorpio's most deadly adversaries, having shot and killed his WSB partner, Brighton O'Reilly, in cold blood right in front of him. (But as you can see in the photo, Penghlis gets along just fine with Scorpio's portrayer, Tristan Rogers!)

    It was through Victor that the beloved character Tiffany Hill was introduced. She was his B-movie actress girlfriend who later married Sean Donely. Victor left Port Charles with the Ice Princess and his brother, Tony, and traveled to Cassadine Island with Luke, Laura and Robert as stowaways. On the island, they joined up with their evil genius brother, Mikkos, who planned to use the stone as a power source for a weather machine and freeze the world! With the help of his friends (and Tiffany), Luke foiled their attempt, and while Mikkos and Tony froze to death in the ice chamber, Victor was sent off to prison and never spoken of again... until now!

    Writers Guild Nominees

    The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2013 season. The winners will be honored at the 2014 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

    DAYTIME DRAMA

    Days Of Our Lives, Written by Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Christopher Dunn, Janet Iacobuzio, David A. Levinson, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Melissa Salmons, Christopher J. Whitesell; NBC

    General Hospital, Written by Michelle Altman, Ron Carlivati, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Elizabeth Page, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten; ABC

    The Young And The Restless, Associate Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Tracey Thomson Written by Amanda Beall, Jeff Beldner, Brent Boyd, Susan Dansby, Janice Ferri Esser, Jay Gibson, Beth Milstein, Lisa Seidman, Natalie Minardi Slater, Anne Schoettle, Linda Schreiber, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

    Jackson on Second-season 'Nashville' cast soundtrack

    A fresh batch of tunes from the music-driven ABC drama Nashville has been rounded up for the show's newest soundtrack, out Dec. 10.

    Produced by Buddy Miller, who also serves as Nashville's executive music producer, The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 2, Volume 1 spotlights the voices of cast members Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella, Aubrey Peeples, Chaley Rose and Will Chase.

    An iTunes pre-order of the 13-track album starts Monday. Target's exclusive version adds four bonus tracks.

    The first season's two volumes have sold a combined 2.6 million digital downloads.

    Nashville airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT Wednesday on ABC.

    The Music Of Nashville, Season 2, Vol. 1: Get your copy here!

    Track listing:

    1. What If I Was Willing

    Performed by Chris Carmack / Written by Billy Montana, Randy Montana, Brian Davis

    2. Can't Get It Right

    Performed by Sam Palladio / Written by Matthew Perryman Jones, Lily Costner

    3. A Life That's Good

    Performed by Lennon & Maisy / Written by Sarah Siskind, Ashley Monroe

    4. Ball And Chain

    Performed by Connie Britton, Will Chase / Written by Tammi Lynn Kidd, Paul Kennerley

    5. This Town

    Performed by Clare Bowen, Charles Esten / Written by Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo

    6. Trouble Is

    Performed by Hayden Panettiere / Written by Kate York, Marv Green

    7. Playin' Tricks

    Performed by Charles Esten / Written by Justin Davis, Sarah Zimmerman, Adam Wright

    8. Why Can't I Say Goodnight

    Performed by Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio / Written by Angelo Petraglia, Kim Richey

    9. Tell Me

    Performed by Aubrey Peeples / Written by Jaida Dreyer, Andrew Rollins, Cory Mayo, Jody Stevens

    10. Wayfaring Stranger (a cappella version)

    Performed by Chaley Rose / Public Domain

    11. Share With You

    Performed by Lennon & Maisy / Written by Garrison Starr

    12. How You Learn To Live Alone

    Performed by Jonathan Jackson / Written by Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters

    13. Can't Say No To You

    Performed by Hayden Panettiere, Chris Carmack / Written by Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes, Gordie Sampson

    'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson Signs Record Deal

    (billboard.com) Onscreen, he's known as Avery Barkley, the bad-boy rocker on the hit ABC musical drama "Nashville." Offscreen, he's Jonathan Jackson, and he just might be infiltrating the airwaves with more than just his "Nashville" songs soon enough.

    Jackson's spot on the country-infused TV show has landed him a record deal with Loud & Proud Records, Billboard can exclusively reveal.

    The Daytime EMMY-winning Jackson, who first broke through in the acting world as a series regular on the show "General Hospital," was no stranger to the music world even before his "Nashville" gig. Along with his brother Richard (drums) and bassist Daniel Sweatt, Jackson fronts the rock act Enation, which has been in commission since 2002.

    For Jackson, finally breaking into music as a signed artist, rather than doing all the work independently, is a breath of fresh air, though he's thankful for what has come before.

    "It felt like the perfect timing for everything," he says of the record deal. "The last decade, really, I've had an amazing time just working really hard developing a sound and continuing to write songs and play everything. So I'm really grateful for the time that we've been doing things independently, but at the same time it feels great to have this happen."

    Working on a TV show like "Nashville," which features vocals from its cast members (as well as the occasional songwriting credit, too), is a fairly effective way for musicians to get their names out there, whether the program takes off in a big way -- see: "Glee" -- or not. As such, Jackson figured right off the bat the show would at least gain his music more exposure -- though he didn't necessarily see a record deal on the horizon immediately.

    "Being a part of a show like 'Nashville,' [with] the music side of it, I knew from the very beginning that it was extremely important and that they were obviously putting a lot into it," Jackson says. "It was pretty easy to see that at the least, I would get more exposure as a singer. For years, I've thought about a project or a way where I could do acting and music together, and I never really thought that would happen. Then 'Nashville' came along, and it was like a dream come true to marry both of those worlds.

    "At the same time, the last however many years of my life, I've started to get to the place of not having expectations about how things are supposed to turn out and really just try to live day to day. So I haven't thought about the specifics much, but I knew the exposure was there."

    (Video) The deal with Loud & Proud puts Jackson in a direct relationship with label head Tom Lipsky, who told Billboard he's incredibly excited for the opportunity to work with the actor and his band, recounting their first meeting. "It was a combination of his music and how charismatic he was," Lipsky says. "His band did a private showcase for my team -- about a 45-minute set -- and I came away thinking [Jackson] was an absolute, unequivocal rock star."

    "Tom has been extremely enthusiastic and supportive," Jackson notes of Lipsky. "He has a unique model of transparency with artists, and especially since we've been doing it independent as long as we have, we felt good about his vision. They have a great track record with promoting their bands and having a long-term vision for careers.

