Judi Evans from Days of our Lives and Camryn Grimes of Y&R

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Soap opera returns and departures for the New Year and beyond.

January’s comings and goings on Soaps.com included an actor taken off contract on The Bold and the Beautiful, an actor sharing big casting news on Days of our Lives, fan favorites visiting on General Hospital and a big surprising return on The Young and the Restless.

The Bold and the Beautiful

On The Bold and the Beautiful, Aaron D. Spears (Justin Barber) has been taken off-contract. Read Soaps.com’s Bold and the Beautiful Comings and Goings for the actor’s statement on his change in status.

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Days of our Lives

On Days of our Lives, William Utay was back as Dr. Wilhelm Rolf. Actress Marie Wilson reprised the role of Summer Townsend. Leann Hunley and Thaao Penghlis briefly returned as Anna and Tony DiMera. Brandon Beemer was also back as Shawn Brady. Casey Moss is leaving as JJ Deveraux. And Wally Kurth (Justin Kiriakis) revealed Judi Evans (Adrienne Kiriakis) would be back in some form. Read Soaps.com’s Days of our Lives Comings and Goings to learn about other character casualties due to the time jump.

General Hospital

Johnny Wactor joined General Hospital as Brando, the son of Gladys Corbin (Bonnie Burroughs). Real Andrews returned as Marcus Taggert. Nicolas Bechtel was back as Spencer Cassadine. Brooklyn Rae Silzer will be returning as Emma Scorpio Drake, and Bradford Anderson as Damian Spinelli. Jeff Kober will play Cyrus Renault and Anthony Montgomery wrapped his latest return as Andre Maddox. Read Soaps.com’s General Hospital Comings and Goings to learn more about Cyrus Renault and who he will butt heads with.

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Young and the Restless

On the Young and the Restless, Camryn Grimes will play double duty when she appears as Cassie Newman. And Christian Keyes joins the soap as Ripley Turner. Read the Young and the Restless Comings and Goings to find out more about Cassie’s return.