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General Hospital's Steve Burton Jumps to The Young and the Restless!



Brokenhearted General Hospital fans will have to change networks if they want to see fan favorite, Steve Burton on TV once again. The actor's left ABC to join CBS's The Young and the Restless.

Burton supposedly left to spend more time with his family. However, it seems that resolve didn't last very long. Instead of returning to GH as fans hoped he might, Steve's heading to Genoa City. Burton makes his debut at the end of the month on January 29.

It isn't known if GH simply couldn't make room for Burton back on their canvas. The veteran soap has been bringing back some of the show's most popular characters of late.

That means bad news for Sam McCall. She's holding out hope the bullet that supposedly claimed the life of her baby's father somehow missed the mark. It looks like she'll be holding onto a dream or turning her attention to the McBain instead. Jason's absence also leaves Carly in limbo. Her last two lovers broke her heart, without her best friend to pick up the pieces.

That leaves a gap in General Hospital. Are planning to fill it with AJ? If Jason isn't returning, then his brother might be the next best thing. He's just as shady, but can he be as sexy? Only time will tell.

Watch the announcement below which was filled with much fanfare.




General Hospital Anniversary Plans Revealed!



Though April 1 marks General Hospital's actual 50th anniversary, the show's executive producer, Frank Valentini, and head writer Ron Carlivati, have been honoring the show's rich history ever since taking over the ABC soap opera one year ago this week. Their efforts have paid off in spades — with a serious rise in ratings and multiple award nominations. With old favorites like Finola Hughes (Anna), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Tristan Rogers (Scorpio), Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Lynn Herring (Lucy) and Robin Mattson (Heather) already back on the canvas, and Genie Francis (Laura) and Jon Lindstrom (Kevin) soon making their way back to Port Charles, what else could possibly be left for fans to look forward to as the actual anniversary date approaches? Turns out plenty. Valentini opens up about all he's cooking up to celebrate GH's golden jubilee this spring.

TV Guide: What will be happening in Port Charles during the actual anniversary week?
Valentini:
We're reviving the Nurses' Ball, which is something the show did years ago to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS. I think the feel-good philanthropic aspect of the show was missing. This gives all the people in the hospital — Patrick, Sabrina, Liz, Epiphany and Felix — a real presence as we celebrate the hospital and the people who are the do-gooders. For a long time the moral compass of the show was off a little bit, and I think now we're back to where it needs to be. And the people like Luke and Sonny, who may do the wrong thing, are still good guys in their hearts. Maurice Benard (Sonny) has just signed another long-term deal with the show and there are some exciting things coming up for him and Kate in the next few weeks.

TV Guide: What can we expect to see at the Ball?
Valentini:
There will be some big story reveals over a few days. We're now doing the sketches for the set and costume designs, which are going to be really exciting.  We'll have the characters sing and dance. We'll of course have (inaugural Dancing With the Stars champ) Kelly (Monaco, who plays Sam) dance. We might even bring (her DWTS partner) Val Chermkovskiy back.

TV Guide: Safe to say Lucy's clothes will come off as in year's past?
Valentini:
Yeah, they'll come off. Lucy has a big story that will finish off right at the beginning of the Nurses' Ball.      


TV Guide: Since it is the nurses ball, any chance you'd invite Jacklyn Zeman back as Bobbie Spencer since she was the hospital's reigning head nurse for so many years, and her brother Luke and daughter Carly are still front and center?
Valentini:
Absolutely. We love Jackie. We've talked on the phone a couple times and she's lovely. She might appear at the ball, though there are the realities of budgets and scheduling. We're still figuring it out. The people on the show have real affection for her so it'll all work out.


TV Guide: There are people like Bobbie and Audrey Hardy (an original character not seen since 2009) who are supposedly in the town but never seen.
Valentini:
Yes, Audrey we want to bring back as well. My assistant casting director has spoken to Rachel Ames (now 83) about coming for the Nurses' Ball. She's Liz's grandmother and we talk about her all the time so it would be really fun to have her back. I talked to her the other day and she said, 'I think I could come back and sit in the audience. That could be fun.'


TV Guide Magazine: It might also be nice to make mention of Laura's half sister, nurse Amy Vining, who was played for years by Shell Kepler before she passed away (in 2008 at age 49).
Valentini:
That's a good idea. Let me text Ron. We should.


TV Guide Magazine: What's up with this talk of a vampire storyline related to the events of the short-lived GH spin-off Port Charles?
Valentini:
We're not doing vampires. Because we have Michael (Easton, who plays John) and Lynn who were both on Port Charles with Kelly, we're just doing a nod.


TV Guide: This week, Anna referenced Holly was in a hospital room with Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), but neither were seen. What is Tristan Rogers' status with the show now?
Valentini:
Tristan is so awesome. I'm personally really fond of him. Then we came up with this interesting idea of Robin being discovered by her father. Kimberly McCullough (Robin) has her directing career she's working on now so we've been able to foster a relationship with her so that she can come back and forth while she's pursuing her other goals.


TV Guide: Is the ultimate plan to have Robin back in Port Charles full time?
Valentini:
We would love to. It's going to depend on her. Our door is always open.  


TV Guide: In the meantime you are setting up the character of Sabrina as a possible love interest for 'widowed' Patrick. And we all know it's only a matter of time before you give this Ugly Betty a beauty makeover. When's it going to happen?
Valentini:
It's coming. The time has come to reveal Sabrina's beauty. Maybe around the Nurses Ball.


TV Guide: When you introduced the Swiss clinic storyline, I was convinced there were going to be even more dead people being secretly kept alive. Tops on my wish list were Alan and Maxie's sister Georgie. Any chance?
Valentini:
That's a really big facility so anything can happen (laughs). At this point we don't have anything planned. We hope to be seeing Stuart (Damon, who plays Alan) again. And everyone loved Georgie.


TV Guide: Maxie's got to be pregnant with Spinelli's baby, right?
Valentini:
She is probably pregnant.


TV Guide Magazine: Can you see yourself recasting the Jason role now that Steve Burton has signed with The Young and the Restless?
Valentini:
Not at this point because Jason's absence opens up a lot of fun possibilities for Sam.  


TV Guide: With Prospect Park now reviving One Life to Live, which you executive produced in its final days, there are reports that they have first rights to the characters of John McBain and Todd and Starr Manning, who you've now successfully integrated into the Port Charles canvas. Should we be worried they'll all have to say goodbye?
Valentini:
Right now we're trying to work it out. I can't really say because the lawyers are doing their thing. Our hope is that we'll be able to continue what we're be doing. 


TV Guide: Genie Francis has been so misused during her previous returns. What will be the extent of her participation this time?
Valentini:
It's open-ended and will be something really exciting that will affect the whole Spencer family. We're working on bringing back some of the Spencer boys as well.


TV Guide: The Spencer boys are Lucky, played by Jonathan Jackson who is now on Nashville, Ethan and Nikolas. Who do you want to bring back?
Valentini:
Nashville is part of the ABC family so it's just a scheduling situation for Jonathan, who is just a lovely guy. And maybe Ethan. And I've met with Tyler (Christopher, who plays Nikolas) who is a strong possibility. I can't say definite because we have to make deals.  


TV Guide: And Denise Alexander, who played Laura's mother, Lesley Webber?
Valentini:
The casting people are looking into her availability now. 


TV Guide: Anything you can tell us about Laura's storyline?
Valentini:
We will explore where she's been, what she's been doing, why she's been away and she'll come back with a big secret.


TV Guide: Laura was written off at one point as flying off with Scotty Baldwin. Any plans to bring back Kin Shriner, especially now that Lucy's back?
Valentini:
We'd love to have Kin back, it's just right now we're juggling so many. And we don't want to short shrift anyone in terms of their returns. Timing is important. We were careful to bring Felicia back when we got (Kirsten Storms) back as Maxie.         


TV Guide: That brings us to Frisco. Are we going to see Jack Wagner, who hasn't been in Port Charles since 1995?
Valentini:
Yes. I think it's going to happen. We're very excited. He's got a lot of things going on, so it will be a limited thing for now. We're working with his schedule.


TV Guide: Given that Jack and Kristina were once married in real life, safe to assume you got the okay from Kristina first?
Valentini:
Well, yes and no. I feel I have to respect people's privacy. I just let her know that we were going to be doing a story that involved Frisco Jones, because as an actor that's what she needed to know, and she was fantastic. They get along great and have a family, so it's all good.


TV Guide: Maybe you can reunite Kristina and Jack in real life?
Valentini:
(Laughs) Stranger things have been known to happen. Hey, on One Life to Live, I introduced David Fumero (who played Cristian Vega) and his wife, who played his sister.



The Online Network Officially Confirms All My Children & One Life to Live Revials!



Production on the two soaps will resume in February 2013. Agnes, creator of both "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," has joined the production company.

The confirmation of the soap operas' return - which has been a possibility since Prospect Park gained the licenses for the shows in 2011 - hinged on guild agreements, financing and the hiring of a production staff.

The full press release from Prospect Park follows:

"We are pleased to confirm that Prospect Park is reviving the beloved soap operas, All My Children and One Life To Live as the anchor programs on The Online Network (TOLN). Today we are also pleased to confirm that Prospect Park has: 1) signed guild agreements with both SAG-AFTRA and the DGA; 2) entered into a consulting agreement with Agnes Nixon the creator of All My Children and One Life to Live guaranteeing her active involvement; 3) hired Foz McDermott as TOLN's head of production, Jennifer Pepperman as Executive Producer on One Life to Live, and Ginger Smith as Executive Producer and 4) arranged the necessary financing to begin production in February.

We thank the loyal audience and new generation of fans of both shows who have demonstrated that passion and exciting story lines are not just reserved for traditional television. Their enduring support encouraged us to move forward each and every day.

We look forward to sharing more details including our launch air date and additional specifics in the coming weeks.




Agnes Nixon Pledges 'To Do Everything In Our Power To Make The Shows Live Up To Your Expecations'!



Agnes Nixon posted on her Facebook page on Sunday a message of thanks after receiving an outpouring of support in response to her confirmation ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE were returning.

Dear Friends,

On this birthday of All My Children the best gift was the thousands of messages expressing your love of All My Children and One Life to Live and your joy that they are returning.

I'm deeply touched and pledge to do everything in our power to make the shows live up to your expectations. Thank you!

Love you,
Agnes




DAYS OF OUR LIVES Reaches 12,000 Episode: A Celebration In Photos!



