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General Hospital Comings and Goings: A Port Charles Icon Returns

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Have any new actors or actresses been cast on the show in contract, recurring, or day player roles? Are any well remembered or beloved stars from other soaps, past or present, about to join the General Hospital fold in surprise new parts? Here’s the latest casting news from the ABC soap.

The week of November 23, 2020

A missing Quartermaine is returning to Port Charles for a holiday visit. Jane Elliot has been on set taping scenes as the formidable Tracy. Actress Nancy Lee Grahn, who plays Alexis, revealed the news on Twitter. Elliot, who retired and moved out of Los Angeles in 2017, made a short return appearance in late 2019.

Meanwhile, Briana Lane departed the soap as Brook Lynn Quartermaine, when the character headed back to Bensonhurst. Lane filled in as Ned’s (Wally Kurth) daughter for over four months, while Amanda Setton was off on maternity leave. When Brook Lynn resurfaces, Setton will be back in her shoes.

In an abrupt move, the soap has recast the part of Lucas Jones. Matt Trudeau assumed the role on November 16. The actor previously appeared on Chicago Fire. Lucas had been played by Ryan Carnes since 2004.

Also, that was Juliette Jeffers portraying Phyllis Caulfield, the nurse who tended to Nina (Cynthia Watros) decades ago when she gave birth to her daughter.

General Hospital History

GH made its debut in 1963 and is the second longest-running daytime soap opera in American history. The longest-running sudser is Guiding Light. While it’s not the longest-running sudser, General Hospital is the longest-running soap opera currently on air.

The daytime drama outlasted other soaps to become a mainstay for many households! From Luke (Tony Geary) and Laura’s (Genie Francis) gripping romance and wedding, to Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and his mobster activities, GH knows how to please their viewers.

Bringing the Drama

More than five decades of gripping drama has kept the daytime sudser on the air as other soap operas were axed. It is one of only four remaining soap operas currently on the air. The other three daytime dramas include Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless (YR), and The Bold and the Beautiful (BB). GH airs weekdays on ABC. Check your local listings for air times.

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