Comings and Goings

Scott Reeves, who has portrayed Dr. Steven Lars Webber on "General Hospital" since 2009, has announced via his Twitter account that the ABC series has released him from his contract and that he will last air on the soap sometime in February."Hey guys, u know how much u mean 2 me and I wanted u 2 hear it from me. I was let go from GH today and my last day should b in Feb sometime," said Reeves in a Twitter posting shortly after 9:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 12.

According to a tweet by Robert Adamson, who portrays Noah Newman on CBS' "The Young and the Restless," daytime newcomer Jhoanna Flores has joined the cast in an as yet to be determined role. "@ jhoannamarissa welcome to #YR.. I'll keep it under wraps for now who she's playing. But she's doing a great job!" read Adamson's tweet.

As previously reported, Susan Flannery is leaving CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" after 25 years portraying the role of Stephanie Forrester on the world's most watched daytime drama series. With today's airing factored in, more than 6,450 episodes of the soap will have aired since she debuted on the series (she started airing on the show's second episode on March 24, 1987).

Soap Opera Network has learned that ABC's "General Hospital" has hired actor Marc Samuel to portray the contract role of Felix, a nursing student friend of Sabrina's (Teresa Castillo), who helps her get ready for an important meeting. Samuel first airs on Tuesday, December 4. Look for the character to play an integral role in helping return the annual Nurse's Ball charity event to General Hospital.

On Wednesday, November 7, Kelly Monaco's professional dance partner on "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars," Val Chmerkovskiy tweeted, "On my way to @GeneralHospital and its not cause @kellymonaco1 is working... #DaytimeEmmy here I come lol #thrilled #honored." Monaco followed up his tweet when she said, "So proud of ‪@iamValC [Chmerkovskiy's Twitter handle]‬ Had his 1st day of shooting on the set of ‪@GeneralHospital‬... from ‪#DWTS‬ to ‪#GH‬ :)" While it was unclear at the time when he would first air, Soap Opera Network has learned that Chmerkovskiy will air on the Monday, December 10 episode of the ABC drama series and that he'll be playing a boxer that spars with Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Shawn (Sean Blakemore).

Just over a week before she airs for the final time after 25 years portraying Stephanie Forrester on "The Bold and the Beautiful," CBS has released a video montage of Susan Flannery as she got the ultimate send-off from cast and crew of the popular daytime soap opera with some help from other CBS Television City employees, including those from "The Young and the Restless," "The Price is Right" and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

According to a report by Soap Opera Digest, ABC's "General Hospital" has let actor Erik Valdez go nearly six months after joining the cast of the drama series in the role of Trey Mitchell. The character is the son of Kate Howard (Kelly Sullivan) and the recently departed Joseph Scully, Jr. (Richard Steinmetz). The character was married to Kristina Davis (Lindsey Morgan) in August. Their marriage was annulled in mid-October.

For more than 12 years Sean Kanan has been portraying the role of the flawed Deacon Sharpe on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "The Young and the Restless," but for fans of "General Hospital" he is best known for his portrayal of AJ Quartermaine. Last seen in 1997 as AJ went toe-to-toe with Carly Roberts (now Carly Jacks) as played by Sarah Brown, fans were shocked to find the role recast with actor Billy Warlock. According to published reports, Kanan had been fired by then executive producer Wendy Riche because of issues relating to alcohol use. In 2005, Warlock's AJ was killed off by a psychotic psychiatrist, but after a 15 year absence from the canvas does Kanan's return mean the show has decided to undo AJ's death?

TV Guide's Michael Logan pulls off another exclusive! In an interview with Steve Burton, the actor reveals that he has in fact decided to leave ABC's "General Hospital" after two decades at the drama series. First joining the cast in 1991, Burton had portrayed the role of Jason Quartermaine turned Morgan. He left the series in 2000, but returned in 2002, and has remained at the show ever since. He's also appeared on the “GH” spinoff, “General Hospital: Night Shift,” during the SOAPnet original series’ first season.

After promising that today's episode of "General Hospital" was "not to be missed" as the series has “been keeping a huge surprise under wraps," executive producer Frank Valentini got some good news today as the big reveal began trending worldwide just a short time ago. While live tweeting along with thousands of others, fans of the daytime drama series learned that actor Ian Buchanan had returned to the ABC soap after a 23-year absence. Of course, Soap Opera Network broke the story on Thursday, August 23.
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