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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
    • Vinessa Antoine as Jordan Ashford
    • 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
    • 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
    • Kathleen Gati as Liesl Obrecht
    • Anthony Geary as Luke Spencer
    • Nancy Lee Grahn as Alexis Davis
    • Carolyn Hennesey as Diane Miller
    • Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth Webber
    • Lynn Herring as Lucy Coe
    • Roger Howarth as Franco
    • Finola Hughes as Anna Devane
    • Jon Lindstrom as Kevin Collins
    • Lisa LoCicero as Olivia Falconeri

    • Robin Mattson as Heather Webber
    • Kimberly McCullough as Robin Scorpio
    • Billy Miller - Jason Morgan
    • Donna Mills as Madeline Reeves
    • Kelly Monaco as Sam Morgan
    • Hugo Napier as Larry Ashton
    • Hannah Nordberg as Josslyn Jacks
    • Ryan Paevey as Nathan West
    • Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Carlos Rivera
    • Haley Alexis Pullos as Molly Lansing
    • Tequan Richmond as T.J. Ashford
    • Caden & Corben Rothweiler as Danny Morgan
    • 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
    • Michelle Stafford as Nina Clay
    • 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




    December 22
    Nina's and Franco's fates are revealed; Kiki tries to make Morgan feel better; Maxie receives promising news.
    December 23
    Maxie has news for Nathan; Carlos has a warning for Jordan; Alexis receives a visitor.

    December 24
    Obrecht helps Nathan; Patrick and Sam have a moment; someone walks in on Jake and Elizabeth.
    December 25
    No Episode
    December 26
    Maxie and Nathan's night is challenged; Anna tries to talk Jordan into staying under cover; Elizabeth gets asked out.
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    (News section last updated December 22, 2014)


    Lilley & Martsolf on Home & Family

    Jen Lilley @jen_lilley: Set your DVRS! @ericmartsolf and I are singing on @hallmarkchannel @HomeandFamilyTV on Tuesday, Dec 23rd! #DAYS

    Actor Booth Colman Dies At 91

    Veteran actor Booth Colman (Prof. Hector Jerrold, General Hospital/Dr. Felix Burke, The Young & The Restless)– a character actor who appeared on seemingly countless TV shows and in more than 50 films over five decades – has died at the age of 91. He died in his sleep on Dec. 15.

    An expert on Shakespeare who typically portrayed authority figures, Colman made frequent appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Hogan’s Heroes, Perry Mason, Chicago Hope, Lou Grant, Star Trek, The Waltons, Frasier, The Rifleman, Bonanza, Mannix and Marcus Welby, among much else.

    He had long runs on the soap operas The Young and The Restless and General Hospital. He also appeared in several episodes of the Planet of the Apes 1974 TV series as Dr. Zaius, a role that brought him invites to fan conventions for years after.

    His big-screen roles included a 1952 debut in The Big Sky and a role in Norma Rae and later in roles in Intolerable Cruelty and The Man Who Wasn’t There.

    He also appeared hundreds of times on stage as Ebenezer Scrooge each year with a theater group in Rochester, Mich.

    Colman was born March 8, 1923 in Portland, Ore., and attended college at the University of Washington and the University of Michigan. During WWII, he served in military intelligence, where his facility with foreign languages was useful.

    GH Donates Toys For Tots!

    (Photo) This past week, GENERAL HOSPITAL participated in Disney/ABC's "Share The Joy" campaign with Toys For Tots by not only including the charity in a scene on-screen, but donating in reality, as well!

    In the Thursday, December 18, episode, Rebecca Herbst's Elizabeth donated a toy to the Toys For Tots box in the hospital, but behind the scenes, the cast and crew donated toys to the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. And on Wednesday, December 17, GH executive producer Frank Valentini and the cast presented the toys they'd collected to the marines at the soap's studio in Los Angeles.

    The charity was popular among the cast, especially the younger actors. In fact, Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer) announced that he would take the $112 that he had saved in his piggy bank to help buy presents to donate to Toys For Tots!

    'General Hospital' to Feature Toys for Tots on Show

    The cast and crew donated toys, reminding us all there's still time to make someone's Christmas a little brighter: Video (USA Only).

    The 12 Days Of GH

    GENERAL HOSPITAL has a special holiday song for you that is destined to become a new classic! Feel free to sing along with "The 12 Days Of GH!": Video.

    ANOTHER NEW ROLE FOR GH

    GH has put out a new casting call, this time for a female contract role described as "Caucasian, early 20s, beautiful, dynamic, charismatic." The character is set to start shooting in February 2015.

    GH's Genie Francis Shares Holiday Memories

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Genie Francis (ex-Laura) stopped by Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY to talk with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare about Christmas memories both in real life and on the soap. And she brought along husband Jonathan Frakes who shares some of his own memories of Christmas on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION! Plus, the actress talks about her antique store and shares some of the holiday treasures she's found. Watch their interview clip here!

    TV Guide: The Best of Soaps 2014

    Read TV Guide's The Best of Soaps 2014 here.

    The Great Escape actor Tom Adams dies aged 76

    The Great Escape actor Tom Adams has died at the age of 76, his agent has confirmed.

    Adams, who lived in Windsor, passed away at Slough's Wexham Park Hospital on Thursday after battling cancer.

    He rose to fame after landing the role of Dai Nimmo, the RAF officer in charge of diversions in The Great Escape, where he starred alongside Steve McQueen and the late Richard Attenborough.

    Adams then went on to star in dramas such as General Hospital and The Onedin Line in the 1970s.

    As an actor with a "rich and chocolatey" voice", he also worked as a voice-over artist and was the long-running voice of E4, his agent Emma Harvey said.

    She described him as a “true gentleman” with a personality “as big and warm as his wonderful voice”.

    "We'll miss him very much."

    His friend, director Kate Wilson, paid tribute to Adams, who she said had continued working up until a few weeks before he died.

    She said: "For anyone who knew him, his face, voice and presence will be sorely missed. Handsome to the end."

    GH's Preston Ascends!

    The SYFY network invites you to head back to the 60s and then out into space in their highly anticipated, three-consecutive-night miniseries event, ASCENSION. In it, GENERAL HOSPITAL's own Cynthia Preston (ex-Faith) plays the wife of a man (Gil Bellows, ALLY MCBEAL) whose father had founded a top-secret mission on an interstellar spaceship that was deemed a lifeboat for humanity. But 50 years into their efforts to populate a new world, the unprecedented and mysterious murder of a young woman leads the voyagers to question their mission, and the man to want to continue his father's work.

    "I had a great time working with Gil. He is an extremely kind and generous actor," Preston tells Soaps In Depth. "Though my time on set was brief, I felt like I'd made a friend." The mini-series, which stars BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Tricia Helfer as a dangerous powerbroker and wife of the ship's captain, was directed by Preston's fellow Canadian, Stephen Williams (LOST). "I really enjoyed meeting and working with Stephen, as well as Philip Levens, the executive producer/show runner," Preston offers. "It was a really relaxed, creative set to work on, and ASCENSION was a great pleasure to be involved with."

    The three-night, six-hour event airs at 9 p.m. EST beginning Monday, December 15, on SYFY.

    Rick Springfield Joins True Detective Season 2

    Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and…Rick Springfield?! The "Jesse's Girl" crooner took to Twitter to reveal he'll be part of True Detective season two on HBO.

    "Just finished my 1st day of shooting for season 2 of HBO's True Detective," he tweeted on Monday night. "What a great script. Working w/ Colin Farrell & Rachel McAdams!"

    Springfield is no stranger to acting. He played himself on Californication and played Noah Drake on General Hospital starting in 1981 and most recently in 2013. Other roles include gigs on Hot in Cleveland, Suddenly Susan and the original Battlestar Galactica.

    The new season of the HBO drama from Nic Pizzolatto will also star Kelly Reilly and Taylor Kitsch.

    In the new season, which is filming now, Farrell plays Ray Velcoro, a detective whose allegiances are torn between the corrupt police department and his mobster boss. Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal entrepreneur whose entire empire is put in danger after the murder of his business partner. McAdams will play Ani Bezzerides, a detective with strong ethics. Kitsch is Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and officer with the California Highway Patrol. Reilly is Frank Semyon's wife, a D-List actress who is his full partner in the criminal world.

    Justin Lin will direct the first two episodes of the series.

    Check Out the Knots Landing Reunion on Home & Family

    (Photo: The cast of Knots Landing. From left: Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark)

    Since fans can't get back the cul-de-sac, Home & Family decided to bring the cul-de-sac back to fans!

    On Thursday, the talk show will feature a special reunion of Knots Landing castmembers Joan Van Ark and Donna Mills, as well as Kevin Dobson, Michele Lee and Ted Shackelford. Even Alec Baldwin, who appeared on the Dallas spin-off from 1984-85, showed up via Skype.

    The cast talked a lot about the primetime soap's legacy with hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare.

    "David Jacobs, who created the show with Michael Filerman, said that Dallas was about 'them' and Knots Landing was about 'us,' meaning the relatable, close to the bone, more normal ... [without the] furs sliding off their shoulder and diamonds and the whole thing," said Van Ark, in a transcript released to PEOPLE.

    "We were the original Real Housewives," added Mills.

    (Photo: Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare with Michele Lee, Joan Van Ark, Donna Mills, Ted Shackelford and Kevin Dobson)

    Baldwin, who even showed off his daughter Carmen via Skype, seemed particularly giddy to reunite with his former castmates.

    "Don’t we all look the same? We look the same," he said. "There was such good acting on some of those shows like Falcon Crest and Dallas and so forth but I like to think of Knots Landing as the Royal Shakespeare Company of nighttime drama."

    Home & Family, which is about to celebrate its 500th episode, airs at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Hallmark.

    Former Miss America and Diff'rent Strokes Actress Mary Ann Mobley Dies

    Mary Ann Mobley (ex-Jonelle Andrews, General Hospital), who turned a Miss America crown into a long career in show business, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 75.

    The Mississippi native had been battling breast cancer.

    After her reign as Miss America in 1959, Mobley got her start on television shows such as Burke's Law in 1963 and Perry Mason in 1964. In 1965, she starred opposite Elvis Presley in a pair of movies, Girl Happy and Harum Scarum, and took home the Golden Globe award for New Star of the Year.

    Mobley appeared in several more films, including Three on a Couch, The King's Pirate and For Singles Only, before returning to the small screen. She recurred on Fantasy Island and The Love Boat. In 1985, she replaced Dixie Carter as Maggie McKinney on the final season of Diff'rent Strokes. Mobley would later guest-star on Carter's series, Designing Women.

    Mobley also made multiple appearances on The Match Game as a guest celebrity.

    In her personal life, Mobley was married to the late actor and TV host Gary Collins, whom she met on the set of Three on a Couch. Collins passed away in 2012. Mobley is survived by her daughters, Mary Clancy Collins and Melissa Collins, her son Guy William Collins, her sister Sandra Young and two grandsons.

    Farewell To The Britch!

    (Video) Parry Shen (Brad) posted this tribute video to his departing GENERAL HOSPITAL co-star Kelly Thiebaud (Britt) with highlights from Brad and Britt's unique friendship. (And a cameo appearance from the original Brad!)

    The actress posted a farewell message of her own to Instagram that read: "Hey you beautiful, awesome people! It's been so hard reading all your tweets about me leaving the show and not being able to respond! I wanted to wait till my last episode aired to say my good-byes. And here we are... What a fun and challenging adventure this has been! It went by too fast. I decided not to re-sign my contract because I would like to book other roles on primetime shows and film. You have to follow your dreams, right? Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you will continue to follow me on to the next adventure! I love you all! - Britch"

    GH headwriter Ron Carlivati responded by tweeting: "We are going to miss The Britch, but we are going to miss Kelly Thiebaud even more! Best of luck with your next chapter, Kelly!"

    How do you feel about The Britch leaving Port Charles?

    KELLY THIEBAUD SAYS GOODBYE TO GH

    Kelly Thiebaud has officially checked out of Port Charles as Britt, and she posted a farewell message to fans on her Instagram account, saying, "It's been so hard reading all of your tweets about me leaving the show and not being able to respond! I wanted to wait till my last episode aired to say my goodbyes. And here we are... What a fun and challenging adventure this has been! It went by too fast. I decided not to resign my contract because I would like to book other roles on prime time shows and film. You have to follow your dreams right! Thank you for all the love and support. I hope you will continue to follow me onto the next adventure! I love you all." For more with the actress, check out the next issue of Soap Opera Digest, where she discusses her exit, her plans for the future and shares her favorite GH memories.

    KNOTS LANDING REUNION!

    The cast of KNOTS LANDING will reunite on Thursday, December 11, on a very special episode of Hallmark Channel's HOME & FAMILY. Donna Mills (Madeline, GH; ex-Abby), Joan Van Ark (ex-Gloria, Y&R; ex-Valene); Michelle Lee (ex-Karen), Ted Shackelford (Jeffrey, Y&R; ex-Gary) and Kevin Dobson (ex-Mickey, DAYS; ex-Mac) will appear and share memories, make music, bake goodies, and more. Digest Style Squad contributor Kym Douglas will also appear on the show.

    Ann Marcus Dies: Emmy-Winning 'Mary Hartman' Writer Was 93

    (Photo) Pioneering TV writer Ann Marcus, the Emmy-winning head writer of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and a former WGA board member and TV Academy governor, died December 3 at her home in Sherman Oaks. She was 93.

    A successful playwright, Marcus broke through Hollywood’s glass ceiling in the 1960s to write for such TV shows as Lassie, Dennis The Menace, Gentle Ben, Please Don’t Eat The Daisies, and The Hathaways. She was also a staff writer on Peyton Place and The Debbie Reynolds Show. In 1969, she became head writer of the daytime drama Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, for which she shared a 1974 WGA nomination, followed by Search For Tomorrow, for which she shared a 1975 WGA Award.

    Tapped by Norman Lear, Marcus co-created and served as head writer on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, an innovative, radical spoof of soap operas and American consumer culture which put women’s stories at the forefront. She shared a special Emmy in 1976 for the show’s pilot. She wrote on several daytime soaps including One Life To Live, Love Of Life, and Days Of Our Lives, serving as head writer during the show’s 1978-79 seasons, during which she received two Daytime Emmy nominations.

    “Over the course of her prolific career, Marcus broke through the entertainment industry’s glass ceiling within the male-dominated television industry over and over again,” the WGA said in a statement today. A Writers Guild member since 1961, she received the WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award in 2000 in recognition of her longtime service to the guild. Besides serving on the WGAW’s board of directors for several terms (1977-1981; 1984-86; 1990-91; 1997-2003), she was also the guild’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1991-93.

    Marcus also served on the steering committee of the Caucus for Writers, Producers, and Directors.

    In 1992, Marcus was brought in as supervising producer and executive story editor of Knots Landing – and later co-wrote the TV show’s 1997 reunion miniseries, Knots Landing: Back To The Cul-de-Sac. She also wrote several TV movies, including Women At West Point in 1979. Among the many TV shows she worked on, her personal favorite was the syndicated satirical soap The Life And Times Of Eddie Roberts, which she co-created and executive produced in 1980 with her husband.

    Writers Guild TV Nominations

    The WGA has unveiled its nominations in TV, new media, news, radio, and promotional writing for its 2015 Writers Guild Awards, to be unveiled February 14 simultaneously in LA and NY.

    DAYTIME DRAMA

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

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

    'Homeland's Nazanin Boniadi Wins 'Ben-Hur' Female Lead

    After a heated competition, Homeland actress Nazanin Boniadi (Leyla Mir, GH) has scored the offer to play the female lead opposite Jack Huston in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake of Ben-Hur for MGM and Paramount Pictures. Boniadi plays CIA operative Fara Sherazi on the Emmy-winning Showtime drama starring Claire Danes. She will play Esther in Ben-Hur, the role that Gal Gadot was in discussions before conflicts knocked her out.

    The runner-up for the role was Sofia Boutella, the young Algeria-born actress who plays the villainess in the Matthew Vaughn-directed Kingsman: The Secret Service. Others who did chemistry reads with former Boardwalk Empire star Huston were Israeli actress Moran Atias (The Next Three Days) and Natalia Warner, who wrapped Learning To Breathe. Boniadi is repped by UK-based AKA.

    GH CASTING NEW ROLE

    GH has sent out a casting call for a new, male contract role set to begin shooting in February. The character is described as, "Caucasian, late 20s. Handsome, dynamic, sex. A charming bad boy who gets in and out of trouble."

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    GET A SNEAK PEEK AT "GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW"

    Nancy Lee Grahn's (Alexis, GH) hotly anticipated GH companion web series, GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW, is slated to debut on ABC.com in January. Catch a sneak peek now!

    The Bay Returns!

    Throughout December, the award-winning Web drama THE BAY will return with two more exciting chapters of story which will be told weekly over the course of eight 20-minute episodes. The chapters will feature another tragic death, as well as address last summer's cliffhangers. Will Lianna (Jade Harlow, ex-Sheryl, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) find out about Janice's (Lilly Melgar, ex-Lily, GENERAL HOSPTIAL) scintillating affair with young Peter? Will Lex (Tristan Rogers, Colin, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) reveal the identity of the person that he thinks Peter's socialite mom, Sara (Mary Beth Evans, Kayla, DAYS) killed? And how might the return of Liz (ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Ilene Kristen, Roxy) affect his recent efforts to revive his relationship with Sara?

    To help play out all of these storylines and more, a host of new faces will be joining the cast. "Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH) and Eric Nelsen (A.J., ALL MY CHILDREN) will play Sara's niece and nephew, Avery and Daniel, respectively," series creator Gregori J. Martin reveals. "Lindsay Hartley (Cara, AMC; ex-Arianna, DAYS) is coming in as a woman from Marly's (Martha Madison, ex-Belle, DAYS) past, Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS) will appear in flashback as a younger Lee Nelson, and Judith McConnell (Sophia, SANTA BARBARA) will bring to life a role that fans have been anticipating for years!"

    However, the news that has the Internet buzzing is that soap opera veteran A Martinez (best known as SB's Cruz) reunited with former castmates Lane Davies (Mackenzie; Mason, SB) and Nicolas Coster (Jack; Lionel, SB) on set when he taped his December 16 appearance on the show. "I'm playing Janice's father, Nardo. I'm trying to get information out of Lane's [police detective] character, whom the family thinks is not being forthcoming," Martinez offers. "And I got to be the voice of reason with Janice, as is a father's wont to do." Tune in to catch the first two new episodes, which will be released back to back, on Thursday, December 4, at 3 p.m. EST. thebaytheseries.com

    It's A Girl For GH's LoCicero!

    If GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) wasn't already elated about expecting her second child next May, learning that she was having a girl has her over the moon! "I've just gotten my head around the fact that I'm having a girl!" she beams.

    "I was 100 percent certain it was a boy based on a wonderful psychic that Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) sent me to two years ago," the expectant mom says. "[The seer] said, 'There is a baby here that's trying to be born.' She had no idea that at the time I was thinking about having another one. She referred to it as 'him' and then explained his personality. She said I would get pregnant shortly before I turned 45... and she was exactly right! I mean, except for the boy part," LoCicero laughs.

    LoCicero and her husband, Michael, have been trying to give their 13-year-old son, Lukas, a sibling for quite some time now, so the news was especially surprising. "Without going too much into it, it was sort of like the story that so many people have," she says. "Almost immediately after kind of giving up and saying, 'All right, one kid is plenty,' I literally got pregnant the next day. So we were pretty psyched."

    Will LoCicero's pregnancy mean that Olivia will also be expecting a little bundle of joy? For the time being, GH is remaining tight-lipped.

    Booming Forward: Former soap opera star teaches how to get most out of life

    (Video) Sandra Dee Robinson is no stranger to reinvention.

    A veteran actress, Robinson caught her big break on the soap opera show, “Another World.”

    Robinson, 47, has added a twist to her career – a later-in-life transformation.

    While she still acts, Robinson devotes much of her time teaching others how to keep their cool when the pressure is on.

    Robinson’s business, Charisma on Camera, teaches people how to be an effective communicator, putting fear and doubt aside and following instincts.

    FOX 13’s Dave Nemeth spoke with Robinson about her new business.

    Check out the full interview in the video above.

    Jon Lindstrom Joins 'True Detective'

    Jon Lindstrom (Castle) is the latest to sign on for the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective. He’ll join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn in the second installment of the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Farrell, Kitsch, McAdams) and a career criminal (Vaughn), who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Lindstrom, repped by BRS/Gage and Gordon Gilbertson, will play Glenn Ellinger, a patrician businessman who wears his immense power lightly, but wields it definitively. His previous TV credits include General Hospital, As The World Turns and Santa Barbara.

    Miller puts own spin on longtime 'GH' character

    (Photo) NEW YORK (AP) — So far playing a recast character has worked to Billy Miller's advantage.

    He was the fourth actor to play Billy Abbott on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and earned three Daytime Emmy Awards.

    Now, the 35-year-old actor is playing Jason Morgan on ABC's "General Hospital" (airing Monday through Friday at 3 p.m. EST).

    Steve Burton played Jason for 20 years until 2012, when the character was presumed dead. Recently, Jason was hit by a car, wiping away his memory (and giving Miller a clean slate to work with in the role).

    "It would be ridiculous for me to mimic (the way Burton played him)," Miller said in a recent interview.

    What he's brought to the character so far is levity. His version of Jason (or "Jake" as he goes by now) smiles and jokes.

    "It's more fun in this genre whenever you can add some lightness to it or make it funny. You don't get a lot of room for that so I usually look for it. It's a scary position for this guy who is so lost and doesn't know who he is, (so) you match that with a little bit of humor," he said.

    However, Miller looks forward to the day when Jason's past collides with his present.

    "It really does offer up some great story if we decide to go there. I really hope that's how we explore this because I feel like that might be more my strength," he said.

    He's also looking forward to interacting with other "GH" stars like Maurice Benard and Roger Howarth. He's particularly interested in working with longtime star Anthony Geary, saying, "I can't wait for that acting class."

    Miller left "Y&R" early this year. It was soon rumored that he would take over the role of Jason.

    "It was entirely premature. I was fortunate enough to have considerable options," Miller said. He was able to largely block out the chatter because he doesn't use social media.

    "Every girlfriend I've ever had, our first major fight that we had started off with a text that I thought was funny. Sarcasm clearly doesn't work in print unless you put those little emoticons in there and I'm way too old to have to use emoticons," he joked.

    "General Hospital" has several hiatuses throughout the year, giving some actors time for other projects if the schedule allows. Miller also has a role on Monday's "Major Crimes" on TNT and an upcoming episode of USA's "Suits."

    "I've always thought the bigger your body of work, the more you're able to survive for a longer time," he said.

    ABC Cancels John Stamos-Led Members Only Drama Before Premiere

    ABC has decided to deny admission to Members Only.

    The drama, which was to star John Stamos, will not join the Alphabet Net’s midseason line-up as originally planned, per The Hollywood Reporter.

    Created by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), the series — conceived as an “upstairs/downstairs” look at the goings-on in a tony Connecticut country club — got a straight-to-series order in January.

    Stamos was to play the billionaire husband of a character played by Natalie Zea (The Following). The cast also included Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People) and Michael Landes (Save Me).

    Oscar-nominated film director David O. Russell (American Hustle) originally was attached to write and executive-produce with Grant, but he exited the project in February.

    With the pre-debut cancellation, Members Only joins a club that includes Fox’s Hieroglpyh and NBC’s miniseries Emerald City and comedies Mission Control and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (the latter of which recently found new life on Netflix).

    John Stamos in Latest 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets'

    John Stamos Gets Belly Button Shamed in Latest 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets': Video.

    John Stamos lights up Elvis Presley's Graceland

    (Photo) Sporting Elvis Presley-like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis.

    An avid fan of the King, Stamos joined hundreds of fans who watched yellow, red and blue lights illuminate the large front yard of Presley's former home. Stamos was joined by young patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital at the lighting ceremony.

    Stamos, perhaps best known for roles on TV shows such as "General Hospital," ''Full House" and "ER," told The Associated Press in an interview after the ceremony that he wore the sideburns for his appearance at Graceland. Presley often wore long sideburns.

    "It's so funny. I had a beard, and I was like, 'I better shave this and I'll keep the 'burns in tribute," Stamos said.

    When asked if he styled his hair a little higher in honor of Presley, who wore a pompadour, the quick-witted Stamos joked, "This is a new wig. I put a special wig on for tonight."

    Stamos has close ties to Graceland: His voice is featured on the iPad tour of the home. He remembers dressing up as Presley during an episode of "Full House," and, while visiting Graceland in the 1990s for a TV special, he even got to play one chord on Presley's piano.

    "I think the first time I saw him, the word 'supernova' came into my head," Stamos said. "I was just immediately in awe. He had it all. Nobody's had it all. People have good voices, or they're good looking, or their charismatic, or they're good people, but it's the combination."

    Stamos said he is appearing in the upcoming ABC musical comedy series "Galavant," which he describes as "a cross between 'The Princess Bride' and Monty Python." He also has worked on pilots for two new TV shows.

    Sexypants Is One Of People's Sexiest!

    People Magazine has named actor Chris Hemsworth Sexiest Man Alive for 2014, but quite a few familiar daytime faces made their other hot lists!

    Over on the "Sexy At Every Age" list, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ryan Paevey (Nathan) joined lots of other hunks including Mario Lopez (ex-Christian, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). Over on the "Hottest Guys From Around The World" list, they included ALL MY CHILDREN alum Mark Consuelos (Mateo) under Spain and Nathan Fillion (Joey, ONE LIFE TO LIVE) under Canada.

    And on the "Men of the Year" list, you'll find AS THE WORLD TURNS' Billy Magnussen (Casey), AMC's Michael B. Jordan (Reggie), OLTL's Teddy Sears (Chad) and GUIDING LIGHT's Matt Bomer (Ben).

    It's no surprise that daytime has the sexiest men out there! Who do you think should've made the list?

    Cheetwood on Two & A Half Men

    “Sex With An Animated Ed Asner” – Alan and Walden befriend three moms at a kids’ gym, but things get complicated when Walden becomes attracted to one of them. Meanwhile, Alan goes out for a girls’ night with a group of moms, on TWO AND A HALF MEN, Thursday, Dec. 11 (9:01-9:30PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST:
    Deanna Russo (Laurel)
    Laura Stone (Danielle)
    Brenda Koo (Julie)
    Drew Cheetwood (Male Stripper)
    Rose Matheu (Lily)
    Lily Bigham (Girl)
    Tristan Byon (Boy)

    Making A BOLD Move?

    Is Kelly Thiebaud jumping ship as GENERAL HOSPITAL's Britt to tackle the role of Steffy on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL?

    While ABC does not comment on actor contracts, sources tell Soaps In Depth that Thiebaud had opted not to sign a new deal with GH, and has been on recurring status with the soap until her character could ultimately be written out. Rumor has it that B&B swooped in and made the actress an offer she couldn't refuse!

    Alas, the rumor is exactly that, and nothing more. A spokesperson for the CBS soap tells In Depth that there is no truth to it, and that Thiebaud will not be joining the cast of B&B as Steffy Forrester.

    GH STARS ON OK! TV

    During GH’s recent press trip to New York City, fan faves Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Finola Hughes (Anna), and Laura Wright (Carly) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan), sat down with Digest’s Editorial Director, Stephanie Sloane, to chat about their story lines. The interviews, which aired on OK! TV, can be seen here: Video1, Video2.

    GH STAR PREGNANT!

    Lisa LoCicero (Olivia, GH) and her husband, Michael Patrick Jann, are expecting their second child (son Lukas is 13).

    "This holiday, I am grateful for health and abundance and number two on the way," she announced on ABC.com.

    Our warmest congratulations to her growing family! To see the video, in which other GH stars also share what they're thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches, click here.

    THE STAFFORD PROJECT DVD RELEASE

    Michelle Stafford’s (Nina, GH) hilarious web series, THE STAFFORD PROJECT, which features the actress, along with guest stars Thorsten Kaye (Ridge, B&B), Joshua Morrow (Nick, Y&R) and Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), to name a few, will be available for purchase on DVD on November 28, and will feature bonus content.

