Emmy winner Josh Duhamel returning to All My Children as fan-fave Leo du Pres before series finale.
Josh Duhamel makes long awaited return to ‘All My Children’
Sometimes it can seem like you can count the number of TV and movie stars that pay respect to the genre that got them started on one hand. The star of this summer’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Josh Duhamel, is certainly one of them. The Daytime Emmy winner has agreed to return to his former stomping grounds at All My Children before the show bows out this September. Duhamel will reprise the role of Leo du Pres, brother of David Heyward (David Irizarry) and late husband of Greenlee Smythe (Rebecca Budig) for one or two episodes in August, according to Entertainment Weekly. As the soaps dwindle down to only four after One Life to Live wraps up in January, it’s nice to see that while execs no longer have respect for the genre, it’s former actors like Duhamel still do. The actor, who was nominated for three Daytime Emmys during his time at AMC, teased on Twitter last month that fans would have to wait and see if he’d bring Leo back to our screens.
Now that it is known that Duhamel will be back, fans have two months to speculate just how and why Leo will return. Leo died in 2002 when he saved Greenlee from going over a cliff and fell to his own presumed death along with his mother Vanessa (Marj Dusay). Of course, in true soap fashion, Leo’s body was never recovered to leave the door open for a return. Fans have called for his return since the day he left.
When Duhamel left AMC in 2002, he went on to star in popular films like the Transformers series, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! , and Life as We Know It. He also starred on the hit NBC series Las Vegas with fellow daytime superstar Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo. This isn’t the first return of a famous alum to a daytime sudser before it goes off air. Last year, As the World Turns was visited by Oscar nominee and Daytime Emmy winner Julianne Moore. Moore reprised one of her dual roles, Frannie Hughes, for two episodes last year. All My Children is where many primetime and film actors got their start. Some of AMC‘s famous alums include Kelly Ripa, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kim Delaney, Eva La Rue, Christian Slater, Amanda Seyfried and this year’s Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.
Will Greenlee finally ditch Ryan (Cameron Mathison) and reunite with her true love Leo? Or will Leo appear in supernatural form to a much-in-need-of-guidance David? Or will Greenlee get a visit from Leo while in dire straits a la last year’s Stone-Robin reunion on General Hospital? Personally, I think it’s time that Ryan and Greenlee cut the crap and returned to the ones they truly love and stop making each other’s lives miserable. Yes, that could mean a potential return for Esta TerBlanche as Ryan’s late wife Gillian. With AMC and Duhamel able to work something out, here’s hoping that the show can continue to give the fans what they want and bring back more fan faves. So far, AMC is batting a thousand with the show able to bring back Cady McClain as Dixie, Thorsten Kaye as Zach and now Duhamel as the sorely missed Leo. Who’s next? Sound off for your picks in the comments!