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



  • Current Cast

    • Lexi Ainsworth as Kristina Corinthos Davis
    • Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos
    • Tamara Braun as Kim Nero
    • Steve Burton as Jason Morgan
    • Ryan Carnes as Lucas Jones
    • Leslie Charleson as Monica Quartermaine
    • Derk Cheetwood as Max Giambetti
    • Drew Cheetwood as Milo Giambetti
    • Matt Cohen as Griffin Munro
    • Celesta DeAstis as Francesca
    • James DePaiva as David Bensch
    • William deVry as Julian Jerome
    • Risa Dorken as Amy Driscoll
    • Chad Duell as Michael Corinthos
    • Michael Easton as Hamilton Finn
    • Sonya Eddy as Epiphany Johnson
    • Hayley Erin as Kiki Jerome
    • Scarlett Fernandez as Charlotte Cassadine
    • Lily Fisher as Georgie Spinelli
    • Genie Francis as Laura Collins
    • Max Gail as Mike Corbin
    • Kathleen Gati as Liesl Obrecht
    • Nancy Lee Grahn as Alexis Davis
    • Elizabeth Hendrickson as Margaux Dawson
    • Carolyn Hennesey as Diane Miller
    • Briana Nicole Henry as Jordan Ashford
    • Rebecca Herbst as Elizabeth Webber
    • Lynn Herring as Lucy Coe
    • Roger Howarth as Franco Baldwin
    • Finola Hughes as Anna Devane
    • Wally Kurth as Ned Quartermaine
    • Cassandra James as Terry Randolph
    • Jon Lindstrom as Kevin & Ryan Collins
    • William Lipton as Cameron Webber
    • Lisa LoCicero as Olivia Falconeri Quartermaine
    • Eden McCoy as Josslyn Jacks
    • Billy Miller as Drew Cain
    • Kelly Monaco as Sam Morgan
    • O’Neill Monahan as Rocco Falconeri
    • Anthony Montgomery as Andre Maddox
    • Haley Alexis Pullos as Molly Lansing
    • Wes Ramsey as Peter August
    • James Read as Gregory Chase
    • Tequan Richmond as T.J. Ashford
    • Caden & Corben Rothweiler as Danny Morgan
    • Emme Rylan as Lulu Spencer Falconeri
    • Marc Anthony Samuel as Felix Dubois
    • Brytni Sarpy as Valerie Spencer
    • Parry Shen as Brad Cooper
    • Kin Shriner as Scott Baldwin
    • Michelle Stafford as Nina Reeves Cassadine
    • Deborah Strang as Betsy Frank
    • Garren Stitt as Oscar Nero
    • Kirsten Storms as Maxie Jones
    • James Patrick Stuart as Valentin Cassadine
    • Josh Swickard as Harrison Chase
    • Jessica Tuck as Cassandra Pierce
    • Donnell Turner as Curtis Ashford
    • Kristina Wagner as Felicia Jones
    • Vernee Watson as Stella Henry
    • TK Weaver as Danny Morgan
    • Hudson West as Jake Spencer
    • Maura West as Ava Jerome
    • Laura Wright as Carly Corinthos Jacks
    • John J. York as Mac Scorpio
    • 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



    November 19
    Ava manipulates Franco; Monica spends the day with Oscar; Drew alienates Kim.
    November 20
    Laura takes it all in; Stella grow introspective; Jordan is surprised.
    November 21
    Nina tears into Ava; Laura has terrible timing; Oscar is conflicted.
    November 22
    (Repeat From Nov 27, 2000) Sonny seals a deal with Laura before returning home to a disappointed Carly.
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    Daytime Emmys: Network Soaps Lift Boycott Threat But Others Will Shun Awards Over NATAS’ Response To Snafus

    (11/18/18) (deadline.com) The four network daytime dramas will not be boycotting next year’s Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony as they’d threatened to in July. In an unprecedented show of unity, after being dissatisfied with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ response to screw-ups during this year’s awards show, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless banded together this summer to present a list of complaints and demands for changes that prompted NATAS to commission an investigation by an outside counsel. The report from that review was put out November 8.

    “The four daytime dramas are in receipt of NATAS’ internal investigation report and recommendations moving forward,” a spokesperson of the four series said in a statement to Deadline. “As a group, we are not in agreement with all of the conclusions that NATAS reached. However, in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy on improving the integrity of the Daytime Emmys, we have lifted our boycott. We look forward to meeting with NATAS to discuss their findings and our concerns in greater detail.”

    While the network daytime dramas will participate in the Daytime Emmys despite reservations about the findings in the report, willing to give NATAS another change, others are fed up. Michael Caruso, executive producer of Amazon’s soap opera Ladies of the Lake, says he will not participate in next year’s awards.

    The report concluded its procedures were so “sloppy” and inconsistently applied that they may have given the “appearance of favoritism,” but it found “no evidence of voter fraud or panel tampering,” and no evidence NATAS staff “intentionally rigged the competition results.”

    In response, NATAS has made numerous changes to its rules and procedures to correct past “missteps,” and has vowed to be more transparent going forward. That’s apparently good enough for the network soaps, who’d threatened to boycott if changes weren’t made to ensure “a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” But many involved in digital soaps want to see even more changes — and corrections of past mistakes.

    “I have a show that’s eligible this year, but I’m not participating because NATAS has not fixed any of the issues in the digital awards categories,” Caruso told Deadline. “Our simple requests have either been ignored or denied, and I do not feel that this judging process is a trustworthy one.”

    “This is not a snap impulse decision,” he added. “This is the result of years’ worth of their questionable behavior, and because my interactions with NATAS have been overwhelmingly negative.”

    Caruso is not alone is his displeasure. Crystal Chappell, star and co-creator of the streaming series Venice, says she’s through with the Daytime Emmys too. “I won’t be participating in the future because of their lack of transparency,” she said.

    The “clusterf*ck,” as Caruso describes it, began shortly after the 2018 awards show when NATAS rescinded the Emmy it had presented three weeks earlier to Patrika Darbo for her guest appearance on Amazon’s The Bay. Turns out, they say, she wasn’t eligible to compete in the category because she’d appeared in a prior season.

    After meeting on May 22, the Awards Committee determined it would give Darbo’s Emmy to Jennifer Bassey, who finished second in the voting, for her guest-starring role on the web series Anacostia. According to an “independent review” commissioned by NATAS, “One or more NATAS staff members conveyed to Ms. Bassey’s representatives in a phone call that she would be awarded the Emmy Award before any award determination was publicly announced.”

    But then the Awards Committee determined that she hadn’t been eligible either, and refused to give her the Emmy after she’d been told she’d won. In the end, no award was given in the category.

    Darbo, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the Television Academy – which oversees the Primetime Emmys – is also raising questions about the independence of that review, which was co-authored by attorney Kevin M. Goldberg.

    Goldberg, it turns out, serves on the executive committee – and was the immediate past chair – of the National Press Foundation, which recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism through its own annual awards show. Serving alongside him on that foundation’s board of directors is Adam Sharp, president and CEO of NATAS, which commissioned the report Goldberg co-wrote.

    “It’s a conflict of interest,” Darbo told Deadline. “How can it be an independent investigation when friends are checking up on friends, and the hens are being guarded by the foxes?” She also believes, in the interest of transparency, that this connection should have been disclosed.

    Darbo says she isn’t concerned about having had her Emmy rescinded, and acknowledges her producers inadvertently submitted her “in the wrong category, so I should not have won the Emmy.” But as a governor of the TV Academy, she said, “The performers elected me to take care of them, and that’s what I’m doing.”

    Goldberg’s report was presented to the NATAS board of trustees on November 2 “in a spirit of transparency,” Sharp said in a November 8 letter. “It bluntly sums up its assessment of NATAS’ management of the 2018 Daytime Emmys in one word: ‘sloppy.’ It levies criticism where criticism is due. And it rightly identifies many ways in which we must do better.”

    In the wake of the debacle, NATAS has changed its eligibility rules to prevent a recurrence of the problem, much of which stemmed from confusion – in the age of streaming shows – about just what constitutes an “episode” or a “chapter” of a program. Sharp has said the rules have now been updated in several awards categories “to eliminate opportunities for confusion,” with particular attention being paid to “the requirements in the performer categories – which are at the heart of much of the concern we heard – and we will more specifically define terms such as ‘episode’ where relevant.”

    Many involved in the mess, however, believe NATAS hasn’t gone far enough to investigate or remedy the problem that occurred at the last awards show. “The report was an attempt to try and straighten out the problems,” Darbo said, “but I believe that if you’re doing an investigative report to find out the problems, you should do a thorough report.”

    The same eligibility-rules confusion that existed in the digital guest-starring and supporting actor categories, she said, may have been present in the digital best actress, best actor and best supporting actor categories, as well. The investigation never looked at that.

    “There were winners from each of those categories from The Bay,” she said, “and if those categories weren’t investigated, how do we know that they truly won? Did they have extra episodes submitted and call them ‘chapters’ too? Four errors in one category (guest actor) and two errors in the supporting actor category, don’t you think they should have looked at every category?”

    The call for entries for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards was November 12, and Sharp told Bassey that “We hope you will once again join in the competition.” Given the foul-up, he also offered to provide her with “monetary credit for this year’s competition in the amount of your entry fees for the category in 2018.”

    One of the other areas of dispute was the report’s findings on the eligibility of nominees in the supporting actor digital category, which was won by Eric Nelsen for The Bay. Under the rules, submissions for consideration could not contain material from more than four episodes of a program. According to the report, the show’s submissions for Nelsen and Brandon Beemer – another nominee from The Bay – “were eventually found to contain materials from more than four installments.”

    Even so, Nelsen was allowed to keep his Emmy, which has led Bassey to threaten to sue NATAS on the basis of sex discrimination. In a November 5 letter to Goldberg, Bassey’s attorney, Leon Friedman, said that “Five episodes were submitted on behalf of Eric Nelsen even though the requirements limit the submissions to four episodes. Yet, Mr. Nelsen was allowed to retain his Emmy award. Apparently, the basis for distinguishing between Jennifer Bassey on the one hand and Eric Nelsen on the other was that Mr. Nelsen was a man and Jennifer Bassey was a woman. The submissions for both performers exceeded the requirements of the rules, yet only Ms. Bassey was disqualified.”

    California law, he continued, “is extremely strict in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender in all fields. Since an award of an Emmy is an important factor in determining future employment in the entertainment field, the failure to make such an award because of a candidate’s gender, falls within a prohibited category. We believe that NATAS must take affirmative steps to correct this situation. Do the right thing and award Ms. Bassey her rightful award.”

    The report, however, “Did not find any evidence to support a claim that NATAS or any of its staff members intentionally discriminated against any nominee or winner on the basis of race, gender, or age.”

    It did, however, find “many instances in which circumstances and NATAS staff decisions gave rise to, at minimum, the appearance of impropriety and favoritism, which have caused observers to believe the awards competition and the resolution of the awarding of Emmy Awards (in the guest-starring and supporting actor digital categories) was not conducted in an impartial manner.”

    Chappell told Sharpe she is also concerned that gender discrimination may have played a role in denying an Emmy to Bassey.

    “I know that these mistakes are not the fault of the actors but the fault of each production team that submits but, nevertheless, once you head down the slippery slope, we’ve lost all integrity in the Emmy itself,” she said. “If nothing is done, it would appear that the Academy has a bias for a particular show and is treating women differently than their male peers. I know that is not you. As a woman who has reinvented herself, marched for women’s rights/LGBTQ rights, I would find doing nothing to be the worst possible decision and devastating to my relationship with the Emmys.”

    The report chalked up the disparate treatment of Bassey and Nelsen to confusion over what constitutes an “episode” of a streaming show. “NATAS staff provided differing rationales for inconsistently applying the Episode Rule” in those two categories, the report said. “First, The Bay is distributed in what its producers have referred to as ‘chapters,’ with multiple ‘chapters’ released simultaneously.”

    In the submissions for his category, Nelsen and Beemer appeared in more than four “chapters,” but NATAS staff explained to investigators that “it could be argued that chapters released simultaneously could be considered one episode. As such, NATAS staff stated they believed there is a good faith reasonable argument that Mr. Nelsen and Mr. Beemer may not have, in fact, violated the Episode Rule.”

    This distinction between episodes and chapters – and allowing different eligibility rules based on someone’s interpretation of what an episode is, was widely mocked by those calling for change. “It’s not an even playing field,” Darbo said. “There are no chapters in television, only episodes.”

    Chappell agreed. “There are no ‘chapters’ in television,” she said. Indeed, even The Bay’s website refers to its installments as “episodes.”

    “Chapters,” scoffed Sonia Blangiardo, creator and executive producer of the web series Tainted Dreams. “That’s a big insult. Even Amazon says ‘episodes’ per season. There’s no such thing as chapters. It’s false and a little disheartening moving forward with these rules.”

    Even the NATAS-commissioned report found “sound countervailing arguments” against such a distinction in interviews and documents reviewed. “Such materials and interviews cited industry practice and union agreements that universally refer to installments of a program as episodes, and The Bay also promoting its program as being released in episodes, not chapters.”

    Even so, the report stuck by NATAS’ decision to rescind Bassey’s guest star Emmy and to let Nelsen keep his supporting actor award. “Ms. Bassey’s program, Anacostia, was released in episodes, and she appeared in two episodes in her submission, in excess of the one episode limit under the Episode Rule. As such, NATAS staff stated Ms. Bassey unquestionably violated the Episode Rule. NATAS staff stated it was therefore logical to not award Ms. Bassey an Emmy Award because her submission irrefutably violated the Episode Rule in (her category); but allow Mr. Nelsen to keep his Emmy Award because of the reasonable argument his submission did not violate the Episode Rule in (his) category.”

    “At times,” the report found, “the producers of The Bay have described the release of installments of The Bay as ‘chapters’ instead of ‘episodes.’ Such a characterization gives rise to the argument there are alternate interpretations of the Episode Rule with regard to its application in determining whether Mr. Nelsen’s and Mr. Beemer’s submissions did or did not violate the Episode Rule’s cap of four episodes of a program that may be included in a submission, an argument NATAS has deemed to be reasonable.”

    If nothing else, the snafu has gotten the attention of NATAS, which this month promised to provide additional resources to the Daytime Emmys; to better articulate and make public its core policies and procedures; and to apply its rules “consistently and transparently.”

    Perhaps most important, Sharp has vowed that NATAS “will seek to work more closely with the Television Academy” after all four network daytime soaps – The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless – came together demanding changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards and the way the competition is held.

    In addition to all the other changes that have been made, Sharp has said that “Recognizing that participants in the Daytime Emmy competition may be more likely to be members of the Television Academy than of NATAS, we hope to better engage our sister Academy in our processes as representatives of their members. These efforts could include:

    • More consciously prioritizing Television Academy membership as a criterion for judging participation.

    • Requesting that the Television Academy reinstate sending emails to their membership encouraging participation as Daytime Emmy judges.

    • Inviting a representative of the Television Academy and its members to begin participating again in our Daytime Emmy nomination cut-off calls.

    • Inviting a representative of the Television Academy to review questioned submissions, observe backstage operations, and/or be present for the application of statue bands at the Daytime Emmy ceremony.

    “We appreciate that the missteps of this and of past years may have impacted your confidence in the Daytime Emmy Awards,” Sharp told many of those who had complained, “and we are absolutely committed to earning back your trust. We believe that through these and other improvements, we will once again meet the expectations you and other participants rightfully have of us.”

    Dishing with Digest - 11/16/18 - Ron Carlivati

    (11/16/18) Head Writer Ron Carlivati Talks About His Soap Past And Present (Listen / download)

    DAYS’s Head Writer Ron Carlivati talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Salem present, the highlights of his GH and ONE LIFE TO LIVE past, how he broke into the biz and more. We also discuss the challenges of being the top scribe in today’s soap climate.

    ‘Grand Hotel’: John Marshall Jones, Richard Burgi & Adrian Pasdar Join ABC Drama Series

    (11/16/18) John Marshall Jones (Smart Guy), Richard Burgi (General Hospital) and Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar have booked recurring roles on Grand Hotel, ABC’s drama series executive produced by Eva Longoria.

    Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.

    Jones will play Malcolm, husband to Mrs. P and father of Jason. Malcolm is the head of facilities at the Riviera Grand. He’s a loving family man who works hard to give his loved ones the life they deserve.

    Burgi will portray Michael Finn. Owner of the Finn Hotel Group. Mr. Finn might seem charming, but this shrewd businessman’s presence in Miami Beach means trouble for the Mendoza family and the staff of the Riviera Grand.

    Pasdar is Felix, the ex-husband of Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) and father of Yoli and Carolina. He abandoned his family after he was caught embezzling money from his clients. He’s returned after several years to make amends but are his intentions honorable, or does he have a more sinister motive?

    Jones, best known for his role as Floyd Henderson on the hit 90s WB/Disney series Smart Guy, was a series regular on Bounce’s In The Cut. He’ll next be seen in a recurring on HBO’s Big Little Lies. On the feature side, Jones has supporting roles in the upcoming Warner Bros. horror feature The Curse of La Llorona and New Line’s thriller The Children. He’s repped by Pantheon Talent and Generate.

    Burgi’s credits include Desperate Housewives and General Hospital, and he can be seen in a multi-episode arc on Crackle’s The Oath. He’s repped by Innovative Artists and Leslie Allan-Rice Management.

    Pasdar recurs as Morgan Edge in the CW’s Supergirl which is going into its fourth season. He previously played Nolan Burgess for two seasons on USA’s Colony and had a starring role in ABC’s Kingmakers pilot. He’s repped by Gersh and Fidelity Management.

    Donnell Turner Teases the New Role He Almost Lost

    (11/14/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Offered a small guest role on the upcoming Amazon crime drama TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG, Donnell Turner (Curtis, GENERAL HOSPITAL) jumped at the opportunity. “It was maybe three lines, but I decided to do it for the exercise and to stay relevant to the casting directors,” he confided to Soaps In Depth. “And I figured it’d be cool to have Amazon on my resume!”

    While appearing on GH, Turner has made guest appearances on primetime shows like JANE THE VIRGIN and films like The Choir Director. TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG stars Miles Teller and Billy Baldwin and centers around a grieving police officer who, along with the man who shot his partner, finds himself in an underworld full of hit men, Yakuza, assassins, Russian mafia, and teen killers However, after going in for a wardrobe fitting for this new role, the actor never got the call to come to set on the scheduled shoot date. “I got paid for the fitting and the day,” Turner explained, “but it’s not about the money. It’s about the exposure!”

    While it had seemed as though the role had disappeared, a few months later, it resurfaced out of the blue. And the producers weren’t just calling to see if he was still interested in the part, they also revealed that they’d beefed up the role! “They came back at me with eight pages,” Turner revealed with a smile.

    However, fans of heroic Port Charles sleuth Curtis Ashford may be in for a surprise when they tune in to watch his portrayer in TOO OLD TO DIE YOUNG. This character does something really awful, but Turner’s not giving anything away. “To find out what, you’ll have to wait until the series premieres next year,” he teased. “I can’t wait!”

    We’ll be sure to let you know when the series is released on Amazon so you can stream it.

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    Constance Zimmer, Joe Manganiello & Mike Colter Star In Scripted Crime Podcast ‘The Angel Of Vine’

    (11/14/18) UnREAL’s Constance Zimmer, Luke Cage’s Mike Colter and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello are starring in The Angel of Vine, a ten-part scripted true crime podcast.

    The trio are narrating the series, which is a fictional account of an unsolved murder mystery told in the style of a modern true crime podcast. It was created by actor Oliver Vaquer, who starred in Jane The Virgin and Andi Mack, and former WME and UTA in-house voice director Ryan Martz.

    It is the latest high-profile scripted podcast and comes after the TV launch of Julia Roberts-fronted Homecoming, which was based on a Gimlet Media podcast.

    The Angel of Vine follows a journalist who uncovers the audio tapes of a 1950’s private eye, who cracked the greatest unsolved murder mystery Hollywood has ever known. The series explores the investigation in 30-minute segments voiced by actors and a supporting cast of voice-over professionals.

    Misha Collins (Supernatural), Cree Summer (Voltron: Legendary Defender), Alfred Molina (Feud), Khary Payton (The Walking Dead), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy), star alongside Matthew Mercer (Critical Role), Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop) and Nolan North (Uncharted)

    The show has launched on all podcast platforms with new episodes every Wednesday. It is produced by Martz’s Vox Populi. Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a branded advertiser and will be featured within the storyline.

    “At its core, The Angel of Vine is a story that’s entertaining for anyone and at the same time feels familiar to an avid podcast listener,” said Vaquer. “We treated the recording of Angel of Vine like live theater so that the actors could work off of each other. We would place entire scenes in front of them, let them play and watch it come to life, which shows in the final product.”

    “This production created an opportunity to combine the nostalgia of classic radio dramas with the modern vehicle of podcasting,” added Martz. “We partnered with actors, companies and brands that embodied that same collision of a classic aesthetic with a modern audience to make sure that Angel of Vine provided an authentic experience to listeners.”

    Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson Reveal the Secrets Behind Their Exciting New Podcast

    (11/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Like GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jason and Spinelli, Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson are close pals and every Wednesday, you can hang with them via their new podcast! Burton had been wanting to launch a podcast for years, and with the Stone Cold and the Jackal road show selling out around the country, sitting down with co-host Anderson for a weekly series seemed the natural call. “I found the right guy to do it with, because we can talk for hours without really talking about anything,” Burton cracked to Soaps In Depth. “My father-in-law was like, ‘What do you guys talk about for an hour every week?’ [I tell him,] ‘Well, you’ve got to listen! “We’ve got stories about the road, the show, being parents and then, of course, guests. We want people to enjoy the podcast and get a real peek behind the curtain of what our lives are like.”

    Those who’ve never heard Burton riff with Anderson might be surprised by how funny and silly the podcasts get. But for the guys, the biggest surprise has been how guests like Maurice Benard (Sonny), Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), Max Gail (Mike) and Kin Shriner (Scotty) open up so fully on a personal level. “They sit there talking to us about things they might not talk about in regular interviews,” Burton revealed. “We talk about so much, but it’s less about GH story than people’s interesting pasts and how they got here. It didn’t really start out that way, but the journey is so interesting — and relatable! We just want to be real with the people... and make them laugh.”

    Since Anderson lives in Sacramento, guests are chosen based on who’s working at GH when he’s in L.A. “A lot of people make requests for certain guests, but it’s totally dictated by schedule,” he said. “It’s not that we really want to talk to this person and don’t want to talk to that person. We’re thrilled to talk to anybody!” At this point, they’re about halfway through the GH cast. “There are so many interesting people on and off GH we’re looking forward to having — and then we’re going to jump to other daytime shows,” Bur ton previewed. “Eventually, we’re going to jump out of daytime!”

    Anderson noted that listeners don’t have to be tech-savvy or rich to enjoy their show. “What I love about the podcast is anyone can get it anywhere, and it’s free,” he explained. “There are a lot of people who can’t see us on the road or aren’t on social media. With the podcast, there’s no barrier.”

    All you need to tune in Wednesdays or catch up on past episodes is Internet access. “We list every service you can listen on, and we give you the ability to listen on the Web site, stonecoldandthejackal.com, too,” Anderson declared. “We also encourage people to subscribe to the show, because every week, I get people saying they can’t find the podcast. So subscribe!”

    Relive The Epic Love Story of GENERAL HOSPITAL's Sonny and Carly

    (11/13/18) (Promo Video) This year marks Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as Sonny Corinthos on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and in addition to the very special episode of the soap airing on Monday, Nov. 12, ABC has also curated 20 of the most memorable episodes from Sonny and Carly’s tumultuous relationship for fans to watch on ABC.com and the ABC app. Before the big announcement, Benard and Laura Wright (Carly) teased something awesome was coming in a special video clip, and they weren't wrong!

    Although Benard is the only actor to portray Sonny over the past decades, the classic GH episodes available for viewing will cover three different actresses as Carly: Sarah Joy Brown, Tamara Braun, and Wright.) The vintage drama begins back in November of 1999 when Carly left A.J. and went to Sonny’s where a heated argument turned into a passionate encounter and goes all the way up to when Sonny recreated “Luke’s” to help Mike and told Carly that she saved him from destroying his own life. In between, relive the emotional episode where Carly and Sonny lost their baby, the two-part renewal of their vows, Carly struggling to help Sonny when he went off his meds, and even the 51st anniversary show where Sonny reminisced about his history with Carly featuring all three actresses.

    All 20 episodes are available right now, but if you don’t want to binge and take your time (or if you want to rewatch some of them over and over), don’t worry — you’ll have until Tuesday, Feb. 12 to enjoy them as much as you want! ABC.com previously released classic episodes from the epic romance of Jason and Sam, and now they’re celebrating Sonny and Carly. Who will be next? We can’t wait to find out!

    Maurice Benard Reflects on His Special Anniversary Episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (11/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The Nov. 12 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL was a very special hour celebrating Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary playing Sonny Corinthos on the soap. In this very different show, viewers got a glimpse of what life would have been like for Sonny if he hadn’t entered the mob. And playing a younger version of his daytime alter ego was Benard’s real-life son, Joshua! “It’s weird seeing my son,” the actor admitted on Twitter, “but I’m very proud of Joshua!”

    Casting Benard’s son was perfect not just for the physical resemblance — he didn’t need much coaching for the role, either. “I just told him to be who he is,” Benard revealed, “because he’s a lot like me in a way.” And it sounds like the young man enjoyed his daytime debut. “Joshua says it was like a roller coaster and he learned a lot,” his dad reported. “Daytime is hard work.”

    Joshua wasn’t the only Benard family member who made a special appearance in this anniversary episode. “It’s so incredible that my daughters are in it, too,” he enthused. His girls were shown in family photos, and another in a different scene. “They just showed my daughter, Heather, sitting there in the pub,” Benard tweeted as the episode was airing.

    With this alternate reality showing Sonny on the right side of the law, Benard was able to challenge himself. “I love playing kind of the wimpy guy,” he admitted before adding, “I like the real Sonny because he fits like a glove. The one I play in this alternate universe is more difficult to play.”

    Benard was also quick to praise his GH castmates for tackling alternate versions of their well-established characters. “That scene with Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) took everything out of me,” he confessed. “Dom was, as always, right there with me. And Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) is also great in this alternate universe. You believe we’re a married couple” He also praised a scene between Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Steve Burton (Jason). “What’s coming out of Kelly is just raw emotion and Steve is just playing it perfect,” the Emmy winner declared.

    It was a special hour of GH that fans will remember for a long time. “I’m just so proud of everything about this show,” Benard concluded. “GH, thank you for the last 25 years! What an honor. I’m humbled by today’s show. Thank you [executive producer] Frank Valentini, [director] Phideaux Xavier, and the entire cast, crew and fans.”

    Kirsten Storms Had a Super-Cute Sleepover With Emme Rylan and Her Daughter

    (11/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Not only are Maxie and Lulu BFFs on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but actresses Kirsten Storms and Emme Rylan are exactly the same in real life! The girlfriends are always hanging out and having fun, and over the weekend, Storms was invited to a very special overnight visit at Rylan’s home. “Sleepover with my girls,” she posted to Instagram with a selfie of herself, her gal pal, and Rylan’s unbelievably adorable daughter, Dakota!

    Rylan’s daughter is 17 months old, and clearly inherited her mommy’s beautiful blue eyes. We also love her sweet pajamas featuring gummy bears, lollipops, and donuts! Storms has a four-year-old daughter with ex-husband Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny, GH), and it’s just a shame Harper couldn’t have joined in on the fun!

    Vanessa Marcil Claims Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox Cut His Son Kassius 'Out of Their Lives'

    (11/13/18) (toofab.com) Vanessa Marcil has claimed her ex Brian Austin Green, who is now married to Megan Fox, has not seen the 16-year-old son they share, Kassius, in five years.

    Marcil took to Instagram to make the claims on Sunday. TooFab has contacted reps for both Green and Fox seeking comment.

    "12 years ago I was served legal papers and then spent 8 years+ defending myself and my son in custody court in response to his father & his stepmother trying to get full custody (that means I would have seen my son four days a month) and then asking me to pay them child support. They lost that case & a civil case asking me for 200,000," Marcil's post began.

    "I never spoke publicly in order to protect my then young son from paparazzi that used to follow him & terrify him. I had also never asked for child support of any kind and had never tried to take time away from Kass’ dad seeing him. Ever. In the end they lost all of these court cases. The judge called them all 'Frivolous' They always had 50% custody and still did when court ended as I had and have NEVER asked for full custody," she continued in her lengthy Instagram note.

    "Then, 5 years ago on their own they decided to completely cut Kass out of their lives and his younger brothers' lives," Marcil alleged. "Kass has never met his youngest brother and is not allowed to know where his bio father, stepmother and three younger brothers live. Custody cases hurt the children only and the truth shall set us all free. Put the kids first you guys. There shouldn’t be a 'more important parent' kids love both parents equally no matter what either parent's struggles may be. Kass has been truly heartbroken since being cut out of his other families lives with NO explanation. Let's do better for our kids. Let's share our stories. #Buddhakids".

    Green welcomed Kassius in 2002 with Marcil, who he co-starred in "Beverly Hills, 90210" with from 1998 to 2000. Following their split, Green went on to marry Fox in 2010, who he now shares three sons with -- Noah, 6, Bodhi, 4, and Journey, 2.

    Green recently shared a photo of Kassius on Instagram this past August, showing the teen in a production of "Aladdin."

    Every Day Is a New Dawn — The Book That Could Change Kristina's Life on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (11/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Daisy first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, many fans suspected she was being introduced as a new love interest for Kristina Davis. But after she offered Oscar Nero a place to live, it became clear that she could be much more. And now that she’s offered Kristina a copy of Every Day is a New Dawn, fan speculation is running wild about exactly what this mysterious young woman is up to!

    Daisy stopped by Charlie’s Pub to chat with Kristina, urging her to hang out with her and her friends more, and suggesting that she was putting up an emotional wall and should live more openly. Kristina was intrigued, and when Daisy suggested she join her and her friends in renovating a building, she seemed to be considering it. “Everybody’s welcome,” Daisy insisted.

    Then Oscar, who was trying to do his job at the pub, began suffering a headache, and Julian panicked, knowing the boy has an inoperable brain tumor. Oscar dismissed his concerns, and Daisy offered to help instead. She placed her hands on Oscar’s temples and instructed him to breathe in and out slowly, quickly getting rid of his pain. Everyone was impressed, especially Kristina. Daisy insisted it was no big deal, and any of her friends could have done exactly the same thing.

    When Kristina said she really did want to know how she did that, Daisy offered her a copy of a book titled Every Day Is a New Dawn. “Try reading this,” she suggested with a smile. “It might help you in your own life.” And with Kristina feeling directionless following her breakup with Parker, she's intrigued by something that could offer her a new perspective.

    But is this a simple self-help book or something more? Just who exactly are Daisy and her “friends?” An innocent group of young people trying to do good, a new religion, or something more suspicious? Stay tuned as the storyline unfolds and more secrets are revealed

    Tamara Braun Shares the Inspirational Story of How She Rescued Her Dog

    (11/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Tamara Braun met her dog, Little, last June, the poor guy was a bit of a mess. “He was hit by a car and found on the side of the road near USC by a student after her class,” she revealed to Soaps In Depth of the cutie, who had broken his pelvis. “I got him three days after his accident. He couldn’t walk. He was highly medicated. He was scrawny and malnourished. I fell in love.”

    After the L.A. Pet Clinic fixed him up, Braun signed on to foster the little guy back to health and almost a year later, she hasn’t let go. “I love just being with him, cuddling, getting kisses, playing fetch — he’s still learning that you have to bring the toy back!” she laughed. “I enjoy taking him on walks and watching him run around.”

    Little even goes on errands and tools around town with his mom, who is an outspoken advocate for animals. “They don’t have a voice, so someone needs to be their voice,” Braun declared. “They are vulnerable and innocent creatures, like children, and we need to protect the innocent. We need to care for and give love to the vulnerable, innocent and voiceless.”

    While there are countless admirable rescue organizations, Braun has an affinity for The REAL Bark, where she got her first foster dog. “They do absolutely incredible, selfless work with dogs,” she raves. “Jf, who runs it, and his team are angels on earth.”

    Braun adds a reminder that little humans also sometimes need our help. “The Tanzanian Children’s Fund is an organization so dear to my heart,” she shares. “I sponsor a couple of children and have spent some of the best days of my life at their children’s village.” Wether talking humans or four- legged friends, Braun concludes, “Love them. Be kind. Be gentle.”

    Former Pittsburgher, 'Bold and the Beautiful' soap star, Rena Sofer discusses impact of synagogue shooting

    (11/11/18) (triblive.com/) Just past 8 a.m. Oct. 27, Emmy-winning actress Rena Sofer was driving home in Southern California after dropping off her daughter when she received a shocking call from a friend.

    “He basically said, ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘I’m fine, why?’” recalled Sofer, known for her role as the intense and enigmatic Quinn Fuller Forrester, a jewelry designer, on the CBS soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

    The friend broke the horrific news.

    Back in Pittsburgh, where Sofer spent many of her formative years as part of the local Jewish community, a gunman stormed into Tree of Life synagogue and murdered 11 people in a hate crime – the worst attack on Jews in American history.

    “When we hear about these shootings and we hear about these mass murders going on, we feel humanity,” Sofer said. “When you all of a sudden hear about it in your home, it becomes deeper and a lot more of an intense feeling.”

    Sofer – daughter of the late Martin Sofer, a Conservative rabbi - was born in California. When her parents divorced, Rena Sofer moved with her father and brother, David, to Teaneck, N.J., in 1970; when she was 5, they moved to Western Pennsylvania. They lived in Ambridge, Beaver County; there, Rabbi Sofer led Beth Samuels Jewish Center, after the Aliquippa Jewish Center merged into the congregation.

    Every day, the rabbi drove his kids into Squirrel Hill, where Rena attended Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Schools. She lived here through the end of seventh grade, when her family moved back to New Jersey. A New York agent discovered Sofer when she was a teenager, and she worked in modeling before turning to acting.

    The daytime TV veteran won a Best Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1995 for her former role as Lois Cerullo on “General Hospital.”

    Memories of her long-ago childhood in Pittsburgh may have grown fuzzy, but Sofer maintains a soft spot and strong fondness for the region. Sofer no longer has family here, but she has friends who still have family living in the region. Pittsburgh often has been called one of the safest cities in America, she said, and that makes the Squirrel Hill shooting even more shocking.

    “The thing about Pittsburgh is, I got to grow up in a place when I could run outside as a child, go to a park, and go run a few blocks down the street,” said Sofer, who has appeared in many primetime shows, including “NCIS” and “Ghost Whisperer.”

    “For that kind of violence to happen in that kind of community is so repelling for the people in Pittsburgh,” said Sofer, who also has acted in movies including “Keeping the Faith” and “Traffic.” “Those people are about safety and about goodness and about community.”

    One of the most poignant things about the shooting, many say, is that some Jewish medical professionals treated gunman Robert Bowers at Allegheny General Hospital. Nurse Ari Mahler wrote a public Facebook post about how he treated Bowers like any other patient, even as he yelled “Death to All Jews!” The post went viral and has more than 265,000 likes.

    The medical team’s actions show what Judaism is all about, Sofer said.

    “Jewish people throughout history have been persecuted … and face constant hatred and attacks,” she said. “Yet, we’ve always strived to be part of society.”

    Jewish law is “very, very clear that you do everything you possibly can to save a human life. … The only time you don’t is when your life is in danger,” Sofer said. “The saving of anyone else’s life becomes more important than religion, than politics, than anything else.”

    Sofer’s Jewish faith remains a big part of her life; her younger daughter, Avalon, just had her bat mitzvah at their synagogue in the Los Angeles area. Her older daughter, Rosabel, is in Vienna on a Fulbright Scholarship; she is studying anti-Semitic art.

    Rabbi Sofer, who died in 2011 at age 86, attended Yeshiva University in New York and earned doctoral degrees in Jewish history and the Hebrew language. He served in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. Rena Sofer’s father was quiet and private, and not a very political person – but, she said he would have mourned deeply after the shooting if he were alive.

    “He gave himself for his community,” she said. “Beyond that … I would hope that maybe (the shooting) would have impassioned him to be more of an activist in his community as opposed to just a spiritual leader.”

    One of Sofer’s favorite poems – “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” by John Donne – describes her feelings about the Pittsburgh tragedy. The verses – including “No man is an island, entire of himself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main” - remind us that we are all connected as human beings, she said.

    The American gun-violence epidemic is out of control, and elected officials must do something to reduce it, said Sofer, who criticized President Trump for nationalist rhetoric that divides people. Nobody wants to take all guns, but we need more restrictive gun laws to, for instance, make it harder for dangerous people to get weapons, she said.

    “I feel like the thing that I’m taking the most from Pittsburgh is … it’s incredibly clear that we in this country are in a place where it’s in our hands,” Sofer said. “We have the power to be able to stand up and say no.”

    Hopefully, the Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy teaches us “that we are all Americans, and we have to be there for each other,” she said. “It’s OK to have different ideals … but it’s not OK to destroy each other and kill each other.”

    Christel Khalil & Haley Pullos Stars in 'Sorority Stalker'

    (11/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL don’t always see as much of Haley Pullos’ Molly as they might like, so the young actress wanted to make sure they know they can see more of her in another Lifetime movie! “Hey guys, I have some cool news,” she shared on Instagram. “This Saturday, catch me in a new movie called Sorority Stalker on Lifetime!” The film premieres Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

    In the thriller, Pullos plays Taryn, a young woman reeling from a devastating breakup. Aya, played by TEEN WOLF’s Haley Webb, invites her sorority sister into her home and life to help her recover, but it turns out that Taryn isn’t really her sister, but a former foster child who would do anything to create the family bond she’s been desperately seeking her entire life… even kill!

    Also featured in the cast is THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fan favorite Christel Khalil (Lily), who recently dropped to recurring status with the soap in order to pursue other opportunities, such as this movie where she plays the role of Lauren. Soap fans will also recognize DAYS OF OUR LIVES star Lauren Koslow (Kate) as Liz.

    Originally titled No Good Deed, Sorority Stalker is written by Sandra Bailey (who also plays Vicky in the film) and directed by Craig Goldsmith. Be sure to tune in to see if Taryn’s reign of terror can be stopped in time (and if Lauren ends up as one of her victims!) when the movie makes its broadcast premiere Saturday night on Lifetime.

    Emme Rylan Reveals Her Secret Passion for Hip-Hop

    (11/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video) Soap opera characters always seem to have plenty of secrets, but there are things about the actors that many fans might also be surprised to learn. For instance, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan, who fans have been watching as Lulu Spencer Falconeri since 2013, has a secret love of dance! “Cardio hip-hop is pretty much my favorite thing to do in life,” she gushed to Soaps In Depth. “I’ve been dancing since I was two-and-a-half and it’s like this secret life I have.”

    Although her secret isn't exactly a well-kept one, particularly to her surprised co-stars. “There was a video [of me dancing] that surfaced and Maura West (Ava) was like, ‘It’s like a character you’re playing!’” Rylan revealed. “I told her, ‘This is the character. That’s who I really am!”

    The working mother of three takes any chance she gets to attend the mixed-level class she loves so much. “It’s like hip-hop Zumba,” Rylan explained. “I go because it’s all bodies, all ages — so we have ladies who are 75 years old shaking it like it’s nobody’s business!”

    In fact, the actress, who actually became a certified Zumba instructor herself back in 2009, dreams of creating a similarly fun, safe space someday. “I actually want to open a studio one day,” she confided, “where it’s all people, all ages, all shapes, all sizes. I want it to be joyful! You’ll leave there laughing and sighing like an idiot filled with joy. I love to make people feel good moving their bodies. The studio is where I spend a lot of my time.”

    Sounds fantastic — sign us up!

    B&B’s Young Cast In Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie

    (11/9/18) Jacob Young (Rick, B&B) has been cast in the Hallmark Channel movie CHRISTMAS MADE TO ORDER as Jeff. The movie will debut on the Hallmark Channel on December 23 at 8 PM EST/7 PM C. The actor stars in the film alongside Jonathan Bennett, who, like Young, also played JR on ALL MY CHILDREN.

    Daytime Emmy Completes Internal Review; Procedural Changes Promised

    (11/9/18) After an independent review of its procedures and rules, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is promising big changes to the Daytime Emmys in 2019 and beyond. “Representatives of several shows in the daytime community raised concerns with how the 45th Daytime Emmys were managed and with some of the broader policies and procedures of our academy,” Adam Sharp, interim President of NATAS, tells Digest. “Recognizing that the preeminence of the Emmy as a symbol of excellence is dependent on the faith and confidence of those in the community, we saw a need to make sure that each of those concerns were all thoroughly and properly addressed. We moved quickly to task an independent firm to look into our operations and to do so with no limitations on what they looked into, who they questioned, they had full access to our email system, and to really leave no stone unturned in seeking answers to some of these questions and providing recommendations for how best to move forward.” The firm delivered its findings and recommendations to NATAS in early November. “There were certainly areas of the report that, in noting errors and mistakes that were made, were painful to read, but necessary to read and to be responsive to,” Sharp says. “I think the report was exceedingly fair and the criticism it makes is where criticism was due. We do need to do much better as an organization and I think the steps we’re putting in place to substantially adopt these recommendations put us on the path toward that.” The changes will include updates and clarifications to the Daytime Emmy submission rulebook; the hiring of additional staff to manage submissions and voting; and a redistribution of executive duties. Explains Sharp, “David Michaels, who is our senior vice president of daytime and the executive producer of the shows for the last several years, he will focus his energies most thoroughly on the production of the event itself and then Brent Stanton, the executive director of the Daytime Emmys on our team will take more independent leadership and oversight of the competition.” In the end, Sharp says, “We are hopeful and optimistic that all members of the daytime community will have the confidence and faith in our process to compete next year. It is somewhat unprecedented for an organization like ours to conduct such a deep introspection into how our awards process works. We are being responsive to every single recommendation in that report. Through this process we’ve had productive conversations with some of the dramas. Several of them were interviewed in the course of the investigation and we hope that by involving them in the process and by being responsive to their concerns that they will join us for the 2019 competition and the show.”

    NATAS President Adam Sharp Explains How the Daytime Emmys Are Going to Change

    (11/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) After Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Digital Daytime Drama series was revoked following the 2018 ceremony, the actress called for an outside audit of the Daytime Emmys. With many actors raising concerns about Emmy policies and procedures and all four soaps threatening to boycott the 2019 ceremony unless changes were made, an independent review was commissioned. The law firm of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth of Washington D.C. was hired to conduct the investigation, and based off their independent findings, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be instituting some changes in the way the Daytime Emmys proceeds going forward. “The report found a number of things that we should have done better and must do better moving forward,” explained NATAS president Adam Sharp.

