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Tristan Rogers returns to General Hospital, but on Night Shift

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 22nd 2008 3:21PM
Tristan RogersThere'll be another big name soap star on the second season of SOAPnet's General Hospital: Night Shift. In addition to Antonio Sabato, Jr. returning as Jagger Cates, Tristan Rogers will join Night Shift, reprising his role as secret agent Robert Scorpio, the Australian spy and former Port Charles police commissioner. His younger brother, Mac, is the current top cop in PC, so expect them to cross paths.

However, it's as the father of Dr. Robin Scorpio, played by Kimberly McCullough. Robin, who is HIV-positive, that Robert will mainly drive story. She is currently in the midst of her first pregnancy. You would imagine that Robert's back to check in on his daughter, but there's more to his Night Shift stay.

Michael Logan in TV Guide reports that a rep for Night Shift said that Robert is suffering from "a major health issue that'll have him grappling with his mortality." Instead of Robert caring for Robin -- to trying to -- the situation will be reversed. Dr. Robin will have to treat her father.

"This'll be a real departure wherever it's headed," says Mr. Rogers. "Robert and Robin will finally get a chance to connect as adults."

You may wonder how relevant it is to cast an actor who's last long run on General Hospital was 1992 (although he had brief returns in 1995 and 2006). I think it's very relevant, and a sure fire way to get old time fans like me to be sure to tune in to Night Shift. Scorpio was always a fascinating character, and like Anthony Geary -- who just picked up his sixth Emmy -- Tristan Rogers is one of the iconic stars that symbolize what General Hospital is all about.

My only reservation about this casting note is that I also think Finola Hughes needs to be booked for a few episodes. Supposedly, GH has plans for Ms. Hughes, which is why they requested she not take a small role on The Young & the Restless. So, let's get her on Night Shift, because you can't have Robert and Robin without Anna along for the ride.

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