Casting shake-ups for the month of April.

April’s comings and goings on Soaps.com included the return of a fan favorite on “Days of our Lives,” the announcement of a “Home Improvement” star making a guest appearance on “Bold and the Beautiful,” and a big return for the send off of a legend on “General Hospital.”

The Bold and the Beautiful:
Casey James appeared as a reporter and Mick Cain returned as CJ, the man Bill was in talks with to purchase the Spectra building. Dan Martin returned near the end of the month as Lt. Baker, and it was announced that Richard Karn (Al Borland on “Home Improvement”) would appear as Judge Jon Oplinger. Read Soaps.com’s The Bold and the Beautiful Comings and Goings to find out when Karn will make his appearances.

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Days of our Lives:
Drake Hogestyn finally returned to Salem as John Black in April, and it was announced that Alison Sweeney would be returning in October as Sami Brady DiMera. Robb Derringer and Jennifer Landon played Scooter and Hillary in April, Canadian neighbors to Brady and Nicole who hid up north with Holly. Back in Salem Angelo Tiffe returned as Ava Vitali’s cousin Angelo. This month also saw the departure of soap legend A Martinez, whose character Eduardo Hernandez was sent to jail after being framed by the dastardly Deimos Kiriakis. By the end of the month Paul Tefler made a shocking return as Xander, who is still obsessed with Nicole and has big plans for her up his sleeve. A few other big names were announced to return down the line, including Patrika Darbo as Nancy Wesley, and Tionne “T-BOZ” Watkins returning as Sheila some point in the fall. Read our Days of our Lives Comings and Goings to get the scoop on some upcoming day players in May, along with information about Gabriel Miller who posted an audition where he read for what appears to be the part of EJ DiMera.

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General Hospital:
The beginning of April saw O’Neill Monahan take over the role of Port Charles’ tyke Rocco Falconeri, son of Lulu and Dante. Shelly Bhalla joined the show as Charlotte’s social worker Ms. Watkins on April 12. As part of Jane Elliot’s exit storyline as Tracy Quartermaine, Ivy Natalia joined on April 7 as the mysterious Samira Adin, followed by Jack Topalian as ICE Agent Torosyan. Familiar face Tequan Richmond returned as TJ Ashford to find out his mother Jordan is dating his Uncle Curtis. Ingo Rademacher wrapped up his latest return as Jasper “Jax” Jacks near the end of the month, and who was banished from the country for his part in trafficking Nelle’s kidney. Finally a few fan favorites where announced to be returning in May, including Kimberly McCullough (Robin Scorpio-Drake) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma Scorpio-Drake) for the annual Nurses’ Ball. Anthony Geary returns to “General Hospital” as Luke Spencer, and Oliver Moorhead departs his role as Tracy Quartermaine’s ex-husband. Read Soaps.com’s General Hospital Coming and Goings to find out about Daya Vaidya, who joins “GH” and gets mixed up with a very popular character.

The Young and the Restless:
Corbin Bernsen returned to Genoa City in April as Father Todd Williams, and is set to return. Ben Hermes appeared on April 17 again as Benjamin Hochman, and “The Price is Right’s” George Gray also returned as a producer that Hilary has been after. A number of actors were announced to be making small appearances on the show in May, some as returning characters. Max Shippee of “Major Crimes” has been cast in the recurring role of Graham Benson. Donnabella Mortel has filmed the part of a TV director named Kylie Weston. Alec Mapa of “Ugly Betty” fame will appear on May 26 as Anthony, a hotel clerk. Also David Faustian will return as Howard Green. Read the Young and the Restless Coming and Goings to find out who Ryan Ashton from the film “Allegiant” will play, along with when Lexie Stevenson and Noah Alexander Gerry will debut as SORASed twins Mattie and Charlie Ashby.

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– Dustin Cushman