    Rules will be clarified to explain exactly what constitutes an episode, something that has come into question with the emergence of digital series. “The report rightfully recognized that we need to go through every word and every comma of our guidelines to make sure that these are absolutely crystal clear and that they are rules that judges can reasonably administer,” Sharp said.

    With digital drama categories now part of the Daytime Emmys, there has been tremendous growth in both entries as well as the audience for the ceremony, so additional staff will be hired for the team. Core policies and procedures will be better articulated and made public. Following the competition, a Transparency Report will provide a summary of how the rules were employed and enforced. NATAS will also be working more closely with the Television Academy during the entire process.

    Sharp hopes that the changes being implemented to the Daytime Emmy procedures will satisfy everyone and the four soaps will not boycott next year’s ceremony. “We’ve had some productive conversations with the soap producers,” he revealed. “Some of the signatories of that letter were interviewed by the investigators. So we are looking forward to having them in the show for May.”

    These changes will also be applied to more than just the Daytime Emmys. “We intend to implement these actions everywhere they are relevant in our organization,” Sharp promised. “That includes the sports Emmys, the news and technology Emmys, the documentary Emmys. It doesn’t matter what Emmy it is, it’s still the same statue. It’s still the same mark of excellence.”

    General Hospital Promo Teases Special Sonny-Centric 'What If...?' Episode

    (11/8/18) (Video) What if… Sonny Corinthos never got wrapped up in a life of organized crime? What if… he never took a single life?

    ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital will explore that provocative scenario with a special episode airing Monday, Nov. 12, as teased in the exclusive promo above.

    Per GH canon, the Bensonhurst, Brooklyn-raised Sonny (aka Michael Corinthos Jr.) endured a difficult childhood during which he was abandoned at a very young age by his father, Mike, and later abused by stepfather/police officer Deke Woods. Ultimately urged by his mother, Adela, to leave home for his own safety, teenage Sonny was taken under the wing of local crime boss Joe Scully. And thus began his “career.”

    Conceived to celebrate cast member Maurice Benard’s 25th anniversary as GH‘s Sonny, the “What If…?” episode features Dominic Zamprogna reprising his role as Dante — Sonny’s son via Olivia Falconeri (Quartermaine) — while Benard’s 13-year-old son, Joshua, plays a young Sonny (as glimpsed in the video above).

    To date, Benard has amassed seven Daytime Emmy nominations, grabbing gold for the first time in 2003 (the same year that onetime leading lady Vanessa Marcil won her first Emmy). He also has collected four Soap Opera Digest Awards and four ALMA Award nominations.

    Kimberly McCullough Directing THE CONNORS

    (11/7/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Award-winning actress Kimberly McCullough, who rose to fame playing Robin on GENERAL HOSPITAL, has now moved behind the camera and found just as much success as a director! Her latest project is helming an episode of ABC sitcom THE CONNORS. “Yup,” she shared on Instagram with a photo of the series’ kitchen set. Of course, as she's only just now shooting her episode, don't look for it to air for a while. But of course, we'll keep you informed as soon as there's an air date scheduled so you can tune in!

    The week before, McCullough was busy directing an episode of the new FOX sitcom THE COOL KIDS. “Next up!” she teased with a shot of the studio. “Excited about this one.” The sitcom, which stars David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence, and Leslie Jordan as a group of friends at a retirement community who have wild and crazy adventures, premiered this fall on FOX.

    Although McCullough continues to reprise her role of Robin on GH periodically, she has really turned her focus to producing and directing. She began by helming episodes of Disney shows SHAKE IT UP and K.C. UNDERCOVER, then moved on to direct a couple episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. 2018 has been a big year for McCullough as she has directed episodes of ONE DAY AT A TIME, YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES, ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS, and FULLER HOUSE.

    So be sure to keep an eye out on the credits when you’re watching TV from now on, because you never know when McCullough’s name might flash by! Just don’t expect to see it on the credits of an episode of GH because as she told Soaps In Depth in the past, “they move so quickly. It’s really hard what these guys have to do!”

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Patricia Bethune Is a Nurse on GREY'S ANATOMY Now!

    (11/7/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Looks like Nurse Mary Pat has a new job at another hospital! While the character was killed off of GENERAL HOSPITAL on Halloween, actress Patricia Bethune has just announced that she is guest starring in the episode of GREY’S ANATOMY airing on Thursday, Nov. 8! “Sitting blissfully on set,” she reported on Instagram. “Grateful to bring to life a piece of the beautiful story this week written by the glorious Elisabeth R. Finch and directed by multi-talented Krista Vernoff.”

    In the episode, titled “Anybody Have a Map?,” Catherine Fox (played by guest star Debbie Allen) is in Los Angeles getting the new foundation and summons Meredith and Koracick to visit for a highly confidential consult. Meanwhile, one of the nurses is 28 weeks pregnant and collapses at the hospital while talking to Richard. There’s no details on Bethune’s character, but she’s wearing scrubs in her on-set selfie, so it looks like she’s playing a nurse again. Darn that typecasting! (Hopefully this nurse has a better bedside manner than Mary Pat did!)

    So be sure to tune in to watch the talented Bethune tackling another role.

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Natalia Livingston Aldag Opens up About Her "Miracle Child"

    (11/7/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) On GENERAL HOSPITAL, poor Emily Quartermaine married her prince, only to fall victim to the Text-Message Killer before they could start a family. “It was such a tragedy that they killed that character,” her portrayer, Natalia Livingston Aldag, reflected to Soaps In Depth. “It took me a lot of years to process it.” It also took the actress a long time to find her own happily ever after. But having tied the knot with Matt Aldag in 2016, she’s now a mom. Just days after the September 6 arrival of baby Colette Allegria Ginny-Martita, Aldag confided, “We’re completely sleep-deprived but truly in heaven!”

    Unable to conceive naturally, the couple had gone the distance to have what Aldag calls their “miracle child” via in-vitro fertilization. “The first round didn’t work,” she admitted, “but we said, ‘Let’s just give it another shot.’ And it worked!” While experiencing a first pregnancy in her early 40s did present some risks, the actress was closely monitored and, aside from some dizziness, felt good throughout. “We were so happy just to be pregnant that I was grateful to be nauseous!” she laughed. “I kept that with me all the way through.”

    What the mom-to-be did go through, however, was some pretty intense nesting. We moved to a larger house in Atlanta and did a complete demo/remodel of the kitchen and master bedroom,” she revealed. “I wanted everything to be done by the time Colette got here. Now everything is peaceful.” After her induced delivery resulted in 17-and-a-half hours of labor, Aldag really needed a lovely place to reflect on the meaning of giving birth just days after the second anniversar y of her mom’s passing. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that Colette is her blessing,” Aldag shared. “I think life has a way of working itself out.”

    Despite being on maternity leave from her Actor Boutique business, Aldag is currently putting the finishing touches on In Their Shoes, the documentary that she co-produced about a group of men whose lives intersect via a program geared toward helping them re-enter society after prison and overcome their addictions (donate to the film’s completion fund at www.intheirshoesfilm.com). “It’s been such a creative and collaborative process,” Adlag offered, “and it’s such a worthy cause.”

    Behind The Scenes: Making Mary Pat's Head

    (11/4/18) Behind The Scenes: Making Mary Pat's Head: Video.

    Facebook Live Q&A: Genie Francis

    (11/2/18) Facebook Live Q&A: Genie Francis: Video.

    Genie Francis Reveals How Ryan Could Mean the End of Laura and Kevin on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (11/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL, Laura has been taking charge of her life, but there’s still one massive secret that threatens to not only destroy her marriage, but possibly cost her her life! Laura visited Ferncliff with Carly as part of her goal to focus on mental health care as Port Charles' next mayor, but unfortunately, the women did not discover that Kevin was being held prisoner in the hospital so they still have no idea that it’s Ryan who’s roaming free in Port Charles impersonating his brother. “Somebody brought that up to me, that it should have been harder for Laura to go into Ferncliff,” Genie Francis admitted in a Facebook Live interview, referencing her character’s previous struggle with being institutionalized. “But that wasn’t in the writing this time. Then I felt a little bit bad, like, should I have pushed for that? But they wrote it that she goes in strong. She goes in to conquer it.”

    The actress has also had to figure out how to portray Laura being duped by Ryan without playing her as completely oblivious to what’s really going on. “She’s a survivor and she has very strong instincts,” Francis argued. “She’d know when something was off. So that’s been a hard thing to do, to not see it. She is afraid, but she has absolutely no reason to believe it would be Ryan because everyone knows that he died. So she wouldn’t go there. I think she’s thinking now that there’s something wrong with him, that he’s had some sort of breakdown. He doesn’t have the empathy. Kevin is so filled with empathy and this guy isn’t.”

    Once the horrifying truth is revealed that Ryan has been impersonating Kevin this whole time, Laura’s life will be changed forever. “I think first of all there will be this tremendous relief and understanding of what’s been wrong,” Francis predicted. “And a shock, obviously. And then ultimately, a little later on, I think she’ll be hurt that [Kevin] was capable of keeping something from her. Maybe angry, I don’t know. Trust is hard for her. She wants to know you are who you are.”

    So even if Laura can survive Ryan’s reign of terror, can her marriage survive the knowledge that Kevin had been hiding Ryan from them all this time?

    Chloe Lanier Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (11/2/18) Nelle warned that she’d be back, and now Chloe Lanier is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL for another appearance! Although the last time viewers saw the schemer in the middle of October she was being carted off to prison, a rep for the soap warns to look for Nelle to resurface in early November.

    Originally introduced in August of 2016 with the last name Hayes, Nelle Benson eventually revealed her true identity… and her true colors. Josslyn’s kidney donor turned out to have a dark past that only got darker as more of it was revealed. Lanier became the character that GH fans loved to hate and earned herself two Daytime Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Younger Actress for her amazing performances.

    Sadly, Lanier revealed that she would be leaving the show, and by the beginning of August, 2018, Nelle’s reign of terror had come to an end as her manipulations were revealed and she was finally brought to justice. But one of the villainess’ last evil deeds was to swap the baby she had just given birth to for Brad’s tragically deceased adopted son, leaving Michael to believe his child had died. Shortly before her final episodes aired, Lanier teased viewers that Nelle wasn’t done with Port Charles, and it turns out she wasn’t kidding!

    GH fans have been eager for Michael to learn the truth that Jonah is still alive and for Brad to face the consequences of his actions, and when Lanier reprised her role back in October, many hoped she would tell Michael the truth, but she didn’t. All she did was dig the knife in a little deeper and taunt her enemies that she was hoping to be released early for good behavior. It’s only been a few weeks, so it’s a bit early for that, but what could Nelle’s next appearance mean for Michael or Brad?

    Jon Lindstrom Lands a Prime Role on Amazon's BOSCH!

    (11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In his career, Jon Lindstrom (Kevin/Ryan, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has been on plenty of television, but now he’s playing a role he’s very excited about. He’ll be playing the recurring role of Lance Cronyn in multiple ep0isodes of the fifth season of BOSCH! “I get to play a great character on one of my favorite shows!” the actor announced on Instagram.

    Lindstrom had been teasing fans on social media for a couple weeks that he’d landed a new role but had kept details close to the vest until he could finally share the news. Amazon renewed BOSCH for a fifth season even before the fourth premiered, but there is still no premiere date for the series’ fifth season beyond just 2019.

    BOSCH stars Titus Welliver as Los Angeles Police detective Harry Bosch, and is based on characters and storylines taken from novels by author Michael Connelly. In the books, Lindstrom’s character of Lance Cronyn is a former district attorney who has moved into private practice. He’s also not entirely on the right side of the law, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the verdict he’s after. Whether or not the TV series will follow the same storyline as the books, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

    We’ll let you know when the fifth season of BOSCH is going to premiere so you can check out Lindstrom in his newest role.

    Dominic Zamprogna Announces Cameo On GENERAL HOSPITAL!

    (11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Get ready for Dominic Zamprogna to return to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Dante Falconeri! The soap has confirmed that the actor will be shooting one episode slated to air in mid-November, though they’re remaining mum on any further details.

    On Oct. 29, Zamprogna teased fans by tweeting at Maurice Benard (Sonny): “Big day tomorrow.” And when William deVry (Julian) replied: “Um, you forgetting someone?” Zamprogna joked: “Yes. Will, thanks for reminding me. Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), see you in the AM, ma!” Things became a whole lot clearer the following day when the actor shared a photo of himself outside of the GH studio. “Dante for a day?” he shared. “Happy to be back with the GH fam.”

    Then, on the same day, LoCicero shared a photo of herself with her on-screen son joined by deVry and Benard at a restaurant. "Good (not so) old days," she captioned it. Looks like everyone was having fun seeing each other again and catching up! (And the food doesn't look half-bad, either!)

    Zamprogna joined the cast of GH in 2009 as Dante, receiving a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 2014 for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Fans of the soap were saddened to learn in the spring of 2018 that he had chosen to leave GH and filmed his last scenes. Thankfully, the writers didn't have Dante fall in the line of duty like Nathan West, and instead sent him out of town on an important mission.

    Is Dante still working for the WSB? Will he be back in Port Charles or will Lulu track him down? You’ll have to tune in to find out!

    Who Is Willow on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Katelyn MacMullen

    (11/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) That's actress Katelyn MacMullen who made her debut as Willow Tait on the Oct. 18 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL. The lovely young woman was introduced as Aiden's schoolteacher who had a private meeting with Liz and Franco about the little boy, who has been acting withdrawn and having trouble making friends in school. She was next seen at the end of the month when she ran into Chase in the hospital parking garage on her way to a bereavement group meeting that was also attended by Michael.

    Los Angeles native MacMullen appeared as Josie in the TV series SIN CITY SAINTS as well as Anya in the short film, Roofied. She also played Laura Townsend in the sorority house horror film The Row, which also co-starred soap alum Colin Egglesfield (Josh, ALL MY CHILDREN). In addition to her acting, MacMullen was also one of the writers for the recently-released videogame Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.

    MacMullen is one of a few beautiful women recently introduced to Port Charles. With fellow daytime newbies Sofia Mattsson as Sasha and Kelsey Wang as Daisy, there’s no reason why any eligible bachelor in Port Charles should be single. (Or bachelorettes, if any of them might find themselves drawn to Kristina!)

    Hopefully, Willow will be able to help Liz figure out what's going on with Aiden, and maybe she could heal her broken heart with a new romance with either Chase or Michael? Stay tuned to see what happens next.

    ‘Designated Survivor’ Adds Elena Tovar In Key Role For Season 3

    (11/1/18) Elena Tovar (Dynasty) has been cast in a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of Designated Survivor at its new network, Netflix.

    In season 3 of Designated Survivor, produced by eOne, President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) will face a political reality… campaigning. What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and “fake news.” Democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.

    Tovar is expected to appear in all 10 episodes, playing Isabel, the White House Director of Social Innovation.

    She joins two other recently cast major recurring guest stars, Anthony Edwards & Julie White. Production on Season 3 is set to begin later this year for a 2019 premiere. New showrunner Neal Baer and Sutherland executive produce the series with series creator David Guggenheim, Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Simon Kinberg, Aditya Sood and Peter Noah.

    Tovar, a Mexican-American actress, recently recurred as Iris Machado in the CW series Dynasty. Tovar also played Rosalie Martinez on ABC’s General Hospital, earning a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series. Born in Puerto Rico, Tovar is a human rights activist, advocating on behalf of the Latino community. She is repped by Carissa Stewart and Abrams Artists Agency.

    Antonio Sabato Jr. Running Low On Campaign Funds in Bid For Congress

    (10/29/18) Antonio Sabato Jr. ?is limping to the finish line as the midterm elections approach ... because we've learned the former soap star's congressional campaign is dealing with tons of financial issues.

    We dug through Federal Election Commission filings and discovered, since the start of last year, Antonio's campaign in California raised only $312,906.34 ... and Antonio has burned through most of the cash with less than two weeks until Election Day, because he's only got about $40k in his coffers.

    Making matters worse for Antonio, we've discovered his campaign has over $44k in debts and loans ... meaning, the Republican candidate is taking this red thing way too seriously.

    The bad news for Antonio keeps coming ... he and his election committee are being sued by a political consulting firm, which claims Antonio owes them over $34k. We're told Antonio personally signed the contract with the firm.

    Antonio's funding is lagging far behind Democratic opponent Julia Brownley ... during the same period, she's raised more than $2.4 million and spent around $1.3 million.

    We'll spare you the math headaches ... Antonio's opponent raised over $2 million more and outspent him by over $1 million.

    It's tough to win elections when you're that far behind in terms of funding.

    Demi Moore opens up about her recovery: ‘I just never felt good enough’

    (10/29/18) Demi Moore has come a long way since she first became a star with her career-making turn in 1985’s “St. Elmo’s Fire.”

    It was early in her career, she says, that she found recovery.

    “I was spiraling down a path of real self-destruction and no matter what success I had I just never felt good enough,” Moore said on Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was honored with the Woman of the Year Award by Los Angeles-based women’s recovery center and sober living program Peggy Albrecht Friendly House.

    “I had absolutely no value for myself and this self-destructive path, it really quickly brought me to a real crisis point,” the “Ghost” star said. “It wasn’t clear at the time, maybe it was divine intervention, but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me and presented me with an opportunity, which I guess was more like an ultimatum — unless I was dead, I better show up.”

    While Moore didn’t go into detail about her demons, she said, “It gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. Clearly, they saw more in me than I saw in myself and I’m so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn’t be standing here today.”

    Moore went on to say, “Life is certainly not a straight line and I think everybody here has dealt with not feeling good enough at some point in their lives. I know that in a moment of great struggle for me, I reached out to a wise teacher and I expressed my fear that I wasn’t good enough and she said, ‘You will never be good enough but you can know that value of your worth. Put down the measuring stick.

    “So today,” Moore concluded, “I put down the measuring stick and I thank you for this beautiful acknowledgment and the opportunity to know the value of my worth.”

    The 29th annual luncheon was hosted by Amber Valetta, and also included awards for interventionist Dr. Louise Stanger, legendary SoulCycle instructor Angela Davis and Barbara Bach Starkey and her sister Marjorie Bach Walsh.

    The program also included video tributes to late Friendly House board chair Peggy Albrecht from Russell Brand and William Shatner.

    Kimberly McCullough Directing THE COOL KIDS

    (10/28/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Award-winning actress Kimberly McCullough, who rose to fame playing Robin on GENERAL HOSPITAL, has now moved behind the camera and found just as much success as a director! Her latest project is helming an episode of the new FOX sitcom THE COOL KIDS. “Next up!” she teased on Instagram with a shot of the studio. “Excited about this one.”

    The sitcom, which stars David Alan Grier, Martin Mull, Vicki Lawrence, and Leslie Jordan as a group of friends at a retirement community who have wild and crazy adventures, premiered this fall on FOX. Since McCullough is only just now directing her episode, don’t look for it to air until early next year. But we’ll be sure to keep you informed of an air date as soon as it’s released so you can be sure to tune in!

    Although McCullough continues to reprise her role of Robin on GH periodically, she has really focused on producing and directing. She began by helming episodes of Disney shows SHAKE IT UP and K.C. UNDERCOVER, then moved on to direct a couple episodes of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. 2018 has been a big year for McCullough as she has directed episodes of ONE DAY AT A TIME, YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES, ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS, and FULLER HOUSE.

    So be sure to keep an eye out on the credits when you’re watching TV from now on, because you never know when McCullough’s name might flash by! Just don’t expect to see it on the credits of an episode of GH because as she told Soaps In Depth in the past, “they move so quickly. It’s really hard what these guys have to do!”

    Kelly Sullivan Previews Her New Movie, 'Til Ex Do Us Part'

    (10/28/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Trailer) Fans of Kelly Sullivan who miss seeing her as Connie on GENERAL HOSPITAL or Sage on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can watch the actress starring in the new Lifetime thriller, Til Ex Do Us Part, premiering Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m.! “There is so much action that takes place over the course of an hour and a half,” she teased to Soaps In Depth. “It’s full of twists and turns!”

    Sullivan plays Sophia, an award-winning architect who is in the process of reconciling with her husband Kyle (played by GOOD WITCH star Dan Payne) when Claire (played by ALTERED CARBON’s Anna Van Hooft) shows up to spoil things. Claire had a one-night stand with Kyle during the breakup and accuses Sophia of assaulting her. When this doesn’t work, she also claims to be pregnant, and things quickly escalate in increasingly deadly ways!

    “All of a sudden, the fight choreographer comes in with the stunt guy and starts showing us all of these cool things like how to look super cool while you’re wrestling with a gun,” Sullivan gleefully recalled of shooting a fight scene in the film. “It’s so much fun. In real life, you don’t get to do all that stuff very often, right?”

    Although Sullivan has been cast once again as a beleaguered heroine, don’t expect Sophia to be a victim in this movie. “Like, who wants to sit and watch a victim for an hour and a half?” she mused. “You can sit there and feel sorry for yourself which is just kind of a way to manipulate the audience to feel sorry for you or you can choose to do what human beings do in real life which is find strength somewhere and go forward and push past all the pain. Which is what I’m interested in watching.”

    When Sullivan got the call about this movie, she was eager to do it for three reasons, the first being that she already knew the director. “Danny Boyle and I are really great friends,” she explained. “I worked with him on the first Lifetime movie I ever did. Number two, I liked the script, and I knew I would have a lot of flexibility to work with the writer and Danny. And then my parents live like, 30 minutes from Vancouver, so I knew that I was going to be able to see them [while filming]! I was really looking forward to doing it and I had an amazing time there.”

    Check out the trailer for Til Ex Do Us Part and don’t miss the result of all Sullivan's hard work when the thriller premieres on Lifetime!

    Antione Grant Cast on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (10/26/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Welcome Antione Grant to the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL! Although there are no details as to which role he will be playing, many fans have already speculated that he’ll be taking over the role of TJ Ashford, as Tequan Richmond has been very busy working in primetime lately, but that is not the case. “Getting ready for my role on GH,” the young actor posted to Instagram. “I’m tripping out while typing this because my grandma watched this show faithfully and now I’m working on it! She would go bananas if she could see it! I know she put in a good word for me.”

    According to his official website, Grant is originally from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and was scouted by one of the top modeling agencies in Los Angeles in 2014 to walk runways for brands like Nike, Robin Jeans, and Asics as well as print ads. He made his television debut playing a football player in an episode of Disney Channel’s GIRL MEETS WORLD in 2016, and has also appeared in episodes of HBO’s WESTWORLD, NBC’s CHAMPIONS, and ID DIscovery’s DEADLY SINS. GH marks the actor’s daytime debut.

    Stay tuned to see who Grant will be playing.

    Daisy on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know!

    (10/26/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) There’s another new face in Port Charles as Kelsey Wang has joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as Daisy. The actress made her debut in the Sept. 26 episode as Daisy was seen passing out fliers for an upcoming concert in Charlie’s Pub, and Kristina seemed quite interested. “Finally able to tell this little secret!” Wang shared on Instagram when the news broke. “Thank you, GH, for the opportunity to tell Daisy’s story and Parry Shen for showing me the ropes my first day! Let’s see who Daisy becomes friends with in Port Charles!”

    When Shen first tweeted out the photo of Wang, GH fans immediately started speculating about who Daisy could be with many hoping she would be part of Brad’s family. Due to the actress’ Asian heritage, many agreed she wasn’t likely to be playing Nina’s long-lost daughter or Brad and Lucas’ adopted son’s birth mother. And since one of Daisy's first interactions on screen was with Kristina, some suspected she was being positioned as a new love interest for Sonny and Alexis' daughter.

    After her first appearance, it was almost a month before Daisy showed up again, this time to invite Kristina to a bonfire. But in addition to that, she also offered Oscar Nero a place to stay since he was trying to emancipate himself from his parents. The young woman has no idea the kind of drama she's getting herself mixed up in!

    Born in Beijing, Wang lived in Singapore and moved to the US when she was seven, growing up in Dallas, TX. Her first IMDb credit is listed as the role of “vendor” in a 2011 episode of CBS sudser THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS. She has also appeared on television in DAREDEVIL and JOURNEY TO THE EAST as well as the films The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Battle B-Boy.

    Stay tuned to see how Daisy's story continues.

    William deVry Is "Thrilled" By the New Julian on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (10/26/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With a romance in bloom, Kristina tending his bar and son-in-law Brad turning to him for support, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Julian is back in the thick of things. “He was isolating, and he needed that... but I’m thrilled,” William deVry raved to Soaps In Depth of his character’s expanding world. “He’s having fun! I do see comments online about how Julian’s done another 180. Some fans say they don’t recognize him... but I think that’s the point.”

    Julian hunkered down at Charlie’s in an effort to prove himself reformed and worthy of his family’s love. But he didn’t do it alone. In fact, “I don’t think he would have survived this journey without someone like Kim in his life,” the actor admitted. In any case, Julian’s period of quiet soul-searching and healing is decidedly over. Not only is the grandpa spending time with Lucas’ clan, but Kristina’s job means he’s seeing more of Sam... and Alexis. Even as his bond with Kim deepens, Julian’s forging an awkward friendship with his ex — and deVry’s happy to be the man in the middle. “The cool thing is he has these two personalities that are hugely different with each woman,” he explained.

    And then there’s Julian’s surprising approach to Sonny and that body found in Charlie’s basement! “It’s that whole turning-the-other-cheek, new-leaf thing he’s been trying to do,” deVry chuckled. “It’ll be interesting to see how Sonny and Julian’s next meetings go. It’s just a pleasure to go to work right now!”

    As much fun as he’s having, deVry finds himself eyeing Juilan’s past again... including one particular period. “I want to explore something from the 20 years he was in witness protection,” the actor confided with a grin. “I’d like them to bring in somebody from that past — or somebody from the ’80s who was with the old Julian Jerome.”

    Stay tuned to see if Julian can keep this new leaf turned over.

    Emme Rylan Opens up About Dante and Lulu's Future

    (10/25/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Dominic Zamprogna exited GENERAL HOSPITAL, Dante went undercover with the WSB in the blink of an eye. But Emme Rylan, who plays Lulu, appreciated the farewell that the Falconeris got to have. “They gave us a little moment, and it felt like that moment was honest,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “We went into the scenes as Dante and Lulu, and at some point, halfway through, we were crying as ourselves and saying good-bye to each other. I was crying so much, I couldn’t even say the lines during blocking!”

    While she’d love to see Zamprogna recur on occasion, Rylan’s keeping an open mind. “Could I be a bigger hypocrite than if I said, ‘Oh my God, don’t recast!’?” chuckled the actress, who took over for Julie Marie Berman on GH after also being a recast over on CBS as THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Abby and GUIDING LIGHT’s Lizzie. “It’s hard when you’ve been working with someone for five years. You can never say it would be ‘great’ if they recast — because that’s my friend. And can you imagine if Dante and Lulu are both recasts trying to recreate what two other actors had? But it happens a lot, and we’ve seen it work, so I’m going to play whatever they write. I never try to control the storyline.”

    While up for anything, Rylan does have one big ask for her character. “Dante leaving shakes up Lulu’s world, so I really want us to shake it out,” she said with a grin. “I hope they write something totally different for Lulu. Let her maybe start to unravel or panic — because we’ve already seen Lulu as this happy wife and mom.”

    Rylan is game to go on a Spencer adventure, too — or get involved in another slapstick bestie caper! — to find Lulu’s man. But she’s not necessarily looking for a win. “Maybe Lulu will go hunting for Dante and find something that makes it look like he died,” she offers. “Or maybe something traumatic happens, and he’s just not there for her. I don’t know... but I want her to totally lose it and become a mess before Dom comes back or a recast comes in. There’s a lot of directions we could go. I hope they’re planning something really good!”

    GENERAL HOSPITAL Stars Remember the Late Susan Brown

    (10/25/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Susan Brown hasn’t been seen in Port Charles since 2004, but in the wake of her August 31 passing, it’s clear that the beauty who brought Gail Baldwin to life is still cherished by her GENERAL HOSPITAL family. In fact, Kin Shriner (Scott), Leslie Charleson (Monica) and Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie) can still recall their first experiences with the late actress. “In 1977, Gail came to Greenwich Village to get young Scotty, because she wanted to reunite him with Lee,” Shriner told Soaps In Depth. So Susan was the first person I worked with on GH, and it was certainly the best way to come onto a soap. She kind of shepherded me right through the whole thing.”

    Brown had joined GH earlier that year — armed with 20 years of TV experience — and along with the late Peter Hansen’s Lee, the Baldwins would become an important Port Charles family in the ’80s. Gail was also Monica’s foster mom, which meant Brown got to welcome Charleson to the fold when she assumed her role from Patsy Rahn… during a strike… on the morning Elvis died! “It was a nightmare of a day, Charleson recalled. “Nobody really liked me, and it was not a comfortable situation, but Susan was kind and gracious — as she always was! — and she got me through it. “I just adored her,” she continues. “And those scenes we had when Monica slept with Gail’s husband were some of the most fun I’ve ever had actingwise. Working with someone who challenges you only makes you better — and that’s what she did.”

    While Zeman remembers being awed by Brown’s legendary beauty, it was the voice that got her. “She had a very calming, low, embracing voice that made you feel good,” she reflected. “She was one of those people who just made you feel warm and fuzzy.” It turns out, much of Gail’s sensibility came from Brown. “Susan brought her class and style right to the show,” Shriner shared. “She played a psychiatrist, and she certainly knew how to talk to people and was very good with them. She was understanding and loved laughing. She’d come out of New York and soaps and commercials, so she had this great, wry humor.”

    But Brown’s laughs were never at any one else’s expense. “You couldn’t get any dirt out of her,” Charleson said. “She was fiercely loyal. She was generous. She always had a smile and a nice thing to say. She had impeccable taste. And everything she wore never wrinkled. I mean that!” Chimed in Zeman: “You can’t always count on people who are such free spirits to give you the right line or cue, but they’re a lot of fun on set, so they get away with it. But Susan always hit her mark, always knew her line, always looked beautiful. She was sheer perfection.”

    During GH’s heyday, Brown’s dressing room was a hub of activity. “Susan always had the door open,” Shriner recalled. “There were a lot of laughs! And I looked forward to any time I had scenes with her and Peter. I knew we were going to have a hell of a lunch. Susan and Peter loved to eat!” While Gail was written off in ’85, Brown recurred in the ’90s and even brought her character to the spin-off PORT CHARLES before appearing on GH one last time in 2004. But whether she was on the show or not, her GH family lunches continued. “On Sundays, there were usually four or five of us going to lunch, and Susan was always dolled up — even when we picked her up to go to DuPar’s,” Shriner chuckled before noting that most of their favorite eateries, including that diner, have since closed.

    “Everything in L.A. eventually disappears and now, Susan’s disappeared,” he concluded wistfully. “She and Peter are up there in soap heaven, doing some Lee/Gail scenes without me... but she’ll be locked in my memory for the rest of my life.”

    Laura Wright Mourns the Loss of Her Mother

    (10/25/18) Please join us in sending love to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Laura Wright (Carly), who is mourning the death of her mother, Betty. She broke the sad news on Instagram with a photo of her hand holding her mother’s in the hospital. “This beautiful hand right here has given so much love,” she shared. “Held many tiny fingers… cooked countless meals… washed loads of clothes… held five grandchildren… I’ll miss you my beautiful Momma. You get to rest now. I love you.”

    Back in July, Wright shared a lovely photo of her mother who suffered from breathing problems. “I have to post this beautiful picture of my mom just taken,” the proud daughter declared. “My mom has emphysema and struggles every day to breathe — to walk through the house. Just to walk outside to the car is extremely difficult for her and some days it’s emotionally very difficult… and frustrating to say the least for my mom. But when the days are good, and this day looks like a good day, we need to celebrate and share! You look beautiful, Mom! I love you!”

    Betty was an absolutely lovely woman and our thoughts are with her friends and family during this difficult time.

    Kelly Thiebaud Reveals When She's Returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL!

    (10/24/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles had better brace itself because the “Britch” is back! Back in September, actress Kelly Thiebaud teased her return to GENERAL HOSPITAL on Twitter when a fan tweeted to her that they miss her on the soap. The actress responded: “Well, no need to miss me ‘cause I’m coming back!” She even added the hashtag “#Britch,” her character’s nickname, for good measure. And then on Oct. 23, she alerted viewers when to tune in, posting: "My first episode airs Monday October 29th!"

    The last time GH viewers got a glimpse of Thiebaud was back in December of 2017 when she was briefly part of the Two Jasons mystery on the soap, but it was only for a handful of shows. “I got a text from [executive producer] Frank Valentini asking if I wanted to come back for a couple of episodes,” she told Soaps In Depth at the time. “I’ve always been down to recur, but I had no idea what the storyline was going to be.”

    And when she found out that Britt was going to make her big comeback when Sonny and Jason tracked her down looking for answers about Faison’s involvement in the Two Jasons mystery, that was just icing on the cake! “I was over the moon,” she enthused, “when I finally read the script!”

    Thiebaud joined the cast of GH as Dr. Britt Westbourne back in September of 2012 and was written out two years later, though she did pop back in 2015 for a brief visit to watch the Nurses Ball with BFF Brad. Since leaving the soap, the actress has been keeping very busy with other projects, including the films Love at First Glance, The Abduction of Angie, and Every 21 Seconds. So it was a little bit of an adjustment to dive back into the world of daytime.

    “I have a lot of memories there,” she admitted of the GH studio. “And also, it took me a minute to get back into the swing of how things operate. Everyone was so welcoming and lovely. But honestly, my favorite part about coming back to GH is getting to play my twisted, conflicted, crazy, fun character. I am looking forward to seeing where the writers decide to take her.”

    Although no one is saying just how long this stint will be, there are plenty of fans who would love to see Britt back for good. Stay tuned to see what trouble "The Britch" causes this time around.

    General Hospital and Next Avenue Recognize Family Caregivers

    (10/23/18) (Video) Family caregiving is an issue that touches millions of Americans, and ABC's General Hospital has been tackling the topic this season with a storyline about Mike Corbin (played by Max Gail) and his struggles with Alzheimer's disease. The show not only illustrates Mike's personal battle with the disease, but also realistically demonstrates the impact the disease has on family members, like his son Sonny Corinthos (played by Maurice Benard).

    General Hospital and ABC have partnered with Next Avenue to bring the topic to the forefront and provide support for the millions of American that step up and serve as unpaid caregivers for their family. For more information, go to www.nextavenue.org/caregiving.

    Watch General Hospital weekdays on ABC, or stream it on ABC.com or the ABC app to see Mike and Sonny's story unfold.

    Who Is Jeannette on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Ely Pouget

    (10/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) There’s another newcomer to Port Charles with Ely Pouget joining the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as Jeannette. While the soap is keeping tight-lipped about how this character will fit into the canvas, many fans are already speculating that she’ll be playing Margaux’s mother!

    GH isn’t Pouget’s daytime debut, either. viewers of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS might remember her from her role as Dr. Laura Braun in 2009, playing a psychiatrist involved in a storyline revolving around Katherine Chancellor and her look-alike, Marge. Also on the soapy end of her resume was starring as Maggie Evans in the 1991 revival of DARK SHADOWS.

    The actress got her big break in show business playing Rosella Maestres in a 1985 episode of MIAMI VICE, and has appeared in countless other primetime series over the years such as THE A-TEAM, L.A. LAW, MURDER SHE WROTE, ER, CHARMED, and NCIS. Viewers might also recognize her from the films The Rift, Curly Sue, or Faded Memories, among others.

    Genie Francis Opens up About Her Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (10/21/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Genie Francis returned to GENERAL HOSPITAL in September after so many months away, she confided to Soaps In Depth that she didn’t have any trouble slipping back into the role of Laura and the soap that has been a part of her life since 1977. “I feel like I’m in the groove, and it happened quicker than I thought,” she marveled. “It’s funny. That place doesn’t really change. The biggest change for me is that Laura has her own apartment – and it is beautiful!”

    The actress spent the beginning of the year redecorating her new Los Angeles home, painting, knitting, and traveling, but now it’s back to work — and in a major front-burner storyline as Laura has returned to her husband, Kevin, having no idea he’s been replaced by his serial killer brother, Ryan Chamberlain! “It’s starting to get really interesting,” Francis teased. “I can’t wait to open up my scripts and see what’s going to happen.”

    While she has her own big storyline, Francis is also happy to see Laura expanding her presence on the soap to interact with some other characters as well. “I was in hits little pocket of being there to be Lulu’s listener,” she recalled. “And as much as I love Emme Rylan, just getting that one thing to do got boring! So I’m having more fun because I’m getting to do some stuff that I haven’t before. They’re moving me around to all the people Laura knows, which is great. She lived there all her life, so she’s got deep, long ties. These are friendships that have been building on the show for years and years, so it’s good to see them sometimes!”

    Francis couldn’t be happier to be home at GH again, and she’s excited about what’s to come. “I feel like I matter and I’m definitely back on the show in a real way, not a temporary way,” she declared. “It’s a good feeling.” The Daytime Emmy winner was also touched by the overwhelming support she received during her time away from the soap. “I’m very grateful to the fans for fighting for me the way they did,” Francis shared. “It was overwhelming, and I was shocked, delighted, and moved by it. So, I will do my very best to turn in good work for them!”

    Rena Sofer Opens up About How Her Dogs Brought Her Love After Her Divorce

    (10/21/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) Although Rena Sofer (Quinn) isn’t an overly sentimental person, if THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star’s 15-year-old Brussels Griffon, Iggy, and younger brother/sister tag-team Alfie and Mega, are the topic of conversation, she’s practically hopeless. “My children tease me that I possibly love my dogs more than them,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “They’ve never seen me love animals the way I connected to these dogs. I’m usually not that mushy-gushy person, but I became that person who takes pictures of my dogs constantly and buys them all sorts of stuff. They are like my children.”

    Sofer said the bond really formed after her divorce from Sanford Bookstaver a few years ago (with whom she remains friends). “I think I just needed that feeling of unconditional love, and they gave that to me,” she reflected. “Somehow it changed everything.”

    Of course, any of Sofer’s future suitors won’t make the cut if the pups don’t approve, especially because Alfie and Mega sleep in her bed, one on each shoulder. “Which takes anyone who’s allergic to dogs completely off the table, dating-wise,” said the actress.

    When Sofer first discovered Alfie, he had an injured leg that required several surgeries, and the actress knew because of that cost he might not have been adopted by anyone if she didn’t step in. “I think he’s appreciative,” she admitted, “and I ended up getting his sister, too, because they are inseparable. He’s just super sweet, and she rules the roost. But they’re best friends.”

    Kathleen Gati on NCIS: Los Angeles 10/28/18

    (10/20/18) “Pro Se” – While assisting NCIS with an undercover operation, informant Elizabeth Williams (Dendrie Taylor) is arrested, and the team is unable to provide her with an alibi. Also, Callen meets with ATF Agent Anna Kolcheck (Bar Paly) who remains on suspension following her last joint case with NCIS, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, Oct. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST includes: Bar Paly (ATF Agent Anastasia “Anna” Kolcheck), Karina Logue (LAPD Detective Ellen Whiting), Kathleen Gati (Judge Jessica Lee).

    Greg Vaughan on MacGyver 11/9/18

    (10/20/18) “Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly” – Matty sends MacGyver and team to Ghana to recover a hard drive from an e-waste landfill that is run by a powerful and violent man. But when Matty refuses to reveal what’s on the drive, other than a mysterious file called “Dragonfly,” the team speculates about what could be so important to her, on MACGYVER, Friday, Nov. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

    GUEST CAST: Joy Sunday (Abina), Jimmy Akingbola (Joseph), Ric Reitz (Steckler), Jamal O. Peters (Guard), Greg Vaughan (Ethan), Makario Glenn (Danso).

    S.W.A.T. Casts Grimm's Claire Coffee as Chris' Love Interest — With a Twist

    (10/20/18) Casual dating can involve much bigger questions than who’s going to pick up the check, as S.W.A.T.‘s Chris will find out firsthand in the Nov. 1 episode.

    Grimm star Claire Coffee guest-stars in the hour as Kira, whom we learn Chris (played by Lina Esco) has been seeing. TVLine has learned that on their third date, Kira reveals that she is polyamorous, and she and her fiancé are looking for a new “third.” Will Chris, who identifies as bisexual, agree to join their triad?

    Also in the episode, Debbie Allen (Grey’s Anatomy) guest-stars as Hondo’s mother, Charice.

    Coffee played Adalind, a supernatural monster/lawyer on NBC’s Grimm throughout its six-season run. Her other TV work includes The West Wing, Franklin & Bash, Bones and General Hospital.

    Dishing with Digest - 10/19/18 - Elizabeth Hendrickson

    (10/19/18) Elizabeth Hendrickson Weighs In On New GH Role (Listen/download)

    Elizabeth Hendrickson talks to Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her new role as GH’s Margaux, working with Maurice Benard (Sonny), her AMC past, how she really feels about Chloe’s Y&R exit and more. Plus, we debate how long secrets should last in soap stories.

    Michelle Stafford Shares Her Secret to Staying "Fit and Healthy"

    (10/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) To look at Michelle Stafford as Nina on GENERAL HOSPITAL (or earlier as Phyllis on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS), viewers might not realize that the gorgeous soap star has also struggled with her weight. “I’ve been as much as 190 pounds and as low as 100 pounds,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “I used to be a sugarholic. I’d have cookies and coffee all day, and then go run two miles and not eat anything else for the day. I’d go to brunches and put all the desserts in my purse.”

    She was also no stranger to fad diets, attempting all different kinds of quick fixes over the years. “I did the ice cream diet, starch-blocker diet, Dexatrim,” Stafford admitted. “Oh honey, you don’t want to know what I’ve done!”

    But everything changed for Stafford when her sister was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2013. “She’s completely cancer-free now,” the actress reports, “but when I found out, I researched and learned sugar and all this bad stuff is just killing your body. And it’s not a calorie thing. How many people have gone on diets and not lost a freaking pound? And you’re starving to death? It’s about changing the foods.”

    Stafford has not only switched to healthier eating habits, she has also applied that attitude towards other aspects of her life, even going so far as to develop a beauty company called Skin Nation, where she sells organic, clean products. “And forget about being skinny,” she reminds. “It’s about being fit and healthy!”

    Who Is Aiden's Teacher on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Katelyn MacMullen

    (10/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Liz has been worried about her son, Aiden, on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and she’s hoping to get some answers about what’s going on at school from Aiden's teacher, Willow Tait. And making her debut as the schoolteacher in the Oct. 18 episode is actress Katelyn MacMullen.