NBC is airing the 12,000th episode of DAYS OF OUR LIVES on Friday. Below are some of our favorite photos from throughout the years.



































Rena Sofer Cast as Snow White's Mother!



Snow White's (real) mother is coming to Once Upon a Time!

Former General Hospital star Rena Sofer has been cast as Queen Eva, the mother of Ginnifer Goodwin's Snow whom we'll see in flashbacks, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Once Upon a Time Postmortem: Who died? Who lived? And what's next?

Sofer, whose other credits include Bones and NCIS, is slated to appear in at least one episode set for early March, which will also feature Bailee Madison as young Snow White. As previously reported, Eva has a surprising connection to someone we already know.

We may know Queen Eva's fate is ultimately grim, since Regina (Lana Parrilla) came to marry Snow's father King Leopold (Richard Schiff), but the journey to her death should be very interesting.

Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8/7c on ABC.



ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee: “I’m thrilled to see General Hospital rocking and rolling in the afternoon!”



This morning at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour, it was the first day of sessions from the Disney/ABC Entertainment Group to promote their shows and reveal some upcoming programming agendas, as well as talk about the hits and misses of the season, and where things stand with current series on the network.

To kick things off, Paul Lee, President ABC Entertainment Group, addressed the press. When discussing the success and future of the network’s primetime soaps, Lee gave kudos to daytime’s General Hospital! According to a tweet from Sara Bibel of Deep Soap, Lee stated, “I’m thrilled to see #GeneralHospital rocking and rolling in the afternoon.”

In addition, according to HitFlix, Lee went on to say that primetime soaps are back citing: “Soaps is one of the great genres. I think we do soap operas particular well.” Lee also made an observation that Latinas love soaps and bring that demo to ABC.



Drake Hogestyn Exits Days of Our Lives … But For How Long?!



Looks like Kristen’s (Eileen Davidson) machinations has John and Marlena (Deidre Hall) right where she wants them! And next week is a critical point for Jarlena fans when after the trust, and the one thing John values most in this world, honesty, appears to have broken down between the long-suffering couple.

On the heels of that, it will pave the way for the exit of Drake Hogestyn (John Black) as previewed in this week’s Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now.

Hogestyn will last be seen on next Friday, January 18th’s episode of DAYS when John leaves the canvas for a short while. But how long will he be away? How will it affect the war between Kristen and Marlena? A DAYS spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

However in this week’s SOD on what facilitates John’s exit, Drake Hogestyn revealed, “John says he needs space and that he’s confused.”



DAYS OF OUR LIVES Renewed Through September 2014!



On the heels of celebrating its 12,000th episode, NBC has extended its long-running daytime drama DAYS OF OUR LIVES for an additional year, taking the show through September 2014 and past its 48th year anniversary in November 2013. The extension was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. The 12,000th episode will air this Friday, January 11.

“We are thrilled to announce that DAYS OF OUR LIVES is not going anywhere. It is NBC's longest-running drama series by far and is one of the most historic brands in television,” said Salke. “We commend Ken Corday and the entire creative team on continuing to keep the stories and characters fresh, exciting and relevant year after year.”

“DAYS OF OUR LIVES has maintained a loyal and dedicated fan base for more than four decades and continues to reach a new generation of viewers,” said Steve Mosko, President, Sony Pictures Television. “We appreciate NBC’s support over the years and, as the show celebrates this significant milestone, we are thrilled that the show will continue to be a part of the NBC family.”

Executive producer Ken Corday follows in the tradition of his parents, Betty and Ted Corday, who co-created DAYS OF OUR LIVES and helmed the series for many years.

“After so many years in the homes and hearts of our loyal fans, I’m both humbled and elated to say it’s 2013 and we’re still going strong,” said Corday. “I am equally proud that the sense of family which my mom and dad established in our show 48 years ago, is still what drives it today. As we celebrate our 12,000th episode with an amazing cast and great support from our network, we look forward to what’s yet to come!”



Martha Greenhouse Dead at 91!



Actress and union leader Martha Greenhouse died Jan. 5, SAG-AFTRA announced. She was 91.

Greenhouse’s TV and film credits included THE EDGE OF NIGHT, RYAN'S HOPE, THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES, LAW & ORDER, The Stepford Wives and the original production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She appeared in many plays on and off Broadway, including "Summer Brave,""Dear Me," and Jose Quintero’s "Our Town."

In 1975 she played Mrs. Huber on RYAN'S HOPE, a tenant in a building with no heat or hot water than Frank Ryan helps.

Greenhouse joined AFRA (the radio-only predecessor of AFTRA) in 1941 and the Screen Actors Guild in 1955 and became deeply involved in union activities. Highlights of her service include five terms as the president of AFTRA’s New York Local, from 1977-1982, and two terms on SAG’s National Board, from 1981-1987.

More recently she served as an AFTRA Foundation board member and was president of the AFTRA Heller Memorial Foundation for more than a decade. She also served on the board of the N.Y. Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and was an AFTRA representative to the Associated Actors and Artistes of America.

Greenhouse remained active on the national and local AFTRA boards until 2005 and 2010 respectively, and received practically every award the union had to offer: the Founder’s Award, the N.Y. Local’s Ken Harvey Award and the George Heller Gold Card, the highest honor given by national AFTRA for service to the union.

