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TVLine Items: AMC Vet to Y&R, Days Returns, Harry Smith Exits CBS for NBC, and More

When (or if) All My Children does find new life online, it will be sans one Angie Hubbard. Following weeks of speculation, Emmy winner Debbi Morgan has inked a deal to join CBS sudser The Young and the Restless, starting in September (once AMC has hit the pause button on its production). No details have yet surfaced on exactly what Morgan will be doing in Genoa City, TV Guide Magazine reports.

In other soaps news, Michael Logan also is reporting that Days of Our Lives will welcome back Austin and Carrie — in the form of Patrick Muldoon and Christie Clark (Carrie Brady) — in late September.

Read for more of today’s TV news? Well….

* AMC‘s Debbi Morgan isn’t the only one leaving behind a long-held job. After 25 years as a CBS newsman, Harry Smith is exiting the Eye to join NBC’s news division, where he will among other things join the new primetime newsmagazine being launched by Brian Williams, TVNewser reports.

* That between-seasons Dexter time-jump TVLine told you about back in May? Well, it has now been revealed just how much time will have passed since Deb came thisclose to learning her bro’s very dark secret. Series EP Sara Colleton tells TVGuide.com that the action will pick up a year later, where we “find that Dexter has gotten his groove back. He’s gotten over Rita and Lumen.”

* Measuring in at 6-foot-3, TV newbie Gwendoline Christie has been cast on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Brienne Tarth of Evenfall Hall, swordswoman of Renly Baratheon. Author George R.R. Martin hails the Season 2 hire on his blog.

* Jason Sudeikis has landed a recurring role in the third and final season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down, Variety reports. The Saturday Night Live funnyman will play Shane, a pal of Danny McBride’s former MLB player.

* Looking for Bravo’s Platinum Hit? Originally launched as a Monday night program, the Jewel and Kara DioGuardi-led series — after drawing fewer than 400,000 viewers — has been shuttled to Fridays-at-8, the American Idol Buzz blog points out.

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