    Los Angeles native MacMullen appeared as Josie in the TV series SIN CITY SAINTS as well as Anya in the short film, Roofied. She also played Laura Townsend in the sorority house horror film The Row, which also co-starred soap alum Colin Egglesfield (Josh, ALL MY CHILDREN). In addition to her acting, MacMullen was also one of the writers for the recently-released videogame Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey.

    MacMullen is a lovely young woman, one of a few recently introduced to Port Charles. With fellow daytime newbies Sofia Mattsson as Sasha and Kelsey Wang as Daisy, there’s no reason why any eligible bachelor in Port Charles should be single. (Or bachelorettes, if any of them might find themselves drawn to Kristina!)

    Hopefully Willow will have some answers for Liz to help figure out what’s going on with Aiden and put the mother’s mind to rest. And perhaps she’ll find more to do in Port Charles besides teach and offer advice — fans would love to see Michael or Chase find some romance! Stay tuned to see how long MacMullen’s run lasts.

    Wes Ramsey Stars in the Sexy Supernatural Thriller, 'Perception'

    (10/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Wes Ramsey (Peter), whose new film, Percecption, has its world premiere at the DTLA Film Festival on Oct. 18. “Super happy for you, Wes,” girlfriend Laura Wright (Carly) shared on Instagram, “and so proud to stand next to you tonight at the premiere of your new movie. You are amazing, baby! I love watching you shine!”

    Directed by Ilana Rein and co-written by Rein and Brian Smith, Perception centers around Ramsey’s character of Daniel, a struggling real estate developer who must evict Nina (Meera Rohit Kumbhani), a small-time psychic struggling to provide for her young son. But when she offers him a free reading and senses the spirit of his dead wife, Daniel becomes obsessed with reconnecting with his lost love. Both he and Nina must decide how far they’ll go to get what they want, and the spirit might also have plans of her own in this supernatural thriller!

    In addition to playing Peter August on GH, Ramsey has also been moonlighting in some independent feature films like Two Pictures and Last Seen in Idaho. While Perception is only currently scheduled for this one premiere screening during the Downtown LA Film Festival — tickets are still available if you’re in the area and wish to attend — we’ll keep you up to date on any future releases whether in theaters or on DVD or streaming services.

    John Stamos’ baby is killing his sex life

    (10/19/18) John Stamos and wife Caitlin McHugh want a second baby, but they’re having trouble making one.

    “We are trying, but the kid is like a c-block,” Stamos, 55, admitted on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Thursday. “Can I say that?”

    The “Fuller House” actor, who actually cried on air because he missed son Billy so much, said he and McHugh, 32, are in a hurry to give the infant a sibling because of Stamos’ age.

    As a result, Stamos said that McHugh recently called him to come home for a quickie when she realized she was ovulating.

    “We try to do it fast, and start hearing this ‘wah wah,'” Stamos said. “He screeches like ‘Saved by the Bell’ and that ruined the mood.”

    “We were so close and he’s got this elephant, and he learned how to press it, and it starts singing, ‘Do your ears hang low?'”

    Stamos and McHugh welcomed Billy to the world in April after tying the knot in February.

    In May, McHugh revealed that she and Stamos wanted to expand their brood.

    “Right now, Billy is extremely spoiled and we need to share the love, he’s gotta share some of those toys and all the things that have been given to him. He needs [siblings] to keep him grounded,” she said. “If he’s the only one, he’ll get way too much love because there hasn’t been a child on either side of our family in quite some time.”

    GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Kirsten Storms Reports: "I Feel Great"

    (10/18/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In the spring of 2017, Kirsten Storms took another break from playing Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and while she has taken time off from the soap in the past, she later revealed that this most recent break was due to her battle with depression. Thankfully, the actress is doing much better now. “It’s been over a year since my last break from work and I feel great,” Storms told Soaps In Depth. “I’m just working, hanging out with my kid, and living life.”

    Storms gets plenty of love from Harper, her four-year-old daughter with ex-husband Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), but she also has a new man in her life who is making her happier than ever, musician Elias Paul Reidy. “I’m also back in a relationship with someone I was with for four years in my early 20s,” she confided. “Back when I thought I knew everything! God, I was so stupid. You get to your 30s and you realize not only do you still not know everything, but your parents don’t know everything, either.

    “You spend your whole life learning, and I’ve finally gotten that,” Storms concluded. “I understand that people make mistakes, you can’t put pressure on somebody else to always have the answers, and I have to just do things that make me happy in life. So I’m doing good!”

    It’s wonderful to see Storms so happy again, and hopefully Maxie’s storyline will take a happier turn on GH after all the grief and drama the character has been through. Stay tuned to see what happens next to Port Charles’ Maximista.

    Patricia Bethune Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Nurse Mary Pat!

    (10/18/18) Brace yourselves — Nurse Mary Pat is back on GENERAL HOSPITAL! Actress Patricia Bethune teased her return to the soap on social media, giving fans the heads-up. “Set your schedule DVR for Halloween week,” she reported. “Nurse Mary Pat is back!” She also added the hashtag “#uhoh” so you know there’s going to be trouble!

    Bethune made her debut back in the June 13 episode of GH when Carly was locked up in Ferncliff and discovered that the nurse in charge of her care had, well, a terrible bedside manner! Throughout the storyline, GH fans loved to hate Mary Pat, and couldn’t wait for her to get her comeuppance. Well, Carly was released from the mental hospital and hasn’t been seen since August 2 when Curtis and Sam paid a visit to Ferncliff to dig up some information on their shady operations.

    However, viewers have seen Ferncliff a few times since then, as Ryan managed to switch places with Kevin and has visited his brother to taunt him about taking over his life. We haven’t seen Mary Pat taking care of Kevin, but it sounds like that’s all about to change. And just in time for Halloween! (Like Ferncliff wasn’t already scary enough!)

    Back in July, Bethune told Soaps In Depth she'd love to continue playing the character and hoped for "a great new Ferncliff twist." Well, it looks like she got her wish! Might Mary Pat be in on Ryan's escape and imprisoning Kevin? Or will she try to help Kevin and wind up as Ryan's next victim? Anything is possible with this woman, and we can’t wait to find out!

    Matt Cohen Needs You to Help Him Make the Best Movie Ever!

    (10/18/18) Never one to rest on his laurels, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Matt Cohen (Griffin) is branching out behind the scenes, hoping to direct a new film starring his wife, Mandy Musgrave, titled Mama Bear! “It seems like the only movies getting made these days are remakes, sequels, reboots, or some other steaming pile of you-know-what that no one wants to see,” he posted. “That’s why my production company created Mama Bear, a face-melting, pedal-to-the-metal, action comedy that finally delivers the entertainment you so desperately deserve.”

    However, before they can make the full-length feature, Cohen explained that they’ll need to create a proof of concept for investors, and for that they’ll need a little help. In the hopes of raising the $100K required to make the short, they’ve launched an indiegogo.com page where they’re soliciting donations from fans to make their dream come true. In exchange for donations, fans can get perks ranging from a social media shout out to signed cast photos to lunch with Cohen himself, and even a producer credit on the film!

    Fans of GH might only know Cohen as the buttoned-up Griffin Monroe, but the actor has a wicked sense of humor that you can get a taste of in this quick video where he explains his dream (with the help of his friends, wife, and adorable son, Macklin.) (Video)

    Cohen has also recruited many of his friends and SUPERNATURAL co-stars to appear in Mama Bear, including Kim Rhodes (Cindy, ANOTHER WORLD), Adam Fergus, Rob Benedict, Richard Speight, Jr., and Briana Buckmaster.

    Check out Cohen’s Indiegogo page at the link above for more details and also to take a look at the perks he’s offering for donations to see if you find anything interesting.

    Jen Lilley Reveals How Fostering, Adoption, and Her Miscarriage Have Changed Her Life

    (10/18/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) On October 16, actress and singer Jen Lilley (ex-Theresa, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) shared some wonderful as well as some heartbreaking news. “Oct. 16, 2018, marks the first day my son is truly legally untethered from his biological family,” she revealed on Instagram. “While bio paternal rights were terminated months ago, today is the first day he’s no longer at risk of being taken from the only parents he’s really ever known because the appeals period has officially passed!”

    Back in October of 2016, Lilley welcomed her foster child into the family she shares with husband Jason Wayne, and that was when everything changed forever. “Being mommy to this little boy for the past two years and some odd weeks has been the most wonderful and transformational experience of my life,” she declared. “He’s made me cry harder than I’ve ever cried, pray more fervently than I’ve ever prayed, opened up an impossible depth of empathy for his biological momma, crafted me into a real momma bear, made me laugh harder than anyone’s ever made me laugh, and made me appreciate my husband more than I ever have.

    “This little tot is truly a gift from God and experiencing every unpredictable up and down that comes with foster parenting and the crazy system has been worth it,” Lilley continued. “We’ve still got a little ways to go, but legally we’re cleared to start the official adoption paper signing!”

    But that same day also marked a very bittersweet occasion for the daytime star. “Yesterday was my due date,” Lilly admitted. “Yes, like one out of every four women, I’ve miscarried. When it happened, I was devastated and felt so alone. I was 12 weeks along, just a week from telling my family, and beyond excited. It hit me like a ton of bricks.

    “I remember retaliating,” she continued. “I’m a foster parent mom. My life is hard and I cry every day for these sweet innocent children I love with every drop of me but have zero say over their legal fate until adoption presents itself.”

    Lilley struggled with telling her family at the time, and now that the date has arrived when she was meant to be welcoming that child into the world, she has decided it’s important to share her story with the world. “One in four women experience miscarriage,” she explained, “and maybe if we talked about it, we’d realize we’re not alone. I share this news so you — yes you, reading this — know you are not alone. Miscarriage is sad, but it’s not something we need to cover up or feel shame about.

    “I think there needs to be a coming out of the closet movement for foster care, adoption, and miscarriage,” Lilley concluded. “Let’s destigmatize our ‘dirty little secrets.’ Because they’re not secrets, they’re connections. If you’re a foster parent, if you grew up in foster care, or if you’re adopted, say it loud and proud. If you’ve miscarried, it’s time to learn you’re not alone. You are loved. You are empowered. You are a joy to me!”

    Nicolas Bechtel On GH Return

    (10/16/18) Spencer returns to the GH canvas today (Oct 16), much to the delight of his portrayer, Nicolas Bechtel, who last appeared in 2017. “I was itching to get back to GH!” he tells Digest. Once on set, he had a very happy reunion with on-screen grandmother Genie Francis (Laura), with whom he shares his first scenes. “Genie is such a sweet person,” Bechtel says. “I was so excited to see her. I stopped for flowers before I came in because it was the first time I had seen her in a long time.” As for how his time away from Port Charles has affected Spencer, the actor previews, “He’s older and wiser. He’s trying to be a better listener. He’s trying to be respectful of his grandma — and he has a better wardrobe!”

    William Lipton Uses His Talents to Give Back to the Community

    (10/16/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When William Lipton made his debut as the new Cameron Webber on GENERAL HOSPITAL this summer, he immediately added a new twist to the budding romance between Josslyn and Oscar. “I’ve always had kind of this little thing for Josslyn,” the young actor told Kristen Sze in character for an interview with ABC7. “And now I’ve been introduced back into the show to cause a little trouble in paradise for Oscar and Josslyn.”

    A sophomore at San Mateo High School, the Bay Area native revealed that a typical week entails spending two or three days down in Los Angeles with his mother so that he can tape his episodes of GH. “When we’re there, we stay at a hotel,” Lipton explained, “and at the set I do homework and work with my set teacher and my fellow actors, and then tape it and go back home.” It’s a whirlwind of activity for the 15-year-old, but he’s loving every minute of it. “It’s been such an incredible experience,” he enthused. “All the actors are so talented and amazing. It’s been great being able to learn from them and work with them.”

    He’s a talented young actor, but Lipton’s first love was really music. “I’ve been singing ever since I’ve been able to make sound,” he joked. “Singing has always been a big passion of mine. Six years old, I started to play music with other kids, and now currently I’m in the band WJM.” That stands for William, Jeremy, and Max, the young artists who are using their music to try and make a positive change, with songs about voting, social injustice, and the like. “Since we were nine years old,” Lipton confided, “we’ve always felt a strong want to give back to the community and being able to do something you love and be able to help other people is such an amazing experience.” Check out this music video for their song, “Head Underwater!” (Video)

    And whether his future follows acting, music, or a combination of both, he’s excited to see what comes next. “I’m just really looking forward to seeing where life takes me,” Lipton declared, “and I just really hope that I’ll be continuing doing what I love.”

    Dancing With the Stars: Juniors Recap: Hudson West Robbed

    (10/15/18) Just in case the word “Juniors” wasn’t a big enough clue, Dancing With the Stars‘ pint-sized spinoff offered another reminder on Sunday’s episode that these contestants are young.

    In Week 2 of the ABC series, the Mirrorball hopefuls performed to songs that were released in the years they were born — years that range from the very recent 2003 to the very very recent 2008. I bet you didn’t know you’d end your weekend by feeling old, huh?

    Several of the Juniors competitors who impressed the judges last week cemented their status as frontrunners on Sunday; Mandla Morris and Ariana Greenblatt were particularly strong, respectively showcasing a salsa and jive that were infectiously energetic. But even the weaker contestants on the roster showed great improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, with a number of routines earning a solid 21 or 22 points out of 30.

    Here’s how all of Sunday’s scores shook out:

    * Singer Mackenzie Ziegler and pro Sage Rosen (Quickstep, Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”): 24/30

    * Skateboarder Sky Brown and pro J.T. Church (Cha-Cha, Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”): 22/30

    * Model Sophia Pippen and pro Jake Monreal (Foxtrot, Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”): 20/30

    * Raven’s Home‘s Jason Maybaum and pro Elliana Walmsley (Jive, Metro Station’s “Shake It”): 21/30

    * Aspiring fashion designer Mandla Morris and pro Brightyn Brems (Salsa, The Black Eyed Peas’ “Pump It”): 22/30

    * General Hospital‘s Hudson West and pro Kameron Couch (Paso Doble, Madonna’s “4 Minutes”): 22/30

    * black-ish‘s Miles Brown and pro Rylee Arnold (Argentine Tango, Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Want to Be”): 24/30

    * Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and pro Tristan Ianiero (Cha-Cha, The Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha”): 19/30

    * Spelling bee competitor Akash Vukoti and pro Kamri Peterson (Cha-Cha, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite”): 21/30

    * Stuck in the Middle‘s Ariana Greenblatt and pro Artyon Celestine (Jive, Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend”): 24/30

    And then, it was time for the results:

    ELIMINATED: Hudson West and pro Kameron Couch

    John Stamos gets 'dad-shamed' for posting photos of son on social media

    (10/15/18) John Stamos has decided to stop sharing photos of his son Billy on social media after he was “dad-shamed”.

    The Fuller House star confessed he wanted to share snaps of his five-month-old on Instagram, but has been put off by the “frustrating” criticism he got from some of his followers.

    “I’ve only put him on barely once, on mine, and I got so baby shamed about how I was holding him or whatever I said, ‘That’s it!’

    “(You) want to share your happiness with the world. But you know there’s a lot of critiques out there,” Stamos told Entertainment Tonight and explained that he and wife Caitlin McHugh will now wait until Billy is “old enough to decide” for himself what he wants to share on social media.

    Since welcoming Billy in April, the star has only shared a handful of snaps of his son, including one earlier this week of Billy in the swimming pool for the first time.

    And according to Stamos, the tot is reaching more milestones every day.

    “He’s riding a bike now and he plays trombone,” he joked. “He loves swimming, he loves laughing. This morning we just laid in bed and he’s like – I swear for like 25, 30 minutes – just (giggling and cooing) … I love it.”

    During the interview with ET, Stamos also confessed he had to get up with Billy at 5 a.m. as wife Caitlin had to go to a photoshoot.

    Despite the sleep deprivation, the actor confirmed that he and his wife are planning on adding to their brood soon, and Stamos is hoping this time around, they have a girl.

    “We need more women,” he said.

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    Genie Francis Admits She Was 'Terrified' Her First Day at GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (10/12/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Today (Oct 11), Genie Francis is beloved to soap fans for playing the legendary Laura Webber Baldwin Spencer Collins on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but when she made her daytime debut in the role back in 1977, she had no idea that this teenage girl was destined to become a television icon. “I was terrified,” Francis told Soaps In Depth of her first day on the GH set. “I didn’t know anything about working in that kind of environment! There’s a stage manager who counts you down, and then there’s a silent wave that means ‘action.’ I didn’t know anything about any of that, so when he waved, I waved back! I had no idea what I was doing at all.”

    Thankfully, there were plenty of people in the cast and crew who were willing to help the newbie find her footing. “Denise [Alexander, ex-Lesley] and Michael Gregory (ex-Rick) [showed me the ropes],” Francis revealed, “and there was a director named Phil Sogard who took me aside and explained to me what upstage and downstage were. I had people who walked me through all of it.”

    And once Francis got her bearings, the rest was history. Although at the time she was hired on GH back in the '70s, she didn’t expect that there would be decades of drama (and a Daytime Emmy Award) in her future. “They signed me to a three-year contract when I was 14,” the actress admitted, “so I just expected to stay. I knew I had a contract.”

    But she never could have imagined the role would stretch over four decades! “Gosh no!” Francis smiled. “And it’s important to say I wasn’t there for all those years. I was gone for quite a few of them, but the character has been with me for 41 years.”

    GH fans are thrilled that Laura is back on screen yet again and looking forward to all the drama yet to come.

    Maurice Benard Previews His New Role as John Gotti

    (10/12/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in September, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard teased that he had an exciting new project he was working on that was later revealed to be a Lifetime movie currently titled Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, in which he would be playing the infamous crime lord, John Gotti. And while details on the project are being kept under wraps, Soaps In Depth managed to chat with Benard about his role from the movie’s Vancouver set. “It’s a great role and I’m having a great time playing a real-life character,” he enthused. “This was a really great opportunity.”

    Thankfully, the filming of Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter coincided with GH’s summer break, so the Emmy-winner was able to schedule in this moonlighting with a little assistance from the soap’s executive producer, Frank Valentini. “Frank was great,” Benard confided. “The timing worked out with the hiatus, and Frank was able to shift some stuff around to make it work.” Of course, it was still quite the whirlwind, with the actor on a plane to Canada just 48 hours after being cast as the Teflon Don. “I didn’t have time to think about stressing out,” admitted Benard, who notoriously hates to fly.

    Benard was joined on location with his wife, Paula, and when he wasn’t hard at work for director Catherine Cyran, the pair were able to take in the sights. “It’s beautiful up here,” he said of Vancouver. One one of his days off, they even rented a boat for what the actor called “a great, relaxing day.”

    But there was still plenty of hard work to be done, especially since Benard was tasked with portraying a real-life person. Thankfully, he did have the advantage of meeting John Gotti’s daughter, Victoria, on set to get some insight. “She gave me some great tips about her father,” he revealed, adding that playing such a larger-than-life historical figure was “very difficult but at the same time exhilarating.”

    As the movie is currently in post-production, Lifetime still has not yet announced an airdate for Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter. But we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as more information is released.

    Brytni Sarpy Opens up About Her Struggles With Anxiety and Depression

    (10/12/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Every October 10 is World Mental Health Day, helping bring awareness to mental health issues, and this year, GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Brytni Sarpy (Valerie) did her part to help by sharing her own personal story. “So, I recorded this earlier this year and wasn’t sure if I would ever feel comfortable posting it, and honestly I still don’t,” she admitted of the three-part emotional video confession she posted to Instagram. “But I also feel that it is more important to let someone in this world know that in the moments when life has left you feeling depleted, helpless, and alone, that you aren’t.

    “From someone who struggles with anxiety and depression,” Sarpy continued, “I wanted to take a moment — or three minutes — on Mental Health Day and tell whoever needs to hear it that you are loved, you are important, and you will get through whatever struggles you are facing. We all complain that Instagram and social media only displays our highlight reel, so here ya go — behind the scenes.”

    In the three clips, Sarpy wiped away tears as she candidly confesses to her own struggles with the overwhelming nature of life. “Life is so… hard,” she admitted. “Overwhelmingly hard. You know it’s going to be hard. Everyone anticipates that life is going to be hard. But you never realize how hard it is. I don’t think I could ever forget this feeling. This feeling of… just wanting to relax. Just wanting to not have to hold my breath… all the time. To stop having to take the jabs of life.”

    Sarpy also explained further why she chose to record these intimate clips and ultimately share them with the world. “I guess I thought it was important to… capture the moments when I feel on the other side of the extreme instead of just capturing the moments when we’re all happy and excited and everything’s fun,” she sighed. “Because these are really real moments, too.”

    If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 8255.

    All-Star Cast Set To Honor The Late Craig Zadan At ‘Thespians Go Hollywood’ Event

    (10/11/18) Kristin Chenoweth, Harry Connick Jr., Sean Hayes and Debra Messing are among the artists announced today as participants in the upcoming benefit honoring the late producer Craig Zadan.

    Also included in the line-up: Bernadette Peters, Martin Short, Jennifer Hudson, Audra McDonald, and Renee Zellweger.

    Called “Thespians Go Hollywood: Honoring The Life And Work Of Craig Zadan,” the invitation-only event is set for Sunday November 11, 5-7pm, at the Television Academy in North Hollywood.

    The event will benefit the Educational Theatre Foundation, which originally had planned to honor Zadan and producing partner Neil Meron with its first annual Theatre For Life award. With Zadan’s unexpected death on August 21, the event has now also become the official memorial and celebration of his legacy.

    Among other participants on stage will be Megan Hilty, Kenny Leon, Amber Riley, John Stamos, Nia Vardalos, and former NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt who, with ETF President Julie Cohen Theobald, announced the event in late August.

    “There’s no doubt in my mind that we will celebrate Craig’s life in a way that he, the consummate producer, would have liked,” said Greenblatt at the time. “And at the same time I know nothing would give him more satisfaction than raising money for the work of the Educational Theatre Foundation. We already miss Craig terribly, but his spirit and his joy for the theater lives on in the dozens of movies and television projects we’re fortunate to have which will remain with us always.”

    In that statement, Zadan’s life partner Elwood Hopkins, who joins Meron and the Foundation in extending invitations to the event, said, “I can’t think of a better way to honor Craig since his entire life was devoted to theatre and the performing arts. He also knew the transformative power of the arts, especially for young people, and I’m certain Craig would have loved to raise a great deal of money for ETF and their important work.”

    Last month, Zadan and Meron won their first Emmy (in 16 nominations) for the NBC musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert.

    Donations in Zadan’s memory can be made at EducationalTheatreFoundation.org/Craig-Zadan.

    Cassandra James Can't Wait for Terry to Have a Romance on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (10/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Cassandra James joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as Elizabeth’s childhood friend, Dr. Terry Randolph, the fact that she was a pediatric oncologist turned out to be a big clue as to what her upcoming story would be. Now, as Terry becomes more involved in Oscar Nero’s cancer treatment, the actress took to Twitter to answer questions from the viewers, starting with how she landed the gig on GH. “My agent sent me out for the role,” she explained simply. “The casting department gives you a scene to read to see if you’re right for the part. Three auditions later, I got the call!

    “I have wanted to be an actress my whole life,” James continued. “I started in community theater when I was only a toddler. I was born in Pasadena but I grew up in Vancouver, Canada. I studied acting at university in Toronto, Canada, and I’ve been back in California for almost two years now.”

    One fan wondered what kind of research the actress did before tackling the role of a doctor, and it turned out that the storyline hits close to home for James. “There is someone battling cancer in my family currently so unfortunately, I have some real-life experience to draw from,” she confided. “It’s important to me that Terry be optimistic because I know how dense all the information and treatment options can be.” Still, she also added: “You’d better believe Dr. Terry Randolph is going to do everything in her power to save Oscar!”

    Although Terry is obviously going to be involved in Oscar’s brain tumor and treatment, when one viewer asked what kind of storyline she’d like to be involved in, James declared she can’t wait to have scenes outside of the hospital. “I can’t wait for Terry to have a romance in Port Charles,” she said. “I think it’s so important for transgender people to be seen as lovable, datable.”

    As a transgender woman, portraying a transgender character is significant to James. “Terry means so much to me and is so important for my beautiful trans community,” she explained. “I feel honored to be contributing positively to this amazing time of trans visibility in Hollywood. I’m so proud of everyone at GH for being so committed to having a trans actor portray this exciting trans character.”

    At one point during the Twitter chat, a fan expressed how pleased they were to see a storyline like this on television because their longtime friend’s son had no support when he came out and everyone turned their back on him when he transitioned. “I’m sorry to hear this,” James expressed. “I hope your friend and her daughter have found a network of love and support. Sending love!”

    James added that she is having an absolute blast at GH. “Whenever my agent calls and says I’ve got another day on set, I get so excited!” she gushed. So stay tuned to see what happens next for Terry, and if she can help save Oscar’s life.

    Sonya Eddy Shares Her Weight Loss Journey

    (10/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) This year, GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Sonya Eddy has dropped 60 pounds already, and she told Soaps In Depth that her method is simple… but not easy! “I’m watching what I eat and actually getting off my butt and moving,” she shared. “I hate the gym with a passion, but I try to ride my bike every other day. I put my four little dogs in the basket and go!”

    It sounds like just wrangling four little dogs at once would be pretty good exercise by itself! But she also revealed that she’s changed other behaviors in her life that have helped her shed the pounds. “I don’t come home from grocery shopping and let everything sit there for an hour anymore,” Eddy declared. “Now I put everything away, right away. When I’m running between the refrigerator, the garage, and all, it does something to my metabolism — and then I’m not grazing! I’m just always going now. We’re talking about an attitude and behavior change. I fail on a daily basis, but I try hard to stick it out.”

    Despite any setbacks she may encounter, Eddy is determined to make this lifestyle change last. And she also admitted that cutting out carbs and eating lots of protein and salads in order to lose weight isn’t about vanity — it’s about her health. “I’ve always thought I was cute any damn way,” Eddy laughed. “But I remember how horrible I felt [physically] last year. I don’t want to feel like that anymore!”

    Chad Duell Thinks Michael Will Be a Good Dad... Eventually!

    (10/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Michael turned the tables on professional schemer Nelle, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans weren’t the only ones cheering — portrayer Chad Duell was also thrilled by the turn of events. “He finally fought back,” the actor told Soaps In Depth with a smile. “It was nice to grow a spine and give Nelle back what she’d been giving. I was glad they finally wrote that.”

    Unfortunately, that particular storyline climaxed with Nelle claiming their son had been stillborn when she actually passed it off to Brad so he and Lucas could raise it together, replacing their adopted son who had unexpectedly died in his crib. “It’s pretty messed up,”Duell admitted. “Brad just really wanted a kid and probably doesn’t want to go through the adoption process again. But you’ve got to be pretty heartless to see Michael and empathize with his sorrow when you have his kid!”

    Worse still, Nelle isn’t quite done tormenting her babydaddy, leading him to question exactly what’s going on. “Nelle wrote Michael a letter from prison,” Duell marveled. “She said things about Brad’s baby that made him think, ‘What the hell does that even mean?’ She’s pretty messed up.” And while Nelle may not be done with Michael, Duell insists that his alter ego has definitely put her behind him. “She can’t do anything to him or influence his psyche anymore,” he declared. “He’s walled off to her… but he does have empathy for the kid they lost together. He can’t just discredit her feelings about the situation because she lost the kid, too — even though she’s crazy!”

    The truth always comes out, so it’s going to be just a matter of time before Michael is finally reunited with his son despite Nelle’s best efforts. And when that day comes, Duell can’t wait to play yet another aspect of his character. “Michael has a great heart and is very loving, so being a father would be great for him,” he muses. “So they can play this out for a long time… but ultimately, he’d be a good dad, for sure!”

    Maurice Benard Shares His Daughter's Magical Marriage Proposal

    (10/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Video, Photo) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny), whose family is about to expand! The actor shared video of his daughter, Cailey, getting engaged to her boyfriend, Carlos! “I really can’t say a lot because I’m bawling like a baby,” the proud pop declared. “I love my daughter and I love her husband-to-be. Carlos made us all very happy.”

    The entire clan was visiting Disneyland, and in front of a “roaring” fireplace at the Beauty and the Beast castle, Carlos dropped to one knee and presented Cailey with the ring. Overwhelmed, Cailey was in tears as she said: “No, you’re joking.” Carlos also looked pretty nervous as he held her hand in one hand and the ring in the other. “I love you so much,” he smiled. “And I knew this would be a great place… Will you marry me?” Naturally, Cailey said yes, and everyone applauded as she happily hugged and kissed her fiancé.

    Cailey herself shared a closeup photo of the beautiful ring on her own Instagram and declared: “The happiest place on Earth just got that much happier!” You might have noticed that there was writing on the ring box, which you couldn’t read in Benard’s video of the proposal. But in Cailey’s series of photos of the magical moment, you can see that it’s a Beauty and the Beast-themed box that reads: “Tale as old as time.” So romantic!

    All our best to the happy couple, and we look forward to the photos and videos that Benard and his family are going to share of the big day when it finally arrives!

    Hudson West Perform a Cha-Cha on DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS!

    (10/11/18) (Videos: Intro Pack, Dance) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Hudson West (Jake), who did great during his first week of competition on DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS! He and partner Kameron Couch performed a cha-cha to Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” and were more than safe with a score of 22. If you happened to miss the episode, you can watch West meeting his partner and getting his first coaching from Hayley Erbert in the first video, then the actual performance in the second!

    In the first week, Tripp Palin and Addison Osta Smith were eliminated, but West’s scores placed him towards the top of the pack, so he will definitely be back for more! Be sure to tune in every Sunday evening at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to cheer him on! "I am so excited for this show and I know you guys are going to love it!” the GH actor shared on Instagram.

    West, who has been playing Elizabeth’s son, Jake Spencer, on GH since April of 2016, will be partnered with professional dancer Kameron Couch, and mentored by Hayley Erbert. “I am so grateful that I get to work with these amazing and fun ladies!” he gushed.

    He is competing against other young celebrities like reality star Honey Boo Boo, spelling bee champ Akash Vukoti, Stevie Wonder’s daughter, Mandla Morris, and BLACK-ISH star Miles Brown. Each contestant will be partnered with a young professional dancer and mentored by an adult professional. DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIOR is hosted by DANCING WITH THE STARS season 25 winner, Jordan Fisher, and finalist Frankie Muniz. The judges are Emmy Award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore, professional dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, and DANCING WITH THE STARS: ATHLETES champion, Adam Rippon.

    Ryan Paevey Will Give You 'Hope at Christmas'

    (10/11/18) Let Ryan Paevey get you in the holiday spirit when he stars in the brand new movie, Hope at Christmas, premiering Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 9 p.m. on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries! So while GENERAL HOSPITAL fans may still not be over the death of his character, Nathan West, they can all enjoy the handsome actor as a brand new romantic lead!

    In the holiday drama, Paevey plays Mac, a teacher who fills in for the town Santa from time to time. He tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this time, the recently divorced Sydney Ragsdale is at the top of his list. Having moved to a local house she inherited, Sydney raises her young daughter and becomes reacquainted with the local bookstore owner, Bea. As a new opportunity with the store emerges, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again. How romantic!

    Paevey’s co-star in Hope at Christmas is actress Scottie Thompson, who has starred in THE BLACKLIST, NCIS, and 12 MONKEYS. The cast also includes Peter Graham-Gaudreau and Nelson Wong.

    In addition to his holiday flick, Paevey has also shot another Hallmark Channel romance, the upcoming BFF Bride with fellow soap alum Kelly Kruger (Mac, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS; ex-Eva, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL). So even though GH fans are missing seeing the actor in Port Charles these days, they’ll still be able to get their fix of the hunk thanks to all his new projects. So be sure to tune in to watch!

    Jen Lilley Releases a New Song, "King of Hearts," and Proceeds Are Going to a Very Special Charity

    (10/11/18) Soap fans already know that Jen Lilley is a talented actress from her roles as Theresa Donovan on DAYS OF OUR LIVES and her stint as Maxie Jones on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but they might not be aware that she’s also an incredible singer! Her new single, “King of Hearts” has just been released, and you can click here to listen to it or download it for yourself. “Let me know what you think,” she posted to Instagram. “I can’t stop dancing to it!”

    The retro-tinged tune is a sassy ‘60s throwback with an inspirational message for today, and is the lead-off single to her upcoming album that is due out in February of 2019. Lilley also released a Christmas album, Tinsel Time, back in November of 2015.

    Lilley is also heavily involved in charities, and 100% of the proceeds from the sales of “King of Hearts” will go towards providing a young boy named John who lives in Africa with a life-saving heart surgery. “After that, i’m donating to Project Orphans to help support their monthly operations through March,” Lilly shared. In addition, she’s launched the “King of Hearts Challenge” to help raise more money for John, urging people to download her single and upload a video of themselves dancing to it before challenging three friends to do the same.

    So not only can you enjoy a terrific song, but you can help save a little boy’s life at the same time. What could be better? And if “King of Hearts” is just a taste of what Lilley’s full album will sound like, we can’t wait for February to hear the whole thing!

    Peggy McCay, Beloved Days of Our Lives Matriarch, Dead at 90

    (10/10/18) Emmy-winning actress Peggy McCay, who portrayed Caroline Brady on Days of Our Lives for more than three decades, died Sunday from natural causes. She was 90.

    McCay’s longtime co-star, Deidre Hall, confirmed the news Tuesday on Facebook. “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us,” Hall wrote. “She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper! I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless. And how she loved being Caroline!”

    In a twist of fate, McCay’s passing comes just weeks after the death of her longtime Days leading man Frank Parker.

    McCay received five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work as Days‘ Caroline. She won a primetime Emmy in 1991 for her guest work on CBS’ The Trials of Rosie O’Neill. Additional credits include General Hospital, Gunsmoke and Lou Grant.

    Days vet Stephen Nichols, who played McCay’s onscreen son-in-law Patch, paid tribute to his co-star on Instagram. “The last time I saw you, you talked about how eager you were to get back to work,” he wrote. “You said it with such conviction and longing. Don’t worry, you gave the world plenty. Gave your audiences inspired performances and your fellow actors your strength and inspiration and absolute love of the work. I will miss you sweet, Peggy. I am so grateful for the time I had with you .Sending love to your loved ones. Rest In Peace.”

    Chloe Lanier Dishes GH Return

    (10/7/18) Chloe Lanier is reprising the role of Nelle on GH, which she vacated in August, for a short stint starting next week, and in the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, she cops to battling news when she returned to the set. “Not doing it for two months, I felt like, ‘Oh, wait. I forgot pretty much everything.’ Mentally, it was a little overwhelming at first.” As for what brings her jailbird character back to the canvas, she teases, “She definitely has some unfinished business with some people.” For more with the Daytime Emmy winner, be sure to check out the new issue, on sale now.

    Roger Howarth Loves Liz and Franco's Relationship on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (10/7/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Elizabeth and Franco may hve been an unlikely pairing on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but many fans have really taken to the couple, as has Roger Howarth, who appreciates the way the soap has developed the romance between his alter ego and the beleaguered heroine. “The writers give some space and air to that relationship, which I think is really sweet — and I think the audience appreciates it,” the actor confided to Soaps In Depth. “We love story, we love plot, but sometimes the story and the plot should just be that they’re two people who enjoy one another. The more these characters are people, the more it gives viewers a chance to care about them.”

    And viewers have grown to care more about the character of Franco over time as the former psychopathic serial killer has been reformed and humanized for the viewers. Especially with the recent storyline where it was revealed that Franco had been molested as a child by Jim Harvey. “I enjoy a challenge, and I like what I do,” Howarth said of that particular tale. “Plus, some people responded very positively to it and said they could relate to it on a very personal level, which makes me very happy.”

    However, the actor also appreciates that Franco has maintained his edge, and is still sometimes as unpredictable as he’s ever been. “I just want Franco to be a human being, and human beings are complicated and many-faceted,” Howarth mused. “I liked that Franco has a lot of different parts to him and engages with different parts when he’s with different people. That’s really human. I don’t want him to be defined in any way!”

    Rena Sofer Proves It's Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams

    (10/7/18) (cbs.soapsindepth.com) (Photo1, Photo2) Viewers haven’t seen a lot of Quinn lately on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but her portrayer has been busy learning something she’s always wanted to do! Rena Sofer showed off some of her new homemade creations and hoped to inspire other people to follow their dreams no matter what they may fear stands in their way. “So I started this new journey in my life,” the actress revealed on Instagram. “I have always loved woodworking and have been an amateur wood geek for many years. I never fully learned how to do really make things ‘correctly’ but as a ‘wing it’ woodworker I have done okay.

    “As my 50th birthday fast approaches I have been thinking about my life,” Sofer continued. “What am I doing? What am I here for? What inspires me? What do I still want to learn and achieve? One thing that really hit me hard was I love to work with wood. I have always had a passion for interesting wood furniture and art pieces. I never thought I could really do it. I was simply scared. Of what? I don’t really know.”

    Interestingly, Sofer found inspiration very close to home — in her own children, Avalon, Meghann, and Rosabel. “I looked to my daughters and saw how incredibly artistic they are and in so many different ways,” she explained. “I felt inspired by them and thought I can’t stop myself anymore. Maybe that’s what turning 50 is all about! Maybe that’s what it’s about for me.

    “I have another — hopefully — half a life ahead of me so I want to accomplish something now that feeds my soul. I raised — and am still raising — amazing girls, women, and now it’s time for me. Lots of learning ahead of me and I’m so excited.”

    Sofer used her Instagram to post photos of her first projects she created and her pride shone through. “Here are my first cutting boards and woodturning bowls,” she shared. “And I had the time of my life making them! I will share more in the future and I hope I can inspire those out there who think, ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I’m too old to start’ to get out there, like me, and discover what you love. What scares you. And face it head on.”

    That’s some beautiful work, and we look forward to seeing more creations in the future.

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's Alzheimer's Storyline Honored With Sentinel Award

    (10/5/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL for being honored with a Sentinel Award for its powerful portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease in the storyline of Sonny’s father, Mike. The 2018 Sentinel Awards were held Oct. 3 at the Taglyan Complex where the Hollywood, Health & Society program gave out 12 awards to shows that tackled topics such as HIV/AIDS, mental health, disabilities, and more. “Our awesome boss, Frank Valentini, accepting an award for the GH Alzheimer’s storyline,” Finola Hughes (Anna) shared on Instagram with a pic of the soap’s executive producer on stage accepting the award. “Well deserved! Beautifully acted, written, directed, and produced.”

    Hollywood, Health & Society provides the entertainment industry with accurate and timely information for storylines dealing with health, safety, and security, and the Sentinel Awards are their way of honoring the programs which delivered stories with informed and educated. “Entertainment television is a powerful resource for information, and compelling storylines can motivate millions of viewers worldwide,” said Kate Langrall Folb, director of HH&S.

    Other series that were honored included CHICAGO MED, GREY’S ANATOMY, ONE DAY AT A TIME, EMPIRE, SESAME STREET, and SOFIA THE FIRST. Attending the awards ceremony along with Valentini were Hughes, Laura Wright (Carly), and Michelle Stafford (Nina), who shared her own photo of the evening, a selfie taken at their dinner table!

    Viewers have been moved by Mike’s storyline unfold on GH, and the soap already has Emmy buzz for the writers and actors involved. This is likely the first of many awards they will take home for this emotional portrayal of the debilitating disease and its affect on families.

    Anthony Montgomery Visits Girlfriend Vinessa Antoine on the Set of Her New Series

    (10/5/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL weren’t the only ones who missed Vinessa Antoine when she left the role of Jordan to travel up north to star in a new Canadian primetime drama, DIGGSTOWN. Her real-life beau, Anthony Montgomery (Andre) was definitely missing his lady love! So the actress was absolutely thrilled when he made the trek up north to pay her a visit. “He made it,” she shared on Instagram with a selfie they took by the water. (Looks a little chilly up there!)

    Antoine also tweeted out the same photo, and Montgomery responded to her post with one simple heart emoji… but that says it all, doesn’t it? Hopefully her DIGGSTOWN shooting schedule will allow the couple to spend some quality time together before he has to return to California.

    Their GH characters of Andre and Jordan didn’t quite work out, but while they fizzled, their portrayers’ real-life relationship sizzled, and the pair went public with their romance on Valentine’s Day of 2018.

    Talk Show Appearance

    (10/5/18) LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, syndicated

    Th 10/18: John Stamos

    Lifetime Greenlights ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’ And ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’ Remake

    (10/4/18) Lifetime Greenlights ‘Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter’ And ‘Death Of A Cheerleader’ Remake.

    Lifetime said today it has greenlit two movies for 2019 to add to the network’s collection of originals. The first is Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, which will be executive produced, narrated, and co-written by the real-life Victoria Gotti. The second is a remake of Death of a Cheerleader, the cult hit that< originally starred Kellie Martin, who will be back for the new iteration.

    Victoria Gotti takes us deep into the world of what it was like to grow up as the daughter of mob boss John Gotti, revealing the glamour, glitz and unique hardships of her world. Chelsea Frei will play the titular Victoria as she shares never-before-revealed stories about her life, from being a sensitive child growing up with her father (Maurice Benard), the tragedy of her younger brother’s death, and her relationship with a the man who would become her husband — a relationship her father did not approve of.

    Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is produced by Relevé Entertainment for Lifetime with Victoria Gotti. Jennifer Wachtell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) and Holly Carter (Home is Where You Find It) will serve as executive producers. Catherine Cyran (The Prince & Me) directed the script co-written by Gotti and David Schneiderman (Chasing Liberty). The film is based on Gotti’s book This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti. Victoria Gotti will appear on camera narrating her story.

    Inspired by Randall Sullivan’s Rolling Stone article about the real-life murder of a popular, affluent and beautiful Northern California high school cheerleader at the hand of a classmate, Death of a Cheerleader stars Aubrey Peeples as Bridget Moretti, a shy outsider from a lower middle-class background who aspires to be beautiful, popular and perfect in everything. She believes that her key to all of this would be the rich and popular Kelly Locke (Sarah Dugdale), who is the leader of the school’s most prestigious clique. When Bridget tries to develop a friendship with Kelly, things don’t go as planned as she gets rejected. It leaves her humiliated and fuels a jealous rage that will lead to murder.

    Martin starred alongside Tori Spelling in the original, and returns to play the FBI agent who cracks the case.

    Death of a Cheerleader is produced by Just Singer Entertainment and Reunion Pacific Entertainment. Executive producers are Matthew O’Connor, Paddy Bickerton, Steve White and Sheri Singer. Paul Shapiro directs the script written by Caitlin D. Fryers.

    Frei is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency.

