Another soap alum is resuming their day job. Rick Springfield is heading back to daytime, appearing on “General Hospital” for several episodes in April.
Former “GH” star John Stamos first broke the news that Springfield would be returning to the ABC soap for the Nurses Ball to TV Guide several weeks ago. But nobody had heard from the soap-star-turned-rocker himself about his plans to return for the show’s 50th anniversary in April.
So now People is claiming it has the exclusive. Springfield, who has made numerous appearances on “GH” as Dr. Noah Drake since his character’s son, Patrick (Jason Thompson), joined the cast several years ago, confirmed the news Tuesday.
Springfield, 63, also told the magazine that this time he would be joined on-screen by his real-life son Liam Springthorpe, who will play an undercover cop. Noah will be performing at the Nurses Ball fundraiser, a sure-to-be emotional moment, since the event will honor the memory of Noah’s presumed dead daughter-in-law Robin (Kimberly McCullough). Noah was last scene in Port Charles in March 2012 shortly after Robin’s death. (Savvy fans suspect Robin, who viewers know is alive, will make her way back to town for the Nurses Ball.)
Springfield nearly had a very famous drummer, John Stamos, in his backup band, but, so far, Stamos is insisting that he will only return to “GH” if the show writes a storyline for his 1980s character, Blackie Parrish. Springfield did not reveal any further details about his appearance, other than that it would be for “several episodes.”
Springthorpe told the magazine that he doesn’t think he will be in any scenes with his father. “I think it makes it much more pleasing and applicable for me because I think, at least for me personally, I have always tried to keep a bit of distance from … my father’s path, and respectfully so.”
But it seems hard to believe that the show wouldn’t at least give us a brief spot of Springfield, his TV son, and his real-life son, together on-screen.
Check Out Rick Springfield’s Appearance on “The View“ From Early February: