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Wednesday, July 20, 2009 2:50 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

Greg Vaughan (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The talk of the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend wasn’t what is going to happen next on the ABC soap, but news that Greg Vaughan, who portrays Lucky Spencer, is expecting his second child with wife Touriya Haoud. The couples first child, Jathan James Vaughan, was born in May 2007. The actor tweeted the happy news on Monday, July 20.

“As I lay in bed, adoring my beautiful family! My son slowly closes his eyes, & my beautiful wife caresses her belly as new life is blooming,” said Vaughan.

Reportedly, Haoud is three months pregnant, which marks her delivery date at or about January 2010.

Prior to joining the cast of “General Hospital” in 2003, Vaughan portrayed the contract role of Diego Guttierez on CBS’ “The Young and the Restless.” He has also appeared in a number of primetime dramas including The WB’s “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” and “Charmed,” and FOX’s “Beverly Hills, 90210.” He has also tried his hand at comedy with his appearances in “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” and “Still Standing.”

In related baby news, “GH’s” Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) is expecting his first child, a boy, with wife Brienne Pedigo in October. Pedigo is a reporter for ESPN.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


Discussion: Another Baby For Greg Vaughan


  • The Young and the Restless
  • SOAPnet
  • ABC
  • General Hospital
  • Y&R
  • CBS
  • Charmed
  • Beverly Hills
  • 90210
  • GH
  • Greg Vaughan
  • Lucky Spencer
  • Buffy
  • The Vampire Slayer
  • Sabrina
  • The Teenage Witch
  • Still Standing
  • The WB


    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:26 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Is “Guiding Light” hunk Daniel Cosgrove headed to “One Life to Live” as the next Joey Buchanan? The answer is yes, according to two popular soap news magazines.

    Both Soap Opera Weekly and Soap Opera Digest have gone on record as stating that Cosgrove and “OLTL” are thisclose to finalizing a deal to bring him to Llanview as Viki and Clint’s youngest son Joey, which SON recently reported on.

    The character was last portrayed by “Castle” star Nathan Fillion during “One Life’s” 10,000th episode celebration in 2007 (and originally from 1994-97). Should Cosgrove step into the role, he would become the seventh actor to tackle the long-time character. Other actors in the role have included Ryan Morris (1982-83), John Paul Learn (1983-90), Chris McKenna (1990-93), Don Jeffcoat (1997-2001), and Bruce Michael Hall (2003 and again in 2004).

    If “One Life” manages to land Cosgrove, it would most likely be fall before he would arrive in Llanview, given the fact that “Guiding Light” is expected to air until September 18th. It also remains to be seen is his “GL” co-star and “OLTL” vet Gina Tognoni (ex-Kelly Cramer) would be returning as well.

    As for Joey’s big brother Kevin Buchanan, a “OLTL” spokesperson tells Soap Opera Digest that “there are no plans to bring back the character of Kevin at this time.”

    SON will keep you posted.

    In other news…

    Due to the July 7th pre-emption of “One Life to Live,” scenes involving Todd, Téa, and salsa musician Frankie Negrón are now scheduled to air on Wednesday, August 5th, instead of the August 4th date SON previously reported.

    A recent online rumor suggests that “OLTL” is looking to cast a Latino actress of around 10 years of age, for a role that could be either Markko Rivera’s younger sister or Todd and Téa’s as yet unmentioned love child. However, this should taken with a grain of salt, as there is currently NO evidence whatsoever to support the claim at this time.

    As first reported by SON in late May, “OLTL” has issued a casting call for the minor role of ‘Serge’ who, from the tone of the audition script, appeared to be involved in a drug related storyline. While unable to confirm the identity of the actor cast in the role, we can tell you that the character will debut on Thursday, August 6th, as the employer of the drug dealing teen Asher, when the pair pay Cole a visit. Also on that date, the character of Mannetti also first airs, as a cop assisting John and Cole in their undercover operation to lower the boom on Llanview’s drug ring.

    For those wondering, yes that was “OLTL’s” own Kassie DePaiva singing “If You Knew My Heart” during the Blair/John montage during the soap’s July 20th episode. According to DePaiva’s Twitter page, that song, along with “Untangled” (which she performed on July 1st), will be available “within the month” on iTunes.

    The mystery of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dina Manzo’s recent visit to the “OLTL” set appears to have been solved. The Suds Report states that Manzo “will host a luau-themed party to honor the premiere of ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding.’ Playwright Anthony Wilkinson, who works on the ‘One Life’ crew, wrote the play and stars alongside Scott Evans (Oliver Fish). The play is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. et at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, New York. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic research.”