    ‘Boomerang’: Tequan Richmond & Tetona Jackson Lead Series Regular Cast Of BET Reboot

    (10/4/18) Tequan Richmond (Everybody Hates Chris) and Tetona Jackson (All Night) are set as leads in Boomerang, BET’s reboot of the 1992 film. Leland B. Martin (A Cinderella Christmas) and Lala Milan (Claws) also are set as series regulars in the 10-episode half-hour series, executive produced by Halle Berry, Lena Waithe and co-produced by BET Networks and Paramount Television

    Based on the 1992 American romantic comedy film, Boomerang will follow the lives of Jacqueline Boyer’s son (Richmond) and Marcus and Angela Graham’s daughter (Jackson) as they try to step out of their parents’ shadows and make a legacy of their own.

    Richmond’s Bryson is resourceful, tough and charming. Raised by a single mother, he’s self-assured and doesn’t hide his vulnerability. Every bit as driven as Simone, Bryson wants to make his mark on this world.

    Jackson’s Simone is privileged, beautiful, cool and driven to a fault. She has an easy confidence that she inherited from her father, but a down-to-earth, chill vibe, which she inherited from her mother. The shadow of both her parents looms large and she is eager to step out of it and make a name for herself.

    Martin will play Ari, a digital producer with big dreams. He is handsome, charming, effortlessly confident, and has an edge and swagger that is completely disarming. Ari doesn’t believe in labels. He’s an equal opportunist when it comes to dating.

    Milan is Tia, a misguided performance artist with high ambitions. She is a classically trained dancer who wants to topple the patriarchy. She’s charismatic and wildly unique. Tia is an activist at heart, but she doesn’t mind being a little ratchet every now and then.

    Ben Cory Jones (Underground, Insecure) is attached as showrunner and will executive produce the series along with Berry and Waithe and Rishi Rajani for Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions. Waithe and Jones co-wrote the pilot episode and Dime Davis (The Chi) will direct the pilot episode as well as additional episodes including the finale.

    Best known for his role in Sundance thriller Blue Caprice and as Drew Rock in Chris Rock comedy Everybody Hates Chris, Richmond was most recently seen starring in the AwesomenessTV horror mini-series The Unsettling and comedy All Night. He’s repped by ICM Partners, Cohn / Torgan Management and Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson, & Binder.

    Jackson, who played Cassie in All Night, also starred in MTV’s Happyland, Dear Diary I Died and Maximum Ride, Jackson is repped by BRS/Gage and Priluck Company.

    Martin appeared in a lead role in A Cinderella Christmas for Ion Network and was also the lead in web series The Rookie for Lifetime and A&E. He is repped by BRS/Gage Talent Agency and Holly Shelton Management.

    Milan’s credits include TNT’s Claws and Fear Factor. She’s repped by Select Management Group.

    William deVry Wants GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans to Keep an Open Mind About Julian's Future

    (10/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The loyal viewers are the reason why soaps like GENERAL HOSPITAL are still on the air after decades, but with the advent of social media, their passion can sometimes be a double-edged sword! William deVry has learned this first hand as he has dealt with the fan reactions to his character, Julian, Jerome, splitting up with Alexis Davis and starting to date Kim Nero! “It’s interesting to see the feedback,” he confided to Soaps In Depth. “The first time Julian and Kim kissed, I saw, ‘The director should have had Wil back off a bit. He looked a little too enthusiastic.’ But then another fan made a great comment: ‘You’ve got to give Wil a lot of credit, because he went for it knowing he’d piss off an entire army.’”

    And while that Julexis Army has been incredibly vocal of their support of the Julian and Alexis pairing over the years, their refusal to accept the characters paired with anyone but each other has led to deVry being forced to block some of their particularly negative members on Twitter. “Listen, I love the fans,” he explained. “They’re the reason we’re working and the reason we have supercouples. But a few were kind of taking the story out on me. You know what? I’m doing my job. I’ve got to look at it from Juilan’s perspective. He’s human — and so are Kim and Alexis!”

    Plus, as all soap fans know, storylines can change on a dime, and formerly estranged couples can find themselves thrown back together at any time so there’s no telling what the future holds for Julian’s love life. “There’s chemistry flying everywhere,” deVry declares, “so we’ve got great drama going . What’s going to happen? The potential is exciting!”

    Who Is Henry Sullivan on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Matthew Bohrer!

    (10/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Jason was called in for questioning in the Oct. 1 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, he didn’t have Diane Miller representing him, but her assistant, Henry Sullivan. Thankfully, he’s just as much of a shark as his boss, and filled in well once again. That’s right, Henry’s been on before — actor Matthew Bohrer actually made his debut in the Dec. 22, 2014 episode of GH!

    Henry was called in by Alexis to defend Franco in court after he and Nina were arrested for kidnapping Ava and Sonny’s daughter, Avery. He has made a couple other appearances since, most recently in February of 2018 when he was there to help assist with the reading of Cesar Faison’s will in Diane’s office.

    “I caught the acting bug at the age of five when I did an impression of Groucho Marx at my elementary school’s talent show,” Bohrer revealed on his website. Beginning with local theater in his home town of San Diego, CA, he then went on to study professionally at Harvard. “I studied acting at the American Repertory Theater, roasted celebrities with the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and sang with the Krokodiloes, Harvard’s oldest a cappella group, at Carnegie Hall and on a tour of every continent except Antarctica.”

    Bohrer played Matt in the 2014 horror thriller Unfriended, and has guest-starred in primetime series like SCANDAL, HOUSE OF LIES, MASTERS OF SEX, and GOLIATH. More recently he could be seen in episodes of MODERN FAMILY and GROWN-ISH. And this summer he played the Paul Rudd character in a musical stage production of the hit comedy film, Clueless.

    Henry did a fine job defending Jason from Margaux and Jordan’s questioning in Diane’s absence, so perhaps he’ll be called upon again if she’s not available or just needs some extra backup in court. Margaux really wants to put Sonny behind bars, so they’ll have their work cut out for them!

    Video: Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher

    (10/3/18) Thorsten Kaye and Ingo Rademacher Facebook Live: Video.

    Laura Wright Promises Fans: "I'm Not Pregnant"

    (10/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL fans believed that Laura Wright (Carly) is pregnant, the actress very quickly set them straight! On Set. 27, the actress randomly tweeted: “On a different note, why am I craving french toast? I never eat french toast!” This led to fans on social media immediately assuming this was some kind of pregnancy craving and the actress was expecting a baby with her boyfriend, Wes Ramsey (Peter)!

    But by the following day, Wright had gotten wind of the rumors, and quickly shut them down. “Hey guys, I’m not pregnant,” she announced. “I was just craving french toast. That’s all.” And she added a hashtag to say “#stillam.”

    Wright married her husband, John, back in October of 1995, and the couple had two children together, Lauren, 19, and John, 17. But in April of 2016, she publicly announced that she and John had been separated for over a year and were officially divorcing. Just over a year later, Wright then went public with her new romance with Ramsey, whom she had originally met many years ago when they were both castmembers on the CBS sudser GUIDING LIGHT.

    While Ramsey is now a part of Wright’s family, spending New Year’s with the extended clan and going along with Wright and her kids on vacation to Turks and Caicos, the pair are NOT starting a family of their own together. She just really wants french toast.

    And unfortunately, by the end of the weekend, Wright still reported: “Still no french toast.” What does it take to get this woman some french toast?!

    Josh Swickard Admits He Was a "Late Bloomer"

    (10/2/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Josh Swickard joined the cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as Detective Harrison Chase, fans swooned over the soap’s newest hunk, but they might be surprised to learn he wasn’t always cut out to be a soap stud! “I’m what you call a late bloomer,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth. “Maybe senior year, I grew up a little bit? I always had somewhat of a build, but I was lean and small. As I got older, I kind of filled out. And as I’m not 21 anymore, I realize I’ll just keep filling out if I don’t work out!”

    He may have been just a hair over five feet tall when he got to high school, but by the time Swickard left, he was well on his way to being a successful model and actor. In fact, he had no trouble staying in shape because he was working as a SoulCycle instructor, a job he gave up when he was cast on GH. “Right before I got the show, I was teaching 15 classes a week and I rode every class,” the actor recalled. “So I couldn’t keep weight on. Then I stopped. I started filming, and a few months went buy, and I looked at my stomach and said, ‘Oh, hello!’

    “And then wardrobe came to me and let me know I had a shirtless scene coming up,” Swickard added. “Oh dear! Now I’m trying to work out really hard to stay in shape! That’s why I started boxing.”

    We’re sure that fellow boxing aficionado Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be more than happy to spar with his castmate to help keep Swickard in peak condition for any upcoming love scenes he may have scheduled. Oh wait, first Chase is going to need a girlfriend! Get on that, GH writers — this is one cop too hot to be single for this long!

    Vernee Watson Hopes Her Emmy Award Inspires Her Students

    (9/29/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Of course Vernee Watson was thrilled to win a Daytime Emmy Award for Special Guest Performer earlier this year for her portrayal of Stella on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but it was about more than just being honored by her peers for her talent. “I’m especially grateful,” she revealed to Soaps In Depth, “because I teach children and this will give them something to work towards — and I’m so hard on those kids!”

    In addition to her acting career which began in the ‘70s with roles on TV shows like WELCOME BACK KOTTER and movies like Trick Baby, Watson has also been an acting coach for over 25 years, working with young talent writing plays and presenting seminars and workshops for The H.E.ART and Fox Studio performing arts schools. “And I don’t play!” she laughed of her teaching style. “I actually taught a class the morning of the Emmys and they drove me crazy before I got there.

    “But I want those kids to know that this is how you succeed,” Watson concluded. ‘You’ve got to have a respect for the business, and you’ve got to do your homework. Hopefully, this will instill that in them.”

    Well, who wouldn’t want to be taught acting by an Emmy winner?

    Kelly Thiebaud Teases Another Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!

    (9/29/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles had better brace itself because the “Britch” is back! Well, at least that’s what it looks like, since actress Kelly Thiebaud teased her return to GENERAL HOSPITAL on Twitter! When a fan tweeted to her that they miss her on the soap, the actress responded: “Well, no need to miss me ‘cause I’m coming back!” She even added the hashtag “#Britch,” her character’s nickname, for good measure.

    The last time GH viewers got a glimpse of Thiebaud was back in December of 2017 when she was briefly part of the Two Jasons mystery on the soap, but it was only for a handful of shows. “I got a text from [executive producer] Frank Valentini asking if I wanted to come back for a couple of episodes,” she told Soaps In Depth at the time. “I’ve always been down to recur, but I had no idea what the storyline was going to be.”

    And when she found out that Britt was going to make her big comeback when Sonny and Jason tracked her down looking for answers about Faison’s involvement in the Two Jasons mystery, that was just icing on the cake! “I was over the moon,” she enthused, “when I finally read the script!”

    Thiebaud joined the cast of GH as Dr. Britt Westbourne back in September of 2012 and was written out two years later, though she did pop back in 2015 for a brief visit to watch the Nurses Ball with BFF Brad. Since leaving the soap, the actress has been keeping very busy with other projects, including the films Love at First Glance, The Abduction of Angie, and Every 21 Seconds. So it was a little bit of an adjustment to dive back into the world of daytime.

    “I have a lot of memories there,” she admitted of the GH studio. “And also, it took me a minute to get back into the swing of how things operate. Everyone was so welcoming and lovely. But honestly, my favorite part about coming back to GH is getting to play my twisted, conflicted, crazy, fun character. I am looking forward to seeing where the writers decide to take her.”

    There has been no confirmation from GH about Thiebaud's return to the soap or any information about how long this visit will be. While it's likely Britt will just make another quick appearance (as part of the search for Obrecht, perhaps?), there are plenty of fans who would love to see her back for good!

    US Viewers Will Be Able to Watch Vinessa Antoine's New Canadian Series, DIGGSTOWN!

    (9/28/18) When Vinessa Antoine left GENERAL HOSPITAL to play Marcie Diggs in the new CBC series DIGGSTOWN, many of her fans were worried they wouldn’t get to see the actress in her new starring role. “Good news!” Antoine shared on Instagram. “Looks like DIGGSTOWN will be crossing all kinds of Canadian borders! Woo hoo! Thank you, eOne for global distribution!"

    Entertainment One has picked up the international television rights for the legal drama and will handle distribution for the series outside of English-speaking Canada. “Adding to our diverse and robust slate, DIGGSTOWN builds on our offering of distinctive dramas featuring compelling characters and multifaceted storylines in a distinct and unique location,” said Noel Hedges, eOne’s executive VP of acquisitions and international distribution in a statement.

    DIGGSTOWN series creator Floyd Kane declared: “We are pleased to have eOne, a world-class media company, as our partner on DIGGSTOWN. Noel and his team are the perfect fit for the brand of elevated episodic drama we’re hoping to make.”

    Entertainment One handles film and music as well, but as for their television properties, they run the gamut from scripted shows like THE ROOKIE and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR to reality series like EX ON THE BEACH and CHOPPED CANADA.

    DIGGSTOWN is currently still in production on its first season — Antoine has been sharing some fun behind the scenes peeks at the series as they shoot — so once it’s ready to begin airing in Canada, there should be more details as to where and when US audiences should tune in to watch as well. So stay tuned and we’ll update you as more information is made available closer to its premiere.

    Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL Actor Steve Bond

    (9/28/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The FEI World Equestrian Games, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, combines eight equestrian world championship-caliber events for an exciting global sporting experience. When it was held in September at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC, GENERAL HOSPITAL alumnus Steve Bond (ex-Jimmy Lee) was there! But not astride one of his favorite horses. Rather, he was cheering on his daughter, champion show jumper Ashlee Bond. “I was born in Israel and Ashlee just changed nationalities, so now she’ll compete for the Israeli Olympic team,” Bond told Soaps In Depth proudly. She had previously represented the American team and has won five gold medals in national and international competition.”

    Actually, Bond does a whole lot more than merely cheer his daughter on from the sidelines. “We have a professional barn called Little Valley Farms,” he explained. “So that’s part of my life: training the horses.“I’m sort of what you call the mechanic,” he adds, “and she’s the driver.”

    Having left GH in 1986 in the hope of pursuing a movie career, Bond later played SANTA BARBARA’s Mack Blake before, as he explained, “the good Lord led me in another direction.” In addition to the equestrian realm, he’s also made his living in commercial real estate. “I’ve built two buildings in Santa Monica that we rent out, and I’m in the process of building another,” he said, adding that it’s not too different from filmmaking. “The architect is sort of the writer, and then the developer is like the director, and I conduct the whole deal like a producer.”

    The famously blue-eyed actor has fond memories of playing Jimmy Lee, the “interloper” who went after the Quartermaine fortune as well as distant cousin Celia in the early ’80s. “I always portrayed him as a guy who justified what he did,” Bond recalled. “Edward was his dad, and he disowned him — he deserved what he got.”

    The actor said that he has been very happily “retired from show business” for a long time. Or at least he was until wife Cindy convinced him to appear in Enchanted Christmas, the TV-movie that she produced last year. “I played Alexa PenaVega’s boss,” he shared. “If Cindy does another one and there’s a part in it [for me], then I’d do it again. It’s nice to hang out with her when she’s working.”

    Don't Tell Anyone, But Tamara Braun Is Really Good at Keeping Secrets!

    (9/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kim has proven she’s pretty good at keeping secrets on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and it turns out portrayer Tamara Braun is, too! Of course, while the character was keeping her son, Oscar, in the dark about his brain tumor, the actress just couldn’t tell anyone she had been cast on GH in a brand new role! “That’s just being on a soap,” Braun admitted to Soaps In Depth. “Any soap. You always have to be quiet.”

    Having started her daytime career as Carly Corinthos on GH, then playing Reese Williams on ALL MY CHILDREN and both Taylor Walker and Ava Vitale on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Braun knows how important it is to protect spoilers from leaking on soaps. “My first time around on GH, my mother didn’t even know what role I was playing until I was about to start work, and I asked if I could tell her,” she revealed. “They were like, ‘Wait, you didn’t tell your mom?’ I was told not to say anything, so I didn’t!”

    Of course, when she returned to GH as Dr. Kim Nero in November of 2017, her mother was in the loop because she was part of the support network Braun leaned on when making her decision whether or not to take the gig. “I’ve grown and I know I can tell my mother — although I didn’t tell her right away!” Braun confessed. “The people closest to me were part of my discussion about whether I would do it or not, but I didn’t tell her until I knew I was going to come back to GH.”

    Hopefully, Braun isn’t telling her mother any storyline secrets so she can watch her daughter every day on TV and enjoy watching the storyline unfold!

    Dancing With the Stars: Juniors Cast Includes Hudson West, Honey Boo Boo, Tripp Palin

    (9/26/18) ABC on Tuesday trotted out the official cast list for its inaugural Dancing With the Stars: Juniors competition, and it’s an eclectic group, to be sure. Here’s said lineup:

    Miles Brown, black-ish
    Ariana Greenblatt, Avengers: Infinity War
    Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson”
    Akash Vukoti, the youngest boy to ever compete at National Spelling Bee
    Sky Brown, professional skateboarder
    Mandla Morris, Stevie Wonder’s son
    Sophia Pippen, NBA legend Scottie Pippen’s daughter
    Hudson West, General Hospital
    Mackenzie Ziegler, singer and sister of Maddie Ziegler
    Tripp Palin, Sarah Palin’s grandson
    Addison Osta Smith, MasterChef Junior Season 4 winner
    Jason Maybaum, Raven’s Home

    The DWTS spinoff’s judging panel will be comprised of Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, Emmy-winning choreographer Mandy Moore and longtime DWTS pro Val Chmerkovskiy. It’s set to premiere Sunday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

    Nicolas Bechtel Back To GH

    (9/26/18) Nicolas Bechtel will soon be back on the GH canvas as Spencer Cassadine, Laura’s grandson, who he began playing in 2013; the actor, who last appeared in 2017, began taping new scenes last week.

    Cassandra James Explains Why Her Character of Terry on GENERAL HOSPITAL Is So Important

    (9/26/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Daytime soaps have a long history of using the medium to tackle important real-life topics and GENERAL HOSPITAL has done just that again by introducing its first transgender character with the casting of Cassandra James as Elizabeth’s old friend, Dr. Terry Randolph! “Thank you everyone for all the love and support,” the actress tweeted following the Friday cliffhanger that marked her first appearance. “I’m so excited to go on this GH journey with all of you!”

    James also added the hashtag “#TransVisibility” and later tweeted further about how important it is for transgender actors to have the opportunity to play trans characters in film and television. “I’ve never spoken about this before,” she posted, “but since it’s back in the news, I’ll say this: While I feel cis actors have a certain social responsibility in this amazing time of #TransVisibility in the industry, my real issue is with the decision makers behind the scenes. It’s the directors, casting agents, writers, and producers who have to do better when it comes to allowing cis actors to play trans roles. We are talented, we are here, and we are ready to tell our own stories.

    “But as a trans actress, I can tell you positive change is happening,” she concluded. I’m so thankful to [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini and everyone at GH who were committed to having a trans woman portray Terry.” (The term “cis” refers to “cisgender,” meaning a person whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth. An example of this would be the cisgender actor Jared Leto playing the transgender character of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.)

    Terry was introduced to GH as an old friend of Liz’s, and the boy with whom she had her first kiss. Franco admitted he was a little nervous to meet one of his fiancée’s old flames, but kind of relieved to find out she was no longer competition for him. Terry opened up to them, explaining how difficult it was to understand what she was going through when she was younger and how relieved she was to finally become the person she was always meant to be. Although she admitted to being rejected by a lot of people in her life, including her family, Terry was happy when Liz assured her she still loved her. In fact, she insisted that Terry come to her and Franco’s upcoming wedding.

    It seemed as though Terry wasn't going to show up until Liz and Franco's nuptials, but now working at General Hospital as a pediatric oncologist, she's heavily involved in the storyline surrounding Oscar's cancer. Perhaps Terry will be the one to discover a treatment for Oscar's inoperable brain tumor?

    Ryan Carnes Says He Understands Why Brad Switched Babies on GENERAL HOSPITAL... But Lucas Won't!

    (9/26/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans were absolutely outraged when Brad agreed to trade his dead baby for the one that Nelle had just delivered herself on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and are waiting for Lucas to discover exactly what his husband did so he can kick him to the curb! Although Lucas’ portrayer, Ryan Carnes, told Soaps In Depth that he understands why a grief-stricken Brad went to such lengths for his family. “Sometimes it’s hard to be human,” he sighed. “When we’re faced with extreme circumstances like a baby dying, in a moment of complete chaos and loss of one’s moral center, something like this could really happen. People do crazy things. People actually steal babies!”

    Brad has a history of sketchy behavior on GH, once agreeing to help Britt steal Lulu’s embryo and pass off the baby she carried as Patrick’s. But this time, the baby in question belongs to Lucas’ own family — nephew-in-law Michael. Brad had turned over a new leaf recently, and that’s why he’s been wracked with guilt ever since swapping the babies. “He’s extremely challenged by what’s going on,” Carnes pointed out.

    However, the guilt still hasn’t been enough to inspire Brad to come clean about the switch, knowing full well how Lucas will react when he learns the horrible truth. And Carnes is looking forward to playing every single scene leading up to the inevitable explosion. “It’s exciting,” the actor admitted. “Every time I get a script, it feels a bit like Christmas. And what a challenge for Parry Shen (Brad)! What a great ride he’s going on.

    “But if Lucas finds out what Brad did,” Carnes promises, “I don’t how how he could ever forgive him.”

    Rebecca Herbst Declares Her Family Is Big Enough, Thank You!

    (9/26/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Nurse Elizabeth Webber has three little boys on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and portrayer Rebecca Herbst has a trio of children in her real life. Although she admitted to Soaps In Depth that she and husband Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan) had originally planned to stop with their first two children. “Michael loves dogs and it seemed that every time I got pregnant, he wanted a dog,” she laughed. Although she also felt the same. “I get pregnant and I need to get a dog!”

    Over the years, Saucedo has brought home Ryder, Kipper, Lulu and Bentley to add to the family. Although for a change of pace, the last two pups technically came before the baby. “The last two are itty bitty guys, and they were actually supposed to be my baby fix and pacify the urge,” Herbst confided. “They were supposed to be my new babies. But it didn’t work, so we had Emerson!”

    Now, with a family that includes four dogs and their three children — Ethan, 16, Ella, 14, and Emerson, 8 — the actress and working mom admits that nine is more than enough for her. “There are no more babies coming!” Herbst declared firmly.

    Hopefully the same can be said for Liz on GH, since she's got more than enough family drama to deal with now!

    Frank Parker Dies: Veteran Actor Who Played Grandpa Brady On ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Was 79

    (9/26/18) (deadline.com) Frank Parker, a veteran TV character actor who recurred on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for a quarter-century, has died. He was 79. Legacy.com said he died September 16 in Vacaville, CA, from complications of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

    Parker played Grandpa Shawn Brady on the NBC soap Days of Our Lives from 1983 until he retired in 2008. He was given a hero’s exit from the show: His character was on a sabotaged airplane and gave up his oxygen mask to save his son, Bo (Peter Reckell). He also had smaller roles on the daytime dramas General Hospital, The Young and the Restless and Never Too Young.

    Born on July 1, 1939 in Darby, PA, Parker earned an acting degree from Carnegie Tech in 1962 and moved to Culver City to pursue his career. By mid-decade, he was guesting on such TV series as Gomer Pyle: USMC, Lost in Space, Daktari and Hogan’s Heroes. He went on to work steadily in the 1970s and into the mid-’80s, landing guest roles on such memorable series as Mission: Impossible, Mod Squad, Little House on the Prairie, S.W.A.T., Wonder Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica and Quincy, M.E., among many others.

    He also appeared occasionally on the big screen, including an uncredited role in the star-laden 1976 World War II epic Midway, the second film presented in the seat-rattling Sensurround format.

    Parker is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Danielle Buckles and Lindsay Parker (Travis Burbank); his grandson, Jaxson Dale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    Rick Springfield on The Goldbergs 10/10/18

    (9/25/18) “RAD!” – Erica thinks all of her singing dreams are going to come true when she lands a job at the new karoke bar in town. But when she’s tasked with bringing in more customers, will Erica regret turning to Beverly for help? Meanwhile, Murray tries to teach Barry and Lainey how to be financially responsible adults, on “The Goldbergs,” WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10 (8:00–8:30 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

    “The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille”) as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile (“Good Luck Chuck”) as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia (“The X Factor”) as Erica Goldberg, Sam Lerner as Geoff Schwartz, with George Segal (“Just Shoot Me”) as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Murray Goldberg.

    Guest starring is AJ Michalka as Lainey, Mindy Stirling as Linda Schwartz, Jennifer Irwin as Virginia Kremp, Stephanie Courtney as Essie Karp, Tim Meadows as Glascott and Rick Springfield as Gary.

    Kirsten Storms Previews What's Next for Maxie on GENERAL HOSPITAL!

    (9/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) On the heels of facing her own mental-health issues in 2017, GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kirsten Storms felt empowered, centered, and ready for some on-screen drama — and she sure got it when a pregnant Maxie lost her beloved spouse, Nathan! “That is going to go down as one of my favorite storylines and I can’t thank the writers enough for making me feel like such an actor,” she raved to Soaps In Depth. “I’d spent a lot of that year wondering who I am and experiencing heavy things that left me a little confused about my purpose. Being able to dive right into that story was huge for me.

    Of course, I had my own feelings about Ryan Paevey leaving,” she said of Nathan’s portrayer. “But I had a great time challenging myself. Maxie’s got a lot of sass and she talks a lot, but I don’t always get emotional stuff to play. So I wanted to do the best that I could do, for myself, and I also wanted to show them I could still do it — that when called, I will answer!”

    In an interesting twist, Maxie faced her loss with the help of Wes Ramsey’s Peter — which meant Storms was working with a brand-new GH co-star! “The thing is, I felt super comfortable in all my scenes with Wes, like I’d worked with him forever — he’s just that good,” contended Storms, who sees potential for an on-screen romance. “Peter cares about Maxie a lot... Now we just have to see how Maxie feels. I will say, she spends a lot of time defending him when he’s not around!”

    Of course, once the widow is ready for a new relationship, Peter may have competition. Many fans are rooting for Michael to woo Maxie. And there’s also the PCPD’s hot new detective. “Wes was watching me tape scenes with Josh Swickard (Chase) and said, ‘I don’t know how I feel about this!’” Storms laughed. “They’ve given me too many random scenes with Chase for it to not mean something — and the fact that Maxie’s still hanging around and he hasn’t been shirtless? That says something!”

    The one place Storms can’t see Maxie going is back to Spinelli. “That was such a great thing in its time, so I would like to leave it as something we all look back on fondly — and not something we continue to force,” she said of Spixie. “And what’s not great about showing exes who share a child and actually get along?”

    Since Nathan’s passing, Maxie has also forged a deeper relationship with her sister-in-law. “I’m a little worried for Maxie with Nina’s protective side,” Storms grinned. “But I love the way they’ve grown close — and I love Michelle Stafford. When she first got to GH, I literally begged [executive producer] Frank Valentini to put me in a scene with her, so to be family now? It’s awesome.”

    Storms is also thrilled to see Maxie and Lulu mending fences — as is her bestie, Emme Rylan! “When we found out that was going to happen between the characters, Emme cried,” Storms revealed with a laugh. “We knew from the beginning we’d eventually be friends again, but that didn’t stop us from asking every time we worked together if this next episode was the one where we would make up. We care too much about this! But it was fun — especially the part with the noodles and pool toys. We could barely keep ourselves together.”

    With Maxie and Lulu having made peace, Storms teases there may be a story coming for them. “I’ve heard rumors,” she admitted. “I’m not sure if we’re going to be fighting or not... but as long as I get to work with Emme, we don’t care!” In fact, in general, “I’m content in the way they’re writing for Maxie now,” she reflected, “and really excited to see where they’re going to take her!”

    Everything You Need to Know About Gregory Chase on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (9/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Finn and Chase’s lives are about to get a whole lot more interesting because James Read is back on GENERAL HOSPITAL as their father, Gregory Chase. The actor made his his debut in the episode that aired on June 6. “Great news for GH!” tweeted Wally Kurth (Ned) when the news broke. “James is a true talent. Looking forward to seeing him around PC!” While Read's first appearance was just for that one episode, Gregory is back for more, and this time in Port Charles to visit his sons starting on Friday, Sept. 21.

    Finn was surprised to run into his father while in California with Anna. Gregory attempted to apologize for the rift that had come between then, but Finn couldn’t get over the fact that he felt his dad had moved on too quickly with Chase’s mom after his wife had died. Gregory wanted to try and put the past behind them and move on, but Finn wanted nothing to do with his father and walked out of the cafe.

    Kurth is familiar with his new GH castmate because the two worked together on DAYS OF OUR LIVES where Kurth plays Justin Kiriakis and Read had a recurring role as the villainous Clyde Weston from 2014-17. In primetime he has starred in REMINGTON STEELE, CHARMED, AMERICAN DREAMS, and WILDFIRE. He also co-starred alongside GH’s Genie Francis (Laura) in the three North and South miniseries. On the big screen, he can be seen in films like Beaches, Legally Blonde, and Fame.

    Dr. Hamilton Finn has been somewhat of a mystery since he arrived in Port Charles back in 2016, but his background filled in a little more when the PCPD hired Detective Harrison Chase and it was revealed that the two men are brothers. While they have different moms, Finn and Chase share the same father, Gregory, and their relationship has been contentious because of it. Finn doesn’t like his younger brother because their father left his mother to be with his. So now that George himself is showing up in Port Charles, perhaps they can finally heal their family? Then again, this may just make things worse!

    Dishing with Digest - 9/21/18 Tamara Braun

    (9/21/18) (Listen / download) Tamara Braun chats about her GH comeback, her current Kim story, her past soap roles and more with Soap Opera Digest's Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky. We also discuss emergency recasts and why being a veteran actor, writer or executive producer is a plus.

    DAYS Casting News: Brandon Barash Replaces Tyler Christopher

    (9/21/18) Tyler Christopher (Stefan) went on sudden leave from DAYS last Thursday, and his former GH co-star Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny) has been tapped to fill in while Christopher is out. Barash reported to the Salem set earlier this week. Look for him to make his DAYS debut in early 2019. Daytime Confidential first reported the news.

    GH Faves Hit The Big Screen

    (9/21/18) The Storyteller, starring Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma, GH) and written and directed by Joe Crump (brother of GH’s Kristina Wagner, Felicia, who both appears in the flick and served as a producer), will have its theatrical release for a week-long run in Hollywood, CA beginning on September 21. Wagner told Digest last year, “It’s a story about a little girl who goes into this family’s life and ultimately helps them see themselves and who they are and helps to make themselves better. It’s a really feel-good film and I can guarantee that there are moments in it where everybody will cry. We took it to so many film festivals [and] it is always fun to watch the audience at that moment: ‘Are they crying? Okay, they’re crying — mission accomplished!’ Brooklyn is such a sweet, endearing person and a fantastic actress and she is wonderful in this movie.”

    Vinessa Antoine Offers a Backstage Peek at Her New Series, DIGGSTOWN

    (9/21/18) (Video, Photo) Plenty of GENERAL HOSPITAL fans are missing seeing Vinessa Antoine as Jordan (the role has been recast with Briana Nicole Henry) on the soap, but the actress has already reported to work on her new role starring in the upcoming CBC primetime series DIGGSTOWN. “I have to pinch myself every day!” she exclaimed on Instagram of her amazing new gig.

    Because this is a Canadian TV series, Antoine's GH fans from America are eager to know if they’ll be able to see it, but she admitted there’s no details available yet. “For those of you outside of Canada who have been asking how you can watch the show, I’ll keep you updated as we go,” she declared. “For now it will be airing in 2019 here in Canada. Please contact CBC to inquire when it will air in the USA and beyond.”

    The Canadian native has been filming up in Nova Scotia starting in late August, and has been sharing a bunch of behind the scenes peeks at her new job, including a fun water bottle chugging contest with a couple of crew members! (See how well she does in the video below!)

    Hopefully Antoine’s American fans will be able to watch her career continue as she stars in this exciting new TV series. She’s definitely been feeling the love on social media from her avid supporters. “Love you and appreciate all of your well-wishes and love!” she expressed. “Thank you.”

    ‘Chicago Fire’: Annie Ilonzeh Cast As New Series Regular For Season 7

    (9/21/18) Annie Ilonzeh has joined NBC’s Chicago Fire as a new series regular for Season 7.

    Ilonzeh’s Emily is an intelligent, easy-going and confident new paramedic. New to the Chicago Fire Department, but a quick and effective worker. She may have a chip on her shoulder from the previous bumps in the road, but she takes everything in stride. Ilonzeh was initially set as a recurring, but was upped to series regular after production began. She’ll first appear in the Season 7 premiere on September 26.

    Ilonzeh joins the paramedic unit following the exit of Monica Raymund, who played Paramedic in Charge/Firefighter Candidate Gabriela “Gabby” Dawson in the first six seasons of the series.

    From Emmy-winning executive producer Dick Wolf and co-creator Derek Haas, Chicago Fire looks into the lives of everyday heroes committed to one of America’s noblest professions. The firefighters, rescue squad, and paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51 risk their lives week in and week out to save and protect the citizens of their incredible city.

    Todd Arnow, Andrea Newman, Michael Gilvary, Michael Brandt, Arthur Forney and Peter Jankowski also executive produce.

    Chicago Fire is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment.

    Donnell Turner Defends the New Jordan From an Angry Fan!

    (9/20/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Social media is a great way for soap fans to interact with their favorite stars, and GENERAL HOSPITAL actor Donnell Turner (Curtis) is always happy to share the love online. However, it’s when fans start spreading negative comments about the soap and his co-stars that Turner is quick to jump to their defense. For instance, his hackles were raised when nightstorm23 tweeted that he had more chemistry with Sasha than with the new actress playing Jordan. Never mind that Briana Nicole Henry only just took over the role of Jordan from Vinessa Antoine six days earlier on Sept. 13, but Curtis and Jordan haven’t even shared the screen since she started!

    “What [crap] are you trying to start?” Turner tweeted in response. “You haven’t even seen us in a scene together yet! Foh!” And when the GH “fan” replied: “I’m not starting anything. Just an observation. I don’t need to see you both in a scene to know. Sheesh,” he honestly had no words to respond. Turner simply tweeted a face palm emoji and then added “… have a nice day.”

    Turner’s other fans were quick to jump in and decry that particular Twitter user’s comments, insisting that he has chemistry with everyone on GH, including the wallpaper! He responded with much love, and retweeted another viewer who was happy to see him defending his new co-star. “I love this,” Jack’s Mom tweeted. “Thank you for defending your new co-worker. Too many men would have let it slide. I can’t imagine how hard it is taking over from someone everyone loved. This woman needs our support.”

    This isn’t the first time that Turner has had some questionable interaction with fans online. Back in July, he had to put a stop to a rumor that he was in the hospital on life support, and in March he found himself in the middle of a Twitter fan war between the Jason and Drew fans!

    While viewers haven’t been able to see Turner and Henry together as Curtis and Jordan, with the couple’s wedding on the horizon, there are going to be plenty of scenes to look forward to.

    Everything You Need to Know About Sasha on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (9/20/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The appearance of Sasha on GENERAL HOSPITAL had some fans curious about the identity of the woman and her portrayer, Sofia Mattsson. However, Sasha Gilmore, the woman that Curtis thinks could be Nina’s missing daughter, is a completely different character from Sasha Donev, who was played by Sandra Hess back in 2008. She was the lawyer for Russian crime lord Andre Karpov who had Jake Spencer kidnapped and was shot and killed by a sniper.

    Sasha Gilmore was introduced in the Sept. 18 episode of GH when Curtis met with the young lady to inform her that he believes she may be the daughter of a friend of his who was taken away from her and put up for adoption. Sasha argued that she wasn’t adopted, and in fact had heard the story of her birth during a snowstorm many times over the course of her life. When Curtis noticed her purse had horses on it, he mentioned that his friend is a champion rider. Sasha still thought that had nothing to do with anything, but agreed to a DNA test if only to prove him wrong.

    This Sasha is played by Sofia Mattsson, a Swedish actress and model who has appeared in primetime television shows like TWO AND A HALF MEN, NCIS, and CAMPUS SECURITY. She can also be found in films like Jurassic City, Becoming Bond, and Gothic Harvest. GH is her first daytime gig.

    Since most viewers are still convinced that Kiki will ultimately be revealed as Nina’s daughter, they believe Curtis is barking up the wrong tree with Sasha. But stay tuned to see how the story develops and how long Mattsson’s stint on the soap will last.

    Your Complete Guide to Every New Hallmark Christmas Movie This Year

    (9/20/18) Summer isn't even officially over but it's already time to start talking about Christmas, more specifically Hallmark Christmas! That's right, folks, the Hallmark Christmas movie schedule was officially released via Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday, and now you can map out your Christmas cheer accordingly.

    Whether you're into sad veterans, overworked marketing assistants too busy trying to land a promotion to celebrate the holidays or a bah-humbug widower in need of some Christmas spirit, Hallmark has you covered with over 35 festive holiday films that go down smoother than your grandma's hot cocoa with marshmallows. Here is when all the new films premiere!

    Saturday, Oct. 27
    Film: Christmas at Pemberley Manor
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Michael Rady
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Elizabeth Bennett (Lowndes), a New York event planner, is sent to a quaint, small town to organize their holiday festival. When she arrives, she finds William Darcy (Rady), a high-profile billionaire lacking in holiday spirit, in the process of selling the charming estate she hoped to use as a venue. Determined to make her event a success, Elizabeth persuades the reluctant Darcy to let her hold the festival on the historical estate once known for its holiday cheer. When they wind up working together to arrange the festivities, the unlikely pair begins falling for each other. But when complications arise and the festival is unexpectedly shut down, the couple parts ways and Darcy moves forward with his plans to sell the estate. On the night before Christmas, a wistful Elizabeth hopes for a Christmas miracle to revive the festival, save the estate, and rekindle her holiday romance.

    Wednesday, Nov. 3
    Film: Christmas Joy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long
    Synopsis: Joy Holbrook (Panabaker) is a keenly intelligent market researcher with an eye on her company's top account and garnering a sweet promotion just in time for the holidays. Just as Joy is capturing the attention of the account's CEO, she receives a call from her Aunt Ruby's best friend back home in Crystal Falls. Ruby has broken her ankle and needs surgery. Though the timing couldn't be worse, Joy immediately comes to her aunt's bedside only to be reunited with former crush, now hospital administrator, Ben Andrew (Long), son of Ruby's best friend Shirley. Joy also must reconcile Ruby's stubborn determination to be in control of everything, including the town's legendary baking competition known as the Cookie Crawl. To keep Ruby focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby's place much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben's attempts to "co-captain," she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home. Based on the best-selling novel by Nancy Naigle.

    Thursday, Nov. 4
    Film: Road to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jessy Schram, Chad Michael Murray, Teryl Rothery
    Synopsis: Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker (Schram) unwittingly falls for Danny Wise (Murray), the son and former producer of his mother's (Rothery) popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie's secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas.

    Film: Marrying Father Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, Wendie Malick
    Synopsis: When Miranda Chester (Krakow) set off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined her investigation would lead her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick (Matter), and the family she had always longed for, including Margaret Whitcomb (Malick) and step-brother Peter Whitcomb (Jim Thorburn). After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares for a Christmas wedding surrounded by this new family. While Miranda finalizes the details of her big day, Margaret forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past. Miranda's wedding plans are quickly complicated when a mysterious visitor who claims to have ties to her late parents reaches out to her just days before her wedding. As Miranda's wedding approaches, she must decide if she wants to spend one of the most momentous days of her life with this new family connection, and must carefully navigate the first steps into the next chapter of her life with Ian.

    Wednesday, Nov. 10
    Film: It's Christmas, Eve
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: LeAnn Rimes, Tyler Hines
    Synopsis: As interim school superintendent, Eve (Rimes) trims budgets and now she's in her hometown where it's personal. Her handsome neighbor Liam (Hines) is a music teacher and Eve feels his program must be cut. But luckily her friend is married to an IT guy, who's created a website for donations directly to save the arts program. Launched during the tree-lighting ceremony where Liam's students will perform, the website could provide the Christmas miracle the town needs. Already the universe is cooperating. Eve is back home and she, Liam, and his daughter look like they might be celebrating many a future Christmas.

    Thursday, Nov. 11
    Film: Christmas in Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Brooke D'Orsay, Daniel Lissing, Mary-Margaret Humes
    Synopsis: Ellie Hartman (D'Orsay) is an aspiring crafter working in her small town's bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson (Lissing) visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees. During his visit, Ellie is to teach Nick how to make a Kringle, and determined to show him it's the people who make the business a success, not machines. Nick meets more of the employees and townspeople, visits the food bank and begins to see all the kindness that is shared, and he begins to soften — though not convinced automation isn't better. Struggling with chasing her own entrepreneurial dreams, Ellie begins to fall for Nick but not before feeling betrayed when she inadvertently sees Nick's laptop filled with automation plans. When Nick finally tells the employees his future ideas for the company, Ellie must decide if she should trust him, but more importantly, whether to take a leap of faith in making her own dreams come true.

    Film: A Soldier's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Eloise Mumford, Sean Faris
    Synopsis: Captain Grace Garland (Mumford), a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River's Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson (Faris), offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

    Wednesday, Nov. 17
    Film: Christmas at Graceland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Kellie Pickler, Wes Brown
    Synopsis: Laurel (Pickler), a Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city's oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with old flame Clay (Brown), a local music promoter with loftier aspirations. Though Laurel tries to keep her eye on the prize of the business acquisition, Clay is very persuasive reminding her of the days when they were a performing duo on the brink of stardom. Now Laurel's focus turns to the home of the Blues and dreams of making music again.

    Film: A Godwink Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Kimberley Sustad, Paul Campbell, Kathie Lee Gifford
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Paula (Sustad), a St. Louis antique appraiser, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel (Giles Panton, Chesapeake Shores), a career-focused attorney. When her Aunt Jane (Gifford) senses she has mixed emotions over the engagement, she invites Paula to her Nantucket home. Upon her arrival, Paula plans a trip to the nearby island of Martha's Vineyard where she meets Gery (Campbell), a charming inn owner. When bad weather prevents her from departing, Paula winds up staying at Gery's inn and enjoying local holiday festivities alongside him. They begin to have feelings for each other, but when the weather clears up, they part ways and Paula returns to Nantucket. Sensing she's fallen for Gery, Aunt Jane shares with Paula her belief that their meeting was God's way of "winking" at her to help determine which direction her life should take. When Daniel surprises her by spontaneously arriving in Nantucket, Paula decides to move forward with their marriage plans. But back in St. Louis, Daniel soon returns to his all-business ways and a fed-up Paula finally realizes they're not compatible. When Jane invites her back to Nantucket for Christmas, Paula accepts, unaware that Jane has devised a plan to bring her and Gery together. From author Squire Rushnell of the God Winks book series.

