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Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo Takes Over ABC Daytime

Brenda Barrett Takes Over ABC Daytime

With her return as Brenda Barrett imminent, Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo is about to take over ABC Daytime and SOAPnet.

Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo will return in a few weeks to her roots as she reprises her role of Brenda Barrett on ABC’s General Hospital but before she takes over Port Charles, the amazingly popular actress and her character will take possession of ABC daytime and SOAPnet on Tuesday, August 10th.

ABC daytime will give up their 1pm, 2pm and 3pm time slots to air 3 episodes dedicated to “Brenda Barrett’s Men: A Special ‘General Hospital’ Marathon,” hosted by Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo on ABC and SOAPnet:

1:00 PM ET ABC / 8:00 PM ET SN – “General Hospital” Episode #8602 (OAD November 5, 1996) — As Brenda prepares to marry Jax at the Quartermaine mansion, Sonny interrupts with Miranda, who’s still married to Jax.

2:00 PM ET ABC / 9:00 PM ET SN – “General Hospital” Episode #8831 (OAD September 24, 1997) — After being left at the altar by Sonny, Brenda reminisces about the key moments of their relationship.

3:00 PM ET ABC / 10:00 PM ET SN – “General Hospital” Episode #10138 (OAD October 29, 2002) — Brenda and Jason’s Las Vegas wedding.

On August 11th, Brenda Barrett will make her return debut on General Hospital as the face of fashion house Cartullo, only to be attacked by a dangerous stalker.

If that’s not enough Brenda for you, turn on SOAPnet on Saturday August 15th when Vanessa Marcil Giovinazoo and Maurice Benard co-host The Best of Brenda and Sonny marathon. This 4 hour mini marathon will include the following special Sonny and Brenda episodes:

3:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8105 (OAD December 2, 1994) – In Puerto Rico, Sonny and Brenda escape on a boat and end up washed ashore on a beach, where their relief turns to passion. The two then hurry back to Miguel’s (Ricky Martin) concert to warn him that he and Lois are in danger.

4:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8688 (OAD March 7, 1997) — Trapped in a cave and thinking they’re going to die, Sonny and Brenda admit their feelings for each other and make love as Jax and Jason search for them.

5:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #8829 (OAD September 22, 1997) — Brenda is stunned at her wedding when Sonny leaves her waiting alone at the altar.

6:00 PM – “General Hospital” Episode #9002 (OAD May 26, 1998) — Brenda pays a surprise visit to Sonny and finally gets him to admit why he didn’t show up for their wedding.

Also, beginning the week of July 12, ABC.com and SOAPnet.com will start rolling out content that will allow fans to reminisce and catch up on all things Brenda. The site will include photo galleries, story histories and trivia questions. The complete list of the key 25 Brenda video moments will be available starting August 10. Fans can log onto www.abc.com/generalhospital and www.soapnet.com for more info.

Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo created the role of Brenda Barrett in 1992 and won a Daytime Emmy(r) for her portrayal in 2003 for Outstanding Supporting Actress. She was named one of People magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People,” and she has been seen in many successful TV series, including “Las Vegas,” “Without a Trace,” “Lipstick Jungle” and “Beverly Hills 90210.”

How do you feel about ABC and SOAPnet’s promotion of Vanessa’s return? Are you excited for of the Brenda coverage or do you think it’s a little overkill?


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