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Some teasers.

During The Television Critics Association's summer press tour in Beverly Hills, "General Hospital" held a special panel on Thursday. During the event, Executive Producer Frank Valentini dropped some hints about what audiences should be looking forward to.

According to TVLine, Valentini was enthusiastic about the show moving to its new time slot in the fall. He was confident that the umbrella stories being developed would let it have a safe landing in their new afternoon spot. He also assured fans that the show will last beyond its 50th anniversary in April. To build the excitement more, he added that they will be "rolling out lots of different things between now and April — and past then… So, you just need to watch the show to catch the energy and the momentum that we have."

On the casting front, he explained that Robin (Kimberly McCullough) is back, if only for "a bit." However, in spite of some people's hopes, Genie Francis (ex-Laura) is not coming back to Port Charles any time in the near future. He also explained that frequently mentioned "One Life to Live" character Natalie (Melissa Archer) hasn't shown up on "GH" yet because of lingering contract issues with Prospect Park. As for other "OLTL" stalwarts: Blair (Kassie DePaiva) should be back now and then and Todd's (Roger Howarth) brother Victor (Trevor St. John) could also be on the way.

Meanwhile, "GH" may be getting a little more attention this fall since Dancing With The Stars Is Bringing Back Kelly Monaco. And for what else is happening in Primetime, take a look at Soaps.com's Primetime Dish and our Pretty Little Liars recap.

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- Matt Purvis