GH is 40 Years Old This Week! OLTL's Dorian is Back!

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Big week in ABC soaps: GH's anniversary & Strasser's OLTL return

Cast of General Hospital 2003 Photo:  (c) ABCABC Daytime Celebrates General Hospital's 40th Anniversary Week with a Double-Episode Dose

One Life to Live Sees the Return of the Unforgettable Dorian Lord! 

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On WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, in celebration of "General Hospital's" 40th anniversary, ABC Daytime will air two heart-wrenching episodes of "General Hospital" and an action-packed, surprise-filled hour of "One Life to Live." "General Hospital" will air the special bonus hour during the "All My Children" timeslot (1:00-2:00 p.m., ET/12:00-1:00 p.m., PT), and it will also air in its regular time period. As part of the celebration, each episode of "General Hospital" throughout the week will feature a 30-second vignette at the end of each show. The first two vignettes (out of six) will air on April 2.

"Nobody should miss this day on ABC Daytime. 'General Hospital's' Sonny Corinthos is forced to choose between his love for his wife and his desperate desire for a family, while on 'One Life to Live,' Dorian Lord is back - and if you think she was bad before, just you wait," previewed Brian Frons, president, ABC Daytime. "We had tremendous success when we aired a special hour of 'Port Charles' in the 'One Life to Live' time period, and we hope to duplicate that success for 'One Life to Live' with the strong lead-in from 'General Hospital.'"

Maurice Benard (Sonny) and Tamara Braun (Carly)In the two-part episode of "General Hospital," the usually formidable Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) finds his worst nightmare coming true, as he's faced with a decision of life and death that no husband or father should ever have to make. The outcome of that choice will have enormous emotional impact on both Sonny and Carly (Tamara Braun). Sonny reconciles with his estranged best friend and protector, Jason Morgan (Steve Burton), as the danger surrounding his family continues to escalate and his ability to handle it emotionally diminishes drastically. Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) struggles between his love for his wife, Laura, and the need to move on with his life. Alexis Davis' (Nancy Lee Grahn) actions to save her child have unexpected consequences and lead her to take desperate measures.

Robin Strasser returns as Dorian Lord. Photo (c) ABCA shocking revelation, a major confession and a lover's betrayal are all in store on "One Life to Live." On February 23, 2000, Dorian Lord, portrayed by Emmy-Award winning actress Robin Strasser, said goodbye to Llanview, and on Wednesday, April 2, 2003, she's back and ready to cause trouble the way only she knows how (she will first be seen on Tuesday, April 1). Dorian returns to Llanview when it appears that her niece, Blair (Kassie DePaiva), needs her most, and the truth about her shocking secret threatens to rock Llanview, especially her lifetime nemesis, Victoria Lord Davidson (Erika Slezak). While Dorian is making her entrance, Lindsay (Catherine Hickland) is ready to confess to a deadly crime. Will she be able to go through with it and return to a life behind bars? Police Commissioner Bo Buchanan (Robert S. Woods) has found love with reformed bad girl Gabrielle Medina (Fiona Hutchison). But when Gabrielle uncovers a major secret that could change Bo's life forever, and possibly her life with him, she has to decide whether or not to tell him the truth or resort to her old deceptive behavior.

"General Hospital" first aired on the ABC Television Network on April 1, 1963. Storylines over the years which have garnered critical acclaim and media attention include: Robin and Stone's love story, in which Stone transmits the HIV virus to his girlfriend Robin, and later dies of AIDS; Monica Quartermaine's battle with breast cancer; Maxie's heart transplant, and Alan Quartermaine's drug addiction. Other ground-breaking stories include the romance of Luke & Laura, culminating in the legendary wedding -- which remains the most watched Daytime television event to date, with nearly 30 million viewers tuning in to witness the nuptials. The fictional couple's romance garnered a cover story on both Newsweek and People magazines. In May 2001, TV Guide bestowed the number-two position -- out of 20 -- to Luke & Laura's Wedding in a countdown of Television's Greatest eddings. In February 2003, in a primetime special on NBC, the wedding of Luke & Laura was named as one of television's most memorable weddings.

GH 10,000th Episode PhotoThe "General Hospital" tradition of passion, intrigue and adventure takes place in the fictional town of Port Charles, New York. The glamour and excitement of those who have come to find their destinies in this familiar seaport town intertwine with the lives, loves and fortunes of beloved, well-known faces. And, as always, love and danger continue to abound on "General Hospital" with contemporary storylines and unforgettable characters.

"General Hospital" is the highest-rated Daytime drama among the key demographic of Women 18-49, as well as the highest-rated Daytime drama among teens. In May of 2000 "General Hospital" made Daytime Emmy history as the only Daytime drama ever to receive the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series a record seven times. "General Hospital" airs MONDAY-FRIDAY from 3:00-4:00 p.m., ET/2:00-3:00 p.m., PT, on the ABC Television Network. Jill Farren Phelps is executive producer.

Emmy Award-winning "One Life to Live," created by Agnes Nixon, was launched July 15, 1968. Frank Valentini executive-produces. Josh Griffith and Michael Malone are co-headwriters. The popular drama consistently ranks among the top five in the key demographic of Women 18-49. "One Life to Live" airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (2:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.