TVLine Items: Return Dates for GH Favorites, Arrested Development Reboot Update and More!

General Hospital vet Rick Springfield is set to reprise his role as Dr. Noah Drake for a handful of episodes this March, reports. Now, let us all hope he’s not back to console his son, Patrick, after Robin’s possible (and all-too-tragic) death. (Sob!)

Meanwhile, a handful of other familiar faces are about to pop up in Port Charles, and we’ve got a breakdown of their respective debut dates. Finola Hughes (Anna) reappears the week of Feb. 13, while Tristan Rogers and Emma Samms (Robert and Holly, respectively) return around Feb. 27.

The former One Life to Live stars joining the soap will trickle in separately, with Kristen Alderson (Starr) dropping in the week of Feb. 20, Roger Howarth and Kassie DePaiva (Todd and Blair) debuting around Feb. 27 and Michael Easton (John McBain) beginning his run sometime in March.

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GH star Jason Thompson (the aforementioned Patrick) has also landed a gig on Castle‘s fairytale-themed episode, reports, playing the husband of a woman dressed as Snow White at the time of her murder.

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• Arrested Development co-exec producer Dean Lorey took to his blog Monday with some fun news about the series’ upcoming revival on Netflix. “We’re really doing this thing,” he wrote. “The original cast is back. There are offices and parking spaces. We’re shooting this year.” For now, “the schedule is being kept under wraps,” but reports have the comedy debuting new episodes in 2013.

John Stamos is in talks to star opposite T.J. Miller in the Fox comedy pilot, Little Brother, Deadline reports. The project, from Everybody Loves Raymond scribe Mike Royce, centers on a man who discovers he has an ex-con for a half-brother.

Vivica A. Fox has landed a guest spot on Raising Hope, reports, playing a fiery church-goer who runs against Garret Dillahunt’s Burt in a local congregation election.

Oh, Lord — literally! TLC has picked up Preacher Wives, a docu-series from the producers of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Per, the show centers on strong-willed southern women in religious leadership positions.

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ABC is adapting the 1978 Judith Krantz novel Scruples as a possible drama series, with the author’s son, Tony, and actress Natalie Portman serving as executive producers.

Last Friday’s premiere of Discovery Channel’s Bering Sea Gold was watched by 3.66 million total viewers, making it the most-watched series debut in the cabler’s history. It also set highs for Discovery in several key demos.

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  1. Gerald says:

    Oh…. Scruples. I remember the original 80’s miniseries with Lindsay Wagner, it was tracy escapism fun. That being said, I don’t think this will be any good.

  2. Velvet says:

    Discovery Channel’s Bering Sea Gold sucked. Those guys were idiots. Me and my roommate agreed to not waste our time again. Season pass canceled.

  3. Danielle H says:

    LOL @ Preacher Wives.. scary things will be revealed. America’s about to see the hypocrisy of Christian leaders.

  4. Joanna says:

    Thank goodness they are bring back old favs to GH. Hope it’s a new trend & they keep them around for a while.

  5. Sarah says:

    I haven’t really liked General Hospital but I’m really excited to watch to see Kassie DePaiva and the Mannings. I’m counting the days! They got my viewership as long as she is there :):)

  6. Steph says:

    Has it been confirmed that Robin is actually going to die? that would really suck. She’s become my favorite character. So sad that she’s leaving but its good to see all the greats coming back.

  7. Tammy Kreiss says:

    The only thing I will watch on ABC is General Hospital!!!! I want my soaps!!!! Castle is my one exception because he was Joey Buchanan on OLTL for a long time!!!

  8. Breezy says:

    I can’t wait for the Mannings to arrive in Port Charles. I’ve never watched GH, but you can bet I’ll record and watch every minute they’re there!

  9. Kathy says:

    I wish that Robin was staying.
    I have watched her forever. I started watching when I was young & I continue to watch it.
    Is there anyway to contact her as a fan member?
    Thanks so much

    • Angie says:

      Kim also as a Youtube account. She posted some interviews that she did with other cast members as they filmed their final scenes together.

  10. Rocco's Mom says:

    Kathy, search Kimberly McCullough on Twitter. She’s a pretty active poster. Love GH!

  11. Angie says:

    Wow…. seems like they are really pullilng out all the stops at GH. So many legendary characters returning for short/long term. Really looking forward to seeing the returnees.