    BETSY FRANCO RETURNS TO GH

    GH confirms that Betsy Franco, the real-life mother of James Franco (ex-Franco), is reprising the role of Franco's adoptive mom, also named Betsy (but who went by the name Karen). The character debuted in 2010 and popped up briefly in 2013.

    Video: Anthony Geary Returns to General Hospital

    (tvguide.com) It's about damn time! Daytime drama's lion king, Anthony Geary, heads back to General Hospital this week after a six-month absence and TV Guide Magazine has an exclusive look at the ABC promo heralding his return.

    Are we about to learn the identity of the sardonic badass (known to the fans as Fluke) who has been impersonating Luke Spencer? By the looks of this promo, the real Luke — who has been drugged, straight-jacketed and stashed away at the Miscavige Institute — is now focused, furious and ready for the full 411: Video.

    SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

    (hollywoodreporter.com) SAG-AFTRA and the broadcast television networks and producers reached agreement Friday on a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact, a contract that covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs, the union announced.

    “With the successful conclusion of this negotiation, we have finished unifying our legacy television contracts under SAG-AFTRA,” said union president Ken Howard, who chaired the member negotiating committee. “We’ve made significant gains in important areas, including wage increases and improvements in streaming residual rates.”

    SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White, who was the union’s chief negotiator, said, “I am pleased with the important gains we’ve achieved in this negotiation, including significant increases for background actors, stand-ins, stunt coordinators and singers.”

    Key terms of the deal include:

    * Wage increases for most program categories of 2.5 percent in the first year and 3 percent in each of years two and three. For soap opera performers, increases are 2, 2.5 and 2.5 percent, respectively, and for network news, the increases are 2 percent in each of the three years.

    * A 0.5 percent increase in health and retirement contributions by the producers.

    * A reduction in streaming windows and increases in the streaming residuals rate consistent with the industry pattern.

    * Language that helps facilitate the merging of the SAG and AFTRA benefit plans.

    * Expanded ability for stunt coordinators to work under the Netcode.

    * An increase to background rehearsal rates in year two, from $11 per hour to $15 per hour, and an increase for principal rehearsal rates in year two from $25 per hour to $28 per hour.

    * Increases in the overtime rate from $37.50 per hour to $42 per hour, and $16.50 per hour to $22.50 per hour, respectively.

    * An increase in the stand-in rate for non-dramatic programming, from $24 per hour to $25 per hour in year one, and from $25 per hour to $26 per hour in year three.

    * For the first time, a premium payment for solo/duo singers for multi-tracking and sweetening.

    * Agreement that a bulletin will be issued to producers of content under this agreement to help ensure adequate warm-up space for dancers.

    The tentative agreement will be submitted for approval to the SAG-AFTRA board at its next meeting and then, subject to the board’s approval, to the union membership for ratification.

    The Netcode is also referred to as the “front of book” to distinguish it from a provision, Exhibit A, that formerly covered scripted primetime programming, That provision is now subsumed in the SAG-AFTRA Television Agreement, which was negotiated earlier this year and ratified by the union membership in August.

    Employment under the Netcode generates more than $200 million a year in covered member earnings. The agreement covers programming in all television day parts (except for scripted primetime programs on the networks and the CW) and similar programming produced for digital media. Covered programs include dramas and comedies in first-run syndication, morning news shows, talk shows, serials (soap operas), variety, reality, contest, sports and promotional announcements, including Good Morning America, The View, The Price is Right, The Young and the Restless, Saturday Night Live, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Amazing Race, Nightline and Late Night with David Letterman.

    The negotiating committee consisted of principal performers, background actors, promo announcers, stand-ins, singers and dancers. Contract negotiations began Nov. 3. Subject to approval and ratification, the new agreement takes effect on Sunday and runs through June 30, 2018.

    GH'S TYLER CHRISTOPHER HITS THE BIG SCREEN

    Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH) plays the role of Liam King in Beyond The Lights, which has its nationwide premiere on Friday, November 14. The film, with a cast that includes Minnie Driver and Danny Glover, tells the story of rising music superstar Noni, whose love affair with cop Kaz gives her the courage to "find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be," according to its official plot synopsis.

    Looking Back at Elizabeth Taylor's Guest Stint on General Hospital

    (tvguide.com) (Photo) She was the biggest star on the planet and could do what she damn well pleased — and that included taking a job on a daytime soap! It's been 33 years since Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor stunned Hollywood by appearing on ABC's General Hospital as villainess Helena Cassadine, who campily crashed the wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) and put a curse on them that lasts to this day.

    At the time, Taylor told People magazine, "I'm wild about General Hospital. Someone from [ABC] came to see me when I was doing The Little Foxes in New York, and I agreed to do the soap when I got to L.A. I had a ball."

    The ceremony — airing November 16 and 17, 1981 — drew a record audience of 30 million. And we're still talking about it! TV Guide Magazine asked Geary and costar Jacklyn Zeman, who plays Luke's sister, Nurse Bobbie Spencer, to flash back on Taylor's trip to Port Chuck. Here's what they had to say.

    Geary: I'm sure nobody from the network went to Elizabeth about this unsolicited, because the possibility that she'd do GH was just too crazy to even imagine. Someone from her team must have floated the idea first. This was back when she was married to Sen. John Warner and wasn't very happy sitting on the farm in Virginia. She told me that GH — especially the Ice Princess story — took her out of her lethargy every afternoon. Luke and Laura's love story made Elizabeth feel very nostalgic. She said it reminded her of her youth and the great romance films of the old studio system.

    Zeman: Ms. Taylor had a spectacular existence — fame, money, jewels, yachts and husbands galore — but being on GH gave her real pleasure. It was such an inspiration to see her come on our show and say, "I don't care what anybody thinks!" She didn't need anybody's validation. She was the ultimate cool girl.

    Geary: There were rumors in the press that Elizabeth had insisted on her dressing room being painted violet to match her eyes and that it have floor-to-ceiling fish tanks. Ridiculous! She didn't pull any star s--t. [Laughs] In fact, I'd seen far more star s--t from some of my castmates! She was sweet, funny, self-deprecating — a dream to work with.

    Zeman: You have to remember these were very different times. Show business was compartmentalized. Soap actors didn't do primetime. Primetime actors didn't do movies. So [Taylor] was a big shot in the arm for GH and all of daytime TV. Her guest stint broke the rules.

    Geary: After her appearance, we suddenly had a glut of big names wanting to be on GH but [then-executive producer] Gloria Monty wasn't biting. Her attitude was, "I don't need stars. I make 'em!" It's a testament to Elizabeth's star power that her character [now played by Constance Towers] is still with us all these decades later. Helena has died and come back more often than I've had a glass of wine. There's a reason for that longevity — the character was born of magnificence.

    Music Box: Soap star Jack Wagner brings 'On the Porch' to Rams Head On Stage

    (capitalgazette.com) Former "General Hospital" soap opera star Jack Wagner is sure to have the ladies sitting up straight as he displays an equal passion for sharing his less dysfunctional Americana style country music (i.e. mandolin, guitar and banjo laced).

    When Wagner steps on the stage at Rams Head in Annapolis on Friday night, get ready for a trip back home where music is still made on porches. Thus the title of his new album, "On the Porch."

    Wagner splits up his time these days between the recording studio, the road, and the golf course. Jack Wagner's acting resume also includes stints in Broadway touring productions as Tony in "West Side Story" and as Zuko in "Grease." He's also been seen (twice) on the Great White Way in "Jekyll and Hyde."

    His television roles include Dr. Peter Burns on "Melrose Place" and a leading role for nine years on "The Bold and The Beautiful." Or perhaps he's lit up your living room as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." He's a duffer at various pro-am style golf tournaments including Bel Air and Pebble Beach.

    But this Friday (Nov 13) it's all about the music Wagner writes and records as he takes center stage on the front porch, which is Rams Head On Stage (8 p.m.).

    GH'S SAMUEL CONFIRMS STATUS CHANGE

    Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix, GH) has confirmed on Twitter that he has been taken off-contract, but it looks like he'll remain with the show in a recurring capacity. "Hey fans, thanks for the support. GH is just a small part of a great and ongoing journey. Onward and upward!" he posted. "To be clear guys, I'm recurring. Not on contract though."

    RON CARLIVATI ON GH'S HALLOWEDDING

    RON CARLIVATI ON GH'S HALLOWEDDING. Read the Soap Opera Digest interview here.

    'The 100's' Lindsey Morgan: Raven will intervene with Finn's dark path (eventually)

    On Season 2 of "The 100," Raven Reyes (Lindsey Morgan) has suffered a severe setback. After being shot in the Season 1 finale, she underwent surgery to remove the bullet -- without anesthesia -- and while she's still alive, she's lost feeling in one of her legs. Morgan tells Zap2it that it's incredibly frustrating for Raven, but she isn't going to let it bring her down.

    "Raven isn't one to ever be depressed. She's a 'suck it up and move on' kind of girl, which is great," says Morgan. "But at the same time, this is a whole new challenge for her that she's never had to face before. As much as she wants to pretend like nothing has changed and she's still a bada**, every time she tries to be her old self and get back into a**-kicking mode something stops her and that's very frustrating."

    "As much as she wants to sit and wallow, she knows she can't," Morgan adds. "But at the same time she's learning she can't go back to how she was. It's impossible."

    Since Raven won't be running around the forest any time soon, Morgan reveals that she's working on the Sky people's communication problem alongside a new character, Wick (Steve Talley, pictured above). But that doesn't mean Raven won't hear about Finn's cold-blooded execution of the Grounder prisoner -- and she will not be happy about it.

    "She's not going to witness any of [what he does], but when she does get wind of it, it does concern her, definitely. Raven senses a change in Finn." says Morgan. "She knows Finn better than anybody and she knows that's not him. There's a part of her that doesn't even want to believe it ... Finn's family and he'll always be family."

    "Raven definitely intervenes with Finn," Morgan adds, "but she doesn't know about it for a while."

    "The 100" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

    BRANDON BARASH BACK AT GH

    Digest can confirm that Brandon Barash is returning to GH as Johnny Zacchara. The actor, who is married to Kirsten Storms (Maxie), opted to leave in 2013, and the character (who was responsible for the deaths of Cole and Hope Thornhart, as well as Anthony Zacchara) was sent off to Pentonville. Given that a number of GH faves seem likely to be headed to prison themselves, expect Johnny to cross paths with some familiar faces

    KELLY THIEBAUD OFF-CONTRACT AT GH

    Though unconfirmed by ABC, Digest has learned that Kelly Thiebaud is off-contract at GH, where she plays Britt — by choice, as she elected not to renew her deal. Thiebaud, who joined the Port Charles ranks in 2012, will remain with the show (for now) on a recurring basis, but that arrangement is likely short-term, as the actress is reportedly eager to pursue work in prime-time and film.

    We're also hearing that Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix), John J. York (Mac) are being dropped to recurring status with the show. This isn't terribly surprising, as GH does have a lot of contract players — more than it can find time for on-screen. However, there is additional buzz that says that Thiebaud is actually on her way out of Port Charles permanently.

    Zamprogna's Wife Expecting

    Great news for Dominic Zamprogna (Dante, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and his wife, Linda! It looks like they'll be welcoming their third child into the world right around May 14th of next year! The actor says "it feels great" to find out he's going to be a father again, admitting with a smile, "It was a bit of a surprise!"

    The family will be welcoming another daughter into the fold, which means that Zamprogna will be the only guy in a house filled with women! But he reports that daughters Eliana and Anbilliene are both "very excited" at the prospect of having another sister!

    Anthony Geary Is Back On Set!

    (Video, Photo) GENERAL HOSPITAL welcomed back star Anthony Geary (Luke) in style as you can see from the video that the soap's executive producer Frank Valentini posted online. Following his six-month absence as he recuperated from two back surgeries, Geary's return to the set was marked by thunderous applause from the cast and crew of GH wearing "Tony's Back!" T-shirts.

    And now that the Emmy winner is back in Port Charles, the Fluke/Luke mystery can finally be solved. How do you think it will wrap up?

    Soap Opera Acting Tips with "General Hospital" Stars

    Kristen Alderson and Chad Duell Teach Donna Ruko: Video.

    When The List's Donna Ruko welcomed “General Hospital” stars Kristen Alderson and Chad Duell into our studio, she wanted them to feel at home, so we turned our set into theirs thanks to green screen technology! Then we got a list of "Soap Opera Acting Tips" from them that will have you laughing and taking notes.

    BIG CASTING ON THE BAY!

    A host of soap alums have been tapped to appear on the web series, THE BAY, for the second half of its season 3, scheduled to premiere this December on ROKU via Blip TV.

    SANTA BARBARA faves A Martinez (ex-Cruz, SB et al) and Judith McConnell (ex-Sophia, SB) will make their debuts, and will be joined by Alicia Leigh Willis (ex-Courtney, GH), who will play Avery Garrett, the niece of Sara Garrett, played by Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS); Emmy winner Eric Martsolf (Brady, DAYS), who will play young Lee Nelson in multiple flashback sequences; Lindsay Hartley (ex-Theresa, PASSIONS et al), who will play Sammie Sullivan, a woman from Marly’s past; Kiko Ellsworth (ex-Jamal, PC et al), who will play Kinyata Foster, Marly’s best pal; and Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R), who will guest star as attorney Rita Buxton. Model/host Karrueche Tran, real-life love of pop star Chris Brown, will shake things up for the characters of Peter Garrett and Will Campbell.

    For more, go to thebaytheseries.com.

    CATCH GH'S PREEMPTED EPISODE TONIGHT! (Nov 5)

    Set those DVRs (or prepare to stay up late)! GH will air on ABC in New York at 2:05am, Philadelphia at 1:05am, Raleigh at 12:37am, Chicago at 1:35am, Houston at 1:05am, San Antonio at 1:45am and Denver at 2:35am.

    McCullough's New Gig!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Kimberly McCullough (ex-Robin) continues to develop her career behind the camera. The Disney ABC Creative Talent Development Facebook page posted that the actress will be directing an upcoming episode of the Disney Channel comedy series KC UNDERCOVER. We'll let you know when the episode is slated to air!

    Parry Shen (Brad, GH) guests on NCIS: Los Angeles

    “Traitor” – After Granger is poisoned by the mole and Eric is one of the seven suspects, Hetty orders a lockdown while everyone is investigated, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Nov. 24 (9:59-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST: Adam Bartley (Brown), Sarayu Rao (Dr. Susan Depaul), Parry Shen (Ty), Dio Johnson (Nurse), Victoria Garcia (Gwenn), Sonny Mario Ayon (Duende), Miguel Izaguirre (Nico)

    Halloween Photo

    Photo: Brandon Barash, Kirsten Storms & Harper Rose

    Major Crimes Casts Tuc Watkins in Season-Ending Arc... as Stroh's Savior?

    A onetime Desperate husband may hold the fate of a desperate Phillip Stroh in his hands.

    On the heels of the news that Revolution‘s Billy Burke will be guest-starring on TNT’s Major Crimes as The Closer‘s insidious Phillip Stroh, TVLine can report that Tuc Watkins will also appear in the season-ending two-parter, in a perhaps pivotal capacity.

    When Stroh resurfaces in Season 3’s final two episodes (airing Jan. 12 and 19), the serial rapist/murderer is now acting as his own attorney and as such angles for a new deal. Watkins will play a judge who is acting as a Special Master, helping Stroh review his legal files. If Stroh is able to give up active rapists/other sex offenders to the city, the judge could offer him a deal for life in prison versus the death penalty.

    Watkins’ previous TV credits include Awkward, Parks and Recreation, One Life to Live and the aforementioned Desperate Housewives.

    TNT’s Major Crimes resumes Season 3 on Monday, Nov. 24.

    So Here's Meryl Streep Making Out With Rick Springfield for Her New Movie, Ricki and the Flash

    (Photo1, Photo2) Today's hot young things got nothin' on these two sexagenarians.

    Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield, both 65, were spotted sharing a passionate kiss while shooting a night-time scene for Ricki and the Flash, director Jonathan Demme's latest ode to rock and roll, on the streets of New York.

    Meryl, who plays an aging (but obviously still super-hot) rocker who put music before her family throughout her life and is now paying the emotional price, was all decked out in stovepipe jeans, a leather jacket and badass boots, a few braids woven into her long blond locks.

    And Springfield, with his long hair and scruff, looked... well, exactly like himself.

    The General Hospital star has probably been heard more times than can be counted on the big screen (seriously, how many famous movie scenes have featured "Jessie's Girl?"), but this is a huge breakthrough in the feature-film-acting department for him.

    He plays a bandmate (so he'll be showing off his real-life skills onscreen, too) of Meryl's Ricki who's crushing hard on the singer—and it appears that, at least during part of the movie, he gets the girl.

    Diablo Cody, who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Juno, penned the script. Over the years, Demme, also an Oscar winner for directing Silence of the Lambs, has helmed concert documentaries and videos about The Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen, New Order and Neil Young, so he should be right in his element.

    And this means we've got lots of musical Meryl to look forward to. The multitalented three-time Oscar winner, who played a singer in Postcards From the Edge and did the ABBA-Broadway thing in Mamma Mia, will be surely stealing the show as the Witch in the upcoming adaptation of Into the Woods, in theaters on Dec. 25.

    Ricki and the Flash, which is due out June 26, 2015, also stars Meryl's eldest daughter, Mamie Gummer, along with Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan and Ben Platt.

    The 2015 Daytime Emmys Are In April!

    Mark your calendars: The ceremony for the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards has been scheduled for Sunday, April 26! The deadline for performer pre-nomination clips to be submitted will be Friday, November 28, and the final nominations will be announced on Tuesday, March 26.

    There have been some new categories added, one of which is Guest Performer in a Drama Series, which should include high-profile-but-short-term actors like GENERAL HOSPITAL's Donna Mills (Madeline) and THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Ray Wise (Ian).

    At this time there have been no details released regarding how the 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast, but it will likely be via the Internet as they were this year. (Although hopefully with a better pre-show!)

    ABC ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 2014 SWEEPS PROGRAMMING

    “GENERAL HOSPITAL” -- Buckle up and get ready for addictive, can’t miss episodes of “General Hospital,” MONDAY-FRIDAY (3:00--4:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Dirty little lies always have a way of coming out and impacting the residents of Port Charles, and now multiple lives are at stake as everyone seems to want revenge. Franco and Carly plan to get married on October 31, but what tricks does Franco have up his sleeve? Nina begins to spiral out of control and sets her plan in motion to get Ava's baby. In the interim, someone gets shot. Anna and Duke's relationship is put to the test, while Elizabeth and Jake continue to grow closer. Seven time Daytime Emmy® winner Anthony Geary is back as Luke. Lastly, as another Thanksgiving approaches, could this be the year the Quartermaine's finally get a normal Thanksgiving meal? Don't count on it!

    JONATHAN JACKSON PERFORMS IN NYC

    On Monday, November 3, Jonathan Jackson (Avery, NASHVILLE; ex-Lucky GH) will be doing a performance and CD signing in New York City to promote Radio Cinematic, the new album from his band, Jonathan Jackson and Enation. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store at 97 Warren Street. You get priority seating with the purchase of the album and you will need a wristband to attend. You can call the store at 212-587-5389 with any questions.

    BIG MACHINE CELEBRATES "CHRISTMAS WITH NASHVILLE" ON NOVEMBER 4

    The drama on ABC’s “Nashville” may be blazing hot but Big Machine Records is predicting a change in the temperature on November 4 with the digital release of CHRISTMAS WITH NASHVILLE. No strangers to the recording studio, the all-star cast who sings on the TV show each week, lent their voices to this special collection of their favorite holiday carols and a few original tunes.

    Following a cameo on “Nashville” last season, JAY DEMARCUS was tapped as producer for the project, again joining forces with the talented actors. The Rascal Flatts’ bassist, who also produced much of the supergroup’s REWIND album, told Rolling Stone Country, “it's refreshing to know that [the actors] representing us on the show are authentic.” The outlet also exclusively revealed the track listing.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. “Santa Baby”
    Clare Bowen | Written by Joan Javits, Tony Springer, Phil Springer

    2. “Blue Christmas”
    Charles Esten featuring Vince Gill | Written by Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson

    3. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
    Jonathan Jackson | Written by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector

    4. “White Christmas”
    Hayden Panettiere | Written by Irving Berlin

    5. “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch”
    Connie Britton | Written by Albert Hague, Theodor S. Geisel

    6. “River”
    Sam Palladio | Written by Joni Mitchell

    7. “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
    Connie Britton, Will Chase | Written by Frank Loesser

    8. “Merry Christmas Baby”
    Aubrey Peeples | Written by Lou Baxter, Johnny Moore

    9. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"
    Chaley Rose | Written by Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane

    10. “Christmas Coming Home”
    Lennon & Maisy | Written by Marylynne Stella, Bradley Stella

    11. “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
    Will Chase | Written by Lewis Redner, Phillips Brooks

    12. “Celebrate Me Home"
    Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson | Written by Kenny Loggins, Bob James

    GH-er Expecting

    Congratulations to Derk Cheetwood (Max, GH) and wife Cari, who are expecting their third child and first son, due in early February. The new addition will join daughters Kyle, 6, and Audrey, 4.

    Dancing with the Stars: Who Gave Tricks and Who Gave Treats for Halloween?

    Halloween has come a few days early to Dancing with the Stars, and with it, Len has risen from the dead! The esteemed judge — who's been absent from the show for the past few weeks — returns to the show by emerging from a coffin during the opening group number. Erin Andrews is back as well.

    With two team dances to get through in addition to the individual numbers, there's no time to waste. The routines:

    Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (quickstep)
    The dance: Go, Tommy, go! After suffering through some fatigue and aches and pains in rehearsal, the oldest celebrity to make it this far in Dancing gives it his all for the actual routine and proves that the quickstep isn't going to get the best of him. The dance is more like a medium-paced-step, but it's hard to find any fault with the spunk Tommy shows in those kicks.
    What the judges say: Len calls Tommy "easy on the eye" and compliments him for getting through what was probably the toughest dance. Julianne has nothing but kind things to say, and Bruno says Tommy nicely covered up his one slip-up. Carrie Ann says she'll have to take off points for Tommy going off tempo, but that it's one of their best routines so far.
    Score: 28 (out of 40)
    Our verdict: Treat

    Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev (tango)
    The dance: I'm not sure if it's the best idea to have a live singer on stage with the dancers. Personally I found it a little distracting. What does everyone else think? Fortunately, Lea and Artem's tango is sensual and eye-catching enough on its own that this isn't a problem. Lea continues to impress with her incredibly assured legwork.
    What the judges say: Julianne tells them both to lighten up and that Lea "sticks it" every time. Bruno loves the "right touch of evil" and the aloofness Lea conveyed (and then falls out of his chair). Len says it started off hot but lost chemistry as it went on. Carrie Ann gets cut off.
    Score: 34
    Verdict: Treat

    Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (paso doble)
    The dance: Derek is so good at designing these routines that it almost makes me angry. This seductive, diabolical tango belongs in a Broadway show, not in a broadcast reality competition. Whatever focus problems Bethany was having during the week seem to have disappeared.
    What the judges say: Bruno says they were "the embodiment of the flames of passion." Carrie Ann says Bethany is "fascinating" and calls the dance "flawless." Len says (to boos) that he felt the dance got lost in the production. Julianne says she'd like to steal the choreography for Derek's summer tour, but says the content shone through the theatrics.
    Score: 39
    Verdict: Treat

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke (waltz)
    The dance: I'm not a huge fan of the first part of this dance. The bubbling cauldron was so jarring that it took me out of the moment. When Antonio and Cheryl (at long last) get into the dance itself, I'm back in it. Seems like Cheryl is willing to do whatever she needs to to beat this dance into submission, and Antonio, for his part, is smooth and suave. Something seems a little off, though.
    Score: "I don't think the spell worked," Carrie Ann says right off the bat, adding that she's "uncomfortable" watching them. Len calls the routine "a bit hectic" and says Antonio's footwork was off. Julianne says she wishes they would have gotten to the dance itself faster. Bruno gets cut off. (Did he fall again?)
    Score: 27
    Verdict: Trick

    Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (jive)
    The dance: Poor Emma. Michael, bless his heart, is still completely flat-footed and stiff as a board on the dancefloor, and with the jive this week, it's more noticeable than ever. Michael tips his hat to the crowd at the end as if he knows this is probably going to be his last week at the rodeo.
    What the judges say: Len flatly says that he's surprised Michael has made it to Week 7 and that he looks like he's "running on empty." Julianne calls the dance "kind of a nightmare." Bruno says there wasn't any jive content and that Michael has possibly broken records for being off time. Carrie Ann says it was a great freestyle (ouch).
    Score: 20
    Verdict: Trick

    Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy (waltz)
    The dance: This routine is just the right blend of fun and spooky, and props to Janel for suggesting(?) that they dance to the Pretty Little Liars theme, which is a perfect fit. As far as their waltz, it's classy and graceful. Janel's glittery, skin-tight costume is something to behold too.
    What the judges say: Julianne says it relied too much on the Halloween theme and not enough on a proper waltz. Bruno critiques Janel's lines, but Carrie Ann disagrees and praises her technique and fluidity. Len says it wasn't a Viennese waltz.
    Score: 31
    Verdict: Treat

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (rumba)
    The dance: Witney is really beating up on Alfonso in rehearsals — quite literally, with jabs to the jaw and another, more unfortunate, area. And I can't for the life of me figure out why the producers decided to spend the first 10 seconds of the dance focused on the singer (I already forgot her name) rather than Alfonso and Witney. But ANYWAY. Alfonso looks a little like a fish out of water at times during this dance, but overall it's fine, if a little unexciting.
    What the judges say: "Captivating and involving," Bruno gushes. Carrie Ann says Alfonso's hip action was "ridiculous." Len is thrilled that it was a proper rumba but says Alfonso's posture could use some work. Julianne gets cut off.
    Score: 36
    Verdict: Treat

    Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (paso doble)
    The dance: It's Dancing with the Stars: Halloween Horror Nights! If I were Sadie, I'd be pretty scared of Mark's zombie getup too. This is my favorite routine of the night. Mark rivals Derk with that insane choreography, and Sadie doesn't miss a beat. Plus, she continues to do a great job of avoiding sexiness and still managing to make the dance edgy.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann says Sadie needed to show more strength and power for a paso doble. Len gripes that the theme got in the way of the dance. Julianne gives voice to the audience's thoughts and says there was content trying to peek through the theme. Bruno gets cut off.
    Score: 30
    Verdict: Treat

    Now for the team dances!

    Team Itsy Bitsy (Bethany/Derek, Lea/Artem, Janel/Val, Michael/Emma)
    The dance: This is one spider I'm a fan of. Another Derek choreography special, the group portion of the dance is inventive and entertaining. Derek and Bethany are definitely the most creepy/disturbing of the individual pairs — and I mean that in the best way possible. I'm once again in awe of Lea's flexibility. Climbing the web at the end is a great touch as well. I'm pretty sure Derek is going to continue his streak of never being on a losing team.
    What the judges say: They all unequivocally love it, and Carrie Ann goes out of her way to praise Michael, who knew all along that he was the weak link in the group.
    Score: 36
    Verdict: Treat

    Tom Bergeron announces that all the pairs on Team Itsy Bitsy are safe. So, Michael lives to see another week and I have to assume this doesn't bode well for Antonio and Cheryl.

    Team Creepy (Sadie/Mark, Alfonso/Witney, Antonio/Cheryl, Tommy/Peta)
    The dance: Pretty cruel, if you ask me, to announce that all the members of Team Creepy are in jeopardy just seconds before they take the floor. But no one did ask me and hey, I'm not a Dancing with the Stars producer. Well ... this is definitely the B Team. Poor Tommy looks absolutely spent after already having gotten through one routine tonight. Sadie and Mark are really doing the heavy lifting for this group — and the circus theme is cute, but doesn't hold a candle to Team Itsy Bitsy.
    What the judges say: Julianne says individuals were fine, but the group as a whole was a little out of sync. Bruno concurs. Carrie Ann loves the concept and Len is pleased that it allowed everyone's personality to come through.
    Score: 32
    Verdict: Trick

    So, who's going home?