    The Suds Report also claims that Michael Lowry (who will soon join the soap in the recasted role of Ross Rayburn) will be “sticking around for awhile,” per a set side source.

    Lastly, Bo, Nora, and Clint, think they have found a way to knock Téa down a peg and deflate Matthew’s hopes of winning his lawsuit on Friday, August 7th when they hire a new hotshot lawyer named Elijah Kent (Matt Walton), who looks to be just as much of a legal ace as Téa herself. And David Vickers (Tuc Watkins) surprises ex-wife Dorian on Monday, July 10th and soon pays a visit to best friend Viki, who wants no part of his latest scheme.

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: In or Out? Is Llanview in Daniel Cosgrove’s Future?




    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 12:28 AM ET | By Scotty Gore

    (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live’s” new Carlotta Vega breaks her silence and speaks publicly for the first time since replacing Patricia Mauceri in the suddenly controversial supporting role, sitting down with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan for an exclusive interview concerning the daytime drama’s upcoming gay storyline.

    Less than one month after Patricia Mauceri was unceremoniously fired from “One Life” after portraying Carlotta Vega since 1995, new details have emerged involving the actress’s apparent refusal to play out her scenes as scripted. According to Logan, Mauceri “refused to perform a story twist in which her character mistakenly thinks her son Cristian (David Fumero) is gay and reacts in a positive and supportive manner.”

    Deciding it would be ‘out-of-character’ for Carlotta, a rather devout Catholic mother, to act in such a manner, Mauceri rewrote her character’s scenes as she thought they should play out, and submitted them to “OLTL” Executive Producer Frank Valentini. Demanding that the actress stick to the original script, however, both sides refused to budge, and the EP showed the veteran soap star the door.

    Finding himself in a bind, Valentini placed an emergency call to Saundra Santiago, who previously appeared in Llanview during the summer of 2004 as Isabella Santi. The call came almost too late. Santiago tells TVGuide,”My problem was that, when I got the call from ‘OLTL,’ I was out for the evening with friends and had just finished a vodka gimlet and was about to have another. That was at 9pm. At 10pm the show sent me 20 pages to memorize and I had to be on the set the next morning at 6am. But somehow I pulled it off. Either I’m a real pro or just nuts.” Unlike her predecessor, Santiago explains that she”had absolutely no problem with the content of the scenes.”

    When asked why she took so long to speak publicily on the emergency recast, the actress explains that “I’ve been avoiding talking about it because I thought anything I say will offend somebody. It’s such a touchy subject. But I was very excited to go back to ‘OLTL’—I’ve loved that show since way, way back when Tommy Lee Jones was on it!”

    Reading between the lines, it appears that “OLTL” may be considering phasing out the character of Carlotta in the near future, given that thus far Santiago was only hired for two episodes. The actress reveals to Logan that her scenes are scheduled to air on September 3rd and 4th, and that “I hope they write more for Carlotta because I’d love to take over the role and do something new with it. Do my thing with it.”

    “I think it’s a really good storyline,” Santiago concludes. “The show is just trying to make viewers aware of [gay people]. I love Patricia and have known her for years. She’s a wonderful actress. I’m sure she had her reasons. Whatever. I don’t get involved in that aspect. I’m just so glad it worked out. And it’s a good thing I hadn’t moved on to that next vodka gimlet—that’s all I can say!”

    Click here to read Michael Logan’s full interview with “OLTL’s” new Carlotta, Saundra Santiago.

    On a related note, look for the much anticipated kiss between former gay lovers Oliver Fish (Scott Evans) and Kyle Lewis (Brett Claywell) to finally happen on Thursday, August 6th, as someone watches from a distance.

    In addition to her previous stint in Llanview in 2004, Santiago has also appeared on “Guiding Light” as Carmen Santos (1999-2002) and as Jean Cusamano on the hit HBO series “The Sopranos” (1999-2007).

    “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


    Discussion: Saundra Santiago Discusses Her New ‘Life’ as Carlotta Vega


    • One Life to Live
    • SOAPnet
    • ABC
    • OLTL
    • Patricia Mauceri
    • Saundra Santiago
    • Carlotta Vega
    • Gay


      Monday, July 20, 2009 6:39 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

      Alicia Minshew (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Alicia Minshew, who portrays Kendall Hart Slater on ABC’s “All My Children” is expecting her first child with husband& Richie Herschenfeld. Their daughter is due in November.