    Enation's previously-released music, which includes tunes steeped in indie/alternative rock traditions, will certainly inform what Jackson accomplishes as a newly-signed musician, though his experiences on "Nashville" will have some bearing as well. "It's definitely a furthering exploration and development of what we've been doing in Enation," he says of the band's direction. "Being on 'Nashville' and working with some incredible people like T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller -- so many wonderful, incredible musicians that I've been blessed to play with and observe -- that has continued to shape the process of arranging music, writing music."

    A timetable for an initial release has not been set, though Jackson, like most of his ilk, says he's been recording and demoing music for quite awhile, with the record deal giving those sessions a "concentrated vision."

    As for "Nashville," which returned for its second season last September to strong ratings, Jackson can reveal very little about what's to come moving forward -- relenting only that "a lot of good drama is in store."

    Top Hollywood Agent -- Dumping Important Client... His Wife!

    (tmz.com) It's an actor's nightmare ... being dumped by your agent.

    Powerful Hollywood talent agent Sam Gores is in the process of splitting from his client -- and wife -- ex-soap actress Jensen Buchanan (ex-Melissa, GH/ex-Marley, AW/ex-Vicky, AW/ex-Vicky, ATWT/ex-Sarah, OLTL) ... according to legal docs obtained by TMZ.

    Gores -- who's chairman of the Paradigm Talent Agency -- filed for a legal separation from Buchanan ... they've been married since 2003.

    Professionally, Buchanan is represented by Gores' agency, Paradigm ... although she's handled by another agent at the firm. No word on whether that professional relationship will change.

    In his legal docs, Gores filed for separation based on irreconcilable differences ... and indicated he plans to pay spousal support. The docs also show the couple has a prenup.

    The marriage may not have a happy Hollywood ending ... but the couple tells TMZ that they "continue to enjoy a close, mutually caring relationship."

    GENERAL HOSPITAL ANTHONY GEARY LIVID OVER $750K PAYCUT

    (nationalenquirer.com) GENERAL HOSPITAL soap legend ANTHONY GEARY is threatening to quit the show after a run of 35 years because he’s been asked to take a 50 percent pay cut.

    The 66-year-old seven-time Emmy winner, who plays iconic character Luke Spencer, is said to be lived at the ultimatum issued by ABC executives, who believe his $1.5 million salary is no longer sustainable given the daytime soap’s sliding ratings.

    “Tony feels he’s proven his worth to the show and the network,” a friend said.

    “Tony helped propel General Hospital into top soap opera status… (his) pride wouldn’t accept getting his pay sliced. Tony’s serious about walking. He’s worked hard and isn’t hurting for money.”

    What’s more, if he does quit, Geary’s iconic character, Luke Spencer, is reportedly going to be killed off.

    “In the soap business, everyone is expendable and you never take anything for granted,” Geary has said previously.

    “If I ever do leave GH, I want Luke to die. I don’t want him coming home for Christmas episodes or the birth of his great-grandchildren.

    “Those of us who have been on the soaps forever, we ought to go out in a way that gives the audience real closure. But I know the network has a real resistance to that.

    “It’s not my choice, but I’ve had an awfully good run and I wouldn’t mind being a sacrificial lamb to let the audience believe that characters can really, really die.”

    Geary joined GH in 1978, created a furor with the Luke and Laura (Jeanie Francis) storyline –- he initially raped her, reformed and then married her in daytime TV’s biggest event ever. Geary left the show in 1984 and returned nine years later.

    Said an insider, “This is heading toward a standoff and the result will depend on who blinks first. Tony believes he’s in the driver’s seat.”

    Say Farewell To Port Chuck!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Bradford Anderson (Spinelli) and former co-stars Steve Burton (ex-Jason), Scott Reeves (ex-Steve) and Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) -- collectively known as Port Chuck -- are kicking off their "farewell" tour next month, and want you to come say "So long!"

    The band will visit Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Cincinnati and Chicago during their week-long tour, which begins on Saturday, November 16. For a complete list of the cities and concert venues -- and to purchase tickets -- visit www.portchuck.com. You are sure to have a rockin' good time!

    GH Alum To SUITS

    Stephen Macht (ex-Trevor, GH) has landed a guest-star gig on SUITS, playing opposite his real-life son, Gabriel Macht, reports TVLine.com. The senior Macht will appear in Episode 2 of Season 3's winter run as Professor Gerard, a longtime Harvard Law prof who is notorious for his high standards and rigid ways. Look for bad blood between their two characters.

    GH's Richmond Stars In New Film

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tequan Richmond (T.J.) stars opposite Isaiah Washington in the harrowing new thriller Blue Caprice, now in limited release. The film is based on the true story of the Beltway snipers who terrorized several states in 2002, and Richmond portrays Lee Boyd Malvo, one half of the duo.

    The film debuted at the Sundance Film festival this year, and opened in New York City on Friday, September 13. You can click here to view a complete release date schedule for Blue Caprice and see if the critically-acclaimed film will be playing in your area.

    Amber Tamblyn To Join Bob Odenkirk In 'Girlfriend's Day'

    (deadline.com) Amber Tamblyn will star opposite Bob Odenkirk in Magic Stone Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment’s Girlfriend’s Day. Odenkirk also penned the indie comedy-drama. Best Worst Movie‘s Michael Stephenson directs the pic about Ray (Odenkirk), a has-been greeting card writer who becomes entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers scramble to create the perfect card for a new holiday dubbed Girlfriend’s Day. Tamblyn will play a “Cardie” – a fan of greeting card writers – who becomes involved with Ray and helps him recapture his former glory. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2014 in LA. TV and film vet Tamblyn most recently appeared briefly in 127 Hours and Django Unchained and is set to join the 11th season of CBS’s Two and a Half Men in September. Meanwhile Odenkirk appears in Alexander Payne’s Nov. 15 awards pic Nebraska and will front AMC‘s just-announced Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Tamblyn is repped by UTA, Hyler Management and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern, LLP.

    Soap Stars In New Series

    Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS/ex-Ethan, Passions), John J. York (Mac, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS) and Jillian Clare (ex-Abigail, DAYS) are set to be part of a new, semi-dark indie comedy series slated to begin production October 12. The production team has launched a fundraising campaign through Indiegogo for the project. Producer Susan Bernhardt (MISS BEHAVE) shares, “Brian [Beacock, creator/writer] and I wanted to keep the premise and name a mystery, so we created a fun video for the Indiegogo page (http://igg.me/at/ad), threw some bleeps and bars in it, then added some subtle clues, as well. I guarantee if you watch the video to the end and visit the link, plus read through the page, you”ll figure it out and want to donate!” Beacock adds, “The series will be shot in the style of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and PARKS AND RECREATION but with a twist, an anachronistic mash-up of eras, with a bizarre look at Hollywood. We're hoping to create our own look and visual personality for a web series that hasn't been done before.” For more information and to donate, click here.

