Now it's a party! The glorious renaissance of ABC's General Hospital and the return of so many longtime favorites — Finola Hughes, Robin Mattson, Ian Buchanan, Tristan Rogers, Lynn Herring and, soon, Genie Francis — has been sheer bliss for millions of fans. But there's one thing that's been missing: Kin Shriner! Well, good news, my peeps. TV Guide Magazine can now report that Shriner will bring his beloved Scotty Baldwin character back to Port Charles on Feb. 19, just days after the arrival of Francis, his former GH wife. Will Scotty and Laura reunite romantically? Might they even remarry? Will Luke catch the bouquet? Our imagination is running wild! So far, ABC will only hint that "Scotty's arrival in town will have a ripple effect on the Spencer family." But here's some scoop from our exclusive chat with Shriner. Look for more in an upcoming issue of TV Guide Magazine.
TV Guide Magazine: Have you been sitting home, just like us, watching this parade of old-time GH stars and wondering, "Hey, what about Kin Shriner?"
Shriner: I knew if I saw Lucy Coe's duck show up and I still wasn't invited that I should start to get concerned. Something's not right here! I really wanted to go back and be part of all that fun. [Head writer] Ron Carlivati has gone on record saying he's been watching GH since the Scotty and Laura days in the '70s, and you can tell he really loves bringing back that old history.
TV Guide Magazine: There are so many story possibilities for bad-boy Scotty. So many dames!
Shriner: There are four or five girls in that town that are ripe for some more Scotty action. Lucy has unfinished business with me, and there's Crazy Heather, Tracy Quartermaine, Anna Devane. He was involved with all of them. And then Laura, of course. I don't know what they've got planned for me. It's very hush-hush-sweet-charlotte down there at ABC these days. Back in the old days we didn't have all this texting and googling and tweeting to spoil storylines but, still, at the Luke and Laura wedding, [exec producer] Gloria Monty kept me locked in a trailer so the secret wouldn't get out that Scotty was there to catch the bouquet. So, really, nothing's changed!
TV Guide Magazine: Nothing indeed. Despite all the secrecy, there's one thing certain about Scotty's return — Luke Spencer won't like it one damn bit!
Shriner: Yeah, I don't think he'll be throwing Scotty a party. If my character showed up and was involved with Laura it would really chap Luke's hide. He would want to try and win her back, even if he has moved on with his life. This competition between them goes back 35 years so Ron has so much story to pull from. We thought the '80s at GH were wild, well, this could be even wilder. I start shooting next Tuesday [Jan. 22]. I can't wait to get my grubby hands on that script!