      “Richie and I are so thrilled,” said Minshew in a statement to Soap Opera Digest magazine. “I can’t wait to be a mom!” Minshew’s pregnancy is not expected to be written into the show as Kendall is currently involved in a murder mystery storyline and the show has no plans to change course at this time.

      Alicia joined the cast of “All My Children” in 2002 as Kendall Hart, Erica Kane’s (Susan Lucci) daughter after a childhood rape. In 2009, the actress received her first Daytime Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama Series in May for her work on the soap.

      “All My Children” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


      Discussion:


      • All My Children
      • Alicia Minshew
      • Susan Lucci
      • AMC
      • SOAPnet
      • ABC


        Saturday, July 18, 2009 3:05 AM ET | By Scotty Gore


        (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — Unlike that of her co-star Robin Strasser, Erika Slezak’s future with “One Life to Live” appears secure, at least for now.

        With reports in recent weeks of Robin Strasser’s (Dorian Lord) take-it-or-leave-it contract negotiations with “One Life” and ABC, many fans of the long-running daytime drama have feared that the show’s grand dame Erika Slezak (Viki Davidson) might suffer a similar fate.

        Fortunately however, Slezak assures fans in her June 29th online newsletter that she and the soap will soon be hammering out a new contract. “Nobody has said to me that I am leaving the show. My contract is up for renegotiation, and they have indicated a willingness to renegotiate, so in other words, they want me to stay. So we‘ll see what happens. But I believe I am going to stay unless they want otherwise — but I don‘t know — all I know is that we are going to negotiate,” the actress contends.

        Slezak is “One Life to Live’s” longest running castmember, having joined the soap on March 17th, 1971, becoming the third actress to take on the role Victoria Lord. In her 38 years in Llanview, she has been the recipient of six Daytime Emmy Awards for Lead Actress (a record she shares with fellow soap stars Anthony Geary and Justine Deas), as well as a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Couple (which she shares with former co-star Mark Derwin).

        In addition to re-assuring her fans that she has no desire of leaving “OLTL” anytime soon (even going as saying “no it is not,” when asked if the word retirement was in her vocabulary at this time), Slezak reveals that her character Viki has a big storyline coming up next month. “Yes — absolutely. We have started shooting it and let‘s see, what we are doing now will appear in August I think. So yes, there is a story. A good story.”

        As for Viki’s rivalry with arch-nemesis Dorian Lord, Slezak quips that “there is a good storyline with Dorian. You will see in upcoming stories — that relationship is very much alive. And it gets more so. I think we are going to have fun with this next story that is coming up.” With regards to Viki’s fiance Charlie, she contends that “yes, he is going to be involved [in the storyline as well].”

        The “One Life” vet dishes that she will begin her annual month long vacation around July 27th, and will be away from the set for four weeks, one of which (the first week of August), the show will go dark as cast and crew are currently ahead of their production schedule. And with pre-tapes and post-tapes figured in, many viewers may not even notice Viki is gone during that time.

        To read more of the newsletter, including what Slezak has to say about Viki/Charlie and Bo/Nora’s double wedding, the overwhelming number of e-mails and letters the soap receives on her behalf, “One Life to Live’s” out-of-sequence taping, and her recent lunch with ABC Daytime President Brian Frons in which they discussed the Viki’s future, click here.

        “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


        Discussion: Erika Slezak’s ‘Life’ Will Go On in Llanview




        Friday, July 17, 2009 1:16 PM PT | By Errol Lewis

        Lisa LoCicero (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — The event was free and you paid for your own food, but it was one of the best events I’ve ever been to at the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend. Which event am I talking about? Lisa LoCicero’s.

        Brunch with Lisa LoCicero was a wonderful experience. The event wasn’t overcrowded as only a limited number of people could attend. Lisa was able to have full-on conversations with her fans in addition to taking photos and signing autographs. She even had time to sit down and eat herself. Which event can you honestly say you’ve had the same experience?

        Soaps in Depth magazine is here covering Lisa’s event as well and according to their conversation with Lisa, Jolivia (Johnny and Olivia) fans can expect some hot make out scenes between the duo in the near future. “Wait ’til you see it!”

        Jim Warren is also here and despite what many of you think, he’s actually a nice guy. He took group shots of Lisa with all of her fans, so look out for that pic to hit the net in a couple of weeks.