    Safe: Alfonso and Witney, Sadie and Mark, Tommy and Peta

    Eliminated: Antonio and Cheryl

    On what could possibly be her last appearance as a competitor in the ballroom, Cheryl says it's been the most memorable season for her so far.

    What did you think? Did you expect Michael to go home? Are you disappointed that Antonio and Cheryl were given the boot? And which team dance did you like better?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Franco's Staying Put!

    Although Roger Howarth recently booked a part on The CW's new hit THE FLASH, it looks like his GENERAL HOSPITAL alter ego, Franco, won't be going anywhere! The soap's executive producer, Frank Valentini, says that everyone at the show was "thrilled for Roger and this opportunity." As for how the actor would juggle both, the exec explains that "the timing for this role worked out so that he can shoot during our current GH hiatus." Meanwhile, get ready for the social event of the season as next week, the countdown to Franco and Carly's wedding kicks into high gear!

    GH ALUM’S SCARY STAGE SHOWS

    Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie, GH) is serving up chills and thrills on both coasts: His Theatre 68 NY company is performing Dracula, which he’s producing. It opens tonight, October 24, and runs through Saturday, November 1.

    “It is so cool and so scary and so gory,” Marmo raves. “This is our 7th production as a company in New York in three years, and this is our biggest and our best yet. It’s a totally unique interpretation straight from the book, so it’s pretty groundbreaking.” When Marmo returns to the West Coast, he’ll be directing Serial Killer Barbie at Theatre 68 LA, which kicks off November 7. “This is the first musical I’ve ever directed,” Marmo shares. “The story made me laugh a lot. It’s hysterical. The title really got me so I said yes. Anyone who has ever been bullied will love this show.” Marmo encourages soap fans in both cities to come out. “I’m one of those weird directors who watches the show every night and gives notes, so if any GH fans want to come say hello, that would be great!” he enthuses. “I’ve been gone almost three years now and the fans are so great to me. I feel like I’m still on the show!”

    For ticket information on both the NY and LA stage productions, go to www.theatre68.com.

    Soap stars discuss daytime gigs

    (app.com) To the outside viewer, a soap opera is an hour-long drama filled with drama, passion and unpredictable storylines.

    But working on a soap opera has its challenges — such as reading dozens of pages of dialogue a day.

    "I always likened it to, sort of, the myth of Sisyphus," says Emmy winner Vincent Irizarry. "That's how it is in daytime — pushing that boulder up the hill and then it rolls back down, doing it again every day, every day. But obviously, it's an honor, as an actor, if there's a joy involved in the process."

    Irizarry, 54, is known to soap fans as Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children," Dr. Scott Clark on "Santa Barbara," Lujack on "Guiding Light" and David Chow on "Young and the Restless."

    Irizarry is also one of 11 soap star favorites partaking in Soap Fantasy Reunion Oct. 25 and 26 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, and Sutton Place in Long Beach, New York, to meet some of their biggest fans.

    In addition to Irizarry, current and former soap stars scheduled to appear include Cameron Mathison, Tamara Braun, Vanessa Marcil, Bradford Anderson, Kelly Sullivan, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Scott Reeves, Alicia Minshew, and Gina Tognoni.

    Though she never watched "General Hospital" before, Sullivan, who also founded the health and wellness blog Thatta Gurl, was thrilled to land a soap gig.

    Sullivan, known to soap fans as the kooky Connie/Kate on "General Hospital", is heading over to "The Young and the Restless" as Sage. She begins airing on the CBS show this week.

    "It's a really great job on a soap," Sullivan says. "On 'General Hospital,' you'd be shooting a feature film every day. You get a script at any given time. The most pages I had in one day, where I actually started laughing, I got something like 60 pages. It's like this adrenaline rush — I get nervous before every scene."

    Between his four-year run on "General Hospital" as Dr. Steven Webber and touring with his band Port Chuck — comprising three other former "General Hospital" actors — Reeves, 48, considers himself blessed.

    "I had such a great time at 'General Hospital,' " says Reeves. "They welcomed me in with open arms, like a family right from the get go. If the timing was right and it presented itself, I would definitely consider heading back."

    As an actor, Reeves said he's learned to work toward selflessness.

    "That industry can be a very self-involved industry, and one of the most important things as an actor is to give of yourself," Reeves says. "That sort of trickles down to everyone who is your audience, your band. It's so important to find what that industry breathes. It kind of breathes, to a degree, self-involvement and isolation."

    Now Reeves, whose uncle is country artist Jack Reeves, is dipping more into songwriting and performing in Nashville and is busy at work on an EP. Also, Port Chuck is planning a seven- to nine-day tour for next spring.

    "General Hospital" put Marcil, 45, on the map, she says, and loves to play Brenda Barrett as much as others love watching her — or love to hate her. Aside from her soap opera character, Marcil also starred on "Beverly Hills 90210" as Gina Kincaid, and on "Las Vegas" as Sam Marquez.

    "The character ... I loved playing a girl who was that bad," Marcil says of Gina Kincaid.

    Marcil has had her plate full since leaving the ABC soap. She and her sister are launching skin care line SaiVie Organics, slated to be available online next year.

    And she's thrilled to be part of an upcoming CBS docu-series. The show involves Marcil and a group of former daytime actresses working to produce their own prime time drama series.

    "It'll be my first crack at trying something behind the scenes," says Marcil, "instead of just showing up on the set and having all that stuff written for me. I think it will be really interesting for the world to see what it takes to put a show together."

    It was Irizarry's two-year role as Lujack on "Guiding Light" that led him to his other credentials. He portrayed the lovable yet devious Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children" until the show's demise in 2011.

    When "All My Children" was picked up in an online format by production company Prospect Park, Irizarry put David Hayward's scrubs on again, eager to revive the show fans were devastated to have lost

    "We were all very proud of what were able to accomplish, and we all felt that the quality of the show was better than it was on ABC," says Irizarry, who is currently writing a screenplay and can be seen in the short film "Clarissa's Gift" later this year. "Visually, it looked beautiful."

    The show remained online for one season before it ceased production in September 2013.

    "It was very disappointing. It's very sad that it ended the way that it did," says Irizarry, adding he's unsure if he would return to the show if it revived yet again. "Personally, I would choose to focus more on all the positive things that were done."

    The future of the industry

    Four soaps are left on the air: "General Hospital," "Days of Our Lives," "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful."

    Will more daytime dramas get the ax — and what does the future hold for the soap opera industry?

    "There's a chance that maybe they're going to regain some of its strength, and that's due to viewership and people who really get behind the last four shows that are on the air and supporting them," Reeves says. "What saddens me is that things have really become more so about the bottom line, really, and not about quality entertainment for people who have supported this genre for so long.

    "I think the four shows that are left have done such a great job of trying to navigate this crazy, crazy climate in our industry. Hopefully, our fingers crossed, we'll be watching these characters and these stories that the people they've grown up with and come to love stay around for quite some time."

    Irizarry found it interesting that when soaps began disappearing from television screens, people deemed the genre over. But no, it's re-imagining itself, he says.

    "It's a beloved form of storytelling, I can see it continue on for many, many years to come," Irizarry says.

    IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Soap Fantasy Reunion

    WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events

    11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25: Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 520 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; tickets are $130 and include VIP and sit-down lunch

    7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25: Sutton Place, 124 W. Park Ave., Long Beach; tickets are $283 and include three-course sit-down dinner, autographs and photo opportunities

    10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (platinum), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (show) Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover, tickets are $206 for platinum, which includes meet and greet, $88 for show only

    3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover; All Star Music Jam, tickets are $105

    FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or www.soapfantasyevents.com.

    GH Alum Ties The Knot!

    Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL's Lindze Letherman (ex-Georgie), who married Adam Etchegoyen this past Saturday, October 18! The couple tied the knot at Stolpman Vineyards in Santa Barbara, CA in a lovely ceremony. Click here to check out a couple photos of the newlyweds! Best wishes to them both!

    DAYTIME FAVES JOIN WEB SOAP

    Rick Hearst (most recently GH's Ric), Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Bryan Craig (Morgan, GH) and Trevor St. John (ex-Victor, OLTL) have joined the cast of the teen-centric web soap YOUTHFUL DAZE, which just began its third season. Hearst will debut in early 2015 in what the show describes as a "heavily recurring, mysterious role".

    In January, Stause will first be seen as Zoey, "a spunky and vivacious woman who will come to town with a huge secret." Craig and St. John will both make their bows next month. The series is online at www.YouthfulDaze.com and co-stars Jen Lilley (DAYS's Theresa) and Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston, OLTL).

    Is a Romance Brewing on Dancing with the Stars?

    Hola! It's Latin Night on Dancing with the Stars, and we've got plenty of steamy routines ahead of us. But, is one of the couples getting hot and heavy outside of the ballroom? The show sure wants us to think so. Read on to get the details.

    First, announcing two substitutions this evening: First, filling in for Len (who will be back next week) is guest judge Pitbull; and, in Erin Andrews' absence while she's off covering the World Series, former contestant Leah Remini is co-hosting with Tom Bergeron.

    First results: Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd are safe; Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy are in jeopardy; Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker are also in jeopardy.

    Jonathan and Allison (jazz)
    The dance: This is better than their routine from last week, but Jonathan still looks unsure of himself out there at the beginning. The dance gets better as it progresses though, and his lifts are pretty strong.
    What the judges say: Julianne gives Jonathan a hug for showing such improvement and range. Bruno agrees with her. Carrie Ann says it was their best dance so far and she didn't see any mistakes. And Pitbull says he enjoyed when Jonathan "took her up and flipped her around."
    Score: 32 (out of 40)

    Janel and Val (samba)
    The dance: First, do we think the "romance" between Janel and Val is genuine, or just a good story for the show to put forth? I wouldn't be surprised either way. Second, Janel is the last thing I'm focusing on in this dance, to be honest. Val is so transfixing (those hip swivels!) — and yeah, losing the shirt is a cheap trick, but hell if it doesn't work. This dance is super hot and they're probably the pair who seem most comfortable with each other. (Ahem.)
    What the judges say: Bruno loves it but cautions Janel to watch her arms. Carrie Ann thinks Janel is a great all-around performer but feels like she was "off-balance" tonight. Pitbull admits that he doesn't know anything about ballroom dancing, but he does know about passion — and he didn't feel it. (Was he watching the same routine I was?) Julianne loved the difficult choreography and content.
    Score: 33

    Tommy and Peta (foxtrot)
    The dance: Still reeling from the judges' critiques last week, Tommy and Peta headed to a sweat lodge to prepare for this routine (cue guest appearance by Cloris Leachman). Though he's certainly not the most agile player in the competition, Tommy keeps up with the steps pretty well. Plus, he just exudes glee and is a total delight to watch on the dance floor.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann notes a few mistakes, but loves the joy Tommy brings to the ballroom. Pitbull thinks it was fun. Julianne doesn't know what a sweat lodge is but enjoyed the routine. Bruno compliments Tommy's holds.Score: 28

    More results: Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke, Sadie Robertson andMark Ballas, and Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev are all safe.

    Antonio and Cheryl (salsa)
    The dance: This is probably Antonio's strongest dance to date. After much encouragement from Cheryl, looks like he finally got those gyrations down! The lifts are perfectly placed within the routine too — and their supporting dancers enhance the number rather than being a distraction.
    What the judges say: Pitbull says he wanted to join in. Julianne praises Antonio for listening to the judges' suggestions, but says he was a little too loose out there. Bruno offers Antonio some advice on his hips. And Carrie Ann says Antonio has consistently improved, but needs to relax.
    Score: 28 ("It sucks, the scoring" — Leah Remini)

    Sadie and Mark (rumba)
    The dance: Sadie is going for "sweet," not "sexy," with her rumba — and maybe as a result, she seems a little more nervous than usual, and her footwork even stutters a bit at the beginning. True to his word, Mark goes for more of a Disney Princess vibe with the choreography, as opposed to sexy vixen, but it's up to the judges whether it contains enough rumba content.
    What the judges say: Julianne says Sadie seemed a bit unsure of her footing. Bruno calls the routine "tastefully sensual." Pitbull praises Mark for bringing Sadie out of her shell. Carrie Ann says it was "gorgeous and age-appropriate."Score: 35

    Lea and Artem (salsa)
    The dance: I have to continually remind myself that Lea is a couple/few decades older than Bethany, Sadie and Janel, because she moves just as swiftly as any of her younger counterparts. She's totally right about this choreography being a bit more complicated than it needs to be, but props to her for pulling it off — and it's a huge vote of confidence that Artem lets her take center stage at one point and lead the mini-troupe in some steps.
    What the judges say: Bruno is enthused, but nitpicks about Lea's control of her shoulders. Carrie Ann, on the other hand, says she's a bit disappointed and (rightfully) snips at Artem for trying to compete with Alfonso. Pitbull loves Lea's fierceness, and Julianne says it seems like the pressure got to Lea this week — but she's still "the girl to beat."Score: 32

    Final set of results: Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson are safe;Bethany Mota and Derek Hough are safe; Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater are in jeopardy.

    Michael and Emma (tango)
    The dance: I'd be shocked if Michael lasts past tonight's elimination. There's nothing egregiously wrong with this dance, but he's just so stiff out there and, overall, at a Week 1 or 2 level and we're in Week 6. I also love this cover of Pitbull's "Give Me Everything."
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann says she "feels like she was watching a champion." (I want some of whatever Carrie Ann is drinking.) Pitbull gives Michael a thumbs up for going in for a kiss at the end. An emotional Julianne praises Michael's authenticity and Emma's choreography. Bruno calls it a "great improvement."
    Score: 30

    Bethany and Derek (tango)
    The dance: It's kind of not fair to have Michael and Emma and Derek and Bethany do back-to-back tangos. There's just no comparison between them. Derek's choreography here is typically intricate, but it's not as exciting as their routines have been in previous weeks.
    What the judges say: Pitbull says they did a good job of working through a "little slip-up." Julianne channels her inner Len and calls her brother's routine "pure tango ... everything a tango should be." Bruno agrees, but also notes Bethany's elbow slip. Carrie Ann says the slip-up cost Bethany a 10.
    Score: 36

    Witney and Alfonso (salsa)
    The dance: Poor Witney. After her emotional bruising with Michael last week, she then fell during dress rehearsal (and that replay looked painful). But she and Alfonso aren't going to let a couple of minor injuries hold them down. The footwork in this routine is kind of insane, and Alfonso still looks like he's having an absolute blast in spite of what has to be a strain on his groin injury.
    What the judges say: Julianne would have liked to see a bit more salsa and less hip-hop. Bruno quotes Miami Sound Machine and says he could have danced all night. Carrie Ann spanks Alfonso 10 times. Pitbull dances.
    Score: 39

    So, who's going home? The three couples in jeopardy — Michael/Emma, Janel/Val and Jonathan/Allison — are called down to learn their fates.

    Safe: Michael and Emma (Wow, guess those NASCAR folks really are voting!), Janel and Val

    Eliminated: Jonathan and Allison

    So, what did you think? Are sparks really flying between Janel and Val? How did Leah do as a co-host? And were you disappointed to see Jonathan and Allison go home?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Roger Howarth Joins ‘The Flash'

    Roger Howarth (General Hospital) has landed a recurring role on CW’s superhero series The Flash, based on the DC comic. The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, is an origin story about Barry Allen, aka The Flash (Grant Gustin), a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Howarth, repped by Gersh and McGowan Management, will play Mason Bridge, an award-winning reporter from the Central City Picture News. He’s assigned to shepherd new employee Iris West (Candice Patton), but their relationship becomes complicated when Bridge begins to investigate Barry’s mentor, Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh). Howarth can currently be seen in General Hospital. He also recurred on Californication.

    Tyra Banks Panel Talk Show To Launch On ABC Stations In Fall 2015

    The F.A.B. (Fun And Beautiful), a Disney-ABC syndicated lifestyle show hosted by Tyra Banks, has been cleared on the ABC-owned stations for a fall 2015 launch. The ABC stations, which represent 23% of the U.S. households, have been airing local programming and acquired shows in an hour that had been taken up by Katie Couric’s talk show for the last two seasons. Disney-ABC had been developing potential replacements under Lisa Hackner, who joined as EVP Daytime & Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Group a year ago.

    Banks, who also serves as executive producer, is joined on the show by social media buff and foodie Chrissy Teigen, fashion guru Joe Zee, interior design professional Lauren Makk, and do-it-yourself YouTuber Leah Ashley as co-hosts. Banks will moderate the panel of lifestyle experts who also will bring in celebrities, Internet influencers, experts and everyday people and tackle topics ranging from fashion and beauty to food and design to doing it yourself and even starting a business.

    This marks the first major launch for Hackner.

    “At 40, Tyra has never been more relevant than she is today and her massive and growing digital footprint exemplifies her connection with women of all ages,” she said. “Tyra has curated a fresh and authentic panel of co-hosts that is diverse in expertise, digitally connected and also share a magical chemistry.”

    The Los Angeles-based show also marks Banks’ return to national syndication following her successful daytime talker. She also continues as host and executive producer on the long-running reality series America’s Next Top Model, which she co-created.

    Meet the stars: Famed soap actors head to Jersey venues

    (app.com) The straightforward, no-nonsense attitude of the people. A home away from home. The culture. And who can forget the huge fan base?

    They're all parts of New Jersey that keep soap opera stars coming back for more.

    "I feel such a connection with East Coast people, especially people from Jersey and areas like that, because I just feel they're so much more 'what you see is what you get,' " says Vanessa Marcil, known to daytime fans as the feisty Brenda Barrett on "General Hospital."

    "I'd rather just have someone tell me exactly how you feel."

    Eleven soap star favorites — of "General Hospital," "All My Children," "One Life to Live" and more — will unite Oct. 25 and 26 at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in East Hanover, and Sutton Place in Long Beach, New York, to meet some of their biggest fans.

    It's all part of Soap Fantasy Reunion, an event organized by Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club and Coastal Entertainment Productions.

    In addition to Marcil, current and former soap stars scheduled to appear include Cameron Mathison, Tamara Braun, Bradford Anderson, Kelly Sullivan, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Scott Reeves, Alicia Minshew, Vincent Irizarry and Gina Tognoni.

    "I love New York and I love New Jersey," says Reeves, who portrayed Steve Webber on "General Hospital" and Ryan McNeil on "The Young and the Restless." "It feels kind of like a home away from home."

    Fantasy-filled weekend

    When "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" went off the air in 2011, Dino Ibelli, owner of Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, knew fans would be devastated.

    "A lot of fan base started scattering," Ibelli explains. "(I thought) 'Let's try to bring back the favorites.' We decided to give it a shot."

    Ibelli went through his roster of soap opera guests — nine of the 11 stars participating in Soap Fantasy Reunion have been to Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club before.

    "It brings me joy to see the people who would never meet these people," Ibelli says. "They get to see them off the TV and see that they're real people."

    The soap favorites discuss their excitement to meet their loyal fans.

    "New Jersey is probably my favorite place to be," says Sullivan, who lived in Hoboken. "There is such a big fan base in New York and New Jersey, and to be able to just hang out and spend some time, and be around all that support and love, I think it's very important to be a part of that."

    Their take on Jersey

    Reality shows such as "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," and "Jersey Shore" have zeroed in on the state, and arguably shown a distorted view on the area.

    "I have firsthand knowledge of the Jersey Shore," says Irizarry, who lived in Montclair for 12 years. "I can imagine if it has distorted the great majority of the people's in the country — a lot of them are not familiar with (the Shore). So, they're being given something, a false impression of what it really is."

    Irizarry is known to soap fans as Dr. David Hayward on "All My Children," Dr. Scott Clark on "Santa Barbara," Lujack on "Guiding Light" and David Chow on "Young and the Restless."

    "Montclair, I think, is one of the nicest places in New Jersey," says Irizarry, who currently lives in Calabasas, California. "It had wonderful restaurants, culture and a museum and a light opera house. I was like, 'Wow, this place is fantastic.' I really fell in love with the state."

    Irizarry has memories of visiting family in Jackson to taking trips to Long Beach Island.

    "I've watched the growth there over the years," Irizarry says. "I know that there were areas that were really depressed — and it's been great over the years to see some of them coming back."

    But what has always baffled Irizarry about the Garden State?

    "In all those years, there was never a direct express train from New York City to Atlantic City," says Irizarry, who attended the opening of the now-closed Revel Casino Hotel in 2012.

    Irizarry, 54, was even in the area the night of superstorm Sandy to perform at B.B. King's in New York City. He spent the next two days in Montclair with family, and recalls his failed attempts to find an open gas station.

    For Reeves, 48, the Jersey Shore is a beloved place to be. His wife, Melissa Reeves, who stars on "Days of Our Lives" as Jen Horton, grew up in Eatontown.

    "We love going down to Point Pleasant — we go down there often and walk around the boardwalk in the summertime," says Reeves, who lives in Nashville. "We love going around and walking around Red Bank."

    Marcil, who enjoys Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, calls herself a fanatical fan of "Jersey Shore" and "Snooki and JWoww."

    "Everybody has done all of those things, but most people just hide it or don't admit it or not talk about it," says Marcil of the cast's partying ways. "I think it's really admirable to (watch people) who have enough guts to let the world see every part of them."

    Over the last decade, Sullivan, 36, says reality television was "the big thing," but people are hooking onto fictional dramas such as "House of Cards" and "Scandal." Reality television is not art, says Sullivan, who portrayed the kooky Connie/Kate on "General Hospital" and recently joined "The Young and the Restless" as Sage.

    "They force these situations to have a beginning, middle and an end because they're finding out that you can't sit there and watch ... someone brush their teeth or fight with their sister or have a hot mess breakdown," says Sullivan, a native of Seattle, Washington.

    Marcil, 45, last appeared on "General Hospital" in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.

    "I always said, 'This is the place that put me on the map, the people that allowed me to live out my dreams,'" Marcil says. "So basically, I'll help 'GH' hide a dead body at 3 a.m. with no explanations needed."

    Even as someone addicted to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," Marcil says reality shows are not replacing soaps.

    "First of all, everything is a soap opera," Marcil says. " 'Breaking Bad' was a soap opera. Soap opera means that the story is ongoing, that's it. I think there's room for everybody, and I think the daytime shows have proven that.

    "I think the (daytime soaps) have been nothing but successful because what other show can you tell me has been on the air for 50 years? Even if all ended tomorrow, I don't see it as a genre dying. I see it as one of the biggest successes that we've ever seen in our lives."

    SOAP FANTASY REUNION

    Featuring soap stars Tamara Braun, Vanessa Marcil, Bradford Anderson, Darnell Williams, Natalia Livingston, Alicia Minshew, Kelly Sullivan, Vincent Irizarry, Scott Reeves, Gina Tognoni and Cameron Matthison

    WHEN: Oct. 25 and 26; four separate events

    WHERE:11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25: Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, 520 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; tickets are $130 and include VIP and sit-down lunch

    7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25: Sutton Place, 124 W. Park Ave., Long Beach; tickets are $283 and include three-course sit-down dinner, autographs and photo opportunities

    10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (platinum), 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. (show) Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover, tickets are $206 for platinum which includes meet and greet, $88 for show only

    3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26: FairBridge Hotel Conference Center, 130 Route 10, East Hanover; All Star Music Jam, tickets are $105

    FOR MORE INFO: 732-899-3900 or www.eventbrite.com.

    Oprah: Where Are They Now?

    (First Aired: Oct. 26, 2014) - OWN - The cast of ``A Different World'' reunites; updates from ``General Hospital'' actress Finola Hughes and Kiss' Paul Stanley.

    Talk Show Appearance

    The Chew - ABC

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 – “THRIFTY THURSDAY”– Jason Thompson (ABC’s “General Hospital”)

    New Project For GH Stars!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin) would like to invite you to a special Hollywood reading of the script of a new television pilot, featuring a plethora of familiar Port Charles faces!

    Written by McCullough and produced by Christopher, Hey Day is a satirical look at the debaucherous on- and off-screen world of the daytime drama DOCTORS OF ROMANCE. And not only was the premise inspired by GH, but the actors roped in some current and former castmates to participate in the reading, including Lexi Ainsworth (ex-Kristina), Finola Hughes (Anna), Linda Elena Tovar (Rosalie), Ian Buchanan (Duke) and Ronnie Marmo (ex-Ronnie). ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Bree Williamson (Jessica) is also joining in on the fun as are special guests Nicolas Bechtel (Spencer, GH) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, GH).

    The reading is being held on Thursday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Theater 68 in the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, CA, and it will include a 30-minute Q&A after the reading with the cast. There are only a limited number of tickets available to the public, and you can purchase them and get more information about the event by clicking here!

    Jonathan Jackson has heard the same 'Nashville' baby daddy theories as you

    Now that the cat is out of the bag things are not any less intense when it comes to the baby daddy drama on "Nashville." Show star Jonathan Jackson tells Zap2it, "It's going to be a really difficult and intense thing for Avery."

    Surprisingly, Jackson says he wasn't bombarded on the streets of Nashville hearing crazy baby daddy theories all summer like how it could miraculously be Deacon's or Charlie Wentworth's. Jackson says, "Most people have been pretty tuned in to it either being Jeff Fordham's or Avery's. That's most of the comments I've been getting walking around the street, nothing crazy."

    Jackson also reveals working closely with a very pregnant Hayden Panettiere has been motivating for the actor saying, "She has very good work ethic. It's been inspiring to see her show up to work and give it everything she's got while she's carrying that new life. Things are a little more exhausting, but she's still rocking it."

    Fans can look forward to fatherhood affecting Avery musically in the show's third season. "I think whatever the musical direction is for him, it's going to reflect more of the maturity he's come into as opposed to where he was when the show first started. It will still keep that Americana rock-n-roll vibe," Jackson says.

    Speaking of music, fans looking for more from the actor will be happy to know Jackson has just released an album with his band Enation called "Radio Cinematic." Jackson says he really "speaks the same language" as drummer and brother Richard Lee Jackson and bandmate Daniel Sweatt and describes Enation as a "tight knit group."

    The actor reveals there is even a different version of quite possibly one of the greatest "Nashville" songs ever, "Morning of the Rain" written by Jackson on the record as well. This guarantees the album will be a major treat for the fans. The band plans to tour in support of the release in the upcoming spring and summer months and has been playing select cities when they can fit them in during the actor's "Nashville" filming schedule.

    WIN A ROLE ON GH

    GENERAL HOSPITAL is offering one lucky winner a nonspeaking, walk-on role to benefit GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. For all the details, visit https://www.charitybuzz.com (Ends October 23).

    Dancing with the Stars: Who Got Jealous in Switch-Up Week?

    No one did a swing dance on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, but that didn't stop the show itself from going all swinger mode on us, with each pair switching partners for the week. But not to worry: no one's going home this week, so the new couplings won't have an immediate impact.

    Filling in for Len this week is Jessie J, who opens the show with an enthusiastic performance of her hit "Bang Bang" (alas, Nicki Minaj andAriana Grande are not present). Spoiler alert: She does a fine job and is completely endearing, but is anyone else missing Len as much as I am? This is turning into Dancing with the Guest Judges. Oh well.

    With this being switch-up week, we first get introduced to the new pairs — some of which look about as comfortable with each other as if Tom Bergeron and Carrie Ann Inaba were heading out together. Also, anyone who thinks these pairings were 100 percent determined by viewer votes is kidding themselves.!

    To the performances!

