TVLine Items: Michael Easton's GH Return, Night Shift Newcomer and More

General Hospital is about to employ the cardinal rule of soap operas: Just because your character is dead doesn’t mean you’re out of a job.

In a video posted Tuesday, GH executive producer Frank Valentini announced that Michael Easton — whose Silas Clay was killed off in August — will return to the series.

No word on who Easton will play when he gets back to Port Charles, but Valentini promises in the above video that he’s “got something great” in store for the actor.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Tanaya Beatty (The 100, Continuum) has joined The Night Shift‘s upcoming third season in a series-regular role. Per The Hollywood Reporter, she will play Shannon, a spunky, outspoken med school graduate recruited by Dr. Alexander, who was impressed by Shannon’s volunteer work at the reservation clinic.

* HBO announced Tuesday that its TV movie Confirmation — about the controversial Supreme Court nomination hearings for Clarence Thomas in 1991 — will air Saturday, April 16, at 8/7c.

* Dennis Quaid (The Art of More), Parminder Nagra (The Blacklist), Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones), Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and Ken Stott (The Missing) have joined the Season 2 cast of Pivot’s drama Fortitude. The second season — which premieres this fall — revolves around a new murder that shakes up the titular arctic town.

* Starz has released two new photos (embedded below) from the set of Blunt Talk, which has begun production on its 10-episode second season. Premiering this fall, Season 2 will focus on Walter’s (Sir Patrick Stewart) reunion with an old flame (In Plain Sight‘s Lesley Ann Warren), who leads him into a web of intrigue affecting the future of Los Angeles.

Blunt Talk Season 2

Blunt Talk Season 2

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  1. ScottJ says:

    That’s some impressive casting for Fortitude. The show did have to refresh its cast though since there weren’t all that many characters left by the end,

  2. jakis says:

    So if Michael Easton is coming back, does that mean Sam and Jason are going to get engaged, just in time for Silas to be back and break them up? That seems to be the way they always do things on the soaps… I can’t remember who killed him, but maybe it was Ava? I guess there can’t be murder charges if he isn’t really dead, anyway.

    • lll says:

      Madeline Reeves killed Slias. Speaking of, I wonder will he come back as Silas.

      • jakis says:

        I’m wondering if he’s the blind item in the “actor returns to long-running drama” one. You don’t get much longer running than General Hospital. And it didn’t say primetime…

    • TJ says:

      Nina’s mom (Donna Mills’ character) killed Silas. I heard he may be a new character who works/knows/interacts with Anna. So happy to have Michael Easton back!

      • BrightLight says:

        If he ends up playing a new character, that will be the FIFTH different one he’s played in the GH universe (if you count the two he played on Port Charles). That being said, I love ME so I’m just glad to know he’s coming back.

        • Mary says:

          I hope it is a new character with substance so he can show his acting skill. Silas was not well written until the end with Ava, and just like that they killed him off.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Would be great for Michael Easton to come back on GH. What does this mean for cast members like Maura West, Michelle Stafford, Roger Howarth, Rebecca Budig and a dozen other people depending on their contracts and what will it mean for the future of the lone ABC daytime soap that has been on the air for more than five decades?

  4. Ash says:

    Meh towards Michael Easton returning. Don’t care for him (and this is from someone going back to the Port Charles days, though I did like him on OLTL).

    The real question? WHEN IS THE NIGHT SHIFT COMING BACK?? I’m dying to know.

  5. Erik says:

    Michael Easton?
    Ugh! Wish he’d just stay away.

  6. TinLV says:

    I really like ME and am glad he’s coming back. This is supposedly a whole new character. I hope he’s a cop… undercover… and interacts with Anna and the shows villains instead of being in Sam’s orbit.