        After the Jim Warren shoot, Lisa gathered her fans together in a big circle for a Q&A session. She answered questions about her scenes with Brandon Barash (Johnny) and Maurice Benard (Sonny). For reference, she’ll be having some nice scenes with Johnny next week, in addition to her upcoming make out session. Lisa noted that often than not the actors will hide their scripts behind a pillow while they are in between takes, so if you see a character sitting down on a couch in an episode, it is likely the actor has their script lying around close to them.

        Lisa is a supporter of a potential Claudia/Dante pairing as she’s seen the chemistry that Sarah Brown (Claudia) and Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) share. I’d have to agree with Lisa as Claudia will be losing her baby next week after learning that Sonny is really the father. With Ric (Rick Hearst) no longer on the show, it is about time Claudia got a man that is willing to sex her up and play against her strengths and weaknesses without being kept in the dark for a change. Though Dante will have his work cut out for him as Claudia will seek revenge on those who’ve wronged her. Watch out Port Charles.

        Have any of you ever thought that Lisa seems to resemble Sandra Bullock (“The Proposal”) and Vanessa Marcil (ex-Brenda, “GH”) just a little? Apparently you aren’t the only one. Lisa heard from her agent that the show was contemplating having her come in as a Brenda recast, but Lisa made it clear that those were “shoes [I] wasn’t willing to fill.” As for Sandra, Lisa noted that a classmate of her son’s told her that “you look like a lady from a commercial I saw from a movie. You have to marry me.”

        My thanks goes out to Michelle Bell, Shelley Brown, Angelina Herrera, and Jen Brown at Lisa LoCicero Online, who organized the event and made the experience one to remember.

        “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


        Discussion: Brunch with Lisa LoCicero


        • SOAPnet
        • ABC
        • General Hospital
        • GH
        • Lisa LoCicero
        • General Hospital Fan Club Weekend
        • Olivia


          Friday, July 17, 2009 2:48 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


          (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “One Life to Live” channels a pair of deceased reclusive New York socialites for an upcoming fantasy sequence involving two lovelorn characters.

          Llanview aristocrats Dorian Lord and her niece Blair Cramer are two women who have recently found themselves in a place they never thought they would be — totally alone and utterly miserable. Further adding salt to the wound is that fact everyone else they encounter appears happy and serene.

          Blair recently lost the ‘love of her life’ Todd Manning to his old flame Téa Delgado, while Dorian’s new love interest, Ray Montez, hightailed it back to his native Columbia after his psychotic daughter confessed to killing her own mother in cold blood.

          Friday, July 31st, the two aging debutantes make an attempt to drown their sorrows by indulging themselves in fancy drinks of the alcoholic nature, and pricey massages and beauty treatments.

          But by the following Monday, Blair’s mind begins to drift away to thoughts of what her life, as well as her Aunt Dorian’s, would be like if neither were to ever find love again. As she daydreams, she pictures the two of them in a scene straight out of the cult film “Grey Gardens,” becoming eccentric old women who have let the outside world pass them by.

          For those who may not understand the reference, “Grey Gardens” was a 1975 Albert Maysles documentary starring Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale (aunt of former First Lady Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis), and her daughter of the same name. The feature film depicted the everyday lives of the reclusive socialite mother/daughter duo as they lived in the dilapidated Grey Gardens mansion in an affluent neighorhood in East Hampton, New York.

          For several decades, the two women lived alone in the old home, surviving on little money and in near total isolation. The elder Beale (referred to as “Big Edie”), was married to Phelan Beale, who purchased the home, built just before the turn of the century, in 1905. Following their divorce only a few years later, mother and daughter kept possession of the mansion, while Phelan moved to another part of town. For nearly fifty years, the duo would continue to call Grey Gardens home.

          By the early 1970s however, the Beale’s faced eviction by the Suffolk County Health Department, which was aghast to learn that the house was infested with fleas, overrun with cats and raccoons, had no running water or indoor plumbing, become a dumping ground for garbage, and was nearing collapse. However, Big Edie’s nieces Jackie Onassis and her sister donated the necessary funds to help bring the home up to code. Around this time, Albert and David Maysles were granted special permission to interview the ladies and tell their story on camera.

          Big Edie died 1977, and Little Edie finally sold the home two years later (she would survive until 2002). The home was purchased by Ben Bradlee, former editor of the Washington Post, and his wife Sally Quinn, who eventually had Grey Gardens completely restored to the mansion’s original grandeur.

          Following the release of the original film, several other theater and film adaptations were released. Among them was the 2009 dramatization of the original 1975 film for HBO, and starred Brew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, and Daniel Baldwin.