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker (Bollywood)
    The dance: Well, this is new. Antonio channels his inner Aladdin for this ... um, interesting number. I like Antonio's levitation at the end, but I just think this whole routine is a misfire — especially for the first dance of the night. Footwork aside, it's distracting and a little too cartoonish.
    What the judges say: Julianne comments on the "disconnect" between Allison and Antonio. Bruno enjoyed the "campness" but says their timing wasn't synchronized enough. Carrie Ann praises Antonio for loosening up a bit, and Jessie J loves his facial expressions.
    Score: 28 (out of 40)

    Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas (hip-hop)
    The dance: Bethany definitely seems less comfortable with Mark than she does with Derek, but individually they're both owning it. Confidence and rhythm are in no short supply here, and it's clear that modern hip-hop is where each of them feels most comfortable.
    What the judges say: Bruno loved the restaurant skit and praises Bethany's confidence, comparing her to "Get Into the Groove"-era Madonna. Carrie Ann loves Bethany's "swag" but says her sneakers inhibited her. Jessie J says Bethany attacked the dance. Julianne compares Mark to her brother but says Bethany held her own.
    Score: 32

    Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd (jitterbug)
    The dance: This should be the perfect dance for Jonathan, whose facial expressions belong in a '50s comedy. Instead, he seems a little clunky out there with Peta I wish the bounce in his feet would match the buoyancy in his face. It's a really fun number, but not the best technically speaking.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann notes the "moments of brilliance," but says a lot of it was just "wrong." Jessie J said the dance made her feel nervous and uncomfortable. ("Welcome to my life," Jonathan responds. HA.) Julianne agrees and says the dance was too fearful. Bruno gets cut off. Of note: Jonathan's face during Carrie Ann's critique. See below.
    Score: 24

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke (flamenco)
    The dance: Coming off of The Carlton last week, this is a nice dance to show Alfonso's range — that he can be serious (and kind of hot?) in addition to being the class clown. I almost feel like he and Cheryl have better chemistry than she has with Antonio, and this is definitely the best dance we've seen thus far tonight.
    What the judges say: Jessie J observes a real connection between Alfonso and Cheryl and says she wanted the dance to keep going. "The first partnership that I believed tonight," Julianne says testily. Both she and Bruno make small notes on Alfonso's posture. Carrie Ann gets cut off.
    Score: 34

    Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev (burlesque)
    The dance: I don't envy the judges, having to score Janel's burlesque dance (more of a gymnastics routine, really) alongside something like Alfonso's flamenco. She's certainly limber! A random thought: What would happen if Michael Waltrip was assigned burlesque? Trick question. It would never happen.
    What the judges say: Julianne says it was "sexy" but too raunchy to be burlesque. Bruno says nothing is too sexy for him and says Janel was a nice Viagra stand-in for much of the country tonight. (Gross.) Carrie Ann is impressed by the trust Janel showed in Artem, but agrees with Julianne. Jessie J is uncomfortable because she wrote the song they danced to about her mom.
    Score: 33

    Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson (disco)
    The dance: Michael makes a pretty convincing case for his flexibility in rehearsals, but bless his heart, when push comes to shove on the dance floor, he just can't loosen up to save his life. This "Car Wash" is definitely stuck in reverse. Michael's "Disco Dad" shtick is cute, but he's definitely the weak link in the competition at this point.
    What the judges say: Bruno says the routine lacked polish and Michael's timing was off throughout — but it was "funny." Carrie Ann is a little kinder, complimenting the entertainment value, but wants to do more than giggle in Week 5. Jessie J has a future career in diplomacy as she notes the dance's consistency. Julianne says Michael is uncomfortable to watch.
    Score: 20

    Tommy Chong and Emma Slater (mambo)
    The dance: The preamble about Tommy's memory was definitely on my mind during this dance, and maybe that's why it seemed to me like he was experiencing every step for the first time. Still, he somehow manages to look more relaxed and suave than (ahem) Michael — and moves pretty well for a 76-year-old, let's not forget.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann says the song choice ("Pass the Dutchie") was lackluster, but Jessie J loves Tommy's comfort and flexibility. Julianne says Tommy looked a little tired and wants to see a little more from him. Bruno gives tepid praise, saying Tommy hit a few bumps but got to the end. Rebuttals: Before the scores are read, Erin Andrews notes that the dancers don't pick the music, and Tommy says flatly: "I look tired because I'm old." Fair enough!
    Score: 23

    Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough (Charleston)
    The dance: Regardless of how long she stays in the competition, I'm not sure Sadie will be able to top her duck dance with Mark last week — and I feel like Derek may have overshot a little with this choreography. It's fine, and Sadie does a fine job keeping up with those rapid-fire steps. But kind of unremarkable — and Derek, rather than Sadie, seems to be the main focal point.
    What the judges say: Jessie J says it was clean and on point and she wouldn't have been able to tell which one was the pro. Julianne gushes over her brother's dance, but critiques some of Sadie's early timing. Bruno, on the other hand, says Sadie's footwork was spot on. Carrie Ann says Sadie is great with Derek but rushes a bit when she's on her own.
    Score: 36

    Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy (Broadway)
    The dance: Val's whole "let's make Janel jealous" idea is mostly just puzzling to me, but overall I like this dance, even if the nursing home aesthetic seems a little out of left field. I still maintain that Lea's legs need their own Twitter account, and she's just as comfortable with Val as she is with Artem.
    What the judges say: Julianne says it was a fun skit, but Lea looked a little unsure at times. Bruno calls it "a treat." Carrie Ann (like me) was confused by the concept but loved it in all its "wack-a-doodle"ness. And Jessie J says that Lea's embodiment of the character was the best of the night.
    Score: 34

    Actress, Macon native Natalia Livingston ready for the role of her life

    (macon.com) She still gets recognized. People stop her on the sidewalk or at the market. They are convinced they know her face. Or the sound of her voice.

    “You look familiar,” they say.

    Many times, Natalia Livingston does not immediately tell them that she is who they think she is.

    Actress. Soap opera star. Winner of a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2005. Cover girl for Good Housekeeping magazine. Pride of Macon, Georgia.

    It was what she dreamed about as a little girl -- a star on her dressing room door.

    Still, she has never let celebrity define her. And she does not assume they remember her from the soaps.

    “I don’t always know where they saw me,” she said. “Maybe it was at church or something.”

    Most of the time, though, they recall her character, Emily Quartermaine, from ABC’s “General Hospital,” the longest-running soap opera in current production. She appeared in 1,069 episodes. She was on 51 episodes of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives.”

    She was recognized last week, while having lunch at Steel restaurant in midtown Atlanta. Steel is accustomed to having celebrities. The night before, former Atlanta Hawks basketball player Dikembe Mutombo -- kind of hard to miss at 7-foot-2 -- dined there.

    The waitress gave Natalia (pronounced Nah-tahl-yah) a sideways glance and whispered in a friend’s ear. Wasn’t she on the “General Hospital” soap? The waitress left with a photograph, an autograph and a big smile.

    Natalia has remarkable staying power for someone whose character was killed off seven years ago. She was strangled, and the murder remains a mystery.

    She laughs about it. It happens all the time on the soaps. Death isn’t always the final curtain call. The show keep bringing her back as a ghost. Her most recent haunt was in February.

    At 38, she is looking ahead to other challenges and opportunities. She is behind the stage, not on it. She is making things happen.

    She remembers hearing veteran actress Jessica Lange once make the claim she “didn’t want to be on display any more.”

    “I was in that world, the one where you are the product, and it’s all about you,” Natalia said. “It was a beautiful time in my life, but there are so many other beautiful things I want to experience. I want to do something outside of myself that helps others.”

    After leaving California, she traveled to Europe for three months for what she called her “eat, pray, love” experience. She studied photography in Florence, Italy, then lived in New York.

    She made eight trips to Nikolaevsk, Alaska, as a producer for National Geographic Channel. Her documentary on Russian fisherman and boat builders was called “Red Alaska.”

    She moved to Atlanta in May and opened her new business, Actor Boutique (www.actorboutique.com), six weeks ago. She offers classes in acting, auditioning, producing, image development, resume building and private coaching.

    “I feel like I’ve found a new purpose,” she said. “It’s basically everything I wish I had when I was starting out and even 10 or 15 years into the business.”

    She is poised in the right place at the right time. Last week, she and others met with Jim Jacoby of Jacoby Development and Georgia Production Partnership entertainment professionals. Jacoby is building a $1 billion dollar television and movie studio in Atlanta. It will be largest outside of Los Angeles, with the prospects of bringing 10,000 jobs to the state.

    She is as close to home as she has been in a long time. Her parents, James and Martha Livingston, live in the north Macon home where Natalia and her younger brother, Jimmy, grew up. Her friends and family still call her “Naty.”

    Her father is a longtime family physician in Byron. Her mother is a native of Mexico. Their worlds came together when he attended medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Martha Echabarria was his Spanish teacher at the local university.

    Martha failed him three times. He has always said it was because she enjoyed having him in her class. She has always said it was because he was lousy in Spanish.

    Natalia attended her high school reunion this past summer for Mount de Sales Academy, where she was homecoming queen her senior year in 1994.

    It was a chance to reflect on how much has happened in those 20 years and how she now has “turned the page to a new chapter in my life.”

    She was once a tiny dancer on stage for Macon’s annual “The Nutcracker,” where she “had almost every role but Clara.” She performed in several musicals at Macon Little Theatre.

    After graduating from Emory University with a degree in sociology, she came back to Macon and spent a year in social work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, now Medical Center, Navicent Health.

    “It was a wonderful experience, but it was something I knew I could do later in life,” she said. “I was 23 years old. If I wanted to make my dream come true, I would need to do it now.”

    She loaded that dream into her Jeep Cherokee and moved to California. Her mom rode with her and stayed a few weeks to help her get settled. She applied for a job in the garden department at a Home Depot.

    Natalia had incredible faith that one day her script would come in.

    She landscaped the yard of a man who became her manager. Because she was fluent in Spanish, she was hired for a national McDonald’s commercial that aired in Hispanic communities.

    While home for Christmas in Macon, she got a call about an audition tape for “General Hospital.” She was offered a part following a screen test.

    Her family always found it amusing that, with her medical background, she would end up on that hospital soap opera.

    There is a serious note, too.

    A month before she received her casting call for “General Hospital” in 2003, she was watching Oprah on television. A guest was talking about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

    Natalia later found a lump in her breast. Fortunately, it was benign. After that scary experience, she became involved with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in California. She participated in walks and benefits to raise money and awareness for the foundation.

    She spent three days filming scenes for episodes of “General Hospital” with members of a breast cancer support group. Instead of using actors, the show’s producers had actual cancer survivors fill the roles.

    In 2010, Martha Livingston was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She went through radiation and chemotherapy. She lost her hair. She had a mastectomy.

    Natalia is happy to report her mother is now cancer-free and has been in remission for the past two years.

    She prays that her mom “brings hope to women out there who are fighting breast cancer She is a true example of courage and hope.”

    Natalia also is very proud of her father’s medical research. For the past 14 years, James Livingston has been working on a cure for cancer. With the help of The National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, he received a patent this year.

    Natalia had hoped to take Martha to the Susan G. Komen Central Georgia Race for the Cure on Saturday at North Peach Park in Byron.

    But her mom said she’s not feeling quite up to it this time. Maybe next year. It is a walk they will make together.

    GH's Eddy Plays Lunch Lady!

    (Photo) GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonya Eddy (Epiphany) drops by the Disney Channel teencom GIRL MEETS WORLD tomorrow night. In "Girl Meets The Forgotten," when the kids are assigned a special lesson on appreciation, Riley and Maya are forced to work in the school cafeteria -- and things don't go too well while the girls are filling in for Eddy's lunch lady! (Does anyone else hear Adam Sandler singing in their head right now?) Tune in on Friday, October 10, at 8 p.m. EST.

    Video: Jonathan Jackson Rocks Nashville

    Long before Jonathan Jackson was cast as tempestuous loverboy Avery Barkley on ABC's Nashville, he was playing Lucas Lorenzo "Lucky" Spencer on the network's hit daytime soap General Hospital — a little gig that won him a massive fan following and five Emmy awards.

    Now TV Guide Magazine brings you the first look at a cool new promo, premiering Friday, Oct. 10 during GH, that reminds us where this terrific actor got his start — as if we Jacksonistas could ever forget! Check it out: Video.

    Look Who Has New Partners on Dancing with the Stars

    Here are the pairings (and dances) that were announced Thursday on Good Morning America:

    Jonathan Bennett and Peta Murgatroyd – dancing the jitterbug

    Tommy Chong and Emma Slater – the mambo

    Bethany Mota and Mark Ballas – hip-hop

    Janel Parrish and Artem Chigvintsev – burlesque

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Cheryl Burke – flamenco

    Sadie Robertson and Derek Hough – the Charleston

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Allison Holker – Bollywood

    Lea Thompson and Val Chmerkovskiy – Broadway

    Michael Waltrip and Witney Carson – disco

    The celebrities will return to their regular partners the following Monday.

    Dancing with the Stars airs Monday (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

    'Queens of Drama' Docu-Series with Vanessa Marcil, Donna Mills and Hunter Tylo Expected to Air in 2015 on POP, Formerly TVGN

    (musictimes.com) Soap opera stars have been grabbing headlines for a multitude of reasons lately. First there was the firing of Michael Muhney from CBS's The Young and the Restless because of sexual harassment allegations, and then we learned that two popular soap stars were headed to reality television. Eileen Davidson and Lisa Rinna are currently filming scenes for The Real Housewives of Orange County, which is scheduled to air on Bravo early next year. It was only a matter of time before a reality series comprised of daytime stars would hit the air, and we have just learned that a new project has been given the green light: Queens of Drama on POP, formerly TVGN.

    Queens of Drama is a new docu-series which follows a group of former daytime and primetime soap stars as they work together in an attempt to produce a new primetime, serialized drama to star in. Vanessa Marcil, Hunter Tylo, Donna Mills and Lindsay Hartley and others have signed on to do the show. They will be required to work together both in front of and behind the cameras as they also develop, pitch and produce a steamy series. The goal for the ladies is to land a pilot deal by the end of Queens of Drama's season.

    The show will air on POP, a rebranded version of the TV Guide Network set to debut in 2015. Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment and media of POP, confirmed the addition of Queens of Drama to the lineup.

    He said, "We couldn't be more excited to announce our first wave of original programming that will launch POP to the world in the new year. Our slate is filled with fun, fan-driven content featuring big stars and rising talent, as well as an optimistic spirit that celebrates audience passion."

    Hobnob With The Stars!

    Spend an intimate eventing with your favorite daytime and Broadway stars at the annual Jane Elissa Extravaganza For Lukemia And Cancer Research! The event will be held at the Time Square Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Monday, November 17.

    Numerous soap stars are slated to attend, including honorary chairperson Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), Gina Tognoni (Phyllis, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), Alicia Minshew (Kendall, ALL MY CHILDREN), Sean McDermott (Hart, GUIDING LIGHT), Sonia Satra (Lucy, GL), Kevin Spirtas (ex-Craig, DAYS OF OUR LIVES) and David Andrew Macdonald (Edmund, GL).

    There will be special performances, auctions, a raffle and goodie bags. Tickets range in price from $125 to $500. For more information and ticket purchase, call Jane Elissa at 917-732-1085 or Lauri Landry at 646-732-9397.

    Stars Strike Out Child Abuse

    Jen Lilley (Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is hosting a star-studded bowling tournament to benefit Childhelp, America's largest and longest-running nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. The event will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at PINZ Bowling in Studio City, CA.

    Amongst the celebrity guests are daytime stars like Chrishell Stause (Jordan, DAYS), Kelly Sullivan (Sage, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Connie, GH), Patrika Darbo (ex-Nancy, DAYS), Ian Buchanan (Duke, GH), Finola Hughes (Anna, GH), Billy Flynn (Chad, DAYS), Judi Evans (Adrienne, DAYS), Casey Moss (JJ, DAYS), Kassie DePaiva (Eve, DAYS; Blair, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Kristian Alfonso (Hope, DAYS), Robert Scott Wilson (Ben, DAYS; Pete, ALL MY CHILDREN), Camila Banus (ex-Gabi, DAYS), True O'Brien (Paige, DAYS) and Lauren Koslow (Kate, DAYS).

    For more details about the event, order tickets or simply contribute to the cause, click here.

    "It's Just Sex" For One Of Sonny's Old Flames!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL fans will remember Dahlia Salem as Claire, the federal prosecutor who first tried to send Sonny to jail for murder only to end up (surprise, surprise!) falling for the mobster. But now, Los Angeles-area fans can see the actress dealing with some very different relationship issues in the play It's Just Sex.

    "The play is a comedy, which is always good and fun," Salem tells Soaps In Depth. "It's about six friends — all couples — who get together and something goes very askew on the night they meet up." There's no special occasion that draws the pals together. "They just haven't seen each other in a long time. They've been busy with kids and work and they all let loose when they get together while having some drinks and getting a bite."

    Salem's character and her husband appear to be a content enough pair — but are they? "We do sound like a happy couple," the actress laughs. "Lisa definitely wears the pants in their relationship, which is fun to play."

    Treading the boards again has been adventurous to say the least! "I haven't been on stage in 15 years," Salem says. "I'm really returning to my roots. Theater is where I got my training and where it all started for me. It's exhilarating and you have to be on your toes and be in the moment."

    It's Just Sex is set to run at The Secret Rose Theatre in North Hollywood through Sunday, October 12 (and may possibly be extended). For more information on the show and to order tickets visit the play's Web site.

    Dancing with the Stars Recap: Who Made Fetch Happen?

    Dancing with the Stars went from high school hallways to federal prison Monday night, with each contestant revisiting the most memorable year of his or her life.

    The show also introduces a twist — in Len's absence for the second week in a row, "America" (or at least two time zones) will act as the fourth judge. Viewers can vote within a two-minute time frame after the dances, the results of which will be shown alongside the judges' scores. (Only Eastern and Central time zone viewers' votes will be tallied.)

    The first set of results! Janel/Val and Jonathan/Allison are safe;Betsey and Tony are in jeopardy.

    And now, the performances:

    Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy (rumba)
    The dance: Janel's story about her mentor was especially touching, and clips like this always makes me wonder how people can dance after such an emotional package. Anyway, their routine is lovely but seems to me to be more contemporary than a traditional rumba. Janel's movements are perfectly fluid, and the Sam Smith rendition of "How Will I Know" is a great choice to convey her heartbreak.
    What the judges say: Julianne echoes my sentiments about the tearjerking lead-in,and compliments Janel's technique in spite of it.Bruno calls Janel an "exotic angel" and says she expresses emotions beautifully through her movements, but nitpicks that she should work on her spins. Carrie Ann says Janel's mentor B.J. would be proud.
    Score: 36 (out of 40, including "America")

    Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker (samba)
    The dance: On Mondays we dance in red. Jonathan plays to hisMean Girls fan base, and at the same time makes me cry by talking about losing both of his parents within the span of a year. The movements throughout his "Milkshake" routine are a little tentative, but it's such a crowd-pleaser that it (almost) distracts from any missteps.
    What the judges say: Bruno says Jonathan never got the samba technique down, and his timing and footwork were off. Carrie Ann agrees with Bruno, and basically says Jonathan will probably float by based on the audience vote.Score: 24

    Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani (jive)
    The dance: My favorite part of this dance is Betsey's giddiness after she nails that little freeze in the middle of the routine. She looks radiant tonight, and I totally agree with Tom that she's actually reverse-aging, Benjamin Button style. She's buoyant and bouncy throughout the routine, and doesn't look a day over 20 with those steps.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann is delighted and says Betsey "nailed every single step of that dance." Julianne gushes over Betsey's personality, if not her dancing. Naysayer Bruno says she went wrong towards the end.
    Score: 29

    More results: Bethany/Derek are safe; Antonio/Cheryl are safe;Michael/Emma are in jeopardy; Lea/Artem are safe.

    Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (rumba)
    The dance: Accompanied by a live performance from Colbie Caillat, Bethany falters a bit at the beginning of the dance while trying to keep pace with Derek, but then recovers swiftly. The routine is a little boring — to my eyes, it seems like they strove for an emotional peak and didn't quite hit it, and I would have liked to see a little more dancing and less schmaltz.
    What the judges say: Julianne cries but says there wasn't enough rumba content, and Bruno also compliments the message but says Bethany's hips were a little lacking. Carrie Ann says Bethany does better when she's focused on the story as opposed to the steps.
    Score: 33

    Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (quickstep)
    The dance: Michael's story about his friend Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is definitely touching, but the harsh truth is that he's the least improved dancer since the first week of the competition. His attitude is great, but that will only carry you so far when you look like a fish out of water on the dance floor.
    What the judges say: Bruno appreciates Michael's effort but says the quickstep was completely wrong. Carrie Ann agrees that it started strong and petered out at the end, and Julianne agrees, comparing Michael's frame to someone in a deodorant commercial.
    Score: 25

    Lea Thompson and Artem Chignitsev (contemporary)
    The dance: Lea's previous dance experience really shows in this number, but something about it (which I can't put my finger on) just feels off to me. It's graceful, moving and technically sound, but it seems like the emotions are more than the sum of the steps themselves. Regardless, it's definitely heartbreaking to see Lea break down at the end.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann says she'll remember the dance for the rest of her life and compares Lea to an angel. Julianne calls it "flawless," and Bruno agrees.
    Score: 39 ("Ew, America" — Erin Andrews)

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke (samba)
    The dance: I can't complain about Antonio revisiting his appearance in Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" video (even though it's set to an atrocious bad-karaoke version of the song), but Cheryl is the real star of this routine. Antonio's face and body are so nice to look at that it doesn't really matter what he's doing with them, and that's working to his distinct advantage at this point.
    What the judges say: Julianne tells Antonio he needs to work on filling the space around him. Bruno points out a couple of missteps and says he feels like he was watching an audition tape for Magic Mike 2.5. Carrie Ann liked the hottt opening, but that's about it.
    Score: 29

    Last set of results: Alfonso/Witney are safe; Sadie/Mark are safe;Tommy/Peta are in jeopardy.

    Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (jive)
    The dance: Tommy was so psyched about his "Jailhouse Jive" when we chatted last week that this is the routine I've most been looking forward to tonight. He's a little clumsy, and it's obvious that Peta is really pulling most of the weight here, but Tommy's so exuberant and joyful that I hope he sticks around for at least one more week.
    What the judges say: Bruno loves Tommy's "vibe" and "spirit," even though there were a couple of missteps. Carrie Ann praises his "naturalness" and says the enjoyment of watching him outweighs any technical flaws. Julianne says it wasn't their best.
    Score: 28

    Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (samba)
    The dance: This is my favorite routine of the night. Sadie seems like she's really coming into her own in this competition, and looks so much more comfortable out there as compared to Week 1 that it's unreal. The Duck Dynasty-themed routine (with plenty of Robertson family cameos) is a cute and clever take on the evening's theme — and, to be brutally honest, it's refreshing to see a pair take an unpleasant event and spin it into something fun amid all the sob stories we've seen tonight.
    What the judges say: "By far, the best samba of the night," Carrie Ann gushes. Julianne says it's the perfect blend of technique and content. Bruno compares Sadie to Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
    Score: 37

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (jazz)
    The dance: Carlton is in da house! And so is his dance. Alfonso says his No. 1 goal this week is to please the fans, and he certainly succeeds. This is a delight, and he's a complete natural on the floor. Also props to Witney tonight for incorporating the Carlton into some great jazz choreography, knowing it wouldn't be the focus of the routine.
    What the judges say: Julianne says the Carlton payoff was totally worth the wait. Bruno says Alfonso would fit in on Broadway, and Carrie Ann breathes a sigh of relief that she finally saw the Carlton in full force.
    Score: 40

    So, who's getting sent home — Betsey, Tommy or Michael? The final results:

    Safe: Tommy and Peta, Michael and Emma

    Eliminated: Betsey and Tony

    What did you think? Did Alfonso deserve his perfect score? Did you love seeing the Fresh Prince and Mean Girls shoutouts? Were you disappointed that Betsey got sent home?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Maurice Benard on Huffpost

    Maurice Benard (Sonny, GH/ex-Nico, AMC) And Harpo Producers on Huffpost: Video.

    WILLIAM DEVRY'S CEDAR COVE FINALE

    Don't miss GH star William deVry (Julian, GH/ex-Storm, B&B/ex-Michael, AMC) on the season finale of CEDAR COVE on the Hallmark Channel, airing on Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

    ‘Outside Mullingar’ at the George Street Playhouse

    (app.com) (Photo) The impact of an Irish story often depends on both what it says and how it sounds.

    And actor John Bolger (ex-Alton, AW/ex-Gabe, AW/ex-Phillip, GL/Mayor Floyd, GH) says that’s why the sound — language and accents — gets so much attention in the George Street Playhouse production of John Patrick Shanley’s play “Outside Mullingar.”

    This play, which opens on Oct. 7, had a limited Broadway run earlier this year and was nominated for a Tony Award as best play.

    The story is set in contemporary times in Killucan in the Midlands of Ireland.

    Tony Reilly, anticipating his death, says he will not leave the family farm to his bachelor son, Anthony (played by John Bolger), who has worked the land for decades, but instead will sell it to a cousin who plans to return from the United States.

    This plan is challenged not only by Anthony, but also by the recently widowed owner of the neighboring farm, and her unmarried daughter.

    In the exchanges among these characters, old grudges, property disputes, and suppressed passions surface and come to a boil.

    The cast also includes David Schramm as Tony; Patricia Conolly as the widowed Aoife Muldoon; and Ellen McLaughlin as her daughter, Rosemary.

    Shanley, who wrote the film “Moonstruck” and the play and film “Doubt,” wrote this play after visiting the homeland of his parents — Midlands, so named, Bolger explained, because “it’s dead center in the middle of the country.”

    The actors are being trained to speak like Midlanders by dialect coach Stephen Gabis who worked on the Broadway production.

    “His ear is incredibly attuned to sounds and to that part of the country,” Bolger said, “so it’s been a wonderful re-education about how important sound is to storytelling.”

    Some critics have commented that the situation in “Outside Mullingar” — two families living next door to each other for decades with almost no personal contact — would not be credible if it were placed in other milieus, but it is well suited to Killucan.

    “In rural places like that,” Bolger said, “time is different than it is in the rest of the world, perceived very differently by the people who live there. The rhythms are different.

    “These are people who literally lived next door all their lives, but there are a lot of family secrets, and a lot of reasons that people keep quiet, and that keeps people apart. Secrets and grudges can go on for decades.”

    It may sound grim, but the dialogue in Shanley’s story has light spots along with the dark ones, often a characteristic of Irish prose and song.

    “I think that when people suffer greatly, part of what gets them through is their humor,” Bolger said. “There’s a gallows humor about surviving — surviving the famine and surviving occupation, surviving poverty and hunger and death and disease. Some of the funniest people have gone through the toughest times, and I think that’s very much true in this case.”

    In this drama, Bolger is making his fourth appearance at George Street.

    He has a 30-year track record as an actor, most of it in television and on the stage.

    He attended Bucknell University on a football scholarship and dabbled in theater, building scenery and working on stage crews.

    Bolger studied at Circle in the Square for a year, in 1984, before launching a career that began on the soap opera “As the World Turns.”

    “I had under five lines,” Bolger said. “I played a parachute instructor. I taught Marisa Tomei how to jump out of a plane.”

    His first substantial role was in the movie “Parting Glances.”

    Bolger was a founding member of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company, a repertory company that mounted plays in New York for about 10 years, including a production of “Wilder, Wilder, Wilder” that was nominated for a Tony as best play.

    Outside Mullingar By John Patrick Shanley

    WHEN: Performances Oct. 7 to Nov. 2

    WHERE: George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick

    TICKETS/INFORMATION: 732-246-7717; georgestreetplayhouse.org

    Baby On Board!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) and his wife, Brienne, have a second child on the way! "Thank you all for the great baby wishes!" the actor tweeted. "Coming in May." The couple are already parents to son Greysun James, who celebrates his 5th birthday tomorrow, October 3. Congratulations!

    Benard On OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

    Take a minute right now and be sure you set your DVRs for this Sunday, October 5 (airing at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST), because GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is one of the celebrities featured on the new episode of OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Along with his family, Benard will appear on the popular Oprah Winfrey Network series as a follow-up to his 2004 interview with the queen of all media herself, discussing his daily struggle with bipolar disorder.

