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James Patrick Stuart Is Back at GENERAL HOSPITAL!

It’s been a while since Valentin has been seen in Port Charles, but don’t worry, James Patrick Stuart is back at GENERAL HOSPITAL so the Cassadine will be back on screen before you know it! “After weeks of filming Disney’s new THE VILLAINS OF VALLEY VIEW, blessed to be back on the GH stage this week,” the actor tweeted. “Love that place. Amazing and gracious people who achieve the impossible all day long.” At the end of his tweet, Stuart tagged co-stars Finola Hughes (Anna), Cynthia Watros (Nina), and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) as well as the soap’s executive producer Frank Valentini.

Back in May 2021, Stuart was shooting the pilot for the Disney comedy series with the working title AMY FROM AMARILLO, but assured his soap fans that they “film 15 minutes from the GH stage” so he had no intention of leaving the ABC sudser. And in December, when the pilot was picked up for a full series order — and renamed MEET THE MAYHEMS — Stuart was still appearing regularly as Valentin.

In the high-concept comedy — now finally titled THE VILLAINS OF VALLEY VIEW — Stuart plays Kraniac, head of a family of supervillains who are trying to hide from their enemies by pretending to be regular folks living in a small town. The show is slated to premiere in June, so we’ll have to wait until then to see what his villainous alter ego’s superpowers are!

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Fans can’t wait to see what’s next for Valentin and Anna!ABC

Stuart joined the cast of GH back in July 2018 as the oft-mentioned-but-never-before-seen Valentin Cassadine and over the following years has created quite the complex and layered character, earning two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for his work on the soap. At the end of February, the actor took to social media to reassure fans missing him on GH that he would be back the following month and it looks like the schedules have worked out as planned!

Given that Valentin has been recovering from his kidnapping ordeal, the guy will likely have a lot to deal with upon his return, so make sure you stay tuned to see what happens once he’s back!