          For more information on “Grey Gardens,” click here.

          As for “One Life to Live,” look for the fantasy sequence involving Kassie DePaiva and Robin Strasser as Blair Cramer and Dorian Lord to air on Monday, August 3rd. The scenes will not encompass the entire episode however, as other characters and storylines will also be featured.  To view larger versions of any of the pictures, click here.  


          Photos: Heidi Gutman/ABC

          “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


          Discussion: ‘One Life’ Transforms La Boulaie Into ‘Grey Gardens’




          Friday, July 17, 2009 1:07 AM PT | By Errol Lewis

          Megan Ward (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — After the Thursday, July 16 airing of ABC’s “General Hospital,” rumors began flying that Megan Ward, who portrays Kate Howard on the soap, is done filming. Not true says a “General Hospital” spokesman.

          “It was not Megan’s last day. You will see her again.”

          Nearly two years since joining the cast of “GH,” Ward was bumped to recurring status in April 2009 along with Rick Hearst (ex-Ric Lansing), who recently jumped ship to CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” when the soap offered him a contract in order to retun to the soap as Whipple ‘Whip’ Jones III.

          Ward is best known for her roles in such primetime series as FOX’s “Party of Five” and “Melrose Place” and the series “Dark Skies.” She can next be seen in the film “The Invited” due out this year. The film also stars Victor Browne (ex-Drew Buchanan, “One Life to Live”) and Lou Diamond Phillips.

          “General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


          Discussion:


          • The Bold and the Beautiful
          • General Hospital
          • B&B
          • Rick Hearst
          • GH
          • Megan Ward
          • Party of Five
          • Melrose Place
          • Dark Skies
          • Lou Diamond Phillips
          • Victor Browne.


            Wednesday, July 16, 2009 7:11 PM ET | By Scotty Gore


            (SoapOperaNetwork.com) – “One Life to Live’s” resident physic returns when a certain widow asks the clairvoyant to contact the spirit of her dead husband.

            As the Buchanan family gathers round at Asa’s lodge on Monday, July 27th in celebration of the upcoming nuptials of two of the town’s leading couples Renee, sensing the presence of her late husband and ruthless family patriarch Asa Buchanan, turns to Madame Delphina (Lea DeLaria) for help in contacting his restless spirit. However, things don’t go quite as planned, when the physic receives some strange vibes while trying to reach the old coot from the other side.

            Fans may recall that DeLaria first appeared as Delphina back in 1999, when she was hired by Dorian Lord to communicate with the spirit of her presumed dead husband Mel Hayes, following the crash of an airplane which he was aboard. There meetings cumulated in an onscreen kiss between Dorian and Delphina, who was possessed with Mel’s spirit at the time. The character was resurrected last year when Delphina was brought in to help locate Rex Balsom and Bo Buchanan after the pair were struck by lightning and transported back in time 40 years to 1968, where she performed double duty by also portraying Delphina’s male equivalent, Dr. Del Fina, who worked to help Bo and Rex return to the year 2008. In addition, Madame Delphina also attempted to help Dorian find David earlier this year before he learned of his true paternity, sensed danger for Starr’s unborn baby, and provided Langston Wilde with a cryptic message concerning her family, among other things.

            Further spooking the clan is the fact that it appears that someone is lurking about just outside the lodge. While the mystery man has yet to be identified, Jessica is sure that it is the ghost of her deceased husband Nash Brennan, following a series of bizarre coincidences, one of which even involves her daughter Bree. But is she right, or is her mind simply playing tricks on her as her heart continues to grieve for the husband and child she lost? And, if the man is more than just a figment of her imagination, is he from the world of the living, or from the realm of the dead?

            As his brother’s wedding to his ex-wife draws nearer, Bo Buchanan begins to wonder if he’s crazy for harboring lingering feelings for Nora. As he ponders his dilemma, he decides to pay a visit to the one person who despises her more than life itself. But upon arriving at Statesville Prison on Friday, July 31st, will Lindsay (Catherine Hickland) be able to give Bo the reassurance he needs, or will his feelings for his ex become clear as mud?

            And finally, Evan Joiner is back as Asher, the teenage pill pusher, beginning Wednesday, July 29th, as Cole and John’s undercover sting to bring down Llanview’s drug dealers gets underway.

            “One Life to Live” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet. Check local listings.


