Kirsten Storms Returning to GH

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You patience shall be rewarded in less than three weeks. Kirsten Storms is set to return as General Hospital‘s Maxie on Wednesday, Aug. 3, an ABC rep tells TVLine.

The soap vet took a leave of absence back in May because of “breakouts due to stress,” she explained on Twitter. After all, Storms added, “in this biz, appearance is important.”

Days of Our Lives alumna Molly Burnett has been playing Maxie since early July. (And no, there are zero updates on Tyler Christopher‘s status as Nikolas.)

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

* Rose Byrne (Damages) has joined the cast of HBO Films’ adaptation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, playing Rebecca Skloot. Oprah Winfrey is set to star as Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah.

American Koko, a digital series created by and starring Diarra Kilpatrick (Mike & Molly, Southland), has been picked up by ABC’s revamped ABCd streaming service. Emmy-winning How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis is a producer on the series, which follows a satirical agency that tackles sticky racial situations.

* Netflix has announced an aftershow for its just-launched series Stranger Things, on its YouTube channel. The first two episodes of Stranger Things After Show, hosted by DJ personality Jesse Janedy, are available now.

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  1. Kevin K says:

    Happy to hear the news about Kirsten Storms returning to GH on August 3rd once Molly Burnett is done filling in the role of Maxie Jones. Still bummed about the status on Tyler Christopher.

    • lauren says:

      Wow, Tyler is really missed on his story,his setup scenes with maura west were so fun and snappy, and while the temporary actor if good, he’s no tyler. What a shame the timing of these contract issues.

      Good to have kristen back but the claudette story is just so darned boring and useless. Love Bree, but nathan works well in detective or action mode, but in deep emotional stories, that’s a big miss.

  2. A. D. says:

    Really ridiculous we have no news or information on Tyler Christopher’s situation.

  3. Carlyspencer says:

    So glad that Kristen will be back soon, Maxie is not the same without her spunk

  4. Gert says:

    A lot of people couldn’t care less that she is coming back! I am one of many that wish she would take a hike out west and never return!

    • Anna says:

      Good thing most people disagree with you. Just like all the other commenters, I’m so very happy she’ll be back soon!

  5. Judy says:

    Thank goodness Kirsten will be back soon. Molly Burnett’s portrayal of Maxie is missing something. Kirsten has really made Maxie her own. To bad Molly wasn’t creating a new character on the show, seems like she would be great. It’s always hard to fill someone else’s role in a soap.

    • LAwoman says:

      I look forward to Kirsten’s return too. Molly isn’t bad, she’s just not Maxie. I am hoping there will be some resolution with the Tyler Christopher situation soon.

  6. Maggie says:

    I read the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and am not surprised that they are making a movie. It was a fascinating book. We have all gained so much medically from this woman, without her knowledge or consent.

  7. grazelled says:

    No disrespect to NS who I think is a good actor, but Tyler is Nikolas. Nik’s scenes are just not the same without being able see TC in the role. For example when GF/Laura hugged Nik after thinking he was dead it was missing something and didn’t have the emotional impact it could have had with Tyler and Genie in that scene.

    Can’t wait to have Kirsten back as Maxie. I’ve been looking forward to seeing her and Bree play off each in their roles.

  8. Stars Above says:

    I’ve been surprised at how much I like Molly Burnett’s take on Maxie! I usually have a lot of trouble adjusting to recasts, and I couldn’t stand Jen Lilley’s abrasive turn in this role a few years ago. But while I’ve always liked Kirsten Storms’s Maxie, MB brings a sweeter dimension to the character and doesn’t suffer from Storms’s sometimes annoyingly nasal voice. If KS ever chooses to leave permanently, I wouldn’t at all mind seeing MB in this role for keeps!

    • monica says:

      I’ve LOVED Molly Burnett’s role as Maxie.
      Hate to see her go. Maybe GH will bring her back as another character 😀 Kirsten
      IS Maxie and a wonderful actress but I could very easily get used to Molly Burnett as Maxi… and did!

  9. Rose says:

    Glad the real Maxie is coming back.. An Nichols’s too not the same without them been watching general hospital for 40 plus years.. Was disappointed when Jason was recasted.. But I love the show an will always watch