    Thursday, Nov. 18
    Film: Mingle All the Way
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jen Lilley, Brant Daugherty, Lindsay Wagner
    Synopsis: Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly (Lilley), founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app and meets another busy professional, Jeff (Daugherty). When Molly and Jeff are matched, they are both horrified to realize they've already had not one, but two disastrous previous encounters. Nevertheless, they agree to stay matched for all their respective upcoming holiday engagements. As the pair gets closer, perhaps their business arrangement might turn into something more this holiday season.

    Film: Return to Christmas Creek
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Tori Anderson, Stephen Huszar, Steven Weber, Kari Matchett
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Amelia Hughes (Anderson), a career-focused Chicago app developer lacking in holiday spirit, returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. There, she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike (Huszar) and her estranged uncle Harry (Weber), whose mysterious rift with Amelia's father divided her family during the holiday season when she was a child. As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit and looking forward to Harry's Christmas Eve tradition of delivering toys to needy children in his small, private airplane. Meanwhile, Harry begins repairing his damaged relationship with his ex-girlfriend Pamela (Kari Matchett). But as she helps prep Harry's airplane for the toy delivery, a shocked Amelia learns her parents have unexpectedly shown up in town for the holiday and is crushed when her father and Harry resume their longstanding feud. On Christmas Eve, disappointed by her family's continued fighting, Amelia prepares to return to Chicago and leave behind Christmas Creek and her budding romance with Mike along with it. But just as she's about to leave, she feels a burst of inspiration that just might turn things around and help her finally restore family peace and embrace romance as love prepares to take flight for Christmas.

    Friday, Nov. 19
    Film: Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Alicia Witt, Colin Ferguson
    Synopsis: Emma (Witt) returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents' recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While Emma's mother's collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays. Based on the book by Mary Elizabeth McDonough.

    Saturday, Nov. 20
    Film: Hope at Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ryan Paevey, Scottie Thompson
    Synopsis: Sydney Ragsdale (Thompson), recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac (Paevey), who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his "nice" list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again.

    Sunday, Nov. 21
    Film: Christmas at the Palace
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Merritt Patterson, Brittany Bristow
    Synopsis: Katie, a former professional ice skater (Patterson), is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?

    Monday, Nov. 22
    Film: Christmas at Grand Valley
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Danica McKellar, Brennan Elliott
    Synopsis: Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly (McKellar) returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town's shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo (Elliott), businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation. It isn't long until Kelly and Leo's worlds collide. As Kelly re-experiences her favorite Grand Valley traditions with Leo and his children, she begins to find her way back to her passion for art.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23
    Film: Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lacey Chabert, Brendan Penny
    Synopsis: Darcy (Chabert) has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Penny), and they are forced to plan a charity event together. As Darcy spends time with her family and Luke, she starts to realize what matters most in life and sets out to mend her relationship with her father, and possibly fall in love. Based on the book of the same title by Melissa de la Cruz.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24
    Film: Christmas Everlasting
    Channel: Hallmark Channel — Hallmark Hall of Fame
    Stars: Tatyana Ali, Dondre T. Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, Dennis Haysbert
    Synopsis: Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York's top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey (Ali) will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson's Bay, Wisconsin, to attend the funeral and handle her estate. While Lucy dreads returning to her childhood home, she also feels real sorrow that she was too busy to take her sister's last call. Once back in Nilson's Bay, Lucy meets Peter (Whitfield), her old high school sweetheart and Alice's former attorney, who informs her of the terms of Alice's eccentric will that states in order for Lucy to inherit the family home, she must live there for 30 days through the holidays.

    Thursday, Nov. 25
    Film: Welcome to Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Eric Mabius
    Synopsis: Resort developer Madison Lane (Finnigan) is tasked with finding a location for a new ski resort. While she's prepared to recommend the resort be placed in Mountain Park, her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colorado, to consider the location and the incentive package they're offering. On her way into town to meet with the mayor, Madison has a minor fender-bender with the town's welcome sign. Town Sheriff Gage McBride (Mabius) gives Madison a ride into town so she can attend the meeting while the car is towed and repaired. Little does Madison know that the town is on a mission to convince Madison that Christmas is the best place for the new ski resort. While stranded, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout. Is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?

    Film: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane
    Synopsis: As Christmas approaches, Noelle (Bure) is at a crossroads in her life when it seems that love, a connection with her father, and her dream career are out of reach. When she stays late at her job in a department store on a snowy Christmas Eve, she accidentally gets locked in after closing. She isn't too concerned about the prospect of spending the night in the store... until a quirky woman appears out of nowhere in the shoe department and tells Noelle that she's her guardian angel. Soon, Noelle finds herself revisiting Christmases past, present, and future as she must work with her new neighbor, a handsome, Christmas-loving firefighter, to plan the annual Christmas Charity Gala. Will visiting the holidays of yesterday and tomorrow help Noelle take new chances and discover the true spirit of Christmas? And in realizing that the only thing standing in her way of leading a fulfilling life is herself, will the love she has longed for all her life be the best surprise gift of all?

    Wednesday, Dec. 1
    Film: Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jill Wagner, Mark Deklin, Holly Robinson-Peete, Barbara Niven, Andrew Francis, Ashley Williams
    Synopsis: When Lisa (Wagner) takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin (Deklin) into working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store's beloved "Mailbox to Santa" for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole. As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen.

    Thursday, Dec. 2
    Film: A Majestic Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jerrika Hinton, Christian Vincent
    Synopsis: Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell (Hinton) goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town's objections. The Playhouse has been home to their annual Christmas tableaux, which will now have to end after a long and historic tradition to the town. This job is Nell's first promotion, and one she wishes she hadn't been chosen for, especially when she meets the new owner of the theater, Connor (Vincent), whose vision and ideas clash with Nell's. Since Connor hasn't had much experience celebrating Christmas, Nell hopes that if she can give him a crash course in Christmas during the town's Twelve Day Festival, that he might just change his mind about modernizing the Majestic.

    Film: Northern Lights of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Ashley Williams, Corey Sevier
    Synopsis: Zoey Hathaway (Williams) has been working toward her lifelong goal of being a pilot for years, but everything is thrown off-course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn (Sevier). Now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange and cumbersome blow, and she isn't sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two find themselves falling for each other. Could they both find happiness in the most unlikely of circumstances right before Christmas?

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: Homegrown Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Lori Loughlin, Victor Webster
    Synopsis: After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie (Loughlin) heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter (Webster), and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago.

    Film: Memories of Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Christina Milian, Mark Taylor
    Synopsis: Noelle (Milian) was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother's house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave (Taylor). The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle's defenses start to come down. She embraces the town's Christmas gala that was her mother's legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible.

    Thursday, Dec. 9
    Film: Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger's time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris' journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story.

    Film: Christmas Wonderland
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Emily Osment
    Synopsis: Heidi (Osment), who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery's big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, who is in over his head after he must find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance. Heidi offers to help him and together they discover a beautiful place for the dance, perfectly capturing the Christmas spirit, called Wonderland Farms. The more time Heidi spends in Pleasant Valley decorating for the Christmas SnowBall, the more she finds herself inspired to start painting again. With Christmas fast approaching, Heidi soon becomes torn between the life she built in the city and the life she is surprisingly charmed by back in Pleasant Valley, embracing her true passion.

    Wednesday, Dec. 8
    Film: A Gingerbread Romance
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Duane Henry
    Synopsis: With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. After the contest, Taylor will likely be getting a promotion to a position in another city. The firm teams her up with Isabelle, a renowned French pastry chef with whom Taylor instantly locks horns. When Isabelle backs out, Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure. For years Taylor has been resistant to call anywhere 'home' for fear it will only be temporary. But the time she spends with Adam and his daughter in their cozy home, decorating for the holidays and exploring the town at Christmas, fills her with a longing for a place to call home.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15
    Film: Time for Me to Come Home
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: It's the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they're both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn't written a song since his father died, and Cara's mother recently passed and her family's jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love? Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas is a touching story about finding a way home after a loss — to your family and to your own true self. Based on the song by Blake Shelton and the book by Dorothy Shakleford and Travis Thrasher.

    Thursday, Dec. 16
    Film: Entertaining Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Jodie Sweetin
    Synopsis: Claire is a cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality whose name is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara (Sweetin) is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can't cook. Or sew. Or do any of the signature things her mother is known for. When a young girl posts a video online requesting Claire help welcome her deployed father home for Christmas, Kara is sent in her place in an effort to prove herself a worthy successor to the board of directors and win the job. As Kara does her best to make a good impression, she gets more than she bargained for when the young girl's uncle Joe turns out to be a reporter for the local paper, looking for his next story.

    Film: Reunited for Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: Nikki Deloach, Mike Faiola
    Synopsis: Frazzled and struggling with writer's block, novelist Samantha (Deloach), along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother's home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother's wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement

    Wednesday, Dec. 22
    Film: Christmas Copy
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: TBA

    Film: Small Town Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Author Nell Phillips' first book has become a surprise bestseller of the Christmas season. Nell's last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett's colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season.

    Thursday, Dec. 23
    Film: Christmas Made to Order
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Alexa PenaVega
    Synopsis: When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen's expert Christmas spirit brings Steven's family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what's really important in life.

    Film: Christmas Bells Are Ringing
    Channel: Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
    Stars: TBA
    Synopsis: Samantha, a freelance photographer, is returning to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She's going to celebrate her father's Christmas Eve wedding to the lovely Helen but is anxious to revisit past memories. However, having never been to the Cape during winter, she finds that it is a whole new experience. On deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod with her dad, Helen, and Mike, she finds meaning in her creative pursuits, falls in love, and realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is.

    Saturday, Dec. 25
    Film: When Calls the Heart Christmas
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, Jack Wagner, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Paul Greene
    Synopsis: When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill (Wagner) to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail (Loughlin) and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth (Krakow), who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving. That, along with a Christmas miracle, help bring wonder, hope, joy, and love to all this Christmas season.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29
    Film: Focus on Love
    Channel: Hallmark
    Stars: Carlos PenaVega
    Synopsis: With only one week to prepare, Lisa Patterson and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company's history: a New Year's Eve party for tech entrepreneur Megan Clark. But when her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother's visiting college buddy, David Campos (PenaVega), to help her pull off the event which just so happens to fall on her favorite day of the year. But what Lisa didn't plan on was falling in love in the process.

    #DearProfessorFord: Actresses Support Christine Balsey Ford As Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Loom

    (9/20/18) (Video) As the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh are on the horizon, Professor Christine Balsey Ford’s sexual assault accusations against the SCOTUS hopeful has taken center stage on Twitter with the trending hashtag #DearProfessorFord.

    Julianne Moore, Gabrielle Union, Eva Longoria, Marisa Tomei, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, and women from all walks of life are featured in a video reading the same letter supporting Professor Ford and protesting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

    “You are strong and you are not alone,” they say in a supportive chorus. “You are a survivor. Millions of us have your back. You and your testimony are credible.”

    They end by saying, “We believe you.”

    Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist living in northern California, came forward publicly saying that Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her back in their 1980s high school days. She said, “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.” Kavanaugh has since denied the claims.

    Sen. Chuck Grassley, head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has rejected Democrats calls to delay the hearing in which the Supreme Court nominee was scheduled to debate Ford. Grassley said he will not ask the FBI to investigate the allegations, as Ford has requested. Kavanaugh’s confirmation was originally set for Thursday but has been postponed due to the debate.

    Ford has been getting death threats due to the accusations and has moved to an undisclosed location. Kavanaugh, who accepted the committee’s invitation to testify, has been spending time with White House experts, prepping for Monday.

    Hayley Erin Opens up About Her Split with Fiancé Logan Luedtke

    (9/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Things have been changing in a big way for GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Hayley Erin (Kiki) in recent months, not the least of which was her split with fiancé Logan Luedtke. “It’s a very transitional period,” she confessed to Soaps In Depth. “Logan and I were together for years, so it’s an interesting, brave new world I’m venturing out into — which is single adulthood! I’m figuring it out.”

    Over on GH, Kiki is also single and ready to mingle, but since it’s a soap, she’s getting romantically involved with her mother’s ex-boyfriend, which is probably not going to turn out to be a good idea. Thankfully, in reality, Erin certainly won’t be finding herself in a similarly complicated romantic entanglement!

    Plus, Erin also has her top-secret new role on the PRETTY LITTLE LIAR spinoff THE PERFECTIONISTS to tackle when it begins shooting this fall. And since the series tapes in Portland, the California resident will have to figure out a way to deal with her home, her cat, and her gig at GH. “There are a lot of big changes coming my way,” the actress allowed, “and I’m just trying to get my bearings and navigate them as best I can.

    “I don’t claim to know what I’m doing!” Erin added. “I hit my mid-twenties this summer. These are very formative years. I’ve got a lot going on. It’s a little daunting… but it’s also pretty exciting!”

    We’re sure the Daytime Emmy nominee will find success in every aspect of her life.

    Maurice Benard Lands Plum Lifetime Gig

    (9/18/18) GH’s Maurice Benard (Sonny) will be putting his years of playing Port Charles’s don to good use: The Emmy-winning actor has been cast as famed mobster John Gotti in Lifetime’s THE VICTORIA GOTTI STORY. The actor posted the news on social media, noting, “Thank you lifetime and everyone involved 4 a Beautiful opportunity.”

    Max Gail Opens up About His "Intense" Storyline on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (9/18/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since assuming the role of Sonny’s father on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Max Gail has touched viewers’ hearts — but at July’s fan club event for the ABC soap, it was his heart that was moved. “There’s just been a warm response all the way around,” Mike Corbin’s portrayer told Soaps In Depth with a smile. “There’s a lot of sincere feelings about the storyline and a real appreciation. It feels good!”

    And while Mike’s battle with Alzheimer’s is heartbreaking, Gail adores the challenge. “It’s been a great experience — and in this medium, you get to unfold day by day,” raved the TV vet, perhaps best known for his role of Wojo on BARNEY MILLER. “When I look back at some of the primetime gigs I’ve had? Wow. This is nothing like doing two scenes as a guest star in an episodic about someone who has Alzheimer’s. The day-to-day storytelling opens you up to a kind of freedom and some better work. That’s the beauty of it.”

    With his character’s mind jumping through time, Gail’s scenes tend to shift fast. “The turns are intense,” he conceded. “There are a bunch of beats that go back and forth, and I have to figure out where those happen. And then trying to find a line through it takes a lot of time and energy. But no matter how much time I’ve spent with it, when I get on set, I always try to let go. Even though I know my lines, I try to let go and see what comes back and not be like, ‘This is what I’m doing, no matter what you just did!’” When working with Maurice Benard (Sonny), in particular, he’s ready to go where the scene — and his on-screen son! — take him. “Mo has been so open and helpful,” Gail says. “We found right from the get-go we could be present with each other. It’s special.”

    While Gail has found inspiration in friends who’ve faced Mike’s illness, he can also relate, to a degree. “My dad used to tell me the same joke every time we talked: ‘I’m spending a lot of time in the hereafter. I find myself standing in a room wondering what am I here after?’” he related. “Well, I find that happening now!”

    The actor was also moved by a Gloria Steinem interview with Dr. Gayatri Devi, who wrote The Spectrum of Hope. “This brilliant doctor realized people can’t tell her what they had for lunch, but they could tell her about philosophy,” he explained. “She said we should see [Alzheimer’s] more like a spectrum disorder. There’s a value people have and carry with them. That’s Mike. He’s trying to reach his son while he can.”

    At the heart of this Alzheimer’s tale is the family story Gail and Benard are playing. “This dad finally started to get his life together,” Gail says. “He’s finally grown up and found a way to be present... and then he’s gone! So we’ve had times of really connecting — cathartic father-and-son moments. Life is like that. It’s a bit like stone skipping. Certain moments or conversations are really touching.”

    Gail’s GH run has already lasted twice as long as intended, and he’s ready for more. Of course, “Mo’s having a harder time, because Sonny has to deal with Mike, and he goes there,” Gail explained. “But Mike just gets to be Mike.”

    Vanessa Marcil Opens Her Heart on the Anniversary of Her Father's Death

    (9/18/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Sept. 15, 2018, marked one year since GENERAL HOSPITAL actress Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda) lost her father, Peter Ortiz. And on the day, she shared some heartfelt words of love and remembrance alongside a photo of him hugging his grandson, her boy, Kassius. “Today is the one year anniversary of my father, Pete Ortiz’s, death,” she wrote. “He and my mom would have loved each other for 60 years now. They fell in love at 15.”

    However, Marcil has always been up front about the fact that her relationship with her dad wasn’t always the best. “I am the youngest of four siblings,” she revealed. “My father and I didn’t speak for 20 years. He met my son, Kassius, for the first time at age 11. Here they are, hugging as if no time had passed.

    “It took me 30 years of intense therapy and getting married for the first time in my adult life to a narcissistic, abusive, self-centered drug addict to use transference to finally completely work through my issues with my dad and forgive him,” she continued. “Most important work I’ve ever done. I’m grateful my son was able to hang out with his grandpa for five years before we lost my father.”

    Marcil also explained that she didn’t consider herself a victim in that particular marriage. “It was a conscious choice to try and love and save someone who reminded me of my father,” she clarified. “I left that relationship, of course, and the next day after I kicked that idiot out of my house, I invited my father back into my life. My father came over to my house right away and the rest is history.

    “I don’t ever shame myself for any relationships I’ve had,” Marcil concluded. “They are all for a reason if you keep your eyes open. Women are warriors. Rest easy, pop. We did this!”

    Joe Scully on GENERAL HOSPITAL — Everything You Need to Know

    (9/14/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Sonny Corinthos has had quite the criminal past on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but one name from his history has been coming up quite often lately, and it’s leading newer viewers to wonder who is Joe Scully? The character appeared briefly on-screen from 1994-95, played by actor Robert Miano, but his connection with Sonny started many years earlier.

    Sonny got his start in the mob by working for Joe, and when he confided to the kingpin how his mother, Adela Corinthos, had been abused by his stepfather, Deke Woods, Joe decided to “take care” of the problem. He ensured that Sonny would have an alibi and shot Deke dead himself.

    Scully showed up in Port Charles at the opening of Luke Spencer and Sonny’s blues club where Mike Corbin, Sonny’s biological father, was also working. Damian Smith teamed up with Katherine Bell to get revenge on Lucy Coe, and asked Scully to sabotage her cosmetics company, Deception. Later, when Luke’s club was bombed, Sonny found out that Frank Smith’s lawyer, Phil Cusack, was trying to move in his turf. Sonny found a non-violent way to deal with the goons who bombed the club, but Cusack was found dead and Sonny learned that that Scully had ordered the hit on Cusack.

    Lucy, working with Luke and Sonny, acted as bait to ensnare Damian and Scully. But this led to the mobster kidnapping Lucy and Luke and Sonny raced to her rescue (with an assist from Damian). Scully shot at Sonny, but hit Mike instead. Before Scully could get off another shot, Sonny shot his former mentor dead.

    Many years later, it was revealed that Scully had a son, Joe Scully, Jr., who was just as dangerous as his father and was killed by Jason Morgan in 2012. And now it turns out that while working for Scully in Bensonhurst back in the day, Sonny buried a body for him. Unfortunately, Mike tried to protect his son by digging up that corpse and putting it somewhere else, but it turns out that the basement of Charlie’s Pub wasn’t really the best hiding place! After a gas explosion, the body has come to light, and it appears that it might belong to D.A. Margaux Dawson’s missing father!

    Scully may be dead and buried, but his actions continue to have repercussions, so stay tuned to see what happens next!

    ABC Names William Burton As Head Of Daytime, Sports & Syndicated Programming

    (9/12/18) William Burton has been named SVP and Head Of Daytime, Sports and Syndicated Development/Production for ABC Entertainment, effective immediately.

    Burton, general manager and president of KGO, the ABC-owned TV station in the Bay Area, had been overseeing the business operations of ABC Daytime as SVP Daytime following the departure earlier this year of ABC Daytime head Rebecca Campbell, who was named President of Europe, Middle East & Africa for The Walt Disney Co.

    Those duties have now been formalized in the new role, which includes expanded responsibilities. Burton, who will be reporting to Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will oversee the creation and production of all syndicated programming across ABC platforms. This includes a new daytime talk show with Tamron Hall that is currently in development for fall 2019. In addition, Burton will work on maximizing all sports content on ABC, collaborating with departments and divisions within Disney|ABC, ESPN, and Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer & International.

    Burton has been shepherding business operations of ABC Daytime including drama General Hospital, which marked its 55th anniversary earlier this year, currently the only ABC Daytime program following the recent cancellation of The Chew to make room for another hour of Good Morning America. The creative aspects of GH are being handled by ABC head of current Vicki Dummer.

    “Bill has a great track record within the ABC family. I’m excited to see him create new opportunities across divisions to further leverage our syndicated and sports content to deepen our engagement with viewers,” said Dungey.

    Most recently, Burton served as president and general manager at KGO-TV in the Bay Area since 2011. He previously served as EVP, Digital Media, for the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, from 2006 to 2011.

    Earlier in his career, he was VP, Programming, Advertising and Promotion, and director of Creative Services at ABC Owned KABC-TV in Los Angeles, from 1994 to 2006. Burton also served as director of Creative Services at then-Capital Cities/ABC’s WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, where he began as a promotion writer/producer.

    Catching up With GENERAL HOSPITAL's Dominic Zamprogna

    (9/12/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It wasn’t until GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Dominic Zamprogna had already left the set in May that some of his co-stars realized they’d missed the opportunity to say goodbye. The reason? That “was the last day before we had a two-week break,” the actor, who joined the cast in 2009 as Dante Falconeri, the son that Sonny Corinthos had never known he had, recalled to Soaps In Depth. “So it was a little anticlimactic because everyone was gone... and I think I was last up [to tape]. It wasn’t until the first week back [from hiatus] that everyone started texting me like, ‘Where are you?’ And ‘This sucks!’”

    Luckily, Zamprogna had to distract him from missing his GH family an exciting new project: Amazon’s Canadian revenge thriller, TIN STAR. In fact, he’d been working on the Calgary, Alberta, set since March! “I’d booked it when we started negotiations to stay at GH, and [the powers that be] were good with it,” he revealed. “They let me go and do some stuff. And then GH ended and I still had a few episodes [of the other series] left to do.”

    Having portrayed a bonafide member of the white-hat club for so long on GH, the actor welcomed the opportunity to try on for size a role like that of TIN STAR’s Estuardo. “I play a badass Guatemalan drug-cartel guy!” he confided. “My second scene on the show was a sex scene with [MAD MEN alum] Christina Hendricks. That was a really fun day.” In addition to becoming pretty proficient with a weapon working on the show, Zamprogna also had to make believable his other action-packed scenes. “I don’t get arrested, but I didn’t get away with it [either],” he teased. “It’s a pretty good role. I speak a lot of Spanish, and I go out in a freakin’ cool way!”

    The Canadian native took his time returning Stateside with his family, arriving just prior to the GH Fan Club Weekend. But already, he’d jumped into yet another project. “I’m producing a movie with a buddy: a period piece about Charles Ponzi, the Italian immigrant who in the 1920s came up with an investment scam and then got deported,” revealed Zamprogna, adding that he’ll also star. “It’s fascinating history.”

    Being able to create his own work was something that appealed to the ambitious performer. “As an actor, I’ve been lucky since leaving [GH] that I haven’t been waiting around for things. But who knows what the next year could bring?” he reflected. “And so while I’m waiting, I want to be shooting my own projects and possibly directing and acting in my own things.”

    Having always wished that Dante would take over his mobster dad’s organization, Zamprogna is enjoying getting to explore darker stories in his post-Port Charles career. But that doesn’t mean he’s done with daytime (or Dante) for good! “I could come back and be the [police] commissioner... I’d do recurring,” he suggested. “That would be cool.”

    Genie Francis Returns To Work At GH!

    (9/12/18) Genie Francis (Laura) has officially returned to work at GH — and she took to Twitter to share pics of the gift waiting for her from fans. “Look at the beautiful flowers and balloons that were in my dressing room when I returned to work at @GeneralHospital Opens a New Window. !” she wrote. “A special thank u to the #GenieIsGH Opens a New Window. fans!” Co-Head Writer Shelly Altman told Digest, “Laura comes home expecting a great welcome from her husband, but is in for some surprises. Laura is kind of facing a time clock as Ryan takes over Kevin’s life more and more thoroughly, and she will also be embarking on her own journey, trying to pick up some- where she left off when we last saw her.

    GH Alum Is A New Mom

    (9/12/18) Daytime Emmy-winner Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GH et al) and her husband, Matt Aldag, welcomed their first child: “Today our lives were graced by the arrival of our beautiful little girl Colette Allegria Ginny-Martita Aldag,” the actress posted on social media on September 6. “Happy tears are flowing. Little feet are swaddling. Hearts are bursting!” Baby Colette arrived three days after her parents’ two-year wedding anniversary. Congratulations to the happy family! To check out the baby pictures, click here.

    And, to read more about what Livingston has been up to since leaving soaps, including the gritty new documentary she is producing, check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.

    Maurice Benard Stars as John Gotti in a New Movie!

    (9/11/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In case seeing Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos every day on GENERAL HOSPITAL isn’t enough for you, the actor will soon be portraying another mob boss — the infamous John Gotti! During the soap's recent break, the stars were freed up to enjoy some time off… or moonlight with other projects. And Benard was definitely up to something, shared a photo on his Instagram with the caption “coming soon."

    A couple weeks later, the Daytime Emmy winner shared another Instagram pic that officially revealed he will be playing the head of the Gambino crime family in the upcoming film, The Victoria Gotti Story! “Thank you Lifetime and everyone involved for a beautiful opportunity,” he declared.

    Benard, who just recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at GH, has always kept busy with side projects outside of Port Charles. He has appeared in an episode of CASTLE, and the films Joy, The Ghost and the Whale, A Lover Betrayed, Hold On, and Nightmare Cinema. He recently wrapped filming of the movie Equal Standard, co-starring Ice-T, which means Benard is available for another amazing role.

    Of course, as the movie is still early in production, scant other details are known right now, but you can believe that we will be sure to let you know when you will be able to tune in to see Benard as another powerful mob boss when the Lifetime movie airs. And for more details on the role straight from the actor himself, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Benard in the ABC issue of Soaps In Depth magazine on sale Monday, Sept. 24!

    The True Story Behind Oscar and Josslyn's Song, 'I Never Knew,' on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (9/7/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In the Sept. 5 episode of GENERAL HOSPITAL, Oscar showed Josslyn a video he’d created for their first anniversary featuring clips and photos of them together set to his “favorite song.” That song is “I Never Knew,” which some fans might recall as the duet that the young couple sang together at the 2018 Nurses Ball. But many might not be aware of the story behind the song and the surprising person who wrote it!

    “I Never Knew” was written by Daytime Emmy-winning GH director Phideaux Xavier after filming one of the soap’s dramatic episodes earlier in the year. “The reason the song even came into existence,” he revealed, “is because we did an episode involving an earthquake and [Josslyn] had this monologue over Oscar’s bedside when he was unconscious where she talked about, you know, if she couldn’t wear her dress, she used to think that was a tragedy. And so I went home and I couldn’t sleep that night and I came up with this idea for this song for Eden to sing at the Nurses Ball about coming of age and realizing that life has more ramifications and meaning than we ever knew. And now we know.”

    Be sure to stay tuned to find out how Oscar and Josslyn’s young love story continues (remember there’s also Cameron to spoil things, too)

    Daytime Star Kelly Sullivan Previews Her Thrilling New Movie, 'Her Boyfriend's Secret'

    (9/7/18) (Trailer) Soap fans who are missing Kelly Sullivan as Kate/Connie on GENERAL HOSPITAL and Sage on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS can look forward to seeing the actress delivering another one of her standout performances in the new film, Her Boyfriend’s Secret, airing on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime. “I play Melissa, an interior designer who gets hired by a man to style his house,” Sullivan previews to Soaps In Depth. “John pursues her, and they become romantically involved. John’s ex-girlfriend, Carrie, shows up and tells Melissa he tried to kill her!

    “At first, Melissa ignores it,” she continues, “assumes Carrie is making it up. She questions John about it and he denies it. But John’s behavior begins to raise flags, and Melissa and her best friend, Travis, discover he is hiding many secrets.”

    As you can see in this trailer, John is living an entirely different life in an entirely different city! And he will kill to keep those secrets under wraps!

    Mark Famigletti (AQUARIUS) co-stars as John, and the cast also includes Maiara Walsh (THE LAST SHIP) as Carrie, Jordan James Smith (My Daughter Vanished) as Travis, and Anne Leighton (GRIMM) as… John’s wife? This just gets more and more complicated!

    Melissa is determined to get answers about who John really is and what he’s up to, but those answers could come at a very high price! “Melissa’s search for the truth puts her in a deadly situation,” Sullivan teases.

    Tamara Braun Was Happy to Go Back to Work at a Hotel While Starring on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (9/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com/) The reality of being a working actor has been in the news recently after a FOX News report on actor Geoffrey Owens that revealed the former THE COSBY SHOW actor was working at a Trader Joe’s grocery store. This led to many actors sharing their own stories explaining how a second job is necessary to pay the bills in between gigs, and how the media shouldn't shame actors for making ends meet. Now, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Tamara Braun (Kim) has revealed that she went back to work at her hotel job even after joining the cast of GH in 2001. “Being an actor, musician, writer, dancer, photographer or artist/creative of any kind is really hard,” she shared on Instagram. “Most have other types of jobs while pursuing their craft. Unless you come from family money it is practically impossible not to. I have had many jobs to pay the bills while pursuing my career.”

    Braun rejoined GH in 2017 as Kim Nero, but back in 2001, her career took off when she replaced Sarah Joy Brown as Carly Corinthos. Of course, at the time, it was just another job, and not one she could guarantee would last. “When I landed my role on GH the first time around it was after many, many years of trying to book something that would stick, something where I could make a living as a working actor,” Braun confided. “People close to me were excited that I got a contract role and had a paid acting job for four years! But here is the thing; I knew that my contract stated that my employer had the right to terminate every few months, so in my mind I was employed as an actor only for that long.

    “I was working at The Four Seasons hotel in LA when I booked it and asked to stay on the schedule ‘on call’ because I may need that job again,” she continued. “One day they called for a weekend shift. They were in need. I had been airing on the show daily for maybe five or six months at the time. I went in. I worked the shift and I was happy to do it and extremely grateful for all the years they helped me survive by employing me so I could pay the bills.”

    Braun has enjoyed quite a career both in and out of daytime with roles on many different shows, both regular and guest-starring, but she reminds fans that actors only get paid when they’re working. “Some years it was quite difficult,” she admitted, “other years it was quite fruitful. That’s the thing with this business, it’s unpredictable. I think the statistic is that under ten percent of SAG/AFTRA members actually make a living as actors. That’s a very low number.

    “Smart and responsible actors have other jobs as well,” Braun concluded. “Let’s have respect for people making an honest living in whatever capacity. No one job holds more value than the other. Stop shaming and let’s support each other. Work is work! There is honor in having a job.”

    Ryan Carnes Opens up About the Babies That Changed His Life

    (9/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com/) In his current storyline on GENERAL HOSPITAL, Ryan Carnes (Lucas) is dealing with a lot of baby drama and it’s only going to get more emotional when the baby switch is revealed. But it was playing a dad in the upcoming movie The Perfect One that truly opened his heart and changed his life. “Meet Baby Delaney,” Carnes shared on Instagram with a photo of him and his precious litle co-star. “This sweet, sweet girl and her counterpart, Baby Hazel, who also plays my daughter are to of the sweetest souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of holding and locking eyes with.

    “In fact, I’ve spent more time with these two little nuggets than I have with any other babies in my life,” he continued. “And I’m forever grateful. They have opened my heart in ways unimaginable. They have afforded me the opportunity to have patience, understanding, compassion, and a kind heart, the likes of which I’m not sure I’ve ever had with myself, let alone with anyone else. My time with them has been very special to me.”

    The Perfect One is a thriller about what happens when a new mother gets more than she bargained for when she joins the neighborhood “mommy group” and Carnes revealed that despite the pressures of filming, he learned a valuable lesson from the girls. “During my time with them, something struck me,” he mused. “No matter how much they cried, no matter how upset they got, no matter how many times they didn’t do what we wanted or ‘needed’ them to do, we were constantly patient with them. We were consistently understanding. We didn’t get mad at them because they were behaving a certain way. We didn’t roll our eyes and judge them. We didn’t yell at them or storm out of the room on them. We didn’t say, ‘We don’t love you anymore.’ We loved them and let them figure it out and let them be until they were ready to come back to us or were done experiencing a certain emotional state.

    “But unfortunately, as adults, it often seems so hard to do this with our families, our friends, and especially our lovers and partners,” Carnes added. “Imagine if we could remember to offer the people we love most the same amount of compassion and understanding that we offer babies. Imagine if we did that with strangers. For we all still experience from time to time the parts that are scared, angry, fearful, and just don’t feel understood and are just trying to figure out this crazy world. So what if we could love ourselves, our loved ones, and even strangers we pass on the street the way we love babies? What if we could look at everyone around us the same way babies look at us — with curiosity and unconditioned, untainted appreciation?”

    Carnes appreciates his time with Delaney and Hazel and how they opened his eyes. And it’s also made him hopeful that one day he will be a father himself. “I’m grateful to have gotten to know these little beings and been afforded the opportunity to have patience with them that I maybe haven’t had with those I have loved,” he concluded. “And maybe someday I’ll have a daughter of my own.”

    Actor Christopher Lawford, Dies of Heart Attack at 63

    (9/5/18) (dailymail.co.uk) Christopher Lawford, the nephew of John F Kennedy, has died. He was 63 years old.

    Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency, law enforcement sources told TMZ.

    Sources said his death appears to be from 'natural causes'. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

    Lawford leaves behind three children and his widow Mercedes Miller, a yoga teacher who the actor married in 2014.

    Lawford was at a yoga studio on Tuesday night when he suffered a medical emergency. He is pictured here with JFK and cousin Maria Shriver in 1962

    Lawford was the son of Patricia Kennedy and Peter Lawford, a Hollywood actor and member of the legendary Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra.

    Patricia Kennedy was one of nine children in Joseph P Kennedy Sr's clan. She was the younger sister of JFK and a year older than Bobby Kennedy.

    Kerry Kennedy, Bobby's daughter, tweeted photos of Lawford on Tuesday and said the family was mourning his loss.

    Lawford, one of Patricia and Peter's four children, was born in Santa Monica in 1955 and moved to New York City with his mother after they divorced in 1966.

    He would go on to attend boarding school in Concord, Massachusetts, where he was first introduced to drugs.

    Lawford eventually became hooked on heroin and contracted Hepatitis C.

    He was also arrested in 1980 for impersonating a doctor in order to get prescription medication in Aspen. He was given probation and the charges were dropped.

    Lawford decided to go to rehab after his cousin, David Kennedy, died of a drug overdose in 1984.

    That same year he married Jeannie Olsson, his first of three wives and with whom he had three children.

    In 1988 Lawford, who also earned a law degree from Boston College and a master's certificate in clinical psychology from Harvard, decided he wanted to be an actor.

    He went on to appear in a slew of shows include General Hospital and a three-year stint on All My Children.

    Lawford also appeared in a number of films including Thirteen Days, Slipstream, and two of the Terminator movies with former cousin-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    He also worked as a producer, acquiring George Lucas' hit film American Graffiti for Universal Studios in the 1970s and later became a correspondent on EXTRA.

    Lawford was never shy about his past substance abuse issues.

    He wrote two books, including Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption - which became a New York Times bestseller - and, more recently, When Your Partner Has An Addiction.

    His cousin Maria Shriver praised the latter book, saying: 'This complex issue affects the lives of millions of people and their families every day.'

    'Christopher and Beverly [Engel] should be applauded for approaching a delicate subject with true compassion.'

    Lawford also released Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery, which included essays from celebrities who have struggled with substance abuse.

    Amber Tamblyn writing book of essays

    (9/5/18) Amber Tamblyn, the actress, feminist and #MeToo activist, is working on a book of essays.

    Archetype announced Wednesday that it will publish Tamblyn’s “Era of Ignition” in March. Tamblyn will combine stories about her life with her political and cultural views in what Archetype is calling an “enlightening and inspiring call to arms.”

    Tamblyn’s acting credits include the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” and such films as “127 Hours.” She’s a founder of Time’s Up, the Hollywood movement against sexual harassment.

    Her previous books include the novel “Any Man” and the poetry collections “Bang Ditto” and “Free Stallion.”

    John Stamos Signs With ICM Partners

    (9/5/18) ICM Partners’ house is a little fuller today: Actor-producer John Stamos and his St. Amos Productions have signed with the agency for representation.

    Stamos recurs on and is the executive producer of Fuller House, Netflix’s comedy spinoff from the iconic sitcom Full House, on which he starred as Uncle Jesse for eight seasons.

    Stamos also starred on Fox’s recent Grandfathered and was a series regular on Season 2 of Fox’s Scream Queens and on NBC’s ER from 2005-09. He played the title character on ABC’s Jake in Progress in 2005-06 and before that starred alongside Melissa George in ABC’s Thieves in 2001-02. He also has appeared in five Broadway shows, most recently the 2012 revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.

    Next up for Stamos as an actor is a guest role on Greg Berlanti’s series You, which premieres September 9 on Lifetime. His St. Amos Productions, whose head of development is Bret Slater, has projects set up at Universal Television and Freeform. Stamos continues to be repped by Danny Sussman at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

    General Hospital Vet Susan Brown Dead at 86, Remembered by Co-Stars

    (9/1/18) General Hospital alum Susan Brown, who played Scotty Baldwin’s stepmother, Dr. Gail Adamson Baldwin, died on Friday at the age of 86.

    GH vet Kin Shriner, who plays Scotty, shared the news on Twitter, hailing Brown as “one of my best friends and costars…. R.I.P., Susan. I will miss all our laughs.”

    Brown first joined GH in 1977, earning a Daytime Emmy nomination two years later. She exited GH in the mid-80s, but recurred now and again, especially when Scotty’s family helped launch the ABC Daytime spinoff Port Charles. Brown last appeared on GH in a 2004 episode honoring the late Anna Lee, who had Lila Quartermaine.

    Brown’s previous TV credits included As the World Turns (as Adelaide Fitzgibbon), ABC’s mid-1960s sudser The Young Marrieds, Death Valley Days and Santa Barbara (as Dorothy Lane). Her most recent primetime role was a 1994 episode of Frasier.

    “She was so very special, on set and in friendship,” GH vet Jackie Zeman shared on Twitter, offering Shriner her condolences. “I remember all the good times we shared on our lunch breaks and at at her amazing dinner parties at her beautiful home. RIP Susan + God Bless.”

    Current GH boss Frank Valentini tweeted, “It’s a very sad day in Port Charles as the wonderful Susan Brown (“Gail Baldwin”) passed away today. My sincerest condolences to her family and to all who knew this amazing woman.”

    Brown’s GH husband, Peter Hansen (who played Scotty’s father, Lee Baldwin), passed away in April 2017, at the age of 95.

    Emme Rylan Recovering From Minor Surgery

    (8/31/18) (Photo) Two years ago, GENERAL HOSPITAL star Emme Rylan (Lulu) suffered a broken nose when her face collided with the head of her youngest son, Levi. And now the actress has to undergo another surgery to fix it. “I’m just one of those girls that posts pretty pictures with a soft filter,” Rylan joked on Instagram as she posted a selfie with her bandaged face following the procedure.

    While she didn’t reveal exactly what the surgery entailed, it looks as though it went well and Rylan is on the road to a quick recovery. And luckily, GH is currently taking a break from filming, so it shouldn’t impact her appearances as Lulu on-screen much, if at all. Although we can certainly think of better ways to spend your vacation time than undergoing surgery!

    Coincidentally, Rylan injured herself during one of GH’s summer breaks when the accident occurred two years ago. “My son was running to jump on a cushion I was on,” she explained at the time. “I sat up just as he jumped and his head broke my nose! Taken down by a four year old!” Rylan is going to have to start being more careful when playing with her kids, as back in the spring of this year, she fractured her foot!

    Thankfully, Ryan is already looking much better, just a day after her surgery, with the bruising lessened and just a couple small bandages on the bridge of her nose as seen in another selfie where she was showing off the lovely braid she put in her hair. “Strong meds plus YouTube tutorials equals I’m basically a hairdresser now,” she teased. “Seriously, though, this is the most exciting hairstyle I’ve done by myself.”

    All our best for a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing Lulu back in action again soon!

    Jonathan Jackson offers his Emmy Award to Mount Athos Monastery

    (8/31/18) (greekcitytimes.com) (Photo) (Video) Popular Hollywood star Jonathan Jackson, visited Holy Mount Athos together with his 8-year-old-son on Tuesday, to offer one of his Emmy Awards, reports vimaorthodoxias.gr.

    During his five day visit, Jackson spent most of his time at the Vatopedi Monastery in the Monks Republic Mount Athos to honour the Dormition of the Virgin Mary but also visited the Xenophontos and Simonopetra Monasteries.

    Jackson, who attended all services with his son, is overwhelmed by the life of Athonite monks. He has characterized Archimandrite Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi Monastery, as “a man filled with the love of Christ”. Jackson has been in close contact with the Vatopedi Monastery ever since he was baptized Greek Orthodox in 2012. In an interview given to Greek journalist, Jackson stated that he has read much about the Holy Mountain and dreamt of visiting Mount Athos and seeing the holy place where people for more than 1000 years are praying for mankind.

    As a pilgrimage to Mount Athos, Jackson offered his Emmy Award he received in 2012 to Metropolitan Bishop Atlantas Alexios and received the blessing by Abbot Efraim. “This symbolic gesture deeply touched the holy father,” stated vimaorthodoxias.gr.

    In the same year and during his acceptance speech for his Emmy Award, he thanked the Holy Trinity as well as the monks of Mount Athos.

    Jackson later explained in an interview, “These people (are) dedicating their lives to prayer, and not just praying for themselves, but truly praying for all of us. And then the thought kind of crossed my mind: with all the destruction, chaos and insanity that goes on in this world, if their prayers weren’t happening, what would this world be like? I felt personally like I just wanted to thank them because I really believe that their prayers mean a lot.”

    Skai.gr reported that Jackson is planning a film about Elder Joseph the Hesychast, (1897-1959) a monk of Mount Athos acclaimed to be the spiritual father of Elders Ephrem of Philotheou, Joseph of Vatopedi, Charalampus of Dionysiou and others, who are directly credited for revitalising six of the twenty monasteries on Mount Athos. The film location is to take place on Mount Athos and on the island of Paros where the Elder was born.