    HUGO NAPIER RETURNS TO GH

    (Photo) GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tracy already has her hands full with Fluke, but as we broke last night on Twitter, ABC has confirmed that Hugo Napier is going to be returning to Port Charles as her ex-husband (and Ned's pop), Lord Larry Ashton!Back in the day, the cad proved he was no prince (heck, he wasn't even really a lord!), and his and Tracy's relationship was anything but a fairytale. At this time, there's no information on when Napier will first air, or how long his stint will be, but we'll let you know as soon as we find out!

    How will the fake royal's return impact Ned and Tracy's lives this time? What do you think brings him back to town?

    Grahn's New Show!

    (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) fans — She's got something cookin' that should tickle your funny bones! "We are bringing the funny into daytime TV," she announced to her followers on Twitter. "My new abc.com digital series is called GENERAL HOSPITAL NOW. It's SNL-ish mixed with SOAP. Coming soon in digital near you."

    If you've ever attended one of Grahn's fan gatherings, you'll know one of her co-writers, funny man Kaore Bonell, who frequently entertains the crowds. And there are others involved, too. "Hate to name drop but my new ABC sponsored show includes [CHELSEA LATELY's] Sarah Colonna and CONAN O'BRIEN's Jimmy Pardo," Grahn revealed.

    As far as other surprises, Grahn tweeted a photo of herself with apparent guest Justin Chambers from GREY'S ANATOMY and noted that her show had wrapped shooting and was in post-production!

    Grahn's daughter, Kate, threw in her two cents to promote the project. "[Please] watch my Mom's new show on abc.com in October," she tweeted. "Maybe then she'll sign my lunch program card so I can eat." Yep, she's got Mom's sense of humor!

    We'll let you know exactly where and when you can catch Grahn's new Web series as soon as the information is announced!

    Sam Hall, Soap Opera Writer for 'Dark Shadows' and 'One Life to Live,' Dies at 93

    (hollywoodreporter.com) Sam Hall, who wrote for such soap operas as Dark Shadows, Once Life to Live and Santa Barbara, died Friday after a short bout with pneumonia in Rhinebeck, N.Y., his son, Matt, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93.

    Hall, a five-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee and Peabody Award winner, was married for 33 years to the late Grayson Hall, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for playing Judith Fellowes in John Huston’s The Night of the Iguana (1964).

    She also portrayed parapsychologist Julia Hoffman, who futilely attempted to cure Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) of his vampire tendencies, on Dark Shadows and appeared on One Life to Live as well. She died in 1985.

    Sam Hall joined the ABC gothic soap Dark Shadows in 1967 and penned more than 300 episodes, often collaborating with writer Gordon Russell.

    He co-wrote the screenplays for the features House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows, filmed during production of the TV show, and worked on a short-lived Dark Shadows primetime revival for NBC in 1991.

    “We stole things right and left from all the horror classics, including the werewolf, which worked for a while, and a lot of the great American short story writer, [H.P.] Lovecraft,” Hall recalled in an interview for a Dark Shadows DVD feature. “I only wish that Stephen King had been [known] then, because he could have kept the show going for a hundred years.”

    After the original Dark Shadows was canceled in 1971, Hall segued to ABC’s One Life to Live, taking over as a head writer from series creator Agnes Nixon. Hall initiated a memorable arc in the early 1980s in which an emotional Karen Wolek (Judith Light in an Emmy-winning turn) admitted under cross-examination on the witness stand that she was working for the murdered man, Marco Dane (Gerald Anthony), as a prostitute. He also introduced the archvillain Dorian character (most famously played by Robin Strasser) as well as the Buchanan family.

    Recalling the Karen Wolek plotline, Hall said in a 2005 interview with Hudson Valley Magazine that “the woman in charge of the show was very open-minded, and she allowed us to do some very risque things. At one point, I lifted the entire plot of Belle de Jour. One day a woman came up to me and told me my work was gritty. I never thought I’d be gritty.”

    In January, Hall sued ABC, claiming he had not been paid the weekly royalties he was owed for the showing of Prospect Park’s online reboot of One Life to Live. His original agreement did not spell out whether “broadcast” was restricted to network television.

    Hall joined NBC’s Santa Barbara in 1984 and wrote dozens of installments from 1989-90. Around this time, he also worked for General Hospital before retiring from television in the 1990s.

    A native of Carrollton, Ohio, Hall attended Dartmouth and served during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge. Early in his career, he wrote for such anthology series as Studio One in Hollywood and Playhouse 90 and an early TV soap, CBS’ The Brighter Day. Later, he worked on the 13-part 1976 PBS miniseries The Adams Chronicles.

    His son Matt, an author and associate vp/editorial for the medical advertising agency Hobart Forte, wrote for One Life to Live and on the return of Dark Shadows in 1991.

    Hall’s survivors also include his daughter-in-law Cecilia and grandsons Caleb and Jed.

    Dancing with the Stars: Who Got the Season's First Perfect Score?

    First things first: Last week, several people took issue (to put it mildly) with my noting that Sadie Robertson has "resting bitchface." To clarify: I don't think Sadie Robertson is a bitch. I know nothing about Sadie Robertson, other than the fact that her family hunts ducks and her grandfather is kind of a wacko, and frankly I have no opinion about her whatsoever. For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase "resting bitchface," it is used to describe someone who has a less-than-sunny natural disposition. (I myself suffer from RBF.) It's been my observation that every time the camera cuts to Sadie - even when everyone else in the balcony is hooting and hollering for their fellow contestants - she looks absolutely miserable. Case in point:

    With this being a reality show where one's tenure is dependent upon viewer votes, I don't think it's doing her any favors. So, that was my only reason for noting it. (And, for what it's worth, she's looking a lot happier to be there tonight.)

    Now, back to our regularly scheduled recap!

    It's Movie Night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, with tuxedo-clad guest judge Kevin Hart filling in for Len Goodman (and dueting at one point with Josh Gad). "We are all set for a fun night," Tom says unconvincingly, before immediately noting that Randy and Karina are in jeopardy. Awkward. The performances:

    Randy and Karina (paso doble)
    Movie: Rocky
    The dance: Ooh, I'm immediately into the boxing ring set. This is off to a good start. But Randy still looks a little stiff and it definitelyseems like Karina is doing most of the work here. He also seems to be just a quarter step behind the music. However, bonus points for his somersault at the end.
    What the judges say: Julianne says Randy's relying too much on Karina and his timing is off. Bruno agrees. Carrie Ann thanks Randy for putting added intensity into the performance, but cautions him to not do it at the expense of finesse. "I don't know what they're talking about," admits Kevin. At least he's honest — and the way he screams his scores cracks me up.
    Score: 26 (out of 40)

    Tom reveals that Alfonso/Witney and Betsey/Tony are safe.

    Alfonso and Witney (quickstep)
    Movie: Austin Powers: Goldmember
    The dance: I'm on the fence about Alfonso incorporating his son into the routine. The little guy is adorable (those two missing front teeth!), but this is a shameless play for votes if I ever saw one. And it's not necessary! Alfonso is great, matching Witney step for step as they glide around the floor. He says he's out to prove that he's not only about "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," and this dance gets the job done.
    What the judges say: Bruno is delighted, but cautions Alfonso to watch his frame. Carrie Ann is also "so impressed." Kevin says he "murdered" the dance, but notes: "You don't put a black man in a velvet suit and tell him to dance." Julianne keeps her bad cop hat on and offers advice on Alfonso's holds.
    Score: 32

    Betsey and Tony (contemporary)
    Movie: Ghost
    The dance: OMG, it's hologram Tony. This dance is gorgeous and elegant, and I'm actually stunned and a little upset that Julianne only gives it a 6. It may look like Tony's doing most of the work, but there's a level of balance on Betsey's part that shouldn't be scoffed at. She stumbles a couple of times but, you know what? She's got 40+ years on me and I couldn't do any of those moves, so good on her.
    What the judges say: "No one can bend it like Betsey," Bruno notes. Carrie Ann says Betsey does the lifts as well as a pro, but needs to point her toes more. Kevin says he has the hots for Betsey, who "dropped it like it was hot" and looked like a 21-year-old. Julianne has a girlcrush on Betsey but agrees with Carrie Ann about the toe-pointing.Score: 29

    More results: Michael and Emma are safe; Sadie and Mark are safe; Antonio and Cheryl are in jeopardy; Lea and Artem are safe.

    Lea and Artem (cha cha)
    Movie: Back to the Future (duh)
    The dance: It's the moment we've all been waiting for: Back to the Cha-Cha! The little skit at the beginning is cute, but it's just a warm-up for the main attraction — which is totally fun, if not 100 percent technically flawless. Lea looks a little tentative and messes up a couple of times, but her legs deserve their own round of applause.
    What the judges say: Kevin appreciates that they look happy during the dance. Julianne notes an obvious hand error by Lea, and Bruno references "The power of Lea." Carrie Ann says it wasn't their best and thinks Lea looked uncertain and "on the verge of losing it" the whole dance.
    Score: 31

    Michael and Emma (waltz)
    Movie: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    The dance: Anyone else get the impression that Michael is driving Emma a little nuts in rehearsals? Haha. Ooh! I'm totally enchanted by the Sherwood Forest set. Michael's still far from a frontrunner, but this is probably his best dance to date. Very much "dad who took three months of ballroom dancing lessons to dance with his daughter at her wedding," in a charming way.
    What the judges say: Julianne calls Michael over to tell him how proud and impressed she is. Bruno also compliments their improvement, and Carrie Ann says she was completely "mesmerized," even though "there's a lot to work on." Kevin praises Michael's hard work.
    Score: 28

    Antonio and Cheryl (foxtrot)
    Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
    The dance: Sorry Kevin, but Antonio takes the "Best Dressed in a Tuxedo" award of the night. Yowza. It's kind of adorable how much fun he's having with this. It will be a real shame if he and Cheryl go home tonight after doing what's probably their best dance to date.
    What the judges say: Bruno coaches Antonio on his turns. Carrie Ann says he's not a natural dancer and to work on his breathing. Kevin joins the audience in booing Carrie Ann and says he doesn't have anything to note on the foxtrot, but notes that Antonio is "killin' the tux." Julianne gets cut off.
    Score: 29

    Sadie and Mark (Viennese waltz)
    Movie: Up
    The dance: Wow, the set designers are bringing their A-game tonight. I'm marveling at how Sadie can do any dance in those shoes, let alone a waltz, but she manages to look even lighter on her feet and — dare I say — even more graceful than Mark. Her dress/jewelry combo is gorgeous too. The balloon lift at the end makes me (and Sadie's dad Willie, judging by a reaction shot) nervous, but is also a nice touch.
    What the judges say: This is Carrie Ann's favorite dance of the night. Kevin calls it "seamless." Julianne offers Sadie some pointers on her arms, and Bruno says he's "totally and utterly charmed."

    Final set of results: Janel/Val, Bethany/Derek, Tommy/Peta are all safe; Jonathan and Allison are in jeopardy.

    Jonathan and Allison (tango)
    Movie: The Great Gatsby
    The dance: This dance seems pretty good, but to be honest I can't really tell because the spinning camera angles leave me feeling like I'm on a motion ride at Disney World. I guess it's an innovative way to focus on the footwork, but it just makes me dizzy. Jonathan isn't the smoothest/most graceful dancer, but he does a more than decent jobs with the steps.
    What the judges say: Kevin loves it, especially accompanied with the pared-down Amy Winehouse cover. Julianne also appreciates the break from tradition with the song, but offers a few pointers on Jonathan's frame. Bruno compliments the dance's content. Carrie Ann says it's a marked improvement from last week.
    Score: 32

    Janel and Val (jazz)
    Movie: West Side Story
    The dance: Apparently these guys had two days to learn the dance after their initial planned routine got scrapped by producers. You can't tell. This is a great dance, due mostly to the fact that Janel is such a natural and they have wonderful chemistry together. I love Val's toreador move — and I'm totally okay with the homage to his washboard abs too.
    What the judges say: Julianne feels like she was watching a full Broadway show. Bruno calls it a "star-making turn" for Janel. Carrie Ann blurts out that Janel "gives good everything" (including sex). Kevin loves it as well.
    Score: 40

    Tommy and Peta (tango)
    Movie: Scent of a Woman
    The dance: I have to be honest — at first I wondered if the smoke on the ground was planned or if a spliff had fallen out of Tommy's pants at the start of this number. Kidding aside, this routine showcases his finesse and sensuality. There's a little bit of a grandpa-at-a-wedding vibe going on, but I'm especially impressed with Tommy's flexibility, for lack of a better word, as he gets on the ground at the end of the song.
    What the judges say: Bruno praises the pair's storytelling. Carrie Ann compares Tommy to Yoda — but it's a compliment. Kevin admires Tommy for staying poised even after following Janel. Julianne overpraises Tommy as "flawless."
    Score: 34

    Bethany and Derek (jazz)
    Movie: Singin' in the Rain
    The dance: Derek's been talking up Bethany's ankle injury all week, and it's wrapped in a brace tonight, so let's see how she holds up. The dance gets a big boost from the percussion in this version of the song, as well as the fake rain, but even on its own it's classic and graceful. (And that's no surprise — as we see on a video, Derek's been practicing this since he was 4 years old!)
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann thinks it was "insanely good," and Kevin loves the respect shown for Gene Kelly's original. Julianne sympathizes with Bethany for putting up with her brother's "wrath" and says Bethany "became a woman" with the routine. Hmm. Bruno gets cut off.
    Score: 40

    There's no results show this week, so the show squeezes an elimination into the last three minutes. Once again, the couples in jeopardy are Randy and Karina, Antonio and Cheryl, and Jonathan and Allison.

    Safe: Antonio and Cheryl, Jonathan and Allison

    Eliminated: Randy and Karina

    Jonathan looks completely floored that he's still in the competition, while Randy and Karina graciously say their goodbyes. And there's another week in the books!

    What did you think of tonight's episode? Did Derek and Bethany and Janel and Val deserve their perfect scores? Were you shocked that Randy and Karina went home? And now that we're three weeks in, who are you rooting for?

    Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

    Is Victor Really Dead?

    We saw Obrecht shoot Victor dead at nearly point-blank range. We saw him fall to the floor, only to later regain consciousness long enough to discuss their relationship and -- lest we forget -- detonate the explosives that destroyed Crichton-Clark. What we didn't see was a body, and you know what that means!

    "Am I finished with GENERAL HOSPITAL? Well it looks like it, but you never know," chuckles the Cassadine's portrayer, Thaao Penghlis. "I've died seven times now in daytime and come back for some reason... I don't know why I have to die every time. Some people disappear when they go upstairs. My exits are violent."

    He Used His Imagination

    Penghlis, a world traveler who enjoys nothing more than a good adventure, says the experience of slipping back into Victor's designer shoes more than 30 years later was a great opportunity to use his imagination. What had happened to him during all that time in prison? How had he changed?

    "I wore the glasses and I gave him a much more arrogant feel than I did [my DAYS OF OUR LIVES' characters Tony and Andre]," Penghlis explains. "And I thought, in many ways he's totally in control. It doesn't matter what happens in a room, he's able to handle it. Except his death, which he wasn't expecting, because he was slain by the woman he loved."

    There Are Stories Left To Tell

    While he would have liked to have more time to play out his role as the World Security Bureau chief, see where things might have gone with Helena's return, and share a few scenes with Anthony Geary (Luke), Penghlis remains grateful for the opportunity he did have to test his mettle against Kathleen Gati as Victor's enigmatic love, Dr. Obrecht.

    "Kathleen's been trained well — when she comes into a scene, Obrecht is very much a woman of many secrets and she's dangerous — but that's part of the attraction," Penghlis explains. "She's like a spy, and you never know what's up her sleeve."

    What exciting adventure is Victor's portrayer on to next? Look for a special interview in an upcoming issue of Soaps In Depth!

    GH's Sonny & Jason Reunion!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny and Jason are reuniting, and you can be there... without leaving your home! On Sunday, October 5, Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Steve Burton (ex-Jason, now Dylan, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) will be participating in a live on-line Webinar to relive their days as GH's biggest bromance. They will also take questions from the fans participating in the live on-line streaming event, so make sure you think of good ones!

    This special reunion event will be held on Sunday, October 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. PDT and reservations are $25 a seat (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the actors' favorite charities, ourbravest.org and IBPF.org). For more information and to reserve your own seat, click here to visit the WebinarsOnAir Web site.

    'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 week 2 elimination

    It is time to say goodbye to another celebrity on "Dancing With the Stars" Season 19 Tuesday (Sept. 23). The lowest judges' scores from the night before went to Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater with a 24, with four couples then tied at 28.

    Michael/Emma were the first couple revealed to be in jeopardy, then out of the four tied at 28, three were safe (Betsey/Tony, Randy/Karina and Tommy/Peta). The remaining couple who got a 28, Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess, was also in danger and then in a bit of a surprise, so were Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas, who got a 31.

    Is this the actual bottom three? The show doesn't say. I would wager Sadie and Mark were not in the bottom and the show just doesn't want the "Duck Dynasty" contingent to rest on its laurels, much like with Lea Thompson being in "jeopardy" last week. But we do not know for sure.

    But anyway, Sadie/Mark are declared safe and then we are told that Tavis/Sharna and Michael/Emma are not necessarily the bottom two, but one of the couples did have the lowest combined score -- that couple is Tavis/Sharna.

    Did the right dancer go home this week, "DWTS" fans?

    PARTY WITH GH'S LAURA WRIGHT

    (Poster) Standing Sun, the winery owned by Laura Wright (Carly, GH) and her husband, John Wright, is now home to an art gallery and a singer/song-writer music series. On September 27, the duo is hosting an all-day Harvest Blues Festival in the space. Visit www.standingsunwines.com for more info!

    John Stamos's Mother Has Died

    (Pic1, Pic2) Loretta Phillips Stamos, the mother of John Stamos, has died, the actor announced in a poignant Instagram post Tuesday. She was 75, according to Stamos.

    "The love of my life passed away yesterday in her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren," Stamos wrote alongside a childhood photograph of his beaming mother holding a curly-topped, clearly teething baby John. "My mother had enough love to fuel a small country. She was truly one of a kind and will live forever in the hearts of all who knew her."

    He continued: "A few weeks ago, I asked my mom if she remembered an inconsequential event – she simply replied, 'I only remember the love.' #Brokenhearted #Iloveyouthemost"

    Stamos asked those wishing to to reach out at this time to support The Vanguard Cancer Foundation, the charity founded by his mother and described on its website as a not-for-profit, volunteer organization advocating for more personalized and intelligent cancer care.

    "Thirteen years ago, I held my brother’s hand as a doctor told him that his cancer was untreatable," his mother wrote as part of her original Founder's Message. "As I think back to that moment, I realize just how many people would have accepted that diagnosis and given up. Thankfully, Jake knew better ... the Vanguard Cancer Foundation will be here, empowering patients to take the fight against cancer into their own hands."

    Dancing with the Stars: Who Got "Jiggy Wit It" on the Dance Floor?

    It's #MyJamMonday on Week 2 of Dancing with the Stars (of course Bruno's is "Born This Way") and, if nothing else, the song choices serve to highlight the age distribution between, say, Bethany Mota and Tavis Smiley on the show's 19th season.

    For the second week in a row, it's Night 1 of 2. Who will be given the boot on Tuesday's results show? Here's a recap of tonight's performances:

    Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff (Cha Cha)
    Jam: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
    The dance: Hmm ... Randy looks like he's caught sleepwalking for the first few seconds of this "Salute to the Troops" routine. Once he picks up the rhythm, he seems to be enjoying looking at Karina more than doing the dance itself — and he's concentrating awfully hard on remembering those steps. Not a great performance overall, and a little boring to boot.
    What the judges say: Len says the dance put him in a great mood but Randy's footwork needs a lot of work. Julianne critiques Randy's shoulder movements, but Bruno calls him a "hip-action hero." Carrie Ann's disappointed that the dance didn't show enough of Randy's sex appeal.
    Score: 28 (out of 40)

    Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot)
    Jam: "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen
    The dance: I'm a fan of Janel and Val's masquerade ball aesthetic, and it's clear that she's a competitor to keep an eye on. Determined to get a better score than they did last week, Janel's improved tenfold and this dance, for me, is everything Randy and Karina's wasn't — graceful, fun and seemingly effortless.
    What the judges say: Julianne says she loved it even though it wasn't a traditional foxtrot — but tells Janel to keep an eye on how she's planting her feet. Bruno and Carrie Ann agree, but overall both love the "close to perfect" (Carrie Ann) routine. And ooh, I like these instant replays too! Len is delighted but would have liked more defined holds.
    Score: 34

    Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev (Jive)
    Jam: "Land of 1000 Dances" by Wilson Pickett
    The dance: Almost as entertaining as the dance itself are Lea's amazing facial expressions. I need GIFs of all of them. This one is a real crowd-pleaser, with Lea earning a standing ovation as she checks to make sure she didn't fall out of her shirt.
    What the judges say: Bruno's thrilled, noting one misstep. Carrie Ann literally falls out of her chair with excitement. Len says his concerns about their jive were misplaced and calls it "terrific," and Julianne compliments Lea's ability to hold her own against Artem.
    Score: 35

    Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (Samba)
    Jam: "Girls in Bikinis" by Lee Brice
    The dance: Okay, first of all, Emma's refusal to wear a bikini is completely adorable and charming. The dance ... not so much. It's wince-worthy to seeMichael literally counting off his steps (when he's not singing along to the song), and he looks completely robotic out there. Even the applause from the balcony is polite at best.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann loves Michael's "joy," but says a samba was absent. Len says Michael "puts the sin in syncopation," but he liked it anyway. Julianne notes that hip rolls are basically all Michael has going for him, and Bruno makes a strange James Bond analogy.
    Score: 24

    Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess (Cha Cha)
    Jam: "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth, Wind & Fire
    The dance: It's cha cha meets disco! But what is with the guys tonight? Tavis is the best of the male bunch so far, but appears to be just getting through the routine rather than actually enjoying himself out there. Love the disco outfits, but his moves are a little herky-jerky.
    What the judges say: Len says the routine lacked polish and the rough week Tavis had showed in his technique. Julianne and Bruno both liked the disco vibe. Carrie Ann is the dissenter and thinks Tavis nailed all the steps.
    Score: 28

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (Samba)
    Jam: "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" by Will Smith
    The dance: Love this subtle shoutout to Alfonso's former Fresh Prince co-star, and finally some smoothness from the male contingent on the show. Alfonso matches Witney step for step and still manages to look completely natural and comfortable on the dancefloor. Like buttah!
    What the judges say: Julianne praises the "Alfonso groove" but wants to see a little more bounce for a Latin dance. Bruno agrees, though he loves watching Alfonso dance. Carrie Ann notes that a costume malfunction caused them to lose focus at one point. Len says he'll be disappointed to miss Alfonso's waltz next week.
    Score: 32

    Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (Foxtrot)
    Jam: "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor
    The dance: Derek, King of the Props, gets points for cleverly (and "dangerously"?) incorporating an upright bass into the beginning of the routine. There's no trace of Bethany's ankle injury in the dance, and she's clearly a natural mover. It's not the most exciting routine once they lose the bass, but it's technically sound.
    What the judges say: Bruno praises the Fosse influences, and Carrie Ann loves the "storytelling" in the routine. Len says it's the best routine of the night so far, and Julianne calls it "awesome."
    Score: 33

    Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani (Foxtrot)
    Jam: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper
    The dance: Betsey is such a doll — almost literally, with her Barbie-esque getup tonight. She looks a little unsteady on her feet traipsing down those glittery stairs at the beginning of the routine, but her subsequent elegance and flawless leg lift at the end completely redeem any small wobbles at the beginning.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann thinks Betsey is "exquisite." Len says she completely redeemed herself after last week's wardrobe mishap. Julianne loves her "make-under," and Len dubs her the queen of the night.
    Score: 28

    Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke (Rumba)
    Jam: "Adorn" by Miguel
    The dance: Apparently the tension between Antonio and Cheryl during rehearsal has evolved into a nice, steamy chemistry with each other. They make a great pair, and the routine is sensual and smoking hot. Antonio seems much more comfortable with a slower dance that allows him to glide around the floor.
    What the judges say: Len and Julianne are blown away by Antonio's improvement from last week. Bruno compliments Antonio's toplines (and butt) and says the routine "smoldered." Carrie Ann loves the subtle nature of the dance and cautions him to watch his arms.
    Score: 31

    Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (Salsa)
    Jam: "Higher" by Gloria Estefan
    The dance: Tommy kills me. The song choice, his "what am I here for" confusion in rehearsal, the shirt ripping open ... slow claps all around. At 76 (and possibly under the influence, let's be honest), he's a little bit lethargic at times, but overall his footwork is great and he's definitely one of the looser, more comfortable-seeming guys of the bunch.
    What the judges say: "Effing fabulous," according to Julianne. Bruno says the 76-year-old Tommy proves age is a state of mind. Carrie Ann loves the bare chest, and Len has nothing but praise as well.
    Score: 28

    Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker (Cha Cha)
    Jam: "Sing" by Ed Sheeran
    The dance: Jonathan has a little Michael Jackson thing going on at the beginning of this number — and it's not just the fedora. I'm into it. His footwork isn't the smoothest and his arms are a little floppy at times, but it's certainly not a bad effort for Week 2.
    What the judges say: Bruno says the routine felt a little rushed but Jonathan's angles were good. Carrie Ann liked seeing a more "dangerous" side of Jonathan but says there wasn't enough cha cha in the routine. Len agrees with Carrie Ann about the content and says it was too sharp and "jerky." Julianne plays good cop and compliments their consistency and potential.
    Score: 30

    Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (Jazz)
    Jam: "She's Country" by Jason Aldean
    The dance: Mark and Sadie's "country jazz" routine is nothing if not inventive. I'm never a fan of scripted skits at the beginning of routines. But once they get into the dance itself, it's fun and (probably much to her dadWillie's dismay) Sadie really knows how to shake a leg — and other things.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann's worried the routine was too edgy for Willie. Len hates the country-jazz fusion. Julianne says Sadie is transfixing and missed her leg action from last week. Bruno says it was "great."
    Score: 31

    So, what did you think of Monday's show? Which routines were the best and worst — and who will be sent home Tuesday?

    New Headwriter for Y&R!

    (cbs.soapsindepth.com) THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has made some on-screen changes recently with some high-profile recasts, and now there's going to be a major change behind the scenes. An insider at Y&R has confirmed that executive producer Jill Farren Phelps has hired Chuck Pratt as the new headwriter of the soap. He will also receive an executive producer credit, although Phelps will still reportedly be in charge.

    Pratt is known for his scripting of primteime soaps MELROSE PLACE, TITANS and MODELS, INC., but is best known in daytime circles for his work on SANTA BARBARA (also with Phelps as executive producer), SUNSET BEACH, GENERAL HOSPITAL and ALL MY CHILDREN.

    At this time, we don't know exactly when Pratt is scheduled to start writing scripts for Y&R so we can't be sure when his work will be seen on screen. What do you think? Does Y&R need a new headwriter? Do you think Pratt is the right man for the job?

    The Secrets Of Helena's Return!

    (abc.soapsindepth.com) Who out there really thought that GENERAL HOSPITAL's Helena was dead? Anyone? Bueller? If mere mortals like Jason, Robin and Duke can come back from the dead, surely the Dragon Lady of Port Charles wouldn't find death anything more than a temporary inconvenience.

    "I'm just so happy to be back," Constance Towers (Helena) tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "[Headwriter] Ron Carlivati and [executive producer] Frank Valentini are both wonderful. They've said if they could ever find a way to bring her back, they would. But I thought, 'They shot me through the heart!' There was blood on that beautiful jacket. They ruined it. When your wardrobe goes, you think, 'Maybe they're really serious this time!'"