            Discussion: Lea DeLaria Takes Llanview to the After ‘Life’




            Thursday, July 16, 2009 11:30 AM PT | By Errol Lewis

            Airtel Plaza Hotel (SoapOperaNetwork.com) — So you’ve been coming to “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend at the Sportsmen’s Lodge for years and are leery of change. You’re not sure what a new venue will be like and feel this may be your last year attending the biggest soap fan weekend in the world. I have a question to ask? What’s to worry about?

            Like many of you, I’ve been coming to the “GH” Fan Club Weekend for years. This will be my fourth year. When it was announced during the 2008 Fan gathering that it would be our last at the Sportsmen’s due to the lodge’s then impending closure, many of us thought the event itself was over. With the hard work and dedication of Debbie Morris, President, General Hospital Fan Club, and all the important individual’s that work closely with her in planning these fan events, we got word in late 2008 that not only would the events continue, but they’d be taking place at a new location. Enter Airtel Plaza Hotel.

            Airtel Plaza Hotel

            The Airtel Plaza Hotel is located in Van Nuys, CA. It is about 20 minutes away from the Sportsmen’s Lodge. At face value, there is nothing special about the hotel. But it is what’s on the inside that counts. Interestingly, the Airtel Plaza Hotel is located right next door to the Van Nuys Airport, hence “Air”tel. The hotel is for private planes only, so don’t go kicking yourself for booking your arrival at LAX or Burbank.

            Front Desk Check-in
            Checking into the Airtel is simple. Like many hotels you enter the lobby and head straight to the front desk to confirm your reservation. Unlike many hotels, the Airtel’s staff doesn’t pretend to care about your needs, they just do. They answer all of your questions, no matter how tedious they might seem. They give you straight answers, not the run around. When do they stop serving dinner? What time does the bar close? The pool? The gym? What’s the nightly parking rates? Just some of the questions I asked when I checked into the hotel after 7:00 PM on Wednesday. For reference, the dinning room closes at 10:00 PM, the bar closes at about 1:00 AM (depending on the day of the week), the pool closes at 8:00 PM, the gym is open 24/7 and parking is $10 a night. One neat feature upon checking into the Airtel, at least during Fan Club Weekend, is the hotel has specially designed guest room keys to promote their appreciation that the events are being held at their hotel. The keys read “Airtel Plaza Hotel Welcomes 2009 ‘General Hospital’ Fan Club Weekend July 16th – 20th.”

            Dining
            Dining at the Airtel is expensive if you are used to the prices at Jerry’s (there is no late night diner that I’m aware of at this time that you can go to as a hangout place). I had a meal with light portions for $17. While good, proportionally the cost does not compare to what you can get for the same price at an Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s or Dallas BBQ’s, but this is a hotel after all. Nothing comes cheap. My waiter answered all my questions and provided me with a second helping of their tasty bread. Not sure what’s in it, but something about it gives it a unique taste.The restaurant itself feels like you are in another world (pardon the pun). The setting is almost the equivalent of a private club if they dimmed the lights a little more. Though, it is better off the way it is as you can take in the scenery.

            Pool
            While I have yet to actually get in the pool, from what I have seen there isn’t much to see. The pool is really tiny. If you are looking to swim laps, the pool is angled in such a way that it makes things difficult. Unless you want a cool down, I wouldn’t recommend this as part of your To-Do List.

            Hotel Room
            Some of you may have a different room setting to go by, but my room compromises of a King Size bed with a couch, cable TV (including HBO), a complimentary fridge with a sink to wash dishes, room for a cot (if desired) that doesn’t force your roomate to walk around your sleeping form, and a bathroom that is broken into two sections. All together, the hotel room is grander than a studio apartment that could run you thousands a month, not including assorted building and maintenence fees. The bed is very comfortable. In fact, if I were not writing this piece, I’d probably still be enjoying said comfort.

            Expectations
            All in all, the Airtel has so far exceeded my expectations. There are still a few days left of my stay here, but I forsee nothing of note that could change my view on this hotel. For those of you coming for the weekend’s events and are staying outside of the Airtel, you do not know what you are missing.

            Kickoff Party

            Tonight is the kickoff party for the “General Hospital” Fan Club Weekend, but while I won’t be attending the event, i’m sure those of you who will, will have lots of stories to tell. Have fun, drink up, but keep the hangover elsewhere. We want you returning to your home’s safe and sound and again next year.


            Discussion: Kicking off a ‘GH’ Fan Club Weekend


            • General Hospital
            • GH
            • Airtel Plaza Hotel
            • Airtel
            • General Hospital Fan Club Weekend
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