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The Soap Scene

AMC (tv network)Vincent IrizarryRobin StrasserJennifer HudsonNBCDebbi MorganDarnell Williams

BIG NAMES SIGN UP FOR ONLINE SOAPS: Robin Strasser (Dorian, "OLTL"), Vincent Irizarry (David, "AMC") and Debbi Morgan (Angie, "AMC") are just a few of the veteran actors who have agreed to resume their "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" roles when the shows start online production this month. Others on board include Angie's long-time "AMC" love interest, Jesse, played by Darnell Williams, and "OLTL" patriarch Clint Buchanan, portrayed by Jerry Ver Dorn.

Agnes Nixon, creator of both shows, is serving as a consultant, and new executive producers have also been signed. Working out of studios based in Stamford, Conn., -- close enough for an easy commute for New York-based actors, but far less costly than Manhattan -- the soaps are scheduled to appear four times a week with recaps on Fridays.

Kin Shriner has become the latest former "General Hospital" star to turn up in preparation for the show's 50th anniversary. He last appeared as Scott Baldwin in 2008.

"Smash" returns to NBC for a second season on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with a two-hour premiere. Some characters, notably Ellis, are gone, with new faces added, most notably Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson in the role of Veronica Moore. The series will then move to its regular Tuesday timeslot.

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