    Viewers will remember that in April of 2013, Helena had a tense confrontation with Luke, Laura and Ethan aboard the Haunted Star. Perhaps foolishly, Helena handed Laura a gun and ordered her to shoot Ethan... or else be murdered, along with Luke, on the spot. In the end, Luke managed to not only get the gun but shoot — and kill (supposedly) — Helena's bodyguards. he then aimed the gun at his longtime nemesis, snarled, "Say good-bye, old woman," and killed her.

    "I had people stopping me in stores and places on the street," Towers recalls of the aftermath. "They'd come up to me and say, 'They didn't really kill you, did they?' I had to tell them, 'Yeah, I think I'm really dead.' They'd say, 'No, you can't be.' That's kind of fun for a villain to hear."

    Helena did get the last laugh, or so it seemed, when she revealed to Luke, via DVD, that she'd been poisoning him for months. "You may have killed me, Luke, but I killed you, too," she said triumphantly.

    "She's got more lives than a cat," Towers jokes of her latest return. "It's hard to kill her off! She's back again, she's smart and she's on top of her game! She's got a mission this time. Because she has actually experienced a fatal wound and has managed to bring herself back, she's elated and thrilled and enthused by this 'new project.' We'll all find out what she's doing soon. She's woven a wonderful plot, and she's on top because she knows what she's doing. Things are going her way, which is just delicious to play, because that's the old Helena."

    Sip Wine With Two Of GH's Hottest Hunks!

    What would be better than getting to spend some quality time with two of GENERAL HOSPITAL's hottest hunks? How about spending the afternoon with them at a wine tasting in the Napa Valley?

    William deVry (Julian) and Ryan Paevey (Nathan) are hosting an exclusive VIP experience on Saturday, October 18, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the elegant Brix Restaurant and Gardens. VIP tickets are $140, and include tasting of various local wines, hors d'oeuvres, two autographed 8x10 photos of each actor, multiple photo ops with the stars, a silent auction and plenty of personal time with both deVry and Paevey.

    For more information and to purchase tickets, click here!

    JOIN THE STARS TO STRIKE OUT CHILD ABUSE

    DAYS's Jen Lilley (Theresa), Chrishell Stause (Jordan), Y&R's Kelly Sullivan (Sage), and a host of other faves will be at Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, CA on October 19 to raise awareness about child abuse — and you can join the celebrity bowling tournament.

    "I thought this would be a fun way to raise awareness about child abuse going on in the United States without getting into the gruesome details," explains Lilley. "You don't have to be a good bowler to participate. Just come as you are with an open heart! I personally plan on bowling granny-style. 100 percent of the ticket costs will go to Childhelp and helping American children. Every celebrity is donating his or her own time; no one is getting paid. Everyone is volunteering their time because we care about our kids and this amazing organization!"

    For more information, and to get tickets, go here. Also, follow the actress on Twitter @Jen_Lilley.

    Nathan Parsons To Topline Amazon Pilot 'Point Of Honor'

    (deadline.com) True Blood alum Nathan Parsons is set as the lead in Point Of Honor, Amazon’s Civil War family drama pilot from Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace. Luke Benward (Ravenswood) co-stars in the project, which centers on best friends and brothers-in-law, John Rodes (Parsons) and Robert Sumner, who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Benward, repped by CESD and Fred Tozceck, plays Garland Rhodes, the dashing black sheep brother of the Rhodes family. Australia-born Parsons, repped by Creative Partners Group and Innovative Artists, played vampire Jackson on HBO’s True Blood and has been recurring on the CW’s The Originals as werewolf James.

    'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 week 1 elimination

    Time to find out who the first celebrity is going home from the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom in Season 19. Which dancer was sent packing?

    Betsey Johnson/Tony Dovolani, Michael Waltrip/Emma Slater, Lea Thompson/Artem Chigvintsev and Lolo Jones/Keo Motsepe are the couples in danger. Three are not a surprise -- Betsey, Michael and Lolo had the three lowest scores. But Lea being in jeopardy is a surprise, she tied for the third-highest vote total. Perhaps she wasn't "really" in danger and the show just wants people not to rest on their laurels in voting for her next week.

    Either way, Lea/Artem were the first couple out of the ones "in jeopardy" who were declared safe, followed by Michael/Emma. Then Betsey and Lolo were revealed to be the *actual* Bottom 2, which is not always the case on "DWTS" results shows.

    In the end, Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe were eliminated. Was that the right choice, "DWTS" fans?

    Dancing with the Stars Recap: Season 19, Episode 1

    (tvguide.com) The 19th season of Dancing with the Who Are These People Stars kicked off in spectacular fashion Monday night, with a cast that proves the show is stretching further and further in its interpretation of the term "celebrity." It's clear from the get-go that new judge Julianne Hough is thrilled to be back in the ballroom -- and her boobs seem pretty excited too. (Is this TV-14?) With 13 routines to cram into two hours, Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews waste no time in getting the performances underway — and we won't either:

    Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke (Cha Cha)
    The performance: Cheryl is thrilled that she finally has a "sexy" partner (sorry, Jack Osbourne!), and Antonio's face and physique certainly smokes on the dance floor, even if his footwork is a little sloppy at times.
    What the judges say: Len tells Antonio that he may have dancing in his blood, but unfortunately it hasn't reached his feet. Julianne (whom Tom classily says is clearly "bursting with enthusiasm") agrees with Len, while complimenting Antonio's extensions and lifts. Bruno flirts with Antonio and says Cheryl gave him a lot to work with, and Carrie Ann says they have great chemistry but not much else.
    Score: 25 (out of 40)

    Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot)
    The performance: Can we pause for a moment and discuss the fact thatLea Thompson previously studied under Mikhail Baryshnikov? Anyone else stunned by this, or is it just me? Apparently she's retained some of the knowledge, as she's graceful and measured in her movements around the floor. Her cougar shtick makes me uncomfortable though.
    What the judges say: Julianne loves it, but tells Lea to work on her posture and frame. Bruno agrees. Carrie Ann tells them they're both being too picky and it's one of the best first foxtrots she's ever seen. Len makes a poor attempt at a Back to the Future pun that ends in "well done."
    Score: 32

    Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy (Jive)
    The performance: Their jive is pretty lively and inspired, though Janel slips up a couple of times and seems like she's struggling to keep up withVal on occasion. And, are they really playing up the potential romance angle this early in the season? Ugh.
    What the judges say: Bruno says he felt like he was watching Jennifer Lopez, but he and Carrie Ann both say Janel needs to watch her kicks and flicks. Len calls the dance sharp and clean, if "untidy" on occasion. Julianne concurs.
    Score: 29

    Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe (Cha Cha)
    The performance: I'm immediately turned off by the text message bit at the beginning of the dance, and unfortunately it's only downhill from there. Not only do Lolo and Keo have no chemistry whatsoever, she looks completely like a fish out of water out on the dance floor — stiff, uncomfortable, and completely robotic. So much for former Olympians having an unfair advantage!
    What the judges say: Well, Carrie Ann starts off her critique by awkwardly addressing Keo by the wrong name ("Ide"? See below.) Yikes. She calls the performance an "uh oh," and Lolo agrees, calling her own performance "awful" and blaming it on a text message mishap at the start. Len tells her not to get down on herself, as Lolo demonstrates that she can, in fact, do a cha cha walk. Julianne and Bruno also try to be encouraging.
    Score: 22

    Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani (Cha Cha)
    The performance: Personality-wise, Betsey Johnson may be my favorite of this bunch. Sure, her cha cha is a little rudimentary (okay, it's terrible), but the woman's 72 years old for crying out loud. I love that she accidentally pulls the costume rack (and then several boas) onto the floor as a horrified Tony watches, helpless — and tops the routine off with a delayed cartwheel/split combo. Brava. Hey, it's about the journey, not the destination, right?
    What the judges say: Len loves the entertainment aspect, but finds the "disaster with the boa" upsetting. Julianne compliments Betsey's flexibility, and Bruno calls the performance "anarchic," while lamenting the boa mishap. Carrie Ann gets punished cut off before she can give a full critique, but had given them a standing O.
    Score: 20

    Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess (Foxtrot)
    The performance: Tavis is so into this! I kind of love it. It's clear that he's a newbie to dancing, but I'd give him a 10 for enthusiasm, even if his footwork could use a little (or a lot of) work.
    What the judges say: Julianne is thrilled with how comfortable Tavis looks. Bruno tells Tavis to work on his arm placement, but Carrie Ann calls him a "natural mover" and says he's going to be a tough competitor. Len rounds out the critique by praising Tavis' exuberance but telling him to work on his footwork and posture.
    Score: 29

    Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas (Cha Cha)
    The performance: Not sure this is the best pairing — Sadie seems like she's basically relegated to dancing in Mark's shadow, just because he's so lively and natural. But she's up for the challenge and holds her own. It's not a bad outing for a first week, and she seems like a natural (especially compared to some of the other routines we've seen thus far).
    What the judges say: Bruno says he's "gobsmacked" at how well Sadie does, and Carrie Ann is giddy. "You are a star in the making," she says, possibly forgetting the title of the show. Len compliments Sadie's hand placement and says she's guaranteed a spot in Week 2, and Julianne calls her "the entire package."
    Score: 34

    Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater (Cha Cha)
    The performance: LOL. Love that Emma always gets stuck with the Dads of the group, sense of humor and all. Michael looks like he's having a great time at a distant relative's wedding out there. He's a little stiff, but gives good face throughout.
    What the judges say: Carrie Ann compares Michael to Emma's former partner Bill Engvall (never a good thing as far as technicality goes). Len follows the racecar motif by saying Michael never got out of first gear. Julianne says he reminds her of her dad, and Bruno says he's like a golf cart trying to keep up with a Ferrari.
    Score: 25

    Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker (Jive)
    The performance: Jonathan is dedicating his dancing to his dad, who passed away two months ago and whose favorite show was Dancing with the Stars. Sadface. Aaron Samuels' got moves! The dance could use a little fine-tuning, and he's a little jerky at parts, but overall it's a good performance. And he obviously has the heartthrob vote cornered.
    What the judges say: Len is mostly drowned out by screaming girls. Julianne says he seems like a natural. Carrie Ann loves the kicks and flicks. Bruno gets the shaft.
    Score: 30

    Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd (Cha Cha)
    The performance: I'm speechless. Everything from their intro package, from the arrival of a hooptie ride to Peta's 420-friendly costume — basically a glittery pot leaf — has my jaw on the floor. Tommy goes all out and gives us every cheesy things we ever wanted in the spectacle department. It's not until I go back and watch the dance again (a must) that I realizeCheech Marin is driving the low rider. Unsurprisingly, Tommy is pretty loose and fluid out there. Tommy dropped it, popped it, locked it, and whatever else you want to call this performance. We'll have what he's having!
    What the judges say: Julianne thinks Tommy's sexy and compares his moves to Rico Suave. Bruno calls him "Cool Grandpa." Carrie Ann loves it, and Len says he was apprehensive about the performance but ultimately enjoyed it.
    Score: 27

    Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff (Foxtrot)
    The performance: Randy's eager to show off his softer side. His lines need a little work, but he has great, smooth chemistry with Karina and really seems like he wants to take care of her out there.
    What the judges say: Bruno nicknames Randy "Haute Couture," and Carrie Ann is almost too flustered to get her (completely positive) critique out. Len also has nothing but good things to say, and Julianne says Randy's "making [her] randy." Sigh.
    Score: 31

    Bethany Mota and Derek Hough (Jive)
    The performance: Obviously an 18-year-old who's gained fame and fortune by posting her own talking head videos on YouTube is going to be comfortable in front of a camera, and Bethany doesn't disappoint. I've decided that being in Derek's confident hands elevates anyone's performance, but Bethany's would be strong even on its own.
    What the judges say: Len predicts Bethany will be sticking around a while. Both Carrie Ann, Bruno and Julianne say she needs to work on her energy levels in between steps.
    Score: 32

    Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson (Jive)
    The performance: Clearly, Alfonso's dance skills don't stop at the Carlton. His jive is energetic, controlled and completely entertaining. And he and Witney make a great team. Way to end on a high note for Episode 1, Dancing.
    What the judges say: Len gives them a standing O and says it was the best dance of the night. Julianne digs the musicality and choreography, and Bruno tells Alfonso he's the king of the night. Carrie Ann is thrilled by his swagger.
    Score: 36

    So, what do you think? Any standouts on Season 19 so far? Did anyone surprise you? And who do you think will be the first couple eliminated on Tuesday's show?

    TWEET ALL WEEK WITH GH STARS!

    GH is hosting live Twitter chats all week, so be sure to check in with your favorite stars. First up today at 3 p.m. ET is Zachary Garred (Levi, @ZJGarred); tomorrow, it's Ryan Paevey (Nathan, @RyanPaevey) at 3 p.m. ET; on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET, talk to Emme Rylan (Lulu, @EmmeRylan); on Thursday, chat with Michelle Stafford (Nina, @TheRealStafford) at 2 p.m. ET; and round out the week with Laura Wright (Carly, @lldubs) and Executive Producer Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank ) at 2 p.m. ET. Be sure to use hashtag #askGH!

    Fox Nabs John Stamos Comedy From Dan Fogelman With Put Pilot Commitment

    In a competitive situation bidding against ABC, Fox has landed an untitled single-camera comedy starring John Stamos. The single-camera project hails from ABC Studios, with Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors) executive producing through his ABC Studios-based Rhode Island Ave Productions.

    Written by Danny Chun (The Office), the comely has ER and Full House alum Stamos play a version of himself: a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather. Stamos is executive producing through his St. Amos banner, along with Fogelman and Chun. Stamos will juggle the development of the Fox comedy with his duties on ABC/ABC Studios’ midseason drama series Members Only, which he just joined as the male lead. Additionally, he is involved in a Full House reboot in development at Warner Bros. TV, which I hear is being considered by Netflix.

    Stamos, whose stage credits include Cabaret and The Best Man, is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Fogelman, creator/exec producer of ABC’s upcoming musical fairytale comedy series Galavant, and Chun are also repped by WME.

    GH CASTING NEW ROLE

    GH has seeking a charismatic Caucasian man in his late 40s for a new role set to start taping in mid-October. The character is described as sexy, powerful and confident. While it is slated to begin as a "major recurring role," the casting notice indicates that it could turn into a contract stay.

    GH FAVE JOINS Y&R!

    Kelly Sullivan (ex-Connie, GH) has been hired for a new role on Y&R. She will play Sage, who is described as “intelligent, competent, discreet, and reserved. However, that reserve masks a well of passion and fire beneath the surface. She’ll do anything for those she loves.” Enthuses Sullivan, “I’m incredibly honored and flattered to even be considered to be part of the YOUNG AND RESTLESS family. I’m also thrilled to be working with [Executive Producer] Jill Farren Phelps again like we did on GH."

    For now, the role is recurring, and Sullivan starts taping on September 24. Her first air date is set for October 28. For the full interview with Sullivan, check out the issue of Digest on sale 9/22.

    Premiere: Jonathan Jackson's 'The Morning of the Rain'

    Before Jonathan Jackson started playing Avery Barkley on Nashville, he played with Enation. But the band, which features Jackson's brother, Richard Lee Jackson, on drums and Daniel Sweatt on bass, hasn't released an album since the ABC series premiered in 2012.

    That will change Oct. 14, when Jonathan Jackson & Enation release Radio Cinematic on Loud & Proud Records. The Morning of the Rain, a track from the album, premieres at USA TODAY.

    Jonathan calls The Morning of the Rain "a song of heartache and healing," with a sound that blends the anthemic qualities of influences like U2 and R.E.M. with more pop-driven production.

    "The album has some hard rock on it that comes from our roots growing up, loving bands like Pearl Jam and Zeppelin," Jackson says. "It also has some dance/drum-loop stuff. The Morning of the Rain combines a lot of different elements on the record into one song."

    For Nashville fans used to hearing Jackson sing as Avery, the transition to Enation's music shouldn't be too jarring. "The jump between the music that I've been doing on the show as Avery to what I do really isn't that huge of a leap, in terms of the rock 'n' roll quality of it," Jackson says. "It's not country, but Avery really hasn't done country, either. What T Bone Burnett established in season one was more an Americana-rock-and-roll-roots-music that Avery had going. The leap from kind of music to what I do in Enation isn't nearly as big as country to rock."

    The group formed in 2002, released its first album, Identity Theft, two years later. The group's most recent album, My Ancient Rebellion, came out in 2011. Scheduling issues have kept the band from releasing new material until now, Jackson says.

    "Once the show started, I moved to Tennessee, and the rest of the band was elsewhere. It was tough for us to go into the studio and record."

    However, he and the two other members of Enation continued to arrange new songs and record demos. "When I had days off from filming, I would go into the studio and do more demos," he says.

    The band recorded at The Tracking Room in Nashville and at Blue Grotto Sound in nearby Brentwood,

    "We had the McCrary Sisters come in for some background vocals, which was really amazing," he says. "We had some string players, as well. Other than that, it was all us."

    Jackson says he's excited about Nashville's third season, which premieres Sept. 24 (ABC, 10 p.m. ET).

    "We're a few episodes into filming," Jackson says. "In general, there's a sense that a lot is clicking and really coming together, in particular with my character. He started out as a much more narcissistic and ambitious person. He learned some humility and maturity, and now he's dealing with the heartache of being betrayed. There's a lot there, and there's going to be a lot for the viewers to chew on."

    Jackson's shooting schedule for Nashville may limit the number of live dates Enation can play, but "any opportunity I have, we're playing shows," he says. "The show is done filming in April, so pretty much for spring and summer, I'll be out there with the band."

    Listen here: usatoday.com.

    General Hospital' and 'Baby Daddy' to stage a crossover

    (insidetv.ew.com) General Hospital star and two-time Dancing with the Stars alum Kelly Monaco is set to cross over to Baby Daddy, playing a very exaggerated and over-the-top version of herself.

    Basically this is how it all goes down: Baby Daddy’s Danny (Derek Theler), who plays for the New York Rangers, finds out that General Hospital has offered him a role playing himself. However, his small scene is enough to make him nervous, so he enlists best friend and not-so-secret crush, Riley, to help him.

    Riley happens to be a huge General Hospital fan and loves Monaco’s character, Sam, so when they arrive on set, Riley totally freaks out and starts to irritate the actress.

    The crossover event will air sometime in 2015 at the beginning of season 4.

    GH's Christopher Goes Native!

    (abc.soapsindepth.com) Shouting Secrets, a film starring GENERAL HOSPITAL's Tyler Christopher (Nikolas) as a former football player who finds himself trapped in his Native American community while his estranged brother (The Twilight Saga's Chaske Spencer) finds success outside, is debuting Friday, September 5, at The Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

    The screening will also mark the picture's official DVD and VOD release. The slice-of-life drama is centered on the failing health of the brothers' mother, which forces them to reconnect. "Tyler's character resented his brother for writing a supposedly fictional book about them," explains director Korinna Sehringer. "He also deals with some marriage troubles because he's having an affair with a minor."

    For a soap star like Christopher, playing that kind of intense family drama in the film festival winner came easily. "[My character] struggles with [the affair] and the legal implications it comes with, as well as the embarrassment and shame to his wife and to his child," the actor offers. "He's trying to find ways to forgive himself and to get the relationship back with his wife he once had."

    The film also features Christopher's former GH castmate, Ted King (ex-Alcazar). "Ted plays Dr. Matthews [the physician treating the brothers' mother]," Sehringer reveals. "He's in love with Caitlyn (Tonantzin Carmelo), the Native American doctor at the hospital." Visit the film's official site for more information or to order your copy.

    Will Antonio Sabato Jr. "DANCE" His Way Back On To GH?

    Antonio Sabáto Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has taken on two highly demanding jobs — he's the host and active participant of the makeover show FIX IT & FINISH IT and he's learning to dance as a member of the celebrity cast of the new season of DANCING WITH THE STARS. Soaps In Depth couldn't resist asking the fan favorite hunk if, schedules permitting, he'd make time on his dance card (pun intended) for a return visit to Port Charles?

    "I'll probably do it [at some point]," Sabáto says. "But you have to talk to Frank [Valentini, executive producer of GH] to see if he wants Jagger back. After all these years, I don't know if there is any space to put Jagger. They have a huge cast, but my answer to your question is, 'Yeah, I'll probably end up making time for it.'"

    How does the husband and father of three manage to take on so much at once? "I love confronting challenges," he says. "FIX IT & FINISH IT is a huge challenge. We're doing 150 shows a year. I got another blessing [when I was] asked if I'd like to be involved with DWTS. My first thought was, 'I can't do it. FIX IT is my first priority.' But [both shows] all worked it out. My fans and my family are so happy I'm doing this."

    Sabáto says he received his first choice when he was asked by DWTS producers which pro he wanted to have as his partner — two-time mirror ball champion Cheryl Burke. "She's everything I need," the former Calvin Klein model says. "I asked for her and got her. She's tough and kind. She gets to the point and helps me to be the best that I can be. She's pushing me to another level."

    Check out Sabáto's first dance — the cha-cha — when DWTS season 19 debuts on Monday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Check local listings and click here for where to see FIX IT & FINISH IT, which debuts in syndication starting Monday, September 8.

    'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 cast and pro pairings revealed

    The celebrities and their professional partners have been revealed for the upcoming "Dancing With the Stars" Season 19, and this cast sounds like a great group. Among the celebs are "Duck Dynasty" daughter Sadie Robertson, "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's" Alfonso Ribeiro and "Switched at Birth" and "Back to the Future" star Lea Thompson.

    The full list and pairings is below:

    Jonathan Bennett (ex-J.R., All My Children), actor, Allison Holker
    Tommy Chong, comedian, Peta Murgatroyd
    Randy Couture, UFC fighter, Karina Smirnoff
    Betsey Johnson, fashion designer, Tony Dovolani
    Lolo Jones, Olympian, Keo Motsepe
    Bethany Mota, beauty guru, Derek Hough
    Janel Parrish, actress, Val Chmerkovskiy
    Alfonso Ribeiro, actor, Witney Carson
    Sadie Robertson, reality star, Mark Ballas
    Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, GH/ex-Dante, B&B), actor, Cheryl Burke
    Tavis Smiley, talk show host, Sharna Burgess
    Lea Thompson, actress, Artem Chigvintsev
    Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver, Emma Slater

    And the big question on everyone's mind -- will Ribeiro be busting out the "Carlton" dance on "Dancing With the Stars"? The answer is yes.

    "We will absolutely give the fans what they would love to see, which is the Carlton dance. I gotta give the audience a reason to keep me on," says Ribeiro with a laugh.

    What do you think of the Season 19 cast? The latest season kicks off Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

    Port Charles Hits Boston!

    East Coast GENERAL HOSPITAL fans, a bunch of fan favorite actors are coming "Back To Beantown!" The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 5, with Kathleen Gati (Obrecht) hosting "Dinner With Mutter" from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

    On Saturday, September 6, you can spend the morning with Rick Hearst (Ric) from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Then, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., you'll be able to get up-close and personal with Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), and close out the evening with Bradford Anderson (ex-Spinelli) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.!

    It'll be worth getting up early on Sunday, September 7, because Wally Kurth (Ned) is promising to serenade his fans with some new songs at his event from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. And closing out the weekend is Greg Vaughan (ex-Lucky), hosting his own event from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

    All the events will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Cambridge in Cambridge, MA, just minutes from downtown Boston. Tickets for each event are $85. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.YourNumberOneFan.com. You can E-mail debbyoconnor@aol.com or fax (949) 552-3365 if you have any questions about the events.

    John Stamos To Star In ABC Drama Series 'Members Only'

    (deadline.com) John Stamos has lined up two high-profile series gigs. He has been tapped as the male lead of ABC’s midseason drama series Members Only. Additionally, Stamos has teamed with ABC Studios-based comedy producer Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors) for a comedy series, which the ER and Full House alum will topline and executive produce. It is shaping up to be a very busy fall for Stamos who also is involved in a Full House reboot in development at Warner Bros. TV. I hear the project is being considered by Netflix.

    Members Only, from Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios and ABC Studios, an upstairs/downstairs drama set at an exclusive Connecticut country club, centered on the club’s leisure-class members and the working-class employees that make the place tick. Stamos will play female lead Mickey (Natalie Zea)’s fast-talking hedge-fund billionaire husband whose marriage to Mickey has bought him what his money never could: membership.

    The comedy series project, written by Danny Chun (The Office), will have Stamos play a version of himself — a charismatic lifelong ladies man whose life is upended when he discovers that he has a grown son who is nothing like him. Stamos, Fogelman and Chun are executive producing the comedy, which will be taken out this week, with ABC expected to be particularly aggressive.

    In addition to his full TV dance card Stamos, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is producing with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Beach Boys-themed musical All Summer Long for Fox 2000. Fogelman, creator/exec producer of ABC’s upcoming musical fairytale comedy series Galavant, and Chun are also repped by WME.

    BILLY MILLER TO JOIN THE CAST OF GENERAL HOSPITAL

    Billy Miller, the three-time Emmy® Award-winning actor and Daytime favorite, will be joining the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital,” taking over the role of Jason Morgan, it was announced today by Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, “General Hospital.”

    “I am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy,” Mr. Valentini said. “Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining our “General Hospital” family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast.”

    As Mr. Miller steps into the role of Jason, his character is presumed to be dead but his body was never found. With his imminent return, fans can look forward to an exciting new story that will be full of the twists & turns along with shocking revelations that have made “General Hospital” infamous for over five decades.

    Mr. Miller has received three Daytime Emmy Awards. In 2010 and 2013, he won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and in 2014, he won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

    “General Hospital,” which celebrated its 51st anniversary on April 1, 2014, is the longest running American soap opera currently in production and the longest running scripted drama on television currently in production. “General Hospital” has received the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama a record eleven times. “General Hospital” was created by Frank and Doris Hursley. Frank Valentini is the executive producer and Ron Carlivati is the head writer . “General Hospital” airs weekdays on the ABC Television Network.

    Who Is GH's Peter Harrell?

    (Photo) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Even the most schooled GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers may have heard the name Peter Harrell on today's episode and thought, "Who?" If that was your reaction to the man from Felicia's past, we're here to fill you in!

    Thirty years ago, Frisco bought his girlfriend at the time, Tania Roscov, a ring that, unbeknownst to him, when coupled with a royal scepter, unlocked a hidden Aztec treasure! He soon found out that there were many people after the ring, including Felicia, whose royal family owned the artifacts, her rather treacherous ex-fiancé, Peter Harrell, and a former member of the World Security Bureau, Sean Donely. Even Luke and Robert wanted in on the fortune!

    Frisco and Felicia attempted to hide the ring and dodge pursuers and, in the process, fell in love. Peter seemed to be one step ahead of everyone and found clues to the treasure's whereabouts on the bottom of a museum statue. After destroying the statue while trying to elude Luke and Robert, Peter was arrested for its destruction. Once freed, Peter and his sidekick, Cruz, fled into the jungle in search of another clue. Meanwhile, Robert purchased a miniature version of the statue, which had the same clue markings on its base.

    Fast-forwarding, everybody wound up in Mexico looking for the Aztec treasure. Peter and Felicia headed for a waterfall, where they were supposed to meet the rest of the group. Once there, Peter told Felicia to give him the ring. Instead, she tossed it into the jungle and made a run for it.

    In the middle of nowhere, Peter found the ring, gave it to Sean and it was placed in the scepter. A doorway to a staircase opened and moments later, they were in the presence of a huge, golden Aztec treasure of goodies! Sean, however, had no intention of sharing it, and a fight ensued. When the police arrived, they shot at Peter and he fell into the falls. His body was never found.

    GH'S HEATHER POISED FOR A COMEBACK

    Robin Mattson revealed on Facebook that her character, absent from the canvas since she was locked back in Miscavige after her failed attempt to kill Carly and pin it on Franco, will be making another GH appearance. "Heather is returning to GH soon!" she beamed.

    General Hospital Hunk Antonio Sabato Jr. Set to Compete on Dancing With the Stars!

    Are you ready to see even more of this hunk on your TV? Good, because Antonio Sabato Jr. is going to compete on Dancing With the Stars this season!