“During her more than 40 years of board service, Martha helped lead the New York Local of AFTRA through turbulent times, and the union came out stronger due to her hard work, talent and dedication,” said SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon. “She was an inspiration not only to me but to the entire leadership. Her service to the union should be held up as an example to everyone who will walk in her footsteps.”



Lindstrom Returns To GH!!



With all the whackos in Port Charles, what GENERAL HOSPITAL really needs is a good shrink... and that's exactly what they're getting! On Wednesday, January 30, Jon Lindstrom returns to the canvas after a nine-year absence as Dr. Kevin Collins, who also happens to be Lucy's main squeeze.

"The last we knew, it was implied at Lila's memorial that Lucy had reconciled with Kevin, and that they were together," says headwriter, Ron Carlivati. "And we did see a picture of him on her desk at CoeCoe Cosmetics. So the big question is, where is he and why hasn't she mentioned him? Lucy gets herself into a pretty major jam during February sweeps and, when that happens, she receives a surprise visitor. That is Kevin. When he arrives, you'll find out why you haven't seen him yet, why she hasn't mentioned him and what is the status of their relationship."

At present, ABC is remaining hush hush about the length of Lindstrom's stay.



Jerry Ver Dorn Signs On For Prospect Park's ONE LIFE TO LIVE!



Emmy-winning actor Jerry VerDorn has signed on to Prospect Park's upcoming ONE LIFE TO LIVE revival to reprise his role as Clint Buchanan. VerDorn posted the announcement on his Facebook page.

Hello Everybody. One Life Lives. And good things come to those who wait. Or so it is said. About an hour ago I agreed to be part of the OLTL revival and I’m thrilled to be involved in entertainment history as the show we love moves to other formats. The fans consistent drum beat of support played a large part in Prospect Park never giving up trying to find a solution. And today they announced it to the world. With the cherry-on-the-top-news that Agnes Nixon has been hired as a consultant! For those who doubted, I don’t blame you as this has never been done before. For those who never lost hope and never stopped writing and calling, well, good things come to those who wait. Congratulations to you all. Welcome back to Llanview. Love, jerry verDorn.



General Hospital: Are Vampires Returning to Port Charles?!



They're back in town and ready to kill. Or are they? Years before bloodsuckers were all the rage via True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, they were raising holy hell on Port Charles. The 1997-2003 General Hospital spinoff featured Michael Easton as vampire stud Caleb Morley, Kelly Monaco as his luscious lover Livvie and GH crossover fave Lynn Herring as vampire slayer Lucy Coe. Now that Herring is back on GH as Lucy and Easton and Monaco are on the soap in different roles, it's time for some wicked fun!

On Monday, Jan. 14, Lucy will drop by Kelly's Diner for some chow and spot John McBain, the good-guy cop played by Easton. "She completely freaks and screams, "Caleb!" says head writer Ron Carlivati. "Later Kelly's character, Sam, comes out of the ladies room and Lucy think it's Livvie." Lucy goes into full slayer mode and stabs John. He's rushed to the hospital. She ends up in the slammer.

"Our universes are colliding but this is no quick gimmick," Carlivati promises. "This will kick off a nice little mystery story: Is Lucy crazy or is there something very real going on here? And, if she's crazy, why do John and Sam feel like they've met before?"

The plot gets even dizzier when Duke Lavery, played by Ian Buchanan who also played vampire king Joshua Temple on PC, pays a visit to Lucy at the jailhouse. "That really throws her for a loop — in fact, the whole thing's a total mindfuck!" says Carlivati. "We'll also throw Sam's mother Alexis [Nancy Lee Grahn] into the mix as Lucy's attorney."

How far will Carlivati take this thing? "The story does get pretty over-the-top yet it's still rooted in a certain reality," says the scribe. "Lucy may be off-kilter but she's certainly not in Heather Webber territory. Her belief in vampires will be very convincing." Especially for the PC viewers who saw it all happen!

"That show was so ahead of its time and this is a nice nod to the fans who supported all those wild chances we took," Herring says. "I love that we're still taking chances and not sidestepping the past. If Lucy met up with John and didn't recognize him, we'd be flooded with complaints!"

The return to vamp territory is especially gratifying for Herring who wasn't welcomed back to GH when PC was cancelled. "That was very disheartening," she says. "It never occurred to me that Lucy wouldn't still have a place in town if PC didn't work out. But you know what? Even knowing what I know now, I would still go off to do PC. I would not trade that fabulous experience for anything!"



Cameron Mathison & Jennie Garth Start Production This Week On New ABC Family Film 'Home Again'!



In the movie, Melody (Garth), a high powered corporate workaholic for a retail conglomerate, is happy to spend the holidays jet-setting with her girlfriends. However, she’s in for an unpleasant surprise when her boss sends her to her sleepy hometown to convince the reluctant townspeople to allow them to build a new discount store. Now, forced to reconnect with her family and her childhood sweetheart Carter (Mathison), her task is not so simple, as all are vehemently opposed to everything Melody’s company stands for. Desperate to get out of town and back to her “real” life, Melody takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe where she never left home and is married to Carter! Once determined to leave her small town life behind, Melody must make sense of her new life and decide if you truly can go home again.

