If you haven't set your VCR yet, now's the time to do so. Steve Burton's return to General Hospital is just one week away. On Aug. 25, Burton strolls back into town in the role that won him the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 1999 and an adoring legion of fans. Jason Morgan's presence is certain to stir up emotions for people throughout Port Charles. The character skipped town when Burton left the show in January, but with so many loose ends to tie up, it seemed a return would be inevitable.

Burton has finished filming the premiere episode of his NBC television series, Semper Fi. In the new Steven Spielberg series, Burton plays the headstrong, self-appointed leader of a U.S. Marine Corps troop. While the two-hour pilot is in the can and the show has discussed a 13-episode commitment, Semper Fi is considered a midseason replacement and hasn't begun production on the next batch of episodes says a show spokesperson. It is this very break that afforded Burton time to return to the daytime canvas, even if it's only for a short six-week stay.

Jason's return will no doubt resurrect the feelings Carly once harbored for the junior mobster and force her to reevaluate her romantic ties with his mentor and friend Sonny. It's also a prime opportunity to reignite the romance sparks that began to flutter with Jason and Elizabeth. Show sources say Jason will also have some tense moments with his half brother A.J., played by Billy Warlock. "We have some very exciting stories planned," says GH executive producer Wendy Riche, "and we are thrilled that Steve could be a part of it."