    Jackson’s well-known character was ‘Lucky Spencer’ on the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital, a role that has won him five Emmy Awards.

    GH Alum Producing Documentary

    (8/28/18) Natalia Livingston (ex-Emily, GENERAL HOSPITAL) and producing partner Cheryl Buchanan are just a few of the creative forces behind the upcoming docudrama, In Their Shoes. The film follows the lives of several men whose lives intersect in a prison re-entry and addiction recovery creative-writing program, and examines how the power of words can change lives. Says Livingston, “It’s truly been a labor of love. The men and their families who are featured in this documentary, and their stories of challenge and triumph, are truly inspirational and moving. We can’t wait to share them with the public.” For more information, including how to contribute to the project, and to see the film’s trailer, check out the following link: www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-their-shoes-documentary-family-community#/. And, for more on Livingston and her life behind the camera since leaving L.A., check out an upcoming issue of Soap Opera Digest.

    Ashley Jones Opens up About a Possible Return to GENERAL HOSPTIAL

    (8/28/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) In a recent blog post, Ashley Jones discussed her recent return to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL as Bridget Forrester, but also addressed the fans who want to see her back as Parker on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “With Lexi [Ainsworth, Kristina] back on, and much talk of Parker on the show recently, there are question about ‘Pristina,’” she admitted. “I did get to talk with Frank Valentini, executive producer of GH, recently at an Emmy event.

    “He wasn’t able to confirm any future thoughts about Kristina or Parker,” Jones continued, “but what’s great about the soap genre is this: Things change all the time with the stroke of a pen from the writers. People can even ‘die’ and come back to life.”

    With Kristina back home and lamenting her troubled relationship with her girlfriend, many Pristina fans want Jones back on the canvas so the couple can work out their problems together. However, the actress is realistic about her future in Port Charles, knowing that while there may be potential storyline for a character, there are real-world factors that have to be taken into consideration.

    “Do I think it makes sense to [have] Kristina and Parker on screen together figuring out whatever issues they may or may not have?” she mused. “Sure, of course. I believe there’s story left to tell. But from a production standpoint, there’s a whole puzzle of characters to place every week in storylines that keep Port Charles alive and dramatic and fun to watch. This may sound like a politically correct response, but having been on the other side of the camera from time to time, I understand.”

    Jones is right that you can never predict what’s going to happen next on a soap opera, so you’ll just have to stay tuned to see if Parker ever resurfaces in Kristina’s life. (The perfect time for that would probably be after they split up and Kristina is just finding happiness with someone else!)

    Wes Ramsey Says Peter 'Still Cares Very Deeply' for Maxie on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Since Peter August first appeared on GENERAL HOSPITAL, he’s stirred up quite a bit of trouble, but could the guy be on the road to redemption at long last? Seeing as how his actions were responsible for bringing Cesar Faison back to Port Charles and led to the death of the beloved Nathan West, the one person that could be hardest to win over may be his widow, Maxie. “There’s a lot of sadness and a lot of regret,” Wes Ramsey told Soaps In Depth of his alter ego’s relationship with Maxie. “Peter obviously still cares very deeply for her. The tragedy that brought them together and the intensity of the emotion in the aftermath of Nathan’s death was such a strong bonding experience. I don’t think Peter had any idea that was going to happen — nor did Maxie.”

    One thing that truly helped open Peter’s eyes and change his ways was his experience being kidnapped and tormented by a vengeful Leisl Obrecht. “Obrecht was as cruel as she possibly could be,” Ramsey admitted. “The pain, the infection, the starvation, the sweat, the smell… they tortured him! But that allowed me to step away from Peter August, the suit-wearing Aurora CEO and puppeteer who was getting away with everything and out-smarting everybody. It was certainly humbling to find the complete other side of the spectrum and show Peter’s vulnerability when he was facing his own mortality and his own remorse!”

    But just because he’s seen the error of his ways doesn’t mean that Peter will be able to redeem himself in the eyes of the people of Port Charles who he has hurt so deeply. “As far as redemption, Peter’s certainly paid a price for his actions,” the actor mused. “It was a crafty strategy and the brilliance of our writing team, in terms of trying to find some hope for redemption for someone who’s seemed so hopeless and so beyond redeeming.”

    Can Peter forge a new life in Port Charles and perhaps even win back Maxie’s friendship… and more? “He’s a master communicator and manipulator,” Ramsey teased. “So he’ll figure something out!”

    Maurice Benard Teases His Exciting New Role!

    (8/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) In case seeing Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos every day on GENERAL HOSPITAL isn’t enough for you, it looks as though fans will soon be able to see the actor tackling yet another powerful role in a new movie! The soap is taking another break, which frees up the stars to enjoy some time off… or moonlight with other projects. And based off the photo Benard shared on his Instagram with the caption “coming soon,” he’s definitely up to something!

    Judging from the pic, it looks like another tough guy role for the Daytime Emmy winner, but whatever it is, our lips are sealed… at least for the time being! (You know what they say about loose lips — wouldn’t want to wind up wearing cement shoes at the bottom of the river!)

    Benard, who just recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at GH, has always kept busy with side projects outside of Port Charles. He has appeared in an episode of CASTLE, and the films Joy, The Ghost and the Whale, A Lover Betrayed, Hold On, and Nightmare Cinema. He recently wrapped filming of the movie Equal Standard, co-starring Ice-T, which means Benard is available for another amazing role.

    Naturally, we will bring you more details on this exciting new part as soon as they become officially available, so make sure you stay tuned!

    What Happened to Stefan Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) The Cassadine family has long menaced the people of Port Charles and a recent scene had some fans wondering if Stefan Cassadine is coming back to GENERAL HOSPITAL! Well, that would be slightly difficult seeing as how the guy is dead, but then again, this is a soap opera, and people never seem to stay dead for very long. But if you’re a newer viewer who doesn’t understand why some might be excited to see the Cassadine prince again, we’ve got you covered! The role was played by Stephen Nichols from his dramatic introduction in July of 1996 until his tragic end in October of 2003.

    Stefan Cassadine was introduced along with his teenage nephew, Nikolas Cassadine, who was the secret son of Laura Spencer and Stavros Cassadine. After Laura escaped Stavros’ captivity, Stefan raised Nikolas and brought him to Port Charles so his bone marrow could save his sister, Lulu Spencer. Stefan was in love with Laura, but she insisted her heart belonged to Luke Spencer. He bailed General Hospital out of financial troubles he had instigated in order to justify his staying in town. Laura discovered that her mother, Lesley, was still alive, and had been held captive by Stefan for years. After a confrontation with Luke, Stefan accidentally shot Katherine Bell.

    He married Luke’s sister, Bobbie, but they split when he realized she was just using him to help her brother take him down. Stefan fell in love with Katherine, but at their engagement party, she fell into a trap set by Alexis and Luke and fell to her presumed death. Feeling guilty, Alexis defended her brother in court and it was revealed that Nikolas was actually Stefan’s son. The whole trial was moot anyway, as Katherine wasn’t really dead!

    Stefan managed to woo Laura for a time, but then it came out that his mother, Helena Cassadine, had been holding Lucky Spencer prisoner for years after he presumably died in a fire. Laura didn’t believe Stefan’s claims he knew nothing about the scheme, and they split. He then learned that Helena was plotting to kill him and faked his own death so he could use Chloe Morgan’s psychic visions to figure out his mother’s next move and stop her. However, he began to fall for Chloe and when she needed medical help, he gave up on his scheme. Helena brought Stavros back from the dead and he murdered Chloe, though it was Stefan who once again went on trial for a murder he didn’t commit.

    After trying in vain to leave the Cassadine legacy behind, Stefan returned to Port Charles to find the family in disarray and in danger of losing its fortune. He pushed Nikolas to marry Lydia, the daughter of a Greek shipping magnate, but he was in love with Emily. So Stefan paid a hit man to try and kill Emily, but the guy accidentally took out Summer, instead. Luke abducted Stefan and gathered up everyone he’d hurt to stage a mock trial to expose all of his numerous crimes. Stefan broke down and blamed Helena for all the misery.

    Luke also tried to burn down Wyndemere Castle and a badly burned Stefan landed in the hospital. After being released, he kidnapped Lydia and knocked out Lucky when he tried to rescue her. Luke and Stefan got into a fight with a knife that ended with Stefan being stabbed and tumbling over the same cliff where Summer had fallen to her death. Could he still be alive and out for revenge? In Port Charles, death is often just a state of mind, so you never know! Stay tuned to find out what happens next.

    Creative Arts Emmy Awards Sets First Group Of Presenters: Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, RuPaul Charles, More

    (8/27/18) Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett and RuPaul Charles are among the first group of presenters for the upcoming Creative Arts Emmy Awards announced Monday by the Television Academy and Executive Producer Bob Bain.

    The annual ceremony, which will be held over two consecutive nights, September 8 and 9, honors outstanding artistic and technical achievement in a variety of categories of television program genres. The first group of presenters represent a diverse television landscape from some of television’s top comedies, dramas, variety and reality programs.

    Slated to present on the first night Saturday September 8 are Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Molly Shannon (Will & Grace), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley), and the cast of Fuller House (Andrea Barber, Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget, and John Stamos).

    Set to present on the second night, Sunday, September 9 are Judd Apatow (Director/Executive Producer of The Zen Diaries Of Garry Shandling), Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show 50th Anniversary Special), RuPaul Charles (RuPaul’s Drag Race), Derek Hough (World of Dance), Nick Kroll (Big Mouth), and the cast of Queer Eye (Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness).

    The 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles beginning at 5 PM PT on Saturday evening and at 4 PM PT on Sunday evening. FXX will broadcast the awards on Saturday, September 15, at 8 PM ET/PT.

    GH’s Kelly Monaco Recovering From Surgery

    (8/24/18) Kelly Monaco (Sam, GH) is recovering from hip surgery. She revealed on Instagram Opens a New Window. , “After over a decade of suffering from chronic, excruciating pain from a torn labrum in my hip, I finally took the first steps in bettering my health and myself. Looking forward to MANY positive changes coming soon! Thank you @heathmonster Opens a New Window. for holding my hand and drying my tears pre and post surgery … then stocking my home to keep me comfy while healing. Thank you@Valentinifrank Opens a New Window. @generalhospitalabc Opens a New Window. for the beautiful “get well” flowers. … and thanks to that guy at work who always has my back, for being a cheer up florist and an awesome handyman!!! #staytuned Opens a New Window. #GH Opens a New Window. #smallbutmighty Opens a New Window."

    Leslie Charleson Opens up About Her Recovery and Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/24/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Back in April, Leslie Charleson had to take a medical leave of absence from playing Monica Quartermaine on GENERAL HOSPITAL after being sidelined by her pooch, Riley Rose. “I love my dog, but I didn’t that night,” she quipped to Soaps In Depth. “I have a brick patio and I opened the door to let her out, and she caught me. I sat down hard… and I knew I wasn’t going anywhere. The most amazing thing was that I had my purse with me and my phone fell out of it! I crawled to it and was able to call 911.”

    After having surgery to repair her fractured hip, the avid equestrian was told to take it easy, but that just wasn’t in her nature. “I didn’t rest,” she chuckled. “I got rid of all of the [walking aids], went to physical therapy and then went to my horse. I’ve been riding for a couple months. Don’t tell my doctor!”

    The entire ordeal has been taxing but also quite touching. “People were so gracious and wonderful, from [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini to the fans,” Charleson raved. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and love.

    As for her temporary recast, Charlson was honored by the choice. “I’m so grateful for Patty McCormack for filling in,” the GH legend confessed. “It’s a tough job to do. It’s terrible [being a recast]! I’ve been there. No one likes you — it doesn’t matter what you do. But I got somebody who won an Oscar. Wow! I’m impressed. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with that… Well, actually I wish I could have been there.”

    While in good spirits, Charleson revealed she’s got more work to do. “I didn’t know that the surgery would shorten my leg,” grumbled the actress, who’s now wearing a lift in one shoe. “My balance is off, so I’m seeing a doctor at the end of August to repair that. Because this is unacceptable. I had a doctor tell me, ‘We have patients your age, and they’re just lucky to be alive.’ No, no, no! I have to ride, and I have things to do!”

    Robert Palmer Watkins Stars in New Comedy Pilot!

    (8/24/18) (Photo) Congratulations to GENERAL HOSPITAL alum Robert Palmer Watkins on landing a brand new role! Fans who miss seeing him as Dillon Quartermaine in Port Charles will be able to see him as Eddie in a new comedy titled GREEN VALLEY. “New Pilot!” he announced. “Stoked to start filming this! Amazing team.” Of course, it’s only a pilot for now, but you never know what the future will bring!

    The actor shared the news when he tweeted out a photograph of himself and his co-stars on a bulletin board for the planning of the series. While it looks like a few roles have yet to be officially cast, Watkins’ costars signed up include Randy Wayne (THE LYING GAME) and Donna D’errico (BAYWATCH). Unfortunately, this early into production, additional details are scarce, including what the show will actually be about.

    Watkins earned a lot of fans during his two years on GH as Dillon, and they have followed his career as it has continued after he left the soap. He starred as Cupid in the TV pilot CUPID’S MATCH, and appeared in the films Surviving Theater 9 and Last Three Days.

    The actor’s former GH castmates were quick to offer their congratulations, including Matt Cohen (Griffin), Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix), and Vinessa Antoine (Jordan), who has just recently left GH herself to star in her own new series, DIGGSTOWN.

    Hopefully GREEN VALLEY gets picked up and we can watch Watkins in a new series. He’s too talented a performer to not be on our screens on a regular basis!

    Rick Springfield on The Goldbergs

    (8/24/18) Singer/actor Rick Springfield (Supernatural, General Hospital) will guest-star in a Season 6 episode of The Goldbergs as the owner of a karaoke bar and Erica’s new boss, EW.com reports.

    Lexi Ainsworth Reveals Kristina's First True Love on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With Lexi Ainsworth back on GENERAL HOSPITAL as Kristina Davis, it was the perfect time for the actress to take to Twitter and live tweet along with an episode of the soap to answer fans’ burning questions! And while she couldn’t spill all the upcoming storyline secrets, she did leave “Pristina” fans with hope for a Parker and Kristina reunion one day. “Never say never!” Ainsworth declared.

    Although she also surprised some fans by revealing who Kristina’s first true love is — and it’s not Parker! “I would say Ethan would be her first, then Parker,” Ainsworth mused. “Because he was there for her at a difficult time in her life when Keifer was abusing her. Parker did help Kristina in a different way to help her discover more about who she is.”

    Coincidentally, those are also the two storylines the actress names as the standouts of her time in Port Charles. “My two favorites would be the teen abuse storyline when I was a little peanut,” Ainsworth said, “and the LGBTQIA because it is something that a large number of people can relate to that has only been recently represented on TV.”

    GH fans love seeing the Davis girls all together, and so does Ainsworth. “I love working with my fam,” she smiled. “I think it’s great to have strong female characters on TV.” Plus, it doesn’t hurt that on-screen mom Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) is a blast to work with! “She knows how to make people laugh!” she revealed. “She is the best TV Mom I could ask for!”

    Ainsworth also promised that Kristina and Jason would soon have some scenes together, and she was excited to work with Steve Burton again. “I realized we hadn’t worked together since I was 18,” she confided. “Missed his energy on set.”

    But when asked about Kristina’s upcoming storyline, Ainsworth played coy. “Something the fans haven’t seen Kristina do that I am personally excited about,” she teased. “Don’t get too carried away with ideas, but it’s been fun.” But the actress loves that Kristina’s future still lies ahead and anything is possible. “There are so many paths she can take,” she smiled, “and I can’t wait to figure which one it will be.”

    GH Star Welcomes Son

    (8/23/18) Chris Van Etten, who plays Chet Driscoll on GH, is a first-time father! The actor and his wife, Samantha, welcomed son Milo Taylor Van Etten on August 21. “We did a thing! #babymilo Opens a New Window. ,” he tweeted.

    4 GENERAL HOSPITAL Reruns at the End of August

    (8/22/18) It’s normal for soaps to air an encore episode on a holiday, but news that GENERAL HOSPITAL is airing three additional reruns before Labor Day threw many fans into a panic! However, ABC network executive Nathan Varni has assured everyone there is nothing at all to be concerned about. The additional reruns scheduled to air from Aug. 29 through Aug. 31 are simply a result of the soap not being preempted enough earlier this year!

    “You shouldn’t be worried,” Varni tweeted. “It’s been planned for months. Last year we didn’t have to take additional encores because Trump interrupted the show so much. This year, with less interruptions, we needed to take some extra days off based on the number of new episodes we produce for you.”

    So fans can take heart that they will be spending the same number of days in Port Charles that they do every year, they’re just having one big break instead of spacing them out over the months. In addition to the encore episode scheduled to air on Monday, Sept. 3, there will be three additional encores airing from Wednesday to Friday the week before. And if you’re wondering which episodes you’ll be able to re-watch, they’re from this January featuring the climax of the Faison storyline that resulted in Nathan’s tragic death. Here’s how they break down:

    Wednesday, Aug. 29: Lucas announces to his family he and Brad are adopting a baby, Finn and Alexis bond, Lulu and Obrecht are caught in Faison’s death trap, and Faison shot Nathan when he attempted to rescue Maxie from the villain’s clutches.

    Thursday, Aug. 30: Dante and Sonny arrived at Spoon Island as Lulu and Obrecht managed to escape the poison gas, everyone wanted answers from Faison, and Nathan underwent surgery for his life-threatening injuries.

    Friday, Aug. 31: Sam and Drew returned from their honeymoon to chaos, Jason got answers out of Faison, and Maxie was briefly reunited with Nathan as he regained consciousness only to pass away before her eyes.

    Monday, Sept. 3: The special episode featuring Nathan’s emotional funeral where everyone said one last goodbye to the fallen hero and Maxie said farewell to her husband one last time.

    And for those fans wondering why GH doesn’t delve farther back into their archives and rerun some vintage classics from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Varni revealed there was unfortunately a very practical financial reason for that. “Music rights and talent costs,” he explained. “We’re trying to find a way, but as of today, it’s cost prohibitive. WE will be the first to announce should we strike a deal!”

    GH will return with brand new episodes beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 4, so don’t worry — you won’t miss a moment of the drama in Port Charles.

    Tristan Rogers Wraps At GH

    (8/22/18) Tristan Rogers has finished up his GH return as Scorpio, the actor reported on Twitter. “Shot my last show last Monday,” he wrote. “Only Frank [Valentini, executive producer] knows the future.” Next up for Rogers? Reprising his role on THE BAY. “I start the new season of The Bay next Saturday,” he tweeted. “This time Lex is back to being a cop. Stay tuned.”

    GENERAL HOSPITAL Star Kimberly McCullough Directed Her Episode of FULLER HOUSE!

    (8/21/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Although some daytime viewers miss seeing Kimberly McCullough as Robin Scorptio Drake on GENERAL HOSPITAL, the actress has transitioned into quite a talented director who is often too busy working behind the camera to step in front of it! And now she’s just helmed an episode of FULLER HOUSE for Netflix! “About to shoot FULLER HOUSE on this stage,” she shared on Instagram, adding the hashtag for “no big deal.”

    And after wrapping the taping, McCullough posed for a picture with the cast on set and declared: “Sometimes it all comes together.” And they all look super-happy about the job they did, although we'll have to wait a bit to see the results for ourselves!

    In addition to using her “#ladydirector” hashtag, McCullough also gave a shoutout to one of the other women on her team. “This is Kelly,” she wrote. “Associate director on FULLER HOUSE. There’s nothing more empowering than women supporting women. #allonthesameteam Love this gal.”

    McCullough got her big break in showbiz playing Robin on GH back in 1985, and has continued to play the character on and off over the years. But recently, McCullough has turned to directing, helming episodes of TV series like K.C. UNDERCOVER, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, ONE DAY AT A TIME, and ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS.

    Unfortunately, the fourth season of FULLER HOUSE does not yet have a premiere date as they are still producing the episodes, but as soon as the information is released, we’ll be sure to let you know. And because it’s on Netflix, the entire season’s worth of episodes will be released on the same day, so you can get right to McCullough’s!

    GH’s Kin Shriner Guest Hosts New Game App

    (8/21/18) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Kin Shriner (Scott) @kinshriner Opens a New Window. reunites with former PORT CHARLES co-star Michael Dietz (ex –Joe et al) to guest-host the latter’s popular new phone game, FAST FACTS, this Wednesday, 8/22, at 3:15 EST/1:15 PST, just after the east coast airing of Wednesday’s GH episode. Dietz, who is currently the CCO of Ripkord.tv, says, “There are so many ways to utilize this new platform, and I am so happy that we can do this with my dear friend, Kin. I think it will be great fun for our regular gamers, and especially for soap fans who want to check it out!” To get in on the action, download the free app at http://www.ripkord.tv for a chance at $300! And to read more about Dietz’s new venture, check out next week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest.

    Dishing With Digest - 8/17/18 - Jon Lindstrom

    (8/18/18) (Listen / download) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Jon Lindstrom chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about the resurrection of Ryan, his uptick in screen time, working with Genie Francis and more! Plus we discuss memorable dual roles in soap history.

    Kristen Alderson to Join Marvelous Wonderettes Off-Broadway

    (8/17/18) (playbill.com) The General Hospital actor will star as Cindy Lou in the show, which celebrates its two-year anniversary this month.

    As The Marvelous Wonderettes prepares to celebrate its two-year anniversary Off-Broadway, the show will welcome Emmy winner Kristen Alderson in the role of Cindy Lou April 18. The revival of the 1950's-set high school musical comedy will celebrate two years at New York’s Theatre Row April 28.

    “I am beyond excited to be joining the extremely talented cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes,” commented Alderson in a statement. “I’ve always had a huge passion for theatre and I’m so grateful that I get to be on stage again!”

    Alderson is known for her 15-year portrayal of Starr Manning on the ABC's One Life to Live. She also originated the role of Kiki Jerome on General Hospital, and played Molly in the first Broadway revival of Annie.

    Alderson joins current cast members Meg Lanzarone, Michelle Dowdy, Brie Cassil, and Amy Hilner Larsen.

    The Marvelous Wonderettes, produced by Tom and Michael D’Angora, officially opened April 28, 2016. Created, written and originally directed by Roger Bean, the show is a musical trip down memory lane to the 1958 Springfield High School prom. There, we meet The Wonderettes, four girls whose hopes and dreams are recounted through 20 chart-topping hits of the era.

    Tickets can be purchased at The Theatre Row box office, located at 410 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, or through Telecharge.com.

    Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox are Finally Divorced After Two Tries and Two Years

    (8/17/18) After multiple divorce filings, a failed reconciliation and claims of drug abuse ... Jay Mohr and Nikki Cox are officially done being husband and wife.

    According to new legal docs ... their divorce became final Tuesday, but the terms of their settlement will remain under wraps. This means we don't know the custody situation of their 7-year-old son ... same for child or spousal support.

    We broke the story ... Jay filed for divorce from Nikki in July 2016, claiming she had a serious drug problem and seeking full custody of their kid. However, he told us the 2 were "Very in love. Very happy and that's really all there is" ... and called it off 6 days later.

    It didn't last, though -- Mohr filed for divorce from Cox for the second time in December 2016, and once again claimed Nikki had a drug problem that made her an unfit mother ... so he wanted sole physical custody of their son.

    But, like we said ... it's unclear if he got his wish.

    Kirsten Storms Is Cleaning Out Her Closet — and Selling Everything to You!

    (8/16/18) If you’re a big Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL), you’ve probably admired her sense of style. Well, now you can get the same looks as the daytime star… because she’s actually selling them to you! Storms took to Instagram to let her fans know that she’s now on Poshmark.com, a website where people from all over sell clothes and accessories. “Currently working on posting more items,” she shared in her Poshmark bio. “But please check out my shares! I’m a girl who likes a good deal (why I love Posh) — my shares are items I think are unique and most are under $50.”

    Storms is cleaning out her closets, and fans can grab items worn by the fashionista herself. While a couple pairs of jeans and a pair of overalls have already been sold, she still has some stylish shoes available, including a pair of black snakeskin print spike heels from Ted Baker. And if those are a little out of your range at $120, perhaps $35 for a pair of Sanita black leather clogs is more your speed?

    There are a couple of dresses from Free People and Ralph Lauren that were listed at the time this article was written, but Storms is continuing to add more items as she overhauls her closet. Of course, since these are clothes from her own closet, you’ll need to be the same size as the petit fashionista if you’re hoping to wear any of them. Thankfully, Storms lists all sizes and information on all the items she’s selling so you can make an informed purchase.

    You can check out Storms’ Poshmark page to see what she’s got on offer, and keep checking back as she adds more and more items. Who knows what treasures you might find!

    Vanessa Marcil Opens up About the Special Bond She Shares With Maurice Benard

    (8/16/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It’s no secret that GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Brenda was tight with Sonny, but few know that in real life, her portrayer, Vanessa Marcil, is like a member of her former screen husband’s extended family. “I’m very close friends with Maurice’s wife, Paula,” he actress confided to Soaps In Depth, adding that she always wanted to be respectful, especially during the hottest parts of Sonny and Brenda’s romance. “It is a weird thing to have your husband be in love with somebody on set, even though it’s just acting. But the one thing I’ll say about Maurice and Paula is they know they could call me at 3 a.m. and ask me to hide a dead body for them, and I would be at their house with a ski mask on, no questions asked. We’re that kind of close.”

    The added bonus of being the keeper of someone’s secrets is that you know them pretty well. So we asked Marcil if there was something about Benard that, despite all that’s been written about him, might still surprise fans. “I don’t think people really know how funny he is — ferociously, intelligently funny — because his character’s certainly not supposed to be a super hilarious guy,” Marcil laughed. “And even with how vulnerable he gets in his work, I still don’t think people truly know how much of a softie he is in real life.”

    On GH, Brenda found herself torn between two men with two very different personalities and a viewership that wasn’t shy about expressing their opinions about with whom they thought she should be. “You’re lucky if you play one love story in your career that really resonates with fans, and I got to play two” — with Sonny and Jax, Marcil said humbly. “[But] for me, they really weren’t in competition with each other because Sonny was the man who saved Brenda’s life — she really would die for him — and Jax was this beautiful, Disney-movie, fun, laughter, light kind of love. I think they’re both equally important in her life.”

    The fact that fans still reach out to Marcil on a daily basis to connect, remember Brenda’s storylines, and encourage her to return and pick up where the character and Sonny left off, is something that the actress said means “everything” to her. “I’ve been at home doing laundry, cleaning the floors, or sitting in line picking up my son from school, and I’ll open my Instagram or Twitter, and the [outpouring of] love is just crazy,” she shared. “It’s unfathomable that they would think about me or be as attached to a character that I played about six years total when [others] on GH have been playing their characters for 25 or more years. It’s an honor.”

    Kassius, the theater-loving high schooler that Marcil gave birth to just months before bringing Brenda back to the show in 2002, has played witness to her career. “He always says, ‘If I turn out like you, Mom, I’ll be the luckiest guy in the world’ which is the cutest thing ever for your son to say,” she related. “And I always tell him, ‘If I found out I was gonna die tomorrow, I would have literally lived every single dream and beyond that I ever had as a kid because of all of these experiences that I’ve had.’ I can’t believe that I got paid for any of this. It’s really hard work, but [as actors], we love it so much that we’d all also do it for free... It’s like oxygen.”

    Billy Miller Returns to SUITS — Watch the Dramatic Preview!

    (8/14/18) (Video) If you can’t get enough of Billy Miller as Drew Cain on GENERAL HOSPITAL, be sure to tune in to SUITS on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m. ET to watch him reprising his role of Marcus Specter on the USA primetime series. And it looks like he’ll certainly be bringing the drama when he calls on older brother Harvey (series star Gabriel Macht) to defend him.

    “What Mom did is nothing like this,” Marcus says in the preview for the episode. But Harvey shoots back: “You asked your kids to lie for you. How is that different?” And Marcus looks awfully guilty as he finds himself under attack by his brother.

    Miller’s character was first introduced in the fourth season finale of SUITS and then made subsequent appearances in episodes in the fifth and sixth season. Now, in the middle of the eighth season, he’s back for more. “Billy Miller and I had a good time working together,” Macht told Collider following his first appearance on the show. “He was excellent.”

    While appearing on GH, Miller has also made appearances on Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN, and has filmed some episodes of the upcoming series ARE YOU SLEEPING with Octavia Spencer and Elizabeth Perkins.

    Check out this tease for Miller’s new episode of SUITS and be sure to tune in Wednesday night to check it out! (Or watch it on the USA website when it’s uploaded the following day if you forget to set your DVR or miss it.)

    Greg Berlanti and Ricky Martin to be honored by LA LGBT Center

    (8/14/18) Ricky Martin is about to add another trophy to his mantel.

    Variety can exclusively report that the singer-actor will be honored at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s upcoming Gala Vanguard Awards.

    Martin, who is up for an Emmy this year for his work as Gianni Versace’s partner Antonio D’Amico in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” isn’t the only one being recognized by the Center. Fellow honorees will include television impresario Greg Berlanti and his soccer-star-turned-producer husband Robbie Rogers as well as philanthropist Ariadne Getty.

    “Our honorees fully embody strength, compassion, and resilience. They set the stage for what will be an amazing and inspiring evening,” the Center’s CEO Lorri L. Jean said in a statement. “At a time when threats to the well-being of the LGBT community happen almost daily, this event will be a celebration of our collective humanity and commitment to building a world where LGBT people thrive.”

    This year’s gala, co-chaired by former HBO boss Michael Lombardo and longtime Center supporter Kathy Cloves, takes place on Sept. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Principal sponsors include Audi of America and Wells Fargo.

    Previous Vanguard Award honorees include Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Wanda Sykes and George and Brad Takei.

    Maurice Benard Reflects on His 25th Anniversary at GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As he was nearing his 25th anniversary as GENERAL HOSPITAL’s dimpled don, Sonny Corinthos, the soap’s legendary leading man, Maurice Benard, caught himself reflecting back through the years. “I was telling people, ‘I’ve done it all, 20 times over,’” he told Soaps In Depth with a laugh. “‘There’s nothing left to play.’” But boy, was he wrong! The Emmy winner has spent the past six months in the thick of things with one of the soap’s most riveting stories. “I guess there is more to do,” he conceded with a big smile.

    While the GH vet has enjoyed probably dozens of his co-stars, it’s hard to imagine being any more impressed by an acting partner than he is with Max Gail (Mike) in their touching father/son story. Benard admitted that the drama of the plot weighs on him at times. Thankfully, GH now has regular hiatuses during which he gets to hang with his family, recharge his batteries and remember how lucky he is to dig into a character like Sonny. “Since the beginning, they’ve been really good at not ever writing him out of character, doing stupid stuff,” he marvels. “They put Sonny in a box that’s pretty cool. Now, a lot of people may not like that box — because he’s a mobster and he’s too violent — but they’ve been true to this character for the most part. For 25 years, that’s pretty good!”

    While Sonny has largely gone unchanged over the last 25 years, daytime has changed a lot. “The main difference, of course, is that scenes are a lot shorter,” Benard noted. “Before, we would have seven-page scenes, and you would have a beginning, middle and end. It was hard sometimes, but it was cool to have that. There also used to be a lot more violence and Mob story. But, I’ve been lucky to have had so many great storylines in the 25 years. This current story is right up there” with the best.

    Thinking of past storylines, Benard remembered the Robin/Stone AIDS plot, Sonny’s struggle with bipolar and Morgan’s subsequent battle with the same mental illness (and eventual death) “as all being very powerful – and I think important — as well.” Benard also gave a nod to Lily’s Port Charles demise as a favorite story.

    The truth is, the actor has loved getting into it with just about everyone in Port Charles — from TV sons Chad Duell (Michael), Bryan Craig (ex-Morgan), and Dominic Zamprogna (ex-Dante) to veteran co-stars Laura Wright (Carly), Steve Burton (Jason), and Kin Shriner (Scotty) to current scene partners Gail, Maura West (Ava), Matt Cohen (Griffin), and the rest of his on-screen gang. “Yes, it feels like it’s been 25 years,” he admitted. But “I’m happy with everything I’m doing.”

    In closing, we gave Benard a Herculean task — asking him to describe the 25 years since first he stepped onto the GH stage in one word. And without missing a beat, and perhaps looking just a bit proud, he said simply, “family.” “Because at the end of the day,” he concluded with a smile, “GH is my family.”

    Celebrate Benard’s 25 anniversary with our special edition coffee table book chronicling his history in Port Charles. Click here for more details and to find out how to get a copy for yourself.

    Briana Nicole Henry Is "So Excited" to Join the Cast of GENERAL HOSPITAL as the New Jordan!

    (8/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles has found its new police commissioner! Briana Nicole Henry will be the new Jordan Ashford on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “Thanks, GH! So excited to join your family!” she shared on Instagram. With Vinessa Antoine having filmed her final scenes with the soap so that she can star in a new primetime series, GH has recast the role with Henry as there is still so much more storyline to tell with this character!

    This is actually not Henry’s first foray into daytime. Back in December of 2013, she was hired for one episode of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS that turned into a short-term recurring role that lasted until May of 2014. She played Esmerelda, a model who offered Summer drugs and then hooked up with Devon on Valentine’s Day. (It didn’t work out, obviously!) Henry can also be seen in the film Bright as well as primetime series like UNDATEABLE, JANE THE VIRGIN, SHAMELESS, and INSECURE.

    If Antoine filmed her last episode in mid August and Henry took over immediately, you can expect to see her taking over the role of Jordan somewhere in September. And with Jordan and Curtis’ wedding being planned — and Stella’s continuing meddling to split them up — there will be plenty of drama for the GH newcomer to sink her teeth into. (Not to mention trying to keep the rampant crime in Port Charles under control at the same time!)

    General Hospital Celebrates 25 Years of Maurice Benard as Sonny — Watch

    (8/13/18) (Video) Twenty-five years ago, Friday the 13th was an extremely lucky day for Maurice Benard as he commenced what would be an iconic run on ABC’s General Hospital.

    To mark the major milestone, ABC is airing a nostalgic promo, exclusively brought to you first by TVLine.

    Benard’s daytime-TV debut came with a three-year run on ABC’s All My Children, as Nico Kelly. A few years later, on Aug. 13, 1993, GH viewers were introduced to Sonny Corinthos, a nightclub owner and racketeer into whose orbit an impressionable young Karen Wexler stumbled (watch one of his first scenes below).

    Months later, Sonny would help a plucky Brenda Barrett clean up a mess on the docks (watch scene at bottom). From there on, as Sonny rose up in the criminal ranks and was weaved into storylines involving Luke Spencer, a quartet of Carlys, Jason Morgan né Quartermaine and several Brenda lookalikes, he and Benard’s performance became synonymous with ABC’s No. 1 sudser.

    To date, Benard has amassed seven Daytime Emmy nominations, grabbing gold for the first time in 2003 (the same year that onetime leading lady Vanessa Marcil won her first Emmy). He also has collected four Soap Opera Digest Awards and four ALMA Award nominations.

    Watch the promo above (set to “I’ll Be There” by Jess Glynne).

    Everything You Need to Know About Kevin's Evil Twin, Ryan Chamberlain, on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/13/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kevin’s recent behavior has caused some viewers to suspect he's actually his twin brother, Ryan Chamberlain, on GENERAL HOSPITAL! This wouldn’t be the first time that someone in Port Charles had their unusual actions explained by having been swapped with a look-alike. Remember when it turned out that Anna’s strange behavior was because she had been replaced with her twin sister, Alex? The only problem with this theory is that Ryan is dead. Of course, we now know that is not true!

    Ryan first appeared in June of 1992, played by actor Jon Lindstrom, who did double duty when GH introduced Ryan’s twin, Kevin Collins, the following year. Ryan was introduced as a pediatrician at General Hospital, but it was soon revealed that he had been hiding his mentally unstable behavior for quite a while. Felicia Jones knew him in Texas where he was calling himself “Todd Wilson” and had witnessed him murder his wife, Gloria!

    When Felicia returned to Port Charles, she had amnesia and didn’t remember Ryan. But he remembered her, and quickly became obsessed with the beautiful blonde, trapping her in a cabin! He was arrested for attempted murder, and Kevin, a psychiatrist, came to town intent on rehabilitating his brother. Unfortunately, Ryan was faking his progress and used his twin to escape the mental hospital and impersonate him!

    Ryan crashed Felicia and Mac’s wedding with a bomb, but Kevin managed to persuade the hospital staff of his true identity and raced to the church to stop his twin. After Ryan was apprehended once more, Kevin washed his hands of his brother. But Ryan escaped again with the help of his counselor, Connie, who he murdered. Impersonating Kevin, Ryan kidnapped Felicia’s daughter, Georgie!

    Kevin helped Mac and Felicia track his psychotic twin down at a funhouse and rescue Georgie, though the killer let himself die in the building’s violent explosion rather than be locked away in the hospital again. Over the years, Ryan continued to haunt Kevin, who felt guilty for failing to save his brother, but those were just memories. However, Kevin's recent behavior led fans to suspect he was really Ryan, and while it appears that it's Ryan who was Carly's mysterious neighbor at Ferncliff, many are convinced there's been another swap, and it's Ryan who's been keeping Kevin prisoner!

    GH Finds It's Jordan Recast

    (8/10/18) General Hospital has tapped Briana Nicole Henry (The Young and the Restless‘ ex-Esmeralda) to take over the role of Jordan Ashford, who was previously played by Vinessa Antoine, Soap Opera Digest reports.

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 20

    (8/10/18) (Listen / download) BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL’s Don Diamont chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about the appeal of his alter ego Bill Spencer, the “Still” dynamic, his relationship with Darin Brooks (Wyatt) and Scott Clifton (Liam) and much more. We also look back on 25 years of GH’s Sonny, and his portrayer, Maurice Benard.

    William Lipton Is the New Cameron on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/10/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Elizabeth would be forgiven for not recognizing her son, because he just had a growth spurt, and now he also is getting a whole new look! William Lipton is taking over as the new Cameron on GENERAL HOSPITAL. “So thrilled!” he exclaimed on Instagram.

    He will be replacing Cade McWatt, who made his debut in the July 3 episode of GH and only appeared in a couple of episodes. Previously, the role of Cameron had been played by Michael Leone, but the character was aged this year to bring him in the same age range as Josslyn Jacks and Oscar Nero.

    Although Lipton only has a couple of shorts and the yet-to-be-released film The Adventures of Thomasina Sawyer on his IMDb page, his Instagram is full of clips of him singing while playing his guitar, so the young man is clearly talented.

    Summer is typically when soaps put their younger characters front and center for storylines, so it would make sense for GH to beef up its teen scene. When they were both played by younger actors, Josslyn had a crush on Cameron and worked with Spencer to split him and Emma up. And now it looks as though Cameron still has feelings for his childhood sweetheart. Maybe now he can use his guitar to woo Joss away from Oscar?

    With kids being aged into teens, some GH fans are naturally concerned that Brooklyn Rae Silzer and Nicolas Bechtel, who have been playing Emma and Spencer for years, might also be struck with a case of SORAS. However, there is no indication at this time that GH plans to recast either of those popular actors.

    Who Kidnapped Anna on GENERAL HOSPITAL? — Meet Owen Saxon

    (8/9/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When Owen Saxon was cast on GENERAL HOSPITAL, some fans assumed the hunky actor was going to be the Dante recast (and some websites even reported the news as such!), but the truth is, he’s definitely on the other side of the law! Fans clearly didn’t recognize him from his blink-and-you’ll-miss-him appearance in the June 25 episode of GH where he was the gun toting limo driver who drove Anna off to her fate (which was decidedly not to the airport to go visit Robin!). But then he returned for another appearance on Aug. 3 as the thug who slipped into the elevator with Finn and abducted him! “Keep an eye out for a familiar face on this month’s episodes of GH,” Saxon shared on Instagram. “Special shoutout to my amazing agent, Britney Stone at LoveStone Agency.”

    Saxon indicates that he’ll be appearing in more episodes throughout August, which means he’ll play a role in Finn’s big summer storyline that Michael Easton teased was coming up. And while he’s obviously the muscle and not the brains behind the operation, Saxon could prove to be a major obstacle to Finn and Robert rescuing Anna and bringing her home safe and sound.

    According to his IMDb biography, Saxon originally intended to become a literary agent, but couldn’t resist the draw of acting. He has appeared in films like Toxic Shark and A Christmas Cruise, as well as television series like LETHAL WEAPON and SHOOTER. Unfortunately, as a bad guy, his run on GH likely won’t be very long, but he’ll be an imposing presence while he’s there!

    Michael Easton Admits Finn "May Never Get Over" Hayden on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/8/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Finn may be romantically involved with Anna now on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but there’s one woman who is still in his heart and always will be — Hayden Barnes. Michael Easton says that despite moving on with Anna, his alter ego is constantly reminded of the woman he loved and the baby that he believes she lost last September. “Every day I’ve been on camera, I have thought about the baby at some point,” the actor revealed to Soaps In Depth. “Anytime Finn is staring off or distracted as someone walks up on him, that’s what he’s thinking about.”

    Finn and Hayden’s roller coaster romance wasn’t just a hit with GH fans, it was also popular with the actors involved. “That was an incredible storyline, emotionally,” Easton confided. “Finn was so self-involved, and all of a sudden, somebody pulled him out of that. He was going to get married and have a child. He got caught up in a wave… and to have it come crashing down so quickly, he’s devastated. It’s something he may never get over.”

    Believing that Hayden dumped him and lost their baby, Finn has tried to put that part of his life in the past. But he has no idea that Hayden has lied to him and his child is actually out there with her somewhere in the world. And that’s a revelation that would change everything. “If he learned his baby was out there, he’d move heaven and earth to find him or her,” Easton promised.

    And if Hayden came strolling back into Port Charles with that baby in her arms? “If done right, those are always grand reveals!” the actor mused. “Knocking down wedding doors when someone comes back to town is a classic — and certainly, as good an actress as Rebecca Budig (ex-Hayden) is, it would bring a lot of emotional weight. That makes sense to me… but I don’t know what’s coming!”

    Chloe Lanier Teases Nelle "Isn't Done Yet" on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/8/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) As Nelle Benson’s time on GENERAL HOSPITAL came to an end, Chloe Lanier live-tweeted along with her final episode of the soap to answer questions from fans one last time. Although she did tease that this might not be the last Port Charles sees of the vicious schemer! “I love this character,” she declared. “She isn’t done yet. Nelle isn’t dead. She isn’t done.”

