Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Genie Francis Returns To General Hospital

Genie Francis made for return to "General Hospital" today after a two year absense. The 46-year-old actress once again reprised her role as Laura on the ABC daytime soap opera. The character's 1981 fairy-tale wedding to Luke (played by Anthony Geary) was watched by 30 million viewers and landed the couple on the cover of Newsweek magazine. Francis began playing Laura in 1976."This is a short visit," says Francis. "It's a mother-daughter story. Years ago when I started playing the character as a 14-year-old girl, it was a mother-daughter story, only I was the daughter. So it's kinda cool this is full circle. It's nice to come back for visits. 'General Hospital' is my home."Laura was last seen slipping in and out of a catatonic state in 2007. The upcoming appearance will feature Laura in a story line with daughter Lulu. Francis, who now runs a home-furnishing shop in Belfast, Maine, said she was told that Laura wouldn't be killed off during her latest guest stint."I would stay on, but 'General Hospital' honestly doesn't seem to want that relationship with this character at the moment," said Francis. "They want little short doses during sweeps periods. It's not entirely up to me. I'm thrilled and delighted my audience stands behind me. If they didn't, you can be sure I wouldn't get to come back for these visits."Francis won a supporting actress Daytime Emmy in 2007 for previously reprising the role.
(yahoo news)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Susan Lucci Confirmed For Dancing With The Stars

Susan Lucci, Toni Braxton and Lance Bass will hit the floor on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."They are among 13 celebrities slated to compete on the new season of the top-rated dance contest, premiering Sept. 22.The other contestants are Cloris Leachman, Kim Kardashian, Ted McGinley, Brooke Burke, NFL champ Warren Sapp and two Olympic athletes: Misty May-Treanor, who won her second gold medal for beach volleyball at this year's summer games in Beijing, and Maurice Greene, who won two gold medals in track at the 2000 games in Sydney.Rounding out the cast are chef Rocco DiSpirito, Cody Linley of "Hannah Montana" and comedian Jeffrey Ross.The names were announced Monday on ABC News' "Good Morning America."

(AP , ABC.com)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama Picks Biden As Running Mate

Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues.
Obama announced the pick on his Web site with a photo of the two men and an appeal for donations. A text message went out shortly afterward that said, "Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee."
Biden, 65, has twice sought the White House, and is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator.
Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation, Supreme Court nominees and Constitutional issues.
In selecting Biden, Obama passed over several other potential running mates, none more prominent than former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, his tenacious rival in dozens of primaries and caucuses. Clinton issued a statement Saturday praising Obama's decision and calling Biden "an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant."
Obama's campaign arranged a debut for the newly minted ticket on Saturday outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
Obama's decision leaked to the media several hours before his aides planned to send a text message announcing the running mate, negating a promise that people who turned over their phone numbers would be the first to know who Obama had chosen. The campaign scrambled to send the text message after the leak, sending phones buzzing at the inconvenient time of just after 3 a.m. on the East Coast.
Hundreds of miles to the west, carpenters, electricians, sound stage gurus and others transformed the Pepsi Center in Denver into a made-for-television convention venue.
Tucked away in one corner were thousands of lightweight rolled cardboard tubes, ready-made handles for signs bearing the names of the Democratic ticket — once the identity of Obama's running mate was known.
While Obama decided against adding Clinton to his ticket, he has gone to great lengths to gain the confidence of her primary voters, agreeing to allow her name to be placed in nomination at the convention and permitting a roll call vote that threatens to expose lingering divisions within the party.
Biden slowly emerged as Obama's choice across a long day and night of political suspense as other contenders gradually fell away.
First Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine let it be known that he had been ruled out. Then came word that Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana had also been passed over.
Several aides to Clinton said the Obama campaign had never requested financial or other records from her.
Other finalists in the veep sweepstakes were Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Texas Rep. Chet Edwards.
Among those on the short list, Biden brought the most experience in defense or foreign policy — areas in which Obama fares relatively poorly in the polls compared with Republican Sen. John McCain.
While the war in Iraq has been supplanted as the campaign's top issues by the economy in recent months, the recent Russian invasion of Georgia has returned foreign policy to the forefront.
In addition to foreign policy experience, Biden, a native of Scranton, Pa., has working-class roots that could benefit Obama, who lost the blue-collar vote to Clinton during their competition for the presidential nomination.
Biden was elected to the Senate at the age of 29 in 1972, but personal tragedy struck before he could take office. His wife and their 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, were killed when a tractor-trailer broad-sided her station wagon.
Biden took his oath of office for his first term at the hospital bedside of one of his sons.
On Friday, he spent the day at his home in Delaware with friends and family. The normally loquacious lawmaker maintained a low profile as associates said they believed — but did not know — he would be tapped. They added they had been asked to stand by in case their help was needed.
No sooner had word spread of his selection than McCain's campaign unleashed its first attack. Spokesman Ben Porritt said in a statement that Biden had "denounced Barack Obama's poor foreign policy judgment and has strongly argued in his own words what Americans are quickly realizing — that Barack Obama is not ready to be president."
As evidence, Republicans cited an ABC interview from August 2007, in which Biden said he would stand by an earlier statement that Obama was not ready to serve as president. Hours later, the McCain campaign released a 30-second TV ad featuring Biden's comments from the interview and scheduled the spot for key states.
Biden is seeking a new Senate term in the fall. There was no immediate word on whether he intended to change plans as he reaches for national office.
Michael Silberman, a partner at online communications firm EchoDitto, said the campaign gambled when they made such a high-stakes promise and find themselves in a precarious situation where they could risk a great deal of trust with supporters.
"For Obama supporters, this is like finding out from your neighbor instead of your sister that she's engaged — not how you want or expect the news to be delivered," Silberman said.
Biden dropped out of the 2008 race for the Democratic presidential nomination after a poor finish in the Iowa caucuses, but not before he talked dismissively of joining someone else's ticket.
"I am not running for vice president," he said in a Fox interview. "I would not accept it if anyone offered it to me. The fact of the matter is I'd rather stay as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee than be vice president."
He had stumbled on his first day in the race, apologizing for having described Obama as "clean." Months later, Obama spoke up on Biden's defense, praising him during a campaign debate for having worked for racial equality.
It was Biden's second try for the White House. The first ended badly in 1988 when he was caught lifting lines from a speech by British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock.
In the decades since, he become a power in the Senate, presiding over confirmation proceedings for Supreme Court nominees as well as convening hearings to criticize President Bush's handling of the Iraq War.
Biden voted to authorize the war, but long ago became one of the Senate's surest critics of the conflict. Ironically, perhaps, his son, Beau, attorney general of Delaware, is due to spend a tour of duty in Iraq beginning this fall with his National Guard unit.
Obama worked to keep his choice secret, although he addressed the issue broadly during the day in an interview.
"Obviously, the most important question is: Is this person ready to be president?" Obama told "The Early Show" on CBS. Second, he said, was: "Can this person help me govern? Are they going to be an effective partner in creating the kind of economic opportunity here at home and guiding us through some dangerous waters internationally?"
And, he added: "I want somebody who is going to be able to challenge my thinking and not simply be a yes person when it comes to policymaking.

