She’s back! Fan favorite Lynn Herring will reprise her role as Lucy Coe on ABC’s General Hospital this December.
Soap Opera Digest reports the actress’ return centers on the show’s plans to bring back the Nurses’ Ball. Lucy, who played an integral role in previous Balls, will return to share her expertise from past events. TVSource Magazine can reveal that Sabrina (Teresa Castillo) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) team up to find ways to resurrect the event, and it involves a very wealthy benefactor. Herring will first air Friday, December 14. Held from 1994-2001, the Nurses’ Ball was used as a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS awareness in the fictional city of Port Charles and in real life.
Herring originated the role of mousy librarian turned sex pot (and later vampire slayer) Lucy Coe in 1986. She managed to bed (and wed in some cases) the likes of Tony Jones (Brad Maule), Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon), Scotty Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Tom Hardy Jr. (Matt Ashford) and Ian Thornhart (Thorsten Kaye) over the years. Her most popular and successful pairing was with Kevin. Their storied romance elevated them to the status of a “super couple.” Their popularity resulted in Lucy and Kevin being chosen as anchors for the General Hospital spinoff, Port Charles, which ran from 1997-2003. Herring returned to GH briefly in 2004 for Lila Quartermaine’s funeral.
Herring returned to daytime in 2009, but not at GH like many hoped. She was cast on As the World Turns as Henry Coleman’s (Trent Dawson) mother Audrey. She had a pseudo reunion with her former Port Charles co-stars Lindstrom (ex-Craig, ATWT; ex-Kevin/Ryan, GH) Julie Pinson (ex-Janet, ATWT; ex-Eve, PC).
The actress addressed why she joined ATWT instead of returning to GH during an interview with TVSource Magazine in 2009. Not surprisingly, her answer echoed the sentiments of many veterans at the time – there was simply no interest on the show’s part. “Truthfully if GH had asked first, I would have been there in a heartbeat, and I let them know that too,” said Herring. “I think with the mafia and their different stories, the older characters that I interacted with aren’t there anymore, with Jon going away, Kin not being there, Tony [Geary], and Jane [Elliot]. Jane and I talk all the time too, and she’s one, Tracy and Lucy passed a little bit, and they would be hilarious together, Jane would sometimes call and say you should really think about coming back. If they would have asked, I would have been there.
Herring’s return marks the latest in a series of fan favorites who’ve returned to GH since the beginning of the year under new head writer Ron Carlivati and executive producer Frank Valentini. Finola Hughes (Anna), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Kristina Wagner (Felicia), Robin Mattson (Heather) and Sean Kanan (AJ) have returned full time, while Rick Springfield (Noah), Emma Samms (Holly) have returned for guest starring appearances. Tristan Rogers (Robert) and Kimberly McCullough (Robin) return later this month.