On the heels of the recent ratings success of the second Luke and Laura wedding, award-winning actor Kin Shriner returns as Scotty Baldwin on the top-rated daytime drama, General Hospital, in the role he originated three decades ago, it was announced by Brian Frons, president, Daytime, Disney-ABC Television Group. His return will coincide with an explosive storyline for the upcoming February sweep where a new storytelling technique will be used, a first in daytime. Mr. Shriner will first appear on air in late January.

"As we continue the story that began with Laura's return, it was a logical choice to bring back another legacy character that viewers want to see and allows us to tell another chapter in the emotional story that surrounds these characters," said Mr. Frons in making the announcement.

"I look forward to returning to the General Hospital family. The fans are going to be very excited to see my character return to town with a well-crafted and 'edge of your seat' storyline. Some very important questions about Luke, Laura and Scotty will be answered," adds Mr. Shriner.

Further details on the character's and the overall storyline will be announced in the coming weeks.

Recently awarded five Daytime Emmy Awards, including a record ninth for Best Daytime Drama, General Hospital celebrated 43 years of broadcasting on April 1, 2006, and is the longest-running dramatic serial on the ABC Television Network, having aired its 11,000th episode earlier this year. General Hospital consistently rates as one of the top daytime programs with Women 18-49.