Monday, June 14, 2010 at 10:19 PM ET by Errol Lewis


Photo: Jean-Paul Aussenard

(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — If you thought you heard the last of Lorenzo Alcazar (played by Ted King) and his ties to Port Charles, think again. An ABC spokesman has informed Soap Opera Network that actress Rosa Blasi is heading to "General Hospital" in a Skye Chandler (Robin Christopher) related storyline that brings back some fond memories for fans.

Blasi is set to play the recurring role of Fernanda, who is the "money manager" in Spain who control's Mr. Alcazar's assests. Look for the character to clash with Skye beginning Thursday, July 22. She is scheduled to appear in three episodes.

If you recognize the actress, that's because for six seasons she portrayed the role of Dr. Luisa Delgado on Lifetime's "Strong Medicine." More recently, she's appeared in a number of episodes of ABC Family's "Make It or Break It." She also appeared in the 2004 film "The Grudge" starring Sarah Michelle Gellar ("All My Children," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer").

In Other Casting News…

  • James Franco is returning to "GH" beginning Wednesday, June 30. Look for him to re-appear in Port Charles and Jason's (Steve Burton) life just as he mysteriously disappeared last fall.
  • As previously reported, Betsy Franco (James Franco's real-life mother) is joining the cast of "General Hospital" in the short-term role as Franco's mother. According to sources, her character's name is Karen Anderson, who, interestingly enough, Spinelli (Bradford Anderson) locates in Woodstock, NY. Her first airdate is set for July 2.
  • Oscar® nominated actor Bruce Davison is coming to the show as Wilhelm Van Schlagel, Franco's art dealer. An airdate still has not been set, however, expect to see the "Longtime Companion" star on the show for about three episodes, according to ABC.
  • If you've been living under a rock, you may not have heard that Vanessa Marcil is returning to "General Hospital" later this summer as she brings her character Brenda Barrett back to Port Charles. Her first airdate is set for Wednesday, August 11.

"General Hospital" airs Weekdays on ABC. Anytime on ABC.com.

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