In celebration of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo's return to GENERAL HOSPITAL as Brenda Barrett on Wednesday, August 11, special Brenda programming takes over on ABC Daytime and SOAPnet the week of August 9. GENERAL HOSPITAL will own the ABC Daytime drama block from 1:00-3:00 p.m., ET on Tuesday, August 10, with classic episodes featuring the men in Brenda's life (Sonny, Jax and Jason). Additional programming and digital events include special retrospectives, a SOAPnet marathon of classic Brenda episodes, hosted wraps, a countdown of the 25 key Brenda moments, timelines, photo galleries and trivia quizzes.
When we last saw Brenda, Jax had left her at the altar and, as a result, she left town. Now Brenda's return to Port Charles comes at a time when the three most important men in her life - Sonny, Jax and Jason - are all in crisis. Brenda's in trouble herself - when is she not? - possessing an explosive secret. She has no idea of the havoc this indiscretion will wreak or that she'll send the lives of loved ones hurtling into chaos.
The Brenda Barrett ABC Daytime and SOAPnet programming event includes:
July 17: SOAPnet's 25-day countdown to the return of Brenda Barrett begins: Each day leading up to her arrival, a key Brenda moment will be revealed:
Every day, starting on Saturday, July 17 and leading up to her return on August 11, fans will see key Brenda moments on SOAPnet. Some of the moments will include Sonny learning Brenda is wearing a wire; Sonny and Brenda's famous kiss on the beach; and Sonny leaving Brenda in the rain. The complete list of 25 Brenda video moments will be available on ABC.com and SOAPnet.com starting August 10.
August 6 & 9: Original GENERAL HOSPITAL episodes feature Sonny remembering special moments with Brenda Barrett:
3:00 p.m ET ABC / 10:00 p.m. ET SN: Facing estrangement from all his major relationships, especially from his children, Sonny finds himself reminiscing about Brenda and longing for a past, simpler life that allowed him to love as completely as he did once with her. On Friday, August 6, we leave Sonny on the docks thinking about Brenda -- and he flashes back to the time he helped her lug a heavy suitcase.
Mistaking Claire Walsh for Brenda on August 9, Sonny tries to distract himself from his memories of her by pursuing Claire. However Sonny still cannot get her out of his mind - and he remembers the first time he told Brenda he loved her.
August 10: GENERAL HOSPITAL takeover event with all three hours of the ABC Daytime drama block dedicated to "Brenda Barrett's Men: A Special GENERAL HOSPITAL Marathon," hosted by Vanessa Marcil on ABC and SOAPnet:
1:00 p.m. ET ABC / 8:00 p.m. 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 p.m. ET ABC / 9:00 p.m. 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 p.m. ET ABC / 10:00 p.m. ET SN - GENERAL HOSPITAL Episode #10138 (OAD October 29, 2002) -- Brenda and Jason's Las Vegas wedding.
August 11: Brenda Barrett Returns to GENERAL HOSPITAL:
3:00 p.m. ET ABC/ 10:00 p.m. ET: Brenda appears on the GENERAL HOSPITAL landscape as the face of fashion house Cartullo, only to be attacked by a dangerous stalker.
August 15: SOAPnet marathon: "The Best of Brenda and Sonny," with special appearances by Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo and Maurice Benard:
3:00 p.m. - 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 p.m. - 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 p.m. - 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 p.m. - 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.
Additionally, 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. Named one of People magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People," Marcil has been seen in many successful TV series, including LAS VEGAS, WITHOUT A TRACE, LIPSTICK JUNGLE and BEVERLY HILLS 90210.