ALL MY CHILDREN fans have been speculating whether or not Mathison would be part of Prospect Park's online version of the show set to start production on February.

"[For] those asking, I'm not sure if I'll be part of the new AMC," he tweeted Monday. "I'm lucky to be working these days, so I'm working on the scheduling. Hope so!"



General Hospital, One Life to Live & Days of Our Lives Land DGA Nominations!!



The Directors Guild of America (DGA) announced their nominees for all the directing categories in the field of Television including the Daytime Serials category!

DGA President Taylor Hackford announced those who will compete for the prize which will be handed out at the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on February 2nd in Hollywood to be hosted by Kelsey Grammar!

In the Daytime Serials category we are pleased to announce their were five nominated directors and their directing teams from three soaps: General Hospital, One Life to Live and Days of our Lives. Congrats to all and here are the daytime drama nominees:

Albert Alaar – Days of our Lives – Episode #11895 NBC

Mr. Alarr’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Mike Fiamingo, Joe Lumer, Lugh Powers, Tina Keller Stage Managers: Fran De Simone, Stuart Howard Production Associates: Krista Cremidan, Holly Metts, Sara Peterson, Lucy Yalenian.

Larry Carpenter – General Hospital – “Bad Water” ABC

Mr. Carpenter’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave Stage Managers: Brendan Higgins, Robert Markham, Craig McManus Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

William Ludel - General Hospital – “Magic Milo” ABC

Mr. Ludel’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames.

Scott McKinsey – General Hospital – “Shot Through The Heart” ABC

Mr. McKinsey’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Penny Pengra, Denise Van Cleave, Christine Magarian-Ucar Stage Managers: Craig McManus, Crystal Craft Production Associates: Christine Cooper, Allison Reames,

Jill Mitwell – One Life to Live – “Between Heaven and Hell” ABC

Ms. Mitwell’s Directorial Team: Associate Directors: Tracy Casper Lang, Teresa Cicala, Michael Sweeney, Paul S. Glass Stage Managers: Alan Needleman, Keith Greer, Tracy Casper Lang, Leah M. Weber Production Associates: Nathalie Rodriguez, Kevin Brush.



Prospect Park's Jeff Kwatinetz believes the timing is right for return of ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE!



After some classic soap opera twists – union spats, outraged fans, squishy financing – a Hollywood production company, Prospect Park, on Monday confirmed that the canceled “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” would live on in cyberspace. For real this time.

The “necessary financing” is set, as is the involvement of Agnes Nixon, the creator of both soaps. The Online Network also named three other senior executives.

This is about more than saving soap operas, which have a relatively small but intensely loyal fan base. It is a bold bet that the Web — because of the proliferation of broadband, Internet-enabled TVs and the iPad — is now a practical way to funnel traditional shows to viewers.

If the popularity of streamed 30-minute and 60-minute shows on Netflix and Hulu is any indication, consumers are ready to move beyond using the Web for bite-size video, Mr. Kwatinetz and Mr. Rich are gambling.

“I know it’s been a long journey, but the timing is actually fortuitous as TV viewing is evolving rapidly in our direction,” Mr. Kwatinetz said in an interview. “The adoption of online TV in the last year has begun to move exponentially as viewers start to realize the immense advantages digital distribution affords. But all of that is unmatched compared to the relentless fan support. Since they didn’t give up, either did we.”



Jack Wagner on possible GENERAL HOSPITAL return!



Wagner (ex-Frisco), who Digest revealed to be atop GH's wish list for vets to bring back to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary in April, confirmed to the Huffington Post that he has been contacted by execs. "I have nothing to say about it," he offered.

"They have called, but there's nothing in ink or anything like that. I know it would be pretty special to work with Kristina [Wagner, Felicia], my ex-wife, again so we'll see what happens. I know it's around the corner here and if I go back, it would only be for a very short story arc. But I might do it just to honor that show and what it's meant to my career and the fans and to Kristina's career."



Trouble is coming to 'The Young and the Restless'!



MSN TV: How did this role come together for you?

Jhoanna Flores: I can't say it was easy, but it was the traditional route. My agent saw them casting this role. First call, second call, first test with the network. Then I got the call that they wanted to test me again [and that I should] wear a little more makeup and look a little more mature. I felt like it was every beauty pageant queen from South America! It was a little discouraging, but I booked it a couple days later, so it was completely worth it.

Who did you audition with?

I read with Robert [Adamson] as Noah. I think they were really going for the chemistry between the two characters. In the scene, my character has to be seductive and [was] supposed to kiss him. Before we walked in, this girl's like, "Do we kiss him?" The casting directors were like, "No! That would just be gross." But we had to act like we did and look him in the eyes and touch his neck and his chest. He did it very gracefully.

What can you tell us about your character?

Seductive, manipulative, and she is after Noah. She's just bad news. She comes with some trouble under her sleeves. You don't know what her true motives are. The relationship between her and Noah will excite viewers.

Noah has a pretty big family. Has Adriana run into any of the Newmans yet?

No. You do see them talking about me, because they know I'm back in town. The only other person I've had a scene with so far is Ignacio [Serrichio], who plays Alex. He's great. The first day we met, we talked about our characters and where they're going. We got it done in one take. He's great and professional and really funny. He cracks jokes the whole time. It lightens the mood.

