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Daytime Dish: Antonio Sabato Jr. Returns to General Hospital

Antonio Sabato Jr.Since he recently jumped into the celebrities-as-talent pool, this announcement really doesn’t come as a big surprise. After 13 years away, Antonio Sabato Jr. is returning to the fictional city that made him famous: Port Charles.

Starting in July, the contender can be seen on General Hospital: Night Shift, SOAPnet’s spinoff of the ABC hit sudser. For the program’s second season, Antonio will once again play Jagger Cates, a role he originated back in the early 90’s. It was around that same time that both Sonny Corinthos and Miguel Morez (a long-haired Ricky Martin) entered the scene.

Those who can clearly remember watching GH during that time probably recall that Jagger Cates was Stone Cates’ brother. Stone Cates being, of course, Robin Scorpio’s first love. (He died after suffering from AIDS.) Jagger’s presence will surely affect an emotional Robin, who is now pregnant with Patrick Drake’s baby.

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General Hospital’s Underground Fan Favorite

Posted by Jacci Lewis Categories: Daytime, Drama, ABC, General Hospital, Editorial,

Carolyn+HennesyWhether by accident or by design sometimes an actor considered a bit player or non-essential to a TV show’s main storyline becomes an underground fan favorite.

Meet a.k.a. Diane Miller on General Hospital.  Hennesy is one of those actresses who probably gets a lot of people coming up to her and saying, “Didn’t we go to high school together?” or “Weren’t you my brother’s divorce attorney?” The 46-year old classically trained actress looks so familiar because she works steadily in Hollywood and has for years.

Hennesy’s IMBd.com page lists bit parts in everything from Dawson’s Creek to Moesha to Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare but so far none of those roles have launched her into that fabled realm of name-recognition stardom.

Some fans think that should change.  A few have even launched a write-in campaign on various soap opera message boards to get Henessey’s character a life and storyline of her own.

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General Hospital’s Heart Disease Awareness Effort Strikes an Awkward Note

Sonya Eddy, Nurse JohnsonOK, I know it is for a good cause and all but I couldn’t help feeling a bit icky yesterday when one of the characters on ABC’s mentioned a brand name product he liked: Campbell’s V8 Fusion drink.

This not-so-subtle plug was a result of teaming up with Campbell’s Soup Company and the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women”  effort to raise awareness about the dangers of heart disease in women. The February-long effort spans ABC’s entire daypart including heart disease related topics on The View and as ABC’s press release states “cause-related marketing” on ABC’s Soapnet cable channel.

Some of the shows are able to weave the important public service message in fairly seamlessly. On ABC’s this integration of reality and storyline will culminate in a “Go Red” Valentine’s Day Ball hosted by usual enemies Dorian Lord and Viki Davidson. Viki has a history of heart disease and most soaps can’t go more than a few months without a ball storyline anyway.

ABC’s is working in the concept by having the ladies of the fictional Fusion Cosmetics host a “Go Red” Fashion Show. Not too much of a stretch there either.

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Tamara Braun, Ex-Carly from ‘General Hospital’ Joins ‘Days Of Our Lives’

Tamara BraunIt sure pays to play a Carly on ABC’s . Yet another ex-Carly returns to the soap opera world tomorrow, this time on NBC’s .

, who played Carly Benson-Roberts Corinthos on General Hospital from 2001-2005 arrives in Salem on Friday, February 8.

Braun’s character is Ava, described as a ‘mystery woman’ from Steve “Patch” Johnson’s past. If history is any indication, Days fans should warm up to her fast.

When Tamara Braun joined ABC’s General Hospital in 2001 she took over the role of a pivotal, established character. The actress who originated Carly in the 90’s, was and still is a fan favorite. Brown just returned to Port Charles in an entirely new role as Claudia Zacchara.

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Daytime Dish: ‘GH’, ‘One Life to Live’, ‘As The World Turns’

Sarah Brown, the first of four actresses to play the role of Carly Corinthos, will be making a return to . Interestingly enough, she won’t be there to take her old spot back (like recently did on ).  Brown will be making a splashy entrance as an entirely new character: Claudia Zacchara, mobster Johnny’s sister.  (Don’t try and question how this could happen; played a different character on the vampire-filled before she became Sam on the bloodsucker-less GH.)

Sarah, who originated the role of Carly back in 1996 (she left in 2001), will not only have a juicy face-to-face with the current Carly (played by ), she’ll have a heated encounter of the bedroom kind with her old hubby, Sonny Corinthos.  I can’t wait!  Brown currently has a one-year contract with the daytime drama and is scheduled to make her debut on Thursday, Jan. 31.

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Late Night Repeats for Writer-less Talk Shows

SNL Amy PoehlerIf the Writers Guild of America strikes on Monday as scheduled, you can expect a slate of late-night reruns to put you to bed.  Assuming a last-minute Sunday mediation session doesn’t prevent the 12,000 WGA members from walking out, daily productions ranging from to will immediately go into repeats.  So much for November sweeps.

The impact will not necessarily be limited to evening fare; daytime chatfests like may be affected as well.  Fortunately like my fave, , have stockpiled scripts that should leave them immune for months to come.

Tonight’s with Brian Williams could also be the last production for some time.  But given SNL’s lame tendency to air repeats anyway, who’d even notice?

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Daytime Emmy Nominations Announced

Television AcademyThe nominations for the Daytime Emmys were announced on Wednesday and The Young and the Restless rose to the top of the pack.  The CBS soap opera received 18 nominations and will compete for Best Soap Opera against 8-time winner . Other expected nominations went out to Ellen DeGeneres for Best Talk Show Host (one of 11 nominations overall) and to Alex Trebek for Best Game Show Host. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Spinney—the long-time voice behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.

The Daytime Emmys will air on April 28 on ABC.

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