    Watch Brad Maule's Music Video!

    (Video) Remember when we told you that Brad Maule (ex-Tony, GH/ex-Reverend Palmer, Y&R/ Dr. Abel, PS) had released a new album? Well, now you can watch the music video for the title track, "Miles And Miles Of Texas!" (Naturally, the video was shot in the Lone Star State) Enjoy!

    'General Hospital' Alum Lands Fierce Role on CW's 'The 100'

    (hollywoodreporter.com) The CW's midseason drama The 100 is adding a "fiercely determined" heroine.

    General Hospital grad Lindsey Morgan, best known for portraying Sonny Corinthos and Alexis Davis' daughter Kristina Davis from 2012-13, has landed a recurring role on the futuristic, sci-fi drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

    Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a spaceship called the Ark housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The series, from executive producer Jason Rothenberg, is based on Little, Brown's The Hundred book series by Kass Morgan.

    Morgan will play the "smart, skilled and fiercely determined Raven, the youngest mechanical engineer the Ark has seen in 52 years," according to the official character description. "Upon learning about the 100, she is desperate to be reunited with with her friends on the ground."

    The 100 is produced by Bonanza Productions, in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios. In addition to Rothenberg, Matthew Miller, Bharat Nalluri, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girloamo are executive producers.

    Morgan, repped by Luber Roklin and SDB Partners, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for her General Hospital arc. Past TV credits include How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings and Franklin & Bash.

    The 100 premieres midseason on The CW.

    Soaps Up For Casting Award

    Three soaps were nominated for Artios Awards by the Casting Society Of America. Competing in the Daytime Drama Series category are DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.

    The awards for casting in television and film will be distributed simultaneously at the Beverly Hilton and New York's XL Nightclub on Monday, November 18.

    Another Real-Life GH Romance

    It's official! Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) confirmed that he and co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) are a real-life item. He posted a photo of the duo on Instagram with the caption, "Amazing night with my lady @keeelyt#legendsofsummer #mygirlsthebest." See the pic here: http://instagram.com/p/cat860mZqz/.

    GH's Molly Has A New Book!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Molly Lansing-Davis has written a follow-up to Love In Maine, the romance novel Connie tried to pass off on her own! Maine Squeeze will be released as an E-book on Tuesday, August 13, and follows the courtship of Stephanie and Jeff, the best pal and brother of Love In Maine's heroine, Maddie. To pre-order the Kindle edition, visit Amazon.com here.

    Roger Howarth To Recur On 'Californication'

    General Hospital and One Life To Live star Roger Howarth is set for a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s veteran comedy Californication. Howarth, repped by Gersh and Bob McGowan of McCowan Management, will play a yoga teacher in the class of Karen (Natascha McElhone), Hank’s (David Duchovny) longtime, on-again/off-again girlfriend and mother of his daughter.

    Love in Maine by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri

    As seen on ABC Daytime’s General Hospital, the delightful first novel from Port Charles’s Connie Falconeri. Whether you’ve been a fan of GH your entire life or simply love a romantic romp of a beach read, Love in Maine is unputdownable!

    Maddie Post is privileged, sheltered, and polite, and does not belong in Blake, Maine. But thanks to a high-stakes bet, she’s waiting tables at a riverfront diner catering to boat-builders and living in Janet Gilbertson's $200-a-month guest room. And Janet's dark and stormy son, Hank, back in Maine after 10 years as an active duty Army diver, isn't without his troubles, either. Their flirty friendship hasmany passionate ups and downs, but when Maddie and Hank put aside their considerable differences and start opening up to each other, the crackle ofsummer romance grows into a blazing fire.

    Connie Falconeri hails from Brooklyn, NY, where she had a colorful youth. After many years off, she’s back and better than ever. This is her first novel.

    “Newcomer Connie Falconeri writes with the confidence of a novelist who’s been around forever, and she brings her charming characters to life with effortless imagination and breezy good humor.”—Kate Howard, publisher of Crimson magazine

    “Love in Maine is a perfect summer read.”—Diane Miller, author of The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli

    “Falconeri puts so much personality into her writing – it’s almost like she has two personalities!”—Ron Carlivati, Professor of Creative Writing, Port Charles University

    Love in Maine [Paperback] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!

    Love in Maine [Kindle Edition] by General Hospital's Connie Falconeri: Order Here!

    Jackson Is A Published Poet!

    Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has released his first collection of poetry, Book of Solace and Madness. The Enation frontman has published the book of mythical poems as J. S. Jackson, and it can be ordered for $15 at www.enationmusic.com. Check it out!

    The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli

    The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli: Following the success of the New York Times bestselling books, The Killing Club and Charm!, Hyperion and ABC Daytime announced today that they will join efforts to publish a novel based on Damian Spinelli, one of the most beloved characters on ABC-TV's popular daytime soap, "General Hospital," to coincide with the show's 48th anniversary.

    Titled The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli (Hyperion; $22.99 hardcover; April 5, 2011 publication date), this book is the story of the endearing, lovable computer genius and geek, Damian Spinelli, and his exploits as a private detective as told to another character on the show, the high-powered attorney of Port Charles, Diane Miller. Filled with mystery and suspense, the pages were found on Ms. Miller's stolen computer disc and include never-before-told stories of Port Charles residents-their confessions and behaviors in times of crisis and triumph through Spinelli's imagination.

    "General Hospital" is the longest-running daytime dramatic serial on ABC, having aired over 12,000 episodes. Carolyn Hennesy, the actress who plays Diane Miller and an established author herself, will actually write the book. Fans will be invited to special book signing events in select markets with actors from "General Hospital."

    Readers will also be able to download The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli as an ebook, as well as an enhanced ebook, which will feature clips from the show and other bonus material.

    Vice-President, Executive Editor Gretchen Young said, "Hyperion is thrilled to be partnering on a new book with ABC Daytime and bringing the world of Spinelli and Port Charles to life on the page."

    Scrubs in Top Ten List

    Patrick and Robin made one of David Letterman's Top Ten List, check it out here.