    When she first began playing Nelle, Lanier admitted “I knew she was troubled, but not to this extent.” But she does insist that Nelle’s feelings for Michael were genuine… to a point. “She spent months fighting to get back with him,” the actress explained. “She loved him until he showed his true colors. That stung.”

    Lanier also confessed that the most difficult storyline she had to do on GH was her exit. “It was incredibly emotionally and physically demanding, but I loved it,” she said. The actress also added that the easiest scenes she had to do on the soap were last summer. “When Michael and Nelle just hooked up constantly!” she laughed.

    Although she’s had trouble in the past with some fans unable to separate reality and fiction, blasting Lanier for Nelle’s actions, the actress shared a heartfelt message to her genuine supporters as she departed. “I love and appreciate them deeply,” she expressed. “It’s been an honor playing this character and I have loved hearing from you all. Thank you for the support! I wouldn't be where I am without you all. I hope you all come with me on my next journey.”

    We’ll be sure to let you know where Lanier’s journey takes her next so you can be sure to watch the Emmy winner tackle another exciting role. And of course, since Lanier has said she would only return to GH and only to play Nelle again, we'll let you know if that happens, too!

    Soap Alumni Unite For New Project

    (8/8/18) A sudsy new half-hour drama that wraps its three-day shoot today in Manhattan features a bevy of soap alumni: Morgan Fairchild (ex-Anjelica, DAYS, et al), Robert Newman (ex-Josh, GUIDING LIGHT), Darnell Williams (ex-Jesse, ALL MY CHILDREN), Kristen Alderson (ex-Starr, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Ilene Kristen (ex-Roxy, OLTL, et al), Scott Evans (ex-Fish, OLTL), Diana DeGarmo (ex-Angelina, Y&R) and David A. Gregory (ex-Ford, OLTL) star alongside entertainment blogger Perez Hilton in the ensemble drama MÉLANGE, which Variety reports “will center on the fight over the ownership of an historic New York City gay bar, Mélange, after its proprietor has suddenly and mysteriously died.” Newman plays the late bar owner, Syd, and Fairchild plays his widow, Vivian.

    Chandra Wilson Pays Brief Doctor Call On ABC’s ‘General Hospital’

    (8/6/18) Chandra Wilson is switching hospitals for an afternoon: The Grey’s Anatomy star and soap opera fan is paying a guest visit to General Hospital.

    Wilson is shooting GH appearance today, according to TV Insider, and will play a marriage and family therapist named Dr. Linda Massey. The character will offer counseling to Aunt Stella (Vernee Watson), Jordan (Vinessa Antoine) and Curtis (Donnell Turner).

    The ABC daytime show shoots on the same lot as the network’s Grey’s Anatomy. No airdate was announced for the guest appearance but keep an eye on Port Charles over the new few weeks.

    Wilson has checked into GH before: In 2014 she did a one-off as “Tina Estrada,” a patient of Jon Lindstrom’s Dr. Kevin Collins.

    The official General Hospital Twitter account re-tweeted the TV Insider article to its followers.

    Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital'

    (8/6/18) Susan Lucci on Joining Hallmark & If Erica Kane Will Ever Stop by 'General Hospital': read the interview here.

    Chloe Lanier Reveals Why She Left GH

    (8/3/18) In the new issue of Soap Opera Digest, Chloe Lanier (Nelle) speaks exclusively with the magazine about her decision to exit GH after a two-year, Daytime Emmy-winning run as Nelle. “It has always been my intention to leave after two years, at the end of my contract,” she explains. “I’m young and I feel like I want to challenge myself in other ways and play other characters and possibly produce my own material.” In the interview, she details why she gave the show early notice about her plan to leave, offers her take on Nelle’s evolution and shares memories of the close relationships she’s developed with her castmates, noting, “There’s a camaraderie among all the actors that I’ve loved. It will be weird not walking the halls and seeing everybody.”

    Hayley Erin Warns "The Truth Just Can't Come Out" About Kiki and Griffin on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Dr. Bensch is already planning to use the photo he snapped of Kiki and Griffin’s embrace to destroy her harassment case against him on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but even he isn’t aware of what really went down between the pair. “The photo’s innocent, but it opens the door,” Hayley Erin confided of her character’s dilemma to Soaps In Depth. “Bensch can’t prove anything, but he’s a predator and a master manipulator, so he’s going to take what he has and run with it.”

    But the truth — that Kiki and Griffin spent a drunken night in bed together the night of the 2018 Nurses Ball — would prove even more explosive if it was revealed. Especially since there does actually seem to be something genuine between the two. “Kiki and Griffin truly, deeply care for each other and might even be together,” Erin mused, “if Ava weren’t in the equation.”

    Yes, the fact that Griffin is currently dating Kiki’s mother is kind of a monkey wrench in the works. Or is Kiki the monkey wrench in Ava and Griffin’s relationship? “The truth just can't come out,” Erin insisted. “It would be bad!”

    But even as she continues to keep the truth from Ava to protect her, Kiki finds herself wracked with guilt… and the fact that it’s a reversal of the same situation when Ava stole Kiki’s boyfriend, Morgan, isn’t lost on her, either! “This whole time, Kiki’s been the sanctimonious one, asking ‘How could you do that to me?’” Erin admitted. “She’s thrown it in Ava’s face over and over. Now she’s lost that power.”

    Secrets never stay buried for long in Port Charles, so it’s only a matter of time before Ava learns the shocking truth about Kiki and Griffin. So brace yourself for the fireworks, because while there’s nothing like a woman scorned, there’s really nothing like Ava scorned!

    FYI: The Glasses Kim Wore on GENERAL HOSPITAL Are Tamara Braun's Real-Life Specs!

    (8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Fans of GENERAL HOSPITAL might be interested to know that the glasses that Kim Nero were sporting in recent episodes are actually those of actress Tamara Braun herself! The revelation came following the Aug. 2 episode where many fans made negative comments about the eyewear online, with one fan tweeting at the actress to ask what was up with the “hideous” glasses, calling them “gross” and suggesting she get rid of them.

    The tweet has since been deleted, but Braun’s response remains where she defends herself and her eyewear. “My glasses are awesome, not gross,” she declared. “They are my personal ones and I had a problem with my eye and couldn’t wear my contacts. Sorry it bothered you so.”

    GH fans weren’t the only ones to jump to the actress' defense against those complaining about her glasses — co-star Laura Wright tweeted: “I loved them… and you!” And eyeglass retailer Warby Parker chimed in to declare: “We love Winston on you!”

    Braun informed her curious fans that her glasses are the “Winston” style from Warby Parker, adding: “Love my nerd specs! Look cute and help me see. Oh, and Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to a person in need with every purchase made.”

    The anonymity of the Internet can embolden people to post things that they wouldn’t normally say to someone’s face, but in response to rude comments from some viewers, Braun took the high road. In fact, she urged her fans to do the same. “Okay, I appreciate the support my loving fans,” she tweeted, “but let’s remember that she doesn’t deserve to be called names. Again, I truly appreciate your support. #bekind #belove #grateful”

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 19

    (8/3/18) (Listen / download) GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Chloe Lanier chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about her imminent exit from the show, the highlights of her Port Charles run and more! Plus we discuss the returns of GH’s Genie Francis and DAYS’s Matthew Ashford and memorable baby-swap storylines.

    Josh Swickard Reveals What It's Like Working With Maurice Benard on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Ask any actor who has appeared on a daytime soap and they’ll tell you the same thing — the pace is relentless! And Josh Swickard learned just that when he joined GENERAL HOSPITAL as Detective Harrison Chase. “It’s like drinking from a firehose,” he admitted to Soaps In Depth. “You’re trying to ingest so much information in such a short time. There are days when we’ve been on set for a long time, and when I finally get in my car, I go, ‘What just happened?’”

    Thankfully, Swickard found himself warmly welcomed by the other actors on GH who helped him settle in nicely. “I’ve shared scenes with almost everybody now,” he confided, “and they’ve all helped me in any way they could. And the veterans are masters! i’m blown away by their talents.”

    Of course, in his second GH episode, Swickard found himself sharing a scene with one of those vets and was more than a little anxious! “Forty pages with Maurice Benard, arresting Sonny’s father and getting in Sonny’s face about what he can and can’t do,” he recalled. “That was a lot! And I was so nervous! There was one point I jumped Maurice’s line — I said mine before he was done saying his. Now, you don’t want to do that to anyone. But to do it on my second day with the godfather of GH? He looked at me and I had to check my pants. He is just so intimidating!”

    Thankfully, that feeling didn’t last long and Benard has become a true friend on set. “Once I got to know Maurice, he was the guy I turned to most with questions and concerns,” Swickard revealed. “We also have a lot of common hobbies. So we talk about those. He’s great!”

    Rebecca Herbst Shares the Secret to Maintaining Her Sanity as a Working Mom

    (8/3/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) It can be hard for working moms to juggle a career and taking care of their family, but GENERAL HOSPITAL star Rebecca Herbst (Liz) knows that the secret to maintaining her sanity is leaving work at the office… or in this case, the GH studio! “My worlds don’t really cross that often,” she confided to Soaps In Depth. “I come do my job, and then I leave it here and go home and put on a completely different hat.”

    And that particular hat would be mom to her three children with husband Michael Saucedo (ex-Juan): Ethan, 16, Ella, 14, and Emerson, 6. And while Liz may not have to deal with her kids on a regular basis on GH, Herbst’s are always waiting for her when she gets home! “Generally, it’s not my kids that make me go crazy — it’s the mess that can accumulate in a half a second,” she joked.

    Thankfully, the actress has created systems to help try to keep her house in order. “Each of the kids has a designated step on the staircase and all of their stuff gets piled onto their step,” Herbst revealed. “As they go up and down, they empty the stairway. That’s one way I’ve tried to keep things somewhat clutter-free, so I’m not the only one cleaning up and taking stuff to their rooms.”

    And when even that doesn’t help? “The other secret to not losing my noodle is, sometimes I just crawl in my bed and turn on the TV,” Herbst confided. “I tell the kids, “I’m taking a day off!’” Sounds like a plan to us!

    Video: Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live

    (8/3/18) Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson Facebook Live: Video.

    General Hospital welcomes back Donna Mills

    (8/1/18) (ew.com) Madeline Reeves is returning to Port Charles.

    EW has learned exclusively that Donna Mills is coming back to General Hospital in August. She’ll briefly reprise her role as Madeline, the sister of (super villain) Dr. Liesl Obrecht and the mother of Nina. She’s also the legal mother of her late nephew, Det. Nathan West.

    Mills’ last appearance on the ABC sudser was in September of 2015, when her character was sent to prison for the murder of Silas Clay. The character of Madeline, as played by Mills, first surfaced on March 14, 2014.

    GH has been the bearer of good news lately. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Genie Francis would reprise her beloved role as Laura come September. Francis, who will return as a series regular, told TV Insider, “I’m looking forward to coming home and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura. I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.”

    Parry Shen Opens up About GENERAL HOSPITAL's Controversial Baby Switch Storyline

    (8/1/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) During the GENERAL HOSPITAL episode where Brad was so grief-stricken over the death of his adopted son that he agreed to swap babies with Nelle’s, actor Perry Shen took to Twitter to live tweet along with the soap and answer questions from the fans. Although some viewers were appalled at Brad’s actions, the actor argued that he was just trying to protect his husband, Lucas, from the grief of losing their child because he loves him so much. “He’s tortured throughout this whole ordeal,” Shen explained. “He’s not exactly twirling his mustache — if he had one. He’s been thrown into extraordinary circumstances.”

    While Brad has done some sneaky things over the years, Shen appreciate that his alter ego is not a true villain (despite what some viewers might insist!). “I like that he’s not squeaky clean but a human being that makes mistakes like us all,” he mused. “Those that tweet ‘he’s bad’ obviously have not been watching very closely or fast-forwarding through my scenes since 2013 He’s a very good guy that is always in the wrong place and wrong time.”

    Although some GH viewers already think Brad is evil, Shen hopes that this storyline doesn’t cause those who still like his character to change camps! “This will challenge it,” he confides. “But if fans are real fans, they will want to see these characters and their journey. I just always try to make everything work as best I can and grounded as much as I can. And hopefully fans appreciate that.”

    Of course, once the truth about Wiley’s identity is revealed and Lucas realizes that he’s raising his nephew Michael’s son, that’s not going to be good for his marriage to Brad. “This will definitely change things,” Shen allowed. “How can it not?” And while this means that things will likely end very badly for Brad, as an actor, there’s nothing he can do except perform the scripts he’s given, whatever that means for his future on GH. “Gotta go with the flow,” he declared. “No point in worrying about things I can’t control. As it is with life.”

    Still, having such powerful scenes to play is what an actor lives for, no matter how heartbreaking the story may be. “I know lots of folks are upset with the Wiley situation,” Shen concluded. “How fortunate we are to have a viewership that is so engaged in the story, to care so much about these characters’ lives. Speaking only for myself, it’s way more interesting and challenging for me as an actor to have some drama going on. No one becomes an actor just to make entrances and exits all day long. Nor do we tune in to just see that, even though we might say we do. We want something to happen. So being able to run with the ball, no matter how painful the scenario, is exciting.”

    Stay tuned to see how the emotional storyline unfolds.

    Daytime Emmys: NATAS To Launch Inquiry Following Daytime Dramas’ Call For Changes & Boycott Threat

    (7/31/18) The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has responded to the threat by all four daytime dramas to boycott the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made in a joint letter they sent to the organization’s leadership yesterday.

    “Today I received correspondence raising concerns about some elements of the 2018 Daytime Emmy Awards and concerns over its administration,” Terry O’Reilly Chairman, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “We have great confidence in the integrity of our Emmy awards system, and believe it effectively honors the best work being done in Daytime Television today. That having been said, we always take concerns about our systems seriously…and out of an abundance of caution I have instructed that outside counsel be retained to evaluate these concerns and conduct an independent look at them.”

    O’Reilly’s statement was in response to Deadline’s report Monday that all four daytime dramas, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, vowed not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards unless changes are made to the voting and accounting practices and the way the competition is held.

    In a show of unity, the four dramas made their concerns known in the letter, addressed to O’Reilly and NATAS’ interim president and CEO Adam Sharp. It was in response to the recent gaffe in which Patrika Darbo’s 2018 Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her category and others. Last month, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in the awards.”

    Here are a few of the concerns reps for the four shows listed in the letter:

    • Voting should be limited to members of NATAS or the Television Academy.

    • All members should be eligible to vote for outstanding show. The current process in which NATAS selects who votes is unacceptable.

    • NATAS must stop instructing the accounting firm to disqualify certain ballots because of NATAS perception of block voting or other issues that NATAS arbitrarily deems a reason to disqualify.

    • NATAS must have an arm’s length relationship with the accountants.

    • Despite (NATAS senior management’s) assurance, it was clear during the April 2018 ceremony that the winners were known by many in advance. This is unacceptable.

    • NATAS must hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show.

    General Hospital: Genie Francis to Return After Contract Controversy

    (7/31/18) Genie Francis just can’t stay away from Port Charles: The actress plans to return to General Hospital as Laura this fall.

    According to TV Insider, Francis — who last appeared on the ABC soap’s Jan. 22 installment — will begin filming sometime in September, though it has not yet been announced when her new episodes will begin airing.

    “I’m really excited for Genie to be rejoining the cast, and we have an amazing story for her,” said executive producer Frank Valentini.

    Added Francis: “I’m looking forward to coming home, and I am really excited about this new invigorating storyline they have for Laura. I look forward to the next chapter of this prolific and historic character.”

    The actress first joined General Hospital in 1976, left in 1984 and returned several times over the years, winning a Daytime Emmy for her portrayal of Laura in 2007. She came back once more in 2015, a return that was tied to Anthony Geary’s final arc as Luke Spencer on the show.

    Last January, though, ABC chose not to renew Francis’ series-regular contract on the soap, bumping her to recurring status, a controversial move that sparked an outcry from GH fans. At the time, Francis’ agent said conditions would have to be “ideal” for Francis to return to the series. Laura’s arc left off with the character traveling to Europe to care for her grandson, who had broken both of his legs.

    Tamara Braun Was "So Happy" to See GENERAL HOSPITAL Son Dylan Cash All Grown Up!

    (7/31/18) (Photo) Michael and Carly were reunited at the 2018 GENERAL HOSPITAL Fan Club Weekend, although not the actors currently playing the characters on the soap — we’re talking old-school Michael and Carly! Dylan Cash, who played Michael as a child, reconnected with former on-screen mom Tamara Braun her fan event! “I’m so glad to be here at the GHFCW,” Cash tweeted. “I’ve run into a bunch of old friends.” Then he shared a photo from Braun’s fan gathering and declared, “I am so glad I got to see my mom again! It’s always a pleasure seeing you, Tamara. Love you!”

    Braun, who returned to GH to play the newly-created role of Kim Nero in 2017, portrayed Carly from 2001-05, making her the first mom Cash ever worked with when he debuted on the soap. “I was so happy to see ‘my son’ all grown up last night at my fan club event,” Braun shared on Instagram. “What an absolute treat and joy. My heart was so full with memories of playing this one’s mom. Dylan was just eight years old when we met and he grabbed my heart from the first hello.”

    Cash played Carly and A.J.’s son starting in 2002 and was put on contract with GH in 2005. However, in 2008, Michael was hit in the head by a stray bullet and went into a coma, and when he woke up he was a teenager played by Drew Garrett. Michael went through a lot during his childhood, including three separate actresses playing his mom! While Cash was just a little too late to work with Carly’s first portrayer, Sarah Joy Brown, he did get to share the screen with recasts Braun, Jennifer Bransford, and Laura Wright!

    Cash shared the stage with Braun at Ted King’s Fan Event at the GH Fan Club Weekend in 2007! (Photo Credit: Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com)

    Looking at this picture of Cash and Braun together now, it’s like looking into a parallel universe where Michael and Carly still look like this. At any rate, it’s still fun to see that they’re still able to get together even ten years after working together in Port Charles!

    Daytime Emmys Revolt: All 4 Daytime Dramas Threaten To Boycott Awards Unless Major Changes Are Made

    (7/30/18) The Daytime Emmy Awards are in danger of losing one of their biggest attractions, the daytime dramas, whose acting nominees bring star power to the ceremony. In an unprecedented show of unity, I have learned that all four daytime soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless, have come together to demand changes in the voting and accounting practices for the awards.

    The joint letter, sent today to National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences interim president and CEO Adam Sharp, is in response to the recent gaffe, in which Patrika Darbo’s Daytime Emmy for her guest-starring role on Amazon’s soap opera The Bay was rescinded after NATAS found submission errors in her and other categories. At the time, Darbos called out the group for its actions and called for an outside audit “to restore integrity and confidence in” the awards.

    “We are disheartened by the recent events involving NATAS and the 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards competition and the decisions made by NATAS regarding the Digital categories of Supporting Actor and Guest Star.reps for all four soaps,” reps for the four series wrote in in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline. “We feel the time is appropriate to bring to your attention our serious concerns about the Daytime Emmy Awards competition.” The four shows went on to say they “are united in their decision not to participate in the Daytime Emmy Awards moving forward until these important issues are resolved.”

    Such a boycott would be a huge hit to the Daytime Emmy Awards, which has lost a lot of its luster of one-time premiere TV event.

    The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless said that they “want a competition free of bias, perceived collusion, and personal agendas.” They went on to list their concerns:

    1. Voting:
    • Voting should be limited to members of NATAS or the Television Academy.
    • All members should be eligible to vote for outstanding show. The current process in which NATAS selects who votes is unacceptable.
    • All qualified members in a given category should be eligible to vote in that category.
    • We are concerned about conflict of interest in the voter pools. We require complete transparency of the voting process.

    2. Accountancy Firm:
    • NATAS must stop instructing the accounting firm to disqualify certain ballots because of NATAS perception of block voting or other issues that NATAS arbitrarily deems a reason to disqualify.
    • A written procedure must be put in place for questioning and if necessary disqualify a ballot.
    • An independent body needs to deal with all process issues and or discrepancies.
    • NATAS must have an arm’s length relationship with the accountants.
    • An outside, neutral third party must be hired to audit the voting process across all categories for the 2017/2018 awards and those results must be made available to us and to the TV Academy.

    3. Winners Known in Advance:
    • We were promised by NATAS senior management that the winners would only be known to the accountants prior to being announced on stage. This has not been the practice.
    • Despite their assurance, it was clear during the April 2018 ceremony that the winners were known by many in advance. This is unacceptable.

    4. Competition vs. Awards Show:
    • We feel that it is a conflict of interest for the executive(s) administering the competition in any way, shape or form to also produce the awards show. The executive in charge of the competition is responsible for the integrity of the competition and the awards. We feel that this conflict contributed to recent transgressions regarding the Digital Guest and Supporting performer categories.
    • NATAS must hire a team, separate from the competition executive(s), to produce and executive produce the actual awards show.
    • The rules need to be more detailed and include the procedure and process for all aspects of the competition. The concerns listed above are very serious to us. Our goal is to bring integrity back to the Daytime Emmy competition and awards show. We have no confidence in the ability of the persons currently running the competition to accomplish this goal.

    The letter was signed by Greg Meng, Co-Executive Producer, Days of Our Lives; John Fisher, Supervising Producer, The Young and the Restless; Steven Kent, SEVP Programming, Sony Pictures Television; which produces Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless; Frank Valentini, Executive Producer, General Hospital; Eva Basler, VP Communications, Bell-Phillip TV Prods., The Bold and the Beautiful. Kent and Basler also are Governors of the TV Academy.

    NATAS had said after the Daytime Emmys were handed out in April that it discovered “some entrants’ submissions in two categories may have been in violation of the published guidelines for the competition,” which state that prior-season appearances are disqualifying.

    But in her open letter last month, Darbo said that NATAS knew about the submission errors “two days prior to the ceremony and made a conscious decision not to deal with it until after the ceremony was over.” She said the organization’s “arbitrary and after-the-fact ruling feels inequitable and wrong.”

    Darbo, The Days of Our Lives and Bold and the Beautiful veteran, a co-governor of the Performers Peer Group at the TV Academy, which oversees the Primetime Emmys, called for an outside audit of this year’s Daytime Emmys’ submission and voting process.

    “The inequity in this year’s Daytime Emmys based on ageism, gender inequality, and perceived favoritism is, in my opinion, a big blow to the Emmy brand,” she wrote. “The TV Academy, who administers the Primetime Emmy Awards, is very clear that Emmys are awarded to those who achieve excellence in television. I’m beginning to wonder what NATAS feels the Emmys stand for.”

    Deadline has reached out to NATAS for comment.

    FB Q&A: Steve Burton & Kelly Monaco

    (7/30/18) Facebook Q&A: Steve Burton & Kelly Monaco: Video.

    Chicago Fire Casts Annie Ilonzeh as Brett's New Partner in Season 7

    (7/29/18) Chicago Fire has filled Gabby Dawson’s vacant seat in the ambulance.

    Annie Ilonzeh (Arrow, Charlie’s Angels) will recur during Season 7 of the NBC drama as paramedic Emily Foster, our sister site Variety reports.

    Emily is new to the Chicago Fire Department, and while she has a chip on her shoulder from previous bumps in the road, her easygoing and confident attitude allows her to take everything in stride. (Sounds like she and fellow medic/partner Sylvie Brett should get along like gangbusters.)

    Ilonzeh’s character fills the space left by the departure of original series star Monica Raymund, who announced in May that she was leaving the show after playing paramedic Gabby Dawson for six seasons. Ilonzeh’s other TV credits include Person of Interest, Empire, Switched at Birth and General Hospital.

    Additionally, Variety reports that Steven Boyer (Trial & Error) will recur as former firefighter-turned-CFD Assistant Deputy Commissioner Jerry Gorsch, who has his sights set on a cushier job at headquarters.

    Chicago Fire Season 7 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 9/8c, sandwiched between Med and P.D. as part of NBC’s new #OneChicago block.

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 18

    (7/27/18) (Listen / Download) DAYS OF OUR LIVES’s Greg Vaughan (Eric) chats with Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky about his Supporting Actor Emmy win, new romance with Angie Harmon, GH memories and so much more! Plus, we discuss the pros and cons of killing off characters and scripting dramatic exits.

    Hayley Erin Hopes Her #MeToo GENERAL HOSPITAL Storyline Will Help People "Find Their Voice"

    (7/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Soap operas have a long history of reflecting important real-life issues in their fictional storytelling, and GENERAL HOSPITAL is doing just that with its tale of sexual harassment in the workplace as Kiki exposed Dr. Bensch’s reprehensible behavior at the hospital. “I was excited to be entrusted with such an important message,” Hayley Erin admitted on Twitter of the soap’s leap into the #MeToo movement, “only nervous to see how it played out for the character. Poor Kiki can’t catch a break.”

    These kinds of storylines often have real-world repercussions as people are inspired by them to change their own lives. “If we can help just one person find their voice,” the actress declared, “that’s enough for me.” And sure enough, her social media was flooded by grateful fans sharing their stories and thanking Erin and GH for telling this particular story. In fact, when one fan asked if Kiki may have overreacted to Dr. Bensch just a little bit, Erin quickly replied: “Not even a little bit.” and a flurry of fans backed her up vociferously.

    The scene where Alexis invited Kim, Ava, and Olivia to share their own stories to inspire Kiki not to give up on her fight to bring Dr. Bensch to justice touched viewers across the country, and Erin herself counts herself lucky to be in such esteemed company. “It’s a pleasure working with such strong female actors,” she expressed. “I think they deserve every ounce of recognition they get and then a thousand times more.”

    Erin also expressed her gratitude to the viewers of GH who keep the show going even after 55 years on the air. “Thank you for all being so dedicated,” she said. “We only get to do what we love because of you.”

    Lexi Ainsworth Is "So Excited" to Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL!

    (7/27/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Kristina is coming home! Lexi Ainsworth has just announced her return to GENERAL HOSPITAL! “I’m so excited I can finally tell people that I am back!” she tweeted after the news broke. Kristina hasn’t been seen since October of 2017 when she left town with her girlfriend, Parker. Unfortunately for “Pristina” fans, there has been no news that Ashley Jones is also on her way back to Port Charles.

    Ainsworth made her debut as Alexis’ daughter in 2009, earning a Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2011. When she left GH in November of 2011, the role of Kristina was recast with Lindsey Morgan for a year, and the character was written off the canvas in 2012. But in 2015, Ainsworth returned again to reprise the role and won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2017.

    Kristina’s romance with her former college professor, Parker, proved controversial with some fans strongly supporting the pairing while others found a student/teacher relationship inappropriate. After Parker lost her job, she decided to leave Port Charles and move to Oregon, and Kristina chose to go with her, despite Alexis’ objections. At the time, ABC executive Nathan Varni promised fans that it shouldn’t be the last they’d see of the characters. “We had hoped to continue the story longer but one of the actresses booked another big show,” he tweeted. “Pausing for now but hope to continue later.”

    Jones appeared in movies that aired on UP! and Lifetime, and both she and Ainsworth had recurring roles on TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, even appearing in two of the same episodes! Look for Ainsworth to bring Kristina back to Port Charles later this summer and stay tuned for news on Jones’ possible return as Parker.

    John Stamos Taps Bret Slater As President Of Production For St. Amos

    (7/26/18) John Stamos’ St. Amos Productions is expanding its footprint, with the naming of Bret Slater as President of Production. In his new role, Slater will be charged with expanding the company’s portfolio from scripted series into all verticals of film and television.

    “I am a huge fan of the shows Bret has produced,” said Stamos. “His sensibilities are perfectly matched for the tone of projects I want to make. Bret’s got the knowledge and experience to evolve St. Amos Productions.”

    Slater is a veteran producer having spent nearly the past decade working with Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson on series Ballers, Shooter and How to Make it in America.

    “It’s really exciting to have an opportunity to work with an industry vet like Stamos,” said Slater. “He has seamlessly navigated television, film and streaming services and we’re looking forward to growing the company and forming partnerships that build on John’s successes as a producer.”

    Stamos is an executive producer of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated Fuller House and will appear in Greg Berlanti’s new fall series You, which just received an early Season 2 renewal, on Lifetime. Stamos is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.

    Lexi Ainsworth Returns to GH!

    (7/26/18) Soap Opera Digest exclusively confirmed that Daytime Emmy winner Lexi Ainsworth, whose Kristina left the canvas last year, is returning to the show. Look for Kristina to make her Port Charles comeback later this summer.

    Tristan Rogers Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL!

    (7/25/18) Longtime fans are excited because Tristan Rogers is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Robert Scorpio for another visit! The beloved character should appear sometime towards the end of August, given that the actor started taping episodes as of July 24! “On the set,” he tweeted. “Things look good.” Of course, since Rogers also has roles on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS (as Colin) and THE BAY (as Lex), fans weren’t initially sure which set he was referring to. But he quickly confirmed he was back on GH!

    The last time viewers saw Robert was back in April when he surprised Anna and Jason at their hotel in Switzerland. With Anna supposedly off visiting Robin, it seems more likely she met with foul play, so perhaps Robert will be instrumental in bringing her back to Port Charles safe and sound?

    During the daytime star's last stint, GHexecutive producer Frank Valentini shared a backstage snap of Rogers with Maurice Benard (Sonny) captioned: "Two legends in one building! Lucky us!"

    Rogers made his debut on GH in December of 1980, and Robert became a very popular character and enjoyed romances with Jackie, Holly, and Anna. He was killed off in 1992, but no body was found so while he returned as Robert’s “spirit” for a brief run in 1995, when he returned again in 2006, Scorpio was very much alive. Rogers also brought his alter ego to the primetime GH spin-off GENERAL HOSPITAL: NIGHT SHIFT. He made additional returns in 2012 and 2013, with a longer stint from 2015-16.

    As to how long Scorpio will be sticking around this time, no one is saying. But hopefully he can stick around even after his business — whatever it may be — is completed. The character is much missed by fans!

    Vernee Watson Safe At GH

    (7/25/18) Though an unverified Twitter account claiming to belong to Vernee Watson, GH’s Stella, posted that the actress has been let go from the show, a rep for ABC assures that “there is absolutely no truth” to news of her ouster. The Daytime Emmy winner joined GH in 2017.

    Michael Easton Opens up About Working With Finola Hughes on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (7/25/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) When GENERAL HOSPITAL tossed Finn and Anna together, fans were taken by surprise when their unlikely partnership blossomed into an actual romance. But actor Michael Easton was thrilled and quickly adjusted to the pairing. “For years, when people asked me who I wanted to work with, my stock answer was always Finola Hughes’ Anna,” he confided to Soaps In Depth. “I don’t think the writers were listening to me. I think it was sort of arbitrary. With some pairings, they throw it out there to see how it works. And on some level, this worked. It’s certainly an eclectic pairing, but Finn makes Anna laugh a bit, and he’s charmed by her.”

    Sure, there still are some GH fans out there who insist that Anna belongs with Robert or Finn belongs with Hayden, but others have come to enjoy the unlikely new couple as much as the actors involved. And Easton is having the time of his life now that his dream of sharing scenes with Hughes has finally become a reality!

    “Finola is as advertised,” he raved. She makes everything she does better — just by her presence and what she does. She’s incredibly committed. I don’t think I’ve worked with anyone on the show that’s as committed to making everything the best it can be as she is. She’s almost like a perfectionist. She comes in in the morning completely prepared and yet she’s still in the moment. I love her spontaneity and her creativity as an actor. It’s been good fun.”

    Brooklyn Rae Silzer Is Finally Out of Her Cast and Ready to Enjoy Summer!

    (7/25/18) (Photo) Great news for GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma)! After fracturing her wrist last month, she’s finally out of her cast! “Woohoo!” she posted to Instagram. “Thank you so much to my awesome orthopedic doctor Kaiser Permanente! My wrist is all healed and free from a cast!” In her hashtags, she also expressed her excitement that she’ll finally be able to go swimming this summer.

    While she was happy to be out of her cast, the actress admitted it also felt a little unusual after so long. “It was so weird and my arm felt so heavy and strange!” she confided. And although it appears she still has to wear a brace for a little while, at least it’s not a heavy cast anymore!

    Still, even a fractured wrist didn’t stop the pint-sized performer from hitting the stage for her dance recital over the weekend shortly after she injured herself! “Not the accessory we were looking for,” her mother posted, “but it is pink with glitter! So happy she can still dance with it!”

    Silzer fractured her wrist playing goalie for her team at soccer camp. But on the plus side, she loved the pink cast with glitter, and her dance recital went really well even after she had to make a few adjustments to her jazz and lyrical routines! “The timing was terrible,” her mom shared, “but glad she could still dance since you know how hard they work all season.”

    Her mom reported that Silzer had resorted to using chopsticks to scratch the itches under the pink plaster, but should hopefully only be stuck in it for four weeks. And thankfully, that turned out to be true!

    Silzer became a fan favorite with GH viewers when she took over the role of Emma Scorpio Drake back in 2011. In fact, she recently celebrated the seventh anniversary of being cast on the show! And just like her on-screen mom, Kimberly McCullough (Robin), the soap has avoided recasting and allowed Emma to grow up naturally on the show. While Emma left with her parents when they got married and moved to California in 2016, Silzer has continued to make occasional appearances on GH over the subsequent years, usually for the Nurses Ball and sometimes just to help grandma Anna with a little spying!

    Donnell Turner Assures GENERAL HOSPITAL Fans He's Not on Life Support!

    (7/23/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Some GENERAL HOSPITAL fans were given a bit of a shock when a tweet surfaced praying for actor Donnell Turner (Curtis) because he was reportedly on life support! The fan tweeted a screenshot of a headline and text claiming that the actor is on a life support machine, and offered his prayers that he recover soon. Thankfully, the GH star quickly put a stop to that horrible rumor before it could spread any further and announced: “More BS news from BS accounts. I’m not on life support, I’m just fine at home watchin’ Netflix, chillin’.”

    Numerous fans quickly tweeted back at the actor to express their relief that he was healthy and happy, and also their disbelief that anyone could spread such a terrible rumor about someone. And although a couple urged fans to block and report the Twitter user that originally shared the story, he also responded to apologize. “I’m sorry about that life support post that I posted,” he admitted. “I thought it was true because it was on social media and websites. I’m happy that you aren’t on it, though.”

    This just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet, and should be careful about which sources you go to for information. There are a lot of disreputable sites out there posting idle speculation about storylines as official spoilers, and now apparently making up stories about actors dying just to get clicks.

    Thankfully, this was all just a fake story, and Turner is doing just fine and ready to go back to work at GH where Curtis is still doing some investigating with Sam and preparing for his upcoming wedding to Jordan. Port Charles needs the guy!

    3rd Rock's Elmarie Wendel Dead at 89

    (7/23/18) Elmarie Wendel, best known to TV audiences for her role as 3rd Rock From the Sun landlady Mrs. Dubcek, has died at the age of 89, TMZ reports.

    Wendel worked consistently as a character actress before landing 3rd Rock in 1996. Earlier credits include guest spots on Knight Rider, The Jeffersons, The Facts of Life, Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Major Dad, Santa Barbara, Empty Nest, Weird Science and Murder, She Wrote.

    After 3rd Rock ended in 2001, Wendel guest-starred on four episodes of NYPD Blue, then landed a recurring role as the flirtatious Gina on George Lopez. She later appeared in select episodes of General Hospital and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, and reunited with 3rd Rock co-stars Kristen Johnston and Wayne Knight on an episode of the TV Land sitcom The Exes.

    Midnight, Texas Adds Nestor Carbonell, Jaime Ray Newman and Josh Kelly

    (7/22/18) The sleepy town of Midnight, Texas is about to get a little more crowded.

    Nestor Carbonell (Lost), Jaime Ray Newman (The Magicians) and Josh Kelly (UnREAL) are joining NBC’s supernatural drama. The announcement was made Saturday during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con.

    Viewers will recall that Season 1 ended with developers invading Midnight, which Manfred & Co. worried would bring too many new people to town. Recurring guest stars Carbonell and Newman will play Kai and Patience Lucero, respectively, who own the haunted hamlet’s new hotel.

    Carbonell’s Kai is a holistic energy healer of considerable skill — or is he a con artist, as some of the Midnighters suspect? — and Newman’s Patience is his savvy wife. They open Crystal Desert, lodging that doubles as a New Age healing center. Oh, and Patience is rather drawn to Manfred.

    Kelly will recur as Walker Chisum, who is openly gay, hunts demons and has an “intense connection” (per the official character description) with Joe. “Driven by revenge and an undeniably intense attraction to one another,” the description continues, “Walker will get Joe into more trouble than either expect.”

    In addition to Lost, Carbonell has appeared in Bates Motel, Ringer and Suddenly Susan, among other series. Newman’s TV resumé includes Grimm, Veronica Mars, Bates Motel and Drop Dead Diva. In addition to playing UnREAL cameraman Jeremy, Kelly will be familiar to viewers of One Life to Live and Army Wives.

    Midnight, Texas returns for Season 2 on Friday, Oct. 26, at 9/8c.

    P.I. Who Allegedly Bugged Richard Simmons Charged with Crime

    (7/21/18) The private investigator who allegedly planted a tracking device on Richard Simmons' car has been charged with a crime ... TMZ has learned.

    Scott Brian Matthews was charged with 2 counts of the crime of unlawfully using a tracking device.

    Prosecutors say Matthews planted the device on the car Richard bought for his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles. They say he planted it so he could shadow Simmons and see if he was going to doctors or hospitals.

    Simmons sued Matthews last month, claiming he was hired by the National Enquirer to keep tabs on him. The Enquirer had published a story claiming Simmons was undergoing a sex change. Simmons sued the Enquirer but the case was dismissed.

    Moon Bloodgood and GH's Billy Miller Join Apple's Are You Sleeping Thriller

    (7/20/18) Falling Skies alum Moon Bloodgood has booked a series regular role on Are You Sleeping, a thriller series for Apple’s yet-to-be-named, coming-some-day streaming service. Meanwhile, three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy Miller (General Hospital, The Young and the Restless) is set to recur.

    Based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, Are You Sleeping — which counts Reese Witherspoon among its EPs — centers on Octavia Spencer’s Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Lizzy Caplan plays Josie and Lanie, twin sisters whose father was the murder victim.

    Bloodgood will fill the series regular role of Poppy’s best friend, Cath, while Miller will recur as Lanie’s husband Alex.

    Additionally, Brett Cullen (Narcos) will recur as the father of convicted murder Warren Cave.

    Yvette Nicole Brown Would "Love" to Play Felix's Cousin on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (7/20/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Felix hasn’t had a whole lot to do these days on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but portrayer Marc Anthony Samuel thinks he knows just how to change that when he played casting agent and suggested Yvette Nicole Brown play his cousin on the soap!

    Brown sparked the idea when she tweeted about her appearance on the second season premiere of THE GONG SHOW, joking that she was completing her “week and a half tour of every ABC game show.” Samuel responded to that by suggesting: “I want you to repeat your daytime tour and play a family member of mine on GH. Felix needs a visit from his cousin!”

    Brown quickly declared: “I’d love that!” Following that back and forth, Samuel looped in GH executive producer Frank Valentini in the Twitter thread. “My friend Yvette Nicole Brown is a dynamic human being, fantastic actress, and would be an awesome relative to visit Felix at work,” he suggested. “Just putting it out there, Frank!”

    Best known for playing Shirley on the NBC sitcom COMMUNITY, Brown has also appeared in series like MOM, THE MAYOR, and THE ODD COUPLE. She’s also done a ton of voice work for cartoons like DC Super Hero Girls, Elena of Avalor, and Lego Star Wars. Among all the film and television work she’s done, the one thing missing from her resume is a soap opera. So why not GH?

    While this is all just wishful thinking on the part of Samuel, perhaps Valentini will be inspired by Brown’s enthusiasm and offer her a guest spot? Hey, it’s a soap — you never know what might happen!

    Brianna Brown Welcomes Son

    (7/20/18) Brianna Brown (Claudia, DYNASTY; ex-Lisa, GH) and husband Richie Keen are the proud new parents of a son, Charlie Zane, who was born on July 18, in Los Angeles. The baby boy weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz. “We are overjoyed to welcome Charlie into our family and are grateful to everyone who helped guide us through our birth experience,” the couple told People. “We are looking forward to all the adventures we will have in the next chapter of our lives.” The duo wed in May 2017.

    ‘The Oath’: Dilshad Vadsaria, Erik King Among Seven Recurring Cast In Season 2

    (7/20/18) Dilshad Vadsaria (Revenge, Second Chance), Sebastian Zurita (Todo Mal, Si Yo Fuera Tu), Erik King (Dexter, Oz), J. Anthony Pena (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G, Lucifer), Richard Burgi (Desperate Housewives, General Hospital) Rich Paul (Cut Throat City, The Long Shadow) and Carlos Sanz (Stronger) are set for recurring roles on the second season of The Oath, Sony Crackle’s gritty drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

    They join the previously announced cast for season two, which includes new series regular Christina Milian, and Leona Lewis and Zulay Henao who will recur, along with returning cast Ryan Kwanten – who’s also a producer – Cory Hardrict, Katrina Law and J.J. Soria.

    Created by Joe Halpin, The Oath explores a world of gangs made up of those sworn to protect and defend and sheds light on corrupt and secret societies that are nearly impossible to join. Only a select few make the cut — but once inside, members will do what they must to protect each other from enemies on the outside and from within their own ranks. Season 2 finds the Ravens trying to free themselves from their debt to the cartel. The season will examine themes of family and redemption, giving the characters a chance to reclaim their lives as their own, pushing them to find a new path and attempting to conquer their inner demons – all while trying to protect their own lives in the process.

    Vadsaria plays Anaya Gil, who runs the U.S. faction of the Indo-Canadian Organized Crime. With her lieutenant Rajiv, her crime ring specializes in the theft and sale of luxury cars. Anaya runs her business professionally, is loyal to her friends, and expects the same from her partners. She cares about her business and her people, willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe. She’s repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Innovative Artists.

    Zurita is Ricardo Velasquez, the only son of Ignacio, who was raised in the shadow of his father. Ruthless to an extreme, and quick to anger. Ricardo has a contentious relationship with the rest of his family, in part because of the favoritism his father shows to Carmen, his sister. Envious, and eager to prove his worth, his thirst for power will lead him to decisions that he may come to regret. Zurita is repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management.

    King is Pastor Greg, Amber’s father, and a self-reformed man who plans on helping those in the neighborhood still in the life. Growing up in a family of gangbangers, he followed the tradition. But after losing his brother to gang violence, he decided to use his street knowledge to help the community instead. As a Pastor, Cole approaches him to organize events for the Ravens. Good PR to keep the public opinion on the gang’s side, and keep them out of another RICO case. As the violence escalates he’ll try his hardest to maintain the peace, and mentor Cole on the importance of helping the community. King is repped by Gersh and The Burstein Company.