You've characterized Adriana as seductive and trouble. Is there anything redeeming about this girl?

At first, you see a lot of trouble and manipulation, but Noah is so forgiving for her. You definitely see the moments where she's like, "Wow, he really cares about me." But at the beginning, I'm expecting most girls who have crushes on Noah to hate me. I'm waiting for it. I know he has a huge fan base and they are going to not like me!



GUIDING LIGHT's Michael O'Leary on buying a home!







DAYS: Chad Stops The Wedding!



Just as Nick and Gabi are about to say "I Do," a vengeful Chad stops the wedding and announces that Nick is not the father of of Gabi's baby.

Rafe calls Chad a liar and the two men fight. Hope breaks up the fight and tries to calm everyone down. Abigail focuses her attention on Chad, who she is furious with for ruining the wedding.

As things begin to calm down, Will steps forward and admits that he's the father of Gabi's baby.

Sonny has a hard time absorbing the news and runs off. Will tries to go after him but he is stopped by Lucas. Meanwhile, Sami unleashes her fury on Gabi. Rafe stands up for his sister, pointing out that Will took Gabi to get an abortion.

The fight between Sami and Rafe escalates and they say hurtful things to each other.

Later, Nick eavesdrops on Lucas and Will's conversation and learns that Lucas went to prison for something Will did.

Meanwhile, in a private conversation with Eric, Rafe reveals that whatever chance he had with Sami is gone.

Nick connects with Gabi and tells her there might be a way for them to get everything they want. What exactly does Nick have up his sleeve?



James Franco parodies Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend"!



General Hospital alumni and Oscar nominee James Franco (ex-Franco) has teamed up with Pretty Little Liars and former Days of Our Lives star Ashley Benson (ex-Abby Deveraux) for a parody of Justin Bieber’s hit song “Boyfriend.” While Franco impersonates The Biebs, Benson slips into Selena Gomez’s role from the original music video.





Genie Francis Returning To GENERAL HOSPITAL!



It’s the comeback that General Hospital fans have been waiting for: Genie Francis, who spent a little over a year on The Young and the Restless, will return to the ABC soap, EW has learned exclusively.

Francis just closed a deal to reprise her role as Laura Spencer for the drama’s 50th anniversary this year. She’ll report to the Los Angeles set sometime later this month for a Feb. 11 debut, which is actually 50 days before the series’ April 1 anniversary.

It’s unclear how long Laura, will stick around Port Charles this time. Executive producer Frank Valentini was definitely interested in staging a comeback for Francis but they made the decision to wait for the right time.

“I don’t know what the story is,” she says. “I have no idea, but Frank is very persuasive, energetic, infectious and has a sense of fun, a positive-ness that makes you want to work for the guy. He assured me there was going to be nice stuff to play. I am choosing to believe him!”

Francis had only one caveat — that there be an explanation for why she was gone from Port Charles for so long. In the GH world, Laura has three kids: Lulu and Lucky with Luke Spencer, and Nikolas with Stavros Cassadine. “It’s not for me to tell them how to run their show. But my biggest concern was that there had to be a good reason for me to stay away from my family.”



Patrika Darbo on Nancy's return to Salem!



Patrika Darbo returns to Days in March as Chloe's mom, Nancy Wesley.

"I was back in November taping," shares Patrika Darbo. "It was very easy to come back and play Nancy. The current writers are very tuned into who this character is, which is always terrific."

Chloe has been through a lot since the last time Nancy was seen in Salem. Shares Darbo, "With some of the things that have happened to Chloe, Nancy would have knifed some people a long time ago!"

In addition to working with Nadia Bjorlin, Darbo's upcoming scenes will include Shawn Christian, who plays Daniel. "He's adorable," praises the actress.

To see what Nancy is up to when she returns to Salem, tune into Days this March!



General Hospital’s Laura Wright Weighs-In On The Future Of The Carly/Todd Relationship!



General Hospital’s Todd Manning is in hot water these days in Port Charles! After finally kick-starting a romance with Carly Corinthos Jax, Todd’s machinations in the baby switch plot with Heather Webber, and the heartache it caused Sam and Jason, has finally come to the attention of Carly and she is devastated when Todd admits what he did.

However in the latest issue of Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Daytime Emmy winner Laura Wright (Carly) discusses the future of the relationship between Todd (Roger Howarth) and Carly, and from what we can discern, this dynamic duo could be in each other’s orbit for the long haul!

Wright revealed, “The relationship with Todd, in my opinion, and I’m pretty sure Roger as well, is a big deal! Roger and I talked to the writers at the GH Christmas Party about how, yes, Blair and Todd are wonderful and Sonny and Carly have their history, but there is something about Carly/Todd that is whole new world. For these two characters what’s happened between them is extremely emotional, realizing that they have fallen in love with someone and they thought it could be forever and now that’s messed up and it’s very difficult.”

As angry as Carly is at this point with Todd, Wright points out that deep down, Carly does not want Todd out of her life citing: “In her heart, she wants him to try and win her back and tell her that she’s the most important thing in his world and he will do whatever it takes to fix it. I have a feeling that writers are going to be forced into it. (Laughs) I am telling you once all these scenes air the fans are going to go nuts!”




The Week In The Year 2000!