(associated press)


Bob Guiney is giving daytime fans a chance to be a part of the first ever ROCK THE SOAP CRUISE! This exciting debut in the theme cruise entertainment market is sure to capture all the love you have for your favorite soaps as you'll get the chance to rock out with 20 plus of the Biggest Stars from Days of Our Lives, All My Children, As the World Turns, General Hospital, Young & the Restless, and many more!!! We are Raising the Bar on an Incredible Fan Experience!! All the great moments you have come to love - as well as Concerts from some of your favorite stars and so much more!! Visit the site for more information. Scheduled to appear: Brandon Barash (Johnny Zachara) General Hospital, Kathy Brier (Marcie McBain) One Life To Live, Rebecca Budig (Greenlee Smythe) All My Children, Bryan Dattilo (Lucas Roberts) Days Of Our Lives, Kassie De Paiva (Blair Cramer) One Life To Live, Bobbie Eakes (Krystal Carey) All My Children, Melissa Claire Egan (Annie Lavery) All My Children, Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake Martin) All My Children, Van Hansis (Luke Synder) As The World Turns, Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke) One Life To Live, Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell) Young And The Restless, Thorsten Kaye (Zach Slater) All My Children, Michael Knight (Tad Martin) All My Children, Thad Luckinbill (J.T. Hellstrom) Young And The Restless, Constantine Maroulis (Constantine) Bold And The Beautiful/American Idol, Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio) General Hospital, Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) General Hospital, Eden Riegel (Bianca Montgomery) All My Children, Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher) Young And The Restless, Jake Silbermann (Noah Mayer) As The World Turns, Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake) General Hospital, Aiden Turner (Aidan Devane) All My Children, Bree Williamson (Jessica Buchanan) One Life To Live, Bob Guiney Host

(pictured: Kelly Monaco and Kassie DePaiva)


Will Erica Kane Appear On Dancing With The Stars?

Will the biggest star in daytime tackle dancing in primetime?

There has been buzz around the internet that All My Children's Susan Lucci would appear on Dancing With The Stars. The buzz actually appears to be true are. Susan Lucci's website there's a scroll teling viewers to tune in to Good Morning America on Monday, August 25th from 8:30-9:00 est. ABC and GMA have been heavily promoting that the cast of the popular dance show now entering it's 7th season would be announced on the 25th so the assumptions were obvious.

Susan has played Erica Kane, the most famous daytime character in history since the iconic show's inception in 1970. In those 38 years, Lucci has achieved international stardom as her alter ego has been the force of some of daytime televisions most fascinating stories. Erica Kane has been married (and divorced) 10 times, has had careers from modeling to television, and has helped lead some very socially conscious stories including daytime television's first legal abortion. Susan contribution to the entertainment industry was recognized recently when the daytime legend receieved a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

All My Children airs weekdays on ABC.
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