Josh Duhamel set to return to 'All My Children'
Josh Duhamel will make a return to the "All My Children" set before the show ends its 41-year run in September 2011, according to a statement from ABC on Monday.
In August, Duhamel will once again play con artist Leo du Pres, who allegedly died in 2003. Leo and Rebecca Budig's character, Greenlee, were one the most popular super couples in the soap opera genre. Leo went over a waterfall years ago trying to save Greenlee and his body was never found.
Duhamel earned four Daytime Emmy nominations and won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2002 for the role. Since leaving the show in 2003, the actor has gone on to star in the television series "Las Vegas" and is featured in the "Transformers" film franchise.
It is unknown how many episodes Duhamel will star in during his return to the show.
"This morning at 11 a.m., Brian Frons, President Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, gathered with the cast, crew and production teams of "All My Children" and via satellite with those of "One Life to Live" to share the news that the long-running daytime series would air their final episodes in September 2011 and January 2012, respectively," the Disney/ABC Television group, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com, said in a statement on Thursday, April 14.
"These decisions were made as part of a larger strategic repositioning of ABC Daytime programming to meet the evolving needs and appetite of daytime viewers," the group said.
The two new shows are "The Chew," a live program that will "focus on food from EVERY angle" and will be hosted by the likes of Mario Batali and Michael Symon from the Food Network, Clinton Kelly of "What Not To Wear," Carla Hall from Bravo's "Top Chef" and nutrition expert Daphne Oz. The series will premiere in September 2011.
Another show, tentatively called "The Revolution," will debut in January 2011. The series deals with health and lifestyle transformations and will feature "American Idol" alum Kimberley Locke and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.
Katie Couric's recently announced show is also joining ABC's new daytime line-up in September 2012.
"All My Children" celebrated its 40th anniversary in January 2010. Longtime cast member Susan Lucci, who plays Erica Kane, had last month expressed her optimism regarding the future of the show, which had recently been the target of cancellation rumors amid declining ratings.
Notable alums of the long-running soap series include Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christian Slater. See a full gallery of celebs who got their start on the show here.