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General Hospital icon Tristan Rogers - absent from the show since 2006 - will headline the second season of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift as Robert Scorpio when the series returns next month.

Don't expect his usual bad-boy superspy antics, however. Scorpio will arrive with "a major health issue that'll have him grappling with his mortality," says a rep for the GH spin-off.

Robert's daughter, Robin ( Kimberly McCullough), will be his physician. Sounds pretty damn dire, but Rogers is thrilled. "This'll be a real departure wherever it's headed," he says. "Robert and Robin will finally get a chance to connect as adults. The last time he was in town he was too busy battling a killer virus, so he's never even dealt with her being HIV-positive." But he's got way more than that to deal with now: Robin is pregnant. - Michael Logan

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