    Late, Late at Night

    Late, Late at Night a book by Rick Springfield (ex-Noah Drake). Order here!

    The Sock Song

    Check out Kimberly McCullough’s very naughty appearance in Nikki Lynn Katt’s “The Sock Song” music video here.

    Jonathan Jackson's Enation

    Jonathan Jackson's (Lucky) band Enation released their first live album, The Future Is A Memory Today. You can download the album at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/enation8.

    Video For Scrubs Fans

    If you’re a Scrubs fan, you’ll find this video amusing www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhMk3JPjyc

    Band Together

    Have you been missing your Kurth and Taylor fix? Well, Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS) reports that the band is back together again. "We have a new album out called 'Greatest Hits? 1993-2010' and we put on like 17 of Kurth and Taylor's greatest songs," he explains. "We actually polled our 50 ardent fans [laughs]. They voted on their favorites from the last four or five albums, and we threw them on there and we wrote two new ones that are really fun. We made the video of a song called, 'Let's Get The Band Back Together,' and the long form has a little scene where we actually talk about the singing actors on daytime. If you can believe it, after all these years and all our appearances, we've never done a music video of our own. If there was one band that was meant to be a video band, it probably would have been us." You can check out the videos, purchase the album or get a free download at these links:

    Long Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG6EE-1xjsQ

    Short Form Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS4SvebN-KY

    To buy the album on Amazon: www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002VSRZKW/almosthuman

    Free download of "Let's Get The Band Back Together Again": www.uaradio.net/Kurth_and_Taylor (just click on our "Songs" tab and hit "Free Download")

    Or, finally, their MySpace page: www.myspace.com/kurthandtaylorband

    The Note II: Taking A Chance On Love

    The Note II: Taking A Chance On Love, starring Genie Francis (ex-Laura, GENERAL HOSPITAL), will be available on DVD on Tuesday, May 5. Francis plays Peyton, a woman who attempts to develop a relationship with the daughter she gave up years earlier. The DVD’s special features include an interview with Francis and her leading man, Ted McGinley, about how they approached their characters.

    Harlequin: A Change of Place

    DVD: Harlequin: A Change of Place starring Rick Springfield

    Rick Springfield Music

    'Venus in Overdrive' featuring the single 'What's Victoria's secret?' Buy now at Amazon.com.

    Anna Lee: Memoir

    Book: Anna Lee: Memoir of a Career on General Hospital and in Film


    Facts

    1. January 26, 1990: Felicia and Frisco’s second wedding was a private and impromptu affair at Sean’s penthouse.

    2. February 7, 1983: Robert Scorpio wed Holly Sutton.

    3. February 9, 1994: A heap of trouble spoiled the wedding of Mac Scorpio and Felicia Jones.

    4. February 11 & 12, 1992: NFL Quarterback Jim Kelly played himself in two episodes

    5. February 15, 1993: Scott wed his true love, Dominique, even though the bride had an inoperable brain tumor.

    6. February, 23, 2010: General Hospital aired it's 12,000th episode

    7. February 26, 1988: Dr. Tom Hardy wed Dr. Simone Ravelle.

    8. February 27: Sage Alcazar celebrates her birthday.

    9. March 7: In 1997, Brenda told Sonny she loved him, and they made love while trapped in a cave.

    10. March 30, 1994: Jagger Cates and Karen Wexler were married at Kelly’s Diner

    11. April 1, 1963: GH premiered on ABC.

    12. April 11, 2000: Robin Christopher (Skye) and Matt Crane (Ross, GH/ex-Matt, AW) tied the knot.

    13. April 26, 1990: Alan Quartermaine wed Lucy Coe, who wore a red cocktail dress and matching hat for the ceremony.

    14. April 28, 2000: Lucky returned from the "dead" — and from Helena’s clutches.

    15. May 1, 1987: Anna Devane walked down the aisle to marry Duke Lavery.

    16. May 4, 1998: Luke and Alexis plotted to kill Helena.

    17. May 4, 1998: The ELQ jet crashed with Jason and Brenda on board.

    18. May 15, 1998: Brenda and Jax took a romantic trip to Malibu as her old flame, Sonny, returned to Port Charles.

    19. May 29, 2000: Sonny and Carly both grieved for the baby they lost.

    20. June 1, 2001: In real life, Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth) and Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan) wed.

    21. June 13, 1997: Billy Warlock debuted as A.J., succeeding Sean Kanan (now Deacon, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL).

    22. June 20, 1986: Star-crossed lovers Frisco and Felicia wed for the first time.

    23. June 28, 1991: The spy team of Robert and Anna married for the second time.

    24. June: Scotty Baldwin made Laura Webber his teen bride in 1979.

    25. June: In 1986, Anna Devane met Duke Lavery, the man who would soon sweep her off her feet.

    26. June: Felicia wed Colton Shore, unaware that presumed-dead husband Frisco had returned in time to watch in 1989.

    27. June: In 1990, Ned and Lois were married again — this time in a Brooklyn church, surrounded by friends and family.

    28. June: Breast cancer claimed the life of Emily’s mother, Paige Bowen, in 1995.

    29. July 6, 1979: Scott Baldwin and Laura Webber were married.

    30. July 11, 1980: Luke nearly tied the knot with Jennifer Smith.

    31. July 11, 2001: Amber Tamblyn (ex-Emily) last appeared as the teenage daughter of the powerful Quartermaines.

    32. July 15, 1997: While enjoying a romantic dinner with Robin, Jason was shot by the Tin Man.

    33. July 24, 1964: Jessie and Phil’s marriage was shattered when she suffered a miscarriage

    34. July 30, 2001: Jax breezed back into Port Charles, after his fruitless search for Brenda, with no excuse for his absence or his whereabouts.

    35. July: Duke first appeared on the serial as Anna’s dangerous new love, in 1987.

    36. August 1, 1997: Elizabeth was first seen in Port Charles as Sarah Webber’s younger sister.

    37. August 6: In 2002, Alexis’ sister Kristina died from a warehouse explosion caused by Alcazar.

    38. August 13, 1993: Sonny made his first appearance in Port Charles as Karen’s charismatic boss.

    39. August 15, 1977: Alan and Monica tied the knot.

    40. August 16, 1999: Sonny learned that Juan was his dead wife Lily’s child.

    41. August 19, 2005: The vows that Sam said when marrying Andrew- I take you to be my husband, my life partner, and my one true love. I will honor our commitment by loving you more each day than I did the day before. By trusting you above all others. By laughing and crying with you. By staying loyal to you, in good times and in bad. By being the one person in the world you can count on. I give you my heart, and all my love - tonight and forever.

