TVLine Items: Kin Shriner Returns to GH, Robin Roberts' GMA Homecoming, Y&R Scoop and More

KIN SHRINERKin Shriner, like many of his contemporaries, is returning to Port Charles.

The actor will reprise his General Hospital role as Scotty Baldwin on Feb. 19, TV Guide Magazine reports.

Details surrounding Scotty’s homecoming are scarce, with ABC saying only that his “arrival in town will have a ripple effect on the Spencer family.” Shriner also tells the site that “there are four or five girls in that town” — including Lucy, Heather, Tracy, Anna and Laura — “that are ripe for some more Scotty action.”

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Robin Roberts is on the road back to Good Morning America. The anchor appeared via video on Monday to announce that she has gotten her doctors’ permission to begin the process of returning to the ABC morning show.

 In the wake of  former General Hospital star Steve Burton joining The Young and the Restless, Y&R exec producer Jill Farren Phelps is opening up about how the CBS soap landed him. “I just kept thinking how great Steve would be in the part [of war veteran Dylan] but, at first, it was just a dream,” she tells TV Guide Magazine. But after working out a schedule that allows the actor to “continue to have the life he wants in Nashville,” the dream became reality. “Plus, Steve loved the idea of playing a character very different from Jason Morgan,” she says, adding that “He has new hair! And he’s actually going to be wearing colors other than black!”

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• Showtime has decided not to move forward with its plans for a potential Californication spin-off, Deadline reports. The project would have centered on Maggie Grace’s character, Faith, who makes her debut in the current sixth season.

• ABC Family’s Switched at Birth will present an episode from the point of view of its deaf characters, told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL), on March 4.

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• The full pilot of NBC’s new Jekyll-and-Hyde-esque series Do No Harm (premiering Jan. 31 at 10/9c) is now available for free online. (Click on the video below to play.)

• BBC America has released the first three minutes of its new original drama Ripper Street via YouTube. Click PLAY to get a first look at the series, premiering Jan. 19 at 9/8c.

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  1. Jason says:

    Awesome! Scott’s a personal favorite of mine. Him and Anthony Geary are always great together. Would love a Scotty-Lucy-Heather triangle. Although the writers kind of ruined the Heather character by making her a complete psycho. She was always a little crazy but what mae her great was she was vulnerable. She was kind of an early version of Maxie, Lucy Coe, Carly type character. Not a raving lunatic!

  2. Shari says:

    great at all of these GH returns. I wish they were all permanent. I just really need Vanessa Marcil back now too

  3. Sarah says:

    Holy Scotty Baldwin! This is amazing! I’m there.

  4. Ella says:

    I wonder if Scott is the reason why Laura stayed out if Port Charles for so long?

  5. Barb says:

    Nice to see all the returns but the show is overbloated with cast members. There’s more than enough for two soaps (hint hint) but of course the network won’t admit they screwed up in the first place.

  6. Lori Fugate says:

    Yeah, Kin Shriner!!!!!

  7. mm says:

    I love Kin Shriner’s humor – can’t wait for him and the ‘mature’ actors to interact. GH gets better and better – until they let them all go and then it ends.

  8. WingsStef says:

    Whoo! Scottty!

  9. WingsStef says:

    Sorry for the quick second post, but I got a little excited there. :Love to see Scotty with all the aforementioned women. Scotty & and Lucy were the first soap couple I took a liking too. Scotty and Laura were great during rounds 2 & 3. I was a baby the first time Scotty and Laura were together, so I admit I don’t remember that. I believe Heather and Scott was also before my time, but my mom told me about them a little bit. It will be exciting!