She said she'd only stick around a year and she damn well meant it. Emmy-winning diva Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo will conclude her current run as Brenda on General Hospital the week of July 18. The star gave TV Guide Magazine the scoop on her exit, what she really thinks about the way Brenda's return was written and the likelihood of coming back. You'll be surprised which character VGM wants Brenda to bed next!...
Don Diamont and Heather Tom
Best Soap: The Bold and the Beautiful
How can one show be both gloriously uplifting and dirty as hell? That's the marvel of B&B! After back-to-back Emmy wins as best soap, this CBS serial should make it three in a row thanks to its daring lung-cancer plot involving big mama Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) who nearly chose death over life. Episodes with Stephanie visiting the homeless on L.A.'s Skid Row, and giving them a chance to tell their life stories, made for important and transcendent TV.
Kimberly McCullough and Michael Sutton
He's Stoned again! Long-missing fan fave Michael Sutton returns to General Hospital September 28-29, some 15 years after his character, Stone Cates, died of AIDS in one of the most powerful and tragic love stories ever. This time around, Stone will appear to his girlfriend Robin (Kimberly McCullough), whom he unknowingly infected with HIV, when she's trapped in a well and devastated by a crapload of problems (her broken marriage, her husband's psycho ex-girlfriend). TV Guide Magazine spoke with the Emmy-nominated Sutton, who quit acting several years ago and became hugely successful in the L.A. restaurant and nightclub biz. He currently owns the hot West Hollywood lounge Guys & Dolls....
Jason Thompson and Brianna Brown
We can't say we didn't see this coming. But it's still a stunner. On July 2, General Hospital surgeons Lisa Niles (Brianna Brown) and Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson) will get drunk and hit the sack while his wife, Robin (Kimberly McCullough), is away in Africa working with AIDS patients. That's not the surprising part. Lisa and Patrick were lovers back in college so it was only a matter of time before the past reared its naughty head. This is what throws us for a loop:
"Lisa is going to get very obsessive with Patrick and we will go into a Fatal Attraction story," says the soap's Emmy-winning head writer Bob Guza...
Speaking to me at ABC's TCA press tour party (just moments after she caressed my silky-soft blazer!), Kimberly MCullough previewed the second season of General Hospital: Night Shift, spoiled a French-talking "glitch" in Robin and Patrick's future, and revealed her plan to make Daddy Scorpio a bit less grouchy. Did I mention she was digging my blazer? Just $49 at H&M! Matt Mitovich
Kimberly McCullough and Michael Sutton by Cathy Blavis/ABC
If you're crazy about General Hospital's Kimberly McCullough and who isn't? don't miss the SOAPnet marathon Robin Unwrapped (kicking off Sunday at 10 am/ET). McCullough's character, the HIV-positive Dr. Robin Scorpio, recently became pregnant, and this three-hour homage helps trace her journey to this landmark point.Getting a replay is the popular 2006 episode when Robin and Patrick (her eventual babydaddy) first admitted their love for each other, as well as the 1996 hour that featured her sweet, steamy frolic with Jason during a Port Charles heat wave.But best of all is a multi-hanky episode from 1995 in which Robin's AIDS-stricken lover, Stone, is able to focus his eyes and gaze upon her one last time before he dies. McCullough earned the second of her two Emmys for that one. You'll easily see why. Michael Logan
Rick checks back into General Hospital
Here's a blast from the past: "Jessie's Girl" rocker Rick Springfield returns to General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake on Dec. 2. Last seen in 1983, Noah returns for about four episodes to help Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) treat her ex-boyfriend Jason's (Steve Burton) brain damage. No doubt he'll also reminisce with Nurse Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) about their long-ago romance. “I guess there was a reason why they didn’t kill Noah off in the ‘80s," Springfield cracks. "This should be fun. I’m looking forward to it.”
Did TVGuide.com call it or what? ABC is now officially confirming that Daytime Emmy winner Kimberly McCullough will return to General Hospital as Robin Scorpio. She first airs in the Oct. 12 episode, when Robin is summoned home from Paris for an emergency. Naturally she'll reconnect with old flame Jason (Steve Burton). "I am filled with eager anticipation to return to the role of Robin Scorpio," McCullough said in a statement. "It is so flattering to know that, after all these years, GH fans are still excited about Robin coming back to Port Charles. I can't wait to be back with my family again."
McCullough's daytime return comes as a surprise, albeit a pleasant one, considering her prime-time success. Since leaving GH, she's booked memorable gigs on series including Joan of Arcadia, The Shield, CSI and ER