    42. August 26: On this date in 2002, after nearly being drowned by Alcazar’s men, Zander was fished from the water with amnesia

    43. August 2001: Sorel held Carly and Alexis hostage in Sonny’s penthouse. Zander, trying to be a hero, was shot for his effort.

    44. September 25, 2000: Eva Longoria played a "Brenda Barrett look-alike" (uncredited)

    45. October 1, 1999: Roy DiLucca returned to Port Charles after being presumed dead since 1979.

    46. October 5: In 1979, Luke raped Laura on the Campus Disco floor.

    47. October 13, 1989: Tony Jones surprised Bobbie with a wedding ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    48. October 16, 1987: Anna Devane married Duke Lavery in a traditional Scottish ceremony.

    49. October 17, 2005: "I Just Wanna Live" by Good Charlotte was the song/artist playing during Sonny's shootout with the Ruiz family

    50. October 1977: Dr. Rick Webber married fellow doctor Lesley Faulkner for the first time; their second trip down the aisle came four years later.

    51. November 9, 2001: After a bitter fight with Luke, Stavros plunges to his death.

    52. November 23, 1993: Scott almost married conniving Katherine Bell until Lucy Coe informed the unsuspecting groom that the bride-to-be was a con artist.

    53. November 25, 2003: Tony Geary (Luke, GH) celebrated 25 years on GH

    54. November 1979: Laura was raped by her then boss Luke.

    55. December 6, 1999: Jerry and Bobbie’s nuptials came to an abrupt end when the Feds arrested the groom for money laundering.

    56. December 29, 1997: Carly gave birth to her son, Michael

    57. Wednesday, April 17 2005 GH aired it's airs its 10,000th episode

    58. Song at Luke & Laura's 2nd wedding: 'Angels' by Robin Thicke (son of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke). You can find it on the album "The Evolution of Robin Thicke"

    59. Broken by Lifehouse played at the end of the Novemer 21, 2007 (Thanksgiving) episode

    60. The suit that Carly was wearing on 10/17/2007 was made by Bebe and can be found at Bebe stores nationwide.

    61. Mark's Song by EastMountainSouth played as Nikolas remembered Emily at her funeral

    62. The song at the end of the January 21, 2008 episode was "I should Get Up" by Teddy Thompson

    63. "Broken" by Lifehouse played for May 1, 2008 Nikolas & Emily montage

    64. GH's Zaccharas: The new "family" on the block: The Patriarch: Anthony Zacchara. He drove his first wife away, killed his second wife, neglected his daughter, and smothered his son. This was all before he went on a killing rampage at a charity ball! Anthony ended up paralyzed from the neck down and put in an asylum. With manipulative lawyers on his side, Anthony may be allowed to return to the Zacchara throne...and pretty soon he might even ditch that wheel chair.

      The Mafia Princess: Claudia Zacchara. Sent away at sixteen, Claudia's back with a vengeance. There's no love lost between her and daddy, with both itching to wipe the other out. The only person Claudia cares about protecting is her younger brother Johnny, but a little betrayal goes a long way if it means taking over the family business.

      The Tortured Son: Johnny Zacchara. While older sis was banished from the home, Johnny was left to fend for himself in the crazy Zacchara household. He coped with his father's dysfunction by racing cars and jumping off buildings. But when he met Lulu Spencer, he realized the power of love may far outweigh the love of power.

      The Lawyers: Trevor and Ric Lansing. This father and son legal team hates each other, but working together means better aim at stabbing each other in the back. They may not be biologically related to the Zacchara's, but they fit right in.

    65. August 2008: The Tie-dye dress that Carly wore the other day is availble at here! (Thanks to Kaysie for the link)

    66. The song used in the fall 2008 preview ads for "GH," is called "Wonderful Surprise" by Shawn Hlookoff

    67. Q. Why does Luke call Carly "Caroline"?
      A. Carly was born "Caroline Benson," and Luke was the first person in Port Charles to learn her true identity. He used to call her "Caroline" to let her know he was on to her scheming. Now he just does it as a term of endearment.

    68. Q. When did Sonny and Brenda first meet?
      A. Back in 1993 -- quite by accident! Sonny ran into Brenda on the docks of Port Charles, and he was smitten from the start.

    69. Q. Where can I get the compass necklace that Jason gave Sam before he was sent to prison?
      A. The sterling silver locket can be purchased here.

    70. Q. On General Hospital, how many Quartermaines are there?
      A. The Quartermaine family is pretty large and has many branches. However, the main branch in Port Charles was headed up by Edward and Lila Quartermaine (who is now deceased), who had two children, Alan and Tracy. Alan (who married Monica) had three children: Jason (whose son is Jake Spencer), AJ (whose son is Michael Corinthos), and Emily -- the latter two are deceased. Tracy has two children: Ned (whose daughter is Brook Lynn Ashton) and Dillon. Edward had two illegitimate children, Jimmy Lee Holt and Bradley Ward.

    71. Q. Can you tell me where to get the leather jackets that Claudia and Rebecca wore in the 4/8/2009 episode of General Hospital?
      A. Claudia's jacket was a navy quilted Moschino. Rebecca's jacket was a putty leather piece by Ben Sherman.

    72. Q. Maxie is referred to as baby Emma's aunt on General Hospital. But aren't they technically cousins?
      A. Actually, Maxie and Emma are technically second cousins since Maxie and Robin, Emma's mom, are cousins. The term "aunt" is sort of shorthand for the closeness between Maxie and Robin, much like many women's best friends are "aunts" to their children.

    73. Q. I really like the scrubs that they wear on General Hospital. Where can I get them?
      A. Scrubs that look exactly like those worn by the staff of General Hospital are available at the ABC store

    74. Q. Is the actress who plays Kate on General Hospital in the movie Encino Man?
      A. Megan Ward, who portrays Kate, was in Encino Man. She played the part of Robyn.

    75. Q. Where can I get the cute green handbag Maxie wore on the July 25, 2008 episode of General Hospital?
      A. Maxie's bag comes from Bebe.

    76. Want Maxie's jacket? Bebe's Ruffled Cropped Leather Bomber Jacket in Pearl Grey is a bit of a splurge, but with details like tuxedo-style pleats, ruffles, and a belted mock collar, you'll be seriously fashion-forward.

