TVLine Items: GH Star's Return Date, Rose Byrne Joins Oprah Pic and More

Kirsten Storms Returning to GH

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.