    Pena plays Carl Ortiz, a current cop gang member and owner of the bar the Ravens frequent. Pena returns this season and becomes a major player in the gangs’ effort to break free from the Cartels grip and go legitimate. Pena is repped by Mogan Entertainment.

    Burgi plays Nathan Andrews, a stone cold DEA agent. Calculating, Andrews is well aware of the corruption that a job like his can breed, and to a degree, he’s sympathetic to those who fall to it. He’s made it his mission in life to take down all the cartels no matter the consequences. Burgi is repped by Leslie Allan-Rice Management and Innovative Artists.

    Paul is Eli Briggs, the leader of a ruthless cop gang named the Horsemen. Eli’s character plays an integral part in creating havoc for the Ravens as they struggle to survive in the cop gang world.

    Paul is repped by Nick Terry at Zero Gravity Management.

    Carlos Sanz is Ignacio Velasquez, a leader of the Costa Oeste Cartel. Father of Jorge and Carmen, and a ruthless leader, he built his empire from the ground up. He has an old school mentality when it comes to loyalty and rules with an iron fist. A legend in Colombia for helping his people and is considered a benefactor to his community. Equally feared and loved, he is about to learn the true meeting of loyalty. Sanz is represented by Lighthouse Entertainment and Amsel, Eisenstadt , Frazier & Hinojosa Talent Agency (AEFH).

    The Oath is executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit Film & Television Inc., Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman, Anne Clements, and Joe Halpin who is also creator, writer and showrunner. Kwanten and Frances Lausell return as producers along with co-executive producer Jeff T. Thomas.

    Elizabeth Hendrickson Teases Margaux's Past Will Soon Be Revealed on GENERAL HOSPITAL!

    (7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Port Charles’ new district attorney, Margaux Dawson, made a splashy debut on GENERAL HOSPITAL when she faced off against Diane in court and sent Carly to Ferncliff, but since portrayer Elizabeth Hendrickson will be sticking around, the soap’s fans had plenty of questions for the actress about this newcomer! “She’s still new on the canvas and every day I’m learning more about her,” she admitted on Twitter of her alter ego. “I hope you will all see more about who she really is at her core in the next few weeks.” And when one viewer wondered if Margaux might have a previously unrknown connection to someone in town, the daytime star played coy. “As of now, Margaux is new to town,” she teased. “But you never know, there my be some connection that has not been revealed yet!”

    While playing a lawyer for the first time is “challenging and so fun,” Hendrickson does get to enjoy working with a familiar face on GH — Billy Miller (Drew), who she previously worked with on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS where they played Billy and Chloe! “I always loved working with Billy,” Hendrickson exclaimed. “Feels like old times, but also feels brand new, since our characters are so different from our previous roles.” And since she also confided that she and Miller have taped “a lot” of scenes together, she even jokingly tried to come up with a couple nickname for Drew and Margaux. “So we would be… Dregaux?” she laughed. “This is a hard one!”

    And although Hendrickson is looking forward to working with some new scene partners on GH, she’s also crossing her fingers that she’ll get to interact with some more of her former castmates. “I really hope I get to work with Finola Hughes (Anna) again,” she admitted. “Also hoping to work with Tamara Braun (Kim)!” But although Margaux and Anna have yet to share the screen together, the former ALL MY CHILDREN co-stars have already reconnected backstage! “She actually came running onto the set to give me a huge hug while I was working on my first day,” Hendrickson revealed. “It was such a warm, wonderful welcome.”

    As for whether romance is in the cards for Margaux, or if she’s going to be all business and continue trying to take down Sonny, fans will just have to stay tuned. “I hope we get to see a little bit about her past soon,” Hendrickson mused, “which will help reveal who she is under that poor suit.”

    Chloe Lanier Shares an Absolutely Gorgeous Makeup-Free Selfie

    (7/19/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) (Photo) Every viewer of GENERAL HOSPITAL will agree that the scheming Nelle Benson is ugly on the inside, but it’s equally indisputable that portrayer Chloe Lanier is absolutely beautiful (inside and out!). The actress proved this with a recent selfie she took where she was wearing no makeup and looking just gorgeous. She was also showing off her brighter blond locks after having a cut and color from celebrity hair specialist Joseph Michael!

    Lanier has made quite an impression on GH viewers throughout her two years on the soap, and no matter how nasty Nelle got in Port Charles, she always looked good doing it! And attending events from movie premieres to Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies, the actress has also shown off some spectacular looks, no matter how she did her makeup or hair.

    Amber Tamblyn Added to the Cast of FX's Y Pilot as POTUS' Daughter

    (7/19/18) Amber Tamblyn has joined the cast of FX’s Y, the network announced on Wednesday. In the sci-fi/drama pilot, she’ll play Mariette Callows, the daughter of the president of the U.S. who is expected to follow his conservative footsteps into the political arena.

    Mind you, D.C. will look a lot different if Y is ordered to series. Based on the Last Man DC comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, the proposed show is set in a post-apocalyptic world in which every male mammal is history — except for one (I’m guessing extremely popular) guy.

    Already cast in the pilot were Diane Lane as a first-term junior senator, Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan as (possibly) the last man standing, Imogen Poots (Roadies) as his EMT sister, Lashana Lynch (Still Star-Crossed) as a Secret Service agent, Juliana Canfield (Succession) as a knife-maker with a soft spot for Keoghan, and Marin Ireland (Sneaky Pete) as the president’s right-hand woman. Michael Green (American Gods) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) are on board as showrunners, with Oscar nominee Green also writing the pilot.

    Tamblyn’s previous small-screen credits include a stint as the brilliant Masters on House and the title role on Joan of Arcadia.

    GENERAL HOSPITAL's TK Weaver Wins Young Artist Award

    (7/17/18) Congratulations to TK Weaver, who has won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Recurring Young Actor in a TV Series for his work as Danny Morgan on GENERAL HOSPITAL! “We won!” he declared on Twitter. “We won for GH! Huge win for daytime television kids and daytime TV as a whole. Thank you all for your love, positivity and support.”

    On July 14, the day of the awards ceremony, the young actor admitted he wasn’t expecting to take home a trophy. “Honestly don’t expect to win over these roles on what I assume are primetime shows,” Weaver tweeted, “but I’d love to see a daytime television star take the award. Daytime television rocks and I’d like to see it get more recognition.”

    Weaver was also nominated for his performance in a Subaru Impreza commercial, but it was his impressive performances as Danny on GH that earned him the big prize. “Such a positive experience,” he shared on Instagram. “We had no idea what we were doing. So many young stars with their publicists and VIP status. Me and my dad were lost. We didn’t even know how to vote. The win for my work on GH with Steve Burton (Jason), Kelly Monaco (Sam) and Billy Miller (Drew) was a complete shock and such an honor for a daytime recurring actor. Of course, I have the amazing actors mentioned above to help guide me on set.”

    General Hospital Recasting Jordan

    (7/16/18) Vinessa Antoine is leaving General Hospital as she prepares to star in the Canadian drama Diggstown. Her GH character Jordan Ashford will be recast, Soap Opera Digest reports.

    therealvinessaantoine on insta: There are so many people that God put into place who are directly and indirectly responsible for my time at @generalhospitalabc You know who you are. I thank you. I came into this world as an artist. My job is to create and inspire. I hope that I did that a little in playing #JordanAshford. I believe that I have taken her as far as I can. To clarify, as negotiations for #Diggstown were underway, although I am open to stay and play in Port Charles, I was told by my reps that @GeneralHospital felt that my character would be off the canvas for too long for me to continue playing her. With that, we decided to mutually part ways. It’s time to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television. I’m grateful to assist in that by starting this new chapter in my journey. I hope you’ll all come along. I feel blessed. Be well. xo

    Laura Wright Proves Age Is Nothing But a Number With Inspirational Message to Fans

    (7/16/18) Daytime star Laura Wright was in the middle of enjoying her summer vacation from playing Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL but she took time out to celebrate getting older and issue a challenge to her fans! “To all my female friends of ‘age,'” she posted to Instagram. “Most of us are going through the next stage of our lives. We are at that age where we see the wrinkles, grey hair, extra pounds. Menopause has already shown up or just waiting around the corner. We see the pretty 25-year-olds and sigh. But we were 25, too, just like they will one day be our age.

    “What they bring to the table with their youth and zest for life, we bring with our wisdom, experience, and good hearts,” she continued. “For all we’ve been through earning each grey hair… raising kids, bills and ills, and whatever else life throws at us, we are survivors. We are warriors. We are women. Like a classic car or fine wine. While our exterior may not be what it once was, it is traded for our spirit, our courage, and our strength to enter this chapter of our lives with grace and pride for all we’ve been through and accomplished. Never feel bad about getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.”

    She then challenged her female fans to copy and paste her status with their own picture and age, proudly adding that she herself is turning 48 in September. And proving that age is nothing but a number, Wright has found a new lease on life happily finding love with GH castmate Wes Ramsey (Peter) after her divorce and continuing to raise her two beautiful children, Lauren and John. And don’t forget starring as Carly Corinthos on GH where she continues to earn critical acclaim and Daytime Emmy nominations (taking home the gold in 2011)! Wright is not only aging gracefully, but gorgeously. Such an inspiriation!

    Derk and Drew Cheetwood's Mother Is in the Hospital

    (7/16/18) Please join us in sending love and prayers to GENERAL HOSPITAL’s Derk Cheetwood (Max) and his brother, Drew Cheetwood (Milo), whose parents were involved in a serious car accident on July 10. The following day, Derk shared a photo of himself holding his mother’s hand in the hospital to share the story with fans. “Hello everyone, I hope that you’re all well,” he wrote. “I’m posting on behalf of our family. My parents were involved in a serious car accident yesterday. My dad is doing well, thankfully, however my mom sustained some very serious injuries. She is currently being treated in ICU in the Toledo Trauma Unit and receiving incredible care might we say.

    “Our entire family has been with her almost every minute of her ordeal, from accident to ICU,” he added. “Although she has many serious injuries, we are praying for a complete recovery. I’m happy to report that she is currently resting well. God is great, and we thank him for allowing her to fight!”

    We’d like to join all of the fans in sending best wishes to Mrs. Cheetwood for a speedy recovery.

    General Hospital actress will make Canadian TV history

    (7/15/18) (thestar.com) When General Hospital’s Vinessa Antoine called her parents to tell them that she had been cast in a history-making role in CBC’s upcoming legal drama Diggstown, they thought it was for a very different reason.

    “My boyfriend (fellow General Hospital star Anthony Montgomery) was on the line first. So they thought he was going to propose,” says Antoine. “Then I told them I was cast in a new CBC show.”

    At that point, like any good immigrant parents (Antoine’s were originally from Trinidad before settling in Toronto), they were happy their daughter had a steady job. But this was not just any show. Antoine will make history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, according to the public broadcaster.

    “I’m just very excited to be chosen to do this,” says the Toronto-born actress, announcing the appointment to the Star in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s something that’s been long overdue. But everything is changing right now and it’s definitely time.”

    In Diggstown, scheduled to air in the key CBC fall and winter season, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

    “We were looking for someone who could be credible as a lawyer. She’s also a very positive person; she leads from a place of optimism, not from a place of cynicism,” says showrunner and creator Floyd Kane. “And we needed someone who could communicate the physicality of Marcie because, among other things, she’s a big surfer. Vanessa embodied all of that.”

    Kane said he auditioned about 50 actresses for the coveted role.

    “We saw so much talent. It was a tough decision and we saw so many incredible Canadian actresses. This will be the first time that a Black Canadian actress will be No. 1 on the call sheet. I think it’s a big deal. Although at the end of the day, yes, we’re just making TV. But from a pop culture perspective, I feel this is important.”

    Canada is catching up to the United States: Kerry Washington made history in the Shonda Rhimes-created drama Scandal in 2012 as the first Black American to lead a prime-time network drama in four decades.

    However, it wasn’t the first to feature a Black female star. That distinction belongs to Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love! which aired for one season in 1974.

    Black Canadian actresses have starred in shows such as the Vision TV limited series Soul with Keshia Chante (also produced by Kane) and Global’s half-hour comedy Da Kink in My Hair, but prime-time network drama remains the gold standard.

    “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system,” says Antoine. “And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of colour, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

    The series will also look at an under-represented segment of Canada, the historic Black communities of Nova Scotia, which at one point represented 37 per cent of the total Black population.

    “This is huge for me. I always knew about the Black communities out east, but this is something I really didn’t learn about in school and I should have,” says Antoine. “My experience was growing up in a Caribbean household and I thought that the majority of Blacks came from the West Indies. But there is a huge community with a rich history in Nova Scotia that is finally going to be spotlighted and I think it’s time for their stories to be told.”

    There is some fallout though: General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.

    Her character, former DEA agent Jordan Ashford, was supposed to get married to fiancé Curtis on the show, which was also a historic first, a Black couple getting married on the long-running soap. That may no longer be the case.

    “We were in the planning stages of the wedding and ABC hasn’t announced what will happen. But it’s a soap opera and something traumatic always happens at a wedding. But it would have been a first for a Black couple to be married on General Hospital, but we’re not sure where the storyline is going,” says Antoine.

    Antoine is busy prepping for a different kind of history. On the phone from Los Angeles, where she lives and shoots General Hospital, she mentioned that she’s taking surfing lessons. In fact, she was drying off a wetsuit after venturing out in the water earlier that day.

    As for her parents? Well they got over any disappointment of not hearing about an engagement.

    “I had to explain to them what it all meant,” says Antoine. “And then they were screaming on the phone. It was awesome.”

    Brytni Sarpy Announces She's Back on GENERAL HOSPITAL This Summer!

    (7/13/18) It’s been a while since we’ve seen Valerie, but Brytni Sarpy has announced that she is returning to GENERAL HOSPITAL this summer! Instagram recently added a feature where users can allow people to ask them questions, and when one fan asked if she would be coming back to Port Charles anytime soon, she replied: "Yes... Val will be back periodically. I start shooting in a few weeks." And if Sarpy starts filming towards the end of July, you can look for Valerie to be on screen sometime around late August. Of course, what storyline she might be involved in is still being kept under wraps, but hopefully it's something juicy!

    The actress debuted as Valerie Spencer back in March of 2015, introduced as the daughter of Pat Spencer, making her Luke’s niece and Lulu’s cousin. But after moving to Port Charles and pursuing Lulu’s husband, Dante, she drifted onto the back burner. Despite joining the police force and attempting to date Curtis, Valerie was only seen occasionally, and was dropped from contract to recurring status with GH back in January of 2017.

    After appearing as Kristina’s wingman to help win back Parker’s attention in August of 2017, Valerie’s then made another brief appearance in October when she attended Bobbie’s anniversary party at the Metro Court with her family. Her most recent appearance was back in February of 2018 when she attended the funeral of fellow PCPD officer Nathan West.

    Valerie wasn’t initially a very popular character with many viewers because she immediately came between the popular supercouple of Dante and Lulu, but over time, Sarpy earned herself a legion of devoted fans who have already expressed their happiness that she will be back on GH again soon. In the meantime, Sarpy has been keeping busy, with a recent appearance in the horror film Truth or Dare which premiered on the SyFy Channel last October.

    Since Valerie is still clearly living in Port Charles and a member of the PCPD, it's about time that we're seeing the long-lost Spencer family member again.

    2018 Primetime Emmy Nominations

    (7/12/18) (Former soap stars in bold)

    LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
    Pamela Adlon, Better Things
    Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Allison Janney, Mom
    Issa Rae, Insecure
    Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
    Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie

    LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Donald Glover)
    Anthony Anderson, black-ish
    Ted Danson, The Good Place
    Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Atlanta
    Bill Hader, Barry
    William H. Macy, Shameless

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: Alec Baldwin)
    Louie Anderson, Baskets
    Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
    Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
    Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta
    Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
    Henry Winkler, Barry

    GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (2017 winner: SNL host Dave Chappelle)
    Katt Williams, Atlanta
    Sterling K. Brown, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Bryan Cranston, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Donald Glover, Saturday Night Live
    Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Laura Dern)
    Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult
    Letitia Wright, Black Mirror, “Black Museum”
    Merrit Wever, Godless
    Sara Bareilles, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Judith Light, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE (2017 winner: Alexander Skarsgård)
    Jeff Daniels, Godless
    Brandon Victor Dixon, Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
    Ricky Martin, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
    Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story<

    Chloe Lanier Reportedly Leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (7/12/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) With her evil schemes falling part around her, it looks like Nelle will finally get what's coming to her! Although the soap declined to comment on her exit, word is that Chloe Lanier is leaving GENERAL HOSPITAL, where she has played the scheming Nelle Benson since August of 2016. Castmate Marc Anthony Samuel (Felix) even commented on one of her Instagram posts to say: "I’m bummed we never got to work together! Hopefully out in the world one day. Good luck!"

    In 2015, Lanier appeared on GH as a Young Patricia Spencer for two episodes as part of the soap’s 52nd anniversary, and when the role of Nelle was conceived, she was cast as the mysterious young woman who turned out to be Carly’s adopted sister. She was nominated for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in both 2017 and 2018, taking home the gold the second time around.

    The character of Nelle proved polarizing, with many fans disliking how she caused trouble for Carly and Sonny. In fact, it reached a point where Lanier had to speak out against the online bullying she was receiving from fans who blamed her for her character's actions! When the young woman rekindled her relationship with Michael and became pregnant, it almost seemed as though she might be redeemable, but then she went all out gaslighting Carly and getting her locked up in Ferncliff to get her out of Michael’s life! Of course, with a character this unpredictable, there’s no telling exactly how Nelle could be ushered off the canvas.

    Outside of daytime, Lanier has appeared in primetime series like ARMY WIVES, NCIS, and KINGDOM. And with her Emmy Award-winning talent, we have no doubt that the actress will continue to wow her fans with more incredible performances in the future. And we will obviously keep you up to date on where and when you can see her on screen again. But for now, keep tuning in to see what happens to Nelle, because if she has really wrapped up taping in July, she should air into August!

    Demi Moore's Credit Card Allegedly Stolen, Hit with $169k in Charges

    (7/12/18) Demi Moore is the victim in a major credit card fraud case -- way over $100k worth -- according to federal prosecutors.

    According to the criminal complaint, obtained by TMZ, 35-year-old David Matthew Read reported Demi's AmEx card lost or stolen in March, and when the new one was delivered through FedEx ... he somehow managed to pick it up.

    The feds say he went on a spending spree, hitting a handful of Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the L.A. area. Not exactly low-profile, kinda like his final tab. He allegedly ran up $169k over several weeks!

    Read was spotted on surveillance cameras -- at the FedEx and also inside the retail stores -- according to the feds, who say he confessed to the caper when they nabbed him in April.

    We're told Read's still sitting in L.A. County Jail. We've reached out to Demi's reps for comment ... so far, no word back.

    Rebecca Budig Says She'd Love to Return to GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (7/11/18) Thanks to some inventive writing, Rebecca Budig got to cram a whole lot of storyline into her nearly 200 episodes of GENERAL HOSPITAL. “Hayden was first described to me as a con woman,” she admitted to Soaps In Depth. “They didn’t really give me much else.” But by the time the character was written off, she’d changed so much that viewers’ hearts were broken along with Finn’s. “It was very flattering for them to have actually grown to like Hayden, because a lot of people didn’t in the beginning,” Budig reflected. “So their response to me leaving was so heartwarming.”

    While the actress acknowledged that she’d love to see Hayden bring her baby back to town — “Who wouldn’t want to play all that juicy stuff?!?” — having the downtime to spend with her own little one, Charlotte Jo, has been nice. “She’s strong-willed and yet shy, really funny, artistic, creative and pretty articulate for 3 and a half,” Budig relates. “She’s just fun to be with.”

    She and husband Michael Benson often travel with their girl to visit relatives in Kentucky and Minnesota, but Budig says she’s happiest when working on her craft. “I’m taking an acting class with Michael E. Knight (Tad, ALL MY CHILDREN),” she revealed. “He’s brilliant!” Besides honing her skills, having a former castmate from the years when she played AMC’s Greenlee in class is “like seeing a family member,” she said. “It’s been really nice to watch his work.”

    The actress also got a chance to stretch when she lent her voice to the recently released audiobook of pal Matt Boren’s first novel, Folded Notes From High School. “I grew up at a time when we folded notes,” she explained, “so the concept really spoke to me, and the book was a fun read.”

    Set in the early ’90s, the hilarious correspondence relates the experience of a senior who falls for a freshman due to his memorable audition for the school musical. “I play Tricia. She’s part of the school gossip train,” Budig related. “It was totally different than acting in a show. It was a lot more freeing.”

    Might she again get a chance to make people laugh in her new pilot? “All I can say about it is that it’s a comedy,” Budig teased. “Who knows what else I’ll do?”

    Ted King To Attend GH Fan Club Event

    (7/11/18) Ted King (ex-Alcazar, GH et al) will make the scene at the GH fan club event during the weekend of July 27. “I am going to go back and do the GH fan event for the first time ever,” he says. “They invited me and it’s the 55th anniversary, so I’m going to go for the day and see what that’s all about. I’m always looking forward to the questions from the fans and to see what they’re interested in. Are they interested in the past or present? Obviously, I’ve evolved a lot since I was on GH.” In addition to the independent film, Milkshake Girls, the actor can also be seen in the upcoming HBO movie, MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ. “I have a small role in it,” he says. “It stars Peter Dinklage as Hervé Villechaize. It’s a really wild story and it’s true. The guy that directed the film [Sasha Gervasi] is actually one of the characters in the film. He’s the reporter, played by Jamie Dornan, who comes to Los Angeles to interview a bunch of people and one of them is Hervé. He wrote the original news piece and now turned it into a film. It has a phenomenal cast.” King has also been busy raising daughters Ava and Vivienne with wife, Maya, and recently reconnected with some familiar PC faces at a party. “I saw Lisa LoCicero [Olivia], who I’ve known forever because she played my sister [Jocelyn] on THE CITY [where he played Danny]. I saw Mark Teschner [casting director] there, and some behind the scenes people I know, too.”

    A First Look at GENERAL HOSPITAL's Maurice Benard in His Exciting New Movie Role

    (7/11/18) (Video, Photos) New York and New Jersey get ready — GENERAL HOSPITAL star Maurice Benard (Sonny) is heading your way! But this time around he’s not just in town for a couple of his rare personal appearances at fan events… he’s also filming a new movie! “The reason I’m going out is I got a movie that I’m going to be doing that week with Ice-T called Equal Standard,” the actor revealed in a Twitter video message. “Can’t wait to see you guys, I truly can’t.” Then he pointed at the scene from GH on the TV screen in the background of his shot and grinned. “Look what I’m watching. Oh boy… Max and Sonny. Yes!”

    Then on July 9, the Emmy-winning actor shared a shot of himself in costume side by side with the movie poster where he is featured prominently alongside the film’s other stars. “Always great to play different characters,” he confided. “In New York playing a police captain. Very cool and interesting script.”

    Equal Standard tells the powerful story of an off-duty New York City police detective who gets caught in an inner city brawl between undercover cops convinced he is a local street thug. The melee ends in a tragic death followed by an uproar within gangs and cops in neighboring communities and across the city. It is written by Taheim Bryan and directed by Brendan Kyle Cochrane. In addition to Ice-T and Benard, the movie also stars Robert Clohessy, and ONE LIFE TO LIVE alum Tobias Truvillion (Vincent).

    East Coast appearances were once extremely rare for Benard due to his crippling fear of flying. But having worked through that, the GH star can now make the occasional trip East to meet and greet his fans. He’ll be appearing at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on the afternoon of Saturday, July 14, for a personal appearance, and then later that evening, fans can join the daytime star for an intimate gathering at a restaurant in Astoria, NY. For more information regarding these fan events and to get tickets for yourself, please visit CoastalEntertainment.com.

    As Benard is only just now filming Equal Standard, a release date is going to be quite some ways off, but as more information about the movie and how you can see it is announced, we’ll be sure to let you know!

    Kirsten Storms Said the Sweetest Things About Her Boyfriend

    (7/11/18) Daytime star Kirsten Storms (Maxie, GENERAL HOSPITAL) has found love again with boyfriend Elias Paul Reidy, and she couldn’t be happier. In fact, she even gushed about her beau on Instagram! “I’m a big girl and can take care of myself,” she declared, “but this guy has my back like no other. He has since we met 12 years ago. Our first relationship lasted four years. Eight years later, the universe decided it was time to put us back together. I don’t think I’ll ever lose this feeling of gratefulness for him. I dig it.”

    Of course, every couple has its problems, and Storms jokingly referred to one of them by adding the hashtag “#nowijustneedhimtoputthetoiletseatdown” to her post! Hey, if that’s your biggest complaint, you’re doing just fine!

    After splitting up with musician Reidy eight years ago, GH fans know that Storms later married her co-star, Brandon Barash (ex-Johnny), and they had a daughter, Harper, who they continue to co-parent beautifully. And Barash himself has also introduced his new girlfriend, Morgan Mitchell, so everyone is perfectly happy now.

    Jacob Young Is "Pretty Sure" He Broke His Ankle!

    (7/11/18) Please join us in sending best wishes for a speedy recovery to THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL star Jacob Young (Rick), who injured himself shortly after returning home from filming a movie! “Dang!” he shared on Instagram. “Just arrived at home and started doing some work outside, rolled my ankle and pretty sure it’s broken.” But he also assured fans that he’s being well taken care of by his better half. “Christen Young has got it under control!” he promised. He also joked: “I’m sure I’ll milk it for all it’s worth.”

    It looks pretty painfully swollen, and fans flooded his comments with messages urging him to be careful and make sure to go to the doctor. Young responded that X-rays are definitely on the agenda for the following day. Hopefully he had returned home because he was all finished filming his upcoming movie, They Call Him Angel, where he’s playing the mysterious Mr. Jones.

    Young has been a part of the daytime community since 1997 when he first joined the cast of B&B. He has also played Lucky on GENERAL HOSPITAL and JR on ALL MY CHILDREN. He dropped to recurring status with B&B back in April in order to pursue outside projects like this film and his new music. With all of his other opportunities, hopefully this injury won’t keep him out of commission for too long! “All I wanted to do was be at home and sit back and put my feet up,” Young admitted. “Not like this!”

    Hopefully, the doctor will have some good news and it won’t be too bad. Get well soon!

    Eden McCoy Wants Josslyn to Be a Schemer Just Like Carly on GENERAL HOSPITAL

    (7/10/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Josslyn may be a sweet kid with a good heart on GENERAL HOSPITAL, but Carly’s daughter is also a total teenager! She’s also... well, Carly’s daughter! “She is not a goody two-shoes all the time,” portrayer Eden McCoy admitted to Soaps In Depth. “She can be bitchy. She’s a little bit of both, which is probably the most realistic thing about her.” As a high school kid herself, McCoy is always impressed with her character’s self-awareness — even when she makes a mistake like being Team Nelle! “Joss is so excited to be an aunt that she’s willing to give Nelle the benefit of the doubt,” says McCoy, adding that while her character may be wrong this time, “she always has a reason to back up her opinions. A lot of teenagers are like, ‘Just no!’ Joss always has an argument.

    “I think that’s the big difference between us. Even when it’s over stupid stuff, I won’t always have an argument for why I want what I want,” she continued. “Then again, I don’t have writers to tell me what I should say. That’s probably why Joss is able to speak her mind so well — because it’s been written for her!”

    Also penned for the GH ingenue is a popular love story with beau Oscar. “I’ve read stuff about us being the up-and-coming new couple,” McCoy said. “It’s an honor to be given that opportunity, and I just love having chemistry with another person my age. Before Garren Stitt (Oscar) came on, I had years of scenes with family — which was great. Those actors are all unbelievable! But I’m glad Joss got the opportunity to have a relationship with someone her age. “Josslyn is really young and experiencing feelings for the first time — and I am, too, in real life,” the 15-year-old added. “It’s fun to play, because I have firsthand experience.”

    Naturally, McCoy’s real-life boyfriend, Brian Dennis, doesn’t love watching her moon over Oscar as Joss. But “he’s very supportive, always,” insisted the actress. “He is in no way, shape or form in the business. He thinks it’s crazy. Because he’s not used to this world, it’s fun for him to learn about stuff like the Daytime Emmys, and I’m happy to share it with him.”

    In addition to finding love, Joss has faced some hard truths over the last few years, and many viewers have been impressed with the relationship that she shares with mom Carly. “Even when things get tense, they’re always coming from a good place,” McCoy says of their relationship. “They always want the best for each other, no matter what.”

    While they’ve hit a rough patch of late, there’s no denying that Joss is becoming more like her driven mother by the day. “Because after a year of every scene with [Laura Wright, who plays Carly], you automatically sync up without even realizing it,” McCoy cracks. “I love Laura. She’s insanely talented.”

    With her character already a bit of a mini-Carly, McCoy’s itching to get her hands dirty and stir up some trouble in Port Charles. Make that a lot of trouble! “I want to get totally dark,” she con des. “The writers are amazing, so I’ll play anything they write... but it would be very fun to have some rebellion and be a bit crazy!”

    The notion that Joss could become a schemer like her mom isn’t unthinkable... and once she realizes how seriously Nelle has played her and her family, she just might find the inspiration she needs to lash out in a big way. And don’t think McCoy doesn’t know it! “I cannot wait,” she says, “to see what she does when she finds out the truth!”

    Billy Dee Williams Set To Return To ‘Star Wars’ As Lando Calrissian – Report

    (7/10/18) It looks like the smooth space-age swag of Lando Calrissian is returning to help the Rebellion (or maybe the First Order?) in Star Wars: Episode IX. Billy Dee Williams, who originated the role in Empire Strikes Back, is set to don the cape as Lando in the forthcoming installment of the Disney/Lucasfilm franchise.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams will be returning to Star Wars as Lando who was recently portrayed by Donald Glover in the Star Wars standalone prequel Solo. With many actors from the original Star Wars franchise reprising their role in the new movies, there have been rumors and speculations on fan sites about Williams’ return. No details have been given about how Lando will be involved in the ninth installment of the intergalactic saga.

    Williams is the latest actor to join the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode IX. Last week, Keri Russell, a frequent Abrams collaborator also joined the cast in an undisclosed role. They will join Star Wars regulars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. The movie is set to open Dec. 20, 2019.

    DAYS's Greg Vaughan Reveals Romance With Angie Harmon

    (7/8/18) Greg Vaughan (Eric, DAYS) and Angie Harmon quietly revealed in separate posts on Instagram that they’re a duo. In what Harmon hashtagged a #moderndaybradybunch, the couple posed with his sons Jathan, Landan and Cavan, and her daughters Emery, Avery and Finley. “Love ONE Love for ALL,” is how Vaughan captioned his, adding #vaughanharmonbunch. Harmon, best known for her leading role in RIZZOLI & ISLES, as well as her run on LAW & ORDER, accompanied Vaughan to the Daytime Emmys in April, where he picked up his first-ever trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor, and recently visited him at the DAYS set. Check out the adorable pic here.

    Did You Recognize ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Patrick Gibbons as Wyatt on GENERAL HOSPITAL?

    (7/6/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Eagle-eyed viewers of GENERAL HOSPITAL who were also fans of ONE LIFE TO LIVE may have thought that the Raging Raccoon scout who discovered the shack where Peter was being held prisoner by Obrecht looked kind of familiar. Well, that’s because the character of young Wyatt Hoover is played by Patrick Gibbons, Jr., who used to play Sam Manning on OLTL!

    Gibbons took over the role of Sam back in December of 2010 and played the character right up through the end of the ABC soap,even appearing in the short-lived online reboot. Sam’s parentage was a bit complicated, though. He was the son of Victor Lord, Jr. and Margaret Cochran, but was adopted by Blair and Todd Manning. Unfortunately, while Wyatt has only interacted with Peter on GH, there's still a chance that Gibbons might share some scenes with Roger Howarth (Franco), who played his adopted dad on OLTL!

    Since taking over as executive producer of GH, Frank Valentini has tapped quite a few of the talented actors he worked with when he was running OLTL back in the day, including Hillary B. Smith (Nora), Ilene Kristen (Delia), Bree Williamson (Claudette), and James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch). Sometimes they reprise their OLTL roles, and other times play entirely new characters, like Gibbons is as Wyatt.

    By the way, the name Wyatt could be a sly reference to the character of Wyatt Halliwell from the CW series CHARMED, a role played by none other than Wes Ramsey (Peter)! Hopefully Wyatt can work his magic and help Peter get free of Obrecht’s trap — the poor guy has been tied up forever!

    Dishing with Digest - Episode 15

    (7/6/18) (Listen / download) GH fave Dominic Zamprogna talks about his exit from the role of Dante

    Soap Opera Digest’s Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky chat with GH fave Dominic Zamprogna about his exit from the role of Dante, his favorite memories of his 9-year run, and what fans’ support has meant to him. Plus, we dish Kate Mansi’s upcoming return to the role of DAYS’s Abigail and the fierce competition for daytime roles.

    Here's What Happened When Colonel Sanders Went on General Hospital

    (7/6/18) Two weeks ago, KFC's official Twitter account — which is written in the voice of its mascot Colonel Sanders, a fictionalized version of the fast food chain's founder — began tweeting a lot about the soap opera General Hospital.

    Apparently it's KFC canon that Colonel Sanders is a GH fan and the fake Colonel Sanders dreamed of appearing on the venerable soap when he was a kid (in reality, the show premiered when the real Colonel Harland Sanders was in his 70s). The tweets were building to the reveal that George Hamilton's version of Colonel Sanders would be making an appearance in Port Charles on July 6, which is National Fried Chicken Day (if you don't know, now you know).

    Well, that day is today, and the Colonel's sponsored cameo was as weird and awkward and goofy as you'd expect.

    It started with Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms) and Lulu Falconeri (Emme Rylan) hanging out and splitting a bucket of that her friend the Colonel was really good at texting. "He's so witty it's almost exhausting," she said. (KFC paid handsomely for that phony praise, I'm sure.)

    "Wait, are we talking about the Colonel?" Lulu asked.

    "Colonel Harland Sanders?" Maxie replied. "He's a friend!" And he was on his way over. Maxie opened the door and standing there, in all his golden glory, was Colonel Sanders. (Whenever I see George Hamilton, I think about how Robert Duvall refused to be in The Godfather, Part III and Hamilton replaced him as consigliere, which makes me think about how much better a movie about a schism between Micheal Corleone and Tom Hagen would be than whatever Part III actually was and I get mad, and even though it's not George Hamilton's fault the movie didn't meet its potential, I can't help how I feel when I see his orange visage.)

    "Maxie, my dear," he drawled. "It's wonderful to see you again." The music cue was very sincere, signaling that this was an emotional reunion

    Maxie introduced her to Lulu as if he was a real person. He beamed at her like a kindly old gentleman. I couldn't tell how much of a joke it was supposed to be. The show played it straight.

    Maxie gave him a glass of iced tea as they sat down to chat.

    "Your chicken is so..." Maxie said, searching for the word.

    "Crispy?" he asked with a grin. (He's the Extra Crispy Colonel, as the commercials that aired during the episode made clear. He's very tan, you see. He's been out in the sun so he's as crispy as KFC's extra crispy chicken.)

    "And easy!" she answered. Life gets so crazy, it's nice to just get some easy, tasty food sometimes, you know? Maxie told the Colonel that Lulu is a journalist.

    "Journalism is a noble profession," he said.

    "Not everyone thinks so," Lulu answered. This seems like a reference to President Trump. KFC mascot Colonel Sanders defended the free press on General Hospital. Extraordinary.

    Lulu had to know the story of how Maxie and the Colonel met, but they made her swear to keep it off the record. Here's what happened: The Syndicate tried to hack into KFC's mainframe to steal his famous secret recipe and Maxie's ex-fiancé Spinelli helped him. We also learned that the Colonel was once cursed by a warlock and now has the ability to see into people's souls. Lulu's is pure.

    Then he revealed the real reason why he was there: the Syndicate wasn't done looking for the secret recipe yet, and he needed a safe hiding place for it. So Maxie hid it the hard copy inside a hollowed-out book on her bookcase. Seems very secure!

    He signed off a line that I will steal for my own life: "Stay crispy and stay humble." He was supposed to be like the Most Interesting Man in the World from the Dos Equis commercials, whose catchphrase was "stay thirsty, my friends."

    The whole sponsored content shenanigan was the closest General Hospital has gotten to performance art since James Franco was a recurring cast member. It was genuinely weird and silly. It committed to being completely nonsensical. It really went for it.

    I wonder if the hidden secret recipe will come back as a plot point. Chekov's Secret Recipe, you know?

    General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC.

    Cassandra James Explains Why Her Character of Terry on GENERAL HOSPITAL Is So Important

    (7/5/18) (abc.soapsindepth.com) Daytime soaps have a long history of using the medium to tackle important real-life topics and GENERAL HOSPITAL has done just that again by introducing its first transgender character with the casting of Cassandra James as Elizabeth’s old friend, Dr. Terry Randolph! “Thank you everyone for all the love and support,” the actress tweeted following the Friday cliffhanger that marked her first appearance. “I’m so excited to go on this GH journey with all of you!”

    James also added the hashtag “#TransVisibility” and later tweeted further about how important it is for transgender actors to have the opportunity to play trans characters in film and television. “I’ve never spoken about this before,” she posted, “but since it’s back in the news, I’ll say this: While I feel cis actors have a certain social responsibility in this amazing time of #TransVisibility in the industry, my real issue is with the decision makers behind the scenes. It’s the directors, casting agents, writers, and producers who have to do better when it comes to allowing cis actors to play trans roles. We are talented, we are here, and we are ready to tell our own stories.

    “But as a trans actress, I can tell you positive change is happening,” she concluded. I’m so thankful to [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini and everyone at GH who were committed to having a trans woman portray Terry.” (The term “cis” refers to “cisgender,” meaning a person whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth. An example of this would be the cisgender actor Jared Leto playing the transgender character of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club.)

    Terry was introduced to GH as an old friend of Liz’s, and the boy with whom she had her first kiss. Franco admitted he was a little nervous to meet one of his fiancée’s old flames, but kind of relieved to find out she was no longer competition for him. Terry opened up to them, explaining how difficult it was to understand what she was going through when she was younger and how relieved she was to finally become the person she was always meant to be. Although she admitted to being rejected by a lot of people in her life, including her family, Terry was happy when Liz assured her she still loved her. In fact, she insisted that Terry come to her and Franco’s upcoming wedding.

    Since Terry is a doctor who revealed she has a consult at GH, there’s every possibility we could be seeing more of James in the future. And there's always Liz and Franco's wedding!

    Amber Tamblyn: David Cross changed after racism, sexism allegations

    (7/3/18) Time’s Up activist Amber Tamblyn insists that her husband, David Cross, changed after she educated him on racism and sexism.

    In October 2017, comedian Charlyne Yi accused Cross, 54, of using racist epithets against her when they first met, questioning if she spoke English and speaking to her in “ching chongs.” At the time, Cross denied any recollection of the incident, but now his wife admits he was in the wrong.

    “Basically he was rightfully accused of doing something racist to the comedian, Charlyne Yi,” Tamblyn, 35, told Sam Sanders on NPR’s “It’s Been a Minute” in an interview released Tuesday. “You know, I think the jokes that work for white guys and their white guy comedian friends don’t work, always, for women of color.”

    The “Joan of Arcadia” star claims she had a series of “difficult conversations” with Cross about the #MeToo movement and his role within it, both in the context of Yi’s allegations, as well as of the disastrous “Arrested Development” press tour in which he defended Jeffrey Tambor, who was accused of berating Jessica Walter on set, and talked over a crying Walter in an interview.

    He later apologized to Walter.

    Despite previously requesting not to be held accountable for Cross’ alleged bad behavior, Tamblyn acknowledged criticism she received from other women in regards to Cross’ controversies and attempted to help correct him.

    “Believe me, his eyes are open to that now, if they weren’t before. And this is what it took to have that change,” Tamblyn said. “Some men don’t change. The thing I can say about David, that I love so much about him, is that he changes.”

    “Part of his introspection and his sensitivity is that he’s aware of that,” she added. “And I think, same thing goes for the … talking over Jessica Walter’s incident that happened recently. The ‘Arrested Development’ press tour. I think it was a similar experience where … it’s just a continual sense of getting them to open their eyes and getting them to see either how they’re helping or they’re not helping. I helped him to see.”

    GH Casting News

    (7/3/18) GH has put out a casting call for a contract role set to start shooting in August. The character, called Jessica in the breakdown, is described as “African American. Early – late 30’s. Beautiful & dynamic. She is strong, smart & Savvy and plays both sides of the law.”

    Hamilton, As Extra Crispy Colonel, To Guest On 'General Hospital'

    (7/3/18) So you thought that it just wasn’t possible to further up the camp quotient in KFC’s campaign starring George Hamilton as the Extra Crispy Colonel (ECC)?

    Think again.

    This time, the campaign has new legs (sorry) via ABC’s “General Hospital.”

    For National Fried Chicken Day this Friday, July 6 (2 pm EST), Hamilton, as the ECC, will make an appearance on America’s longest-running soap opera, now in its 55th season.

    Hamilton, who’s apparently a superfan of the show, has been tweeting up a storm about the upcoming guest shot on KFC’s Twitter account, including this post

    “Hurray or dreaming! This National Fried Chicken Day, I will get to live the dream I’ve always dreamed and appear in the soap opera that captured my heart as a boy, @GeneralHospital”…

    Judging from his string of posts about the down and dirty on every character and plot on the show, that’s probably not just hyperbole.

    General Hospital Celebrates 'JaSam' Romance With Couple's Greatest Hits

    (7/3/18) (Video) If this summer isn’t hot enough already for you, know that ABC — in a network first — is showcasing a favorite General Hospital couple, with a rousing round-up of Jason Morgan and Sam McCall’s “greatest hits.”

    Today through Sept. 30, fans of “JaSam” (played by two-time Daytime Emmy winner Steve Burton and two-time nominee Kelly Monaco) are invited to cue up and or all of 15 landmark episodes from the couple’s roller coaster ride of a relationship, revisiting their first meeting, their first kiss, “tequila and dominoes” and, yes, that rooftop proposal.

    All 15 episodes are currently available at ABC.com/JasonAndSam (with no sign-in required) and via the ABC app.

    Press play above to get a first look at a promo for the JaSam celebration, and get a taste of what other episodes are on tap.

    Leslie Charleson Returning To GH!

    (7/1/18) Leslie Charleson, who has been absent from the role of GH’s Monica while she recuperated from an injury, is slated to return to the show later this month. “My first day back to work at GH is July 23rd!” she revealed on Twitter. Charleson joined GH in 1977; in her absence, Party McCormack has filled in as Dr. Quartermaine.

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    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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