GENERAL HOSPITAL UNVEILS DOUBLE SWITCH PLOT TWIST: In one of "General Hospital's" most daring storyline twists, the character of Duke Lavery, played by Ian Buchanan, has been revealed to actually be the villainous Cesar Faison, portrayed by Anders Hove. Even more convoluted is the revelation that the real Duke Lavery is still alive and a prisoner of Faison in a foreign hideaway. Questions were raised almost immediately about Duke's strange behavior and whether it was the result of mind control, but instead it was a "real" false face.
Another character who is no friend to Port Charles, Helena Cassadine, is back on "GH" starting Monday, Dec. 3. Her previous appearance early in the year was to conspire against Luke and his family.
Jeff Branson (Ronan) has been written off "Young and Restless." The character has already left Genoa City to work on a case in Washington, D.C., which leaves the door open for Ronan to return.
"Nashville" has been picked up for a full season by ABC, with nine additional episodes to be shot on location early in the new year. The decision is great news to local industry, with hundreds of jobs having been generated by the series. On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the "Nashville" soundtrack album, featuring 10 songs from the show, will be released by Big Machine Records.
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