    77. Q. Who sings the song "Believe" that plays in the OLTL and GH ads?
      A. It's by a band called "The Bravery."

    78. Q. Where did Kate get those hoop earrings she wore on the 7/7/08 episode of General Hospital?
      A. The earrings are by Nadri and can be purchased at Nordstrom's.

    79. Q. There was a silver diamond shaped necklace that Claudia on GH wore in a few episodes in May. Where can I find it?
      A. It's from Bloomingdale's.

    80. Q. Who sings the song played during Lulu and Johnny's love scene on Friday, 5/23/08?
      A. The song is titled "I'm in Love" by Ana Victoria.

    81. Q. What was the song that played during Carly and Jax's moment at the end of General Hospital on 6/5/08?
      A. It is the ABC owned song "Patience" by Robert Hartry and Jason Belt. Sung by Chad Heam. It's available on iTunes.

    82. Q. I must have the brown & white off shoulder dress GH's Kate was wearing in the 4/30, 5/1 and 5/2, 2008? Who designed this dress?
      A. Kate's brown and white dress is by St. John's and was purchased at the Beverly Hills Store.

    83. Q. Where can I find the white shirt Sam McCall was wearing when she visited Dr. Devlin's hotel room on April 23, 2008's GH?
      A. Sam's white T-shirt was purchased in Los Angeles at the Bleu Clothing Store. The label is A La Disposition.

    84. Q. Where can I find the grey and black animal print sweater and tee that Lulu wore on the March 27, 2008 episode of GH?
      A. Lulu's sweater is by LAMB and the t-shirt is by Club Monaco.

    85. Q. I am dying to find the navy sleeveless dress with ruffled edge Maxie wore on the 4/2/08 GH episode. Where do you get her fabulous outfits?
      A. Maxie's navy ruffle dress is by Milly purchased at Saks.

    86. Q. I Love the gorgeous dress Maxie wore on the March 26, 2008 GH episode! It was navy blue on the bottom and tan with a bow on top. Where can I buy it?
      A. The 2-tone dress is by Marc Jacobs and is available wherever his line is.

    87. Q. What was the song played at the end of March 3rd, 2008 episode of General Hospital with the lyrics "It's time to fly a final delight my love arise you touch me tonight..."
      A. The song is called "This Love" by Robert Howard Hartry.

    88. Q. What song was used in the 2/21 episode of GH, where Johnny and Lulu make love to one another?
      A. The song is called "Breathless" by Better Than Ezra.

    89. Q. What's the name of the song played at the end of the 01/21/08 GH episode when Sonny was destroying a Bensonhurst restaurant?
      A. The song is called "I Should Get Up" by Teddy Thompson.

    90. Q. GH's Cassius sang the most beautiful song while Logan and Kate were in the hospital. Can you give me the name of the song?
      A. Actor Reign Morton, who plays Cassius, sang the hymn "Take my Hand Precious Lord."

    91. Q. Robin conceived a baby with Patrick and she's HIV-positive. Does that mean Patrick and the baby are also infected with HIV?
      A. Patrick tested negative for HIV after the condom broke with Robin, which was the incident resulting in her pregnancy. There is only a 2% chance that Robin will pass on her HIV status to her unborn child.

    92. Q. Can you please tell me the name of the tune Johnny Zacchara played on the piano on GH's January 24, 2008 episode? Does the actor play the piano?
      A. The tune was called "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy. Brandon Barash, who plays Johnny, plays the piano and the harmonica.

    93. Q. Where can you get the beige or tan short sleeved sweater that Maxie's been wearing on GH? She wore it on 1/29 until about the beginning of February.
      A. The sweater jacket that Maxie wore was from Barney's Co-Op in New York City.

    94. Q. Carly on GH has been sporting a fabulous leather coat with fur-trimmed hood during the first two weeks of January 2008. Please tell me where I can purchase it.
      A. Carly's black leather coat was purchased from DKNY

    95. Q. Was Anthony Geary (Luke) really singing on the 2007 Christmas episode of GH?
      A. Yes. Anthony Geary sang "My Way" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" for General Hospital's Christmas episode.

    96. Q. Where can I find the dress that Robin wore to the Black and White ball (2007) on GH?
      A. Robin's dress was from Nicole Miller Bridal.

    97. Q. Please tell me the name of the song that played at the end of GH on Dec. 21, 2007. It was played while they were showing the past clips of Georgie. It was beautiful.
      A. The song used for Georgie's funeral was "When I'm Gone" by Brian Vander Ark

    98. Q. What song was played when Elizabeth and Jason were kissing after Emily's funeral on GH? The episode aired on November 29, 2007.
      A. This song is called "Ours To Keep" by Deborah Ellen and Rachael Lawrence. It is part of the ABC library.

    99. Q. Who designed the dress that Nadine wore to the black and white ball on GH and where can I buy it?
      A. Lulu and Nadine were wearing identical dresses during the ball. They were from Alfred Sung and if you're interested in purchasing, you can look at Alfredsungbridals.com

    100. Q. What was the song played at the end of the Thanksgiving episode of GH? The singer and the lyrics of the song were both awesome. It had the lyrics, "I'm holding on, I'm barely breathing" in it. I want to listen to this song over and over!
      A. The song used at the end of the Thanksgiving (November 21) episode is called "Broken" by Lifehouse.

    101. Q. Where can I find the black and white cocktail dress Maxie on General Hospital wore on the October 4, 2007 show?
      A. The dress Maxie wore was by LaRok from Harmony Lane in Beverly Hills, CA.

    102. Q. On the August 13, 2007 General Hospital, Spinelli wore a large medieval dragon on the left side of the shirt. I would like to get one. Where was it purchased?
      A. The shirt that Spinelli wore on August 13 was purchased at Pacific Sunwear.

    103. Q. Where can I get the red dress Kate Howard was wearing on GH's 10/19 episode?
      A. The red dress is by Diane von Furstenberg. It can be found at Bloomingdales or Diane von Furstenberg retail stores.

    104. Q. What was the song played on General Hospital during Kate and Sonny's love making scene on the 10/02/2007 episode?
      A. That song is called Lost Without U by Robin Thicke.

    105. Q. Elizabeth was wearing a beautiful top on the 8/23/2007 episode. It was a cream colored baby doll blouse with lace on the bottom. Can you tell me the brand and where to purchase?
      A. The label of Elizabeth's blouse is Language and the top was purchased at Nordstrom's Department Store.