    While ABC doesn't comment on casting rumors, sources tells E! News that the General Hospital star is going to be one of the stars competing this cycle.

    The full cast will be announced on Good Morning America on Sept. 4.

    Italian-born Sabato is best known for his role on the daytime soap General Hospital, but he also gained popularity (and quite a lot of admirers...us included!) for his work as a Calvin Klein model. Seriously, check out that photo above and try not to drool.

    This season will see a major shake-up on DWTS when it comes to the judges. E! News previously revealed that former pro dancer (and two-time champion) Julianne Hough will return to the show as a judge, joining veteran judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

    "I'm so excited to be back with my DWTS family again on a regular basis," Hough said. "I've always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I'm acting, dancing or singing, and I'm thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I'm ready to have fun in this new role."

    It's also a family reunion this season, as Hough's brother Derek Hough will return as a pro dancer alongside familiar faces Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Val Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoffand Tony Dovolani. Other pro dancers this season include Witney Carson, Artem Chigvinstev, Allison Holker, Keo Mostepe, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater.

    DWTS season 19 premieres on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

    John Stamos shows off flawless abs at 51: See the hot pic

    (Photo) Have mercy! We don't have to be the first to tell you John Stamos is virtually ageless, but his latest Instagram pic takes things to a whole new level.

    The recently-turned-51-year-old actor posted a picture of himself (Aug. 24) shirtless in front of a mirror, showing off his perfectly toned physique. We are still recovering from the sexiness.

    Fifty is definitely the new 30 these days, and this is just further confirmation. John whatever you are doing, keep it up -- it's beyond working for you.

    GH'S COLEMAN RETURNS!

    It's been a while, but fans of Blake Gibbons's (Coleman) are in for a treat when the actor returns on Monday's episode. Gibbons originated his Port Charles role in 2002.

    GH MOVING TIME SLOTS

    GH will be moving time slots in eight markets, beginning on September 8. It will return to its original time period, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT/CT in the following markets: New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, Houston, TX, Raleigh/Durham, NC and San Antonio, TX.

    GH's Benard Gets Icy!

    If you've been online recently (like you are right now!), you might have seen some of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenges that people have been posting, and now GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard (Sonny) has joined them!

    The viral videos are meant to raise awareness of ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) while also raising money to research a cure, and plenty of famous faces have had a bucket of ice water dumped over their heads for a good cause.

    Below you can watch Benard take one for the team with the help of his kids... who chide their pop for halfway chickening out! (Video)

    Jaime Ray Newman Cops Bosch Role

    Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina Cassadine, General Hospital) is poised to butt heads with the titular detective in Amazon Prime’s upcoming Bosch series.

    TVLine has learned that the onetime resident of TV’s Eureka and Eastwick has landed the recurring role of Laura Kell, a premiere attorney in the public defender’s office who finds herself assigned to a suspected serial killer fingered by Los Angeles police detective Harry Bosch (played by Lost‘s Titus Welliver).

    Based on Michael Connelly’s book series, Bosch will focus its freshman run in part on the City of Bones novel. The cast also includes Annie Wersching (24), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead) and Lance Reddick (Fringe).

    Newman’s previous TV credits also include Mind Games, Drop Dead Diva, NCIS and Veronica Mars.

    One of the six shows voted to series by viewers during Amazon’s second pilot season, Bosch is set to premiere sometime in 2015.

    ALISON SWEENEY'S GH EPISODES BEGIN TODAY

    Today marks Alison Sweeney's (Sami, DAYS) directorial debut at GH, and Digest has the inside scoop from the actress.

    “There were so many people who came up to me, who I’ve known from daytime for so many years, who were thrilled to have me there,” she enthuses in the new issue, on sale now. “The first person I saw that morning was Kirsten [Storms, Maxie; ex-Belle, DAYS], and she practically dropped everything she was doing to give me this big hug and say, ‘Congratulations.’ I didn’t get to direct her in my episodes, but she was like, ‘You have to come back so you can direct me!’ She was excited for me, as were Lynn Herring [Lucy], Michelle [Stafford, Nina], Finola [Hughes, Anna] and Nancy Lee Grahn [Alexis]. It was amazing. In some ways, even though we’re on different shows, daytime is such a family and it was such a wonderful, welcoming environment.”

    The actress reveals that she has been invited back by Executive Producer Frank Valentini to do another show. "I’m very excited to come back again. It’s a very different schedule coming in once every two months to direct. It’s fun for me and exactly what I want, the opportunity to do something different, something great, on a way less committed time schedule.” But her first soap home is still very present in her mind and heart. “I’m hoping to direct at DAYS again soon,” she adds. For more, pick up the new issue of Digest, on sale now. And don't miss today's episode of GH, as well as Monday's, to catch Sweeney's work behind the camera.

    Oprah: Where Are They Now?

    Oprah: Where Are They Now?
    Sunday, August 24 on OWN
    Jack Wagner

    GH: Sweeney Directed Episode Airs Friday

    @Ali_Sweeney: So excited - the episode of @GeneralHospital I directed airs tomorrow, Friday 15th!! #TuneIn

    Deshler Opens Up About Shocking GH Exit!

    Rafe's death may have been a bit of a shock for GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers, but it turns out that it was also a surprise for portrayer Jimmy Deshler, who learned of his character's tragic fate only a few days before they taped the episode! "I guess it was just confidential and they didn't want any of the story getting out," he tells Soaps In Depth, "so I found out the Monday of the week it was happening. I guess it was a surprise to all of us."

    Though his time with the soap was brief, the young actor is grateful for the experience. "It's good to have something on your resumé like GH and I did a year and a half of it," he says. "I learned a lot from it. I've been on a set as a guest star, but I've never been a regular part of a show. It was a very good experience."

    Deshler admits that he's next considering attending college, possibly at the University Of Southern California, but also auditioning with a focus on hitting the big screen. "I've done guest stars and little roles in films," he muses. "I've kind of set it as my goal to get a feature film and have that be my next project that I work on."

    INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S SOAP BLOC RETURNS

    Investigation Discovery celebrates the return of its ID Daytime programming bloc on August 25, with daytime faves as hosts. Lynn Herring and Kin Shriner (GH's Lucy and Scott) will host "Sinful Secrets" the week of August 25; Mary Beth Evans (Kayla, DAYS) and Wally Kurth (Justin, DAYS; Ned, GH) introduce "Poisonous Love" the week of September 8, and beginning September 15, Lamon Archey (Mason, Y&R) and Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, AMC) will be in the spotlight for "Evil Enemies" week.

    GH SWITCHING TIME SLOTS

    ABC confirms will GH will be moving time slots in several markets to 3 P.M. ET/2 P.M PT, where it aired for 25 years before moving up an hour in 2012. An announcement is expected soon with the date of transition.

    GH's Butler Is A Dad!

    Congratulations are in order to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Nathin Butler (ex-Ewen) and wife Irina, who welcomed Jetson Kerry Butler into the world this past weekend. The proud papa has been posting photos of his newborn little boy on Instagram and Twitter and the whole family looks happy and healthy. Best wishes to them all!

    Wagner Gets Deadly

    It's a MELROSE PLACE reunion! Well, not really, but it's as close as we're probably gonna get. Jack Wagner (ex-Nick, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Frisco, GENERAL HOSPITAL) stars alongside MELROSE co-stars Jamie Luner (Liza, ALL MY CHILDREN) and Rob Estes in the premiere episode of Investigation Discovery's (ID) new re-enactment series, HEARTBREAKERS. In it, he'll play an Independence, MO, preacher who famously got caught up in a deadly affair.

    "I was able to step out of what people might know me as from my [previous] television roles and really play this deeply self-consumed, narcissistic, thinks-he's-God-type minister who basically controls his parish," offers Wagner of his character, David Love. "He winds up having an affair and killing the woman's husband."

    You Won't Recognize Him

    When the episode airs on Wednesday, August 13, at 10 p.m. EST, look for Wagner to offer up a convincing Southern twang as part of his performance, as well as a bit of personal experience. "I'm from Missouri, which is sort of a Bible belt area, and I know people like this," he reveals. "I had to okay what I wanted to do with [the producers] because I think they were expecting to get Jack Wagner the way he normally is, and I had a whole different take on it. And they said, 'Go for it!'"

    However, it was really the opportunity to reunite with old friends that led Wagner to choose this project. "Working again with Rob Estes and Jamie Luner... you know the whole project was great," Wagner smiles. "Very seldom do you run into people you used to work with, but this time it happened."

    He's Not Sitting Still

    Currently, Wagner is awaiting word about whether he'll be back as visiting forensic investigator Bill Avery, who sparked a romance with series star Lori Loughlin (Jody, EDGE OF NIGHT) on HALLMARK's recently renewed drama, WHEN CALLS THE HEART. In the meantime, he's touring to promote his new album, On The Porch, and you can also catch him on Sunday, November 16, at Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club in Point Pleasant, NJ.

    Chicago: ABC 7's new lineup looks familiar

    The long-running soap opera “General Hospital” and the syndicated “Inside Edition” and “Jeopardy!” will return to their old time slots this fall on WLS-Channel 7, as the ABC-owned station shuffles its daytime schedule for the third time in three years.

    Blame it all on Katie Couric’s ill-fated daytime talk show, which debuted at 3 p.m. two years ago, disrupting ABC 7’s top-rated lineup and sending viewers scrambling to find “General Hospital” at 1 p.m. and the “Inside Edition” and “Jeopardy!” combo at 2 p.m.

    Now with “Katie” canceled (and airing for the last time September 12), ABC 7 will put “General Hospital” back where it aired for most of its 51-year run at 2 p.m., and “Inside Edition”/”Jeopardy!” at 3 and 3:30 p.m.

    Joining the station’s lineup at 1 p.m. will be “The Rachael Ray Show,” which currently airs at 10 a.m. on Tribune Broadcasting WGN-Channel 9.

    Last fall, ABC 7 added “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” at 9 a.m. and shifted the locally produced “Windy City Live” to 11 a.m. in place of a newscast that had aired for more than 20 years.

    Here is ABC 7’s Monday-through-Friday daytime lineup, starting September 15:

    9 a.m. LIVE! with Kelly and Michael
    10 a.m. The View
    11 a.m. Windy City Live
    noon The Chew
    1 p.m. Rachael Ray
    2 p.m. General Hospital
    3 p.m. Inside Edition
    3:30 p.m. Jeopardy!
    4 p.m. ABC 7 Eyewitness News

    GH CASTING NEW ROLE

    GH is seeking a woman between the ages of 30 and 45 to play the short-term role of a no-nonsense doctor. The casting notice calls for someone who is a stunt person as well as an actress.

    GH RECASTS DANNY

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's tiniest stars, Jaxon and Jakob Kring -- the twins who play Sam's son, Danny -- have been recast. A show rep shares that Caden and Corben Rothweiler have taken over the role.

    "We just want to say thanks to all the fans and GH cast/crew for an amazing two years," the twins' mom tweeted. "Unfortunately, the boys have been recasted. We are very thankful for the time we had and wish the new Danny much success and luck."

    The show's casting call was for 3- or small 4-year-old twins; the Krings will celebrate their third birthday in January. As for the 3 1/2-year-old Rothweiler brothers, they appeared in a 2013 episode of DISNEY XD's KICKIN' IT.

    Actress Martha Byrne Sees Real Future in Web-Based Programs

    (palmspringslife.com) Actress Martha Byrne is putting her money on the future of web-based programming.

    And so are others.

    “The attitude towards original on-line content has changed,” says Byrne, best known for her Emmy-winning TV roles as Lilly Walsh Snyder on the daytime soap opera As The World Turns and Andrea Foyd on General Hospital.

    “In the past, the advertising value was not perceived. There was a struggle here with risk and measurements for return on investment were difficult, making it tough for the little guys to get financing,” she adds. “Now traffic can be measured with feedback and clicks from an audience. There is more attention and money being put into online projects.”

    Byrne is back on the West Coast this month finishing filming on a new pilot project, Weight, an anticipated web series from Executive Producer Daryn Strauss (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Downsized), Producer Anne Clements (Cleaners) and award-winning Producer Steve Silverman (Pretty the Series).

    Weight is an independent production that has captured the directing talent of Fred King Keller (24, Boomtown, Justified), and Byrne will star in the role as Claire.

    Her acting career has taught her that a good story sells, regardless of the venue.

    “There will always be a need for serialized drama. Story-telling will never get old,” she says. “How you tell the story is evolving. The web has reenergized this. This area is a creative space for the freedom of the artist, director or writer, for example, to have fun and do what they want to do. It’s the land of opportunity for storytelling.”

    Byrne will be among like-minded web actors, producers, directors and fans during the second annual “Hot As Hell 2”, the Web Series Fan Fest running Aug. 8-10 at the Riviera Palm Springs.

    The event includes meet and greets, discussion panels and web-series premieres.

    “This is a much more intimate event, and everyone is in the same room,” Byrne says. “It’s an important opportunity to connect and network, to meet creative, cool people and receive advice or consult. This is the most generous group of people and we are all trying to get our stuff made…to fight the good fight.”

    At the height of daytime soap opera’s reign, a young Byrne, born in New Jersey, moved to Los Angeles at age 19 to pursue an acting career. Exploring the Hollywood scene, Byrne stayed true to her Catholic upbringing with her spirituality helping to guide her path.

    “I’m Catholic,” she says. “I’m not a preacher of my religion. I think it’s personal, but I had a hardcore, very strict upbringing as far as schooling and family. Thank God as I was in show business. There was no TMZ then. I went to church everyday in LA to keep myself grounded…I would speak with the priest at The Good Shepherd about my life and he said ‘you need to go home to your family’. Literally, I flew home and I got a phone call from As the World Turns.”

    John Stamos Books Guest-Starring Role on ABC's Galavant

    John Stamos will truly be a knight in shining armor this TV season.

    Stamos has booked a guest-starring role on ABC's upcoming musical fairy tale series Galavant, ABC News reports. He'll play a dashing knight who's the longtime rival of Galavant (Joshua Sasse), and who goes up against the title character in a local joust.

    Stamos, 50, will appear in at least one episode, with the possibility for his character to recur. "He's funny as hell, and he sings, and he looks like Lancelot wishes he looked," executive producer Dan Fogelman told ABC News. "We can't wait!"

    Galavant will premiere midseason. Are you looking forward to seeing John Stamos on the show?

    TERESA CASTILLO ON HER GH RETURN!

    Thursday, August 21 marks the return of Sabrina to Port Charles following portrayer Teresa Castillo's maternity leave (she gave birth to her first child, daughter Victoria Milani, on May 29). “It feels like it went so fast!” she marvels. “I’ve really enjoyed being home with my girl and just snuggling her all day." But she's looking forward to throwing herself back into work. “I’m excited to see what Ron [Carlivati, head writer] has planned for the next chapter in Sabrina’s journey,” she enthuses. “It will be nice to regain my identity as an actor." We've got more with the new mom in an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest — don't miss it!

    DAVID OTUNGA ON GH CAMEO

    (Photo) WWE star David Otunga pops in to GENERAL HOSPITAL on July 30 to visit with his dying fan, Bergen Williams's Alice; he'll also interact with Bryan Craig's Morgan and Kristen Alderson's Kiki. The real-life fan ("One of my favorite scenes that caught everybody off-guard was when Sonny and Ava had sex in the crypt. That was crazy!") sees a symmetry between the soap genre and the world of professional wrestling, noting, "One of the things that we say, when we try to explain WWE to people, is that it’s a live-action soap opera. The core fans that we have, it’s not really about the in-ring stuff, it’s the storylines behind it and what the matches mean, the feud going on between the two guys. That’s what really keeps people engaged and coming back for years on end."

    His own wrestling persona reminds him of one of GH's most beloved figures. "Sonny is definitely one of my favorite characters," he explains, "because in wrestling, I play a bad guy, and he is kind of similar to that, but he still has his own redeeming qualities and I have that in my character, too, so I appreciate that." Otunga describes preparing for his first daytime appearance as "easy. In WWE, we usually don’t get our scripts beforehand, so we’re used to just cramming at the last minute or even improvising. With this, I got my script beforehand, so I thought, ‘This is going to be easy!’ So I got it all memorized and everything and went in there all confident and it went really well. But I know that the actors on the show, they get a huge volume of scripts and lines to learn, which is a little harder. I just had one script, so it was easy for me, but I really appreciate what those performers can do."

    He also marveled at soap's legendarily quick pace. "They just did the blocking, who will be sitting, who will be standing, and that’s it. And when it was time to roll, we literally ran through it one time and then we took it, which is amazing. I thought that was so cool. I come from the film world, too, where it’s take after take after take. But this is like one rehearsal and then you shoot it and we did it on the first try. It was a lot of fun." Tune in to catch Otunga's daytime debut.

    Antonio Sabato, Jr. Returns To Daytime!

    You may not be able to act opposite soap star Antonio Sabato, Jr. (ex-Jagger, GENERAL HOSPITAL; ex-Dante, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL) in a steamy love scene, but you could have the actor and his crew renovate your home as part of his new syndicated series FIX IT & FINISH IT!

    Sabato and his team have been traveling across America, from Memphis to Tuscon, helping families fix and finish their homes. If you happen to live in Louisville, KY, Richmond, VA, Charlotte, NC, Charleston SC or Savannah, GA, you can click here for more information and to fill out an entry form to submit your home as one of their projects!

    FIX IT & FINISH IT premieres on Monday, September 8, so check your local listings to see which channel it will be airing on in your area. And follow the daytime show's Facebook page to track Sabato's adventures!

    Piper Perabo Is Married! Covert Affairs Actress Weds Stephen Kay

    (Photo) Sounds like Piper Perabo's wedding was a covert affair to remember! The actress, 37, married longtime love Stephen Kay (ex-Reginald, General Hospital) on Saturday, July 26, a source confirms to Us Weekly.

    The Golden Globe-nominated star said "I do" in New York City, the insider tells Us. After the ceremony, the newlyweds headed to a nearby reception with a New Orleans-style band in tow.

    Us confirmed Perabo's engagement to Kay last fall. The two work together on USA Network's Covert Affairs. She plays CIA agent Annie Walker; he's a director and executive producer.

    Perabo has not spoken much about their relationship, but she did mention him in an interview with The New Potato earlier this year. Asked which five people, living or dead, she'd want at her dream dinner party, she replied, "Stephen Kay, Phyllis Diller, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jon Stewart, and Michael Symon."

    GH fan Q&A

    General Hospital Supercouple Nancy Lee Grahn, William deVry Answer Fan Questions. Read the Fan Q&A from TV Guide here.

    WHY GH'S LUCY DIDN'T SAY GOOD-BYE TO RAFE

    Some GH fans were in an uproar when Lynn Herring's Lucy was conspicuously absent from Rafe's deathbed. But on the July 21 episode, the show addressed Lucy's deep grief over the death of the teen, who she considered to be her cousin. Head Writer Ron Carlivati explains that the decision not to have Lucy present for Rafe's last moments was the result of how crowded those episodes were. "There was so much story going on at the hospital with Molly and Rafe, with Alice," he says. "It was one more character to add into that mix and the days just became too big and too complicated. So, we decided to give Lucy her own separate moment after the fact [to mourn Rafe]."

    ON ABC'S CELBRITY WIFE SWAP: Christopher and Moss

    DAYTIME TV SOAP STARS TYLER CHRISTOPHER AND RONN MOSS ARE FEATURED

    ON ABC'S “CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP,” TUESDAY, JULY 22

    “’Tyler Christopher / Ronn Moss" -- Daytime TV soap opera stars Tyler Christopher of ABC's “General Hospital” (Nikolas Cassadine) and Ronn Moss, formerly of CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful” (Ridge Forrester) are featured on “Celebrity Wife Swap,” TUESDAY, JULY 22 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

    Actor Tyler Christopher is best known for his role on the hit ABC soap opera “General Hospital” where he plays Nikolas Cassadine. Tyler lives in Malibu, CA with his wife Brienne and their son Greysun (4). Tyler is a hands-on dad who likes to spend time with his family. Tyler and Brienne are “outdoorsy” people who enjoy exercising and spending numerous hours at the beach. The family also likes to eat healthy with Tyler as head chef in the kitchen, where he weighs every food item the family plans to eat and uses an app to consider the impact of the calories and nutrition on all of them. Greysun is a very picky eater who doesn't like most foods, causing Tyler and Brianne some frustration when it comes to meal time.

    Actor and musician Ronn Moss is a familiar face to soap fans having played the role of Ridge Forrester on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Ronn is also an accomplished musician as a member of the band Player who's ‘70’s hit song “Baby Come Back” is still a favorite to music lovers around the world. Today, Ronn lives outside Hollywood, CA with his wife Devin. The couple loves to entertain and often hosts friends for formal dinner parties that Devin oversees from start to finish. Ronn and Devin are very romantic and love to show public displays of affection. Ronn also enjoys spoiling his wife and delivers his special signature coffee drink “The Ronnuccino,” shirtless every morning.

    When Brienne arrives at the Moss estate she is overwhelmed with the size and lavish nature of their home while Devin is surprised by the modest size of the Christopher’s beach house, but even more so, she is distressed about sand in the house and on the furniture. Not a lover of the outdoors, Devin soon learns that she will be heading to the beach with Tyler and Greysun for the afternoon. During the swap, Devin finds herself taking care of an independent toddler whom she feels is in need of some table manners and hires an expert to assist. While back at Ronn’s home, Brienne learns that during the first night of the swap she will be hosting a dinner party for an Italian director and his friends. Completely out of her comfort zone in the kitchen, Brienne is taxed with cooking an Italian dinner and overseeing the party creating some tension in the kitchen.

    When it’s time for the women to change things up and set new household rules, they are ready. Devin decides Tyler and his family should have more fun in the kitchen and stops counting calories and gets Greysun to help out with preparing dinner. Meanwhile, Brienne wants to get Ronn outside more and gets him on a tandem bike for an afternoon ride together.

    “Celebrity Wife Swap” features two women of celebrity families trading households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) for one week. During that time, the women –and swap families – learn what it is like to live in someone else’s shoes, but everything changes during the second half of the week when the women make their own rules and get the chance to run the household their way. At the end of the week, the couples reunite for a raw, honest and highly-charged exchange of views in which they make frank assessments of one another and discuss the experience.

    Interview With Grahn and deVry

    General Hospital's Nancy Lee Grahn and William deVry Dish About Julexis. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    GH's Benard Surprises A Superfan!

    ESPN2 talk show FIRST TAKE had a surprise guest for reporter — and GENERAL HOSPITAL fan — Stephen A. Smith recently when they brought out Maurice Benard (Sonny) to join them for a segment.

    The actor shares his love of the San Francisco 49ers and Smith shares his love of GH... and Sonny! Watch the fun clip here!

    THAAO PENGHLIS RELEASES BOOK

    Today marks the release of Thaao Penghlis's (Victor, GH; ex-Tony/Andre, DAYS) book, Places: The Journey of My Days, My Lives. "It’s really about how I got here, who crossed my path, what were the signposts, who were my mentors, and the diversity and knowledge that I gained in my 20s that I still apply now at this stage of my life," he tells Digest. "It’s also about the travel journeys I have taken, the environment, the history, the people, the language, the food — all those things." DAYS also gets its own chapter."The good thing is, I never left with a bitter taste. There is no blame game because there was more great than there wasn’t in that experience," he says. To get your copy — paper or ebook — go to amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com.

    West Gets Scary!

    Maura West (Ava, GENERAL HOSPITAL) is featured in a new horror movie called Come Back To Me, but she may not make it to the end credits alive! The film tells the story of a woman who begins suffering memory lapses and blackouts, then discovers that she's pregnant — but her husband is sterile! She sets up a hidden camera to keep track of what she's doing during her fugue states, and is shocked by what she discovers!

    From the trailer, which you can see here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-isZwofD9_Y), it seems that West's character, Eileen, has some kind of psychic abilities. Not that they seem to help save her life, if these clips are any indication! The film is adapted from the book The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn, and is written and directed by West's former AS THE WORLD TURNS co-star, Paul Leyden (Simon). Look for it in theaters, on iTunes, DirecTV and iN-Demand starting Friday, July 25... if you dare!

    GH'S CASTILLO: BACK TO WORK SOON!

    Teresa Castillo (Sabrina, GH) announced on Twitter that she is wrapping up her maternity leave after giving birth to daughter Victoria on May 29. “18 days till I go back to work and I cannot wait!” she posted on July 10. “Miss my GH fam so much.”

    GH's deVry Takes On Primetime!

    While some of William deVry's GENERAL HOSPITAL co-stars are spending their three-week summer break touring Europe or Africa or just hanging out on a sandy beach, he's spending it working! The actor has left behind GH's Julian Jerome just long enough to travel to Vancouver, Canada, and film a two-episode arc for the Hallmark Channel drama CEDAR COVE, starring Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal (ex-Dylan, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). A Hallmark rep tells Soaps In Depth that deVry will play the boss of villain Warren Saget when his episodes air on Saturday, September 27, and Saturday, October 4.

    Jonathan Jackson + Enation's "Everything Is Possible" Lyric Video Premiere

    (Video) Jonathan Jackson + Enation are set to offer up their fourth album Radio Cinematic on October 14 — and the first since the band’s namesake Jackson took on a starring role on ABC’s Nashville. Ahead of LP’s release, Idolator is premiering the lyric video for first single “Everything Is Possible,” a guitar-driven cut that gives an injection of good old rock ‘n’ roll to the mid-tempo love song genre.

    “You and me are gonna take on the night / you and me are gonna burn out the lights,” Jackson sings on “Everything Is Possible,” while backed up on the track by his brother Richard Lee and bassist Daniel Sweatt.

    Jonathan says of the song, “Love has a fight in it. It’s not passive. It’s fierce. There’s this proverb: Love is stronger than death. ‘Everything Is Possible’ takes that idea of rebellion and applies it to love.”

    Watch the lyric video for Enation’s “Everything Is Possible” above.

    DAYS' Sweeney To Direct GH

    DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Alison Sweeney (Sami) is heading to GENERAL HOSPITAL... to direct! Stepping behind the camera is nothing new for the fan favorite, who has directed many episodes of the NBC soap since 2011. "I'm really excited," Sweeney tells Soaps In Depth exclusively. "I've been 'shadowing' some of the directors there."

    And while the episode she's slated to direct won't feature former DAYS co-star Kirsten Storms (ex-Belle; now GH's Maxie), the actress is excited to work with some new faces. "I get to direct Michelle Stafford (Nina), which I'm really looking forward to," she enthuses. "I'm really excited to work with like Roger Howarth (Franco). I've just admired him from afar so I'm looking forward to working with him."

    Sweeney is also exploring producing, acting as executive producer as well as star of the upcoming Hallmark Channel movie Radio Hype. "It's about a woman who is getting into being a female talk radio DJ," she previews.

    Although ABC hasn't announced an airdate for Sweeney's GH episode yet, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop. Same with her Hallmark Channel movie as co-stars and an airdate are revealed!

    Another Cheetwood Baby On Board!

    Congratulations are in order for GENERAL HOSPITAL's Derk Cheetwood (Max) and his wife of eight years, Cari, who are expecting baby number three next spring. Posting a photo of three pregnancy test strips that all read positive, Cheetwood joked to both his Facebook friends and Twitter followers: "So, when your wife says 'surprise' then hands you three of these, I think she's hinting at something!" Indeed! The happy couple already has two adorable daughters, Kylie Danielle, 6, and Audrey Jane, 3.

    Soap Stars Talk About Fun Fan Moments

    Soap Stars Talk About Fun Fan Moments: Video.

    'Heartbreakers': Wagner, Sabato Jr. and more do true crime for Investigation Discovery

    Investigation Discovery has carved out a niche for itself with a series of true-crime shows about love gone wrong, with titles like "Deadly Affairs" and "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

    So it's little surprise that its next entry into the field is "Heartbreakers," a scripted/documentary hybrid series that features actors from well-loved past TV shows dramatizing true-crime stories.

