Opal returns! (ABC)

After a more than six month absence from Pine Valley, veteran character Opal Sue Gardener Cortlandt is scheduled to return to Pine Valley in late January.

The storyline featuring Opal will include a Cortlandt family medical drama.

Jill Larson, who has played the eccentric Opal since 1989, is scheduled to appear in her signature role.

Larson played Opal for successful years and earned two Emmy nominations. Along with a number of series veterans, including Julia Barr and Tonya Pinkins, in June she was taken off contract and placed on what's called "potential recurring status."

The number of episodes she'll appear in has not been determined. Soaps.com hopes the fan favorite will be back for a long visit!

Opal Sue Gardener Cortlandt (Jill Larson) returns in January.