Erica's European informant told her that Alexandra had been in a Welsh mental institution for several years. Edmund and Alex enjoyed each other's company and a dance or two at SOS. Jake worried about Colby's safety after he learned that she was not at a television conference in Monaco. He told Gillian that he planned to sue for custody. Gillian confronted Adam about his plans to tell Jake the truth and learned that Adam wouldn't say anything for fear that he would never see Liza and Colby again. Adam tried to convince Gillian that she should tell Jake the truth. Leo agreed to help out at a soup kitchen to get closer to Becca. Greenlee overheard Scott and Ryan both say that they had no long-term interest in her. Janet set up a booby trap at an old warehouse for Sophie, but Hayley unwittingly set off the trap when dropping by to check on her aunt. Sophie found an unconscious Hayley and dragged her off to a remote corner of the warehouse before playing dead on the floor. Janet returned, and Sophie sprang to life. The women struggled, and Janet ultimately killed Sophie in self-defense -- with a crowbar. Trevor appeared on the scene and told Janet that he'd take care of everything. One of Sophie's discarded cigarettes started a blaze at the warehouse with Hayley still inside. Mateo arrived just in time to save her. Trevor confessed to Sophie's murder, but disappeared before he could be charged with the crime.





Adam agreed to help by posing as Abigail's boyfriend when Chris was unable to stay away from Abigail. Eddie and Georgia got married and left town after the D.A. decided not to prosecute her. Tom and Margo renewed their vows, and Emily got a face full of cake from Margo after she made a scornful toast. Scared by mail from Hong Kong, Carly tried to move up the wedding date, but later agreed to let Emma hold the wedding at the farm. Andy finally learned from Denise that he was Hope's father.





Sam realized that her period was late, so she purchased a home pregnancy test. Jax secretly returned to Port Charles. During Carly's New Year's Eve bash at Metro Court, Michael angrily confronted his mother about Jax surviving the plane crash. Alexis, Sonny, and Kate took turns ranting at Carly after Michael stormed off. In his fury, Michael stepped into the path of Jason's motorcycle. Jason managed to avoid a collision, but the accident triggered memories of Jake's tragic death. Sonny refused to give in to Michael's demands to join the Corinthos organization, so Michael turned to Johnny. Anthony made plans to marry Tracy, despite her refusal to accept his proposal. Ethan shared an unexpected New Year's Eve kiss with the lady in white. Later, Spinelli and Ethan were stunned when Ewen revealed that the lady in white was his patient. Maxie asked Matt to move in with her after Lulu officially moved out. Spinelli decided that three was a crowd, so he moved out of the penthouse. Robin made plans to secretly fly to Seattle to meet with a doctor, instead of heading to an AIDS conference in Africa. Robin confessed to Elizabeth that her viral loads were unstable, and that the new drug protocol might not be effective, so she wanted Elizabeth to take care of Patrick and Emma in her place. Jason collapsed at Patrick's feet shortly after arriving at the hospital to talk to Robin.





Giovanni asked Rick to join him and Kimberly on the location shoot. Later, Amber accused Kimberly of "gawking" at Rick. Tawny spotted Becky in Venice and chased her up a bell tower while threatening her. Ridge rejected Taylor's suggestion that Brooke and Thorne might really be in love.





Shawn was saved from the ledge and would make a full recovery. Belle was relieved. Eric tried to convince Greta that it was not her mother that had been shot. Bo prayed for a miracle for "Hope." Doug and Julie shared a song for "Hope" in the hospital chapel. Hope and Stefano continued to try to contact someone outside the castle. Sami and Brandon got closer, while Austin tried to help Nicole. "Hope" died while Bo watched in disbelief.





Faison escaped jail with Helena's help and told Luke that Lucky was still alive. Faison's boat exploded, and he was presumed dead. Jason decided that he needed to leave town for good and started saying his goodbyes. Carly made a spectacle of herself at A.J.'s ELQ party, and he told her she had to see a psychiatrist or risk losing Michael. Hannah tried to get Jason to help her with Sonny, but Sonny told her to get out. Alan and Monica decided to go along with Ned's plan and have Alan marry Gertrude. Luke decided to find out if Lucky was alive or not.





Josh and Olivia made love, and agreed to continue their relationship with no strings attached. Selena and Reva bonded. Selena confided to Drew that if she made love to Buzz he would turn away, and Buzz told Jesse that he wanted their first time to be special and loving. Buzz's plan for planned romance failed, but he and Selena got the real thing after all. Pilar drew closer to Bill after she learned of Michelle's release, and decided not to tell Bill the real truth about her mother and Ben's murder. Jesse learned that Danny had manipulated Michelle's alibi, but agreed to keep quiet. Michelle and Drew made up. Edmund helped Carmen keep Vanessa quiet, and Carmen told Edmund the truth about Ben's murder. Edmund and Carmen continued their plot against Vanessa. Rick informed Matt that a sedative had caused Vanessa's relapse, and warned Matt about Carmen. Carmen prepared for damage control, and Matt restricted Vanessa's visitors. Abby told Rick the truth about her fears and uncertainties of raising a family. Cassie and Richard fought their real attraction for each other. Cassie was optimistic about a future with Richard, however Reva arrived in San Cristobel to tell Richard about Jonathan's whereabouts. Richard admitted his anger toward Reva and that Cassie was part of his revenge against her; he agreed they should go to Jonathan together. Cassie was stunned to see Richard and Reva in a loving embrace.





