Nutrisystem, Inc. announced last week that <strong>Genie Francis</strong> ("General Hospital," "The Young and the Restless") is its new brand ambassador. The iconic former soap star is said to have lost 30 pounds while on the weight loss program, which she started after losing her sister in 2013 and following her oldest child, son <strong>Jameson Ivor Frakes</strong>, heading off to college.

On <strong>Monday, November 24</strong>, daytime icon and soap legend<strong> Genie Francis</strong> ("General Hospital," "Days of our Lives," "All My Children") will appear alongside "Home & Family's" <strong>Mark Steines </strong>and<strong> Cristina Ferrare</strong> for a primetime holiday-themed edition of the popular Hallmark Channel talk show. In the special, Francis stops by with her own side dish of Brussel’s sprouts with pancetta.

Hallmark’s beloved talk show “Home & Family” has featured so many soap star guests, it’s a wonder it’s not up for Outstanding Drama Series in this year’s Daytime Emmy race. With everyone from “Days of our Lives’” Deidre Hall (Marlena Evans) to the “Young and the Restless’” Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott) and Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) dropping by, it’s pretty much par-for-par with Salem, Port Charles and Genoa City. Though, as former “Entertainment Tonight” personality and current “Home & Family” co-host Mark Steines would tell you, the set is anything but something you’d see on a typical daytime drama.

It’s been 23 years since Kristoff St. John stepped into the role of “The Young and the Restless’” Neil Winters, and since that time, the New York native has given countless interviews giving fans a detailed glimpse into the man he is when the cameras aren’t rolling. But despite all of the revealing material, there’s still a large part of St. John’s life that hasn’t been unearthed — until now! The actor has just finished completion of a horrifying documentary film detailing his family’s unsuccessful 1980s quest to find God in India, and Soap Opera Network spoke with him about the groundbreaking film and how the childhood experience shaped him as a human being. Read on to get the scoop as well as a few teases regarding Neil’s life, too!

The cast and crew of “The Young and the Restless” have a major milestone to smile about: The CBS sudser has officially marked its 25 year anniversary of being the number one rated soap opera on national television! In honor of the very special occasion, Soap Opera Network spoke with longtime castmember Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), who’s been with the show since 1978, to discuss the elements that have gone into keeping “Y&R” in the coveted top-notch position for so long.

Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” hits theaters nationwide on Friday, November 8, and the franchise’s ABC drama, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.,” is set to feel the film’s repercussions in an all new episode, “The Well,” slated for Tuesday, November 19!

As previously reported, tomorrow, April 12, The Paley Center for Media will present a panel discussion with the cast of ABC's "General Hospital" in honor of the soaps 50th anniversary. Also scheduled to join in are executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati.

Missed the "20/20" special dedicated to ABC's "General Hospital"? ABCNews.com has uploaded the entire thing (broken into segments) for your viewing pleasure! If you prefer watching the entire thing straight through, ABC.com also uploaded the entire episode.

On Enation's YouTube page, band member Jonathan Jackson posted a heartfelt message to ABC's "General Hospital" as it celebrates its 50th year on television. The singer and actor, now portraying Avery Barkley on ABC's "Nashville," portrayed the Emmy Award winning role of Lucky Spencer on "GH" from 1993 to 2011 (with breaks in between).

ABC’s news program, “Good Morning America” was the latest show to feature a special segment on “General Hospital” in celebration of the sudser’s 50th Anniversary. And the resulting fun is a can’t-miss for die-hard fans!

“General Hospital’s” Luke and Laura won’t have to fret about their missing daughter for long: Lulu disappeared and has been off the canvas since Julie Marie Berman last aired on March 22, but now, her new portrayer, Emme Rylan, has announced when she’ll be hitting the screen!

On the Thursday, April 4 edition of "Katie," Katie Couric takes you behind the scenes of ABC's "General Hospital" as she prepares for her "GH" debut!

On Saturday, April 6, ABC News' "20/20" takes a behind the scenes look at ABC's "General Hospital" as the soap celebrates 50 years on television.

“General Hospital” has seen a whirlwind of publicity celebrating its 50th Anniversary, and it looks like “Katie” is the next show to join in on the fun and feature the iconic soap and its beloved stars. Host Katie Couric and an audience filled with die-hard “GH” fans will be spending a full hour paying homage to the long-running drama, and several Port Charles residents are slated to participate!

As "General Hospital's" 50th anniversary celebration kicks into high gear this week with a very special episode airing Tuesday, April 2 (episode was originally scheduled to air on Monday, April 1 as the 50th anniversary celebratory episode), fans will have no chance of avoiding the cast of the series as they grace your TV screens in more ways than one. In addition to the upcoming Special Edition of "20/20" with Katie Couric," wherein ABC News will feature "General Hospital" in a "Real Soap Dish” episode airing Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 – 10:00 PM ET on ABC, the daytime talk show newbie will host the series in a special edition of "Katie" airing on Thursday, April 4. Stars scheduled to appear in the episode include Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin), Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne), and Kelly Monaco, with a special performance by Rick Springfield (Noah Drake).

Earlier today "General Hospital" stars Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin), Jason Thompson (Patrick Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) and Finola Hughes (Anna Devanne) were joined by executive producer Frank Valentini and head writer Ron Carlivati as they rang The Opening Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange in honor of the shows 50th anniversary, airing today, April 1.

Today, April 1, ABC's "General Hospital" celebrates its 50th anniversary in style! Before the anniversary episode airs (note: due to a national network preemption on Wednesday, March 13, this episode was originally scheduled to air on Friday, March 29; the Tuesday, April 2 episode was the episode previously scheduled to air as the anniversary episode on Monday, April 1) fans of the soaps most recognizable couple can watch "The View" for Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) or "The Chew" for Genie Francis (Laura Spencer).

On Monday, April 1, ABC's "General Hospital" turns 50! In honor of the event, fans have been anticipating the return of one of the shows grandest events...the Nurses Ball. While things don't kick into high gear for the event until the Friday, April 5 episode, we at Soap Opera Network wanted to make sure you got a glimpse of some of your favorite actors before their characters start singing, dancing, and throwing punches.

As previously reported by Soap Opera Network, ABC News' "20/20" will be honoring the 50th anniversary of ABC's "General Hospital" on Saturday, April 6. Dubbed "'General Hospital' - The Real Soap Dish," Katie Couric will take viewers behind the scenes of the fictional town of Port Charles, NY. The hour-long special will include interviews with such "GH" stars as Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer), Genie Francis (Laura Spencer), Jack Wagner (Frisco Jones), Rick Springfield (Noah Drake), Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia Falconeri) and many more. Fans will also get to hear from Frank Valentini, who has spearheaded the soap into increased ratings since taking over as executive producer in January 2012.

As People Magazine gets ready to release its special collector's edition honoring 50 years of "General Hospital" on Tuesday, March 12, the editors of Soap Opera Digest have collaborated on their own special tribute issue for the ABC Daytime drama series. Going on sale on Monday, March 25, the full sized Digest issue will include "revealing interviews, backstage gossip, photos, memories and more!"