    106. Q. Maxie has been wearing really cute clothes lately -- where did you get the darling brown blouse she wore on the episode on 8/30/2007?
      A. The label of Maxie's brown blouse is Joie and it was purchased at Bleu on La Brea in Los Angeles

    107. Q. What is the name of the song played during Elizabeth and Jason's amazing kiss in the barn on the 9/24/2007 episode of General Hospital?
      A. Elizabeth and Jason's love song is called "Ours To Keep" written by Deborah Ellen and Rachael Lawrence.

    108. Q. Logan has tattoos on his upper arms, what are his tattoos and are they real?
      A. Yes, Josh Duhon's tattoos are real. One of them is an American flag and the other one is an American flag with Texas in the middle.

    109. Q. I was really touched by the scene of Elizabeth and Lucky's goodbye on the 9/25/2007. What was the song played in the background?
      A. "Where You Are" by Rie Sinclair and it's now available on iTunes.

    110. Q. Can I please get more information on Kate's cream colored blouse with chains and dress pants outfit worn on GH on the week of 8/27/2007?
      A. Kate's blouse is a Tori Burch top and her pants are by Alice & Olivia.

    111. Q. Where can I purchase the flower tank top that was worn by Lulu on General Hospital weeks ago and then again by Sarah on One Life to Live?
      A. The flower tank top is by Lucky Brand and should be available at their stores.

    112. Q. I love the T-shirt that Noah Drake was wearing while impersonating Eli Love on the August 7 episode. Where can I find this fabulous shirt?
      A. Noah/Eli's shirt brand is Division E and is available at Nordstrom stores.

    113. Q. What song was playing when Logan gave Lulu the charm bracelet for her birthday?
      A. The song is called "Something About You" written by Rie Sinclair and Dan Beyer. The singer is Ryan Hanifl. The song will be available on iTunes

    114. Q. I love the skirt and blouse that Elizabeth wore at Jason's trial. Who is the designer and where can I purchase?
      A. The skirt and blouse are from Nannette Lepore. Her line is available in many department stores and she also has stores from New York to Los Angeles.

    115. Q. What is the tattoo that Jason Thompson (Patrick, GH) has on his right underarm and what is the meaning behind it?
      A. It is a symbol of his creation that represents his family.

    116. Q. Lulu had a shirt on that said "Monaco" across it. Where can I find that shirt?
      A. Lulu's shirt is Lucky brand. The brand is carried in various department stores and Lucky Jean stores nationwide.

    117. Q. Is the beautiful wedding dress that Carly wore for her wedding available for purchase? If so, who designed it and where can it be purchased? I'd also like to now about the gorgeous shoes she wore.
      A. Both the dress and the shoes are from Renee Strauss in Los Angeles. You can go to www.reneestrauss.com for more info. All of her wedding jewelry can be found in the GH on-line store at abc.com

    118. Q. What is the name of the song playing during the shootout with Jason and Sonny on the 4-12-07 episode of GH?
      A. The song is called "Shooter." It's by Robin Thicke

    119. Q. I really want to know who made Elizabeth's wedding dress.
      A. The dress is by BCBG. The straps were altered on it by the wardrobe department.

    120. Q. Where can I buy the black and gold tunic that Carly wore on GH on March 7-9? Also, who is the designer?
      A. Carly's top is by Marciano. You can visit marciano.com to see the collection, and check the list of store locations throughout the country

    121. Q. What is the name of the song that was playing when Sonny and Carly made love on GH after they got out of the hostage situation on Thursday the 22nd?
      A. "The Nearness of You" by Nora Jones.

    122. Q. What is the breed of dog that Maxie found outside of Kelly's?
      A. It's a four-month old Shetland Sheepdog.

    123. Q. Where can I buy the dress Carly wore to Luke and Laura's wedding?
      A. Carly's dress is by Dina-Bar-El. The brand can be found at Neiman's, Saks, Nordstrom, and Specialty Boutiques.

    124. Q. I'm getting married next year and I need to find dresses for my bridesmaids. I loved the dress Lulu wore at Luke and Laura's wedding. Where can I find it?
      A. Lulu's dress is by Jessica McClintock.

    125. Q. Where did you get the dress that Elizabeth wore to Luke and Laura's wedding?
      A. Liz's dress is from Laundry.

    126. Q. Can you tell me what the name of the store is that Laura (Genie Francis) owns in her private life in Maine?
      A. The Cherished Home (www.thecherishedhome.com)

    127. Q. What's the name of that instrumental theme that played during the scene when Luke and Laura were dancing in Wyndhams back in the '80s?
      A. The name of the song is "Fascination."

    128. Q. Who makes the black nail polish that Sam, Maxie, and Lulu have been wearing on GH?
      A. The polish is from Opi.

    129. Q. Sam had on the prettiest blue blouse with matching tank underneath this week (10/13).
      A. Sam's blouse is from Armani Exchange.

    130. Q. Where can I buy the "Everyone Loves a Brunette" t-shirt that Georgie wore on GH on Oct. 4 &5?
      A. Georgie's t-shirt is from Macy's.

    131. Q. Can you tell me where Robin (on GH) got that sweater that she's been wearing for the past couple of shows? It's the grey, blue, and yellow striped one.
      A. Robin's sweater is from Banana Republic.

    132. Q. Can you please tell me where Sam's dress is from that she wore to the Mayor's Ball?
      A. The dress is by "ABS" by Allen B. Schwartz and can be purchased at ABS stores nationwide.

    133. Q. Could you tell me where to get the yellow dress that Carly (on GH) wore to the Mayor's Fundraiser party on the 9/14/06 episode?
      A. The dress is by "ABS" by Allen B. Schwartz and can be purchased at ABS stores nationwide.

    134. Q. Georgie (on GH) wore a rainbow striped halter top that was backless except for a green strip of fabric across the back on Aug. 10th, 2006. Could you please tell me where I can get one?
      A. Many of you asked about this one. Georgie's rainbow striped halter is by "MISS SIXTY." The line is sold at various stores nationwide.

    135. Q. I like the jeans that Carly wears on GH. What are the designers?
      A. Carly wears either Joe Jeans (style "Honey") or Lucky Brand Jeans. Both of these labels are sold nationwide.

