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Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's Back as Brenda on 'General Hospital' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2010 4:31PM
Vanessa MarcilLadies and gentleman, Brenda is back! Yes, Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo has finally returned to 'General Hospital' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC).

Our heroine narrowly avoided an assassination attempt, but that didn't stop her from presenting a humanitarian award. Now a world-renowned model and the face of Alliance to Save Exploited Children, Brenda lives in Italy and seems to be doing pretty good for herself.

However, Brenda is set to return to Port Charles with some major drama. For Marcil's take on her return, check out our interview with the star.

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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.

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What to Watch for at the Daytime Emmys

by Michael Maloney, posted Jun 24th 2010 6:00PM
Emmy AwardThe emphasis will be on "entertainment" during the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, set for Sun., June 27 at 9PM ET on CBS.

Regis Philbin, a nominee for hosting 'Live With Regis and Kelly,' is the kudofest's emcee. Producers for the awards gala are hoping to draw big numbers with a host of musical acts and star appeal with appearances by Simon Cowell, Susan Lucci and Cirque du Soleil.

Here are 10 highlights to watch for during the live broadcast ...

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Could Vanessa Marcil really be coming back to General Hospital?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 10th 2010 4:07PM
vanessa_marcil_portraitOne of ongoing gags in the soap biz is the mythical return of Vanessa Marcil to General Hospital. I say it's mythical because for six years now, a certain magazine regular writes about Vanessa's return and it never actually happens. But now, there may be some truth to the rumor. ABC has contacted Vanessa Marcil about returning to General Hospital to reprise the character of Brenda Barrett. Maybe as soon as this spring.

For a change of pace, the news is coming directly from the show. GH headwriter Bob Guza has said that talks are underway with Vanessa. He has also always maintained that Brenda's one of his favorite characters and he'd love to have her back on the show.

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What's Hot on SlashControl: Jonathan Jackson's return to General Hospital

by Jane Boursaw, posted Oct 28th 2009 1:02PM
Jonathan Jackson as Lucky Spencer on General HospitalI used to be a devoted fan of General Hospital, and some of my favorite episodes involved Luke and Laura, and later, their son, Lucky. In fact, now that I think about it, I started to stray from the show about the time that Jonathan Jackson, who played the first Lucky, left the show in 1999.

The other actors who played Lucky -- Jacob Young and Greg Vaughan -- did a fine job, but I so associated the role with Jackson that it was impossible for me to accept anyone else as Lucky.

As luck would have it, I just happened to flip on One Life to Live yesterday and saw a promo for Jonathan Jackson coming back to General Hospital as Lucky. What a stroke of "luck" for me!

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Six reasons why we need a Las Vegas movie

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 10th 2008 3:05PM
Josh DuhamelNBC's Las Vegas ended abruptly in February with two couples -- Danny and Delinda and Sam and Vic (her deceased ex-husband's brother) -- just about ready to tie the knot. But the shocking news that Cooper had died in a plane crash blanketed the ceremony in a gloomy pall -- the same pall that Vegas fans felt upon learning that the series had been canceled. Here are my top six reasons why Las Vegas needs to come back for a wrap-up movie, if not another season:

1. Spin-Off Opp. A TV movie would be a great opportunity to spin Las Vegas into a new series for Josh Duhamel and James Caan. I've sorely missed watching Caan rough up the bad guys this season, and he and Duhamel would make a great P.I. duo, collaring modern-day Vegas criminals a la Crime Story's Lt. Torello. Are you listening, Michael Mann? Pretty please, with wing-tip shoes on top?

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NBC gives Las Vegas a fifth season

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 27th 2007 7:23PM
Las Vegas cast
Las Vegas
is one of those shows that I've always thought was in the same category as Wings and Just Shoot Me!, one of those nice little shows that never generates any buzz, but does just well enough in its timeslot to keep getting renewed. If you're around on a Friday night and there's nothing to watch, it's always good to stumble across the show; the beautiful triumvirate of Cox, Marcil, and Sims is always nice to look at, and they make good use of celebrity guest shots. Most of all, the show stars James Caan; 35 years after The Godfather, the man is still compelling to watch, even if he only seems half-interested in being on the show most of the time.

Anyway, the crew at the Montecito is going to get another year to distract us from our lonely Fridays, as NBC has decided to pick Las Vegas up for a fifth season, according to TV Week. "The cast and producers have consistently given us what we want from Las Vegas - pure entertainment," said NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reillym "and we're looking forward to another fun ride next season with the show." Ah the beauty of low expectations: the show is averaging a 2.8 rating for the season.

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It's like '90210' all over again!

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 19th 2006 11:03AM

The cast of 90210Maybe no one realized this yet. Or, maybe no one really cared. During the 2005-06 television season, seven alumni of FOX's Beverly Hills, 90210 have appeared or will appear in a regular series.

Do you doubt me? Do you think it isn't true? Do you think I have way too much time on my hands? Well, the last may be true, but that's not the point.

Click on, dear reader, for the proof that you seek.

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Olympians have a mini-movie on NBC

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 7th 2006 8:30AM
I am a total sucker for the Olympics, but I really hate all the cheesy, promotional crap that goes with it. This time around, NBC and Chevrolet are teaming up to feature some camera-friendly Olympians in their very own mini-movie. Oh, joy. It airs during Las Vegas on NBC in February and it'll also be included with advertisements before the trailers start at AMC, Cinemark, Regal, UA and Edwards movie theaters. Now, I clearly remember the little mini-movie that Chevrolet did during the last summer Olympics where a bunch of athletes call each other and drive their own Chevrolets to Athens (way to carpool, guys). I wanted to throw something at the movie screen everytime I saw it. Why? As a general rule, athletes can't act. You hear that, advertising geniuses? Athletes. Cannot. Act. This time around, the lucky Olympians are halfpipe snowboarders Kelly Clark and Ross Powers, alpine skiers Eric Schlopy, Ted Ligety, and Julia Mancuso, freestyle skier Toby Dawson and snowboarder Seth Wescott. They're all somehow paired up with the cast of Las Vegas and then whisked off to Torino, Italy for the competition. There will also be a behind-the-scenes mini-mini-movie of the mini-movie on NBC's website.

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