    Starting Aug. 13, you'll get to see the likes of Tracey Gold, Jack Wagner, Christopher Knight, Nicole Eggert and Kevin Sorbo playing two-timing lovers, con artists and philanderers -- interspersed with news footage and interview of the real-life people they're playing.

    "We're always looking for new and interesting ways to tell these great stories," executive producer Pamela Deutsch said Wednesday (July 9) at the TCA summer press tour. "I think it's pretty obvious the nostalgia factor is a big part in 'Heartbreakers.' What we did is we looked for really iconic Hollywood actors from the ... golden age of the prime-time soap, and we went from there. We picked stories from that [time] and we looked to cast people who I think epitomize that era."

    It's campy, yes. The effect is what one critic described as "true-crime 'Sharknado'" -- a comparison the people on stage seemed to think was pretty valid.

    "It was a wonderful opportunity to play off type for me," says Knight, who plays a small-town high school principal involved in a love triangle with the school clerk (Gold) and the new football coach (Antonio Sabato Jr.) in his story. "... I'm not asked to do this kind of work."

    "You have to approach it with a realistic sensibility, because it is real life and it is real people," Gold adds. "You don't want to approach it as a joke. Obviously there's a camp element to it, but I think that will come through on its own. If you approach it straightforward, it plays way better."

    Still, Deutsch cops to having some fun with the casting: "You have Carol Seaver involved in a tawdry love triangle. You have Peter Brady doing some really naughty things. You have Hercules as a real antihero. ... It was just fun to play a little bit with the nostalgia, and there are some nods to their previous roles."

    "Heartbreakers" premieres at 10 p.m. ET Aug. 13 on Investigation Discovery.

    Moss & Christopher Does a WIFE SWAP!

    ABC's CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP will be doing a soap star episode on Tuesday, July 22, featuring Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL)! Christopher's wife, Brienne, will spend a week living in the Moss home while the Player guitarist's wife, Devin DeVasquez, heads to the Christopher house. Tune in at 10 p.m. EST!

    GH STAR ENGAGED!

    (Photo) Jason Thompson announced on Instagram that he is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Paloma Jonas. "An ocean beneath us, an endless sky in front of us, I asked her and she said YES," he posted. Congratulations to the happy couple!

    Y&R'S STEVE BURTON IS A DAD AGAIN!

    (Photo) Congratulations to Steve Burton (Dylan, Y&R/ex-Jason, GH) and his wife, Sheree, who welcomed their third child this morning! Daughter Brooklyn Faith was born via a scheduled C-section earlier today.

    "Thanks for your prayers," the actor tweeted in making the announcement. "Momma and baby are doing great. Much love." Brooklyn joins the couple's two older children, McKenna, 10, and Jack, 8.

    Serricchio Gets A Witchy Woman!

    On Lifetime's WITCHES OF EAST END, Ignacio Serricchio (Alex, Y&R/ex-Diego, GENERAL HOSPITAL) could be just the thing to make Wendy's ninth and final life count... if she lets him! "She meets him in the [season premiere] episode," offers Executive Producer Maggie Friedman. "He's just a regular, salt of the earth guy, but he totally challenges her." Look for the duo to share sparks from the start, but can she get over her fear of mortality enough to enjoy it?

    If the hot EMT can't heal what ails her, at a minimum, he could be quite the distraction! "He's so good and so sexy!" Friedman enthuses of the former soap star. "Mädchen Amick (Wendy) was kind enough to come in and read with different actors who were auditioning for the role, and she and Ignacio just had so much chemistry that we had to snatch him up. They're great together!"

    Serricchio will appear for a multi-episode arc beginning Sunday, July 6, at 9:00 p.m. EST. There's a wickedly fun season ahead on WITCHES OF EAST END — for more details, catch Friedman's upcoming Primetime Preview interview in the ABC Soaps In Depth issue that goes on sale Monday, August 8.

    McHale's Navy Actor Bob Hastings Dies

    Robert "Bob" Francis Hastings, Sr., best known for portraying "yes man" Lt. Elroy Carpenter on the popular 1960s sitcom McHale's Navy, has died. He was 89 and had battled pancreatic cancer for 15 years.

    The Brooklyn-born Hastings had a long entertainment career, which began in radio at the age of 11 on such shows as The Daily Mirror Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland, according to California's Burbank Leader newspaper.

    Enlisting as a B-29 navigator during World War II, Hastings once again found work in radio upon his return, serving as the voice of Archie Andrews, the main character on the airwaves version of the popular comic strip.

    The actor made the move to television in 1949, eventually landing a recurring role as a lieutenant on the classic sitcom Sergeant Bilko, starring Phil Silvers, in 1956. McHale's Navy, which ran from 1962 to '66, starred Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway and spawned two movies.

    Hastings's voice also appeared on numerous story albums for children and families, including Black Beauty and The Arabian Nights.

    In addition, he served as an official host of the Universal Studios tour for many years.

    "I miss him. He was a great guy," younger brother Don Hastings, who long portrayed Dr. Bob Hughes on the soap As the World Turns, told the Burbank Leader. "He was a good father and husband."

    Son Michael, a former Burbank mayor, said: "It seems my dad's legacy is continuing. He told us we have to give back, it's not ours for the taking. He was a true American."

    McHale's Navy Star Bob Hastings Dies at 89

    Bob Hastings (ex-Burt Ramsey, General Hospital), who portrayed Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy, died after battling pancreatic cancer for 15 years, The Burbank Leader reports. He was 89.

    Born Robert Francis Hastings, he began his career at 11 on radio shows such as The Daily Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland. Hastings then took a break from entertainment to enlist in the Army Air Corps during World War II. When he returned from overseas, Hastings went back to radio, giving voice to the comics icon Archie Andrews until 1953.

    Hastings moved to television in 1949, where he appeared on Captain Video and His Video Rangers and Sergeant Bilko. His other credits include All in the Family and General Hospital.

    "I miss him. He was a great guy. He was a good father and a good husband," Hastings' younger brother, and As The World Turns star, Don Hastings said. "That's hard to be in show business."

    Hastings is survived by his wife Joan and their four children.

    Bob Hastings Passes Away

    (Photo) Bob Hastings, who appeared on GH as dirty police commissioner Burt Ramsey (aka "Mr. Big") from 1979-86, passed away on June 30 at the age of 89 after an extended illness. The Brooklyn native was the older brother of ATWT veteran Don Hastings (ex-Bob). Our condolences go out to the Hastings family.

    Amber Tamblyn Leads Classy Quartet In Geffen's 'Reasons To Be Pretty'

    (deadline.com) In a move not entirely unlike casting Michele Pfeiffer in a film role originated onstage by Kathy Bates (which is what happened when Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune became Frankie And Johnny), Amber Tamblyn will play a woman who emphatically terminates her four-year relationship with her boyfriend when she finds out he’s described her looks as “regular” when the Geffen Playhouse presents Neil LaBute‘s excellent drama Reasons To Be Pretty next month.

    Shawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless) is Greg, the thoughtful-but-stuck-in-a-dead-end-job boyfriend of Tamblyn’s Steph, and they will have the pleasure of duking it out in the opening scene, one of the funniest, nastiest, loudest smackdowns ever written, in a flash-flood of epithets that would make Trey Parker blush.

    Opposite them will be Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless, The Newsroom), as Greg’s not precisely reliable macho friend Kent, and Alicia Witt (Justified, 88 Minutes) as his wife Carly. The show, which was nominated for a Tony best play award in 2009 (which was before it got capital letters), will be staged by Geffen a.d. Randall Arney. The run is July 29-August 31, with the official opening set for August 6.

    Kick Off The GH Fan Club Weekend With Nancy Lee Grahn!

    Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) would like to kick off the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend with you at her special event to be held Thursday, July 31, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the King's Head Pub & Restaurant in Studio City!

    You can purchase tickets at this link, and admission includes dinner and soft drinks (alcohol will be available at a cash bar). It also includes hours of fun with Grahn, with a Q&A session, personal time, autographs, pictures, raffles, silent auctions and much, much more!

    GH CASTING NEW ROLE

    GH has put out a casting call for an African-American man in his mid-30s to early 40s to begin shooting in September. The role is contract.

    Anthony Geary Interview

    Anthony Geary on Luke, Fluke and How He Almost Quit General Hospital. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    Kimberly McCullough Returning to General Hospital

    Robin's coming back!

    Actress Kimberly McCullough will be returning to General Hospital later this summer, Soaps in Depth reports.

    McCullough hinted at her own return via Twitter Monday, posting a picture of script pages with the caption, "A day in the life of a soap actor. Say 'soap-y' I dare you."

    GH boss Frank Valenti confirmed that Robin will return to Port Charles, but declined to say whether she'll be reconciling with her husband Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson).

    Are you looking forward to seeing Robin again?

    KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH RETURNS TO GH

    Robin is heading back to Port Charles! A GH rep confirms that Kimberly McCullough (Robin) will reprise her fan-favorite role "sometime this summer" The actress let the cat out of the bag on Twitter with a photo of a script she's set to shoot. "A day in the life of a soap actor. Say 'soap-y' I dare you. #notthewholescript#onlymyscenes," she wrote. See the photo here: twitter.com.

    Revenge of the Soap Opera: Ratings Up 15 Percent

    After a depressing run that saw many dramas get axed, soaps are seeing a resurgence in this year's Daytime Emmys race.

    This story first appeared in the June 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

    When Peter Bergman began his career as a soap opera star more than 30 years ago, it seemed the public's -- and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' -- appetites for daytime dramas were insatiable. He earned the first of his 19 Emmy nominations for playing Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children and in 1989 moved on to play Jack Abbott on CBS' stalwart contender The Young & the Restless, which then was (as it is now) the top-rated U.S. soap opera. Then, around the mid-'90s, daytime dramas slowly were pushed into the Daytime Emmy shadows as talk shows, game shows, reality and other programming grabbed the spotlight.

    Three years ago -- in the wake of the cancellation of two long-running soaps -- something unexpected happened. Interest in soaps, and their ratings, began to rise again -- up nearly 15 percent in the past year.

    The rebound has been reflected in this year's race of the 41st Daytime Emmy Awards, where soaps once again have the most nominations: Y&R has 26, followed by The Bold and the Beautiful (both on CBS) with 18 and ABC's General Hospital with 16.

    After ABC canceled All My Children and One Life to Live in 2011, there were only four soaps left on broadcast TV, compared with 19 at the height of their popularity in 1970. Then things turned around. "Yes, we've reduced the number of soaps, but there are still enough people who think, 'That's my kind of entertainment; let's see what's left,' " says Bergman of the shift.

    Soap viewership started to take a dive around 20 years ago largely because millions of women joined the work force and no longer were at home watching TV. The rising popularity of the DVR has countered that trend, making it possible for all those fans to watch. Also, it has been easier for them to engage with one another through social media, where they can discuss the genre's ever-edgier storylines, such as gay-bullying on NBC's Days of Our Lives and a character deciding whether to get an abortion on CBS' The Bold and the Beautiful.

    Jill Phelps, executive producer of Y&R who has the distinction of having held that title on six soaps over the past three decades, says the shows have been made over for a cooler audience. "The stories have more edge, there are quicker editing cuts and newer music," says Phelps. "The pace, tone and sophistication have changed. We have smarter viewers, and I think that's true of all the soaps. It's an overall hipper viewing audience."

    Melissa Egan, who plays Chelsea Lawson on Y&R and is nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the fifth time in six years, says she hears from fans who have remained loyal but also finds that a new generation is tuning in. And the writing has gotten so much better, says Egan, who joined Y&R in 2011 after spending five years on All My Children. "It's a shame that soaps get a bad rap [critically]. Many of the actors are amazing. It's like doing a new play every day."

    No one knows better than Bergman. On the day he spoke with THR, he had 30 pages of dialogue to memorize and another 30 the next day. There are no teleprompters or cue cards, and most scenes on Y&R shoot in one take.

    "He has an unbelievable energy and theatricality that makes him delicious to watch," says Phelps. Bergman is humbled but also quick to defend his peers and fellow soap contenders: "To me, good acting is simply good acting."

    GH INTRODUCES NEW MOB PLAYER

    (Photo) Nick Chinlund makes his GH debut today in the role of Mickey Diamond, an emissary of Fluke's who will be the big boss's eyes and ears while Anthony Geary (Luke/Fluke) takes his annual summer hiatus.

    The Best Soap Opera Moments of 2013

    (variety.com) There may be only four broadcast soaps left but the folks at “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Days of Our Lives,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless” served up plenty of sudsy, sensational moments in 2013 — many of which will earn gold statues June 22 at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

    “Bold’s” most combustible moment last year was Katie ripping into her husband, Bill, and her sister, Brooke, over the affair they had while she battled post-partum depression.

    “We submitted that for Outstanding Drama Series,” says Bradley Bell, nominated as “Bold’s” executive producer and head writer. “The storyline’s a timeless classic, and there were so many great performances.”

    “Bill and Katie had been married for four years, which in daytime is an eternity,” notes Heather Tom, a five-time Emmy winner and a nominee this year for lead actress. “People are really invested in them so when it unraveled it was heartbreaking.”

    Among “Days’” highlights was Kristen and Brady’s wedding, which came to an abrupt halt after the groom’s mother played footage of the bride’s sexy romp with Eric — the priest officiating at the ceremony!

    “That was the culmination of a long story arc,” says nominee Greg Meng, “Days’” co-executive producer. “Eileen Davidson (a lead actress nominee for her perf as Kristen) gave a brilliant performance. We also had Will and Sonny’s romance, and some dark comedy moments with Kate, Sami and Gabi disposing of Nick’s ‘body.’”

    Fans of “Restless” ran through several boxes of tissues during the storyline in which young Delia was unintentionally struck dead by Adam’s car after her father left her unsupervised for just a few fatal moments. “It was a very difficult story to tell,” says nominee Jill Farren Phelps, “Restless’” executive producer. “The primary source of the story was to tell the journey of two fathers — and all that happens with them and the people who were affected by this.”

    Another standout for “Restless” was the tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, who played matriarch Katherine Chancellor on the show for 40 years.

    “That episode was a love letter to Jeanne,” says Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president, CBS Daytime. “We had 25 cast members on set to share their emotions. Jeanne’s last moment had her going up the stairs as (her rival) Jill asked if she could help. It was written for Katherine to say no. Jeanne added a ‘good night.’ And that was the last time we saw Katherine.”

    The tribute program earned a Special Class nomination.

    However, not all the memorable moments of soaps from last year are up for accolades. While eight “GH” actors were nominated, the show itself was surprisingly shut out in series, writing and directing categories.

    The most polite word that could be used about the glaring snubs is “ironic” since “GH’s” dream team, executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati, delivered one memorable moment after another last year. The pair resurrected the Nurses Ball (which featured Rick Springfield performing “Jessie’s Girl”), staged a deadly confrontation between Luke and Laura and evil Helena Cassadine, revisited the classic Lesley/Monica feud, and brought back veteran Rachel Ames as Audrey to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary episode.

    Finola Hughes, strangely absent from the lead actress category, briefly played a dual role in which she brought to life both Anna and evil Dr. Obrecht, masquerading as Anna. “Finola gave just enough so that you knew something was off,” Carlivati says. “She was brilliant.”

    “One of the real highlights (from 2013) is that our ratings are so strong,” says Valentini. “ ‘GH’ is vital and alive. That’s our most important accomplishment.”

    Is Donna Mills Back On GH?

    Could Donna Mills already be back at GENERAL HOSPITAL taping as Madeline? Yesterday, television personality Sandie Newton, who contributes to Hallmark's HOME & FAMILY, tweeted a photo of herself with good friend Ilene Kristen (Delia) and Mills. Since we already know that Kristen has been taping some GH appearances, Mills' Madeline might be back in town, too! And with daughter Nina out of her coma, it's the perfect time for Madeline to return to the canvas... we're sure Nina has some choice words for the woman who killed her baby and put her in a coma!

    Duncan Hursley Interview

    General Hospital Welcomes Soap Royalty. Read the TV Guide interview here.

    Sebastian Roché Marries Alicia Hannah

    (Pic1, Pic2) Vampire Diaries star Sebastian Roché is married!

    Roché wed actress Alicia Hannah in the south of France at Chateau Les Bouysses in Mercues on May 31.

    The weeklong celebration culminated in an intimate ceremony attended by 50 guests of close friends and family. The Mummy actor Oded Fehr, who acted as their officiant, said the festivities were a French fantasy.

    "Picturesque rolling grape orchard hills, with a river lazily flowing between them. A 700-year-old castle. Local wine. Baguettes with brie that tastes of heaven. A group of strangers whom will forever be friends … All just a lead in to the most incredible wedding," he told PEOPLE.

    The groom, who was born in Paris, said he knew Hannah was special when they met.

    "I was smitten and knew she was 'the one,' I gave Alicia my number and she never called me!" Roché, 49, told PEOPLE. "We stayed friends nonetheless and thank goodness, turned into something more 2½ years ago. I proposed on the eve of her birthday in Topanga Canyon last year."

    Alicia, who recently filmed an episode of Chasing Life, wore a custom gown of silk organza and Chantilly lace by Los Angeles designer Seo Ho Seok.

    "We worked for six months to create a gown worthy of a fairytale," she said. "I felt like I was floating."

    THAAO PENGHLIS BACK TO GH!

    Thaao Penghlis announced on Twitter that he will be making another return trip to GH as Victor Cassadine. "Have been asked back to General Hospital to explore the new escapades of that charming but mischievous rogue," he revealed. "Stay tuned." The actor added that he would be back in the studio during the last week of June. Victor was last seen delivering Lulu and Dante's frozen embryo.

    Is Miller GH's New Jason?

    Ever since Billy Miller left the role of Billy at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, there has been speculation that the fan favorite would be snatched up by GENERAL HOSPITAL to take over the part of Jason (previously played by Steve Burton, who is now Y&R's Dylan!). And last night, TV Guide's Michael Logan added some fuel to that particular fire by posting to Twitter: "Billy Miller. General Hospital. Done deal? This is what I'm hearing."

    When contacted for comment on the possible casting coup, a rep for GH replied simply, "We don't have any info on that." Could the rumor be true? Is Robin going to succeed in saving Jason and bring him back to Port Charles with a slightly different face? Or could Miller be playing someone else? What do you think?

    Oprah Checks In With Benard!

    GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Network series, OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, later this summer!

    Back in 2007, Benard and his wife, Paula, were guests on THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW in an episode featuring the topic of bipolar disorder. Although the Emmy winner has been outspoken about the mental illness that both he and his character share, Benard rarely appears on talk shows... but who could say no to Oprah?

    Now, Soaps In Depth has learned, OWN caught up with the Benards for a segment on WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, the popular series that tracks down the most memorable OPRAH SHOW guests for updates on their lives today.

    We will let you know as soon as we get a date confirmed for the Benard family, but in the meantime, all new episodes of OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? air every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

    Comic Kathy Griffin to host Daytime Emmys online

    Kathy Griffin is taking her comedy online as host of the Daytime Emmy awards as the event heads to a new home on the Internet.

    The 41st annual awards will be presented June 22 from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

    Griffin joked that her only regret is that the epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year's World Cup.

    The awards were televised on the HLN cable network the past two years. But when the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and various cable outlets couldn't strike a deal, the academy decided to move the show online.

    Awards will be handed out in 25 categories, including several new ones, during the live stream.

    The academy hopes to attract more worldwide fans through social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Google Hangout, Twitter, Vine and Instagram.

    "GENERAL HOSPITAL" SETS 21-WEEK HIGH IN TOTAL VIEWERS

    ABC is the #1 Network in Daytime Across Women 18-34, Women 18-49 and Women 25-54, Spiking by Solid Double Digits Year to Year

    “General Hospital” Sets a 21-Week High in Total Viewers and 8-Week Highs in Women 18-49 and Women 25-54, Ranking #1 in the Target Women Demos

    For the week of June 2, 2014, ABC swept as the #1 network in daytime across Women 18-34 (188,000/0.6 rating), Women 18-49 (576,000/0.9 rating) and Women 25-54 (753,000/1.2 rating), generating across the board double digit growth year to year.

    ABC was the only broadcast network registering year to year increases across all target demos: +15% in Total Viewers (3.0 million vs. 2.6 million), +25% in Women 18-34 (188,000 vs. 150,000), +25% in Women 18-49 (576,000 vs. 459,000) and +19% in Women 25-54 (753,000 vs. 631,000).

    “General Hospital”:

    “General Hospital” ranked as the week’s #1 program in daytime among Women 18-49 (680,000/1.1 rating – tied on rating) and placed an ultra-competitive #2 in Women 25-54 (909,000/1.5 rating), rising to 8-week highs in the target demos – since week of 4/7/14.

    Also impressive, “General Hospital” spiked to a 21-week high in Total Viewers (3.1 million) – since week of 1/6/14 – with the week placing among the series’ Top 5 weeks in nearly 6-and-a-half years (dates back to 1/28/08).

    “General Hospital” posted the biggest year to year gains of any program in daytime in Total Viewers (+24% – 3.1 million vs. 2.5 million) and of any daytime drama in Women 18-34 (+24% – 216,000 vs. 174,000), Women 18-49 (+22% – 680,000 vs. 557,000) and Women 25-54 (+20% – 909,000 vs. 757,000).

    Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, weeks of 6/2/14, Live + Same Day. Daypart/Program rankings based on U.S. ratings and include ties. Gapped/Breakout/Specials programming excluded.

    ABC's Alien Thriller The Whispers Makes Major Casting Change

    ABC’s midseason drama The Whispers is undergoing a bit of a casting shake-up.

    TVLine has learned exclusively that series regular Brianna Brown — who portrayed Lena, the photojournalist wife of Barry Sloane’s character, Wes, in the pilot — has exited the series for creative reasons.

    The role will be recast and Brown’s scenes will be re-shot.

    Produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV, The Whispers (fka The Visitors) chronicles a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world by using the most unlikely and unsuspecting inhabitants on the planet: the children.

    Brown’s previous credits include stints on Devious Maids, True Blood and General Hospital. She kicks off a recurring gig as FBI officer Juan Badillo’s widowed wife on USA Network’s Graceland on June 18.

    GH Alum Joins Navy

    (tvline.com) A General Hospital vet is about to find himself in the Navy.

    Brandon Barash, who played Johnny Zacchara on the ABC soap, has landed a guest-starring role on DirecTV’s upcoming drama Navy St.TVLine has learned that Barash will play Eric, a condescending Los Angeles charlatan who becomes enraged when Lisa (The Glades‘ Kiele Sanchez) rejects his advances.

    Navy St., which received a 10-episode straight-to-series order, is being billed as a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts (MMA) gym in Venice, California. The drama also stars Nick Jonas and Parenthood‘s Matt Lauria.

    Sing With The Stars!

    If you're planning on attending the GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, there's one very special event you're probably going to regret missing! Sean Blakemore (Shawn), Marc Samuels (Felix) and Parry Shen (Brad) are hosting the Karaoke Music Of The Night Party on Sunday, August 3, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight! Ryan Carnes (Lucas) will be a special guest, and Magic Milo himself, Drew Cheetwood, will be there, too! This is your chance to perform alongside your favorite stars! Tickets are $95 — E-mail GHPCFanclub@aol.com or clairemullan@ca.rr.com to order!

    Plus, back by popular demand is the Blast From The Past event, which brings cast members from the past 51 years of the soap's history back for a special reunion with loyal fans. Who knows which of the many stars will show up this year? You can find out on Sunday, August 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Tickets are $135, and you can order them by E-mailing GHPCfanclub@aol.com or clairemullan@ca.rr.com.

    And for a complete rundown of all the Fan Club Weekend festivities, keep checking the official Fan Club Web site!

    John Stamos saves marriages in 'My Man Is A Loser' trailer

    (Trailer) Proving to be smooth in both real life and fiction, John Stamos is back in action on the big screen in this summer's comedy "My Man Is a Loser."

    In the film, Stamos plays Mike, a New York playboy who knows how to get what he wants with the ladies.

    So when his two married friends (Michael Rapaport and Bryan Callen) come to him asking for help connecting with their wives, Mike does his best to help the guys get their swagger back.

    However, some things are just better with a woman's touch.

    So fortunately when Mike's single ways start backfiring in the married world, his beautiful and savvy female friend (Tika Sumpter) steps in to save the day.

    Lionsgate's "My Man Is a Loser", written and directed by comedian Mike Young, is out in select theaters and on demand July 25.

    Teresa Castillo Welcomes Daughter Victoria Milani

    (celebritybabies.people.com) Her latest trip to the hospital was her best yet: Teresa Castillo‘s baby girl is here!

    The General Hospital actress and her husband Shane Aaron welcomed their first child on Thursday, May 29, at 10:32 p.m. in Los Angeles, she confirms to PEOPLE.

    Daughter Victoria Milani – whose middle name pays homage to her dad’s Hawaiian roots — weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 oz. and measured 20 inches long.

    “We are completely overjoyed to finally have our little girl in our arms,” Castillo, 30, tells PEOPLE.

    The new mom was ecstatic to find out she was expecting a daughter, but nothing could prepare her for the moment she first laid eyes on her baby.

    “It was completely surreal. I couldn’t believe that this was the little person living in my belly for nine months,” she says. “She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.”

    Sharing in that special moment was Aaron, who is already being praised as a fabulous father. “Shane was by my side through the whole thing — cheering me on, taking care of me,” Castillo shares.

    “He has been the most amazing husband through the whole pregnancy, labor and delivery, and is already a great dad.”

    Next up for the first-time parents? “Spending the summer loving our little girl,” Castillo says.

    Are You Ready For The GH Fan Club Weekend?

    The GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend is coming up soon! From Thursday, July 31, to Monday, August 4, you'll be able to get up close and personal with your favorite actors at tons of fun events held at the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel in Studio City, CA.

    For an overview, you can visit the GH Fan Club Web site by clicking here.

    RICK SPRINGFIELD DOCUMENTARY AVAILABLE NOW

    An Affair of the Heart, an award-winning documentary examining the life of pop rock icon Rick Springfield (ex-Noah/Eli, GH), is now available on iTunes and other leading digital platforms including Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox and Playstation. "An Affair of the Heart has been a labor of love from day one," said Melanie Lentz-Janney, executive producer. For more information on the film, visit www.rickspringfielddoc.com or follow the @YellowRickRoad on Facebook and Twitter. To purchase the film on iTunes, visit here.

    FORMER OLTL CO-STARS TEAM UP

    (Photo) Daytime alum Brittany Underwood (ex-Loren, HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS; ex-Langston, OLTL) and real-life best friend Kristen Alderson (Kiki, GH; ex-Starr, OLTL) have come together to promote a new website devoted to dogs, www.pimpmypooch.com. The daily deal site for dogs is designed to provide customers with the best products and services at a great value. Underwood tells Digest, "It's sort of like a Groupon or LivingSocial, but just for dog stuff. I thought it was a super-cute idea to begin with, and then when [my friend] told me a large portion of the proceeds would be donated to animal charities, I was like, 'I'm in. How can I help?' We decided to go for an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds that we need to really get this off the ground. I also enlisted the help of my bestie Kristen Alderson to help us spread the word. And we're totally pimping our dogs out, too, who happen to be best friends themselves, to promote our new project. From the first day that I brought my dog, Skeeter, to Kristen's to play with her dog, Pookah, they just started playing as soon as they saw each other. We're going to be giving away some great swag during our IndieGoGo campaign, including signed autographs, telephone calls, and even lunches with Kristen and me. We really want to show the fans how much we appreciate them helping us with this project and are even encouraging them to tweet us, if there's something specific they want from us in return for a donation to the campaign." Head to www.pimpmypooch.com for more information on the campaign and to donate visit the IndieGoGo campaign at http://igg.me/at/pimpmypooch. To tweet with Alderson and Underwood, you can find them @britt_underwood and @krisalderson.

    See GH Star's Documentary!

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

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

    Bid On A Makeover For The Fan Club Weekend!

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

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

    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

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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

    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].

    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!

    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.

    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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