    136. Q. Sam wore a brown and turquoise tankini on the July 15 episode of GH. Who made it and where can I get it?
      A. Sam's bathing suit was from the Everything But Water store, and the label is W Swim.

    137. Q. I love the black and white top that Carly was wearing on May 26, 2006. Where can I buy it?
      A. The top is by Trina Turk. The brand can be found in stores nationwide.

    138. Q. I loved the top that Elizabeth was wearing on the 5/25/06 episode of GH. Could you please tell me where it was purchased?
      A. The light blue chiffon top is by Tahari and was bought at Macys.

    139. Q. When Emily was visiting Jason and was shot at (on May 25/26, 2006), she was wearing a gorgeous orange top with beadwork on the chest. Who makes it?
      A. The brand of the top is Skye. It was purchased at the store on Robertson Blvd in Los Angeles, but it may also be carried by other stores.

    140. Q. Could you please give me the name of the artist as well as the song that played at the end of the May 11 episode as Sam was being wheeled into surgery?
      A. The artist is Anna Nalick and the song is "Breath." Her website is www.annanalick.com. Tell her that you heard her song on GH

    141. Q. I love Sonny and Emily. Can you please tell me what they said to each other in Spanish during the March 31st show? A. Emily said, "Your hands speak and my heart listens." Sonny replied, "I hope it never stops."

    142. Q. Could you please tell me the name of both the song and the artist that was played at the end of the show on GH on Monday, Feb. 27, 2006?
      A. Yes. The song was "Answer" by Sarah McLachlan. The song was on her 2003 release "Afterglow"

    143. Q. Can you tell me where Lulu got the sweater she was wearing last week (Feb 2006)? It had green and red stripes and it looked like it was a sweater with another shirt underneath.
      A. Yes - the sweater was by L.A.M.B. (Gwen Stefani's clothing line) that is available at select retailers nationwide. The thermal t-shirt underneath it was by the label Free People.

    144. Q. Could you please tell me who Lucas Jones' biological parents are? And how did Bobbie end up adopting him? A. Lucas' birth parents were Cheryl Stansbury and mobster Julian Jerome. At one time it was thought that Robert Scorpio may be his father, but DNA tests revealed that Julian was his real father. Bobbie came to adopt him by buying him on the black market when she was driven to desperation when a planned legal adoption fell through (Cheryl was told that her baby had died). Bobbie named the baby "Lucas" after her brother, Luke Spencer.

    145. Q. Who sang the version of "Auld Lang Syne" at the end of GH on 12/30/05? A. It was performed by Kate Taylor (James Taylor's sister)

    146. Q. The wedding episode for Emily and Nikolas (on GH) was played again on Thanksgiving (2005) so I thought I would ask it now. Who made Emily's wedding dress? I think it's gorgeous and want to know the designer of if it was designed for the show?
      A. So many of you have been asking about this, that we thought we would post the information again. Her dress, veil and crown are all from Renee Strauss Bridal in Beverly Hills, CA, tel. (310) 657-1700. The dress was custom altered by the GH costume department.

    147. Q. the butterfly top that Maxie wore on Wednesday, May 25, 2005. Where can I get one?
      A. It's by Lucky Brand, so you could check at a Lucky Store near you or at a major department store that carries that brand.

    148. Luke & Laura's 20th anniversary is November 15, 2001

    149. In 1995, GH took the groundbreaking step of fully involving one of its major characters in an AIDS storyline. It was revealed the Robin Scorpio’s boyfriend, Stone Cates, had contracted the HIV virus from an ex who was an IV drug user. In November of that year, Stone became the first soap character to succumb to the disease on-screen.

    150. After being named soaps’ most outstanding Drama for the third year in a row at 1999’s Daytime Emmys, GH became the first show to have won the award six times.

    151. GH is a 24 hour operation. A night crew arrives at 9:00PM, after the taping day is completed, to take down sets and rearrange the lighting. They also erect the next day's sets before leaving at 5:00AM.

    152. Steve Burton (Jason Quartermaine) made his daytime drama debut in the recurring role of Harris Michaels on "Days of Our Lives."

    153. GH's casting department receives more than 350 unsolicited photos and resumes each week.

    154. Jonathan Jackson (Lucky Spencer) has appeared in the TV movie, "Legend of the Ruby Silver," and the cable feature, "The Prisoner of Zenda."

    155. The original pilot for GH, entitled "Emergency Hospital," starred Denise Alexander as an anguished patient. Denise later starred on GH as Lesley Webber

    156. In July of 1994, two weeks into Maurice Benard's new role as brooding Sonny, he phoned the show's producers to say he could not physically report to work. As he recounted in a later interview, "I said, 'I'm wacked out, I'm not going back to GH.' My mind was gone." Benard, who had previously been diagnosed as manic-depressive, had stopped taking his prescribed medication under the mistaken impression that it would help his acting. He was coaxed back to work by Exective Producer Wendy Riche and Director Shelley Curtis (who was then GH's supervising producer). "They saved my ass," Benard praised. "They could've fired me. When you go through a breakdown, it's tragic. You're weak...fragile...vulnerable."

    157. What Is The Ice Princess?: When GENERAL HOSPITAL executive producer Frank Valentini and headwriter Ron Carlivati said there were some surprise returns as the show approached its 50th birthday on April 1, they weren't kidding! They orchestrated the comeback of all comebacks -- the Ice Princess! For those unfamiliar with the chunky knick-knack, here's a little history lesson:

      The Ice Princess was to the Cassadines what the One Ring was to Sauron in The Lord Of The Rings -- an artifact that would bring them ultimate power! It began in 1981, when Edward Quartermaine's niece, Alexandria, obtained the Ice Princess, the world's largest uncut diamond, which she painted black, had mounted on a pedestal and shipped from Rio to Port Charles. When it reached the docks, Alex realized it had been stolen. She and Edward hired Luke to find the assumed thieves, the Cassadines, and regain possession of the statuette.

      Luke, Laura and WSB agent Robert Scorpio (his introduction onto the canvas) wound up on the Cassadine's private island, where they learned that Mikkos Cassadine (Helena's husband) was planning on using the Ice Princess to hold the world for ransom. His master scheme was to create a new ice age, and Port Charles would be the first to feel the chill! Luke figured out how to turn off Mikkos' weather machine and, in the process, the Cassadine patriarch was killed.

      Mourning the death of her husband, Helena placed a curse on Luke and Laura during their lavish wedding... and the three-decade vendetta between the Spencers and the Cassadines began.



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