Thursday, May 21, 2009 9:50 PM ET | By Errol Lewis


(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — “General Hospital” sets its sights on a summer of hospitality as General Hospital (location) takes center stage.

On the heals of the soaps recasting of Michael Corinthos III with newcomer Drew Garrett, who began airing on Thursday, April 24, the soap has recast the role of Kristina Corinthos with daytime newcomer Lexi Ainsworth beginning Thursday, June 4. Lexi is best known for her role as Molly in 2008’s “Wild Child,” starring Emma Roberts. She has also appeared in the Nickelodean series “iCarly” and the short-lived NBC drama “Medical Investigation.” Look for Kristina to take a rather inappropriate liking to Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) as a result of adolescent retaliation against their parents.

In related news, Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Conor Jackson will portray Michael’s physical therapist on the Wednesday, June 3 episode of the soap. More on Conor’s appearance on the show will appear in the June 29 issue of ESPN Magazine, on newsstands June 19.

Billy Dee Williams reprises his role of Toussaint DuBois on Thursday, June 4. Last seen on the SOAPnet original series “General Hospital: Night Shift” as the janitor at General Hospital, Toussaint will “return to Port Charles during a tour break with the Saints,” said ABC. “He’ll want to see Epiphany [Sonya Eddy] and other residents in town.”

Constance Towers brings Helena Cassadine to Port Charles for another go-around as Helena taunts Rebecca (Natalia Livingston) on Thursday, June 4.

ABC has not confirmed a last airdate for the departing Rick Hearst, who won two Emmy’s for his portrayal of Ric Lansing on the daytime drama series since joining the soap in 2004. Sources, however, state that Hearst will last air in mid-to-late June.

A first airdate for Martha Byrne’s Andrea Floyd, wife of Mayor Garrett Floyd (John Bolger), hasn’t been released, but when she debuts in June she’ll be one angry woman after learning her husband has been keeping some dirty secrets.

“General Hospital” airs Weekdays on ABC. Weeknights on SOAPnet.


Discussion: GH Casting: A June to Remember


  • General Hospital
  • Drew Garrett
  • Billy Dee Williams
  • Martha Byrne
  • Lexi Ainsworth
  • Conor Jackson
  • Ric Hearst
  • Emma Roberts

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