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Vanessa Marcil Returns to 'General Hospital' August 11, After Big ABC/SoapNet Promotion

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 13th 2010 5:30PM
vanessa_marcil_nbc_las_vegasOn Aug. 11, Vanessa Marcil, now going by her married name -- Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo -- officially resumes the role of Brenda Barrett on 'General Hospital,' and in anticipation of this long-awaited, long-rumored and eagerly welcomed return, ABC and SoapNet are creating some major special pre-Brenda promotions.

Starting on July 17, SoapNet will have a 25-day countdown to Vanessa's return to 'GH' with a daily Brenda happening, including the time she wore a wire to trap Sonny, their kiss on the beach and more memorable moments.

Maurice Benard gets into the act on Friday, Aug. 6 and Monday, Aug. 9, when 'General Hospital's' episodes will be primarily about Sonny and his review of his life -- torn asunder by the estrangement of his children. Naturally, he thinks about the woman with whom he once had a torrid, up-and-down relationship.

On the Friday show, Sonny's awash in nostalgia, but on Monday, he's romancing Claire Walsh (Dahlia Salem) because of her similarities to Brenda.

Here's a couple of clip from the Sonny and Brenda days, the first one that shows both how they loved and how they were tormented. The Miguel that Sonny refers to was 'Living La Vida Loca' boy, Ricky Martin himself:




This second one is more from Brenda's point of view, showing how all-consuming her love for Sonny was:




The biggest Brenda promotion of all comes on Aug.10, the day before Marcil Giovinazzo returns. 'General Hospital' will take over ABC Daytime for the day, with 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live' being pre-empted, in favor of three classic episodes that featured Brenda Barrett prominently -- from 1-4PM ET.

Marcil Giovinazzo will host the three-hour block of episodes.

At 1PM, we'll be shown Brenda's botched marriage to Jax (Ingo Rademacher) at the Quartermaine mansion. As she's ready to marry Jax, his supposed-dead wife Miranda arrives thanks to Sonny, to tells Brenda that Jax is still married to the woman.

At 2PM, there's the episode in which Brenda's near-marriage to Sonny leaves her awash in memories of her life and the choices she's made.

Then, at 3PM, the memorable marriage of convenience between Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and Brenda Barrett.

Just for fun, here's a fun video of bridal Brenda on the day of her later marriage to Jax, and her assuring Jason she's happy to be with Jax instead of Sonny:




SoapNet will repeat the Marcil Giovinazzo hosted three-eps the night of August 10, from 8:00 - 11:00.

Finally, on Wed., Aug. 11, Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo appears on 'GH' -- at 3PM ET -- as Brenda when she comes back to Port Charles as the face of the Cartullo fashion house, only to be attacked by a dangerous stalker.


Are you excited for Brenda's return to 'General Hospital'?

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Jill Luft

Its about time!!!!! Now bring back Laura and Holy and hubby, its called General Hospital, not mobster village, I hate all this violence but am impressd with the franco character, but stop the violence and get back to the Quartermaines and love and fun for a change.

July 23 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cindy

I was glad to see Brenda is returning to GH, but I'm not glad she's returning for SONNY! He gets way too much airtime as it is, and I preferred her with Jax, anyway. He treated her like a princess.

July 15 2010 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ketielynn

I have watched GH for 35 Years. I was not excited like some, that Brenda was coming back (of course I could care less if "Laura" GF comes back either. I actually love Luke & Tracy together). With that being said I am looking forward to see how she interacts with Sonny. As long as she doesn't have a kid with Jason I'll be all right!

July 14 2010 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shelley

In my opinion, the most beautiful girl on daytime TV.
Glad she is coming back to liven things up.

July 13 2010 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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