General Hospital’s return to air August 3, 2020 with its first new episode since May 21, 2020 was came off two weeks of promotional hype from network. ABC teased fans not to miss the “first five minutes” and now we know why. Fan favorite Dominic Zamprogna’s return as Dante Falconeri was the moment fans were urged not to miss.
Though his return to the soap isn’t a surprise — Daytime Confidential reported the Canadian star was back on set — exactly when he would make an appearance on-screen was unknown.
In May, the actor began speaking publicly about wanting to return to General Hospital. During an interview with Soaps in Depth, Zamprogna bluntly stated he was ready to return longterm. “[Executive Producer] Frank [Valentini] knows I am ready to come home. And I’d be totally open to a contract. There’s so much potential with the character and the story right now. With everything they’ve done since Dante’s been gone, there are so many options, and they’d all be fun to play.”
Zamprogna exited the soap in 2018 ready to spread his wings. He briefly returned for guest appearances later that year, and from March 15-29, 2019. His 2019 return allowed the soap to wrap up Dante’s undercover storyline, sending him away to receive treatment from the World Security Bureau (WSB) after suffering PTSD while on assignment. Since then (and off-screen), Dante filed for divorce from his longtime love Lulu (Emme Rylan) and asked his mother Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) and father Sonny (Maurice Benard) to stop communicating with him.
Over the course of his near decade on the ABC soap, Zamprogna earned three Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2014, 2016 and 2019.
General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC. Episodes are available onDemand and Hulu.