— After a summer of anticipation, General Hospital executive producer Frank Valentini confirmed today that former The Young and the Restless star Billy Miller will be joining GH as a recast Jason Morgan, the role previously played by current Y&R star Steve Burton.
Burton originally played the role of the brain-damaged Quartermaine heir from 1991 until 2000. He would later appear in 2001 before returning full time in 2002 until 2012.
Miller exited Y&R as Billy Abbott earlier this year after joining the soap in 2008 and has won three Emmys. Miller is also known for his roles as All My Children’s Richie Novak (from 2007-2008) and on Ringer in 2011.
No word yet on Miller’s first airdate as GH’s new Jason. In addition to his tweet, Valentini did release a statement about Miller joining the ABC soap, “O am really excited to be working with such a talented and acclaimed actor as Billy. Our cast is thrilled that he will be joining out General Hospital family, and I know that he will be an amazing addition to our talented cast.”
— Robin Mattson will return to GH soon – but she won’t be the only one.
— Antonio Sabato Jr. (ex-Jagger, GH; ex-Dante, The Bold and the Beautiful) could be headed to Dancing with the Stars.
— While Y&R cast Justin Hartley as their new Adam, it’s now come out that producers set feelers out for some other name actors: Smallville’s Tom Welling, Sex and the City’s Jason Lewis, Queer as Folk’s Gale Harold and As the World Turns/Orphan Black’s Dylan Bruce!
— Following Daytime Confidential’s blind item last week that a “Ginger East Coast Soap Alum” was headed to a new soap out west, it was revealed that former One Life to Live star Melissa Archer has begun taking at Days of our Lives. TV Line reports that the actress will play Serena and has ties to someone in Salem. Look for Archer to make her DAYS debut on Friday, December 5th.
— Alison Sweeney returned to Days of our Lives to direct. Sweeney finished taping as Sami this past May and will last air this fall.
— Big Brother favourite Donny Thompson and his fans got some great news after his eviction from the reality series last week when host Julie Chen announced that was he invited to appear as The Bold and the Beautiful! No word yet when he gets to tape his B&B appearance as he’s been sequestered in the Big Brother jury house. The season finale of Big Brother has been set for Wednesday, September 24.
— TV Guide is reporting that comedian Fred Willard will guest star on B&B as John Forrester, Eric’s (John McCook) younger brother.
What’s coming up:
The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS/CTV Two): Ivy’s BBQ.
Katie is forced to defend Ridge’s designs to a highly critical Rick. Ridge is forced to seek out an unconventional approach to complete his sketches. Liam arrives to Ivy’s BBQ only to discover that the rest of the party is populated by happy couples. Bill threatens to unveil Quinn’s secret out of anger. Hope and Liam set out to plan their future. Katie puts pressure on Ridge to come clean with his family. Maya reveals her scheme to break up Caroline and Rick. Note: The Bold and the Beautiful is pre-empted on Friday, September 5th due to CBS’s coverage of the 2014 U.S. Open Tennis.
Coronation Street (CBC/Hulu): Jason runs into trouble.
Jason prepares for the No. 9 loft conversion. Nick feigns a dizzy spell. Leanne snaps. Jim agrees to supply Peter with more alcohol in exchange for a favour. Nick and Leanne have a heartfelt talk. Lloyd and Steve stake out at Neil’s house. Peter begs Steve to come for a visit. Kylie prepares for Lily’s birthday party. David’s at the end of his tether with Max. Jason calls for an ambulance. Steve agrees to a cricket match. Luke and Katy arrange a date. Steve heads to the prison. Julie has news from Dennis.
Days of our Lives (NBC/Global): Will Sami and EJ reunite?
Kristen makes a bold move that makes ripples in Salem. Marlena has to make a tough decision. Theresa’s high quickly hits a low when it comes to Brady. Sami and Nicole have a fight. Eric’s horrified by Marlena’s request. Kristen and Theresa clash over Brady. Aidan throws caution to the wind regarding Hope. Kate and Sami try to prevent Stefano’s imminent return to Salem. Abigail tries to work things out with Ben. Clyde makes a pitch to EJ. Will receives a new job offer. Sami and EJ have a major breakthrough in their relationship.
General Hospital (ABC/City): Lulu’s in danger!
The mystery man at the cabin is revealed. Britt has questions about Nathan’s father. Patrick gets closer to the truth. Sabrina confronts Ava. Julia and Alexis struggle with their feelings. Nina finds a new obsession. Sabrina is set on revenge. Nina works with Rosalie. Spencer has a confession for Emma. Sam wants to know why Patrick is withholding information. Dante and Lulu are shocked by a surprise visitor. Carly tries to suppress her attraction to Sonny. Spencer reveals that he thinks Luke was behind the car accident.
The Young and the Restless (CBS/Global): Ashley returns to Genoa City!
Victor tries to get answers about Sharon from Phyllis. Ashley has a proposition for Stitch. Nick works to save his family. Note: The Young and the Restless is pre-empted by CBS due to coverage of the 2014 U.S. Open Tennis on Friday, September 5th, as a result Global will pre-empt the soap on Thursday and air a new episode (Monday’s CBS episode) on Friday.