Lindsay told Will about her engagement to Bo. Larry told Ben the medical board was revoking his license. Sam told Nora he still wanted to get married but not like that. Kelly and Kevin worried that Joey would find out the truth. Skye threatened Max that she'd tell Asa who the Buchanan heir was. Lindsay found an accountant checking Will's books. R.J. was upset when Hank had someone following him for his protection. Cris asked Roseanne to marry him. Asa took Bo the evidence that Will had been embezzling from the foundation. Nora tried to convince Sam to marry her in Tahiti. Bo arrived at Will's office to arrest him.





Timmy managed to sneak out from under Charity's bed and make his way home. A furious Luis learned Julian had ordered Martin's body cremated. The burned birth certificate persuaded Chad that his parents were not the people who had raised him.





Victor bought the land that was so important to Ramona. Tony and Megan were getting married; Nina was the matron of honor, and Cassie was the flower girl. Nikki and Brad returned from Venice. Ramona and Victor slept together after a night of heavy tea drinking. Jack asked Ashley how her cruise had been and if she had met anyone on the trip. Jill thought she should do a background check on Mackenzie to prove if she was Brock's real daughter or not. Larry was talking to his parole officer because the officer wanted to know if he was Victoria's harasser. Gary threw a sales pitch at Victoria for the Brash & Sassy ads. Ross was not impressed and wanted Gary out of the picture. Tricia got a phone message from Megan, telling about Meg's wedding plans. As Tricia tried to stop the wedding, she hit Tony on his bike. Tony was in the hospital, fighting for his life.



PREVIEWS FOR NEXT WEEK!




Monday January 14:
Chad reveals that Nick's not the father of Gabi's child.
The wedding is brought to a halt.
Rafe accuses Chad of lying and the men physically fight.
Will comes forward and reveals the truth. Sonny runs off.
Lucas demands answers from his son.
Sami rips into Gabi and Rafe warns Sami to leave his sister alone.

Tuesday January 15:
Rafe and Sami have an ugly fight over Gabi's lies.
Nick learns incriminating information regarding Will's past and goes to Gabi, in the hopes of using it.
Marlena offers Will support.
Sonny and Will discuss Will's lies.
Abby tells Chad to take a hike and Cameron makes sure Chad does so.

Wednesday January 16:
Marlena confides in Hope about her marital troubles and Hope comes up with an idea of how to get Brady to see the truth.
Marlena's wearing a wire when she goes to see Kristen.
Chloe burns while witnessing Jenn kissing Daniel.
Daniel suggests Chloe grant Kate limited access to Parker, which she does not like.
Kate tracks Jenn down, There's something Daniel needs to know.

Thursday January 17:
Kristen surprises Marlena by not outing herself on tape.
John hears the tape and hears Kristen's revalation that Marlena was happy Brady was sleeping with her because it'd mean there was no room for John in her bed.
Brady finds Kristen's note to Marlena.
Chloe and Nicole clash over their love for Daniel.
Kate presses her agenda to discredit Chloe's mothering.

Friday January 18:
Jenn doesn't tell Daniel about Chloe's past in prostitution.
Anne helps Chloe set Jennifer up.
Nicole and Eric make amends and she confesses her mixed feelings about her friend pursuing her ex.
Brady passes out.
Kristen feels guilt knowing Brady's physical issues could be a result of saving her from muggers.
Marlena admits her mistrust of John. He decides to leave town to figure out what to do about his marriage and his son.
Sami's past comes back to haunt her when she and Will discuss his role in his child's life.




(Planning a Service)
1/14, Monica and Sam plan a service for Jason; Sonny is bothered when he witnesses a kiss between Connie and AJ.

(The Escape Plan)
1/15, Todd uses Felix to assist in his escape; Sonny and Connie grow closer.

(Wondering)
1/16, Carly fears the worst when she wakes up in Todd's bed; Sabrina and Felix discuss their worries about the future of the Nurses Ball.

(Pressing)
1/17, Felix helps Carly get rid of her hangover and gives her an idea; Britt crosses the line with Patrick.

(The Fear)
1/18, Ellie is upset when her condition doesn't improve; Lulu is concerned about her father when she can't find his location.






(Information)
1/14, Steffy learns of some news that could change her relationship with Liam; Thomas and Rick prepare for the fashion show.

(The Winner)
1/15, Eric makes an important decision; Steffy sees something that could hurt her relationship with Liam.

(Breaking a Promise)
1/16, Taylor is forced to make a tough choice; Brooke advises Liam to reach a decision.

(Comforting Eric)
1/17, Pam tries to comfort Eric; Katie takes matters into her own hands.

(Press Conference)
1/18, Hope's personal life becomes the topic at a press conference; Brooke gives Katie some marital guidance.









Friends and family gather together for the grand opening of Nick's new club

Victor's PI guy turns on him to Jack who pays him off.

Sharon ends up at Jabot (not Newman) and apparently so does Adam.

Phyllis is forced to make a choice between Jack and Summer

Nick and Phyllis come to a new understanding

Lily plans a romantic surprise for Cane

Things really heat up between Adriana and Noah

Victor bargains with Billy






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